1) I finally recovered from my birthday, thank you very much. I was so full that day, y'all. I really was. I still went out and bought myself some ice cream cupcakes, because I wanted something to blow a candle out on top of (I've got my priorities.) But by the time I got home all I wanted to do was sit and not move very much. Steve, bless him, still wanted to take me somewhere to get dinner. I'd told him several days earlier that I didn't want to try and eat at a restaurant because it was Valentine's day and trying to do that is a nightmare, so I told him take out would be fine. At the time I thought it would be, but I was so not hungry. He was really insistent on doing something, so we headed out to go to a grocery store for sandwiches, figuring that it wouldn't be so crowded. Wow, were we wrong.
OK, so here is something I don't understand. Why are there people - grown up, seemingly otherwise capable people - going out on actual Valentine's day and buying gifts at 5:00 PM? Shouldn't that be something thought about in advance? Granted, I suppose that if you want to buy flowers or something, maybe you don't want to do that the day before, but still... Eh, anyway, the grocery store was so full of people that we couldn't get any service, so we left and hit a drive through. I was OK with that because I knew I wouldn't be able to eat much.
I feel kind of bad. I don't think I was a very good Valentine's or Birthday date. I hadn't been feeling well for a week or more, and it was making me edgy and unhappy, so I'm sure dealing with that was no fun for Steve. I tried to explain, but it's hard to explain not feeling well when there isn't a specific, hey, this hurts, kind of problem. He's patient, though. Got to give him that. I think he's just biding his time and collecting enough evidence to have be committed. :) Anyway, the day ended OK and I barely ate anything for two days after.
2) Dear Lord. I'm 39 years old now. I've got a lot of shenanigans to take care of this year. I'm going to need your help. :)
3) Y'all, I thought I was going crazy. Seriously, like, genuinely crazy for the past couple of weeks. I was on edge like you wouldn't believe and I was having what felt like the world's longest anxiety attack. It was awful. I think I've figured out what was causing it, though, or at least I hope I have. You remember last year I told you about having all of those spine problems? That was about a year ago, wasn't it? Dang.
Anyway, when I was going to physical therapy, the therapist told me I'd need to be careful when I went to the gym, so I didn't cause myself any damage. I managed to start going to the gym again (off and on. Shut up.) and I wasn't particularly careful. I can't be 100% positive, but I think I pinched some nerves in my neck and back using the elliptical machine. One of the main feelings I get when I have an anxiety attack is it feels like my neck is clenching up. Kind of like how you feel when you know someone is watching you. It never occurred to me that I'd hurt myself, but I'm pretty sure I did. I had to stop sleeping with a pillow and basically start sleeping on ice packs, but the feeling is finally starting to fade. I don't think it's completely fixed, but at least I don't feel like the skin across my back is trying to creep off anymore.
Of course, I could be wrong and am really having a perpetual anxiety attack. If that's the case, when I'm whacked out on psych meds and hiding under a bed all the time, we can all come back and giggle at this blog entry. I give you permission.
You know what sucks about hurting myself at the gym (if that's what I did?) I literally don't know how to exercise anymore. I can't run, I can't...ellipticalize, riding a regular stationary bike puts my neck in a bad position, and I can't lift weights anymore. I was going back to try and lose a bit of the weight I've put back on, and now I have no idea what to do. The only thing that has seemed to help lately is just not eating, but if I want to, you know, stay alive, I can't do that very often. What am I going to do? I don't want to keep gaining weight!
I don't know how to work my body anymore! It's quite frustrating.
4) Steve and I had a fun day on Saturday. He's been listening to the Dirk Gently audio novels while driving to and from work, and he wanted me to hear them too, but we don't carpool anymore and are only in the car together for a little bit at a time every few days. We decided to take a road trip to Guntersville, mainly just to be in the car to listen to the book, but we figured that we might as well enjoy the destination as well as the journey.
Once we got there, we walked around a bit. We went to some antique stores and I found some more buttons! When I told the man who worked at the store that I collected old buttons, he gave me a tiny, civil war era button made from a shell for free. I thought that was very nice. We drove to a place that sells catalog returns and overstock. It was mostly furniture and house goods, but I FINALLY got a sink to replace the janky one in the front bathroom for when we get a replacement vanity cabinet. We drove to Albertville and found the silver fire hydrant, which is the millionth one produced in Albertville and was chrome plated and on display. I like the whole "Roadside America" thing! Now I want to see more weird Americana!
We basically drove around all day and listened to the book. Most people drive around to talk, but it's nice to not talk sometimes, too! The Dark Tea Time of the Soul is a little confusing, but still a good book. :)