after a long hiatus, i finally let myself get back on the bike and stop being chauffeured around. i’ve got what i dub “saddlebutt“, which is the painful feeling right in the rear that happens when one gets on one’s bike after not biking for over a month (or more). the pain is subsiding after day four
my mood seems uplifted lately. i’ve been arranging most of the rooms in the house, donating or regifting things that i don’t need anymore. we have a dining table, we can use the kitchen counters, and the office is next. i’d like to clean up the bookshelves and compartmentalize things in there.
i submitted a march madness bracket at wilson’s yesterday. it’s $10 to play… maybe i’ll win a bunch back!
work has been relatively more stressful lately. i asked for a mental health day next friday. i just need to make it five more business days. rodney’s birthday is the 30th, and i’m trying to figure out where we should go for dinner. graft, morris ramen, and rare are all in the running. i’m sure you’ll hear all about it after next weekend, gentle reader.
i’ve been lax in my bullet journalling lately. i pretty much stopped writing down everything except for the two main meals that i eat each day so i think i might be done? or taking a break? idk. there was a journal that had the whole year laid out and i thought that was silly but now that i think about it, it would likely encourage me to write something down instead of skipping.
maybe i need to go back to the unorganized, scratchy layout. or maybe not.
on friday, we made ahi tuna steaks and steamed broccoli with rice. i used the same dressing recipe that we use for the arugula salad with roasted chicken and it was excellent.
we spent a while on saturday at mounds. i’m trying to find the right kind of dog food for jones because of his kidney numbers. low protein doesn’t exist apparently, because everything is “grain free” and “high protein” these days. i found some sweet potato and bison food that’s 20%. i read somewhere online that red meat is easier to digest than white for the older, kidney-issue dogs. anyhoo, it’s been a week since i got the email from the vet with this information, and i’ve emailed her twice but haven’t heard back.
then, we shopped, made breakfast, and i made another batch of fancy biscuits; charlie bears are too high in protein to give him anymore—and merle just sticks her nose up at them.
saturday night, we had bibimbap, which is a korean dish of fried rice and veggies. i had a jar of kimchi in the fridge for probably two years and finally opened it up for this. we used gwennie’s recipe and it was amazing. we talked about it all day on sunday.
on sunday, we made migas, which is spanish for crumbs. it’s a way to use up old corn tortillas that would normally just crumble when folded in half. it was pretty amazing.
rodney went to wilson’s to watch the badger basketball game and i tooled around the house. then picked a friend up to go to woodman’s (he’s without a car right now).
sunday night, we made portobello mushroom burgers. when i was still a veggie, these mushroom burgers permeated every menu in town. disgustingly doused in balsamic vinegar and cooked until squishy. this version was way better! lemon juice and olive oil with a little garlic, salt, pepper. and cooked until just underdone; because they had to be broiled for a minute to melt the cheese. scrumptious.
oh. and the kicker this weekend: matt moved his stuff out of the basement and we discovered black mold. which may explain my inability to breathe in the winter (well, that and the cat hair in the vents).
i went back up to the 50mg of sertraline cuz the symptoms of reducing were annoying (catch-22?) and things have been fine since.
i’ve completed the 21-day yoga and will start the series over on monday. the time change is already affecting my sleep, so i’m hoping to wake up early enough to enjoy and not have to rush.
the trapeze has also been a big help for inversion/traction. i haven’t gotten on it this week but will start a pattern of use soon.
we had a routine vet visit last weekend and, since jones is 14, had a senior blood panel done. the vet said she sees “age-appropriate kidney changes” and we need to get him onto a low protein food. luckily(?), i have some royal canin leftover from nora, so i’ve been mixing that in with the mounds food to get him used to it and will be checking the pet store for other options that don’t require a prescription (royal canin is about 200% more expensive than the current food).
merle needs to be scheduled for another teeth cleaning. i don’t know if you remember, but last year, i had her in on one of my birthday week days and i spent the entire day on the couch in a panic, waiting for the vet to call.
and now for some food:
it’s really nice being able to spend time with my person and make food together and enjoy hanging out at home.
i purged a bunch of kitchen stuff last month and was able to make some major improvements with the counter space in the kitchen last weekend. i also cleaned up the front room as we’re preparing to find a dining table that seats at least four. i’d like to start having people over for dinner/brunch/meals (rodney makes kick-ass scrambled eggs; you wouldn’t think there’s really a comparison of scrambled eggs, but there is).
work is going okay… we’re down a few people and have plenty of work to do. i feel like i spend a lot of my day as an air-traffic controller as far as receiving, assigning, tracking, managing, and monitoring tickets. i might be able to help develop a site in a couple weeks, but my dev is so speedy that he’ll probably have it done before he goes on vacation for a week.
anyhoo, hug your pets and your person, smile when you wake up, and take on each day with purpose and resilience.