Thursday, April 29, 2010

A perty good day

I do believe that I am actually feeling better. All afternoon the absence of that rattling and tightness in my lungs was a wonder to behold. Combined with the fact that once my can-you-just-look-at-this-asap-ridden morning was over, I had several hours of good old-fashioned manuscript editing that was pert'near uninterrupted.

And during lunch, my friend and I got out for a walk on this beautiful day, and we both even got a couple of errands done.

Then, on the way home, there was a totally awesome musician in the Spadina subway station walkway playing a gorgeous, langorous version of Danny Boy - on the erhu! He made Danny Boy sound like it was written especially for the erhu.

Top it all off, my wee lad is feeling rather better after a super-nasty bout of the virus formerly know as the stomach flu.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I'll just finish my nursery barn and then I'll stop

I am one blue watering can short of a yard. And that is a problem.

Yesterday, I had to finish building the nursery barn - I just needed 4 more nails, dammit - and then I was going to stop. A good idea, since I was building it in bloody Farm Vi11e. And not even on my own "farm", it's on my dad's. Which I started so I could send myself gifts for things like nursery barns and yards.

I didn't stop. I opened up a "farm" on M3I's facebook account. And then, because I needed piles of fertilizer and blue watering cans, I created "pets" on both my dad's and M3I's accounts.

Lord love me, but I'm addicted to these cursed games. I'm pretty good about it at work, just harvesting and planting at lunchtime. But for someone (me, in this case; my blog, so whenever I refer to "someone" it's pretty much always me) who has ongoing hand and wrist problems, the amount of what-should-be-free time is way too much wasted sitting in front of the computer clicking away with the mouse.

I'd be better off watching Dora or the infernal Backyardigans on tv. At least my hands would be at rest. My physioT says one of the most dangerous things you can do to your body is work at a desk. That combined with my cycling injury and naturally stiff wrists means I should not spend even one extra minute using the mouse. Even Charlie has almost completely lost interest in these dumb, yet oddly satisfying, compulsion-inducing games.

I feel like I have my overeating under control now, and it feels good.

Next up: the farms.

(PS: Isn't the one with all the lavender pretty?)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Brain is rattling

Still struggling with this wretched lung cough. I had two migraine auras today, and now I'm up late because I've got the heebee jeebees, likely from taking Ventolin right before bed.

Plus, truth be told, I'm effing hungry. However, I have some WW points left, and presumably I'm supposed to use them all, so I'm going to get some freaking bloody cereal.

My interior whine was tripped up momentarily when I went on Facebook and saw that my friend in Australia also has a cough, and she just cracked a rib. I'm thinking a single cracked rib beats a migraine aura/heebee jeebees combo platter (see, I am hungry).

I'm also very, very worn out from the coughing. And since I'm in truth be told mode, I'm also irked and tired of the incredible big effort cough/pee in pants combo.

I figure this is a sample of what getting old is going to be like.

And on that happy note, I go get some cereal.

PS: both items in my combo have foundations!

Heebee Jeebee Foundation

Migraine Aura Foundation

(I wonder, can I "fan" them on Facebook?)

(PPS: I don't really want to "fan" them. But the fact of the two foundations puts me in a better mood. Seems so ridiculous somehow.)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Highs and lows

For earth day, I'm using Charlie's old receiving blankets as handkerchiefs - instead of klennex, something I do every time I get an obnoxious cold, which seems to be often. Again, it's accompanied with a very rotten cough. I've only had it for two days, and I stayed home from work today, tho I worked (which was hard cuz I'm so knackered.)

That's the low.

On the high side, what a beautiful day out there! Have I mentioned how much I love spring? Sheesh, it's beautiful and gentle. Charlie just watered the herbs and flowers on the balcony - he's developing some good gardening skills.

On the LOW side - hee hee - I LOST FOUR POUNDS! First week of W8watchers, during which they say you're likely to lose more than the recommended 2 lbs per week.

And I can definitely feel it. My bra's a bit looser and my eyelids are definitely skinnier. And my baby toes are definitely slim!

I'm happy about this. I even had enough points last night to have some chocolate chip cookies.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A bit of a test

I'm alone at home right now, which doesn't happen too often. I should be alone for, oh, close to an hour and a half.

The problem? I started W8Watchers on Friday morning. There's lots of snacks here in this abode.

The reason(s) I started W8Watchers is that I'm at the weight I was almomst exactly six years ago when I was 9 months pregnant. I gained 26 lbs during that pregnancy. By the time Charlie was 1, I was back to my regular weight. Now six years later, with the help of a slowing metabolism and a great big appetite inspired by two years of Cipralex, I'm right back at that same weight.

For the past few weeks I've been trying to exercise - for strength and agility and to make up for the fact that I can't ride my bike these days. However, my feet get sore, and it's simply just a lot harder than it used to be. Add to that the fact that I can't really wear the same kind of clothes that I used to - it's hard to adjust. I saw some photos a friend took of me at Easter, and from the side in a group shot, I wondered who that woman was. It was jarring to realize a moment later that it was me.

So I joined up for the big WW - online. No meetings, thank the lord. It's cool - you basically just set your goal, and keep track of what you eat. I quickly found out that if I don't want to be chewing on the furniture I have to eat what the WW folks call "filling" foods, which means, from what I can gather, with enough fibre to make you feel full.

The other rude awakening was that I'm about 10 lbs above a healthy weight for my height and age. I've never before been above a healthy weight - most of my adult life I've been in the lower middle. So suddenly it's more meaningful. I want to live to be a 100. I don't even care if I keep all my marbles or not, as long as I can appreciate a sunny day and feast my eyes on my son, I'll be happy.

So, here I go. It's 5:43 pm on Day 3. I've got lots of points left for dinner, but if I snack on any non-"filling" foods, it'll blow my dinner out of the water.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hello there

I thought I'd come back, so here I be, geeking out.

Over the weekend, M3I and I were watching Don Juan de Marco, and what to my wondering eyes should appear but the King of Cartoons! The wonderful fellow's name is Gilbert Lewis. He appeared on Pee-Wee's Playhouse as the King for awhile, then they unceremoniously - quite unfitting for a king, I might add - ditched him and got another guy. Actually another black actor, William Marshall.

It was sorta like the two Darrens and the two Beckys.

I've always been very good with faces and voices - in real life too, not just on tv or in movies. I can pretty much spot any actor elsewhere once they've appeared on Deep Space Nine or Pee-Wee's Playhouse. For example, I once identified John Paragon's appearing on Cheers just by his voice.

It's a gift. Don't be jealous.

Now get this: William Marshall, the second King of Cartoons appeared in Star Trek TOS. Isn't life just a big crazy old circle? And, John Paragon (surely we all know he was Jambi & Pterri in PWPH) appeared in an ep of DS9. Sadly I don't remember him, though I must've seen the ep.

(Speaking of The Two Darrens - is that a great name for a rock group, or what? Also, my great name for my future punk rock group: Meconium! I know. It's a gift.)