Things That Happened This Week

Here are just some random tidbits from this week.

Everyone in the Whitener household came down with some stomach illness this week. George threw up all night Sunday for who knows why. Tom threw up all night Tuesday due to food poisoning. Wednesday, morning sickness welcomed me into my third trimester like a truck running into a wall. I did not throw up, but I felt like it even when I would talk. Super fun week trying to make sure we all don’t die.

I had a student rub my belly without asking. She had her face all up next to my stomach. Fortunately, I like this student. However, I have only met with her a couple times. It was an awkward moment for sure, that I didn’t really know how to react to, except shock.

One day this week, I had all of my student appointments no show. Four different students decided to be rude on the same day and not come meet with me without any notice. I hate that it wastes my day waiting around for them and then trying to follow up with them after the fact. Manners folks.

I have picked out all the paint colors for the new rooms. I really tried not to have them all gray, which was my original plan. Picking them out has got me itching to get in there. They put all the electrical and plumbing in this week so we are moving along.

I do a lot of academic coaching in my job. We reach out to students at various points of the year when we know there are issues, such as right now with midterms. Our faculty report student grades at this time, so I can see anyone who is getting a D or an F in a class right now. Our office reaches out to all the students in this category. I specifically will call any student who is getting more than three Ds or Fs to talk about their plan for the last half of the semester. We hope it to be more intentional with a conversation about their options and reality of the situation since it is generally harder to raise that many poor grades in 8 weeks time. Every semester, it surprises me a)how many students have no clue and are in shock that they have an F or b) they truly believe that they can pull 5 Fs to 5 Bs and refuse any help or guidance. Astonishing.

Tonight, I cut George’s hair all by myself. I have only ever cut my own bangs, so I was extremely nervous to do this. It grows so fast, I hate to take a little boy to the barber every month. So I took a swing at it tonight to just get it off his neck and out of his eyes. We’ll see how much I damaged his sweet looks tomorrow. He went straight to the bath and then straight to bed, but I got this nice comb over before I finished reading his night time books.


What has your week been like?

Bachelor Nick Final Week

We have come to the end of the road for Nick’s heart my friends. Finally. Here are my thoughts on this week’s episode.

  • I do love Nick’s family. And how cool for his sister Bella to get this paid vacation at her age.
  • It is weird to me that they refer to his relationships with Andi and Kaitlyn in “seasons.” I mean, yes, it was a season of the Bachelor, but if he is really serious about it wouldn’t it be a relationship?
  • Nick is getting into his own head, but hopefully he can convince himself to take a risk.
  • Raven with his family was anti-climatic.
  • Oh Chris you are so stirring the pot with your one liners on the drama. I think they are playing his past rejections up for production value.
  • Bella does not seem impressed with Vanessa.
  • Ok that is not a Clemson ring.
  • Haha Nick’s sister telling Nick to speak up for Vanessa. Come on Nick, at least seem interested.
  • Oh so this is the first moment that Vanessa said that she may leave Montreal.
  • No love is not enough to make a relationship last. I love his dad’s answer. They [his parents] really do seem like great people.
  • Everyone is crying on this family meet up.
  • I hope Vanessa likes Christmas. I would be weirded out by this date.
  • Vanessa saying that she isn’t comfortable with the idea that her relationship may be slightly greater than Raven’s is what normal people would say in a normal situation. Vanessa, girl, you have to know what you signed up for. You are competing for Nick’s heart. There are going to be rankings…
  • I think Nick explained himself very well about why he is guarding himself and not being as open with Vanessa. But it also seems very sly to tell her he doesn’t think about the other women when he is with her. Because that makes this whole scenario of dating other women at the same time ok.
  • These relationships are so different.
  • He called Raven “my love.” I feel like he is a little more relaxed with her.
  • He picks up Raven all the time.
  • So Raven and Nick haven’t talked about where they would move. Would she uproot her shop? I doubt Nick would move to her small town.
  • No big deal. Just some husky puppies. SO MUCH FUN!
  • This conversation with Raven seems very friendzone when he was talking about his stress with not wanting to hurt either of them. Forget the comment of not bringing up other women…
  • Ok now they are getting back on track to a romantic relationship.
  • He doesn’t seem as reserved with Raven has he is with Vanessa.
  • I think he picks Raven, or is that what they want me to think?
  • Do you think they think of the most random mundane tasks to tape Nick doing for these pensive moments like putting logs on the fire and walking through a snowy forest?
  • How awesome that they get these rings from Neil Lane. Big honkers too.
  • Raven’s dress is gorgeous. I love that they get styled for this episode. How lucky is that?
  • Ahhhh Raven is first…does that mean she isn’t the one?
  • I don’t know what is happening. I can’t read him.
  • He needs to stop Raven talking about her family if he doesn’t see this happening.
  • I am impressed that she kept it together while he breaks her heart. She is one classy broad.
  • What! You break her heart and then make her go outside without her coat.
  • Oh Raven, you are still young. You will find someone! Don’t give up on looking.
  • Well Vanessa has been one of my favorites since the beginning.
  • Ok Vanessa, can you deal with the compromise aspect? It can’t just be Nick who compromises. You become a team.
  • I hope that they can stop being stubborn and hard headed to make this work. But I hope that she isn’t watching the season back because she is going to be pissed about Raven’s fantasy suite date.
  • He sure does love to pick up women.
  • So now comes the decision if I stay up another hour to watch the After the Final Rose. (of course I stayed up)
  • Raven was so perfect in her responses at the AFR.
  • It will be interesting to see her in Paradise.
  • Vanessa doesn’t hold anything back.
  • As I said, it is good that Vanessa didn’t watch the fantasy suites.
  • Hey couples fight. It’s better that they leave everything on the table.
  • Wow, I didn’t think she would move to the US. Will they settle in LA?
  • I think they are so stubborn they will make it all work. But they are focusing so much on the arguing. They are very defensive and seem like they do not like each other much.
  • I am not ok with Nick being on DWTS, but hopefully they can get through more of the fame. I am just tired of seeing him. However, maybe we will see a different side of him since he won’t be focusing on “love.” This will be his 5th reality show though…
  • What’s with all the women wearing black?
  • Rachel is so poised. I am wondering where the drama is going to be this season with her?
  • We all love you Rachel!
  • I would be so pissed if I was Rachel and they sprung the start of the season on me. I would have died. No ability to prep myself mentally.
  • Also how awkward is it that she is doing it in front of a live audience? Again, I would be mortified.
  • So how is this going to work? She is meeting several of these guys and then there is a break for the rest? Does she start right now and get whisked away to the mansion? She will be thinking about these men until it starts and envisioning relationships with these specific men. Do they get their phones taken away now so they can’t text or internet search one another? I don’t get it.
  • Oh good the racism comments have already started not even minutes into the start of her season.
  • “You look good and smell good?” This is painful to watch.
  • I can’t catch all their names! They don’t have the little screen titles. What are their professions?
  • That also was not the most dramatic thing that has ever happened on a After the Final Rose. Do they not remember Jason Mesnick surprising us all by dumping Melissa and going back to Molly? Seriously Chris.
  • I hate this. Why do I continue watching this show? Because I have no self-control over witnessing the drama, that’s why.



Baby 2: Twenty-Seven Weeks

27 weeks

How far along: 27 weeks and 1 day

Sex of Baby W: still girl I presume

Weight gain: I have gained a total of 5 pounds. Looking at the pictures from my last pregnancy, I definitely think I am bigger this time around. However, I feel much healthy this time.

Size of Baby W: fennec fox or a head of cauliflower

Maternity clothes: All the time. I also stand by that they should just make all pants elastic, maternity or not. This is great!

Baby items: I haven’t bought anything lately, but I have finished our registry. I ordered our baby shower invites this week. Let’s celebrate this little gal!

Stretch marks: I have a couple , but I don’t really care. I mean they aren’t great to have, but no one is going to see them, so I don’t need to worry about it.

Belly button in or out:  Well it’s like half and half. It’s kind of sticking out but it’s still flush with the rest of my belly.

Sleep: I get up at least one a night to pee. I have had some issues with stiffness and muscles cramping making it hard to get comfortable.

Best moment the past few weeks: Watching our house get framed has been pretty awesome.

Worst moment the past few weeks: Crosby got out of our fence last week. I spent more than an hour driving up and down our street with George trying to call for him. Then as I sobbed in the yard with Grace trying to find a hole in the fence (which there wasn’t), the little bugger just strolled down the driveway with the biggest doggy grin on his face. We have a temp fence in part of our yard with the construction. He had gone to the corner farthest from the house and peeled it back far enough to squeeze through, but it sprung back in place so I would never notice it in the dark. It was awful.

Miss anything: Sleeping through the night.

Cravings: Donuts. And not just any donuts, like Krispy Kreme kind. When I am not pregnant, I HATE Krispy Kreme. Also pretty much any food I see or hear talked about, I want it.

Movement: She moves the most at night. I keep trying to get George to feel her, but he won’t stay still long enough. DCW likes to sit right where her brother did, lopsided on the right side near my belly button. It makes my tummy look silly, but it’s fun to know where she is sitting.

Symptoms/how I am feeling: I have had a lot of discomfort when I am sleeping like I said. There has been a little nausea this past week. The exhaustion has returned as well; I have fallen asleep on the couch at some point every day this past week. I am still getting my steps in most days though! I am trying to stay as active as I possibly can. Some things are getting harder and harder to do, like jumping jacks. My bladder can’t take all the jumping. It feels like it is going to explode when I try to run or jump. Who am I kidding, I need to pee all the time anyway.

Looking forward to: We have a doctor’s appointment this week, and it always brings me some piece of mind to hear the heartbeat and touch base with the doctor.


And yes we are still wearing Christmas jammies.


Here is George at 27 weeks. Again, I think the bump is bigger this time around.

Bachelor Nick Week 10

It’s the Women Tell All Week, which is one of my favorite episodes. And we saw how the other two overnights went.

  • So that weird montage of Raven frolicking around Finland is insinuating that they did it. This is odd.
  • That cross country skiing looks awful.
  • I don’t understand how Nick and Rachel aren’t together after this date…They seem like the most natural couple. I mean he says that he is falling for her too. I am so confused.
  • Why is this ice bath even a thing? I am enjoying watching their reactions walking back. I don’t think the ice bath is a fear Nick. It is just stupid.
  • I don’t think that Vanessa and Nick will end up together for the sake that they both want to stay in their own countries.
  • That ring on Vanessa’s finger looks like a Clemson class ring…And i just spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to find out where she went to school.
  • And now we all can breathe with Rachel off. Answers NICK!
  • You are giving me nothing Nick. We all know Rachel is amazing. What happened?
  • I think Nick likes a difficult woman-both Raven and Vanessa bring their own drama.
  • I apparently didn’t have much thought about this episode…
  • But now comes the “Women Tell All”
  • I need to find people who are at these watch parties to watch the show with. But they need to do all the planning and theming; I will just show up.
  • Oh my goodness these sorority women went CRAZY…
  • Those clear plastic chairs look so uncomfortable.
  • Alexis admits that she was a shark. Thank goodness.
  • Haha Chris trying to get these women to calm down…this is insane. I don’t even know where to look.
  • I don’t think that Taylor was bullying Corinne at all, but I don’t want her to be my counselor with how she conducted herself.
  • I still don’t know how I feel about Liz. I agree that she shouldn’t be shamed for having sex with Nick, but I still feel like some of this is an act. I don’t know, it’s just odd.
  • I would agree that Corinne read into things a little too much. And yes, Corinne you did talk bad about people…
  • Taylor does seem a little stuck up, just saying.
  • I feel like they gave Corinne more time to say her piece..
  • Ok now, they are defending Taylor.
  • Jazmine, no not everyone calls everyone bitches.
  • Everyone didn’t take naps during rose ceremonies, Corinne.
  • Taylor and Corinne are both not seeing what each other are ACTUALLY saying…
  • Why is Jazmine trying to make piece with Corinne but making waves with Taylor?
  • Corinne is living in her own world and doesn’t take other people’s perspectives into account. It doesn’t help when the whole focus of the women tell all was her.
  • Kristina’s interview was beautiful. And yes Liz was right we should be building each other up and not fighting because their is something so much greater. That is like a smack in the face for sure.
  • Yea two and ones are not ideal, but that is part of this experience that you SIGNED UP for. I think Nick handled his response to Danielle’s comments well.
  • Rachel is gorgeous! I am so excited for her, and that is so awesome that the women are so supportive of her. It looks like no one thought ill of her.
  • And Astrid’s comment about taking the left-overs was great!
  • Nick and Rachel are still adorable together.
  • In the previews, they are totally playing up that Nick can’t make up his mind and may end up alone, which is his biggest fear. One more week guys.

Favorites: I could not care less at this point. I go back and forth on who will end up with the final rose. Parts of me think Vanessa because I have loved her from the beginning, but I don’t think the relationship will last on account that they both won’t move to another country. Raven, I think has potential to get the rose but I just don’t see the longevity there either.

Shout Outs

Sometimes you need to acknowledge the good things and where that fruitfulness is coming from. We all need a little more positivity in our days.

So here are my shout outs:

Shout out to our contractor and the crews he has picked to work on our addition. This framing crew got all this done and a metal roof on in 2.5 days. All the windows are in as well, I just got home too late to take a picture of it in the daylight. They were so fast! It is so much fun to walk through our new rooms!


Shout out to Netflix for providing me with Parks and Rec to enjoy with my hubby. Andy is seriously the best character.

Shout out to my sister-in-law who planned a great art auction for a local charity that provides shelter to homeless teens along with several other programs. I have photographed this event for the past four years, and I am always so in awe of what she puts together. Emily is a great event planner!


Shout out to donuts, because hello they are donuts.

Shout out to my hubby. He is the best teammate. I could not have gotten through this last month without him. He has taken off work to be there for George and done countless things to get our house project moving. I love him, and I think I will keep him.


Shout out to our church for their Wednesday night ministries and making it easier on me by providing dinner each week. George also wants to shout out for the never-ending desserts he gets at these dinners.

Shout out to Amazon for having wishlists so I can feel like I am shopping but not actually drop any cash. I saved probably 25 comforters the other day…

Who do you want to make a shout out to?