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Origins, Zag Day and The Old Ones June 29, 2009

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This past week(end) was Origins Game Fair. I spent Wednesday night and all day Saturday and Sunday volunteering for the Art Show. We had some really great artists and lots of really gorgeous art work. I helped the end of set up, and then most of tear down, and in between, I worked the bag check table. Yes, you really have to leave all your bags here, yes, even your purse. No, you cannot take your camera into the art show. We had art ranging from magnets to stickers to CCGs to massive framed paintings to handmade chain mail. One of my favorite pieces was a Shadowrun piece from Catalyst Game Labs. It was a young woman sitting on some stairs and reminded me of a drawing of a rogue elf I once used as an avatar. But there were also lots of adorable dragons and lots of other fun game-related art. Some day I will go to a convention with Money in my pocket and get to buy something that catches my eye. I made a whirlwind tour of the exhibit hall on my Sunday Lunch break, but didn’t bother to really look at anything given the no money. I still had a great time, though. Still got to hang out with friends and help out friends. It was a good weekend.

And the weekend was extended into Monday for me, my Zag day. I Started Zag day at 6pm on Sunday evening. The artists brought us Chocolate Chip Cookies on Saturday, and I didn’t touch them. But then Popcorn appeared on Sunday, Carmel and Kettle in a tin. And I just could not wait for dinner, so I started an hour early, chowing down on Carmel Corn. Then Mike and Jenica took me to Quaker Steak and Lube, where I had Unleaded Strawberry Lube-n-Ade, Deep Fried Onion Rings, Traditional Bavarian Pretzels, and a mixed greens salad topped with boneless Asian Sesame “wings.” After dinner we went on a quest for Newman’s Own Ginger-Os that took us to two different stores, and picked up Banana Strawberry Naked juice along the way. Went home and watched Religulous and ate said cookies and juice. Dessert was good, the movie was nothing I hadn’t already heard. Got up in the morning, came home and had European Round Loaf and Soy butter for breakfast. Went out and got Cheesy Bread and a large ground beef and bacon pizza from Papa Murphy’s. I could only manage two pieces of pizza and about the equivalent amount of cheesy bread. Dinner was McDonald’s Quarter Hamburger value meal with Hi-C because things didn’t go as planned, and I only ate about half of that, too. But all in all, it was a good Zag day. I didn’t get sick, and I enjoyed taking a short break from being alkaline. Next one: my 29th birthday.

In other news, I wrote a story in the last week and typed it up today. Edited it and sent it out to L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest. It’s a strange little piece, but then, when do I ever write anything that isn’t?

Wil Wheaton’s Blog June 27, 2009

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I enjoy reading his blog from time to time, more so when he writes about gaming, his family or writing.  This recent post especially, hit home for me: Time To Write.

Week Three June 25, 2009

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So, It’s been three weeks on this program for me. I’m planning out my Zag day more specifically now, and it shall not involve a Fleet party, unfortunately. Though my liver may be rejoicing. After last week’s mini-break down(see post below and ensuing discussion), I’ve been feeling better about things. I’m still having trouble with all the grocery shopping neccessary to eat this way. Fresh veggies must be bought weekly.

I’m still having trouble getting enough to eat, but not nearly as bad as the first week, just back to my normal, eat and I’m hungry a couple hours later, like it’s always been. Medically I’ve been doing fairly well. I missed my shots(by accident, not by design) last week, but had one on Monday as I was getting achy. Have cut my prednisone in half this week as well, we’ll see if I can maintain at one shot a week and 2.5mg of pred for now.

Food of the week: Stirfry with Soba noodles.

Is it worth it? June 20, 2009

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So, it’s only been two and a half weeks, and I’m wondering, is it worth it? I have no problems with the fact that I need to eat Better food. I mean, before I started doing this, green things were only an Occasional part of my diet. Granted, they’d become a more present part lately, but still, I didn’t generally have them at home, certainly not every day. So yeah, I get that I need to eat better.

But the last couple days there have been cookies at work, and I admit to eating a few crumbs(maybe half a cookie total), but it got me thinking. I want to enjoy life, not deprive myself of things I want. I want to be healthier, that was the whole point of this change, but not at the expense of happiness. I still intend to give it a full month before making any changes, but I’m pretty sure at this point that there will be changes. So I’ll finish this detox-ish month and see where to go from there.

I don’t want to feel guilty for occasionally wanting a cookie. Or for wanting to eat some regular, homemade, not chemically processed bread. I don’t want to have to pay ten times the price for a box of pasta, but I’m okay with not eating a Lot of pasta. And fruit, I really think I ought not feel guilty about eating fresh fruit.

I do think I should avoid the things that upset my stomach, keep away from dairy and eggs, and ham and peanut butter. I’m considering seeing if almond butter or some such is a good substitute.  I do think I should stay away from processed foods with ingredients I cannot pronounce and not eat a Lot of sugar. I do think I should continue to buy fresh green things, and eat salads and veggies as a bigger portion of my meals. But there has to be a balance.

Week Two June 16, 2009

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Doing much better this week. Being more reasonable in my expectations and remembering to eat enough. I’m not on this to lose weight, it’s not about eating less. For me, it’s about eating Better. I have maintained energy and health this week. I have only been really hungry a couple of times, instead of the entire weekend. I still crave sweets and bread, but resistance is easier, and I don’t beat myself up for having a little. It is supposed to be a balance. Food of the week: Brown Rice Pasta and Green Veggie Salad.

Career June 12, 2009

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Is it so wrong to want a job, where I can work from home, and get paid for the amount of work I do, rather than the amount of time it takes to do it? This is where I’m at right now. I want a job where I can set my own hours. I’d still meet deadlines, but not have to sit around for 8 hours if the task doesn’t take that long. I’d like to think I’m an efficient worker, and that my typing, writing and editing skills would be up to such a task. Sometimes I think I could happily do data entry, so long as I had specific goals and didn’t have to go someplace else to do it.

I want to write for a living, I want to be able to sustain myself with my writing. I’ve been writing a lot of different things lately, mostly not fiction. I still say I can’t write nonfiction. There’s a difference. I’ve been journaling mostly, writing about my life, about people and events. To me, nonfiction, the kind that actually pays, involves research and interviews and boring statistics. So, I write what comes to mind, and wonder how I ever expect to make money that way.

New Here June 10, 2009

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I am curious what all can be done with WordPress, so I’m going to be messing around with this a lot. If you happen to wander by, please excuse the mess for a few days, I’m not sure what I’m doing yet. But this will eventually be a place where I will write about my life, my writing, my alkaline journey and anything else that catches my interest.

Alkaline Eating June 10, 2009

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A week ago today, I started on a new plan to improve my health. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1997, and have been battling it with many combinations of drugs for the last twelve years.  Recently, my weekly shots once again became twice a week and I decided I needed to do something drastic and soon. A friend of mine bought me The pH Miracle by Robert O. Young, Ph.D. and Shelley Redford Young. I read it over a couple weeks and decided, that while it sounded too good to be true, it was definitely worth giving a shot.

Last Wednesday, that same friend took me shopping and we bought me lots of alkaline food, mostly salad stuff, with some sprouted wheat tortillas and some rice noodles. This change of diet would require me to stop eating meat, bread, spaghetti, junk food, cheese, and even most fruit. After a few days of salads and olive oil dressing, I went back to the store and found a non-vinegar green garlic dressing, as well as soba noodles and tomato sauce without sugar and some lemon juice to add to my water.  The soba noodles were a godsend, I Love spaghetti and buckwheat is on the alkaline list.

The weekend was full of rushing around and activity, as my weekends usually are. And on Sunday I tried once again to eat a salad with olive oil dressing and gave in. Dressing with vinegar, I decided, is going to have to be part of the 20% acidity I’m allowed, though I was trying my best to get as close to 100% alkaline as I could at all times.  But to eat all the greens, I need them to taste better.

Tuesday, I crashed. I got up feeling dead, but went to work anyway, taking a cup of water and lemon juice with me. I made it just over two hours before I could not stand any longer and went home. I stopped at Subway and got a salad topped with tuna salad. When I got home, I added more tuna to it, but it was still pretty close to the 80/20 split. Ate and went to bed for almost four hours. On the way to gaming, I bought a salad at Burger King, and then a second at Walmart, as well as a little “Asain salad helper”(almonds, water chesnuts and snowpeas) thing and mixed all three together to have a huge salad dinner. When I got home, I toasted a sprouted wheat tortilla with olive oil and garlic.

This morning I got up, feeling a bit hungry, went out to Meijer and bought a cartload of veggies, as well as more rice and a pound of almonds and a little container of tofu to try. Made a big stirfry for lunch, ate a big bowl and put about two more meals worth in the fridge.

Conclusions:

I must eat More than I think I need. Bowl of Pasta != Bowl of Salad.

I must eat more nuts/seeds/grain/tofu/tuna.