May 31, 2009

Sunny Sunday



Arg!! I had this nice long post typed up and then my firefix decided to close on it's own. So instead of retyping everything I will just share a photo that I have taken with my new Blackberry Curve.

This is Bastian aka Bast. He is my husband's cat which it really surprising considering that Saje doesn't really like felines. But from the moment we picked Bast up he was a daddy's boy.


Well I hope that you have a beautiful Sunday afternoon!

Blessings!!

Sunny Sunday

How is everyone today? It is definitely a lazy summer Sunday at my house. The weather is just gorgeous and it kinda makes me wonder if we have just skipped spring and moved right into summer. The warm dry weather definitely helps out with my fibro.

I have finally moved into the 21st century at least as far as my phone is concerned. I went ahead and picked myself up a Blackberry Curve. Definitely not the sleekest phone out there but I like the fact that I can keep up with my email with it. Though for some reason, it isn't downloading any of my email today. Another nice thing about it is that it has a decent camera on it. Which is a good thing as I was planning on getting myself a good camera next month but instead I will be paying off my new toy.

Wow I just found the post that I had typed up a bit ago so I decided to publish it.

Cheers
May 27, 2009

Sadness

Dami, my best friend for the last 9 years, left us at 4am this morning. This is the cat that I swear always asked himself before doing anything if it was polite. He was a true gentleman cat. I think that it hit me the hardest this morning when I got up to get ready for work. Dami had always met me at the bedroom door in the morning. This morning he just wasn't there.

He will live on in my heart but my lap is going to be lonely.

Dami I will love you forever.

Blessings!
May 25, 2009

Lazy Days

I know that there are things that I need to get done. I want to rearrange my studio which involves painting some dressers as they are trashed and moving things around. I have a book that I need to finish editing and I need to tackle the kitchen again. But what I am doing? Playing bingo online and droning. I think that I need to relieve stress as Dami isn't doing too well. It is still touch and go. For awhile we were getting him to eat and now it is back to force feeding him. I really wish that I had a camera so that I could take some good pictures of him as I am not too sure how much longer I will have him around.

The good news is that I have one more day off. I don't have to go back to work until Wednesday since with my new shift I have Tuesdays off. These days off have been good for me.

What did you do with your weekend?

Blessings!
May 22, 2009

It's Friday!!


It's Friday and the start of a 4 day weekend. I really feel as though I should be doing the snoopy dance or at the very least, lighting off fireworks. I am determined to relax but also get some things done. If the weatherman hasn't lied to us, it should be a gorgeous weekend and that is my cue to finally paint the dressers for my studio. I plan on totally rearranging to give me more workspace. And hopefully waking up my muse. Don't tell anyone but she has been off on a vacation and forgot to take me take with her. What a slut....

So do you have any big plans for the holiday weekend? Perhaps camping with the family or curling up in a hammock with a good book?

Blessings!
May 19, 2009

Swing up...swing down..it all goes around


Does that look like fun? I always wanted to learn to swing dance. Now I am not too sure if my body would agree with me but it would be trying to convince it :)

Now how does swing relate to the post? I really thing that my life is back on the upswing! Can you tell that I am excited? For awhile it was all dark...now it both.

Dami has finally turned the corner. He is eating and gaining back his strength. Now I just have adjust to being home every 12 hours from the rest of his life. I didn't really think that it was much of a big deal as we don't tend to go anywhere overnight. But this will really effect me/us more then that. There will be no more grabbing Sean from the front of the house as I get off work so that we can go out to dinner without me dealing with the animals first. No more playing speed after 8. But there are good things also. I am not losing one of my best friends. Not being able to reach over and pet him while I am playing on the computer would tear me up. I should also be able to save money not playing speed bingo so it is all good.

I have also been stressing work lately. I work in a team based enviroment and every year we go thru our shift bids and team realignments. I really like my supervisor Jessica and didn't want to have to change teams. I could probably deal with being on most of the other sup's teams, just not thrive like I do here with Jess. But there is one sup that I am afraid would make me snap. Well all my stress came to naught. Jess was able to keep me on her team. You can't imagine how relieved I was when I saw the teams.

I get to go to the DRs today. Want to see about quitting smoking. That should be a good thing right? Well I am worried about gaining weight. The last time I quit I gained about 40 lbs and that was causing a lot of back pain. There is supposedly a new drug out though that helps you quit while loosing the lbs. My fibro has been acting up also. For the last few years, I have been able to pretty much control the pain by taking 400mg of tramadol a day. Now I find myself taking more and more tramadol and it doesn't want to help with the pain. I am hoping that there is another drug that I can take that will help.

Blessings!
May 15, 2009

As the Vet Turns

Sorry that I have been absent for the last few days. I have been totally distracted with worry about my cat. It looks like we might have finally turned the corner but it has been a rough few days. It looks like the diagnosis is most definitely feline diabetes along with a few other nasties like a bladder infection. We are still force feeding him and he has spent the day at the vet these last two days receiving IV fluids. His temperature was really low yesterday which is another worry. But he is finally starting to get a tad feisty when being pilled which is a good thing.

Blessings!
May 12, 2009

Market Spice Indian Spice Tea

On my trip on Saturday to Pike Place Market, I did pick up four different teas to try. Since I have gotten my Zarafina Tea Maker, I am discovering just how good the teas I like can really taste when one regulates the temperature and time! I have been in tea heaven and wanted to expand my horizons.

I have already reported my thoughts on the Market Chai blend but I had one more from Market Spice Teas to try. When I picked up the Indian Spice, I was told that it was a spiced chai with extra cinnamon added. Now that just sounded yummy so I picked up 4 ounces. The price wasn't bad as it was only $5.72. So I will give it kudos for that however none for the taste. When I smelled the tea I was wondering just where the cinnamon or any of the spices for that matter was hiding. I was really hoping that they would come out in the brew. Unfortunately not. This tea was so bland that the addition of honey and cream in the chai tradition totally washed out the taste. It was hard to even taste the black tea base. So if you like a chai with any kick avoid this tea.

I rate it an 1/2 out of 5.

Blessings!

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day!


Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day! If you know anyone with this disease be sure to do something nice for them. If you have it, commit to facing misunderstand face on with knowledge.

On another front, Dami is going back to the vet today. His bloodwork came back and it isn't good. His blood sugar levels are really high and his white blood count is also elevated. I am hoping that it is simply diabetes not something more severe that we won't be able to beat without hoards of money that we just don't have. So if anyone has energy to spare, please think of poor Dami. He could really use a boost about now.

Blessings!
May 11, 2009

New Frontiers

I very rarely go out to the movies as I prefer to curl up in a recliner with Bella Boo (my Min Pin) and one or two kitties. While I am watching TV or a movie seems to the only time that I can set aside to bead anymore. And here I go rambling again..well kinda.

So anyways, I had mentioned that we were planning to go see Wolverine. Instead, I let my DH talk me into the new Star Trek. I am really glad that I did. I grew up on ST but grew really discouraged by the offering after Next Generation. This movie caused me to fall in love all over again. I would love to see this cast in a weekly series but I doubt that will ever happen. I do recommend this movie to any old school trekker.

Since ST is all about new frontier, do you have any new frontiers that you would like to explore this year? I know that I want to explore photography and editing so that I can finally get my jewelry uploaded to my Etsy site.

Blessings!
May 10, 2009

Happenings

It has been an interesting time since I last blogged. Things have been happening that are both good and not some good. My fibro was acting up so I left work early on Friday. It is really hard to talk when you can't take a deep breath. So anyways, I went to the Emerald Queen and won a jackpot on a penny machine. So here I am thinking that I am actually ahead and will pay ahead on some bills. Then I get home.

Dami, my older cat, has been loosing weight and I have been having to coax him to eat. Well now he is refusing to eat at all. So off to the emergency vet with Dami and my husband. They are not quite sure what is up with him but they gave him some sub-Q fluids and a massive dose of antibotics. They also sent me home with antibotics, some eye drops and some appetite stimulents. Around this house you usually see appetite depressents, not stimulents.... So we get up yesterday morning and Dami appears to be doing a lot better. Our trip to Seattle is on!

We left about noon planning on seeing the new Wolverine movie in Kent before we headed up to Seattle but my DH got the movie theatre wrong. The one that we went to was like a dollar theatre showing old movies for $3. It would have been quite the find if it was only closer to home. So we decided to forgoe the movie and instead when directly into Seattle.

Off to Pike Place Market. I love that market! There was a time that you could find some really great buys there but now it has become quite the tourist trap. Everything is priced pretty dearly but I did get a chance to pick up four new teas. The only one I have tried yet is the Market Spice Market Chai. I can't give it a very high rating as it is rather bland for a Chai. In fact, I would only rate it a 1 out of 5. Even the addition of cream washes the flavor out. So if you like a Chai that is spiced at all beyond the bare mininum then skip this one. We also picked up some sausages that I am going to grill tonight. I have hopes for them.

After bumming around Pike Place for a few hours, we headed out for dinner. I found an Italian restaurant at the half price section of a radio station. Pasta Freska on Westlake is an interesting place. There are no menus. Instead the chef comes out and askes what you don't like to eat. He then proceeds to make you a meal. And what a meal! There ended up being 7 courses; an appetizer, a course I don't know what to call consisting of bread laden with cheese and roasted garlic, an antipasta course, a pasta course, a meat course and a fish course. And of course, desert to finish it all off. None of the servings were very large but all together, there was enough food to even fill up my husband. It was quite the experience not knowing when the food would stop and everything was delicious. I would rate it easily a 4 out of 5. Check it out if you are ever in Seattle.

After that we came home and took care of the kids. The dogs were quite grumbly that we left them home all day on a Saturday. I don't know how they can know what day of the week it is especially considering that Sean has been off since Thursday but they can.

Blessings!
May 8, 2009

Reflections


Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary. It is hard to believe that I have actually been married 8 years. They do say that the third time is a charm and it really seems to have worked out that way for me. Looking back to when I met Sean, I have undergone several changes. When I first meet Sean online, I was living in a loft apartment that I absolutely loved with 3 cats, only one of which was mine, and working at Key Bank living from paycheck to paycheck. Almost all of my time off, playing World of Darkness online. In fact, it is kinda surprising that I even met my husband as he wasn't involved with WOD at all. Meeting him was like being struck by lightening. I did everything wrong as I was alone when I met him, stayed the night with him that first date and he moved in 2 days later.

We have had our up and downs along the way but it has all been worth it. Sean is the one person in my life that I can count on to love and support me no matter what. He has already been there thru periods of unemployment, car accidents and my fibromyalgia. I wouldn't call him my soulmate as we are both do different and I am very complete within myself, but he does make my life much better and worth getting up every day.

Oh and by the way, I am now in a job that I love making 4 times what I did at Key and we own our own home

Blessings!
May 7, 2009

Wasting Time

Ever had a day where you wonder where the time went and feel like you have accomplished not a darn thing. I feel that I had a busy day but it was mostly busy work. I finally caught up on reading all my blogs, played around a bit on face book and worked on my blog format. Next thing I know it is 8 o'clock and I haven't even posted today. So this is just a quickie..

I do have a couple questions for you all. How do you like my new format and what is your favorite way to waste time?

Blessings
May 6, 2009

Bad Days, Good Days

Life with fibromyalgia can be interesting. There are some days where it hardly seems to effect me and others when doing anything takes more effort then most people can imagine. I count myself lucky as I am one sufferer that is able to work and usually go about my daily activities. Even so, I have days where it is hard to get out of bed to get ready to work.

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is May 12th. And this is one disease that needs awareness. Most sufferers spend years trying to figure out just what is wrong with them. Doctors, unless they are really aware of this syndrome tend to think that all of our complaints are in our heads. I urge anyone that is undergoing this struggle to try to find a doctor that is willing to listen and work with them. Fibro isn't all in our minds.

Blessings!
May 5, 2009

Cinco de Mayo




Being that it is Cinco de Mayo today, we had potluck consisting of the entire sales department. Pulling that together was a marvel of engineering considering that the sales department is 100 strong and they didn't put out sign up sheets until the last minute (yesterday). The food was really good.

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that we have really embraced here in the US and I was curious just what we were celebrating. I was amazed to discover that in Mexico it is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in Puebla. It feels strange to discover that we celebrate the holiday more here then in the country where it originated.

I know that a lot of people reach for a Corona today, but I am older and have never been one to drink. So I usually just fix a taco dinner for myself and my DH. So do you celebrate it? And with what activities?

Blessings!
May 4, 2009

Decisions Decisions

Don't you hate when you have to make a decision that will effect your life for the next year and you only have 5 minutes to make it? Act in haste. I just hope that I don't regret it later.

Today was our shift bids. Here in the call center we are given a list of shifts available and we have to pick which one we want based on seniority. As each person makes their choice that shift is crossed off...gone..finito... This time I was seriously planning on grabbing a 9 to 5 shift (yes I do have some seniority built up) so that I would have time after work to take a yoga class at the gym I am planning on joining. But when I went in there, there was still an earlier shift of 4 10s. I tried...tried very hard to resist it but I failed. I am now working a 7:45 to 6:45. The only problem is that my yoga class starts at 6:30. Guess that I will have to find another class.

Blessings!
May 3, 2009

Beltaine 2009

What a wonderful day to celebrate Beltaine. Just windy enough to keep it from being too warm and the clouds far enough away that we didn't get wet. There was a lot of new faces and some from the past that I haven't seen in a few years. The ritual was slightly long but the Priest planned for this by letting us all know to bring chairs. It was just a totally feel good way to end a weekend. I just wish that I had a small digital camera so that I could share some pictures with everyone.

If you are pagan and up in the Tacoma area be sure to check out TERRA. They do a wonderful job of being pagans together and hosting rituals. I have been on the board for the last several years and will stepping down as Chair in June. It is going to be strange to not be that involved but I really think that it is time to move on. I will be be participating just not responsible. Maybe that change will be enough to clear some time off of my calendar so that I will be able to go back to school.

Blessings!

Brighten your life

I just discovered a wonderful contest at VivaBella where you can win some jewelry to die for and some great make up. Be sure to stop by

http://www.vivawoman.net/2009/05/03/viva-woman-may-vivabella-giveaway/

and check it out!

Quality vs Quantity

It occurred to me while I was taking a bath this morning that writing this blog will be a good thing for me. It will force me to organize my thoughts rather then having them flit away on me. It will allow me to look back over my posts a year from now to see how I have grown.

While trying to get my muscles to relax in a hot bath this morning I was pondering quality of life vs quantity. You see, I have fibromyalgia and high cholesterol. With the fibro, I have both good and bad days. The weather really seems to effect me in that rain will cause all my muscles to ache so badly that moving isn't a fun thing. And yes I do live where it rains alot. I am still working on moving to Arizona. My husband for some reason is addicted to trees . So as you can see, I do really treasure my good days.

Then the high cholesterol raises its nasty head. We (my doctor and myself) first tried to bring it under control with diet and exercise. But while I am kinda overweight, I am about 30 lbs short of being obese, and I don't tend to eat fatty foods. We exist on alot of chicken breasts in this household as my husband has trouble digesting beef. So needless to say, that route didn't do a thing, neither did the fish oil pills. The next step was trying the various drugs to reduce my numbers. We tried 3 of them hoping to find one that didn't cause my fibro to totally flare up. I finally had to look within myself and decide that I really don't care if my cholestrol causes me to die younger. It is far more important to me to be able to enjoy life when I am around. Oh and I discovered great side effect of this decision. I don't tend to stress things like Swine Flu. Stress interferes with my enjoyment of life so it has to go by the wayside.

Have you had to make this kinda of decision? And what did you decide?
May 2, 2009

Dreary Days

It seems as everyone has a blog nowadays. I finally decided that it is time for myself to join the craze. What will I write about? Well I am not quite sure just what will come out but I think that it will be about my life on Ash with my menagerie and perhaps I will share some finds from other blogs. There are always wonderful things out there that people are asking to be shared. My hopes for this blog is that I will become more disciplined about writing and I commit to update it at least twice a week which means that I will need to learn to start taking pictures especially if I am planning on sharing my menagerie with you all. Speaking of sharing my furkids, here is a link to a post by my DH who describes them better then I could ever dream of.

http://sajewilliams.wordpress.com/2009/02/04/to-our-4-footed-companions/

Today is Saturday and it is a rather gloomy one at that. Spring is really having issues this year. We have a few days of teaser weather but then it is back to rain. Thank goodness that it has been warm enough though to open up the house. It doesn't seem to matter how much Febreeze I spray when the house is closed up for the winter, it starts to smell rather doggy. Speaking of doggy, Kharma, my Pom, went in today to the groomers. He is so cute when we have his hair cut back, kinda like a plush stuffie. And he is so much happier. I never thought that my macho Pom would like to wear sweaters.

At least a rainy day makes for one that I can curl up in my chair and play on the internet. I really should be working on a book that I am editing but I can't seem to find the ambition today. What is it about a dreary day that seems to suck the drive right of a person? Here I have a list of things to do and I can't seem to bend my mind around any of them. So I sent the DH off to work and I am here with a cuppa tea and chatting with you all.