Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ah shoot.

It's Gillian's birthday today and I ate one of the pretzel treats Joyce made. I have even warned myself over and over that pretzels are verboten! They are a waffle pretzel with a rolo on top squished down with a pecan... a perfect union of salty and sweet! Well, all I can do is start over again.

Monday, January 30, 2012

I just wanna say

I feel happy today. I was SO happy to meet Lisa and John's babies yesterday. I gave them their stuffed rats and they love them. Work was happy. I got some songs on my mp3 player and y life at work is about a zillion and a half times happier with music. I know I won't be able to listen to it in the busy phone season, but I am really happy about it right now. I still had enough pain today to make me take pain killer in the morning, but it wasn't quite so bad and not so depressing. Day three of no gluten. I signed up to take another dinner to a Buffalo Sister who recently had a baby. Barley in not on her no-no list so I will make the vegetable barley soup I have been planning and give it to her and her family. I almost have hats complete for her little ones as well. That will be nice. Tomorrow is Scrabble and I can debut my new board.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Many, many people try to tell me how to eat and I completely and utterly rebel. Yesterday morning I had a massage. Since October my migraines have increased in frequency and intensity, even three episodes of actual vomiting and also episodes of nausea and dry heaves. Monday I went to the chiropractor and got some extensive work done. She recommended I go get professional massages now instead of going to the massage school. I'm desperate, so even though it costs THREE TIMES as much money, I made an appt. at That's The Rub Massage Therapy. The therapist, Rachel, recommended I go gluten free. For some reason it rang true. Then I came home and got on Facebook and my niece Barbara mentioned that she has had headaches since she was a teenager, has recently gone gluten free and they are gone. That sealed the deal.

According to the interwebs gluten free means really gluten free - watching even for cross contamination. I know my friend Kat has spoken about that as well. I am not sure if I can manage that and be a baker with wheat flour. Now that cup of barley I bought for soup, must be given away. I'm wondering if my chewable vitamins I bought are edible, all kinds of stuff. I think for now my plan is to start with the obvious stuff before I go out and buy a bunch of special things. I know there is a huge market for gluten free products. Maybe Hope's Homemades needs to become a specialty bakery. Hmmm...

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Tomorrow I will:
Awaken at the appropriate time
Get ready for the day efficiently
Go to work on time
Work hard and efficiently
Take care of personal business as needed
Remember to take breaks and move frequently
Eat nourishing and satisfying food
Drink sufficient amounts of water.
Enjoy time with friends in the evening
Go to bed at a good time.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Facebook Status:
I have a job and insurance and I live in the U.S. and I was able to take my son for medical care and get medicine. I won a $100 gift card at work for losing weight. I lost weight - over the holidays. I don't have a headache today and I have a new prescription if I get one. It's the beginning of a four day weekend/my annual retreat and I just went to a good movie. #Lifeisgood

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Real life has interfered somewhat with my online activity.

Last night I felt well enough to try a run to Bloomingfoods so I called Michael to see if he wanted to go to pick up some stuff. He did, so I went downtown to get him. He said he knew the Occupation was going to get notice of eviction. When we returned to camp I decided maybe I should stay for GA (General Assembly) to see if there was a plan to know if I should bring some of Michael's belongings home or maybe even Michael. I ended up staying there for a couple of hours. Pretty soon after I first arrived the police went around and taped notices to the light poles. The Occupation was supposed to have all belongings out by noon today or their stuff would be confiscated. The Occupants (mostly) agreed to get the stuff out. So far no cops have gone and confiscated nor destroyed any belongings and I guess they have actually been granted an extension until noon tomorrow. I wish I didn't hate typing so much. I certainly have a lot of thoughts about this. I think the time for a physical occupation of space is over and it is time to use the networks they've developed, the skills they've acquired and the information they've learned and let the Occupation evolve to the next level. It's like when one needs to go to residential rehab for a while, but the process isn't complete unless you take it back out into the world and continue to live your life clean and successfully.

Michael had planned to come home tonight, but instead he is staying at the home of some other occupants. Michael is very sick with a very sore throat. Everybody decided it is best that he stay inside a house even though there seems to be no danger of arrest at the park tonight. I'm ready for him to come home. He has probably been the most faithful regular resident of the occupation, staying almost every night for nearly three months. I am proud of him for honoring his convictions, but I'm ready for him to come home. I haven't really written on my (minor) involvement with the occupation. I went from pretty hearty support to some disillusionment. I've decided my take on the Occupy catchphrase is "#Occupy your heart #Occupy your cranium - in real language "Act and speak thoughtfully, motivated by love."

I desperately need sleep tonight. Last night I ended up going back after 1:00 to get some items from camp. Honestly, I was about an hour into the deepest sleep I've had all week, and afterward, I never got it back. I'm going to watch some more news and see if they show the stuff from Occupy at Peoples' Park and then I am off to bed!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Significant hat complete.

I wanted to make something for Brianna and Arianna and decided on hats. 1st one is complete today. Next comes a good one for BTK. I love making hats on my knitting looms. I am glad I am starting to think of different decorations and stuff to add to them and make them more special. A couple of weeks ago there was an article in Parade about a woman who knitted a bunch of hats for children. It's a demonstration of how shallow I am that I thought about how much cuter my hats are than hers were! Really the important thing is that the hats get to people who need them, but hey! a hat can be warm and cute, right? SO I am loving my hat looms tonight. It may be a repeat gratitude post to say that, but it is a deep, deep, affection. :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New year milestone

199.6 - the plan is to keep going down.