Look what I bought for the first time in my life yesterday:
Is it weird that it’s taken this long?
I guess pineapples intimidate me. The cutting process seems so intense and arduous, especially when you can easily buy them pre-cut.
I was inspired by my mother-in-law, who cut her own fresh pineapple over the weekend. Guys, it was easily the best pineapple I’ve EVER had. So melt-in-your-mouth soft, juicy, and extra sweet.
I haven’t sliced into this baby yet (I kinda like it as a centerpiece too), but I’m really praying I have the same number of fingers when I’m done.
Does anyone else get a little thrill out of stepping outside and discovering that something new is randomly in full bloom?
We have these purple beauties in our backyard right now. I totally forgot these even flowered! (That’s right, we’ve been in this house for over 3 years and I’m still getting to know the landscaping.)
Speaking of thrills, what are your thoughts on my new headband?
Ha—let me explain.
I get headaches very easily. My biggest triggers are hormonal changes, lack of sleep, unusual amounts of caffeine (either too much or too little), and alcohol. Although I (technically) have control over the caffeine and alcohol, there isn’t much I can do about the other two sometimes. I’m very familiar with the feeling of one of those nagging, dull-achy headaches coming on, and sometimes I’m blindsided by a full-on, nausea-inducing migraine.
I’ve never gotten much relief from painkillers. In my experience, there’s only one cure: numbing cold, combined with pressure to the right spot.
Anyway, I had a pretty bad headache last week, after being inexplicably up half the night with Mason (seriously, “inexplicable” doesn’t even begin to describe how perplexing the whole thing was—he wasn’t sick, just WIDE awake and ready to party). I ended up spending half the afternoon with a bag of frozen corn on my head, trying to press the kernels into my throbbing temple. I even tried to strap it on there (with, of all things, a tape measure) but it kept sliding around, and my neck hurt from trying to balance it on the one side of my head that hurt.
And that’s when I thought: if only there was such thing as an ice pack shaped like a headband.
I was all geared up to make millions on this—until a quick Google search informed me that someone else had beaten me to it. So I swallowed my pride, pushed aside my yacht-ownership dreams (for now), and bought one immediately.
I can’t really say I’m looking forward to trying this, but I definitely feel better armed for the next attack.
If there are any other headache sufferers out there who are interested in trying this, or anything else from www.HotColdComfort.com, I got a little card with my purchase that included a coupon code for 10% off: ThankYou2013.
(P.S. I’m not getting compensated in any way for this post, nor do I have any kind of relationship with the company. Just eager to pass on the info, since I wish I’d known about this a long time ago myself!)
Did you catch the ChiRunning guest post last week, written by the creators of ChiRunning? I’m only bringing it up because Rachel asked a good question about minimalist running shoes, and I wanted to make sure everyone saw the Chi folks’ answer:
In general, ChiRunning promotes wearing “less” shoe. You get more instant feedback on your running form when you don’t have a lot of cushion between you and the ground.
That being said, we definitely DON’T recommend suddenly switching from a cushioned shoe to a minimal shoe without transitioning. The muscles in your feet need time to strengthen, and if they don’t, you can get injured. If you’ve been wearing a shoe with a lot of cushion, such as a stability shoe, we’d recommend moving down to a neutral shoe. Walk in them at first to get a feel for them, and then start running in short distances with them. Gradually phase out your old shoes over a few weeks, and make sure you pay attention to any aches, pains or soreness you experience. And, always keep your focus on your form.
Here’s a great article on our site about transitioning to minimal shoes.
And, the number one thing to remember when getting new shoes is to make sure they’re comfortable. Everyone’s feet are different, so don’t let a salesperson talk you into a shoe that doesn’t feel right to you.
I’ve been experimenting with the ChiRunning concepts and form tips lately, and my only complaint is: it just makes me go so dang fast. Which sounds like a good thing, except that it leaves me huffing and puffing—and confused, because I don’t feel like I’m working that much harder, but suddenly I can barely breath. My guess is that my forward lean is a little too far forward.
I’ve also been working—carefully—on correcting the overpronation on my right foot. I’ve been paying extra attention to the direction of my foot, and slightly twisting my entire leg to correct it when needed. At first, this felt crazy unnatural, but it’s already starting to get easier, and I haven’t gotten the knee pain I sometimes get in my right knee at all.
Ok, who’s got pineapple cutting tips?? Please leave them below.
What’s blooming in your yard right now?
Any other frequent headache sufferers out there? What are your triggers?
Are you a minimalist shoe fan?
I tend to go for the heavy-cushioning, because I’m a baby like that. But to be fair, I’ve never actually tried a minimalist shoe.