Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Just wanted to say.....

Happy Birthday Kimberly Dee!


Monday, August 30, 2010

The Cove vs. Sea World

Today on YouTube, a 2 part video put up by Sea World about how The Cove gives false information about marine parks connection to the killings in Japan.
I think I take Sea World's side in this.  Given, I think The Cove was great and right about the dolphin killings.  I also believe that dolphins shouldn't be taken from the wild and put in captivity.  There are so many in captivity now, and with successful breeding programs, that if they wanted to get dolphins no matter what, that would be the better choice no?  The fact is, we can't just release the dolphins that are in captivity now because they would not survive.  I do feel that the tanks they are kept in are too small to house as many as they do, and yes there are a lot of aquariums out there that don't take good care of their animals (but that goes for all animals, not just dolphins).  But honestly, without the interaction with dolphins that people get (which really is an amazing experiance), do you really think as many people would care? I mean sure there would still be people that care about them just from the wild, not not near as many.  What about the good dolphins do?  Like dolphin therapy?  Even while I was watching it, I thought to myself about the US buying dolphins from Japan and thought it unlikely just from the breeding programs.  That and if you do pay attention, all the trainers in The Cove do, in fact, appear to be Asian. 
I can understand Ric O Barry's guilt over helping start the fascination with dolphins in captivity with Flipper, but that is no reason to give false alligations.  It's like people hating the country of Japan for what the fishermen do.  Not all of Japan is to blame.  I love dolphins and Japan haha. 
Given Sea World is trying to keep their business open without their guests feeling guilty (but isn't the cove doing the same thing only opposite?) - both sides are of course in favor of themselves - but reguardless, you can't point fingers at things that aren't related.
I see both sides of these stories, and I support both.  The killings in Japan should be stopped.  No more dolphins should be taken into captivity.  And better living areas should be constructed for the ones already there.  But I believe the educational side (which I'll admit, was their first insentive and has kind of lost it's way in entertainment - but could probably be found again) of what Sea World does has value.  Most people can't love and want to protect an animal they can't see upclose and understand. 
I know no one will probably really read this haha, but here are the links to those videos:


Thursday, August 26, 2010


Man lately I have been slacking.  I haven't worked out at all (not even little walks minus walking to do laundry).  I have been falling behind in cleaning too.  It's just been SO hot!  Clouds have decided to come back around today, but it's been completely clear blue skies all week.  It's pretty...but super hot, expecially up here on this hill.  It's not high enough to be "mountain air cooler", and since hot air rises...*melts*
Matt says he wants to go to the beach this weekend because it's his first Saturday off in five weeks.  I asked if that meant he would work on the yard on Sunday.  I know it's a pain to do, but I tell him, the longer it gets put off the sooner November is going to sneak up on us.  You see....we want new carpet.  In order to get new carpet, we're going to put in a doggie door for Mia.  In order to put in the doggie door, we gotta fence off a part of the backyard.  It makes me nervous, because the fence won't be as high as the one down at his mom's, and she'll still be alone (even though I don't think the other dogs play with her that much anyway), but he assures me she'll be fine.  I guess there's only one way to see.  We're also trying to decide if we want to fork out the money to paint this dump haha.  Because if we do want to, gotta do it before the carpet as well.  And than of course to paint I'd also have to wash the walls, and move everything....which I don't mind because I want to wash the walls anyway, but if we keep putting it off...ya ya you know.

The LA County fair is coming! I'm excited (and praying it won't be as hot as last year)!  We always go on $1 weekend.  It's only a dollar to get in the opening weekend if you go before 1pm.  Even if you can't buy anything, the fair is always fun to explore.  The only thing we'll for sure save money to buy there is some fresh milk that Matt always has to get haha.  As dorky as I am for saying this, I look forward to the Anime booths because they a lot of times have stuff you can only get online or in Japan.  Last year I wanted this Inuyasha pillow, but we were out of money :(  Oh well.

Today at work, Matt got a $100 gift card to Babies R Us!  I was shocked.  I guess one of the doctors there has a Babies R Us credit card which he uses to make business purchases, and the credit rewards are giftcard amounts (I think the gift card thing works for Toys R Us too, and he has 2 kids...which is why he has it I guess...it seemed random to me).  That's over half of the price of the crib we want...lucky! haha

Interesting fact...the other day I was doing my hair with my iTunes going.  Matt was skipping songs to find ones he liked and he stopped it on a soft, just music song that is from one of my Animes.  He even hummed along with it!  I think I've corrupted him :)


Friday, August 20, 2010

The End of Summer

Since August is pretty much over (and I was very bored), I decided it was time to change my summer background.  If I knew more about this website and had a cool picture editing program, I would of explored more...but I don't, so I didn't haha.
It's weird to think that I have 3 months left in this pregnancy.  I keep going back between "3 months is not very long!" and "3 months is soo long!" It's not very long when you think of what we want to do with the house.  But when I think about the days till I see this thing that keeps kicking my insides, it's a long time.
As weird as it sounds, I've been having this feeling (at the same time when I think the days are slow) that I'm not pregnant for me, like I'm going to have to give her up once she's born.  I think it's part because there really isn't any baby stuff in the house.  I know it's probably early to have baby stuff, but tell my head that.  It's nuts in there! Anynoodle....
I had other stuff I was going to put on here...but I forgot. Got distracted by a craving...
Time to go find some donuts!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Doctors yet again

Well today I went to the doctor.  This is the first time we went in the morning vs the afternoon.  I love these short little appointments where your there for like 20 minutes...although like I always (and always will) say, peeing in a cup sucks!  I've made an art out of it now haha, but it still sucks.
The nurse never tells me my actual weight or bloodpressure (which I assume means it's fine), but this time she actually told us the babies heart rate, which was good.  Also, even though I don't know my actual weight, the doctor told me I'd only gained a pound, which I guess is a good thing.  I also got my stomach messured...I should of asked what it was.
I had to make an appointment for 2 weeks.  I'm getting another ultrasound to check something (the paper says flu marginal previa...at least I think...stupid fancy writing haha).  I also have to get my blood drawn after drinking this stuff that I have to try to down within 5 minutes.  My poor bladder!  It's a blood glucose test.  I know I need my rh factor shot thingy soon, but she didn't say anything about it.
I can't believe August is already half over.  Which means I have 3 months left.  It seems long and short at the same time.  Matt said that made no sense, but I'm sure someone gets it! I hope... :)  When I look at it from days point of view, it seems so long.  But when I look at it from months point of view it's short.  I can't believe I've been pregant for 5 months already. So weird.  I keep trying to tell Matt that the things we want to do around the house before baby are going to need to be done, or time is going to sneak up on us.  Including putting up the fence outside (which I still get nervous about.  I don't want my doggie getting out or something getting in), putting in the doggy door, and (maybe) new carpet.  We also need to find a crib.  I know what I want, but no store seems to carry it anymore.  The crib is on the manufacturer's website, but they don't take orders from people.  Sigh.  I'll probably have to give in and get something different.
Man the heat has shot up again.  I guess I'll go do the dishes...


Monday, August 9, 2010


I think we've officially picked a baby name.  We talked about it and haven't really thought of anything since so I guess we like it haha.  Hailey Nicole Rioux.
I also finally got my ultrasound pictures on my computer.  Here are some....


Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Where did August come from??  Better yet, where did the time go?  It's hard to think that Austin will be going to Hillcrest come the end of the month.  Also I'm about to "turn" 24 weeks.  Is it weird to say that I still feel like it hasn't really hit me that there is actually a baby in there...yet I sit here all day and feel little bangs on my tummy.  I think I have a hyperactive baby (given I guess I don't really know what is a lot of movement).  I would put on my new ultrasound photos, but I'm on Matt's computer.  Mine still has a virus and I don't want to turn it on and mess with it.  Better to just leave it alone until my "computer doctor" gets here...which hopefully will be tomorrow. 
Oh! I have to say.  On my plane flight to Utah...it was the best!  There was a ton of Japanese school kids on it.  At first I wasn't sure if they were getting on my plane, but they did.  I spent pretty much the whole time trying to understand what they were saying.  I could only understand up to like 3 words per statement, but it was still awesome.  They had school uniforms and everything!  It makes me with I could learn Japanese faster.  I still say the little words I know all the time.  Sometimes I have to catch myself from asking "why" in Japanese when I'm not at home haha.  Best flight ever!
Utah was awesome too.  Central air felt so good haha.  Austin and I pretty much hung out the whole time.  We tried to do as much as we could. When we went to the mall and into the kids clothing stuff...part of me wanted to get just one little shirt or something, but I felt like if I did...it would be like a jynx.  I'm weird I know.  Man as far as baby stuff goes, I don't have much...but I don't think that's a bad thing.  I'm only a little over half way...I have plenty of time..right?  I have a baby swing, some crib sheets, and a rocking chair! =P 
I also have to say how much I love my husband!  This morning was one of those where you wake up and it just feels like a bad day.  I started crying (yea yea) and went back up to bed.  He asked what was wrong.  I sniffled out "it's a bad day already! I'm going back to bed!" He said he'd take care of it, and he did.  He always tries his best to make sure I'm happy.  He's even been playing Mario with me teehee.  Ooh Mathew, you are so cute! I love you!  Now if I could just convince the baby to kick when he wants to feel hahaha.
Oh! One last thing.  I have this picture frame I got at one of my bridal showers that holds 8 pictures that hangs on the wall.  I have some pictures in it right now, but I want to change some of them.  I'm thinking of getting each family to give me a family photo to put in there.  Like...Lacey, Kim, and Matt's dad.  The 2 I for sure won't change are pictures from my wedding.  One with Matt and his mom and one with me and my dear mommy! Sound good?