The Bachelorette: Rachel’s Season, Episode 1

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Well, I took to Facebook to see who might be interested if I took the time to recap the bachelorette with my sarcastic thoughts.  More people said they were interested than not so I suppose I’ll take a crack at it this season.

Now listen: if you don’t like the Bachelor/Bachelorette shows and don’t watch them, feel free to just not read these here recaps, ok?

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We start off the episode by taking about a half hour to show ‘Rachel’s Journey’ on the last season of the Bachelor when she was looking for love.  She got her heart broken.  We watched the token crying in the rejection limo scene.  It’s imperative that we re-watch this before she can start her journey to find true love.  One thing that they have made ever so clear is that this is a journey, and it is an amazing one.  Buckle up.

Rachel has champagne with girls from last season.  They share their best tips and advice for her journey.  My advice is to add orange juice with the champagne.

Harrison gives his pep talk as Rachel stands in a gorgeous sparkling white gown waiting for the limos to arrive.

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The Dudes

We see a few special montages and introductions of some of the guys in their hometowns.  Some are seen with their kiddos, families, or at their place of work.  One guy took the time to read the resume of his genitalia.

Peter

Business owner (I’m guessing Lularoe)

My thoughts: Blue plaid suit.  From Wisconsin.  Seems halfway normal.  In the one on one time later he says he brings chocolate because he knows that ‘everyone likes chocolate’.  She says she doesn’t like chocolate.  He offers immediately to go throw it in the fire.

rose? Yes

Josiah

Prosecuting Attorney

My thoughts: Had a really cute intro montage.  He also made a joke about her having no ‘reasonable doubt’ about them being meant to be together after their journey.  I love a good lawyer joke.  However as the night went on his confidence turned to crazy egotistical and unrealistic.  Tone it down a bit, Jo.

Best quote when talking to the camera crew about Whaboom guy: “Do y’all drug test?”

rose? Yes

Bryan

Chiropractor

My thoughts: Columbian.  First kiss of the season.  I was surprised she didn’t ask for a towel to wipe off her mouth afterwards.  It was apparently so good for her though that she gave him the first impression rose.  I guess it was better than it looked.

Rose? First Impression Rose

Kenny

Professional Wrestler

My thoughts: Did a cute dance with her when he first met her and danced his way into the mansion.  Has a ten year old daughter.  Seems like a big teddy bear more than a ‘professional wrestler’.

Rose? Yes

Rob

Law Student

My thoughts: he gave her a bachelorette first round draft pick trading card.

Rose? No

Iggy

Consulting Firm CEO

My thoughts: Seemed mostly angry and really intense for most of the night.  It’s a long night though and maybe they didn’t put out adequate snacks.

Rose?  Yes

Bryce

Firefighter

My Thoughts: He literally ‘swept her off her feet’ at first meeting.  Overall, he looked a bit tired and hungry to me; he is a firefighter after all (it’s your fault for reading a recap written by a cop’s wife).  Plus he wore his uniform.  I’m betting he’s got less then 3 years as a firefighter.

Rose? Yes

Will

Sales Manager

My Thoughts: He did an Urkel impression when he first got out of the limo.  I’m not sure that was necessary, but she laughed.  Me-thinks there was some pre-gaming on her part.

Rose? Yes

Diggy

Senior Inventory Analyst

My thoughts: Got the nickname Diggy from his friends because he is into fashion and nice clothes and shoes.  That’s right; we have an Iggy and a Diggy in the house.

Rose? Yes

Kyle

Marketing Consultant

My Thoughts: He wanted to show her his ‘buns’, which turned out to be a basket of cheese and rolls.  Always bring food.  Can’t go wrong with that.

Rose? No

Blake K

US Marine Veteran

My Thoughts: Talked about his grandparents celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.

Rose? No

Brady

Male Model

My Thoughts: Showed up with a sledge hammer and smashed a giant ice block to ‘break the ice’.  She said she appreciates a corny joke (thank God).  My favorite part was when he walked in with the giant hammer and all the drunk guys already indulging in the open bar yelled, “Thor is here!”

Rose? Yes

Dean

Startup Recruiter (I am not aware of this occupation)

My Thoughts: He met her already at the AFR.  This time he didn’t say anything about going black and never going back.  Good job Dean. Way to keep it together.  He also brought the stuff to build a sandcastle later on, just the two of them. She asks how to built a sandcastle and then says she could ‘literally play in the sand all day’.

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Rose? Yes

Eric

Personal trainer (aren’t we all?)

My Thoughts: He danced with her getting out of the limo.  He also previously met her at AFR.

Rose? Yes

DeMario

Executive Recruiter

My Thoughts: Previously met her at AFR.  He seems genuine.  He was excited that she remembered him.  It had only been a few days before, but I guess he thought she would have forgotten already.

Rose? Yes

Blake E.

Aspiring Drummer

My Thoughts: He marked in with a marching band to make more of an impression because he also met her at AFR, but was nervous and awkward.  The answer to nervous and awkward? A marching band.  Nothing made me feel more confident in my high school years than when I was in my super sexy marching band uniform.  He was in a traditional suit though instead of a marching band uniform.  Good call, Blake E.

He was also the guy who spoke only of his genitals for his entire introduction package.  See what I did there?

Rose? Yes

Fred

Executive Assistant

My Thoughts: Fred brought his third grade yearbook to show Rachel that she was in eighth grade at the time.  She is less than impressed.  She also mentions later that she was his camp counselor and he was a very bad kid.

Rose? Yes

Jonathan

Tickle Monster (I prefer the cookie monster)

My Thoughts: He has her close her eyes and put out her hands.  He then tickles her.  Tickle monster would have a black eye for the rose ceremony if this was my show.

Rose? Yes

Lee

Singer/Songwriter

My Thoughts: This is this season’s guitar guy. He sings a little song when he walks up to her.  She smiles a lot so she obviously likes guitar guy.

Rose? Yes

Alex

Information Systems Supervisor

My Thoughts: he comes out of the limo with a vacuum.  You might think that is the end of the vacuum skit, but you would be wrong.  This continues all night.

Rose? Yes

Milton

Hotel Recreation Supervisor (so, does that mean he cleans the pool?)

My Thoughts: He takes a selfie with her first thing out of the limo.

Rose? No, he cries because he has a bunch of outfits he was going to wear.  I’m not making this up.

Adam

Real Estate Agent

My Thoughts: He chooses to bring with him a terrifying ‘Adam Jr’ doll.  He probably hit up a prop auction the night before in L.A. and got this from a horror movie set.  Terrifying and unnecessary.  The doll is posed in creepy positions in different rooms all night long.  My favorite was when he was laying by the fire.

I would say again how creepy this is but once upon a time at a party we won a 2-foot tall nutcracker and he posed with everyone in the bar before the night was over.  P.S. if you’re at my house during Christmas time and you see Frank upon the village ladder, never touch him.

Rose? Yes, but she plainly said “Just Adam” as Adam picked up the doll to take up to the get the rose.

Matt

Construction Sales Rep

My Thoughts: He gets out of the limo in a giant penguin costume, because penguins mate for life.

Rose? Yes

Grant

Emergency Medical Physician

My Thoughts: He shows up in an ambulance with lights and sirens.  I hope this isn’t paid for with tax dollars, but moving on.  He gets out to rescue her from dying of boredom.  Ok, then.

Rose? No

Anthony

Education Software Manager

My Thoughts: He is just normal and genuine so obviously he won’t go far.

Rose? Yes

Jamey

Sales Associate Executive

My Thoughts: I don’t recall him.  I’m sure I would have remembered that name being spelled like that if I had ever seen it on TV during the episode.

Rose? Yes

Jack Stone

Attorney

My Thoughts: Seems nice.  He is from the same town as her though and is also an attorney and just happens to be the same age as her.  Could this be an issue?

Rose? Yes

Mohit

Product Manager

My Thoughts: He seems a bit, off.  I don’t know, but I’m not sure she’s digging the vibe.

Rose? No

Jedidiah

ER Physician

My Thoughts: He starts by saying when Jacob met Rachel, he wept.  She is impressed that he can recite two people from the bible.

Rose? No

Michael

Former Pro Basketball Player

My Thoughts: He gets out of the limo with a brownie and says something about the blacker the brownie the sweeter it is, or something like that.  Either way, he brought dessert so props for that.  He does have a limp so his story about basketball is believable.

Rose? No

Lucas

Whaboom

My Thoughts: Just as the guys are inside asking who the crazy guy will be this season, Lucas pulls up… with a megaphone and a Whaboom shirt.  Whaboom is an ‘essence’ and a ‘lifestyle’.  Whaboom means screaming and shaking your face.  Rookie Mistake: She should have confiscated the megaphone.

As he walks into the house and does his patented screaming and face shaking routine, they immediately realize that he is the crazy one.

Rose? Yes, but it was last so that everyone could do a scene talking to the camera about how they will be crushed if they go home, but Whaboom stays.  Clearly he is a producer pick.

……..

In general all the guys talk about how dumb Nick is for not picking her in his season, which I find amusing.  She comes in to make a toast and they all raise their empty glasses and drunkenly cheer.  They toast to “No Regrets”.

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Well, according to the previews for the following weeks, we are in for the most dramatic season yet!

How many more times will we have to see Whaboom do his Whaboom thing?  Who will get hurt first in a physical competition? Who is going to be the resident villain?

Feel free to weigh in, but no spoilers please!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Request- Spring Scattergories

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The Brain Gym

Alright Michaela, you asked and here it is.  Just for you and your work buddies!

SPRING is finally, FINALLY, finally, finally here!

Since you prefer the Scattergories where each answer starts with the last letter of the previous answer, we’ll do it that way.  For the first response, use the first letter of your middle name.

All Things Spring

  1. Your favorite spring flower. Heather
  2. Your favorite activity for outside in the rain. Running (well it used to be anyway)
  3. Best Spring break destination: Galapagos Islands
  4. The first thing you plant in your garden: Squash
  5. The cutest baby animal born in the spring: Hare
  6. The best item to find on sale during springtime is: Easter decorations
  7. The best activity for a sunny Spring day: Sweeping the driveway (just ask Tom; it’s his favorite)
  8. The exercise program you start up in Spring when you remember that summer is next: Yoga
  9. Your least favorite spring cleaning task: Atop the cupboards
  10. The very best thing about Spring is: SUNSHINE

Ok, for some reason that was a tricky list to come up with!

Today is game 5 in the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators series.  GO PENGUINS!

 

Tuesday Things- The Twenty-Third Edition

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Smile Makers / Tuesday Things

It’s Tuesday.  You know what that means.  I’ve gathered up some news, some weird, some scary, and some fun to dazzle you with today.  There will be talk of sushi, sharks, M&M’s, and a pretty dang mysterious realty listing.  I know I’ve got your attention now.

Sushi News

If you are a sushi lover, maybe you’ve already seen this news floating around on the internet.  Similar to the worms that might be floating in your intestines right now.

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I’m not so worried about this specific ailment because I tend to feel the same way about sushi as Sheldon’ mom on the Big Bang Theory.

Leonard: So, Mrs. Cooper, what did you think of the sushi?

Mrs Cooper: It was good. The only thing that would have made it better is if it was cooked and if it was beef.

Sharks– “You Have to Respect the Sea”

My Fellow FRIENDS lovers probably caught that Ross quote above.  Here’s a fun little story coming out of Orange County.  The Orange County Sheriff helicopter made this fun little announcement the other day:

“Attention in the water.  This is the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.  Be advised state parks is asking us to make an announcement.  You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks.  They are asking you to exit the water in a calm manner.  Thank you for your cooperation.”

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So what they meant by that last part was, “good luck not pooping yourself while you paddle as fast as humanly possible.”

If I mention sharks, I have to show this scene from couple’s retreat because it makes me laugh every time.

“I need you to get the French out of your mouth!”

M&M Drama

I don’t really understand why this is an issue, but apparently it is causing quite a stir.  Do you see what the problem is?

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The big issue is that the red M&M and the yellow M&M are ‘tearing apart the orange M&M’.  Let me guess… you all saw the delicious-looking caramel filled M&M, not the brutal murder.  Me too.

Are You Brave Enough?

There is a realty listing that is drawing a bit of attention.  It’s a house located in South Carolina.  $130,000 with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, 2656 square feet.  Not a bad deal, right?  Let’s explore the red flags in this listing.

  • The first sentence of the listing says, “please read carefully before scheduling showings.”  Hmmmm
  • Then there is this little tidbit of information.  Upstairs apartment cannot be shown under any circumstances. Buyer assumes responsibility for the month-to-month tenancy in the upstairs apartment. Occupant has never paid, and no security deposit is being held, but there is a lease in place. (Yes, it does not make sense, please don’t bother asking.) Makes plenty of sense.
  • Then there are these photos:

 

Was the upstairs tenant angry? Then there is this one.

Just a bit of red paint along the window and door.  Nothing to see here.  Why are ghost hunters paying to go in old creepy abandoned buildings?  For a pretty penny they could buy this little gem.

 

Well, that’s all I’ve got for y’all on this rainy Tuesday.  I hope you all enjoyed these Tuesday Things and your Tuesday as well.  Have a happy week!

 

 

My Coffee Bar- Including a How-To DIY Photo Transfer Onto Wood

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Chronic-Girl Crafts / Hold My Gatorade and Watch This

Welcome friends.  I told you I had been working on a project.  For the last couple of weeks I’ve been busy making décor for my new coffee bar.  This area had previously been a place where random papers and garbage and tools and mail and everything else collected.  Now it is a beautiful coffee bar, not to mention I have more counter space too!

Ok, onto the pictures.

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First I did a fun coffee painting that would be a focal point on the wall.  Here’s a closer look at it.  It’s not perfect, but there are parts I really love.  Look at those lips.

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Then I found a favorite coffee quote and whipped up a little wood burning.  I added some glitter Washi tape to fancy-it-up.  If you want to know the magic to super easy wood-burning, click here to check out the how-to post I made.

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Finally, I found vintage/retro coffee signs that I loved and saved the images to transfer them onto wood.

Here’s how cute they are.  I’ll show you how stinkin’ easy they are to make.

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Start out with your sanded surface.  I like these cute little wood shapes that are available for less than a dollar at Wal-Mart.  I like a fun color background so paint that first.  After it is painted and dry then you can do your photo transfer.

First, pick whichever photo you want to use and flip it horizontally.  The easiest way to do this is to insert the image into a Word document.  Then, click on the picture and in your toolbar you should see a rotate button.  Click on that and choose flip horizontal.  This makes it so that when you apply the transfer, the image will be facing the correct way and not backwards.

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Now, in order to easily transfer the image it needs to be printed onto Freezer paper.  The way I do this is to cut freezer paper just a bit smaller than the size of the paper and tape it down onto printer paper very well.  If the printer grabs an edge of the freezer paper it will distort and mess up your image, which is a huge waste of ink.

Tape it down well (shiny side up) and then load it into the printer so that the image will be printing onto the shiny side of the freezer paper.

Size it up carefully to make sure it is the size you want and print it out.

Now carefully place it facedown onto your wooden surface just once (it can blur and smear if you put it down and pick it up and re-place it over and over) and immediately hold it in place while you tape it down.  Again, tape it down in several places.

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Now, use a large spoon to rub transfer onto the wood.  Go over all parts back and forth multiple times.

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Now in-tape only one corner and slowly pull up the freezer paper.  As you go, make sure that the image is transferred well.  If any parts are not well transferred, put the paper back down and rub over it again.

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It’s as easy as that!

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As for the other fun little decorations… I got these fantastic floral canisters from auction and the colors make me so happy.

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Oh and the little tiny red stool is from Hobby Lobby.

This shelf was black, but I repainted it a brighter color.  The little treasure on the left is a box from a single coffee cup maker from World War II and I got it from an auction.  The coffee can on the right adds a fun pop of color and I picked it up at a barn sale.

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Next, I took a plain glass milk bottle and decoupaged it with lots of used stamps from all different years.  I got all of the stamps from a barn sale for $2 and had fun picking my favorites to use.  I just like the look of some one-of-a-kind decorations.  Plus I enjoy the variety of colors against the brown wall.  I threw in some coral colored flowers from Hobby Lobby.

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This is one of my very favorite photo transfer pieces just because I love the Johnny Cash and June love story.  Tom happened to mention them in his vows to me so there is a little extra special meaning there for me, but this answer to the question of his definition of paradise is just a favorite.

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That right there, is my new fancy coffee bar.  What do you think, y’all?  Do you want some coffee?  Does this post make you thirsty?

Are you busy looking for where you are going to make your coffee bar?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Little Moments All Add Up

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Ah, today.  Let me walk you through my day and show how all of these seemingly tiny moments can add up to cause a problem.

First up.  I had a doctor’s appointment at 2:30.  One of those ‘your appointment is at 2:30, but be here at 2:15 to check in because most people are late even though you have never been late’ kind of appointments.

I showed up at 2:11.  My official appointment time was 2:30.  I was called back at 2:55.  I was out of the office scheduled and done by 3:06.  The doctor was in my room maybe 45 seconds to a minute.

As I sat in the waiting room I got more and more frustrated and annoyed.  I know it sound ridiculous (and it totally is), but sitting in full clothing in a doctor’s waiting room super duper wears me out.  As I sat there though I gave myself a pep talk to not be rude or snippy with the nurse, as it was probably not her fault.  I reminded myself to not be rude to the front office staff (although they are the worst front office staff ever.  I’m serious. One time I had Tom meet me on a break at the end of his shift there and the front office lady told him to sit down, he said he would stand, then she actually tried to argue with him about how he needed to sit down.  It’s impossible if you are Hulk-sized with a gun belt to even fit in those stupid front office chairs anyway, but why fight with him?).  Either way, I remembered to not be rude since I didn’t know who was really to blame for the lateness.  Once upon a time I worked in the front office of a medical office and I was to blame for lateness maybe 1-2% of the time.  Of course I was super efficient.  😉  But still, since I didn’t know if it was the scheduler, the nurse, the doctor, or even a patient earlier in the day, I reminded myself to be kind to everyone.

I finally got taken back and was sweet at sunshine as I told the nurse why I was there to be seen.  I explained that I just needed a refill of my medication and that my regular doctor was out on maternity leave.  Luckily since I had said the name of the condition earlier in the morning to my sister-in-law it magically appeared by my appointment time.  When the doctor came in I told her that she could do blood work if she wanted to check my met hemoglobin and she could biopsy the spot on my finger if she wanted, but I really just needed the medication refilled.  She said she would order bloodwork since it had been a year (for that office, of course I get blood work for each specialist on different schedules throughout the year) and that she would refill it and didn’t think a biopsy was necessary.  Great.  Any day where I can avoid needles and stitches is a good day.

She left and the nurse asked which blood test to run and I told her which panel and to include met hemoglobin.  Weirdly enough, I have to pay them later not the other way around.

I left, on to my next stop.  I had to stop for gas quick and the machine said to insert the debit card.  I did. I inserted it.  It just kept saying to insert the card.  I flipped it around and inserted it again.  No luck. UUUGH.  I had to walk across the parking lot and inside and then stand in a line and wait to pay for my gas.  To anyone else this would be mildly annoying, but to me this is just taking standing up moments off of my day.

As I approached the almighty Costco I thought to myself, Lord, beer me strength.

I parked and dug around to pull out my Costco card.  After showing it to an attendant who couldn’t possibly care less about the existence of my Costco card, I cruised on in towards the produce.

I gathered the necessary items as quickly as I could being careful to never move too quickly.  I gathered apples, cuties, pineapples, potatoes (which weigh about 60 pounds at least), strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, Brussel sprouts and salad mix.  I called Zurich to move money around then moved on to the next section.  I looked lovingly at the cheesecakes and kept on moving.  The chicken breasts we usually buy were $4 off so I grabbed a couple bags of those.  The Naked fruit juice bottles were also about $4 off so I grabbed two packs of those.  Nearing the end of my standing up time I placed a box of protein bars in the cart and hustled slowly up to the checkout stands.

By the time I made it to my car (in the disabled parking section) and unloaded my groceries I was drenched and dripping sweat.  I got on the road towards home as quickly as I could, essentially racing the clock.  I arrived home shaking, covered in sweat, and with a pounding headache.

I drank a bucket of water and Tom made me a drink after I yelled at him for putting goat food in the bucket that looks exactly like the goat bucket and is sitting next to it, but is not the goat bucket.  The man sensed my frustration with my day and made me a drink while he reminded me about what he did for me while I was gone.

Behold, this beauty.

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While I was leaving the produce department he asked which deck it was supposed to go on.  I explained the back deck.  He said of course since he had unpackaged it on the front deck.  He moved each piece one at a time to the back deck, dropping pieces on his feet the whole way.  The very last piece to go on the chair is the cushion.  Evidently the instructions for building the chair were wrapped in black mesh and inside the cushion of the chair.  He built the entire thing by looking at pictures of it on Amazon.  At the very last step he found the instructions.

So three cheers for that man.  He made me a grown-up beverage and put me in my hammock to relax.

After a simple day of doctor, getting gas, and Costco I am beat and sick.  If you need me, I’ll be in my hammock.

 

 

 

Tuesday Things: The Twenty Second

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I took a few months off from writing my Tuesday Things blogs, but I’ve been having some requests for them again.  I write mostly for you, but a little bit for me too.  Either way, here are some fantastic Tuesday Things for today.

How to Pick the Perfect Nude Lipstick Color

I’m not making this up.  Apparently it was mentioned recently on the TV show The Doctors that the perfect color of nude lipstick for each person should match their nipple color.  Apparently the shade of nipple color perfectly stands out against flesh and therefore if you desire the perfect nude lip color, look to your boobies.  The article I read didn’t go heavily into detail, but as far as I know it is still frowned upon to take your shirt off in the lipstick aisle.  There’s that little tidbit of random information for you on this fine Tuesday.

Baking up Resentment

I resent this person.  I don’t even know this person, but I already feel like they have a bit of an over-achiever syndrome.  There is a baker in Japan that goes by the name Konel who takes her child’s artwork and bakes it into bread.  My brain cannot fathom how she does this, or really even the need for it, but since I saw it and found it just, well, crazy… I figured I’d show you.  Here are a couple of examples.

So now not only can you feel bad for buying bread instead of baking it, but even if you did bake it, it still wouldn’t have artwork inside.  Happy Tuesday.  You can see more of her bread artwork, here.  https://www.littlethings.com/konel-artistic-bread/

On This Day in History:

  • 1887- Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show opens
  • 1914- Woodrow Wilson proclaims the first Mother’s Day Holiday
  • 1971- The Last Honeymooner’s episode airs

Water Bucket Camera

Here’s another thing I don’t really understand.  Apparently there is a video online that is a camera filming underwater.  The camera is in a water bucket and the video is animals drinking water.  This has gone viral.  Apparently it is soothing and relaxing.  When my dogs drink we all run for cover because usually they are on their way over to shake and fling slobber water everywhere.

 

So there you have it, friends.  Tuesday.  I am off to read my book outside for a bit!

 

 

 

Reporting for Leisure

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I did too many things for too many days in a row.  I’m now in the middle of several days with nothing planned and only rest.  Sometimes I forget that all little activities add up.  Going to my moms to hang out for a couple hours is the same as a workout to others.  Even just getting ready and meeting someone in a parking lot to buy or sell something is too much if I pair it with another activity, or two in a day.

I remember that now.  My muscles, joints, and bones hurt.  My brain has been fatigued.  My whole body has been extremely exhausted.  Therefore, resting is now what I’m scheduling.  I need to be more careful about my scheduling activities.  I think I got a good reminder this last week.

What else?

I am working on a fun project in my house and I’m super close to being done with it.  When I am, you know I’ll take a bunch of pictures and show y’all.  That’s my favorite part of finishing a project.

I have been spending time reading quite a bit lately.  I got hooked on the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series.  I finished the first book and I have just started the second.  I’ve also done a little painting and some cross stitch.  My quilt top is over half-way done so that is progress at least.  I hope it’ll be completely done by Fall when it’s chilly.

We’ve had a little bit of sun and I put my hammock out.  It is just as lovely as I remembered from last Summer.

On Saturday I had three events (which was much too much).  I did my hair and makeup though so I thought I better share.

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This next picture is a much more accurate depiction of what I have looked like since Saturday and what I plan to look like for the rest of this week until my next doctor’s appointment on Thursday.

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What are all of you doing?  Keeping busy?  Relaxing a bit?  Hopefully no matter what you are smiling.  Hopefully I’ll be able to share my project soon!

 

 

 

The Spring Standoff is Over

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Funny Farm Stuff

You might remember when I mentioned that there was a bit of a standoff going on in my life.  You see, I told myself that I couldn’t get my hair done until I made and went to a dentist appointment.  I’m just not a fan of the dentist and I was pretty sure I was going to be told that I need my wisdom teeth out, which sounds like a total POTS nightmare.

Well, my hair was getting R-O-U-G-H, y’all.  So I finally made my dentist appointment.

I got a glorious shining review and an A+.  No cavities, happy gums, and minimal other issues.  I told the dentist when he walked in that I knew he was going to tell me that I needed my wisdom teeth out.  He told me right away that they tended to be more conservative with wisdom teeth removal.  We did some more x-rays and the dentist said I’m good to go, no big issues right now.  WOO-HOO!

More importantly, that meant I got to book a date with my hair girl!  She’s my favorite to hang with for a few hours and she always does such amazing work.

Check out this happy summer hair!

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Look at all this purty color.

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Last night we had some crazy stormy weather and this morning it tried to snow.  I’m over the snow, but I’m just fine with fun storms! I grabbed a few fun pictures to share.

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One more.

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I hope you are all enjoying your Thursday.  Tonight is the first game of round two in the Stanley cup playoffs.  GO PENGUINS!

Oh, and today is a special day for a few other reasons.  It’s my dog Sergeant Rowdy’s birthday.  Last year I wrote a blog and included some puppy pictures if you want to check them out.  Cutest puppy ever!  I’m sure there will be a birthday hamburger at some point today.

Next, it has officially been one year since we got our first two goats.  So I guess it’s our Goativersary (spell check is trying to tell me that is not a word, psssh).  We love you little entertaining goat girls.  If you’re new to my blog be sure to search goat to see some great videos.

Ok, I’m signing off to get ready for a busy day.  Come on body; work with me!

 

 

Sex Coffee- Get the Recipe Here

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If you watched my latest live video on Chronic Illness on the Mighty’s Facebook page, then you might have heard me mention sex coffee.  Basically this is just a delicious drink that supports and enhances sex drive.

First off, I didn’t make this recipe, I found it on yourtango.com

The ingredients each have a component to increase sexual desire and libido.  The secret ingredient is an adaptogenic herb, Maca, which is an Aztec root known to enhance fertility and increase libido as it is an aphrodisiac.  This recipe includes raw cacao which releases serotonin and gets the blood pumping.  Cinnamon promotes vital energy.  Another ingredient used is honey, which can increase stamina and virility.  Lastly, coconut milk can also increase sex drive.  Drink this a couple times a week and see if it makes a difference for you.

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Ok, on with the recipe.

Ingredients

2/3 cup hot coffee

1 tablespoon raw cacao

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon maca powder – I ordered mine off of Amazon

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl with the exception of the maca powder.
  • Use an immersion blender to froth the drink.
  • Add the maca powder.
  • blend the drink again to mix it thoroughly.

I suggest adding some whipped cream, because whipped cream makes everything more delicious.

Finally, this wasn’t in the original recipe, so I guess I’m adlibbing here, but I would probably serve it naked for best results.

 

 

Two-A-Day of Doctor’s Appointments & 8 Little Magic Words

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A couple days ago I had two appointments.  Not my favorite, but at least I only had to get all ready and leave the house once.

First up, falcon doctor (also known as nutraceutical and genetic doctor).  Sad news, he is currently falcon-less.  I asked where Mr. Fritz was and he said, “He’s gone.  He took off for the ladies.  Bros before hoes man.  He totally broke bro-code.”  That’s a direct quote, obviously.  He makes me laugh.

We talked about supplements and what is working and what is not.  He gave me several ideas of what to try after I give licorice root a good try for increasing energy.  I just like to know that there are several options that I can keep trying.

He truly is interested in trying to help me and make a difference.  His ‘bedside manor’ may be a bit different, but he makes me laugh and he really cares and spends a lot of time researching.

I hope he gets himself a new falcon soon.

Second up, neurologist.  He is one of my favorites because he was the first doctor in my life to utter the word ‘POTS’.  He said he suspected it when he first met me in the hospital.  Tom says the hospitalist mentioned it to him at one point and told him that was why he was bringing in the neurologist.  For me though, this doctor was the first to say it to me.

He’s also a nice guy.  He cares about my overall well-being and how I’m doing.  He always asks what I’m doing to pass my time.  He was happy to hear that I’m doing live videos on The Mighty (today’s is on romance, dating, and sex with chronic illness) as well as writing articles and he was most pleased to hear that I am writing for the quarterly newsletter for Dysautonomia International too.

He asked if I had written any fiction and I said no, but that I had a story in mind that I had been pondering.  He encouraged me to start writing it and then gave me his first published book of fiction writing.

Supportive doctors like this mean the world to me.  If any one of you is out there considering going into the medical field, please be like this guy.  Please care about your patients in more ways than just their physical health.

Lastly, he uttered eight little words that made my whole week.

He said to me, “YOUR DISEASE DOES NOT HAVE CONTROL OF YOU”.  I feel victorious that he has noticed this and feels confident to tell me that he believes I have overcome mentally.

Yes, I know there will be struggles in the future still, don’t get me wrong.  However, hearing those words were most encouraging to me.  Talk about a confidence booster!

Ok, now to finish getting ready for my live video today.  Have a happy day, friends.  Keep smiling!

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