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Injury report…

A few weeks ago we were watching a football game and the announcers mentioned that one of the players was questionable for the game due to ‘vertigo like symptoms’.  I didn’t really say anything but I thought it was kind of odd.  I’d never had vertigo but I didn’t think it was a serious enough condition to keep someone out of a game.  I know that it can be a symptom related with head injuries and concussions so I let it go at that.

Until this morning, on a normal day I am a bit stumbly first thing in the morning.  I will be the first person to tell you that I am not a morning person in any way, shape or form.  This morning though I was grabbing on to the walls to walk Sully to the door.  My head hurt and I had a lot of sinus pressure and took allergy medicine and some ibuprofen while Sully loaded his work stuff in his car.  After he left I realized that the walls were listing to the left in a slow spin.  I was pretty miserable at that point and it just got worse.  I thought maybe resting in bed would help, not even close.  I immediately got nauseous and then I got sick.  Blah.  Luckily that helped with the room spins although it took me a few hours to feel steady on my feet.

So, I apologize to every athlete that I have mentally questioned about vertigo symptoms because that was fairly miserable to deal with.  Good news on the ankle front, it’s feeling pretty good.  It doesn’t seem to be swelling anymore and I really feel like it is healing at this point.  I still have to take it easy but I am relieved that it’s improving.

Later in the day I was able to get a few things done around the house.  I got the bulk of the Halloween decorations packed up and put away in the garage.  The kitchen table still has the linens and some of the kitchen stuff to deal with but I will take care of that tomorrow.

Today I am thankful that I am a stay at home mom.  I can’t ever say how much I love the time that I spend with Boo.  She was so sweet this morning when I didn’t feel well.  I had a drink, she brought me a sandwich and worked the remote controls so I had something to watch.  

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Not so much…

Today started out well and then declined into a fairly frustrating day.

The morning went well, we had a nice breakfast at a quiet restaurant not too far from home and then did some quick shopping.  I wore my hiking boots and that seemed to be a good choice for my ankle.  Of course, they are a bit heavier than my normal shoes and I was feeling a little tired when we got home.  Nothing was really going on so I sat down and put my foot up.  I had barely sat down when there was an issue that I needed to weigh in on.  No big deal, I got up and we figured it out.  I sat back down and put my foot back up.  Then the dog threw up and then something else happened, at that point I abandoned the idea of putting my foot up.

I moved on to straightening my desk, then I got a phone call, I put it on speaker and kept sorting paperwork.  For the most part that was fine but I had a stack of stuff I needed to shred and couldn’t very well do it while talking on the phone.  I don’t blame the person that called but it was bad timing and I could’ve let the call go to voicemail.  It was just one of those things that didn’t really work for me at the time and combined with the other interruptions I was frustrated and irritable.  

There were periods of peace and quiet that I am thankful for but they were definitely banked by times of interruption.  I know I should be more Zen about it but I think I would need more sleep and possibly some medication for that.

Today, I am thankful for peaceful moments.  And the Mythbusters, we watched a few episodes today.  I’d seen them all before but it was a good thing to watch amid the interruptions. 

 

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I’ll take it…

It’s Friday and as usual Boo and I are heading over to Gramma’s house.  We met Sully for lunch at Lucille’s BBQ, the food was great but it was freezing in there.  Essentially that’s a good thing because it means that the weather has cooled down.   We got a bit of rain early this morning which added a slight, and I mean minuscule, chill to the air.  I was happy about it, Sully not so much.  

He’s okay with cool weather, it’s the rain that’s got him a little buggy.  Apparently rain on the new car is the most awful thing that could have happened, ok, not that bad.  There was a lot of drama this morning though before Sully left for work.  It’s supposed to rain some more over the weekend so I am prepared for more drama but I am expecting his coping skills to kick in by then.  I suppose I should stop teasing Sully.  He’s allowed to be a bit hyper about his new car.

Anyway, after lunch Gramma, Boo and I went back to Gramma’s house and caught up on episodes of Project Runway.  We are all caught up on Season 10 and even know who won now.  Of course, we found out that Project Runway – All Stars started their second season so we are already behind on that one.  Oh well, a couple of Fridays and we will be all set.

This is one of my favorite nature photographs.
http://portfolio.kevinthom.com/nature/melancholy_autumn

Today, I am thankful for my family and for having a day to enjoy them.  I am very thankful for a relaxed day where I didn’t spend most of the day thinking about all of the things that I still needed to do.

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Almost Friday…

All day yesterday I kept thinking it was Thursday.  I really knew it was Wednesday but it’s been a long week.  Today felt like Thursday though, so that’s good.

Today was one of those days where I felt very busy but I didn’t get a lot done.  It’s hard to get a ton done though because of my ankle.  I really hurt it Monday, then tweaked it a bit on Tuesday and again this afternoon.  At this point it feels worse than it ever has, before it only hurt when I moved in a certain way.  Now, I get moments when it’s achy for no reason other than my foot isn’t elevated or even just because.  I wear a brace most of the day, taking it off occasionally to let my foot breathe while elevating it.  At night I wear a neoprene wrap that keeps me from moving around too much.  Last week I woke up in pain several times as I moved my foot in apparently bad positions.   The wrap is perfect for sleeping, it isn’t too tight as to cut off circulation like a normal brace might overnight.  But it’s not so loose that it still keeps me from hurting the ankle while asleep.  I should probably ice it more but we just have flat ice packs and that’s just not working.  I need to get some frozen peas, those bags are perfect for ankles.

Oh, and my NaNo project is up to 14,000 words.  Yay me!

Today, I am thankful for Sully and Boo.  It’s been a tough week in many ways but I really enjoyed our time together today.  I am also really thankful that I am caught up with laundry.  I am sure it seems an odd thing to be thankful for but it’s taken me weeks to get back on track.

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An even dozen…

Today is my 12th Anniversary being married to a most awesome guy.  It amazes me because it feels like it was just yesterday and at the same time I feel like I’ve known Sully forever.  It must be that whole soulmate thing.  🙂

Here we are twelve years ago at our Renaissance wedding.

There was a lot of planning and we had a great time.  We wanted it to feel like a big party.  I’ve heard from more than a few people about how much fun they had, and it was the best wedding.  It definitely was the best for us!

Today, I am so very thankful for Sully and our lives together.  We’ve been through a lot but our love for each other has never wavered.  We have known since our first date that we were meant to be together.  I am also so very thankful for Boo.  We are blessed to have Boo and love our family time.

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Falling for it…

Oh my gosh, while I was busy these last few weeks fall has arrived and I am loving this weather.  I am spending the day trying to catch up on my blog posts and doing some writing for NaNo.

The working title for the rewrite is ‘Waterfall’, so far I have written a bit of a synopsis of the general story’s beginning and a little bit into the middle.  Last night I worked on a general outline for the chapters.  Today I started working   on a basic timeline for the story, some books happen over a few days, some a few years, this one is going to be a few weeks.  While I was working on the timeline I realized if I switched the first two events around that it would make more sense.  I’ve tried rewriting the first chapter about fifty times and never really got anywhere with it and this is probably why.  

Three cheers for writing epiphanies!  Yay!  Woohoo!  Hooray!

Ok, enough of that, I am off to write.  🙂

Today, I am grateful for beautiful weather.  I am also grateful for being able to vote.  I dropped off our early ballots yesterday, it was quick and easy.  It’s surprising that more people don’t vote, it’s important to get your voice out there.  

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The darker half…

On Halloween, we also celebrated Samhain, a Gaelic festival marking the end of harvest and the beginning of winter.  It is also called the darker half of the year as it falls between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice.  

Along with Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh, Samhain completes the four seasonal celebrations.  Imbolc celebrates the beginning of Spring and occurs in February, Beltane marks the beginning of summer and is celebrated on May 1st, and Lughnasadh celebrates the harvest season falling in early August.  

Samhain was seen as a time when the door to the Otherworld opened for the souls of the dead to enter our world. The souls of dead kin were invited to attend feasts with a place set at the table for them. It has been likened to a festival of the dead. The custom of guising or dressing up may have started in an attempt to protect people from harmful spirits.

This was my blessing for Samhain this year…

On Samhain, I celebrate my family and friends that have left this world, and although I miss them dearly and their absence in our lives is painful, I know that their journey is not over.

Prayer of Farewell for Samhain

You are going home to your home of winter,
To your home of autumn, of spring, and of summer;
You are going home to the Land of the Living.
To the restful haven of the waveless sea.

Peace of the Seven Lights be upon you, beloved,
Peace of the Seven Joys be upon you, beloved,
Peace of the Seven Loves be upon you, beloved,
On the breast of the Mother of Blessings,
In the arms of the Father of Life.
Today, I am thankful for my family, both past and present, especially my parents.  My mom and dad were so important in making me who I am today.  I miss them terribly but I know and I am happy that they are together.  My father in law told everyone that for most of his life he had a son, then his son got married and then he got a daughter too.  He treated me as part of the family from the beginning and I am glad that he is at peace even though we miss him so much.  I hope everyone else is able to find peace with their loved ones that have passed before them.