Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Last Day

Today is the last day of January and I am HAPPY to see this month go. I am determined to make February be a better and more positive month for us.

I tend to deal with stress by cooking. I am addicted to finding and trying new recipes from Pinterest. I recently made Chicago deep dish pizza and it was amazeballs. The sauce was to DIE for. The crust needs a bit of tweaking but even NJhusband who is a solid thin crust kind of guy was loving it.

In the cookie category, I attempted a recipe for fudgie cookies that was an absolute MESS. They melted into one thin gloop on my pan that burned. I had to toss the whole thing and add it to my "never again" board on Pinterest.

I totally redeemed myself last night though. I tried a recipe for oatmeal cookies that was a major WIN. My only regret is not doubling the recipe. I rarely make a recipe I wouldn't tweak at least a little, but these little guys were 100% perfect and will definitely be added to our rotation. They even stayed chewy the next day! Score!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

You Just Have to Laugh....

I THOUGHT after the frozen pipes, had to tear 1/3 of my kitchen ceiling out to fix it debacle we were going to be on the upswing of the NJhousehold curse of 2013. Until that is, I got food poisoning a few days ago. 

Thankfully it was fairly mild, more intense discomfort than anything else (which is how I know its not morning sickness for those of you wondering). In the past 6 months of trying to conceive, NJhusband has gotten his hopes up at every mention of nausea or gastrointestinal distress and I just can't handle disappointing him any more than I already have so I chose to not to mention it to him. Let me tell you, food poisoning is INCREDIBLY hard to hide from your spouse! After 2 days I'm finally on the upswing. 

My mom (who has her own comedy of errors going on this month, including termites!)  says that February is bound to be better and we just have to make it to Friday. 

72 hours to go. What could POSSIBLY go wrong? 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Aaaand the Hits Just Keep on Coming....

Last night Orion started to cough and couldn't stop. His poor little body would heave while he was laying down trying to rest. Around 3:30am he started to wheeze and have trouble breathing. We rushed him to the vet and she thinks that he developed allergic bronchitis from the construction we had done over the weekend and yesterday's frozen pipe issue. I hope my puppy boy feels better soon. He makes such a cute patient:


Ok seriously 2013. I'm DONE. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Just Can't Catch a Break

I was woken this morning at 6am by the sounds of NJhusband swearing. He is normally VERY level headed and not much of a potty mouth at all so I knew something was up. Our pipes were frozen and we had NO water. 8 hours, 3 plumbers and who knows how much of our savings later, the diagnosis is that the pipes between our house and the house next door (here in urban land, the houses are connected) are frozen and the only way to properly insulate them is to tear out part of the wall in our kitchen. 

Pardon me while I revive myself. 

I was FOUR days ago our electrical issue was fixed and multiple holes were put in our walls and ceiling that we need to address, now a wall in ANOTHER room needs to be torn into. 

I just may cry. 

2013....you win. I am waving the white flag and surrendering. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Left ya Hanging!

Didn't mean to disappear on you guys! I appreciate the comments and emails I got in my absence.

I just started to feel better last week. This flu/cold really knocked me out and I'm sure was compounded by a lack of sleep and the sadness of losing my grandmother. I never did go to the doctor and get antibiotics, but I probably should have. Lesson learned.

I'm finding it hard to motivate myself to get back into some kind of routine. I have slacked on my therapy homework, on exercise and even grocery shopping. I know I need to, but I haven't. NJhusband has been patient, but even he is moving into the "life must go on" camp and I know I need to join him there.

I don't know if I mentioned it, but before Thanksgiving we discovered a fairly major electrical issue in our house. This past weekend, the contractor FINALLY came and rewired the house, but unfortunately it meant putting quite a few holes in my walls and ceilings, so I see some painting in our future. I've already chosen a lovely grey for our bedroom, but still need to pick the trim and ceiling colors, as well as some colors for our hallway.

Here is the bedroom color:


We recently picked up this comforter at CB2: 


 and all the photos in the room are black and whites from our engagement photo session so I think the grey is really going to look great. 

Now if only I could figure out a way to keep the dog hair out of the paint while we work. LOL Let's just call it "texture".

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

To Copay or Not to Copay

For those counting I have now been sick for 12 days. My flu has turned more into a lovely sinus pressure and post nasal drip combo. I keep hoping it will go away, but so far it has not. I hate taking unnecessary antibiotics and my experience has been that if you go to the doctor, they just prescribe them to you anyway, so I keep trying to wait it out and hope it clears up on its own. Though I have good health insurance, the copay system is such that you don't pay until after the visit and the insurance company decides the copay based on how much the service cost, so you end up getting a surprise bill a month or two later and I LOATHE that system so I generally just avoid the doctor if at all possible. Sidenote, the copay for my therapist: $6.67 per visit.  I'm happy it's mostly covered, but having to write a check each week for an amount I likely have in change in the seat of my car is annoying. 

It still hasn't fully hit that my grandmother has died. She fell ill the night before I arrived in Phoenix so I never got to see her before she passed. I was able to talk to her on the phone and though she couldn't respond because of the tubes, my Dad says she was following directions and understanding so at least there is that. I wish I could have given her news of a new great-grandchild, but I'm still not pregnant. The whole thing just happened so fast. She was 100% fine Christmas Eve and then fell suddenly ill overnight and was gone 11 days later. 

Come to think of it, perhaps I should just brave the copay....you just never know. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

6 days in and 2013 Blows Goats

I still have the flu with minimal signs of improvement. I have barely slept in 2013 at all. Today I found out I'm NOT pregnant for the 5th time now and yesterday my grandmother died. 

2013 seriously can NOT get much worse right? Please tell me it can't. I need something to hold on to. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Flu Requires a Photo ID

Day 5 of the flu. I am starting to think I may never breathe through my nose again. I absolutely can NOT sleep if I can't breathe through my nose and major exhaustion has kicked in. The cool mist humidifier is running, I used a FANTASTIC nasal spray decongestant the first 3 days, but the directions say not to use it more than 3 days and it was getting less and less effective anyway, so I stopped using that and instead went to Target for the good stuff.  The stuff they hide behind the counter because kids use it to...set fire to things? Make drugs? I actually have NO idea what or how its used recreationally, but I am glad that the pharmacist could hear the congestion in my voice, lest my pale face, red nose and sweating be confused for something else.

I am officially refusing to acknowledge 2013 until I get better, so until then, carry on like it's 2012.