production maven

pro•duc'tion n. 1, act of bringing forward. 2, a product of physical or mental labor; esp., a theatrical presentation. ma'ven n. an expert. Also, ma'vin.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

movin' on up

I'm still on a heavy duty learning curve, but please bear with me AND change your bookmarks to:

JennB's baby blog & productionMaven part deux

Because, you see, once I get my act together, you'll be able to look at pictures and stuff. But that entails that I get my act together and that might take another week or so.

I'll keep you posted - ha ha! posted!

Hope you had a great holiday.... we did! Now bring on this kid!

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Friday, December 24, 2004

merry merry, happy happy

Yes, I'm working today. But this is the last thing I'm doing work-wise, so you can see that it's not really a high-pressure day. I just wanted to write you all and say, have a very happy holiday season, however you celebrate it (and if you even celebrate it at all!) It's been about a year since I started posting on this blog, and I've enjoyed it very much. I thank you all for your support and your comments, and hope that you'll enjoy the new sneakiness I have up my sleeve, after I learn the new interface. PICTURES. There will be lots of PICTURES. It will be lovely.

May you all be careful riding around this time of year, and grateful not only for the gifts beneath your tree, but for the food in your mouth, the clothing on your back, and the fact that you have a roof over your heads. There are many who lack these basic necessities and, when I get to feeling like "there's not enough for me", I force myself to remember just how lucky I am. I can drive to the grocery store without getting grenades thrown at me, and have my pick of what kind of whatever, what brand of yogurt, I want. I can be in a store and not have a suicide bomber rip my earthly form to shreds. I can complain about my government out loud without fear of (much) repercussion - I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to do THAT, but at least for now I can.

I hope you all take some good positive time this season and remember these basic rights, and how lucky we are to have them. That's not to say that things could always change for the better, but for now, they're pretty darn ok. Reflect on your positive. Find and banish your negative. Enjoy it all, and learn from it all. Grow and enjoy. Breathe.

Merry Christmas, Happy Yule, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwaanza. Whatever it is you celebrate (or not).
Blessed Be! And here's to a wonderful 2005!

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Sunday, December 19, 2004

stay tuned...

No, the baby's not on her way just yet (believe me, I'm counting the seconds), but an excellent friend of mine to whom I am indebted to forever and ever amen has done the most excellent thing... he's take our website and made it so that I can have my blog live there, and not only that, but I can post PICTURES to it and EVERYTHING. So then you get to spy into my world whenever you want to... and you know you want to.

Jackson W., you totally rock the house.

Once I get more details and information and stuff, then I'll send you all the linkage and you can change your bookmarks, etc. Farewell, blogger! Adios! (but not just yet).

And, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.... if I'm not otherwise distracted pushing out a baby, I'll be learning this new interface and will send out the alert in the next week or so (I'm a little slow)

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Friday, December 10, 2004

post toasties

I'm borrowing this from One Girl Show (too lazy to do link, click to the right if you want to see her blog)... I do love these, and it's Friday, and I'm waiting for a phone call from a client and I just don't feel like doing much else, so please shut the F up, read this and laugh, have a good holiday and have a great weekend.

When is the best time to open presents?
For Christmas? On Christmas morning. My family has a great tradition of opening stockings at the breakfast table while we eat and we're allowed one present from under the tree at the table. But then we would clean up the kitchen, get dinner started if we needed to, and go into the living room and open the presents one at a time, taking turns. It was painful as a kid, but it made the day really nice and special. None of that tearing through stuff in 10 minutes, then having the rest of the day to sit there and stare at each other. So now I won't have it any other way. I also never understood the "opening presents on Christmas Eve" thing. What the heck do you do for the next day?
Any other presents - any time of the day / week / month / year!

Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Way WAY nice.

Real tree or imitation tree?
Only real. I don't understand imitation trees. Sure, they're convenient. But they are ALSO ugly! And they don't smell nice! And those needles aren't so bad in July, after all!

Favorite Christmas cartoon character?
The Bumble on Rudolph, although I also like Yukon Cornelius, even if he and Herbie do share a love that dare not speak its name.

Did you ever write Santa a letter?
I'm sure I did. One year I even made a book for him, with all the presents that I wanted - pictures cut out of the catalogue and everything. My mom made me do it - it probably kept me busy for an afternoon.

Buy any Christmas presents online?
I think that if the internet did not exist, there would be a few people who would not be getting Christmas presents from me/us this year. I am 9 month pregnant, after all. Shopping loses it's attraction when that's a factor.

Save the ribbon and paper or rip right through it?
I try to save paper that I like, but I am no where near as anal about it as my aunt is. She's still using paper from the 70s!

Sharing Christmas with family this year?
With my husband and my unborn (maybe) child and our pets.

Ever ride in a one horse open sleigh?
I don't think so.

Ever roast a chestnut on an open fire?
No, but I have roasted them in the oven, does that count?

Favorite Christmas pie?
Pie is so good. Pumpkin or apple, please.

Favorite Christmas song?
A lot of them. And there are a lot that suck. I do own the Muppets Christmas, how depraived is that?

People on your Christmas list; more or less than ten?
To buy things for, about ten. Usually I bake for all my neighbors, but that's not happening this year. I will probably bake for my co-workers though, because I'm nice.

Will you have a white Christmas this year?
I damn well hope so! I don't live in Vermont for the mosquitoes!

Do you believe in Santa Claus?
I believe in doing nice things for people, both those you know and those who are strangers, any time of year. So I think that's Santa Claus.

Who would you like to kiss under the mistletoe?
My honey pie.

Who gives the best gifts?
I think that any time any one gives you a gift, that is the best gift. It's the fact that they thought of you, and think highly enough of you, to spent time and money on something that they think you would like, that means the most. Unless, of course, it's something totally bizarre, like a photo album from Old Navy. That's just a filler, in my book. I am such a bitch!

Do you send Christmas cards?
No, I send holiday cards (I should have told everyone that I am not a Christian, and so I celebrate a combination of Christmas and yule and solstice), and this year they will be a combination holiday card featuring a tree on our property combined with a birth announcement - saving myself the postage! Frugal! This year I'm sending out about 250. Yikes.

What color best represents Christmas?
Festive greens and reds and golds and silvers.... I love them all.

Do you own any Christmas music?
Yep. The aforementioned Muppets Christmas (with John Denver!!!!), the Time-Life Christmas treasury, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and a bunch of mixes. Oh, and the Nutcracker.

How many Christmas parties will you attend this year?
Depends on the Little Miss and her arrival. At least two and hopefully four.

Does the postal worker get a gift this year?
No, for two reasons:
1. The postal worker gets my taxes to pay for their services, just like the other civil servants and I'm not buying them something.
2. I always forget
Sometimes I put some baked goods in the mailbox, but I don't know if they eat them. There are a lot of crazies out there so who knows what's in those baked goods.

Giving a present to a pet?
Maybe. I'm not at liberty to say, because I think my dogs have figured out the internet.

Your shopping; All done, half-way done, just started, not yet started?
I would say about 3/4 of the way done. Still have to get stocking stuff and some other little things. Does it count if I know what I'm getting people, but just haven't yet?

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Thursday, December 09, 2004

*squip!*

Happily, the lard-covered paddles have returned - this time it's both the top and bottom paddles. I am learning that being pregnant ALSO means that you lose coordination, not just walking, but in picking up, carrying, standing, and putting down.

For instance, last night, I almost took a header because while trying to avoid knocking into the Christmas tree and scrambling my shin into the corner of our coffee table, the part of my foot that was not on the rug slipped on the hard wood floor and down I almost went. I recovered with some grace, but still. It's bad, folks.

Paper? flies out of my fingers as though they were air.
Books? fumbled all the goddamn time. I lose my place often.

Luckily I have yet to fall down the stairs (I can hear my mom say "BITE YOUR TONGUE, JENNIFER!") or drop and severely shatter some crockery, and I also managed to cook a Thanksgiving Day turkey without incident, so I figure I'm ahead of the game.

I do have three more weeks of this though, so there may be more fun to come. I'll keep you posted.

And to those of you who read this and lurk and don't tell me that you're reading it but ask why I'm not updating when I don't for a while and I don't even know you're out there because you're not on my notify list, you probably ARE on my holiday card list and I don't want you to get alarmed but I won't be sending those out until the kid is here, because I am cheap and will be combining the holiday card with the birth announcement. (perhaps that is one of the finest run-on sentences I have ever - EVER - written). I hope to god I'm not sending those out in mid-January.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

i'm not slacking, but maybe I am?

As I progress along this pregnancy, I find that there are some assumptions about gestation and pregnancy that have actually come true. There are others that still remain theory.

1. I can not sleep through the night. I know, I know. "I'm in training". F that.

2. I pee at least 3 times during the hours usually meant for sleep. Don't worry, I get up and make it to the toilet. I don't pee in the bed.

3. I have to lie on my left side, preferably. Sometimes I cheat and lay on my right side. Either way, the kid jams her feet up under my rib cage and once I wake up I feel like I have eaten three Thanksgiving dinners one on top of the other and I just can't breathe. I sorely miss sleeping on my stomach.

4. I have really been bad about keeping in touch with important people, such as my brother. I called him last weekend to see if he and his girlfriend wanted to get together this coming weekend for dinner. Had to leave a message, because he's always busy doing something important. He called me back and said "Are you in the hospital?" I said I guess I needed to call him more often, if he only thinks I'm calling to tell him his niece is on the way, instead of calling to say hello.

5. Last night I called my boss to give her a heads-up about the crappy weather that was forecast for Tuesday & Wednesday (that would be today and tomorrow) and to caution her that I may not come to Boston (and I am not going). She also thought, when she saw my name on her caller ID, that I was having this kid. Mr. G. says we need to prepare ourselves for this for the next month - any time we call someone, they're going to assume that I'm laboring away and calling to tell them the happy news.

6. My hands fall asleep at the most inopportune times - like right now, when I'm typing this entry.

7. I feel like I could sleep all day every day, until I get my feet up. As soon as that happens, my brain cranks into high gear and I am A*W*A*K*E*. Hello!

8. I am into the nesting, and not just in my house. I cleaned - and washed the floors - this weekend (I think the last time I washed the floors was this summer. I know. Slacker.) and didn't go to Boston today because of a threat of bad weather. It may get very ugly, it's hard to say (the weather forecasters up here are REALLY GOOD at telling you what has JUST happened - not so much on what's about to happen). I have no desire to go down the mountain backward again - like I did last winter. What I have to realize is that I am much more important than my job. If I can't get in there every week, so be it. It's ok. I have this subconcious urge to please everyone at all times, and put others needs before my own. I'm going to have to retrain myself before I become a parent, or else I'll be writing entries from the State Hospital. As important as everyone and everything else is in my life, I have to become the most important person to me, so that once I take care of myself and my needs, I can then tend to everyone else's. This is a very hard lesson to learn

9. The last four weeks of pregnancy are the slowest weeks ever, especially since Christmas is between now and birth. So I'm looking forward to two things. Argh!

10. I can't think of a #10, and it's time for me to get to work. You too!

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Friday, December 03, 2004

mindless fun for Friday

1. Your name spelled backwards.
Bnnej

2. Where were your parents born?
Mom - New Rochelle, NY
Dad - Buffalo, NY

3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
A PDF of a template for a book

4. What's your favorite restaurant?
Any place where I like the food that they're serving (too many to count)

5. Last time you swam in a pool?
Though I wish I could say "this morning, in my indoor lap pool", the god's honest truth is this summer, at my neighbor's.

6. Have you ever been in a school play?
Yes, in one I was a singing clown ("Please take me back to Toyland, everyone's happy there") in sixth grade - and I was teased mercilessly for the rest of the year for that stupid song. And in high school - I was in Fiddler on the Roof.

7. How many kids do you want?
Two - and I've got one almost done cooking

8. Type of music you dislike most?
Rap, Country (the crappy kind). Christian rock.

9. Are you registered to vote?
Hell, yes!

10. Do you have cable?
No, I have two channels and I think they are two channels too many, although sometimes I do pine for The Food Channel.

11. Have you ever ridden on a moped?
No, but I have ridden on a Harley!

12. Ever prank call anybody?
I'm sure I have, but I can't remember anything in particular. I did call my mom once and tell her I was in jail... she got mad at me. I was calling from my ex's house. Ha ha.

13. Ever get a parking ticket?
Yes. Stupid meter maids in Boston. I only had two when I lived in Boston (over the course of five years), but got one this summer because they changed the times on the meters and now you have to pay through 8 pm. Damn city!

14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
No and no.

15. Farthest place you ever traveled.
My own mind. No, seriously, Germany.

16. Do you have a garden?
Yes. Let's not talk about the weed patch, ok? It's a sore subject. I wish I had a magic green thumb, but it takes way too much time and work. Thank goodness it's finally snowing here and I don't have to look at the madness. I didn't even till this fall. Bad me!

17. What's your favorite comic strip?
Anything in The New Yorker or For Better or For Worse, I think. I read stuff like "Family Circus" and "Hi & Lois" even though they irritate the hell out of me.

18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
Yes. I have many, many hockey games under my belt.

19. Bath or Shower, morning or night?
Shower, whenever I can get it. Baths are very unsatisfying, unless it's in a 6 or 7 foot-long tub that is 4 feet deep. And when I lived in England, I had to take a bath every day - we didn't have enough water pressure to take showers. Manditory baths get annoying after a while.

20. Best movie you've seen in the past month?
Thirteen Moons was pretty good. Stepford Wives was hilarious.

21. Favorite pizza topping?
Extra cheese, sometimes onions or garlic. I'm a purist.

22. Chips or popcorn?
Popcorn, preferably kettle corn.

23. What color lipstick do you usually wear?
Clinique's black cherry, when I wear lipstick. Otherwise, I'm a die-hard Burt's Bees fan, although not as much as my husband is. He must have a tube on-hand at all times.

24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells?
No, but I did try to get high once smoking dried carnations. It didn't work.

25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?
If you knew me, there is no way you would ever ask me this question.

26. Orange Juice or apple?
Either is fine, although with this pregnancy the BABY WANTS APPLE JUICE. And OJ gives me the wicked heartburn lately, sadly.

27. Who was the last person you went out to dinner with and where did you dine?
Garrett, and we got take out from Bove's, the best Italian restaurant in Burlington. If you're talking about actually eating in a restaurant, then it was Cafe Provence I think, with Maddy & Jackson and Donna & Michael.

28. Favorite type chocolate bar?
Yes, please. I like most of them that are out there, and would like to try that kind that has chili flavor in it. I imagine that would be a nice taste sensation.

29. When was the last time you voted at the polls?
In 2000. I had to do absentee ballot this year. At least my state voted correctly. And I think you would laugh if I showed you the "polls" that rural Vermont uses. Pencils and check-boxes. Pretty simple stuff.

30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
This summer. Scrumptious as always.

31. Have you ever won a trophy?
Yes, with my dog at a fundraiser for the Humane Society. She was "Best Dog". I was her handler. So I guess, technically, she won the trophy, which is plastic anyway.

32. Are you a good cook?
Yes, I think so. I'm a better baker than most, too, although I can't decorate cakes to save my life.

33. Do you know how to pump your own gas?
Doesn't everyone?

34. Ever order an article from an infomercial?
Yes, my brother and I ordered "A Time-Life's Christmas Collection" (on vinyl!) for my parents one year for Christmas. Even now it's the quintessential Christmas record for me (so much so that I bought the CDs last year).

35. Sprite or 7-up?
Neither. Ginger Ale or seltzer with lemon.

36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to work?
Yes. Wendy's. Senior year of college. I smelled like hamburgers after my first shift, and I cried a little over that.

37. Last thing you bought at a pharmacy?
I think it was Halloween candy and my pre-natal vitamins refill.

38. Ever throw up in public?
Why, yes I have! Would you like to hear the story? It involves a going-away party run amok, a restaurant called Senior Swanky's, Manhattan, many drinks, and some Mexican food. For those of you who do want to know, you should e-mail me and I will tell all. It's pretty gross, so I don't want to gross everyone out who may not be THAT interested.

39. Would you prefer being a millionaire or find true love?
I have the true love part, so I guess I'd like to be a millionaire.

40. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes, I do.

41. Ever call a 1-900 number?
No. But I did call a dateline kind of dealy and went on a blind date. Talk about disaster.

42. Can ex's be friends?
Sure.

43. Who was the last person you visited in a hospital?
I think it was my mom's friend Diane, when she was having some heart issues. She's better now.

44. Did you have a lot of hair when you were a baby?
Not a lot, I don't think. Some, but not enough to braid.

45. What message is on your answering machine?
"You have reached 802-XXX-XXXX, home of Mr. G and Jenn B, and also home to Opaque Print Production. Please leave us a message after the tone, and we will get right back to you. If you need to reach us quickly, please call 802-XXX-XXXXX, and if you need to send a fax, please call back on this number with your fax machine, without using your handset. Thank you very much, and we will get right back to you."
I need to update it. Our business name has changed. I think I'll wait until after the baby is here and add her name to the message, even though she won't be able to use the phone just yet.

46. What's your all time favorite Saturday Night Live Character?
There are a lot. I love Gilda Rader's characters, and I loved the Catholic Spaz Girl (can't remember her name though). Also Martin Short's dude and the "Makin' copieeees" guy. I can't for the life of me remember their names.

47. What was the name of your first pet?
If you mean the pet that was in the house when I was born, I think it was Titus the cat. If you mean pet that was actually mine, it was an imaginatively named hamster named, of all things, Hammy.

48. What's in your purse?
You mean the bottomless pit? My wallet, my sunglasses in their case, two checkbooks (one personal, one business), three pens - one of which I hate - a granola bar, my business card holder, some face powder, some lipstick, some chapstick, a hairbrush. Mr. G. is waiting for a map so that he can navigate the damn thing when I ask him for something out of it.

49. Favorite thing to do before bedtime?
Read whatever happened today during the pregnancy, and then read my current book for an hour or so.

50. What is one thing you are grateful for today?
My family and my friends, and the fact that we all woke up again this morning. Why does it have to be just one thing? I'm also grateful for my husband, our child-to-be, the sun, the change of weather, the fact that I have shelter over my head and food in my pantry, the opportunities and challenges that life poses to me, and that I am loved.

Happy Friday, all. Enjoy your weekend.

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