Monthly Archives: September 2010

Day 22 – A website

I spend a lot of time on thebump.com. There is a lot of good advice and people I can relate to on some of the message boards.

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It’s finally here!

After 146 days of waiting and waiting and waiting, it’s finally here! Bring on round #5 of C.lomid. I’m not very optimistic that it will work on the first try but it would be nice if it would. I’ve already mapped it out on the calendar and found that Evan will be gone for our shot in November. I guess there’s always December and a month or two after that before deployment. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers please. I’m happy to be back in TTC mode again.

Also, my appointment at the doctor on Friday went well. I was kind of wary about going to another off-post doctor but this guy is pretty awesome. He’s friendly, kind, and seems to be very knowledgeable about PCOS. I explained to him our timeline dilemma so he’s going to call in my referral to see another RE so we can explore other options just in case I’m not pregnant again before Evan leaves. I should hear back from his office by the end of the week so hopefully getting a consult with the new doctor doesn’t take 2 months like it did when we were stationed in Arizona. I’m ready for things to turn around for us. My due date is fast approaching and we haven’t even had the opportunity to try again. I’m going to try and pretend that October 13th doesn’t exist.

Day 21 – A recipe

One of my new vegetarian favorites

Black bean lasagna (taken from allreceipes.com)

Ingredients

  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 pint part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans black beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. In a large pot of lightly salted boiling water, cook the lasagna noodles 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
  2. In a bowl, blend the ricotta cheese and egg, and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray, and saute the onion, green bell pepper, and garlic until tender. Mash 1 can of black beans. Stir mashed black beans, whole black beans, and tomato sauce into skillet, and cook until heated through.
  4. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles in the bottom of the prepared baking dish, and layer with 1/3 each of the ricotta mixture, black bean mixture, and mozzarella cheese. Repeat twice.
  5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Day 20 – A hobby of yours

Hobbies are much easier to come up with than talents are for me. I’d write about baking but that was covered in my last post. My other main hobbies are reading and working out. I LOVE books. Evan made me get a library card a few years ago because we were spending too much money at Barnes and Noble. I just finished reading 2 books over the past 3 days. When a book is good, I can sit and devour the whole book in one sitting.

I also love to go to the gym and get in a great workout. I started spinning about 2 and a half years ago and fell in love immediately. I spin 3 to 4 times a week for an hour and it is the best workout I have ever done. I also started taking a muscles class recently. We work out each muscle group for about 5 to 8 minutes with barbells and bands. It is a great, new challenge. I’m hoping to tone up a little bit by the time Evan gets home from his training.

Day 19 – A talent of yours

I don’t really have any talents – I have things that I’m good at though. According to my husband, I am a wonderful cook and baker. I wasn’t always handy in the kitchen but ever since we got married, I’ve become quite the chef and baker. I would love to take some cake decorating classes so I can make all my baked goods look pretty. Maybe that will be one of my deployment hobbies…

(Turkey cupcakes – Thanksgiving 2009)

Day 18 – My wedding

Evan and I got married in Lancaster, PA on December 16, 2006. I can’t believe that we’ll be celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary in a few months. It’s crazy how time flies by so quickly.

We had a traditional church wedding in Evan’s childhood church. Our reception followed in downtown Lancaster. My best friend, Megan was my maid of honor. Evan’s sisters, Aubrey and my college roommate, Amy were my bridesmaids. Evan’s adopted sister, Rosie, was our flower girl. Evan’s best man was his high school best friend, Darin. Evan’s brother, Adam and Evan’s high school friend, Mike rounded out the bridal party. We preferred to keep the bridal party small since we were planning the wedding long distance. The bridesmaids wore beautiful, long red dresses and I wore a traditional white wedding dress with red accents.

I remember how warm it was on our special day. It was mid-December and it was around 65 degrees for the entire day. We took some nice pictures inside and outside of the church before taking a limo ride over to the reception site. Evan and I danced to “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel for our first dance. The reception was wonderful – great food, great music, and of course great company.

The day and night flew by so I’m glad that we have so many pictures to remember it. 2 days later we left for our honeymoon – an Eastern Caribbean cruise.