Saturday, 26 October 2013

Finding my sunshine

OK, I promised and I'm sticking to it.  Happy post!  Or at least, a slightly less depressing post.  But just so you know how hard I'm working at this, the rest of my week did not improve.  I found out about no fewer than four pregnancies this week.  First my frenemy Calla, who I already mentioned.  Then M's friend, who was the MC at our wedding, and two girls from work.  The kicker: one of them goes to my fertility clinic.  We bumped into her there one morning while waiting for bloodwork.  She ended up asking me to go for coffee a few weeks later and asked my advice; she wasn't actually a patient of the clinic but was there for testing at her gyno's recommendation.  She apparently wasn't ovulating and her gyno was attempting to fix it by throwing all sorts of crap at it (clomid, injectables) that honestly made no sense to me.  My response: get thee to a proper RE, girlfriend!  She ended up seeing the same RE that I had been with during the Formerly Pregnant RE's maternity leave, and obviously they figured things out.  I seriously feel like I should get baby karma points for that one, if such things exist.

Anyway, onwards and upwards.  I honestly couldn't believe it when I got nominated for the Sunshine Award.  As I said to Amber, I'm usually such a little rain cloud!  But apparently some of you are suckers for my particular brand of snark-tastic ranting, so here goes:

There are apparently rules here.  I've had a bad week and I'm feeling rebellious, so eff your rules.  I don't need no stinkin' rules!  I will however answer your questions.  Five from each nominator to make up the requisite ten.

Questions from Daryl:

1.  What crazy celebrity baby name do you secretly love?
I don't really follow celebrities so I had to Google this one.  I think that Moxie CrimeFighter (daughter of magician Penn Jillette) is pretty bad ass.  Unfortunately we'll never be able to name a girl Moxie as it is also the name of M's brother's cat.

2.  What’s the best thing on TV right now?
If you don't already know the answer to this one, then you haven't been paying attention.  

I'm a sucker for eye candy, what can I say.  Hubba hubba.

Games of Thrones is also up there, but we don't have HBO so I have to wait for DVDs or a visit to my folks.  Same thing for Breaking Bad on Netflix.  I have no idea how it ended yet.  Don't spoil it for me or I swear I will hunt you down and hurt you.  

3.  What’s your favorite family recipe?  
This is super easy but for some reason my mom only does it on big turkey days (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter).  Instead of regular mashed potatoes, she mashes them up and then forms them into little logs and rolls them in egg wash, then in crushed up Corn Flakes (bonus: gluten free for my celiac sister!).  Then they get baked for a few minutes, so when you eat them the outside is nice and crispy while the inside stays soft and fluffy.  Dee-lish!

4.  What’s your hidden talent? 
I'm a really really good speller.  If I ever use spell-check (rarely) it's just to find typos. 
5.  How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
It's usually an hour from getting out of bed to getting out the door.  That's at a leisurely pace, though.  I could do it in 20 minutes if I rushed and skipped the hair straightener and breakfast.

Questions from Amber:

6.  Most embarrassing moment?
Gawd, it's been over 20 years and I still cringe at this one.  But here goes.  I was always a big reader as a kid and when I was about 13 or 14 I started reading more adult books.  You know, the kind with actual sex scenes in them.  Nothing 50 Shades of Grey-ish, just your normal romance novels or whatever that had more explicit sexytimes than I'd been used to in my Sweet Valley High books.  For whatever reason, a friend and I decided to take a stab at writing our own sex scenes, even though we knew absolutely nothing about sex at all.  I wrote what is probably some of the world's worst erotic fiction (scratch that, we have Twilight now) in the back of my diary, and promptly forgot about it.  A while later, after a day during which I'd been a particularly heinous teenage bitch to my mom, my mother dug out my diary and read it to see what was going on with me.  Of course, she found the sex scene and freaked out, thinking that it was maybe real or based on a true experience.  What followed was probably the most embarrassing, awkward conversation with my parents that I've ever had, wherein they asked me about it and I tried to explain that I had no idea what I was talking about and I'd just made it up because I wanted to try my hand at writing it.  I guess I must have eventually convinced them, but to be honest I've blocked a lot of the actual conversation out because it still makes my face red to think about it. 

7.  How did you and your spouse meet? 
This is actually a really awesome story that should be the subject of its own post.  Not so much how we met (the most boring part), but how we ended up dating and eventually getting married is pretty good.  Spoiler: it involves someone getting shot.  I'm not even a little bit kidding on this one.  Someone was shot with an honest-to-jeebus gun in the story of our relationship.  Don't worry, the person is fine.  And now I know the subject of my next post!

8.  What is your most prized possession/keepsake? 
Tough one.  Probably my engagement and wedding rings.  Not that they're super fancy or expensive or anything, but because of what they symbolize.  I was never a ring-wearer before I got engaged, and now I feel weird if I forget them for some reason. 

9.  Exercise - Love it or Hate it? 
Both.  I hate doing it, but love how it makes me look and feel.  It's the very definition of a love/hate relationship.

10.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I used to whine about my stubby legs or my belly pooch, but now I would fix my shitty ovaries, obviously.  I'd also love to be able to have a more optimistic outlook on things, as opposed to seeing the glass half empty all the time.

Thanks for the nomination, ladies!


  1. Omg your embarrassing moment.... That made ME red in the face :). And I'm dying to read your next post about someone being shot as part of your story in how you started dating your hubs!!

  2. thanks for sharing more about yourself! Your embarrassing story is awesome, but how embarrassing! Must have been embarrassing for your parents, too. If my mom ever read my diary I think I would have run away from home. Looking forward to reading your love story: sounds awesome!!

  3. You better write that post about how you and your husband got together!

    I think my most embarrassing moment was when my mom wanted to give me the birds and bees talk in Garfields (a restaurant.) A restaurant that allowed you to draw on the tables....which she did. The sperm had smiley faces and all. To say I was mortified when our male teenage waiter walked by is an understatement!

  4. There's nothing worse than trying to feel positive and move forward and then getting slammed with pregnancy announcements! I always calm myself with knowing they have 9 months before the birth and I reassuringly tell myself that I'll be pregnant before the birth, so I won't care. Whatever it takes to keep going! That's my motto.

  5. Awww, thanks for that burst of sunshine through the rain clouds! I'm just kidding of course. I fully believe you are deserving of this award, even if you don't think so yourself. Okay, your embarrassing story is an excellent one. That must have been mortifying! For you and your parents both. And I cannot wait for your next post! I need to hear the rest of that story about how you and your husband came to be dating.

  6. I'm dying to hear the rest of the story of how you two ended up together! I hope answering a few silly questions brightened your day a little. All those pregnancy announcements are tough, especially one right after another.

  7. I am currently waiting for the "gun shot" post. I'm also jealous of your excellent spelling. I wish I had that skill. I also wish I had shiny, fantastic lady parts that produced lots of children:-)

  8. I need to try that potato recipe, it sounds DELICIOUS!!!

    I will be waiting for your next post, your stories are always so good!

  9. Really curious/intrigued by the shot post....

  10. I love your embarrassing story answer. I think both having your mother find that story AND finding that story in your daughter's diary would be equally terrifying. ha ha.
    Sorry about all the pregnancy announcements. Yuck.

  11. I can't wait to hear more about the gunshot!! 0_0

  12. Ha ! Your embarrassing moment?? Jeez, I did something similar and I lost it! So who knows who's hands got on it. And it was pretty detailed. Yikes, that brings back memories! And I am intrigued about that potato recipe :)

  13. This makes a lot of sense--people who love to read are also generally good at spelling and writing. And you have serious writing skills!


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