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Debi Vaught-Thelin
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Greetings, Giggleplus! It's been a while.

The physical therapist thinks she might have a name for what's bugging me - lymphedema. The problem? I don't present with any of the things that would have brought it on in the first place. I have all the right symptoms, but I don't fit the profile.

Snark from me (and my Mom, and the Bearded Guy): Don't fit the profile? So what else is new?

These days, I wear compression socks, do special massages, special exercises and she wants me to use a cane for longer walks. Umm... I don't like the Bearded Guy's cane and mine isn't really for anything but looking at - so I'll have to take it in and get a proper foot on it.

Still, I'm managing to paint my nails, take baths, do facials - my new addiction, facial masks! - and since I just tossed the Bearded Guy back to Berlin yesterday, I've managed to do some cleaning and some paperwork. 

The frustration? Because these new exercises and new massage things are, dare I say it?, making the pain worse.
Okay, the first day or  two, that's kind of expected. New movements, new pushing points, of course there will be a little more weird pains. But this? This is awful.
I'm barely able to walk to the store. And getting up and down from the couch? Nah, that's not easy. Raised legs at bedtime? Oh, yeah, for that part I'm definitely in!

Oh, well.
Goodmorneve and water today. Lots of water. I've not given up the coffee altogether, but I am limiting it to the mornings.
Do you follow all the advice by your medical people? Or do you pick and choose what you want to follow?
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You might want to try raising your legs high above your head . Also try massage to reduce the fluid. 
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This particular keyboard was not being used - so Mom let me bring it home to our Pocket Viking.
He is really having a great time with it!

Nice to have a happy boy with a keyboard. That makes a great Sunday.
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Happy National Day, Sweden.

So a holiday here - but not for us freelancers who basically took most of Friday off anyway. <snicker>

Rough times ahead. It's June, which means re-doing the budget and I'm way behind on that. There are pay projects in-process, which means we really can't be taking whole days and just goofing off right now. And there's the ongoing preparation for moving to Berlin one day... still on the books, still working on that.

And I am still recovering from my May escapades... but the Bearded Guy is getting antsy about returning to Berlin soon.

Right now, I would prefer to just close the blinds and tune out the world. I've been (trying to) reading G+ but can't think of anything to say, even on most of the posts I'm plussing. The camera is not my friend right now (more on that another day), so taking photos is not interesting to me. 
I did manage to remove the nail polish on my fingers and prep the hands for more, but I'm not in the mood.

Bleh.

I can't think of anything to say to anyone's postings... Nothing funny, nothing sad, nothing... maybe I should just give up and go to bed. It's 6:30 in the morning, that's a good time for bed, right?

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
Coffee? Or sleep?
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Plussing is enough, most days. 
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Oh, the state of my living room --

I arrived home to a clear sofa - and promptly opened up two suitcases of stuff and clothing, which is now spread out.
Thankfully, the laundry was done before I left, so there's only one outfit of clothing to be cleaned, and that wasn't even packed in with the rest of the shopping that I brought home.

Between the music books, the general grocery items, the nail polish and things that go with nail polish!, the tiny keyboard for our Pocket Viking and the now-thawed-but-had-been-frozen Girl Scout Thin Mints!, my nearly-empty suitcases have been taken over by the animals here.
It's sad to kick them out of suitcases - or boxes, or crates, or even a pile of clothing - but I want the sofa back!
My couch fortress, so clean when I walked in, is now covered again in a new Glossybox and notebooks and nail polish stuff.

Yeah, I just come in and start flinging things.

Thursday's arrival was so delayed thanks to train issues, we just opened the bags and sifted through them. Friday was insane, but I got the clothing out. Today? Today, I must finish emptying, close them up and return the suitcases to the closet.

With the paid work that was waiting for me, I stopped my unpacking and started my work. That was another thing standing in my way of actually cleaning up properly after arriving at home.

So a bit of work, a bit of cleaning and a little rest. Today's to-do list is short if I put those three items on it. I could turn that into a 40-item list without much difficulty, were I to insist on each line being specific.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
A little more coffee before I get started. How long do you take to unpack? I think I've asked that before ... when it was a week and I was still looking at a suitcase that hadn't returned to the closet yet!
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Took a while, but yes, I am at home! THanks, +April Brown!
We're taking it slow here - there's a lot of work to be done, and heaven knows I could use a little rest after the last month of wild and crazy.
Swedish summer appears to be in full bloom here - rain, rain and more rain.

LOL
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Iceland is having some union issues - and that may interrupt my travel plans.
Waiting to decide exactly which way to handle this.

Do airlines prefer to handle all "possibly needed" rebookings as soon as they have knowledge it could happen? Or do they prefer to wait until the day, deal with it then?

Any change to my schedule would be inconvenient. Nothing I am doing at this point is time-sensitive.
Sure, if I rebook for a few days early, that means the loss of a lunch and a dinner with friends... but I'm not missing an important meeting. And if I rebook for a few days later, that means working out hotel/friends for overnights for a few additional days, but I'm not missing a transfer to a different airline or missing a long-planned once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

So I'm pretty easy on this.

At the same time... going home a few days early wouldn't break my heart. I'm tired!  hahahahaha


Goodmorneve and Coffee, Giggleplus!
Would you change your flight, or wait to see if the unions work it out at the last minute?
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I think I'm just pouting because it changes my so-very-carefully-planned trip, +Mrs. P. Kwok.
I know, I know - I should be grateful I could even go in the first place! And I am, really. I simply had a few more things I wanted to do before leaving.
hahahaha!

I need to find that one cute shot of yesterday's party - a grandchild turned 4 and when the family gets together for a kid's birthday, it's loads of fun!
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A new son-in-law!
So far... this is my favorite shot!

Thank to you another son of mine for handling the camera during yesterday's party. 
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Thank you so much, +Marie Hélène Visconti , +Laura Topliffe, +Violante de Rojas and +Christine Bogart  - they stopped by here last night with a bottle of "Butterscotch Cream Soda" for me... And so they have also seen the wishes for them.
Thanks!
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Well, then.
Tried to take photos of yesterday's little shopping trip to Stockholm, but nothing came out properly.
What is going on with me and my camera?

Thursday night, I had a sudden NEED to go shopping in town. Yeah, the emails did it. When two of my favorite stores put up sales that good (up to 70% off!), then, yes, I have to go see. Not necessarily buy, but go see.

The Bearded Guy actually found more things in those two stores for me than I would have chosen for myself.
But I suppose showing those will have to wait until I get back down the hall and re-take the shots.

Instead - this is he. Happy with his very own bowl filled with Ginger candies - thanks,  +emmy e   - he's having a blast with this!
And he's being good, too. One candy or two a day... he's making them last.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
A doc appointment next week to see if we can work out some way to make this pain leave me. Walking around in town all day yesterday really killed my hip. 
How long do you wait when the pain starts? A week, a month, years?
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Enjoyable photo indeed. Sorry about the hip. Glad you're getting it checked out.
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Reset!
The suitcases are unpacked and back in the closet.

Yes, that's what's accomplished. Hahahahaha

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
There are new flowers to be photographed, fingernails to be painted, a studio to be cleaned up, paperwork to be done after traveling, plus paid projects waiting for me. So who is making dinner later?  :D

How do you handle general care of self and home when you are overloaded with all the little things in life? Do you order out? Or do you have a slow-cooker? Or something else?
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Hi +Debi Vaught-Thelin .  Glad you are settling.

I've been having a lot of issues with not having food ready lately.  So, I try to cook once a week for the whole week.
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Rebooked.
Cancelled what needed cancelling. Rebooked what needed rebooking. Am packing today to see if there is even an inch of space left after all my SHOPPING! fits in there.
hahahahha

I'm ready to go home, I think.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
When it's time to go, do you want to hurry, or are you the dallying type?
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Thanks, +Nathalie Axelsson!

Want to hear something funny, +Addis G? And everyone else?

8:30 Monday morning, the flights were rebooked.
1:30 Monday afternoon, the email came in that said "The strike has been averted."

This is what I get for worrying.  :)
Still - I'm flying on the rebooked flight.  
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One more shot from the wedding - we are missing a son-in-law because he was kind enough to step out and TAKE this photo for us!

Not quite sure how the Groom got stuck at the end of the line, but our darling Bride is definitely the center of attention.

This is most of our crew - kids, grandkids, inlaws, best friends....
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With age comes wisdom... And the power to see into the future and foil plans!

You did foil her two years ago at the park though... So i guess fair is fair. Hehehehe 
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It's a morning.
I'm definitely sick. Have asked the family if anyone has any Sudafed in-house. 
In just a few hours, my day actually begins.
Pick up the flowers, pick up the cakes, go to daughter's house for final preparation photos, then go to venue for wedding ceremony.

Naw, it's not a busy day!

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
Do you buy new outfits for parties, or just find something in the closet?
(I bought two dresses, but I'm leaving both of them with my oldest daughter after today!)
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I feel for you, +April Brown  - just do what you can to keep the tummy settled!
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Of all the shots... I think this one is best.

My darling son forgot to bring their wedding vows. Their officiant saved the day... isn't technology wonderful?


I took 277 photos and sent them all to the Bearded Guy Who Lives At My House.
He searched through them all and found 9 semi-usable photos. I still think this one is best.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
More photos later... this one made me laugh.
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Woo hoo!!!!! That's great!!!! 
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