Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cars, Accidents, Health, Superheros... life is a quickly moving ball

Hi guys! Life is CRAZY around here. How about you?

While I can't share every detail of all the insane stuff, I will give some basics because I know I've got some worried readers.

First off, my husband, Nathan was in a minor car accident last week that totaled our (ancient) vehicle. This was super freaky for us from a financial perspective, because my health issues have been totally draining our savings. We're staying afloat because God keeps providing, with friends and family donating time and money just as we need them. "Do not worry about tomorrow" is a hard command to follow, but so far we've always made it through 'tomorrow.' 

We got a ton of prayers this past week, and were surprised when we ended up getting a little more from the insurance company than expected (still peanuts, but for an ancient car like ours, okay). My parents have been going to the same mechanic for years and he gave us a deal on an old loaner car he had - $600 marked down from $999. It's got a lot of miles on it, but it's been well cared for and if we can get six months out of it we're still ahead of the game.

Nathan had minor injuries, but we were able to get him to both my nutritionist and chiropractor right away and he's been seeing the chiropractor every other day pretty much since then. It's a bit of a struggle to schedule around his work hours, but it's worth it. The x-rays were not too bad, so though he's still having some discomfort, the prognosis is quite good. (This chiropractic office has helped me and some other family members recover from more serious injuries before, so we are quite confident with their ability to completely heal Nathan). Thankfully we had liability insurance for our car that is covering all of this.

We were super blessed that Nathan's mom was up in MN already so was able to help with some of the transport issues. And of course we're also tremendously grateful for all of the prayers so many of you offered up on our behalf. God has been doing some great things for us!

Finally, on MY health front (lol),  I saw a very good neurologist AT LAST yesterday and he believes my headache's root problem is tense shoulders, so we're working on solving that. There are other factors in my whole health picture (we're ever more suspicious of fibro although I haven't been formally diagnosed), but getting rid of my headache would be a BIG help. I have literally had a headache of some degree every day for the past month, and for one week it was so bad we went and stayed at my parents just to survive. It's intense, guys. 

But there's been good stuff too. I'm hoping my next post will include more of that. For now, let's just all enjoy the final season of Downton Abbey, and the marvelousness that is the plethora of Superhero TV right now, including the second season of Agent Carter! 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Two Years of being a Hajek

 Two years ago, this happened.

The past two years have been tremendously hard from a health standpoint (starting with that migraine on my wedding day, which you would never guess from the photos!), but Nathan has been with me through every minute of it and his devotion and selflessness keeps me in awe every day. I never dreamed it was possible to love someone the way I love him.

You can read all of my wedding related posts at the links below:
Our Romance
My Engagement (and Wedding plans)
Timing and Guests Lists - God's Got it All
Invitation Stuff
Shower Snapshots
Too Many Feelings to Catalog Them All (Moving out, moving in)
My Wedding - Part 1 (Preparation)
My Wedding - Part 2 (Ceremony and Reception)
My Wedding - Part 2.5 (The Legos)
My Wedding - Part 3 (The Honeymoon)
My Wedding - Official Photos
My Wedding - Part 4 (The Illinois Reception)
Mourning the Wedding I didn't have
A Letter to Bride-to-Be's about Engagement Emotions

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Trimming the Fat

You know, I feel pretty crappy most days. On the other hand, I also feel pretty proud of myself when I manage to edit 20 pages, despite having a headache and nausea all the time. But yeah, there's no extra energy for blog posts yet. Alas.

I did have one thought on the editing process that I wanted to share. Editing is weird. Part of my focus on this pass is really trimming the excess fat from the story. I'm about a quarter of the way through and have managed to cut 3,000 words, despite writing some new little scenes. If that remains the average, the book should wind up around 111,500 words. This makes for a tighter story (the beginning in particular lagged a bit), but also less expensive to publish and sell.

Unfortunately I'm still behind schedule, even with my valiant puttering away. So I'd best get back to Microsoft Word...