Saturday morning I was sitting on the deck sipping my coffee and reading my book. Although the reading wasn’t going so well. I was consistently interrupted by all of the little woodland creatures who co-habitat in and around our yard.
As I tried to capture a really awesome picture to share with you (never happened, they are too darn speedy!) I was reminded of a conversation that I had with my friend Cheryl a couple of years ago. I was telling her about a time when I was on a cruise with my friends. We had all branched off one afternoon to enjoy different adventures. I was back onboard first and enjoying the view from my stateroom balcony. I looked down and noticed a sea turtle swimming directly below me! It was SO cool! I wanted to take a picture but I was afraid if I turned to grab my camera I would lose it. I stayed and watched it peacefully float around the beautiful Caribbean blue ocean. All of a sudden it waved it’s front flippers and dove out of sight. When I told Cheryl that I was sorry I hadn’t gotten a picture she looked at me and said “you weren’t meant to, that moment was just for you.”.
I frequently think about those words of wisdom from Cheryl and smile to myself…just for me.
I like to have fun as much as the next gal, however I am very much a homebody. My favorite weekend is the one with zero plans. This long holiday weekend did not disappoint. Jenn had me over for lunch on Friday.
Phil found a “Fast and Loud” marathon on Saturday. I know way more about cars than should be allowed.
I managed to push through a 3 mile run on Sunday morning. I started on the street and finished up on the track. I cannot decide which is more boring, the track or the treadmill. Nah, it’s the treadmill! I had a lot of pain in my neck but I knew I wasn’t damaging anything so I pushed through. I think I just might be able to tackle the Red Dress Run next weekend! Stay tuned.
The Fourth of July is a time for Celebration in this country. We throw burgers on the grill and send fireworks into the air. I had planned to write a moving soliloquy about Combat Veterans who are living with and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Fourth of July fireworks. You would have loved it! But while researching I realized that it is not my place. Instead I will simply urge that we all be considerate of those around us and try to limit the explosive part of the celebration to the 4th only.
I met Sara at “Live Every Day” Physical Therapy in Simsbury on Tuesday. I have to say that this was by far the coolest medical office I have ever been in. They exude personality which is evident in their Volkswagen Retro Mini-bus!
The staff was so nice and personable! I felt like I was visiting a friend’s house more than I was visiting a medical office! Sara is my new BFF! She did a thorough exam of my neck, shoulders and spine and determined that the Degenerative Disc Disease that I was diagnosed with last week is really not an issue. I did what we are always warned against and googled “Degenerative Disc Disease”. It really does sound worse than it is. In a nutshell, I am getting older (I had a feeling when my friends threw that big Birthday party back in February ;-)). Sara was able to determine that my pain is coming from severely tight and knotted muscles around my neck and shoulders. She talked with (not to) me extensively about treatment and restrictions. We are going forward with some deep tissue massage, heat and limited exercise . She gave me the okay to run and ride a bike but I have to wait a little bit before I start incorporating weights back into my routine.
I cannot express how happy and relieved I am to know that I will be able to get back to my normal workouts. Being sedentary for the past week has made me a grumpy cat. I need my Endorphin’s!
Also on Tuesday I had THREE books that I had pre-ordered months ago delivered to my kindle. I love it when a book magically appears, especially when I wasn’t expecting one, let alone three! One of the reads was Susan Mallery’s latest installment to the “Fool’s Gold” romance series that I enjoy.
I have been reading this series for years now. It is always exciting to have the latest story magically pop up on my kindle. What shenanigans will the citizens of Fool’s Gold get themselves into next? I can’t wait to find out!
BONK is the Bunny of the week this week! She is sitting here with me trying like mad to stay awake, too cute.
Any Fourth of July celebrations planned?
Have you ever had physical therapy / did it work for you?