Saturday, August 21, 2010

ICLW Randomness (Stolen From Minta)

Good morning Humble Readers...

I love memes!  And I love ICLW!  So, of course I felt the need to do one for my first ICLW post of the month.  I stole this one from Minta a few weeks ago, and have been just waiting for the right time to use it.  Oddly enough, this one is missing a question for #4, so I made up my own.  :)

1) If you could live in any country but the Canada, where would you live?  Somewhere in the UK, or maybe New Zealand.  Someplace green and fresh. 

2) Why did you title your blog “Hobbit-ish Thoughts & Ramblings”?  I remember the first time I read "The Hobbit" many years ago... I fell in love with the inhabitants of the Shire, and recognized a lot of myself in them.  I feel as though I could be related to them, two or three times removed.  I'm short, round, love good food, good books, and good friends.  I like things to be mellow, orderly, and calm, but have a slight craving for the occassional adventure.  Even though I don't have hairy feet, I do prefer to go shoeless and sockless much of the time.  About the only hobbit-ish trait that I don't fully exhibit is the ability to grow things... I love the idea of gardening and can appreciate a beautifully tended garden, but I can't make it happen myself.  Heaven knows, I've tried.  When it came time to name my blog, I wanted it to be a place where I could talk about the things that are important to me (as simple or as complex as they may be), and I immediately thought of my hobbit 'cousins'. 

3) How many “in real life” people know about your blog?  Locally, not many.  There are a few co-workers who know about my blog, but as far as I know only one reads (Hi, S!).  Maybe I will let others know about it once I go on mat leave.  No one in my family, other than my Beloved know about it.  A few of my friends from far away know about and read my blog.  It's been a good way to reconnect with some of them. 

4) Why did you decide to start blogging?  I set up this blog almost two years ago, during my first pregnancy.  I had hoped to record the journey we were on building our family.  A few days after I set it up, and before my first post, we lost Emily Hope.  I wrote a couple of posts while I was in the midst of that grief, and then when we decided to start trying again.  Sadly, this little hobbit-hole languished for a few months with no action.  I didn't come back to it again until, after we lost our second little one, Olivia Noelle.  A good friend from one of the message boards I frequented encouraged me to check out the ALI (adoption, loss, infertility) community and there's been no looking back since.  I have found incredible support, friendship, and knowledge in this community, and I know I couldn't be here now without it. 

5) What kind of clothes do you wear?  Casual or Business Casual for work.  I love my jeans and tshirts. 

6) What are you having for dinner tonight?  Beloved is having perogies and sausage.  I'll be at work, so I'll get a salad from Qui.znos.

7) Where do you “blog”?  Sitting on my comfy red couch, in my school bus yellow living room. 

8) Do you like to cook?  Ummm yeah!  That love has been put to the test lately, with the GD diagnosis.  We'll see what comes in the next few weeks. 

9) What’s your beverage of choice at night?  I confess that I am an iced-tea junkie.  But again, since I have been pregnant I have tried to stay away from it as much as possible.  Water is now pretty much all I drink.

10) What would you most like to know about your fellow bloggers who read this?  I want to know why they started blogging.  What was it that made this form of communicating and interacting with others interesting to you?

Thank you all so much for your supportive comments on my last post.  This whole situation is still very discouraging, but I am tryng to just accept it for what it is and roll with it.  I need to stop googling blood sugar levels, and the possible results of GD.  I have an appointment with Dr. U on Wednesday, and I'm hoping that he can provide me with some context and maybe some hope.  If insulin is in my future, then I guess I will deal with that.  I just can't seem to shake the worry and fear. 


  1. I started blogging after googling the phrase "infertile whore" and finding and she was HILARIOUS and she was getting it all of her chest, and being funny and being herself without having to put it out there for the real life people. Something about that appealed to me, so after a couple weeks of lurking about her blog and the blogs of her commenters, I started my own.

    What initially drew me into blogging was the anonymity combined with the commonality with the other bloggers. But now, you guys are really my friends.

  2. school bus yellow living room. i love it!!!!
    your blog is very creative and unique.
    keep at it!

  3. I started my blog after being so frustrated with not really having any venting source during this difficult time. It also will likely serve as a journal of sorts eventually and once we do conceive or delve into adoption will be open to family so that they can know our children even though they are far away....

  4. Happy ICLW! I did this one on my blog too a while ago :)

    I was on TTC forums before I started blogging and noticed a lot of the people there had blogs. I started reading them and "blog-surfing" out from their blogs. I found this ALI community and started commenting. I had never journaled before but I wanted to share so I jumped in! Very glad I did.

  5. I love hobbits so I feel quite at home here. Glad to hear the halfling is doing well, good luck with the GD...

    Happy ICLW!


  6. Happy ICLW!

    I'm sorry to hear about the GD diagnosis ... and hope that you can find some new things to love to cook. I'll be in my 17th week on Monday, and I'm trying to balance cooking and eating healthy with CRAVINGS ...

    Congratulations on making it so far, and sending good thoughts for a continued healthy pregnancy, GD aside! You're doing great!!

  7. Glad to see things are continuing to go well for you (yes the GD is annoying but the halfling is OK!).
    I started blogging so other families that lose babies to cord problems can find more info about it. Unfortunately, my blog has taken a bad turn because now I have infertility on top of my losses!

  8. I actually started a blog YEARS ago when the idea first came about, but didn't follow through with it. Earlier this year, when we got our FFI diagnosis and I kind of hit bottom, I had one of those friend of a friend things happen. She had a blog detailing their IF experiences, and I read the whole thing in one weekend. Like a good book, couldn't stop reading. And I set mine up the next day. And now...yeah, I'm going to go through withdrawal when the baby comes. LOL.

  9. Happy ICLW!

    Loved your responses...

    I always though coffee was banished...has the doc banished tea as well?

    I started my ALI blog way after my usual-life blog. I thought that it was better this way, and it surely was!

    I discovered the ALI community after I started my infertility blog. I think SQ was one of my first haunts.

  10. I started blogging out of the sheer desperation and the need for support when we were going through secondary infertility/repeat pregnancy loss. I continued because I discovered I loved to write.

    And, do you have my phone number? I have a huge base of medical knowledge (use to be a paramedic) and would love to be a sounding board for you when you need it.

    {{{Hugs}}} my friend.

  11. I started my original blog as a means to stop the slide into depression didn't work but did help a little.

    Now I blog as a means to breath.

    #56 Miss Ruby

  12. I think I might steal this meme from you!! :-) Thanks for commenting on my blog welcoming out new puppy! To answer your last meme question, I started a blog mostly to get & give support to others battling IF. I like it here in blog world, as no one in my family understands IF.
    Congratulations on your sweet, little miracle!! How exciting!
    Happy ICLW from #18!

  13. Mrs. G, where have I been!? 26wks, omg!! Im so excited for you...and thank you much for the love and support over at my place..It means the world!!

  14. Hello! Nice to meet you and thanks for the comment. I look forward to following you from now on. Adding you to my blog-list now!

    Oh, and, I must say that I may be one of your hobbity cousins. I also love simple things like food and books, and like to stay in my nice little community where I'm safe and comfy. :)

  15. I love your sweet blog and I am praying for you to have a healthy rest of your pregnancy (despite the GD and the possible insulin, I'm sure it is annoying, but you are in no way a failure! Please don't think that. From what I see, you are strong and you can get through it!)

    Happy IComLeavWe!
    <3MaryAnne #135

  16. Your blog is great! I love this post, I might steal the idea.
    I'm sorry to hear about the GD. You sound like you're dealing with it, though.


  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog, wishing you a happy and healthy 9 months, well what's left of it, you are more than half way there!


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