High Five

Friday, May 9, 2014

Once again, we have made it to Friday. This week was one of those that felt somehow incredibly long and ridiculously fast at the same time. I am really looking forward to the weekend, even though I don't have much planned. Or really, that might be why I'm looking forward to it. Honestly, this week has really been trying. Besides the house stuff, I'm going through a lot "behind the scenes" in this brain of mine, so I am just really tired. And yeah, sorry that's super vague, but I promise that I'll talk about it... someday.

So, let's wrap up the week with 5 on Friday, a link-up hosted by AprilChristina, Natasha, and Darci! If you want to link-up, head over to one of their blogs, grab the button, and talk about any random 5 things on your mind this week!


I ordered some new clothes from The Limited and I want them to be here NOW.

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I do a lot of online shopping because I have to order most stuff in petite sizes, and not many stores carry a full line of petites, if they carry them at all. Because of this, I end up returning a lot of stuff, so I try to buy from places where I can return the items to a store in person, rather than pay return shipping. The shopping life of a short-waisted, 4'11" woman is not an easy one, folks.

Hannibal has been renewed for a third season!

There was some debate about whether the show would be renewed because its ratings were... not that great, but I'm so glad we get at least one more season of this twisted story! Some of my other favorite shows have been renewed as well, including The Blacklist (love James Spader), Law and Order: SVU (for the 16th season!), Criminal Minds, and The Following (although I'm not sure that I care anymore). Scandal was also renewed, but seeing as I'm in the middle of season 2 right now, I don't know if I'll catch up in time for season 4 to premiere. I guess we'll see!

Mother's Day is this weekend and that is... always interesting. My mom and I have had a rocky time since I was in high school, but things are better now then they have been in a very long time. We were going to go out to dinner, but we decided to save some money and instead are cooking dinner at home. On the menu is chicken francese (one of Ken's specialties!), green beans, angel hair pasta, Italian bread, and for dessert, I'm making chocolate cake from scratch. I'm kind of nervous because I've never made a cake from scratch, but we'll see how it goes! Doesn't this look delicious?

Post image for The Best Chocolate Cake
Recipe and photo from My Baking Addiction
Or... I might make this recipe:

Classic Chocolate Layer Cake
Recipe and photo from Real Simple
Either way... I'm excited, and I'll be sure to tell you how it turns out!

On a more serious note, Mother's Day is a tough time for a lot of people. There are people who may have lost their moms (either recently or long ago), people who don't talk to their moms, and people who are trying desperately to become moms. I have a few friends who are having the heartbreak of fertility struggles, and I am especially sending my love to those couples this weekend. Also, sending lots of love to Christy and James this weekend, as they find out if their first IUI worked!

Mother's Day also makes me think about babies in general, and the potential for my own fertility issues. Being diagnosed with extensive endometriosis and PCOS means that there's a definite probability that getting pregnant will not be easy, and having RA complicates things as well. Lots of things to think about, for sure...

Speaking of health, I managed to schedule myself for 3 doctors' appointments this week, all in a row. Yesterday, I saw my neurologist for more lidocaine injections. I ended up with 40 different injections (yikes!) and I now look like I inject drugs or something into my neck, shoulder, and underarm. Hurrah for scarves. We are doing 2 more sets of injections in the next month, and then after that if the headaches and pain return, my doctor wants me to think about getting some Botox/Dysport injections into the underarm/back muscles. Never thought I'd be a Botox patient!

Today, I'm seeing my rheumatologist for a follow-up on how I'm doing on the Orencia. So far, no major improvements, but it's only been 6 weeks. I also haven't gotten any worse, which I guess is almost an improvement? I'm going to talk to him about the neck pain I've had since February though, because that is really getting old. Then tomorrow, I'm seeing my primary care doc for a check-up on my thyroid levels, and I also need to ask him some other medication questions. Fortunately, I haven't been feeling like complete and total crap, aside from the near constant neck pain. I have occasional joint pain in my hands, wrists, and elbows, and sometimes I'm "stuck" in the morning for about 45 minutes, but other than that... not too bad. If I could kill the neck pain and eradicate the headaches, that would be awesome. Never a dull moment...

We are officially back on the house hunt. Long story short, even if all of the stuff gets fixed in the house we were THISCLOSE to buying, there are things (like wood rot on the outside of the house) that wouldn't be addressed and that makes me nervous. Fortunately, there are a bunch of houses on the market that we are going to go see tomorrow, and one of them is one that we had seen previously and liked, but not as much as we liked this house. I'm trying not to have a complete meltdown about the fact that we have to find a house, have our offer accepted, apply for a mortgage, and close before June 20th when I leave my job.... but so far, it's not working very well and Ken is a saint for putting up with me. I'm sure I'll be back with another "State of the House Hunt" next week. For now, wish us luck!

So that is that! Go check out the hosts' blogs and link up your own. Anyone have any good plans for this weekend? Tell me in the comments!

- A

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