Monthly Archives: October 2010

Pumpkin carving and more

I haven’t blogged in about a week because we’ve been busy getting Evan ready to head off for a month of training. He’s leaving this weekend so I guess I’ll have plenty of spare time to blog. Last weekend we decided that it was time to carve our pumpkins that we picked from the farm the previous weekend. I was so excited because it was my first time ever carving a pumpkin. I’m 27 but I’ve never carved a pumpkin. Insane, I know. I think Evan’s turned out better than mine but he insists that mine was good for my first try. I’m excited to light them up tonight for our trick-or-treaters. I do wish that Evan was going to be here to hand out candy with me but at least I have the dogs to keep me company (as long as they don’t bark every time the doorbell rings).

(Evan carving his pumpkin)

(Mine on the left; Evan’s on the right)

(Pumpkins lit outside)

Also this week, I got to meet with the dean of the education department at the local college to discuss which classes from Georgia would transfer. She informed me that the school just changed the curriculum and some classes that should have transferred weren’t offered anymore. Evan and I made the decision that I should just pursue my teaching certification online. I applied this week and will be starting school at the beginning of January. I can’t wait!

We decided to take it easy last night so I decided to make some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for Evan and his guys. They turned out fantastic! Here’s a picture and the recipe. They’re moist and delicious!

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 (15oz) can pumpkin puree
6 oz. chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl. Combine sugar, applesauce, egg, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add pumpkin and dry ingredients alternately to the wet ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips. Use a tablespoon to drop cookies onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

Hope everyone has a great Halloween!

What is going on here?

I thought I was on my way to getting an appointment with the RE on post when Tricare approved the referral a little over 3 weeks ago. Boy was I wrong. I called the clinic 3 weeks ago to try and make an appointment. The receptionist transferred me back to infertility and all I got was voicemail. I left a message and figured I would hear back in a few days. Nothing. I called again, left another message, and waited again. Still nothing. After a week of no response, I decided to take the next step and go to the clinic to find out what was going on. The receptionist went back to talk to the woman who is in charge of making appointments and I was told that I was on a waiting list to be called back because the office was receiving many infertility referrals. Understandable. I know that the post has a lot of new soldiers coming in and a lot of units just came back from deployment. I waited another week and still no phone call. Frustration set in yesterday and I was advised by a friend to call a patient advocate. I called after the gym yesterday morning and spoke to a nice woman who told me that she would definitely get someone from the clinic to call me back after lunch. I was doubtful that the call would come but lo and behold, my phone rang around 1 PM. Unfortunately for me, the woman from the clinic was very rude with me. She told me that I was told the previous week that I was put on an appointment waiting list and wouldn’t be called for at least 30 to 45 days. I told her that I was told by the receptionist that I was on a list to be called back about an appointment and I thought that it was strange that no one had called back. I also expressed concern that my referral would expire because Tricare only gives you 28 days to make the appointment. She said that the referral didn’t matter and that she would only call back when an appointment slot opens up. I’m so confused about this whole thing. Doesn’t the clinic make appointments in advance like a normal office? Time is running short before deployment happens and right now it looks like I won’t be seen until mid – November to early December. I’m totally stressing out about this!

Keeping busy

Since Evan has started back at work, it’s been a challenge to find things to do during the day to fill my time. I go to the gym every morning for spin/muscles classes but unfortunately that only takes up about 2 hours of my day. Today I decided to tackle a few chores that I’ve been putting off. About 3 weeks ago, we had a terrible rainstorm and it washed away more than half of our landscaping in the front of the house. I re-mulched about half of the flower beds but will have to finish the project later in the week after I pick up another huge bag of mulch. I also plan to pick up some mums to go with our pumpkins. After finishing up outside, I steam cleaned all the hard surface flooring in the house. I love the Shark steam mop!

We have two extra bedrooms in the house right now – hoping one will soon be turned into a nursery. Evan has neglected the office and refuses to unpack any of the boxes. I turned the music up and rearranged his gear in the closet, fixed up his desk, and decorated the room. I moved right along to the guest bedroom and totally rearranged the furniture. I wasn’t feeling great about the way the movers had placed the furniture so I took matters into my own hands. I think it looks so much better now. I also finished up fall decorating inside the house. All in all, I think it was a pretty successful day! Now I just have to figure out what to do tomorrow. Any ideas?

(Guest bedroom – before)

(Guest bedroom – after)

(Decorations for the mantel)

(Leaves for the tops of the cabinets)

(Kitchen table centerpiece)

(Fall flowers for the end table)

Off to the pumpkin patch

(Gross Farms – Sanford, NC)

Since the weather was beautiful today, Evan and I decided to head out to Sanford to pick pumpkins for the front of the house. Before pumpkin picking, we paid our admission and walked through the giant corn maze. We probably covered about 4 miles in the cornfield so that was my exercise for the day. I thought the maze was a lot of fun – I’m such a big kid 🙂 As we were heading out to look for our prefect pumpkins, we saw all of the families. I cannot wait until we have children to take to places like this. Everyone looked so happy and the kids were having so much fun. There was a giant trampoline, a playground, hayrides, and wagons that they could ride in as they went through the pumpkin patch.
Evan and I each picked out our own pumpkin plus got 2 little ones for Bella and Murphy. We have them sitting outside on the porch and will be carving them next weekend in preparation for Halloween. I just have to head over to Lowe’s sometime this week to pick up a few mums and then the fall decorations will be complete.

(Evan and his pumpkin)


(My pumpkin)

Day 29 – Hopes,dreams and plans for the next 365 days and Day 30 – A dream for the future

There are so many things I wish for and hope to accomplish in this next year/the future. First and most importantly, I WILL get pregnant and have our miracle baby. I will be strong and independent while Evan is deployed. I will finish all my classes for teaching certification (just got my acceptance letter in the mail today)! I will grow closer to my husband. I will laugh more. I will try not to take things to heart so much. I will make new friends here in my new town. I will tone up more. I will run a 5K. I will discover a new hobby. So many things I want to do – I hope when I look back on this in a year, they will all be checked off.