Monthly Archives: February 2016

Bathroom: Almost Done

It’s time for a bathroom update. Unfortunately, not QUITE yet one in which we declare it “done.” But an update, nonetheless.

(doesn’t that sound so nice and calm? that’s vacation, doing it’s job…)

I’ve at least stopped panicking about our defective/mis-mixed grout fiasco. After several awkward conversations with our contractors, the tile store representative who sold us the grout, and the grout’s regional distributor (yes! I went that deep!), all standing around in our 100-square-foot bathroom and refusing to look each other in the eye (seriously; six people in a tiny bathroom with their faces glued to the floor is hella awkward)…

It appears we have a fix:

We're re-staining the grout in place, using what so far seems to be a pretty great product called Aquamix.

We’re re-staining the grout in place, using what so far seems to be a pretty great product called Aquamix

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…and I’m pretty darn happy with the results thus far. Go figure!

And, we’ve made good on our declaration not to spend a dime on anything.

(I have to say, our contractor has jumped every time we’ve said “jump!”)

So help me god, there’s gonna be a “DONE” post soon…

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The Good

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Beautiful Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower.

I think I’ve shared enough ugly vacation photos of me at this point!

Here’s a just-for-fun post dedicated to NOT-ugly vacation photos (aka, the majority of them – because we DID go to three of the world’s most beautiful cities, after all)…

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Manifestations

My experiment is complete. Vacation is now over.

Our two-week Greatest European Hits trip came to an end this past Tuesday; by Wednesday AM we were home in bed recovering from it all.

It’s true: the “recovery trip” itself required a recovery period after.

But overall, was it good for me? Did it help beat back my multiple sclerosis relapse?

Well…

Trent did photograph me every day. My hope was that those photos would, over time, reflect my physical progress. That you’d be able to see a little light come on somehow… I’m not quite sure if I believed the photos could be the evidence for or the actual cause of an improvement, but…

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Manifesting

Even though I’ve spent all morning answering work email, I’m now “officially” on vacation.

(I guess since I get unlimited paid time off, and these will be my fourth and fifth weeks since starting six months ago, I can’t really complain about the working-on-PTO-thing…)

And since my health began deteriorating a couple weeks ago in what I believe is a direct response to my stress levels, I’ve decided to document the effect vacation will hopefully have in bringing me back to normalcy. Or at least getting me mostly recovered from this relapse.

I’ve asked Trent to photograph me every day. In my most natural state – however much effort I cared to put into getting dressed, brushing my hair, etc. I hope my energy level will come through in my choices about my appearance; I hope ever-increasing happiness levels will come through in my expression. I hope time off to rest and relax will allow me to slowly recapture my full mobility, and that progress will be manifested in my outward self.

So, to get started…

DAY 1:

After returning home from my last day of work, at 8:45 PM. Had to get my jeans off pronto because I felt like I was losing circulation in my left leg. Yelled at Trent in the car for touching me after he picked me up from BART. Cried when I couldn't figure out how to check us in online with Virgin Atlantic. Ate one takeout sushi roll for dinner and fell asleep on the couch.

After returning home from my last day of work, at 8:45 PM. Had to get my jeans off pronto because I felt like I was losing circulation in my left leg. Yelled at Trent in the car for touching me after he picked me up from BART. Cried when I couldn’t figure out how to check us in online with Virgin Atlantic. Ate one takeout sushi roll for dinner and fell asleep on the couch.

DAY 2:

First "official" morning of vacation. Spent most of it on email. Decided to go to the airport three hours early to get out of the house and away from responsibilities. Left leg still not working properly and right leg now in a lot of pain; stressed out about making the trip with a big suitcase. Oh well.

First “official” morning of vacation. Spent most of it on email. Decided to go to the airport three hours early to get out of the house and away from responsibilities. Left leg still not working properly and right leg now in a lot of pain; stressed out about walking while lugging a big suitcase. Oh well.

Time will tell what happens next. 13 more days of time, to be precise.

Ta ta for now…

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