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Fast Food Nation

I read Fast Food Nation on my flight to Phoenix, and it was pretty disturbing, especially the section on the meat packing industry. It also had a pretty damning account of the fast food industry and it’s marketing practices towards kids.

Even knowing all this, I still ate at Wendy’s tonight. And it seemed like any other Wendy’s that I’ve ever been to, with just a slightly different color scheme. The most disturbing part of it was just that there were so many kids there, eating the fries, drinking soda – not exactly eating well.

Julia

Sharon’s First Doctor Visit

Sharon made her first trip to the doctor on Tuesday. Not very eventful, in Sharon’s words, she was “violated,” and sent on her way. The only news out of it was that she has a current due date of February 6, 2006. So she’s about 6 weeks along now.

We took a picture on Sunday, and are going to take more pictures to track Sharon’s progress. Look for more pictures and posts in the near future.

Julia

So soon?

It started simple enough.

Sharon’s period was always a little late and this time was no different. It was ‘supposed’ to start on May 31, but, as usual, was running late. We decided, jokingly, that if it had not started by June 10 we would get a pregnancy test. Sharon said she always wanted to try one of them things, and this would serve as a good practice run.

A very good practice run, indeed.

We found this 3-pack of tests at Target, and it was something like $10, so we figure, “Why not?” We’re going to be using them later anyway, so buying in bulk is good. We got home, and Sharon skillfully took the test. Normally, you are supposed to wait 3 minutes before looking for the lines, but they were showing up less than a minute later.

Sharon’s next response, “Umm… Honey, can you come here?”

This wasn’t how we expected it to happen. Shock took over as we both stared at those incessant red lines looking up at us, so smug in that pregnancy test. But was it right? Sharon couldn’t go to the bathroom again, so we waited. And waited. And waited some more. Finally, an hour and half and a 32 oz bottle of water later, Sharon tried again. Another positive result. Now it’s starting to sink in. We are going to have a baby.

Still not completely satisfied, we went to Walgreens to find another test, figuring that getting another test of a different brand in a different store would somehow validate the previous two tests. But they were hideously expensive, so we went to the other Target in town. Being a different Target store would have to do. We got another test, the one with the little readout that says “Pregnant” or “Not Pregnant.” That one was a bit more complicated to use, but Sharon’s test-taking skills proved no match for this test either. Again, you wait a few minutes to find out, but Sharon wasn’t even done washing her hands before it said she was pregnant.

The evidence was mounting. Three tests, three positives. We decided it was better to wait until morning to test again.

This morning, Sharon took the tests again. We had one of the first test yet to try, and one of the second test, so she did both. Both of them came back positive almost immediately. Now I’m thinking, Sharon’s still batting 1.000, it’s really true. We’re having a baby!

Of course, Sharon will be going to the doctor ASAP to find out “for sure.” After that, this post will be showing up online, and we’ll be keeping track of her progress on this. Keep checking back for more details!