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Lucky in Vegas

For anyone trying to get pregnant who hasn’t gotten lucky on the first try, you know how difficult of a time it can be trying to conceive.  Excitedly peeing on pregnancy test sticks to find out if you’re pregnant, turns into dreadfully, begrudgingly peeing on the damn stick so it can confirm that you’re not pregnant.  And waiting at the end of the month for your period to come, but hoping that you’re late, turns into rolling your eyes every time you check for your period and don’t see blood, because you know that your body is just toying with you and the second you pee on a pregnancy test, the period flood gates will open.

My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for eight months with no success.  That brought us to April 2014.  A week before my infamous period was supposed to arrive, I took a pregnancy test.  Waited the agonizing five minutes that the digital tests force you to wait.  And the response flashed on the screen:   Continue reading

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Getting Pregnant is Hard.

I had every early pregnancy symptom there is.  Dehydration.  Light-headedness.  Nausea.  Increased appetite.  Decreased appetite.  Exhaustion.  Weight gain.  Late period.  You name a symptom, I had it.  I had them all over the last eight months.  All, except for a positive pregnancy test.

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Running My Last Half Marathon

As I mentioned, running is not my thing.  And after years of trying to make it my thing to no avail, I quit.  Of course, I decided and declared my quitting slightly prematurely, as I still had one more race to run.


Hello!  The crown jewel of them all.  The Nike Women’s Half/Marathon medal.  Yes, that is a Tiffany-necklace medal.  No, you can’t have mine.

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I Quit Running.

It only took me six years to realize it, but I hate running.

I started running in 2007.  It was the first time that I actually, consciously chose to exercise for the sake of exercise.  I was in law school and needed a way to reduce my stress and lose the 25 lbs I’d gained throughout college.

For a first-time exerciser, running seemed like the go-to thing.  I totally sucked at it — I couldn’t run more than a few minutes without walking, and my “running” was about the speed of most peoples’ saunters.  But I powered through because I knew I would get better.

But six years later, three Disneyland Half Marathons later, pushing myself through insufferable training plans, and countless other 5 and 10Ks, and the only thing I’ve gotten better at is figuring out where the cameras are on the race course.
EFTB Disneyland Half Marathons 2011-2013

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Attorneys – How to Make Your Life Better in Five Seconds

Y’all – I did this today and it has changed the rest of my life for the better.  If you’re a lawyer, I’m 99.9% confident that you will feel the same way.

Here’s what you do:

  • Step 1: Open Word.
  • Step 2: Click “File,” then “Options.”
  • Step 3: Click “Proofing,” and then click the “AutoCorrect Options…” button.
  • Step 4: Under the “AutoCorrect” tab, highlight “(c) –> ©” and click “Delete.”
  • Step 5: Under the “AutoFormat” tab, unclick the box checked next to “Ordinals (1st) with superscript.”
  • Step 6: Rejoice.

There.  Don’t you feel better already?  I feel empowered.

It’s the little things.


photo credit: lovelyhealthylife.com


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