The New Year is Here… Onward and Upward!
Welcome to 2017 - Its gonna be a great year!

I wasn’t really looking forward to 2017 this week. Not because I’m not looking forward to a new year getting started. I think it was more because I was expecting to be further along in the healing process of my ankle… and knee.

I mean seriously, I broke myself in February… of LAST year. They originally told me I’d be down six to eight weeks, and I thought THAT was going to be horrid! Now it’s closing in on an entire YEAR!! So I don’t really feel bad about having my damn 2-day pity party!!

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep… Really!?!
The thoughts that keep us awake wouldn't be so bad if they were useful!

Good gosh! All those thoughts that start when you lay down to sleep for the night! You know the ones I’m talking about… the useless, good for nothing BUT keeping you awake thoughts that you just can’t get rid of… Like they couldn’t have come to mind while you were wandering through your day and awake anyway!?! Of course not!!

To add insult to injury (and lack of beauty sleep), most of the time, they’re not even productive thoughts! Take for instance when I couldn’t get to sleep earlier this week. Was I thinking about world peace or how to change my life into the type of life I’ve dreamed of… of course not.

Time to Get It In Gear!! – I Just Joined The Awesomization Nation Challenge!
Nicole Dean and The Awesomization Nation

The Awesomization Nation by Nicole Dean is starting!!

Are you looking to make some changes in your life? Not living the way you’d like to be? Is your business going the way you’d planned? Or have you been wanting to start your own business but just don’t know how? How about leaving a legacy when you go. Would you like people to remember the little things you did to help leave the world just a little better than you found it?

Sounds like a tall order right!?!

If you’re interested in making changes… in your life, your business, the world, or any combination of the above but you haven’t had the support or motivation to make it happen… feel free to sign up and come join in!! Right now it’s only $17!! And for that price, you won’t believe the incredible people you’ll have access to!

Budget BBQ – One of My Childhood Favorites
Pork and Bean BBQ - A tasty low budget meal for your family!

My mom used to make this when we were kids. And while she always told us, “I never said I could cook, I just said I could keep us from starving!”, this was always a great meal. And to think, it came about just because she needed to stretch her food budget… and a pound of ground beef!

Nowadays I make it with ground turkey, but that’s just a personal preference. But since it’s such a simple recipe (the best kind in my book!), I wanted to share it. It’s certainly nothing fancy, but it’s delicious, healthy, and can really help you out if you’re looking for great family meals on a budget.

Showering With a Broken Ankle – You CAN Keep Dry!!
SEAL-TIGHT Cast Cover for Showering

I never had a cast for my broken ankle. The Emergency Room doctor put me in a fiberglass cast initially (partial casting for the back and sides). But my Orthopedic Surgeon put me into a boot straight from surgery.

I’m thinking he saw “newbie” written all over my face when I walked in the door and thought, “Good grief! If I put her in a cast, she’s gonna dissolve it in the shower and I’ll be redoing it! At least in a boot she can blow dry the insert!

And given my showering track record the first time through, he’d have been right if that was his thinking!!

Ankle Surgery #2 – Guess He Wanted to Give Me Another Run At It!
Broken ankle surgery #2 - From over-reduced to starting over.

My orthopedic surgeon (OS) did my second surgery on Tuesday afternoon to correct his over-correction. His physician assistant (PA) said he came out of the room looking really pleased and…

Broken Ankle – Independent to Useless in One Step
Broken Ankle (Bimalleolar Fracture) - From Break to Splint

So many of you have asked where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. I’m finally coherent enough to explain.

On February 26, I fell off the back of my pickup truck and broke my ankle… both bones in my left foot plus a torn ligament. In less than one minute, my life was turned upside down. Not as bad as some people’s, because I know I have friends tackling much worse things, but it’s definitely taken a turn for the worse.

A Day at the Park (Broken Ankle and All)
Riverview Park in Mesa AZ

I went to the park yesterday with my man and his grandkids.

Since I broke my ankle, they’ve come to visit and we hang out at the house drawing. And each time the get here, they ask me when if I’m still hurt.

Today when they came over, I let them know I finally got permission to walk (6 days ago), but that I was going to be slow for a bit still.

No More Stinky Dish Cloths!!
LUNATEC Odor-Free Dishcloths - fantastic for scrubbing & washing. They dry fast and never gunk up!

I finally got a chance to talk to my girlfriend last week and we got talking about dishes and how they suck… Not because we like talking dishes, but because my usual multitasking self was in the middle of washing mine while we were talking.

I told her I’d finally found some wash cloths that clean really well without getting all stinky and smelly within a few days!

I Survived the “Procedure”… I Think
Once the surgical team is ready to do your procedure, you have no idea whats gonna happen!

Yep. Last week I finally made it in to get that dreaded “procedure” done. You know the one… that procedure that no one wants to talk about… EVER!

Well, I’m not shy so here it is. Yes, I got a colonoscopy done. Go ahead. You can say it. I promise it wont hurt. If you’re sitting at the dinner table, you may want to wait till later. Of course, if you’re sitting at the dinner table, you shouldn’t be reading this anyway unless you’re alone. Otherwise it’s rude!! 🙂

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