Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Shouldless Days of '17: December

I had my last shouldless day of the year on Sunday. It's a good thing I had set aside Sunday as a shouldless day because even if I had committed to doing things outside the house, I wouldn't have been able to thanks to another flare that was pretty brutal. Here's how I spent my day, which was probably the laziest of all the shouldless days this year!

I didn't sleep much during the night on Saturday night as the pain from the flare in my wrist was pretty bad. I went through 3 ice packs during the night as ice is the only thing that takes away the throbbing pain. But it's really hard to sleep when you have something freezing cold on your wrist. I moved down to the couch at 7 am and ended up falling asleep until 9:30 which felt good as I really needed the rest!

When I woke up, I had a breakfast of oatmeal with raisins and some hot cocoa with marshmallows. I know that hot cocoa and sugary treats like that will be a thing of the past as of today when I go on the gestational diabetes diet so I figured I had earned one last treat. And yes, I used Phil's mug for my hot cocoa as I had used the "Mrs." mug the day before and this set of mugs is the best for things like hot cocoa!

Phil and I watched Face the Nation and then he headed out to his mom's for the day.

The rest of the day was the definition of laziness. I pretty much spent the whole day on the couch. I spent a good chunk of time reading, "We Were the Lucky One." I finished it by the end of the day. It was a really wonderful book albeit so heartbreaking to hear about the cruelty of WWII, especially the cruelty inflicted upon the Polish people.

At noon, I turned on the Vikings game. Apparently Oscar is a fan as well as she "watched" the game, too. We both fell asleep during the 2nd half. The Vikings dominated the game, which was exciting but didn't make for the most interesting game to watch.

In the late afternoon, I watched one of my favorite Christmas movies, "The Holiday." That movie is so delightful. Oscar was an attentive nurse kitty as she spent most of the afternoon/evening curled up on my lap.

Phil got home around 7:30 and we caught up on our days before I headed to bed at an early hour.

This is such a busy time of year but I am glad that I was able to make time for a shouldless day because whether or not I had scheduled it, it was definitely what my body needed.

Since we are expecting in March, I won't set a goal of having a shouldless day/month. But it's been great having this as a goal the last 2 years! If you haven't made a goal like this for yourself before, I highly encourage it, especially if you are an over-scheduler like me, as it's a great form of self-care!


Jeanie said...

Sometimes your body tells you. I'm glad you listened, even if it was forced listening! And I'm glad Oscar has warmed up! It just takes time. (Lizzie was the same)

Take care -- everyone is so pushed this season but what really counts is being able to enjoy it and be with the ones you love -- who understand.

Marlys said...

I think that day was just what the doctor ordered! I hope these bad flares stop happening soon!
It is so busy at this time of year, but I make time to just sit, pray and bask in the Advent season of hope. I light my advent candles and now with three burning, it is lighting up the room. That really warms my heart.
Take care, my dear, and hopefully you will be flare free for Christmas!

Carolina John said...

I love that Phil goes to visit his mom every Sunday afternoon. Do you ever go with him? It feels like I visit with my MIL about every day.

Stephany said...

I'm so glad you had this shouldless day for yourself, but I do wish you didn't spend the whole day flaring. Ugh. :( At least you had sweet Oscar for company!

Nora said...

I am almost done with We Were the Lucky Ones; the first part of it dragged for me but it's moving along quickly now. So heartbreaking. Some chapters are so hard to read.

Glad you were able to watch The Holiday. I need to watch it still this season.

D has said if the Vikes make the playoffs/Super Bowl then we are coming up to MN :)

Gracie said...

BOO to the constant flares! Get better soon!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Glad to hear that you had a lazy shouldless day; you needed it!

The Holiday is such a good movie :-) I love Christmasy movies.

Amber said...

So glad this shouldless day came right when you needed the rest the most!! I spend a lot of my days with a newborn just laying on the couch reading or watching netflix (mostly watching netflix) between feeding and changing her, so I guess they are still kind of shouldless days!

I have tried to watch The Holiday twice this season and both times something interrupted me so I didn't quite get all the way through it but that is my very favourite Christmas movie!

San said...

I really love reading about your shouldless days, because it makes me happy to read about how you're taking care of yourself.
The Holiday is one of my all-time favorite movies! It's so well written.