Puppet Run

October 28th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Fitness

So I hurt my wrist.

Wrist Hurt

I know. It’s always something, right? Left pointer finger. Left knee. Left wrist. What’s left?

I’m not even sure how I did it. I think it’s keyboard/ergonomics related, so I’ve changed some things up on my desk, but the pain went from “niggly” to “bad” to “awful” in a matter of days. Dr. Google suggested a wrist brace and it’s helping! The real doctor today said the same thing about the brace, but didn’t agree with my self diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Whatever the case, I’m feeling better today than yesterday, but not “normal” by any stretch of the word.

The good news is that with the brace and resting it (typing this whole post with my right hand) I should feel much better by next week.

More good news, I can still do “the claw” to the children’s faces. (lovingly. they like it, don’t worry)

The Claw

Best news yet, I can still run.

However, much like last year with a bandaged finger that I couldn’t get into rubber gloves to wash the dishes, I couldn’t get my hand into my running glove this morning. It was 33 out when I got up, gloves were absolutely necessary.

Wrist Brace Glove

Zak, who worked from home this morning (therefore allowing me time for a daylight weekday morning run) watched me attempt and struggle to get a small glove on my large left hand. He soon suggested I use a sock to keep my hand warm.

I thought it over and then agreed this was a fine idea. He remembered the lone, thick wool sock he had in his drawer and I scurried off to fetch it.

It was plenty warm, although a bit longer than I anticipated.

Sock Mitten

I also didn’t anticipate finding a button sewn on the end of the sock either.

“Oh yeah”, he said. “We were going to make that into a snake sock puppet.”

So me and the one eyed snake went for a run this morning.

Puppet Snake Glove

Old One Eye gave me a kiss on the cheek and then shouted “GO! GO! GO!” in my ear and we were off for a cold but pleasant four miles this morning.

My sore wrist is also why I didn’t post a recipe for the pumpkin muffins I made (one handed, I might add) yesterday. I wasn’t up for pecking out a one handed recipe last night. Today I’m ready to peck away.

The recipe I used made enough for one dozen muffins and one loaf of bread. Both kids are loving this bread right now, almost as much as they love The Claw.

Pumpkin Loaf

Pumpkin Bread

1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 c oil (I used canola)
2 c sugar (the original recipe calls for 3 cups (!!) but I subbed 1 cup for a banana)
1 banana (mashed)
3 1/2 c flour (50/50 white/wheat blend)
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger

Pre heat oven to 350. Grease and flour 2 bread pans or line muffin pan with muffin tins.

Mix together pumpkin, eggs, oil, sugar and banana until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients and slowly stir into wet ingredients and then pour into prepared pans. Muffins will be ready in 20 to 25 minutes. Bread will be done in about 50 minutes.

We took the muffins to the girl’s class yesterday afternoon, we broke into the loaf today. I smeared a piece with a little cream cheese for a snack today.

Slice of Pumpkin Bread

I even put on the one eyed snake while I ate it.

OK, not really, but that does sound like fun! Maybe next time.

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