November 3, 2014

Today is the beginning of going back to normal.

How was your weekend? Was it wonderful, productive and everything good? 

Ours was wonderful, unproductive and everything good. We canceled our trip to Shenandoah because forecast said rain, even though it totally missed us, and so we just cozied up with some blankets and just did nothing. And it felt good

Well, I guess we did some things. We watched some of current anime in the fall line up {so far, this one is our favorite}, built us some fire in our fireplace, popped some popcorn and made some turkey sliders for lunch. 

We watched Piri's health improve dramatically, and while he absolutely still has stage 3 kidney disease {I received blood profile and urine results from the vet this morning} and his blood pressure reading has been reading too high then too low, things are looking better. And so, I declared that today is going to be the day when things go back to normal. 

The past couple of weeks, I have been off my routine. And I hated it. I know being in a routine can seem like you're a hamster going round and round in its hamster wheel, but I like it. It gives me stability and order, which then gives me room to improvise. But lately it's just been all chaos. As soon as I think I have caught up with something, I fell right back behind. Cooking felt like a horrible chore {and don't even mention doing the dishes}, and our meal planning and budgeting has been all over the place. I felt unmotivated and didn't find joys in things that used to make me happy. I lost my appetite. I looked and felt like crap. I made Yangkyu do double the work, which made me feel even worse. But today the sun is shining a bit brighter and I'm on my way to going back to order. And I have learned another lesson.

I realized I need to be better when life throws curve balls. Sometimes I just shut down. Or rather, I become so focused on taking care of that curve ball that I forget other aspects of my life. I can't just hope for no curve balls ever. If I do I'd be lying to myself. There will be more curve balls in the future and I need to find a solution to handle them. While I do, tell me, oh wise friends, how do you go about handling curve balls in your life? 

PS -- On Halloween day, someone on Instagram kindly let us know that Piri was on BuzzFeed Animals. He's #24 here if you're interested in taking a look. 

35 comments

  1. Am so happy to hear Piri is doing lots better, that is wonderful. Love to him, such a sweet face!! I love your blue couch, that is perfect. Am glad your weekend was enjoyable, you deserve it. I hope things will continue to lift and be much happier for all of you in this new month :) Xxx

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  2. Such great pictures! Loving that chalkboard canvas so much! Glad you're doing well.

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  3. the photo of your two loves by the fire place is just lovely!
    ps. your home looks lovely

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  4. So awesome to hear/read that Piri's doing better, Jane. And I feel the same way about routines and totally go bonkers when I'm out of it....just hand in there.

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  5. I'm glad to hear that things are back to normal, Jane! I am also the type that finds comfort in routines and stability, so I can only imagine how stressful that last several weeks may have been for you and your family. When a curve ball is thrown my way, I will usually try to find some alone time, and recharge that way. Then I'm back on my feet, usually with the help and support of my husband.

    P.S. Congrats on making it on Buzzfeed! :)

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  6. Your giant chalkboard wall is fantastic, and I love that ladder used as shelves--so clever! Congrats to Piri on getting on Buzzfeed's Howloween list! Silkworm and I are so happy to hear he's feeling better. :)

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  7. This, posts like this, help me deal with curve balls in life. I absolutely felt a bit better immediately after seeing the pictures of this blog. It made me feel homey and lovely and fuzzy and warm. I absolutely adore your place!! - Also, I totally get you... I think a routine helps with staying organized and on top of things (in a healthy way, because you can't get on top of everything). And on another note, I'm very glad to hear that Piri is doing a bit better! Have a good week!

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  8. Sometimes you just need to ride the waves. Glad to hear things are starting to settle down for you guys. Piri looks so cozy next to the fireplace. And I know what you mean about needing a schedule. It's the only way I feel like I get anything done.

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  9. So glad to hear Piri is improving!!
    Our weekend was very unproductive. We did a whole lot of nothing and I was okay with it! haha

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  10. That's such great news about Piri's health! Life is always gonna hand us curve balls but getting around them can also be a satisfying challenge.

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  11. So happy to hear that Piri's health is getting better - and congrats on the Buzzfeed post. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos. xx Kat


    Love and Ace

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  12. It's great to hear that piri is doing better^^ I understand what you mean about routine, if I don't have some sort of structure in my life I tend to break down. I'm still learning and working on curve balls that life has thrown me so all the advice I can give you is take it one day at a time. Unproductive weekends can sometimes be the best! it's great just getting cozy and just watching tv, My weekend was a bit more productive than I thought I finished two paintings and had a reminder about how great people in my life are, it was wonderful and made my heart swell with warmth and happiness. Have a great week!

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  13. i am so glad that you, and therefore the whole family, are feeling more upbeat now :) sometimes we just have slumps, and it doesn't matter how well you want to cope with it, it's good to let it happen. i worry very easily so i'm not good with dealing with unexpected crises, but i try to make sure i confide in people who i know have decent heads on their shoulders and will be the reasonable and calming voice for me. x

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  14. Don't feel bad Jane, I'm the same way (and so are many others). I'm finally back in New Orleans from being away for 5 mos and I've been trying to get everything back in order. I love a steady routine. I can't take too much change at one time either. HaHaHa Glad you had a great holiday. Love your home, because it's always so comfy and cozy. It's not a house! It's a home!
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  15. So happy to hear that Piri's health is improving! And I know you and your hubby must be relieved by that news, despite him still having kidney disease. I, too, thrive off the familiarity of routine. There's something comforting about the security of knowing what happens next. Happy to hear that things are getting back to normal for you :)

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  16. Yeah change can be tough. And routine can be comforting, glad Piri is doing better ab and I LOVE roasted red potatos with rosemary.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
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  17. I'm so glad to hear Piri is doing better and things are getting back to normal. Don't forget to take it easy on yourself :)

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  18. I'm glad Piri's health is improving! It really feels like the holidays after looking through these photos. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner! those potatoes look really scrumptious
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  19. You and your husband should definitely visit okinawa! sorry for the double comment haha >< I start to sweat it out or shut down when things don't go well, but they always seem to turn around! I think things will get better :)

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  20. We all have weeks, days, and months like this friend! I am so glad that his health is improving and that you are feeling better! I too work better on my routine! Wishing you a week of goodness! Nicole xoxo

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  21. So glad to hear that Piri is feeling better.
    I feel like that too sometimes. I love routines; it keeps me grounded, if that makes sense. Hope you have a lovely week!

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  22. We're creatures of habit. Routines make us feel safe and secure in knowing what is going to happen next. So glad that Piri is feeling better. Give that cutie pie a big cuddle for me please

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  23. Ah I too love routine and get thrown off when things get thrown off, I think we can only do what we can do and not be too hard on ourselves :) So glad Piri is back to eating - yay for getting a second opinion and more understanding vet!

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  24. Oh, handling curve balls is the thing I get used to, this year. Firstly, from the time I got freelance and self business, everything started to be out of routine as you guess. Then, secondly my husband had a construction job (cause he's an architect) out of the city, we welcomed more curve balls in our lives! I really understand what you mean by comfortable feeling of routines, and sometimes I really miss thath kind of day you had in this weekend. I always run from one thing to another and I get exhausted then there is no time to have "empty day-do nothing day" in a regular day. But since I know that it's just a short transition period of my life, I just let it go and welcome every experience I have.
    Btw, I'm happy that Piri's results are much better, hope he'll get sooo powerful soon.
    Hugs.

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  25. Amazing photos! I love your place <3 Its so beautiful! and I completely agree about being comfortable with a routine. There is a certain warmth in familiarity. Sadly, I did not celebrate halloween this year (its not assss big here in where I live)

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  26. When life throws me curve balls, I tend to also shut down and only focus on the essentials in my life. I've learned that it's important to rely on people who WANT to help and who want to be there for you. They help share the load, much like how you share the load when they are in need. It's tough for me to admit to being vulnerable and it's really tough for me to ask for help. But I'm going to start practicing. It's a day-by-day kind of thing. And do let me know if I can help in any way

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  27. I do the same thing with shutting down when things go awry, I tend to freak out instead of get down to dealing with it - Nat is much calmer than me in such situations, so I'm thankful for that but it also makes me feel guilty! Here's to both of us learning to deal with such situations better, and I'm so glad to hear that Piri is feeling better! Go Piri!

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  28. *sigh of relief* glad to hear Piri's health is improving!!
    As I'm already reading this at your Instagram c:
    And don't be to hard on yourself Jane, you'll get back
    to your good 'ol routine in no time c;
    goooorgoues pictures as usual! Xx

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  29. How sweet is that for Piri to be on Buzzfeed!

    My w/e was ok, busy preparing for this actual week or metal amounts of work. Bad time to get writer's blog. I'm going to London on thursday for some work related stuff. I'm pleased that Piri is doing good but I remember you mentioning curved balls before, you can do it!

    Buckets & Spades

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  30. Your home is such a cozy place, I love your style. We are known to build fires in October/November too. It seems early to me, but it sure is cold outside!

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  31. Yet again, you have amazing photos!! I'm so happy that Piri's health is improving! And I feel you, I feel like sometimes when my "routine" changes, things just falls apart and it's SO HARD to get back on it. I've been unmotivated to wash the dishes and clean the house (but I don't think not that many people get too motivate haha) and budgeting has been tiring right now! But you can do it and so can I! Wishing you the best!

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  32. Yay for going back to normal! :) It always makes me happy when I see that Juno enjoys sooo much that everything in the day sticks to the same routine, I think I also get her love for routine (still not the one on week work days :S) Is that radish cooked on the oven? Is it tasty? Need to try!

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  33. I do the same thing as you do when life throws me curve balls...I don't know why wallowing in sadness tends to feel easier even though it isn't. I'm glad you're getting back into the swing of things though (or "got" back into the swing of things...I'm so late on commenting ha). As tough as doing that is, it always ends up being worse to stay in a slump. Also it becomes harder and harder to get out.

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