Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Can't Believe I'm Posting One Of These

Questions about me: stolen from Amber over at Last Yesterday.


  • Are you young at heart, or an old soul? I've been told by multiple people, including the "psychic" who gave me a tarot card reading, that I'm on old soul. 
  • What makes someone a best friend? Staying your friend, even after all the craziness.
  • What Christmas (or Hanukkah) present do you remember the most? I have more birthday gifts that stick out in my mind, like my engagement ring and the book my grandpa's in (both give to me by J), but I was talking about my scooter that I got from Santa/Dad today, so we'll go with that.
  • Tell me about a movie/song/tv show/play/book that has changed your life. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I fell in love with his writing and it showed me a different way to look at life.
  • Name one physical feature that you like about yourself, and one you dislike. I love my calves. Odd, I know, but I like shorts and skirts that show them off. They're nice. I dislike my tummy the most right now. Working on getting rid of that, though. 
  • Would you like to reconnect with any friends you’ve lost contact with? I have done that quite a bit the past couple years. There are a few more I wouldn't mind talking to again. 
  • What’s more important in a relationship: physical attraction or emotional connection? They go hand in hand. If you find the person physically attractive, you are more likely to tolerate them emotionally. And vice versa. Can't have one without the other.
  • Name a movie that you knew would be terrible just from reading the title. Twilight.
  • What holiday do you most look forward to? I love Chanukah. Always have. I think it's because I'm a pyro.
  • How is the relationship between you and your parents? Great. I talk to Mom all the time. 
  • You’ve got the TV on, but you’re not really watching. What channel is the TV on? Probably BBCA
  • Name a song that never fails to make you happy. Push The Little Daisies - Ween
  • You know at least one person named Michael. Tell me about him. My cousin. He's a pain in the ass and I love him for it. 
  • Have you ever read the “missed connections” on Craigslist? Have you ever posted one, or wanted to? Read them, yes. Never posted, never really wanted to.
  • If you could pick anywhere to live the rest of your life, where would it be? I want mountains, green, and water. Probably in Colorado.
  • Can money buy happiness? Money can buy chocolate and Dr. Who on DVD so yes.
  • Do you drink? Smoke? Do drugs? Why, or why not? Drink, yes. To hear me talk about it, I sound like a total lush. I still smoke cigars a few times a year. Never did drugs. Never felt the need. Unless my prescriptions count. 
  • Is there anyone close to you that you know you can’t trust? You don’t have to give names. Yes.
  • Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid? Granite. It's still one of my favorite places in the world. Yes, world.
  • Have you ever spent a night in the hospital? Yes, when I got my tonsils out, because we were out of town so they kept us there.
  • Do you enjoy being with only one or two friends, or with a large group of people? I'm learning to handle large groups better, but I still prefer a few friends.
  • Do you like the type of music your parents listen to? Do your parents like the type of music you listen to? Papa raised me right, and will listen to some new stuff. Mom will listen to just about anything as long as it's not too loud or crude.
  • Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied anyone else? Never bullied. Picked on, yes. Never bullied anyone else. 
  • If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? mac and cheese
  • Do you believe in a god? I have some theories I toss around in my head, and some of them involve at least one god, but I don't know that I truly believe any of them.
  • Of all the social networks in the world, why use twitter? Just because I have a twitter account does not mean I actually "use" twitter.
  • What’s your favorite hashtag to track? I still haven't figured that stuff out.
  • Would you call yourself/your family “middle class?” Yes.
  • Name a TV series you didn’t enjoy until after it ended.  Firefly and Battlestar Galactica.
  • Have you ever bought a product from an infomercial? I purchased an auger/tiller thingy for my father-in-law. He specifically asked for it.
  • If you could give up your car and never have to drive again, would you? No. I like to drive. Except in El Paso.
  • If you go back to one point in time to give advice to yourself, when would you go and what would you say? There were a few times in high school when I would have told myself to not be stupid.
  • What’s your “quirkiest” habit? I am a quirky habit.
  • What is “normal?” Are you normal? See above.
  • Someone close to you is dying. You have the choice to let this person live for 10 more years, but if you do, you cause the death of 10 strangers. You don’t have to see them die. Do you take the offer? Depends on the person.
  • What is one thing you could never forgive? hurting my family (including friends that I include in my personal definition of family).
  • Would you rather be in a relationship after the honeymoon period ends, or be single? I'm not divorced yet, so I think I already chose relationship.
  • Is it possible for guys and girls to be just friends? Yes. Often one of them is gay, but not always.
  • Where do you and your friends go to hang out? Our houses. Starbucks. 
  • Write the first sentence of your obituary. Finally!
  • What is the best TV theme song ever? Dr. Who, of course.
  • When you were young, what would you dream you would be when you grew up? I went from ballerina, to professional musician (in various instruments), to brain surgeon. So lots of things.
  • When you’re alone in your own home, do you walk around naked? All the time! Unless I'm cold.
  • What gets you out of bed in the morning? A whiny cat wanting a drink and a puppy that has to pee.
  • Do you want to have more friends than you have right now? I think I'm good.
  • What part of the past year sticks out in your mind? The past few months of  Deploying! Not deploying! Deploying! Not deploying!
  • You win a scratch-off lottery game that gives you $2000 a week (after taxes) for the rest of your life. Do you keep your job?  You're assuming I currently get paid for something, and you would be wrong.
  • Could you be in a long-distance relationship? If you’re in one, what makes yours work? Been there, done that. Looking to do it again within the year. It can work with the right person.
  • What’s the best route to your heart? Be J?
  • Have you ever met someone through the internet, then met them in real life? Yes. 
  • What is your favorite sport? Swimming.
  • What has been troubling you lately? Deploying! Not deploying!
  • Did you enjoy your high school prom? If you haven’t gotten there yet, do you look forward to it? If you didn’t go, why not? Yes, both times I went.
  • What do you use more often: your intuition or logical reasoning? My intuition is very logical.
  • Do you know what makes you happy? Yes.
  • Tell me about the last book you read. Last one is The Poe Shadow, Matthew Pearl. Definitely not for everyone, but I enjoyed it. 
  • What is the nicest compliment you’ve ever been given? An engagement ring from J.
  • Who was your first crush? I think I kinda crushed on a guy in first grade, but he was an ass to me.
  • Do you believe that there is life on other planets? Yes.
  • Predict what your life will look like a year from now. different
  • Often, people will ask how your last relationship ended. I want to know how it began. John from Indiana. We met online. Anyone remember ICQ?
  • Where is your favorite place to go out and eat? Arctic Circle. I think it's rarity makes it more enjoyable for me.
  • What is something you want to change about your current situation? I wish someone would pay me to just be awesome.
  • Early bird or night owl? Used to be a night owl. Now I get up at 6 to walk or run with the dog. That's 6 am, not pm.
  • Are there any childhood possessions you still hold on to? Yes and most of them are penguins.
  • Give me an unpopular opinion you have. Religion is a crutch.
  • What was the last song that was stuck in your head? Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye
  • Where do you live? Be as general or specific as you want. In a house.
  • Do you believe in giving kids medals and trophies for participation? If they had to try something to earn it, but not just for shits and giggles.
  • What was the longest car ride you’ve ever taken? Probably Georgia to El Paso. In J's car with no AC. 
  • Have you ever taken part in a protest? I've avoided things in "protest" and I've been protested, but I've never carried a sign.
  • Would you ever use an online dating service? Sure, why the hell not. 
  • What is your ethnic heritage? German on dad's side and German Jew on mom's side.
  • Describe a person that inspires you. People who have no life. They inspire me to not be like them.
  • If you earn minimum wage doing what you love, would you? Yes. Would you like to pay me to craft and play with my pets?
  • Do you believe in luck? Yes.
  • Describe the last time you were very angry at someone. I get angry every time I drive in El Paso. Literally.
  • Do you want to live until you’re 100? Sure!
  • Do people change? If so, how do you keep a relationship together when both of you start to change? Of course people change. Getting older is change. Even dying is change. You have to learn to adapt, or give up and die. 
  • Have you ever risked a friendship by telling someone you liked them? Yes.
  • Would you rather be alone doing something you enjoy, or doing something you don’t like with your best friends? I wouldn't mind doing something I don't like if it meant being with Misty for a while. But that's because I don't get to see her very often.
  • Do you practice what you preach? Ha! Right. 
  • If you take precautions to stay safe, do you ultimately act more recklessly? Depends on what I'm doing. 
  • What do you value more in a significant other: Attractiveness or intelligence? Intelligence.
  • Are you hard-headed? Sometimes, about some things.
  • Have you ever laughed uncontrollably when it was socially inappropriate? I tend to laugh at the wrong time at the movies.
  • When have you felt most alive? In water. On a river, lake, ocean, or even a pool, I feel alive when I'm in water.
  • Where would you prefer to live? A city? The suburbs? The countryside? The mountains? A city in the mountains. Maybe the outskirts of that city.
  • Do you often skip breakfast? I used to. I try to not skip meals now.
  • How do you know what true love is? Yes.
  • Would you want to know the exact date and time you were going to die? Mmmmm, nah.
  • Where is “home” for you? With my hubs and critters.
  • What song best describes your life right now? Perfect Drug - NIN (because it's my favorite song of like, all time).
  • Do you want to be perfect? No.
  • What have you never tried, but would really like to someday? What’s holding you back? Sky Diving. Money, time, and someone to teach me.
  • How do you express your creativity? Have you ever seen my hair?
  • Describe your neighborhood. Boring.
  • Name something you only liked because it was popular. Neon colors. The first time they were popular.
  • Give me the story of your life in six words. Did I do that backwards?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fur Baby Fridays

I set a shoe box on "Duke's chair" yesterday. By evening, he was in it. He's still in it now and he's been in it most of the day. He is very content to sit in his box all day.



Really mom? You can stop now.

Defending his box from Rembrandt

Friday, May 11, 2012

Duke decided to take a snuggle with my wallet. 


This is Remy with Allie, one of our two guests for a couple weeks. He really wanted her to play.

He even offered her his favorite chew toy (little white thing on the dog bed, not Allie).



Soy Un Perdedor: Weight Loss Challenge, Week 2

Let's back track. I joined a weight loss challenge with my friends to keep myself motivated to lose weight. I had put 1 pound back on at our first weigh-in last week.

This week I'm back down to 151. I did not eat very well this past week, but I also had that migraine (which I think I can officially say is gone now), and migraines do weird things to my body sometimes. I felt good enough to go for a run this morning. 

begin: rant
My 5k running track is awesome, and they even put doggy bag stations all around it. However, they don't do any good when only 2 or 3 have any baggies, and they are all at the end I begin at! Of course Rem had to stop and poop down at the other end, where the only baggies were across the street, and had been there so long they were starting to degrade in the freaking box! Ugh, I get all angry again just typing it. 
/rant

Anywho, I'm feeling pretty good. I didn't want cereal for breakfast, but had a larabar instead, which is chocolaty goodness in only 6 WW points. Lunch shouldn't be too bad, since we have our luncheon for the end of the officers' wives group year.  And I'm going to hit the grocery store for a few things to get us through the weekend. I might even pick up a rotisserie chicken instead of having to cook chicken myself. Yeah, lazy, but tasty. 

Oh yeah. I also set my goal weight for this challenge at 145. It's a 12 week challenge, so 149 seemed too easy. It's only 2 pounds away. I thought I should try for something a little lower. 

ooo, need to do a fur baby friday post also. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

An Ode To Prescription Drugs: Part 2

Had my doctor's appointment. Let's start with this: I know I can request to change my PCM. But Tricare doesn't have to approve my request, and that won't save me when they randomly change it for their own reasons, which is what has happened so often the past couple years. I did look once for my fave doc's name, and it was not in the list of PCMs to choose from.

So, I went to the current PCM. I'd only seen him once before. He did pretty good. He even looked in my eyes to see if there was pressure to be worried about. He offered me the option of going back on Verapamil or trying Topomax. I went with Verapamil since it worked well the first time I was on it. He also gave me a very strong aspirin to try. He was going to give me a shot to try to knock out the current migraine, but can't do that unless I have someone to drive me since we don't know if it will make me loopy or not.

So I am taking a Verapamil once a day. It's actually a blood pressure medication that my dad takes for his high blood pressure. I originally took half the dose he did and it worked, so I will do that again. As little as I can, right? I did take the aspirin today, and after a nap it seems to be doing pretty good. I have a dinner out tonight, but won't be enjoying their delicious margaritas since I'm still trying to shake this migraine. Oh yeah, it was still here when I woke up this morning. Yay. It started 3 days ago.

Now here is what is weird to me. I got used to the "silent" migraines that I had for years. I had all kinds of migraine side effects for days on end, and a day or two of pain. The last few migraines have been little warning, and days of pain. I know migraines can change over time, I just wasn't expecting a change like this. Surprise!

So I'll have to track my migraines for a while. I'll blog about it. Hopefully, you won't see me talking about migraines as often. And hopefully I will remember to take the Verapamil every day. I will try to keep up with working out, in fact yoga was rather nice yesterday (sore today).

And right now Duke is trying very hard to get my attention. He likes it when I hold my laptop on my lap. It's wam. So he tries it sit on my lap/laptop. When I said no, he tried to play with a pencil. I don't know what his obsession with pens and pencils is, but he loves to play with them. Crazy cat.

I think I'm going to go make some tea. Tea is perfect on a rainy day, and today is one of the rare rainy days in El Paso.

Monday, May 7, 2012

An Ode to Prescription Drugs

Oh tramadol, my tramadol,
You ease my pain,
But you set sweet sleep
Beyond my grasp
And make me itch
*le sigh*



Ok, so it's not exactly an ode, but it's what I got at 0611 when the migraine didn't go away last night.

I took tramadol when it started to hurt. I had taken ibuprofen and it apparently didn't keep the pain away. I waited about 5 hours to take a second tramadol, since it says to take 1-2 every 4-6 hours. Then I went to bed.

I got this weird roaming itch. I think I've mentioned it before but don't feel like looking it up. I had trouble sleeping again as well. It wasn't as bad as last time, but I couldn't seem to just stay asleep.

So I looked up side effects of tramadol. Mild itching is a common side effect, which explains the roaming itch. Dry mouth is another side effect, and yes I experience that. I just keep water by my bed.

But this trouble sleeping isn't listed. I suppose it could just be the itching that's waking me up all night. But somehow I don't think so.

I got up about 0530 this morning to see J off. He had set the coffee pot to make some coffee and I had him put a cup's worth in there for me. It's tasty. Not like I was sleeping that much anyway. I still have some roaming itch as well, but it's better. My head is still very foggy, and no the migraine is not gone.

It started when J and I were at the pool yesterday. I only swam a 400, because at about 325 yards, I had my visual aura. So I finished that lap and tried to relax. I stretched and calmed myself, and we went home. A while later I had some mild vertigo, which I don't experience nearly as often as I used to. Then the fogginess came, and I took the ibuprofen. We ate dinner, which was delicious, but my head started to hurt. I even used my heating pad for my neck and shoulders.

I know, I should probably make a doctor's appointment.

begin: rant about tricare...

The first doctor I saw here in El Paso was awesome. Turns out he was not part of my randomly picked PCM's team. So when they decided to start enforcing the PCM rule, I couldn't see him anymore. I honestly haven't liked any of the docs I've seen since then. But maybe I should go, and go over the damn history again. Maybe I should go back on the daily medicine, since it really did help control the frequency of the migraines.

I mean, I've lost weight, I'm in better shape now than I have been since probably high school, if then. But the migraines are getting pretty frequent lately. I had one 2 weeks ago that took 3 days to get over. I've been taking that tramadol enough to track my side effects. I'd rather have vicodin anyway. It had fewer side effects, although it lasted exactly 4 hours in my system.

Anyway, I will probably call my mother and talk this through with her. I inherited the migraines from her, but her pain level is higher. I think it's something to do with cracking her skull as a teenager. Just sayin'. We even get the same visual aura, just in different colors. My sparks are silver and hers are gold.

I'm going to go look at my planner and see what I have scheduled for this week, so I can see what I might need to work around for a migraine. Yeah, I should probably see a doctor. Before our vacation in June.


**Update**
I have a doctor's appointment Wednesday morning. Need a new BC prescription, so I scheduled that and can ask about migraines as well. Also crashed on the couch for a couple hours. It was the nice heavy sleep I need to get over a migraine, not the fitful stuff of last night. I'll try for another nap this afternoon. Ate some soup and crackers for lunch. Now to take care of some business and get that second nap.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Project: Money Envelopes

 I saw these money envelopes online a while back and shared them with Jessica. I knew she was doing the envelope budget system, and sent her the link with an offer to make them for her (she doesn't sew).

She asked me to make them, and I had her come over to pick out fabric from my small stash. She loved my gray prints, and had admired the brown. So I used the gray for the outside, and brown for the lining.

So glad I found these online.
Step one, cut fabric. Squares are 7 3/4 inches. Rotary cutter works best.
the fabrics, cut into 7 3/4 in squares

I was lucky and had some interfacing already. It just gives the envelope a little more hold so it's not floppy. Although I found the instructions for the interfacing didn't work as well as just following my instinct. I got the interfacing on. Then I sewed an outside to an inside with a gap and snipped the corners. The original blog pattern has more detailed instructions.
Squares sewn together. The knitting needle is to poke the corners out when I turn them right side out.

Turned right side out and ironed.

It's pretty basic from here. Top stitch two opposite edges. Fold in half. Stitch the folded sides. You get a pile of rectangles that open on one end.

Envelopes!
See? It fits!

I had some iron on sheets that I realized would work for labels. She can write on them with a permanent marker. I also added a little snap in the middle of the opening, so she doesn't have cash falling out.

Labels!

I should have gotten a pic of her with them. She was super excited when I gave them to her this afternoon. 

I have a couple more projects lined up: A nursing cover, and adding some shiny to a dress. Let's see if I can remember to get pics of them as well!



Fur Baby Friday

Meet Duke. He's 8ish years old. Rescued in 2005 from Lawrence, KS Humane Society. They found him as a stray, but already neutered and declawed in front. He is the epitome of a house cat. He won't even pee outside.

And then came Rembrandt. He's 2. We adopted him in 2010 from Animal Rescue League of El Paso. His mother was found as a pregnant stray. Rem was born at the shelter. He's a goof ball. 


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Weight Loss Challenge

So one of my friends started a weight loss challenge over at thintopia.com. I decided to join. Yeah, I only have like 3 pounds to lose to hit my goal. Ok maybe 2. But still, this challenge is going to go for 12 weeks, and it goes through our block leave. I must be crazy, right?

Nope. I'm thinking this might help me stay a little more honest on my points tracking, and might help me survive block leave without adding weight. Give me a little moral support from some good friends. And maybe I can help them out as well. I know one of them doing it is also using WW online, so we can share when we find good foods that are low points.

So, block leave. Let me 'splain. Block leave is when your unit takes a vacation. That is, everyone is allowed to take vacation, even if they don't have quite enough leave. Most units get block leave at Christmas and during the summer. Well this is our first time getting it in summer. J has always been in school or too busy training for them to take block leave.

Of course, they gave us the dates after I had signed up and PAID for a workshop, which falls right in the middle of it. Oh well. We have the first week to go have a fun vacation in southern Colorado, during with J wants to torture himself with runs, hikes, and bike rides. I'll join, but not as vigorously. Then it's back here for my belly dance workshop. We'll have some downtime around the house, and then fly to Georgia for his cousin's wedding.

Then it's back to training and *maybe* deployment. Maybe. Still no definites on that. Grrrr.

And with that, I'm off to ruin my diet at Chico's Tacos. They are famous in El Paso for their little rolled tacos (think taquitos or flautas) smothered in sauce and cheese. They are good, but oh so bad for you. It's been a year or so since I had some. And I had a good run with Rem this morning. My digestive system is going to hate me, but my taste buds will be happy.

Then tomorrow is weigh in for the weight loss challenge. Yay that it falls on my WW weigh in day. If I've lost anything, I'll let you know. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mental Health

I'm taking a mental health day today. Normally I would be at belly dance right now. Instead I'm still in my walking clothes from walking Rem this morning. I'm drinking a cup of coffee and contemplating whether or not I want to shower in the shower I cleaned this morning. And I just turned on the British Antiques Roadshow. Hell yeah.

I do need to go to Costco and get more frontline for Rem. But that's all I really have to do today. I supposed I could take one of the critters to the vet since they are both due for checkups. Maybe Rem and I will do that this afternoon. Then I can take Duke tomorrow.

I've noticed the past few weeks, that I seem to go brain dead come Wednesday. I do pretty good Monday and Tuesday, then my brain shuts off on Wednesday. I find myself skipping the lead at belly dance because I get stuck in a vortex so easily (that is, doing one move and wondering what to do next).

So I'll go to Costco, and maybe the vet's. And I'll do some laundry that needs done.

I don't think it's going to stop the brain dead Wednesdays, but maybe it will help a little. Maybe I just needed a day off. Maybe I should take a shower before I go anywhere. Maybe if I don't then people will not feel the need to be friendly. I'm not in a people mood today. Duke and Remy just like me more if I'm a little stinky. I have food to eat, and wine to drink. If it weren't for that frontline that was due yesterday...

I'm rambling. I really am. I'll shower. I'll go to costco, and then decide if we're doing the vet's today.