L came home from work and our physical therapist friend came to our house to give L's shoulder some tough love. It's been bothering him for weeks, and it's time to do something about it. We're a pair, L and I - him with his extremely sore shoulder, and me with my crippled ankle. I help him put on his shirts and jackets, and he helps me put on shoes and boots. We're such an old couple, and I'm not liking it very much. I do, however, love this friend who comes over with his table and ultrasound, and works him over. I personally find him hilarious, and he and I talked and laughed and talked, and L said later that he was a little resentful that we had seemingly forgotten who the patient was. Then I felt bad that I had barged into his session and proceeded to enjoy myself. Next time, I'll have to stay upstairs out of the way. It'll be hard though, because Mike seriously makes me laugh, although he makes L cry a little bit while he's working him over.
After the pain and agony L and I went out and grabbed some dinner at our local Mexican restaurant. For me, it felt sooooo good to get out of the house, but poor L was feeling a little puny. Mike told us that grape juice was a good thing to drink to speed healing because of the antioxidants, so after dinner we went to the store and bought grape juice and a bunch of strawberries and blackberries (they were on sale). And more soy milk. Did I tell you that I'm on a soy jag? I've been reading a book where the author (an MD) said that soy is a wonderful thing to work into your diet if you're trying to drop some poundage. So all this last week I've been making myself smoothies with soy milk, sometimes adding either silken tofu or powdered soy protein along with bananas, strawberries, or other berries. The protein content is high, the carbs are low-ish to low and I've been able to drop 3 pounds over the past week. This is a miracle for me. I haven't been able to do that in a long time. Usually I'll lose a pound, then gain two back, so this steady but gradual loss is very encouraging! All of the extra protein keeps my body satisfied, so I'm not constantly thinking about eating. I even discovered a good smoothie made with chocolate soy milk, peanut butter, and banana - more of a treat than the fruity ones, but nice for a little change. My snacks have been roasted soy nuts - not that tasty, but they have a satisfying crunch. Things are looking up, my friends!
I bought the daughter of a good friend a baby gift today. I've known her since she was a little girl and I wanted to get something special. She has 1 little boy now, and now she's having a little girl. I agonize too much over things like this, but I finally went to the Etsy Shop of one of Katie's friends - Chimi and Changa - and bought this in an 18 month size:
And to go with it, I went to my daughter Katie's MiaMoo Designs shop and purchased this necklace to go with it. I love her fun necklaces and was excited to have an occasion to buy one.
It's not your typical lace and ruffles outfit - in fact, it's exactly how my daughter dresses her girls, and I think it's really cute and fun. So I hope my friend's daughter likes it. Katie was never a fluffy lacy girl, and while I think frothy girly clothes are so pretty, I tend to go more for the fun ones with unusual details. It's how I'd want to dress if I were little, I think.
I'm kind of a fan of both girls' work - Chimi and Changa is original art screen printed on comfy and colorful knit dresses and tops, and MiaMoo Designs is impossibly whimsical necklaces - and they often collaborate on their collections so they coordinate. So fun, and pretty...
Although I admit on the one above, it could also be the donuts talking very persuasively to me after a week of soy milk smoothies...
So that was my ball of fire Friday. I sure hope the weekend is a little more exciting or I may just snooze through it. I find that life is like that: sometimes you're on the go so constantly that you just yearn for life to slow down so you can breathe. And then, when it does, you can't wait for the excitement to start up again. Complete satisfaction is fleeting. I'm at that point. I need a project. Or some travel. Something. I'm getting stagnant working every day, bike riding on weekends, and getting my hair colored every 4 weeks. That is how my life has been calendared lately, and I need some shakeup. Something to fill up the in between besides TV. I'll let you know when I figure it out.