Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Distractions

Well hey there, Internetz! I hope that the start of the week has been treating you well. We are enjoying some unseasonably spring-like weather in my neck of the woods. The kind of weather that, were we all in high school, we'd probably be skipping class to sit outside and bask in the sunshine.

Wait, you did that too right? Back in high school I had a teacher whom I'll call Mr. M. who taught a lot of the business courses. God love him, the man was a complete pushover. At the sign of some good weather it just took a sugary sweet request to "Pleeeeeeeeeease let us have class outside" and the man would cave. He was also a firm believer in "mental health days" and actually encouraged us to miss a class if we needed to just to clear our heads. He was either ahead of his time or completely insane. Possibly both.

What's that? You're wondering how I'm doing with this two week wait deal? Oh, did I forget to mention that? SILLY ME. I must have completely forgotten that I was in the midst of one! (This is where you're to imagine me batting my eyelashes and telling you that in my syrupy sweet voice usually saved for teachers on warm, sunny days.)

Internetz, if I may be frank (why do I feel like all of you are going to address me as Frank in the comments now?), I am going bat shit crazy here.

Honestly, this is my worst two week wait. EVAH. I don't know if it's because I have been so filled with hope since this cycle seemed to come together so well or what, but the wait is killing me. KILLING. ME. You know that pregnancy test commercial where the woman says something along the lines of "Want to know the minute you conceived? Well science is getting close..."? Well let's just say I'd like to give science a good slap and tell them to get on it already! Bloody hell if I make it to the end of these two weeks, I may have gone just past the brink of insanity so it may not matter what happens!

So I survive with distractions! Fortunately work has kept me on my toes and will continue to do so this week. I have also spent a lot of time with this woman and this woman. I must say, I have a bit of a girl crush on them both. I'm cooking up a storm over here, hoping to try a new recipe every night, and baking in between! This however, has been a great distraction and reaping the rewards has been even better. I imagine that if in two weeks I see another negative appear (yet again), I will take myself to my happy place where the two of them will pat my head and tell me it will be okay while they each feed me their latest recipe to make it all better.

Too far?

Moving on. So that's where I'm at. Tell me, what do you do when you need to be distracted? It's not just about the two week wait. There are many moments in life when distraction is not only needed but it can even help keep you going. How do you cope?

39 comments:

Pregnant Yuppy said...

I don't know which is worse, waiting to O or the 2ww. I try to keep really busy. I limit my online time as well. I find a book that's non TTC related and just read. Basically, I'll do anything to take my mind off it!

Good luck.

liberalgranolagirl said...

I actually do okay distracting myself during the 1st half of the 2ww-cooking, reading, cleaning, catching up on emails, laundry. The 2nd half, the half I'm in right now, is what KILLS me.

Why not go shopping *evil grin*

Ellen said...

Lord, I WISH I was still in high school! Skipping class, stealing my parents' vodka and refilling the bottles with water. Ahh, those were the days. Right..back to your point. When I need to be distracted I BAKE! I medicate blues and anxiety with food often. It helps. If only for a little while.

http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

lowfatlady said...

I used to do that. I actually did it once or twice in college. I hope this 2ww flies by. I have a feeling I will feel the same way since this is my first injects cycle.

When I need distracting I will normally read a book (I'm reading through the sookie stachouse series that True blood is based after), watch a movie, or play a game on the computer/wii.

aladdinsane12 said...

i, too am a firm believer in mental health days. maybe mr. m and i are meant to be.

and i am WAY jealous of your sunny weather! today it was rainy and dark here in chi-town. ugh.

hmmm...well, when i am in need of distractions, i tend to go to the glorious place known as facebook...OR i have an ever better idea! go to sporcle.com- they have thousands of fun quizzes to take- i'm obsessed!

jenicini said...

ARGH! The waitingggggg! Enjoy the weather anyway!

LucyAnnie said...

Eeeek, good luck! I am jealous of your sunshine! Its been rainy here all week. Its brining me down!

During the 2ww my house is pretty much the cleanest its been all month. And I cook. A lot.

Phoebe Wilde said...

Everyone has some really great suggestions.
I would say try and do something that doesn't focus on you.
Every day pick a person who you could make something for or call or visit. You will probably feel better about yourself and who knows? Maybe some good karma will head your way too!
Good luck with the wait!

Chelle said...

I am proabably not much better and no help on this one. I guess the only way I keep sane in those moments is to remember not to wish my life away, but when you're waiting for something so important, wishing time away is exactly what you want to do. See, I'm no help. lol

Sarah said...

Frankie, watching some of my fav movies or shopping usually distract me. You had me laughing with "bat shit crazy", because I'm sure that's how I'd be feeling too! Actually, I feel bat shit crazy right now, and I'm not on a 2ww. :) Funny how you mentioned the pushover teacher. A few of my friends and I passed economics because we baked the old man peanut butter cookies. No joke :)

Sarah Ruth said...

I feel your need for distractions. My husband is getting deployed in about 2 months. I have to keep myself distracted so I don't get too depressed. :(

I want to bake stuff. I have all these things to help me with baking, like my brand new-not used yet Kitchen Aid Mixer! But I'm on a diet and have to cut out the sweets. Boo.

Kristin said...

Ok Frank, you are bat-shit crazy. All of us who have been through the 2ww can safely assume that craziness has set in. Truly, the only things that saved my sanity when I was going through all my losses were my books, friends who would listen, and CRAFTS. Hell, crafts are still my sanity saver and I firmly maintain that it's a hell of a lot cheaper than therapy.

Chelle said...

i craft when i need distraction - stamp, make cards, etc. keeps me occupied and away from dr. google :P

hope your 2ww passes quickly, frank ;)

AnxiousMummyto3 said...

Hey there FC! Yeah, I have to agree, the 2ww where you are filled with hope, those are the worst. I definitely agree with baking and reading. A book as far away from TTC as possible! I haven't seen that pregnancy test ad. Have you seen the one where the woman pees on her Ipod, though? That is classic!! So hey, that's another good idea-look at crazy stuff on you tube. Always makes me laugh. Good luck! Fingers crossed for you :)

The Boob Nazi said...

Good luck! I'm sure that it is terrible to wait for this.

Jennifer said...

Margaritas! They always work. Ok...so I'm kidding..well mostly. I don't drink to distract myself, but it might work. I find lots of projects around the house to keep myself busy. I also spend time with friends. Hope you find something to keep you busy...those two women sure are great distractions!

Busted Kate said...

Drink heavily.

Just kidding!!

I feel ya completely, and would be doing the same as you were I in your shoes. Is there anything really that could take it completely off your mind? This is the rest of your life changing, possibly! I say you're complete entitled to be OCD this 2ww!

Fingers crossed!

callmemama said...

I've gotta say, one of the reasons I've taken so long to get caught up on commenting was because I got hooked on Pioneer Woman's Love Story! Wow, it was romantic, and I couldn't tear my eyes away from the screen. I am definitely dying to try some of her recipes.

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Oh Frank... (you know that you just asked for that, right?) ;)

The tww is always killer and it's okay to go a little batty. You have a lot of great suggestions already, but I have one more. I pick something in the future, beyond the end of the tww... a little trip out of town, a day out with friends, a concert... something, anything else to be looking forward to. Hang in there, girl... sending prayers and positive thoughts.

The Quest For Baby Hang said...

It's hard but I have doctor appt (not fertility relted) every week and lately every single day..so it keeps me busy..when I am home..since I'm always in pain..I',l lay in bed with my blackberry and watch movies/tv shows..

Clare said...

Dinner parties with friends. Even better if you organize one yourself as then you have all the shopping, cooking to do and not much time to think about anything else! A busy social calendar helps me through those times and before you know it you're craving a quiet night in and the 2ww is up!

Fran said...

For me, the only thing worse than the 2ww is the waiting to find out if the embryos have survived to be transferred. That's the worst ever! So what do I do to distract myself...well, watching movies sometime helps, but cooking is better, I bake! Or I try to get myself absorbed in work. Thinking of you both! Frab

..Soo.See.. said...

I tend to do retail therapy. Even if it's just the drugstore. (I can do damage there!!) the 2ww is just awful! - but I'm thinking sticky vibes and positive thoughts for you!! Hang in there!

..Soo.See.. said...

oh! p.s. and if you still come out of it all batty, then know we're here w/ you too. ;)

Katie said...

I'm sorry you are going crazy during this 2WW! I wish I knew how to make it go by a little easier and faster, but I also struggle with having patience during the wait. :) I do try and plan something for each day so I'm not driving myself to insane. I'll read a book, take a bubble bath, watch a movie, catch up on e-mails, go out to dinner with DH or friends, etc. Hopefully the rest of the wait flies by. Fingers crossed for you!

Basic Girl said...

Okay, first of all cracking up about your comment on the pregnancy test commercials!!! Seriously, why hasn't some genius out there developed a test that measures HCG levels starting at like 5, beccause god knows I'd pay about $50 for that test!!! haha.

As for distractions, blogging, renting a series of a television show (try dexter, you will be hooked), now that the weather is getting nice hopefully getting outside will help! Hang in there!!

Heather said...

Poor Frank. I HATE the 2WW.

Enjoy the weather - get out in it. Plant some flowers? I don't know, is it time to do that yet?

Sit outside and read a gossip mag is more my speed...with ice cream.

Al said...

Hang in there! I usually try to distract myself with cleaning, moving watching, cooking, work, that sort of thing.

I haven't found a way to divert my attention on that FINAL day of the wait though, when I'm in misery at work. And that's today for me...here we go...

Kindra said...

Every morning I cross off a day on my calendar. Makes me feel better, even if I haven't done a damn thing. It just looks like progress, which is attractive, self-esteem boosting and all the other jazzy bits combined.

pcostory said...

Frankly, we ware here for you. My big distractors are walking the dog, doing dishes, cooking, and a little movie called "Borat". DH and I have seen it st least 30 times but every time we go back, it still works.

Crossed Fingers said...

The 2ww feels like the two year wait. I can't stand it. I do my best to keep myself busy, exercise, hang out with friends, rent DVDs I want to see...anything to keep me from POAS too early.

Mama To Be said...

TWW=longest weeks of my life! Lord knows I need all the distractions I can find!

wait, what? said...

I want to strangle that lady in the commercial LOL! Hang in there!

finch said...

Well, so much for the unseasonably warm weather. I wore my parka and mittens to walk the dog today. Those past 2 days were nothing but a tease.

I suck at distractions. I watch a lot of movies but I can't say it really helps much.

21reena said...

Thanks for posting on my blog the other day!

So excited for you and your 2WW! I am the worst at making the time past quickly - I usually try to shop or sleep.

I'm going to add you to my blogroll (hope that's ok) - and I hope to read about some good news soon!

abumpyride said...

if any of us had the answers you simply wouldn't get any comments - it's why we're all here, looking for the answers from each other. Good luck, Fertility Chick - if it's positive you'll have to change your name just to.. Chick. A bumpy ride x

Alyssa said...

The way to pass the waiting is to figure out a way to "not wait". I know, sounds crazy...but the more you dwell on the potential outcome, the longer the waiting will seem. We all do it...but try as best you can to keep busy, keep occupied, keep your mind on other things...and keep positive. When you figure out how to do that...let me know. Let us all know. Good luck!

Suzy said...

2ww is so tough! But you've chosen some awesome women to pass the time with.

Hoping for grrrrrreat things for you!

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