Sunday, April 25, 2010

It's too late to be up like this....

I'm feeling very passive aggressive this. . . uh. . . morning... I really suck at it. So I'm gonna shut up now.

Also not feeling well (to put it mildly), and cranky (very).  The cramps are extremely severe today.  They haven't been this bad in quite a while.  (Yeah, so that means that my plan didn't work this month either.  We won't even GO there.)

I guess I'm going to have to break down and take the advil PM so I can get to bed before the sun comes up.

Sure hope the other crap I'm taking doesn't mind.



Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lap Band Update

Someone asked me today some things about my lap band and how it is going.  She's thinking about getting one herself.  I haven't posted an update here in a while, so I thought this would be a good topic and I'm sure some people are interested but for whatever reason, don't really want to ask me.  So here is some info, and if anyone has other questions, please let me know.  It has been a great experience for me, and I am happy to answer any questions.

A curious friend wrote:

How much weight did you lose and how long to lose it?

I have lost up to 90 pounds, I've kept about 75 of it off. I've had the band since May 2007. I need to go and get another adjustment, I've just been putting it off.

Why no liquids with meals?

Liquids with meals allow more food to go through and you don't feel as full. This has been the most difficult thing for me, and part of the reason I haven't lost more weight.

Did you PB ( vomit) often?

I still do PB. Nearly every day. It is my own fault though. If I eat something too fast, or if it isn't moist enough, it gets stuck and comes back up. It isn't the same as vomiting like you know it now though. It's very different.

Any foods you can't eat?

I used to have a lot of trouble with bread and rice. I can eat them both now, as long as the bread is well buttered or mayo'd, and the rice has some kind of sauce or gravy on it. Dry meat is out... boneless skinless chicken breasts are difficult, unless eaten with a sauce. I also find that It is VERY difficult for me to eat first thing in the morning if I don't have a warm drink first. Texture is very important. Like with bread, the crunchy veggies are almost always needed to get the bread down too.

Do you drink wine or alcohol?

I definitely drink my share of wine and alcohol with no problem! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
If you think of anything else, ask away.  I'm an open book!

You might also want to check out my blog.  There aren't a ton of posts about the lap band, but you can find some.

I'm very excited for you.  Even with the little bits of trouble I have, I would definitely do it all over again!  It is totally worth it!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Neti Pot!

Wow! After reading a neti pot thread on a message board I belong to I was convinced that I had to try the Neti Pot. My nose has been giving me issues for a very long time. I've always had allergies, asthma. Recently I've started having sinus issues. Constantly drippy nose, or really dry... so bad that the skin cracks.

I ordered a neti pot kit on amazon and it got here today and I tried it for the first time. It wasn't bad. I feel a little energized afterwards to be honest. It is going to take some practice to get the correct head position so I don't feel like I'm going to drown, but overall it wasn't bad,and I look forward to doing it again.

My head feels clear, and my drippy nose has stopped for now. I can't wait to see how I feel in the morning.

Anyone try it for the first time recently?

How often do you all do this?



Saturday, April 10, 2010

5-5-5-5-5 meme


Question 1: Where were you five years ago?

1 – Living in the same house I’m in now which was about half as new as it is now.
2 – Working at a place where I had been fairly happy for many years, and it was just about to get really unhappy.
3 – In a marriage that was about to end, or was already over and I had no idea.
4 – In a family that was much happier then, than it is now.
5 – Over the “30” hump and ignorantly happy.

Question 2: What is on your to-do list today?

1 – Learning lab trying to get stuff done for school, and my hours in.
2 – Filing taxes and paying… gosh I hate that.
3 – Laundry. It is teh suck.
4 – Put all the clean dishes away from last weekend.
5 – Some ah other thing that doesn’t need to be discussed here ;-).

Question 3: What five snacks do you enjoy?

1 - Cheese crackers – Cheez It’s to be exact.
2 – Chex Mix.
3 – BBQ Potato Chips.
4 – Pistachios.
5 – Chewy candy.

Question 4: What five places have you lived?

1 - I'm including my parents' house, since even though it’s generic I lived there three times (once, left, came back, left, came back, left for good) and I haven’t lived that many places...
2 - With ex-boyfriend who moved up here with me to where I am now, only to be left by me a few years later.
3 – With crazy room-mate and new boyfriend. (parents in between)
4 – A perfectly nice apartment complex that we could afford… we lived in that place two different times, in two different apartments and I have some fond memories from there.
5 – Our current home. I built this house with my ex-husband and I have cut off my nose to spite my face to stay here, but stay here I have. During the time the pool was being built he left me. He’s never swam in the pool to my knowledge. Nor has he been in the spa. I still don’t have paint on the walls other than the white they put on when they built it. I’ve just recently had to have the septic tank pumped for the first time. Last year the dryer quit. The microwave is on it’s last legs and I had to get the garbage disposal replaced last week. It’s been a good home though, and I love it. It’s not big enough, not by a longshot though. My husband and I say that the next place we move to (if it isn’t under a bridge) will be a kitchen with some rooms attached.

Question 5: What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?

1 – I’d help to pay off debt of all our family members. Then I’d send them all to classes on how to manage money :-)
2 – We would cruise the world. We wouldn’t stop until we were sick of it.
3 - I would help those organizations or create a new organization to help feed the hungry. I can’t stand that there are so many people in the world without food.
4 - Save money.
5 – Dream Kitchen with some rooms attached. Several of them. One in the mountains, one on the beach, one on a lake etc….

I'm supposed to pick 5 people to do this meme, but I'm not sure 5 people even read this blog, so I'll just put it out there: do it if you want. :)

My morning of suck.

Email to my husband this morning, after his text message to me asking how my morning was and my response was "It was a wreck and I'm a colossal idiot and I'll explain why in an email because it will take forever in text".

How do I get through life, I really wonder sometimes.

So I get my lazy tired ass out of bed this morning (I didn't get to sleep last night until around 2:30am - even the one advil PM couldn't get me to sleep) and drag ass to the car, only to remember that I have the truck, and I think that all the bill stuff is in it, but it isn't... it's probably at work. (Where I should probably go, because all the food from lunch is probably still on the counter because I ran out of there like a bat out of hell yesterday - to go have a client sign a form in Palm Bay (Out by mom and dad) - I think I forgot to tell you about that...)

Anyway... so I'm driving to the Learning Lab this morning so I can get in some of the 16 hours of lab that I need. I only have about 3.5 before I came in today and we have 3 weeks of class left, so really only two weeks that I can get lab hours in... My brain hurts to do the math on that one, but suffice to say I'm screwed and I suck.

Even though I'm fairly certain you can't take food or drink into the lab (millions of computers duh). I decide that I have to stop and get coffee and an apple fritter at 7-11 - you know, the one practically across the street from BCC Melbourne.

In my incredible moronic brain fog this morning, I pack up my laptop in one bag, my books in another bag, and my suitcase of a purse - I've got to carry all this shit around with me and I don't know where the learning lab is in the mammoth group of buildings that is BCC Melbourne, and my ribs are still a little ouchy...

Oh yes, and I have a steaming foam cup of coffee... Hey if I move the books and papers to one side of my bag, I'll be able to stick my FOAM coffee cup that is full of steaming hot coffee in the bag with the books and papers, and it will free up my hands to carry all the crap I brought, and it will be fine because you know those tops are awesome on those cups......... yeah, well you see where this is going. Those tops ARE awesome, but they don't do a damn bit of good when you are dragging 90 pounds of crap across the gobi desert that is the parking lot to BCC Melbourne to find the freaking learning lab...

So about halfway there, I realize, yes, the FOAM cup changed its shape and just popped that nice little lid right off and I have hot steaming coffee sloshing around with my books and papers. Hey at least I didn't put it in with the laptop...

So I stop right in the middle of the sidewalk and take everything out of the bag... dripping with coffee... OMG... I'm such an idiot. I'm just standing there looking at it... trying to figure out what the hell to do, since I really need to get in there so I can start the clock on my hours... I put the file folders back in the bag, I stack all the other crap in my arms, and carry the whole thing, and what is left of my coffee (not much) to the lab. The woman running the lab, should be in an ESOL class and not running a learning lab, and I can't understand what she is saying and she is SLOW and I JUST want to login to the computer so I can start the clock running. I finally get logged in and I drag my crap back to a table and sit down. Look around for paper towels... or SOMETHING... to help clean up the mess... I found nothing but tissues... I look for the lady... she's gone.... she comes back and tells me that there are paper towels in the bathroom down the hall. I was JUST waiting for her to tell me that I had to sign out before I could go get paper towels. She didn't...

Anyway... that's been my morning. The thing that got mostly messed up is the bill book... the school stuff was mostly fine. My ASL dictionary has a slight twinge of coffee. Oh and I smell wonderful.

Oh yeah, and there are no drinks allowed in the learning lab. I ignored the sign, and took the cup back to my desk anyway, keeping it respectfully away from any computer. It's now almost 11:30 and I've had 3 sips.

I think I may go home and drink. Like starting at 2pm.

Love you,

Your moronic wife.

(ETA: He read the email and said "I read your email and I still don't think you're a moron", God I love that man.)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Things that make you say hmmmmmm.

I called my ex-husband today to reminisce a little since together we built the house I live in now - nearly 9 years ago. I had to have the septic tank pumped for the first time, so I called to tell him. It was kind of funny, because when we saw them putting it in all those years ago, we had no idea how long it would take to fill it up... Of course over this past weekend when I had almost 60 people here for Easter, we put it to the limit.

My ex and I still talk and are on very good terms. I guess I just have a different mindset than some people do when it comes to forgiving. I never thought i'd forgive him for what he did to me. I really never thought i would get here, but I am glad I did. Even though he did crappy things, he's a good person, and I'm fortunate to have him as a friend.

Charlene <----wistful today