Much of the time I feel like we are in our routine and doing our best to keep plugging away.
We have our big ultrasound next week and are all looking forward to that. We might all get the flu shot while we are there as well, though I’m still debating. So far things with the pregnancy seem to be going well. I’m feeling baby move pretty regularly, and Andy’s even felt the baby kick too, something he was never patient enough to feel with Stephan. The other day in the car Stephan asked me if he could hold the baby when she came out of my tummy. He’s such a sweetie. He thought he could hold the baby in the car, and I assured him we have a special seat for baby.
Last weekend on my birthday Andy took me up to Estes (we dropped Stephan off at nana & papa’s) and we enjoyed a nice evening watching All About Steve, which ended up being a great movie. Saturday morning we had a yummy breakfast at The Egg & I and after checking out of the hotel we wandered around downtown Estes for a couple hours before we ate an awesome pizza lunch at Bob & Tony’s and drove back to Loveland to do some more shopping and pick up Stephan.
The first “big” thing I figured out how to do in Photoshop is stitching photos together into a panorama. With no clue where to start, I ended up searching the web and finding a step-by-step process. When I started that I noticed that when you create a new file in Photoshop, there are these “Photomerge” options, one being panorama. Um. Yeah. Can you say easy? Here’s my Estes pano:
Stitching photos together is a great thing when it comes to scenery, so I’m glad to have found a simple way to make that happen. I think as I figure it all out, I’m going to love Photoshop as much as my sister.
I very much enjoyed playing with my GPS on the trip, and that my mom was able to order it with her Amazon prime so it came in time. Also great that Amazon sold the GPS for $100 cheaper than just about anywhere.
More birthday deals came in the form of a few dinners out and I was able to use the gift card from my in-laws to get a chain for my necklace pendant. I don’t know if I ever blogged about it, but one day a few weeks ago when I was picking Stephan up from school I noticed I had a chain, but no pendant. Freaked me out since it’s the necklace Andy & Stephan had gotten me for Mother’s Day. I freaked, figuring it could be anywhere, but then, as I was leaving the school with Stephan looked down and saw my pendant on the floor. I decided not to wear it again until I got a new chain! Thankfully, I was able to find a chain with the right length at Kohl’s and it was on sale on top of our coupon and my gift card paid for just about the whole necklace.
My parents both sent me some money and pooling that, I was able to order Photoshop. I’ve been wanting a new photo program and HP sent a deal for $20 off after we got our new printer. After ordering, Adobe gave me a rebate for another $20 since I downloaded it, another added bonus! While I have no clue where to start with the program, in time I’ll figure things out. Next week is fall break, so I should at least have some time then.
Today we are stuck waiting around the house for UPS. While I sincerely loathe having to wait around for them ALL DAY, I’m very excited to be getting my new phone, so aside from being a little impatient, I’m dealing with it. Yet another new thing for me to have to figure out, but as long as I can find a solid replacement for my beloved HandyShopper program on my Palm, I think I’ll be one happy camper. I’ve got one I’m going to try and start with that I’ve read some positive reviews on, we’ll see if I like it or need to go on a hunt for another one. I’m pretty much over carrying around my PDA for just the shopping list program.
The last thing I just want to whine about a little is work related. We have to create two objectives every year and this year my department is mandating one, the other we do with our school. I feel overwhelmed most of the time with what I have on my plate right now and don’t want to be adding any more to that, I think I should be able to create these objectives around what I am already doing. On top of that I’m out in March when the baby is born. I’m feeling pretty stressed because they are saying we need to do these with 30 students and I just can’t add that kind of additional work to my already loaded plate. No idea how to finagle my way out of this, but I’m sure going to try. The one thing that helps is knowing that it’s not tied to my pay, like it is with some people. That would probably make me really freak out. At least the one at school I can work around the student amount. At least I think I can, we’ll see.