Oct 27, 2009


I have a new little guy named Sterling who recently joined our household. He is a handsome grey kitten with a few tabby stripes but not many. I would love to get a good pic of him to share but I haven't succeeded yet. I had forgotten just how interesting life can become when there is a furbaby in the house. Especially if it is a mechanically inclined cat. He has already figured out just how fun it is to turn lights on and off. I am really hoping that he doesn't learn how to work a lighter.

I have to hang my head in shame. I have been really bad about going to the gym. In fact, I haven't worked out since I had the trouble with my tooth. Speaking of teeth. I was supposed to have a root canal done today. Since I have a phobia of needles, the dentist was supposed to call in a prescription last night that I was supposed to take this morning before going in. So I went to the pharmacy to pick it up only to find that the dentist forgot. No problem. I have his after hours number. Well he doesn't answer and never returns my call. So I call and cancell the appointment. I later call to reschedule to be told that they don't think that I am a good fit for thier clinic. Excuse me... I am not the one that messed up. And it isn't the first time either. Now I have to go find another dentist. What a pain....

Well everyone take care of yourselves!

Oct 18, 2009

Still Alive

Yes I am still around. My tooth put me under the weather for a while. I ended up needing to get it pulled as there just wasn't enough of it left to save. Luckily it was one of my back molars. Unluckily the extraction led to a bone infection. Can you say pain? So I spent a bit of time doped up on pain pills. Not that conductive to writing in my blog.

I have been drinking teas and I actually have a couple of mini reviews for some teas that I picked up a new to me tea site. 52Teas has a unique concept where they blend a new flavor of tea in limited quantities once a week. They have a neat program where you can sign up to get all the teas for a set amount of time or you can just purchase them individually. I go the individual route as not all their flavors appeal to me.

I picked up one that I had high hopes for. It is the Pumpkin Pie flavored black tea. Every fall I tend to crave pumpkin pies and I figured this would help satisfy my cravings without loading me down with calories. Unfortunately I wasn't that impressed when I brew the tea according to the instructions which call for letting the tea steep for 4 to 5 minutes. The resulting tea was bitter enough that even sugar couldn't rescue it. I tried again and let it steep for 31/2 minutes. That took care of most of the bitterness but made for a weaker cup of black tea then I prefer.

The second tea or tisane that I picked up I didn't really have any expectations of. I had never tried honeybush before and wanted to give it a try. So I choose the Pina Colada Honeybush and boy is it good. The pineapple and coconut pieces along with the rum flavoring blend together in a taste sensation that I am very much enjoying. If I close my eyes, I can picture myself on a beach with a drink in hand. Well worth purchasing especially as the second steep is as good as the first.

Have a great day!

Oct 5, 2009

With Chicory?

It has been an interesting couple days around my household. I went in on Friday to have an impacted tooth removed. Here I was assuming that I was done with it. No more pain and I would be up and running by Sunday. No such luck. Sunday comes around and I am still in a lot of pain. I call the dentist and leave a message. No reply. So Monday I call into work and let them know that I won't be coming in. And then I call the dentist to let them know that I am coming in there. It turns out that the bone beneath that tooth had become infected. Now I am on antibiotics for the next 10 days and more pain pills. I am really hoping that I am feeling up to working some tomorrow after my massage. On the bright side, my furkids have been very happy that I have been home. Heck they are happy that both myself and my DH have been home. He hasn't been to work since Friday as he has the flu. When it rains it pours.

I do want it to be known that when I post a review on this blog for a tea, a cafe or anything, that I have purchased the product that I am talking about. I am sure that you are wondering why I brought that up. Well the FTC is going to start cracking down on bloggers who review products that they are getting for free. I am not sure just why they are doing this unless they felt that they had to interfere...errr..make their presence known as part of their job security.

While I was waiting to get my prescriptions filled today, I checked out the tea section at my local Target. There was a sale on Celestial Seasonings teas so I picked up their Fruit Sampler. As I was heating up the water for brew up a cup of Wild Berry Zinger, I was looking over the ingredients and noticed that one listed was chicory. When I think of chicory, coffee comes to mind not tea. In fact, I have never seen chicory listed as an ingredient in a tea or herbal tisane. And I am totally confused on what it is doing there now. The Wild Berry Zinger is a rather tasty herbal tisane. The hibiscus and the various berries jump out at you. But why chicory?

Have a good evening everyone.

Oct 3, 2009

Why oh why

About a month ago, I had a filling fall out of one of my molars. For the first week or so, I didn't have any pain at all. Then I progressed to Orajel. It worked for awhile but not all the time. I had a night a little over a week ago where I was in so much pain that I thought I was going insane. And then last Saturday when we went up to Seattle to celebrate my DH's birthday, the toothache hard. Looking back, the look on my husband's face when I demanded a shot of Jack was priceless. You see, I very rarely drink and when I do it is usually a fufu drink. And then the toothache hit again last night. And I am finally able to do something about as my sick leave reset for the year on the 1st.

I don't have a dentist, or at least I didn't, so I called up one that my girlfriend recommended to me. I ended up having to have a tooth pulled so now I have a swollen jaw and a pain that the pills can't seem to attack. I know that it will all be better in a couple days though.

Long background story just to get around to a question that has always puzzled me. Why would someone want to be a dentist? I don't know of anyone that likes going to see the dentist. It has to be the most hated profession in the medical community. And certainly the most feared one. One answer I have been given to my query is that it is for the money. But dentists don't make as much as a MD so that can't be the answer. Why do you think they do it?

Oct 1, 2009

Tea Time

Wow. What a difference a couple hours and a few cups of tea can make. I now feel semi awake which is better then I have done all day. I left work early today because I was hurting so much with my fibro that my brain fogged up. I was giving customers the wrong info accidentally. Since I am working in the customer care department where we do get escalated customers I decided that this wasn't the best thing to do.

So instead I started on a quest. Ever since I started reviewing for TeaViews, the amount of tea that I have around has gone up. This is because of the samples and the fact that I keep falling in love with different teas and trot off to buy them. I needed some place to put all my goodies before they ran us out of the house. I looked around Ikea for a cabinet that I could put in my kitchen all to no avail so finally I thought of Goodwill. Bingo! A chest of drawers that can hold everything. I already have 3 of them full. Wonder what I am going to do when I fill them all up.

And yes, it is front of one of the five (yes I said five) doors going off of my kitchen.


Where oh where

Did the last week go? They are doing testing on the account at work again so I have no wi-fi handy to be able to post with. That really sucks as I fall behind on all of my online life. I had some wonderful topics to blog about and well I forgot them. I need to remember to jot them down in my phone

Gym update: Yeah I made to the gym last saturday and I can't beleive it. I gained weight. I am back up to 149.6. Not happy about that at all. But it does tell me that I need to start working out more. DH has been working out regularly and it is really starting to show. I just need to keep up.