Counting the tissues

Fred Ott's Sneeze (film by William K.L. Dickson)

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I moved to Texas from India when I was 8 years old. I was a complete tomboy and spent all my time outdoors. I played outside, I read outside, I swam, I hiked, I climbed trees – you name it. If the activity involved me being outside and in the sun, I was there.

Then allergies struck.

I had no idea what allergies even were. I was 11 at the time, and had never experienced this problem my entire time I lived in India. Yet just 2-3 years after I set foot in the South, my body decided to repel the main thing I loved the most – being outdoors. I was forced to get allergy skin tests done (ouch!), and had to be put on allergy shots. For 9 years I was getting a shot every 2 weeks. Talk about a pain in the ass!! I finally gave up my sophomore year in college when a) I was seeing no results and b) going to the campus clinic every 2 weeks to get a shot was getting really really annoying.

When I moved to the northeast (it’ll be 7 years this fall), I got MAJOR relief from allergies. Probably because I lived in Brooklyn and wasn’t around too many trees and stuff, but the last few years, allergies haven’t been too bad. Yes I get them, but I can manage them with medication 🙂

They say that when you catch a cold or cough when you’re prego – you suffer more than you would if you weren’t prego. As if you’re not feeling enough discomfort at times, you’re gonna feel like shit more and longer than usual. Awesome! With the way the allergy season has been so far these past few weeks, needless to say – I’m freaking miserable.  All the sources are saying that due to the insanely heavy snowfall this winter, there’s a tremendous amount of tree pollen and mold that’s lingering. Today, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday – the pollen count is just sitting at HIGH, which is not reassuring to me.

New Jersey Pollen Count

 
I can take certain medication (thank goodness), but I’m really trying not to. I bought other alternatives to medicine – saline spray, allergy eye drops, and cough drops (becuase yes, now I’m coughing nonstop and apparently my body wants to continue to punish me in other ways besides constantly sneezing and blowing my nose and having itchy eyes). I also bought the neti-pot, and I’m scared to try it, but I know it may help and give me some relief so I’ll have to suck it up and do it. Has anyone tried that thing? Doesn’t it feel gross? Ick.
 
Let’s hope this allergy season passes soon and I can enjoy the summer!!

Stroller Envy

Baby transport system

Why, you ask, am I writing a post titled “Stroller Envy”? I’ll just jump right into it.

That is because I’m 5 months pregnant!!! 🙂 It’s still hard to believe at times.. until I look down and see my wonderful baby bump of course! And then I’m quickly reminded that I’ve got a little munchkin growing inside of me. That and the little kicks I’m starting to feel!

The past 5 months have been a rollercoaster to say the least. From the high of finding out, to keeping it a secret, to getting some tests done, to starting to show and having to hide it, to telling our friends and family, to not fitting into my clothes, to buying new clothes! And now the most fun and probably difficult part of all… getting the nursey, house, and surroundings ready for the baby’s arrival! The hubs and I spent 3-4 hours at Babies R Us within a week of us announcing the news registerting for everything that we think we need. Key word – think. God knows what we’re missing or going overboard on!

During my walk yesterday, I found myself acting a little on the creepy side when I glanced a little too long at the strollers and baby carriers walking past me. What brand is it? Does the baby look comfortable? Do I want a 3 or 4 wheeler? Does it look too heavy? Wonder how it folds up. Wonder how much it costs.

Ah yes. Cost. I am in utter shock that there are $1500 strollers on the market. How long does a newborn to toddler need the stroller? How many stollers will the child go through? Do I need just one for the first year, and then get a new one when the baby starts to sit up? Then I get a super light one for when the kid can walk, but needs to rest at amusement parks, malls, etc.?? Do I get a travel system so I’m covered for both – but now I’m buying a monster of a stroller, and although I love that it matches… do I need something like this??

Then there’s the brands! Peg-Perego. McLaren. JEEP. Bugaboo. Graco. Chicco. I have no idea where to begin. So parents.. I ask you for your advice. HELP ME!

Back with a vengeance

My my my…. Where has the time gone!?! What I had hoped to be a short break turned into almost 5 months of a whirlwind. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen again.

It’s quite impossible to try to go into detail of what I’ve been up to for these many months… So here’s a short summary:

– Rally to Restore Sanity: totally awesome experience
– My dad’s one year anniversary: scary how quickly time flew by… But loved spending the weekend with my family back home
– The holidays: nothing crazy or out of the ordinary. Good times, good food, good company
– Year-o-weddings: the year finally ended, by attending the 12th wedding. Definitely fun bringing in the new year at one of my best friends wedding reception
– Work: work has been insane to say the least. I shall leave it at that. 
– Babies: 2011 will be the year-o-babies. Lots of people getting prego this year, which I’m totally happy to see. I love me some babies 🙂 

Since I didn’t get time to do my new years resolution so far this year, here goes:

– eat better. I’ve turned (and taken the hubby with me) to organic fruits and veggies. Sure sure I know what you’re thinking… “uhhh where have you been? Way to jump on the organic bandwagon a few years late!” hey better late than never right? I’m so impressed with the freshness factor and how much better my meals taste with the organic ingredients in them. Needless to say, I’m sold.

– exercise more. Yeah ok. Same drill each year. 

– be better at keeping in touch with people. After seeing some of my friends at weddings last year after a long long time I realized how bad I’ve been at keeping in touch with them. Yes it works both ways but you gotta start somewhere.  

– write more. Ha. This starts now, not 3 months ago. 

Nice to be back folks… Looking forward to catching up with my fellow bloggers. 

Xoxo,
PB&C

Crap… Wrote this on the iPad and it wrote over my last post. Good thing all it was was out of sight out of mind.

Price Hike!

 

Lip Gloss

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Is it just me, or did lip gloss once used to be like $4 or $5 bucks?? I went to CVS last night and I shit you not, every single “normal” brand of makeup had lip gloss no less than $10.99. And by “normal” I mean the Cover Girl, Revlon, Maybelline, etc brands..

WTF!

When did freaking lip gloss become so damn expensive!? LipSTICK prices have remained the same. They’re still like $4 to $6 bucks, but God forbid you prefer a gloss to a stick, you just need to pay double the price. Not to mention the 10 different types of gloss like lip applications these days. Stainer, gloss, plumpers, etc etc etc. Just give me options of things that looks good and doesn’t feel nasty when on. Is that too hard?

This is the most irrelevant post I’ve ever written. But it annoyed me enough to write it, so there.

What other common items have you guys come across these days that the prices have just gone through the roof?

 

Freaky Fortune??

I always get freaked out when horoscopes are spot on. Like how do they know this stuff?? My horoscope has been pretty close to reality for the past several days and it just gives me the heeby jeebies!

Here is my horoscope from Friday …

Cancer Sep 24 2010
You are in a long process of transformation, Moonchild. This may feel, at times, like the universe is out to get you. Things have gone wrong, people have betrayed you for no reason, and challenge after challenge has appeared before you to block your path. But all of the seemingly daunting or damaging things you are experiencing now are for your own good. You are learning. You are growing. And the paths you are being forced down are the paths you are supposed to be on. What you are going through now will lead you exactly where you need to go.

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Today is my Friday. Sort of.

The day is almost over. Thank God. The best part about today being Thursday is that I’m working only 2 hours tomorrow. So today is sort of my Friday for this nice long Labor Day weekend. We all know that I’m going to be in vacation mode as of 7am tomorrow morning, and there really is no point in me coming to work anyway. But I digress.

Tomorrow I’m supposed to be flying out to Houston, Texas, my hometown, and then heading to a bachelorette party in the badass city of Austin. I haven’t been to Austin in years and I’m super duper pumped about it!

However, there’s a giant turd that may ruin my plans and I’m sure I’ll tweet my annoyances from the airport about it all afternoon. That turd is known as Hurricane Earl. Earl is heading straight for me and will surely do whatever he can to delay my flight tomorrow afternoon. Stupid Earl.

Courtesy of AccuWeather.com

In case my flight gets canceled and I don’t make it out to Texas, I decided to find out what’s going on around town this weekend after Earl passes through us and leaves floods and fallen trees in his trail. No no, let’s be positive now. Hopefully it’ll all blow over. No pun intended.

Since I’m cheap, I turned to one of my favorite sites to find fun events around NYC… FreeEvents.net. And here are my favorites out of the bunch:

Parked Food Truck Fest. That’s right. There’s a festival celebrating truck food. Gotta love the NYC! The ferry to Governor’s Island is free, but the food isn’t. But when you’ve got selection ranging from ice cream and dumplings to lobster rolls, you can’t go wrong!

Buns and Puns. Just the name sounds intriguing. What you probably couldn’t guess is that it’s a comedy show with free cinnamon buns and free Jello shots. Hello hangover!

The 90210 Party. You read it right!! It’s a freakin 90210 party! Although it’s short notice, the party is tonight, and I’m not gonna lie, it kinda looks rad. It’s at the Peach Pit After Dark (lol) and 90s attire is encouraged.

Brazilian Independence Weekend. Who doesn’t love a free party? Better yet, who doesn’t love a free Brazilian party? Apparently the DJ, Marcos Carnaval, is all that so you can’t go wrong. Hollerrrr.

So if I don’t make it out to Texas tomorrow, you may find me at one of these. Otherwise, I’ll report my adventures in Texas when I get back next week.

Happy Labor Day in advance! And be safe kids!

Pick me up

I’ve been in a sort of a slump lately. As you can tell from my previous post, I was bitter and angry. It’s kind of a roller-coaster ride, these ups and downs. I can blame it on moodiness. I can blame it on other people. But it’s all me.

It’s up to me to turn that around, so I’m going to do it. I need to get my ass back to the gym and get those endorphins pumping. I’m going to finally join a damn book club like I’ve been telling myself for months. I get tons of Meetup updates, but they go to the trash either after 1 look or without a glance at all. And I need to keep on writing. I noticed the last 2 weeks my posts were pure crap. I could blame it on the fact that I was uber busy, but it was still me doing the writing. Crap.

What I need is a pick me up.

I got a slight pick me up yesterday after I got some leads for a new gig I’m working on (sorry to be so vague). That definitely perked me up. Also eating my favorite Thai food… that definitely helped too. Smoothing things out with my hubby after my personal annoyances calmed down was the best pick me up of all!

People always say “things could be a lot worse”. It’s so true. But I don’t always think that when crappy things continue to happen to me. I don’t stop and tell myself that “things could be a lot worse” because at that very moment, I’m drowning in self pity and can’t open my eyes to anything else around me. And I know I’m not alone here.

As a fellow blogger so nicely posted, you have to find ways to make/keep yourself happy and uplifted. Whether it’s stepping out of your element and daily routine, or doing something good for others.

To be quite honest, all this happy talk is making me sick. I feel like I should be riding around on unicorns and sliding down rainbows in my pigtails while singing happy songs and drawing smiley faces in the clouds. I feel like puking right now.

One step at a time… one pick me up at a time.

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