May 31, 2012

48 hours later.

He is still doing well! Very sore, but no major complaints.  Although, I can always tell the drugs are working when he spends 10 minutes watching the TV guide without realizing it.  Today we finally get to stop changing the ice packs, so hopefully he will start sleeping better.  We're both pretty tired around here.  And he is very, VERY bored and forcing his body to recover as quickly as possible.

On another note...here's my favorite So You Think You Can Dance audition so far!

May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend, Fort Campbell Bucket List #13, and Wisdom Teeth

Grant and I had a wonderful, relaxing weekend in Culver, Indiana at Lake Maxinkuckee.  We drove up Friday to spend the weekend with his Aunt Sugar, Uncle John, cousin Matt, and their two friends.  If you follow me on twitter, you know we saw some interesting things on our drives to and from our destination.  We had so much fun catching up with everyone, enjoying boat rides, soaking up the sun, riding the wave runner, and eating way too much good food!  We can't wait to go back in July!

And while we were there...we sort of crossed #13 of our bucket list.  Sunday we watched the Indy 500 in Indiana! It's pretty much a religious holiday in that state and although neither Grant nor I are racing fans, it was fun to watch the race with people who actually know something about it!  Because of all the hype surrounding it, and that I've discovered I actually have no desire to see a real Nascar race...we're considering this bucket list item accomplished. 

And the excitement continues because Grant got his wisdom teeth out this morning.  And although he wasn't thrilled about it, his anxiety level was considerably lower than my own.  I had my wisdom teeth out the summer between sophomore and junior years of high school.  The third surgery in six months (following two knee surgeries).  I would have had 15 more knee surgeries than to ever have my wisdom teeth out.  It was extremely traumatic and I basically starved for two weeks.  Thankfully, I am pleased to report that Grant is doing AMAZINGLY well.  No swelling or bruising yet (I know it usually takes a day or two for this to appear).  And his pain has been minimal.  He's already eaten an entire tub of ice cream (Thanks to our good friend Haley for coming to the errand rescue TWICE today!!!) and a whole bowl of jello...not to mention lots of chocolate pudding and applesauce.  The bleeding is finally starting to stop (The TN trick is to use wet lipton tea bags to help stop the bleeding).  And I've been very brave and have helped changed the gauze pads all day without passing out.  The most exciting/stressful time so far has been getting Grant home.  He was still very groggy from the anesthesia and kept trying to talk, take his gauze pads out, sign/talk his thoughts to me, get out of the car at the tiny pharmacy (he set of the alarm in the process).  It was adorable slash not good for my POTS.  I am hoping tonight goes well and that he can sleep while I get up to change his ice packs every couple of hours!

May 24, 2012

Catch up and Fort Campbell Bucket List #14

Grant and I are finally back together!!!

After two very long months we have been reunited...it was a long journey back to TN from CA.  My flight to Kansas City was so late that had I taken it I would have missed my connection to Nashville and been stuck in Kansas City for the night.  So Southwest rerouted me through Phoenix which meant I waited in the Oakland Airport for almost 5 hours before hopping on a flight to start my trip home.  After a quick stop and plane change in Phoenix, I made it to Nashville only four hours later than anticipated.  Grant was waiting for me at the airport with sushi and flowers.  I am a very lucky girl.  It is so nice to be back together!

This Sunday we had a bunch of friends over to the pool and caught up while drinking and eating.  And although we didn't actually BBQ...we did enjoy the grill rules.  So we're counting this as bucket list item # 14: Have a BBQ with our friends by the pool.

 

This weekend Grant and I are off to Indiana to spend time with his aunt, uncle, and cousin.  We are looking forward to catching up with them and enjoying the lake!

But about that book I said was changing my life...
POTS - Together We Stand: Riding the Waves of Dysautonomia

This book is the only one I have been able to find about POTS (Postular Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.  It is a wonderful resource and one that I'm sure we will end up with many copies of to share with the people (most importantly doctors!!) in our life!  If you don't know anything about this syndrome, please please PLEASE read it!

May 14, 2012

Another Bookworm Post!

I read lots more books this week while subbing!

1. Hunger Games 2 and 3 by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2) 

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3)

Bottom line. This series was totally overrated.  I had to skim through the third one to even finish reading it.  Skip this trilogy and read the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy instead.

2. The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
The Last Boyfriend: Book Two of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy (The Inn Trilogy)

This book is the second book in the Boonsboro Trilogy series by Nora Roberts.  Mom picked the first book up at Target one day and I love this story! The characters and town are adorable and the book is a quick read!

3. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Girls in White Dresses (Vintage Contemporaries)

I had high hopes about this book based on how cute the cover is. However, I was really disappointed in the way the story was written.  It's disjointed and appears to be a collection of short stories almost; although the characters do carry throughout the entire book.  It's a quick read, but not one of my favorites.

4. The First Husband by Laura Dave
 The First Husband: A Novel

I read this book in less than one school day.  Definitely a quick pool read.  But I loved the story.  It was cute and kept me engaged the whole time! Plus, how adorable is the cover.  A must read this summer.

The book I'm reading right now is going to change my life...can't wait to share it soon!!

May 6, 2012

Bookworm!

I've been quite the bookworm since I started feeling better and Grant's been gone.  
I thought I'd share some of them!

1. MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche


Allison emailed me a link to this book thinking it sounded like something I should read given all the changes over the past year.  We were both a little hesitant to read it out of fear that it would drive us into a pit of self-pity and loneliness...however; I loved the book.  I've made some great friends this past year in Clarksville, but there is something about the comfort of friends from home that can never be replaced.  It was nice to know that so many of the emotions and experiences I've had over the year are common.  Not to mention I love Rachel's commentary on friendships and the research she's done to back up her own observations.

This is a must read for any female looking for a way to strengthen and build friendships.

2. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

 

People have been recommending this book to me for months!  I am so glad I finally read it.  Not only does it shed light on how to strengthen your marriage, but also your relationships with those you care about in your life.  Definitely a must read!  I took the quiz and my love language is Acts of Service with Physical Touch coming in second.  I want to take the test again when Grant and I haven't been apart for two months to see if Physical Touch still comes up second.  I'm not sure if it ended up that high just because that the one form of love I'm incapable of getting from him right now (thanks Army).

3. How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue



Mom found this book while shopping at Target and it is the perfect summer read by the pool.  And while I read this book indoors thanks to two weekends of getting sunburned with Allison; it was still a fun, quick read!  I also think I'm partial to this book because it's set in San Francisco.  For anyone who read the Nora Roberts bridal quartet...this book reminds me of those!

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I'm currently on the second book of this trilogy and I'm unimpressed.  The story is cute enough, but I'm definitely not a follower like the rest of the people I'm friends with on facebook seem to be.  Now to be fair, I did start this trilogy after finishing the next two books I'm about to write about.  And The Hunger Games seems like elementary school writing and content compared to those so maybe this trilogy never really stood a chance...but needless to say I won't be running out to see the movies anytime soon.

5. 50 Shades of Grey and 50 Shades Darker by E L James (I'm saving the 3rd book for my flight!)
 


This trilogy has been popping up all over the place so I decided to download the trilogy to read.  When I told Connie about my recent reading and how I was just about to start this trilogy she said it was basically like reading porn.  And yes, there is sex in this book...and a lot of it.  But the part that sucks you in is the story about Christian Grey and why he is the way he is, what made him this way, and how he changes throughout the series.  I'm saving the last one to make the flight pass quickly next week.  This is definitely a trilogy that Shauna would have had us all read in Students Against Sexual Violence to start a discussion about why talking about sex is still so taboo in America.  Supposedly they're making the first one into a movie...my guess is it will be HIGHLY edited...But this trilogy is ABSOLUTELY A MUST READ THIS SUMMER!

I'm always looking for new book suggestions...any ideas??
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