Saturday, February 19, 2011

Back to life. Back to reality.

On Monday, I went to the doctors and had a whole body scan. The results were normal and positive. So looks like the radiation treatment did its job.

On Tuesday, I was back at work. Back to life. I am not sure if I told you guys, but I have actually been on medical leave from work since my surgery. So this was my first time back to work in 6 weeks. I have to say, it was a little hard to go back. I know this sounds silly, but I think your body builds up an endurance to sitting behind a computer for 8 hours. So when you have been off doing your own thing for so long, going back to cubicle life is tough. I almost felt more claustrophobic back at my desk at work than I did during the five days of isolation. But it does feel right to start to get back to my real-world routine.

On the craft front, I worked on my cape a bit. However, I got a little frustrated working on the collar so I put it aside for now. It's now waiting for my mommy to help me. I love having my mom live close by. Now I can just throw up my hands and call, "Moooooooom!" And she'll come over, bringing her vast sewing knowledge, and help me work it out. Aren't moms the best?

Cape in progress

After the cape frustration, I decided to pick up Little Birds once again. It is time, people. I have all the yarn for it. I have the skills to do it. I just need to get it done. Right now I am stuck in the very non-interesting, non-photogenic stage of ribbing.

Little Birds ribbing

On the hair front, I figured out how to do curly hair without applying any heat. Essentially, turning this into this...

Before/After curls

For a girl with straight hair, curls are no small feat. But this process was actually very simple. (This is the YouTube video tutorial I used, for all you curl lovers out there.)

And lastly, I finally got one of these...

My iPhone...finally

Consider that bandwagon jumped.

So to sum up, life is going well. I feel great. And happy to be back having adventures in the real world.

28 comments:

Jennifer Sirois said...

Congrats on getting back to work and your healing! I've been challenged with a long-term illness and after a tough year that took me out of the work scene, I'm just now entering it again. I get how big this is for you!

Your cape looks great. The knitting project will come with time, too. Just spend 10-15 minutes a day with it (more of a mental thing than anything) and it'll be done lickety-split! =)

naturallycyclingmanchester said...

Yay Kara :D and double yay!! (triple too?! lol!) anyway I am so happy to read this post, to see that you are back in the game ;) and that cape looks amazing... can't wait to see it finished! xoxo

Things to Do said...

Wow - for a girl with naturally curly hair I wish it was as easy to get my hair straight without heat. :)

What a great number of projects you're working on. Great news on treatment success!

inspiredcyclist said...

Glad you are up and getting out! The cape looks amazing, and as a knitter/crocheter I look forward to seeing more of Little Birds!

Stacy said...

Yay, yay, yay!!! This is such a great post. Congrats on being able to go back to work. Congrats on the gorgeous curls. Congrats on the iPhone! Awesomeness all around!

sula said...

Hooray for getting back to work (kind of), and doubly for a clear scan!

But Kara, before you post things like that before and after picture, giving hope to girls who have never been able to achieve a hint of curl their whole lives, you should be aware of the repercussions. That is to say, if this works on my poker straight hair, I may have to go from mildly scary blog stalker to camping out in your flat's front yard with handpainted signs declaring my unwavering devotion and offering to wash your bikes (but not with my hair, because it will be curly). Just so you know. And PS You'd better be wearing your lovely cape when you hand me my restraining order!

Sigrid said...

Hoorah! I know what you mean about the cube. After being laid off and enjoying a summer of freedom, it was hard to go back. :*( LOVING the cape, just lovely. And we all seem to be in hair moods right now...looks beautiful. Lastly, I too jumped on the 2011 bandwagon last month and updated my smart skills ~ and yes, it has changed my life. :)

Love your updates. Good health for you now and always.

BIG hugs!!!

caknitter said...

Yay! Welcome back to work and the real world!
:-) It's good to know the Doc gave you a clean bill of health.
The cape and the curly hair are looking good. You're one of the lucky ones that can go from one to the other. Me? Not so much. I can straighten my hair but will frizz with the slightest humidity...boo.

Amander said...

Okay, my hair is curly but still needs heat to tame it. I might have to try that out.

Glad the cancer is gone!

Boo for going back to work!

Chocolates for Breakfast said...

WAHOO!...and the curls are fab!

Meg said...

First of all, moms are the BEST!

Second, congrats on finishing your treatment, feeling great, and going back to work! I agree that you do build up a tolerance to sitting behind a computer. You'll be back in it in no time.

Third, it's good to see Little Birds back again. I love that sweater!

Adam and Bri said...

i love you.

i love cancer-free kara.

i love iPhones.

i love your crafts.

i love moms.

and i love you more.

Aileen said...

Glad you're feeling better! Not sure I could go back to 8 hours behind a computer either. Make sure you make time for you :)

Also, I'm mad jealous of your hair. Share your secret? Please?!

Andi said...

I'm glad that you can start to get back to your normal life.

You curls look great! I wonder if I can get that tutorial to work with my bangs. My pin curling skills are still pretty nonexistent so I always end up with crazy villain hair whenever I try to set my hair in curls over night.

Carolyn said...

Oh my God! I'm in love with your hair! It's gorgeous!

margene said...

My mom often bailed me out of sewing problems, sometimes by finishing the project up.
Your little birds is going to be gorgeous!
Normal routines can be comforting, even if they are part of the job.

Erin said...

Don't you worry lil' sis. You will become used to cubicle life again soon. I am excited to see that finished cape. Actually, I am excited to see you wearing that finished cape while biking around town.

Jacey said...

Lots of yays in this post! I'm thrilled for your clear scan, I'm thrilled for your craftiness (I can't wait to see the finished cape, especially pictures of you in it. on the bike!), and thrilled for curls and iphones. I'm still not on that bandwagon, but I feel myself slipping...

Claudia said...

oh your curls look fabulous!

I love your blog a lot (and the things you make even more!!), but I lost track of it over the holidays, and I was sorry to hear about the cancer, and so happy to hear it is gone! Here's to a super speedy recovery!

knitseashore said...

I am so happy to hear your good news. YAY! Your cape looks amazing so far and I can't wait to see your FO photo on one of your bikes as soon as your mom can help.

Good luck with Little Birds! Love your curls -- do they hold very long? Mine usually fall down pretty quick if I use rollers.

Chancy said...

Glad life is getting back to normal. And LOVE the hair. I'm definitely going to try that tutorial.

Lap Dog Knits said...

Congrats on the good news - well done for sure!
The curly hair, I'm going to check that info out a.s.a.p.
Life is good - welcome back to the payroll

Melanie said...

I admit that I am in love with the curls. I might be trying this out very soon!

Marissa said...

Awesome news! And, really...six weeks is a long time to be away from anything, so easing back into it is a must! Love the loose flowy curls on you, very becoming.

ali said...

ok, I have to try that curly hair thing. I'm always looking for new ways to curl my hair. And I am dying to see how that cape turns out!

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Velouria said...

So glad to hear about the results of your scan!
Happy Spring!

Wonderfallz said...

My stick straight hair refuses to hold any curl made with heat in NY but I have a feeling this would work better. Like rag curls but not so much work and without that Shirly Temple look. I'm so trying this tomorrow.

Glad your cancer free!