Vegas went bust

My weekend was not quite what I had planned. All week I felt kind of blah like I was fighting something off and it was getting the upper hand. Then Tuesday I got one of those half your head, hurts to move migraines.

Before weight loss surgery I used to get frequent migraines, the curl up in a fetal position in a dark room types. I was treated by a neurologist and was on medications that sort of helped. I was told that when I lost weight I might not suffer from them anymore... wrong. They are not as bad or as frequent and I am not on any medication (other than over the counter stuff I'll pop once and awhile) but I get my share of them. I have been taking note of when and it seems to be either a few days before or after my cycle (we girl's are cursed), hormonal maybe? I deal and usually a cold compress, quiet, sleep and fluids help.

Wednesday though quiet and sleep weren't an option. I had to get my butt in gear and pack and prepare for my road trip and weekend in Vegas. My head was still gnarly and the OTC stuff I was popping was not touching it. As I was packing the last of my stuff for Vegas I was feeling like crap, shaky and nauseous. I had two pals coming to pick me up for the 4 1/2 hour drive to Vegas in the AM and I sat in a heap on the floor and cried. I knew it wasn't going to happen. I made my calls to say I wouldn't be going :(

I was so sad to miss the event but even more sad to miss seeing some pals I only see once or twice a year and all the people I'd never met that were going. I had a darn cute cowgirl night outfit planned too.

I've spent the last 2 days mostly sleeping. I ended up going to the Urgent Care on Thursday afternoon and they said that something I was fighting all week was a sinus infection. I was glad at that point I had decided not to go but you know still bummed at the timing of it all. I couldn't have gotten sick last week or next... noooo. Whatcha gonna do?! It's better to be sick in your own bed then the party pooper sicky in a hotel room everyone checks on.

Moving forward. I felt much better this morning. Not 100% but good enough to go to the farmer's market for an hour or so. I got some beautiful strawberries, sweet onions, zucchini (I'm addicted to that Zucchini Pasta), apples, mushrooms (thinking Chicken Marsala), what else oh yeah a block of feta cheese. This was me this morning.

I think you can see it in my eyes I'm not 100% though I am sporting the cute capris I scored these last week on Macy's clearance rack for $17. Size 4. Woot.

Tomorrow to make up for the depressing weekend I ended up having I am going to sit and stare at the ocean for a few hours. I made this Greek inspired salad, a combination of grilled and fresh vegetables, lentils, chickpeas and feta cheese to take with me on my beach picnic.

Shelly's Beach Bean Salad

1 1/2 cups of Cooked Lentils
1 (15 oz.) can Chick Peas, rinsed and drained
Zucchini, grilled and diced
3 Tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup Feta Cheese, diced
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1 Tablespoon Garlic Olive Oil
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
Kosher Salt to taste
A few twists of Black Pepper

I used Trader Joe's precooked lentils (found in the refrigerated section) for this salad but if you don't have a TJ's near you just soak, cook and chill some dried lentils the day before you make the salad.

Slice the zucchini lengthwise, brush lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with Greek seasoning (a blend of oregano, black pepper, garlic, find in spice aisle) and grill on the BBQ till golden and bendy. Keeps in fridge for several days for salads, my bites or in frittatas, tortilla pizzas, my pasta-less manicotti, etc.

Dice about 6 slices of the zucchini. Add remaining ingredients and mix till well blended. Cover and refrigerate. These types of salads only get better the next day when the ingredients get a chance to love on one another. It's great to eat right away too. I stole a bite. Sooooo good.

So I'm hoping the soothing lullaby of crashing waves, warm sunshine, fresh air, a scoop of this delicious salad and whatever else I decide to pack in my super cool bento box tomorrow and all will be well again in my world. Hope all is well in your world.

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