It has been a good day!
Being able to take dinner photos at 8:30 in natural sunlight may have been the highlight. The days are getting longer! I love spring!
Want to know what else I love? Oatmeal
There is nothing like the prospect of a delicious bowl of oats to get me out of bed in the morning.
1/4 cup or oats, milk, and water
1/2 ripe banana, mashed
Dash of salt, heavy sprinkling of cinnamon
chia seeds, flax, hemp seeds, cinnamon, and almond butter
The school day went really fast. Apparently we all thought it was Thursday today as my classroom assistant wrote Thursday April 14, 2010 on the board this morning and no one noticed- not her, me, or the kids until about 2:30. I hope thinking it was Thursday on a Wednesday doesn’t make the week feel longer!
I forgot my camera at home so no snack or lunch photos. For snack, I ate a butter cookie from the staff room. During my morning break, I had a really nice talk with on of the assistants. She just came back from maternity leave and is the most peaceful, serene woman I know. She asked about Sebastian and said that things must be going well since I always look happy. We then started talking about why some relationships last and others done. Emma said the most important thing to remember is to speak gently and simply take care of each other. Good advice, Emma.
Lunch consisted of a tuna salad sandwich, an orange, and pumpkin seeds.
After work, I had an apple on my way to the gym. The trip was quick today as I had another dental appointment. I powered through 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer as hard as I could to try to get the most out of the limited amount of time. I then spent about 15 minutes on abdominal exercises. Sauna. Shower. Go.
After almost 2 months of jaw pain and 5 dental appointments, I have finally received what I hope will end all jaw pain.
Behold my TMJ night guard!
This transparent contraption fits over my lower teeth.
The doctor made a cast of my teeth then recreated my entire mouth/ jaw using measurements and other important dentist stuff. The Me Mouth was really cool. He showed that when I bite, my back molars do not have the same amount of space between the top and lower teeth on both sides. One side has a slightly larger gap between the top and bottom teeth. Apparently, while I’m sleeping, I subconsciously grind or clench my teeth in an attempt to “even out” the difference. This excessive muscular activity is what causes my pain. This guard was designed to a) protect my teeth from grinding b) make up for the difference in space. I hope it works!
After my jaw-inspiring appointment, I went to Aldi to do a bit of grocery shopping. Hunger led the way and I ended up leaving with way more than I needed, including these whole grain animal crackers.
Once home, I whipped up some dinner. Roasted broccoli and asparagus and a twice-baked potato. All drizzled with fresh squeezed lemon.
Broccoli and asparagus were misted with olive oil then sprinkled with sea salt and pepper before being roasted. Lemon juice enhances the flavor like you wouldn’t believe. Try it.
Last night we baked extra potatoes. Today, I scooped out the insides and mashed them up with 1 T. cream cheese, splash of milk, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and sea salt. Put back in the skins and baked.
The potato was so good that I immediately made another for lunch tomorrow. Technically, tomorrow it will be a once baked, once microwaved potato.
I also whipped up two for Sebastian’s midnight snack when he comes home from work tonight.
Final project of the day: more homemade almond butter!
This is probably my best batch yet! Perfectly roasted. My add-ins include a drizzle of agave nectar, cinnamon, flax, hemp, and coconut oil. Yummy!
Alright, I hope you have a great day! I’m off to try out my new night guard. Night!