I have a serious question for you guys: where do we stand on botox?
Here's the thing: I have a very expressive face. Like, so expressive that if you say something I think is stupid you will 100% know exactly what I think because my face is unable to hide my thoughts.
Something about the stress of the last six-ish months has really manifested in my forehead and I guess I raise my eyebrows a lot when I'm talking / yelling at my kids, because by the end of the day my forehead is on freaking fire. I swear this started the moment I turned 40 and has only been getting worse.
By the end of the day I am legitimately rubbing peppermint foot lotion into my aching forehead, which I am certain is not its designated use (this stuff is awesome though), and holding an icepack over my brow while googling whether botox is the answer. So I'm asking you seriously, is it?
Do I need to paralyse my forehead with botulism in order to get some relief? Because my kids are small so I figure there are many years of yelling and eyebrow raising in my future, and I'm fairly certain if I don't take action my forehead is going to peel itself right off of my face.
If you knew me IRL you'd know, based on my standard uniform of grey hair, no makeup, yoga pants, and a questionably clean hoodie, that this isn't a vanity thing. But my forehead hurts and I want answers!
Maybe you've noticed that there are now random videos popping up on this website? Videos, which typically have ads running in them, are an important revenue source for bloggers. I have wanted to have nothing to do with video and fully planned (and still do) to outsource recipe video production for some of my top posts rather than doing it myself.
My friend Sarah, who I also refer to as my blog wife, kept nagging me about making these quick and easy slideshow videos just to get started, and for weeks (months?) I've been like, yeah yeah, it's on my to-do list.
It IS on my to-do list, but my to-do list is mighty and never ending and ever-expanding. Anyways, Sarah got sick of nagging my lazy butt and took matters into her own hands, so when I woke up on Wednesday morning I had a bunch of emails from her with the videos made, files attached, and instructions for implementing them.
Real friends micromanage their friends' revenue streams.
So, I know you guys were bummed out last week when I told you my bathroom was operational again and you were all like, well what are we even going to talk about now? Fear not, my friends.
Swedish apartment buildings are insane about doing maintenance. It's a good thing because they are generally very well maintained, but there's this dreaded pipe-changing thing that happens approximately every 50 years where they change the entire plumbing system in a building. I mean, literally rip all of the pipes out and put new ones in, which means ripping out bathrooms and living for weeks or months without a plumbing.
We dodged the bullet in our last apartment, which was starting this process, but we managed to sell our place just at the right time and moved out exactly one day before this started, which was very advantageous for us, but also for our buyers who were able to defer moving in until it was done and they got themselves a shiny brand new bathroom out of the deal.
Our current building, of course, needs to have this done, but the board has opted instead for this less invasive relining of the plumbing system, which involves, as best as I can tell, shoving a gigantic pipe cleaner down the pipes and scraping 50-ish years worth of rust and crud off of the inside, followed by piping some gnarly smelling liquid plastic stuff down in order to reline and seal the pipes.
We knew this was coming, and when they sent a notice around asking people if they'd like to book a bucket toilet I contacted the project manager and said a) yes we would like to poop in a bucket, and b) when exactly will this be happening. He said it would be starting on Monday June 3, as in tomorrow.
So you can imagine my surprise last Monday, as in Monday May 27, as in not in any way, shape, or form Monday June 3, when two dudes showed up at our apartment at 7:30 in the morning and started dismantling my brand new bathroom. I mean, taking the wall mounted toilet off of the wall and casually shoving it into the bath tub, fully removing the sink and toilet from the other bathroom, and turning off all of the running water in our home other than in the kitchen sink.
We were sitting in our pyjamas, faces unwashed, teeth unbrushed, merrily eating our breakfast when this happened, and then I suddenly had a three-year-old who had just spent six months taking baths in the kitchen sink losing his little mind - and really, who can blame him - when he saw the guys starting to take the toilet apart.
Luckily this was quick and painful, over in a matter of days, not months, and luckily also we are already very accustomed to not having a bathroom. The kicker this time was not being able to use the drains AT ALL. So we had to collect our grey water, from hand washing and dishes and whatnot, in a bucket we stuck in the kitchen sink, and schlep it down 7 floors to pour down the storm drain out back. It was like camping, only really really not cool.
And yes, friends, we pooped in the bucket. That part was actually not that bad.
They're coming back this week to continue working on other suites in our building, which means our water (and drains!) will be off during the day. And then apparently they'll be back sometime in August do do the main pipes under the building which will mean more blocks of days with the drains closed. Our neighbour is due to give birth right when that part is happening and is naturally freaking out about it and I'm like, girl, I feel you. I really do.
Like I said, I need botox. Or, I don't know. A lot of alcohol? Both? Probably both.
One of my favourite readers, Gail, left the following comment on my Spicy Tofu Grain Bowls:
"Katie, this is the best way evah to do tofu!!! We need your readers to boost this recipe to the top ten of all time. Help us! Even better than that mung bean thing that consistently rises to the top.
Thank you again.
Ok people, you heard her, get to work! ????
She's not wrong, it IS the best way EVAH to do tofu. So good I think it deserves its own post at some point, but for now, let's give that recipe some much deserved love!
ON HEY NUTRITION LADY THIS WEEK
We started the week off the best way to start any week, and that is with a butt-load of vegetables! Specifically, these Mediterranean Roast Vegetables.
Then I thought it was time I get up on my soapbox for my annual post on why you don't need to detox.
And lastly, if you need something to do with all those roasted vegetables, we did a super easy and delicious oven-baked Roasted Vegetable Frittata.
WHAT’S TRENDING ON HNL
Here’s what’s trending this week, according to Google Analytics:
1. Spicy Tofu Grain Bowls. Not really, but we're putting it there just for you, Gail!
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4. No Sugar Banana Bran Muffins. Mmmhmm.
5. Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie. Hey-o!
What's Good Around The Web
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