Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Random Musings


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Just finished the audiobook "The Sicilian" by Mario Puzo. Very disappointing. It started off being about the Michael Corleone then divulged into other random characters. I thought the book would be about Michael's time in Sicily. Oh how wrong I was. The only reason I finished listening to it is because I bought it on audible. Definitely not worth the money imo. I love the book "The Godfather" and read it every year. My much loved paperback copy of the book has pages falling out. I'm so disappointed by the Sicilian.

Have you read the snuggie texts? If not do yourself a favor and read them now. Hilarious! I was laughing so hard I had tears streaming down my face.  I sent the link to Mr.Surly and he burst out laughing at work. Seriously, go read the post. There is a part two here that’s funny but not as much as part one.  Bwahahaha.

I need new show ideas from Netflix. We just finished watching The Killing. Just meh. I can’t wait for the next season of Luther to hit the US. Also, Peaky Blinders. Hmmm, not sure how I feel about this show yet. I like the wardrobes and the more episodes I watch the more I like it. But I’m not crazy about it. It’s not like I can’t wait for evenings when Mr.Surly and I can put it on. It’s more like what should we watch; we can’t decide so we just continue watching. Luther was so much better! And Downton Abbey this fall! Sad it's the last season.

This summer has been weird. The weather is just…off (for lack of a better word). It rains a lot which, as I have been told, is unusual for this area. Some days it’s ungodly humid and the next day, not so much. There is no breeze to speak of (though Mr.Surly says because we are in a valley breezes are few and far between). A cloudless day is unheard of; it's always hazy. It’s bizarre. I have never liked the weather up north and this makes me like the area even less. I miss the South and it’s sunny days where a cloudy day was rare.

Smoothie Tyme. Oh my, have you seen Julian Edelman’s YouTube channel? Even if you’re not a Patriots fan, I think you’ll still appreciate his videos. I love the Smoothie Tyme II: The Best Friend Smoothie. Their faces when they are blending gets me every tyme. Hahaha.







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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Simple Summer Makeup


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For me summer is all about simplicity; wearing as few products as possible and making sure the products I do wear hold up in the summer humidity. The following products are tried-and-true favorites of mine.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Green Granny Smoothie


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Let’s cheers to summer with a smoothie.

Finally, a recipe! I haven’t posted a recipe in FOREVER. I hope this scrumptious smoothie makes up for it. This is the first smoothie recipe I promised you that I have tweaked to (my standard) of perfection via my juicing journal.

The past few months I have shifted towards a more liquid-based diet. This is due to my gastroparesis and GI issues/pain. Liquids are MUCH easier for me to digest. For those of you who are lucky enough to not have a GI disorder, this is still a really tasty and healthy meal/snack.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Building The Perfect Smoothie


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Remember when I shared with you that I was starting to make smoothies? I promised some recipes once I perfected them and those are coming. Before I share some of my favorite concoctions I thought I'd pass along a few tips I've learned.

Above is a visual "formula" for my smoothies. I've detailed each "layer" below. Basically, I mix and match what I have (or what is in season)to come up with the daily smoothie. I love this method because I can customize it by making it low-oxalate (which I've been trying to follow recently due to some recurring GI/pain issues).

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

My Precious


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Disaster Averted.

The other morning Mr.Surly called me with, as he said “good news and bad news.” Is it just me or do you hate when someone says this. Usually, I like to get the bad news first so I can end on a happy note.

However, it was so early in the morning and I am in the midst of a medication dosage reduction that I told him to choose the order. He gave me the good news first and the bad news second.

The bad news hit me like a ton of bricks: he’d lost his wedding ring. Now, I must mention to you that this ring is not just my husband’s but it was also my beloved Pap-Pap’s white gold wedding ring from 1941.

Growing up I was extremely close to my grandparents, my whole extended family, in fact. My grandparents passed away within a year of each other in the mid 2000’s. Before Pap-Pap suffered his second stroke, when I was in college, he called me into his bedroom. There he gave me 3 rings. Two were the 18 karat white gold wedding rings from 1941 when he married Grammy. (They later changed to 18k yellow gold wedding bands; in the 80’s, I believe.) The third ring was his mother’s engagement ring from 1916.

Are you still with me? Back to Pap-Pap’s wedding ring. That wedding ring is currently on my husband’s finger, or was. But I’ll get to that.

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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 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.

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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.

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