“Illuminate”, with a question

Illuminate. This one is a bit of a hard one. I know what it means, but I wasn’t sure how to illustrate this in my own life. However, I think I’ve found what will do the trick:

Again, crappy quality on my cell phone. I’ll let you know when there’s a picture posted from my good camera, though I’m sure you’ll be able to see the difference. Anyway, here’s my version of “illuminate”. I talked about candles in my post yesterday, so it’s fitting. I love Yankee Candles. This can be blamed on my mother, who has a history of loving Yankee Candles. In fact, she almost burned the house down one time from a candle catching onto a dried flower wreath. My sister and I ran screaming from the house, hiding in the car and crying our eyes out. I was probably 13, my sister was 6. My two parakeets were upstairs in my bedroom and I was sure they’d be dead – screw my parents, save the birds! My father grabbed the fire extinguisher and covered the whole living room in that white powder stuff. Super mess. The fire was out, but every single toy and item in that room had to be taken out on the front lawn and hosed down. No fire department necessary, but I’m sure the neighbors thought we were nuts.

Even after that incident, though, my mother has collected, and burned, Yankee Candles. She must have 20. Now that I am in my own house, I have about 8 or so. I love to burn candles with certain scents for certain seasons, so you can see why Apple Cider is a current hit right now. Yesterday, I burned “Icicles” and “Sparkling Snow” together for a soft, wintery, light scent. I’m all about it. These candles “illuminate” my house on a daily basis, contributing to that “homey”, “cozy” feel I was talking about yesterday.

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Okay, now I have a question for all of you out there. You know, for me, ovulation comes around once every 50-100 days (ha) and it’s so rare that I actually get to have a question regarding my ovulation, but today, I do!

What is your take on this?

This was a few minutes ago. The top, cheaper stick (stupid cheap ones) sure seems to show the test line and the control line as the same. I suppose you could say the test line is slightly lighter, but just barely. The bottom, my last smiley face stick, shows no smiley. One looks positive, the other clearly negative. What do you make of that??

There is something else, too. I had cramping all yesterday. I found that the pain was localized mostly to my right side. Last time I ovulated, it was on my left side! I’ve never been so happy to feel cramps. But they really felt like…ovulation pains. Yesterday morning’s stick was not even close to positive, so I know I didn’t miss it. Today’s looks promising, especially after yesterday’s cramping. But the smiley faces are usually not wrong. My temps are also very low – it all looks perfect! It’s CD 18, so it could actually be happening! But what gives with the stupid OPK’s?

Tomorrow morning I go for a blood test (even though it’ll only be CD 19) to see if I’m ovulating or what. It’ll be nice to have an actual answer. If she says there’s no ovulation in sight I may just scream. I’ll keep you posted.