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Do You Feel Older? July 29, 2010

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That seems to be the question of the week. I have generally responded with: I’ve felt old since I was 17, I feel pretty good today. I had a wonderful birthday weekend with friends and chosen family. I didn’t see any of my blood family, but I did talk to both my parents and my brother. It was good to hear from them, too.

I ate a lot of wonderful food, both out at restaurants, and made specially for me. About half of it was healthy and good for me, about half of it was delicious anyway. 😉   My joints are getting back at me this week for it, though, so back to alkaline for me. Started the week with wheat grass juice, still tastes awful, but I’m getting better at drinking it. Inta Juice is a lovely shop and doesn’t charge nearly as much as Whole Foods used to (when they still had it).

For my birthday I got a couple books, some DVDs, some gaming dice and some clothes. Thanks go out to my parents and my in-laws for those. Knowledge, entertainment and clothing to go with the nourishment and fellowship. I also saw two movies, Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Inception. Next week, Cedar Point to top it off with a fun experiences.

Inception sent my mind whirling, partially about the topic of the movie, creating reality in dreams, but also into other types of reality creation. In parts of the movie the soundtrack/sound effects were quite blatant, and it made me think about creating with music. The moods and emotions that music invokes and the creativity it can inspire. I have always enjoyed fantasy stories where music is the medium of magic, because it is so meaningful to us and speaks to us in ways that words alone may not.

It also got me thinking about creating the reality I want to live in. Creating the life I want to have. Creating the online presence, websites, and business(es) I want to design. Mike’s getting advice for the Bookup.com website and one of the things that was said was he should fire his web designer. We both agreed with this advice and were glad that he didn’t hire me as his web designer. I don’t have the skills for that, we both know that, but they are skills I want to gain. At the moment I am more like his web programmer, he tells me what he wants and I make it happen. We both need advice and guidance in the design category. I am very grateful that this coach has some ideas in this area.

There are so many things I want to do, all spinning about my head. I want to learn WordPress, learn how to make custom Themes, create a website offering both these Themes and tips and tricks and advice for WordPress in general. I have a lot of WordPress references, books, websites, personal advice, that I would like to collect all in one place, for myself at the very least.

Next step, is a curiosity about Joomla. What it can do. What I can do with it. I have started gathering reference material, but I think WordPress first, it seems an easier thing to learn.

I also have writing projects, Traffic Ultimatum, Four Hour Work Week, affiliates, a gaming carry-all and getting out of Barnes & Noble running around in my head. Not to mention my simple weekly blogging, the growing stack of books I want to read, investing, and medical bills. Life is crazy, fun, wonderful, exciting and full of so many opportunities. I have My Next Thirty Years by Tim McGraw running through my head lately. They will definitely be the best years of my life.

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Doing Well May 13, 2010

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My Health – I missed my doctor’s appointment this week. Thought I’d set a reminder, but I must have put it on my old phone. I didn’t realize until dinner the next evening. I called today and they graciously waived the missed appointment fee. I haven’t taken any meds in… I’m not sure, two months, maybe?  I haven’t done my blood work either. Once we get our current medical bills under control, I’ll get that done and probably talk to her, but that’s on hold for now. My joints are doing really well these days, elbow’s still a little swollen, but it’s not painful or problematic. As far as the diet, I stay fairly well on course, eating lots of salads and veggies and spelt products. I do eat desserts on a fairly regular basis, a cookie here, a bit of chocolate cake there. With MarCon coming up at the end of the month I’ve been pretty good, saving up my cheating this month for that, though I’ll still try to have some salad when it’s available.

MarCon – Multiple Alternative Realities Convention – is in two weeks. It’s a horror theme this year, not my favorite, but it should still be a fun time. The committee is working to pull together the programming, guests and gaming. I’m looking forward to seeing the costumes, art show and dealers room. Not that I have money to spend there, but I do enjoy ogling the pretties.

Cedar Point – In celebration of Bookup returning to non-copy protected, registration-only software, and the headaches that will relieve, Mike and I are taking Monday off to go to Cedar Point.

Bookup – The Express update without copy protection (returning to the registration system he used to use) was released last week, the trial version yesterday and hopefully the Professional version tomorrow. We have two very skilled gentlemen working on our Forum integration and are debating two help desk solutions. One works as is, though I’m not sold on how it works, the other has integration issues I would love to get solved. The membership site itself is up and ready, once we get the forum and help desk finished, we will just have to convince 44K people to create passwords and start using it. I’ve been reading a lot about generating free internet traffic, and am preparing to put some of that to work for Bookup. Everything is coming together.

Spring is here April 1, 2010

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So naturally it snowed recently. But the weather’s getting warmer and things are looking up. I sent out letters to several offices asking if they would consider reducing our bills. Two upon request through email and one which I’m still waiting on a call back from.  So we’ll see how that goes.

Sent out a bunch my stories this past weekend and the rejections are starting to flow in. But I’m working on a new project as well. Slowly, perhaps, but each step is forward.

Got some extra hours this week at work, and then totally forgot that I should bring food when I work a full shift (my first since September).  Bookup’s progressing, too, though we’re still having integration problems, finding someone to help us out, now. So close.

Elbow’s been a pain lately, but other than that, health and diet are going fairly well. It is the season for Cadbury Eggs, and chocolate is my weakness, but I’m still fairly well on target. Life is good.

Oh, and one day early, Happy Birthday, Mom. I love you. 🙂

Will you miss me if I’m gone? December 23, 2009

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Feeling like this blog’s point has run its course. Next week will be thirty weeks, and the posts are even fairly boring to me these days. Does anyone find them interesting anymore? I hardly have any views in the stat block. One a week, maybe. Perhaps it should be relegated to the realm of random life blogging. I’ve got my webpage blog for writing blog stuff, so I don’t need to do that here. Alkaline eating is basically a habit now, though of course, I’m not as rigid as when I started this journey. I still think I’m doing fairly well at it, and weekly summations aren’t doing much one way or the other for will power. So I think, that’s it then. I’ll still post here, but just random life stuff.  Let me know if you’ll desperately miss my food reports. 😉

Week Twenty-Eight December 16, 2009

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I really need to have more interesting post titles. Ah well, I probably should have more interesting posts, too. 😉 Holidays, schedules and stress are wrecking havoc. Desserts are creeping past my self control far too often. Veggies are still making up most of my diet, but the cold weather steers me away from the fresh and the raw more and more.

The holiday season at work is going fairly well. I stay out of most of the hustle and bustle. And soon it will be over and return season will start. I’m ever so grateful to be out of my old position these days.

The OAC meeting was this week. I didn’t go because the rules said I wasn’t allowed to talk to the panel anyway, and I had work to do. Systems are slowly coalescing, and Soon they will be in place.

Playing the market. It’s fun, interesting and educational. More to learn, more to discover.

Week Twenty-Seven December 9, 2009

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The holidays are closing in, things are looking up, but stress levels are still hovering a little too high for comfort. I’m taking less Enbrel again, one every couple weeks or so. I’m taking all my drugs, but generally only every other day or so, sometimes more, not really ever less. I’m doing alright. My elbow, flared since September, still isn’t calm, but it’s not really any worse either and it doesn’t hurt. The swelling just goes up and down. I’m a little more tired lately, but that’s got a LOT to do with my work schedule these days, or should I say a lack of a sleep schedule. But, I’m really feeling quite well most of the time.

Rich started his new job recently, and that’s going extremely well. We are very lucky he found a job he really likes. One of the benefits of this job is two free domain names, so Rich is back on the web and he’s offered me the other. I am slowly gathering up all the ideas I’ve been floating the last few months in preparation for a new website. My second job is going quite well. On the side, I’m also learning about investing and covered calls. The year is nearly done, and what a ride it has been. Here’s to the next one.

Food of the week: Brio’s Wood Grilled Salmon Salad

Week Twenty-Six December 2, 2009

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Half a year, wow! When you do something long enough, it becomes habit. That’s definitely the case here. Eating this way has become a habit for me. Yeah, I still enjoy all the food I used to eat. Yeah, I still crave a candy bar or piece of pie. And yes, I eat those things occasionally, even meat on my cheat days. But, however you look at it, I’m eating much healthier now. I am eating load of veggies when it used to be only at restaurants and maybe twice a month at home. I am eating far less junk food, sugar, dairy and soda. There is more balance in my diet, and it has been very good for me. It’s the holidays now, and there are lots of temptations. I had three huge, delicious and off-diet meals last week for Thanksgiving, and I enjoyed them thoroughly. Christmas is only a few weeks away, and there will be feasting then as well. I am in more control of my health now, I understand that it is up to me, and the choices I make. So I can make whatever choices I want, as long as I’m willing to deal with the consequences.

Food of the Week: Cap City Diner Vegetable Plate

Week Twenty-Five November 25, 2009

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A quiet week. Not much has changed. Still just trouble with my elbow. I had a shot of Enbrel on Monday to prepare for the Thanksgiving splurge of eating. Eating this way has officially become habit now. That’s good for me, I guess. Veggies make me happy, if only they didn’t spoil so quickly, so I could use all the fresh stuff I buy. But life is busy and hectic, so I try not to buy too much at once, and frozen veggies are good for the winter anyway. I like warm meals.

Food of the week: Spelt Toast

Week Twenty-One October 28, 2009

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Health Day in Chicago was interesting, not as inspirational as I was hoping for, but hey, I did get some new information and I’m not giving up entirely. It put things into perspective, if I want to eat things “not allowed” I should just consider how bad they are for me and keep them very limited. Also, I think I Might start doing two zag days a month Not to go crazy and eat a bunch of stuff that my stomach doesn’t like anyway, but to be able to treat myself a little more. Tony told a good story about his wife, just after he met her and was all excited about someone who ate like him, they went shopping and he found her eating ice cream and he freaked out “What are you Doing?” and she replied “I’m Living, anal-man.” Taking care of myself is one thing, but nothing wrong with Living a little too.

Food of the week: Celery sticks and freshly ground almond butter

Week Nineteen October 14, 2009

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It has been a rough week for me. More doubt and frustration. Went to Cedar Point, started the day with a Salad, but then gave in to weakness and had half a cheat day, ended the day with Salad, and a couple plates of Green Beans and Broccoli covered in Tomato Sauce.  I don’t know why I’m capitalizing like that today. Just feel like it, I guess. Self-doubt is running high, too. Maybe I’m not trying hard enough, not eating enough raw, not eating enough veggies, not doing enough, not getting enough exercise. If only I tried a little harder, or a lot harder. But I’m trying as hard as I can, eating as well as I can. I am doing my Best, and it doesn’t feel like that’s good enough. Ready to give up, but I promised myself the rest of this month.

Food of the week: Tomato Sauce, it goes with everything. 😉