Archie #1 Reboot

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Archie #1 Reboot

Archie #1, by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. Wonderful!

Happy Monday! I survived a bittersweet weekend, as I missed San Diego Comic-Con for the second year in a row–it’s not a place for babies. While it was nice to not stand in a booth for 8+ hours per day, I do regret not being in the thick of things and seeing my friends. Boo.

Comics

However, my husband (Dark Horse Comics’ Editor-in-Chief) kept me up to date, and even a little ahead of the loop–I knew to watch for the eruption of excitement when Joss Whedon announced his new comic book series, Twist, about a steampunk female superhero! I even have a vote in for who the artist should be–I’ll let you know if my choice wins out. So while I didn’t get to see my husband on stage in Hall H, I did have a little insider info to keep me warm. Sigh.

The other big release from SDCC was the Star Wars behind-the-scenes reel. It. Is. AWESOME. The practical effects are going to be WONDERFUL. I’m going against AP Style and using all caps, people!

Something I’m going to write a full post on is the much-anticipated (and a little feared, by me), reboot of Archie. That’s right, after 70+ years, Archie Andrews got a major makeover. After the full-body cringes inspired by the Archie New Look Series (shudder), I was worried the new series would be like when your Mom starts saying things like, “Raise the roof!” But it was wonderful. I’ll write more soon.

Survival

Well this is a new section for this blog! NPR told us that the Pacific Northwest is due for a major earthquake and created an app so that Oregonians can get an idea of when services and power would be restored after a 9.0 quake. But even if you’re not in Oregon, there’s a lot of good advice on disaster prep here.

Fashion

I’ve been trying to buy fewer clothes and stick to my 10-Item Wardrobe, but I’ve been dealing with one problem: I’m actually 10 pounds below my pre-baby weight due to breastfeeding, and my shorts are falling off my body. I look like I have baggy elephant butt. So I bought this pair of chino shorts in navy at (of course) J. Crew Factory this weekend!

Books

So we started to go to the library for Book Babies for Sarah, but I have been loving it for myself! I used to spend hours in the library every week when I was growing up, but it’s been years since I’ve gone regularly. I just finished As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, by Cary Elwes (the actor who played Westley) and it was wonderful. Now, The Princess Bride was my favorite movie in junior high and high school (I made a pirate shirt for my boyfriend–for prom), but I admit I had seen it so many times, I was a little sick of it. No more! This was a delightful read that reignited my love for the movie, and even stranger–there was no bitterness! No scandal! It was as sweet and lovely as the movie–and still interesting!

In other news, we’re going camping in about two weeks. Anyone have any camping food tips?

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Flip Flops

Pregnancy Survival Guide: 7 Summer Essentials

Last summer, when I was eight months pregnant in August during a heat wave (90-plus degree temperatures for months, it seemed), I vowed to write this post. At the time I was too busy sweating to write, but with summer just around the corner, I’m ready to help!

I know several mamas who will be experiencing the joys of pregnancy during the summer months. And listen, I don’t want to be one of those smug ladies who seemingly live to go on–and on and on–about the potential pitfalls of pregnancy. But let’s get real. By the end of my pregnancy, it was hard enough to just find a comfortable position to sit in. Being hot, sweaty, and swollen just made me feel ridiculous on top of everything else.

But! I did find a few ways to make being pregnant during the summer easier, and I thought I’d write them down before Mother Nature makes me forget everything so I might want to have another baby in the future (the store is closed, Mother Nature–it’s called an IUD!).

  1. Surrender to my icy embrace! Image from Home Depot.

    An air conditioner for your bedroom, if you don’t have central air. Buy it now, before prices go up or stores sell out! You may think it’s a frivolous expense of money and energy when you could be saving up for, say, a college fund. But this is important! Sleep is essential for gestating mommies, and sweating in bed is no fun (except under the specific circumstances that got you pregnant in the first place). Measure your room and find the most efficient air conditioner for the square footage you have (Craigslist can also be your friend here). Then, an hour before you go to bed every night, turn it on and shut the door. When you’re ready to turn in, your room will be a blissful, icy-cold refuge of slumber.

  2. Glamorous.

    Comfortable maternity pajamas. Don’t be like me. I wore my regular, (originally) loose-fitting pajamas way too long, until they were tight and uncomfortable. Again, sleep is important. You’ll need something that fits and is suitable for the weather! One benefit to maternity pajamas and nightgowns is, many are also made for nursing, so you can wear them after delivery and get a lot of wear out of them (especially if you have a robe for when it gets cooler).

  3. Ayyyy. You, too, can feel like the Fonz. Image from Dickies.

    A light jacket or cardigan that goes with almost everything you own. The double-edged sword of super-hot summer temperatures is, many office buildings and businesses keep the air conditioning on blast, which means if you’re dressed for the weather, you’ll need a little something to keep from freezing. The best part about this item is, you likely already have it in your closet (it doesn’t need to close!). I had a light (pre-pregnancy) Dickies jacket that I wore to the office almost every day. In the end it was more like a shrug than a jacket, but it worked!

  4. Maternity Dress

    Maternity dress + scarf = cute and comfortable

    Summer maternity dresses. Old Navy was my jam for maternity gear, and their dresses were awesome. They were comfortable, they were inexpensive, they lasted my entire pregnancy, they could be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, and (still very important) they were flattering! Protip: maxi dresses means you don’t have to worry about shaving your legs every day.

  5. A couple of light scarves. Let’s talk pregnancy boobs. As the months go by, your breasts will likely get bigger, which will in turn pull your neckline lower–which means you may start showing more cleavage than you feel comfortable with at, say, work. A light, colorful scarf will take care of that without making you overheat. Also: great as a shawl in a pinch in air conditioning.
  6. These are my exact pants! From Old Navy.

    Linen or otherwise light pants. I think my favorite piece of clothing during the tail end of my summer pregnancy was a pair of gray linen pants I got from (again) Old Navy. Again, shaving your legs will get more difficult as time goes on. If you feel uncomfortable showing that, a light pair of pants can keep you covered, but comfortable. Get them in a neutral color and you can basically wear them every day if you want! You have better things to think about than your clothes!

  7. Flip-flops. Cheap and plain or spendy and stylish–your choice. But for me, the end of pregnancy plus high summer temperatures resulted in extremely swollen feet and ankles, which meant the only shoes I could wear were flip-flops. Be prepared.
Flip Flops

Flip flops! Live them, learn them, love them. Old Navy.

Hopefully you won’t need these suggestions, but I think hoping for the best and preparing for the worst is a solid plan of action in almost every circumstance!

Do you have any tips for surviving a summer pregnancy? Post them below!