It’s almost over

On April 24, 2010, in It's a All About me, by elisabet

My sabbatical is almost over. Where did the last six weeks go? I do feel really good about what I’ve accomplished on my time off. I have this overwhelming urge to get things in order. I’ve gone through our closets and dressers and was able to get rid of a ton of stuff. I swear our laundry machine has not stopped in the last three days. And what’s good is that I’m folding clothes right away instead of letting them back up in the laundry baskets. It feels good to have order again. We’re acid washing the pool this weekend. I can’t wait to have that chore checked off my list.

On the baby front, we’ve decided to go the low tech path, clomid with insemination. I have a strong feeling that it will work this time. Once the pregnancy test comes back positive I think being on the progesterone for 9-10 weeks will help prevent an early termination. Right now I’m waiting for my OPT to come back with a positive result. I have the mid-cycle ultrasound on Sunday, hopefully it will be good news.

In case you have not seen it yet, here is the final Eclipse trailer:

All I can say is WOW! And yes I screamed like a little girl after watching the trailer. I got chills just watching it. It’s going to be an amazing movie! June 30th can’t come fast enough.

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My 30 day challenge

On March 30, 2010, in It's a All About me, by elisabet

I’m headed back to the desert in about an hour. That trip was almost too long, it will be nice to get home.

I have thirty days left of my sabbatical and I have huge to do list that seems to be growing bigger everyday. One thing that I’m really motivated to do is stop eating out. Over the next thirty days I will cook all of our meals. I’m doing this to see if I can really do without the restaurants and to see how I can improve our eating habits. As a foodie I know this is going to be very difficult, how will I survive with out a weekly stop at La Grande Orange? But I do think this is going to be a good thing for Courtney and I. Another change, no more quick trips in the car to the Safeway across the street. If I need something, I will have to walk. It’s less than a mile, there is no reason to hop in the car. This will also help me plan my shopping trips better, getting everything I need at one time. Lots of changes in the Hannafin household over the next month…this is going to be exciting.

I have more pics to post and I’ll get to that this evening when I get home. Enjoy your day!

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Its free

On January 7, 2010, in It's a All About me, by elisabet

One of my goals this year is to make more of an effort to donate. Every week or two I comb through my coupons and spend two hours walking the grocery store aisles for the best deals. I started to notice that there were many opportunities to get stuff for free. Most of the time I passed those deals by because the products are not anything that I can use. It occurred to me one day that I could donate that stuff. I’m not paying for it so why not give it to someone that needs it. Makes total sense right? So tonight when we went to the grocery store I took advantage of the sale on canned veggies. I bought $19 worth of food, I had $12.45 in coupons so I spent $6.55 on food that will be donated. Not too shabby.

We’re not flush with extra cash or anything but for whatever reason, I feel compelled to give back more this year. Even though the holidays are over the food banks still need food to help people all year long. I have about twenty or so cans which isn’t much but if I can do a little every week I can still make an impact.

**UPDATE: if you want to help, here are some ideas and resources to check out: Resolve to Help the Hungry.**

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The worst has happened

On August 21, 2009, in It's a All About me, When Life Gets in the Way, by elisabet

And I have no plan, no idea what to do next. I’m trying to come to grips that we will have to sell our home. For most people a house is just a house, but it’s not like that for us. It’s where Courtney and his family lived for many years and it was suppose the home that we would have for many years. It’s embarassing and a huge hit on our pride to be in this situtation. I know that we are not alone in this, millions of Americans are, I just didn’t think that it would happen to us. I thought we could weather the storm and get through this.

I’m making a list of all things unnecessary and things are going to get chopped. I hate to give up my iphone but it looks like I will have to. The data plan is just too much. I’m taking a mental inventory of everything we have in the house…huge garage sale coming soon if you are in the Biltmore area.

I know that if Courtney gets two jobs we could make it….the problem is finding those two jobs. I know that there is higher purpose for us to be going through this but at this very moment I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have faith, but right now it’s really hard to keep thinking that when your world as you know it is crumbling. What I do know is that I love my family, friends, our dogs and I am greatful to have two jobs.

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On August 10, 2009, in I am a Pop Culture Geek, It's a All About me, by elisabet

I don’t know what alien being took over my head last week but whatever it was it kicked my ass over and over. Just when I thought that I was getting better I got knocked out again with an awful head cold, runny nose and fever. Then to make things worse my monthly bill was a week late which has never happened. So I thought I was pregnant, yeah! After ten pregnancy tests with negative results it showed up right after I made the appointment to see the doc. Funny how that works. So I’m back to counting the days and tracking my BBT…fun fun. I also decided to get back on the head meds this weekend. My head has been in a fog since I stopped taking them which just makes my life more crazy. Hopefully now I can get things back to normal.

One good thing about being back on the meds is that I should see some pounds drop off. Since the miscarriage I gained about ten pounds. Time to focus and get that weight off. I totally believe that my weight (and Courtney’s) are what is holding us back from getting pregnant. When I did get pregnant I was my lowest..that has to account for something. My diet is pretty decent, I’m still off the sodas and now that money is super tight we don’t go out as much. I just need to find ways to be more active, but when it’s 115 outside my motivation takes a nose dive.

I went with Brian and Damon to see the Julie/Julia movie over the weekend. I really liked how they told Julia’s story. I felt inspired to cook again. I’m on this kick now and I refuse to buy bread. Why should I buy bread that is made with corn syrup and why pay $5 or more for a decent artisan loaf?? I’m a pastry chef, there are no reasons why I shouldn’t be making my own. So for the past few months I’ve been dabbling in bread making and I’ve been having a good time with it. We’re not really big bread people so I make a loaf or two every two-three weeks. Last night I made the best loaf to date. I’ll post pictures and the recipe this evening. I’ve been trying to take photos of my creations as I go along. I’m hoping to compile a recipe book of sorts for my kids and Maggie. Courtney and I both have little recipe boxes from our grandmothers, it would be nice to pass that on to the next generation.

That’s all I have for now folks! Have a fabulous week!

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