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February 15, 2013

Odds and Ends 2/15/13

I've been thinking of a new way to end the week on the blog visually...and since I already like sharing everything pretty and interesting in this little space, I thought I would create an image of six things that "caught my eye" every week in addition to my Friday link list. And it shall be called "Odds and Ends." I'm always evolving here...but that's half the fun. 

This week we settled into our regular routine at home post vacay and I jumped back into work. My sweet mom trekked to Athens Tuesday night to hand deliver some early Valentine's Day goodies  (we've been enjoying sweets for days over here -- oops!) But more importantly, she came so she could take me to the hospital Wednesday morning for my HSG. James works nights and wouldn't be able to stay up to take me, and while I could have put my big girl panties on and driven myself, it was nice to have the moral support; I was pretty nervous going in. To be honest, the HSG was excruciating very painful. But I survived it. And, the good news is, my tubes look normal and I don't appear to have any blockages. So, that's one more thing I can cross off the why am I not fertile?! list. On to the next thing, whatever that may be. I should be meeting with my doctor in the next week or two to discuss our next steps. (But hey, it's the beginning of my cycle, and that means I'm in positive mode. Let's do this!) 

Last night I watched "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." It was so good. It reminded me how painful and confusing those teenage years could be. A lot of the scenes felt familiar, but the line,"I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be” moved me. That  sentiment describes those teenage years perfectly. And yet sometimes I find myself feeling that way now, too. Happy and sad and all at the same time, which is odd. But we are all fighting at least one battle at any given time, right? must. carry. on.

But back to that "I'm in positive mode!" thing. It's Friday. And it's going to be a good weekend. One of my girlfriends from college is going to be in town, and she's the kind of person who attracts adventure. You know, the kind of person who never meets a stranger and always has a story to tell? Yeah, that's her. We have no real plans, but sometimes those end up being the best kinds of weekends. Who knows what we'll get into! I'll for sure have a story or two to tell by the time Sunday rolls around.

So for now I'll leave you with my weekly round-up and the sources for the above finds:

What caught my eye this week:

1. A cute dollhouse by Kristin Rogers

2. Owl and mouse tape measure via Michele Varian

3. DIY wedding countdown by Martha

4. Fancy Oscar party Evites by Postmark

5. I Think You Are Magic print by Sarah and Bendrix

6. Apple + marshmallow mushroom treats via The Mucky MacBook

And a few other things worth sharing:

I loved the Woody Allen documentary. It was inspiring, funny and smart. Just like Woody.

Read this out loud. I know you fellow southerners get it. And want it.

Totally tickled by this pattern for a wookie doll!

My new fave song + artist. Someone in the comments asked "Can I get pregnant from this song?" 
Yes...I believe you can.

Also, I loved Adele's funky retro-inspired dress at the Grammys most. She's so fab.

What's coming!

My office tour (for real this time) 

Have a wonderful weekend, everybody!


  1. Glad your HSG went well. That is definitely one of the worst of the diagnostic tests. I hope your doctor's appt will bring you some answers/plans for the next steps. Thanks for the movie recommendation! Added it to my queue.

    1. Thanks, Bethany! I don't want to scare anyone who will need one in the future, but whoa. That sucker hurt. Enjoy the movie(s)!

  2. Great news from your HSG and to add to your comment above so everyone knows everyone is different I personally would describe my pain level during this test as uncomfortable but not extremely painful maybe more comparable to strong cramps.
    Just a friendly suggestion: I'm not sure if you are using ovulation predictors but would suggest spending more on the clearblue easy that give you a happy face instead of those ones with the lines, its good to know positively when you are ovulating rather than trying to figure out whether the lines are as dark as they should be... Good Luck!

    1. Thanks, Jess! The doctor said my pathways were a little smaller than usual (mostly because I've never been pregnant before), so the poking and prodding hurt me a little more than most. I'm just thankful the results were normal!

      We've been using ovulation predictor kits since last April. I wish we had been using them before that, because they have been SO helpful (and comforting). It's nice to know for sure what's going on every month and when things are happening.


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