Inferior Imitator

ep·i·gone n. A second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher.

Monday, November 05, 2012


So much for blogging every day. Two days and I quit. It’s not like I didn’t have anything to blog about. Saturday we went out to my parents’ house. Mom is purging her closet after losing so much weight and wanted to know if I could use any of the clothes. So I got to go shopping for free, and came back with a lot of dress clothes and a pair of shoes. We’re not quite the same body shape, so there was a lot of stuff that was too short or too wide in the waist, but she was glad to know I could get some use out of them.

Then we half-listened to the football game while Joe and I shot chickens with Hayden. Mom and Dad have Chicken Riot for the Wii, and it’s one of Hayden’s favorite games. He’s still getting the hang of not moving the gun while he pulls the trigger, but I taught him how to maneuver the menu screens by identifying the first letter of words, so that was really fun to see. “See the word that starts with ‘P’? That one means ‘Play’” and “Do I shoot the ‘O’ [for one player]?”

Mom cooked a teaser for Thanksgiving dinner, with turkey breast, dressing, potatoes, green beans and corn bread. We’re celebrating Thanksgiving with Joe’s family this year, since we did my family last year, so it was nice not to have to miss out on Mom’s cooking. Not that Joe’s family aren’t excellent cooks, but they’re not Mom. You know how it is.

Friday, November 02, 2012


Joe and I like doing puzzles. Call us old fogies if you wish, but especially when winter comes along, it's nice to do something together that doesn't involve vegging on the couch. He has a gift for seeing the shape of the pieces, and I'm a little more about the color, so we work well together. Although I like to sort out all the pieces by color first, while he likes to pick out all the edges to put together and then attack all willy nilly. I figure if you're going to touch all the pieces anyway looking for edges, you might as well put them into usable piles while you're at it.

We bought one last year when we were poking around Amana. It had a fun Halloween theme, and was a good balance of hard parts and easy parts. When October rolled around, we were excited to put it together. Except when we got done, we were left with this:

There were THREE pieces missing out of our brand new puzzle! Talk about disappointment. So I got on the web, found SunsOut Puzzles, and sent an email to their customer service department. Yesterday, we got a whole new puzzle in the mail for free. How awesome is that? Of course, now we have to put it together all over again to see if this one has all the pieces, but extra entertainment, right?

Anyone want a puzzle with three pieces missing?


Thursday, November 01, 2012


I'm contemplating doing NaNoBloMo this year. I'm not back in the blogging habit, and I'm still trying to figure out what I make public and what I keep private. It's not just me anymore, and my husband is not nearly as public online as I am. I'm hoping that by doing this exercise, I can figure out that balance.

I had very good results from my blood test for the second round of Clomid. My progesterone levels were 48.3, compared to the 15 they wanted to see, so the medication is doing what it's supposed to do. It turned out that last month, the medication made me ovulate a week later than normal, even though my temperatures initially indicated otherwise, so the progesterone level they measured was not at the right time in the cycle.

I'm hopeful. Maybe a little too hopeful - I try to temper it, because if I don't, the disppointment every month when I'm not pregnant is just too much to bear. The waiting game isn't easy, but at least now we've got a proven strategy to fix the problem.