Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Talkin' Bout My Naughty Bits

I went in for my annual today at Gros Ventre OB-GYN.  First of all, I love them.  Everyone is so darn nice and adorable.  Doesn't feel grossy clinical at all.  WAY more comfy than Open Door (where I worked in California).

I haven't had an annual in two and a half years.  Bad, bad Jessers (as Bryan would say).  But I KNEW I needed to be seen, and I've had some discomfort in my left breast, so this was as good of a time as any.

The gal I saw, Christina M. (I won't write her whole name in case people Google her... that's weird), is the FN-P there.  She is AWESOME.  So friendly, so nice, really puts you at ease.  I wish she delivered babies, because I would totally want her to deliver our kids when we decide to have them.  Alas, she does not.

We chatted about my weird boob and she checked it and said everything was fine, which was GREAT news.  I haven't been to the doctor in a year but I have a pretty strong history of hypochondria/anxiety when it comes to health issues.  I've really be good the last year (hence not seeing a doctor in a year, instead of seeing on once a month or so) and I was happy to hear that there is nothing to be concerned about.  She also let me know that when breast cancer is suspected, it feels like a hard marble that's stuck to your chest wall... and that I would most likely go "what the heck is THAT?!"  That's comforting; although I do not have breast cancer on either side of the family, it's always good to be diligent about breast exams.  You heard me ladies!!  Check out your boobies!!

We chatted about my birth control method (Natural Family Planning/Fertility Awareness Method) and she didn't question me about it for a second, just trusted that it's worked for the past year and a half.  That was really nice; some people question me on it, think I'm being silly, think it's the same as the "Rhythm Method" in the 80's (it's TOTALLY not).  I told her my cycles weren't totally regular, but that I was taking Yogi Tea's Women's Energy to help balance my hormones and make my cycle regular.  She was all for that, which was cool.

In the end, she mentioned doing some labwork to check out my weird cycles.  She said that it may be possible that I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) even though I don't have weird hair growth or any male characteristics.  She said for some people who only have a slight case of PCOS (or something like that) just have weird, longer cycles and have difficulties losing weight.  That definitely made me curious.  She asked how often I exercise and I told her that I work out 4 times a week and that I don't eat white bread and almost always eat whole grains.  She mentioned labwork, including a workup that normally costs $800!!!!  However, since I work for the hospital, she told me it was FREEEEEEEEE.  So she ordered like $1000 in tests for me, totally free to me.  SO AWESOME.  Hopefully they'll see if we're dealing with PCOS or possible a small growth on my pituitary gland or possibly nothing at all.  My hormones may just be a bit wacky.  But the weird cycles + difficulty losing weight + migraines/headaches are indications that something may be wrong.  If I DO have something like PCOS, it may mean that I'll have some difficulties with fertility, or it may not.  We'll just have to see.

Oh, and just fyi... Bryan and I have decided that 2012 is a good year to try to get pregnant.  HOWEVER, I would like to lose 20lbs before we attempt to conceive.  So, that leaves me with a good 9 months or so to lose 20lbs, or a little more than 1/2 pound a week.  I think that should be doable, especially since I will be walking to work this summer since there is NO WAY that I'm going to drive through the center of Jackson in the summer.  NO WAY.  And it's way further to go around town square, since we're really close to it.  So that gives me at least 2 miles of walking a day, on top of any exercise I do elsewhere.

And Bryan and I just started P90x... so hopefully that helps out a bit!

So that's my news about my naughty bits.  I won't be getting any of the tests done for another few weeks, since it has to line up with my cycle.  I'll let you know when I get the results!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Tonight's Links

Because my contacts are too itchy to feel like actually writing....  Not that I write with my eyes.  Or my contacts.

Why Do Aliens Need Headlights??  Just obeying interstellar traffic laws, I suppose....

The future of Evangelicalism?   I'm no longer totally sure what makes someone an Evangelical... and I (occasionally) read (sometimes obsessively) about modern theology (when I'm not reading about Lindsay Lohan).

C.S. Lewis and Rob Bell:  An obvious shared love of talking fawns, but could there be MORE that they have in common????

Historically Hardcore from the fabulous Jenny at "Geek in Heels"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I'm Baaaaaack

Hello ladies and gentlemen.  I am back from my fabulous trip to Chicago and my hiatus.  I'm going to be honest with you; I haven't felt bloggy recently.  I feel like anything I have to say is super boring.  And I'm just not good at putting out extra effort this time of year.  March has always been sort of a "blah" month for me, and this year is no different.  But I'm really going to try because I've been both boring AND sparse on here recently.

So.  Let's start again, shall we?

First of all, work.  There were rumors (and by rumors I mean we were specifically TOLD) that our office would be getting a LOT OF MONEY from the VA for our Vets program.  Our Cognitive Health Institute is offering free cognitive/memory testing for Veterans.  This extra grant money we were supposed to get was going to spread our services to other parts of Wyoming, as well as Idaho and Montana.  I was going to get a promotion, hopefully.  But alas, that will not be happening.  I'm not even bummed, honestly... it was going to be a LOT of work.  And I was going to have to work on Tuesdays... which I will be doing this summer anyways.  But hopefully at Solitude Float Trips, and not the Institute.  And I sort of prefer it that way.  I love Solitude.

So that's that.

I went home to Chicago to visit my fam and hang out with friends, which was awesome.  It was pretty chill, all in all.  I went to Springfield with my folks, since none of us had been before and it was supposed to be a bit warmer down there.  It wasn't warm, per se, but it was pretty darn interesting.  The Lincoln Museum was very, very cool.  I had no idea I'd like it as much as I did.  The capitol building was really impressive; the architecture was so incredible.

Dave and Stacey (my brother and sister-in-law) were at home for the rest of the trip, which was neat.  David and I haven't had the best relationship in the past two or three years, but we had a really awesome talk one night, staying up until three.  It made me realize how much I miss our close relationship.  As my friend Anna said, "Didn't you guys used to be, like, sibling BFF?"  It's true.  And I do want that again, so I'm looking forward to more long talks (over the phone, since they're moving to Seattle this week) in the future.

I got the chance to hang out with the aforementioned Anna Fink, which was great.  We just hung out at my folks' house and drank lots o' coffee.  I haven't seen her since my wedding, so it was nice to catch up.  The next evening my dear Monica Prus visited and I got to meet her new dog, Tonka!!  We drank tons of tea and hung out until about 1:30am, until her fiance called, incredibly worried, wondering why she wasn't home.  Sorry Sean!  :-)

On Saturday I drove to the home of my Bestie Westie, Molly.  It was so good to see her!!!!  I've missed her a TON after hanging out with her almost every day this summer.  I met her adorable puppy, Moose (a chihuahua-Dachshund mix), who was just TOO CUTE TO DEAL WITH, seriously.  He is such a cuddler.  I'm trying to convince Molly to move back to Jackson... we'll see.  Her hubs, Ricky, said he would consider it.... And since Molly and I would do our weekly shopping together and cook some meals together, it would behoove Bryan and Ricky to somehow find her a job out here so she can be my Bestie Westie ALL THE TIME.

I was really happy to go to church with my folks.  Although I have always wished their church was a bit more liberal/'contemporary', I am in love with the people who go there.  It was so good to see them and catch up.  So many awesome people.

It was a really great trip, but I definitely missed my honey, Bryan.  And even though it's colder here in Jackson and it's still snowing... it's SO gorgeous that I totally don't mind.  I love living here so much.  It's beautiful.  And the warmer weather is coming, sloooowly.  I can't wait until it's nice and sunny and not 5 degrees in the morning.  :-)

So.  I will start writing more.  I'm going to upload some pictures of our place (since we've been here for 6 months and still haven't posted pictures).  I'm going to write about my search for minimalist women's running shoes (I'm leaning towards the Merrell Pace Glove but I'm just not sure...).  I'm going to complain about how fat I feel and why I need fancy shoes to run in order to get skinny, because apparently not using my other exercise equipment isn't working.

Anything other ideas?  Anything I should write about?  Do you have a burning question you want me to write about and do you NOT want to leave it in the comments?  Go to the side bar --------------> and ask me on Formspring.  It's anonymous.  And there's a good chance I will blog my answer.  Because I'm a narcissist.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hi from Illinois

It has been way too long since I posted but I am in Ilinois with my parents on my mom's iPsd and my life has been a bit crazy lately. There is stuff to update but I am just trying to let myself chill and hang out with my fam for the moment. Soon, soon, soon... Promise.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Bryan decided that I "blurf" a lot.  It's a new word he made up that means blog surfing.  It's probably been used before, but he insists that he owns the copywrite.

Carry on.

"Why are _____ so....."

Earlier this week, on Experimental Theology, Richard Beck blogs about pastor Phil Vaughan's "Gracenomics" sermon series at Southeast Christian Church in Colorado.  In one of his sermons, he asks people to Google the phrase "Why Are Christians So..."  Google has an autocomplete feature which shows you the most popular searches.  If you Google "Why Are Christians So..." you will see the following:


You may think that this would be the same for all other belief systems.  However...

The internet, however, wasn't as nice to Muslims (so... scary, mean, mad) or Hindus (racist, upset with Avatar(??)) or Atheists:

Still.  It stings a little bit, but looking at a LOT of people who go to Church and wag fingers and condemn you to hell.... I totally understand. 

Saturday, March 5, 2011


So.  Sometimes I become a bit... obsessed about buying things.  Only CERTAIN things though.  In high school it was underwear.  College, earrings.  And apparently now it's water bottles, fleece jackets, and glasses.  It's not that I have a million or anything, it's just that I often like to look at these things and think about buying them.

So.  Glasses.  Here are what I currently own:

Love these Cosmopolitan glasses, but they are scratched.  I'm going to get them fixed at the eye doctors next time I got in.  I think they're super cute.

I like these but the green is actually a bit brighter than pictured, so I don't wear them all the time.  I think if they were a bit more of an olive, I'd wear them more.  Still, not bad.

These are the current glasses that I wear.  I like them a fair amount, but I think I like my brown glasses (the ones at the top) more.  I feel like the frame is a bit thick at my temples.

So.  Those are what I own.  And on Monday, is having a free glasses giveaway from Wyoming/Colorado residents.  You just pay shipping.  Annnnd I want a new pair.  Just 'cause.

So here are the ones that I am considering.  I could totally use help deciding!!

Here are the finalists:

I like these ones a lot.  I think the plum color is not too bright; it actually has a burgundy look to me.  I like the details at the temples as well.

These are metal frames, which I haven't had in a few years, but I think it may be a nice option.  They're a dark navy.

These are also a navy, which I like.  The glass doesn't go all the way to the edge of the frame; not sure if I like that or not.  The cute little designs at the temples are cute, but I worry these may be a bit too square?  I have other glasses that are square, but I'm wondering if I need some more rounded pairs.

So yeah.  Those are my top options right now.  I know I don't NEED another pair of glasses... but for $15-20 I like having choices.  In the winter I wear glasses quite a lot, as my allergies are crappy.  In the summer I try to wear more contacts, since it's not fun having glasses on if you're sweaty/warm and they slide all over.

What do you think???  I seriously need advice on this, because I want them alllllllllllll.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


So this is just a quick update because... I'm lazy.

So.  We're going list it up.  True.

  • Bryan's grandma's funeral went really well.  It was emotional and hard, but also beautiful and hopeful.  And it was really, really good to see family.
  • I love busy, non-dramatic days at work.  A lot.
  • Bryan leaves for Phoenix in 5 days!!  Excited for him but bummed we won't see each other for two weeks.
  • I leave for Chicago in 9 days!!  Excited for me but bummed I won't see Bryan for two weeks.
  • I love "Being Erica" and think it's dumb they want to make a US version on ABC; the original is set in TORONTO, which is practically the US anyways.
  • I may be visiting Canada during my trip to Chicago.... can I pretend I'm on "Being Erica" and drink coffee at Goblins???
  • I ran for 20 minutes again today.  Yeah I'm pretty awesome.
  • There is a dumb guy at the gym who is always there for like two hours... and he is only working out half the time.  The rest of the time he sort of stands/walks around and listen to his music.  And he always takes up a TON of space and puts his clothes/towel on various pieces of machinery that he is NOT USING SO TAKE YOUR CRAP OFF THE MACHINES!!!
  • Minute to Win It is awesome because you can watch it without sound and still follow everything that is happening.  Also, I sort of want to be on Minute to Win It.  And I want to be good at those sorts of games, because I totally am not.
  • Bryan and I have put a deposit on a cruise next January.  More about that to come.
  • I am still in love with my Kindle.  My husband too.  Him more than my Kindle.  He's hot.  The Kindle, however, fits better in my purse.
  • It's sort of sick how excited I am to visit IKEA when I visit my folks.  Yep.  
  • Bryan's grandpa tells AMAZING stories.  So interesting and hilarious and I love that man.  I can't imagine how painful this time must be for him; as of Sunday he and Grandma Lords were married for 63 years.  She passed away last Wednesday.
  • Sometimes, when you run a bit after eating, you sort of cough up food.  Or is that just me?  It's disgusting.
  • It has officially been OVER A YEAR SINCE I'VE BEEN TO THE DOCTOR'S.  For those of you that do not know, I used to have a REAL problem with hypochondria.  I seriously would convince myself I had cancer, or a tumor, or whatever.  My anxiety is more under control now than it has been in years and I am so very thankful.
  • I can't stop eating gummy vitamin D's.  Vitafusion's brand.  There are SO DELICIOUS!!!!!!!
  • I've decided to give in to the awesome power of coffee.  Too much still hurts my tum tum but I can have a few cups a week.  Delicious, delicious coffee.
  • The nurse in our office showed me the physician's lounge today... we stole some of the free soda and cheese.  Because we're BAMFs. 
  • Sometimes when I run, I try to dance at the same time.  I also mouth the words to songs.  It's a good thing I tend to go to the gym when it's pretty dead, because otherwise people would be so impressed with my awesome dance-running-lip-syncing that they would totally FLIP THE HECK OUT.
  • I'm sort of stuck between thinking Rob Bell needs to grow up and get over sensationalism to make a point, and giving him a huge high five.  Why are so many people offended by the idea that everyone that disagrees with them may NOT burn in hell?? (If you haven't been following the Piper/Bell/Whatever debacle... ignore this)  (also... did that sentence make sense??)
  • I made awesome, unhealthy enchiladas this week.  That were awesome. 
  • Last night, when we got home to Jackson from our little trip to Pocatello, we saw SIX DEER ON OUR SIDEWALK.  They are so beautiful.  I friggin love deer.
  • Houses in Boise are CHEAP.  Bryan and I want to eventually live by his sister Amanda and her family, and they've considered Boise.  So then I started wondering about Boise and then I saw how cheap houses are compared to Jackson and I got jeaaaaaaalllous.
  • This list is way too friggin long.  True.