A Friendly Weekend and Dealing with Knee Pain

Good morning!

This morning I’m writing with a nagging pain – my knee Confused smile I think I pulled something on our hike last Sunday, and all week last week I was dealing with a hurt knee. It seems to get better in the latter part of the day, but then in the morning, the pain is back. Ugh…I’m really hoping it just goes away on its own. I’ve never had any pain in my knees ever!

I’ve actually been eating a pretty high-inflammatory diet lately (much more sugar than usual, more bread and more starches than usual, and more alcohol than usual) so I’m wondering if that might have something to do with it. Whenever I have more aches and pains than I’d like, I typically switch to a lower-inflammatory diet. I also make sure to take my fish oil and other supplements. Anything to help! Knee pain=no hikes, which makes for a pretty grumpy Paige.


[inserting a picture from a recent hike so I don’t get the shakes]

Alas, this weekend did NOT include any hiking, which makes me super sad, because the weather has been absolutely spectacular. However, it was a certainly still a good one; one spent with good friends Friday through Sunday! Shane and I are so lucky to have such a close group of friends who all live so close to each other.

Friday, we all met up at our local cantina, where we pretty much go every single Friday, for margaritas and tamales. We were all pretty tired that night, so after we left, we all convened at one of our friends’ houses and just relaxed, until heading home. Saturday, I had to train a client earlier, and I was hoping to be able to lift afterward, but that was a huge NO go, seeing as I was half limping as I was walking to the gym.

After training, Shane and I headed down to Denver with our friends, David and Katie, to hit up the Denver Ski and Snowboarding Expo! Basically, a crap ton of ski and snowboarding stuff sold at deeply discounted prices.


It only took about 15 minutes for me to start shutting down.

Although I might not seem like it all of the time, I’m very much an introvert, in that large groups of high energy people completely zap the energy from me. I was on a mission to get a shell, snow pants, goggles, mittens, and socks, and at one point I didn’t think I’d get anything. I was so over it, plus, I have no idea what to look for. Luckily, we were there with friends who do ski, and they gave us (me) a helping hand, and we left as victors.


But then we were all simply beat afterward, and found respite in some libations at Lefthand Brewing Company.


We actually attempted to go somewhere in Denver, but we were all pretty much over Denver at that point, and came to a unanimous decision to head back to our own backyard, instead. It was a good call, too, because Lefthand had Ro-chatas on tap! Milk Stout + Horchata = deliciousness in a pint glass.

The fun continued from there, when we grabbed a couple more friends and headed down to Louisville for a night out on the town. First to a brewery, and then to the most delicious restaurant! No pictures, but we had mussels, mozzarella and toast, bread and butter, and then I ordered barbeque chicken and lentils, and proceeded to make a mess out of myself.

Afterward, we may have played with fire…


Winking smile

On Sunday, I was finally able to sleep in until almost 7:00! Ever since the time change, I’ve been waking up by 5:45 every single morning. I was so thankful my body let me sleep in yesterday, although that probably had something to do with the later bedtime Smile And then we reconvened again for breakfast at a nearby diner:


And omelet with tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms. It was all right.

The rest of the day included cleaning, and taking Niko for a walk, as it was sunny and in the 60’s! Oh, how I love Colorado weather.

And on that note, this post is becoming a novel. Better go!

What’s the best thing you did this weekend?

Do you tend to shut down around big crowds?

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  1. when I got married it irked me how the husband HAAATED big crowds.
    I just left him at home :-)
    Im just as he is now—and now we BOTH GO because the child loves crowds :-)
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  2. Yes, yes, absolutely yes. I swear I could actually feel your pain as I was reading this. I am AWFUL in huge crowds. I always tell people I have social anxiety, and it’s very hard for me to be around a ton of people especially when I don’t know them well. I’m much better in a small group of old friends.
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  3. ah! that’s so interesting you said you shut down. you should have seen me in rome, italy. the crowds! i was so excited to be seeing all the sites, but was overwhelmed by all the people. on another note, i am jealous of all the discounted goods. except i can’t even go skiing here, ha!
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  4. Judging by all those bags I’d say you scored!

    I’m the same way with crowds – definitely NOT a fan! The best thing I did this weekend was make a random decision to go out for breakfast Sunday morning with my wife and have cinnamon roll french toast. SO good!
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  5. Feel better! Crowds totally freak me out too. Especially in shopping situations. Glad yall got some good stuff

  6. Whoa, I resonate so much with how you said crowds “zap” the energy from you and you “shut down”. The same thing happens to me (and a bunch of other readers judging by the comments). I thought I was the only one… haha, silly me!

  7. What a fun social weekend, although I’m sorry to hear about your knee pain! Hope you heal up soon! I am not a crazy crowd lover, but I don’t mind them either, so knowing there is one doesn’t usually affect my plans. I had a pretty social weekend but the best thing was definitely welcoming my husband home after a week away at a conference in the Netherlands…love being together again! :D
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  8. I feel the same way around crowds!! I get nauseated sometimes when there are big crowds… even worse if attention is brought to me.
    I’m so sorry about your knee! I know that has to be so frustrating.
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  9. You and James are so alike. He shuts down with big crowds too but warms up after a while. Hope the knee heals fast!

  10. Hope your knee feels better soon!! It’s hard being in big crowds…I don’t shut down but sometimes it’s overwhelming! You’re human :)
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