Friday morning, after coughing all night, I finally went to the doctor. If you live in New York City and ever need to see a doctor quickly, I highly recommend the Beth Israel Medical Group. They have a walk-in clinic at each of their locations which guarantees you see a doctor within an hour! Even better, these doctors spend half their time seeing regular patients as well which means if you like one, they can become your primary care doctor. That’s what happened to me on Friday! Finally, some luck came my way!!
The doctor confirmed that I had bronchitis and therefore immediately gave me three different prescriptions to help with the cough, aches, stuffy head. In addition, she also suggested that I put aside my running aspirations until at least Monday but preferably Tuesday, depending on how I feel. She insisted that my body needed to use all its’ energy to fight the bronchitis and heal. Duly noted doc, I want to get better too!
With this new knowledge, Bo and I altered our weekend plans a bit. The last thing I wanted to do, thanks to my lack of smell and therefore taste, was go out to dinner. The only thing I craved was some quality time with Bo and comfortable PJ’s.
After 7 meals of soup, I finally decided it was time for some real food. Friday night we ordered from our favorite Greek restaurant and spent the evening catching up on the three Grey’s Anatomy episodes. Holy drama! I’m loving this show more than normal right now!
The medication worked its’ magic as I slept a solid 12 hours Friday night! We didn’t wake up until 10:30 and spent the entire morning cleaning, taking our winter clothes down to storage, and getting ready for next weekend’s Diamond Derby party. There isn’t much we can do this far in advance but at least we can get out all the décor and such.
Around 2pm we decided it was time to enjoy some fresh air and a workout. Since Bo’s allergies are at their all-time worst state, we headed to Equinox instead of our Central Park plan. Bo ran 6 miles on the treadmill while I power walked 3.5 on an incline, catching up on lots of my April magazines. After the walk I spent 10 minutes doing pushups, ab work, and headstands. The doctor said I was free to workout as long as I kept it lighter than normal, didn’t spin or run and didn’t exceed an hour, regardless the intensity.
We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering through Union Square Farmer’s Market and Whole Foods. We saw some crazy sights including protesters, larger than life flowers and this humungous Opa fish they were cutting fresh in Whole Foods!
Many people have asked how we make time for each other and one of our favorite ways is to cook together. We unplug for 2-3 hours and spend the evening cooking, laughing, making a mess in the kitchen, and sipping wine together.
Last night was no exception as we made two of the recipes from the Hali’imaile General Store cookbook, my favorite restaurant in Maui!
Dinner included a delicious, spicy Crab Topped Gazpacho which took all of 15 minutes to make using our Vita-Mix!
Our main course was something we’ve never made at home before, chicken and mushroom lettuce wraps! These took a bit more time, most of which was the chopping and preparation, but the recipe made enough for at least two nights and was so flavorful even I could taste the rich mushroom and the Asian influences.
All together now!
This delicious food, paired with lots of Downton Abbey was the perfect way to spend time with Bo while also giving my body the much needed rest and nourishment it needed and craved. Not to mention that chewing was a nice new sensation after many meals of Progresso Soup!
Now, just like that, I’m off to Houston for three days of consumer research! This is trip 1 of many for the next few months and I’ll be back later to share my first round of tips for keeping sane during a busy travel season.
Have a wonderful Sunday! I wish I was staying in New York City so I could enjoy the incredible weather and wish my cousin many happy wishes at her baby shower! I’m so sad to miss Meredith’s big day but I have lots of Hawaiian surprises for her little bean when she finally greets us!