Sunday, November 17, 2013

My Everyday Life: November 10-17

Here's what this past week looked like!

A gorgeous sunset on Sunday evening. 

Sunday night studying with Tanzi by my side, which was a pretty typical scene over the last six months of reviewing the material.

Craig playing WiiU tennis while I studied.

I made a yummy spelt risotto from Trader Joe's frozen section.

Celebratory frozen yogurt after I passed my test on Monday! We still need to go out to a restaurant to celebrate.

I started reading The Blue Zones book. It feels so good to read leisure books again!

I purchased these macarons from Trader Joe's and they were so delicious!

I got to the gym a couple of times, which felt great.

I relaxed mid-week by reading the latest Real Simple magazine and painting my nails.

On Sunday night, I didn't sleep well and woke up with a bad neck ache. It went away eventually, but came back on Wednesday. By Thursday and Friday, I was in a great deal of pain. I scheduled a chair massage on Friday morning, but that barely did anything. The massage therapist said that my right side was extremely tight though.

I had to work a late shift on Friday night and so I was icing my neck in my office when it suddenly got very painful and I started tearing up from the severe pain shooting through my neck and down my arm.

A co-worker got a sticky pain reliever pad and put it on my neck, but I still felt awful so I decided to leave work and take myself to an urgent care center. On my way out, I ran into a colleague who insisted on driving me to the urgent care since I wasn't in the best state of mind do to so myself. I was so thankful for her help.

I was pretty uncomfortable before I got some meds. They diagnosed me with a muscle spasm, gave me a pain med and injected me with a muscle relaxer. I haven't been in that much pain in a while! Perhaps the stress of taking the test on Monday and sleeping on my stomach added up to a pinched nerve or muscle spasm.

A restful weekend was in order, so I was thankful that I checked out some movies from the library. Amour was so sad, but an excellent story. While watching it, I found out that a former co-worker from California passed away from a battle with cancer (she was only in her mid-30's) and so the tears started to flow. The timing of watching a story like Amour wasn't the best.

The Great Gatsby was different than we expected, especially in the beginning. I guess I am not a huge fan of Baz Luhrmann's style.

I baked the Trader Joe's chocolate croissants for breakfast today and they hit the spot!

Most of my Sunday was wasted sleeping in bed. The muscle relaxers I am taking sedate me and so I crawled in bed and napped while hail and rain was coming down outside.

We returned some things to the Greenfield library this afternoon and I ran into my college roommate, who's a librarian there. Then it was time for the BOGO holiday drinks. I got a Peppermint Mocha and Craig got a Caramel Brûlée. Both drinks were extremely sweet. I still prefer a simple cappuccino or latte instead.

Kind of a crazy week for me with lots of ups and downs! I hope this one is a little more calm!


  1. Hope your neck feels better soon! Those macarons looks great, are they in the frozen section?

    1. Yes, they're in the frozen section and are really delicious!

  2. Hope your neck feels better, dear!

    Also, we got "The Great Gatsby" from Redbox and turned it off after about a half-hour. I too don't think I like his style. I saw "Romeo & Juliet" in German in high school (I admit, perhaps not the best introduction to his movies) and disliked that one, too. C'est la vie!

  3. Hope you neck feels better. You certainly earned a restful weekend!

  4. I love the picture of the cat and the computer. My cats love to sit with mine.

  5. What a nice little diary :-) Those macaroons look nice! My job is selling macaroons, so they immediately caught my attention :-)

  6. Yuck, neck pain is NO fun! I've been dealing with a herniated disc in my neck since February, it's awful!