Let’s get right to my things of thankful for the week.
1. A Monday night dinner date- by dinner I mean bottle of wine and charcuterie tray
2. Coming home from work to a home cooked dinner complete with a fancy appetizer
3. Winning another book on goodreads
4. Being featured on the A to Z Challenge blog
5. Treating myself to some bright flowers and waiting for the tulips to bloom
6. Getting so many good tips to avoid future headache/migraine misery
7. Booking a beach house on the Cape for a week in August (if only summer would arrive)
Actually, let’s not push it and force the ten.
I’m thankful this week is over and there won’t be an alarm clock waking me up in the morning. And I wish TGIF was on right now but since it’s not, I’m calling it a night.
What are you thankful for this week?
I spent yesterday rotating between clutching my head and massaging my neck while wishing I was curled up underneath my desk. Actually, who am I kidding? I spent it wishing I was in my own comfortable bed with a masseuse and good drugs.
I woke up with a headache that slowly dwindled on the border of being a migraine, an affliction I’m sadly graced with on a far too regular basis.
As soon as I woke up with that pounding feeling, I crawled into the shower and spent 30 minutes with the lights off laying down hoping that the warm water would calm me. That didn’t work. And yes, I know it is totally strange that I lay down in my shower.
Isn’t it the worst that the days you ‘need’ to be at home in bed are days you have back to back meetings followed by work dinners? Sometimes you just have to suck it up. And then cancel the dinner.
Headaches have been a way of life for me since visits to the nurse’s office of my elementary school. The migraines started coming later in life but made up for their overdue arrival with frequency. For a while, they were happening two to three times a week. After my divorce, that excessive craziness stopped but unfortunately they still pop up far too often.
I’ve tried the preventative pills. They gave me pretty crazy side effects. I use the on the spot medication when I can but as soon as I take them I fall asleep (and only sometimes wake up without a lingering pain). Plus I can’t take the good stuff because of my depression meds. What else can I do?
I’m not a doctor and I’m certainly not an expert on anything but experiencing them, but here are some things that sometimes work at locking down a headache before it turns into a migraine.
- Drink a lot of water. Drown that sucker.
- Go for a walk outside and get fresh air.
- Sit in a dark place and totally make your brain stop cranking. Relax.
- Try taking an over the counter med as soon as it starts. Excedrin Migraine is my best friend. Just don’t overdo it and end up with rebound headaches.
- Crack open a diet coke. Or if you drink coffee, unlike me, have one. Caffeine is your lifeline.
- Lay down with a frozen water bottle behind your neck. The pressure helps, I swear.
- Put a cold cloth on your head. Your mom’s cool hand also works.
Obviously, these aren’t all guaranteed to work. If they were, I wouldn’t be writing this post in the first place. But sometimes you luck out and those times are the best times.
What are some tricks you use to prevent or stop a headache in its tracks?
It’s no secret around here that I love to read. I devour books and then try to convince all my friends and family to do the same (or not).
So, when I received a copy of Susan Rebecca White’s A Place at the Table to review, I was thrilled.
And then when I learned that the book is a Target Club pick for the month of March? Well, that had me even more excited to read. After all, Target usually has the best books lined up on their recommendation shelves.
Since I’m a recent goodreads convert, I’ll let my new favorite site summarize the book:
A rich, beautiful novel about three unlikely, complex characters who meet in a chic Manhattan café and realize they must sacrifice everything they ever knew or cared about to find authenticity, fulfillment, and love.
A Place at the Table tells the story of three richly nuanced characters whose paths converge in a chic Manhattan café: Bobby, a gay Southern boy who has been ostracized by his family; Amelia, a wealthy Connecticut woman whose life is upended when a family secret finally comes to light; and Alice, an African-American chef whose heritage is the basis of a famous cookbook but whose past is a mystery to those who know her.
As it sweeps from a freed-slave settlement in 1920s North Carolina to the Manhattan of the deadly AIDs epidemic of the 1980s to today’s wealthy suburbs, A Place at the Table celebrates the healing power of food and the magic of New York as three seekers come together in the understanding that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole.
I love both the south and NYC so definitely enjoyed those aspects of the story. Each character had their own voice and by the end of the book, I felt like I knew them all. But be warned, it’s definitely not a light read as I originally thought purely by judging the cover. The topics are heavy and thought provoking. It’s not a beach read but it is certainly one to tackle.
Now, since I enjoyed this book so much, I’m giving you all the chance to get a copy for yourself. The paperback edition was released yesterday but if you win the below, I’ll spring for it for you (especially since I got my copy for free).
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