Not in Okinawa. We had a going away there at Blue Seal, a local ice cream place, where we and about twelve friends took on the Big Mountain, which is somewhere around 30 scoops of ice cream, plus Corn Flakes, which for some reason are part of most ice cream concoctions there.
It was a nice, low-key send off with most of our favorite Oki friends in attendance. While we'll miss our friends there (and beach proximity) we were more than ready to head back to the US. On our way to DC, we stopped off in Seattle for a couple of days to visit family and friends. It was sunny and beautiful the whole time we were there.
Then we flew to DC where it was cool and rainy all the time. This made house-hunting something of a challenge for me in particular since lace and tie shoes present a challenge for me these days so I spent a fair amount of time with cold feet in wet TOMS for ease of on and off when going into for sale or rental homes. On the rental homes note, holy cow did we see some terrible rentals. Folks: if you have renters who have completely destroyed your property, fix it first, then show it. The worst offender was a three bedroom townhouse which appeared to have five or six twentysomething guys living in it. The owner had said over the phone that he'd have it ready for move-in three days after the guys moved out. Except when his cousin showed it to us, even she seemed shocked about the burn hole in the kitchen floor, irreparably stained carpet, and what appeared to be punch holes in the walls. Several of the guys were home and Raj heard one say he'd never cleaned in the two years he'd lived there.
All I'm going to say for now is that we appear to have our housing figured out. If I announce anything before we're actually moved in, Raj will accuse me of jinxing it. I'm not willing to take any chances since I'm anxious enough to get settled, which won't take place until around the middle of June, assuming all goes according to plan.
We already had plans to come to Texas for a visit and a baby shower here. Given that we'd already found housing, Raj checked in at the hospital and went on leave, and I had my first DC prenatal appointment, there wasn't any rush for us to get back. So we're on an extended trip. I'll be spending two and a half weeks here, while Raj spends a week in the middle with his family in New Mexico before rejoining me here for our road trip back to DC in my dad's SUV which we inherited. And which will be packed full of baby stuff, courtesy of our shower and lots of hand-me-downs. We'll take the drive slowly and stop off for a couple of days in the middle to visit friends in Tennessee. The nurse practitioner advised me that I'd need to get out every three to four hours to walk around. This should really be no problem at all since I can't typically go more than an hour or two without peeing anyway.
On the pregnancy note, I can say that I'm still feeling good, heartburn aside. Baby Hiccup does seem to have developed an escape plan, involving punching and kicking her way out through my abdomen. She mostly reserves these attempts for right around the time I lay down to go to sleep. Aside from martial arts, her main hobby is getting the hiccups several times per day. She does have an actual name now, which we've decided to keep a surprise until her arrival. You can all rest assured though that Hiccup will not appear on her birth certificate.
Now I have to get in the shower so I can head out for more delicious food while pretending the next obstetrics appointment weigh-in will never come.