25 January 2010

Exploding Wombs and Such

In November I was patting myself on the back. I had been trying to replace my time-wasting with the weightier matters of heaven (goodbye people.com, sniff sniff). I had successfully avoided a full two weeks of frivolty before the great destroyer of will-power arrived: December 5.

Kelly Clarkson was performing in Beaumont on the same day Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) would be in Houston. Throw in the fact that there was talk about Sarah Palin being in town for her Going Rogue book signing and it was the triple axis of guilty pleasures.

Decisions, decisions.

Ultimately, I reasoned that Pioneer Woman's event was not only local, but free--persuasive elements indeed.

Plus, waiting in line to meet a regular person emerging from a meat locker is a perfectly reasonable way to spend a Saturday afternoon. That couldn't possibly be considered frivolous, I concluded.

During the interview, I was surprised by Ree's high voice, perhaps because I read all of her posts in my sultry contralto. After the short interview, me and 600 of my closest friends awaited our moment with The PW. Since I went to her cookbook signing alone, it opened up the opportunity to meet quite a group of people.

The new friends that won over my heart were Catholic students from LSU who made pilgrimage to Houston. Instead of partying, they spend their weekends testing out PW's recipes, which sounds an awful lot like a BYU activity. Better, three of them were gentlemen who hold true to the idea that they are PW's biggest Man-Fans.

Upon meeting Ree, I desired to say something witty and memorable. After she mentioned how beautiful my little Jonas was, I responded with something equally reminiscent of beauty parlor chit chat like, "Well thank you, he's so beautiful he makes my womb explode." And then she stared at my belly and said, "Whoa!"


He makes my womb explode?

He makes my womb explode?!?!?!

I just meant to convey that he was such a joy and made me want more children. What made me think he makes my womb explode would accomplish this simple task? Or maybe the question should be what made me think my social prowess was developed enough that I could go out in public and meet strangers? Sheesh, I can't imagine what I might say if I met Matt Damon.

You see that uncomfortable smile? It may have something to do with my exploding womb.

In truth, I like my son very much and was already 12 weeks closer to expanding my brood, so it was sort of true. Regardless of truthfulness, there are probably some things you want to keep to yourself. Noted.

The day was salvaged because Jonas decided to hold my hand for the first time. He had empathy for me in my moment of idiocy.

Or perhaps he was just shaken after almost being eaten by a peanut brittle chair. Either way, I'll take it.

At the end, Ree gave out t-shirts to all attendees, even to the scary ones with detonating body parts. I was grateful for her generosity, but mildly disappointed that something so cute and so brown was only available in Medium.

But wouldn't you know, Ree's providence prevailed, as medium turned out to be the right choice for a woman needing something to wear to her 20-week ultrasound.

24 January 2010

PCOS Infertility Study

If you are interested, there is a nationwide study on PCOS and infertility being conducted. Check here to see if there is a campus near you.

23 January 2010

Haiti Relief

The First Presidency issued a statement regarding Haiti and the way members can help in the relief efforts. Part of it reads:
We are keenly aware that many in America are dealing with economic challenges caused by the recession. However, we are appealing to members to donate to Church Humanitarian Services as their means allow in order to help our Haitian brothers and sisters.
If you are searching for a place to donate, Humanitarian Services Emergency Response is a good place to start.

04 January 2010

Happy New Year!

Goals are sort of my thing. I love them, which is why I have 101 of them. Now the last thing you probably want to read is my list of New Year's Resolutions* and conveniently, it's the last thing I want to write. However, here are some of the resources I'm using to fulfill my resolutions.

My Jonas Bug
The boy needs more structure in his life than most other kids and many of my solutions are found here:

The featured child is older than my son, but I do not want for age-appropriate activities.

I'm also using this book as well.

I have scripture reading issues. It's true. I can't seem to stay in a groove where I feel like I can express my thoughts quickly enough or make notes in the too-small margins. This site is helping me overcome this problem:

I love it. Each morning I find my reading assignment for the day in my inbox (based on my personal goals) which I can read online. It gives me the option of listening to my assignment (while reading along), highlighting, making notes, journaling, etc. Thus far, it has cured me of my scripture study stagnation.

Fitness and Nutrition
Remember how I only lost 1 pound in a year, despite serious changes to my diet and a workout schedule consisting of 6 days per week/2 hours per day? It is easy to blame my PCOS (which plays a key role), but I had an inkling there had to be a better way.

And then it hit me. Duh. Whatever I was doing wasn't working. How could I expect different results if I didn't try something different? So I did. And oh, the feeling of success.

But my workout partner Elizabeth--she is amazing. She lost 2 pounds over our unfruitful year. We changed our exercising habits 3.5 months ago, but took off 5 weeks from training due to my amorous relationship with traveling. Despite this minor setback, she has burned 15 pounds of fat right off since changing the way we work out.

I'm pretty proud of her.

Because of these rapid changes, we've been receiving more and more inquiries about what we're doing. So without further delay:

It's a strength and conditioning program. We get all of our strength and cardio in 20-30 minutes per day--a far cry from 2 hours. We still modify the workouts due to lack of strength, but we're getting there. Did I mention my workout partner deadlifted 105 pounds the other day? In October, we were whining about 45 pounds.

The cash management program is phenomenal. It will likely receive its own post soon, lauding its merits. If you can't wait that long (and you shouldn't!), you can purchase it for $10 here. It is well worth giving up your weekly trip to Sonic to get your family's finances in order.

The course is being offered in our local community beginning this month. Let me know if you want details (informational meeting this week).

Lifelong learning is my passion. Lifelong time restraints are my prevention. My solution:

I enrolled in a grant writing class in June. I was impressed with the quality of materials and appreciated the ability to take the class as seriously (or unseriously) as my schedule and commitment permitted. Most of the courses are six weeks and there are a handful of classes that are waiting for me. It is certainly not up to the caliber of a university course, but that is not the intention. The courses are more or less for personal enrichment and are completed online at your computer.

Haven't you seen all the goals I'm working on? Hopefully blogging can go back to being a priority, but this whole drop naps thing is not really conducive to recording our daily happenings. We shall see. Grandma needs to see her baby man so I can't imagine it will be completely off the radar.

The End.
There you have it. A taste of some of my life resolutions. Bon appétit.

* My new year begins any time I set a new goal, so many of these were started before Friday.