It’s Thanksgiving week! I love Thanksgiving (and not only because I’m a food motivated person lol). I get to play hostess, something I’ve always loved to do. When my older sister would come back home from college I would make her room all fancy and called myself “Hotel Kristina” and cater to all her needs to make her stay more enjoyable. Fifteen years later I’m still doing “Hotel Kristina” just in my own home now. While I enjoy doing it, it is a lot of work. Thankfully I’m very very blessed to have a flexible job and can take a few days off to get things done before my guests come.
I’ll be making my second vegan Thanksgiving meal and I’m pretty excited about that. Since last year I’ve perfected some holiday recipes and nixed the ones that didn’t quite work. My dad is all about the meat and he knows if he wants it he needs to bring it cooked because I don’t like dealing with raw meat (never did even when I was an omni) and mostly because I just don’t have the oven space. So I think the food should be top notch if I do say so myself.
(At the end of this post I put up a list of links to the recipes I will use.)
M and I did some Veterans Day shopping and got a killer deal on a new set of stainless steel pots and pans. This was very exciting for me as I’ve been using my sister’s hand me downs that she got for $30 when she first moved away from home since I got my first apartment. They were old as heck and made from cheap metals and coated with God knows what chemicals. We got this beautiful new set from Bed Bath & Beyond and it has rejuvenated me to cook again. I’ve made a lot of home-cooked meals again not just the rice and potato “get by” meals I had been doing.
On the fertility side of life I’m waiting to be tortured again and actually looking forward to it. That’s how I know I’ve been in the follicular phase too long: when I’m ready to make myself crazy in the luteal phase. The way I felt last cycle (my super crazy “I KNOW I’m pregnant cycle”) I would have said that I’m done with trying to conceive right now it’s making me crazy, it’s too stressful, I’m just done. Fast forward a bit and I’m over all that part. I learned some big lessons for the next time I’m in the luteal phase, if I ever am in it again! Now I feel like I’m just being toyed with. “It’s looking so good I’m about to ovulate!….just kidding false start….omg it’s happening now look at that rise….nope it dropped back down false alarm….”
Now I have my prescription for Provera on hand and as soon as my temp goes down I’m starting it. I almost started it today but just on the off chance, this is a slow rise ovulation I’m going to hold off. The big temp spike I did learn was from drinking. Usually, my temps take a small dip down when drinking (a few beers) but this was the most party night I’ve had in well over a year so I think that’s why I saw a rise or an inconsistency with the other temps around it. Not sure what caused that massive dip in temp, just PCOS irregularities?
I was also selected to beta test the new OvuSense app. I’ve had it about a week now and here is the screenshot from that version:
I’ll do a review post on this version probably next week sometime. I want to give myself a little more time with it before I declare my opinions on it.
Lastly, I’d like to take the time to verbalize all that I’m thankful for. I think it’s important to keep an attitude of gratitude now and throughout the entire year. It makes for a better quality of life when you can see the good. I’m thankful for a husband who lets me be crazy. One who puts up with me saying “come home NOW it’s ovulation time” just for him to drop important things he’s doing and for me to tell him the next day that actually it wasn’t really ovulation and there was no need for him cut his trip short. A husband who I bicker and argue with a lot because small details are important to me and so not important to him. So when I tell him to get out of bed after he’s been asleep for 10 minutes so that I can fix the sheets and the quilt so that it stays in place overnight he does it even if he thinks I’m bonkers. I’m thankful for my family and friends who have always supported me and continue to do so now. A family that pays for me even when I tell them not to and friends that have my OvuSense chart in their phone because they want to know how I’m doing each day. I’m thankful for our crazy cats and dog who make my heart warm with their silly animal hijinks and cuddle up next to me at night. I am thankful for my job and for being able to make teaching all about the kids for me. As a sub my worries aren’t about standards and tests or administration politics, it’s just about connecting with kids and teaching them. I am thankful for PATH the fostering agency in North Dakota and for the child that has been placed in our home 6 nights a month as part of the Family Support Program. It has made our lives more complete. I’m thankful for having all my basic needs met like shelter, water, and food and for not having to worry about paying for those things day to day. I am thankful for my health and the body that enables me to sing and dance to the Pentatonix Christmas c.d.s. And lastly, I am thankful for the beautiful world around us from the frogs croaking in spring, to the chirps of the crickets in late fall, a warm summer breeze, the spray of the ocean, to the quiet of a snowfall. Earth is a gorgeous planet.
Ok and now for those recipes! (All vegan)
(I don’t make the crust just buy frozen vegan store-bought)
(I don’t make my own fried onion toppings I kick it old school for Thanksgiving and do the processed French’s style store-bought)
(I choose to strain out the onions)
(I haven’t actually made this recipe yet but looks like I can’t lose with this one. I’ll be sure to update you once I know for sure though.)
(Also haven’t made this one yet but again looks like a winner.)