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moonlightlilly8
11 June 2012 @ 10:24 am

Why do we always pick the hottest weekends to tackle yard projects?? Two years ago we did mulch while it was 100-102 out. This year we tacked the bed edging and it was 97-98 out. But at least the project is mostly done. There really wasn't any edge between where out flower beds ended and the lawn began. Now we have brick edgers. Later on this week we need to backfill some places with dirt and cut the bricks where we couldn't fit a whole brick. I'm happy and feel accomplished.

I'm sitting here waiting for the cable guy. Mark sliced our cable wire clear in half on Saturday. We haven't had cable or Internet since. The cable I'm not so bummed about. It's the Internet that I needed this weekend to work on some projects for work. Looks like today is going to be a long day once I finally get to work. At least Comcast gives you an hour window now, not 4 or 6 hours like they used to.

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09 June 2012 @ 11:09 pm
Slug  

I have such a negative body image right now. I need to get back on track with working out and eating good again. Too much processed food. And since I'll be going into high stress mode for the next three weeks, there's no better time to change to healthier eating (fruits/veggies if I'm going to stress eat, not chocolate/chips).

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03 June 2012 @ 10:11 pm

Dear allergies,

You can go away now. I've had enough. I'm buying stock in Kleenex and eye drops because of you.

Kthanks

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03 June 2012 @ 09:02 am

We got together with our group of friends last night. Sure enough, there was an announcement to be made. They are due with their first in December. And this is the couple we are closest to, do everything with.

I was happy for them. But I have to say I'm disappointed it wasn't us. :(

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25 May 2012 @ 07:43 pm

Isn't she a cutie!!

And Lia and her mom Gina

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22 May 2012 @ 06:39 pm

I was going to rant about work. Instead, I'm going to post a picture of my lovely lilacs that are blooming strong right now. If only I could capture their smell.

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The cleaning and organizing bug took over again this weekend. It started on Saturday with a garage sale. My friend Allison was having one at her house and invited me to bring anything over I wanted to sell. I gathered a few things in the morning, not thinking too much would sell. I ended up making $40 and bringing home a few items I thought for sure would go fast. Off to the donation center this week.

Today we started the morning with a great breakfast at our favorite little breakfast spot. Their patio was open so we ate outside. Banana cream stuffed French toast for me and breakfast tamales for Mark. Yum! After a few pit stops, we came home with 12 plastic totes. Let the basement organizing begin!

Mark set off some bug bombs yesterday so I wouldn't encounter any creepy crawlies while I worked. I knew we had a mouse down there and while I didn't find him down there, I did find where he was living. Unfortunately it was in my box of stuff from my bedroom growing up. My National Honor Society shirt was gone as was my musical koala bear and the dog I used to sleep with growing up. Thankfully all the pictures, albums and other stuff in the box was not touched. He got into a few other boxes but noting damaged. So everything is now in plastic totes. And we threw out a LOT of stuff. The neighbors are going to wonder on garbage day!

Tool bench clean-up

Organized totes

I just need to find someone who will rebuild, refinish and refurbish the mirror sitting on the floor. It's a beautiful antique stand mirror Mark got me a few years ago but it needs some work to being it back to its original state. Need to look someone up.

Short week at work. 4 days and then a long weekend in St Joe. And we get to see Lia!

Doctor visit on Wednesday, hoping to start the next round ASAP!

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12 May 2012 @ 09:55 pm

Productive day again today. Got Mark off to work this morning. Steam cleaned the carpet in the family room. Between my husband and the dogs, it gets a little dirty. It looks so much better now. I then managed to get a good 3 hours of work in. Funny how one week can throw you so far off.

When Mark came home we made the decision that it was time to buy carpeting. We had been trying to hold off but we can't sell the house without replacing all the carpeting first. So we might as well enjoy it for a bit. There is very little padding in the family room and the carpet was laid on the cement slab so it's always cold down there (great during the summer, however we have the worlds supply of blankets down there). The stairs have lost all their fibers on the treads. The upstairs hallway has no padding left in the center, only as you get very close to the walls. In the two spare rooms the carpet is worn and doesn't have a lot of padding. And in the master, we have burnt orange/rust carpeting (everything else is beige). So we looked at Lowe's and talked with Mark's dad (he used to flip houses). One of my old associates from Circuit City has the hook up as his dad is a regional manager and can get us carpet at cost. So we'll be meeting with him in a few weeks to get things settled. I didn't realize there were so many choices! I'm hoping to move all the furniture in the master and paint the walls prior to the new carpeting going in. Im not sure what the former owners thought: rust carpet and Facebook blue walls.

After that we went to the jewelry store to look at anniversary gifts: a watch for Mark and an anniversary band for me. Hard to believe in June we will have been married for 5 years and together for 11.

Stopped by the nursery on the way home. Found a replacement lilac for the one in the front. It's hanging in there but looks pretty bad compared to the other two. I'm trying to find a place to replant it and give it a second chance. We also got another vine plant to climb the fence in back. Jodi I saw so many options for you. Have you thought of a butterfly bush?

Cookies are about to come out of the oven (chocolate chip). Mark got a movie tonight so it's date night in.

Happy Mother's Day to everyone on here. You're all mothers, no matter if it is to you own kids, kids you are caring for, to your pets and even to your husbands. Hope everyone has a wonderful day tomorrow. <3

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moonlightlilly8
09 May 2012 @ 10:37 pm

Something is off. Not sure what but I feel it. Hmmmm.

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06 May 2012 @ 04:08 pm

Planting is done!

This year's plants: jalapeños, parsley, sweet pepper, cherry tomatoes, chives, basil,cilantro and strawberries (they will be hanging in two weeks.

And the flowers are planted in the containers out front. I was so happy to see my dahlias from last year came back up again. Still need to replace the lilac bush out front. Maybe next weekend.

Now to prepare dinner and stuff for the week. Tonight: balsamic and garlic grilled tenderloin, red potatoes with herb butter and fresh green beans. Frozen berries with a warn white chocolate sauce for dessert (thank you Pinterest).

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01 May 2012 @ 10:38 pm

Apparently the reward for doing well at work is additional assignments and special projects. More work.

Long day tomorrow. Clothes are pressed and ready to go. I hope I can get some sleep tonight.

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28 April 2012 @ 07:56 pm

Love my new Sperry's that I got today! And found a few other good deals including a super cute maxi dress for this summer. More shopping tomorrow with my friend while our husbands are golfing. Love Friends & Family time!

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26 April 2012 @ 06:08 pm

My work emails were beginning to get snarky today so I took it as a sign it was time to leave. Plus I was the last district exec in the store we were visiting. But seriously, I can only take so much from the store I was responding to. 4 emails in one day over the same thing, plus a forwarded email that I didn't respond to yesterday. And it's all over stuff the store and HR manager should know how to take care of (because we've been through it many times before). Ugh, I was just getting into a mood towards the end of the day. So glad tomorrow is Friday.

Macy's Friends & Family runs through Monday. 25% off almost everything and on top of sale and clearance prices. Print out your coupon online.

Jodi - let me know if you want anything (or if Dave wants to shop for mother's day). And the birthday card-- yeah I looked!!

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Blood test came back: negative. Sigh. We knew there was less of a chance with the frozen transfer. But it's still hard not to get your hopes up. Back to the drawing board.

We were thinking about switching doctors. So today after I called Mark, he called a couple of his clients who are doctors to get their opinions. All said we had the best in the area and suggested we stay. Our doctor has a very good reputation in the area and has a good reputation on a lot of the fertility boards. So I think we'll stay. Plus they have all my records, know my history and for the most part are pretty good. We have one more shot that our insurance will cover.

I think there's a bottle (or two, three) of summer shandy with my name on it. After that, I'm crawling into bed early tonight.

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17 April 2012 @ 08:26 pm

Work literally brought me to tears today. I was so frustrated, overwhelmed, stressed and just wanted to be alone. And I couldn't do that being at a store visit meeting with associates and managers all day. I hate not answering emails or voicemails. But I had to draw the line tonight and leave.

Not feeling so hot today. Just taking it easy tonight, watching Glee. With my two friends.

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14 April 2012 @ 04:08 pm

Homer's surgery went well. Both growths that were removed were nothing concerning and his teeth are now pearly white. The vet gave us a cone in case he started to lick the incisions but we haven't used it yet. He can't reach the one on his neck and I don't think he can reach the one on his rump either. We just have to watch Isabelle since she likes to lick and rough house. It was funny when I brought Homer home from the vet yesterday as she was all curious about where her brother was all day. The vet told me he might smell like bubble gum since that was the flavor of toothpaste they used. Isabelle got one whiff of his mouth and wouldn't stop licking/kiss Homer's lips last night. Poor guy was still too groggy to care.

Quiet weekend around here. I'm working on my quilt (log cabin blocks are going to be the death of me) and Mark is playing a new video game. Might head over to Canada tomorrow.

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11 April 2012 @ 04:36 pm

I love how things work out sometimes.

We had 4 frozen embryos this morning. In talking with the doctor prior to this, we wanted to transfer the two best and donate the other two. When they thawed two yesterday, one didn't survive and one has stopped blasting. So this morning they thawed the last two. They started to continue to blast right away and the doctor said they looked "excellent." So we got our best two.

I had to go in with a full bladder so I got a large bottle of water to drink this morning. I apparently can hold so much water (I drink at least 2L a day), I had to be told to use the restroom 3 times (!) before they could do the procedure. The nurses were very impressed. All I could do was laugh.

So I'm home on bed rest for the next two days. Mark stocked me up with snacks and movies for the next two days. He's home today but back to work tomorrow (hello trash tv time!). At least it's a short week for me.

Bloodwork on the 18th and 25th. And my 30th on the 21st. This month is flying by.

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05 April 2012 @ 08:35 pm

Today was just what I needed. A day out with the girls drinking.

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28 March 2012 @ 08:58 pm

I watched the episode of the Duggars tonight where Michelle looses her baby at 17 weeks. Balled my eyes out. After yesterday, it felt great to let it all out. Stupid hormones playing with my emotions.

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27 March 2012 @ 10:02 pm

Another night, another client dinner. Another night spent analyzing conversation and body language post dinner. We've been doing about 2 a week. And I can't wait until this is all over and we don't have to do these for Mark's work. I knew the transition period would be tough, I just didn't expect to play so much of a roll in it. Ugh.

It didn't help that I was in a foul mood tonight. It was over something trivial at work that I shouldn't even be upset about. But I am.

In other (better) work news I had my review. Lots of great compliments, good things to work for next year and a raise. And I am the District Staffing Manager of the year for the North region.

Signed Mark and I up for our first 5k in October. It's part of the Detroit Marathon. I'm excited to start running. Hopefully this will be the start of something new. Even if I'm pregnant, my goal will be to finish the race.

Speaking of pregnancy, the target transfer date is April 11th. Thankfully I'll still be able to attend and drink on opening day for the Tigers (April 5th). If the transfer happens on the 11th, I would literally find out on my 30th birthday if I was pregnant or not!

Taking my foul mood and heading to bed early. Maybe some cuddle time with the pups will make me feel better.

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21 March 2012 @ 06:52 pm

Mark made his decision today. He is switching companies. Goodbye Chase, hello Wells Fargo. Hello signing bonus!

Now for three months of transition and long hours. But in the end, I think it was the right choice.

And I got my review today. Merit increase, salary adjustment and my boss told me I was the DSM (district staffing manager) of the year for the North region!

Brats on the grill and dinner on the porch tonight. All in all, a great day!

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20 March 2012 @ 10:30 pm
PS  

Almost forgot to mention that I am going to try my first quilt. Thank you Pinterest for linking me to the pattern. And thank you JoAnn Fabrics for sending me a 25% off Friends and Family coupon for this weekend! If anyone wants a coupon let me know!

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20 March 2012 @ 10:25 pm

Ugh, why is it that when you have to make a big decision you suddenly become fearful of making the plunge?

More on that in a minute.

I've had some extra money in my wallet for awhile now. I can't even remember where I got it from. I usually don't carry cash. That way I don't spend what I don't have (unless it comes to my work credit card but that's another story). So I've held onto this money, probably from the last time we went to the casino. And I haven't spent it. Could have, many times over. But something has held me back. I thought about getting a bunch of stiff for a friends new baby, but still something in me said wait. And now I have a purpose. Someone who's family is going through a rough time right now. And while I can't be there to offer my help and support physically, I'm hoping this helps take a bit of the burden off. If its gas for trips to the hospital, movie night for the kids or something to just bring some cheer into their lives, I hope it helps.

We'll start getting ready for the second IVF transfer shortly. My meds arrived and are ready to go. I think I'll start the every other day doctor visits next week. And then the transfer should take place within the next two to three weeks.

We're at a cross roads with Mark's work. The company recruiting him has made their offer. It's a pretty good offer (not everything he was asking for but he was reaching a bit). Now he is just weighing if he wants to stay where he is at or move and be contacted to the new job for 8 years. Each has pros and cons. Each has different outcomes if we have kids or not. It's the topic of our nightly two mile walk with the dogs. And each night we talk, it seems like we get further from a decision. If only there were a crystal ball. I just want him to make a decision (but the right one, whatever that may be). I can tell its weighing on his mind and he isn't sleeping well at all.

Speaking of the dogs I have to take Honer to the vet Saturday. I think he has a tick and the growth on his rump is back. The doctor drained it last time and did some tests. He said it was just a fatty cyst. Well it filled up again so I want to make sure it's nothing. It doesn't appear to bother him or hurt when touched. But if we're going in for one thing, they might as well check it out.

Enough for tonight. I am going to keep reading book 2 in The Hunger Games series. Thanks for the recommendation Jodi!

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01 March 2012 @ 09:18 am

Two days and I have yet to pack. Last night was taken up by discussing work with Mark (he is thinking of switching companies which could be a real good deal in the long run - short term stress now).

So no packing was completed. But two dresses that I bought last year and was kinda iffy on how they fit, now fit perfectly. So those made it to the bed for packing. And I did get water shoes and a fake wedding band last night to take with us (Mark isnt crazy about me wearing my ring on vacation but I hate not having anything on my finger so a cheap band will do).

Email is caught up at work. Just need to catch up on my voicemail and set an out of office message.

Tonight I'm going to the bookstore to get some books for the trip. I plan on reading on the beach or by the pool every day. Anyone have any good suggestions? I was thinking of maybe getting the Hunger Games.

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16 February 2012 @ 09:22 pm

Blues Brothers. One of my top movie choices. Joliet Jake.

I got Mark's birthday gift: two tickets to Garth Brooks in Vegas. 6th row. August 18th (two days after his birthday) He is going to freak when he gets home tonight.

Speaking of him getting home, I decided to put on something nice after my workout. I was feeling good so why not look good? I looked through everything and came to the conclusion I have two personalities: slut and frump. I have a few typical racy baby dolls and other assorted items. I can count on both hands the number of times I've worn these in the past 11 years. And then I have my usual: sleep pants and tee-shirts. Nothing cute for in between. I think I need to rectify this. And clean out my drawers!

Baptism for Lia this weekend. Looking forward to seeing Mark's family and taking lots of pictures.

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13 February 2012 @ 09:41 am

I really dislike doing self reviews. Looks like I've put this off long enough. Time to start writing. Hello Monday. Not so happy to see you.

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11 February 2012 @ 10:27 am

Finally, some snow! This has been one of the weirdest winters I remember. Things look so pretty again. I'm not a fan of brown winters. Give me snow!

Mark had to work this morning so I made him French toast before he went in. And then crawled into bed and slept more! ;) When I got up I shoveled a path on the porch for the dogs (and so they wouldn't track in so much snow). I shoveled the front walk. Put up the MSU flag (basketball vs Ohio State tonight). Cleaned off Mark's car (he took mine since it was in the garage last night). And filled the wood box. Pretty productive. I'll let him snowblow the driveway when he gets home.

Here's a picture of Homer in the snow last night. He would live outside if we let him.

And the squirrels from last weekend (the dogs stayed at the kennel for the day of the Super Bowl and it was a squirrel party in our back yard). We had 5 squirrels at one time: 3 fox, 1 black and fox mix, 1 grey and fox mix.

Guess I should get some inside cleaning done. Toodles!

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08 February 2012 @ 01:22 pm

Looks like the next IVF transfer will be the beginning of April. Which means I would find out right around my 30th birthday! I'll take that present any day!!

Tonight's workout= more lunges! Tomorrow could be interesting. Thinking of finding a 5k to committ to for this summer.

Anyone done acupuncture before?

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09 January 2012 @ 09:56 pm

Made it on the tread climber every night! Weights and exercise ball alternating nights as well. I feel good. 1 lb down in week one. Many to go.

Final blood draw this morning. HCG levels went down to 4.5, enough to consider negative (0-5 is the "normal" range). Thankfully because my arm can't take many more bruises. I have one lab nurse who is great, cheery, friendly, we chit chat. No bruises. The other, while nice, doesn't talk much and always leaves me with a bruise. No more needles for two months.

Heading to bed early, lots to do at work tomorrow. Night!

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04 January 2012 @ 09:42 pm

These moms and kids on Todlers and Tiaras are CRAZY!!! First off, I would never let my kids get away with acting the way some of them do. And some of these moms need to be smacked! Wow.

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04 January 2012 @ 09:33 pm

So far, it's been an okay year. Lol. We'll see how long that lasts!

Work is stressful with spring budgets getting revised, revised and revised again. Spreadsheets with incorrect formulas. No direct answers for our stores on how many seasonals to retain. And I'm trying to still train my counterpart. And convince her that she made the right decision to come to staffing. I have to say, my more positive attitude is helping.

MSU bowl win: check
Wisconsin Rose Bowl loss: check
MSU basketball win (against Wisconsin): check
Lions playoff win: hopefully a check this weekend

Personally, I think our new flag helped. Christmas present from my parents to Mark (suggested by yours truly).

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28 December 2011 @ 09:50 pm

Just got the best call from a friend of mine. We worked together at Circuit and I remember the day when his wife learned she wouldn't be able to have kids. At that point we were on 3 years of trying, so we became pretty close in talking of our struggles. And he's a pretty cool guy. Fast forward, we've kept in touch. He's one of the first I told of the pregnancy, he was so excited. Also one of the few I told the day of the miscarriage.

Last week he text me that he and his wife were adopting. They have a 2 month old with them and the adoption is to be finalized in January. And the baby is an adorable chunky monkey named Vincent. So cute. He text me again tonight and his wife is 6 weeks pregnant. I'm so happy for him, they are going to make great parents. I told him that when we make plans, fate laughs and always has something else planned. I'm having lunch with them on Friday. :D

Back to the doctor this morning. My HCG levels are dropping but still at a 46 (they need to go below 5). Back next week for another check up. We set our follow up apt with our doctor early Febuary.

I'm really looking forward to New Years this year. I'm ready for a fresh start. Ready for new adventures.

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25 December 2011 @ 10:30 pm

While being one of the hardest Christmas, this has truly been one of the best. Besides the material things (that everyone went overboard on), I am so thankful for all the wonderful families I have in my life.

Christmas Eve with Mark's family was great, even if it was the first one without his grandpa. Christmas day, while quiet without his sister, brother-in-law and 3 kids (they stayed in NC this year), was peaceful and very much family centered. Everyone has their "job" getting dinner ready and it's a very informal morning.

We left St Joe early in the afternoon and headed to my parent's house. My parents, brother and new sister-in-law and her parents were there. We had such a good time opening presents and eating again.

Coming home I realized how lucky we are to be surrounded by all this love. You could really feel it today. Thankfully, those who knew what happened last weekend didn't bring it up, steered the conversation away from the talk of us having children (thank you for that save Mark's sister) or sent a quite note of love when I needed it the most. When we got home, there was a card from my brother and his wife. They had a tree planted in the memory of our baby. I called mom and she said they didn't know what to say or do and thought this was the best way to express their sympathy without being intrusive. I was so touched. Mark, not so much, but he's a boy.

I realize tonight that I am so grateful to be surrounded by family that loves both me and my husband and accepts us both as we are. And we now have a new family in my sister-in-law's family that have welcomed us as their own. And I wouldn't trade any of that for all the presents in the world. I am truly blessed.

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28 November 2011 @ 10:34 pm

Mark: Where do you want your shot tonight? Here? Here? Here? (as he pokes me 3 times with the tip of the needle)

Me: Just give me the shot already. (Did I mention I hate my shots!)

Mark: Ouch! (he poked himself in the hand$

Me: Karma's a bitch.

Mark: (after moaning about the pin prick of blood in his finger gives me the shot) Wait, wait, oh shit don't move. Hold still.

Me: What? What? (mind you I'm bare assed over the arm of the couch at this point)

Mark: (runs upstairs, scurries around in the kitchen)

Me: I feel something running down my ass! What did you do to me?

Mark: (returning with wet paper towel, cleaning up the blood) Yea, guess karma is a bitch!

At least we have fun.

Survived another black Friday weekend in retail and heard nothing but positive comments about the staffing levels. Yea! Lots of analysis to do as the sales and transactions are finalized but I think we got things "right" this year.

Only a few more weeks until its all over.

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23 November 2011 @ 09:35 pm

Tree up: check
Christmas decorations up: check
Cheese dip: check
Wassil: check
Propane: check
Chex mix: check

Tomorrow:
Clean bathrooms
Clean living room (aka dog) couch
Laundry
Make mashed potatoes
Make sweet potatoes
Make rolls
Appetizers
Turkey (Mark)
Eat
Grab some sleep before...
Work at 11:30 pm

I think I'm hitting the hay early tonight.

Happy thanksgiving LJ friends. I'm thankful for each and everyone of you!

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21 November 2011 @ 06:15 pm

I hate taking medication that can mimick pregnancy symptoms. Ugh, makes this wait so much longer. There's really only been 2 signs that I can't explain from the medicine. 1) Some slight cramping and 2) I had one instance where I felt like there was a warm, tingly feeling that came from my lower abdomen area and radiated out (last 30 seconds, only happened once). Other then that, I keep reminding myself that everything else could be the meds.

Is it Wednesday afternoon yet???

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15 November 2011 @ 12:26 pm

My husband holding his new niece. Doesn't he look like a natural!


I gave Kroger customer service a piece of my mind last night. My doctor called in the new prescription (which I needed to start yesterday). I didn't hear anything all day and at 6:30 when I showed up to pick up my prescription, they informed me they were out, had ordered it and it would be ready today after 5. Um, no. So after arguing with the pharmacist that I needed it last night, he found another Kroger that could fill it. So I had to drive to that Kroger and wait while they dealt with the insurance company (since it looked like I was filling two of the same prescription at two locations). It was a waste of my time and gas that could have easily been solved with one simple phone call. Ugh, frustrating.

In other retail news, only 40 shopping days left!

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12 November 2011 @ 01:17 pm

I dreamed of pumpkin seeds last night. I was at some resort and we were dealing with pumpkin seeds and guts everywhere. And somewhere in there I had Sprite. Swear I tasted it in my dream. Who knows. It was a weird night anyways since we are at our in-laws and the dogs are always up the first night.

Got to see my new niece Lia last night. Going over today to do her first pictures. Here is her last night while I was holding her:

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05 November 2011 @ 09:37 pm

Stupid alarm clock almost made us late this morning. For whatever reason it reset itself for daylight savings time LAST night! Thankfully Mark looked at his phone while I was in the shower. Quickest leg shave ever.

18 eggs harvested. Thank goodness for anesthesia, don't remember a thing. Sore tonight but the Vicidin is working wonders.

One procedure down, one to go. Then truly the longest two weeks of my life will begin.

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03 November 2011 @ 11:15 pm

Tonight's dinner: fried pickles and wings from BDubs. I didn't care. It was damn good. :)

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02 November 2011 @ 05:49 pm

Another day, another dr visit. Things are looking good but the doctor wants me to go another night on the medicine. Which pushes back my egg Retrival and implantation days. Which may mean I have to attend the CEO visit at work. Blah. We'll see. My boss is so concerned about me taking it easy and "making babies" that she is letting me take the time off that I need. Did I mention I love having her as my boss?!

Feeling crampy today. Nurse said my ovaries are at the over sized mark so it's to be expected.

Emotions are out of whack. I've been stressed with work this week. And now sitting at home I feel like I could cry at the drop of a hat. I'm just a bundle of nerves.

Guess I should go find something to make for dinner even though I'm not really that hungry.

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28 October 2011 @ 01:15 pm

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moonlightlilly8
19 October 2011 @ 09:09 pm

I'm an aunt (well aunt-in-law). Mark's sister had her baby this morning at 12:24 am. Lia Marie Lawrick, 6lbs 6oz, 19". I guess Gina and Andrew didn't even call any of the parents when she went into the hospital last night. They call around noon today to let everyone know. And I think that's just how they wanted it (Andrew's parents while very sweet, are very, um involved). They said no visitors for the first week so we'll head down in a few weeks to see little Lia.


Baseline ultrasound and bloodwork either Friday or Monday and then I get into my serious shots. I've gotten better about giving myself shots. I'm nervous about Mark having to give me my evening shots (sometimes its just easier to deal with self inflicted pain).

Guess I should go get the cookies out of the oven. Mmmm...warm chocolate chip cookies on a cold windy, rainy, fall night.

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moonlightlilly8
11 October 2011 @ 10:58 pm

What a weekend. Three days of family funeral events was enough for me. It was a beautiful service (well as beautiful as a funeral service can be). After not having any grandpas for many years, Mark's grandpa made me feel like one of his own. I'm really glad I got to know him over the past 11 years. I'm done with funerals for awhile now.

The good thing was we did get to see Mark's sister and her three kids from North Carolina. Love those kids and boy do they love Mark. :)

Mark's other sister is due at the end of the month. She hasn't dropped much since I saw her two weeks ago. She is still 90% effaced and is in a -1 position (?). Baby is down and ready to go, car seat is in place, her trunk and suitcase are full and set for the hospital. Contractions are every day now. She said last week there was a day where they came 7 minutes apart pretty regularly and felt "different" (more back contractions) and she thought it was time to go but they went away. So back to Tge waiting game.

I start my IVF injections tomorrow! Excited and nervous to get this process under way.

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moonlightlilly8
19 July 2011 @ 09:55 pm

Okay moms of two plus, I need your help. I have a friend who just had a second little boy, her first is two years old. I'm pretty sure her second is going to be using all the first's clothes and I'm pretty sure the last thing she wants right now is more clothes. Any suggestions on what I should get her?

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moonlightlilly8
04 February 2011 @ 09:31 am

I'm hoping this post will work as I don't think it did last time I tried to post from my phone.

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In other news, after talking with both of our families, we are not moving forward with any other fertility treatments at this time. No more doctors, no more pills, no more shots. We are going to let things happen as they may. We'll revisit the idea of IVF when I get to the 35-40 year range and if nothing has happened by then, we'll look into it again (and hopefully our insurance doesn't drop infertility coverage). Doesn't mean we'll stop trying ;) but at least everything is out in the open with both families. And they all assured us they would be just as happy with no grand children as if they had grand children. So last weekend I painted the would be nursery, hung some pictures, rearranged the book cases and set up all my painting and craft stuff. Im really happy with how the room turned out and it doesn't look like a dumping room anymore.

I probably should get some work done today. No motivation to do much of anything. Maybe I'll leave after my two calls this afternoon, seeing as how I made it into work on Wednesday which a majority took the day off.

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moonlightlilly8
07 January 2011 @ 01:41 pm

I'm at a loss with what to wear for the concert next week. I don't feel good in much of anything and I have to be somewhat presentable since we are going with some clients of Mark's. I do have an awsome leather cuff bracelet that I got from H&M but for right now, that's about all I'm going to be wearing.

As soon as I get home tonight, all the junkfood we have left from Christmas is going out. I'm tired of constantly having the temptation around to eat when I'm not hungry. If it's not allowed in the house (like my beloved ice cream) I find that I don't eat it or buy it. I was finally getting comfortable in my skin when we got married and that was 20 lbs ago. No where near my ideal weight but I didn't feel like such a slob. I should set a goal for Florida so I can buy some new clothes.

Were getting both set of parents together for dinner to talk about doing the IVF. It'll be interesting to see the different opinions because my parents had such trouble getting pregnant and Mark's parents were married in June and Mark was born in August.

And go figure my body is getting my hopes up this month and I'm not liking it. I had two really short cycles (23 and 15 days) and as of right now I'm on day 35 with no AF in sight. When I'm regular, I'm right around 30-32 days but when I'm not the longest I've gone is 45 days. And I can't even say if we had a chance because I didn't do any testing this month, just let nature take it's course. There's always a chance but I'm not really holding my breath (or wasting my last digital pregnancy test - for now anyways).

TGIF!!!

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moonlightlilly8
05 January 2011 @ 10:21 pm

Last nights accomplishment: cleaning all 3 bathrooms. Tonight's accomplishment: cleaning the downstairs family room. I'm on a roll!

Bridesmaid dress shopping on Saturday. Nothing like reminding me I need to get my butt in gear before September like being surrounded by a bunch if skinny girls. I hope the dresses don't end up being too gaudy.

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moonlightlilly8
24 March 2010 @ 12:04 pm

I never update on here. But those of you that are on my friend's page, you can be sure that I read your journals, and I try to comment when I can. I just never feel like things going on in my life are that exciting. But I'll try an update anyways.

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Just got back from Mark's doctors appointment.  Basically after 3 years of no protection and 1 full year of concentrated trying, we are starting some testing on both of us.  So far my tests have come out normal.  Have to have an HSG test done but it can only be done in days 8-10 and the two doctors at my drs office were full those days.  So we'll try again next month.  Mark's appointment went well, there are some things his doctor is looking into that maybe the cause of our issues.  Couple more tests, more bloodwork and we'll know more.  The good news is the doctor said all hope is not lost and we have lots to work with.  Please cross your fingers for us.

Redoing the deck this spring.  Hopefully the guys can get started on it soon.  They are coming out on Thursday to discuss the layout.  This summer is all about the outside of the house.  New deck (the privacy wall fell down last fall and some of the boards didn't make it through the winter), scraping and painting the trim and I really want to tackle the landscaping.  Mark wants to move within the next 3-5 years so we've got to finish up some projects that we have started.

Vegas in June with two of our friends.  Jimmy Buffett concert for our anniversary and a wedding in Petosky over Labor Day.

So thats about all that has been happening.  Miss all of you guys.  We'll have to plan some events to get together up in Lansing this summer.  Hugs to all.  :D 
 

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moonlightlilly8
09 December 2009 @ 06:12 am
I'm coming to Lansing this Saturday. No real plans as of yet so anyone that wants to get together let me know. :)