GiST

  1. Our house filled (but not overfilled) with friends and family to help us celebrate our five years.
  2. That they brought so much booze we may have to have another party to consume it all.
  3. Having family photos taken for the first time in six years.
  4. Seeing my siblings happily paired with their significant others.
  5. My brother and his girlfriend are thinking of getting a dog and it is sure to be hilariously named.

Knock on it.

Yes, today is our anniversary.  Five whole years of legality.  So, I always like to browse the lists of traditional and modern lists of the gifts that are slated for each year of wedded bliss.  Not that I expect gifts; we have everything we really need and I really don’t want for much.  Just because they’re funny.  Five years in the modern list is silverware.  Traditional is….wood.  I’ll give you some wood, alright.  And I bet you’ll give it right back.

I’m sorry, but it just had to be done.  Heehee.

What didn’t really have to be done, but was anyway, was this:

Awww, how purty!  And they smell good too.  And then tonight, sushi!  And then tomorrow, party!  Yay!  Go, us.

Ready, Set, Walk! Even virtually!

I know we’re all just flummoxed as to what to do with all the extra money we have laying around (sarcasm skills intact, woohoo!), but if you do happen to be feeling extra flush or just plain generous, please consider funneling some funds toward RESOLVE‘s Walk of Hope happening later this month in Atlanta.  As Julie so kindly outlined, RESOLVE is an important force in the continuing advocacy efforts on many aspects of infertility, such as fighting measures at state level intended to:

  • limit the number of embryos to be transferred during IVF;
  • ban cryopreservation of embryos;
  • ban embryonic stem cell research;
  • ban compensation for gamete and embryo donors;
  • require reporting of fertility patients’ miscarriages to state governments;
  • authorize the release of fertility patients’ medical information to any ‚Äúpublic or private entities for statistical, research or educational purposes” — i.e., for any reason at all; and
  • define a fertilized egg as a person.
It’s good work they’re doing.  Beyond the heartache that goes with actually being in the trenches of dealing with infertility, there are political considerations that must be paid attention so we don’t lose ground.  There are many out there who would take away what progress has been made and send us back to the dark ages.  While I hope this is not a realm of issues that will be personally important to you or yours, it always takes support from those outside looking in.  
Plus, Julie is witty.  Goooooo, Team No, YOU Relax!

It will, indeed.

Shadow walks faster than you
You don’t really know what to do
Do you think that you’re not alone?
You really think that you are immune to
Its gonna get that the best of you
Its gonna lift you up and let you down
It will defeat you then teach you to get back up
After it takes all that
You learn to love
Your reflection is a blur
Out of focus
But in confusion
The frames are suddenly burnt
And in the end of a roll of illusion
A ghost waiting its turn
Now I can see right through
It’s a warning that nobody heard
It will teach you to love what you’re afraid of
After it takes away all that
You learn to love
But you don’t
Always
Have to hold your head
Higher than your heart
You better hope you’re not alone
You better hope you’re not alone
You better hope you’re not alone
You better hope you’re not alone
You better hope you’re not alone
You better hope you’re not alone
You better hope you’re not alone
You better be hoping you’re not so…
Du du rut
Hope you’re not alone
Hmm hmm humm
Your –
Your echo comes back out of tune
Now you can quite get used to it
Reverb is just a room
The problem is that there’s no truth to it
It’s fading way too soon
The shadow is on the move
And maybe you should be moving too
Before it takes away all that you learned to love
It will defeat you and then teach you to get back up
Cause you don’t
Always
Have to hold your head
Higher than your heart
You better hope you’re not alone
You better hope you’re not alone
You better hope you’re not alone
You better be hoping you’re alone
You better hope you’re not alone
You better hope you’re not alone
You better hope you’re not alone
You better hope you’re not so…
Du ru ru ru ru
Hope you’re not alone
Hmm hmmm hmmmm
Better hooope
Huuu huuu hmmm
Better hope you’re not alone
Huuu huuu hmmm
Hooope
(lyrics via)