Sunday, October 24, 2010

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I give up

Well folks. I think it may be time for me to throw in the towel. As much as I've enjoyed meeting you bloggy buddies, I am a HORRIBLE blog buddy myself.

There was a time in my life, not too long ago, where I craved the connection of people and their stories and wanted to do it all. Blog. Tweet. Comment. Read. Obviously, times have changed a bit and I'm no longer able to do all these things. And frankly, I'm okay with that. I'm so busy and wrapped up in my own life right now that really it's just rude to lead y'all on any longer.

Now, don't write me off completely just yet. I PROMISE to at least come back and post when baby Ella makes her arrival. I'm not that rude! And really, who knows? Once I'm not working anymore and start getting totally bored during the day, you may see me again. So I will keep the ol' blog running and I may be back. If not regularly, at least from time to time with little updates.

But I won't kid myself anymore. I'm too busy, tired, and uninteresting at the moment to even try to keep up with blogging.

And with that I say, "Farewell, my friends!" At least for a little while.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Afraid...and an ultimatum

Let me start with a little back story. I believe I posted about this early last year, but I don't have time to go find that post right now. last March, John and I travelled to Florida for my cousin's wedding. On the flight there, John fell asleep. I can never sleep on planes so I just sat there while he slept. After a little while, I noticed his strange breathing. He would take about 3 or 4 breaths and then he would stop. Stop breathing. For a good 10-12 seconds. It went on so long I started counting. I thought it was really weird. I'd never noticed that before.

While in Florida, I mentioned it to my mom, who is a nurse. All of a sudden she gets very concerned and says that that is sleep apnea and it can be very dangerous. I had no idea! She asked how long it had been going on and of course, I didn't know. Most of the time when he's sleeping, I'm sleeping so I don't notice. John, like always, brushes it aside as overreaction. He says his dad has sleep apnea and it probably just runs in the family. Uh, well, his dad is also a good 150 pounds overweight. Not a good comparison. So my mom tells him that if he lost about 20 or pounds, it would probably go away. We already had a vacation planned for July, so I told him he had to lose 30-40 pounds by the trip or he would have to go do a sleep study and get treated for the sleep apnea. Well, he only lost about 10 pounds before the trip, but I didn't push the issue of a sleep study. It was really regular that this would happen and I didn't notice it often, so it kind of faded to the back of my mind.

Fast forward to last night. I woke up about 5:30am after having a terrible dream, so I snuggled up close to John to make myself feel better. Wouldn't you know, it was happening again. 3 breaths, then nothing, for 10-12 seconds. I could not fall back asleep. I just laid there listening to him breath. And then not breath. And then breath again. For half an hour. Every time he stopped breathing, I would nudge him, try to make him breath. Didn't help. I got out of bed about 6am, 45 minutes before my alarm was to go off. I couldn't lay there anymore. I had too much on my mind now.

I just kept thinking about what my mom had said. If he lost about 30 pounds, it would probably go away on it's own. Granted, John could definitely stand to lose a good 40 pounds. And I try to ask all the time, "so...when are you going to lose weight?" He knows he needs to. He wants to. He just never does anything about it. Well, tonight, that's going to change. I refuse to take a laid back stance on this any longer. I don't care what the excuses are. I don't care if he hates me for making him do it. He WILL start to work towards losing this weight.

It definitely frightened me, last spring, when I thought that he might die in his sleep one night. I never want to wake up to find my husband has just stopped breathing entirely during the night. Never to wake up again. But back then, it was just me. I would probably survive.

But now.

Now, there is a whole nother life that depends on this man for everything! As much as I don't want to lose my husband to something that could be so easily preventable...I will NOT let my daughter lose her father before she even has a chance to know who he is.

And so, tonight, I will sit down with John and tell him. If he does not start to lose weight, and lose at least 25-30 pounds before Ella is born, he WILL go to a sleep study and get treatment for this. I am not going to sit around any longer on the side lines. I won't go to bed every night anymore wondering if he'll wake up in the morning. It's not just me anymore that he should be worried about leaving behind. He has a family now.

Thanks for listening guys. I really needed to get that out. I just hope I have the courage to do it all over again once John gets home tonight. Wish me luck!

Friday, June 25, 2010


Okay, so I've been feeling Ella kick and squirm around for several weeks now. In the past maybe 3 weeks, you could start to feel her in the outside of my tummy. Kinda neat, right? Well, John thinks it's so cool and he wants to feel her kick! So when he's actually home and she's kicking, I'll tell him to try to feel. No joke, EVERY single time this has happened, the second he puts his hand on my belly, she stops! He'll even sit there for several minutes waiting for her to kick again and she never does!

I started joking with him the since he's gone so much, she doesn't know who he is. Or that she just doesn't like him. Mean, I know. But it was funny! This happened several times a week! He started getting so frustrated!

So last night, I'm lounging on the couch reading. Go figure, John I working late so he wasn't home yet. Well, Ella was all up in my side just squirming up a storm! My belly was contorting in all kinds of weird shapes. And let me tell you, when its in your side, its not that comfortable! Anywho, this was going on for a good half hour. Just about then, John gets home. Like usual, he's on the phone as he walks through the front door. I swear, I kid you not, she was moving when I heard him in the driveway, but the second he opens the door, blabbing away on the phone, she stopped!

He comes and sits on the couch, still on the phone. (can you tell it kind of annoys me how much he's on the phone??) She did a few twitches here and there, but of course I can't tell him since he's ON THE PHONE.

Not much later I went to bed. Did I mention he didn't get home until 9:30pm? I wake up 3 hours later, 1am mind you, and John is still not in bed. What. The. Heck. He's on the computer. Looking at boats we can't afford, no doubt. Seriously?? So I'm awake, so of course I get up to pee. He finally comes in to bed about 20 minutes later, just as I'm dozing back off to sleep. He gets all cuddled up and puts his hand on belly, like he does most nights, "just in case" she's kicking. Well, turns out she actually was this time! And he finally felt ONE kick! He goes, "I felt her!" And he started moving his hand around to try to feel more.

At that exact moment, Major starts barking. No big deal, right? He sometimes will bark in the middle of the night if he's sill awake and some teenager drives by with the radio too loud. Of course, not this time. This time, he doesn't stop barking. And then Cocoa started barking. Now, Cocoa does not bark often so when she does, there's usually something wrong.

John gets up, takes his gun from the nightstand and goes to check it out. He takes the gate off the top of the stairs and both dogs go running downstairs just barking their heads off! So, what was all the commotion about? There were cops, on foot, chasing somebody through our subdivision!! John said he look out the window and saw two cops running across the cul-de-sac, then they jumped in a police car and sped off through the subdivision! Crazy, right??

Boy, it was a long night, I tell you what. After all the cop chasing is over, at least from in front of our house, John comes back to bed. I'm like totally awake now since it was all just a tad on the scary side. Ella is kicking like crazy, which is also keeping me awake. Then I realize she must be kicking so much because I am STARVING. My stomach starts growling and I can't fall asleep. So at 2 o'clock in the morning, I'm heading downstairs for a snack just so I can go back to sleep for 4 1/2 more hours!

Longest night ever, I swear. And I totally wish I was making all this up! But no. Apparently this is what my life is actually like these days.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Just call me "little miss fattie"

I went to the doctor on Monday, right? Well, I had noticed that I had already gained my initial recommended 25lbs. ::gasp!!::

I know, right? That's MORE than a pound per week for the entire pregnancy!

Well, since I've had a couple appointments where my interval gain has been higher than expected, my doctor has mentioned this fact to me and told me (multiple) times to "watch that weight gain". I was completely dreading this visit. I mean, I know I've gotten larger in other areas BESIDES my belly, but I didn't think it was that bad. I can still squeeze into my old long as they aren't buttoned...or zipped.

So I'm a little nervous waiting in the room. Then the nurse comes in and starts going on and on about how I barely look pregnant at all! And I must not have gained hardly any weight so far!

Then she looked at my chart.


But then she discovered my starting weight and said I shouldn't have been that skinny to begin with and I just look fabulous. Blah blah blah. I mean, it was nice to hear, don't get me wrong. But she said, and I quote, "You just look like you've had a few too many beers!"

Gee...thanks lady. And I don't even drink beer! Like, ever.

Anyway...she leaves and the doctor comes in. She kind of "tsk, tsk"s about my weight gain thus far. "You may need a little more crunch per your calorie."

Well, poo on you, too.

Said I REALLY need to watch it from now on and if it really starts to ge out of hand I'll have to start writing down everything I eat to go over with her at my appointments! Gah!

Thank heavens for water aerobics twice a week for the next month and a half. I obviously need to get my fat butt in gear!!

I am pretty disappointed in myself for allowing my butt to get so cottage cheesy. Yuck. I've gotten rid of cellulite before and by god, I'll do it again!!

Okay, fattie rant over.

Think I'll go find something to snack on. :o)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Day off

I took the day off today. Initially, I had a doctor's appointment this afternoon so was planning on just a half day at work. Not a week later, I get a postcard in the mail that the dogs are due for shots. So, I made their appointment for this morning so I could have a whole day! It's so nice to have a Monday off. Just prolongs the weekend. :o)

We've been quite busy around here, but what else is new? John's company is actually working on a project to help the big gulf oil spill so he's been working 7 days a week since Memorial Day so they can get the project done. He FINALLY didn't actually go into the office yesterday, so we were able to go to Babies R Us and finish our registry. One more check on the baby to do list! Registry's done! I can't believe I've got less than 4 months until the due date. Seriously?? There's still sooooooo much to do!!

I'm so excited that this week marks 24 weeks of pregnancy. And that means, viable baby! Having my best friend just go through an extremely high risk pregnancy and ultimately end up delivering at just 26 weeks, it probably means a lot more to me than most others. Not that I've had any problems so far, but it's just nice to know I made it so far.

Well, look at that. Time to leave for the doctor...

...okay, so I'm back now. Much much later. :o) Had some errands to run and then water aerobics class then had to make dinner and eat and finish watching Secret Life of the American Teenager. We're nerds, I know. where was I? The only thing I remember I was going to tell you...have I mentioned yet what we're going to name little baby here? I don't remember if I did or not. If not, we've decided on the name Ella Renee. I love having a name all picked out. Now we can actually refer to her as Ella and not just "her" or "baby". It's pretty exciting.

Anywho...I should be going. Time for bed and then off to another oh so wonderful day at the office. :oP Hope to most more soon!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Blog template challenged...

You all know how I introduced a new blog template a while back. Well, as you can still tell, I haven't done any updating to it at all. Turns out, I'm kind of retarded. The template I just downloaded from one of those "free blogger templates" sites. And I have no idea how to customize it. None. What. So. Ever.

So. My question for you is this. Has anyone had someone do a custom template for them? One that's not expensive? One that is easily customize-able? Like adding new buttons, or link, or badges, or fun stuff like that without screwing up the whole thing?? One where I can actually figure out how to USE the links and do custom links? {BTW, I don't even know what RSS Feeds are!!}

Wow. I am such a blog retard.

I need help!

First, some deliciousness!

Since it's been almost a MONTH since I last posted, I figured I should stop in and say hello!


I had the idea for this post for quite some time now. Even took the pictures so I could post it. And then never did. Oopsie.

But I am here now and you will finally get to hear about the most delicious breakfast/snack that you've ever eaten in your life!! (Okay, maybe not, but it's still quite fabulous.) Let me start by saying that through the first few months of this pregnancy, the thought of eating yogurt completely turned my stomach. As much as it's a great snack for us preggos, I couldn't stand it. Even though normally I like yogurt. Well, anywho, the only times when yogurt sounded good was when I was thinking of a yogurt parfait. You know, the kind you can get at McDonald's or Chick-fil-A. But I was trying to be good and stay away from fast food so I never got one. Well, then about a month ago, the craving for a yogurt parfait was just about unbearable. I HAD to have one. I was on my way to the grocery store at the time, so I decided I'd see if they sold pre-made parfaits.

They didn't.

I was just about to check out, completely devastated about not getting a yogurt parfait, when I had an epiphany. "Duh! Why can't I just make my own??" And so off I ran I casually strolled away to find yogurt, fruit, and granola. The next morning, I whipped one together and swore I had never eaten anything so magnificent! And being so gracious as I am, I decided to share with the rest of you. [Instead of hoarding away all the yogurt, fruit and granola for my own enjoyment.]

Here are my ingredients:

I shop at Kroger, can you tell?

The first couple times I made it was in a coffee mug, so I filled it about half full of yogurt, then spooned a few spoonfuls of the berries with a little of the syrup over the yogurt. Next came a couple more spoonfuls of yogurt to cover the berries, and topped it off with some nice granola. Mmm. Heaven.

Then I decided that I'd like it as a snack at work, so I made in a little 1 or 2cup size tupperware. Which made a pretty picture all put together. See?

There you have it my friends. One de-lisho snack! I hope you try it out and I really hope you enjoy just as much as I do!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Picture time!

Alright, so since I have no more books to read, I actually got some things done this evening! Some of which included scanning in my ultrasound here's a couple of them:

Regular profile pic

Almost sucking her thumb!

The "alien" picture...looks like the Terminator to me! :o)

Darn that Sookie Stackhouse!

Sorry I haven't posted yet! Those gosh darn Sookie Stackhouse books have me so hooked! Thank goodness I finished the last one I have at the house last night. Maybe I'll actually get something accomplished now! Good grief. They're just that good! I meant to write this post after I had scanned in our ultrasound pictures from yesterday, but I didn't get them scanned. (Gee, I wonder why, Sookie??) So for now, I will just tell you the result and once I DO finally scan the pics, I'll post them later.

Some of you already saw from facebook yesterday, but it is a......




It's so exciting to finally know! Now I can call her a "her" and not "it" or just "the baby". So now it's onto the name game! So far we both agree on Ella. I kind of want Veronica as the middle name in honor of my grandmother's middle name since she's in pretty poor health these days and might not make it to see her latest great-granddaughter. But Ella Veronica doesn't really go and John didn't seem too keen on Audrey Veronica, which I liked. Got about 5 months to figure it out, I guess!

Other than that, the ultrasound tech said everything looked great. She's right where she should be and everything's accounted for. Phew!

I hope all is well for you all out there. I haven't had much time to read up on too many of y'alls blogs. Sorry. Been just a tad busy around here as of late.

Well, until next time. Ta ta!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

So a few things.

Well, I went on my trip to Brazil. It was a wonderfully relaxing week. John worked half days most days I was there so I had lots of time to myself, but I read a lot. And watched movies. I just needed the down time. :o) I wish I wouldn't have forgotten my Portuguese language books! I didn't know what anyone was saying! I was glad to come home though. With not knowing the language and their food was kinda weird, it was nice to come home.

Of course, I get home without John. He ended up having to stay a bit longer, but he did get back just 4 days later. So not too bad. It's so wonderful to have him home though!!

My first day back to work, they fired one of the other guys that does my same job. I was NOT happy. Neither was he, obviously, and they didn't even give him a reason for his termination! We were supposed to have a new guy start yesterday to replace him, but that fell through at the last minute. So now my job continues to suck, royally. Have I mentioned that there are only two of us doing the job that used to take six?? And we've even taken on more responsibilities since then. Ugh.

We went down to visit our parents this past weekend. My mom had bought us our very first baby item. (yes, I'm 4 1/2 months along and have not bought a single thing!) It's two sleeping gowns and they're just adorable! So I had to share. :o)

The duckies says "squeeze me" and the giraffe and elephant says "I love hugs". Is that not too cute?? They even have little fold over cuffs to cover baby's fingers so they don't scratch themselves.

Btw, we find out the gender next monday! I can't wait. I'll probably really start getting into it after that since it'll finally be a "he" or a "she" instead of an "it"! So far most everyone thinks girl. Anybody care to take a guess? :o)

Well, that's all for now. If I don't post again before Monday, I'll be sure to put in a quick note to fill you in on the gender!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hi-dey Ho!

Oh, my. Well, hello there. Nice to see you all again. It's been too long. I know, I know, I can't keep a consistent schedule to save my life these days. Lay some big fat news on you, then POOF! I'm gone!

Life has still been rough being a pregnant single doggy parent the last few weeks. Still had a ton going on. When does life slow down??

But I have some awesome news!! Not only does John come home next Saturday, but I get to fly out there this Friday and spend a week with him in Brazil and then come home with him!! I am beyond excited! Not sure how I'll ever get ready in time, but it's going to be a great week. I'm a little nervous about the 10 hour flight and then 7 hour layover all by myself, but it'll be worth it just to be able to finally see my husband again after a month and a half! I wish I could say I'd take a lot of pictures, but since he'll technically still be working, I don't think we'll be able to do much sightseeing. It'll mostly be the pool or the beach. Which is quite alright with me. I just need this week of relaxation!

Wish me luck! I'll at least let you know I'm still alive after we get back. :o)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Some quick updates

Just wanted to pop in and throw out a few quick updates on where I've been lately.

We bought season tickets to the Houston Rodeo this year because sooooooo many awesome performers were coming. We did sell a lot if the tickets, but I personally still went to 9 out of 21 shows. While it was great fun, I'm glad it's over now. It was exhausting!

Three shows into the rodeo and John found out he's Brazil bound again. He left on the 8th. He was supposed to come back on the 27th. I learned Friday that March 27th has turned into April 24th. :oP That a big thumb's down from me! A whole nother month. What. A. Bummer.

I hosted a bridal shower at my house this past sunday for my sister in law. It was a lot of fun, but boy am I worn out. I can't believe the wedding is getting so close!

I had another doctor appointment this morning. I got to hear the heartbeat for the very first time! 162bpm. I even recorded it on my phone and sent it John since he couldn't be there. He thought that was pretty neat. 12 weeks tomorrow so maybe I'll finally do the big facebook announcement here pretty soon. Since our families and good friends all already know.

Other than all that, work has been more than overwhelming lately. I am now just counting down the days until I can leave. Sad, I know. So yeah, I've had a bit going on... I did take pictures of all my rodeo shows so hopefully I'll get up a post of all that.

Talk to y'all soon!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Take Two...

Okay y'all. I'm trying this again...

I was planning a big elaborate post fir this announcement, but if anyone has seen my schedule lately, you'd know that about darn near impossible to do these days. So in an effort to at least get the news out, guess I'll just come right out and say it.

I'm pregnant!!

Big news, huh? Especially when I didn't think it would happen so soon. Just lucky, I guess. After we found out about my cyst, we were going to hold off continuing to try until I got it all taken care of. But it was already too late! Funny how things work out sometimes.

So I'm about 10 1/2 weeks right now. Been pretty non-eventful so far. ::knock on wood:: Haven't been sick. Haven't been too terribly tired. But I'm definitely going to bed earlier than I used to, that's for sure. Yep, just hungry all the time...which is not helping out the GRADUAL weight gain my doctor has recommended. Oops. Now that I'm starting to get some energy back though (and it's finally warming up outside), I'm going to start walking more and keep all this gaining better in check.

So. Yeah. Big news. Little scary. But I hope you all will stay with me through this new journey in my life. I'll need the support, I'm sure! :o)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Are you kidding me??

Ugh! I just spen like an hour writing a new post. An important one at that. And the darn thing didn't publish it. Or save it! Lost the whole thing. Dang it. Well, you'll just have to keep waiting on my announcement since I don't have another hour right now to write it over again. Poo.

Friday, March 5, 2010

I have no words.

I have no words to express the sadness in my heart right now.

No words to understand the hardest decision my best friend had to make today. A decision that no parent should ever have to make. A decision that says, enough is enough and it's time to let him go.

No words of condolence that will make the hurt any less painful or the sorrow go away.

I'm sorry. I'm sad. He will be missed. He was loved dearly.

These are words. But they just aren't...enough.

So, with what words I can, I will say, "Rest in peace little Benjamin. May you be wrapped in God's love for all eternity. Because Lord knows, you deserve it."

I have no words.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ta Da!

And there you have it! My new space! What do you think??

I realize it's a little stark right now, but it'll take me a while to get all the widgets and what not I want added on. So for now, just the basics. But not bad, right?

Well, that's all the time I have to spend on it today. At least I got it unveiled. Hope you like it! :o)

Monday, March 1, 2010


...I have not made my changes yet. Sorry. Turned out to be a more eventful weekend than we were planning on! Coupled with the fact that my doctor's appointment today got rescheduled to last week so I am not home all afternoon looking for something to do. I'm at work. Wishing I didn't have so much to do!

I may be stopping by to visit my bestest friend in the hospital after work so we'll see if I get to the changes today or not. But keep an eye out! They will be here in the next couple days!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Why hello there! Umm...seems it's been, oh, a good month since my last post. A few of you even thought I had died and stopped by to check up on me. No, I'm kidding, you didn't think I died. I'm around, but just barely.

I just wanted to pop in and say that yes, I am alive. And yes, I do still have some big changes coming to my blog, that I mentioned briefly way back when. That's the main reason for my post here. I got a few things together and will actually be revealing a brand new blog! Well, not so much "brand new". More of a makeover, I guess is what it really will be. I know, I'm so indecisive, I can't even find one blog theme and stick to it! Oh well. Hopefully this will be the last big change. I've thought about it for quite some time before deciding and I think I really like what I've got planned this time.

I'll have a new template, a new title, and even a new name! Yep, this will be the last time you'll see me posting as "June". But I will be keeping the same URL, so don't worry about updating any links or anything. Just get ready for the big REVEAL! I'd say it would be March 1st, but more than likely it will be either the day before or the day after. Well, it also depends on if I have to take a half day or not for a doctor visit. If so, maybe I will actually get it done on the 1st! Guess you'll just have to keep checking back to find out! :o)

He he he. I'm so sneaky like that.

Alright folks! That's all for tonight. Time to make some dinner!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Little ol' productive me

I forgot, I was going to tell y'all how unbelievable productive I was this morning. Good thing too, seeing as I'll be in bed for two days!

Okay, last night, I got in bed about 9:55pm. Early for me, but I was stressed and nervous about today and just couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. Well, crappy thing was Ward didn't come to bed until almost 2am! Major woke me up about 11:35pm and I felt like I had slept for HOURS so I'm thinking it's early in the morning. Then I realize lights are still on and the other half of the bed is still empty. Ugh. I go back to sleep only to keep waking up every 30-60min. until Ward finally comes to bed. Then I slept all the way through till whopping 5:15am! ::insert sarcasm here:: Alarm is set for 6:15am, but I'm like WIDE awake. Eh, guess I'll go ahead and just get up. I'm glad I did though. I was super awake and ended up being super productive. So, between the hours of 5:30am and 8am (when we left for the oral surgeon), here's what I did:

1) let dogs out
2) cleaned kitchen
3) fed dogs
4) showered/got dressed
5) put away three loads of laundry
6) stuck a load of towels in to wash
7) changed the sheets on our bed
8) spent some time on updating my chart and catching up on message board posts since last night. (I've kinda become addicted to this site this past week. I just can't stop!)

Not bad, right? But yeah, definitely good that I got all that done since I can't do like ANYTHING right now. I hope to at least be able to get out of bed tomorrow and quite having to gauze my incision site. That would be nice.

Checking in

Hey y'all! I know I said that I would start doing better with my blogging and yet it's been another week or so since my last visit. Shame on me. ::slaps hand:: BUT, I'm now laid up in bed for the next day, so I have a bit of time. Thought I'd give y'all a quick update as to WHY I'm laid up in bed.

I mentioned in my 2009 review that the dentist found a cyst under my gums back where one of my wisdom teeth was removed from and sent me to the oral surgeon. Went in to see him and verified there was a cyst there. His plan of action: CT scan to get a better 3D picture of it, biopsy to determine what type to know best treatment plan, then finally removal.

This morning was biopsy day. And let me tell you. Having a biopsy on a cyst in your mouth is not. fun. at. all. The actual procedure went quite quickly. We got there about 9am and we were on the way home by 10:15am. It's the pain and bleeding and dry scratchy throat afterwards that kill you. Believe you me.

My throat was so dry and scratchy that I could barely talk and had to get Ward to bring me a notepad so I could write down everything I wanted to say. Once I became coherent enough I had him bring the laptop so then I just typed what I wanted. He's been downstairs most of the day so anytime I need him, I either send him a text or honk my duck call. Yes, you heard that right. Duck. Call. Apparently he could not find a suitable bell for me to ring, so I get a duck call. And then he has the nerve to call my 'calling' "pitiful". try blowing through this thing when you can barely feel half your mouth and the other half hurts!

My stitches keep bleeding so I've had gauze stuffed in my mouth all day. Sure doesn't help the dry throat situation there. And to top it off, my pain meds aren't really helping all that much. It took sooooooo long for them to kick in and I took one just as soon as we got home this morning. I'm supposed to keep ice on 30min on and 10min off. I took it off after the first 30 min and not a minute later the pain came back so strong I wanted to cry. I've had ice on continuously since then. But hubby's been great about getting me new ice packs. He even used the vacu-packer to make some so they wouldn't leak. He's so resourceful, that man. I think if the pain continues as bad as it is today, I think I'll have Ward call tomorrow to get a new drug. They gave me Darvocet, which has acetaminophen (Tylenol), and Tylenol has NEVER worked for me. Errg.

So, for the results. They at least found that it was definitely a cyst and not a tumor, so that was good. Pathology results as to the type of cyst should be due back in the next week. I've got a follow-up scheduled for the 1st. Hopefully those come back saying it's just your everyday cyst and they just have to go in and scoop it out. Oral Surgeon said some cysts are real aggressive and not only do they take out the cyst, but also tissue and possibly teeth around it as well. I do NOT want to have that kind of cyst!! The bad news? Yes, there was bad news. Apparently the cyst is quite large. Probably like Brazil nut size. So it's already pressing into my jaw bone and like eroding away the bone so they actually will have to take out part of my jaw bone to get out the entire cyst. Greeeeaaaaat. Doc says though that since I'm young and healthy, the bone will regenerate itself so they won't have to put in any reinforcement. Better keep up with my calcium, huh? But he was quite concerned about the strength of the jaw and said even eating a tough steak might cause it to fracture! So I'll be on a quite soft food diet for a while after they remove the cyst.

Haha! I'm sure you guys were totally looking forward to reading all about cysts and jaws and bleeding. :o) But it's what's going on in my life right now, so I thought that I would share. Thanks for 'listening'!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Couples Survey

I saw this over on Eyegirl's blog and thought it was cute. Not sure if y'all ever got the full story of Ward and I, so I will share with you. Enjoy!

In The Beginning

Your name:

Your partner's name:

How we met:
We probably started fighting over the crayons or something along those lines, I'm sure.

Where we met:
Kindergarten. We were in the same class. Sure makes the last answer make more sense, eh?

What attracted you to each other:
Well, surely he couldn't resist me and all my 5 year old adorable-ness. And he had such cute little chubby cheeks!

How long before you went out:
Haha! Oh, about 13 years!

First Date

It was November of 2000. Not sure it was ever like an official "date". We had known each other for 13 years, but never really ran in the same circles. But after we decided we liked each other, me, him, and a couple other friends went to Denny's one night. I think that was the same night we decided we were officially 'dating'. November 25, 2000.

Oops...already answered that one...Denny's. Classy, right?

Who asked who:
To be honest, he asked me out on an actual date first, but I had a student council event that night so I couldn't go. So I, in turn, invited him to go out to dinner with me and some friends.

Best part about the date:
The end. We all rode together from my house, so when we got back, he was the last to leave. ;o)

Most nervous about:
Hanging out with him and my friends. We all knew each other, but we'd never all hung out really outside of school. It went amazingly smooth, though. Then I got real nervous once he was the only left at my house after we got back from dinner!

Who called whom first:
Okay, so I probably need to tell a bit of the back story for this to make sense. I liked him. We were in class together. He was having a party at his mom's beach house the weekend of the last football game. Me and two friends were going down to Galveston that night already to get our belly buttons pierced (aren't I the rebel!?) so I asked him if we could swing by. We did. He was wasted, but we hung out, played Duck Hunt on the (old skool) Nintendo, I got to drive his new truck to Jack in the Box, and walked on the beach talking while trying to find my friend who had 'disappeared' with a guy. He hugged me when we left while his ex-girlfriend was glaring at us from the balcony. (ha!) The next week at school, he confessed to his best friend that he thought he liked me. I (had a crush on him for years so I) wanted to see if it would go somewhere, so I called him to see if we could borrow his truck for the student council food drive. He agreed, which led to the dinner at Denny's after we were all finished transporting the canned goods...

First Kiss

That first night after we went to Denny's.

Out in the breezeway at my parent's house.

Who kissed whom first:
Hmm...I'm gonna say it was pretty mutual, but I was nervous as all get out, so he probably leaned in first.

We will always remember:
The date. Of course, I'll always remember the shirt I was wearing. It was red, with a glittery butterfly on it. :o)

Saying the LOVE word

Who said it first:
Actually, he did. He was really upset about something (can't remember exactly what anymore) and about on the verge of tears and during the conversation he mumbled something along the lines of, "I think I'm in love with you...". To which I responded by wrapping my arms around his neck and hugging him tight and saying, "Well, you know I love you, right??"

You, know, I don't recall exactly when that was.

We were at my parent's house. He was about to go home when the whole upsetting conversation started. Man, I sure wish I could remember why he was so upset in the first place.

His reaction:
He just kept hugging me tight. I think it helped him calm down though...knowing that it was mutual.

Your reaction:
No guy had ever told me that and I knew I loved him so I was just so happy I finally found someone that loved me back!

First Trip

When was it:
July of 2001

Where was it to:
I got to go with his family to his mom's side's family reunion in California.

Did you buy any souvenirs:
Mostly edible ones. They have the best salt water taffy.

Have you been back together:
We have. A couple times. They have the reunion every year.

Tokens of affection

First gift he gave you:
Christmas of 2000. We'd only been dating a month. I'm pretty sure he got me a cute hoodie and some cotton shorts that said SOFTBALL...I'd started playing again shortly before that.

First gift you gave him:
I got him a wallet. And Reese's peanut butter cups. His fave.

When was the last time you bought or received flowers:
He got me flowers not too long ago. Just cuz. :o)

What did or will you do for Valentines day?
Well, last year, he was in Paris for Valentine's...not sure what's in store for us yet this year.

Feast on this

First meal he cooked for you:
Well, the first memorable meal would have to be from our one year anniversary. We stole down to the beach house, alone, for the night and we cooked shells and cheese and added some ham to it.

First meal you cooked for him:
I helped with the shells and cheese, but he was trying to be romantic and make me dinner. :o)

Foods you introduced to him:
Gravy. My mom always made gravy with mashed potatoes and his mom didn't.

Foods he introduced to you:
Clam chowder. One of his mom's specialties that I had never had before. Delish, btw!

Nights at home

Favorite meals:
Hmm...not sure if we have any favorites really. There are things that I cook a lot just because we like them and they're easy.

Favorite treats:
We love brownies. So I try not to make them too often. They get eaten way too fast!

Favorite things to do:
Sit on the couch and watch movies. We're so boring!

Favorite Ice Cream:
That I can get out of my freezer? Mine would probably be mint chocolate chip. His would be the HEB Creamy Creations caramel turtle pecan or something like that.

Out on the town

Favorite restaurants:
I would say the Mexican place back home, El Sombrero. He loves it to, but I don't know if he'd call it a favorite or not...

Favorite dance club:
Uhh...we don't dance...

Favorite theatres:
Um, movie theater? Because that's the only theaters we ever go to!

Favorite activities:
Like Eyegirl, we're not too terribly exciting. Dinner and a movie is about as exciting as we get when we go out. Every once in a blue moon we make it out to a concert, so that's fun.

Our future holds

What he wishes for:
A few acres and a big house and an offshore boat and a deer lease so he can teach his sons how to hunt and fish. :o)

What you wish for:
Happiness and less stress and a family of our own.


Our Differences:
Ha! I'm sure some people would call us the epitomy of "opposites attract"!

Our Similarities:
We're both quite family oriented, smart, hardworking, perfectionists, stubborn...and we love each other! :o)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Year, New Beginnings (Part II)

I suppose you could call this my New Year's Resolutions post. I'm not quite certain they're all "resolutions", per say. I guess it's more just a list of things I want to do in 2010. Beginnings and finishes, if you will.

I'll start with the finishes, since those 'began' some time ago and, well, they just need to get finished!

1) De-clutter and organize the house. I made a good start earlier last year...putting things aside I knew I wanted to get rid of, starting to find actual homes for all my 'stuff' around the house. But progress has waned lately and I must get back on it.

2) Complete our home projects. There's still quite a bit on the list to do before I'll really feel like we're 'finished' with our house, but it's all totally doable within the next few months. We just need to push it out!

You know, really that's all I've got for finishes. Not bad, eh? So, onto the New Beginnings! This section is more the resolution part, though not totally. I guess I'll just let you decide for yourself...

1) This year, I want to get back into the blogging. Noticed how I've been coming at you full force this week so far? I want to keep at it! And I may need some help from you guys. Is there anyone else that cannot blog from work? How do you keep up with it? What are some tips and tricks? I want to be a participating member of this community because, to be honest, you guys really do help keep me sane and I want to be able to return the favor!

2) Remember a few months back I started talking about opening up an Etsy store? My goal was to be up and running by November. Well, that, obviously, didn't happen. So, new goal? Open the store this year! That goes along a lot with my 'finishes' for the year because until this office gets de-cluttered and organized, it's really hard to work in here.

3) Okay, so this is for sure an actual resolution. This year, I vow to stay organized! It may take me a while to get there, but once it's all done, I. Will. Keep. At. It. No ifs, ands, or buts!

4) My last big 'beginning' on the list would have to get pregnant! I know it still may be a struggle. I first want to find out what all needs to be done about this cyst in my mouth. (But at least I go back to the oral surgeon on Tuesday to go over my CT scan) Then I need to go back to my OB/GYN for some more testing before she starts me on the Clomid. (Though to get the nurse to call me back about that appointment would certainly be helpful) But hopefully after all that we can finally be sucessful!

You may have noticed this is Part II of my New Year, New Beginnings series. I have one last and final post to finish it up, but it's still in the works. I have a bit of thinking to do before I put it all down and reveal my final New Beginnings masterpiece! Intrigued, yet? I sure hope so. :o)

Have a good night, y'all! I'm off to hush up the dogs from barking at the neighbors so I can watch the season premier of Secret Life of the American Teenager that I missed on Monday!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Year in Review

Heh heh...silly me. I really did bring home my paper on which I had written down all of last years events yesterday. But, of course, I didn't realize it until I was already ready to head up to bed. Hey, but at least I got to the computer tonight to actually type it up, right?

So without further 2009 in review...

January: I spent New Year's Eve hanging out with some great friends over at Val's, while Ward was away in Korea for work. Great start to the year, right? He called me at like 9am New Year's Eve, my time to wish me Happy New Year! since it's was already midnight in Korea! I lost my previous promotion at work because of cut backs. That was a bummer. At least they only took my title...and my office... :o/ We started on Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover this month. Time to get that budget in gear!!

February: Go figure, the second holiday of the year, and Ward is gone again. But this time, I spent Valentine's Day here while the hubs was in Paris! Of all places, he has to go to the 'City of Love', on Valentine's no less, without me! At least I was able to convince Bailey to go out to see an old friend's band play at a local bar and grill. It was some wonderful girl time. :o) Also, this month, I finally quit the gym. Why pay $150 a month for something I was barely utilizing?? And most notable this month, I started this here blog!

March: This month, Ward and I celebrated 3 lovely years of marriage by spending a long weekend in Florida attending one of my cousin's weddings. It was quite a lovely little vacation. And a glorious wedding...the $100,000+ kind... At least I don't think Ward had to leave the country this month.

April: The most noteworthy event of April, as far as I can remember, was Ward having to go to Africa. He and his boss spent a week flitting around Europe before they finally arrived to spend another week in Africa. That was an interesting trip for him, to say the least. I'm pretty sure this is the month, while Ward was away, that I started reading the Twilight series. I'm also pretty sure I read the entire 2400+ page series in less than two weeks.

May: I don't think too much happened in May. We celebrated Val and Tony's birthday's. I got super excited to go see a Jason Aldean concert with some friends, but it ended up getting rained out. Total bummer.

June: June marked the first time Ward had to go to Brazil. He was gone for two long weeks. Umm...other than that...I hosted Bunco this month. Not sure if I did anything else... For some reason, I want to say I re-read the Twilight series again this month. I'm sick, I know...

July: This month, Ward and I got to spend a blissful 5 days on the beaches of the Dominican Republic with superb company. We also marked vacation as our official start to trying to get pregnant! I also got my iPhone this month! That was an exciting day for me. :o)

August: Ward spent some more time in Brazil this month. But we also were able to take a few days off from work and spend time with family up in Iowa for the Sweet Corn Festival. That was quite a nice time. I really enjoyed my Volvo convertible rental car, too.

September: We spent a nice day at the beach for Labor Day. And what a lovely day it was. Everyone with their dogs, just having a nice relaxing time. My best friend found out she was pregnant this month! That was exciting news. And Ward's pretty sure he went to Brazil again this month, too.

October: We did the 5k for the Susan G. Komen foundation in downtown Houston. I also did a 1 mile walk on the the beach with the dogs and my mom for the Alzheimer's Foundation. Ward went to Brazil, yet again, but this time he had to be down there for his birthday. :o( So we celebrated when he got back.

November: This month marked MY birthday! The big 2-7. How time flies! Bailey, Val, Val's sis-in-law, and I waited in line for two hours to see New Moon the day it came out. And well worth the wait, I might add! And in honor of the second movie in the saga coming out, I of course re-re-read the entire series of books...yet again. And still just as good the third time around! Lol! Oh yeah, Thanksgiving was this month and Ward's grandparents came out from California so it was nice to spend a little time with them while they were here.

December: December began with us having to put a brand new transmission in my car. My three and a half year old car. My only 47,000 miles on it car. Yeah, that sucked. At least we only had to spend about $875 on it since we're pretty sure the dealership screwed it up in the first place since it went out not one week after they "repaired" a transmission fluid leak. Uh huh. I also learned this month that I have a big ol' cyst in my mouth. Back under the gums where one of my wisdom teeth had been removed from. Awesome. And Ward took the last week of the month off of work to do some projects around the house. His brother, being on break from school, helped out so we got a ton of painting done and the flooring in the dining room FINALLY got laid. Pretty sure we bought that flooring in February. Of 2008. At least we ended the year on a good note, we bought me a new car on New Year's Eve!

Help me out, Val, did I miss anything?? I have such a horrible memory. Most of this stuff I only remembered because I had written down in my calendar! Goodness me.

Overall, it was a pretty lackluster year. A few ups...lots of downs. Some highs...lots of lows. I will say though, for as much as I thought 2009 pretty much sucked, there was plenty to be thankful for. We both have jobs, we have a roof over our head and food on our table (and in our dog bowls), we reined in our spending and saved a ton this year, and we even got to spend two great vacations with friends AND with family. So that, my friends, can sure make for a great year.


The movie, that is.

Ward and I watched Australia last night. I remember wanting to see it when it came out, but we never got around to it. Then I saw the DVD at Target a couple weeks ago and remembered I'd wanted to see it. So I added it to the top of my Netflix list when I got home.

It actually came in before Christmas, but with our house being in a state of construction chaos (more on that later), I didn't find it until this weekend.

Wanting a cozy evening on the couch, we watched it last night. If you have not seen this movie, go, right now, and watch it. Seriously. It's that good. Quite a long 2 1/2 hours long...but worth every minute.

Maybe I'm biased since I thoroughly enjoy movies based on real historic events (i.e. Pearl Harbor, Titanic, Twilight...uhh...that wasn't out loud was it?). So very first off I was intrigued by the story. Then there was the cast. I'm quite a fan of Nicole Kidman. And, whoa, when you see Hugh Jackman...and that body of his. ::fans self while blushing:: Oh my. They are absolutely great together, too.

There's funny parts, sad parts, happy parts, suspenseful parts. I thought it was an absolutely fabulous movie and I very much hope to watch it again. Soon. I may even buy it. Then I can watch it whenever I darn well please.

Funny that Ward and I recently got Netflix and we're a big movie watching family, but yet there are quite a few movies, that some would even consider 'classics', that I have never seen. At least not start to finish. Poke fun all you want as these movies include ones such as Grease (I'm not real big on musicals), Sixteen Candles (not sure why I've never seen this whole movie...), and The Notebook (sadly I have OWNED this movie for TWO YEARS and have still yet to watch it). So yeah, maybe I should go ahead and add these to my list so people will stop gaping at me, mouths hanging open, when I say I've never seen them. Yeah, that would be good.

Any other 'must see' movies y'all would recommend?

Monday, January 4, 2010

New year, new beginnings (Part I)

Look at that, y'all! I promised I would be back this evening, and low and behold, here I am! Crazy, I know.

Okay, so here it is, a new year. A year that, for me at least, I hope is better than the last. Val did a cute review of her 2009 and I believe that I will do the same, just not right now. (Actually, I wrote it all down at work, then forgot the paper! Hate when I do that...) So, for now, I will just tell y'all about my most exciting news for the new year.

And no, it's not, "I'm pregnant!" :oP

But hopefully soon that will be my news. No, no...for now my news is...

My new car!

Ain't she cute??
Even though my old car was only 3 1/2 years old, you'll learn in my 2009 year in review post that we just had to replace the transmission. Yeah, I know! This, after more problems than a 3 year old car should have, and Ward had had enough. He was quite ready to get rid of it. And so we traded it in for this beauty of a new Ford Edge. (Yes, just like Val has) Now we're twinkies! :o) At least I got silver and she's got white, right?
I have to admit though, it's a great car. I can definitely see me holding onto this baby for a long time. Especially since we pretty much went all out on it. It's got everything I'll ever need! Dual moonroofs, navigation, leather seats, satellite radio, power liftgate, heated seats, SYNC (which is AWESOME, by the way)...yep, I'm in love!
I really do have a couple other things I really want to post about, but they will have to wait. 1) because I'm hungry and ready to start dinner 2) I also need to go collect all the trash from around the house because tomorrow is trash day and 3) I need to take some pictures to make my post make more sense.
Okie doke, that's all from me...for now. :o) I hope you all had a wonderful New Year and here's to a stellar 2010!!


Or rather me, 'popping' in to say:

Howdy all! Pretty sure it's been quite some time since I posted last. Believe it or not, I do actually have a few things to post about! I'm sure you all are just hanging on the 'edge' of your seats to find out what, right?

(Oops...I didn't just give something away, did I??)

Well, you'll just have to wait a teensy bit longer because there is no way I can post it all from my iPhone app.

I'm sure the anticipation is just killing you! Well, don't fret too much. I promise to be back later this evening to tell you all about it! :o)

Oh, and yes, I'm still around. I wouldn't give up on me just yet. ;o)