If you’ve read the “sneak peak” page to get some insight into the whirlwind mind behind this blog, you know that I LOVE foodstuffs. If I’m not eating, I’m thinking about my next snack. I’m often found with some sorta snack hanging around in my pocket or purse…or gym bag… Or car. You get the picture!
Today is my day off which means more than enough time to create a yummy breakfast. On days when I work, I usually make a smoothie with protein to drink on my drive in. I’d like to say I’m super creative when it comes to shakes, and sometimes times I am, but when I’m trying to get outta the house by 6:45am, creativity goes by the wayside. My shakes always include non-dairy milk (almond, cashew, coconut) and protein powder (chocolate is my go to). Often I’ll throw in some chia seeds and some almond butter, maybe some coconut oil and always ice cubes. If I’m extra fancy, I’ll add a hunk of frozen banana to help make the smoothie extra creamy.
Today I decided to make my first smoothie bowl. I simply blended up my regular smoothie, poured it into a bowl and sprinkled some granola on top. It was pretty delicious.
I’d recommend trying out a smoothie bowl when you have extra time to add some excitement and sparkle to your breakfast. Slice up some kiwis, or bananas (if you don’t blend them in), coconut shavings add some fun too. I think next time I’ll take a more fruity approach and get my protein elsewhere. I love my chocolate shakes, but it’s always nice to make a change.
After breakfast (or more realistically, brunch) I like to make a to do list for my day. I probably won’t finish everything I set out to do, but that’s not the point. I mostly like to use it as a plan for my day, a little guide to keep me on track and being productive. On that note, off I go to tackle somethings on my list…
The month of May was a whirlwind around here! It started out just as any other month – full of work, trips to the gym, and Tuesday evening dates with our friend (we run then have dinner while watching “our” tv show). We hosted Mother’s Day here at our home and had my side of the family over on Sunday, while on Saturday (after getting called into work), we went to visit my in laws
Mostly we were biding our time until mid May when I was scheduled for surgery. This may seem outta the blue, and kinda random for one of my first blog posts: about 5 years ago I found out I needed a pacemaker, but on a happier note my doctor was comfortable with me waiting until my symptoms progressed. I was born with a significant heart abnormality that required 7.5 hrs of surgery, and since that time I’ve done quite well.
Back in March I had a pretty bad presyncopal episode and my EP doc decided we couldn’t wait any more. After a lot of phone tag and a very long MRI appointment, the date was set. I was nervous, but in the grand scheme of things I knew it was a relatively easy procedure. My mother in law and my Dad both have cardiac devices and a lot of my patients let me know it really was an easy thing to do – just a long recovery period of minimal arm motion.
It was supposed to be a day procedure, but it did not run smoothly. The 45min procedure took 2hrs… And that wasn’t the worst part. Because of the difficulty, my lung was nicked and I had a large hematoma (which basically meant I was gonna get a nasty bruise, nbd). Because of the lung situation, they kept me overnight expecting it to heal itself with time. Yep. Nope.
Mister Miao investigating flowers
Right after surgery, device interrogated.
Gifts from friends!
Dressing off for good!
Friendly neighbourhood chest tube drain
Bruises gettin better
The next day I had a chest tube put in and hooked up to suction. It stayed in for around 3 days and eventually when they removed it I could breathe SO much better. My husband stayed with me the entire time and both our families came to visit. A received a lot of positive vibes and happy thoughts and my goodness it was helpful.
IT has been 19 days since my surgery and I’m feeling pretty good considering all that happened. My hubby went back to work this last week and I started back on Monday (yesterday) with modified duties until my 6wks is up. It has been very difficult to sit and relax (oh woe as me, I know) but I’m just so used to doing things when I’m not working… I managed to get a bit of basic house tidies accomplished here n there and my hubby took me back to the gym last Thursday night for a supervised workout of VERY lightweight leg exercises. It felt great to be back in the gym! I am excited to progress through my recovery and slowly get back to my usual workouts & routines.
Check back here for more pacemaker adventure updates and news on my current crafts. Big blanket tadah post is in the works!!
Hey there! Welcome to my little slice of the webs.
I have often thought about starting a blog, but wasn’t really sure how I wanted to present things. Would it be just about photography? I absolutely adore taking & editing photos. Or would I focus mainly on crafts? Creating and crafting is a major part of my life – but it ebbs and flows. I had thought maybe a blog about food? I like food… food likes me. Great ideas all around, so why nail it down to just one thing? It’s the internet, anything is possible! I could write about all of my life’s mini passions and pleasures (crafts, food, & photography to name a few). I don’t think I’ll start off with any specific type of posting schedule, but just write and express what I’m feeling when the mood strikes. But you can be sure that my posts will likely include either: food, crafts, or fitness… Or just happy things.
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