The Lone Star State

I haven’t really been talking much about work lately.  Last year, I moved out of a role in Program Management, and into a role in Sales and Marketing, as an Account Executive working with our Off-Highway customers.  While living in Europe, I worked as an Account Manager in On-Highway, so I was familiar with the work and was really excited to advance my customer interactions and commercial knowledge.

However, in mid-November, my company announced that we’d be doing workforce reductions (a.k.a. “layoffs”).  This was the third layoff that I’d experienced with this company, so I knew that things were going to be in flux for awhile.  I wasn’t too worried about my position (though, anything can happen), but I knew that my group would probably take a hit.

So…imagine my surprise (and actually, I was shocked as hell), when I got pulled into a meeting with my boss and the General Manager to be told that, due to the layoffs, I was being moved into a new position, BACK into Program Management.  So…here I am, 1 week before Christmas, and I’m being told that I’m leaving the role that I just moved into a few months prior, to go back to a role that I’d left.

I won’t lie…it took a day or so for me to wrap my mind around it and to get into a positive mindset.  I was worried that I’d be overloaded like I was in my previous role, and the customer that I was going to be working with was notorious for being highly demanding.  Frankly, I was terrified my life was going to suck.

I’m happy to say, after a full month, things are going fairly decently!  I’m currently in Texas at a face-to-face meeting with the customer, and I’m feeling fairly settled.  It’s a lot more firefighting than I did in Account work, but it’s exciting.  The program launches in 2017, so I will be on this team for a year or so…and after that, I’m not quite sure.

That’s a little bit about what’s going on in my life currently!  I’m super excited because, on Friday, I get to spend the weekend with my BFF, L!  We’re going to drive to Waco and go to Magnolia Market (from the HGTV show “Fixer Upper”) and I can’t wait!  Plus, I will say, Texas has some AMAZING food!  Plenty to enjoy in this great state, for sure

Much love,
K.

Infinity Scarf

As I was going through my older posts, I realized that my slacker ways conspired to ruin me.  In a post from September, where I was gushing over some fabulous yarn, I promised you all an update on the infinity scarf that I crocheted with the yarn.  And then…*poof* I scampered off and left you all hanging.  My mistake.

scarfI did finish the scarf…and it is glorious.  I wear it nearly every day, and it’s part of my winter style.  I used a simple Tunisian crochet stitch, and just made a super long scarf, then stitched the two ends together so that I could wrap it around my neck.  I’m seriously considering making a few more of these, in different colors, because I love wearing them all winter long…so soft and cozy!

Please forgive my cheesy grin and bad lighting.  Again, another iPhone photo, and one that I was snapping to send a friend for a quick “do you want one of these” question…so it’s not exactly Vogue.  Oh well…you get the idea.

Much love,
K.

Potholders…Crochet Old-School

 

While on a quest for new and fun things to crochet, a dear friend of mine decided to up and move cross country for her husband’s work.  While looking at housing in a small Connecticut town, she came across a gorgeous, vintage, 1950s house…complete with a pink kitchen.  You heard read me correctly…First Lady PINK (thank you Mamie Eisenhower)!!!

potholderOf course, what goes best with First Lady pink kitchens?  That’s right…vintage potholders.  And, of course, they must be done in pastel colors!  So, I raced off to Pinterest and Ravelry to find a few patterns (and ended creating a whole board full of patterns to look through in the future), and finally settled on an adorable flower potholder pattern.

I’ve put together a few of these now, but here’s the finished product of one.  It’s double sided, so extra thick, and incredibly heat resistant if you use natural fiber yarns (like cotton).  They work up really quickly, and the pattern was very easy to read.  I used the pattern from Ruby Red Eclectic’s blog, and it turned out exactly as described!

Feel free to post photos of your own if you’ve made some awesome potholders…I’m always looking for new ideas!

Much love,
K.

Master Bathroom Remodel: Complete

 

It’s amazing how you always anticipate things running far more smoothly than they do in reality.  This is true in so many different aspects of life: your job, your relationships, education, etc.  Well, this master bathroom remodel was no different.  When we first started discussing the remodel, I remember thinking that we could do it ourselves to save money, but that it would take longer.  Of course, neither J nor I really understood just how much “longer” it would take.

780 days.  Yep…that’s how long it took for the full project to be completed.  We ripped up the first tile the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2013, and we got the shower glass installed on January 18th of this year.  We did darn near everything to that bathroom…a full gut, moving electrical, moving plumbing, moving ductwork.  We ripped out walls and built new ones.  Installed all the cement board and drywall, did the seaming and mudding.  Primed it.  Laid underfloor heating.  It was sporadic work…mostly done in the winter months and on long breaks from work.  We ended up hiring out the tiling and the painting (and the shower glass…because as much as I love and trust my engineer husband, I don’t know if I trust him enough to install something that will encase my body on a daily basis and present some pretty heavy consequences if it were to fall off and shatter).

And though it took forever, and there were days when I thought it would NEVER get finished, it was worth it.  It’s gorgeous, and exactly what we wanted, and feels ridiculously dreamy.

Here are some photos with before and after shots.  The orange walls are obviously the before (at least, I hope it’s obvious!).  They’re iPhone shots, so not my finest quality, but enough to give you an idea.

Hope you enjoy all the hard work!  I know we definitely enjoy the spoils of our efforts!  If you have any questions about the materials, progress, level of effort, etc….let me know.

Much love,
K.

 

Bathroom Remodel…Nearly Complete!

After two very long years, several weeks spent covered in drywall dust, and many arguments discussions on how to finish the space, the master bathroom remodel is nearly completely!  As I type, the shower glass enclosure is being installed, and that will be the final piece!

I am so excited to finally unveil it on the blog…I feel like this project has been going and going, with no end in sight, and now we’re there!  Of course, we’re already planning on what to work on next, but I feel like we’ve learned a ton and can be much more realistic on timelines going forward.

Stay tuned, I’ll be sure to post pictures over the next few days!

Much love,
K.

Merry Christmas

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated…a few months at least.  I wish I could say those months have been uneventful, but that’s not so much the case.  We’ve been busy with life, with work, and with this house…so much so that nearly every free moment of mine has been sucked up in one way or another.

A recap since October:   our IVF cycle failed (nothing made it to transfer), one of our cats got sick (she’s doing better, but not “cured”), our work went through massive restructuring and laid off 2000 employees worldwide, and my brother died unexpectedly.  It’s been challenging, but I can honestly say I’ve never felt closer to J than after all of these unexpected happenings in our lives.  It really is true that there are hidden blessings in most of life’s problems.

But today is Christmas.  Today, I am warm and happy in my home, with the love of my life and our three fur-children.  We are happy and (relatively) healthy (stupid cold), and I couldn’t really ask for much more.  I realize that there are many out there that don’t have these blessings, which saddens me and makes me even more appreciative for what I do have.

I’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or even just a great day.  I hope to make a more regular appearance in the coming weeks, so hopefully you all will be seeing more of me.

Much love,
K.

Egg Retrieval Day!

Bright and early this morning was egg retrieval.  After 8 days of stims, I had 18 follicles that were growing in various stages, and was feeling very much like an overstuffed turkey.  The trigger shot went really well (J was a pro)and I was left to worry about the actual retrieval.  I won’t lie, I was NERVOUS about the retrieval.  I was concerned about the pain, concerned about the unknown, and just overall freaking out about it.

Well…it’s been about 10 hours since the retrieval, and I can honestly say it wasn’t anything like I thought it would be.  The hardest part of it all was getting the IV in (unfortunately, nothing to eat/drink after midnight last evening, so I as dehydrated), and that took three tries and two blown veins.  But, after that, it was such a smooth process!

I arrived an hour earlier than my retrieval time.  During that point, I got checked in, got dressed in my uber sexy gown and surgical cap, got my IV put in, and spoke with the anesthesiologist and the biologist who would be doing the ICSI and biopsies for PGS.  Then, I went to pee again (these people are SERIOUS about empty bladders), and strutted my stuff into the surgical room.  I laid down on the bed, and was talking to my doctor while they strapped down my arms, and that is honestly the last thing I remember.  Next thing I know, I’m back in the prep room with Jamie, and working to wake up (very groggy, I won’t lie).

Overall, out of 18 follicles, there were 11 mature eggs (which is more than I could have hoped for).  I’ll get a fertilization report tomorrow morning on how many of those are showing signs of fertilization, which is the first major hurdle.  After waking up, I was really pleased to realize I had ZERO nausea, and only very mild tenderness in my abdomen.

After I woke up enough to drag my sorry butt out of the clinic, J and I went to breakfast.  I INHALED some serious breakfast…an omelet, salad, and toast from my favorite brunch place.  Divine!

So…After all this, I can say we’re coming up on the end of Stage One: IVF.  I have three more days of Ganirelix, to shut down my ovaries, and 10 days of Provera to induce my next cycle, but since we’ll be doing a freeze all cycle, it’s pretty easy and downhill from here.

I’ll be sure to update tomorrow on a fertilization report, but please keep your fingers crossed for good news!!

Much love,
K.