Cat Naps

Woo-boy! Remember when I kept talking about all the snow we had this winter? Now    I feel like I keep talking about how hot it is! I prefer being cold to hot because you can easily fix that situation. This heat has just been stifling. My guess is that my newly acquired sniffles is a product of going between the heat and the air conditioning.

This morning, I was in desperate need of changing my sheets due to the sickliness, but my cat, Bandit was all curled up. I put in the extra effort to not bother him and got the sheets off without disturbing him and tossed them into my laundry basket…only to turn away for one second and find him lying in it!

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Since I’ll be away from the kitchen for the next few days, I decided to take advantage and make my pancakes for breakfast. I topped them with jelly and toasted coconut and served them up with berries galore!

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I headed to the gym for a brief, light workout to get back into things. I performed two sets of twenty reps of bicep curls, shoulder presses, tricep extensions, rows, front raises to shoulder raises, and bench presses. I moved onto body strength moves with four sets of ten reps of squats, lunges, kickbacks, push-ups, mountain climbers, and sit ups. After, I finished off with 15 minutes on the elliptical. It felt good to get moving, but I still wasn’t feeling up to my usual standards. Part of this could also be due to the heat.

For lunch, I threw together a quick salad and grilled up a hot dog for convenience before I needed to get to work. I had spent the afternoon packing and getting some chores done before I left.

For dinner, I enjoyed grilled chicken, rice, and green beans. Nice and simple on this very hot evening that required minimal cooking! Now I’m off to prepare for my trip. Check back in for the occasional recap!

Those Aren’t The Sniffles, I’m Just Crying

Greetings! I am all discombobulated because I have the sniffles. I am trying very hard to ignore them because the last time I had a summer cold, it was terrible. I couldn’t even stand up straight. The fear now is that I leave on vacation with my friend on Friday and I’d very much like not to feel like crap. I’m drinking a ton of tea and water and taking Vitamin C, so we are being optimistic!

I should have known things were growing icky the day before yesterday, but I thought I was just having allergy symptoms to my cat or the air conditioner was getting to me. Then yesterday, I went to swim laps and was just feeling off. I was a little dizzy during my turns which is not usual and I just couldn’t get into my groove. I did reach a mile, but I was ready to be done. My strength routine of dumbbells and medicine balls went great beforehand, so it didn’t occur to me that a cold was brewing until after my swim. Yelp!

I woke up very early this morning to take some cold medicine and drink some water. It helped me sleep for a little while and I was feeling better until I started typing this. Colds suck in the winter, but they are worse in humid and hot temperatures. 

For breakfast, I made three attempts before something stuck. Since I am feeling sickly, I thought a cold smoothie might do the trick, but after I took out all the ingredients, I found the blender dirty and in need of a deep soak. I thought I’d go for a breakfast sandwich instead and realized we were out of English muffins, no fear there because there’s always a package in the freezer! I took one out and defrosted it only to realize it was a cinnamon raisin English muffin. Fine, I wound up making an omelet that was delicious!

This was a seriously good omelet! I heated the pan and coated it with a thin layer of butter. I cracked two eggs into the pan and mixed them in with the remaining pat of butter and just left it while I chopped some fruit and toasted my English muffin. Once it was sturdy all the way through,  I flipped the omelet, topped it with some ham and cheese, and dropped it onto a plate. These strawberries and blueberries were so sweet and juicy. All’s well that ends well!

  
With just the sniffles, I would usually work myself through a low-impact workout and I might walk in a little bit, but I am being extra cautious due to my vacation plans and I don’t want to do any harm. Running, especially in these heat is a big no-no. A day of rest may just be what the doctor ordered. I’ll make sure to do an extra hour of studying for good measure.

Also, I’m super excited because after I finished blogging yesterday and wondering what I would read next, a book came off hold. It’s called Station Eleven and it takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in the sense that technology has died. When I read that there was no internet, I am embarrassed to say that I gasped out loud. So far, I’m enjoying it, but I am taking this one at a much slower pace. 

What are you reading?