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For once, I wasn’t exaggerating

And here we are again, back to the monotony of the work week.  How is it possible that weekends when I don’t do a single thing go by the fastest?  No, seriously, the extent of my weekend activities involved throwing hot rollers in my hair and venturing to Target.  Mostly because I spent a majority of the weekend like this:

yes, that is a bag of frozen veggies on my back

Since my back looked like this:

The entire upper right 1/4 of it was too swollen to even fit in my jacket.  You can see it there, the swelling even is in my arm.  Tons of fun!  I repeated many cycles of 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off with the veggie while watching garbage on TV, and called it a night before 11 pm.

I woke up Saturday morning, and the swelling had gone down immensely, but it was still pretty tight and sore back there.  I ended up getting caught up in TNT’s marathon of motivation sports movies (Friday Night Lights, We Are Marshall, Miracle) for most of the day, before finally heading out to Target around 4 pm.

The sole purpose of the trip was to purchase groceries for the week, and ingredients to make the Baked Potato Soup recipe I’d seen floating around Pinterest.  I also happened to snag a new crock pot on sale because mine just wasn’t quite big or fancy enough.  This is the recipe I used, except I peeled my potatoes, and added 1/2 tsp of red pepper and black pepper, and I cooked it for 8 hours on low.

The smell of onions and garlic cooking all day was nearly enough to drive me crazy, and by the time 7 pm rolled around and my crock pot timer went off I was ready to eat.  Now, baked potato soup is nothing without its toppings so I quickly fried up some bacon and chopped some chives to throw on top.  A sprinkle of cheddar later, and I was shoveling this into my mouth like I hadn’t eaten for a week.

So, now I have six quarts of potato soup spread out between my refrigerator and freezer.  That’s enough to feed a small army, good thing my sister is coming to visit this weekend and has already requested I save some for her.  Don’t worry Col, you could come visit in three months and I still think there would be some left.  This soup was amazing, I don’t have an immersion blender so I put half of it in my regular blender to smooth it out while leaving the other half full of chunks of potatoes.  I can’t wait to enjoy more for dinner tonight, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next…

My back seems to be improving gradually.  I still can’t lift my arm over my head and fully straighten it, but at least now I can reach forward without feeling like something is snapping my arm back to my side.  However, I do not think any lat pull downs or hammer lat pull downs are in my future anytime soon.  We’ll see how things continue to heal.