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New Shoes… Again January 12, 2012

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Returned previously bought shoes and got more solid and comfortable ones. And that’s about it this past week. Winter isn’t here yet, not really. Work is still recovering from December. Did have a big gyoza dinner with folk this past Saturday. Fighting off cold bugs with wheat grass juice.

This coming weekend is DeCon, an adult relaxicon, where I’ll be hanging out and helping to throw parties. Possibly playing board games. Mostly, though, relaxing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Did go to the doc again, added another pill back. Didn’t want to do that, but I’m not sticking with my diet, and my wrist and elbow have lost a lot of range of motion. Tired of it. Just tired. So we’ll see if this helps or not.

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28 Steps and a New Pair of Shoes January 5, 2012

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So, the escalators have been down all week at work. There are 28 steps between the first floor and the second floor, I counted on about the tenth trip up. Down isn’t bad at all, but working the information desk all week has put me up those steps so many times. Though our General Manager has a point, our butts will be nice and toned by the time they’re fixed.

Unfortunately, to make matters worse, I also did a rush job of buying new shoes on Monday. And got shoes that squeeze my feet just below the toes. I have to take them back, but until then, I’m working with numb pinkie toes and some serious discomfort in my left foot. Lessons learned… even if I don’t like shoe shopping, I should take more time to do it.

Had a good New Year’s Eve partying with friends and then have a nice relaxed evening on New Year’s Day with some same and some other friends. 2012 is starting out well, with plans not only being made, but set into motion. As with every year, we are determined to make this one better than the last.

Struggling to eat properly. It’s winter and I want warm comfort food, not raw salads. Fresh veggies to cook are also harder to find in good quality. I need new and exciting recipes or something. Hours are going to start dropping at the store soon, so that might give me more time to make proper food choices.

Busy Halloween November 3, 2011

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I completely forgot to post last week with all the busy, and this week is just about as crazy. Halloween parties, a wedding, and my last two weeks working at the school. Tomorrow is my last day of that, in fact. It’s been a good run, but they have no more money to pay me with, so that’s that. Gotten a few things taken care of, have a few more to do yet. Tires are next up, been too busy to get to the shop thus far. One medical bill paid off. Another sent to collections because they stopped sending us bills, so I had nowhere to send payments. Sorting that one out via email as I type… hopefully.ย  I don’t pay collections, I pay the people we owe.

No school after this week means I’ll be getting back on my improvement plans. Both job and web design. Working six days a week meant I had no energy left over for those things. We just transferred all our domains from Rich’s job at eCommerce over to our HostGator account, so soon, everything will be in one place.

Health seems pretty stable, no noticeable improvement, or deterioration. ย  Still not eating my best. Both stress and stress eating are no good for my joints. But I’m trying to be more conscious again. Still buying appropriate groceries and eating (mostly) appropriate lunches (I did have Cheddar Bay Biscuits today). It’s sweets and dinners I don’t cook that are my weakness and downfall. It just too cold out to want salad all the time. ::excuses, excuses, excuses:: But I’m doing alright.

The Holidays are heading our way, are you ready?

One Month In July 28, 2011

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We’ve been in the new place for a month now, still not decorated and the electronics aren’t all set up yet, but we’re getting there. It’s nice and cozy with just a little bit of clutter. Got a bunch of books for my birthday to fill up partial collections (Thank, Gale and Larry). Got an awesome papasan for the library. It’s so soft and fluffy! Slightly noisy neighbors, but mostly just during the day, so no big deal there. And the maintenance guy has fixed everything we’ve asked him to. I have to make one more request, but it’s minor, so I’m not worried about it yet.

As for work, we’re rearranging the Entire store, so I’ve got a lot more hours as the regular workers are pulling all-nighters. So that’ll help balance the budget after moving expenses ran a little high. No FTP details, and my educator friend is taking a well-earned and much needed vacation this week, so no updates on other fronts.

On a geeky level, we’re still polishing up The Legacy of Heroes for August publication. Next week is maximum level characters, just to go all out and see what happens. I started work on two character concepts yesterday, because I couldn’t choose between them. The amount of customization in this new system is just fantastic.

On a health level, pretty much maintaining at this point. I’m not feeling substantially better, yet, for the first month of drugs, but I’m not feeling worse for the slightly deteriorating eating habits.ย  I’m not maintaining the 80% alkaline anymore, but in general my eating habits are far better than they used to be, and I don’t eat much junk food aside from chocolate. And I do aim for the darkest I can find. Finding a balance, but still hoping to hit a slightly higher plateau than this.

 

Warm Enough, Yet? May 12, 2011

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Lovely weather this week. Some sun, lots of heat. I am enjoying being warm. Basements are still keeping cool without AC and upstairs is nice and comfy.

Friends got married this past weekend. A nice hand fasting mixed with a traditional ceremony. Everyone was so lovely all dressed up. Tons of kids running around the place. Then the young folk went out to Dave & Busters to relax without kids or parents. A very nice Saturday night.

Sunday we tried to check out apartments. The first one, there is only one person in the office on Sundays so she’s not allowed to leave to show apartments. This is the one I hadn’t seen yet, she gave us details and floor plans, it’s 3 feet narrower than the one I drew out and won’t work as well for our living room furniture and bookcases. The second, I’d talked to my contact the week before to make sure she was going to be there, but when we arrived, the entire office was closed. So much for that. Saturday we’ll try again.

Keeping track of food, pain and swelling is going well. It shows me just how much things are affecting me. And I get to look at it and realize I’m doing pretty well, all things considered. I’ve been quite tired this week, but that has more to do with three 7am shifts in a row I’d guess. Still not a morning person.

MarCon is looming closer and closer. I have accommodations sorted, but still no toga. Need to look into that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m told bedsheets don’t really work all that well.

My new story has one, possibly two more scenes to go until the first draft is done. Deadline Saturday. I’ll probably stay up late working on that tonight as I don’t have work in the morning, though I am playing chauffeur for a friend.ย  Just like school, deadlines are good, but sometimes I still wait til the last minute.

Had to get a new pair of work pants this week. Another pair shot through the knee. Hurray for Ohio Thrift. Nice Lee pants, soft and comfy, only $3 and change. I don’t like shopping, but at least I can afford it there.

Just babbling now, should probably stop before i start discussing my Netflix queue. Hope everyone had a good Mother’s Day. Until next week, take care.

March Musings March 31, 2011

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It snowed yesterday and been cold all week. March going out like a lion, hopefully means much better weather next week. It’s Ohio, I don’t figure we’re fully out of snow season until May, but still hoping April is good and warm.

Lots of birthdays the first week of April. My Mom, and two good friends in the first four days. Happy Birthday everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

I was chatting with Rich today about work and how much I appreciated him working a job he hates to keep us afloat, and he commented I was doing the same thing, I just wasn’t getting hours. But that’s not true. I do like my job. I like working at the bookstore. What I don’t like is the pressure from Corporate to meet seemingly unreasonable performance goals. I know the market is tough and we have to make a profit, but ever increasing goals can become unreasonable for anyone.

Rich’s getting more interviews lately, so we’re carefully hopeful. I found a possible new place to live come June, 550 more square feet for $150 less a month. Going to check it out soon, see if it’s too good to be true, or if we’re going to apply.

I continue to fight with my body, and my diet. But I’m doing pretty well. A little Naproxen here and there is far better than what I used to do.ย  Just wish my elbow would behave.

Occasionally pondering starting a web design business and changing HydyPaige.com or registering another domain for a portfolio of what I can do. I really like WordPress and am pondering taking the time to learn it better and learn Joomla. One thing at a time. That might be my next big project. I work better with deadlines.

So, another month down, 9 more to go. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stress, Food & Taxes February 24, 2011

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We messed up last year when we emptied our IRAs. We knew there were penalties, but were misinformed as to just how big they were. So, I ended up asking for help doing my taxes this year. It took over four hours at H&R Block and much frustration on my part, but we settled it out for less than I’d managed to get TurboTax to agree to. Will still have to dip into what little savings we have left to pay, but better than it could have been.

I find, on my alkaline eating plan, I stress eat more healthily than I used to. It’s not always alkaline, but sometimes it is that, too. I had spelt waffles after taxes, as well as spelt toast and almond butter. I also had Raisin’ Cane’s chicken and toast. But not too terrible.

Today I made guacamole for myself, first time ever. A recipe a friend brought back from Texas involving cubing the avocado, and squeezing an orange and a lime over it. Yummy. Didn’t have salty chips, so I just added a little extra sea salt.

Everything else is going along as per normal. Job stress and searches, money stress and budgeting, health’s doing fairly well. Got to see the my brother’s kids last weekend and all the cousins. We had a good time, played with toys, Mario and Munchkin. A very good afternoon with everyone.

Life is good. Life goes on. Always more to learn, see and do.

Getting Ready to Relax January 13, 2011

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First convention of the year this weekend. Spent the day doing the last of the shopping to get ready for it. I am still short proper footwear for the wedding, but everything else is in place. One weekend of relaxing and hanging out with my friends to commence at noon tomorrow when I get off work. Zag days for January to commence with dinner tomorrow evening. Very much looking forward to this. The holidays are over, work is back to normal, and time to celebrate with friends.

Things are going well at work. Bookup had a good holiday season as well. Not a whole lot going on web-wise for me lately, but I’m still working on it.

Health is pretty good. I got a new cookbook with big acid/alkaline charts. So, that helps, though a lot of the recipes involve cheese for some reason. There areย  a lot of good ideas and new information in it.

I got a couple rejection letters last week for the stories I sent out. Looking at doing some more submitting soon. Not a lot of time to write, but I’ve had a few ideas and I’ve been reading more lately.

This is kind of scattered. I’m tired and ready for the weekend. More next week.

Between Holidays December 30, 2010

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Christmas this past weekend, New Year’s this coming. I’m between holidays, and still in the midst of it all. I’m still wrapping presents for the nieces and nephews, still spending Christmas money from our parents, still surrounded by frantic shoppers at work. Still pondering what 2011 might bring.

I submitted a couple short stories earlier this week, to some new (to me) markets: Dream Child and The Demon Within to Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Apex Book Company, respectively. I still haven’t been writing much fantasy lately. It isn’t what’s on my mind these days, but I am trying to find homes for what I wrote before. In which vein, I also pulled a couple stories from markets that were unresponsive for over a year, even to polite queries.

My (admittedly weak) geek credentials were called into question this week, so I have started rereading The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It has been a decade since I first read it, and I’ve only ever seen the newest movie besides. Such a large number of books in my To Be Read stack, but sometimes you just have to go back to the classics.

Speaking of classics, one of my favorite finds of the Christmas DVD shopping has been all the TMNT movies in one pack, on two DVDs. This amuses me greatly. I watched the first movie yesterday and will take great pleasure sharing the second and third with Rich who has not seen them.

Health is fairly good this week. I am indulging a little more than usual to feed my cravings before the New Year hits and I must get back on track again. Winter is a hard time to eat fresh and green, but I can and will do better, I like feeling healthy without medication.

I really need to learn to find good ripe avocados, but I fear this is not the time of year to start that lesson. I have discovered, thanks to a restaurant in Texas and a friend who brought the recipe back, that I enjoy guacamole if it is made their way. Cut two avocados into chunks, squeeze a whole orange and a whole lime over them, add a little salt and (maybe) a little onion powder, and mix together. Delicious. They apparently added onions and maybe peppers at the restaurant, but I don’t like those things, so, simpler the better.ย  Also not really the season for good oranges or limes, I don’t think. Ah well.

Look for an inspired by the turn of the year post this weekend, unless I just end up sleeping. I have to be at work at 7am Saturday, followed by Christmas with four kids under the age of 5, and then the usual Saturday night. Sunday I may not open my eyes.

Starting Over September 23, 2010

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We have nearly got all our bills down to reasonable payments, just waiting for the last couple to call us back so we can tell them what we are going to be paying them from here out. All the payments will come out of our HSA, and the deposit each month will be equal to the payments. We have decided to cash in half of our savings to get the car loan fiasco straightened out, we made the mess, we will fix it. So, with everything heading in the right direction, by Wednesday our budget could be balanced again and we can focus on more important things.

Rich is putting out feelers for a better job. I am looking at markets with fresh (if sleepy) eyes. I really enjoy working for Bookup.com and I am hoping we get things moving on an upward slope, business has been going better but there is a lot of work to do. Barnes & Noble is a good company, and all the strange news right now just has to do with stocks, but it may be time for me to move on. I enjoy my schedule and free time it allows, but there could be better things just waiting for me to find them.

Health is going fairly well. Has its ups and downs. Some days I hurt more than others, but nothing like the debilitating pain I used to have. Lower stress and better eating helps so much.

Food of the week: Spelt Pizza topped with tomato sauce, broccoli and spinach