I don’t really like to talk about my RA – especially on my blog because often I feel that it’s a depressing topic. No one wants to read about aches and pains. However, lately I’ve been feeling a lot of comfort in reading RA blogs .. knowing that other people are experiencing the same things that I experience and that I’m not alone. Often when I tell people I have Rheumatoid Arthritis – I get the standard responses
1.)Oh I have arthritis in my _______ (fill joint in here).
2.) My mom/dad have arthritis.
3.) You’re too young to have arthritis.
4.) Oh but you look so healthy.
The truth is – and it’s been said a BILLION times by people with RA – is that it’s NOTHING like your arthritis, it doesn’t matter how old you are (children as young as a 1 year old are diagnosed with RA), taking good and healthy takes A LOT of effort and time.
HOLY SCHMOLLY …. it’s been a while.
What do you think of when you hear Back to School? Most likely, pictures of apples, pumpkin lattes, long sleeved sweaters and all things autumn begin to creep into your mind. At least – if you’re in the North East like me. Well, school has officially started and brought with it some of the hottest weather this season! While – it may not FEEL like “teaching” weather – I certainly am getting in the spirit of getting my class started.
I also – have COMPLETELY neglected by BlogWriting – status. A huge No No in the Blog writing world. Unfortunately, between curriculum planning, observations, parent meetings and 11 hours of tutoring a week – I really haven’t had a chance to whip up a decent entry. Though I would like to. It has – on the other hand – opened me up to a bunch of exciting materials TO blog about – when I can find the moment to sit down and write. But in case anyone was wondering this is the short version of what I’ve been up to in the past few weeks:
1.Nick and I went to Lake George and spent a sick week at The Sagamore
This Week’s Favorite Thing:
My 100% accidental pumpkin patch….
Granted … there are 2 pumpkins …. but they were TOTALLY unintentional. Last December – as we do every year – Nick and I tossed our old pumpkins into the gigantic dirt pile we have created behind the shed. It’s always provided a solid pile of pretty fertile soil to dig up and use in pots when Spring arrives. Normally – we’ve got the occasional Polk weed and dandelion growing out of it … SO you can imagine my surprise when I started to notice the unmistakable leaves of a vine plant! At first – I thought it might have been a cucumber or squash plant – perhaps some hidden seed that we tossed into the mulch pile. AND THEN … I realized that’s exactly what it was – it was a pumpkin vine from the old pumpkins we had tossed the winter before! The TIPS I have for having a Great Pumpkin of your own? Get yourself a beagle…. evidently it worked for Charlie Brown and me 🙂
Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.
I’m not a huge Dylan fan – but he really has a point.
Every once in a while – you have to take a moment to stop and be grateful for everything you have – right then and there – in that present moment. So many times we get caught up living in the past or looking towards the future. It fuels anger, creates anxieties and lessens our quality of life. In turn – our present moments – will someday be memories. Memories that you can never have again. Moments passing you by.
I’d prefer to have those solid memories and look onto them with happiness – knowing I appreciated them WHEN THEY WERE HAPPENING as much as I am appreciating recollecting them.
Recently, I lost a good high school friend of mine. He was part of our quintessential “clique” of teenage boys and girls. Hanging in parks and playing in (or in my case “watching”) garage bands, piggy back rides and first kisses, late night horror movies and prom dates. Some of us kept in touch, some went our separate ways. Joe and I hadn’t spoken in years – we had lost contact with each other – as people often do. But – I would often think of him from time to time. In pictures, videos or yearbook scribblings – I would think of how we’ve all turned into a gaggle of goofy and successful adults. Past discretions forgiven and nothing but coo’s and coddles for weddings, new homes, jobs and babies ….
Everyone has been trying to post or blog about 3 things they are grateful for, 100 Days of Happiness, or taking Positivity Challenges. Naturally, I found myself wanting to do one. So I sat down at my computer and eagerly began to list all the things I was grateful for – but alas! I could think of nothing. It surely wasn’t because I am not grateful for all of my blessings. It was because I wanted each one of my reasons to have “meaning” and “purpose” behind them. I opted to come back to the computer at another time.
I can officially add Montreal and Quebec to my list of “visited” places. AND what an experience it was. Luckily, my mom (my regular traveling partner) and I had the opportunity to travel with her longtime friend Carol and her husband, Tommy. It only contributed to the laugh factor even more.
After boarding the bus – with 30+ senior citizens – we began our trek up to the Great Wide North. Smooth remakes of EVERYONE’s favorite tunes (such as Charley Pride, Sinatra and Patsy Cline) boomed via stereo – as we took in all the sites of Upstate New York. Lake George was lovely. Absolutely lovely. I’m in-love. It essentially has EVERYTHING I could possibly want in a vacation: Hiking, log cabins, quaint shops, History and SAILBOATS !!!
We spent two nights in Montreal – a city which is quintessentially a perfect blend of new world- hipster and old world whimsy (that one’s for you, Carol and Harriet). Though I was desperately wishing I would have taken French in high school – I navigated the shops and restaurants with relative ease.
Bus Etiquette/Facts Top 10 (First 5 … anyway)
I learned a lot about taking bus tours from taking this trip. I was also granted a rare insight as to how the Pre-Woodstock generation travels …. in style. Here are some helpful tips that I both – witnessed AND PARTOOK in whilst traveling ….
1.) Complain – about EVERYTHING – but just loud enough for your near-by bus neighbors to hear. They’ll usually tell you you’re absolutely right – and you’ll feel better about your useless yapping.
2.) ONLY get off the bus when “Gromice” the Froggy mascot is hanging on your side of the bus. Failure to comply to this rule – MAY have you drawn and quartered in the streets of your final destination.
3.) Don’t bother the bus-driver (that you will be spending the week with) – for her free WIFI password. You don’t want to clog the network by surfing the net – along with the other 40 bus passengers that AREN’T surfing the web. She won’t give it to you anyway.
4.) Make a joke about using the bus bathroom every 25 minutes (this works best if you have a UTI infection like I did). There is nothing people like more than seeing someone 40 years younger than them – peeing more than they do.
5.)If you can’t beat ’em join ’em. When they jam out classic tunes over the speakers – SING ALONG.
Finally! My last Trip-cation post ….! After spending the night in the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Norfolk we were headed for our final destination – OBX.
Upon entering North Carolina – Nick and I made a quick stop at Morris Farm Market. I mean – how could we not ? They boast “cleanest bathrooms and an extensive tractor collection”. If there are two things I love in this world – it’s bathrooms and tractors. Odd – yes. But when you have a small bladder and live in a rural community – those things become VERY important. To our surprise – it was an awesome farmer’s market. AND – it did have super clean bathrooms. As a matter of fact – it also had ludicrously clean port-0-johns. Evidently – since their bathrooms are so clean – no one bothers to use the port-a-potties. So rather than wait on line we used the cleanest Johnny On the Spots EVER. AND the best part ? …. THEY HAD SINKS TO WASH OUR HANDS!