Sunday, June 30, 2013

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Book Review: The Color of Tea

The Color of Tea
by Hannah Tunnicliffe

About This Book (taken from Goodreads.com):
After moving with her husband to the tiny, bustling island of Macau, Grace Miller finds herself a stranger in a foreign land—a lone redhead towering above the crowd on the busy Chinese streets. As she is forced to confront the devastating news of her infertility, Grace’s marriage is fraying and her dreams of family have been shattered. She resolves to do something bold, something her impetuous mother would do, and she turns to what she loves: baking and the pleasure of afternoon tea.

Grace opens a cafĂ© where she serves tea, coffee, and macarons—the delectable, delicate French cookies colored like precious stones—to the women of Macau. There, among fellow expatriates and locals alike, Grace carves out a new definition of home and family. But when her marriage reaches a crisis, secrets Grace thought she had buried long ago rise to the surface. Grace realizes it’s now or never to lay old ghosts to rest and to begin to trust herself. With each mug of coffee brewed, each cup of tea steeped and macaron baked, Grace comes to learn that strength can be gleaned from the unlikeliest of places.

A delicious, melt-in-your-mouth novel featuring the sweet pleasures of French pastries and the exotic scents and sights of China, The Color of Tea is a scrumptious story of love, friendship and renewal.


My Review:
It is nice to read a book that you can somewhat relate to. Grace and her husband struggle with infertility. If you are not careful, it can really take a toll on you and your relationship. You seem to lose yourself. This is the story of a woman who loses and then finds herself again. Things work out in the end. I really enjoyed this novel.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Laparoscopy, Hysteroscopy and D&C

On Tuesday I stayed the night at my sister's house and she drove me to my procedure yesterday morning.
After waiting for about 50 minutes (my doctor was late due to flooding around her house), I was taken downstairs and got ready for the procedure. I was so extremely nervous that I felt like a chihuahua with how much I was shaking while they were talking to me about the procedure and asking me questions. Pretty much as soon as I laid down on the bed, they put in the anesthesia. I felt a little groggy and I said "Did you do the anesthesia?" the doctor replied "yes" and I said "I thought so" and then I was out. Next I remember I could see the nurse, but she was quite blurry. It took me a couple minutes to see clearly. The nurse brought over a pad for me to place between my legs and then had to waddle over to chair to sit for awhile. She gave me crackers and water and then I was good to go. From start to finish I was only there for 3 hours. It wasn't too bad.

Then my sis and I went back to her place for her to pack up her car with garage sale stuff to bring to my house and so that she could pack an overnight bag for last night. She stayed the night last night and then went with me this morning to take my dog to the vet because my dog likes to pull and I wasn't sure if it was good to be dealing with that in my current state. She was such a big help and I am so lucky to have her for my sister. :)

Today I am feeling fantastic. There is gas building up and it's making me a little sore in my shoulders, rib cage, and stomach. Besides that my incisions aren't bothering me. Of course I haven't taken off the bad aids yet. I feel so good that I have been doing laundry, the dishes, watered the flowers, tree, and garden, took the garbage out, and picked up the house a little. I finally sat down for some relaxation a little while ago. I'm going to finish catching up on Pretty Little Liars (yes...I know...lame, but I got sucked in). :)

I am off of work until Monday! :) Have a great rest of your week everyone! :)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Due For An Update

Canoeing at Camp Nawakwa
Sorry, I've been MIA for a little while. I have been super busy with my new job...and super tired at night when I get home. I mentioned in my last post that I would be a substitute camp counselor, but I am THE camp counselor (not the substitute)...I work every day. :) It is a little different, but I am enjoying it. Also, my hubby got that job that I mentioned, so we are both working, which is a good thing. :)

As for the fertility treatment stuff...I have the laparoscopy and hysteroscopy procedure scheduled for June 26th. I am quite nervous about it, but I know it won't be as bad as I am making it seem in my head. The procedure is on a Wednesday, so I have to take the rest of that week off of work. I hope I am feeling up to working a garage sale that my sister and I are having on Saturday.

Besides work and TTC stuff, we are taking a week vacation in 19 days to northern Wisconsin. We are counting down the days now. It is always such a relaxing vacation. My husband's family has been vacationing at this camp for over 50 years. The week that we are up there, all his aunts, uncles, and most of his cousins are up there. It's a good time. We are taking the pups this year, so that should be interesting. I can't wait to get them in the canoe or in the kayaks with us. :)


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Rough Week Followed By A Much Better One

Like I mentioned in the last post, Mike was laid off about a week and a half ago. Then last week we found out that his car needed $1500 worth of work done to it. There goes a big chunk of our savings. On top of that I didn't get a part-time instructional aide position in my district for summer school. The woman hired two aides who have been in the district longer and that have both worked this summer intervention program. Then I started to spot on Wednesday which was only CD 25....only 9 days after the IUI. I spotted for two days and since then it has been light. Definitely not a normal period. So, tomorrow I have to go in for the pregnancy test anyways (they have told me before that they want to make sure that there isn't a tubal pregnancy). I have to drive 2 hours round-trip for them to tell me that I am not pregnant. Blah.

That was a rough week. Then on Thursday I had an interview for before and after school care at our local YMCA. I was offered the job and accepted it that night. I still plan on applying for teaching jobs, but this is part of the back up plan. It doesn't start until next school year. I am hoping that I can get back in as a part-time instructional aide too. Then I could work both jobs. So, Friday morning I decided to ask the woman who is hiring me if she knows if they need any help with their summer camp program. She mentioned that they were looking for a camp counselor substitute. She forwarded on my information and another woman contacted me while I was at work on Friday. After playing phone tag I finally talked to her yesterday and it sounds like they are going to need me a lot. Tomorrow is the last day of school for the kids (half day) and then I am done with that job. After work I'm going to go fill out paperwork at the YMCA to be officially hired.The rest of the week I will be working at the YMCA Specialty Camp teaching Cooking from 8:30-3:30. This is funny because I am not much of a cook. :)

THEN I got a call Friday night and found out that I won a Splurge Party at my favorite clothing store, Maurices. I get to host a private shopping party on a Sunday after store hours with my friends. I get 30% off and they get 15% off on regular priced items. This doesn't seem like a lot, but they don't have sales often, so this is pretty good. I have this to look forward to at the end of July. At least I have some time to make some money and save to spoil myself! You just can't beat 30% off!

One more bit of good news which we aren't sure how it's going to pan out. Mike has an interview with the CEO tomorrow for a Building Maintenance position. My father is in charge of building maintenance at this large facility. He plans on retiring in a couple years, so he wants to get my hubby in to train him to take over for him. I know Mike wants to be an electrician, but we can't do multiple years of him being laid off. He is open to this new job, but it is an hour from home. On the bright side he can drive 25 minutes to my parents house and my dad can drive the rest of the way. When I worked for this company before I left for student teaching, I did this for 8 years, so it is doable. My mom also works there, so we would drive together.

So, yes....a crazy week and a half of ups and downs. I am not really sure how to feel about getting my period. I have actually handled it very well this week. We are going to take a break and just try on our own for awhile. I'm not sure when we'll seek help again, but I am sort of looking forward to not having to give myself shots and drive to the clinic every other day.

I hope everyone's having a great weekend!