Monday, March 31, 2014

Weekend Recap

This weekend seemed like it lasted forever since I was off sick on Thursday and Friday.  I had a killer headache that I just couldn't seem to get rid of.  Finally Friday afternoon it started to subside.  I spent the days watching Rehab Addict laying on the couch with the dog.  Friday night Joe brought home dinner & we went to bed early, a typical Friday night for us.

Saturday I was finally ready to put on some make up, do my hair, and wear some real clothes.  I used my dual waver and I'm really happy about how my hair turned out and how quickly I was able to do it.  I can't wait til my hair gets a little bit longer, I think it will be even cuter! 

this is what Frank wanted to do Saturday morning

results of the Bed Head Dual Waver

My mom and I did our regular Saturday routine, grocery shopping and lunch, then we went to CNJ Style to pick up a new tank I had them hold for me.  I ended up getting some really cute earrings and my mom got me a fun top for my Easter basket.  


Saturday afternoon I spent the day hardcore hand washing my car, vacuuming out the mess that winter had left, the build up of salt and dirt and snow that had overtaken my interior.  I spent about an hour at the car wash but my car looks amazing.  For dinner we went to Wyanet to a place called Main Street Barbecue to celebrate my aunt's bday.  It's BYOB so we brought beer and makings for Moscow Mules.  Their food is soooo good, I love eating there.  Best pulled pork in the area!


Sunday morning we took a little ride on the bike to get a Chicago-style hot dog.  We had to pick my aunt and uncle up from the airport in Chicago from their trip to Italy so our afternoon was spent in the car... boo. I did make a pit stop at Pier One for a really cute outdoor hurricane lantern.  I have no patio to put it on at the time, but it will look amazing at our new house next Spring!


Today is my doctor's appointment for my baseline ultrasound!  I can't believe how quickly those two weeks went by.  We have so much going on I think it just distracted me from counting the days as closely as I normally would.  I really hope there are no other set backs this time.  I should be starting my injections later this week with IUI hopefully scheduled for next week.  So ready to do this!


Weekend Recap

This weekend seemed like it lasted forever since I was off sick on Thursday and Friday.  I had a killer headache that I just couldn't seem to get rid of.  Finally Friday afternoon it started to subside.  I spent the days watching Rehab Addict laying on the couch with the dog.  Friday night Joe brought home dinner & we went to bed early, a typical Friday night for us.

Saturday I was finally ready to put on some make up, do my hair, and wear some real clothes.  I used my dual waver and I'm really happy about how my hair turned out and how quickly I was able to do it.  I can't wait til my hair gets a little bit longer, I think it will be even cuter! 

this is what Frank wanted to do Saturday morning

results of the Bed Head Dual Waver

My mom and I did our regular Saturday routine, grocery shopping and lunch, then we went to CNJ Style to pick up a new tank I had them hold for me.  I ended up getting some really cute earrings and my mom got me a fun top for my Easter basket.  


Saturday afternoon I spent the day hardcore hand washing my car, vacuuming out the mess that winter had left, the build up of salt and dirt and snow that had overtaken my interior.  I spent about an hour at the car wash but my car looks amazing.  For dinner we went to Wyanet to a place called Main Street Barbecue to celebrate my aunt's bday.  It's BYOB so we brought beer and makings for Moscow Mules.  Their food is soooo good, I love eating there.  Best pulled pork in the area!


Sunday morning we took a little ride on the bike to get a Chicago-style hot dog.  We had to pick my aunt and uncle up from the airport in Chicago from their trip to Italy so our afternoon was spent in the car... boo. I did make a pit stop at Pier One for a really cute outdoor hurricane lantern.  I have no patio to put it on at the time, but it will look amazing at our new house next Spring!


Today is my doctor's appointment for my baseline ultrasound!  I can't believe how quickly those two weeks went by.  We have so much going on I think it just distracted me from counting the days as closely as I normally would.  I really hope there are no other set backs this time.  I should be starting my injections later this week with IUI hopefully scheduled for next week.  So ready to do this!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Five on Friday

One.  Busiest Day Ever
I definitely overbooked our schedules for Monday.  After work I had to meet someone in the next town over who I had sold something too on Facebook.   Then I had a girl coming to the house who I had sold something to on Facebook, then our builder was coming over, then I had a girl come to the house who I had sold something to on Facebook, then I had a guy coming to the house who I had sold something to at work.  Yep, it’s a crazy and complicated as it sounds.  We put a bunch of stuff up online to sell & ended up selling all of it!  By the time this was all said and done it was almost 7pm.  I was so happy on Tuesday after work that I had nothing to do and as soon as I was about to start dinner, Joe came home with a $5 Hot N Ready from Little Caesars!  #goodman


 Two.  Next Appointment
Monday is our next appointment!  I’m so ready to start this next cycle.  It’s been a long time coming.  The cyst should be gone and there should be nothing else to hold us back.  I have really high hopes for this 3rd IUI.  I’m going to be using a different medicine, Gonal F instead of Follistim since my coverage changed as of January 1st.  I know it might seem crazy with everything that we already have going on, selling our house, moving to my parents, and starting to build or new home, that we want to add a pregnancy and a baby on top of all of it, but I’m ready for the challenge.  This could potentially end up being the best year of our lives.  It might be stressful, it might be crazy, but it will be well worth it!


Three.  Treat.
I am thrilled to announce that Treat by Shutterfly contacted me about their awesome greeting card service.  I am still finalizing a few things on my end so I’m not quite ready to reveal all of the details, but I can’t wait to share with you!

Four.  Bed Head Dual Waver
Has anyone ever used this product?  I found it on Pinterest and thought it looked like a fun and easy tool.  A couple times a week I curl my hair, but I have to get up about 10 minutes early to do it and let’s face it, it’s pretty rare that I would sacrifice sleep just for my hair style, even just 10 minutes.  I’m hoping that this tool will be quicker than the curling iron! 


Christina @ Forever Young posted this recipe a couple of weeks ago and I finally got around to making it Wednesday and it was amazing!  I will let you check out her post because she is an awesome photographer and my pics would never compare to hers.  I love a healthier pasta dish.  Pasta and pizza are probably my two favorite foods ever, but also like THE MOST unhealthy, carb filled foods you could possibly eat so finding healthier versions is always a plus!

Five on Friday

One.  Busiest Day Ever
I definitely overbooked our schedules for Monday.  After work I had to meet someone in the next town over who I had sold something too on Facebook.   Then I had a girl coming to the house who I had sold something to on Facebook, then our builder was coming over, then I had a girl come to the house who I had sold something to on Facebook, then I had a guy coming to the house who I had sold something to at work.  Yep, it’s a crazy and complicated as it sounds.  We put a bunch of stuff up online to sell & ended up selling all of it!  By the time this was all said and done it was almost 7pm.  I was so happy on Tuesday after work that I had nothing to do and as soon as I was about to start dinner, Joe came home with a $5 Hot N Ready from Little Caesars!  #goodman


 Two.  Next Appointment
Monday is our next appointment!  I’m so ready to start this next cycle.  It’s been a long time coming.  The cyst should be gone and there should be nothing else to hold us back.  I have really high hopes for this 3rd IUI.  I’m going to be using a different medicine, Gonal F instead of Follistim since my coverage changed as of January 1st.  I know it might seem crazy with everything that we already have going on, selling our house, moving to my parents, and starting to build or new home, that we want to add a pregnancy and a baby on top of all of it, but I’m ready for the challenge.  This could potentially end up being the best year of our lives.  It might be stressful, it might be crazy, but it will be well worth it!


Three.  Treat.
I am thrilled to announce that Treat by Shutterfly contacted me about their awesome greeting card service.  I am still finalizing a few things on my end so I’m not quite ready to reveal all of the details, but I can’t wait to share with you!

Four.  Bed Head Dual Waver
Has anyone ever used this product?  I found it on Pinterest and thought it looked like a fun and easy tool.  A couple times a week I curl my hair, but I have to get up about 10 minutes early to do it and let’s face it, it’s pretty rare that I would sacrifice sleep just for my hair style, even just 10 minutes.  I’m hoping that this tool will be quicker than the curling iron! 


Christina @ Forever Young posted this recipe a couple of weeks ago and I finally got around to making it Wednesday and it was amazing!  I will let you check out her post because she is an awesome photographer and my pics would never compare to hers.  I love a healthier pasta dish.  Pasta and pizza are probably my two favorite foods ever, but also like THE MOST unhealthy, carb filled foods you could possibly eat so finding healthier versions is always a plus!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

ABC's

I'm off sick from work today.  I'm really hoping that I didn't catch what Joe had last week because it hit him for the entire week, I can't afford to have that many days off sick!  We have way too much to do, and actually I'm kind of wondering if I haven't overexerted myself and maybe that's why I'm under the weather.

I just recently started following Julie @ Just the Joy's and I love her latest post, ABC's.  It's just a simple way to get to know a little bit more about a person so here goes... 

A - Age: 27
B - Birthday: June 8 
C - Color: Blue, always has been always will be!
D - Drink: Moscow Mule



E - Eyes: Blue
F - Flashback: Vacation!  We usually go on a vacation every other year, but with house building starting soon, there are no vacations in the works.  Our next big one (we're hoping!) will be for our 5 year anniversary and my 30th (OMG!) birthday in 2016 to Tahiti.

G - Gent: My husband Joe!  
H - Hobby: Vacationing, camping, Harley-riding, wine-clubbing, blogging, gardening

I - Indulgence: Wine!
J - Job: Been at the gas/electric power company, Ameren, for 6 years.
K - Kiddos:  That's what this blog is all about!  Trying for kids!  Been on a TTC/Infertility Journey for about 2 1/2 years going on 3.  Hoping that THIS will be our year!
L - Love: My husband, my pug, a cup of coffee, a black and tan, my friends, my family...
M - Music: A little bit of everything, Country, Rock, Rap, Bluegrass, Techno, I like it all!
N - Nickname: Lena, or Rid
O - One Wish: To become a mom.  For this next IUI to work, to get pregnant, and have a healthy baby!
P - Pets: My pug, Frankie J, my little shadow, the heartbeat at my feet, my sweet potato.

Q - Quote: if you follow me on Instagram (@lenaridley) then you know I have an obsession with quotes... 
R - Residence:  So excited that this spring we will be starting to build our forever home.  We just sold the house that we are currently living in, we are in the process of moving back into my parents house until our house is built.  We are beyond thrilled to finally be starting this project.  We bought the property in 2010 and are finally making our dreams a reality.  We just hired our builder this week.  Our lot is 1.5 acres on the Little Vermillion River.  The subdivision only has one other home in it and it's been that way for years.  We are looking forward to the tranquility of the days and a sky filled with stars at night.  This is my front yard... 
S - Siblings: I have brother, Ben he's 22 and going to Grad school.  He will have a degree physics and engineering, he's disgustingly smart.  I have a step brother in his senior year of high school and two step sisters that I don't speak to... ever.
T - Temperature: I'm pretty f'in sick of this winter.  I prefer any weather that is warm enough that we can get on the bike and ride, and any weather that I can get my tan on in.  I love laying by the pool and catchin' some rays, but a cool fall night by the bon fire is also a favorite!
U - University: IVCC and ISU, graduated with a bachelors in English.
V - Vehicle: Currently driving a 2013 Ford Escape.  I've always been an SUV girl!
W - Worst Habit - I have the mouth of a sailor... but I love it.
X - X-Rays: I've had a ton of x-rays, mostly after our motorcycle accident.  I had 5 broken bones, 2 in my foot, my ankle, my tibial plateau in my knee which I eventually had major surgery on and now have 2 pins in my knee, and a chip in my pelvis.  The accident was not our fault, a man ran a red light and we t-boned him.  Joe ended up with 6 stitches.  I had all the broken bones, used crutches for 2 months, wore a brace for 4 months and has 8 months of physical therapy.  I'm not 100% recovered back to normal but I can walk, run, jump, and do just as much as I was able to before.  My leg looks different and has never gotten back to where it was originally as far as how muscular it was.  

Y - Yuck: Seafood, spiders or any bugs for that matter, the Twilight movies? lol.
Z - Zodiac: Gemini!




ABC's

I'm off sick from work today.  I'm really hoping that I didn't catch what Joe had last week because it hit him for the entire week, I can't afford to have that many days off sick!  We have way too much to do, and actually I'm kind of wondering if I haven't overexerted myself and maybe that's why I'm under the weather.

I just recently started following Julie @ Just the Joy's and I love her latest post, ABC's.  It's just a simple way to get to know a little bit more about a person so here goes... 

A - Age: 27
B - Birthday: June 8 
C - Color: Blue, always has been always will be!
D - Drink: Moscow Mule



E - Eyes: Blue
F - Flashback: Vacation!  We usually go on a vacation every other year, but with house building starting soon, there are no vacations in the works.  Our next big one (we're hoping!) will be for our 5 year anniversary and my 30th (OMG!) birthday in 2016 to Tahiti.

G - Gent: My husband Joe!  
H - Hobby: Vacationing, camping, Harley-riding, wine-clubbing, blogging, gardening

I - Indulgence: Wine!
J - Job: Been at the gas/electric power company, Ameren, for 6 years.
K - Kiddos:  That's what this blog is all about!  Trying for kids!  Been on a TTC/Infertility Journey for about 2 1/2 years going on 3.  Hoping that THIS will be our year!
L - Love: My husband, my pug, a cup of coffee, a black and tan, my friends, my family...
M - Music: A little bit of everything, Country, Rock, Rap, Bluegrass, Techno, I like it all!
N - Nickname: Lena, or Rid
O - One Wish: To become a mom.  For this next IUI to work, to get pregnant, and have a healthy baby!
P - Pets: My pug, Frankie J, my little shadow, the heartbeat at my feet, my sweet potato.

Q - Quote: if you follow me on Instagram (@lenaridley) then you know I have an obsession with quotes... 
R - Residence:  So excited that this spring we will be starting to build our forever home.  We just sold the house that we are currently living in, we are in the process of moving back into my parents house until our house is built.  We are beyond thrilled to finally be starting this project.  We bought the property in 2010 and are finally making our dreams a reality.  We just hired our builder this week.  Our lot is 1.5 acres on the Little Vermillion River.  The subdivision only has one other home in it and it's been that way for years.  We are looking forward to the tranquility of the days and a sky filled with stars at night.  This is my front yard... 
S - Siblings: I have brother, Ben he's 22 and going to Grad school.  He will have a degree physics and engineering, he's disgustingly smart.  I have a step brother in his senior year of high school and two step sisters that I don't speak to... ever.
T - Temperature: I'm pretty f'in sick of this winter.  I prefer any weather that is warm enough that we can get on the bike and ride, and any weather that I can get my tan on in.  I love laying by the pool and catchin' some rays, but a cool fall night by the bon fire is also a favorite!
U - University: IVCC and ISU, graduated with a bachelors in English.
V - Vehicle: Currently driving a 2013 Ford Escape.  I've always been an SUV girl!
W - Worst Habit - I have the mouth of a sailor... but I love it.
X - X-Rays: I've had a ton of x-rays, mostly after our motorcycle accident.  I had 5 broken bones, 2 in my foot, my ankle, my tibial plateau in my knee which I eventually had major surgery on and now have 2 pins in my knee, and a chip in my pelvis.  The accident was not our fault, a man ran a red light and we t-boned him.  Joe ended up with 6 stitches.  I had all the broken bones, used crutches for 2 months, wore a brace for 4 months and has 8 months of physical therapy.  I'm not 100% recovered back to normal but I can walk, run, jump, and do just as much as I was able to before.  My leg looks different and has never gotten back to where it was originally as far as how muscular it was.  

Y - Yuck: Seafood, spiders or any bugs for that matter, the Twilight movies? lol.
Z - Zodiac: Gemini!




Monday, March 24, 2014

Weekend Recap

What a whirlwind this last week was!  After our disappointing appointment on Monday all I could get myself to do was wish the days away.  Now it's already been a week, 7 BCP down and 7 more to go!  Seriously, it's so much easier to just accept what you can't change (love the serenity prayer!) and move forward.  It makes life so much easier when you just roll with the gravity issues.  I have no control over the fact that I ended up with a cyst, instead of being mad about it I decided I would just take the BCP, be thankful that it was found, and move on with my life.  The time is flying and it's not the end of the world.  A week from today I have my baseline ultrasound and will hopefully be able to start injections late next week with an IUI the following week.  Let's do this!


This weekend went by in the blink of an eye.  Friday afternoon we took the bike out for the first ride of the season.  My little cousin just bought his first bike & got his permit on Thursday so we were ready to get him out for a little cruise.  The weather was about 55-60 degrees so we layered up in leather and hit the road for a bit.  It felt amazing, it was definitely cold, but well worth it.  


Saturday we had to take some family members to the airport in Chicago for their trip to Italy.  Since we had to go that far we decided to stop at Ikea on the way home so that we could look at the bedroom set I found online.  I wanted to make sure it looked as good in person and that Joe liked it.  Joe has never been to an Ikea, especially on a Saturday afternoon in the Chicago suburbs.  He definitely hated every single person in the building, but he dealt with it while we looked everything over.  We ended up eating at Tilted Kilt (an Irish version of Hooters) which was really good.  I had a "hoppy hour" special it was $5 for 5 steak ka-bobs in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glaze.  So amazing.  Joe had a sunrise burger with an egg on it, also really good.


5 bucks for these!  Pretty much an entire steak.

Sunday I spent the entire day packing up the house.  I boxed up as much as I could, put some stuff on Facebook to sell & worked on getting things ready to be moved.  The house is so bare now!  We have a storage unit for now holding all of the furniture that we are keeping and all of the stuff we won't need while we are living at my parents.  I think we are going to end up being there longer than we originally anticipated, but I'm happy to be able to save a butt-load of money not having to pay utilities.  I'm very thankful to my parents that they aren't asking us for rent or anything like that.  I told my mom I would make dinner as often as I could since I normally cook 3-4 times a week at home.  Since it's just my mom and step-dad they don't cook for themselves very often so I think they'll be thankful for home cooked meals on a regular basis again.
terrible quality, but you get the idea, nothing left on the walls!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week.  Seriously, Monday is almost already over!  Tonight our builder is coming over to work out some details, we sold our washer and dryer and they're coming to get it tonight & the rest of the week will be spent packing boxes and moving our lives!! Oy Vey!

Weekend Recap

What a whirlwind this last week was!  After our disappointing appointment on Monday all I could get myself to do was wish the days away.  Now it's already been a week, 7 BCP down and 7 more to go!  Seriously, it's so much easier to just accept what you can't change (love the serenity prayer!) and move forward.  It makes life so much easier when you just roll with the gravity issues.  I have no control over the fact that I ended up with a cyst, instead of being mad about it I decided I would just take the BCP, be thankful that it was found, and move on with my life.  The time is flying and it's not the end of the world.  A week from today I have my baseline ultrasound and will hopefully be able to start injections late next week with an IUI the following week.  Let's do this!


This weekend went by in the blink of an eye.  Friday afternoon we took the bike out for the first ride of the season.  My little cousin just bought his first bike & got his permit on Thursday so we were ready to get him out for a little cruise.  The weather was about 55-60 degrees so we layered up in leather and hit the road for a bit.  It felt amazing, it was definitely cold, but well worth it.  


Saturday we had to take some family members to the airport in Chicago for their trip to Italy.  Since we had to go that far we decided to stop at Ikea on the way home so that we could look at the bedroom set I found online.  I wanted to make sure it looked as good in person and that Joe liked it.  Joe has never been to an Ikea, especially on a Saturday afternoon in the Chicago suburbs.  He definitely hated every single person in the building, but he dealt with it while we looked everything over.  We ended up eating at Tilted Kilt (an Irish version of Hooters) which was really good.  I had a "hoppy hour" special it was $5 for 5 steak ka-bobs in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glaze.  So amazing.  Joe had a sunrise burger with an egg on it, also really good.


5 bucks for these!  Pretty much an entire steak.

Sunday I spent the entire day packing up the house.  I boxed up as much as I could, put some stuff on Facebook to sell & worked on getting things ready to be moved.  The house is so bare now!  We have a storage unit for now holding all of the furniture that we are keeping and all of the stuff we won't need while we are living at my parents.  I think we are going to end up being there longer than we originally anticipated, but I'm happy to be able to save a butt-load of money not having to pay utilities.  I'm very thankful to my parents that they aren't asking us for rent or anything like that.  I told my mom I would make dinner as often as I could since I normally cook 3-4 times a week at home.  Since it's just my mom and step-dad they don't cook for themselves very often so I think they'll be thankful for home cooked meals on a regular basis again.
terrible quality, but you get the idea, nothing left on the walls!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week.  Seriously, Monday is almost already over!  Tonight our builder is coming over to work out some details, we sold our washer and dryer and they're coming to get it tonight & the rest of the week will be spent packing boxes and moving our lives!! Oy Vey!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Five on Friday

One.  A Bump in the Road
If you read this post then you know the little set back that we are dealing with right now.  I am moving forward from it and trying to be positive about it.  My meds were shipped yesterday and after tonight I will only have 9 more BCP to take before the next appointment.  I'm planning on spending my weekend working on packing up the house to try and pass the time quickly.  We might also make a quick stop at Ikea after we drop off my relatives at the airport in Chicago.  It's been an extremely frustrating week, but every day I'm handling it better.  Prayers for a speedy 9 days!


Two.  A Sincere Thank You.
I have to take a minute to thank all of the wonderful ladies of blogland, Instagram, Facebook, my wonderful friends and family who shared some words of encouragement with me this week after our disappointing doctor visit.  Seriously, there are some amazingly sweet women out there who continue to help lift each other up as we face the struggles that come along with infertility.  You know who you are & I want to extend a heart-filled thank you to all for helping to brighten my days!

one of my IG girls shared this with me!! How perfect!

Three.  TTC Exchange Package
I got my package this week from my girl Heather & it was seriously so cute and thoughtful.  She is from Florida so she sent me a colorful piece of artwork with a yellow fin tuna on it.  The theme of the TTC Exchange this time was local love.  She did a great job!  She also included some candy, a change purse, a few treats for Frankie, The Little Book of Wisdom, some cocktail napkins, a fancy note pad, & of course an adorable card with some words of encouragement.  I couldn't be more proud to be part of this amazing community of women who coordinate these things (way to go Chels!), participate in them, and support each other on a level that only another woman going through a similar situation can understand. 


Four.  The House
We are about 99% sure that we have the house sold & we sold it to a local person so I feel really good about the entire thing.  We are going to start packing this weekend since we will be closing in roughly a month or so & start to move things to my parents house.  I can't believe how fast this is all happening!!


Five. Saddle Sore 
If you've been following along for awhile then you know that Joe and I do a lot of riding on the Harley.  We take it pretty much everywhere as soon as the weather permits us to do so.  Our standards for what we consider to be permissible weather-wise?   We've ridden as early as March and as late as November.  One of my favorite times to ride is when I have to get all bundled up in layers of leather.  One ride that we'd really like to do is called the Saddle Sore as recognized by the Iron Butt Association.  The Saddle Sore is 1000 miles ridden in a 24 hour period.  It can be tough when you have to stop roughly every 2 hours for gas, but we are up for the challenge are are hoping to do the ride before the next IUI and the start of our house.  I'm pretty excited and hope it works out since I probably won't have many other chances to do this once we have kids and a brand new house.  More to come on this!! 

Happy Weekend Ladies!!

 
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