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    Our next big project will be our kitchen. The crazy thing is DH showers at the hospital a lot of the time. But at least when he showers at home he'll have a nice shower to enjoy. We figure if we are doing this big of a project in the bathroom we might as well do it right so we don't regret not doing something in the future. We are planning on living in our house for a long time. Tiffany...maybe you'll have to build a house so you can have everything you want in it.

    Preg/m/c mentioned.....
    The only ppl we told that I was pregnant was family. None of my friends knew. They would ask and I'd somehow work my way around it so I wouldn't actually answer. I spent that summer avoiding a lot of ppl though. After my m/c I wrote my friends an email explaining everything. It felt good to get it all off my chest and the support was amazing. But I could do it on my own time. My SIL's response to my m/c was "just take a break and try again." She knew what we had gone through to get pregnant. Easy for her to say when they had 5 kids and she could get pregnant without any problem. She had gone through many m/c but I think it became nothing to her because she had so many of them. But she could get pregnant without really trying. She had m/c because she was older. Kind of her body's way of trying to tell her "you have 5 kids, you're done."

    Margaret...that will be nice to get your disability check. I couldn't imagine going that long without getting paid. Glad you figured out you don't have to pay back the money that was put into your account. Could you make gifts or bake gifts for ppl? Handmade gifts are fun to receive. We just got a notice in the mail the other day (along with millions of others) saying our health insurance premiums are increasing 12.2%. I hate it but there is nothing we can do about it other than pay it. We pay a ridiculous high amount in premiums, then have to pay $3600 in deductible before they will pay for anything. They don't pay for any meds or IF treatments, the things we could've used. They do pay for an annual PAP which I take advantage of even though it's recommended every 2 years at my age. I go every year and figure I'm going to make them pay for something and I feel better getting screen every year. They also will say they are only allowing "x amount of $" to be billed so since we are paying out of pocket for something it's usually less than what they billed.

    Our smoked turkey was really good. We made parmesean potato wedges, baked beans and a cranberry/feta cheese salad. It was a fun night having my parents over. I also made some brownies I learned about at the Pampered Chef party. They are supposed to be healthy. Take a box of low fat brownies, a can of pumpkin and 3 tablespoons of peanut butter. Mix it together and bake as directed. I used regular brownies, not low fat. They turned out good. They much more dense than regular brownies.

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    I am only concerned about Robbie for Christmas. I am actually making a request for the Christmas bureau (they do food baskets and presents for kids). He knows about Santa but does not understand we do not have much money.

    Last night looking at Robbie's agenda there was a note that he refused to clean up his lunch box and therefore he did not get to go out for recess. I am picking him up at 11:30 as today is a counselling session. Don't know who needs it more - him or me to prevent killing him. This morning was bad.
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    I also am afraid to even share anything good because...just like you said...it can be yanked from under. It is scary. I am so grateful to have you all to talk to. I think I would go crazy without this support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -kate- View Post
    I also am afraid to even share anything good because...just like you said...it can be yanked from under. It is scary. I am so grateful to have you all to talk to. I think I would go crazy without this support.
    (preg/ m/c ment) With my last pregnancy people at work found out pretty quickly. Hard to hide morning sickness and early belly when you work with a lot of women. I actually posted on FB the day before we found out Bailey had died. I was 12 weeks and have morning sickness that was horrendous. We had no clue that the baby had died. It was so hard to go back and say that the baby had died.

    I have just mentioned that I am going through fertility treatments as friends have been asking why I have all the hospital appointments. Although I have not really surprised anyone as all my friends know that I really want another baby.
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    Margaret...how did your son's counseling session go? Are you able to sit in on them or talk to the counselor? This was on our news last night and it made me think of you and your allergies. I'll have to watch it because I fell asleep during the news. I was trying so hard to stay awake for it. DH recapped it for me. It's an allergist who exposes her pts to very tiny amounts of the allergen, like peanuts, and increases it gradually. Controversial treatment fights food allergies | Local News - KCCI Home

    We went to a showroom to look at the shower system and the ceiling faucet thingy for the tub. I thought water would splash all over when it's filling from the ceiling and I was shocked that it didn't at all. We've kind of changed things around in the shower. I think we are going to take out the ceiling rain shower tile and put in 2 body sprays on the other side where we were just going to do a shower head. We don't see us using the ceiling shower much. I'm not a fan of water running down my face. We also decided to use a different type of showerhead which is a lot cheaper. I could never build a house. Just designing my shower is stressing me out. I found a website online that has all the pieces we need for 15% off of what the plumber quoted us. DH called and told him that so hopefully he'll give us a better deal.

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    I know that when we decide to design a house, especially a build from scratch or total remodel we better have an RV or something to live in during the year it takes us to do it. I seem pretty laid back, but if I am given the choice, both me and hubby can be quite particular. I think designing a shower sounds like so much fun. Kitchens can get expensive, though we did ours with Ikea and then some really nice granite when we redid our last place. I am a huge fan of gas stoves. I am also thankful for the place we are able to rent in the meantime. I really hope they will rent it to us for another year.

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    I'm already dreading the mess of our bathroom project. We'll block it off with plastic but I'm sure our bedroom will be a dusty mess. When we redo our kitchen we'll basically keep the same design/layout. We just need to update the cabinets and cupboards. We really like the recycled glass countertops. I've only had a gas stove once in my life at house I rented. Growing up with electric that's what I prefer. I'm sure if I used gas I'd learn to like it a lot better.

    DH and I went to a Food and Wine Expo yesterday. It was put on by the community college's culinary arts students. The students had different displays on organic vs. non-organic foods. They had apples, eggs, chicken, beef, pork, cheese and wild vs farm salmon. I honestly couldn't tell a difference on a lot of them and preferred the non-organic on a lot of them. But I think that's what I grew up on. I could tell a difference in the cheese and apples. Organic cheese is a lot creamier and smoother. The non-organic apples are a lot crispier and have more flavor. You could definately tell a difference in color in the wild vs. farm salmon. I guess farm raised salmon is grey in color and then they are fed a dye to turn them the reddish/pinkish color so that is why they are not as bright in color. Also farm salmon doesn't have as much of your omega-3's. While there we also tried wild boar and duck. The duck was honestly one of the most horrible things I have tried in my life. I had to hurry and chew and swallow before I gagged. Idk if it was the way it prepared or what but I was afraid I'd get food poisoning from it. I don't think I'll be ordering duck anytime soon at a restuarant. We also did some wine tastings and then went and bought a couple bottles of wine. One of them is the best selling Thanksgiving wine. We'll take that to my parent's house for Thanksgiving.

    Last night we went to a fundraiser for the local Art's Council. They had a live and silent auction. They had some really neat pieces of art and other items for auction. We put a bid on some things but left early so I won't be too sad if we don't get anything. We bought a wine basket with 6 different bottles of wine and a few other goodies on the live auction.

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    Sorry I have not replied sooner to your question Meg. Robbie's appointment went ok. His therapist is really pushing for us to put him into a specialized program. We don't want him to move schools so it is something we are thinking about.

    We went to the library book sale this afternoon - $10 for a fairly big box of movies and dvds, I think we bought 8 dvds, 5 ccokbooks, about 20 books for Robbie and another 5 for me. Not bad at all.

    I forgot my glasses when we went out. I thought I would be ok, not such a good idea not to go back and get them...
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    Meg,
    I am a fan of organic when we can because of what pesticides, etc do to the land and animals. We still eat a lot of conventional foods because of cost and convenience, but I hope to switch to more organic options with time. I definitely tell a difference with organic dairy. But I would expect things to taste worse or have more problems if they are organic because you are choosing not to use things that make them grow quicker, to kill the bugs that eat them, etc. If we all went organic, the cost of food would go up in this country. Of course, I think we should use taxes on Doritos to subsidize apples... but that is a whole other topic. I am not a fan of duck either. I do love living in an area where we can support local, organic, free-range, etc especially during the summer/fall.

    I could not read anything or see anything without my glasses. I haven't "forgotten" them since high school... and that time I got into a little one car fender bender and had to threaten my brother with his life if he told my parents what really happened.

    I love auctions. We had the best fundraisers in Dallas. I know I will get involved somewhat with what we have up here because I have some ideas that might go over well. I need to figure out here where we can keep a wine rack and make a trip to Trader Joe's to get some wines. I really wanted to buy/try them in Europe; instead we will just buy them here and open as needed.

    My parents are coming up on Tuesday and leaving on Saturday. I have to work every day except Thursday. I wish I had asked for the time off, but I think the max number of doctors was already out. It won't be so bad. I just hate to miss out on time with family but that is part of the deal with this job.

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    Margaret...glad there are options for your son where he won't have to move schools. Sounds like you got a good deal on stuff at the sale. I am also completely blind without glasses or contacts. I'm so blind that I couldn't see that big buck right out my bedroom window until I put my glasses on.

    Tiffany...that's too bad that you can't have more time off to spend with your family but I'm sure you also want to save up your time off for later. DH doesn't work Thanksgiving Day but picked up a shift out of town Thanksgiving evening starting at 6:00pm. He teases that he has to work so I can go shopping on Friday. I'm not a bad shopper. He'll work at that hospital until 6pm Friday then start in our local hospital that night at 8pm through the weekend.

    I like fundraiser auctions also but they can make me nervous because DH likes to bid. We never bid an amount where we'd be upset if we got it. If something isn't going well, DH has to put his bid in. He always ends up making the organization some money.

    We love wine! When DH and I got married his parents gave us about 8 cases of wine from Iowa wineries. They even had the labels made with our pictures on them. When I met DH I wasn't much of a wine drinker but now I like it. I started out drinking Riunite Lambrusco and now I really only like dry red wines. An occassional glass of sweet white is good.

    We put up our outdoor Christmas lights yesterday since it was so nice outside. I had tested them all before putting them up. We turned them on last night to check them out and of course a chunk was out on one of my bushes. I took them down and I think fixed it. I won't be turning the lights back on until Friday though.

    Child mentioned...DD3 bday is on Thanskgiving. We are going to work on making her school bday treats today. On Wednesday we are going to take them to see "Beauty and the Beast" at a live theater. It should be fun. My parents, younger sister and boyfriend are going also.

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    IVF #1-cancelled d/t embryos arresting before transfer (3/09)
    IVF #2-BFP 9wks-7/30/09 (6/09)
    IVF #3-BFN (5/10)

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