Friday, April 29, 2011

The.re Be Dra.gons

I don't know if any of you have heard of the movie coming out the first weekend of May called Th.ere Be Dra.gons, but I wanted to spread the word! :) You can see the preview by clicking on the link. It's a great movie about the Spanish civil war. It's a story of love, friendship and forgiveness and tells the story of St. Jose.maria Esc.riva and a childhood friend. I've seen extended previews and it looks fantastic. Finally - a great movie portraying a priest in a positive manner! :) It's opening in selected cities next weekend across the country, and depending on how well it does opening weekend, will open in more. If you click on "tickets" on the site, you can see what cities it will be opening in. It was directed by Ro.land Jo.ffe, who directed The Mis.sion and The Kill.ing Fi.elds.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Femara question

For any of you that have taken Femara - did your ovulation pains increase? The ones I've been having are super intense. I used to have a pretty good idea when I was ovulating, but now, there is pretty much no doubt! :) I hope good things are going on in there, haha!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Easter! and Adoption decisions :)

Happy Easter! It was a great weekend all around - DH and I were able to participate in all the liturgies at church beginning on Holy Thursday. A few years before I met DH, I began doing the 7 church walk after mass. Have any of you ever done that? One year, when I was visiting a friend in Rome for Easter, we ended up visiting 12 churches. It's really easy over there! :) But, we've stuck to 7 here - it takes about 2 hours after the Mass is over and by then many of the churches are closing. It's really beautiful. The last church we ended up at has a large his.panic population and there are so many in the chapel singing many hymns of adoration. I don't have any idea what they're saying, but it's beautiful. :) It's very peaceful - but somehow not - as the prelude to Good Friday. Good Friday we made it over for Stations, then went back for the Liturgy at 3:00. In between those I made cupcakes for Saturday night (they turned out really cute), but it wasn't the best choice when fasting!! :-D

On Saturday afternoon my sister and her boyfriend came to visit with us to celebrate Easter. Sis still lives in Pittsburgh and her boyfriend moved closer to us - but unfortunately further from her. It was good to spend time getting to know him - as things are moving along nicely - and he seems like a really great guy. A strong Catholic, as are his parents and siblings. He's been a good influence on my sis and I'm really happy for her! :) We all went to Mass together Sunday morning together and came back to the house ... and we pretty much sat around and ate the rest of the day! I ate waaaaay too much sugar (and I should really STOP munching on these jelly beans sitting in a bowl next to me, haha) but it was all delicious. I can't eat a lot of sugar anymore without feeling sick though. (This is another post someday, but DH and I have been following the Zo.ne diet for a year now and I can't go too far outside it without feeling yucky. I know it's a good sign, but I used to be a champ when it came to sweets!)

Other news... we've finally chosen our Adoption agency! We contacted them last week and received the application and began working on it. It's not that long, but we do have to contact a few friends we want to use as references. The SW mentioned that we could send in 2 separate checks - one for the application and the other for the H.S. so we can begin right away which is fine with us. We plan to finish it this weekend and send it in early next week. Hooray!!! :) I'm anxious to get started. Even though we may be able to conceive now that everything is "normal" inside, we both really feel called to grow our family through adoption.

Happy Easter to you all!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Prayer Buddy Reveal

This Lent I was blessed to pray for H at http://hafsa-thepeaceofchrist.blogspot.com. I prayed for her intentions at daily mass and during my Rosary. I also offered up the pain of recovering from my surgery at the beginning of Lent! :) Her blog is private... and I hope to get to "know" her better some day. H, I will continue to pray for you - a very Blessed Easter to you!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

CD2

After almost 6 full days of BB, I finally made it to CD1. I guess it's a good indicator that I need those hormones at the end of my cycle. :) This cycle was really weird. I only had 2 scant indications of CM, and when nothing else appeared, I didn't even think I ovulated. I ended up not charting and didn't take any of the hormones at the end. Soooo... it'll be Femara tomorrow to hopefully jump-start ovulation this cycle and then the estradiol and prometrium at the end. I really hope I get rid of this irritating BB. The strange thing is, my cycles were always pretty normal up until we started working on my (in)fertility. I never had the tail-end BB until after I was married. One really good thing about the recent surgery is that my cramps are SOOOO much better. I used to always be on ad.vil for several days as soon as my cycle started. Now, they're very mild, and I haven't even taken anything today. Yay! :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sheesh!

Oops! When I began this blog I had hoped to post at least once a week. I'm slipping! :)

This morning I spent time on the phone with a few companies determining which of their lotions (if any) I can still be using on a GF diet. This began when I started cleaning out the closet again to rid myself of hotel-room shampoos and the like as I read recently that they could contain gluten (why do I take them anyway? They dry out my scalp and I never use them.). I also randomly read the ingredients on my antibacterial lotions and gels from B & B Wo.rks and they contain wheat germ oil and wheat amino acids!! Ugh! I've been slathering myself with gluten!

For the record in case anyone wants to know: I was told the Tru.e Bl.ue Sp.a lay.it.on.thick and shea.it.isn't.so foot cream are gluten free, as are the anti-bacterial SOAPS. They do not guarantee about cross-contamination though. Has anyone used these without a problem? I've never had a problem with my skin breaking out or developed rashes by using it.

I do have to get rid of my most-favoritest scent in the world by V.Se.cret, their bo.dy.by.vict.oria line. I'm most displeased about this. :( I was told NONE of their beauty products are GF. Sure enough those lotions have hydrolyzed wheat protein in them. What should I do about the perfume? Seriously, it's my signature scent, I've worn it for years. Am I breathing in gluten? Or am I getting paranoid? The lotions I can deal without... but the perfume? (I didn't ask in particular about the perfume, but the customer service lady I spoke with told me nothing was GF, so I assume that is included??)

I DID discover that Joh.nson's products are gluten-free. (They have a statement on their website and I love that.) I used to love the baby lotion so I may look to going back to using their stuff. They have a variety of scents it looks like, so I might need a Tar.get run in the next few days to check them out. :)

I also discovered a completely GF line of make-up that I may try. Af.ter.glow cosmetics. The founder of the company has family with lots of allergies, including gluten. The products also do not contain soy, which bothers me. **Note: Soy makes my throat itch like CRAZY. I've been on the prowl for a well-balanced GF protein bar, but so many contain soy as protein. I tried some last week that were soy-based and it confirmed any suspicions I had about it. Benedryl was a good a companion after that mistake, haha.** I've been using Ma.ry.Kay make-up for years, and although my rep told me everything was gluten-free, that the company doesn't post such info on their website bothers me. If it's truly gluten free, why not post it? Tons of people would flock to the company. Since formulas often change, how will I know if gluten goes in there? Also, since I read ingredient lists like crazy, why wouldn't I want to read them on my skin products? My skin hasn't been the best for the last year or two. I'm not breaking out like crazy, but when I had my surgery I didn't wear make-up for 2 weeks and my skin was so much better! It's started breaking out again since I started wearing it again. I think it may be time for a switch. Has anyone used Af.terglow's products?

Other non GF-related stuff.... I've been really busy getting applications in for my students and their various adjudications coming up in May. This is such a busy time of year. I have music related events every weekend in May and the first weekend of June. I'm glad I work into my schedule a spring break! Some students will be off next week, others the last week of the month after Easter based on their school schedules. Lots to get done when they're off!

40 Bag update: I'm up to 33 bags. I spent yesterday cleaning out the small storage area in our basement. I ended up doing it earlier in the week rather than later because my DH went in there on Sunday night and realized it was damp and warm in there... we think the dryer is venting in that space, not to the outside. Ugh. He has the unpleasant job of going in the crawl-space to see about fixing it. Ugh. I would never make it to do that. We had a gi-normous millipede crawl appear on Sunday afternoon while I was doing laundry and I shrieked and literally leaped onto the arm of the chair down there. Fortunately DH was there to save me from that little terror!! :-D I'm such a wimp when it comes to crawling nasty things. I know I'm a thousand times bigger than they are, but it doesn't matter. They have more legs than I do and they are fast!!

Well... I should get back to clearing out my beloved, wonderful-smelling beauty products. Hey,  getting rid of all the stuff I have probably counts toward a bag. ;-)

ps: I was talking to a priest about the 40 bags in 40 days and he liked the idea and said - I think there's a song about that! He started singing to the tune of 40 days and 40 nights "40 bags in 40 nights. We are cleaning out our...." LOL. :)
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