Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 2012 Updates

Here's what is going on in our lives at the end of May 2012:

  • Our container garden began to take off.
  • Our HVAC unit stopped blowing cold air, so we had a great company, Staton Mechanical, come out to the house three times to fix it -- and eventually, they discovered there was a leak in our coil, so they replaced the coil for free!
  • I signed up to become a consultant with Thirty-One Gifts, a company that specializes in personalized bags, baskets, bins, thermal totes, and other accessories. You can check out my website to learn more.
  • Trevor had his recurrent ground training and simulator check ride, and he passed with flying colors!
  • I finished the course I need to get my Georgia teaching certificate, and of course, I passed! I'll be resubmitting the application for my certificate soon.
  • We attended the wedding of our dear friends Luke and Katie Gerlach in Atlanta on May 18. 
  • Early, early on the morning of May 19, Trevor and I flew from Atlanta to Chicago to Fargo to attend my sister's bridal shower in Fargo. From there, we drove with my parents to our farm, about four hours away from Fargo in central North Dakota.
  • I attended my sister's bachelorette party in Fargo on May 26. We went to a Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks baseball game, had dinner at Famous Dave's, and went downtown for some fun after the game.
  • And then I flew back to Atlanta early the next morning - so early I hadn't even slept yet. 
  • I hosted my first Thirty-One Gifts open house on May 30. I'm so grateful for the support I've received from family and friends!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Why I Love Urgent Care

Yesterday, I developed a horrible headache. I knew it was my sinuses because that's what always causes my headaches -- they occur every 3-4 months, in just about the same way. I suspect I have an inherited deviated septum issue, but no doctor has signed me off for surgery to correct that yet. Basically, until I sneeze, I am congested and in significant pain all over the left side of my head, from the crown to the upper left molars. If I can't sneeze, I have to see a doctor.

I called my primary care provider's office at 11 a.m. this morning when I knew I had to get an intervention. The soonest they could see me, even after hearing that I was in intense pain, was 3 p.m. I knew I couldn't wait four more hours for relief. I'd been through this at my PCP's office previously. That 3 p.m. appointment, I knew, would be more like a 4:15 p.m. appointment. That meant not getting my prescriptions* to a pharmacy until nearly 5 p.m., and dealing with the after work rush. I knew that meant I'd not get relief until 6 p.m. or later.

So I drove directly to my favorite urgent care clinic. My insurance only requires a $30 co-pay at urgent care. Though I had about an hour wait, I was dropping off my prescriptions at 1 p.m. The three wonderful drugs were in my hands by 1:30, and I was home, taking them just a few minutes later. I took a nap, and woke up pain-free at 4 p.m. -- likely before I would have even seen the physician's assistant they'd assigned me to at my PCP's office.

I know urgent care offices don't provide the same level of care that a primary care provider does. I know that there is no consistency to this care, and that if I want long-term relief, I've got to visit my PCP and get signed off for a sinus surgery. However, I just can't help but be incredibly thankful that I was able to get relief hours before I even would have seen the physician's assistant this afternoon.

*By now, no matter where I go, I know these headaches will result in a prescription for hydrocodone, a z-pack, and prednisone.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer 2012 Bucket List

1. Go to Maine for Samantha & Craig's wedding.
2. Host my first real Thirty-One Gifts party.
3. Road trip to Leesburg, Georgia to see where Phillip Phillips grew up.
4. Show my cousin Erin the city of Atlanta.
5. Go to North Dakota for my sister's wedding.
6. Eat tomatoes from my own plants.
7. Make smores.
8. Re-read The Hunger Games trilogy.
9. Bake something yummy once a week.
10. Get rid of the last boxes in our house.
11. Swim in our neighborhood pool.
12. Have an awesome July 4 party.
13. Clean up my office.
14. Clean out my closet.
15. Organize the panty.

*Summer 2012 is defined as Memorial Day to August 1, 2012 -- my school district's "summer vacation."

Monday, May 21, 2012

Coming Soon...

I've worked out a new posting schedule for the blog. Look for it to go into effect sometime later this summer, as I'll be traveling/busy through most of May and June.

Sunday: Project Life photos from the previous week.

Monday: Miscellaneous projects - This is when I'll share things I've done that aren't cards or scrapbook pages. This could be anything from a recipe to a "life update" to a project for my house.

Tuesday: Project Life layouts - Expect this post to be "missing" on a regular basis. A lot of weeks go by where I don't get the chance to do the layout, but then I'll crank out one a day for the following two weeks.

Wednesday: Sketches & Challenges - I'll share projects inspired by sketches or challenges posted by others. You'll see a lot from Sketch Support, Shimelle's Starting Points, and Studio Calico.

Thursday: Cards

Friday: Scrapbook pages

Saturday: What I've been reading lately OR Pinterest Top 10 Lists -- I'll alternate between these two regularly, and they'll be interrupted to post about other things on a regular basis, too.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Project Life: May 2012

May 2: Chocolate haystacks
May 5: Banana pepper plant & tiny little bug

May 7: Three ripe Strawberries, ready to eat!

May 11: First banana peppers ripened.
May 11: My Thirty-One New Consultant Kit arrived!

May 12: A happy cooking accident - after toasting corn kernals in the pan, I browned turkey, and created a bit of gravy by accident.

May 13: Our own mini Chinese buffet, created in an effort to clean out our freezer and pantry.

May 15: Drop Dead Diva was filming downtown in Newnan.

May 17: Barbecue Bacon Pizza using the first banana peppers from our plants.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Using it up...

Things I have used up this week:

  • our bag of onions
  • a jar of red salsa
  • our jar of minced garlic
  • a bag of shredded cheese
  • our jar of cumin
  • a box of egg rolls
  • a box of pot stickers
  • a bag of instant chicken fried rice
  • two cans of Rotel
  • a can of tomato sauce
  • two cans of beans
  • a two pound container of chicken
  • a pound of ground turkey
Can you tell I'm making an effort to clear the fridge, freezer, and pantry before summer hits? As we spend the summer visiting friends, traveling to weddings, and just generally eating away from home, I think it's a good time to live off what we've got on hand for as long as we can. I'm trying to only pick up fresh produce, meat, and dairy products and instead plan our meals around what's on hand. This could get interesting!

One of my goals on this project is to help me establish a list of "staples" to keep on hand, whether it's dried grains (like rice) or a particular fresh produce item we love (like avocados). I've been told that this is the key to cooking without a recipe - that you just have a few favorite ingredients on hand and get inventive from there. So, I guess we'll see where this takes me!

Here's what we've eaten so far this week:

Saturday: Southwestern Stuffed Peppers
Sunday: Egg rolls, pot stickers, chicken fried rice, and Asian-inspired slaw
Monday: Mama Goldberg's Deli (we had a coupon & I found $20 on my desk!)
Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

Wednesday will probably be pepperoni pizza puffs, and Thursday is going to be a leftovers night because Friday is our dear friends' wedding, and Saturday means flying off to North Dakota for a few days! Because we're going away, I chopped up the last of my onions and put them in the freezer when I prepared for our crockpot chili. That way, I know they'll stay good, and I've got an onion chopped and ready to go for whatever I cook when we return!

Monday, May 14, 2012

April 2012 Updates

I had meant to schedule this to automatically post on April 30, but clearly, I forgot! Here's hoping I'll be better at the end of May!

I'm going to try something new where I do a monthly post featuring the highlights/big news of the month. Here's the first one:
  • The second week of April meant a baby shower for our friend, Jennifer -- but it was a total surprise! We had the shower at our monthly leadership meeting. At the time, she hadn't chosen a name for her new baby girl, who is due at the middle to end of May.
  • We celebrated Easter as a couple this year at home because we each had to work right after the holiday - I on Monday, Trevor on Tuesday.
  • Trevor's parents were able to visit us the following weekend, April 13-15. They really only spent 30 hours here as they arrived on the last flight to Atlanta and departed on the first flight to Indianapolis, but it was a nice visit anyway. I think they learned about the "joys" of non-revenue travel with their early morning departure and mid-day connection in Indianapolis. Flight to Minneapolis, where they live, are pretty tough to get on when you've got regional pilot benefits.
  • Russ visited me from April 18-20, joining me for the Taste of Newnan while Trevor was working a four day trip.
  • On April 17, I wrapped the maternity leave I'd been covering since February 27. I was sad to leave the school, students, and staff, but I'm excited to have more flexibility once again.
  • Saturday, April 21 was a super duper busy day for us. We left the house at 10 a.m. for a baby's birthday party in Stockbridge, drove to Lilburn for my friend Katie Hancock's bridal shower, picked up Rachel at Westin, drove home through Fayetteville to check out their soon-to-be-closed Best Buy, stopped by the house so I could change out of my dress, went to Smokey Bones in Peachtree City for dinner, and took Rachel back to the hotel.
  • Rachel had another long overnight scheduled on April 28, so we did a buddy pass for her dad to come from Columbus, Ohio to join us all for a Braves game. He returned to Columbus with Rachel on her flight the following day. Her boyfriend, Jake, also flew in from Detroit, too. We had dinner at the original Chik-fil-a Dwarf House and enjoyed being able to bring our super sized styrofoam cups of soda into Turner Field -- definitely a huge bonus to attending Braves games!