Friday, October 26, 2012

Stay Ahead of the Pain and What I Know For Sure (this week)

"Stay ahead of the pain," the doctors advised my husband, Tim, after his surgery on Monday.  "Once the pain hits, it's hard to play catch up."

It's been our motto all week, but now I'm making it my motto for life.  It's brilliant really.  I just might make T-shirts with "Stay Ahead of the Pain" on them.  I love it. 

Isn't that what we are all trying to do?  I mean sure, sometimes you have to feel it all and go straight through the pain.  But for the most part, avoiding pain sounds better.  I'd rather go for a run and keep my body (and my mind) healthy than feel cluttered, out of shape and in pain.  I'd rather work on my marriage and compromise than fight.  I'd rather drink alcohol than think about my past and worry about the present, okay I'm kidding about that (er, um, sort of).

Staying ahead of the pain is a pretty damn good way to live after surgery and beyond, that I know for sure.

This is my back up motto for pain:
Because you better believe I know this for sure too.

Here's what else I know for sure (this week):

  • Instagram is art.  

I enjoy all things social media.  It's the perfect kind of madness for my ADD brain.  But Instagram is a little different.  It lets you make art with a picture, with a moment and yes, with a filter.  I love capturing my own moments and seeing other people's.  
Follow me on Instagram: @jumpingwithmyfingerscrossed.

  • I was meant to live someplace warm.  This week we have had several 70 degree days, which is unheard of in Michigan this time of year.  Flip flops in October? Hell yeah!

  • Laughing is good. Pivot! Who doesn't re-enact this classic Friends scene when moving furniture?  My husband and I do, every time.  And every time, we laugh.  Awww, I miss Friends.

  • I will not stop saying good things about Twitter.  I love Twitter.  Come play with me @AngelaYBlood.

  • The Brady Bunch did drugs. This video is such bad quality, but so funny.  Carol and Mike Brady discuss taking tranquilizers.  I'm obsessed with this clip.  They really knew how to stay ahead of the pain.

  • Yes, you can love your neighbor (friend, husband, Facebook pal, etc) with opposing political views in an election year.  Check out a blog post I wrote for Patch with some tips on exactly how to do that.  And a fun Brady Bunch story. Click here to read the whole post.

  • Feist's I Feel It All is still a bad ass song that I thought was appropriate for this post.

What do you know for sure (this week)? C'mon, we're friends, share what you know.  Leave a comment here or on the Facebook page.

I'm linking up today with my instagram/Blissdom/blogland friend Greta from for #iPPP link up.



  1. Thanks for linking up, Angela! I love those ig pictures, and I agree about them being art and seeing others' art/lives through their pictures.

    I hope your husband is on the mend! You know, when I got my wisdom teeth out, they told me not to take the pain meds until I needed them. Um, NO. staying ahead of the pain is much better advice.

  2. love feist, love instagram and love you!

  3. I like the idea of doing a "What I know/have seen and done" post. Thanks for sharing!