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I think hawks, and hunting with hawks, is fascinating.  I don’t know if it’s because of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s book which was my first introduction to hawking, Hawkmistress, or if it’s a combination of how much I enjoy animals, how fascinated I am with how they can work with and be trained by people or if it’s a form of Frank’s favorite hobby (hunting) that appeals to me.

However, after looking a lot more into hawking, I decided that it’s not something I can pursue right now.  (You have to have a large enclosure built just for them outside.  If you hunt with them you have to weigh them everyday to keep them within 1-2 ounces of an ideal weight, and if you leave town another licensed hawker has to take care of them.  Unless I change careers or talk Frank into doing this with me, the last one is definitely a showstopper!)  But what I can do is watch hawks. It seems like we have more and more everyday.  This morning we saw NINE hawks on our way to work!

Court and Jon and …

Courtney and Jon, my friends expecting triplets, now have a blog to keep us all informed: Court and Jon and ….  Courtney, Jon, Matilda, Anna and Noah can use all your prayers, best wishes and finger crossings over the next couple of weeks.


Talk about coincidences … I had three roommates in college and all four of are expecting a baby now! 

And we’ll end up with 6 babies as one of us (not me!) is expecting triplets!  Send her lots of good vibes!

People ask you the strangest things when you are pregnant

I have been debating whether or not to blog about this and I’ve finally decided that it’s been such a strange experience that I have to share. 

People say the strangest things when you are pregnant.  For example, just last week I was sitting on an airplane across the aisle from a man.  He seemed like a nice guy.  He was in his seventies, wearing a baseball cap and traveling with his wife and daughter and a big Christian group, and he genuinely just seemed to be looking for a conversation partner.  So he starts out by saying, "You’re pregnant, right?"  (I should point out that I’m 6 and half months pregnant right now, so it’s hard to miss the belly.)
I said, "Yes, I am."
He said, "Good. I brought a lot of food."  And he hoists up this bag that’s bigger than my briefcase that is chock full of food – everything from nuts to chocolate to crackers to who knows what else.  And he did offer to share everything with me during the whole seven hour flight!
Then he says, "You are planning on going through with it, right?"
I think I just stared at him for a minute.  I try to respond politely to all these strange questions, but that one caught me completely off guard.  (In retrospect, maybe I should just raise my eyebrows or let my jaw drop so people could see the effect that these questions have on the pregnant woman.)  I ended up saying, "Yes, of course."  I then added, because I thought my belly should have been answer enough, "I’m six months pregnant."  I mean who would go through with 30+ weeks of pregnancy if they weren’t planning on going through with it?  It’s not been the most comfortable time of my life!

My other "favorite" question that I’ve been asked by everyone from friends to co-workers to strangers on the street was "Was it planned?"  What kind of question is that?  Would they ask if I looked older?  If I was wearing a wedding ring on my hand?  Do they ask every pregnant woman that?  I’ve never asked anyone if their pregnancy was planned.

Frank’s "favorite" is "It’s going to change your life."  Any child is going to change our life!  It’s a whole new person.  But we do have a child already so it’s not like we (especially Frank) don’t know what we are getting into!

I sent my top 10 strange questions to a friend the last time I felt like venting and he sent me back the funniest email where he managed to use all top 10 strange questions in a way that was hilarious and he wrapped it up with some very nice compliments and a funny statement at the end:

"I’ve always thought you’d make a great mom […]  After all, Teddy [my dog] probably had better language skills at age 5 than I did and was more well behaved!  I doubt you’ll ever need anything, but if you do, you can always ask me."

Good friends are priceless.  And I just try to remember that a lot of the strange questions have come from very well meaning folks!