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Not a productive day...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I slept in pretty late this morning cause I was feeling lazy. I got up and played on the computer for a bit and sat around. Then I cleaned up a little in the living room and went in my bedroom and gathered up some more laundry for dh to do.

After I woke him up, I made bean tacos for lunch and we went to a battery store. Came home and I dealt with Verizon again for another hour. After that it was time to make the menu and grocery list, and I was totally not motivated to do it. I was frustrated and frazzled from dealing with Verizon and wasn't in the mood. But I did do it, or at least I think I did. I'm not sure I was able to think of everything we might need, but I planned a menu and wrote down the stuff for that at least. Hopefully we won't forget too much tomorrow.

After I got that done, I got to deal with Verizon tech support for a while. Then, finally done with Verizon for the night {but not for good, more calls to look forward to tomorrow!}, I called my grandmother. It was a relatively peaceful conversation and I'm no more agitated than I was before I called her, so that's a win.

Tomorrow I have to call the nurse practitioner I see at the ob/gyn office. 19 days after I last emailed her, she emailed me back and told me to call her tomorrow. Which I will happily do, because I have now been on TOM for 30 days and it shows no sign of stopping. Hopefully she will have some useful advice on that front.

Also tomorrow I have therapy. Not really in the mood to go, but I forgot about it until it was too late to cancel it. Maybe tomorrow I'll be in a better frame of mind and be able to get something useful out of the session. I'm sure gonna try.

Then it's dinner and grocery shopping, as usual. At least I will get some exercise walking in the stores. It isn't much, but it's something. I'm hoping to have a little more energy tomorrow. I was just drained today. Hopefully I won't be so tired tomorrow.

Now I"m going to curl up with a book and relax until bed. To be honest I'd go to bed right now if I didn't know how early I'd end up waking up. I'm just really tired and have no energy today and nothing sounds so good as curling up on the futon and going to sleep. Alas, I'll wait a couple more hours.

Hope everyone had a good Wednesday!


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KNEEMAKER 7/30/2014 9:50PM

  emoticon Keep on keeping!

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STEVEN2GO2 7/30/2014 9:40PM

    emoticon emoticon 30 days of TOM must be draining all your energy and also dealing with Verizon. Though you kept getting things accomplished!!! Also it looks like you did not turn to food for comfort though you might have in the past, congrats on this accomplishment! Hey enjoy your night, I waited till you came on now I need to un Spark for the night. I am still fighting a two week head cold. If it is not gone by next week I am going to the VA for help!

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I hate Verizon...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

So, as I posted a couple days ago, I need a new battery for my phone. Verizon refused to give me just a battery and instead sent me an entire phone. Fed Ex won't deliver to us so we had to drive an hour and half to the Fed Ex distribution center and back to pick up said phone. When I got home? No battery with the phone. They don't send batteries with replacement phones. So now I have 2 phones and no functional battery. To make a long story short, I ended up sending a nasty letter to the CEO and dh made a nasty Tweet about Verizon. None of it will probably do any good, but I was furious. Basically their bottom line is that they don't have any batteries and I have to buy one from Amazon and be reimbursed. I'm calm about it now, but man was I steaming at the time. Fingers crossed that our complaining gets a credit or something for all our trouble, but I doubt it.


Other than that it has been a pretty good day. I woke up at 10 again for some reason. Actually, I struggled to sleep until 10. I started waking up at like 7. So at 10 I gave up and got up. I texted my friend and asked if I could come on over {I wasn't gonna go til noon cause I wasn't expecting to be awake at 10}, and she said I could. So I got dressed and headed to her. On the way I grabbed a grilled chicken sandwich.

I got to her place and we hung out there for a while. Her kitties both came to say hi to me, which made me super happy. They lived with me for years but I hadn't seen them in a LONG time and I didn't know if they would remember me, but they did. Eventually we got ready and headed to the grocery store so she could get some stuff she's allowed to eat. That was a lot of wandering around and reading labels. She can't have gluten or dairy, or nuts or seeds at the moment, so we had to carefully read pretty much every label. But in the end she found a lot of stuff, and we headed back to her place. She put her groceries away and then ate some lunch. When it was getting about time to come home and make lunch for dh and I, I left her place and drove home.

I came home and made Helper and some steamed veggies. I was very proud of myself for choosing something {relatively} healthy. Then dh an I went to the library, took an item to donate to the thrift store, and went to Fed Ex to pick up the phone. Next was the Verizon fiasco.

Once I no longer wanted to deck someone, I was hungry. My friend had given me a frozen meal she's no longer allowed to eat, so I had that. It was a healthy meal from Trader Joe's, and really good. I had a bit of sour cream and a couple tortilla chips with it. So far, not doing bad on food intake. Unfortunately I was still hungry like an hour later {I told myself to give my food time to settle, but it never settled enough apparently.} So I ate another small frozen meal, mostly cause I didn't feel like cooking, and eating that would get it out of the freezer and free up some space.

Finally I was full after that, and started searching my coupon websites and checking sale ads for stores. Then it was time to call my grandmother. I was not looking forward to that cause she has a way of pushing my buttons. Fortunately she's pouting that we're going to the Irish Festival Friday night and I won't be home to call here. Therefore she sat there in silence, saying pretty much nothing and barely responding to anything I said. I think that's supposed to punish me, but I was relieved she didn't yell at me or nag me or do something else to make my blood boil again.

Tomorrow I'm gonna try to get some work done in my room, and gather some more laundry to be done tomorrow evening. If it doesn't rain I will probably go take a walk outside for a few minutes. It won't be much, but every little bit helps! Otherwise, just cooking and grocery list/menu making. I'm hoping we won't have to go anywhere tomorrow. We've done way too much driving around this week {namely because of Verizon}, so I'm hoping we can stay home and save some gas!

For now, just going to relax with a book and wait for bedtime.

Hope everyone had a great Tuesday!


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PATTYKLAVER 7/30/2014 8:30AM

    Animals are wonderful creatures. They give love and comfort without asking for anything in return. It sounds like you don;t have one with you now? Have you considered going to a local animal shelter and adopting one? This may give you something you need at this time.

Your Grandma reminds me of my sister. I finally realized that I need to distance myself from her. I got tired of her pushing her issues onto me. Life has gotten better.

The Verizon people that you spoke with should all be fired. I've never had any problems with the company. Come on...a phone company that doesn't have batteries for its phones? Somehow they weren't trained or whatever! I do get more help and the answers I need when I deal with Best Buy and the Verizon phones that they have.

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HEALTHYLU1 7/30/2014 7:37AM

    Kitties! I love kitties! I'm all about kitties (Adelaide just jumped in my lap for some love time), Nathan is jealous and jumped up to the back of the chair.

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TRACYDH 7/29/2014 11:48PM

    it's good of you to give your grandmother your time and attention, especially if she treats you poorly. take care of your back!

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PEPPYPATTI 7/29/2014 10:51PM

    Sorry to hear you are having such problems with Verizon. I had similar problems with US Cellular. I am on Cricket now but I hate their spotty service-lol! Gotta love technology! Glad to hear you had a better day after that!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/29/2014 9:44PM

    Well, sounds like it was a pretty decent day. Awwww, so wonderful that the kitties remembered you.


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STEVEN2GO2 7/29/2014 9:24PM

    emoticon WATCH the back when you work on your room tomorrow, PLEASE!!! See I told you cats/kittens have long memories of loving people!!! I hate cell phones, I have Verizon but I hardly use it. It is a basic LG, that basically stays at home. I would rather talk to someone face to face than over a phone. At least you do not have T - Mobile which is being investigated for 'hidden' over charges. I too tried to sleep in today but my VA nurse called to see if we were suppose to meet today. I said no and then hit the gym, so I was glad she roused me from my comfy covers!

Are you all set with your Calendar to put a Galaxy of emoticon's on for August?

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

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Has anyone seen my motivation?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Today has not been a healthy day, but it has been a good day nonetheless. I haven't gone hog wild -- as in, I have not had any fast food {I had Subway but that was relatively healthy... no fries involved, anyway.} For me, a day isn't a total throw away if I've managed to stay out of the fast food drive thru. Most of the time, once a day starts going bad, that's my next stop. But not today. So I give myself a couple points for that.

It hasn't been an especially productive day in pretty much any sense of the word. Dh and I went to a credit union and opened an account, which we've been meaning to do for ages. Some force motivated me to finally do it today... and when we did, we found out we got $100 free deposited into our savings account for opening the accounts. We can't access until the account has been open 6 months... but hey, I won't complain about having to wait, it's $100 free!

After we did that, we went to Subway and picked up lunch and went to the park. We walked out to the picnic tables by the lake and had our lunch there. It was a lovely day for it, only slightly sunny, cool and breezy. Cool enough, in fact, that dh had on a hoodie. But the ever-too-warm me was perfectly comfortable. I really can't believe it's July and we're having this kind of weather. This sort of thing just doesn't happen in Columbus. I'm sure it will catch up with us in August though. We're due for a long streak of miserable weather.

Once we finished up with lunch, we zipped over to the library. I planned to try to limit our trips to the library, but we don't seem to be doing a very good job of that. We're library junkies, and one of us always "needs" something from the library every day. But I guess at least we aren't spending any money when we get there, so it's not a total loss.

Then it was off to the grocery store to pick up a couple things. We didn't need much, but what we did need was at the back of the store. So between walking at the park and walking in the store, I probably got in about 10 minutes. Not enough, but it was a little and kept me from sitting on my butt the entire day. I'm trying to find a happy medium between letting my back recover and not being a total couch potato.

Other than that, we haven't done much. I've been poking around online looking for some recipes with freezer potential. I think I'm going to attempt making some meals that can be put in the freezer and eating those for dinner {we have our big meal at lunch most days} instead of buying frozen meals from the grocery store. If I do it right, it will save money and be healthier.

My friend is out of the hospital. Tomorrow I'm going over to her place to pick her up and take her grocery shopping. She has a lot of eating restrictions because she just got her Crohn's diagnosis, and she hasn't seen a gastro yet. So for now she's pretty limited and I'm gonna take her to the store and help her find some things she can eat. That won't be real exercise, but it will be a few minutes of moving around... aka, not sitting on my butt!

For the rest of the night, just poking around online and reading until bedtime. I woke up at 10 this morning {way early for me!} and I'm hoping maybe I will fall asleep easier tonight.

And because I love my babies, here they are on the magic blanket that everyone in the house loves...

Hope everyone got their week off to a great start!


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MARYBETH4884 7/29/2014 10:29AM

    Sounds like a good day!! Don't get down on yourself for not doing intensional exercise all the time. A walk in the park or a "lap" around the grocery store may be all your body can handled now!! You are making smart choices, being a loving wife and a committed friend!! Fur babies and books makes your life complete!! emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 7/29/2014 8:56AM

    I can't believe how much your cat looks like mine! Well, Lulu is my grand-kitty. Sherry rescued her and then moved out. I wouldn't let her take Lulu. I don't know what I'd do without her.

I am a library junkie, too. There are just too many good, FREE things there.

Your motivation probably went on vacation with mine. How dare they go without us!!!

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IOEINC 7/28/2014 11:43PM

    Wow can always use a free $100!!! Sounds like a good deal. Credit unions have a good rep so good idea to join.

I hope your friend can get to see a GI soon so she can get her treatment started. As far as foods go, I can tell you that my oldest daughter was told not to eat fiber so she avoids salads and anything with high fiber. The fiber makes her crampy and bloated. And she used to so love salads. AND again NO POPCORN WHATSOEVER!!! If she has any sort of stricture in her bowel from the inflammation it will get stuck and create an obstruction. These are just my daughter's diet restrictions and I am sure your friend's GI will give her diet instructions and what foods to avoid. And I also spoke too soon about my daughter's Crohn's being status quo. She was here Saturday to visit and had just seen her GI the day before. She is not feeling well and has some cramping so he wants her to restart Remicade. She had a really really rare side effect while she was on it so he discontinued it but he said she should try it again or try Humera because the meds she was on are not working anymore. She already had one surgery three years ago for a stricture and I hope she does not need another one.

Your lunch by the lake sounds really nice. I am glad that you had nice weather for that.

Time for emoticon Hubby is not sleeping well..not used to sleeping on his back and he snores on his back so I am awake half the night due to either him being awake or snoring. He is doing well in therapy and progressing to a cane tomorrow. No pain in his hip so he says and only takes his pain med for therapy and at bedtime.

Have a great Tuesday!!


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HEALTHYLU1 7/28/2014 10:16PM

    I think your motivation and mine are hiding in the park, knowing we will never find them if they hide there!

I am challenged right now, and frustrated that I am not in a better place. I am feeling grouchy. I have nothing to blame this on, though. Where the heck is that fairy godmother when you need her? emoticon

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SANDICANE 7/28/2014 9:44PM

    Yes, I've seen your's in your head! That's a perfect place for it, but I do know some people recommend we make a "goal board" so that what is in our head transfers to a visual board that we can see each and every day.

Congrats on the "no fries" and glad you got to eat by the water today...nice eh?

Onward we go....

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1CRAZYDOG 7/28/2014 9:29PM

    well, at least it's a better day than yesterday, right!?!


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JO88BAKO 7/28/2014 9:25PM

    Cute babies! That's awesome you got $100 free in your account! Glad your friend is out of the hospital. Have fun with her tomorrow

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    It sounds like you got a lot done!

I posted a frozen meal idea in the comments of your post in the friend feed.

One thing that has given me some extra motivation lately is joining a streak/team because of one of SparkGuy's blogs:


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WINDSONG26 7/28/2014 9:20PM

    Ok. I officially wanna go over and rub some furry bellies! :)

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STEVEN2GO2 7/28/2014 9:12PM

    emoticon emoticon I am giving you are emoticon for the day for both nutrition and exercise. Sparks thinks it is great when you get 10 minutes in of exercise, you accomplished that. Hey staying out of drive thru was an accomplishment. I do not have a car so unless I walk through drive thru (I have seen people do that while working at Wendy's 30 years ago!) I avoid fast food. Kudos on another French Fry free day. You have been streaking with this!!!

I visited my friends Mike and Joann earlier. I brought my back pack with me because I had coupons to leave for them and to pick up videos I had lent them. At one point all three cats, Sissy, Mason and Tiger spent time curled up on my back pack, which I had left on the floor. I am Uncle Steven to these three emoticon s!

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MSHEL7 7/28/2014 9:10PM

    Sounds like a good day to me. Best I've seen on your posts yet!!

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UMBILICAL 7/28/2014 9:02PM

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Much better day...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Today has been considerably better than yesterday. Health wise and mood wise. I'm not a ball of grump tonight, which is nice. I hate being grumpy like I was last night. I try not to let that happen too often, although it surely does from time to time.

I slept super late today. I ended up not going walking with The Buddy. My back started hurting again last night and I decided I should let it rest all day today to see if I can get it better. So I didn't get up til like an hour later than normal, and that's saying a lot, cause I sleep late as it is.

When I first woke up I had a 100 cal pack of almonds. Then a little later I had a turkey and cheese sandwich on light whole wheat and some rice cakes. After I ate that, I pretty much sat around and did nothing. Played on the computer, talked to my mom and grandmother, read, and not much else.

Then I made some lunch. I'm really proud of myself for lunch. I wanted to go get pizza SO bad, but I talked myself out of it. Instead I made baked chicken, mashed potatoes and steamed cauliflower. It was good, and I was full afterward. I was super happy I chose not to do the pizza.

After we ate we went to the library for a bit. Then we had to go to Verizon to get a new battery for my phone. My battery life on my phone has gone to crap recently, and they told me over the phone that if I went in to a store they would give me a replacement battery. So I went to the store, where I was told they would not give me a replacement battery, but would instead mail me a replacement phone. Which is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. The phone works just fine, I do not need a new phone. All I need is a battery. But nevertheless, they're sending me the same exact phone, except a replacement, just because the battery has gone bad. Oh well, whatever... no skin off my nose, just seems ridiculous.

After that we came home and I plopped back down on my butt and scanned sale ads and coupon packs. Then I made a salad with chicken and a baked potato with salsa and sour cream for dinner. Pretty yummy.

My back is still bothering me a little, so I'm gonna take it easy again tomorrow. Dh is off and we'll probably just hang out at home all day. I thought I'd be going back to the hospital to see my friend, but as of now it looks like she will be having a colonoscopy early in the day, and then she will be all groggy and sleepy after that. They're saying they may release her tomorrow evening, which is what she's hoping for. If they do, I'll be going over to her apartment to keep her company on Tuesday while her dh is at work. If they don't let her out, I'll be either visiting her at the hospital or picking her up at the hospital on Tuesday. But it looks like tomorrow is just gonna be a day of hanging out at home.

For the rest of the night I'm just going to read and relax. I'm hoping if I slow down and give my back a chance, it will recover, and I won't end up with chronic back pain every time I do anything again.

Hope everyone had an awesome weekend!


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TRACYDH 7/28/2014 3:21PM

    yup I second Steven - a small walk - even 5 minutes - will stretch out those muscles and help your back probably more than sitting. But just don't overdo it! Sounds like your eating was awesome, so proud of you!

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PICKIE98 7/28/2014 2:09PM

    The best thing to do with back pain is move, move, move.. I have had spinal arthritis since age 21, have degenerative discs, and fibromyalgia.. I lie on my stability ball and let my legs hang, then flip over and do the same..It stretches your muscles and it feels so good!
I have been doing this for about 40 years it always helps..

Your dinner sounds so good! !I love chicken... I made crockpot roast beef , so have leftover roast and will make Gluck with it and the juice...

If you want, I will give yo the recipe for Gluck! !So easy..

We have another severe thunderstorm headed here.. might be taking refuge in the basement...

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SANDICANE 7/28/2014 6:32AM

    Sorry to hear about your back...hoping you awoke to "feeling no pain" this morning! But HOW FABULOUS about the chicken and cauliflower instead of pizza! With choices like that, the scales will reward you and so will your mood!!! Lovely!

Onward we go....

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MSHEL7 7/28/2014 12:42AM

    Sorry about your back, hope it is better soon.

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STEVEN2GO2 7/27/2014 9:33PM

    emoticon My back was hurting last night I , so I put a feather pillow behind it, that comforted me. I sleep on my back with a pillow under my head and under my knees, when I wake my back hardly ever hurts. There is an article in sparks, sorry I am not sure exactly where, that says when you have back pain instead of resting it completely, especially in bed, moderate exercise helps. You may want to reconsider taking a 'small' walk Monday. Remember though, not to do the thing(s) that caused the pain in the first place. Like the patient/ Doctor joke: The patient says "if I do this it hurts." The Doctor responds "then do not do that!"

Hey sorry to hear they are forcing you to get a new phone. You likely will have to redo all your contact numbers you have on your current phone and this is a slight hassle!

emoticon for your nutrition today! Have you printed out a calendar for August?

Then you can plaster the sucker with emoticon stickers!!!

I hope your dear friend does emoticon !!! You have a huge emoticon

By being by her side as she goes through all of this!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/27/2014 9:23PM

    Glad that you hd a better day. HOpe that the back gets better.

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Short and grumpy...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

This one is gonna be a short one. I'm in a crappy mood tonight and if I write a long post it will all be complaining. I dunno what my deal is today. Partly TOM and partly just the nature of being bipolar I guess.

It has not been a healthy day. I have eaten a lot of crap and gotten no exercise. I haven't completely fallen apart and eaten as much crap as I have been tempted to eat, but still, it hasn't been a good day.

Tomorrow will be better though. I'm walking with The Buddy and I'm going to get back on track.

For the rest of the night I'm just going to wallow in this mood, and hope I get sleepy and go to bed early.

Hope everyone had a great Saturday!


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PICKIE98 7/27/2014 6:05PM

    Fortunately we always have the option to start the day over, or the hour... better luck next time...

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ECKOKITTEN 7/27/2014 7:59AM

    emoticon Hope today goes better for you!

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STEVEN2GO2 7/26/2014 10:32PM

    emoticon Hey, today has been an moody day for me too! I too am waiting for my mind and body to give up for today and slumber time!

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HOLLYM48 7/26/2014 10:24PM

    Tomorrow is a new day and I hope it is filled with sunshine for you! Smile even if you don't want to and read a good book!!!!
Sending you a big hug and wishes for a better tomorrow!!!
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GURLNEXDOOR 7/26/2014 10:07PM

    A HOT bath, lots of bubbles, a candle, a good book or magazine always makes things a little better in my world!


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SANDICANE 7/26/2014 10:07PM

    I hope you enjoy the feeling of getting back on track! There's nothing better in my book!


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MSHEL7 7/26/2014 8:53PM

    I had a bad food day too. Way over on my cals, we can do better tomorrow. Hope you sleep well tonight.

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EMMACORY 7/26/2014 8:48PM

    Sweet dreams! emoticon

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