A Dutiful Hermit

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Did you know that when you’re sick with one thing it can turn into being sick with another thing? Who’d have thought?

I went to the doctor yesterday since after about 10 days of battling what I thought was the flu I contracted from Precious Child #2 wasn’t getting any better. My throat still felt like it was being scratched by razor blades, a hacking cough that alarms the germophobes on BART, and just walking up the stairs made me want to nap. Turns out I have bronchitis, because why not. So I’m taking a few more days to recuperate.

And you know what? Despite feeling a little-stir crazy since I haven’t worked out in over 2 weeks, I kinda like the invalid life. Lots of tea, cranking the heater with abandon, and working from my cozy couch in my most lounge-y of lounge wear is a lifestyle that suits me. I love having a legit excuse to bail on plans – “Oh, I have an infectious disease, so sorry, let’s rain check!” – and thanks to Zoom meetings I can still stay caught up with work.

Turns out I make a really good hermit.

And I know how I’ve talked about it before, how I know it’s not really good for me to be isolated, that I need to get out and make sure I’m connecting with my people on a regular basis. But I have been absolutely flooring it this year, so inspired and motivated to Do All the Things and Go All the Places. I’ve had a delightful time, but I’m thinking that getting sick is my body’s way of letting me know that I’m once again taking on too much and ignoring my basic self-care needs.

Life has seasons, and it’s okay to surrender to what the reality is at the moment. Despite my big dreams and ever-growing “To-Do” pile, I’m allowing myself to take a break and narrow my focus to the current necessities in front of me – sleep, keeping up with work, and caring for my kiddos. Everything else can wait.

Is anything causing you to stop and pause lately?

Go make it a great day!

Party On Whole30 Style

Saturday night we hosted a beer tasting party for our home brewery. It was Day 28 of the Whole30 for me, and I would like to happily report that I stayed compliant for the entire evening and had a wonderful time!

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We put the invite for the party out on Nextdoor (a social media app for neighborhoods) so everyone that came – except for my sister; hi, Amanda! – I met for the first time. It was a little hard conversing with strangers without the comfort of “liquid courage” in my glass, but I bought like eleventeen different flavors of sparkling water ahead of time, so my glass contents were still tasty.

It was so funny, I didn’t even want the beer. Shocker, I know! But knowing that it would be too easy to go overboard into Drunksville on hour high-alcohol craft beers, and how I want to still be functioning and having a good time when the party was winding down, I really didn’t have a problem refilling my glass with La Croix. And it was way easier to give Buttercup a sip of sparkling water from my glass than to constantly be policing where my beer is in proximity to her fast, crafty little toddler hands (she loves the taste of beer so we constantly have to police our bottles and glasses). But I found not drinking beer with everyone else to be a lot more do-able than I had imagined. I just filled my glass with La Croix, didn’t mention it or say anything to anybody what I was drinking, and had a good time.

For the part food, I made a huge pulled pork roast and served it with barbecue sauce on the side so I could have the meat, and I made a huge plate of cut veggies with guacamole so I knew there was stuff I could eat. Many people generously brought dishes to pass, so we had plenty of food for everyone!

Meanwhile, my knee has decided to start bothering me. Enter all of the ice packs.

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For real?!? Yup. I think I’ve been propping my foot on the coffee table when Hulk and I watch our nightly ritual “Cheers” reruns on Netflix, and the hyper-extension on my knee has started to become a problem. I’m finding after standing or walking for a short while it starts to ache. Which sucks because I have ALL THE HIKES planned for Olive and me, not to mention all the CrossFit. But for now it’s lots of ice, quit standing, and quit propping my foot up without knee support! Okay, body, you can stop acting old at any time now. Really, we can go back to when I could do anything at anytime with little to no warning and you bounce back in like six hours.

Speaking of getting old, guess who’s birthday is coming up?

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Aww yeah. Just throwing it out there to the universe. You know.

That’s all for now, go make it a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mole, so I knew I had some options for food. Plus, I was so busy running around entertaining, I almost forgot to eat! The neighbors all graciously brought dishes as well, but it was mostly from the bread-and-treat variety

A Recovery Day and a Brunch-y Breakfast

What? Is it Friday already? You don’t say.

Today I’m working from home. I have an appointment later this morning, and it just makes more sense to work from home rather than commute all the way to the office just to turn around a few hours later and commute back.

I had intended to go for a run this morning, but as soon as I stepped out of bed my quads were all like, “nope!” I guess the SSU Workout 1 I did yesterday was a bit of a leg burner! I’ll probably hit the gym around lunch for some light active recovery. I really want to stay in the habit of exercising every day.

So Squish and I made breakfast instead.

Coffee and some water while the eggs cooked,

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And breakfast! Eggs, bacon, and an Udi’s gluten-free blueberry waffle with butter. Kinda brunch-y.

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It was my first time trying the Udi’s gluten free waffles, and they are great! Like an eggo, only gluten free.

Time to get cracking at these to-do’s. Make it a great day, everyone!