Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Neck Update and a Couscous Salad!

Hi, friends!

*neck update* I went to the chiropractor and my doctor said that I am suffering from a neck strain. He gave me a really good, "dumbed-down" explanation, which helped me to understand what had happened and what was causing me such pain. It was explained that it only took sleeping "wrong" for a few hours for the tissue (?) between the vertebrae in my neck to get inflamed and cause SERIOUS pain. It can be caused by sleeping on your stomach (I'm guilty of this), or slouching in a cushy couch for too long (also guilty...oops). My chiropractor gave me an excellent neck massage/adjustment, and gave me directions to put an ice pack or bag of peas on my neck for 10-minute intervals throughout the day. He also suggested ibuprofen, which I purchased a few hours ago! He told me to keep an eye on the pain level, and to check back with him in a few days if the discomfort hasn't decreased.
Overall: feeling better! Still some slight, achy pain...but nowhere near as miserable as I was this morning!

Due to my lack of car, I've been pretty immobile. Thankfully, my best friend Alyssa came to my rescue! She came over around noon, and I got started making us lunch!
let's get cooking!

couscous a-brownin!

I decided to make baked chicken and couscous salad...all right out of my head! So proud. :)
so fresh!

moist and flavorful chickens!


Veggie Cous Cous Salad

  • 1 cup of cooked couscous
  • 1/2 chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 2 tbsp fat free italian dressing
  • 2 tbsp Goddess dressing
  • mix and serve cold over a spinach salad!
YUM!! :)

After lunch and a little Bed, Bath, and Beyond shopping, and a successful visit to the chiropractor,  Alyssa dropped me off at my tutoring center. I purchased a new Tervis Tumbler! And immediately filled it with lots of ice and diet coke. Ahhhh yum. 

almost gone!

I tutored for a few hours, then my man friend, Ben, came to collect me from tutoring. I am SO thankful I have friends and a husband who will drive me around while my car is out of commission. The good news is that I have an appointment to get an estimate for repairs at a collision center tomorrow...which means then my car will be on it's way to recovery! It's so sad, sitting in the driveway, undriveable. 
Dinner was quick and easy: a sandwich thin with cranberry apple butter and mozzarella cheese, and a little yogurt bowl topped with blueberries and mini reese's pieces. <--- those need to be gone SOON...they're so good!
a very Peanut Butter Fingers sandwich! 

Have a good night, friends!


  1. Glad some neck relief should be on its way!
    The couscous salad looks/sounds aweeesommeee!
    I need to make me some :)