Aug 29, 2014

Flashback Friday!

November 2011

That time Megan and I went to a Breaking Dawn event!

Nikki Reed & Ashley Greene
-aka- Rosalie and Alice

Jackson Rathbone and I
(aka Jasper)

Total fan girl moment

He signed my phone case!!

Look that's the back of my head and my phone in his hand!!

Total creeper on the left...

Aug 28, 2014


If you're looking for some FROZEN themed gifts 
for anyone special - head on over to Zulily!

Right now they've got a ton of kewl stuff...

Bowling set
Wall decals

Aug 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

November 2013 - my my how time flies

Aug 26, 2014

Bye Bye Paragard - Hello....what?!?!

This is one of my more personal blog posts.  

So if you aren’t a woman and don’t give a hoot about
periods/birth control…etc then stop reading now.

This is your last warning....

After experiencing some pretty severe pains for three consecutive month’s right before my period, I visited my doctor.  He did an ultrasound to look for any abnormalities and couldn’t find anything.  He said the pain could be endometriosis, but the only true way to find out is through a diagnostic laparoscopy.  I debated on doing the laparoscopy, thinking even if nothing was found I would have peace of mind.  But after talking with the hospital and my insurance, that crap is TOO EXPENSIVE right now!  So my final thought was getting the Paragard (non hormonal IUD) removed to see if maybe it’s contributing to the painful PMS.  

 **You can read a more in depth post about that HERE 

I called my OBGYN’s office and scheduled to have it removed.  My appointment was scheduled for Wednesday August 6th.  I was nervous about going in, as I’m sure most women are.  There’s no part of having a doctor in your nether regions that screams EXCITEMENT!  I will say the removal wasn’t as uncomfortable as the insertion.  He must have asked me 4 million times if I was sure I wanted it removed….I appreciated that actually.  I feel like a lot of doctors these days just want you in and out without really caring about your feelings.  

Sidenote: In my mind, I envisioned this little T shaped device to be totally gross.  I mean it had been inside my body for nearly 2yrs.  But when he removed it, he asked if I wanted to see it – I surprised myself because I said yes hahahaha.  It looked normal…nothing weird or gross.  Maybe after it’s been in there longer it would look a little rough.  

Since the Paragard is non-hormonal I’ve always had normal 28 day cycles.  One wouldn’t think removing it would affect your body.  My period was due August 20th.  Well the 20th came and went, as did the 21st, 22nd, 23rd.  We definitely aren’t TRYING to conceive, but I learned “after” I had the Paragard removed that you should probably avoid doing the deed without extra protection a week leading up to the removal.  

On Saturday I did 2 pregnancy test (both were ANSWER brand).   

One was your normal pee on a stick; the other was a lab strip like what most doctors offices would use.  The stick showed negative, but the lab strip came up positive within 1-2 minutes.  I was kind of freaked out.  How do you get a positive and a negative on the same day!?!

You can see from this picture - it might have been light, but a positive is a positive 
(or at least that's what the millions of fertility/baby/pregnancy forums will tell you)

Compare it to the first positive I received with Persephone 
(I actually tested the day my period was due with her)


So the next day, I decided to buy another box, same brand..same kit.  This time both tests showed negative.  Talk about being confused…I decided to just go to my doctor as soon as they opened on Monday.  Even if I was pregnant, why in the hell wasn't my period here yet.  I went in, provided them the appropriate chalice of gold and waited.  NEGATIVE.  Here I am sitting 5 days late, not pregnant and no period.  Mother nature always has a way of being ironic because after I left, here came my period.

::insert Alanis Morissette's hit::

I asked the nurse why I would have gotten a positive – are false positives really a thing?!  She explained it was most likely a chemical pregnancy (early miscarriage) – I’d never heard the term.  Apparently they happen more often than reported because the pregnancy ends before it ever really begins and your period is just a few days late, so most women don't ever test.  In layman's terms: the egg is fertilized, but never attaches to the uterine wall.  Your body starts producing hCG (what pregnancy tests detect), but the levels eventually drop since implantation doesn’t occur.  I googled and googled the yesterday and it is apparently very common.

When I think of the term miscarriage, I always think of it being after you’ve heard the heart beat, after you’ve seen that first ultrasound.  I thought about leaving that word altogether off this post.  I don’t feel like this situation comes anywhere near what most women experience when a miscarriage occurs.  But I can’t say it doesn’t make me feel a little weird.   

Part of me wishes I had never tested in the first place, because I would never know that something “tried” to happen.  Does that make sense?  I feel like even classifying it as a miscarriage is like me complaining about a paper cut to someone who had their hand amputated.  

My old trusty BFF is here with a vengeance I might add.  I didn't have any of the pains I have experienced in the past few months, but now I'm not sure if that's because my body pretended to be pregnant or if the Paragard is out.  Until September....

Now I can go back to being the irritable Amanda everyone loves so dearly.   

Aug 25, 2014

What I'm Missing Monday

The freaking haunted house - that's what I'm missing!

It was meant to be...stumbling upon this Dahlonega gem (no pun intended)

I saw an ad in the Gainesville Times in 2008 for a haunted house that would be open in Gainesville.  I've always LOVED Halloween and haunted houses thanks to my parents.  I talked to the Gainesville people by telephone, but it never went anywhere past that.  I started talking about it to my co-workers and my good friend Tabitha mentioned she had a class at Gainesville College with a girl who was affiliated with a haunted house in Dahlonega.  I reached out to said girl via MySpace (yes you read this right hahaha) and that's where my career began.

I started from the bottom, but worked my way up.  I met some fantastic people who I'm lucky to still call my friends.  We had a lot of laughs and a lot of stressful hair pulling moments.  I've seen volunteers come and go, volunteers rise up and become better than they thought they ever could be.  I saw romances take place, romances break away.  Got to experience both sides of the haunted house fence (Scaring and caring.)  We were an odd group collectively.  We each had our quirks, but that's what made Rot N. Rusty's what it was.

In 2012 I was unable to participate in person since I had just had Persephone.  In 2013 we weren't open at all, and again this year we sadly won't be open.  I totally understand the logisitics of it all - I know that it's a huge burden to get it started and keep up for 5-6 weeks, then take it all down again.  But god I miss it.

I'm hoping one day we can re-open and be bigger and better than ever before.

Last year, I volunteered at Netherworld for just ONE night and I remembered WHY I love it so much.  Seeing the reaction people have when you're scare the crap out of them is unlike any other experience.  It's so satisfying to know you've played your part right.

In the meantime, I am left with watching horror movies and tv shows and one day HOPING I can hang out with the Rot N. Rusty's crew again.....

Aug 22, 2014

Flashback Friday!

Labor Day weekend - 2006

New Years Day 2009

Aug 20, 2014

The Final Tour

Saturday August 16, 2014 we saw Mötley Crüe for the very last time in Atlanta.  The show was held at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.  This was our first time to the venue and we were impressed.  It's cleaner and much more convenient than Lakewood. The venue itself doesn't hold as many people, but it makes for a more intimate setting.  We were in row V from the stage, so still pretty close. As soon as we entered the gates though, we noticed Tommy's famous drum solo surprise wasn't suspended from the ceiling - this meant we would miss it.  Since this is their last hoo-rah he made his solo extra special, but some venues (obviously ours) aren't able to support it.
I was super DUPER excited to see Alice Cooper for the first time.  He was above and beyond my expectations.  Alice Cooper being one of the biggest influences in the Crüe's career was fitting to open the show and put them to rest.  Their slogan for this tour has appropriately been "All bad things must come to an end."

Alice Cooper was awesome.  To be 66yrs old, the man still has it and certainly knows how to put on a good show! 

He played all of the songs I longed to hear live (of course he played more than this)

No More Mr. Nice Guy
Feed My Frankenstein
I'm Eighteen
Billion Dollar Babies
Welcome to my Nightmare
School's Out

Mötley played a similar set to what we've heard in the past.  They played some of their hits while throwing in a couple of oldies and covers. 

Saints of Los Angeles
Wild Side
Primal Scream
Same Ol' Situation
Looks That Kill
On With the Show
Too Fast for Love
Smokin' in the Boys Room
Without You
Motherf***er of the Year
Anarchy in the U.K.
Dr. Feelgood
Shout at the Devil
Don't Go Away Mad
Mick Mars - solo
Live Wire
Too Young to Fall in Love
Girls, Girls, Girls
Kickstart My Heart
Home Sweet Home

We were disappointed with the venue not allowing Tommy a solo, but were overall very pleased with their set.  Nikki Sixx took a moment to explain the history of the band, how they met, how they began and basically what led them to this point.

 It was a touching moment.  I was worried Hardy would be emotional, but he held it together from what I could tell.

They ended the show with Home Sweet Home in the very middle of the venue - certainly a great send off song.

I was pissed at myself, the venue had previously sent out an email saying "no cameras" and I called the info line and it repeated "no cameras".  We get in line to enter the gate and all of the event staff are saying "no camera's bigger than this" - the size of a cell phone.  I totes could have brought either of my cameras to capture this important event, but I DIDN'T.  I feel like all of my photos/videos are WAY below average because I had to use my iPhone insert: #firstworldproblems

Goodbye Mötley Crüe - I am forever in your debt.  If it weren't for you, Hardy and I would have never met.

Aug 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Royal Caribbean - Monarch of the Seas 
Cruise November 2010

Phillip (my stepdad) and Mom

Do you think my mom and I look alike?

 When we got back to land, Hardy, Trevor and myself
all headed over to Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure

Here's Hardy with Hogwarts in the background

Can you spot Trevor?  hahaha


Aug 12, 2014

Is this terrible?

As we approach September, we're starting to notice more of the "terrible two" phase.  There have only been a few occasions (usually when she's been sick) that Persephone's sleep was interrupted.  She comes by sleep honestly, because I can nap with the best of them.

Then this weekend happened....

Sleep distruption

Saturday she went down for her mid-morning nap perfect.  That afternoon she was restless, cranky and we attempted nap number two....uhhhh no bueno.  She stood in her crib, stomped her feet, cried (without tears) and screamed to be rocked.  We haven't really ever rocked her, not on a daily/nightly basis anyway.  Not that we don't enjoy holding her, but we didn't want to start a habit we would regret later.  It's been nice to be able to put her to bed and carry on doing whatever we needed or wanted without worry.

Despite our past, Hardy and I both took turns rocking her for that second afternoon nap on Saturday, once we knew she was asleep we laid her down and VOILA! she's magically wide awake screaming again.  Obviously the second nap didn't occur.

Saturday night at bedtime she whined to be rocked for a minute or two, but stopped and went to sleep. ****On a side note, we have recently noticed on the weekends if she takes two naps they aren't very long.  At daycare they only take 1 nap mid-day after lunch.  I assume it would be best for us to adjust to that schedule since she already does it 5 days a week.

Cue Sunday, she takes her Sunday morning nap fine.  Afternoon nap was a no go again.  That evening she goes to bed with a little fight, but wakes up at 3:45am screaming and stomping like she had Saturday.  I tried to rock her (since that's what she was begging for) and I succeeded, but as soon as I laid her down she stood up.  I tried bringing her into our room, but she just laid there staring up at the ceiling.  I eventually took her downstairs so Hardy could get some sleep and she finally fell asleep with me on the couch.

Last night we put her to bed at 9pm, as she was absolutely exhausted.  Actually, let me phrase it as we "TRIED" to put her to bed.  Cue screaming, stomping and a nice tantrum.  Hardy tries to rock her, but she repeats her pattern from the weekend.  I try it too, this time I put a pillow under her head so that when I do go to pick her up she's not touching me as much.  I thought it was clever...but she's smarter than that.  I gently patted her, told her it was okay and to just go to sleep.  We left her in there crying for 10min before I decided it was enough.  I don't agree with the full on CRY IT OUT method, but I also don't like jumping the gun too soon.  I know she's at the age of testing our limits, but no one was getting any sleep with the way she was acting.

So at 10pm, I crawled my happy 200lb ass into the crib with her and we both drifted off to sleep.  Just before midnight I woke up and snuck took me almost 5 minutes because I would move an inch then stop, a spring would pop and I'd stop, slightly move her limbs so I wouldn't step on her, then stop.  I would like to say I was doing a triathlon.  Lucky for us she slept until 6:15am.

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Another *new* development is her milk kick.  Every time we ask what she wants to drink it's milk, milk, milk.  Doesn't matter if it's chocolate or plain she just wants milk.  Several times I've tried tricking her by telling her I put milk in the cup but really switch it for water or juice - no go.  She knows what milk doesn't taste like.

Aug 11, 2014

Saying Goodbye

This coming Saturday - August 16th 
We will say goodbye to Hardy's all-time favorite band EVER

Mötley Crüe

 If it weren't for the Crüe we would have never met.
We actually met at a Methods of Mayhem concert, 
but that was fronted by Tommy Lee (who is MC's drummer).

So I have to legit thank the entire band for ever forming, right?

I've posted about this before - not the goodbye, but seeing them in concert.

We've seen MC close to 10 times together.
The most memorable was Feb 2005 when we paid $400/piece
to do a meet/greet and guaranteed front row seats.

It was an EPIC - ONCE IN A LIFETIME experience

This will always be the best concert, simply because we met them first and then saw them on we felt like this awkward connection?!?  hahaha

They announced earlier this year, that they were officially ending Mötley Crüe.  Since they're together, getting along, they want to end on a high note.  To end it honorably.  Basically they signed a legal contract that they wouldn't ever perform again as a band.  They can still continue on in other bands and/or solo careers, but unless they all agree to perform again together, they won't.

The opening act is Alice Cooper - which I am super excited to see.  He's one of the few oldies but goodies on my concert bucket list!

Aug 10, 2014

Rappin' for Jesus

Since it's Sunday, I thought I would share this


Aug 8, 2014

Flashback Friday (July 2012)

Since this photo was taken....

4 of us have had babies 
1 of us is currently pregnant

Must have been something in the water at O'Charley's