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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hi y'all!

Well I am not even trying to diet right now. Matter of fact I'm not eating much at all. I know it's not the healthiest thing to do. But I have my reasons. I can't go into it right now. But I do have my reasons and I feel they are very valid. Crystal has started her new job. Jordon is settling in at her new school. I am anxiously awaiting a phone call to set up an interview today! We are awaiting our income tax to come in. Once we get that we can move into our own place. Once we get moved in I can begin a healthy eating lifestyle again. I've also decided that once we get our own place I am going to begin building a home gym. SP has guidelines on how to do it on how it can be fairly inexpensive. And if I have a gym at home I will no longer have the excuse "I just didn't have time to go by the gym today". And in the long run I would spend a ton on the gym and rarely use the membership. I could buy a home gym 3 times over with the amount I've wasted on gym membership.

So yep... I have plan. I just have to wait a little longer to put it into play!

Have a great day everyone!

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GINW1977 2/19/2009 4:09PM

    I am just the opposite. I hate whole wheat pasta, but love the brown rice.

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IRISHRAVEN 2/17/2009 2:13PM

    I can't get used to the crunch of brown rice. It always feels under done to me. I LOVE whole wheat pasta though! Sooo nummy! And you are right. It does cost more, but I'm trying to think of the money I'll save on ER visits with my heart going bad, or open heart surgery, or diabetes medications and all the medical implications this weight I carry around has monetarily. And that does seem to help take a little of the bite out of it. When I get moved I'm gonna go full STEAM ahead... mmm steamed veggies... I can't wait!!!

And Tracy I so want some of your soup recipes lady!

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TRACYZABELLE 2/17/2009 1:36PM

    You would think it would cost more to eat the stuff that makes you fat but it is the other way around-- to slim we need to spend a lot more $$ on food. I am trying to cook mre and tryign to use brown rice, whole wheat pasta etc to help out.. It aint easy baby! YOu hang in there!

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My Annual Valentine's Day Blog

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

(And again I have to ask...why do we celebrate this day?)


February fertility festivals

On the ancient Athens calendar, the period between mid-January and mid-February was the month of Gamelion, dedicated to the sacred
marriage of Zeus and Hera.

In Ancient Rome, February 15 was Lupercalia. Plutarch wrote:
Lupercalia, of which many write that it was anciently celebrated by shepherds, and has also some connection with the Arcadian Lycaea. At
this time many of the noble youths and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, for sport and laughter striking those they meet with shaggy thongs. And many women of rank also purposely got in their way, and like children at school present their hands to be struck, believing that the pregnant will thus be helped in delivery, and the barren to pregnancy.[3]

The word Lupercalia comes from lupus, or wolf, so the holiday may be connected with the legendary wolf that suckled Romulus and Remus. Priests of this cult, luperci would travel to the lupercal, the cave where the she-wolf who reared Romulus and Remus allegedly lived, and sacrifice animals (two goats and a dog). The blood would then be scattered in the streets, to bring fertility and keep the wolves away from the fields. [4] Lupercalia was a festival local to the city of Rome. The more general Festival of Juno Februa, meaning "Juno the purifier "or "the chaste Juno," was celebrated on February 13-14. Pope Gelasius I (492-496) abolished Lupercalia. Some historians argue that Candlemas (then held on February 14, later moved to February 2) was promoted as its replacement, but this feast was already being celebrated in Jerusalem by AD 381. The pope also declared in 496 that the feast of St. Valentine would be on February 14.

Chaucer's love birds
A portrait of English poet Geoffrey Chaucer by Thomas Hoccleve (1412). The earliest known link between Valentine's Day and romance is found in Chaucer's poetry. A portrait of English poet Geoffrey Chaucer by Thomas Hoccleve (1412). The earliest known link between Valentine's Day and romance is found in Chaucer's poetry.

The first recorded association of Valentine's Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer:[1]
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese [chose] his make [mate].

This poem was written to honor the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia[5]. A treaty providing for a marriage was signed on May 2, 1381.[6] (When they were married eight months later, he was 13 or 14. She was 14.)

Chaucer's Parliament of Foules is generally set in a supposed context of an old tradition, in fact there was no such tradition before Chaucer. The speculative explanation of sentimental customs, posing as historical fact, had their origins among eighteenth-century antiquaries, notably Alban Butler, the author of Butler's Lives of Saints, and have been perpetuated even by respectable modern scholars. Most notably, "the idea that Valentin's Day customed perpetuated those of the Roman Lupercalia has been accepted uncritically and repeated, in various forms, up to the present"[2]

On the liturgical calendar, May 2 is the saints' day for Valentine of Genoa. This St. Valentine was an early bishop of Genoa who died around AD 307.[7][8] Readers incorrectly assumed that Chaucer was referring to February 14 as Valentine's Day. However, mid-February is an unlikely time for birds to be mating in England.[3]

Medieval and modern times
Swedish calendar showing St Valentine's Day, February 14, 1712

On St. Valentine's Day in 1349, roughly 2,000 Jews were burned to death by Christian mobs in Strasbourg. These mobs, led by nobles who owed large sums to Jewish moneylenders (usury being a sin for Christians), blamed the Jews for poisoning the city's wells and causing the bubonic plague.[9]

Using the language of the law courts for the rituals of courtly love, a "High Court of Love" was established in Paris on Valentine's Day in
1400. The court dealt with love contracts, betrayals, and violence against women. Judges were selected by women on the basis of a poetry

The earliest surviving valentine dates from 1415. It is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife. At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt [12].

It is probable that the various legends about St. Valentine were invented during this period. Among these legends:
* On the evening before Valentine was to be martyred for being a Christian, he passed a love note to his jailer's daughter that read,
"From your Valentine."

* During a ban on marriages of Roman soldiers by the Emperor Claudius II, St. Valentine secretly helped arrange marriages.[13]

*Valentine's Day is mentioned by the character Ophelia in Hamlet: "Tomorrow is Saint Valentine's Day."

In 1836, relics of St. Valentine of Rome were donated by Pope Gregory XVI to the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland.

In the 1960s, the church was renovated and relics restored to prominence.[14]

In 1969, as part of a larger effort to pare down the number of saint days of purely legendary origin, the Church removed St. Valentine's Day as an official holiday from its calendar. February 14 is now dedicated only to Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius.

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IRISHRAVEN 2/10/2009 5:09PM

    I can't stand Valentine's day. I don't celebrate it. There is a lot more out there about this day. And most of it is bad. LOL

Hallmark is cashing in on it too! LOL

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TRACYZABELLE 2/10/2009 3:49AM

    THank you for the history lesson! And here we thought Hallmark made Valentines day! LOL!

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And now I'm scared

Saturday, February 07, 2009

I've been experiencing some strange and uncomfortable feelings in my chest. When it happens it feels like a heaviness in my throat and chest, kind of dizzy, short of breath, and I can feel my heart racing in my throat. Come to find out it's A-Fib. That's Atrial/Arterial Fibrillation. From remember enough from my medical background to know that this can be fatal. I could have a stroke or heart failure and that's that. Game over. I'm only 36 for crying out loud!! I am so angry at myself for letting myself get this big and this unhealthy. I can't afford to go to the doctor. I can't afford to get back on my high blood pressure pills right now. But there are things I can do. I did go get a bottle of aspirin. I was told to take one a day. And whenever I start to feel one of these episodes start to drink a Sprite. I don't totally understand that but it's what my friend's cardiologist told her to do for the same thing, so I trust it. The only real problem with that is that I don't like sodas of any kind. They are so sweet and I don't like carbonated stuff. But I will do what I'm told! I also have to eliminate the stress in life. I have to learn to not let things get to me. I have to get our own place, eat healthy, lose weight and exercise daily. I'm going to have to start the exercise part slowly though so that I don't get my heart too high. I'm looking forward to it. I've been saying that I have to do these things for a long time. Well, now I don't have a choice. If I lose the weight and get healthy I can stop this and live.

Just a PS. UPSTATENYERTX mentioned drinking. No. I don't drink. At least not on anything that can be called a regular basis. I may have a cocktail every couple of months. I've been reading and calling all over the place and from what I hear the small about I drink on rare occasions won't put me in danger. But I'm glad to have the information. I can double check it. Thank you!

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GINW1977 2/9/2009 6:49PM

    You should check into whatever medicaid program Texas offers and use it for now. You have worked for years; you have paid into that system. There is nothing wrong with you using it now. Get on that program quick and get to the doctor. A-fib is not anything to play around with or take secondhand advice about.

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    I'm sorry to hear you have A-fib, please see a Dr. if at all possible...I do know how hard it can be since I don't have health insurance. I don't know if you drink, but my dad has A-fib as well and his cardiologist told him that alcohol can be a cause, even one beer...just a thought. If you need more information here is an article that my dad's Dr referred him to. Hang in there! Getting healthier can only help!

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CELINECRAZY 2/7/2009 4:17PM

    Dear IR,

I just wanted to tell you to hang in there. My mom has A.F. and is on meds for it, but does just fine. I gather it is important to get under control, and once controlled the heart is fine.

I understand being scared, this is a scary thing. It will get better.

Wishing you well on your weight loss adventure also.

C.C. emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 2/7/2009 4:15PM

    If they have a hospuital in your area please check into charity care and see if you can go to the clinic for free or for a reduced rate.. I want to make sure you stay healthy so you can be the best mama to your precious daughter and the perfect partner to your love. We need you here and healthy! PLease look into it! emoticon

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Well, we are back in Austin now! I'm having my yearly bout with Cedar Fever. I'm a little stressed because I'm worried about the future. This is normal I suppose for someone who's just moved. I'm also feeling sad for what I've lost moving here. It was so strange waking up this morning and hearing construction and traffic and noise, instead of the beautiful caw of the Crows outside. So I've decided to list all the things I'm going to miss and I'll the things I'm looking forward to.

Looking forward to:
1. Jordon coming home
2. Seeing my friends and family more often
3. Bob Marley festival
4. Going back to work
5. Zilker Park
6. Darts
7. O'Henry Pun Off
8. Austin Ballet
9. Working out more often
10. Healthy Green Living
11. Drive's to the coast for fishing trips
12. Dinner parties with Kim and Michelle

Things I'll miss about Louisiana
1. Waking up to the sound of Crows cawing.
2. The silence of the nights in St. Francisville
3. Seeing a full blanket of stars in the night sky with no city lights mucking it up
4. Solitude
5. The 10 mile drive to "town" for groceries. Yes I'll miss that.
6. Feeling safe enough in the country to not have to lock my doors
7. Hearing bobcats, deer and other critters in the woods behind our house
8. The polite, gentle manners of the people in St. Francisville
9. The West Feliciana Library
10. Evenings cuddling on the couch with no internet, no TV, and no worries.
11. Uncle Jerry
12. Aunt Gwen
13. Julia
14. The slow pace - pure bliss
15. Sitting on the porch swing sipping hot chocolate, listening to the evening sounds of the frogs chirping, and watching the night come in.
16. Seeing the fog in the woods around us. It looked like a perfect post-card. Very serene.
17. The history
18. The beautiful houses and Plantation Homes
19. George's Place
20. There's more I could add but this list must end somewhere I suppose...

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GINW1977 2/6/2009 12:51PM

    Right now, it has just worked out best for you to be in Austin. You will someday have the resources and freedom to move anywhere you want. Just because you are in a place doesn't mean you are there forever. You will have the opportunity to move into the country again when the time is right. For now, enjoy Austin, enjoy your friends. Take care.

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TRACYZABELLE 1/30/2009 10:00PM

    There may be less looking forward to's but the best reason is on that list! Welcome home!

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Tomorrow Tomorrow I love ya Tomorrow.. You're only a day away!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Well tomorrow is the big day! We are loading up the car today and leaving tomorrow morning for Austin. I have such mixed emotions. But mostly I'm just happy and feel like I'm moving forward with my life again. I'm going to miss the quiet solitude of St. Francisville and the lovely small town atmosphere so much. I'm sad that I'm not moving to Colorado afterall. But I'm also excited about the new living I'm going to be doing and about being with my family and friends in Texas again. I'm also kind of pumped because I met up with an old school chum in Facebook and found out that after his tour of duty in Iraq is over he is going to be stationed in San Antonio for a couple years so we will get to see each other often.

I'm working on getting my old job back. Due to the crap economy I'm having to return in a different position and pay scale though. I work in the non-profit sector for a domestic violence program and because the economy has been in the toilet we have lost a lot of funding. This has caused many layoffs, people being demoted to lower pay scales and major salary cuts. I hope and pray the economy begins to recover soon. This service is to vital to the community (national community that is) to be lost due to financial woes. I'm going to looking into what it would take to do some private fundraising to try to help where I can. I'm just lucky and thankful that I have a job to go back to when so many don't.

I'm going to do my best to keep my blog updated more than in the past. I'm going to be keeping track of my eating and activity. I'm just really looking forward to the direction my life seems to be going. And most of all that my DAUGHTER WILL BE HOME!!! We will be an intact family again! I can't wait!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/27/2009 5:19PM

    HOw awesome hunny! I am so excited for you having your family back together. Best of luck with everything and safe driving! We can win this battle I know we can!


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