Archive | April, 2013

You’re either on the bus or you’re off the bus.

9 Apr

Since Ive gained a shitload of weight in the last 8 months shopping for clothes has obviously gone out the window.  Along with cute shoes, mobility, and seeing my feet.  Will I recognize them in 2 months?!  So in order to get my fix Ive taken to “window shopping” online.  Since we live out in the boonies there are no stores except the local supermarket.  Here you can find food, obviously, along with an assortment of (junky) beach accessories, imitation Ray Bans (5euro!), cheap flip flops and the like.  These all come in handy here when the temperature starts rising, but don’t cater to my less country more urban approach to dressing.  I guess this is all well and fine considering I am not the size of a normal person anymore (sigh).  When people ask me how many months I am I usually like to answer with a guess of about 12 or 13.  It certainly feels like it.

As luck would have it there is certainly no shortage of cute spring clothes this season.  Why couldn’t I be pregnant when that whole 80’s revival (yuck!) thing happened? Wouldn’t have missed much there.  I guess by the time I am back to regular proportions this stuff will be on sale! Who doesn’t love a sale!

I was trying to describe the feeling of being pregnant (at this late stage) to a non-pregnant friend of mine.  I looked at her and said:

remember the old buses here (greece) from the 70’s that were still in use about 10 years ago?  Manual transmission, terrible gas mileage, no AC, trails of black fumes escaping from the rear, clunky creaky behemoths?

She:  Yes I remember those.

Me: That’s me.

She:  Oh c’mon.  You don’t look…..

Me:  Wait.  Have you seen the 2012 Porsche Boxster?

She:  It’s pretty hot!

Me:  That’s my husband!

And that my friends is what it feels like to be 8 months pregnant.

This is me 8 months pregnant!

This is me 8 months pregnant!

My sexy husband!

My sexy husband!

The Greatest Show on Earth!

3 Apr

Last night was just glorious here.  The day had been somewhat overcast and breezy but with a really nice temperature of about 73 F.  At about 19:30 the power went out for unknown reasons.  Me and the Mr. took this opportunity to sit on our spacious veranda overlooking the Aegean Sea and gaze at our beautiful surroundings.  The sunset was not as dramatic as it can be here due to the hazy atmosphere but there was a calmness and a peacefulness in the air.  The only thing we could hear were the birds settling in for the night.  When they do this it is like a symphony of chirps and fluttering and what seems to be a lot of commotion but I guess it all makes sense to them because, like a ritual, they do it every evening. And morning for that matter.

 

Even though the power outages here can be inconvenient I do tend to appreciate them.  This always gives us a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy where we are and each other.  No TV, no internet, no distractions.  I couldn’t help but think of the summer so close on the horizon (yay!) and how much I am looking forward to an ice cold beer!  I’ve been told it helps keep your milk up so I plan on drinking lots of beer to have lots of milk for our little nugget.  I wonder what is best?  A watery Alfa (local brew) or a dark rich Guinness.  I guess I’ll have to try them all.  Poor me!

 

I took this moment of quietude to ponder the state of my tits and what the hell those babies are gonna look like in a year. (Shudder)  Right now they’ve been doing a good job of acting as a broom and sweeping the crumbs from my stomach.  I guess in about a year they’ll fit snugly into the waistband of my pants.  And then in about 30 they can act as broom again and sweep the crumbs, this time, from the floor!  Ah the joys of being a woman!  I’ve also been researching industrial landscaping equipment on the web.  Eventually I’m going to need to take care of the garden down below that has been outside my field of vision as of late.  So much to do!

 

A friend has been a godsend and lent me a ton of baby gear.  Saving me and the Mr a lot of money.  I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to them.  We’ve already spent a pretty penny on pre-natal care since we geniuses got pregnant without any insurance! Doh!  How about that for planning.  I never claimed to be organized but shit by the time I got to my senses the damage had already been done.  Did I say damage?  I meant our little bundle of joy had already been created in the eyes of God!  Amen!  For the first 4 months I was in the good old USofA where Medicaid is available to smarty pants like myself.  And thank heavens it is because a doctors appointment alone there costs about 300$.  I shudder to think the costs of blood work, ultrasounds etc.  So for about 2 doctors visits everything was (essentially…and I say this because I DO pay taxes in my home state and I do work) free.  Here in Greece I couldn’t get private insurance to cover my pregnancy because just like the guys back home why the hell would they want to pay for anymore than they absolutely HAD to.  Two words: pre-exisiting condition.  I always had private insurance, until I had no insurance, because I work for myself or tend to engage in jobs that provide no insurance.  Can you say circus performer?  About 2 years ago I thought about taking out maternity insurance and nearly fell over when it jacked my payment up to about $300+ a month!  What the…….???!!!!  Barnum and Bailey don’t pay good enough for me to be dishing out that kind of cheese.  I turned this over in my head for awhile and broke it down to this: I would be  paying for something that may happen and who knows when.  (I was never the “born to be a mommy” type. In case you haven’t noticed.) Do I pay this 300$ for the next 4 years? 1 year? Two, three?  I may have an appendicitis but I don’t have to take out extra insurance just in case that happens.  Maternity coverage should be every family’s right.  Cheap bastards!  In any case I was in a pickle without any insurance.  That 300$ a month didn’t seem so bad now did it?  Well actually yes it still did.

 

Here in Greece there is nothing like Medicaid for uninsured pregnant women.  Talk all you want about socialized medicine but it’s not that different here than in the US EXCEPT, and this is huge, it is affordable.  I know I won’t need to sell my soul or take out a loan (not that they’re giving out any of those in Greece at the moment!) to have this baby.   Would it be better if I had insurance?  Sure.  But since I don’t the alternative isn’t quite as traumatic as it would be back home.

 

Anyway, enough about that!  All this talk about insurance (snore) has got me tired.  Time to go lie down.  An activity I have likened to parallel parking a bus.  A double decker at that!

 

 

English: "The Barnum & Bailey greatest sh...

English: “The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth Wonderful performing geese, roosters and musical donkey”. Chromolithograph. Français : Affiche originale pour le cirque Barnum obtenue par chromolithographie vers 1900. Traduction du texte “Barnum & Bailey, le plus grand spectacle sur terre. Ses merveilleuses oies et coqs dressées, son âne musicien. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)