Monday, November 22, 2010

Beanie Mishap

We had to go to the store tonight so we decided to both go and take Lily, obviously. Well it's been chilly here in Provo so we put a little beanie on her to help keep her warm. This particular hat was a bit big so we had to roll up the bottom so Lily could see. Anyway, we get her in the car and half way to the store she starts crying about something. I'm thinking "great, she's already upset and we haven't even gotten to the store yet. This doesn't bode well." So we get to the store and I jump out and open the back door to see what is upsetting her and the beanie had fallen down to cover her entire face. It was pretty dang hilarious! I quickly pulled it off of her but the poor thing! She all of a sudden couldn't see and had this scratchy hat on her face. I can't stop laughing about it even now. I was not expecting to find that! I wish I would have taken a picture but I felt so bad for her already I just took it off right away. After we fixed her hat she was pleasant for the whole shopping outing. She sure is a cutie!

Monday, November 8, 2010

6 is the number

The Sonic Sugar Cookie Blast tastes like Christmas.
And it's been 6 weeks since I had Lily.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Christmas Bells

I want to decorate for Christmas right now! And I think I will :)

The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials is the second book in James Dashner's Maze Runner series. The first book is called Maze Runner. This series is amazing! I've never been so crazy to know what is going in a book I've been reading. And I've read a lot of books! I won't go too much into the plot, not that I could give much away because Mr. Dashner is taking his sweet time letting readers behind the scenes. But I would recommend this book to people who like books like The Hunger Games series, or other books like that. It can be a little gruesome but not too bad that I wouldn't feel comfortable. The Hunger Games pushes that border way more than these books. But it was so great I just wanted to put it out there because it is awesome. I can't wait for the next book!

Baby post

Well, life with a baby is definitely intense and more different than my previous life than I could have ever guessed. I never thought going from being a full time student and having a job to being at home all day with a baby could be so hard! I love Lily more than anything, but I have to admit - it seems like all I do is sit around and feed her. And then wait until she's hungry again. Granted, the fact that she's not supposed to go anywhere (doctor's orders) makes it way harder. Otherwise we'd be walking to the library every day. But for now, we are stuck in the house unless we go somewhere with dad and one of us waits in the car with her. I am getting more stuff done than I used to now around the house than before. It's hard for me to put her down, though! She is so cute. She has recently started smiling more and making little talking noises. So adorable. Although she also is spitting up most of what she eats! Yet she is still getting chunkier and chunkier.

Her sleeping is getting better. I thought we were going in a great direction when two nights in a row she slept for a 6 hour stretch. But last night she barely went for 3 hours. But that's better than the 15 minutes she sometimes slept before. So we are getting more sleep and hopefully she'll keep up the good sleeping habits.

Friday, October 22, 2010

First Bath/Walk

Today was a big day for Lily! She had her first real bath, in a tub, and she loved the water. She just sat there calmly while we washed her and just enjoyed it. But she did not enjoy being cold and wet when we took her out. But we dried her off quickly and put her in some fleecy pjs. She is so cute! Now she smells great.

After the bath we stuck around the house for a bit, then decided to go on a walk with daddy. We returned the dishes that the ward dinners were brought in. It was kind of a hard outing for me since I haven't really walked or done any exercise for almost 2 months. It felt good to be out though.
Here she is in her stroller.
Lily is so cute! We love her so much, it's crazy. Here's just a cute picture of her.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Life with Lily

Being a mom is nothing like I thought it would be. It's the most amazing thing I've ever done, yet I've never been more exhausted and emotional in my life. I'm hoping the emotional thing goes away soon, it seems I cry at least once a day. Breastfeeding is hard, with weird side effects that I was not expecting. But it's one of Lily's favorite things to do. Some nights are easier than others. For example, last night she wouldn't sleep in her bed for more than 30 minutes at a time. I finally just got some pillows and went out on the touch with her and she slept for hours in my arms. Which wasn't so bad except I can never sleep soundly when I'm holding her. Every movement and noise causes me to wake up and make sure she's ok. Brady thinks I'm crazy and a 'hover mother' because I never want her to go in the swing or stay in her bed if she's awake. Which, I'll admit, does make it hard to do anything but snuggle her all day so I'm trying to be better about putting her down once she falls asleep. I just love her to pieces and want to be with her all the time.
We put her in her room and have the monitor in our room now. I hate waking up to her crying but if she's in the room we never sleep. She is such a noisy sleeper! Makes noises non-stop. I guess it'll get easier. She's only just over two weeks old. And by easier I mean it'll get easier for me to put her in her bed when she's sleeping, etc. I doubt the sleep deprivation will get any easier. The lack of rest is finally catching up to me, I was on baby high for the first two weeks but now the late night feedings are really terrible. I can barely stay awake, which is ok, but mothers probably know what I mean.

But the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot. When I pick her up from bed she smiles and after I feed her she looks up at me and smiles. She is just the cutest thing ever. Seeing her with Brady is so great. It's hard not to squeeze her to death! Anyway, life as a mom is still unbelievable. I can't believe I have a daughter and that I can now call myself a mom. It's fantastic even if we haven't really been anywhere but the doctor. She told us on Monday that we shouldn't go anywhere either, since it's flu season so I guess we're staying home. Although I think maybe we'll try to get out and go for walks soon since I'm feeling almost 100%.
She weighed 9 lbs 12.5 oz at her 2 week appointment. At her 4 day appointment she weight 8 lbs 10 oz so she is definitely plumping up! And she'd grown 1.5 inches. It's hard to believe she's already getting so big!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lily is Here!

Lily Nicole Redfearn was born September 25th at 12:49am in the morning. She was 9 lbs 1 oz and 20.5 inches long. She was 5 days late, well technically 6 days. We went in on Friday to get a non-stress test to make sure the baby was doing alright. Everything looked good but her fluid was low, I think Brady said it was 2.8 when it needed to be 5. So the nurse who was doing the test said she was calling the doctor and that she thought I should be induced that day. We weren't expecting that! So we ran home so Brady could shower before we went over to the hospital. I was given pitocin at around 2 pm on Friday. It took forever for it to get me to a 4, most of the day actually, but once we hit 4.5 dilated it went super fast. The next hour when they checked I was a 6.5 and then the next hour the doc came in and said it was time to push. I pushed for almost exactly an hour and she was out! I did get an epidural and it was totally worth it. This is right after we got to the hospital.
So that is basically the story. I was in labor about 11 hours, so not too bad. Lily is now 1 week and 3 days old. We had my parents here right after she was born and now Brady's mom has been here almost a week, she leaves on Thursday. Our fridge and freezer have never been fuller from meals that both my mom and mother-in-law have been making. I'm tired but not so exhausted that I can't function. It seems like I should be more tired. Maybe my body still doesn't know that it's supposed to be tired. Anyway, Lily is awesome. I still can't believe she's here! Brady can't either and is so cute with her! We're both doing well now and hopefully that'll continue. I feel better everyday and can't wait until I'm totally healed so Lily and I can go on walks before it gets too cold and rainy. Here are a few pictures of her, there are more on facebook.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

3 Days Overdue

Yes, I am still pregnant, for those of you wondering. I went in to the doc on Monday and he said that I was finally dilated to a 1 and he tried, somewhat successfully, to strip the membranes so as to help labor along. I think I have had some contractions, finally, since then but they are sporadic at best. We'll go in for a non-stress test on Friday to make sure the baby is doing alright and then we'll have our regular appointment on Monday if nothing has happened by then, which I'm not optimistic it will. At that point he just said they'd try to do some encouraging things to my cervix. On the bright side, he said there are no health problems going on, which is why we didn't set an induction date I think, so we're just kind of waiting for her to decide it's time to come. The only thing wrong is that I'm not dilating. But, after weeks of nothing, it's a good sign that something is happening, even if it is small. I never know if this is too much information to put on a blog but I'm doing it anyway, so whatever. My blood pressure was way down too, almost back to normal. I think my body has forgotten it's pregnant. And no, I'm not really in that great of a mood because I'm still pregnant. Everyone I know that was due in September has had their babies, all of them weeks early. Except me. So, anyway, I guess we know that my little girl is stubborn and has a mind of her own and will not come out for anyone. Not even for mom who cries daily at her plight. I'll update again on Monday, as I will no doubt still be carrying this little girl inside me.

Monday, September 13, 2010

39 Week Appointment

Absolutely nothing to update. Still not dilated to even 1. Blood pressure is holding. So hopefully we'll see some action soon! Sometime this week, I hope. If not, we go back in on Monday and the doc said we'd probably induce about a week after my due date. Hopefully that means Friday and not Monday. Brady wants to have the baby on a weekend so he doesn't have to miss too much class, if any. So, if everyone could please pray that the baby decides to come this week that would be great. I have been having anxiety attacks from my nervousness about having the baby and not knowing when she'll come. Because of said anxiety attacks, and the middle of the night hunger that hits so badly that I'm nauseous, I've been up since 4:30 this morning! Lovely. I'm not even tired yet. I'm wide awake and feeling kind of crazy. Anyway, that's all. Boring, I know, but how do you think I feel? And poor baby is getting so big; I feel like she doesn't have any room in my short torso to move anymore! But I suppose if she doesn't like it she can decide to come out anytime.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

38 weeks 2 days

Had my doctor's appointment today. Still only dilated to .5 (like I have been for the past 3 weeks). But Lily is growing like crazy still. She moves non-stop and it feels like she is trying to bust out. Yet I haven't had any contractions and I feel very far away from giving birth. My blood pressure is up a little more but still under the danger zone of 140/90. So, I have a feeling she'll either be right on time or late. No such luck for a week early. Which will be sad for my Aunt who is getting married on the 17th and my brother in law who is getting married on the 18th. Oh well. I doubt we would have gone anyway. I wouldn't want the baby around so many people right away. But this waiting game is hard! I just wish I had a strict date. A due date is pretty much worthless. And I want to hold my little girl. The doctor said she was a good size. I'm really hoping she doesn't get to 10 lbs like Chloe, but every day she's in there she's getting bigger and bigger! Well, we'll see. My mom didn't really have anything happening before she went into labor with us. When she went into labor the baby came within 7 hours. So maybe I'll get lucky and be like her! But it's probably too much to hope for. Anyway, another update next Monday after my 39 week appointment.

Monday, August 30, 2010

37 Weeks

I'm 37 weeks 1 day today. We had another doctor's appointment this morning and nothing really has changed. My blood pressure was way up, 129/85 - which is a huge leap from what it was last week, 116/80. But since it's not over 140/90 the doctor wasn't worried. I bet it will be next week, if this pattern keeps up. So for me my blood pressure is high but compared to other people it's still doing ok. The cramps are apparently caused by the baby's head pressing down on my lower abdomen and internal organs, etc. And unfortunately there is nothing they can really do about it. The solution is to give birth. Which won't be happening naturally anytime soon. I'm still not dilated to even a one, I'm probably dilated to 1/2 or something. But since I haven't really had any contractions I'm not surprised. So, for at least another week, I'm going to be pregnant and in pain. But baby is still moving all the time so there are no worries really. Brady's happy, he wants this baby to stay in until the last possible time. I just don't want to be pregnant anymore. I can't sleep past 5 in the morning without a heavy sleep aid dose. And getting up every 3 hours to pee is really awesome. It's even more frequent during the day time, too. Anyway, that's about it for now.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

36 weeks

Technically this is a picture taken about a week ago, just over 35 weeks. Today I am 36 weeks 3 days. I had my most recent appointment at the doctor's on Monday. He said my blood pressure was up a little, although it still seemed normal for me. However, I had lots of kidney problems when I was younger and so the doctor thinks I'm prone to hypertension (which I think is just a fancy word for high blood pressure) during pregnancy. So, he said that I should lie down on my left side whenever I can. And since I am done at work now and don't have much to do that is a lot. My next appointment is on Monday so we'll see how the blood pressure is doing. I've also been having bad cramping pain in my lower belly which is usually accompanied by severe back pain. If I lie down the pain is usually manageable, or goes away completely. The baby is still as active as ever so the doctor said he can live with the pains if I can. So that's where we are and we'll see what happens in a few days at the next appointment.

In other news my sister had her baby two days ago, on the 23rd. She was a whopping 10 lbs 1 oz and 22 1/2 inches long. I can't believe how big that baby is! My poor, rockstar sister was in labor about 38 hours. Her labor slowed down in the middle, or maybe she just took forever to dilate all the way, but the doctors/nurses didn't want to help her along so she suffered through it! I think she was in labor for maybe half that time before she got an epidural but once she got it, she felt a lot better. Anyway, both mom and baby are doing great and I think they are going home today. Chloe sleeps a ton so hopefully she's keeps that up once they're home.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

31 Weeks

Well, I've made it to the third trimester! I'm just over 31 weeks and I feel like I can't possibly get any bigger!
So far pregnancy has been pretty much what I've expected it to be. I was nauseous the whole first trimester, felt pretty great for the second trimester, minus the headaches that would come every day in the afternoon, and now that I'm in the third trimester, it's heartburn, lack of sleeping, lack of being comfortable, swelling ankles, and round ligament pain. But, on a plus side, my baby will not stop moving! Although, the sore ribs from little baby feet kicks could be seen as a negative if one was so inclined. One thing I was really not expecting is how bad heartburn can be. Before pregnancy I'd maybe had heartburn twice in my life. Now it feels like fiery darts are being shot into my heart nonstop. It's crazy! But I can't wait for this baby to come! I'll survive all this and be ok with it as long as she comes out healthy and happy. Oh, and who doesn't love mood swings? I'm sure Brady can say how much he loves them!
In other news, we went up to campus on Sunday and took some pictures to put on a graduation announcement. Here's what the finished product looks like:
I don't know if anyone who reads this blog would want a printed out copy but if you do leave me a comment with your address and I'll send you one! We're pretty excited that we were both able to finish our undergrad work and be able to graduate in August. Perfect timing for the baby to be born!
I've also been borrowing this tv show on DVD from my sister called Veronica Mars. It's a great show - although intense with a lot of crime fighting and sometimes gross situations. But I've watched the first two seasons and now I just need to watch the third and final season whenever my sister brings it over to me! Although I've heard that season 3 isn't as good as the other ones so I'll be sad if that's true.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bree Despain Book Giveaway

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

School and California

Well, as of June 18th, I'm done with my undergraduate degree!!! I'm graduating with a degree in Humanities with an English emphasis. I could not be more pleased that I actually did it. There were many times when I really wanted to quit and didn't think I could do it. Turns out I could. :) So, now that I'm done with school, I can focus on being alternatively elated and scared out of my mind about having a baby in less than 3 months. I'm 28 weeks and 2 days (approximately) and I have a doctor's appointment today. The baby has been moving around like crazy, a lot of times up in my ribs which is really weird to feel, but I love it at the same time. Every time Brady is able to feel her move he gets this huge grin on his face. So far everything is going well and we are getting more excited by the day to bring our girl home in September.

We recently got back from a week long trip to Paradise, CA. We went camping for most of the week. It was really fun. It'd been three years since we'd been camping with my family and it was great to go again. Camping for us is staying out on the boat most of the time. I really enjoyed the swimming, or floating as Brady says, and I definitely got some sun so I'm only mildly white now instead of ghost status. It was great to hang out with everyone and I'm already looking forward to the beach trip in a few weeks!

And because I think blog posts without pictures are kind of boring, who's excited for this gem? I know I am. Oh, and I'd put a pic of our camping trip up except we don't really have any since we lost our camera right before the trip. Good news: we have since found it at the BYU lost and found. Huzzah!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Side Note

Brady hates this commerical so much and keeps getting annoyed at me for singing it and getting it stuck in his head. His annoyance makes me love it that much more. haha!

3 year Anniversary!

Today is mine and Brady's 3 year anniversary! It's been the best 3 years of my life, that's for sure! We had a baby doctor's appointment this morning that we went to. I'm now 24 weeks along. The baby is doing well, her heartbeat is nice and strong. The doctor said my uterus is measuring a tad bigger than it should be, so I'm not quite sure what that means. He didn't seem concerned about it, and just made sure we hadn't changed the due date to sometime sooner than Sep. 19th. The baby was measuring two days further than what she was supposed to be, so maybe she is just growing fast! After the doctor's appointment I had to go to work for a few hours but after that we went out to dinner to Carrabbas. It was pretty delicious, I'd never been there before. Then we went to Costco for some groceries and Brady bought me flowers there (shown above). Now I'm at home and Brady is at the gym. It's been a pretty good day. And in less than three weeks I will be done with school.... FOREVER (unless I go to grad school, in which case, I'll be attending online and will never have to step foot in a classroom again). That's the update for us. Our baby girl is moving around like nuts now! They always have a hard time keeping her in one place to listen to the heartbeat. Silly thing! We can't wait to meet her. Roughly 16 weeks left!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It's a Girl!

So we had our 20 week appointment yesterday. The technician waited until the very end to tell us what the baby was but I was enjoying looking at all of the baby's features so it wasn't too hard to wait. It's so amazing how you can see everything! The bones and organs looked great, her heartbeat is 150. She was also moving around like crazy! The lady doing the ultrasound asked if I had drank a coke for breakfast since the baby was so hyped up. But luckily the lady was enjoying it and not annoyed. She could barely capture the heartbeat because our little rascal was moving around too much. But we got it eventually. I am so excited to be having a girl. My sister who is a month ahead of me is also having a girl so they'll have to be great friends. I would have been happy with a boy too, but now I get to buy really cute clothes for her! Anyway, that's the update. Baby girl Redfearn was measuring 20 weeks 4 days when she's supposed to be 20 weeks 2 days but the lady said to keep my due date of September 19th, so that's what we're doing! It seems so much more real now that we know that it's a girl and can now pick a name and start calling her it! So fun.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Remember Me: Mixed Feelings

Spoiler Alert: If you have not seen "Remember Me" and don't want the ending spoiled, move on and come back and read this after you've seen the movie. That said, moving on. So I'll admit I do enjoy Robert Pattinson. And I liked him even before he was Edward - Cedric Diggory ring a bell? Anyway, I wanted to see this movie even though I didn't really know what it was about since the trailer doesn't really give any of the storyline away. Overall, this was a great movie. I enjoyed it, despite the constant smoking, drinking and swearing, and would have recommended ... until I saw the last 10 minutes. There is a great scene of Rob being silhouetted against a window and that would have been a great shot to end with. Everything after that scene is pointless and unbelievable. There was no point in bringing in the horrendous events of 9/11 into this movie. It made no sense and I didn't buy it as a plausible ending. I felt ripped off after loving the rest of the movie. The horrible ending has nothing to do with the actors or their performance (I think they all did a wonderful job). It is the screenwriter that ruined this movie - who wanted a dramatic ending and decided to throw in 9/11 out of nowhere leaving the viewers stunned, confused and, in my case, thoroughly annoyed. That said, the first 10 minutes could have been eliminated as well. We didn't really need to see the mom get killed and I find it dumb that the guys who robbed her would come back and kill her and not the little girl (especially since once the subway doors close, they don't open again). It just seemed weird. So, in conclusion, this would be a good all around movie if they had cut out the first and last ten minutes of the film. The ending is just so terrible. The only word I can really think to sum up the ending of this film is absurd. Absolutely absurd.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Whrilwind Cali Trip

So Brady, Wendy and I went to California for the weekend. We left Friday night, getting into Paradise at around 6:30 at night after an 11 hour drive. The reason for the trip was so that we go attend Ashley's (our sister-in-law, married to Kyle, with the adorable kids) baptism! She has been interested in the Church for a couple years now and she finally decided to get baptized so we felt we should be there to support her. It was a great trip. My sisters, mom and me sang a primary song with Kylee (our niece). She is so cute. Anyway, it was a great day. After the baptism we went back to my parents house and we had a big family dinner. After that, we played charades, at my Dad's request. I was dreading it at first because I hate acting games, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. Now, however, my niece and nephew want to play all the time, my mom says. Fun for her! I'd post some pics of our trip but Brady and I forgot the camera! Anyway, we spent all day Saturday in Paradise and then left at 6:45 Sunday morning to come back to Provo. It took us 10 1/2 hrs on the way back. Not too shabby but I could barely move when we got home. Also, Brady and I still haven't really recovered from the sleep deprivation, but it's getting there!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Heartbeats, Finals and Scholarships

We went to the doctor today and heard our little ones heartbeat. It took a while for the doctor to find it again, but he eventually did, on the far right side. We also could here the little thing kicking and moving around. Very fun! We will be able to find out what gender the baby is in a month. May 4th is the day of the ultrasound. I've been feeling pretty good recently, just some major headaches, but other than that the nausea has left the building for now as well as the worst of the back pain! So huzzah! Baby and mom are doing well!

The semester is coming to a close now. I have three papers left, 3 final exams, and then I'm home free!! One term more and I'll be done. And I counted and Spring term I will only have 20 days of class in total. Nuts! So I'm really excited to be done. It's weird, though, because I can't imagine not having homework or other things hanging over my head. For the rest of the summer I'll just be reading as many books as possible and then in the fall I'll be taking care of a baby instead of taking classes! The end is in sight and I couldn't be more pleased.

On a happy, exciting, wonderful note Brady has been awarded the graduate version of the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship. It's a lot of money that will help us pay for our rent and his school expenses! It is a huge blessing and we are so excited about not having to worry so much about the added expense of our little one! Anyway, things are looking really great right now!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Birthday and Back Pain

Well, my birthday is on Wednesday! I'll be 23. I feel like I'm getting old. I tell people my age and I'm old to be in college still, as a girl, and then they find out I've been married for almost 3 years and they start wondering what I'm doing here. I guess I just got married early and then Brady and I have just been chugging along at school. Luckily, we'll both be graduated this Spring (Brady's done in April, I'm done in June), and then Brady goes on to grad school here at BYU. So we won't feel so old to have been married for 3 years with a baby. Anyway, I'm excited for my birthday. I've always loved birthdays, for some reason. A lot of people hate them, but I love my birthday.

On to some baby stuff. I have been feeling less nauseous for the last couple days - but this was only to make way for the back pain! I never knew my back could hurt so badly. I was a cheerleader in high school and had girls stand on my shoulders and I threw them in the air and yet, no back pain to speak of. Until now. My baby, the size of an apple, is wreaking havoc on my back! Little rascal. Well, that's about all of the update. The semester is almost over and I'm just working on some final projects. Then I'll have to get through the Spring term, two classes, and I'll be free as a bird. Yay for graduation!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What will you be doing Sep. 19th?

I'll most likely be in excruciating pain. Yes, the rumors are true. I am pregnant. I'm 12 weeks and 2 days, and the baby measures exactly that. We went in for our second doctor's appointment and they couldn't pick up the heartbeat with just their dopplar thing so we had to go get an ultrasound (I'm not complaining!). We got to see the baby move around. When she first put the thing on my belly the baby did a little jump. Then it was moving it's little arms around and it legs were straight up in the air! Then she zoomed in on the chest so we could see the heart fluttering and then we got to hear the heartbeat. So amazing. Brady was crying. Anyway, so that's our big news. I've been pretty nauseous up to this point but it is getting better and since I'm at 12 weeks we should be done with the morning sickness soon! Here are the ultrasound pictures, hopefully you can tell what is what!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Brady's Birthday

So Brady celebrated his 26th birthday on Friday! We had a small celebration, per his request. The only thing he wanted to do is eat at In N Out, his favorite place. It was delicious. I just got him Transformers 2, because this summer he wants to get a car that he can fix up, like an old Camero or something. I gave him a haircut last night because that's the one thing he really wanted for his birthday - I know, really exciting, but whatever. It's his birthday. This Tuesday we are going to the Pizza Pie Cafe. Brady has heard such good things about it that we must go. I'm excited. And tonight I think we are going to go shopping for a new watch for me. The battery of the one I had died a few months ago and I'm really missing it! Looking at the time on my phone is not the same. I don't really have anything good to write about, but I felt bad for never updating this. Soon I will have a big update but I'm waiting another week before I do that post. ;) Until next week.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Inane People

SO, as many of you know, I am an avid Harry Potter fan. It's almost an obsession, really, but that's not the point of this post. I read recently that yet another claim has been made that J.K. Rowling stole from other books to write the Harry Potter series. This claim is being made by the author's family, the author of said book is dead. Apparently in this book, the main character, a wizard, goes through a series of tasks that is similar to HP #4. Besides the obviously idiocy of this claim, and all claims like it, I just wonder why these people think that their relative was the first to come up with a series of tasks and then has their character go through them. Even if the premise is the same, the tasks are no doubt completely different. People just need to stop accusing people of crazy things, like stealing material to write books from other books. I might also point out that the idea of having a hero go through tasks is as old as the Greek myth of Heracles (Hercules). So, are the ancient Greeks going to come out of the grave to accuse Rowling of stealing material from them? No, this claim, as well as all of the previous claims, are just ridiculous. She had never even heard of, nor read, the book in question. The Harry Potter books changed my childhood and I am just tired of people trying to steal Rowling's hard earned money. She's a brilliant author who doesn't need to steal from other people to come up with awesome plot lines and characters. End rant.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Gift Cards and Colds

For Christmas Brady and I got a combined gift card for Barnes and Noble from my brother and sister-in-law. Lucky for me, and not so lucky for Brady, I love to buy books and read and Brady does not. So he didn't really get a gift from them except maybe that I got to buy books without him having to pay anything for it. I got some sweet books, I can't wait to read some of them. I got about half that I haven't read and half that I already have. So, that's pretty sweet. We went to IKEA yesterday so that we could buy more book shelves for my burgeoning collection. I put the shelves together today and they look great in our living room! We were going to get two other shelving units to hold our dvds, etc. but they had sold out of them just earlier that day. Luckily, they got more in that night and so we're going back tomorrow to buy them. They should be great.
Brady and I have both been sick with colds ever since we got back from Christmas break. It stinks! I was getting better but now I have regressed and am worse! Brady isn't worse, so hopefully he gets all the way better. Tomorrow, like I said, we are going back to IKEA and having breakfast with my friend Alaina and her boyfriend David. Then Brady and I are going to a fancy lunch and Market Street Grill in South Jordan. We have a gift card so we plan to go after we finish up at IKEA. Depending on how I'm feeling, I may wish that I just stayed home and slept, but we'll see. I get pretty much a 4 day weekend since Tuesdays I only have one class in the afternoon. I despise being sick!