Birds of a Feather

TGIF (Five on Friday) November 22, 2013

Filed under: The everyday — kcfeather @ 9:01 pm

1.  Last Friday, I threw out my back.  In the past, I have had lots of issues with my neck; this is the first major incident with my lower back.  The doctor said, “This will probably be a lifelong journey” – which is slightly depressing.  But, the pain is subsiding and I have a referral for PT (and I now feel guilt-free about booking a massage). If I had to choose one of us to have back problems, I’m glad it’s me. Mostly because on a practical level, I’m weaker so of less use around the house anyway. Also because I feel relatively certain that it’s not very fun to be the person tasked with all dish-washing and cooking, not to mention always being on call to re-heat the hot pad. Thanks, C!

2.  The options for passing the time when you have limited mobility are not too many (especially when you throw in the painkillers that make concentrating on reading nearly impossible).  This is when I really appreciate Netflix.  We’ve caught up to the present on Scandal (which is very soapy, but also pretty fun to watch), and have been enjoying Friday Night Lights as well (though we’re still only in Season 1 and have a long ways to go!)  I’ve been hearing great things about The Fall, so that series might be next up in the cue.

3. Also mundane and health related: the past few months, I’ve been experimenting with a dairy free diet, which has turned out to be a little eaiser than I expected (and has had the desired effect of a less irritated stomach). I’m now going to start experimenting with adding dairy back in a little bit at a time. While I miss dairy less than I expected, it does rule out an awful lot of baked goods (probably better for me anyway), and for this reason I was pretty pumped this past weekend when I realized that our favorite banana bread recipe doesn’t have any dairy at all. And so, while I was on the couch nursing my bum back with a hot pad, C whipped us up a batch. Insider tip: banana bread is just a little bit tastier if you toast the slice before eating.

4.  We’re starting to get excited about Thanksgiving (in Dallas with C’s family) and Christmas (in Charleston with my family).  Once C leaves for Dallas tomorrow morning, I have every intention of pulling out the Christmas decorations and turning on the Statler Brother’s Home for Christmas.  I know you’re supposed to wait until after Thanksgiving, but since we’ll be gone that weekend, why not get a head start?

5. TGIF!  I realize that’s a pretty lame #5, but seriously – though Fridays are always exciting, today in particular we are both SO READY for the weekend.  Between my back pain and several late nights of work for Clayton this week, it couldn’t have come soon enough. We’re just hoping and praying that the car alarm that went off every 15 minutes all night last night will decide give us a break tonight.

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Weekend in Washington November 21, 2013

Filed under: Travel Reports — kcfeather @ 2:31 am

Since the beginning of September, one or both of us has been out of town for five separate weekends (and, we’ve pretty much been sick the other weekends). While we’re ready for a break from the whirlwind, we’ve really enjoyed our weekend travels. Earlier this month, I headed down to DC for my friend (and former roommate) E’s wedding.  C was supposed to join, but due to an abscess tooth he didn’t come for the first night, and instead waited for the painkillers to kick in before he took the train down in time for a post-wedding dinner on Saturday night.

I don’t have photos from the wedding, but you’ll have to trust me that everything was beautiful and so elegant without feeling stuffy at all. It was fun celebrating the new couple and catching up with old friends.

I do, however, have photos from several walks around the Mall – and the Tidal Basin – that I took over the course of the weekend. In short, I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful fall weekend – the air was crisp, the skies were blue, and the trees glowed with fall color.  But you don’t have to take my word for it!

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Because I am easily entertained November 3, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — kcfeather @ 2:18 pm

Happy End-of-Daylight’s Savings Time!  I always enjoy the fall back – waking up in the dark is no fun, so it’s great to put it off for another month or so.

This is a cross-post from Facebook, but with my extra hour this morning, I read this hilarious New Yorker article, and thought I’d share.  The language is a little crude, but it still had me chuckling.