Sunday, March 6, 2011


Apparently it has already been March for six days. Which leads me to the following question:

What on earth happened to February?!?!?

February was a crazy month. I have been so very very busy - it's a wonder I haven't crashed completely (knock on every piece of wood ever, please). The month started out with a weekend in Santa Fe, followed immediately by a week of wedding planning in California (thank goodness, the tick bite turned out to be uneventful. Phew!)

But neither of those were even the big event of the month! The big event was APL turning 30 on February 18th, and his 30th Birthday Extravaganza Weekend!! Since it fell over a three day weekend, we were lucky enough to have APL's brother and his girlfriend fly in from DC, my sister and her boyfriend fly in from Seattle, my brother and his girlfriend fly in from LA, and three other friends fly in from California. I had eleven people sleeping in my three bedroom townhouse that weekend!! It was a lot of work to prepare for, feed, and clean up after that many people, but everyone pitched in and it was so worth it because everyone had such a good time.

The weekend started with APL's birthday surprise - a 2 hour snowmobiling tour! APL was extremely excited - it was highly adorable. I specifically picked snowmobiling because I figured it was an activity that I could easily participate in (as opposed to, say, skiing or snowboarding). But I wasn't super confident about having to use my hands to squeeze controls or steer, so I decided to ride on the back of APL's snowmobile. We had perfect weather that day and a ton of fun snowmobiling. However, I have to admit that I wasn't entirely right about it being an activity that was ok for me - there was a lot of gripping to hold on, leaning on the turns, and just general bouncing that left me pretty sore the next day. But it made me feel a bit better that I wasn't the only one who ended up sore!

We also spent a day with our out of town guests beer tasting in Fort Collin's at Odell Brewing Co. and New Belgium. And we had two nights hanging out with our guests and local friends at our house. Unfortunately I ended up having a lot of trouble with my hips that weekend (related to snowmobiling? Possibly.) so I spent the majority of both evenings laying on a mat in the middle of the living room on a heat pad. But, perhaps surprisingly for the amount of pain I was in, I still really enjoyed myself. I mean, it's always entertaining to watch 30-year-olds (who shall remain nameless!) get so silly drunk that they decide it would be a good idea to slide down the stairs on a couch cushion! Certainly a birthday to remember!

After APL's birthday weekend, even though February is such a short month, I fit in another trip to California, this time to help my very good friend CC pick out her wedding dress. We spent all weekend on the task and I am happy to report that we found "The Dress" for her! Plus, I got to spend some more time getting to know her fiance, which I really enjoyed. And on top of all of that, I've been doing a lot of wedding planning myself and adjusting to my new job.

For the most part I'm holding up to all this excitement pretty well. My hips are still giving me a little trouble, and recently some pain in my right thumb joint has extended to pain in my entire wrist on that side, which is not so good for using the mouse at work (I wonder if I'm going to need another prednisoine shot?) I also had a problem with my new pharmacy last week (after I graduated I lost my student insurance but I was lucky enough that APL's company will cover me as his domestic partner even before we are married) and my last Enbrel shot was four days late, which certainly doesn't help. But I've been going to pilates once a week and it has been a godsend for keeping me going and making me feel stronger (I promise a post on pilates soon!)

In the meantime, I'm going to try to take it a bit easier in March or I'll never make it to April!!


~kelly marie~ said...

It is great to read about all of the fun you are having! It sounds like you are handling everything so well. It makes me so happy and inspires me too.
I did so well with pilates back in the day. I can't wait to hear about your experience. Maybe it will motivate me to try again!

~Mariah~ said...

Thanks, Kelly. Pilaties has been AWESOME for me - I've been meaning to write about it for a while! But, as you can see, I've been BUSY!! Soon, though. I promise. ~;o)