Sunday, July 25, 2010
Mom and Grandma got here on Friday and hit the ground running. We went from the airport in Trieste to Villach, Austria, where we did some shopping and serious eating and stayed at a nice historic hotel in the center of town (see the last picture here). Then yesterday we went to Tarvisio in Italy and up a mountain to Alto Piano Montasio to buy homemade cheese and eat some and drink some wine too. Then last night we came back to Trieste. Will keep you updated on their trip!!
Posted by Karoline at 3:54 AM
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I'm sure a lot of you know that Sugar-baby was a LONG time in coming. Man, something like six years. And now that I've got that pregnant lady shape, of course I'm starting to notice all kinds of other lopsided ladies walking the streets of Trieste ("It's watermelon season!" said our friend, Dino, when he saw my big ole belly) and I'm starting to wonder if this is some kind of Baby Boom or maybe I'm just seeing the world through baby-tinted glasses??
But I'm thinking, Hmm of all the times for a baby... I was definitely economically better off a couple of years ago, so was Sweetie (we both had regular salaries, now I've got my own little translation/communications business and he is perpetually almost in-between jobs, so money is trickling in, but not at regular intervals). That being said, we have a pretty simple (some would call it FRUGAL) lifestyle, as in, we're not missing anything (we still go out for a pizza once in a while, and we are going on vacation this year), but we're not doing a lot of excessive spending either (an apartment down on the Dalmation coast of Croatia, 30 euros a night, woo hoo!). I mean, we're totally happy and feel like this event is coming at just the right time, but a short time ago I would have thought that not being totally economically secure would be a bad time to have a kid...
And Trieste is in bad shape right now. Lots of people are worse off than than they were a couple of years ago, yet it's watermelon season all the same. (Just recently someone said to me "Negative birth rate in Italy? Not THIS year!!"). They say that natural disasters make baby booms to preserve the human race, and then there was WWII, remember how many babies came out of that one??
So what's the deal? Is the economic situation giving people more time to get down or is it some kind of biological pull to save civilization?
Anyway, who cares, more watermelons now mean more little amici for Sugar to play with later, and that's what counts.
Posted by Karoline at 5:05 AM
Friday, July 9, 2010
Looks like Poor Mag will only have room for some undies and a swimsuit when she comes to Trieste at the end of the month. Our shipment of Fuzzi Bunz washable diapers arrived at her house just in time.
Some of you may think we got a serious case of the crazies for ordering these things and not going the disposable route, but I feel like we just need to give them a try. I can't stand the idea of tossing out all those gel-filled pampers, besides the fact that they are super duper expensive here in Europa. Not that buying a 24-pack of washables is particularly cheap, but we're banking on long-term savings since in theory you're supposed to be able to use these from birth to potty training.
Color choices. We ordered "Neutral" with a special exception to NOT include (split infinitives) WHITE or BUTTERCREAM. I am happy to see that Blue is FINALLY considered a neutral color. Let's hope there's a fuscia hiding in there, too. Go fuzzies!
Posted by Karoline at 9:22 AM
Monday, July 5, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
So I've had this back-butt-leg problem for the last three days, which makes walking feel like my lower back bones are rubbing together. OUCH! I had this the first three months, too, and now it's back!! Uck. I was hoping it was some kind of chemical imbalance, so I started taking a potassium/magnesium powder, but it aint helping.
No Tai Chi for me this weekend. :(
No Tai Chi for me this weekend. :(
Posted by Karoline at 2:31 AM