Hello! I don't know about you, but I am definitely glad it's nearly the weekend!! This morning has been a little stressful for me!
I had a doctors appointment this morning as I have been having issues with my joints. I have flat feet and for the last month or so my feet have been hurting all the time - I go to bed at night with my feet throbbing just from a normal day's activities - and in the last week I have developed sciatica as well (which I haven't had since I was pregnant with Toby). So I booked an appointment with my doctor, and for some reason I had got it into my head that he was going to blame my weight/weigh me/discuss my diet etc so I was stressing out a bit. I'd forgotten that my doctor has a slightly abrupt way of dealing with things, so all he actually did was ask me to take my shoes off so he could see my feet, and then he immediately told me I should go see a podiatrist to get insoles fitted. Apparently the waiting time for an NHS appointment is 8 months (!!) so he recommended I book a private appointment instead, which I have done for next Friday.
After that I thought it would be a good idea to go to Waitrose for a little shopping. I've mentioned before that I'm not the most confident driver. I'm actually ok at driving but it is parking that I have issues with. Waitrose was really busy this morning and all "my" usual parking spaces (ie the ones I can get into easily) were full so I decided to try to park in one of the parent & child spaces. I had Toby with me and thought that the extra space might make it easier. Wrong. I somehow ended up right in the middle of two spaces, and after over 10 minutes and multiple attempts at reversing to try to correct myself, I gave up and drove front in to an awkward space. Shopping done I then tried to leave the car park. It was actually easier to leave than to get in - I only had to reverse 3 or 4 times - but I had at least 5 people, plus a dog who wasn't on a lead, all watching me. Urgh. That did not make it any easier especially as at one point the dog lurched towards the back of my car whilst I was (very slowly) reversing. Stress!!!
When I got home I quickly unloaded the shopping and then treated myself to coffee and cake...it was definitely needed!!
Mmmm, I've been wanting a cinnamon roll for ages, and after the stress of this morning I decided to treat myself to one in Waitrose. Plus, because of the aforementioned panic about being quizzed about my eating habits, I'd had a really light breakfast this morning so I was starving by this point!
So good. This helped relieve some of the tension in my shoulders, although I think that is more due to the fact that - in Liam's words - I drive like a little old lady hunched over the steering wheel - than due to any minor stress I've had this morning. I do realise that my "stress" is really insignificant compared to most peoples!!
Anyway, I'm trying to convince myself that the Waitrose trip was worth negotiating the car park for. I need to keep up my driving practise so it was worth it in that sense, and I also bought some tasty foods alongside the normal shopping.
Some interesting juices. When I used to make my own juices, I loved the ginger and carrot combination, and if the smoothie is as pink as I'm expecting it to be then Izzy will love it!
When I was younger, I used to easily get through a litre of juice every single day. I hardly ever buy it anymore, but still enjoy it as an occasional treat.
I also bought some Raw Health apple & cinnamon rolls. I've always liked the sound of these, but I've never been able to justify the price. Reduced though, I couldn't resist!
The box is slightly battered and they are use by the end of April...but I'm sure I'll have no problem with that!!
I also bought a wrap for an easy lunch. An expensive way of making lunch but again, nice for an occasional treat. I am normally better at avoiding the expensive pre-packaged products when I go to Waitrose, but I was still feeling a bit shaken up from the parking issues, so bought some extra bits to calm my nerves! Haha, that sounds pathetic even to me, but it's how I felt at the time!!
I ate this just before writing this post, and it was really tasty. The lentil mix was spicy but not too spicy, and it went really well with the spinach. Definitely one of the nicer pre-packaged sandwiches I've had in a while.
It's become a bit of a tradition for us to have pizza on Fridays, and luckily I remembered about it just as we were getting to checkouts. I always just write "something for dinner" on my list, but I inevitably then decide to get the rest of the shopping before making a decision, and then usually forget to go back. But today I remembered - two caramelised onion and feta pizzas (our absolute favourite - we always used to force ourselves to choose a second, different, flavour to try, but they were never as good so now we just get two of these) with some salad...
I'm sure I'll be glad that I don't have to do anything more than stick these in the oven when dinnertime rolls round tonight!
What little things stress you out? And how do you get over it?? Driving/parking is definitely the big one for me. I am getting better, but each time I get in the car I get a really bad headache just at the thought of parking when I get to my destination. The driving itself isn't too bad (although I'd prefer it if I were the only car on the roads!!) but I have rubbish spatial awareness so parking is always an issue. I've started driving Izzy to her swimming lessons every week, and by that time of day the car park is pretty empty so I don't have too much difficulty. On the way out of Waitrose this morning, it was mainly all the people standing watching me that stressed me out, although I don't have that excuse for when I parked in the first place...I don't know what went wrong there - no matter how many times I reversed, went forward, reversed again etc I could not get the car to be in one space rather than in the middle of two spaces!! Urgh, my heart is racing just thinking about it all again so I think I will finish writing now. Hopefully one day driving will be something that comes as naturally to me as it does to Liam, although I'm not convinced I'll ever stop feeling stressed about it!!