Virtual Coffee

Hi friends!

It’s Tuesday, which means that it’s time for some Virtual Coffee.

If we were having coffee together today, we wouldn’t be at Starbucks, or some fancy café. We’d be sitting on my couch, since I’m home from work today. I’m actually home from work until Thursday, but I’ll get to that in a second.

If we were having coffee together today, I wouldn’t really be drinking coffee. I’d be drinking tea, or something else easy on my tummy. Like water. Or ginger ale.

Whatever I’d be drinking, I’d be drinking it out of my pretty new teacup that my auntie brought me this weekend.


It’s a piece from my great, great aunt and uncle’s wedding china. Isn’t it beautiful?!

If we were having coffee together today, I would tell you how much I love my life. I would tell you that I’ve been thanking God a lot for this wonderful life of mine, and all the amazing things in it. Like my husband and my dog and my family and my job and my home. I really have been feeling so appreciative of everything that I’ve been given lately.

But if we were having coffee, I would tell you that sometimes it’s hard to feel happy for things like my health. Because my health doesn’t seem to be doing so well these days.

That’s why I’m home from work today and tomorrow. I need to rest.

I need to recuperate. And try really hard to feel better.

2011 has been a rough year for my health. It’s involved two colonoscopies, an endoscopy, a course of aggressive antibiotics, a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, but no diagnosis of anything that may cause my inflamed large intestine. It’s involved migraines and depression and anxiety and chronic nausea and never ending pain.

But 2011 has been a really great year for everything else. It’s also involved a new puppy and a year of marriage. For these things, I’m thankful.

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that I pick up my second CSA box this afternoon. Or, rather, my friend is picking it up and bringing it to me. This past week’s contained a somewhat difficult assortment of vegetables. But you’ll be happy to know that I used everything in that box! Here is an overview of my meals for the past week:

Tuesday: Chicken stir fry with broccoli, carrots, and mizuna

Wednesday: Pork tenderloin, mashed sweet potatoes, and roasted cauliflower and broccoli

Thursday: Roasted artichoke, fennel and onion salmon, lemon pasta, and sautéed mizuna and  tatsoi

Friday: Dinner out

Saturday: Lasagna and salad {romaine, radishes, tomato}

Sunday: Roasted chicken and mashed cauliflower

Monday: Chicken noodle soup with carrots and kale

If we were having coffee this week, I would tell you that I had an amazing weekend wine tasting with my husband and seeing my family. Here are a few fun pictures that I took:

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The Reagan Library has a Christmas tree exhibit right now, with trees from each decade since the founding of our country! It’s a pretty amazing exhibit, and if you happen to find yourself in Simi Valley, I absolutely suggest it.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you not to forget to link up with your Christmas lists! And to check out this awesome opportunity for giving that my friend Jenna has come up with.

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!


Cathy said...

Take it easy over there! I hope you're feeling better soon. Maybe cupcakes and wine are just what the doctor ordered.

By the way, it's the first time I clicked over from Google Reader since your new design. Love it! And good luck with the new business!

Christianna said...

It was a blast having coffee with you once again! I'm glad that you are loving your life! Isn't that just the best? Sorry that your health is bugging you! I'll pray for a quick recovery! And tea sounds delightful!

Anonymous said...

Such a fun coffee date, thanks for having me! Your little teacup is adorable & so much sentimental value behind it. Totally hope 2012 brings much better health for you. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I was 16 and also Chronic Fatigue.

Jenna said...

Thanks for the shout out :)

I'm so sorry that you haven't been feeling well this year, I went through something like that around march, april, june, july and it was terrible (and expensive since I only have a hospital plan here).

My symptoms eventually calmed down and so it seems like it's ibs and is stress induced. I hope yours do too!

Get some rest lady!

ps we have to try and do a coffee date while I'm back! I'm flying out tomorrow!

Jessica said...

I'm sorry 2011 has been difficult on your health. I will be praying for you- for peace AND for healing! Looks like you had a good weekend though... those Christmas trees sound so cool!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

i hope you take it easy today and feel better! good for you for staying optimistic and thankful. you have a lot of wonderful people in your life and a lot of great things going on. xo

Anne588 said...

It always makes me happy to read when people struggle in one area of their live (your health) but still are thankful for all the nice things they have in live. Great attitude!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Hope you feel better! Wonderful outlook on life, even with its rough spots. Enjoy your day!

Stephanie said...

Aw man...that's no fun! Hope you are doing better. Sleep and watch Christmas movies! :)

Eliza said...

Hi there! I hope your feeling a little bit better by the time this comment reaches you. I too have had an extremely challenging year with my health, and I hope you know that you'll be in my thoughts and prayers! xoxo, eliza http://asteroid-325.blogspot.com/

Mish said...

Joelle - have you seen a good gastro? I have crohn's and an inflammed large intestine is no bueno and there IS a reason for it. sometimes you have to doctor shop around.... if you need anyone to talk to about this stuff feel free to text me.. 8053386954

Mish S.

Emma Frances said...

I hope you feel better! Health is definitely not a fun thing when you don't have it! It does make you so much more grateful for it though! And that Christmas tree exhibit looks so cool! :]

Betty said...

The tree exhibit sounds amazing! I wish there was a way for me to see it. I especially like the picture of the 1930s tree with Gone with the Wind on it!