Coffee Talk 08.30.20

Good morning! Well, I’ll be honest, it was a rough night. I woke up just after midnight, and somehow I wrenched something in my back. Didn’t I just say I was ready to graduate PT? This time it’s my upper back/neck area. I tell ya, if it’s not one thing, it’s another.

I’ve done this before to this same spot, but it came on gradually. This time, I shifted in my sleep, and I felt it go. It hurt so bad, it woke me up, so I got up and took Aleve. My daughter was still awake, so I had her rub some anti-inflammatory cream into the affected area, hoping to nip it in the bud, but I was uncomfortable all night.

When this happened once before, I went to the doctor, and he gave me a bee venom injection. It fixed me right up, but the thought of doing that again makes me queasy. Of course, I might get desperate enough not to care.

It happened another time and went away on its own, so maybe I will get lucky.

Unfortunately, I have a photo shoot scheduled this morning. (I don’t usually work on Sundays, but we are fitting it in before church because Alison is going to the shore for the week… lucky girl!)

I’m not sure how I’m going to change outfits in the car. It takes a lot of finagling and contorting, and this crick in my neck is definitely going to complicate matters. I guess I’ll try applying that cream again before I leave, and maybe a heating pad.

It’s been a pretty laid-back weekend around here, otherwise. I made tacos for dinner on Friday night, and we did sushi takeout last night. I FaceTimed with my dad last night and wished him a happy birthday, and Paul visited his mom yesterday to go over some things. The rest of us just hung out here all day and puttered and did our own things.

I actually spent a large part of the day trying on clothes and coming up with outfits for today’s shoot. They’re all loaded in the car and ready to go. Yay me! I’m never that prepared. I’m usually scrambling at the last minute.

In other news, the two kids who went back to school this week seemed to get off to a good start. (Becca doesn’t start school until next Monday.)

I’m so grateful for all the teachers and administrators out there, trying to make this school year work for their students… I know a lot of you are in that position. Whether you’re teaching remotely or in-classroom, or a combination of both, I realize you are facing overwhelming challenges that were beyond the scope of our imagination only a year ago. Please know that you are very much appreciated.

Even Caroline’s cyber charter school, which was designed for remote learning from the get-go, was plagued this first week of school with technical difficulties that were beyond their ability to control. It seems like no matter what the situation, this school year is destined to be a challenge.

I guess David’s college classes are going okay. I don’t get much information from him, but he said he likes some of his teachers. He is on Zoom a lot, but mostly in his room, so I don’t get to eavesdrop at all… which would be kind of fun, actually. I’d love to see what he’s learning, but I know better than to ask if I can listen in sometime. Can you imagine? My mom just wants to sit in on class today… He’s almost 21.

Speaking of which, my son is almost 21. (His birthday is in November.)

I knew this day was coming, but nothing really prepares you for it. Of course, his 21st birthday will likely pass much like any other day. It’s not like we can take a big trip or do something exciting, but we do need to plan something fun for him. I will have to think on that.

We also have a daughter turning 18 in December, and you may remember that our 25th wedding anniversary was this month. 2020 is a big year for our family!

Of course, 2020 will be remembered to most of us for the number 19 (as in Covid) — not 18 or 21 or 25. But this is a pretty monumental year in the life of our family, so I’m hoping to get a nice family picture taken. I’ve already told Alison to put it on her radar.

We were thinking of taking a trip to the beach and having it done there, but it didn’t work out. I think we’ll just stay here and do a nice fall foliage picture once the leaves start to change. We’ve done those several times before, and it just seems more us. I love summer weather, but I love dressing for fall even more, and that’s what I envision when I think of our family picture.

Okay, I’ve rambled on long enough. I’m off to put some heat on my neck and then get ready for the day. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!