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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 ❤

‘Snowboarding is an activity that is very popular with people who do not feel that regular skiing is lethal enough.’

*epic*

I want to snowboard.  I want to play basketball.  I want to dance freely with a flexible and limit-free body.  I want to do activities with the youth at my church without killing myself or regretting it later.  And I can’t do any of this with my injured shoulder.

I’m a point right now where I can do a lot of stuff, yet there’s a fine line of stuff I can’t do.  It’s almost like I can touch it, yet I can’t get it.  Like a candy bar just out of reach enough so you can’t grab it, but you can just barely touch it.  I’m so close, yet so far.

I think this may be one of the hardest times I’ve had yet with my shoulder.  At least before it was like I couldn’t do anything (not that I enjoyed it), so I didn’t have a taste of what it was like.  But now I can do sooo many things and practically live “normally”, yet there are still so many things I can’t do.  I’ve never been all that much into sports, but now that I see what I can’t do, it makes me want to do it.

Yet, at the same time, my shoulder is making huge strides in getting better (at last!!) – so maybe it won’t be all that long before I can do some of those things…  It might take a while for me to convince myself that it’s ok when that time comes, though.

Just a month or so ago, I was playing catch with my family and totally re-injured my shoulder.  It was horrible….I hadn’t felt that kind of pain since physical therapy right after my surgery.  That was from catch!!  I think I just over-did it, but now I’m pretty apprehensive to try throwing again.

Do you guys see what kind of turmoil I’m going through right now?  It’s like I want  to do the things I can’t, yet don’t want to do them at the same time.  Ugh!  My brain must have something wrong with it, I’ll tell ya.  Can’t it make up it’s mind? 😉

Thanks for letting me vent.  I’m just trying to sort things out.  It really isn’t all that bad – things could always be worse.  I have it off pretty good compared to a lot of people, and I have a lot to be thankful for.

On a lighter note, have you guys noticed my new blog theme?  What do you think??  I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, but only just now switched to it.  Ok, so not “just now” – I think I’ve had it for a week or so.  But you know me and themes – they change frequently.  I guess that’s just like my brain….hmm…not sure if that’s good or bad.   😉

But I still want to snowboard.  Ok, that was random.  But it’s true!    😉  I’ve wanted to snowboard for like 3 years – but the first year we didn’t have money or something…maybe we just didn’t make the move for it, I don’t know.  Then last year I injured my shoulder and had surgery, so that was problematic.  And now I still have an injured shoulder – but I’m working on some special exercises to strengthen my shoulder so I could possibly snowboard.  I know it’s dangerous and hard….but for some reason, I just feel really attracted to the sport.  We’ll see, I guess.

Philippians 4:13 is very encouraging to me in this time.  ‘I can do anything through Him who strengthens me.’ 

This verse reminds me that even if I don’t have the strength to do something, Jesus Christ does.  Being a Christian, I am empowered through the Holy Spirit – and I can do anything through Him if it’s according to His will – even when I think it’s physically impossible.  If this means getting me through the rest of physical therapy, it’ll happen.  If it means getting me on to a snowboard – it’ll happen.  As long as it’s in His will, nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible.   😀

Until next time,

*title quote from Dave Berry.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

I woke up this morning, with the temperature gauge-thing reading -3 degrees outside!  Negative 3 degrees!!!  That is soooo intensely cold.  So cold, it feels like it takes all the air out of your lungs.  So cold that your fingers go numb in like 2 minutes.  So cold that just wearing a hoodie and snowboots doesn’t cut it – I unfortunately learned this one myself.  So cold that the faucet doesn’t run.  So cold that your shoes freeze to the wet cement.  So cold that doors freeze shut.  I think you get the picture.  Or I sure hope you do.  😉  That’d be kind of awkward if you didn’t….  😉

It’s been in the negatives every day and night for the past week – I’m pretty sure this is going to be a much colder winter than we’ve had in a while.  We still have a few inches of snow…and our car actually died this morning because it was so cold. I have to wear my hoodie and winter socks along with my pajamas if I don’t want to freeze at night (and I even have a heating pad on my bed! Not to mention we keep the heater on all night….)

Man, it’s cold.  In case you haven’t noticed.  And if you also didn’t notice – I don’t like the cold.  I boycott snow.  I’m altogether Scrouge, The Grinch, and a humbug when it comes to winter.  (by the way, the Grinch is amazing.  Just sayin’ Oh, and the Muppets Christmas Carol is like the best Christmas movie – ever)  Granted, I really like winter break (which starts on the 19th!! so excited), so winter does have it’s pros. Still….

In other news, I spent 3 hours at the dentist today.   I had to get some stuff done….but I sure am tired.  And I bet my hygienist is too…haha.  It actually wasn’t all that much I needed to get done – a cleaning and some sealants…but I go to a place where they have students do the work, so it takes longer because they have to have instructors check everything.  But my hygienist was very sweet, so that made it better.

Really, I’m sooooo tired.  My jaw was aching through the whole thing, but the Bible verse, “My Grace is sufficient for you,” kept running through my head.  Every time it seemed like too much (I mean, c’mon – 3 hours is a long time to keep your mouth open, even with frequent breaks), that verse would pop in my head and the ache would seem to vanish for a while.  Bible memorization sure is helpful!

Here’s the full verse, in case you were wondering:

2 Corinthians 12:9, “And He has said to me, ‘My Grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”

What do you think of all the snow?? How’s the weather in your side of the country/world?  Hope your having a great one, and Happy Winter Break to all students out there – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I will.  😀

All my love,

Why summer is magical….

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 Everybody knows – summer is magical.  There is no question about that.  Everybody (usually) starts feeling happy again now that winter is out of the way, we have BBQ’s, picnics, go to movies with friends, slumber parties, family outings….and all because of warm weather!  Why is summer so magical?  I have no idea.  😉  I just I LOVE it!  Well, I guess I could come up with some reasons.  Let’s face it, being cold is just not fun.  Having to bundle up and run heaters to keep from frostbite is not what I would call ok.  And then you still shiver anyway.  The cold also hurts.  For those with injuries of any type, cold weather is sooooo painful.

But with warmth, your joints don’t usually hurt and you can do things outside without freezing!  That’s a bonus, right?  Plus, you can get quite a nice tan, your hair lightens in color, and you’re in better shape because your most likely doing fun outdoor activites often!  It all pays off!

I know there are fun things to do in winter like ice skating and…..um…..I guess if you like to play in the COLD snow, you can have snowball fights and go sledding.  But summer is just better.  Honestly, don’t you agree?  That’s why I boycott the snow when winter rolls around!  Click here to read my post on boycotting snow….

So anyway, summer is amazing.  Just this week I was sitting on our back porch swing studying some of my school, and I already have a tan.  Apparently to one of my friends at church, I’m “really tan”.  It’s all good with me – a tan never bothers me, haha.  Who doesn’t like one?  😀

Have you indulged in the sun yet?  Do you prefer summer over winter, or vice versa?  Enjoy the summer while you can!

-Tia

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

Christmas Gifts…Spend Money, or Brain Power?

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As the Christmas season approaches, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas of what to give all 5 of my family members.  Now, just figuratively speaking, we don’t really do all that much for Christmas.  Overall, it just costs a lot of money if you go all out on it, so we stay pretty minimal with the decorations and such.  Normally, we just have our stockings hung up, so we try to give presents that fit in them, but if they are bigger, we just put them near our fireplace.

However, we still do give gifts so I was thinking about what to do.  I don’t have any spare money to spend, and with my injured shoulder, I can’t work, so the normal idea of buying gifts is pretty much out.  Usually, I try to make more gifts than I buy anyway, so it’s not that foreign of an idea to me – just takes some extra thinking.

So, here are some of the ideas that I have come up with, and I hope that I can accomplish at least some of these before Christmas: (Note to Family Members: This doesn’t mean that this is what you are getting for Christmas.  They are just ideas, so don’t get excited.)

  • Puzzles – Find a photo you like in a magazine, photocopy it, then cut the photo out from the magazine.  Cut the magazine photo into puzzle pieces.  Put everything (photocopy, puzzle pieces) into a Ziploc bag. Voila – a homemade puzzle that your family is sure to enjoy!
  • Knit, crochet, or sew hats, scarves, gloves, slippers, sweaters, ect. – This will only work if you know how to knit, crochet, or sew, so don’t try it if you don’t know how. 😉  However, if you like this craft and you have spare time, these gifts will be loved!
  • Word Searches or Crossword Puzzles – You really can make these, and they are quite easy!  Just get a list of corresponding words and fit them together in a puzzle!
  • Homemade Sweets and Baked Goods – Everybody loves these, just make sure they are wrapped before entering the stocking, and made only a day or so before Christmas!

Anyway, these are just a few, and of course, one could always buy their gifts, but people always *love* homemade gifts (as long as they are well done, right?) 😀  I will definitely be making my gifts this year (or most of them), since I don’t have much money to spend on gifts, and can’t work because of my injured shoulder.  So, have fun this holiday, and be creative!

Question of the Day: What other gifts could you make?

-Tia