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Day 1: Guys, so far getting my wisdom teeth out was no big deal. I had sedation and am on pain medication and have had no heavy swelling or bleeding. Is this way easier than I expected or is tomorrow going to be awful?

Day 1: Guys, so far getting my wisdom teeth out was no big deal. I had sedation and am on pain medication and have had no heavy swelling or bleeding. Is this way easier than I expected or is tomorrow going to be awful?

Doctor Rant

You know what’s really frustrating?

Going to the doctor to try and get answers about a long list of strange symptoms and being told to go on anti-depressants as the answer.

I’m on my third doctor know for ongoing stomach issues. It’s not a stomach ache. There are days when I can’t even leave the house because I need to be near the bathroom. Some days I don’t even want to eat because I know the side effects. That’s not anxiety. That’s a stomach or bowel issue.

So, thanks medical school for teaching doctors that the answer to every problem is to prescribe a pill.

I’ve tried those silly “SSRI’s” in the past (three different kinds!) and you know what? They made me feel like a zombie. Numb. Uninterested. They did not help. And I am not depressed, nor do i have anxiety. My life is the most stress-free it’s ever been.

I’ve paid thousands of dollars to have my gallbladder removed, just to find that didn’t help either—and probably shouldn’t even have been done.)

So what’s next? I’m told to take an anti-depressant to fix a stomach problem. Seems logical.

The worst part? They don’t even listen when you TELL THEM you aren’t interested in anti-depressants. They just go ahead and send over a prescription. Awesome. Thanks so much for taking my co-pay.

Currently reading: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.
I heard an excerpt from this book on This American Life a while ago and wanted a lighthearted read—and I haven’t been disappointed with this one. It makes me laugh out loud a lot. And then I have to read those parts out loud to Brandon who has no context at all is probably very confused.
I’m getting all four wisdom teeth removed next week, so I imagine I’ll have a few days where I can’t do much other than sleep, watch TV, read, and be generally miserable.
Next up: Patti Smith’s Woolgathering.
Have you read either?

Currently reading: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.

I heard an excerpt from this book on This American Life a while ago and wanted a lighthearted read—and I haven’t been disappointed with this one. It makes me laugh out loud a lot. And then I have to read those parts out loud to Brandon who has no context at all is probably very confused.

I’m getting all four wisdom teeth removed next week, so I imagine I’ll have a few days where I can’t do much other than sleep, watch TV, read, and be generally miserable.

Next up: Patti Smith’s Woolgathering.

Have you read either?

Louisville!

Last weekend, Brandon’s family all got together in Louisville before Lindsay, the youngest sister, went off to college. Josh flew in from California and it was our first time seeing him since last Christmas.

While we were in Louisville, we spent an afternoon at Floyd’s Fork park. Later, we played putt putt (I got a hole in one!) and raced go karts at Kart Country, the world’s largest go kart track. The karts go up to 35 MPH!

I totally would have won had Brandon and I not crashed and spun off the track on a banana peel. Also, it was raining, so by the time we were done, we were covered with black specks from the asphalt. It was kind of an awesome effect though, and made the race seem even more extreme.

You know what else happened? I won 426 tickets on a single game of skeeball. I don’t know how it happened but I felt like I was in Blank Check.

On our last day, we went and saw What If (it was cute!) and got dinner and Ice Deli with our pal P.

It’s always sad when everyone has to go home, but it was nice to be together, even if only for a while.

Writing

Starting Lumen (almost a year ago—whoa) was both nerve-wracking and exciting. But over the past few months, that initial nervousness has really faded away. Each month, I’m writing more and more. I’ve always loved words, and now I live with them 5 days a week.

I’m not just writing, either. I’m expanding my vocabulary. Syntax comes more easily. I’m finding my style and writing voice. And I’m learning A LOT. There’s often research that needs to happen behind those words, so I get to expand my mind and write about things I often don’t know much about going in.

Is it challenging? Yes. Extremely. Some days I get intimidated by it. But then I sit down and start writing. And I feel confident as the words pour out and start to make sense. I’ve not always been the most confident person, but with words…I’m getting there. It’s changing me.

Yesterday Brandon and I went and camped at Jim Edgar Panther Creek. We’d never been there before, but we found a really nice spot tucked back in a wooded area and set up camp.

Brandon fished for a while and we rode bikes around before coming back and cooking our campfire dinner: Baked beans (duh), fried potatoes, chicken kabobs, and a chicken hobo. I picked up a bunch of sticks because, naturally, I love making fires.

When it got dark, we made hot chocolate and watched a shows on the iPad and took pictures of the night sky while the fog rolled in. It smelled so good out there! Like damp pine trees and dirt and warm flowers.

It turns out sleeping on the ground is really pretty hard (see what i did there?) so we were up a lot of the night watching for meteors and listening to make sure there were no wild animals about to eat us outside the tent. Sort of kidding.

This morning we got up early and made breakfast sandwiches and headed back home (because, naps.) Overall, it was awesome. I love being outdoors!