2013 Right Now

2013 seems to be our year. I am a glutton for punishment and between Bill and I we are both tackling alot of things this year. So far this is what things are looking like:

  • I have quit smoking. I actually had my first severe adverse reaction this week. I was in the grocery store by our house buying meat for dinner because we forgot to thaw some. A guy walks up behind me that smells like a walking ashtray and I actually had to walk quickly away before I threw up.
  • My doctor put me on wellbutrin to go with the chantix for my anxiety (AKA: anger. My anxiety reaction has always been anger). Its helped a TON and I definitely feel better about quitting. He was worried that if I was still having anxiety issues when I went off the chantix I would revert back to smoking again.
  • We’re trying to cook more/try new things/eat healthier. We started it this week and our meal plan for this week is:
  • We’re also trying to go to the gym a minimum of 5 times a week. Doing a minimum of 30 minutes cardio and on most days some weight training.
  • I got in to see the RE (reproductive endocrinologist AKA infertility doctor). So far I have had 16 vials of blood drawn, a bunch of vitamins I have to take (prenatal w/DHA, Vitamin D, Calcium, B12), and an HSG (which was clear). I am going back in April to be prescribed something for elevated testosterone, which he thinks is were my issues are coming from.
  • I quit drinking pop. Not completely, but I definitely don’t have it everyday. (The bullshit side though? I quit over 3 weeks ago, eating 1800 or less calories, plus gym time, and haven’t lost a single pound).
  • Heredity has caught up with me. I had elevated blood pressure at the dentist and then at the RE, so I went in to see my regular doctor and he has me on a low dose blood pressure medication. Sadly he thinks it has more to do with genetics than my overall health.
  • I’m on the planning committee for WordCamp North Canton and have been busy helping with that. I created the look for the site with the art from Joe at Trailer Trash Designs.
  • Next month I am giving a presentation with a coworker at the Spirit of Women in Business Conference at Kent State.
    • We’re doing: The Savvy Business Woman’s Guide to the Web: SEO, SMO, PPC, SEM, SMM, What Does it All Mean?

And I’m sure lots of other things I haven’t covered. Shits been crazy over here the last several months. I don’t normally get to bed until midnight and I am back up and going by 7. Work, cook, clean, gym, dogs, cats, work, work, work. The typical never ending cycle. Add into that getting serious about getting pregnant, eating better, more gym time, etc… and it’s just a clusterfuck. How has everyone else been (if you don’t update your blog like me. If you do, I am sure I stalk you when I have a spare moment)?

I Got a Denture

V__7D80Yes, you are reading the title correctly. Yesterday I had my 12 remaining upper teeth pulled and an immediate denture placed. This has been something I have needed for years. Ever since I got dental coverage when I started my new job, I have been trying to mentally prepare myself to go and have this done. Two weeks ago my hand was forced. I woke up that Wednesday and the right upper side of my face was completely swollen. I had an abscess for the first time in years.

Since it was so close to christmas I couldn’t reach the oral surgeon my doctor had recommended me too and ended up going to Aspen dental. Once I was in there I explained my situation and when the dentist confirmed that I did in fact need a full upper denture I told him to get everything started. I was already in there, and I knew if they got it all scheduled I couldn’t back out.

They got it together so well, that I had my extractions yesterday. They gave me Triazolam, a form of conscious sedation, shot me up with Novocaine and out they came. Immediately after that they placed my denture and today this is how I’m looking.

I’m sure some of you might have noticed over social media that I’ve been fairly forthcoming about this whole thing. I think that if I can open up about it, and if I can help one younger person settle on the idea or feel more comfortable about it, then good. I found it really hard to find resources online that weren’t directed towards the elderly. But, now that I’ve done my research I’ve found there are a ton of people out there in the 20-40+ range that have dentures. Just most of them are too ashamed to admit it, and I find that sad.

It is what it is, and whats done is done, and you need to keep your health and happiness in mind. This is without a doubt the single best present I have ever given myself. And no one should ever be so ashamed they can’t give themselves this gift as well.

Since posting publicly about this I’ve even had a couple of people contact me directly to say they have a denture as well and that they think it’s awesome I can be so confident about it. So if anyone else has to go through the same thing, or has questions, don’t ever hesitate to ask :).

I’ve cross posted this in a few places, sorry if this is a duplicate to you.

Better Late Then Never

I always say I should blog more often. Then I don’t. I make notes to myself while at work, or out and about, and then once I get home I get sucked into something else (reading, cooking, dog park, house chores, etc… ) and then I completely forget. It’s always something I will get to later.

I guess alot of it comes down to feeling as though my life is boring. Mundane. Bland. My weekly schedule is essentially sleep, work, cook, read, sleep. Rinse and repeat. The weekend brings some distraction, but by the time it rolls around the last thing I want to do is look at a computer screen sadly. Especially with the nice weather here and the amount of house and yard I have to take care of there is always something else to do.

I printed out the AdWords study material, double sided and this is what I have...Anyway, for those who don’t know. I started a new job this month. It’s with a local IT company as a web specialist. I am back to doing what I love and loving every single minute of it. I’ve just finished up my first project and I have a client coming in next week to teach them how to use WordPress. It feels good to be back to doing what I love. Creating well designed websites that are SEO friendly and easy for even a novice user to update. As well as working in SEO again, and soon PPC.

I also have a monster sized binder to study because I am going to be AdWords certified again. The test has seriously changed since I last took it, but between the study aids from Google and a book from work, I think I will have it handled. I barely studied last time and passed so I am pretty confident.

All in all, things are really great right now. I just finished up reading the Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin and I’m on Season 1 Episode 2 of Game of Thrones, so maybe I won’t disappear again? Not making any promises, but I can’t think of anything else I want to read right now, and typically that is what grabs my attention away from being online and/or playing video games. Of course, I do have Diablo 3 coming out in a couple weeks, so I can’t promise anything.

How has everyone else been? I miss anything fun?

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