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Friends, in advance of Black Friday, I did something radical: I unsubscribed from over 50 automated shopping emails.

Yes, there is a part of me that has FOMO for 25% off candles, cosmetics, home goods or designer duds, but if It’s Out of Sight, It’s Out of Mind.

I’m trying to be more intentional with my purchases for 2020 and starting now feels right.

Will I probably still buy a few too many holiday gifts for myself?

Most definitely.

I’m still me.

My Solo Thanksgiving

Friends, I spent Thanksgiving alone this year.

Ok, the dog was here with me, but otherwise Fancy Pants Ranch was deserted.

Spouse – who is such a wonderful person – took the kids to his parent’s to celebrate and spend a few days with them.

Was I sad that we weren’t together? Yes and no.

Yes, because I felt like I was missing out when Spouse texted me a picture of the kids.

No, because I spend almost all my time overextending myself, and having a day alone to exhale was heaven.

I stayed behind because I’m leaving bright and early Friday morning for a weekend in Las Vegas with my dear friends J. and B.

The three of us have a history of epic girls’ weekends. We haven’t done one since 2017, and we were all feeling overdue.

When we compared schedules earlier this year, we were out of luck until B. suggested Thanksgiving weekend, and we were all able to make it work.

How I spent my Thanksgiving:

  • Exercising at the gym
  • Coffee, coffee, coffee
  • Perusing the Black Friday ads in the newspaper
  • Watching the Macy’s parade on TV
  • Packing, under Penny’s watchful eye
  • Watching one of the best “Friends” episodes ever, the one where Rachel makes an English trifle with a layer of meat and sautéed onions
  • Folding a mountain of laundry (Before and After, below)
  • Catching up on “Below Deck” and various other Bravo mind escapes
  • Overall feeling beyond grateful for a day like this.

OOTD, Friday

Greetings from my 10 year old daughter’s closet.

The one with the giant mirror.

Here’s what I wore today in clinic, minus personalized white coat on top of it all:

Ok, let’s get this out of the way: the sequin rose gold Minnie Mouse backpack is not mine. #tweendaughter

Let’s start with these J. Crew pearl hoop earrings that are currently on sale:

Next up:

Friends, these Jeffrey Campbell booties are amazingly comfortable, bridge the gap from work to weekend, and they are subtly brown, versus a black-and-white snake print. The pair well with so many colors, including blush pink.

And can we talk about the pants?

The Spanx Perfect Black Pants are not hyperbolically named.

I’d suggest sizing down. I am wearing a medium in the above picture (for reference, I am 5’9″ and weigh 155#).

And lastly, a confession.

That sweater?

It’s old.

Old. Old.

Practically vintage.

I checked the label and it is from the Banana Republic Holiday 2012 collection.

But I still like it.

Have a great weekend!

The Poppy Seed Sandwich

After an embryo transfer, patients often wonder the following: Is my embryo going to fall out?

I think it’s a natural fear, especially since so many hopes and dreams are riding on the outcome of the embryo transfer.

Even though an embryo transfer is a highly technical procedure, one thing is certain: You can’t cough/pee/sneeze/squeeze/jostle an embryo out of the uterus.

Nearly fifteen years ago, when I was a new Reproductive Endocrinology fellow, someone explained an embryo transfer as “Throwing a velcro ball into a shag carpet.”

While I got the analogy because I’m old enough to remember the 1970s, it didn’t resonate with me.

So I thought of my own: Placing an embryo in the uterus is like putting a poppy seed in a peanut butter sandwich.

The embryo is tiny. The lining is thick and sticky. There’s no way that poppy seed is coming out.

Over the years I’ve explained an embryo transfer this way thousands of times. If you’ve ever worked with me, heard me lecture or been a patient or trainee, you’re probably sick of hearing it.

To wit: a patient told me about a year ago that she shared this on a huge fertility support group site and now I was famous as the Peanut Butter and Poppy Seed Doctor.

I can live with that.

Stick and grow embryo.

Stick and grow.

Holiday Prep – Part 1

Let’s face it: We will forever be the family buying the sad Charlie Brown tree on December 23rd, but this year I’m trying.

Winter comes early here and lasts forever, so I wanted something pieces that could bridge November to March, not just the unofficial holiday season.

I went with two themes: cozy and buffalo plaid.

I share this perfectly imperfect shot to showcase the overall effect, but wow! Painful reality. Two kids and a dog seem to continuously rearrange my pillow fort, push apart the sofa sections and make the blinds quite janky.

These cuties are from Crate and Barrel:

The plaid pillow covers are straight off of Amazon. I slipped them over pillows we already had.

Ditto the plaid throw; it’s Amazon:

We have six fireplaces but I don’t decorate all of them. Here’s the start of the mantle in the main floor family room:

Please excuse the tape. This was a trial. That failed. Re-taping subsequently commenced.

I found these two cute garlands at Michael’s, a craft store that overwhelms me and I try to avoid. There was some weird promotion going on and they gave me the nutcracker for free at the checkout.

The candle is from Crate and Barrel and smells wonderfully like winter. I bought several to (hopefully) last until spring.

The last thing I did, for now:

I bought two faux boxwood wreaths at Target last year and I swap out the bows depending on the season. For someone who is generally lazy, this has been a great decorating hack.

But I’m not done! There is more coming. Will keep posting the updates.