Hop on in here, girlfriends!
This is my first 2016 Currently post and link-up with Becky at Choose Happy. So I think I am going to throw in a few things that I have been doing since the new year began along with some of the thrilling stuff I am doing…
Here’s what I am up to:
Learning. My PC is an Army veteran with 23 years service. He has become interested in brushing up on his shooting skills and bought a couple of guns in the fall. He wanted us to be able to do this together so I bought a cute little .38 special revolver.
Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I would ever, ever shoot a gun. And yet…I am shooting a gun for the first time EVER. And not doing too badly at it, if I do say so myself.
Practicing. That first time must have been beginner’s luck because I didn’t do nearly as well on my second trip to the Ft. Bliss Rod and Gun Club.
See all of those bullet holes way outside of the little smiley face? Yup, mine. I was having trouble closing my left eye and keeping my right eye open. Not sure why that wasn’t a problem on my inaugural trip out but it wasn’t. And then if you look closely at the picture below, you will notice a Band-aid on my right wrist.
And I think maybe that little ouie…owie?…ouchie? was keeping me from shooting my best because I was…
Hurting. That morning I had gone to the doctor to have a ganglion cyst drained. From what I have read on the Internet and my daughters have told me, it’s not known what causes ganglion cysts, possibly trauma to the site where the cyst appears. Curiously, my mom and Lorena, the library sub who is working opposite of me at Guerrero, both have one on their right hands, too.
Photographing. The procedure. I wanted to be able to show Brennyn and Lauren what the doctor did, so I took pictures! One-handed.
The ultrasound shows that the cyst has expanded into a chamber running up from my wrist and starting up my arm. The doctor attempted to drain the cyst and then the first chamber immediately behind it. While I did feel some better right away, the doctor cautioned that the cyst would return and keep returning unless I have surgery. Sure enough, it is already back. I have an appointment with the surgeon on Thursday of this week.
Shopping. And not. I signed up for the Let’s Be Shop Free for Three (minutes? no, MONTHS!) challenge some of my blogger and Facebook buds are doing. And I have been shop-free, at least as far as buying clothes/shoes/accessories goes. Which is forcing me to “shop” my closet and try some of the pieces that haven’t received much love. So in getting ready for my doctor’s appointment, I pulled together this outfit.
Not crazy about it but wasn’t sure what the dress code is for ganglion cyst draining. This worked. And what’s going on with my mouth, my smile? It looks to me like I am wearing dentures, ill-fitting ones, at that. Like my gums are receding – is that possible? You know the way your mouth looks when you pull your lips over your teeth and move your mouth up and down, like you are gumming food? That’s how my mouth looks lately. I mean, clearly, I do have teeth but something is making me look a whole lot like my Grandma Rosebrough.
(Over-)Joining. (Possibly) Too. Many. Challenges. Since New Year’s, I have joined about five challenges among my blogger and Facebook friends. The Be Shop Free for Three that I just mentioned hosted by my blogger bud Carrie from A Lovely Little Wardrobe, a Health Challenge created by another blogger buddy Sheila at Making the Most of Every Day, the #EternalCrown365 picture-a-day with themes photography challenge sponsored by new friend Kellea at Eternal Crown Photography. I am also trying to read at least one book – a month – in order to successfully participate in my pal from Puppies and Pretties, Alison’s Reading Lately Challenge. I joined Casey’s 21 Day Fix Start Sweating, Sweetheart Challenge, although I am off to a slow start because my Beachbody kit just arrived, a week after the rest of group started work. And I had an epic fail at sweet friend Lisa at Daily Style Finds What to Wear Challenge. She put together such a great list of pieces but something happened with the email delivery and I didn’t get the first emails. I have enjoyed watching others participate, though. I might have over-extended myself. I do have a problem knowing my limits and biting off more than I can chew…literally and figuratively. Here are some pictures taken with my iPhone for the #EternalCrown365 challenge.
I really, really want a new camera. Maybe if I get half-way through the photography challenge, I can treat myself to one.
So that’s what I have been up to currently. How ’bout you? How are you spending your free time this new year? Are you keeping up with any resolutions you made? Are you participating in a challenge or two or TEN? Please leave me a comment below, I love to hear from YOU. And stop by to see what Becky is up to at currently. Click here to run by her blog.
Hugs and kisses,