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Wisdom Teeth Are No Fun!

The good news is: I’m not sick, in the sense of having a cold or flu. The congestion I was feeling on Friday went away after a couple hours, but…

The bad news is: my gum is swollen and inflamed all around my bottom left wisdom tooth. It’s really bad. I’ve been in a lot of pain since Friday and it appears the wisdom tooth (teeth) will need to be pulled. I’m going to call my dentist tomorrow to have him take a look and see if that’s what needs to be done. My wisdom teeth were never pulled when I was younger because my old dentist always checked them at each visit and told me I had plenty of room for them to come in and didn’t need to have them pulled. Which was wonderful at the time, but now, not so much!

Yesterday was a rough day – I was feeling horrible all day and pretty much did nothing other than lay on the couch, watch movies, nap, and eat soft foods.  😛  By the time I went to bed last night, I was emotionally exhausted and down on myself, but hyped up because I couldn’t stop worrying about getting my wisdom teeth pulled! I couldn’t fall asleep for almost 2 hours and kept waking up throughout the night, in pain.

This morning, I finally stopped dozing in and out around 9:30 and decided I needed to get out of bed and try to make the most of my day. In spite of the pain, I felt like a run would help me feel better and the weather outside was so gorgeous! As soon as I started running, I felt better, and after a couple miles I was able to stop thinking about the pain in my gum.

As I ran, I listened to some podcasts from one of my favorite pastors/teachers, Andy Stanley. He’s the pastor of a church in Atlanta and I always keep up with his podcasts on my ipod. They’re one of my favorite things to listen to while I run or work out. On the spur of the moment, I decided to try a new route today on my run. It ended up being beautiful and I ran along so many huge mansions and estates! By the time I looped back home and did one quick lap around my street, I’d done a little over 7 miles. My legs felt strong the whole time and the pace was comfortable but not slow. I don’t know any of the exact stats because I’ve stopped running with my GPS watch lately.  Since I’m not technically training for any races right now, I’ve been focusing more on just running for enjoyment and not pressuring myself with distance and pace. I run because I love the way I feel during and after a run. I love being outside and covering miles on my own two feet. I love seeing nature while I run and discovering new routes and trails. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I finish the run, sweaty and exhausted but happy and content. 🙂

I spent the afternoon at home, mostly on my laptop. I caught up on emails and did some work for my sister’s upcoming bridal shower.  I also did some knitting, washed my sheets, folded laundry, and put clean sheets on my bed. Is it weird that I get really excited to sleep in my bed the first night after I put on clean sheets?  😛

Around 5, I decided to make some tea with my Teavana tea set! I brewed some Chocolate Mint tea and lit some votive candles for some added ambiance.


This evening I enjoyed dinner with my family and caught up with my sister and her fiancé, who just got back from a weekend in Kansas City. Then I watched the latest Mission Impossible movie with my bro.

Despite being in a lot of pain with my swollen gum, this weekend turned out to be really fun and relaxing! I’m so glad I got in a good run today and some time outside in the gorgeous fall weather.

Off to pop some Advil and hit the sack!

Quick and Easy Upper Body Workout

This morning’s workout was upper body weights, with my go-to exercises for arms, shoulders and back. When I’m at the gym, my strength training workouts are much more involved and thorough, but with the limited dumbbells I have at home, my basement workouts are much more basic.

I completed 3(sets) x 15(reps) of these exercises:

– Side shoulder raise

– Tricep dips

– Overhead press

– Bent-over, single-arm row

– Reverse Fly

– 2 minutes of abs

After enjoying a bowl of my favorite oatmeal for breakfast, I got to work on some emails and homework. And of course, did some knitting.  😉 My scarf is already about a foot long and I love it!

   I fear that I may be coming down with the cold that has been going around. My throat is sore, my head is congested, and I have very little energy today! Uh-oh! I’m supposed to go to an awesome Fall Party tonight and I was going to bring a yummy pumpkin dip…really bummed that I might miss the fun time with friends tonight!!

In the meantime, I’m going to try to rest as much as possible here at home…reading, homework, knitting, and some Netflix. 🙂


Slumber Party and My Latest (Old Lady) Hobby…

On Tuesday afternoon, my BFF “A” came over to spend the night. We had such a great time together, as we always do. We’re kindred spirits in a lot of ways: both passionate about health and fitness, runners, fun-loving, similar hobbies, and we laugh A LOT when we’re together. She is an awesome friend and one I treasure dearly.

We enjoyed a delicious dinner on the screened-in porch with my family and then popped two bowls of popcorn (I always eat a whole bowl by myself, haha) and settled in the family room for a good chick-flick. What else would you expect for a slumber party? 😉

First, we watched The Holiday, which I had never seen before. It has Jack Black, Jude Law, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet in it…such a cute love story and so hilarious too! After that was over, it was about 9:15 and since we knew we didn’t have to wake up early the next morning (yet another thing A and I have in common is that we are both currently unemployed, aside from part-time nannying jobs) so we decided to make it a double feature movie night. Next we watched another new-to-me movie called Bride Wars, with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson! It was cute; kind of your typical chick-flick, but funny and entertaining nonetheless. Since I’ve been applying for jobs in the Event-Planning field lately, that part of the movie was especially interesting to me! If you’re looking for a funny and cute movie for a girls night, check it out.

We made it to bed around 11:30 and woke up around 8:30 Wednesday morning to do Power Yoga with Bob Harper! A owns the DVD and had raved about it to me before…I was so excited to try it out! I love yoga and wish I made the time to have more of it in my life. The Bob Harper DVD is 60 minutes long and kept me sweating and working hard! It is a good workout! I love his style of yoga, the way he coaches you deeper into the poses but also makes you feel comfortable if you’re a beginner (or just completely inflexible like me, haha!). I was wondering if a 60 minutes yoga DVD would be boring and looooong to me, but it kept me engaged the whole time! Definitely want to buy this one on Amazon so I can do it regularly. 😉

After our power yoga, we decided to walk to the Starbucks that is about 2 miles away from my house. This is one of my favorite walking routes because of the new (paved!) trail that was recently finished and covers almost all of the 2 mile distance. After getting our go-to iced coffees at Starbucks, we decided to check out an adorable little boutique in the same shopping center called J.A. Whitney. Their stuff is really expensive, but ADORABLE. We had a great time perusing the jewelry, monogrammed bags and notepads, Christmas ornaments, and other fun items.

My favorites:

Love it!

By the time we completed our 2 mile walk back to my house, it was almost 1pm and we had yet to get breakfast! Last time A spent the night, I made her my special oatmeal and she fell in love with it just like me. I told you I had a lot in common with this girl! haha. She requested oatmeal again this time so I made a big pot to split between us.

Here’s how I make my special oatmeal:
(for 1 person)

Pour about 1 3/4 cups water into a pan and heat until almost boiling. Add 1/2 cup oats (doesn’t matter what kind, but I think I usually use the quick cooking) but DON’T stir them right away. Let them sit and soak up some water first. While this is happening, add cinnamon and salt as desired. (for me, this means DUMPING generous amounts of both into the pot!) Then, start stirring the oats and reduce the heat to med-low. The oatmeal should start to thicken as you stir. There’s no real science to this, but I alternate between stirring and letting it sit. I often reduce the heat to low and allow it to “bubble” for a little bit. Again, the goal is to get thick, creamy oatmeal and this is how the magic happens! 😉

After the oatmeal is sufficiently creamy and aromatic (someone from my family usually comments on how good the cinnamon smells, and then I know it’s reached perfection. haha) pour it into a bowl and top with frozen blueberries. Then, place little dollops of peanut butter (I used creamy, unsalted, from Trader Joe’s) around the edge of the oatmeal – but again, don’t stir the peanut butter into the oats! Let it sit on the surface while the oatmeal cools; this is key! After the oatmeal has cooled for a minute or two, start slowly stirring the peanut butter and witness the wonderfulness that is taking place! 😀 YUMMM…now I am craving oatmeal!

Anyway, Wednesday afternoon, after A left, I spent the afternoon doing some emailing, watching some Netflix, and painting my nails a pretty new color. It’s a smoky grey/blue color that I love! I’m not doing so great at the whole “take pictures of everything I do” part of this blogging thing. Oops.

Wednesday evening I was supposed to go out for coffee with my sis but she got in a car accident on the way home from work so we had to reschedule! She is ok but her car isn’t. It’s going to need some body work done. So thankful she is alright, though! Instead, C (my boyfriend, haha) came over and he did homework while I applied for (event-planning) jobs online! Praying that something comes through in that field! We’ll see!

THEN, my most favorite part of the evening, I mentioned to C that I wanted to start knitting again (call me an old lady – I already love going to bed at 9pm, haha!) and he suggested we go to Michaels right then and there to get yarn and needles! Um, yes?! We took off on our little adventure and came home with a beautiful ball of forest green yarn and shiny, metal size 15 needles! My first project is going to be a scarf for C because I love knitting scarves – they are straight and simple and very difficult to mess up. (Although I have managed to do it before.) One of the main reasons I decided to take up knitting again is because I’ve noticed lately how antsy I get when I’m watching a movie at home or listening to a lecture for IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition; I’m studying to be a Certified Health Coach)…I always want to have something to do with my hands while I watch/listen! I’ve tried painting my nails, but one can only do that so many times in a day. 😛 I think knitting will be the perfect solution to this because it’s relatively mindless (at least when you’re knitting a scarf) and yet somehow theurupetic. I started on my scarf this morning and it’s already about 9 inches long! Woot! (BONUS: so far it is also relatively straight! haha!)

So, that was my Tuesday and Wednesday! Now it’s Thursday afternoon, and I just finished a coffee date with a friend at Kaldis, where I’m sitting now as I type this post. I’m off to see a movie with friends and whatever else the evening holds!