Just wanted to check in after receiving lovely well wishes from the comments and my facebook page. Surgery went well, everything is back in place! I'm officially bionic, with a plate on my fibula and a screw holding the rest together (yes, I finally got the nerve to look at the before and after X-rays). Long scars to be expected, but luckily it will be boot season when I get out of the (boot) cast!
In terms of getting back to real life, it's a process. Getting around is not great, but I'm getting a baller ab and arm workout whenever I'm crutching. Birthday party had to be cancelled, but I had a really fun night with my kickball team for the last game of the season on my actual 25th. Let me tell you, crutches are definitely a conversation starter at a bar. Working with surgeons means you can't skip recovering from surgery, so I'm doing half days as much as I possibly can without getting scolded. I'm writing and studying at home while the experiments I had running have watchers and are going well.
I've started a little notebook with all of the food ideas in my head for when I get back. The day I broke everything, I had just brought home a beautiful new stand mixer (life goal accomplished) and it is dying to make its debut. For now sandwiches and raviolis are about all I can manage, but believe me the second I feel comfortable enough I'll be back!
Thanks again go to my family for putting up with gimpy me. Appropriate to start a countdown for when I can walk again? I'm thinking yes.