Back to the Dining Room

So, I know it’s November…buuut…I got a little carried away blogging yesterday:

…and neglected to share some last Halloween photos with you.



Here are our “tombstones” at night – the result of our hard-work on our Halloween crafts. I think I may put these in the back yard next year to scare out friends.


And the Jackolantern I drew.


And the Jackolantern hubby drew.


Plus the mister made another appearance for the trick or treaters.


With my recent back/neck/shoulder pain, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the cause may be. I’m a big believer in treating the cause, not the symptom, so I think the pain is stemming from something…just can’t quite put my finger on it. Stess is probably a factor. But some other things may not help.

Tables/Desks seem to be my main issue.


For example, hubby and I usually eat off our coffee table. And when I say “usually”, I mean 99% of the time. This can’t be good for my back.


I used to blog from this armless chair on a small side table. Not exactly ergonomic.


But yesterday I re-arranged my blog space so I’m using a real desk (thanks to Kath!). I just need an office chair instead of this dining room chair. I am really loving the view of my backyard and the new set up is so much more Work Chic!

Other things that may contribute to my shoulder/back/neck pain:

  • The heavy bags I’m always carrying (bag lady anyone?)
  • My heavy purse
  • Non-ergonomic desk at work
  • Sleeping oddly on my side

Who knows, but I think eating and working spaces being more ergonomically friendly will help.


Today, I ate this beautiful red bell pepper straight from my garden. I mean, I rinsed it off, de-seeded it and cut it into strips, but I literally had plucked it from the stem 5 minutes before chowing down. The flavor was impeccable.



And I had some really tasty, homemade applesauce from Kate + Nate. Thanks guys!


Anywho, since I’ve been thinking so much about my back and stuff, I decided to set up a fancy-ish dinner on our dining room table while hubby was out picking up take-out.

Eating on our dining room table…a novel concept, no? 😉



Hubby and I split a side salad first.




Then bread and lasagna! The cool weather had us craving something cozy, but we didn’t want to wait for home-made lasagna.


Btw, I have nothing to wear for Foodbuzz! 🙁 Guess I’d better figure something out, though, because I need to get to packing!

And I’m trying to coordinate a special event during the Foodbuzz weekend. Cross your fingers for me please!


The Chic Life blog has a new page! Check out my page all about Travel (click). I spent all night last night compiling this info, so hopefully you enjoy browsing through the links. I almost didn’t realize how much I’ve done this year! I did a lot of traveling in 2010! 🙂


Where do you eat most of your dinners?

14 thoughts on “Back to the Dining Room”

  1. I usually eat on my futon since I’m often alone (I watch movies or read while eating). I’m kind of worse than you since I don’t use any kind of table :P.
    I only eat at my table when my boyfriend is here, which is maybe 1-2 meals a week! (Of course there are also the meals I don’t eat at home).

  2. I eat most of my meals on my lap on the couch. My biggest neck issue comes on my treadmill, if I turn my head while working out my neck gives me major issues. I second Sana’s call for your hubby to give you a massage. One of the benefits for being married!

  3. I instilled the rule of ALWAYS eating dinner at the table. It’s so nice to be able to come home and connect after a day and dinner is usually the only time my husband and I have to do this. The table provides less distraction.

  4. I love your Halloween decorations! They’re so cool and creative!!! Isn’t decorating for the holidays FUN!

    Hope your neck and back feel better! I have neck problems too – some “disc” problem. I think most of us women all carry heavy purses. I try to downsize but it isn’t easy.

    Take care!

  5. We used to eat at our coffee table every night for the first 6 years of our marriage. Then we had kids and consistently eat at our kitchen table. Love your new blogging space + the view.

  6. we eat at our dining room table most of the time. but i do 90% of my schoolwork (when i’m at home) on the couch. not good for my back at all, esp because i stretch out and the arm hits me midway along my back. ouch. so i’ve started working at the dining room table. i don’t like the location of our desk so i don’t work there…maybe i should rearrange things!


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