–March is the month of anniversaries! This week I celebrated my blogoversary and I realized I’ve been writing and taking photos and making projects and making friends and creating here for five years. I never could have imagined all that would change in five years’ time, but what hasn’t changed is how much I love sharing it here with you. It feels like I’ve been writing a lifetime and no time at all.
–Last week also marked eighteen years of Anthony and I being together as a couple, which pretty much happened since the moment we met. Even though we were all in a very bad way due to bronchitis, I wanted to celebrate, so I made his favorite: Mollie Katzen’s Rebaked Potatoes, which is also the first thing I ever made for him. Eighteen years together really didn’t blow us away until we were talking about it and realized that if we had a baby right when we got together, that child would be an adult by now. Anthony was like, “I could take him or her out for a cigar!” so I said, “S/he would be old enough to vote!” and Anthony replied, “We could have had one more vote for Bernie Sanders!” Eighteen years later, and Anthony is still my favorite.
–And finally, another wonderful milestone happened last week: Elias, aka Mr Wonderful, turned two years old on March 25. He just could not wait until my scheduled C-section and insisted on going into labor at 10 pm the night before, so instead of sleeping I stayed up having contractions all night and watching 30 Rock while the family slept. I remember wanting to tell everyone, but knowing if I called my parents or woke up Anthony they’d be too excited to go back to sleep, and I needed Anthony rested to take care of me and my parents rested to watch Isobel, so I sat on the couch in labor and told twitter since it was too late to text any of my friends. Sadly Anthony and I were both incredibly sick that day, so we passed the kids to our parents and spend the whole day sleeping in a prescription cough syrup-fueled fugue. I felt really guilty about missing his birthday. Not only did we do nothing on that day to celebrate, but I barely saw him, but it couldn’t be helped. At least he wasn’t old enough to know and feel bad about it. As it was he had a great day with sister and grandparents, and soon we’ll have a proper birthday party for him and his sister.
–On Elias’ birthday I caught Isobel feeling him some Easter chocolates, and she said to me, “OH COME ON, MOM! It’s his birthday!”
–Anthony has been really, really sick with bronchitis, and although I was under the weather, too, it seemed as though I was getting the better of it. The steroids were doing their job and I rested up and was on the mend. Unfortunately, that’s when it came time for me to administer another round of my immuno-suppressant Crohn’s injections, and almost the moment I did I rapidly began to worsen. I thought this might happen, but a part of me held out hope since it seemed to be going away and I was on steroids, after all. But instead I rapidly got very, very sick. Due to my Crohn’s disease I have also developed extreme sensitivities and allergies to dozens of antibiotics, and last year I took one that had previously worked just fine and developed this nasty business. I was prescribed the last antibiotic I know that doesn’t make my body freak out, and so far, I’m okay with it, but it’s still stressing me out. I didn’t have the adverse reaction to the other one until I was almost done with my treatment, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
–Easter was a difficult day. I felt so guilty about missing Elias’ birthday that I didn’t want to cancel Easter, which we were hosting this year. In retrospect, I probably should have, but the kids really had a great time, so I’m torn. Anthony was still extremely sick (he missed the egg hunt in the morning because he was literally coughing up blood), and he slept all throughout the day and even through Easter dinner. I was not doing well myself and had volunteered to cook most of dinner. I had to spend some serious time on the couch recovering afterwards and it made me really stressed. But Isobel got to see my parents perform in the choir at church, the kids both made it to the egg hunt, they got to spend time with their cousins on both sides, and we were able to have both my Grandma and Anthony’s Grandma over at our house on Easter day, which, as they are getting older and more fragile, is always a reason to celebrate.
–Lately, I’ve been thinking about taking the blog in a new direction.
FF Easter. My cats enjoying salad plus some hilarious tweets.
Home Movies: Elias Waving Hi To Elias. Surprisingly, this doesn’t involve time travel.
Snapshot 03.23.16. Joke’s on them! I talk about my butt on the internet all the time!
Snow Day, Part One. Winter’s last hurrah.
Little Big Collections: Vintage Afghans. The intersection of illness and awesome.
FF Lick Observatory. Do not actually lick it.
The Chair You’ve Been Hearing About. What is happening
Due to popular demand, Snoop Dogg is now hosting his own nature series ‘Planet Snoop’. I think unless they get some good writers on board it’s going to be funny for thirty seconds and fizzle out pretty quickly.
Death by gentrification: the killing that shamed San Francisco. This hurts my heart. SF I love you, but you’re bringing me down.
Pom Pom Panama Hat. This is so cute and I can’t wait to do it!
My friend Brandon has a Youtube channel about Magic, The Gathering and you should subscribe. He is super funny and entertaining.
Snapshot 09.30.15. Idioms are very upsetting.
DIY Wasp From The Avengers Costume. Do not call her a bumble bee.
DIY Felt Miffy Pin. Isobel wore this on her Easter dress and it was very cute.