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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Beer Cheese Festival - Winchester, KY


Matt and I both HEART beer cheese!!!
So when I saw they were going to be having a beer cheese festival on June 14th within an easy car ride away from our house, I promptly typed it on my calendar and asked Matt if he was interested in going even though I knew he would.
 
Today was a perfect day for a car ride and the weather was perfect to be out in the sun. We couldn't have asked for a better day.
At this point, locally, we had only tried beer cheese at Drake's, Apple Bee's and Sidebar.
We had both decided the best is found back home at a pub near where are parents live. We haven't been there is YEARS -  I am sure we will make it there before the year is over.
  
On our way to Winchester, KY for the festival, we decided to make a quick stop in Simpsonville, KY to see the so-called World's largest roll of sausage - Purnell's 'Old Folks' whole hog country sausage.
Yes, I am very proud to say I have seen it. However, when I read about it online, I was expecting it to be larger. Had I of read the description like I just did a few minutes ago, I would have known it is only about 12 feet left to right. Either way, I really am happy we got to see it and take my picture next to it as proof. How many people can actually say they have been here and seen it? I'm guessing not many. Certainly no one I know. 
This was a very quick stop - about 2 miles from the interstate. Worth seeing if you are driving by it already. I would not go very far out of my way to see this landmark.
 
About an hour later, after our sausage detour, we made it to the 6th annual Beer Cheese Festival. We were able to park very close for FREE! I thought for sure we would have to pay to park. I was pleasantly surprised.
For $5 you could purchase a wrist brand allowing you to sample all the different vendor's beer cheeses and then you got to drop your vote on your favorite. Was worth the $10 total for us both to try all the different spreads. Great way to save money. These were all locally owned (within a few hours drive) small businesses. Not only could you sample them, you could also purchase products if you wanted to take some home with you.
I know we voted for the second vendor, but all I can remember was the company name started with the letter 'B' and they handed out free bottled water. Not that the free water swayed our vote. This beer cheese had a very nice/strong beer like taste.
 
Walking around the downtown area, I was in love! I felt like I had stumbled into a movie set. They have really taken care and/or restored these buildings wonderfully.
Look how beautiful they are:

When I saw this, I thought I wanted to get my sweet snack of the afternoon from this cute trolley.... until I ate my lunch and decided to get some homemade ice cream from a different vendor. (Pictures below)
 
How cute is the name of this restaurant?
I love the 'and sometimes dinner' part.
The name of the place speaks to me.
I wish they had posted there menu on he window. I might have ate here if they had posted it. Of course, I could have looked it up on my phone. I was too hungry though. I plan on looking it up online and possibly eating here next time we are in the area.
 
I couldn't resist having this picture taken next to the mock street signs.
Now if only I could have gotten those guys to move out of my picture....
 
After Matt and I walked around sampling all the different beer cheeses (in a marked off area), we sampled some wines and other goodies while scooping out all the different vendors selling lunch items. Mmmmm.... grilled meat......
I settled on a rib eye sandwich and Matt decided to have pulled pork nachos.
Mine was really yummy! Matt said the nachos were decent. I did try a bite - they weren't really my thing.
The Diet Ale 8 we drank is made locally in Winchester. We drank two of them... They are made with Splenda and are very tasty! I wish we had bought a few to take home....
Prior to coming here, I had read online how it is made in this town and they offer tours on Fridays. I already told Matt I would like to make it out there one day this summer for the tour. I liked how most the vendors at this festival seemed to only offer this soda which seemed very loyal to me. Wish more towns honored there local companies by exclusively using the products made in the town. Maybe they already do and I just don't know they do. I am going to believe this to be true.
 
After lunch, it was time to check out the craft vendors on the other side of the road.
It could be because I am used to the large scale of vendors on Glendale Days, but the craft area wasn't big enough in my opinion. I am hoping next year they can advertise a little better and get more small business owners to sign up to be here.
 
We did see one vendor with the most unique products:
How freaking adorable are those???
Seriously, do you see how adorable these are???
If I had a big tree to put one on, I would have bought one.

Actually, I need a screened in porch so I could enjoy it 'outside' while it was protected from the rain and birds. Ha! Yes, I do realize it is a bird house. I don't want them near it though because they would just ruin it.
It is too cute to be ruined.
Great, now I have buyers remorse! Should have gotten myself one!
 
Before we knew it, we had walked by all the craft vendors and it was time to head back to the food area and get some delicious homemade ice cream.
We sat near this statue while eating. I tried to post it with the building pictures....
Stupid Blogger!
 
Our ice cream:
Mint chocolate chip for me and Cookie Monster for Matt - both in a waffle cone.
 
Overall, the Beer Cheese Festival had a great flow in regards to the different vendors and seemed to be very well ran. We didn't see anything shady and we felt safe the entire time. Matt and I had a lovely time and we both look forward to visiting the festival next year. I am also positive we will visit the town again by the end of this summer to go on the Ale 8 factory tour. Would have enjoyed going today if they had been open, but I am glad those employees had the opportunity to come to the festival if they wanted to go.
 
Until next year,


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fertility and PCOS

Warning –

Below, I am being very honest about wanting a baby ASAP and I might get a little TMI. If you are my brother or any other male, I urge you to stop reading this post. I’ll sum it up for you – I want to conceive a baby with all my heart. I am greatly looking forward to being a mommy one day.
I would like it to be sooner rather than later.  
Again, please stop reading if you do not want to read my TMI.
 
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Do you know the only 'thing' I think about these days are babies?
Yes.
Babies.
They are on my mind constantly. At home, at work, at the store, while eating out, while watching TV… you get the picture.
You might even say I am a bit obsessed with all things babies.
I do admit to being completely obsessed with pinning baby nurseries, baby toys, baby outfits, baby supplies and all other baby products and ideas on Pinterest. Not only do I have a public baby folder, I also have a private one in order to not seem so baby obsessed. It's like I am hiding my addiction. LOL!
I am obsessive when I look at soon to be mommy blogs going from one blog to another in search of baby announcement ideas, gender reveals and baby birthing stories. Then, once a blogger has her baby, they always seem to blog less and to be completely honest with you, I am okay with this. Because at this point, I no longer want to read about their happy lives with their sweet, adorable babies since it just reminds me I don’t have one and I now have nothing in common with this blogger. (Not that I ever did – I’m obviously not pregnant.)  
I even joined a group on Facebook and I actually comment along with other people.  I don’t even comment to my own Facebook friends! But these people are in the same boat as I am in and they are all very supportive of each other. I like reading their success stories and what they have/are doing to get pregnant. I find it very helpful.
  
All day long I think about how badly I want one.
All. Day. Long.
My own sweet bundle of joy with 10 fingers and 10 toes.
I enjoy day dreaming about how nice it would be to start our family (besides me, my husband and our dog of course) before I am 30.

Every time I see a baby or small child when I am out, I get some weird longing for it. I can’t stop staring and smiling at it. Sometimes I have at them in hopes they will wave back. And then, sometimes, I think about stealing it. Yep, I have thought about stealing other people’s babies. What kind of person does that? I’ll tell you what kind of person…. A crazy baby obsessed person!
I can’t help it! (I won’t ever follow through, but the desire to do it is bad enough.)
Even Matt tells me I get a look in my eyes when I see one and he wonders (jokingly) if he needs to be ready to stop me from running in the direction of the baby.
You know it is bad when even your husband is seeing signs of baby theft. 
Just saying!
  
Let me assure you, it’s not from our lack of trying. We have been married over 2 years now and not once have we practiced safe sex. Not once!
And now, over the last several months, we have really been trying to conceive with more effort. We have had more sex over the last several months then we have had the other year and a half we have been married. I have researched everything I can think of about conceiving and, I think, we are doing what we should be doing. I am eating healthier and drinking more water, I am exercising, I have been really good about taking my vitamins everyday (started prenatal pill 2 weeks ago opposed to multivitamin along with a probiotic and fish oil) and I have even stopped biting my nails! Not that you have to stop biting your nails to conceive…. I decided to do this because 1.) it is gross - although I do enjoy it and 2.) I don’t want to compromise my immune system by putting my possibly germy fingers in my mouth.
  
Sadly, I’m positive I have stupid Polycystic Ovary Syndrome also known as PCOS. Google it if you are unsure what this is. You will learn all sorts of things about it with the exception of how to cure it. As of now, they have no cure and they do not know what causes it. Or so they say. I am a bit bitter about it which just enhances my crazy baby obsessive tendencies therefore I have a theory – I think death and being ‘ill’ is a multibillion dollar industry therefore it would be stupid of them (government) to cure ‘illnesses’ such as PCOS. I could be wrong, this is just a theory I have settled on to, perhaps, comfort my crazy baby obsessive tendencies.
  
I was first told I have PCOS from my previous gynecologist (4 years ago) who I hated and never went to see after two visits. Four if you count the time I went there to have blood work done only to be called later in the evening to be asked if I had ate that day. I had. No one told me to fast. So the next morning I had to go back there for a second round of blood work.
Have I mentioned I don’t like needles being poked into my skin?
My current gynecologist is much better than my last one.  After checking my lady parts and blood work the first year I was with her, she stated pretty much the same.  
  
Because I am so *lucky* to have PCOS, I barely get any periods which I’m sure doesn’t help the fact that I want to ovulate and my body doesn’t care what I want. Stupid PCOS! And thanks to my PCOS I also get unwanted facial hair and hair on my toes and hair from my belly button to the bottom of my stomach and on my breasts and maybe some other unwanted hair I don’t even realize I shouldn’t have on my body. Oh, and thanks to PCOS I have a hard time losing weight even though I have been very good about going to the gym AT LEAST 3 times a week for an hour since January minus one week when I was sick and another week while I was on vacation. I have only lost 22 pounds in 6 months. (I am now 179 pounds – 5’4 height.)
Yes, this is good, but as hard as I am working at the gym and eating less and drinking more, I feel I should be losing even more weight.
I am hoping to remedy the weight issue by counting carbohydrates effective this coming Monday. I need to go to the grocery store before then to buy a few different things from what I currently eat. Less carbohydrates means my PCOS should be better controlled since people with PCOS have issues with their body properly handling insulin. (This is why most – maybe all – women who suffer from PCOS are pre-diabetic.)
  
Almost every month, I take a pregnancy test. You know, just in case. Although I am always sure they will be negative, I secretly always hope they will be positive. But I really do try to tell myself not to hope for a positive. Because when they actually do show negative, I am just sad and depressed for the rest of the day. I don’t even like telling Matt when I take a test anymore. No point in making us both a little sad.
Ovulation predictor tests don’t make me happy either. I have never had a positive one of those.
  
At the end of July I have an appointment with my gynecologist.
2 years ago, we discussed Clomid to help me ovulate and hopefully conceive. I declined at the time because I thought for sure Matt and I would be able to do this on our own. Boy was I wrong. Just shows you how little I actually know about my own body.
Before she will give me Clomid, I am sure I will be given a round of Provera which should force my body to have a period. My last period was March 9-13 and before that I had one September 10-13. Way too long in between cycles. I might even call my gynecologist’s office to get the prescription prior to my appointment. I haven’t already done it because I am pretty sure she will want to see me before giving it to me. Boo!
  
In the coming months, I am going to try and stay hopeful that Clomid will work for us. If not, I know the next step would be to add in Metformin. I am okay with doing this as well. I am not sure I want to bother with IVF. I don’t want to waste thousands of dollars on fertility treatment s for a chance of becoming pregnant. If it was a sure thing, I would suffer through it no matter what. That’s just not the case though.
I think if it comes to this point, we will look into adoption. As much as I would like to be pregnant and experience everything related to pregnancy, I know it doesn’t matter how Matt and I get our children. Either way, by pregnancy or adoption, any children we are giving by GOD will be the children we were always meant to be with.
    
So between now and my appointment in July, I will continue to eat as good as I can while chugging gallons of water and slaving away at the gym on which ever machine catches my eye. (I might be exaggerating a bit with that last sentence.)
Either way, I am not getting any younger.
Neither are my eggs.
I’ll be 30 at the end of this year….  I am going to continue to pray we get pregnant before then.  
Please keep us in your prayers.