The day after Thanksgiving for years was a huge headache for me due to my years in retail. Many that I worked with love the day, I dreaded it! Arrive in the building somewhere between 3 and 6 am after eating enough to last a week and then work 12-15 hours. I am first to admit I am not exactly a “people person” and the crowds of crazy, pushing people who are annoyed that tens of thousands of other people had the same idea to shop, does not help my feelings toward people. The lines are longer than any other day of the year, yet many seem annoyed and openly want to share that annoyance with any and all who wish to listen. Now many stores are opening on Thanksgiving which I find ridiculous. IF they are only having employees working who volunteer to do such then fine but my many years lead me to believe that people probably working for minimum wage or close to it are not given a choice to keep their job or spend time with family.
But I digress. So once I left retail, Black Friday became Christmas decoration day for us! I have more Christmas stuff than I do normal everyday knick knacks. I collect statues of Santa Clause. I have the cheerful soul in many occupations, fireman, golfer, pirate, toy maker I even have a wall street santa, (don’t tell the occupy folks!) I have them in Lenox and cloth, big and small, standing and seated and I love them all!
It hit me Sunday that this year that may not be possible since I once again have surgery Monday. The breast revision, revision. Although it should not be too earth shattering, I do expect that I will have lifting restrictions and soreness for a bit. Next weekend we are swamped and then surgery so the decorating had to get done this weekend. It took the better part of yesterday and a few hours today but everything except the Christmas tree itself is up inside the house. Frank is in charge outside. Just like before each of the surgeries, going through my checklists of everything that must be handled before my forced down time.
Saturday was Madison’s birthday party. It was a nice day. The kids all had a great time at the karate school party. The family also seemed to have a nice time back at the house. Madison was thrilled with her gift, Baby butterscotch. She is one spoiled child! I can not believe my baby is six. Time flies!
So the additional tests have presented a mixed bag I guess we could say. Although I was hoping we could close the chapter on this book by the end of the year, the ovarian cyst found will require a repeat ultrasound in 2 months so not going to make the end of year mark. I realize it is probably nothing, but after a year of CT scans, MRI’s, tests, surgery and non stop doctors appointments, not to mention an up coming surgery, it is a let down to still not be able to round the corner.
On the other hand, the long awaited, little anticipated colonoscopy was today and the results were great. No issues found! The doctor says she sees no reason I can not wait 10 years before repeating the process. Like everyone said before hand, the procedure itself was nothing but a nice nap. The prep, well that was not as nice. Thankfully it is over!
Now the focus turns to something really important, my beautiful babies sixth birthday party. Madi and I baked some brownies for the family portion of the party tomorrow. The festivities will start at the girls Karate school with a Hello Kitty themed kids party. Madison is thrilled! She was bouncing off the walls as I finally got her into bed tonight.
Funny, I do not look forward to my birthdays as much.
Hanging with my girls today carving pumpkins and watching Harry Potter movies. We have seen them all several times but it is a ritual now. We start with the first movie, settle in with popcorn and hot chocolate and snuggle under a big blanket. It takes months to complete them all since it is not an every weekend thing. Once we complete them all, we start over. Just some nice, relaxed time with my girls. Right now is Deathly Hallows Pt1.
The big project of the morning was the carving of my first ever Hello Kitty pumpkin. Madison is obsessed with Kitty. We printed the stencil from a website. It took almost 2 hours to complete and a very cramped hand but we had success! I sprayed it with Aqua Net hair spray after I was finished in an attempt to preserve it for a while. Aqua net can get ink out of carpets, seal a hair style for weeks so I was hoping it would extend the life of our pumpkin.
I also plan on cooking tonight. Not just a quick dinner like normal but instead a nice roast beef, sliced mushrooms maybe a healthy salad. I love the smell of a roast cooking in the oven. I always have. With all of the running we do, it is nice to have a sit down dinner as often as possible.
Not as busy this week. I see the gastroenterologist on Friday. Now there is something to look forward to.