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Ice Cream, Tree Hugging, Madness! (Thinking Out Loud)

Today, we are going old school thinking out loud. Because there are things you need to know, mkay?

That means that things are going to get random. Want some more serious thoughts? Try this discussion about my little fish family.

Arctic Zero sent me some of their new flavors to try. RUN don’t walk, to try them! The Peanut Butter Swirl? TO DIE FOR. The cake batter pops? I can’t stop.

I am trying to ration them, so I’ve not had the Rocky Road of Cherry Chunk, but I am so freaking excited. And by “ration,” I mean only one pint at a time. But c’mon, the PB Swirl had white chocolate chips in it, too! NOT FAIR.


In other food news, I got a Gilt City coupon for Plated that I finally used this week. I went with Shrimp Gumbo and Moo Shu Chicken. The verdict is still out, but I was pretty happy with my personal rendition of what they wanted me to make. As I said on IG, I’m not the best with recipes πŸ˜€

So last week I posted about my feeling of being an IVF Impostor. One of the reasons that I sometimes feel like an IVF impostor? Honestly, I feel great. Hormones agree with me (thus far). I feel upbeat, engaged, and, well, like a real person in a way that I’ve not felt (other than the last cycle) in a very long time. I feel a bit guilty–so many people have such horrific IVF cycles–check out Jamie’s in her Warrior Woman Wednesday interview–and I am over here like, EVERYTHING IS AWESOME. 

If there wasn’t the whole risks and side effects to contend with, the lasting emotional turmoil of not being able to get pregnant, and the amount of time that I have to spend at the doctor getting tested… I would gladly give myself those shots for the unforseeable future. Not that we could afford it but whatever. Details.

Speaking of, my gym client line up for next week is LIGHT. I know I should be all “probably for the best,” but guys, I need to make some moola!

Alex was asking about holidays to request off for next year, and my question was… does my birthday count as a holiday? Our anniversary? I mean, other than Thanksgiving or Christmas (and you only get one of those) what other holidays does a non-religious person get to ask off? Arbor Day? 

I’m addicted to Diet Gingerale. I need to lock it up but I’m in love.

I blew my way through Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce. I thought it was decent, but also completely and utterly infuriating. I get that it is the LA version of Sex and the City, and maybe that is why I never watched SATC for much longer than a minute. I just end up wanting to strangle/shake people. But their clothes are pretty sick, and omg the houses that they live in. 

Also, why is Jeanine Garofalo only in the first 7 episodes??? 

I honestly can’t stand the whole March Madness lead up because for the next 2 weeks, commentators will be talking about nothing but “punching their ticket to the big dance.” Guys, they are not debutantes or going to a military ball. Come up with a different phrase, please. To cap it off, I don’t really care about basketball….

We are expecting snow today and then a lovely weekend. Who called it?

Ashley is coming to visit Chicago this weekend! I’m so excited to see her! We were originally going to go workout together, but that is obviously off the table with where I am in IVF. Luckily, I can always be talked into a coffee or tea!

So that is all the random that I have for you all today! Come back tomorrow for an awesome pizza crust recipe and other Friday nonsense!

Do you ever find that you thrive in situations that bring others down?

Are you good with recipes, or do you like to do your own thing?

Joining Amanda for Thinking out loud, and GretchRuns and See You in a Porridge for What’s New With You.

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I’ve only watched a few episodes of it. Not my favorite show. I so love sex in the city the movie but the real episodes not so much.
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Eat To Lose Weight Virtual Coaching – March 2017 Registration OPEN!My Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 5:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Same here! Right there with you

      March 3, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    That is so so wonderful you are feeling great!! I would say Alex should take off for your birthday πŸ˜‰ Obviously a super important day! We have a dusting of snow this morning and it looks like tonight we’ll have some more but thankfully not much this weekend, though we’re heading to the mountains where there will be snow, ha.
    Heather @Lunging Through Life recently posted…March GoalsMy Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 5:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I definitely agree with you! Or right in between our birthdays. OMG NO IT SHOULD BE MY BIRTHDAY I’M TURNING 30 NEXT YEAR

      March 3, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    Now I’m going to have the “Everything is awesome” song stuck in my head ALL DAY LONG. I think hormones are to weird and important…they’re like invisible power rangers fighting for your sanity. Thanks for the mention on Liz’s site. I love her already. And as for basketball, I totally agree. I could skip “March Madness” altogether. Also, I am terrible with recipes. I never follow them because I like about five times the amount of seasoning and measuring is silly. Jody jokes that I never make the same thing twice. ‘Tis true.
    Jamie recently posted…Finding Unexpected Moments of Grace in InfertilityMy Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 6:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are welcome πŸ˜€ I knew that you and Liz would hit it off. You guys are both the warrior queens of infertility and awesomeness

      March 3, 2017 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Diet Vernor’s is my absolute favorite. You should be able to find it at Mariano’s and Target. Rock and I just love it, especially after a long run. It is so crisp and fresh. Ginger for the win!
    Sarah recently posted…Good Races vs. Bad RacesMy Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 6:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I LOVE DIET VERNOR’S! I just had one actually!

      March 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I’m so glad you are feeling good!!! You are so lucky! Hopefully this is your lucky time!
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…How Gratitude Can Transform Your LifeMy Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 6:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope for luck for us all!

      March 3, 2017 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I’m glad that you are feeling great! πŸ˜€ I’d say 4th of July, your anniversary, new year’s day, memorial day…those are all big ones!
    Heather @ Polyglot Jot recently posted…March Goals & IntentionsMy Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 7:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But July 4 is so crazy around here… I’d almost be fine if Alex worked that one!

      March 3, 2017 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I was wondering how all of those new flavors were! Glad to hear you are feeling so well πŸ™‚
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…My Full Body Get It Done Strength Training + GiveawayMy Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 7:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I”m trying to ration myself..

      March 3, 2017 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Well I can definitely see how this would make you feel like an “imposter.” I feel like my reactions with things NEVER align with the rest of humanity. Okay, well, not with the rest of my current cast and classmates at least. When everyone is really struggling with something, I usually feel great. However usually when I’m struggling with something every one is all “top of the morning I love this I love life! ” So…. we take our turns. Have fun with Ashley this weekend!!
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    March 2, 2017 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We are damned if we do…

      March 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Marsha

    I love love love arctic zero but that peanut butte flavor hasn’t made it to my local grocery store yet! And I love all things peanut butter! I think I have about half dozen containers of various flavors in my freezer right now. Cookie dough is my current fave.

    March 2, 2017 at 7:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I loveeee the cookie dough! Have you had the key lime pie??

      March 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm
      • Reply Marsha

        Not yet, but my husband and son love key lime!

        March 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    YAY for feeling great. Girlfriend’s Guide was maddening and also exactly what I needed to get me through this quarter. And omg yesss their houses.
    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday recently posted…My First Half Marathon (+ Weekend Recap)My Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 8:22 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    OMG diet ginger-ale if I start I can’t stop ha ha
    Kelli @ Hungry Hobby recently posted…Mason Jar Blueberry Baked OatmealMy Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Gretchen

    GAH you don’t like SATC?! I love that show, even though I think they’re all idiots at times and also want to shake them. But I love it still! The first movie was great, second movie was awful..dont waste your time.

    I love following recipes and also experimenting on my own! Just want to cook all the things πŸ™‚
    Gretchen recently posted…What’s New With You? Linkup #14My Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 8:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Kim Cattrall irks me. I appreciate SATC, but it wasn’t my thing. I saw the first movie, but there was no way that I would see the second!

      March 3, 2017 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Ooh have so much fun with Ashley!!!!! And that peanut butter swirl Arctic Zero does sound really good; I still like regular ice cream a bit better, but it’s fun to eat a whole pint of Arctic Zero.
    Emily recently posted…How One Runner Found Food Freedom In An Unusual Way (Podcast #9)My Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 8:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I 100% agree Emily!

      March 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Deliciously random post. Love it. I want to see the Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce! I can’t find it up here though. I’ll have to keep hunting.
    Suzy recently posted…Pick and ChewsMy Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 8:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It could be good, but it isn’t really. Their clothing is the best part

      March 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Was that okra in that picture of the bowl? Just asking….
    Your brother is visiting and we took him to lunch at the place with the great margaritas (well, one of many)
    and on the menu under entrees they actually listed “grilled intestines”😜I’ve ordered them by accident when they were called “sweetbreads” so I guess truth in advertising does help….but “grilled intes…….”
    I stuck to tuna carpaccio instead!

    March 2, 2017 at 9:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      bahahahahaha GROSS

      March 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Yay for feeling good!! But not yay for snow.
    I went to Lutheran and Catholic school even through grad school and it skewed my holidays so much. We had holidays all the time. Once you get used to a week for Easter and the day after Halloween off, it’s weird to go to a normal holiday schedule. Waiting from Presidents Day to Memorial Day for a holiday is too long.
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Roasted Root Vegetable HashMy Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 9:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooo yeah. Luckily, we had Spring Break between those

      March 3, 2017 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Akaleistar

    Cake batter pops sound so good!

    March 2, 2017 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Kristen

    omg the earth day hahaha.
    i did try and watch girlfriend’s guide to divorce last year i think? i didn’t get more than 1 episode in. i used to like sex and the city, haven’t watched it in years though.
    i generally don’t thrive in anything… haha. jk. but also, true. i always feel like a bit of an impostor or fake.. absolutely not the same as IVF of course, but for example, i don’t feel like a real expat. in the true definition of the word i am, but i don’t feel like it. i feel like a fake expat most of the time. i’m glad you are feeling good though and i hope everything works out for you!
    Kristen recently posted…February 2017 – Birthday Month! – What’s New With You Link UpMy Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 11:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, not that is interesting. How come you don’t feel like a true expat?

      March 3, 2017 at 12:44 pm
      • Reply Kristen

        well, i think it’s all in my head (what isn’t) but you know, most expats – especially bloggers – are americans living in other countries. exotic fun places. not that america isn’t fun and all that jazz, i wouldn’t be here if i didn’t like it. i don’t know. i didn’t move to a country that speaks a different language, so on the outside i should be fine but in reality there are definite language barriers. just little things like that. i’m not complaining, just explaining. don’t feel like a real expat lol
        Kristen recently posted…February 2017 – Birthday Month! – What’s New With You Link UpMy Profile

        March 3, 2017 at 3:24 pm
        • Reply suzlyfe

          Ok, that totally makes sense. Totally!

          March 8, 2017 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I have new flavors on the way from Arctic Zero too! I cannot wait!

    You already know I can’t follow a recipe to save my life. I need to let my creativity shine, dammit! πŸ˜‰

    Give Ashley a squeeze for me!
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted…Sustaining Myself… and Dressing Sustainably with prAnaMy Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, manipulate and alter away. I allow it!

      March 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Oats & Rows

    OH MY GOD that cherry chocolate artic zero flavor. I HAVE to get my hands on it
    Sara @ Oats & Rows recently posted…Currently: FebruaryMy Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 1:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I”m so excited about it!

      March 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply kat

    My nephews lived with me for a few months and were OBSESSED with that movie. I can’t even tell you how many days that dumb song was stuck in my head. Seriously. It must be karma for when I made my daddy watch the Little Mermaid 3 times a day when I was younger. Sheesh…
    Oh another note though – those flavors! I need to find me some of that arctic zero stat!
    kat recently posted…Currently – February 2017My Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahahahahaha PAYBACK

      March 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Madhuri

    First of all, I love that your mom’s display name is ‘Suzlyfe’s Mom’. That’s cute! I’m pretty sure my mom reads my blog (I think…), but texts me her thoughts instead of commenting. Apparently it’s more personal, she says. “Mom, that’s not how blogging works.” Haha. Coming back to your post, my great grandmom would say that if a woman feels upbeat, her hormones are working as they are supposed to. It’s only when they go haywire, that we get our mood swings. And our generation thought it was the other way around. LOL! So, going with great grandmom stories, I’m having really good thoughts about this round of IVF. Good vibes to you!! Fingers crossed. And I do love Abby’s house. But, can’t imagine cleaning it!! Watched all the episodes and can’t tolerate their drama and want to strangle some of their stupid faces, but I’ve invested way too many time and energy now. Gotta watch it till then end. Lol.
    Madhuri recently posted…In the land of 7 billion people…My Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha oh moms. My mom didn’t start commenting on my blog until I gave her permission, lol! ANd I am totally with you–I’ve invested too much time and energy into GGTD, but UGH they drive me crazy!!

      March 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    OMG how LUCKY am I that I got to see you AND meet Alex? YES!!! πŸ™‚ AMAZING!! Always wonderful to catch up with you, my friend!
    Ashley @ A Lady Goes West recently posted…What you should know if you don’t love fitness and what you can do about itMy Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 7:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I had the best time with you. Seriously! Such a treat!

      March 3, 2017 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    I am good with recipes…good with tweaking them πŸ˜€

    Very occasionally I’ll tell my husband “I followed the recipe exactly!” then realize wait, I changed one little thing…no two…you know what, all the changes were necessary and made it better, okay?
    Hannah recently posted…Favorite books of 2016My Profile

    March 2, 2017 at 7:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t think that I have EVER followed a recipe exactly. And the few times that I can think that I pretty much did–they never came out right!

      March 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Harry@Good health

    Big fan of ice-cream here!!! I’ve tried the cherry flavor and it’s so good! Can’t wait to try other flavours.
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    March 2, 2017 at 11:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Black cherry is one of my top 3 favorite flavors!

      March 3, 2017 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Jennifer @ Fit Nana

    I like recipes! Well, I like reading them. And then figuring out what I’m going to do to change it a little. πŸ˜‰ I haven’t tried the Arctic Zero yet. I see it when I go to the grocery store but haven’t reached for it yet. Maybe it’s time I opened that door???? πŸ™‚
    Jennifer @ Fit Nana recently posted…SURGERY AND THE SECOND WEEK: MORE GOOD, BAD, AND UGLYMy Profile

    March 3, 2017 at 11:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Start with the chunky–it is much more ice cream like!

      March 3, 2017 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    I am SO GLAD you are doing so well with IVF and not feeling awful. That’s not being an imposter or less deserving or that you’re not allowed to groan- it’s just how your body works with it!

    I hope you enjoy your weekend, lovely!!
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recent Things: Stickers, Fascinations and When Bodies Go BadMy Profile

    March 3, 2017 at 10:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am really lucky. Other people have the worst time!

      March 8, 2017 at 1:19 pm

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