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Friday Five! (Winter is Coming… Again)

After a lot of heavy from the heart posts this week, let’s discuss the nonsensical nature of life, shall we? Plus a few updates and things to look forward to!

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Now, let’s discuss five things on my mind at the moment!

Friday Five 2/24/17

Winter is Coming

But first… can we talk about the fact that winter is coming slash returning (seriously, after near record highs this week, and a potential record today, plus thunderstorms). Remember how I said that February was going to basically be a repeat of December? Yeah, pretty much! So, I guess if I’m not going to be able to run anymore (4 weeks starts now!), it might as well be yucky outside. 

Then again, I would love to be able to walk home from the hospital without my quadriceps seizing up. Which did happen during one walk back. I discovered it when I attempted to run across the street (which is allowed) and my legs wouldn’t pick up!

My Animals have Issues

Alex has started to refer to our little clan as a zoo, and I don’t think that he is that far off. Case in point: Wednesday. 

Ridley came back from boarding this weekend (while we were in Madison) smelling to high heaven, so I made an appointment for a legit bath for her on Wednesday. The bath went off without a hitch, she came home all fluffy and lovely (and I had cleaned her bed as well, so she wasn’t then reveling back in ick).  

To make a very long story short… I sit down on the couch to start working on things, and I hear Zoe causing a ruckus–meowing like crazy and scratching. I hear a door moving a bit, but I assume it is due to the air movement in the apartment from opening up the windows. Then I think maybe the cat has locked herself in the bedroom (it has happened before). After 3 minutes of clawing and meowing and whipping Ridley into a frenzy and me trying to find the cat… I finally realize that she is on the other side of the front door. Don’t think she will be “going exploring” again any time soon.

Now, for Ridley. Alex gets home and naps with her for a bit before taking her out… and they both come back in with itchy eyes, only Ridley’s swell shut! He calls the vet, they tell him to give her an antihistamine and watch her, and by the time that I get home, she is doing better. Next morning, she looks better, but apparently when Alex took her out, her eyes got all squinty again, so the little dear had to go to the vets and get eye drops. And Alex got to experience her dislike of the thermometer. 

Never a dull moment.

IVF Update

So far, I’m feeling pretty good! Knock wood. As I mentioned yesterday, I anticipated that I would have a bit more of a reaction to this round of treatment because of the increase in dosage. Then again, it is still early on, so who knows? I have my Day 5 ultrasound and labs today (check here for a primer on what that means) and so will likely get an increase in dosage and maybe some side effects there. To be perfectly clear, I am FINE with not feeling symptoms, just in case you were curious! Lol. But yeah, I am basically planning on spending at least 7 of the next 10 days getting literally poked and prodded at the doctors! 

Fare thee well, Exercise

Day 5 of IVF means exercise and other fun things abstinence starts! Luckily, I’ve had the pleasure of some beautiful runs this week, and even though I wish I could have run down to the doctor today (I don’t think I will be able to do so because of Tstorms predicted, but maybe just the run down there), I am also very much at peace with my return to walking for the next 4 weeks (at least). This go round, I will probably keep up with my lifting a bit more (after chatting with the doctors), particularly with regards to my upper body. Then again, I do think that I said that last time…. so again, we shall see.

A Weekend of Beer and then Back to the Grind

Well, I guess that is for Alex. He starts back up on attending this Monday, so this weekend, we are going to use a Groupon for another beer flight opportunity on Saturday and then meet up with Team Challenge at Hopcat on Sunday. While Alex is back to the grind next week, I am going to get myself buckled back down to work on my projects. So CHEERS, BITCHES.


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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    OMG the cat is crazy! Haha free entertainment!
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Turmeric Protein Bites {GF, Low Calorie, Paleo, Vegan}My Profile

    February 24, 2017 at 5:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It might be the only thing in our life that is free, hah!

      February 24, 2017 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Cocoa has decided to destroy our couch. She plays this game where she buries a toy in the back of the cushions and digs it out. Meanwhile, she’s shredding the fabric. The couch is really old, but still!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Runfessions: FebruaryMy Profile

    February 24, 2017 at 6:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The couch doesn’t deserve that!

      February 24, 2017 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Cheers is right! You enjoy those flights, those walks and that extra time you’ll have to spend on your book and various projects. I sure hope poor Ridley’s (and Alex’s??) eyes clear up and that the crazy cat/dog brigade gives you a moment of peace this weekend. Enjoy!!

    February 24, 2017 at 7:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We’ll just have to snuggle it out, right? xoxo

      February 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply MCM Mama Runs

    I have a gecko, a cat, and two tween/teen boys. My house is definitely a zoo and sometimes smells like one too. Oy. Fingers crossed for you for the cycle.
    MCM Mama Runs recently posted…That time I had to runfess to…My Profile

    February 24, 2017 at 7:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think it would smell like a zoo even with just the boys!

      February 24, 2017 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Ollie will slowly stalk Charlie in an attempt to herd him. Charlie will steal all of Ollie’s toys and hoard then. It’s either a zoo or a preschool! Cheers to the weekend!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Friday ThriveMy Profile

    February 24, 2017 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Bhahahahahahahahahaha OMg I love your dogs

      February 24, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    YAAAASSSSS… a zoo is the perfect description of this house. This morning Shon walked into the living room and it was perfectly quiet and he thought something was wrong. Loud chaos is much more normal.
    Hope the meds go well through the weekend! Rest up! You can always get it back.
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    February 24, 2017 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree! I don’t know how to deal with calm and peace, lol! I’m not worried about rest–bring it!

      February 24, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    We’ve got storms coming our way too. I TOLD myself not to get used to the warm weather but I did not listen. Our house is a zoo too, but with people. Our people are animals.
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    February 24, 2017 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, yes they are, but we love them!

      February 24, 2017 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    I have three kids under the age of 11, including a set of twins, two cats and one dog, all rescues (they all have baggage) so “zoo” is a great description, or “poop and vomit convention,” or perhaps “24-hour Diner for the unruly and ungrateful.” I have the cats and one child staring at me as I type this waiting to be fed. One of the cats has now jumped in my lap and is walking on my keyboard. This Zoo Keeper needs to get back to work.

    Sending love and lifting you up in prayer as you go into this next cycle of treatment. Have a wonderful weekend. xo
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    February 24, 2017 at 7:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG 24 Hour Diner for the Unruly and Ungrateful. Omg I love you! Get back to your zoo keeping!

      February 24, 2017 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I’m glad that you are feeling so good after your treatment. Fingers crossed. We are still supposed to stay warm for a while I think. It’s weird
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…February RunfessionsMy Profile

    February 24, 2017 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is SO weird! What the heck! But then again, I”m ok with it!

      February 24, 2017 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Kimberly G

    I think your pets need their own reality show! πŸ™‚
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    February 24, 2017 at 7:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG that would be HILARIOUS

      February 24, 2017 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Lol can’t wait for you to add a kiddo to your crazy zoo πŸ˜‰ I feel like my house is always a zoo. I have a kid and cat trying to get outside. Both sick and the cat puking. It’s crazy. This week the weather has been phenomenal and that’s just made us in better moods all around! Though it’s exhausted me too lol
    Heather @Lunging Through Life recently posted…A February Run Outside: Friday FavoritesMy Profile

    February 24, 2017 at 8:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ah, cat vomit. At least it is usually easier to clean up than baby vom (though I wish neither were vomming!)

      February 24, 2017 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Seriously though, I am NOT looking forward to the return of the winter weather…BLECK!
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    February 24, 2017 at 8:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We will be happy for it come summer… at least that is what I am telling myself.

      February 24, 2017 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Ok, so this may be weird, but I’m really really thankful for 4-5 inches of snow here; we have really really needed moisture, and I’m so thankful for God’s mercy in sending a storm yesterday. I’m not sure what the rest of March will be like, but the huskies will definitely love this too.

    Never a dull moment with our pets… :o) They keep life so exciting.
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    February 24, 2017 at 9:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They definitely do! You guys out there definitely need the moisture–I’m so thankful for you to get it!

      February 24, 2017 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Lesley

    Family friends in Arizona had 2 labs, guinea pigs, birds, and a monitor lizard. No way you’re at zoo status yet! I hope Zoe will be a little more careful now. Allie opened doors at her foster home, but not with me. I lock the front door anyway.

    February 24, 2017 at 9:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Now THAT is a menagerie! Holy cow (do they have one of those yet??)

      February 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Dude, I’m not a mom yet either, but I don’t think anything prepares you better for it than owning a dog. Story of my life, Nala always got something going on. It’s got nothing on all the Nannying I did in high school and college. Have a great weekend girly!
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    February 24, 2017 at 9:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha and that is definitely saying something! xoxo

      February 24, 2017 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness

    Did you ever find out what caused Ridley’s eyes to do that? It’s so scary when our pets are experiencing something abnormal.

    February 24, 2017 at 10:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We don’t know! But she is back to normal, and currently upside down on the couch

      February 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Deb E

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers with the poking and prodding. Your zoo is a good distraction, no?!

    February 24, 2017 at 11:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Deb! And don’t you know it…

      February 24, 2017 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    Charlie very nearly got herself locked out of my condo for the DAY on Wednesday because she darted out and I didn’t see her. What a butt.
    Ange // Cowgirl Runs recently posted…February RunfessionsMy Profile

    February 24, 2017 at 12:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I saw that on FB and I laughed out loud. Must have been something about the day!

      February 24, 2017 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    Aw! I’m thinking of you guys!

    Our home is most definitely a zoo. With three pugs, who are always getting into trouble, it’s absolutely crazy. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Our guys all have seasonal allergies, so we’ve definitely had to make some changes of diet and watch the pollen count outside.
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    February 24, 2017 at 12:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m wondering if that had something to do with that, and if we will need to give her benedryl on the regular.

      February 24, 2017 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply HoHo Runs

    It’s a zoo at my house too. My dogs put their food in their mouths and spit it out in other locations in the house. There are little piles of dry dog food everywhere. One dog taught they other and now they both do it. Good luck with this round of IVF!

    February 24, 2017 at 2:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Bahahahahahaha omg that is hilarious! I’m dying!

      February 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I think we are at the end of our nice weather too, but I dont think its supposed to get too cold- just rainy. It does work out well for you that you got to run during the warm weather and now it will be cold again when you have to stop running!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…February 2017 Stridebox ReviewMy Profile

    February 24, 2017 at 6:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, right? Like I planned it…. but I definitely didn’t!

      February 26, 2017 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Poor dog! And cat!! And you! What a trio.

    Wishing you the best this round. πŸ’•
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    February 24, 2017 at 7:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks love. They take after their mama, lol

      February 26, 2017 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    I’m skipping the worst of the ickiness by being in FL this weekend, I believe. Glad it was nice enough for some pretty runs. Good luck with all the needles. Will text for a maybe dinner date!
    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday recently posted…Five Friday Favorites 02/24/17My Profile

    February 24, 2017 at 7:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YES PLEASE and I already know the good news and YAY for you and the race!

      February 26, 2017 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Alyssa

    Sometimes my dorm room is a zoo- in the fact that my stuff is just everywhere. Lol. Wish I could have my doggie with me though! Have a great weekend!

    February 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha, and now, can you imagine having an animal loose in there!

      February 26, 2017 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    You have so much happening! I still think it’s crazy you can’t run. Like what… are you going to shake the thing loose? Ah, modern medicine. But YAY for lifting! πŸ˜‰
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    February 25, 2017 at 12:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      More like I”m going to turn my ovary over and then have to have it removed. Yeah, no thanks!

      February 26, 2017 at 11:16 am
  • Reply San

    The weather has been so crazy here what with all the rain and storms… I hope spring is around the corner finally.

    Glad to hear you’re feeling good…. although you have to say farewell to exercise again, but it’ll be all worth it!
    San recently posted…Currently | FebruaryMy Profile

    February 25, 2017 at 4:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree–I’m ready for it, too!

      February 26, 2017 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Farrah

    hahaha, that cat is so cute! :]! We had an unusually warm day over here too earlier today and now there’s a ginormous storm going on, haha. Guess I’m not going anywhere! πŸ˜›

    Sending you lots of good thoughts for IVF! I’m glad you managed to squeeze some runs in!

    February 25, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Nope, you aren’t going anywhere!

      February 26, 2017 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Our house is a total zoo…our cats have a little enclosure in the backyard, so they can go sit outside without terrorizing/being terrorized by the whole neighborhood. Recently one of the cats has been escaping out the doggie door, and then the dog goes out to herd him back in – except both the cat and dog think the cat should go back in through the cat enclosure, which predictably ends with the cat on the enclosure roof with his tail all floofed, frantically trying to dig his way inside.
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    February 25, 2017 at 6:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Bahahahaha I want a video of that!

      February 26, 2017 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Mary

    I wish winter wasn’t coming. I wish it was gone for good, I wish we could skip spring al together and jump straight into summer. Thank your the IVF Update. I’m excited to go on this journey with you, thank you for being so open. I love Groupon; they have so many great deals. I hope you had a relaxing weekend and enjoyed your discounted beer flights.

    February 26, 2017 at 5:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for following along and supporting me, Mary. I really really appreciate it! I would love to have a beer flight with yoU!

      February 28, 2017 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    In a weird way, I kind of hope the weather stays blah for you with your exercise abstinence because at least then you have another reason to stay inside and do nothing! πŸ˜›

    The weather here is feeling very wintery at the moment. It’s currently raining cats and dogs… well.. I wish because I want ALL THE PUPPIES…. and I haven’t been out for a walk in a week because it’s been so miserable. It ALMOST makes me want to fix my treadmill… almost because I hate the dreadmill unless I’ve got good tv to watch πŸ˜›
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    February 27, 2017 at 3:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha it sounds like you really need to get outside! you sound a bit stir crazy lol

      February 28, 2017 at 8:26 pm

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