Friday, October 30, 2009

Mostly stuff about Adam. And Thanksgiving. And Halloween.

Adam is leaving on Sunday to go back to Dirka-dirka-stan or Turkalurkadurk or wherever he is going - an undisclosed location. He is taking his replacement out to the det site to show her around and teach her what she needs to do. I'm so sad he is leaving me! It's only going to be for 2.5 weeks, but it still sucks. He promises me he will be back for Thanksgiving and I have already made it clear he is going to be divorced if he isn't.

We still haven't decided whether we are going to cook or go out for Thanksgiving dinner. Last year we went to one of the hotels downtown and sat on the veranda while enjoying the ocean views of the sunset and a nice Turkey buffet. That was great - the beach, having someone else cook and clean. But it's just not the same as making the recipes you grew up eating. Plus we have to watch the Cowboys OF COURSE and it's better to watch it at home. I don't really want to cook a turkey, but I guess we could buy one pre-roasted. The things I missed the most from dinner last year were my Nani's sweet potato casserole (made the southern TEXAS way with pecans and brown sugar on top - YUM), green bean casserole (you know, like with Campbell's cream of mushroom soup and cheese and fried onions on top), and pecan pie. They had pumpkin pie which I also like, but not as much as pecan. At our house we usually have one of each. My mom's mashed potatoes are also better than the buffet ones were, but they are not the crux of the meal for me. If I cook I will do mashed and sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing and cranberry sauce. What are you all planning for Turkey Day?

We will be at home tomorrow night handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters and enjoying all the cute costumes! I think we are going to watch The Shining tonight. It is pretty much the only scary movie I will watch and that's only because I watched it about a million times in college so it doesn't scare me anymore. REDRUM!

Adam also found out where his new assignment is going to be: in the Southeast Asia division at the JIOC. That's the Joint Intelligence Operations Center. And major bummer, he is going to be on the watch floor for at least a year. I nearly sunk into a major depression just thinking about it last night. Hopefully it will only be a year, so it would really only be 6 months with a baby. He was on the watch floor when we lived in DC and I hated it with a firey passion.

The schedule here sounds better though. He will be on 12 hour shifts from 5-5 and he will work a month on days then a month on nights, rinse and repeat. Every other week he will only work on Thursday and Friday. The in-between weeks he will work every day but Thursday/Friday. The only bad part about it really is the night shift stuff. Because he will be rattling around the house in the middle of the night on his days off, while I and the baby are trying to sleep. The big benefit to that is that he will be able to be with the baby if s/he wakes and I can keep sleeping. But I'm a light sleeper so I worry he will just be keeping me up all night. The other big benefit to this schedule will be that the months he works days, he can keep the baby at home on his days off if I decide to go back to work. Those months we would only have to put the baby in daycare for 10 days out of the month. The night-shift months that won't really work because he will need to be sleeping during the day even on his days off so his sleep schedule doesn't get too wonky.

No baby news really at the moment. I will get a picture of TEH BELLEH up this weekend. I will be 14 weeks!


Lindsey Broere said...

WOW...14 weeks! So out of the first trimester?! YAY!

I totally and completely overindulge in the green bean casserole EVERY YEAR...Part of me hopes the baby comes early for Neil and I so that I have plenty of room in my belly for green beans at Thanksgiving!

Sucks about the assignment...but fortunately its temporary, right?

Nina said...

Congratulations!!! I am so glad to see that life is treating you well and that you are happily out of Trimester 1. I know that there were a whole host of pregnancy symptoms that seemed sort of cute and innocuous when I read about them -- morning sickness being one of them. Then you are living them day in and day out and they rapidly become less cute... Yay for New Baby!