Dec 012015
 

Well dang.

My last “vacation” until the baby is here and I spent it looking like this:

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The day before Thanksgiving I ended up having to go to the dentist for a root canal. :( I had a cracked tooth that I recently got a temporary crown on, awaiting the real crown and the tooth started to hurt and then it started to hurt A LOT and then it became excruciating. My dentist said it had to be done. I was not happy at all.

I kind of wanted to avoid it, especially with the holiday, but I was in pain and taking Tylenol (the only thing I can take) to take the edge off. It clearly wasn’t going to get better and I had to be careful of infection or the tooth getting worse. Neither would be safe for the baby, per my OB. Infections like that can be dangerous, especially if it gets into the blood she said. UGH! So much for a blissful 4 day weekend of fun.

The dentist didn’t go great. I guess when he was putting in the novocaine he hit a vein and I got super shaky and my heart rate jumped. He gave me pure oxygen for a few minutes, took my blood pressure (it was slightly high) and that was not fun. I guess there is epinephrine in novocaine to restrict the blood vessels and reduce bleeding. But sometimes this can happen and you can have a reaction. :( It was really really awful. The rest of the dentist visit and the rest of the day/evening was painful as you’d expect. I went home to find flowers:

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I was pretty miserable and kind of freaking out so I called my OB. She wasn’t too concerned but said that even though it’s early, I needed to do fetal kick counts–4 in one hour or 10 in 2 hours–and if I didn’t feel any kicks I was supposed to go in. That was really stressful and baby wasn’t as active as he had been but I got my 4 kicks and then stressed out the rest of the night when he was quiet. :( UGH!

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All the animals were trying to comfort me and stayed glued to my side:

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Friday

Friday morning I got the chance to talk to my brother. He lives in Philly. They did a goose for Thanksgiving:

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Impressive! He was telling me all about how he prepared it. I’ve never had goose before. I’ve had duck in a French restaurant and it was really rich but similar in taste to dark turkey meat. It was nice to chat with my brother and get an update on his wife’s PhD progress and where they might end up moving in the next year for her residency. They are hoping to come visit after the baby is born so hopefully I’ll get to the see them in a few months!

After that I went swimming. It felt nice but I was remarkably slower this week than I was last week…After that I kind of took it easy. My tooth was much better and didn’t have to take any Tylenol, which was huge progress. I did a teeny bit of shopping but not much. I am so not a Black Friday shopping kind of person. I did it years ago but it became so awful and the people are miserable and rude and no deal was worth going through that torture! Besides, most of the stuff I buy is online anyways! So no thank you.

Friday night Michael and I went over to a friend’s house for dinner. We’ve been trying to get together for months and things kept happening and our plans got cancelled. My friend Star made her AMAZING cheesy cornbread to go with dinner. I love her cornbread:

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I brought a spinach salad and they made rice, steamed veggies and salmon. The salmon was so good! It had some kind of maple mesquite seasoning on it and then they pan-fried it. I really need to find that seasoning. Michael and I both loved it.

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Dinner was lovely and relaxing and it was so nice to catch up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. But by the time Michael and I got home we were both exhausted and crashed into bed immediately!

Saturday

We had tons of stuff we had to do around the house but we didn’t do any of it. Totally lazy. I did go to the gym Saturday morning. Here was my routine:

Warmup (PT exercises, pushups, jumping jacks)

Abs: Bird Dogs, Glute Bridges, Planks

1 Leg Romanian Deadlift

Triceps Dip Machine

Squats

Lateral Raises

Side Lunges with 18lb kettlebell

Bicep Curls

Shoulder Press Machine

Then I “ran” on the treadmill. 2 miles of jogging/walking. I wouldn’t call what I did running! I’m so slow! But here were the results:

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Saturday evening we had another dinner party to go to. Michael made his Mac n’ Cheese and it looked extra photogenic this time:

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Yum yum yum. Our friends sauteed up some green beans and kale in onions and garlic and it went perfectly with the mac.

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We played a board game and talked about babies and kids and all sorts of random stuff. It was a nice night, lots of laughing and the game was fun (Would You Rather). The game is absurd and best played while drunk. But I enjoyed watching everyone else get tipsy and be silly, especially when it got time for the challenge cards. LOL

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Dessert was pumpkin pie and ice cream. Yes please! Probably my last piece of pie for awhile. Dang I love pie.

It was a good weekend, even though I didn’t get to do a lot of the things I had planned to do or wanted to do. I ended up taking it easy and maybe that’s what I needed instead of trying to get things done on my to-do list.

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Aug 182015
 

What a busy weekend!

Michael’s dad was visiting from Texas and we had my parents come down for a short visit, too. It was nice to have a visit and catch up and they hadn’t seen each other since our wedding last year. Michael, his dad and my dad went golfing Thursday afternoon and then we all went out to dinner at Jake’s Grill. A favorite in Portland, for sure.

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We got a really nice, quiet table in the back underneath a gorgeous antique stained glassed window atrium. I’d never seen it before.

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We shared an order of calamari for the table. It was nice to show my parents one of our favorite restaurants (they had never been there).

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Michael got the steak, my mom got the meatloaf and mashed potatoes and my dad got the beef stroganoff. Michael’s dad got the halibut (his favorite) and I got the Cedar Planked Steelhead with mashed potatoes. I’d been craving mashed potatoes for weeks! This definitely satisfied that craving. The steelhead was so amazing and perfect–the perfect, rich piece of fish, slightly crispy.

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After that lovely, rich dinner my parents split a chocolate cake and Michael and I split the cheesecake with blueberry compote. It’s been so long since I’ve had a fancy dessert–it was so worth the calories!

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What a nice night!

On Friday I had the day off. I went for a swim–first swim in over a week and a half and it felt fantastic being back in the pool (especially with my recent back stuff). The boys were spending the day watching golf (no thanks) and so my mom and worked in the kitchen. Our garden has gone so crazy this summer and our tomatoes were out of control. I was so glad to had my mom’s help with them.

She bought me a tomato press (we’d gone to several stores to find a food mill and this was the closest thing we could find). I am so glad, too! It’s a nifty little device that worked great for the project. In the past it was SO time consuming and exhausting trying sieve the tomato seeds and skins out of the cooked tomatoes and this made the project a million times easier.

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I don’t know how many pounds of tomatoes we picked from the garden but it was an insane amount. The tomato press removed probably 90% of the seeds and all of the skins. Worked great!

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I chopped up a red pepper, green pepper, two onions, a ton of garlic and a shallot. I cooked it all down and then put the sauce in the pot.

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The kitchen smelled fantastic.

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I added some seasonings, salt, sugar and let it simmer for about 2 hours. I added 3 cans of tomato paste to thicken it up and it worked SO much better than last year’s batch of tomato sauce! I got the flavor and texture just right and it was ready. We ended up doing freezer bags instead of canning it (since I don’t have a pressure canner) and it will be a great sauce to have this winter.

After that it was nearing dinner time and Michael made us all ribs. I cooked up corn on the cob and baked beans.

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Michael did the ribs a different way this time. He baked them in the oven at a low temperature for two hours and then cooked them on the grill for 30-45 minutes until they were ready. They turned out great! It was another nice night visiting but I was really tired after all the work I’d done.

I have to share this one other thing. My mom brought down a giant scrapbook from my great grandfather. He used to keep journals and cut out newspaper clippings. There were some amazing newspaper articles in his scrapbook. The Kennedy assassination, the Civil Rights movement…just amazing to see.

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I spent a good hour reading through the book. There is so much to read!

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