Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dirt Anyone

Woke up this beautiful Saturday morning to sunshine streaming through our bedroom window, birds singing in the trees and this...




Last year Adam planted a small garden in our backyard and this year wanted to make it bigger. Bigger you say..."How much bigger?" I ask. His reply went a little something like this"..."Not that much bigger, about twice the size". Hmmm, okay that sounds cool as we could plant a few more things that we didn't plant last year. I was sold. 

What do you need to fill a garden with...dirt. No problem I think...let's just head off to the local nursery or garden center and get what we need.  All taken care of he tells me, dirt will be delivered in the morning.

Delivered this morning as promised...Clearly we had very different ideas on just how much dirt was required.









Friday, April 29, 2011

Why is it that when you really, really want something you can never seem to find it?

All I want is a little dark chocolate with peppermint cream filling. That isn't asking too much is it? 

I like to think of myself has a fairly healthy girl, I eat lots of fruits and veggies, have been cutting out pre packaged and processed food, I rock climb regularly in an effort to stay fit and maintain some level of sanity...but...I am also a girl that has a fondness for candy, sweets, pastries and chocolate! This fondness is the reason for my current level of frustration. 

For weeks now I have been craving a Cadbury PEP..you know..the cute little dark chocolate mint that comes in the little purple and green package.


I had one a few weeks back for the first time in years and wow, it was delicious! I wanted to have yet another and off to the store I went and no PEP to be found. Off to the next store and no PEP to be found. Off to yet another and no PEP to be found. You can see where this is going. I've been to at least a dozen stores and in a city as big as Ottawa one would figure that it would be easy to find, right? 

My quest for the elusive PEP continues.

2:23 pm
This just in....


Ohhhhh....PEP has been located in the Glebe! Seems that a trip to the Glebe is in order! If I buy all the PEP that they have, will that make me look crazy?

5:53 pm
The sweet peppermint smell of success!


I bought every one that they had! They did only have 5 so I didn't look completely crazy! Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I thought I was smart...isn't that cute!

If this next chapter of my life was going to have a quick summary, it might go a little something like this...


It's got drama (will the embryos make it to blast?), it's got comedy (giving yourself an injection in a cramped bathroom stall at work is hilarious!), it's got plotline and conflict, drama and tears...It's "Ja-Adam's IVF" and it's coming to a small screen near you.


We've been talking about IVF for over a year now and well...the time for talking is done and I have to tell you, I am a big ball of rolled up emotional/crazy/nutty/happy/scared Janet. I've been searching the interwebs for months now for information and wow..the interwebs can be a very weird and scary place, also funny but yeah, mostly weird. I've been trying to learn the correct IVF terms & definitions in an attempt to make it at least sound like I know what I am talking about. Here's a sampling:


AF - Aunt Flo - not always a welcome friend, a necessary evil.
BCP - Birth Control Pills - they were great for making my 35 year old skin look 35 and not look like a hormonal teenager! 
BFP or BFN - Big Fat Positive or a Big Fat Negative - BFP, BFP, BFP!!
BW - Bloodwork - suppose I should get used to this hey.
CD - Cycle Day - just the beginning
CM - Cervical Mucus - ummmm...ewww...
DE - Donor Eggs - lucky enough to be using my own but "old" eggs as a loving family member once told me when we were discussing having a baby "Your may feel young Janet but your eggs are old" *Gasp*
DH - Darling Husband - not technically married but he's a darling just the same. How about Darling Hunk?
DPR - Days Post Retrieval -
DPT - Days Post Transfer
DS - Donor Sperm 
DX - Diagnosis - that I am Officially Just A Little Off Kilter! To my friends who know me...not a big surprise!
FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer - hoping we get some little embies to freeze
FSH - Follicle-Stimulating Hormone - sounds ummmm...hormonal!
HCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin - three little letters that hold such weight
HPT - Home Pregnancy Test - I wonder...does Costco give a discount on these when bought in large quantity?
ICSI = Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection 
IUI - Intrauterine Insemination
IVF - Invitro Fertilization - only way we are going to make a baby!
M/C - Miscarriage - please no, not for me, not for anyone
MF - Male Factor - all good and he is quite proud!
OHSS - Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome - must read more about this
OPK - Ovulation Predictor Kit 
PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 
POAS - Peeing on a Stick - wondering how likely it will be that I pee more on my hands that I do on the stick.
POF - Premature Ovarian Failure
PGD- Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis 
Prog or P4 - Progesterone 
PUPO - Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise
RE - Reproductive Endocrinologist
SA - Semen Analysis - something that DH..."darling hunk" isn't too happy about doing but really...it's nothing compared to what us women have to do!
TTC - Trying to Conceive 
U/S - Ultrasound



I am sure that are oodles more that I might be missing but hey...this is going to be a learning process!


I think I need this Book!









Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I think I'm ready, no...I know I'm ready.

Okay Janet...first post...I have been fretting over this first post, wondering if I was going to be any good at blogging or if, as I suspect, I am going to be truly terrible at it and for a girl such as myself who knows how to talk and talk a lot, you would think that blogging would be easy! It's just talking isn't it?


I'm the type to be quiet all evening while puttering around the house or watching TV but something happens when I get into bed. It's typically 11:30 when Adam and I have crawled into bed, each with a book in hand. Adam clearly ready to relax and escape to some wonderful land that he's reading about, or what herbs to grow or what would be involved in raising ones own chickens or pigs..or both! I on the other hand begin to think about what I did or didn't get done that day, what happened at work, my drive home, plans for the weekend, plans for the next holiday weekend, what patio set I want...you get the idea. That is when I get chatty and I begin to ramble while Adam patiently listens and for that I love him.


I am hoping that as I begin to start this new chapter of my life that I am able to express my thoughts and rambles here, hoping someone will listen but happy nonetheless if someone does not....


This is my little piece of the interwebs!
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