Friday, November 30, 2007

Small celebration

Bill and I went to the Dr. today for the first ultrasound and the Dr. asked if she could be straight forward with what she needed to say and we assured her that we would prefer that. She cautioned us about the chances of miscarriage and we confirmed that we understood and she quickly started on the ultrasound and right away we could see, there is something there! I didn't just imagine the symptoms, there is the start of a baby growing inside of me! Bill and the Dr. thought they could see the heart beat, I was lying down and couldn't see much but they both thought it was a heart beat. She measured the sack (?) and put me around six weeks instead of eight.

She told us this is a small celebration and that we will know more at 9 weeks when they can do a better measurement and confirm growth is occurring. She counseled me on nutrition and exercise, skiing is out this year and I need to be cautious with running, keeping my heart rate below 130 and all exercise has to be done at conversation level. I was glad Bill was there with me, I'm still a little overwhelmed and scared but today we have something small to celebrate. Cheers friends!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Boys of Everest

I picked up The Boys of Everest before our road trip down to AZ and read it to Bill during our long daylight hours in the car. We're almost half way through the book and Bill likes it and I am not so thrilled with it. I love the stories about the climbers but the writer tries to imagine what they were thinking during climbs and that doesn't sit well with me. He could have written 100 less pages and made it a good book. Will not read Clint Willis again. boooo from me.

I'm reading "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson on my own, it's a comedic tale about a writer who walks the Appalachian Trail with very little hiking experience. Love it so far.

Tomorrow is an important day, we go for our first ultrasound and I am anxious to hear a heart beat. I can't really think beyond that except I will talk to the Dr. about an additional test to screen for any genetic problems since I'm 35. My friend had a screening test that combines blood work with an ultrasound and determines the likely hood of problems. If it's one in a million then I wouldn't worry. If it's one in one hundred then I might have another test done.

We're having friends over on Saturday to watch the Hawaii Ironman broadcast on NBC and we'll watch the Civil War football game Ducks vs. Beavers. Go Beavs! We have a shot since the Ducks qb is hurt, poor guy.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

That Woman Who Won the Marathon Right After She Gave Birth

I got to yoga class right before start time and the room was crammed full of people so we squeezed into a spot and immediately I'm uncomfortable. It's warm, people are breathing heavy and if I spread my arms beyond my narrow yoga mat I will touch my too close neighbor. That's it! I almost walked about before class started but Bill urged me to stay longer, which in the long run... didn't help. BYE BYE strange denizens of yoga class, I will do my yoga at home with the company of my kitty cats.

Now that that is over with, I'll probably replace that time slot with aqua jogging or walking on the indoor track, maybe some light weight lifting. Who knows what I will be able to do as I get bigger. Speaking of that, I can't tell you how annoying it is when people say something about "that marathon woman who had her baby and then won the NY marathon a month later." OK people, the woman is a genetic freak, she is one of the few women on the entire planet that could do that, she is not any woman. I ran into one of our hard core Ironman friends who recently had a baby and asked her for workout advice while being pregnant and she said she couldn't run her entire pregnancy because it hurt. This same woman lead off the bike at Ironman Florida not so long ago. I think I'll just see what happens. Paula Radcliffe is an out lier on the charts people. I think if one more person says that to me I'll say something about Bill Gates and how he made millions without a getting a college degree and how we should all try that. MEOW!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

It Must be the Twinkies

I told our swim coach that I was pregnant since we have a swim meet next week that I won't be participating in after having trained for it the past few months. We dive start off the blocks and part of the meet is 100 fly and I am making the decision to participate in swimming class for fitness and not for racing while I'm pregnant. I had built up some fitness for the meet so it has been difficult in class to back off suddenly. I could do the swim meet by starting off the wall and just cruising but that would likely cause attention to me and distract people. I think I'll just sit on the bench during the meet and eat Twinkies.

Coach was happy for our news and I told him I might be getting bigger over the next several months. He said, "People are going to think you've been eating a lot of Twinkies ha ha." I liked that so much I've decided that if anyone asks me if I'm pregnant I'm going to shake my head and tell them I am addicted to Twinkies and I can't stop eating.

Today is yoga class, I've missed the past two weeks while we were out of town and last week I was at the Dr. during class. I'm not sure how yoga class will go now that I'm nauseated, I really hope I don't fall over or pass out. I think I'll be doing a lot of "Child's Pose" during class while everyone else is doing head stands.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I'm Pregnant!

Shocker isn't it!?! We decided to take a break for the rest of the year from fertility drugs and wait for January so the short term disability I just signed up for could kick in and OF COURSE the instant we stopped trying I got pregnant! I'm seven weeks pregnant right now and will go to the Dr. for the first appt. on Friday. I found out last Saturday, I went to a friend's house to grab her dogs for a run and she asked me to take it easy on them and I started whining about how I still wasn't feeling good even though I was off fertility drugs. I told her I could hardly run because my breasts hurt and I had cramps but my period just wouldn't come. Her eyes got huge and she said, "well that's probably because you're pregnant!" to which I denied profusely.

She freaked me out enough that I asked Bill to go to the store and buy a home pregnancy test (poor guy) and BAM! It was positive. I quickly got panicky because in the past my progesterone tested too low to sustain a pregnancy and I had to wait until Monday to get blood work done. My progesterone came back normal (for a pregnant person) and they told me I was six weeks pregnant.

It has taken me this long to be able to write about it, I needed a little bit of time to process this, everyone wants me to be excited but right now I'm scared. And nauseated. And really, really tired. I'm worried that I could miscarry, so getting past a few milestones like the first ultrasound will make me feel better. We've told our immediate family and friends and I'm writing about it here since I've already been so open about it, I would like to share this part too. And I'll be honest about it, I'm happy but it's mixed with caution. I'm not ready to pick out names or talk about the future. We're dealing with this one day at a time and mostly I'm dealing with it by sleeping. The animals are very helpful with naps and Bill has been cooking whatever random things I think I can eat. Last night it was bananas and peanut butter. I can eat, but I have no appetite and the smallest thing turns my stomach so I'm trying to stay away from the kitchen.

I won't let my blog become a detail of pregnancy woes and I hope my regular readers will forgive me for staying away for a while, I needed some quiet time to take in this blessing and be with Bill. It's a little overwhelming to be pregnant after months of trying and then giving up but it feels great. When I'm not sick! Thanks to all of my readers for sharing in my life, I know there are women out there reading who are trying to get pregnant and I wish the best for you. Enjoy drinking martinis and eating great food while you can! I can barely drink tea anymore let alone my beloved coffee. Yuck! Don't think about it!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Team Xantusia update

Sneak peak of our new uniform

We've made some great progress on getting our women's triathlon racing team off the ground so far and I think we'll make even more progress with the long holiday weekend coming up. One of our members, Michelle from Portland is in graphic design school and designed a uniform for us that I think will be adorable! We also had several people volunteer to be club officers and we've outlined those assignments. One person has drafted a sponsorship letter and we're working on defining a team mission so we can communicate it clearly to recruit new members. We are going to have so much fun with this next year, the women I've met through this are just great and I'm so fortunate to have friends abroad. Another positive note: my friend Lesley from our 1st camp is about to give birth! Don't worry girlfriend, I won't post your pregnancy picture! You'll have your flat abs again soon!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Taking Care of Me

My puppy and kitty like to make sure I take good naps. We did something kind of bad on Sunday, we put the dining room table in the garage and added some reclining chairs we got from Bill's parents and moved our large couch to the dining room so now we have one big living room and no dining room. There has to be something wrong with that but we're going to have fun with it for now. The new big screen tv is a monster and made our house seem even smaller but it's fun to watch so I think it will stay. The rain that plagued us all weekend has left though so I think the animals will be happy to go outside again. Or they can stay inside and take care of me some more.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Redundant shower

The dog was feeling a little lonely coming home after his week long adventure so we went to a friend's this morning and borrowed their dogs for a fun walk/run in the park with Marshall. It was raining pretty good this morning but it was also warm (mid 50s) so even though we got wet we all had a great time. When we got home I took my wet clothes off and got in the shower and thought, "that was redundant!" since I was soaking wet from being outside.

I just had the laziest day ever. Bill got the hand-me-down big screen set up with a friend's help last night so I basically spent the day on the couch enthralled with the huge picture. We're about to go over to a friend's house for dinner and I have a baby shower to attend tomorrow. I probably won't do more than that this weekend but I will post some photos tomorrow. I'm too lazy right now.

Friday, November 16, 2007

How to win at gambling

Our trip home went well, we left Phoenix around noon on Tuesday and drove north through Nevada stopping at Hoover Dam and looked at the nearby Silverman triathlon course. We went drove into Las Vegas just as the sun set and came upon the city of lights from out of the mountains, Las Vegas is a beautiful place, from afar, and at night. We drove part of the strip for Bill but didn't stop since we had a van full of furniture and a big screen tv that Bill wasn't willing to risk with a valet. We spent the night north of LV in Beatty in a little road side hotel that gave us some coupons for a nearby casino. We used the free beer coupon and cashed in the other coupon for a $1 worth of nickels. Since neither of us know how to play slots we picked the easiest 5 cent machines and played for about 20 minutes. I won $5 at one point so we cashed out and got out of there before we blew our winnings! ;)

We woke up the next day to the reality that we hadn't made enough time on Tuesday and that we had a monster drive ahead of us to get home Wednesday night. Our next stop was Reno for lunch and we were surprised to find that we really liked Reno. It is surrounded by mountains, has many nearby lakes (including Lake Tahoe) and is on the border with northern California. We saw signs for a Sierra Trading Post Outlet so we pulled off the freeway and did some quick shopping and refueled on gas. We noticed a Whole Foods, a division of Microsoft and some other high tech companies and some other great shops. Reno is now on our radar as a potential place to live, it's the right size, has an airport, and is surrounding by outdoor rec possibilities. A total surprise to us!

Long story short: we slogged through the rest of the drive and got home around 11:30 p.m. and had to unload the van so we didn't get to bed until after 1am. I had to work the next day and had meetings straight until 2pm. I thought I was going to fall asleep but I made it and got home for some serious couch time with the dog. I'll post some photos this weekend of the new TV and some more shots from inside our house and the finished painting we did. I have no plans this weekend. Yes!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Pitstop: Phoenix

We drove the cargo van to Phoenix on Sunday, marking the turnaround point for our journey. Bill's parents are giving us some furniture and my sister-in-law has given me a truckload of baby stuff so the van is now packed. Marshall is having the time of his life, Sunday night he accidently jumped in the back yard pool, I don't think he knew what it was but he does now! Monday the kids were off from school so Marshall got to spend all day playing catch and swimming in the pool. I think he's having fun. The visit is way too short, but it is always good to see family. I'll post more pics when I get home, for now, we're headed north via Las Vegas so wish us a good desert journey...

The Beginnings of Team Xantusia

Photo taken from the road just north of Mt Shasta. We left Oregon on Thursday around 1:30 pm and drove almost non-stop through northern California, stopping once for mexican food dinner (delish) and finally we pulled over and slept in the cargo van somewhere south of Modesto. We finished the trip to our first destination around 11 am on Friday, arriving at Xantusia (Dan and Monty's compound at the foot of the San Gabriel mtns). Since Marshall dog was with us we had to spend some time integrating him into their 7 dog pack, he handled it great and went on to have a great weekend with the dogs.

Friday night I had some wine with Cathy and we started working on the foundation for our women's triathlon racing team. It will initially be comprised of women who have attended past training camps at Xantusia and we will be called "Team Xantusia Slowtwitch Women's Racing" and our slogan is "Work Your Tail Off" which is straight off the sign at the entrance of Dan and Monty's place. FYI, a xantusia is a lizard (like a gecko but not one). Bill was tired on Friday night, he made an assault on the local mtn for an 11 mile time trial and ended up just short of breaking the women's record. Oops, I probably wasn't supposed to tell anyone that.

On Saturday we went for a run with Dan whose idea of a run is to just run straight up a mountain and then back down again. No problem. I walked with Cathy and Dan's wife Toni while Bill kept pace with Dan. He looked a little sweaty when he was done. After lunch we went on a short bike ride and ended the day drinking margaritas on Monty's new patio and watching the sun set. We are going to help Monty have some great parties on his new patio and there's even some rumblings about him getting a bigger hot tub which we'll help him use too!

We had a great meeting Saturday night about Team Xantusia, we set out some goals and needs for the team and made a lot of headway on figuring out what we want. We would like to inspire women to think big, work hard, and achieve new levels of success while having fun and networking with women with like-minded interests. We will have an element of volunteerism and we will hopefully inspire more women to join us at our future camps. The camps are going to kick butt, we've got some great plans! The idea for the team came to me over the past year as I made some excellent friends at past camps and have stayed in touch and cheered for all of the women I've met. Pulling everything together for an official team will be a major feat but the rest of the ladies have taken this one with enthusiasm and we have a great start and some good connections. I am really excited about this project and having another outlet for my energy and!
When we left Xantusia on Sunday, one of Marshall's new buddies (Nelson) tried to jump in the van with us and almost refused to let Marshall go. Goodbyes are always bittersweet, even for dogs.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Greetings from Xantusia

Bill and I drove ~10 hours on Thursday and slept in the rented cargo van with the dog outside of a hotel off of I-5.  You might think that's not very accommodating but Bill did manage to stop in one of the few roadside places in central CA that had a Starbuck's so I was happy with it.  We finished the remainder of the drive, ~4 hours to Dan and Monty's and arrived around 11am on Friday.  Marshall got to meet some of the dogs of Xantusia and we had some lunch before gearing up for a bike ride.  

The weather here is great! Mid 70s and sunny so perfect riding weather.  Bill made an assault on the mtn where Dan and Monty have a 11 mile time trial. He didn't quite make the women's record so I think he'll be at it again today.  I'll post pics when I get to AZ on Sunday.  Today we are watching the 70.3 championships online and we'll head out for another bike ride and a run later.  

We drank some wine last night and tried to come up with a list of names for a women's racing team. Dan is letting us use "slowtwitch" as part of our team name so we just need to come up with the rest of the name.  We're planning our next training camp in April and will hopefully have uniforms and other gear by then.  Either way, we'll have fun training and partying on Monty's new patio.  Can't wait for training camp and to see the rest of the ladies. 

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I've Outdone Myself with a Crazy New Idea!

I apologize for not getting a post up yesterday, I had a dinner party for the local tribabes Tuesday night after work and didn't sit down until 10 pm. Tonight I've been packing for a major road trip. Bill and I "planned" a last minute road trip that will have us gone for a week, we've rented a cargo van and we're headed toward Phoenix to pick up some furniture. Here's our trip:

-Thursday drive to San Francisco and staying with Katy (approx 9 hour drive)
-Friday drive with Katy down to Xantusia, Dan and Monty's place north of LA. We'll hang out there for a few days, ride bikes, hot tub, socialize with some of the ladies of slowtwitch (Cathy, Erin, Amy, Katy, and more will be there) and work on our goal to start a women's racing team (more on that later).
-Sunday drive to Phoenix and stay with the parents for a few days. Load up the van with a big screen tv and some other great furniture and hit the road again
-Tuesday drive north 1/2 way, I don't know how far we'll get but we're planning to drive up through Nevada
-Wednesday drive home

The dog is coming with us (yeah!) and the cats will enjoy our house sitter who won't be distracted by the dog. I will post pics from Xantusia and Phoenix, we'll try to see some good sights and have a great time. Nothing like a quickie 2600 mile trip to shake up our week. Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Ha! I almost got it together!

Bill found the camera cable and I think I fixed the ads. Drama over. We had a busy weekend, Friday I had cocktails with the girls downtown in Corvallis. We ended up at a wine bar for wine and chocolate fondue so of course it was a wonderful time. Saturday we were up early for a walk/run then drove up to Salem for Bill to play disc golf while I shopped (quickly) at Nordstom. Then we went to Casey and Bridgette's famed wine tasting party. Everyone brings a bottle of wine which is put in a cover and set out for people to blindly taste. You guess which type of wine it is from a provided list. We tasted 7 reds and one white. You also vote for your favorite wine. In the end, the cheapest bottle of wine $2.50 won for best tasting and the host won for the most correct guesses. I got 4 (lucky) and Bill got 3 (really lucky). Fun times!

Sunday we went to church for the 1st time as a couple (I'll get into this later) and then I made a quicky turkey dinner while Bill and another couple watched football. I didn't sit down to relax all weekend until 7pm on Sunday. Now you know why there haven't been any posts!

I must be cursed

I can't find the camera cable so I haven't been able to post photos from this weekend :( and I signed up for google ads (triathlon related) because my friend's husband told my husband that I was missing out on big $$ by not advertising on my blog and now I have gay auto ads showing up that I haven't been able to get rid of. I think I'll call it a day.

We're trying to plan next weekend and we're slightly freaking out. I am supposed to head down to CA to meet some friends to start a women's racing team (triathlon). I didn't book airline tickets in time so I was planning to drive down and then realized how close it was to Phoenix and thought we could make a side trip over and pick up some furniture from Bill's parents. So now we're trying to plan a ~ 2,600 mile road trip in the next two days. And I'm hosting a party tomorrow night.

I gotta go, I'll get it together and post photos as soon as possible.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Get a spatula, I need help getting off the swim deck

(Photo of an Australian Olympic swimmer i.e. not me by a landslide). Coach wanted to end swim class for the week with a bang so after 1000 yard warm-up he told us to put on fins and gave us a set of 6 x 50 fly. Then he said, "Take off your fins and get out of the pool!" which means race time. We did 2 x 50 fly for time with the instruction to stop if we lost our rhythm. I was able to crank out both 50s in 0:00:40:0X. That's 40 seconds and change for you non-obsessives. The good news: I did both at a consistent pace. Yeah baby! Even if it is slow, I paced myself well to get it done. I have to celebrate the small things.

Hopefully I will improve that and work up to swimming 100 fly in the next 5 weeks because that will be part of the swim meet at the end of the term. I was able to swim a 200 fly two years ago and I recall feeling like someone should get a spatula and peel me off the deck. I felt a little bit that way today too. I have some work to do.

Meeting the ladies downtown for martinis tonight! Cheers!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

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This weekend looks like it will be the opposite of last weekend. Friday night I'm meeting the south town homies for happy hour (ladies only) and Saturday we're going up to Salem for a wine tasting party. Basically everyone brings a bottle of wine and you have a blind tasting of various wines and whoever guesses the most wins more wine. Obviously Bill and I will not be contenders, he barely drinks and I haven't had much wine since I met him. It should be fun to watch other people get lit up.

We had 1 trick or treater last night. I didn't put up any decorations this year so maybe that's why we didn't get as much traffic. I had an eye exam Wednesday afternoon in downtown Corvallis and there were trick or treaters everywhere. The downtown businesses provide treats which I guess is a safer environment for the kids. All I know is we have a Costco size bag of candy which will be serious trouble for us. This will lead us into overeating at Thanksgiving and Christmas and spending early 2008 working off the fat. The mini Butterfingers are worth it though!