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Last Half of April’s Challenge

I know you’ve been on the edge of your seat you’ve forgot about me didn’t you since I gave my first set of  answers from April’s Challenge!  Well here are the remainder for the month:

DAY 13:  Describe your dream vacation.

I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii because it seems pretty.  I read a book about how beautiful a volcano is on the inside and since then I’ve wanted to go.  Of course, just chilling in the mountains for a couple of weeks in the summertime sounds heavenly, too.  Just give me lots of cash in case I want to go shopping.

DAY 14:  Tell us about your funniest Clomid/Follistim/injectables mood-swing story.  If you don’t have one, tell us your funniest general infertility drug story.

Don’t know about funny but That Awkward Moment When You Are Holding A Bag That Has Your Husband’s Specimen Inside of  It Waiting For the Dr’s Office to Open Already warrants a post of its own.

DAY 15:  List 5 things you want to do before you die.

Mommyhood, Mommyhood, Mommyhood, Mommyhood, Mommyhood

DAY 16:  Have you ever bonded with someone IRL over infertility, even just for a few minutes?  It could be a family member, friend, neighbor, or even the clerk at the grocery store who noticed you OPK and vitamin purchase.  Tell the story.

No, but I wish I could.  I’ve emailed a few times with a friend who knows where I am coming from though.

DAY 17:  If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be?

See number 15.

DAY 18:  What is your favorite infertility-related quote?  It doesn’t have to be explicitly related to infertility, but one that means something to your personal journey.

Aren’t all quotes related to infertility?  I guess when you’ve had it as long as I have you tend to see it this way.  I don’t have one particular favorite, but I do love TTC proverbs.  For example, “Flattery will get you free injectables (I so wish!).  How about “Pregnancy wasn’t build in a day”?  Or, my favorite, “Put your best egg forward.”

DAY 19:  List 5 pet peeves.

Children on leashes

Pajamas in public

When people say “Woe Nelly.”  I don’t know Nelly.  Let’s not tell her Woe.

When people lick their fingers before turning a page

When guys spit for no good reason (this is actually more of a disgust than a pet peeve).  This is neither sexy nor sophisticated.  There will never be a time when it will be.

DAY 20:  Were you a product of infertility?

Oh goodness, no!

DAY 21:  List 5 guilty pleasures.

Chocolate Milkshakes from Rush’s

Coca-Cola anytime of day or night

Plain M&M’s (like the entire one pound bag)

The Young and The Restless (no real guilt here)

This awesome song which makes me feel all rainbows and unicorns on the inside:

DAY 22:  How has your financial situation affected your infertility journey?

Well, I guess I used to be rich but never realized it until IF came along.  Now I feel like a poor college student working part-time except I’m ten years older and 30 pounds heavier.

DAY 23:  Put your iPod on shuffle.  List the first 10 songs that play.

Wow an interesting amalgamation of 90’s country and American Idol several years back.

Not Ready to Make Nice by the Dixie Chicks

Love Story by Taylor Swift

Just a Dream by Nelly

I Walk the Line by Chris Daughtry

The World I Know by David Cook

Love is Stronger Than Pride by Ricochet

You Can’t Lose Me by Faith Hill

Who Knew by Pink

There Goes My Life by Kenny Chesney

Bohemian Rhapsody by Constantine

DAY 24:  Does your religion (or lack of) help/hurt/affect your infertility journey?  Have you found religion?  Lost it?  Does it affect what treatments you do?

My religion definitely affects my fertility journey.  God and I are in this together!

DAY 25:  What was your first baby or pregnancy-related purchase you ever made?  Was it before or after you started trying to conceive?  Or was it after you were already pregnant?  Why did you choose that particular item to buy first?  If you haven’t purchased anything yet, why not?

I think it was from my honeymoon when we were on our cruise.  It was in Mexico.  I bought a baby’s little white dress with tiny, red rosettes.  It was so funny because the lady selling it to me asked how old the baby was and I was trying to explain that the baby wasn’t here yet. Wow, that was 8 years ago.

DAY 26:  Post a picture of something that makes you happy.

Believe it or not, I did paint my nails pink and blue  in honor of NIAW.   I will post a pic in a bit, though they are not as fresh as they were last week.

DAY 27:  What do you use the “nursery” for right now?

It’s my husband’s man cave.  It’s going to look quite differently very soon, I hope!

DAY 28:  Have you ever done something “non-traditional” in order to help you conceive?

Other than propping my legs up on the bedpost, no I have not.  In case you have not tried it, it does not work and you will feel quite foolish.

Day 29:  What is your favorite book?

The Great Gatsby

DAY 30:  After a month of infertility talk, we need a distraction.  Give us a link to one of your favorite non-infertility-sites, or tell us about your favorite distraction activity/book/feel-good movie.

The Young and the Restless logo, seen from Jan...

The Young and the Restless logo, seen from January 2, 1984 to December 23, 1999. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Distraction? What’s that? No, I love The Young and the Restless but do get annoyed with the easy, sleazy fertiles on the show. And there’s always a surplus of babies being kidnapped or sent off to baby boarding school.

That’s it.  Read here for my Part 1 questions and answers.

Ok, I’ll Give It a Try

I came across this challenge on The Future Fords blog.  You should fill this out, too.  I’ll update it every couple of days.  Scroll below for my answers to Day 1-12 (it is the 12th, isn’t it?)

DAY 1 – What is the meaning behind your blog name?

DAY 2 – How did you and your partner decide when you were ready to start trying to conceive?

DAY 3:  What is in your handbag?

DAY 4 – Besides Mother’s Day, what is the toughest holiday for you as an infertile?

DAY 5:  List 15 facts about yourself.

DAY 6:  Talk about how you chose your RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist).

DAY 7:  What is in your makeup bag?

DAY 8:  If an observant stranger were to walk into your house, what clues could lead them to believe that you have struggled with infertility (fertility)?

DAY 9:  If you won the lottery what would you blow your money on (after charity and bills, of course)?  List 10 things you would buy or spend money on.

DAY 10:  If you are no yet pregnant/a parent: What are you MOST and LEAST looking forward to after that first beta?

DAY 11:  Where do you like to shop?

DAY 12:  If you are not yet a parent: What are you MOST looking forward to about parenthood?

DAY 13:  Describe your dream vacation.

DAY 14:  Tell us about your funniest Clomid/Follistim/injectables mood-swing story.  If you don’t have one, tell us your funniest general infertility drug story.

DAY 15:  List 5 things you want to do before you die.

DAY 16:  Have you ever bonded with someone IRL over infertility, even just for a few minutes?  It could be a family member, friend, neighbor, or even the clerk at the grocery store who noticed you OPK and vitamin purchase.  Tell the story.

DAY 17:  If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be?

DAY 18:  What is your favorite infertility-related quote?  It doesn’t have to be explicitly related to infertility, but one that means something to your personal journey.

DAY 19:  List 5 pet peeves.

DAY 20:  Were you a product of infertility?

DAY 21:  List 5 guilty pleasures.

DAY 22:  How has your financial situation affected your infertility journey?

DAY 23:  Put your iPod on shuffle.  List the first 10 songs that play.

DAY 24:  Does your religion (or lack of) help/hurt/affect your infertility journey?  Have you found religion?  Lost it?  Does it affect what treatments you do?

DAY 25:  What was your first baby or pregnancy-related purchase you ever made?  Was it before or after you started trying to conceive?  Or was it after you were already pregnant?  Why did you choose that particular item to buy first?  If you haven’t purchased anything yet, why not?

DAY 26:  Post a picture of something that makes you happy.

DAY 27:  What do you use the “nursery” for right now?

DAY 28:  Have you ever done something “non-traditional” in order to help you conceive?

Day 29:  What is your favorite book?

DAY 30:  After a month of infertility talk, we need a distraction.  Give us a link to one of your favorite non-infertility-sites, or tell us about your favorite distraction activity/book/feel-good movie.

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DAY 1 – What is the meaning behind your blog name?

Book cover for Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-...

Book cover for Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It actually was not very easy.  I didn’t want anything too negative even though I felt very negative at the time.  At the time I was reading a cute book called The Dork Diaries which is very funny, thus The Stork Diaries was born.

DAY 2 – How did you and your partner decide when you were ready to start trying to conceive?

It took six years to make that decision.  I wanted to finish school and get established in a job, but once the desire was there, there was no turning back.

DAY 3:  What is in your handbag?

A lot of heavy junk!  Cell phone, check book, wallet, mascara, lipstick, pens, keys, receipts, stray cash and change, medicine, and probably a project or two.

DAY 4 – Besides Mother’s Day, what is the toughest holiday for you as an infertile?

Christmas because I reflect on the previous year and can’t help but think how I thought I would have a child by Christmas.  It hasn’t happened yet.

DAY 5:  List 15 facts about yourself.

1. I had a chocolate doughnut for breakfast and am fighting the urge to have another one.

2. My husband and I share our bed with two small dogs and a cat (sometimes).  At times, it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep, but I can’t imagine not having them in the bed with us.

3. My favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory.

4. In addition to this, I love watching The Young and the Restless on the soap channel at night.  After a hard day, it’s one of the things I look forward to

5. The song I have stuck in my head right now is We are Young by Fun. (yeah, Fun is the name of the band–kinda lame)

6. I work as a school librarian, also known as a school media specialist.  This means that I read The Hunger Games Series and Twilight Series years before they were cool and knew they would be the next big thing.

7. I detest folding laundry!  I’d rather clean a toilet or vacuum the floor before I put clothes away.

8. I get travel anxiety any time I’m going to take a trip where I have to spend the night away from home, even if it is a cool vacation.  At the last minute, I try to back out of the trip but always end up going.

9. I am trying to be more crafty.  I am currently working on an altered book and painting wooden eggs.  I am trying to get the eggs to look Eastery and am learning how paint reacts with wooden surfaces.  It is very messy and I should probably start cleaning up soon.

10. I have a few daisies outside that I need to plant.  They are one of my favorite flowers. I also like calla lilies, though they don’t grow well here.

11. I am a girly girl.  I love pink, purple and things that glitter and sparkle.  I also like polka dots. 

12. My husband is the cook in the family. I have no desire to learn or experiment in this area although I do appreciate the appearance of  a well-made dish.  Ok, I might want to learn how to make a butter frosting for cupcakes but I am afraid this will lead me to eating all the frosting. I tell you, my self-control these days is out of control.

13.  I am a big fan of the computer game, The Sims 3.  I haven’t played in a while because I need a newer laptop, but when I get one, watch out!

14.  If I had to give up FB permanently, I could do it.  I no longer relate to most of the people on there. Blogging is my home now.

15.  I love to sleep!

DAY 6:  Talk about how you chose your RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist).

There are only two that are fairly close.  My ob-gyn had a strong preference for the one I see now, so after some online reviewing, I chose this particular one.

DAY 7:  What is in your makeup bag?

Foundation, lipstick, lipliner, blush, eyeliner, eyeshadow–the works!

DAY 8:  If an observant stranger were to walk into your house, what clues could lead them to believe that you have struggled with infertility (fertility)?

The Follistim in the fridge!

DAY 9:  If you won the lottery what would you blow your money on (after charity and bills, of course)?  List 10 things you would buy or spend money on.

Land, a new house, a family cabin in the mountains, new cars, a new wardrobe, and the rest for investments

DAY 10:  If you are no yet pregnant/a parent: What are you MOST and LEAST looking forward to after that first beta?

I look forward to being pregnant above all else.  It’s so deeply wished for that I can’t imagine not looking forward to it any way.  I guess it brings with a new set of worries but I’ll burn that bridge when I get to it.

DAY 11:  Where do you like to shop?

The correct answer should be nowhere since most of my money goes to fertility and bills, but if I could shop freely again I’d choose World Market, Anthropologie, Kirklands, Ann Taylor Loft, Betsey Johnson, and Old Navy.

DAY 12:  If you are not yet a parent: What are you MOST looking forward to about parenthood?

Just holding my baby for the first time.

That’s it!  It’s your turn now!