Friday, November 13, 2009


Thanks again everyone for thinking of me and for the nice emails, texts, phone calls. It was so sweet of you all! Here is an update:

The surgery went really well. I am recovering quicker than last time which has been nice! I went to the hospital Tuesday morning around 8am and was in the operation room by about 8:40am. They gave me my IV and some morphine and I got loopy really quick :) I got out of surgery about an hour later and didn't throw up at all afterwards. Much different from last time. Ended up only staying at the hospital probably for about 2 hours and then Josh took me home.

I slept most of the day and rested Wednesday and Thursday. I'm back to work today, but really drained and ready to go home already. I feel some pain in my shoulders from the gas they use during surgery, but not nearly as bad as last time. The worst pain I have right now is probably just trying to sit up. Once I'm laying down it hurts to try and bend at the waist. Also, the incision areas are a bit bloody (sorry for the TMI) and it makes me want to throw up a little bit every time I look at them, haha.

The endometriosis came back and the doctor cleared up as much as he could. I did have 2 cysts as a result from the endo, which were removed and hopefully this is what we need to start the next step. Just wanted to give you a quick update on me and let you know everything went great. Josh leaves for NY on Sunday so I'm going to be pretty bored while he's gone :( He's going for a conference out there for work. Lucky. Wish I were going with him...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pasta! I did it!

So after a few failed attempts at this a couple days ago, I really wanted to figure it out because we love pasta!! I figured it out today! The previous recipe I was using from the KitchenAid recipe book, was a little too dry, possibly because we are in a dry climate. So I tried it with less flour and a little bit of water and wha-la!

Here is my creation:


Letting the dough sit for 20 minutes

Rolling the dough

The dough is getting thinner and longer

Cutting the dough

Drying the noodles

Horray! I'm so excited! I'm going to let the noodles dry for an hour and then store them in the refrigerator or freezer for further use. I would make it tonight for dinner, but we just had pasta like 2 days ago. And if you know me really well, you know I LOVE ravioli. That is the next endeavor :) Anyone want to come over for dinner?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Surgery - One more time

Well guys... it's that time again. Time for another surgery! I'm obviously being sarcastic and wish so much that I don't have to do this, but I do.

A week from today (Nov. 10) I go under the knife (dun, dun, dun). This is the same surgery I did last year. It's called a laparoscopy and will be used to help treat my endometriosis.


Laparoscopy - a surgical technique in which a lighted viewing instrument (laparoscope) is inserted into the lower abdomen through a small incision, usually made below the navel. The abdomen is inflated with gas injected through a needle, which pushes the wall of the abdomen away from the organs so the doctor can see them more clearly.

Endometriosis - the growth of endometrial tissue-which normally lines the uterus-in other parts of the body. Endometriosis typically grows in the abdominal cavity and most often attaches to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, outer surface of the uterus, bowels, or other abdominal organs.

So yeah... when I did it last year, it was hell, but I lived. Last year was my first surgery, so hopefully my body will respond better this time around. It's only an outpatient surgery, so I'll go in Tuesday and go home the same day. It's just that my abs hurt SOOO bad and you don't realize how much you use them, until every little move you make kills! The other super sucky part is when they fill you up with the gas, and they don't get it all out, then everytime you sit up the air bubbles fill like your chest and shoulders and you just want to lay down all the time so it doesn't hurt. But I'll let you know how it goes!

Monday, November 2, 2009


Well... I've been tagged! Thanks a lot Lindsey :) I know I'm not required to do these, but since I haven't posted pictures from our Nashville trip... I'll do this while you all are waiting. (All 3 of you who read my blog)

List 10 truths about yourself:

(I'll try to list things that are less commonly known to make it more interesting)

1. I used to be known as the "ninja" in my family growing up because I would kick and thrash so much when I would sleep. So, on family trips I would always get my own bed because no one wanted to sleep with me. I was sad about it when I was little because my brothers would tease me, but then I realized I got my own bed and it was fine. Apparently (according to Josh) I don't do that anymore. Except I do steal the blankets still... and grind my teeth.

2. I skipped first grade. Not that exciting, so I'll tell this funny story. When I was in second grade I hated my teacher so much. She was so rude and even the parents didn't like her. Her name was Ms. Vranicar and she was at DeMille Elementary. Anyways, in the middle of all of our tables was a basket of books. Every couple days I would take a book and put it in my backpack and when I came home I threw the books behind the piano so my mom never saw them. One day, my mom found them all and said "Tiffany... what is this?!" So I spilled the beans and told her and my mom was so nice that she actually returned the books anonymously so I wouldn't have to face my teacher. Which brings me to number 3...

3. I absolutely hated school growing up. I would cry and cry and cry and my dad would threaten to "hog tie me" (jokingly, but I thought he was serious) and take me to school in my pajamas... my worst nightmare when I was in 2nd grade. So, I would come home on the kindergarden bus at like noon, so that I wouldn't have to stay longer than I needed to. Needless to say, it didn't matter, because I was a genius child anyways. (I mean I skipped first grade).

4. I have never been in a car accident. Small, big, their fault, my fault.. nothing. I count my lucky stars and I hope I didn't just jinx myself.

5. I can type 100 wpm with 100% accuracy on I don't know why, but I always loved taking typing tests. It was like a game for me.

6. I have never, ever had a bloody nose or an ear infection. (The ear infection may be disputed by my mom, when I was like a baby, but not that I have ever known).

7. I am a chapstick addict. Growing up I would lick my lips all the time and was even given the name "Lip licker" from my brothers, kind... I know. I would lick all around my mouth and have like chapped mouth (instead of chapped lips), gross, but whatever. So, I would sleep with vaseline on my lips every night and to this day, I can not go to sleep without putting vaseline on my lips. And throughout the day, I have chapstick on me at all times.

8. I was almost arrested in college. Another funny story... so I went to BYU and lived in the dorms. A friend of mine in one of the other dorms was telling me how much everyone hated this one guy on their floor and how loud and obnoxious he was. So, being the intellient person that I was, called his room number and pretended to be the Provo Police and told him there was a noise complaint and to keep it down. Well, the next day, my friends wanted me to do it again, so I called back and chatted with this guy. Anyways... he must have caught on, because I got a phone call a little while later (I thought it was him calling back) and I answered the phone "Provo Police" and the voice on the other line goes, "no... you are not Provo police.. I AM Provo Police" So yeah.. the cops came to my dorm told me I could go to jail for the night for impersonating a police officer and harrassment. Thank goodness I cried and they didn't take me to jail.

9. I kept a journal from Freshman year of college until I got engaged to Josh. Religiously for 4 years straight... then stopped. Haven't written since. I'm so sad, but at least I have everything about meeting Josh and how hot I thought he was when I saw him the first time :)

10. I eat my sandwiches from the bottom up. My favorite part of the bread is the top crust, so I save that part for last. I eat the gross bottom bread, but by the time I get to the top, I'm kind of full and don't usually eat my favorite part anyways. Haha.

Now... I tag... Veronica R., Lacey M., Brenda W.