I Can See!

by tinareale on January 12, 2013

I feel like singing the Peter Pan song “I Can Fly! I Can Fly” but subbing out fly with see. Oh, how great it feels to open up my eyes again without pain. Remember last week when I mentioned scratching my cornea? Well, it had felt better for the recommended three full days by this past Wednesday, so I wore my contacts. Bad, bad, bad idea.

By Wednesday afternoon I was in excruciating pain again and woke up even worse off than before on Thursday. I had to see a different eye doctor, but good thing because she clued me in this time around on how badly my eye was scratched – “it looks like someone took a piece of sandpaper to your eye”. That sounds nice, right?

I spent all day Thursday and Friday curled up in a ball on my couch going between vicious pain or knocked out from the pain meds I received this time around. Between all that sleep and the loads of eye drops, I could open my eyes again by last night and woke up feeling normal again finally. Although obviously no contacts for awhile. I don’t want to go near that pain again.

Now that I have rambled enough about my evil eye, I guess we can get to that post I had ready for yesterday but couldn’t open my eyes enough to write. Countdown time!

5 Links to Love this Week

4 Special Things to Honor The Birthday Boy!

Yesterday (when I planned to publish this post) was Braedon’s second birthday. The kid is TWO?! How crazy is that? I simply cannot believe it. The following four things are just a tiny few of the things that make him so wonderful in my eyes. You know, besides the fact that he’s my son.

  • I adore his sense of humor, infectious laugh, and too cute for his own good smile. He knows how silly and cute he is and totally tries to use it to his advantage. Which works. And makes him even cuter.
  • He has a thirst for learning and is so smart. I will sound like a silly proud bragging mama telling you this but I don’t care. He already can count to fifteen, knows all of his shapes (including octagon, diamond, and oval), his colors, and talks so much for a two year old.
  • His snuggles. The boy is go go go from sun up to sun down, but those rare moments when he wants to snuggle up, like during story time before bed, make those snuggles even sweeter.
  • His energy. I may have trouble keeping up with him some days, but the kiddo’s zest for seeing and experiencing everything sure make life fun.

Yep, I love him! Time goes too fast.

3 TV Shows I Got Sucked Into This Week

Not sure when I’ll have the time to watch them, but here they are.


  • Downton Abbey – Some friends kept talking about the season premier with such excitement that I had to look into this show I had never even heard of before. Watched the first couple of episodes on Hulu Plus last weekend and have since thoroughly been drawn in and cannot stop. I even just listened to a few episodes when laying around unable to see the past couple of days.
  • The Biggest Loser – I used to watch all the time with my sister, but when we couldn’t do our sister dates anymore I lost interest. Now Jillian is back and they are touching on childhood obesity…and I found myself watching again. Probably won’t be able to stop that one either.
  • The Bachelor – Every season I say I won’t watch, and every season I do. Besides, I really liked Sean and want to see what happens with Katie.

2 Favorite Best Body Fitness Posts This Week

And the winner is….


Congrats, Liz! Email me – tina [at] tinareale [dot] com – to claim your prize!

1 Positive Thought for Your Weekend

setback or failure?

Have a great weekend!


1 Lauren January 12, 2013 at 6:59 am

Trust me girl, I know eye problems. I’ve been having issues with my corneas all year and I FINALLY got them healthy. I just told my eye doctor, it was like a breath of new life when I woke up to crystal clear vision the other day.
Have a wonderful weekend my darling!

2 katie January 12, 2013 at 6:59 am

Happy weekend and happy birthday to the birthday boy!

Eye pain is the worse! No contact wearing for sure girl! Hope the eyes get better eventually that you can wear them again!

Have a great Saturday! <3

3 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 12, 2013 at 7:20 am

I hope your eye starts feeling better soon – that sounds terrible! :(

And a happy belated to your little man! :)

4 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 12, 2013 at 8:26 am

Ugh, that stinks about your eye! I’m glad you’re feeling a little bit better though. And happy birthday to your little man. I can still remember when I got that email telling me you had him! Time flies, that’s for sure.

5 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 12, 2013 at 8:49 am

I have heard that downton abbey is so good! I dont watch enough TV :)

6 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 12, 2013 at 9:18 am

oh downton abbey how I love the!!!

7 Tanya @ Vegan Faith January 12, 2013 at 9:50 am

I can’t believe he’s two! It seems like just yesterday. That was right around the time I first started reading your blog and I remember waiting so impatiently for him to come! Wow, how time moves by. I am also sucked into Downton Abbey…and the Bachelor. You can’t pass up the chance to see someone you actually know on reality TV. So happy she made it past the first round!

8 Clare @ Fitting It All In January 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

ahh so painful! I sympathize so much – happened to me twice. glad it’s better!

9 Olivia Hill @ life as liv January 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Welcome to the wonderful, glorious world of Downton Abbey! Isn’t it the best show?! :)

10 tinareale January 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

It is SO good! If it wasn’t on so late on a Sunday night (grandma, right here) I would say we should have a Downton Abbey viewing party.

11 Kim January 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Happy birthday to your cutie!!
I haven’t tried Downtown Abbey – afraid to add any more mindless TV programs to my list!!!
Love Biggest Loser and, sadly, the Bachelor!!!
The Black Bean Soup looks like something I definitely need to try.

12 [email protected] Palate January 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Happy belated birthday to your little baby!!! Love Brittany’s post, one that all mummies or anyone working with children needs to read!

13 Lissy January 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Glad your eye’s feeling better. I got soap in my eye the other night and I was cursing, so I can’t even imagine :(
Happy birthday to th little one :) I keep thinking our friend’s daughter is only a year, but she just turned to too. Amazing.

14 Adrienne January 12, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Glad your eye is feeling better! Happy birthday to your little guy!

I too got back in to the Biggest Loser this week. Such a tear jerker of a show! Haven’t watched the past few seasons but am excited to see Jillian back.

15 Jess @ Blonde Ponytail January 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Happy birthday to your little boy!! You know, I keep hearing about Downtown Abbey–guess I need to check it out! I’m so looking forward to the Biggest Loser AND the Bachelor :)

16 [email protected] January 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Oh girl! I hope your eye feels better soon and you can wear your contacts!

Happy belated birthday, Braedon! Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend celebrating!

17 Jennifer January 13, 2013 at 11:09 am

How ironic…I started watching Downtown Abbey This past week, too! Like you I kept seeing and hearing about how great this show is. I have the 1st season on Netflix. I’m only 3 episodes in…got a lot of catching up to do!

Glad you are feeling better. I had a scratched cornea as a child. Ugg!

18 Danica @ It's Progression January 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I know how it feels to have eye pain, so I’m really glad to hear that your eyes are feeling better!

19 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I’m so glad that you can see! :) I feel like I constantly have weird issues with my eyes from my contacts. I need Lasik!!
Your list about Braedon is SO sweet! And he’s such a cutie!! I’ve never seen Downton Abbey, but will not allow myself to get sucked in! I have far too many shows on rotation now.
And that’s a great quote at the end!!

20 Nick Goodall January 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Oohh wow that sounds painful! I remember doing something similar when I was younger, I was climbing a tree (as you do) and all of a sudden I lost my footing. My eye plunged right into a sticking out branch, scratching my cornea like you, although I think my skull may have taken some of the impact.. Not a nice experience!

Happy Birthday to the little boy, I hope he had an awesome day! It sounds tiring all the running around you have to do, but nevertheless it seems totally worth it! :)

21 jobo January 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

yikes!! glad your eye is better, that sounds heinous!! Happy birthday B! He’s such a cutie pie! and a cuddler? LOVE!

22 Bek @ Crave January 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Yay! I’m glad you’re feeling better. I really like the countdown themed post- keep it up!

23 STUFT Mama January 14, 2013 at 2:23 am

So glad your eye is better. And, really, he’s 2 already? What is happening to our babies? Eeeekkk……. Hope you had a great rest of the weekend Tina!

24 tinareale January 14, 2013 at 5:49 am

That’s how I feel! They keep growing way too fast!

25 Katy January 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I recently finished The 4400 on Netflix and I was so addicted. I can’t believe they discontinued the series though because it ended right before that writers’ striker years ago. Ugh.

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