Who’s snowed in?! My school is closed down for the day… but what do you know, I don’t have classes on Friday anyways! I’m writing this on Thursday night, so I can’t tell you if it is a beautiful snowy day or if it’s just an icy mess.
Terry and I found out really good news. I mentioned some uncertainty in our lives a few weeks ago, and the uncertainty was around Terry’s job. Things were up in the air for a little bit, but on Wednesday night we got the confirmation that we were here to stay. I’ll have to admit, I was a little freaked out for a brief moment, but I just had to practice the “put it in God’s hands” message that I preach.
So to celebrate, we went out to dinner to one of our favorites, Maggiano’s Little Italy. They have this INSANE deal called “Marco’s Deal for Two” which gets you two salads, two classic pasta entrees, two classic pastas to take home, and a dessert to share all for $39.95. Say what?! Terry went with the fettuccine alfredo and I went with eggplant parm, both wonderful. The real winners, however, were the spinach salads (blue cheese, sweet peppers, pine nuts, red onion, and white balsamic vinaigrette) and our dessert, warm apple crostata.
Seriously, that apple crostata with the vanilla bean ice cream was just too good for words. I ate past fullness, so I left with my jeans unbuttoned and my heart wide open 😀
I also went to the GI doctor yesterday for a follow-up from the colonoscopy (which was fine).
*please excuse the hints of self-pity scattered throughout this
I went in feeling tough. Since my colonoscopy, I have diligently recorded the medications I took (Amitiza and Linzess) and all the fun stuff happening (or not happening) with my bowels. I was ready to be stern and not accept the standard answers.
I don’t know went wrong. When the nurse called me in to check my vitals, I noticed that I had gained 6 lbs since the day of my colonoscopy. Barely over a week’s time. It made sense- I felt that much heavier thanks to my slow-moving intestines. Seeing the number frustrated me. I could feel myself wanting to cry, but I knew that was silly.
^Why are they all smiling?!
When I finally spoke with the doctor, all I could do was not just burst in tears. I choked. I didn’t want to talk too much in fear that my voice would shake and tears would fall. For that reason, I barely got to ask any of the questions I had. The doctor was very kind. He sat down and talked with me and didn’t seem (overly) rushed. Still, as I knew but didn’t want to admit, he didn’t have the kind of answers I wanted. The truth is… the doctor was right. There is no “tried and true” method. If there was, we’d all be fixed. So I am going to try a new pairing of meds, but also continue to do research on my own. I’m also trying to be better about not eating too much fiber, which has proved to be a challenge.
Thankfully our date night was the same day as the appointment, because the night ended on a great note.
^Jackpot of leftovers and the take-home pastas!
That’s all for now. I hope everyone has a great weekend and stays safe & warm. I’ll be doing some sl work and plenty relaxing.
So you tell me…
Best restaurant dessert?
Favorite thing to do to ward off cabin fever?