Five Things Friday #252 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #252

Happy Friday!

I hope you've had a wonderful week. Monday I had an MRI on my knee because it has been bothering me for a couple months now. It started as my left knee and with some common sense and some PT help, I realized that my form on some movements had changed after having Miles. By correcting that form and strengthening some accessory muscles, I was able to help that pain go away, but before that I had been compensating with my right knee. Now my left knee is better, but my right knee hurts differently and has for longer than the other and in some instances I'm not able to put weight on it to get back to standing. Unfortunately, the results didn't show anything which was a let down because I thought for sure that there would be something of note in there. I'm having someone else look at it as well and likely consulting with a friend who is a physical therapist and then we will go from there. I'm sure that it's linked to the same structural changes that occurred after Miles, but now it's about figuring out exactly what the issue is.

Aside from that, it's been a pretty easy week. I've been able to find a good balance between getting work done and spending quality time with Miles, that is, until something changes again. 🙂 He's on his way to crawling still so once that happens it'll be a whole new ballgame. 

To wrap things up, here are some of my favorite things from this week. I hope you enjoy!

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1. Bamba Snacks @ Trader Joe's

I knew about these as a snack to give to children to increase their exposure to peanuts (assuming they don't have an allergy of course), but I just recently found out that Trader Joe's carries them. Miles LOVES them and it is the most food he has ever fed himself in one sitting. I also love them and maybe kind of ate the rest of the bag while reading the other night. Whoops.

Another fun fact is that these are an Israeli product and have been regularly fed to children there for years. Thanks to science and technology, it was noted that children in Israel had significantly fewer peanut allergy cases than in America, which was attributed to their early exposure to peanuts through these snacks. It was one of the reasons why the recommendation was changed from avoiding peanuts until children are three to exposing them early and often!

2. Jar Grips

These are something that I always wish I had in the moment and then when I get the lid off, I immediately forget about. We had some growing up and they were always immensely useful, so when the thought crossed my mind again the other day, I bought them immediately on Amazon before I forgot again. 

I will say that as I searched for "jar opener," the suggested Amazon searches were also "jar opener for seniors with arthritis" and "jar opener for weak hands," so I felt like Amazon was attacking me, but I bought these nonetheless. 🙂

3. Barilla Ready Pasta

When I first saw this in stores I actually made fun of it because I thought "how hard is it to just make pasta?" I actually grabbed a bag the other day at the store, though, because I wanted to give Miles some pasta to try but didn't feel like getting a whole box and boiling it (ha). I also realized it was also great for people to take to work and whip up a quick lunch since it's ready in 60 seconds and fully cooked. 

So yes, it may be a lazier way, but it's also quicker and easier which I also enjoy. 🙂

4. Baby iPhone

As much as I try and stay off my phone when I'm around Miles, he does see me use it whenever I take pictures of him (which is a lot haha). Because of that, whenever he sees it he reaches for it and plays with it and can apparently unlock features that I don't even know about in seconds flat.

I looked for a toy version that would hopefully hold his interest, and I went for this one off Amazon. At only $9 it's been incredibly worth it and he's been playing with it ever since. There are lights, songs, numbers, fruits, etc., which actually surprised me given how simplistic it looks. Of course he doesn't really know what any of those things are yet, but he seems fascinated with it and it's definitely one of my favorite things this week!

5. Dracula

Over the weekend Neil and I watched Dracula on Netflix, the 3-episode series by the creators of Sherlock and originally on BBC. I really liked the first two episodes and was a little let down by the third, but am happy to discuss. 

ANYWAY, I realized that despite my love of classical fiction, I had never read the actual book, so I ordered it while half asleep and have been reading it every night since. It's really good and I love the way that story is told through different diary entries and news clippings. It allows for you to get a more well rounded view of what's going on based on different viewpoints. Definitely recommend if you haven't read it!

That's all for this week friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

1 comment on “Five Things Friday #252

  1. I’m sorry about your knee – I’m actually having the same problem but with my ankles! I exercised a bit too hard the beginning of this year and now I can barely walk 🙁 Going for an MRI myself tomorrow! Anyway, thanks for sharing your five things, Erin. Have a great weekend! ❤️✨

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