lunabee34: (heart by jjjean65)
1. We lost power for 7 hours on Monday; the temperature was great and we had awesome food lined up to eat. A tree fell down and didn't hurt any of us or the house. Other people in town just had power restored yesterday! Nothing like a little gratitude about the big stuff to get you through the car refusing to start and some necessary repairs. LOL Normally, I'd get all anxious and pissed off about that kind of thing. Not this week.

2. Tuesday, I picked up limbs for two hours solid and I have been paying for it ever since. Y'all know how physically active I am. I go to the gym every day. I'm biking like 13 miles at a time. I can run on the elliptical forever if the boredom doesn't kill me first. Picking up those limbs kicked my ass, and it surprised me. My hamstrings have been on fire ever since. I went to the gym on Wed and Thursday and they hurt so bad on Thursday night that I just didn't go on Friday. I might not go to today. It feels like such a little and stupid thing to be affecting me this way. I picked up limbs for an hour today, but I squatted to do it instead of bending at the waist like I did on Tuesday, and I think that's actually made my hamstrings feel somewhat better? IDK I'll let y'all know when I'm in agony again tonight and trying to sleep.

3. I got some new underwear! I had to go down another size, and the Bali underwear I've been buying doesn't come in a smaller size than 6/7 which is definitely WTF. But I got some Jockey ones and some Hanes ones at Target to try out.

4. Rising Strong by Brene Brown )
lunabee34: (ds9: alcohol by icons_of_isis)
1. I posted my Remix fic yesterday, and I am very happy with it!

2. Fiona had the rest of her dental work done, and she was a little trooper. Now hopefully we can keep her from developing any more problems.

3. cut for talk of weight and wardrobe )

4. I'm nervous about Irma. The public schools are closed Monday and Tuesday. The university is taking a more wait and see approach. We're closed for Monday but still reserving judgement for Tuesday and beyond. We bought a bunch of water and etc., and I think we'll probably be okay, but I'm still nervous.

5. I am reading A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi, and I am delighted with it. I was skeptical at first because it looks like a traditional romance novel, so I put it to the side for awhile and didn't start reading it. It's really not a romance novel at all, though. I'm about 150 pages into it and the only affair being discussed happened like forty years ago in the novel's time. It's mostly about the cosmetics industry and all that goes into running an enormous company; it's pretty fascinating. It's also about a clash of wills between the old matriarch of the company and the woman who's been brought in to save the outdated and failing company. The book is more than 500 pages long, so I can tell that the romance novel aspects will eventually come to the fore; I can already see two places where extramarital affairs are bound to happen LOL. But I'm loving the characters and the world. This was a good pick, [personal profile] executrix. Thanks for sending it to me!

6. I had a couple glasses of wine last night to celebrate a friend getting a job. Now that I don't drink very often, it's astonishing to me how potent just a small amount of alcohol can be. I'm going to be tired all day today as a result. Oh, well. Now for another couple months of sobriety. LOL
lunabee34: (hp: snape trouble by so_severus)
1. We just got back from a trip to Josh's parents in Jackson. I took the girls, and Josh stayed home because shortly before we were to leave, he developed a sudden and rather severe case of TMJ. He's never had it before, and it seemed to hit him like a freight train (which is weird to me because I also have TMJ, and it always starts gradually for me and builds to an agony). He stayed so he could get treatment started (x-rays, mouth guard, topical gel, physical therapy) and thus be ready for classes to start back on the 14th. He is much improved, and his first physical therapy appt is on Thursday.

Trip was good. Josh's mom is definitely struggling with memory issues. She got screened this summer, but as I feared, she went to her regular GP who she's known for years, and he didn't think anything was wrong with her. She's extremely intelligent and charismatic, and I just don't think he could be objective enough to ferret out the issue. She also went alone because none of us could be there. Sister-in-law was also at her parents for that week, and she agrees that we need to move forward with trying to get her diagnosed. SIL is getting married in October, and they are footing the bill and doing all the planning for it, so I suspect MIL's issues will wait until after then, and I don't blame her at all. Let's get the wedding over with, and then deal with it. Unfortunately, much of the onus will fall on SIL. She agrees with me that it's not my place to bring it up but to be supportive, and Josh's parents will react to this discussion better from her than from him. SIL is the golden child and less likely to be dismissed.

2. Fiona has cavities. I am so distraught. Emma has never had cavities. We took her to her first dentist appt yesterday, and she has several cavities. I thought it would just be a pro-forma visit. So Josh is running her up to Macon this morning to a pediatric dentist to get the ball rolling on that. *sigh*

3. Naturally, we depleted the HSA mid-July. LOL Let us not discuss how much that mouth guard costs. *boggles* At least fillings are relatively inexpensive.

4. I am starting to reintroduce problem foods today! I begin with onions. I'm going to eat onions for the next two weeks and see if they screw me up. Wish me luck, my friends. Next on the agenda: apples.
lunabee34: (sga: ronon far away by grudgepuff)
1. Thank you all so much for your thoughts on handling the situation with Josh's mom (who appears to be having increasing memory issues and confusion). I talked with Josh's sister, who saw his mom immediately after us, and she said that she noticed the same symptoms and that they are worse than they have been. She also said that Josh's mom organically brought up the issue with her, admitted that she might have a problem, and agreed to be evaluated by a doctor. Sister also talked to Josh's dad who admitted he's noticed symptoms as well and agreed to talk to Josh's mom. Sister is going to follow up with a call this week and try if she can to be present for the evaluation (which may not be possible because she doesn't live in the same state). I am so so relieved about the way this has progressed. I get irritated sometimes with Josh's mom (like for the way she sleeps so late; my parents would never drive eight hours to see me and then spend so much of the time they're here not interacting with us), and I was worried I was conflating my irritation with recognizing a real problem. I was glad to have corroboration of my observations. I was also glad that Gran didn't get angry and was able to admit there might be a problem. I made sure to tell Sister that managing this is not her sole responsibility, that nobody is dumping the problem on her, and that Josh and I want to be as involved and helpful as possible. So, we'll see. Josh is pretty sad. It's a scary thing to contemplate.

2. I went swimming yesterday and today! It was glorious. The water was perfectly cool and the sun perfectly warm. I swam 20 laps each day. My new summer schedule is to take the girls to school, cardio + weights, work, swim. I was productive as shit yesterday and today! I love it! I feel mighty and invincible. Whoooo!

3. I am so pleased that NCIS did not SPOILERS )

4. You know what I need? An exercise icon. It could be some equipment or something. Or a character working out. IDK If somebody wanted to make me one or point me at some existing ones, I would be ecstatic. *bats eyelashes*
lunabee34: (Default)
1. Gotham is back! SPOILERS )

2. Downton Abbey watch continues. SPOILERS )

3. I got the sweetest letter from [personal profile] kaleecat and a sweet card and picture of L. from [personal profile] zulu and [personal profile] bell. L. is the cutest little man ever.

4. Sometimes parenting is awesome. Fiona is having her little graduation from daycare in a couple weeks, and they've taught her the cutest song. "I'm a little graduate. Aren't you proud of me?" Adorable.

5. I had started just riding the bike so I could read the whole time I'm exercising, but I decided I needed to start running again, too. The bike doesn't engage my core much or my arms at all, so I've gone back to running two miles or so and then following that with the bike.
lunabee34: (Default)
1. Downton Abbey watch continues. I'm put out with the latest plot development. spoilers )

2. Weight loss seems to have slowed down. cut for talk of weight loss )

3. IC stuff is going well. I'm not really having any side effects from the Elmiron. I'm not having any flare ups. I feel pretty good. *crossing fingers*

4. Josh's colonoscopy/endoscopy is on Friday. I hope we find out what's wrong and don't need any more tests.
lunabee34: (spn: dean at end by secretly_to_dream)
1. My dad is not doing well. He's been feeling physically bad for the past two weeks, including one ER visit. They uploaded the latest results of blood work to the portal yesterday, and his cancer markers are rising again. This is not good news. Mom is extremely depressed; she's trying to wait to completely give in to despair until she speaks to the doctor, but she's losing her optimism.

2. I feel guilty being upset about my own health when Mom and Dad are going through something much more traumatic, but I am really bummed out. I've been having some low level twinges this past week from my IC which pisses me off because if I am giving up eating everything I truly love then I better damn well not have any IC symptoms, you know? I also had to strike another thing I'd been eating frequently because it has soy in it; well, may have soy in it. The ingredient list says something like "vegetable oil (corn, soybean or safflower"), so no way to tell for sure. *sigh* At least I'm not having any side effects from the Elmiron; I did have night sweats a couple times since I started taking it, which is annoying but not on the level of losing my hair or feeling like I have to throw up all the time. So at least there's that.

3. On a more positive note, I have replaced some of my underwear with the correct size and bought several pairs of yoga pants and a pair of pajama pants in my size. I hope to buy a few more pairs of underwear and yoga pants this weekend and close out those categories of wardrobe building. My friends and I are going shopping on the first weekend of March, and I hope to get some nice dresses at that point. I'm going to see Mom and Dad that week, and I hope Mom and I can go shopping. cut for discussion of weight )

Home sick

1/2/17 12:02
lunabee34: (Default)
1. I have finally succumbed to whatever sickness has been going around our house. I almost never get respiratory stuff, so when I do, I am always astonished by how terrible a cold feels. I really should have stayed home yesterday instead of driving an hour each way to teach on the satellite campus, teaching here, and then driving an hour each way to go to the urologist in the afternoon. By the evening, I could barely speak. I feel somewhat better today. I had to go get medicine that's gluten free *and* meets the IC diet requirements. I didn't have any on hand because I almost never get colds. And don't even get me started on how many medicines have citric or ascorbic acid in them.

2. I've decided to start taking Elmiron, the drug for IC. I cannot have another flare up like the one last week if I can help it. I was pretty much laid up and unable to do anything. And immediately catching this cold on the heels of that flare up waning has made me extremely unproductive in the last week.

I don't really want to take Elmiron. I am not comforted when the doctor tells me that they don't know exactly how the drug works. I am also not comforted by the potential side effects which include GI issues and hair loss. But we'll see. The doc says that GI issues usually diminish if people can stick with the drug long enough. Now if I can just get the prescription filled. He supposedly called it in yesterday, but the pharmacy didn't receive it.

3. I have found myself becoming more and more anxious as our political situation in the U.S. deteriorates. Being sick doesn't help as the two main ways I combat my anxiety are through exercise (which I've been largely unable to do in the last week) and through being productive (which has also fallen by the wayside). I think I'm going to have to put some limits on myself. I want to be an informed citizen and do my part in the Resistance, but the way I've been feeling in the past week is counterproductive.

So, as Bill Maher would say, New Rules:

A. I will not watch Fox News at the gym even though it is the only available program. I will move to a machine that makes looking at the TV difficult.

B. I will only read NPR once a day.

C. I will continue to listen to NPR when in the car.

D. I will stop reading the US Politics thread on FFA.

E. I will stop rehearsing conversations with my family members that I will never have. I actually tried to look up their Facebooks this weekend just to see if they'd expressed any regrets (WTF, self?!) and was unable to see anything because I don't have an account (which is for the best). I even looked up Southern Baptist responses to this latest executive order and was surprised to see that it's being condemned even from that quarter. I am pleasantly shocked, but it's too little too late, of course.
lunabee34: (Default)
1. Dealing with my interstitial cystitis is going okay. I did a very strict elimination diet in December that I hope to never have to do again. Between the celiac and the IC, the number of foods I was allowed to eat (that were appetizing) was vanishingly small. I think some measure of physical discomfort is worth not having to eat like that. But in the last couple weeks I have started to add foods back: onions, yogurt, apples, sour cream, chocolate. I keep adding something every few days. Yesterday I ate sour cream and chocolate (which I knew as I was doing it I should just have done one), and then I forgot to take the prelief until after I ate, so I don't know exactly what's up there. I'll probably have to take it easy for a couple days.

I have started taking aloe vera and marshmallow root, and Josh found me this stuff called Prelief that you take as you eat that neutralizes the acid in your food. I discovered that sex and the menstrual cycle can also trigger IC (which is so damn depressing), and I think I am just going to have to deal with a fairly constant low level of discomfort if I want to live any kind of a normal life. I've only been taking these things for a short time, though, so hopefully their effects will build over time.

I started taking one drug for IC and quit taking it because it made me too sleepy during the day. I declined to take the other drug they use for IC because they don't know how it works (WTF!) and it has terrible potential side effects.

2. I am continuing to lose weight. cut for talk of weight loss )

3. Meeting my reading goals! Already read 3 books this year.
lunabee34: (yuletide: yuletide is love by liviapenn)
1. Emma was sick for one night and felt tired and puny the next day, but then she was fine.

2. I was sick Christmas Day and the next but now am also fine.

3. Came home to more cards from [personal profile] lyr and [livejournal.com profile] kaleecat. Yay!

4. I ran on the ground, OMG! I didn't think I could do that, but I did! The first day I tried running, I alternated running and walking, but last night I ran continuously for two miles without stopping. Whooooo! I am super ready to get back into the gym and work out hard. I wasn't able to exercise the two days I was sick, and it was hard to fit in the time the other days because we were so busy.

5. Y'all, I am in a size 12. I cannot believe it. I had a gift card to Talbot's from my MIL and there's an outlet in Gulfport, so I got three pairs of beautiful pants for 19.99 each. I tried on the 14s first because that's what I'd been wearing at the beginning of December, and they were too big. I loved everything I received for Christmas, but that was really my favorite Christmas happy. :)

6. I got an awesome Yuletide gift: Retirement Might Be a Myth, and Bullet Holes Suck (According to John McClane). Loved revisiting my fandom days of yore with this McClane/Farrell fic. Check it out, everybody.

7. I wrote three fics this year for Yuletide: one treat and my main assignment are in the same fandom and another treat is in a book fandom and the only fic for that work. Correct guessers entitled to a drabble.

8. Dad is doing really well. This second kind of chemotherapy is kicking cancer's ass. I was so encouraged to see how good he's feeling.
lunabee34: (i feel so suicidal by jjjean65)
So, I went to the doctor on Wednesday to see if I have interstitial cystitis, and I've been waiting to post about it because I wanted to calm down a little, but that doesn't seem to be happening, so I thought I'd just go ahead.

So, the doc does think I have interstitial cystitis, albeit a mild case. Okay, that's pretty much what I thought was going to happen. He told me I'd need to follow the IC diet (that's the main form of treatment), gave me a medicine to start taking, and told me I would only need a cystoscopy if the condition worsens or doesn't respond to treatment. So far, so good.

Then I get home and really start looking at the diet guidelines, and it's so much more restrictive than what I was finding online. I had pretty much resigned myself to not eating citrus, chocolate, caffeine, and carbonation. I miss those things, but I've been doing okay without them.

Here's the food list I was given: cut for length )

When I saw this list, I really started losing my shit because between this and the celiac, what's left? Am I doomed to a lifetime of dry salad, dry meat, dry veg? No hint of brightness to my food ever? No fruit? How do people on this diet not get scurvy or extreme vitamin deficiencies? What can I ever eat at a restaurant ever again? How can I ever eat at anyone's house again? Am I never to consume anything I enjoy eating again?

My plan before I examined the diet closely was to strictly do the diet for a month and then start adding back potential triggers one at a time, consuming each one every day for a week (unless triggered, obvs) and then moving on to the next. But now I don't know what to do after seeing just how many foods I'll have to eliminate. The thought of eating like this, living like this for the rest of my life, makes me so full of despair. Like, I was upset about going gluten free, and it took me a while, but I got over that pretty quickly all things considered. I can't see getting over eating like this.

I will have to take all my food with me everywhere I go. I'm not forcing my family to eat this way. It's hard enough going gluten free and not cooking with citrus and tomatoes. This takes it too far. Almost all our spice blends, for example, have citrus in them. So it's going to be a lifetime of cooking my sad, dry chicken breast on its own or my pot of soup with no onions or tomatoes or whatever, separately from theirs. It's going to be a lot of me eating a bowl of cereal and some dry fucking salad leaves while everybody else gets to eat real food.

I am picking up the medicine today; I didn't get it Wednesday because nobody could tell me if it's gluten free, the internet was singularly unhelpful, and the manufacturer didn't call me back until today. So I have no idea what effect the medicine will have (although the doc did stress that the meds are in addition to the diet; they don't take the place of it).

The doctor acknowledged that not everyone is triggered by the same things, so it's possible I can eat some of the forbidden items on the list. I can eat like this for a month, but what if I start adding these foods back, and I really am triggered by lima beans or apples or salad dressing?

What should I do? Should I keep eating as I have been (no citrus, caffeine, tomatoes), maybe lay off the vinegary stuff a bit, and see if I'm okay doing that plus the meds? Or should I go the whole month strictly on the diet and then start adding back foods to know for sure what triggers me?

I ate some sambal olek right before Thanksgiving and I know it triggered me. I woke up the next morning with intense symptoms. But a week and a half later, I drank a few glasses of wine which seemed to have no effect. So IDK.

I'm just really, really upset. I've already had to give up so many things I love to eat. The idea that I pretty much have to give them all up and am resigned to eating just to stay alive rather than to enjoy myself at all is a really bitter pill to swallow. I'm sure I'm being overly melodramatic. After all the IC website did tell me I could make my own salad dressing by blending up cottage cheese with herbs. *gags and dies*
lunabee34: (yuletide: kitty by chomiji)
1. I turned in the Yuletide story I'd been assigned scant hours before the Yuletide Assignment Deletion Debacle of '16. I'm halfway done with the Unasked For Incest version and have found someone to gift with it (which was surprisingly harder than I thought; not very many people asked for this pairing at all).

2. I started my period four days before I take my ring out which is super weird and has never happened before. *sigh* All I can guess is that losing weight and/or stress has sent my cycle out of whack.

3. I've been running five miles at a stretch in the gym. It's boring but not hard. I'm so proud of how my stamina has increased and how strong I am getting.

4. Reviews of The Walking Dead: SPOILERS )
lunabee34: (hp: snape trouble by so_severus)
1. All my holiday cards have been sent, so you should start to receive them shortly, my friends.

2. The X-Rays of my knees showed no arthritis (which apparently sometimes it doesn't show up in X-Rays), so I can either get an MRI or my GP can refer me to an orthopedist. Whatever. I think I'll just go on as I have been. I don't have time to deal with trying to get in to see another doctor right now.

3. My appointment with the urologist is on Wednesday, so I'll know more then about whether or not I might have IC.

4. My dad is doing well. He is responding really well to this second kind of chemotherapy. His numbers are looking really good. They are flying out to Dallas this month for the initial consult for the stem cell transplant. I hope he'll be able to have the transplant early in the new year.

5. cut for talk of weight loss and clothes shopping )

6. We saw Fantastic Beasts over Thanksgiving and loved it. SPOILERS )

7. I just finished reading Guy Gavriel Kay's The Last Light of the Sun. SPOILERS )
lunabee34: (Default)
[personal profile] princessofgeeks asked me if I had made a post about what I’ve been doing to lose weight, and I realized I’d talked about it here and there but not really made a dedicated post about it. So, here it is, and I hope some of you find it useful/interesting.

I should say first that all bodies are unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. In fact, some of what’s worked for me is exactly the opposite of what I’ve seen touted by some weight loss experts. This is just what’s worked for me.

Cut for talk of weight loss. )
lunabee34: (food:  sushi color by cattyhunts)
1. I am just so pleased with myself my friends. cut for talk of weight loss )

2. I have discovered Not Your Daughter's Jeans. They cost a little more than a hundred dollars a pair which seemed ludicrous to me, and then I tried them on. When I reach my goal, I am buying these jeans. They look like a million dollars and feel so damn good. Wow. Highly recommended.

3. I took Emma to get a proper bra fitting yesterday. She's in a 32 D, bless her heart. I had hoped she would get to spend less money on bras than I have to, but alas. At least Wacoal has so many beautiful styles.

4. If you've not yet tried Noosa Yoghurt, you totally should. It's so good, y'all. I just had some blackberry serrano and it was divine (genuinely spicy with great blackberry flavor).

5. Saw the doc about possible interstitial cystitis and my knees. Going next week for an X-Ray and should hear next week from a urologist about a referral. Of course, now I feel pretty good LOL. I don't know if that's because I eliminated all the triggers and my bladder has healed or what. I wonder if part of the issue has been psychological, that I was shunting my anxiety about my dad's cancer, and Josh's employment situation and everything else onto this issue and obsessing about it too much. IDK I want to talk to the doc about other possibilities beside IC and about how to/if I can add some of the foods back that I cut out. Regardless, I'm going to continue to eliminate carbonation and caffeine. I find that those ended up being less onerous to stop than I had feared (and were costing me the most); I do want to add back citrus, tomato and chocolate if I can.
lunabee34: (Default)
1. cut for talk of weight loss )

2. So I didn't post about this, but in August I went to the doctor because I thought I had a UTI or a bladder infection or something. I was completely infection free but the doctor suggested I might have interstitial cystitis (IC)--at which point, I'm sure she thought she was treating a lunatic because I started uncontrollably crying, told her she could pry the fizzy water out of my cold dead hands, and pretty much left while she made jazz hands and went WTF at the nursing staff. I had a friend years ago who has this disease, and it's miserable. It is one of those catch-all diseases, no real diagnostic test or anything, and the treatment is through eliminating triggers in the diet: no carbonation, caffeine, artificial sugar, chocolate, citrus, tomato, spicy stuff, acidic stuff, fruit juice. And I looked at my doctor and I thought, "You know, I gave up gluten and it kinda sucked for a bit, but I'm pretty much over it, and now you want me to give up my fizzy water?" I don't know why the fizzy water is the straw that broke the camel's back, but it is. I drink tons of the stuff all throughout each day because I hate water. Well, I've come to the conclusion that she may be right. :( So I gave up all my fizzy water a couple days ago and my chocolate and replaced my morning baby coke with tea. I'm hoping if I give up carbonation, chocolate, and artificial sugar (which I only had in my morning coke) and if I only have one small caffeinated drink per day that I won't have to give up the other things. I have seen some improvement, so *cross your fingers.* Financially, it's not a bad idea to give up the fizzy water anyway. Tap water is free! *sigh*

3. reviews of NCIS, NOLA, and Bull )

TV!

23/10/16 13:15
lunabee34: (spn: dean ahbl bullet by bittersweet_art)
1. cut for talk of weight loss ) :D

2. Gotham )

3. Best episode of Lucifer ever or bestest episode of Lucifer ever?! Lucifer )

4. Downton )

4. Emma and I watched some more SPN last night, and I was really annoyed by Dean. It was the episode where Cas is working at the gas station, and Dean is a dick about Cas working there, like he thinks it's demeaning or only about him trying to sleep with a girl. No, Dean, Cas is working at a gas station because he has no money and nowhere to sleep or live and nothing to eat, and you threw him out of a safe refuge and left him to fend for himself when he has very few real world skills, and you're going to scoff at him for working so he can eat and for taking pride in that work? Oh, fuck you very much Dean Winchester. You have been a very tone deaf asshole this episode. Wow.
lunabee34: (food:  sushi color by cattyhunts)
1. cut for talk of weight loss )

2. I don't think I mentioned that my missing period got found. I went eight weeks without a period and then I had a really, really horrible one to make up for the one I skipped. LOL

3. I am such a bad mod. I mailed off my letters for the Letter Writing Challenge today. *headdesk* They had to be postmarked today, so I shall not ban myself from future participation in my own challenge LOL but way to procrastinate, Lorraine. I had a lot of fun writing the letters, though, and got to use some cute stationery. I can't wait to start hearing from people as they receive their correspondence.

4. Gotta go sign up for Yuletide. I've got my requests down, but now I need to figure what I'm offering. Is there a way to tell what people have requested? I've been looking at the letters spreadsheet but not everybody writes a letter.
lunabee34: (die hard: first movie john)
1. I cannot believe that I didn't post a movie review of Live Free or Die Hard in my journal. *boggles* I've gotten half-way through 2015 in my tagging project, and I suddenly realized that I didn't remember reading a Die Hard movie review. I went back through painstakingly, and sure enough, I never reviewed the movie. I am shocked. I had so much fun writing and reading in that fandom; I can't believe I didn't review the movie. The first Die Hard has been on like every five minutes this month, so I watched it with Emma. It's a great movie, but I think Live Free or Die Hard is the best of the franchise. Die Hard revolutionized the action movie genre. It becomes a movie which the action movies to follow emulate and then later try to subvert. Die Hard is earnest; it's got some humor, but that's not foregrounded in the movie. McClane is also allowed to be vulnerable in the first movie in a way that is totally endearing. Live Free or Die Hard, though, is just magic. It's such a meta movie. It's so funny, and it makes such splendid fun of itself--constantly scrutinizing and reveling in what makes an action movie and an action hero. It's also got genuine pathos, just enough to give the movie depth. Love it, love it, love it.

2. I got a full body mole scan and have been pronounced cancer free! The dermatologist also cut open these two little places on my face, one under each eye. They're basically whiteheads, but I've had them for years and years, so she was unable to just squeeze them out. She gave me a cream to put on them which should get rid of them in time. For now, though, I look like I have prison tattoos, a drop of blood under each eye. LOL

3. Dad seems to be doing a bit better, having a bit of an upswing in mental and physical health. *crosses fingers that it will last*

4. Fi got sick, had a cold like a normal child, and did not get pneumonia. Hallelujah, I think her lungs have gotten strong enough that we're not going to be in the ER every five seconds this year.

5. Emma's run times are much slower this year than last year despite practicing more diligently on the off season and going to more official practices than were held in the spring season. I wonder if her growing (getting taller, center of gravity changing, etc) could be affecting her performance. Thoughts? I might ask on that bodies in motion comm.
lunabee34: (disney hair by phchiu)
1. Yesterday was pretty awful for my mom and dad. Mom was driving him to his chemo appointment, and he suddenly passed out and started throwing up while he was unconscious. So they got to spend the day in the ER. He didn't have a stroke or heart attack. They think he had a vasovagal response which is apparently not a big deal (except for how my mom was certain he was dying and now she is unwilling to leave him alone for even a second; she's talking about getting some kind of continuous monitor for him to wear and not going to things because she doesn't want to leave him alone, and I get it, I do, I do, but she is going to burn out spectacularly if she lives at this height of anxiety for long). I wish I wasn't so far away. I feel very guilty about that.

2. I got a package of perfume from [personal profile] theora! Whoooo! I hope all my packages made it safely to their new homes.

3. I bought some makeup from Ulta, and it arrived a couple days ago. I've purchased from Sephora before and had really good experiences with them, but I was suckered in by how many free gift with purchase options there are on Ulta. Word of warning if you buy from them: they charge you for the purchase before it ships (even though the website says it only charges once something ships) and your order will say "processing" for far longer than you think it should before it actually ships. That being said, I am super pleased with what I got. I got the Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eye Primer and an Urban Decay eye pencil in a gorgeous purple (I've been wanting a purple eyeliner but ended up not caring for the Mary Kay one I got from mother-in-law; not purple enough) which came with a free gift of a small version of the Urban Decay Original Eye Primer and an Urban Decay eye shadow in a really flattering peachy pink. I also got the Smashbox Photo Finish Face primer which came with a free gift of a travel size version, a tiny lip gloss (which looks terrible on me but not so bad on Emma who doesn't want it; I think I'm going to see if the Sunday night crowd is interested), and a makeup bag. The Smashbox Face Primer is amazing, y'all. I had been using Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer (a good product for a good price), and the Smashbox is like diamonds next to Clinique's CZ. It is so soft and luxurious feeling. I really, really like it. Solid recs for everything I bought except the eyeliner because I haven't worn it yet. I liked the feeling of the lip gloss, just not the color. Ulta also sent me samples of Clinique Foaming Sonic Soap which is intended for use with their facial scrub brush system, but I just used my hands and really liked it. They also sent me a CC cream sample that I tossed because it was way too dark for me.

4. We have been watching Downton Abbey on Sunday nights and just finished the first season. Don't spoil me, please! I have somehow remained entirely unspoiled for anything that happens. I am really, really liking the show. The clothes and house porn alone are an amazing draw. And I love the characters so much. I love all the downstairs people except for O'Brien and Thomas (OMG, what horrific people). And I love all the upstairs people, too. I started out with a strong dislike of Mary that has slowly turned to solid love, and Edith is so nasty sometimes but I can totally see why she feels driven to behave the way she does. I can't wait to see where the show goes. I am hoping so much for a Bates/Anna romance. I am shipping it hard, hard, hard, hard, hard. Hard.

5. I am really proud of myself. I got back into the gym this week and have been every day. Now to keep up the momentum!

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