THE OPEN BOOK

16
Jan

Possibilities

The rollercoaster continues. Shane went back to work this past week. He was “just tired of doing nothing,” and decided to give it a go. How did it go? We’ll give it an 8 out of 10–that’s the hospital pain meter with which we’ve become something of rating experts. Poor guy. That was Wednesday. A refilled prescription of Tramadol and a weekend of rest later, and he is feeling considerably better (he even gave me a pain rating of 1 the other day. 1!!!). Shane had an appointment with his general practitioner this morning, and we remain cautiously optimistic. Here’s hoping he’s back to being his old hobbit-self soon.

I solemnly swear I’m up for some cake

In other news, I have amazing co-workers. When I got to the staff meeting on Friday, there were 2016 decorations, Packer paraphernalia,¬†one of the coolest cakes ever, and a bunch of really thoughtful gifts (including my own Time Turner!!! SERIOUSLY!). It made me feel so special and loved–and now I’m officially a cool kid with my Packers scarf, Captain America earrings, Time Turner, and Out of Print clothing. ūüôā

The BEST part of this week? THE PACKERS ARE GOING TO THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After trying to kill me (aka giving up an 18 point lead and letting the Cowboys rally to tie the game), Mason “The Bomb” Crosby¬†scored a field goal delivered on angels’ wings to win the game with 3 seconds left. I laughed. I¬†cried. I screamed. I ate way too much delicious food (what did I bring? Glad you asked. I whipped up¬†Life Affirming Vegan Nacho Dip from the Oh She Glows Cookbook. It was, I’m proud to say, a HIT with a crowd that was definitely NOT vegan. Angela Liddon is a plant-based GENIUS)¬†. And I get to do it all again next week. That thought alone will fuel me through the 3 hour Pok√©mon party I’m running for 50+ kids at the library on Wednesday…and about a gallon of coffee.

Amidst¬†everything that’s been going on in the first few weeks of 2017, I’ve been trying to figure out my word of the year (inspired by the amazing Sheila DeChantal). 2016’s word was GRATITUDE because I have so very much to be thankful for in my life. I bounced around a few words (SEQUEL being one of them ūüėČ ), and have chosen *drum roll please*: POSSIBILITIES. I am hoping that 2017 is a year of bright possibilities (not the least of which being Shane fully recovering and having no more back pain). I am going to try my darndest to be positive, bright, and look for the good this year. Let’s see what 2017’s got.

Happy Monday! I’m off to write chapter 2 of the sequel *inside peek: it takes place in Chicago where we meet a¬†brand new character…*

Book of the Week:

07
Jan

2017: The Year of the Sequel

Happy New Year! Now that we’re done with holidays, hospitals, and emergency room visits, I have time to write a blog post. December was a doozy. Let’s start with the good:

MLIS!

I GRADUATED!!! I am officially a Master of Library and Information Sciences. You may call me Master Lee. Or Librarian Supreme. I’m not picky. After 3 years of graduate school, it was surreal to walk across the stage and be handed an empty diploma case (it’s coming in the mail, fear not. I just think it’s¬†kind of ironic¬†that you have this big ceremony¬†during which you¬†don’t even get your physical degree). But it was also incredible. And a relief. Afterward, my family, friends, and I celebrated by going to Fuddruckers and watching the Packers beat da Bears. Perfect.

WISCONSIN

December was filled with trips to my favorite state. We made the six-hour trip back-to-back weekends for my graduation¬†and Christmas. The weekend of my graduation,¬†I got to see two of my best friends¬†(one flew in from Maryland for the weekend!) for a night out in¬†Milwaukee (to clarify, a night out means dinner and a play–we saw A Christmas Carol!). My dad was recovery from surgery and Shane was getting ready for his surgery, but we had a marvelous time and I got to see *most* of the people I loved. There were quite a few who were sick with the awful stomach bug, but I will catch you next time!

NOON YEAR’S EVE

I threw a giant New Year’s Eve party for families with kids ages 2-6 at the library. We had crafts, games, a photo booth, and a giant balloon drop right at noon complete with a bubble wrap stomp. It was epic.

500 WORD CHALLENGE

My friend and fellow writer, Katie, challenged me to a 500 word-a-day writing marathon to last the entire year. Though it has been a bit of a rough start (see EMERGENCY ROOM) below, I’m excited to be getting into a routine and have a goal for my writing.

Okay, those were all fabulous things that have happened in the last month. Here are the other things.

SHANE’S SURGERY

In and of itself, the surgery was actually a good thing. We drove straight up from Christmas at his family’s to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The surgeon, nurses, and staff were absolutely amazing. He had an abnormal hemangioma (cluster of blood cells like a tumor) in his spinal vertebra. They removed it and everything went well. Until one day…

EMERGENCY ROOM

So, Shane was recovering well and his pain was manageable. Then, earlier this week, he was resting and took a deep breath. Bad idea. He was immediately in SO much pain, he had trouble breathing and got really dizzy. We spent 5 hours in the emergency room that night, and it was one of the worst nights of my entire life. I was terrified that something went wrong in his spine–how do you fix that? Luckily, everything in his spine looks perfect. He doesn’t have a blood clot, and his gallbladder, liver, pancreas, and kidneys are all doing fine if you were wondering. He had a back spasm that popped a rib out of place which made breathing painful. He’s been on pain killers and muscle relaxants since then and hopefully will just continue healing until he is 100% better.

So, with all the time spent in hospitals lately my word count for this year is: 800 words.

First book of the year: (!)