Two posts ago I shared with you that I nearly cut my finger off, and today I'm sharing with you that last night I nearly threw my back out. I have no idea the technical or medical name for "throwing your back out" or if this is exactly what occurred but I couldn't move it for a few minutes. I'm not sure what the root cause of it was (a sneeze brought on the worst of it).
This seems to be a recurring thing with me -- pulled muscles in my back. I've learned how to deal with it (lots of stretching, ice, laying on a hard surface) but I wish I knew what I'm doing to bring this on... I have an aversion to Googling anything related to medical conditions because no matter what you type in there will ALWAYS be an awful story somewhere about another person who had your EXACT same symptoms and had to be quarantined because it turned out to be some rare and exotic something or other.
I'm feeling much better now though I didn't do any physical exercise yesterday or today except a little swimming and some stretching. I've also been loving the spa tub in our rental. I sit right by the jets and let them do the kneading in those hard-to-reach back muscles. Jon pointed out that yesterday was National Lazy Day (yes it's a thing!) so we felt no guilt over lazing around the house all day, eating snacks, laying in the sun, and reading books. I'm already one book down!
Jon knows the way to my heart. I was reading outside and he brought me this platter of all the things I love to eat when I want to treat myself. We laugh because when we were dating he used to make these elaborate meals and plate them like we were at a restaurant. I mean they were FANCY, and how now that we have two kids both of us are lucky if we sit down and eat a meal front to back without interruption! The kids are first most of the time, so I appreciate when he does the little things like this.
We pulled out the bubbles we got the other night in Squaw Village. I was thinking about this - how genius this invention is and how it's stood the test of time without much design change at all. Here are the top 5 inventions that continue to earn my full respect as a mother:
Because I was laid up in bed last night and the kids had been "lazy" with us all day, Jon got them out of the house and running around in town. He took them to Magic Carpet Golf in Carnelian Bay. We've been coming here so long and I love seeing how every year the boys upgrade the size of their putter. They will both be taller than me before I know it!
Croc decided to give this dinosaur a big hug and kiss. He is a very big cuddle bug, I told you :) Then Jon did something I would never in a million years do -- he took them out for Slurpees after dinner. I'm really glad they don't print the ingredients on the cup but I'm sure my imagination is far worse. Notice The Dude lost another tooth!! He is losing them like crazy. I love his toothless grin :) Look how excited they are to have contraband!!
This morning Jon shared a great link with me about being mentally strong. I've mentioned in previous posts that often my biggest challenges are ones that involve my mental game -- not just in running but in my work life, social life, and in how I see myself in the mirror. I've learned some little tricks over the years that have really improved my head:
What are your tips for staying strong mentally?
Tell me what toys from your childhood are still top sellers today?
How will you spend your weekend?