I'm pressed for time, which always seems to be the case lately. I'm also in a pretty bummed out mood today (see “health gamut” below, so not a lot of pep sparking through my fingers! That being said, I've had some random tidbits I wanted to share, but they're not big enough for individual posts. So welcome to Miscellaneous Monday, where I overshare some pretty unrelated things. Think of it as the blog post equivalent of the “POTPOURRI” category on ‘Jeopardy'.
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Bright Yellow Fun
Friday, I went to one of my favorite fundraisers in Lexington, Purses, Pouts, and Pearls benefiting the American Cancer Society. You play bingo to win designer handbags. I didn't win the big prize this year (a Louis Vuitton Berri MM), but my friend sitting next to me did! So close, yet so far away!
I was able to pull out one of my purchases from the Draper James for ELOQUII collection, a bright yellow number.
The Health Gauntlet
I tend to bunch up all my doctors appointments at the same time. Think of it as maintenance mode. The problem I'm facing is being in a new city, yet being relatively close to my old one, I haven't switched doctors yet. This means a lot of driving for appointments (a little over an hour each way), which really knocks big holes in my schedule. I'll eventually switch over, but between crazy long waiting lists for doctors here and proximity to my existing ones, it's a slow process. I also have mega doctor anxiety, so once I find someone, I stick with them. There's enough to unpack there for a very lengthy post, so I'll just stop it at that.
I recently had an appointment with my endocrinologist who helps me manage my Hashimotos. All is good on my levels for now, so that's good. There are still energy swings, as to be expected, but in general, it feels manageable.
Next up was the dentist. I'll be straight with you that I hadn't been to the dentist since right after my divorce. So a few years, at least. My insurance changed, and instead of finding a dentist that took it, I delayed going. So in the past month, I've had 2 dentist appointments, and have another in a couple of weeks. If you're in Louisville and need a dentist, I'd recommend Dr. Krysta Manning at Solstice Dental and Aesthetics. Not only is the office completely Instagram-worthy (seriously, it's gorgeous), they will never make you feel bad for where you are with your dental health. Plus, they satisfy the high-tech nerd in me: They scan teeth versus making impressions, take photos of the areas they want to discuss with you, and make crowns on-site. For my crown replacement last week, I didn't have to get a temporary crown – they scanned my teeth (no gunky impressions) and it was created on the spot.
Finally, the gynecologist, which is always a major anxiety point for me, but I know it's so important. My doctor was delivering a baby during my appointment last week, and the nurse practitioner found lumps in my breasts. So tomorrow, I'm going to have my first mammogram – a diagnostic one, followed by ultrasound. Not to be alarmed: my mom had lumpy breasts (I think fibroadenoma?) and it was never anything bad, and I've always had them too. I think it's an overabundance of caution. But it's still slightly worrying to go through. I'm not quite sure what to expect, but am also keeping off the Google because I know I'll take myself down a rabbit hole of worry.
UPDATE: I freaked myself out over nothing. The mammogram was really not painful at all – there was pressure, but only for 15 seconds or so on each view (3) of each breast. I knew the ultrasound wouldn't hurt, but was so incredibly anxious. Got the all clear, just lumpy boobs. Yay healthy boobs!
On a happier and much less stressful topic, some fun things going on at the house right now. With wedding planning in full swing, we're really trying not to spend money on home decor. It's driving me nuts as we have unfinished spaces, but I know it's for a purpose! About a month ago, I found a great deal on some chairs and a table from Wayfair, so our living room is nearly complete. I'll save that for another post when I can grab some photos.
I'll be the first to admit that I have no green thumb. When we bought this house in September, the landscaping was gorgeous, but there wasn't anything really blooming in abundance except for hydrangea. Fast forward to this spring, when there is an abundance of knockout roses, irises, rhododendron, and my favorite: peonies!
If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen these beauties on my Instagram Stories. There were SO.MANY. And they're still blooming – mainly these pink ones, but also some darker pink and a few white.
I didn't realize bringing in the peonies would bring in all the ants that love them, but I now know if I want to cut them, I should do so at an earlier bloom stage before the ants invade. Thankfully I was able to catch most of the ants after getting them in vases, but it was like whack-an-ant. I need to do much more research on all the plants in the yard so we know how to better take care of them.
And how can I forget Justin Timberlake?
Steve and I went to Nashville a couple weeks ago to see Justin Timberlake. Of course he put on a phenomenal show, but I was super pumped when Chris Stapleton showed up! They sang “Say Something,” and then one of my favorite songs of all time, “Tennessee Whiskey.” I didn't get great video, but here's one from YouTube:
I'll leave you with a style steal. I got this $15 tunic length tee from Amazon and it's really great. Fabric is nice and soft, it's true to size (I'm wearing the XXXL), and comes in a crazy amount of colors. You can find it linked on my Amazon Influencer page, along with my favorite new tea pot, which I've used multiple times a day since it arrived a couple of weeks ago.
I hope everyone has a great week!