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365 ONE: day 261…Induced Date Set If Nothing Happens

Day 261: September 25th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Rich Girl” by Gwen Stefani

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Super Size”

Anything to Note =

I had my hospital appointment this morning.

I had this scheduled in advance as an appointment for after the 40 weeks and due date had passed in case the little monkey had not come into this world. And being now three days late in I went.

I had a little chat and said that I was feeling a lot of pressure and pains so we naturally talked about first babies being stereotypically late and the concept of induction. They will wait ten days before they induce and so will give me another week for the little monkey to have a chance to come out naturally.

Of course the things you hear about in the movies – you see how educated I am from movies??!! – are true ways to encourage labor, which she mentioned that we have all heard:

Spicy Food

Long Walks

Sex

I would like the little one to emerge naturally, ideally. I wonder what else works… ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning they performed an internal “sweep” on me – which I will not go into detail about other than its an internal exam to naturally help start labor and check if I am on that forward route at all…turns out its quite painful despite being compared to period pains…..ummmmm, no! It was worse than that thank you very much!

And to make it worse I had it done TWICE as there were two in the room – the first girl I think was an intern or something as she performed it first and then said she would need help/confirmation/assistance or something…so the OB went in and did it again!!

Trust my luck that I get it done TWICE!!!

“Just relax and breathe” – oh ok, no problem!!!!!! Don’t you just love those words when you are in a compromising position!!! Oh vey ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

It was painful TWICE and it made me think just how lovely this whole labor shindig is going to be!!!!!!! Great!! Epidural please!! Well, there was never any doubt to that, but hey ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, turns out I am dilated but only at 1cm so have a big stretch (hahaha my wit amuses me sometimes!!) to go before I am ready to give birth. So I am scheduled for another of these wonderful “sweeps” for this coming Friday and then if nothing still and the little monkey is still being stubborn (a good friend of mine yesterday pointed out like mother like son….thanks!!), then i am booked to go in to be induced for next Tuesday. Which if that happens will mean he will be another October baby!! Ahhhh the month of October is a popular one in my family! My brother, mother, two nephews, sister, brother-in-law, very good friend, and Stuart’s sister all have birthdays in October just to name a few!!

So, we are hoping for September to change it up!!

It made me think though back nine months to how all these people ended up in October…as well as possibly the little monkey….and it comes down to some hanky panky being obviously popular around Christmas/New Years time ๐Ÿ™‚

I also then thought back to me and being born in May and nine months prior to my birthday being August…and suddenly a click went off in my head!!!! My parents got married in May the year before I was born, or had their civil registry wedding then, and then they went to Greece to have their church wedding in September in Spetses….and it hit me!!!

I turned to my mum and asked her if she was in Spetses in August already, prior to her wedding, and the answer was….YES!!!!!!!

So yeah…..I was conceived in Spetses!!! Woo Hoo!!!! That is just perfect!! And makes total sense haha!!

Now THAT made my day ๐Ÿ™‚

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365 ONE: day 246…It’s a Small World After All

Day 246: September 10th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Come Back Darling” by UB40

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Nothing in the Fridge”

Anything to Note =

Yesterday I had one of those moments – the coincidence moment – that weird freaky feeling where the world suddenly seems so small…

We were on the bus and on our way to visit our family friend and this woman sat next to my mum and pulled out a book to read (me of course standing per 365!) Hours and hours later, we got back on the bus to go home, and my mum sat down…and we both looked over and it was the same woman next to her reading the same book!!

It was hilarious and made me laugh out loud! Such a weird freaky moment that they would be on the same bus at the same time and then sit next to each other again! Considering how many hours had passed, that there is a bus every 10 mins, and then be sitting next to each other! Too funny!

But doesn’t it happen a lot though?? And think how big the world is yet you see the same random person again, or try to avoid someone in a city of millions and then you see them….and just think of how many factors have to align to make that happen! Soooo weird!

It happens to me a lot, but the best by far was when I was traveling to Greece years ago from America…

I can’t remember how long ago it was, I want to say when I was at Middlebury, and I flew home to Greece for a short time so I think it was for something like Thanksgiving break or Spring Break…it was for some short time period as I remember I went as it worked out to be super cheap to do so! Ah back in the day when you could find cheap off season prices!

Anyway, I was alone and had homework to do, so I was trying to get some done on the plane over when this guy came up to me and knelt down next to me in the aisle and said hello and introduced himself. He then asked me out “on a date” ON THE PLANE to watch the in-flight movie that was about to be shown and if I would like to join him as he had seats open next to him a few rows down!!!

I was like, ummmmm….no!! I said I had homework to do – which I then had to do the whole flight as he was literally a few rows away AND his family were on my row!! He said he was a wrestler and traveling with his family to Greece to then drive to Croatia to see a wrestling event…all the while his family were of course nearby listening in…but I kept saying “no, thank you” to his date offer…it was all just crazy and too funny!

Anyway, a few days later I was flying back to the USA, sat in my seat, pulled out more homework to finish, and who sits next to me?????? The wrestler guy and his family!!!!!

UNBELIEVABLE!!!

We were on the same flight after that whole weird date thing, AND he was sitting next to me!!! I mean, what are the odds!!!

He could not believe it either so kept saying “it’s a sign so now you have to go out with me” and all I could do was laugh!!

Well I certainly could not get away with homework so had to chat with him for the journey, but I still refused a date for when we were back in America!! But it was a long plane ride home!

I also remember he played a trick on me for hours as of course we were stuck chatting, so me and skiing came up and that I was a ski racer and he said his sister was Picabo Street, a very famous ski racer, and one of my all time favorites! He showed me his passport too and his last name was Street and he had his whole family in on it too showing me their passports. Turns out that it was just that his last name was indeed Street, and he was of no relation to the ski racer! But it was his way to keep my interest, keep the coincidences alive, and perhaps say yes to a date!!

We left it at – if we ever see each other again then I HAD to go on a date with him…and I agreed in fear we might somehow have another coincidental meeting…but thank god, it never happened again!

It’s a small world! Seriously!

Although now that i have brought it up, I hope I haven’t jinxed it and suddenly see him in Chiswick!!!

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365 ONE: day 234…Happy Birthday Daddy!

Day 234: August 29th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Honey Pie” by The Beatles

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Photos of Dad”

Anything to Note =

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful amazing dad!!

It is his birthday and me and my mum are in the UK and he is in Greece….which in the history of my life has never happened before. I have spent every single birthday with my father, and always made an effort to be where ever he is in the world, by his side to celebrate.

But today.

I tried so hard to find him a flight over but I failed.

I searched for days and nothing. Everything was sold out or outrageous in price! And I mean outrageous!!! Like thousands of pounds or euros – I mean even if you had lots of money it’s still not justifiable to spend such an outrageous amount of money to go just within Europe…these prices are equivalent to flying to America from Greece, or even to Australia and beyond!

This must be a combination of fuel prices, cutting back on the number of planes they have out there, that it’s August still, that the Paralympics start tonight, that people booked holidays after the Olympics ended, and pure poop against the less financially able, like us!!

Poop I say, again!!

So it’s just a little sad today as we can’t be together, and I, the travel agent in the family could not make it happen, so I feel guilty ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

And it’s just sad as it centers around our financial crisis my family is going through and what life used to be about – just jump on a plane and go, anything for family – and now – when every penny needs to be watched or taken into consideration or justified…and I have always hated money and been money conscious but for my parents this downhill has really hurt them. And they are still just so generous and wanting to give us, give me, everything…and since I can’t fly I know my dad wanted to be here for me, with me, to give me that, and…could not.

Ugh.

I need to seriously play the lottery because I owe him the world. I hate money so much but life cannot function without it and I just wish I had it for my parents, not me. I am the eternal bargain hunter ๐Ÿ™‚ And they come first in my eyes.

I’m sorry daddy.

Happy Birthday Loon (that is our nickname for each other, between me and my dad, which I know sounds funny and weird haha, but its Loon or Loonie, or Loonaki – Greek variations of that word!!)

I have no idea how and when that came about actually haha!! But it has nothing to do with the literal English translation of a crazy person or a bird haha! Just special nicknames for each other ๐Ÿ™‚

Can you tell I am the ultimate daddy’s little girl???!!!!

My dad wants to come over for the birth of the little schmonkie so I will just have to organize a birthday celebration for my dad then…and get him some big presents to make up for him not being here with us today ๐Ÿ™‚

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365 ONE: day 225…Stress Rant

Day 225: August 20th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Brown Girl In The Ring” by Bonny M

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Stress”

Anything to Note =

Not such a good day today.

Stressed.

Emotions running high – me and my mum – with me trying to save money and trying to figure out ways to not buy certain items twice, and then both of us getting sad when I mentioned that NYC really is our home base, which implied to my mum that that was home….when really I want it to be half and half….half of our time in USA and half of our time in Europe….and she thinks I’m being unrealistic. And you know I don’t know. It made us both sad. But home is where my family is, and I want to be closer and can I not make it work as I can legally work in both USA and UK, and wanted to be transatlantic as my goal anyway, before baby was in the picture….and apparently I don’t realize how hard it is going to be, but I believe there has to be a way to make it all work….and, I don’t want to be away from family – I’ve been away since I went to boarding school at 13 which is why I am here now. And my green card was to enable me to be able to work transatlantic with acting and be more flexible and it took my 12 years to get! But I can’t leave for more than 6 months or something at a time on that and we are buying an apartment in NYC now with all our money….and….my mum says I don’t understand how money weighs into the lifestyle I want and I know it’s going to be tough but want to be able to fly my parents out to NYC to be with us too if I can, and help out with their financial crisis situation. And I’m sure the emotions within me are high also because I’m tired and pregnant and scared and…

Wow.

That was a rant.

And that’s just a taste of it!!

I could have gone on and on with what is boiling inside of me.

We’re both stressed – me and my mum – with life around us that is not so great, outside of the baby world.

And I have to be strong to keep the rest of the family up.

And now I feel I let my guard down for a second and perhaps put a crack in the perfect distracting baby world where my mum could live in quite happily for now. So on top of it all I also now feel guilty. Because I do want to be here and America is what I associate with work, and she was just so quick to jump on the sad element to America and how far away it is, and how far away I have been since the year 2000! And now will have a little baby that will also be far away from her.

And that makes me really sad.

And I don’t know what to do really. How to rectify it. How to make it better. How to prove to her and me that I will find a way to be transatlantic – for real.

I have to.


365 ONE: day 218….Nappies and Diapers

Day 218: August 13th, 2012= COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson

Uploaded Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Banana Phone”

Anything to Note =

Today I purchased my first nappies….or as you call them in America….diapers!!

I signed up for the Boots parenting club, which is a pharmacy here in London that gives coupons and points and such with their loyalty card. Anyway, they are offering or have been offering this special deal to join the parenting club and you get a free bag and offers and points on baby products and all that jazz.

Well, I had signed up for it but not been in London to complete registration or use any coupons and such as they were here and I wanted to wait for my mum to be with me too, but it had to be in store.

So we went today. In the baby section. Surrounded my nappies/diapers. Which they don’t make easy or it’s just hard to figure out as the sizes of the newborn nappies/diapers are based off weight but who knows how much my baby will weigh!!!! It’s still in my belly!!! I have no clue!!

So we were there for longer than I wanted. I wanted to be in and out, but no, then we had to debate. As we had to get a pack to register and qualify for the free bag and….

So I bought my first pack….two actually as there was also a deal on getting second pack half price ๐Ÿ™‚ But it was weird!!!

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Going to the hospital tomorrow morning too for my appointment….the hospital where I guess I will deliver….will it sink in then do you think???

Let’s see!!

I’ve been trying to catch up on What To Expect When Expecting book as had left it here – almost at the end of 5 months….so trying to catch up!!! I’m getting there!!! Haha!!!


365 ONE: day 213…Who Really Reads The Instruction Manual??

Day 213: August 8th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was =”No Air” by Jordin Sparks feat. Chris Brown

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Huge Mirror”

Anything to Note =

Today was set up phone line and Internet line and alarm and electricity voltage capacity (after the blackout we had to prevent anything in the future) at my parents new house….all with the same guy!!

I missed the phone, voltage, alarm sections but came downstairs right as they were trying to figure out the Internet….which they apparently have been trying to do for ages and could not understand…yet, no one said anything to me to come help!

Anyway, it took us hours to connect the Internet and then get it wireless!

And in the end it was actually quite simple…it was all in the router instruction booklet that was included!!!!

I tried everything – on my netbook, on another netbook, on my iPod, on my iPad….and it would not connect to the wireless. This guy had no clue! Literally! But to his credit, it was not obvious to me either. We called the company OTE and they said we had to first set up the Internet to the modem using an Ethernet LAN connection….fine. But that is all they said!! Not something like – look in the instruction booklet and you will see!!!!

Anyway, so we tried with the Ethernet on my netbook for ages with all kinds of codes that they had given my dad and it was just not connecting.

I looked over in the box and picked up the booklet that was in Greek and just flipped through it and then saw in the middle, hidden, four pages of how to connect to the Internet for setup! And it was complicated with numbers and in the browser, where the other items we would have to insert…I mean, ridiculous!! There was no way you would have been able to figure this out without that booklet, especially as you had to type like a nine digit code into the browser to even start the setup!!

Ridiculous!

I guess I assumed this guy would know what to do, but after about a half hour I realized he did not. Then I guess I assumed he would have looked at the instruction booklet then that came with the router since they had apparently been trying for ages before I even came into the picture. So I didn’t even think of looking at it.

But, this is Greece for you!!!

I mean, it should be simple and not something you need to go to an instruction booklet for really, right?? I mean, this is just setting up wireless with a router….this is not rocket science!! And oh so easy in America, but here…I see it is not!!

It sounds stupid that it was all along in the instruction booklet and no one looked at it, but I just can’t believe you have to. And then it was even more complicated after that trying to figure out which username and code you had to change and when and ugh.

In the end, I figured it out, but it was a little ridiculous….not sure who to blame though, really….OTE the company, the non-informative customer service, the technician, or me for not looking for an instruction manual and reading it hours before I did!

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Poop.

It’s now working on my iPad and iPod, but I can’t still get it to work wirelessly on my netbook….I give up for the day though!! Too much!!


365 ONE: day 188…Over Half Way!!!!!

Day 188: July 14th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio = Walking

Dance of the Day was = Mark Nash’s 40th Birthday Party Dancing

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Phones Galore”

Anything to Note =

Sooooooooooo…

I am obviously stupid and retarded and schmongo…

Because I am over half way through my 365 and didn’t even notice!!!!!!!!! HAHA!!

Day 183 was the official half way point and yup, let it slip by with no big deal!

YEAH!!!! Over half way!!!

That’s what I say!! Half way is pretty good, right???

BUT…have another half to go AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Now that is a little depressing or crazy. UGH ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

What’s funny is that half of the 365 will be in America and the other half will be in the UK – that worked out coincidentally!!


365 ONE: day 185…Will I Make The Plane??!!

Day 185: July 11th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Packing/Travelling

Dance of the Day was = “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Paul Carrack

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Mr. Giraffe”

Anything to Note =

I am leaving on a jet plane…

It’s LEAVING DAY!!!!ย  It’s TRAVEL DAY!!!!

CRAZY!!!

I think I’ve mentioned this before in another blog, but it’s funny because Stuart and I are leaving today – Stuart for only two weeks right now – but we’re not flying on the same flight! We leave within 20 minutes of each other from JFK, from different terminals, on different airlines – me on BA and Stuart on Virgin (which is way better!). And we arrive within 20 minutes of each otherย at Heathrow tomorrow, different terminals.

It worked out cheaper this way as I had to get on a BA flight to be on the same return flight as my mum when I come back to the States, but the cheapest flights were not BA, so Stuart did one of those cheap-not-know-you’re-airline sites and got on Virginย – so that was cool!

So we’ll see each other when we drive to JFK tonightย  and then I will see him again when I get picked up tomorrow morning after we arrive! Strange!!

If only we could communicate across the ocean, thousands of miles up in the air!!

If only BBM worked while flying haha!!

I will miss him ๐Ÿ™‚

But we get to save money so that’s a bonus!

If I make it to the plane as still haven’t packed and am at the office…..aHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

So this is my last day in America until JANUARY!!!

For just under 6 months!!!

In 2012!!

That’s weird.

Next time I’ll be back in the USA it will be in 2013 with a little schmonkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BIZARRE!!!!