Life returns to “normal” today … if normal exists, that is.
I hope everyone had a nice holiday season.
I enjoyed myself, although the holidays are pretty exhausting.
I’m very excited for 2016 ….
Or, perhaps, just very grateful 2015 is over.
Here are a few updates regarding what’s happening with my life:
• In December, I had a total of four MRIs on my arm. I’m still waiting to hear the results. As it turns out, the first MRI on my shoulder indicated a possibly fixable problem but the full extent of the problem could not be seen. The second MRI was of my entire arm and didn’t have enough detail. The third MRI was done with a stronger type of MRI called a Tesla III MRI – it took a look at the previously identified problem area of my shoulder. The fourth MRI was also a Tesla III and it focused in on a suspicious area of my elbow. This has been a bit of a “group think” project with several doctors weighing in. I’m determined to make pain/function improvements this year and I’m open to getting lots of varying opinions to reach that end. I haven’t yet gotten the results of the last two MRIs. My arm has pretty much been completely useless (and extremely painful) since mid-November.
• My daughter had left, but came back to visit for a few more days. Now, she and my oldest son are gone, but my youngest son will be home for one more week. We have a lot of errands, etc., to do prior to his departure. It will be a busy week. Thankfully, he’s recovered from strep throat and is healthy again. (Also, no one else in the family caught his strep – hallelujah!)
• Fred had a very Merry Christmas. He was spoiled rotten with tons of attention, play time, treats, toys, etc. Fred is very LOVED. I think he’ll pout for days when my son leaves. And yes, Newfies DO pout. They’re extremely expressive animals.
What stick? Why do you think I’m chewing on a stick? – Fred
• My primary focus these next few weeks will be preparing for my trip to New Zealand. I haven’t allowed myself to even think about it until now. I have so much to do … reading, research, planning! I’m SO EXCITED!! It’s going to be a long trip, but I know I’ll only be able to get to about half the locations within New Zealand I’d like to see. Why can’t I win the lottery and have millions of dollars (and tons of time!) to travel?
• I had put away almost all of my art supplies for the holiday season. I knew I wouldn’t have time for art play. I’m dying to pull them out and make some messes with gesso and paint again. I’ve been doing just a little watercolor painting the last few weeks. I’m really enjoying it even though I suck as a painter. Maybe I’ll take a class in the spring once I return from New Zealand.
• I’ve set up a new planner/calendar for 2016. I’m sure I’ll be fine tuning it as I use it this year. But, I hope it will help me keep on top of the many areas of life I’m constantly juggling. There’s always so much to do and not quite enough hours in each day.
• I can’t wait to share with you my Christmas present to myself … but it hasn’t arrived yet. I ordered a handmade item in anticipation of my New Zealand trip. I knew it might not arrive until after Christmas. And …? I’m still waiting. I did get a notification that it “should” ship this next week. In the meantime, it’s a secret. Here’s a hint: I’m a nerd so it’s probably something only I would find exciting?
• I’ve been trying to rest my arm entirely in anticipation of New Zealand. That means I’ve barely been using my camera. It’s not what I want, of course. But, until the doctors figure out what’s going on with my arm I have to do my best to keep the pain under control. I’ll be shooting a ton in New Zealand … one armed and regardless of pain. I guess you could say I’m “saving” my arm up for that.