Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday I'm in Love

I'm so pumped it's Friday today that I'm flashing back to my teen cousins visiting last summer and wishing they were here incessantly singing "Friday" to me. Yep, that annoying song (I'd rather link to Glee boys than the esteemed writer/performer herself - so shoot me). After a hectic work week, I'm off to North Carolina tonight to attend the birthday party of my favorite three-year-old boy and to hang with the rest of the crazy crew sharing my bloodline. I predict lots of laughs, which is a good thing, because I'm ready for them. Here are a few links to round out the week:

Lego Bird Creations

I was a Lego kid, and so is another kid I know. If these cool bird projects were sold by Lego, I absolutely would've snapped one up for his birthday gift. If you vote for this creation, it may well become an official Lego set. And really, who doesn't need the challenge of building something besides yet another fort out of those nubby blocks?

Gentlemen of the Road

I'm already a Mumford & Sons fan, but this tour would tug at my heartstrings even if I wasn't. To quote: "Join us this summer for a series of Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers at handpicked locations around the world. Each Stopover is a day-long event, celebrating the music, food and people of the places we're visiting. We'll be bringing a full lineup of some of our favorite bands from around the world, and curating events that combine a music festival and local gathering into one epic party. We plan to start early, and go late, taking the party from the stage to the town." Boy do they know how to speak my language. My August does have room for a Portland or Bristol trip, now that I think about it...

Infertility Words I Wish I Wrote

Since bursting out of the infertility closet over here, so many of you have e-mailed me saying the equivalent of "I don't know how you must feel, but I'm offering support anyway." This is why you guys are a pretty great crew, by the way. But I thought I'd share this piece today for two reasons: first, this is how it feels. And second, this is also the high level of decision-making taking place in our own house/hearts/minds. For a girl who shrugged her way through science classes her entire life, being fluent in the world of follicles and zygotes and implantation is pretty major for me. It will come as less of a surprise that the online "TTC" world the author describes is something I took to far more quickly than that of near-daily ultrasounds. At any rate, for those interested, have at Visible Life.

And that's all from me this week, folks! I'll check back next week full of kiddo birthday cake... Have a happy weekend!


  1. I was in North Carolina last week visiting my best friend, made me think of you. Happy Friday!

  2. Have you read Belle Boggs's short stories? My other friend Maggie gave me her book "Mattaponi Queen" for Christmas, and I tore through it. They're a great read.

    Hugs to you.

  3. The infertility link was really interesting. My husband and I spent a lot of time going back and forth on IVF and I was really afraid of it and put it off for several years. Then when I got the breast cancer diagnosis, all of a sudden I had to hurry up and get some eggs out just in case. And honestly, the first part of IVF, the subcutaneous stomach injections, the trigger shot, and the egg retrieval were really not bad at all. It made me wonder about the time I'd wasted being afraid of it. The shots really didn't hurt (and I was doing 3 a day of the subcutaneous ones), the trigger shot I didn't feel at all, and the egg retrieval was over quickly and I felt well enough the next day to go to a music festival. We had to freeze our embryos for when I can use them, but at least I know they're there now. I know IVF is a big decision (and an expensive one, our insurance didn't cover it). But if it's something you're thinking about, I'd be happy to answer any questions.

  4. Maggie, I love what you say in this post about what sweet readers have been emailing you. "I don't know how you must feel, but I'm offering support anyway."

    When I first read of your struggles, I had the thought of "oh geeze, I have no clue what to say" and so I didn't say. But it still doesn't mean I don't appreciate the gravity of this situation. I could say "hang in there" but when I've dealt with tough things in my life and people had said those 3 words to me, I wanted to scream. So I won't even say that either.

    Keep up with sharing this journey with us!

  5. Going to the step of IVF is a serious decision and one that took us a few years to make but we went forward with it.

    Our most difficult issue after deciding to do it was finding a great doctor. Our first one was a nightmare and I war ready to give up but a friend referred us to someone who was incredible. He was encouraging without giving us false hope and most of all kind which was what my fragile heart really needed.


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