Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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I'm recovering from an extremely extremely painful pinched nerve in my lower left back with accompanying muscle crampings from hell in my left leg. I now appreciate the hideous pain when my dad experienced this in the 70s that one time. It's a drag and is taking way longer than I think it should. 

So many things are going on here in the house and my mind is running a mile a minute so I thought I'd sit down here at the blog keyboard and lay it all out.

What am I thinking?
John is at Camp Quest. The SECULAR summer camp.
YES, finally!
For yeeeears I have begged my kids to try it out and one of them has finally acquiesced. I truly hope he forgives me, though, because the location of the camp has gotten nothing but storms since my husband and I dropped him off and drove away.

On another note, I'm a bit melancholy about my cousins losing one of their aunts this week. She was such a lovely person and I was very fond of her.

Seth and Rayven on
"The Secular Parents"

What am I am enjoying:
Working on a few secret projects.
Working on stuff for The Secular Parents.

Binge watching stuff on Netflix and AmazonPrime.
Playing games with the kids.
Late night conversations with the kids.
Oddly normal sleep patterns.
And I enjoyed an excellent entire day with my sister Linda. 

What am I feeling?
I'm pretty stoned, actually.
I have been skipping doses of my pain medications and muscle relaxing meds that I'm taking for my pinched nerve. I'm simply trying to ease my way off of them. But the pain is real today and I've taken both of them...hence, feeling stoned. And not in a good way.

Also feeling slightly down about simply being unable to walk much. It's normal, right, to get blue when going through a lengthy recovery?

What am I wearing?
A tiara and an ermine cape.

Actually, barefoot, as usual, jean cutoffs and a blue shirt.  Ponytail.

2/3 of The Secular Parents
What do I need?
Recommendations to great movies would be nice.
Otherwise I've got everything I need.

I would always love a time machine.

What am I listening to?
I can hear a windy whir of the ceiling fan, very gentle rain, and the soundtrack of the movie I'm watching called Love's Kitchen. Your basic kitchen love story.
The lead female character just had her daughter ask her Can I be you when I grow up?

What am I making?
A cup of tea, English breakfast.

What am I eating?
Nothing at all.

But Elizabeth and JD just went to the mall to apply for jobs and I asked them to bring home an Auntie Anne's pretzel. I might see that in a few hours...

What am I drinking?

Ten Random Things on my Mind
John John at Camp Quest
  1. British humor - It's so different from American humor. Brits are either in your face crude or very understated. And they love making fun of the Americans.
  2. Paying medical bills - I've had one thing after another this year and I'm hideous at being organized. My husband and I have an incredibly high credit rating but I think I'm screwing that up simply by ignoring the envelopes.
  3. A friend who drinks too much - I have loved her for many years and it's hideous watching this and knowing I can do nothing.
  4. How much I'm looking forward to more time with both of my sisters:   Brenda and Linda
  5. Trying to remember that brand of tea I like...
  6. Decorating in my mind - I have so much art leaning against the walls here and lots of blank walls. How I wish someone would come over and make decisions for me.
  7. Developing ideas for two new projects I'm working on. I'm seriously excited about some things I'm working on and I'll let you know if and when they come to fruition.
  8. Just this moment I got a phone call reminding me that I missed my dentist appointment because I'm just letting life wash past me in this stoney haze.  
  9.  I hope John John is having a great time at  Camp Quest. I saw him hanging out with a couple of kids his approximate size just before we left; I hope....
    You know what I hope!
  10. When will my pretzel arrive?

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  1. Karen, I hate that you are going through this pinched nerve! Please let me know if you need anything at all.

    For a netflix rec, my latest favorite is the film Short Term 12. Such a good movie!

    1. I've never heard of that one, Sara; I'll check it out!

      I would love a visit. ;)

  2. Hey Karen, so sorry to hear you're laid up. I've had back issues since I was a teen and man, there's nothing quite like being stuck in bed, in pain, for days on end. I'm glad to see your positive attitude expressed constantly on your blog, in spite of your pain. I've been enjoying all of your posts and intend to make it a point to comment more often--I can be such a lazy blogger.

    The first movie that came to mind is a Bollywood flick out of Bombay called 3 idiots. If you don't mind subtitles, it's lovely. Seeing pics of you decked out in Indian garb awhile back brought this to mind. Don't be put off by the name or the cover; it's really a story about doing what you love, learning for the love of learning, friendships, and not giving in to the pressures of our respective cultures to "succeed."

    1. What a LOVELY suggestion!
      I love Bollywood. I've heard of "3 Idiots" and I love Aamir Khan.
      I'll let you know how I like it. :)

      I'm thrilled that you've arrived and I do hope to see you here again.


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