Curious- Which plan do you use???

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I get this post is possibly odd and has nothing to do with what I normally post but I’m just not sure what I want to do…

Right now I have the free plan and it’s ok. I mean I like it enough but I don’t love it. I am wondering if I could get more out of my blog if I switched to one of the other plans.

What plan are you using? Is it worth the upgrade?

Surviving the Accident

car crash

Please forgive my absence. I was in a terrible car accident back on January 21. And it has been a LONG and SLOW recovery. The accident happened on the freeway coming home from work. There were 4 cars total and I was the last car to get hit. The car that hit me was this big GMC SUV

GMC SUV

Did I mention I drive a very small car- Chevy Volt…

car

Yeah, that’s what was left of my car. On the inside, all the air bags went off. The GMC hit me sideways and bent the frame, totaling my car. I am so thankful my kids were not with me. I was taken to the hospital via ambulance and diagnosed with a concussion.

concussion

There’s a saying in the world of concussions- no two are the same. Yeah there are common symptoms but they are all different. Mine turned into my worst nightmare. For the first couple months, all I could do was sit in my basement- mind you all the windows were covered in packing paper- sit in the dark with the lights off while wearing sunglasses, and pet my dog. If that doesn’t sound bad, try it. All you have is your mind, your dog, and darkness.

I couldn’t listen to the radio, watch tv, look at my phone, or read. All I knew was pain, so much pain. My thoughts weren’t mine. They were destructive and negative with such foreign depressing thoughts.

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From there, I saw 6 doctors for an hour each week, sometimes two times a week- I’m talking Occupation Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy.. It felt like I saw every type. I couldn’t drive, and every time I got into the car I would have a panic attach.

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Months past. I missed holidays, my sons 4th birthday. My husband was practically a single Dad having to take care of the boys all on his own, plus schedule my appointments  and drive me to them. Oh and do his job… My thoughts were sluggish and I couldn’t remember anything. When I talked, I could hardly hold a conversation. The sound of my kids laughing through my symptoms from 0 to hell. Life was absolutely miserable.

In three days I will be 6 months out from the accident. My doctors think I will be finally able to return to work full time by the end of August. Two of my doctors are talking  about exiting me from services. I am allowed to start walking, slowly. Right now I am only allowed to walk for 5 minutes at a 3.0 pace. I can’t believe I went from training for a marathon to walking 5 minutes. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel but I still have a long road ahead of me.

road

Recovery has been painful, slow, and difficult. In the last 6 months, I have been pain free for 1 day. Yes, you read that correct. Trust me when I say I would not wish this on my worst enemy.

Things are different for me now. I now have to wear contacts and prism glasses. I actually have two sets of glasses. I don’t know whoever thought it was a good idea to give someone with a concussion two sets of glasses and expect them to remember when to wear them. Writing this, I realize I have the wrong set of glasses on. Another thing that is different is I am can’t handle the heat any more. It makes me instantly symptomatic. There are other things but I don’t want to bore.

What I really want to say is please forgive the lack of posts. For the first time, I am starting to feel like my old self. And I have missed me terribly!  I hope in the next couple months, I get to reconnect with my followers and begin living my life.

🙂

Liebster Award

liebster Award

This is the second time I’ve been nominated for this award and honestly, I am just as excited as the first.

My fellow bloggers over at closetreaders nominated me this time around. This blog is written by two sisters. If you want to know more about them, they recently did a Introducing Us post that is fun to read.

For those I nominate, here are the rules:

  • Thank the blog that nominated you and recognise their blog
  • Nominate 5- 10 bloggers you admire by tagging them in a blog post 
  • Create a blog post answering the 10 questions you were asked by the person who nominated you
  • Put a list of the rules in your post
  • Give 10 random facts about yourself
  • Ask 10 questions for your nominees 
  • Add the Liebster Award badge to your post/blog

Kind of simple, right 🙂

So before I get started, I want to nominate some really amazing blogs I enjoy. These people might not be ‘new’ to blogging but they have amazing content and a real voice to their writing. I nominate:

TheTattooedBookGeek

rakioddbooks

deepthiunnikrishnan

ravenandbeez

ladieswholunchreviews

I am really excited to see your answers. I know this might seem silly but if you think of it, would you let me know when you post. I’m curious about what your answers are going to be 🙂


10 Random Facts:

  1. I love running so much I might actually be addicted to it. On the the days I can’t run, a part of me (mainly my body) is relieved, but a bigger part longs for the trails and running.
  2. I refuse to accept my post baby self- Although I know I will never look like I did prior to having kids, I know one day I will be able to wear a two piece swimsuit again. Heck, I’m not that old and I refuse to fall into the stereotypes of the soccer mom who has to dress a certain way. Maybe this is why I am struggling to make friends with some of the moms in my sons class.
  3. To piggy off that idea, I am really big into health- healthy living, healthy eating, and emotional health. Emotional health being the biggest became that is what drives and affects the rest of your health.
  4. This years political election scares the heck out of me!
  5. I have Celiacs Disease which can at times be frustrating but I think I am a healthier eater because of it.
  6. I am returning back to work as a Special Needs Teacher. If you ever need help or advice advocating for your child, I’m your gal.
  7. I love coffee. I think love might even be an understatement. There is need there, I need it. Even before my early morning runs, I drink at least half a cup before heading out.
  8. Chocolate is a big weakness of mine. Which usually translates into cookies, brownies.. you get were this is going.
  9. I love debating with people or talking about different topics. That’s mainly why I created Tuesday Talks- to connect with others.
  10. Fall is my favorite season. I love the change in color 🙂

Questions I was asked to answer:

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Besides clutter, I would say my biggest pet peeve is when things aren’t where they are supposed to be. Things have a spot and that is where they go. It drives me crazy when I go to get something and it isn’t there. I think this is pet peeve of mine because I feel like it wastes my time. And I hate having my time wasted.

What is the last movie you watched?

What can I say, I am a sucker for good action, Marvel, and I love the attitude!

Who did you last text?
My husband. He is has been gone for a week due to work. I sent him a picture of the boys

How many books are on your TBR list?
122 but I’m pretty sure that is all of them… Wow, that’s kind of a big number

What height are you?
I am 5’5

Who do you admire most?
My husbands cousin- Regardless of the family  dynamic, they are raising an amazing girl. She knows what she wants, she’s independent, strong, and her own person. She isn’t afraid to dress how she likes and when posing for pictures, she is full of attitude. And I’m not talking about the spoiled kind, she is already a confident strong girl. And she is only 4. She is this way because of her parents and they are amazing people.

When was your last holiday and where did you go?
4th of July, and we had family over at our place. We did a water party in the back yard, grilled, and had a nice time 🙂

Who’s post did you last like on instagram if you have an account?
I don’t have instagram but the last post I liked was: I am a Feminist

What is your biggest habit?
My biggest habit that is good is that I always lock my doors and I am aware of my surroundings.

Funny story- when I was in college, the last two years I lived in an apartment complex. I would get home really late from work, around 11. And for a couple nights in a row I would notice this guy sitting in his car with the lights off. Every night he would be in a different  parking spot but always in the same area.  If I wasn’t actively looking while walking to my apartment, I wouldn’t have noticed him. After the second or third night, I called the police. Come to find out, the guy in the car was an undercover cop looking into something. The next night he was gone.

What song did you last play?
Into the Wild by LP

Bonus: Recommended blogs?
Wow, I think I would recommend any of the blogs I nominated. I mean there is a reason I follow their blogs, right? 🙂


10 Questions for those I nominated:

  1. Describe a recent nightmare and do you think it means anything?
  2. What’s a goal you hope to achieve?
  3. Regardless of responsibilities, time, money, etc. If you could go anywhere and do anything right this moment, what/where would it be?
  4. What book would you recommend that is a must read for this summer?
  5. If you could take a pill like in the movie/tv show Limitless, without any negative side effects, what would you do or try to accomplish before the pill stopped working? Remember, you only have 24 hours before the pill wears off.
  6. What is one thing you look for in other blogs before you decide to follow them?
  7. If you could travel back in time and give your younger self advice, what time would you travel to and what advice would you give?
  8.  What is your favorite dish/food you like to make?
  9. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  10. If you could ask your pet three things, what would they be? And for those who don’t have pets, same question but if you could ask your house/rental.

 

Tuesday Talk- First Lines Part 1

Tuesday Talks

Every Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

As reviewers and as writers, we read a lot of books that capture out attention, create emotional chaos within, and ultimately make us wish for more. Some of the best books out there are able to capture our attention with just one line.

My question is: What is your favorite first line and why?

Not an easy question… but one that should be asked. A lot of research states that it is exactly this first line that catches the readers attention. It helps convince them to continue reading or possibly put the book down. If you really think about it, it is extremely interesting how much power the first line of a book has. Now not everyone bases their opinions of a book on the first line. But it does come into play.

Please, if you would, take the time to answer this question with though. Please include:

  1. First line quote
  2. Book the line was from
  3. And most important, why this line caught your attention. Why you love it.

Again, Later this week I will be writing up Part 2 to this question. I don’t know about you but I am curious to see if there are any similarities between the lines that we all love.

Here is one of mine:

“I stiffened at the red and blue lights flashing behind me, because there was no way I could explain what was in the back of my truck.” – Halfway to the grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost

This opening line had me hooked from the very beginning. This element of mystery is impossible for me to ignore. I had to keep reading to find out what was in the back of her truck and why was she so nervous that the cops pulled her over. Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t have been able to put the book down until I figured out what was going on.

Did I ever tell you…

Did I ever tell you I have the worst luck with dogs? No, well let me explain. The first dog my husband I had was a beautiful loving dog named Sadie.

Sadie

Unfortunately she developed a really rare disease- Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia- where my dogs immune system mistakenly produces antibodies that attack its own red blood cells. It is unbelievably painful and heartbreaking to watch your dog go through this and know there is nothing you can do. Sadie died at the age of two when I was pregnant with my first son.

My husband and I decided to jump back in and get another dog before the baby came. We went a slightly different route with a blue healer named Nutmeg.

Nutmeg

Unfortunately she developed another rare blood disease- Systemic Autoimmune Disease- where the white blood cells attacked her organs, tissue, and cells. She also died at the age of two and while I was pregnant with my second child.

After this, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t watch another dog suffer and go through the pain of having to say goodbye. After a couple of years without a dog, we decided to try it again. Meet Comet:

This love came into our life on Friday and is 9 weeks old. But he is already really sick. Last night he started vomiting all over the place and refused to eat/drink. To be honest, I stopped counting after the 10th vomit. So I packed the kids up and took the dog to the vet. They gave him a shot, fluids, and some food. When I got home, he was a little interested in water but not food. Starting around 10:00pm, was when everything went south. And I’m talking about projectile diarrhea, vomit, the works. Oh and did I mention my husband is out of town for the week on business.. Yep, it’s just me, a three year old, a fourteen month old, and a very sick dog. I feel like there should be a joke somewhere in there but there’s not.

I took Comet back to the vet today and found out he has two parasites-guardia and coccidia, pink eye, and parvo virus. Which surprise, surprise is really rare to get. So now my dog is at the hospital fighting for his life because there is no antibiotics for this virus. He either has the immune system to survive it or he doesn’t. And I have been scrubbing my house from top to bottom trying to clean up any residue left from last night. Because if he does survive this, I don’t want him to come back in contact with the virus because I didn’t clean something well enough.

I’m exhausted, emotional, and have cried a lot today. What I really needed was a solid run but that just wasn’t in the cards for me. Maybe tomorrow.

Update 3/12
Comet didn’t make it. He died this morning from the Parvo Virus. It has been a terrible week! But now we, I, must move on.