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09:06pm 01/10/2011
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06:36pm 28/08/2011

I've been quiet here lately, but that isn't a bad thing. The fiction and poetry are going well, and I've become more and more protective of my writing time. I don't want to spend it telling the world what I am reading, eating, watching, thinking, trying to remember, trying to forget. I'm sadly behind in posting on any of the sites I participate in. I don't have time for Goodreads. Life and its madness suck up six days of my week. There is work and play, and writing, which is somewhere between the two. And then there is Facebook ...

Anyway, hope everyone is well and safe and dry

Work stress level: orange

Things I am loving this summer:
Salad with boiled eggs, avocado, canned mushroom, white cheddar, fake bacon, romaine. I can eat this without any dressing and I normally drown salads. 
Rewatching the La Femme Nikita TV series 
Having amazing people in my life
Rhea's Obsession
Famous Greek Salads. (How I managed to live within 5 miles of this place for ten years and never go there until now is beyond me.)
Burt's Bees
Natural Healing
Tori Amos

I was hoping for a rainy/gloomy Sunday. Every ten minutes I am obliged, momentarily. Ah, Florida, thou dost mock me ...

CUTE CAT STORY: The other day I was cleaning and Orca stepped in bleach. Trying to keep her from A) licking her paws and getting sick and B) tracking bleach prints everywhere, I chased her down to washed her paws. A 15-minute battle ensued, in which I lost a shirt to bleach prints and got scratched several times. At the end, I wrapped her in a towel, and at that point she decided she was comfortable and stopped arguing.  Resulting photo below ...  

You should have told me you were just giving me a pedicure ...

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06:46pm 27/06/2011
check one two . . . check . . . check
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Holistic medicine vs modern medicine  
04:36pm 08/05/2011

I just kicked kidney stones and a bad UTI in a few days using holistic methods. Went to a clinic for follow up, just to be on the safe side, and everything looks normal. 

*victory dance*

I feel very vindicated in my choice of trying a holistic cure first. Actually, I might be gloating a little. I know I saved myself at least a few hundred bucks by going to the natural food store instead of the ER, not to mention the stress drugs and procedures and possible surgery would have put on my body. I'm a squickish wimp when it comes to doctors. Just being in a hospital stresses me out.

Five days ago I was in enough pain to be seriously considering a trip to the ER, but I wanted to give this regimen a chance to work and it did. 

If anyone out there has suffered with kidney stones and wants to try a natural remedy, this is what I did:

2 oz raw organic apple cider vinegar 2x daily. Just shoot it. It's nasty, but it dissolves the stone. Chase with water. Brush teeth immediately to protect tooth enamel. It HAS to be organic; the other stuff doesn't have the healing properties.

Mix of 2 oz organic lemon juice/2 oz organic olive oil 2 x daily. Shoot it. Make sure to use the organic stuff; you do NOT want to further strain your kidneys with chemicals/pesticides. Chase with water or C juice.

Drank tons of Smartwater brand distilled water. Distilled water detoxifies more than other kinds. Personally, I'm a water snob, probably because I grew up drinking really really really pure mountain water from the tap. Smartwater is actually the only bottled water I like enough to drink that much of.

Added some organic lemon juice to some of the water I drank

Cranberry pills

Organic cranberry juice; the real stuff, which is very bitter and kind of expensive. Read the labels. Food companies are really sneaky about ingrediants these days. Most of the time, even the stuff that SAYS it's real juice isn't real juice. I mixed it with an organic juice mix to make it taste better

Couple berry smoothies

Bladdex (supplement that contains herbs such as Uvi Ursi and marshmellow that are good for UT health)

Vitamins A, E, B complex, C

Chamonile tea with organic lemon juice and organic honey


Heating pad-thingy at night for about 20 mins a spot on sore lower back spots. Mine's made of beans - you micowave it to heat it up and it holds the heat for a while.

Dietary; no caffeine, no fat, no processed food. Reduced intake of beloved cheese. Roasted chicken and salmon with lots of asparagus. Apples, onions, ginger, parsley, and celery are also good  for this. I never got around to them, though they will all be on the menu for the next few weeks. 

My next moves would have been D-Mannose and alfalfa, but I didn't need them. Didn't get to the coke/asparagus method either.

I felt improvements immediately and continued to improve daily. Had that not been the case, I'd have gone to a clinic sooner, and for urgent care rather than follow up.

I"ll be continuing to use raw organic ACV daily but in smaller doses as it is is a great detoxifier and quite safe. My skin actually looks noticeably better than it did before this whole ordeal, and I'm pretty sure that it's because of the cleansing/detoxifying properties of ACV.

Also, going forward, I'm going to be much nicer to my kidneys and stop dehydrating myself. I was really really really bad about making sure I drank enough water.

This experience did make me realize I needed to find a doctor who knows both schools of medicine. The problem with using a holistic remedy and then going to a real doctor for follow up after, which is what I did, is that if you tell them what you used, they have absolutely no idea what it means. The doctor I saw today seemed very nice and intelligent and attentive, but his eyes went completely blank when I told him about the holistic ACV remedy I used. Today I did manage to find the ONE doctor in town that meets all my criteria, in that he uses holistic and modern medicine, has excellent credentials, and takes my insurance, and I'll be scheduling another follow up with him. Ironically, it turns out his office is right around the corner from me.

I think modern medicine has its place and values, but to me it's a last resort; I'll try natural remedies first. I have little trust in the system, and am really wary of drugs and especially antibiotics. I prefer to wait until I REALLY need to take something. I'm really scared of hospitals, and I'm scared of them for a reason; I know three people who have died because of bad care, two more whose conditions were worsened by careless doctors, and others who were misdiagnosed or given deadly mixes of prescriptions that they caught themselves, not to mention the outrageous costs of medical care these days, even if you have insurance. (I do, but mine doesn't kick in until I've spent a huge chunk of change.) All that said, I am really glad I went for the follow up just for the peace of mind. I can now really relax for the first time in over a week.

The moral of this post? Stay hydrated, folks. Actually, you should get up and get yourself a glass of water right now. Yes, that means you. Go on . . .

mood: optimisticoptimistic
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01:19am 17/04/2011
Originally posted by rogerdoger at post
I don't know if this is photoshopped, or if it's even allowed to post someone else's picture, but it was too cute not to show.

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03:55pm 13/02/2011
Poetry today

I just realized I can take a writing staycation this year. I'm going to do this when I get the disks back from the dinosaur. The dinosaur is my first-ever WP, which I wrote four to six books on (depending on how one breaks things) before my ex upgraded me, while I was working on Dawn. This machine is not compatible to anything out there. Even the company that made it can't reformat the discs. They did point me to one way, and I'm doing that on my next check. I haven't gotten at most of this stuff in years. I got Last Witch back by manually printing and scanning 900 pages. I finally got around to compiling the discs. Got through most of them when the dinosaur gave up the ghost and started erasing things. I'll never know what I lost for sure. I think it was a chunk of LW rejects, which could have still proved useful. But the rest I'm really excited about. I have years worth of work revising this stuff and expanding it.  


I think I need to start writing at night. I don't like to do that, because after work, my brain and eyes are usually shot. That's why Sundays work; I'm rested and relaxed. But I have so much to do, and it doesn't get done because Sunday just isn't enough.
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Adult Truths  
09:38am 11/01/2011
*** Adult Truths ***

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger..

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

24. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.
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This is so my cat ....  
08:36pm 02/01/2011

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I'm still killing your duck - Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer)  
01:12pm 24/11/2010

For your Thanksgiving pleasure



HOW TO CARE FOR A PET TURKEY (If you are so inclined)

HOW TO DEEP FRY A TURKEY (For those not inclined to keeping turkeys as pets)


THE REAL STORY OF THANKSGIVING - Not quite as wholesome as modern culture assumes

ANOTHER VERSION  - Only the dead know the truth

A word from our sponsor


TURKEY FACTS Turkeys were almost our national bird. Ben Frankin thought the eagle too cowardly. I guess if that had played out a bit differently, we'd all be eating duck tomorrow ...

ROBO TURKEY. Yes. Seriously.

Pretty Turkey

You can't stuff this! 

And last but not least ... The Thanksgiving play from Addams Family Values

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