Life Lately

Hi friends! Please read the following for a little life update. In short, I’ve been sick and trying to live life more off-line, but for the longer version and some cool things I’ve been loving lately, keep reading.

(Top book I’ve read fifty times already haha, was just re-reading haha.)Β 

Some good books I’ve read

Two weeks ago I checked out four books from the library and I’m halfway done with the stack! The Divorce Party was excellent and if you haven’t read it yet, I think it should be your next read. Girls In White Dresses wasn’t what I expected, but it was so easy to get through as the stories are short. It’s a little hard to keep all the girls straight, but I think it’s a fun read for us 20-something gals who know loads of people who are either engaged or just getting married.

My weird health

It all started with a migraine two weeks ago.

I get migraines every now and then. When I was about 15/16, I got them so frequently. I missed school, dance practice, work, and church. I was behind on getting my service hours for confirmation, I missed a TAKS test and had to make it up in the middle of June that following summer, and I was eventually just taken off the call sheet at work because I was never there. I feel like all I remember from junior year of high school was crying, laying in a dark room, drinking Coke because the sugar seemed to help, and watching So You Think You Can Dance. I know it sounds pretty pitiful, but that’s just how it was.

After several appointments to the neurologist and some medication, I got the migraines under control. I got them a couple times a month – usually when I was stressed or when my allergies were bad and this continued for the next 5 ish years. I even stopped taking the preventative migraine medication at the end of my freshman year of college.

But maybe a month ago, the migraines increased in frequency. Which is why the blog is quiet and maybe if you know me in real life or go to school with me, I’ve been kind of flakey.

I’ve been missing 1-2 classes a week and having to cancel at least 1 or 2 appointments each week. It sucks.

So I got this migraine two weeks ago and it just kind of never went away. It hurts on the entire right side of my body. It prompted me to start going regularly to a chiropractor, which has helped some, but not completely. And I went back to my neurologist for the first time in 5 years. It was weird, I felt 16 again and I honestly hated 16 haha.

So I’m in this weird in-between where we are still trying to figure out what’s going on with me. I don’t think it’s a true migraine because the strong migraine medicine that usually knocks my headaches out within 20 minutes isn’t helping. Essential oils (peppermint mostly), epsom salt baths, stretching, walking, and ice help, but they don’t take away the sensation completely.

I have blood tests today and am scheduling an MRI, so I’m really praying that we find out whatever is giving me trouble and it’s a relatively easy fix.

So I’ve been quiet lately because I just don’t have the energy each day to keep up my online presence. Some days are better and I feel like I could blog or even post a picture of what I’m doing on Instagram, but other days I don’t feel like leaving my room. I even feel like I’m kinda off writing this post – like the words aren’t flowing well, but I wanted to get an update up that I could link in case anyone thinks I died, haha. I’m alive!

Fayetteville

Despite the weird migraine thing, I still went to Fayetteville with Cam two weekends ago. It was such a good time, and even though every hour I felt different – sometimes had a pounding head, sometimes felt relatively normal – I really enjoyed myself. That’s just how good Fayetteville is! We started out the trip in Dallas to break up the drive and got to spend time with family friends. Then in Fayetteville, we got together with Cam’s brother, Noah, and then our couple friends Jill and David and went to the same corn maze we did last year. I don’t know that I ever blogged about it last year, but it’s this farmland with a corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and pig races! It’s good, country fun. We struggled a bit more in the corn maze this year, but made it out in time for the last pig races of the evening. It was freezing, but a good time!

After we went to our friend’s birthday dinner on Dickson St. It was so good to see everyone, but it was so weird to talk about our jobs and (for them) post-grad life rather than classes and college life.

The next day, we were unsuccessful at finding a brunch place because every breakfast place on the weekend in Fay is PACKED. I have vowed to move back to Fayetteville at some point with Cam and start my own restaurant. I want it to be HUGE so no one ever has to wait longer than a few minutes, but I still want a farm-to-table concept. Maybe my dream of owning chickens will truly happen! Anyway, I settled for trying the new hazelnut latte at Starbucks (A+) and we just grabbed an early lunch. The rest of the second day there was spent squeezing in every visit with friends we wanted to see. I love that it’s a small town because we could easily bounce around from place to place to hug everyone and say hi.

We headed home Sunday after finally getting breakfast out at my favorite place – Arsaga’s. I was sad to leave….I think a part of my heart will always be in Fayetteville.

Astros win!

Ok this was CRAZY. Wednesday night, Cam came over to watch the final game. Around 8:30, I went upstairs to bed because of my stupid migraine thing, and Cam stayed downstairs with my youngest sister’s dad, Phil, watching. I fell asleep quickly, and sometime later I woke up because I heard HOWLING. Howling and whooping. It was coming from outside my window! I could hear the city cheering!

Our TV had a slight delay so the city actually told me we had won before I heard Cam and Phil clapping downstairs. I ran downstairs, high-fived Phil, hugged Cam, and then me and Cam got in his car and drove up and down the street with all the bars near my house. The bars were PACKED. Everyone was cheering and chanting “As-tros, “As-stros”! It was honestly magic. I couldn’t stop laughing!

I didn’t go to the parade the next day because I actually ended up at the neurologist and chiropractor…bummer. But I’m glad I drove around with Cam at 11 o’clock at night after we had won and got to witness the excitement! After everything our city has been through, we really needed this.

Appointments on appointments

Like I said, there’s a lot of appointments happening. So much that I keep having to cancel and move things around to make room. I have school meetings, professional events, neurologist appointments, an impending MRI, blood tests, chiropractor, therapy, etc, etc. I’m not complaining – just trying to explain the lack of posts and radio silence from me!

Stranger Things

When I’m sick, it’s tradition to start a new Netflix show. This time around, it was Stranger Things – season 1 AND 2 because I hadn’t seen either! I’m so hooked. It’s better than Riverdale, ya’ll. If you haven’t watched, WATCH. I’m genuinely upset that I am not Millie Bobby Brown.

NEDA walkΒ 

Cam and I did the NEDA (National Eating Disorder Awareness) walk this past Saturday at Discovery Green and we had such a special time. We really want to get a team together for next year and I’d love to set a fundraising goal.

Cooking and baking

This has been total stress relief for me. I felt really good on Sunday after a couple hours of cooking and baking with Cam. We listened to my November playlist on Spotify (and then my October playlist when we finished that) and it was just good for the soul. This week, I made a batch of my “Clean out the pantry” cookies, this lentil salad for lunches, and we roasted pumpkin seeds. (Did half the batch in sea salt and olive oil, and half in olive oil + cinnamon + brown sugar….the sweet ones were SO good!)

Time off social media

I no longer have Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat apps on my phone. I get on Twitter maybe once a week from my laptop. My blog posts still automatically publish there via Bloglovin, so I don’t have to worry about that. Snapchat was just too much for me, so I haven’t been on there in a while. (So don’t snap me haha I won’t ever see it!) I re-download Instagram maybe every two days to check messages. (And a friend of mine is about to have her baby, so I keep checking to see if she’s in labor!)

But yeah, I’m pretty unplugged right now. I don’t know how long that will last. I don’t want to delete my accounts completely because I think the feelings I’m having toward it right now are temporary, and I really like using Instagram especially as a way to remember special times in my life. (Also, I need them for work.)

If you’d like to reach me or chat, you can text or call if you’re someone that has my number. If not, please email me! I check my blog email (hello@cristinawashere.com) about every other day and my personal (mandujano.cristina@gmail.com) several times a day.

Cam and I’s anniversary

Next Wednesday (the 15th) is Cam and I’s SEVEN YEARS. I can’t believe it and I’m so happy! We are both taking off work to spend the day together. So far, we have planned that we want to try to have a picnic since we think the weather will be nice, but that’s all we’ve got so far. I’ll be sure to let you know what we decide to do!

That’s about all I have to update you with right now! Hopefully I can jump on sometime next week to give you another update and share a re-cap of what Cam and I did for our seven years.Β 

Thanks for reading.

X,

Cristina

  • Nicole C.

    Oh Cristina, I hope your migraines get better soon. I will be thinking of you! Congrats on (almost) seven years with Cam. That is so exciting! I’m at this weird place with social media right now. I deleted Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook from my phone. I love Instagram but am definitely spend too much time on there and need to get better about that. I love staying updated with my favorite people and sharing pictures I take, but it gets too much sometimes. Loved this update post. Happy November πŸ™‚

    • Cristina Mandujano

      Thanks, Nicole! You are super sweet. I love Instagram, too! Out of everything – that’s my favorite platform and something I’d like to hang on to for my own memories. Maybe I just need to take it less seriously? Like post pictures I love even if I feel like they won’t be that popular. I think I’m going to try to figure out some new rules for myself on it like maybe try to follow only 300 people or less or something like that. I’m also going to try to get better at taking pictures just for the sake of taking pictures and printing them at CVS so I can have them as hard copies!

  • I’m sorry you’re not feeling well! My mom gets terrible migraines all the time and nothing usually helps her. I know what she’s like during those times so I definitely empathize with you girl! It looks like you’re been busy nevertheless, and that’s exciting! I can’t wait to see pictures of your 7 year anniversary! I can’t believe Ryan and I are coming up on 6 years in January

    • Cristina Mandujano

      Thanks, Kayla! The sad thing about being offline is missing all your posts! I love seeing them. If you’re reading anything cool, be sure to email me about it haha πŸ™‚ I saw that Wonder is being made into a movie and I thought of you! Wow 6 years with Ryan is going to be so great!! January is a great month cuz that’s my birthday haha πŸ˜‰

  • I’m so sorry you’re not feeling well. I don’t get migraines but I know people who do, and I know it’s not a pleasant experience. I do hope you’ll feel better soon! Also, happy anniversary! 7 years is INSANE, and I wish you both all the happiness in the world for many more years to come!

    • Cristina Mandujano

      Thank you, Amelie! I miss seeing your follow friday posts – you always make my week when you include me! I hope you’ve been having a great fall season and have been enjoying all your favorite fall things πŸ™‚

      • Haha, I haven’t been doing them as much recently – I should probably get back on that! πŸ˜‰ I hope you’re having a great fall too!

  • Definitely sending thoughts and prayers to you for some relief on your migraines. That is never fun.
    You and Cam enjoy your time together for seven years…what!? That’s awesome!!

    • Cristina Mandujano

      Thank you, Caitlin! I really appreciate it πŸ™‚ I hope to feel better next week, so I can share what we do for 7 years πŸ™‚

  • Angela Thomas

    I went through the same thing around 15/16. Mine were so bad I would have to go to the emergency room and get morphine to ease the pain and allow me to fall asleep. Like you I was put on a preventative medication that wasn’t good for my health at all. It surpassed my appetite and my weight dropped tremendously. I eased myself off of it my freshman year of college as well as I didn’t want to rely on it THE REST OF MY LIFE. I still get them occasionally and they can have a severe impact on my life. Kudos to you for even powering through. Praying for you and the medical team evaluating your situation! Congrats on seven years as well-that is AWESOME!!

    • Cristina Mandujano

      Yeah that sounds like what happened to me! I’ve been to the emergency room for them I think twice and lately I’ve had to take really strong meds that make me feel icky to get them to be better. I’m trying to go without that now, so let me know what other remedies work for you! Thanks so much for your prayers – you are soooo sweet and thoughtful πŸ™‚

  • I’m a migraine sufferer and I’m so sorry you’re going through that — mine sort of change their form over the years; sometimes I’m in a good place and sometimes I’m a literal mess. Right now I take two diff meds and also get Botox for it! Hope you find some relief soon.

    • Cristina Mandujano

      Thank you so much! Mine have changed over the years, too. Weird, right? I haven’t tried Botox yet, but I’m totally not opposed! I know a couple people who said that really works for them.