– Anthony’s recovery from surgery is going incredibly well and he’s healing at a much faster rate than last time by far. This isn’t to say he’s not in a lot of pain, because he is, or that I am not exhausted from solo parenting and nurse duties, because I am, but this is all to be expected and endured. It’s natural and it’s temporary. The pain is the same as before but I am really astounded at how much more quickly this recovery is going. He’s been moving around since day 1, is alert and in great spirits about everything. He’s going to need to keep his arm in the sling for awhile and be very careful with it, but that’s not stopping him from doing other things. I’m so proud of him.
– Speaking of recovery, I’d like to give a shout-out to some people who really stepped up and helped us out lately: Dave, who came over the night before the surgery to fix our curtain rods so Anthony wouldn’t have to worry about it while recovering; Kyle, who helped me clean the house two days after Anthony came home from the hospital (it was a wreck) and for interacting so beautifully with Isobel, who wanted to help; Jose, who has brought us an endless stream of Coke Zero to offer to the thirsty hoard of visitors, ice for his polar cube, and for taking care of Anthony while I slept; Justins, but Walton and Brown, who have spent hours over here providing Anthony with company; John for taking care of Anthony while I was out doing holiday activities with Isobel; and to everyone else who has sent us messages of support and encouragement.
– I had about a four-hour wait during the surgery and after I ran my phone battery dry I pulled out my binder to take notes and jot down ideas for the blog for the coming year. An older man saw me and asked me what paper I had been working on. He assumed I was late high school/early college age.
– I had a conversation with my Mom that went like this:
- Mom: “I saw Skittles the cat sleeping on top of Anthony’s car.”
- Me: “Mom, that’s Sprinkles. Skittles was the cat our neighbor Wendy had when I was in third grade.”
– My dear friend Valerie has decided that sweet little Meowstache belongs with her family. He could not have found a better home.
– Last time Anthony had this surgery it was summer, and the polar care cube he had to wear offered relief from pain but, also, from the heat. This time we’re in the middle of a cold snap with a broken heater and he’s been finding it a challenge to keep warm. He’s had several dreams where he’s been lost in a snowstorm and has woken up shivering. I joked that I was going to have to find him a Snuggi but then we realized he had the perfect thing all along: a thick wool serape that he used to wear while Aztec dancing. I’m going to recommended his doctor prescribe wool serapes to all his shoulder surgery patients.
– During his recovery we watched both seasons of Bob’s Burgers that are available on Netflix. I loved them so much we’ve started watching it over again. Our friends Ellen & Ivan sent me home from their holiday party with a bag full of DVDs from their collection, so there is not way he is not going to be entertained while he recovers.
– I am cranky and huge and uncomfortable all the time, but I’m trying not to bitch about it, so that’s all I’m saying. All I ask is that when you think of me, just imagine me looking like Grumpy Cat, and you won’t be that far off.
Follow Friday: Encore! Guest Photographer Lauren Furlong. Breathtaking photos, hilarious tweets.
Snapshot 12.11.13. Chock full of vitamins and minerals.
Holiday Special: Winter Holiday Links. Recipes, activities, and thrifty winter delights.
Thrifted Maternity Closet: Week 24. Shout-out to high school me.
I was a Crafty Superstar last week on Cut Out + Keep! Pretty exciting!
Crank Up The Hi-Fi! Modern Kiddo’s Holiday Mixes. Love these.
Looks like Target sells StarFleet Maternity Uniforms. If I had any money at all I would buy this POST HASTE. Via Sigafoos
Feral Cats Take Over Nativity Scene. This is the inspiration for my next nativity scene. I love this so hard. (Really they are just there because the spotlights are so warm.) Via
Love Meow: Isobel & Squirrelly, a Love Story. Hey, that’s us!
IKEA Releases 100 Cats into a Store and the Result is Beautiful. My only complaint: I want to see more footage! Via Jenn
Look Who’s Been Developmentally Appropriate for Her Age. Isobel is on Santa’s “She’s a Two-Year-Old” list.
Thrifty Giving: Little Big’s Guide to the Thriftiest Stocking Stuffers. I made a Thrifty, Thriftier, and Thriftiest gift guide because all the other ones I’ve seen online are ridiculous and pricey.