Friday, April 29, 2011

Amusement

So I was sitting in my office today working up a storm (no really, I was) and I received a request for proposal for a new client (I work at an insurance company). I opened up the census of employees at this particular company and my eyes darted to a particular name on the census:


Wood, Chuck

In light of my last blog post, I thought this was funny. Hilarious, actually. So much so that a couple people came to my office asking me if I was okay and what was so funny.

I’m so happy it takes so little to amuse me.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How much wood....?

You all know it--how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

(man, that was really hard to type! LOL)

I don't know the answer to the question, but I'm happy to ask our new "pet".  This is Chuck:
Chuck has taken up habitation somewhere near our house...we can't quite figure out where he lives, though.  He's been a visitor for the past couple years (at least we think it's the same one).  He's a curious fellow, but doesn't get too near the dreaded humans. 

He's a mild form of amusement when my husband and I are working in our home office together.  He likes to hang out within our view for a good portion of the day.  We often tell each other we need to find a way for him to find a new home, but I keep going back to the fact that I think he's cute in a weird furry animal kind of way.  I like Chuck.

I'm gonna go ask him how much wood he can chuck.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Zenity

What craziness my life has been lately.  Someone slow this ride down, please!

I can't really pinpoint what it is that has changed.  I can't figure out why, all of a sudden, I feel not quite out of control, but not in that zen little place I've visited before.  I'm hovering between Zen and Insanity....thus I've now coined the term "zenity".  That's where I am.

On the surro front, I've got really no news.  I know the guys are still deciding on an egg donor and that should hopefully be done very soon.  I spoke with my journey coordinator (Emily) today and she more or less explained the process again to me, this time in more detail.  I am expecting some information as it relates to contracts soon and also am watching for information from CFA (Connecticut Fertility Associates--that's the clinic we'll be using for the med screening and transfer) to plan my med screening trip.  Other than that, I've not had a whole lot of contact with T & H.  I imagine choosing an egg donor is an insanely important process in itself and I don't want to be the "annoying surro" bugging them to see how they're doing.

My kids have been a little on the crazy side lately.  They just seem uber "needy" lately--more than usual.  I think it's because we've all been so cooped up in the house due to our wild weather and they've not had real good opportunities to let loose outside.  I'm hoping Wisconsin will show us something in the realm of a spring reality soon so they can get some much needed play time outdoors.  The gigantic trampoline is calling their names...

The limo business is crazy.  Nutso.  When I work from home, my husband and I sit across from each other in our home office and I kid you not, his phone rings no less than 20 times a day.  I can't carry on a conversation with him because the phone interrupts it.  I'm not complaining, believe me.  To see a business thrive, especially one that's not a necessity to people, is a blessing to us.

My job is on the "aaaack" end too.  I have a to-do list that I put together every morning and today, I ran out of paper for my list.  Every time I cross one thing off, 5 more get added.  Again, I'm not complaining, just venting.  I love my job and wouldn't change it for the world, I just wish that I could sometime feel like I've accomplished something.  *sigh*

I finished week 4 of the Couch to 5K program today.  I can't believe I was complaining about week 1.  I WILL do this.  I WILL finish this.  I may even sign up for a 5K....we'll see...

And my total randomness thing of the day: You have to try this.  Do it.  Come to my house and I'll make you something with it.  My mother-in-law introduced me to this about a year ago and I always have a bottle on hand.  It's super yummy...not quite a "mustard" as the bottle says, but just a really good bar-b-quey/mustardy/spicy yumness.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to you all!!

Thankfully, it doesn't look like our annual Easter Egg hunt will look like this:
That was Easter, 2008.  Lots o'snow.

There's no more snow on the ground now (thankfully!) but I trust Wisconsin will provide us with something out of the "norm" tomorrow.

Happy Easter, peeps!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thanks


There will forever be people that I need to thank on a daily basis. I’m a huge fan of the “thank you” and find myself saying it often. I don’t say it just because. I say it because I mean it. My step mother taught me at a very young age to always write a thank you note for anything I deem appropriate. I’m not saying there aren’t a few I missed along the way, but I still do this. I do it not only for birthday’s and Christmas, but for dinner at a friend’s house or to a staff member that does a good job-to my clients for entrusting their business with me and to my mom for being her.


I wanted to take this time to thank a few people. In doing this, I don’t want you to think I’m forgetting about you if your name isn’t mentioned below. I am truly blessed and thankful for everyone that walks through my life, whether it’s in person or via the computer. So I’m not trying to say that these people are more important than anyone else, but I’d like to publicly thank the people below.
 In no particular order…


Mom
The likelihood that my mom will ever read this blog is slim (no computer access at the nursing home) but I want the world to know how much I am thankful for her. She had 2 major strokes but is still the most witty and awesome woman I know. Thanks, mom, for being you.


Jesse (the hubster)
My husband is pretty cool. We’ve been married for nearly 10 years and I’m thankful for every minute of that. Sometimes he’s annoying, sometimes he ticks me off—but there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t look at him and Thank God that he entered my life.


Cole
My Styx girl. Cole and I met on the internet while we were planning our weddings…and I don’t think there’s a week that goes by that we don’t have some sort of communication. She lives in another state and we try to see each other at least once a year, if not twice. I love this girl. Drama free and oh so awesome.


Kelly
Kelly is my STEP-cousin. I emphasize step and laugh as I do it. (long story). Not only is Kelly family (not by blood, mind you LOL), but she’s also an amazing friend. Kelly and I grew up together and I couldn’t be happier about that. Kelly is now preggo with her first child and the amount of happiness I have for her and her husband is not even measurable. Kelly-thank you for having the parents you do-otherwise we may not have been forced to hang out! LOL


Whitni
Whit and I met the first day of college, 1997. Never have I known anyone to have a sense of humor like Whitni does. I’m ever so thankful that we became friends and have remained friends. Family life often gets in the way of visits with Whit, but thankfully I’ll get to see her soon. Oh, and she’s got a fantastic blog—you should seriously read it. Whitni might be the best writer I’ve ever read. I wish she’d write a book some day….Whitni's Blog 


Jeni
Jeni is my “ling-lost” BFF (LOL!). I’ve never met Jeni in person, but she’s awesome. Way awesome. She’s a surro and is preggo for set of IF’s. Am I happy for her and her IF’s—WAAAAAY so. She’s got a blog too-you should check it out: Jeni's Blog


T & H (my new IF’s)
Thank you, T & H, for allowing me to be on this journey with you. I can’t tell you how excited I am and am looking forward to each step of this amazing experience.


Again, I want you all (not just the people listed above, but ALL of you) to know that I am thankful for each person that enters my life. Truly. I have an amazing life and know some pretty awesome people. Without you all I don’t know what I would do.

THANK YOU.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It's officially official. I have IP's.

I got THE e-mail from "K" at the agency this morning! (they were closed yesterday)

She said she heard back from the "guys" and here's what they said (and I really hope they don't mind me sharing this...): "there was an instant connection between us and we are very excited to get matched with such a nice person."

Could you die?  Tell me they aren't the sweetest men ever?

Also in "K"'s e-mail it read:  Congratulations you are now "officially" matched!

Now onto the next steps!!  (medical screening and contracts)

YAHOO!



PS--though I'm surrounded by happiness and awesome things with the guys "T" and "H", I'm a little bitter about something:


It's April, right?  I had no idea...feels like January. Poo.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

And so we "meet"...

So I met the "guys" today.

And it was awesome.

First, I just have to say these are 2 of the cutest men ever.  Really.  And they were cute together.  I could tell they were just meant to be with each other.  Just the way they presented themselves--it was too cool.

I was slightly nervous going into the call, which is odd because I don't normally get nervous.  I played the National Anthem on my sax for a soccer game a few years ago in front of a crowd of thousands and wasn't nervous...but this morning I was (a bit).  I just wanted them to like me.  I wanted them to feel the same way that I did, just after reading their short profile.

I didn't go into the call with any questions written out or any thoughts in my head.  I didn't want it to be a job interview or anything like that.  I just wanted it to be a free-flowing conversation--and that's what it was.

And I love them.

Love in the "I can't wait to carry a child for them" sense.

Based on the call, it seems they're happy with me too.  Could they have been just saying that? Sure...but I don't think that's the case.  It just felt "right"....hard to explain, I guess.  But know this-I want this more than anything now.

I'm already thinking of things we can do when they come visit. 

Sadly, my husband wasn't able to be on the call with us, so I'm hoping we can set up another time to chat with him included.  I think he'll be just as pleased as I was.

So many emotions-excited, happy, anxious!

And because I'm confident in this, I'm going to call them my "IP's". 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Some things

Some updates and rants and things of note (at least of my note)...

MOST IMPORTANTLY...
I've got a "skype" appointment with the guys on Sunday morning!  Aaack! So excited!  Slightly nervous.  Very happy. 

NOT SO IMPORTANT, BUT I FEEL THE NEED TO BLOG ABOUT IT...
I'm old.  At least I feel old.  I just discovered this yesterday.  I was listening to a CD that someone left in the party bus--it was a homemade CD from a youngin'.  I was pretty happy that I actually had heard most of the songs (ex: Marry Me by Bruno Mars, On the Floor by JLo).  There was one song on it and I was totally jammin' out to it.  I played it for my husband and said "husband, this is my new favorite song"...and his reply "that's an old song".  Sure enough, I Googled it and the darn song came out in 2007.  WHERE HAVE I BEEN????  The song is Cupid Shuffle...I've NEVER heard the song before...again, WHERE HAVE I BEEN?  I used to be a DJ-I used to know songs before everyone else even heard the first note.  And here I am...4 years late to the party.  But, I will be in my own little party and jam out to the song as I see fit--cause I like it.

OUCH
I just finished Week 3, Day 2 of the Couch to 5K!  Still going strong.  Do I feel like I'm dying every time I run? Fo shizzle.

PROM
Did you all go to your high school prom?  Did you love it?  Hate it?  Let's just say for me, high school was just okay.  My problem was that I was smart and a music geek.  I had friends in all the cliques but wasn't at the top of the popularity list; however I got along with everyone.  Mostly everyone.

Anyway, I bring this up right now because my husband is getting non-stop calls for limo service for proms...and these "kids" are nearly impossible to deal with.  He's to the point of not even accepting prom runs--mostly they don't know where they're going, no one has a credit card to do the deposit, they book and then cancel because they can't find enough people to go--it's causing him some angst.  Oh, and then when he actually does the run it's like dealing with teenagers.  Oh wait...


This is me...prom...1996.  Please don't laugh.  My date:  a dear friend named Mandi.  We had a good time.  Oh--and that dress--I made it :)  Thinking back, I could have been a better date and rented a limo...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Can I get a "woo" please??

I heard back from the agency today!! Twice, actually!  And guess what--they heard back from the IF's!

I had a teaser e-mail this morning (while I was doing an enrollment meeting, mind you) from "K" telling me that the journey coordinator for the "guys", as I will call them, was able to get in contact with "T" (one of the guys).  Apparently he has been pretty sick the past few days and his partner was travelling out of the country--so that's why they weren't able to get back in contact with the agency.  She said they seemed pleased with my profile but they'd hear back for sure by the end of the day.

(so yeah, I got that this morning and had meetings all day...people were probably wondering why they heck I was so happy about presenting insurance information!!)

About two hours ago (as I was feverishly working...at 8:00 at night...) I got an e-mail from "K" telling me the guys reviewed my profile in detail and liked what they saw!! AAACK!  Now we move forward to a Skype meeting!  I'm soooooooo excited!!  Hoping to set that up for sometime this weekend or early next week.

I'm excited, nervous, anxious and hope to God I have a good hair day when we do this!

I'm sure there's more for me to blog about, but I can't think of it right now. 

Can I get a WOOO and and HOOO please?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Update...kinda....?

A few of you have texted me wondering what the heck is going on--so I apologize for my lack of updating...

But I don't really have any updates :(

The agency has a 3-day time period in which both a surrogate and the potential IP's can get back to them with a yes or no on the profile.  Of course I said yes right away so the agency sent my profile to the "guys" and I didn't hear anything...so in a follow up to the agency yesterday I found out that the guys hadn't responded as of yet.  So, that can mean a number of things:
  • They didn't like my profile and chose to just not say anything
  • They didn't get the e-mail (apparently it was a pretty big file, so this is totally possible)
  • They're on vacation in a far away land and can't access their e-mail
  • They're overly excited with my profile and can't bring themselves to let the agency know how darn excited they are
Of course I hope it's the last one--but I don't know.  I LOVED their profile and really really really hope they pick me and say yes.  As soon as I saw their pictures, I knew that this would be awesome.  I totally understand this is a huge decision and one to not take lightly--in due time, I'll get my IP's :)

So, I'm in the little surro limbo world kinda.  I told the agency I was willing to wait longer to ensure they've gotten my profile and were able to review it...so we'll see!

I'll update ya'll as soon as I find out!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

MMPI...think I passed?

Hello my friends!


Well, it appears I’m competent! I passed the MMPI! Woo! Seriously, I knew I did, but still had that glimmer of “uh oh” in my head and that “what if I didn’t” feeling. So, everyone take a nice deep breath with me…inhale….and exhale…


And in fact, I already received a profile of a couple!! AAACK! STOKED!

I haven’t had the final “yes, this all looks great let’s sign some stuff” with the agency itself, but they’re moving pretty quickly already. (note to self—need to make sure everything is in the moving forward state)

Anyway, I’m not going to get into details on the couple…yet….but, I’ll tell you that after reading their profile and seeing their pics, I’m already in love. It is an international gay couple (male). That’s as detailed as I can get for now :)  I also haven't talked to my husband yet, but will very soon to see what he thinks.


So, we’ll see where this takes us! So excited!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Oh what a night...

And I'm not talking about the Four Seasons song...that was the Four Seasons, right?  Or Frankie Valley? Or both?  Hmmm....

It was a heck of a night on Saturday.

As you know from my previous post, I was going to drive a limo.  Note the word "was".

I packed the kids up in the car to take them to my mother-in-law's house--she planned on watching them overnight while the hub and I drove.

I hung out at her place for a bit before I had to leave for my run-which was at 9:00 pm.  I hopped in the limo and noticed the car smelled like gas.  I chalked it up to the fact that I had just filled up and maybe I got some on my shoes...

Yeah....not so much.

The smell was nauseating.  So bad, in fact, that I drove with the window down...and it was 30 degrees out.  I called the hubster and he asked that I pull off the road and see if I notice anything wrong.  I found a gas-station, pulled in and got out of the car.  Didn't notice anything on the drivers side, but when I moved to the passenger side, I saw what was "wrong".  A nice little leak from the gas line.  No, not a little leak.  A big leak. 

I immediately shut the car off and called Jesse.  "We've got a problem" I said and proceeded to tell him what was up.  Fortunately, he had a break in the run he was doing, so he started heading my way. 

While he was coming to my rescue, I called the customer I was supposed to be driving and gave him the news.  And I cried because I felt so terrible about it.  Needless to say, he wasn't all that happy and I don't blame him.  I even tried calling a few other limo companies to see if they could help out and everyone was booked up (there were a few prom's in Milwaukee last night).  I still feel so bad--and I hope that he understands that this was totally out of our control. 

Jesse got there and assessed the situation.  Long story short, we got the limo back to my mother-in-law's house and I waited there until he was done with his run (1:00 am).  Then, I drove the bus home and he drove the gas-leaking beast home--he actually made it home without having to stop.  It leaked a little less than half a tank getting home (about 60 miles).  But, we made it.

And if you're interested, here's the issue:  When a coach builder stretches a car, they basically take a car (in this case a Lincoln Town Car) and cut it in half, stretch it and then put it back together.  And they cheap out on everything when they put all the guts together.  Limos are notorious for fuel line leaks and a plethora of other things.  So, unfortunately this wasn't the first time this had happened to one of our cars.  It was the first time to this particular one, but we've been through this about 5 times with all the other limos he's owned (since I've known him).

Side note:  Jesse spoke with Mike (the limo renter) this evening and ironed it all out--he offered a 3 hour run at no charge for him, including tip.  This is why I love my husband-not only is he a good hubby, but he's a good business man and always does the right thing.


So, that was my Saturday.  I was happy that I was able to enjoy a nice episode of SNL and was so impressed by Elton John.  Not only did he give a small little shout out to his surro, but he was hilarious--not something I expected.  Did you watch?  If not, I HIGHLY recommend trying to find it online somewhere...if anything, make sure you watch the women's shot put on ESPN classic skit.  I'm still laughing.


I didn't hear back from the agency today.  So, either they're absolutely disgusted that I didn't pass the MMPI and don't want to tell me--or they didn't get the results back yet and have no updates.  I'm hoping it's the latter.  :) 

And finally, I started Week 2 of the Couch to 5K program today.  Yowsa!  This week is alternating 90 seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking.  I very well may have thrown out a few F bombs while I was jogging today. 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

"Why ya goin' to the airport? Flyin' somewhere?"

Please, call me Lloyd Christmas tonight.


Yes, folks...I will be a limo driver, no wait--a chauffeur, tonight.  After some begging and pleading from my "boss" (aka my husband on any other day) I was talked into driving for him.  I don't normally drive that often--I prefer my weekends to be full of cooking new foods and watching a movie or catching up on the DVR.  But, I gave in.  Plus, when I drive I make him give me the full fare amount (not just an hourly wage plus tips) so I'll make out pretty decent.  Mommy needs a new purse, anyway.  :)

I guess it's a birthday party--a guy surprising his wife.  Only 6 people, but I'm driving the 10 passenger.  It's from 9pm until 2am...dear Lord, please help me to stay awake and alert, considering I'm usually in bed by 9pm....

PS-I did do Week 1, Day 3 today.  It sucked.  On to Week 2 next week!!!

I hope you're all having a great weekend!

My motto for the evening: 


...now where is my dang hat....??

Friday, April 1, 2011

MMPI

I did it.  I took the MMPI.  And I laughed.

It was very "techy" how they made this work...basically it was me and Dr. H (psychologist) logged into a WebEx meeting.  I "took control" of her computer and took the 338 questionnaire (all true/false) while she "watched" me on my web-cam.  I kinda forgot she was there for a bit...I hope I didn't pick my nose...

Yes, I laughed as I got to some of the questions.  I'm not sure how you couldn't.

Here were some memorable questions:  (remember, this was true/false)

  • I think I would like the work of a librarian
  • I am troubled by attacks of nausea and vomiting
  • At times I feel like swearing
  • If people had not had it in for me I would have been much more successful
  • I see things or animals or people around me that others do not see
  • I am very seldom troubled by constipation (my personal fav)
And sure enough, Jeni, I had a nice little chuckle at the "do you ever smell peculiar things" question.

I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope I passed.  I can't see why I wouldn't have...so I'll be on pins and needles until I hear for sure.  I mean, some of the questions like "I get angry sometimes" I answered as a true.  Not becuase I'm a psychotic a-hole who's pissed off all the time...but becuase there are some instances where I might get angry for whatever reason.  I'm human.  Have I ever used a sharp object to get my way? Notsomuch. 

Dr. H said the test would take between 30-45 minutes.  I was done in about 20.  I hope that wasn't a red flag. 

She said she'd send the results to the agency on Monday...so I guess I wait :)


In non-surro news, my baby (London) went pee and poop on the potty today!!!! YAAAAHOOOO!!  She'll be 2 in May, so this is very early for us (my other kiddos were over 3 when they were trianed).

And cause she's so cute....



Jogging:  I didn't do Week 1, Day 3 today--cruddy day on the work front, so I'll do it tomorrow. :)  I'm thinking cocktails are in order instead of jogging today.

I hope you all have a fantastical weekend!