Friday, November 30, 2012

Six Month Picture

Southern Living

In Southern Living magazine, they interview some celebrity and ask the following questions.  Let's pretend I'm a celebrity and you're reading Southern Living

I will now tell you things about myself you never [knew you] wanted to know.

I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT... my iPhone, my son and the diaper bag. I must confess I left the diaper bag at home the other day but it was okay.

THE MOST STYLE YOU CAN GET FOR UNDER $25... a scarf.  I love my scarfs too!

MY VANITY IS ALWAYS STOCKED WITH...lotions, especially anything that smells like almond. This includes for my nail stuff and hands. I especially like Laura Mercier hand lotion (I guess Jennifer Aniston uses it as well).

BEST SHOPPING ADVICE...  don't be scared to shop off-season.  I have also found amazon as of recent and it is great! You can find anything on there and it is so much cheaper than in the stores!

I ALWAYS SPLURGE ON... handbags and good quality shoes. I buy most of my clothes used or at consignment shops. They are awesome!

I ALWAYS SAVE ON...  t-shirts.  

EVERY WOMAN NEEDS...  jeans that flatter her butt and comfortable ballet flats or boots.

MY SECRET STYLE SOURCE... undergraduates at my hubs lab.  Mostly my husbands students dress pretty cool, but sometimes they wear really cute stuff or accessorize in a unique way that I find inspiring.

MY MUST-HAVE FOR WINTER... my brown boots and North Face black fleece.  So I can pretend I still live in upstate NY (NOT)!

You know you want to do this, too.  Let me know in the comments if you post your own Southern Living celebrity interview.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Can I Get a Break?

Well the past month has been very busy and eventful. Landon and I made our trip north and put on over 900 miles in 5 days. Our trip started at the airport with an 11am arrival and not getting to our destination till almost 10pm that night. I just gotta say that traveling with a little one is very nice because for the most part people are very understanding and helpful. We even got to fly first class which was very nice since I had never done that before. I know Landon is not going to remember that flight but I always will!

So on our trip we got to see many of my friends and family. I also got to see the rest home where my Dad/Mom have volunteered quite a bit and spent many years helping out at. It is the rest home that my uncle started and is now run by my cousin. He took me on a tour and everyone he introduced me to knew my folks. They had many good things to say and mostly they missed seeing them. I also got to see my folks briefly for about 3 hours. It was great to see them with Landon and it made my heart melt when my Dad and Mom both held him. I don't care that they have no memory of this day. I always will.

Of course no trip north would be complete without a speeding ticket. Yes, I got one while Landon was in the back. I am one of those mothers who likes to jam out to a song and then realizes that I am speeding and in this process a cop got me with his laser. He says I was going 79 in a 65. I plead guilty and paid the fine which was only $130.00. If I had gotten a ticket like that here in NC I would have paid more than $400.00. I know this since I worked for an attorney who handled these kind of tickets. The good thing is that it won't hit my insurance since I was out of state. I guess there is a silver lining somewhere in this story.

At the moment my hubs and I are at odds on financial matters. He wants to know every dime I am spending but if he goes and spends something that is a different matter. He picked up a restaurant bill for close to $130.00 this past Friday and he is mad because I bought shoes that were $95.00. All I can say is that my years of being single are catching up to me because I always bought what I wanted. I am not used to being under a microscope for what I spend. It is really bothering me. I call it retail therapy. If we are paying off our credit card bills each month then what does it matter? Ugh. So now I am sleeping on the couch. I'll make the guest bedroom up tomorrow and be in there tomorrow night if we are still at odds.

Well Happy Monday everyone! It is Cyber Monday...I think I'll do some internet shopping....oh wait, I gotta get it approved first. HAHA!

Here are some pics from the past month. Enjoy and hang in there. Much love, Shell

Friday, November 16, 2012

Anybody Want Some Frozen Embroyos?

Hi All, life has been crazy. Landon (LB) and I went up north last week for a visit. We had quite the experience from losing our bottle ring at security, a crying session at the terminal (my worst nightmare) and a long flight delay. We started at the airport at 11am and arrived in Cleveland at 9:30pm. We were both tired and road wary after that day. We did have a few good days with friends and family and then had to turn around and come back. So two flights, 900 miles in a rental car and many friends and family seen we are now back home suffering from a nasty cold (that the hubs has gotten as of today). I did get a speeding ticket as well (first in 5 years and I did work for a traffic attorney for some of that time, ha!). If I recall correctly the last time I was in Ohio I got pulled over but was single and able to talk my way out of that ticket, not so much this time. It does not help having a babe in the back seat in a car seat. Oh and by the way just before my trip I got two pages of non-identifying information about my birth mother and yes, I have a half-sister that was 2 years old when I was adopted. The other major thing in life is my parents and my sister. We are all not getting along. My sister and I don't see eye to eye on what or how my parents should be spending their days. My sister and I are really not talking and if we do it is through emails. Can anything else be going on in my life? Oh yes, our frozen embryos. We finally have won the right or gotten approval from our fertility clinic to give our remaining 5 frozen embroyos away. We have asked or talked with three different couples and they have all declined due to different situations. All of the couples were very appreciative and thankful for us thinking of them. So does anybody out in blog land want some frozen embryos? We have 5 that have been frozen since May, 2010. We would of course want an attorney or lawyer involved to draw up how this would all be handled. We do not want contact or any part of the child's life. That is if everything should work out. We would just like to give the opportunity to another family that may be struggling to have or conceive a family. Let me know. Feel free to email me at msischo18 at yahoo. Full disclosure here in that the embroyos that are frozen have not been tested and also keep in mind that Leia, our first born daughter did have Down syndrome. Our fertility doctors said this should be told to anyone interested in our embryos. We did have Landon all on our own, so guess that is a good thing. So I close this post wishing you all a good Thanksgiving holiday. Be thankful for your family, hug and kiss them. Appreciate your family and all the friends in your life. Life is too short to be arguing with family. Love and hugs to you all. Below is a picture of Landon today while we were chilling out trying to feel better. Why do babies look like they are never suffering and always happy? It is because nothing has happened to them. They don't have life experiences. I only hope our LB will be happy forever. I never want him sad.