Not a whole lot has been going on since my last post. Tyler is in Georgia through Friday for some training thing with work. He left on Tuesday. On Wednesday I had a doctor's appointment and then Pongo and I drove 5.5 hours to visit my mom. We've been here since then. I plan on leaving tomorrow around noon to return home, but I'm dreading the drive. I don't have cruise control, so my right hip and leg really get a workout keeping a constant speed. Not to mention the fact that I really hope all the ice has melted by the time I get on the road. Be praying for me if you think about it!

In other news, I chopped off all of my hair this weekend. It wasn't terribly long to begin with, as many of you know, but now it's even shorter. I'd say it's a pixie cut, approximately. I promise to post a picture once I get back to my digital camera, because all of the webcam pics I've taken look kinda weird.

Also, I was sick for almost a week straight this past week. The peak of it was last Monday and Tuesday, and I am pretty much recovered now. Unfortunately, I had 4 days of waking temperatures within fever range, so my chart is kind of messed up. I think I probably ovulated on CD15 or CD16, but I can't be positive. Now it's just a waiting game!

I have also learned about a few money-making opportunities in the last week. One involves helping my grandmother to sell her Hummel collection and other odds and ends from around her home as she prepares to move into a senior/retired apartment complex. I will get 30% of the sales revenue, which is not too bad. Also, my uncle's company is looking for people to make and transcribe recruitment calls. I would get paid $22 for each call I complete, transcribe, and submit to the company (each of which takes about an hour - 1.5 hours). I could do as much or as little as I want, and all the work is from home. Hopefully I'll hear more about these soon!

Lastly, I'm planning an awesome dinner for Tyler's return home on Friday, since I missed celebrating his birthday with him today. I will be making homemade French bread with homemade honey butter, herb-crusted steaks, roast potatoes, and a peanut butter chocolate mousse pie. I hope he loves it!

Lastly, two of my mother's co-workers now believe that I somewhat resemble Bella Cullen. I find this highly amusing and very flattering. In fact, I'm almost giddy about it. And I truly don't care if that makes me a freak. Or a geek. Because I already knew I was all of those things.



I am suffering from a terrible cold, or something. I've never had a cold with fever and chills, but that's what I experienced last night. :-( Not only am I sick, but it's messing with my chart, which is not cool.

Not much to update on. Tyler is going out of town tomorrow for two weeks, and on Wednesday I'm traveling to visit our family for a while. I'll probably stay until Monday and then drive back. I don't want to miss life group on Tuesday!



I have found a new hobby that I love - that's right, knitting! Knitting has been gaining popularity in the past decade with the younger generation, and I think it's easy to see why - it is really fulfilling to be able to make something that is both functional and beautiful with your own two hands. Plus, knitting is rhythmic and repetitive, which makes it great for stress relief - and who doesn't need a little stress relief in these trying times??

So far, the only completed project I have is a scarf. It is by no means perfect, but I made it, and I'm proud of it! Since completing said scarf, I have been practicing my technique, so that the next time I start a project, it might be a little closer to "perfect". I have mastered the garter stitch (basic knit stitch), binding off knit-wise, the purl, and the stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next). I am about to conquer binding off purl-wise. I think once I finish that, I will make another scarf, before moving on to the infamous ear/neck warmer.

My other hobby of late is Twilight. Yes, I have fallen into
the seductive teen novel series, and I can't free myself! I will admit to having read all four books in the Twilight saga twice in the last 2.5 months. And I'm finally going to see the movie tomorrow, for which I can.not.wait! I could probably even read the books again right now, even though I just finished Breaking Dawn this weekend for the second time. I feel like a crazy person, but I also don't really care!

Stay tuned for a post about my stay-at-home situation and other fun news! :-)


Quick update!

Not much news here, except that I am SUPER EXCITED to find out that a United Market Street is opening in my town. I never thought I'd be that excited about a grocery store, but, here I am! :-) It opens Wednesday, and you can bet that I'll be there!

We've done a pretty decent job of working out and not eating out too much this week. I don't know if I'll see any weight loss, but I'll update on that in the morning (you know, when I wake up. It's technically morning now, lol).

I'm already starting to dread Tyler going out of town for business the last two weeks of the month. The first week I'll be spending in Lubbock with my mom, as well as visiting Tyler's parents and brother/sister-in-law/niece. And driving down to visit my BFF and her husband. I'm not sure how long I'll stay in the LBK, since I'm really not looking forward to sleeping alone in the apartment. :-/

Knitting has taken a backseat this week, as I decided to re-read the Twilight saga. I'll finish the last book before going to sleep tonight, and then I'll be back to knitting. And possibly scrapbooking and playing flute. Oh yeah, and housework. ;-)

Now, I have a dilemma - I have a lot of un-eco-friendly cleaners around the house. I want to start using eco-friendly products ASAP. Would it be better to get rid of/donate my old supplies to friends and start new with the eco-friendly cleaners, or to use up my stash and then replace stuff as needed? I'm not sure which is less wasteful.

Hopefully I'll have a better update for you soon! Stay tuned. :-D



Today is officially CD1 of TTC#1, Cycle#4. I feel pretty blah, as is typical of CD1. But, I'm staying positive about my empty ute by remembering Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plants to give you hope and a future". I know that God has big things in store for Tyler and I, and that those plans are bigger than we can even hope or imagine.

Not much has been happening around these parts, other than trying to keep up with our New Year's resolutions and cleaning up around the house some. As for our resolutions, here's an update:

-exercise at least 3 times per week - we've already worked out together 3 times since the 1st, plus I've done yoga on my own
-eat healthier (including using our new salad bowls for salad and not dessert, LOL): this isn't going so well yet, but we're getting there!
-stick to budget better and save more: we're doing pretty well here, we used some giftcards for eating out/buying stuff rather than our own money
-be more eco-friendly: we have plans in the works for this. We already drive fuel-efficient vehicles, purchase 100% wind energy from Reliant for our electricity, and try to have the AC/heater off when we can. I also plan on purchasing eco-friendly laundry detergent (from www.crunchyclean.com) and some dryer balls (Fuzzy Wuzzy dryer balls, to be exact) in addition to finding green cleaning recipes.
-get pregnant - haven't really worked on this yet, but this month probably won't be the one :-(

I hope everyone else is having a great new year so far and working toward their goals/sticking to their resolutions. Keep your eyes peeled for that post about the things I want to do!


2008 wrap-up and obligatory New Year post

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Christmas. We had a great time visiting our families in west Texas and eastern New Mexico, but we're glad to be home, too. We got to spend plenty of time with our 6.5 month old niece, too, which did nothing to help our baby fever. I'm in the 2ww right now, and we should know more within the week!

Now, of course, everyone tries to make some New Year's resolutions to help improve their lives every year. This year is no different for us, but our goals are pretty limited. Here is our short list of expectations for 2009:

-exercise at least 3 times per week
-eat healthier (including using our new salad bowls for salad and not dessert, LOL)
-stick to budget better and save more
-be more eco-friendly
-get pregnant

I also have a long list of things I'd like to do or get better at, but those aren't really resolutions, per se. I will make another post soon outlining some of these things!

So, for today, we have worked toward one of our resolutions by spending some time at the gym. It felt good to work out those muscles, and I can't wait to do more soon! :-)

That's it for now. Also be on the lookout for a post about knitting in the near future!