>The Journey to the British Isles!

>As some of you may know, we’re getting ready to take a vacation to England, Scotland and Ireland!  I can-not wait!  Friday can not get here soon enough.  If you are one of my facebook friends, do not plan on me posting all that often, nor responding to any posts for a month!

Oh my goodness, that means that it’s just that much closer to deployment…I can’t believe that it’s already that time of the year.  Tear, tear.  I’m going to be lost without my best friend!  At least I’ll still have school, but when he was gone for 3 months to train at Ft. Leavenworth, I was lost then…and I was working and my mother lived with me for a short while.  Sigh.

I do have a wife, though.  One of my longest friends…a friend I’ve had since I was in jr. high school…will be mostly local while her husband is off working a variety of jobs throughout the US.  At least I won’t be totally alone.  I feel like that prayer has been answered.

If it turns out that I haven’t conceived before R’s gone, I will try a couple of IUI’s.  We haven’t decided how many of those treatments I should endure before going to IVF…there’s a significant cost increase with that kind of treatment.  In my mind, 3 IUIs before IVF…but, I don’t know how much more successful an IVF will be.  As far as the docs know, we’ve already corrected the known problems, SO the IUIs should work…

Anyway, if I’m not pregnant this cycle (sniff, sniff), the upside is that I can drink my body’s weight of vodka and various wines for a week or two before we try naturally…here’s hoping…

>The journey to size 8

>Well, just a couple of weeks has finally shown me slight results.  I am finally in size 12.  The pants are still a bit tight, but at least I can get the damned things buttoned!

Army Ball is next weekend…no way am I going to be in any old dresses…glad my mother in law came helped me find a good dress!  I’ll still look like a cow, but at least I’ll be wearing a pretty dress! 🙂

I need to go now.

>A Journey to non-smoking

>Yeah, well, if you know me at all, then you know that I haven’t been exactly successful quitting.  I have quit smoking 6 times in the last 12 months…in fact, I’ve been trying to quit for more than a year now and most of my time is spent taking one step forward, 2 or 3 steps back…and now I’m smoking a little over a pack a day…which is about a quarter of a pack more than I had been smoking.

Well, I am at it again!  More to follow on this one, for sure.

Tomorrow’s my quit day, again.

>The Journey to Body Worlds

>Extra credit for a class is really just an insurance policy in case you don’t do as well as you would have liked to on an exam–or at least that’s how I see extra credit.  But, if you’ve already done badly on an exam, the extra credit will just give your grade a little boost.

I tend not to need extra credit for classes, but I do it anyway.  I can ALWAYS use that insurance policy!

And today is just that day.  5 points extra credit for visiting the body worlds exhibit at the natural history museum in Downtown Denver.  I technically don’t even need to see it, I just need to show that I purchased a ticket.  I don’t want to spend all day at the museum, either.  I have an exam tomorrow afternoon, a major project due and another exam on Tuesday morning…oh, and I start my photography class tomorrow morning, too! 🙂

Welp, it’s time to get a move on…

>The Journey to August

>So, R is getting deployed a little sooner than we had anticipated.  😦  Such is the life of a military family.  I’m feeling tense right now.

I don’t really know how he feels about it.  It is what it is, to him, I guess.  And it really is what it is…just something I need to work out on my own.  I don’t blame him.  He didn’t VOLUNTEER to go early (or so he says…watch out, I tend to be passive-aggressive…)

I start fertility hormones this week, and as the previous times that I’ve taken hormones, I get a little crazy (eh hem…slight underestimation, probably).  Luckily, R’s VERY patient and tolerant.  And it’s a good thing, too!  I highly doubt we’d still be married if he didn’t tolerate my moodiness.  I’m less crazy since I’ve had him in my life and he’s a little more outgoing too!  Perhaps I’ve just grown out of most of it…and now that he’s getting to know my family better, he kind of understands some of my neurotic tendencies better, too.  In fact, he says I’m a lot like my dad, temper-wise.  We both blow up, but once it’s done, it’s done.  And then, we’re fine!  LOL!

At any rate, we’re going to deal and I’ll probably just be a little neurotic between now and then…at least I was the last time we went through this…I think I know what to expect a little more than before and I also remember how I was thinking back then so I should be aware of things that I might do and try not to do those things.  I really hope that I get pregnant before he goes.  I really REALLY don’t want to do IUI/IVF treatments while he’s gone…

>A journey on the treadmill

>I can’t remember the last time I got on a treadmill.  It’s been a while.  Actually, I can, but I won’t bore you with THAT…suffice it to say it was around mid-2006 when my husband was deployed for his 2nd tour in Iraq (3rd deployment overall).

I walked a fairly slow speed, about an 18:45 pace, for over an hour.  I burned almost 500 calories, walked about 3.34 miles and I’m feeling really good right now.  Talk about rubber legs!  Wooweee, baby!  Perhaps even a tad dizzy after I got off the machine.  Needless to say, I’m going back again tomorrow! 🙂  I really have enjoyed going to the gym after I get out of school.

Maybe soon, I’ll start to notice some change!  I’d be really REALLY happy to start to see the numbers on the scale go down a bit, but I’d really just like to start getting my heart into shape.

So, now it’s time to hit the showers.  I feel all slime-y and smelly!

>The journey to the end of the 6 week term…

>Oh, and it’s BEEN a journey.  It’s been the hardest 4 weeks of my life, hands down…well, except for the time I was married to my ex.  That was just life, though!  I shouldn’t talk crap, though.  I wasn’t easy to live with then, either and it’s certainly not been easy for my husband NOW!  Part of the reason we did as well as we did the last 18 months of our marriage was because we had roommates.  My roommate J. took a lot of the heat off of I!  Me and I clashed pretty bad, but it was worse with J and I.  I am happy to report though, that I has *finally* gotten into a serious relationship–well, serious enough that it’s on facebook.  Oh, yes.  I am a facebook stalker and I’m not ashamed to admit it!  I search most of my ex’s and see where they are.  It makes me really grateful to where I am.  Is that terrible of me?  I and me divorced 10 years ago in Aug.  So, I am happy that he finally moved on.  It took me a long time, in my opinion, to move on.  I’d been divorced all of…oh wait, I wasn’t divorced when I had my first serious relationship (can you say rebound?)…but it was something like 3 years after I divorced before I met the man I knew I’d marry.

I knew I’d marry R after I deployed to Iraq in 2003.  I knew after a few letters I’d received from him.  One of those letters was about his “man juice” and how I’d just wanted him for that!  LOL!  After talking to one of the gals I worked with at the time, she said that was 7th date information, although we’d never had a 7th date…no we hadn’t even had a 3rd date!  R wanted kids and it was apparent in that letter…a letter I still have.  A man who wanted kids!  And I wanted kids!  It worked out…there was so much more to that, though.  I wrote a pose about the sand to him towards the beginning of the war.  He still has THAT letter, too.

But, I digress…I just finished 2 exams in the lecture, 2 exams in the lab (oh, and this is Anatomy and Physiology) all of which I have excelled.  I  have an exam tomorrow.  I’ve been studying this weekend with my mother in law who is also a nurse.  She said this stuff was just coming back to her!  I was just saying to her on the way up to Denver why on earth do I really honestly need to know ALL of this when we came across a doctor’s office that said that he specialized in maxillary stuff…and I was like, “Oh, I know where that is!” (oh, and I was excited about having this knowledge!)  And she said, “and once you know the bones, the nerves and muscles usually have the same names…who knew…well, I guess she knew!  🙂

So, today, I prepared my lecture homework on joints and spent the better part of the weekend memorizing the axial bones.  I’ve had a few drinks tonight, so I decided that I wasn’t going to review the bones.  I’m getting up bright and early tomorrow to review my bones and structures for the practical (lab exam) tomorrow morning.  Classes end on the 17th.  4 down, 2 to go.