Coffee Talk 01.28.18

Good morning, friends! This has been a week, I’ll tell you what. The first half of the week flew, but I feel like I’ve lived a month since Thursday.

Thursday is when everything broke down — my blog, my back, and various and sundry mishaps that made me question all day if it was a Monday or a full moon or what. It took us several hours yesterday to finally fix the blog. For those who understand such matters, I had a plugin that was messing things up.

When we finally zeroed in on the plugin and deleted it, magically everything went back to normal! But man, until then, how frustrating to try to work. I wish my back was an easy of a fix!

I’m not even sure I’ve mentioned my back here yet. I know I shared on my Insta Story, but sometimes I forget what I say where. I was trying not to whine about it because no one likes a complainer, but I’m 4 days in with no relief, so now you get to hear me complain.

Honestly, though, I’m not really intending to complain. I’m just telling you what’s going on, but anytime I talk about anything going on in my life that isn’t peachy keen, someone tells me I’m complaining. #lovetheinternets

Anyway, it does seem like I have more than my fair share of annoying ailments. Is this just old age? I mean, I was JUST getting my running mojo back… it is hard not to be frustrated at this point.

This back thing has happened before, at least twice. The first time it was so bad, I could hardly turn my head, so I went to the doctor and he gave me a bee venom injection. Yes, for real. He’s an MD with holistic tendencies. LOL! It worked, but I do not relish the thought of going through that again, and I can at least function this time, so I’ve been living with the situation. I am pretty sure the 2nd time it happened, it went away on its own, but I don’t know that it lasted this long.

What it is is just like a “crick” in my back, on the inside of the right shoulder blade. The pain goes into my spine sometimes, and occasionally radiates down my right arm. When I’m up and walking around, I’m fine, but sitting really bothers it (hi, I sit at the computer for 8-10 hours a day!) and laying down isn’t too fun either. Although when I got rid of my pillow so I can lay flat in bed, I’ve been doing better at night, which is good. I didn’t get much sleep the first night.

All that to say… I’m nearing the end of my rope, and if it’s not miraculously healed when I wake up tomorrow, I guess I’ll call the doctor. I have a physical therapist who is amazing, but I would have to go through the doctor to get to him, I think, and I know the doctor will want to do the injection. And maybe I should just do that and get it over with. At this point, I’m leaning towards that solution.

I haven’t been very good about keeping heat on it or taking ibuprofen, so I probably have no right to complain. It’s just that I’ve got stuff to do, yo! I have a hard time stopping long enough to do any of the things that might help, but I realize at some point I will have to. No lectures about slowing down, please. I know, I know… fortunately today is Sunday and it’s a good day to take it easy.

Okay, so enough about that. Despite the technical difficulties and my body breaking down, we managed to get two outfits shot yesterday, and my husband offered to take us all out to dinner last night, so that was nice.

We finally finished Season 2 of The Crown last night, and I’m so sad it’s over. Does anyone know when Season 3 comes out? Please don’t tell me I have to wait till next fall…

I’m still finishing up This Is Us. I watch that one alone (no one in my family has any tolerance for the drama) and with 5 people vying for the TV, I only get to watch an episode or two a week. Sometimes I even forget I have it to watch.

Every time a new episode of Fixer Upper comes out, my 12 y/o daughter and I eagerly download it and watch it, so those will be over soon. I’m super bummed this is their last season.

What other shows should I watch? Anything new I can start, now that everything I like to watch is ending?

I also want to finish reading The Magnolia Story and Lauren Graham’s Talking As Fast As I Can, and then I can get into another novel. My daughter gave me the Lauren Graham book for Christmas, and I started it and then started the Gaines’ story, and I haven’t finished either.

This is what social media has done to me. I used to read a book like one of those in a single afternoon. It’s such a sad commentary on our culture, isn’t it? I mean, if I’ve lost all ability to read a book from start to finish, how on earth are our kids supposed to learn to do so with all the distractions at their fingertips? I really try not to think about it too much.

Speaking of kids, my son spent the night with a friend at one of the two colleges he’s been accepted to, so I can’t wait to hear more about that when he gets home. It should be good for him to see the dorms and get a taste of college life, and hopefully this experience will help him make up his mind about which college he wants to attend, as he still hasn’t made a commitment.

It is surreal to think of him not being here with us, but I know it has to happen sometime.

Last night when I was out to dinner with just Paul and the girls, one of them said, “This is going to be what it’s like next year when David’s off at college. Just the four of us.”

Yep. I guess so.

It’s all good, though. As long as I know he’s where he wants to be and he’s having fun, I think I’ll be okay. As one of you pointed out once before, it’s not the first one that’s so hard to let go, it’s the last. And that makes sense. The house will still be full and plenty chaotic with the two girls at home, but when it’s time to send my youngest off to college and I’m looking at an empty nest, I may not be as chill about it as I am with this one.

So anyway, what are you all up to today? After church, I have no plans. I really am going to try to take it easy, read a book, lay on a heating pad, and see if I can get to feeling better.

Before I let you go, don’t forget, registration for the next session of Adore Your Wardrobe closes on Tuesday night, and the course starts on Wednesday, January 31st! If you’ve been on the fence, don’t wait to long. Kelly does not accept late registrations.

I guess that’s about it for me! Hope y’all have a lovely and restful Sunday.