Mike and I were planning on having a relaxing evening of watching TV shows on Friday night, but I was at the gym Thursday night and seemed to have some kind of reaction to the bleach solution they were mopping the floors liberally with, and my nasal passages were really inflamed and sore yesterday. To make matters, I had to move desks at work on Friday, and that involved lots of moving dusty things around, which of course further irritated my (apparently) sensitive nasal passages. If you’ve never had sore nasal passages, I can tell you it isn’t particularly pleasant. I found myself massaging my nose on multiple occasions on Saturday. It basically felt like the inside of my nose had gone twelve rounds in the ring and lost. Anyway, I was also sneezing and didn’t end up wanting to do much show watching. So I went to bed early Friday night and woke up feeling much better on Saturday, and better yet on Sunday. In fact, on Sunday, the only remnant of my swollen nose I noticed is that when I chopped up onions my nose was slightly irritated. Typically for some (genetic??) reason, I can chop onions all day long and feel nothing, even when Mike is really affected by them and he’s in another room. I remember years ago, I did some volunteer work with a group of people from work where we cooked a bunch of food, and I was in charge of chopping onions. I chopped onion after onion after onion, and everyone else in the kitchen was dying from the pungency, and I wasn’t affected at all. So weird how every person is different!
As usual, I spent a lot of time on Sunday prepping food for the week. I made a coconut curry dish last week that was so good I made it again this week. I am hoping it tastes good, but I definitely neglected it while I was watching other dishes, and the kale I added to it got a little too wilted and sad. Last week I was more on top of that particular dish since I hadn’t made it before, and I got the kale cooked at the perfect point where it was wilted, but still had some shape and body to it. Live and learn! Because of an abundance of turnips, I am trying out some mashed turnips because Mike likes mashed potatoes so much. The trick here is that since turnips are slightly more bitter than potatoes, I’m afraid Mike will notice the difference and not want the turnips. I tried to cover up the flavor with some seasonings, but we’ll see how well that goes. I haven’t specifically told him it’s mashed turnips, so we’ll see whether I get away with this or not. 😉
In other exciting news, my parents adopted another rescue dog.
This is Barney, and he is adorable. He joins their other rescue dog Lady, and already seems to be bonding and fitting in well with their family. I admit I feel *slightly* envious. The same day they found out about Barney, I found out about a gorgeous tortoiseshell cat that was looking for a home. She was extremely mild (necessary to get along with Piper), and I really wanted her. I talked Mike into going to look at her over the weekend, but of course she was already adopted within a few hours of her picture going up on Facebook. Although I guess Piper probably wouldn’t have liked another cat, so maybe it’s for the best anyway.
On another note, I’ve started reading a series of books that my grandma and mom have read, but I have not: The Cat Who books. I have to say that I am loving them so far. Just the right balance between mystery, intrigue, and wit. I have also started reading the Stephanie Plum books, which are hilarious. Mike’s dad turned me on to those when we were in Michigan, and they are pretty funny. Also on my reading list: The Power of Habit. It is an amazing book to help us understand how we form habits and to replace bad habits with good ones. I’m also reading Principles by Ray Dalio, the famous investor. It’s an interesting book so far, made up of small snippets, or principles, he has used to guide the actions in his life. I like the way he stresses that everyone will likely have different principles, but it’s important to have principles. i.e. how are you going to approach work? family? life? Anyway, the past few years I’ve been finding myself reading more, and my books are usually divided down the middle between productivity/business/technical books, and fluffy mysteries.
Mike and I hit a new record on ‘number of Home Depot trips in one day’. We went to two Home Depots first thing in the morning, one in Seattle, and one up north in Everett because Mike said they had a better screw selection. Then we came home, and Mike realized he had forgotten two screws. I’m not sure how that was possible since he bought like 30 screws at Home Depot, but he said he did. And then after that we had to go to Lowe’s, because apparently they have better paint than Home Depot (or at least the kind of paint that Mike wanted). Then, Saturday night when we had planned on watching a show together, Mike said he wanted to finish up some work with the light switch in the dining room first. I said that was fine. I didn’t realize that was going to involve him turning off the circuit breaker to the dining room/living room so that my Sonos music stopped playing, the power to the TV was pulled, and all of the lamps in the vicinity went off. After an hour or so of working, I asked him if he was close to being done.
“Well,” he said. “I have some bad news.”
I leaned back on the couch and prepared myself to take it.
“I want to replace this light switch. I don’t like it. I have to go back to Home Depot.”
There was silence for a few moments.
“I’m guessing you don’t want to come with me?”
“That’s correct,” I said. “I think four trips in one day is crossing a line.”
Then, the following day, the first words he said to me when I returned from my run were “I have to go to Home Depot and get some blocks for my painting.” Keeping that man away from Home Depot would be a futile attempt, so I don’t attempt it.
Mike and I have been continuing to watch the Nero Wolfe mysteries, and we have also been watching Why We Fight, a season of eight shows produced by Ronda Rousey that details different types of fighters (i.e. Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling, MMA, etc). Super interesting! And it’s shown on Verizon’s Go90 video streaming service (who knew they were trying to jump into the ‘streaming original content’ game?). I haven’t quite figured out how Go90 makes money, because all of their shows are free to stream online, and I haven’t seen any commercials or ads yet. Regardless, this show has been really interesting so far! It’s only one season of eight episodes, and we are already halfway done with episode 6, so we are almost done. Hopefully another season gets made.
In other news, I am now officially one week into marathon training mode. Eugene 2018! My running buddy and I ran 16 miles this morning. She is running Boston in mid-April, and I will be running Eugene two weeks later, so we’re pretty close training schedule wise. Sixteen miles is the longest that either of us have run since we did Ragnar in July of 2017, so it has clearly been awhile. It was slightly painful, but not as bad as I expected. I still was able to come home, shower, and then spend three hours in the kitchen food prepping standing up (which quite frankly is sometimes pretty painful after a long run). I had a great time catching up with her, especially since she’ll be out of town next weekend, and we’ll both be out of town the weekend after that (her in Colorado and me in Boston), so we won’t be running together for another couple of weeks.
I just feel so amazed that I can run four miles from my house and see this… Mount Rainier past the Puget Sound. So grateful!!
Tonight Mike and I are planning on relaxing and watching shows, since he has been painting railings and re-installing light switches and I have been cleaning, cooking, and doing laundry. Time for some relaxation! 🙂 Hope everyone has a wonderful week!