Archive | September, 2012

The One that Got Away

28 Sep

The company I work for also employs Jake Owen’s dad in Florida, so my company sponsored a small concert in town last night for Jake Owen to come and perform. We were all given 2 free tickets to bring a guest. I was lucky my supervisor wasn’t taking anyone with her so my mom and David both got to go!

Not only did they give us tickets but we were in the 3rd row and they had a private reception before the concert for us employees and our guests for food and drinks. I couldn’t believe the food spread that they had: fruit, veggies, prime rib, shrimp, pizza, meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, desserts, and an open bar!

Jake Owen even came out before the concert and talked to all of us and did a little Q&A session.

After filling our tummies with food and adult beverages, we found our seats. They really couldn’t have been any better!

Jake came out and performed his heart out! After making a comment about wishing he had a drink in his hand, the guy behind us handed us a full bear to pass up to him.

Jake then threw his baseball cap out to that guy for him to keep. He also threw out lots of guitar picks, drum sticks, and interacted with the crowd. He was amazing in concert!

I like every type of music from rock to country and everything in between but no matter what kind of music it is, concerts are always so much fun.

We enjoyed ourselves so much and it was nice to get my mind off things and just really have fun and truly smile from ear to ear and sing, dance, and scream.

It was also nice to bond with my coworkers some more and just have a night out together outside of the office.

David had a few too many and is feeling the after effects today but we have a big weekend coming up! The home opener of hockey for our town is tonight and we are excited for another season to start. Tomorrow we are going to an Apple Festival so expect a recap on that on Monday! Hope you all have an amazing weekend and make lots of fun memories.

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Thin Crust Tortilla Pizza

26 Sep

Instead of a WIAW post this week, because yesterday would have looked very similar to last week’s eats, I decided to just document our dinner, tortilla pizzas.

We had volleyball at 6 last night so I needed something easy, fast, and somewhat healthy but was really feeling like pizza.

One of the only ways I make homemade pizza anymore is by using tortillas. David and I don’t always agree on what kind of pizza we should make if we make it homemade so this way we can both have whatever we want on ours! I also love thin crust pizza. I have to admit, I really love any type of pizza though…

Making homemade pizza this way is not only healthier but also easy.

Start off by preheating your oven to 400 degrees.

Put your tortillas on a pizza stone or baking sheet. My mom got us this Pampered Chef pizza and it is one of David’s favorite kitchen cookware. It makes amazing pizzas and cookies. And if you want them REALLY crispy, you can lightly spray some Pam Cooking Spray on the tortillas.

Place the tortillas into the oven for a few minutes, flipping once. This will make your tortillas crispier so the longer you put them in, the crispier they will get.

Take them out once they are slightly crispy and spread on your pizza sauce. We had leftover pizza ingredients from our anniversary weekend’s pudgy pies so we had pizza squeeze to use up, but you can use whatever you’d like.

Next, add your toppings. This could be pepperoni, diced ham, sausage, chicken, and whatever veggies you’d like and then top it all off with mozzarella cheese. David is a big fan of barbeque chicken pizza so sometimes he does barbeque sauce instead of pizza sauce. One of my favorite pizzas is margherita pizza so I did sliced tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese on mine. I also added some cale and red and green peppers that I had left to use up. And I couldn’t help but throw on some pepperoni as well.

Once you get your toppings and cheese on the tortillas, put the pan back in the oven for 10 minutes or so until the cheese is slightly brown.

We got some great looking spinach in our CSA box last week so we had some side salads to go with our pizzas.

They were perfectly crispy and cheesy!

HA Update: A Means to an End

25 Sep

I woke up this morning and for some reason, immediately started thinking about this past year. I will never forget 2012 as it’s been a year full of lots of tears and soul-searching and a year that forever changed me. And although the year is not over yet, it makes me sad all of the time that has been wasted.

Fortunately, I have been able to regain control of my life and realize things that needed to be realized. I have made some friendships I would never have made and forever will be thankful for my HA diagnosis.

But infertility is hard regardless of how many months or years go by, you are bound to get lost in the dust of the friends who get their happy endings and the feelings of guilt are still lingering.

This cycle was a complete bust. Nothing happened. And I’m not sure what I did to cause that or if it was even in my control. I went in to this cycle feeling at peace with my progress, thinking lots of positive thoughts, and having hope again. I trusted my body to do what it had done the past 2 times and was praying more than ever that the end of the road would be close.

40 days of waiting, high hopes, positive thinking, and disappointments led to my first anovulatory cycle since my recovery. I guess it goes to show that recovery doesn’t mean normal, recovery simply means, hang in there, it takes time.

The devastation of waiting those long days without even getting a chance is still crushing to me.

I was given a prescription for Provera to end this cycle and hopefully start another. The last time I was on this medication was 20 pounds ago and I did not respond. I have very high hopes that I will respond this time and that maybe; just maybe, it’ll give me at least a chance next cycle.

My Dr. also is no longer with the clinic I go to and so I am going back to my old nurse practitioner and I will meet with her in October.

Each month that goes by makes me a little stronger, but as soon as I start thinking too much and dwelling, that strength deteriorates a little and I must pull myself back together and go back to thinking about the positives in my life because I am fortunate to have so many.

This post is my goodbye letter to this last speed bump in my recovery. I am excited to start fresh and am hopeful that my body will continue to heal and work itself out.

I am no longer set 40 days behind; I am now 40 days closer to being a mom.