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With Jack’s soccer season on hold until after tryouts, I hadn’t been taking the time to go running. I was loving using the track around the soccer field to get some convenient runs in.

Not that I loved the running. Let’s be clear – running still very much sucks. I have never taken one step while running and thought “this seems natural”.

So, I converted some of my daily walks into a few short runs. I started with 2 miles and had been adding .5 miles when I felt comfortable with it. It was all going well and I was doing 3+ miles…and then I went to close the blinds one night.

The living room was dark and I honestly wasn’t paying attention, and I jammed my right foot into the adorable mid-century modern METAL leg of our cute chair from Costco. I hit it so hard that I lost all the nail polish on that toe. Troy hurt the crunch from down the hall.

It hurt like you wouldn’t believe it, but after a minute or so of deep breathing, while applying pressure with my other foot (side note: why do we do this? It doesn’t actually do ANYTHING), I was able to limp off to bed.

I’ve been able to walk as long as I have shoes or slippers on. I’m not sure if I broke or sprained it. But the 10-year-old former attention-seeking hypochondriac in me desperately wants a tiny cast on that toe so that all my friends have to sign it with fine-point Sharpies during recess.

Since I haven’t been able to run on it, I’m sure my training will backslide and I will have to start all over again with the running. So lame. Stupid toe.

cat glasses on a shelf
Yes, potentially the greatest Goodwill find ever. At least according to Bennett. I bought two.

For those in the States, today is Mother’s Day; it’s a celebratory day that is complicated for a lot of people. I have friends who don’t have good relationships with their moms, others who have lost their moms, and others who long to be moms and find today to be painful in so many ways.

Whatever today brings for you, I hope it involves doing something you enjoy, eating food you love, and being around people who love you (even if that means just being around yourself!).

2 photos of gollum and a child.

Last Sunday we went to a lovely and very tiny outdoor wedding for our dear friend. It was the second wedding for both the bride and groom and they each only had their sons and a few other people in attendance. Our family made up 36% of all attendees.

She asked if I would be willing to take some photos and I told her I’d be honored to. But since I never take photos of people, she shouldn’t be surprised if I sprinkled a little parsley over her in the middle of the ceremony.

On the morning of the wedding I realized two things 1) none of us had wedding-appropriate clothing after 2.5 years of going nowhere and doing nothing and 2) none of my camera lenses were actually designed for anything but up-close detailed photography.

I did what I could and took some shots that I loved and some that are fine. I wish I could share them with you but it’s not my family and thus not anyone’s business.

I will say this – taking photos of things that move is really challenging. Give me a bowl of soup with interesting garnishes any day!

The wedding was in a friend’s backyard and the weather was thankfully cooperative and it didn’t rain. The backyard was gorgeous and May is such a stunning time for nature in the Pacific Northwest.

I showed up a few minutes early to take photos, only to find my friend still in street clothes. She handed me a curling iron and said “can you do my hair”. #secondwedding

It was a great day and we’re so happy that she has found someone who loves her, respects her, and treats her son so well. I’ve never been to a wedding that small, but I highly recommend it. It was low-key, very fast, and everyone could just hang out and chat.

a woman in a blue dress taking a photo
I don’t have any photos from the wedding, but here is my least “fashion influencer” janky bathroom photo that I took. I’m wearing a bridesmaids dress from my friend’s wedding from six years ago. #fashion

Who wants to talk about periods? Literally no one? Me either. But since news this week brought forth the inevitable crackdown of uteruses, let’s get real. Regulate this.

I’m someone who has dealt with painful periods for a really long time. They were always rough and got worse after each kid was born. Nothing like birthing dudes to make my reproductive system worse. #burnthepatriarchy

Oh, and before anyone says anything about getting checked for endometriosis, it’s not that. But I do have fibroids because I’m extra.

I once had a cavity (in my tooth…)fixed without any numbing shots because I had to give a presentation later that day. I had two children without any meds. And yet, my period cramps were so severe that I would take 9-12 Advil (200 mg) per day in the first 2-3 days of my period. For years!

When I started taking Flo Vitamins to help with my skin, they had the great side effect of reducing my cramps and I was able to reduce my Advil intake down to 5-8 per day. But my cramps still sucked a lot and my periods were still crazy heavy.

After constant nagging encouragement from a friend, I finally booked a physical last fall. I was planning to see my former OBGYN, but their waiting list was booked until November 2022. Yes, as in six months from now.

Instead, I saw a naturopath whom I had seen twice in the last 13 years. She ordered a bunch of bloodwork and found that (surprise surprise) my iron is low. She explained that low iron is common in women and super common in women with heavy periods.

And when you have heavy bleeding, your iron levels drop more, and wouldn’t you know it, low iron levels actually result in excessive bleeding. It’s a crazy cycle of crap. Yay, for being a chick.

She started me on 100 mg of Progesterone to try to get the bleeding under control. I could have gone back on a low-dose birth control pill, but the pill always made me vomit for 2-3 days each month. Puke or bleed excessively; what a choice! Please see the previous comment about the joys of being a chick.

I tried the 100 mg of Progesterone for about six weeks and it really helped a lot. I had a follow-up appointment and she recommended we increase the dosage to 200 mg. And boy howdy, that has been a game-changer for my life!

Cramps are still there but not as severe. I’m down to 2-3 Advil per day and that’s glorious. But the best part is my periods aren’t nearly as heavy. Literally life-changing.

I had yet another follow-up and she asked me if I noticed any side effects of the increased dosage. She brought up things like strong mood swings, painful swelling, exhaustion, etc. I hadn’t and she said she had never treated anyone who hadn’t experienced side effects from that much Progesterone. #hormonehumblebrag

Now that the excessive bleeding had been cut down, she suggested we try adding an additional 100 mg of Progesterone for two weeks every cycle. The goal was to cut my periods down from 11 days (seriously) to a reasonable 5-6. I was game. I mean, I was practically a Progesterone rock star at this point, right?

Narrator: wrong. She was not a Progesterone rockstar. My friends, that extra 100 mg nearly did me in. I thought I was losing my mind for a solid 10 days.

Everything hurt, I was so exhausted during the day that I swear my bones felt like they weighed 200 pounds, I gained 5 pounds in 10 days, and I was near tears on the daily.

Needless to say, once I realized what was going on (it took an embarrassingly long time), I immediately stopped the extra dose. Within three days, I felt like I was back to normal. And I lost those 5 pounds within a week.

So…why am I talking about this? Because I’m sure I’m not alone in experiencing horrible periods. Nobody talks about it and nobody knows what is or isn’t normal.

So, I’m hoping that sharing my experience will help someone else talk to their doctor. And above all else: avoid that extra 100 mg if it is offered to you. 🙂

An update from last week: I’m deeply and emotionally in love with my new whiteboard and smudge-free whiteboard pens. This was the business expense I should have made years ago. The power of intoxicating organization is going to go to my head though.

I have my big ambitious list of recipes I want to photograph before school gets out, as well as a list of recipes I need to test for later in the year. Erasing something from the board once I photograph it is the Type A high that we all need in our lives.

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO THIS WEEK

Hey, if you’re like me and currently have a lot of rage forged from a hellfire of hate to direct somewhere, may I introduce you to the butt face who is the topic of the podcast, Betrayal. From the show:

A real-life fairytale gone horribly wrong; Betrayal is the story of TV producer Jenifer Faison whose picture-perfect marriage completely shatters in the blink of an eye when she suddenly discovers that her college sweetheart-turned-doting husband is not the person she thought he was. (source)

What I’m reading this week

I was really getting into Truly Madly Guilty and then I got bold and turned the wi-fi on my ancient kindle back on. I download 100% of my books from our library and when I get too many and can’t finish them in time, I turn the wi-fi on the device off.

Usually, when a new book comes off my hold list, I can switch the wi-fi on, quick like a bunny rabbit download the new book, and then flip the wi-fi back off before any of the expired books get erased.

This time…it didn’t work and Truly Madly Guilty was deleted when I was about 60% done with it. I’m first on the hold list and should hopefully be able to get it again soon so I can find out what happens.

In the meantime, I started Never by Ken Follet. It’s a book I had previously downloaded that hadn’t been deleted. It’s the first present-day book I have ever read by Ken Follet; usually, he focuses on historical time periods.

It appears this book was written during the pandemic and it has fun intrigue with the CIA, environmental implications, nation-building, etc. Ken Follet’s books tend to be 1 billion pages, so I’m sure I’ll be reading it for the next 16 months.

READER SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK

Genevive left this five-star review on our Air Fryer Egg Rolls {Pin this recipe}:

So so so yummy! I added just a little bit of oyster sauce for a little more umami flavor but it was amazing with or without. I made 20 egg rolls and baked them for me and my husband with homemade fried rice. And wow what an amazing dinner!

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ON SUSTAINABLE COOKS THIS WEEK

Grilled Tomatoes With Cheese – Full of flavor, these Grilled Tomatoes With Cheese will be your new favorite appetizer or side dish. Juicy tomatoes and feta cheese are grilled on the BBQ, roasted in the oven, or baked in the air fryer. {Pin this recipe}

cheese stuffed tomatoes and olive oil on a grey plate.

Gluten-Free Taco SeasoningThis Gluten-Free Taco Seasoning is made with common pantry staples. Save money and make your own delicious taco seasoning at home. {Pin this recipe}

piles of spices and herbs to make paleo taco seasoning

How to Freeze PeasLearn all the tips and tricks for freezing peas to extend the harvest. Learning how to freeze peas is a great way to preserve this delicious springtime veggie without needing to know any special kitchen skills. {Pin this recipe}

a silicone container of frozen peas.

THE FIVE MOST POPULAR POSTS THIS WEEK

  1. Air Fryer Egg Rolls – vegan and vegetarian as written but super customizable! On, and did you know you can FREEZE these? {Pin this recipe}
  2. Instant Pot Garlic Butter Rice – so easy and so comforting! {Pin this recipe}
  3. Homemade Pizza Rolls – freezer-friendly too! Basically, I think everything should be frozen. {Pin this recipe}
  4. How to Freeze Spinach – I can smell spring in the air when this post starts climbing the ranks! {Pin this tutorial}
  5. Air Fryer Pretzel Bites – poppable, freezable, and squealable. {Pin this recipe}

MEAL PLAN

Monday:: A new breakfast recipe that has now been thoroughly tested and is getting photographed earlier in the day. We LOVE this!

Tuesday:: Troy is making something!

Wednesday:: Take out from a small business on our way home from Jack’s cross country meet.

Thursday:: Jack asked for pasta and veggies (<—I added that) because he has soccer tryouts that night.

Friday:: Soccer tryouts night two and J bone wants grilled chicken, veggies (again, I’m adding that) and stovetop garlic bread.

Saturday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.

Sunday:: TBD

What are you having this week?

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23 comments on “Scattered Sundays”

  1. A modern day Ken Follet?? Must read! -runs to computer- -Oh wait, I’m already on my computer LOL-

  2. I just scrolled through this post and counted 18 (of the exact same) ads for Raising Cane’s chicken. 19 if you count the pop up one that hovers at the bottom of the screen that you have to “x” out of.
    I happened to try their food for the first time last week. I was underwhelmed.

    • I have no control over the individual ads that are shown. Sometimes there are glitches with our ad network and they load funny.

      Ads suck but they allow me to provide free content.

  3. I also thank you for sharing about your period. I found mine shifting 2 years ago and suddenly getting REALLY heavy. It was a “is this perimenopause or fibroids or what” adventure that allowed me to get lots of things check out. In the end, my Dr. put me on a new-to-me version of the pill and it is SO different than the one I tried 20 years ago. No side effects, no gross feelings and much more managable periods, so I’ve been happy. I didn’t realized there were variations, I thought if I hated the one I was on, that was it.

    Also, we pulled up your mint mojitos recipe for the Derby this weekend. Who cares if it’s supposed to be mint julips, those are so much better! 🙂

    • Meds are super great and I’m absolutely in favor of them if nothing else works! My “favorite” IG influencers who are like “take these seeds to regulate your hormones. Avoid pills”. Lady, come tell me to eat chia seeds when you’re on day 16 of a heavy period.

      Yay for mojitos in place of juleps! I really have no idea what the difference is. Ha.

  4. Due to bad pap smears for the last three years, my doctor asked me if I wanted a hysterectomy. I said, “I’d rather do it now that have to do it later while doing chemo and radiation.” I was talking to some other moms about how many pain meds and muscle relaxers they gave me after surgery when alternating tylenol and advil have taken care of the discomfort I’ve been having. One mom said she’d love to have the opiates because she takes them for her period pain and passes clots as big as her hand. I said that’s horrifying. Then she said her OBGYN wouldn’t give her a hysterectomy. I said that’s more horrifying.

    • It’s almost as if doctors don’t listen to women about our own bodies…

      I’m glad you got the surgery you needed and your recovery sounds as fantastic as a recovery could be!

  5. As my brother said to me, Happy Mothra’s day! 😉
    Hope you have a beautiful day with your family.

    As for the grabbing ourselves or applying pressure when we get hurt or stub a toe. It really does do something. I remember learning about it in massage school 10 plus years ago. Can’t remember the details but basically when you get hurt and then apply pressure your brain is getting signals from different sort of touch and pain receptors so it sort of makes the pain less. Besides it’s just comforting to hold or cradle a hurt area. You probably can google it if you were really interested and wanting to know more scientifically why. 

  6. Thank you for sharing your experience with your periods. I’ve always been lucky and have had mostly easy periods. My kiddo, on the other hand, has awful periods. We tried the flow vitamins, and they seemed to help (when she remembered to take them). We are about to try a new product to help with some other stuff as well as her periods, but I’ll keep the Progesterone in mind.

    • I’m not sure if the progesterone is meant for teens, but it would be a good convo to have with E’s doc. Most likely they would put her on a very low dose of birth control to regulate hormones better.

  7. Raising a hand for putting up with 20+ years of awful periods before finally getting ones undies in a bunch and doing something about it. I didn’t realise that many women never curl up under their desk at work and rock back and forth in the fetal position while their uterus seemingly tries to expel its entire contents in 24 hours or less. Finally saw an OBGYN (who was awesome) and ordered an ultrasound because I only checked one of the endometriosis boxes and she was thinking fibroids. Go figure I’ve got some rampant endometriosis happening (total long shot that a endometrial cyst showed up). Story short, implanted Nexplanon birth control and so far, SO good. Periods are so important to talk about! Thank you for bringing it up!! 

  8. Due to fibroids, my period has now become the party that never stops.  So I’m very relieved to have a hysterectomy scheduled for next month.  (Nothing says “summer break” like a 4-week surgery recovery.)  Actually part of my relief is that I have super bad family history of ovarian cancer, which worries me a lot.  Having my tubes out significantly reduces my chances, especially of the most aggressive type.  #ienjoybeingagirl

    It’s May, which means non-stop after school stuff.  This week it’s middle school Academic Awards Night (my oldest is crazy excited that she was asked to emcee because public speaking is her sport) and a band concert.  So I think one of those nights will be crock pot beef stew and the other will be something I can prep ahead and just cook quickly, like turkey chili.  

    Sorry about your toe!  I hope it heals up quickly!

    • I just had a hysterectomy Monday. I don’t have any cuts on the outside and I’m going back to work tomorrow (desk job). I hope your recovery is as easy as mine has been.

    • And good luck with the surgery! Fingers crossed you have a very speedy and pain-free recovery. A friend just had one and was sore, had a wicked bruise on her leg (I guess they went through her thigh for the surgery???) but was back to light exercising within a week.

  9. I love your purple dress, and am amazed it is a bridesmaid dress. You are officially the first person I “know” who actually wore her bridesmaid dress again on a day other than Halloween, and it looks great!

    Sorry to hear about your toe, glad you found some period relief, and thanks for the listening suggestion. For some reason, I am finding myself with a lot of anger late)y.

    • Well, that’s because it technically isn’t a bridesmaids dress. My friend asked us to find a colbalt dress that we liked and everyone wore something different. She found that one for me online and I picked it because I could wear a normal bra with it. I was still nursing Bennett six years ago and a normal bra dress was a big deal. 🙂

      The good news about hate listening to podcasts is that the algorithm picks up on that and starts sending more awful sleezeballs your way to hate on.

  10. Happy Mother’s Day, Sarah!