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Friday, September 26, 2014

Five for Friday

1.  I'm definitely happy we got an answer.  Now we can start at least attempting to think and plan ahead!

2.  Baby news is the best!!  I'm so happy our family is getting a little bit bigger and I can't wait to shower that kid with love and presents!

3.  I'm crossing my fingers that today goes well!

4.  I think we are going to have a fun and busy weekend for sure!  I'm excited to see the Blue Angels perform :)

5.  We also need to get on putting together this furniture pretty please :)

ily <3

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Real Healthcare is Nothing Like Grey's Anatomy

This blog post was originally written a few months ago around the beginning of summer, but I never took the time to finish it and put it up after getting my initial thoughts down.  In light of recent news on this front though, I decided to post it to catch you all up on what's been happening with Mr. L's situation.  It's not terribly optimistic so I apologize in advance for that.


Mr. L is now officially starting the medical board process.  For those of you who don't know, a med board (MEB) is basically what happens when a servicemember has been injured or taken ill while on active duty.  The Navy decides through a board if the servicemember can be declared fit for full duty once again or separation from the military is the best course to go.  The board also decides what sort of disability rating the servicemember gets if separation is imminent.

So for the next stretch of time (I'm unsure as to exactly how long), we will be attending many appointments to prepare all of the documentation needed to be sent to D.C. for his board.  We aren't happy -- how could we be? -- but we are both slowly accepting that the military may not be the right place for Mr. L at this point in time.  That in itself is such a weird thing to say, though.  The military is all he's ever wanted, so how could we have even gotten to this point at all?

Here is a funny Liam picture to cheer you all (read: me) up while reading this post.
 If there's one thing we've learned throughout the past year-plus through this process though, it's that real life healthcare is not like an episode of Grey's Anatomy or House.  Doctors don't give a crap about "figuring out" your condition and trying to "fix you."  They don't give a crap about solving your puzzle of an illness.  They just want to get their payout and maybe prescribe you a little medicine to tide you over while they move on to the next patient until their day is done.

Don't misunderstand me -- we've had some great doctors helping us through this situation.  Mr. L's PCM has been so wonderful to us and a lifesaver for our morale.  The ophthalmologist we saw for a couple of months back last year was genuine, kind, and always made sure Mr. L had a direct line straight to him for emergency purposes (which led to him advising us to head to the ER for an MRI over a year ago now after his eye pain became crippling migraines).  And his acupuncturist has been so patient, kind, and willing to listen whenever he needed to express any thoughts or concerns.

At this point, however, it's just hard for us to remain positive and hopeful, especially after our (third) neurologist informed us that Mr. L's condition isn't a neurological issue, which couldn't be farther from the truth.  It may not be diagnosed at this time, but it is DEFINITELY neurological -- most likely a cross between trigeminal neuralgia (or another kind of neuralgia) and cluster headaches.  Trust us when we say that we will be attempting to find a new (this'll be the fourth, if you're keeping count) neurologist if it's at all possible -- healthcare for active duty is so restrictive sometimes.

Yes, that's Lila in a t-shirt.  I don't even know, you guys...I'm probably losing it.

But now we wait.  We're praying we get some kind of good news that we can hang onto during this process and that it comes sooner rather than later. I guess we'll see.  Until then all good thoughts and prayers are very, very welcome!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Roasted Parmesan Zucchini

I've noticed I have a severe lack of go-to side dishes in my arsenal.  Sometimes Mr. L and I just get stuck in a rut where we have the same thing a few times a week.  He doesn't mind the routine so much, but I do not like it at all.  I need to shake things up a bit sometimes!  

I've always had a soft spot for zucchini, so I knew that it would be super delicious just simply roasted with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and, of course, cheese.  I've found that I have to keep my side dishes simple or I just won't bother most of the time.  Thankfully it doesn't get simpler (or yummier!) than this dish!

  • 2 zucchini, quartered and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and place your zucchini pieces onto a baking sheet lined with foil.

Drizzle olive oil over each piece and then sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese and the amount of salt and pepper that's to your liking.

Bake the zucchini for about 15 minutes and then serve and enjoy!

Are you a zucchini fan?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Five for Friday

1.  Yay for snuggles!

2.  I'm hoping we're both over being sick.  That's been no fun!

3.  I'm glad you had a great mid-week game!  It was a little weird having it on a Thursday but it was actually a really good day :)

4.  I'm also glad you like the chicken dip!  That way I don't have to eat it all myself, haha.

5.  I love that you've been loving my cooking lately.  It makes me feel great!  :)

ily <3

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Seven for Sunday

1.  I guess we'll know in a few weeks what the word is from D.C.  Let's keep our fingers crossed!

2.  We definitely should watch more documentaries together.  I know a couple that might interest you!

3.  You're so sweet for taking the dogs to the groomer for me so I could watch football.  Thank you!

4.  I'm glad we have each other, especially during disappointing news.  I'm getting more and more ready to move back to the mainland :\

5.  I still hate you for getting that drop this week.  Lol, congrats!

6.  I'm glad we're talking about taking a relaxing vacation together.  You need a stress-free weekend with minimal go go go activities!

7.  I guess we both knew that you'd eventually get me sick.  Thanks for taking care of me though :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Think: Net Neutrality

You all may have noticed the giant freakin' banner at the top of my blog appear overnight, but I assure you, it is for a good reason!  I am participating in the Battle for the Net in order to protect a free and open internet for all U.S. citizens, not just those rich enough to afford it.  This is also known as net neutrality.

You may have heard that term before, but if you want to understand it better, I highly suggest this video from John Oliver of Last Week Tonight:

For the Battle of the Net, this is what is going to happen.  On September 10th of this year (tomorrow), participating websites, including Netflix, Reddit, Vimeo, Etsy, Credo, Upworthy, Tumblr, Digg, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Imgur, and many, many more will be displaying the same kind of loading icon I have at the top of my own blog in order to protest the idea of internet fast lanes.  Although these websites won't actually be slowing down their speeds (yours truly included), this kind of outpouring of support for net neutrality is huge and will surely cause people to take notice.

But getting attention isn't the main goal here.  We want U.S. citizens to contact their lawmakers and make a statement about what the internet should be like in this country.  Congressional action is how we will force our voices to be heard and it's one of the most powerful tools we have in our arsenal.  In order to ensure our Congresspeople are doing what we the people wish, we have to tell them first.

Use the widget at the top of the page to fill out a form letter and send it to your Congressperson.  Make phone calls to them as well.  Share on Twitter, Facebook, or your social media platform of choice.  Talk to your family and friends about this, especially those who aren't as connected to digital media and news as others may be.  Get the word out so we can fight what Team Cable has in store for us!

For more information on the Battle for the Net, go here.  This website goes in depth about this specific event and also includes known members of Team Cable and Team Internet (where does your lawmaker stand?) and tells you how to participate in the battle on September 10th.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Five for Friday

1.  You were such a great sport for puppysitting last weekend.  Thank you again!!

2.  I am definitely taking you back to Kauai for you to at least see Waimea Canyon.  You'd love it!

3.  Thanks for not disowning me while my face peels from this dumb sunburn, blech!  Haha :)

4.  I'm excited to watch some college football with you this weekend!!  Finally!

5.  I'm so glad that we're able to communicate so well with each other, even if it takes a little while to finally get there.

ily <3