PIGLET1979's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PIGLET1979 PIGLET1979's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Envy Frenzy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4134514 “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” <BR> ~Cesare Pavese <BR> <BR> Have you ever been envious? Not jealous, which is the fear of losing something of yours to someone (partner, status, etc.), but envious. Green with desire and harboring covetous feelings towards something that someone has (or that you perceive them to have) which you badly, BADLY want. <BR> <BR> This is a toughie. Nature teaches us c... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 13:18:48 EST Healthy Boundaries and Doormat Avoidance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4119996 Healthy boundaries- what are they? How does one go about creating and enforcing them without offending? Are the rules different when referencing clingy children? <BR> <BR> These questions are stoking the fires of my brain cells and keeping me awake at night. Primarily because for most people, boundary setting involves putting physical space and time between oneself and the person or people with whom the boundary is desired. However, my current environment, living with my sister and her fami... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 16:48:51 EST Disabused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4104035 I have stood, humbly, at my post, for nearly 6 long, trying weeks. Note: I originally typo'ed this line, incorrectly stating the duration as, "months," rather than, "weeks." So, there you go subconscious. You win. <BR> <BR> I came. I sauteed and stewed. I karaoke lullaby-ed like a woman crazed. Rode bikes and trikes and plastic cars never intended to accumulate adult mileage. Swung swings. Nursed wounds, real and imagined. Dried- and cried- tears. Flashed and feigned smiles. <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 23:42:14 EST Summoning the Energy Gods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3987471 Hellooo!!!!! Here's to hoping the day finds you content, and able to freely move about without snow drifts cramping your winter style. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed, gentle Spark-folk. I have been working the life out of my mantras: Your best is always good enough; You can do anything for finite period of time; Mind over matter. I am about to embark on the journey of a thousand to-do notes. This is BIG. BIG stuff. I have been enlisted to single-handedly assist an immediate family member thou... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 14:42:12 EST Happy New-ish Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3973898 As you may or may not know/ care to know, I have taken a recent hiatus from Spark-ing; a Spark-ation, if you will. This was not due to any waning interest, affection or motivation on my part, but rather due to the unpredictable, crazy to the nth, bohemian-chic life that is road-tripping. I officially declared, "bon voyage," to self, sanity and any sense of stability nearly three months and change ago. And let me tell you, it has been CHANGE. For better or worse, being bold and experienc... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 11:50:48 EST Screaming Match http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3725124 Not really. But, in my head. All I hear is nonsensical babbling; illogical projection. And I want to scream. And do the tantrum dance. Arms flailing, heels stomping, voice shrieking. My nerves consist- literally- of amped out charges jumping the conduits of my fragile self. And I am getting zapped. About 100 times a second. <BR> <BR> Does this sound like healthy communication to you? No? It's not like this for everybody? Oh, okay. I'm not sure if that makes me feel better, knowing that ther... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 07:09:53 EST Alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3723347 It never ceases to amaze me, the spontaneous awakening of senses and aliveness inside me on certain occasions, for no particular reason at all. It may be the scent of baked goods wafting on the wind from a bakery passed in haste; the multi-layered memory of a forgotten melody; the unspoken prismatic eloquence of a sunrise. This is the simple magic of life; life at its best, speaking its native tongue without all the formality and platitudes and weight. In those moments where taste buds sing a... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 13:04:15 EST Are We There Yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3720257 I came to the not so subtle realization today that despite the fact that I'm taking my medicine as directed, and drinking my water, and crossing my t's and dotting my i's, THIS IS GONNA TAKE AWHILE. Am I right?? Just like anyone else who has ever tried to accomplish change of a certain magnitude, I'm not going to *POOF!* magically into something else overnight. <BR> <BR> I was pretending to joke with Mr. Piglet today about the fact that I actually feel MORE TIRED since taking the little pig... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 02:47:53 EST Get Over It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3717154 My fairly mild goal for the week has been getting past my fear, somewhat irrational, somewhat well-founded, of medicine: both taking it and waiting around for it's magic- or side effects depending on who you talk to. At this point in my relatively unripe age, I am being forced, in a cruel twist of fate by nature herself, it seems, to take a small pill containing the relatively unknown contents of piglets' (but not my own) thyroid gland extract (also known more benignly as, "Armour." Like t... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 11:43:10 EST Acquiescence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3670197 It has been said that out of the ashes, beauty and rebirth are realized. I take this concept to mean that I must take a torch to my metaphorical home as a means of freeing myself from the bondage of the material, or forever remain a slave to it. I have to break in order to build, and subsequently release greater truths and provide the open space for mental and physical growth. A regular, modern-day pseudo-arsonist with a pen and paper, I am. <BR> <BR> This is kind of what's going on in my ... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 19:52:44 EST How Do You Manage Stress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3639077 I've never been great at tackling this subject, although I'm rather fond of telling people that I am. Part of me is truly a cool as a cucumber customer, the other side is engaged in a nonstop, eerily quiet, yet intense mental gymnastics routine. 24-7. Yoga, meditation, reading, sleeping. Nothing really addresses the inner turmoil. The only thing that comes close is exercise and daydreaming, two of my favorite pastimes since childhood. These aren't really long term solutions, unfortunately. ... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 22:39:25 EST Frazzled Plus Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3635928 Do you eat when stressed? I have been bogged down in a rather impressive pile of legal and personal documents, whose real and implied contents might serve to forever shift the course of my short term future reality. Fun stuff. My body is responding to the foreboding with daily stomach cramps and the approximate appetite of a fruit fly. I am, oddly enough, quite happy subsisting on coffee and forced-down cereal products for weeks at a time, although, I know it's not an ideal gastronomical choi... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 00:41:12 EST Operation Core http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3622658 Once upon a time, I was a core fiend. This was partly by design, and partly a nice side effect of my day job and competitive sports. Now, a recovering crunchaholic, I have decided it's time to get back to my roots, and rebuild some of the core strength I have lost over the years. It's also a vanity thing, but nobody has to know that. No sense in getting all uncouth around here because of a few sit ups. <BR> <BR> Besides my overall strength and endurance, one facet of my abs that has morphed... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 16:45:08 EST Holy Crap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3590749 Well, not REALLY. By holy, I mean UNHALLOWED. Everyone gets stomach aches now and again, well, except for that rare breed of human, who apparently possesses not only an iron gut, but also a penchant, and even liking, for some of the most grotesque food combinations known to man. How this works in their favor is beyond me, and my delicate microflora's, comprehension. <BR> <BR> Last night, I prepared a glorious salad, which positively danced in its bowl, alive with vibrance and freshness and... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 21:39:54 EST Everything's Wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3587075 The Atlantic online posted a piquant question this week: <BR> <BR> "What widely accepted practice, custom or societal norm do you regard as irrational, absurd, offensive, silly, nonsensical, counterproductive, or morally wrong?" <BR> <BR> While the answer(s) to this will ultimately depend on one's personal definition of such polarizing terms as, "morally wrong," there were some interesting answers, that you may or may not have predicted: <BR> <BR> -modern burial practices, including emb... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 22:37:19 EST The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3513567 I finally got around to viewing this movie last night, and let me just tell you....BOOM! There was so much right about this, I don't even know where to begin, but I will get over it and begin with Noomi Repace. Not only did she physically embody the lead female anti-hero, Lisbeth Salander, she oozed her very mettle from her punk-raucous pores. <BR> <BR> Lots of critics are lambasting the film for its gratuitous use of violence, but this rap is probably one of the most tired, maladroit argu... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 21:15:09 EST Fantastic Friday Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3510103 Hop out of bed fueled by adrenaline and too little sleep: CHECK <BR> Make that (half) pot of coffee you know you're not supposed to have: CHECK <BR> Read/Reply/Discard a million meaningless emails: CHECK <BR> 1 Hr. Later- Mr. Piglet and Piglet Pup snoring in harmony exactly where you left them: CHECK <BR> Don't talk to neighbor's cat you're allergic to, despite the massive cute: CHECK <BR> Begin stress-induced countdown to company arriving tomorrow: CHECK <BR> To-Do Madness: <BR> Post Office ... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 15:04:50 EST Career Change Chess Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3496758 I have this problem. It's a PRACTICAL problem. As in, practicality, I have NONE. Long story short, I wish to shift gears in my career vehicle. Well, that's perhaps a bit understated. I actually wish to switch vehicles altogether. And possibly drivers. But, let's not veer too far off course. <BR> <BR> So, I'm somebody with lots of unique skills that are not accurately reflected in my resume. I am also in possession of a mostly worthless academic record. I'll skip to the chorus: in a family of... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 21:31:03 EST Breakdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3489973 Does any one have nervous breakdowns anymore? Are those still in vogue? How does one know if a breakdown is the proper colloquial term for one's situation? <BR> <BR> I may have had a breakdown today. Although, it's difficult to tell, because I am notorious for allowing reservoirs of accumulated energy to simmer gently, just below the surface. Until things boil over and there is the inevitable mess to clean up. And the stains. Oh, god, the stains. <BR> <BR> How do you approach a problem ... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 23:26:48 EST The (One) Word Association Meme http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3484509 This looked cute, so I borrowed it. I'm not feeling terribly inspired in the blog department. Captain obvious? <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone?.... dead <BR> <BR> Your hair ....... misbehaving <BR> <BR> Your father? ........ hero <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? .......... color <BR> <BR> Your dream last night?.... bizarre <BR> <BR> Your favorite drink? ........... espresso <BR> <BR> Your dream/goal? ........... visionary <BR> <BR> The room you are in? ....... ba... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 05:28:17 EST All About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3473475 This was cute! So, I stole it, fair and square. You should, too! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I was born in upstate (the part without the fancy pants sky-scrapers and the weird accent) NY. <BR> <BR> DO YOU HAVE ANY KIDS & IF SO HOW MANY? One, quadripedal boy, Taco. <BR> <BR> WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION? This is up for debate. And also, auction. Let me know if there are any takers. <BR> <BR> ARE YOU MARRIED & IF SO HOW LONG? Yes. It feels like forever. <BR> <BR> WHA... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 02:59:17 EST Are you choleric? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3473202 This is a fun take on Hippocrate's humors. <BR> <BR> <link>www.oneishy.com/personality/personal<BR>ity_test.php </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm melancholy (53%)/phlegmatic (33%). No big surprises there. Heh. <BR> <BR> Where on the spectrum do you fall? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l717811852.jpg"> <BR> Mon, 26 Jul 2010 23:53:16 EST Do you look your age? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3467825 Perhaps, more importantly, do you act your age? How does one, exactly, go about acting, say, 40? Is there an algorithm or perhaps an internet meme one can consult for such a thing? <BR> <BR> Mr. Piglet and I were discussing this very topic just last eve. He argues that I look young-ish for my age; I posit that he looks positively Dumbledore- jesting, bien sûr. I'm a fun wife. Really. <BR> <BR> Anywhoo, do you think about aging? Talk about it? Lose sleep over it? <BR> Inquiring minds w... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 15:07:58 EST Frugal vs. Puritanical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3465121 Is ascetic the new green? <BR> <BR> I read this eye-opening article yesterday, which highlighted the lives of three Americans living on teensie-weensie budgets, and, apparently, loving every minute of it. I find this all very suspect, however, I understand the message of the piece, which is, "money does not a man make." Or some such. <BR> <BR> Obviously, we are a consumer-driven society. We are bombarded, to the point of sensory overload, with messages urging us to *BUY.* Certainly, som... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 14:27:14 EST It's Official! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3459171 I'm unemployable. My entire resume is wrapped up in a big blanket o' niche, my degree and professional certifications are completely impractical, and I'm neither bilingual nor well-networked. <BR> <BR> I'm unemployable. <BR> <BR> I was reared with a brand of discipline wrought with the idea that I could, "be anything I wanted to be." After several years of living on my own in the, "real world," I was assaulted with various truths that smacked of a bad case of delusional parenting and fa... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 16:26:32 EST Another Birthday Bites the Dust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3449654 Happy belated birthday to me. Today, I was the poster child for how to host your very own navel-gazing, self-indulgent self-pity party for one. I normally enjoy birthdays, to the extent that I find them useful as benchmarks; concrete places in my personal time line from which reflection, growth and rebirth can happen. This has been one long "hall" (sic) of a year, and honestly, my usual mental energies are all but tapped out. <BR> <BR> Adding fuel to the non-fire, Mr. Piglet, although supp... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 05:06:09 EST Saturday Starts with a BANG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3373326 Truth: I have a curious tendency to use my blog almost solely for the purposes of ranting/raving and generally posturing as a misanthrope; which, while not entirely false, is not entirely truth either. Well, just to maintain my air of consistency, it looks like I'm wearing the curmudgeon hat again this morning. <BR> <BR> It starts with the neighbors, who either have clothes washing compulsion disorder NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED, or are trying desperately to cover some illegal activities going o... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 15:09:43 EST Just Another Manic Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3357727 Today was a complete calamity. Should've stayed wrapped in the linen-cocoon that is my bed. Hubby having professional issues, forgot detergent for laundry at home, lost fancy towels at said laundry, had medical paperwork/billing headaches/ arguments with belligerent phlebotomists. Finally, I took the chi to the local park for some horticultural appreciation and frisbee, and ended up stepping on either an unattached bee stinger or thorn. It hurt like the bejeebus, and I promptly cut our playti... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 22:08:48 EST Dear Jillian Michaels, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3332804 Thanks for building a brand on sadistic fat shaming and promoting it to the vulnerable masses on national TV. <BR> <BR> P.S. Your self-loathing is showing. <BR> <BR> Stay classy, <BR> <BR> Piglet <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l677772734.jpg"> Mon, 14 Jun 2010 11:36:15 EST Dear Fairy Godmother, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3268101 This year, for my birthday, please grant me... (Alright. I realize it's a bit early, but I wanted to convey my request(s) now, as to allow for ample arrangement-making time. Thoughtful, no?). <BR> <BR> I'm getting older ya know, and although I understand that the storybook standard is one wish to a customer, I've had a mighty sh!te-y year, so I'm afraid 1 isn't gonna cut it. Let's move on to the wish list, shall we? O.K. I'm gonna need some new Doctors (preferably articulate, literate, and... Tue, 25 May 2010 21:34:55 EST Destiny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3240611 Do you give yours thought? Do you believe in that sort of jargon? Is life really a matter of choices or is there a more predetermined design? I wonder about these things all the time. Navel gazing is a bit of a part time job for me. I feel that I can't understand much about the world around me until I can reasonably comprehend my own inner workings. A truly sage ninja told me once that I think too much. Agreed. <BR> <BR> What about you? Do you believe in destiny? <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Mon, 17 May 2010 22:02:24 EST Hormone Headaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3230645 Figuratively. And literally. Having a hormone imbalance is sort of like playing chess with your body, except that your body has morphed- seemingly overnight- into Bobby Fischer, and is righteously kicking your a$$. This is my story. And it is checkmate central around here. <BR> <BR> My symptoms are so bizarre, even the doctors are running for the hills. And on top of it all, no one knowing what to do with you means MORE doctors and MORE tests and a lot more money that we didn't exactly hav... Fri, 14 May 2010 19:45:31 EST On Overload http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3191160 It's only Monday, and already I'm approaching my max threshold! Not good. Our economic situation is hanging precariously by a thread, my health is on the fritz, and the combination of these make for a nasty quagmire-ish cyclical mess. I would like nothing more than to get back to work myself, but it is an almost impossible feat in our current zip code. And with my energy levels really waxing and waning, I'm terrified of committing to something I can't guarantee I'll be able to give 1000% to. ... Mon, 3 May 2010 21:34:36 EST The Return from Slothville http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3153814 I have been on a bit of an exercise hiatus the past few weeks, which is both good and bad. During the recovery period subsequent to my last bout of pancreatitis, I couldn't muster the gumption to work through the pain of lacing up sneakers, let alone expending the energy necessary to put them to good use. On the really good, zesty days, I half-managed mile walks. Given that I used to be quite the masochistic exercise Nazi, this new found freedom to lounge as needed is refreshing, and likely ... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 19:16:56 EST Dinner, Chez Piglet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3138042 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l283989203.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mmmmm......stuffed red peppers....Mnom nom nom Mon, 19 Apr 2010 19:44:23 EST Ennui, Bipolar-ness, Relocation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3107187 Lazy, hazy Sunday. Meh. <BR> <BR> ... <BR> <BR> This has been a wackjob of a week. Hubby has been out of town on business, and it looks probable that we will be relocating to a new state. In our family, when we make a change, we tend to do it big, impromptu and with feverish flare. For example, deciding on a cross country move on a random Thursday night, packing up the house (in its entirety) Friday, and pulling out of the driveway 5am Sat. morning is normalcy for us. This projected move w... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:06:47 EST Skin Fix in a Jiffy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3096940 Vitamin A plays a vital role in achieving and maintaining healthy skin. In fact, the scary dermatologist's weapon of choice is often Accutane, which is essentially high dose Vitamin A. Want an easier, safer way to fake the amazing complexion you weren't born with? Start with a diet overhaul. Besides avoidance of the obvious culprits- excess fatty foods, refined sugars, and common allergens- add plenty of dietary Vitamin A to your diet. Think carrots, beets, spinach, sweet potatoes, peppers. B... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 19:08:55 EST Food Free For Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3058347 I've been thinking a lot about (juice) fasting lately. Pros. Cons. Why it's such a challenge to begin a fast, but not so difficult to maintain one once you've gotten into the swing of things. My (not so) meta-analysis? <BR> <BR> For me, personally, fasting is the lazy way to complete an elimination diet. The beautiful byproducts of this gut cleaning include increased energy, vitality, and clear skin and eyes. <BR> Secondly, my poor little pancreas gets a much needed vacay from the process... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 21:00:47 EST Spring has Sprung http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3047805 Springing into spring always gets me into the "spring cleaning" swing of things. I tend to overhaul everything this time of year. In the past, it was book bag, boyfriend and the flip flop collection. These days, not much has changed, except that the nuclear family gets to stay and my focus leans towards home renos, skin care, and wardrobe pruning. <BR> <BR> My big 2010 spring slash-fest thus far has included ambitious plans to weed and replant the back yard, reinvention of my mishmash wardr... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 21:57:34 EST A Faint Light Shines in the Abyss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3039760 Last night, I actually slept. Four hours. Followed by another four. Equaling eight. The most I've slept in a week! <BR> <BR> Although this morning was rough as usual, the pain today has leveled off to a bearable state. <BR> <BR> This is a truly marvelous thing. Maybe I'll even be able to eat soon. But, I'm not getting greedy. <BR> <BR> All things in good time. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l340553529.jpg"> Wed, 24 Mar 2010 20:44:16 EST Dear Vicodin, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3034970 I know this seems like a really inopportune time to write you. We really don't know each other all that well. You might remember me from 1997. I was just out of oral surgery for impacted wisdom teeth and you were on my bedside table. I was pretty much worthless that first time we hung out, thanks to all the pre-op valium and N2O on board. I can assure you, I'm a much better conversationalist when I'm conscious. So, about that first date. Yeahhhh....I know that you helped relax me a little bit... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 17:30:59 EST No Fun Foods- Ever? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3027765 Forever is a pretty long time. I used to think that people who blatantly disregarded their doctor's medical directives in dire conditions were pretty much cat outta the bag nutso. Or maybe just unbelievably undisciplined. These are, of course, terrible things to say. However, when you've seen people binge drinking with cirrhosis and smoking out of tracheotomies, some of your tact leaves the building. <BR> <BR> So, now I'm sort of finding myself in the midst of a not all that different spect... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 01:05:42 EST Return of the Super Owwww http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3022656 Few things really scare me, but there are a few. Lack of autonomy, for one. Loss of life, although I hate to admit that, because I try to believe in acceptance of fate and the bigger picture. And lastly, the promise of perennial pain and/or disability. <BR> <BR> So, I have pancreatitis- again. Or perhaps it never left. Either way, two bouts in the short span of 6 weeks presumably does not bode well for my prognosis. At least this time, I am hanging out at home after a brief stint in the ER,... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 14:38:38 EST Help Piglet Find a Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3011607 Hubby and I are searching for the ideal US locale. Which is next to impossible, really, because we have mythical standards. We're looking for things like perfect clime, and pristine air, and majestic mountains, coastal access, culture. Things which don't typically exist in unison in real life (if at all). We have both lived and traveled nationwide, and have yet to find, "home." Actually, we would greatly prefer to just throw this whole dart game in the recycle bin and, ahem, expel, ourselv... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 14:45:52 EST If You Do Nothing Else Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3008654 drink a boatload of water. No, really. Even on the REALLY rough days, i.e. salsa and chip breakfasts and sorbet suppers, AGUA saves the day. My hero. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l842155652.jpg"> Tue, 16 Mar 2010 21:26:41 EST Seriously, Don't Read This... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2988259 ...if you are easily offended or an overly sensitive type. I typically attempt to remain couth in all matters SparkPlanet; and in doing so, tend to refrain from my usual non-PC commentary wherever possible. Well, something really got my goat last night, and I have decided to share it with the unwitting blogosphere. (Not that I exactly have a large or loyal readership around here ; ) <BR> <BR> So, we head out last night; a quotidian trip to the grocer for a few staples. Just a quick in and o... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:54:57 EST I Believe in You, Chicken Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2974664 I believe in the power of houseplants. The phalaenopsis orchid probably saves lives. <BR> <BR> I believe in laughter and letting the inner child run free. <BR> <BR> I believe that the dairy industry is evil, and that the jalapeño pepper and a cup of homemade chicken soup just might cure us all. <BR> <BR> I believe medicine is an art, not a science. <BR> <BR> I believe in art. And language. And the use of language as art. <BR> <BR> I believe that there are inherent "good" and "evil" butt... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 18:23:23 EST Big Life Lessons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2959269 1. Salsa-heavy dinners followed by Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet= NOT a bright idea. Especially if abdominal pain is a normie for you. <BR> <BR> 2. Ditto on the black bean soup and tart cherry juice lunch combo. Don't say I didn't warn you. <BR> <BR> 3. Don't call random "Family Meetings," to discuss budget algorithms and maximizing self-discipline topics at 12am on a Thursday. If you expect to be taken seriously. <BR> <BR> 4. When you are not taken seriously, do NOT stomp off in a mini-tan... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 19:01:43 EST Help for the Color Challenged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2954656 I LOVE color. And makeup. I also love shopping online. Unfortunately, I have NEVER, EVER been able to figure out which color palette(s) work best for me. I have a weirdo skin tone(s) that morphs quite a lot depending on seasons and sun exposure. Heellllpppp! Warm? Cool? Neutral? I mainly need new foundation, blush and lip colors. Thanx guys!!! <BR> <BR> Apologies in advance for the silly pic; it's literally the only one I have taken in natural light, without makeup and without a tan. I've b... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 18:41:11 EST Salsa Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2949705 All I want today is zero pain and a truckload of Trader Joe's pico de gallo delivered to my doorstep. Is that really too much to ask? <BR> <BR> p.s. Prepare boneless, skinless, free-range chicken breast in a cast iron pan with cumin, onion, garlic, paprika, red pepper, oregano, coriander and cilantro. Drool whilst cooking. <BR> <BR> In a separate pan, prepare organic, preservative-free, refried black beans with minced jalapeño. Clap your hands. Ditto for a side of jasmine rice. Do a little ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 18:11:12 EST