Dreams in Pregnancy — July 31, 2006

Dreams in Pregnancy

I actually haven’t had too many dreams involving my pregnancy that I can recall. I remember one from this weekend though. I had a stethescope and was trying to hear Amelia’s heartbeat. I heard her heartbeat, then my husband pulled the stethescope away from my belly and I could still hear it.

Most of my dreams (that I can remember the next morning) seem to be regular dreams, with one change. I’m usually pregnant in the dream and it is mentioned in some way. But they don’t actually pertain to my pregnancy…they are about something else.

Of course the one I had last night could have something to do with my pregnancy even though it doesn’t seem to. I dreamt that my husband had rearranged the bedroom closet. Like redid the shelving to maximize the space and had organized the clothes that hung in there in a particular way. Another dream I remember is waking up on a work day early (like 5:30 or 6am) and seeing him outside with a chainsaw and his workhorses cutting some wood for a project. Could these dreams relate to my nesting phase…dreaming about my husband nesting? LOL!

Backache — July 30, 2006


I sure hope my husband comes through with his talk of helping out around the house more. I’m going to need it. I did a little vacuuming in the dining room and kitchen just now and my back is hurting like crazy. Won’t be vacuuming much from now till well after Amelia gets here. If my husband doesn’t help, my house is going to become a pig sty pretty quick! Even when my nesting phase kicks in, I still won’t be able to do as much as I want. :( Ugh!

Pool Maintenance —

Pool Maintenance

I don’t think my husband realized when we got our pool that it would take work to keep it maintained. I think he might have been thinking that all he had to do was put water in it, a few chlorine tablets and be done. Not so.

It’s been so extremely hot, it’s been hard to keep the algae from blooming. Our pool right now is extremely green and I cleaned it out last weekend. But the chemicals I used didn’t do anything. He’s ready to take it down (it’s an above-ground vinyl pool), but I want to enjoy it. He doesn’t want me to spend more money on it, but if I want to swim (which we bought it so I could get in and take the weight off), I have to buy the chemicals to at least try to get it balanced and clean. I really want to be able to get it in when I feel like it, but it’s yucky.

So I went out and bought some stuff and I’m praying that it helps. If not, I’m not sure what else I can do except to drain it (or at least most of it) and refill it. If it comes to that I know my husband won’t want to put more water in it.

I just don’t know how to deal with him. It makes me sad that he is willing to take it down and not bother after he was so gung ho about getting it so I could take the weight off. And now he’s not willing to take the time to maintain it. I’m the one getting out there trying to get it balanced. I hope I can enjoy it a few more times this summer, before the baby comes. I know it will help, especially as we get into August and September, supposedly the hottest months of summer.

Braxton Hicks — July 25, 2006

Braxton Hicks

Today, I felt my first official true BH contractions. I’ve had several occassions where I feel areas of my stomach tighten up, but today it was different. My entire stomach tightened up and it was quite uncomfortable. Even my back was hurting. Wow! At first I didn’t quite know what was going on. Then it dawned on me and I was like, “OH! That’s what’s happening.”

Customizations —


I’ve been working on some customizations to my Textpattern installation. I’ve installed a plugin that allows for more than the default 2 categories. I like using multiple categories over tags. If you click on a category link, you’ll be taken to a page that shows all the posts for that category.

I also found some instructions at Jon Hicks’ website for putting del.icio.us links in the sidebar. I think there is a plugin for this, but I used his instructions and it was pretty easy. I may look into the plugin at some point for future reference, as I hope to someday in the near future redesign the site. I just have to decide how I want the layout and look to be.

del.icio.us — July 20, 2006


I’ve started using del.icio.us to keep track of a lot of my bookmarks…but I’m having serious problems with it.

I’ve imported all my bookmarks from several of my browsers (both home and work). So I have a bunch of links in there with bad tags because it used my folder structure to generate tags. I’m cleaning it up and I think I got it, but the browser still shows all my links and tags, including the ones I’ve deleted.

Not sure if it has something to do with the fact that I use Cocoalicious at home. I wonder if it re-imported the links I had already deleted.

I’m also working on my own windows client using an API dll that I found on the internet. It’s mainly for my own use, but I might release it if it turns out okay. I’m trying to somewhat base it off the Cocoalicious client for the Mac.

Pretty Thumbnails — July 19, 2006

Pretty Thumbnails

OK, I’ve browsed many a blog and I am constantly seeing those pretty rectangular thumbnail images. Like 420×138 in size or something. But I’m not sure of an easy way to create these odd sized thumbnails.

Does anyone have an ideas how they do it?

Blog Switch —

Blog Switch

I was attempting to switch to WordPress, for several reason, but mainly because I like the pages feature…very easy to add new pages to your blog. I also like that I can assign more than two categories to a post. There are several other reasons but those are the primary ones.

I love the Textpattern Admin interface though…must more appealing than the one WordPress has.

I don’t guess it matters though since I can’t seem to import my 4 years worth of posts from TXP to WP. I refuse to switch to Movable Type. Since their big change in structure and the move to 3.0, I haven’t liked the system…too complicated now to set up templates. So I guess I’m stuck here for now. Oh well.

I’m itching for a new structure, layout and design but I doubt it will happen. I just don’t have the desire to fool with it, even though I want it. Go figure.

So I don’t guess anything will change here for a while. Bah!

Not Enough Mac — July 12, 2006

Not Enough Mac

I don’t use my Mac enough. I would love to be able to use it as a primary machine, but as I’m a VB/.NET programmer, I spend the majority of my day on Windows using all Microsoft products. I would love a job where I work strictly on a Mac. I love my computer and wish I spent more time using it. I don’t know enough about it, because I just don’t spend enough time on it. But after being on a computer all day at work, I just don’t want to go home and get back on a computer regardless of the OS. So I end up spending more time on the PC at work and less time on the Mac at home.

.NET programming in VB doesn’t allow me to work on a Mac. But maybe someday I’ll have a job that requires me to work on a Mac instead of a PC.

My Mac — July 10, 2006

My Mac

I love my Mac. I wish I had a newer one though. My current Mac is an eMac that is about 2 years old. It only has a 40GB hard drive with less than 1/2 free space. I even have all my music and photos stored on an external drive because there isn’t enough space. So the only thing on the internal drive is the OS and applications. I would love to get a new iMac for several reasons…

1. It would take up less space on my desk. My eMac is huge. The new iMac would be a much smaller footprint, allowing me to have more space for my printer and scanner.

2. More hard drive space. I could finally use my home directory which would make things easier since everything defaults to those folders. I could use my external HD strictly for backup, which would be great. It would also probably help when running Photoshop. I think the Virtual Memory is an issue, even though I have 1GB of RAM. Photoshop slows down the whole machine when I run it.

3. Widescreen would be a nice feature to have when working in Photoshop. Much more room, especially when working with my 2-page scrapbook layouts.

OK, enough ranting on why I want a newer Mac. I will probably end up using my current eMac till it dies.


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