Sep 7, 2015  •  In Baby, Motherhood, Parenting, Personal, Relationships

Baby Fever

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you may have noticed that I’d had a bit of baby fever lately.

Say what?

Me? The girl who hates the baby years and never looks back on her children’s infancies with nostalgia?

What happened?

Well, for one, my friends and relatives keep having ridiculously cute babies and I don’t mind at all that they clutter my social media feeds with baby pictures and stories.

Then there’s the fact that my girls, who will be turning 5 and 4 soon, are evolving into pretty awesome individuals who increasingly amaze me with their creativity, wit, and lively personalities. They’re getting along better, they make each other and the people around them laugh, they’re cooperative, and they’re both so smart. I’d helped create two such astounding people — so why not another?

I’ve seriously been considering having another baby. I kid you not.


And J is totally on board. He loves kids and if he had his way, we’d have an entire basketball team.

But then a conversation with friends helped me realize something. (Thanks, G&J, if you’re reading this!)

The main reason I am considering having another kid is because my life is so good right now.

In addition to my children who are now more independent and generally easier — downright enjoyable at times! — there’s also my relationship with J, which is pretty darn wonderful these days. We make time for each other, we make each other laugh, and we help keep each other accountable.

We’ve become one of those insufferably happy couples that make you want to gag. And I think to myself, several times, every day, “How lucky am I?”

J even blurted out during dinner the other day — completely out of the blue — “I like our family.”  :-D 

Because I am so happy with my family, I am selfishly wanting to expand it so that my happiness could be even greater.

So would bringing another child into the fold make things even better? Probably not for another couple of years, at least — didn’t you hear that parenthood is tougher on your well-being than divorce, unemployment, or even the death of a partner?

But yes, the fever is there and it’s real. I’m just not sure if those difficult baby years would be worth it.

Sep 2, 2015  •  In Entertainment, Funny, Geek

Marvel Comics: What If?

In 1982, Marvel published a “What If?” #34 — a humor issue devoted to hilarious, sometimes disastrous scenarios that could have been in the Marvel universe. Here are some scans from the issue. Enjoy!


















Via Reddit.

Aug 26, 2015  •  In Entertainment, Twitter, Web

A Twisted FRIENDS Fan Theory

Twitter user @strnks has dreamed up a dark and twisty alternate ending to the show Friends:

In case you can’t read/make out what’s in the embedded image, it says:

I’d have ended Friends by revealing it was all the meth-addled fantasy of a homeless Phoebe as she stared through the window of Central Perk.

Every kooky aside, every episode she made everything about her, every instance of how much of an outsider she was… it all makes sense. All 10 seasons were merely her fevered imagination, projecting herself into the lives of the other 5. All she ever wanted was… Friends.

The final scene would be Phoebe walking away from Central Perk, with the Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler and Monica characters making a reference to “the crazy lady who always stares at us”. They all have different names and personalities.

Phoebe walks past a furniture store and catchers her reflection in a mirror placed in the window. The name of the store? “Ursula”

Finally she returns to the park where she sleeps in front of the fountain. A broken lamp stands next to her bench. It starts to rain. From behind, we see her put up six dirty, but brightly coloured umbrellas.

Fade to black.

Could that be any more depressing?

And…would that mean Mike really was a bag of crap?

Aug 24, 2015  •  In Information, Science

5 feet 9 inches, 172 pounds

These renderings were made from the body scans of six different people, all who were 5 feet 9 inches tall and 172 pounds.

V = the body’s volume, or the amount of fluid that would fill a container the same size as the body, in liters.

With a BMI of 25.4, they are all technically considered overweight. But as you can see, each body shape is vastly different from the others, with different muscle mass, fat compositions, and (although you can’t tell from the illustration) bone density.

Can we stop using BMI as an indicator of health already?

Via The New York Times.

Aug 21, 2015  •  In Books, Entertainment, Geek, Infographics, Movies, Star Wars

The World of Star Wars: A Timeline Visualization

What is considered canon in the Star Wars universe? When does each movie/show/book take place? These topics could be confusing to those not paying close attention, especially with the reboot of the franchise and the onslaught of new movies, a show, books, and comics.

Outer Places has done the research for us and compiled everything into a huge infographic which walks us through the timeline, all the way from The Phantom Menace to the yet-to-be-named Episode IX. I don’t know about you, but seeing all this together makes me even more psyched for December!


Via BGR.