Getting Into A Groove

All the warnings in the world couldn’t have prepared me for how much my world would change after both finding out I was pregnant and then starting a new job.

Both have their challenges and their triumphs, and I think I’m finally finding a good rhythm. With a little over two months to go until Baby A+ is due, I know it will be short-lived. Nevertheless, I’m enjoying this ‘quiet time.’

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So, since we haven’t really spoken in a few weeks, where do I begin after such a long absence? I guess this past weekend is as good any another point.

We took our babymoon to New York, kicking off a month filled with baby activities. Without gushing too much, it was glorious. Even with a bit of rain, we balanced hanging out with friends, trying new eateries, a museum visit, a Broadway show and even managed to squeeze in a walk through Central Park.

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In somewhat related news, I can’t believe I’m in my third trimester. Hitting 31 weeks tomorrow is making the impending arrival of our little girl more of a reality than some abstract idea. Delivery is still a big, scary unknown for me, but I’m doing my best to manage my thoughts and ideas by educating myself just enough to kind of know what to expect without being overwhelmed. Truth: some days are better than others.

I’m still exercising, although not to the extent that I was in the beginning of my pregnancy. With the mornings being darker, I’m taking the time to alternate sleeping in with some light strength training. Watson and I are making our morning rounds, as it’s good for me to start my morning outside. Getting my endorphins up and enjoying the sunrise make even the groggiest morning better.

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Work is good, but we’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of us. Adding this to what’s going on in my personal life has resulted in a few instances of stress/anxiety-induced tears, but in our two years of marriage (and especially the past few months) he’s become an expert in managing my emotional surges.

I think that hits all the major points of what’s been happening over here. I’m hoping to have posts with a bit more detail regarding the pregnancy, books I’ve been reading, and other fun things, but for now, let’s consider ourselves all caught up.

What’s been happening with you? Any exciting news I should know? Spill! I’ve missed all of you.

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Friends & Family

This weekend has been a whirlwind (but in a completely satisfying way).

Saturday morning, I went for a quick run. It was my first since the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler & my legs were still majorly tight from teaching Barre on Thursday, but who could turn down a December run in shorts?

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Saturday afternoon, my sister, her dog & her boyfriend arrived in Baltimore. We spent some time catching up before braving one of the local malls to see this beaut:

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Movie was good, but one that I need to see a few more times to try appreciate. Like the first, there’s so much going on that you don’t see it all the first time around.

Sunday morning, we hopped a bus to New York. We like to come up during the holidays, and this year was extra special because one of the JA’s Best Men and his wife live in Manhattan. We spent the day hanging out with them & were so glad that the rain held off!

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Thanks to Celia for being the designated photo taker for the day!

All in all, it was a wonderfully full and happy weekend. We can’t wait for more family, friends & festivities as the week progresses 🙂

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Movie Review: Very Young Girls

For those of you who have been reading a while, you know I’m a sucker for documentaries. I don’t know how this one appeared on my radar, but I was surprised at how entranced I became with the story.

Very Young Girls is a documentary about sexual exploitation in America. The Neflix package summarizes it as follows:

David Schisgall’s startling documentary captures the heartbreaking stories of underage girls – many as young as 13 – who’ve been forced into prostitution in New York, exposing how pimps use isolation, violence and drugs to keep girls dependent. Many of the girls interviewed take part in GEMS, a shelter and mentoring program founded by activist Rachel Lloyd – once a prostitute herself – that helps them transition out of ‘the life.’

I found the movie to be very compelling. You forget that these girls are only 13-15; they look and talk like they are much older. There are at least eight girls who are interviewed about their time in ‘the life’ or ‘the game.’ You see many of them struggle with their self-worth. Many of them speak about their pimps as if they were their boyfriends – they can’t seem to leave their abusive relationship. Some speak of money and how it’s hard to leave, knowing that there’s a steady source of income waiting if they need it. Many spoke of drug addiction and you view a few girls leave the program and return to their lives on the streets.

Most of this is shown within the context of GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services). The viewer sees the life of Rachel, who sits with these girls, counseling them and even taking time from her vacation to track down a girl in Miami who ran away from the program. Her role in this film is integral and illustrates how hard, and yet how rewarding, the life of a leader can be.

As interesting as the entire film was, I really enjoyed the fact that they followed up on each of the characters in the story at the end. I hate when there are loose ends at the finish of a movie!

Try It Tuesday: How I Met Your Mother

So sorry I’ve been slacking on the posts these past few days! After the wedding on Saturday, the JA and I got invited to the beach by his family and decided to be (somewhat) spontaneous and go.

It was a wonderful, relaxing, well-deserved Labor Day weekend. I hope you enjoyed yours as well!

And now, for today’s Try It Tuesday. Again, I feel like I should apologize. Two TV shows in a row. However, both are worth your time!

It’s no secret from my review of Bad Teacher that I appreciate Jason Segel. What you don’t know is that I absolutely adore Neil Patrick Harris (dating back to his Doogie Howser, M.D. days.)

How can you not heart him? Totally crushworthy, even back then.

Therefore, it’s easily assumed that a show that contains both of these lovely men would be a hit in my book. It is. How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) has been on television since 2005 and I’ve only this past season started to appreciate it. Sure, it’s great fluff t.v. when it reruns at 11 p.m. on weeknights, but after seeing the majority of those episodes I decided it was time to try it for real.

Before I delve into my thoughts and why I love the show so much, let me give you the show in a nutshell. Think Friends in a post-Friends world, only funnier. That’s pretty much HIMYM in less than ten words. A group of young professionals living and loving in New York. There have been a few good cameos and guest spots over the years (Britney Spears was on for a few episodes and Sarah Chalke was a romantic interest for one season.)

Yet this season, the cast really had to show their acting chops. For those of you loyal watchers, you know what episode(s) to which I’m referring. The entire cast went from a happy-go-lucky, fun loving group to one that showed that they could do well with dramatic, serious material while still throwing around Canada jokes.

Before primetime starts back up again, I encourage you to watch at least a few HIMYM episodes. Maybe it’s because I’m a twenty-something or maybe it’s because each episode ends with a page from the Bro Code, but it’s definitely on my shortlist for next series to watch all the way through.

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Wicked

For my birthday/our one-year anniversary this past November, the JA took me up to NYC to see Wicked. I’ve been a musical lover from the beginning – Sound of Music is one of my all-time faves –  and I had heard rave reviews about the show.  However, I was unprepared for the total awesomeness of it all.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Wicked provides backgrounds to the major characters found in The Wizard of Oz. The tagline for the show is, “So much happened before Dorothy dropped in.”

I had read the book prior to viewing the musical and wasn’t impressed. The book was written in great detail and I ended up skimming over a lot of it. I knew the general gist, but being a person who does much better with a visual representation, the musical did wonders for my understanding of the plot.

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The last time I had been up to New York to see a show was my senior year in high school, so I was totally due for a visit. We were there the first weekend the tree was lit in Rockefeller Center (the JA said he timed it that way. I, the schedule keeper, knew better.) We had a great time enjoying the sites and sounds of the city after the show.

Since we both enjoyed Wicked so much, we I started keeping tabs on it in the event it ever came to Baltimore. Lucky for us, it’s currently playing at the Kennedy Center in D.C. for a few weeks! We’re going this Saturday and taking our moms with us.

The moms have never met, so I’m a bit nervous. I know everything will be fine and they’re sure to get along famously. I’m just more worried about logistical problems than anything else. The JA knows this and planned the whole trip for me in a convenient, compact Word document.  This thing provides directions, times, metro fares, dinner menus…everything. He’s the best!

I can’t wait to see the show again. I hope the touring company is at least half as good as those in New York. If so, the moms will be in for a treat!

What are your plans for the weekend? Since I don’t have work tomorrow, I’m treating today as Friday and thus am completely justified in talking about weekend plans 🙂