Twittering up a storm

I first found out about Twitter when some of my neighbors were talking about twitter this, twitter that...I joined and found out that Twitter was the best thing since sliced bread. Considering that I was never the cool kid in school, no one rarely passed me notes. Twitter turned out to be a great way to capture that kind of emotion.

First, I twittered only during DLANC meetings. It turned out to be a great way to 1) save on text messaging fees, 2) engage with the audience (and my alternate) without having to stop the meeting, and 3) meet up with neighbors when they were out and about.

Then, when we found out that we were expecting Iolani, it turned out to be a great way to update friends and family on the results of doctor appointments: "Appt went well, no news" to "Due August 27th" to "It is a GIRL!!!". As the due date came closer, and my tendencies to not go where I initally set out to go, I used twitter to announce what restarant I actually ended up at.

August 27 rolled around, we we left the house for the hospital. We let people know.
Epidural in - another twitter

Once the epidural went in, all I could do was feel the pressure of rising contractions, wait for me to dialate to 10 cm, and wait. I continued to provide updates and check email on my iphone. All of the sudden I started to get large numbers of people following me. I googled myself and found out that I was an afternoon novelty.


Like I posted on some of the sites, the intent of my twittering wasn't to entertain people who didn't know me. The intent was to keep friends and family up to date with the progress of labor. It saved a lot of phone calls, allowed Alex and I to focus on Iolani's birth because we had the peace of mind that everyone was in the loop.

She's Here! She's Here!

Meet Iolani Mariann Brideau. She arrived on her due date (August 27, 2008) at 11:56 p.m. She weighed 8 pounds, one ounce. And, she's about 19 inches long. She's all legs, but we all knew that.

When you read this...

I know, it's the middle of the night.  But, I'm up for an early morning snack and getting caught up on last minute emails, emptying the dishwasher, and one more blog entry.

Doctor appointment on Wednesday showed we'd progressed to 2-3 centimeters.  Dr. Park asked if I'd been experiencing unbearable contractions.  My answer was no.  His quick reply was "that isn't going to last much longer"

He's a funny guy.

He told us to check into the hospital at 5 a.m. regardless of contractions.  Usually a 5 a.m. wake up call is unbearable, only because Alex is not a morning person.  However, I have a strong suspicion that come an hour and  half from now, he'll be ready to go.

So that's it.  When you read this, we will likely be at Good Samaritan Hospital, toughing it out for a couple of hours.  We'll keep you posted as best we can.  Twitter's your best bet.



Who knew?

Thanks to Green LA Girl for pointing out I'm not the only one who feels that TJ is out of line.

Hey, T.J. please leave Jeff Kent alone.

Look at this

Are there not enough Dodger players for T.J. Simers?  Must he just focus on one player?

T.J. Simers of the LA Times just can't leave Jeff Kent alone.  Simer's article from today has Manny pulling him away from Jeff in an attempt to break up what might have been an uncomfortable situation.  I can't say for sure, but the dramatization that Simer describes is... well...childish and unprofessional.  

T.J. should just apply for a position with Perez Hilton or TMZ.  It fits his writing style a little better. 

Maybe that's how some journalists work.  Bug and Bug until you get something out of the player.  But, you know...Baseball players play a lot of games during the course of a season, and I imagine they are bugged e v e r y single day.  

Can't Jeff Kent be left alone for a while.  If this is his last season, why try to muck it up...why be so irritating?  Leave the guy alone, let him enjoy the game and his co-workers for the remainder of the season.

I'd bet Vin Scully would agree with me...T.J., go interview someone else.  I think Lindsey Lohan needs more coverage, and probably has a better grasp on the Dodgers.

Time for more Westside Meetings!

Alex and I were driving home on Sunday night with a car full of baby stuff when we noticed a string of 720 buses heading west. It was 8 or 9 or something at night, and these buses were P A C K E D like it was 5 p.m. on a weekday evening.

You know how you used to get a new pair of shoes before the school year started? And, then around April those shoes were looking pretty ragged. You'd worn them everyday, you grew a little bit, and while your feet just kept growing, you knew eventually you'd need to get new shoes. Well...let's pretend it's April and we need to get a new pair of shoes...rather...we need something else (or new) on Wilshire Boulevard.

If you are a regular reader of GH&T, you know I work on this project.

Here's the information for the next round of meetings that Metro distributed yesterday:

Please join us for the final round of community update meetings for the Westside Extension Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis Study. This study is evaluating alternatives to address the growing traffic and congestion in the 38-square mile study area.

Metro will provide an update to the public of its analysis to date, including draft recommendations. In the fall, Metro will present the Alternatives Analysis Report and its recommendations to the Board, which may then authorize a full environmental review.

There are 5 meetings scheduled:
Santa Monica
Wednesday, September 3, 2008; 6 to 8 p.m.
Santa Monica Public Library, Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica

West Hollywood
Thursday, September 4, 2008; 6 to 8 p.m.
Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood

Beverly Hills
Saturday, September 6, 2008; 2 to 4 p.m.
Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium
444 N Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills

Los Angeles /Mid-Wilshire
Monday, September 8, 2008; 6to 8 p.m.
LACMA West, Terrace Room
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, 5th Floor

Los Angeles/Westwood
Wednesday, September 10, 2008; 6 to 8 p.m.
Westwood Presbyterian
10822 Wilshire Boulevard

Please join us to review the recommendations and receive a status report on the Study and potential schedule for future steps. Content presented at these meetings will be identical, so make sure to attend at the time and location most convenient for you.

For additional information or questions, please visit the Westside Extension Transit Corridor Study website at or contact the project information line at 213.922.6934.
Because of the pending delivery, we don't know if we are going to make any of the meetings.  I know that I'll be on leave during the meetings, but if you know me...I can't help it. I like these transit meetings, and it's never too early to start bringing your kids to community meetings.  Maybe it will help to push off teenage rebellion if kids find out early on someone's listening to them.  

Ah, I know...the wishful thinking of a know-nothing expecting first time mother...  :-)

If Alex, Baby, and I are going to get to one of the meetings, my money is on the LACMA meeting.  This has got to be my favorite meeting venue because the 720 (or 20) drops you off at the front door.  Literally...At the Front Door.  No, really - like off the bus, two steps, and into the building.  

If you can't make it to the meeting, don't forget to send in your comments, questions, and concerns.  

Still laughing

first a gun, then an axe

It's funny - but it isn't my kid

The next cruise....

I once had a job where I had to fly a bit.  I had to fly just enough that I no longer enjoy the wait at the airport, and being off the ground.  So, now we cruise.

We've gone on a couple of NCL cruises, and enjoyed each trip.  Alex put together a great itinerary for our next trip - which will take place late next April.  

Obviously, for this next cruise we will have an additional roommate with us.  Iolani should be about 7 or 8 months old.

So the trip:

We will board here in Los Angeles, be at sea for 3 whole days, and land at Juneau, AK.  Then, the next day we will be in Ketchikan, AK.  Finally, we'll travel the inside passage to Vancouver. 

Then, it's off to the train!  From Vancouver to Seattle or Tacoma, we'll hang out in Washington for a couple of nights. 

And, then finally we will take the train back to Los Angeles.  

It will be a great trip for the three of us.

More baby shower pictures

Do you think you might still deliver "down there"

Yesterday was week #2 of weekly baby doctor visits.  Last week Iolani and I got a quick look over to make sure all was well.  The doctor couldn't stay long because there was a city-wide outbreak of baby deliveries, and Dr. Park had to rush off.  Which was fine with me.  I figure once we go into labor, we'd want Dr. Park to rush to our aid ASAP too!

Yesterday, Dr. Park checked for her heartbeat (still there, no surprise).  Strong heart beat, long legs, and everything else was looking just fine.  So, I ask "How much do you think she weighs about now"

He says - good question.

So, a couple of additional ultrasound screens later he says - not quite 8 pounds.  
He continues in a comforting yet unsettling tone - Do you think you might still deliver "down there"

And, my reply is - probably not, but let's try anyways!
(All the while, I'm thinking....Ya, let's try to push Iolani through when it might be obvious to everyone in the room she's not going to fit.  But, I'll keep thinking good thoughts that maybe a c-section won't be in the cards.  Ya.  pffff.  WTF) 

wait a minute.

This is what is running through my head: 
"eight pounds, eight pounds, EIGHT no this can't be right, it's all water, it can't be all her...oh my god, I'm going to delivery 8 pounds, oh my god, I need to have this child right now, eight pounds"

You read it, now think it ten times faster.

The upside is that Dr. Park doesn't think I'll make our next appointment.  (jinx)

The downside is that the crib was supposed to be delivered yesterday, and it wasn't.  The UPS guy didn't see anyone at the security desk, didn't try to call the leasing office, and didn't want to take the crib and mattress out of the truck.  So, he left.  He didn't even leave a note. 

At the end of the day, Iolani's doing well.  We've come a long way from "OMG, I'm pregnant" to "OMG, we are 5 1/2 months pregnant" to a healthy little girl who's ready to get out of the confines of my body.  

Besides, we've got a a travel bed ready for her just in case the UPS guy fails us again.  

Hey Bikers

I don't work on this project.  But, you should know about it anyway...

Begin forwarded message:

Date: August 12, 2008 2:46:57 PM PDT
Subject: Bike Plan Update

Dear Neighborhood Councils,

Below is an update regarding the City's efforts to update the Bicycle Plan:

The Bicycle Plan Update is a collaborative effort between Department of City Planning (DCP) and Department of Transportation (DOT) to update the existing Bicycle Plan originally adopted in 1996 with technical amendments adopted in 2002.

To date, four regional workshops were held in February/March. Comment Cards have been distributed to council offices, city libraries, and to DCP community planners overseeing community plan updates. Hundreds of comments have been received at the workshops and via the project's website ( Currently City staff is evaluating draft policies received by the consultant team and will discuss them with members of the technical advisory committee (team of City departments responsible for the implementation of the Bike Plan). Staff will continue to accept comments.

Regional meetings around the City will be conducted in fall to discuss draft Bicycle Plan including policies and routes. Locations and dates to be determined.

At the project website the public can provide comments on the project, view bike routes proposed by members of the public, and access bicycling resources and documents.

Continued input and ideas are gladly welcomed and appreciated. For questions, please do not hesitate to call or write. Thank you.

Jordann Turner
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Citywide Planning Division
200 N. Spring Street, Rm 721
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213.978.1379 | Fax: 213.978.4656

Baby Shower + Loft Warming = Baby Warming

Big day and I already feel like I need a nap.  Let's run down the list of things happening today:
  • A lot of people on the RSVP list
  • Goes from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Today one can park in the loading zones for free
  • Most meters are free today
  • Parking lots are rarely free today
  • Metro will only cost you $5, and you can ride the whole date for free
  • I will most likely continue having heartburn through the whole day
I think that covers it.  I hope this is the last sunday we miss church.  It throws off our day when we don't go.

OMG - post done.  Must use bathroom...again.