Lately…Easter 2017


  • This semester has been rough. It has the biggest course load of the whole program and I further lucked out by having most of my presentations and group work clustered over a ten day period. Y’all. I am exhausted.
  • Because I let myself get so overwhelmed with school work and didn’t do great at planning ahead, my exhaustion led to illness. I am finally taking baby steps out of the worst spring cold I’ve ever had. I finally went to the doctor yesterday and she has me on steroids and a powerful antihistamine.
  • I’ve never taken steroids before; it’s crazy how pumped up they make me feel. I started them yesterday evening and after having no energy for several days, I was up at 11PM working on kitchen projects and trying to convince my husband to start a project with me (he wanted to go to bed 🙂 ). Of course, this afternoon the steroid is wearing off and I just want to lay down.
  • Our grocery budget is out the window this month. Michael made several grocery trips for “sick food” while I was out of it and I had already made big trips to BJs and then Aldi to stock up on some things we actually ran out of during the pantry challenge. And then today Winn-Dixie had bacon on sale and I’ve been wanting to stock up on that ever since we ran out of it a couple of months ago. Basically I’m trying to restore what we ate out of our pantry.
  • Also, getting sick and run down really has me evaluating how well I’m doing at self-care (not well at all!) and thinking of ways to improve. As ever I turn to diet first and I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing some kind of reset, perhaps a Whole30. I’ve been resistant because the rules seem arbitrary to me. But all elimination diets are somewhat arbitrary and I just need to get over my innate desire to point out all the ways the rules (any rules) are wrong. I don’t think it’ll happen until sometime in the summer, but I want to try out a few recipes to have a decent arsenal before truly committing. The biggest mental hurdle is the idea of giving up my coffee w/cream.
  • If I feel up to it, I’m planning on making a ham for Easter Sunday, with whipped sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, rolls and some kind of dessert. Possibly homemade doughnuts because doesn’t that sound wonderful?!
  • Except I can’t really taste anything! Today I’ve had a 50/50 chance of tasting any part of what I’ve eaten, which is a marked improvement over the last several days. I’d hate to waste the effort on doughnuts if I can’t really enjoy them!

What have you been up to? I am way behind on my blog reading. I actually opened up feedly yesterday and then closed it because I have hundreds of unread posts to read on all the blogs I follow. Ack! I may just have to start where I am!


6 thoughts on “Lately…Easter 2017

  1. Give yourself a break and don’t sweat reading the blogs. Do some yoga or take naps or whatever you need to get healthier, you deserve it! And also: you survived (albeit sick!) the semester! Congratulations!
    Nothing new here: dirty dishes in the sink, took walks and bike rides, Youngest Son is under the weather as well. Got flowers for the back patio and front porch yesterday. That’s about it! There, now you can delete all the notifications from my blog and not feel guilty one bit!
    Have a great weekend, I hope you feel better soon. Don’t worry about replying to this comment either. I get it!

    1. Lol, Nathalie. Your comment made me smile. 🙂 I have checked in to see some of your lovely photos, and hope that I’m back to a regular schedule soon. Still two more weeks in the semester, but the worst is over! Looking forward to sharing recipes and all that again soon!

  2. I agree. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Life goes on and sometimes budgets just have to be damned.
    I have done whole 30 twice and will probably do it again in June. I really do feel better when I am on it, but it requires a $#!+ ton of cooking.

    1. “…sometimes budgets just have to be damned.” <— definitely my attitude lately! 🙂

      I have gone back and forth on Whole30, and honestly your accounts have been very helpful to read! But having my sister interested in doing it together (albeit long distance) ups my interest level. I'm thinking that I'd have to do some more than usual meal prep for this, as I'm not sure my schedule is open to the amount of cooking otherwise. I think what will get me is how all the condiments and so on ALSO need to be made from scratch so they are compliant. Ugh.

  3. So sorry to hear you’ve been ill. Don’t worry about reading blogs; take care of yourself, first. Never mind about the grocery budget; you can get back to it when you are feeling well, again. Hope you have a very happy Easter. Take care of yourself and hope you feel better, soon.

    1. Thank you Bless! It’s a good reminder to make rest and healthy eating a priority — pretty sure that is 90% of what knocked me off my feet this time. Have a wonderful weekend!

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