now and ever more

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week 5 . . . exercise March 19, 2017

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Hi everyone!  I will start out by saying that I still think about that steak dinner and how good it was, but even after having that I don’t feel the need to cheat on the diet, which is (more…)


the verdict . . . July 14, 2012

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The pillow is on its way back.  I tried it for 2 nights and I actually think I slept worse.

I like the fact that it wraps around, but it is a little too full of the stuffing.  I felt almost buried by it.  I liked that I was able to have support in the front and back.  I could lean more backwards without being completely on my back, but it just felt almost too claustrophobic.   Also still had hip pain and did not have as much support in my neck.  So I actually had neck pain yesterday and today.

So back to Amazon it went.  I am going to try to just deal with what I have for the time being.  I may try another brand when my belly increases in size and I get a little further along in the pregnancy.  We will see.

I did want to note that the pillow had a lot of favorable reviews.  It just wasn’t for me.  So if you are still interested, I would say give it a try, but keep the box and packaging materials just in case.

Thanks for reading.


before the appointment and day 29 January 29, 2012

Well, tomorrow is our follow-up appointment with the doctor (after IVF#2 failed).  It seems like it has been so long since it happened.  Almost, what is the point?  I am sure that she will say it was a chromosomal thing that caused the miscarriage.  We aren’t going to be able to start another round right away unless they decide we are the 1-millionth customer and give it to us for free.  (wishful thinking)  So I just don’t know what to expect.

I will prepare a list of questions.  They will have more to do with our next cycle.  It is helpful to chat with other women who have gone through IVF.  To see what protocol their doctor’s used.  I know every woman, and for that matter every doctor is different.  But at least it makes me seem somewhat educated when I can ask the doctor about a certain drug that someone else took and why I didn’t.  Will this protocol work better for me?  Or that one?

I know the goal is to get as many eggs as we can possibly get.  The first cycle was pretty good…the 2nd one not as many.  They used the same dosage of the same drug.  So it tells me we need to do something different the next time.  I am at the point that I would tell her I would take 20 shots a day if it meant that this time would work.  I know it will not be that, but this will truly be our last time, unless we win the lottery or the state of Illinois decides to start covering IVF for self-insured people.

So I will probably talk about our appointment in tomorrow night’s blog.  And it is the last day of my 30-day challenge.  I have enjoyed the challenge of blogging every day for 30 days.  So much so, I am thinking of trying to find another 30-day challenge somewhere.

Day 29:  What is your favorite book?

Can’t say that I have a favorite book.  When I was younger in my teens, I started reading Stephen King books.  Loved them.  Of course I would read them right before I went to bed.  Big mistake!  LOL  I do still like Stephen King, I actually have a couple of books of his sitting on the shelf that I haven’t started yet.

I have also enjoyed reading all the Christmas books by Donna VanLiere; such as “The Christmas Shoes,” “The Christmas Blessing”, etc.  Very heartwarming and easy reads.  You can read one of those books over a weekend. 🙂 I am interested in reading her story “Finding Grace.”  In it she talks about miscarriage and her difficulty with infertility.  I will read it someday, just have to be in the right frame of mind.

One book I am looking forward to reading is “Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss”, written by John Kennedy Jr.’s assistant.  I read excerpts in People Magazine and it sounds like it will be good.  Oh and I am a sucker for books about animals, or more specifically dogs.  My hubby got me “Rescuing Sprite” by Mark Levin when we were dating and I loved it.  Have lots of kleenex handy.  Along those lines there is a book in my Amazon shopping cart, “A Big Little Life” by Deane Koontz that I will read eventually.  Also on my list are the memoirs of Julie Andrews and Katherine Hepburn.  Dang there are a lot of books I want to read…I better get started! 🙂

Thanks for reading!


grrrrr and Day 11 . . . January 11, 2012

Ok my loyal readers, today was not a great day for me!  It was day 3 of helping hubby with a big project (the same project) and I just ended up being a bit crabby about it.  (It was only going to be maybe an hour this morning and ended up being all day.)  I had my own “to do” list to do and didn’t get to any of it.  He was grateful for the help and apologetic for it taking so long but I feel like a zombie.  And the recent issues I had with my computer have caused the wireless printer software I had installed to not work properly.  We had a lot of scanning to do, so I had to download the software from HP and install it.  Well, for some reason this causes me not to be able to get online.  I am still connected to the network and internet, but I can’t open up Internet Explorer or Firefox or anything until I uninstall one of the components of the program for the printer.  And of course without this one component I can’t scan!  AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!  So all day I was feeling withdrawal.  I could see my email notifications but I could not read the email.  Every so often I would be taunted with more new mail!  So we finally finished at around 7pm and I got to uninstall the component, reboot my computer and now I can check everything and most importantly post this daily blog about, well, nothing!   And today’s blog question isn’t that great either…sorry…tomorrow will be better! 🙂

DAY 11:  Where do yo like to shop?

Well, as I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, I must not have been born with a shopping gene.  I do not really like to shop.  But when I do, my store of choice is!  I LOVE IT!!!  You can find almost anything there!  Even when I am going to buy something locally, I check out the reviews on Amazon.  You do have to be careful because I have come across reviews that seem a little fake.  My family knows I love Amazon and I usually get gift cards for my birthday or Christmas.  I even have a credit card that earns Amazon dollars with the purchases I make.  And let me tell you, since we are self-pay for our IVF, I charge that baby on my Amazon card and earn Amazon dollars back.  Helps make those unsuccessful cycles just a tad more bearable…not much, but a little. 🙂

Thanks for reading!