Wednesday, September 30, 2009
As luck would have it, our insurance changed this year. The doctor I used to see (before I had to switch when she wasn't on my insurance anymore) is back on my insurance! Now, I really really liked my old doctor. She was nice, attentive, listened, even got to know me as a person, not just a patient.
So I called the other day and got an appointment. I'll be switching back to her. I'll see if she agrees with this progesterone therapy for my long absences of a period. And I'm hoping she'll agree to starting me on clomid next year like my old doc had. We need to get this pregnancy show on the road!
Now I just have to wait the two more months until my appointment! All in nervous anticipation. :o)
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Monday, September 28, 2009
Thank you all so much for the feedback!! I will NOT be changing my domain name so you can still find me here. But all other changes will take place on October 1st. New month, new me. :o) So be on the lookout for my makeover!
Okay, so I got some incredible help from our good friend, Fidgeting Gidget. Together we have come up with a new blog identity for me. I have yet to come up with a new header picture, but I'll be working on that. I have something in the works. I also wanted to get you guys' opinion, too. Okay, so here goes...
From now on, I'll be known as: "Chronicles of June" - Musings of a modern day June Cleaver. I'm June and my hubby will now be known as Ward. That's me being more incognito. :o)
Now, I don't know that I'll change my actual domain name. I already have once and apparently I caused some confusion with that. Sorry. But I do wonder since I'll now be June instead of Jules, maybe it should change. Chroniclesofjune.blogspot.com is actually already taken, so maybe I could change it to journalingjune.blogspot.com. What do y'all think? Would that be okay? I'll wait a few days to make the change just so everyone can get a chance to read this first. :o)
Any other suggestions are perfectly welcome!
I'm pretty sure my blog will continue to evolve as my life does and this is where I am right now. I'm an old fashioned girl trying to navigate this modern world. I totally should have been born in the 30s. I admit, I'm super tech savy. But I really just want to stay home and clean house and iron laundry and cook a big homemade meal every night for my husband and sew my own clothes for my kids. Is that too much to ask for in this day and age?
This week I will probably work on a (nother) new blog template and header to better portray who I am these days. Who knows how to create my own logo/avatar??
Who knows...this will probably translate to ANOTHER Twitter screenname change too!
Told you I was super indecisive.
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Last night for dinner I made spaghetti and meatballs. We don't normally have meatballs with spaghetti, but the new Kraft Food & Family had a super easy recipe so I decided to give it a try.
I tell you what. Those were some super easy AND super delicious meatballs! I might have to find more things to eat with meatballs just so I can make them more often! And here is the recipe so you can find out how fantabulous they are!
2lb ground beef
1 box Stove-Top stuffing for chicken
1 1/4c water
Heat oven to 400. Line 2 baking sheets (I used jelly roll pans) with foil and spray with Pam.
Combine all ingredients. Shape 1/4c into meatballs. (I did smaller and made 36 instead of the 32 it called out) place half on each baking sheet.
Bake for 16-18 min or until done. Combine half with a sauce for dinner. Let other half cool completely then freeze for next time!
Oh, and if you don't subscribe to Food & Family, get your butt over to kraft.com and sign up! It's completely free and has tons if great recipes!!
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Friday: MIL came up for dinner. We went to On The Border. Had some AWESOME avocado sour cream dip. Went home and watched Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Good movie!
Saturday: Slept in a bit. Went shopping for more Etsy store supplies. JoAnn's is now my favorite store. :o) Got home. Had lunch. Watched some of my 5 hours of DVRed Secret Life of the American Teenager. Went to my parents to watch the Iowa vs Penn State game. My dad went to Iowa. We're big Iowa fans in our family. So we were uber excited about their upset of Penn!!
Sunday: Slept in again. Went through the paper and sale ads. Made a grocery list. Showered and went to the store. Got home and tried to recreate avocado sour cream dip from Friday night. Cleaned up the kitchen. Did some laundry. Worked on some office organization. Made dinner. Watched some DVRed Mad Men and went to bed.
Nothing too exciting but a good weekend overall. Got some things accomplished and had some fun. :o)
Hope it was great for y'all!
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wow, guys. I am SO not living up to my word this week. Somebody punch me!
Okay, let’s see. I did NOT go to the library last week like I had wanted. (Or yet this week for that matter) I have NOT called my new (old) doctor to make an appointment yet. I STILL have not written my post I’ve been talking about for like weeks now, it seems. I’m participating in the Susan G Komen 5k walk next weekend and, again, STILL have not sent out my “help me fundraise” email. I’ve had five bills in my email for some time now that I haven’t paid yet. My watch battery has been dead for a week now and I have yet to replace it. (Secretly, though, I just want a new watch so maybe that’s why…) I haven’t blogged in general in how many days?
To be honest, I told myself I wouldn’t blog if I just had things to complain about. Hmm. And then I end up not blogging for days on end. What does that say about me??
And then there’s this post. I’m complaining again, aren’t I? Oops.
I really do have a really good and positive post to write! I just don’t know what’s taking me so long to actually write it. Maybe I’m not in a positive enough mood to write about something positive. Or maybe because I know it’s going to be a long post and I don’t have the energy for it. Or maybe I don’t want to super overwhelm you guys with a vomit of information. I might be subconsciously trying to break it up into a few different posts. Maybe.
Well, on a positive note, I’ve had a pretty decent week of work this week. I’m trying really really hard to be productive and get things done. And we went on a field trip yesterday to check out our biggest plan, an 8420sf plan, and it took half the day and was really fun. Now, if I could just get the rest of my act together!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wow, I feel like I’ve been away forever! Guess it’s good it’s only been a few days. Ended up having a bunch going on this weekend. Don’t think I got on the computer at all all weekend! Crazy, huh? Well, here’s a little recap for you:
Friday: I hosted a Girls Night In at my house with my two best friends. We made spaghetti, French bread, and cookies and watched the movie 17 Again. We hadn’t gotten together just the 3 of us in a while so it’s was nice to hang out a bit. We had a good time and the movie was really good! And Val brought over this new red wine that I actually liked! (I’m totally not a big wine drinker, red especially, but this was awesome!) I tried to buy some at Kroger yesterday, but they didn’t sell that brand. :o( I’ll probably go to HEB this weekend for groceries, so I’ll pick some up there. They have a MUCH larger wine selection.
Saturday: Even though I didn’t get to bed until after midnight, I got up early so B and I could go do some shopping first thing in the morning. We went to Hobby Lobby and Michael’s and I got a whole bunch of bead supplies (and $0.99 Simplicity patterns!) so I can start stocking up for my Etsy store. This week all the chains and findings and metal things are on sale, so I’ll go back and get that type stuff sometime this week. Then I should have a pretty good amount to start with and can actually start making some stuff with which I can finally OPEN the Etsy store! On my way home from shopping, my MIL called and my SIL and her fiancé were in town and they were going to see the movie Nine and wanted to know if I wanted to go. So I went down to MIL’s house and we went to the movie (which was pretty good) and then ran some errands then went back to her house and we had dinner over there. I didn’t get home until almost 9pm so I ended up being gone pretty much the entire day.
Sunday: Hubby finally got home! He got to the house about 6:30am and just came up and got in bed. (Yeah, I was totally still sleeping) We ended up both sleeping until after 9am, I think! Guess I really needed the sleep! We got up, had breakfast, and made a grocery list. Then we took the dogs down to MIL’s house and had lunch over there for her birthday today. Then we stopped by FIL’s apartment to say “hi” since hubby just got back. We got back home, dropped off the dogs, then went to Houston Garden Center to take advantage of their 70% off sale. We finally bought a tree for the backyard! And thanks to 70% off, we got a 20 gallon, $130 tree for only $40! Hubby and I went back and forth for like 20 minutes over which tree to get. He really wanted the Sweetgum and I really wanted the Chinese Elm. We ended up getting the Chinese Elm since I told him, based on my research, that it had a much better chance of survival. And maybe later on we can go back and get the Sweetgum, too. But we’ll see. We brought the tree home and then I went to the grocery store while hubby started digging the hole to plant the tree. Turns out in this DROUGHT the ground is WAAAAAAY hard so it’s not planted yet. He had to have his brother bring back our post hole digger to try to use that to help out, but he didn’t bring it up until after 7pm when he was on his way back to school, so maybe he can work on it tonight. Good thing we bought some good Miracle Grow garden soil for planting it. From the looks of it, our backyard dirt is pretty nutrient poor.
So that was my weekend. I have another post brewing in my head about some other things going on, so maybe I’ll be able to get to that today. I at least have to start writing it before I forget! It’s just nice to finally have my husband back. For a bit, at least. He apparently might have to go to the UK in a couple weeks, but just for a couple days IF he goes. But he shouldn’t have to go back to Brazil until closer to the end of October. Gosh, I can’t believe there’s only a week and a half of September left! Good thing I started ordering Christmas gifts last night! Where does the time go??
Thursday, September 17, 2009
That must have been a pretty important phone call since you answered while just wearing a towel around your waist. Then you proceeded to talk for quite some time. All the while standing there in front of your hotel room window. Right in my line of sight. And for that, I thank you. I was having a pretty crappy morning until you showed up in the window, half naked, for my viewing enjoyment. It made me smile. Laugh, even! So, how long are you staying? Will I see you again tomorrow? If not, let me just say I have enjoyed our time together thus far.
Lucky Gal in the office building next door
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Okay, so why am I fed up? Um, probably because my body thinks that I've gone back in time and wants to live through Eighth Grade again! I'm totally serious. I have pimples all over face, chest, AND back. My (already small) boobs have shrunk to pre-teen levels. And I have not had a normal, natural period in the eigth plus months since I've been off birth control. Yeah. Like I said. Eighth. Grade. What the heck, body?
I've been to the dermatologist numerous times about my acne. While it's not really bad, it's full on moderate and always has been. I have never gone a day without one, and usually several, pimples on my face. I've tried it all. Over the counter, prescription, mail order. I finally found one prescription that worked pretty darn well, but of course, my doctor said I shouldn't use it when I get pregnant, and since we're trying I've stopped using it. And now back to square one trying to find something else that works. In the mean time, however, my acne has gotten pretty darn severe on my chest and back. I'll be planning another appointment with the derm. here shortly. This has gone on long enough!
The one good thing to come out of this was the fact that I lost about 10 pounds finally. And while that meant losing what little boobage I had gained (and then some), I have been able to keep it off quite easily and now have a killer stomach. I am proud of that stomach, just not the non-existant and acne ridden chest it's attached to. Seriously, I barely fill out a 32A these days. I wore an XS button up shirt to work the other day and it was too big through the chest area. I'm not okay with that!
Like I said in my other post, I have to take progesterone pills every two months I don't have a period. Well, that's the only reason I've had any periods in the last eight months. And obviously, no natural periods means no ovulating either. Yay. That's super helpful when you're trying to get pregnant, let me tell you! I mean, eight months so far. Should I be concerned about that? My doctor doesn't seem to be too concerned. She'd rather I just got on the clomid, got pregnant, and be done with it. She also says I'm still young and otherwise healthy, so it should be okay. Um...do I need to find a new doctor?
Sorry guys for the TMI, but I'm just frustrated with it all right now. Oh and look at that, 8:15am. I leave for work in 15 minutes and I haven't even dried my hair yet. Oops. Wish I could just call in sick, but I have too much to do today. Maybe tomorrow. :o)
Monday, September 14, 2009
The only reason I'm not feeling so great is because my husband had to go back to Brazil last night. So I'm home alone again this week. It's really starting to get lonely around here. But at least I have a cleaner house to be lonely in, I guess. I'm trying to keep busy though. Like tonight, with mowing the lawn. My workout class starts tomorrow. Wednesday a friend invited me over for dinner, but I would have gone to the library if she hadn't. Thursday is Bunco. I invited a couple friends over for a girls night in on Friday. And then I'll clean more on Saturday in anticipation of hubby coming home Sunday morning. So I'm trying to stay busy, but I'm still in a funk.
You know, I don't think I would feel so down when he's away if I were enjoying my job. It is seriously a struggle just to get through each day. At this point, I think I'm way beyond "burnt out". And I just don't know what to do. I started working on a couple new projects and I was excited about it...doing something new and different...but then I got a new plan to work on. I am just so tired of estimating. Which pretty much sucks since I'm a Senior Estimator. Don't get me wrong, I like working, I like my coworkers, I love the money. But I just can't stand the work I'm doing right now. And with this economy, it's highly unlikely that I'll be able to move to any new position in the near future. So I am stuck. And I don't know what to do about it. How do you struggle through the work day but still try to put on a happy face for your boss? It's becoming increasingly difficult and I just don't know how much longer I can keep up the charade before I just lose it. Hopefully until after Christmas so I can make sure all our holiday spending is covered. :o)
Sorry for the pretty uninteresting post. I tend to write pretty blandly when I write at night. Like I said the other day, I have so much more interesting things to write about when I'm at work, but don't get the chance to write them before I forget what I was going to say. So, I'll try to do better, but just try to bare with me while I work it all out.
I'm going to go let the dogs out to potty now and try to go to sleep. It's so much harder to sleep when I have to do it alone...
I’m also thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to read more as of late. And really, my love for reading was reignited once I was finally convinced to read the Twilight series. Now, believe me, if you have not read these books, do it. Seriously. Even if you don’t like to read, these books will make you love reading. They are that good.
Well, I think that everyone has noticed, since the success of Twilight, all the vampire themed books/shows/movies out there right now. One of which is the new series The Vampire Diaries on the CW network. I don’t watch much CW so I didn’t really hear much about this show. But the premier was on the other night when John was working late, and I was a little intrigued. If you don’t know about the show, it’s an adaptation of the book series by the same name which was published back in the early 1990s. And from my understanding, it has a lot of the same premise of Twilight. Set in high school. Vampire boy, human girl. Vampire boy doesn’t drink human blood, etc. People started talking about it being a ripoff of Twilight. Well, the books were published way before Twilight was even an idea. Now, I haven’t read the books, but it does seem like the characters in the show act very similar to the characters from the Twilight movie. (Which is where the “ripoff” might actually come into play here…) Anywho…that got me really interested to know the Vampire Diaries story from the books. Since I don’t want to reread the Twilight series again until November (though I’m totally wanting to right now, especially after the new trailer from New Moon last night!!! But that’s a topic for another post…), I’m in desperate need for some new books to read right now, and hey, what’s better than a super similar story to ease my need for some good Twilight-edness right now? Right? Right?
Now I don’t necessarily want to run out and spend a bunch of money on some new books that I may or may not love enough to purchase. So, that brings me to my second point of this post. I think I’m going to visit my local library and get a library card this week! I’ve lived in my current city for about 2 ½ years now and have not once visited the library. If I ever wanted a new book to read, I’d just go to the bookstore and buy one I thought looked good. But now, in my extra frugal-ness these days, I don’t want to do that anymore. I’ve bought more than a couple books in the past that I don’t ever plan on rereading so why do I need to own them?? I don’t. I would much rather go check out books for free at the library. So then it doesn’t matter if I like the book or not, I just return it to the library, no harm done. When I do check one out that I absolutely love and plan to reread, I can start making a list of those books so I can either go buy them at some point, or maybe try to get them as birthday or Christmas gifts. Sounds like a plan to me.
Since John left for Brazil again last night and won’t be home until this weekend, I think I may make my inaugural trip to the library this week. I checked out the website this morning to get the hours and all that and saw they even have a book club group that meets each month. As long as it’s not a bunch of old blue hair ladies in the group, maybe I can think about joining. (I’d hate to be the youngest person by like 20+ years…that may by a little awkward) But yeah, that may be fun.
What about y’all? Do you visit your local library?
Friday, September 11, 2009
As we are all aware, today marks the eighth anniversary of "9/11". I've seen so any "where were you?" posts and mentions that I just couldn't help but remember where I was that morning so many years ago. I think Fidgeting Gidget had the best story. That line, "This is your Pearl Harbor." Wow. Heartbreaking as it is, it's so true. Just as the generations before us will forever remember where they were on December 7, 1941, our generation will always remember September 11, 2001.
For me, I was a freshman in college. My best friend and I were roommates in the dorms. We had Political Science together later that morning and were both getting ready for class in our room. I was logged into AIM (always logged in since my boyfriend lived over an hour away). A friend I went to high school with messaged me (which I thought was odd for so early in the morning...mind you we were an hour behind NYC). He said someone had flown into the towers in New York. We thought he was joking! He finally told us to turn on the TV. We did. And time stood still.
We both froze, then dropped onto our beds to stare at our tiny little 13" TV, watching the world as we knew it change forever. Then came the news that a plane hit the Pentagon and that the White House and Capitol Hill were being evacuated.
And I lost it.
You see, my sister was working on Capitol Hill at the time. She was a staffer for Senator Bill Frist. They started showing shots of people running out of the capitol building as it was being evacuated. I swear I saw her in the crowd.
Then came news that another plane had crashed in Pennsylvania...its intended target being either the White House or the capitol building.
I didn't know what to do. Do I call home? Do I call my sister? Do we go to class?? It was so early in our very first semester so we did indeed go to class. Only to get sent back to our dorm room. No classes were held that day. We spent the entire rest of the day glued to our little 13" screen praying for the best, but seeing the worst.
I did finally hear from my mom and everyone was okay. My sister was so freaked out though. She had only been living in DC for a couple months at that point. She was so far from home with few friends and no family nearby. We couldn't go to her. And she couldn't come home. I was so scared for her.
So this morning, with the first post I read that started out, "I remember, I was...", it all came flooding back. Just like it will every morning of September 11th for the rest of my life.
We will always remember.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I'm a good 5 or so loads of laundry behind. Poor hubby had to wear grey socks with his khakis and brown shoes today. I haven't cleaned the kitchen in, oh, 2 weeks, maybe. Haven't swept in about the same amount of time. Haven't changed my sheets in probably a month.
I sound like such a slob!! I promise I'm not that bad. I'm usually such a clean freak, too. On the up side I did mow the lawn last week and I put a load of laundry in this evening. ::needing a little reassurance here::
Wow, actually writing it all down like this makes me feel even worse about it. Well, poo. Okay, okay. I need an intervention! Unfortunately it won't get a whole lot better real soon. We'll be going down to the beach house on Saturday with hubby's mom to meet with the contractor who's doing some work on it. There goes at least half the day. Then hubby leaves again for Brazil Sunday night and will be gone another week. I seriously need to start planning out my evenings so I can clean up this mess of a house. I would be sooooooooooo embarrassed if a friend or family member happened to stop by and I had to let them into my house looking like this. Ugh.
And on that note, I am going to go start cleaning the kitchen now.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
But at least that gave me the perfect opportunity to yet again mention the fact that now would be the prime time to be saving all the money we possibly can. Wouldn’t you agree?
And he just rolls his eyes.
For now, I will focus on getting my Etsy store up and running, scrutinizing every single penny we spend, and hopefully building up a nest egg large enough to convince him that we’ll be perfectly fine if (and when) I quit my day job.
Speaking of my Etsy store, while I have not opened it yet, I did finally decide on a store name. Two Lazy Daisies. Cute, huh? And no, there’s not two of me, nor do I have a partner. It’s named for my two dogs. Every time I see them just sleeping the day away, I always say they’re being a bunch of big lazy daisies. Now that I’ve finally nailed down a name, I have to start thinking about my “image”. Oh yeah, and start actually making things to sell! My goal is to open shop by November so try to keep pestering me to make sure I’m on track with that!
Monday, September 7, 2009
We'll start with the downs and get those out of the way so we can end on a good note, shall we? Plus, there were fewer downs than ups, so that's good, right?
One down was the fact that I really didn't get much cleaning done around the house. And boy does it need it! I really should have cleaned the kitchen and gotten more laundry done and went to the grocery store, but I didn't. Other than that, the really only other bad thing was the fact that my husband, who also had the day off today, didn't actually take the day off. He left this morning to meet his boss at work, then went from there to a draft for a fantasy football league he joined, then from there went to his boss's house to do some more work. So he left this morning before 10am and didn't get back for another 12 hours. :o(
Now, for the ups! We went to the beach on Saturday and that was really fun. The dogs had a blast, it was a beautiful day, and it was great to spend some times with friends. Sunday, I got the office all painted, so I was really happy about that. I've only been wanting to finish painting the rest of the house for months, and in the past month, I've gotten 2 more rooms done! Yay! So, while hubby was away today, I worked on getting the office put back together and started with the big organization project for that room. It might be a mess for a while yet since there is A LOT to go through and organize. So, needless to say, I will not be able to post some before/after pictures for some time. I also went out to a movie this evening with some friends, too. We went and saw Gamer. It was a different movie, but good. The fact that it starred Gerard Butler was a definite plus. :o) Love that guy. And while hubby did not go, since he was not home, I still had a good time and am glad that I went and got out of the house for a bit. But too bad for him because I know he would have liked the movie, but now he'll have to wait for it to come out on DVD and we can put it on our Netflix.
See? I told you there were more pluses about the weekend than minuses. However, I've been feeling quite dizzy since I got home earlier this evening. Weird. But maybe I'll still be dizzy in the morning and can call in sick to work. :o) Anywho...I digress...I meant to say, I've been dizzy so I'm gonna go ahead and call it a night. I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend and enjoy this nice short week!
Friday, September 4, 2009
One thing I am thankful for is the fact that I do have you guys on Twitter. Something I can spend a little bit more time with. I'm trying my best, y'all. I really am. I'm kind of stuck in a catch 22 here. I want to spend more time with you guys so that I can make more friends (since hubby is away so often), but with hubby being away so often, it's when I have the least amount of time to spend (since I have a whole life to take care all by my lonesome during those times).
Especially with me wanting to start up my own Etsy store (and actually be successful!), I know that lots of friends and support is exactly what I need for that endeavour.
God, I really just want to quit my day job. That would (almost) fix all my problems. It would not fix the issue of not being able to pay all our bills if I did! But I might be a little more happy.
So yeah, I'm a little bummed right now. Hopefully a lovely day at the beach tomorrow with good friends and the dogs will help me out. :o) Nighty night!
Okay, well, if you are a fan of country music, you know who Blake Shelton is. If not, you can check him out here. So, Blake-y is on Twitter. He's actually pretty infamous on Twitter for being quite the jackass. :o) But he's fun to follow him and see all the..."colorful"...things that he has to say. He's real big on "retweeting" things that people say with some sort of comment with it. People who follow ol' Blake think it's the most awesomest thing in the world to get him to "retweet" and reply to you. And guess what. I got him to reply to me!! Ahhaha!!
Here's how the conversation went down:
Blake: My twitter hasn't worked for a while.... Got some thoughts built up I need to share....
Me: @blakeshelton Bring it on! I could use a laugh. :o)
Blake: Oh and if you don't like George Strait, you probably wear a helmet while riding a bicycle....
Me: @blakeshelton Oh come on. You gotta give me something better than that!
Blake: Oh come on. You gotta give me something better than that! (via @Texagjules) THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!!!!!
Is that not the coolest thing ever?? Well, I'm sure if you are not a fan of Blake Shelton, nor have any idea who he is, maybe it's not the coolest thing ever. But for ME, who is a HUGE Blake Shelton fan, I thought it was AWESOME!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
~I can't stop thinking about ways to earn money OTHER than my day job. I keep reading the "Quit Your Day Job" stories on Etsy and get my hopes up but then I'm so scared that I won't make any money.
~Im really tired of my husband being out of town. This trip had been the absolute worst because it was so sudden and his return dates keep changing. Every day it gets pushed back another day or so. No ideas when he'll be home for sure. Sucks too since the hilidy weekend is coming up.
~I'm thinking about painting the office over this long weekend. Then I could really start getting to work organizing in there. Something that needs to happen SOON.
~I really need to work late to get caught up, but then I've got to mow the lawn, wash the dishes, do laundry and start working on updating our august budget. So where do I spend the time?? A job I'm starting to loathe or home where I'm the only one to take care of anything there right now. Hmm...
~I said I would take a mental health day this week if my eye was still twitching. Well, guess what. It's still twitching. Guess what else. I don't have time to take a day off.
~I've been so obsessed lately with trying to find ways we can be able to live on just my husbands salary because I want to quit my job THAT BAD.
Play so that hot longer than I thought it would, but be lucky because had I actually been on the computer it would have been even longer! :o)