Have you entered the Ball giveaway yet? If youâ€™re interested in learning more about canning, a sweet reader named Erin recommends this book (which I have and like, too) as well as this recipe from TPW for strawberry jam!
If you follow me on Twitter, you know I received some VERY. EPIC. NEWS. earlier! Iâ€™m not sure I can reveal exactly what it is YET, but I can say it has something to do with the book release! Have you ever been so excited about something that you literally jumped up and down and screamed your face off? Yes. That is exactly what I did. In fact, I screamed hysterically for FOURTEEN MINUTES. I know this because when I finally sat back down to look at the email again, it said the message was 14 minutes old. 🙂
Hahah REAL photos snapped by the Husband. You canâ€™t fake that kind of joy. (Iâ€™m facing the window screaming hysterically in the second one.)
OK- onto food!
Working-from-home Husband was responsible for lunch.
He made a tortilla with fruit, veg, and an eggplant spread. It looks like a weird combo but it works!
Plus, a banana + 1/2 an apple:
Snackage was some almonds!
The Big Birth Control Question
So â€“ today is an interesting day all around! Today is actually my first day in TEN YEARS going hormone-free. Yup, I finally kicked birth control pills to the curb after being on them since 2000.
A while back, I wrote a post about how I was concerned being on birth control might be covering up other problems, like amenorrhea. There was a wonderful discussion in the comments section about natural birth control methods and other concerns (seriously, check it out; the comments were great).
At the urging of many of the commenters, I bought Taking Charge of Your Fertility, which promotes the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). Thereâ€™s a great supplementary website here if you have any questions. FAM is NOT the rhythm method; itâ€™s actually a very exact method of determining ovulation so you can avoid or achieve pregnancy (weâ€™re avoiding right now). If used correctly, there is a 95% success rate!
Iâ€™m about halfway through the book, but itâ€™s convinced me to go off birth control (which was my goal) and start tracking my temperatures on a daily basis so I can figure out my cycle (and in the meantime, weâ€™ll be using back-up birth control; donâ€™t worry). FAM is â€“ hopefully â€“ going to allow me to go off birth control, which my body never liked, without worrying about putting a bun in my oven.
Taking my temperature every morning before getting out of bed is kind of annoying, but Iâ€™m getting used to it. Thereâ€™s other stuff involved, too, but Iâ€™m still learning about that.
- Birth control pills are AWESOME in many ways. I would definitely say that you should go or stay on birth control pills if youâ€™re sexually active and absolutely DO NOT want to get pregnant (and use a barrier method, too, of course).
- Weâ€™re only doing this now because weâ€™re OK with maybe getting pregnant (although weâ€™re going to try to avoid it as much as possible). If we were still in college, weâ€™d still be on birth control!
- Weâ€™re also considering this because weâ€™ve heard from so many people it does work! I always thought it was an urban legend or something.
- What works for me might not work for you. 🙂
Are you on a â€œnaturalâ€ form of birth control? Do you think it sounds too weird for you? Any horror or success stories (and one personâ€™s success may be another personâ€™s nightmare!)? 🙂