Monday, October 19, 2015

Traveling, Footy, Fan Girling, and Ugh

I’m spending a long time in the car today without access to my phone. Why? Because we’re using it for the GPS—Waze. Have you ever used that app? I think I like it better than the Garmin. Plus, people will report when they’ve spotted the police, as well as accidents or hazards in the road. Kind of stuff that comes in handy when you’re traveling.

Anyway, won’t have my phone, so I won’t be able to check messages or this blog. I tried to use my laptop and connect via the hotspot on the way to Austin, but trying to read anything on the laptop screen when the sun is shining on it is pretty much impossible. That, and the laptop just gets me HOT. I have enough trouble with hot flashes as it is.

Of course, driving north, I might want some warmth, huh? I’ve heard it was kind of cold back home. Guess I’ll find out soon enough.

Weather in Austin was WONDERFUL, though. Sunny and warm. The warm probably wasn’t so good for the footy players, but I enjoyed it. As for the tournament…

My daughter’s team won their first game, lost their second game just as time ran out, and got their socks knocked off in their third game by the eventual winners of their division (although my daughter was kind of proud that they scored the most points against that team – 12). They performed much better as a team this year than last, when they lost all their games and scored a total of 1 point. Yeah, you read that right.

Oh, and my daughter did NOT break her foot again. Just don’t ask about her ankle. I know I’m afraid to.

While in Austin I was able to meet up with Meg Gardiner Saturday for dinner. She’s not only one of my favorite authors, we went to the same high school, having graduated the same year, even. We lived a couple of blocks from each other (my parents and her mother still do!), but never hooked up in school (although our sisters were friends). We met several years ago when she was in Dayton for a book signing (she was living in England at the time). Since then I’ve been stalking following her via her blog and Facebook. J And I’ve read ALL her books. You should too. They’re great reads.

It was so neat to talk to her and I’m so glad we were able to finally get together (I tried when I discovered she was in Santa Barbara the same time I was in March 2014, but it didn’t work out).

This is going to be a busy week for me, and one that won’t involve a lot of writing. After we get home on Tuesday, we get to leave bright and early on Wednesday for the first of my pre-surgery appointments, when I get another EKG and echocardiogram. But the not-so-fun thing is the heart catheterization on Thursday. Supposed to determine how much they’ll cut me during surgery (if I have any heart blockages or something like that). Since I have appointments on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we’re just staying up in Cleveland Wed & Thu nights. I’m hoping we’ll be able to leave early enough on Friday so we can make the Wayne HS football game at 7pm. I’d like to go to the game. We’re still undefeated!!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, it’s about a 3-hour drive (depending on traffic). I can’t imagine what that drive will feel like in November. **groan**

I think that’s what scares me the most: how much pain will I feel? I don’t want to get hooked on pain meds or anything like that. I hate taking pills!

Still… I feel the same facing this surgery as I did when I was pregnant with our first born. Not looking forward to all the pain, but knowing there was no way around it. J

Thanks for sticking around. I’ll reply to comments (if any) eventually (probably Tuesday). Happy Monday!



Maria Zannini said...

I forgot you had traveled to Austin. We had splendid weather the last few days.

Re: surgery
I think I hate the tests more than the surgery. By the time I got to a surgery, I was glad to put the rest behind me.

Sorry you have to do your surgery in the winter but I'm sure everyone will keep you warm and toasty.

JeffO said...

Thermometer on the back of the house dropped to about 15 in the pre-dawn hour. Sun is shining brightly now, but too cold for October!

Glad you had a nice time down south. Enjoy the ride north and best of luck with all the tests.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Glad you had fun on your trip! Your attitude is the same as mine would be (and the same as mine was with pregnancy!). Hope all goes well this week!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - At least I have an excuse this winter NOT to shovel the driveway, huh? Haha!

Jeff - 15?! Yikes. It's chilly in Bowling Green (where we stopped for the night), but not that chilly!

Jennette - Thanks! Me, too! :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Yikes on the ankle. Never used that app, but I have a cheapo phone from the clearance isle. No lie.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - I believe you! :)