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Purple Fog

I was driving down Pacific Coast Highway yesterday just as the sun set.

I “had” to pull over and take a few photos.

There was a fog bank rolling in towards shore as the sky lit up in amazingly vibrant colors.

The result was purple-looking fog!!

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I’m glad this week is over!

Every day that goes by puts a little more distance between me and Surgery #9 which is a good thing.

I’ve spent most of my week in Newport Beach and that’s where I am again today.

Rainy Day in Newport Beach:  Click on photo to purchase, or view larger, in 24atHeart gallery.

Fingers crossed – I’m (once again?) hoping I get my stitches out today.

Yesterday, I had my first post-surgery physical therapy session with Paul Newman.

He seemed very happy with my hardware-free arm.

He pretended to be gentle and kind, but a few hours later I realized he tricked me because ouch!

I suppose this is where I need to clarify to everyone (Paul Newman included),

I am NOT carrying any photography gear yet.

I have *only* taken a couple photos.

I am allowing myself to heal.

There are a lot of things I want to DO in upcoming weeks so I really am trying to take it slow and mend.

Also …??

I might be getting a little too comfortable with Paul Newman because yesterday I yanked my pants down and asked,

“Do you want to see?”

Nothing I do fazes him.

(And yes, he did!)

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What Resolutions?

I’ve been wondering how you’re doing with your New Year’s Resolutions?

Of course, we’re only a few weeks into 2013 …

There’s plenty of time still, right?

I was looking over my resolutions yesterday,

And feeling grateful I still have 11 more months to achieve some of them.

Here’s a look at the progress (or lack thereof?) I’m making with my resolutions:

•  One of my KEY resolutions was to find someone to help with my photography.

Miss Kay is off to a great start, and I’m so happy to have her.

•  Losing “the prednisone fat” was another resolution.

Yesterday was my “3 week anniversary” of post-holiday dieting and I’ve lost 10 pounds.

That sounds very exciting – except I’m pretty sure I gained 9 of those pounds on Christmas Eve.

But hey,

It’s still good news.

•  Obviously, since I just had surgery a week ago, I’m not exercising.

In fact, it still hurts to just do the walking I have to do in my daily life.

I’m stepping gingerly right now.

I know I’ll continue to heal, and I know it will take awhile.

(Abdomens really don’t like to be sliced open and have stuff yanked out of them.)

•  One of my resolutions was to read more.

You’d think, post surgery, I would have knocked out a few good books – right?


I slept.

And when I was awake, I had a post-surgery fever and couldn’t concentrate.

(I did flip through a lot of magazines though!)

I also might have fever-rambled excessively to Paul Newman about cliff climbing in Hawaii.  (I think that’s when he insisted I call Dr. Painless immediately?!)

•  I’m doing a lot of cooking … which was another resolution.

It’s kind of surprising considering I just had surgery.

But, I’ve been very focused on healthy eating and eating to heal.

I haven’t been doing “gourmet” cooking, but I’m trying to provide my body high nutrition food.

(Can you tell I’m anxious to resume my normal activities as soon as possible?)

•  I resolved to dress “nicer” at least one day each week.


I can’t wear “real” pants even … I’m walking around in sweats.

Or, whenever possible, no pants at all!

Maybe once I’ve healed?

(But let’s be honest, my incision site still hurts enough I can’t imagine ever wearing real pants again.)

This will get better in time??

•  I did make a couple other, more long term, resolutions.  I’ll update you on those a few months down the road.

So, how about YOU?

Do you have exciting success stories?

Or funny stories of failure?

Or did you decide you were better off not even making resolutions this year?

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And Then I Took A Photo …

I am SO happy!


OK, first I’ll share the (slightly) disappointing news.

I was *sure* I was going to get my stitches out yesterday.

I did *not* get my stitches out.

Apparently, I’m not done cooking – or something.

(And yes, my abdominal incision is still nasty and painful … but it’s slowly improving.)

But there was also surprising good news …

Dr. Painless said I could start shooting again.


(I don’t think he meant I should start out with an 8 hour shoot … but still!)

I know you’ll be surprised to hear,

I just happened to put my camera in the car before I drove to see him.

After I left his office, I met Miss Kay for lunch.

(Thank you for lunch Miss Kay!!)

We talked a lot.

We do that.

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!

Then we drove a very short distance to the beach.

It was boring, and empty, and there were no waves.

I apologized to Miss Kay for “making her” go to the beach.

But, after awhile, the sky lit up.

The day ended with a spectacular sunset.

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It’s amazing I didn’t crash on the drive home.

I couldn’t stop looking at the sky …!!

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Can You Handle More Random?

Here’s a very brief look at what’s going on in my head right now …

•  Pink  –  as in the music group.  I’ve got a Pink song stuck in my head.

Pink:  Click on photo to purchase, or view larger, in 24atHeart gallery.

•  WHEEE!!  Today I (hopefully) get my stitches out!

•  I had a Lord of the Rings marathon with my 17 year old son, at his request, yesterday.  Aren’t I lucky he wanted to spend his day (off of school) with me?!

•  I can’t stop reciting LOTR quotes now.  Someone make me stop.

•  I haven’t told you yet about the day (shortly before the surgery) when I had the opportunity to shoot “The Real Housewives” house … post coming soon!

•  My arm is feeling good for being only one week out, although I might have overdone it while cooking for my family yesterday.  Also?  Thank you to whoever invented food processors and Vitamix machines.

•  I hope I can test out a camera soon??  How long do I need to wait without fear of my arm exploding?

•  I’m going crazy not having a camera in my hands …!!

•  My abdominal incision is not doing well.  OK, let’s be honest – it’s pretty miserable.  Hopefully that will be changing soon?

•  People often say very rude things to people who have gone through negative events in their lives.  I’m very happy for you if your life has gone perfectly, but I didn’t “choose” to go through car-accident-and-arm-hell.  (You, however, have chosen to be an insensitive, uncompassionate,  asshole  person.)

•  Several weeks ago I entered a contest and “won” some sort of beauty chemical peel type something-or-other.  I’m not even exactly sure what it is, but it’s apparently worth $500.  Maybe it will make me beautiful?

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Easing Back Into Reality

It’s a three day, holiday, weekend here in the States.

Today is the one week anniversary for Surgery #9.  I’m feeling MUCH better!

We had gorgeous (80F+) weather here over the weekend.

January Sunset:  Click on photo to purchase, or view larger, in 24atHeart gallery.

I restrained myself and took it easy (by my standards).

I took lots of joyful showers too, because I’m allowed to with my super-powered-waterproof bandages.

Yes, I did want to go hiking in (and around) sea caves while carrying heavy photography equipment.

Isn’t my self restraint amazing?

This week I’ll be easing back into real life.

Dr. Painless will (hopefully) be removing my stitches tomorrow.

I’m going to visit Paul Newman later this week too, because he doesn’t know what to do without me.  (Poor man!)

Miss Kay and I might even meet for a cup of coffee and start planning out the next few months of 2013.

I keep telling myself to take things slowly …!

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Happy Weekend And Aren’t We All Glad This Week is Over?

I had a hectic Friday.

I’ve been feeling very BLEH post-surgery.

More BLEH than I probably should have been feeling.

Thursday night, Briefcase mentioned I looked feverish.

Then I noticed my abdominal bandage was …. um, exceptionally gross.

It was late, so I changed the bandage and went to sleep.

(I guess I’m not much of an alarmist after all these surgeries?)

Friday morning I texted Dr. Painless.

I might have sent him a photo of the incision AND my naked boob.

I didn’t even realize my boob was included in the photo until later, but the man has surely seen a lot of boobs before, right?

I mean, he IS a doctor.  (And in Orange County … where there are nothing but boobs everywhere you look!!)

My shoulder is healing great, my abdominal incision is, apparently, infected.

I was given some strong kick-ass drugs to knock out the infection.  I’m sure I’ll be feeling much better by Monday.

It isn’t a huge deal.  It isn’t uncommon after a surgery …

And, I knew what the signs of a post-surgical infection are.

I just need to be careful now it heals the way it should.

The good news?

My incisions have now been “waterproofed” with a different type of bandage and I’m allowed to shower.


Best news ever!

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend here.

I plan to REST so the new drugs can get to work.

(I can’t wait to start feeling my normal energy level returning.)

I’m also going to get lots of fresh air, because sunshine is good for the soul!

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Three Days After – Randomness

I apologize for not being on my normal publishing schedule.

I’m taking things slow this week.

I thought today (3rd day post-surgery) might be the day I woke up with tons of energy …

But the energy?

Is absent!

I don’t know where it went, or when it will be back … but it’s not here.

(My ability to concentrate on any ONE thing seems to have gone missing too!)

So, what’s been happening in my life (other than sleep) the last three days?

•  As I mentioned before, Miss Kay sent me the most beautiful floral arrangement.  I might have “snuck” one photo of it yesterday.  OK, maybe two.  I haven’t even uploaded them yet.

•  My long time reader, Stephen, sent me an awesome care package from his farm/orchard.  It was filled with lots of yummy (healthy!) goodness.  Fresh fruit from his orchard, fresh pomegranate juice, homemade salsas and jellies!  Yum!  It was the highlight of my yesterday to receive such a great, thoughtful, gift.  I think I’ll make a “healing” smoothie today with the pomegranate juice he sent over!

•  The famous Santa Ana winds arrived in Southern California this week.  That means I’ve got near hurricane force winds in the canyon where I live.  It’s probably not even breezy five miles away – the winds haunt the canyons.  I wish they’d calm down a little so I could spend more time outdoors.

•  It took me nearly all day to get clean yesterday.  Seriously.  I washed my face.  It was exhausting to put out so much effort.  After all that effort, I needed a nap.  Next, I washed my hair.  Then I napped again.  Cleaning one body part at a time takes forever …!

•  I admit, I woke up this morning feeling very discouraged.  My spirits have been pretty good, but this morning there was just a feeling of why do I have to go through this again?  

•  Not being able to shower sucks just as badly as all the rest of it combined.  How can a person feel GOOD without a shower?

•  I haven’t watched any TV, other than one movie.  I’m just not much of a TV person.

•  I’ve been reading lots of “health” stuff …. books on nutrients and healthy recipes, and stuff like that.  Maybe just reading about it will heal me in record time?

•  It seems like there are a lot of articles out there lately of people (still) trying to find a magic pill to be instantly thin.  Raspberry ketones, green coffee beans …  Apparently, there’s some new “magic pill” discovered every few months.

•  I’ve also been reading a lot of magazines.  (Thank you Stacy!)

•  My skin looks like lizard skin.  How could I have forgotten anesthesia drugs do terrible things to skin?  Have I mentioned I can’t wait to take a shower?  And then massage lots of moisturizing lotions into my lizard skin?

•  On the positive side, I think the pain is LESS today.  Of course, I won’t be sure until I actually try to move ….

•  Yes, technically I’m still on Weight Watchers.  I didn’t go to a meeting this week, of course.  I know I’ve lost more weight, but I’m not sure exactly how much.  I haven’t had much of an appetite since the surgery.  I’m trying to get lots of healthy nutrients in my body via green smoothies while I’m recovering.  (I’m drinking one green smoothie per day whether I’m hungry or not.)

•  I think I’d be in better spirits if I got out of the house, but let’s be honest – where could I go without a shower??

•  Sigh!

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And Then It Hurt …!

So, um, OUCH!

I woke up late this morning.

I’ve been sleeping a lot.  I’m not sure if it’s from the anesthesia or part of the healing process.


I’ve been trying to go with it …

Which, as most of you know, is not easy for a person like me.

I have trouble being STILL.

But, this time around, I’m really making an effort to give my body a few days of rest.

And today, well –

Today I woke up and things hurt a lot more than they did yesterday.

I wasn’t expecting that.

I let my pain meds wear off overnight.

I was hoping I wouldn’t need them today.

Turns out, that was kind of a foolish thought.

It’s only been 48 hours, after all.

So now I’m sitting very STILL and breathing LIGHTLY while I wait for the pain meds to kick in.


Once they’re working again, I’m sure I’ll be fine.

I’m just a little too eager to get back to normal … with a clear (not drugged up) brain.

Paul Newman called yesterday.

I answered the phone and he said, “Hi!  It’s Paul Newman.”


He called himself Paul Newman.

Ha ha!

He told me not to blog while on pain meds because I’d probably regret it.

I already DO!

(He’s actually very smart.)

(Also?  I think maybe the pain meds are kicking in AS I TYPE!)

Today, I’m going to attempt to bathe in a half inch of water.

And I’m going to nap a lot.

And I’m going to sit outside on my patio because it’s a beautiful day and staying inside is depressing.

Hopefully, by tomorrow I’ll be over the worst of the surgical pain.

I know I’m not quite ready yet, but I can’t wait to be able to go for a nice (slow paced) walk on the beach.

Hopefully, I’ll be doing that again soon.