Of beds and fishies... - A Movement In Time And Space
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Of beds and fishies...
First off, thanks for the comments on my previous post. I don't feel quite so frumpy anymore. A special thanks to Chris and someone else too. ;-)

I think that frumpy feeling is coming from the fact that I have realized that I've put on a few pounds this past winter. Ugh. I was in decent shape last summer and fall (not IN shape, but in decent shape), not much stuffing around the middle. I was feeling really good about it when I bought some skirts here in Korea last October and those boots. Now though I barely fit in a couple of those skirts. WAH!

Anyway, so I need to do something and am feeling ick about it and that's where the frumpy feeling came from.


But, I'm feeling better today and am determined to do something. For a while, I had cut out all snacks after dinnertime. After 7:30pm, no snacks...maybe just a lollipop to get me through a tough spot, but nothing else. As easy as that may sound, it was hard at first. I don't go to bed before midnight, usually, so I get hungry at around 10pm. And of course, I reach for the chips or crackers. But, I'm going to try to start with that and limit that to a lollipop and water.

I'm already -so- excited. :-/
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Chris was a sweetheart and let me sleep in yesterday morning until almost 11am. Course, he also was still stuffed up and said he couldn't sleep anyway, but I'll still take it as a sweet gesture. :-) Got up to see Maya and Chris surfing on his laptop looking for desktop wallpapers for Maya's new computer. One of the things we had on the plan for today was to go out and get a keyboard for her computer. Nice stuff at PixelGirl Presents. Right now, though, I'm happy with my current wallpaper:

Isn't it gorgeous?? It looks just like my Shadow. I got that picture in one of those emails that has been forwarded a million times. I don't even remember what the email was about...but it had some great pictures.

Anyway, after that, we did lunch, a long Skype call with my inlaws dealing with house crap and catching up in general. After that, I went for a shower - I think it was already 2pm by this time and we still were planning on going out to do errands. Besides, I think Maya would have had a cow if we didn't get her a keyboard today. While I was taking a shower, Chris decided to set up Nadia's twin bed! It wouldn't take him very long and he figured it would be better to do it while he had the time.
It's good to have a handy man. It's good to have a handy man.

Chris setting up the bottom bunk for Nadia.

The girls were both so excited about the new bed. The house is a total mess now, because we had to move some furniture out of their room first. We had a bookshelf under the loft which we had to remove and move to the space between our bedroom doors...I have some arranging to do today. More pictures:
Nadia's new bed! Nadia's new bed!

Funny face! Funny face!

Nadia and Maya having fun on Nadia's new bed.
More funny faces! More funny faces!

Middle of the night pic! Middle of the night pic!

I did the mommy thing and took a picture of her sleeping in her bed in the middle of the night!
She looks so small in the big bed! She looks so small in the big bed!

Yeah, I went into their room last night and took a few of her sleeping. After about the 5th flash in the dark room, she started to stir so i bolted out of the room. LOL

After playing a bit on the new bed, we headed out the door. We went to a place called Seoul Station. There are some shops and restaurants there and a train station...hence the name. :-p We went into a department store called Lotte Mart and did a bit of shopping. We found an area that had fish and other small pets...the bunnies first caught our eye. Maya asked for one and then I asked her who's going to clean up the poop and she pointed at me. I'd love a bunny, but no thanks. I'm already on single-parent mode for the cats most of the time. *frowns* But we looked at the fish instead...Maya's had experience with fish before and she's always wanted to get another one since we moved to Seoul. We found a very pretty blue-green betta. He was the only one of his kind they had...they had a lot of red ones and a couple of blue ones, but this one was shimmery. But since we were going to walk around a bit and get dinner too, we didn't want to buy him right then. So, I sort of pushed his cup to the back of the shelf so that no one else would see him right away and we promised Maya that we'd come back to buy him.

We went around the store and I found some cute t-shirts and a button-up shirt to wear over them. The t-shirts were only $5, so I picked up two. Another reason to lose a bit of weight - they fit now but are a bit snug. We also found a keyboard for Maya and picked up a couple of new mousepads (one for her and one for me!). Then we went to dinner at Bennigan's. We ordered a lot of food and none of it healthy: chicken strips for the girls, cheese fries and a combo appetizer plate for all of us, and bbq ribs and grilled shrimp combo plate for me and Chris to share. Strawberry lemonade for me, iced coffee for Chris and mango juices for the girls. It was yummy!

After a nice dinner, we went back to Lotte Mart and got the fish. We also got a small tank, a little house to put in the tank, a fake plant and green and yellow stones for the bottom. They had glass tanks that were already decorated and were really pretty, but they wouldn't just sell the tank. I would have loved a pretty glass tank but Maya wanted to decorate it herself. So we just bought a plain tank and bought the other stuff to put in it ourselves. And without further ado, I present to you our new fish, DARCY:

Maya named him that after an evil witch in a show she watches here called WinXClub. She said that the fish wasn't evil like the witch, but she just likes the name. LOL I thought it would be cool to name it "mulgogi" which means fish in Korean. But, after a little "that's nice, mommy" she still decided to go with Darcy. :-D

All in all, a very nice Saturday with the family. :-)

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What I'm feeling: relaxed relaxed

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xpapergirl From: xpapergirl Date: March 19th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Awwwww. Thats so cute.

I love that fishy. And your girls are just DARLIN!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: March 20th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
:-) Thanks!
sammykate From: sammykate Date: March 19th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
oh! So, so cute!

Nadia has the same princess blankets that Justice and Hallie have! And my girls got bettas last weekend! what a coincidence!

priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: March 20th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Ikea sheets! Woo!
From: ilenebook Date: March 19th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the pictures. Glad you are feeling better. After winter we all feel that way.
Your cat looks like that one? Beautiful eyes!!!
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: March 20th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I am glad that Spring is practically here.

Well, the eyes are a bit different, but the rest of the coloring is the same. :-)
From: junetoo Date: March 19th, 2006 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I practice that cut off technique. It works! My cutoff is 6PM. Or was...
gnotobiotically From: gnotobiotically Date: March 19th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I saved away quite a few of the PixelGirl Presents wallpapers! They have lots of nice ones.

I wanted to say some humorous about the pic of Chris putting up the wooden frame for the bed, but nah. Cute pics! Looks like Nadia sleeps much like any other child her age (all over the bed.) It reminds me of those times when I used to share a bed with one of my bros and they'd end up with their toes in my nose at some point in the night.

Darcy is one fine looking fish! Very pretty!
From: cbscribe Date: March 19th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wanted to say some humorous about the pic of Chris putting up the wooden frame for the bed, but nah.

What? :P
From: gabbytheguy Date: March 19th, 2006 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Your comment where Chris is building the bed made me recall a saying my Grandmother had - it was on a mug or teatowel or something - "I'd rather have a man handy, than a handy man." - LOL

Anyway, sounds like you had a great time out and about - the fish is cool and Darcy is a great name - so "neener neener neener" to "Mulgogi"!!!

Good stuff and great photos as ever!
co_techie From: co_techie Date: March 19th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG Nadia is SO cute in her big bed. I love how Maya always has that older sister look/smile on her face when she photographs with Nadia. Or could it just be my eyes? :)
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: March 20th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
:-) No, I think you're right, Maya always has a more mature expression on her face in pictures with Nadia. Especially when she knows that the occassion is about Nadia, like in this case.

I was tempted to take more sleeping pictures last night, but resisted. :-D
eleme From: eleme Date: March 19th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
YAY! three cheers for a happy family saturday! It sounds like you guys had a great time :) That food sounds so tasty, makes me want to go to Bennigans...
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: March 20th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
It was yummy! We finished all the leftovers yesterday for lunch.
meadowflower From: meadowflower Date: March 20th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi Priya!

I love your new fish!

OK I was wrong about the half-moon thing. After I said it I thought it wasn't right. So this is the site I was thinking of sending you that I'd looked at before: http://www.bettatalk.com/betta_finnage.htm It looks more like a crowntail - and it's not a short tail (I think my pet store incorrectly referred to that shorttail as half-moon before, so I think that's why I was thinking that?) I'm still learning too.

But I think it more looks like a double-ray crowntail (see drawing) on this page: http://bettas.fishjunkies.com/types.php

This was that page that helped me when mine were sick. http://www.bettatalk.com/betta_diseases.htm If you put a bit of aquarium salts (1/4 tsp per gallon) in their water (can mix ahead of time) it will keep most of these diseases away so you don't have to worry too much. I learned that the hard way.

Just do a search and you'll see how pretty some of these are. http://watershed3.tripod.com/types.html

Make sure you do the virtual betta on this page: http://www.bettatalk.com/virtual_betta.htm and try the "Feed me flakes" option. LOL It was soo funny.
meadowflower From: meadowflower Date: March 20th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh that's funny - I tripped across that Pixigirl site just a few nights ago. Cute stuff!
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