Yeah, well it's not all sunshine and rainbows and unicorns as you may have imagined. Being a legit contact sport, there are injuries involved and the Derby Gods have decided that it was a good idea to saddle me with not one, but TWO bad ones right in a row. Remind me to send them a nice gift basket.
For the second half of June I was on crutches due to a torn tendon in my thigh sustained during the Mayhem vs Gridlock game.
|Me at ECDX in June, watching my team roll to 2 awesome victories. Clearly, beer is a great pain medication.|
(evidence courtesy of Hela Skelter)
Then, just as that was finishing healing up and the prospect of playing in the next All-Star game in July was looking strong, guess what? Here Pie! Have a separated shoulder! So, it was back to the sidelines for me, this time in a sling. (By the way, slings in July weather = very not fun.)
Obviously as you can imagine, these little annoyances made cooking quite the task for me. Precisely the reason why I keep a Jon around the house! I was more than willing to hand over the kitchen – dirty dishes and all – for a while, and despite my constant cries of making sure I eat healthy and light because I wasn't able to do any exercise, Jon made sure I got my fill of calories.
My favorite was definitely the caramel popcorn. Sweet, sticky, crunchy and gooey.
|Not even done and it's already stuck in his teeth.|
|Break out the dental floss!|
And, thanks to a 3-armed trip to the farmers market, he put up his first batch of garlic dill pickles.
We got to eat a jar (well not the actual jar) two weekends back. They were garlicky with a perfect vinegar bite to them. Really snappy pickles! A big improvement from the batch last year, and I'm looking forward to more treats to spoil me from Jon in the kitchen! I could get used to this...
... but alas, the sling is long gone, I am four weeks into physical therapy and back to dirty dishes detail in the kitchen.
I'm feeling pretty strong and in shape thanks to some weight training, a bunch of brutal spinning workouts and many many (also brutal) protein shakes to help my muscles rebuild and strengthen from my injuries. I just got cleared to start skating again without physical contact next week and things are looking up!
I owe it all to the caramel popcorn. Thank you for coating my misfortune (and teeth) in sugary goodness. I hope we meet again, sans medical aides.
Oh, and Jon, thanks for doing the dishes.
|Adhesive mustache kiss at ECDX!|
(picture by Hela Skelter)