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TESTING 1…2…365: Clementine Candle

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365 ONE: day 252…Burgess Reunion!

Day 252: September 16th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Sha Na Na” from Grease Soundtrack

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

Anything to Note =

Stuart arrived this morning 🙂

It was so nice to see him after almost two months….which is crazy!! I can’t believe it has been so long since I have seen him! It’s funny as I was a little scared about seeing him as I am a whale!!! But also as it means we are getting close to the end with less than a week to go until the official due date, but really it can happen anytime!

But it was so lovely to see him as I had missed him so much regardless of my scary feelings under it all too.

I still don’t believe it’s real, that he is here. I also haven’t had any time to just be me and him yet as today we had the Burgess family over too (sadly I could not arrange for all members to be present for Stuart but managed to get two siblings, their families and his mum), so that was wonderful, and Tony, Stuart’s wonderful friend who I love, and who took our beautiful NYC wedding photos (if anyone needs a fantastic photographer let me know as Tony is your guy!!! Seriously!!)

Thank you to Tony, Alice, Ollie, Neil, Haylie, and their little ones Charlie, Lily, Grace for trekking to London to come see us!

It was so nice to have everyone all together for when Stuart arrived – even though, poor thing, Stuart must have been exhausted as he did not sleep on the plane (both he and I can’t sleep on planes) so he had to stay awake for a super long day. I just allowed him to go to bed now haha! I told him he had to make it to at least 9pm so that he falls into the UK time zone and beats the jet lag.

So I guess we will “see” each other and be with each other tomorrow as today was a whirlwind!

But it’s good to have the little schmonkie’s daddy around!!!! Ahhhhh…so weird to say!!

It’s funny as Paloma, my friend in NYC made a comment on Whatsapp messenger while we were chatting that every sentence she says seems to start with “I can’t believe….” and it’s so true as I feel exactly the same! I can’t believe anything!! And I always want to start with that beginning to every sentence!

Well, there’s no other way to say it but – I can’t believe Stuart is here!

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Side note: am here typing the blog upstairs near the Internet while hopefully Stuart is sleeping downstairs, but what’s funny is that my parents are watching Downton Abbey behind me in the kitchen while I type and my mum is hilarious!! She is literally talking to the TV! To the characters haha! Commenting along with things like “No, don’t tell her!” and making grunts and emotional noises! I wish I had captured that on video…may have to try at some point!


365 ONE: day 232…Tedious

Day 232: August 27th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Ksexase To” by CReal

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Keep Calm and Drink Tequila”

Anything to Note =

Tedious day.

Seriously tedious day.

Ugh.

I was up early after a restless usual no sleep night – partly I am sure to the fact that my mum and I watched The Thaw horror film late last night about a parasite that crawls into your skin – just thinking about it again gives me the shivers!! I went through bedbugs and so naturally anything about small creatures crawling over you is not the greatest way to make me feel relaxed. How could it to anyone!

Anyway, we had a workman come over early so was up early and had to be out of my room so I literally spent the whole day upstairs at the desk where I can get Internet….doing tedious things….dealing with tedious things! Literally – I was there from 10am sitting at that desk until close to 7pm!

First I spent hours looking for a flight for my dad to come over to London. It’s his birthday in two days so we’ve been searching for a flight over tomorrow for the week so we could be together and there was simply nothing! I mean, I would not give up as I really thought there had to be a way – I searched air miles, all airlines, cheap websites, combinations of planes…the only flights I could find that we’re not sold out were outrageous in price! So now we’re all disappointed. I can hear it in my dad’s voice too. I’ve never spent a birthday away from him. And I know he will be over for when the schmonkie is here and that’s not far away, but it’s just sad.

Then I had to move on to figuring out Stuart’s flight to come over for when Fashion finishes. So more searching and irritation at how expensive things are. I was however able to figure out a way to pay out less by using some of my mum’s air miles. Annoyingly I discovered that my mum’s United air miles had expired and she had lost a lot – enough for two trips to USA and back – and this happened in March when my parents were sick and of course pre-occupied and nobody checked. But there was an option for reinstatement for money so to do so and use air miles brings the price down for Stuart. A little more successful, or we’ll see, but again was not ideal.

Then had to deal with mortgage emails and a lack of understanding and miscommunication with back and forth of emails that were driving me crazy! They kept saying they didn’t have attachments when they did and not understanding what I was talking about, and all of this is from my blackberry as my work email is on there. I was trying to take care of things to keep Stuart from having to deal with it as he was busy at work today, but my blood started to boil….I was already stressed from the day so far and I just couldn’t deal with re-explaining again and again, using different tactics. I had to give up and asked Stuart to just re-send what we had sent over ten days ago on his lunch break.

I knew I needed to get out and away from the desk and soon.

Instead I tried to do as much as I could as I was already at the desk. I have to swap over planners as my current one ends in three days and I have been putting it off! I have to copy by hand all my notes and all that into the new planner – yup, I still believe in hand written planners versus on my blackberry. I fear for everything being wiped! And actually something happened to my blackberry a few weeks ago and all my photos were wiped! Which was horrible!! So I now have less faith in the technological planner than ever! But copying everything is….

Tedious.

Anyway, it got to 7pm and I just couldn’t do anymore. I needed to get up and out and some fresh air…to breathe out the stress of today.

Out for a walk around the park!!

What a day. A tedious one.

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365 ONE: day 222….Friday Business

Day 222: August 17th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Tha Me Thimase” by Antonis Remos

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

Anything to Note =

Well….

Today was a day spent on my iPad.

Literally!

Sitting in the kitchen in an uncomfortable stool, straddling the counter top, so I could get some Internet and also have it plugged in below.

Ugh.

It’s been a day of baby product research. Have been baby shopping literally every day with my mum so we can get things on “the list” in case, as my mum puts it, the baby comes early and we need to be prepared!!!

What???!!!

Early???!!!!!!!!!!

I have no idea what’s going on so he can’t come early – I auto corrected the ‘it’ to ‘him’ just now i will have you know!! So perhaps that means I am progressing???!!!! Haha!

Well, he can’t come early because Stuart is still in the USA until after Fashion week, so that’s September 14th at least!!!!

And I’m NOT READY for that!!!!

Anyway, we’ve been on baby shopping mode every day which has been too much! But amazingly I have been able to distant myself while doing so. Mostly, I try to keep my mum on track to how much we actually need right now, and in the UK since we will be going back to NYC, so I spend most of the time justifying expenses and saying “no” to my excited grandmother-to-be!!

That’s weird!!! My mum is going to be a grandmother!

She is excited.

Stuart is excited.

Everyone is excited more than me it seems!!

All very strange.

I finished reading and going through the Mum To Be Organizer book i was given so then spent the day online trying to find cheaper ways to fulfill the “to do” and “to buy” list based off what we’ve seen out and about so far.

And then reading reviews.

Again, too much!

Overwhelming really. It can just go on and on and on.

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Luckily I had to switch between baby online focus to mortgage documents being requested. Although, that was also ugh. Too much!

Thank you Stuart for helping me deal with all our mortgage stuff that had to be submitted as being here with no quality Internet, no printer and no scanner makes me limited. And that makes me feel a little helpless. There is an internet cafe not too far away but it’s expensive so Stuart and I tried to do it without that – me on the phone with him on his computer for some transatlantic business!! Thanks to our free calls!! Thank god for that really.

But no seriously. Thank you Stuart for today.


365 ONE: day 217…Destination Baby

Day 217: August 12th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by Bette Midler

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

Anything to Note =

I just spent hours….HOURS….literally trying to go online to do my 365 upload while watching the closing ceremony of the Olympics…so am irritated. The stupid wireless router downstairs where I am staying is just not working…..ahhhhhhhh!!!

So I apologize for any weird tones in this upload as am annoyed!!!!!!

Anyway…

I arrived in London late last night. Much cooler here so hopefully it will stay like that – although when I went out to do my walking and some grocery shopping earlier it was quite warm….but of course cooler than Greece!

So this is it then.

The final haul.

The final leg on the journey.

No more flying, now it’s…nesting time.

I knew I had NYC to get through until I left for London with Stuart to see his family and friends. And then I knew I had London with Stuart to go through. And while in London I knew I still had Greece ahead to see my family. And then with the extension of the Greece trip that helped stall the idea of flying back to London.

And now, it’s back to London…to have the baby!!

What the????!!!!!

That freaks me out! Now that I am here. On that final leg of the journey.

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Super overwhelming!!!!

I still don’t know what is going on, despite my super uncomfortable flight from Athens to London last night – the little schmonkie was moving around a lot and I had a lot of pressure, and then nausea….not so great.

This little schmonkie is moving around a lot in general. A LOT!!!

Yeah, still in denial….but I do know that instead of going to bed last night after I arrived I went into work mode and wanted to unpack everything, and put all baby things away into the baby chest of drawers that I had left in the flat after I arrived from NYC, and set up things, and build the foldable stroller my mum had bought us, and read all the stroller instructions, and open the Moses basket and put the changing mat on top of the drawers, and put away all the clothes after folding them all and sorting them by size, and the baby bath tub, and the baby bath products, and the baby blankets, and the…..and the…..and…..

I was up until 4am doing all this!! Amid fighting tears and emotions that kept arising, then back to denial to push on and get it all done.

I eventually had to stop as my back was seizing.

I did too much as I am feeling the pain today in my feet, legs and back. I just had to do all I could for some reason…I get like that.

Maybe to get it out of the way in one go and not be overwhelmed multiple days, although I am overwhelmed every day, so hmmmmmm….

Okay, must post this before something with this Internet fails and I lose it!!


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!!