Name: bdogg_mcgee

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11.30.2006,11/30/2006 09:50:00 AM
Thursday Thirteen: Popsicle Edition
1. Holy crap it's cold here!
2. It rained a good part of the night last night, and we've been getting sleet/snow too!
3. Despite all this cold/icy stuff, I still had to come into work this morning.
4. The icy conditions are supposed to get worse as the day progresses, so lets hope that I can make it home!
5. When it gets icy here, people turn into complete dumbasses on the road. Already a FedEx truck wiped out near Downtown Dallas this morning and shut down I-35 for like 4 hours. Thank goodness I don't have to drive down that way, or on freeways for that matter!
6. Tomorrow DH and I are catching a flight to Lubbock, Texas, to visit my dad and stepmom to officially kick off Christmas visiting.
7. Thank goodness all this ice and crap is supposed to clear up by then.
8. Next weekend we're going to be down in San Antonio for DH's Grandfather's memorial service. (It was expected, but still sad)
9. Traveling is not conducive to house hunting.
10. I'm beginning to think our realtor doesn't like us since we haven't jumped on any houses.
11. Then again, we're like chump change to her--she tends to show really high-end stuff.
12. We saw some listings in her car when we were out looking one day, and she was showing some guy from Virgina $500K homes out in Southlake (a ritzy area between Dallas and Fort Worth.)
13. Stay warm everyone! I'm going to check and see if we might get to leave early. :)
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11.29.2006,11/29/2006 11:20:00 AM
Wednesday Word Association
Yay! I almost forgot about these:

1. candy:cane
3. slip:satin
4. mischievous:gleam
7. jeepers:creepers
8. petal:pusher
9. pocket:rocket
10. push:shove

Hey, there's a new post below this one, in case y'all didn't see it :)
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,11/29/2006 10:46:00 AM
Midweek Jumble
It IS Wednesday, isn't it? I swear, I have no idea what day it is anymore.....does anyone else feel that way too?

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We had a lot of fun--got to hang out with the family, watched the A&M/UT game with Krissypoo (GO AGGIES!) and had dinner with Momma Pajama and her husband, which was so much fun! I miss all of you guys so much!

Saturday night we had the great idea to drive back to Big D so we could look at some houses the next day. At the time, we'd narrowed it down to two we liked in our area and wanted to go back and take a look at them. So, at 10 pm, DH and I loaded up the car and took off. I dozed here and there, but essentially stayed awake a good part of the time, and as we rolled into our driveway at 2 am, I was utterly exhausted. I fell into bed (but still washed my face!) and woke up around 11 am, bleary-eyed and still tired, to get ready to meet our realtor to look at those houses, only to discover that I had left EVERY BIT OF MAKEUP I OWNED back in Houston.


Oh, and I left my hot air curling brush too. Thank goodness I'd bought some new foundation and foundation brush at Sephora (Lost, you'd be proud,) otherwise I'd have had nothing. I managed to rustle up some old mascara dregs and crumbly eyeshadow and used those, much to my chagrin. (just for the record, I went to the store later that night and purchased some eyeshadow and mascara to tide me over. It's not Stila, but I'll manage somehow until my stuff gets here from my Mom.) :)

So, we went to look at the houses, and you know what? I hated both of them. One had some water damage that we didn't see the first time we went in there (and had no landscaping to speak of,) and the second one was just way too small. I mean, after being in Houston all weekend and seeing 2000+ sq. ft. houses go for $140,000, and I'm talking NICE houses, I find I'm having a very difficult time paying $170,000 for 1700 sq. ft. So DH and I have decided to expand our search area a bit, and I hit the jackpot and found some larger, more reasonably priced homes a tad south and east of us. This whole house hunt thing is just so incredibly frustrating--I do not plan to move for at least six/seven years after we buy this sucker.

Other than that--well, there is something that's going on, but I don't know if I'm ready to talk about it here, and no, I'm not pregnant--believe me, if I were, I'd be shouting it from the rooftops. :) I will probably post about it next week if all goes as expected.

Have a great week everyone!
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11.22.2006,11/22/2006 08:48:00 AM
Gobble Gobble

Ah, I love vacation....I got to sleep in (7:45, yeah I'm a TOTAL rebel) and am now sitting here on my couch, with "Good Morning America" on the TV, a down throw wrapped around me, blogging to you good people.

In about an hour we're meeting with our realtor to look at yet more houses--let's hope we can find some today that aren't reeking of cigarette smoke or riddled with holes in the linoleum. (I really should post about that....)

We are going to Houston after the house hunt, so I will most likely be out of pocket for the next few days, but wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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11.17.2006,11/17/2006 02:34:00 PM
Well, Whaddaya Know???
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent in their well wishes the other day. All of your support really means a lot to me. :)

I took the day off from work yesterday--it was sorely needed. Part of the reason I did was because I took Javajabber's advice and made an appointment with my gyno yesterday afternoon. I went into the office, armed with my requisite piece of paper with my cycle length and symptoms on it, and when the doctor came in, she was very impressed at the fact that I came to the appointment with my symptom sheet.

You know, I used to trust doctors blindly. Whatever diagnosis they gave me, I accepted it, because they were the doctor, so they should know everything, right?

But, when I had surgery for endometriosis back in 2003, and they told me that they didn't find hardly anything, leading to a year of having my hormones shut down with no lessening of the pain I was having, I started getting pissed off. My anger was only incensed further when I was diagnosed with PID, or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, all from a bacterial infection that was never properly diagnosed in the first place, raging on in my insides for nearly three years. Turns out, I didn't have endometriosis, but what was causing the pain was the PID, and once I was put on a heavy course of antibiotics, the pain went away. That was a mistake that cost me, out-of-pocket, more than $2,000, with the surgery and everything (thank god for insurance!) But it taught me a valuable lesson: never blindly trust what your doctor tells you--always ask questions.

Anyhow, I sat down with my gyno, and talked with her about what I was experiencing, and she said to me, "Well, from what you've told me, and the symptoms and test results you've given me, it sounds like you have PCOS." I went this morning for a fasting blood test to check my insulin levels, and I have to go for a sonogram to check my ovaries out, but I'm going to start medication in the next couple of weeks, and hopefully it will help with my weight gain, and my acne, and the high blood pressure.

Yeah, it sucks that I have this, and it sucks that I'm going to have more difficulty than most in getting pregnant, but just having a medical professional look at me and validate my feelings was the best thing ever. I was really beginning to doubt my sanity there for a second!

As I type this, DH is out with our realtor looking at some of the houses we'd picked out. I hope that he has some good pictures for me when I get home!

Have a good weekend, everyone!
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11.15.2006,11/15/2006 09:18:00 AM
Even Promises of a New House Aren't Helping
I have neglected you, dear bloggers.

And I do apologize. It seems I've been so busy lately, and sitting down and typing an entry is too much work for my brain to handle. Plus, it just doesn't seem like I have had anything worth saying.

The first part of the month, as was most of September and October, were given over to the new product launch. It went over really well, and I finally felt like I was able to breathe, and then we had to send out 600 launch kits.

During this time, I've also been tested for PCOS, which stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. I went to the doctor last week, armed with a list of symptoms I have, a chart of my menstrual cycles showing that in the last year, I've had seven cycles, and the grim determination that I'm going to find out what the hell is wrong with me. I have almost all of the symptoms of PCOS--weight gain, acne, irregular menstrual cycles, high blood pressure, pelvic pain. Also, it's been almost a year since we started trying to have a baby, and well, nothing's happening there, not for lack of trying, I might add!

They took six vials of blood that day, and when I got my results back a week later, they said that everything was normal, but my insulin levels were high. Grr. At my GP's urging, I made an appointment with an endocrinologist after Thanksgiving to run even more tests. I'm confused, though. Do my "normal" test results indicate that I do not have PCOS? Or does the referral to the endocrinologist mean that we're still trying to figure everything out? I put in a call to my doctor this morning to try to make sense of all of this, and hopefully I'll get a call back soon.

And, in keeping with the title of this entry--yes, we're buying a house, finally! We meet with a realtor on Friday to look at some houses in two different areas of town--where we're currently living, and east of Plano in a pretty up-and-coming area. And while everything is so exciting and scary at the same time, I hope we're doing the right thing, staying up in Big D. I always maintained that I wanted to move back to Houston, but when everything all boils down, DH and I have really good jobs here, and I've finally gotten used to the idea that Big D is "home." In Houston I'd be around my friends and family, but everything else is so uncertain--the job market isn't as robust as Dallas (at least in DH's profession--I can get a job practically anywhere) and if he couldn't find something in Houston in the next couple of months, we'd have to stay here another year anyway, because our lease runs out at the end of February. And the thought of living in the place we're currently living in for yet another year makes me want to rip my hair out.

So all of this stuff going on in my life right now is conspiring to make me have one big nervous breakdown. I'm just feeling, well, frazzled, and wish I could have a day to myself. A day where I can stay home from work, tackle the clutter in our house, do some laundry, and recharge a bit. Because at the moment, just about all of our time from now to New Year's is spoken for, with house hunting and holiday visiting, and all of my paid time off is dedicated to that.

I think the goal for the next couple of months is keeping my head from exploding......
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11.08.2006,11/08/2006 01:44:00 PM
Wednesday Word Association
Wow, it's been a couple weeks since I've done one of these! With work being so busy I haven't had time do do much....anyway, here goes!

1. top:notch
2. shatter:glass
3. shoe:horn
4. slide:rule
6. lips:kisses
7. mail:package
8. brick:house
9. thrill:joyride
10. woof:doggie
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11.06.2006,11/06/2006 12:29:00 PM
Habit Forming
So, I have a little secret to admit, one that I'm not too terribly proud of, but hey, I was young!

I never used to wash my face before going to bed.

(Bet y'all thought I had a really juicy secret, didn't you?)

I admit it. For practically as long as I can remember, I went to bed with the whole shebang still on my face--eyeshadow, mascara, blush, etc, plus all of the environmental crap you kind of acquire throughout the day. I'd sleep in the damn stuff and then wash it when I showered the next morning.

And, barring the extremely occasional breakout, my skin didn't register this at all.

Then, about 6 months ago, the whole adult acne thing started. And what an odyssey that has been! Not only have I suffered allergic reactions to products, the acne itself is the most stubborn shit I've ever had to deal with!

Finally, though, I think I might (and I'm probably going to jinx myself when I say this) have it under control. I wash my face every night with Neutrogena Anti-wrinkle/Anti-blemish cleanser, and then spread Philosophy's On a Clear Day serum over the trouble spots, along with Philosophy's On a Clear Day H2O2 cream, and finally top it with Aveeno Calming Moisturizer. And it seems to be working. Note, though, that I only wash my face once a day. At night.

Me, who NEVER used to wash her face before bed!! It's become this habit that I can't NOT do, no matter how late it is or how tired I am. Case in point--on Friday night DH and I were lazing about, after having dinner and looking for Neverwinter Nights 2 at Best Buy, and I thought to myself, "I'm not going to wash my face tonight." I put my PJs on, took my contacts out, and crawled into bed.

For about five minutes I was fine. And then I kept thinking about all of the gunk that was on my face, just sitting there, getting into my pores and clogging them up, and I couldn't stand it. I scrambled out of bed as fast as I could and performed my nightly ritual. The minute I smoothed on the moisturizer I was able to relax.

I feel like I'm Monica on Friends, but instead of being anal about keeping my house clean(ha!), I've become anal about my face.

I remember reading somwhere that it takes 21 days of doing something to form a habit....now, if I can just do the same with hitting the gym, I'd be in business! :)
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11.02.2006,11/02/2006 03:14:00 PM
It's the End of an Era, Folks...
Okay, okay, so I know this is practically old news, but dammit! I'm still really sad about this!

Bob Barker Retiring after 35 years on Price is Right

I can remember being four years old and watching The Price is Right, sitting in front of the TV despite my Mom telling me that if I sat that close to the TV my eyes would go bad (She's probably right, you know, because I'm blind as a freakin' bat.) At that tender age, I wanted to marry Bob Barker, something I now know would be just creepy. But at four, watching him on TV, seeing all those ladies kiss him on the cheek, well, I thought he was the shiznit. My four-year-old mind also used to think, "but what if they alreay HAVE a dinette set? Can they ask for another prize?" Yeah, I'm a dork.

And who can forget those rare treats when you got to stay home from school, and at 10 am you would turn the channel to CBS and watch happily as the announcer would say:

"Here it comes from the Bob Barker Studio at CBS in Hollywood! Television's most exciting hour of fantastic prizes, the fabulous sixty-minute "Price is Right!"

When I got older, I stopped watching it, mainly because of the whole 8-to-5 thing, but when I was unemployed, I kinda got back into it. Of course, I don't think it's as good as it was when I was younger, but Plinko is still Plinko, and the little mountain climber guy still falls off the mountain when somebody guesses too high on how much a product costs. Every time I watch that show I'm transported back to a simpler time, when I didn't have to worry about paying car payments or buying groceries.

It truly is the end of an era. I suddenly feel as if the last link to my childood is gone, kind of like when your parents sell the house you grew up in to move to a retirement community in Florida. Just another indication that I'm getting old.

Sigh. We'll miss you, Bob. Daytime TV just won't be the same without you.
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