Infertility, Marriage

Little Happies: Vegas Adventures

March 17, 2014

This week, I have many Little Happies I’m linking up over at Blessed to Be!

Many are from the girl’s trip I took with a dear friend to Las Vegas, NV this past Wednesday-Saturday! This was my first “girl’s trip” and it hopefully won’t be the last. It was awesome to get away with a gal pal for some fun, adventure, prayer, and conversation. I think we may have talked for three days straight, minus when we paused to sleep. It was great.

–one–

catching-fire

Catching Fire came available to rent on Amazon this past week! WOOHOO! We use this new thing called HitBliss to watch commercials and receive credit to rent music, tv shows, or movies on Amazon. So not only did we watch Catching Fire for the 3rd time, we watched it for FREE! 🙂 The Teixeiras love free.

–two–

Bellagio_Fountain4

The Bellagio Fountains.

The musical choice was one of my all-time favorites:

I could listen to Andrea Bocelli for days on end.

Standing there made us feel like we were in Ocean’s Eleven, which is another Little Happy in and of itself! 🙂

–three–

gold strike canyonGold Strike Canyon.

There were repel ropes. There were striking views. There were crystal-clear hot-spring pools to swim in. There were sore muscles. All in all, a really great 4-5 hour hiking experience!

I had actually done this grueling bear of a hike about a year ago…so I thought I would really “show” Andrea some real adventure in the back country. Somehow Andrea had to lead us down all the scary repel ropes because I kept freaking out. I am still not as courageous as my soul desires to be.

–four–

wheel of fortuneWheel of Fortune: Special Edition

This is my gambling machine of choice. Last year, I put $1 into the machine, played for a few minutes and cashed out over $40.

It took us forever and a day to find this bad boy in Vegas but eventually on the very last night, we found one! Unfortunately I had lost my $20 gambling money by that point…so it was up to Andrea to take home the big win to redeem me! She was on a very hot streak of beginner’s luck, so I knew it was going to go well! Lo and behold, she put in a $20 and a few minutes later she cashed out with $35. A small win but nonetheless a win!

–five–

hoover dam

Hoover Dam.

Wow. Wow. Wow. The views were breath-taking and terrifying. I found myself in awe that this was built during the Great Depression times. It was a delightful experience minus thinking I was going to be pushed over the ledge at any second. I tend to be unnecessarily paranoid around heights.

–six–

in-n-out-burger-logoHave you been there? If so, you KNOW why this deserves to be part of Little Happies.

If not, go the next time you are out West and it will be one of your Little Happies too! For us gluten-free peeps, they make a mean lettuce wrapped burger!

–seven–

pizza vegas

I may be going on a food kick here.

The above pizza was made (without extra charge) on a gluten-free crust at Project Pie. They let me build it, kind of like building a burrito at Chipotle. Yes, that is prosciutto on the pizza among many other delicious ingredients.

–eight–

brunch

Definitely a food kick now.

Since I’ve been OOT and Jonathan didn’t shop while I was gone (he ate pizza and ice cream for three days) we decided to hit up a new place we’ve heard about for Sunday Brunch. Yes, those are gluten-free buttermilk pancakes. If you didn’t know they were gluten-free you would NEVER suspect it. Even better! I am very happy to have a brunch place again that gluten can’t steal from me.

–nine–

ATK cookbook

This cookbook came in the mail the day I left town. I got to spend a few minutes browsing it and I already like what I am seeing. We are huge fans of America’s Test Kitchen and the way they experiment, test, and scientifically explain every recipe until they find the best one. I am pumped to dive into baking and cooking with this new kitchen companion.

–ten–

Last but not least – I had my latest cycle review with the PPVI about our infertility. Based on last p+7 blood draw my progesterone level was 6.3 and estrogen was 12.5 which is not good. Still waiting for Thyroid Panel results.The little happy in the midst of the cycle review was that the LUF cyst I had from last cycle dissolved (thanks to nurse Jonathan giving me progesterone injections) allowing me to try another round of clomid this cycle.

Then they offered a new-to-them (like almost experimental new) treatment that is working for a doctor over in Italy to prevent LUFS from forming! A plan to possibly help my body ovulate! I didn’t think there was a cure to this disease at all. I have NO idea how this will all pan out. They even said I don’t have to try it, since it’s really so new. I feel I ought to try anything moral at this point. At the very least I can be a guinea pig for treatment that will hopefully pave way to a cure of LUFS someday for other women. Zero guarantees on if this will work but I am just happy to have something to try. I want to know I “gave it my all.”

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8 Comments

  • Reply Ecce Fiat March 17, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Wow – so much happy! And your food pictures are making me hunnnngry =) That cookbook sounds really interesting! We have one of the test kitchen cookbooks and you’re right, they are so thorough – each recipe is a saga of its own! My nerdy homemaker side is interested in how gluten free baking does work…and your last happy is exciting, to have another option.

    Also – I would take you up on your kind offer of suggestions for what to do in Nebraska =) My email (which is my name) is attached to my comment if you’d like to email – thanks in advance!

  • Reply Catholic Mutt March 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    That food looks so good! I’m going to have to keep that canyon in mind if I ever make it down that way; it sounds like a great hike. I also get a little paranoid about heights, but I have come to love rappelling. And climbing. I don’t think how scared you feel is as much of a measure of how courageous you are as whether you overcome that fear. So way to go!

  • Reply Stephanie March 17, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    What is this HitBliss you speak of? I must look into it! Your trip sounds fantastic. Totally jealous of all the yummy food, especially the In-n-Out burger. I had it several years ago when visiting family in CA, but didn’t even realize how awesome it was ’til it was gone. Been craving it ever since. I was wondering what the GF option would be. Duh! Lettuce wrapped burger? Perfect!! The Hoover Dam looks beautiful, though I would have been right there with you in the fear of falling over the edge. Heights are scary! And perfectly normal to be fearful of. Let me know how you like the recipes in your new book. If it’s reeeeeally awesome, I may have to buy it. And YAY for possible LUFS treatment!!! Can’t wait to hear if it works out. And I love the positive attitude — you may only be helping women in the future by trying out treatments, but it’s worth it. Awesome. Though, I hope it really works for you. 🙂

  • Reply Kat March 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Oh yes, in-n-out one of the reasons I am happy to live in CA 🙂 I love me my protein style burgers!

  • Reply Amanda March 18, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Stephanie – here is the link to HitBliss http://www.hitbliss.com/

    It’s redundant commercials but easy money. We’ve watched tons of brand new movies for FREEEEE. I highly recommend it. And I will get back to you on the cookbook. I have a good feeling about the book. Now my ability to follow the directions and pull the recipes off? That’s a whole different deal. LOL

    • Reply Stephanie March 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Ha!! I totally understand. The pictures in the book always look nicer than what I end up making. It’s a good thing it’s only the taste that matters. 🙂 I bet you’ll do great!

      PS – I spy with my little eye a new version of the Little Happies banner. LOVE!!! (Thanks, Jonathan!)

  • Reply Infertile Minnesota March 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    What is the new LUF med???

    • Reply Amanda March 24, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      The new med (which I guess isn’t so new over in Italy) is Cytotec. I didn’t get to take it but to my understanding it’s taken four days in a row prior to ovulation to hopefully prevent an LUF from forming. Hoping next month it works for me! Two big fat LUF’s for this gal from the hcg trigger! You know this frustration well! It’s hard not to just expect failure from my body these days. Did anything help you bounce back from LUF discouragement?

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