Sinus Surgery, the Sequel

Remember how I had sinus surgery last year? And how not fun the recovery was? Yeah, well, it looks like I’ll get to relive that. Hooray.

Well, it turns out the sinus my doctor operated on last year is completely open and looks perfect. But, the other ones? Not so much. There is not one bit of air in them. which is what’s causing the sinus pressure I’ve been experiencing and the recent chronic infections.

At least there’s an answer. That’s a good thing. My CT scan could have shown every sinus open and clear, which would have left us wondering what is causing me to feel so badly. Thank goodness that was not what happened. But, as much as I want to feel better, I’m dreading this surgery. The recovery wasn’t fun last time. Neither was the post-op visit. And, re-reading my post from last year is making me dread this even more. I just hope the result will be worth all the pain and misery.

Wordless Wednesday: Seat Belts! So We Can Be Safe!


When I Said ‘I Do’ — Toddle Along Tuesday

I’m linking up today with Growing Up Geeky.

Last month, we celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. We’ve had highs and lows. We’ve laughed together and cried together. And, through it all, there’s no one else I’d rather have by my side.

I think about my wedding day a lot since I manage a wedding group’s Facebook page and post about weddings every day. So, since today’s Toddle Along Tuesday theme is weddings, I’m going to share some of my pictures with you. We had a small ceremony and a fun reception afterward. I walked down the aisle to the music of a string quartet. My parents did everything to make my wedding dreams come true without breaking the bank. It was perfect.

me looking at reflection me looking sassy me and mom in bridal room

me and dad in bridal room

me with bridesmaids in bridal room

groomsmen 2



holding hands in chapel closeup 2

me on joe's lap

electric slide

me and melissa

chair dance

kissing with bubbles

Chalkboards and Erasers

Today, I toured a brand-spankin’ new elementary school. Students there vote for the answers to math problems by using clickers attached to the classroom’s smart board. And, in the global lab (global lab, y’all!), students can take a virtual field trip by video chatting with children in other countries. Today, they were chatting with a class in Ghana, Africa.

When I was in elementary school, we had Flat Stanley (ours were life-size silhouettes). And Mavis Beacon (the only time we used one of the two computers in my 8th-grade classroom). And chalkboards. CHALK.  With erasers. That we clapped outside after school.

And, I caught myself saying, “When I was in elementary school…” just like my parents did, telling another reporter  about clapping erasers. Her eyes glazed over. And, I felt old.

Joe’s Ziplining Adventure!

Yesterday, I took Joe ziplining as part of his birthday present. It was a 2-hour trip, and he had a blast. And, no, I didn’t go with him. I am scared to death of heights, and I don’t think there is any way I can get up on one of those things!

Joe can’t wait to go back and do it again. Maybe, eventually, I will go with him. No promises. 🙂

Spicy Mexican Black Beans

Today, I am linking up with Kelly for Crockpotalooza2!

I love my crock pot but hardly ever use it, so I’ve been on the lookout for some new recipes. A friend of mine posted about a “pantry dump” she did in her crock pot recently and how good it turned out, so I thought I’d do the same thing. The result? DELICIOUS spicy Mexican black beans!

The  beauty of this is that you can add whatever you want. My friend put chicken in hers. Since I’m a vegetarian, and that’s mainly how my husband eats at home, we just used beans, veggies and spices. I picked up a few things at the store, but you probably have most of this at home. I think next time I might add a can of drained corn. I was hoping to use that this time, but I didn’t have any.

This dish is easy to make. Take whatever ingredients you want (we used black beans, zucchini, onion, tomato, jalapenos, a yellow pepper, taco seasoning and hot sauce) and put everything in your crock pot. Turn it on low for about 1.5-2 hours. Then, serve over rice. We used Knorr Mexican Rice, but next time I think we might just use plain steamed white rice.

See? How yummy does that look?? It was so good that my husband requested I make this every week. I am happy to oblige since it takes virtually no time at all. That’s my kind of meal!

2 cans black beans (drain one)
1 large tomato
1 medium onion
1/2 large zucchini
1 yellow pepper
several jalapeno peppers (depends on how spicy you want it)
1 pkg taco seasoning
several dashes hot sauce

Combine everything in crock pot and cook on low heat for 1.5-2 hours. Serve over rice.