Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Vermont, liberal rednecks and plastic surgery

Jim and I headed to Vermont the last week of September for our vacation this year. He had a plane ticket banked that had to be used by October 3rd so off we went to visit a childhood friend of mine that I had not seen in 38 years! She and her husband just recently moved to Vermont and were gracious enough to offer up their basement apartment to us.

We stayed in her home with her hubby and 3 cats and had the best time catching up in the evenings. Our days were filled with trips all over Vermont, New Hampshire and even a brief trip into Canada to get our passports stamped! I posted all of my pictures on Facebook and most of them on Instagram, so friend/follow me if you want to view them. We missed seeing the changing foliage by about 10 days because it was still so warm there, but did manage to catch some pretty colors in New Hampshire.

We made the most of our time - I ziplined for the first time, we drove to the summit of Mt Washington and just enjoyed being together!

The leaves are just starting to change here in east Tennessee and I am happy about that! Last night, we headed to a local theater to see the wellRED comedy group led by the "liberal redneck," Trae Crowder. The guys were hilarious and kept us laughing for 2 hours straight! The other comedians were Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester and all three signed their book for us. We had unknowingly purchased VIP tickets and so got to meet and greet the guys after the show - what a fun evening! Jim and I have decided that we need to do things like this more often!

This Thursday, I am having surgery. I have 2 areas of my body that I have never been happy with. Two months ago, I had my chip CoolSculpted and I am really happy with my results. While my chin isn't perfect (and I didn't expect it to be since I am almost 49!), I do have a lot less fat and would highly recommend this procedure. Here are some photos of my results:

So, the 2nd body part I do not like is my belly. It is obvious that I have had 2 children and I've never liked the saggy belly I was left with. I am finally at a weight that I'm ok with, although I do hope to tone up and lose a bit more fat in some spots using weight lifting and a keto diet in 2018 (after the holidays!). We had set aside money for a kitchen remodel and my husband suggested I use that money for my chin and tummy. Soooo, in a few days I will have a lipoabdominoplasty, the big word for a tummy tuck with liposuction. I am nervous and excited all at the same time; nervous about the recovery because this is a major surgery and excited to finally be happy with myself. I am going to take pictures of my recovery and will share them here as I heal. It will be a full 12 months before I will have my final result as this surgery causes swelling in the belly for a minimum of 6 months. I chose to do it now because I can hide my swollen belly underneath hoodies during the winter months!

Crochet is still a big part of my daily life. I have lots of projects that need finishing and I hope to tackle them while I am healing from surgery. I won't be comfortable for several weeks, so the family is going to have to help with cleaning and shopping. This means I have extra time on my hands and my goal is to fill it with crochet and reading. I've made a commitment to use my library more. It's silly to buy books even if I am getting them at a discount online or through our nearby used book store. I love the ease of requesting books online and letting the library hold books for me til I pick them up. The winter months are perfect for coffee and a book in the morning!

Well, I guess that is all of the catching up for now. I will write again once I feel ok enough after surgery to post an update!

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