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September 22, 2016

Pre-Surgery Checklist

As you you know there is a lot going on in my little world as of late.
With surgery less than 2 weeks away, I'm diving into full planning mode. While I'm down to one functioning leg, I'd prefer that our house doesn't fall apart, we remember to feed ourselves daily, and I am not bored out of my mind during recovery.

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1) Research and prep quick meals
When I told Adam I was doing this he reminded me that he has fully functioning limbs and would be happy to cook (he's a keeper, ladies and gents). However, when he's working long days I don't want him to work about my usual duties of meal prepping, shopping, and cooking. So anything I can help do ahead of time to make it easier, I'm all about it.

Any suggestions on freezer or crockpot meals that you love? 

2) Buy comfy lounge clothes
Have you tried the amazing things at GapBody? They make a good majority of their PJs and lounge wear out of modal, and let me tell you, there as smooth and silky as butter! I have two Gap Body boy short/cami sets that I practically live in, but I would love some cozier pants or a little hoodie to lay around in. I love these joggers!

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3) Clean the house from top to bottom
Nothing relaxes me more than enjoying a squeaky clean house while my Scentsy warmer is on making our house smell SO good (fave fall scents are Cider MillHoney Pear Cider, and Pumpkin Marshmallow). However, our house could use a little TLC deep cleaning... enter weekend to do list! 

I've started lots of miscellaneous projects - sewing, going through my closet, sorting and labeling Christmas decor - that I need to finally wrap them up. After that, I want my floors to shine like the top of the Crysler Building (any Annie fans out there? Buehler?).

4) Make a list of fall movies to watch
So granted I will be hopped up on some good pain meds and will be sleeping some of the time, but I am not a napper. With fall being my absolute favorite time of year, I want to bring a little bright spot into my recovery by watching some of my fall favorites:

   + When Harry Met Sally
   + You've Got Mail (pretty much anything with Meg Ryan!)
   + Runaway Bride
   + October Sky

Do you have any that remind you of fall?

5) Stock up on good books to read
I'm currently reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I can barely put it down. I love being back in the world of Hogwarts! Looking for other great books to add to my library list. I'd love to stock up before being confined to the couch for a week or so! If you have any books you could barely put down, please send your recs my way!

Recently read:
   + The Girl on the Train
   + Me Before You // After You
   + Modern Lovers

On my radar:
   + When Breath Becomes Air
   + The Last Lecture
   + The Summer Before the War
   + First Comes Love
   + The Vacationers
   + All the Light We Cannot See


If you have any suggestions on recipes, fall movies, and books... help a sister out!!

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September 20, 2016

Pulse Check... I'm Alive & Have Photos!

Why hello there!
After 6 weeks away from the blogosphere many have reached out to make sure I was still alive, and to those wonderful peeps I want to say thanks! Although still alive and ticking, there has been a lot going on to say the least.

Here's a little recap...

1) I went to Chicago!

I had such a blast conferencing with my co-workers for the week, and I feel truly blessed to say I love my co-workers and they inspire me to work harder and smarter every single day.

After our work conference wrapped up, I got to see my dear friend Jess from 26 and Not Counting for a lunch date and catch up! She just moved to the big city and it was so fun to spend some girl time with her!

Adam joined me for the weekend and we laughed until we cried at Second City, watched the Olympics while eating deep dish Chicago pizza from our hotel bed, visited the Aquarium, and saw the sites!





2) I was diagnosed with Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (boo!)

After getting back from Chicago my leg pain was worse than it's ever been. Unfortunately a diagnosis been a long time coming (if you remember this post from last year). After 6 months of physical therapy and 1.5 years of not being able to exercise and do the things I enjoy, we have figured out the source of pain. Here's a little more on compartment syndrome in case you are wondering what the heck that is... and for the love of Pete please don't google image that like I did!

Anyway, I'm honestly relieved to have a diagnosis and a plan. Bring on feeling better! My first surgery on my left leg will be early October and I will have 6 weeks of recovery time. After healed, I will have surgery on my right leg before Christmas and hopefully start the New Year off brand new. Prayers appreciated!  #wowzers

3) I visited my Okla-homies

My bestie had a baby, so of course we had to go meet him! It was fun to see my favorite people, spend time lounging, snuggle my new "nephew", and make a trip to my alma mater... Go Pokes!






4) We had a bestie cabin weekend

It's always nice to sneak away to the cabin and lounge, especially when you are in good company. My bestie married Adam's cousin... so now Court and I are bestie/cousins (didn't we plan that nicely?!). They have a sweet baby girl who is so animated, snuggly, and gives me mad baby fever. The struggle is real! It was a great weekend visiting the Kansas State Fair and just catching up!





Don't worry, I got my act together and feel a little more at ease after things have settled a bit. I can't wait for more blog posts (and not in 6+ more weeks - yeesh!) coming this week and the weeks to come! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, so it shakes up my inspiration quite a bit.

Sending all of you lots of love!
What have you all been up to lately?

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