Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Fairy Godmother

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Fairy Godmother Lipstick

Spring is here, hooray! I’m over winter, snow, and cold temps. My lipstick addiction, which began in the fall, is still in full force. I decided I need a pink lipstick for spring.

My skin is light/medium with pink undertones. I’m also “cool” tones for makeup. When I heard the this Gerard Cosmetics lipstick was called Fairy Godmother I was immediately intrigued. After discovering it was blue based (aka “cool”) I knew I had to try it. Blue based lipsticks are best because they have the bonus of making your teeth appear whiter.

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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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Monday, February 16, 2015

The Long and Winding Road

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So I’m finally able to think a bit clearer than I have previously due to decreasing my medications. As I reference my favorite recipes for dinner I’m appalled at the majority of my posts. They are incoherent, full of grammatical errors (not so much spelling errors thanks to spell check), and extremely dull. Sometimes it’s just a recipe and a brief, garbled description that may or may not make sense. I started this blog to help document what I was eating & how it affected my GI issues. Some of the pictures are ok, others blurry; depends on how lucky I was with my double vision that day. Looking back at those posts make me realize how far I have come to regaining some of my mental facilities. I’m still not operating at a “normal” level but I’m progressing (at a much slower pace than I would like).

I’m embarrassed about the pictures and text (not the recipes, they are delicious) and sometimes I fix errors when I spot them. I have no clue how I got any followers! The purpose of my blog was, and is, to bring awareness to people with rare, chronic diseases. When diagnosed with eosinophilic gastritis back in 2009 & nutcracker syndrome in 2010 I found very little information on the internet. I thought if I started a blog about my issues & what I could eat as my stomach healed I could help provide information to others looking for answers. I was overwhelmed by the emails I received from people suffering from the same (or similar) symptoms. I love hearing from people knowing I’m not alone. And share information and tips. It means so much to me.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

I can’t be the only one

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I believe there must be other people out there who have experienced severe pain attacks. I have been suffering from them monthly for the past 5 years. It starts off as a burning in my abdomen that quickly spreads to my chest. Then BAM….instant pain coursing throughout my body. It feels like a vice is around my rib cage, squeezing all the air out of my lungs. In addition to that, I feel an elephant or bowling ball is on my chest. Also, it feels like someone is pouring hot oil all over from my hips to my pelvis. Intense pain between the shoulder blades. Stabbing, “fire poker” pain in my left, upper abdomen, behind my ribs. This “fire poker” pain feels like a sharp, searing pain, followed by a feeling of ripping out of my flesh; like someone is repeatedly stabbing me with a fire poker. It feels like a hamster is trying to scratch & crawl its way out from behind only my left rib cage. I break out into a sweat, yet my teeth are chattering and I’m freezing cold (I have been told that this feeling of being cold despite sweating is my body going into shock). I lay in a fetal position crying, wrapped in a blanket, trying to gain control of my breathing. I lie there, in intense, debilitating pain, until the attack ceases; anywhere form 30-60 minutes. Once the pain becomes tolerable I’m weak, spent, exhausted. All I can do is drink water and curl up to sleep. I’m dazed, light headed, unsteady.

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