Coffee Talk

coffee talk

What a wild and crazy winter it’s been! We got about a foot of snow here this week, to add to the 4-6 inches we already had on the ground. And supposedly more is on the way.

I’m still not complaining. It’s beautiful. And thankfully the power stayed on this time. So YAY!

So yeah, the cookbook project is limping along. Quite frankly, I’m tired of baking. I have never really loved cooking, anyway, and I’ve put on a few pounds in all the wrong places due to the amount of carbs we have laying around the house these days, and that’s making me cranky. I’m going to try to wrap up the carb-heavy chapters and then start on the egg-based ones, so maybe that will help. Suffice it to say, I’ll be happy when this project is off my plate . . . literally. Ha!

As for my foot, you didn’t ask, but I will tell you that so far I’m doing pretty well. I haven’t had a return of the plantar fasciitis symptoms I was experiencing before the cortisone shot (and for the last 2 years!!) Even so, I find myself wincing every time I get up from my desk and very gingerly placing my foot on the floor, expecting it to be stiff and painful, but it’s not. Old habits die hard, I guess.

Not that I’m getting my hopes up yet. It has a way of teasing me, this stupid foot.

I’m not back to running, and the one day that I did spend a lot of time on my feet, the right foot was sore. So I know something is still off. That, and I get some tingly sensations in it at times, and sometimes it throbs a bit. So yeah, I dunno. It’s not doing the old PF thing, but it’s not right either.

I fear that the second I try to run, the plantar fasciitis symptoms are going to return with a vengeance. I’m trying to keep up with my stretching and my back exercises since they seem to help, and basically I’m trying to allow it plenty of time to heal. Over the next few weeks, I hope to start back to running verrrrry slowly and methodically and see how it goes.

Meanwhile I’m trying to embrace yoga. I ordered a mat, and quite a nice one, evidently. When I asked for recommendations on my Facebook page, I was given a few options and all were in the $60-75 range. I assumed that is what one must pay for a yoga mat, and I ordered this a Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat. (Note the pantone color of the year. Oh, yes I did!) The girls at class had quite a chortle when I told them what I’d ordered. Evidently one does NOT need to spend upwards of $50 on a yoga mat.

Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat

Oh well. It finally came this week, and I gave it a quick test drive in my living room. It works great. It’s nice and thick and sticky so your hands and feet don’t budge when you’re trying to contort your body into ridiculous positions. And it helps that it’s pretty. Pretty does matter, you know!! Even with yoga mats. So I’m looking forward to my next yoga class on Monday night so I can try it out for realz.

We’re totally into the Olympics, but I keep falling asleep when I’m trying to catch up. We have them all DVRed and my OCD won’t let me skip ahead so I keep trying to avoid the media so I don’t find out who wins before I get to watch. Maybe this weekend I’ll catch up.

In other TV-related news, American Idol is back and this season is shaping up to be the best one in years. The judges panel is fantastic, and there are some really promising contestants. They’re finally down to the top 30. I can’t wait to see them perform next week. Is anyone else watching? I used to post recaps. Anyone remember that!?? LOL! I don’t have the energy for that these days. I prefer to enjoy watching without having to come up with pithy remarks for each performance. But if I do have anything of interest to share, I will probably shoot it out on Twitter with the #idol hashtag. Are you following me? I’m @JoLynneS.

And then there’s Downton, of course. I haven’t been thrilled with the subject matter this season, but I can’t seem to stop watching. My children, however, are no longer allowed to join us, much to their chagrin. Well, it was only my 14-year-old son who was watching it. I think he’s more bummed about being relegated to his room at 9pm than missing the show. I’m sure some of the topics would be good to discuss, but I’d rather discuss them in concept at this age, rather than expose him to the emotion surrounding them. Or maybe I’m just too sensitive (or so I’ve been told.) Who knows. Parenting, it is hard, yo.

So that’s basically what’s going on here. Last night we had a quiet Valentine’s Day night in. I made steaks, we had cupcakes from our favorite local bakery, and then we settled in to watch the Olympics until I started dozing off . . . which is how our TV viewing usually ends these days. Do you have any fun Valentine’s plans this weekend??

Today I’d like to get my 50% turned in (of the cookbook, that is) and then maybe take the kids to the Lego Movie this afternoon. Have you seen it? I hear great things. Whatever you do, I hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend!