Blistering cold in NJ

and I love it! No, I'm not even a little bit jealous of you chicks who live in warmer climates - I actually feel sad for you. This is the life! :)

Some time around April it gets a bit old - just in time to truly welcome in the warmth. I came from Miami on Christmas day and, unless you grew up there, I just don't get how it isn't depressing.

How is Santa supposed to ride a sleigh in his big ass suit in the heat? Ugh!


Christmas stuff....

Great idea from the lovely Phoebe. In honor of the Christmas season, I'm tagging you all on the below:

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
If calories weren't an issue, egg nog with freshly grated nutmeg and some rum. Yummm.

2. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Gift bags, because of the convenience. But, for a child of my own, I would exclusively wrap gifts. It was such joy tearing them apart when I was little.

3. Real tree or artificial?
I love real, I hate fake trees and yet, my trouble-making pain-in-the-ass cat forced me to buy a fake tree this year (even though I didn't put it up). It was on sale for 50% off at Target - 7 foot. If he tries to climb it or baps the ornaments off, I'm going to smack him senseless. Of course, he'd just smack me back and I'd lose that fight. A friend of mine sent me a Hallmark Christmas Card that just cracked me up because it's so purrrfect. There is an orange tabby on the front with a Santa hat on and the caption says "O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, your ornaments are history." Oh yeah, that's MY cat!

4. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Colors, LOTS!

5. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
There is no design plan. I use balls, lights, garland, ornaments, crafty things, pictures, berries.

6. Do you hang mistletoe?

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
No. I do celebrate Christmas but in every way a non-believer would. I celebrate the spirit of the season but the religious meaning doesn't carry through in any way.

8. Mail or email Christmas cards?
E-Card - but a great one. Every year I use Photoshop to crop pics of my furbabies into a Christmas scene. Last year I put them into a Volkswagon Bug with my little Pekingese driving. This year they're on a sled. I'm too last-minute to sit down and write out cards - though I LOVE the idea.

9. What is your favorite holiday dish?
I'll be in Miami this week celebrating with my family and the traditional Cuban meat is roasted pig. It's good stuff.

10. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
I grew up with a little boy named Matthew. We lived in a 2 family house and spent all of our time together, like brother and sister. One Christmas Eve, we were on my mom's bed watching TV, talking about what we hoped to get from Santa the next day, etc. and, suddenly, we heard the sleigh bells as loud as you can imagine, just booming, and we panicked because we were wide awake and Santa was coming and he would leave if we were still awake. Our hearts were beating out of our chests and we were freaking out, noting that we thought it was too early for him to come and we were almost in tears when my mom came into the room and said it was time for Matthew to go home (downstairs) because it was late and we told her our worry and she laughed and said the bells were from the record she had playing, it was the opening music to a song. :)

11. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
A couple of years prior, Matthew and I had just learned that the Easter Bunny wasn't true, at the heels of the Tooth Fairy revelation, and we stood in the hallway noting how distrustful we were now and that the "only thing we can truly count on is Santa!" HA!

12. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
No, I'm a Christmas morning girl.

13. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
I love snow, I love cold, I love winter. I could live in a snowy winter climate for 8 months out of the year and a 50-70 degree climate for the remainder of time. If I want oppressive heat, I'm more than happy to board a plane and fly to a Caribbean island and fry for a week. I've never had great tolerance for heat - though because my idea of heat is usually the 90% humid heat of the east coast vs. the beautiful California warmth, I admit it's tainted.

14. Have you ever recycled a gift?
I actually don't think I have.

15. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
The decor and the fantasy of what it is more than the reality.

16. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
I love dessert more than meals so it's hard to pick. My mom's flan (super rich with cream cheese blended in), chocolate-pecan pie, cream puffs.

17. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Don't have any :( But I sure intend to start a few in a mother role!

18. What tops your tree?
Just a star.

19. Favorite Christmas Show?
Santa Claus is coming to Town.

20. Saddest Christmas Song?
I reeeeeeeealy dislike Christmas music, don't know why.

21. What is your favorite Christmas Holiday Song?
See above.


January 21

That's my transfer day! I tried to get a Friday but the C.CR.M cyclers gobble Fridays right up, understandably, so I got a Thursday.

I'll fly into Denver Wednesday morning and return Saturday morning.

Tomorrow I'll make plane, hotel and car reservations. I can get a round trip for $208 right now so I'm going with it and hopefully my lining will cooperate and everything will work as smoothly as the first time (except for the grand finale, of course!).

I talked with Dr. S.urr.ey yesterday who reported that my MTHFR is heterozygous A1298C and that I do not need to be concerned about blood clotting issues or even miscarriage and that this mutation isn't a problem for my own health but that the extra folic acid and B vitamins is important for a fetus in the neural tube development. I take FABB twice a day, which is an acronym for Folic Acid, B6 and B12. So I should be set.

I'd woven some caffinated coffee back into my life a couple of week ago. As of yesterday, that's over! (and I have a headache today)

BCP's begin day after tomorrow (today is CD1) and Lupron starts day after Christmas. I should be a real sweetheart on New Year's Eve! :)


Eye Color Chart

I'd used this little predictor before, which I thought was interesting.

Log in brown eyed parents for you and your mate. Then log in both you and your mate as green eyed with no blue eyed siblings. I can't think of HOW I could make the results any more partial to brown.

And look at what you get:

Even if I gave the father brown eyes (with both brown eyed parents) and the mother green eyes (with both brown eyed parents), you'd STILL get a brown eyed child 72% of the time.

Again, does it seem even remotely likely you and your mate could have not one but EIGHT dark brown eyed children???

Just astonishing how they beat the odds!


No one asks

How is it a green eyed woman and a green eyed man wound up with a bunch of brown eyed children? Honestly, HOW does that happen?

Is it theoretically possible? Umm...yeap. Is it theoretically possible that To.m Br.a.dy and Gi.se.le Bu.nd.chen will produce a baby that looks like the one Wi.ll Sm.ith and Ja.da Pi.nke.tt have? I guess. But not bloody likely!

So how is it that J.on & K.at.e wound up with eight children sporting dark brown eyes? I'm no geneticist and I welcome education in this department - but I don't think the odds are in favor of this outcome even once, never mind 8 times. And since none of these children are the product of an egg split, we really are talking about EIGHT times!

Naturally, the question you're asking is "well, what are you wondering Sky, if K.at.e had an affair?" Nope. But I do think it's so fortunate that it was apparently Ka.te with the infertility issue (PCOS, she has said). Because if they'd ever needed a sperm donor, tell me what their chances were of finding a green-eyed Asian donor. Seriously, tell me. I'd say it's less likely than a blue eyed African American. That would have sucked and left them with a choice of either a brown-eyed Asian man or a green-eyed non-Asian man. The kids would be either light eyed and non Asian looking (which would make it reeeeealy obvious) or Asian looking with brown eyes, which they are.

I suppose this means J.on & K.at.e repeated the statistically improbable event of having eight children in a row with dark brown eyes.

Some odds, eh?



Because I don't want ya'll to think I've got it out for Miss K.nox and I've exaggerated one brief smile as standard protocol, I submit the following. Each picture is taken in custody - and most are in the courtroom. Oh, and check out the one with the writing on her shirt. It actually says "All you need is love." Holy fuck - a hippie chick mantra on trial. That's rich!

I could have provided countless more but you get the point. Besides, I might be leaning in stalker territory by now.

Maybe I'm just jealous (and I concede that possibility) because I freaked the fuck out about imagined scar tissue. Because when I heard MTHFR, I thought, CRAP, my baby will have Spina Bifida. Because I worry ad nauseam about everything and a chick half my age beams a kick ass smile every time she's led into a courtroom halfway across the world where she's been charged with murder and may actually never walk free again.

Yeah, it's delusional but, you know, maybe it's a happier existence.