It’s (finally) Spring here in New England! I’ve been loving the outdoors. With one, minor, health hitch. I’ll get to that later.
We have all been enjoying playing in the sunshine. Girlie spent most of the rest of vacation with her neighborhood friends, playing outside and riding bikes. We hosted our first cookout of the year on Saturday. I love cookouts! And I love having people over and feeding them. I may have mentioned that before;-) A friend and his kiddos came over. He brought an amazing pasta salad, chips, and salsa. We grilled up steak tips, salmon, and hot dogs. We went through a giant bowl of mixed berries and grapes. There were chocolate chunk cookies…. And I thought to take food pictures AFTER. Yeah, so no food pictures. I got one of my first deck beer of the season though.
The grownups lounged on the deck while the kiddos rode bikes and played. I loved that the neighborhood kiddo horde stopped by and completely accepted our friend’s kids into the pack.
After the cookout we had our semi-annual neighborhood bonfire. It’s a great way to get rid of all the spring cleanup debris like brush, as well as pallets, wood scraps from projects, and the occasional Christmas tree. (OK we usually have this bonfire in February but for some reason it got delayed) It’s also a great way to get to know neighbors and spend time with friends. The kids get to stay up late, grownups get to chat. Much fun. I stayed up quite late and had a few beers. Which was a bad call considering I was just getting over a cold. Doh!
I don’t think I mentioned it but I started to get a slight cold during our Indiana trip. A little stuffy, no biggie, and it hit about 3 days after flying out there so I figured, “planes are just petri dishes anyway” and went about my life. Until we flew back. On the flight back my ears hurt so bad.
I was feeling completely better by the end of the week. A little residual snottiness and sinus pressure but otherwise fine. Then I stayed up late Saturday night. Breathing in bonfire smoke and drinking a couple beers. Then Sunday morning I woke up with awful ear pain and sinus pain. Why does it always have to be Sunday- with the need for Urgent Walk In rather than a regular Doc visit?! Oh, right, ’cause I wasn’t all healthy focused Saturday night. So I dragged my sorry self to the Urgent Walk In for my antibiotic script. I love it when I describe what’s going on to the doc and their response is “Sounds like you correctly diagnosed yourself. You know your body pretty well.” Thank you. I do. I’ve spent years really getting to know it. It’s had plenty of health issues and I’ve worked hard with my docs and on my own to understand, treat, and prevent them.
Then we discussed the pros and cons of antibiotics for a bit. Ok, if you just agreed that I know my body well and correctly diagnosed the issue why on earth do you think I’d be here on Sunday morning if I didn’t want antibiotics?? Hmm?? I really hope he didn’t think I was seeking narcotics for my stupid ear pain. Times like this I wish I had a card printed up that said, “Certified in Holistic Health. Avoids overusing antibiotics. Does not seek pain meds. Hates benzos.” He eventually said that the re-emergence of symptoms a few days after feeling better raised the chance that this was a bacterial secondary infection rather than just a return of symptoms from the original viral infection. Hmm- rereading this I wonder if he was just enjoying having a decent conversation about antibiotics. I’m glad I kept all attitude internal:-) Hopefully the poor guy won’t read this.
Monday was a bright sunny day first day back to school and work after vacation. I was really happy to wake up Monday morning relatively pain free. ‘Cause no matter how lousy you feel, you can’t call out of work the Monday after vacation. Unless you’re calling from an airport somewhere, stranded.
The first 2 days back have been well paced. I had a great workout Monday. I felt super strong! I was able to do increase weights on each exercise. And I did more did more plyo pushups before failing than any of the prior weeks. And I didn’t skin my knees! While I was doing my (band assisted) pull-ups there was a girl next to me absolutely rockin’ out the full-scale real-deal ones. And I made a goal for myself. By the end of the summer I will be able to do at least one full-scale real-deal pull-up.
Yesterday I skipped yoga and went for a run outside:-) I hit about 3 miles, doing crazy intervals. Those intervals were courtesy of Zombies Run!. I love this app! I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of it or played with it but it is just so. much. fun. Basically you’re running IN a video game. It’s post-zombie-apocalypse and you’re on a runner mission. It uses music from your playlist and intersperses it with info from “mission control”, dialog from other characters, and zombies. It uses GPS to set your easy run pace then when zombies show up you have to really haul to keep from getting caught. You can actually start to hear the zombies coming and they get louder when they’re getting closer. You collect objects as you go, some of which tie in to the mission and others… well…. I think they give your character points or something. I never get around to going in to the game later to sort things out.
Spenser has been loving the weather too. I bring him along on the walk to Girlie’s bus stop in the afternoon.
Me at the bus stop.
When’s that bus gonna get here?
We don’t have a fenced in yard so I’ve been letting him hang out on the deck when we’re inside. I think he’d rather sit in a patio chair than on the grass anyway.
You are NOT expecting me to move, are you?
Just chillin’ by the pool.
Tonight I’m going to the Cinco De Mayo theme workout with Evolution Fitness. I don’t know what I’m looking forward to more, the workout or seeing the ladies from the New Year New You Challenge. I miss the camaraderie of group exercise but I’ve been loving the freedom scheduling my own workouts gives me. Our gym has Supervised Swim times so I can drop Girlie off at the pool while I work out but sometimes it gets full. Without the pressure of a class time I can chill and let her swim until a spot opens up. Plus my weekend workouts are short so I can let her stay in the pool for a while when I’m done too.
Post Workout, chillin’ by the pool. Next time I’ll remember my bathing suit!
Do you use any workout apps? Or play video games? I’m not generally one to play video games but have a lot of fun doing this active one.
Any fun Spring activities you’ve started?
Group exercise or on your own?
1. I am not a doctor. I am only giving my opinions about my own medical issues.
2. I was not compensated in any way for my review of Zombies Run!, although I wouldn’t turn it down. I only have the original, not the second version.