Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Big Earthquake (and the hundreds of little ones that followed!)

On Friday, March 28th, our spring break was just starting.

Chris and I came home, made dinner, relaxed with Evelyn. It was a fairly normal night. At bedtime, I was getting Evelyn in her jammies when we had a small earthquake. It was around a 3, but enough that I noticed it, and scooped her up. Our dog always loses her mind at larger ones, and she proceeded to. Evelyn had no idea what was going on. Since it was only a momentary thing, we finished the bedtime routine, got her in bed, and continued the night.

I had posted on FB about it, and some friends were asking some questions, such as "do you have earthquake drills" or "how often are there large ones," etc.

Ironically enough, as I was typing a response to the question about earthquake drills in class, about an hour after the foreshock, the big one hit.

A 5.1 isn't *technically* that big. But centered 4 miles below the VERY CITY I LIVE IN, it was intense. They said that to those in La Habra, it felt like a 7. And it absolutely and definitely did.

We have been through numerous 3-4 magnitude earthquakes since we moved to CA, and have never been scared before. Many are more...rolling, like you are on a boat. This one was very violent, back and forth, in a way that I had never felt. We had things flying off shelves. Our doorbell is two long chimes, and they were flinging back and forth, clanking and chiming. It was a surreal 30-45 seconds that FELT.like.a.lifetime.

I remember saying, "Oh God," over and over. CHris helped me up and we tried to get to the doorframe. He wanted to continue into Evelyn's room, knocking into to me. By the time we got into her room, it had stopped. I was hyperventilating.

Evelyn was peacefully sleeping. I scooped her in my arms and she rolled over and pushed me away as I tried to calm down. She had slept through it all and clearly did not want to be woken up.

Chris and I sat on her bed for maybe 5 minutes, when a large aftershock hit that had us both clutching for her. Again, she pushed us away, snoring and making her sweet sleepy noises. Chris went to turn on the news, and I laid for a few more minutes, until I was convinced the worst was over.

We had quite a few frames shatter, and many things came off our walls. Thankfully, all cabinets were closed, and nothing crashed out. The cover to our window a/c (obsolete, we have central but it was mounted IN the drywall) fell off and broke, and we can't reattach it. That was really the worst of it.

However, the whole experience left us jolted (haha see what I did there?). I had already started our earthquake kit a few weeks ago, and we made plans to finish it right away. It was hard for both of us to get to sleep that night.

The next day, we made the decision to tell Evelyn what happened, mainly because of the broken things, and because we wanted her to know what to do. She seemed largely uninterested until a 4.1 aftershock hit around 3pm. She was awake and aware, and while I don't think she was really *scared* it definitely opened her eyes and she had many questions. So now we have a plan for her as well, as well as her own special flashlight in case it happens in the middle of the night. There were MANY aftershocks through the night, and we were both so shaken up that we actually just brought her in our bed. It made us feel a lot better.

Now, there have been hundreds of aftershocks since the big one, and the fault beneath us is suddenly something we are very aware of. I am not afraid anymore, but man. It was really scary. So Cal has been in an earthquake drought, and if that starts to shift, I hope both of our nerves can take it!


Friday, April 11, 2014

A Basketball: 34 weeks

How far along: 34 weeks. Holy crap. 
Total weight gain:  Pretty close to 30 at this point. I am not doing so hot in that department. 
Maternity clothes:  Yeah. Even a handful of those aren't reaching anymore. 
Stretch marks: Oh of course.
Sleep:  Has been ok the last few days, but generally meh. 
 Best moment of this week: I got a LOT done at school. I am really happy about that. 
Miss anything:  Not hurting lol.
Movement:  Yes. All the time. 
Food cravings:  Just typical"I want ice cream" kind of things
Anything making you queasy or sick: still salmon :(
Have you started to show yet: LOL
Gender: A perfect little boy!
Labor signs:  Lots of those lovely BH, a few "oh yeah this is what labor felt like" reminders, too. 
Belly button in or out: It is still in, but bareeeeeeeeeely. 
Wedding rings on or off: I can still fit my entire set, but it gets too tight by the end of the day, so I am just wearing one band. 
Happy or moody most of the time:  Mainly happy! 
Looking forward to: A set name? My little shower tomorrow, for sure :) The nursery is done, the house is ready...we just need a baby! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Quick Update!

This is the list from my last post!


1. Laundry shelf--$0 dollars, already have it, just need to put it up and hang the curtain. We never got around to installing it after I posted about it in this entry. At this point, it's priority one.
2. Organize Garage--$75 in shelves and trash cans for recycling. Our garage is fine, it's just a little chaotic. We plan on straightening it up to make the best use of its storage, as well as our new chest freezer!
3. Clean up yard--ALL the things. So this will be ongoing and probably $$. We need a tree grinded, we need fence repair (totally hoping my dad can help with that when he visits!), we need to paint the fence, we need to till the yard and get new grass seed, and long term, we want a new deck. I don't expect any of this to be completely finished by this summer, but I want to get moving on it. (We STARTED this, but the big work has to be called in).
4. Hang roman shades in the nursery--$0, they are purchased and just need to be installed.
5. Get new doors for nursery closet--$100, they are ugly accordion doors and need to go. (this got complicated. Our doors are very odd sizes. May have to wait). 
6. Ceiling fans in all rooms--$300. None match, even in the kitchen/dining room where there are two, so we need 6 total. Currently debating DIY vs electrician.
7. Paint all closet and bedroom doors and spray paint doorknobs--$100 give or take. The doors are chipped and dirty, the doorknobs are brass. This little change will go a long way.
8. Paint trim in ALL ROOMS--$35 for paint and a wholllllle lot of patience
9. Paint front door--$0, I have 4 colors to choose from in the garage leftover from various projects.
10. Buy new storm door--$65. Simple white. Ours is a rusty brown grossness that I hate.
11. New porch light and lantern in white to match rails--$100
TOTAL $800 and then yard costs. So probably around 2k with everything.

Not much, but I got my entire spring break to-do list done, as well as the deep clean list. 
 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Project House: It Lives!

This summer, I was pretty gung-ho into House projects. I wasn't happy with the house, and I took charge to do something about it!

I got SO much accomplished! I painted the entry way, hallway, laundry room, both bathrooms and the master bedroom. I decorated, I put together, I made it OURS. I created a master bedroom. I did more than I anticipated and painted vanities! I still need to post a finished picture of the master, but it keeps getting to be a housing area for other things, like the Goodwill pile, currently! So I intend to have an entry devoted to the master soon.

But, of course, there is still work to be done.

As a home owner, isn't there always?

Here are some things that I have improved since this summer:


I recently updated the dining area, since it had no decor or "personality." The floor still needs tile, but for now, this all works. 
I am passionately making a nursery for our little boy, and am nearly complete. We need to hang his roman shades, get new closet doors, hang the artwork, and update the ceiling fan and then it'll be DONE!



Evelyn got a new big girl room, with new furniture and her very own Reading Corner full of pillows. All that is really left for her room is to update the ceiling fan and hang her ball mobile over the reading corner. 

So, what's left?

Here is my current list: (in order of personal priority)
1. Laundry shelf--$0 dollars, already have it, just need to put it up and hang the curtain. We never got around to installing it after I posted about it in this entry. At this point, it's priority one.
2. Organize Garage--$75 in shelves and trash cans for recycling. Our garage is fine, it's just a little chaotic. We plan on straightening it up to make the best use of its storage, as well as our new chest freezer!
3. Clean up yard--ALL the things. So this will be ongoing and probably $$. We need a tree grinded, we need fence repair (totally hoping my dad can help with that when he visits!), we need to paint the fence, we need to till the yard and get new grass seed, and long term, we want a new deck. I don't expect any of this to be completely finished by this summer, but I want to get moving on it.
4. Hang roman shades in the nursery--$0, they are purchased and just need to be installed.
5. Get new doors for nursery closet--$100, they are ugly accordion doors and need to go.
6. Ceiling fans in all rooms--$300. None match, even in the kitchen/dining room where there are two, so we need 6 total. Currently debating DIY vs electrician.
7. Paint all closet and bedroom doors and spray paint doorknobs--$100 give or take. The doors are chipped and dirty, the doorknobs are brass. This little change will go a long way.
8. Paint trim in ALL ROOMS--$35 for paint and a wholllllle lot of patience
9. Paint front door--$0, I have 4 colors to choose from in the garage leftover from various projects.
10. Buy new storm door--$65. Simple white. Ours is a rusty brown grossness that I hate.
11. New porch light and lantern in white to match rails--$100
TOTAL $800 and then yard costs. So probably around 2k with everything.

Whew! It's like My List all over again! However, most of these updates are small and easy, and can be done in a matter of hours or a day. I plan on taking my time, and not stressing over WHEN they get finished, the way I did over the summer. When this list is complete, the house will be nearly perfect! I am already happy with it, but these little things combined will just make it heavenly.


Friday, March 21, 2014

31 weeks. OMGWTFBBQ.


How far along:  31 weeks. That means 9 weeks left. Which is single digits. Omg. 
Total weight gain:  Hovering around 20. Some days, 22, some days, still 20, so let's just say 20. 
Maternity clothes:  Yes. All the time. 
Stretch marks: Oh of course.
Sleep:  Pretty bad these days. I wake up a lot. I have to pee a lot. I am generally exhausted. 
 Best moment of this week: Nothing stands out too much as best. I mean, it's been a fine week. Just not an amazing week. 
Miss anything:  ALCOHOL OMG. It's March Madness. I want a beer.
Movement:  Ohhhh yeah. He's a mover now. But in weird ways. Feels different than Evelyn.
Food cravings:  I haven't had a craving. I will see something and like, SUPER want it in that moment, but nothing in the "I will cutabitch if I don't get this now" realm. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: My smoothie gave me heartburn yesterday?
Have you started to show yet: *Looks up* you tell me. 
Gender: A perfect little boy!
Labor signs:  Lots of those lovely BH. 
Belly button in or out: It is still in, but it's only a matter of itme.
Wedding rings on or off: On, but I can tell they are starting to get a little tight. 
Happy or moody most of the time:  Sleepy is not an option, but I would say sleepy. 
Looking forward to: Finishing up the nursery. THere has been lots of progress, and more since this picture. I think I have all the wall art purchased--just need to decide on a mobile and how to display his name (once we are set on a name!!!) Over Spring Break, this puppy will be finished up and ready for a little boy!