Well, I’m back from vacation and have a lot to talk about. For the better part of it all though, I ate pretty well, and apparently well enough that I didn’t gain any weight, and even may have lost a pound or two. I didn’t go to weight watchers last week, since we were out of town, and another reason I’ll mention in a minute. I have my weight watchers meeting tomorrow evening, so I’m crossing my fingers that there’ll be a loss.
The Thursday before our vacation, we had a problem with our roommate and it finally came to a head, and we ended up asking our roommate to start looking for a new place to live. We had very good reason; 2 years of being taken advantage of and used finally was enough. The sad part for me is that she was my friend. We had been friends since I was in tenth grade in high school, so about 12 years. I guess in thinking about it, it’s not as painful as I thought it would be because my life has moved on, and she hasn’t grown at all, but I’m still disappointed in the end result.
We keep talking about it, Jeff and I, and we ask ourselves, “Really? She was surprised by this? She wasn’t expecting this?” I don’t get it. But she actually packed up her stuff and was out of the house by the 30th, before we got back from our vacation. It was gross because she only has her bedroom, approximately 12x15-ish, and she came up with 5 monster bags of garbage all from her room. Seriously, we got ants in our room because of an old cough drop in a drawer. How did she avoid getting ants or other bugs in her room when she had crap piled literally three feet high? Anyways, we’re both a lot less stressed now. This should’ve happened a long time ago, but it’s done now, and we actually feel like a married couple; not college roommates anymore!
On Friday night, I noticed a slight itch/ouch on my lower abdomen. I thought it was a pimple, and my mom agreed, so I put heat on it, hoping to bring it to a head. On Sunday it was worse, though still not at a head, and it was making me hurt when I walked even, which worried us all, in-laws included because we, at this point, are on vacation on the other side of the state. On Monday afternoon, Jeff was really worried, so we went first to the urgent care, then to the ER because urgent care was closed. The doctor took a look and said I had 2 abcesses in my abdomen. One small and one large abcess, about 2 inches below. So he ended up opening them up so they could drain. Unfortunately, I was in pain for the rest of our vacation and we didn’t get to a single place! The only place we went was a specialty store we always go to when we’re there. That was it. I really feel like this was the lamest vacation ever. I mean, this whole thing started literally on my first day of vacation, and while it’s mostly better now, it’s still draining and healing, so it does hurt a little bit. I bet, with my luck, It doesn’t get better until after my vacation is over, on Wednesday. I have to go back to work on Thursday. I am so not looking forward to it.
We got back home on Friday and were so happy to be back in our own bed. But we had a busy weekend ahead, so we really weren’t going to get to relax as much. On Saturday morning, we had our town’s Independence Day parade, which I’ve always enjoyed. My two youngest sisters (15 & 17) and I got up and left at 6am to go find a spot at the parade for the family. We have a tradition of stopping at McDonalds, so we did. Since I go there once every 3 or 4 months now, it’s not a big deal. The parade was lots of fun and we had a fantastic time!
Then on Sunday, we had a celebration/Thanksgiving lunch for my uncle who won a recent political campaign, which was really nice. I had one plate of food, and a piece of cake was perfectly full afterwards. It’s pretty cool to be able to eat a half a sandwich and a small amount of other foods and be full. Then we went to a 4th of July party at my aunt’s house, and while I put a larger amount of food than normal on my plate, I ate it really slowly because I was talking and hanging out with people, and got fuller faster. I did finish my plate, but it probably took me 30-45 minutes to finish it, and I didn’t have any room for the dessert at all. I did a good job.
I think, all in all, I did a good job on my vacation. There were definitely times when I are more than I probably should have, and didn’t exercise except for the one time (due to the injury), but I think in the end, I was successful.
Then today was a lot of fun. My sisters and I went to a big sale the Salvation Army was having. 50% off of everything! I found a number of things that I’m excited about, including a medium green recipe box that perfectly matches my mixer that we finally pulled out of the box. (We weren’t going to use it until we were roommate-less).
I also got a couple of movies, a nice vase, and a couple of games I’d been looking for. Then we were invited to dinner with my sister and her hubby to Macaroni Grill for their happy hour. Despite that it was happy hour, it was quite a bit steeper in price than I imagined it would be, but the servings were small and delicious! I really enjoyed it, and we had a great time with them! We went back to my Mom’s house for the fireworks she forgot and had a nice close to the night!
Sorry about the huge gap in blogs, but I had a tougher time getting to the computer over the last 10 days! I hope everyone had a good Independence Day celebration!