Wednesday, October 18, 2017

5 Days Post Op

Last Friday, I had three procedures. I had abdominal skin removal, a tummy tuck, and liposuction. I was pretty nervous, but it was something I've been wanting to do for a long time, and it ended up going fairly well.  I did not only do this for cosmetic reasons, the extra skin has also caused me health issues. As I would get rashes underneath the fat rolls, and I have suffered with back pain, throwing my back out on multiple occasions.

I am pretty pleased with the results. It is so crazy to me to have a flat stomach.  The fat roll the surgeon removed from my abdomen weighed 15 lbs! And in weird news, they made me a new belly button, as they removed my old one. That fact blew my mind.

Recovery is going OK. I haven't been in an immense amount of pain, but I'm taking my pain pills on a regular schedule to avoid pain. I do have a lot of medications, even one in shot form. I have two drains attached to my abdomen in order to drain excess liquids from surgery. But those are having to be emptied less and less as the days progress, and I'm hoping to go down to one drain pretty soon.  I also have to wear a binder around my stomach at all times to keep it compressed.

I've been overall pretty tired, napping a lot, and taking a shower takes up almost all my energy. But I'm starting to walk more and more, and just today I walked to the end of the street and back, which is good progress. 

I've been overwhelmed with gratitude for Adam, and how well he has taken care of me. Every morning he empties and cleans my drains. He makes sure I get my blood thinning shot and all my medications on time. He reminds me to stay hydrated and makes me walk around, even when I don't want to because my incision is hurting. He has prepared almost all my meals. He has helped me shower. And since I have to sleep in the recliner downstairs, he has slept every night on the couch. We are having a family camp out in the living room. He is amazing, and it is such a reminder that I am so lucky to have him. 

Heck, he even filled in for me at bowling league night.

Even Link has been quite the sweetheart. He seemed to understand when I first came home that I wasn't feeling well. He stayed by my side, and he often times looked concerned. And not once has he tried to jump on my lap or up on me, like he typically would. He has such a gentle heart.

My friends have also been super supportive, checking on my frequently with text and calls. My friend Lark stopped by on her day off to visit, and she brought me Starbucks & cookies. And another friend, Anna, sent me some adult coloring books and colored pencils. How sweet and how fun!

The best part of having this operation done is that it has reminded me how loved I am. I'm usually pretty independent, but it is nice to know when I need help, there are so many people willing to do so.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My Scrappy Plans for 2017

Now is the time of year I start to plan how I want to document the next year. And this post is really just a way for me to work out my thoughts. And this is how I "begin with the end in mind."

Over the last three years, I have slightly varied how I document every year. In 2015,  I documented every week in a 12x12 album.  Then, I wanted to do a smaller size in 2016, so I used a 9x12 album. And this year, I used a 6x12 album, with monthly spreads instead of weekly. Some months had more spreads than others, and that was fine by me. 

I also made mini albums (both paper, digital, and through the PL app) for vacations and December Daily. And I enjoy mixing it up with different mediums. 

This year I want to go back to a weekly format, using the Project Life app. This I will consider to be our yearbook of our lives together. I want these to be printed as photobooks, and I plan on having two of these for the whole year. I will do one page per week, and I will add an extra page if there is a big event that needs more documentation. 

But I want to keep playing with paper. So I plan on keeping a 6x8 album, which will be my "selfie" album. And no I don't mean an album filled with just selfies, although I imagine there will be a few. But it will be an album filled with all the pictures and things I love.  If I want to do a page devoted to coffee or clothes, I will put that there.

I also picked up this Zelda themed album the other day from Hobby Lobby, and I'm excited to turn this into a mini-album all about Link. Since he is named after the video game, Zelda. I think it will be super cute. 

Lastly, I plan on making a big album for our Alaskan cruise in May, and some sort of mini-album for my Disney trip in September.

I'm hopeful for successful documenting in 2018!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Vegas Solo Yolo Trip: Part 2

During my 21st birthday trip to Vegas, somehow I didn't make it down to Vegas sign. And I know it's touristy and cheesy, but I just had to go.  It was really fun to see something you see in pictures and movies all the time. And in true tourist form, I wore my Britney Spears t-shirt, I had pre-bought before the concert.

After seeing the sign, I walked down to the beautiful Venetian hotel to visit Carlo's bakery. I used to watch the show Cake Boss all the time, and their pastries just looked so good! I was happy to find out they had a location in Vegas. I got two of their specialties, the cannolis and the lobster tail. Both desserts were amazing. But the cannolis rocked my socks off!

I really wanted to pamper myself this trip. So I booked myself a day bed at the pool. The adults only pool, which made me super happy, no noisy kids. I adore kids, but I don't like to be surrounded by them on vacation.  And boy oh boy, did I love hanging at the pool. I was there a total of four hours, and the waitress just kept bringing me frozen drinks. It was over 101 degrees, so I took frequent dips in the pool. And I loved swimming, surrounded  by high rises!

When I was done at the pool, I took the most glorious nap, before heading down to the mall in the hotel, where I had booked a blow out with drybar. I've always wanted to go to one of these. I loved the yellow decorative touches, and all their products smell so good. I even ended taking some products home with me. They brought me cocktails, while chick flicks played on the Tvs, as they did my hair. I loved my blow out, nice and straight with some wavy touches, and the style lasted so long. I felt pretty.

I was so excited when the concert rolled around. They had costumes on display from some of Britney's most iconic music videos. I also got a Pina Coloda in a souvenir cup which I ended up keeping, and I turned it into a vase for faux flowers in the craft room. 

The show was amazing, and I had excellent seats. I danced throughout the whole concert. She was just pure fun and it was electric. I was so glad I went, and it just made the whole trip. I would even go again, if someone would fly me out here. 

Below is a video from the concert:

I also scrap-booked this whole trip using the Project Life app on the plane, and I even had the print order submitted an hour after I arrived home. I mod podged memorabilia from the trip at the beginning and end of the album. Here is a little video flip through of the album:

The trip was everything I hoped it would be and a perfect weekend getaway. I'm looking forward to more solo trips in my future.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Vegas Solo Yolo Trip: Part 1

I'm not sure if I have ever talked about how much I like Britney Spears on the blog. But I really like Britney Spears. That statement is something I would have been embarrassed to say ten years ago. But now that I'm 31, I really don't care, I own what I love, and I wave the flag proudly. 

I guess part of my love for Britney has to do with the fact that her celebrity status emerged when I was in middle school. I grew up with Britney. I legit remember listening to Britney Spears' first CD on repeat, while I was falling asleep most nights in the 7th grade. And now she is my go to artist for my workout playlists.  So not only are her songs catchy and fun, she just holds so much nostalgia for me.

I've known for a really long time that I wanted to see her in concert. When I read that she would be ending her residency in Vegas at the end of this year, I knew I had to go.  So I ended up finding a good last minute deal on a flight/room combo for labor day weekend. Which was a whirlwind, two weeks away.

I enjoy doing things on my own immensely, but I have never gone on a major trip by myself. Some people thought I was crazy, but I saw it as an adventure. Plus, this was my 2nd time to Vegas so I was somewhat familiar with the city, which made me feel more confident.

My travel day to Las Vegas, was a bit of a hassle. It was a few days post Hurricane Harvey, and it had finally reached our area, spinning off storms and tornado warnings. I experienced a 3 hour delay. I usually struggle to fall asleep on planes, but when I got on my flight close to 11p.m., I slept from take off to touch down, all four and a half hours. It was lovely.

I got in really late, and I grabbed my shuttle to my hotel, Planet Hollywood. I really loved that hotel and my room. I had a lot of space and the biggest  bath tub! I was starving, so I grabbed a Pink's hotdog at the hotel at 2 a.m. before going to bed. I love how Vegas is always hopping no matter what time of day.

The next morning, I got dressed and ready (played some penny slots, I'm not a big gambler), and grabbed a lyft to the Neon Museum. I had heard about the Neon Museum years and years ago. Which is a home for all the Vegas signs that are no longer in use. I just thought it seemed so cool! And it was. The hour long tour was so worth it, even though we were all just sweating bullets. That desert sun is no joke!

And just to advertise my total nerd status, after the Neon Museum I went to the Mob Museum. The mob was not something I had ever been interested in, but I do love all history. And I really enjoyed the mob museum. Not only was it about the mob, it covered a lot about this history of gambling and even Vegas itself. I spent a good couple of hours there. 

I had lunch at the Mickie Finnz down on Fremont Street. The fish tacos were really good, and I loved my fruity drink in the coconut head!

When I was researching options for my trip, and I heard about the huge zipeline (Slotzilla) over Fremont Street. I knew I wanted to try it. I did the highest level, where you zip superman style. I was super intimidated when I got to the top (it's much taller, than it appears), but once I was strapped in there was no turning back. I loved flying over Fremont Street! It felt like flying.

To me, the best thing about Planet Hollywood is that it is attached to the Miracle Mile Shops, which is a huge mall. So when I got back to my room, I stopped by the Lush store and got a few bath bombs. I went back to my room, took a luxurious bath, followed by a wonderful nap. Then I went shopping for real. Some of my favorite stores were Attic Salt and the Tervis store (I love my tervises). I also ate at Lobster Me for dinner, and got a cupcake shake from Sugar Factory for dessert.

Day one of my trip was a success. But I knew day two would be even better, with the concert on the agenda!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Monthly Round Up: September 2017

September was a somewhat busy month this year. I went on a spur of the moment trip to Las Vegas with the sole purpose of seeing Britney Spears in concert, which totally was worth it. But I also spent time lounging at the pool and even went Zip-ling on Slotzilla. 

Most weekends post Vegas have been pretty relaxed. Mainly spent doing chores and napping. One Saturday Adam and I did go bowling with a friend from work, who I am in a bowling league with, to try and practice some (although my scores keep trending downwards). 

Football started and we spent most Sundays watching NFL redzone all day and then finding a way to catch the Packers' game (since we have no cable). The Packers are currently 3-1, and we already had one overtime thriller vs the Bengals. 

I resumed work on decorating my craft room, and I completed a gallery wall containing yellow/grey/pink prints featuring some of favorite things. And we put up our fall and Halloween decorations, and I started to plan my costume for Halloween. 

My favorite summer show Big Brother wrapped up. It was kind of a boring season with Paul running the whole show, but it ended up having one of the most exciting finales ever when Josh won. The best part of this season was getting to dive deep with live feeds and the Rob Has a Podcast updates about the show. 

Speaking of podcasts I have been enjoying a couple new ones: Modern Photo Solutions, the Scrap Gals Podcast, and The Taran Show. 

I had my pre-op appointment with my plastic surgeon in regards to my skin removal surgery. I filled what felt like a half a million prescriptions and bought the required compression socks. I started to get both nervous and excited to get that accomplished.

World news was unfortunately very tragic. The world experienced Hurricane Harvey (Texas), Hurricane Irma (Florida), and Hurricane Maria (Puerto Rico). We even felt the effects of Hurricane Harvey, when the winds took down a portion of the fence in the backyard. 

October is shaping up to be very interesting with my skin removal surgery on the horizon!

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A Weekend in Lexington

During the first weekend in June, my friend Lark and I took a weekend trip up to Lexington, Kentucky. We were there to eat lots of good food and tour a beautiful city. 

On the way up, we chitchatted about everything, and when we weren't talking were were jammin out to Ed Sheeren on Pandora & my Britney Spears playlist. It was silly, it was us, and it was a near perfect road trip.
Lark had heard from a coworker that there was a lovely farmer's market in Lexington, and this was our first stop, when we woke up on Saturday. We enjoyed browsing the vendors, and we drank boba tea and tried the maple apple butter biscuit. 

The main reason I wanted to go to Lexington was to visit the Mary Todd Lincoln house. Anybody who knows me, knows what a history freak I am, especially presidential history. So I definitely enjoyed seeing the home where Mary Todd Lincoln spent her teen years. I love old houses and old furniture. 

After we finished our tour, we drove over to Crank & Boom for some ice cream. Crank and Boom is supposed to be the best ice cream shop in the state of Kentucky. And it was super delicious. I had a scoop of Bourbon caramel in a waffle cone. And before we left the shop, we posed for a picture in front of their selfie wall.  

It was getting hot out, and Lark and I both love a little downtime on vacation. So we decided to hang out at the hotel for a bit after our stop at Crank & Boom.

We ended up having a delicious dinner at Middle Fork Kitchen Bar. There are no words to describe how much we loved it, especially those Vermont Cheddar Scallion Pancakes! Yum.

After dinner, we took a walking tour of Lexington with Dr. Coleman. It was so fun. He was a great story teller, and we learned so much about the "Wicked City." And Lexington is just BEAUTIFUL. And that picture of the door I took? Totally #doorgoals. 

On Sunday morning before we left town, we stopped by North Lime Coffee and Donuts, for coffee and donuts (duh). Espresso chip was definitely my favorite!

Lexington is such a mix of traditional Southern culture with a hipster quality, I would love to return and explore some more. 

P.S-I'm working on getting my blog up to date on some of the trips I've taken in 2017, hopefully I can. I miss blogging, just haven't been very motivated lately!

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