Happy Belated Easter

I’m such a horrible blogger, but life isn’t what it used to be. Oh how I miss the days of reading, commenting, and staying up-to-date with what other bloggers. I still read, but only sparingly, and mainly through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – maybe that’s the direction I’m going anyway.

It’s been busy around the Weakland house – Eric is working on the basement bathroom, and once that is finished – we’ll paint the living area, and get new carpet. We were trying to stay on the low-cost end, but the shower unit we got was too large, so now we have white, subway tile. It looks great, but it certainly wasn’t an added cost we were looking to have. The same guys also painted our kitchen ceiling, which is a pretty large job since it’s vaulted and a lot of tape was coming loose. Looks great though. Once the weather breaks, they will come back and start working on the exterior.

Easter was nice, but quiet – we went to church, hid some eggs, and I made a ham for dinner. Deck will be going to a Catholic junior kindergarten class in the fall so we went to that church to check things out – beautiful space, but not too fond of the priest. My mom came down later, and we had a nice afternoon just hanging out, and enjoying the weather.

A few weeks ago – we took Deck to the Ringling Brothers & Barnum Baily Circus. I think he enjoyed it, especially since we had been to the museum in Tampa, but didn’t leave w/out getting a toy of course. They are multiplying by the dozen at home.

My workouts are still going well – officially down 14 pounds today, so I’m making progress. I would love to lose a few more pounds by the time we go to France in May, so I need to really focus on the late-night snacking. It’s such a hard habit to break.

There’s not much progress to report on my head issues – it’s been 4-weeks since I’ve been back on the Clonazepam, and I’m not feeling any difference. I made an appt. with my psychiatrist next week to see what the next step is – I am just tired of feeling this way (7 months and counting).

Sorry for the lack of posts, just trying to take it one day at a time. Hope you’re doing well.

Happy Hump Day!


Yes, I’m Still Here

Today is my last day as a 43-year old. I’m sad to see that number go (because I hate even ones), but am happy that I have a new year ahead of me. It’s been quite the 12+ months, to say the least, and I am trying my best to stay positive and move on.

For the most part, I’m better emotionally. The anxiety and depression are gone, my overall mood is better, I’m back to making to-do lists, and I’m having more fun with Eric and Deck which is the best part. It’s amazing really. I missed the old Jodi.

As for me physically, I’m still having head issues. My neurologist put me on Clonazepam about two months ago, and it helped, but I didn’t think it was helping enough. So he put me on Trazodone, and that sent me back to square one – no change whatsoever. I went back to see him last Friday, and he said since none of my symptoms are neurological at this point, I should be treated by my psychiatrist. I’m back on the Clonazepam and hope it starts working soon because this sucks. My head is the only issue that I have right now, and I refuse to accept that this is how it’s going to be. I will give the meds a few weeks, and then see what my next step should be.

I joined Weight Watchers on January 14, and have lost over 10 pounds so far. Go me! I gained a few pounds when we went to Florida last month, but am making progress again. I can feel a tiny difference in my clothes, and a coworker complimented me on how I looked today. My goal is to lose 60 pounds altogether, which would put me at my pre-wedding weight. I’ve thought about rewards for losing 30 and 60, but am not sure about the stuff in between. Any ideas?

I also started doing bodywork last week (not free weights) thanks to my massage therapist. Since she was looking for a logo, and I was looking to get back in shape – we worked out a deal. I do her workout 2x/week, and cardio most other days. Win Win.

Let’s see what else – the holidays came and went, Deck is growing like a weed, and we put an offer in to buy a 56-acre farm. Um yea, I said farm. Unfortunately, they aren’t budging on their price, so there’s no need to go into details right now, but we’ll see how things are in a few months. It would be a huge move for us, for various reasons, but it’s also an awesome opportunity. I have a farmhouse board on Pinterest if you’re curious.

And because there’s a slight possibility of moving – there are some things we need to get done around our current house, one of which is updating the bathroom downstairs. Eric has it gutted right now so I’ll make sure and get before/after photos. We also need to paint and carpet downstairs, paint the kitchen ceiling, paint the house exterior, seal the driveway, etc. Busy busy, and money money. /sigh/

I’m not sure how often I will blog, but will try my best and keep you updated on things, including my weight loss. Hope you’re doing well.

Happy Tuesday.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Wow, I didn’t realize that it had been that long since writing. My apologies. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas is less than 2 weeks away. Yikes! Where has this year gone? For me – it has been a year that I would like to forget (for a lot of reasons),  but it’s also been a great year for other things too. Deck is really in a fun stage right now – he’s constantly talking or asking questions, is very affectionate, and very into Christmas. He loves lights, and was very helpful when it came to decorate the house and tree. We’ve got to enjoy a few holiday specials with him for the first time too, which has been great – Rudolph and Bumble seem to be his favorite characters (we even have an inflatable in our front yard). All he wants is a remote control monster truck, so thankfully that’s one thing that Santa was able to find.

I have been feeling more and more like myself, and if it wasn’t for the head pain (which is decreasing) – I think I would be close to normal. I told my therapist that I don’t think I will ever be back to where I was, since so much has happened/changed in the last two years, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. My psychiatrist wants me to stay at 20mg for now, and see how things go – I could still see benefits 10-12 weeks out which hasn’t happened yet. My back, leg, arm, and chest pain has also been minimal – so much so that in January, I will be doing PT every other week. Progress is progress.

The head pain was pretty bad last week, and for the past two days – it’s been pretty minimal. Not sure what’s changed, and it’s hard not to be a skeptic since it’s been ongoing for so long (3+ months). I have an appt. with my neurologist on Friday, and would still like some sort of pain med (for when it comes back) since I shouldn’t be taking Tylenol. We will see what he says.

In other news – Eric won a 5 day/4 night luxury vacation (from a drawing at an event he attended last month). I thought it was a joke, but it’s not – and from the list of about 15 places (Mexico, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, etc.), we chose to go Atlantis in the Bahamas since we have to take Deck. My mom, God bless her, offered to watch him, but he’s never stayed anywhere overnight and he would be a lot for her to handle for 5 days. We’ve heard a lot of good things, from a lot of different people, and can’t wait! Did I mentioned that it’s all-inclusive, and the only thing we had to pay for what Deck’s airfare? Sweet! Since we have other vacations planned for February and May – we picked October, which gives me plenty of time to get back into shape.

Hope everyone is having a great Monday! 


Bring On the Turkey

Winter is upon us as seen by the big, puffy flakes outside my office window. I think DC will mainly get rain, but Eric said the snow is sticking to our driveway (we live north of the city). I’m okay with that since we aren’t traveling to State College until tomorrow, and by then – I think the roads will be fine. I am looking forward to Thanksgiving with the Weaklands especially since we didn’t go last year, and I’m bringing mom along. Deck is very excited to see his cousins, and I’m already prepared for no nap and being up late. It’s the holidays, right? No use in getting worked up.

I have been feeling much better emotionally – Eric has noticed, and I have too. I get glimpses of my old, silly self, and it feels nice. The head pain is still there, maybe not as bad, but it’s there on a daily basis. I go back to the psychiatrist next week and we’ll see what she says. I’m not scheduled to see the neurologist again until December, may not wait that long if things don’t improve. I had more lab work done, and as expected – everything appears to be normal. In other good news, my sciatica and arm/hand pain have been gone for a few weeks, so at least I can cross that issue of my list. Whoo Hooo!

It’s hard to believe that Eric and I celebrated our 5-year wedding anniversary on the 21st, and we went to a movie and dinner last Saturday. We chose to see Intersteller on an IMAX screen – highly recommend. Such a great movie, and quite touching in a few spots. We had dinner at a french country restaurant that has been in the area for years, but I had never been. Everything was delicious, and I’m always glad to see when restaurants that take your comments seriously – I had suggested a table by the fireplace and that’s exactly what we go (although it was gas, and not wood-burning – boo!).

Since we are only spending one night in State College, the only other weekend plans are to drop more clothes off at consignment, and then cut down our Christmas tree. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week, and holiday if you celebrate Thanksgiving. I have much to be thankful for this year, and I hope you do to.

Happy Hump Day!

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