Bad Timing

Last Friday I started to feel kind of blah…like I was coming down with a cold. I’d been taking EmergenC all week, just to be safe, but by Friday I just knew. I skipped the pool after work and went home where I spent the rest of the weekend on the couch or in bed.

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On Sunday I went to the doctor to see what’s up. She said it was a viral sinus infection–so basically, a sinus infection that I can’t take antibiotics for. 🙁 That sucked. All weekend long I was taking Zicam, drinking orange juice and EmergenC, and eating chicken noodle soup.


Plus, Neti Pot. FUN TIMES. 🙁 The doctor told me to take sudafed and ibuprofen, rest and use a steroid nose spray for a few days and if I don’t get better, come back. I stressed that I was getting married in a week and CANNOT be sick. Part of me is disappointed it’s not a regular sinus infection that I can just take antibiotics for and be better in a few days.

Today I am feeling better but rundown. I took the day off from work to rest and hopefully this will be over and done with by tomorrow. I work tomorrow and then have Wed-Fri off in preparation for the wedding! While I was sick I worked on some of the DIY crafts I had to finish–folding the wedding programs, making the menus and placecards. I’m almost done but the rest of it can wait until later this week when my family comes to visit.

All weekend I’ve been rotating between the bed, the couch and the office when I needed to sit upright. I started watching Revenge–a totally terrible soap opera show but I keep watching it so…I guess it’s good… 😉 I’m now on Season 3. Honestly, I’m looking forward to getting out of the house, going back to work tomorrow and taking a break from the TV! I’ve also haven’t worked out in 5 days and I am starting to feel restless and anxious. That must mean I am on the mend! Because on Sunday the idea of getting out of bed at all sounded like such a struggle.


Also, I need a break from obsessively checking the weather. In the last week the weather for the wedding day has changed half a dozen times…swinging between regular, nice fall weather to thunderstorms to pouring rain to now 90 degrees. 🙂 All I care about is just no rain.

Anyways, so that’s my weekend and wish me luck that I will beat this cold before the weekend!

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend Recap:


It started with a workout at the Warrior Room, Kettlebell Conditioning. Most of the class was newbies so the instructor, Ashley, spent most of the class doing basic instruction. The few of us that are old hats were kind of set free to do the workout on our own. I loved that so many people were new! That’s awesome. If you live in Portland and were considering checking out the kettle bell gym, I highly recommend it! I started going almost a year ago simply because I had a Groupon deal for it and wanted to get some instruction on my kettle bell form. Who knew that I’d end up loving the classes so much I’d keep going!

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The one thing I hated? The partner workout at the end. One person had to hold a plank position with one hand behind their back while the other person did 20 burpees, then we switched. It was brutal and I seriously thought I might black out! Here was the calorie burn:


Then I spent several hours picking tomatoes and jalapenos and making salsa. That first batch I made about a month ago is almost gone! There is one jar left and Michael loves it. We had so many jalapenos it was beginning to be overwhelming so I made salsa–a double batch this time. This should last us for the winter. In a few weeks when the rest of the tomatoes have ripened I will make spaghetti sauce with them and can those.

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Talk about labor! It was hard work. This time Michael helped me with some of the prep, which was much appreciated. It made 9 jars. I didn’t seal one of them and put it in the fridge to eat soon but the rest of them sealed properly. I was happy about that. And there is definitely something satisfying about pulling vegetables from the garden and canning them!

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I bought a canning kit that came with a proper funnel, tongs and other utensils you need for canning and they worked great! It was a really gloomy, dark day and it rained pretty heavily for most of it, so spending the day inside was ideal. Later that afternoon, as if I had’t done enough already…I did some crafts for the wedding:


Saturday was a busy one! It was easy doing the crafts, though, because I worked on it while we watched “Bad Words.” (Super cute movie.)


My Sunday started with yoga and then:

For some reason in August I started thinking about the sweat lodge I did years ago. I wrote about many years ago in the beginning of this blog, you can read it here: My First Wake Up Call – The Sweatlodge. Anyways, so lately I just started thinking about it and for some reason I couldn’t shake the thought. It kept coming back to me — this urge. I looked around online to try and find a local sweat because I didn’t want to drive to Breitenbush again and I asked my friend Star if she’d go, too.

Star, who is half Navajo, had talked to the stonekeeper of the sweat and she approved so we made plans to go Sunday. First I went over to her place to make prayer ties. We breathed our silent prayers on a pinch of tobacco and then rolled it up into the red cloth and tied them to the tie.

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It was a nice, calming ritual and when we were done we drove out to Sherwood (i.e. the middle of nowhere) for the sweat. We got there and saw the skeleton of the sweat dome. That’s when we found out that it was on Saturday at 4 not Sunday at 2 like their website had stated. Needless to say, I was extremely frustrated and disappointed and Sunday was pretty much a wash. Not only that, there aren’t any other sweats that I could go to before the wedding. 🙁


This was really important to me and the disappointment was crushing. It also made me really irritated that they clearly didn’t know what they were doing or what was on their website…and why didn’t the stonekeeper inform Star of the change of date and time when they chatted? So flakey. I was pretty mopey the rest of Sunday and that sucked.


I actually made it to another kettlebell class, different instructor and not my usual class but I made it! It was an easier class than it normally was. I probably should have gone up in weights–if it was that easy–but I didn’t. I didn’t want to be really sore this week.

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Workout done, we could get on with the last day of the long weekend!

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We grabbed sandwiches for lunch and headed back out to Kelley Pointe Park. It seemed like a fitting place to spend a sunny day and celebrating the end of summer. It wasn’t as crowded as I thought it would be. We had a picnic lunch and then threw the ball for Bella in the grassy field area.


After that we walked down to the sandy beach and set up a blanket. Bella was ready to play! She remembered the place and ran straight to the water and jumped in. She also made some dog friends and they splashed each other and played together. It was so cute to watch.


She’s really funny because she hasn’t mastered the doggy paddle yet. She just kind of hops and jumps OVER the water instead of trying to swim. It’s hilarious to watch. I was hoping that her playing with the other two dogs she’d catch on and learn how to swim but not so much…Whatever, she was having fun and that’s all that matters.


And what day at the beach would be complete if she didn’t roll around in the sand and get absolutely filthy? Yep, someone got a bath when we got home!