Friday, May 22, 2015

Five on Friday - Living Healthy


I’m not in the best shape of my life, but I’m working on it.  I know I’ve said that time and again but it’s a work in progress and should be.  Lately I’ve been cutting calories, drinking less soda, and am even today getting a preliminary exam by a chiropractor to look at the back issues I’ve been having for years now.  So, here’s my Five for Friday list on getting healthy.

1. Move more!  I’m trying to make an effort no matter how long my day has been to move more.  Getting out in the yard and playing with Allie, doing yoga, working in my yard, whatever!  Doesn’t matter.  Anything to get my up and moving is a good thing.

2.  Healthy eating choices.  I’m an acknowledged and confirmed sugar and caffeine addict.I know this is a pitfall for me and I’m trying to be more conscientious about it.  I know when I’m tired I reach for caffeine, when I’m down I reach for something sugary.  I’m 33 now and I’m old enough to know better.  I’ve been drinking carbonated flavored waters from Dollar General that have fizz and a great taste.  If I do have a Dr. Pepper, my poison of choice, it’s one a day and just a small can and not a 20 oz. bottle.  I still get a bottle from time to time but it’s not every single day.  As for the sugar, I’ve been eating dried mango, fresh fruits, and yogurt.  I’ve been keeping them at work and at home.  

3.  Less Stress.  I guess I’m what you would call an intense person.  I’m a perfectionist and when life doesn’t bend to my iron will I get a tiny bit upset.  I stress out.  I get anxious.  I don’t sleep well.  You don’t have to go far to fall over a study that says stress is absolutely detrimental to your health.  So I’m trying to learn how to manage my emotions at work, not bring it home with me, and when I get to feeling overwhelmed take a minute, step back, and adjust my attitude.  Sometimes that might mean getting up from my desk for a minute, that might mean just closing the email and settling down, or it might mean going for a walk at lunch and getting out of the office.  

4.  Better Sleep.  I’m a hard sleeper when I finally do go to sleep, but getting there is the problem.  There’s a reason I’m upset that David Letterman has retired.  Who else am I going to watch to wind down and get some shut eye?  Kimmell?  Fallon?  I’m crushed my favorite man will no longer be there when I need him.  But back to the matter at hand, I have a hard time going to sleep.  I have a hard time shutting my brain down and not thinking about all the stuff I should have done and all the stuff I have to do tomorrow.  Honestly, it’s infuriating.  So I’m trying to make sure that an hour before I go to bed I’m starting to wind down.  I have a glass of milk or hot tea.  I take a shower.   I wash my face.  I read a book.  I’m not allowed to write or work on pictures. In a nutshell I’m doing things that calm me down and let me focus on getting ready to sleep.  

5.  Taking time for the Doctor.  The last thing I need to do here lately is make an appointment for my annual exam.  The most important thing for your health is making sure you take the time to go to the doctor every year!  It’s hard to know if something is out of the ordinary if there’s no ordinary to compare it against.  Giving yourself a baseline for blood pressure, blood sugar, pap smear, etc. is so important.  And since May is Women’s Health Month I want to encourage you to make sure you’re doing this for yourself!   Below are some info graphics from Oscar Insurance that gives you a great outline of what to do at every stage of your life.  If you’re young it’s simple!  So there’s no excuse.  So many people will tell you, if I had just went for an annual exam this could have been caught.  I wish I had had an annual exam.  I wish, I wish, I wish.  Don’t wish, do it!  Take care of yourself!  As women we are always running around making sure everyone else is ok, and don’t think to take care of ourselves.  

I was inspired by the info graphic from Oscar Insurance below to write this post.  Women’s health is something I’m interested in so I was happy to work with them.  Thanks so much for working with me and providing the great simplified info outlined below!  And anyone else out there please feel free to get in touch with me if you want to partner up on something!  I can’t guarantee I’ll always say yes but if it’s something I feel passionate about I’ll be glad to work with you.  And just so you know I received no compensation.  The thoughts above are my own Oscar Health just provided the inspiration.  :)  If you are in the NY or NJ area please get in contact with them!   

Have a great weekend my lovelies!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Nobody loves me, but my mother...

"Nobody loves me, but my mother and she could be jiving too."  BB King

Mississippi has lost an icon and an artist. Rest in peace Mr. King, there's got to be one heck of a jam session in heaven today. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sometimes life is funny after the fact....


I thought I would share my Facebook post from last night here. As I get a little more distance from it the funnier it gets. Last night thought was just one for the record books......

There's nothing like a long day at work that starts with a 9 am meeting in Oxford, ends with me deciding to clean out the back of my nasty car (I'm seriously thinking of banning all snacks and drinks in my car) being interrupted by a bare bottomed girl that is crying and asking for help with something suspiciously looking like poopoo on the back of her shirt, to walk in my bathroom to find quite a few surfaces smeared with poopoo. This caused said little girl to be stripped and put in the tub and sprayed down with the shower head, and the bathroom cleaned and sprayed down with antibacterial spray. Finished my car and as I was fixing supper looked up to see that she had all but pulled out every available toy. So now we have to pickup the toys before we head to bed in a minute and then I have to empty and fill the dishwasher, check and make sure all the poopoo has been washed out of my bathmat and talk myself out of drinking that half a bottle of moscato I have in my fridge. 

Have a kid they say. It will be a magical, wonderful experience they say. Only if by magical they mean psychotic and wonderful they mean ulcer inducing. 

Ps. I really do love her even if sometimes I feel like I live in the middle of an I Love Lucy episode.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Friday Everyone!

I still don't know how I feel about seeing myself in a video.
Happy Friday!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Amos Dog

If you would, please take a moment to think good thoughts for my partner in crime Amos Moses, or Amos Dog as Allie calls him.  He has somehow injured a disk in his neck and is partially paralyzed in all four legs.  He has moments where he can sit up and move a little but other than that it's touch and go right now.  We've been to two vets since Sunday and yesterday we had x-rays done that didn't show much other than maybe a small issue with a disk in his cervical spine (neck.)  He's on an aggressive drug therapy and complete kennel rest for the next 21 days.  I'm seeing some small signs of improvement but we have a long way through the woods just yet.  

Amos is a longer dachshund, but he's lean and we really try to keep him off the furniture and the bed but stuff like this happens with these dogs.  

Surgery is not a viable option for me as it is somewhere around $2500 to $3000 at our local vet school and I've yet to hear about a really good experience with the surgery and recovery.  So, right now I will do the absolute best I can for him and wait and see over the next week or so.  

He's my little buddy.  I got him literally right after we got back from our honey moon so he turned 8 this month and we'll have had him 8 years in June.  He's the best natured weenie dog I've ever been around and life would sure be different without him.  So, if you have a moment to spare, spare it on Amos.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Feeling like an old grain buggy.....

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,"I will try again tomorrow."- Mary Anne Radmacher

The first part of this year has been a challenge.  There are only two of us that work in my department and with the girl I work with out on maternity leave for 8 weeks I had the whole thing by myself.  That was the entire months of February and March and honestly the first quarter of the year is always the busiest.  I did pretty good the first couple of weeks and then I started getting behind and after that it was just treading water and trying to keep the worst fires stomped out.  She's been back about three weeks now and I've probably still got about two weeks before I'll be all caught back up again.  Then again in my line of work you're never really "done" or "caught up" it's literally like being on a treadmill that never stops.  It's just a matter of how fast you're running.

I  have been thinking and evaluating my photography work lately and does it really matter.  
(When I get overwhelmed and stressed my mind has a hard time shutting down so I don't sleep and I spend a lot of time thinking.)  I enjoy what I do here.  But, not to have a pity party or anything, I just wonder does it really matter.  I love all these goofy pictures I take and the silly stories I write but I do get a little discouraged.  I've thought about maybe taking some of these pictures and stories I have rattling around in my brain and writing an ebook. No publisher would probably ever be interested in the pictures and the stories of the little places I love and call home but maybe you out there in the internet would be interested.  

There are so many blogs now, it's hard to get noticed and my focus is pretty narrow, I know.  That doesn't help.  Maybe I'm really not that good of a photographer; maybe I'm not that good of a writer.  (And no i'm not fishing for compliments.)  

All I ever really wanted in life, other than being a professional horse trainer, was to be a writer or artist of some kind.  Even at my age it's still disappointing to know that dream will probably never come true.  
And yes, maybe this is all a pity party after all.

But, for those of you that read this and care and maybe have thought, "What's up with her?"

Well, this is what's up with me.  I'm just a little down and have been for a little while now.  I've been sewing and reading and watching way too much Hell on Wheels and a bunch of other period dramas.  
But tonight I did pull out my computer and started sorting pictures and edited this one.  I'm trying to get back in the swing of things but real life has just stank lately and every time I would look at my pictures I would think how much they sucked and would just close my computer again.  

More pity partyness.  

I'll hush now and stop being a Debbie Downer.  Have a great weekend friends, honestly, and we'll see ya down the road.