Friday, April 27, 2007

Productive Day from Nowhere

Can someone explain to me why the days that you want to be the most productive you end up feeling like you accomplished nothing, but a day that you have low expectations to be productive end up being amazingly so. I had accomplished a lot yesterday which was really wierd considering it was "Take Your Child to Work Day." Phoebe came to work with me for the morning and then DH met us for lunch and took her home for the afternoon. I got so much work done yesterday and stayed a little longer (it was about 5:30 PM when I left) so I could do a little more email cleanout. Then I got home and made dinner, moved laundry, brushed out the dog (labs shed like mad at this time of the year), put Frontline on the dog, cleaned up after dinner, fixed my timer with superglue that I hadn't had time to do for weeks now, called a friend to discuss my mac issues to get advice, and went through a few papers to make sure things weren't too late. I hope I have another productive day today.

Phoebe had a good time at my work, but we were busy the whole time. I took her to the cafeteria for breakfast. She had a pancake and a sausage link with syrup over everything. She ate at my desk while I made some calls and looked at my emails. Then she came to a staff meeting and sat for an hour there coloring and drawing. She got antsy about 5 minutes before it was over and nicely whispered in my ear "Will this be over soon?" I didn't have the heart to tell her we usually run over an hour, but then we got kicked out of the conference room. I worked on some more projects at my desk while she drew on my white board and was using post-it notes too for her artwork. By that time, DH had arrived and we went to Subway for lunch.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Love My New Computer

I got a new computer this week, which is awesome considering I haven't had a new computer in over a decade. The computer I've been using was a hand-me-down from DH's work. It's ancient. Anyway, got a new Apple 17" screen notebook. It is the coolest thing ever! Only thing I'm trying to figure out is that if DH is working on his school laptop on the wireless network, my wireless network connection seems to get run over and I eventually can't work on the network anymore. I need to figure out how to fix that one. So I'm getting used to a whole new OS. I'm sure eventually it will be no big deal. Once I get used to all this, I'll probably move my blog to my .mac account so I can do more and prettier things with my blogging capabilities.

I went to see TCM guy on Tuesday. I'm loving it. I'm on herbs now for the coldness. He's trying to work on my Liver Qi stagnation mostly with acupuncture. I go back in two weeks. So we're doing what we can right now during "make the baby time." We'll see what happens in two and a half weeks.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Weekend Update

Wow! What a beautiful weekend! An update on the juice fast though. I couldn't make it past dinner time. I had to have something as I was getting very cranky and weak and I had to drive up to Villanova to drop something off for DH, so I had some mung beans and rice. At least it was good for me.

Saturday, I cleaned the house and we had some friends and their kids come over for dinner and hang out. Dinner was great! Very summer inspired and it was all my creation. We had grilled chicken (from my grill pan, we need a new outside grill), baby greens salad with mandarin oranges, and an awesome black bean salad recipe I found. Everything was great, but the black bean salsa was a hit. When I showed the wife the recipe, she asked if it even had the pumpkin seeds in it and when I said yes, she was surprised. We played around with the karaoke machine. All Sunday I had Copacabana going through my head, as we were having fun goofing off with singing that.

Sunday, was such a beautiful day. We went to the mall and had some retail therapy: some new clothes for Phoebe, nail polishes for both of us, some Corona t-shirts for DH. Then we went to the Apple store. I so much want a new laptop. I think I'm in love!!! We are getting money back from taxes this year. I think we should spend some of it on a new laptop and I want it to be mostly mine, mine, mine! I've been working off this piece of junk for quite some time and I'm sick of it. We didn't even buy this one. It was a hand-me-down from DH's company when it went of the books. Then we went to Cosco to pick up a few things. We stopped at Wawa on the way home and picked up some hoagies for a picnic in our backyard for dinner. It was so nice sitting on an old quilt in our backyard. We were able to find out that the backyard doesn't get much sun in the evening, so our plans to put a patio out there will be great. In the hot days of summer, it will be nice and shady and the view of the woods behind us are wonderful. Then we all took the dog for a nice long walk. Phoebe's getting much better at taking long walks. Afterward, we surprised Phoebe by taking us all out for ice cream at this farm near our house. She lost her 7th tooth on the way home from the ice cream place! .... I'm back now. I just got reminded by typing this to do the tooth fairy thing, LOL! It's one of her side top teeth and she lost it when she took a bite out of the sugar cone from her ice cream. After we came home from ice cream, she got in the shower, washed her hair, and then I did her nails with the new nail polish. I did my nails too after she went to bed and then we watched a movie. It was The Break up with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. I didn't like it that much. I was starting to fall asleep and when I would wake up from dozing, I didn't feel like I lost that much. The ending seemed weird too.

Today, I'll be working from home. Taking Phoebe to the chiropractor's to see what her x-rays show as well as have my one-year anniversary checkup. Tomorrow I get to go back to TCM guy for acupuncture and I should be starting my herb formula with him tomorrow.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Juice Fast Day

I decided to do a juice fast today. Funny thing is I decided after I left the house and had brought my lunch and stuff with me. I'll eat it tomorrow. I realized today was the perfect day to do this as AF just finished and I should try to clean out the works considering I've been in such a chocolate mood lately. It's all gone from the house now and good riddance!

I also just found a great new website today http://www.christinacooks.com. All healthy, whole-foods recipes. I really need to spend more time in that big loverly kitchen I have.

I have to go to Newark, DE this afternoon to pick up Tom's final paper and bring it to him up at Villanova, as it's due tomorrow. So I'll stop by my favorite juice bar in Newark this afternoon and pick up more wheatgrass juice and buy a large veggie juice (my favorite is called "Rainbow Magic") to hold me over until tomorrow. Other than veggie juice, I've had lots of water and herbal tea.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

I never know what to title these posts. So no title. Lots of train of thought here.

To answer Bonsai's question, I found this TCM practicioner through one of the nurses at The Birth Center in Wilmington, DE. This particular nurse is also an herbologist, and I called to see if she could help me. She talked to me and discussed that if I really like TCM and want to continue that route that she knew of this guy who only takes clients right now that are referred to him from someone he knows, but that she'd be happy to refer me as it sounds like we'd be a great fit. I didn't do any of these things during any of the times I was trying to get pregnant. I've always been a stress-laden, Type-A, coffee-swilling, wine drinking gal. I started trying more holistic methods after going through years of inferility treatments (mostly OI/IUI and 2 rounds of IVF). And yes, I still didn't clean up my diet when I was going through the treatments, mostly because I felt if it worked once before (my six-year-old daughter), it would work again. Ha, ha, ha, goes the universe!

So the latest thing I've been working on is trying to relax more. I've realized how stressed out I've made myself over the past few years. I'm always worrying about something that I'm not doing or not doing right. I'm trying to change my way of thinking as well as get more organized. I've been reading Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern and trying to use the ideas to get my act together more, so I'm not always stressing about what I need to be doing or haven't done. I also started doing the imagery exercises on the CD from Julia Indichova's website in the morning and evening as she recommends. I do find it relaxing and helpful for my moods. I also started reading her new book, The Fertile Female. Now that my period will be over soon (yes it came on Sunday), I plan to get back to my yoga mat, hopefully daily to help keep the stress monster away.

I am so glad I'm doing all this, because I'm surrounded with pregnant women and I'm really able to try to be happy for them. I just got back from lunch with the only other woman in my department and she's five months pregnant. She had some complications in the beginning, so she's just telling people now. She's also just getting visible. I never noticed the past few times I saw her until today, but I knew that was the news she would be telling me anyway. I had some strange PG intuition going on. I'm actually very happy for her, even though it's their third child. She's a really cool lady.

Friday, April 13, 2007

TCM Update

Went to the new TCM doctor yesterday. I really like him. I'm not on any herbs yet as he's going to take his time to research what is best. He did some acupuncture and we found that my Conception Meridian was blocked. We worked on that as well as my Liver and Spleen Qi deficiency which is what my primary diagnosis was. I was so glad I did this. With all the reading I've been doing I've been getting confused as to what my primary problems were and how to adjust my diet and exercise accordingly. But this diagnosis really covers the big issues of my erratic mood swings. I get so irritable one moment and weepy the next. Poor DH. I try not to show these mood swing issues, but in hiding them, it makes me feel worse sometimes. I'm going back in two weeks and we should have my herbs by then. Until then I need to make more time for the elliptical machine and yoga and to try not to multitask when I'm eating.

My cycle this month is all confused. I spotted a little yesterday, but then nothing materialized. FF says I should have my period by now and that I had ovulated already. I think it's wrong and that I ovulated later. I think the higher temps were either me coming down with a touch of the cold Phoebe had or me not getting the temp at the right time or stuff like that. So now I'm not sure where I am or when I should POAS. All I know is I won't be drinking anything alcoholic this weekend. Not that I should with my new TCM diagnosis.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Happy Belated Easter

Haven't posted in awhile. I kind of fell off the blogger wagon last week, as my daughter was off for Spring Break. She spent a few days with Tom's parents and then we did some family things. My diet was followed as best as possible, but I'm back with renewed spirit, especially since my appointment with the new TCM guy is on Thursday. I'm very interested to see what he thinks. I'll be bringing my new book with me, Healing the Whole Foods Way. Amazon doesn't have it in stock, but my health food store did. This book is as big as a bible, but it's very interesting and has lots of recipes at the end. I've read through quite a bit of it by now and it's really helped me learn a lot about why to stay away from dairy and limit meat products and why carbs are not a bad thing. Refined carbs are bad. Brown rice, barley, potatoes. They can all be in a healthy diet. It also explains why alcohol is not good for you. Still my weak spot when out with friends socializing. I'm working on it.