Thursday, December 06, 2012
Woke up and went for a walk. Kinda hard to start my FitBit and my MaPMyWalk app on the iPhone at the same time. Both agreed that I had walked basically 20 minutes, so, oh well, that's my "10 minute streak" for the day. One said I walked 17.8 mph and the other made up some random number about 20 mph. Maybe it was measuring only the very last part of the walk, rather than an overall average?
Had my bowl of oatmeal and later on a cup of coffee... read paper. Did some email.
Then I had to take a shower as I was running out of time and had to be one place at 11 am and then I was to meet my husband for lunch and then I'd go to the ENT doc for my audiology appointment.
Well... I usually wash my hair in the tub. (long story) Today I used the guys' shower and it was nasty! I put my swim shoes on to protect my feet from whatever cooties there since they don't clean up after themselves. Got my scrubbie brush and a bunch of soap and scrubbed the dickkens out of that tub. But it was hard - lots of bending down and back up and head between my knees practically and that just wore me out. Pretty soon, I felt this weird headache coming up behind my head over the top and the sides towards the front. Got on out of the shower and made it into my room to get dressed.... but was feeling ill. Just feeling odd...I must have overdid it in the tub, since I was scrubbing like a madwoman knowing that I really didn't have time but didn't want to do it later in the day, but still grossed that it was so dirty.
Got dressed, somehow drove myself to the first place to get the car worked on, had to take the back roads as I didn't feel like I was stable enough to drive on the freeway. I kept drinking water... felt like I needed to eat but also felt sort of queasy. I should have taken my blood sugar then but I don't know if that would have been good info...
Called my husband as he was basically across the street, and he came on over and then I debated whether to eat or to go get some aspirin or what. Decided I really wanted to eat since I had done quite a bit more exercise and with that cup of coffee that I don't usually eat before exercise (did you read the Spark article elsewhere in the Health news about not drinking caffeine before exercise?).
We went to eat lunch - I picked out a beef veggie soup and a chicken veggie salad. And water. I gradually started feeling some better but still just had that feeling like I'd been beaten all over.
My husband really needed to go back to work, but I had this 2 pm appointment and still felt cruddy so I asked if he could drive me there and be there with me. So he did (one of the huuuuuge blessings of being salaried and on flex time and well, just the corporate culture of the place he works for, plus he's been that career for 35+ years. Of course, now that I'm writing this, he's back at work so he's putting in his 8 hours just later in the evening!!!).
So we get there and we'd already rearranged our Flexible Spending so that starting in January we'd have Flex Spending funds for at least one of the two hearing aids... and so we just visited with the audiologist. I wasn't really sure why she wanted me to come back - maybe because we didn't have time to finish that discussion after the last session last week when I had the long audiogram session (which always tires me and wears me out and I don't know, maybe it's just always a hugely emotional experience for me, just so mentally and emotionally draining. I put up with a lot at various doctors - poked prodded, shots, mammograms, X-Rays, 2 years of braces, drill into my jaw to install the dental implants, MRI, caesarian section, spinal block, maybe not as many procedures as many people have had....but audiograms are the worst things for me to deal with! I guess there's some baggage in all that, but in any case, it is what it is.
So anyway today we're sitting around and she's kinda starting up her pitch a bit, trying to determine what she can and can't do, if a loaner is available, if we we have insurance now, whatever... and suddenly it dawns on her where my husband works and she says "Oh Wait!! We just got paid by your current insurance for a pair of hearing aids for this other guy at your office." See - we've got this insurance but effective January 1, our company is switching to a different health insurance company. I kept asking my husband what kind of coverage we had, and for him to give me the propaganda and listing of the insurance coverage details... so the past two years I never got this info out of him. And I think he was so pessimistic, he never would make the effort of looking it up (maybe he thought it would get my hopes up? We've had such horrible experiences in the past....).
Anyway, the way it stands now, maybe the insurance will cover it even though we're just about to run out of time. She's got a plan to contact the insurance company or have her insurance guru do it tomorrow . If they deny it, then back up plan B will be the Flex Spending starting in January, as she's pretty sure the new insurance company we are being switched to will be a step or two lower in quality (or extra frustration levels...depending on one's point of view, I guess.). As she put it, she didn't know exactly what benefits there were for the employees but as a provider, that company was really awful to work with....would deny claims for the most capricious reasons (joking that even the Pope would have problems dealing with this insurance company!)...
And of course, we don't get a choice as to keeping the previous insurance company, since they've evidently been "voted off the island" by the head poobahs and bean-counters. To quote some famous management expert, can't remember the name - "The beatings (floggings, whippings, etc) will continue until employee morale improves...."
Soooo I have these loaners... keep in mind, this isn't a quick fix. I'm still deaf. I am hearing a lot of "stuff" but not necessarily clearer speech... guess it's a learning process, so they say.
Right now, my Channukah album playing through blue tooth off my iPhone iPod is sounding really tinny and horrible...
Monday, December 03, 2012
I'm kinda brain dead and tired. Saw these funny "laws" in email, so thought I'd share - some are related to weight loss!!
1. Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.
2. Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
3. Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
4. Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.
5. Variation Law- If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).
6. Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.
7. Law of Close Encounters - The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.
8. Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.
9. Law of Biomechanics - The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
10. Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena - At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.
11. The Coffee Law - As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
12. Murphy's Law of Lockers - If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
13. Law of Physical Surfaces - The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.
14. Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
15. Brown's Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they're ugly. (My favorite!)
16. Oliver's Law of Public Speaking - A closed mouth gathers no feet.
17. Wilson's Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy - As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.
18. Doctors' Law - If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment, and you'll stay sick.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I saw this a few weeks ago on Facebook or somewhere else, maybe Pinterest, who knows, my head is swimming...
Just felt like sharing this (so I can find it later when I need??). I alluded to it earlier this week in Bruce's Happiness Blog:
Friday, November 23, 2012
..puppy dog. Chihuahua (is that how it's spelled??)
Went to the YMCA this morning to do some apres-Turkey repentence - put in a mile around the track (was too gusty and cold to walk this morning and for some reason I was being a wimp about walking.). Then we spent some time up on the "30 Minute Circuit" doing some of the weight machines
Then, we went to Kansas Humane Society to see about a new black dog. Being Black Friday, they were giving away BLACK DOGS. FREE. (or Black Cats, which we already have one.). Evidently, one of their Girl Scout Volunteers had started a "Black Dogs Club" because she was horrified to discover that black dogs were least likely to be adopted and most likely to be euthanized.
When I read about her in the paper, I was surprised too, because I grew up with black dogs and cats at various times in my childhood, and so had DH. Plus, we have had a black cat since December 2000 and our black dog had just passed away in September.
So... we get there, more than a hundred people ahead of us, and only 25 dogs available to adopt. Not all of these were black (the free ones) - and the others were 25% discount off the usual adoption fee.
(I"m waiting for my son to upload a photo for me, so I can save it to my disk and upload it here....)
We arrived shortly after 11 am (event was to begin at 11 am), so we were assigned numbers. So, DH had time to go over to Grandma's and pick up DS who had spent the night last night .
Now, the KHS staff named her "Janet" but we're not certain we'll keep that name... but here she is:
What she looked like on the website at Kansas Humane Society:
Puppy on the son's computer table:
Puppy all nestled in on my chest, inside my hoodie, no more shivering, just nice and warm....
She's still a bit groggy and in pain, I think, because she's neutered already. Guess her parents were both purebred Chihuahua's but for whatever reasons, they didn't keep her and had surrendered her and her litter mates (or at least the rejects they didn't want?). Plus, they may have been moving (the story they gave KHS.).
Soooo we'll just have to play it by ear. She's not a walking dog, more of a cuddling dog. We're questioning my sanity but I knew I didn't really want a big dog. DS claims she is going to be "his dog" and he will be taking care of it, but we all know I get stuck with the pets while the kid is at school and the DH is at work.
Not sure if she is shivering from nervousness and excitement, or from cold (she's s short-haired Chi) or (hopefully not) some sort of residual crud from her recent surgery?? Although, when she's inside my hoodie, she does get warm and stops shivering. Or does get comforted by my "mommy sounds" which must seem something like her mommy's sounds, just different breed... heh.
She's also not offered to go to the loo when we've taken her outside the past few times since we've been home two hours ago. She just ate and drank water, and she's not house broken. Guess we're in for a crash course on how to housebreak a pup!!?
(Hissing and growling....)
OOOOOH that did NOT sound good! Wow! Piper is having some "Alpha Female" or "Alpha Pet" type issues dealing with this new pup half her own size. (Piper's the cat!!). This dog is hardly a threat but she doesn't know it yet!!
Ha! DH is recording her on his phone! who know?? I might have some cat growl uploaded here. If I do, I'll edit it in, later.
Hope it all works out well??! I'm not sure ... but I guess I'm about to enter a new path on my journey!!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I typed in the recipe for Southern Peach Yambake this morning - but I'm not entirely convinced I did all the math conversions right. The SparkRecipes converter doesn't always play nice with the ingredients measurements when the ingredients found in the "Enter Food" tracker are only entered as "one serving". As an example, the nutritional information for the Ziyad Marshmallows was like 2/3 cup or some such, I've forgotten already, and so many grams. Well, recipe calls for 1.5 cups. The way I had it saved as grams (since it was a nice neat 27 grams or some such), I had to then figure out how to make that work in cups. I ended up having to edit it and save it as 1 serving was equal to 0.666667 or in my case, I said 0.67, and then go from there to arrive at the total of 1.5 cups. Of course, you and I know we just eyeball it and add more or less, depending on how many marshmallows we actually have, and whether or not we have to leave one corner of the dish without marshmallows to suit the family member who can't stand marshmallows, etc.
And being math challenged, I wish SparkPeople had a converter to help me arrive at the fractions of a cup needed, when the recipe calls for anything deeper than 1/2 cup! That I can get: 1/2 = 0.5, right? 1/4 cup is 0.25 cup. But 3/5 of a cup and I go * TILT * !!
So then today... I discovered I did NOT have two cans of Bruce's Yams, just one can. I had gobs of cans of pumpkin. I'm substituting pumpkin for the other yams. Thought I'd use up my Coconut Manna and use it instead of butter. My husband doesn't like nutmeg (neither did his mom, back when she was alive) and so I've always used cinnamon, but today I also added a smidge of clove (that's approx 1/8 tsp), and about 1/4 tsp cardamom. And I only put the pecans on one half of the dish. Will have to mark it with more pecans on top of the marshmallows when we get to my mom's and I broil it there (to keep it from getting yuckky before we get there.).
Should be interesting to see if those modifications are worth repeating another year.
And the official recipe said "six servings" but I've typically doubled it and had plenty for 24 people. Not everyone is willing to try a yam/sweet potato recipe they've never tried, especially those who have been burned out by yuckky experiences they had in their childhood. It will just be the four of us today so I didn't double it.
Soooo need to work on the rest of the goodies to take.
Happy Thanksgiving Day (USA but those of you in other countries, it can't hurt to have extra days where you have thankfulness in your life for whatever blessings you have!).
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