Wednesday, April 30, 2008
It felt better by the end of the day, so I ran a short and easy run. There was no pain or discomfort while running or afterward. I iced my shin before bed.
This morning I woke up and limped around... my hip got sore from the change in walking form. Took some ibuprofen and it dulled the pain, but I can still feel it. I think it might be a stress fracture, so I made a dr. appointment for Friday. I am now thinking I won't run my Saturday race - my favorite race, too. SOB.
Hoping for the dr. to say it's nothing, and especially hoping for it to feel better.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Ham in crock pot
Cheesy potatoes in crock pot
Roasted green beans and onions with pecans and balsamic vinegar/honey dressing
Cooked baby carrots with dill butter
Apple/pear/grape salad with honey/lime/poppy seed dressing
Parmesan/rosemary corn muffins
Washington late harvest Riesling - a nice sweetish wine which went very well with all the sweet food
Lemon pudding cheesecake
Pineapple upside down cake
A very pretty menu with varied flavors that seemingly blended well. Springy and celebratory. I liked it and may have to repeat it.
We had 8 people. I set the table with white tablecloth, pastel flowered china, cut crystal water glasses, wine glasses, paper napkins that were pastel printed with bunnies in a basket, and a tiny stuffed bunny in a ceramic basket for the centerpiece. Everything looked festive and dressy.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
A columnist in our local paper summarized a book which gives a strategy to organize and balance your life and time. The strategy is to ask yourself three questions. Give 5 answers to each of them as of right now, and then take actions to solve or achieve.
- What ticks me off?
- What makes me tick?
- What tickles me?
For example, I might answer as of today:
- Ticks me off: dead, dried flowers are still in the pots from last summer; the golf clubs are in the hall; the GWB basket is too full; drh's hair is too long; too many leaves under the bushes.
- Makes me tick: Menus planned and ingredients on hand for 5 nice meals/week; calendars are sychronized; all shoes weeded out and organized; coats and scarves are clean and hung neatly in closet; bank statements are balanced up to date.
- Tickles me: running at the lake; doing crosswords; new library books; Tootsie Rolls; having dinner with friends.
So to address these issues, this weekend I spent an hour outside and took care of the dead flowers, raked under the bushes and also pulled out the dead branches; mentioned the golf clubs situation and they found another home; cut drh's hair; worked a bit on the calendars; ran in a 4-mile race; did a few crosswords and read; and attended a potluck after a young friend's baptism. I did not delete all the items from the lists, but I also accomplished a few other things of value:
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
When you think of these things, they seem insignificant and like the dusty stuff many people would trash when cleaning out Grandpa's attic instead of donating to a museum. But after awhile they started to sink in and made me think deeply about the personal aspects of these soldiers' lives. Each little object belonged to a person - a person who fought for our freedoms, who left a life of home and family to follow orders in foreign lands, sometimes not to return. A person who had friends like we do, who worked in a community, went to church, hugged his mom, planted a garden or fields, fed the dog, pushed a baby buggy, tied his shoes, tried to do right. Tears ran down my cheeks.
This is why we should keep the memories, even the tiny, dusty souvenirs of a war long ago.
The red beans and brown rice I cooked yesterday, with lots more seasonings than the recipe called for, and chili-seasoned chicken, was good and spicy. I think red beans and rice is supposed to be bland, because that's how it always seems to turn out. I had to add more salt, quite a bit of Cajun seasoning, and a few red pepper flakes.
Several things that need to come off my list - by doing them, preferably!
Haircut for drh
Finish nursery valance for church
Work on LRC billing
Clean up bushes and flower pots
Clean out the car
Running with CTWers yesterday was nice - and I always underestimate how a simple thing can be encouraging, like smile and chat with a new runner - you don't have to be mega-peppy to have an impact.