Gratuitous last year wrap up blog post…

Hello, 2018!  I’m ready for you.  Last year was pretty good though, lets recap, shall we? (tee hee hee)

The year started out with a bang and a cruise with Jerry’s company management team plus significant others, or as we call ourselves “plus ones”. It was a great to spend some time getting to know the other “plus ones” and no one will forget the karaoke night.

February welcomed a new challenge in my life.  I started a LuLaRoe Independent Retailer business.  I have since closed that business as it was way more time consuming than I had originally thought.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my LuLaRoe clothes and I loved sharing that with others but I didn’t care for the time that it was taking away from my time with Jerry.

March (birthday month), of course, is the best month of the year, we did a Disney cruise that included a private cabana on their Castaway Cay private island.  If you ever get the chance, do it.  We spent the day reading, lounging, and staring at the ocean.  Perfect day!

Spring was rounded out by a regular event watching the Wildcat softball team play.  Great time cheering on Jerry’s co-workers and getting to know everyone.  (I miss you, Mel)

Summer was smattered with concerts at the new Daily’s Place amphitheater downtown.  We saw some great concerts and look forward to more in the future.   We also went to St. Louis, MO in June for Jerry’s work conference.  I haven’t been there since my senior year of high school. That’s 1985 for all you keeping score.  I got to catch up with my college roommate as well as meeting her daughter for the first time.  Next time, better seats for the Cardinals game for sure.  Summer also included my first trip to the state capital, Tallahassee.  Neat city.  Love seeing the capital and other historical sites.  Will definitely make another trip to explore more of the city.I love traveling and anytime I get the chance to explore a new city or one that I haven’t been to in a long time, I’m happy.

If I had to blog about negative things from 2017, it would be that I put my interpreting professional development on the backburner.  I really tried to make my LuLaRoe business a success and my interpreting suffered for it.  I really missed continuing my craft and that is one of the reasons I decided to close my small business.  I love interpreting, especially in the school setting and have already set up workshops for 2018.

One of the highlights of the year was our trip to Chicago.  Again, Jerry had to work and I tagged along but I made sure we had time to play tourist and even scored some tickets to Hamilton.  Oh my goodness, this was one of those shows that it life-altering.  I know, so many people say that but it truly was one of the best shows I have ever seen.  Phantom of the Opera in Toronto earlier in my life was pretty amazing too.  Chicago will now always hold a special memory for me.

This post is way longer than I intended.  I didn’t really think a lot happened in 2017.  It’s funny how our brain forgets things.  I looked back at my photos and was reminded of how much fun I had last year.  I mean, even the Jaguars played great, so well that we have a playoff game next weekend.

So now some quick updates (list style):

Work – Started the new school year in August and is going well. Love my team.

Health – started out strong was losing weight.  Started to stress out and hit a plateau.  Fell and bruised my knee/leg to the bone and am just now able to take stairs the normal way. Gained some weight back but determined to not let that continue.

So yeah, that’s it.  I really need to keep blogging.  There is no “focus” on this blog as it’s more of a cathartic release for me than anything else.  Remember the “Christmas Letters” you would get, yeah, that’s my blog in nutshell but all year long.

Keep doing what you are doing…

I had a check up for my knee today.  Things went great.  The doctor was really pleased with how well I’m recovering.  I asked about some exercise but he wants me to wait a couple of weeks before I start that doing that. He gave me a prescription for Physical Therapy although he said he doesn’t think I will need it.

Slow and steady seems to be the plan right now.  I pretty much elevate it every night from the minute I get home until I’m out the door the next morning.  I have my cane with me pretty much all the time but it has been folded up and out of sight for the past few days.

I’ll follow the doctor’s words as he said to me today “Keep doing what you are doing.”

In other news, I have left LuLaRoe.  With my knee and interpreting, I was feeling overwhelmed and had to reprioritize things.  I love the LuLaRoe brand and continue to wear it pretty much daily, I just won’t be selling it anymore.  If you need help finding stuff though,  I know a few people that can help.

This weekend will be yet another weekend of staying in the house.  Not because of the knee but because of weather.  Hurricane Irma is headed to Florida and pretty much going to rain for everyone in the state.  whee…  We are off Friday and Monday due to the hurricane.  I wonder if it does come to Jax on Monday if we truly will be headed back to work on Tuesday.  I guess we’ll see.   Be prepared for boring rain pics on my social media accounts.

Four Weeks…

Tomorrow will be four weeks since my fall.  My knee is doing great.  Still discolored and swollen.  My legs and ankles are huge by the end of the work day so I end up coming straight home to put my legs up.  Elevation is my friend.

My HurryCane has been my constant companion.  We have a love hate relationship.  I don’t want to use it.  It gets in my way.  Have you ever tried to carry a lunch, coffee, keys and use a can to try to get down four steps to leave your house.  It is a pain.  I have to leave the coffee on the railing, go down the stairs and then lean over to grab my coffee.  I’m usually fine in the morning and don’t need the cane but by the end of the day, I’m happy for the extra steadiness.

Other than my knee, things are going well.  The school year is finding its groove and the team of interpreters I work with is great.  We get along swimmingly.  There isn’t a day that they don’t make me laugh.

Jerry and I haven’t been doing much due to my knee.  I’m resting up so I can make sure to go the Jacksonville Jaguar opening game.  I missed both pre-season games. Also, we have a trip coming up to Chicago.  I’m so excited because we are going to see Hamilton!  “Not throwing away my shot!”

Anyway, looking to the long weekend to keep resting up my knee.  I see the doctor next week and I’m actually looking forward to doing some physical therapy to get my full range of motion back.

Happy Labor Day weekend!

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Healing…

I’m doing so much better after my week of being ordered by the doctor to keep my leg elevated.  I hated missing the week of work but sometimes my health needs to take priority.  I’m getting around pretty well with a smaller support brace and my cane.  I almost didn’t take my cane to work today but ended up standing during a class to interpret for 90 minutes and needed it after that.  *sigh* The good news is that a week ago I couldn’t have done that at all.  So progress is going well.

Interpreting part of work is going well too, I am finally feeling like I’m back.  The first few weeks are hectic as they are doing some baseline testing to make sure the cadets are in the right cohort.  Hopefully, the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) students won’t be moved around too much.  I’m finally getting the hang of my schedule and getting into the groove of my classes.

Jerry and I took another week off of going to preseason football though.  I was worried about working and then walking the stadium and getting to our seats.  I’m still not steady with stairs and our seats could be tricky for me.  I’m sure I’ll be ready by the home opener on September 17th.  So for now, we sit at home and wonder how the Jacksonville Jaguars are gonna do this season.  I’m a little leery.

 

LuLaRoe Jeanne Sutton **squee**

I’m in the queue! I have sent in my paperwork and should be getting my call end of January/beginning of February. Right now I’m setting up all my social media. While I can’t really get a VIP group going until I get my call, I can share my progress as I wait.

If you are so inclined you can follow me here:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lularoejeannesutton/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/lularoejeannes

Not much going on, although I’m practicing my Periscope skills on my twitter.

I’ll be setting up a separate blog for my LuLaRoe journey…stay tuned!!

Hello September…

August was an odd month.  I don’t know why but this year, August, was emotionally draining for me.  All four of our parents, who have passed,  have birthdays during August.  Both of our fathers passed away in the month of August.  Sure, it was years ago but the grief still exists.  Somedays are better than others.  August…was a rough month.  I have gotten really good at compartmentalizing so I can function at work.  It meant a lot of tears rolling down my cheek as I watched commercials with parents being loving, or movies where parents died (What’s up with that being the beginning of a superhero’s journey?  OMG, I’m a superhero!!) and looking back at old pictures and remembering how funny, crazy, and loving they were.  I am pretty lucky.  My parents, my in-laws, really loved us.  Sometimes,  we didn’t see it.  Sometimes, we were annoyed.  Sometimes, I wish I had more time with them.

August also brought on the new school year.  I love my job.  I don’t like dealing with understaffed issues, though I’m hoping that will get straightened out soon.  I just want to get in the groove my schedule and know what to expect in my classes.  I haven’t been to one of my classes in over a week.  I like to be prepared and in some of my classes, I’m worried that I’m not.  Overachiever, much?  Sure.  It’s worked for me so far.  😀

August was a month where my weight loss journey stagnated.  That trend has finally broken.  Officially down 52.5 pounds since February.  I would say an average of 7.5 lbs per month is pretty darn good. I know, I have a long way to go.  I’m not resting on my laurels, or delusional.  But I am proud…this is the lowest I have been in over a decade.  Thank you Loseit app! People ask me how I’m doing and what I am eating.  Honestly, I eat everything.  If I want waffles, I have waffles.  Sometimes, I have waffles, with chocolate hazelnut butter, and ice cream.  YUP!  The LoseIt app is working for me.  Calorie budget and planning is everything, for me.

September came in hard with Hurricane Hermine.  Jacksonville was lucky, we had some rain but not nearly what the west coast of Florida saw or Georgia.  Honestly, we need the rain.  My grass is looking so green right now.

So September, I’m ready for you! 🙂

Fudge (not the word I really said)…

I didn’t sleep well last night.  Before I laid my head down, I knew what was happening in Dallas.  I didn’t think it could be that bad. I didn’t think anyone would shoot down among a crowd of people hoping to “kill white people” hitting 12 officers and 2 civilians.  No.  No.  No.  I felt helpless yesterday, today is worse.

I hope the Hughes brothers remain safe and they get the apology that I feel they should get.  I hope that other cities look at what happened and know this could happen anywhere.  I hope that people across America understand that violence is not a solution. I hope that people this November vote to put people in office who can help repair that wounds that America is suffering through.

Here is my plan of action.  I am going to be kinder.  I am going to be polite.  I am going to be patient.  I am going let someone in on the onramp to the highway.  I know that these actions don’t change the world, but if I can make a change in “my world” I  can dream that it will spread.

Ramblings….

I’m sad. I have no clue how to help. …and that makes me sad too. I try to embrace all in my life but feel sometimes I fall short. I know things need to change, and I try to “be the change” but honestly I don’t know how to do that. I wish there was a device that could change a person to make them live in another’s skin and feel what it is like. Even I have no idea what it means…but I know it isn’t good. We have such a long way to go….

We are all the same. Yet, we are determined to focus on our differences than embrace the likenesses.

I wasn’t going to post…but maybe my silence shows conformity. I don’t want to have a blind eye to the world. I still dream of the world where we work for the betterment of the people. Where race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.  are not important. Where we focus on how to keep our earth happy, healthy, and our children grow up with a better life than we all had.

Mentorships and personal growth…

Monday closes out a five week mentorship I was enrolled in.  It was hard for me to admit that I was not proficient.  I have to say that interpreting has been a constant struggle.  I’m not complaining because this struggle/challenge has been enlightening.  I cab see that the mentorship has been well worth my time.  In just five weeks I can see changes in my ASL/PSL product that were lacking.

Armed with the tools to continue, I will practice somethings that have been pointed out to me.  For example, I sign a lot of signs.  Too many for a consumer to get a clear understand of what’s going on.  Why work so hard when you can sign fewer signs and be amazingly clear?

Also, placing people, object, countries, continents in space makes for a clear “picture” in my product.  Armed with sticky notes, I can practice that too.

I am a little sad that the mentorship is over so quickly.  Five weeks flew by.