Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Week in Review

Another wonderful link up with Mary of Old School Speech fame. This post is especially fun because WE WERE ON VACATION!!! February ended with winter break. The timing was perfect. I was in dire need of rest and that is what I got!


The view at Ragged Mountain
Mack, me, and Nora























The kids and I skied three days this week despite the bitter cold. We skied at both Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley, both in NH. Ragged is only 25 minutes from home and we love it. It's a typical New England ski mountain with plenty of green circles and blue squares for me. I will say one of the blue squares has an impressive headwall at the beginning. Needless to say, on one of of my runs I slid three-quarters of the way down, fast, very fast! Does anyone have any suggestions for how to keep eye glasses from fogging under ski goggles. It was vexing! 

I'm not a selfie sort of gal; my arms are too short, but I did think about speech language pathology once this week. I had an appointment with an endocrinologist. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease whereby the immune system attacks the thyroid. Great, big, fat bummer for my metabolism! I sat with this very smart doctor for two and half hours and listened to her talk nonstop. I left more overwhelmed and confused than when I arrived. This experience gave me some insight as to how parents and perhaps teachers feel as they listen to us explain heady test results and diagnoses that they are unfamiliar with. I do my utmost to avoid jargon and explain things as simplistically as I can without condescension, but WOW, this was eye opening for me.
 3D SLP
3D SLP 
I arrived home from skiing one day to a fabulous treat! I have been following the reviews of 3D SLP's delight, de-stress, and deliver boxes and finally ordered one. It's like a red cross box for SLPs! It's my first, but it definitely won't be my last. Thanks, Amy!

Sometime last summer my Instagram friend Speechreka posted some delicious looking creations she made using her Spiralizer. She extolled its virtues and suggested I buy one. Well, it took me a while to order one, but after seeing the dishes that could be prepared with this baby I bit the bullet. Mack and I prepared this absolutely scrumptious Zucchini Linguine with Garlic Clam Sauce. This recipe was found in Ali Maffucci's book Inspiralized. I had a little difficulty finding fresh clams because apparently the clammers can't harvest them because of the snow!
For my brain this week I finished a 1000 piece puzzle I began on February 1st, on a snow day. Believe it or not the entire puzzle was complete except ONE piece. I found the piece the next day in between two floorboards. Whew!
I also read Unbroken. This book is remarkable and if it's on your list and you haven't gotten to it yet, drop everything and read it. Some of it was difficult as the human rights abuses Louie Zamperini suffered were abhorrent. The overarching theme, however of the human capacity to survive is inspiring.
Tomorrow is back to reality as I complete lesson plans and check my meeting schedule. It's time to get back into our schedule, but I am so thankful that I had this week to rest my weary mind and body!

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for linking up! I wish I could ski...I tried it once. My oldest worked at Park City, Ut. last winter and loved all of the snowboarding he was able to do.
    That book is on my list...I'm a bit obsessed by that time period!

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    1. I started skiing when I was 49 as I didn't want to hit 50 without having skied. It was hard to learn and I cannot keep up with the kids! I essentially ski left to right and not up and down. I did manage my first black diamond last year, but I only needed to do that once! The book was fantastic. You won't be able to put it down!

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  2. Always great take away points from Annie! Looks like you had a great week with family and a little you time!

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    1. Any vacation week is a good week, right?

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  3. How fun!! I have NEVER been skiing!! Considering I can barely walk with coordination, it's probably for the best, but I would love to one day! I have thyroid issues, too, and it's absolutely no fun I tell you!! At least I know I'm in good company. OH!! and my arms are too short for selfies, too. Were we separated at birth? My family affectionately calls them "ceelo arms" (as in Ceelo Green LOL)

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  4. God love our families! They know how to keep our egos in check! I'll bet you would love skiing. My first year was a little challenging, but each year I get better.
    So many women I know are dealing with thyroid disease. I wonder why? Maybe diagnoses are just better, but it seems almost epidemic. Add menopause to the mix and WOW, what a treat!

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  5. Fun-I loved skiing in high school but am a big chicken now that I have a HSA plan. Your post reminded me that I need to contact my doctor about a thyroid appointment. Just hypothyroidism for me-but the metabolism bummer remains-more so as I get older.

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    1. Crazy! So many women are sharing the same thing! Make that appointment! I'm hoping in another year my metabolism will start waking up. They say five years after menopause it starts perking up again.

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