Saturday, October 19, 2013

mad love

I've got mad love for this girl and she's feeling a little low today so stop by and give her a virtual hug for me...would you please. It's rather ironic that Aubrey nominated me for the sunshine award (for bloggers who's posts brighten your day) because I'd definitely say the same about her blog. 

The rules for the sunshine award are as follows:

1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post (and since I'm not a very good rule can copy the icon from this post)
2. Link to the person who nominated you (that would be yours truly)
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself
4. Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award
5. Link your nominees and let them know they’ve been nominated

1) Why do you blog, and will you continue to blog when (I'm being positive for ALL of you!!) you get pregnant/have a baby(ies)?

I blog to connect with this wonderful world of female bloggers. My hope is to continue blogging however I understand why there are so many abandoned infertility blogs. As it is, I can barely keep my head above water sometimes. Add taking care of an infant to the mix and I just don't know how I'll do it all. 

2) What do you do for work (I'm always curious to know what everyone does all day long!)?

This is the world I live in from 9 to 5 everyday...24/7. I work in the high-stress world of advertising. I'm an account executive. It's kinda like Mad Men minus most of the drinking and all of the smoking. If you want to know exactly how my work life plays this.

3) What would you say is the best piece of advice for someone who is just beginning their journey in the land of infertility?

I guess I'd say...don't wait. Part of me wishes that I'd not been so hopeful that we'd conceive on our own. That I wouldn't have taken so many breaks. We wasted precious years that we can't get back. My eggs were rotting everyday and I didn't realize it. Thinking back to my first IUI, my follicle count was so much higher than it is now. If I'd not been so damn scared of IVF, I'm certain I'd be a mom by now.

4) What would you say is the best piece of advice for someone who is not going through infertility, but who doesn't know what to say to someone who is?

Just say "I'm sorry that you have to go through this and I am here for you". That's it.

DO NOT say "it will happen" because unless your God (which I'm pretty sure you're not) don't know that is true. And DO NOT share other people's success stories. We know you're just trying to be encouraging. But for every story about the person that stops trying and gets pregnant, there are three stories of people who did everything and never had a baby. Those stories just don't get shared as often as the lady who goes on vacay and gets knocked up.

5) What is the item of clothing you want to buy most for this fall season?

Easy. Leather skinnies.

6) What is your biggest pet peeve?

People that talk during a movie in the movie theater. Or a pet peeve I recently discovered, people who are super vocal in church like saying "amen" and "uh-huh" during the entire sermon.

7) If you won the lottery, what would be the FIRST thing you'd do?

Tell my hubby that he can quick his job and focus on becoming a professional cyclist.

8) What is your middle name?

Selena. Yep, like Selena Gomez. I may not look it but I'm actually a quarter Mexican. And the only that really gives me away is my grandmother and my middle name.

9) Where would you live if you could move to anywhere you wanted in the whole wide world?

Oh boy. This is a really hard one. Hmmm...I'm not sure. Somewhere warm. Hawaii, maybe. San Diego. If I had enough money to live on the beach, that's about the only thing that would be worth dealing with the traffic. Maybe Boulder. I'll have to continue to ponder this one.

10) How many siblings do you have - are you the youngest, middle child, oldest or an only child?

I have a half sister on my mom's side and a half sister and brother on my dad's side. They are all younger than me. But mostly, I grew up as an only child. I'm closest to my sister on my mom's side. She's beautiful and sweet. I'd like to introduce her on my blog...except that I've learned by now that she'll call and ask me to remove her picture. She's a very private person. We are opposites in a lot of ways and learning to navigate our differences. 

And the bloggers (so hard to choose only 10 but hoping these ladies haven't been nominated yet) that I'm nominating for the Sunshine Award are:
And below are your questions. I'm looking forward to learning more about you lovely ladies.

  1. What do you do for work (always curious to know what everyone does all day long)?
  2. What is your favorite quote?
  3. What is the item of clothing you want to buy most for this fall season?
  4. What is a great book that you've read recently?
  5. What is your signature recipe?
  6. What is your middle name?
  7. Tell me a secret (about anything).
  8. What is the scariest thing you've ever done?
  9. What is your favorite way to de-stress?
  10. How many different cities have you lived in?
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!


Amber said...

I always love reading everyone's answers for these things. Even though things have been stressful and you haven't exactly felt full of sunshine lately, this is definitely a well deserved award. I always enjoy your posts Jessah. Your brightness shines through, even in the hard times.

Caroline said...

Congrats! So fun reading your answers :)

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

Thanks for the nomination, girl! I feel privileged to be listed among these great women!!

Aubrey said...

Yay! Love your post... I love the leather skinnies, now I want them, too! And I totally agree with your pet peeve about people talking in the movie theaters...!!! Oh, and Boulder... let's be neighbors :) xoxo

Finley S said...

Great questions and your answers!! I like your response to number 3. Currently on a 'break' now and need to keep convincing the hubby that we need to do it.....thats a fun one!!!

Emily said...

Thank you for the nomination sweets! I had to laugh that your job is like Mad Men minus the smoking and drinking. haha! Oh, and loud movie people are the worst too....esp. the talkers and popcorn smackers!

Love getting to know more about you!

Melissa said...

Love your answers!! And thanks for reminding me, i am supposed to do this too! ;)

Mrs B. said...

Great answers. Love your advice to fertiles! Also, we just finished our Winter over here and leather skinnies were very much in. They were flattering, slimming and very comfy! Look gorgeous with chunky knit sweats and pumps or wedges. I now have to get my bikinis out! Not ready... haha

shay said...

oooh! leather skinnies! love!

Always Maylee said...

Thanks for thinking of me! I love your answers. I've always wanted to go to Hawaii, it's at the top of my list!

xo, Yi-chia

Laura Crosby said...

Awe, YAH!

This was so much fun, thanks for the nomination pretty lady!

Charity said...

Wow I love learning all this about you. I can't totally agree with the advice to no wait when you find out that you are dealing with infertility. Oh and Selena is such a pretty name!!! I never knew that your husband wanted to be a cyclist I pray that he is blessed to pursue that dream one day soon. And thank you so much for mentioning me!! You surely brightened up my day!!

Ashley said...

Thanks for nominating me! I'll have to work on my answers!

Marcy said...

What fun to read your answers. Wow, how do you survive the high stress world of advertising? I'm totally the one talking/asking questions during movies and it drives my husband absolutely nuts.

Megan Brink said...

This will be my next post for this week, I can't wait!! Thank you for nominating me, sweet friend!

hellavalot said...

Hi, I always feel drawn to your posts. Perhaps because of my crazy attraction to dimples, but more because you remind me of the warm and pretty ladies in the movies lol. And I really like the way you write. I am new to blogging, and to IVF, but hope you don't mind that I have copied your style of adding lots of subheadings, as I never seem to succeed at being succinct!

Janna Renee said...

I want some leather skinnies, but I feel self conscious in them, haha. You would look great in them!

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