Monday, September 5, 2011

One Month Post-Op

As of today, it's been one month from my surgery. I finally cleared the infection (after three rounds of antibiotics!) and can breathe pretty regularly through my nose. I haven't been waking up with sinus headaches like I used to either. So far, I'm very happy with how I've been healing and feeling. I've got some pictures now too!

For just a refresh, here was my side profile before:

Now here it is without the hump. The tip is still a bit swollen and will take a few months to a year to settle down fully into its permanent position.

I love it, cute and not too "done."

Here's a full on shot, just to see the full effect. Not terribly different, although you can sort of see the small scar just under my nose from the incision. Please ignore my hair and no makeup, we weren't going anywhere today, so I didn't do anything with myself other than shower :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

In Which I Admit To Plastic Surgery

Many of you may know this already, but last Friday, I had septoplasty/rhinoplasty/overall sinus roto-rootering. Or as my doctor put it, "Anything that can be done to a nose, you had." I have never once breathed correctly in my life, so this spring I finally went to an ENT to see what could be done. I had a CAT scan of my head done and saw that my nasal passages were narrower than humanly possible and that I had a deviated septum. I also had allergy testing, where I learned that my body hates grass, weeds, sage and some trees. Basically the whole season of foliage was created to irritate my nose. For my seasonal allergies, I was put on a saline rinse, Flonase and sesame seed oil spray for dryness. When that wasn't cutting it, I added Allegra. Still having problems, I asked for what a permanent solution might entail and agreed to pay him money to do obscene things to my nasal structures.

So how am I doing almost a week later? I couldn't have asked for a better Halloween mask, that's for sure. Surgery was uneventful since I was asleep the whole time (thank god!) That evening was pretty rough, with trying to recover from the anesthesia and eating for the first time in nearly 24 hrs. I was up nearly every hour having to switch out the bandage under my nose. Saturday and Sunday were by far the most uncomfortable. At the peak of swelling, my eyelids were so purple and heavy I could barely keep them open. I also had a lot of congestion that made my ears pop every time I swallowed. But sleeping has gotten better, though Aaron has taken to sleeping on the futon in the loft because my breathing is still haggard. The swelling went down, but I'm still very colorful and have horridly bloodshot eyes.

I had my follow up appointment today, where the doctor removed the splints in my nose that were holding the septum in place. There are still some sponges up in my sinuses that he didn't feel comfortable taking out just yet. He also sucked out some enormous blood clots and now my ears are clear. The outside bandages were removed and I was able to see my nose without its hump for the first time ever! It's still a bit puffy and will be settling down a bit more, but I'm already very happy with how it looks. I'm supposed to still wear the outside splint at night and when I'm relaxing at home, just so it doesn't get bumped.

I'll post before and after pictures once the swelling and color has faded. Because, trust me, you don't want to see me right now. So far, I'm really happy I finally did this for myself and hope that it solves many of my breathing and sinus issues. Also, the week off where I'm not allowed to do anything but watch tv, read and sleep isn't half bad :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday Music

Here are some great videos to start your week off right. The Beastie Boys have a new album coming out and this is the first single, Make Some Noise. With this video, the fun is seeing how many celebrity guest stars you can recognize.

Panic! At The Disco just released the second single from what I find to be one of the best albums in a long, long time. This song also happens to be my favorite on it!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Latest Tracks

Panic! At The Disco came out with Vices & Virtues a few weeks ago and it has been playing multiple times per day on my ipod. It is THAT good. Seriously, if you even remotely liked their first album, get this one immediately. Here's the video for The Ballad of Mona Lisa:

Also, Yellowcard has come back together and released When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes. It's very good listening for driving with the sunroof open. The second single is "Hang You Up."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Coyotes in B Major

New Punchline video!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

You're The Metaphors I Can't Create To Comprehend This Curse That I Call Love

Last but not least, Motion City Soundtrack!

Phew, I did it! Between Aaron and I, we have a few more. Eventually, I'd love to have a quilt made with all of them.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

You've Got To Trust Your Instinct And Let Go Of Regret

Happy 311 day! It's going to be beautiful weather here today, so you can bet I'll be blasting some "Soundsystem" on my way home with the sunroof wide open.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Let's Sail Away, Find Our Own Country

Nothing too exciting today, but I'll be damned if I fail to do the whole week. Tis The Starting Line, fun and pop-punk as they come.

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Seeing all these has made me realize how badly I need a haircut...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I Hear The Music When I Look At You

Today's shirt is also fitting in that the space shuttle Discovery is landing today. MAE is now The Band I've Seen The Most Live! Unfortunately, the last show we went to was their farewell tour :(

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Well I Guess This Is Growing Up

I deviated from the black shirts for today. BLINK! I didn't see them live until the reunion tour back in 2009 and it was AWESOME!

And since winter is attempting one last gasp, I've got Aaron's Switchfoot hoodie on over this.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Kid Without A Clue, Making Up The Rules As I Go Along

In honor of 3/7, I've got my Punchline shirt on today. They have an album (a truly great one at that) called "37 Everywhere," thus making 3/7 Punchline Day!

The back even has a jersey style "37" on the back. I do have to be honest, I haven't seen Punchline live, but that's because they haven't made out west in forever. Hear that Steve & Chris? Come to Colorado sometime, will ya?
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

How Do You Afford Your Rock n' Roll Lifestyle?

Me, myself and I have declared this week Band T-shirt Week! I realized Punchline day was tomorrow, 311 day was Friday, and I have more than enough band t-shirts to wear for the week. Yes, Aaron rolled his eyes at this, but he just doesn't know how to have fun sometimes :)

I am starting off the week with Tonic. The back says "If this be your tonic, then drink deeply." Saw them live way back in high school at the Fox Theater in Boulder.

Please excuse the sad hair day, we only left the house to go to the Home Show in town, so I didn't put too much effort into styling it.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Test of Cuteness

This is a trial run of something I'm planning for next week. Enjoy the pups! Oh, and Moxie would like you know, she'd never do harm to a rodent, they're just so captivating!
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Monday, February 14, 2011

For My Geeky Valentine

This is for the man who is willing to spend a night at home playing board games with me. Happy Valentine's Day Aaron!

Tokyo Rose - Less Than Four
I'm trying hard not to say what I really feel
I wouldn't dare to
Don't want to scare you
The truth is I'm still afraid to say three words
So I sit tight-lipped
Let me try to spell it out

Not sure that I've got enough letters to express what I'm trying to say to you
I'm holding out for the triple word score
But I'm sure that nothing could be better than me and you
So baby for now it's less than four

If I counted all the twenty-five cent words
I could use to woo you I'd be bankrupt and at a loss for words
If I only could work up the nerve to be honest and courageous
I wouldn't have to spell it out

Not sure that I've got enough letters to express what I'm trying to say to you
I'm holding out for the triple word score
But I'm sure that nothing could be better than me and you
So baby for now it's less than four

Your smile I do attest
I'd be hard-pressed to dare protest
Your wiles I must confess
Albeit reluctantly they get the best of me

Not sure that I've got enough letters to express what I'm trying to say to you
I'm holding out for the triple word score
But I'm sure that nothing could be better than me and you
So baby for now it's less than four

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Pay It Forward 2011

I saw this over at Reading Allowed and loved the idea. I was lucky enough to make into her top 3 and now I'm passing it along!

Pay it forward 2011:
I promise to send something handmade
to the first 3 people who leave a comment here.
To be eligible, you must also post this in your blog,
offering the same thing to 3 other people.
The rules are that it must be handmade by you
and it must be sent to your 3 people *sometime* in 2011.