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Blizzard Weekend!

We have had SO. MUCH. SNOW over this past weekend.  Apparently it was a series of three major storms that all came through starting on Friday.  I think the snow started really early Friday morning, before the sun graced our part of the world, and I’m pretty sure it didn’t stop snowing the entire time until maybe Monday.  Even then, we still got a light sprinkling of snow on Tuesday.

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I feel so bad for all the college students with such tiny cars in our apartment complex.  Their cars were literally BURIED.  If I were them, I don’t even know what I’d begin to do.  I’d probably just walk everywhere, and that might actually be what several of them decided to do. 😉

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It’s scary enough for us to drive, and we have an SUV with 4-wheel drive.  So far we haven’t gotten stuck, but it’s definitely a fear of mine, especially when we have to park in the deep snow because it hasn’t been cleared yet.  (Our complex isn’t the best at snow removal.  Our stairs are icy and slippery, and though the driving areas of the parking lot are cleared, the plow blocks in the cars with the snow.  And it has taken days for any spots to get cleared.  Not to mention the half foot drop at the entrance from all the snow, ice, and slush.  But I digress.)

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I’m not sure what the total amount of snowfall in inches was, but it was LOTS, guys.  LOTS.

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Thankfully for us, both my husband and I quite like the snow.  No, I don’t love driving in it, in fact the prospect rather terrifies me after I spun out last winter.  Other than that, though, we love it.  The cold weather makes for perfect cuddling temperatures, the snow is beautiful, and it’s just kind of magical in its own way, especially when it starts falling in huge feathery flakes.  The world is quieted for a while.

(For long-time blog followers, you may recall when I was fifteen or so, I tried to “boycott” the snow and just hated cold weather all around.  That was mainly due to my shoulder injury {though I wouldn’t quite admit it then, I don’t think}, because pain and cold weather don’t mix well.  Time changes things, and this is certainly something I’ve had a change of heart about.  I love wintertime now!)

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One thing that I’m quite proud of, actually, is that hubby and I haven’t let the snow keep us from hitting the gym regularly.  Thankfully, our complex gym is right by our apartment, so it’s a very short walk.  However, it’s still rather daunting to walk outside in the feet of snow with only sneakers, yoga pants, a workout tank, and a workout jacket.  My poor husband was in even worse shape with shorts and a t-shirt.  However, we hurried to the gym and didn’t let the cold, snow, or ice stop us from getting our fitness in.  And honestly, the walk back to our apartment was refreshingly cold.

As the snow continued to come down on Saturday, Joshua and I spent the entire day with a Sherlock marathon.  It was his first time watching the show and it was so much fun!  Due to the continued snowfall, dangerous roads, and snow removal issues, church was cancelled the next day, so I made us a pot of oatmeal for breakfast, which we enjoyed with coffee and more Sherlock.  Later that afternoon, we braved the weather to get food for the week (our empty fridge let us know that could not be postponed!), stopped in at a cafe for a chai latte, and safely made it home again.

As it was still snowing on Monday, my husband was able to come home early from work, which made for a wonderfully relaxing afternoon!

Other than the slight dusting of snow on Tuesday, it has been sunny since, which is giving everyone a chance to actually dig themselves out.  All in all, it was a very happy weekend and the city looks beautiful with snow-covered everything.

Until next time,

-Tialla ❤

Ice Skating and Shameless Selfies

Recently, a friend and myself went ice skating.  As I’ve mentioned before, I love ice skating.  I grew up ice skating every month, and though I spent a number of years off the ice due to my shoulder injury, I never forgot how much I enjoyed the sport.  Within the last couple of months, I’ve bundled up and gingerly stepped onto the ice again.  I’m so glad I did!  My first time back on the ice was with a close friend of mine, Kayla, but my latest trip was with another lovely girl, Rachael.  I’m very glad I have friends who are willing to skate with me, even though it is slightly perilous if you haven’t skated for years. 🙂

This picture below is of Kayla and myself.  Unfortunately, I forgot to get a selfie at the ice rink with Rachael this last time.

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However, just because I forgot to take pictures at the ice rink with Rachael doesn’t mean we didn’t get selfies together!  After ice skating, we headed over to Kohls and had way too much fun browsing the store together.  Searching through clothes, smelling candles, trying on hats and sunglasses….  Because, you know, a girls day out evokes our inner twelve-year-olds.

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Yes, we are girls.  And we like to have fun.

After Kohls, we headed over to McDonalds because I was starving and still cold from the ice rink.  French fries and a caramel latte are obviously the best ways to fix that dilemma. 😄

So, that was my recent adventure.  Have I mentioned I love my friends?  I’m feeling very blessed.  2015 has been pretty great so far.  It’s already had some fairly severe trials as well, but there’s been many more fantastic times to outweigh the bad.  Praise God!

Love,

Tialla ♥

P.S. The selfies at Kohls were taken by Rachael, not me, so I don’t take any credit for them.

 

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Happy last day of 2014, friends!  This year has been full of firsts and adventures.  Of course, there was sadness as well, but that’s life, and I have an amazing God to help me through.  🙂  Here’s to more adventures in 2015!

Also, we’re having a huge snowstorm here, so here’s a couple photos and a video.  Have a fantastic New Year’s Eve, everyone!

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-Tialla

Early Hours, Design Issues, and Mixed Feelings

–You know, there is just something wrong about waking up before the sun is up.  It’s not natural.  Even in ancient days, people used the sun as their means of light, so they did not wake up before the sun was up.  (Except for the Proverbs 31 woman…but, you know, she was Wonderwoman.)  When I woke up at 6 this morning, not only was it still dark, but it was 31 degrees outside!  That makes it just slightly difficult to climb out of a warm bed.

This fall has been really, really cold so far.  We had maybe a week of traditional “fall” weather, and now it’s just cold.  I didn’t end up having my Senior photos taken this Friday because this freak snowstorm came through and the weather was just crazy that day.  Rainy, snowy, freezing, overcast, everything-was-grey – basically, miserable weather for a photo shoot.  It has been rescheduled for this Friday…hopefully the weather will cooperate. 😉  We’ll see.

–My publisher and I are just finishing up some minor design/text issues with my book.  It shouldn’t be too much longer…  I’m hoping.  Seems like every time I say that, something comes up and it takes longer.  Well, it will be published exactly when God plans, right?  Perhaps there’s a reason for delaying the publication date.  Perhaps He has something in store for me that’s better than I could imagine!

That makes me think of one of my favorite quotes, “Sometimes, God doesn’t give you what you think you want.  Not because you don’t deserve it, but because you deserve so much more.”  That’s so comforting, isn’t it?  It really puts things in perspective – for me, at least.

–I have mixed feelings about the Hobbit movie coming out this December.  80% of me is uber excited about it, and can’t wait for it to come out.  15% of me is disappointed that it is coming out in a trilogy.  That means I will be 19 before I see the entire Hobbit movie adaptation.  At first, when Peter Jackson said he was splitting it in 2 parts, I was disappointed because that mean another year, but then when it changed to a trilogy…well, my disappointment levels rose even higher.  I’m so excited for it, and I guess the disappointment just comes from my impatience.  The other 5% of me is glad that PJ is doing a trilogy; it will probably be better than I could ever imagine.  I’m expecting him to draw heavily on the appendices, and really bring out the full, robust story.

See why I said mixed feelings? I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how it all turns out to know if I’m just worrying over nothing, or if my disappointment is grounded.  Then again, God does say 366 times in the Bible “do not fear,” so I guess it’s pretty important.  By the way, in case you didn’t notice, that is one for every single day of the year – including leap year.

I’m conducting a poll to see how the majority feels about the Hobbit movie.  Disappointed? or think it’ll be better than ever? Let me know by voting below, or leave me a comment!  I can’t wait to see the results.

Have a great week!  I’ll hopefully be around in another week to share how my photo shoot went, exciting news on my book, and more thrilling stuff.  Before I go, though, I think I will leave you with this cute “badder” video – it is a children’s version of the MJ video “Bad.”  So adorable.

My baby brother is going to be this kid someday.  In fact, I’ve nicknamed him MJJ – Michael Jackson Junior.  He is so musically-inclined, rhythmically driven, and talented, that I just know he’s gonna rock someday.  Once he starts walking, I’m determined to teach him how to moonwalk.  He has that black jive in him, which is totally awesome.  I don’t mean any disrespect in saying “black jive” – whatsoever.  In fact, I mean the opposite.  It is completely amazing, and a true gift.  I wish I could jive like that.  African-Americans are extremely blessed to dance so smoothly.  Anyways, my baby brother is already dancing like MJ.  Yep, he’s going to be this little boy. 😉

Let me know what you think!  Isn’t it amazing?

Surgery Accomplished!

Have you ever had a long-term injury that absolutely nothing helps it get better and it just becomes increasingly worse to where the only option left is surgery – even though the doctors and physical therapists and nurses don’t know what’s wrong?  Oh, and you’ve had injections and therapy to where it doesn’t really seem like a shocker anymore?

Well, I have.  If you want to read about everything that happened and has been going on, you can read that

The main point is that I have spent all of 2010 (well, minus about 2 1/2 months) with a shoulder injury and lots of testing. However of December 21st, I had Exploratory Surgery on my shoulder, and now (hopefully) I’m on the healing side. The reason why I say hopefully is because I won’t know for sure if my shoulder is completely better until April or May. 😦

So right now, I practically live in a recliner, and am in more pain than I expected. My doctor had thought that I had a tear, but when he went in, he didn’t find one, but instead, he found a ton of stuff that he totally didn’t expect. My shoulder was literally filled with bursitis and inflammation, along with my shoulder being very lax – which would’ve happened from the root of my injury, don’t laugh – arm wrestling. Yes, this girl decided to take on her older brother with arm wrestling. And came out with an injury. But I almost beat him! Not sure it was worth it, though.

My doctor was so surprised at finding that much bursitis in my shoulder… He would expect it of a person twice my age or older, but never in someone my age – a girl in highschool. He was able to scrape it all out, though, and put me on meds for the inflammation.

Oh yeah, and about the…uh…meds… Well…I can’t really stand or walk or make sudden movements at all because I get really dizzy and light-headed. My mom thinks it’s because I’m a Blonde, but I account it to the drugs. Really. You believe me, right? This never happened before so it can’t be the Blonde hair, right? Ok, maybe a little…BUT ONLY A LITTLE. Hehe anyway…

The laxity my doctor found in my shoulder was very strange too (oh and for those of you who are confused, laxity just means how loose your shoulder is for movement. Aren’t you happy Tia helped you out? Sure you are. 🙂 ) – not common for a person my age. The normal amount of laxity is around 10%, but mine was 40%. So, my doctor sutured it together and tightened it up. He put 7 sutures on the inside of my shoulder for that purpose alone – we even have little pictures to show for it (no, you do not get to see them. Sorry.). He did a couple other things too, like smoothing out a sharp bone, but after two hours, he had me all fixed up.

I ended up with 18 stitches total in my shoulder – 7 on the inside, 11 on the outside. That’s 18, right? If not, don’t blame me, it’s the meds. *wink*

Ok, well, the meds also make me drowsy, (along with having to type this whole thing with ONE HAND), so I’m gonna sign off and eat some chocolate. Maybe drink some Dr. Pepper. And take a nap.

-Tia

Snowing or Mowing?

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This time last year, we were about two feet deep in snow and chattering our teeth.  It was probably in the negatives, and lawn movers with snow plows were abundant on our road.  In fact, it had almost become a competition as to which man can endure the longest and plow the most snow with their lawn mowers.  Except one of our neighbors decided to get their quad out to join the ranks since they didn’t own a riding mower. 😛

But then we have my dad, who brings out his big tractor – leaving all the lawn movers behind.  It’s quite humorous to watch all this going on, and one of these years, I’m going to have to video tape it and play it to Christmas music.

However, I don’t know if that’s going to be this year.  If you ask why, well, it’s about 50 degrees (quite warm in the mountains for December!), sunny, and with hardly a breeze.  A snowflake isn’t in sight, and as far as we know, we aren’t expecting a cold front for at least a week or so.  And you know what?  I’m good with it!!  😀

Actually, I’m really happy that it isn’t cold.  Now it has snowed here a few weeks ago, but right now, it’s absolutely gorgeous!  For December, two weeks before Christmas, we are having very unusual and awesome weather.  You know that I’m not a fan of snow (www.tiallarising.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/boycott-snow/), so I’m pretty happy, but I’m kind of wondering why it isn’t snowing.

Is my boycott working?  I don’t think so….that’s just something to make me feel better when it does snow!  Maybe the Lord is being gracious to me and preventing a change of weather until my surgery, since the cold makes my injured shoulder hurt really bad. (www.tiallarising.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/whats-with-my-family-and-surgeries/)

I don’t know, but either way, it is fantabulously beautiful here, when it should be freezing!!!

Question of the Day: What’s the weather like where you’re at?

-Tia

What’s with my family and surgeries??

As I just posted about my mom’s surgery a few days ago, this seems kind of strange, but I need to let you know a few things.  Or, at least, I feel like I should let you know a few things – it’ll just make me feel better, and you may get a couple laughs out of it.  🙂  Anyway.

As much as I love posting on my blog, I have to tell you that I will be out of commission for a little bit in a few weeks.  You can probably guess where this is heading…  My Christmas gift this year is going to be shoulder surgery.  Yep, there you have it.  I’m not kidding you.  I injured my shoulder in April and since then the pain has increased to where I can hardly do anything with that arm.  I wasn’t going to tell you this, but I guess I will let you know how I injured it.  Arm wrestling with my 19-year-old brother.  I’ve learned that it wasn’t the smartest thing, but hey, I’m ambitious, and I almost beat him too!  Seriously.  I almost did…but I’m not sure if almost beating him was worth it for now 9 months worth of increasing pain.

I’ve gone to an Orthopedic, and have had lots of testing done, along with Physical Therapy, and the bottom line is that we don’t know for sure what is wrong.  The Physical Therapy didn’t help, it actually only made the pain worse.  I had an MRI and dye injection, but the MRI didn’t show anything wrong.  My doctor gave me a Cortisone injection (which hurts like crazy – let me tell ya!), but it didn’t give me any relief.

So, Christmas week, I’m going to have Exploratory Surgery on my shoulder.  My doctor has a strong suspicion that I have a tear in my shoulder, since all the physical tests that he’s done have shown symptoms of it being a tear, so if he finds one when I’m in surgery, he’ll suture it.

I’m glad to have this finally taken care of, but it’s still surgery, so there will be downfalls as well.  It’s been so long since my shoulder was “normal” that I actually find myself watching people in movies or in person and seeing how easily they do things with their shoulders that I haven’t been able to do for months.  My doctor has even put me on prescription pain meds because the Motrin and Tylenol haven’t been doing the job.  I tried to stay off of my pain meds for one day just to see how much “real” pain I had, and I was astounded by how much pain there was.  Enough, though.  In a few weeks, I’ll have surgery, and I should be on the healing side.

The main point of this post is to tell you  not to expect that many posts out of me come Christmas week and a few weeks after.  But don’t worry, I’ll be back (spoken with an accent!)!  😀  I’ll probably still get in a lot of posts, but there will definitely be a drop in them the week after Christmas.

So, just be thinking about me come Christmas week as I am moaning lounging on the couch after my surgery. Hopefully eating bon-bons.  🙂

-Tialla