52 Pick Up – Week 16 Challenge: Growth

Hi everyone! Finally, I am able to sit up long enough to type!!!

Before I get into the challenge, I just wanted to give an update as to why I haven’t posted since before Easter. As I mentioned in my last entry, I have a bulging disc in my lower back. Turns out it’s between the C4 and C5 vertebrae, which means that the inflammed area is pressing on my sciatic nerve, as well as partially on my spinal cord. As such, I haven’t been able to bend to the front, back, or the right side. I also haven’t been able to sit, and I just started driving again last week, however, my car seat is in a very awkward position, with an obus form to help somewhat. I’ve been at my chiropractor on a regular basis, have had x-rays to determine how severe it is, and I have an MRI booked for May 15th, in order to determine how much permanent damage has happened as of this.

Needless to say, I’ve been in intense pain, and today was the first time I felt well enough to sit down at my computer and type up a blog entry. So here goes!

Sherene has posted her latest challenge, growth, and this is what she wrote for it:

“As always, please interpret this challenge as you desire. Signs of spring are an obvious choice in interpreting this challenge, but please feel free to let your imagination soar! As always have fun!”

So, here’s my entry for it. I have five separate images to enter for this week, which deal with an aspect of my life that has taken over right now. In Canada, if you are in the field of Occupational Health & Safety, you can receive your professional designation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional. In order to obtain it, you must have a certain level of education, work experience, and you must pass an exam (think of the bar exam for lawyers, and its a similar concept). I write my exam on May 14th, and therefore, have been using almost all my spare time studying for this. My dining room table has become a war zone of acadameia, but I am enjoying it somewhat. I remember why I am so glad to be done school, but a few weeks of hitting the books won’t kill me!

For me, this is growth. Taking my current level of knowledge on occupational health and safety, refreshing what I’ve already learnt, and expanding this knowledge even more. Each time I study, I walk away with a little more insight into the subject I’ve studied, and then use this in my daily job. Now, I’m not saying that I want to study forever, there are far more interesting ways to glean knowledge, but this will do for now!


52 Pick Up Challenge – Anticipation

I first want to start with an apology for how long it has taken to post again. I threw out my back way last weekend, and ended up lying on the couch for almost the entire week because of it. I barely got to work this week, let alone do anything else! So, I’m making it just under the wire as far as this challenge is concerned, so here goes!

This week’s challenge is about anticipation – and we are free to be as creative as we wish. Sherene posted on her site the following information:

“As always, please interpret this challenge as you desire. There is nothing better than that feeling of anticipation! The fluttery heart for something we truly desire. Our challenge this week is to capture anticipation. Anticipation for an event, trip or just a special treat. This may be something you are patiently, or maybe not so patiently waiting for, or even the very emotion of anticipation. Remember my challenges are always about getting out there and taking photos and most importantly don’t forget to have fun!”

I was trying to figure out all week what to photograph, and I realized one night the best subject for me – food. My husband decided to cook a ham one night, and the smell that slowly wafted through the house was intoxicating, making my mouth water in anticipation. So, here’s my journey through the world of wonderful anticipation for a treat that you can taste before ever getting to try it.

While cooking, Nik kept pulling the ham out, in order to baste it with the juices running off. This just intesified the smell permeating all the rooms in my home:

Of course, you can never be sure whether the meat is done, unless you check the temp, which only adds to the anticipation when it is nowhere near the finishing point:

Once done, I then had to wait impatiently while Nik carved a piece off for us to try. The anticipation of the cooking now over, it became the anticipation of trying the meat, hoping that it tastes as good as it looked and smelt!

Of course, it tasted great, and Nik got to enjoy the fruits of his labour:

Anticipation, I find, is always so much better, when teased with the taste, sight, and smell of a promising meal well done.

Tomorrow, I’ll be posting photos of Easter – getting ready, and enjoying the day with family.

Have a happy Easter!

52 Pick Up – Weekly Challenge

This weeks challenge is “taking care of business”, and I thought this fit perfectly. Nik layed down after work, and Ritchie decided to give him a little massage.

I say massage, but he was really just trying to get comfy. Either way, Nik’s back felt better! (Taken with my cell phone, forgive the lack of good lighting!)