Hi! It’s certainly been a while. It seems like ever since Erik & I got engaged in May of 2016 that everything has been absolutely crazy. All of the obvious stresses that come with planning a wedding have certainly played a role, but there was an entire separate situation that I kept to myself that spanned from January 2016 through to February 2017. If you are a friend of mine on Facebook, you might have heard about it, but in case you haven’t, here’s the story:
I must have started this post 20 times already. I would get a sentence or two deep, become unsure of what I was saying, then find myself deleting everything and closing up my laptop thinking, “I’ll come back to this later.” I’m not exactly sure why it’s been so difficult to write a simple update on what’s been going on in my life for the past 2 and a half months. It’s just been one of those mental blocks, I suppose. I’m here now, and I’m ready to tie up some loose ends.
I’ve always said that I won’t force myself to put together a post on this blog if I didn’t feel like it was 100% natural. That’s still true, but that was not the case throughout this past month or so. I wanted to sit down and write almost every single day, but there were both good and bad things keeping me from doing so. Today, I’m going to tell you about those things. Beginning with the bad…
Hello! It’s certainly been a while. February was very busy for us. I feel like I’ve said this a thousand times already, but it’s true! The most time consuming task throughout the entire month of February was our move. It’s been a long process going back as far as August (with all of the cleaning and painting) and I’m so glad that we’re nearing the end of it.
There’s not much you can do during a blizzard except to wait it out, which is always fine with me. It doesn’t take much to convince me to stay warm inside for a weekend as opposed to going out and battling the 2+ feet of snow that’s falling sideways due to high winds. So when most of New Jersey woke up last Sunday morning to snow as high as their car’s roof, Erik told me to get dressed because we were going for a ride.
This season has been so incredibly busy for me! Between holidays, Disney, and being hired for a handful of photo shoots recently, I haven’t had much time to sit and catch up with this blog. Hopefully I will be able to be a little bit more consistent from now on now that we’ve officially entered the calm before the Christmas storm.
Hi there! Before I get into this week’s post, I want to apologize for being extremely tardy… To make a long story short, I keep all of my photographs on external hard drives so they don’t slow down my computers. While I do have back-ups of my all of the photos I take, only 1 drive has my current Lightroom catalog on it (which I use for all of my editing). Two days ago that 1 drive corrupted and I couldn’t edit anything until I transferred all 850GB of data off of the drive, reformatted it, and then transferred it all back. It was frightening, stressful, and time consuming (a total of 12 hours to be exact).
I got a little distracted last week which is why I didn’t have a post to share with you. My hematologists appointment was approaching and I was feeling really nervous about it. I didn’t feel motivated to find a subject for a new post and at first I felt really guilty about it. After thinking it over, I began to feel that it would be best for me to not force anything. I want this blog to be nothing but authentic and genuine each and every time I publish an entry, so if I needed to sort myself out and forego posting something then so be it. Before no time, I was having fun and capturing some new stories to show you all for today’s post.
Today marks my seventeenth post here on Thistle & Burr. I was brainstorming on what this weekend’s post could be about on my drive home from visiting my parents last week and landed on this: What is life like with Hashimoto’s?
Over the years, (stemming back to ITP – my original autoimmune disease) I’ve learned that it’s naturally difficult to understand something that you can’t see. Often times when I think about this concept, my mind goes directly to that one scene in The Santa Clause where Charlie is trying to convince his psychiatrist step-father that just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.
Spring has been wreaking havoc this year! Nearly everyone I speak to is having such a hard time with allergies the past handful of weeks. It’s been difficult for me personally because I can’t take any sort of decongestant to help alleviate the pressure that this weather puts my sinuses through. Even though I have a robust medical history, I never had to worry about the warnings on over-the-counter medications until I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. It’s become second nature to me now, but I remember being really surprised to see “do not take if you have thyroid disease” on the back of every single box of sinus medication.