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Work Life - that's a wrap!

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Friday, May 15 was my last day in the office before the baby arrives. I am officially on holiday/maternity leave and won't be reporting back to work until June 2, 2010!

Ontario law was only passed in 2000 for women to have one year of maternity leave. There is a catch - depending on where you work, you get a percentage of your salary and not the full salary. At my company, I get 17 weeks of pay at 100%. After that, I qualify for what amounts to as unemployment as well. It's not a bad trade off.

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Will Mark and Jessica be able to call the baby by the real name and let go of "Bun"?

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Yes
44% (8 votes)
No
56% (10 votes)
Total votes: 18
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Rejected by the Bluesfest

pasodoble Well, I heard back from the Bluesfest last week. And got REJECTED! Well, it is their loss. They have no idea about the delicious burritos that their patrons will be missing. I have to admit that I'm a bit confused and was surprised by some of the back and forth emails.....they didn't think that the Blackberry/iPhone burrito ordering idea I had was the right fit for their event. I was very surprised to have gotten that email -- people don't want to stand in line for food at the Bluesfest, they want to listen to music! This could have let people have the opportunity to spend less time in line. Oh well.

One really good thing about the whole process is that they asked for reviews of our food. I was able to go to some friends and friends of friends to get some reviews. And they were all stellar!!! When we finally update the Paso Doble web site, we'll post them up there. If money wasn't a problem, I really would like to open up some burrito restaurants. I still don't feel that Canada has a good burrito restaurant. Paso Doble would be unique here.

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Jessica and Bun preparing for the big day

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With less than 8 weeks to go, or so it would seem by my 40 week duration for pregnancy, Bun and I are doing all we can to get ready.

Bun actively performs several strength-training moves like the double foot kick, the karate chop and the head-butt to the bladder. Bun stays in shape this way everyday even while balancing on his/her head! Impressive!

Bun's also both a late-night and early riser. Bun's schedule shows he/she makes the most out of each day.

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As the first baby, do you think Bun will arrive early or late (after the June 1 due date)?

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Early (Before June 1)
29% (2 votes)
Late (After June 1)
57% (4 votes)
Right on Time!
14% (1 vote)
Total votes: 7
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Bun at 31.5 weeks

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Bun at 31.5 weeksBun at 31.5 weeks

Bun is getting big!!! At this ultrasound on April 1, Bun was almost 4 pounds. In the ultrasound you used to be able to see all of Bun - from head to toe. But now, only Bun's head fits in to the frame. Soon we'll get to meet Bun in person. It will be an exciting day!

These days it is easy to feel Bun in Jessica's belly. I remember the early days when she got so excited when Bun would move. She would call me over to feel the movement -- but I would never feel anything :-( But, as Bun grows, it is really easy to feel him or her move. And baby moves around quite a bit! We've even gotten good at feeling baby in when it isn't moving -- you can feel what is baby and what isn't.

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Ahhh, Disneyland

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Trip to Disneyland With Maria Ahh, Disneyland :-) At the end of March I got to go to Disneyland with Maria! I had to be in SoCal for work, so I thought it would be nice to take a few days to go to one of my favorite places on Earth! It is always so relaxing there. Your cares fade away to the background. Your biggest concern is how to dry off after going on Splash Mountain and to find where the nearest churro cart is. It is always sad to go back to the real world at the end....

Jessica was a *great* sport about my going. She is so far along with Bun that she is past her travel expiration date. I really needed a mental vacation, so she had no problem with me going. I was able to fly Maria down from Seattle for the weekend -- we had a great time together! But we did miss Jessica and Bun. Maria and I ended up spending a lot of time looking at other people's Buns.

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Jessica's new self-image, and it's not about work!

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I was just updating my calendar and realize that I have roughly 8 weeks to go before my last day at work! With Baby Bun scheduled for June 1 (due date), I'm planning on taking off work 2 weeks early to pamper myself and get ready for my parents' visit. My folks will stay a few months to help with baby. It will be much appreciated.

I just can't believe that I have so little time left. There is a lot to do at work, and many things to hand off to others. I know things will be fine and ya know, operate without me but that still doesn't mean I don't have mixed feelings.

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Photos - Best of Lovus 2002-present

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The Best of Lovus
2009-2002 The Best of Lovus
2002-2009
Here's a small collection of photos through the years! Wow...not too bad! Mark and I love traveling and going places together! Here's a sneak peek...
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Coffee and Gerber Daisies

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Manca's Cafe has been upgraded and with this enhancement, a new logo now appears. You may ask, "why coffee and gerber daisies?" Well, coffee cups represent good company, the warmth of delicious espresso and Seattle (Mark's hometown). Gerber daisies represent Mark and I in love, life and beauty.

Hope you like the new site!

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