Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Vacation Post that Barely Mentions my Health

I love the Great White North that is Northern Michi-gan. The beaches are so gorgeous, even the butterflies come by to sunbathe. Everyone should vacation in the Trav-erse City area once in their lives. It should be on everyone's bucket list.

The first day, we body surfed in 5-8 foot waves. I was ankle deep in the Lake and one wave hit me at the waist only to be followed by another that got me in the boobs. Crazy! The water was so rough, it seemed like even the ocean had stopped by for a visit to the UP.

The toddler (in a life jacket, with Daddy as lifeguard) and I screamed like we were on roller coasters. The water was polar bear cold and the day was cool, but the waves were so. much. fun. no one cared they were freezing.

Yesterday, we returned to the same beach and found the lake whimpering meekly on the shore. Booooring. Instead of jumping carnival-ride waves, we got sunburned. Humph.

Today, the family, including the hubby, is on a fishing trip, leaving me with toddler duty. Given that the hubby hates fishing, and my extended family is more cantankerous than usual, I have the better end of the bargain. He's on a boat right now silently chanting 'at least the fish will be delicious' and 'I will not chuck anyone off the boat.'

So I slept in until 9, let the toddler watch cartoon after cartoon on networks she's never seen and threw in a load of laundry. Now I'm waiting for the washer to finish so we can go to the farmer's market and a rumored art activity (everyone has told me about it, but I have yet to see the fliers they've seen).

The really big news? The toddler wrote her name for the first time and then typed several words on the computer as well as maneuvered the mouse, also for the first time. She just blossomed, right in front of us.

You know it's a developmental spurt when they are so focused on a new skill, you can't even capture their attention with the promise of ice cream. We waited until fatigue made her less accurate with the mouse, and then pried her fingers off the keyboard and took her to the ice cream stand where we stuffed her with caramel ice cream.

The asthma snapped back into formation the second I started a new Symbicort inhaler. There is something wrong with those dang inhalers. I keep having this issue.

(Note: Click to enlarge the pic above to see the butterfly. My camera is good, but not good enough to get great detail on such a small thing.)

So I'm having a good time and can finally breathe. Winning!


  1. Love this post. And northern MI. It's so beautiful. I can't believe I lived in Michigan for years and only ever made it up there once.

    Congrats on figuring out your inhaler is crap. I looked online after your post about it to see if there were any records of complaints/warnings and, nope. I wonder if it would be worth the hassle to try to start some online chatter about it, if not actually try to submit a letter to the FDA. I have so little faith in them as a watchdog organization though. :(

    Glad you're enjoying the sun and surf, and hooray for developmental spurts!

  2. Oh thanks! Yeah I used to live in MI as a kid too and we never visited this area either. Now it's a huge drive for us, but worth it.

    I have looked for Symbicort issues too,but only ever found one-off patient complaints.

    However, after I posted this, I was up all night drowning in gunk so who knows?



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