Friday, July 30, 2010

For Elvis

I am so mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted. Yesterday I sat in the Midas lobby for 7 hours waiting on the van. Today, three more. And therein lies the problem. By the time we got home Elvis was way overheated and dehydrated. We got him cooled off, but then he started shaking and yelping. It was awful. We got him to the vet and they looked him over and did the bloodwork. They believe it was a combination of dehydration, shock and arthritis that was/is ailing him. The good news is that he's 20+ years old, in great shape for his age (a little anemic, high-ish glucose and the arthritis is all) and amazing that we've only taken him to the vet once before.

So, at the moment he is still at the vet. We should be able to pick him up in an hour. They haven't called us and that's a good sign. They're giving him IV fluids and a pain reliever. They said he's in good shape so the prognosis is "good" but that due to his age they can't make any guarantees long term. I'm so tired, but I know if I lay down then I'll just conk right out. Perhaps I'll see if that's a message from Brak and then paint my nails to pass the rest of the time.

Sorry if you're trying to read this and the purple background isn't showing up. Stupid myspace, it seems, is only fully loading intermittently.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Journey Day 6/30

I swear to you, I can not believe how much I'm pooping now. Today especially. Seriously, it's rediculous. But, better out than in, as Shrek always says. Right? Right. I guess. I'm feeling kinda crappy (no pun) today, but I think that's more due to the 5 hours of sleep I got last night. I'm afraid to nap since last time I tried I was out for 3 hours. I've gone nap-shy! *ahem* Anyway. I'm up to 6 pills a day, as per the instructions. Plus two of the detox. Depending on how these next couple of days go I think I may be able to scale down to five. At least the detox pills aren't making me randomly hazy anymore . . . . as far as I can tell. Like I said, 5 hours of sleep. Ok, you know what? Nap time. I'll be double-checking the am/pm setting on my alarm.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Journey Day 4/30

First of all, we finally got the hi-speed. *phew* Such an ordeal. But it's set up now and it's so fast. I can hardly believe it. Especially since we just got a new monitor (okay, it's my mom's old one, whatever) on this computer. It's insanity. INSANITY!! *ahem* But that's not why we're here, is it?

Our journey through my colon continues. It's not as harsh as I was execting. I was expecting sort of a colon-blow effect. Where I'm just sitting on the toilet all day crying and wondering why I ever started this. That's not the case. I think . . . . I think this is how normal people poop. There's no gut-wrenching "oh my god I need to get to the bathroom now" feeling. There's no pain or sudden sweatiness. There's no praying and wishing I could just vomit it up (a la South Park) just to make it stop. Just pooping. And these last two days have been pretty healthy ones too. But . . . . still only once a day and the man on the box wants two. So tomorrow I'm up to 3 pills in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. If that doesn't work then I guess one a day is all he's getting. Sorry Man-on-the-Box. Still a far cry more than once or twice a week. I think if he could hear me, he'd be happy about that much. Or maybe he'd be smug and all "I told you so". Never can tell about a face on a box, right?

So I'm re-learning my body's signals. Kind of an interesting process. "Do I have to go now?" "No, not yet" I still feel mildly bloated for a good chunk of the day. I guess we'll see if that goes away. Last time I weighed myself I had actually gained a pound and a half, but that was at the tail end of my period, so who knows? Still under 150lbs, thankyouverymuch. :-D Though just barely. I need to move around more. Been skipping the bike because omg it's over 100 degrees! I miss winter. Then I could bike to warm myself up.

But, I am rambling and I hear there's tons of interesting stuff on youtube. I think I'll check that out for a bit.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Journey Day 2/30

Day 2 out of 30? Why only 30 days? Cuz that's what the directions said. You take the stuff for 30 days and then don't take it for at least 30 days. So far I've noticed a bigger change than I did on the Activia Challange, that's for sure. lol Nothing drastic or scary, but I'm certainly not used to "going" 4 days in a row. Now the detox pills may be another story. Yes, I know I smoke and cigarettes are just packed full of toxins. I'm aware of this. Could that be the reason for random bouts of haziness? Could be. Could also be the unrelenting heat. -_-

I tried the Shake Weight yesterday . . . . that was kind of a disturbing experience. Ever really felt your back fat jiggle? I never had either until last night. Hopefully that's a good sign. Gonna keep at it and with any luck in a few weeks (if the product works as advertised) I can give y'all free tickets TO THE GUN SHOW!!! *cackles*

Been super productive this morning. Dishes done, bills paid, checkbooks balanced. *phew* Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to try and beg my mom for a new air conditioner. Combat the sun!! Oh, before I go, Aaron and I played co-op Left 4 Dead last night. :-D That was super fun. Okie-dokie. Off I go. Wish me luck. :-)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Come With Me....

. . . . on a magical journey. A journey that will be frought with danger and possibly disaster. A journey along twists and turns you can hardly imagine. A journey *pause for dramatic effect* through my colon. No, I don't have pictures. Fortunately this is a tale where pictures would hinder the . . . . uh . . . .magicalness of it? *ahem* Perhaps I should begin with a bit of background. Take note, this journey is exclusive to my myspace blog readers, however many of you there are currently. Ya know, due to the sensitive subject matter. Pure facebookers just don't have the steel needed for such a journey. ;-)

First, we shall begin from the beginning. Information I have that most people don't get about themselves unless it's in reference to the "gawdawful smell". -_- Anyway, it may or may not surprise you to know that my digestive complaints are not a recent development. Far from it! I can't say for diapers, but when I was being potty trained, at least, I would have issues with the #2. So much so that I drank about as much prune juice as milk.

Over the years I never really kept track of my bowel movements. I went when I had to go. . . . . but I never really spent much time in the bathroom so it couldn't have been frequent. I mean, who wants to waste the time of day pooping when there's so much else to be done? Not me! So I didn't give it much thought. It wasn't until Aaron started paying attention that I thought there might be a problem. "You haven't pooped in almost a week, are you okay?" O.o I guess so. I don't feel un-okay. And I usually don't.

When I started my weight loss venture, a couple of weeks in I got the idea to try the Activia Challenge. That did not go well. . . . . as far as not noticing any change in my digestion. But, here I am now. Still losing weight fairly steadily (down to 148.5lbs) but I still . . . . . feel . . . . . fat. So, where does that lead us? Same place it's always led us, ladies and gentlemen. Late night infomercials.

Have you seen the rivetting commercial for "Colon Cleanse"? It's kind of fascinating to watch an hour of a guy talking about how clogged up your colon could potentially be. With visual aides! "This mass here could be sitting in your colon" Could it? Possibly it is. Please, do go on mustachioed one. So he's hawking this dual-action system. One set of pills is full of detox herbs. One set of pills works on getting your lower plumbing working more efficiently. Again, with herbs. This, of course, piqued my interest. Not that it mattered much. What with it being an infomercial and me with no credit card.

Then, one day, we saw this skinny man and his miracle product on the shelf at HEB. $22 is a bit, though, with groceries being so expensive. Today I found myself with the ability to purchase Colon Cleanse (and the other infomercial favorite: Shake Weight!). Tomorrow I start the pill popping. Let's see if I'm able to remember to take them. I should write out a checklist so I don't forget. Must be taken with food and LOTS of water. No problemo! Water's my new middle name. It also came with a free trial of this super Green Tea fat burner. I'm debating. lol

So, dear Readers, will you join me? I promise, unless something just completely out of this freakin' world happens I will not post pictures! Cross my heart. :-) Unless you want me to.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Navel Battle

Once upon a time, a long long time ago; I was young and stupid. Even though I've never been in "great" shape and don't generally show off my lack of abs, I've always wanted my belly button pierced. As a teenager I was determined to make that happen. Yes, with ice and a safety pin. I got the safety pin through but had no way to get the piercing through. And so the hole closed up.


Then after I turned 18 I decided to go get it professionally done. Saved up my nickels and pulled a name out of the phone book. The place went under shortly after so, again, not the wisest decision. The procedure went well . . . . aside from the guy getting distracted a couple of times. The first night, though, there were problems. The biggest probably being that I sleep 3/4 on my stomach. That first night the ring started going sideways and things were never the same. It never quite healed thanks to all the movement and eventually became horribly infected. Aaron made me take it out. I didn't want to, but I knew it was the best thing. Again it healed.

Which brings us to last night. Went back to Tammy (who, if you recall, pierced my labia) because she's good and I trust her. She was concerned about the scar tissue but we figured it would be okay to just punch right through. Which, as it turns out, was kind of a mistake. There was so much scar tissue! Almost straight through. The needle didn't pull any of it out when it went through. So most of the night was spent with her trying to push the plug of tissue through the hole with the ring. (half-ring I learned from last time) That was an ordeal I won't be repeating. I don't think she will either. When she finally got through there was a loud POP. Amazingly as long as it took and as hard as it was getting through . . . . it didn't hurt as much as I expected it to. I do feel bad that it ended up being such a difficult process. Just going to have to make triple sure this thing heals properly because I just can't (won't!) put her through that again.

Monday, July 19, 2010

My Amazing Pierogie Recipe

What is a pierogie you may ask? It's like a ravioli with different stuff in it. Now that that's out of the way, here's the recipe I used and it came out so good!

Outside

2½ cups of flour (could be as much as 3 cups)
1 tsp salt
1 egg
2 tbs. sour cream (preferably regular)
~½ cup lukewarm water

Mix all ingredients together, and knead just a bit. The dough should not be very smooth, and it should be quite sticky. Let stand covered with an inverted bowl for half an hour before using. Take either all, or a portion of the dough, and roll it out until it is 1/16" thick. You will have to use plenty of flour to keep the dough from sticking to the rolling pin and rolling surface. You can also flip the dough several times as well. The thickness is very important.

Inside

10ish small red potatoes
About a cup of shredded cheddar
1/2 a package cooked, crumbled bacon
1 tbs sour cream
Bit of butter if the taters are insanely thick

What you're going to do is boil up the taters and mash them. Don't whip them, just mash. Leave lumps. Trust me. Mix in the rest of the stuff and voila, there's your filling.

Roll out your dough and cut out a bunch of circles. I used one of those big disney glasses and that worked fine. Plop about a spoonful of filling in the middle, moisten one half of the edge with water and pinch the sides together. Make sure they are together!! Overlap if you have to. While you're filling your pierogies start up a large pot of boiling water. Once all peirogies are filled, carefully plop them in. They only need a couple of minutes. Then you take 'em out and let 'em drain. You can freeze them after and nuke them later. So good.

Friday, July 16, 2010

My Cave

Wow. 26 views in a week? That is shocking concidering how deatlhy quiet myspace has become. I was going to start a short soliloquy about how myspace has become like a ghost town and that my blog was like my own private little cave again, but I guess that's not the case, is it? lol

Did I just "lol" in my blog? Did I ever do that before? I can't remember. I probably have. At least I'm not one of those poor chat-addicted souls that's "lol-ed" in real life. I bet that's good an embarassing.

Yeah, I really don't have too much to say now that my first plan was all shot to hell. I miss my Brak, I love my husband, I'm totally addicted to Mafia Wars now . . . . and I'm so glad the gears are finally turning. There's a new age on the horizon and I welcome it. I'll let you know how that goes when it gets here. Even though it has been so quiet (I see you hiding there!) I still feel a dedication to my readers. Myspace first, facebook second. Hopefully soon I'll have much more interesting things for you to read about. ;-)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Dallas Trip Videos

I didn't get them all uploaded, but most of them. I won't know how this post turns out for a while, on account of the dial-up, so if anybody sees this, could ya please let me know if it's all coded properly? :-D Thanks bunches. All it is is a handful of 1 minute video clips taken out of the window from the last time I drove my dad up to Dallas. Taken with the video function on our digital camera. There would have been more but I ran out of battery. They will be in sequential order, but between size and quality I'm not sure if anybody will even be able to recognize much. We'll see.























Hope that came out okay. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Back Again

Good afternoon, dear readers. However many of you are left. Myspace has become like a ghost town. But, that's hardly the point is it? Again it's been over a month, and no this isn't my fantastic pierogi recipe. For anybody keeping track I'm down to 151.4lbs. But that's not the point either. The point, I suppose, is once again feeling that need to reach out. Although, that's not entirely accurate either. That feeling I am having is a strong desire to have someone reach out to me. Because, see, I've reached out. There are people who I have strong reason to believe are avoiding me. The only person who has actively reached out to me is my cousin. So here I sit, crunching on a carrot, looking at my silent phone and wondering . . . . is it me? No, this isn't a cry for attention or fishing for compliments. Just genuine curiosity. I suppose it's feasable that everyone's busy. I'm well aware that I'm one of only a handful of people with absolutely no life. But, really, is it me?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sweet & Sour

Good for chicken, frustrating for life. A little catch-up (I know, I've been away a long time): For a couple of months now I've been on the stationary bike for 30-35 minutes every morning, I just restarted yoga afterwards this morning. From the ages of 12 to 19 I weighed around 135lbs with very little fluctuation. After I married Aaron and he started feeding me such good foods I started to gain weight. Regularly. He's always found me attractive so I didn't mind too much. Until I found I needed new pants. We went to Steve & Barry's and I cried when I learned I needed a size 18 and then weighed myself and tipped the scale at 183. I tried eating less and working out sporadically. Nothing serious because, let's face it, there's a lot of stuff to worry about.

Then came the infamous POD. One of the treasures was the stationary bike. Remember my fake trip to the coast? Well, after all that work a couple of months ago I weighed myself for the first time in possibly years and was shocked to find I'd come down to 174. Nine whole pounds. This gave me hope. From that point I officially started working on trying to get back down to at least 140. So, 30-35 minutes each morning. A little something for breakfast and lunch and no finishing Aaron's dinner for him no matter how good it is or how much is left. Leftovers are not evil and throwing out uneaten food is not a sin.

Recently I've decided to try out the "Activia Challenge". See if maybe my digestive problems could be tied into some of this extra weight. Since the end of April I've been steadily losing a pound or so a week. Not too shabby. On day 4 of the Activia challenge I discovered I'd lost 3 lbs in 2 days. Always, of course, assuming the scale doesn't need to be recallibrated after all the mega-fatties I've seen using the attached heart monitor. I can kind of see a difference, but being as I'm down 25lbs from my fattest . . . I dunno. I'm starting to doubt the scale. That's why I added the yoga. Partly because I love it and it feels so good, partly for more muscle toning.

So, that last weigh in was last night. I'm on the fence between being super excited about being back under 160 and distrusting the scale I've held so dear this past month and a half. Even so I decided to celebrate with some new hair. If I can stop sweating for 2 seconds I'll throw on some make-up and take some pics.

Coming up next: Lizzy's Fantastic Pierogi Recipe ^_^