A Spring Cold, Kitty Cuddles, & a Visit to Ijam’s

Good rainy Monday morning from Tennessee! We went from gorgeous weather yesterday to a downpour. April showers bring May flowers, after all.

Backing up to Wednesday night, I could feel my throat was slightly swollen/closed up some, but I tried to ignore it. By Thursday morning, it hadn’t improved. Still, I went to work, went on two walks, and overall, I felt alright. Friday was a different story. I woke up heavily congested with a cold having moved in overnight. I still had breakfast and coffee with Matt, saw him out the door, then I crawled back into bed.

Glutino GF corn English muffin with cheddar, egg, spinach, roasted pepper spread, and avocado plus grapes on the side.

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The boys know how to take care of me and gave me their sweet love. ❤

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After getting myself up, showered, and dishes + laundry tended to, I put together this smoothie. Frozen tropical fruit, beet lemon juice from Aldi, Fage plain Greek yogurt, and spinach. I topped it with shredded wheat crumbles and peanut butter.

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Lunch was a tasting plate of sorts with smoked Gouda Triscuits, ham, chicken strips, carrots, Sabra hummus, warmed pecans, and cinnamon-spiced banana.

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I did get myself out on a walk, and it felt wonderful. I tried to stay as active and productive as I could, but I was pretty puny.

I was in the mood for warm soup, so I sauteed cabbage and onion with spices, fresh roasted garlic, a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, chicken broth, and red lentil pasta. I topped ours with tomatoes and freshly grated parmesan. Mason was giving his daddy a belly massage. 😉

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Sweet Rachel curled up in my lap while we watched our show, Lie to Me.

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Matt was a sweetie and made me a mug of Earl Grey tea sweetened with local honey. Jaxxy was stretching in the background.

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This is what I woke up to. I mean, I don’t think they could be any cuter. Jackson is so snuggly with Matt now! I’m chopped liver. Haha

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I hadn’t made Kath’s banana-whipped stovetop oatmeal in forever, so I made them with cinnamon, espresso brava sea salt, and milk. Topped with the remainder of the banana sliced and peanut butter. I tried a bit of Matt’s savory oatmeal, and of course it tasted better to me than this sweet version. Lol.

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This face!

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After showering and applying some make-up, I already felt quite a bit better. I went down to The Bread Shed and had a fabulous lunch while writing this post about my story on nutrition and disordered eating.

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Target Optical let me know my new prescription glasses and sunglasses were ready. As much as I loved my teal pair, they were not correct for my face. They left a pressure mark on the bridge of my nose, so I got yet another pair. This time they, along with my Rx sunglasses, will last me many years to come. I love them! Rose pink with multicolored sides, complete with purple and turquoise. I love Target’s selection and awesome customer service!

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I did some grocery shopping at Kroger (saved almost $11 in coupons, thankyouverymuch), and I got this free LaraBar thanks to Kroger’s free Friday coupon program.

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We had the remainder of our homemade sloppy joe meat with a side of roasted Brussels sprouts for dinner. I added a slice of a delicious sharp cheddar that Matt picked up the other day.

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Dessert included Fage, apple, ground flax, pecans, and a sea salt caramel pecan cookie. After eating one, I decided that’s all I wanted, so I put the other one back. Intuitive eating ftw.

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Another morning, another cuddle sesh with these two. I couldn’t use flash because it causes Jackson to crane his neck. 😉

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I got up before Matt and made our pancakes and bacon plus ground a whole bag of organic coffee from Aldi before I woke him up for brunch. I had accidentally kept him up sniffling, so I tried to let him sleep longer. I made these pancakes a few weeks ago, but unfortunately, I should’ve saved a little of the mix. Our first batch was super fluffy, but these came out really thin. Like with most foods, there are “about” x servings. So when I used 7.5 oz of the 15-oz box, I realized yesterday that it wasn’t a full 15 oz. I just pretended these were fancy crepes. No mistakes in the kitchen, just happy accidents. =D

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One last cuddle photo because I can’t resist. That sleepy eye. ❤

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We finally got over to Ijam’s Nature Center for a walk, and it was incredible! The perfect temperature with bright blue skies. Love my man! {I was wearing my new Rx sunglasses, which are a dark green/purple torty design.}

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We saw this neat teepee of sorts, so of course I had to get a picture.

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Spring blooms.

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As we were leaving, we saw one of the employees talking to a small group of people about this adorable owl. I politely tried to get a photo. It’s blurry, but I was so excited to see an owl. I told Matt it was a sign that I should’ve been there and that we were leaving just as we were supposed to. It made sense to me.

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I treated us to a late lunch at Tandur, which I’ve wanted to try for a while now. I had to get a photo of Matt walking towards it. I told him I need to start a series of just these photos of him. Ha!

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I loved the bright, cheerful interior.

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I ordered their Tika Masala with lamb meatballs, brown rice, and okra fries.

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Matt chose their Vindaloo with lamb meatballs as well, basmati rice (they accidentally gave him double portions, which he happily polished off), and mango slaw. Everything was really tasty!

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Dinner was a really simple salad with hummus and plantain chips.

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I couldn’t miss out on National Pb and J Day, so I had the two over Fage + vanilla extract and a sprinkle of Bakery on Main GF granola.

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I’m happy to report that I’m nearly 100% over my cold and feel much better, especially now that I have well-fitting eyeglasses. Glasses > contacts for me. I hope everyone has a fabulous day and week ahead!

4 thoughts on “A Spring Cold, Kitty Cuddles, & a Visit to Ijam’s

  1. Kori, it was so nice for me to be able to read this little update! OK- those smoked gouda triscuits- I saw them and was super close to grabbing them! What are your thoughts?!?! Oh my goodness- your kittens are adorable! Also- I LOVEEEE Lie to Me! I FLEW through the seasons. So good. Your oatmeal also always looks amazingly scrumptious. I also LOVE your new glasses! That hike looked like a blast…It reminded me of Ohio, so now I’m all homesick after looking at those pictures! I’m so glad you are feeling all better now- and I hope this week ended on a terrific note for you ☺

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    1. I love them! They have a good flavor, and I love the texture of Triscuits. I’m so glad I found someone else who has seen Lie to Me – we’re going through the seasons so quickly too!! Thanks so much for your sweet compliments!! I didn’t want to have to buy new glasses, but admittedly, I love the change. We love Ijam’s, and we plan to hike there more. Thank you, this week has ended quite well. I certainly hope the same is true for you! XO

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