Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blog it Forward: Happy Hour for Anissa Mayhew

Attention Cleveland!

The beautiful and amazing Chef's Widow contacted me last week, after hearing news of Anissa Mayhew's second stroke.  She wanted to help Anissa and her family through this tragedy, and asked if I would be interested in planning a happy hour fundraiser with her at her restaurant, The Greenhouse Tavern.

Of course I said yes!  I would be able to help out a fellow blogger, mommy, & friend... 

AND finally visit the Widow's restaurant at the same time.  Did I mention the dollar beers?   Wine Specials?  Appetizers?  

All details can be found here:  Blog It Forward.

Please Join me at The Greenhouse Tavern on December 3rd, from 5-7pm, and let's raise our glasses to Anissa, her strength, and her family.

Proceeds will be going directly to the Mayhew family.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I've got a case of the yuckies =(


i found out yesterday that the bacterial infection was twofold: i have a group b strep infection AND an e coli infection. wtf. seriously? thank you body for being awesome and keeping me going up to this point.

i'm taking strong antibiotics, and the dr says i should feel better in 2 weeks. it'll take a month for this to clear out, but i'm just happy it is finally getting fixed! yayayay!

***end update***

Ok, first, let me say that if you think that I'm girly, or cute, or attractive in any way, please stop reading now. Cuz the following is going to ruin that forever.

Yes YOU.

You know who you are.

*looks around*

All clear?


Oh ya, and if ever there was a post with too much information? This would be it.

When I had Chloe back in January, I knew that she would be my (our) only child. I wanted one. One child. No more, no less.

So, at my 6 wk check up with my OB, I had him insert an IUD. The easiest form of birth control. I didn't have to think twice about it. It's there. In me. No pills to remember, no plastic-y rubber ring to insert monthly, no weight gain associated with hormone based birth control.

Easy peasy pumpkin pie!


For the past 8 months (and a few weeks), I have had the WORST problems. Girlie problems. Problems where I finally begged. Yes BEGGED my doctor to just cut my uterus out and be done with it.

I knew I didn't want any more kids. I also didn't want to bleed 20 days on, 10 days off. And not just bleed. Hemorrhage. To the point where I would soak through a super plus tampon every HOUR.

See, I told you to stop reading!!! =(

For those 20 days, I would cramp. Cramp like I have never cramped before. My abdomen hurt ALL. THE. TIME.

I could FEEL my right ovary. It hurt too. It felt like somebody was shanking me in my lower right side. Sticking in an ice pick and slowly twisting it.

I went to the dr repeatedly. I told him I hurt. I told him that EVERYTHING made me bleed. My life was a bloody mess, fueled by money which went directly into the hands of kotex and tampax.

Yes, I still have a sense of humor.

After exams, ultrasounds, cultures, smears...shmears...and a mozillion specula later, my doctor said we just had to remove the iud, and go from there. If i had no relief, we would do exploratory scoping, then surgery.

And so the iud came out.

And it was sent to the lab.

And it came back as being full of bacteria.

Somehow, some way, my uterus has been full of nasty bacteria for the past 8 months.

My ovaries are full of bacteria, and have been marinating in this nast for the past 8 months.

And now it is all coming out.

Dear moonpie, is it all coming out.

I'm not even going to regale you with the imagery of what is coming out of my body, cuz it makes even me sick.

But I'm glad it is finally coming out.

I'm glad i finally have some answers.

I'm very glad that I don't want to have any more kids.

I don't know what is going to happen next.

I'm just waiting.

Waiting for my body to do its thing.

Clear me out.

Heal me up.

Make everything right.

I hope.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Very very tired. Yes, this is going to be a rambling nonsensical post.

I'm ready for a looong nap. With a down comforter. In front of a burning fireplace.

I want to keep my hoodie on all day. All week. All year.

Fedor is amazing.

Best pound for pound fighter. Ever.

He did it again.

I'm afraid for the day that he loses.

Or maybe he will retire before then.

Chloe needs to stop growing.

She'll be a year old in 2 months.

How did that happen?

Is it naptime yet?

It is?


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Diaper Drive Update!

Hello everyone, and thank you for contributing towards my diaper drive!  I'm not going to list who the donations were taken for, as I don't know that she would want that information public.

I am constantly in awe of the generosity of the men and women, mothers and fathers, that are out there in the twitterverse.  Thank you so much for helping us take care of one of our own.

Ok, here are the details of what your donations purchased:

1 package of Pampers Cruisers, size 3, 160 ct

1 package of Pampers Cruisers, size 6, 160 ct

1 case of Pampers Baby Fresh Wipes, 770 count

1 little gift for momma.

Shipping takes 1-2 days.  They didn't give me an option for overnighting the order, but hopefully she will get them in time.

Once again: thank you all for your quick response to my messages this morning.