I just put an old lady's maxi pad through the wash and all I can think is this is my life...


Monday, February 28, 2011

Day Twenty Three

I've opted to leave this one as a Guest Post from Turkey Butt. Considering we just pulled into the driveway, I'm more than a little peeved about our parking situation (again), it's 11pm and we rented some movies to watch - I don't think this post is going to happen tonight. Bear with us though. It will arrive one of these days! This is my life!

Pregnancy Humor

Turkey Butt just tried to kiss pumpkin through my belly. In order to do that he had to pull up my dress, then my tank top and then pull down my leggings. His comment to our unborn child: "Jesus Christ, she's trying to smother you!" Haha, I love this man! This is my life!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day Twenty Two

Day 22 – A letter to someone who has hurt you recently

Honestly, I've got nothing. I cannot even think of anyone who has hurt me lately. Sorry guys, this might be a little lame but I'm pretty happy with the fact that no one has hurt me recently. What can I say? I love my life! Oh, and this is my life!


I am saddened by the fact that I am now pregnant, but it's still frowned upon to drink KFC gravy. Actually I guess it's even more frowned upon than before. Sigh. One thing I know for sure though, this is one salt addicted baby. I assumed I'd be craving lots of sweet stuff but I can't get enough of the salt. I don't even buy many items salted for the baby's sake. I bought almonds, sunflower seeds and pretzels, all unsalted. But what did I crave? The one small bag of salted pistachios that I had bought as a treat. Go figure. This is my life!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pregnancy Rocks!

Well, i've been sick and exhausted and constantly in pain of some sort for the last week. Thank you pregnancy and your damn hormones. That being said, I've got to admit that being pregnant rocks for millions of reasons. The love child of Turkey Butt and Elle is carefully growing in side my belly is the number one reason, of course. But if you'll indulge a moment of selfishness, it also creates the greatest comeback ever. Example:
Elle: I love you!
Turkey Butt: I love you more.
Elle: Impossible.
Turkey Butt: Nope.
Elle: I'm carrying our love child in my womb for the next nine months.
Turkey Butt: Good Point.

Aha, an automatic WIN! It works every time! :) This is my life!

Book Review

I got this one for Christmas from Turkey Butt. I knew it'd be a quick read so it had been staying around the bottom of my pile. But, while sick in bed all week, and after finishing the previous book (My Life as an Experiment by A.J. JACOBS) in a day, I thought it would be right up my alley. As with the last, I finished it in a day (it's a short read). It was a good mixture of the quotes that have become so popular and longer stories of Justin Halpern's upbringing with his snark, blunt and borderline rude father. I laughed out loud at many sections and would recommend it as a light read to someone with some time on their hands, and in need of a good laugh. Not as great as I expected but not mediocre either. As far as comedic books go, start with A.J. Jacobs and if you've got the time, throw in a little Justin Halpern. Or just tune into the TV show of the same name, same laughs and wit, but only half an hour of your time. This is my life.  

Book Review

Such a great read! Sooooo hilarious. This is the second A.J. Jacobs book that I've read and I love his style of writing. He devotes his entire LIFE to his topics, with hilarious results. I honestly read this entire book in one day. Do yourself a favor, and pick it up! I happened across it a well known bookstore chain's "Sidewalk" Sale for $5. So glad that I did!!!!! This is my life.

Day Twenty One

Day 21 – A photo of something that makes you happy.

More than words can say!

This is my life!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Hormone Overload = Overwhelmed Elle

Morning sickness has slowly begun to creep up on me. It's not too bad yet, just nausea so far, but coupled with my out of wack hormones - I am a mess! I am so completely overwhelmed by this pregnancy, Turkey Butt leaving for Basic Training at the whim of the Canadian Forces, moving apartments in May and getting married in October. Sigh. I wish I was further along and could seek out someone who's been there to calm me down and talk things out with. But that will have to wait. So until then, Turkey Butt has to deal with my tears, sadness, frustration, stress, etc. Poor guy. Good thing I love him. This is my life.

Day Twenty

Day 20 – The meaning behind your blog name.

I was doing laundry at the Nursing Home one night. When I went to take the load out of the washer, I noticed that a maxi pad has been washed along with the clothes. All I could do was shake my head and think, This is my life! Then I kept on loading the dryer (minus the pad of course).
The next day at my other job, I mentionned the story to a coworker and she got a kick out of my reaction. Since i'm the kind of person who likes making people laugh, I figured why not start a blog with that name and tag line. And here we are! Over a year later and guess what? This is my life!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day Nineteen

Day 19 – Another picture of yourself.

Cuddling with Adora last night.
This is my life!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Book Review: Peak

This novel is written from the perspective of a 14 year old boy named Peak. It is written from his perspective as an assignment to pass his English class at school. Having read a few books on mountain climbing I can say this one was pretty good. It caught my attention, the characters seemed believeable and the story was interesting. It certainly was no Jon Krakauer but I still found it a good read.

As a brief overview, I will say that Peak was the son of two famous mountain climbers and began climbing at a young age. When he gets in trouble with the law, he gets sent overseas with his father where he becomes faced with the climbing opportunity of a lifetime, his 15 minutes of fame and a moral decision that no 14 year old should have to make. I will say no more. Just go out and reserve it from your library if this type of book is right up your alley. This is my life.


I just had a rational (albeit one-sided) conversation with my dog. She began barking excessively, ran to the door (as if someone were knocking, though I knew they weren't), ran back into my room, jumped on the bed, and then returned to the doorway where she laid down. I waited a minute or two for her to calm before I came out to the doorway and this conversation ensued:

Me: "Did you want to go outside?"
Adora: (wags her tail and runs to the door)
Me: "Well perhaps you should have started with that!"

Did I really just try to explain to my dog how to better get what she wants? Really? I think I'm losing it. But, as always, this is my life!
Adora, sleeping at the end of our bed, cuddling her "baby".

When Is This Baby Due?

Since the miscarriage, my normally very regular 28 day cycle became a 33 day cycle. Because of this, online due date predictor's are all over the place. The majority of them predict based on a 28 day cycle putting my due date at October 26th and putting me at 5 weeks pregnant. But there was one that allowed me to alter my cycle length to 33 days which puts my due date at October 31st and me at 4 weeks. Since I won't get to the Doctor's until March 20th (and it'll only be my family doctor, not a specialist), I'm left guessing as to where my pregnancy stands.

Frankly, based on the descriptions for each week's progress, I fall into the 5 week category:
Your Pregnancy: Week 5 from The Bump.

Here's a convenient coincidence: This, the week of your first missed period, is also the week when your hormone levels are high enough for that home pregnancy test to work its magic. Once you've seen the good news for yourself, it's time to schedule a prenatal appointment with your doctor.
Well, I've tested positive on an at home test on the 16th of February (a week ago) and the 20th of February (three days ago). Oh, and my period was due on the 21st of February (two days ago). Sounds like 5 weeks doesn't it? This is all so confusing! Anyways, this is my life!

Day Eighteen

Day 18 – Something you crave a lot

I had to think about this one for awhile. I even asked Turkey Butt what he thought. We sat here and couldn't think of anything. Then I remembered what a feind I was for chocolate last night and how I had to beg him to hide the package before I ate them all. So I think the answer is pretty obviously chocolate. Though this is what I was devouring last night:

Did you know there's not even any coffee in Coffee Crisp? Guess I can't blame them for not being able to sleep last night. They were good while they lasted though - and they certainly didn't last long as Turkey Butt failed to hide them well..... This is my life!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

So Much Love.

I received an email from my Justice of the Peace today with some wedding ceremony examples. I printed them all off and have been piecing together the kind of ceremony that I would like to have. About halfway through, I took a break to see what Turkey Butt thought of what I had so far. I read it to him while he sat beside me. As I finished I asked, "What did you think?" and then looked over at him. He was crying. I think I've got it right so far :)

This is my life!!!!

The Changes We Make...

I am trying to do right by my unborn child. Trust me, this is not easy - especially when it comes to food. Our fridge is currently stocked with perishable food items that need to be eaten within the week or they'll have to be tossed. We're typically the type of people who purchase groceries once every other month. We love fresh fruit, but when you shop that infrequently, it's not around for long. But now I'm eating for two. So yesterday we went grocery shopping and dropped $160+ on food. The majority of which are veggies and fruits. There are cucumbers, green beans, mushrooms, spinach, carrots, celery, potatoes, red grapes, bananas, oranges, grapefruits and even a mango. WOW. If you know me, you'll know that I do NOT like veggies. I'm a super picky eater. But, this is a sacrifice that I'm making for Pumpkin:

This was my Supper! Sliced cucumbers, green beans and a 12 grain tortilla with shredded mushrooms and old cheddar cheese inside it. Somehow I managed to eat the entire thing (minus one green bean) without getting sick. But I would just like to make note of how much I did not appreciate this meal. I'd rather be eating deep fried chicken fingers, onion rings and a homemade white roll smothered in real butter and dipped in chicken gravy. Sigh.... This is my life!

Day Seventeen and Still Going Strong

Day 17 – A photo of you and your family

Photo from Raven Dawn Photography
My Family - Me, Adora & Turkey Butt

My Family - Diddy, Step Mom, Sister & Me

My Family - Mama, Sister & Me (and the Super Hero is my little cousin)
Complicated, yes! But this is my life!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Four Weeks!

So, we've hit the 33 day mark. This time last pregnancy we spent many hours in the ER and found out we were miscarrying the baby. My HCG count was so low in fact that it could only be tested through a blood test (even though I'd previously tested positive on an At Home Pregnancy - urine - test). Last night, I thought I should try using another urine test. I figured that if the test was still positive then I might not have to worry about history repeating itself. Luckily, the test came out positive pretty much immediately again! According to The Bump I am now 4 weeks pregnant! Here is a photo recap from Week 3 (not overly exciting just yet):

No, I'm not showing yet. I just gained that elusive post-miscarriage belly weight.

I got the idea for the Week by Week picture and journal entry from this wonderful photography blog! Please look through her Mama Mia's Maternity Book! It's amazing and mine will be somewheres near as nice. This is my life!

Day Sixteen

Day 16 – Your celebrity crush

If you need to ask whom my favorite celebrity crush is, I'm afraid you just haven't been paying close enough attention to this blog. Let's just say that when I saw the preview for his new movie, I immediately went to Amazon and pre-ordered it (it's not out til March 1st). When I saw him being spoofed on SNL I thought it was the most amazing thing, a combination of my celeb crush and my TV show crush. When I was flipping through the channels late one night, I stayed up to watch him on Jimmy Kimmel Live even though I was exhausted (it was SO worth it). Still nothing? Well, he's hosting the "mother f**cking Oscars"!!!!!

 Here, let me refresh your memory:

Obviously, my celebrity crush is the wonderful, James Franco! This is my life!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Holy Hormones Batman.

I just finished watching the movie, Life As We Know It. I bawled at least half a dozen times throughout the movie. BAWLED. Now that it's over, I came out to the computer to check Post Secret and I listened to a voicemail clip of someone's grandmother singing them "Happy Birthday" and I bawled. The other night in bed, I cried uncontrollably because Turkey Butt and I don't get to spend enough time together because of work. It was one of those sobbing, hyperventilating cries. Turkey Butt laughed at me the entire time he was consoling me. Yup, I am pregnant and I've got a bad case of hormones! This is my life.

Baby's Room Decor

We've been talking lots about babies lately. Strange, I know. We've taken a short hiatus from talking about baby names and have begun talking about how we'll decorate the future baby's room. At the moment we've decided on Super Heroes for a boy. The runner up was dinosaurs. For a girl's room we're torn between butterflies and hearts. It's still pretty up in the air at the moment. {If you've ever seen the Jude Law version of Alfie, you'll understand my love for hearts in a baby's room}

The super hero idea has been pretty fun to play around with though. The other day I came across a handful of these:

Which will look super cute framed on the wall. Well, that's my opinion at least.

At the moment I'm just anxiously waiting to get past the "33 day mark" as I refer to it. With our first pregnancy we began to lose our little bun in the oven at 33 days after my last period. For this pregnancy, the 33 day mark is tomorrow (Feb 21st). So please cross your fingers. Okay, so you won't have even read this post until long after the 33 day mark but I'll just imagine everyone in blog land crossing their fingers for me! I know I'm not out of the woods then, but it'll be the furthest a pregnancy has lasted for me. Perhaps I'm being unnecesarily superstitious but I just can't help holding my breath just a little.

Incase anyone else is keeping track, I'm still at Week 3 (according to my calculations):

Which means I'm growing a little poppyseed! Be well poppyseed, be well! This is my life!

Day Fifteen

Day 15 – Something you don’t leave the house without.

I'm going to be lame and say the one thing I never leave my house without are my keys. Well... except for that one time that we had to call the landlord ... :)

This is my life!


So, it's 7:30am. I just got off work. I ate a cold chicken finger and now i'm going to crawl into bed with my honey. Have to steal some time together when we can - He's back to work at 10:30am. Oh, and he's working a double. Lame. No, make that double lame! This is my life!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day Fourteen

Day 14 – A TV show you’re currently addicted to.

I'm loving the new cop show, Blue Bloods. What's not to like about Donnie Wahlberg, Tom Selleck and especially, Will Estes (think American Dreams)!

This is my life!

Awake Overnights.

Just finished my first awake overnight as a pregnant lady. We're (Pumpkin and I) exhuasted and heading to bed... But first, maple brown sugar oatmeal and benefibre-d OJ! By the way, it's icy here and I walk to and from work for exercise. Trust me, it's extra exercise just trying to not fall on my ass! But, as usual, this is my life!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Day Thirteen

Day 13 – Your favorite musician and why?

This one is going to be so tough. When it comes to music, how do you really choose one person over all the rest? To make it even trickier, we're talking a musician and not a band. But the following are some options that have come to mind right now:

I guess that's all that I can come up with off the top of my head. Missing would be CCR (as a whole), The Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons, The Tragically Hip, Two Hours Traffic... Gosh. So hard to stop! Just for fun....

If you can magically come across Lockup by Two Hours Traffic - listen to it! Great song!
Anyways, this is my life!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day Twelve

Day 12 – A photograph of the town you live in

Wolfville, Nova Scotia
This is my life!

Too Much Information.

For those of you who have never been pregnant, spent a majority of time with a pregnant lady, or just lucked into being one of the few pregnant women who don't become constipated - you will not understand my excitement. To anyone else: I POOPED!

I've been adding Benefiber to my liquids (for about two weeks), I eat a serving of pro-biotic (keeps you regular) yogurt daily, and I've been drinking lots of fliuds but I've still been annoyingly (not painfully or unbareably just yet) constipated. These makes for a LOT of farting. Really nasty smelling ones at that (sorry Turkey Butt)! It also makes a hormonaly pregnant chick a little irritable and whiny. Or at least that's what happened with me. But finally today, I pooped! And now I feel so much better.

Tips for those in my situation or who may be in the future: Eat a lot of high fibre food. Stay away from cheese if you can (I couldn't). Take fibre supplements if you need to (the one I use, see above, is a powder that you miss into your drinks). Oh, and keeping you're feet up - I've begun keeping a foot stool by the toilet and the leverage really helps!

Sooo, sorry about all the poop talk. But, this is my life!

I love this man!

"I want to eat meat and watch action movies tonight. I'm feeling really manly now that I've impregnated you."

So, I'm not sure how these posts will end up looking in the end. I'm going to attempt to hold off on posting them til we're a little further along in our pregnancy. But that being said, I want to blog and the one thing on my mind is this baby! So, a little recap: For the past few weeks I've been feeling a little off - sore boobs, randomly nauseous, outcrop of acne on my face, oh and constipation. Pretty much the exact same symptoms as the last time I was pregnant. I've pretty much just been waiting for the chance to pee on a stick and confirm what I was already 95% sure of. Well, that chance came yesterday! Although my period wasn't technically due until the 21st (and my tests were only supposed to be accurate 4 days before your expected period) I couldn't wait one more day. So I tore around the apartment trying to find a stick to pee on, before peeing my pants with that elusive first pee of the morning (if you've ever taken an at home pregnancy test you know what i'm talking about), and without alerting Turkey Butt to what I was doing. Well, I failed. Completely frustrated I hollered about not being able to find anything to pee on, then he told me to just be patient and wait one more day because i'd waste a test and then I finally found one and stormed into the washroom. You probably know what happens next. And to my surprise, it became positive almost immediately. So I snuck back out of the washroom, wrapped my arms around Turkey Butt and asked if he was mad at me. When he said no, I said, "Good, because I'm having your baby!"

Okay okay, I know this is a pretty lame way to break the news to him! The first time around, with Bun, I wrote baby across my stomach and asked him to rub my belly after he had cooked me a wonderful meal. It was so cute when he realized what my belly was trying to tell him! We were so excited! Sigh. Anyway, this time around, since I wasn't smooth enough to keep the fact that I was testing from him, I did the best I could. and it turned out to be just perfect for us!

Due date calculator results

Your baby will be born on or around Monday, October 31 , 2011

You are 3 weeks pregnant.

February 16th, 2011

This is my life :)

Fun with Elle & Turkey Butt

Turkey Butt: You're going to eat all that cream cheese icing my the spoonful aren't you?

Elle: NO! (pause) By the finger full...

Turkey Butt: Well thanks for not dirtying a spoon.

We say some pretty fun things in this household and often crack up about things the other said or did. Like the time Turkey Butt and I were looking up videos on YouTube of Bernese Mountain Dog puppies (with their mother) and Turkey Butt said, "Is he milking?" Pretty sure he meant nursing as there wasn't a cow or goat in sight!

This is my life.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day Ten

Day 10 – A photo of your favorite place to eat.

The Port Pub  
This is my life!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

I received a very wonderful e-Valentine from my bestest Aye:

Two very cute Disney Valentine's and an Apple Turnover (with no bites and no frosting licked off!!!) from the little men in my life, Jax & Mason!

Two cupcakes and a Puppy Valentine from my Sister and her BF!

A "Happy Valentine's Day" facebook message from my Diddy and another from my Mother-in-law.

And this lovely homemade card from Turkey Butt:

He was so proud that he'd used scissors and tape and string on his Valentine to me!

And now i'm off to make some Red Velvet Whoopie Pies for my honey! Wish me luck! This is my life.

Day Nine

Day 9 – A photo of the item you last purchased

This was almost embarassing. I thought for a moment that the last thing I purchased was an at home pregnancy test but then I remembered my last stop before home where I purchased (well rented, but money was totally exchanged so i'm counting it):

Now you might be wondering why in the world I'd be embarassed to put a photo of a HPT on my blog, and the answer is I don't know. Comparing one to a fruit roll up - not embarassing. But the thought of putting a photo of one on here had me briefly embarassed. Odd. Anyways, don't go reading this and get all excited about potential buns in the oven. I'm weeks away from the tests actually being useful or informative. I just sometimes get the desire to pee on a stick. Seriously. And sometimes I even think that it might be positive even though i'm taking it 15 days before your expected period or what have you. I'm silly like that. This is my life.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day Eight

Day 8 – A song to match your mood

I briefly looked for a song about being sick (I'm getting a cold and just got over a bit of the flu) but sick or not, my mood is always happy! Thank you turkey butt for loving me - even when I'm sick and whiny :) Oh, and thanks to Adora for bringing me breakfast in bed... her bone! I love my family! This is my life!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day Seven

Day 7 – Your dream wedding

Since I'm getting married this October, I am doing my very best to plan my dream wedding. Autumn, outside, white lights, marrying the love of my life have all been on my wedding dream list since I was a little girl. Aside from the outside part (weather in October is too unpredictable) I'm getting everything that I've ever wanted. Here are some of my inspiration shots:

Sorry about the lack of links. I saved these photos as inspiration for myself and never expected to be sharing them. If you know where they came from, let me know and i'll add the links. On another note, look at me blogging for (at least) seven straight days! Magical :) This is my life.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day Six

Day 6 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet

This one's easy!

This is my life!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Glee Lovin'

Man, my week just keeps getting better and better. First SNL (love) spoofed James Franco (love). Then I came across the Super Bowl episode of Glee (love) where they dress up like zombies (love) and perform a version of Thriller (love). Wow!

And just for fun, my favorite song ever performed on Glee (and shockingly it doesn't involve Puck or Mr. Shue):
This is my life :)

Book Review

The first short story is heart-wrenchingly moving. And the movie that was created based on it is lovely. It is worth picking up with book for it alone. Sadly, that is all there is to it in my opinion. The second story was tolerable though it didn't catch my attention. The third story was so hard to follow that I gave up on it, and the rest of the book, about halfway through.

I'd never read anything by Alice Munro before and, I'll be honest, I only bought this one for the one story. I think i'd need a really great recommendation from someone before I pick up another one of her books. Sadly I prefer the movie to the story which never happens to me. Oh well... On the the next book. This is my life.


I think I would be a very happy girl if they could clone this man:
Sean Connery as James Bond

Forever my favorite Bond man! So handsome with that tan, those eyebrows and most definitely the tailored suit. Sigh :) This is my life!

Day Five

Day 5 – A photo of yourself two years ago

Sigh. Having just chopped all my hair off, I miss my long locks! This photo is from my bestest Aye's fundraising event for her trip to Ecuador. I still have that cardigan (which I think at that time I borrowed from my sister before I somehow convinced her to let me keep it) and I wish I had that top still. Oh the fun of looking back.... This is my life!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day Four

Day 4 – Your favorite photograph of your best friend

This one's a little tough. My Turkey Butt is my best friend, as is my sister, my father and of course my bestest. So, bear with me as I show a photos of my best friends!

My Diddy at the cottage
My baby sister Aych as a wee kidlet.
My Turkey Butt in costume at a Murder Mystery Night
My bestest Aye at our Haunted Housewarming Party (Theme: Zombie Prom)
And for fun, I give you my favorite photos of me with my bestests:

Cheating a little... This is me with Diddy and me with Aych :)
Aych and I - I pissed her off somehow :)
From the beginning :) At the Discovery Centre during his birthday week!

Classic Elle & Aye - shovin' our faces full of food!
God I love my Best Friends :) This is my life!