Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Here's a lesson...

...if you want to crack your car windows to "air out" your car in October, be prepared to scrape the inside of the windshield as well! (This morning I was scraping and scraping away at the windshield and couldn't figure out why the frost just wasn't coming off!).

In pregnancy news, we are 11 weeks today and counting down the days until we are through with the first trimester. The morning sickness has kicked up into high gear (and I thought it was supposed to be dwindling!), which has been hard. Today, I got a vitamin B6 shot, which is supposedly helpful, but I won't really know until tomorrow.

Monday, October 29, 2007

It's back...

After 7 great days of no morning sickness (which is a misnomer, of course, because it doesn't just happen in the morning), it's back. Of course, I have to remind myself that really, I should be happy I have morning sickness since it's a sign that hormone levels are high and my chances of miscarrying are low, but last night, it started to wear on me a little. So, no belly pictures, cutsie videos, or witty lists. Maybe later this week...

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Soccer dogs

Can your dogs play soccer?


This is actually what we have resorted to to keep our dogs busy during the day. We fill these 2 orange balls and 2 blue cubes (not in the video) full of dog food and the dogs knock them around for a good 30-45 minutes and eat the food that falls out. It's quite an ingenious plan, except our dogs are not always smart enough to figure out what to do when the balls roll under a chair. And, sometimes dog food falls out of the balls and gets stuck in the crack between the floor and the baseboard...or falls down the heat vent. Oh, well. It keeps them from chewing up stuff. :)

For the boys...

While you all may be interested in our recent news, I'm putting up this post for my younger audience. Here are 2 doggy videos for the Chase boys and Noah. This is the two of them wrestling...note Doc's fancy WWF leg maneuvers.


Here's Schatzi and Doc, "holding hands". Schatzi was actually trying to chew on Doc's bone while he was chewing on it, but he wasn't really too into that idea.

And, here they are getting a double belly rub. Schatzi has been a long time fan of belly-scratching, while Doc has just recently realized he likes having his belly rubbed.

Top 13 Ways to be a Great Husband to a Pregnant Wife

1. Hand her a Kleenex and kiss her forehead when she cries during an episode of Scrubs. Don’t question exactly what in the sitcom brought her to tears.

2. Detail her car so she doesn’t vomit every morning when she gets in it to drive to work.

3. Rub her legs, back, head. Don’t get frustrated when she yells at you for rubbing too hard, even though you were barely touching her.

4. Bathe the dogs because the smell bothers her, but she still wants them to sleep with you in your bed.

5. Patiently rifle through her clothes to help her find something that fits. When she decides none of her underwear are comfortable enough to sleep in, you give her a pair of yours.

6. Cook whatever food she requests and run to the grocery store whenever she asks you. Don’t get mad when she decides it wasn’t what she wanted after all.

7. Immediately stop telling any story that involves food, poop, vomit, or killing things as soon as she says, “I just can’t talk about that right now.”

8. Decide not to shoot a deer this year, for the sake of your pregnant wife’s morning sickness.

9. Walk the dogs every day. Don’t mention the fact that during the whole year you two were trying to get pregnant, she promised to walk the dogs “even if I throw up the whole time”.

10. Wash the dishes, fold the laundry, and clean the house while she sleeps 15 hours a day.

11. Congratulate her every day for getting up and going to work...even if she is, well, just doing her job.

12. Drop everything to meet her at the restaurant of her choice when she gets a craving. Happily hand over your plate when she decides she likes what you ordered better.

13. Try to be nice to your wife. Bring her home the DVD “Knocked Up”. Apologize when you realize the movie was a lot funnier before, well, she was knocked up.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Anne Konen, super sleuth

Well, apparently, I have been more transparent in my blog entries than I intended. After writing about being sick, hiring a dog walker, and my current salad craving, our friend, Anne, called up Joe and asked, "Um, are you guys pregnant?".

The answer is...yes, we are. We're 10 weeks along, have heard the heartbeat and are in the midst of trying to survive morning sickness. We were waiting to tell people until after the first trimester, but any of you who know us well know that we can't keep a secret for very long. :) It's been a challenge to keep the blog updated since, well, there is nothing else to really write about. My day is focused on just making it to work, getting enough sleep, and eating whatever will agree with my system that day. Joe, on the other hand, has been run ragged with his pregnant wife's demands, but he still has a smile on his face. :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Good salad

I had a craving for salad last night and picked up this yummy concoction last night. It was delicious! You should try it.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Weekend Update

This weekend, I took a breather from the busy work week and just relaxed. A few fun things happened:
1. Opening day of pheasant season: Schatzi and Joe headed out for a 6 mile hike and came home tired, sore, and empty-handed...better luck next time.
2. Doc and I were lazy and watched movies on the couch downstairs.
3. We interviewed and hired a dog walker to come walk our dogs during the work week for the next month or so until life calms down.
4. Our friends, the Binghams, paid us a surprise visit.
5. I read a few books.
6. Joe talked to his brother, Phil, and shared some exciting news.
7. I caught up on Team Eddy's blog (they're back from their recent hiatus!).
8. Joe and I got my car detailed. Oooh! It is SOO clean and no longer smells like a dog.
9. I did ONE load of laundry...didn't get it folded yet.
10. Joe made an excellent roast.
11. Friday, we went out to a great dinner at a Chinese restaurant with Rick, our real estate agent, Kelly, his girlfriend, and the Munoffs, a couple from church.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

An "appeal"ing victory!

Yesterday, I had my first insurance appeal. For you readers outside of healthcare, sometimes a healthcare provider will order a test that she feels necessary and then, the insurance company reviews the request and might deny the test if the company does not feel like the test is necessary. If the provider disagrees, she can appeal. I did and was offered a "peer-to-peer" review, during which I had to present the patient's case to the insurance company's physician and explain why the test was necessary. I was very pleased that I knew enough to argue my case (and pleased that I knew more about this issue than the physician!)...and the test was approved! I won't be so nervous during my next appeal (I'm sure there will be many more).

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Nothin' much going on...

I've been feeling under the weather for the past few days and have nothing very exciting to post. However, being sick has caused me to reflect on being sick and my work ethic. At previous jobs, I remember calling in sick because the day before was too stressful, because I had a headache, or because I felt like sleeping in. However, now I have this overwhelming guilt about calling in sick now...even when I am legitimately sick. Am I older and wiser? Who knows? A part of me wishes I could recapture that old carefree use of sick days, but I'm sure my current employer is happier with my current guilt-ridden use (or, rather, disuse) of those sick days.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Jen & Joe's Amazing Circus Dogs


We've taken a break from obedience classes until after the New Year, but want to keep working on our dogs, so we've been trying to keep up on our daily training (ok...more like a couple of times weekly training). The problem with doing it yourself, is that you have to be creative on your own to keep it interesting for the dogs. So, this is what I came up with in a moment of inspiration.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

The view from my window this morning

This morning, Joe left at 4am to go duck hunting, so I got up to let out the dogs and then went back to bed. When I woke up at 9am, I saw this!

Here's a video of Schatzi...she gets a little nutso in the snow. Doc was smart enough to stay inside the warm house for awhile, but joined her shortly for some wrestling in the snow.

Afterwards, we went inside...good thing, too, because the snow was wet and heavy enough to cause some big branches to fall off our trees in the backyard. Then, our power went out for several hours. Joe and I headed out to by a propane heater and lantern, only to return to our power being back on. Oh, well...we'll be ready next time!

A "bountiful" harvest

As new homeowners, we were excited to put in a garden this year. We got started a little late with the hustle and bustle of moving into a new home, so our plants were a little behind. This is our yield from 6 tomato plants and 2 pepper plants. The frost has already come, so this is it for the year, although I'm hoping some of our green tomatoes will ripen off the vine.
We'll do better next year.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Long live the girls of 207!

I had a great weekend with my two best girls in the world (and their kiddos). I raced out of the office Friday, a little late for my flight, but made it to the airport in time and by that evening, I was in the good company of Amy and Deanna (thanks, Kevin, for picking me up!).
I brought my camera, but forgot my SD card, so the pictures are somewhat limited.

It was great all being together again. I think the last time the 3 of were together was last Christmas! We just hung out, talked, shopped, and played with Noah and Daisy. Friday we stayed up late chatting and eating ce cream. Saturday started early as Daisy and Noah wanted to join in the fun. My mom and the Driver parents came up to baby-sit their grandkids for the weekend, so the three of us headed out for an afternoon of shopping and lunch. Deanna and I mused that a weekend filled with diaper changes and play dates with the highlight being a no-kids-lunch-out was hardly what we would have imagined a fun 207 reunion to be a few years ago; but, it was the perfect weekend. Sunday, we went to Mass, napped, played, and the three of us made a great dinner together (just like the good old days!).
On the left, Noah is "hugging" Daisy. He was pretty enamoured with her...unless his mama wanted to hold her, then he got a little jealous. On the right, Deanna, Noah and Amy...Miss Daisy was napping during the picture.

Monday, Amy started her surgery rotation, but her schedule was pretty lax, so she was able to meet us for lunch at at TacoTime. Here's Noah, stealing the show.

Deanna and I took Daisy for a quick stroll around the neighborhood, visiting the Pop Shoppe and trying some new flavors. Then, we were off to the airport. We all squeezed into one easy feat when you have 2 carseats and 4 adults...and made our way to the airport to drop me off.

Joe picked me up late Monday night and I was so glad to see him! After a weekend of sleeping by myself in a twin bed at Amy's, I was surprised out how used to sleeping with his body next to me. Joe and I were both thankful for a better night's sleep last night. :)