Your New Robot Overlord

Heyo. Long time, no see. I’ve been wicked busy recently, as everyone who ever existed is. It’s really the greatest excuse of our time: “Oh, I can’t, I’m so busy.” I know, if you want to make time for something, you will.

So Busy

As everyone who read this blog knows, sleep = my one true love (after, ya know, Sean, of course). So when my brain says, “You can spend an hour writing or get an extra hour of sleep.” I choose sleep. Every. Time. I have an addiction, you guys. It’s sleep. Plus, my life has gotten ridiculously boring, so there hasn’t been much to write about. One of my friends even asked me what my deal is and why I haven’t been writing, and then told me to get on it. So here I am (Lauren!).

Anyway, I will be coming upon a great amount of free time soon. Remember when I broke my leg and tore some of the ligaments in my ankle? I had THE WORST orthopedic doctor. Upon my last visit at his office, when I was hobbling my way out of the building, his final words to me were, “See you when you tear your ACL.” I could not knock on wood fast enough.

And apparently, I didn’t.

Because this past Sunday, I had the distinct pleasure of tearing my ACL. And my meniscus. And some of my MCL. Listen guys, when I go in, I go ALL in. #YOLO


First things first, I have a WAY better orthopedic doctor now. Seriously, she’s the bomb.

So let’s rewind, and I’ll catch you up. I started playing for a DivII, full-field, all women’s league. And it’s been totally wicked.

That was totally wicked

I get to play center mid, which is where I do the most ass-kicking. It’s also apparently where I do the most scoring. I’ve scored in every game I’ve played for them. I showed up for the game this past Sunday, pretty excited because it’s a traveling league, and for once the game was actually close to my house.

I get on the field and see it’s AstroTurf. I only have reg field cleats. It’s fine, I think. Not only is this game closer to my house, but Sean and my friend Sarah have also come to watch me play. How great does this get? Too great, apparently. Because the Gods were like, “This is too much goodness for her, send her a reality check.”

One reality check, coming right up.

Chickety check yourself

I score at the beginning of the second half. Huzzah! And then, I make a run up from center mid to the forward line, as center mids are wont to do. I go to cut from the left side of the field toward the goal, and apparently my cleats + AstroTurf = 1000% traction. So my body moves one way, but my foot stays cemented forward.

It's happening

Stay Calm

Stay Fing Calm

And then the most horrific of popping sounds happened. My leg/ankle popped when I broke it however many years ago. But the knee popping was so loud. It sounded like it echoed throughout the field area. Apparently refs on the other side of the field told Sean they heard it.

So I was sprawled on the ground clutching my knee for a bit.

A girl on my team is training to be a chiropractor, and she checked it out. Sean helped me walk off the field. All seemed a-okay. Until I tried to bend down to pick up my water bottle, and the knee joint sort of slipped to the side. And then I was like, we should go to urgent care. And Sean was like, duh.

Long story short (too late!), the urgent care guy said it was probably the ACL. Meanwhile, the pain isn’t terrible, just sort of sore-feeling and annoying. So I’m like, no way it’s ACL. Urgent care doc says, it may not hurt now, but will tomorrow. I think, that seems logical, same happened with my leg. BUT it did not hurt at all. And the swelling isn’t even that bad. So, I’m on the fast track to someone saying, “You’re just a big weinie. Suck it up.” Not.

awesome knee

Fast forward montage: went to ortho Monday, orders MRI. Get MRI on Wednesday, follow up appt. set for Friday. Go to follow up appointment Friday.

They’re running behind, so wait in lobby for an hour. Get in to room. Nurse pulls up MRI, scans through quickly, stops on a particular image. This does not bode well. Or does it?

Cool doc comes in. Messes around with my leg, says, “Well, I don’t need check out your leg much because I’ve seen your MRI.” Also, could be way good or way bad.

Doc: Your PCL is in beautiful condition.
Me: Victory.
Doc: But your ACL is torn.
Me: Womp. Womp.
Doc: Your meniscus is also torn.
Me: . . .
Doc: And your MCL has some tears.
Me: -_-

So then we talk about reconstructing my kneeparts. I get a locked knee brace so I don’t have to crutch (small victory… sort of?). It emphasizes how juicy my thighs are.

I have surgery on October 27th. And then a long road of physical therapy and waiting before I can be a real human again. In other news, my transition to robot-woman is getting nearer and nearer.

Robot Overlords

Staycay Recap

When we started planning our vacation earlier in the year, we really only had decided that we were going to do it during the first week in August. That week was one of the only few break times between classes for me, and no one wants to worry about homework on vacation. At first, we planned on going to Orlando to visit Universal (we love theme parks!) and maybe even Disney.

But, we decided to make it a staycation instead and use our vacation saving toward making our backyard more fun-friendly.  We started researching things to do in Atlanta, and we had even more fun ideas: Braves games, indoor go-kart racing, rock climbing, etc.

Aaaaand we ended up doing none of it, and it was pretty much the best.

Monday: We went kayaking on Lake Allatoona in the morning and then saw the latest Mission Impossible movie for our afternoon.

Kayaking Lake Allatoona

Tuesday: Sean made a trip to the ER at 3 in the morning for severe stomach pain. They diagnosed it as a side effect of something viral, gave him some Percocet in his IV, and sent us on our way with 6 prescriptions. We went home and ate breakfast. Sean slept for the rest of the day, and I went to the gym at 4pm. Riveting!

Vacation ER Visit

Wednesday: We went to Home Depot and painted our half bathroom.

Thursday: My ankle was VERY sore from something I’d done the day before. SO we finished decorating the newly painted half bathroom and took naps.

Friday: I went to TN for a family reunion while Sean stayed home and tended to our farm (4 animals = $$$ to board and feed). My brother and I went hiking that afternoon.

Rainbow Falls Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Saturday: I was still at the family reunion. Sean cleaned. I made it home around 8:30, and we went out for wings. I’ve never been out for wings before. I was so tired. The wings were good.

Sunday: We got ready for Monday and lamented the end of vacation.

So where is our vacation money going? We extended our back patio and are having it covered by the very awesome Craig Treichel. So far, it looks amazing. I’m mega excited! It’s going to be an awesome way to spend the fall months.

Patio Awning Addition

This weekend Sean and I also started on a cool project for the porch. This homemade outdoor dining table. So far we’ve only cut the wood, but there’s so much going on!

Hello. I’m still alive. And here’s what I’ve been reading.

Heyo, long time, no write. Life has been crazy hectic, but I miss sitting down to collect my thoughts in one place. I would do an audiobook mega catch-up, but I’ve read so many by now that it would be an endless post that no one would want to sit through. So, here’s a list with a star rating for each one. Since I’m on staycation right now, I hope to start writing more often, to get back in the habit.

The Kind Worth KillingThe Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson–Weird, but mindless mystery. It was a good escape when you’re just sitting in your car: 3/5 stars

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo–Weird in a crazy way. Sounded like someone out of their mind had written it: 1/5 stars

The Wednesday Group by Sylvia True–Not what I thought it would be. I didn’t actually read the description for this. Audible just recommended it and I bought it based on the cover art: 3/5 stars

Dark Places: A Novel by Gillian Flynn–Why hasn’t she written more?: 4/5 stars

Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner OfficeNice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel–Not sure I agree with everything said, but good to know one person’s perspective: 3.5/5 stars

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn–Again, Flynn’s formula is good, she needs to write some more stuff for me to read: 4/5

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero–Another one with a good perspective, but not sure I 100% agree with everything she says: 3/5 stars

Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin–A very cool perspective. I was sad to learn the author embellished instead of keeping it strictly factual/observational: 4/5 stars

The Fold by Peter Clines–A good old fashioned sci fi/fantasy. The writing was good, and the audiobook narrator was good too; 4.5/5 stars

The ResidenceThe Residence by Kate Andersen Brower–This gives you an inside look into the White House through the staff that has served presidents and their families through the decades: 4/5 stars

Armada by Ernest Cline–My expectations were too high for this based on Cline’s Ready Player One. The ending left a lot to be desired, but it’s still a fun ride. 4/5 stars

Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain–This was a recommended book from Audible. Not something I would have picked out, a tad formulaic, but a good escape from real life: 3/5 stars

Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir by John McCain, Mark Salter–I wanted to read this after reading Hillary Clinton’s book. No matter his attitude or record, McCain went through a lot as  POW: 3/5 stars

Currently listening to: Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

What books are you reading/listening to right now?