Quick Takes – LA Style!

I don’t think I realized how bad I was feeling until, well, I felt better!  This week I’m almost out of the first trimester and finally over the cold that I got a few weeks ago at the conference, which means I no longer feel like if I don’t go to bed at 8:30pm, I will die (which, incidentally, was a flash back to my younger years.  Yes, instead of fighting my bedtime, I was the only child I know of that would fight if I wasn’t in bed on time.  I once went to the circus with my neighbors and made them leave early because it was my bedtime and I was afraid I would wake up late if I went to bed late and would miss school the next morning.  Yes, I was a born nerd :) )

So, here are a few things I’ve been up to lately, a la Quick Takes from Jen over at Conversion Diary!  Go check out her post from this week for more!


Almost/In the second trimester!  I still can’t figure out how you count these things.  More importantly, another ultrasound Monday morning!  At that point I’ll be able to tell work about the pregnancy and finally have it out in the open.  Good thing I work with all guys that haven’t batted a eye when I turned down those glasses of wine at happy hour.  If I worked with females I swear someone would have caught on by now!  My secretary made a comment today “Alison eats all day and stays skinny!  I eat air and gain weight!”  I was sooo laughing out loud because she’s hinted at it before but never directly said it like that…and I’m about to make her feel a lot better about my “metabolism” next week…


In case you’re wondering, I effectively stopped monitoring my progesterone which is contributing to me not worrying.  Not exactly, but with my insurance switch back in August and everything, it was getting really expensive to do the monitoring how we did it before, so I got our insurance system (Kai.ser, for anyone who has similar woes) to do the draws, only they did them in their lab – but for free!  Unfortunately Dr. H doesn’t take values ran in another lab, so even though they appeared higher, he won’t change my dosage.  Awesome.  Finally, after much finagling and telling of my crazy “I was seeing an infertility specialist and then I moved here and then my insurance changed and then I got pregnant, can you PLEASE help me?” I was finally able to get a little lab tech to agree to just hand over the vial of blood to me – totally against their rules.  And guess why?  Turns out it took her 5 years to conceive their child.  Gotta love the sisterhood.


So, we had an “LA moment” last night…actually, it was kind of our second so before I tell that one, did I ever mention that we went to one of the first screenings of this movie?  That was back in September.  I’ve talked about the comics before and when I heard wind that there was not only going to be movie, but that we were living 10 minutes away from where the movie was filmed and we could attend a screening of the movie at the campus and meet the director and actors, for free, we showed up an hour early to get the best seats in the house!  The movie was a blast, although I have to say it did bring back some horrible memories of exactly how bad those last few months of grad school were, not to mention the other years.

I think my favorite part of the night was when they had a panel and the main character, who was actually only a college freshman at Cal Tech when he got the part (actually, all the actors are real students and/or grad students there!  And the director was a student there herself!  They did all this in their free time…How cool is that?!), made a comment about this movie only being a caractature of grad school and it wasn’t really like that and the whole audience, who were all predominantly grad students and/or postdocs, all burst out laughing.  It turns out he wasn’t really acting when he played that naive character just learning about grad school…!


Ok, so our big LA moment was that we got to go to a movie premier last night!  Ok, so it was small budget film that was just released nationwide in 1,000 theaters today (which is apparently a lot for an Indie film) and I hadn’t heard of it until we got the invite, but I’m so glad we went!  Have you heard of The Mighty Macs?

If this picture doesn't sell it, I don't know what else will!

Apparently the National Catholic Register wrote this piece on it a few days ago (which I’m just now finding) and there’s more information on where its showing here.  Its basically a Rudy/Hoosiers story-line of the first team to win the NCAA Women’s tournament back in the 70’s, and it just so happened to be a small Catholic women’s college.  We were apparently at the faith focused premier, since I’ve never seen a movie with so many nuns and priests!  (Only a few, but that’s a few more than you normally see!).  It was a really cute, inspiring movie and if you have a family, you should definitely go see this.  Its the type of movie I’d like to buy and show my kids…all around feel good.

And there were a lot of cool quirks we learned about the movie from the panel Q&A afterwards…like how there’s one scene in which one of the nuns listening to the game back home was actually the directors mom, who died unexpectedly just a short time after filming.  Really amazing that they had that footage and very meaningful once we learned that.  Also, the director was one of 12 kids!!  Obviously Catholic (ahem, nuns on the advertising material?) and moral undertones without being preachy…I think that’s what I call good Christian art :)


The other funny part about the evening is that we were totally under dressed.  I don’t know what I thought, but somehow the fact that an invite ended up in my email box had to mean that it would be a lot more casual…so we both showed up in jeans (at least I was wearing heels and not tennis shoes like someone!).  Turns out there was a red carpet and the media there!  Don’t worry, they don’t even bother pointing their camera at the rift-raft…it just would have hilarious to have just dressed up super glitzy (like I have those clothes) and just strut down the red carpet.  Umm, definitely not.  We were relegated to the ‘general admission line’ but the tickets were still free so I’m not complaining :)


Actually, truth is I joked with my husband about having a red carpet moment like Beyoncé did a few months ago.  Oh, you know what I’m talking about.  Actually that’s a common running joke we have about how we’ll eventually tell people I’m pregnant…at my music show…with the wind blowing in my hair…as I reveal our “love child” bump while singing my #1 hit.

Drat! How I wish I had photoshop right now! I could have created the best/scariest picture ever...I guess this will just have to do

Oh yes, of course, that’d be classy, hunny.  But then that red carpet was there and I was like, quick honey, blow in my face so my hair will look cool and I can reveal my….beer gut.  Let’s be honest, only in my head can I pass for a pregnant woman.  Noooot quite, but it totally had us laughing for a while…or at least me…

Which brings me to my next point…


Apparently I was dead wrong when I wrote this post.  I never formerly apologized for being dead wrong, but I am now.  I’m sorry!!  It turns out Beyoncé just really knows how to dodge media questions.  Well played Beyoncé, well played.  At first I thought, well with an out of the world pregnancy announcement like that – and as excited as Jay-Z looked – maybe they did have troubles?  But I’m pretty sure that was just the work of a diva entertainer putting on an over the top announcement that no sub/infertile would have the gall to pull off.  What do you think?

Hope y’all have a relaxing weekend!

10 thoughts on “Quick Takes – LA Style!

  1. Just found out this morning I know one of the lead actresses, Katie Hayek. She and I went to HS together, she was a grade ahead of me and we played soccer together. Small world.

  2. I always suspect that celebrities are IF — I’m convinced that Rachael Ray is! Perhaps lady B and Jay-Z had struggles as well. I can imagine Mr JB being equally exuberant when I expose my bump to the world, only it won’t be at an award show, it’ll be in a second grade class. ;)

  3. My DH & LOVE sports movies… so glad to hear this one is worth it. And glad to hear you’re feeling better these days. Woo-hoo for 2nd trimester!! :)

  4. You do know that those of us who aren’t connected with you on facebook or whatever are still holding our breaths waiting to hear about our ultrasound, right? :-) I hope that everything is still going wonderfully well and that you have things figured out with your progesterone!

  5. Pingback: My instincts were right after all!! « Matching Moonheads

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