Sunday, May 23, 2010

Happy Belated ICLW

Happy ICLW!

Here's a quick recap of my IF story: Started ART last year. First fresh IVF cycle ended up in a chemical pregnancy. FET ended up in an ectopic. Two BFPs (more like small positives) that ended up in disappointment and heartbreak. We will be going for IVF #2 this cycle or next. Today is Cycle Day 1 minus 1. This Wednesday we have our second WTF appointment with Dr. W after being on a long break from TTC. Work has meant that I didn't have time for all the medical appointments, etc.

I'm writing late for ICLW as I'm just back from 7 days in Las Vegas. The first 5 were work, the rest was for fun with Mr. Jem. I am so happy to be back home, no matter how much fun was had. And it was had. Despite the white tiger - yes, boys and girl, they had the tiger as "entertainment" at the Awards banquet. The worst part was that you could hear it back stage, its claws against the Plexiglas of its cage. I had to leave the banquet room until after the act.

The conference and training went really, really well, but I'm very tired. I gave my colleague a pedometer and we tracked how much we walked each day - 8-10 miles per day!! Not counting the evenings!

In sum, Vegas was a blast, great food (I ate a $80 steak on night - delicious but I'm glad I didn't have to pay for it!), too much drink (can you tell I didn't take my 2WW too seriously), lots of fun with friends and colleagues. I even won almost $300 at craps (first time playing) and broke even at Blackjack (earning comps at the hotel, which is always fun). Mr. Jem and I had a lot of fun together. We went to a show _Defending the Caveman_ which is a one-man show about relationships. Excellent. I totally recommend it. It should be re-named _Defending_Marriage_  or _Defending the Differences between Men and Women_.

Vegas was fun, but not relaxing. It's totally over-stimulating. Luckily I don't have to be back to work until June 1, so I will catch up on my sleep, spend lots of quality time with Mr. Jem, the two kitties and enjoy my home. Oh, and blog! This month I intend on becoming an Iron Commentator.Wish me luck!

Love, Jem


lowfatlady said...

Sounds like a great trip to Vegas! Wow on winning so much money! It is an overstimulating place. I went with my hubby on a business trip and had a fun time.

Heather said...

They really did the white tiger, huh? UGH! I would have left too. I wonder if I'll ever be able to associate vegas with fun. Probably not, which is too bad. It seems to have great fun-city potential.

Good luck Wednesday!

Poppet said...

Not sure what iron commentator is but I'm glad to have you back in the saddle again.

cgd said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I agree that vegas is way to stimulating. Wishing you a relaxing week. good luck with your RE appointment!

Jules said...

Overstimulating is right! We went there once for two friends' wedding, and it was too much. Well, it serves its purpose of lots of everything you want, but it felt good to leave.

Stacie said...

I am glad you get a chance to have some down time before getting back to work. You definitely need time to recover from Vegas! I agree that it is totally over-stimulating.

Can't believe they went the tiger route. No one else complained?

Good luck at the WTF appointment. Do you have a nice long, list of questions to ask? Have you had recurrent pregnancy loss panels done? Might be something to consider at least.

Lavender Luz said...

Wow -- 8-10 miles/day!

Vegas sounds fun, except for the caged tigers. Good luck with the Iron Commenting thing - there are so many this month that I salute your efforts.

Good luck with with your appointment this week, and all that follows.

Patricia said...

Hello I'm visiting for ICLW and want to say sorry to hear of all your struggles and I hope you can celebrate some good news soon. I just had our second loss due to ectopic and just came out of surgery last week. Loss is a terrible thing for anyone to go through and I'm thankful to meet and trade experiences with other women.

Sounds like you had an awesome time in Vegas. I went to college out there and I know what you mean about it being over-stimulating. I haven't been back in over 7 years and I'm sure the place has changed but I always hated seeing caged tigers and lions in the casino. How AWFUL!

junebug said...

I concur - LV is tiring!! I usually need a vaca after I return from there.
Good Luck with Iron Commenter. It is tough.

PFM said...

Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting. Your history is very difficult. I hope your appt sheds some light. Having answers always helps a bit

pandabox33 said...

Good luck with the treatments. Have a nice vacation ! I would love not to work til June 1st.
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