Sunday, November 25, 2012


Time passes so quickly it seems! I realize that just by using this sentence, I've aged myself.

Life has been busy lately. I've been refinishing and repainting surfaces in my house, mostly just for a change of pace.  Sometimes I just need that. It's not quite finished yet, but pictures will come when it is. Hey, I'm just one busy person.

What else have I been up to? Losing 51 pounds in 14 weeks--that's what! And still going. Yay.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Old Friends

My best friend from kindergarten came up the other day. We spent most of the day together just chatting and catching up, while playing a game here and there. She brought her little new baby. It was fun to see her and chat about her life.  It's funny how you can not see someone for years and are able to pick up right where you left off. Love those kind of friends! 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Pity Party

So, I've been feeling bad for myself lately. Having my own pity party.

Playing basketball in high school my senior year, I hurt my right leg in a game. Thought it was just a pulled muscle, etc. and treated it with ice, rest, etc. Every now and then, my leg would hurt on and off, especially when I was running or doing something crazy like a 5k. It was always just an annoying pain that usually went away with enough rest, ice, and meds.

After hiking miles in Glacier and roving around Calgary, my leg hurt so bad I could hardly walk. I'm sure my friend Misty thought I was a being a baby (sorry friend!), but I couldn't help it my leg hurt so bad! The day I got home, I scheduled an appointment with an orthopedic sports specialist. The diagnosis?  Hip Dysplasia. Stunned? I was, too. Apparently it's not just for babies and dogs.

Read more about it here.  Looks like fun, no?

The treatment recommended by the doctor? A Peri-Actabular Osteotomy. PAO for short. Here's a little blurb for you from the interwebs.

Peri-Acetabular Osteotomy

This surgery involves cutting the pelvis around the hip joint and shifting it into a better position to support the stresses of walking. After the hip is re-positioned, it is held in place with screws until the bone heals. After the bone heals, the screws can be removed, but this is not usually necessary.
Doesn't this sound so exciting?! Oh, and you can't put full weight on your leg for around 8 weeks. You can't cross your legs ever again. You can't sleep on your stomach (I do!).  So, I've been working out (harder now that my leg is constantly killing me), eating healthy, and doing all that good stuff to get better in shape for this. I think I might also have to plan a trip somewhere fabulous as a secondary reward (because let's face it, surgery would not be any type of reward). I've also been thinking about my little condo. I live in a third floor walk-up. That would be fun on crutches for weeks, no? The only good thing that could ever come of this is getting a better parking spot, if I can even drive.  Plus, I'm sure a walker and cane would make me even more dateable. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Sneak Peak

Or a post peek. Or a peek of something that has already happened but is yet to be reported.

Enjoy some pictures from Glacier National Park and Calgary, Alberta.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


I think I have the forgetful gene. Or something.

I took a piece of fruit to work to snack on.  I set it down somewhere and haven't found it yet. Bring on the fruit flies.  (I do think it's somewhere NOT in my classroom!)

At home, I got a fudge pop out to eat, sat it on the edge of the couch while I ran to the bathroom, and then forgot about it. Later, I remembered and came back to a melted pop on the couch (luckily still in the wrapper).

Should I start looking at care centers now?!

I've meant to post about my trip and several other things, but I keep forgetting about it. So, until next time . . . .

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Work. Is. Exhausting.

Leaving for green, open spaces in big sky country in a week.

So excited for Canada! Here's hoping I decide to come back. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

2000 Miles of Adventure

I picked up Jenni and her kids, and we drove to visit the Fifield family in California.  We went to the park, the Santa Monica Pier, the LA Zoo, and the Channel Islands beach (after picking up Grandma Janica from the airport). Matthew and I also went to the driving range somewhere in there, and I think I'm just not a golfer. Too much softball.

We drove back to Utah, stayed in a Condo in St. George, and then headed to Nephi for Scott's graduation from high school. Yay! The last one in our immediate family. No kids anymore (don't cry, Mom).

Here are some of my favorite pictures. Quite a few!


Monday, April 16, 2012

The Way it Is

I want it to be Spring forever. I absolutely love this weather. Perfect in the day and breezy in the evening. It's the perfect time for rolling down the car windows while driving.  Is there a land of eternal Spring? Flowers, butterflies, rainbows, and happy places? Ha.

I need to take up yoga or pilates or maybe just meditation. Something that can be calming and relaxing without that doesn't lead to an IV because I'm dehydrated or the doctor for pulled muscles. Maybe a massage? Yes, I think so. I'll definitely have to look into that.  Maybe just a nice chair to relax on the porch.

I'm going to Canada. Sometime in July when I have three minutes to breathe from work. I've always wanted to go to Canada. Something to look forward to. My passport hasn't seen the light of day in a few years, so it's time. Here's hoping I want to come back.

Yes, I realize this post is full of randomness and all that. Sometimes that's how my brain works. I was going to blog about something that I had neglected, but backblogging is just so hard. Missed opportunity, at least for the moment.

A thought to leave you with:

“One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family.” 
― Jonathan Safran FoerEverything is Illuminated

Sunday, March 25, 2012

To be Continued . . .

What have I been up to lately? Obviously not blogging.

I'm going to try and make a goal to post more often. Here's a quick list.

Making good foods. I have some new recipes, and they have been wonderful!

Quilting.  I go through phases of quilting and not quilting, but I've finished a wedding quilt for a friend and a baby quilt for another. Woot! I'll post pictures of my quilts someday.

Working. Yep. Back to that. I love it, but it's freaking exhausting.

Traveling here and there. Still haven't written about California.

Taking some cute pictures of babies and nieces and nephews.

New hair. It's short, and I love it. Well, not too short, but in the last four months, I've cut off 8-9 inches.

I was going to paint my piano. I tried the bench first. Hated it.  Rethinking that plan. 

Saw the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Go see it now. Or rent it.  Some of my favorite quotes from the movie (some from the book, too, which I'm reading):

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.” 

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” 

“I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can't tell fast enough, the ears that aren't big enough, the eyes that can't take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.” 

Anyway, anyway. Here are some pictures of kids I've been hanging out with (and practicing my photography skills with)  and quilts I've finished. Some of these are from awhile ago, but I'm not sure I posted them. I've been machine quilting the tops of all my quilts, and I love it. It's a lot of work, and I'll probably get carpal tunnel, but it's rewarding. 

The end for now.