busy weekend

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.

asian dressing

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.

bibimbap!

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.

migas

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.

burgers and fries

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).

been busy

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.

she sleeps

and now for some food:

turkey burgers and cauli-tots
baked jerk catfish and roasted veggies
roasted chicken legs with arugula, wild rice, and a yummy dressing
roasted thighs and a roasted beet salad with toasted sesame seeds

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. 

noticeably agitated

for fun, i decided to cut my sertraline in half, down to 25mg. the doc said she didn’t see a problem with it since 50mg is so low already. it’s only been a week, and i’m feeling the effects of “discontinuation syndrome“. who knew that was a thing?

i’ve been terser in the work chat this week, and this may explain my inexplicable need for a four-hour nap on sunday.

hanging, sleeping, souping

i’d had a yoga trapeze on my amazon wishlist for over two years, and kept hemming and hawing about getting one until a friend recently reposted a video of a gal using her trapeze in such a way that it looked like she was under water.

and that was it; i figured out where it would be mounted and i ordered the contraption. so, we spent an hour or so installing it in the front room and i was off! searching the depths of youtube for videos that looked reasonably “beginner”.

hangswing

i finally found a yoga sequence that included the trapeze, but didn’t rely solely on it:

unsure if i overdid it (who am i kidding? of course i did), but on sunday around noon, i needed to lay down. not being one to leave me alone, merle came upstairs and snuggled into the middle of my back and started snoring. it was quite possibly the cutest thing ever.

i woke up around 1:30 and decided that i wasn’t going to make it to the kanopy dance show at 2:30 for which we had been comped tickets. i ended up going back to sleep until around 4 and felt just fine. so, i started making dinner: skinny taste’s chicken pot pie soup.

it was surprisingly delicious and i’m glad there is a bunch leftover.

rising sign and rising yoga

i woke up refreshed and cheerful around 6 this morning (after realizing jones had to go out—he’s been tap dancing in the bedroom to wake me up), so i decided to start up 21-day-yoga again as it’s been almost a year since i attempted it last. the first day’s stretches challenge the obliques and mine are hurting this morning after the session.

i also got an email from a company (not chani this time) that features my rising sign and it stood out as significant to me. i’ve been paying more attention to the virgo parts of horoscopes because it resonates a little more than the aries statements: 

Today’s zodiac sign we will talk about is Virgo. This sign is a very meticulous one. Always paying attention to the smallest details and very protective of themselves and their loved ones. Their methodical approach to life ensures that nothing is left to chance, and though they are often tender, their heart might be closed for the outer world. One of their weakness is they lack the ability to express, the reason why they are often misunderstood. Also, they question their worthiness and often sees themselves inferior.

—energetic healthy me https://shopehm.com/

 also, we made a really good casseroley gratin last week:

and merle and jones are still adorable:

snugglepets
dreaming of mailmen and sticks

still sick

i’m getting tired of spending my weekends napping and sleeping in… and i’m also not too impressed with my new-found ability to have a legit, full-on sinus headache. it hurts from the top of my molars to the inside of my eyelid.

i slept in until 10 am on sunday, took a two-hour nap in the afternoon, and was in bed by 9 pm.

aside from all that, though, we made this delicious baked orzo with eggplant, carrots, and celery on saturday night.

and merle kept me company on the couch while i knitted during the beginning of the superbowl.

the day i got sick

i woke up last sunday with a bit of a sore throat. i chalked it up to the furnace running a lot and probably not drinking enough water. i didn’t sleep well that night and had body aches, chills, sweats, and woke up monday feeling like someone hit my face with a brick.

i was in bed for nearly the entire next 48 hours. i forced myself up for about an hour on monday night and tried to help rodney make chicken noodle soup (he didn’t need any help) and ate enough to make me exhausted. on tuesday, i felt a little better, but still spent way longer in bed than i ever would like. merle was right next to me the entire time, either in bed or on the couch. i made sure to let her know she was a great nurse’s assistant (rodney was in charge of food and medicine, and he was an excellent nurse).

sleeps like a hooman

i did remain upright for about three hours tuesday evening and we made a roasted beet and arugula salad with seared scallops.

spiralized beets!

spiralizing the beets meant they took 15 minutes to roast instead of over an hour for a whole beet. it was delicious and i wish i’d had enough room in my stomach to finish mine.

my back, sickness, and the negative double-digit temperatures mean we haven’t had a proper dog walk in over two weeks… and i can tell jones is getting restless. but, he has started letting merle cuddle up.

awe

speaking of merle (as if i don’t do enough of that already), she did *not* like the cold. during the coldest morning, she made it halfway up the steps coming back inside and stopped, lifted both front paws to her chest, and looked at me with a very sad expression.

then we snuggled.

they’ll both be ecstatic when i finish my coffee tomorrow morning and put on my boots for a nice, long walk.

the day i got old

i woke up last monday and couldn’t use my back. nothing happened to cause this, i just couldn’t move. i made use of some muscle relaxers that i’ve been holding onto for almost five years (slowly whittling away at my stash for fear that i’ll run out when i *really* need them). one long nap and a restful night’s sleep later, i was fine!

until this last weekend, when it snowed 5ish inches and i thought it a good idea to vacuum, shovel, and help a neighbor with their pretty big driveway.

before saturday was over, i could barely walk once again. on sunday, i tried a hot bath (the water wasn’t nearly warm enough—i lasted about 9 minutes), alternating heat and ice (the latter was difficult since it’s freezing outside), an icy hot patch, and deep blue rub. nothing was working… i knew that i’d have to go to urgent care on monday (a federal holiday), so after rodney made me breakfast (omg!) and i digested a bit, we drove over to union corners. there was a 2-hour wait for urgent care, but thankfully, they took my name and co-payment and we went back home. around 1, we went back and the appt took barely any time (also, my blood pressure is now well below the “borderline” zone—thanks to the anti-anxiety meds). the doc gave me an ibuprofen and tylenol schedule, along with another scrip for more cyclobenzaprine (which will probably last me another five years). he also suggested getting the book get on the ball, which has core strengthening exercises that i can do “while i watch the news”.

so, i’ve been basically laid up for the last three days, at home, working when i’m not resting. meanwhile, rodney’s been taking care of me, making breakfast and dinner, shoveling, doing dishes. it’s been hard for me to let someone take care, but he’s insistent. :)

foods and dogs

i finally perfected the turkey burgers and had to write the recipe down because it’s quite different from the one with which i started. i also learned that using frozen and thawed meat doesn’t make for the best burger assembly; it’s better to use it unfrozen. i remember mom making burger patties with a tupperware burger press and freezing them for future use; that may be the next test i administer. during the last turkey burger meal, i realized that a 1/2 lb burger isn’t something i want to fit in my gullet in one sitting, so rodney opted to take the portion that i wasn’t going to eat.

turkey burger with gorgonzola

something was wrong (or right?) with my sniffer, and i decided that i didn’t want stinky cheese on my burger, so i went with feta.

and a big ol’ onion.

along with homemade crinkle fries.

another evening, we had the simplest, easiest ever meal; gnocchi with chicken sausage and broccolini.

sur la table was having a huge sale last week, so i treated myself to a new porcelain roaster; this one is a little bigger than the le creuset that i got late last year. it lends itself better to lasagne!

and now for some dogs

some candid moments

even though i didn’t get to take off the holiday week, we had a good time. apparently, we’re both pretty bad at duckface.

but jones and merle are still cute.

and the geese are digging the creek and the snow.

also, i made the most delicious meal i’ve ever created. i bought the madison originals cookbook a million years ago but never made anything from it. well, sunday, i spent over three hours in the kitchen producing the scallop dish from the concourse chef and it was *fantastic*.