Coffee Talk 12.06.20

Well, I blinked and suddenly it’s December! I tell you, for a year that has brought one trial after another on personal, national and global levels, 2020 sure has flown. I guess it’s true what they say, time flies whether you’re having fun or not.

So, let’s see. Where did we leave off last week? I was in a lot of pain, as I recall. Last Sunday was one of my worse days with this shoulder/back pain. I was thankful to be able to get into my chiropractor on Monday, and he worked it pretty good.

I felt some better after that, but by the time I went back on Wednesday, I had pain and numbness moving down my right arm. I was getting worried that I’d done some real damage, but he knew exactly what was going on and was able to apply his active release techniques to the nerves in that arm, and he got things loosened up quite a bit.

Since then, I’d say my pain and discomfort is about 50% of what it was last weekend, but I’m still uncomfortable. I’m really looking forward to going back tomorrow and Thursday this week, and hopefully after those two sessions, I will be on the road to recovery.

I’ve been working on adjusting my work space and moving around a lot more during the day. I’m also doing a lot of my work on my laptop, which is not a longterm solution, as it’s really not good for your neck and back either. But for now, I’m hoping it’s giving me the break from my desk that I need to allow my back and shoulder to heal.

And I’m sure that’s more than you wanted to know about all that!

Unfortunately, there just isn’t a lot else to talk about. I feel like life has sort of come to a standstill. With the weather turning cold, having social gatherings outside isn’t really feasible, so we haven’t been seeing friends or going out to eat — things that were helping to break up the monotony of the summer and fall.

I feel like with the vaccine on the horizon, we are in the home stretch, and if we can just lay low and stay well, we may be able to escape this nasty Covid altogether. Wouldn’t that be nice!

So we’re all trying to tow the line, and keep our risk levels minimal, but that means a LOT of time at home without much to do, and to be honest, I’m getting bored and a bit stir crazy.

We have a long winter ahead of us, and once the “magic” of the holidays is over — what little there even is this year — I’ve got a feeling it’s going to get very dark and depressing if we don’t find a way to keep busy.

Up till now, my work has provided a great means of escape, but honestly, who cares what they wear if they are literally are going nowhere and seeing no one for the next 3 months?

But I’ll be okay. I know there’s an end in sight, and I can see the bigger picture. I’m more worried about my kids — especially the one who is at home all the time with no job or extracurricular activity as an impetus to get out of bed.

It’s hard with older kids, as there’s only so much you can do for them. Beyond that, all I know to do is pray, and cling to the knowledge that this too shall pass. I just hope we all manage to make it out relatively unscathed.

Well, that really took a turn, didn’t it? Maybe I should just ditch this post and start over.

Can you tell I’m PMSing? I always get introspective and emotional around this time. I keep hoping the change everyone talks about is on the horizon, but so far, no dice.

Of course, when that happens, I may find myself introspective and emotional all the time, so I guess I should be thankful for the time I have left when it’s only one week out of the month.

So, let’s lighten this up a bit, and then I’m going to bundle up and go for a run.

Do you have any good TV shows we can watch? We finished the most recent season of The Crown and wiped out The Queen’s Gambit in about 3 days. I highly recommend both.

We just started watching Happy Valley, which is kind of dark, but entertaining nonetheless.

Then in a moment of nostalgia… and needing a light diversion from Happy Valley… I watched Love Actually this weekend.

Good grief, I forgot how raunchy it is in parts — I was thankful the kids weren’t around — but it is also so good. I had a few good laughs, and I might have even teared up a couple of times. It was much needed. (See prior comment about the time of the month.)

I’m thinking of starting Virgin River, but I can tell Paul probably won’t be into it. It looks a little cheesy, but I’m hoping it’s still good enough to keep my interest.

Anyway, let me know if you have anything else we should try. I like to keep my shows fairly clean, but otherwise, we are open to pretty much any type of storyline. We like everything from documentaries to dramas to comedies.

On that note, I need to close this out and get myself outside for a run before church. It’s only 34 degrees, so I have to allot extra time to get bundled up. I swear, half the workout this time of year is getting in and out of my running clothes.

I hope you guys are hanging in there, keeping positive, and staying safe! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!