A gal's gotta find a bright side every now and then, and the ability for the first time since age 13 to not have to pick up a razor in the shower is reason to celebrate.
Let's see...I have time to do whatever I want for the first time in...well...ever! I have either been a full time student with a job or a full-time mom with a full-time job my entire life. I have had days off, but those are usually taken up with kids or vacations or chores or whatever. These last few weeks have been decidedly lacking in tasks or things to do. I have honestly felt pretty bored (I have no energy, lots of medication, and my brain is fuzzy, so still no work), but it has given me the time to be blissfully self-centered and trivial. Kinda fun.
I have obviously been reading a lot. I have finished the books that I had sitting around waiting to be read, and since I have read all of those (I ordered some more that should arrive soon), I am currently re-reading Harry Potter. Naturally. I am on book 4. I find they are good for plane rides (I hate planes and yet find myself flying a lot these days in various states of health), though now that I am in the huge ones, that could be awkward. I'll try to finished 4 and 5 before my next flight so I can get back down to a manageable book size for the trip. I also read the sorta newest Harry Potter book, The Cursed Child, which was mostly disappointing, but I am sure is a fun play to see in person. I do not choose to see it as canon and feel it was not great characterization in many instances, but I did enjoy the read. I have to say, I have been meaning to re-read HP for a while now, so having the time to do so is super nice. And to actually focus on it and not be reading in stolen time or in the middle of the night = total bliss!
I have also watched so much TV. I completely finished Brooklyn 99, Happy Endings, am in the middle of Gossip Girl (I know - my TV taste is amazing), am catching old episodes of Top Chef, Project Runway, Say Yes to the Dress, etc. Basically, anything light (I don't need hard drama or sadness in my life right now) and available on Netflix or Hulu is open to my gaze. I have also binged some old Friends episodes, and naturally some Office, Parks and Rec, Buffy, and Angel.
And for the first time in ages, I have started on some current shows now that I can watch them immediately the next morning via Hulu. I recommend both The Good Place with Kristen Bell and This is Us with Many Moore (despite it making me cry - it was happy/sad crying, so not too bad). Granted, I have only seen one episode of both, but I liked them and it has been quite a while since I cared or had time for anything that is currently airing on TV. Kinda nice.
I am thinking I might work on an article for publication for work. I have been wanting to get something new published (I am currently the editor of a magazine, so my own writing has taken a back seat), so I think I may at least begin work on something of that nature. We'll see.
I have also spent a ton of time writing thank you notes. I have been getting a ton of really sweet cards from friends and family and members of churches, and my hands have been really shaky so it has taken me some time to be able to return them all a handwritten note.
I have made a list of small projects I think I will work on around the house as well. Nothing big, as I still don't have a ton of energy, but little things like finally finishing cleaning up the spilled nail polish on the bathroom floor or organizing my dresser. Things that need to get done, but have sat around for months and months since I am always too busy to get around to them.
I know it probably sounds silly and trivial, but I am really trying to focus on my day to day, and my day to day does not actually allow me to do much. So, some TV shows, some books, some writing, and some little household projects. Those are my perks right now and I am thankful to have them to help me get through these long days.
And oh my goodness, I just found these photos on my phone from back when Cheri and Mom were hanging out with me in Houston at Sharin's house for so long awaiting treatment news. They were so wonderful, and I think I was so sad and in pain that I did not fully appreciate the specialness of being able to hang out with my mom and sister for so long a time. It is really unprecedented and amazing and I am so thankful they are the wonderful people they are.
Naturally, the amazing house we stayed at had a pool that looked and felt like a beautiful oasis, so we took advantage of that at all opportunities. I am glad I did since now I have a tube sticking out of my stomach and cannot even take a bath. It was so relaxing and nice to have a little dip at the end of long days in hospital rooms.
|I tried really hard to take happy pictures to send home to Brian and the kids.|
We also played a lot of Yahtzee. If you know my mom, you know she always has a game, and this was an easy one to pick up each night and play for a little bit without much pressure. This was after she got a Yahtzee and then the picture Cheri drew for me. :)
We had several whole days to kill as we waited for news, so we went to 3 movies! That is more movies in one week than I saw in the theatres all of last year combined. We saw Bad Moms, Star Trek, and Ghostbusters - all really fun and good for getting yucky things off your mind. Plus, I got to take this photo with Cheri in the theatre, which is a win for life.
I finally moved back to the Memphis area, but my amazing sister no longer lives there. I miss her so much, and I really cannot even explain how her giving up 10 days with her baby (right when they were moving apartments) to be with me while I was in a bad mood means to me. She is the best.
And now that I have updated my perks with my amazing mom and sister, I find myself missing them a ton (and sad seeing these photos with my hair). I am going to make a decided effort this weekend to get out and be social and create more perks in my life. :)