180 – Goal 31: 30-Day Photo Diary – Final 10 Days

Goal #31: Make a 30-day Photo Diary

Day 21: May 10
Here I am…finally enjoying a book.  I haven’t picked up a book in a month.  That’s weird.  It feels good to be back.
Day 21Day 22: May 11
I’m really good at self-portraits.  Here we are at the cocktail hour of a wedding we went to this day.  We’re pretty sexy.
Day 22Day 23: May 12
And here’s Charlie…loving where he sleeps in our room.  On my pile of slippers.  I thought it was about time for a new bed for him.
Day 23Day 24: May 13
After yesterday’s picture, I definitely got him a new bed.  Here he is checking it out.  And afterwards, some cuddles on the couch.
Day 24Day 24-2Day 25: May 14
I didn’t take a picture today.  I remember thinking about it.  But I didn’t get one.  FAIL.

Day 25 REDO: May 15
OK…here’s Day 25-ish.  Just another moment in the life of an Infertile.  I had to get bloodwork…again.  And this chick freakin’ jabbed me.  I’ve never had my arm hurt for hours afterwards.
Day 25Day 26: May 16
This is my calendar for today.  It made me laugh.
Day 26Day 27: May 17
We were at Goodwill trying to find a couple things for a “Saved by the Bell” birthday party we were attending.  Don found this gem.
Day 27Day 28: May 18
Here we are at the “Saved by the Bell” party.  We’re pretty hot.
Day 28Day 29: May 19
After getting home from my surprise party (yay!), here I am in all my glory.  Tiara and awesome champagne glass included.  🙂
Day 29Day 30: May 20
And here is the moment I turned 30.  7:55am.  30-ish Before 30 officially over!
Day 30


178 – Goal 31: 30-Day Photo Diary – Second 10 Days

Goal #31: Make a 30-day Photo Diary

Day 11: April 30
One of our favorite things to do in the warmer weather is take walks around our neighborhood.  It was such a beautiful day that I actually got two pictures.  The first is of the beautiful clouds in the sky.  The second is what I love most about Spring.  The new life!
Day 11Day 11-2Day 12: May 1
This was the sunrise coming over the horizon as I was about to get into my car to go to work.  What a beautiful way to begin May.
Day 12Day 13: May 2
As I mentioned previously, Don and I like to take walks after work in the gorgeous Spring, Summer, and  Fall weather we have here in the ‘burgh.  Here’s a pic from our walk this day.  This is walking along the road near our house.  I love how they planted the trees lining the road and how they switch colors.  It’s a random thing, but it’s so pretty.
Day 13Day 14: May 3
Life of an Infertile.  I’ve been here so many times in the last year.  And again this morning…..
Day 14Day 15: May 4
My oldest brother is getting married in just a few short weeks.  As is Pittsburgh tradition, there will be a cookie table at the reception.  I’m helping contribute to the cookie table.  Here are the Thumbprints…they will definitely match our bridesmaid dresses and the rest of the wedding.
Day 15Day 16: May 5
Our church hosted an Afternoon Tea on this day.  Here’s my place setting with my tea and scone.  I had some fantastic raspberry tea.  It was a lovely afternoon with my mom and mother-in-law.
Day 16Day 17: May 6
I’ve got two for today.  One is from our walk today.  It was a beautiful day and the clouds were so fluffy!
Day 17And here’s our cat, Charlie….doing what he always does in the evenings.  He sits on the couch next to me and facing away from us.  It’s weird.
Day 17-2Day 18: May 7
Goal #32 on my list is “Finish an entire book of crossword puzzles.”  Here’s my progress so far.  There are 124 puzzles in this book.  I can usually get through a few a night.  I was making dinner while doing this one.
Day 18Day 19: May 8
So I think it’s obvious that I like taking pictures of the sky.  I just always feel so close to God when I see the sky in all it’s beauty.  Here’s the sky as I was getting into my car to go to work.
Day 19And here’s Charlie, again.  This is him trying to get me to get up and give him treats.  He absolutely knows the time, every night, that we go to bed.  And he absolutely knows that he gets treats every night before we go to bed.  Here’s he’s trying to get me up without actually looking at me.
Day 19-2Day 20: May 9
I’ve got two for today…taken just seconds apart.  Here’s the first.  My work set up…at home.  I put in almost five hours at home this evening.  Not fun.
Day 20And here’s the second picture.  Charlie looking up at me wondering what I’m doing sitting at the kitchen table when I should be in the other room on the couch so he can cuddle.
Day 20-2Woohoo!  I’m two-thirds finished!  Yay!

175 – Goal 31: 30-Day Photo Diary – First 10 Days

Goal #31 – Make a 30-day Photo Diary.

Day 1: April 20
I never thought I’d get a picture of my toenails and my nephew’s toenails both being the same color.  Cute!
Houston-10Day 2: April 21
My nephew is quite silly.  He likes to goof around.  And, clearly, he loves sticking his tongue out.
Houston-8Day 3: April 22
“Coming Out” on Facebook about our Infertility.
Day 3Day 4: April 23
This is a piece of my cube wall at work.  Do you see a pattern?
Day 4Day 5: April 24
The best picture for the month.  Seeing Don’s flight info and that his flight was landing early!  After not seeing him for 3 1/2 weeks, it was very exciting!
Day 5Day 6: April 25
I have two for this day because it was impossible to choose.
The first, I found this jar of BBQ sauce at Lowe’s (of all places) and I bought it for my brother.  I just couldn’t resist.
Day 6The second, as you will see, was just as amazing.  Donnie and I went to Dick’s Sporting Goods for him to get some new running shoes.  As we were walking through the store, we saw these goodies.  I’m surprised we didn’t walk out with at least one of them.
Day 6-2Day 7: April 26
We went for a drive on this day to check out a house we saw online.  As we were driving, we turned the wrong way and happened upon this.  This used to be a lake.  Crazy.
Day 7Day 8: April 27
One of my best friends now lives in Hamburg, Germany.  My other best friend and I try to Skype with her as much as we can.  This was mid-Skype.
Day 8Day 9: April 28
This is the beginning of my herb garden getting some rain on our front porch.
Day 9Day 10: April 29
My calendar for today.  And yet I feel like this everyday while at work.
Day 10

170 – Goal 23 Complete!

Goal #23: Make a fruit pie from scratch.  No short cuts!

That’s right!  Another goal crossed off my list!

As I love baking, it may surprise you to know that I had never made a fruit pie before…much less from scratch.  So, putting this on my 30-ish Before 30 list might sound silly, but was really something I’ve wanted to do for some time.

Since I’m usually the one that makes dessert for Easter when getting together with my mother-in-law’s side of the family, I figured this would be as good a time as any to take on this goal.  I found a recipe for Cherry Pie in my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook and then got my mom’s pie dough crust recipe.  I was ready to roll.

Pie-1Here’s a shot of my lovely crust in the pie pan ready to go.  It sure didn’t look pretty, but it was in there and it fit well.  One thing I did notice afterward was that you can tell I’m used to rolling dough out for cookies.  I think my crust was a bit too thick.  I didn’t get any complaints, and was even told by some of those eating it that they like a thicker crust.

Pie-2Here’s what the filling looked like before It was put in the pie.  It was just frozen cherries, sugar, and cornstarch.  Since I opted for frozen cherries, the filling had to sit for 45-50 minutes in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.  I think one thing I would do differently next time is not use my favorite stainless steel bowl for it.  Because the cherries were frozen, I think the stainless steel helped keep the cherries cold when they were supposed to be thawing a bit.  I’ll use one of my plastic bowls instead.

Pie-4Here’s the pie all ready to go into the oven!  I opted for the lattice top since it’s the most decorative and I figured since I was making it from scratch, I might as well go all out.  Lattice tops are actually pretty easy.  As you can see, my strips aren’t exactly even in width or placement, but no big deal.  It’s all about flavor and taste when making a pie.  Who cares if it looks perfect!

Pie-5And here’s the finished product!  Fresh out of the oven!  It looked great!  And it tasted pretty good!  The pie wasn’t as sweet as I thought it would be.  The recipe called for tart cherries but all I could find were sweet cherries.  Then add to that all of the sugar that goes into the filling.  The pie still had great flavor and everyone that had some enjoyed it!  One of Don’s aunts even complimented me saying that she has never made a fruit pie from scratch.  That made me feel great!  I’m so glad I added this goal to my list.  It might seem like a silly thing to want to do, but I’m glad I did.  Now I know that making pies isn’t such a time consuming or “scary” thing.

160 – Update

I’m officially 2 months and 19 days away from hitting my 30th birthday.  I’ve taken a bit of a break from my list.  Well…sort of.  I went crazy with my goal list last year and I started to feel like I was getting obsessed.  So, I have it mapped out how I’ll hit a few more in the last 2 1/2 months.  Here we go.

1. Write a short story or novella. – Yeah, I’m still not sure if this will actually happen.  Maybe I’ll get lucky when Don’s traveling in April and get some inspiration.  We’ll see.
4. Have our first baby! (….) – :::sigh:::  I have no control over this one.  Infertility sucks big, hairy, smelly, sweaty balls.  After 17 months…still nothing…and still no real reason why.
5. Send a card a month to someone for no reason.  Family or Friend. (19/21) – I’ve got this.  No problem.
12. Clean out and organize the basement. – We’re actually in the process of finishing our basement.  It’s slow going.  I’m not sure if I’ll hit this goal by my birthday.  But it’ll definitely be done by the end of the summer.
14. Plant a garden.  Flower, Herb, or Vegetable. – This one is going to depend on when we can get a landscaper out to our house to put some fill into our yard.  If they can come early, I’ll get my flower garden in.  If not, then maybe I’ll have to stick to just planting some herbs in some pots and go planting crazy next year.
18. Have at least one real date night a month. (20/21) – One more to go!
21. Make homemade bread for the first time. – There’s no reason why I can’t have done this already.  I’ve had the recipe for months and month.
22. Pick a weekend and completely spoil Don. – I think this might end up happening on his birthday weekend.
23. Make a fruit pie from scratch.  No short cuts. – Doing this for my dad’s birthday at the end of this month!
26. Have a picnic with Don. – This is so easy and we just haven’t done it!  Though, unless we get some warmer weather in May, we might have to have a living room picnic.
27. Get a professional type camera and use it.  Or learn how to better use my current camera and use it. – Already started this one.  It’s slow going on my current camera.
29. Finish 15 of my Presidential Challenge biographies. (1/15) – I won’t hit this goal.  FAIL.
31. Make a 30-day photo diary.  (Will happen 4/20/13 – 5/20/2013)
32. Finish an entire book of crossword puzzles.  (Bought…and begun!) – I’m about 25% done with my book!
33. Learn 30 new words. (1/30) – I won’t hit this goal.  FAIL.

So…there you go.

I’m also doing alright with my book club’s genre challenge.  Not that you could tell by looking at my list.  But I’m feeling OK with it.  I’ve got plenty of time to get those books finished.  I’ve liked everything so far!  Here’s to hoping I can hit all of the genres without really pushing through things too quickly.

137 – Goal #8: Complete!

I’ve officially crossed off another goal!  I hit goal #8!  “Read 75 books in 2012”.  I’m so excited!  There were a couple months there were I thought I would miss my goal.  I’m so glad I pushed through and did it!  You can see my entire list under the Books Read link above or by going here.

I decided I’m not going to shoot for a certain number in 2013.  My book club is doing a Genre Challenge throughout 2013.  I’m going to do that instead.  I think there are only around 30 different genres on the list.  So, this next year might be a slow year for me!  You can check out the list of genres under the Books Read link above or by going here.

2012 was a great year!  Here’s hoping for an even better 2013!

136 – Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

Waking Up MarriedHere’s #75 for the year!!  I hit my goal!  I actually finished this book a couple days ago!  Whew!  Last year, I hit 75 books on New Year’s Eve.  So happy to hit my goal!  Anyway, this was another Kindle freebie.  Here’s the Goodreads summary…

“Her first thought: ‘Who are you?’

It’s the morning after her cousin’s bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she’s in a stranger’s penthouse having woken up with something else as well—a funny, arrogant, sexy…husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible—been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter…no, Connor Reed and she’s gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor’s shocking bombshell?

‘I don’t want a divorce.'”

This was another typical Kindle freebie. It was an entirely predictable book with outrageously impossible situations…that was still an entertaining read. I liked it and am happy to have spent the few hours reading it.

It’s definitely a quick read, but still cute.