Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Don't Think So

For anyone who hasn't stalked my temp chart yet today, the temps have dropped and my not friend Spot has showed up. Guess I'll be moving my unused pregnancy test to the new house. Let's hope I get to move lots of stuff to the new house soon. Still no offers on our old house.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Updates all Around

Let's all keep our fingers crossed that we get a good offer this week. We've had more people look at our house in the past three days than we ever had. We had two appointments on Friday, four on Saturday and over a dozen people/families come by at the open house today. The realtor said that two of the families have their children in the private Christian school around the corner and they live far away and want to move closer to the school since they go for drop offs/pickups around three times a day. Sounds very promising. The only competition we really have is the neighbors next door's house that's on the market too, but it seems people like our house better, which is good, as we're asking a little more than them.

We had the QA walkthrough at the new house on Thursday. It went well. Identified a bunch of dings in the walls I want them to spackle/repaint and some scratched up cabinet doors. Real minor things. You really had to look for them. I'm good at that. My detail oriented skills got a good workout.

Work was really rough on Friday. Disk space allocation issues. We were at 99-100% allocated for the better part of the day. We had some files manually pushed off to HSM, but I'm not sure why auto-migration didn't pick them up automatically. I have some server reports to analyze tonight to figure that out. Sorry for the work-speak. I had to get it out of my system.

All that has been keeping my mind somewhat off the two-week wait. It's almost up. Half a week more to go. I can test on Wednesday. I'm really happy I haven't seen any back pain I usually get with PMS yet. I'm hoping if I get it or not, that the back pain part stays away. I've been fighting with that since I had Phoebe. And considering that I've been reading that some childbirths can really take away a lot of a woman's qi, that that was the culprit of a lot of my problems: the back pain, sciatica, low sex drive, PMS, bad periods, etc. I've gotten rid of most of these symptoms with TCM, yoga, diet, and supplements, but the back pain one has really stuck in there.

Oh, I almost forgot, I finished reading a book today that my friend K let me borrow, "Lady Chatterley's Lover." I liked it. It was kind of slow in the beginning, but really good.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Tag I'm It

Thank you to everyone for all your comments on my last post. To keep my mind off my two-week wait, I've been tagged by Mandy, so here it is:

4 Jobs I've Had in my Life
  1. Grocery store checkout girl
  2. Fiber Optics Lab Technician
  3. Network Engineer
  4. Project Manager

4 Movies I Would Watch Over and Over

  1. Bridget Jones's Diary (and The Edge of Reason too!)
  2. Jack and Sarah
  3. Dune
  4. A&E's Pride & Prejudice

4 Places I Have Lived (and I'm moving back to PA?)

  1. Delaware
  2. Philadelphia, PA
  3. Philadelphia suburbs
  4. Northeastern PA (north of Poconos)

4 TV Shows I Love to Watch

  1. Nip/Tuck
  2. Smallville
  3. Charmed
  4. Beauty and the Geek

4 Websites I Visit Daily (I'm not counting blogs)

  1. For Better or Worse Comic Strip
  2. Boards for Working Women/Working Moms - esp under "The Balancing Act"
  3. XPN Music to listen to while I work
  4. People Magazine - gotta get my celebrity pic fix

4 of My Favorite Foods

  1. Green tea
  2. Oatmeal with dried cranberries and walnuts
  3. Soft boiled eggs
  4. Pasta in a good cream sauce

4 Places I'd Rather Be Right Now

  1. On my yoga mat
  2. Walking my dog
  3. Watching a movie with my family
  4. Spending time with my friends

I'll be a wus and not tag anyone today. Thanks, Mandy. Definately kept my mind of it for awhile.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Once Again - The Two Week Wait

If you are one of those people who have a life and don't look at my link to my temp chart, I'll let you all know.... we are now in the two week waiting period. We've given it a really good go this month, and I've been feeling really good since I started taking 4.5g of spirulina a day. It's supposed to be good for endometriosis. Let's all keep our collective fingers crossed. If all goes well, I'll be able to test on February 1st or 2nd, a week before we close on the new house. I really need an excuse not to have to move heavy boxes. Considering I've never gotten pregnant without a doctor's assistance, that would be a really good reason.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

My Feelings on Brangelina

I've seen quite a few posts in the infertile world with the opinion of thinking that Angelina Jolie is a stupid, odd woman. I'll attempt to give the other side. I think she's odd, but I also think she rocks! I think it's fantastic that she's more interested in the issues of the world (and more importantly the people in the world that need help) than going to some red carpet affair and being hung up in looking perfect for the camera all the time. I think her beauty and grace show through in the way she handles herself and her family.

I've had some family members make comments about pre-Brad that she would meet friends/lovers at hotels and wouldn't mix that with her home life with her children. I applauded that. I've always said if something ever happened to DH, I would probably never marry again. But of course I'd still have needs that must be taken care of and I wouldn't want DD to know about that side of my life. I want to be able to talk to her about sex, but without personal experiences thrown in.

On Brad. I think he's OK. Not really my cup of tea. I think DH and Colin Firth are much sexier than Brad. But some woman seem to think he's the hottest thing, so....

I've heard some people comment badly on her adopting from around the world and how Maddox when he was too said he liked Africa and wanted a brother or sister from there. You have to understand, she was repeating what a two-year-old said. As all mothers, she thought it was fantastic and endearing. I'm sure it wasn't the only reason she adopted her daughter. I think she must think about these things very carefully like we all do. I also think that some of these comments are akin to "mother-bashing" which is something I don't like to partake in.

This all said, I AM JEALOUS! As an infertile woman, I'm frustrated that she hasn't even married the man yet, and she gets an "oops baby" and is walking around all cute and glowing with her belly bump and her two other kids (maybe this proves one of those sayings we all hate "adopt and you'll get pregnant"). I wish I had the money to be able to adopt babies from around the world and have them as part of our family. I wish I had a job and the money to travel around the world with my family and help plead the plight of refugees around the world.

So there, it's said and done.

On another topic, which isn't mommy-bashing, but I was irritated. I showed up on-time to my parent-teacher conference with Phoebe's Pre-K teacher and five minutes into it, another parent and her son show up for their PT conference. They were either 20 minutes late or 10 minutes early. They were standing about 15 feet away while I'm trying to ask about Phoebe's strengths and weaknesses. I didn't like having such a private conversation in front of another parent and classmate (I think he was part time and not in school that day), so we kind of cut it a little short. I did get the jist that she's fabulously intelligent, loves numbers and is very intested in reading and sounding out words. She gets frustrated though sometimes and has temper tantrums that we've been working on. It's more of her perfectionist self coming out.

I told her teacher we've been helping her laugh it off and make her see a funny joke in it. I hope she tries it. It's really been working for us. For example, this morning, Phoebe got upset that her father made her bed. Apparently, she wanted to do it and started to cry. I smiled at her and told her to make her happy I'd let her make every bed in the house, every day, for the rest of her life. She laughed. We continued that the new house will have even more beds, and we'll make sure that she needs to make them every day too. She kept giggling and it was over.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Death of a Cell Phone

My Treo cell phone/PDA/MP3 player is on it's last legs. I have no idea what happened to it, but I'm glad I got the extended warranty/service package with Verizon. It really hasn't fallen much or have any visible damage, but the touch screen won't work. It really is very had to navigate using only buttons and you can't play games at all (biggest problem!). So I went to Verizon and called the data support team and they Fed Ex'ed me a new one. It's waiting at home for me right now. I could've had it yesterday, but no one was home, so I asked DH to work from home this morning to have them drop it off.

Things have been nuts the past few days. Getting lots of stuff together. On Sunday night, I got all the additional documentation the mortgage company wanted while Tom was studying. He however, got the job of dropping off the documents at the mortgage company as it was too big to fax.

Today's spare moments (ha!) have been spent getting 2 different quotes for home and auto insurance for the new address. We may use our current insurance agent to get our insurance, or we may go through my company's discount with MetLife. I got the one quote from MetLife already and the one from our agent should come in today. Can't wait to get that nailed down and sent to the mortgage company. And tell me, who really knows before they move in what fire company supports them and how far away the fire hydrant is from the propery??? Those questions kill me. I, of course, called the builder to find out.

I need to take some boxes home and start packing some stuff that is not necessary. I'd like to pack up/clean out the china cabinet as we're not taking the china cabinet and I can get it out of the house now. I also want to clean out the filing cabinet in the study, as I'm sure we don't need the statements from our electric bill from the past 3 years!!!

Gotta go and pick up the munchkin from school!!! I have cleaned out some of the blogs I read, but I need to add a few more to my list, as well as start posting more comments on the blogs I read. As part of the delurking week last week, which I didn't have time to participate in, if you read me, please say hi! I'm curious to see who is besides the very few that I notice as my "regular readers."

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Closer and Closer

It's getting much closer to our closing date for the new house. We stopped by yesterday after Phoebe's ice skating class, as we had people coming to see our old house (please bid soon people!). It looks fantastic. They've pretty much finished and had all the cardboard pulled up from the tile floors and plastic from the carpets. It's amazing!!!

We've got a lot of stuff to get done with putting final documents together for the mortgage, starting to request utilities to be turned on, and of course packing. I have some boxes already as they moved my desk at work finally, so I can sit in the same building as my department. That's going to save me some time at work. I kept the moving boxes at work and I'm going to bring them home to start packing with them. I'll also probably start raiding the copy paper boxes too.

We stopped by the vineyard after we finished at the house. We met up with K&G there. They're doing very well and optimistic for the future tries at parenthood. K started taking her temperatures and she's showing them to me to help her analyze them. The vineyard owner's daughter, came by. She's three years old. Phoebe and her had a lot of fun together. It was so cute to see Phoebe help her down the stairs and then they were playing Ring around the Rosie.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Music History 101

I was in the car the other day with Phoebe and I put on a CD, as the radio stations in the rush hour ride home talk too much. I put on The Pet Shop Boys. Here's the conversation that followed:

Phoebe: Is that The Beatles?
Me: No, it's The Pet Shop Boys.
Phoebe: The radio doesn't play The Beatles often, do they?
Me: No, they don't. Not as much as we'd like.
Phoebe: Why's that? Is it 'cause Mr. Lennon died? (Yes, she said Mister, not John)

Where some of this came from. We used to leave for work earlier (yeah, we need to do that again) and there is a radio program on at 7 AM where they play about 20 minutes of Beatles. It's called "Breakfast with the Beatles." She obviously misses listening to Mommy singing these songs at the top of her lungs first thing in the morning. Also, she seems to remember me making her listen to NPR on the anniversary of John Lennon's death and talking to her about what happened. Her little five-year-old mind also seems to like to know what the names of people are in music groups and remembers it. As well as the fact that I like her to call adults with Mr. or Ms. in the title.

Later Question from Phoebe in same car ride: Mommy, what are the names of The Pet Shop Boys?
Me: Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.

I think I need to play her some more Green Day. I did get Madonna's new CD this past weekend. Haven't had time to open it.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

It's All Coming Together

I'm so happy!!!! I got the best news yesterday at work! I got an "Exceeds Expectations" on my review this year (very hard with our forced ranking at our company). I haven't gotten that in 3 years. I also got the promotion to Senior Project Manager that I've been working for during those 3 years as well. My boss actually said I'm his right-hand person!!! You have no idea what this means to me. I've had my work-ego broken down over the past few years from bad managers and upper-management in the department I was in. If you remember, I took a risk in the summer and changed to a different department. I left the Info Technology department and went to Marketing, but still in a technical project management role. It's so nice to see it all coming together and to reap the rewards from a calculated risk.

We have an open house tomorrow, so I have some extra cleaning I want to get done before then. Tom's not feeling well, and he's at school, so we bought him some cold medicine for when he gets home.

Here's the bad news, K&G had a miscarriage. She was 5 weeks along. Her second HcG was 7 down from 23. They were upset rightfully so. I told her it's upsetting and disappointing no matter when it happens. Just because you may not have been far along doesn't mean it's not upsetting. I'm sure we can all agree with this. The good news is that she can get pregnant. She's going to start charting her temps instead of using ovulation predictor kits as she's had a hard time with them. I'm going to help her with the temperature charting. I'm hoping they have much better luck next time.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

A Pep Talk for Me

Getting back into the non-holiday routine is rough, so I need a little pep talk from myself. First here's how I'm feeling and then the correlating happy thoughts:
  • Annoyed that I couldn't wake up earlier than 6:15 AM, which meant that I didn't get to work out this morning.
  • My hips hurt today, as I'm PMS. I've been spotting for three days. My temp dropped today, so I'm sure it'll be here full force tomorrow.
  • Frustrated that I've been working hard all day, and I still have much more to do.
  • I didn't get much personal planning done last night.
Here's the things I know I should be happy about:
  • The sun is out for the first time in three days, and I might be able to exercise tonight by walking the dog. I think I may need to make some yoga time as well.
  • I may have some of my PMS symptoms gone. No stomach/digestion issues, and I haven't been exhausted.
  • I'm employed, I like my job, and I'm working very hard to stay on track with what needs to be completed.
  • I did do my nails last night and relaxed. They look really good, so I wore my favorite emerald ring on today. Oohh! and one of my favorite funky necklaces with a moon face and hand on it. DH bought it at some "New Age" shop near his office last year. He knows I love that stuff!

We still don't have any offers on our current house!!!! Please send good house offer vibes our way.

Also, please keep my friends K&G in your thoughts and prayers. She had a blood test that confirmed she is pregant, but then at work last night she was spotting. She called the doctor and he said to stay off her feet and not go to work today if she still was spotting (she's an OR nurse and can't be off her feet at work!). I really want this to work out for her. I wish all my friends could have no issues having their babies. Especially so I can play with them and babysit! Sometimes I secretly remember how nice it is to be the "Cool Aunt."

I feel a little better so now back to work!

Monday, January 02, 2006

Life in Fast Forward

We've been incredibly busy the past few weeks with the holidays and visiting family. We had a great Christmas and New Year. Couldn't have asked for anything better. We've also been off work since 19 Dec and go back tomorrow!!! I'm actually quite energized again for work. It's been a tough year there this year, but the changes I've made I know will be making this year much better.

In our time off, we've gotten to see lots of movies, which was fun! We saw "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" in the theater with Phoebe. It was amazing. I've wanted to see something like this since I was a kid reading these stories. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. The special effects were incredible! The battle scenes! Peter riding a unicorn going into battle with the White Witch! And if anyone has seen it, doesn't Lucy look just like Drew Barrymore in "E.T"? Exactly how I always pictured her. I have to admit the beginning scenes made me think really hard about what the children in Europe during WWII went through. We don't hear anything about this in the USA, we've never had to endure midnight bomb raids. It must've been terrifying to children. I can't imagine trying to comfort Phoebe through something like that.

We also rented the new Willy Wonka and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." I wasn't expecting to like the new Willy Wonka. We're big fans of the original here. Even Phoebe calls this one "Willy Wonka 2." She really wanted to rent it, so we did and watched as a family movie. I've never liked any of Tim Burton's movies, but this was really good. "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" was entertaining in the fact it had Angelina Jolie, whom I adore. The action and some of the dialogue was funny and good. I won't buy the video though.

Also, it looks like my friend K is pregnant. She's my closest friend and lives 5 minutes from our new house. I really congratulate K and her husband G. They've been working hard at this. They were starting to talk about going for testing. Believe it or not, I'm really glad they don't have to go there. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. She's still very cautious. She had two positive and one negative POAS and she's calling the doctor to see if they are in today. Let's all keep our fingers crossed for her!!!

The last bit of fantastic news is we're signing on the dotted line for the new house on 10 Feb!!! We don't have any offers on our current house, but we did have an unexpected visit on 31 Dec. We weren't expecting anyone to want to see the house on New Year's Eve. We were lounging around relaxing and got a call. Had to get out of the house quickly. The agent is asking if we want to reduce the price for the open house this weekend. We're thinking about it, but if we do we're taking our refigerator, dishwasher, washer & dryer, water treatment system, and master bedroom ceiling fan with us when we move. We'll replace the dishwasher and ceiling fan with standard items. Ours are quite upgraded. We'll see how it goes.