Sunday, August 03, 2014

Weekly Update: Everything Erin

Not quite finished but almost there.
Still looking kinda messy.
Still looking kinda yummy.
Boring week is boring.

Seriously, being stuck in bed all of the time can become mind numbing if you don’t consciously resist the ennui.  I have books to read and I watch various shows and movies, filling my day with small activities.

The highlight of my week involved having Erin and Bibi here on Saturday.  Matt’s birthday was on Thursday and Erin, who wants to learn how to do more cooking, came over with all of the ingredients she needed to make a really wonderful carrot cake.  The recipe we used was similar to one I had used when the children were young, one I lost in a move ages ago.  I taught Erin a trick I use to make the tops of cakes look fancy.  And I was able to supervise from the bed (for the most part), walking Erin through the various complicated steps.  She says the cake tasted great.  Yay!  I’m hoping that she or Joe will swing by with a sliver so I can have a taste too. 

But the best part is that Erin says Matt felt special because we had gone to so much trouble on his behalf.

Erin was actually part of another good thing that happened this week because she took and passed her GED.  I’m so happy for and proud of her for taking this step.  Now her opportunities have broadened and she is a step closer to fulfilling her goals.

And as if that weren’t enough, Erin and I are drawing together, as I mentioned in my previous post.  Doing these drawings gives me something to do during my day, other than lie around staring at the ceiling.  As much as I love reading, my eyes get tired of looking at things close up.  Not that the drawing exercises I’ve posted afford me the opportunity to draw anything at a distance but today . . . well, the next few exercises include a couple where I can look further than arm’s length and I’m sincerely looking forward to it.  So yes, you can expect more photos of sketches I’ve done throughout the week in an upcoming post. 

My intention is to be more productive in spite of my being stuck in bed.  I have let days sort of slip by and have been feeling demotivated.  Perhaps it’s the physical therapy this past week, painful as it is, that is helping me to reprioritize.  Perhaps it’s the start of a new month.  Either way, I pulled out my neglected bullet journal and mapped out a few things.  I’m still trying to tweak the basic format to something useful for me.  The last few months have been a bit crazy.  Think about it.  In the past two months I went from working 3 half days a week to working 4 full days, had my son in town for a week, and then was put on bed rest for an entire month, plus I started physical therapy.  Is it any wonder that trying to find a way to make the bullet journal system work best for me keeps changing from week to week?  After all, how my week looks when I am going into an office is different from how it looks when I am lying in bed almost all of the time.  So I am trying on a little something different in my bullet journal.  I'll let you know at month's end how it worked out.  

This week, I have two more physical therapy appointments.  Other than that, no big plans.  Oh, but I have so many things to do!


  1. Please give Erin my congratulations. The drawing sounds like fun, especially having a drawing partner.

    1. Thank you, Betty! It's been a long time since I've felt like I've accomplished something (unless folding 3 loads of laundry at one time counts, LOL).
      Satia is pretty great at drawing. Which isn't surprising to me. Her daughter is really talented and her son is really good, even when he's just doodling with our daughter. And aside from being something fun to do, I hope it might give her a distraction from the pain in her knee.

    2. Betty, By the time I read this, Erin was already gone. Drawing together with Erin has been fun. And, like Erin said, there's a lot of talent in the family. My father was an artist (you can see a painting of his I have behind me in today's book review, oddly enough) and my aunt as well. I encouraged all three of my children to draw from an early age. I only regret not sticking with it myself.

      Erin, You are a perfect distraction. And laundry counts!

    3. Not to keep the focus of this even more Erin centric but I did just submit my FAFSA application and college application. Super excited/scared! I keep telling myself that the worst thing they can say is no.

      Satia, so far, I think your sketches have been really wonderful. And I'm not just saying that. They are very good. I honestly can't wait to see where you are at the end of this.

    4. Erin, That is really the worst they can say and odds are they will say "But if you go to this that or the other school for a year, we invite you to reapply." You'll be fine.

      And thanks. Flattered. Blushing.