Bonus Day!

June 12, 2013 at 11:42 am (Birthday Wishes, Blood Pressure, Day to Day, Exercise, Flowers, Updates, Weather) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Still working out the kinks in my camera phone. Not all my “files” are making it through. Maybe it’s a new advanced Samsung feature when you try to send pictures through the system it automatically corrupts the file of the crap shots so you don’t even waste your time.

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That company is so smart. The first picture is a flower from my neighbors house. I have more. Of course I do. Today is an unexpected day off, so I like to call them the bonus days, in life. My plans are suddenly open and fluid. Maybe I will catch up on sleep. Maybe I will post all day. Maybe I will take a shower and remove all this excess hair from my legs. Yuck. Maybe I will sit on my ass playing Tiny Village. Now that it is my only game and play app, I can really focus on it.

*Quick side note: what do we, you, the general public, think about spending actual real world dollars on these games? I am seriously considering paying cash for crystals because I want to do stuff in this fake world faster. Leave me a note/comment when you can. Thoughts, ideas? Is this the lamest way to spend money ever? I can justify it by saying it’s an early birthday present to myself. Maybe? I got paid today and I have time to burn. These are my “for” arguments.

*Extra quick side note: I have updates on my health. Too fat. Too little exercise. Apparently I need to be doing the “cardio” kind. B/P still a skosh too elevated. I have been increased on my starter meds. But I’d like to D/C them altogether. The MD said I could if I wasn’t a rolly-polly when I come back to see him next time. Lupus titer high and positive again. (Lupus panel negative though. I may have a life-long, general, vague, comes-and-goes, inflammatory disorder to deal with for my golden years. If a face rash and some bad numbers on a blood test is all I get from this over the years, I will be a very happy camper. I can exercise and stay out of the sun. No problem.) I will be heading out to the garage to pull some of my “diet” books and revamp the current food plan. But first I need to get that shower/shave thing out of the way. And believe me I have plans for more postings about this. I already have a title for my new quest in mind. “144 by 44”. See, I will be 44 this year. And my follow up appt is after my birthday. 144 lbs might not be exactly do-able in that time frame, three months, but I can try. I hesitate to throw out my actual weight number because I am not sure if it’s fat or not. It’s a good amount under 200. It’s definitely not slim. But I am a heavy person in general. Like, heavy bones. I know that sounds like an excuse, but I’m like a deceptive bag of concrete. I might look compact and weigh what the number says on the sack, but when you go to pick me up, I-Yi-Yi!! I weigh a ton. And now your back hurts! 144 would be the least amount I have ever weighed as an adult with children. Except for the brief month, many years ago, when I weighed 138 because of a literal diet, of coffee and breath mints, when I was going through some shit. I literally could not eat food without throwing up. Not my fault. But also not a story for this bonus day either. Spoils the fun.

Maybe I will get new grass today. Literally. The village I live in tore up my yard as you may remember from ONE YEAR AGO. Almost to the day. Because of broken water mains. Click to read. Catch up here. Well they are back. Sort of. They have been coming to the house every day this week doing something to the front. Flatten it out. Dig up more. Shore up the edges. Fill in with dirt. Smooth that out. I have got to believe that sod is next. Maybe today?! I hope they hurry. I hear storms are approaching. Storms with really cool names. Derecho.

The following is copied word for word from a weather news site:

A derecho, Spanish for straight, is a widespread and long-lasting storm that comes with fast-moving thunderstorms and rain, and also can bring damaging high winds, hail as big as golf balls as well as tornadoes. Weather forecasters have been warning that this rare weather  phenomenon, which last year left a 700-mile trail of damage across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic, this time could hit a swath of states from Iowa to Maryland starting Wednesday.

Yay! At least I won’t be at work and then have to drive in it this time. I also need to seriously update some of the pages on this site. I noticed some old info floating around and we could use a freshening. Let me finish this quick. I’m running out of shower time before these kids get home. I will try to link the yard thing and post the new pics of the yard. And some flowers and probably birds. And lottery news. Still working on the scratch-offs, but I can tell you, so far, we are not winners. Still have to work for the money. I have 4 cards/chances left. Wouldn’t this be a great site if I could just write every day about how much money I have and how I don’t have to do anything, ever, again in real life if I don’t want to? I would just post title after title with some picture taken from my couch: Still Rich. Suckers! Oh to dream….Later.

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That would be The Truck.  And The Dig. And The Smooth. Hopefully the next picture will be, “The Grass”. Ugh. My kids have started calling me for rides and I am still hairy. Ugh. Bonus Time Shower Time. Although shower time should really be an All-The-Time. Ugh. Wasting Time. Later.

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Are you sick of looking at that gaudy duck too?!?

October 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm (Body and Brains!, Day to Day, Exercise, Running Stuff, Weather) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Our weather has taken a turn for the better these last few days. It’s our last blitz before the horrible cold and (according to the weather predictors) record breaking freezes and snow inches. Yay. The only good thing about the snap in temperature is that it ends any allergic sneezing and runny eyes and noses. Annoying. The cold sucks though. I don’t know why I stay here where it’s all “seasonal”. Oh wait. I know why. Family. No job. Can’t sell the house. Can’t buy a new one. Etcetera.

Anyhow this nice weather really causes me to procrastinate on the schoolwork. But it does inspire me to get off my fat butt and exercise. Which I desperately need. How long can I keep pushing the 40+ envelope before I get some medical problem that I will actually have to go to a doctor for?? Let me tell you, you creeping, increasing, scary pounds on the scale…not much longer. After my initial health kick earlier this autumn where I shed a pants-applicable 5 pounds. I have managed to hold steady without a lot of effort. That means little to no exercise but no eating either. I’m squeezing the clothes on, but it is not pretty. There are lumps and bumps where there should be none.

So here I am again. Finding myself having to go run and eat healthy. If only I could keep it up for longer than a week or a jean size. Now, at least, I have the added inspiration of trying to outrun my daughter. Since she started cross country (it’s over now—but she did really good) I tried to help her with practice runs, but I am far too slow. These damn kids are fast. And they make it look pretty easy. I was practically having a seizure on the trail. I was counting down in my head by hundreths of a quarter mile just to make it two miles without stopping. I felt pathetic, old and out of shape, but there was no one around to hear me count and watch me dry heave and it did give me something else to think about besides my collapsing lungs.

And I did finish that two miles. 26 minutes. As usual. Every single time I start “running” again, that’s my go-to time. (Let’s not forget I broke a foot this summer so back off!! It’s a miracle I can run at all!! Let’s go with that excuse ok??) Anyway. It’s only been two days of avoiding crap food. Processed, sodium infused, alcohol infused, fried, etc., and I have to say I think I feel a bit better. I can breathe and my head doesn’t hurt too bad. The key is to drink alot of water. Something I have also been neglecting. I can tell that right away though. Because my eyes get all loopy and I feel dizzy. I also tend to go for the dramatic flair and claim that my throat feels like it is closing and I can’t sleep. I actually went to bed last night feeling hungry. My stomach was protesting the fact that I didn’t stuff it so full of food it could  try and trick me into sleeping flat so it could give me massive heartburn and laugh in my ear, “HA HA,  you have to sleep sitting in a chair!” Spoiled American.

I have heard of this anti-inflammatory diet (which is very similiar to a blood pressure diet or sodium restricted diet) and I guess that’s the one I will have to settle into. It seems to be credible and addresses quite a few of the problems I have been having as a woman aging in this world. It’s so hard to make the right changes even when you know you should. I give myself until 45. That’s the outer limits of my neglect and disregard. After that I think my ability to skate by like a paunchy middle aged lady will totally catch up to me. And I would hate to wait that long and be forced to change. Fun stuff huh??

I wanted to do more than just this post today. But typing on the computer for hours on end makes me really really REALLY crabby. I’m not sure why. But I am feeling the irritation building. I was able to finish my paper. With 7 hours to spare! And I applied for more jobs today. I think that’s what sets me over the crabby edge. The internet is awesome for job hunting and applying but it can be super tedious and repetitive at the same time. Now I am here. Getting ready for school tonight and trying to post something worth reading.

I’ll do some lighter, fun stuff later. No need to keep it so serious. Here’s a picture I took of Stevie’s cross country conference race. These are the 7th grade girls lined up and ready for the whistle. I like the way it looks. Kind of fishbowled out with the coaches behind them. It looks like something exciting is about to happen.  These kids are awesome! Track is in the spring so we need to get training! It gives us something to look forward to during the long winter and a goal to shoot for. Skinny and fast. Fall back. Spring forward. All right.

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Street Money Update

July 7, 2009 at 11:31 pm (Street Money) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I couldn’t wait until tomorrow! You will all be happy to know I completed my HealthCare Provider CPR class with flying colors and am now suitably renewed to continue helping in case one of you mugs drops in front of me.

I went in feeling just a bit nervous. They always have these classes in the deepest, darkest, farthest, massively corridor-ed area of the hospital basement. But once I was in…everything was fine. This was the best CPR class I EVER took. The instructors were smart, funny, experienced, and genuinely interested in helping us learn the process. I came out feeling confident and ready for action.

I’m sure some of this good cheer was the result of the lucky PENNY I found right before class!

Please compress your way to the following link to see the year total so far. And breathe.

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9 Reasons to Drink More Coffee! Best Internet Tag For The Weekend KickOff!

May 8, 2009 at 3:40 pm (Day to Day) (, , , , , , , )

This is a Yahoo Post, by Lucy Danzinger of Self magazine. It has lots of words and extra links, so instead of trying to summarize, I thought I’d just steer you to it and you can judge for yourself.

I’m a big coffee drinker too. I drink it first thing in the morning and sometimes the last thing at night. I bring it to the gym with me. It may be sick, but I’m not alone.

Before any of the races I run I only drink coffee, no food. I figure it works for me every other day I’m not about to change right before I have to run for the public. I don’t want to be the barfer or the medically-treated.

This article will help defend you against the non-coffers, offering many good points to make when they are trying to get you to drink some vitamin water and wheat germ.

Anyway, grab a cup and click this:   9 Reasons To Drink More Coffee!

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Flu and Vitamin D—Milk and Sunshine as the Cure—My 2 Cents

April 27, 2009 at 11:25 am (Day to Day) (, , , , , , )

“Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Colds”

“Study Shows Vitamin D May Have a Role to Play in Preventing Colds and Flu”

I am not a doctor, or any kind of health professional. So this is all opinion with news and some research mixed in.
Those headlines above are  from WebMD about colds and flu. Just like everyone else, the Swine Flu is at the top of the news. As I was sifting thru all the articles and posts and news stories, I noticed a few about Vitamin D.
Searching and reading and summing up: The medical community is now studying the effects of Vitamin D to prevent cold/flu and possibly cure you quicker when you do get either.
I can support this and agree totally.

Every year my kids and I drive to Florida over winter break. We leave sick as dogs. Colds. Flu. Antibiotics. By the time we get there 2 days later, all the symptoms are gone. It has always seemed extremely odd to me. I never imagined that Vitamin D, via the SUN, would cure us. But that is what the experts are starting to think.
I’m not saying that it IS the cure, but maybe it does help. It is quite coincidental now that it’s been pointed out to me.
And it could be just that the cold/flu had run its course and we would have gotten better anyway. But I don’t know. It seems like around this time of year, in this corner of the world, you are sick for a LONG time. It just drags…but 2 days of driving…out of Germacago and we’re better!
This isn’t medicine that can be used at any time. Leaving town for a few days or weeks is not really viable for most of us.
But the other part of the news is that the Vitamin D in milk is said to be also helpful for preventing cold/flu.


I can believe this too because my son gets sick every Spring…really bad with respiratory problems and everything. Usually we cut out dairy right away so he doesn’t get too stuffed up. This year though, both kids have been eating cereal with milk almost every single day for breakfast, plus, extra glasses of milk.  Even after they both got sick with sore throats and coughs they didn’t stop eating the cereal or drinking the milk. The cold/flu did not seem as bad and it never progressed past that.
Again, coincidental; they might have just got better on their own anyway. But from now on: Milk and Sunshine. That’s all we need.
Obviously the Swine Flu is much more serious, and I don’t mean to sound light. I hope that we avoid any kind of epidemic, but any extra info on preventing an initial illness will help keep you strong to fight off the big one if it comes. So if you can, get out into some sun and try milk or Vitamin D rich foods, like salmon, tuna and eggs.
Having a Cold versus having the Flu, get confused for each other all the time. So why take a chance on getting either? Precaution is key.
Here’s the basics just one more time:

* Wash your hands often with soap and water.
*Hand sanitizer.
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
*Wipe down surfaces you think might have come into contact with someone sick.
* Cover your mouth when you cough.
* Avoid any sick people, if possible.
*If you, yourself are sick, stay away from the rest of us. Stay home (if you can) until you feel better so you don’t infect anyone else.
*If you have to be out, show care in coughing, sneezing and dripping. Use tissues and dispose of them properly. Try not to spread more than you absolutely have to.
*Wear a face mask.

Have a great day. Stay safe.



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