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Makes me smile…

Just back from Denver.  We got to spend a few days there to celebrate Mary’s birthday.

There is just something about those little girls that melts your heart!  Even when they are a bit under the weather!

Snuggles are the best…

 

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Zip it…

That is my new mantra.  Let’s just say work is very stressful.  I love my company, but my current leader is a bit lacking in the leader department…  I need to learn to just zip it.  Cause there are some people that are going to barrel through with their thoughts no matter what you say.  To make it worse, he always ends conversations with, what can I do to help?  If you take the bait, he will turn it back to you and leave the meeting content that he has solved the world’s problems.  So, I am instead “zipping it”, which is very hard to do for me!

So glad it is Friday…  Zip, zip, zip!

The Weather

The weather is still unseasonably warm.  The leaves are green and then brown – no real changing of colors.  And I will be raking leaves during Thanksgiving at this rate.  And… mowing the grass.  I finished mowing the grass in the dark last night.  I can’t wait to see what it looks like in the day light!  Hopefully I didn’t miss much…

That was the question they asked while scheduling my MRI.  I said, “We will find out.”

So, my right shoulder has been hurting me after I play tennis or mow the grass or use my arms a lot.  More specifically, the pain is in my bicep and forearm – sometimes in my shoulder.  So, we went Friday to get the MRI – I laid down was slid in and I panicked!  I said pull me out.

When I came out, I sat up and said can’t we go to the open one?  She said yes, we can schedule that, but the we need to do it anothe day and you will have to see the doctor another time.  We took off work, so I didn’t really want to do that…  I looked down the “tube” noticed it was open on the other end…  Decided to close my eyes and just suck it up.

I knew the total time was 30 minutes.  The first scan was 1 minute.  Good grief that seemed to take forever.  The second 4.5 minutes.  So, I have been using this app on my phone called headspace.  I decided to use the techniques…  Next one 4 minutes…

It was funny (well not then) but now – I kept saying, what if I just opened my eyes for a minute.  I knew I would have freaked out.  But why did I keep thinking it?  Funny how your mind plays games.  Glad it is over.  But I got a taste of what panic attacks are like for my daughter.

I have tendinopothy and a small tear in my tendon.  It won’t get better, but I can do strengthening exercises in physical therapy.  Oddly enough he said not using it would make it worse – shoulder freeze.  Just part of getting old…  He said surgery will fix it, but my strength will most likely not be as it is now.  So, we wait…

It is amazing what they can do with an MRI – but, the answer to that question is apparently “yes”.

We went to family weekend last weekend at the daughter’s college.  We had a great time tailgating, attending the game, eating, etc.  Yesterday morning we were sitting in the Cracker Barrel having breakfast and there before us was a picture of a gentleman from many years ago.  He was very good looking, but it gave me pause.  How did his picture end up in the Cracker Barrel?

I love pictures.  I take them all the time.  A couple of our kids are the same way.  Now that everything is digital, you don’t often print out pictures.  If you want to see them, you have to go to the computer.  Yes, we have a digital frame, but who sits and stares at that?  Yes, we can do a slide show on TV – but again, who can compete with a new episode of your favorite show?

So, I have been contemplating putting the digital pics into a book and having it printed when they go on sale.  I realize that is a lot of effort.  Would anyone look a them?  What happens when I die?  Will there eventually be pictures of my family on the wall of some restaurant that is being retro?  I admit – I have pictures of people from my parents and I have no clue who they are…  My Mom was generally pretty good at writing on the back of pictures – but these are most likely from her parents.

So, since I have really only had a professional head shot once or twice in my life, I am pretty sure I won’t end up on a restaurant wall…  But I do think I need to get those photos into a book, even though they are backed up multiple times – because surely one of the kids will want to pass them along… Surely 🙂

We just returned from 10 days in Alaska.  What an amazing place.  It is such a cool place – other than the number of jewelry shops that are in port towns…  Would really love to go exploring on our own sometime.  We saw such amazing sites.  Working on all of our pictures…

Ah – the amount of email and issues at work while I was gone…  I keep telling myself this allows me to do the other 🙂

I am truly in awe of the amount of food on a cruise ship…  And the amount I probably gained and I was trying to watch what I ate.  Watched it go right on down :)…  Today I am missing my ice cream snack…  The gym is not optional today…

2nd Year

We dropped our last child off for her second year of college last weekend.

She is settled in – ready for fun adventures.  Time is going by so quickly…

Her dorm has been completely remodled.  Way nicer than anything i ever stayed in…

We went to lunch after dropping her off and had mac and cheese bites…  Soooo fattening and soooo tasty.

Oh to be young… I don’t miss the studying, but the on your own part was pretty cool 🙂