Sorry today’s blog post is so late, but I had a busy day! (Lots of photos below!!)

Yesterday (8/19), the corpse flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) bloomed! This is a big deal. This is the first bloom this plant has produced, and it is 15 years old. The blooms only last 24-48 hours, and the plants only bloom (on average) every 7-10 years. There are two “corpse flowers” in Sumatra (the only place they can be found), this is the Amorphophallus titanium corpse flower… the other one isn’t related and none are housed at the DBG. Dan got off work a little early (about 4:30) so that we could go see it. We got there, and there was a sign saying the wait would be 4+ hours… yes, HOURS! It’s a flower… so, no thank you? Turned out, it was kind of a good thing we didn’t go. Dan needed to be at work at 6am today, and people that got to DBG at 8pm didn’t get to the flower until 1:30am. That would have sucked.

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Corpse Flower Adventure (Denver Botanic Gardens)

Surgery Jitters

I’m very nervous about my surgery… it’s in exactly one week. I don’t like surgery, really, REALLY don’t like it. I don’t like general anesthesia, and I don’t like recovery times. This will be my third surgery, and my fourth time under general anesthesia. My previous two surgeries were to remove an ovarian cyst and remove my wisdom teeth. The three previous times under general anesthesia were for the two surgeries and then for my upper endoscopy that diagnosed my eosinophilic esophagitis.

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My Personal Romantic Comedy

Sometimes, you watch something that just hits you in a really weird way. Even when you’ve seen it several times before. This just happened to me with the movie “Because I Said So.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s a really cute and quirky romantic comedy featuring Mandy Moore and Diane Keaton. Diane Keaton is Mandy Moore’s mother, a MAJOR helicopter mom, and decides Mandy must settle down so fixes her up with one guy and another guy meets her and she starts dating both. It’s hilarious, and touching. I won’t spoil the ending with details, but she ends up happy with one and unhappy with the other. I love romantic comedies, always have. Now, however, they stir up interesting emotions because I’m married to the love of my life.

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Painting Adventure to Canvas and Cocktails!

Yesterday (Sunday) was really good, despite the cold I think I have. In the morning, one of my best friends and I went to Canvas and Cocktails (one of those places where they lead a group of people through a painting and supply you with all the equipment)… We’ve been once before, and it’s always a load of fun! Plus, wandering around and seeing the other paintings is fun, especially since no one ever has the same one. There is a really hard painting of a feather on display that we’re thinking of attempting when we see it on the calendar.

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The Chronic Canyon; Strength Through Illness

So sometimes you don’t realize what you need to hear until you say it to someone else. At least, that’s how it works with me a lot. When I am dealing with other peoples’ problems, I actually do pretty well and can think pretty clearly… but I am completely helpless at solving my own problems. And yes, they can be the same problems.

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Let’s Shake the Gratitude Tree and See What Falls Out

Not having the best day mentally/emotionally. I woke up with my depression flaring up, and I have no idea why. Well, I keep hearing how therapeutic a gratitude journal is, and while I’ve never done well with consistently keeping a journal, I thought I would at least make a gratitude post. Maybe listing things I’m grateful for will help me out of this funk.


I’m thankful for:

my husband, Dan – he is the love of my life, my soul mate, and he is my rock. He is always here for me, takes care of me when I’m ill, and loves me for all that I am. My life would be so different if he wasn’t in it, Continue reading

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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This is the first time anyone has ever tagged me in a question answering thing, so I’m kind of excited. And, admittedly, kind of scared. I have no idea why though, probably because I’m afraid I’ll somehow mess it up. Even so, it’s cool to have been tagged in something like this! Thank you Nikki (from Undiagnosed Warrior)!

The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award are to nominate eleven people and ask them eleven questions. Nikki asked that I answer the same questions that she did, so here goes!

What is the most important thing to you?

My husband. Just flat out, my husband. I have been in love with him for so long, and he has ALWAYS taken such amazing care of me! Continue reading

The Wrist Issue

Yesterday, Joleen looked at my wrist. We spent the entire session working on my wrist, because I can’t actually get a full range of motion without using my other hand to assist it. However, good news, she really doubts it is either broken or sprained. Apparently, massaging the joint and myofascial tissues in the arm will usually feel soft inside if there is a break or sprain, mine was the exact opposite of soft. She thinks I did something (probably something normal) that just scared the muscles in my arm, wrist, and shoulder, which made them seize up and pinch my nerves.

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