I don't know if this is good for blood pressure or not, but for any of you looking for cold/easy dinner options these days...
Avocados were on sale at whole foods today, and DH picked up our farm share, so I had a decent bounty to choose from and not a lot of motivation to hang around a hot kitchen after running errands (and having a seriously hormonal sobbing meltdown over how terrible drivers are in southeastern MA). Which meant - soup! Chilled soup, that is, with all of the following pureed together:
1 large zucchini (or, in our case, large patty pan squash)
1 avocado (peeled and pitted, obviously)
garlic to taste (we used 5 cloves, and it was deliciously garlicky)
a few scoops greek yogurt
a splash of cider vinegar
enough water to make it thick-soupy.
We also found a rocking chair on craigslist for $30 today, and DH picked it up on the way home from the farm. It's beautiful, and looks lovely in the baby's room.
My errands yielded, in addition to my cheap avocados, a ton of toilet paper, tea tree oil for all sorts of things, and enough dried beans & lentils & rice to get us through (I hope) November, plus a stash of trader joe's peanut butter and hot sauce. I'm definitely getting to the point where I want to have everything stocked up Just In Case. I won't even be 36 weeks until the start of next week and I don't physically feel like I'm anywhere near the end, but with people here starting to pop, and knowing that this pregnancy has already lasted longer than either of my mother's, I'd rather be on the safe side.
I'm still working 3-4 days a week, still feeling pretty comfortable (save for the creaking feeling every time I roll over in bed or get up to pee!). The wiggle worm's movements are definitely feeling less like general squirming and more like frustrated pounding at the walls - especially with tiny feet on my rib cage.
I love hearing about the babies that have already come, and I'm sending good vibes to you all as I read about your labors beginning! It's actually pretty nice to be able to read how yours are beginning, how you're recognizing them before they even really start, as someone who's never done this before!
By the way, mole, I love how much you brag about your sweetheart. Every time someone on here is having troubles with their SO, I always feel a little shy about admitting that my hubby has been crazy wonderfully supportive and excited this whole time. Even when we hit snags on the Big Decisions (circumcision, vaccines, etc), he's always more than willing to talk it through, do the research, come to an educated decision together. He's put up with crying and mood swings and rather diminished bedroom activity lately. He cooks dinner any time I'm not in the mood for it (though it helps that, as a teacher on summer break, he's had far more free time than I these last two months), and pancakes or omelets at least once a week. He even wrote a lullabye on his banjo. I really don't know how to thank him properly (other than telling him how much I appreciate him as often as possible). Anyone have any advice on what you did for your SO to thank them for support?