Before the Pinterest Project, I am going to just chat a little bit about what has been going on in this crazy head of mine. It seems as though there is something in the water that is causing everyone to be pregnant. I can truly, genuinely and honestly say that I am happy for all of my pregnant friends. Some have been struggling to get there and others just happened to "stumble" there. I am not sure if I am just more aware of it, but it seems like everyone either has a child or is carrying one via uterus. Right now, I am at a point where I am very confused. I am not sure what I want. Adopting a baby seems like a great thing to do and I am sure that I am going to want that soon, but right now, I am not sure how I feel about us being parents at this current time. I'm not sure if it is because I am afraid that we won't be able to adopt so it is just easier for me to pretend I don't want one right now. It still doesn't mean that not having a baby doesn't hurt any less and that our infertility doesn't bother me any more. Mother's Day was a hard one for me this year. I had to work and of course that is the famous day when everyone asks if you are a mother. Well, one of our respiratory therapists asked me and I told her that I was the mother to 8 furry legs and 2 wet noses. Another employee, who knew my situation, quickly cut in and said that dogs didn't count so no, I was not a mother. Well, thanks for adding salt to that wound. Way to be sensitive! Also what happens a lot of times is every time I feel sick, people always say, "Maybe you're pregnant." When I tell them it is impossible, they say stranger things have happened or Miracles happen! Yes, miracles do happen, but I am also not delusional and I also am a firm believer in science. Trust me people. If it happened, I would have a whole lot of explaining to do and one very angry husband. I try to turn our infertility into a positive - we can go out whenever we want to! We can sleep thru the nite! I won't have a stomach down to my knees or droopy boobies! We don't have to worry about day care or babysitters! We don't have to worry about raising a child in this crazy world! I know, I know. We also don't get all of the joys that come with having children. But humor me here, people. The whole point is to try to make me feel better.
One other factor that is making it difficult has been work lately. Right now, we seem to have an increase in child abuse/abandoned children. It has been really hard seeing these beautiful children who come to use malnourished, scared, lonely. The scars on their exterior are not nearly as bad as the scars on their interior. I can only hope that while they were in the hospital with us, our staff was able to leave a positive impression on them. Seeing these children being treated worse than anybody should be treated is heartbreaking. Knowing that the people who did this to them are never going to be treated that way even when they are serving their time in prison is very unsettling.
Now for my 2 Pinterest Projects! The recipe I tried were squished potatoes. They were yummy! This recipe was from a pin on Pinterest, but apparently the pin leads to spam, so I made up my own recipe to go with the photo. I took some small red potatoes, boiled them for a few minutes until they were fork tender. Now comes the fun part. I used Reynold's non-stick foil on a baking sheet, spaced them out evenly, and had a spiffy time squishing them with a glass. Don't squish too much otherwise they will sort of fall apart. Just a lite squish to open them up some. I added a pat of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter to each one and then gave them a little spritz with some Crisco butter cooking spray. They were seasoned with a bit of garlic powder, some parsley and then topped off with some coarse sea salt. I popped those bad boys in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes until they are nice and brown and crispy. These made a lovely side with our filet mignon and sauteed spinach.
Next up was the really cute mirror idea that I got from this fabulous blog here! Apparently, Pottery Barn has a mirror that is similar to this and I imagine it cost a whole lot more than my new mirror. Because my new mirror cost.......drum roll please! TEN BUCKS!!!! The only things that I had to purchase were the 9 mirrors from the dollar store as well as the foam board from the dollar store. I already had the duct tape, but they do sell that at the dollar store if you need it. I also had some ribbon and that is what I am using to hang it. When I taped the mirrors together, I made sure that the hangers were facing the same way. I tied the ribbon onto the hangers and, when I get around to it, I will hang it above the mantle. This whole project took about 12 minutes. The only reason it took that long was because the dogs were very interested and kept attempting to walk on the mirrors. Best of all, Sam really likes it!
I am not really sure why the photo is so crooked. Perhaps because I took it with my iPhone!
Hoping that everyone is doing well! Have a great rest of the week! Hugs!
"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." ~ Lady Bird Johnson
""Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children." ~ Princess Diana