Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Not to be a name dropper, but...

I happen to know the Jim (I call him Dad) and Joe (I prefer Joey)featured in the most recent episode of America's Heartland:

See the video here:
America's Heartland - Episode 615 - Fort Boise Produce

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday Social

oops....sorry for interrupting!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Early December Likes

Here are some of the things I've really liked about these first few days of December:

I like that Irene was able to come and stay a few days.
I especially enjoy the soft, sweet voice she uses when talking to Amelia. It makes me want to put on footed pajamas and sit on her knee.

I like that Amelia finally fits into her 0-3 month clothes.
These rainbow pants are my favorite. Mid-abdomen pants are infant fashion at its best!

I really like the facial expressions Amelia made in said pants:

I like that I diagnosed Herpes Zoster Opthalmicus during Saturday walk-in clinic. I've never seen this before in person. I always get a little thrill when I finally see something I've only read about and seen in pictures.

I like the language that has developed between myself and Leonard after 7 years of marriage. What the observer might consider insult-flinging is actually flirtation:
My large pupils. Picture was taken during P.A. school for my meth community outreach project.

We've decided to start reading scriptures together at 10 p.m. every night.
Last night Leonard reminded me of this at 10:02 when I was still on the computer.
I quickly shut my laptop, stating "O.k., O.k. Mr. Lay-Down-The-Law!"
Translation: "I appreciate that you are wanting us to stick to our goals."

To which he replied "Go get your scriptures, Belladonna large-pupiled freak!"
Translation: "After gazing into your eyes right now I was reminded of how uncommonly large your pupils are, and I really like them! Now use those freakishly large pupils to get your scriptures!"

Good luck mid-December. You've got a lot to live up to.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Customer Service

Dear Elderly Cashier at Joann's,

Thank you for your interest in my child's welfare. When you addressed my baby with your snarky remark of "maybe your mom should make you a hat!" you must have been quite concerned regarding her health and well being. I'm sure you felt that she was inadequately attired in her sweater, pants, socks, and the wrap comprised of numerous layers of jersey fabric which attached her to my torso. In response, I would like to bring your attention to two facts of which you may not have been previously aware:

1. Unlike the coal burning stoves of your day, modern electricity allows consistent heat distribution indoors ensuring a comfortable temperature for all.

2. Despite what you were taught by your then considered wise elders, pneumonia doesn't spontaneously occur in babies when they are dressed below the point of perspiration.

Doing It My Way

I wrote this letter in my mind as I walked to the car with my sack of fabric. I was contemplating yet another lesson I've learned in the past three months: insinuating that I'm a bad mom is the ultimate insult. Why do women do this to each other? I opened the car door and, miscalculating Amelia's position in the wrap relative to the car...smack! The door hit my darling baby's sweet bald head. She immediately began to wail as I juggled consoling her, gently kissing her owie, and trying to get her out of the carrier. She hadn't been hit really hard, but firmly enough to simultaneously crush my heart while leaving a little red mark on her noggin.

For the first time that day, I wished she had been wearing a hat.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Tuesday Nap

Today I put Amelia down for her afternoon nap. Only it wasn't the typical cross your fingers and hope she stays down for more than 15 minutes nap. She barely even twitched when I lay her in the center of our bed. The sound of my footsteps in the room resulted in no rustling or squaking. It was quickly apparent that this sleep suggested serious napping business, which meant I would be free to get things done uninterrupted and with both hands.

I could have loaded the dishwasher.
Or put some clothes in the wash.
I might have cleaned out the pantry.
Or made some bread.
I should have finished a patient chart from last week.
Likely I would have worked on one of my many projects involving fabric and an over-the-top idea.

But then I would have missed out on mid-dream smiles.

And eyelashes that seem to have erupted overnight.

So instead I stretched out next to my little girl. And slept like a baby.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Amelia's First Halloween

I'm not big on lawn ornaments. Ranging from decorative flowers to crude 2D women with bloomers showing, I'm sometimes confused by what the homeowner hopes to convey. Perhaps if I owned an airstream trailer in a warm climate I might consider a pink flamingo or two, but I've never seen a lawn ornament that would quite fit in front of our current home.

But then I saw this little munchkin. Chubby cheeks, pointy hat, and curled beard. Dubbed "Gnomelia" she seems mischevious and magical.

Maybe our house could use a few garden gnomes after all!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hook Ups!!!

Most jobs come with some sort of perk.

I remember a girl who lived down the hall from Leonard in college. She worked at Krispy Kreme and was known for bringi
ng leftover doughnuts home to share.
I've known people who obtained work at an airline simply for t
he perk of free plane rides.
I got free soft drinks when I worked at Steer Inn Drive-In in high school, and half off all meals when I waitressed at Lardo's, a greasy restaurant in McCall.

But none of that stacks up to the astronautness of zero gravity at 30,000 feet above the face of the earth. This perk was
experienced by my little tiny baby sister Molly, a journalist for the Deseret News. As part of a story on Utah teachers experiencing zero gravity, she was able to participate as well.

That's her - the elated one on the far right:

photo courtesy of

Nice, Molly.

You can read her Deseret News story
Also, if you'd like to see how cute she looks in a side pony
tail during her on-air interview with KSL, you can see it here.

And speaking of feats that are out of this world, check out who's starting to smile:

Friday, October 01, 2010

Cyber Brag Book

Here's a little self-indulgence, or as I like to think of it, cashing in the benevolent capital I earned during childbirth.

Photographs by Laura Farris Photography

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Our New Addition

It's a girl!
Amelia Irene George was born August 30, 2010 to a couple of ecstatic new parents.
Length: 19.5 inches
Weight: 7 pounds 6 ounces
Adorability: off the charts!
Leonard and I have been enjoying these past couple of weeks and are fascinated by our little girl. We frequently find ourselves amazed by her numerous attributes, proudly making statements like "she is just so advanced!"
Here are some of the things that make Millie so special:
She is very alert and aware. Following her birth she was awake and looking around for about 6 hours before sleeping.

She's roughly the size of a sock monkey.

She loves staring at her dad (but then, who doesn't?).

For a newborn, she's got pretty great control of her neck.

Though she spends the majority of her time employed in strenuous activities such as eating and sleeping, she understands the importance of kicking back and relaxing.

More Amelia cuteness to come!!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

3rd Trimester Update

With my due date rapidly approaching and the threat of this blog becoming a "mommy blog" looming, I figured I'd better document myself and Nugget during the 3rd Trimester:

Nugget at 33 weeks

Big Belly at 34 weeks

Monday, July 12, 2010

Patient Room 11

In the snippets of time between work and other tasks, I meditate on my upcoming new role as a mother. This is typically an anxiety-provoking activity as I get bogged down with the responsibility of it all. I recently discovered a welcome reprieve.

On the wall of Patient Room 11, a room to which I am frequently assigned, hangs a poster with instructions on how to massage your baby. Pictured is a smiling, well-fed baby who is obviously enjoying his infantile massage. Often when I am performing a lung exam on a patient I will stare at that poster and think about my future (while carefully listening to breath sounds of course!). I'll smile dreamily as I read the proper technique to massage a baby's cheeks and how to invoke "belly laughs" by gently caressing a baby's tummy. It all seems so simple, so fun! That's what it will be like all the time, right?

For a few moments motherhood no longer threatens sleepless nights, diaper changes, and the potential to permanently psychologically disfigure another human being. Instead it promises dimples, chubby limbs, and giggly baby massages.

My lung exams in Room 11 have become a lot more thorough.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Raised Garden Beds? Check!

One of my gardening dreams has been fulfilled in the form of two 12x4 foot raised garden beds. We followed instructions from the tutorial at ThePioneerWoman website. I am in love with these beds. I often stand at our kitchen window and gaze at them, my imagination running wild.

The beds each took about 2 hours to construct. We used redwood and made them 12 inches tall (the perfect height to rest a pregnant belly). We plan on using our backyard flower beds for tomatoes, and will keep the raised beds for most of the other vegetables. I'm so pleased with these beds, I'm already planning for more next year (sorry Leonard).

Despite the advantage of having Farmer as a maiden name, I'm totally a novice when it comes to my garden. I was going to do tons of research to help me feel more confident, but I've decided instead to use some basic principles and good record keeping, as I know this will be a process. We'll see how it goes!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Great Blessing From a Curse

Worth It.

"Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception: in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children. Genesis 3:16"

A week ago Leonard read aloud from my pregnancy book about the commonality of foot swelling late in the second trimester. I almost didn't let him finish, "Oh, that won't happen to me," I stated confidently, thinking of all of my poor pregnant patients and their edematous complaints. I had decided long ago that this pregnancy, and likewise the baby, would be the best ever. I had seen in clinic the difference that a good attitude can make in the outcome of disease, figuring that likewise the development of an unrealistic optimism would somehow supercede the inevitable physical changes that pregnancy causes.

I put the article from the usually spot-on pregnancy book out of my mind until yesterday when I felt a tingling in my toes. When the sensation could no longer be ignored I stood, looking down, and gasped. My reliably bony feet had been replaced with two pillowy soft bricks. The realization that I had no control over the changes occurring in my body hit me hard. Tears sprang to my eyes, and I began to cry. When I noted that my emotions were probably due to pregnancy hormones, also as the book had predicted, I cried even harder. I cried mostly for myself, but also for pregnant women in general, including Mother Eve as I understood that I, too, was feeling the brunt of Eve's transgression. "Just please don't send me a Cain," I prayed.

Leonard eventually found me in my emotional state, and cheered me up until we were both able to laugh at my chubby toes. Later on that day I watched Leonard push a wheelbarrow full of soil to our raised garden beds. Poor Leonard, I thought.
"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread Genesis 3:19.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Owl Treats

In our ward I am a teacher to the 12 and 13 year-old girls. For our recent Young Women New Beginnings (wherein we introduce our theme for the upcoming year) I was asked to provide owl treats. The 2010 Young Men/Young Women theme is "Be strong and of a good courage (Joshua 1:19)" and our emphasis at New Beginnings was "Remember 'Whoo' You are." I had a great time deciding what to make, and I think everything turned out pretty good!

Owl Cupcakes
Vanilla buttercream frosting with chocolate cake:

Owl Cake Pops
These little guys were my favorite. I was inspired by the chocolate coated cake ball pops made famous by Bakerella.

I used white candy coated chocolate candies for the eyes, candy sunflower seeds for the beaks, and orange flower shaped sprinkles for the feet.

It was all innocent fun at first. But the more that I made, the more they glared at me with their big round eyes, beckoning me to construct more of their friends.

They continued to stare, and when I had finished and turned to leave the kitchen, I could still feel their eyes following me.

I made 30 owls in all, and the girls loved them, so mission accomplished!