Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Getting ready to garden

Wow, gardening season is just around the corner. Technically, in about two days. Plant your peas on Washington's birthday, that's what my dad always says. I wonder how global warming affects that - one of these years we'll be planting peas on Martin Luther King day. And then, a few decades from now, it'll become a Christmas tradition. Yikes, what a scary thought!

But, on to more pleasant thinking...

I finally perused the seed catalog this weekend. I prefer Territorial Seeds (www.territorialseeds.com), mainly because they're fairly local. And they have some really cool stuff in their catalog! I did a huge seed order yesterday. We still have to clean out the garden and borrow a truck to get some more compost, but here's the plan for this year:

Onions (I'll plant a ton of Walla Walla seeds, and then thin them as green onions while I wait for the big ones to mature)
Pattypan squash
Yellow wax beans (which I hate out of a can but maybe I'll like them fresh?)
Green beans
Miniature yellow bell peppers
and a new bay laurel tree to replace the one that Ringo ate last year.

When the time comes, we'll get tomato plants, jalapenos, and bell peppers from the nursery up the street. And I'll probably try a yukon gold potato this year, which I'll get at the grocery store (no need for a pound of seed potatoes!). We still have an artichoke plant, it's a perennial.

New on that list this year is celeriac, leeks, and the pattypan squash. I like to try new stuff. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We've discovered we can't plant anything cruciferous, because the aphids just LOVE them. Which is a real shame to my broccoli-loving hubby, but hey - he's the one who said no ladybugs!

He's going to build me trellises this year. I'm very excited about it. It'll give the peas and beas something stronger than the tomato cages I've always used!

So what are you planting in YOUR garden this year?

Monday, February 19, 2007

Test your fuel economy

Want to know just how bad your car is for the environment? Check it out here...

Our three cars are, well, not so good. Surprisingly, there's not a whole lot of difference between the Buick and the Blazer. I thought the Blazer would be much, much worse (actually, the fact that it hasn't run for about a year makes it really good for the environment at the moment, LOL!).

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Time for a new obsession

Ok, I'm coming to terms with the fact that kids aren't in the cards right now. Maybe later, time will tell. So, it's time for a new obsession.

Time to take all that energy I've been putting to trying to get pregnant and put it back into trying to lose weight! That fell by the wayside long ago...I managed to lose about 16 pounds in 2006, kept off about 14 of them, so that was a good start. Time to pick it back up and push ahead!

I use www.sparkpeople.com as my main weight loss resource. I'm also on a diet forum, though I don't post there as much as I should. Sparkpeople is a great FREE resource, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to lose weight or just monitor how they're doing. It has a calorie counter, fitness tracker, exercise plans, recipes, and just a ton of great information!

I'm going to start with just losing 25 pounds. I have much more to lose than that, about 60 pounds in all, but it's a good start, anyway.

Time to break out the cookbooks and favorite recipes, and stock up on yummy fresh produce - here I go!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

"True" Friendship - none of that sissy crap

From an email forward from my father...it made me laugh, anyway!

"True" Friendship - None of that Sissy Crap

Are you tired of those sissy "friendship" poems that always sound good, but never actually come close to reality?

Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship.

You will see no cutesy little smiley faces on this card- Just the stone cold truth of our great friendship.

1. When you are sad -- I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you sad.

2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile -- I will know you finally got laid.

4. When you are scared -- I will rag on you about it every chance I get.

5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you stop your damn whining.

6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.

7. When you are sick -- Stay the hell away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.

8. When you fall -- I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass.

9. This is my oath.... I pledge it to the end. "Why?" you may ask..."because you are my friend".

Friendship is like peeing your pants, everyone can see it, But only you can feel the true warmth. Send this to 10 of your closest friends, Then get depressed because you can only think of 4.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Adventures in infertility, the continuing saga...

If you pass me on the street and I suddenly rip your head off for no apparent reason, it's not me.

It's the clomid talking.

If I burst into tears when a stroller rolls by, it's not me.

It's the clomid talking.

I haven't posted in a while. I haven't had much to say. I had a fun weekend at the beach with some friends in there, but pretty much I've been thinking about how I'm still not pregnant.

This round of clomid is not going well. Massive amounts of hot flashes and crankiness. It's not NEARLY as bad as the lupron was, but it's still not pleasant. And it's had no noticeable effect in the ways it's supposed to. I have a sinking feeling that it's not going to happen this go round, either. Which I suppose means that the doctor's going to up my dosage again. Which I'm not looking forward to.

If it doesn't happen this time, I've decided to take a couple of months off. We're into month 16 of this, and I'm tired. If my body wants to be defective, I'll let it continue to be for a couple of months, without interference. Hubby is starting to come around to doing what he needs to do, so maybe with a little more time I can convince him. Besides that, we already have nine birthdays in November and December between our families, so if we don't add another one, that's just fine with everyone's wallets!

I was reading an article about infertility the other day, and the author was commenting about how ironic it is that you spend half your life avoiding pregnancy and the other half desperately trying to achieve it. How true it is...how true.