Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What I've Been Doing Lately

Recently I haven't been posting a lot. Here are some of the things I've been doing, instead of blogging:

making dinner - some grocery shopping - taking my son to piano lessons and nagging him to practice - looking over the kids' homework - driving myself into the city once a week to go to a class for people who have aphasia - driving once a week to the YMCA to work out - shopping for clothes for the kids and myself - organizing four years of photos - walking to school to pick up the kids four days a week - scheduling various medical, dental, and other appointments - trying to play piano for 20 minutes a day - managing social calendars for myself and the kids - writing emails - doing yoga on the living room floor

Compared to most people--especially if they have a job--my life unfolds at a slow pace. But it's a huge jump from my activity level a year ago, and I'm very pleased about that. I do wish, though, that I didn't feel exhausted all the time.

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  1. Grace, You don't do much do you. LOL I can only dream of doing all of that in a week still.

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    1. You are a caregiver--and that's always a huge amount of work.

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  2. Me too, Grace. I take naps compared to what I did in my previous life. Well, I literally DO take a lot of naps..........that analogy doesn't really work.

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    1. I get your drift... I spend about a hour or two napping (or trying to nap) most afternoons :(

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  3. It sounds as though your life is just lovely. I know how much you wanted to start fixing dinner; Tom still makes dinner more often than he used to (I used to fix every meal, except when he made homemade pizza). He says it's because he has a plan for it, and I don't.

    And it sounds as though you're driving a lot - good for you.

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  4. Yaay, congratulations!!! Sounds like you are getting back to what is most important to you!! I am sooo happy every time I "get to"do all my "normal" mama jobs....some women complain about "having to do" these things....I know it's a privilege and a huge triumph. I am right there with you with the exhaustion. :( For me, some days are better than others, but it takes all my energy to just get through a normal day...even with a nap, and some days I have to surrender my cooking plans because it's just too much. This is still progress though!! :)

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    1. To Barb and Elizabeth, I should make clear that "making dinner" could mean putting frozen lasagna in the oven. But it's still progress :)

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  5. I am so glad you are getting back to doing the every day things that make up a life. I love the mix of organizing food, the kids and to your practicing yoga and piano plus your exercises and therapy exercises for you.
    You are keeping busy. The exhaustion is still and issue for me too. I think as we feel better we do more and keep pushing ourselves right to that exhaustion point.

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  6. I remember well those days when our kids were young. I know many have told you how quickly those days pass, but it's true. I know you would have preferred not to have had a stroke, but one good thing from it is that you are home and fully experiencing those days and storing up good memories for later on.

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  7. The evolution of "normal" continues. :-) I am glad to read you are so busy doing all of this.

    How is it playing the piano? that is one talent I never did recover after my stroke.

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    1. I will try to post a video. As I've told many people, I wouldn't say that the sounds I make now are actually "music" :(

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