Friday, October 21, 2011

No Talking

I failed my no eating out test. Though I think I have a good excuse.

I have a poor little ole sad tooth that has gone through the ringer in the past five years. It broke and has since gone through three crowns, one because it didn't like it, another because it made it angry, and now the third which it seems to be friends with. Even so, tooth is still quite sad and has given me trouble the past month or so, but was sneaky and masking it's frustration in other ways. It doesn't know good coping skills.

This past weekend in California (which I'll update on later), it decided to make its present frustrations known. I went back to the tooth doctor, who sent me to a special tooth doctor, who said tooth is angry and needs to have its nerves removed. Aka, root canal. I hemmed and hawed, and then decided that I'd allow tooth to be happy.

Well, it most definitely is not. Tooth got sick with an infection, so the root canal has to be executed across two weeks. Round one was Wednesday, and it has subsequently wreaked havoc on my mouth. Pain and some intense swelling. I suppose tooth's last hurrah is to make me look like a one-sided chipmunk! Grr...

So onto the no talking and failing on my no eating out goal. Essentially, it hurts to talk. Sort of challenging in my job, especially when I have client meetings and such. And it's also hard to eat. Partially because of chipmunk cheeks, but also because I'm only allowed to eat on one side. Seemingly easy, yet challenging given upset jaw and chipmunk cheeks... So I've resorted to smoothies and soup. It's been a whirlwind of not feeling well and work since root canal was done, so it's been easier to buy as opposed to standing in the kitchen and cooking.

On top of that, the medicine I'm on makes me nauseous. That is sort of why canned soup hasn't been tried. I have some, but the thought makes me a little, um, queasy.

I made some chili yesterday in the crock pot (aka throw a buncha stuff in a pot and let it stew). Going to try that tonight.

So here's hoping angry, sad ole tooth gets better and happy. I'm tired of looking like a chipmunk and being in pain. And I sort of like to talk. And I'm mad I may not be able to go to zumba tomorrow if it still hurts...we all know how I feel about that!!

In other news, sad tooth has made me so humbly grateful that antibiotics, doctors, dentists, and easy-to-eat-when-my-mouth-hurts food options exist for me. And exist so easily! So many other people in this would could die from an angry tooth. I hate that.

Thy Kingdom come.

Friday, October 14, 2011


So I have a crush...on a dead guy...

I'm currently reading Eric Metaxas' biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and it's amazing. And I now have a crush on ole Dietrich. Sadly he was a martyr and died at the hands of the Nazi's in World War II, so I'm out of luck.

Regardless, it's incredible to read about someone who fought for injustice during a dark period of history. Read it. Maybe you'll get a crush, too!

This also makes me want to read Eric's other biography, Amazing Grace, about William Wilberforce, another man who fought against injustice and was used to impact the end of the slave trade in England (it's a movie, too). Maybe I'll get a crush on him, too. :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

No More Eating Out...

...well, not ever, just for two weeks.

Tomorrow I leave for California for a long weekend to visit my brother, Adam, and his lovely family of girls. I can't wait! We're going to San Francisco on Saturday and I haven't been there in about 18 years. Ca-razy! I can't believe it's been that long since we lived in California...

I'm excited and will be sure to post lots of pictures and fun updates of the cuties! Random side note of cuteness, I called Adam on Tuesday and McKenzie answered. She then told me she's six now and reminded me that I haven't seen her since she was only five (mind you, I last saw her a mere five months ago...though that's an eternity for a six year old!).

Anyway, I've been thinking about my struggle with balance and reflecting on the pace of my life this fall. Which is essentially 110%. I was also thinking about my goals and struggles. Through that, I decided to do a little test starting Tuesday (I'm in California until Monday night) to run for the rest of October.

I'm going to attempt, very hard, to not eat out for the rest of the month.

My speed demon, overflowing life makes the appeal of picked-up meals or walks to Whole Foods (I stare at it out my office window!) very tempting. And that just isn't so great for my wallet, or my waistline!

This will be challenging in that I do have a crazy schedule right now, but also because I'm already apt to inadvertently forget my nicely packed lunch as it is. Also, most nights I'll need to pack a lunch and dinner since I have something nightly until 9-ish (except Wednesday!). I will also have to be diligent with cooking meals for the week on Sunday, or else I'll end up eating just sandwiches which, although not bad, don't allow for much variety. And if I end up eating the same thing every day, I'm more apt to be greatly tempted by the Whole Foods! :)

So, two week challenge. We'll reevaluate, and perhaps then I can continue with minor modifications (i.e. dinners with friends which aren't really a struggle since they don't happen that's the solo eating out that's a bug!).

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Music to Fall Into

I love the power music has to transport, evoke emotions, set an ambiance, wrap you up like a blanket, and so much more. My miriage of styles and artists each have a place and each impact me in different ways.

Right now I'm quite obsessed with Katie Herzig's newest album, The Waking Sleep. It's full of interesting sounds through the use of cellos, violins, and the piano (all of which instantly cool-ify music in my book...along with the banjo). But even more than that, with several songs on the album, I feel as though I'm falling into another world. A magical one, full of vintage beauty.

Since the album was only released a few weeks ago and Katie has since had a family tragedy, there are no videos up of my favorites on the album. However, the above video was her announcement of the coming release and includes a snipit of one. Plus, it's just pretty with the vintage feel. :)

Enjoy. And yes, I fully recognize my view and take of music is probably bizarre to some (i.e. the falling into it reference). Oh well, you're just missing out. :)