So much has happened since I last updated! Well, 2017 as a whole was super crazy for me, actually. I thought about it a few weeks ago… three surgeries, a wedding, quitting my job, traveling to Florida and South Carolina (multiple times), oh and moving 12+ hours away from everyone and everything I’ve ever known.
Note: I’ve been struggling with how to word this blog post. I don’t want to come across as seeking charity – because I’m not at all. I also don’t want to diminish other people’s struggles with things they have going on in their lives. Seeing as this is my blog about my health and awareness of my health, I’m going to try and portray it as accurately as possible to how I am feeling towards my personal situation and what I’ve learned from it.
August has been really busy for me – lots of commitments on a very small budget (due to medical bills amongst other things). Nobody enjoys that split second when they realize they have all but $50 to their name, but it’s how you handle it from that moment forward that really counts.
In dealing with my liver issue, it’s been hard to keep busy and keep my mind off of it, which helped contribute to my lack of updates on here. So, our trip to Washington, D.C. two weekends ago was our first real outing in a long while. Speaking of D.C., is the title too punny? Yes? Probably? There’s a reason for it, I promise.
I hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a nice holiday weekend! Admittedly I’m not someone who is very religious, but I love Easter because it reminds me that Spring is on its way. All the pastel colors and bright sunny days get me super excited for comfortable weather and lighter jackets. I just wish that Spring weather could last all year.
This week’s post brings us back to the end of February when Erik & I ventured down to his parents’ house in Delaware to celebrate his oldest niece’s 4th birthday. I brought my Canon AE-1 film camera along for the ride, which is why these photos are appearing now as opposed to a month ago. It’s not easy to get film developed anymore, so it took a little bit of an effort to get it done right. So, here we are!
The week between Christmas and New Years Day was really relaxing for me. I was able to have the entire week off to recoup and gear up for 2016. The two words that have been in my mind the most so far for the new year are ‘organization’ and ‘minimize.’
Minimize: I spent a couple of days last week donating clothes I don’t wear anymore and throwing out whatever couldn’t be donated. I also gave away a bunch of unused perfumes, lotions, and other cosmetics. I have a mental list of some other stuff I plan on going through as well. I’ve decided that I want to live with a little less stuff and a little more substance.
Happy New Year! I’ve got a bunch of new ideas and resolutions for 2016, including everything from my health to how I spend my spare time. I’ve got a lot of stuff in the works, but now that the holidays are officially over, I’m happy about getting back outside and exploring all of the little gems the state of New Jersey has to offer.
If you’ve been in the Northeast at any point in the last few weeks, you know that it hasn’t exactly been feeling all that much like the holiday season. It’s been unusually warm. I can’t go one day without seeing Facebook statuses claiming, “It’s December 12th and I’m currently wearing shorts, this feels wrong!” I’m not someone who wishes for cold weather unless it’s 95 degrees in the middle of August. So the fact that it’s mid-December and my teeth aren’t chattering if I’m outside for more than 5 minutes doesn’t bother me all that much. I mean, warmer weather means a higher tolerance for outdoor holiday activities!
It’s been too long! Wow, okay so I feel really bad about taking so long to make this post. There has just been so much going on. Just a week after our trip to Sleepy Hollow, Erik & I hopped on a plane to Orlando, Florida with his family to spend 8 days in Disney World! The trip was planned over the span of about 16 months. This was crucial for me due to my dietary restrictions and other symptoms and side effects of living alongside Hashimoto’s. With that said, this post will outline how I survived 8 days in Disney World with thyroid disease.
If you know me – or have read my blog before – you know I love Autumn. I love the transition of humid, muggy Summer air into cool, crisp, colorful Fall. This time last year, Erik & I had tickets to see my favorite band, Jimmy Eat World, up in Port Chester, New York. After realizing that the concert would be a little far for a same day trip, we decided to stay for the weekend and explore Sleepy Hollow since I had always wanted to visit. We had such a great time taking the tours and learning the history of The Tarrytowns (Sleepy Hollow didn’t really exist when Washington Irving wrote “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It was actually North Tarrytown up until 1996. It and it’s neighboring village, Tarrytown, were known simply as ‘The Tarrytowns.’) that we knew we had to go back this year.