26 July 2010


Just heard (unofficially) that another girl here in my department is pregnant.
Here comes pregnancy-wave #2 at work. Maybe this time around I'll be able to catch it.
This sucks!

25 July 2010

Another week of holiday almost done

This last week has been my 2nd week of holiday this summer. (I still have one week in August and 2.5 weeks in Sept.)

It's been a sad, happy, bleh and relaxing week. We lost our cat Kantti unexpectedly on the Thursday before. My strawberry picking plans fell through. Played frisbee golf with a co-worker, her husband and their friend. Did nothing. Applied for my Finnish passport. My period started. Played around online quite a bit. Celebrated 11 years of living in Finland. Took the remaining cat, Rusty, to the vet. Snuggled and paid a lot of attention to said cat. Went to dinner with hubby. Did some laundry. Hubby and I watched many many tv series several evenings in a row. (I ♥ Castle!) Bowled with 2 co-workers. And now is Sunday, the day before heading back to a busy few weeks at work before my next week of holiday.

The lows of the week being Kantti is dead, none of my friends being around, my period starting (we're now on cycle 25 of TTC) and just the bleh feelings I've had off and on.

I am a bit bummed about my period starting, but at the same time I didn't expect anything else this month. The fertility clinic is closed for July, so that meant no treatments this cycle, nor this next cycle. I would have needed for AF to show up at the end of this week so that I could get into the clinic by day 9 of this cycle. Oh well. One more month of no extra hormones and then we'll give IUI one more try (before going to the USA). If this last attempt of IUI doesn't work, we'll be switching to IVF when we get back from the USA. And I have to say, I don't really have any hopes of anything happening until then.

As for the highs of this week: 11 years living in Finland!!! I don't really know what to say about it. I mean, I've been here for the 11 years, I've been living it so it isn't like it is a total surprise, but at the same time, where has the time gone? And to add to it, I have citizenship and a passport (next Tuesday).
(side note: Do you know how easy it is to get a Finnish passport? Insanely easy! I went to the police station with my b&w passport photos, 48€, my Kela card (social security) and US passport as driver's license isn't a proper enough form of ID. There is no form to fill out, so I just took a number and waited until it was called. Then I told the clerk what I was there for, showed my IDs (she was a bit confused at first seeing my US passport. lol). She typed in a few things on the computer, printed it out, had me double check that everything was correct and sign on the (not) dotted line. Then I had to sign once more inside a box for the passport itself. I paid her and was told I could come back in a week to pick up my ready passport. How easy is that?!)

Hubby and I have watched many TV series shows on the computer this week. We've watched almost the entire first season of Castle and most Stargåte (boring) Universe (season 1).

We also went to dinner at Nanda Devi, an Indian restaurant. They have a summer-buffet going on, which is what we both took. We both ate way too much and were ready to explode on the way home. When you've eaten that much (somewhat spicy) food, you don't want to laugh! We both felt as if it was going to come out at any second. So, of course, Hubby starts making jokes about things and we're laughing. It hurt to laugh and caused tears to run down my face. It was fun though.

To end the week, as I don't think I'll be doing much today, I went bowling with two co-workers. We started off with paying for one hour. It was so much fun that we bought a 2nd hour. Four games and 2 turns later, our finger tips were black! My best score was 121.

Today we'll eat the other half of the strawberry roll/log cake (mansikka kääretortu) that I made last night.
Happy early Birthday to Hubby and I. 
I think I'll also make some waffles to eat the rest of the fresh strawberries with. That is, the ones that we didn't freeze yesterday.

19 July 2010

RIP Kantti - March 5, 2000 - July 15, 2010

Your life with us was cut much too short. We love you, Kantti!

This is Kantti's rainbow he sent us on our way home after burying him.

Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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