Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving and Dance Parties

Just got back from a whirlwind Thanksgiving trip. First time seeing my family in almost a year. I loved every second I was home. My Thanksgiving was filled with:

- Library book sales and Amish fireplaces
- Jam sessions with the family
- Baby goats and sheep
- Dancing hologram posters of Michael Jackson

- Lots and lots of time laughing
- Catching up with my best friends
- Meeting my best friend's baby for the first time
- More laughing

- Also, Mr. Bee biting my head during dinner, causing a large welt and a hilarious photo.

And no Thanksgiving is complete without a sisterly dance-off.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with laughs and loved ones!


Monday, November 21, 2011


My neighbor's house
Thursday night I went to bed just like any other night. Around 2am my dogs started barking. Mr. Bee started telling them to be quiet, and as he said that I looked up at my skylight. It was bright orange. I've been through the Malibu fires and the San Diego fires and I knew exactly what that meant. I told Mr. Bee to open the shades and as we looked outside we saw our house completely surrounded by flames. There were fire engines in the street, people running around yelling, and people knocking on doors to tell us to get out immediately.

The electricity was out so we grabbed out cell phones and wandered downstairs to find the dogs leashes and the cat carrier. The house was filled with smoke and all I could hear were people yelling to get out. I was able to find my cat Olivia, but couldn't find my other cat. I somehow found superhuman strength and literally threw the guest bed against the wall to find my other cat before we had to evacuate. At one point I started freaking out and my husband firmly told me, "I need you to pull yourself together." After that I was fine. I didn't know how I was fine. I talked to myself out loud and said, "Katie, everything is ok. God, please watch over us." It was like a mantra.

We had 10 minutes to get everything out. Mr. Bee managed to pull the garage door open so I could get my car out. I grabbed my jewelry box, my photos and my laptop. I had somehow gotten my Ugg boots on, a pair of jeans and a black shirt. I didn't have time to take anything else.

Where I walk my dogs
We got all the animals in the cars and started driving down the hill. I looked back at my house thinking it would be the last time I ever saw it. And I didn't care. I had my husband and my animals and I didn't care about anything else at that time. There was fire everywhere and people everywhere. I started calling my parents as I drove down the hill. I don't remember what I said, but it must have freaked them out.

I called Mr. Bee and told him we should go to one of the hotel properties I work for which is pet-friendly and one town over. We got there and checked in, then watched the news until the dog daycare opened at 6am. After dropping off the dogs we both went to work. Working just seemed like the best thing to do.

On the other side of my house
Since I work for a hotel, I was on the phone with our director's, TV stations, and the Red Cross all day long. I didn't really have a break to process what had happened. Every time the news came on I looked for shots of my house on fire. They finally put out a fire map and things didn't look good. We spend the night in the hotel (not that we slept) and around 12 the next day we were allowed to drive up the hill to see if our house was still standing.

Everything was completely charred as I drove up, and then I made a left on my street. There were four houses across the street from me that had completely burned. All that was left was the frame. The owners had just driven up to what was left to their houses. I burst into tears. I turned the corner to my cul de sac and saw my house was still standing. I broke down in my car and cried until my husband got there too. Our front door was open and we walked inside to see that everything was still intact. There was plenty of smoke and ash, but everything was still there. I was astounded - so grateful and so sad for my neighbor's that lost everything. There is no rhyme or reason why my house is still there.

Thank you all for your prayers, texts and tweets, they meant the world to me.

Here's a quick video of my house and where my neighbor's houses burned. Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Buzz on: Burt's Bees for Sensitive Skin

Burt's Bees products. So good my dog ate them. So natural I didn't freak out.

Yes, my dog Tucker actually ate the stash of products that I received as a BzzAgent. Fortunately, there was enough to salvage a fair amount to test. Which I did. And it was amazing.

My skin is super sensitive. The only things I use on it are Dove Soap and Pond's Dry Skin Cream. And this is after testing every face wash and moisturizer from Bliss to Clinique. My skin is constantly dry and flaky and reacts horribly to everything I throw at it. So when I tested the Burt's Bees products and my face didn't turn tomato red and light itself on fire, I was ecstatic!

I liked the face cleanser too, but I've been on my Dove Soap kick for so long that it's hard for me to make the switch.

Plus, the products have the word "Bee" in it. How do I not like something that is related to bees in any way?

I'd definitely recommend the Burt's Bees products to anyone with sensitive skin. Your dogs will love it too!

Disclaimer: Yes, I received these products for free and it was awesome. No, I'd never blog about anything I didn't really like. Ask me about the time someone wanted me to blog about pants that give you a bigger butt. Didn't happen.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

True Life: I met Weird Al Yankovic

If you've ever wanted to read a post where I totally nerd out, here it is. This weekend I was able to cross one off my bucket list by meeting Weird Al Yankovic. Yes, this has always been a lifelong dream of mine.

I am the first to admit I have a very sick sense of humor. I've been a Weird Al fan since I was a kid. When I heard he was coming to Reno I was beyond excited. Then I found out that I might be out of town that weekend, so I put off buying tickets. When I later discovered I'd be free that night I immediately went to the Ticketmaster website and found out the show was SOLD OUT. Really? There's that many Weird Al fans in Reno?!

After a ton of Craigslist searches, I found a pair of tickets. Mr. Bee ventured out to the ghetto to purchase them for me (puffy pink heart love you for that one). Then my AMAZING friend MaryBeth came through with the news that she got me on the guest list for the night! We got to the concert and found out that her contact (who happened to be Weird Al's bassist and was one of the nicest people ever) had also gotten us Backstage Passes for after the show in addition to ridiculously awesome seats. So we ended up giving the other tickets to someone who was hoping to buy tickets there.

If you've read this far, you are truly an amazing blog friend.

This is the face of absolute joy.
Do any of you have really random celebrity crushes or people you'd love to meet?

Monday, November 7, 2011

An Update of Sorts

I've been putting off updating because...I have absolutely no good news.

We decided to go ahead and do another FET cycle. I started taking Estrace to help build my lining towards the end of September, with the transfer date right around Halloween. When I went in for my first lab tests, my Estrogen level was sky high (around 2,000 when it should've been around 3-400), and my lining was still craptastically thin.

We decided to up the Estrace anyway and go ahead as planned. When we went for the lining check before the transfer, my lining was still thin (only 6.5 when they were shooting for a min. of 8). We postponed the transfer a week and stayed on medication, hoping waiting for a week would help. Instead, it somehow had an opposite effect, and my lining reduced to 5.5. The transfer cycle was canceled. Crying ensued.

It hurts so badly to put so much time, money and energy into something that comes to people so easily. Mr. Bee and I went to lunch this weekend and ended up at the sushi bar next to a woman bragging that she spent almost her whole pregnancy in rehab. Really? Really?!? I hear things like that and don't understand how there is a God who gives children to people who don't care and can't care for them.

Things have been tough for both me and Mr. Bee. Insurance doesn't cover anything (not even lab tests), so every time we attempt a cycle it's like we're throwing money away.

Trying to keep my head up and find hope. The next cycle we try we're adding Viagra in hopes to get more blood flow to the uterus. Other than that, there's really not much we can do. And if it doesn't work, at least my husband should enjoy me being a love machine for an entire month. At least that's how I think Viagra works.

...sorry if you were stopping by and hoping not to read about linings or Viagra or meth addicts.

20 Song Challenge

Today I'm accepting Preppy Poppy's challenge of 20 songs I could listen to on replay for the rest of my life. I have really random musical tastes, but since I'd have to listen to these songs replay for eternity, I omitted a lot of the songs I love that I could get sick of (mostly Hard Rock, Rap and Country).

So without further adieu, here are my Top 20 Replay Songs:

Stay out of Trouble - Kings of Convenience
Between the Bars - Madeleine Peyroux
America - Simon & Garfunkel
Title and Registration - Death Cab for Cutie
You Can Close Your Eyes - James Taylor
La Valse D'Amelie - Yann Tiersen
Blackbird - The Beatles
She's Always a Woman - Billy Joel
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
Dead of Winter - Eels
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Naked As We Came - Iron & Wine
Helplessly Hoping - Crosby, Still & Nash
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
Galapagos - Smashing Pumpkins
Sparkle - Phish
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters - Elton John
Girl Anachronism - The Dresden Dolls
Exit Music (For a Film) - Radiohead
Fantasie Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor - Chopin

I can't wait to see what everyone else's favorites are! If you like these, find me on Spotify to check out my other playlists. Here's just a few:

Songs I Heart
Rainy Day Favorites
J'aime les chansons fran├žaises

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween Catch-Up

Hope everyone had a great Halloween! Mr. Bee and I had a Halloween party last Friday which was lots of fun.

We're so lucky to have made such good friends out here!

We even had a costume contest!

On actual Halloween I was lucky enough to get to dress up for work. Unfortunately, I was shot by some rogue cowboys.
Don't shoot! I have cookies!

Fortunately I made it out alive. When I got home that night we carved pumpkins, passed out candy, watched scary movies and dressed up the dogs. You know, normal things.

Ellie Bee, Tucker Lobster

Snow White and Gross Eye Pumpkins

And then last night we celebrated our three year wedding anniversary! Wow, my last week was jam-packed with things to celebrate!

How was your Halloween?