Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Catching Up

It seems like ages.  In the past I would write almost every day, or at least every other day, but lately, there's just flat out been nothing to write about.  Bed, bed, and more bed. Throw in a visit or ten to the doctor, and there you go.

But there are some things to catch up on, so in no particular order:

1.  Today is Zack's last day of 4th grade and even though he severely objected to my fashion decision to tie my hair back with a scarf, he allowed me to take our photo.  That black thing on the right side of the right photo?  Not my sleeve.  Nope, that's a cast.

2.  A cast, because the kidlet broke his arm attempting to catch a soccer ball in the goal.  Fortunately, it's a minor fracture and will heal in 3-4 weeks.  Fortunately, the orthopedic doctor agreed that a hard cast was not cool, literally or figuratively, so he has a brace that can be taken off for baths.  *I* was never so lucky when *I* broke one of five bones over the years, but then, I made up for it by sticking Swarovski crystals all over my hot pink cast several years ago.

3.  I'm still trying to figure out life with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, and now, fibromyalgia, which my doctor said I ALSO most certainly have.  I'm also getting used to an additional drug that is a chemotherapy drug and yes I did freak out all the way home about that.  Thankfully, Facebook has yet again saved me with hooking me up with like-minded people, and after a phone call to a fellow beader on the same regimen, I'm calmer.  I'm likely to feel sick, and I'm likely to lose some hair, BUT I'm getting extensions in a few weeks anyway so phht to that.

4.  In between bed, bed, doctors, and bed, I managed to spend a weekend with my friend Kelley and attended a local bead show.  Took it slow, but it was nice to be around sparkly, inspiring things, and the company was wonderful.

5.  Speaking of beads, after nearly ten years in the business and I don't know how many tutorials I've had published in beading magazines, books, and calendars, I finally had one of my pieces chosen for the COVER.  I completely freaked out (in the good way) when the Easy Wire 2013 magazine showed up!  I actually cried, but I cry at the drop of a hat these days.  Good tears are nice tears.

6.  I am woefully behind in getting the Bead Soup contest winnings out, but I'm getting help this weekend and hope like heck that will get done.  Not my usual modus operandi, where I get things done days before they're due, but I'm just lucky I can make it to the shower.  I'm pretty sure you understand.

7.  Found this on Pinterest, and man oh day, but I hope it's true, and I hope the "up to something" is of the good sort.  I shall choose to think that way, regardless.

And that's about all I have time for!  Thanks for reading, and hug your loved ones (really, really hard).

(powered by pie)

Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.


  1. congrats on your first cover =)
    *Big High Five*
    Just take everything one day at a time.. with baby steps..

  2. I admire your tenacity and perseverance! I love love love your story about putting Swarovski crystals on your cast! I smiled and laughed!! I keep you in my prayers daily that you find some peace with the diagnoses. Just remember you are NOT your disease!! Great blog!! BIG HUGS!

  3. Enjoyed your writing, so sorry that life has piled up on you in such a harsh way, but God is always up to something...His benefits are new every morning and He loves us like no other. Congrats on the cover! Prayers and blessings!

  4. Lori, I am so glad you finally have proper medication for your arthritis! You will not necessarily lose hair; I never did and I have been on metotrexate for years and it has really helped.
    PS. Love the bracelet!

  5. Anonymous11:59 AM

    Wonderful wonderful wonderful wonderful wonderful. Hang in there, take things one step at a time, and always remember you have a lot of so mbd ies in your life who love and support you!

  6. Yay you, for being published on a mag. cover! :D Woohoo!!!

  7. Penny, that's awesome to hear -- I've been hearing from so many people that they lost a lot of hair or at the least went thin. I JUST grew out my hair after years of being short!

  8. First of all, many, MANY congratulations for being chosen for the cover of a magazine! That's an awesome accomplishment and I couldn't think of anyone who deserves it more ^.^

    It sounds like you're definitely hanging in there! All you need to remember is take it one day at a time.

    Lots of love to you my friend!

  9. Glad you're getting something that will help. What are they putting you on? I get Remicade infusions and take methotrexate(sp) but fortunately, it help. Hugs to you and your tenacity.

  10. I continually need to remind myself that my Narcolepsy, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain, and *possible* MS, and I'm in a lot of pain, but it does NOT define me! And that's a constant struggle for me. It doesn't define you, either. Just like other big, life changing events(marriage, children, etc.), we adjust. You are still Lori. And you are still the most incredible, amazing, talented, wise, intelligent, fun, kind, generous, caring, loving, beautiful wife, mother, daughter friend, the list goes on. You've been there for me, listened to me patiently, and saved me from myself several times.Please - make no apologies, the only one that feels it's necessary is you. You are so truly blessed to have so much support and so many people love you! I haven't the words to adequately thank you for all you've done for me. And I'm sure there are tons of people who's lives you have touched, changed, because you have the courage to share your experiences about your life. Yes, Chronic Illness is a beast, now you've been given another opportunity to share and help others going through a similar experience you face with your health. Please take care of you, and remember; Accept, don't expect! I love you!

  11. So glad to see you and the kidlet!!! You look great! Congratulations on your cover!!! And Take it Easy, you will get where you are going one step at a time anyways. Don't try to move too fast you might miss something incredible!!! Lots of LOVE and HUGS and PRAYERS!!!

  12. Hi Lori, I understand having to play "Blog Catch Up"! So glad someone got theirs done! Whoohoo!

    I admire you for being able to talk about everything you are dealing with in your body. I am not that brave but Thank you for Sharing.

    I am a Fibromyalgia/Osteoarthritis/Idio-pathic Hemolytic Anemia/ lympha/lipedemia/peripheral nerve damage sufferer! It's a mouthfull so I get it!

    I have had to use Retuxan infusions(chemo) during my last two anemia(2008/2012)which literally saved my life.

    Blessings to you, Bead Sister

    Anzia aka Zia Parks

  13. Your cover piece for Easy Wire is gorgeous, love the colors.

  14. It's certainly piling on, isn't it?! So good to see your smiling face with your son. You've go the attitude to deal with it, but am so sorry for the unfairness of it all. I'm no help as far as knowledge, but I'm sending you good wishes, healing wishes, painless wishes... Take care.

    Oh!!!! And Congratulations! Hard to believe it's taken that long for you to get on the cover. It's a beautiful bracet, btw.

  15. Congratulations on your cover, well deserved! Can't imagine it's your first one, since your work is awesome.
    Keep on fighting!

  16. Congratulations Lori. A cover piece is so wonderful. Great job girl. Keep taking it one day at a time and enjoying what you can. You are a fighter and you will deal with all of your medical issues too.

  17. I love you. Just sayin'. The pics of you and Z are fantastic - but bummer on the kiddo's break - sending lots of feel-good mojo to your house to be enjoyed by you AND Zack. I think I already congratulated you on being a cover girl, but hey! it's exciting, so CONGRATULATIONS again atcha! I'm sorry about the three-fer on the diagnoses - meh - but hopefully they'll be inspired to give you something that really works. Smooches and loves coming to you from sunny (oh yeah) Olympia, WA!

  18. Dear Lori ,take care of yourself first and think about Lori first .You are a very talented woman and a loving mom to Zack.Congratulations on your bracelet cover.Sending you lots of love and prayers .

  19. I adore that bracelet! How come you have such amazing talent? =) Please take it easy.
    Much love-

  20. I love your word and it's totally perfect for you: determined. Determined to see the good side, determined to keep on keep on. Thinking good thoughts for you, my friend.

  21. Anonymous2:43 AM

    I am *very* behind with my blogging, and having a massive catch-up, so I'm really sorry I'm writing this comment a month after you wrote the post!

    Congratulations on the magazine cover! I bet it's a great feeling! I think you should frame the cover, or something, and hang it on your wall to remind yourself that you are AWESOME :)


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