Monday, May 31, 2010

Surprise!

I came home a day early to surprise the hubs by going to his championship game! I left the beach yesterday at 5pm and I planned the whole way home how I would surprise him. I thought about scaring him but quickly decided he may injure me. Then I thought that I would ring the doorbell and run away. He would come out like an old man in his boxers and knee socks. Haha. However, he spoiled my plans by already being outside when I got home. I'm glad I did come home because he did great in his game and they won!

I'm meeting Jess today to see Sex and the City 2! I'm so excited! Obviously, by the title of my blog, you can guess that I love SATC! I'll give you the full review!

Happy Memorial Day! Thanks to all of the men and women who have fought for our freedom!

xxoo

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Greetings From the Sunshine State

Well... I left for the beach yesterday morning at 10:15 with the goal of not eating until 11:30. I had a bagel at 9:30 so it should have been a piece of cake. (mmmm. piece of cake) My tummy had plans of its own! At 10:45, just 30 min after leaving, my tummy started rumbling! I forced myself to wait until 11:20 but I couldn't make it to 11:30. Terrible! Phillip makes fun of me every time I head to the kitchen. I can't help myself! I'm so hungry!

The beaches are still beautiful (no oil to be seen yet) so we're walking over there at 10am. So far the sunshine state has held true to its name, however, rain is scheduled to come in around 2pm. Hopefully it'll just be an afternoon shower so we'll have clear skies later for a boat ride!

Good luck to my talented husband on his soccer game today and to Tristan on her softball games!

xxoo

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Beach Bound

I'm leaving for the BEACH in the morning! I need a break after such a hard week of work! Haha! I can't wait to tear up the Banana Republic outlet, eat some delish seafood and lay out on the beach! Anyone want to take bets on how many times I have to stop to eat on the way down???

Happy Anniversary to Mom and Dad Z! AND - Happy Birthday Danny! We can't wait to see you guys next week!

I forgot to wish Julie and Phillip a Happy Anniversary yesterday... Happy 15!

xxoo

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hunger

I have a serious appetite these days due to the Lupron. It's the kind of hunger that hits you all of a sudden and brings you down. STARVING! I didn't think I was going to make it home from work today without stopping to eat something. And that's with me eating some yogurt 20 minutes before leaving! I have been very fortunate through all of these hormones that I haven't gained weight. Most women do. Now I may be joining them if I can't get this hunger under control!

My job is still going well. The first month is always the hardest because you don't really know what to do or how to do it. I feel pretty dumb a good bit of the day. I'll work tomorrow and then I'm off Friday and Monday! I'm going down to the beach to stay with Julie. I hear Banana Republic is having another SALE.... John better hide my credit card!

Prayer request: Please say a prayer for my Nana. She is back in the hospital with fluid in her lungs. She should get out tomorrow but she has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

xxoo

Monday, May 24, 2010

First Day

My first day at the new job was really good. I'm a bit overwhelmed but I think it's going to be a good fit. I discovered another perk too! During the summer they allow you to work your 80 hours in 9 days so that you can have every other Friday off! Woohoo!

Fertility News: I think the Lupron is starting to get to me. I'm bloated, have a constant headache and I'm HOT. It's a weird hot though. My face and neck will be hot or just my stomach. Also, Sunday I may have snapped at my sister a little. But I owned it and texted her an apology. Hopefully only 7 weeks to go!

xxoo

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Big Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the big day. I'm a little nervous but ready to get back to work. The best part is that I'll work a week and then get Monday off for Memorial Day. Then I'll go back for Tuesday and be off Wednesday through the next Wednesday for our Canada trip. Can't beat that!

John and Tristan are having fun in Atlanta on their Daddy/Daughter trip. They went to a play last night but had to leave in the middle of it. The reviews said for 12 and older but apparently it was a little edgier than John wanted. So they left early and went to see Shrek III. They spent the night and are going on a tour of the Coca-Cola plant and museum today. I am so proud of him as a Dad! Tristan is one lucky girl!

xxoo

Friday, May 21, 2010

Last Day of Freedom

Yesterday did not go as planned. I didn't get to relax at all! There was cooking, cleaning and worrying! John decided against the chili as I was headed to Target to pick up the ingredients. He realized he wanted sweet potato fries and chicken. He also didn't want a cake but brownies. While I was making the brownies I noticed a long trail of ants from the door to Lexi's food bowl. Ant Emergency! I had to get rid of them, wash Lexi's bowl, spray the door and then vacuum. And since I had to bring the vacuum down anyway... I vacuumed the rest of the downstairs. Then I decided I better mop the whole kitchen... haha! I'm a little crazy sometimes. I can't ever seem to just sit down and chill.

After dinner we went to see Avatar. It's still playing at the dollar theater. It was so good and had such a great message! Of course I cried several times during it but not uncontrollable sobbing. I didn't want to embarrass the hubs too much on his birthday! I just squeaked out a tear here and there.

With my last day of freedom I'm planning to take Lexi for a long walk (I'm going to miss those walks), go see Emma and her Nana, finish some chores, and then go on the scavenger hunt with my new coworkers!

Random Question: Have any of you heard of getting phlebitis from an IV site? If so, what did you (or that person) do for it? I got out of the hospital April 7th and my vein is still swollen, bruised, hard and lumpy. It goes from the top of my wrist to the middle of my forearm. We know there's a blood clot but it's not a life threatening clot like DVT. So far, I have just been applying warm compresses and Aspercream.

xxoo

Thursday, May 20, 2010

What Was I Thinking?

FIRST - Happy Birthday to my wonderful, loving, patient, handsome, thoughtful husband! I never thought I could love a man as much as I love you!
You may recall I said that today was no cooking, cleaning or worrying. Well so much for that... Of course I planned to make the hubs breakfast but then he decided he doesn't want to go out to eat tonight. He requested that I make him chili. Are you kidding me? Who wants chili when it's 85 degrees outside? Mr. JZ! That's who!

Now on to my 'what was I thinking' moment. Ummmmm, what was I thinking when I asked them to make the job full time? I had the PERFECT set up! I could have a challenging job, making good money and have every Friday off! Seriously! What was I thinking?

Fertility News: John gave me the Lupron shot last night. Luckily it's one shot per month. I am getting excited again now that I have a timeline. I'm trying not to get too excited though. Dr. H said my chances of becoming pregnant with my transfer is only 35% and for both to stick is less than 10%. I would almost rather have those odds. I tend to beat the odds for bad things so surely a good one has to slip in at some point! I mean - 15% of couples are fertility challenged; 2% chance of an ectopic pregnancy; less than 1% chance of developing an infection; only 7% of women have + ACLs; 5% chance of developing phlebitis or cellulitis after an IV and 5% chance of having endometriosis and adenomyosis. I have beaten all of those odds! Let's all pray that I beat the odds for TWINS! :0)

xxoo

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lupron

The decision was made and it's Lupron. I do have adenomyosis but it's not as bad as she thought. I have 4 small spots. She wants me to take the Lupron injections for 8 weeks and then come back for bloodwork. If my test is negative then I can start my hormones for the transfer. So... IF I'm cured by this 8 week therapy I will be able to transfer at the end of July or beginning of August! However, if it's still positive I'll have to take another 4 weeks of Lupron and then retest. The medication will put me in a state of menopause so I will have the hot flashes, mood swings and everything else that goes along with it. Let's all pray it works with only 8 weeks! I finally feel like me again and now... more hormones!

Tomorrow is John's birthday! If you see him, give him a hug! :)

xxoo

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Last Week of Freedom

This is it! I start my new job Monday! Yesterday I spent 4 hours at orientation and got even more excited about working there. It seems too good to be true. Hopefully it's not...
Friday they're having an afternoon scavenger hunt and I was invited to participate. So I'll be gallivanting around Birmingham with some people I don't know very well. It should be a good way to get to know them though!

Tomorrow I'm planning a shopping spree!! Yipee! I need to get John a b'day present, Tristan some clothes and maybe myself a little something, something. Wednesday I have my doctor's appt and Supper Club. And Thursday.... Thursday is going to be my chill day. No cooking, no cleaning, no worrying.

Gardening News: I am gushing with pride over this:

A jalepeno is growing!!! And a LOT more are on the way! My herbs and tomatoes are doing GREAT too! I have been cooking with my basil, cilantro and parsley. I hope I don't kill my little garden when I start back to work.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Why Do I Have To Be So Sensitive

I am so terribly soft hearted and sensitive. Sometimes it's a curse! I can't kill anything... not even a bug. If there is a fly in the house I try to direct it with a broom to the open door (usually letting in several more flies.) When I vacuum the cobwebs it makes me sad that I ruined the spiders hard work. I actually almost cried when I saw a dead ladybug in the bathroom. I thought about his life and how he didn't know he was crawling to his death by entering my home. What is wrong with me??? John was not very happy with me the other day because I'm apparently rubbing off on him. He was watching a video of his boss catching a shark and all he could think about was the poor shark.

All of that was to say that I feel terrible for turning down the other job. I made the recruiter do it because I thought I would cry. Then the recruiter called back to say they want to match the other offer because they REALLY want me. I FEEL TERRIBLE! I know it's a business decision and that I have to do what is best for my career and blah, blah, blah... but I still feel so guilty. I also feel like a coward for not calling to tell them myself. So I'm having a terribly hard time celebrating my new job due to all of this guilt. I know that they'll find someone else; I'm not the only person who could do this job. I just feel bad for wasting their time with 4 interviews and leading them to believe I would accept a position.

Fertility News: I have my saline u/s with Dr. H Wed at 9:30. She should be able to tell me which course of action will work the best based on the results. Luckily I don't start my new job until the 24th. I didn't warn them about my never ending doctor's appointments!

xxoo

Friday, May 14, 2010

Good News

Guess who got two offers in two days?!?! Why me of course!! I received an offer this afternoon for the position that I really want. I met the partners this morning and felt like God sent me a message. The owner mentioned several times how they are a family and FAITH oriented business. I felt welcomed and at ease the whole time I was there.

Also, it doesn't hurt that the offer is for quite a bit more than the 1st offer! Always a plus! The COO is sending my packet via email now and I'm going to carefully review it and then accept. I'll be jobless no more! Another wonderful thing is that she wants me to wait until May 24th to start so they can get my paperwork done and a computer ordered. So this isn't my last day of freedom after all! I get one more week! They are also fine with my Canada trip on June 2nd! It's amazing how it all fell into place. God is good!

Thanks for your prayers and continual support!

Realization

I got an offer from the first job yesterday. With that offer came the realization that I will be working next week! My extended vacation from the professional world is over. I am excited to get back to work however, I am a little sad my housewife time has come to an end. It was fun for a while.

The offer was pretty good. It's a relaxed environment with a nice group of people. I still prefer the second job though (as long as they don't work me to death.) They were looking to hire two part-time people at 25-30 hrs/wk. Instead they are interviewing me to do both jobs. Simple math calculates that at 50-60 hrs/wk for one person. Also, I have no idea about their pay range, benefits, or vacation time. That's one of the disadvantages of getting an interview without a recruiter! I have to get this information today because I told the first job I would let her know something by Monday.

I'll let you know after lunch what happens! Please pray that God points me in the right direction!

xxoo

Thursday, May 13, 2010

An Offer

I think I'll be getting an offer today from the first job. It's my 4th interview and I'm having lunch with the staff at 12:30. A little birdie told me that they will probably make an offer.... Julie's the little birdie. They called her as a reference yesterday and of course she raved about how wonderful I am! The good, nosey sister she is asked if they thought I would get an offer soon and the lady said yes. The only problem is that I REALLY want the other job that I interviewed for Tuesday! I got an email from the COO requesting a meeting with the 3 partners on Friday! Woohoo! She said that I will be talking with them about a FULL TIME position. So I'm not sure how to wiggle out of this predicament. I don't want to accept an offer tomorrow from the first job but I also don't want to put them off for too long waiting for this other opportunity. What if I don't get the second job and I screw up my chances for the 1st job?? What a pickle! I'm sure I'll figure it out.

Tristan news: She got braces yesterday! She had braces on the top several years ago but now she needs a full set.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Today's Interview

My marathon interview went really well today! I'm very excited about this position. I met with the COO, the Controller, the Tax Accountant, the Chief Investment Manager, and the Director of Financial Services! That's A LOT of Big Wigs! They have two part-time positions available but the COO said they may be able to hire one full time person. She said she would discuss it with the others in more detail and then get back with me by the end of this week. I really hope I get this job! It mixes fund accounting with tax and bookkeeping! It touches on all areas of my background!

Also, guess what else is happening today... we're finally getting an air conditioner for upstairs!! YAY! Thankfully the last few days have been cooler but I here a warm front is coming! We'll be ready for it! I won't have to sleep on the couch like last week when it got up to the high 80's.

xxoo

Monday, May 10, 2010

Marathon Interviews!

What is up with the marathon interviews lately?? I had an interview (3rd interview) this morning that was at 9:30 and I didn't get out of there until 12! This was my 3rd interview! What is there left to talk about??? I don't know but she said the next step would be for me to come back a 4TH time to meet the staff! REALLY? A 4th interview!? Wow! Also, I have an interview tomorrow for the part-time fund accountant position. I received a schedule for the day and I will be meeting with 4 different people! My time slot is 8:30-12:00! I'm going to be STARVING! My stomach was growling during the interview today and it was pretty darn embarrassing! I can't imagine how it will be tomorrow. You know I don't go longer than 2 or 3 hours without eating.

The interview did go pretty well today. The very end was a little awkward when she asked my salary requirements. I told her that for a 40 hr/wk job I would accept less than a 60 hr/wk job. Then I told her the minimum amount I would accept. She stared blankly at me for a second and then said something like, "If we're going to be paying a controller salary then it wouldn't make sense to have you doing accounting clerk work. So maybe we'll hire an A/R & A/P person too." I don't know how much she was expecting but she's asking for an accountant with several years experience and preferably a CPA. I am already asking for 10k less than what I was making at Harbert for Heaven's sake! So I guess we'll have to see if I get asked back for my 4th interview.

Happy Birthday to my wonderful nephew Mark!!!
xxoo

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all of the mother's have a VERY Happy Mother's Day!! I told John he has to cook me breakfast this morning b/c I'm a mom to 1 stepdaughter, 1 furbaby, and 2 snowbabies. I'm 3 times a mom!

Our spa day was wonderful yesterday! Massages were at 11:30 so we got out to the pool around 12:30. We chatted, ate, and relaxed by the pool for about three hours and then decided we need to go to dinner too. Ha! There's never enough time with the girls! They threatened my life if I posted any pictures of us by the pool. So you'll have to make do with this picture of us being daredevils and sneaking in food to the pool area.

While I was having my fun in the sun, John got Tristan from 10:00 -3:00. She had a great time at her party so she was really tired when John got her. They only slept about 4 hours!

I shall leave you with some pics from dinner!
This one is of me and Rach. They were making fun of all of the boxes stacked up in front me. John always gets the leftovers from the table!
The mommy of our group decided she deserved a second drink at dinner.... don't worry, she wasn't driving.
This is Em and Jess making fun of LL on her phone.

Cheers to all of the Mommies! I hope you all get spoiled today!
xxoo

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Ross Bridge Day with My Girls

Guess where I'll be at 11:30?? Getting a massage with my girls at Ross Bridge Resort & Spa. They got me a 50 min massage for my birthday and I am SO EXCITED to use it today!


Then we're heading out to their pool area for a little sun and relaxation!
Tristan's party was good last night. Of course I forgot my camera!! What was I thinking? I'm still waiting on the pictures from Tristan's dance so who knows if I'll get some pictures of the party. IF I do I'll be sure to post. Today John's getting her at around 10 and taking her bowling and out for lunch. Then he's taking her home at around 3 so she can get ready for her date.... yes I said date! Tristan's mom is taking Tristan, Tristan's boyfriend and two other of Tristan's friends out for dinner tonight. I suppose it is considered a group date but still.... she's getting so old! He even got her a little present. So sweet!

xxoo

Friday, May 7, 2010

Hello Hello

I don't have one specific thing to post about today so I'm going to make several random comments:

Tristan: She will be 12 tomorrow! Tonight she's having a spend the night party at the Viper Dome (where she practices softball) that's 80's themed. I'll be sure to post some pics! She's still at that quirky stage where she doesn't really want anything for her birthday. John kept asking and she wouldn't give him one single thing. He even tried the old standby "If you don't tell me something then you're not getting anything." To which she replied, "ok." John finally decided that he would take her to a play in Atlanta again as her present. He got a hotel room for May 22nd and tickets to Avenue Q. I think she'll be happy getting to spend some quality Daddy/Daughter time with him! We also picked her up some clothes from Yia Yia and Papou last night. She's grown out of most of her shorts and pants! At her last Dr's visit she was 5' 1" and weighed 95lbs!

Last night John and I celebrated our anniversary a day late and went out for sushi! It was delish!! Sekisui has a special in May where several of the sushi selections are only $5. If you live in B'ham you should invite me to dinner since I can only eat out with my husband once/mo! haha

Work related news: I got another interview for Tuesday morning. It's a fund accountant position that is only part-time (25-30 hrs/wk). John asked me why I'm even going to the interview! haha! I guess that means he's not on board with part-time work!

Finally, today I'm going to hang out with a dear friend who lives in Atlanta. She's down here for Mother's Day and I can't wait to see her and her little girl!

Happy Friday!
xxoo

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

3 Years

3 years ago today John and I were standing on a beach in Destin vowing to love each other forever! My how time flies! I didn't think it was possible to love a man as much as I love him. God truly blessed me with a wonderful husband. Ok... ok... enough with the mooshy talk!

Fertility News: My appt today was informative. She explained what adenomyosis is and the different treatments for it. She thinks it is having an effect on my fertility so we definitely want to correct it before transferring my babies. I can either take the testosterone for 3 months, Lupron for 6 months or do surgery if the mass is clumped together rather than randomly diffused throughout my uterus. She did some bloodwork today that should show how bad it is. Dr H herself actually had this and she ended up having a hysterectomy after her children were born. I thought Dr. Google was scary! I don't want a hysterectomy! Let's not think about that now though... The SIS is scheduled for May 19th to see where the mass(es) are. If it's one huge mass she recommends surgery so that we can transfer the babies the next month! Only one month of waiting! However, when she described the surgery I wanted to heave. She will make a 1 1/2 or 2 inch incision, pull my uterus out of my body and then burn or cut out the adenomyosis. Then put the uterus back in! Um WHAT?!? My uterus will be outside of my body? No need to think of that now... we'll wait for my lab results!

xxoo

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Dreaded Dr's Appt

I went to visit Jess and Emma this morning while she was throwing a little shindig for her fellow stay-at-home mom friends. It's a little weird to show up to a mommy party when you're not a mommy but the ladies were really nice. Several of them had fertility issues and could relate to my anguish of not being able to conceive. Luckily, they all did end up conceiving so they gave me inspiration!

Fertility News: I have an appt with Dr. H tomorrow morning. I'm so scared of the things that will come out of her mouth. Sometimes they want to put you in faux-menopause for 6 months!! I don't want to wait 6 months to transfer my babies! But I will do what she says. I'm also going to ask her what she thinks my odds are. With every new diagnosis my chances go down that I'll ever give birth! John actually brought up surrogacy last night. He never talks about this stuff! I usually bring it up and he nods his head and says "whatever you want to do." I was so shocked that he brought it up and then googled it. I told him that's not really an option b/c I don't have great eggs. Our next step would be egg donor or embryo adoption. And if my uterus won't hold a child then it may be embryo adoption and surrogacy! I'm exhausted just thinking about it! I'm getting ahead of myself though. We'll wait to see what she says.

Work Related News: The job that was high stress with good money is off the table. My recruiter said he really liked me but was concerned when I told him I wouldn't want to work 80 hours/wk. I told him 50-60 would be fine but I didn't want to work every night until 10pm and then every weekend. So when she said he passed due to my answer I realized that God probably had a hand in that one! I am not an 80 hrs/wk kind of person. I relish my life with my husband and pup too much! The good news is that the other job called me back for a 3rd interview to meet the president of the company! That sounds good to me. I must have done fairly well on that dinosaur of an accounting test yesterday! I'll meet with them Monday at 9:30 so.... maybe this time next week I'll have a job!

xxoo

Monday, May 3, 2010

Off to the Races

The Kentucky Derby was Saturday so Julie and I got in the spirit... literally. While walking her dog we decided we should have a friendly race. We set the distance and Austin screamed, "Ready. Set. Goat!" We both started sprinting with Austin screaming in the background, "I said Goat! I said Goat!" Haha. It's extremely hard to sprint while cackling with laughter. The results: Even though Julie is 3 or 4 inches taller than I am... I smoked her! I was proud of her for finishing the race though. (I think she only kept going b/c she was hoping I would bust my hiney and she could run past me laughing!) I wish I could have gotten a picture!! Thanks for a fun weekend Julie & Phillip!

Work related news: I had a second interview today for the Bookkeeping/Accounting position. My recruiter said I was the first person they asked back for a second interview! Sounds promising. However, I had to take a 7 page written test when I got there. I was scouring my brain for my college days knowledge! The test was written in 1981 so things are very different now. It was pretty tough since I didn't even understand some of the questions!

xxoo

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