Would you pay for this?

According to DCist (h/t Young & Hungry), Elisir, a local restaurant is charging 29 cents per person for unlimited bottled or filtered (it is unclear which) water.

Source: Filters Fast

I’ll admit, there are some things I’m cheap about and for the most part, water is one of them. Now, we have a whole-house water filtration system at home and I generally avoid drinking tap water. I do pay the monthly fee to belong to the office water club (we government workers have to pay for our own bottled water delivery).

However, I am stingy when I go to restaurants and usually go with regular old tap water because I don’t want to pay $5 or so for a bottle.    

According to the article,

“The city water in D.C. is notoriously bad and in deference to our guests’ health we don’t want to offer “Chateau Potomac”. If people insist, we will of course oblige them with tap water, but we feel that bottomless sparkling or still bottled water for .29C is more than fair.”

Intruiging…. What do you think? Go for the gusto or stick with the tap? Or do you just avoid the issue and drink wine instead? 🙂


Friday Fifteen: Holidays and Randomness

I feel like I could do a separate post on each of these, so as usual, they are long. What else is new? 🙂

  1. Happy Thanksgiving! We had such a wonderful thanksgiving! The Knight, Lil’ Sis and I joined our friends for a scrumptious pot-luck meal. It was as terrific! I quickly lapsed into a food coma, which unfortunately ended with me being wide awake in the middle of the night.
  2. Happy Holidays! I am so excited for the holidays. I can’t wait! I have been planning gift lists for months and am already thinking about what to make for Christmas dinner.
  3. Yesterday was the first Thanksgiving in five years where I didn’t participate in the Arlington Turkey Trot. Since we did the transfer on Tuesday, I’m not supposed to run (or do much of anything physical) for 2 weeks. I enjoyed sleeping late but I was hit with FOMO when I saw all of the facebook posts of my friends who participated.
  4. I can already tell this is going to be one busy holiday season! It is early, yet I’m already somewhat overbooked with multiple commitments happening at the same time. For some unknown reason last year was calmer. Fun, fun, fun!
  5. Other than throwing some net lights over bushes, I’ve never had a house decorated on the outside for Christmas. I’m really looking forward to (the Knight) putting up our exterior lights.
  6. I read something recently that said if you don’t want to get sick, don’t touch your face. It said we touch our faces as average of 16 times a day. I started trying to count and determined that I must have a really itchy face. For the past week I’ve been working on not touching my face and it is really hard. I challenge you to give it a try, too.
  7. I’ve been so good about exercising lately. The Knight and I completed 5 ½ weeks of P90x. I love it and I can definitely feel a difference. I don’t really care for the pushups. Or the plyometrics. Or the pullups (which I’ve doubled – 2 is twice as many as 1). But other than that, it is fantastic.
  8. Unfortunately, although they didn’t specifically say I couldn’t do P90x, I’m pretty sure that SG would not approve of me continuing at this point since I am currently limited to yoga, swimming (yuck!) and walking (but not distance). Grrrr. Don’t tell, but today I “walked” on the elliptical (easy, I promise) and yesterday I did most of the P90x video along with the Knight, using extremely light weights.
  9. My current obsession is my fireplace. I have never before had a wood burning fireplace and I think it is the best thing ever! We had a ton of firewood delivered and although the Knight said it should last all winter, at this rate I’m not so sure.
  10. I’m back to planning. You know me, I need to plan something. I’ve got a few things in the works including kitchen renovations and short trips to see family in the next couple of months.
  11. You know what’s nice? The fact that when I see an email pop up from the Knight, I get the same happy feeling I used to get when we first starting dating. I am so in love with that man!
  12. Work today was incredibly quiet. Facebook & email were too. It was a nice change from the usual routine (especially the commute).
  13. I’m more of a cyber Monday girl than Black Friday. I absolutely love deals, but crazy crowds are not my thing. I’d rather spend a little more to avoid the insanity. Other than the 50% off sale at Ann Taylor, I don’t think I’ve ever actually gone to the stores on Black Friday.
  14. I’m immensely grateful and thankful, but I’m purposely not posting lists of why. I think I’ve beat that horse to death this year. It’s all still true, but I am being different 🙂
  15. All of the excitement of Ironman Arizona(last weekend) and Ironman Cozumel (this weekend) has me contemplating doing it again. If only I didn’t have to swim…

 Have a great weekend!!!

The fire

As I type, I am sitting in front of a wonderful fire, with Netflix streaming, thinking of all of the reasons why I am incredibly thankful. Not a bad life…

The Waiting Game

I wish I could say that I’m bubbling over with excitement… Earlier today we transferred the final frozen embryo (aka snowbaby). Hopefully, it is getting snuggled in all comfy and cozy and readying for a nice long gestation. But who knows.

To be honest, it feels really weird. In some ways I am totally disconnected. Like this is simply a medical procedure with no emotional component. It does not have the same excitement or feeling of potential that it had before. That’s only natural, I guess.

Here’s what I’m thinking. I think that this embryo, like the three before it, will find a good place to settle. And two weeks from now, I’ll get the glorious news that I’m pregnant. And…my reaction will be…”big whoop.”

Because. Now I know. That’s only half the battle.

I probably shouldn’t take that for granted. I’ve been lucky so far. I think there is only a 40-50% chance of becoming pregnant from the transfer.

As I’ve mentioned, the hard part will come next. The waiting.

I can continue my prescribed injections but other than obey all of the do’s and do not’s, as I do religiously, there isn’t much else I can do other than wait.

I want to be excited. But I feel like I am just too scared. I can’t allow myself to start thinking about how I want it to turn out.

Because, something might go wrong. And then what?

This is contrary to who I am, and I don’t like it. I am an optimist. I am happy. I see the good. But I find myself in this situation where I have absolutely zero control over the outcome. That’s not good for someone like me.

Wow, I sound like such a downer. I’m sorry.

If you see the Knight in the next few weeks, give him a hug. Because I’m getting emotional just thinking about this. I’m guessing that I might not be the easiest person to live with when I am struggling with this.

Come to think of it, I could use a hug, too.

Yay! Good customer service from Apple

We have all had horrendous customer service experiences. And when they happen, boy, do we like to talk about them. Studies* show that people are far more likely to share the bad experiences than the good. So today I want to share the good.

I recently noticed that the volume button on my iPad was stuck. It is not really a huge deal since there are other ways to change the volume. Nevertheless, I figured it was worth a visit to the Apple store to look into it and ask a couple of lingering questions I had about other things.

As it turns out, my professional, technical diagnosis was spot on. Sure enough, it was stuck. The remedy? A brand new iPad. Yes, brand new. Not refurbished. New. For free!!!

They looked up my serial number, and since my 6-month old iPad was still under warranty I was good to go.

How totally awesome is that? No questions asked. Not, what did you do to it? No one tried to tinker with it. They just gave me a brand new iPad.

Consider me impressed! I knew I loved Apple, but this takes it to a whole new level. Yay Apple!!! 

What good customer service experiences have you had? I hope you don’t have to think too hard.

* I don’t actually have any studies to cite, but I heard this once, so I’m sure it’s true 🙂

Good Luck to my IM-AZing friends!

Sending out the strongest, most enthusiastic good luck vibes to my wonderful teammates who are racing Ironman Arizona tomorrow. I so wish I could be there to cheer you on!

I am incredibly proud of each of my IM-AZing friends who have trained hard for this. Way to go Es, Timra, Tina, Jodie, Maggie, Tracey, Johanna, Kathy, Matt, Sally, Nicholas, Gina and Bob! 

I love you guys and will be cheering LOUDLY in front of my iPad (of course) on Sunday. Lots and lots of luck and strength!!! You’ve got this!

Laugh with Me

I found this in an issue of Women’s Health last night:


 A natural baby-making aid. Researchers in Israel studied 219 women undergoing in vitro fertilization and found the women were 16 percent more likely to get knocked up if a clown paid a visit while they recovered from the procedure. Source: Fertility and Sterility

Since my procedure (frozen embryo transfer) is on Tuesday tell me something hilarious, recommend a funny movie, or send me a link to your favorite funny you tube video. It is worth a shot!

Oh, and think sticky thoughts for me 🙂

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