Friday, February 25, 2011

RNIA

eating: kashi golean crunch and a banana

feeling: lazy. i didn't get up until 1pm today. i blame it on the high winds and rain, which made the room darker and therefore messed with my sleep cycle

listening: to the wind howling and the dogs scratching at the door. you think they'd enjoy 70 degree weather (it stopped raining hours ago)

watching: nothing. about to break out one of my netflix though- "the backup plan" or "paranormal 2"

reading: "william and kate"- by christopher andersen (yup, jumping on the royal wedding bandwagon), still working on "the world without us"

loving: the sunny 70 degree weather outside. i feel like spring is coming soon (and i'm probably being fooled)

disliking: not losing any weight despite exercising and sticking to my weight watchers. what the hell?

thinking: it's the end of the world as we know it, and i feel fine

hoping: everything ends up being okay with my uncle, who is in the hospital being used as a pin cushion

wishing: for world peace, under-population, and a winning powerball lottery ticket

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Monumental Day

Today is my 31st birthday...so Happy Birthday to me! 9 more years and I'll be 40 at which time I can have a massive mid-life crisis, buy a yacht I can't afford, and sail the South Pacific.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Books and such

Because I'm a tad ADD, I tend to read several books at a time. Recently I finished reading "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks and "Dead in the Family" by Charlaine Harris. In the meantime, I'm still working on "The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman and "The New Becoming Vegetarian".

"Safe Haven" actually ended up being one of my more favorite books by Sparks. I'm always a sucker for "The Notebook" but after a while, I felt like his books were all based on 1. a couple falling in love too quickly and 2. one person in the couple meeting an untimely death. I was hesitant to read "Safe Haven" but was pleased to discover that 1. the couple in the book takes a while to fall in love and 2. that neither of them die in the end. It was also less of a "girly" read and more of just an overall enjoyable fiction book based in Southport, NC. If anyone is looking for an easy read with interesting characters, I recommend "Safe Haven".

The second book, "Dead in the Family" is book #10 in the Sookie Stackhouse vampire series. I loved the other 9, and flew through them rather quickly, but had to wait almost a year for this one to be published. I was looking forward to reading it, but found myself slightly disappointed; it seemed like the author had just thrown together a book because she felt she needed to write another rather than sticking to a [reasonably] solid storyline. Despite that, it was still an addicting read. I got my sister hooked on them before she moved to Washington and I think she completed the entire series in half the time I did.

As for the two I'm currently working on, "The World Without Us" is an interesting book, but at times can be hard to get through. It's a non-fiction based on several theories of what might happen if human beings just disappeared completely off of the planet. The research and theories are fascinating; it's just that the scientific parts tend to drag for me and I have to force myself to keep going. I'm glad someone recommended it to me though- I need to broaden my non-fiction reading horizons.

The other book I keep switching to is (surprise!) about becoming a vegetarian. I managed to give up meat for one year back in college, but folded in front of a juicy T-bone. This time I don't intend to give up all meat, just pork and red meat (semi-vegetarian) in an attempt to 1. be healthier and 2. actually do something about my love and compassion for animals...ie not eat them. It's ironic that I started reading this book last week because, during my health check at Duke, I discovered that my fasting blood sugar and cholesterol have gotten high. Really high. Unhealthy high. In addition to cutting out some meat, I'm lowering my intake of sugar to the Food Pyramid recommended amount of 22g/day and have stopped eating white pasta, white rice, and white bread (luckily I find whole grain just as good). It will definitely take a while for me to transition over, but I have the knowledge to be healthier so I need to get off my lazy, stubborn ass and actually do it!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Brief Updates

I haven't been in the mood to write anything recently (sorry!) so here are just a few brief updates from my last actual post (2/2):
  • I ended up spending all day last Thursday (2/10) in the ED with Alister; ends up he broke his neck (C7) rather than just having muscle spasms. Note to self: in the future do not go to an Urgent Care for urgent issues. He's okay- just has a lot of medication for pain. I don't think it's going to stop him from skiing off of cliffs in the future though.
  • Went to Raleigh for Alex and Kris' going away dinner on Saturday (2/12) and enjoyed seeing them along with immediate family and a few aunts/uncles (who weren't able to make it to the baby shower).
  • Last Sunday (2/13) woke up to homemade Eggs Benedict and Mimosa's at my parent's house and then had a great dinner with Alister and his parents.
  • Spent Valentine's Day shooting skeet at Drake's Landing with Kris and then that evening went out to eat at McCormick & Schmick's with Kris, Alex, and Alister. The food was fabulous; best stuffed salmon I think I've ever had in addition to the amazing oysters, seafood dip, and fried green tomatoes!
  • Tuesday (2/15) morning Alex and Kris left for Washington; it was sad to see them (and Baby Fetus) go but I'm excited for them too. I'm also LOADS jealous that they managed to escape NC before me!
  • Tuesday afternoon I drove over to Duke, took my drug test, had my PPD done, got fit-tested for a respirator, had my FSBS and cholesterol checked, and then had lunch with some former co-workers before heading back to Greenville (boo).
  • Today I accomplished absolutely nothing other than grocery shopping so I don't even have to aim high for tomorrow in order to get more done!
  • I'm currently reading "World Without Us" and "Dead in the Family" and am thoroughly enjoying not having to read nursing books.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

RNIA

eating: nothing, but i did enjoy some homemade eggs benedict and mimosas for breakfast this morning

feeling: impatient! i'm ready to start work; tired of feeling useless

listening: to the movie "the informant". it's not as funny as i thought it would be but this is the second time i've seen it anyways

watching: see "listening to"

reading: a book about becoming vegetarian, "the world without us", and whatever else i may pick up along the way

loving: my family, murse, and pets

disliking: not working!!! i am not contributing to society and it actually blows

thinking: the republican party is a bunch of hypocrites. no abortion and now no birth control? hello? anyone ever heard of over-population? just a thought

hoping: that i can have my ppd test from duke read in greenville. b/c i'm so not trying to drive back and forth for someone to look at my arm and tell me i don't have tb

wishing: for world peace and under-population

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Doctors and such

Yesterday was a surprisingly busy day in the life of an unemployed person. I took my cat Indy to the vet first thing in the morning to have a lump I found on his leg checked. It was in the spot where he had received his rabies vaccine 3 weeks earlier, and unfortunately my vet still uses the rabies vaccine that has a TINY chance of causing fibroid sarcomas in cats (ie cancer). After they aspirated the lump I was relieved to find out that it was not cancer and rather an inflammatory reaction that sometimes occurs following vaccination. Huge costly sigh of relief.

I drove back across town to the house, dropped off Indy, and picked up Alister to take him to Urgent Care (which was, of course, on the other side of town again). He had a bit of an "accident" during his ski trip in Utah and the pain in his neck and back was only getting worse. It ended up that his muscle spasms were displacing his C4 vertebrae so he was given some good drugs and a reminder to see the doctor as soon as the accident occurs in the future. A stubborn man...you don't see those often.

After Urgent Care we ran several more errands and finally got back to the house after dark in time to let the dogs drag us through the neighborhood. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing, mainly because Alister was only semi-conscious after taking his pain meds. I can really relate to how he felt, because the pain meds I get for my kidney stones usually render me useless until the stone has passed! We did manage to watch "The Social Network", which although I thought was a decently good movie, just made me despise Facebook even more (I must end my love-hate relationship with that site one of these days).

Today was a super lazy day and aside from working out I really didn't accomplish anything. I still have a ton of house purging to do; I just have to be "in the mood" to get it done. I'm hoping tomorrow is one of those days because it gives me tingles of happiness to see the clutter in my house slowly disappearing. I can't believe how much I've accumulated over the past 30 years and I can definitely understand why some people enjoy living as minimalists. I also love the thought of having less to pack up and move when I do get relocated.

On top of everything, we're under a winter storm warning...again. I think this city has gotten more snow in the last few months than it has in an entire century, and I'm not kidding. It never snows here...until this year. At least the dogs enjoy the snow so maybe they'll get to have a little fun tomorrow.

Dogs contemplating what to do in the last snow...
And chasing some snowballs...


Monday, February 7, 2011

Superbowl "stuff" (lots of videos)

Last night I watched the Superbowl (along with half of America) and found myself disappointed in both the commercials and the half-time show. What about the teams? you may be asking. Honestly I don't give a rat's a$$ about the teams, and that goes for every professional sports team! I maintain the position that until nurses, teachers, enlisted soldiers, firefighters, and cops are paid even remotely as much as these athletes that I will have nothing to do in terms of supporting any of them. Besides, aside from equestrian 3-day eventing, I've never found sports to be all that much enjoyable to watch (to play is a different story). Whatever void exists in my life, it's not one that can be filled by overpaid athletes chasing each other around with balls or sticks.
As for the commercials, I remember in years past that they were funny. I think I maybe had a chuckle for 2 or 3 of them the entire night; some of them I couldn't even figure out what they were advertising (or what a trailer was depicting the movie to be about).  I was able to pick out a few favored ones to share though:

Dorito's House Sitting:
Volkswagon Darth Vader:
Pepsi MAX Love Hurts:
Transformers 3:

I felt let down by the lack of Budweiser Clydesdale commercials in particular though; in previous years I watched the Superbowl just to see them! In fond remembrance of them, I'm adding a few of my all-time favorites on here just so the horses still get a touch of the spotlight:

Budweiser World Trade Center commercial; aired only once so people would not claim the company tried to make money from the tragedy:
Budwesier Clydesdale Donkey:
Budweiser Snow Fight:
Budweiser 2006 Superbowl Commercial:

Last but not least...the halftime show. I'm actually a fan of the Black Eyed Peas (occasionally) but, seriously, WTF was that? Maybe next year we can try less to act like we've been transported into the movie Tron (minus good acoustics) and more to put James Taylor back on the stage with a plain old guitar. You just cannot do a production like that in 30 minutes or less including set-up time. Halftime Show fail. Oh, and congratulations Redskins! No?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Deadly Sin

In a country full of gluttons, it doesn't even remotely surprise me that the new Starbucks size, the Trenta, can hold an ENTIRE bottle of wine. No wonder America is obese! And who in the world needs that much coffee??? It's kind of disgusting, yet at the same time fascinating...

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A picture is worth 1000 words

I've recently started collecting photos for a project I want to complete by the end of this year. I'm compiling photos from the time my parents started dating up until now. I have asked relatives to send me pictures they may have, especially from my parents' pre-kid years, for me to use. I haven't gotten many pictures, however, one of my wonderful uncle's sent me several last night that I had never seen before. I want to share my favorite one below; it's from 1980 and is a picture of my parents, the dog I grew up with, and me in the front yard of the first house I lived in. My crappy memory pretty much prevents me from reminiscing about most of my childhood so it's always enjoyable for me to see pictures from it. Although I can't recall much, I do know I had a very happy childhood and luckily have pictures to remind me of that. Maybe the loads of ginkgo biloba I take now will at least allow me to remember more of my adult life!

Friday, February 4, 2011

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month due to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of both sexes in America. Today, February 4th, is "National Wear Red Day" to promote heart health specifically for women. Heart disease claims the life of 1 out of 3 women every year (compared to 1/8 for breast cancer) and is something that can most often be prevented with diet, exercise, and an overall healthier lifestyle (genetics is another story although those 3 things help with that too!). So ladies, put on some red, go for a jog, then enjoy a nice glass of red wine and whole wheat pasta. Your ♥ will thank you.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dear Pets

Dear Pets:

I have spent your entire lives doing everything in my power to keep each of you healthy, safe, and happy. I have worked jobs I did not enjoy to pay for your food and medical bills. I have bought houses with yards that you don't even like so that you could choose when to go out and potty. I have lost sleep while you have spread out on my bed and snored, and I have to curl myself into the fetal position in a 2x2 corner. My couch is in shreds because you reject every scratching post that I buy you. I have grave-sized holes in my backyard because, rather than eat the bone I have worked to buy for you, you bury it...and then dig it up...and then bury it...and then dig it up. I have nearly lost fingers in the freezing cold while walking you, because cold weather doesn't appear to affect you and your 8 layers of fur. I do all of the above because I love you.

With that being said, I have a few requests of my own. Because I know you each have a simple mind, I will make the requests very simple themselves. Please stop incessantly licking your penis and/or your butt, especially in front of me. Please stop trying to give me kisses after you have licked said body part. Please finish swallowing the water before walking away from the water bowl. Please stop getting on my kitchen counter. Please stop harassing the automatic litterbox; it only needs to go off once per potty break. Please stop trying to pee on every single mailbox on the street; I'm willing to give you a few but 15 is too many...and I don't know where you get all of that urine from anyways. Please share my bed. Please use the [nice] beds I bought you. Please share the couch. Please stop trying to get on the couch when you've just been outside in the rain. Please walk to a far corner of the house when you have to fart, because your farts are toxic. Please stop begging for human food when it causes you to have constant allergies. Please stop blocking the TV when a good scene is on. Please stop trying to come in the bathroom with me when I am doing my business. Please stop eating plastic bags and trash when I'm helping you lose weight. Please stop going outside and eating grass just to come inside and puke it up on the carpet. Please stop acting as if I starve you because every single one of you is fluffy and well-fed.

Although I have all of these requests, I realize that 9/10 times you can't help it and because I love you all, I accept you as you are. I accept all of your puking, pooping, farting, TV-blocking, water-spilling, furniture-destroying, bed-hogging, and miscellaneous eccentricities; all I really ask is that you love me unconditionally in return and stop trying to lick my face with your butt breath.

Love always,
Mom

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Don't text and drive

I've always had a problem with texting while driving, and a friend passed the video below on to me the other day. It was produced last year by AT&T and focuses on several individuals who either lost a loved one to DWT or were themselves involved in an accident as a result of DWT. It's incredibly sad, but incredibly true, and I only wish every driver out there could understand the risks and quit doing it. Unfortunately, it's not just the people driving that are the danger; it's also the people knowingly texting someone they know that is currently driving. I have made stupid choices about this in the past (mainly texting someone else that is driving), but this video really hit home about the dangers of it and I plan to be more careful in the future. Nothing is worth risking your life or someone else's b/c of a text message. So people: LOL and OMG all you want; just please stop doing it while you're driving a huge piece of metal at high speeds.

This article also describes how your reaction time is incredibly slower while texting as compared to drunk driving. It's amazing to me that driving while texting is still not as illegal as driving while drunk is.