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Big Feet on the Road

This weekend, I drove from Spokane back to my hometown (near Portland) for my best friend's bridal shower (and bachelorette party).  Five hours on the road isn't that much for the average person, but for a pregnant lady - it's an uncomfortable eternity.  Not only is it difficult to stay awake without the giant mug of coffee or liter of Mountain Dew, but also - my back and legs will probably never forgive me for the experience.  Lately, if I'm on my feet for more than 20 minutes at a time, they get super-sore; like the way they felt after I jogged Bloomsday last year.   After this road-trip, I've learned that sitting in the car for 5 hours will do the same thing - plus, it'll blow up my ankles like balloons.  When I got home last night, my calves had blended into my ankles - turning them into super-cankles - and my feet had molded to my shoes.  It took a lot of ice and a long while of Billy rubbing my feet to get the swelling down even a little bit.  This morning, they're still pretty swollen, but at least they aren't as gigantic as they were yesterday. 

My mom and I had a nice time sharing stories about our pregnancy experiences.  At one point, Mom, my sister and I were shopping, and Victor wedged himself up against something in my lower side.  I had to stop in the middle of the aisle I was in and shift around to avoid the pain.  Mom laughed at me, "You BOTH used to do that to me..." I think seeing that discomfort reinforced my sister's decision to not have children. 

I had quite the whirlwind weekend; driving 5 hours from home, visiting with family, going to a bridal shower, a bachelorette party and slumber party, then driving 5 hours back - all in two days.  Our hostess for the weekend is exactly ten weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy, so we had plenty to gab about.  She is also expecting a boy (they've chosen the name "Nicholas Alan" - we joked about our boys someday opening a pub together... "Nick & Vic's" - sounds like a fun place!).  It made the events much easier for me - especially the bachelorette party night.  She and I ordered blackberry lemonade while the other girls had sake-bombs, we had the only two choices on the menu (we went to a sushi restaurant in Portland) that didn't contain raw fish, and demanded that wherever we went, there be adequate seating for us.  The dance club was a bit much - but it got better when we discovered that if we leaned our backs against the booth we were sitting in, the bass from the music was massaging our backs.  Vic was really moving around to the music!  My friend and I were both pretty exhausted early in the night, but had fun watching all of the other girls dance and party it up. 

Today and tomorrow I'll be on my feet for a good portion of the afternoon, working at the Deal or No Deal auditions.  I hope my ankles (or cankles as they are now) will cooperate! 

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