Sunday Coffee – A Short But Explosive Month

IMG_4125Well. February was a brutal month here. I think probably half a year’s worth of happenings was stuffed into these few short weeks. To give you some idea:

01 Brantley bday 2February began right after a whirlwind trip to Dallas to celebrate my nephew’s second birthday. The next weekend involved shopping for wedding dresses with my sister, followed by a Super Bowl party I held for my cousins, and Jason’s dad arriving from Wisconsin for a few days. There was, of course, Valentine’s Day celebrations, then a giant birthday celebration for one of my uncles, and then a few other health- and book-related events that will be discussed below. Beyond all that, I think I spent half of the month heading out for one doctor’s appointment or another (the five of us had a total of 21 doctors appointments this month!!), and the other half running errands. By the last half of the month, I couldn’t even fit in time for my daily walks!

02 construction 2We discovered mold behind one set of kitchen cabinets back in November, and have been saving up to replace them (saving up more in time than money – we have been BUSY!). With Jason’s dad coming in from out of town, we thought it would be a good time to work on them, since he and Jason often did this kind of project. Ambrose is also interested in this kind of thing, so Jason took a few days off work, and the three of them worked on ripping out the old cabinets, killing off the mold, and putting in new stuff. It’s not entirely done yet. We have a few little touches (like handles for the drawers), and in all the construction, we discovered that our soffit cabinets were held up with finishing nails, with no studs to attach them. So we had to pull those down, too, and are still trying to figure out what to do with the damage left to the ceiling and wall. Not to mention the loss of a lot of cabinet space. Sigh.

02 toe surgeryI already talked about all the health stuff I’m going through, but you know how I mentioned those bajillion doctor appointments above? Many of them were Laurence’s. The poor boy inherited from his mother the tendency to get badly ingrown toenails. He already had surgery on them once, back in the fall, but it was through Urgent Care and they didn’t do a good job. We had to shuffle through several podiatrists (really, if you don’t treat children, you shouldn’t make appointments for them and then call an hour beforehand to cancel…), and then we had to make three different attempts at surgery before it actually happened. Laurence is still recovering, but he’s doing much better than in the beginning, and thankfully had no poor reaction to surgery/anesthesia!

IMG_4117I didn’t read much this month – or rather, I read a lot, just a lot of the same book! My book-world wasn’t suffering much from this, though. Book Blogger Appreciation Week and my eight-year-blogoversary kept my blog busy, and I had a couple big book events outside the blog as well. I hosted a book club to discuss Howl’s Moving Castle, which was awesome, and I hope the group continues to grow and flourish. I needed a book club again! The second was an event called Library Palooza, where I got to meet Leigh Bardugo and Brandon Sanderson!! More on this in a forthcoming post of its own.

So it’s no wonder that a big chunk of my brain just wanted to read/listen to the same books over and over and over again, often while crocheting! Those were sometimes the down-moments I got! I’m looking forward to this month being over, to my birthday on Tuesday, to having a fresh (and hopefully less stressful) start to a new-to-me year!

About Amanda

Agender empty-nester filling my time with cats, books, fitness, and photography. She/they.
This entry was posted in Book Talk, Personal and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to Sunday Coffee – A Short But Explosive Month

  1. Deepika Ramesh says:

    That was a whirlwind of a month indeed, Amanda. I am glad that the month is almost over. Happy birthday in advance. I hope you will have a memorable day, and receive loads of bookish gifts. 🙂


  2. Dang! The family and book stuff sounded nice, but I hope March is way lower in mold, construction, doctors’ appointments and surgery.


  3. Ceri says:

    Woah, what a month, girl. You are already having such a crazy year and it’s only the end of February. I do hope things slow down a little for you in March. Poor Laurence – I hate it when doctors mess you around and waste your time like that. Hope he recovers fast.


    • Amanda says:

      He just keeps telling himself: This surgery will hopefully mean an end to the toe problems he’s had for the last 12 years. My sister had the surgery done when she was around 20, and she’s never had a problem since. Jason recommends I go through it at some point, but we’ll see.


  4. Trish says:

    Poor Laurence!! I didn’t realize that ingrown toenails could be so serious! Elle will get them sometimes when I don’t realize her shoes are too small, but thankfully they’re easy for me to remedy. Hopefully this fixes it permanently for him!!

    And your book club sounds great! I miss mine but don’t know that I’ll seek out another one at this point. Maybe one day.


    • Amanda says:

      Yeah, we have a brand of toenail that grows sideways into the skin all the way down to the root. I inherited it from my dad’s side of the family, and at least one of my siblings did too (she had this surgery when she was 20), and thankfully only one of our kids inherited it from me. Probably one day I should have this surgery, too. It happens will all our toes and fingers, but for some reason the worst offenders are the big toes, probably because there’s so much skin there to mess up!


  5. Kailana says:

    I hope everything goes well with Laurence!


  6. Michelle says:

    Dang, that is a busy month! I hope March is much calmer for you!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.