I will be back to regular posting (whatever that is!) tomorrow. Today is a hodgepodge post in the wake of my 24th birthday celebration yesterday.
First things first …
Thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday's birthday celebration. There were two hundred entries in my contest. I really enjoy giving things away.
#1 The contest winners are as follows:
$100 Amazon Gift Card = Jan
$ 60 Amazon Gift Card = Dogmother
$ 40 Amazon Gift Card = Lorna
$ 40 Amazon Gift Card = Ballerinatoes
Congratulations to all four winners! Please email me with the email address you would like your gift card sent to and I will get them sent out to you in the next 24 hours.
#2 I had a very nice birthday. My family surprised me in the morning with this:
I was so excited about my new bike! First of all, it is RED! Second, it is an Electra Beach Cruiser … which I've wanted for a few years now. Third, it has an old lady basket! I plan to still be cruising the beaches on it when I turn 80 … and since I'm only 24 now that means I have a lot of bike riding years ahead of me. The only thing missing is a bell and I plan to buy one this week. Yes, I will be that old lady on the bike at the beach! The very thought makes me smile.
#3 PR had his post-op appointment yesterday with the orthopedic surgeon. They took X-rays which were very … sobering … to look at. However, the doc said all the bones are now lined up "perfectly" in PR's ankle. He also said PR should be 100% for baseball season this year (which is his passion). I can't even tell you the sense of relief the appointment gave me. It was the best birthday present I ever could have gotten.
My kid is going to be okay.
#4 I lifted TWO POUNDS at physical therapy yesterday! Well, if I'm being honest The Torturer moved my arm for me while I laid on a table with two pounds in my hand, but I sorta did it! I know it sounds incredibly pathetic to all of you, but it has taken me three and a half years to accomplish this! I felt happy and proud and excited … even as I swore at The Torturer for the very idea of it.
I believe I might have said something like, "What's the point of doing this when you are moving my arm for me?" All the while, inside, I was thinking, "Oh my God, I'm doing it … albeit with help, but I'm doing it!"
Small steps … small steps!!
#5 I came home to these after physical therapy:
Pretty, aren't they?
#6 I had a nice afternoon. I got a lot of birthday phone calls, cards, and emails from friends and family. It made me feel loved. Sometimes it's nice to know people are thinking of you.
#7 Briefcase, PR and I went out to dinner. It was PR's first real outing since his surgery. Right before we left I noticed the full moon rising over my mountains. It was beautiful. It seemed like a perfect ending to a wonderful day.