Monday, June 28, 2010

Capturing the Light

We've had a rather stormy week here. Drew and I decided that we would try to take some lightning pictures. Um.... yeah.... It is definitely A LOT harder than it looks.

I had my shutter speed set at 8 seconds. 8 seconds!! Do you know how hard it is to hold the camera still for 8 seconds? I don't have a tripod, so it's very hard, in case you're wondering. And it never failed. I would press my shutter and as soon as the shutter closed, lightning would flash almost instantly. After about 20 times of this happening, I said, "Screw you Mother Nature. I'll show you!", and I extended my shutter speed to 10 seconds.

It didn't help any, in case you were wondering. I did manage to snap a few though. Enjoy!

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Here's actually a good lightning shot. Too bad all the rest of the picture is pretty blurry.



Lesson learned: I need a tripod!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Extreme Thanks

When I got home from work today, the first thing I did was go to the mailbox. Are you surprised? When I got in the house, I flipped through its contents.

Junk, junk, bank statement, junk, credit card off, junk, card addressed to Drew, junk, and junk.

I did what any good wife would do, and ripped open that card right away.

Here is where I should probably tell you that on Sunday, Drew and I purchased a treadmill from Sears. We talked with a really nice guy, named Josh, who educated us on the different bells and whistles of the different models. We found out that he works on commission because we were exactly going to purchase it that day. We did ultimately decide to just purchase it because we knew that it was something that we have talked about for a while and both wanted.

Inside that envelope addressed to Drew was a card. A thank you card from Sears. More specifically, a hand-written thank you card from Josh, our salesman.

I could hardly believe it. The card was addressed to Mr. and Mrs. and very explicitly thanked us for our purchase of the treadmill. He also reminded us of the cartridge that we can purchase for personalized workouts. And, he even made a joke about something that we were discussing during our conversations with him.

I am seriously impressed. This is good customer service folks!! This small little gesture will most definitely bring me back to the store.

Have you experienced any outstanding customer service lately?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Head's Up!

Drew had to work today, which isn't a big surprise. At about 10:30 this morning, he called me to let me know that he had to go to the doctor to get some stitches. Stitches!!!!

I guess that he was greasing a landing gear and stood up too fast. Which resulted in a pretty decent gash to his head. A gash that required 4 stitches.
After getting stitched up, he went back to work and completed his shift. Such a trooper, huh?

When he got home tonight, he showed me the accident report that he had to fill out.

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"No damage to aircraft, just personnel"


Some of you may remember that this isn't the first time that he's had to get stitches while he was working. At least he makes it memorable!

Friday, June 18, 2010


I had an appointment with my OB/GYN today. I wanted to discuss with her my charts and why she thinks I'm not pregnant yet.

I went in totally prepared. I had lots of questions to ask and I had printed my charts out. And my charts look fabulous, by the way.

Then, she comes in. First, she breaks out the good news.

"Well, from looking at your chart, you're very obviously ovulating."

Thanks Doc! Tell me something I don't know. "So, why do you think is going wrong?"

Then, it happened. She said words that should never, ever be uttered to a woman. She told me that I have a very, very little chance of getting pregnant on my own and that I'll probably have to resort to in-vitro treatments. As in totally skip an IUI.

So, that's it folks. My hopes and dreams have been crushed. I will probably not conceive a child naturally. I have already made an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist (RE) for August 5th. Please say a prayer for us.

And... I'm really sorry about this, and I may change my mind, but the way that I feel right now is that if Drew and I do have to pursue in-vitro treatments, I'm probably not going to talk about it. We've already been through so much with the endo and infertility, I just can't take anymore. Plus, doing treatments like this open the door for judgments. I do not want to be judged for the choices that Drew and I make. Like I said, I may change my mind, but as I stand right now, this will be a journey that Drew and I take with only our very immediate family members

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Baby Shower Wreath

Since I'm sure that everybody would like to know how to make the absolutely adorable wreath that I made for some decoration for Jessica's shower, I thought I'd share the instructions with you. Want to hear a confession about how I found this wreath? The mail person accidentally left our neighbor's Woman's World magazine in our mailbox a few weeks ago. I decided to flip through it before taking it back to her. Totally illegal, I know. But that's how I stumbled across this little gem. (And don't flame me, I would never open mail or anything, and I usually take it right over to the neighbor's house, it just happened to be raining this day.) Anyways, I knew right away that I just had to make this for Jess's shower.

So, I used all of these blankets and toys. Well, most of them anyways.
  • 16" Styrofoam wreath
  • DecoArt acrylic paint in Taffy Cream (I didn't use this exact brand, and I used a greenish color since the nursery is sage green and baby blue.)
  • String (I didn't use this either, I rigged up some ribbon to hang it with.)
  • 1 1/2 yds. 1 1/2"-2" yellow printed ribbon
  • Strong, fast-drying glue, such as Beacon Fabri-Tac (You don't need this if you make it the way I did.)
  • 3 receiving blankets, about 30"x40" (I used four just for symmetry.)
  • Corsage pins; straight pins
  • Assorted baby things - soft toys, rattles, toiletries, brush-and-comb set, pacifiers, lullaby CD
  • 3 yds. 5/8" yellow dotted ribbon
  • 2 yds. each 3/8" pink, blue and green dotted ribbon
  • Scotch double-sided tape (I didn't use this either)
  • 1 1/4 yds. each 1" pink, blue and yellow ribbons
  • Soft animal for top center
  • 12-15 flat faux flowers and 1/2" pompoms (I didn't use these either.)

Note: As you can see in the above picture, I didn't follow the instuctions for the ribbon, I just bought a couple different options and in the colors of the nursery.

  1. Paint wreath.
  2. When dry, make hanger: Poke two holes through wreath, 2" apart, front to back. Thread string through and tie. This is the top. Glue printed ribbon around wreath's outside edge. (I didn't do this. See step 6 for my instructions.)
  3. Fold blankets lengthwise; roll tightly. Place first blanket on wreath along inside edge; center at bottom. Pin on; ends may overlap at top. Place second blanket next to first; pin on. Add third blanket near wreath's outer edge. Ends probably won't meet at top. (This just didn't work for me. So, I wrapped the wreath with the blankets. I folded the blanket lengthwise, picked a starting spot, and wrapped the blanket around the wreath. I pinned the blankets in multiple spots and was able to use the pins to create a smooth finish with the blankets.)
  4. Tie toys to wreath with ribbon. (I even used pins to pin the ribbon so that it wouldn't slide and would hold the toys in place.)
  5. Pin flowers to empty spaces; glue pompoms to center
  6. Here is what I did to hang the wreath. I wrapped thin ribbon around the wreath on either side of the large toy on the top and used pins to be sure that it would stay in place. I then threaded large ribbon underneath those thin ribbons to create the way to hang the wreath. Worked like a charm!

I am so proud of this project! What do you think? Will you be making one soon?

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Baby Shower Part 1

I don't think that I've shared it here on JTT (Journey To Together), but I'M GONNA BE AN AUNTIE!!!!! Drew's sister and her husband are expecting a little boy due August 18. This afternoon, her mom and I hosted a baby shower for her.

Here are Jessica and Gaupy.
I flexed my creative muscles for this shower. This is only the second baby shower that I've been to, and the first one that I've co-hosted. I was very nervous! Here we are posing with the baby toy wreath that I made for her.
A couple of group shots. You can tell that we had a good amount of people.

One of the games that we played consisted of all of the guests making something baby related out of Play-Doh. Jess had to then pick two winners. Guapy didn't waste any time and made a large pair of boobies. I even heard her say that they are a baby's favorite thing! Lauren is in the middle and she made a really cute train!
Jessica and her "Hooter Hider"

Jessica and Betsy.
Overall, I think Drew's mom and I threw a fantastic shower. It seemed like everyone had a great time.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

101 in 1001 - Update

Every month, I promise to be a better a blogger. And every month, I suck a little more at it. I'm going to start my better blogging with finally updating my 101 in 1001 list. I haven't updated since October - more than 6 months!! Shame, shame!

1. Take Drew to Arizona
2. Read the Bible
3. Visit the Daughtry’s in North Carolina
4. Visit the Landgren’s in Colorado
5. Make dinner every night for a week
6. Go to church at least one Sunday a month
7. Take a dance class
8. Move out of our apartment
9. Buy a house
10. Start our family
11. Pay off all credit cards (2/4)
12. Go to a Cubs game with Drew
13. Watch at least 5 Cubs games each season with Drew (and not complain about it) 5/15
14. Learn sign language
15. Learn to play the piano
16. Go on a spontaneous overnight trip
17. Go snowboarding or skiing
18. Don’t drink pop for an entire week
19. Go to Florida
20. Read 5 books that have turned into movies (3/5)(Twilight, My Sister's Keeper, The Time Traveler's Wife)
21. Watch the movies too (3/5)(Twilight, My Sister's Keeper, The Time Traveler's Wife)
22. Do a drastically different hairstyle
23. Get braces
24. Read the Twilight series (4/4)
25. Organize the closets
26. Host Christmas Eve for my side of the family
27. Go to bed before 10PM at least 60 times (30/60)
28. Go on a second honeymoon
29. Organize address book
30. Find 4 new recipes to cook for dinner (1/4)
31. Start a family tradition with Drew and me
32. Find a family doctor
33. Have 8 girls’ night (2/8)
34. Take a yoga class
35. Get a massage
36. Go to Starlight Theatre three times (0/3)
37. Clean out Drew’s clothes
38. Pick and print out wedding pictures for frame
39. Go to the movie theatre with Drew
40. Try 5 new restaurants (3/5)(Granite City, Land's End Tavern, Lucerne's)
41. Stay off the computer after work for one week
42. Get a job in my field
43. Take a cooking class
44. Put my feet in the Atlantic Ocean
45. Put my feet in the Pacific Ocean
46. Go golfing
47. Make a new friend
48. Teach someone something
49. Play hookie with Drew one day
50. Play a video game with Drew
51. Pick apples from the apple orchard
52. Plan a big surprise for Drew
53. Make dinner for my family
54. Make dinner for Drew’s family
55. Spend a day with my brother
56. Let Drew teach me something new
57. Learn one new word a week and blog about it (39/143) - Due to requests, I have stopped blogging about this.
58. Put at least $20 into my savings account every two weeks (31/71)
59. Eat dinner at the Signature Room again
60. Volunteer anywhere
61. Be a Chicago “tourist” – Go to the Museum of Science and Industry
62. Be a Chicago “tourist” – Go to the Shedd Aquarium
63. Be a Chicago “tourist” – Go to the Field Museum
64. Be a Chicago “tourist” – Go to the Hancock Observatory
65. Be a Chicago “tourist” – Go to Adler Planetarium
66. Go to Navy Pier
67. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
68. Go to Brookfield Zoo
69. Go on a picnic
70. Go camping
71. Read “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” when I become pregnant
72. Take a photography class
73. Cross stitch a picture
74. Set up a 401k
75. Get a physical once a year (1/3)
76. Pay off bills as soon as they come in rather than waiting until they’re due
77. Host Thanksgiving
78. Throw a surprise party for someone
79. Send out birthday cards every month for a year (0/12)
80. Completely clean bathrooms every week for a month (0/4)
81. Recycle
82. Completely clean the tables off every night for a month (0/30)
83. Vacuum and dust every week for a month (0/4)
84. Don’t swear for a week
85. Go skydiving
86. Become known for making or doing something
87. Take a ballroom dancing class
88. Take an acting class
89. Research getting an MBA
90. Drink only water for a week
91. Splurge on a spa day for me
92. Splurge on a spa day for me and a friend
93. Encourage at least one other person to make a list like this one
94. Purchase a china cabinet
95. Purchase 5 new pieces of clothing and DON’T feel guilty about it (5/5)
96. Host a game night with our friends
97. Clean and organize garage
98. Do something I don’t want to that will make someone else happy
99. Preserve my wedding gown
100. Donate $5 to a charity for any uncompleted items on this list
101. Make a new list at the end of 1001 days and include any items I didn’t complete on this list