Silver Linings (VII).

This week I’m grateful for/giddy over:

1. Katherine, Sarah, Amy & Zach. Friends who, with pretty much no notice, welcomed me into their Chicago apartments so I could easily/unexpectedly extend my hospital visits. Conversation, food, & beer with friends definitely help break-up back-to-back days in acute care/rehab. The people who love you come through and show up when you need ’em. Merci.

2. My Fitness Pal. Totally loving this app (recommended by Paige). I’ve never been a calorie counter, but I do think keeping a food diary keeps me in line a bit. Having to log every spontaneous chocolate binge or huge portion of pad thai gives me a better picture of how to find balance. And, yep, I love “earning” calories through workouts. Today? 491 extra calories to play with. šŸ˜‰

3. Indulging with JCrew. I usually resist the “extra 30% off” sales, but went for a couple items this week: perfect shirt in leopard (I know. I released an animal print lovin’ monster. No idea where it came from) and rugby-stripe dress. Needed a little pick-me-up.

4. Mom started speech therapy, is rockin’ the stairs. My mom moved over to the hospital’s rehab unit on Wednesday. Yesterday I got to see her climb stairs with crutches, walk down the hall without even a walker. And today, after a week of requesting, she started speech therapy to start working on her voice. Yay!

5. Hospital food. Seriously, I love the Au Bon Pain at Rush, and the cafeteria isn’t half-bad, either. Good coffee, yummy and varied wraps (many of which have my weakness—avocado). And the red velvet cupcake I couldn’t resist? Delicious cream cheese frosting.

400 calories, truthfully logged šŸ˜‰

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~ by Elena Marie on April 20, 2012.

2 Responses to “Silver Linings (VII).”

  1. Glad to hear that your mom is making progress!

  2. hey lady, i’m so happy to hear that your mom is doing well…and that there are cupcakes involved. šŸ™‚

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