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Scattered Sundays

Well, I have officially eased back into running after a season of surgeries and recovery. It’s going…well(ish). Maybe?

I had no expectations that I would quickly be returning to pre-surgery level endurance. So, for my first venture out, I just made it a goal to run 1 mile. Just one. And I did it and it felt fine and almost easy.

And then about 2 hours later, my abdominal incision sites were super achy and I felt a little crampy and gross. I grabbed a book, propped my feet up for about 90 minutes, and felt better.

After my second run (1.5 miles), I had the same achy feeling but was too busy to rest. I slowed down the tasks I was doing but kind of just plowed through and ended up feeling fine after a few hours.

My first day back to weight training was a bit of a (literal) hot mess. I started with waaaaay too high of weights right off the bat, and the furnace also kicked on right as I started my workout.

I got super overheated about 90 seconds into the workout and just felt barfy and gross. Lesson learned – work out earlier in the morning before the furnace kicks on. And to stop assuming I can do exactly what I was doing before, without a ramp-up period.

Before surgery, I felt super strong. And now, well, I get the “fun” of building that backup. I’ll get there. But I also need to remind myself that I had three surgeries in two months, with two of them happening in a 24-hour period. And some um, life-threatening internal bleeding. So, you know, good times.

a stuffed cat playing a keyboard
Pretty wild days in the Cook household.

File this under “finally” and “who-hoo”, but we have been given the go-ahead from insurance to start the repair work to the basement!

I’m ready to get the show on the road, but I’m also already to just be done with everything. I’m impatient and also excited to stop living with chaos and piles everywhere.

a brush stuck in a woman's hair
I guess 30 years is a long time to own the same brush. I think I got my money’s worth.

As I sorted out my editorial calendar for 2023 (nerd speak for what posts I will post and when), I made the hard decision that in some months, I need to drop down to two recipe posts per week instead of three.

I’ve been posting on the same Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday schedule since 2018 (maybe?), and doing something different feels weird, scary, and maybe a tiny bit freeing.

I have big goals for 2023, and some of the experts I’m working with are encouraging me to aim higher when it comes to the keywords that I target.

It’s mundane nerd stuff that I won’t really bore you with, but as bloggers, we have software that allows us see how many people are searching for specific keywords on a monthly basis. Often times people will ask me to write a post or “do a recipe” about “XYZ”, but 99% of the time those topics will bring in exactly 0 pageviews over time.

Before, I was targeting smaller and therefore safer keywords. But with safe choices comes limited growth. So rather than posting at the same schedule just for the sake of having 3 recipe posts a week, I’m focusing my energy on higher-quality projects.

So, bold and scary choices are on the horizon for 2023. Wish me luck! Thanks in advance for your encouragement and support. Huzzah!

a stuffed sloth holding a stuffed kitty
Baby GG has a new daytime caregiver.

And in the exact opposite thinking of less is more, Jack’s team will be moving to three soccer practices per week instead of two. I’m hoping that more practice will give them more confidence, and I think a few new kids will be joining the team.

Thank goodness, because we often have zero subs at away games and these kids get pretty worn out playing for 75 minutes.

But at the same time, three practices a week feels like a lot of time for him and our family to be at a soccer field. I think a food truck would clean up if it set up shop in the parking lot because all the parents are usually over making dinner by the time 7:30 rolls around.

What I’m reading this week

My first book of 2023 was Night Road by Kristin Hannah. I both liked and didn’t like this book as I had a few chapters of ugly crying. On the plus side, it takes place in the Puget Sound region and it was fun to see local places discussed.

I’m currently reading The It Girl, a whodunit set at Oxford College and in Scotland. I like it so far.


Beth left this five-star review on our Air Fryer Omelet {Pin this recipe}:

Tried this for breakfast this morning and it was great! Started with a plain cheese omelet, will definitely expand my filling choices next time! And there will be a next time! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.

a fluffy air fryer omelet topped with sliced tomatoes, cheese, and parsley on a grey plate.


Air Fryer ArtichokesCrispy and dippable, you’re going to love these Fried Artichoke Hearts in the air fryer! Perfect as a healthy side dish or appetizer, a plate of air-fried artichoke hearts will be a new favorite! {Pin this recipe}

fried artichoke hearts with a small dish of marinara sauce

Healthy Banana MuffinsDelicious and fluffy, Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are the perfect tasty whole-grain breakfast. Made with 100% whole wheat, they’re super fluffy and packed with amazing banana flavor and a kiss of chocolate chips. {Pin this recipe}

a muffin tray with a fluffy healthy banana chocolate chip muffin in focus


  1. Air Fryer Egg Rolls – vegan and vegetarian as written but super customizable! Oh, and did you know you can FREEZE these? {Pin this recipe}
  2. Garlic Butter Rice – I can’t think of a week that goes by in this house without at least one batch of this comfort food being made. {Pin this recipe}
  3. Air Fryer Cookies – I’m a big fan of this recipe and you’re going to love it! {Pin this recipe}
  4. Air Fryer Pizza Rolls – unlike the ones from our childhood, these are not filled with lava and regret. {Pin this recipe}
  5. Air Fryer Appetizers – all the great things in one handy dandy little post. {Pin these apps}


The weather is supposed to suck this week and we’re heading into three soccer practices a week. I’m aiming for cozy, low to no-dairy foods so that Jack can eat a little dinner before practice and then not have his stomach hurt.

And then he eats more when he gets home. Basically, sports nights = hobbit-style dinners.

Monday:: Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana, salad, and bread.

Tuesday:: We’re triple booked that night, so takeout in the car between appointments and soccer.

Wednesday:: Troy is making dinner and we’ll be super excited to eat whatever he makes!

Thursday:: Carne Asada (from Trader Joe’s), Instant Pot Mexican Rice, and some sort of air fryer veggies.

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.

Saturday:: Troy’s cousin’s family is coming over (hurray!) and we’re making homemade pizza (with this dough and this pizza sauce) and salad.

Sunday:: Troy is making some sort of dinner. I’ll be at a 7-8 hour planning meeting as a new member of the board of our local soccer league. :insert bored crying noise here:

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6 comments on “Scattered Sundays”

  1. My condolences on the loss of your hairbrush, but in the immortal words of my Daddy “I bet a little duct tape would fix that!” BTW his nickname was Jack-Guyver lol

  2. Yay for the weekly menu plan!  Happy to see it back here.  

  3. You are a super star getting back into your running routine…. Two major surgeries within 24 hours… I forgot about that part… geez … you’ll get back to form in no time.. but it’s hard for you I’m sure being the “get up and go” type of human you are… good for you though working it out in time you’ll be BACK… love the photo of the cat animal sitting at the piano..(is Bennett in there?) that’s a great shot though… thanks for the book suggestions… I’m getting back to reading now.. Aloha

  4. Yay for getting cleared to move more! Taking it slow and easy is always good when starting (typing this more for my benefit as I just signed up for a gym membership).

    I am super excited to see where you are heading with your blog in 2023!! I’ve loved following your journey (even when I’ve sucked at cooking food for my family)!