Friday, March 16, 2012

Good bye, Big Dog...

I made the very heart-wrenching decision to have my sweet old dog put to sleep this evening. His health has been on the decline in the past year, and those good days were turning into only good moments and were becoming far too outnumbered by the bad.
In December he chewed off a growth he'd had on his side; the stench from it told me it was likely not just a harmless growth anymore. It healed up quickly, but he had recently been reopening the wound, and it was no longer healing at all. That combined with the extra sleeping and the visible pain of movement he was experiencing more frequently were signs the time had come to allow him to be placed to rest in peace and comfort.

I was still torn today as the time for his appointment drew near. We made a trip to the pet store beforehand to pick up some treats for him to have as a last hoorah. The vet confirmed his grim prognosis and assured me I was making the right decision for him. As I saw him struggle to stand from his seated position at her request, I was able to take some comfort in my choice to end his suffering. As he rested in the corner of the examination room, I stroked the hair on his head until he finally passed. There are few things in my life that compare to the difficulty in walking out of that room as he remained there on the cold floor.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Got exactly what I was wanting and waiting for...

I remember writing this post for NaBloPoMo in 2010. I was basically down to one last shot to fulfill my desire for a fourth child in my family before the end of the year. After nine unrewarding cycles, I was trying to not think about what might happen if the tenth was just another unsuccessful attempt.

We left for Chicagoland mid-December to visit NS's family. He'd been working overnights up until that point to better manage his school work. I didn't force the "trying"; I didn't want to stress over having to take advantage of any specific, timely opportunities. This was the one month I was going to really just go with the flow and not fret over whether or not we would get it "right."

Our visit with the family was great. NS's sister arrived from England a couple days after us, and we all went out with their old neighborhood friends one night to catch up (and meet for the first time in some cases). There was drinking, a lot of drinking, involved in this night. Like I said, not really stressing over the getting pregnant and therefore, acting pregnant anymore. I was over it. I was already prepared to see if we could go another couple months before abandoning the road to conception so that we'd given it a full twelve cycles, a solid amount of time for healthy couples not suffering from infertility issues.

Well, it would seem New Year's Eve 2010 was upon us. I began to realize that the dreaded witch could very well bring her ugliness on before our return to Washington on the 3rd. And, I had nothing to keep her from making a mess of my wardrobe. So, off we went to the drugstore to buy some feminine protection products. Of course, those items are located right next to their counterparts, pregnancy tests. Since it is New Year's Eve, and I'd like to make sure I'm not pregnant so I won't have any doubts about drinking that night, I decide to throw a couple two-pack boxes of those tests in the basket as well.

Once we return to the house, I open one of the boxes, take out a test, and retreat to the bathroom, certain to see a single-line, not-pregnant result. I watched the test fill with pee and dye (I know to do that now after misreading the first test I took from my twins) and waited for things to settle where they may...

Holy crap! I could not believe I finally got my positive freakin' pregnancy test on the LAST DAY of the year. I called NS into the bathroom, so he could see it for himself. He went out and told his parents before I even had a chance to suggest we may want to wait a bit before getting all excited and announcing it. We told his sister and her husband next, and then I called my mom. It was such an unbelievably awesome end to my 2010 and start to my 2011.

Yeah, I went back to the drugstore and returned those feminine protection products the very next day.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Welcome 2012!

I can't believe it's been so long since I've written a post here; I didn't even feign an attempt at NaBloPoMo last year. I've missed updating here, so for the new year, I am resolving to get back into personal writing. There have been some changes to my life in the past year, namely the addition of a baby girl. We'll refer to her as Baby P, or BP for short. Thus, the blog will need a new name, and I am open to suggestions. Right now, the best idea I've had in the past two minutes is "House Full of Monkeys."

Tomorrow I'll elaborate on our discovery of BP's pending arrival.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Closing out the month...

November, NaBloPoMo, and Movember come to a close this evening. My November had me getting started with an incredible business, finishing up my first semester back in school, watching my husband grow a moustache so horrible that he got an award for having the worst moustache, enjoying snow and Thanksgiving (with power!), and now ready to donate $270 to Movember. I had a goal to be able to donate $200 and was able to surpass that by $70! Hoping for another great month of giving next month.

Too bad I couldn't quite follow through with NaBloPoMo this year. Oh well, there's always next year!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hooray for great customer service!

An update to my last post: The company, Uncommon Goods, completely came through on their promise. The morning after I'd gotten the shipment confirmation email for the Illinois address, I had another email detailing the replacement shipment and shortly after had the shipment confirmation with my home address. I am absolutely impressed with that superior level of customer service. Now, I know for sure that my boys will be able to receive all their birthday presents on their birthday!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

When efficiency is a downfall...

I spent a bit of time today ordering Christmas presents for the kids as well as birthday presents for M and J. Since we will be with NS's parents for Christmas this year, we are shipping presents there to avoid having to pack them or drag them on the plane with us. That is a great plan, and one I was remembering to follow quite easily. Unfortunately, I didn't take the time needed to realize that one of the orders I placed was for M and J's BIRTHDAY presents, which is, you know, two weeks BEFORE Christmas. Yep, I shipped 'em to NS's parents. Within half an hour of placing said order, I contacted the company's customer service to try to change the shipping address. I thought for sure it would be able to be done. Um, no, not so much. They had already processed the order and were preparing it for shipping (so they said at the time, which I so did not believe at the time), so their best suggestion was to have the people I shipped it to refuse the shipment so that it would be returned to the company and then they could send it to my house. You know what I thought of that? That there is no way that process would allow the shipment to be here in time. So, I called to see about canceling the order so that I could reorder with the correct shipping address. The woman I spoke with was very compassionate towards my situation and double-checked the order status to make sure they couldn't change the shipping address. She confirmed that it was ready to ship and couldn't be shipped to a different address at this point. She did offer to attempt to intercept the package once the tracking information was available so that it would be returned to the company and resent to the correct address. I think this is likely to work as I've had something like that done before, but I was still flabbergasted that this order was ready to be shipped less than an hour after I hit the Submit button on their webpage. I received the shipping confirmation with tracking number not much after this, so I guess they really were that quick and efficient with my order. Too bad this was a time when I would rather have been dealing with a company that took a bit more time to move from "ordered" to "shipped" status.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Looks like I won't be displaying a NaBloPoMo success badge this year. We had quite a little snow storm on Monday and ended up without power for almost 48 hours. Our mode of heating is a wood-burning fireplace, so we stayed warm enough, but cooking proved quite the task with only a charcoal grill outside. Our power was restored just after NS prepared a feast of grilled bratwurst and grill-heated soup and served it up. Since we weren't really sure if we'd have power today, we weren't fully prepared for making our typical Thanksgiving fare. However, we still managed to pull off quite the delicious treat with a smoked turkey with homemade garlic mayonnaise and fresh cranberry sauce for dipping, garlic mashed potatoes with turkey dripping gravy, a sweet potato and cranberry bake, and roasted brussel sprouts with macadamia nuts (if it doesn't sound good, just trust me, they're more than good).

Today, I am thankful for my truly wonderful family and the convenience of electricity and all the wonder it brings to my life.