I really can’t complain about food this weekend. I was lucky enough to have two nights with dinner plans with friends – both great friends who are always concerned about picking vegan friendly restaurants just for me.
Friday night I met up with L at Pasha Mezze, a Turkish restaurant in Norfolk. We started out with a bottle of Red Zinfandel and the hummus appetizer. For my meal, I had a cup of their red lentil soup (which I’m addicted to – have to have it every time I’m there – and have tried several times to recreate, and just haven’t yet managed it). I also had the Weekend V Cuisine special, which was a piece of grilled bread topped with mushroom, eggplant, and tomato, plus a vegan sauce and yummy spices. I managed to eat a little less than half of that!
Saturday morning was coffee and another eggplant on Udi bread sandwich. Lunch was a veggie wrap and a smoothie.
Dinner was the best though. AC and I went to La Bella’s for dinner, and they actually have a separate vegan menu. Nice! I started with a salad, and then had the Gardein chicken parmesan. Gardein Chick’n breasts in a spicy marinara sauce with vegan cheese. YUM.
I ate the leftover italian food for breakfast this morning 🙂
A few weeks back, I had picked up a Groupon for a local-ish non-hot yoga studio. We don’t have many non-hot places, and I know I’ve said it before, but there are days where I just want a peaceful class – not one where I feel I’m getting a huge workout.
The Groupon was only $20 for 20 class. Normally $200, so I really can’t complain that I have to drive 15 miles to get there.
There was an 1130am class I wanted to go to check out. The studio location surprised me a little – it’s on the top floor of an office building in Virginia Beach – on a very busy road. During most of the class we could hear various sirens flying by, which was a little distracting. I also found the music choice odd. Now don’t get me wrong – it doesn’t always have to be mild Tibetan chanting type music – I like to rub a little funk on it now and again myself – but blasting very loud Black Eyed Peas during what was supposed to be a Yoga 101/Beginners/Gentle class seemed odd. Pump it up for a power class, but dial it down for something like this.
Aside from being annoyed by the music and sirens, it was a good glass. The pace of the class was good, and her instruction was decent. She corrected postures, but didn’t explain any modifications. For me – there are certain poses I can’t do as long as my back hurts (hello intense backbends). Thankfully I’ve been doing yoga long enough to know what the right modifications are, so I just did them and ignored her at points.
My plan is to go for a light jog later today (maybe 2 miles). Or possibly swim now that my tattoo is healed.
I had my yearly physical on Friday. My doctor is extremely happy with my health, and that makes me feel good. I was a very different person 5 years ago. We spent a long time talking about my veganism – which she completely supports – and the progress I have made from a health perspective.
I mentioned to her that my back is still hurting, though not as bad as when I saw her in early July. The chiropractor helped some – but I think I’ve gotten out of it everything I can.
She’s very adamant that we continue to work on making it better (which will make my Dad happy to hear). We’re trying a one week regiment of Aleve. She knows I’m not a fan of taking pills, but she’s worried there’s an inflammation component that hasn’t gone away, and a 7 day program of that will help – if inflammation is the problem. If not, it’s a consult to ortho and rehab. I loved her statement that “you will not live with chronic back pain – we need to get you back to doing what you love”.
I did have a very disappointing moment Friday afternoon though. A few weeks ago, I purchased a Groupon for a 3 hr house cleaning. D and I have been talking a long time about getting a cleaning person in, and I have a few referrals from friends, but I wanted a top to bottom deep clean done first – preferably by someone else. So when I got this deal, I thought it was perfect! They even had online scheduling, so several weeks ago, I booked it for tomorrow (the 12th) afternoon. Woo hoo, right? Wrong. Friday, I got this email:
Subject: Appointment with Pristine Pixies Cleaning Services
I apologize but we cannot meet on Monday, September 12th at 2 pm. We are closing the business due to personal circumstances beyond our control. Please contact Groupon (via the Contact Us link on their website) for a full refund. Please accept our apologizies for any inconvenience.
I’m so completely bummed out!
R is sick at the moment. She came home from school on Thursday complaining of a sore neck. We figure she just slept wrong and gave her some motrin and kept her home from Thursday night gymnastics. When she woke Friday with it hurting still, I stayed home with her. Around 2pm, I went upstairs (she was playing a computer game) to see how she was doing. She mentioned it still hurt, and then pointed to where it hurts. A light bulb went on, and I asked her if her neck hurt….or if her THROAT hurt. Ah…it hurts when she swallows. Ugh. Sure enough, an hour later she was running a fever. I think the motrin we were giving her for what we thought was muscle pain, was masking the fever.
D took her to urgent care yesterday – not so much because we felt that she was urgently sick – but because she gets strep and/or a sinus infection this time every year. Unfortunately, the urgent care doc was a jerk, said he didn’t know why she had a fever, but refused to prescribe anything for her. So tomorrow I will be calling to get her into HER doctor and get this taken care of.
I feel terrible for D too, because he got stranded in VB for 3 hours Friday afternoon. He was on his way to a meeting, when he blew a tire. Unfortunately, the locking lug nut was stripped, and he had no way to remove the tire to change it. He called our insurance company to arrange a tow….and it took them 3 hrs to show up. He tried getting a new locking lug nut yesterday, but no one had them – so he’s off to the dealership today to try to get one. And to buy a new spare tire.
But aside from all this, the past few days have been pretty good. I got a manicure on Friday and then had a nice dinner and drinks with L, got to do a yoga class and then take a nap on Saturday before going out to dinner and catching up with AC, and today is going to be about cleaning, cooking, and relaxing. All in all, a very nice weekend.