We finally got our Christmas tree up and decorated. It only took three days, but it’s done and beautiful! It all started on Saturday when David got our artificial tree out of storage. When he took it out of the box, we discovered that a family of mice had made it their home, and we had to pitch it. So there we were, all ready to decorate, with no tree. An emergency shopping trip to find a new one was in order. We actually found a lovely (fake) tree at Target, for a good price, in short time.
As someone who grew up with the tradition of a live Christmas tree (and who fought vehemently against my parents the one year we did actually have an artificial tree in my youth), you may wonder how I ended up with an artificial… When Ethan was small, we did do the whole live tree thing. There’s a Christmas tree place about 1/4 of a mile from my house, so it was relatively easy, but getting it in the stand… and straight… and keeping it watered… and cleaning up needles… *sigh* At some point, I just decided to go fake.
Yes, I miss the smell of pine and the beauty of nature. And this year, I had some serious concerns about the chemicals used to make these fake trees. As I bent every branch into place, and strung the lights and garland, I had my hands and arms fully immersed within the tree. With the new tree chemical smell, I had to wonder what chemicals / carcinogens I was absorbing into my body. (Thank God I’m still taking my Heavy Metal Detox supplements!)
Day One: Tree assembly and lights. Day Two: Garland, some ornaments, and the trains. Day Three: The rest of the ornaments and decorating the rest of the house. Whew. Done. On to Christmas cards, final shopping, and wrapping!
We had our first Christmas concert last night. It went (mostly) well, and it was loads of fun playing! Four more concerts to go (plus Ethan’s school concert)!
Today was my last day of physical therapy. I’ll really miss the girls at CPT, as I have been going there about 12 weeks, if you count both occupational therapy and physical therapy. You get to be friends in that much time, and they were all wonderful. I tend to get attached to the wonderful people who care for me (I miss my radiation girls also!).
At any rate, I am in a much better place from a pain and mobility perspective, although I can’t say I’m quite at 100%. But if insurance says I’m done, then I guess I’m done! :)
I did leave PT with a half foam roll (think swimming noodle cut in half) and a list of exercises to do with it. Basically, you lay on this “noodle”, lower spine to head, and it helps pull your shoulders back (decompress). It’s intended to help offset the posture of sitting all day at a computer and to help stretch out my muscles. I just need to make sure that I make time for doing the exercises.
It’s a crazy week ahead… busy schedule and some work travel. It will definitely be a challenge to eat and drink healthy! Is it Friday yet? :)
F for Fake (1973) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072962/