The past few days have been much better. That heat is finally over for a bit, and a cold front came in to cool things off. There were some major storms in our area, which were pretty neat to watch… except for that a day later we heard from the weather station that that same storm created funnel clouds over our city. I’m not surprised, the sky was pretty crazy for a bit. It was raining so hard, that the force of the water from the downspout on our house blew off the drain hose, and my Mom had to go out in the downpour to fix it.. and she noticed that we have some water drainage issues on the other side of our house… That’s a whole other can of worms to work on in the near future…
Even though it’s actually unseasonably cool, I’m enjoying it. So is my skin. Everything seems to be healing a little better, except for that one spot on my arm. It’s flared up on it’s own for no reason again, but the rest seems to be on the mend. I’ve been able to rest more too, because we had so little planned for this week.
Like, yesterday was awesome – I woke up, had coffee, and read on the computer for like 3 hours. Then I had lunch, watched TV, went back on the computer, and found some bookmark templates. I started reading a new book a few days ago, and wanted a nicer looking bookmark, but I’m too cheap to buy a really pretty one… so screw that, I can make one! We have all this scrap-booking stuff and fancy paper, so I figured I’d find something to put together…
And this is how they turned out! The squares with the googly eyes are corner bookmarks; I’d never seen them before, but they just slide over the corner of a couple pages and hold your place just as well. Plus they’re super cute; I can’t not smile when I see them. I guess I only needed one bookmark, but I was having fun playing with all the paper. I’m giving my Mom the pretty pink one to use, and I’ll just hold onto the other one…
Afterwards, I just chilled with my Mom and brother, and then read until bedtime. Yes, I didn’t do anything responsible or important all day long – and it’s a beautiful thing!
Everyone needs some time off sometimes… People might think, because I’m sick and am not working, that every day is a day off, but it’s not. Taking care of myself is a full-time job, and then tack on all the appointments and routines. Routine is the simplest way to describe it, but it’s basically micro-management. I have to do things a certain way so that I can stay functional. I do things in a certain order, at certain times, because that’s the only way it works around my symptoms and stuff. It sounds a little OCD-ish, but I promise, it’s all fully grounded in my wacky reality.
But like I said, with some more free time, I started a new book, and picked out a bunch of other ones for a summer reading list… so here they are:
Lone Wolf – Jodi Picoult
Handle With Care – Jodi Picoult
Salem Falls – Jodi Picoult
House Rules – Jodi Picoult
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
The Lucifer Effect – Phillip Zimbardo
If you can’t tell, I love Jodi Picoult. Her stories and writing style are amazing. Her books are always page-turners; I never want to put them down. I’m already half way through Lone Wolf, and like all her other books I’ve read, it’s great! The more of her books I read, the more I wish she narrated my life. Her language, and the expressions she uses seem to just really reach me, and the content of her stories is so interesting. She covers deep topics and really hard life experiences that you may not normally even think of, but she makes them real, and human, and personal. I love her books so much more than movies… TV sucks.
The book by Truman Capote is supposed to be really good, but I don’t know much about it. It’s a crime novel, and covers the investigation and court case. I’m really into crime and legal novels, fiction or not. Jodi Picoult’s stories are often legal dramas, too, and even though they’re fiction, she has an awesome team of legal fact-checkers that make sure her plots stay realistic. This Truman Capote book may be a little slower or more complex, because it’s non-fiction, but I’d still like to check it out.
The only book on that list that isn’t a story, is the one by Phillip Zimbardo. He’s pretty cool; he’s probably my favourite psychologist, and a total genius. He’s the one who conducted the Stanford prison experiments, which although now they’re probably unethical, revealed a butt-load about human nature. This book apparently covers the findings from those experiments, and explains how normal people can basically turn into monsters under specific conditions. I’ve used this book as a reference for school papers, but haven’t found the time to read the entire thing; what I have read is fascinating, though.
Something productive that I did, and feel pretty good about, is planning out our trip to Toronto next week. We have to get down to the North end of the city, and then take the subway to one of the hospitals. Then when we’re there, we have a total of 12 – YES 12 – different appointments to go to in 4 1/2 hours. It’s going to be crazy! All 3 of us each have an ECG, a chest X-ray, and an echocardiogram, then the final appointments with the specialist. On top of that, we have to try and make it out of the city and back home in rush-hour, cottage country traffic, for my brother’s playoff ball hockey game.
Now, if you haven’t figured out through my intense love of nature, and peace and quiet, I’m not exactly a city person… I don’t like noise, crowds, etc. I’ve only been to Toronto a handful of times, and only rode the subway once. But, here’s where the research skills from university come in handy! I mapped out our route to get down there, and then our subway route (with no transfers, to keep things simple), and mapped out our way around the hospital. My brother has taken the subway more than I have, so he’s going to help with that a little, but I feel so much better about having a plan. We still may not make it back for the hockey game, depending on how bad traffic is, but everything else should be pretty simple.
As for today… we already went out and did errands and visited my Nana. She’s doing good, and eating a lot more – she went through a can of Pringles in 2 days! I know that’s not a whole lot, considering I could eat a can in one sitting, but for her – she’s kickin’ ass!
I did my MTX shot once we were home and settled, and it went well. We’re going to have steak, potatoes, and mushrooms tonight for dinner, and surprisingly, I’m looking forward to it. I’m not a big red-meat person, but they’re awesome quality steaks that my brother got from his work, and my Mom cooks them perfectly.
I was thinking I might make another bookmark out of a cartoon template I found, if I get bored later. Besides that, I wanted to paint my nails this afternoon, and have a bath. It’s looking like it’ll be a nice, relaxing day, again.