Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ten (maybe) Rants Thursday.....

Mad props to Laura for TTT.

1) Today is the first day of TOM which prolly accounts for my post title.  I'm a smidge cranky.  Fair warning this may be a little lot ranty.

2) Since today is the first day of TOM it means I have officially completed my first cycle of fertility charting.  My OB will begin the hormone testing in cycle 3 and we can start trying again with cycle 4.  WOOT!!  Also since my fertility charting hinges completely on charting cervix mucus (TMI, I know), 5 days of TOM means a 5 day vacation from evaluating what being produced by my lady station. Double WOOT!!

3) I forgot to mention that September 5 was my estimated due date for pregnancy fail #1 -- I managed to make it till around 5pm without thinking about it.  I also managed to think about it without having a total emotional breakdown.  Progress, I guess?

4) Speaking of due dates--   Remember the pregnant cousin-in-law?  You know, the one who announced her 5wk pregnancy on FB the same day I found out about pregnancy fail #1 ?? The one who announced on Mother's Day that she would be naming her son Jacob which was the boy name that my Hubs and I had been planning on using for years --- this was after she swore up and down to me that she would not be conforming to the family tradition of naming boys with "J" names (which is why I never called dibs on the name.)???  Yeah, that pregnant cousin-in-law

She is being induced next week.  Know what else is next week??  My birthday.  So help me if she has her baby on my birthday it will be all I can do to keep from kicking her in the vagina.  It's like her pregnancy has been some kind of cosmic joke meant to destroy my sanity.

Of course, I don't think she is really gonna have the baby on my birthday because she has requested to be induced late on the 17th so she can have the baby on the 18th because she doesn't want the baby to have an odd numbered birthday.  REALLY?!??!?  WTF??!?!?   All I could think was --"I just wish my baby would've had A BIRTHDAY....period."

I am totally amazed by the ridiculously trivial things that pregnant women that have never dealt with infertility or miscarriage can concern themselves with.  I guess when you have never had worry whether your pregnancy will last long enough for a baby to even be born it's really easy to get all wrapped up in stupid shit like the numerical value of your baby's birthdate.

5) I have 2 different people in my life who are currently (obnoxiously on FB) pregnant with 2nd or 3rd children and blathering on and on about their baby showers.  I may offend some of you but I cannot tell you just how obnoxious I find having a baby shower for your second/third child.  According to my MIL this is somewhat of a newish trend since the advent of gender identification before birth.

Dear Cousin-in-law: 

I am sorry you had a girl first and only registered for pink shit and now you are having a boy but I really don't think I should have to buy you things you already have just because you foolishly bought them in all pink.  Let your little man hang out in the pink Bumb*o chair it'll be good for him. 

Dear Other Friend:
I know you thought you were done with having  kids and sold all your baby stuff and now you are preggo with Baby Whoops (who was conceived right after you had your IUD removed and Daddy "didn't feel like running out to Walgreens for some rubbers", and you completely forgot that your  previous 2 kids were concieved on each first attempt), but why should I have to buy you new baby shit because you guys were careless and didn't use protection.

6) And don't get me started on people having Wedding Showers when 1) this is their 2nd, 3rd..... marriage  or 2) they run off and elope.  (My wedding was a Justice of the Peace type thing and I was not thrown nor did I request a wedding shower)

Wedding/Baby Showers are to help people get the things they need to begin a new phase of life --- you only begin that new phase once ---- choose wisely in the things you ask for and be mindful of cost.  Maybe even get your finances in line before you take that next step???  (Of course maybe I am just bitter because we waited to have kids till we were financially able to support the decision on our own and waiting so long may have contributed to my current difficulties???) 

I guess the reason I am so pissy about this is because some of the things these women have registered for are just ridiculous!!!  Like the $100 baby food processor.  Which is just a food processor in Baby colors ---- seriously???  you can't get a standard food processor for less?  Or the $20 special cutting board just for baby's food?  Come on!

Just because someone else is footing the bill doesn't mean frugality flies out the window.

7) Since I have offended half my readers let me offend the other half.  I have TOTAL respect for teachers --- seriously, I could not do your job.  However, I have gotten so tired of listening to my teacher friends whine on and on on FB about how everyone thinks their job is cake but it's really the hardest job ever, ever, ever.  

This rant is mainly aimed at my sister-in-law.  Everyday on FB she has to announce that she didn't leave school until 5:00pm so everyone who thinks that teachers only work from 8-3 is just stupid.  Of course I always feel the need to remind her that pretty much everyone else in the free world has to stay at work until 5pm and it's not optional.  I also feel the need to remind her that those same people work till 5pm everyday all year round and not just 180 days out of the year.  Don't get me wrong -- teaching is a thankless job that requires a lot of hard work but there are lots of hard working, thankless jobs that DON'T allow people to have 12wks of paid vacation during the year.  

8) My Dad, Aunt, & Uncle are fighting like children over the settling of my Nana's estate.   The items currently being disputed :  an electric mixer, a flower arrangement, and a portrait.

9) Does it seem like everyone out in BOOBland in constant texting contact with everyone else in BOOBland??  Or is it just me??  Maybe I am just having insecurity and not feeling included in both real life and blog life.  

I think that's all I've got but, really, I'm sure this is more than enough. 























Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Epic Thrift Store WIN & New Low Weigh-in!!!!!

This weekend I made 2 trips to a couple of local thrift stores.  The first one was completely by chance because The Hubs and I had some time to kill on Friday afternoon.  After my first good trip, I decided to try again at another store across town on Sunday.

I have never really had all that much luck with thrift store clothing shopping.  It always seemed like the the selection available in larger sizes had a definite Granny vibe going. I wasn't super confident I would find anything during this trip either, but I figured "What the hell?!?!"

Since getting back into regular exercise I had started noticing that my clothes were getting a little looser so I thought I would take a chance on trying on some stuff in the next size down (size 12).  Lemme say that the quality clothes options get waaaaay better the lower the size.

I racked up!!!  Both trips combined I spent just over $100. However, except for 2 coats, I didn't spend more than $6 for any single item.  Most items were around $2.50-$3 (some were even $.99)

It is sooooo nice to really fill out my closet.   Throughout my weight loss I have kept clothing purchases to the absolute bare minimum.  Between the fact that I don't work outside my home and never knowing how long I would actually be able to wear an article of clothing --- spending oodles of cash on clothes just never made sense.  This reluctance to spend $$ on clothes meant that my fashionable wardrobe options were non-existent.  (God forbid I have to dress up 2 days/evenings in a row!!)

Imma gonna get my fashion on now!!!

I don't even live in a very large city --- I am sure you big city folk have waaaay better thrift store options.

Stretch khakis - Unlisted, Kenneth Cole

Okay, this is hilarious! These are actually maternity pants. I THOUGHT they were yoga pants and they were on the .99 rack so I just threw them in the cart. Didn't realize they are maternity until I went to wash them.  Oh well, they will live in the back of the closet till I need them.  

This coat is AMAZING!!!  Straight off the Mad Men wardrobe dept.  And yes! That collar is REAL FUR!!!
 It was only $25!!!!

This pleather coat is also totally pimpin'!!!  It was only $16 

This sucker is a CASHMERE blend!!!!  Did you hear me??  CASHMERE!!!   For $2.50

Love this--  Boots and leggings, what?!?!

Another nice little layering sweater! 

There are few things I love like a black, turtleneck sweater -- it's just so classic!!!  That is why I bought TWO!!!   Seriously!?! when it's .99, how can you not??? 

More fuzzy sweater action!!

I fuh-reaking love this outfit.  Top: Old Navy, Pants: The Limited

Just some generic floppy cargos, but they are SUPER comfy!! 
The last thing I need is more T-shirts but the Adidas shirt is  U Tenn Orange and the black one is a moisture wicking material for fall winter workouts. 

These jeans are so great!!  Ann Taylor Loft!!

Again, another outfit I fuh-reakin love.  It doesn't get more classic than a French blue oxford and these pants are from the Gap and they are THE BALLS!!!!  I LOVE THEM!! 


More slacks from Dockers, (They look black but they are really dark grey)

These pants are kind of an NSV for me.  They are corduroys from Old Navy.   In my bigger days I would NEVER have worn these because I would have been mortified by the "Swishy, Swishy" sound of my super huge legs rubbing together.  Not to mention, the fear that my inner thighs would have caught fire.

 
So there you go my thrift store conquest. This maybe a fluke but I think I am really coming around to thrift store shopping.  I like it for a couple of reasons -- mainly the $$. What I like is that if an article is maybe just a wee bit too snug but I liked it anyway then it's only $3 so I can afford to get it as a motivational item.  I would never do that with something that costs $50.

The real downside to thrift store shopping is the time --  you gotta hunt for your deals and (I recommend) you gotta try things on.

Here's hoping I have  more awesome thrift store luck in the future.

I totally failed to mention that now that I am officially wearing Size 12 pants (and I say officially because all the pants I bought were Size 12's ) it means that I am in the smallest clothing size of my entire adult life.  HOLLA!!!!!

BONUS TOPIC:

I totally woke up this morning to a new low on my scale - 178.8. (I actually saw 178 on Friday at my Docs office when I tagged along to The Hubs' appt- but I wasn't gonna count it until I saw it on my own scale)  Can I tell you how totally geeked I am to be out of the 180s!!  Woot!!  It's also good to finally see my renewed commitment to exercise FINALLY paying off. (It's also nice to see that the Snickerdoodle brownies I made over the weekend didn't completely derail me.)  It's been almost a month and the first 2 weeks I didn't see a damn bit of movement!!  Only 4.8lbs to go to my first goal on 174lbs!!