Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday love post

These boots (since we have zero snow).

These banana chocolate chip coconut pancakes.

These videos (which have pretty much made my life).

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ice, heat, and bridal showers

Ice-heat-stretch-repeat - my new "diet", as recommended by the physiotherapist. Apparently I am not a hypochondriac, but I DO have an inflamed sacroiliac joint, which has caused all kinds of tightness in the right side of my body (including the piriformis muscle!) and nerve issues for the past six months. Needless to say, I have been taking it easy on the exercise this week (no spinning or weight lifting) and working on getting this inflammation gone for good! Deadlifts and any kind of flexion exercises are banned for the immediate future, but it's nice to know that I can continue working out. The best part? I wasn't prescribed any pills. Just ice, heat, stretches...and paying attention to my horrible posture. I should have listened to my mother all of those years when she told me to stand up straight!

And in other news: I am putting it out to the universe that after I finish my literature review for my thesis (which will mean I have finished 3/5 of my thesis), I am hightailing it to the Amazon online store and buying myself a Kindle! And by "buying", I mean using a gift certificate. But a Kindle should be on its way shortly :)

iPhone pictures (that I took of pictures on my Canon - no time to upload these days!) from my dear friend Courtney's surprise bridal shower on Saturday - she is getting married this July to the man of her dreams in Ireland, and I am so happy for her!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Stand-up desks

My piriformis muscle has been, well, a pain in my butt for a while. I stopped running (thinking it was a gait problem) and substituted it with spinning/interval strength training, but my piriformis pain is still lingering. I finally made an appointment with a physiotherapist (after several doctors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and chiropractors) and I am thinking about making the switch to a stand-up desk:

Hacked IKEA furniture? Amazing! The great thing about this desk is that you can pull up a bar stool if you get too tired. 

I'll see what the physiotherapist says, but working from home/being a grad student has not been kind to my right hip flexors, and I'm willing to try just about anything - even if it means pulling out my old IKEA tools and visiting the hardware store for some nuts and bolts ;) 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Pardon my French

I love Garance Doré so very much!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Happy weekend!

After a productive day of thesis writing, I'm all dressed up and ready for a wine and cheese party. Between you and me - I'm going for the cheese ;)