Reading: Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Home, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued them by Gina Kolata. I can't remember how this ended up my request list at the library but I must have heard about it somewhere! It's a really fascinated read about a family plagued by a genetic mutation that resulted in a disease that is like a horrible combination of ALS and Alzheimer's. It's been a fascinating read as it delves into how they determined some diseases are passed on through genetic mutations. It's kind of like a real-life version of Still Alice or Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Geneva as part of the book talks about the decision to determine if you carry the genetic mutation.
Loving: sunshine and longer hours of daylight! It has such a huge impact on my mood!
Struggling: with sleep. I tried using the sleep aid that my rheumatologist prescribed to help me sleep while I'm on steroids to keep my flare contained. But it made me so dizzy that I felt I couldn't drive... so after 3 days of feeling uber dizzy, I gave up. But then I was not sleeping well and I need sleep BADLY so I have resorted to taking Tylenol PM. This is not a habit I want to establish but right now I just can't afford to not sleep so taking Tylenol PM is the lesser of the two evils. I can't wait to go off steroids after the wedding - they are a miracle drug for RA flares but I hate being on them!
Feeling: SO EXCITED. I can't wait to marry my best friend a week from today!
Thinking: about the remaining to do items on my list. Most of the big stuff is done but all those little to dos add up. I'm so glad that I'm only working Monday of next week as I have a lot to get done on Tuesday/Wednesday. I mean, there's just a few things on my calendar for next week. ;)
Anticipating: our wedding and really anticipating our honeymoon in Hawaii. Obviously getting married is the most important thing next week but I am just sooooo ready for 9 days away in paradise with Phil. I've been so busy at work and so busy with wedding planning details. I can't wait to unplug and relax with my best friend!
Watching: Season 2 of Master of None tonight! The 2nd season comes out today and we are sooo excited to watch it as we loved season 1. I have the biggest crush on Aziz Ansari - I love his sense of humor.
Grateful: for lots of things right now. But I'm especially grateful that 176 friends and family members from 16 different states will join together to witness and celebrate our marriage next Friday!!!
Listening: to my body and trying to rest when I'm feeling extra tired. My to do list is long and I'd like to work out as much as possible right now but I also know that I need to take care of myself. Listening to my body meant skipping a run with my sister last Sunday. I so badly wanted to run with her but I just felt a bone-crushing sense of exhaustion when I woke up that morning, so opted to stay back and drink coffee on the couch. It was the right choice, even though it was a hard one to make.
Wishing: for a rain-free wedding day! Up until Wednesday of this week, the long-range forecast was showing sunny and 72 degrees for our wedding day. Then yesterday it switched to rain and wind. After seeing that/freaking out a bit, I deleted the weather aps from my phone. I don't need the temptation to obsessively check the wedding day forecast. Our ceremony and reception are indoors but we are hoping to do all of our photos outdoors since we are getting married in such a beautiful area of Minneapolis. Fingers are crossed that the weather cooperates!
And with that, I'm doing my last sign off as a single lady! I'll be off the map for the rest of the month between the last minute wedding prep + the wedding + the honeymoon! I'll catch up with all of you in June when I am Mrs. Segner!!!