Life Update: My 1st Shot

Here we are a year into the pandemic… and there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. While vaccines started rolling out earlier this year, Maryland finally opened my vaccine group recently. Both my husband and I got our first COVID vaccine shots!

After hearing how difficult it can be to find an open vaccine appointment, I was pleasantly surprised by our county’s health department. I signed us up on an online interest form by vaccine groups and once our groups were opened, they send out a link to register.

The day of my appointment, the volunteers were incredibly organized. I went through each station, showed my ID and confirmed my information a few different times. Jack was with me, since it was a work/school day and I didn’t have anyone else to watch him. So, he very sweetly held my hand so I wouldn’t be scared of the needle. The shot was quick and surprisingly painless, and then we sat in a waiting area for 15 minutes before leaving to make sure I didn’t have an allergic reaction.  

That was it. Super easy-peasy.

As for side effects, for the next couple days my arm felt like the Winter Solder punched me with his metal arm. Honestly, I was shocked at how bad my muscle hurt at the injection site. For two nights, I could hardly sleep because I couldn’t find a comfortable position and lifting my arm was super difficult. I basically just tried to stretch it out and took Extra Strength Tylenol every 6 hours. Other than that, I was kind of tired… but that could just as easy be attributed to my seasonal allergies, or the fact that I wasn’t sleeping at night. The arm pain lasted about 48 hours and then dulled. By Saturday afternoon, I was totally fine again.

My husband got his shot the day after me and he felt a slight discomfort in his arm, but that was about it. He was fine within a day or so and never had any fatigue or other side effects. So, it really does go to show that everyone reacts differently. As it is, even with the throbbing arm… it was totally worth it.

We both get our second shots the last week of April, and then two weeks after that we are considered vaccinated. With us both vaccinated at home and Jack’s teachers vaccinated at school, our current plan is to send him back to in-person school in mid-May. Jack’s school currently has a 4 day in-person option available, so if we stick to that plan Jack will be able to go back for about 5 weeks of school before summer.

It is hard to describe the relief. The feeling of having an ‘end’ in sight and a load slowly being removed from my shoulders.

We have been hunkered down for so long. It is exciting to be able to plan to go back into the office, to be able to visit my vaccinated parents and sisters/spouses, to nomnomnom on my nephew’s baby belly, and to join the rest of my family at our Ocean City house this summer.

With summer coming, I finally feel like we have something to look forward to!

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Spring Cleaning My Closet… Again

Source: Photo by Arno Smit on Unsplash

Honestly, I feel like I’ve been purging my closet and my house for the entire last year. Last spring, after I did my winter-to-summer closet switchover I pulled out every single piece of athleisure and fitness clothing I own and put it in a drawer. Rather than just wearing the same 3 items over and over again while working from home, I challenged myself to wear every single item and donate what I no longer loved.

Then, last fall I did the same thing with all my winter clothes. I wore all of my sweaters with my joggers all winter long and added those I didn’t love into the donate pile.

Well, now it’s spring again.

Even though I’ve bought very few items over the last 6 months, I still feel like I want less stuff.

I want my closet to be able to breathe. I want to love everything I wear. I want less things, but I want everything I own to be awesome.

Of course, it’s a constant challenge to want LESS when everything out in the world is designed to make you want to buy MORE.

Since we are in that odd spring period of time with in-between weather, I went ahead and packed away all of my heavier winter sweaters and long sleeve tops. I also pulled out all my in-between weather clothes from storage and hung them right in the front of my closet.

Once again, I’m challenging myself to wear every single item at least once. At the end of the day, I’m going to give myself the same little purge quiz I always do:

  1. At any time throughout the day, did I feel uncomfortable because of the item’s fit?
  2. After a full day, do I feel messy, disheveled, or super wrinkly?
  3. Do I feel GOOD in the clothes or crappy?

While I haven’t had much luck selling on Poshmark lately, I figure by donating great items to the local thrift store someone else can find them and love them!

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March Thrift Haul

Are you shocked that I have a thrift haul? Me too! I haven’t thrifted or shared a haul since November because I’ve been hunkered down, but I did spend about 20 minutes in a thrift store this month between doctors appointments and came away with some fabulous stuff that I can’t want to share with you!

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

Books, Books, Books!

My library has been closed forever and I miss just browsing through the aisles picking up anything that strikes my fancy. My local crappy thrift store has a couple rows of books, so I decided to give it a try and found these:

  • You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  • Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid
  • House of Night: The Beginning – this had 2 books in it (Marked and Betrayed) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

Each book was around $2, so it was a pretty low risk purchase… 6 books for $15 total. I’ve already read a most of them (you can find my 2021 Book List here) and plan to give them away to anyone who wants them when I’m done.

1 Dress that Led to 2 Dresses

When I was on my quick browse of the thrift store, I saw a dress that caught my eye. I normally don’t bother with Old Navy because it’s pretty inexpensive to buy it new and it doesn’t typically hold up well in the long term. However, this dress had a nice fabric that didn’t seem to pill easily and even had a built-in slip. I loved the print too… the only problem was that it was a medium and my boobs typically require a large. It was marked awfully high for the thrift store at $19.99 and the fitting rooms are closed, so I decided to pass and took a quick photo before I left.

Off I went to my doctor’s appointment and as I was waiting there alone in a room wearing nothing but socks and a paper robe, I decided to waste some time by perusing Poshmark. I used a few different search terms including: Old Navy dress, Old Navy midi dress, and Old Navy tier dress and within a few minutes I found 2 of the dress I was looking for in a size large! One on the sellers had the dress available in both the black pattern and a yellow pattern, so I bundled them together and sent an offer for $38. And she accepted!

Here they are:

And just for funsies, I put them on and pranced around my front yard to take a couple outfit photos:

As it turns out, the size large fits great… so the medium would have probably been too snug in the bust. I ended up paying $19 per dress (+ shipping) but used some money sitting in my Poshmark account so it was even more of a deal. Got to love secondhand shopping!

I’ve already worn the black version of the dress out and about with a moto jacket and booties. Once the weather warms up, I’ll add the yellow version to my rotation with a cute pair of sandals.

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