Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts

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Mad Men series finale. Meh. I don’t know why some people wondered if Don made the Coke commercial. If you paid attention to the episode then you would know the answer is yes. Especially after listening to the guy in the session talking about he felt like an item on a shelf in a fridge saying pick me. I had hoped Roger and Joan would end up together; I always thought they were good together. Now, the question is, will Joan get a spin off series? Other than Fraiser, has there been a successful spin off series?

I got some Urban Decay Perversion mascara because it’s all the rage and mascara is one of the few daily makeup items I wear daily. So far I’m mixed. I like the fact that it doesn’t “flake” but it still smudges and gives raccoon eyes. It’s also hard to wipe off the smudges. I’m not sure if it’s waterproof but I can’t swipe a wet tissue under my eyes during the day to clean up the smudges; I have to use a makeup remover wipe. Annoying. Luckily, I go thru a tube of mascara quickly.

For the past year I have been searching for the perfect kimono. I have not been able to find one that I like. I’m not a fringe girl, nor am I a fan of most of the patterns. If I knew how to sew I would totally buy some fabric to make my own. I have scoured Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Gap, H&M, Target…all to no avail. Someday one will catch my eye.

I’ve been noticing girls wearing lariats. Is this the new trend? I looked at some on Nordstrom but my taste is way too expensive. The ones I liked ranged from $750-$1200! Um, no. I’m not spending that much when it’s only 14k gold or 14k gold plated. Currently looking for more affordable options.

One of my friends posted a picture on instagram of sweet potato tots. Yes, yes, yes. I want some.

Snapchat. So now people are using large emojis & temperatures in their snaps. How in the world do I do this? Usually for tech questions I text my cousins (who are 13 & 15) but I’m trying save face and look cool. Those girls are the main reasons I snap (surlykitchen, hit me up if you’re on it so I can check you out!) and I’d like to try to figure it out so they can see I’m still hip. Hahaha.

Are any of you mourning the loss of Piperlime? I’m not. Their “deals” weren’t all that great. Once I stopped working part time at Banana Republic I stopped shopping there (except when I would get a gift card). My local boutique and Nordstrom have better customer service and better deals than Piperlime ever had.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

FF Vol V

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1. I have been quiet on the blog recently as I have been decreasing my medications and the withdrawal have been severe. Jaw clenching, migraines, nausea—horrible, horrible, symptoms. Most of my time has been spent in a dark room, sipping water and ginger ale, nibbling saltines.

2. I have, with the help of doctors & my psychologist, come to accept the fact that I will probably never find the cause of my illness. From here on out it’s about maintenance & living the best quality of life I can. Also, not beating myself up for sick days; accepting I that there are times I need to just rest and be okay with that. This is hard for someone who is driven and feels like sheer will and determination can overcome anything. It’s also hard to accept I will probably never have an answer to the cause of my pain. But I’m learning techniques to help aid me to live a better quality of life. For that I am grateful.

3. Saw X-Men: Days of Future Past on HBO. Oh.Em.Gee. So good! So glad they brought back Bryan Singer to direct. There were limited “action” scenes and an entertaining plot. I feel like some of these movies are mostly about blowing things up and fighting with a limited plot.

4. Speaking of movies, Jurassic World, really? I’m sorry but Jurassic Park 3 was a dud so I doubt I’ll be watching this one. Not interested.

5. For the first time since Starbucks introduced the gold card I have been demoted down to green status. What?! I guess I’ve saved some money this past year. Lol.

6. Currently loving Kandee Johnson’s everyday princess makeup series on youtube. So far, Belle has been my favorite. Though Auroa is a close second. And the best part is that there are still more princesses to come!

7. You MUST listen to the audio book “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride” by Cary Elwes. Incredibly entertaining! The audio book is awesome because Cary Elwes does the most amazing imitations/impersonations. He’s extremely talented. And it’s cool to hear the other actors tell stories. Not to mention the fact that I owned The Princess Bride on VHS and I own the 25th anniversary edition on DVD. Love me some Westley and Buttercup.

8. I have a bit of OCD. For instance, when grocery shopping I need to buy even numbers of items (ex. fruit/veggies, coconut water, salsa, bags of tortilla chips, etc). One time, at the check out I had an uneven amount of bottles of coconut water & it almost sent me into a tailspin. I had to grab another bottle. OCD is a sickness, man. Seriously, why am I like this?

9. Oh, did I mention that I got my nose cauterized? I have always suffered from nose bleeds due to, what my allergist informed me was from, a giant vein transversing my nostrils. Since relocating north, the dry air has not only caused me severely dry skin but daily nose bleeds. Until recently,  having my nose cauterized was the last thing on my mind. Now that my health is more or less stable, I finally made an appointment with an ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist). The cauterization was quick and relatively painless. The main annoyance was not being able to blow my nose for a week. And the feeling of the scab.

10. I’ve been doing a new type of physical therapy called visceral manipulation. It’s relatively new, at least to my physical therapy department. From my understanding, its moving the organs and viscera around, making sure they are in proper place. My second visit revealed my stomach was knotted up and not elongated as it should be. Mr.Surly gets a kick out of listening to me recount my appointments. He still can’t get over my visit where two sphincters (stomach and small intestines) were reversed and after each appointment, to this day, kids me by asking how my sphincters are doing.

FF Friday Vol I
FF Friday Vol II
FF Friday Vol III

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

An Open Letter To a Friend

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Today people are posting Cinco de Mayo recipes and drinks and celebrating. This year I’m not in the mood to join in. I know today would have been a big “milestone” birthday for you (no, not the “big” one, but I’m not giving away our age). I miss you so much and, being in a nostalgic mood, thought I’d write you a stream-of-consciousness letter since I can’t speak to you. I miss you so much.

I can’t believe it has been almost 10 years since your brother called me with the horrible news that you went to sleep and never woke up. I wondered why you didn’t show up to work and everyone was asking me where you were.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

FF Friday Vol IV

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I thought it would be fun to do another Fun Facts Friday. Happy Easter (and Passover) to all!

1. I still don’t have a personal facebook profile, nor do I know how to manage my facebook page properly.

2. I don’t fully grasp the purpose of google+

3. I recently opened a snapchat (surlykitchen if you want to keep up with me) to keep in touch with family. I don’t understand the “best friends” thing, the starred names, nor have I mastered sending private snaps. All in good time. Can you comment on snaps? I don’t even know.

4. I spent an ungodly amount (almost $10k out-of-pocket) on medical expenses in 2014. Oh, the joys of chronic illness & the medications needed to keep me going.

5. I have been watching the British version of The Office (the original which the American version is based off; same creators). SO FUNNY. Ricky Gervais’ facial expersions and timing are hilarious. I love British comedies. I grew up on Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers (John Cleese is hilarious) so I love the Brits sense of humor.

6. If you follow me on Instagram you know a few weeks ago I ordered a Liptiful lip plumper/facial muscle toner. I love it and the results are awesome.  I have the round and heart shapes.

7. Current addiction: cream contouring. Can’t get enough. Looks so natural! I use this Color Fx palette and the recommended brush (which isn't necessary, imo)

8. I didn’t have a job while attending college. My “job” was studying. Let’s just say I excelled in “social” studies ;)

9. When I was little I was convinced Jason, from the Friday the 13th movies was under my bed while I slept waiting with his chainsaw to cut off my feet. Anytime I had to go to the bathroom I would jump as far out of bed as I could, hold my legs off the ground while peeing, then jump back into bed before Jason had a chance to fire up his chainsaw. Hello, overactive imagination.

10. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: so.freaking.funny! I can't get the Peeno Noir song out of my head. Peeenoooo Nooooirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! (sorry to spoil it if you haven't see that episode yet; i think it's episode 6)

FF Friday Vol I
FF Friday Vol II
FF Friday Vol III

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015


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I'm entering the world of making my own whole juice. I've been drinking cold-pressed juices to help absorb nutrients for months. Finally, we got a great deal on a Blendtec designer series blender so my dreams of home juicing came true.

I’m completely new to juicing so I’m still tinkering with ingredients combinations, ratios, etc. I’ve followed some recipes I found but was underwhelmed.

I’ve been keeping a “juicing journal” listing my juice concoctions. Once I hit on a good one and can make it consistently I will start posting juice recipes.

Mr.Surly is being such a good sport about the whole thing. He understands that there will be lots of trial and error as we embark on incorporating fresh juices into our diet.

Please note we are NOT juicing for weight loss. We are juicing for heath, especially mine. My GI disorder makes is difficult for me to absorb nutrients from whole foods, juices are easier for me to digest and absorb nutrients. I’m choosing to juice nutrient dense foods to help maintain a healthy lifestyle and ease GI distress.

I can’t wait to hit on some yummy recipes. I’ve got a yummy green juice for morning almost perfected. Be on the lookout for that recipe soon.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Review: V&V Supremo Products

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queso blanco

For some reason I have been CRAVING creamy, restaurant-style queso blanco. Why, I have no idea. There was this great little Mexican restaurant down south we frequented that had the most amazing queso. This is unusual because I’m not a fan of cheese (or any dairy product for that matter). But this queso was something I always ordered; my mouth still waters thinking of Monterey’s queso blanco.

Anyway, I was contacted by V&V Supremo to review a product. I explained my craving for queso blanco and inquired if they had a cheese that would be suitable for making it.

I was shocked when a large box arrived with a lovely gift basket filled with products. Chorizo, a various assortment of cheeses, and sour cream (a dairy product I have no problem slathering on various foods).

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sleeping Beauty; A Sleep Study

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I have always wanted to have a sleep study done. I have been an insomniac for as long as I can remember and as I got older I developed restless leg syndrome (RLS), or as Mr.Surly affectionately calls it “jimmy legs.” Neither of this worried me nor warranted a sleep study.

However, after being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (2010) a sleep study actually made sense. Was I getting enough REM sleep to combat my daily fatigue? Would increased sleep quality help me have more energy? Very valid questions in my opinion and my neurologist’s.

Going into the study I wasn’t sure what to expect. At The Clinic you are given many choices and options for the location. I chose a hotel and scheduled it the day before a follow up with my GI dr. The Clinic is 4 hours away so I was able to end my sleep study and go to my GI appt without 8 hours of driving in one day. Bonus.

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