Hugo’s: Restaurant Review, Part II

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Pictured:  Hugo’s Eggs Benedict on an English Muffin:  Poached eggs on toasted English muffins or gluten-free flat bread with house-smoked pork loin and Hollandaise sauce. Can be ordered with vegetarian Canadian bacon upon request. Served with Breakfast potatoes, turmeric ricen, or fresh fruit. 13.25

I’m telling you, if you are living in or visiting the Los Angeles area, you have to go to this restaurant!  It’s a must!  My husband and I visited Hugo’s a while back, and it is now by far one of our favorite restaurants.  Read about our first visit here.  We would go more often but it’s about a 50 minute drive from us. Continue reading

Guess who quit caffeine?

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Goodbye coffee.  Oh, how I’ll miss your smell, flavor, the cozy feeling you bring, your comfort, excitement, and taste.  (Thank goodness for decaf!  Even though it’s not the same)  I have been drinking caffeine everyday for the last 14 years.  I did not go one day without it. Continue reading

A Few Frustrating Things About The 2 Week Wait

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This is getting written from how I have felt during previous 2 Week Waits, because I have experienced many. I don’t want to share exactly where I am in my cycle, but I just feel like venting about what I’ve gone through.  OK, here goes my 2 Week Wait Rant. Continue reading

Getting through Cycle Day 1 “CD1”

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Cycle Day 1 “CD1” is literally the hardest day to face.  It means that the whole previous cycle…all the emotions, time, daydreams, and money, is now lost.  CD1 wipes it all out.  CD1 starts the madness all over again.  CD1 means a bottle of wine is acceptable.

Yesterday was my CD1.  It’s a day I find myself questioning everything, and re-evaluating what I’m really doing and putting myself through.  My questioning usually only lasts for a few minutes, and then I make that dreadful call to my doctor informing them it’s my CD1.  I then become anxious to move forward into the new cycle, and I’m just wanting time to move very quickly.

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Bravelle, bravelle, and… more bravelle?

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Here comes a mid-cycle infertility treatment rant.  I’m in my second cycle with 5 days clomid, followed by vials of bravelle, + trigger shot.  The first cycle was a smooth ride.  I took 5 days Clomid CD4-CD8 and 3 bravelle shots CD9-CD11 and went for US the following day.  My follicle measured a 25 and I was ready for my trigger shot!  We did timed intercourse that cycle and well…how that turned out is a given; given that I’m in the middle of the next cycle.   My husband and I decided to move forward to IUI instead of timed intercourse for this next cycle. Continue reading

Yoga for Fertility DVDs

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I was given a fertility yoga DVD and it ended up sitting in my nightstand drawer collecting dust for about a year.  I don’t know why, but I just thought the DVD was silly.  I don’t like hearing things like “I did acupuncture and I got pregnant after 2 weeks!” or, “Yoga definitely got me pregnant!”  or, “I held my legs up over my head after intercourse…baby on the way now!” etc. etc.  Those sort of things come off like the act of doing those particular things, get you pregnant.  I do not agree with that.  That is why I did not want anything to do with that DVD…it’s not magic. Continue reading

Yoga With The Dolphins

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I used to not have the patience for yoga!  Every time I tried it in the past I would get so bored and just stare at the clock watching the minutes slowly go by, until finally, an hour to an hour and a half later, it’s over.  I think I have grown to appreciate “calm, relaxing, focus on yourself” time with age.  I started practicing yoga just a few months ago, to help with infertility.  I’m doing yoga, as well as treatments with a fertility doctor, which I know is helping me to relax during this stressful time.   I tried acupuncture prior to trying more strenuous fertility treatments, but could not get into it.  I could not turn my mind off for an hour and just lay there.  I tried so hard!   Continue reading