Things that make me happy:
1. I brought back an old favorite for zucchini season--this chocolate zucchini bread recipe is delicious. I might note that instead of using melted chocolate as called for in the recipe, I toss in chocolate chips. Probably an immoderate number of chocolate chips. Regardless, my children are eating zucchini and don't even know it. Bwahahahahaha!
2. I love love love the taco trucks. I would go so far as to say the best culinary experience in this town is the taco tucks. (It is not a high bar, as this town is full of mediocre chain restaurants.) Shrimp tacos, where have you been all my life? Carnitas fries, git in mah belly! Chimichurri steak over fries, I love you so!
Mexican food in southern California is EXCELLENT. I did not even know that LIKED Mexican food till we moved here.
3. I currently have very little back and neck pain!
I have lived with near constant back and neck pain for ten years now, ever since spraining my neck right before getting married. Sometimes its better and sometimes its worse, but it is always there. About two months ago, my back pain began ratcheting up, until I was at a point where I knew I was going to sprain my neck again soon. When I get to that point I live in fear that each time I reach for a pen or brush my teeth or look to the left I will suddenly be spasming with a new sprain.
No matter how many massages I was getting or how many muscle relaxers I was taking, nothing seemed to work. I wasn't even getting any pain relief, let alone making my back better. I felt like my entire body was cocked to the left. Everything felt out of wack. I felt brittle, like I was waiting to break. Also--weird thing that I've never heard of happening to anyone else--I had a two ribs out of place. One in the front that I could actually feel poking out, and one in the back that was causing a giant knot right under my shoulder.
The Mister has been nagging me to go to a doctor or a chiropractor and get to the root of my problems. However, doctors generally just give me muscle relaxers and tell me to get physical therapy, and I did not feel that I got any benefit out of the last chiropractor I went to, so I dragged my feet.
Finally, feeling that I had nothing to lose with going to a chiropractor, I went to someone the Mister found. AND IT WAS AWESOME. Apparently having a pokey-outey rib will totally screw up your back and pull everything out of wack? The chiro popped it back in, adjusted my back and neck, and in ten minutes my back pain went from an 8 out of 10 to a 2.
I've had some difficult health problems over the past few years, and one of the things I am most thankful for is my health. When I am feeling good, I think about it--I notice it, and I am thankful for it. I don't take it for granted. On days I wake up without pain, I am thankful. And happy.
What are you happy about today?