My surgery affected my left side. In the beginning both sides showed weakness, but over time the right has really pulled ahead to the point I believe the strength and control is pretty close to what it was pre-surgery.
The same cannot be said of my left side. It’s an area of continuous focus in my workouts, although to myself I’ve had the hard recognition that it may always be much weaker.
Something my trainers constantly work with me on is not hyperextending my left knee. Much, MUCH easier said than done. It’s very frustrating to think something but then not be able to have your body do it.
The thing about me is I’m VERY stubborn. Yesterday during one of my sessions my trainer Matt says “I can see how hard you’re trying to make your knee not hyperextend.” Then, in our last 10 minutes, I started stepping with a bend in my left leg. Not every step. But, as Matt said, “it’s starting.”
The point of sharing this story. Never quit. Never give up. It’s almost FOUR years since my surgery. Yet I persisted and FINALLY saw a glimmer of what I was resigned couldn’t happen.
First is This Show Means Death on HBO Max. This 10 episode show, each about 30-35 minutes, is filled with hilarity, actually based a lot on historical events and has many fantastic actors. The main character leaves his aristocratic life to become a pirate, The Gentleman Pirate. A secod season comes out next year!
The other is JT and Chad Go Deep on Netflix. So SO funny and short (6 20-minute episodes) this was a lot of fun to watch.
In September 2016 I went on a cruise with two of my closest friends. We departed out of Puerto Rico, so we made our travel plans to include a few days there before the cruise left. On our first day we made a stop to buy hats, which gave us an extra excuse to take a lof of pictures!
Hello! I took an unexpected break because WordPress has been not letting me upload my images. I’m dubious that it’s permanently fixed but it is ok today so let’s go!
For years and years, I’ve been going to events at Ravinia. It’s a summer staple, honestly.
A few weeks ago, I went with my parents and Kevin to an Alan Menken (a huge Disney composer) themed Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance. We sat on the lawn, brought drinks and a yummy meal and just got to enjoy a fabulous performance.
Ravinia also has an indoor space; it puts on wonderful shows throughout the winter and spring months!
Last week I went to Kevin’s annual family reunion in Ludington, Michigan! It’s a whole week at a resort where everyone has their own units, there’s a communal pool and everyone hangs out in one area for dinner, etc. each night. It was a great week to relax; we sunned, read and got to soak in quality family time.
My favorite by far part of a high tea is by far the sandwiches. I think it’s easy to wrongly get intimidated that somehow tea sandwiches are a ton more work. They’re not. Two things can turn any sandwich into a tea sandwich: cut off the crust and make it a small size.
Either cut your sandwiches into squares, diagonal or get a little fancy and use a circular cookie cutter!
My go to is cucumber; my tip is use Boursin, then just cucumber and dill. I also love smoked salmon; I used marble rye and then cream cheese and smoked salmon. And finally I found this recipe. The trio was an excellent mix!
I also made the cucumber and chicken salad sandwiches on keto bread from Aldi; I liked saving some calories without sacrificing flavor!
As I mentioned before, I’m not a big sweets person. I therefore have no desire to bake. It’s also a thought to serve smaller sized desserts. I’m a big fan of the dessert selection at Trader Joe’s; there’s so much to choose from and most of it’s the ideal smaller size!
Throwing a tea is definitely more work and requires a bit of planning, but it’s a special and memorable thing!
A few weeks ago I was downtown and Kevin and I went to the Shedd Aquarium. During the summer, they are open each Wednesday night and have live jazz played inside and out. There’s cash bars and fireworks.
It was VERY crowded; we walked outside early and saw it was packed. We decided not to fight for a spot and just enjoy the exhibits. Plus we have a membership so can/will go back and make sure we go out on their patio!
An early on highlight was a small girl ran over and was so interested by my rollator, touching the front basket and seat handle. The mom was embarrassed but I totally didn’t mind and told her that. Actually I loved it; everything about my disability doesn’t have to be serious!
Other highlights were seeing a rockhopper penguin hop across the exhibit, spending time watching the dolphins and sitting by the Caribbean Reef listening to jazz. And we took a break by the empty otter tank; when we stood up to leave one came out, made one loop then went away.