Back Breaking Workout

Yesterday was brutal. Hard, labor-intensive, back-breaking work that lasted like 12 hours! But I’m not complaining because we are half way done with the kitchen floor! A little background: Michael bought his house a few years before I met him. He bought it with the plan to update and modernize it and then eventually sell it. Before we met he installed the hardwood floors in the rest of the house all by himself. They are gorgeous! Not long after we started dating, I helped him destroy the old retro-heinous-70’s kitchen all the way down to the sub-flooring.

We have a working kitchen now, with the new cabinets installed. We just don’t have a floor. We also have the old retro-heinous-70’s baby blue counter-top still. πŸ™‚ For various reasons we didn’t work on the kitchen very much in last two years. Well, we finally have tile installed on half of the kitchen floor! It took all day yesterday and I’m sore and tired today but HAPPY!

Yesterday Before:


Yesterday after 12 hours of work:


There’s still a LOT to do. It’s a huge space. The dining room and kitchen are all one room but divided by the counter space. We still need to do the kitchen section, the pantry and then we’ll have to rent a wet saw to cut the tiles to fit around the edge of the room.

We worked hard yesterday. There was a lot of prep work, measuring, double-checking. Michael did the mixing of the adhesive:

He spread the adhesive on the sub-flooring (it’s the picture above that looks like sheet rock on the floor) and I laid the tiles and made sure they lined up and the spacers fit, etc. It was a lot of stretching, standing, bending, twisting….OUCH!

After all the tiles are glued in, we’ll do the grout and sealant. Then we’ll have a real floor!!!! YIPPEE!!!

Since we were working on the kitchen, we had to get “fast” food. For lunch we went to Burgerville. It’s really cool that they post the calories on their receipts:

Very cool! Although my complaint is that they should probably post the calories somewhere in the restaurant BEFORE people order….I usually base my order on calories. I got the Classic Burger without cheese and it was about 500 calories.

After lunch we headed back to the house and continued the flooring.Β  When we stopped working late Saturday night, I picked up a deLite Pizza from Papa Murphy’s and cooked that for a quick dinner.

And we toasted our hard work with a little drink:

I took a hot bath with Lavender Epsom Salts before bed. It was lovely!

This morning I made pancakes! I’ve never successfully made pancakes in the past….either they were too burned or raw! Bummer. But this morning was a success!

I also made some tea–my favorite, Jasmine Pearl tea.

I am off to the pool for a swim and a VERY long soak in the hot tub!

Hip Update

Last night I iced my hip and then took a hot bath with sea salts.

Sea Salts

I relaxed in the hot bath and hoped that would help my hip. It’s really more on the back side of my hip in the butt-region. I have no knee pain and no pain in my thigh.

Fat Kitty is sooo curious about bath time. He runs into the bathroom and pokes his little head over the side of the tub. I’m not sure if he’s curious or if he’s worried about me. He wants to supervise my either way. I tapped on the tub and his little ears poked up and his eyes got wide. “Oh my god! There’s a funny noise! Where is that?” And he tried to find the noise and then he’d poke around the water and run away. Goofy cat!

After my bath, I slathered on the Icy Hot.

I crawled into bed and hoped that I’d wake up cured.

The Icy Hot seemed to help a bit. I felt better this morning. I still have some irritation. I’m wondering if the hip discomfort is from running stairs. That’s a new addition to my running routine and it’s really the only thing I can think of. I haven’t increased my speed OR mileage so it’s not that. My new shoes have been great for the last month–no pain. It MUST be the stairs.

Today is a rest day and tomorrow is a rest day. Thursday I had planned on running but I will not run until next week.

Breakfast this morning was waffles again but this time I used the real maple syrup.

I’m bummed about my hip. I hope it’s not tendinitis. I REALLY hope it’s not something serious that could end my running. I’m going to buy some Epsom Salts during my lunch break and tonight’s plan is some gentle yoga and another bath.

QUESTION: Have you ever had hip pain from running? How did you fix it?