Crystal Green – Any kind of green you want!

Post-Op Update: Friday, my doctor gave me the green light to return to a pretty much normal life. I can soak in the bathtub, return to the gym (just no heavy weights yet), sip some wine, and have non-penetrative sexual contact. I will have a final checkup in a couple weeks to make sure thatContinue reading “Crystal Green – Any kind of green you want!”

Surgery Recovery Kit

When I was preparing for my hysterectomy, I knew most of my time post-op would be focused on taking it easy while my body repaired itself. This meant that all the work work had to be done ahead of time. I explained in a previous post what happened during and after the surgery itself, butContinue reading “Surgery Recovery Kit”

June’s Over? Julying

July is Disability Pride Month, celebrating the prohibition of discrimination against people with disabilities. There are and have been many important and beloved people with disabilities in my life. No one should be treated as second-class citizens, and – especially during the pandemic – their marginalization has really become more and more evident to me.Continue reading “June’s Over? Julying”

Summer Rain

It’s Pride Month, and yesterday was World Environment Day. As I’ve said before, let’s take care of each other and the world. It’s here for all of us. We’re all just people trying to live our lives. I wish more people would live theirs without feeling the need to step on others. Looking at theContinue reading “Summer Rain”

Good Company

Happy Mother’s Day! It’s the day to celebrate mothers, maternal teachers, female caregivers, and any other nurturing guardian types. While flowers and spa treatments are popular gifts, quality time is an oft-overlooked free gift. Loved ones like spending time together; so if your bank account is scanter than you’d like, make a pot of coffeeContinue reading “Good Company”

Be Reasonable

I had a strange week. After posting my passport and other documents, there was nothing left to do for the visa application until they get in touch with me. Wedding invitations went out last week. Space is so limited. I hope I don’t hurt anyone’s feelings, but family alone took up most of the invites.Continue reading “Be Reasonable”

Winding Down

Most people I know are always “on.” Things to do, places to go! Sometimes we need to slow down. Whether you’re just getting in from work/school or recovering after a rough day, having a wind-down ritual is a nice way to switch your brain into relaxation mode. Since I’m dealing with the stress of visaContinue reading “Winding Down”

Reflections

Journaling (and blogging) have been a big step for me. I started half a dozen gratitude journals and traditional journals over the years but could never stick to them. I’d been great for about two weeks then fall out of the habit. Last year, I broke the cycle. I started a gratitude journal on theContinue reading “Reflections”