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If You Can’t Stand The Heat, I’m With You…

So, I know that I complain about the heat and then I get comments telling me about how my state is like 10 degrees cooler than all the really hot states and that I’m a wimp and I try to justify my sweat stains by reminding people that I’m like 83 months pregnant or some absurd thing (like anyone could forget, especially me – lately whenever I walk I bump into things, like you know sometimes you are carring a bag and you don’t realize how big it is and the bag bumps everything you walk by? Or you drive a new car and you aren’t really sure just how long the front end is and you are worried you are going to crash into everything? That’s my stomach right now – it needs it’s own insurance policy for all the damage I’ve been doing to it. I can’t open a cabinet or drawer or door without bashing myself in the stomach with said item because dude I’m huge.

And none of that has anything to do with how hot it is except that all that huge just makes me hotter. It doesn’t help that our apartment has one air conditioning unit in the living room which can pretty effectively keep the living room and dining room cool, but that’s about it. So for the other rooms in the house, like the kitchen, bathroom and three bedrooms, we are kind of on our own. We’d been keeping a window fan in our bedroom until last night when I pointed out that it was supremely selfish of us to have a fan in the bedroom when poor MM was stuck with just opening his window and has been waking up in a pool of his own sweat (like I did this morning now that he has ownership over the fan). Tonight after dinner we’re buying a second window fan. Then we’ll figure out how to “toddler proof” the fan in MM’s room (nevermind the baseboard heater underneath the window that MM is pretty sure is a step stool so he can see out the window and yeah that’s gonna be a whole ‘nother post later where I beg you guys for advice, but since heaters are for the winter when it’s COLD and right now I’m writing about the summer where it’s HOT, we’ll move on or at least try to) so he doesn’t lose a finger or crack his head open or something. I swear three year olds are just walking danger magnets.

And that’s just inside the apartment. I’m pretty smart and pretty much don’t leave the apartment during the day if I can help it because pregnancy and stairs and heat don’t really like each other, but today I had a doctors appointment (more about that on Thursday) so I had to go out and I swear to you guys it was 98 degrees outside. Like according to the thermometer in my car and the one in my bedroom window. 98 degrees and no ridiculously hot guys serenading me. Life is unfair. Please don’t tell me that 98 degrees is like a cool day in the Spring where you live – it was hot enough that the news stations on the radio were issuing heat warnings, telling people to avoid going outside. Seriously. It’s freaking hot out.

I know people have complained since the beginning of time that being pregnant in the summer can suck because it’s hot and your huge and it sucks, but those people have never been me up until this summer so right now it’s like this new novel thing that I am pretty sure is worth complaining about at great length, especially in ADDesque blog posts. So yeah I think that’s all for now because what was supposed to be a quick post saying, “It’s really freaking hot out,” has turned into a novella – so remind me to tell you about how the doctor’s office went, how my ultrasound report says that I was there for my “poor weight gain” and how “unremarkable” Baby Blueberry is apparently. All that.

Oh – and I had lunch with Dan at his office today and I thought you should know that their office basically has like a gourmet dining cafeteria thing going on, complete with like four choices for dessert – and they even list the nutrition info for their daily menus online somewhere. Dream Company continues to impress. Too bad I had to go outside in practically 100 degree weather to eat there.

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My Nightstand: June

My nightstand and I have been having some disagreements lately as to what I want to read and what is readily available. My first trip to the library yesterday proved to be mostly stressful. I’d only been to the downtown library here, which I will certainly not be traveling to just for a book fix, but now I’m not sure I feel like driving the five minutes to our local branch either. Maybe this is normal outside of New England, but I was pretty surprised to find our library was nestled in the middle of a shopping center, like between the dry cleaners and the bank. Have I been spoiled by antique schoolhouses and small red brick buildings filled to the brim with books? This was like a small square room that someone haphazardly dragged some books into.

And what’s worse – I didn’t find a single book I felt like checking out. Not one. Do you even know who I am? How was this possible? It didn’t help that I had MM dragging himself behind me, whining, “No mommy – you don’t want to look at books!” desperate to get to the kids section, which was also lame. The only good thing I got out of the trip was the handy tip from one of the other parents there that the next town over has free water playground, or “splash park,” which I’m planning to check out this weekend.

But back to books. Here’s what I read this month:

  • Angels & Demons by Dan Brown – Finished June 8, 2009 – Dan Brown seems to be amazingly good at leading his readers astray. I’m surprised I didn’t guess some of the many twists, after having read The Da Vinci Code, but I was honestly surprised every step of the way. Very enjoyable and thought provoking.

Um yeah, that’s it. Unimpressive, huh? To be fair, there was the whole moving thing. I started reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma shortly after finishing Angels & Demons, but I’ve put it down temporarily in favor of finding something lighter to read as I’m feeling a bit too exhausted at my night time reading for non-fiction, as much as I was enjoying it. The next book I picked up was The Year Of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg which is beautifully written but it’s also the story of a newly widowed fifty-something. Depressing much? Did I mention I’m pregnant and hormonal? Part of me wants to read it anyway but part of me thinks that I might be a dumb little glutton for punishment.

Here are the books I’d LIKE to be reading:

  • Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen – I won this in a giveaway at Serendipity‘s blog and as soon as it shows up in the mail I’ll probably start reading it immediately. Here’s a snippet from the book description: “The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.”
  • Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris This is the first book in the Sukie Stackhouse series. It’s also the series that the tv show, True Bloods is based off of. I started renting the first season on Netflix a week or two ago and shortly after seeing the first two episodes I read about the book series online, which was oh so ironic. I am now “dying” to read this series and so seriously annoyed that my library system has like 70 holds of the first book already – I’m trying so hard not to buy books right now so this is really disappointing as I have been craving this book ever since I heard about it. I want it now. 😦
  • Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich – This just came out today actually and I probably have a long wait until I’ll be getting my hands on it, which is pretty disappointing because it is exactly the kind of light read I’m looking for right now. Stephanie Plum books always hit the spot for me.

So what’s on my nightstand? A bunch of other books that aren’t these books. They’re pretty heavy reading because a couple months ago I was really into that and I seem to have stocked up on that style. Silly Jen. Didn’t I know I’d be nine months pregnant and then I’d be the mother of a newborn? Light reading is just the only way to go, I’m thinking. So I’ll hold out for Garden Spells and continue hoping that these other books find their way into my possession soon (or other delightfully light books).

What’s on YOUR nightstand this month?

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Finger Lickin’ Fifteen On Sale Today!

Just a heads up to all of the Stephanie Plum fans out there – Evanovich’s newest Plum novel, Finger Lickin’ Fifteen hit bookstore shelves today. I know I am anxiously looking forward to reading the latest installment. If you are also waiting impatiently for your next Plum fix, you can satiate the cravings a tiny bit with the new online tour of The Burg – take a peek inside Morelli’s house, figure out how to get from The Bail Bonds building to Cluck In a Bucket – and more, of course. This website is super cute and one I don’t think any Plum fan will want to miss.