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Two More Days

September 11th, 2016

I am happy to report that I have ‘almost’ made it through another Whole 30.    I will be the first to admit that this time around has been MUCH more difficult for me than the first time.    The reason why, I believe is because my husband joined in and it made meal prep extremely challenging and time consuming.   I’m very easy-  I can keep things simple for myself and keep rolling along, but he isn’t quite that flexible.   He decided mid Whole 30 that he no longer wanted eggs or anything to do with them.    Oyyy-   That somewhat limited breakfast, but he did finally agree to breakfast with eggs- and his lunches have become daily salads- which I’ve added a variation to.       I would spend time each week cutting and shredding veggies, then all I’d have to do is add the base of mixed greens and various toppings- and a drizzle of good olive oil.   He was happy and so was I.

It has been a good experience though and he swears nothing has changed for him.  I find that hard to believe, but I have to take him at his word.  Those guys-  you gotta love em. :)

Day 76- 100 Happy Days

February 9th, 2015

76I don’t know if there is anything I love more than a good surprise- so this was no exception.  Thinking about it brings a huge smile to my face.

The words of happy from that day-  Day of surprises from Marcel. Surprise sunflowers, surprise date night (dinner and a movie). Fun fun!! Thanks honey!!

Day 46- 100 Happy Days

October 27th, 2014

46This is probably one of my favorite photos that I’ve taken this year-   Marcel and JJ were having a little moment, and I was lucky enough to catch it-   it makes me smile every time I look at it.

Those two are best pals- and while JJ definitely doesn’t see Marcel as the ‘boss’- he does see him as a friend and playmate-   They have a lot of fun together and make me laugh hysterically quite regular.

100 Happy Days- Day 4

June 22nd, 2014

100happyday4This is a photo of the hospital where we visit on a regular basis.   Now, I know that most people don’t associate hospitals and happy- but in this particular case, I do.     The specialists that Marcel sees on a regular basis are absolutely amazing to him, plus I love that they are always caring, compassionate, and do their absolute best to make sure that he receives the quality care that he needs.

That, my friends, is something to be very happy about!

Let the Planning Begin

June 4th, 2014

The end of last week, Marcel and I finally set our dates in stone for our two month holiday ‘home’ and our flights have been booked.     I had built up quite a bit of miles over the years, and since the ‘reward’ ticket flight schedules didn’t actually jive with what I wanted to fly, I ended up using the miles to get a discount on our ticket price.     It saved us about 600 dollars, which in this case, every little bit helps.    I’m grateful to have had the miles to use, but also to be able to use them on the tickets.  It’s a win-win all around.

The planning is already in full swing, with parties and planning happening.    Not to mention a road trip with friends, and quite possibly a wedding.    (More on that as details emerge.)     We are excited, plus it’s the perfect way to kick off the second half of this year, which up until now- has had more than its share of hurdles.   The great thing is with those-  I’ve learned to become quite the hurdle jumper, and have learned a lot in the process- most of all, more than ever to be grateful for the moment, because nothing is promised for tomorrow.

Where are you spending your vacation this year?

Not Hiding Out, Really

May 20th, 2014

I can’t believe that the last time I posted here was 20 days ago.   The theme this year seems to be that the days are flying by- and quite truthfully, I’m not carving out time to write here as much as I want to be.     But, as the saying goes, ‘We find the time to do the things that are important to us.”

I haven’t abandoned writing-  In fact, just the opposite.  I have been writing regularly for an online magazine for expats, and now am co-authoring a monthly foodie column, with someone who also happens to be a close friend.   So, it’s another great reason for us to get together, gab, and explore new things.     Definitely a win-win, any way you slice it.

Much has been going on in terms of Marcel’s health- we continue to work on finding a balance that will allow things to be regulated for him- but it’s a quest of patience and trusting in the doctors.    Thankfully, we are getting great care with the specialists, and also have a second specialist on the case, who actually ‘asked’ to see the labs and other information- which was a blessing and true gift.   He agrees with the method of treatment from our current specialist, so that’s always a comfort.

I think part of the reason that I haven’t been writing here as much, is because there is SO much happening, and I keep everything shared within the inner circle, and not for ‘all’ public consumption.     Sadly, some people are always on the prowl for gossip fodder, and this space isn’t to contribute to that.

But even with all that is happening with Marcel-  and all that has happened with people we love in recent months-   we are reminded daily just how beautiful life really is, and what is important, but also, what isn’t.





Processing the Diagnosis

February 17th, 2014

I mentioned that Marcel had some blood work and x-rays done, and that last week we were going to get the results of both. I really didn’t expect anything that time wouldn’t heal, but it looks like this was a time where I was wrong.

It took me by surprise. I wish I could say that it didn’t, but you could have knocked me over with a feather. I’m also very emotional, but so is Marcel, and I knew it was important for me to keep my own emotions in-check around him. He seemed to take it all very well. In spite of my shock- it could have been much worse, and it is something that is manageable with medication. There isn’t a ‘cure’, but at least we have a diagnosis, and at least it’s manageable. I’m so grateful for both.

I know, I’m being somewhat vague on what exactly he has been diagnosed with, but while this is my space, I don’t think it’s fair to share potentially with the world what’s going on with him. It’s not a secret, and you may already know, but if you’re close to use and don’t know, feel free to ask either of us.

For the rest of you out here in cyber-space, I’m sorry.

It has taken me some time to process things, but I am feeling much better. I am a ‘thinker’, so when I hear something that I’m not sure how to manage, I go into thinking overload, and tend to pull away from everyone except those within my inner circle. It takes me some time, plus I went into research mode, so that I can have the most information to be proactive in Marcel’s health.

Thankfully, I have an amazing group of close friends both on this side of the pond and the other. I don’t know what I would do without them, and it’s such a wonderful feeling knowing that even when you are struggling and potentially at your worst, that the people who love you, love you no matter what. To all of you- you know who you are- I’m grateful!

As for Marcel and I- we’ll continue learning to live with this diagnosis and thankfully it’s not something that should keep us from continuing to live an amazing life together.

Marcel Update

January 31st, 2014

Yesterday’s visit to the hospital to see the specialist was a positive visit, and hopefully the road to getting answers to what’s happening. He talked to Marcel, asking plenty of the ‘right’ questions, listened to his responses, taking notes along the way, examined him, and then asked more questions and did even more writing. All good signs in my eyes.

He gave us some ideas at what we’re looking at, but right now everything is still up in the air. He ordered a full blood work up- with a concentration on the areas that he’s looking for answers, plus lung x-rays, and x-rays of both hands and wrists. We go back to the doctor later in February for the results, and hopefully the answers to some of the lingering questions.

That visit, along with several little ‘speed bumps’ in the road yesterday, left me totally wiped out by last night. On the plus side, I have done what my body has asked and taken it easy today, buzzing about in the house getting things done and ready for our trip- plus getting some information sent for some interviews I’m doing for magazine feature articles I’m writing.

Tonight, Marcel is heading back to work, so I’ll be ‘home alone’. I’ll be making good use of that time for sure.

What’s your weekend shaping up to look like?

Searching for Answers

January 29th, 2014

I mentioned a while back that Marcel had been having some medical problems and unfortunately we still don’t have all the answers that we need. A few days ago, he really started feeling bad, and even called in sick at work- something he never does. Thankfully, we already had a referral to a specialist before this happened and he’d made an appointment which had him going mid-February. Yesterday he called to see about having the appointment moved up to an earlier date, and as luck would have it- they had a cancelation for tomorrow. Hopefully this will be the beginning of finally getting some answers.

The rest is something that I believe he needed, as this morning he’s been feeling quite a bit better. I’m grateful, but I know the pain he’s been having has gone on for far too long. I generally don’t go to doctors appointments with him, but tomorrow I’ll be doing that as well.

At this point I ‘think’ we’ll still be heading away for our anniversary, but we did call the insurance company who carries our travel insurance to check ‘just in case’ we need to cancel.

I’ve got my fingers crossed, plus praying that we finally get the answers we need, that it’s nothing serious, and Marcel is pain-free.

Counting Down- Ten Years

January 26th, 2014

One week- and my favorite guy and I will be celebrating our ten year anniversary. Sometimes it seems we’ve been together much longer, and other times- it seems like it was just yesterday.

We decided to do a little get away, so we’ll go spend four nights away at one of our favorite areas, several hours from our home- in a villa we’ve rented. We will spend some time lounging in the sauna, plus if weather permits, we’ll walk around the lake. Granted, the house itself is on the water- but the lake is something to behold.

I think it’s time I also took my camera with me, and maybe I’ll be able to capture some of the winter beauty of the area.

Ten years- I feel so unbelievably blessed.

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