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April Showers…

What’s that saying again?

“April Showers Bring May Flowers?”

I’ve been absent from the blogging world again lately, and mostly all because of these “April Showers.”
IMG_5698Quite literally, this past weekend was my sister’s bridal shower, which I have been working at frantically over the past few weeks to get organized.  Of course, it was out of town, which required a lot of long distance coordination with my mother, a weekend full of driving (while sleep deprived and post-call), and a hefty amount of time commitment.  As you may recall, I was working on a Paris Theme for the shower, and these are the final table centerpieces I made for  each table.  Sadly, I was so busy with all the planning and decorating, that I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of the rest of the decor!

IMG_5693Unfortunately, the bridal shower is the only literal “April Shower” that I have to talk about!  Everything else has been a significant source of stress in the past few weeks.  Most prominent has been my husband’s new business venture.  He is opening up a new clinic and he’s asked me to help him out with the planning, interior decorating, marketing ideas, etc.  While I love to get involved and be creative, one of his business partners (who is really just becoming a pain in the you-know-what and wasn’t really supposed to be involved in the clinic in the first place) seems to be running the show – even though no one wants her to.  I am a passionate person, and this person just seems to rub me the wrong way.  She is also rubbing everyone else the wrong way – and it has been causing a lot of stress.  Last night I told my husband that I would have to be less involved in helping with the clinic and the business because of the amount of stress it is causing.  He said he was sad to hear this and that he really wants my help… but as long as him and his other business partner can’t put this other lady in her place.  I’ve never been one to love politics.  This is no different.

IMG_5695I’m also sad to say that I haven’t been running at all in the past few weeks.  My health and my stress have just been getting more complicated and I was worried that maybe all the long distance, high intensity running was raisin my cortisol levels even higher.  Despite the running I was dong before, I was still gaining weight, retaining huge amounts of water, and I started having those night time panic attacks.  I think I am up to 5 episodes in the past 2 weeks, and they are starting to get a little more intense.  I’ve been working on them with my psychologist and I’ve started trying acupuncture for my headaches and anxiety, and today I finally decided to go back to my GP to talk about them (mostly because I am getting sick of waking up so edematous everyday… Maybe there is something more going on.

That is really just scratching the surface of what’s been keeping me away from blogging lately.  In the spirit of trying to remain more positive, though, I will repeat that “April showers bring May flowers,” rather than say, “when it rains, it pours.

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