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Heeheehee. Muchos gracias. Must remember "that which does not kill me makes me stronger"...or something like that. The place I'm going to has a t-shirt which says "I can lift more than your boyfriend", which cracks me up every time I see it.
Yes, DOMS is here today, but thankfully my arms worked this morning and I could put my hair properly up for work. Feeling it more in the legs than the upper body, to be honest. But I've had worse. Went for a 4 mile walk at lunch, beautiful fall day, sunny and full of crispy multicoloured leaves along the way. Way warmer than typical for this time of year here, so I took full advantage. Won't be many days like this till spring.
Thought I might take a bath tonight with epsom salts, but frankly, I was too lazy to do so. I did, however, bottle the kombucha, adding fresh cranberry (and a touch of coconut sugar, as it was rather tart, having sat for nearly 3 weeks), and put on a new batch to brew. Little scoby looks like a proper scoby now. I'm impressed. And another load of laundry of my dresses from vacation, and cleaned a bathroom. That's plenty, methinks.
Thanksgiving weekend coming up for we Canadians. I ordered my free range turkey for pickup on Friday. More yardwork in the plans. And Tuesday, rather than work is my gyne day surgery to get rid of that uterine polyp. Oh joy. Doc from the base has given me the rest of the week off for sick leave, which to be honest, I don't think I'll need. A day postop, sure, but more? I suppose I'll see how I feel. He says if I feel ready to return , just call or email him, but if I'm not so great, I don't have to bother with coming in for sick call and such. I suppose that makes sense. Regardless, hubby is home next week, and there should be plenty of Thanksgiving leftovers so cooking shouldn't be an issue. Bone broth will be on hand as well.
And yes, I realize I haven't posted much yet about Vegas, but have not forgotten. It will be along soon.
As I expected, DOMS is a hell of a lot more today. Quickly established as soon as I woke up and stretched before getting out of bed. Such is the price of a good workout, at least at the beginning once again. I'll live. Briefly considered crossfit for today, but traded that idea for a 3 mile walk in the exceptionally warm sunny fall weather at lunch. Of course, coming back to sitting on my ass at a keyboard for the afternoon seemed to stiffen me up even more. Boo. Will aim for crossfit after work tomorrow. Typically we get let go early on the Friday afternoon before a long weekend, but with the new HQ CO, he isn't as quick to do so, so the hope of the early class might not happen.
Fixed some supper on the fly with no particular plan in mind. What to do with 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts for 4 of us (me, boys plus #2's girlfriend)? Caramelized an onion, added sliced mushrooms, finely chopped broccoli, chicken bone broth. Browned chopped chicken in another pan, and added to the mix. Simmer. Add heavy cream, and a healthy dollop of sour cream. Serve over rice. Result? Boys gobbled, and #2 quickly claimed the leftovers for tomorrow's lunch. Ha. Major success.
Hubby's flight is delayed more than 2 hours, so he'll be home late.
Have to rethink my Thanksgiving plan. Normally I cook the turkey on Sunday, but one kid is working noon till 9, the other 2 till 11. May have to defer to Monday. I would have preferred Sunday, so I could cook the carcass for stock overnight in my giant pot, and make soup on Monday to have ready for postop Tues, but if we want a family sit down (which rarely happens these days), it will have to be Monday.
A soak in the hot tub helped the achy muscles. Still sore, but less so.
Hubby won't be home for more than an hour, don't think I'm waiting up for him. Boys will still be up to say hello. Son #1 is writing a history paper tonight, due tomorrow for a midterm mark, and was asking me how much he could pay me to do it for him. HAHAHAHAHA. I remember those days . Silly boy.
Son #1 ended up doing an all nighter (brought back very old memories, heehee) then off to class with paper in hand. I was off early, so picked him up at the university, he's currently crashed, to be up later to study more for tomorrow's stats midterm.
Picked up my free range turkey. All 23 lbs of it. Holy crap, it's a small child! All of the birds this year from that supplier were between 22 and 28 lbs. Lots of leftovers, stuff to freeze, and gallons of amazing bone broth coming my way.
Made it to an early crossfit class. Kicked my ass once again, on top of the still sore trapezius and triceps. Hadn't eaten much today, so am very ready for dinner. Purple sweet tatoes are in the oven, and steaks ready for grilling soon. Hooray! And a bottle of an Argentenian red blend.
Looking forward to the farmers' market in the morning, though it's calling for rain. Only 3 Saturdays left until it closes for the season, so need to start stocking up on squashes, potatoes, and the like. And maybe more meat, although I have suppliers who deliver into the city during the winter season.
At crossfit, I worked to find my 1 rep max on deadlift. They work in kg, when I'm used to working in pounds. Form was good, so I added more weight. Ended up deciding my 1RM was 80 kg, which, holy crap, is 176 lbs. Seriously?? I never lifted that much when I was doing it regularly. After not doing the movement (and even then, working on form, not weight) for 6 weeks. How very superb. Great way to start the long weekend.
You can freakin' deadlift 80 kg?!?!?!? Superwoman!
Feeling all the pushups from yesterday's workout today. Lower body feels not too bad.
A decent sleep, but tired and feeling lazy today. Chilly, windy and gloomy all day. Out to farmers' market for fall veg: potatoes, several types of squash, carrots, eggs. Later trips to Costco and grocery. Of course, being a holiday weekend, Costco was stupid busy, as I expected. The parking lot was ridiculous. I'm always amazed at how rude people can be. And what's with just leaving your cart in the parking space or on the side, rather than walk 30 feet to put it in the corral? The cashier I had said there had been 3 fistfights in the parking lot today. Seriously?? And last weekend they had to call the police for a similar altercation. WTF people?? It's Costco, for crying out loud. Many days I shake my head at society.
Wings on the agenda for tonight. Considering crossfit again for tomorrow, as I won't be going for at least the first half of next week after Monday's surgery.
Vegas, well, I gambled as much as I won back. Haven't ventured beyond penny slots! My big win was just over $40. I am way behind in downloading any of the photos. Eventually...
Crossfit did not happen today, stayed up too late and slept in, so wasn't ready for the last class of the day at 1100. I have my ginormous turkey in brine until roasting time tomorrow. Never brined before, but got some great tips in another thread I posted last evening. I removed the backbone and most of the wings before brining, those are now in the pressure cooker for round 1 of broth. I'll probably make a squash soup for dinner tonight. Aiming for a lot of bone broth in my postop days this week. Ugh, not particularly looking forward to that on Tuesday.
I tried my cranberry kombucha. I was surprised that there didn't seem to be any fizz, after sitting for about 3 days bottled before popping into the fridge. The flavour is great, regardless. Quite tart. It probably needed a tad more sugar for the secondary ferment, and another day or so at room temperature, which has been a bit cooler than usual. The new batch of booch is doing well, scoby looking great and seems to be growing some more. Maybe in another batch or 2 it will have a baby, so I'll need another gallon jar to have a couple on the go at once.
Turkey is looking fantastic in the oven. Apparently brining speeds up the cooking time, so will have to start checking on internal temperature soon. All my vegetables are prepped and ready for cooking: potatoes for mash, cauliflower to steam and then puree, carrots to steam. And there will be primal gravy, there are a lot of drippings in the roasting pan. Hopefully the brining will lead to as amazing of a bird as I'm reading about.
Finished up a bunch of yardwork, well, mostly watching hubby do it while I puttered in the kitchen. Nice to see things done.
Not particularly looking forward to tomorrow's surgery, but will be good to get it over and done with. There's lots of bone broth and tea on hand, and of course, there will be mountains of leftover turkey. And a good bit of squash soup still in the fridge.
Turkey came out great, though I even overcooked it a bit due to the brine and having removed the backbone before brining and roasting. Even with that, even the white meat was tender and juicy, not dried out at all. Drippings made a lovely gravy (thickened with xanthan gum & tapioca starch), though a bit saltier than I would have done. Piled the carcass into my giant stock pot overnight, and by last evening I had about 15L of lovely golden flavourful bone broth. I'll freeze most of it, leave some out for straight up consumption, and will probably make some turkey vegetable soup today.
Surgery went well yesterday. A fairly short procedure, done under conscious sedation rather than full general anesthesia. I was out quick and fully (anesthetist said there was ketamine in the mix, so no wonder). Rather crampy afterwards, so took a couple of hits of IV meds in recovery, and one dose of T#3. Just naprosyn for home, which seems to be working. Was pretty exhausted the rest of the night, though perked up a bit in the evening after a bit of a nap. Slept well.
Off at home today, legally I can't even drive for the first 24 hrs post sedation, which is fine by me. Still feeling rather tired today, so I'll keep it low key. Cramps are manageable at the moment. Of course, this may pick up in the next day or two as my period is just on the horizon, it may be lighter and shorter this month due to the procedure, or it may not. Hopefully yes.
Not sure if I'll go back to work tomorrow or not, I can stay home till after the weekend if I want, have been given the time off already, but if I feel ready, I just need to call my doc to let him know. I'll see how I feel by this evening. It is paid sick time, so no worries there, but of course the longer I'm away, the more is left for me when I get back. And my Lt needs to handover her stuff to me, as after Tuesday, she'll be on leave and then deployed till spring, so I will be covering both desks once again.
The work trip to Brazil is being pushed back to Jan or Feb, so I'm home for the next month. Next scheduled trip is back to Ontario for a week in mid Nov. And easy one.
For now, sipping chai mate tea, and considering starting the soup.