I’m not superstitious, just a little “stitious”…

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Just finished watching the season premiere (4th season) of THE OFFICE.  Yes, the whole gang is back at Dunder-Mifflin.  And Pam & Jim are finally together……….LOVES IT.  And how about Jan & Michael? Ryan (the temp) was promoted to Corporate.  Man, it was so funny.  Michael hit Meredith with his car and she wound up in the hospital.  Dwight killed Angela’s cat (actually, that was quite sad….) But really…..I have FOUR WORDS: Rabies Awareness Fun Run.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I think I like that show more and more with each passing episode!

Away from TV, and back to realty: It’s been another long week.  Long hours.  But we have a really great weekend to look forward to! Gay Pride VA is this weekend in Richmond.  Never been before….and although it probably won’t be a huge event….it will be cool to check that out with some friends.  We also are going to a BBQ to watch the final of the Women’s World Cup, a Beagle Meetup get-together, and a great GLBT dinner tomorrow evening with a bunch of girls…Lovely 🙂

Tomorrow is CD10, I’m going to start the OPK’s.  I really hope I ovulate this month! Do you guys think it’s necessary to test twice daily, or do you think I could get by testing once a day (at 2pm)?

Congrats KIM (Mommies In The Making) on your pregnancy! I am very happy for you both 🙂

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This Post Is Utterly Un-Unified

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I’m in a pretty good mood. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to get my period. Wow, what a way to start a post. I’ve lost my regular readers I’m sure. “Is this whole post going to be on AF?” Nope. In fact….I’m pretty much done telling you about that. Well, I will be in a second. After a 48-day cycle….I deserve to tell SOMEONE. I was beginning to think I would be a period-less girl for the rest of my life. I am looking forward to this month. A new chart….yay! I am really going to pay close attention to everything that is going on in my body. I was a little discouraged that my first month of charting showed NO OVULATION….but, better luck this month right? I think I’m going to use the cheap OPK’s starting around CD10, and see what that holds for me. But, I feel that this month will be more regular. Here’s to hoping!

My girl and I went to one of our Beagle Group Meet-ups the other day. *Yes, you read correctly! Beagle Meetup Group! Our group in Richmond has about 50 members, we have events twice a month (one per month is a doggie play date for all the pups at our local leash-free dog park, the other monthly event is some sort of special outing…) We have three adorable beagles ages 3 and under { Bentley(M), Jarratt(F) and Olivia(F) }that we go practically everywhere with!* Anyway, this month’s event was a Doggie Dayz Corn Maze! They had contests for the dogs – including *best costume & best trick*…. Our youngest beagle, Olivia, won Best Costume for being a Rooster….and our other two won for Best Trick (they are actually a hilarious singing duo……I will post a video here soon!) So, I just wanted to post a few pics to show you all our beloved (canine) kids. Bentley is the Spider, Jarratt is the Lobster, and Olivia is the Rooster. We couldn’t resist when we saw these outfits. It’s ridiculous………..and we loved every minute of it.

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“I’m sitting here listening to the song “Lost” by Michael Buble, off his latest album, “Call Me Irresponsible”. There really isn’t a sweeter sound. Since most of you I haven’t met, you may not know me that well…..so, a little info: I love music 🙂 Most of you may be thinking, “yeah, who doesn’t….?” But, I mean, really, I do…. I mean it is one of my favourite things in life. No matter how complicated life can get, it is always there as a much needed distraction. It can be a light, simple melody or much deeper tune that can just take me away from my surroundings. It’s not just the notes or melody….it’s the emotion behind each chord, each word…….the message of the love they are feeling, the happiness or sadness…..it has the power to transport you. I sort of view each song like a piece of artwork. Someone put their heart and soul into each note. I just think it’s so cool….It’s so personal. I guess to some people, a song like this would just sound “pretty”, but to me it is so much more than that. I honestly appreciate artists like this – their incredible talent truly enriches my life…

Tomorrow we’re (and by “we’re”, I really mean “me”, as Karli is just NOT into movies and will probably decide to skip the flick) going to see Transformers (Really….I’ve heard nothing but great things about this film) with our known donor at the old theatre downtown (just $1.99 a ticket….you can’t beat that!) *PS. Baby, if you read this, I really think you should reconsider!!! It will be fun!* Hope you guys are all doing well! Looking forward to a nice rest of the week….

The Frustration Ball…of my life.

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Just a short post. Not overly positive….you have fair warning!! Things can always be worse though- I could be playing this “Frustration Ball” game…..looks like heaps of fun, doesn’t it??? Seriously….who has ever played this? Really, tell me…. if you have, I’d like to know about it.

So, I’m frustrated, as I’m sure you all gathered! I’m exhausted. Today was a 13-hour day on our feet…we worked all last weekend. All day Saturday and all day Sunday. I have to be at work again tomorrow morning for 7. We’re working again this weekend……and I’m so tired….there is just always so much that needs to be done. I feel like I could fall asleep, and stay asleep for two solid days….never….getting….out….of…..bed…..EVER. Ok, not likely…..but still, it’s a lovely thought!!! I love sleep….

Another frustration, tomorrow will be CD44. This is so odd….why the HECK haven’t I gotten my period? It’d be sweet if it was because I was pregnant….but, alas, no insemination=no pregnancy possibilities! Totally random question…..Can weight gain (10 lbs, more or less over a month or so) cause your cycles to mess up? I have gained so much weight this year….I’m feel like I’m losing control over it!!! Ahh….I really must buckle down here soon.

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On a brighter note, THE OFFICE: SEASON 3 is now out on DVD. A must-buy when work calms down, and I can have a marathon in front of the tube. Ahh, hilarity………commercial free…….bliss. I now leave you with a few quotes from The Office……if you’re not on that train, you definitely need to get on it. It is the funniest show……ever.

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Michael: “Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject. So you know you are getting the best possible information.”

 

Michael: “Would I rather be feared or loved? Umm…easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”

 

Dwight: “I saw Wedding Crashers accidentally. I bought a ticket for Grizzly Man and went into the wrong theater. After an hour, I figured I was in the wrong theater, but I kept waiting. That’s the thing about bear attacks. They come when you least expect it.

 

Dwight: “Through concentration, I can raise and lower my cholesterol at will.”
Pam: “Why would you want to raise your cholesterol?”
Dwight: “…..So I can lower it.”

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Okay, I’m really starting to think my cycle is royally screwed. Today is CD39 people!!! THIRTY-NINE! What the freak? I’m a 28 day girl….at the most 30…….I keep telling my body: “If this is a joke, STOP, it’s really not that funny.” Come on now….I’m trying to CHART….I’m doing everything right, and suddenly now I’m on CD39….what the heck is up with that? So my chart shows no ovulation…..and tomorrow will be 40 days. This is INSANITY. I gotta tell ya, if we weren’t looking at TTC in the not-to-distant future…..going that long without a period would be a good thing. Who wouldn’t like that? But I’m trying to figure this ovulation-timing thing out. I just can’t get over how strange this is. I’ve posted the chart before, and I’m gonna just post it again…..does this look whacked or what?

 

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Blurbs in Blogland

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So, we’ve decided to start ttc a month earlier. We had been planning on doing our first insemination in January…but, I just have this freaky feeling that it’s going to be a lot harder for me to get pregnant then we initially thought. The way we see it, it can’t hurt to start this whole process a month sooner. Tomorrow is CD33 for me….and everything seems all out of whack. Temping is showing no ovulation for my first month of charting…and with my cycles always being between 28-31 days, this is odd. No period in sight, and we sure as heck know we’re not pregnant. I just can’t help having this feeling that it will take us SEVERAL months….I used to always think it would be so easy for me to get pregnant…..now, I don’t know. I will be 24 when we start trying, I’m still quite young and healthy. I don’t know, maybe I’m worrying for absolutely no reason. I think after we see the doctor in November that will set my mind at ease. If she gives us the go-ahead, DECEMBER will be the month! I am already fully equipped….oral syringe for the insem, 3 bottles of pre-natal vitamins. I’ve heard women ttc should start taking those 3 months before…..is this generally true? We have the OPK’s and even a box of pregnancy tests (okay, i happened down that aisle in the store, and they were on sale!).

 

Not to mention I’ve been having the dreams of us inseminating….and I always have the baby dreams. *I know I’m not the only one!* Today we even got a great deal on a nice new Diaper Genie with refills ( I know some of you are laughing at me, it’s okay, admit it….)….and, wait till you see these baby Puma’s (man, we better have a girl!). I died. Seriously, cutest things you’ve ever seen. We couldn’t resist. Actually, I didn’t really even try to. We got an unbelievable deal on these things…..no matter how precious shoes are for the future wee one, we just can’t justify 30 bucks for runners they’re only going to wear for a month. We know we’re getting stuff even before we’re pregnant, and some of you may think it’s crazy….we just think we’re being smart….doing our research on products and getting things at great prices….we’ve collected a lot of stuff over the past two years. We kept the GAP KIDS Outlet in business. I think we’re going to be happy we were overly prepared in the clothes dept. after the munchkin is here though!

 

Everything sort of seems to be falling into place in the donor dept. I mean, we didn’t expect anything to change with our situation…but you never know. It’s pretty much set-in-stone now. We got our paperwork back from our known donor (who will be “Uncy T” to the wee one) a few days ago. We are so happy with it all. We feel so lucky that he wants to help us, not wanting anything in return! He has a great sense of humour, and overall, is just a GOOD GUY. No medical problems in his (or immediate family’s) history. He is willing to have his swimmers tested, as well as get a variety of medical health tests done on him prior to the first insemination. When the worst thing we saw on the questionnaire is that he needed glasses at age 8, I think it’s safe to say that we were elated. Some of our fav responses after reading through the paperwork:

 

 

US: “Why are you willing to donate?”

HIM: “Because you two are VERY good friends, and it is WAY too easy for me to help you out!”

 

US: “Ideally, what relationship, if any, would you like to have with the child?”

HIM: “A distant, but friendly one.”

 

 

US: “Please list some distinguishing characteristics about yourself.”

HIM: “Handsome as hell”.

 

Great paperwork, new Diaper Genie, adorable little Puma shoes (check ’em out!), starting ttc a month earlier than planned…..yeah, I’m feeling pretty good right now 🙂 Now….if only my body could figure out this ovulation thing………….

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