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Pamper-Me Package Ordered

This week's nailfie. The bass is hubs's friend's guitar, but hubs has been practicing...and I've been considering it. I've never played a stringed instrument before and I'm wildly curious! #BeColorful
This week's nailfie. The bass is hubs's friend's guitar, but hubs has been practicing...and I've been considering it. I've never played a stringed instrument before and I'm wildly curious! #BeColorful

Two days in a row where I'm up and alive. That's a record this month! Hopefully a sign of good things to come.

As you can see, I was NOT Posty McPoster yesterday. That might end up being today. I did haul out an additional two bags of trash, but didn't quite fill up that 30-gallon trash can. Better is better though, so I'll take it.

The day got away from me once hubs came home mid-afternoon. I was his paralegal for a couple of hours and then we picked up our elderly friends and met another couple for Italian food. Inside a restaurant, no less! I was the only one in the dinner party not fully vaccinated. My second dose will be May 8th. The food was great and I'm finding more and more that restaurants and bars are carrying ginger beer, which makes me happy. Especially now that I am the full-time designated driver! It's the only soda I drink anymore outside of the Italian cream sodas I've been making for myself at home.

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In My Sights

https://events.elitefeats.com/hks21
https://events.elitefeats.com/hks21
I can not do everything, but I can do something.  I must not fail to do the something that I can do. ~ Helen Keller

So, I found a 5K race for April! And, it's coming up fast. I chose this one for the obvious--I'm racing for myself and potentially for my daughter who has also been diagnosed with autoimmune (hopefully not Sjogren's & lupus now or down the road, but she does have Crohn's). When I started to learn Braille (I still suck at it) I was shocked at the lack of Braille and large print books and a little disappointed in the choices for audiobooks (though there are enough audiobooks out there to keep me busy for the next decade, but I would like to see that expanded, too).

It has been a seriously tough couple of weeks. Ironically, my eyes are probably the best thing going for me right now. The migraines have been endless. Some of them have been creative, but most have not. Yesterday was crashed in bed by 3pm bad, but today looks better so far. *knocks wood*

Every other day seems to be the pattern for being too sick to move, so on the days in between, I'm fairly productive. Banking on that pattern today, as I have much to do. On today's agenda is going through boxes of junk that have been stored in the garage for eons. Tomorrow is trash day, and it's my goal to fill up a 30-gallon can with papers & miscellany we don't need anymore.

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Jogger Turned Blogger

I may have fudged on the "daily" part of this limerick, but the rest is a true story.
I may have fudged on the "daily" part of this limerick, but the rest is a true story.

Woke up this morning to a migraine and my low back completely out. I'm very slow on everything today. The migraine isn't bad enough to keep me in bed, so I'm doing bite-sized chunks of housework, then I'm doing back stretches but I had to medicate before I could do anything except drink coffee.

I very much miss running. This power walking/speed walking thing is not nearly as much fun, but it's better than nothing. I'm going to walk (slowly) on the treadmill in small chunks today, too. I'm hoping my back is up for a lap (1/4 mile or 400m) at a time. As soon as I'm done with my entry today, I plan to give it a go.

Hubs has a seminar all day today. I'm guessing he'll be wiped out by the time he gets home, so we have a very low-key weekend in store.

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Yesterday was a loooooonnnnnggggg day

How I'm learning the new colors and sharing them to my FB business profile (https://www.facebook.com/groups/nailpoetics). This is actually version 2, so I posted the poem separately from the nailfie on the site, and I'm experimenting with formats right now.
How I'm learning the new colors and sharing them to my FB business profile (https://www.facebook.com/groups/nailpoetics). This is actually version 2, so I posted the poem separately from the nailfie on the site, and I'm experimenting with formats right now.

I already violated some proprietary guidelines for the nail business! Oops. So, I fixed it by editing yesterday's poetry post. Basically, serendipity appeared once again in my life and I started my business that I tied in with poetry & aesthetics with the onset of National Poetry Month, which yes, is indeed the month of April. So, I'm creating a little poem to help introduce the nail colors not only to any potential clients, but also to help me remember them.

So, I learned how to use Canva yesterday (much easier than Word or Adobe for content production on social media) and launched my April poetry odes to color. 

Our day began at 7:45 yesterday morning, when we arrived for hubs's eye appointment. It's the biggest lingering symptom he has--the double/wonky vision. We knew he'd be fitted for the prism lens(es) and were both very hopeful that it would help him out to a point he could drive, see the computer without the eye patch, etc. His problem is with his left eye, although he can wear a patch over either eye and can see properly (just can't use both eyes together). So, he has a left-side prism lens on his prescription glasses now. Sadly, it hasn't improved his vision much, if at all. It may be that he needs to adjust to it yet, but this is beginning to look like a permanent condition. It was disappointing.

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Our New Semblance of Normalcy

Hubs and I about 15 years ago--younger and healthier! (I could actually wear eye makeup back then!!)
Hubs and I about 15 years ago--younger and healthier! (I could actually wear eye makeup back then!!)

Tomorrow marks 5 weeks since hubs had the stroke. I think we've settled into our new norm fairly well. The trip to Kansas City has also been postponed because hubs's schedule is starting to fill up again. As long as I can keep him from overdoing, we'll be okay. The two lingering things for him are his vision and fatigue, which I don't believe he's ever experienced for more than a day or two before. (Welcome to my spoonie world, hubs. =( )

I feel like I will forevermore be the primary driver, although hubs has an appointment to get fitted for lenses to correct his wonky double vision next month. I don't believe he will ever drive at night again unless he has to (I was already starting to be the primary driver at night because he was having issues with night vision, and this new wonkiness will probably make him too uncomfortable to drive after dark), but I do believe we will see a day where he'll be driving back and forth to work and court appearances again. He has asked me to act as paralegal on two of his cases. One of them will require me to do some research tonight because we'll be meeting with the client and a witness tomorrow (criminal case).

He's also asking me to fill out his retirement paperwork for the Illinois pension for IL state university professors. He plans to be retired in six months, though he took on another case this past week, so I'm not sure how serious he is.

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What is this good news you speak of?

My eyes have been declared to be 2/3 healed. Hooray!! I have some lingering infection, and I will still have the autoimmune issues unless I can figure out how to get into remission, and I still have allergies----but they are sooo much better than they were even just 2 weeks ago. Whew. That is a HUGE load off of my mind. I was trying to figure out exactly how we would handle things if I ended up with driving restrictions too. Obviously, all of our shopping would be done online, including pharmacy and groceries (my pharmacy delivers, thankfully, but I don't think hubs's does). The bus comes about 3/4 mile away from our house. I would likely take the bus most places but would double mask. Hubs refuses to take the bus. Our next-door neighbors on both sides have also offered to help and Freighbor Jim was the one who took me to pick up hubs's car when he was in the hospital. I don't want to put them out though. Jim has cataracts--he's in his 70s and his wife had surgery a few months ago and is not bouncing back, so she can't drive either right now and has mobility issues. A couple other friends have offered to do errands for us too, but I think we're managing fine now that my eyes are improving. My daughter also volunteered to come home, and I might have taken her up on it if he had mobility issues like he did the first couple of days. As it is, he's mobile and steady and he can tolerate half days at work. He has to be more mindful of writing everything down, but he's getting business done. His vision is still wonky, and I honestly think that is contributing to his fatigue. I know when my eyes are really bad, I wear out more quickly because I have to strain so much to see. His secretary is awesome. We love her! She and I are having more back-channel conversations than before. We're trying to make sure we put every little detail on his calendar, etc. Since I fill in for her when she needs to be out of the office, we've always considered each other the administrative team. She's the lead since she deals with stuff for both attorneys on a daily basis, but I still continue to be hubs's paralegal for the cases like the one I talked about yesterday with the dust levels on a vehicle. His secretary & I both have access to his calendar, and I told her that I would put his appointments that I schedule on my calendar and send him an invitation (I will also be the one most likely to accept such invitations!!), so we'll be able to easily tell who put what on his calendar. (He has ALWAYS been clueless about internet technology (basically he is clueless about ALL things techie...including his beloved drones, so it is safe to say we are general hobbyists in the droning world now, and the business is definitely dissolved), so he does not maintain his own calendar, except I taught him how to have Siri add things to his calendar via voice command on his phone, but he doesn't know how to remove the entry if it changes or he gave the wrong info. ;o) )

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Jeepers, Creepers (Where'd ya get them peepers?)

I've been driving with half of one eyeball this week, and yesterday was extra tough, so I got an emergency appointment. Thankfully, I'm still medically cleared to drive! This means I'm still the designated chauffeure and we don't have to spend all of our money on Uber or bus fare. I have to double up on the steroidal eyedrops again, and today is quite a bit better, but I am babying them still because we can't afford to both be unable to drive. Yesterday was scary. I discovered my eyes do better if I alternate heat packs and ice packs. The best thing ever is when I freeze a damp wash cloth and use that after a heat pack. 

The most significant thing the eye doctor told me was that allergies are exacerbating how bad my eyes are. Yesterday I couldn't even open one of them until I'd babied them for a few hours because it was too swollen. Allergy medication is a double-edged sword for me. It didn't help a few years ago when I was first dealing with my eyes going south, and I stopped taking the daily meds because at that time it was thought that my eyes were drying out even more due to the allergy medication and making them worse. I don't have anything to lose at this point, so I'm back on the meds again. Not a fan, but I'm running out of options.

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Monday the Mundane

Other than it's colder than tits outside and the snow still miraculously falls no matter how frigid, it was a boring day...not on a beach...and definitely not in Florida. Sigh. Our new departure date looks like it will be February 26th.

I am listening to Book #2 in the Marnie Baranuik Files series by AJ Aalto, called Death Rejoices. I'm liking this one less so far. The tongue in cheek humor is starting to wear on me a bit, and the whack a person in the head with a 2x4 foreshadowing is even worse. But, it's a fun read on many other levels and the characters are fleshed out well. I think there are 5 of these books in the series (so far) and I probably will continue the series, but I might need a short break after this book.

Stuffed peppers with turkey & quinoa.
Stuffed peppers with turkey & quinoa.
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