This is going to be the extent of cooking for the time being. Luckily, Gene said he doesn't mind and that it was "pretty good for store bought". Dinner tonight was Paul Newman sauce over Stouffer's frozen meatballs over fresh (grocery store fresh, not real fresh) pasta with garlic breadsticks. I will be cooking but I can't do anything complicated for a while.
Complicated or not, this is what I appreciate about Ruth at Once Upon a Feast's weekly Presto Pasta Nights Round-up Event. Pasta can be as simple or as complicated as we make it. Versatility is my favorite thing about pasta. Every Friday, Ruth presents a round up of pastas from that week. Click HERE for the link.
My problem is still my knee. It's getting worse. The anti-inflammatories and cortisone shot didn't work so I had to go to an orthopedic surgeon last week. After making me cry (kidding, sort of) manipulating my knee and leg, he said he's convinced I do have bursitis but that I've also torn the meniscus (cushion between the long bones) that will require fixing. That means a knee scope. However, that was his best guess pending the MRI which I had Wednesday.
Let me tell you, I will whine to high heavens because that MRI hurt. I can bend my knee, actually it feels better when I bend it. It's straightening it out and putting weight on it that hurts, so when they laid me down on the MRI table, pushed my leg down flat, and then locked my knee down into a plastic holder to keep me absolutely still...well, let's just say that was the longest 45 minutes I've had in a long time and afterwards I was chewing vicodin like Tums. Man, that was not fun. So I'm probably looking at surgery but I won't know exactly what, when, and where until the first of the week.
In the meantime, I don't get around very well at all, much less in the kitchen. I have to be in and out like the wind because I obviously don't stand well for any length of time. But even with that, my pseudo-homemade spaghetti, I think, it's still healthier for us than ordering in from a restaurant or sending Gene to a drive-thru. I ran by the grocery real quick today and picked up lots of fresh veggies for salads and stir fries. That's quick, easy, and good for both of us too. In spite of not being able to do any cardio/walking, I have been trying to eat very healthily and do as many floor exercises as I can manage. I only have three pounds left to lose and I'll be back where I was before Christmas/vacation in Vegas. Sucks, but at least I'm headed in the right direction again and it gives me something to concentrate on while I'm at home.
I admit I'm having trouble concentrating. I should be writiing like crazy every day but I'm not. I am writing some but not as much as I'd like. The knee hurts most of the time even with the pain pills, and the pills zonk me out... so I'm trying to not feel guilty and just do what I can each day. That includes posting on the blogs too. I can do some but with not being able to cook I haven't been posting much this week. I've done much more staring at the monitor than typing, mostly watching for the latest on Paris-I'm-such-an-idiot-Hilton postings on the celebrity blogs than working on my own. But that's life. I just don't have it in me right now.
I have found one small constructive thing to occupy my time. My niece, Jordan, and my nephew, Isaac, both share the birthday of May 24th. We're having a joint party here at my house the weekend following their birthdays and for the first time in a couple of years I'm making all of the nieces and nephew's (only the kids) cakes this year. For Isaac I need to build a sculpted Kenworth cab and for Jordan (turning 15) she wanted something "cool", as in an all black cake with black roses. I talked her into letting me put at least one accent color in because black on black would actually get lost tihout something to contrast with it so she said she'd trust me. I've sketched three different cakes in detail, one with gothic architecture influences, one with art nouveau motifs, and then the one I settled on which will be much more sleek and modern in black and white. I can sit down at the table to work with fondant, so although I'm going to frost the cake in black and white buttercream, I'm making fondant flowers. They look like this. To me they're crisp and modern but they also remind me of Lone Star quilt blocks. Anyone else see that in them?
I can't wait to surprise both kids at the party.