Making the most of my time at home.
As you might recall from my August Life of Lauren post, I fractured my right ankle. It’s been an interesting month. I’ve spent a lot of hours at home and many days without leaving the apartment. I’m not able to drive. It was a challenge to walk, even while wearing the walking boot. My bruised and injured ankle would throb at times, and all I could do was prop it up on a pillow. Needless to say, my life has not been incredibly interesting or inspiring.
However…I’ve got a little taste of the full time blogging life! I’ve worked away on my computer on writing projects and photo editing projects and all sorts of nerdy blogging things that I hadn’t had time to do otherwise. I’m able to properly promote my blog posts and participate in Twitter chats. For the most part, I’ve occupied my time at home with blogging projects and watching Netflix. I’ve felt extremely lazy physically, but extremely productive otherwise. Surprisingly, I’m not going stir crazy. I always have so much to do and I’m continually inspired to get things checked off my list.
Even with my injury, I was able to travel to two nearby places with the help of Justin and my bloggy buddy, Lindsay! Thanks for driving my bum around!
TBEX in the Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes isn’t terribly far from home. I originally planned to drive Lindsay and I to the conference, but I’m unable to drive with my injury and giant walking boot. Thankfully, Lindsay agreed to drive the two of us so I could still attend the conference. This was my fourth TBEX conference (Travel Bloggers Exchange) as I’ve attended them previously in Fort Lauderdale, Huntsville, and Killarney, Ireland. I’ve visited the Finger Lakes region on numerous occasions in the past, and I’m sure I’ll return many more times again in my lifetime. It’s such a beautiful and charming region, with tiny towns, stunning gorges, brilliant waterfalls, wineries and breweries. The conference was at the Corning Museum of Glass, which is such an inspiring venue and museum. This was one of my favourite TBEX events as it was wonderful to meet so many great people, reconnect with friends, network and learn. After the conference, Lindsay and I made one last stop at Watkins Glen State Park before heading home.
For Justin’s birthday, we were originally set to head down to Orlando, Florida for a trip that will be postponed until December. I’m not able to travel far or fly with a fractured ankle, so we took a little trip down to Buffalo to check out craft breweries, street art, and a new vegan restaurant called Root and Bloom. We stayed at a restored Victorian house and accommodation called Inn Buffalo, and we fell in love with this lovely home. Buffalo continues to surprise us and we’re always happy to return anytime we can!
I went for a follow-up doctor’s appointment in mid September to discover that I was still healing and had to leave the walking boot on until my following checkup on October 18th. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be all healed up (or well on my way!) so I can resume normal life activities. I also want to be in great shape in time for our trip to New Zealand in early November.
This Month, I’m Obsessed With…
- SO many shows on Netflix. I’ve had the chance to binge watch shows like crazy since I’ve been housebound 24/7. I’ve watched The Sinner, Maniac, Brooklyn Nine Nine, and the first two seasons of Broadchurch. I’m really into British crime dramas where the story continues throughout the season or the entire series, like Happy Valley. Any suggestions or recommendations?
- Knitting hats upon hats upon hats. I’ve stocked up my Etsy Shop with lots of warm knits, ripe for the picking!
- Cat snuggles. All the time. All day.
- Coffee, as usual. My coffee maker and coffee beans at home are fabulous, but I do love when Justin or my sister brings over some coffee from Tim Hortons. I drank Tim Hortons coffee every day at my day job, so I’m missing that!
Now that I’ve covered my bases of what I usually tend to write about in these monthly wrap-ups, I need to write about something a little more serious and sad.
Why I’m Really Glad I’m Home
I’ve started to see this ankle fracture as a blessing in disguise for a whole variety of reasons. There’s one main reason why I’ve been grateful to be stuck at home over the past six weeks. While I’d usually be off traveling somewhere or working long hours at my day job, I am thankful to have been at home for this.
In the middle of July, my grandpa started to suffer from serious health issues out of the blue. It breaks my heart to even write this. After a short battle with cancer, my grandpa has sadly passed away. It’s really hard to believe that he is gone. I know it hasn’t even fully sunk in yet. Maybe I’m still distracting myself from the truth. What I do want to write here is that my grandpa was a great man. Always kind, always patient. Everyone who knew him loved him. He was a very gentle man who would do anything for his family, especially my granny. They were married for 65 years this August.
I am grateful to be at home these days. I was able to visit him in the hospital. I’ve been able to spend time with my sister and with my granny. Justin has been here as a shoulder to cry on. Heck, I think I’ve cried on a lot of shoulders. I have the images stuck in my mind from when he was sick in the hospital bed, but I’m hoping that over time those images will be replaced with happier memories. It drags up old memories from when my dad was sick and I watched him pass away.
Life is so short. It’s so precious. You never know what will happen from one day to the next, but I suppose that’s all part of the journey.