Glee Drinking Game

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily

I read about this really really awesome Glee drinking game.

And it so happens that we got 4 disks of Glee via Netflix in the mail, so I am going to definitely try this out, with something other than drinking…

GLEE DRINKING GAME

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The rules of the game are simple:

1. Drink whenever Sue says something that would create a lawsuit in a real workplace
2. Drink whenever Sue makes a comment about Will’s hair
3. Drink whenever Rachel wears Argyle
4. Drink whenever Puck says anything sexual
5. Drink at your desecration whenever something happens that’s drink worthy, such as Blaine & Rachel’s duet of “Don’t You Want Me” in last week’s episode and all the times you want to beat Emma in the face for marrying John Stamos’ character instead of sleeping with Will, because even though John Stamos is hot and Will has gotten kind of sad and pathetic, you’re still rooting for them to bone because come on.

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My husband is a TREASURE!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily

I think only when you’re sick and in need do you truly understand how important people you live with are.

While I’ve been suffering with pain and low grade fever ( pain due to swelling), my baby has been the most loving and comforting and accommodating I’ve ever seen him.
He’s been running back and forth from bringing me water and salt water rinses and liquid foods to working and answering the phone and closing loans and deals to lying down with me to give me some attention to cleaning the house!

I’ve been sick before but I’ve never seen him be so attentive. I think it has to do with the fact that men need to see proof to sympathize. So seeing me be the size of a 300lb woman in just my face alone (Why? read here), makes him realize that yes, I am in fact sick. I remember dying from pain from my root canal a year ago and while he was very sweet, it wasn’t to the same level and there was definitely a limit to his patience :)

I’ve been definitely taking advantage of his niceness. I don’t really need him to help me go to the bathroom, but i like the company so I call him. I could get my own ibuprofen on the bedside table, but if he’s around, I ask him. It’s comforting to have him around at all times… So sue me :)
I know I’m spoiled rotten, but how often do we get to feel like little princesses? I say not often enough! So I’m gonna milk it!

I love my rock star husband!

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Please vote!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, photo

This morning I found out that one of my photos entered into the above mentioned contest at Six Cherries was picked as a part of top two. I’m new at this , blogging, challenges and stuff, so it’d be very nice to win …or get into the top 4.

I am asking you to go to Six Cherries and vote for me there. It’d mean a lot to me. My photo is third from the top and voting is below the post. It takes only one vote from each person, so that’s all you’ll have to do. I won’t bug you from then on.

Thanks, guys! I appreciate your help!

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A Day of Love and Picture Taking

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, photo

Valentine’s Day also happens to be our wedding anniversary, which makes it very hard to celebrate. You never know whether to keep saying “Happy Valentine’s day” or to correct yourself and add “and anniversary”. The fact that it’s our anniversary gets lost in a slew of heart shaped candy and red and pink madness. As romantic as it had seemed to get married on Valentine’s Day, it’s really more of a hassle.

But you deal with it.

We used to try and separate the  holidays and celebrate them apart in its own special way, but after a few years it was just too much work.

So now, we call it Valentine’s/Anniversary and make it one thing. The whole gift gifting thing stopped after a few years simply because, well if there’s something each one of us needs/wants we buy it. If we hadn’t bought it until now, then it’s too expensive and neither one of us would approve the expenditure. So we take trips: sometimes big ones, sometimes small ones, sometimes day trips.

This year, since I am back on the photography kick and we couldn’t get away for long, we decided to go to Universal Studios in Orlando, and then for VDAY Sarasota and Central Florida and spend the day touring their beautiful gardens and taking pictures. I was given a green light to take as many pictures as my little pink heart desires. AJ was wonderful and put up with all the pictures taking and participated in it like a champ with only a few pissy/exasperated comments that we, photography people, are oh so used to from our spouses regarding our picture taking habit.

The result is 948 breathtakingly beautiful pictures. The place we went to was out of this world. As we were walking out of it after a day of strolling around and taking pictures, I sighed “This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in my life”.

We both agreed that OUR day was spent in the best way possible.

As soon as I get done editing all the pictures and sifting through a thousand of them, you will get to enjoy the special day with me.

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Joy

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, photo

Aaaawwww!! I was going through my past pictures to find good examples of couples self portraiture for the upcoming week’s challenge and I stumbled upon this photo I don’t remember seeing. The photo in itself is no big deal, but seeing and remembering that first morning of sailing up to St Thomas with the sun barely peaking from above the mountain and me still in my nightie holding a cup of coffee on the balcony.
I just love that shot and that feeling!
I love taking leisurely cruises!
I love exploring the islands on our own rather than taking tours.
I love the first moments of the morning as we slowly move toward the mountainous mass that will become our adventurous hostess for that day.

I think the coolest thing about being an amateur photographer is having those little unexpected memories waiting for you every time you open Lightroom.

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This week’s update

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, photo

: It’s been so busy at work! My husband and I work in real estate and things are booming. I don’t have time to even think about posting.. OK no, that’s a lie, I can’t stop thinking about posting and that completely distracts me from working. I’ve been getting up at 8 am, doing some cleaning , making breakfast and working up until 8 or 9 pm, while all I really want to do is post on my blog. Due to that, I’ve been really very ineffective at work. Things just don’t get done. Sometimes I think about how much I wish I was a stay at home mom without deadlines and crunchtime rather than a stay at home workaholic, but then realize that I’d miss being productive if I wasn’t working.

WORK

BABIES: I keep having people ask me if we have started TTCing, and I have to tell them the whole story about this health insurance bullshit. I wonder what’s going to happen if we start trying and it takes us a while… Hahaha! I bet I’ll have everyone wondering if we’ve conceived yet. But I’m such a NOT secretive person. I just don’t care to keep things to myself.

FUN: Last weekend we had a nice yacht trip with some friends of ours. I will be posting pictures soon (HOPEFULLY). And this weekend we’re taking off to Universal with neighbors. That will mean more pictures (that I have to edit- fun!)

MSC: In the meantime, i have been posting on my photography blog, because it’s easier to upload a beautiful picture with a handful of words, than try to come up with a whole post worth of vowels and consonants. If you aren’t subscribed, you better go and do that, because all the “pretties” go there.

BAD: I haven’t had any time to practice drums this week. When I am done with work and too tired to blog, hubs wants to watch movies/shows. We’re on the latest DVD season of DH and United States of Tara ( Love it!)

WEIRD: I’ve been also watching SOS MI VIDA, an Argentinian soap opera with Natalia Oreiro, in Spanish. I understand about 30% from my Spanish knowledge and another 30% from context. It’s fun and it helps me learn Spanish when I am too exhausted to study.

Disclosure: all photos taken by me, except for the last one.


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MIA

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily

Sorry for being MIA. I’m in Colorado visiting friends and having a blast skiing. Still reading everyone. I can’t wait to get back and publish some posts I’ve been writing. Plus I have to do a New Years post, my goals for 2011 post, and Colorado trip.
Miss You all!

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My first Drumset

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, photo

Some people don’t know this about me, but I used to be a huge fan of a game called Rockband. If you have teenage kids, you know what it is, or if you’re a teenager at heart yourself, you will most likely know what it is, as well.
For those who are neither, it’s a “rhythm” game that simulates a rock band experience. You have a little 4 tom drum set, a fake guitar with 5 colored buttons and a similar bass, and a microphone.
When I first bought it, my German friend Felicitas was visiting, so her and I were the first ones to try it out and I have to say she was a great sport. We customized our characters to look like ourselves and went to town learning the ropes of Rockbanding. The way I ended up being the drummer was because after poor attempts of both my husband and Felicitas to keep up with the beat, I turned out to be the better of the three at learning the drums fast. And that’s where I stayed for the next year. I was quite good at drums, I have to say. It was sort of a natural thing for me. My arms just moved without my brain processing what I am supposed to do.
We had a blast learning the game that first day. We played from 4pm to 4 am non stop except for bathroom breaks, and the next morning, as I open my eyes at 10 am, I see Felicitas standing in my bedroom doorway, disheveled looking and tired from the lack of sleep. She looks at me with the look of a mad woman and asks “Do you want to play?”


I just close my eyes and nod not having the energy to utter a word.
And that was my introduction to Rockband. We spent the rest of her vacation here in Florida, locked up in my movie room playing Rockband and the last three days shooting a fake music video for our fake rock band that we named Sexy Zombie.

So that being said ( and shown), about a year later, I’m still a big fan of Rockband, and I am really good at my 4 tom drums, however the time has come to buy a REAL LIFE drumset.
What prompted me to do that is the release of Rockband 3, that is designed in a way where you can hook up real MIDI instruments to it and play the real drum/guitar/keyboard parts of any song you choose. You can also go into training mode and learn to play an instrument or a specific song if you’re already proficient. It’s basically a kick ass learning tool. They have also improved vocals, where besides it being more precise, you get pitch correction, vocal reduction and a pitch guide ( which is a life savior, if you’ve ever tried singing with one).
So I am super duper excited to finally play the real drums. I have relatively decent skills from months of playing rockband and now I’m moving onto the real thing.

The day the the drums arrived from Amazon.com, DH was out on an appointment and I had to wait for him to get home to assemble it.




Our movie/game room: I set the drums  up in the movie room where we play video games and watch movie, since I’ll be playing the drums along with Rockband 3 pretty often.

My 7.1 surround sound system, iPod dock, Wii, PS3 and 4 microphones.

I won’t be posting any videos of me playing until I get better at it and get all the right cables to hook it up to my sound system properly. But I’m sure some time in the future you will see me drumming away on here :)

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Playing with the cats and pussies.

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, Pre-CONCEPTION

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I spent half the day today watching this amazing man Jim live and play in a real lion’s den. This guy, who owns (???) a wildlife refuge and rehabilitates wild animals that were injured or are unwanted, is running out of money and is holding  sort of an unconventional  “fundraiser”. He will spend the whole month of January living, sleeping and playing in a cage with two 250 pound  lions, 1 year old Ed and 2 year old Lea. This man is amazing , because he has such a rapport going with the animals. He plays with them, feeds them, wrestles with them, pats them on the back, kisses them all over their face and mouth. It’s really adorable to watch.  He’s doing a live video stream for the whole month while he’s in the cage for people to watch and hopefully donate money. His teenage daughter Chelsey brings him food and helps around the refuge, feeding other animals. She’s not allowed in the cage with the lions because they’re too big now. But up until recently she was caring for them too. Little Ed is really missing her. So this evening I actually saw him feeding the lions. The cats were roaring and growling waiting for food. It’s such a sight, so humbling! I recommend you go and watch them play  on his website, where you can also donate some money. The lions love him to death and it’s just adorable to see them interact. An article and a TV spot about it here.{this picture is not of the lions mentioned above}

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Also, we assembled my new drum set and I’ve been killing it playing along to Green Day’s “21 Guns” and Pink’s “Who Knew”, solely because they’re the easiest songs to play to and I semi-knew the beat from my Rock Band drums days. Pretty cool I gotta tell you, pretty cool!

Aside from lion watching and drum playing, I started my new exercise program (in addition to my daily pilates), designed specifically to increase strength and endurance of the muscles necessary for pregnancy, labor and recovery. I did a fitness test to see where my muscles are at and everything was above par ( abs, lower back, upper back, shoulders, legs, thighs, arms), except for ankles (whaaaat?) and PC muscles ( the figure eight that encompasses your urethra,vagina and anus- excuse my bluntness). In order to have strong PC muscles, that would be very beneficial in labor and recovery, you’d have to be able to “hold” it for at least 10 seconds. I’ve never done kegels before and I guess it shows. The good news is that  the muscle is easy to train. So there I go, squeezing my vageygey any chance I get.

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It was kind of funny, because DH and I were working out and while he was doing some man arm exercises, I stood on my hands and knees and started doing my kegels. After a while, I look at him with a smirk and ask: “Hey, do you know what I am doing?”, cuz really it didn’t look like I was doing anything besides standing on my hands and knees. How would he know that I am working my vagina muscles??? :)
And he goes:” Squeezing IT?”
We both burst out laughing! I guess there will be a lot more grosser things we’ll be going through during pregnancy than my husband “guessing” that I’m working out his favorite part of my body.
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Ok, here’s a test for ya’ll fit ladies out there. Apparently I have weak (-er?) ankles, the punishment for which will be me tripping and spraying my ankles when I get as big as a hippopotamus on fast food. I want to know if it’s just my weak spot or if it’s really something most of us seem to  have in an underdeveloped state ( my hubby couldn’t do it either). Would you all please squat for me?  No, I won’t make you squeeze your lady parts. We’re talking about ankles here. Squat if you can and then sit in the squatting position for at least 15 seconds while ( and THIS IS KEY!) making sure that your HEELS are flat on the floor. So, you cannot be on your toes! That doesn’t count. Only flat on your heels for 15 seconds. Can anyone do it? Anyone?

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If you can, I envy your flexible strong ankles

For those who are interested ( whether you are or are not planning on having a baby in the next year or two), I will attempt to post a scan of the pre-pregnancy strength and flexibility test. I wish I had read this book, like, a year ago, and now I’d be walking around with a strong crotch that could suffocate an elephant and ankles that  allow me to sit in a squatting position for hours….you know…in case I have to take a dump in the middle of the road and I’m experiencing some pregnancy induced “blockage”.

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Stylish Blogger Award

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, FUN Times

Also today I got my first Blog Award. Yay for it! I received it from the beautiful Ambrosia Clark . Thank you, darling!

So here is how this works:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

7 Things about me ( I almost  feel like it’s a Miley song)

1. I play drums and I’m kind of good at it  ( ha! That’s a recent discovery and I am still not very good from the skills standpoint, a beginner, but I am working on it)

2. I don’t eat meat. At all. Evah!

3.  I hate doing dishes and scrubing bathrooms. I’d rather fold and iron clothes for hours than do the “dirty work”

4.I’m super good with computer and any kind of technology. I can figure out anything electronic

5. I have a nude and topless shots ( modelling shots,  NOT like the trashy glamour stuff that some people shoot. YUCK!)

 6. I have about 50 bikinis.

7. I am a huge overachiever and perfectionist, but not OCD or anything like that. Things just come easy for me.

I am passing this award to:
(see, this is tough, because most people I read have already gotten the award)

1. 7x7xMommy
2. Angel Perry
3. The Bobby Pin
4. Miss Ashley in Mississippi
5. Love (cubed)
6. The Tales of Two Taylors
7. {Shutter} Mama

I am going to stop  at 7 awards for three reasons: 1. I really don’t read THAT many blogs, 2. Half the blogs I read got the award this week and the other half a while ago, 3. And I mean 15???? Really? Is it a bit crazy and makes it less special?

So here we go! 7 beautiful, fun-to-read ladies!

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