Gift Giving Guide 2014

Alright, so as odd as it may sound, Tyler and I didn’t buy each other anything last Christmas, and we are following the same pattern this year with him being deployed. I honestly foresee this tradition continuing…and here’s why:

  • If we want something for ourselves throughout the year within reason, we buy it. Tyler is not a sit around with your thumb up your butt and wait kinda person…unless it’s something expensive.
  • We buy each other things throughout the year.
  • Flying back to Chicago last year was almost $900, but we were home for 10 days. Plane tickets aren’t cheap anymore, but we know that we won’t be going home for holidays often, especially if/when we have children.

However, though we aren’t celebrating together this year, TJ has given me many awesome gifts throughout the year. I thought I’d share these as it may help some who have no effing idea what to get their significant other or a family member. I’ll warn you- some are affordable while others are expensive…this is all depending on your household income though. Some people may think everything is freaking cheap! ;)

1.) I Hate Steven Singer Rose-  Tyler initially purchased a rose for his mom a couple of years ago for Mother’s Day. I absolutely loved it, but never mentioned it after ;/ This past Valentine’s Day I was surprised with a platinum dipped red rose…and it’s absolutely beautiful! I wasn’t sure how to display it, but I think what I did is suitable :) I have mine sitting on my desk. Also, the roses by Steven Singer are exclusive Valentine’s Day through Mother’s Day, so you can’t get them any other time of year unfortunately.

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I tried using various colored glass rocks with the rose, but green looked the best!

 

2.) A good coffee mug- I love a good coffee mug, but what makes an awesome cup is a big ass handle. I’m not going to squeeze my effing fingers to take a drink of tea or coffee unless I’m at a restaurant or at someone’s house. I got a super cute coffee mug from Tyler and one from my sister this year:

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From TJ- he ordered it through Amazon! LOVE it!

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From my sister. I drink coffee, tea, and even eat cereal in this bad boy!

 

3.) Garmin Forerunner 10- This watch is awesome. Tracks your distance, pace, and calories and is SO easy to use! I’m not technically savvy, so this was awesome for me.

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I wish it came in black and pink!

 

4.) Sirius XM radio- I’m a HUGE Howard Stern fan. Some people may think he’s a bit..umm..crude…but I don’t give a fugg. He’d older than my dad which makes it weird sometimes, but he gives the best god damn interviews I’ve ever heard. This was probably one of the best gift’s Tyler has given me, especially because I’ve heard that the radio stations suck down here and it’s all Mexican music. No offense, but I’m from Indiana, and I don’t want to hear that. I hear it enough from my neighbors fiestas every God damn month which keep me up until 3am. If your loved one commutes more than 15 minutes each way, this is a gift they’d truly appreciate!

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This man has made my commutes so much more pleasurable!

 

5.) Treadmill- This was an anniversary gift from Tyler. COMPLETE surprise! He always said no effing way when I teased about it (he bought his ex wife one, so I was like…WTF?), blah blah blah. I’m not, and have never been, a huge hardcore runner. I’d roll my ass out of bed when he was going to PT and make trips to Planet Fitness which is a mere 2 minutes away. But my prince outdid me this past year when he had be open a card and look on the back and see that he ordered a treadmill and that it was on it’s way…Tears were shed, of course.

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Hopefully this fits in our spare bedroom at our next home. Although it’s an eyesore, no one really ever comes over, so it’s not a big deal. Plus, I push it together so it doesn’t take up much room!

I have another list of things that I’ve bought over the past few months that I love that I’ll share soon!

  • What’s on your Christmas list?
  • How you do and your spouse celebrate Christmas?

 

I Have Nothing but a Survey…

I’m trying to get back into blogging…but honestly, I have no motivation. I was given this survey by a fellow blogger, and I’m relaxing with my boys tonight while watching Elf, so figured I’d give it a go.

 

The Four Survey

 

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  1. Kimmy
  2. Kimby (Tyler’s name to me when I’m being a huge biach illogical/irrational or not agreeing with him)
  3. Boo (Tyler’s endearing name to me)
  4. Big Saf back in the day? haha. My mom calls me Kimbers, and my dad calls me Kimberly.

 

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. babysitter
  2. sales associate/manager at a tanning salon (for like 5 years…but moved to AZ and back for 6 months in between).
  3. stay at home wife/student…I was taking 6 classes so I wasn’t really a stay at home anything, I just wasn’t bringing in a paycheck :( Can I do this forever?
  4. Assistant manager at a global retailer

 

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

  1. Forrest Gump
  2. Titanic
  3. Big
  4. Stepbrothers

 

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. Something Borrowed (and Something Blue) by Emily Giffin…Do NOT read her latest book, The One and Only. Sucks…and I’ve read everything by her.
  2. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes….SO GOOD
  3. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty…What Alice Forgot and The Hypnotist’s Love Story are also good. Currently reading Big Little Lies.
  4. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. My grandma gave me this book to read in middle school. She was also a fan of Nicholas Sparks (middle finger to all you haters…sometimes it’s MORE than just a cheesy love story). She’d buy his books and read them then give them to me to read and we’d talk about them afterwards….hence, my soft spot for these novels…and I’ll continue to buy them. Unfortunately, some hardbacks got ruined when her basement was flooded, but I’m trying to buy them back despite being paperback (no, I don’t want these in my kindle…to personal!).

 

Four places I’ve lived

  1. Merrillville, IN
  2. Valparaiso, IN
  3. Gilbert, AZ
  4. El Paso, TX

 

Four places I’ve visited:

  1. Numerous places on the Gulf Coast of Florida…Indian Shores being my favorite!
  2. The Bahamas
  3. Las Vegas
  4. Oklahoma City…I obviously need to travel more…TYLER… ;)

 

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Carefully holding my drank!

 

Four places I’d rather be right now:   I’d obviously rather be with my husband (or family) anywhere, but that ain’t happening, so I’m writing where I’d like to go someday.

  1. The Mediterranean (Spain, Greece, Italy, France, Croatia, wherever!). Anywhere that is lined with the ocean in Europe. Sorry, I know there’s a shit ton of history there, but I want beautiful, tranquil scenery.
  2. San Fransisco and Yosemite Park
  3. New York City- I’m not a city girl by any means, but I think it’d be fun to go here for a long weekend and compare it to Chicago
  4. Some resort with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water

 

Four things I prefer not to eat:

  1. Salmon
  2. Sauerkraut
  3. Pretty much anything fried
  4. Not a fan of hot sauce…so anything with that.

 

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Italian (pizza, pasta)
  2. Avocado
  3. Greek yogurt
  4. Honey crisp apples

 

Four TV shows I watch:

  1. House Hunters
  2. The Real Housewives of Orange County
  3. Started Orange is the New Black before TJ left…but haven’t brought myself to finish the season. Though we watched and own the entire series, I’ve been watching Breaking Bad randomly again.
  4. Old 90’s shows (Full House, Home Improvement, Growing Pains, The Wonder Years, Step by Step, Boy Meets World, etc.) I’m lame.

 

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:    (doing 2015)

  1. TYLER COMING HOME
  2. TYLER COMING HOME
  3. TYLER COMING HOME
  4. A long weekend home in January

 

Four things I’m always saying:

  1. I love you/I miss you
  2. Wrigley!!!! Come!
  3. Stiffler!!! Stiffler!!! Stiffler!! Stiffler! Stifffffllllerrrr!!!!! Come. (he is either confused that I’m his REAL mom or he doesnt give a fug, haha).
  4.  Oh my god/No way

 

Four people I tag to answer these questions:

  1. Lauren from Laurealism
  2. Elizabeth from Elizabeth Loves
  3. Dani from Love Comma Mom
  4. Dawn from Our Greatest Desire

Simple Ways to Save Money

I’m by no means a financial expert. In fact, I didn’t even open up my first credit card until I was 24 because I lived with the mindset “never buy more than you can afford”. I still believe this to a certain extent, but you also have to have credit. Unless you’re making bank each month, you may need to charge some things once in a while. Anyways, here are a few things that I currently do to save …or not spend unnecessary money.

Nix getting your nails done. I go through phases with painting my nails because because sometimes I become lazy and don’t care (this happens often). I’ve gotten regular manicures done and the no-chip (or shellac, whatever you call it), but I’ve come to think that it’s a waste of money. Regular mani’s are for sure a waste- my nails would chip within 2 days and that’s like 15 bucks down the drain. I think the no-chip is only good for vacations or big events, so I will indulge when either or those roll around. My secret to doing nails at home that will last is simple- I LOVE Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Color- I have every shade and love them except for one ugly nude color (don’t buy it). I always do two coats and top it with a clear top coat. The color lasts for days and typically only chips at the ends. If this happens, I just touch them up and I’m good to go for another few days!

WP_20140211_017The other nail polish I love is Sinful Gel Tech nail color- it works great! Both brands are under $3 per bottle. Essentially, I could buy 5 bottles of nail polish for one crappy manicure that will last me a few days! Same routine- 2 coats of polish and top coat. Oh, and buy a cuticle cutter (not sure if that’s what it’s called but that’s my name for it).

I give myself pedicures as well, but will indulge in getting it done once or twice a year. I know many women go to the nail salon to relax and treat themselves, but I can’t fathom spending that much money a month on something so simple. I DO, however, get my hair cut and touched up professionally ever 8 weeks or so. My mom was a beautician so I’m anal about keeping my hair healthy.

*** I wrote this post before Tyler left, and I must note that I’m going to indulge in pedis every now and then throughout the duration of his deployment. This will not only give me something small to look forward to, but I wear sandals at work at my feet get super dried out. Plus, we are bringing in more due to the deployment and my income (however, paying off all bills is our priority, so I’m not gonna go buck effing wild).

Meal plan and eat leftovers. Every Saturday or Sunday I come up with a tentative meal plan for the upcoming week. I consider the following things: what we already have on hand, what we have a taste for, what we have not had in a while, and what our schedule looks like Monday-Friday. I typically make a big meal on Sundays (or Mondays if we have off)- that way we have leftovers for the following day (and possibly the day after) AND I can freeze a small portion to have on hand for later use. Big meals include things such as chilis, soups, pastas, or pretty much any sort of crock pot or casserole dish.

DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR LEFTOVERS. If you don’t think you’re going to eat it in a timely manner- freeze it. I was a huge brat growing up and wouldn’t eat leftovers (if I knew they were leftovers, I’d pitch a fit). There are still certain things I don’t like left over, such as fish, so I only make enough for one meal for TJ and me.

Don’t be embarrassed to hit the clearance (or sales) rack first. I’ve done this for years. Why even bother looking at shit that’s full price if you can get something you like for cheaper? I understand that sometimes the clearance rack is a mess and everything is fugly. It’s honestly hit or miss. Take 5 minutes and scan through before you hit the normal priced racks though- you never know what you might find! Here are a few things I have recently found on the clearance rack:

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Marshall’s- regular $50 on clearance for $15

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The Limited- Regular $100, on clearance for $20

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Target- Regular $30, on clearance for $10

I know these pictures don’t do justice, so I’ll take photos once I actually wear them within the next few weeks. All in all, don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed to browse through clearance/sale items.

Don’t do 20 small loads of laundry per week. Okay, I actually have no how much money this actually saves; for all I know we could be saving a honkin’ 3 bucks per month. However, since it’s just Tyler and I in the house, I do about 3 loads of laundry a week. Obviously if you have kids you’re going to be doing more. He tends to have more than I do, simply because of his PT clothes five days a week (which I don’t mind at all!). Tyler used to think his towel to dry off with after a shower was dirty like every time. This makes no sense- you are CLEAN..so why is your towel dirty? Use that bitch a few days in a row.

 

What are some ways you try to save money?

Do you tend to shop at more high end stores or do labels not necessarily matter?

Tell me your best money-saving technique!

Update- November 2014 and Extras That are TMI

This shall be short and sweet for real- I always say this but end up rambling on :/ Highlights:

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The photos in this post have nothing to do with anything, but I went home last month and it was freaking awesome!

 

  • Met with a new OBGYN that “specializes” in fertility treatment-  This basically means that they like treating patients that have issues conceiving and have been somewhat successful helping them. My last doc was the same, but she is on maternity leave…so everyone was referred out to someone else for the time being. I had my initial appointment on Monday, October 27th. So far, I love this doctor! She’s more my pace for one- looked me in the eye, addressed all my questions, and answered everything thoroughly. AND she came up with a tentative “gameplan” for TJ and I when he gets home. Not some bullshit, we’ll wait then throw you at Clomid again. Since I’ve been and will be continued to be monitored, they will have an idea of my hormone levels for almost a year.

 

  • PAP- I’m sure no one in their right mind would ever discuss this, but I don’t give a fuck. I asked for another pap despite having one done in January. Here’s the reason why:

*My first abnormal pap was at age 19. My obgyn did a biopsy and precancerous cells were found; therefore, I was advised to get a LEEP done right away. I was mind-boggled as I had only been with one person, as well as ashamed and embarrassed. This is NOT something that is openly discussed, but it’s a huge issue in society….that’s for another blog post though. LEEP is performed which basically lasers out a layer (or layers?) of your cervix to remove the precancerous areas.

*Clear for the next couple of years.

*Late September 2008- Abnormal pap again at age 22. I was moving to Arizona a few days after getting this news which was pretty awesome. I wasn’t in school at the time and was paying for my own health insurance ($250 a month…then had to pay for the biopsy and LEEP. FML- this shit wasn’t cheap and I was making like 8 bucks an hour, haha). Anyways, I flew home early November for LEEP #2.

*Late 2009- I end everything with my ex and meet my now-husband a few months later. However, in May 2011, I get yet another abnormal pap. My doc will not do another LEEP since I’m young (25) and have no children. I’m prescribed Aldera for 12 weeks which is a suppository. The medicine makes me nauseous and very fatigued, but it worked!

***  This is why I hold my breath with each pap. I’m fucking scared. I’m in the midst of waiting for the results of my latest one, and my doctors aren’t sure what route we will go should it comes back abnormal. My cervix probably won’t be able to hold a baby full-term if I get another LEEP…so I’m assuming it’d be Aldara again or something similar.

  • Semen Analysis- Tyler has to get this done as soon as he gets home. Unfortunately, he was pumped with so many vaccinations before leaving which could affect this sperm.

 

Good news! My progesterone was at 7.11!!! Low, but highest it’s been since monitoring. So far, it seems I have months where it’s non-existent and others where it’s a little low, but higher.

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Gloomy but beautiful Fall day back in Indiana last month.

 

 

***Have you ever had an abnormal pap?

 

***If so, What approach did your doctor take?

 

 

 

Feel Good Movies

When TJ is gone for training or when I need some comfort, there are a handful of movies that I turn to. I’m not sure what it is about being brought back into your past…Perhaps it’ a time of no worries or simply good memories. I remember watching these movies sprawled out on the couch with my brother and sister or on our “bed” in front of the TV that our mom always made a bed with blankets and pillows on the floor in front of the TV for us…our dumbasses laid on this instead of the sofa, haha. She’d serve us cinnamon toast and many times, we’d fall asleep. Then I grew up and became too old for this…but that’s another story! If  didn’t have tile in this house, I sure as shit would be making “beds” in front of the television here. Anyways, here we go!

The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie, and I love me some Wreck It Ralph, but these will be real human movies ;)

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Truth: I used to pose like this on our ottoman and pretend it was it was big ass honkin’ rock and sing “Part of Your World”…and also kept a fork out of the silverware drawer with me ;)

 

 

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Loved this movie. I can’t do all Disney/cartoon movies, but this one made me laugh and kept my interest the whole time.

Forrest Gump- This mofo runs does a lot of shit in his life. He’s inspiring and the sweetest thing ever. This movie is banned from our list of movies to watch together because I requested it too many times and TJ can only take so much of it. I love me some Lieutenant Dan, btw!

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Such a sweet and motivating man!

Now and Then- A favorite with my friends growing up. We all assigned each other characters, and I was deemed to be Chrissy. I should’ve been Sam due to my familial situation and outloo, but I was super naive ;) This movie is so fucking funny to reminisce on. Maybe more people should stuff their bra with balloons filled with pudding instead of $5000 worth of plastic surgery for new tatas like Teeny did.  P.S. Devon Sawa was a hottie in this movie….AND it took place in Indiana! My mom bought me a banana seat bike at a garage sale which people made fun of, but I thought it was the bomb :)

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My Girl- This movie is actually a bit complex for a girl as it deals largely with death, life, and moving forward, but I loved it growing up. I love the 1960’s/70’s era and this movie takes place during that time. I feel entirely differently about it as watching it as an adult, but remember loving the scenes in Shelly’s camper, at the fair, and Vada hanging out with Thomas J.

I wrote during my adolescent years and filled my journals with thought and poetry.

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I became obsessed with writing poetry after this movie. So glad we kept my journals and it’s hilarious to read back on it now.

Big- I don’t even know what to say about this movie, but I can watch it over and over again. I love when that lady is trying to get some, but he doesn’t know what the f to do, haha.

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Did these gigantic piano’s even exist?!

Stepmom- Super sad, but I LOVED this movie. I always thought Julia Roberts was SO pretty in this film, and I could recognize the struggle of the children of the divorced parents.

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The Little Giants- We actually don’t own this movie! Hopefully I can find it on Amazon for cheap. Tyler???

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Ice Box!

Mrs. Doubtfire- Who doesn’t like this movie? I fricking loved when Jack walked in on  Mrs. Doubtfire peeing and saw that “she” was a “he”…or when Robin Williams threw a piece of fruit at the new dudes head at the pool.

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I’m scared to see the new movie…

Hook- I remember watching this with my cousins growing up…my favorite part was when they ate the pretend food and when “Peter” learned how to fly again by Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts).

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Home Run, Jack! Or…Run Home, Jack…? P.S. Love the name Jack.

Alright…I can go on and on, so I’ll stop here. If you’re ever in shit-ass mood and need a little pick-me-up, watch one of these movies!

What are your favorite childhood films and why?

**I wrote this post 2 weeks before Robin Williams passed away. This is a tragic loss, not only to Hollywood, but to people of a few generations. Depression is taboo and not discussed openly enough. If you or someone you know suffers, PLEASE reach out and call a hotline. I have listed a few below:

Samaritans 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (212) 673-3000

 US Suicide Hotline 1-800- 784-2433

Books About Infertility

The 2 week wait (2ww) after a positive opk resulting in yet another negative pregnancy test gets discouraging as months carry on. There were 2 months late last year when I was absolutely sure I was pregnant.  How could I not be when everything was tracked and timed and I took all of the advice I was told or read about?! Obviously life has a plan of it’s own.

A handful of friends that are/have gone through similar situations and websites (which I know are not always reliable) helped me better understand exactly how complex it is to conceive. Some people are fertile effing myrtle, but others aren’t. I wanted a couple of books that explained various reasons that infertility occurs, how to cope with it, and real-life situations. After some research, I ordered the following two books on Amazon.

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This book focused on slightly older couples that had trouble conceiving or waited too long and had to seek other avenues (multiple rounds of IVF, adoption, surrogates, etc.). However, they stated that problems can arise at any age- every body is different. It did a wonderful job explaining emotions that come along with the journey month after month and how it can affect your relationship with your partner. Topics such as why the emotions are so complex (so many emotions surface during this trying time), why things have possibly went wrong, and how to grieve and cope with infertility are explored. I’ll be in the midst of my last year of my 20’s when TJ gets home. I’m not “old”, but we want a damn baby and don’t want to be hee-hawin’ around.

This book struck my emotional side, helped me feel less alone and as if I were abnormal, and come to terms with the fact that everyone handles things differently. I highly suggest buying it if you or someone you know is having issues- it was only a few bucks on Amazon!

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The Infertility Survival Handbook shared medical procedures in a more detailed manner. It thoroughly explained tests diagnosis, issues men may have and treatments, and how to decide which approach to take given your situation. It went on to discuss how to talk with family and friends about it (we all cope with things differently, and some people are more private than others…obviously I am not one of those people!), how to afford treatment (it’s expensive as shit!!! Maybe I should start playing the lotto…), how to understand your cycle, and what to expect once you begin treatment. Dealing with unsuccessful treatment is touched on lightly, along with exploring other options.

This is the go-to book if your dealing with fertility issues. So many questions are answered, and although it’s not as emotionally-driven as Unsung Lullabies, it provides so much helpful information. This baby-making is a complex process; I never realized it until I started researching everything and talking to others after our miscarriage.

Have you ever read any books on infertility/trouble conceiving? If so, which ones?

Did you ever have to use alternative options to have children (medication, trigger shots, IUI, IVF, adoption)? How did you feel about that?

How long did you try to conceive on your own until you sought professional help?

 

 

Update- October 2014. One Step Forward and 5 Steps Back

I was hesitant about doing a month by month check-in about what’s new with my cycle and progesterone levels because most people probably don’t give a shit, but then I realized that I write this blog for myself :) It’s been a useful to regarding remember certain dates and cycle lengths and such, and despite not wanting to worry about all that stuff seeing that there is virtually no chance to conceive over the next several months, I know it’ll help us in the end. It gives me a thorough description of what went on each month which may be beneficial upon Tyler’s return and we have to figure out where to go from there. And, if I can help or be relatable to a few people along the way, then it’s definitely worth my time still! Anyways, I’ll keep this short and sweet and say this month blew absolute ass in this department.

I went to the clinic on day 23 of my cycle since day 21 fell on a Saturday. I looked at my results online last Friday and my progesterone levels were at .46. W.T.F. This is the LOWEST number I have ever gotten, and I was freaking crushed. I’ll tell ya, I miss my husband every single day, but in this moment, I absolutely yearned to hold him. Instead, I made a drink and watched one of my favorite movies, Big, haha. Classy, I know, and you wont ever hear me complain about feeling lonely during this time, but I truly felt alone that day. It took a day to get over my pity party, but I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t still annoyed. I know it’s pointless to feel this way though and it’s really nothing I can control.

Love this picture of Wrigley, haha.

The thing is- I thought things were going to get better. I’m not the most positive person on the planet, but I really, really thought positive. Last cycle was 31 or 32 days and my progesterone level was 6.9 on cycle day 21. Not amazing number but the best I’ve ever measured naturally! I cut my cardio down to virtually zero (I walk a shit ton at work though but obviously never get my heart rate up). I gained nearly ten pounds over the course of three months. And it didn’t do effing shit but made things worse, haha.

I was once again told that maybe it’s stress, and I asked what in the world I have to be stressed about? Aside from no baby in my arms, our lives have fallen into place for the most part. I was looked at as if I had three heads when I asked this…. oh yeah, my husband is deployed to a scary ass place, and my job can be stressful at times. Bu I truly don’t think these two components would stress my body out enough to produce pretty much no progesterone and haul ovulation, but who knows.

After a crappy last few days (tooth issues, horrible Day 21 lab results- lowest progesterone level I've EVER had while being monitored- like nonexistent, and an effing kitchen sink leak), I came home from work to a box from my mom filled with these goodies. She knows Fall is my favorite time of year...I love you! This made me cry although I'm a little unsure about the purple glitter pumpkin, haha  And thank you for the awesome mug, Kathleen!

I came home from work last week to find a box sent by my mom on our doorstep. She knew I had a few crappy days and knows I absolutely LOVE the Fall, so sent me a box of goodies! So sweet.

The obgyn I have been seeing since our initial pregnancy is out of office until the end of the year as she was pregnant herself (via IVF). I also was assigned a new PCM (primary care physician, which is like my general doctor)- I loved loved loved my old one so this is a bummer. The new one called the other day and told me to call the hospital and request an appointment with a new obgyn. She saw in my files that we were trying to conceive for a while, and it was noted that although my husband’s deployed, we want to keep tabs on my cycles during this time so we have a course of action planned soon after he gets home. Hopefully it doesn’t take me three flipping months to be seen ;)

It will actually be nice to get another profession’s opinion and insight. I’ve learned that you HAVE to be your own advocate. If you sit around waiting for shit to happen, it’s probably not going to happen. We should be leaving Texas about six months after TJ gets home, so we’d like to have a better idea of what’s up before having to start the process of moving and such. I’m not even sure if where we are going next has any obgyn’s that treat fertility more than just throwing Clomid at them! We may have to travel to get additional help if need be….but like usual, I’m getting too far ahead of myself, haha.

My favorite girl sent me this mug last week!

So, that’s that. I’m obviously going to keep my caloric intake up (I don’t count calories, just eat more!), but I’m also introducing cardio back into my life. Tyler and I discussed this and he’s down since this was my main stress reliever for years. However, it won’t be much- 10 miles a week or so. I think a couple of miles every few days isn’t overkill at all, and I always feel amazing after a run. I’ll still do weights as I never stopped that.

I’ve been asked about my diet and exercise routine over the past few years and how that’s changed, so I’ll probably get a post up about that sometime soon.

In the meantime, I’m keeping my fingers crossed this cycle isn’t like 60 days long or some crazy shit, but now that it’s already longer than 35 days long, it probably doesn’t even matter. I love October, and I have some things to look forward this month that will keep me preoccupied :)

Do you suffer from irregular periods or not ovulating every month?

Can this be hereditary?

Any advice or suggestions?