Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pology Cookies

I am posting this little blog here because of the relavence to our Book Club's July book, Shelter Me. I will probably also tell this story on my blog, The Life and Times of the Humps.

Last Friday, I had an ultrasound scheduled so we could find out the gender of our baby. Ellis and I were super excited. As a matter of fact, Ellis's sister planned her vacation around this ultrasound and Ellis's birthday rafting trip down the Hiwassee. She had been visiting from Northern Ohio for two weeks. It was getting a little long (and she was missing her hubby) so she had contemplated going home earlier in the week. But knowing that we had this ultrasound coming up, she decided to stay.

In addition, Ellis took the entire day off, as did I, for this special day. Since Ellis is working 5 10 hour days, he was losing 10 hours of over time to see our little one. When I made the appointment, I did not know that this day was a big in-service day for the school system, so it was a big deal that I was missing it, too.

We arrived at the doctor's office promptly at 9:20, our appt time. Cassie, Ellis's sister, had her car packed so she could leave after we found out about the baby. Since the flyer from the doctor's office said that we could only have 2 guests, I had a close friend meet us at the office to sit in the waiting room with our nephew, Matthew. So, I had a big entourage. Me, Ellis, Cassie, Mattie, and Andrea.

When I checked in, I was told that the ultrasound machine was down. The office decided on Thursday to not call me and tell me this because I had an appointment to see a doctor anyway.

Wow. I was pretty floored. If I had known on Thursday evening, I would have probably sent Ellis on to work, helped Cassie get an early start on the road to OH, and let Andrea sleep in. At that point, I became the "squeaky wheel." I talked to two of the ladies in the business office about any other possibilities for this ultrasound taking place today. At first, there seemed to be another option, but it quickly dissolved. Then, when we went to see the doctor, I explained that we had a lot of schedules that were changed and altered for these people to be there with me that day.

Ok, the truth is... I was pushy. But in a nice, Southern way.

Finally, another doctor's office gave our technician permission to use their machine. We quickly drove over to this other office and quietly snuck in to their ultrasound room. All of the drama was worth it when we found out that we were having a little girl!

I was so thankful that the doctor's office worked with us that I vowed to make them some cookies for my next visit.

We did get to see little Hattie Humphres on Friday, but the machine that we viewed her on was not as superior as the machine at my doctor's office. So, I was called on Monday morning to set up a follow-up ultrasound. The purpose of this big ultrasound was to measure the baby and determine how the baby was doing, growing, and to have an opportunity to video our remarkable little girl. So, my follow-up was scheduled for Wednesday.

On Tuesday, after work, I stopped at the grocery and picked up some fresh ingredients for cookies for the ultrasound technician and the ladies in the office. As I was baking, I thought, "Are these Pology Cookies?" I was thankful for all that the people in the office did for me. So I wanted to let them know that it was important to me. I don't think I was mean. I was just firm. But in some way, I think these were some Pology Cookies for rocking the boat (not my normal MO).

When I gave them to my ultrasound technician, she was very pleased. As a matter of fact, she said, "That just makes my day!"

And that was worth it. I like Pology Cookies. There is something special about baking them and thinking about who you are making them for. Sending positive thoughts through food. I like it!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Time Traveler's Wife and Good Dog Fun!

Hey ladies! We had a great book club meeting on Saturday at Good Dog in Chattanooga. Husbands, kids, sister, and nephew all seemed to have a great time! Food was great and the book discussion was a lot of fun! For those of you who couldn't make it, do you agree with who was cast as characters of the movie version of Shelter Me?

Janie - Winona Ryder

Father Jake - Topher Grace

Aunt Jude - Maggie Smith

Cormac - John Favreau

Tug - we never really chose anyone, did we? I would like to submit two guys, from the HBO series Rome... (although both of these pictures are a little too dashing.... we need a tool belt in there somewhere :) )

Ray Stevenson
James Purefoy

What do you think?

On to next month, we made an exciting choice! Our next meeting will be on Saturday, August 29th. That is a little less than 4 weeks from now, so you gotta get moving and reading on this! Our book is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

It is on Amazon for $8.22. Ellis and I looked for it at Barnes & Noble on Saturday and it was $14 there. $9.31 online at, $8.21 if you are a club member. It was published in 2004, so you might be able to find it at McKay's.

Our meeting will be on Saturday, August 29th for a Matinee of Time Traveler's Wife. We will shoot for the later matinee, maybe around 4 or so. I will let you know what time the showings actually are the week before. Also, is Premiere ok? Or would you rather go to the Rave? Also, we would like to go somewhere afterwards for coffee, snacks, or dinner to discuss the movie and the book and decide which one we like better!

I hope that works out for everyone!