Mom and dad have been getting out and about a little more than usual. And it's supposed to be the low season.
Monday, July 27th
Last Monday (7/27), mom and dad's friend Andrea visited from NYC. She came over with her brother, Michael, and one of her daughters, Micaela. Mom and dad were going to surprise Andrea with me, but dad let slip something about paying back Epi II help with parenting advice, so Andrea suspected something might be up. They had a really nice time catching up and laughing about old times. Micaela really wanted to go swimming so we all watched her -- and then Andrea went swimming, too (in her clothes). It was fun.
We went to dinner and mom decided she still really doesn't like crawfish anymore. I think she's beginning to accept that mudbugs will never be same for her after that first trimester etoufee incident. And the crawfish boils in the park while she was running. Those used to really get her dry heaving.
After dinner we came back home and so we could pull on the cats' tails and have ice cream. Micaela seemed to think it was pretty good! She has lots of pets, so she didn't really pull on anyone's tails, but mom and dad did. They can be so juvenile sometimes...
Monday, August 3rd
This Monday, mom and dad's friend, Angelique, came in from California. Angelique is a lawyer who they met down here in NOLA -- she went to Tulane. Again they were trying to surprise a guest with me -- it's like their new favorite game. It seemed to work this time, though Angelique initially thought mom was just drinking too much beer. Mom cooked, which was fun for me. She thinks she might have eaten too much cake, but I think her stomach just shrinks when I stretch.
Mom forgot to get the camera out, so they didn't actually take any pictures.
Tuesday, August 4th
Tuesday night mom and dad got to see one half of their friends Tanya and Mike after too long. Mike is a really good cook, and he makes lots of cool stuff from scratch -- like bread and sausage. He even converted a mini-fridge into a meat curing unit. Chef Mike made 2 kinds of sausage (a caraway venison sausage and a mojito pork sausage), so mom and dad were really excited. So yummy!
They didn't get to see Miss Tanya, who is still hanging out in the much more temperate climate of Western Canada; but Maggy, the world's best yellow lab*, tried her best to make up for it. Mags had a little dance-a-thon the whole evening with her little I'm-so-happy-to-see-you-guys dance. All evening. And she held hands with mom a lot -- in between eating branches. I like Maggie -- can you see me smiling below?
(pictured: Maggie, Dad, Mom, Me)
And mom brought cookies for dessert, which you can read about here. They were a hit and Tanya may get to try them -- though I don't think cookies would make it that long in our house -- even if they are frozen.
* except when she eats cat food and then she gets in a lot of trouble with her dad. And Tenzing, who doesn't like missing a meal.
Wednesday, August 5th
Wednesday is a really big day: We already started the home stretch -- my last trimester. But we made it official by celebrating with a doctors appointment, lots of labwork, and, yay, the glucose screening. Mom wasn't really looking forward to the glucose screening, but it wasn't too bad: Flat orange soda that made her tummy hurt for 3 hours. Her thoughts: Thankfully it wasn't I-want-to-wretch-because-I-just-smelled-crawfish-again gross, but it was a little disconcerting feeling nauseous for a few hours.
I say: Take 2 cookies and call me in the morning.
And mom and dad are taking me to an alumni party in the evening -- go Commodores! More on that later.