Long Time, No Blog!

I’m baaaaaack!!!!

My arm surgery May 22nd went great. The arm had rebroken so my doctor had to put in a new bigger plate, a bone graft, and an implanted bone stimulator that will be removed in a few months. For two weeks I was just in a splint to let the sutures heal and swelling subside, this past Friday I got a cast (and if you follow me on Instagram you know it’s bold and bright and has become my summer signature color!) and Monday I returned to work at 100%.

Writing is slow going with my right hand (and yep I'm right-handed) in a cast, Dragon Software is great for text but not for the formatting and linking needed for posts, so blogging will continue but not on a daily basis… more like 2-3 times a week. I’m much faster on my phone, so be sure to check me out on Facebook and Twitter!

And if you’re visiting the actual site you’ll see it looks a bit different. I meant to have this change take place early spring but… well arms take priority! I’ll write a separate post about it soon, but after NINE YEARS (this month is my blogoversary!) I finally made the jump from Blogger to self hosted on WordPress. There’s still some quirks (you may notice a bunch of comments missing from recent posts, they’ll return soon, if you don't see a link to comment click on the title of this post and you'll get to the area), if you find anything weird or frustrating do let me know. But the hope is with this change, once I have both arms at 100% I can make this site easier to navigate, search, and view on different devices. Let me know what you think!

If you’re reading this, thank you so much for sticking around. It has been a crazy year so far, but I can just feel the positivity for the rest of 2014. Would never think a second arm surgery would brighten my outlook, but it gave me a chance to really stop and think about the blessings in my life. And I do feel blessed, and one reason is you. Gosh I love you guys, and I love this blog, and I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things!

Love,
Alison

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56 Comments

  1. Patti
    June 18, 2014 / 9:09 am

    Welcome back, I missed your blog. But i follow you on IG and see you have a leopard print cast in a later pic. Did you switch it out or was that an older pic? Anyway, glad you are feeling better.

    • June 18, 2014 / 9:43 am

      I have cast covers! http://www.castcoverz.com/ I bought two, one gold, one leopard last time and I’m wearing them again. The company also sent me some short ones to go over the brace I will be wearing once the cast comes off. Thank you Patti, it’s great to be back!

  2. Amy
    June 17, 2014 / 10:48 pm

    Hi Allie! I’m late to the the party but wanted to tell you I’m so glad you’re back. I too had arm surgery several years ago and know well how incapacitating it can be. Kudos to you for your spirit and determination! I hope the rec on using the Press and Cling wrap worked out well for you, too. 🙂

  3. Gervy
    June 17, 2014 / 12:29 am

    We love you too! Glad you are feeling OK, hope your recovery is speedy now. x G

  4. June 16, 2014 / 2:55 pm

    Hoorah! You’re back! You’re one of my super-favourite bloggers so I’ll look forward to one or two posts a week. Keep looking after yourself and gradually healing ’till you’re even better than normal.

  5. Gale
    June 14, 2014 / 7:55 am

    Yay! I’ve been lurking on your blog for a year+ now and am so excited to see you back!

  6. saro
    June 13, 2014 / 8:38 am

    Ouch! That sounds painful! Glad you are back and healing! Take your time though, we will wait patiently for you. 🙂

    • June 13, 2014 / 8:58 am

      Crazy how this go round hurt less than the previous time! Still feel achy when I do too much, but each day gets better!

  7. Judy Unnone
    June 13, 2014 / 6:10 am

    So glad you’re back and you are doing better!!!! 🙂

  8. Angela
    June 12, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    So glad to hear you are on the mend. Looking forward to your new posts

  9. Elvis Eddie
    June 12, 2014 / 8:55 pm

    So glad you’re back and feeling better!

  10. Patricia
    June 12, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    I’ve missed you!

  11. June 12, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    Missed you, welcome back! And I’m glad to hear the arm is doing so well!

  12. Barbara West
    June 12, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    So glad you’re doing well!

  13. Dawn
    June 12, 2014 / 10:49 am

    Welcome back!

  14. Danielle
    June 12, 2014 / 10:01 am

    YAYYY!!!!

  15. Linda Spitzer
    June 12, 2014 / 9:36 am

    So glad you’re back and your arm is better! You are being featured today on You Look Fab and some of my favorite outfits of yours are being featured! Here’s to a great rest of 2014!!!

  16. June 12, 2014 / 7:48 am

    Welcome back! Glad you’re on the mend. I know I don’t comment much, but your blog is one of my fav’s and I missed your posts : )

  17. Kim
    June 11, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    I’m about to have my second arm surgery on July 1, and back into a cast for another 6 weeks. So this post makes me feel like it isn’t the end of the world. Thanks.

    • June 12, 2014 / 9:56 am

      It really isn’t, in fact this go round is better because there’s no fear, nothing unexpected. I know how to dress for the cast, how to bathe with it, to work with one hand, even how to get my job done at the office. I feel as though I mastered a new skill or talent like yoga or a foreign language and it makes me feel empowered to improve on it each day. Also I saw how my time in the cast made me stronger mentally and more flexible so I know that once it comes off again I’ll be even more of a badass… and so will you! Sending healing vibes your way!

  18. Alexandra
    June 11, 2014 / 2:08 pm

    Hooray, and best wishes for the rest of the year!

  19. Sonia
    June 11, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    Welcome back! Although I’ve been following you on Instagram and Facebook, I still miss the blog. I love the new format, the font and the layout, so far. Looking forward to reading your posts again. And, again, don’t do too much too soon.

    • June 11, 2014 / 12:46 pm

      Thanks Sonia! I learned my lesson last time, coming back to the blog calm, refreshed, and at a relaxed pace. 🙂

  20. June 11, 2014 / 12:03 pm

    So happy to see you! Been thinking about you and glad to see you’re getting better.

  21. Laura
    June 11, 2014 / 11:35 am

    I hope you’re on the mend and have a swift recovery.

  22. Karen
    June 11, 2014 / 10:33 am

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

  23. SDawsonH
    June 11, 2014 / 10:31 am

    Hi Allie! I love your blog and glad you are “on the mend.” Thanks for the update!

  24. CA_Powell
    June 11, 2014 / 9:44 am

    Soooooo happy to hear you’re on the (bumpy!) road to recovery & I’m so sorry this has been such a drama! Your new site looks clean & fresh & lovely!

  25. Jenny
    June 11, 2014 / 9:35 am

    Glad to hear things are looking up for one of my all time favorite bloggers! So good to see you back.

  26. Grace Mitchell
    June 11, 2014 / 9:09 am

    Welcome back! You’ve had a hard 2014 so far, I hope it’s all up from here. 🙂

    • June 11, 2014 / 9:09 am

      Thanks Grace, glad to “see” you! Oh yes, it’s going to be a great rest of the year!

  27. June 11, 2014 / 9:07 am

    Congrats on the arm and the lovely new site! Welcome to WordPress. (I bet your migration worked a lot better than mine at the start of the year. I never got the redirects fixed, so all my old links just go to the home page. So frustrating, but I’m not going back to fix ten years’ of posts manually.)

    • June 11, 2014 / 9:09 am

      I got a pro to help me, I had nine years of insanity, and even previously merged two blogs so the URLs were a hot mess. No way I could have done it alone and maintained a job and family and sanity. A few are still wonky, but it’s better than Blogger!

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