Other things happening . . .
While I have been going through my injury saga, life has continued to move forward. It feels bizarre that tomorrow the last two months of 2023 begin (aka Q5, aka Reflection Season).
I admit I have been hyperfocused and fixated on my own woes and it is now time to look up and not miss this time.
(My knee still hurts and does weird things when I bend it, but I am definitely seeing improvement which is so encouraging. Ortho tomorrow. Definitely no running yet. But I am in less pain overall and so it is no longer the main thing on my mind.)
- C made his school soccer team! This was kind of a big deal as it is a competitive field at his school (soccer is the most popular sport here and tons of kids tried out). He didn’t make it as a 3rd grader but was so excited to make it this year. He’s also in club/travel soccer so yes, that means many days he now has TWO practices and our game schedule has doubled. Luckily, the school practices and games are much earlier so there is no conflict. Unluckily that means many of them take place while I am working. I will just try to catch the ones I can and not stress about it because what else can I do?
- I am going to hand out candy!! Okay this doesn’t sound that exciting, but I am looking forward to it. For years I have tromped around the neighborhood with the kids, feeling bad about not manning our candy station at peak trick-or-treating hours. This year I am determined to let Josh do that while I set up a table and stay put (and hey, a bum knee is a pretty convenient excuse . . .though I actually can walk pretty well). I am excited to just hang out and see lots of neighbor kids/parents come around. (We live in a highly trafficked Trick or Treat zone, or at least it was last year). Annabel said she would hang out with me for at least part of the time 🙂
- Hi Barbie . . . A + I both got pink Barbie jumpsuits, C is a Minecraft something (creeper? I’d ask him, but he’s asleep) and G is a witch for the second year in a row — apparently that is the Halloween role that speaks to her most. Interesting!
- BLP LIVE is THIS WEEK!!!! OMGOMG. Everything is pretty much ready and I am so so glad I am feeling better in time for this event that has been in the works for nearly a year. There will be ~19 of us in the group and so many people I’ve gotten to know for years (blog comments, Patreon, emails) and am so excited to actually meet in person. I think this will be a really fun time — maybe not as relaxing for me (as I am invested in everyone else’s good time) but still a lot of fun. Will report back and share pix as long as people approve them 🙂
Anyway. I feel like I am getting my bearings after a challenging time and starting to look forward to things again. This is one of my absolute favorite times of the year and I do not want to miss it.