NST- non stress test. Basically they hook you up to a fetal monitor and make sure the babe has a nice steady heartbeat. It usually takes a half hour or so because they want to watch the heart rate during a few contractions and they want to see that the babe is moving around. If the babe doesn't move "enough", or their heartrate is funky (either while at rest/while moving or if it dips really low during contractions) then they might move to an induction or c/s. But if the babe has a nice shiny heartbeat, handles cotnractions nicely, and is moving around then they assume everything is fine and there is no rush to intervene.
Plug- I don't know why your provider was concerned about that. Were you GBS positive or something like that? Generally losing the plug means the cervix is changing and labor will begin "soon" but most books/providers will tell you that "soon" in this case can be a full week. Having your water break though is a bigger deal. It used to be that providers didn't worry too much if your water broke and contractions didn't begin for 24 hours, but since the risk of infection does increase after your water breaks, these days they often want to see contractions within 12 hours.
magnets... a dollar store or craft store maybe? I don't think I've heard about praying to St Joe after burying the statue, but I'm sure it can't hurt! Do you have a specific prayer you use? The feng shui book I have right now has a section on selling your home... I can check it out if you want. I remember there was something about making an envelope out of aluminum foil (or other "shiny silver" colored paper) and then putting the names/cards/descriptions of people you want to have involved in the sale (so your agent's card, or the name of buyer's agents, or a description of a motivated buyer) inside the envelope and placing the envelope in (I think) the helpful people section of the house? Anyway, I can go find the book if you want...
pets- dd1 has suddenly decided she wants a dog. We've told her that we'll get a dog when the baby is 2 years old (so we're not saying no, but we're not promising anything immediate). Of course she is now going around telling everyone she meets that she is getting a dog. Which means DH and I have to keep explaining. LOL
random grrrrr- so my mom came over to watch the kids while DH and I went to the hospital. Since we were sent home only an hour later we were able to see how this was really going to play out. And argh!!!!!!!!!!!! We wrote out a "how our day usually goes" page that we gave her and told her we didn't expect her to do the things on the list, but we wanted her to have the list so she'd know how the kiddos usually spent their time/ what and when they ate/ how their evening routine usually went. That sort of thing. And she knows our general parenting philosophy (even though she thinks AP/NatFamLiving is a total crock and our religion a joke at best and a hell-bound horror show at worst). When we got home, only an hour or so after we left, the house was filled with really icky plastic toys (the squishy soft plastic things that flash when you squeeze them, small rubber animals that have expanding parts when sqeeuzed, and toys made from that sticky squishy plastic that you can throw at the wall and watch it "creep" down?), the fridge covered in "bratz" style doll magnets (over-developed female "dolls" in scanty underwear along with a few dozen "outfits" made from magnets that can be layered on top), and then we found out that she had given them ravioli and microwaved breakfast sausages (both of which she had brought) for snack. She was also in the process of teaching them a catholic prayer and had moved things off our family altar to turn the altar into a storage shelf for the dollar store tchockes she'd brought. Sigh. When she left Dh went through the hosue throwing out stuff but argh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see what happens when she is alone with them for a whole day! lol