Sweet List!

1.   It’s February. and do you know what that means? That’s right. ❣
Valentine’s Day!! The perfect way to begin the month is with a Sweet List.

2.       Snow. We love it. Please send just a little more, please God, thanks! Yeah, I said that and then my dog and cat would not come back in. so right now my door is cracked open and my heat is on. You’re welcome, fellow Coloradon’s, I’m helping to heat the state. #ashamed #mycatwillstraightupfreeze #truestorymydogmighttoo #heskindofold 

3.       Watching ER after so many years, no surprise- it holds up.

4.       Walking Barr Lake with Michelle

5.       Thrift store shopping. I love it. I found the greatest pair of shoes (Franco Sarto for $6) and a beautiful handbag (Minchi ::swoon:: for $6) Best deal ever.

6. The Superb Owl- This story is hilarious because it is me. I type too fast. I would totally google the Superb Owl. And then be delighted with the results.
Also reddit can be counted on to have an awesome say on the matter.

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7. Firecracker Chicken. It is really as good as everyone says it is. MT ate it. MT loved it. It was amazing. I thank my friend Vanessa for this amazing dish that is gluten and soy free and is spicy but not too hot.

8.  pretzel yogurt crisps– these suckers are incredible. tiny and crispy and not too sweet. I LOVED them. So good.

9. When things work. #havefaith 

10. I’m getting my hair done today.  The last time totally made me cry because I have stupid Celiac hair which is thin and mouse brown and boring and I can’t do anything with it but I’m going to be happy about it this time. That’s me trying to cheerleader my way through this. Can’t you tell???

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I’m off on a run and also to run the dog because it’s not 12*.

Have a beautiful day!

Stay tuned..we’ve figured out what we’re going to do …now we have to make a plan. This was much harder than it’s ever been. I have theories about that but for now…

Makin’ a plan….

Always make time to run. Get outside, feel alive.

Run on…

hey. don’t look now but we might actually do something. or we might not.

Michelle and I are toying with a race.

I know. She said she was over running but she changed her mind and women have that prerogative, remember? So we’re thinkin’ about it.

Maybe a half. Maybe a full. Maybe we’ll run around the block and maybe we’ll just go hiking. Honest to God we’ve discussed all four in the last week.

We’re not traveling, we’re just looking at the Revel or Steamboat. I ran Steamboat as a marathon and hated it with all the passion I have in me but it could be a one off and if I gave it another try it might not be terrible. I will pretty much do anything for Michelle so this is anything.

I really want to run Revel but she ran the half already and didn’t love the downhill of it. We both are trying to decide on our options so we’re giving ourselves the next week to run ponder and message each other about the pros and cons and see if we want to even plan or just keep going with the status quo which consists of #allthehiking whenever we possibly can.

I will most certainly run a race this year and I have wanted to do the Revel for several years so it’s really a matter of deciding on the half or the full and if I even have the time. We all know time is a big factor in my life.

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Having MT home is great. We love having him around us because we know it’s short term. He always has plans and of course someday he’ll leave us and it’s good to have him hanging out as long as he can.
He’s not a morning person, this should be noted. I like to give him his space.  Sometimes he’s not an after work person either. I like to give him his space then, too.
Working out is critical for him so he makes sure to do it nearly every day. I have to harass him to take a rest day. But he’s not the most cheerful about it as he’s heading out into the cold… you may see a pattern here.

I joke with Sean that I love him 97% of the time.
I don’t think it’s a safe bet to play with percentages…that guy is a little moody. On the bright side, it’s progress when he admits it and says things like, “I’m not a morning person, okay?”

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It is MUCH harder to stay gluten free and I absolutely feel like I’ve taken in the nasty little disaster multiple times. I’m achy and sore and headachy and have other delightful symptoms you do not  need to hear about but your imaginations can work overtime because CELIAC. Something is just going to have to change but I haven’t figured it out yet.

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Meanwhile, it was 3 degrees this morning and to celebrate we froze the kitchen pipe.

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On the bright side my “on this day” status on Facebook show’s last years’ status was the following:

This morning the dog carefully walked to the corner of the room, went behind the rocker and threw up.
The cat thought about it, waited ten minutes, and joined him in solidarity.
I toyed with it and offered but Sean said no.

So this year is totally looking better.

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yesterday I thought about running outside. For about 2.3 minutes when I ran outside. Then instead of continuing down the street I gracefully turned and went around the block like I totally planned it the whole time. 

ice baby ice.

I don’t want to die…I will die if I run on the ice. Anyone that knows me knows this. I can’t walk across the room. I went to HomeGoods the other day to return something and while i was there I thought..huh..I’ll look at curtains for the kitchen. So I head over there and they seem to have a few extra items in their “get rid of” area. Two  curtain rods with  clearance stickers were resting against each other and one failed the other causing a mass casualty. One slid into my leg in slow motion.

No worries, right? It weighs like 1.5 pounds. Oh my gosh. It hurt SO BAD> I nearly asked for a restroom so I could investigate because it hurt SO BAD>

I ended up leaving and when I got home discovered a little cut on my leg and a nasty bruise. That was a week ago. The cut is gone, the bruise is there. My life.  This box was so light it’s embarrassing to tell this story except to say that’s the reason I don’t run on ice. That and those darn hiking accidents.

Treadmill it is.

Three miles on the treadmill and 30 minutes of MUCH needed yoga.
Today it’s very cold so I suspect the same but maybe…maybe if I escape work fast enough the sun will melt the ice (thank you Colorado) and I can run outside just a bit. We’ll see.

Don't let the weather keep you from getting your sweat on!  @espnW

Run on…

you can’t leave dessert around and expect me not to eat it.

I made little individual chocolate cakes from an old family recipe for Christmas dessert. There are three or four left because I live with men. I realize that’s sexist but every woman I know appreciates the beauty of a tiny little individual dessert and those little guys would have disappeared within a day or two. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner….please, I don’t understand how four days later they are STILL THERE> I also made little cheesecakes and I ate a few but politely left some for Sean. Then yesterday I said…pfft…fool. I am eating one. You cannot just leave it there and expect it to not get eaten. It will go to waste.

It’s all kind of painful to watch. #allthedesserts #amateur
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About a month ago one of our employees brought in a camera they found in our parking lot and it took me until yesterday to say to myself…huh…I should put that SD card in my computer and see if I recognize anyone in the pictures. Don’t judge me too harshly. I haven’t had a lot of time this past month.

For some reason…my head was thinking it belonged to one of the 487,000 kids that troops through the parking lot after school. We had found it on a weekday and not on a weekend (thus…church). But of course, school kids probably would just use their smart phone, duh

I plugged that sucker in and BAM. I have a pretty good idea who it belongs to. It’s a really nice camera so I’m glad I took the time to do this and I wish I had figured it out a month ago.

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I talked to Catherine the other day and was having issues with my phone. I think it was being fine, the issues were probably user error. I’m sure you’re shocked. So she was telling me all about her phone love. ::sarcasm::

I’m walkin’ through Target and right out of the blue I hear her say…

“I mean, I had to teach the phone ‘pernicious’!”

shutthefrontdoor you did NOT. 

How many of you actually use the word “pernicious” in a text conversation? I’m just curious.

I told her she practically had to teach ME the word pernicious.

That’s an exaggeration. I know what it means. But talk about expecting a lot from your phone. Mine struggles with “that”. I need to up my phone standards big-time.

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When I type up my bulletins and newsletters for work they are seen by anywhere from 75 to 125 people. That’s a lot of people that will critique what I’ve done. The person I work with corrects commas and quotation marks all the time but seems to miss that the date is off or it’s the wrong Bible verse marked. Between the two of us we seem to catch each other’s misses.  I have the habit of moving on auto pilot so I don’t actually read it, I just cut and paste. Then when it’s done between the two of us we’ve finished it, checked it over and are confident it is right.

And I print it with that “this is an ‘A’ paper kind of attitude!

sigh.

I used to.

After church on Sunday I get back bulletins with pen marks on them … frequently in red… that show me all the mistakes.

Suddenly my ‘A’  feels like a B-.

Sends me straight back to the 9th grade when I had history with that teacher that used to look over my shoulder as I was writing the answer and then he’d stand up and say as loud as he seemed to be able to, “you’re Wrooong!” with a flourish.

Gee I loved him.

I mean in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t really matter except it does to my perfectionist self. When I go to church I can’t even look at the bulletin because I see all the mistakes. It’s so frustrating.

Two people looked it over carefully and declared it done!

I can never go to college.

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Yesterday I got a run in first thing in the morning (it was short, don’t get too excited) but after work I had the house to myself long enough to get some strength training in. That’s just not a bad thing at all!

I have to run to work this morning but I’m hoping to get a run in tonight because it felt so good and my runs are slloooow. I keep moving though because I need to.

I know it’s not exciting to read about someone who isn’t training right now or doing hills or intervals or running 7 minute miles (or ever has) but this is real life. Sometimes recovery takes time. Sometimes Celiac bites you in the ass and sometimes work takes priority for a little while. But eventually I always cycle back around because I’m always running. It’s who I am.

I’m still reviewing what I’d like to do for 2018. I know I never actually decided but that doesn’t mean I stopped looking it means I don’t know how to narrow it down. #alltheraces #allthedestinations #solittletime #denverlooksgood

I'll be back one day!

Run on…

post birthday/Christmas debriefing.

How’d you guys do? Did the celebratory events of the holiday season overwhelm you and leave you exhausted and unconscious on the couch at the end of the weekend or are you excitedly anticipating the upcoming festivities of the New Year?

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Yeah…exhausted here.

The weather turned which always makes my head implode so I drugged up and went to bed late Monday (otherwise known as Christmas) because there was so much baking, presents, eating, and laughing). I woke up in the night for a few more drugs and ended up sleeping in until…

are you ready??…
10:20 am. 

yup.

That’s like…lunch time.

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I felt like I slept in until Wednesday. I know. I was shocked, too. It’s not important except for the shock value so let’s recap the weekend, shall we?

Last week, did I mention this?, the lights went out on half my tree. My semi cheerful mood prevailed (I was determined to be positive throughout the season of insanity. My other mood is tears. I really didn’t want tears). I bought new lights and before I could put them on the tree, more lights went out.
Somewhere during that week the elastic that held my Christmas bear topper broke and he fell off the top. I tried hard to not look at that as a metaphor for my holidays.
Now the tree looked like a sad version of a candy cane.  Lights, no lights, lights, no lights, all stripe, no top. I sighed and started the process, quickly figuring out I’d have to undecorate a bit in order to do this -replace the lights- task. I’d say a half hour into it I furiously grabbed a laundry basket and took all the decorations off the tree. 

Naked tree for Christmas?

Yes, thank you. It’ll be fine. It’ll just be fine.  Things were going to get done.

At midnight on Christmas Eve I grocery shopped online and arranged it so I could pick them up that afternoon and be one less body in the store. #clicklist for the win.   I thought…

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I know…he’s gorgeous, right? I know. That smile is brilliant.

I went to Morning Prayer at 9,  theboy’s birthday party at noon, off to pick up the groceries at 3:30, back to the church to fix the computer for evening services and then home. At this point we figured out they had shorted us some bags at the store and guess what….

…the stores were all now closed.
I totally understand the need for everyone to be home with their own families on Christmas. I’ve worked enough retail that I fully support this. Except they shorted me my entire Christmas dinner and dessert supplies. Things were not looking good for the holiday. I decided not to worry and just keep powering through.

I searched on Pinterest for an alternate gluten free dessert I could come up with that used ingredients I already had and figured I’d have to make a different main dish. I could be creative and gluten free. Sure I could.
Between dessert, wrapping presents, straightening the house and cleaning bathrooms…(laundry, I obsess), and of course…”undecorating”, and of course my own lack of all things sleepy, I went to bed at 4:30 am Christmas morning.
When I woke up I looked stunning and ready to face the day! It was 8:30 and I had four hours of ROCKIN’ sleep.   I stayed in bed hoping for more that didn’t come and finally crawled out to prepare for the day. I got dressed and went to the computer….searching “stores open on Christmas”.

I’ve never been so happy to see Safeway.

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If you work at Safeway, THANK YOU. The store was packed with grateful people shopping. Some of them were just…shopping because they don’t celebrate and it was just Monday to them and some people, like me, needed a few things for dinner. There were a few people that were sick and grateful for the pharmaceuticals to ease their misery. Everyone looked happy including the employees so I hope they weren’t too miserable. In a perfect world no one would have to work on a holiday but I appreciate the store that stays open for those of us having imperfect holidays.

Dinner prepared, decorations mostly working, the house smells great (Scentsy Christmas cinnamon) and I am still awake. It’s progress!
Alex and Megan got there a little late but we did have a great time anyway. We totally missed MT, he’s out of town visiting a friend. I think, especially with theboy, we have to get things going earlier and we’ll practice that next year. We keep learning and we’ve always been kind of “we’ll work with what we’ve got” kind of people but with everyone and their schedules I think we just have to start setting a real schedule and going by it.

My gift giving skills were definitely off this year but I’m not worrying about it.  Everyone has an off year, right? I keep telling myself that. They were great with me, I got awesome gifts and I loved everything. I had so much fun I almost regret that we decided to draw names next year… 😀

The arctic showed up to Denver and I learned that my love of the number 13 does not extend to the temperature. It’s so freakin’ cold. I’ve been doing yoga. My body feels it when I do yoga and also when I don’t do it. I think part of it is the cold, part of it is the change in temperature and part of it is sleep changes. I’m very stiff and sore and I need lots of stretching in the morning. My head feels so much better after I get up and do some yoga. Morning migraines are very common if you suffer from migraines at all and learning when to medicate and when not to is pretty key.

the weekend is coming. The first. The beginning. The new year.

What are you thinking about? How are you feeling? I have a list (which I normally do not do) that I am working on with someone else because life is flying by and we have to #getitdone while we can.

Yearly Bucket List Oath via Bucket List Publications

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T-Shirt For Youga Lover. https://teespring.com/loving-yoga-tshirt-for-u

yep.

Run on…

Two days before Christmas!

So how is your Christmas going?

My Christmas tree lights went out. But only half of the tree so that should be fun to fix.

And a significant portion of my gifts are not showing up. My favorite is one I ordered for my husband which I’m certain will show up in a box labeled exactly what it is. But I ordered it quite a while ago and it’s been in Denver for most of this week. They sent me an email early this week saying, “it’ll be delivered by 8 o’clock tonight!”

That was like…Tuesday. Now it’s Saturday and they’re like…”delayed”. Delayed. Why? I don’t get it.

i’ve Ordered multiple things from Amazon that are just…not showing up. They were due here the 23rd or sooner and Amazon is sending me happy news that they’ll be here the the 26th! With a smiley face. Because somehow that’s happy news.
I am not getting upset because life has too much other stuff happening. Presents are presents and this is the holidays. This will just stretch the holidays out.

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My husband has given up trying to fix my iPad problems. Poor guy. I’ve worn him down. Most IT people are challenged by new and interesting computer issues but not my husband. He’s so confused by whatever the hell I throw at him he no longer cares. He’s all..yeah. I don’t know. Sorry.

Stupid iPad.

My sister Catherine (#sistercatherine) has been having thyroid problems (because why not) and in an effort to fix them herself (health insurance is not her friend) she started taking Kelp. The result is that her hair is ridiculously curly. It’s pretty curly. What the hell? Though no one in her own house noticed (she’s invisible to her family. Aren’t we all?) the rest of the world is like…”whoa! Great hair!” Thank you Kelp. However, she needs to have an accurate blood test so I made her go off of the kelp and the result is…less curly hair thus confirming our suspicion that it is in fact…the kelp. How CRAZY is that??

I pay a fortune to have hair that is…acceptable. And she takes kelp and gets great hair. #sojealous

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I went to the post office to mail a few cards to my waste disposal guys with their Christmas tips. Yes, I tip them because they work ridiculously hard and my life would be very difficult without them doing the great job they do. One of the envelopes came open and I went back to the window to ask the super nice guy for a piece of tape and he looked and me and said, “lick it!”

Um. I can’t.

He said again, “just lick it!”

Again…I can’t. I’m Celiac. There’s gluten in envelopes. I can’t.

It’s at this point he just handed me a glue stick and went back to his customers….kind of like…yeah. I don’t have time for THAT. I’m over you now.

Dude. #Celiacproblems  You think it’s hard for you? I had to ask you for tape to seal an envelope because there’s gluten in the damn thing. #mylife

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I’ve been doing yoga to get me through the week but today I went for a run after I finished yoga because I just needed to. And yes, I have 184 things to do but I just needed to get out on the streets. To be fair I waited until the temperature was over *30. Still, I was pretty excited to get out there.

My office is closed this week but I’m still working. I wonder if they’ll pay me? I’m so ready for Advent to be over. I did tell that to my priest and wondered if God would strike me down. He said when I least expect it so I think I need to look over my shoulder for awhile.  Once the madness passes I will have a  chance to actually get the rhythm of the office and then my blogging, work and my business can actually possibly be done. And most important, running. Right now I haven’t had time to sleep. It’s been crazy and I’ve missed blogging and running so very much.

#myworkoutwas
3 miles of a very slow run but I loved loved loved it.
30 minutes of yoga and my legs loved that, too
2 minute plank
20 push ups (my body forgot how to do push ups)

You can change run to any training session!! Still true. All of it.
Run on…

Brain fog is my excuse for all my mistakes. It’s mostly true.

Brain fog is my second most unfriendly symptom after getting glutened and yep, I’ve got it good.

A small sampling of how I’m doing with brain fog:
I was making a smoothie and I took the spinach out of the fridge to add to my mix only to realize I’d lost the smoothie. I looked all over for it and finally found it in the refrigerator.  I’d put an open Magic Bullet Smoothie half made in the fridge. Just..sittin’ there.

I was at work and went in to use the restroom. When I washed my hands I cheerfully dried them, tossed my keys in the trash and happily walked out of the restroom with the paper towel in my hand.  Yep. I had to go back in and dig through the trash for my keys. Yep. I then had to bathe in disinfectant while singing “gross gross GROSS”.

Yesterday I went to wash my hands (see how clean I am?) and after I shook them out I cheerfully reached for the lotion. And if you’re wondering, lotion does not dry your hands like a towel does not does it work effectively when mixed with water so what I got was a wet lotiony mix of yuck and I had to start again. #themeoftheday

Forgetting how to spell things is an occasional pop up, but not really important in the grand scheme thanks to auto correct.  Fortunately, knock on wood, nothing important gets left behind. I just do dumb “autopilot” things when I have it. I may never leave the house otherwise.

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In case you are following the saga of the missing leggings (I know, a riveting story but really, who loses PANTS?) They had fallen into a basket I keep in my bedroom for things like slippers, running shoes when I’m in a hurry and possibly a stuffy or two but I’m not admitting anything in print. Leggings found. My life can now move forward.

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I’m positive I’m not the only one who goes through spurts at work where you’re just swamped and life is all about work and nothing else for a period of time, right? People keep telling me to go home when I’m supposed to, don’t work those extra hours, stop working so hard-they can’t possibly expect you to get all that done, and so on. Including the people I work for. Go home. You are working too hard.

But I think they all expect the bulletin on Sunday.
And the Advent program for the special Evensong on Sunday.
And the Prayers of the People to be printed so the guy reading it has something to be read….on Sunday.
And the monthly newsletter so people know what their schedule is…for Sunday.

I mean if anything could be put off, I put it off. But some things just had to be done. Since I started the job in negative mode I had to catch up to get to current and I think…(I think!)…I’m there now. This week. Finally. If I didn’t just jinx myself.

It was a long, busy, exhausting month and I am totally grateful it’s done because I haven’t seen my husband in a month. And he’s cute. I like him.

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How disappointing was Angela Lansbury and her comments about sexual assault. Angela…we love you…what the hell? #heartbroken
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The tax bill. I feel like everyone is shouting “just wait until 2018” and I’m thinking 2018 is really just too late. The damage is done now. The damage is being done every single day and we can’t seem to stop the tide. I don’t even have the energy anymore to be mad.

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The things that people shout about and say, “he’s a madman! He’s out of control! Can you believe our leader said  that?”

Yep. I can. Because he was saying crazy things a year ago before he got elected. He’s always been crazy.

Three more years.

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Sean and I went to see Wonder last night. I’ll be honest, I only halfway wanted to see it. Everyone says how great it was, they sobbed the whole way through it, it was so great but sad and wonderful and so many tears! I wasn’t up to the tears. But apparently I have a cold dead heart because I got a little teary at the end and that’s it.

Still a really good movie. Good, clean and nobody got shot or blown up. I recommend.

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#myworkoutwas
Michelle and I connected on Saturday to go hiking in Castle Rock. We did the incline one time and then hiked about three miles. It was a gorgeous day and an easy time outside. Some hills but nothing serious because we’re both coming back from no hiking and no exercise and no muscles at all and what is wrong with us? Taking it easy was on the schedule and it was perfect.

Sunday I ran the dog for two miles and then cleaned my house top to bottom. It was quite terrible and needed floors and dusting and laundry and whatnot and then I put up my tree.  I had well over my steps at the end of the day.

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Run on…

Raise your hand if you know what spelt it.

So…Matt Lauer whoa.

Also, anyone else remember years ago when it was rumored he was supposed to be having a torrid affair with Natalie Morales? I remember thinking then…hmm…probably not but something seems up with him.

If only we could hold the president accountable and get him out that fast.

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So I know you are all holding your hands up right now. You can put them down now. All the blood is rushing to your elbow.

The other day I was scrolling for recipes for some clean eating. Sometimes Pinterest will take your “gluten free” recipe search and feed you “whole30” or “paleo” instead. I didn’t really notice through my own brain fog. So when I grabbed a lemon chicken recipe I didn’t even think about it. I stop at the store to grab some things I need and think…oh, I need spelt. I think the recipe calls for spelt.

I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING BUT I WAS NOT IN MY RIGHT MIND>

I mean, I know what spelt it, I KNOW!  I just…wasn’t thinking.

Swear to God I came home, made that damn meal, ATE IT, and five minutes later had a complete and absolute panic attack.

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Don’t judge me too harshly. I have a disease. Of the mind apparently.

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yeah…that’s me trying to convince myself.

I immediately took charcoal. Began drinking a ridiculous amount of lemon water and downed my probiotics early. So far I’m not as sick as I could be. But I’m not as healthy as I could be. So there you go.

I’m in the middle of cleansing my kitchen. I had to throw away three of my beloved red utensils. (I donated them)
Disinfect everything that touched just…anything.
And I’m seriously considering just starting fresh with new pans. They’re stainless steel so really a good dishwasher dose cleans them but I’m gunshy.

How can I be so on the ball in some ways and screw up so completely in others? Well Sherlock that is the big question.

Too much going on and brain fog. Believe it or not I’m not too hard on myself at this point. I’m just resigned that these things happen. I’m  going back to the beginning with very very basic whole foods. Nothing fancy.

No…walnut crusted pork tenderloin over here.

At least not today. Maybe next week when my stomach settles.
And the itching stops.
And the rash I’ve developed on my neck starts dissapating
And my voice is totally back to normal and not all gravely like I have a cold.
And my joints stop hurting.
And the list goes on.

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I ran the dog yesterday morning and this morning which is way more than I’ve done in the last three weeks. Also I’ve gotten more sleep in the last week than I have in the last three weeks.

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That’s all the workout I got in yesterday because Sean and I had a late errand that took us across Denver and got us home too late to do anything productive. But I feel good enough today (though tired) that I hope to get a run in tonight.

Michelle sent me this:
The Boulder Trails Challenge

I’m totally on board with that.

Also I’ve done a third of my squats today and zero strength for my arms so I have to get that done.

Trust me. I have to get that done.
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Side note because I always have to have a church story.

We rent out the building to different people and we have a huge Hispanic community in the area.  There’s a big Zumba class that’s mostly Hispanic. This morning one lady came in with her mom as I was letting a member of the Altar Guild in to straighten up the sanctuary. We keep the sanctuary closed and locked. Her mom was SO EXCITED at the thought the sanctuary was open that when I explained it was being cleaned up her face fell…I told her she could go in. What’s the harm, right?

That was a half hour ago. She is still in there. Just praying in the solitude of the quiet dark sanctuary.

I love my job.

In case you’re wondering how I can type this while I’m at work, it’s because I work far more than the 20 hours they pay me, they said I can set my own hours and it doesn’t take me that long to type this up.  I don’t do it every time, but this morning I was late so I decided to do it here.

The Altar Guild:
A volunteer group of the parish whose ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services, and clean up afterwards. Altar Guild members frequently supervise the decoration of the sanctuary of the parish with flowers. source

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We are having our rectory renovated. A rectory is a house the church owns that the rector lives in. It’s being renovated. I told my husband the man working over there was…very friendly. But my husband has been married to me for thirty years so I’m not as cute to him anymore. 😉

This morning he came right on over when I got to work, spent a good half hour chatting and then asked me out so… yeah. I called that one.

Life at the church.

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puzzles aren’t always fun

I bet you’re all thinking…where has she been?

Sleeping. I’ve been sleeping.

Mostly. I slept in on Thursday.
I slept in on Friday.
I slept in on Saturday.
I slept in on Sunday.
Do I feel better?

Kinda? I’ve been really off and crashing and I am not sure if it’s because I somehow ingested gluten or if it’s because I’m just really tired. It has all the symptoms of gluten and it’s lasting that long. It’s been weeks. But I haven’t been eating much these last weeks so who knows.

I’m feeling the need for real food right now so I’m going on a “real food kick”.  Pretty sure that means more groceries and probably meal planning.

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I’m responsible for my own time card and I’m pretty sure I’m the only employee that’s not on salary. Figuring out the paydays is like Algebra.

You think I’m kidding, I gave the calendar to my husband – who is the smartest person I know- and he looked at it for a half an hour. We figured it out finally and at the end he said, “that was such a cool puzzle!”

That is now my life. Why am I bringing that up? Because I did my time card wrong and I got shorted five hours. Only I didn’t. Because I did it wrong because I don’t freaking understand the calendar. I need time card 101 apparently.

My payroll person said she didn’t get it on time anyway so she just paid me for 40 hours. It’s not a big deal and after looking at the calendar it’s probably right but it’s sucking away my mental energy to figure out my time card. What is fun about that?

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What a great story about Jeff Goldblum. Entertaining as all hell and presentation is kind of awesome, too.

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I kind of feel like I’m getting caught up. I know I said that last week but this week is the insanity week so if I can  get caught up I might finally have a handle on this place.

As soon as I do that I get a situation like what happened this morning.

Yesterday we had someone come in to the church looking for help. We can’t help everyone, we just don’t have the money. But this girl needed just a little hand and our priest agreed to get her a motel room for the night. He tried everything with this motel and nothing worked. Finally he ended up faxing over all kinds of personal information in an attempt to get the room secured and, tired and frustrated, left church with all of us in tow and confident we were set.

Today I arrived at church to find the girl at the door. The room had been refused because there had been no authorization from him or some other such nonsense.  I got on the phone and asked what the situation was and they couldn’t tell me.  Nobody knew anything. It was like the Twilight Zone of  motel information. Also, no one has any idea where the fax with my bosses info is. Because it’s not their information so it’s not that important. They want the information faxed again  (no and no),  the girl who handled it was out until Wednesday. An hour and a half later, I’m still waiting, the girl is still waiting, no one has any answers and I called them back for the third time. The woman on the phone said, “are you aware this girl caused damage the last time she stayed here? She’s not welcome on the premises again!” and she was pretty short about it.

um. what? could we have our three hours of time and our fax paperwork back?

And she passed me off to someone and said I was “upset” translation…  rude. I had been really nice. Just because you’re definitive in what you need (my bosses really important paperwork) does not make you rude. And my being rude to you is not my biggest problem anyway.

I finally said, “this has been incredibly disappointing service.  We’ve been talking to you guys for two days, faxed over incredibly personal information and no one told us this. We’re a PARISH. How could we possibly know what happened at your hotel? And why wouldn’t you tell us that on the first day?”

She said, “I wasn’t there the first day, it took some digging to find it, obviously!”

I’m not sure why she continues to think I’m in her head but I’m really not. None of this is obvious to me.

I was rather dumbstruck and said…please have your manager call me tomorrow when she gets in. Thank you.

I was really polite. And then I was stern because COME ON>

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It was very frustrating. I am left with no information, no magic fax and a girl with no hotel room. She was nice about it.

That was my morning.

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I have 472 other things to do and am just now getting to them. My goal today is to finish a task and leave relatively on time. I’m three hours behind now. Schedule is totally working!

My payroll manager came in right in the middle of it and told me about the time sheet mishap and I thought…what about this says talk to me about this now. And also, I don’t care. I work 50 hours a week and i get paid for less than half that. Just give me a paycheck. It’s fine. I finally did say to her that it was fine, I didn’t care.

She seemed surprised but I said I just have too much to do to care. I’m too busy.  I did not tell a lie.

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#myworkoutwas

I concentrated on some yoga all weekend because my muscles have become non-existent. I did a little yoga this morning and after work I’m going to go for a quick run.

Climate change has kept all the snow from Denver and I do miss the moisture. #dryandcracked describes my skin but it makes for good running because oh the lovely temperatures. It is a high of 77* today. It’s actually depressing. It’s depressing.

I was supposed to go hiking with Michelle (withdrawal!) but she had a family situation come up and couldn’t go leaving us both going through hiking withdrawal. I miss the incline.  Meanwhile…

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What’s your secret

How much do we LOVE this??

Shalane Flanagan Wins the New York City Marathon

Yeah…best moment. Between her and Meb I just want to go run right this moment.  And they’re such good people they deserve every great thing life brings them.

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On Facebook I’m connected to a writer friend of mine.  He posed a question on his page…”what’s something you’ve done that you’re sure you’re the only one on my friends list that’s done it?”

Well…let me just say that reading the responses I’ve decided I’ve totally wasted my life.  You would not BELIEVE what people have done.

“Been on the cover of time magazine, dec.1969 issue for the takeover of Alcatraz nov 20, 1969. ~As a member og the group of native americans who took the island over around 3am nov. 20th, 1969.” ~ Geneva Seaboy
 I mean…come ON. That’s a beautiful part of history right there, People.

One lady babysat Jeffrey Dahmer when Dahmer was about 8 or 9 and the guy was 16. Apparently, he was nuts then, too. I won’t go into details.

Someone chatted with Jackie O while driving her on a short ride to a friend’s house. Said she was lovely and personable. (Swoon with jealousy)

There was a man that bartended at a university function and served a glass of water to the Dalai Lama.

There were crash landings, island strandings and movie star visits.  

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And of course, one guy who was probably having the same thought I was. He said, “Shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.”

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yes…yes you are. sigh…I love Johnny Cash.

I do have a few stories (okay, maybe only one or two and they are not that exciting)…but mine I take to my grave. They are definitely not blog worthy. This takes the excitement away, I know. But rest assured…I didn’t shoot a man in Reno and I didn’t babysit any serial kill…oh wait. I did babysit for someone who murdered someone. huh. I forgot that.

Eh that was a long time ago.

And I have been to see the Dalai Lama but I didn’t serve him water, I just heard him speak and it was as amazing as you would imagine. But it was amazing for a few thousand people so…doesn’t qualify probably.  I’ll keep thinking.  Pretty sure my kids could answer this question in a HOT SECOND.

Someone mentioned the post has over 350 comments so far. It is ridiculously interesting but really it’s the concept. Who knew people had these secrets in their past?
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Michelle and I climbed Mt Falcon Castle Trail on Saturday. And it hurt. Not during the climbing but afterwards…yikes. Seriously everything hurt.

The last time we went hiking we went much further and I didn’t hurt at all but today was a milder hike and man, my whole body aches. Probably something I ate affecting me. My guess? Kettle Jalapeno chips. I know you guys think I’m nuts but I don’t feel good after I eat them. I bought them Friday, first time in months. I think I’m over them. Weird right? Don’t get too upset, I’m still all in for jalapenos. Just these chips are a no go.

According to All Trails, the Mt Falcon Castle Trail is 7.9 miles. I’m not sure how they came to that conclusion. We climbed from the East parking lot up to the castle. At the castle we still had plenty of energy and we felt like we wanted more so we headed towards the West parking lot about a quarter of a mile thinking we’d get a great view  and we were not wrong. We did get a great view…. but we also got like 20mph winds. It was insane. Still pretty though.

We flipped around after that and headed back. The entire time we were hiking we were rewarded with deer sightings. They were everywhere just hangin’ out and having breakfast. Very relaxed. We went ridiculously early so there was virtually no one on the trail but us. Nice and quiet.

It was a beautiful way to spend the morning. Michelle and I don’t get much time together so when she messages with a “wanna hike?” I always say ~hell yes~ because it’s one of the joyous things in the world and she agrees. Just to be outside.

It was really bright outside and we were wearing really really bright clothes. The deer were not afraid at any point because we were easily spotted ten miles away.
In the end we hiked 6.5 miles according to all of the technology we were wearing so I again am not sure how they came up with 7.9 but whatever. 6.5 miles was plenty. I hurt like I had run 18 miles in the middle of a snowstorm. That was Saturday and on Sunday I still felt it.
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Monday:

#myworkoutis
3 easy miles|
40 push ups
40 squats
2 minute plank

Let’s hope I find the perfect temperature window to get that workout done in.

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Let’s talk Botox

On the heels of such a terrible migraine and the Botox follow up I thought I would talk about what Botox is all about. Two years ago in February I got my first injections and I’ve had them every three months since.

They have always worked well for me, however, as time has passed the shots work better and better. I take two different medications for my migraines because Botox doesn’t make them all go away.  I continue to get some occasionally and one of those medications I would routinely fill every six weeks. I filled it six weeks ago and I’ve barely touched it. I have a full bottle.

Here is a photo of my neurologist who has nearly perfect reviews. His name is Dr. Ravi Shah.
Image result for dr ravi shah imagesI know. It’s a terrible quality picture. He doesn’t have a professional photo, how weird is that? I think this was cut out of a office snapshot or something. Anyway…here he is. He’s very GQ. Funny, so is my Celiac specialist. Suppose that has anything to do with the amount of money I’m paying for their services?
He is as good as the reviews say. He’s nice, he listens, he’s friendly, he always tries to fix whatever the problem is, and he goes out of his way to make sure I have meds…even if they’re samples until he can get me hooked up with what works. I have no problem getting an appointment and when I do have a problem he fits me in to fix it (I’m expressive, occasionally the Botox would freeze my eyebrow in “hey Baby, how you doin’? mode).
His specialties are neurology and psychology.
Yeah..I know. I’m screwed. Pretty sure he’s got me figured out.
A little of my history. I’ve been getting migraines as long as I can remember. I remember having headaches when I was very little and my mom was always trying different things to figure out how to help me. I finally figured they were migraines when I was 18 and was in the emergency room. They told me my “headache” was a migraine. Once that diagnosis was made my life got easier…if you could say that. Right?

Things to know about Botox

  • Botox does not help if you get episodic migraines or fewer than 15 migraines a month.
  • If you’re going to try it, settle in to give it two or three tries. Mine worked well the first time but each time it got better and continues to improve.
  • the cost is high. My insurance covers some of the cost so I am left with the cost of the actual vials which right now are about $600+ per vial. My doctor uses two vials on me. I also pay for my doctors visit which is $227 a visit. If my deductible is paid up then hey…this is no problem. If it’s nowhere near paid up then this comes out of either…
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    A: my health fund or:
    B: my own sad little pocket
    As you can imagine, my choice to do this was discussed with my husband at length and we processed  the cost/how well does it do it’s job- factor at length and continue to review it every few visits.
  • Botox (the brand name…) offers a Botox credit card that credits you BACK if you do the work. The work being paperwork. After I got my first treatment they gave me the paperwork. I signed up on the Botox website and filled out the information including uploading the last Botox treatment information. They sent me a credit card loaded with $240 on it that was “refunded”. I can use it on anything medical related. So the next treatment I can use it on the Botox or I can use it on the office visit or I can use it on another doctor’s visit. It just has to be medically related. I think right now I have nearly $500 on it. There is an expiration date of six months I think. They may have changed that with the new update.
  • I see him every twelve weeks and as the time winds down my head reminds me it’s happening. As it wears of, I get more migraines. That twelve week cycle is very tight for me.
  • I am still on Topiramate (generic forTopamax) as preventative medication and I also have Fiorinal and Cambia to actually treat any migraine I do get. He’s tried taking me off Topiramate and my migraines increase significantly enough that he’s leaving me on them for now. He did decrease the dosage (after the eye twitching episode a few months ago) but otherwise everything stays the same. I take 150mg a day. 50mg in the middle of the day and 100mg at night.My excuse for being brain dead is called Topamax. What's yours? BY: Gina Fabrizio
  • The Botox for migraines is diluted before it’s injected. It’s injected in approximately 31 locations across the head and neck.Image result for Botox migraine injection graphicIn the photo on the left, my injections are way at the top near my hairline, not down so far.  Because I’m pretty expressive, he dots two tiny little injections in the far edges of each eyebrow to keep me from flirting with people I don’t want to flirt with.The photo in the middle is pretty accurate though one of those injections is square in my temple, a prime spot for migraine pain.The third photo is also fairly accurate though the two injections at the bottom of the neck are much lower.
  • Does it hurt? yes. It hurts me for sure. Here is my experience- the shots are short…like two seconds. Short bursts. They aren’t deep, they are just under the surface. But they burn and on my right side-oh my gosh. Like it’s startling sometimes and then I’ll just burst into tears.  Because my migraines are 100% on the right side of my body, Dr Shah told me I would feel more pain on my right side for probably everything. That side would just be more sensitive. Well he isn’t kidding. I had noticed that before he told me and it couldn’t be clearer than when I’m getting these shots. They weren’t too bad the first time I got them but as time goes on they are more painful. I’m sure Dr. Shah loves to have me show up. I’ve passed out twice and I’ve nearly thrown up twice. I am a good time. For the record, I’m his only patient to do this. Also, he has offered me a scrip for Valium if that would help relax me before the shots but I have to drive after so I just deal with it. He has other patients who take it, I just choose not to. On a scale of one to ten, the left side hurts like a..4 maybe? The right side, depending on the situation, feels like a freakin’ 7 or an 8. Two seconds of a burning 8. Then he massages that spot to make sure the Botox disperses. The whole thing takes maybe ten minutes on a good day, twenty minutes if I have to stop.
    Getting Botox on the same day you have a migraine is not a good idea. It might be best to reschedule as the pain is a lot to deal with.  Totally.
  • Side Effects: The nitty gritty.
     1. Headache I always thought this one was random. How would I know?  #alreadythere
    2 . Facial loss of movement– I don’t think so. The first time I got shots my eyebrows ventured out on their own and that’s when I went back and he fixed them. I didn’t look too weird, just always intrigued…LOL. But right now I’m scrunching up my forehead just fine.
    3. Eyelid drooping – yep. my eyelids do seem to be a little droopier after 2.5 years. I’m also older. Good makeup? Lots of smiling… I can’t imagine getting it in other spots. Mine are so high on my hairline. Who knows what it would do to your face. 🙁
     4. Lung inflammation– nope…but I’ve heard about it and it doesn’t sound fun.
    5. Neck pain– neck pain being the most common complaint. 9% of the Botox test group complained of neck pain. I have never had this. 
    6. Muscle stiffness and weakness– how would I know? #thankyouceliac
    7. Muscle pain and spasms – how would I know? #thankyouceliac
     8. Pain at injection site – I have this for a few days after my shots and only in a few places. Sometimes I have small bruises in some of my injection sites but again, only a few.
     9. High blood pressure migraines are the only thing that raise my blood pressure. I still have low blood pressure.
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  • Who to see about Botox: I was sent to a neurologist in my care circle. I still researched him. This was not something I wanted to take a chance on. I wanted to make sure he was a neurologist with years of experience treating migraines. Not everybody can do this. Just because somebody does Botox doesn’t mean they can work with migraines. It’s a delicate specialty. Your corner Botox cosmetic  aesthetician is not who you go to, even though it would probably be cheaper. And your general medical doctor is also not who you go to. You need a specialist and you want to make sure he has credentials. Do your research. 
  • Botox is totally worth it for me. I will continue with it as long as I have these great results.
    Great sources for Botox
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    Migraineagain.com
    Migraine.com

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