Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bye Bye, July

In a little over an hour here on the east coast, July will slip away and give in to August. Where is this summer going??

The past several days have been mostly involved with trying to function with headaches. I got a migraine in the wee hours of Thursday morning around 2am, as I turned over in my sleep. I could see the aura, and layed there wondering if I should get up and take an Excedrin Migraine, or just try to go back to sleep. Taking the Excedrin usually means the caffeine in the pill keeps me up for awhile. I decided to go back to sleep, but the rest of the night was fitful, and every time I turned, I could feel my head hurting. Guess I should've opted to take the Excedrin since I didn't get much more sleep anyway.

When I got up on Thursday morning to take Revatio, I finally decided to take something for the headache. I got maybe another hour of sleep before I gave up and tried to see if I was well enough to still go to rehab. I really tried my best to get pumped for it, but I finally thought I'd better not. Glad I did! I was pretty much not functioning on Thursday, only doing a few things here and there before taking a 3 hour nap in the afternoon. I felt a bit better in the evening, and so I thought I'd be done with the migraine and that Friday would be ok. Not so much.

Friday and even today, I've had sinus headaches. The weather changed from being in the mid to upper 80s to the barely-even 70s-mid 70s. I mean, I suppose most people have been enjoying the change, but my head sure hasn't. The Excedrin Migraine has helped to a point, but I can tell my head isn't completely better. I hate the feeling! I try my best to go along about my business, but it's difficult!! My headache from today took a long time to go away, but it's not totally better, and I can tell that maybe tomorrow I'll end up with one, too. I'm wishing they would go away and leave just like July is slipping away!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Food Coma

I can basically sum up the weekend with one word: FOOD. Saturday consisted of spending a few hours at 2 grocery stores. Aldi's was first, and both my mom and I stocked up on things we like getting there. I usually try to get a lot of stuff there first, before I head to any other grocery store. While there on Saturday, I saw a bunch of things like blenders, a chopper, food processor, etc. Aldi's carries different items all the time, so when something is there on one visit, it will probably not be there on the next one. Since I had the need for a chopper and a blender, I thought I'd buy their blender, since it wasn't a bad price! When I mentioned this to my mom, she asked why I couldn't wait until my birthday in 2 months. I thought about it, wandered the store for a bit getting other items, and then said to her that maybe she could get the blender for me now so I could use it! Then she stated that she wasn't buy me the blender, b/c she had something else in mind that I needed. Awww! So, I text Joanie! I tell her that there's a blender at Aldi's for $19.99, and maybe it can be a birthday gift for me. Hint hint? lol She texts back and says if I want it, to buy it and she'll give me the money. Really?? Yay! So, I bought it! We pay for our groceries and head toward the van, and I mention what I might look for in the next grocery store that I can use for my new blender, and my mom says I can't use it until my birthday! So, I text Joanie again! I ask her if I'm allowed to use it, or do I have to wait?? She says that she changed her mind, it's for Christmas, and I can't use it til December! hahahaha!!

Off to Tops we go, and I don't have much food stamps left, so I think of the essentials left that I haven't already gotten or don't have at home, and I buy a few more things. I searched high and low for tahini, an ingredient used to make hummus. After probably 20 minutes of going up and down aisles, I finally find some in the Indian section! Plus, it was on sale! I also got some vanilla bean ice cream for milkshakes, and a variety of other items. We check out and my mom drops me off, groceries all over the place. I get things put away, make dinner, and an hour or so after, I play with the blender. I make a yummy milkshake, and I was happy!

Sunday morning, after eating an apple, I make a yummy strawberry smoothie! It was such a big glass, that it was all I had until it was time to go over to Canada for dinner with Rick's family, Joan's fiancé. And thank goodness it was all I had. Because let me tell you, we had the most food I'd seen for dinner in a really loooooooooong time!!! Here is what we had, at least most of it. Some I'm sure I'll forget!!

Course 1:
mozzarella balls
relish tray, including pickled cauliflower and eggplant, olives, and peppers
cheeses and prosciutto
rolls, and fresh Italian bread

Course 2:
pasta and sauce
meatballs
more rolls

Course 3:
the largest steaks I've ever seen
bbq chicken
potatoes
basil pasta (made by Joanie)
tomatoes
corn on the cob
salad

Course 4:
random cookies and candies and popcorn and nuts
fresh fruit
chocolate cake
tiramisu
apple crumb pie

Like I said, I'm sure that I'm probably missing something, but that is a ton of food! And I'm soooo not used to eating like that! I kept taking very small amounts of everything since I didn't want to make myself sick! Plus, I would've felt rude not being able to eat so much by the time the 3rd course came around! lol But we all had a very nice time, since it was the first time we had met Rick's parents. We were there for several hours, talking about all sorts of things, and we all seemed to get along. We got home around 9ish, and I had to take a quick bath b/c my legs were so cold from being in the A/C for so long. I was exhausted, and went to bed earlier than I normally do!

I got up Monday morning around 9:30, got dressed and put my sheets in the washer. I ate breakfast, and by the time I hung the sheets outside on the lines to dry, I felt like falling asleep standing up. I was just soooooo tired from all that food, and probably from being cold most of the evening, and just the excitement from it all. I took a couple naps just to function! Thankfully today I felt better, and I went to rehab actually looking forward to walking on the treadmill (not one of my fav things to do!) so I could walk off some of my Sunday dinner!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Nice Weekend (Soon To Come)

I did want to write about my weekend, but I am soooo exhausted that I just can't seem to type it all out right now. I hope to do so tomorrow!

I seem to be having loading issues with Blogger lately. It's irritating. I'm not sure if it's just me, or if it's the site. I just hope it gets better soon!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Unexpected Sunshine

I got to rehab today, and one of my friends there was already on the treadmill. She saw me come in, and said hello, and then told me she had a little something for me in a bag over near her purse. So I put my stuff down, and took a peek at what was in the bag. It was a solar-powered flower that is supposed to dance in the sun! I think it's cute, but I also think it was so sweet of my rehab buddy to think of me. She told me when she saw it, she thought it would perk me up on crappy days. It's just little things like a simple thought that make me realize how blessed I am to have so many different people in my life. :)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Wonderful Weekend

On Friday, I ended up going to the rehab class from 1-2pm, and I liked it. I just took it easy a little, and didn't over do any of the exercises. I'm glad I had the sense to bring my headphones with me, because someone in the room turned the tv on to golf. I don't hate golf, but it's boring to exercise to! I finished up there, went home and had a little something to eat and went to the credit union quick. After that I called a phriend and spent almost 2 hours chatting away about a lot of things. Then I had dinner down at my parents', and came home and watched a Netflix movie, The Bucket List. It was ok. I didn't love it, but didn't hate it, either.

I wasn't expecting to do much on Saturday until my mom called me and asked if I'd like to go to Artpark with her, my cousin, Joan, Mandy and the kids. I thought, why not? I got all ready to go, slathered myself with suntan lotion since Artpark is very much outdoorsy, and the sun was out in full force, and eventually Joan picked me up. Not knowing where Mandy was yet, we just headed to Lewiston, got to Artpark, and then Mandy called me. She had some things to help Ron with, so she said she'd try to get ready to go and come down. On Saturday, Artpark had an area for kids to do a few crafty things, such as painting, face painting, playing in a huge sand pile, etc. There was also supposed to be a performance in the afternoon. Well, we started heading to where the huge tent was set up for all of this. The thing about Artpark is that it's very hilly. And I don't do well with hills! So I took it rather slow, because not only was it hilly and sunny, it was also very hot, even though it was a bit breezy. I almost wished I hadn't gone, because I honestly forgot about the hills, since I hadn't been there in a few years. But, very slowly we got to the area and found a table in the shade, and sat down. Eventually I called Mandy again, and after she talked with Mom, it was decided we'd hang out for a bit where we were sitting, and then meet Mandy, Ron and the kids for lunch at The Silo. We sat chatting with my cousin about art stuff, since she is rather artistic. The breeze really was nice and so was the shade! After awhile we started back to the car, which was not a problem for me because it was all going down!! I can do down, but I just can'd do up!

The Silo was quite busy. As soon as Joan parked, I got out of the car and headed to a table that had a tree and a lot of shade, and was big enough for all of us. Mandy got there, and most of us headed somewhere to either get food or ice cream. I decided I wanted ice cream for lunch! It just sounded refreshing, and I really didn't want food. We had a nice time talking and listening to the kids, but the winds were majorly picking up, and things kept getting blown around. One of the umbrellas on the picnic tables even blew off and hit a woman in the head before it flew over the railing and down the hill on the way to the dock! Dark clouds were starting to come over us, too, and awhile after that we started feeling drops of rain. So, we left! Joan dropped me off, I had a big nap, then a big dinner, and then just took it easy for the rest of the night!

Today, Joan, Mandy and I went out to lunch at PF Chang's, which was delicious! We were able to eat outside, and it felt good to be in the natural cool air and not the A/C. Today wasn't as hot as yesterday, either. After lunch, we went back to the Falls so we could get pedicures! I haven't had one done since we all went before Lisa's wedding down in North Carolina. The salon we chose inside the Outlet Mall was really nice. They had 8 massage chairs for pedicures, and quite a few stations for manicures. There were even 3 massage chairs for little kids, but I'm sorry, I do not think a small child should be getting pedicures! Unlike a lot of salons, this one totally didn't reek of acetone. Nothing bothered my lungs! I really enjoyed the massage chair, and wish I knew where to get one! I picked an aqua color for my toes, not realizing how bright it was until the guy started putting it on. But it looks nice and summerish! I also asked for a flower design on my big toes, and it looks cute. I definitely think I need to do a pedicure at least twice in the summer, because it's a nice treat!

After Joan dropped off Mandy and got her car washed, she dropped me off at my parents', and I had dinner with them. Nothing too heavy, macaroni salad, shrimps, cucumbers and cherries. It hit the spot! But I didn't stay too long afterward since I was rather tired from the day, and the weekend! It's just going on to 7pm now, and I feel like I should be going to bed already. Not gonna happen, though! It's way too early! I'll just go hang out for awhile and relax, since I have another busy day tomorrow with 2 appointments and meeting a couple good friends! :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Adding Extra

When I had my PH support group meeting in May, the topic was pulmonary rehab. I had asked one of the ladies who works at the rehab center I go to if she'd like to give a presentation about the benefits of exercising, and she was all for it. So during her talk, she mentioned that anyone who started at their center would initially start off with two days a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. If eventually they felt like doing more, they could add an extra day, which would be Fridays. This was news to me! But I thought that maybe I'd try to start doing an extra day working out at home instead of going to the rehab center. Sadly, this just hasn't happened!! I'm so not disciplined trying to work out at home, and it's sad and irritating to me.

The past couple days I've been considering adding Friday to my exercise regimen, and today I asked about it. E. told me I could come in, and didn't even have to call. The extra time is from 1-2pm, and there usually aren't too many who come, so it wouldn't be a problem if I decided to try it out. I might just make it an easy-going exercise, or try to do the same that I do the other 2 days I go. We'll see, but I'm just glad that I have this option!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Shopping and Resting

The weekend went by entirely too fast, and it was a mixed bag of happiness and frustration. Saturday morning I got up a little early so I could shower before being picked up by Joanie to go shopping with Mandy at Kohl's. Lots of stuff was on sale there, and we had coupons! I had fun walking around, trying to help Mandy and Joan find things they liked, and every time they weren't sure about something, I would say, "Oh just try it on!" I didn't bother looking for clothes for myself. I just didn't have the money for anything. I decided on looking for earrings instead. So Mandy and Joan ended up with a pile of things to try on, and I stood outside their dressing room doors waiting to see how everything looked, and saying yes or no. The piles got whittled down a bit, but in the end, they both got several new things to wear for the summer. I hunted through all the jewelry to find some sort of earrings that I'd enjoy wearing, and finally decided on rather long oval metal earrings. I didn't even want a bag, I just put them on when we got back into the car!

We stopped at Tim Horton's for a cheap and yummy lunch, and then went to an outside event called Sanborn Days. Mandy wanted to see what kind of crafts people had, and when we browsed, I think she was relieved that she never bothered signing up for it. Her jewelry would probably never have sold because it's so much better than all the stuff we saw there! So we left there, and dropped Mandy back home, and then Joan dropped me off. I spent the rest of the afternoon just taking it easy because I was tired, but I did have a very nice afternoon with my sistores!

I woke up on Sunday morning just after 9, and cleaned the entire bathroom after I put my eyes in. It needed to be done, and I just decided to do it since Mittens hadn't even come to say good morning to me when I came out of the bedroom. After that, I got dressed, fed Mittens, and put in a load of laundry. I ate breakfast and chatted with a good phriend, and then I put the wet laundry into the dryer and put another load in the washer. Then I did dishes. I just felt so motivated to finally do some things, and I guess since I had some energy, I thought going in right from the moment I got up would be smart! But something slowly started to get in the way, and it was irritating from the start. Cramps. Stupid damn cramps, and one Tylenol didn't really work right away, so I eventually had to take another one, which I really HATE doing. After the 2nd load of laundry was done, I hung the towels on the lines in the basement since I had no energy in trying to hang them outside. I got the dry laundry out of the dryer. The dishes were done, the bathroom was clean, and by that time, chores were over. If I wanted to do anything else, it would have to wait since the pain was getting to be unbearable. I nuked my heating pad (which is white rice sewn into a rectangle pouch of material), and went to lay down in the bedroom. Almost 3 hours later, I finally felt better. It was a relief, I tell ya!!

After dinner, I decided that I wanted to go down to the Falls to see the fireworks go off at 10pm EST. During the tourist season, the Canadian side of the Falls shoots off fireworks on Friday and Sunday nights at 10pm on the dot, and I haven't gone down to see them in a couple years at least. Quite sad, honestly, because I absolutely LOVE fireworks, and I love seeing the water. The Falls is in my own backyard, and I barely ever go there to just look at their beauty! So anyway, I went with my mom, since it's been awhile since she's seen them, too. The weather was beautiful, not chilly and not stifling. Tons of people were walking around, but of course, it's tourist season! I tried so hard to get a picture of the Falls, but it was so misty and way too dark for anything to show up on my camera. I'm going to try going down during the day when the view is much better! The fireworks started exactly at 10, and I filmed the entire thing. They lasted just over 5 minutes, and were very beautiful. The crowd around me was rather animated and entertained by the display, and at the end of it all, you can hear their applause. I'm so glad I went down there, and I am hoping maybe I'll feel like going again some night before the tourist season is over.

Today I had to get monthly bloodwork done, and before I left the house I could already feel cramps coming. I reluctantly took a Tylenol, and I'm hoping it didn't mess up my results, but I wasn't to wait around to take it after I got back home. As it was, I needed another one after I did leave. I spent a couple hours with the heating pad again, this time napping with Mittens. I really didn't get anything accomplished today. I'm hoping for better results tomorrow!!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Kaboom!

The 4th of July holiday weekend has come and gone, and it was a rather nice one. Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day! It was in the high 80s, but the humidity was so low that it didn't feel that hot unless you were directly in the sun for awhile. It was breathable weather! I didn't have any major plans until Joanie called me and asked if I'd want to go to her friends house for a little gathering, and I said sure! It was a good time! We were there for a few hours until our mom called to say that Mandy was coming over with the kids for sundaes. So, Joanie and I headed there for a little bit. The sundaes were yummy, and I eventually left to go home so I could watch the fireworks from my alley. They were pretty nice this year, and longer than I thought they'd be!

Yesterday was in the high 80s, but this time humidity rolled in. I could feel it when I woke up early to take my Revatio. When I got up the second time, I turned on the A/C. I closed a few doors, though, so they wouldn't get cooled off. I needed some place to hide when I froze from the cold air! I hate A/C a lot, and if it wasn't humid, I wouldn't even have it on. But, since it's hard to breathe in the suffocating air, I reluctantly turn it on! Most of this week will be in the mid to high 80s, with lots of humidity. I feel bad for anyone who works outside and can't escape into a cold place for a bit! I can't imagine working like that!

Back to fireworks...they are one of my favorite things about the summer. I just love watching the burst of colors in the night sky, the loud crackling and pop sounds, and the ones that create huge BOOMS as they go off. They have fascinated me for years, ever since I was a little girl. I'm glad we were so lucky to live right down the street from the park where they shoot them off on the 4th, and that I still live on that same street. I am also lucky that I don't have to just wait for once a year to see them, since down at the Falls, the Canadian side shoots them off every Friday and Sunday night at 10pm during the tourist season. If I really tried, I could see them every weekend in the summer! So far, I haven't made it down there in a couple years (not feeling good that night, not having ambition to go down there, stupid reasons!). So I'm really going to try seeing the fireworks down there this summer! I need to make more of an effort, since seeing them and the falls at the same time is such a beautiful experience!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Another Gets His Wings

I was called a couple hours ago and told that Brandon passed away tonight. I am sad, yes, but as terrible as he sounded last night on the phone, I was expecting it. I don't know if that makes me an awful person, but I just didn't want him to suffer anymore. Boy I was praying hard for him to have a miracle, but maybe his miracle was supposed to end this way. I don't know. All I know is that he will be missed by his family and his kids, and by all the phriends he made in the past couple of years. RIP, Brandon. May you breath freely forever.