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Good things!

1. New glasses are on order! My current glasses are just over five years old. I got them when my bout of meningitis worsened my eyesight by a point (+1, not +.1). It seems my eyesight has devolved even more, but only +.75 over the last 5 years, so that's not too terrible. And what's best is that my new glasses should be better (HD progressive glasses? Apparently they are loads better, and not just hype) AND they're less expensive than my current pair was. So yay! I just hope that the lenses are as light as they felt with the plastic in them... They felt lighter than all the other frames I tried on, so it's possible that while they won't be as light as that, they will be lighter than my current pair.

2. Excellent soup. Seriously. It was so good that Page ate it without too much complaint! Best thing is that it was leftovers, so all I had to do was add the sausage to extend it and voila! 15 minute meal.

3. Geoff is better. Geoff's not been well for a while, but this weekend was particularly rough. )

4. Page's increasing musicality. He still absolutely refuses to sing in public, unless required by his school, but he'll happily sing at home, especially if he doesn't think we can hear him. What's best, though, is when he sings when he knows we can hear him. So there's that, and his saxophone skills are increasing, though not as quickly as he'd like. Poor guy. He suffers under the "everything comes too easily" curse, which makes practicing difficult (because, really, what's the point if you can catch up in a trice?). Yes, discipline in this house is not a force to be reckoned with, but we do try. Ever now and again. ;-) Fortunately, he's got Star Wars music that is challenging him (of course, it wouldn't be quite so hard if he'd slow it down until he learned the notes, but I'm just a mom...) and therefore keeping his interest, so getting him to practice hasn't been as terrible horrible strenuous difficult. Yay!

5. Snow! Okay, I can happily live without getting any more snow this winter (as long as we get a rainy spring), BUT I am happy we've got the few inches we have, AND that it's going to be getting quite cold this weekend*. I'm hoping that the chill will kill all those larvae that were tricked into hatching by the abnormally warm January and early February weather. Especially the mosquito and tick larvae. *nods* (*Note: We finally have sufficient lodgings for our remaining homeless population, so no one should die of cold here. Otherwise, I wouldn't be so happy about the cold snap coming.)

6. Reduced indigestion. I'm tired of having my stomach (not tummy, but stomach) hurt. If it weren't for everyone else in the house being just fine, I would suspect an ulcer, but none of them have anything close to the same symptoms, so I think it's just my body being an attention-seeking bitch, as per usual. But the good is that the pain has been going away, and even the discomfort is starting to go down. So yay. One less physical stressor. Now to just get my teeth sorted out, right?
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- New Year's intentions:

-- call my diet what it is - a lifestyle. 'Diet' implies impermanence, while 'lifestyle' is a far more accurate description of what needs to happen.
-- exercise at least half an hour a week. Build up my sodding muscles to the point where I can start exercising my heart.
-- attend those parent corner meetings at the school.
-- Cut down on ellipses.

The rest of the bullet points )

That's about it. I hope this coming year brings all of you more pleasure than pain, or at least brings the changes that are necessary for you to become healthier, wealthier, and wiser. ;-)

Cheers!
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http://www.grassfedgirl.com/5-minute-healing-pumpkin-pudding-egg-and-dairy-free/

Dairy and egg free. AIP friendly (well, except maybe for the nutmeg). I think I may have doubled the cinnamon and added a couple of dashes of mace and cloves to the spicing. I also used fresh-made coconut milk, so the fat content was nice and rich. Oh, and I used butternut squash instead of pumpkin because that's what I had.

Anyway, it was really, really good. Really good.
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So, I spent a good hour of this morning looking in my archives for the actual year of Page's last birthday party (Geoff thought it was pre-Meningitis, I thought it was last year; it turns out it was 2 years ago), and came across a few posts that make me so, SO glad that things are better now. Page really was Demon!Boy for a while there, and, with my 20/20 hindsight, I can see now that he was really not well. His moods have evened out so much, his meltdowns are so much less severe, he's happy more often than not, and he's not nearly (not even close) as obstinate as he was at five. OMG, how did I survive those years? (Oh, right, I nearly didn't.)

So, yeah. Grateful for progress. And a diet that seems to work (there was a lot more attitude this morning after a sugar-full party yesterday. Kid has been reminded of the correlation (which is almost certainly causation in this case)).

Speaking of diet, I've been looking over the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), and I actually don't think it's going to be that big a problem for us. Still not starting it until the new year, but with coconut still available to us, we'll definitely be able to make do! Snacks will be tough, but there are tons of ways to make it work. Actually, the hardest part will be getting the organ meats into me and Geoff. Page actually likes liver, and while I like pâté, Geoff doesn't like either. But, well... (And this is assuming that the chicken guts in the gravy doesn't amount to enough organ meats for our needs.)

Well, that and getting Page to eat enough bone broth... Kid hates soup.

But I am positive we'll see a difference in all of us on this diet. I am scared of finding out who reacts to what (because I am pretty sure each of us will be reacting to different foods, making the cooking job that much more difficult), but it will be worth it.
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Geoff and I are going to go on a date! Not today, 'cause I'm all tired from cleaning (not to mention there's a metric tonne of cooking to do), but on Thursday afternoon.

We're going to go see "Gravity" on the 3D imax screen up in Big Town (Manchester).

We're both psyched.

And tonight we're going to watch, er, something as a reward for getting the cleaning done.

Another good thing is that I think I've found a doable recipe for Page's birthday cake (gluten- and egg-free makes for difficult baking). It will involve prunes... It actually does sound delicious and adaptable.

I also perfected the chocolate almond pow* into a really delectable candy. The trick is to coat it in coconut powder.

(* Almond pow is the name Page gave to a goopy combination of almond butter, honey and coconut (either unsweetened shredded or coconut powder). When I make it without cocoa powder, I like to add a lot of ginger and/or garam masala, which makes the "pow" in the name a little more sensible, but Page prefers it plain, or with only a bit of cinnamon. Very adaptable little candy, though.)

Probably the best thing is that this is a four day weekend for me, and I'm almost all caught up on schoolwork. Only thing I have to do is my photo assignment, and I'm probably going to do that on Tuesday when my hostas arrive. (The assignment is tell a story in 10 pictures. I'll show myself planting the hostas. If it doesn't work out, I still have a day left to do something else.)

Yay! Relaxation!

So, I hope everyone else is having a nice weekend.

Done dids

Sep. 22nd, 2013 07:14 pm
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Over the last few days I have:

I'm seemingly better now. )

I'm tired. ;-)

Geoff is leaving for Brazil tomorrow afternoon, so that's unpleasant, but Page and I will deal. (And hey, it means that much less cooking will need to be done! That's a definite plus!)

I just hope I'll be able to use the beautiful, wonderful, early-Fall weather to finish my back garden, including transplanting all my plants into their spots. Without injuring myself again. After school, it's my highest priority. After all, Fall is here, which means winter is just around the corner.

Anyway, that's the state of me right now. I'd better serve up dinner now, though.
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Right. Just finished up the first week of the semester, right? Right.

Then why do I have over 100 pages to read (after having already read about 100) in the next 3 days for 2 classes (one of which is an intro course)? (And that's not counting the chapter(s) I have to read for the Microeconomics course I want to CLEP out of at the end of this semester.)

Seriously?

*shrugs*

On the plus side, I don't think it's going to be too much of a problem, given how absurdly productive I've been lately. I mean, the house is clean, we still have a few leftovers from last week's cooking spree, I moved and mixed about 3/4 cubic yard of shit compost, AND I've been pretty majorly social without getting too grumpy.

(Granted, there has also been a rather large ingestion of caffeine lately, but if I didn't have a solid base of energy, the caffeine would just be putting me to sleep!)

Speaking of ingestion, I'm thinking of using quince and onions as a stuffing for a couple of chickens I have sitting in the fridge. Any suggestions on spices/herbs/veggies that would go well with all of the above? (If it's any help, roasted sweet potatoes will be one of the sides.) Celery, maybe? Garlic? Sage?

The only thing I haven't done anything toward is the November showing of my work at the church. I really would like to paint an hour a day, but so far I haven't been willing to give up that crossword/dilly-dallying time. But maybe I can start on that tomorrow. After all, miracles are happening here.

*raspberry*

Sep. 1st, 2013 02:19 pm
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Judging by my exhaustion and ache levels the last couple days, I either broke myself on Friday by screwing the final planter box together and putting the small, nearby pile of dirt back in (the least amount of work I've done on that project within a day so far), or I'm sick. Judging by Geoff's congestion, I'm guessing I'm sick, though with different symptoms. Perfect timing, too, as school starts on Tuesday.

Ah well. Better a bug than a flare. And hopefully the flu/cold brew, naps and lots of doing nothing will help enough so that I'll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Tuesday.

In the meantime, I've got the house to myself today, because I am definitely not feeling up to going out role-playing/socializing. The fact that the role-playing/socializing takes place at a cat-infested house did influence my decision... Even if one of the cats is still up a tree... (Hopefully it's come down by now, poor thing.) :-/

Both my textbooks have arrived, plus some. Brief review of Dr. Terry Wahl's 'Minding My Mitochondria' )

Anyhoo. I'm gong to go rest some more now that I've finished my cup of brew. Hopefully that will lead to more napping, which in turn might lead to less aching. (I'm eschewing the pain pills today, unfortunately, because I want my immune system in fighting form.)

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.
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Did you know there is such a thing as bad mustard powder? Well, turns out, there is. And I have to toss three pounds of ground beef I cooked today because of it.

Not happy. Mostly because of the icky feeling my stomach is producing, though I do hate throwing away food as well.

I'm not sure I can blame all the intestinal distress on the mustard, but it certainly hasn't helped calm my belly. And, damn, it tasted nasty. Blech.

Ach well. I'm off to bed. No point waiting up for Geoff as his flight was delayed and he won't be arriving home until about 2. Poor guy. I just hope he isn't hungry when he gets here...
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- Well, I am typing this from a newly modified desk, including an adjustable keyboard tray. The old desk tray broke over the weekend, so I was motivated to put my old plans into action. Unfortunately, my old plans have since modified (i.e. grown) and so the old plan became the temporary plan. It's a decent temporary plan, however. Or will be when I find the right setting for this keyboard tray.

Randomness, mostly )

- Night!
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So, I'm back from vacation. Not only am I back, but, as of yesterday evening, there's a phone and internet at home again!

My mum, sister and I took a week to go up to Prince Edward Island (of "Anne of Green Gables" fame) and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Well, the last two days were less enjoyable activity-wise, as the rain decided to pour, but the company was still good. When I am done editing my photos, I will upload them onto Deviant and share the linkies here. I even feel confident enough to say that a few are quite nice.

Anyway, my sister and I are already planning the next trip up, this time with our families. It'll be a very different dynamic, but the scenery will be worth it. Also, it won't be for another two years, as that's when she'll be graduating.

Meanwhile, I'm planning a trip with my family up to Bar Harbor next summer. I wasn't impressed with it the first time I was there, but this time... Wow. It's beautiful. I still object to the title of "Mount" in the island's name (Mt. Desert), because it is most definitely only a hill, but that no longer detracts from its beauty for me.

So, I have lots of saving up to do. *nods*

Meanwhile, I have been gorging on cherries. Probably because I'm in withdrawal from the cheatings I did on vacation (total disregard for dairy intolerance or sugar restrictions; I was good about gluten, though), or maybe just because it's summer and fruit tastes good in the summer. As do vegetables. Far better than meat in the heat.

Also, I have finally joined the 21st century: I now have a cell phone. It's going to be pretty much an emergency cell phone, but, well... It's not even a dumb phone (which is what I wanted). I hope it's worth it.

And... that's that. Need to go move the laundry along and start thinking about what will be for dinner.

Hope all of you are well.
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Because doing math at this hour, while waiting for the benadryl to kick in, is foolish.

Besides, part of the reason I can't sleep is because my mind just won't shut down.

So...

Smash )

Possible confrontations wibbling )

School. And weather. )

Family health )

Aaaand I think the benadryl is starting to kick in. Itchiness in my throat is subsiding, and the drowsiness is setting in. Yay to both. Tomorrow morning is going to be a bother, but, ach well. I'll survive.

Damn it. Minor wibbles, go away! You can back back in when it is DAY!

Good night!

Mixed bag

May. 26th, 2013 10:09 am
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In possibly great news, we think it's probable that we've found the cause of Page's constantly upset gut: eggs. It's a little bit of a bummer because, well, that means no more baked goods for him*, but, well, if giving up eggs means he doesn't suffer anymore, then GREAT!!!

It's still early days, but it's very hopeful.

Read more... )

Meh.

Mar. 4th, 2013 10:09 am
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My neck hurts.

I have a large to do list.

The former might be related to the latter, but probably not. Probably I just never really relaxed when I slept (considering my dreams were rather gory and intense, that seems a reasonable theory) and I screwed my muscles over.

Ach well.

Le sigh: lists. Always with the listing... )

On the plus side, I got the biology lab report to the point of sending it off to my partner and telling her to do the rest. The rest being answering a few review questions (which she'd volunteered to do anyway) and inserting the graphs. Seeing as I really did the lion's share of the work, I don't feel guilty in the least about the graphs. >:-]

Another possible plus side is that I bought, on a whim, Trader Joe's dried kimchi. I imagine it has none of the probiotic goodness left in it, but it says it doesn't contain anything I can't eat, so I'm going to try it with some things as a seasoning. Hopefully it won't hurt.

Bitch and moan )

Good things are around, though. For instance, Page borrowed my biology book to find something to draw, reading up on stuff as he looked. He's been really into the anatomy of an animal's cell, and the making and use of proteins, especially. He made me a nice drawing of the ER (endoplasmic reticulum), Golgi apparatus and other parts of the endoplasmic system. Not terribly accurate, but it's lovely all the same.

I do get the house all to myself today.

I have more to be thankful for than just having the basic necessities!

And I'm getting caught up on cuddles.

*nods*

Good things are around. In fact, they abound.
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And hopefully it will only be a moment. Still loads and loads to do, though not loads of laundry. The last load is in the washer right now. Yay!

I have slowly, slowly started the household catch-up, and while the results wouldn't be visible to a guest, they are noticeable to me. If only because the pile of recycling is out of the house. And the risk of stepping on Legos has been reduced by 200%. And the lack of an impassible pile of clothes on the upstairs landing...

I haven't gotten around to preparing the vegetables/roast yet, though. Bad momma bear, me.

Good momma bear, me, I made Page help by shucking the brussel sprouts. I didn't force the issue on his peeling the carrots, though. Which means more work for me. ;-]

Also very nice momma bear, me, I made a diet-compliant version of chicken nuggets today. Chicken strips dipped in egg and coated in a mix of almond and coconut flours with a bunch of salt mixed in. I fried them up and then put them in the oven for a few minutes to make sure they were completely cooked. They were tasty.

The leftover egg and flour fritters were also tasty, if a bit charred.

But, god, I hate preparing vegetables. I love eating them when they're well prepared, but what a time-sink and nuisance.

Ach well. It's late, so I'd better end my moment and get to it. Yep.
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Because it's been a bear of a week, I need to prop myself up with some gratitude:

Read more... )

*breathes deeply*

Ah. Food, rest and a happy child make for a nicer evening. Even if said happy child is engaging in a Star Wars battle over yonder. And to continue to be positive, in-between (or after) the catch-up tomorrow, there are a couple of movies to enjoy: Prince Caspian, and Amelie.

I have a good life, even if it is difficult at times.
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Because there has to be something to panic about, right?

*shakes head* Yes, we're looking at a fairly sizable storm. Thing is, unlike the Snowtober storm, this is supposed to dump 12-24 inches of fluffy snow, not 18" of the normal heavy wet shit. Meaning, traveling will be foolhardy for a day and a half (or less), and then everything goes back to normal.

Woo. Hoo.

That said, I did go out and get a tent lamp and a couple of rechargeable glow sticks just in case the power does go out. I'm calling it storm insurance. The lack of light was the thing that bothered me the most about the last power outage. You can't really read by candlelight. Not comfortably, anyway.

However, with the assumption that the power is going to stay on, I also checked out a few movies from the library: "Kung Fu Panda", "The Muppet Christmas Carol" and "Amelie". Might as well take advantage of the power being on by secluding ourselves in the darkest room in the house, right? ;-)


ION: Curry=yum )
ION: Poor friend )
ION: Gas leak )

Aaaaaaand... I need to get to my homework now. I've done a very good job of putting it off, but I can't wait any longer.
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Thursday:

Homework:
- acct: finish reading ch. 11; ex. 11-1
- bio: finish reading ch. 3; reread (again) the lab exercises for next week (minus butter); type up QfRs and email back to everyone.

House and home:
- zest and juice lemons
- deal with newly made chicken stock
- make more chicken stock
- make muffins/cookies (w/Page after school)
- make bed?
- clean one thing. Not an entire room, just one thing. Tub scrubbed.

Errands and other:
- make sure no errand running is needed on Fri/Sat: camping lamp; selenium(?)
- trim and file all nails



Friday - Sunday:

Homework:
- acct: whatever exercises are assigned; go over chs 6, 10 in prep for test on 2/15
- bio: look up new class notes; check out Kahn Academy for bio/chem tutorials

House and home:
- clean tub, toilets and sinks
- laundry
- sweep a level's floors
- be prepared for cocoa-making in face of potential nor'easter
- test drive before if nor'easter is a joke

Other:
- finish "A Christmas Carol"; read "The Cats of Roxbury Station" and one of the Moominland books.
- soak myself. And exfoliate. And maybe even shave.
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*big sigh*

Geoff's off to Brazil again in a couple of weeks. And it's going to be a longer trip this time. Not sure how long, seeing as the length depends on whether some people in Rio are available on a weekend, but it'll be more than a week this time. :-(

*another sigh*

Page hit a kid at school yesterday. Or at least took a swing at a kid with his (soft) lunchbox and dinged him on the elbow. It was during snack-time, which makes me even more determined to ask the doctor for an A1C come Monday. His sensitivity to any and all sugar has spiked recently, and his mood has been going along for the ride.

If it isn't diet/blood-sugar related, then we have to seriously consider drugs. Probably anti-depressants, given his penchant for (always) feeling victimized and persecuted. *double sigh here*

*and sighs yet again*

I gave in and had a cup of decaf tea this afternoon. I just couldn't get moving, and a nap wasn't possible. And now my throat hurts. Damn it. Why do you hate tea, oh Body'o'Mine? Why?

*exasperated sigh*

The mega-expensive sourdough loaf I made yesterday is severely under-salted. Even after more than doubling the salt content, because I knew the recipe didn't call for nearly enough.

I will probably try the recipe again one of these days, although I will attempt to adjust it so it won't be so incredibly expensive next time. Just quite expensive. (The recipe calls for 20 oz of cashews!)

*exaggerated sigh*

And, worst of all, despite having done the dishes once today, I already have to do them again.

Life is so unfair.

;-J

Randomness

Jan. 20th, 2013 12:22 pm
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If I had energy, I would carve the snow banks lining the streets into cresting waves. Wouldn't that be cool?

Have some sort of hangover today. Feeling all blue and weepy. Perhaps I just need to turn up the heat, as my fingers are rather literally blue at the moment. And I already have enough layers on to make any grandmother stop her fretting.

Alas, I really can't eat bananas anymore. In fact, I don't know of a sweet fruit I can eat. Dates, perhaps. In very small amounts, of course. Blueberries... Maybe. Need to get an A1C done with my next batch of blood work.

Pondering the possible link between strictness of religion and violence in a culture. I'm sure there are numerous studies done on such subjects, but I wonder if it's been applied to the US's rather fundamentalist outlook? *shrugs*

Wondering if I should ask one of my friends to order a huge bucket of unpasteurized honey (40lbs!) for me from Costco.com (my membership has lapsed), or take a rather long drive out to a "local" beekeeper for a few pounds (like, 20) of their raw stuff. Local is a little bit more expensive, but it's probably better... Maybe.

I don't wanna go to school on Tuesday. Especially at 8am. *pouts*

It's windy out, and the wind is bringing with it arctic air. That probably has something to do with my mood and my chilliness. I really don't like wind. Especially the bitter sort.

Haven't decided whether to re-up my paid account on LJ. It's not like I'm uploading a lot of photos anymore, and I've never been an icon hound. *shrugs again* I'd probably be better served at this point to use the money for my own webpage. Not that I would ever get around to designing something worth looking at...

Ah well. The boys should be back home soon, and then the day will start for real. Fun fun.

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