Full-on Party Planning Mode

Hi everyone! I know I’ve been awol these last few days as I’ve been in full-on party planning mode. It’s a mindset for sure. I’ve been obsessed.

My daughter has started feeling a little better so we’ve decided to go ahead with her party. We were trying to figure out if we needed to cancel or not, but she wants to keep it. I don’t think she’ll be 100% by then but I do think she’ll feel a million times worse if we cancel. So, it’s on!

The party is this Friday night and it’s a glow in the dark dance party. I’ve had to completely take-over one of our large rooms in the house and move all the furniture so there is a significant area for dancing. And I’ve had to order a bunch of decorations and equipment online and they haven’t all arrived yet!

The black light I ordered hasn’t arrived yet and that’s the specific delivery that’s making me nervous bc some of the decorations require the black light to glow. The delivery status is by tomorrow 7pm but that’s cutting it way too close for my comfort. I won’t be able to sleep tonight worried about it arriving in time. So stressful.

And we invited 12 friends but only 3 have rsvp’d so far. Based on previous years’ parties a lot of parents don’t rsvp until the day before. Which is kinda annoying bc I still have to make gift bags for the attendees but I don’t know how many I need to make! So… another stress!

Anyhow, I just wanted to let you all know what I’ve been up to. I won’t be able to relax until this is over. I want my daughter and her friends to have an awesome time.

I hope you all are having a better week than I am! 🙂

Discouraged

So on Tuesday my daughter got the green-light from the doctor to ditch her walking boot so she’s stepping on her own foot now for the first time since January!

And, she’s in pain again.

Dang it!

We were so hopeful because once the surgery-related pain subsided, she’s been pain-free in her foot even once she started running around everywhere in her walking boot.

And starting yesterday she’s been hobbling and limping bc her foot hurts so bad. I know I need to wait a little while for her foot to acclimate to being used again with no support, but dang I’m disappointed and discouraged. My daughter is too. And I’m so scared that the surgery didn’t even work or made things worse!

And to top it all off… starting Monday my daughter has been suffering from her severe vertigo episode again. So she’s getting hit with a lot right now and I hate seeing her feeling so incredibly unwell. Literally, from her head to her toes.

I tried to cheer her up by ordering a TON of birthday party decorations for her party coming up next weekend (April 9) and she was feeling so unwell she never even cracked a smile.

I just want this all fixed.

I hope she feels better in time for her party too. We already sent out all the invitations. 🙁

Summer Trip Decision

I’m finally caught-up with work so today was a normal workload day! I’m not overwhelmed like I was last week, and I’m getting back into my typical workday routine.

And we made a decision about tagging along with my dad this summer…

…and we’ll do it!

Holy smokes I’m so anxiety-ridden about this.

We’re going to the Amazon rainforest to his bucket-list destination of Kaieteur Falls… It’s famous for being the largest single-drop waterfall on the planet. And the most powerful, by volume.

Kaieteur Falls in southern Guyana

Obviously, I’m scared. The only way to get to it is 1) a 5-day trek through the rainforest, or 2) a small prop plane.

But, if I don’t go with my dad. I’ll never go. And my daughter wants to come with us.

My dad has always been like this. When I was a kid, he was always taking us with him on his travels. And he didn’t go to tourist hot-spots. He liked the destinations that were RARE. I remember one summer when I was in high-school, and he took me to Borneo and left me with villagers who didn’t speak any English for about a week while he went climbing their mountain and caves.

But I never died during any of these adventures. So why would I start dying now, is kinda how I’m looking at it. We should be ok, right?

I also want my daughter to experience this kind of stuff. My dad is the only person I know in real-life that would do these things and go to these places. So if she doesn’t go with him, she might never go in her whole entire life. And I wouldn’t want her to miss out.

A few years ago, my dad actually climbed Mt Everest. He invited me to go as well but I was too busy with work and couldn’t get away. And while I wouldn’t have wanted to climb Mt Everest myself, I wish I had gone with him and I would’ve hung out in Tibet while waiting on him. And I probably would’ve enjoyed exploring Tibet very much. So I always regret it when I DON’T tag along with my dad.

Also, my dad isn’t going to be around forever anymore. It makes me sad thinking about it, and so I want to cram as many activities as I can with him, while it’s still possible.

So wish me luck with this summer trip! I’m going to need it!

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Still Catching-Up from Spring Break

So I’m still upset that I had to go back to work and my real life after being on Spring Break last week, lol.

My work piled up so badly while I was on break that I seriously feel as if I’m being punished for having taken some days off. I even logged-in a few times during my days off to handle some issues that couldn’t wait for my return. This is always the case whenever I’m gone from work and probably a main reason why I rarely do so anymore. So I just work endlessly and stay burned-out.

And then my dad invited me and my daughter to hang out with him in the rainforest of Guyana this summer. (So random, I know!) But there will be absolutely ZERO internet and cell service there so I’ll be totally absent from work 100% for the first time ever and I don’t know if I can do it. Like, can I survive being completely unplugged?

I have to decide this soon so the proper plans can be made, and I don’t know what to do. I think it will be great experience but I’m also so very worried about it.

The Rescue

Hi everyone I hope you are well!

I’m back from Spring Break and I seriously recommend everyone taking a escape from their daily lives when they can. It’s so valuable for a recharge.

I watched zero news and politics and that was probably the best part of it all! I attribute a large chunk of my mood improvement to that alone. The best!

And I did find the BEST documentary I’ve ever seen in my life. It is a National Geographic movie on DisneyPlus and I recommend it to you all immediately. Especially since they are making a Hollywood version of this (starring Vigo Mortensen and directed by Ron Howard and will win a ton of awards) so you probably want to go check out the REAL story from National Geographic first.

The movie is called “The Rescue” and it’s the true story with actual footage of the Thai Soccer Team rescue when those precious children got trapped in the flooded cave.

Do you all remember when that happened? The news at the time made the event seem impossible. I definitely recall not believing that the kids would survive.

And this documentary reveals what really happened. And you find out that this event was actually 100x more impossible than the news even presented it to be!

I was so proud to be part of the human race watching this. It’s simply good people achieving GREAT things. Together. And they pulled off the impossible.

Power couldn’t do it. Wealth couldn’t do it. Machinery couldn’t do it. Governments couldn’t do it. Just simple good people. That’s it. Amazing.

So definitely check it out when you can. You might need tissues. But totally worth it.

Pepper’s Life Updates

Hi everyone! Just a quick update post to let you all know what I’m up to!

Today my daughter gets to dump her crutches FINALLY! She’s been on crutches for almost 8 weeks now. She still has to use a walking boot however to support her foot, but the best part is that her hands are free! Lol, you don’t realize how burdensome it is to not have hands available to help you while you walk. So today is a good day and we’re super-excited about this. My daughter can fetch her own drinks and snacks again!

So far, except for all the surgery-related pain at first, her foot has been pain-free lately. I’m curious to see if that will keep up once she truly starts walking on her foot again without the support. But for now, it’s really encouraging.

Also, we’re planning her 11 year birthday party too! She wants a glow-in-the-dark dance party, so, that’s what we’re preparing for. The timing couldn’t be better for this. She already missed one school dance a few weeks ago because of her crutches so this party will kinda make-up for that one she missed. I’m happy she gets to play with her friends again, as she hasn’t been able to for a couple months.

And this week is Spring Break week so my daughter and I will be flying to stay at my parents’ house. My parents are pretty awesome and it’s perfect that she’s done with crutches in time for this.

That’s all the news I happen to have for you all. I hope you’ve been doing great and I hope some warmer weather is in store for us all! 🙂

Everyone have a great Monday!

Ghosted by Instagram

So I’m still very disgruntled that I’ve been ghosted by Instagram.

It’s been 3 weeks now since they’ve deactivated my account without warning. And they won’t respond to any of my attempts to reach them. At this point, I’ve sent them dozens each of emails, forms, and selfie-confirmations, and it doesn’t matter.

What makes me even MORE disgruntled about this whole entire experience, is when I see who actually DOES have an active, lively, and bustling Instagram account.

For example, obvious scammers are all over the place! Like, they don’t even TRY to hide it. C’mon, everyone’s literally “winning” free iPhones multiple times everyday and this is obviously a scam but Instagram isn’t stopping them.

But Instagram stopped ME. And I wasn’t scamming anyone!

Ghosted by Instagram
Ghosted by Instagram / Image Source: Pepper V.

Another thing that bugs me about Instagram is that they literally have hackers all over the place. Announce on any social media that your Instagram was deactivated without warning and every single hacker out there will reach out to you and try to use your moment of despair and desperation to reveal to them your username/password combos.

You can search for them quite easily on Instagram too. Just search for “hackers” or even #hackers and you have millions to choose from. They advertise themselves quite well. And Instagram isn’t stopping them either.

But Instagram stopped ME.

And another thing! So I manage my daughter’s Instagram account just so I can post her cute pictures and life updates, etc. And 10% of my daughter’s new followers on a DAILY BASIS are older men with 0 photos and THOUSANDS of other children they are following. Of course I block them and report them and don’t allow any interaction with my daughter. But they truly are following thousands of other children. That is not an exaggeration.

So my big public service announcement for all parents out there – make sure to manage or at lease monitor EVERYDAY your children’s Instagram account. This is incredibly important. Because Instagram isn’t stopping older men from interacting with your children.

Instagram is busy stopping ME instead.

Can you tell that I am disgruntled?

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