Currently [Vol. 22]

Give. Me. Fall! I can’t wait for cooler temperatures, but for now, let’s talk about August and what I’ve currently been up to.

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Talking about what I've been up to, reading, watching, thankful for, and more.

Currently, I’m …

reading … What Happened and Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade – I think this is the first month this year where I’ve only read 2 books. I started reading What Happened (by Hillary Clinton) in the beginning of the month, and it’s so big that it’s taking a while for me to get through it. Also, I usually read during my lunch break, but I feel weird reading a political book at my office, so that has cut down on my reading time. I’m reading enjoying it, though! It covers her side of the 2016 election, but it has also been very enlightening. She talks about what a day on the campaign trail was like, as well as what it’s like being a female politician. I’ll never go into politics because I’m not patient enough, but I love learning about politics, so it’s super interesting.

On my commute and travels, I’ve bene listening to Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade. Lord John is a character in the Outlander books who got his own series. This is the 3rd book (I think), and it starts around the time that Geneva Dunsaney dies (this makes sense if you’re an Outlander fan). It’s so great, especially during the #Droughtlander. I get super motion sickness, even if I read while on the subway, so I’m listening to this on Audible.

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feeling … exhausted but happy with life – I’ve had 8 medical appointments this week. I had my infusion last week, so it hasn’t kicked in yet. I’m sleeping 8-12 hours a night because everything is exhausting. But I love my job, I’m somehow managing everything (go to therapy, kids), and eventually it won’t be so hot. It’s going to be okay eventually!

watching … The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Americans, Vikings, Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Madam Secretary, John Mulaney’s special Kid Gorgeous, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Okay, so I just had my infusion, which means that I was on the couch for 5 days. And I end my days with watching shows, so I’ve cruised through TV this month. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is SO good. I can’t wait for season 2! And I know that I’m behind the times, but damn is The Americans a great show. It’s done so well! I’ve also started watching Vikings and I’m in love with it. They sometimes have the English (Anglo-Saxons) speak Old English!!!!!!!!!! Love it. It also makes me want to break out my Old English workbook again before I forget it all. I also watched the most recent Avengers, most recent Thor, most recent season of Madam Secretary, John Mulaney’s special that came out in May, and (of course) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Enjoyed all of it.

thankful for … my medical team, my support system, and a job I love – I’ve been feeling extra thankful recently. I met my new rheumatologist(s) – my last one moved almost an hour away – and I’m on board. I’ve just gotten through my most recent infusion, and I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to have it, as well as my surgery, and that I’ve gotten to the point that I am now. And I’m so, so thankful that I love my job. I’ve only been there 2.5 months, but I’m so happy with it, and that is such a blessing.

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wearing … dresses and limited makeup – It has been too hot for my tastes! This means that I’ve been wearing lots of dresses to work. My favorites are simple: navy blue, black, and striped. I looove this one from J. Crew, which is on sale right now! It’s so comfortable and cute! I also really enjoy this navy one, which is so airy, and I get so many compliments on it. My other favorite this summer has been a white-and-navy striped dress from Loft, which isn’t being sold any more, but this one is super similar and by the same brand

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I’ve also been wearing limited makeup because I’ll just sweat it off. I stick to powder foundation, highlighter, waterproof mascara, brow gel, and, of course, setting spray.

My workwear

looking forward to … my most recent infusion kicking in, being fully out of my walking cast, and cooler temperatures – Can summer end yet? I’m so, so over it. The temps were in the 90s, but with the humidity felt like the 100s. This POTS patient who is also from Maine hates that weather. It has been hell. Please, please go away, 90s! And it’s especially miserable given that I’m still in my walking cast for a little bit. I had to stop increasing my time out of my cast when my last infusion ran out and therefore my pain increased. But I had my most recent one last week, so I hopefully can start increasing that time again and will hopefully feel loads better within 2 weeks.

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