May 26, 2015

A Summer Bucket List of Little Things

I've noticed that many people seem to be into this notion of creating a summer bucket list. I get it. It's about seizing the moment, carpe diem and all that.

We often think there's plenty of time to do all the fun summer things, but then those three months go screaming by.

I don't think I have a "bucket" list so much as a "to-do" list. My family is just not the kind that gets to do a whole lot of BIG things.

First things first, yesterday may have been Memorial Day, the "kick-off" to summer. However, it is not actually summer yet, at least not here. Kids are still in school, and the weather does not become summer-like until July, really.

That said, my TO-DO list for June, July and August is looking like this:

1. Get my husband healed, stronger and home.

2. Kill all the weeds. Hopefully without killing the grass.

3. See Pitch Perfect 2. Somehow, somewhere, at some point.

4. Read a novel.

5. Try not to die over the fact that my daughter will be 15.

6. Participate in our neighborhood garage sale.

7. Take my son to the Everett Children's Museum, Woodland Park Zoo and maybe even the Seattle Aquarium...?

8. Do some city bus riding with the kids, especially to teach my daughter how.

9. Drink yummy cocktails and eat lots of fruit. And get a pedicure.

10. I'd like to put something here like, pawn my kids off on grandparents or even take some kind of little trip, but I just have no idea or expectations where any of that's concerned.

What are the little things you're hoping to do this summer?

Linked with Tuesday Ten.

May 21, 2015

I Don't Think I'm Doing it Right

Twenty-one years ago yesterday my husband and I kissed for the first time.

We were drinking Zimas sitting on a blanket in a park.

I had turned 20 years old the month before. Mark was 25.

We don't know who kissed whom. I think it was mutual.

Yesterday, exactly 21 years later, I had to leave my husband in a skilled nursing/rehab facility.

May 17, 2015

10 Reasons I'm Thankful for my Husband's Surgery

My husband Mark had surgery on his chest this last week. He had been trying for many months to avoid this surgery. There was much anxiety associated with it.

But everything went very well. He is currently still in the hospital awaiting evaluations for inpatient rehabilitative care.

I am very thankful for some things, and they are:

May 11, 2015

Waiting for Surgery

My husband is going to have a muscle flap surgery the day after tomorrow.

This comes after eight months of trying to heal a large wound left on his chest after debridement of infected tissue was necessary back in September.

We have talked, debated, hemmed and hawed ad nauseam over this surgery. At first we worried it was too invasive, with a lot of blood loss possible, and that Mark's body maybe couldn't handle it. Then Mark said he was having a bad feeling about it, which was unusual, because he usually says "do whatcha gotta do" to whatever the doctors say.

So we decided to stay the course with wound VAC therapy, which has included home health visits twice a week and wound care clinic visits once a week.

For eight months.

May 7, 2015

He is Fragile

My husband needs my help to get ready for a shower. He is currently sporting three different dressings that need to be kept dry.

I don't mind helping him, but I kind of hate seeing him without clothes on these days.

He's so thin.

May 5, 2015

10 Best Instagrams So Far This Year

I am an Instagram slacker this year.

Sometimes I think I need to go back to the #FMSphotoaday challenge
to maybe get my mojo back.

My life has just been too distracting away from social media!

I mean, I've taken lots of pictures of my husband's chest and heel wounds.
But ain't nobody wanna see that!


I have shared some photos, though, and these are the ones my followers liked the most.

April 30, 2015

Why Am I Still Blogging?

Five years ago today I set up a Blogger account, created a blog I cleverly titled "Just Jennifer" and wrote my very first post.

I had no idea what I was doing. I had no clue about blogging, the "blogoshere", the hops, link-ups, memes, community or Twitter. I remained clueless for the entire first year. I didn't even think anyone besides my mom and my bestie would ever read it. I thought blogging was merely an online form of journaling.

(Why I thought that I don't know. Why write online if you don't want people to read it?)

Over the course of the next four years, however, my little bloggy mind expanded and things evolved into what you see now.

It's been very organic and Zen, for the most part. I mean, I'm not dumb, I have learned a little about SEO and social media engagement, thinking up clever post titles and how to create pinnable images in order to maybe have my writing read by a few other people than my mom and bestie.

There's the rub. I realized I wanted to be read by others. Potentially by lots of others. In getting to know other bloggers, their niches and whathaveyous, I discovered that I have a unique, and maybe even interesting, perspective on life.

April 27, 2015

Life Will Go On Without Derek Shepherd

I rarely do this.

You know, when you see a really big event happen on one of your favorite shows and immediately need to sound off about it?

In fact, I don't think I've ever done that. Not here on my blog, anyway. And actually, considering I didn't even watch the latest episode of Grey's Anatomy until two days after it aired, and I'm not writing this until two more days have passed, I don't think it qualifies as a knee-jerk reaction.