Yesterday I had the 2 cutest visitors come and see me in the evening. My best friend just got a new puppy Bordeaux dog who is only a few months old.

Yesterday I had these 2 super cute visitors come and see me during the evening. My best friend got a new puppy Bordeaux dog called Cees and he is so adorable. He is only a few months old, super naughty and playful and let me tell you, puppies certainly do make everything better! When I was at university (gosh that makes me sound old..) they used to get rescue dogs come to campus during exam periods for students to de-stress and pet the dogs. Isn't that the best idea ever! They sure have a way of making you feel great even if this cutie might look like he is permanently sad.

I have never had a dog of my own, but I know that I definitely want one of my own when I grow up! (Says the grown up who doesn't quite know how to adult yet). As of now I have decided I would really like to have an Australian Shepherd if I ever get one. They are not too big and not too small, super active and look amazing and unique in my opinion. All I can say is Cuteness Overload! They come in so many different colour palettes and usually have those gorgeous blue eyes, awh my heart is melting.

Let me know what you think about this type of dog. Do you have any experience with whether they are a good breed to own, and what is your favourite dog breed?

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Besides discovering great series new to watch on Netflix, I'd say finding something artsy and crafts to do is one of the best things you can do when you have some spare time, and I have A LOT of it right now. I have lived by myself for the past 5 years whilst I studied in London and in Australia but for my recovery I live at home with my parents again. My room has the same interior that I chose back when I was around 15 years old, and let's just say I don't have the same taste anymore.

So since being back home I have repainted my room in a light taupe colour and am looking for ideas to redecorate. This is where I turn to my holy bible of design, PINTEREST where I always find the coolest ideas for decorating and DIY's. Here is why I like DIY, first of all I find the process of actually making things very peaceful and it stimulates my brain. Second of all, the end product of something that you have made yourself is usually much more satisfying than something bought! Similarly to giving a gift to someone that you made yourself, at least, if it turns out to be a nice gift of course.

This little project is something I have had in mind for a very long time. I saw a picture on Instagram of a wall with butterflies flying up the wall and thought it looked so pretty. The thing is that, I never got around to starting to actually make anything myself. I have found that it is all well and good to sit and look up things on Pinterest and think about all the amazing things you would like to make. Unless you actually create a physical mood board like the one in my little sketch book on the top left, or a list or a plan it can be hart to get started. Writing things down and planning WILL actually make things more concrete and you'll probably actually end up making something if you can get your self to invest some time in making a plan for it.

Let's end this post by saying that I have some great company too while I'm sitting here all sedentary. My mom and best friend came and hung out with me after they went to the gym and we had some lovely homemade apple pie and coffee to go with. If you are recovering from an injury, having people around you to talk to, confide in and bounce ideas off is so important, because trust me, you will spend a lot of time thinking about all kinds of things. 

So thank you for being there and making everything feel better and giving me positive vibes!

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Nevermind, it wasn't that exciting! Just unwrapping the big bandage covering up the scars from the surgery. That lovely pinkish stain is the disinfectant solution they used to keep everything sterilised. I have to say that unwrapping the bandage both caused a great relief because I could move much better, but at the same time it felt a bit scary that it is now more exposed. It definitely takes a few hours to get used to. Truth be told I have had this exact same surgery before! I have always been super active playing heaps of sports but apparently also a bit unlucky. My last surgery was on my other knee 6 years ago, and that ligament is still intact today.

​​​​Cut open here -->​ Let's just say I am happy my surgeon asked me at least 5 times which leg to operate on and drew 2 big fat arrows confirming that. Imagine how awkward if they accidentally got that wrong. To me, compared to my previous reconstruction, this stitching and condition of the wounds looks very neat! I am super pleased with the way they "stitched me up" and now all I can do is wait a bit more than a week for them to come out. I had to keep the white bandaids on for a day to make sure nothing was leaking. Which meant... drumroll.. wait for it.. I got to SHOWER this Thursday! I had not been allowed to shower since Monday for your information. Ah, that was one of the best showers I have had, even though I had to stand on 1 leg the whole time and got cramps in my right glutes. Totally worth it!

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Although it may not be time for new years resolutions quite yet, I got a new knee which somewhat means New Me. The surgery was a success! On the 20th of November I successfully had my ACL reconstructed after tearing it a bit more than half a year earlier playing Australian Football. I am super thankful to the surgery team for doing such a great job and making sure everything ran so smoothly on an otherwise quite daunting day. I had been struggling with instability and pain quite a bit since the injury happened, and there were just too many things I couldn't do anymore.

Australian Football, or AFL, is an aggressive contact sport to say the least, and I guess I found that out the hard way. One of the worst things about this whole experience is the fact that I started to love this peculiar sport so shortly after picking it up, and didn't even get to play it for that long. I worked as an intern for a professional AFL team for a season whilst doing my Master degree in Australia, and thought what better way to learn the sport than playing it.

To date, I feel like AFL is one of the coolest sports out there, despite being a soccer girl at heart. I still follow what my team the GC Suns are up to from overseas and will definitely keep watching them play when the season kicks off again in March 2018!

Right now I am at home recovering form the procedure and yesterday I was allowed to remove the big surgical bandage and I can move my knee much better now. I took a walk down to the pharmacy with my mom today to get some more painkillers which went pretty smoothly. Other than that I have to do small exercises every hour, like bending and straightening my knee to regain that mind muscle connection. The knee is still very swollen so once that has gone down a bit more I am sure it will be easier to move. I can put about 50% of my bodyweight on the reconstructed leg and will start going back to 100%. From how I am feeling now, I think I'll be back walking quite quickly!

These images show how a piece of the hamstring muscle tendon gets "harvested" as they say medically, to create a new ACL ligament. They then pull the new ACL through a tunnel drilled through the femur (thigh bone) and the Tibia (shin bone). I can already see some bruising appearing from all the things they've done inside my knee joint, but I find it pretty amazing that they can even do these things at all! 

That's all the knee talk I have for today lovelies! I will post some photos of my actual leg tomorrow. 

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