Blog Posts by k8blujay

  • It's Been an Amazing Year

    On Monday will be the original due date a year ago, for my baby bug. This past year is one that I am so blessed to have been able to experience. An experience that I wouldn't trade for the world, despite the moments of sleep deprivation, frustration, and anxiety. Over this past year, I have experienced a tiny human being born. She grows and learns so fast that it's almost unbelievable that she once this helpless infant. Though she is still very much 100% dependant on us, her parents, family and friends, to provide for her, comfort her and love her... she is showing her independance already. She has learned how to move on her own (though she is still learning to walk) and learn how to eat (even with her almost 6 teeth) on her own. She has figured out how to communicate, albeit not in our typical ways of language. And boy, can she communicate. It is hilarious to see her with her friends at "school" (it's what we call her daycare center as it is also a preschool). You set her down with

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  • The Journey of a First Time Mom: The beginning.

    So I am finally getting around to writing this and sharing my new journey with all my Shine friends, starting with my birth story.

    My beautiful baby girl, whom I shall refer to as 'bug' or 'baby bear' was born early in March. It was quite unexpected as she decided to show up a whole week early, which is uncommon for first time mom's such as myself. It was the morning after my husband came back from his business trip; I had gotten up like usual to go to the bathroom when I realized that something wasn't quite right. It was 5 am and as I was on my way to the bathroom I realized that I was... ahem... leaking... which I knew immediately it wasn't quite right as I hadn't leaked all throughout the pregnancy. I knew right then that my water had broke. So as soon as I could I woke up my husband (oh how he loves being woken up at 5 am for important news such as "I'm pregnant" or "my water just broke") and then called the doctor on call.. not knowing what to do and not having any

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  • The home stretch.

    Well my Shine friends, I know that I haven't been posting a lot through out this pregnancy. Shoot, I haven't even given you a photo to oogle over. But to be honest, this has been a pretty dull pregnancy, which surprises me to no end. I'm so serious, my doctors appointments take literally 5 minutes. The most that has happened is having to get the Rhogam shot (for us lucky ladies with Rh negative blood) and have to take iron pills for my anemia. I haven't gained the massive amounts of weight that pregnant women supposedly gain (5 pounds total since my first appointment to my last) as hard as I try. And how exciting can I really be if I'm more prone to sleep or be a sloth on the couch watching the millions of reruns of Criminal Minds, with except to those rare bouts of energy where I can actually clean our house.

    But alas, I am now in the middle of my 31st week. And our little girl will be here shortly (and that is when I'm sure the stories will start, if she is ANYthing like her

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  • User post: Is this really the message for our daughters?

    Now, I don't proclaim myself to be a feminist by any means. I am just a woman. I am a woman that comes from a long line of strong women. I am the first woman in that line to have had the opportunity to go to college and get my Bachelors of Science degree. Something that my mother and my grandmother always wanted to do, but never did and regretted it wholeheartedly. They were women that instilled in me the notion that this is most definitely a man's world and that I would have a harder time making it without a formal education. They are right. As I see my brother just younger than me, not have any formal education beyond highschool, as of this moment, make nearly as much as I do with a degree. But that was a lot of my fault, I chose to go the Geosciences route. And we just don't make that much money, that's probably why the majority of us look a lot like "hippies". We can't afford the suits like the engineers and business(wo)men can.

    I digress.

    I have always been surrounded

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  • User post: But, I don't feel pregnant!

    The past few weeks, I haven't really been feeling myself... I haven't wanted to eat. The thought of food just isn't all that appealing to me, even though I'm practically starving. But in all honesty, this is how I feel every other time I have sinus and allergy problems... which I have constantly. And besides, it's been crazy hot lately, and I don't like to eat all that much when it's hot outside either... and the tiredness... forget that, I'm always tired. Especially, when I'm all doped up on Sudafed (the behind the counter stuff cause it's all that works for me) and whatever allergy medicine that's working at keeping my sneezing at bay. And not having my periods... pshaw! I hardly had them before I was on birth control so it didn't really dawn on me. So while not feeling all that different just a little sick, I've been having a few people close to me (my husband, my mom and the one lady co-worker I talk to constantly) nag me at taking a pregnancy test. So I did... and much to my

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  • Seriously?!

    Ok, now I love Shine and the people to death... but the Customer Care... not so much.... in event of the disappearing comments all over the site, I decided to take some advice and click the help button, which lead me to here Ok cool.... then I went here;_ylt=AtuJm_C1.Pjocr77J..JHTXJ0yh4?last_url=

    Awesome! Now I can contact people to maybe get the word to them that our comments that are not otherwise reportable or against TOS or even the least bit snarky are disappearing... all over the site... Now, I'm not one to complain (much) but this is getting rediculous... But when I get a response such as this:


    Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Shine.

    I understand you are noticing that user comments are disappearing. If
    you're not seeing a comment you or someone else posted, it could be
    because enough readers on

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  • User Post: Taking the work out of the workout

    Well it's been almost 3 months since I have gotten off my booty and excercised. And after trying many different things (like Step Aerobics and walking/jogging on a treadmill), I finally found the exercise I absolutely love. ZUMBA! For those that don't know what Zumba is, is a dance aerobics class that incorporates moves inspired by Salsa, Belly Dancing, Raggaeton, Merengue, Cumbia, Chachacha, Tango and many others. Even though I don't have a dancers body, I love to dance. So this was the perfect choice for me. I originally started to go to Zumba classes only twice a week in addition to trying other fitness classes. But I quickly became bored with the other fitness classes, they seemed like it was work. It was to the point that every 5 minutes I would look at the clock and think, "Crap, it's not even half over yet". But in Zumba I rarely look at the clock and before I know it I have worked out for a whole hour and barely noticed.

    Because of this experience I have come to the

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  • User Post: A Struggle with Self-Image

    Self-Image. It's a funny thing really. It's how we preceive ourselves. It usually has nothing to do with how other people see us. You can be told your pretty or cute or beautiful, but unless you see it for yourself you will never believe it. Or you might believe it for one or two instances, but not as a rule. So what makes us believe that we are beautiful? Is it eating right and exercising? Is it the right clothes? The right shoes? The right job, husband or kids? Or is it more extreme, like plastic surgery? Or is it how we exude ourselves from the inside?

    Right now as I'm finally getting off the couch and exercising, I find myself struggling more with what I see in the mirror (and usually only the mirror in the aerobics class) than I do if I'm not heading over to my aerobics classes. You have these women that have been going to these classes for months (at least) or years. Perhaps they have always exercised and never stopped, like I did. And let me tell you, they look good. They look

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  • In response to Snowmageddon 2010

    So as we all are freezing to some degree or another I have been doing a lot of day dreaming... and by day dreaming I mean wishing I was anywhere but the US (minus Hawaii or possibly Southern California)... and as I was thinking about it, I thought that maybe I should bring a little bit of heat to Shine as we all are freezing our butts off from the piles of snow or the biting wind or the rain that doesn't seem to stop in one of the coldest winters in US history...

    So I bring to you, A little bit of warmth and longing to be anywhere but here... :D

    So please, grab a Pina Coloda, Margarita or whatever your drink of choice is and enjoy.




    Are y'all feeling warm yet? Or do you need some more?

    I thought so! :D

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    I hope y'all feel just a bit warmer now... :D

    Now that you have seen all these lovely photos, where would you like to be at this very moment? Me? I would love to be here... ;)

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    credits: The first four pictures are mine and the other three are linked to their respective

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  • Think

    Note: I recieved this in an email and decided I wanted to share it with everyone.

    There was

    a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She
    hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always
    there for her. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see

    the world, I will marry you.'

    One day,

    someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages
    came off, she was able to see everything, including her

    He asked

    her,'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The
    girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The
    sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected
    that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life
    led her to refuse to marry him.


    boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her
    saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before

    they were yours, they were mine.'

    This is

    how the human brain often works when our status changes.

    Only a very few remember what life

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