Feels like the Pacific Northwest here in Nashville l.ately! We saw the sun for a few minutes Friday but otherwise not much for the last week. Weird winter weather - yesterday was 70 degrees. Supposedly today's rain is bringing in a cold front, though. I'm glad -
Work is busy. I have a new/expanded job so learning the new role is keeping me busy. Last week was our national sales meeting, which we haven't had since early in 2011. Funny how annual events like this make me think about comparisons in time. In early 2011, I weighed about the same I do now. I had much longer hair. I never wore makeup. I had a completely different team at work. I had a much narrower circle of friends. I had never had cancer. Life was pretty different but in some ways the same.
I went to the gym yesterday & did spin class for 45 minutes. Felt good to exercise & surprisingly I'm not terribly sore today. After my trip to Las Vegas the week of the 21st, I think I may be ready to tackle the diet again. I'm feeling fantastic & know I would feel even better if I started to lose some weight. Not sure yet what route I am going to take to achieve that.
The girls are great. Emilia was in a drama competition yesterday. She got 21st out of 24 & I think was disappointed by that. I was proud of her for entering & trying something new. No matter where she places, getting up in front of strangers to read a story is a skill that will serve her well forever. She has a couple swim meets left. Eriana is really starting to read. I love it. She's hoping to play with Matt, her BFF, today. He moved a couple miles away & she really misses running across the street to play. Her birthday party is coming up in 2 weeks - its a candy theme. They are going to make candy cottages (non-seasonal gingerbread houses basically). My living room is full of candy! And I think if it ever dries up she wants to have a bonfire in the creek. Kendall's mom will be here that weekend so I hope she enjoys seeing Eri and all her buddies.
The rainy weather makes me want to cook a lot. Last weekend I made a "Yay Me" triple layer chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Friday I made a triple layer white cake with vanilla icing. Have to say I think I liked the chocolate better. I think today I am going to make chili and maybe beef stew. Maybe some fresh bread too. Hoping to go to the gym after work this week so its good to have some meals prepared. Last night we had planned to go to PF Chang's but it was over an hour wait so we went to Chuy's & got seated immediately. I could live on their chips & creamy jalapeno dip.
So, I had a major clean out of my closet last weekend. I took 3 large trash bags full of clothes that don't fit to Goodwill. I still have 2 large tubs of my smallest clothes up in the attic but I do have to admit its good to look in my closet & know everything in there fits. It was very depressing to keep trying clothes on that didn't fit. I hate that I've had to accept the new larger me but I feel a weight lifted from my shoulders. Interestingly, the acceptance seems to have motivated me a bit to exercise & try to be wiser in my choices. It would be fun to be a psychologist! But, for now, I'm in a good place.
My left leg still swells a lot. I'm still not willing to do anything about it because the options are a) full length compression stockings and b) nothing. It surprises me that lymphadema isn't something the medical community seems to care about or want to do anything about. Its been almost a year since my surgery - doesn't seem like the swelling is abating at all. Oh well! The surgery site still is sore if I push around on it - there's a lot of scar tissue. Same with the place where my port was - it itches sometimes & hurts sometimes & has a lot of scar tissue. Badges of honor!
I guess thats about all the news from here. Nothing exciting which is good!!!