Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas and Other Stuff

Wow. I can't believe how quickly Christmas came and went. It didn't really even feel like it happened. I had a good day though. Greg came over for breakfast and we opened presents with my mom and Tony. That afternoon I went over to his parent's house for dinner. It was very tame, which was just what I needed after the craziness of this month.

Let's back up, shall we? The last I posted, Mom was having dizzy spells and my cousin was recovering from brain surgery. Well, thankfully Mom's dizzy spells seem to have eased off. She had a doctor's appointment last week. Her blood pressure had come down quite a bit, which is good. She's still a little dizzy, but she has been for the past 7.5 years. I want her to speak with her Dr. to see if it might be a side effect of her blood pressure meds, but I'll have to make her think that was her idea.

My cousin... well, that's a little tougher. Her pathology report came back a week after her surgery, and it wasn't good news. She has Stage 3 cancer in her brain. With chemo and treatment they are giving her a life expectancy of 3-5 years. They discharged her from the hospital, but she was readmitted last weekend with an infection. She's still in the hospital, but out of ICU. She should be able to go home tomorrow, I think. The whole situation has been a lot to take in. She and I were raised together, in and out of each other's houses when we were little. She actually lived with me and my mom for a few years when we were teens. She was more like my sister than anything else. We've grown apart since she moved back to Virginia (which of course I kick myself for). I can't help but think that's both of my sisters gone way too early. I know miracles happen, and trust me I'm praying for it.

Other than that, I had a pretty good holiday. Like I said, Greg came over to open gifts with me and my family. He gave me a FitBit Zip that I love. 
I don't know why it's sideways,
but it was grinning because I went for a run yesterday
I really wasn't expecting it. I made an offhand comment about liking it when I saw one at Brookstone, but that was it. Unfortunately, it is letting me know how little I actually walk in a day. I stand all the time, but I don't actually walk much. I'm going to have to do something about that. He also got me a new filter for my Bobble water bottle. But, he also got me a Bluray player for my bedroom. I don't know what it says that he got me 2 things that inspire fitness and 1 thing that inspires true laziness. Balance? He got me a few other little things. I got him Animaniacs, Season 1 on DVD and The Incredibles on Bluray. Can you tell he's a kid at heart? 


Today has been an alright day. Two of my friends had their babies today. My friend Tuesday and her husband welcomed their first (and only according to them) child, a daughter named Caroline, at 12:00 this morning. Then Denise and her husband welcomed their second (and last?) child, a boy named Balin (BAY-len). Apparently, today was a busy day. 

With that, I'm off. I have a long work day tomorrow. Hope you had a pleasant holiday!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Dizzy Dizzy Dizzy

Sorry it's been so long since my last post, but it has been a dramatic week in this house. My mom has had bouts of vertigo for as long as I can remember. She'll have bad hours, or bad afternoons, or occasionally a bad day, but she says she has been consistently dizzy since Monday. Now she's sick. We're not sure if the dizziness finally got to her or if it's that nasty stomach bug going around, but either way it's no fun. If she's not better by tomorrow, I'm calling her doctor.

As if that weren't enough fun for one week, my cousin had to have brain surgery on Wednesday. She had been having  pretty bad headaches and dizzy spells. She went for an MRI to see if something was going on with her inner ear and they discovered a tumor slightly bigger than a tennis ball in her right frontal lobe. The surgery went well. The doctors said they got most of it. The pathology report should come back tomorrow, and that will determine if she needs chemo or anything. She's pretty much back to herself (cranky from the pain, but who wouldn't be??). She's still in the hospital, but hopefully she can go home tomorrow. She recovered so quickly, I can only be amazed at the power of prayer. So many people were praying with my family this week, and I can see God's hands all over her process. I just hope she can see it, too. 

Some things have got to change around here. And those things include my workout routine and diet. Ugh. On Wednesday I realized that I managed to gain 8 pounds in November. I'm really not surprised. I think I only ate dinner at home twice all month, and I didn't make good decisions while I was eating out. So really, I have no one to blame but myself. I'm looking into different workouts and stuff to do. I still have training sessions with Carol, but it's getting difficult to actually set anything up with her. Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers is always talking about Tina's Best Body Bootcamp. Registration for the next round is currently open, and I think I may register. It's $25 for 8 weeks, which I think is a really good deal. Also, if I'm paying for it, I'm more likely to stick to it, yanno?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Hey there, December

Can you believe it is December?? It seems like it was just June a few weeks ago. And now Christmas is 25 days away. The rest of this year is going to pass in a flurry of activity, but I'm going to try to slow down and enjoy it all.

Greg and I celebrated our 4-year anniversary on Thursday. Our anniversary was actually Tuesday (or Wednesday depending on who you ask), but we went out on Thursday night. We went to Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse and then went to Target. I know, we're an exciting couple. Exciting or not, the past 4 years have been fun. 
4 years with this guy...
I think the quote is accurate! 

Starting today my calendar is booked. It should be a fun month. Just today I need to go over to Greg's to help him clean (more on that in a second), go over to R&D's for the SEC Championship, then out to a Christmas party this evening. I also need to make Chicken Tacos and Strawberry Pretzel Salad. Tomorrow is equally booked. Church in the morning, the Angel Tree wrapping party, and then I'm co-hosting a dinner party with Amy at Greg's (that's why I'm going to help him clean).

I'm excited about the dinner party. Well, dinner party makes it sound a little more upscale than reality. It's a get together with some friends to eat dinner and play games. We were trying to have a party before everyone gets crazy with the holidays... we should have done that in September! Oh well, it should be fun. Although, I still don't know what games we're going to play. We shall see tomorrow. 

I think I may be done Christmas shopping. I don't know that I've ever been able to say that this early in the year! My Mimi has always been one to finish her Christmas shopping in October and have them wrapped under the tree when she puts up her decorations. I, on the other hand, am usually picking out random stuff up until 5 minutes before I give you your gift. It's not that I don't start shopping early, it's that I don't stop shopping... 

My name is Jennifer and I have a gifting addiction. I love giving people gifts. Especially little gifts that I know they will really appreciate. And those little $1 bins at Target get me every time! I may or may not have spent $8 on those things and gotten gifts for 3 people. I think I also just really like to wrap presents. I know, I'm a weirdo. Our first Christmas together I offered to wrap all of Greg's presents to his family. I was a aghast when I discovered he was a stick-it-in-a-gift-bag kind of guy. I have not broken him of that habit, but most of his presents to everyone but me are wrapped. His presents to me usually come in bags much too big for the item in question. My 2 necklaces last year were in a gift bag that was probably meant to hold a KitchenAid Stand Mixer.
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