Thursday, August 10, 2006

something(s) new

Is it really Thursday already? It seems as if this week has gone by in a long, slow blur of reading, sleeping, watching movies (thanks to our new subscription to Netflix!) and seeing friends for lunch — all the while punctuated by constant skin scratching. Tuesday night, I took an extra-strength antihistamine prescribed by the doctor, which not only made me sleep relatively soundly through the night but also made me groggy throughout the day yesterday. Powerful stuff, and it felt good to sleep, although I didn't take another one last night. I managed to sleep OK last night on Benadryl. Maybe I'm getting used to the itching. Or maybe I'm slowly drifting into insanity ...

Tuesday we got our new refrigerator delivered; I must say, between this and the new dishwasher we bought last month, it feels good to have 21st-century appliances. By no means is the new one anything fancy or top-of-the-line: It doesn't have an icemaker or a water dispenser, for instance. (Our plumbing isn't set up for that.) But it is about six cubic feet larger than our last fridge — and very energy-efficient, enough to have earned itself an Energy Star rating (which I guess means it exceeds Canada's efficiency standards). Apparently, refrigerators are one of the biggest energy users in a home, so we are hoping to see a big difference on our gas and electric bill in the coming months. The old fridge used to rumble and growl so loudly we could hear it from the bedroom. And lately, it had taken to making a rather alarming dripping sound, which we were told was Freon running amok in its tubes. It's probably a good thing we put it out to pasture.

Here's the old one ...


And the new one ...


What else is new? Oh — the new dress I bought last week at Target. Brown and stretchy, it is so much more comfortable on my itchy legs than pants and so much looser on my "waist" than shorts that I have been wearing it every day since last Saturday and may wear it to the hospital, no joke. I can dress it up; I can dress it down. Here I am wearing it to a wedding we attended on Saturday.


And what a completely joyful wedding it was! I met the bride (a former coworker) eight years ago, shortly after her 35-year marriage fell apart due to her cheating husband (who later obtained an annulment — how does that happen?). She went through some very dark years — and grew so much, fully coming into her own, it seemed — before she met the dear, wonderful man who is now her husband. They were introduced by a pair of 80-something nuns who are known for their matchmaking abilities — and who stood as witnesses at the wedding. I was moved to tears as I listened to the couple take their vows in the presence of their nine collective children, extended families, and many friends. (The church was packed.) I know that the bride probably never imagined that she'd ever stand before the altar again in her lifetime reciting those holy words, yet there she stood, glowing like a girl and speaking those vows with the conviction of a woman who knows she has made a good choice. I was, and am, so very happy for her, and for her lucky groom.

Here's one more new thing I ordered online this week: The Kecci Shanghai II Mommybag (in blackberry), a diaper bag that fills the gap between my small, sporty day-tripper from Lands' End and the larger, all-day backpack that's manly enough for Steve to use. It's bigger; it converts from a shoulder-strap-style to backpack ... and it's pretty! I can't wait for it to arrive!

But what I really, really can't wait for is to meet the Lemmondrop at last! I am so unbelievably excited to meet this new baby! It is so hard to believe that it could be within the week! Yippee!!!

9 comments:

liz said...

Aw, I was sort of hoping you hadn't posted in a while because you were busy meeting your son. :)

That's okay, though. Soon! I love, love, love the diaper bag you posted - gorgeous! And YOU look absolutely stunning in that picture - both you and Steve look so happy. Eeee!

Emilie said...

LOL Liz ... knowing me, I will probably make time to get on this computer and post that I am in labor! ;-)

LutherLiz said...

I too was hoping you were busy in labor. :) I'm so excited for you guys. I can hardly wait to meet lemmondrop myself so I can't imagine the excitment you feel. Plus I really want to know his name!

The diaper bag looks great too. Who knew that diaper bags had become so stylish! Still sending those happy labor thoughts. :)

Susanne said...

BEAUTIFUL DIAPER BAG!

It seems to be the hit of the post. New refrigerator looks great too; if I didn't know better, I'd say you were slightly emotionally attached to the old one...the new one looks much better though. You can build a new set of pics & magnets.

Love the brown dress too, and the cute pic of you & hubby. Very touching story of the couple who were married; gives me hope!

Emilie said...

Sue, truth be told, I am super-excited about the new fridge! I don't have any attachment to the old one (except for the magnetic poetry on the outside) ... and the new one is wonderful. :)

Thanks for the compliments on the diaper bag, too, and all the good wishes!

Laura said...

New appliances are wonderful... and your fridge looks so nice and clean. :)

You look soooo happy and glowing in your new brown dress. Take care... it won't be long now before you'll be carting that super cute diaper bag around!!

Ellen said...

Wow, I want to know more about this friend who got married! What an incredible woman with an incredible story. I can't believe her ex got an annulment. I hope he's alone and regretting what he did! At least that's how Hollywood would make it...
Anyway, I LOVE the dress. I approve ;-)

barbara said...

I LOVE the wedding story--especially the part about the matchmaking nuns! And that's a wonderful picture of you and Steve.

I, too, cannot wait to meet the Lemmondrop; I am trying to send him telepathic messages to HURRY UP!!! I also second (third, whatever) the raves over the diaper bag, it's so pretty. (A sentence I never thought I'd write--I mean, cooing over a diaper bag? but this one is worth the coos.)

A post when you go into labor would be terrific! You might have other things on your mind, though... :)

barbara said...

PS From what little I remember from my seminary studies, the fact that the ex got an annulment doesn't mean that the Church is taking his side. It just means that the Church decided that the marriage did not rise to the level of Sacrament--i.e. it didn't tell us much about God's love for us, which, since he was cheating, it certainly didn't!

(I'm sure my canon law professor would probably pick my statement apart, but what the hell! It's accurate as far as it goes.)