1000 Julys

So that’s actually the name of a song I love by Third Eye Blind. Remember them? yeah, good times. So a lot has happened since my last post, which seems like eons ago! Where to begin..

So for years now, pretty much my whole life really, I’ve had strep throat frequently – way more than any normal person should. So at 28 I had a tonsillectomy. Let me tell you, it is NO joyride. I learned not to trust what ANYONE else says about the process besides your surgeon because it is different for every patient. For example;

I was told day 7 was the worst possible day for pain. For me it was day 8. I had my tonsils and adenoids removed. They were massive. And, being not-so-in-shape, unable to swallow pain meds, and overall super stressed out about the process, I ended up being re-admitted to the hospital the day after surgery because I wasn’t taking kindly to the process. I spent a total of 9 days recovering in the hospital, and the 10th day I drove back home. I probably shouldn’t have, but there ya go.

Now I’m back in Goose Bay. I dropped my mom off again in St. Lewis and spent one night there, last night. She was kind enough to spend that time in St. Anthony with me while I was healing.

So now it’s off to work again tomorrow. I’m still feeling really weak, and it’s going to take some time before I have the energy to bike and get back to my normal steady-go lifestyle. I ate a good supper for the first time in nearly two weeks. It’s been a spoonful here and there of cream wheat or popsicles up until tonight (thanks for the smoked salmon, dad!).

Other than that one big thing I guess it’s a lot of tiny things. I’ve come to a few conclusions in my life that I guess came with all that time lying in my hospital bed pondering over how I was leading my life. It really does seem like forever trying to pass a day when you’re just lying there, fyi.

I’ve decided I’m going to give up on the dating scene. I’ve had a lot of bad luck lately, not entirely my or the other persons fault, but I’ve decided it’s best that I just live my life and give up on trying to find that ‘one’ person who’s supposed to make everything right. I’m having way too much fun riding my bike, working my ass off, adventuring in my truck and hanging out with my friends to have that much time to devote to another person. Like it or not, the reality is, having that other person around changes you. It turns out I’m not ready to take that turn again yet.

I also came to the realization that my health is now my number one priority. During my stay in the hospital I lost a total of 15 pounds and man can I notice it. I have a goal in mind of where I want to be, and a rough estimate of when I want to be there. I’m going to work harder than ever before, and I’m excited for the ride. Less salt, less stress, more smiles. So many smiles.

Love to you all. It’s great to be back in blog land.


Labour day weekend

This post has obviously been delayed. Last weekend I took a trip back home to spend time with my family, I had an extra day off work and therefore an extra day that could be used for travel. I left Goose Bay at 12 p.m. and arrived in St. Lewis 6 p.m. Not too bad. I was pretty worried about the conditions of my car tires – and with good reason! Just as I rolled past the “Welcome to St. Lewis” sign I had a blow-out. I heard this “ping” and saw my wheel cover fly off, then of course, the steering wheel went all jiggly and that was it.

Being the partial mechanic I am, I got out, jacked up the car, took out my dummy tire only to find that it had four bolt holes instead of the five that my wheel hub has. Greatttt haha. I guess I should have checked that over before I took such a long drive, lesson learned! Some kind stranger took instructions from me on how to locate my parents place in town and graciously found them for me. My dad came to the rescue with a loaner tire. It all ended pretty well.

On the way back the weather was a lot better, it had been raining the whole drive down. On the way back though, there was a lot of loose gravel on the road, and that, combined with really strong winds, made me feel like I was trying to drive on ice – really swirvey. It took me an extra hour to get home because I couldn’t drive much over 65.

Anyway, enough about that stuff.

While I was home I got some interesting photos which I’ll put at the end here. I’ve always known that it pays to take photos at interesting angles, and I’ve tried it out a number of times but never really got ‘the shot’ that I love. I did get a mushroom shot that I really like (I’ve attached it).

Besides taking photos of the Great Labrador Canoe Race a couple of weekends back for Destination Labrador, I really haven’t done much photography in the past couple months. I hope it’s not because I’m in one of my phases were photography is ‘over’ for me and I’m on to something else. I really hope that’s not the case. Maybe I just need a new camera 😛 I’ve been thinking of the Canon EOS-M. Looks awesome. Anyway, enjoy your weekend everyone.