Coffee Talk 11.29.20

Good morning on this last Sunday of November! I hope you had a good holiday week.

Even though we were alone, our Thanksgiving Day was oddly comforting. Maybe it was because I had very low expectations, but it turned out to be a really nice day. Everyone was in a good mood and hung out downstairs for a good portion of the day.

That may sound like an odd thing to be thankful for, but my kids are the ages at which they would generally prefer to be in their rooms… if they’re not out with friends, that is. And I know they were disappointed that we were’t spending time with any of our extended family, so I was pleasantly surprised when they treated the day like the holiday it is and hung out down here with us.

As for me, I did some early morning computer work while everyone was sleeping in, and then I went out for a run. I usually run a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, but of course there were none of those this year because #covid.

So I ran my own. I set my Runkeeper for 3.1 miles and set out on a route that takes me over to my old neighborhood. It’s familiar and comforting in that way, but also hilly. Yikes!

I didn’t stop my Runkeeper app except when I had to cross a busy road or hop aside and wait for a passing car, so I was absolutely amazed when I got finished and realized I had averaged a 10:09 min mile.

These days, I can barely get it under 11 on most of my 3 mile runs, so that was thrilling! Maybe I will get my old mojo back eventually…

After that, I came back and got myself all gussied up, even though we were just having dinner with the 5 of us, and then it was time to start the food prep. Even though I did the Whole Foods thing, I still ended up spending quite a while in the kitchen.

I made French Onion Dip and set out snacks and apps to enjoy before dinner, and then I made that sweet potato casserole I keep talking about. (recipe below) Even though I reheated mostly everything else, it’s amazing how much time and orchestration it takes to reheat a Thanksgiving meal!

The verdict? The food was rather underwhelming, but I was still grateful I didn’t make every single one of those dishes. We ended the day by having another family over for dessert, so at least that felt somewhat festive.

When Friday dawned, we were up bright and early because I like to get my Black Friday Sale Guide updated first thing in the morning and the girls actually got up at 6AM to go shopping.

They got back around lunchtime, and we drug David out of bed and all went to a tree farm to get our Christmas tree.

That was a bit of a disappointment, as the trees had all been cut and were just propped up in a sad little arrangement designed to look like a field of trees. There were probably 10 families milling around and about 30 trees to choose from.

Okay, I’m sure there were more than 30, but that’s about what it felt like.

We made the best of it, though, and picked a tree that we brought home and put in the family room. We finally got around to decorating it last night, and I suppose it will do. It’s not the best tree we’ve ever had, but it’s not the worst either.

Hey, it’s 2020! What did we expect?

Okay, I have to say, the 2020 jokes are getting old. Sometimes things don’t work out perfectly. That’s just life.

Speaking of things not working out perfectly, I’ve jacked up my shoulder again. It’s the same spot I had the trouble with a couple months ago, and this time it’s even worse.

I felt it coming on earlier in the week, and stupidly ignored it. This time, I don’t know what I did to aggravate it, but I don’t think it was related to a workout because I didn’t work out this week.

My gut tells me it’s the same thing that caused that stupid hip/butt issue I struggled with for the first half of the 2020 — the ridiculous amount of hours I spend sitting at my desk during this time of year.

That issue started during holiday time last year, and I didn’t get around to seeking treatment for it until February or March, so it took a long time to resolve.

Sitting definitely makes this shoulder issue worse, and in a cruel twist of fate, so does lying down, so I get no relief when I lie down in bed and try to rest or sleep.

It occurred to me when it started to bother me on Monday or Tuesday that I should call the chiropractor who helped me before and see if I could get in, but I was “too busy.”

I didn’t have any idea it would escalate like this, but the next thing I knew, I was in the middle of a long holiday weekend with the situation intensifying and no one to call. I keep telling myself I just have to make it till Monday, but every day (and night) it gets worse.

By some stroke of good fortune, I just so happened to have a massage scheduled for yesterday morning, so I told my massage therapist about it, and she worked on it. I don’t think it helped much in the grand scheme of things, but it felt good.

She did confirm that I carry all my stress in my shoulders — she said I had like 4 or 5 knots in that area. Grand.

I’m just hoping the chiropractor can fit me in tomorrow, and that he can fix me again, so I don’t end up needing an injection or something dreadful like that.

Meanwhile, I did notice that it felt a lot better after running on Thursday, so you better believe I’m getting out there this morning for a good, long run. I’ve also been taking Aleve and having Paul rub an anti-inflammatory cream into the area a couple times a day.

I’m currently standing at the island in my kitchen, typing on my laptop, as this position seems to offer some relief. I guess this is how I’ll be working for the time being! I know the real solution is to stop spending so much time at the computer, and to move more… But that’s easier said than done.

Speaking of which…

I updated my Black Friday Shopping Guide this morning, with the latest promos and a few new sales too.

I listed the sales that are new to the page at the top, so you can see if there are any you want to check out in more depth. (Then scroll down where they are listed alphabetically with product picks and more commentary.)

Also, I wanted to tell you that Victoria Emerson has added a bunch of new styles, just this morning!

Two of the bracelets I couldn’t find on their website when I created yesterday’s post are NOW IN STOCK! (Sorry, for yelling, but I was so excited to discover this. I guess they sent me a few that weren’t online yet. #jobperks)

This is actually the Talca boho cuff… I had linked to the Bonn as a similar style. Both are gorgeous, but I know sometimes y’all want the exact one I’m showing.

And this one — the Bree is now in stock! I think this one is so different and pretty, with the animal print strap, and how the beads have a hint of pink.

Okay, and one more random thing I wanted to mention — this is a great weekend to order holiday photo cards.

I always order my holiday cards from Minted. I love the quality and the designs they have to choose from.

Right now, they’re doing 15% off everything or 20% off orders $150+ with free shipping; but historically, this sale does get better on Cyber Monday. It usually goes to 25% off, so I plan to order mine tomorrow.

You can get your design all set and ready to go today, save it, and place your order tomorrow. That’s what I plan to do.

Okay, so that’s about it for me. It’s in the low 30s here right now, so I’ll have to get bundled up, but I’m not missing my run today. I’m praying it helps me get through today and tonight, and that I can get into my chiropractor tomorrow.

Have a blessed Sunday!

Oh, and as promised, here is that Sweet Potato Pudding recipe… I wanted to get some pretty pictures and make a post about it, but that didn’t happen. So! Here it is…

Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe

  • 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • marshmallows for topping

Boil sweet potatoes until fork tender; drain and mash. Beat eggs until fully mixed; add brown sugar and beat together. Add cooked sweet potatoes to egg/sugar mixture; then add cream, vanilla, baking powder, and cinnamon. Beat till smooth. Pour into buttered casserole dish and bake 400 for 15 min. Reduce heat to 375 and continue to cook for 30 min. Add marshmallows for last 15. Enjoy!