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My Armpits Hurt and Other Three-Legged Lessons

About a week ago, in the most mundane of circumstances, I dislocated my patella (that’s your knee cap for anyone who didn’t go to medical school) and tore my MCL (that’s the ligament that keeps your shin attached to your knee).

Since then I’ve learned quite a few things.

A few I already knew and had forgotten, others I wasn’t aware of yet.

Some things you learn when life (literally) knocks you down:

1.) Asking for help blows.

Maybe it’s because I don’t trust most people to come through for me or to do things the way I would (because of course my way is better).

Maybe it’s because I never want to burden anyone.

Whatever the reason, asking for help is right up there with being locked in a room full of cats, so I do everything in my power to avoid it.

asking for help

2.) I can NOT do everything myself.

However, there are an amazing number of things you can learn to do one-handed.

All the mommies out there know what I’m talking about!

one handed mom

How about practically everything?!?

Necessity is the mother of invention.

If you have to use at least one crutch to get around, you figure out real quick how to do everything else with your free hand.

3.) Who your friends are.

Not the friends you say “hi” to at shows or party all night with.

The friends who actually return phone calls, check in on you, and will cart your crippled ass around.

Don’t be surprised when the latter turns out to be a much smaller group than the former.true friends

4.) There is actually a technique to using crutches!

Up with the good, down with the bad is the best way to traverse stairs.

You should always use a solo crutch on your uninjured side.

If you lower your crutch height it will force you to use them correctly.

I only wish someone had told me before I rubbed my armpits raw!

This will of course, shift your weight to your hands, specifically the soft fleshy part of your thumbs.

I don’t know how to make that stop throbbing but I do know the next person who tells me I’ll build up a callus gets hit in the shin with a crutch.hit with a crutch5.) Listen to your body!

I can’t help but think of the nights when all I wanted was to stay home and curl up on the couch, but instead told myself I had to honor my commitments.

Maybe if I hadn’t pushed myself to go out just because it was a Friday Night and I could, my knee wouldn’t have revolted.

Maybe if I had taken better care of myself I wouldn’t now be on forced sabbatical…

listen to your body 2

6.) If is physically impossible to vomit in a toilet with one leg in a brace.

Make sure you have a bucket handy.

The cocktail of drugs prescribed WILL make you nauseous.

7.) Listen to the doctor when they say:

“Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

Make sure to drink plenty of water.”

You might think it isn’t possible to feel any worse.

Go a week without pooping and get back to me.

constipation8.) Pockets are your friend but a fanny pack is your BEST friend!

You’ll reach a point when you don’t give a shit.

You just want to be able to carry your own stuff.

Get a fanny pack and thank me later.

fanny pack

Also the only acceptable time to wear leggings as pants

9.) You WILL feel sorry for yourself.

Just go ahead and cry.

ugly cry face

I’m not guaranteeing it will make you feel any better but the headache you’ll get from holding back the tears will most certainly make you feel worse.

10.) PATIENCE

It is a virtue I was definitely born without and is the most challenging part of all.

It takes twice as long to do anything on crutches.

You will be at the mercy of others.

So, take a deep breathe and count your lucky stars this is only temporary.

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

luck

Dollars + Sense:

Get into a little feeder-bender? 6 ways to reduce your car insurance rates after an accident.

Looking for some financial freedom?? Try making these counter-cultural decisions.

Body Lovin’:

The science of napping.

Got a serious case of CRS? 7 tricks to help you remember anything.

Climbing the Ladder:

On the job hunt?? 8 ways to make a great first impression when you land that interview.

Out and About:

Friday Fun:

For all you Phans out there impatiently waiting for Fall Tour, check out 7 Below at The Main Pub in Manchester, CT. Show starts at 9pm. $7 at the door.

Looking for an evening of good eats and good tunes?? Check out John Cantalini at La Cucina in Hampden, MA. Music starts at 7:30pm.

Wormtown Music Festival at Camp Kee-Wanee in Greenfield, MA kicks off Friday night with sets by Turkuaz, Ryan Montbleau (featuring special guest Primate Fiasco), Rusted Root and many more! Festival runs Friday thru Sunday. Tickets are $120 at the gate.

Saturday Shenanigans:

Bangfield will be rocking their own brand of hip hop/rock/funk/reggae at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton.

Sunday Funday:

Feeling nostalgic for Jerry?? Then head down to Sonny’s Place in Somer, CT for the Lobsterz from Mars. Free outdoor show from 1pm – 5pm.

Giggles and Such:

china

have a sec

clean

Have a great weekend!

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It’s Finally Friday!!! (sort of…)

Quote of the Day:

optimist

Love + Sex:

Breaking up is hard to do.

Climbing the Ladder:

Not all “mistakes” are created equal.

Creative juices running low? Here are 4 articles and 6 TED talks to get your creativity flowing.

Body Lovin’:

Did you know baking soda can do almost anything??

For all you new mommas – the ultimate guide to organic formula.

Following Your Dreams:

Scratch that itch.

Out and About:

Thirsty Thursday:

Roomful of Blues will be rocking Stearns Square for Bike Night this week. Come soak up the end of summer. Music starts at 8pm.

If you love The Dead the Space Ballroom in Hampden, CT is the place to be. $12 at the door. Show starts at 9pm.

Friday Fun:

For my CT homies:

The Muppet Movie will be playing in Elizabeth Park in Hartford at 7pm.

Lucid will be at Stella Blues in New Haven. If you haven’t seen these guys yet you’re in for a treat! Lucid serves up a blend of funky, jazzy, reggae rock guaranteed to get you on your feet!

For my Western Mass peeps:

The John Cantalini Band will be rocking The Sky Box in Southwick.

Saturday Shenanigans:

Got the blues?? Rich Badowski Blues Band will be at The Waterfront in Holyoke.

Looking to get saved Saturday night? Reverend Dan and The Dirty Catechism CD Release Party is at The Elevens in Northampton, MA. Baptism starts at 8pm.

Feeling nostalgic for flannel and JNCO jeans?? Head out to the Southwick Inn to see your favorite 90’s cover band Gnome Sane.

Giggles and Such:

Drink to excess in Texas.

can't live without love

stupid

wine

Have a great week(end)!

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

emerson

Get Cultured:

24 words you probably don’t know you’re saying wrong.

Climbing the Ladder:

For when it all goes sideways; worst case scenario planning.

Just got a new gig? Not going the way you expected?? How to move on after only a few months.

Home Sweet Home:

plants

Body Lovin’:

Does your 9-5 keep you sitting all day? This backbend sequence is for you!

Everybody poops. What yours is telling you about your body.

Out and About:

Friday Fun:

Get your Hitchcock on at Riverside Park in Hartford. Birds is playing from 7pm – 10pm

Ketch-Fyre is rocking the house up at Monty’s in Chicopee. You don’t want to miss these guys! Their secret weapon bangs the drums. She’s a girl! She’s super talented!! And she’s only 16!!! Keep your eye on this one kids.

Saturday Shenanigans:

The place to be this Saturday is Theodore’s!! Turkuaz will be bringing some serious funk. This 10 piece ensemble will also be celebrating the birthday of a dear friend. Guaranteed good time or your money back!!

Sunday Funday:

The Kings will be rocking The Wales Irish Pub from 3pm – 7pm. Good food and great tunes outside on the patio- always an awesome way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Giggles and Such:

Having one of those days? Can’t seem to catch a break?? Check out the Shiba Inu puppy cam. If it doesn’t make you smile just a little, I don’t know what will!

drunken dinosaur

heard that shit before

make me feel special

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It’s Finally Friday!!! (sort of..)

Adventures in Adulthood is going on vacation!!

And not a minute too soon!

I need some serious fun in the sun in my life.

Don’t worry!

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming August 21st.

If you miss us terribly, feel free to dig up some of your past faves from the archives and give ’em another read 🙂

Quote of the Day:

alice

Climbing the Ladder:

Just start a new gig?? Five tips to becoming the ideal co-worker.

Trying to get an introduction?? How to ask like a pro.

Techie Love:

Are you addicted to Facebook?? 16 reasons to sign off and go live your life!!

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Think cooking is hard?? Learn to cook in 90 seconds!

Round the World:

Is there a road trip in your summer plans?? How to stay healthy while on the road and 10 free apps that will make for smooth sailing.

Inspirational:

Growing up is hard to do and anyone who tells you there’s a point when you stop growing is full of baloney. Here are 7 signs you’re on the road to becoming a better person.

Body Lovin’:

Forgot you couldn’t party like a college student anymore?? Don’t worry, you’re not actually dying, it just feels that way. Try these yoga poses to take the edge off that hangover.

Out and About:

Sick of hearing that whiny, “I’m bored”?? Pack those brats in the car and head to Old Sturbridge Village. Kids 17 and under get free admission for the month of August.

Thirsty Thursday

The Truckstop Troubadours will be headlining Stearns Square tomorrow night. For those of you who have been living under rocks in Western Mass., Springfield puts on a concert each Thursday during the summer, otherwise known as “Bike Night”. The outdoor concert usually starts around 8pm. The Troubadours will also be playing down the street at Theodore’s once the outdoor show is over.

Friday Fun:

For my Connecticut homies:

Goonies never say die! Really wish I was going to be in town for this one!! The Goonies at Goodwin Park. Free popcorn provided by Stew Leonards (the best grocery store EVER), face painting, and a Truffle Shuffle competition! I repeat, a Truffle Shuffle competition!!

For my Western Mass peeps:

Wayne Morphew & The Glorious Unknown will be rocking out at Theodore’s. If you haven’t checked these guys out yet you won’t be disappointed!!

Saturday Shenanigans:

Need an excuse to head down to the beach this weekend?? Baird Souls will be rocking the Windjammer down in Misquamicut. And everyone knows it’s not really summer until you party on the beach! So throw on your cutest suit and boogie on down.

Another shindig I really wish I was going to be around for 😦 Tony Lee Thomas (featuring one of my absolute favorites – the lovely Miss Jenny Porter) will be at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton. I also hear there will be a smorgasbord of super talented musicians collaborating to kick the evening off. Don’t miss this one kids!! Show starts at 10pm.

Giggles and Such:

Ever had your palm read? Learn the basics and impress your friends!

Things millennial girls love.

cool-Netflix-guide-what-watch

hoot

internet

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

against the wind henry ford quote

Techie Love:

Organize your life digitally!

Round the World:

This might be the coolest “subway” EVER!!

What’s on your travel bucket list?

Follow your Dreams:

The power of visualization.

Climbing the Ladder:

Is shyness holding you back at work?

Luscious Locks:

How to get perfect beachy curls.

Health and Wellness:

Do you live on Red Bull? Check out how to have high energy naturally.

Body Lovin:

Good Morning Yoga 🙂

Peace of Art:

Think finger painting is only for kids?? Think again!

Inspirational:

The secret to winning.

Giggles and Such:

You’re just a thick mint of my imagination.

Diarrhea is the best excuse for anything. Unless you really have it….

go to the jimjumpolinesstop comparing yourself to others

Have a great weekend!

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

don't let them tame you isadora duncan quote

Techie Love:

Everybody pees and everybody carries a cellphone.

Inspirational:

One open heart at a time, you can change the world.

Health and Wellness:

Do you take things personally? Do you find your feelings get hurt more than you’d like? How to fix it.

Wine me, Dine me:

Thinking of going gluten-free? Check out this 5-day meal plan.

Do you love Chips Ahoy cookies as much as me?? Make your own at home! They’re even gluten-free!!

Survival Skills:

Power out? No candles? Flashlight out of juice? Try this.

Feed your Mind:

15 books to read before they get turned into movies.

Climbing the Ladder:

Looking for a job? Make sure you have these 7 skills on your resume.

Peace of Art:

Calling all gamers. The classics are now considered art. Who woulda thunk??

Giggles and Such:

Give the world a reason to dance.

Live your life like an open faced sandwich.

fuck yolo tedgummy bearshow does moses make coffee

Have a great weekend!

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