Monday, August 31, 2009

FAQ: Where are you moving?

Answer: Here! But you're not allowed to buy it, sorry!

And, just in case I missed anyone in my FaceBook spam list... here is the list of hospitals where Stephan is looking for work. I'm posting it because we both feel like it's not what you know, it's who your friends know:

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge
Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago
Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn
Skokie Hospital in Skokie
RHC St. Francis Hospital in Evanston
St. Alexis Medical Center in Hoffman Estates
Westlake Community Hospital in Melrose Park
Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago
Sherman Hospital in Elgin
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago
Norwegian-American Hospital in Chicago
Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood
Mt. Sinai Hospital Medical Center in Chicago
West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park
Mac Neal Hospital in Berwyn
Rush Oak Park Hospital in Oak Park
Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago
VHS Acquisition DBA Louis A Weiss Memorial in Chicago
Loretto Hospital in Chicago
Vista Medical Center in Waukegan
University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago
St. Anthony Hospital in Chicago
St. Bernard Hospital in Chicago
Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago
Thorek Memorial Hospital in Chicago
Rush University Medical Center in Chicago
John H. Stroger Jr Hospital in Chicago
Sacred Heart Hospital in Chicago
Centegra Memorial Medical Center in Woodstock
St. Mary & Elizabeth Medical Center in Chicago
Methodist Hospital of Chicago in Chicago
Lincoln Park Hospital in Chicago
St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago
Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago
Adventist Glenoaks in Glendale Heights
Provident Hospital of Chicago in Chicago

Coming soon: Photos of Stephan on his way to fight a fire.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Post Where I Talk about Pee

So you know that there's this general knowledge about pregnant women having to pee all the time. I wanted to write this down while I'm between the two phases: normal bathroom use (NBU) and Pregnant-Lady bathroom use (PLBU). With NBU you gradually become aware of a filling bladder over time, usually 30-60 minutes. You can plan for NBU. If you're driving down the road, you can rationally postpone NBU until the appropriate moment.

PLBU, however, feels entirely different. Not pregnant? Go get a belt or rope and tie it loosely around your waist. Give the long end to someone with unmedicated bipolar disorder. At random intervals the rope will tighten around your waist, resulting in the immediate and un-ignore-able need for PLBU. The rope tightens most often with altitude changes like standing or sitting, or walking, or turning around, or inhaling.

I would write more, but I have to pee.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Overheard: In Baker

Them: You're MOVING??????

Us: Yeah, in December.

Them: WHERE???

Us: Back to Chicago, Mount Prospect to be exact.


Us: Partly because it's time for us to go, partly because our family needs us. We want to have the baby closer to family. A perfect housing opportunity opened up for us, and it just seems like the right thing to do.

Them: Nooooooooooooooo.

Us: We appreciate that, but -


Us: Yeah, we hear that a lot and -


Thursday, August 20, 2009

With a Z

List of Anna's skillz since moving to Montana:

1.Calf-feeding skillz
2. Cooking skillz
3. Quilting skillz
4. Visiting skillz
5. Crocheting skillz
6. Bug-killing skillz
7.Trail-running skillz
8. Website promoting skillz

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Do it NOW!

Click it, you know you want to.

All's Fair

Hee hee

Have some free time? In the area? Here is the Fallon County Fair schedule of events!

Thursday, August 13
8am 4H Judging in Exhibit Hall
7pm Variety Show
5-10pm Amusements

Friday, August 14
8am 4H/FFA Judging
5pm 4H/FFA Market Beef Show
6:30pm ATV Rodeo with Herb Dixon show to follow
8am-9pm Exhibit Hall Open

Saturday, August 15
8am Round Robin Showmanship
9am PRCA Rodeo Slack (what is this??)
9:30am Open Class Livestock Trailer Show - Sheep
11am Open Class Livestock Trailer Show - Beef
11am Fallon County Fair Parade (look for the FMC float!)
12:30pm Pet Parade
1:15pm PRCA Rodeo
4:30pm 4H/FFA Livestock Sale
8pm Lorrie Morgan & LoCash Cowboys Show
1-5pm & 6-10pm Amusements
9am - 10pm Exhibit Hall Open

Sunday, August 16
10am Cowboy Church
1:15pm PRCA Rodeo (tickets available to volunteer firefighters)
6pm Baker Wrestling Club Demolition Derby
1pm-7pm Amusements
11am - 8pm Exhibit Hall open

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Help a Brother Out

Hee hee. That title will be funnier once you read the whole post.

So my brother sells/installs/maintains pools. Not just any pools, mind you, fiberglass pools. What's the difference? Click here to find out. Anyway, by virtue of being related to one of the top bloggers about Baker, Montana in the country, Jimmy was selected to write a semi-daily blog for Signature Pools and Spas of Chicago.

Last week, however, they realized that my blog (the one you're reading now) gets about twice as many hits per day as their company blog does (the one you're going to click on right now). This led to what sounded like a brainstorming session about how to get more traffic to their website. So they posted a video:

Now, I do object to their use of 1980's era jam-music for background. So maybe turn the sound off after about 2 minutes. And I would like to know how they advertised demolishing the neighbor's houses to install this pool, when they actually left them standing. I also didn't know a Caterpillar thingie could do that. AND I wonder if they invited those neighbors over after destroying their fence, and driving the Caterpillar through their yard, narrowly avoiding crashing into the side of their house.

Wouldn't it have been easier to air-lift the pool?

Point is: bookmark and click on it every day right after you read this blog and just.... (are you ready?) help a brother out.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

About Babies and Stuff

Yes, I washed all the baby clothes today.

Yes, I have 3 more months to go.

Yes, I want to use cloth diapers.

Also, if you want to read something really touching, but with a few swear-words, check this out. This is one of my new favorite authors, and her book, "It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita" can be downloaded onto your Kindle, or purchased here. Of all the get-ready-to-have-a-baby books I've read or been given, this one is top of the list.

I really was planning to write about the harsh Montana summers where temperatures easily hit 110F... but that hasn't happened yet. It's actually been a creepy nice summer with, like, rain and stuff. Although not enough rain to warrant mowing the lawn since July 4th, the tomato plants are still alive (though not making fruit yet).