surgery

Tribute

I got a new tattoo!!

It’s only been 15+ years. Maybe even longer. I tried to think back and I think my last tattoo was the lotus flower on my back shoulder that I got when I was 22? years old and went to San Francisco with my cousin Anna.

Well, I’ve wanted to get another tattoo for a long time, but never had the opportunity. Mostly because you have to take like a month off from swimming and I could never really do that. Actually, I had sort of planned on doing it after I had Logan. I mean, I had 12 weeks that I could swim postpartum, but yeah…that was a funny idea! I was a zombie and getting a tattoo was the last thing on my mind. Especially with breastfeeding and being tied to a newborn–I wasn’t really able to be away from him for more than two hours or so.

Anyways. With my surgery, I had to take 4 weeks off from swimming so I decided to be proactive and plan it out this time. I talked to a friend who got a tattoo recently and she recommended Evolution Tattoo in Troutdale. It’s a cute place in downtown Troutdale. I contacted them and Heather, the tattoo artist, was great.

My friend Robyn went with me and I appreciated having a buddy! I forgot how much it hurts. LOL

I had a few design ideas in my mind. I knew I wanted to get a tribute to Yggdrasil. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss him, still. It’s been almost two years now. He was my baby. My first baby. It’s hard thinking about it, but he’s been gone a long time now.



So I decided to get his tree, what he was named after, in tribute. I thought about getting his paw prints, too, but couldn’t figure out how to incorporate them into the design and so I decided to wait. I might get the paw prints later. I don’t know. It might be too upsetting to see them all the time.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. I got it on my ankle. It’s healing nicely. It’s weird. Tattoos are supposed to be something fun and cool and in this case it’s bittersweet and kinda sad for me. I see it and I have mixed feelings. But I’m glad I got it.

Miss you, Yggdrasil. <3

Land of the Living

On Saturday I got out of my sweatpants after almost two weeks and we planned a little day trip.

After breakfast and showers and stuff, we hit the road. It was a nice change of scenery. We went down to Newberg to pick up our wine at Stoller. We missed the pick up party because of my surgery. Oh well, we’ll go to the one in the fall.

Fell asleep immediately….

It had been pouring rain all morning but by the time we drove down to Stoller, it was a nice day. Logan was still asleep when we arrived so Michael stayed in the car and I went inside to have a quick taste and pick up our wine.

I still have issues with sense of smell and taste but I can get a bit of the wine. 🙂 I wish I could have spent more time there but we just didn’t have that much time. Not with a toddler!

Then it was lunch time. The place we usually go was super packed and had about a 45 minute wait just for a table, so we skipped it. We drove to Wilsonville and stopped at the Oswego Grill for lunch instead. It was a nice choice.

Logan did pretty good, which was nice because restaurants are kind of hit or miss. He got a grilled cheese sandwich with french fries (his favorite).

I got the Caesar Salad with grilled salmon. It was really good and on the diet, so that was nice. Michael got a turkey and bacon, avocado sandwich. It was a nice lunch. I’d go there again.

Then we drove home. I kind of hit the wall at that point. It was about 2pm and the longest I’d been out and about since having my surgery. Even though we didn’t do a whole lot, it took a lot out of me. I took a nap when we got home, which felt amazing. Then when I got up I played outside with Logan for awhile so Michael could take a nap. 😉 We are hardcore partiers these days!

It was a nice day and it felt good to get dressed, do my hair and get out of the house doing something normal–other than errands. This week I’ve been home from work I’ve been doing one thing a day–grocery store, errands, Target, haircut, etc. But basically taking it easy. So this was a nice change.

Monday I go back to work. No more sleeping in, back to alarm clocks, no more sweatpants, no more laying on the couch watching TV shows I’m years behind on, and no more naps! (BOO!!) But it will be good to get back to it!