Tuesday, May 25, 2010

BRAINS: A Zombie Memoir

Gabe here. A book I edited--Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker--goes on sale today. I'm really excited about it. As the title suggests, this is a zombie memoir, i.e., a memoir as told by someone who was turned by the zombie virus but who also retained his sentience (a unique twist on zombie mythology--this normally doesn't happen). It's not just for zombie lovers, though. Robin is a really great writer--very smart and very witty. I think of this as a literary novel with zombies. Check out the Amazon page here. Or pick it up in a bookstore. These zombies would destroy Robert Pattinson...and that other moron from Twilight who always has his shirt off.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

It's a GIRL!!

We couldn't be more excited! Her name is Finnegan Marie (middle name may change) and she is moving around like crazy these days. We called lots of our family and friends right away to tell them so that they could celebrate with us...BUT we were headed to NC two days afterwards so decided to keep it a secret from my folks, sisters and Gabe's folks so that we could tell them in person.

I wanted to wear shirts that said IT'S A GIRL but Gabe vetoed that so we had to come up with another plan. We decided to order a cookie cake from the Charlotte Airport and have them write the news on it and put a little pink border around it- once we landed we had to run to pick it up, wrap it like a gift, and meet the families for brunch where we would give them the gift. They didn't even know that we were finding out the gender before the trip so we thought it would be a fun day!

Here are pictures of us getting ready in the airport:

And then after we ordered our food, we gave the moms the gift and told them it was a thank you for all they had done when they were here in March. For about 15 seconds they thought that we had just bought them a cookie cake...then Sue READ what the cookie cake said~

My mom just started yelling- It's a Girl? It's a girl? And everyone was really excited (especially my sisters who have already purchased her girly clothes.)

**A note on name telling before the baby comes** It is a very personal thing to come up with a name and then share it with others...I have many friends and family members who wait to have the baby to share with others. I was told by a few people that it's bc people share their opinions on whether they like the name or not beforehand but generally won't do it after the baby comes. Gabe and I weren't too concerned about what other people thought and were excited to tell (again just a personal decision) but it is VERY funny what people say. A few responses:
1. Blank Stare or nothing
2. Why?
3. You still have time to change your mind
4. Many folks love it and let us know that too:)
I just kind of laugh and let folks know that Gabe and I knew years ago that if we had a girl she would be Finnegan, hope the name grows on everyone else!

Here I am at five months Preggo with Finn: