Monday, May 1, 2017

The Highs and Lows of Life Lately

Let's play a fun little game wherein you, dear reader, are left to figure out for yourselves which statement belongs with which designation (aka, high or low).

(Hint: I haven't made it extraordinarily difficult for you.)

Last Monday, we finally took Raven to the doctor to see why she wasn't getting any better (to catch you up, she'd seemingly caught The Plague from me about two weeks ago), and we found out she had a double ear infection. On the bright side, at least we caught this one earlier than we caught the very first one she ever had.

While picking up her medicine, I, in a moment of desperate need, bought a 6-pack of Diet Dr. Pepper, and my awesome cashier gave me a discount even though I technically shouldn't have qualified for it (since I only bought one pack instead of the required two). Rejoicing was felt all around while I reveled in the fact that I got the bottles of DDP for only 50 cents apiece.

(Minor) guilt ensued soon thereafter as I realized I really shouldn't be drinking Diet Dr. Pepper at all since one of my new year's resolutions was to break myself of my addiction to the stuff. (Fact: I went all the way through March, I believe, without touching any of it, then I got cocky and decided that since I no longer was having it every day, I must not be addicted and could therefore treat myself on special occasions, like when we went out to eat. Fact: after every such "treat," I have had massive cravings for it for the week following, and have given in about 25% of the time to go buy more. Fact: that six-pack is going to be officially G-O-N-E in less than two hours, as the last bottle is in the freezer, awaiting its 50-minute perfection mark.)

We all went (Matt, Raven, and I) with our friends to Vintage Market Days here in Cache Valley on Saturday, and we just about died over the plethora of amazing crafts and antique finds and cool pieces that were found in abundance there. Although we would have loved to buy about every other thing we saw, we were good at sticking to our original plan to buy nothing and just enjoyed browsing (although I might be sorry one day down the road that we didn't get one of the pieces...).

While at the fair, Raven proceeded to have multiple meltdowns, courtesy of us not letting her run amok as she pleased. (Note to self: next time, bring a stroller.) We have officially reached the stage where she is throwing tantrums in public, rather than just restricting herself to throwing tantrums at home. (The reason for my increased cravings for caffeine is becoming increasingly clearer...)

Two weeks ago, I did a blood test on my doctor's orders, the results of which we both assumed would show that my pregnancy hormones had dropped to their normal non-pregnant levels and that this miscarriage would officially be termed complete.

Well, the opposite turned out to be true---my levels hadn't dropped at all.

Today I went in again, two weeks later, and the good news is that while they had dropped significantly from before, they still aren't likely low enough for my doctor to just leave me be. I'm a bit frustrated because I always like to choose to let my body handle things naturally wherever possible, but now we've had to wait almost two months, and I STILL might have to get the D & C procedure done.

Not cool.

It makes me think that I might as well have just gotten the procedure done in the first place and saved myself two months of waiting, but at least this way, I can say that I tried my best to do it my own way and according to what I wanted.

This new thing I've got going where I go without sugar for 3 days a week has made me pretty cranky a lot of the time. Combined with the constant rain and cold we had last week, I was not the easiest person to live with for the past 7 days.

However, I was able to stick with it (which always makes me feel like a rock star for actually following through), and I was able to see some immediate progress with my weight going down almost two pounds already, so that's a start.

Also, the rain has left us again (for now, anyway), and today Raven and I thoroughly enjoyed going to our church's local play group today, complete with sunshine and lots of flowers to point out along the way.

(This was a far cry better than the indoor play group we attempted last week in the church gym, where she bawled the majority of the time and refused to share any of the toys we'd brought with us.)

I've officially put the goal down on paper to get prequalified for a home mortgage loan this month, and we've been talking for weeks about finances and future plans and what we want. It's really starting to get exciting!

Then, on Friday, I read an article all about how the housing market is basically the worst it's been for ages for home buyers, due to an increased demand for homes (especially those within a lower budget) and a severe shortage of available homes (thanks to Utah's high retention rate of the moment, mostly thanks to our economy being so stable). Having seen with my own eyes that homes in our price range are getting snatched up mere days after first going onto the market (with many selling at prices above their asking price) doesn't exactly fill me with confidence that now is a good time for us to start looking.

So now the question we go ahead and chance the market and likely pay more for our future house than its worth for now? Or do we hold off for a year or so and risk the interest rates rising (which they're predicted to do twice more in this year alone)?

What would you do?

And what are some the highs and lows in your life lately?


  1. I hear ya on the housing market. I'm in Nashville which has been experiencing insane growth over the last few years, so the housing market is absolutely ridiculous. I've decided in the last week or so that I'll never be able to afford a house (in a safe neighborhood) so I better just leave the state or rent for the rest of my life. I almost bought a town home back in 2012, but I got cold feet and then totaled my car about a month later, so I was glad to not have bought it. However, the price for a condo in that same neighborhood has gone up $50,000 in just 4.5 years! I think I could afford a tiny house, but that's about it! :)

    1. Yeesh...yeah, I'm thinking the market has got to calm down a little bit eventually. And that's awful about your car being totaled! That's one reason why we firmly kept our down payment account separate from our emergency fund (and refuse to touch it) because we're so scared that something huge like that would happen right after. But it's definitely frustrating when it just feels like safe housing is a goal that's always just barely out of reach!

  2. I like this idea for a blog post! Also, your outfit is cute. I shall not judge your Dr Pepper non-addiction seeing as how I am currently eating chocolate chips straight from the bag. I am really sorry to hear about your hormone levels :( how discouraging and frustrating. I would have done the same as you, and I hope they go all the way down on their own!

  3. Caleb is forever having tantrums when we don't let him run amok. Toddlers are so hard. Ugh. Lol.

    Sorry to hear that your levels aren't dropping all the way. I hope you don't need the D&C BUT if you do need it, rest assured that I felt zero pain from mine!

  4. I'm the person who is always questioning things so I'm never good at answering questions... I always say yes & then immediately see the reasons for no. I'm always the person who you want when you need devil's advocate ;)
    Oh gosh - praying your levels drop where you dont need a D&C - I always want the body to do what it does naturally but sometimes we do need help (see,that cant give a solid side answer) ;) haha... but seriously, praying for you on that.
    & I love you know the exact time a drink should be in the freezer.

  5. Whew, hugs! This really is some good and some bad, isn't it?! Wow. Glad that Raven's ear infection was caught early, and not as bad as the first one! That's rough about your hormone levels, though I understand the, "I should have done it the first time!" thing, it's better that you tried to do what you wanted, I would agree there. Soda is such a tough one. I don't like the icky chemicals in diet soda, so I stick to regular, which is super sugary and calorie laden. I've been cutting WAY back (I didn't drink it daily or anything, but still more than I wanted). I'm trying to have as little as possible this month/since vacation. During which time I've only had one so far. That's in 2+ weeks, so progress for sure. I understand that the struggle is real! Good luck with everything, we are saving for a house, but it feels like it's going at a snail's pace. I just need every blogger I know to share their best money saving tips! haha XO - Alexandra

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  6. It's always such a tough call with the housing thing. We were renting an apartment and the rent went WAY up, so we bought a few years ago when the mortgage rates were fairly low, but we probably paid a bit more than the house was worth. I'm sure everything will work out for you though, even if things aren't perfect! But you might need some sugar to deal with it all! :)

  7. oh torrie. i mean this in the nicest, most understanding, loving way possible - just get the D&C. i am so sorry this has been dragging out for so dang long. i've been thinking about you the past few weeks. ps i'm now hooked on diet dp too. so whatever. YOLO or something, right? the housing market is so tricky! you gotta be so quick to get the good ones at a decent (usually listing) price. jae's ready to finish our basement and sell. and i admit, we would likely make a decent profit, so it is tempting. but then, we have to find another house... and quite honestly that sounds terrible. it doesn't hurt to talk to the bank and start actually looking around. it doesn't mean you have to buy right now. but gives you a better feel for what's out there and what's involved in the whole thing. good luck! it's exciting!


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