New project – the nursery! We’re expecting twin boys in May, so we had to clear out the “Room of Requirement” (Harry Potter nerd, sorry) to make room for baby stuff.After looking at a million samples, we decided on Homestead Resort Spa Green (by Valspar) for the walls. The color looks pale in these pictures but in person it’s richer.
Tim wanted to put up a chair rail and paneling, so here is the work in progress:

And here is the finished product:
Here is the very cluttered full nursery in progress. Two cribs, changing table (Graco Lauren in Espresso) and a 3×3 cubeical by Closetmaid. We still are working on the layout and on organizing all of the items we have laying around.Color-wise, we’re accenting with different shades of blue. The rug was from and the crib skirts are Hayden from Pottery Barn Kids.
I’ve been working on some little art projects for the room. For this one, I blew up pictures of Bobo & Bean and cut out their silhouettes with card stock in different colors.
This one was inspired by art I saw on Etsy. I printed out and cut the letters from card stock as well.
I’ll post again when we have a more completed and organized space! We still need to figure out what chair to purchase and how to arrange the room to fit it.

I’m still alive…

…just haven’t been posting.  Yes, I’ve still been taking Project365 pictures but I haven’t been on the computer at home too much so I haven’t uploaded them.  I’ve been pretty sick and generally lethargic, so I apologize. Maybe an update this weekend?


P.S.  I would love and appreciate any good vibes, thoughts, prayers you can spare!

The Power of Positive Thinking

Call me what you will – debbie downer, negative nancy, pessimist, realist.  Any way you slice it, I’m Bad Luck Ally.  I mean, who else gets pulled over by a cop in her own neighborhood for a rolling stop?  Who else gets hit (and windshield cracked) by a rogue rock from a dump truck she was not behind at the time –twice?  Who else has never won a contest, not even a scratch-off lottery ticket, can never find a parking spot and always catches a red light?

So, maybe my debbie downerness is well-justified.  But maybe I’m bringing some of it on because I expect it.  Maybe my life is one big self-fulfilling prophesy.

Let’s test this theory.  If you love me, let’s try an experiment.  Let’s try some Power of Positive Thinking.

Repeat after me:

  • My recent health problems were just an acid refux flare-up and will be successfully treated with my current medication OR an easy home remedy and I will feel 100% better very soon.
  • AND
  • My fertility issues were primarily caused by the endometriosis and now that it’s gone my husband and I will have no more trouble TTC.

I’m not the girl who asks for thoughts and prayers for an A on a test or my great uncle twice removed’s colonoscopy or some random internet person I’ve never met’s troubles, but I am asking for thoughts and prayers for the above.   If you know me and/or love me, take some time to think some good/happy/positive thoughts with me.  I’m sick of being sick, and I’m sad that my husband and I have not been able to add to our family.   We’ve tried random advice and we’ve done everything the doctors have asked of us.  All I have left to try is positivity and optimism.

In all honesty, it’s the hardest thing I’ve tried yet.


#project365: Box of Books

Once in a while I make a mass purchase from the bookstore, and I started filling up my Barnes & Noble wishlist since I was nearing the end of the unread books on my bookshelf.   However, my book club friend Katie let me know that she had a nice pile of mystery/thriller type books she wasn’t planning to read and graciously sent me a box of good ones.

Thanks, Katie!  I’ll let you know what I think after I give each book a try.

For my other recent reads, I made a new post over on CasuALLY Writing (my writing blog).  No reviews, just a little list but if you want to discuss any of them let me know!

It’s not Kabbalah.

People keep asking me about my bracelet, most of them asking if it’s a Kabbalah bracelet.

It’s not.

I mostly just tell them one of my friends made it for me, which is the truth, but there’s  more to the story.  I actually posted it on my blog before, back on April 8, 2010 for my Project365 when it arrived in the mail with a nice card from my friend Jenny:

I’ve worn it every day since.  So, what’s the story behind this reddish-purple bracelet?

It’s called Infertility’s Common Thread, and to read the back story, click here —–>  The History of Infertility’s Common Thread

Jenny was one of my few sounding boards when I was still in the infertility closet, and she gave me this bracelet as a reminder that I’m not alone.  There are so many women out there, like her, who couldn’t have a child without a lot of help.  Her story is amazing by the way, so if you haven’t checked out What the Blog? you need to NOW.  She’s now in her 2nd trimester with triplets, and I’m hoping some of her luck (specifically 1/3 of her luck) will rub off on me sometime soon.

So if you see someone like me wearing a pomegranate (not red!) bracelet, take a second to mentally wish her good luck with her struggle.

Now, a quick update on me!  We were on a forced 2 cycle TTC break post-surgery.  I have a repeat HSG scheduled next Wednesday to see if the surgery was successful and hopefully we will get the all-clear!   My father also has a procedure scheduled next Wednesday, so if you have me on your thoughts & prayers list, please add him as well.

Thanks as always for everyone’s support!  xoxo

Writing Blog update

It’s up.  Not much there yet, but feel free to become a follower.  Maybe it will become interesting as I do more with it:

I’m a dork.  I called it CasuALLY Writing.  (clicky)

Also, head over to my Project365 page to see my pictures from yesterday and today.

Here is the one from yesterday:

Um, it isn’t my imagination, right?  There’s some weirdass circle of darker grass in my yard.  Anyone know what is causing it, or is it just random?

Today’s pic:  Bobo in the new Costco bed.  I bought just one, and Bo & Bean seem to alternate sleeping in it.  I love how they share everything.

Tiling the kitchen…

Tim gets full credit for this one. I was recovering from surgery and really didn’t help much at all. Sometimes I’m just incredibly impressed by his natural skill with home improvement projects without training or previous experience.Our home came with generic vinyl flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms, so we wanted to upgrade this to real tile. We chose porcelain due to its durability, and chose this particular color because it looked nice with the current cabinets (which we never plan to replace) and the current countertop (which we might replace but get a similar color).

Here is the project, step-by-step:

Laying out tile to measure – here you can see the new tile vs. the old vinyl:

Old floor was pulled up, concrete cleaned, then tile started in the center:

Midway through, you can see the spacers (we used 1/4″)
This was a day later. The tile was settled & Tim put down the grout
Floor is finished, just need to put back the baseboard/trim & appliances
We decided on this matching mosaic as a transition piece instead of a wood transition.
Going to take a break for a few months before tackling the bathrooms! We did pick out the tile, and it is similar to this except lighter.

Blog Overkill

So, I’m starting  a new blog.  Sounds stupid, since I have a hard time keeping up with the ones I have.  House blog?  Occasional update (my IRL friends and family only have this link anyway).  Bo & Co?  Slackers, both of them.  This blog has even been crap lately.  So, why start another?

I’m determined to finish my 2009 NaNoWriMo Work-In-Progress.  It doesn’t have to be publish-worthy.  It doesn’t have to please anyone except me.  I just want to see this project through to completion.  It drives me insane that I’ve written half of a novel and not finished it, especially since I know exactly where the story is going and I have a pretty good idea of how I want it to end.  I just lost steam after NaNo.  It was an intense month of writing, and I have thought and thought about the WIP ever since.  Now I just need to get it on paper.

For some reason, every time I open the file, I read a page or two and turn it off.  I find myself wanting to revise, but I need to actually complete the rough draft before I think about revising.  So, I printed out a hard copy of everything (front and back, wide margins, don’t worry – tried to be as eco-friendly as possible!) and stuck it in a binder.  I’m going to force myself to JUST read.  No pen in hand to make corrections.  I want to see how the story works without thinking about what I want to change.

So, yesterday’s Project365 is a picture of the hardcopy.  Purposefully blurry, of course:

I also have 2 screenplays pending, thanks to ScriptFrenzy 2009 & 2010.    One is complete at 103 pages, but needs crazy amounts of revision. The second is sitting at about 104 pages, but isn’t complete.   I’ll keep track of the progress of those on my new blog as well.  And then there’s NaNo2010.  I have an idea, so I’ll have yet another partial draft sitting out in space.

I think I’ll also discuss books & reading on the new blog.  I haven’t decided yet.  When I get everything up and running, I’ll post the link.  I’ll link this (my personal blog) to my writing blog, but I won’t link back.   The new blog will not have any discussions about my personal life, photography, infertility, 101 in 1001, etc.

I also opened up a new twitter account just for discussing writing/books.  My personal twitter (which still will get constant and obnoxious tweets) is linked at the top right.