But first, I had two big glasses of the most delicious red wine last night at Nat.i.rar.
For those of you close to the central NJ proximity, it's SO worth the trip. Nat.ir.ar is a historic estate on the Raritan River in Somerset County. It was once owned by the K.ing of M.o..racco and has been revamped in part by Sir R.ich.ard Bran.son (of Virgin Atlantic - love that guy!). You drive deep onto the ninety acres, up and around huge, steep hills - which are currently majestically snow covered and densely peppered by gorgeous tall barren trees - to find an old castle. And you continue to follow the road, further and further into the woods. It feels like you're off to meet To.ny S.opr.ano for a "chat." Just when you think you must be lost, that you'll drive so deep into the woods that you'll never find your way out, you see something in a distance. Beyond thick brush and down around a windy hill sits a gorgeous weathered brick mini castle - which is really the estate's now-restored carriage house and garage - with the most exquisite charm and decor and sparkling lights bounce off hundreds of window panes. Inside is "rustic chic" - very chic (and so are the prices). Valet parking only and you walk over perfect cobblestones under a portico. It feels like you're to enter a deeply hidden speakeasy and you're among the selected guests who could keep this secret. I spotted my four girlfriends sitting, drinking, chatting and eagerly waving me over. We had dinner and drinks and not one single whisper of infertility or me trying to have a baby. My good friends don't even know I'm still aiming in that direction and, right now, that was wonderful. We talked about men and sex and vacations over gorgeous and delicious appetizers and bottles of vino.
It's an experience I wish to have again and again. Life can be really really good sometimes.
[Update on cycle: I was actually taking the Estradiol orally, rather than vaginally (YUK!). Yeah, blue estrace tabs up the va-jay-jay and check again on Tuesday morning. I'm not on Lupron so the tricky balance is to keep me from ovulating. My LH and Progesterone levels are low so I might be okay. Ultimately, I don't think a 7mm lining is the end of the world and where DFET's are concerned, fine for success - but let's see if we can't up the odds, eh?]