Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Adventures in Infertility #12

#12  I'm Not Laughin Darn it'!  I'm Not Laugin'!  And You Better Not Laugh Either!

Hi my name is Infertile and uncomfortable situations make me laugh. So maybe you shouldn't take me to your urology appointment.

Ahem.

Male fertility testing is no joke.

{Why couldn't the witch have babies?  Because her husband had a Hallo-weenie!}

There is nothing funny about Oligoasthenoteratozoospermia, Azoospermia or Oligospermaesthenia. Ha.

Having a urologist with the first name of "Dick" is nothing to laugh about...hahaha.

If the P.A. has a stutter and cannot say P-P-P-P-P-P-P-P-P-Penis! In less than 12 syllables while examining your husbands "special area" you had better not laugh. LOL  No one thinks it is funny except you. Take it from me.




And let's say, your hubby has to turn his "Sample Cup" in to the lab and he is in the car debating with himself about what to say at the counter.  "Should I say, "Here it is!"  Or how about, "I've got sperm here!"  Do I just sign in and abandon it on the counter?  No, I can't do that.  I'd feel like I'm abandoning 10 million children."" Bahahaha! Well, it is just not funny.  So don't you laugh.  Don't.



 *Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Adventures in Infertility #11

#11 No I'm Not Pregnant, I just have Salmonella

Gone are the days when you could have explosive diarrhea in private.  Now anytime you are sick people assume you are pregnant.

You are sweaty with fever? Congratulations you are "Glowing"!

You have a headache?  Congratulations I (over involved co-worker) got headaches when I was pregnant!

You have athlete's foot?  Stop exercising because you must be pregnant!

You have the sniffles?  Paging Dr. Google - You could be pregnant!!!

Mention that you wanna lay down and take a nap? Whoa there preggo!!

But really, you are not any better than they are.  Why just last month you had a rank case of stomach flu (or was it food poisoning?) and the whole time you were "driving the porcelain bus" you were thinking to yourself, "Self, This is it!!  Morning middle of the night sickness!!"  As you counted back the days in your head to see if you had timed your ovulation correctly.

 *Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Adventures in Infertility #10

#10  Hold On, It's Going to Be a Slippery Ride!!!

Going from the waiting room of the fertility doctor's office to the exam room is always a little frustrating.  I always have two questions running through my mind.

#1  How long will I wait in the exam room before the Dr. gets here?
#2 How long will I have to be pants-less?

The latter making the former seem just that much longer.

Why does time creep by when you are separated from your pants? Is it the florescent lighting?  Is it the elevator music?  Is it the solitary time spent wondering who else in this vast world has spent so much time without their beloved pants? And what kind of cheapskate came up with a Paper Gown anyway?

Doesn't the Dr. know that you and your uterus are aging by the second? You go in a 34 year old woman and you will come out a cranky 60 year old.  You imagine your vision is starting to go as you warp through the aging process.  You adjust yourself on the crinkly paper.  Might as well stop by the Walgreens on your way home and pick up some Milk of Magnesia, and some assorted hard candies you think. Crinkle.  Crinkle.  And "Oh look at the time!" It is almost time for supper (3:45pm).  You can hear your ovaries ticking off the seconds.

I can't help but wonder that with all the improvements going on in the world today why has this waiting process stayed the same?

I feel like this should be a Disneyland-type operation.  You get into the ride car - I am picturing something like the Haunted Mansion's black, safety bar equipped, spinning seats affectionately called "Doombuggies". Completely private of course?  Sure.  Why not! . You careen around the office making stops at the front desk, the magazine rack, then on to the exam room.  You whiz up to the Dr.  and somehow you are already in your fabulous paper gown (Disney magic).  He does a quick check and chat.  And in five minutes you are comfortably back in your pants and on your way.  They could even do a fast pass system for offices that are running late!

Now that is worth $450 a visit!

 *Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday's Matter: 10 Commandment Hopscotch

At our house, and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family time. A Family Home Evening (FHE)!

Besides making FHE fun and silly we discuss important gospel principles that will draw us closer to our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ.  All of these things help turn our FHE into something we look forward to each week.

A Little Scripture Study and Discussion:

    Mosiah 3:7. So Great Was His Anguish

  • Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles referred to the suffering experienced by Jesus Christ as “the awful arithmetic of the Atonement”:
    “Imagine, Jehovah, the Creator of this and other worlds, ‘astonished’! Jesus knew cognitively what He must do, but not experientially. He had never personally known the exquisite and exacting process of an atonement before. Thus, when the agony came in its fulness, it was so much, much worse than even He with his unique intellect had ever imagined! No wonder an angel appeared to strengthen him! (See Luke 22:43.)
    Christ praying in Gethsemane
    “The cumulative weight of all mortal sins—past, present, and future—pressed upon that perfect, sinless, and sensitive Soul! All our infirmities and sicknesses were somehow, too, a part of the awful arithmetic of the Atonement. (See Alma 7:11–12Isaiah 53:3–5;Matthew 8:17.) The anguished Jesus not only pled with the Father that the hour and cup might pass from Him, but with this relevant citation. ‘And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me’ (Mark 14:35–36).
    “Had not Jesus, as Jehovah, said to Abraham, ‘Is any thing too hard for the Lord?’ (Genesis 18:14). Had not His angel told a perplexed Mary, ‘For with God nothing shall be impossible’? (Luke 1:37; see alsoMatthew 19:28Mark 10:27Luke 18:27).  He has been there.  He can help YOU.

ACTIVITY: 10 Commandment Hopscotch



If Jesus can atone for our sins then we can remember the Commandments.  Here is a fun activity to help you memorize them.  Plus, Jesus said we should become as little children (Matt 18:3).  What's more child-like than hopscotch? Can't you just imagine the hubby and I trying to play hopscotch? Bonus, it is silly and fun!!

10 Commandment Hopscotch - With sidewalk chalk make a 10 space hopscotch or if you are VERY CRAFTY and have time on your hands, make a reusable hopscotch mat, like the one in the picture. As each person throws the rock or bean bag (or rolled up sock) on the numbered space they have to say the commandment that corresponds with that number. If your right you get to keep going if wrong you have to keep trying. Each time you move to the next number up you have to say the previous numbers.

Half Dome Wanderlust

“Courage is required to make an initial thrust toward one’s coveted goal, but even greater courage is called for when one stumbles and must make a second effort to achieve. Have the determination to make the effort, the single-mindedness to work toward a worthy goal, and the courage not only to face the challenges that inevitably come but also to make a second effort, should such be required. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’”
                                                                                                                      - Thomas S. Monson,













Prep Hike #2  Cleo's Bath  February 2014  5 miles (unless we get snow!  Then it will be somewhere else)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Date Night Done Right: I Wish I Was a Baller

The Date:  A High School Basketball Game


C-C-CER-R-R-RES! CERES! CERES! GO CERES!

Because what is more romantic than a gymnasium that smells like old sweat socks, a lap full of nachos and your sweetie pie by your side cheering on his High School Alma Mater?  Nothing everything I say!

It is cheap. It is actually really fun.  It is a great way to spend a date night. Plus as an adult you don't care what other uber cool teenagers people think so you can be a full on face painter, complete with crazy matching fake hair!  Rock on Middle Aged Couple who does not have a kid playing in the game.  Rock on.




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Adventures in Infertility #9

#9 Things NOT to Say During Your Trans-vaginal Ultrasound

As a fairly naive girl  the Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound was terrifying! And just my luck I got to have them every month for many months due to my friend the Fibroid. When I did encounter the 10 inch wand (not magical I assure you) it made me very nervous, and when I am nervous I tend to blurt things out (cue the weird story about how my cat is like your baby).  Here are some of my most embarrassing blurts.  Hopefully if you ever have to have one of these you will remember me and my craziness and it will make you keep your mouth shut laugh . :)

  • Do you have protection for that thing?
  • What?  You're not even going to buy me dinner first?
  • What is THAT!!!!???
  •  So, where did you learn to do this?
  • Does that come in black?
And whatever you do, when they tell you "I'm going to hand you the wand so you can insert it yourself" do NOT, under any circumstance say,  "Do you think I'll have to confess to my Bishop after this appointment?"

Oh, and try not to slip getting off the table and knock over a tray of instruments all the while pants-less and yelling for the Dr to stay behind the curtain in the corner because you have everything under control.

 *Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Adventures in Infertility #8

#8  Infertility Movie Night



"Forget Paris" is a feel-good romantic comedy about the on again off again relationship between Mickey (Billy Crystal, who also directed, produced and was one of the writers), an NBA referee, and Ellen (Debra Winger), a customer relations trouble shooter for an airline.

Friends of sports writer Andy (Joe Mantegna) are gathering at a restaurant to be introduced to Liz (Cynthia Stevenson) before their wedding. Liz comments that how she and Andy met must be the oddest ever (a fax had one digit off in the fax number and went to Andy by mistake). Andy says no, how Mickey met Ellen is the weirdest. They met because she helped him bury his father. That starts the friends telling the story of Mickey and Ellen.


If you are looking for a way to put the fun in Infertility check out the classic comedy Forget Paris.  It is fun for both the fertile and the infertile alike.  At one point they live with her father, while they are in the midst of infertility treatment and let me tell you it is oddly similar to our own situation hilarious!

 *Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Adventures in Infertility #7

#7 Suggested Sound Track to Get You Through Clomid Ovulation Week

Before:  To set the mood. "Hey girl, you know clomid make you crazy. Crazy sexy!"  Just the boost of self confidence you need!
The Firm - "Radioactive"  (it is from the 80's so it has to be good, right?)


During: To make it about being in love instead of being, well, ovulating.
Grease - "You're the One That I Want"


After  For Her:  Because everyone knows the best part of trying to get pregnant is propping up your legs for 30 minutes afterward and thinking swimming thoughts! Now we infertiles have an awesome theme song!! Gravity, ha!  I defy you!
Wicked - "Defying Gravity"



After For Him: 'Cause everybody knows I got the magic in me!  ;)  Just to boost that self confidence.
Pitch Perfect - "I Got the Magic"






 *Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday's Matter: Marshmallow Mania

At our house, and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family time.  A Family Home Evening (FHE)!!

You can call it F. H. E. if you want to but we think it is more fun to call it Fah He.  Whatever you call it, it should be enjoyable!   There is no reason you can't have a faith building experience that is also good old fashioned FUN.  So get out to the living room and make this happen!

Video and Discussion: Mormon Messages "Continue in Faith"

Activity:  Marshmallow Mania

How to Play - Each person needs to have a bunch of Questions and a bag of marshmallows ready. Take turns asking questions. If someone answers a question incorrectly, throw a marshmallow at them. The next incorrect question throw two, and so on. before long everyone will be throwing marshmallows and having a great time.

Crafty Upgrade:  Make your own Marshmallow Shooters by using the tutorial at this website
Instructables Marshmallow Shooter.  
 Easy to make, reusable and tons of fun!!



 
List of Questions: Church Leaders Quiz Questions

Celestianaire Quiz Questions


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Half Dome Prep Hike #1 The Red Hills

Saturday morning a few of the girls going on our summer Half Dome climb met up for a prep hike.  We started out at about 6:30 in the morning (and 37 degrees outside), with light packs and freezing fingers to get as much hiking in as we could before 9am. 




The Red Hills is a region of 7,100 acres of public land located just south of the historic town of Chinese Camp in Tuolumne County. The Red Hills are noticeably different from the surrounding countryside. The natural serpentine in the area causes the plant assemblage to be limited to those species that are tolerant of such minerals. And according to the BLM website, the Red Hills are the roosting and hunting grounds for Bald Eagles.  However we didn't see any on our trip.

Do to the lack of rain all the streams and creeks running through the hills were bone dry, but we did find a cool bathtub meant for watering stock (also dry and also big enough for all 4 of us to climb into).

The trails were well marked and well groomed and some of the vistas were quite beautiful.  One of the girls is an experienced Geocacher and we found 2  along our hike.  It is like a real world treasure hunt!  To learn more about it check out this website Geocaching.com

We ended up doing just a little over 3 miles of mostly uphill hiking before it was time to head back. 
I am not going to say it was easy for me, because it was not (especially the steep uphill climbs) but it was FUN and in the end totally worth it.  I even broke in my new Keen hiking boots!  Half Dome, I am coming for YOU!
 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Date Night Done Right!


We both have big days tomorrow (I am hiking 9.2 miles at 6am with my crazy energetic friends Jennifer and Lindsey and Michael is golfing at La Contenta with a few friends) BUT that is no reason to skip out on date night! Since it is my turn to plan our date night extravaganza, I am going with a D.A.H. or Date at Home (as opposed to a D.A.F.H.  Date Away From Home, of course).  Anyway, I think it is all the fun without the tipping or the hassle.

RULES FOR A  D.A.H.:

Rule #1  Turn OFF your electronic devices
Rule #2   Don't answer the phone (For the love! Don't people know you are on a date?  Why are they calling?)
Rule #3  Forget about his comfy chair, or sprawling out alone on the couch.  Sit TOGETHER during the movie. How are you supposed to make-out if you aren't even sitting next to each other?
Rule #4 Make sure your dad, whom you live with, is NOT home, wait...maybe that should be rule #1

TONIGHT's D.A.H.:
For some reason I think it is really fun to pair movies with themed food.  Therefore, we will be watching Mama Mia! and we will be eating take-out from our favorite Greek restaurant Papapavlos.  Got to love their Chicken Gyros!  Need some more inspiration for at home dating?  Check out the websites below!

The Dating Divas
Happy Wives Club: Cheap Stay at Home Date Night Ideas
Laughing Lemon Pie: 70 Stay at Home Date Night Ideas






Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Saving Mr. Banks

""No whimsy or sentiment!" says the woman who sends a flying nanny with a talking umbrella to save the children."  --Walt Disney





Last week for $5 Tuesdays we saw Saving Mr. Banks (we also sampled every flavor of popcorn seasoning they offered). We LoVeD this movie! It was not what either of us expected, except that it was completely amazing. Who knew half the movie would be set in Australia?

Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation after 20 years of Walt pursuing her. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Adventures in Infertility #6

#6  "Cervical Mucus" Makes Me Feel Awkward

Remember the days when you used to go to the Dr. for things like a sore throat or a sinus infection?  Days when you got to keep all your clothes on and you didn't have teams of people staring at your vjayjay?  Way back before you spent 30 minutes deliberating with your doctor about the meaning of your cervical mucus?

Infertility has made you awkward.

No use trying to deny it.  You know it, your spouse knows it, your friends know it, the Dr. who forgot to take off his watch during your pelvic exam and lost it knows it.

Here are some signs you have turned into an awkward infertile:

  • You blurt out a new trick you taught your cat when your girlfriend tells you her baby took it's first step.
  • You refuse to buy the costco size box of tampons because you will be pregnant next month.  Instead you buy extra underwear.
  • You google any symptoms that might, possibly, in any way be pregnancy related.  Such as Nausea after eating bologna that had been left out overnight Am I pregnant???  

 *Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Adventures in Infertility #5

#5 The Infertile vs. The Frugal



You are invited  ring-side as reigning champ Infertile Myrtle battles it out against her husband Frugal Frankie Merman at the local Costco Isle 2!  The prize purse is $10 or $50 worth of feminine supplies!

DING! DING!

FFM comes out swinging with a brutal jab from the wallet!  "Look how many tampons we can get for $50!"
A left hook "This will last you half a year!"

IM swings a paw, "I don't need that many" and misses just as FFM bobs out of the way.  He's got her on the ropes and he knows it.

They circle each other, sizing one another up.  Money vs. mayhem, bottom line vs. bottom parts, paycheck vs. period.  It is an epic battle.

FFM looks away to calculate the per tampon price.

IM takes her chances and swings from the uterus. "I won't need them after this month because we will be pregnant!"  A total KO!

IM: Now where are those Cream Puffs? 

The crowd (one old man with a squeaky wheeled cart) goes by wild!

Join us next month when Frugal Frankie Merman and Infertile Myrtle have a rematch at the Smart and Final Store (sale on Maxi Pads)!



*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!





Adventures in Infertility #4

#4 Awkward Moments Hall of Fame
Putting the Fun in Infertility since 1999



Cry, Cry Again:

Cried in Relief Society when a friend announced she was pregnant.  Excused myself to go to the ladies room and saw this in the mirror...

Cried again because I looked like that.  Of course, now we laugh about it.  At least she does. ;)


It's Just a Game:

Ever cried over losing in a game?  Try crying over losing ALL the games at a baby shower because you don't know anything about babies.  Because you don't have one.  Jokes on them because while they were diving up the prizes you ate all the cream puffs!  Who's the loser now!!

And why do they have so much food at baby showers anyway?  Sad?  Have a sandwich, or ten. ;)




After 13 year of trying, missed your period.
Miss your period for 2 months in a row. 
Refuse to take a pregnancy test.  
Finally do.
It is negative.  
Go to the Dr.  
Blood test is negative.  
Go home. 
Husband still at work.
Phone rings.
Refuse to answer the phone.
Phone rings.
Refuse to answer the phone.
Get in jammies.
Watch TV with Ben and Jerry's.
Knock on the door.
Friends who come bringing comfort and cheer.
And errands.
They take me, in my jammies, to run errands.
And get fro-yo.
How did they know it was just what I needed?



*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!


Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday's Matter: Indian Leg Wrestling

At our house, and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family time.  A Family Home Evening (FHE)!  We feel like being silly makes everything more fun so we often start by welcoming each other out to Family Home Evening.  We begin as we start to cook dinner  It goes a little something like this...

Me: I would like to welcome everyone out to Family Home Evening tonight (as I look around at my husband and our cat Sirius).

Him:  (My hubby rushes in to interrupt) We will have an opening prayer given by my lovely wife!

Me:  (To which I reply)  Followed by a spiritual thought given by my husband!

Him:  But first!  An opening song! (we randomly select a song we may or may not know and sing it acapella)

*Note: it is important to get the drop on your spouse so that you can throw them off and make them bless them with the harder responsibilities of the night. ;)

I always have a backup plan just in case.  Here is what's up for tonight's FHE:

A little Scripture Study and discussion:

    Enos 1:2. A Wrestle before God

    Enos praying
  • Enos did not wrestle with God. The record states that Enos wrestled before God in prayer. Such wrestling is the struggle to find and express one’s real desires under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Praying in this manner requires that a person eliminate vain, trite, or insincere repetitions and to pour the deepest desires of his or her heart into words. Each phrase becomes an expression of yearning and desire to do God’s will. Such prayers are assisted and guided by the Holy Spirit, “for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26)


And for the Activity:  I give you INDIAN LEG WRESTLING!!!!!!




This is going to be EPIC!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Date Night Done Right

Date night is a big deal in the Gariety household.  We do date night right!  I look forward to it every week and we are always looking for new, fun things to do.  This week's date?  Bullriding!




Modesto Junior College is hosting this event, which features some of the West Coast’s top and up-and-coming bull riders and top-flight bulls. Saturday at 6 p.m. About 40 bull riders are expected to compete.  Now to find something to wear....





Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2014/01/07/3123000/bull-riders-coming-to-modesto.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

"Life is about courage and going into the unknown."





Based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber, Walter Mitty is a regular guy working hard to take care of everyone.  His only escape is daydreaming about an alter-egoed, adventurous self.  Shot on location in New York, Los Angels and Iceland, this heart warming and inspiring film is also beautiful to behold.   Not a curse word, off-color joke, bit of innuendo, nudity or vulgarity to be found in this PG rated flick (although he does say the d-i-c-k word twice). 

This movie spoke to my soul.  I don't know about you but I dream of doing spontaneous, adventurous things.  As I watched this story unfold on the big screen I could not keep the smile off of my face.

Adventures in Infertility #1

#1 Suggestion Box for the Infertility Office

A few helpful suggestions for your fertility office:


  • You should think about opening up a See's Candy Store or therapist's office next door to your clinic.
  • When calling me to give me my pregnancy results, don't call my home number and leave a message to "call you back", on a Friday at 4:59pm, when I am at work and won't get the message until after you have left for the weekend.
  • Any staff members who say, "Just relax and then it will happen" or, my personal favorite, "I have a friend who got pregnant after  (insert number here) years" should be given 30 lashes let go from the office.
  • Please do not repeat the following scenario...

Dr enters room.  
Dr: "So you are not pregnant" 
Me: "Yup."  
Dr: "You want to try again?"
Me: "Yes."

Dr leaves room.  Charges $450 for visit.

  • Separate waiting rooms for those who are pregnant and awaiting their ultrasounds and those who are NOT and are waiting for their ultrasounds. "So when are you due?" =  Bursts into tears = Big ol' pile of awkward.
  • If you can't get me pregnant, please give me a full refund.

Thank you for your kind consideration!

*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!


Adventures in Infertility #3

#3 Answers to the Question: "When are you going to have kids?"
(With special guest panelist the fantastic Mr. Gariety!)

Awkward:
*They are all out of white ones.

Confusing:
*We put in an order for one a while ago, it seems to be lost in transit somewhere.  Where is that UPS tracking number?

Assaulting:
*We been trying but must be doing it wrong.  Can you come over later and show us how it is supposed to be done?

In Depth:
*Well...my uterus is broken (that is about as far as you have to go before they turn green).

Capitalist:
*We are waiting until we make our first million.

Selfish:
I don't want to ruin my body (said by the hubbster).

Self-depricating:
I am already in my 7th trimester (hubbster again, said while rubbing his belly).

Main Stream:
*Ain't Nobody Got Time For That!

*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Adventures in Infertility #2

#2 Getting Pregnant is FUN!

That is right prying family member and uninhibited friend, it is so much fun I'm going to try and get pregnant for 14 years.

Sex is fun.  Getting pregnant is...all about charts, timing, mechanics, Dr's, ultrasounds, surgeries, medications, depleted bank accounts, frazzled nerves and  awkward situations.  It is a lot of things but it is not fun.


*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Monday, January 6, 2014

1 Small Step for Mankind...4,737 Feet From the Valley Floor

A few years ago I read The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women. "Dawn Dais hated running. And it didn't like her much, either. Her fitness routine consisted of avoiding the stairs in her own house, because who really has the energy to climb stairs?" Hilarious book but I didn't relate to it much because I was in really good shape. I took 4 aerobics classes a week, swam every other day and was not working so I could spend as much time as I wanted planning and preparing meals. Fast forward a few years, I am working full time, with very little free time after work, and I haven't exercised at ALL since my surgery last year. I think I've been scared to push myself too far. That is why, this summer, I am preparing to hike...wait for it...HALF DOME. For the first time E-V-E-R.

The first step.  Get off the couch.  I'll let you know how that one goes.
Oh, and Michael, he is preparing to do a 50 miler with the Boy Scouts this summer.
Heaven Help Us