Just Ask


Progress from back surgery has been slow going. As soon as I think things are improving, I feel like I take a step back. But truly, I’m not sure if that’s the case or if it’s just that sometimes I’m not ahead of the pain.

Eats this weekend have been less than stellar, mostly due to family in town and visitors, but I wouldn’t change it for the world! Having people come by has kept my mind off things a bit. I’m told that walking is the best thing I can do to increase my strength and heal. So I’ve been icing and then walking around the house, moving a little more every day. I’d love to go for a walk outside, but our driveway is just too icy to risk it. I’m anxious to be “normal” again.

One thing I’ve realized is how hard it is for me to ask for help. {Although Rob thinks I like ordering him around and that I’m just trying to milk him for all that he is worth.} I’ve taken for granted all of the the little things I can do. And the dishes kept piling up this weekend. Finally, as the end of the weekend neared and family was about to leave, I asked one of the boys to help me load the dishwasher.

That’s it. All I had to do was ask.

And my kitchen is much cleaner for it! I still can’t bend nor pick things off the ground, so I am grateful for the help.

I have my laptop set up on the counter in the kitchen on top of a 5-inch tall box:


I can stand and check my email, then do a walk around the house. It’s kept me moving without getting bored of walking around. I’ve also started doing one of the things I put on my list of things to do this year – organizing all of Rob’s favorite recipes in one place. And of course, I’m doing this on Pinterest. You can find me here. It’s a work in progress.

And I’m sure you would love to hear about things other than surgery, pain and all the details of recovery. So, I am going to try to get back to my regular schedule and style of posting, which may or may not include Restaurant Impressions or Wine Topics that have been in the works for a while!

And with that, here’s my food journal from Sunday:

Banana – Eaten in the middle of the night in two parts each time I got up to take meds. Best to take pain meds with food, no? Otherwise, I’ve never been a midnight snacker.


Americano from Caribou Coffee – I texted my brother Saturday night that when they stopped by on Sunday morning, I’d love them to bring me one! I hadn’t had coffee in a while and we can’t quite find the right ratio with our new coffee maker. I take my coffee black and I like it strong. But sometimes there’s nothing like some true espresso. He happily obliged. Hint: All I had to do was ask!

I enjoyed my Americano with a Weight Watchers Coffee Cake (not pictured, individually wrapped) and a piece of Dove Dark Chocolate with Almonds.


Grapes – approximately one cup


Cottage Cheese topped with grape tomatoes and a drizzle of Italian extra virgin olive oil & reduced balsamic vinegar and a little salt and pepper. A version of my Poor Man’s Caprese, if you will:



Neapolitan Ice Cream – approximately 2/3 cup (Thanks, Rob!)

Remaining Mediterranean Cruise Cafe hummus with 2 pita triangles and half of a cucumber.


Can of Ginger Ale

Leftover Brianno’s pizza delivered to me on Saturday by Christina and her son Sam. Thank you!


another 2/3 cup of Neapolitan Ice Cream

apple slices

How do you take your coffee?

Has it always been that way?


3 responses »

  1. So glad you are feeling better Carrie. Also your poor man’s caprese sounds yummy. πŸ™‚ Keep asking for help and I hope you are back to “normal” in no time.

  2. Many strong-type people don’t like to ask for help, sometimes you just have to let that guard down though and do it. You would help them, so why not ask when you need it πŸ™‚ Hopefully you will be back to normal shortly. I only drink coffee the cold way. My favorite is a way Biz showed me, two cups coffee to one pack diet swiss miss. Chilled and top with whipped cream, I love it!

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