My wrist is haunted

Hey there, squad. I hope you’re having a nice summer. Mine’s been pretty good thus far. And I think it’s not technically even summer yet, so that’s good I guess.

We went to our second concert as a family over the weekend, and three-quarters of us enjoyed it thoroughly. One-fourth of our group does not love live music. We saw The National at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta. The show was great, and the venue was lovely. It’s a new Roxy, though, that they built next to the new Braves baseball stadium. It’s a nice little area — everything new, new, new, nice, nice, nice — but it felt a little bit sanitized and a lot bit gentrified.

This morning I got a cortisol-and-lidocaine cocktail shot into my wrist to try to get my 20-year-old ganglion cyst to stop being such a pest, but so far it’s not helping. I first learned about Ol’ Gangly when my brother broke my finger and the X-Ray tech said, “Oh hey, you’ve got a really big cyst in your wrist.”

I just learned that it’s an “occult ganglion,” which I assume means it’s made of ghosts.

It does hurt when it makes its presence known every couple of months, but it stops hurting after two or three days and so I’ve mostly ignored it for a few decades. But it’s been bothering me for about 10 days now, and my hand keeps getting tingly. So I reckon it’s time we parted ways. I await a call from the hand surgeon. If that doesn’t help I’ll be calling the GhostFacers.

A dramatic pre-enactment of my wrist surgery.

Also today: I finally replaced the computer charger that the cats chewed through. So now I can use my laptop again, and I am doing so right now. The new charge cord is wrapped in aluminum foil to dissuade the chompy little beasts.

Also today: I went to the mall and bought a new bathing suit. I wanted a one-piece, because I’m tired of the top of my mom-style tankini floating around when I get in the pool, and so a one-piece I got. Swimsuit shopping is never fun, and when I went a few weeks ago I got discouraged about being decidedly egg-shaped and left without a new suit. But this time I decided if I’m going to be egg-shaped anyway, I may as well be a colorful Easter egg and so I bought something that is neither black nor gray. I don’t know for sure that my change of heart was the aftermath of the cortisol and lidocaine, but maybe the next time you go swimsuit shopping you should consider getting a shot right in your ganglion cyst beforehand.

You get weird results when you search a free stock photo site for “egg.”

There’s a writing challenge going ’round Twitter about writing 1,000 words every day. I thought I might try it, but it started yesterday and I didn’t write any words at all, so I’d have to write 2,000 words today. So far I’ve written 500 or so. We’ll see if I have any more words left later today.

Anyway, I just wanted to check in and see how things are going out there in the internet world. I hope you’re well.

wake up and smell the tofu scramble

I’ve been trying to do a better job of eating breakfast every day lately. I generally haven’t eaten breakfast at all because everything gives me a stomachache and I’ve got stuff to do. But then I realized that everything doesn’t give me a stomachache. Just eggs and dairy and, naturally, non-dairy yogurt, all of which are things that I have historically tried to eat for breakfast.

So I’ve been on the hunt for some breakfast foods that don’t include eggs or dairy or non-dairy yogurt. It’s been a little bit tough, because the internet is super-obsessed with yogurt parfaits and overnight oats soaked in yogurt and every single egg and also kale- and cauliflower-laden smoothies which ew no, internet.

I’m mainly eating fruit, oatmeal or avocado toast in the morning so far. Or a couple of veggie sausages or small handful of deli turkey, if I’m feeling extra lazy. Today it was a bowl of cherries.

If I’m ever not feeling lazy in the a.m., I might give one or two of these a shot:

  • Berry Crumble Breakfast Bake
  • Brownie Batter Protein Shake
  • Crispy Hashbrown Haystacks
  • Double Chocolate Beet Muffins
  • PB&J Chia Pudding

    Anywho, happy Wednesday to you. It’s nice to see you.

  • In which we give eMeals another go

    I’ve been in a meal-planning rut lately, so I decided to subscribe to eMeals again. It’s a meal-planning service rather than a meal-in-a-box service, so the costs are a lot lower than some of the meal subscriptions I’ve tried in the last few years.

    I used the service years and years ago, and then I stopped using it when my free review subscription ran out. (You can read “Put meal-planning on autopilot” to see what I thought about it initially.) The plan options have changed quite a bit in the last half decade. You can switch your meal plan any time now rather than once a month, and I think there are more options now. For this week’s meal plan, we’re trying some recipes from their 30-Minute plan. I’m going to switch to Heart Healthy for next week, and I’ll probably try out some of the other options as well. I don’t know that I’ll ever give them a shot, but they do have Paleo, Vegan and Keto plans if that’s your thing.

    Here’s what we’ll be having this week.

    Monday: Mexican street corn tostadas

    This is one of the eMeals recipes, and it looks pretty simple to put together. I’m going to see if Pete can make it himself.

    Tuesday: Pizza
    Rockford and I are going out to a concert, so I’m ordering pizza for my mom and the kids.

    Wednesday: Scattered
    The kids both have activities on Wednesdays, and they end at different times. So we’re here and there and here again.

    Thursday: Sticky Chicken
    It’s another eMeals option, and it sounds like it’s a mildly sweet stir-fry.

    Friday: Bacon-wrapped chicken with guacamole
    Our final eMeals meal of the week. I figure you can’t go wrong with bacon or guacamole, so I’m anticipating good things from this one.

    Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.

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