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Once it became clear that there was something going awry with my previously calm pregnancy, I began to mentally prepare for the worst. It was as agonizing as you might imagine, but also involved the thought, “If this goes as poorly as it could…I’m going to need a major fucking vacation.” This was helpful (and has continued to be) because it gave me a sense of a happy future even without the baby we were so anxiously anticipating. Sure, maybe it wasn’t a vision of what the everyday would be like– convince yourself to get out of bed, smile and interact with people appropriately, truly appreciate what a supportive network of family, friends, coworkers, and internet strangers you have– but just imagining this escape was, for a time, escape enough.

When we got the official diagnosis, one of the things that GP said to me was, “Let’s go away. Like, far away.” Mind you, this happened without any suggestion from me that we might want to skip town to momentarily take our minds off All the Terrible; it was a good reminder that I married exactly the right man.

And so, just under a week from today, we’ll take that Big Fucking Trip to a Faraway Place. We’re going to be spending about two and a half weeks in Hong Kong and Thailand, courtesy of our joint wanderlust, my company’s generous PTO-donation program, and a desire to be far away from home when the day that was to be my due date passes. Yes, rather than finishing up a nursery and fighting for some decent sleep, I’ll be spending about sixteen hours on an A380,  getting a couple more stamps on my passport, and living the shit out of my (currently baby-free, as the doctor said to wait six effing months) present.



Friday Favorites, Vol. 2

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(Clearly this won’t be a completely regular weekly feature. But still! There are great things in the world, and I have to share them with the internet.)

  • Manic Pixie Prostitute (“I wrote you a song on this…midget guitar!” Well done, GP, who sent me this link on my first day back at work in 2013.)
  • Downton Abbey merch on Fab! And just in time for season 3 to start, if you haven’t already caught it through a generous friend’s Dropbox.
  • Julep’s Maven program. I love me some nail polish (and am toying with the idea of a more “polished” 2013– as in more regular self-manicures, as my collection grows), and I love getting my monthly supply of invariably awesome shades.
  • New noise-canceling headphones, which are a godsend at work, as they make it clear that I’m wearing headphones (when I would wear earbuds, people would come to my cube and just start talking as I yanked them out of my ears) and allow me to successfully ignore 90% of the conversations that filter into my workspace (you have offices! Go talk in there!). I’m sure they’ll come in handy on our upcoming trip to Hong Kong and Thailand, too.
  • A shrimp succotash dinner, which was a wonderfully fresh way to ease out of the overindulgence of December. Yes, it will be better in the summer when produce is more abundant and actually in season, but we still wolfed it down.
  • A new calendar, sitting pretty on my office wall (discontinued online, but found in a Japantown stationery shop). Ahh, letterpress.

What’s making you happy during this first week of 2013?