Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday Tile Work

This is a photo diary of our day.

Any construction zone in the house immediately becomes Lane's play zone. 

I finished up Bucket #2 of grout.  It felt like a great accomplishment after 1000 Sq feet.

And this is what keeps me motivated.   Seriously I'll do thousands of dollars of labor for a manicure.   It sure feels good I learned after building fence in Texas.  

And picking a nail color wasn't too difficult.   Just matched it to my hair :).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Good News!

I think my new steroid works!  (Note: I have rheumatoid arthritis as well as lupus)

I woke up this morning with flat hands for the first time in over a year.

Flat hands?  Yes.  Normally I wake up with them balled in fists and I unpeel and stretch them.  That's the work of arthritis for ya.

But today they were laying flat across my body and were relaxed.  It was a joyous feeling to have some relief!

I posted a "steroid selfie" yesterday on Facebook as I noticed the facial puffing.  I wanted to face it, but I have to say having some pain relief made it no big deal :).  I'll be the puffy face for less pain.  Good trade.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lupus and Grieving

I was diagnosed last week but just got to the business of facing it today.

I'm frustrated.   I thought roller skating and I were just on a temporary emotional hiatus.   Til I stopped being sore all the time.  And felt energetic and hopeful.

But it looks like anything strenuous will cause me more pain.  Ditto for hip hop dancing. 

Today as a result of the steroids my eyelids and under eyes are swollen to the point of pressure if trying to read or focus on something.   Have you seen the size of my bookstack?  I feel those shelves crumbling around me if I can't read them.

It feels like my Job moment but I am nervous to be so presumptuous.  There are huge problems around the world.   Accept my apologies but I'm trying to face this, make sense of it.

I gave up sewing...the only way I contributed to our family income and quite frankly my best talent.   I figured if I slowed down with that my arthritis could slow down and heal and I'd come back stronger and better!

So here I am.  In need of a passion,  a pursuit,  a feeling of contribution in this world.  My sites are being way way way scaled down in the hopes that I can continue being a loving and present guide to my children.  It is hard just meeting the 4 year olds basic needs through the day and getting everyone else where they need to be on time. 

It's weird and frankly depressing to me to reduce my goals to that point.   I want to be a doer, an achiever, big big big!

I need peace about being small and calm.  And feeling loved. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lavender Hair

One of my friends mentioned he wanted to dye his hair lavender.   He may have meant it as a joke.   You know, a nod to my crazy, hair changing ways...

Nevertheless I had to gather inspiration photos for him to peruse to pick the perfect shade.  Here's to you, Gremlin!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

I made up this recipe combining all the things I happened to be craving at the moment today.   It became lunch and I'm loving it!
Combine coarsely chopped veggies and beans of your choosing.  I have:

Grape tomatoes
Cucumber (unpeeled)
Garbanzo beans (1 can, drained)
1 red onion
A can of olives would be perfect too but I'm out :(.

Then add and mix this dressing:
3 T vinegar
1/4 C olive oil
2 t oregano
1 t honey
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t salt

Mix and match what you have.  I also threw in some chopped mozzarella cheese so that it and the beans could add the protein to make it a filling lunch.

I'm sure it's better after marinating a few hours, but I ate it right away and it was still yummy.


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