Weekend Notes // No. 1

This weekend was full of recovery and relaxation -- much needed, much appreciated. 

Breakfast -- and coffee -- in bed. The best way to recover from surgery and spend the weekend. 

Breakfast -- and coffee -- in bed. The best way to recover from surgery and spend the weekend. 

Doug, my dad and I spent Wednesday at the hospital.  I went in for a scheduled procedure, but, nonetheless, was a scary day. I've been blessed in that I haven't spent any time in the hospital (as a swimmer I didn't break bones or suffer concussions like athletes in other sports) so it was new territory and one that proved slightly nerve-wracking.  We were told to arrive at 10am, but I couldn't have anything to eat or drink past midnight the night before. Toughest part? No coffee. They asked my for my pain level and when I said "8" the nurse seemed worried. "It's a caffeine withdraw headache," I explained.  I think that statement made her more concerned than the number I gave her in reference to pain.  

Sunflowers -- my favorites -- from Doug on my bedside table before going in for surgery. Waking up and seeing them each morning started my day off with a smile. 

Sunflowers -- my favorites -- from Doug on my bedside table before going in for surgery. Waking up and seeing them each morning started my day off with a smile. 

K-K, my mother-in-law, came to visit, brought us dinner and delivered lots of good food, so we wouldn't have to cook or leave the house over the course of the weekend and my friend Jenny sent an Edible Arrangement (which had chocolate-dipped bananas -- they are delicious!) which we devoured. The doctor told me I should "take it easy" and plan to stay in bed for a week to recover.  "Seriously," I thought to myself, "I'll be fine by the end of the weekend and go back to my normal routine." Apparently, that was not the plan. After taking a short walk yesterday, I found myself back in bed, with pain, for the rest of the day. I'll be there through at least Wednesday.  

With all the time recovering in bed, I started watching "The Americans" -- an FX Original series. Have you seen it? So good. I'm already on Season 2. 

Watched the Tour de France: controversy aside, those men can ride. Watching them climb steep mountains and riding down them in the pouring rain made me nervous, but the views are breathtaking. 

An interview I did for the Chicago Tribune came out this weekend. The piece, which talks about Sibling Rivalry, ran in their Lifestyles section.  You can read the piece here

I hope you had a great weekend and have a wonderful Monday! xx


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