Monday, January 27, 2014

Building our baby

Some of you might already be aware of what this blog post is going to be about. For others, maybe this is new news.

We are in the middle of funding our IVF attempt this year. We've been saving working hard at saving what we could since our consult with the new RE in Illinois. Now we've gotten to about the half way point and are looking to make a fast push to the finish. I would ideally love to cycle in April but that will depend on the funds.

So with that in mind I've come up with a few different ways to try to get us to that point.

I'm going to make some homemade gifts that I can sell via fb (and maybe eventually etsy).

I'm going to have a garage sale as soon as the weather turns (hopefully in March).

And I started a gofundme page. I have the link in my right sidebar on here and while I don't expect much traffic from this blog to there, you never know. I have to try everything.

As I've said before, to the best of our knowledge (I mean, unless we win the lottery) we are one and done IVF patients. The cost is too much to us to be able to continue to keep trying that avenue. If for some reason IVF fails for us, we will have to make the decision to live child free or to move to adoption. I honestly don't know what our path will be. I do know that I oh-so-badly want to have the opportunity to have IVF underway soon.

So that brings me back to my crowd-funding actions. I know that there are people that would not agree with this. My only defense is that there are so many times we support other causes/sales/promotions/etc for others that this really isn't much different. I've gone to my fair share of Tastefully Simple, Scentsy, Lia Sophia, Pampered Chef, 31 parties. I've bought Cub Scouts popcorn, Girl Scouts cookies, and school fundraiser wrapping paper. I donate, give, and try to support my friends and family when I  am able. So for me - this is my home party candle sale. I know that even after this explanation, there will still be people that think we're insane and this is dumb. That's ok. I don't hold it against them. I just have to keep pressing forward and hope for the best.

With all that said, even if you are unable or uncomfortable contributing to our cause, simply sharing our link and story would be wonderful. I know we would both appreciate it greatly.

Building Baby Mo

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Renovating times

Did I mention that we are back to working on the laundry room? I can't remember. Either way, it's another fun project in the works. I'm going with a black, white and red color palette and going for a retro diner kitsch feel in there.

We actually started this project almost exactly one year ago. K and his dad rewired the electrical, tore out our insanely large, disgusting, and heavy cast iron sink and put in some beam supports for the upstairs. 

We are DIYing everything. We are keeping our mismatched appliances since they both are less than 3 years old and work perfectly fine (knock on wood). We are re-using the old cheap cabinet that was hanging over the w/d and just repainting it. I'm hoping we can pull some of the extra cabinets from the second garage inside to use for the base for the folding station. They are the same as our kitchen cabinets so I'm guessing one of the previous owners just bought too many. Who knows.

Our budget of $750 should hopefully cover:
  • laminate tiles
  • wood for framing
  • 2 support beams
  • paneling to close in the new walls (other side is still interior and has the mechanical items so we don't want to drywall it)
  • laundry tub/sink
  • paint
  • shelving for the storage area
  • counter top for the folding area
  • basic cabinets for folding area/storage (if we aren't able to use the ones from the garage)
  • clothes pole for hanging clothes on hanger
  • a sort of curtain idea to "pretty" up the room. 
Now we are busy laying the new black and white laminate tiles and painting the cabinet red. Once we finish that we will pick up the panels and finish the walls. I also have to find a solid black counter to use for the folding area. I'm just going to go with a basic laminate, nothing fancy. I will cry happy tears to have somewhere to fold down there when we're done! I love slapping lipstick on a pig.

Here is the progress we've made so far:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Vacation Daydreaming

Totally nothing new with this hobby of mine.

I don't have anything set in stone this year but I know I want to go places. I had been asking for years for someone to give me Southwest gift cards for my birthday or Christmas, and my dad listened! So we will put those towards some sort of trip. I'm 90% sure that these will be used to go see my grandparents. At the very least I will make sure we get to see them at least once but hopefully twice. I'd really like to spend Thanksgiving down there this year.

So where else can I daydream of going?

I have my 30th this year. I'd love to say a 5 day trip to Paris but I know K has no desire to go there so I'd have to go with my mom or a friend.I was always planning on spending this birthday at Disney but since I'll be there in January next year I think I could skip it. Unless we did the original Disneyland in California. I've been telling my family in LA I would come visit for years now.

Or maybe finally do Siesta Key?

Or how about Mexico or the Caribbean? My mom wants to spend Mother's Day on a beach somewhere again. I'm not complaining because MD is the weekend before SIL's wedding so I can have a nice tan for it, hahaha.

I'd love to go visit a close friend in the Baltimore area. And another friend near NYC. 

I love daydreaming on this topic. I could sit and look up trips for hours.

Any fun travel plans in your neck of the woods?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!!

Hello 2014!

I hope you survived NYE without a hangover as I have miraculously done. ;-)

What would today's blog post is nothing less than a typical New Years Resolutions post. Sorry! 

Here they are in no specific order:

1) Continue on all the (lengthy) health/weight goals. To read more on those visit Fit, Fat, & Back Again

2) Read 50 books. I've had this goal for about 3 years running on Goodreads now. I've yet to hit it. I still haven't even blogged all the ones I read in 2013. Oops. 

3) Organize my life. Mainly this is house related. I (we) need to get this house into shape and purge the extras that fill all our space. 

4) Have a garage sale. This goes along with #3 above. I've been saying it for years. I need to do this. 

5) Continue to develop my spirituality. This is a tough one. I continue to move further and further from my UCC/Christian beliefs. I'd like to dive deeper into the beginnings of Buddhism - further than what I've done so far.

8) Get cards out on time. This was my resolution last year. I failed. I need a re-do.

7) Travel. I don't want to waste any opportunity to see new places and people. 

8) Open an online (fb or etsy or both) store. I want to sell the little things I make. I know I am capable. I just need to do it.

9) Take a photography class. I really, really, really want to learn more about taking better pictures and becoming a better photographer. 

10) Find a cause and help it in some way. This means more than just donating money monthly. There are so many possibilities out there: walking dogs at the humane society, volunteering at a charity softball tournament, etc.