Friday, November 06, 2009

Part Four is finally done!

Slowly but surely, I'm getting Concerto finished.  The rest of the group is finishing up part seven, but I've only just finished part four. I've been having trouble knitting recently - my Carpal Tunnel is acting up and I've honestly not been feeling much like knitting.  I think I may be spreading myself a tad thin, knit-wise, and after this KAL is over (and I finish my Nightsongs), I will wait a while before joining another big KAL.

Work could have something to do with it.  I recently changed positions at work and my new job, while interesting and a wonderful change of pace, is very exhausting and when I get home, I'm wiped out.

I recently started photo blogging again, my 365 blog is once again up & running.  It is linked to this blog through my profile, and new posts are automatically shared on Facebook.  I was thinking of doing NaNoWriMo this year, but with as drained as I've been feeling lately, I think I'm going to skip it and do it next year instead.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


I'm working on a KAL for a stole. The name of the stole is Concerto. The designer is working on another, larger, item that will be called Symphony. The joy of the KAL is that everyone participating is getting the pattern one section at a time. The first section had a lot of little daisies all over it:

Before even starting, I knit up this test swatch for practice. I also tried my hand at blocking, which is why it is pinned.
For acrylic yarn (which this is), blocking is very tricky. A process called "killing" is used. I was not a big fan of how the yarn looked after I killed it, so I'm not sure whether I'm going to attempt blocking of the finished project. I did like how the yarn felt, just not the look of it. I may choose to kill only the edges, to keep them from rolling.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fixing the Car

I took my car out to my uncle's house to get it fixed today. He says he'll be done either Friday or Saturday. I'm very much looking forward to having my car back!!

On the trip out there, several things made me very nervous. One was that I could not wear my seat belt! It was stuck and would not come out more than a few inches. I held it across my body so I wouldn't get pulled over and ticketed for it, and after about 20 minutes it suddenly released, much to my relief!! I was able to fasten it and relax. Another worry was the lack of a driver's side-view mirror.I'm not sure about whether a side-view mirror is legally required on a vehicle, so I was very nervous the one time I passed a police car (especially since I had not yet been able to fasten my seat belt)! Luckily, my lack of a mirror was not very interesting to that particular officer.

The only other excitement in the trip was upon starting the car. The battery did not like sitting for 6.5 weeks and did not want to start the car (it was disconnected while sitting, but drained anyway). Jon hooked up the jumper cables to his car to get mine going, and at first nothing was happening. After a few minutes and still nothing, he double-checked all of the connections. One of the clips on his car was not connected well, and once he moved it, my car started right up!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Disguised :: Costumed

  2. Big wheel :: child's toy

  3. Irritating :: Donkey (from Shrek)

  4. Care :: giver

  5. Grandpa :: mixed feelings

  6. Shooting :: photography

  7. Sunglasses :: always worn

  8. Stampede :: herd

  9. Painstakingly :: carefully

  10. Terrible position :: rock & a hard place

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Literally and figuratively.

The literal headache: I've had a headache that ranges anywhere from the moderate to severe range ever since my accident. Ibuprofen helps, but only a little. I'm also frequently dizzy as well as very unsure of where my feet are, which means that I move very slowly in an effort to stay upright. The pain in my neck and back is not what's keeping me from getting about well.

My doctor wants a CAT scan done, and it has taken seven days and miles of red tape to get it approved and scheduled. What a pain!! The only upside I can see of this portion of the ordeal is that I now know how to forward my calls from the house phone to my cell phone. I have done that quite frequently over the last week, although it appears that the one time I did not do it is the time that my doctor's office finally called - I missed an appointment this morning and had to reschedule for tomorrow.

Unfortunately, the car accident means that this cycle is a wash as far as TTC is concerned. The accident happened on CD11 during a cycle when I took 200mg Clomid from CD4-8. I have not been temping regularly at all since the accident, but I'm pretty sure that I have ovulated by now. This was my second of only three chances on this dose of Clomid before being sent to a specialist.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Car Accident

Saturday I was in a car accident. I was at fault, because I didn't see the other driver until the split-second before he hit me. I was turning left into a southbound lane and was hit by a northbound car. It was pouring down rain and the other driver did not have his lights on - though I got a rather close-up view of the headlight in that tiny moment before the collision. Neither of those things stopped me from getting a ticket for "failure to yield exiting a private drive" - where I'll come up with the money for that I don't know.
The accident could have been so much worse - thank God for a thick heavy door on my car!! As you can see, the side-view mirror is gone, as well as some trim on the rear quarter panel. The door has the worst of the damage - the front & rear quarter panels are dented but relatively intact. The window is gone in the door - it shattered and was all over me and spread out throughout the car - including along the back dash and in the pocket on the passenger side door.
I went directly to the ER via ambulance and was told that I have low back strain plus bumps & bruises and a few cuts. I see my PCP for a follow up on Wednesday. I'm hoping to start seeing a chiropractor later this week.

Ironically enough, this is the second time I've been in a serious accident less than a week before we're supposed to go visit Bree & Geoff, and during the month of August. The last time was four years ago right before Ren Fest - this time we're supposed to go to the Dream Cruise.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Busy Hands

I've been working on making a pair of socks this month as part of a Knit-A-Long (KAL) on Ravelry. I'm enjoying it a lot, but my hands are not. I have Carpal Tunnel in my right hand, and it has definitely been flaring lately with all the knitting I've been doing. However, I don't feel like I can stop because I have to finish my entire pair of socks by July 31st to be eligible for the contest portion of the KAL. If it's possible to win something that I can't afford to buy - especially when I had no start-up cost for this particular project (I already had the yarn I'm using, and the needles, and I checked the book out of the library for free, so this truly feels like a freebie project) - I'm going to do everything I can to qualify.
One thing that has surprised me though - even though I have flares every night that I knit (the severity depends on how much I've knit that day), the flares are not as bad as I had expected them to be, and my hand has yet to flare while I'm knitting (which is something I've struggled with in the past). I had expected to have the opposite problem due to how much smaller the needles are than what I typically use. These are teeny tiny needles (and for the next pair I'll use smaller ones yet); I need a pretty cramped grip just to hold them, which usually leads to flaring. The only thing I can come up with is that the project is so much lighter in weight than what I'm used to that my grip isn't as tight as it usually would be to hold the project up while working it. Also with my awareness of the problem, I am forcing myself to take breaks at least once an hour. Watching a recorded program on the DVR while knitting helps - every time there is a commercial I let go of the knitting to fast-forward back to the show, giving my hands a quick break multiple times in an hour long program.
Partially finished first sock

Next month I am planning to attempt TWO pairs of socks. One pair will be for my sister Laura and will be in shades of brown (her choice - she's already purchased the yarn). The other pair will be for me and will be in either blues or greens, maybe both depending on what I can find/afford. Double the chances in the contest, but also double the amount of knitting required and double the amount of stress on my hand.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hot Hot Hot

My word, it has been hotter than hot here the past few days!! The last two days in a row we had temps in the mid-90s plus high humidity. That makes for some pretty unbearable times when you have no a/c - which is the case for me at home, in the car, and at work, so pretty much all the time.
Yesterday I managed to run errands and enjoyed going in to the a/c zones of the store and the library. Today I was not so lucky - today I had to work. At one point (around 6pm) I got an outdoor thermometer off of the shelf and brought it out to our work area. Within 10 minutes it was reading 92 degrees (in the shade). Someone got the idea to put it out in the sun to see how much hotter it was out there. Set it down on the cement slab and within 5 minutes it had maxed out at over 120 degrees. Is it any wonder that very little physical work was done today? Thankfully there was little enough to do that nobody really complained about us lazing around.

I still have my sunscreen/sunblock issue. Every one I use reacts badly with my sweat and turns my clothes orange. It's nothing that is visible on my skin, and on a dark shirt it does not show, but I should not have to choose between spending the entire summer in dark clothes, ruining everything I wear, or getting sunburned every day. This is extremely frustrating. Even more frustrating is that the sunscreen seems to hold on to my skin longer than one would expect. I wore sunscreen YESTERDAY but did not apply TODAY. However, the shirt I wore TODAY is the one that got orange sunscreen stains on it. The one from yesterday is fine. I don't know why that is, but that's the status. Tomorrow I will need sunscreen again, but tomorrow I will be wearing a swimsuit and I don't care if that gets stained by my sunscreen. In this case, I'd rather have a stained swimsuit than a painful sunburn across my back and shoulders.
I can't help but wonder if it's related somehow to having had my gallbladder out last summer. I never had a problem with it before last July, around the same time I started having the really bad painful gallstone attacks. I had my gallbladder out in August, and didn't need/use sunscreen the rest of the season. Now this year I am completely without a gallbladder, and I'm still having the problem. Maybe it's a coincidence, but maybe it's not. Hard to say.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Seeking Sara Summers

Seeking Sara Summers Seeking Sara Summers by Susan Gabriel

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable book. There were several distracting instances where apostrophes were misused, and a couple of times where homonyms were mixed up, but they did not do much to detract from the story as a whole and I was able to get past them fairly quickly.

Part of what drew me to this story was the title. I am always happy to find characters with my name, spelled the way I spell it. Characters named Sarah are very common, those named Sara are hard to find. To have nothing else in common with the character is irrelevant to me - I'll read almost any book with a main character named Sara.

I do think that the jacket description gives away a little too much of the plot, which made the story itself rather predictable. Sara needs to discover who she is before she can decide what she wants, and this is Sara's journey of self-discovery. However, Sara's ultimate decision about her life, as well as her husband's revelation in the second-to-last chapter, are left as mysteries until the very end - something I really enjoyed. Keeping those two secrets until the last few pages of the book is a great way to end things.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Lunatic Cafe

The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #4) The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #4) by Laurell K. Hamilton

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the fourth book in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. It is less intense than the third book, but that is not to say that it is less of a story. Anita is back and doing what she always does - except that the Christmas season is slow for zombie raisings and there haven't been any vampires to execute lately. She manages to get tangled up in local Were politics, which is not fun for anyone, least of all her on-again, off-again boyfriend Richard (who is a Werewolf). The immediate mystery is solved during the course of the book, but naturally there is always the underlying overall mystery of what Anita will do with her life when she has two supernatural creatures vying for her attention. As usual, there is a lot of blood & gore, but also a lot of great one-liners. Nothing in this series is gratuitous, and each book gives us a deeper glimpse into Anita's past and why she is the way she is.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

News from the Doctor

I got a call yesterday from the doctor's office with the results of my ultrasound from May 29th. My ovaries are not overstimulated on 150 mg Clomid, and therefore I am cleared to bump it up to 200 mg Clomid next cycle. I will be on 200 mg Clomid for three months before being referred to a Reproductive Endocrinologist. I'm hoping it won't take all of that, but facts are facts and Clomid hasn't gotten me pregnant yet (though it does seem to be helping me to ovulate - or at least, to have cycles that are closer to normal in length: 37 & 35 days instead of 3-4 months).

I'm guessing that we're out for this cycle. I'm not giving up yet, but the timing of when ovulation likely occurred (I'm fairly certain it's passed) was over this past weekend, which was exceptionally busy and not exactly a time when we had any privacy.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Friend Makin' Monday

This week's task is to share 10 things you love about summer!
  1. Visiting with family - it's the only time I get to see some of my extended family members.
  2. Sunshine - I'm prone to sunburn but I love the sunshine.
  3. Funny streaks in my hair from natural sun-bleaching - they make me laugh.
  4. Wearing skirts without tights!
  5. Crocs with no socks!
  6. Watching children play at the park.
  7. More daylight in each day.
  8. Late evening walks.
  9. Riding bicycles.
  10. Wearing flip-flops.
So, how about you? What are your favorite things about summer? Please leave me a comment so I can check out your post, too! :-)

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Aaron & Laura's Wedding

Today was a good day. My youngest brother-in-law, Aaron, got married to his longtime girlfriend, Laura. No confusion intended, but Jon now has two sisters-in-law named Laura. They got married in an historic church - it's small but nice and there are a lot of interesting things there, including an antique piano that I loved (it wasn't used in the ceremony).
I have no photos from during the ceremony because I was holding a sleeping baby, our nephew J. It was his first birthday and he was so excited about the wedding that he slept through the entire thing.

Aaron, the groom.

Aaron with his best man, Jeff.

Aaron with his parents, Joy and Jim.

Groomsmen watching the professional photographer take pictures of Aaron.
From left: Jeremy, Brian, Jeff, and Jon.

Decorations on the pews. Note the portraits on the wall - those are people who helped to preserve the history of the area and the buildings.

Their individual & unity candles.

Jon says, "Enjoy the Golden Shackle." Ha, ha. Very funny.

The Cake
Aaron & Laura cutting the cake together.

And the traditional smooshing of the cake into the face of your beloved. The little girl wearing a white dress and a tiara on the right is Laura's niece and the flower girl.

H with her Uncle Jon outside at the reception.

Aaron dancing with his mother - too bad she chose that moment to look away!

H dancing with the bride & groom.

Aaron dancing with H during the Dollar Dance. This is a definite improvement over Brian & Crystal's wedding two years ago, when she thought that she was paying to dance with another child that was there instead of dancing with the groom.

Laura & Dennis sharing a joke during the Dollar Dance. When Jon & I got married, Dennis was the one who made fun of Jon because Jon kept saying that my dress was too big for him to really get close to me - Dennis proved otherwise during our Dollar Dance.

Monday, April 27, 2009

No More 31DBBB

I didn't get very far into the Building a Better Blog project before realizing that it was not what I thought it would be and therefore not the right thing for me and for my blog. I'm not trying to do anything major with my blog, I don't need massive amounts of traffic to my blog. I like to know when I have readers, and comments are always appreciated (but not necessary). Other than that, since this blog is basically me spouting various things that come to mind, I am not going to be trying to make it better. I'll still work on blogging more frequently though.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

New Background

I am unable to decorate my house for the various holidays as much as I would like to, so I'm going to have to be content with decorating my blog. Today I decided that, rather than going with a generic spring theme, I would choose an Easter theme for my blog. I debated over whether to go with the cute bunnies or to look for a more religious theme, but I liked the bunnies. So bunnies it is. :)

Monday, I'll go looking for that generic spring background to last me through Memorial Day.

31DBBB, Day 3

Today's task is to promote yesterday's post. With that in mind, my method of promoting yesterday's post will be to update my blog links where they exist. That includes refreshing my mirror blog on Facebook.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

31DBBB, Day 2

Reasons I am doing this challenge:

1. I want to blog more. I'm hoping that participating in this challenge helps blogging to become a habit for me.
2. I want people to want to read my blog. I don't want them to read out of a sense of obligation, but because what they read is truly interesting to them.
3. I want to be better at keeping track of my medical information. Nothing specific on a public blog, obviously, but if I blog about it, I'll have a record of what I did when and how I felt about it.

If you can't tell, today's challenge was to make a list post. Mine is fairly short; if I think of anything else I will definitely add to this list.

Monday, April 06, 2009

31DBBB, Day 1

I am participating in a challenge called 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. Day One's task is to create an elevator pitch for my blog. For those of you who do not know what an elevator pitch is (I didn't), here is a definition from Wikipedia:
“An elevator pitch is an overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The name reflects the fact that an elevator pitch can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (for example, thirty seconds or 100-150 words).”

Part of creating an elevator pitch is defining what exactly my blog is about. This particular blog is not about anything specific, which makes pitching it a tad difficult. But I'll do what I can and see where it takes me.

My elevator pitch (which will also become the tagline for this blog):
This blog is about the ups and downs in the life of an infertile couple as they strive to create their family. Nieces and nephews abound and are dearly loved, but sons and daughters are much harder to come by and strongly desired.

Friday, April 03, 2009

The Newsboys

I went to a free concert tonight put on by The Newsboys. It was awesome!

The Newsboys were much louder than I expected!
It was an amazing concert and I'm glad I got the chance to go.

The Newsboys are singing "Shine" in this picture.

This explains the haze in the air when we first entered the arena - dress rehearsal fog leftovers.

Crazy drummer! It got better/crazier - they rotated this platform while it was tipped!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

God's Busy

God's Busy

A United States Marine was attending some college courses between assignments.. He had completed missions in Iraq and Afghanistan . One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed atheist and a member of the ACLU.

One day the professor shocked the class when he came in he looked to the ceiling and flatly stated , 'God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you exactly 15 minutes.'

The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed , 'Here I am God. I'm still waiting'. It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Marine got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him, knocking him off the platform.

The professor was out cold. The Marine went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were shocked, stunned, and sat there looking on in silence.

The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the Marine and asked , 'What the heck is the matter with you? Why did you do that?'

The Marine calmly replied , 'God was too busy today protecting American soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid stuff and act like an idiot. So, He sent me.'


Thursday, January 22, 2009

I'm a library book!

Buddy found the library basket and decided to play with it. He had a good time. :) He spent a good hour just getting in and out of the basket and intentionally tipping it over. He could climb over the side no problem, but it was much more fun to tip out of it.

Hmmm... now that I'm in, how do I get back out?

Oh, who cares - being in the basket is fun!

I'd better get out of here before she decides to return me to the library!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fun at the Playland

I took Buddy to the mall in Midland today. He had a grand time in the playplace, but when he saw me starting to pack up, he ran right over to me and signed "shoes" - I guess he was ready to go, too!

Playing in the TV!

Who's this handsome fellow?

I like toothbrushes big enough to sit on.

Beating on the grapes.

Hey, I can crawl through the car!! I didn't know how to do this a month ago.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Goals for 2009

Who needs resolutions? These are my goals for 2009. They're things that I'm going to work on, not changes I expect to make overnight. Hopefully by the end of the year, I will have accomplished some and made progress on the rest.

1. Regular trips to Goodwill. We have so much JUNK in this house that needs to GO. I want to make regular trips to Goodwill to get rid of it. Once a month would be a good start. Also, getting rid of even a little bit of the extra stuff in our house will help with my next goal...

2. Keep our bedroom picked up. I want it to be a sanctuary, not a place with a bed in the middle of a pile of clutter. Right now we can't get to either dresser or the closet - we're living out of laundry baskets because they are accessible. What's the point of owning dressers if you can't use them??

3. Find ways to move EXTRA each day. I have a habit of counting my running around at work as "exercise" even though I shouldn't, simply because I'm tired when I get home. Yesterday I spent ten minutes dancing around the living room with Buddy. It was a ton of fun and I would have loved to have done more, but I was out of breath after only three songs (and only part of that can be blamed on the bronchitis - I'm way out of shape!).

4. Be a better blogger. I feel so uninteresting 99% of the time that I don't blog nearly as often as I feel I should. My goal is once a week - maybe I'll do a weekly Buddy update as a start, and move on to other things.

5. Get to church more often. I'm not going to set a goal of going every week because frankly, that's not going to happen right now. But from not going at all to going once a month is a fair goal. After all, what's the point of me taking every Sunday off if I'm not going to go to church sometimes?