The past couple of weeks has flown by and my life has really changed. My surgery date was May 10th but the changes started a couple of days prior. My anxiety level was through the roof! I needed to stay busy to keep myself calm but the people in my life seemed to have other plans. Not to mention, some of them wanted me to counsel them on personal issues even when I told them I just didn’t have it in me to listen or solve their problems (more of life-sucking friends later). I ended up extremely irritable and frustrated right before surgery.
Despite that, I was surprisingly calm and excited the day of surgery.
I was a little nervous by my wonderful parents were with me and helped to keep me level. The nurses were amazing even though they made me take down the bun I had worked so hard to get to the top of my head. Apparently no rubber is allowed in the operating room. *shrug*
There was one complication during surgery. Unfortunately, I’m allergic to something in anesthesia. I was almost completely under when I suddenly woke back up, burning and itching from head to toe! The operating room went into a slight uproar as they attempted to calm me down while getting something to put into my IV to stop the reaction. They did and put me back under. Next thing I know, I was waking up, in excruciating pain and asking for my dad.
To be totally honest, the pain I felt when I woke up brought tears to my eyes. It was really bad. It mainly burned and felt like my chest was on fire. A few hours later, I was sent home and my dad helped get me into bed.
I don’t want this to be too long so there will be another post where I discuss my reactions and things I’ve been doing to help with recovery.
After watching all 3 seasons of Downton Abbey in an embarrassingly short amount of time, there was a British drama sized hole left in my heart.
Luckily, I stumbled upon the first season of Call the Midwife on Netflix and all was right with the world again. I love that there is such substance to this show, unlike the reality shows that are contributing to the decline of American TV. Don’t get me wrong, I have several guilty pleasures that I never miss (Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Braxton Family Values, Love and Hip Hop…I know, I know).
The show is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and is set London in the late 1950s. It follows the journey of several midwives and the women of the community. It’s gritty, raw, funny and heart warming all at once. I love the growth of the characters as they experience life’s cruelty and joys for the first time.
PBS.com has full episodes for season 2. It’s worth it.
The past few Mother’s Days for me have been wonderful. Breakfast in bed, gifts, hugs, the whole nine. As my girls get older and understand what Mother’s Day is really all about, I love it even more. Having children of my own brings a whole new appreciation for my own mother.
That said, I’m a horrible procrastinator when it comes to holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or any other occasion that a gift is required. I usually run out to Target the day of said event and usually luck out with something pretty awesome. Their gift bags and wrapping paper selection is AHHHMAZING!
Here are a few gifts I rounded up from target.com for all different kinds of moms.
These are oldie but goodie items. They never really go out of style but have random bursts of huge popularity. I never owned one until I came across this one while Christmas shopping for my sisters.
It’s a leather wrap with charms braided into it. I wish it would wrap more than 3 times around my wrist so it could be a bit more snug but I like it.
My mom recently went on a cruise and came back with a few bracelets as gifts. I really like this one she gave me made of silver jewels and turquoise blue seashells. It’s a great everyday piece although the shells can dig into my wrist.
This last one is my favorite! I haven’t worn it yet because I haven’t been asked on a date it’s a bit dressy. I may start wearing it anyway just to add a little flair to my everyday life.
Now, this is one of those comfort food recipes that must, must, MUST be in your recipe book. It’s bordered on the chillier side here for the past few days and I got a request for chicken and dumplings. It’s something that I make so rarely, that it’s super special when I do make it.
Don’t worry. It’s super simple.
Here’s the deets:
1 large rotisserie chicken, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 cup chopped carrots
1 medium onion, diced
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chicken broth
2 bullion cubes
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of flour
2 cup chicken broth
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
Saute celery, carrots and onion in butter until soft. Butter makes it better.
Add chopped rotisserie chicken, broth, bullion cubes, salt, pepper and enough water to cover all ingredients
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, let simmer while preparing dumplings
In a mixing bowl, combine dumpling ingredients and mix well to form a stiff batter. Drop by tablespoonfuls into simmering soup.