Month: July 2018

June 3, 2018: Stitch and Sip

I’m glad that the 4th of July break is here. I’m only away from work for the holiday, yet the time off is necessary. The neighborhood fireworks celebration was taking place tonight, and we really enjoy them every year. After work Andy and I went for a quick bite, then we headed to Lone Eagle Brewing for a drink. It’s been a couple months since we last visited, and we managed to locate a table at the upper level for a short while. I got myself a dry Irish stout. The description of the beer mentioned coffee, and I’m always up for caffeine.

As we were leaving the brewery I came across a calendar of events held throughout the summer. One of events mentioned a ‘Stitch and Sip’ event: meeting others who drink, knit and crochet. I felt super excited when I came across the listing…it’s only a couple weeks away, and it’s exciting to meet fellow yarn crafters in the area. I only hope that left wrist is feeling up to creating again. It may just be a pure social event, without yarn crafts. It would be nice for my hand to feel much better though.

July 2, 2018: Tackling Closets

Today I tackled my work closet once again. Although I keep my closet free from accumulating ‘stuff”, every few months I find myself sifting through packs of scrap paper and materials saved for future projects. So it was a huge relief to just remove things I simply didn’t need. Since I came in early, I had the time to focus on this task before I began my shift.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow after work, since the annual fireworks celebration will be held in Flemington. It’s not too far from where I work, so most likely Andy and I will linger in the area so we can find a good spot.

 

July 1, 2018: Planning Through Humidity

It was an immensely hot day, yet Andy and I made the most of our time. After church and brunch we went to visit a reception venue in Annandale. It was a very lovely space. The venue was part of a golf course. I normally don’t picture myself getting married at such a location, but the person who contacted me was very pleasant, and was willing to meet with us on short notice. The space turned out to be very helpful with what we need, and although I’m not using the space for the actual ceremony, I was told that I could use the bridal suite to prepare myself for the wedding, then head to the church, then return for the reception. It’s something for me to think about. There’s one more space we’re checking out, but I would love to make a decision about a venue very soon.

When we came home, I sat outside for a little while. It still felt humid, but not as oppressive as it did a few hours earlier. It felt so nice to just sit and relax, and hear the music of the birds. It was a sense of peace that I really needed.

June 30, 2018: My Year So Far

When I had the idea of posting daily journal entries at the beginning of 2018, I wasn’t sure that I would make it halfway through the year. I enjoy writing, but I tend to ‘flake out’ of writing after the first few weeks. Yet, here I am, happy to say that I indeed posted entries every day since Jan 1st.

It’s been a pretty eventful first half of the year. My health needed great care, as my hand tendinitis needed to be addressed. I was afraid that I needed surgery, but thanks to an attentive orthopedist, I received 2 months of OT. It certainly helped my hand feel a little better, yet I still feel discomfort when I apply extreme pressure on my hand. Would surgery be the eventual option? It’s possible. For now, I keep my hand brace on at work all day, and I do my hand exercises once a day. And no knitting/crocheting for the time being. It’s a downer to sacrifice one of my hobbies for a while, but I tell myself it will be worth it when the pain in my left hand finally disappears.

The first half of 2018 also brought sadness, as I lost my close friend Johanna. She lost a very tough battle with breast cancer. Johanna was a true fighter until the very end, willing to apply every medical option available to her, until she was certain that there was nothing left to do. When I last spoke to her in early May, Johanna was coming to terms with the severity of her illness. As much as we didn’t want to accept it, she was approaching ‘the end’. Despite this harrowing truth, Johanna remained the compassionate, fun loving self that she always was. Johanna’s memorial was this afternoon, and while it was very somber, I will always remember her fighting spirit, and how she would’ve wanted me to fight for my goals and dreams.

2018 thus far has also brought happiness, since Andy and I have finally begun planning for our wedding. Losing Johanna caused me to think deeply about my plans in life. It can change for us at any time. A week after Johanna’s death, Andy and I began the process of contacting the church where we will get married. As happy as we are about this decision, it’s also brought some unexpected stress, and due to a last minute change we’re searching for a reception venue that’s affordable for our budget. Aside from this, we can’t wait to have the date set in stone.

So far 2018 has brought its share of experiences and life lessons, and the events will continue to unfold in the weeks ahead. No matter what comes my way I must stay focused on my dreams, and pursue the things I truly enjoy.