Back in action!

We’re back and somewhat over the jet lag.  Although I seem to have caught some kind of bug the second I stepped off the plane Saturday, so I’m still dragging quite a bit this week.

No words to describe this trip. Once in a lifetime. Amazing. Beautiful. These do it no justice. Here are a few photos, most from Vietnam where we helped build a home for a lovely family. It’s crazy how someone can live on the other side of the world, not speak your language or have a lifestyle that’s remotely similar to yours…and yet you find that you’re really not that different from each other. You laugh at the same things. You want the same things for your family. You have equal appreciation for a nice homemade rice wine. It’s a small world after all.

I also threw in a couple photos from Cambodia, where we spent a week after building in Vietnam.

Dragon bridge

The Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam

rice fields

Where we built a home. Surrounded by rice fields

wife of homeowner

Hang, the matriarch of the family we worked alongside, with her daughter, Giang and Huong

spring rolls

Make your own spring rolls!

cambodia pants

The rad pants I bought in Cambodia

large buddha

Inside a temple near Siem Reap

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat at sunrise

ta prohm

Ta Prohm temple

We’ve almost finished unpacking and getting back into the swing of normal life. As sad as we were to end our trip, it’ll feel good to get back into a regular routine.

Speaking of routine, Ms. AF showed up literally 24 hours after we touched down in California. Right on time. Ok, actually 3 days early, but whatever. Even she is ready to get back to normal.

I’m kind of frantically trying to get back to my good eating habits. The vegetarianism went out the window the second day of the trip. it was just too hard. Everything had meat in it, I would have starved. I was still mostly vegetarian though, because my body freaked out the first time I ate meat. It hasn’t experienced chicken broth in about 13 years. Thankfully, it adjusted pretty quickly, but I find I just feel better when I don’t eat meat. I also drank more during this trip than I probably have in the past 12 months. I convinced myself that the alcohol was killing any bacteria I might have ingested that day. And when the whole table is doing shots of rice wine after dinner, it’s hard to resist. When in Rome and all that. But I’m now back to no alcohol…or maybe just a glass of wine every once in awhile, that’s ok, right? Oddly, I have had zero desire to drink coffee this week. I keep carrying my coffee travel mug to work and then realize it’s still full at the end of the day. It just doesn’t sound good to me. This is something I’ve never experienced before. Ever.

We have our first in-person consultation at the fertility center next Tuesday, the 14th! We’re so close to starting this thing, we can almost touch it. I’m excited and a little nervous. I hope it goes well. Right after the appointment, I’m supposed to give a lunchtime presentation to my office staff about my trip. I’m the events manager for a local non-profit that deals with affordable housing, so everyone wants to hear how the Habitat trip went. It would feel pretty shitty to give a presentation right after hearing bad news. Fingers crossed. I’ll be on CD10 for the appointment, so I’m curious to see where my eggs are at that point in my cycle. The RE will go over all my lab results in detail and then look at my ovaries. I’m really hoping she lays out a game plan before we leave so we can start trying in May. Any advice for the appointment? Certain questions I should ask? I’m making a list so I don’t forget anything.

So, yeah. We’re almost TTC. Whoop!




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6 thoughts on “Back in action!

  1. What an experience! I did a similar volunteer/travel trip in Kenya and Tanzania. It was life-changing. I’m so glad you had a chance to fill your hearts before embarking on Project: Tiny Human! I’m excited to follow your journey 🙂

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  2. WOW…that sounds like an amazing time, and amazing work. It’s interesting to be in another country and to see, that despite your differences and being a world apart, we all really are similar people. Good luck at the appointment, and I hope it all turns out well for you ladies…

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