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blood test

Okay, so I'm going for my blood test and meeting with my doctor today!

I'm hoping that I have good news this week! Maybe even today!

AHHHHH!

I'm getting so excited!

Talk to you soon!

Humming on Hump Day...

Lullaby

By: Dixie Chicks



They didn't have you where I come from
Never knew the best was yet to come
Life began when I saw your face
And I hear your laugh like a serenade

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up

I slip in bed when you're asleep
To hold you close and feel your breath on me
Tomorrow there'll be so much to do
So tonight I'll drift in a dream with you

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up

As you wander through this troubled world
In search of all things beautiful
You can close your eyes when you're miles away
And hear my voice like a serenade

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up

How long do you want to be loved
Is forev…

crazy thing...

So to follow up with you about the laparoscopy for endometriosis. It's scheduled for August 7th, next Thursday. This coming Thursday I go in for blood work, pre-surgery questions and prep. I'm actually looking forward to it! I know that sounds crazy but I have to stay hopeful!!! I keep telling myself and thinking to myself that when they do my blood work and they give me the results that they will say that I'm pregnant!!!

Seriously, wouldn't that rock your f-ing socks off? I keep telling myself that is what's going to happen and I stay very hopeful thinking that everyday!

So, please, send all of your good thoughts and prayers my way for Thursday! I very much hope that I have good news for you all this week!!!!

Crossing my fingers, legs, arms, eyes, and everything in between!

Come on baby!!! We want you so badly!

food journal

7/21/08

Breakfast: Two timbits, two strawberries and water
Snack: Small bowl of mac n' cheese.
Lunch: 250 calorie of chicken alfredo florentine and water.
Dinner: 2 Chicken wraps with lettuce, onion, cheese & italian dressing with water.

7/22/08

Breakfast: nothing
Lunch: Indonesian Peanut Saute from Noodles, side salad & water.
Dinner: (fair food) corn dog, french fries & water.
Snack: Root beer float & DQ small ice cream cone (double bad).

7/23/08

Breakfast: nothing
Lunch: 6" Cold Cut Trio on Wheat with tomato, black olives, banana peppers, pickle and ranch dressing. With pretzels and water.
Dinner: Hot dog, nachos & cole slaw (at lancaster fest). 2 beers.

7/24/08

Breakfast: Egg & Cheese biscuit from Tim Horton's & a small coffee.
Lunch: Black Bean burger & tortilla soup from Max & Erma's.
Dinner: Spaghetti & garlic bread.

7/25/08

Breakfast: Toast with butter and grape koolaid.
Lunch: Shrimp fried rice and water.
Dinner: General Tso, two spring rol…

photo parade #1 & #2

I'm just now jumping on the Photo Parade a little late... but they say better late than never, right?

First up, Photo Parade #1: Excitement



This photo represents excitement because our dog Toby (on the left) LOVES going to my parents house. For Toby it's called "Uncle Buddy's house" who you see next to Toby on the couch. They is about 7 years between the two of them but they are best buds and they love hanging out together. Whenever we mention going to Uncle Buddy's house, Toby follows us around barking or just "talking to us" waiting for us to take him. He will also spend some of the time before we go, just standing at our garage door as if he knows at some point we'll walk out and he'll be the first one out when that happens!

Next up, Photo Parade #2: Super Hero



Toby the running fool. He had a great day at the lake and we ran him like crazy. At one point I captured this picture and I'm still in amazement that it came out! So here, a &q…

yummy food: BEST Chocolate Fudge Cake

Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake

1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
4 eggs
1 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 pkg. (8 squares) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, divided
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. Beat cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil and water in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping side of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 min. or until well blended. Stir in 2 squares of the chocolate, chopped. Spoon into prepared pans.

BAKE 30 to 35 min. or until toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 min. on wire rack. Loosen cakes from side of pans with spatula or knife. Invert cakes onto rack; gently remove pans. Cool completely on wire rack.

PLACE remaining 6 squares chocolate and w…

Humming on Hump Day...

Falling Slowly

Artist: Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová



I don't know you
But I want you
All the more for that
Words fall through me
And always fool me
And I can't react
And games that never amount
To more than they're meant
Will play themselves out

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
You've made it now

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can't go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I'm painted black
You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It's time that you won

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice
You've made it now

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice
You've made it now
Falling slowly sing your melody
I'll sing along

the week of food...

7/15/08

Breakfast: Two pieces of toast with butter/grape jelly and a glass of milk. Yummy!
Lunch: Two pieces of quiche, mixed berry applesauce, and 2 glasses water.
Dinner: 2 servings of weight watchers chicken chili and 2.5 margaritas
After Dinner: Coldstone (I know, how bad, but so good) Banana Carmel Crunch with Cake Batter Ice Cream
Exercise: None.

7/16/08

Breakfast: Two pieces of toast with butter/grape jelly and a glass of Cran-Raspberry Juice.
Lunch: Lean Meal - Fettuccine Alfredo Chicken Florentine and water.
Snack: 100 calorie pack of cheese nips and water
Dinner: 3 pieces of cheese pizza and lemonade
Exercise: Walked with Toby & Sean.

7/17/08

Breakfast: Two pieces of toast with butter and water.
Snack: Pistachios, 100 calorie pack of RITZ snack mix and water.
Lunch: Venti Chai Tea from Starbucks. (yes I realize this isn't the best thing but it was SO good!)
Dinner: Salt & Vinegar chips (bad!), Spaghetti, 2 pieces of bread with butter and water.

7/18/08

Breakfast: Lean Meal - buff…

the bug guy...

At my office, I'm basically a glorified office manager, this being said, I get to deal with all of the deliveries, sales people and maintenance people that come in and out. I've been here long enough that they know who I am, where I sit and I know who they are so usually it's just hi, bye and thank you.

Today the exterminator guy came in. He's kind of a sketchy guy that has the thug look going on in his "bug guy" uniform; I guess he thinks that it works for him... Anyway, usually I don't strum up a conversation with him, nor do I with any of the other's that come in because; a. What do you talk about with the bug guy? I mean aside from bugs.; b. I don't have time to shoot the shit.; and c. I know they are helping us out but basically they are just another interuption or distraction in my day.

Here's how the conversation went today:

Bug Guy: "Hey, how's it going? You's havin' any problems?"

Me: "Well, we do have gnat…

Love me some chicken...

Parmesan Baked Chicken

1/2 cup mayonnaise-type salad dressing
1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
3/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs

In a medium mixing bowl, combine salad dressing, cheese and garlic powder. Coat chicken with mayonnaise mixture and cover each with bread crumbs. Arrange chicken on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden and juices run clear. Makes 4 servings.



This is from a Gooseberry Patch cookbook. Love those books!

set back, maybe...

I decided (over the weekend) that I'm going to go through with my endometriosis laparoscopy. I was timid at first because I've mentally told myself, "I can do this on my own (with the help of dh, of course) and it will happen this month!" Unfortunately, I've said that for the last 18 months and it's just not working for us. I didn't want to loose hope. I wanted to crank through this month and REALLY give this month our BEST try ever. Not that this month is any different than the last 22 months, but in my mind, something was going to click sometime and I wanted it to be this month. Just had a feeling... (but again, no different than any other feeling that I've had throughout this process)...

After much discussion, I've come to the conclusion that at this rate, what's another month? And, if this surgery can only help me in the end, then why not? I'm not 100% ready for it but I have to (again) stay positive. I'm anxious to find out if the…

Humming on Hump Day...

Sweet And Low

By: Augustana

Video on YouTube

Anywhere you go, anyone you meet
remember that your eyes, can be your enemies

I said, hell is so Close, and heaven's out of reach

but i ain't givin' up quite yet
i've got too much to lose

[chorus]
hold me down, sweet and low, little girl
hold me down, sweet and low, and i'll carry you home
hold me down, sweet and low, little girl
hold me down and i'll carry you home

the rain is gonna fall
the sun is gonna shine
the wind is gonna blow
the water's gonna rise
she said, when that day comes,

look into my eyes, no one's givin' up quite yet, we've go too much to lose

hold me down, sweet and low, little girl
hold me down, sweet and low, and i'll carry you home
hold me down, sweet and low, little girl
hold me down and i'll carry you
all the way,
and you say your fine
but your still young
and out of line
when all i need's to turn around
to make it last to make it count
i ain't gonna make the same mistakes that put my mama i…

best gazpacho ever....

My girlfriend made this for my mom, her family and myself last weekend. It was seriously so good that I'm still thinking/talking about it! I had never had gazpacho but I've heard of it. To me it never seems appealing but now I'm totally addicted!

Anyway, this is from Martha Stewart's Everyday Cookbook but I'm also posting it here for your enjoyment. My girlfriend, when she made it, did a few things differently: She cut up all of the veggies and didn't blend them in a food processor, she left everything cut up in bite size pieces. She also didn't use Tomato Juice. She used Bloody Mary Mix and it was perfect! It was the right amount of kick that it needed. If you aren't a spicy person, I would recommend cutting the Bloody Mary Mix with Tomato Juice. Very enjoyable!!!

So here it is:

Shrimp Gazpacho

This Spanish soup is traditionally made by adding olive oil to the vegetable puree; we left out the oil and used only a small amount to cook the shrimp.

To prepare …

new topic...

This is something that I don't like to talk about. I don't even bring it up with my dh much because it's just frustrating and upsetting to me. During my drive into work this morning, I decided that I needed to talk about it (or at least bring it to the table). I was tossing around starting another private blog just for this topic but after some thought I figured it would just be easier to be here also. It's my life, my blog, so I'm just going to just do it here.

For some time now, I've slowly but surely put on some weight. I used to tell myself that it was because of my dh. I met him when I was 19 and I hardly was feeding myself at that point (meaning I was still living at home eating my mom's dinners, not buying my own). He had his own place full of goodies but he was also a 6'4'' male that could eat those goodies and not really feel a fluctuation in weight. Me, however, felt a huge wave. In the first couple years of our relationship, I went fro…

hopeful...

I figured that I would change my profile icon to be alittle more fitting...

This is what I picked.

Staying Hopeful, as the title of my blog says...

yummy food: Bake Brie

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry 8 -10 Servings

Prep Time: approx. 5 Minutes. Cook Time: approx. 20 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 package (17.5 ounce) frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 (8 ounce) wheel Brie cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds
raspberry preserves

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan.
2. Slice the wheel of Brie in half, horizontally, so that the halves are two, flatter wheels of Brie. Lay the puff pastry in the pie pan. Place half of the Brie (rind-side down) onto the pastry dough. Sprinkle almonds evenly over the top. Place the other half of the Brie (rind-side up) over the almonds. Bundle the pastry dough around the Brie.
3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving

what's the plan?

Today I’m full of mixed emotions. I’m sad because yesterday aunt flow showed, again. I’m angry because my body isn’t cooperating with me and isn’t doing what it can and should do. I’m happy because we are approaching the “trying stage” again but in the same breathe it’s depressing because it’s another month under our belt.

Throughout this process I try very hard to stay positive and upbeat. Not a lot of people in my real world know that this is our current issue and only those of you that are reading know that it’s an on going problem. I stay up beat and positive so I don’t let the outside world know. It’s hard enough going through it month to month. I would hate to have the constant reminder or questioning at work or from my family. Sometimes I feel as though those people all have enough stresses on their own that they don’t need an additional thing to worry about.

Blogging was (and has been) my way of expressing how I’m feeling. It’s been a way for me to meet people who are experie…

food: Chicken Quesadilla Bake

Have a great 4th of July!!!

Maybe you could make a dish that I've posted... they are all very good!

Enjoy!

Chicken Quesadilla Bake

Ingredients:

pack of soft tortillas
shredded cheese (cheddar/mexican blend...whatever). 1 bag per 4 servings
4 ckn breasts
jar of salsa...any kind and spicy level (I use spicy)
can cream of mushroom soup
onion

Directions:

Dice onion and cut chicken into strips...cook together on stove top. mix soup and salsa. put a spoonful of salsa mixture on bottom of glass baking dish and spread it around to keep tortilla from sticking to pan. Then put tortilla. put half chicken over tortilla then 1/2 salsa mixture, then 1/3 cheese. layer again with tortilla, the rest of the chicken, rest of salsa mixture, and 1/3 cheese. then just tortilla and the rest of the cheese.

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until cheese is brown on top. you can freeze and bake straight from freezer (takes much longer) or i usually put it in the fridge the night before I am going to cook it, so it do…

starbucks, don't go...

As some of you may have heard Starbucks is closing 600 stores!!! For most, this might be a huge shock and you are probably frantically running to your corner (not to work) but to check see if your location is closing. You better hurry because they said they are closing them this summer. Seems crazy.

Personally I'm not a coffee person, however when I do have a craving, it's nice to know that there is a store just around the corner.

So, run fast to your nearest Starbucks, order my favorite drink and savor every moment...

Yum!

belly laughs....

Most of you remember Jenny McCarthy from Singled Out or maybe Baywatch but within the last few years she's been having a baby, writing about having her baby and spreading the word about her son's recovery from autism.

Her book Belly Laughs is just absolutely hysterical. It's such a smooth read and it's so entertaining! I highly recommend it, pregnant or not pregnant. Her perspective is very blunt, which in turns makes it funny for those of you approaching these stages.

Anyway, read it. Tell me what you think, then pass it onto a friend. They will love it too!