|Todd and I in Bochum, Germany|
|My mom with the new member of the household!|
|Pippa Smith-Platt with her sister Maya|
|Doc was such a good patient even having to wear the cone|
|Maya (black cat) on the catio|
Human NewsTodd's 50th birthday was June 26th this year and I arranged a semi-surprise boys' weekend in the mountains for him and a few of his best college buddies. Tom (Todd''s best friend) even flew home from Ireland for the occasion!
From the end of October until Nov 5, I was worked a ton in preparation of the annual Casino Night Fundraiser for The Lung Transplant Foundation.
|Friends Millie, me, Chris, Kirsten and Martha at Casino Night|
|Our friends Matt, Craig, Todd, Chris, Charlie, Jason, Greg and Ross|
|For my patch test, I had to wear this around for three days during the summer...and was not allowed to shower or sweat!|
I did go into the hospital one day this year back in July. I came down with what we eventually discovered was a virus that went to my lungs. I was feeling awful, coughing, fever, and went to the ER. They admitted me for one day, gave me some IV antibiotics, did a ton of lab work and sent me on my way with some Cipro. Isn't that nice! It also coincided with our AC being out, so the timing wasn't bad.
I have also been dealing with mostly minor headaches. I'm not sure how much of it is sinus related or what. Still a mystery. I have some pills I take when it gets bad, but that isn't often.
A colorful day at pulmonary rehab, me and Edie
Todd is doing alright. It hasn't been the easiest fall for us, but hopefully things are leveling out for a while. Todd's company, where he's worked for 20 years as one of their first employees, got bought a couple of weeks ago. So far there are no major changes, although the focus of the company as a whole is probably going to be shifting. Jury is still out on whether or not it's going to be a place Todd wants to stay long-term.
Merry and Bright
At the Smith-Platt household, we are poised for a very Merry Christmas! Our dogs might be getting the most presents they're ever gotten, and of course the kitten has several coming as well. We are doing things a little differently this year. Mom, Todd and I are going out to a nice Christmas Eve dinner before retiring to our house for the evening. Mom will stay the night and we'll do Christmas in the morning before leaving for the mountains to catch Christmas dinner with some of Todd's family and enjoying a few days up there.
|Our friend Dejah with us at Wiseman's View overlooking |
Linville Gorge on a mountain trip this summer
In early April, my mom and I and Doc and Sam drove to Glenwood Springs, NC (about 7 hours away) to visit with my cousin Anne, her husband, two kids and my Uncle Roger on their horse farm in the mountains. It's very pretty where they live and they are such great people to be around! Doc and Sam fit right in with their pack and were absolutely spoiled by Miranda and Evelyn.
|Miranda and Evelyn|
|Doc and Sam hanging out at the barn|
|Miranda loving on Sam|
|Evelyn takes a break from brushing Sam|
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Todd and I outside a restaurant in Bochum, Germany
|Another delicious bakery|
|Sleepy Simon on the train|
|Simon and Nate in a small town near Bochum that all of us visited|
|Simon waiting for the slow adults on a castle tour|
|Ghent at night|
|Our hotel was located on a canal like this|
|Artisan owl chocolates in Brugges|
|Entrance to the garden at the Burren Perfumery|
|Kilbeggan Distillery Tour|
|Hiking at the Cliffs of Mohr|
|Visiting cool old stuff|
|Part of the royal gardens|
|The tower next to Yeats's house on a lovely river|
|Former Hurricanes' Jeff O'Neil's second-third-something cousin|
|Enjoying a sunset outside the pub|
|A Connemara horse - specifically bred to work |
the mountainous bogs in the area
|Walking up, up, up on the Connemara trail|
|One of the famous "bog women" found preserved in the peat bogs of western Ireland. |
We saw the actual bodies in a museum in Dublin!
|Elaborate decorations at grave sights|
|An abandoned church with cemetery|
|The baby sheep scarfing down the milk|
|This one was my favorite - moving too much to get a good picture!|
|View of the beach at the end of the island|
|Me with some very Burren-looking rocks in the foreground and beautiful blue ocean in the background|
|An older-than-Stonehenge-type of circular monument near Tom and Maria's house|
|Cool spiky grass|
|More cool old ruins in the background|
|A sign from a famous Saint, I think|
|My good friend Jessica and I who arranged the games for Team North Carolina|
|The Kalasunas-Sutton-Buchholz-Smith cheering section!|
(Amy, me, Keri, Jay and Mary Ann)
|State pins from the Transplant Games|
|Me in front of the wind mobiles for the Transplant Games|
|Michigan moon rise|
|Simon in his raccoon ears and tail at the nature center|
|Blue Moon ice cream - cheers!|
|Simon playing goalie|
|Simon at his swim lesson|
|Todd and I take Simon through the animal habitat at |
the Natural History Museum in Cleveland
|Thanksgiving meal at Amy's: |
Joe, Nathan, JoEllen, Amy, Mary Ann and Paulette
Happy Holidays to All!
|Sam in front of the Christmas tree|