Sunday, April 26, 2009

July in April

What a fantastic day today was. It is 8:04 and still 78 degrees. We got 4 out of 5 air conditioners cleaned and installed today. This is the one thing in the world that makes me a big consumer. I cannot stand the heat. Aside from that, my allergies and asthma, in another week will not be able to stand the out of doors. So, while I do feel a bit guilty about my energy consumption, I try to tell myself that these are energy efficient and that we have so many so that we can run them where we are. They also have thermostats that turn on and off. Anyway, this post isn't supposed to be about my guilt of consuming copious amounts of electricity every summer.

It's supposed to be about how gorgeous it is out there today. Even if it was a bit much for April. It got us jump started on all kinds of projects. I have fertilized the yard and over seeded much of it. I'm hoping maybe for a thunderstorm in the next day or so to water that in nicely.

I also managed to head over to Trader Joe's and get most of the shopping completed. My plan that everyone else would be outside worked. I have strict rules about grocery shopping on weekends -- I can't stand a crowd. I find myself often wishing that TJ's stayed open all night or at least until 11:00. It's done at any rate and no little old ladies had to die.

H also got the new heirloom Irises that came in the mail on Friday in the ground -- along with 5 new "baby redy's" ( beech trees) from her parent's front yard. We're trying to figure out when the best time will be to plant our heirloom Canas, and heirloom rain lily's. H's mom used to have these canas that get 4 to 6 feet tall. So, we bought some and hope that we do well with them.

I can't wait to see these rain lily's. They sound so cool! They only bloom when it rains.

All of the links I provided are actually where we ordered the bulbs from. They seem to be a very small operation. We received a hand written welcome note and an explanation that one of the "samplers" that we purchased had to be substituted due to a higher than usual bulb loss at the green house this winter. They subsituted up price wise which was nice, but we really were happy to know that we were supporting such a small operation. :-) It's very well thought out though, you place your orders whenever and then they mail them according to what the weather is doing in your area. So, you could theorectically order fall bulbs now, but they wouldn't ship until it was the right time to put them in the ground. Cool huh? We thought so.

I thought today was going to be a bust for me because I got a wicked optical migraine. I don't always get a headache afterwards, but today I did. So, I took 4 advil and took a nap. I woke up feeling like a million bucks. I think I shouldn't have tried to read when I was having the spots in my vision, I think that might be what put me over the edge.

Got lots done today. Wish I didn't have to go back to work tomorrow. :-( I'm loving this preview of summer!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Herb Alert

Okay, I've made a few changes. I had to stop taking the custom herbs -- just too expensive.

Now I am taking FertilAid, FertilCM, FertiliTea, and the newest thing which I added today:

Xiao Yao Wan or Free & Easy Wanderer by Plum Flower Brand.

I'll let you know how it goes.

I had another + OPK yesterday, but as of today it doesn't look like I actually ovulated. I went for another acupuncture treatment today and she felt that perhaps there was still time to make it happen this cycle. So, I guess we'll see. All I can say is that I am SO thankful to my massage therapist for recommending this place. It's accupuncture in a community setting. So, instead of paying $100.00 for a treatment alone in a private room, it costs $15 to $35 on a sliding scale. You decide what to pay. The only difference is that you're in recliner chairs in a common room so they can treat more people in the same amount of space. I noticed no difference in the way it was done other than that AWESOME. They also don't seem to really mark their herbs up. I paid $8.00 for the ones I bought tonight -- it's an 8 day supply, but I can buy a 41 day supply for $32.00. I was spending $200.00 a month on the other stuff. So, hopefully these will work similarly.

Here's hoping I see a temperature rise tomorrow and that it continues on.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I Need A Money Tree

Who doesn't, right?

Seriously though, I tallied up all of the money I have spent on project baby since it began 1-06-09 and it's ridiculous.

Look at this!

I have done up a little budget and I am BLOWING IT. So, I have to stop with the magic custom herbs for now. Because my body is not co-operating, it is costing much more money than I expected per month. This is caused by the fact that I am stuck on Phase 2 -- which is $200.00 every 33 days. That's right -- they are a $.50 a pill. $6.00 a day, $3.00 a dose! That's more than Coffee from Dunkin Donuts! Normally phase 2 is taken for a short amount of time during the cycle, not months on end!

Plan B is that I'm going to continue peeing on sticks and charting my temps. Instead of the magic custom herbs, I am going to take FertilAid and FertilCM and FertiliTEA. The cost is much much much more affordable. I have read a lot of feedback about FertilAID and FertiliTEA on MDC and they swear by it. If I'm not cycling by the time I've lost more weight then (maybe 20lbs more?), I will re-address in 6 months from the first day I start taking it.

It will cost $124.02 for 3 months worth of FertilAID and FertilCM vs. $200.00 for magic custom herbs. I'm not ruling out the custom herbs, I just have to rule them out for now.

In the meantime, I'm taking donations. :-D H suggested I post a paypal link on my blog. She might be on to something! I should start a foundation that helps SMBC and Lesbian/Gay couples get resources to help defray the costs of this stuff. It's crazy! I hope my state will step up and get on the marriage wagon then my health insurance would cover everything I needed! At the rate I'm going, I won't have a house to put a baby in! Total insanity. I just want a baby. BADLY.

Everyone says to adopt... these people clearly have no idea how much that costs either. Totally out of my reach.

BAH! I'm so discouraged. I either need to win the lottery or find myself a sugar mama.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Freaking Out A Little Bit

There was a lay off on Friday and luckily H and I are both still employed. The scary thing is that I just found out that they told another department that their positions would be moved to the Philippines in the next 3 to 9 months.

This past summer, there was a big meeting with our department and theirs to let us know that we would be inheriting the account maintenance for this other company. So, we all felt pretty secure in our jobs. Friday, we were told that they would be hiring 5 people in the Philippines to deal with the "simpler account portfolios" for our department and that they didn't think it would be likely that the bigger portfolios would be successfully managed there. So, the people here would have a shift in accounts, but that we would still be employed.

There's nothing I can do about it, I know... it's just nerve racking. It doesn't take a brain scientist to make the leap that moving some of the simpler portfolio's to the Philippines is probably a trial run to see how it works out. Obviously if it works well, then I'm sure we'll be seeing our jobs go there too.

I don't plan to leave this company unless I don't have a choice. I love my job, my management staff is awesome (although I could do without most of my peers). I just hate the feeling of not being in charge of my own fate.

The government needs to start imposing HUGE penalties for moving jobs over seas -- if this keeps up, where will the American People work!?! President Obama, Help US!!!!! How can you plan your life/FAMILY when you don't know when/if you'll be employed? I mean really? It's so scary!

I'm lucky to live with H in a house that is owned (and has no mortgage) by her family. We pay a pretty hefty rent, but I am fairly certain that her parents won't throw us out of there if we lose our jobs. So, that helps a little, but I have LOTS OF BILLS! I don't know how I'd ever keep up.

Anyone have any suggestions for starting your own business?