Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Today's The Day - update

Retrieval went well. The picture above cracks me up. That's what's going on right now in a petri dish across town! I'm in a fair amount of pain so I sent John out to get my prescription meds. Good news is they either got 10 or 11 eggs! We don't know how many of them are mature but I'm just overjoyed that I actually am producing eggs. Hopefully most of them are of great quality! I'll get a call in the morning stating how many were mature, how many fertilized and how many are of good quality. Exciting!

Thanks for all of your prayers and support! I'm very blessed to have all of you.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How I'm Feeling

With all of the follicle and doctor updates I haven't been able to express the way I feel right now. In one word... HUGE! Haha! I feel and look like I'm about 4 or 5 months pregnant. I'm swollen, bloated and irritable. John's such a lucky man! I haven't been too bad temperament wise (at least I don't think I have been). The other day I did want to rip off John's face though. Sunday we both had to start taking an antibiotic. I waddled over to bring him the pill and then had to explain what it was because he has no idea what is going on EVER! Then he had the audacity to complain about having to take the antibiotics. I thought I would lose it. REALLY - he was complaining about taking one pill! Actually, with his vitamin he takes two pills... OMG poor him! Meanwhile, he's stabbing me with two shots a night and my ovaries are growing to the size of softballs. AND - I have to take about 8 pills a day. But by all means... please complain about the antibiotic! OK the rant is over and Good Wife is back in control. I have to give him credit b/c he has been great most of the time. He rubs my back every night before I go to sleep to relax me. I guess I'll keep him. Here's a pic of my swollen belly. This was taken this morning so it's not due to eating a meal. I can't even suck it in!
Not only am I huge but I am starving all of the time!! I've been trying to eat healthy for my little eggies (no wine, no soda, low sugar, low flour) but I have broken down a time or two for some ice cream. So I'm starving but I'll eat a few bites and feel terrible b/c I'm so bloated. It's a vicious cycle. Last night I made the Bang Bang Chicken with a lot of veggies and brown rice. YUM.
Also, Josh brought us our lights yesterday! Now we just have to hang them. I smell another 3 months with no lights!I have a big day ahead of me tomorrow so I'm going to try to relax today. I have an appt to meet with a new recruiter at 10 am. That makes 3 recruiters in total. Hopefully one of them can find me a job! But that's about it for the day. Maybe I'll go see Jess and Emma for a bit too. Then I have to prepare tonight for tomorrow. And by prepare I mean an enema! A WHAT? Yes an enema! John was with me when the nurse was giving the instructions and I thought he would vomit. So gross! I hope I create a baby for all of this!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

We Got The Go Ahead!

Woop! Woop! I still can't believe that I'm on the road to my first IVF egg retrieval! I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. I keep waiting for the phone call that says it's over. I went to the doctor this morning and the nurse counted 13 follicles! 13! Where did the others come from? She said only 8 will be mature by tonight so don't hold out too much hope for those other 5. I trigger tonight and have retrieval Wed morning! I just can't believe it! I'm so scared! There are quite a few steps that have to be taken between retrieval and transfer and even more steps between transfer and pregnancy, but right now I'm closer than I've ever been.

John went with me to the appt this morning. I wanted him to see what ovaries and follicles look like on u/s. He was pretty amazed at it all. The last time I got an u/s he almost passed out so he doesn't come to many appts. But he did really well today. I did, however, make him stay in the waiting room for the blood draw. I'm glad I did. It was the worst ever!!! My one good vein has a callous on it from being stuck so much so it wouldn't bleed. My hand was stuck on Friday and still bruised so she looked at my right arm. She tied it so tight that my whole arm turned purple! It HURT! She called over another nurse to help and that nurse called another nurse... in total it took 3 ladies to find a vein. It was a tiny vein. She got about 10-12 drops of blood before it blew. She looked about as devastated as I was. One of the nurses said to check with the lab b/c it may be enough for what they need to check. She came back in the room screaming "Praise Jesus!" It was enough!

Update: Blood work results showed that I am good to trigger! YAY! John gives me the big needle tonight at 10pm and then we have our appt for retrieval at 10am Wed. I am still in disbelief but it is starting to sink in. I did it! I'm going to make it to retrieval! Praise the Lord!

Unrelated family issue: Our nephew, Mark, is in the hospital in Toronto with pneumonia! Please pray for him to heal quickly! I know his parents must be worried sick! I love you guys!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

IVF Still On

The ultrasound went fairly well. I have two mature follicles (measuring 19mm) and six that are getting close (measuring b/w 14 and 15mm). There were two more that were small and probably won't become mature in time. The troubling thing is that she found some fluid around my left ovary. That can indicate ovulation. If one of those boogers ovulated on its own then the cycle is over. She wasn't overly concerned and she hopes it's just some left over fluid from a cyst or something. We'll know for sure when the blood results come back after lunch. Fingers crossed and praying!! The best news was my lining!! It needs to be 8mm or thicker.... mine was 10.5!! Woohooo! It's never been that thick!
UPDATE: Bloodwork was good. My prog was a little elevated which means I am close to ovulation but she said to continue with meds tonight and they'll check me in the morning! So as of now we're still on!!!

Also, I asked about the hematocrit b/c no one ever called to tell me about Friday's results. It had come down a little but was still high. I don't really know what that means either. They want to test it again tomorrow. The blood draws are the worst part about this whole IVF process! However, she did get me first stick today so I can't complain too much.

While I was there I ran into a lady who is at the same point in her cycle as I am. She reads my blog and left me a comment yesterday that she would be at Dr. H's office today so I was looking out for her. We didn't get to talk long before I was called back but it was really nice knowing there are others going through the same thing.

I have another u/s scheduled for tomorrow morning. (I told you this would start going fast!) Hopefully all of them will still be growing and mature! If they are then I will have retrieval Wed!

Stats: E2 was 1,354 & P4 was 1.28


Saturday, March 27, 2010

My Aching Ovaries

I hope my sore ovaries mean that all of those little follicles are growing! We'll find out tomorrow morning!

Since my b'day is coming up soon I've decided to go shopping today to take my mind off things. My mom has been asking what she can get me. I have some alone time today because John took Tristan to a tournament. Her team was off this weekend so she picked up a tournament with some older girls. Are you kidding me?? She must really LOVE softball to give up one of the only weekends she has off!

Check back tomorrow afternoon to see if we're still on for the IVF!


Friday, March 26, 2010

Blood Drama

Janet (the IVF nurse) called yesterday afternoon. It's never good when they call. Usually they just leave a message in my voicemail box with blood results. The IVF stuff was good but my hematocrit was high from my CBC. I have noticed in the past that this is usually borderline high. If it's too low it's a determination of anemia. So I guess I'm the opposite of anemic. She said it could be from dehydration so she wanted me to drink gallons of water and come back this morning for more blood. I made the appt but then immediately regretted not pushing her to just let me check it on Sunday since I'll already be giving blood. So this morning I called and tried to talk them out of it. They said the orders came from the big dog herself so they couldn't let me slide. BOO! So I drove 30 minutes there and 30 minutes back for them to draw blood that took 10 min! AND - they had to get it out of my hand so they could save my good vein for Sunday! Poor hand! At least she did get it on the first try though. She said my veins are so small it was like threading a needle. She actually called over another nurse so there was one nurse holding the skin on my hand tight and the other nurse was sticking and digging. The NP walked by and looked confused. I told her that I'm a VIP and need two nurses! CURSE these tiny veins. Hopefully I'll get a call this afternoon that I am fine and all is good!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

IVF #2

I haven't been emotionally invested in this cycle. I've tried to stay positive but deep down I knew it wouldn't work. I was going through the motions of the cycle but I didn't really believe in it. So when I went to the doctor this morning I fully expected to see a huge follicle and for my cycle to be cancelled. I was not prepared for her to find 4 follicles (all around 10-12mm) on the right and 6 follicles (biggest at 13mm) on the left! I was down right shocked even! I looked at the nurse and said, "They're all about the same size and there's 10 of them? Are you freaking serious?" She looked pretty confused. I mean that's what is supposed to happen. It's just that things that are supposed to happen don't usually happen for me. As soon as she left the room I burst into tears. It's very hard to let in the hope. I have been on this roller coaster so long. Hope followed by disappointment. It's the story of my infertility journey. I am still very cautious. Immediately I started rationalizing that this was just one hurdle. I still have to make it to retrieval, eggs have to be good, they have to be fertilized and then transferred back into me. That's a lot of steps. But the first obstacle has been passed. I now have to put one foot in front of the other until all of these steps are accomplished.

I don't have the bloodwork results yet but she said they should be fine based on the u/s. If they are then I go back for another u/s and bloodwork on Sunday. If the follicles are at the retrieval stage (most of them around 17-18mm) then I will get an hcg trigger shot Sunday night and 36 hours later will be retrieval. For that they'll put me in twilight and then insert a long needle that will pop the follicles and suck out the eggs. Sounds fun right? YIKES!

Stats: E2 = 386 & P4 = .6

Thanks so much for all of the positive thoughts and prayers! I love you guys!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I'm at about 75% today. Up from about 60% yesterday so maybe I'll be 100% tomorrow. I still have A LOT of nasty stuff going on and my head hurts. But it's way better than the face explosion on Monday! :) I'm sure John didn't have this in mind when he married me. Every now and then he'll look at me when I'm blowing my nose or coughing something up and say "You are so good looking!" I remind him that he vowed in sickness or health!

Fig Tree News: We split the fig tree into two trees. I need some advice on the one below. If you look closely, all of the leaves are growing off one stem that came from the trunk. Should we bury the whole trunk so that this stem would be the new trunk when we plant it? I don't think anything else is going to grow out of that trunk.

Fertility News: I go in tomorrow for my first folly check. We hope to see 10-12 follicles growing at around 10-12mm each. I won't update the blog until tomorrow afternoon when I get the blood results back. Anticipation...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Back In The Land Of The Living

After a rough few days I'm finally feeling a bit better! My face and ear started throbbing Sunday afternoon so much that I couldn't even take a step without pain shooting through my face. I couldn't even eat because it hurt to chew! We all know how much I like to eat so I decided I needed to finally break down and see a doctor. I called Monday morning but my doc said she couldn't see me until Tuesday. That's when I called Dr. H again and basically begged and graveled for her to please call me an antibiotic. I fianlly got the call at 4pm that she had called it in. I slowly peeled myself off the couch (looking like DEATH) and got myself to the pharmacy. I took a glass of water with me so I could take the meds immediately. haha. I woke up this morning able to breathe and when I bent down to pick up Lexi... my head didn't explode!! Excellent!!

  • Fertility News: Last night was my second night of shots. I only have to take 2 so it's not too bad. AND they're only 1/2 inch needles. Just a few more days until we find out if these shots are working!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy Spring!

I am so happy it's Spring!! I'm also glad that I can currently breathe through both nostrils! Small victories!!

Lexi is enjoying the Spring weather too. She was crying at the door all day Friday. I can't blame her... it was beautiful outside! This is how she spent most of the day.

She just wanted to be halfway in and halfway outside. She spent several hours like this!

  • Fertility News: I start stimming tonight! Hopefully I'll be as mild mannered as last time but I still would like to send out a small warning that I may be lunatic for the next week!

Friday, March 19, 2010


I thought I was feeling better yesterday. I actually cleaned up the kitchen and took out the trash. AND I went to supper club. It was so much fun, as always. We had a Mexican themed night. YUM. I wish I had taken some pictures.

So I thought I was feeling better... until this morning! I'm pretty sure the cold has turned into a sinus infection. I woke up with a fever, coughing and crazy headache!

  • Fertility News: I heard back about my bloodwork and everything is great! I start stimming Sunday! So I called this morning to ask if they could give me an antibiotic. I know if I go to a doc-in-the-box and tell them I'm about to do IVF they will have no clue what to do with me. My first appt to see if the stimming is working will be Thurs March 25th. After that day things will probably move very quickly to the retrieval and transfer (if I make it that far.) Positive thoughts and prayers requested!!

This below is a quote from Sex and the City. It's how I feel when someone who doesn't know we've been struggling with infertility asks me "So when are you having a baby? What are you waiting for?" How am I supposed to answer that question?

Woman: Oh, what a beautiful wedding ring! Where's your husband?
Charlotte: Oh, um, he's not here. We're actually taking some time apart. We're separated - not legally separated, nothing legal, oh God no! We're just taking some time to figure things out. We got married really fast - love at first sight, didn't think it through. So now we're talking and trying to figure out what he - actually, we, he and I - really want. We love each other so much but that doesn't always mean a marriage is working does it? No, it does not. We had some problems. In the bedroom. but it was more about the fact that we got married so fast. So, now we're just talking and trying to figure things out - just talking, nothing physical. I think it's better if we just talk. So we are talking until we figure it all out. So, no, he's not here.

Sometimes I do ramble out a paragraph about our struggles while the person has the "deer in headlights" look. Haha. It always reminds me of this clip from the show.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Looking Good

I'm feeling a bit better today. I have Supper Club tonight so I hope I will be feeling much better by then!
  • Fertility News - My appt went well yesterday. My u/s looked pretty good and I'm just waiting to hear back about my blood work. She got me first try and I didn't even feel it! Praise the Lord! I'll update this afternoon with the results. I met with a different Dr. H today. She was very nice and said she got pregnant through IVF with an FSH of 16 (mine has been around 12) so she was encouraging. She also said that even if I don't get the required 8 follicles (for shared risk) that I should consider going through with the IVF anyway. I may not be able to produce 8 follicles. She said they only got 3 eggs from her and then only transferred one back in and that is how she got her son.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I hope your day is better than mine! I am sick... poor me. I avoided the sickness all winter until now. I can only attribute this to the snot-nosed kids at the skating rink on Saturday. Yes, right now they will be referred to as snot-nosed kids because they got me sick. Once I'm feeling better they will go back to being God's little miracles.

It started with a sore throat and headache yesterday. I have always worked while sick so I was excited to try the "rest" approach to sickness. I thought for sure I would be feeling right as rain today. Alas - no luck. I guess resting and feeding my cold doesn't work. But Lexi was so sweet. She usually whines all day to go outside or for me to play with her. She knew I wasn't feeling well so she laid on my legs keeping warm ALL DAY LONG!
  • Fertility News: I go to the doctor today at 12. Today they are doing my annual physical, an ultrasound to see if the cysts are gone and if I have some antral follicles, and bloodwork to make sure all of my levels are in line to start the process again. I probably won't find out anything from the b/w until tomorrow since they're taking it after lunch.

Here's to a long life and a merry one; a quick death and an easy one; a pretty girl and an honest one; a cold beer and another one!

Make sure to wear some GREEN today! I have been known to pinch a time or two!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Fun on Roller Skates

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day I have decided to temporarily change the blog background. Hope you all have a wondeful week!

We had so much fun Saturday!! Stacey and I didn't fall but all of the others girls did! I told you I was balanced! I was right and John was WRONG!! We had pedicures, went to lunch where Heather had decorated fabulously, went skating, and then out for drinks afterward. It was a wonderful GIRL day! Here are some pics.

Look at the decorations Heather put together. She skipped pedis so she could set up. So sweet!Goofing off before we actually set wheels on the rink.Heather took out Christie trying to pose for a picture.Me and the birthday girl couples skating! Posing and skating at the same time takes some talent....

  • Fertility News - I go in on Wed for my suppression check. If everything looks good then I'll start the stimming drugs on Sunday and should be ready for egg retrieval about 7 - 10 days after that.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rolling with my Homies

Yesterday was one of my oldest and dearest friends, Stacey's, birthday. So today we are celebrating! The Supper Club Girls are getting pedicures, then going out for lunch and cake and then going Roller Skating!! I haven't been roller skating in quite some time so this should be interesting! But I'm pretty balanced and steady on my feet so I think I'll be fine. John doesn't agree though. I told him this morning and his reaction was "Uh Oh. You're going to hurt yourself!" Why do people think I'm so fragile?? I think all of the stuff I've been through should prove that I'm one tough cookie!
I'll let you know who is right. Hopefully I won't be writing my next post from a hospital bed!


Friday, March 12, 2010

Jess's Party

We had a great time last night! Here are a few pics of the evening.
The Birthday Girl had to take a shot! Look out how dainty she is doing it though!
They couldn't wait to cut the cake! It was delish!
She blew out all of the candles with one try. I hope her wish comes true!

I got jealous and had to try a bite myself! mmmmmm

Finally, here's the birthday girl wearing her button.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Poor Lil Emma

I babysat Emma last night so Josh and Jess could go out to eat for her birthday. I was warned before I got there that she was a bit sickly but I really thought Jess was just being a little over protective. But when I got there and heard that poor little girl cough I knew she was not feeling well. I'm thankful that Jess and Josh trust me enough to keep their little angel when she's feeling under the weather. Jess took her to the doctor yesterday and she has bronchialitis and a viral rash. She's still sweet even when she feels bad. Here's a picture of us watching Mickey Mouse together. The only time I could tell she was sick was when she coughed or when I tried to put her down to do something. There was no putting her down! She sat in my lap from 6:15 until I got her to fall asleep at 8:45. I loved that she was so cuddly but hate she was feeling bad. I hope she's doing better today.

Also, I would like to thank them for the ice cream! They stopped on their way home from dinner to get some. It was WAY more than I need but I had no problems woofing down the deliciousness!

We are finally getting my Jeep fixed today. For real this time! It's at the Jeep dealership now. So guess what that means... I have the Acura again today! Woop! Woop!

On the menu: Jess and Em are coming over tonight for a little girl time to celebrate Jess's b'day. I'm making a Baked Ziti with Garlic Bread. YUM. Why do I love food so much??

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

It's Official

My 2nd IVF cycle is underway! I took my first shot of Lupron last night. I also had my phone call with the IVF nurse. She set me up an appt to come in next Wed to make sure my cysts are gone. If that appt goes well then I will start stimulating the following Sunday. She also said that as of right now I'm still in the shared risk program. I'll stay in it until egg retrieval. If they retrieve less than 8 eggs... that's when I'll be kicked out. So I'm hoping for more than 8 eggs!

I still don't have a picture of Tristan going to her first dance. I'm working on it though. I do have some wonderful news! Tristan got ALL A's again!!! She's so smart!

Tonight I am babysitting Emma so Josh and Jess can have a nice meal for her birthday. I can't wait to spend some time with my girl!
Happy Birthday Jessica!!

AND - A BIG CONGRATS TO LL! She got engaged last night!!! I'm over the moon for her!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Got my IVF Calendar

It's still beautiful here! Do you know what happens ALL DAY on beautiful days??? Lexi whimpers at the door, then the window, then she comes to find me and whimpers some more! It's driving me crazy! So I've been a bad mom and giving in! I know this is only rewarding the behavior. I know it's only going to make her do it more. But I can't stop myself when she gives me those super sad eyes and that little whimper.

Tristan's team came in 2nd place at her tournament. There were lots of teams so that's really good. There were some teams from Georgia and Florida too.

  • Fertility News - I got my calendar in the mail! It is a longer process but it starts soon! I start Lupron injections tomorrow night! Whoa! And - I'm off the BCPs Thursday night. Even though that stuff is soon, I don't actually start the stimulation meds until 3/21. So I will be on the Lupron 12 days before I start stimming. Lupron injections supress the ovaries so she's hoping this will keep one follicle from going crazy while the others are slowly progressing. Hopefully they'll all progress at the same time! I must say that I wasn't prepared to start injections again tomorrow. My bruises just faded from my last cycle!


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Beautiful Weekend

It has been a gorgeous weekend in Birmingham, AL! Tristan is having her first softball tournament of the Spring and I am so happy it's warm! They have been doing great so far. They demolished the competition in yesterday's two games! They won 19-1 and 11-4. They have several more games today starting at 1:30.

Here's a video of Tristan hitting a double. She batted in two runners!

Jess and I also went to Mary Lynne's 1st birthday party yesterday. I can't believe she and Emma are getting so big! Thanks to Rhonda for a fabulous party with great food and a sweet little girl to enjoy! John took the camera to Tristan's softball game so I didn't get any pics.

I do have a picture of the fam for my Dad's birthday lunch though. I haven't mentioned dying my hair again b/c it maybe changed by 1 shade. I must not have left the color in long enough. See if you can tell the difference...

And here's a pic of me and my Dad.

      • Fertility News: I miscalculated my appt date. I have an appt Mar 9th which is Tuesday... not tomorrow. So we'll have to wait one more day to get my schedule.


      Friday, March 5, 2010

      Happy Birthday Dad

      I'm going to T-Town today to have lunch with my Dad and help my sister again. The Jeep didn't get fixed yesterday but the guy said it wasn't a huge deal. He suggested we take it to the Jeep dealership in the next couple of weeks.

      I went to see Jess and Emma yesterday afternoon. I got to see Emma walk! She's so cute! While I was there I got a headache so I spent most of the night laying on the couch. I can't even blame this one on hormones b/c I'm still on the BCPs. I guess it was just a regular old headache.

      • Fertility News: I have a call scheduled with the IVF nurse for Monday morning. I should get all of the specifics for my next cycle! I'm excited to get IVF #2 underway! I had a dream the other night that I only had 4 follicles. The Dr. said she wanted to go ahead and retrieve them to see if my eggs were bad. I kept telling her no b/c that means I would be kicked out of shared risk and this would be our only attempt. I can't be one of those women who try 4, 5, or 6 IVFs. I'm not strong enough. I just don't have it in me... not to mention the money it would take! Hopefully that wasn't a prophetic dream and we'll get lots of nice, juicy follicles!

      Happy Birthday Dad and Marla!!

      Thursday, March 4, 2010

      I Have His Car... And He's Not Getting It Back

      John is taking my Jeep to get it fixed today so it looks like I'm stuck with the Acura.... darn the luck! I have already been instructed to stay home for the day but I told him I had to go to Walmart. He's going to allow it but he said I have to park in the very last spot! Haha! He's so funny sometimes!

      A few of my girls have asked for some recipes:
      For LL - Sweet Potato Fries - So easy it's not even a recipe
      Wash and peel one large sweet potato
      Cut into fries and drizzle with about 1-2 tbsps olive oil
      Then sprinkle about a tsp or two of seasoning salt and toss them well to coat
      Spread them evenly on a baking pan
      Bake at 375 for 45 min tossing them halfway through
      For a crispier fry - Set oven to broil for the last 2-4 minutes

      For Rhonda - Mexican Casserole - I made it last night!
      You'll need 1 can crescent rolls, 2-3 cooked and cubed chicken breasts (or 1 can chicken-drained), 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 block (4 oz) of cream cheese - softened, 1 cup shredded cheese, 1 can rotel - drained well
      Spray your 8x8 dish and then put 4 crescent triangles to line the bottom.
      Cook these at the temp the crescent rolls say for about 5-6 min. You just want to get them about 3/4 done. Mix all of the other ingredients together reserving a little shredded cheese for the top. Spread this on the partially cooked crescent rolls and then add the remaining 4 triangles to the top. Bake until golden. Then sprinkle on the rest of your cheese and cook a minute or two more until cheese is melted.

      Tips: I buy everything "light" or "reduced fat" to shave off some calories for my 168lb husband who thinks he's fat! I have found that the filling is a bit runnier when I do this but it's still good. Just make sure to drain the rotel well. Also, I run my knife through the rotel so it's not so chunky and add a few more jalapenos for more of a kick.



      Wednesday, March 3, 2010

      Lexi's New Do

      We got Lexi groomed yesterday. Isn't she cute! She was NOT happy with me when I went to pick her up. Poor thing.Also, my car has been leaking fluid so John took it in to see what was going on. It just needs a new transmission pan. We have a warranty so we thought that would cover it. But the place John took it wanted to charge us $240 when the warranty place said it should only cost $100. So I'm doing some research today to see if I can find a place to do it cheaper.

      On the menu:
      Last night I made sweet potato fries! Man they are so good! They never disappoint. Here's a picture so you can see the yumminess!


      Tuesday, March 2, 2010

      Bang Bang Shrimp... or something like it

      This is one of my "new" favorite meals to make. Jess gave me the recipe for Bang Bang Shrimp but I doctored it a little to make it a meal. The real Bang Bang Shrimp is just an appetizer.

      You'll need the following ingredients: 3/4 lb shrimp, rice, 3 tbsps veg oil, mayo (I use light), Thai sweet chili sauce, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, stir fry vegetables, ginger, peanuts, and 2 tbsps of half & half. You'll also need to batter your shrimp. You can use whatever you usually batter but I used 2 tbsp corn meal, 2 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp bread crumbs mixed with a little salt and pepper.
      You can start your rice at any point in the process. I buy regular rice that takes 20 min to cook so I usually start it around the time I'm browning the shrimp. But if you buy minute rice you can wait until the end.

      Look at these lovelies. I bought them shelled, deveined and cooked. Then I marinated them in milk for an hour. I removed the tails before battering.

      Next mix 1/2 cup mayo, 1/4 cup Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, 5-6 drops hot sauce, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes and 2 tbsps of half & half. I add the half & half to thin it out b/c I'm going to serve it over rice. Use the hot sauce and red pepper flakes to your liking. I add a little more b/c we like things spicy. If you don't then you can omit the red pepper. It should look a little like Thousand Island dressing:

      Next add the oil to your wok and turn stove top to medium/high. Make sure the oil is hot before adding the shrimp. Then batter your shrimp and brown them in the oil. Remove to a plate covered with a paper towel. When all of your shrimp are browned and removed, reduce heat to medium and add your vegetables to the oil. I buy my stir fry veggies from Costco. Cook these for 8-10 minutes; tossing periodically to cover all of the veggies with oil. If you used frozen veggies you'll probably have a good bit of liquid so drain that out before adding your sauce.Grate 1/2 inch of ginger root into your veggies. I use a lot of ginger so I got a tip from either Alton Brown or Rachael Ray that you should peel and cut your ginger into 1/2 inch pieces. Then you can freeze it and it will last much longer!Next pour your sauce on top of the veggies. Run your knife through the peanuts and add on top. Slowly stir to incorporate all ingredients. Then add your shrimp and slowly stir again. The shrimp are delicate so be careful with them.

      I think most cooking sites would rate this recipe as easy but I'm going to say intermediate due to the battering and frying. We RARELY fry in the Z household so it takes me some time to get it done. I usually just leave that part out of most recipes and saute the meat but the breading adds a little something something to this recipe. Here's the final product. Bon appetit!


      Monday, March 1, 2010

      Dream a Little Dream

      The BCP dreams are starting to seep back into my nights. They're definitely not as vivid yet but I seem to dream little dreams all night long. Weird dreams. Last night I dreamed that I was getting married in two different dreams. They both were huge weddings but to different people... neither of them being John. That said, in both dreams I was having second thoughts and couldn't understand why I was getting married or even who I was marrying. Weird. Maybe John and I should have a Big Greek blessing of our nuptials for our 10 years anniversary since my dreams are telling me I want a big wedding. Anyway... I'm exhausted again. I hope tonight is better!

      • Fertility News: Some people come to my blog just for fertility news. For these people I have started bulleting and separating this information. This should make it easy for you to pass by day to day ramblings. I should receive my calendar in the next week. That will tell me when I can stop taking the BCP's, when to start injections and an estimated egg retrieval date. I'll call my IVF nurse and go over the calendar with her at that time and get all of medication ordered.

      On the menu: Tonight I'm making Bang Bang Shrimp. It's another recipe from Jess that I tweaked a little. I'll post the recipe with pictures as tomorrow's post.


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