Sickness…no bueno.

This post is totally random…along with random pictures…Laci of Barefeet Photography rocks my socks off.

I’m approaching my 3 week mark on being sick.  I will be making my way to yet another doctor tomorrow to try and figure this mess out.  I think I have pneumonia.  I’ve never had it before, but I’m going to go out on a limb.  Crossing my fingers I hit the jack pot with a new doctor tomorrow and “big money, big money…no whammies.”

I have all these big 2013 goals and yet, I feel completely stuck right now.  Today I did clean our house…and I mean cleaned, cleaned our house.  It needed to be done.  I may have almost passed out multiple times, but It.Got.Done.  And a clean house feels good.  Like sheets are changed, bedding is washed, floors are swept and everything Lysoled in general…and while I may have hacked a million germs all over everything that was being cleaned…it was at least clean for a bit.  That counts right?  Totally.

One of my goals for 2013 is monthly running miles.  The last 2 years I’ve done 1/2 marathons and this year I just wasn’t feeling it.  Nothing in me really “wants” to do a big race this year, but I thought setting mileage goals for each month would be fun.  I decided to go for a total of 55 miles for January.  Right now I have zero.  This way I can run my way to 55 miles over the course of a month.  If I could just kick this chest funk and actually breath easy.  My peeps are running tomorrow morning…texting all about it right now…and I want to weep.  Jami…Betsy…Barry…Brian…Bobby…any of you want to drag an O2 machine for me?  Anyone else want to join me?

I haven’t baked in like 3 weeks either.  It’s killing me.  When I get better I’m going to bake up a storm.  I have people to bless with the tastiness of sweet treats.  Top three things I want to try once I’m miraculously healed:

1)  Homemade Twinkie Cupcakes…like whoa right?

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2)  Sugar Cookie Squares.  I’m totally intrigued…they look amazing.

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and 3)  Buckeye Bark.  Yep.

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Baked goods can change the world.  Boom.

Oh and I am totally planning a little 2013 New Years giveaway.  I soooo appreciate each of you even reading my totally random, off the wall, tiny itty bitty piece of the internet.  I wanted to thank you for all the encouraging and praying and loving you did for our little Kelley family…and especially Amon…last year.  It will be a good giveaway.  I owe you a big thank you.

Being sick allows for lots of web surfing and dream shopping.  I would totally buy these FeedTwelve Toms.  Goodness me.  Love these.  And my mom was the youngest of 12.  Extra cool points.

Jon Contino is crazy amazing.  I could easily purchase any and all of his prints or canvases.  Typography at it’s finest.  I just need to figure out how to find this print and all will be right in the world.

Amon pretty much must have this Anchor Tattoo Sailor Jerry Onesie.  He would rock this so hard.

On Pinterst people are always pinning these inspirational words.  I saw this one and thought, “Yes.”

My craft room definitely needs this Make Do & Mend print.  My heart needs this lesson.  Maybe 2013 will be a year of “making mends”.

And how about I leave you with some art pieces I made for Christmas gifts and Christmas orders.  I waited to post them because I didn’t want the surprise to be ruined.

4×12 Dr. Who canvas.

More 4×12 M&S love.

16×16 2 Timothy 2:24-26

And that’s all I’ve got.  Hope your week has been good.  Hope your Thursday is grand.  Happy Wednesday.


  1. I too am hitting the 3 week of sickness walk. I have also thought, pneumonia??? blaaah. I feel your pain and send you germ less fresh air with healthy thoughts!! flu be gone.

  2. LOVE the photos. You have a beautiful family and I’m also a huge fan of your work. Feel better soon and Happy New Year!

  3. Mariannne says:

    I hope you are feeling better soon! I too am beginning to not feel very well, but nothing like what you have had! Praying for you!

  4. june Bennett says:

    Love the “We’re all stories……” art piece. How much does that one sell for? Love, love love it! Hope you feel better soon!

  5. Praying you feel better ASAP! That is no fun. I was sick most of November through the beginning of December, 9 months pregnant and let me tell you, I feel your pain. Some kind of mega sick germs are out this season. But one of the main reasons I commented was to tell you that those sugar cookie bars are absolutely delicious and you will want to eat the entire pan yourself! Just a fair warning. But the are the perfect little blessing to give. I love reading your blog. Just my two cents, but you should bake them as soon as you feel better! 🙂

  6. hope you are better soon and they can figure this out. and i’ll second the above- sugar cookie bars are awesome 🙂

  7. Okay, so when you’re sick, you hear from everyone who has had it – and here in TN, that is almost everyone I know. My week 1 started with a scratchy throat, watery eyes, headaches, sniffling, etc. Diagnosis: Sinus infection. Prescription: Amoxycillin. Four days after the first dose, I was worse, coughing like mad. Diagnosis: Severe/acute bronchitis. Prescription: Cipro and told to use saline solution. Blood work showed nothing abnormal. Another week later, coughing is WORSE, and I sound like I have TB. Back to doctor, who is puzzled. Said I should’ve kicked it. More blood work. Diagnosis: Asthmatic bronchitis. Prescription: Levaquin, some heavy duty cough syrup that knocked me out, and rest at home for 3 days. Bloodwork showed elevated white count.

    By the VERY NEXT DAY, I was in full-blown flu. No pneumonia, but flu. It was icky. Staying home and resting (and by resting I mean I DID NOTHING) helped a lot. I am now on week 4 with a residual cough that has slowed considerably but drives me mad.

    Good luck with a diagnosis and as much as you can, REST. It’s all that will help (oh, and lots of fluids, of course). In fact, I am wishing EVERYONE who is sick a 2013 free of this mess – it sucks.

  8. Praying, praying, praying this doctor visit will start you on the road to healing!!!

  9. Laura, I would gladly pull the O2 machine for you, but I think you should wait a couple more weeks before you start to run again. After this mornings run, I’ve decided to do the early morning runs with you guys. It really wasn’t that bad at 25 degrees, although getting up at 5 every day of the week will take some getting used to.

    Anyway, when you are taking orders again I really want one of the 4×12 M&S “Where you invest your love” canvas. I love those!

    Hope to see you Sat, but sounds like next week would be better for your lungs.


  10. Be well. Soon. In the meantime, I found this $5 off code and bought the Toms. . . TOMS5NEWYEAR

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