Friday, November 22, 2013

My Little Monster

It's no question that I have a serious obsession with my Kobe. I talk to him more than my husband, my family, my friends and my co-workers. It's pretty sad and, at times, fairy embarrassing, but he's my little man and I patiently waited a really, really long time to get him. He's actually cuddling with me as I blog. That's love right there, people.

Kobe's been by my side throughout my whole ordeal these past few months and has cuddled with me over the last couple of weeks when I wasn't able to work out because of my last couple of minor surgeries. To say I am appreciative is an understatement. Otherwise, I'd probably strike up a conversation with Kyle Richards on the TV and that would be, well, just plain sad. It's okay, you can judge me for that.

So it's my turn this week to take care of my little dude. It's pretty common practice for the two of us to end up at the vet at least once every other week. Kobe is a sickly dog, whether it's a skin infection, allergies that cause hives all over his body, his horrific stomach or the constant pukes - typical bulldog issues. You'd never know he was sick though and he's just the happiest dog. I promise. But I came home to a murder scene this week in our apartment and Kobe running in circles just absolutely freaking out. He had gnawed at a small growth on his paw and it had just exploded. All.Over.Our.White.Couch. I about died. I know, it's gross and horrible timing too. We're supposed to drive up to Portland with him next week and, of course, Andres and I want him to look just perfect for our Portland fam! So here he is, with his first cast, and I'm just a little bit devastated. What on earth am I going to do when we have kids?? If I cry at the vet over my dog, what am I going to do at the pediatrician!

Let's hope he gets better this week. We even got him an adorable new grey hoodie so he can fit in with the Portlandians and stay warm.

Life has gotten crazy again, but it's finally back to a good kind of crazy. Just the way I like it! Every weekend has been filled to the brim with activities, from tree lightings to dinners to game day drinking to shopping trips with the girls. I have to say, even though I'm busy, it's tough being away from my gals in Birmingham so it made my night last weekend to join Meredith's wine and cheese birthday party all the way from California! Oh the joys of technology. Ashley FaceTime-ed me into their party and I felt like I was sitting right next to everyone. Awkward picture but here I am indulging in some cheese and wine. It makes me laugh.

Happy Birthday Merebear! And Happy Birthday to Miss Heather today too!

Andres and I are excited for a chill weekend this weekend. Dinner tonight, hopefully renting Muscle Shoals tomorrow, and then getting ourselves ready for our big drive on Tuesday. 1-2-3 GO! Love the holidays!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Halloween Parties!

Whoa October has been something else! It has been nonstop for the Whitt-Carlos clan, but we've had so much fun. Let's start with the weekend before Halloween. I've been working for weeks on my Game of Thrones-inspired costume, hand sewing everything, painting it to make it look dirty, braiding my top straps, and glue gunning. Yes, I used a glue gun. Hey, I never said I was a professional costume maker here! After a few finger burns and needle stabs, it came together better than I thought it would. AND, it didn't fall apart in the middle of the party, which is what I was so worried about. I even had the owner of the house have her needle and thread handy just in case she had to sew me back in.

I'll start with Friday night's carving party at our neighbor's place above us. Dave and Amy are the cutest couple and I've loved getting to know them these last few months. Andres was still in Portland visiting his family, so I invited my gal pal, Talya, to join me at the party. We surprisingly had the best time - I think both of us secretly expected to carve and dash, but everyone was so cool and chatty that we got carried away and stayed until 11pm! Any who, there were probably about 30 people there, so much food, pumpkin cider and they were playing The Lost Boys in the background, which just so happens to be my favorite movie, so now I love Dave and Amy even more. Amy, who is five months pregnant mind you, also had all the pumpkins hollowed out when we arrived, huge bowls of carving utensils, and a binder of stencil patterns. These people do NOT mess around with the pumpkin carving.

Pumpkin Pie! Get it!

I carved the ghost on the left. Took me forever!

Our neighbors, Dave and Amy

Sober shot

Not so sober shot. Dang Jell-O shots!

Saturday came quickly and to be honest, I spent the entire day getting over my hangover and drinking gallons of water to prep for the big Halloween party later that night. Our friends, Jenna and Vitt, live in this amazing house on the peninsula, just a few blocks from the beach. Vitt actually built it so the details are just gorgeous. They also throw some of the best themed parties, with huge spreads of food and enough alcohol for the entire block. So they spared no expense for Halloween this year and their costumes were so creative - they dressed as the burly man and the bear in the boat from that Dr. Pepper 10 (the soda just for men, lame) commercial. So dang clever. My brain just doesn't work like that, but Jenna is ridiculously creative. Here are a couple of pictures of our crew from the party. It was so much fun and I may have thought it was a good idea to drink minis of warm Wild Turkey. Who does that??

Khaleesi and her brave Dothraki warrior

The cutest firefighters in Newport Beach

Breakfast at Tiffany's anyone?

Hey guys, we gotta check the thermostat to make sure everything's working okay. We got this covered!

It was a heavy drinking weekend so Andres and I spent all day in bed on Sunday, knowing that the week to follow was not going to slow down one bit. It was SO nice to have a slow day and catch up on TV shows.

After a fun dinner party at Brooks and Talya's apartment on Tuesday where we just stuffed our faces with melted brie/herb cheese, burgers, salad and gluten-free brownies (thanks to Dusty's new girlfriend, she owns a gluten-free bakery!), we headed over to our friends Nick and Alissa's house just a few blocks away from us for Halloween. We live in a neighborhood full of young kids, so Nick and Alissa had this great idea of inviting everyone over for an open house to watch the trick or treaters come by. It was so much fun and I basically played with babies the entire time - little Wes, Nick and Alissa's new baby boy, fell asleep on me. I was in heaven. Our friends really do make the most precious babies though and they were all so well-behaved! One baby was even dressed up as Matthew McConaughey from Dazed and Confused. Clearly he was my favorite. SUCH a good idea and one that I plan on stealing one of these days.

It's been a busy couple of weeks, but I'm looking forward to slowing down a bit until Thanksgiving in Portland. I'm super excited about heading up there this year! I've missed my Portland fam.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Baby Colin is Here!

Baby Colin surprised us all with his 4.5-week-early arrival! I got the first text from Stephanie on Thursday afternoon and literally couldn't sit still for the rest of the day. I couldn't even sleep later that night! Apparently she had been lunching with her boss and her water broke. And being the hardcore pregnant lady she is, she chose to sit in it and finish her lunch before heading to the hospital. She's a little crazy if you ask me. I would have panicked!

Because baby Colin came early, really early, Stephanie and Derek didn't have a chance to pack, finish the downstairs studio where the entire family would stay, or figure out what to do with sweet Macy. So we got keep her! It was so fun having another dog in the house and this dog is quite possibly the easiest dog to care for. She does her own thing, sleeps well, and forces us to go for runs! Well, Andres that is. I'm not quite there yet with my leg. Macy was the perfect houseguest though and I wish she could stay with us more. It helps Kobe. He can be a maniac with other dogs.

After being induced later that night, Colin arrived at 4:40am and weighed 5 pounds 10oz! He was a little fella. Stephanie kept sending me the most adorable photos, so of course I had to run over there as soon as I was allowed to meet the little man. Fresh from a long day at work, Andres and I grabbed a little treat from Bel Bambini and some cookies, and ran over to Hoag. I have to say, Stephanie, Derek and Colin had the most gorgeous view from their hospital room. Leave it to Orange County to either give you a Pacific Ocean view or a mountain view. I could stay there for weeks! Here I am with Colin Jameson a few days after the birth. Clearly I couldn't stay away.

Colin's arrival made me so happy that I celebrated by eating the house and drinking more glasses of wine and beer than I should have. Okay fine, so I've been doing it all month. But what else was I supposed to do while laid up on the couch?! So I've decided to make this a cleansing week. I really need to curb my sweet tooth cravings and this is the only way to hit the reset button for my body. I picked up my first batch of juices this morning and will be juicing my way through the next five days. Here we go!

These past few weeks I've found out that my dear friend, Martha, and her husband are expecting their first child, baby Colin arrived, Claire turned 2, Harrison turned 2 and we're gearing up for baby Al's 1st birthday in December (where did the time go!!). So many good things going on and they truly make me the happiest. They also reinforce how much I want my own family. But for now, having all of these adorable babies and great friends and family are plenty enough. Our time will come.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Halloween Costumes

Everyone knows this, especially from my previous blog post, but I LOVE Halloween. It's an unhealthy love. And in all honesty, I really wanted to move my surgery to mid-October because I knew I would be immobile for a couple of weeks and all those amazing scary Halloween movies would be on TV. Okay, not all scary. Hocus Pocus still remains my favorite. But who doesn't love that classic?

Because I'm obsessed with this holiday, picking out costumes is a huge ordeal to me. In the past, I've been able to narrow it down a bit: be something slutty! It's the one day a year we ladies can all walk around like dirty skanks and it's totally cool! I've been a slutty hippie, a slutty bride, a slutty referee, a slutty kitty. You can really take any normal costume and make it a slutty one. Check out some of these gems:

After racking my brain for weeks, and trust me, I've had plenty of time to think lately, I finally came to the conclusion that this year, I wouldn't be slutty. This year, I'd class it up a bit. This year, I would be Daenerys Targaryen, mother of dragons, from Game of Thrones. I know, I know, I'm so nerdy and belong at Comic-Con, but it's my favorite show and I think this chick is simply bad ass. This is the look I'll be going for this year.

I'll have to make it from scratch so please pray for me. I'm a lot of things, but a sewer I am not. And I don't own a sewing machine, so this will all have to be hand-stitched. I need to hit up the fabric store ASAP so I can get going on this, mess it up, and have plenty of time to start over. I'll post some pics of the finished product but I'm seriously giddy about this year's costume. Now to figure out which character Andres will be!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Big Weekend - Halloween Decorations and Steph's Shower

It was a really big weekend for the ole Whitt-Carlos household.  Knowing that I was starting to get extremely restless after an entire week of sitting on the couch, our dear friends, Stephanie and Derek, invited Andres and me over for a little BBQ on Friday night. I was not about to let this stupid foot-long incision get in the way, so I grabbed my crutches and we were out the door! It was so much fun being half-social for a minute and it was the first time making it out of the house at night. I desperately needed it. I've never been the type to sit around and do nothing, so this little three-hour outing meant the world to me.

Stephanie and Derek have a real knack for decorating. Their beach house is like a scene out of Pottery Barn and every time I go over there, I just sit and admire what they've done. It's a lovely spot and doesn't hurt that they're one block from one of the most beautiful beaches in Orange County. Any who, while we were there, I noticed she already had all of her Halloween decorations out. Halloween happens to be my favorite holiday so I felt inspired to get ours out too! Yeah yeah, I know it's early, but it had to be done. We spent most of Saturday cleaning and getting the house ready for the best holiday of the year.  Embarassingly enough, this is just 1/4 of what we put out. I still have to tackle the front porch!

I may have overdone it a bit on Saturday because Sunday morning was rough! My wound area was in a bad place and I was kicking myself for doing too much. But, I had to rally because it was Stephanie's big baby shower day! The shower was just a few blocks away at our friend Alissa's gorgeous new house in Costa Mesa - she just had a baby six weeks ago so I was shocked to hear she was hosting. The spread was incredible though - there was a donut tree, French toast casserole, quiche, fruit, pancake skewers, parfaits and cupcakes - and you better believe I ate like a queen! We decorated onesies and late-night diapers and Stephanie opened all of her gifts. It was such a good day and everyone was so helpful while I was there. Have I mentioned I truly have the best friends?

It was a fabulous weekend and I'm so glad I got out for a bit, even if it did mean me jacking up my drains a bit. Hey, ain't nothing the doctor can't fix! And after a quick trip up to UCLA on Monday, all was back to normal again.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Annual Update

Hello blogosphere friends,

 It's been a while since my last post. I suppose life just gets in the way, but with my new work schedule, surely I'll have more time to update my blog.

Well, I suppose I need to start with my health. Let's just say, 2013 hasn't been so kind to me and I'm very ready for this year to be over. After nearly a year and a half of fertility issues and figuring out that salad-eating, fruit-obsessed, and regular gym-going me was someone who was living with pre-diabetes, PCOS, and multiple thyroid issues. For six months, I learned to manage each of these conditions, and thought we were on the road to starting a family.

After weeks of taking hormones, giving myself shots, going in for more ultrasounds than I wish to admit, I was finally in the waiting room, ridiculously excited, anxious and ready for our first IUI. After being told I was the next patient to go back, I got the call that would change my life forever. I had cancer. Rattled to the core and struggling for each breath as I sat outside the doors of my fertility office, I knew what the fertility doctor was going to tell me. Crushed. That word sums up my feelings that day. Something I had been working so hard towards was over. Not happening. And could potentially never happen.

It has been a terrifying month to say the least. For years, I watched my brother struggle, working so hard to just make it through the day alive. I ran away to California while he was sick because I really just couldn't bear it. The pain was too much. And I honestly never thought I'd be the one who'd be in the hospital bed one day, seeing that same pain reflected in my husband's eyes and my mother's eyes. But it happened.

Today, I sit here, ten lymph nodes down and a foot-long incision. But I'm cancer free. For now. Melanoma is a vicious kind of cancer and has a tendency of coming back. But for now, I'm good. Hopeful even. I would never compare myself to the cancer-stricken patients who undergo months of chemo and radiation, but I'm a survivor too. This experience has been a huge test of my strength and, at this point in my treatment, I've made it through. We may never be able to start that family we dreamed about, but I've reached the point where I'm grateful for everything I have - my family, Andres' family, and my friends. Because without them, I'm not sure I could have made it through. Check out this adorable photo card my Bama girls made me.

In lighter news, my mom came out to California for the first time to help us out and Kobe was one happy dog. I'm not sure how it happened, but Kobe loves my mom more than anyone else in this world. He followed her around everywhere she went. It was adorable and we were so sad to see her go! Hopefully she'll visit again soon!

It looks like I might get my staples and drains out this Friday, which will make life immensely easier for me. I'm crossing my fingers! If I do, Andres and I will definitely be celebrating Friday night.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Life Updates

It's officially been ages since my last blog post, but I'm feeling the itch to start up again. Not because I suddenly have something interesting to write about, but simply because I just miss writing. I even found myself writing a press release today that's not even supposed to be finished and sent out, or even relevant, for a few more months. What can I say, it's what I do. One of these days I'll join the ranks of some of my favorite authors and bust out a book. Although, I'm sure that dream is sitting right next to the one where I was supposed to open a clothing boutique by the age of 25 years old. It's covered in dust just in case you were wondering. :)

So married life is good. Before our big day, everyone told me, "Oh things change when you get married. It's just a different vibe in your household. Blah, blah, blah." You know what? I believed them. I really thought something drastic would change in our relationship and I really didn't know any better. But now that I think about things, it really hasn't changed at all and I'm relieved by that. Things were perfect before we got married. We were both extremely independent people who simply liked hanging out with each other. That works for us and it still does. Check back in with me in five years though!

What doesn't work is the sad realization that my metabolism is shot. What is it about getting older and gaining weight? In my head I think, okay, I'll diet for a few weeks, work out here and there, and BAM, hot bikini body is back. Come and get it boys! Well so long are those days. Work happens and I find myself feeling so mentally tired and lazy that I'd rather sit in agony than get up and use the restroom. Pity party of one right here! So yes, I will be investing in some stylish swimsuit cover-ups for Stagecoach. No need to hurt the eyes of innocent passerbys.

As I type this post, my dog is completely losing it. He's having a full conversation with a dog outside all while trying to chase down a pesky fly. I would have a multi-tasking dog. To sum it up, my dog is a complete spaz. I was raised with dogs. If one dog died, my family would have a new dog within the week. It's just how we were - we always had dogs around. But Kobe. Well, Kobe is special. Kobe does things that either make you fall over laughing or wondering what the hell is going on his head. There are days he sees things and days he doesn't stop sleeping. One thing's for sure, he loves to snuggle and he's the loudest snorer I've ever encountered. But our Kobe is our little man. We treat him like our child - yes, we're those people now.

That's all for now but I'm back and ready to blog. Woot woot! Maybe next time I'll not be so lazy and include some pictures. Cheers!