Monday, April 1, 2013

Southland in the Springtime

I got another medicine taken away! My rheumy decided it was okay for us to take away my Imuran! Progress. I like it. So now I'm just on prednisone, INH, plaquinil and my monthly infusion of Benlysta. Progress = me getting better slowly but surely. It feels good. It's a road that I think I made longer than necessary, but it's nice that I'm in a great place mentally and working on getting to a great place physically.

I'm heading to Georgia on Thursday night. I can't wait to be at home with my parents, and to sleep in my own bed. I'll eat at my favorite restaurant and see friends who are home. I'll get to wig shop with DJ. Maybe I'll post pictures of us shopping. Are you on Instagram? You should follow me if you are! DCLion is my name!

I have a celebratory bottle of champagne in my fridge that I was supposed to share with my last boyfriend when I got better. We're obviously no longer together, and honestly not really speaking, but I look forward to the day when I can pop that sucker open and celebrate being better. I know I'll have some amazing people right there beside me.

Did you have an amazing Easter? I know I really enjoyed spending time with my cousins. I read the Bible every day during Lent, and though I haven't quite finished yet, it's been really great reading it straight through. Did you accomplish your Lenten goals?

3 days to Georgia. Home, I'll see you soon.

Song of the Post: Indigo Girls -- Southland in the Springtime

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Indecision and ONE MONTH til the Lupus Walk!

I'm going home a week from Thursday. Something about being at my parent's house and hanging out with my nieces and nephews just makes me feel better. I think next weekend is going to be a weird weekend for me so I just wanted to be in a place where I'm comfortable and happy. I have a decision to make though. Do I want to go to my parent's house or do I want to go to our river house?

I could go to my parents' house in Georgia... so pretty with the Azaleas blooming.

I'd get to play with my nieces and nephew.

They help me have fun even when I don't feel well.

I goof off in my old room. And yes that is a caboodle on the floor.

I'd get to see my awesome friend DJ. 

And I'd get to go hang out in the back of my Dad's truck on our family friend's farm.

Do I want to go to my river house in Florida? 

I could eat at the table my Dad built.

and relax on the water (if it's warm there)! and I'd obvi wear a hat, and sunscreen and probably a wetsuit... ok maybe I'll just hang out on the porch in a rocking chair...

Where should I go???

Also... the lupus walk is exactly ONE MONTH from today! I can't wait! Have you signed up to walk with me and/or donated to my cause? It'd be great if you did! Then I wouldn't have to get videos like this from Camila and Speight... 

I think the walk this year will be really fun, and I'd love to have you join me! Plus look how cute Winlon looks in his lupus t-shirt! 

I appreciate any and all support you can lend toward my cause. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your church group! Heck, tell everyone! 

Song of the Post: Fun. -- Sight of the Sun 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Extensions? A Wig? I Dont Even Know!

So, I've talked to y'all before about how my hair has fallen out. It's pretty thin now. I can't really wear it down anymore, but wearing it up is also awkward too because I have some bald spots on the sides of my head. It doesn't do much for one's self esteem. I've been looking into wigs, but then also I've been thinking about getting extensions. Have you ever had extensions or known someone who's done them? I feel like I want to do something, and maybe extensions is easier than a wig? I know nothing about either though. Wigs can be expensive, but then again I'm sure extensions can be as well. What do you suggest? I wish I could have a solution by my friend Piper's wedding April 13. Is that feasible? I don't even know. I wish my friend DJ lived in DC! He would know what to do.

Did you guys have a relaxing weekend? I worked Friday night until 3 am. Brutal, ammirite? I've been relaxing a lot lately and reading A Casual Vacancy for my book club. Have you read that book? It's kind of hard to follow, but I'm getting into it.

I FaceTimed with Camila yesterday, and she was doing a wrap party with my cousins and family for It Works! That's her new biz that she's started working for. Y'all. I can't tell you how awesome this product is. I saw what it did for one of Camila's clients and it is insane! After 45 minutes and just one wrap that difference was amazing. I didn't really buy into it before. I'm always hesitant of products like this, but I'm totally buying into it now. Camila is sending me a wrap to try, and I will take before and after pictures and blog about it. You can go check out It Works! over on her blog. Let me know if you decide to try it! I've been taking the Greens for a few weeks now, and I feel great. I recommend those, too. I've been putting them in water, but I hear they are better in juice in just a quick shot.

I think the thalidomide is slowllllllly starting to work. I'm so ready I can't even tell y'all. I know it'll take awhile to undo what I did to myself, but I'm working on it. Hopefully one day y'all will come to read my blog and I'll just be like oh hey Irene is gone, what? I'll just drop it all casual like. It will be so exciting!

I've been trying to find last minute flights home in 2 weeks. Well, a week from this weekend.  I wish flights weren't so expensive! I wish I had a magic card that I could book flights on for free and then accrue all the miles. Can anyone make that happen?

Song of the Post: Tegan and Sara -- Back In Your Head

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Many Hair Colors of Caroline

I'm in hour 15 at work today. I've been going through old pictures, and I've decided that I've had some interesting haircuts and colors over the years. It also made me want to maybe go dark again. Idk. What's your favorite 'do for me? Brown? Black? Red? (Don't pick red!) or Blonde? Bangs? No bangs? I don't even know. 

Camila Started Selling Things

Camila, along with our cousin Jessica, started selling stuff for It Works! Go check it out on her blog! I've been doing the Greens, and I've felt great! Everyone should give it a try fo sho.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Positive Attitude

Y'all. It's been one of those weeks. It's busy at work. Irene is being her annoying self. BUT guess what? Georgia State Society sent out an email, set up a facebook invite and put information on their website about the lupus walk. How awesome is that? It made me so happy! I hope that the information reaches people who didn't know about lupus, and I hope it spurs people to donate to such an amazing cause. Fingers crossed!

GSS also put information up about Gold Cup. It made me excited to wear that new dress I blogged about last time. Yay! Everyone should come. You can sit next to me on the bus. It will be fabulous. We can talk about lupus. And boys.  

I've been taking the thalidomide for about 10 days now, and though I haven't seen any huge improvements in Irene I'm still hopeful that it'll work. I don't even know what I'm going to do when my rash is gone. Celebrate for sure. Wear lots of sunscreen so she doesn't come back... I don't even know. I've had this rash for so long I think I've forgotten what I look like without it. I'll definitely get my confidence back that's for sure. After the rash is gone I just have to wait for my hair to come back and then I'm all set. I'll be a foxy lady again. Bow chick wow wow. Yeahhhhh. Ha! Just kidding.

I've been in a quirky mood lately, but a good mood nonetheless. I feel like things are really on the up and up for me. Maybe it's because I've been seeing someone to talk about life, maybe it's because I'm finally doing better health wise. Maybe it's because I got 2 packs of peanut M&M's out of the vending machine on Friday after only paying for one. Who knows? All I know is lately the sun has been shining for me, the birds have been singing, people from Australia are reading my blog (Hi Katrina!) and I'm just bebopping along through life. This is definitely an improvement, and I'll take it.

Song of the Post: Carly Rae Jepsen -- Tiny Little Bows

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mish Mash Monday

I hope y'all had an amazeballs weekend, and a wonderful St. Patrick's day! St. Patrick's day always makes me miss Ireland. I loved studying abroad there, and for awhile I really wanted to move there. Who knows, maybe I still will one day!

It's been awhile since I've done a mish mash Monday so I thought I'd rock one out for y'all.

1.  It was snowing on my way to work this morning. In late March. I do not approve.

2.  I got an email from my rheumy this morning. Sadly my labs are not looking as good as I am. We're going to hold off on the prednisone taper, but I still get to keep one of my other meds away so I'm happy over all.

3. I'm going to see Admissions on Wednesday with Tabitha. For work. I love my job sometimes.

4. I love coffee. A lot.

5. I really want to get an Irish Wolfhound puppy. I've even been dreaming about it. Alas, I'm not allowed to have dogs in my apartment. This makes me sad.

6. I'm going to a horse race in May. I bought this dress to wear. Thoughts? Also I need to find a hat to match. Gots to stay out of the sun! Any suggestions?

7. MC comes back to DC tomorrow. I'm so happy for her to see me!

8. I'm still in an amazing mood from Friday.

9. Sharks are evil.

10. My friend, Piper, showed me this video. It is fake but it solidifies why I hate sea life.

11. The email from Georgia State Society about the lupus walk is supposed to go out to their membership list today. I am nervous and excited. Yay!

12. To round out mish mash Monday you get photos from my iPhone. Lucky you!

Happy Monday, y'all! I hope you have an amazing week!