Wednesday, December 1, 2010

4 months to the day!

Well, it's been exactly 4 months since I crashed my bike, and let me tell you what -- I am over this whole recovery-mode thing! I'm still using one crutch, still not quite full-time at work, still in physical therapy, still getting tired easily, still not working out at the gym, still not really dieting well enough to compensate for that, and still spending too much time on the couch.

So, yes, all those things kind of suck. To top it off, I also caught a NASTY cold from my darling husband this week. (Although, he was sick while we were in Reno last week for Breanne's wedding... at least I get to rest easy at home).

Okay, but my point of this blog isn't to just complain, (I feel like I've been doing plenty of that and feeling plenty sorry for myself enough this week). Instead, I'm writing to cheer myself up, and remember all the good things that have been going on the last 4 months.

1. We went to Breanne's fabulous wedding. So much fun, and what a beautiful bride! While we were in town we also got to catch up with some old friends.
2. I got to head up to Tahoe, if only but for a brief few minutes. Portland and Tahoe are my two happy places, and since I live in one, it's always nice to be able to visit the other.
3. I, ummm, didn't die in my bicycle crash,
and I am technically on my way to making a full recovery.

4. After I crashed, I realized how loved by family and friends I truly am. So many cards, flowers, hospital and home visits, meals cooked, etc. The people in my life are freakin' AWESOME!
5. I'm working at a job where my bosses have been nothing but supportive and understanding as I recover. That has certainly taken a ton of stress off my plate.

6. It's the holidays, and I love shopping for people and making my girlfriends and family members jewelry!
7. I have the best husband in the entire world. He always knows what to do and say to make me feel better. He takes such good care of me, and I don't know what I did to deserve such a wonderful guy in my life!

8. I have such a wonderful group of close friends in Portland....
all of whom have really been there for me as I heal.
9. My sister-in-law kicks ASS! She is so wonderful, and I am so lucky I can consider her one of my best friends. Her husband is pretty rad, too. Thank God for those two!

10. Come to think of it... my husband's whole family is pretty sweet. They've all really been there for me over the last few years (and months).

11. My Dad lives close to me in Portland. Thank goodness for that. It is certainly very difficult to watch him go through Alzheimer's, but every moment I get to spend with him is still a blessing. He also remembers that I crashed my bike, opens doors for me, liked pushing me around in my wheel chair, and hands me my crutches. Even in his sickness, he's a great caretaker.

12. We have a wonderful home. It's small but cozy, and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else right now. Good thing, too... since I've spent A LOT of time here lately...
13. My dog completes me. What great company as I get better...

14. I'm so lucky to have an amazing 'lil sis...
who's become a part of our family and who I love so much!
15. I feel blessed that so many people in my family live in Oregon!
I love seeing them on a regular basis.

That's it for tonight. Feeling much better now.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Cupcakes make me happy!

Yummmm... after seeing so much candy everywhere for Halloween, I'm craving sugar. So, rather than eating it, I'm getting my sugar fix on Etsy. Cupcakes for everyone!!

Check out this awesome little cupcake-bearing ninja.
I don't think he serves any other purpose but to be extremely cute. I love!
These letterpress cards are done so well.... Cute!
Oh my goodness. Who doesn't NEED a cupcake ukelele? This awesome shop doesn't just have cupcake stringed instruments, but a range of foods and fun things. So creative!
Such a sweet little pincushion. Love this one!
And so, I realize it's November 1st. That means exactly 3 months since I crashed my bike. My recovery is moving along. I've been back at work, working up to full-time for the past month now. Last week I had a couple of eight hour days, but I also started physical therapy. That was great last week; however, over the weekend I've been getting more and more sore... to the point that I can't even walk today. Mmmm... I think it's time for a phone call to see what's going on. Ouch!

Anyway, I also had a doctor appointment last week, and got new ex-rays showing the femur fracture in my left leg and how it's healing. It's crazy to think about all this metal being in my leg... a large plate down the side and 13 screws. Eeek. Best not to think about it, I suppose...

So, due to all this healing, we had a really mellow Halloween. My brother and his new girlfriend were in town to visit Dad, so we showed them around a little. Otherwise, skipped out on Halloween parties Saturday, and we just stayed home and watched scary movies last night. One group of trick-or-treaters came to the door... so those kids scored a boat-load of candy. I guess I'll save that cute flapper costume I got for this year... for next year!

That's it for now. Happy November 1st!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Just a hello!

Nothing to pimp, promote, treasurize, or favorite this evening. Just a quick hi from Katery-land!

Things are going much better in life these days... the post bicycle crash recovery is coming right along. I've switched to A crutch, not 2, at work this week, so that's been good. I've got an ortho surgeon appointment next week, and hope to go to work full-time after that -- so starting next Thursday! I'm sleeping much better at night and am getting around with less pain all the time.

I'm looking forward to fun things in coming weeks... a karaoke party, yummy dinners trying new restaurants around town, being a flapper for Halloween, etc., etc., etc. In November Mike and I will also be headed down to Reno for Bre-child and Dave's wedding. Fun-ness!

Tonight Mike and I had a lovely dinner at home, (yummy pork chops, potatoes au gratin, and arugula salad)... then headed out to the mall for a couple errands and over to what's sure to be a new East side favorite... Spirit of 77. Great bar. Good times. Go Blazers! Can't wait for basketball season to officially get underway. Woo hoo!!

And from my phone... Kai got a new bed... as we work to get the condo back to normal, no more hospital bed in the living room... we've been rearranging like crazy...
And just to prove I'm getting back to a somewhat normal routine...
a good hair day, snapped on my way to work last week! Thank God. ;)
That's it for tonight... bed time!



Saturday, October 2, 2010

Etsy Featured Shop: ORGLAMIX

As duly noted, I've had time to play around on Etsy, and I've discovered quite a few new fabulous sellers. The one I'm most excited about right now is Orglamix -- organic, vegan makeup. I have friends who swear by Bare Minerals makeup, but I've never really wanted to shell out quite that much cash for foundation... I prefer MAC red lipstick and bright eye shadows.

Now I feel like I've hit the jackpot with this new discovery -- vegan makeup in beautiful colors... that lasts, without all the chemical crap in it.

A few of my favorites...

Beautiful eye colors!

Green Chakra...

And great starter kits available for different skin tones...

Love this... each week a new color discounted for just $2.50! This week was Sky.

Even better than a color of the week.. how about colors of the month? For just $40 a year, get 3 different shades sent to you each month!

So to start, I'm trying some eye shadow, foundation, and got this awesome
organic brush kit for $20.
Like what you see? Follow Orglamix on Facebook by clicking here.

In the meantime, I got outta the house for quite a while today... took Dad out for lunch, a haircut, and a sunny drive through the Gorge.

View from the Vista House from cell phone cam...

Tomorrow will be packed with Coyla-time, a soak at Kennedy school with the girls, and then wine night at the condo.

Off to bed. Here's to hoping I sleep better tonight than I have been... argh.



Friday, October 1, 2010

I swear...

...I do more than just create Treasuries on Etsy. In fact, I do a lot more than that!

This week has been my busiest post-bicycle crash week yet. I went back to work, albeit part-time at first. 20 hours of calling and working with potential students as an admissions counselor for The Art Institute of Portland. It was really nice to be getting back to normal... and being around all my friends at work was wonderful! Now that I've switched to crutches, I look forward to ditching those, too, and walking on my own. The healing process is a slow one... but I'm moving forward and have 100% recovery to look forward to!

So, aside from working, catching up with friends for happy hour, and spending quality time with my hubby and Kai, yes, I've been excessively creating treasuries on Etsy, browsing through favorite shops, dreaming of the day I'll be able to buy a kick ass pair of boots again, and playing Scrabble online with my sister.

Today in the mail I received this fabulous ring set that I ordered on Etsy last week.
Sweet! Best friends... peanut butter and jelly!

So, it inspired this treasury...
I gotta say... this one makes me crave a PB&J sandwich like nothin' else!

This treasury makes me think of all the fabulous homemade jelly and jam I've got in the fridge right now. Thanks Carl, Kelly, and Catherine for all the sweet goodness!

Anyway, it's just about bedtime for me. Off to visit Dad tomorrow, then a housewarming party for Steve and Julie... and afternoon girl time with Coyla, Sarah, Mara and Melissa on Sunday.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Druzy Love

Inspired by mother nature... and beautiful druzy-ness... a new treasury! :)

And so to make my own pair of earrings similar to those above... I just purchased a strand of these lovlies on Etsy. Yesssss...

I've loved the beauty of a druzy since I was a little kid. I remember in elementary school in Colorado taking a field-trip to Keystone Science Center -- an outdoor science camp. We explored the wilderness, and I bought my mom an amethyst druzy stone in the gift shop. She kept it for years and years, and now it's floating around our condo somewhere, along with my other collections of crystals and druzies.

A fond memory... I think that was the first thing I ever bought for my mom on my own accord. I'm still drawn to the natural sparkliness of druzies, and they also remind me of her.



Thursday, September 23, 2010


I heart Etsy. It's been one of my favorite web sites to play on since my bicycle crash, and today I used credit to pick up a couple cute things I've discovered during my time off...

This "Made in Oregon" t-shirt is so adorable...
and added bonus -- there's glitter involved, here. :)
Check it out... from indigofeet here in Portland.

And how cute are these rings? Peanut butter and jelly...
found while looking at "grape" items on Etsy for that treasury in my last post.
Created by Charlie Carter.

In the meantime, I've been reading quite a bit... and trying to get out of the house a little more, too. Squires pointed me to an awesome web site... -- I've joined and been mailing out books and getting free books back in the mail. It's awesome! This week I received'Wuthering Heights' and 'The Other Boleyn Girl'... and shipped out 5 books in the last week, too. Still to come -- 'The Devil Wears Prada'. In addition to that, Patricia sent me a few books.. and Jen also sent a trilogy of fun Chelsea Handler books. This morning I finished 'Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea'. Fun times. Now I'm working on 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'.

Speaking of booze, tonight I had my first dose of hard-A since crashing my bike into a cement pillar -- a lovely margarita at a random Mexican joint on 82nd. Yummm... and yay!

Now if I could just get a decent night's sleep. It's been insomnia central for me... first from coming off the narcotics, now seemingly from resting so much, not being drugged up, and being uncomfortable. What a fabulous combination! Hopefully I'll be able to get some good rest before I plan on heading back to work Monday!

In the meantime today I was a vertically-moving machine on my crutches. Woot!



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Color me *P*U*R*P*L*E*

Got some good news today... can start using crutches immediately (as I can handle, anyway), and can start putting weight and attempting to walk starting October 1st. Yippeeee! I'm also planning to go back to work (starting part-time) next week... Good day!

So, I made a treasury... enjoy!

Happy Wednesday evening... <3


Sunday, September 19, 2010

What a lovely day...

...for a rainy wedding! Despite the dreary weather, Ben and Teresa's wedding ceremony proceeded outdoors yesterday afternoon at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington. The bride was stunning, the groom was stoked, and the guests were soaked!

Enjoying the view from my fab wheelchair...

The happy, newly-married couple!
(Note the photographer dashing around with his umbrella, too...)

An indoor reception... :)

...and a wonderful time had by all!



I'm loving...

...Jamie Joseph jewelry right now! I first discovered this designer when my good friend Preston bought his girlfriend, (and one of my best friends), Melissa a Jamie Joseph ring this year. Uhh, jealous much? :) How cute... and note white cocktail ring on her right hand...

A few of my favorites discovered online...

What a lovely collection!