Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bring on the Crazy

A patient inviting me to lunch so she could heal my back. Somehow she managed to walk out of the office with my cell phone number and me saying that lunch sounded great, whoops...  After 3 phone calls and 2 messages from her, all on a Monday morning before 10am, I manned up and said no thank you. She was all of a sudden less than polite with me, telling me that it was my choice if I never wanted to get better.


Old men love my new hair cut. Granted the old ladies do too, but there's something about me that old men love, and the short hair is really upping my game with them. I've said it before and I'll say it again,


Being so uncomfortable trying to sleep all night, pre injections. Being up since before 5am and then finally falling back to sleep with my heating pad..... at 8am. On a Monday. I finally woke up at 9am (our office opens at 9) and frantically tried to get ready without medicating myself first, giant nightmare. I just did a sad crippled run all over the house while I cried and became a sweaty mess. Also, I have never been late to work, I don't count ice storms or flat tires - acts of God cannot be avoided, so I was stressed and embarrassed, and HOT, and a teary mess. Apparently I didn't hide it all too well since no one said a single word to me about being 45 minutes late (I did text that I was running behind).


The handicapped day group came into work for their routine foot care. One of them got a little handsy, I got a looooong hug and then a couple boob grabs as he let me go. By the time I realized it was no accident he already had another handful of boob.

Lucky for me we don't have patients today, I just have to answer the phones and try not to eat the giant bag of mint m&m's that a rep dropped off. Wish me luck.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Time for a Little Change

I've been dark red, bright red, auburn, highlighted, dark brown, almost black and now....

Something is different in this one!

Blonde! Super blonde! Aaaaand I think it's fantastic.

When you only have this much hair to color though, why not?! Also I've found my dream stylist. He's amazingly thorough and I've never been more in love with my cut. Sometimes you just need a change, and chopping off all your hair and dying it a crazy new color is nothing if not a great new change :)

Friday, October 17, 2014


We've been doing well enough that we've been able to get outside a little bit the past couple weeks. Nothing like we used to, but that's ok. We've drove out into the desert and had picnics a couple times and it's been wonderful. Just me, Chad, Rukia and the desert. The temperature has been perfect, there's been a cool breeze and these views for miles. There is something about simply being outdoors that breathes some life into my soul and brings me peace.

"Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The wind will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
John Muir

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello Stranger

Well hello there. Excuse my bloggy break, but I was losin' it big time over here. Like crying in the shower, rocking back and forth, waiting for sweet, sweet death to wash over me losin' it. I was in a lot of pain (duh) and a tad bit depressed. No shocker there really. I mentioned that I thought the pain pills were making me feel depressed at my first appointment with my spine specialist and he said he would be depressed too if was like me since March. Good news, it wasn't the pain meds, bad news, it was me. Awesome sauce.

So there we were dealing with all of my back issues when, long story short, everything seemed to just fall apart. Things went from bad to worse. Lucky for us though, we have an amazing family though and everyone really helped us out in one way or another. Seriously, every single one. It's comforting to know that we have such an amazing support system when things don't go well.

Even better, my parents were a mere 7 hours from us when ish hit the fan. So when we were really at our worse my parents were here to do everything for us. They drove down to our house immediately and we couldn't have been more happy/relieved they were with us. They cleaned our messy house, did dishes, helped us struggle through the grocery store to restock our pantry and kept us sane. They may have left the grandparents but they were pretty much doing the same thing down here with us, dr. visits, pharmacy runs, and making sure we ate.

We walked around the temple, played cards, ate great food, showed them where we rock climb, rekindled a love of Swig, and spent a couple days in Vegas before they finally had to go back home.


Just to clarify, we are doing better, slowly but surely :) It's still not rainbows and butterflies over here, but we are working on it!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Happy {6}

Warning: If you're tired of hearing me whine about my back and gush about my amazing hubby again, just skip this post. Someday I'll be back to my old shenanigans and have better stories for you.

Hey, Leslie. It’s Leslie. Hang in there. I love you. Bye.

This is a really important Leslie life lesson. 

Alrighty, back to the whining, I definitely had an idea of how I was going to be happy this year, and it basically flew out the freaking window. I was going to get better at climbing, I was going to wear that bikini to the pool, I was going to play the piano a lot, I was going to hike and camp and visit the grand canyon. I was going to spend the whole summer outside, getting tan and doing all of the outdoorsy things I love. I was going to take Chad to Vegas for his birthday and start mountain biking again.

Sometimes life has different plans. And frankly sometimes those plans just plain suck. The summer is almost over and it feels like it was wasted... again. If I wasn't working I was at home attempting to relax/distract myself from the pain. The pain is being managed a lot better right now, but life is a little boring over here. We are just kinda going through the motions with nothing really fun or great to look forward to. whine, whine, whine...

I guess it can't be rainbows and sunshine all the time though right? I am grateful for a few things. Chad continues to be amazing. What can I say, he's a superstar. He is juggling all the balls right now... still. He will jump up and get me anything I want or need, make me delicious mud pie tornadoes, bring me donuts for breakfast at work, cook, do all the laundry, clean, take care of the dishes and try to keep my spirits up any way he can. I know this isn't easy on him either and I'm so lucky he likes me as much as he does ;)

I'm grateful for a freezer full of popsicles and ice cream sandwiches, Netflix, lots of pillows, sleeping in our bed again instead of the couch, heating pads, electric stimulators, and snuggly animals. I'm grateful for ridiculously amazing parents, homemade pico, new shoes and finally finding a great hair dresser. I'm also happy that a color and cut on my super short hair also comes with a much cheaper price tag. I may be hunched over Quasimodo style but at least I look good ;)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I'm sure, like we did, you thought our neighbor problems were gone. We had a couple living next door. He was a little weird but she was super friendly and very nice. We've helped each other out with car problems, gave friendly waves and were generally nice with each other. Then Sunday happened.

We've decided that the apartment next to us is most definitely cursed. Let's recap, I've told you horror stories of the druggy baby mama with the abusive boyfriend, the one who tried to "borrow" our internet and phones forever, and the heroin dealers that we got arrested. I long for our first neighbors who we could hear snoring all night and smoked outside our front door constantly.

Back to Sunday, they have been packing and getting ready to move out for the past couple weeks when apparently as our neighbor girl was cleaning up the apartment to move she found a bunch of weird drug stuff, discovered her boyfriend was doing heroin and also selling meth. That apartment is cursed. No one leaves without a drug addiction or jail sentence, it's craziness. At least this time we lived next to a courteous druggie. I'd like to think we are moving in the right direction.

Needless to say I'm less than hopeful as to what kind of crazy we're going to be dealing with next.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Awkward and Awesome Thursday

Clearly I am a genius of sorts then.
  • Waking up to a thunder storm. Almost as good as falling asleep first thing to one.
  • The giant 2 lb container of homemade mac and cheese in our fridge
  • We finally have a dining room table! Granted it's a patio table but we've been hunching over our coffee table for dinner ever since we got to Utah, so this is a nice change.
  • Sleeping on the couch. So much better than the bed. So much lonelier though. Although Chad is sleeping on the other one across the room from me so I don't have to sleep by myself. 
  • New Scrubs! The new girl in our office clearly hasn't worked in the medical field before because she is less than thrilled about them, and I'm in the back dancing around singing "I feel pretty".


  • The weird blue mountain dew. Code Red? Amazing. It's forever associated with Kyle and Idaho for some reason. But beyond good memories it tastes delicious. Blue mountain dew? No thank you.
  • Finally getting a piano, ok keyboard, and not being able to sit up well enough to really play it right now.
  • Gaining over 10 pounds when I was on steroids the beginning of last month. Luckily it's gone now.
  • Feeling like I might die in 30% humidity. I lied, it's 37% today and it's disgusting. Granted it is around 105, so there's that.
I've thought everyday this week, starting with Tuesday, was Thursday. So I am thrilled it's actually Thursday and tomorrow is Friday and next week we have Pioneer Day on top of the Dr. being in Nevada for 2 days. Pioneer Day still seems like a silly holiday but if it means I get a day off work I'll take it. Thankyouverymuch.