; World of Dennifer: 5QF + weekly recap - 6.11.10

Friday, June 11, 2010

5QF + weekly recap - 6.11.10

Hey there everyone! I apologize for being a blog slacker this week, but work continues to be insane for me right now, so by the time I get home from work I'm exhausted. I'm even exhausted on the days I work from home. We are entering the final quarter of the Government fiscal year, which is the most busy time in my field & the fact that I'll be going on maternity leave a little over month after the fiscal year ends makes it even more hectic for me. Anywho, another Friday down & I'm pumped for this weekend! We have a lot of fun stuff planned - a good friend & former co-worker of mine is getting married tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to celebrating with her & then on Sunday, I'm having a long-delayed lunch with one of my BFFs who just had a baby girl in March! I'm so excited to sit & catch up with her - and of course, to pick her brain about baby stuff. :o)

This week was pretty productive though, I got another DIY project done for our baby girl - that's a total of two now that I need to post...they are coming soon - promise! I posted a few pics of the ribbon mobile I made on Facebook & got so many compliments/requests from my pregnant girlfriend's for mobiles for their little one's that I'm thinking of starting my very own Etsy shop for them. I need to get a few more under my belt before I start the shop, but I really enjoy doing it, although it is quite time consuming...the final product looks awesome! I also bought the babe this cute Carter's giraffe toy:
It plays a lullaby & was on sale at JCP plus I had a 20% off coupon code, so it was only $12! Then, I got the hubbs this 4-piece BBQ set for a supplemental Father's Day gift (I got a few cute onesies for the baby for him too, but this is actually just for him) - it was also on sale for $25 & I used my 20% off coupon code, so it ended up being only $21! Gotta love JCP - they always have GREAT sales & coupon codes come out at least once a week. And on top of all that, they ship so QUICK! I ordered the stuff on like Tuesday & got it on my doorstep this afternoon! I was in shopping mode this week - not that I'm never not in shopping mode - so I bought some cute shirts & a pair of jeans from Old Navy & Gap Maternity this week:

I'm really into the full panel pants nowadays - they are sooo comfy, but I still wear all my hidden waistband pants & stretchy denim waistband jeans I bought a little earlier on in my pregnancy. Hoping those will continue to work throughout my pregnancy. I also spoke with HR at my job about my maternity leave plans & it looks like everything is going to work out great! I want to take a full 12 weeks off & unfortunately, my job does not have "maternity leave" per se, but I can take off as much time as I want & use my sick & annual leave to cover that time. If Baby J cooperates until I hit 40 weeks & God-willing this pregnancy continues to go relatively smoothly, then I'll have 11 weeks of leave around the time I plan to go out on leave. I already spoke to my team leader about it & he said he is fine with me spreading out the other 5 days as telework days over the last few weeks of my maternity leave to account for the one week that I don't have enough sick/annual leave for. I still have to run it by my actual supervisor {it's complicated}, but I highly doubt he'll have a problem with that set up. I'm excited to be off for 12 whole weeks, especially over the holidays. I mean, don't get me wrong, I know it'll be hard work getting adjusted to a new baby & dealing with the normal stress the holidays bring, but I'm up for the challenge & look forward to spending all that quality time with our little girl!

And now, on to 5QF! If you want to participate, head on over to My Little Life & link up (and let me know if you do, I'd love to read my reader's answers)!

1. What do you think makes a good friend, or friendship?

I think a good friend is someone you know you can count on to have your back no matter what & someone who supports & accepts you for who you are & what you believe. I have a really good group of close friends - I know my girls always have my back & they're there always there to listen to me vent about whatever.

2. What is the last thing you bought & later regretted?
Hmm, well these weren't really expensive b/c if they were & I was not satisfied, then I'd return them - but I recently purchased two tee shirts from Old Navy that were non-maternity & I didn't try them on first. Bad idea b/c they are definitely too short, but I figure, they are tees - they'll still be "in" after the baby is born & I'll wear 'em them. And I fully plan to get my arse back on Weight Watchers shortly after Baby J makes her appearance to lose all the weight I have already gained & am sure to still gain. I lost 40 pounds on WW before & I'm sure I know I could do it again & fully plan to get back to a healthy weight as soon as is possible after we have our little angel. But I definitely have no qualms about returning stuff at all. In fact, I just sent something back to Old Navy Maternity today for an exchange, lol (those jeans above in fact - I needed a bigger size)!

3. Have you ever had a prank played on you?
Ummm, I'm sure I have - nothing really comes to mind right this second, but I'm certain someone has played a prank on me at some point in my life.

4. What is your favorite theme park?
Hands down - Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. I freakin' LOVE roller coasters & they absolutely have the best around! I especially love The Griffon - there's a 205-foot drop!! Sooooo exhilarating. Obviously in my current state, I'll be staying far away from The Griffon this year, but we'll likely go next spring or summer. My hubby is originally from somewhere not too far from there, so we can just go one weekend we go down to visit his family. And another reason I love him ::winks:: is that he is a roller coasteraholic too!

5. Have you ever seen someone else give birth?
Only on TV (I love the Discovery Health show  "Deliver Me") & it's not the most pleasant thing to watch, but it's a true miracle to me all that women's bodies are capable of! I can't wait to experience labor myself. Yeah it's a bit scary, but overall I trust that God has equipped my body to handle labor & delivery - I'm sure I'll blog more about that lata.
Okay, so my goal is to not be a slacker this week & keep up on posts. I have several updates to post on my spring/summer/getting-ready-for-Baby J list - including items completed with pics & items to add & a couple DIY baby projects to share. I also have several Project Nursery posts that I have been thinking of & just need to sit down & write out. So with that, I'll try & check back in later this weekend with my weekly pregnancy post & some of the other things starting early next week. 'Till next time!


Krissy said...

Following you from Follow Me Friday!! I hope you can stop by our blog too and do the same. Have a great weekend.