Yesterday was the first day of classes and to say that it wasn’t fun is an understatement. Adding to the disappointment was my trip to the orthopedic doctor before school started. Rewind<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Guess I should bring you up to date a bit. I’ve had a setback. Check out my back to school gear below.
Kind of hard to make a fashion statement or teach a fitness class with this on. Last week I overdid. I was feeling great, able to stand for more than 10 minutes without excruciating pain and walking with only a slight limp. On Wednesday I had my first round of physical therapy and it went pretty good. The same day I went shopping for a birthday gift for Charisse and for supplies to make her not one, but two birthday cakes. Still feeling like I could climb Mt. Everest, I went downstairs to begin the baking process. Man, did it feel good to be back in my laboratory again. I made sure (or so I thought) to have everything I needed so I could minimize the trips up and down the stairs.
Well the milk in the fridge downstairs was wretched so I went back up to get a fresh container. While cake number one was baking I fiddled around with my props and went through my cookbooks. It baked perfectly and smelled amazing, so on to cake number 2. This one required a bit more prep so I brought a chair to the counter so I could take some of the pressure off my ankle. In the oven it went and I decided to wait this one out upstairs. Halfway up I realized I didn’t have my phone, so back down I went. Let’s count that as a half trip. During the waiting period this time I started on dinner, Chicken Croquettes. My inner voice of reason tried to tell me this wasn’t the time to make this meal but I drowned it out with my stubbornness. The timer went off and back downstairs I went to take cake #2 out of the oven.
On the return trip up I felt the first twinge in my heel. I finished dinner and reclaimed my corner of the couch. After a couple of hours I went back down to cover the cooled cakes. So I think that was 3 ½ stair roundtrips. Thursday morning rolled around and I knew the best part of my day would be celebrating Charisse’s 30th birthday. I was determined to make it as special as I could despite the pain.
A while back I was picking her brain about what she wanted for a cake and dinner. We even talked about a color scheme. Yeah, I want everything to coordinate. She mentioned black/white/teal and I filed the idea. For dinner it was a toss up between gumbo and pizza. We agreed that gumbo required too much standing and pizza would be OK. I still felt like I was cheating but I knew it was the best option.
I was up at the crack of dawn and made my way downstairs to assemble and frost the cakes. That was my last trip downstairs. While out the day before I stopped at the dollar store and bought a few teal accessories for the table. I’m going to show it to you in a few days and it is soooo far on the other side of what I had in mind. However, I’m going to share it anyway. Knowing that dinner and dessert was going to be a fat and sugar frenzy I decided to get in a little exercise. It was just some floor work and it was more for keeping in the exercise mindset than anything else.
Later that afternoon I ordered the pizza and set off to pick it up. Halfway to my destination I knew that I should have let the Mr. go and pick it up, and make the other stop for me. Pressing on the accelerator was no fun at all and when I got out of the car the slight limp was full blown. The young man at the pizza place offered to take it out for me, bless his heart. It took all I had not to call someone to pick me up, but I made it home. With the help of my son and hubby the pizza and I made it safely inside.
I made it to the couch as quickly as I could and had Gabbi get the crutches for me. And there I sat, ankle swollen and red, virtually kicking myself for not asking for help and following my intuition. I’ll finish the update tomorrow and share some pictures of the day with you. Thanks for hanging in there with me.
**With the exlusion of the cruthes and boot all photos are from 123rf Photos.