Thank you for the well wishes on my back. I have some serious pain meds and now I just don’t care about the pain Yay!! It’s kind of scary, though. I can see how easily addiction to narcotics could happen. I did try to take it easy this weekend, but we did manage to get some things done – like work on our table! I can do sanding and stuff that doesn’t require lifting or pulling.
The 3 center supports are also in there, but I didn’t get a shot of that. It actually is starting to look like a table now and not just a pile of wood. Building the top is next, then sanding and staining.
On Sunday, we did our usual Christmas in the Country, which is a driving tour of a bunch of homes where people sell handmade goods. It’s a lot of fun. I shouldn’t be driving while on the narcotics, so John drove me and my mother around and my sister and her girls came as well. Poor John and all of us girls
Do you love that house, too? Jealous!
Here are some of the things we saw on the tour:
Look at the creeper in the reflection, too, and I don’t mean John
This pig was a riot. Very friendly. This was at a farm that had cheeses and baked goods.
They had baby calves, too!
These metal sculptures are amazing. It’s all different pieces of repurposed metal made into animals. She likes horses, it seems.
It’s really as much fun looking at these houses as it is shopping! It was a cold day, though, and good to get home and turn on the fleece blanket
Sigh. In 2009, I herniated a disk in my lumbar spine. In 2013, I now have herniated a disk in my thoracic spine. Last week, my mid back felt a little sore, like I tweaked a muscle. I took some ibuprofen and that was about it. It seemed to get better and then yesterday (Thursday) morning, it felt like I tweaked it again. I went upstairs and rode the bike trainer and as I was riding, I noticed my back was hurting more. Then for the rest of the day it got steadily worse with spasms and grabbing pain. You know that sudden grab that locks up your core and makes you gasp? That kind of pain. And if you have never experienced that – I hope you never do. It’s awful.
I took some Aleve and a muscle relaxer last night. Boy howdy did the relaxer knock me out. Totally knocked me out. We started to watch the football game last night and I don’t think I made it through 2 possessions and I was falling asleep. Went up to bed and slept for 9.5 hours. Can you believe that?
I started out okay in the morning, but then the grabbing spasms started happening again. I couldn’t even lift up a gallon of milk without triggering them. I was pretty miserable and it just kept getting worse. I was trying to take a shower and kept saying “ow” among other things. I was almost in tears, too. John must have heard me because he came up to ask me if I was okay. I am glad he came in because I had trouble getting out of the shower and then the pain got so bad I was lightheaded and felt like I was going to pass out. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and I was very pale. Kind of scary.
John called the doctor and got me an appointment to go in. I am so glad they had an opening because I didn’t want to go to the urgent care. I have a herniated disk at T11/12 this time.
So, conservative treatment now of pain meds, antiinflammatories, muscle relaxers, gentle exercise and stretching to start. I have a script for PT, which I will fill (or not since it isn’t covered by my insurance) if I don’t start feeling better in a week.
I have my Norco now and as of the writing of this entry, the pain is down to a dull roar and the grabbing spasms are rare. That is enough for me right now so that I don’t have to be paranoid about every move I make. The Norco is making me a little lightheaded and kind of groggy, but reducing the pain is such a f***ing relief that I will put up with that.
As I said on Facebook, I am just thankful this wasn’t lower down and giving me the sciatic pain on top of this pain. Need to be thankful for the small things. I will need to be chauffeured around this weekend since I will be doped up. Good excuse to get extra pampering, right?
It’s December 4th already. EEEEK!!! We were up kind of early today. Both John and I had trouble sleeping and woke up at 5 am. John was able to fall back asleep, but I was awake. Ugh. Need coffee. I haven’t posted a bagel day in a while, so here is my wheat bagel and coffee
Here were my November goals and how I did.
- A stretching and foam rolling program. I did not do so well on this. We did, however, solve John’s sciatic problem by flipping over our mattress. It’s a pillow top, so you aren’t supposed to to that, but it was getting too soft in the middle and he was getting his body all bent during the night. Flipping the mattress solved his problem that night. It’s definitely firmer on the non pillow top side. Now we can avoid buying a new mattress for a little while anyway.
- No nog until Thanksgiving! I had my nog latte on Thanksgiving and that is the only one I have had so far, actually.
- Two different vegetables a day. Fail. I was having a hard time even getting in one sometimes!
- Less snacking. I did okay with this, but stress eating still tends to get the better of me.
- Tackle a big project. We started working on building the table!
Now for December.
- 60 minutes of exercise most days. Usually I shoot for 45, but now with treat season in full swing, I want to up that to 60 minutes. Mix of weights and cardio.
- Make another guitar video. For my captive blog audience I might shoot for a Christmas carol or another piece. Or who knows, maybe you will be lucky enough to get 2 videos!
- Finish the table. Gotta move on that as we are hosting Christmas Eve dinner. Tick, tick, tick.
- 15 minutes of house cleaning every day. Getting back to Fly Lady style and keeping on top of messes and stuff.
- No weight gain. Pretty self explanatory.
The month is already going by fast. Or I guess it seems to because Thanksgiving was later this year. It doesn’t slow down from here on out, either.
I know you are pretty busy with checking your naughty and nice list for the kids, but if I could sneak this list in at the end for you to review, I would appreciate it!
I wish for women to be happy with their bodies as they are. That doesn’t mean I don’t want then to try to be healthy, but I want them to realize that they are wonderful people in this very moment (myself included).
How about a magic cupcake that has no calories? I don’t want to pig out on them, but it would be nice to eat them without having to ride 30+ miles
Maybe you could step into Washington and give our politicians some smarts or, seeing as how that might be too hard even for you, how about erasing partisan lines?
I know that I was gifted with night sweats and insomnia for perimenopause, but I am sure that was a mistake, so I would like to return that gift for a good night’s sleep.
I want the media to stop pushing unrealistic body images on to people. Can Photoshop be uninvented?
I would love a nice treadmill for those cold winter days when I want something different than the bike trainer.
How about standard sizing for clothing? I really don’t like having pants in 3 different sizes and never knowing which size to pick up when trying on jeans.
I really appreciate you looking at my list, Santa. There are a lot of things on there; however, they really will make the world a better place, don’t you think?
P.S. Oh, and I know you usually don’t deal in this department, but a Superbowl win for the Broncos would be pretty sweet.
Make sure you read more at my fellow AIMers’ blogs for their thoughts on this topic!
Lynn @ Lynn’s Weigh
Debby @ Debby Weighs in
Shelley @ My Journey to Fit
Cammy @ The Tippy Toe Diet
AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you would like us to address!
This weekend has a couple of my favorite things. Tree decorating and the Shirt Factory open house. The Shirt Factory used to be just that – a place that made shirts.
Now it is made up of artist studios and small retail shops, hair salon, yoga studio, etc. This is an old sewing machine they used to use.
This is what it used to look like in full swing:
I think this was a great use for the building to be turned into an artist community. During Thanksgiving weekend, they bring in other artists and crafters to fill the building for an open house. Here are some of the shops and items you see:
This pottery is my favorite. I love looking at her stuff and have bought a few of her items in the past. I got a bowl for myself, of course. I texted John to tell him I bought a bowl and he said “That’s not what you are supposed to be doing.”
Said bowl. Merry Christmas to me!!
Such a neat place to do shopping and finding unique items. I did get some Christmas gifts there as well – not just stuff for me
This is the weekend is also when we bring up the tree from the basement and set it up.
Hmmm… not a great picture, but you get the idea. We have the outside lights up as well. Now it feels like the holidays.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Guess what it was finally time for?
Eggnog latte! My goal was no nog before Thanksgiving. I don’t do shopping on Thanksgiving or Black Friday, but I do partake in the latte. It’s surprising to me how many coffee shops are open on Thanksgiving. However, our other local one was closed, so it was Starbucks. I love the nog latte. Worth the wait.
As per tradition, dinner was at my sister’s house. They have a nice big table.
John and I brought a corn pudding, some sparkling cider and John made his crack nuts.
We also had the roast turkey, mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, sweet potatoes, venison meatballs, cranberry bread and sauce.
There was also stuffing and rolls, but I ended up not having any of that. Like I have said before, you will never starve when my family gets together
I got to play with Pheonix – or Fifi, as he gets called. He loves to be held like a baby.
I was trying to hold him in one arm and take a picture with the other. His face says, “Please don’t drop me!!”
Phoenix also loves the fishies. He is behind the fish tank chasing the fish.
Then we had the usual game time. Several to choose from here.
Of course, I had to snack on the crack nuts since they were on the table. I didn’t overeat anything but the nuts on Thanksgiving.
I call them crack nuts. John wants to call them ‘John’s Magic Nuts’, but we are so not going there. At all.
After games it was time for dessert:
Fruit in whipped cream and my dad’s pumpkin pie! (and a piece of chocolate)
All in all, I ate pretty well on the holiday. I didn’t get stuffed and I got in exercise. Plus had fun with the family. Very good day indeed. Other than losing 2 of the 3 football picks on the day – now I am behind for this week already LOL!
Thanksgiving Eve! It’s been kind of a crazy week. Crazy weather. We were getting snow last night and it all turned to rain today. Thank goodness for travel that won’t be bad around here. I hope everyone has safe travels this weekend!
Here were my reads for the last month. One book was crazy long, plus I got distracted with other things (the table).
First up was the bad one.
The book is about the wars between England and Scotland. A peace treaty was worked out and was to be cemented by marrying a Scottish lady (Jordan) to an English earl. Of course, the English knight (William de Wolfe) who was to bring her to the earl fell in love with her and and the story goes from there and on, and on, and on. I liked the time period, but the main characters really were not all that likeable in my opinion. At first I liked them, but as the book went on, they both seemed emotionally unstable. Jordan really caused a lot of deaths to other people by her immature actions and William was willing to risk all those people just for her. William flew into strange rages which seemed okay with Jordan. Just peculiar. I became very annoyed with it by the end. On an editorial note, it was full of typos and really could have been made into 2 books quite easily. I probably wouldn’t have borrowed the book if I knew how long it was – almost 900 pages. You don’t notice the length of a book on the kindle unless you actually look up how many pages are in it. This was borrowed through the Kindle Owners Lending Library.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
This book is good on so many levels. It’s really several stories in one. The primary story is Henrietta. She is a woman whose cervical cancer cells were the first that were able to be cultured and be used for science. In fact, her cells were so amazing that you can trace pretty much all of modern vaccines and advancements in medicines to her, like the polio vaccine. It’s pretty amazing. The other part of the story was Henrietta’s family and how this affected them. They did not know about her cells being used and finding out created some havoc in their lives. They have not been compensated in any way to date. The focus for this section was on Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah, and how she is trying to piece together and learn about the mother she doesn’t remember. The interesting part is that Ms. Skloot became part of the story as well as her relationship with Deborah grew over time. Normally the writer doesn’t put themselves in the story like that, but it was pretty integral. This book raises a lot of questions about medical ethics and privacy and made me think a lot. Highly recommended. Borrowed from my library via Kindle.
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup
An interesting side note on this book. Solomon lived in the town I live in right now! It was strange to read about Fort Edward and Sandy Hill (which is now Hudson Falls) and know that this man actually walked on these streets.
Anyway, this is the story of a free African American in the North who was kidnapped and sold to slavery in Louisiana where he was for 12 years. Of course, you know that he ends up free because he wrote the book, but this was a pretty gripping book any way. He described life as a slave in detail and what life was like living on a cotton farm. It was pretty matter of fact, which made it all the more chilling. I know this movie is coming out soon and I already know I will be crying throughout the movie.
I actually bought a copy of this book after trying to get it at the library forever. It was 99 cents for my Kindle. Even a cheapo like me can afford that
And now for Thanksgiving, here is the recipe for my famous cranberry sauce! It’s super easy.
- 1 package of fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup of orange juice
- 1/2 cup of water
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- a cinnamon stick (3 inches or so)
- half of a vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Put all ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. The cranberries will pop open as it cooks. Let cool and fish out the cinnamon stick. Then serve!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I will see you all on the flip side of the holiday!
Holiday week begins! I don’t do Black Friday. I actually work on Friday, but it won’t be very busy for me. Since there is a holiday coming up, I am making a point to eat a little less on the days leading up to Thanksgiving. It’s no excuse to go whole hog (turkey?) and eat a lot every day. It’s very easy to fall into that holiday mindset, isn’t it?
I had a 1-minute muffin with some almond butter for breakfast.
Along with coffee with almond milk. I normally have a cup of milk with breakfast divided into my 3 cups of coffee, but when I lower my calories, I switch to almond milk. Same volume, fewer calories.
On a side note for staying on track for the holidays – if you are looking for some motivation to burn off the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, Leah of My New Ending is holding a virtual 5K turkey trot. You can visit her blog and sign up to participate any time during the turkey day weekend.
Busy day at work, but not crazy, which is a nice change for a Monday. I took a break for lunch. The last of the butter chicken from the other day. Good stuff!
Yep, eating at my ‘desk’ for both breakfast and lunch!
I had my literacy tutoring session after lunch. I can’t believe that I have been doing this for 2 years now! It’s really been interesting. My mother was doing tutoring and John tutors math. Between the 3 of us, we have had 11 learners over the past 2 years. One of them actually passed the GED test (one of John’s learners). I have been working with the same person since February. He is very dedicated to learning and has not missed a week since we started in February. (Big change from my previous 3 learners). He has a long way to go, but I am hoping that he will be ready to start taking the GED prep tests in the spring.
I have to say that I don’t know if I want to continue doing the tutoring after this student is done. It’s not quite what I hoped it would be and really, the learners need so much more than 2 hours a week. But, it’s something for them and if it keeps them motivated, I guess that is all one can hope for.
I missed latte time because of tutoring, but grabbed a glass of almond milk that I heated up and steeped a gingerbread tea in it. That was interesting.
Dinner time! Just a quick staple dinner since I had to work more after dinner.
And yes, that it hot sauce on my omelet!
After finishing up work, riding the trainer for half an hour, playing a little guitar…phew! I am ready to relax and watch Monday Night Football! No wonder I feel tired. With my snack:
Pixie is vulturing for my lap here. As soon as I sit down with the fleece, she is ready to get on my lap
It feels like winter is here now. Cold and windy! We finally broke down and called it for the year:
Wahhh!!! If we do get a really nice day, I will unhook the bike and just use the tire that is on the back, but it’s not too likely now. Good thing I hit 2500 last weekend!
On Saturday, we headed down to Ballston Spa for my football meal the the Whistling Kettle.
The last time I was here was when I met Lynn when she was in my area. Of course, it was a lot warmer last summer! I ended up getting the same tea I did then, only hot this time. Night of the Iguana, which is a chai tea with black tea, ginger, white chocolate, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. I had them make it with milk, but no sugar. They serve it in individual pots.
I love this tea! A nice spicy tea is so good on a cold day. I had a crepe with turkey, cranberry and brie as well.
Tasty! We walked around town a little bit and browsed some stores. The sun was out, but cold and windy. I saw this sign:
What is a Nosefrida snotsucker? Does anyone know? I didn’t go in to see what it was – too soon after lunch.
Then it was to home and do work on the table. I am getting pretty excited about it! I practiced staining on some scrap wood. I have never stained anything before, so this is all new to me.
The frame of the table is going to be dark and the inset pieces are going to be lighter brown and a reddish color. I am liking the grain in the Douglas fir.
Anyway, this pile of wood is going to become our table. It is going to be a heavy sucker, too!
The 1x pieces (the lighter ones at the bottom) are aspen and all the rest are Douglas fir.
John started cutting the frame pieces while I practiced using the Kreg jig. (This is the shop that’s on the back of the house, btw).
The jig makes pocket holes so that when you can screw pieces of wood together at an angle for a better hold and it embeds the screw so you don’t see it.
Neat, eh? It’s quite easy to use. There is a guide that you have on the jig and the drill bit that you set it to depending on the thickness of the wood. Then just clamp it in place and drill the holes.
It would have taken forever to drill pilot holes in all these pieces of wood, so I was able to bust out all the holes pretty quickly. We were able to get the all the frame pieces cut. Now we just need to borrow my BIL’s table saw to taper cut the legs for the table and we should be able to assemble the frame next weekend. Hopefully I can get it sanded and stained, too, if all goes well. I need to stain the frame separate from the inserts since they aren’t going to be the same color.
Progress on the table this weekend. Less progress on my sleep. I had really bad insomnia on Saturday night and I am dragging today. I don’t know if I am going to be able to stay awake for the whole Broncos game! It would help if they went way ahead by the 3rd quarter so I could just sleep
Man – I have to say my mind has been all over the place lately. All over. I can’t seem to get it settled down and it’s not just caffeine. Anyone talking to me in person lately probably walks around in a daze afterwards because I have been talking fast and jumping topics all over the place. Plus I haven’t been sleeping well.
And then I realize that Thanksgiving is in less than a week. And I also realize that biking season is probably over now. I was hoping for more, but the high temperature in the next 10 days is 38 degrees with most of the days in the low 30s. Wahhh! I am so struggling with getting into indoor exercise mode and changing my eats. I think I will accept the fact that the season has ended and set the bike up on the trainer. That means changing out the back tire, which is why I don’t have it on there already. I hate changing the tires. I found out that the trainer was probably the reason I had all the flats a couple years ago because they will deform the tire and that can let in all kind of particles of grit, glass and such that will pop the tube. So, I use an old tire on the back wheel inside and save the good one for outdoor riding. It’s just so final to bring it inside.
With the coming cold weather, we had best get started on our table project if we are going to get it finished for Christmas dinner! I am now in possession of a new toy, though:
The Kreg jig for pocket holes (I wrote ‘hoes’ LOL) isnt’ needed for this, but it will look more professional. We have all the wood and hardware to get started, so that is on the agenda for this weekend.
Someone who cares not if I am all over the place? Ms. Pixie. I moved her bed to the window and now she loves it even more. I also bought a scrap piece of fleece to match her bed.
She is kind of giving me the evil eye here, I have to say.
I wish I could relax like her. I have tried meditating in the past, but I just don’t enjoy it. It stresses me out because I can’t seem to get the hang of it, which is totally the opposite of what is supposed to happen. Maybe I should just nap.
Going to try to relax this weekend, though. John is taking me out for lunch tomorrow for my football meal. I wanted a place that we can only get to on the weekends, so that meant waiting for my meal all week Hopefully I will have some progress pics of the table other than the pile of wood we bought!