Monday, November 25, 2013

Because We All Want to...

...feel good about the world. Check out this awesome story that will restore your faith in Humanity, just in case it waivers sometimes:

http://www.10news.com/news/band-of-elementary-school-brothers-rally-around-boy-6-to-stop-teasing-11232013

Since I was a lisping, buck-toothed, glasses-sporting, bookish little wonder-nerd in my formative years, this kind of story makes me profoundly happy. I hope you like it, too.

p.s. Yep, sometimes people revisit their seemingly abandoned blogs with little to no explanation. I'm not making any big promises, but I hope to be here more often.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Self - Version 5.0

Coming soon to a web page near you...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Nesting

I'm going to have a little downtime in a few weeks. While some may welcome it, I equate it to clipping a bird's wings.

I'm not one to sit still. If a movie or show we love is on, I'm sewing or cooking or painting or drawing. I'm riding my exercise bike.

I'm a natural multi-tasker and I am good at it and thrive on it.

So, the idea of lying on a couch for a few days, maybe even a week, has me a little freaked out.

To help me with my vegetative state, I treated myself to the entire DVD sets of Ghostwhisperer and Absolutely Fabulous.

And, because I'm going to be looking at our house more than usual, I've been nesting.

Steinvic gave me his Kohl's cash from Christmas, and so did my Mom. I used these to buy new sofa and love seat covers for our living room. Our throw pillows looked tired, so I broke out the sewing machine and whipped up eight new ones.

Then, I won $104 from a $10 bet in Keno last week, so I used that to buy new fixtures, tile and paint for our master bathroom...total cost, $132.

So, we're having a little mini home makeover, for about $38 out of pocket.

The bathroom has a "city" theme that I liked when I first moved here, but since Steinvic moved down from C-bus, I've spent the last three years wishing to make it a more elegant, grown up bathroom. So, I'm painting over the funky skyline mural I'd created with warm browns and tans and burgundies. And I'm pulling up the floor to replace the crappy linoleum (that never looks clean) with awesome Armstrong peel and stick that looks like the Grand Canyon. Last weekend, I painted the vanity chocolate brown, replaced the tired cabinet handles and t.p. holder with new, modern silver ones. I managed to get the medicine cabinet door off, taped off the mirror, and spray painted the old, blue frame a metalic silver.

I am so excited...

And scared. I'm having surgery. It's my second surgery for endometriosis. I'm stage four, and about six years ago, had a laporoscopy so the doctor could biopsy the mass that had grown on my right ovary, and to excise the endo tissue that was wreaking  havoc on my system.

In the last six months, I've been able to tell that the mass had grown back. I've felt the same pain, lethargy, nausea...all the symptoms that make some days and nights pretty tough.

When I went to the doctor (this is a way better doctor than I had for the first surgery) in November, I pointed to my abdomen exactly where I felt the most discomfort. In my exam, she could feel another mass. An ultrasound showed that my right ovary was huge and that I've also got a fibroid mass in my uterus.

She recommended a full hysterectomy. But I don't want to be in menopause at 41.

I suggested a compromise - since I'd gotten about 5 years out of the last "tune up," how about yanking the "bad" ovary, repairing the fibroid and seeing if I can get another 5 years of relief? By then, I'd be closer to natural menopause anyway, and maybe ready for the hysterectomy.

She agreed. I was so glad Steinvic went with me to talk everything over. Him being there gave me the confidence to whip out my amateur M.D.  degree. :) He has been amazingly supportive and wonderful, both about the process, and through all the episodes of pain and nausea and general bleh.

The down time is about 2 weeks (plus 4 more weeks of non lifting) instead of 6 weeks for the full deal.

So, I imagine I'll be here a little more. I'll have time. I do spend time every day on myfitnesspal, and I have a rockin' blog over there with lots of readers. I still love this place, but it's always been a little lonely here.

I'll post pics of the makeover soon...I've got painting to do today!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Full Update

There is some terrible thing going on where I can't just log in all normal to get here. Some "this domain may be for sale" crap pops up, so if I did have any readers, I suspect they can't read it either.

But I am a crafty fox and figured out how to get here anyway, despite the Internet bastards.

I spend VERY little time online when I'm not at work. After 8 + hours of computer time, the last thing I want to do is get online at home. That is my weak excuse for not updating like I used to. This is blocked at work, and when I get home, it's puppy time, walk time, chore time.

I'm down 30 + pounds, getting ready for my first craft show, just celebrated two years of wedded bliss with Steinvic, and having a vanilla vodka, cinnamon vodka, club soda cocktail.

Nail art is back in, and I am the nail art master, so I am six shades of fabulous.

It's Sunday, which means Italian Night here at our place, so I am cooking up a batch of incredible homemade sauce as I type this.

I submitted a piece to the Op Ed section of the New York Times and I am waiting to hear back.

A tiny, mini wiener - who participated sort of in the Running of The Wieners race last month - is sitting here supervising me. I think he is going to fall asleep, even though I'm watching him battle it...he wants to stay awake...

Steinvic is watching football at our local. The laundry is whirring in his absence. A giant bouquet of flowers from him is keeping Houdini and I company while he's gone. Yeah, I was invited to go, but I felt like being a homebody.

We had dinner out and exchanged gifts for our special day...I got him a Pendleton Cotton shirt, 12 Year Old Jameson, and special whiskey glasses. He got me all the Wes Anderson movies and an insanely lovely dinner at Mitchell's Fish Market, and he ordered for me, which I requested. I love my husband.

My folks just got back from a week + tour around Boston.

This is what is going on here. I still love this blog, and it is, I hope, still mine. Need to look into this bizarre domain for sale crap. How does that even happen? I guess if you don't post for months, that's what you get...

Hope to come by here soon. Full knowledge that I'm writing just for me, but that's something, right?

Until next time...I'm still here...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Another Product Endorsement for Which I Will Not be Compensated - Double Review Edition!

It's  been a long time since I've reviewed anything here, but beauty technology burns on, and I've encountered two products that I really like! So here we go:

Kat Von D's Tattoo Lock It Foundation
I recently ordered some items from Sephora and received a sample of this new product. To my surprise, it also happens to be in my perfect shade: 48, Light.

I didn't even know about the product - that it is light enough for daily wear, but substantial enough to cover tattoos - when I tried it. I just knew I needed an oil free foundation without SPF (I'm allergic to it on my face) and that the brand I used the last two years was recently discontinued.

This foundation covers, covers, covers and lasts, lasts, lasts. You don't need much of it at all to get a really nice, smooth base for your other makeup. I went without concealer for the first time ever. Nice, dense pigments delivered in a creamy, liquid base delivered perfect performance all day. I only needed to apply powder to my nose midday and looked great right up until the time I exercised. (Which is always when all hell breaks loose because I sweat like a mutha when I bike.)

I ordered the full size version today and while I'm not a big fan of Kat Von D (how in the hell could she get with that Jesse James douche knowing what a piece of crap biggot he is?) I really love this product and will buy it as long as it's available. My skin is very good (fortunately) but the addition of this foundation makes it look really nice and even more even.

Revlon's Color Stay Nail Polish (including separate top and base coats)
I recently took off my acrylic nails after 7 months of wear. It was just time. I started not liking how they looked and couldn't commit to spending an hour in the salon every three weeks...too much to do! So, I considered gel nails, I considered buying my own at-home version, and then I read that this new product from Revlon delivered up to 11 days of wear.

I asked the lovely clerk at Walgreens if the base and top coat were required to get the advertised results, and she said she and the other gals tested it after a customer returned to buy the other parts after getting poor results with the color alone. I didn't want to spend $7.99 each, but she said they were actually a dollar off (she was positioning signs when I approached her) and she had coupons to give me another dollar off each part.

I applied the polish to my short natural nails this morning and wow! Great coverage and I've already typed all day and done some housework tonight, and showered and not a chip or ding in sight.

I'll update after a few days have gone by to let you know if I think the 11 day estimate is achievable, but I can say that my at home manicures seldom make it a day without some sign of wear and tear.

So, that's the scoop! Get out there and give these products a try! I'm off to make my healthy whole wheat pizza that has been my mainstay during my diet...this is what Houdini and I nosh on while Steinvic is away! Extra good...I'm gonna get cookin'!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Little Older, A Lot Wiser

Never ever thought more than a month and a half would go by without me posting at least something here! I've been writing regularly at the weight loss sight, and the most magnificent things have happened as a result...I have tons of followers and the comments they make let me know that I'm reaching people and helping to support their efforts.

I don't know what this means for my future, or the future of this place, but I may have found an interest I didn't know I had - helping people get healthy.

For my own progress, I'm down 28 pounds. I just celebrated my 41st birthday, and I can honestly say, I'm in the best place I've ever been in my life! It's only getting better, too. I'm making it that way.

My birthday celebration was stellar. Steinvic had been out of town for work, but came home the evening of my special day and was waiting for me to get home. He and Houdini had the coffee table loaded with thoughtful gifts: XO Cafe Patron liquor, the Big Glug size of Pinnacle Whipped vodka, workout clothes that are perfectly coordinated (down to three different lengths of bottoms - shorts, capris and track pants) so that I don't feel like a bum when I'm on the bike, and Emporio Armani sport sunglasses (which also match the workout clothes, coincidentally...) All lovely and appreciated! And Steinvic shooed me upstairs with a cocktail to change clothes because we were going to dinner. When I came down, he let me know that there was one more gift...

"The ladies at work thought I was crazy when I told them what I got you, but I told them they didn't know my girl," he said, turning on the water and flipping the wall switch for the garbage disposal.

I jumped up and down, thanking him and kissing him...that thing has been broken for six months and has been a great source of anxiety for me...I wanted to save money by doing it myself, but was afraid I'd mess everything up. I knew it would cost hundreds to have a pro do it. And weekend fun got in the way of doing it a dozen times, so we just made do. Now we have a nice, new, awesome one that Steinvic picked out and a friend of ours installed. WHOO HOO! So stoked!

We went to Marlin & Rays for dinner...a newish seafood place in our neighborhood and it was really good! We met some friends at our local and they wanted to stay and stay, so I offered, "You're welcome to come by our place if you want..." and they DID! We beat them here just in time to tidy up, pour drinks, light candles and I went out back to check on things and there was yet another present waiting for me on the table...

Sweetest card ever, and in the box, a new Movado watch. Absolutely exquisite! It means so much to me for a hundred reasons...I once had one, and Steinvic wanted me to have a watch that would make me feel proud. I'm not materialistic, but damn, I love that watch!

It was a great birthday. I've had a fantastic year. I'm stronger, healthier, thinner, happier and better than ever. Wiser. What matters is more clear every day.

I'll add links to the watch and restaurant later, but I wanted to get this out here...so infrequently on the computer when I'm home.

But I'm not full on ditching...I'll be back!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Good Gosh...

I can't believe how long it's been since I've been on here, almost as much as I can't believe I'm logging on here now! I'm not flattering myself to think that anyone has been stopping by, waiting for my next post with great anticipation, but I feel bad for not keeping up with it for myself.

I have been posting on myfitnesspal, and that's been gratifying. Part of me feels really proud how big a chunk of my mindset has become about supporting other people who are trying to get healthy, and the other part of me would like to think about other things. But the reality of it all is that my health and wellness have become a priority. It's a big shift to go from thinking about everyone else all of the time to thinking about keeping true to my promise to me.

So, I'm sitting here on our sofa...Steinvic is doing his weekly travels, and I came straight home, got the laundry going, rode the bike for an hour, took out the trash, weedwhacked the backyard area, took a shower...and now a certain puppy is sitting next to me on the sofa with a ridiculously large rawhide bone, courtesy of his Grandma and Grandpa.

We've been busy with friends lately, and that is new to me. We've crossed the boundaries of lovely bar acquaintences with a few people, and had a fun night of lawn games the other weekend. This past weekend, we went to a wedding of two of our good pals and met a couple so similar in dispostion and personality to us, it was uncanny. As grounded as Steinvic has been and always will be in Columbus, we're making a nice life here and it's really neat.

I spent so many years going from place to place, never really making connections, never really touching down. And now it seems okay to open up and do the things that "normal people" do. It's natural for Steinvic. For me, it's fascinating and exciting.

So, I'm good. Better than good. And...dare I say...I deserve this?