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So, it’s been some of those days…  Not just one of those days, but two, actually.  Yesterday, I had my first ultrasound appointment, so Hubby came with me to see the baby.  This should be a happy day, right?

I picked him up from work, and he was already having a rough day.  He was a little grumpy about having to leave work early and said he’d have to go back in the evening to finish some things up.  My hormones took the opportunity to take personal offense at the situation, which was a great start.

We got about 5 minutes down the freeway when we realized that I forgot to grab the CD and DVD that we wanted to bring with, just in case they’d burn us some extra pictures and/or a video of the ultrasound!  Dangit.  So, we checked the GPS for the nearest office supply store.  There was one 2.3 miles from where we were, sort of still on the way to the hospital.  But it turned out to be all back roads and school zones.  Great.  It would’ve been faster to turn around and go home.

At the store, Hubby ran in and got a DVD, and we got back on the road.  By this time, we were seriously pushing the 20 minute window of grace for the appointment.  Hubby dropped me off at the door of the hospital, and I booked it up to the 9th floor to check in – 17 minutes late (but still within the 20 minute window!).  We were then told that they had to do a “procedure” and all the ultrasound rooms were full, so we had to wait 30 minutes.  Also, they won’t burn a CD or DVD for patient privacy reasons.  Super.  I cried a little, or maybe the hormones did.

We got to see our baby on the ultrasound screen, which was really great.  S/he loves the camera!  As soon as that thing touched my stomach, it was showtime – commence wiggling, head-bobbing, kicking, and showing off your good side, baby!  I think the ultrasound technician said “That’s a NICE shot!” about 3 times. 🙂  At least that went well.  And my nurse said everything looks great, so that was good to hear.

But then tried to leave.  We got to elevators when Hubby realized he forgot where he parked the car (he was running to meet me in the waiting room, after all).  We searched 3 or 4 levels of the parking garage before we finally found it.  By this time, we were obviously on cloud 9 and thoroughly enjoying each other’s company.  (Please tell me you’re picking up on the sarcasm here.) 

We got back on the freeway, and then Hubby couldn’t find his sunglasses (and by sunglasses, I mean freaking-expensive sunglasses).  So we had another breakdown.  I tried to call the doctor’s office to see if anyone found them there, but they had closed by then.  Awesome!  By the grace of God, we actually found them, slipped into the crack of the seat, where the bottom meets the back (so at least I wasn’t sitting directly on them).  It was like a silver speck in our cloud.

At home, I managed to make homemade pizzas for dinner without breaking or burning down anything (I was pretty impressed with myself).  AND the pizzas came out of the oven right when Hubby walked in the door.  Although I forgot to add diced tomatoes to the toppings, we decided we’d live without them and settled down to an evening of watching American Pickers before hitting the hay early.

This morning, I woke up early to throw a few pieces of laundry in the dryer because I was pretty sure Hubby was out of socks.  I gave myself points for starting the day off with a solution instead of a problem (how self-help of me, right?).  Then I thought, hey, as long as I’m up, I might as well make Hubby some breakfast.

But the road to 2 cups of spilled oatmeal on the floor and sauteed burned apples was paved with good intentions.  Also, Hubby didn’t need the socks – he had one clean pair left.  Thankfully, he gave me a huge hug before I had the chance to cry about anything, thanked me for everything and told me he loves me.  He also ate the oatmeal that made it into the pot and got cooked, along with the apples, and declared it was the best breakfast he’d had in a long time.  I don’t know if it was totally true, but it made me feel a whole lot better.

I’m still apprehensive about leaving the house today.  I think I’ll just stay right here on my couch.  The garbage truck came, so our bin needs to be pulled back up to the house, but I think it can wait until Hubby gets home from work.  And I’m thinking leftover pizza for dinner.  Just in case.

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Here is the picture of the arrangement I fell in love with…

"Fruits of harvest. Tuck fresh apples into a bouquet of red dahlias for a bountiful centerpiece. Poke twigs into the bottoms of different-size apples, then insert twig ends into floral foam in the container" - Produced by Kelly Ryan Kegans & Jessica Thomas

(Found on page 15 of the September 2010 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine)

Isn’t it fabulous?!  🙂  I enjoy the different shades of red and that it’s not over-the-top “harvest-y”.  I just might have to go get some mums and create my own arrangement.  Great pre-Friday fun! 🙂

I LOVE Fall.  It is my favorite time of the year!

Don’t get me wrong – Christmas and snow will always have a special place in my heart.  But there’s just something about the cool, crisp weather that Fall brings with its scarves, cute boots, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, refreshing breezes, and the most AMAZING colors found in nature!  Oh, and apples…sigh…my favorite fruit.  🙂  As a kid, my family took at least one trip every year to the Minnesota Harvest apple orchard – great memories!!!

Ok, true confession time:  I am not one of those girls who had dreamed about her wedding day since she was knee-high to a grasshopper.  Only for one brief time in my life (I think it might have been during my sophomore or junior year in college) did I have a momentary fantasy of what my “big day” might be like.  Three words:  Outdoor Autumn Wedding.  I imagined getting married in a field, surrounded by trees, with all the leaves at their autumnal peak.  And the reception?  Large, hand-carved, wooden tables, with burgundy table runners, and arrangements of flowers and apples.  Apples, of course, would be the focus of the decorations, complemented by the reds and golds of Fall.

All of those plans stayed in the back of my mind (my real-life wedding was, in fact, outdoors, but during the Spring).  What brought those memories back was reading the latest issue of my Better Homes & Gardens magazine today at lunch – they featured a whole section on Fall-inspired decorating, even one article dedicated to apples! 🙂  There was a full-page picture of a floral arrangement with apples mixed in – I fell in love!  I couldn’t find a copy of the same arrangement online, so I’ll have to scan it and add it later! 🙂