Monday, June 9, 2014

Anxiety Attack

I'm having a mild anxiety attack. Start my training tomorrow for my new job and I am so nervous, not because I think the job will be difficult, but because if I don't pass the training I have no job.  So that in itself is what is making me nervous, the thought of being unemployed again in 12 weeks, just uggh...creates my heart to palpitate.

My foot is still healing but I'm finally able to walk on it without crutches or the air cast. I tried to do some working out but couldn't do any bouncing at all. So this week is the week I'm back in the saddle with truly working out. Nothing like doing everything at once right? New job and new workout schedule. Go big or go home. LOL

Watching NY Ink and LA Ink on Netflix makes me already want another tattoo. Although I just got one back in February, there was such a big amount of time between my second and third I forgot how awesome it feels to get tattooed so I am definitely up for my 4th already.

Had a great Sunday. My cousin and his family were up from Alabama so we went to visit and have a big birthday party for the kids. It was so fun and it was way too short of a time to see them. I love him and his family is amazing, I love them all. I wish they lived closer. They are here all week but unfortunately starting the new job this week so Sunday was my only time to be able to see them.

It's starting to get warm up here and as usual my central air conditioning unit isn't turning on. This happens every Spring, I can't get it to kick on. I just don't have the cash to have anyone come out, so I guess I will just suffer through. I see many cold showers in my future.

So since I am starting the new job there won't be any summer vacations this year for me, but what about all my readers, do you do fun things in the summertime, do you have a yearly spot you travel too?

Fingers crossed for StarvingBitch...she'll need all the support she can get!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Just wanted to pop over and say Hi to everyone on this beautiful Memorial Day. In the midst of all your barbecuing, beach going and fun activities, please try to remember the reason for the day. To remember those that have fought and died for our country. We can never repay them for their ultimate sacrifice but we can honor their memory.

Dad came over this morning to put my desk together for the new job, helped him carry it upstairs and was sitting on the floor helping him put all the parts out and got up to get him a hammer no sooner did I stand up I had massive muscle spasms in my lower back on the left side (good foot). They were so strong, I started sweating and I thought I was going to pass out, I laid down on my bed and had to hold back a wave of nausea that ran over me. Holy crap! No fun. Is this what happens when you get old??? The only thing I can think of is because my other foot is still hurt from the fall that I'm overcompensating and favoring it so much that I'm putting my entire alignment out of whack. I don't know but I don't want to experience that again.

It was probably best I didn't help dad anyhow, he has the shortest fuse of a temper and I wasn't there to aggravate him. HA!

Sunday we had family over and made the most delicious Chicken with Fruit Salsa. Yum. Recipe Below for anyone that wants to try it.

Peanut Ginger Chicken with California Salsa

Let the spicy peanut butter marinade really soak in. (overnight 24 hours is the best)

12 boneless/ skinless chix thighs (3lbs)
1/2 cup hot water
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup of chili sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp salad oil
2 tbsp vinegar
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp grated ginger root or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground red pepper

(Calif. Salsa) - Be creative I always add diff fruits & veggies

1 cup chopped fresh fruit such as peeled peaches, nectarines, pears or plumbs (or green apple, red/ green apple)
1 cup chopped seeded cucumber
2 tbsp thinly sliced green onion (or red onions & green pepper)
2 tbsp snipped parsley or cilantro - (never used parsley always cilantro "YUMMY")
1 tbsp sugar
1tbsp salad oil
1tbsp vinegar
Ti leaves (optional)

I always double up both the marinade for chix and the fruit salsa because it tastes great on pork chops or any chicken really.

For marinade:  in a small mixing bowl gradually stir hot water into peanut butter, stir in chili sauce, soy, oil, vinegar, garlic, ginger root or ground ginger and red pepper.

Place chicken in a plastic bag set in a shallow bowl, pour marinade over chix seal and turn to coat chill for 12-24 hours turning the bag occasionally .

For salsa:  mix fruit, veggies, vinegar & sugar

And for a little fun, why not pop over to they are having a Grill Giveaway and some of them are different (pizza oven anyone?) Just pop over using this link and throw your hat in the ring to win one of the grills and if you don't choose to keep the winnings for yourself their is always Father's Day.

Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend with friends and family and hugged everyone a little closer.  Hopefully in a couple days my back will feel better, the foot is feeling tons better and I know I can do Slim in 6 as long as I'm not bouncing on it. I feel so old.

What do you do on Memorial Day?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Chinese Torture and Another Birthday in the Tank

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Been seeing my acupuncturist for some anxiety and stress related stomach issues for the last month. The end of April I sprained my ankle pretty darn good, so the first week I went to acupuncture after the injury she poured some smelly herbs (kind of smelled like wintergreen to me) on my foot, added some needles to the area and then after the acupuncture was complete proceeded to do acupressure on the spot. OMG I was lifting out of the seat. Now I love a good massage but when your foot is sprained and very tender to the touch I actually dubbed it Chinese Torture. She laughed very hard when I suggested this is what they do to people in jail in China. 

Despite my cries of protest, it actually has helped to heal my foot much faster. My foot is less swollen and I can walk without my crutches and I am no longer wearing the air cast. I'm still limping a bit, but it's better everyday and I feel good about it. This week was week two of the acupressure and it was just as painful as the first time she did it.

Saturday arrives...quickly. Forty One. I am now completely over that big hill and yet I feel meh nothing really that bad about it. I got up at the crack of ass (6:35) for a 7 am hair appointment. I was hoping it was just a cut as I didn't sleep well so I wanted to go back to bed after the appointment, but low and behold it was a color and cut so I was there a lot longer than expected. But a nice cut and a nice shade of red later I'm all dolled up.

Okay I still went home and tried to go back to sleep but after laying there for a while I couldn't fall asleep.  Went out to dinner with the folks and stopped at one of my favorite bakeries to pick up a lemon tartlet for my dessert. (although I still haven't eaten it). My mom bought dad some coconut macaroons so I grabbed a couple.

In the middle of the night SOMEONE got up, chewed through the Ziploc bag and had herself a coconut macaroon to get in on the celebration.

 Now I don't want to point fingers at any particular pet in my home, but I have a 50/50 shot at to whom made her late night cookie run. Evie. The number one suspect. Since I've caught her red-pawed in the middle of the night chowing down on a loaf of bread and having seen the after-affects of her licking pizza sauce off of a gluten free pizza about to go in the oven. I know she is the culprit. She thinks she's a dog and you would think I never feed her.

Since I have a couple more weeks before I start the new job I am going to focus on the weight loss, I dropped a couple pounds despite not being able to work out due to my foot, so I am going to attempt getting back into my workouts, if I need to lean on a chair when I have to balance on the bad foot I will do so.

I'm feeling less anxious about things, I passed my background check for the job and so now I just gotta find myself a desk that will fit two monitors and just wait to start training. Yikes! A whole new world, and despite the pretty big pay-cut I am trying to think positively and say I'm going to rock the job so well I will make incentives every month.

The parents got me a gift of cash (the gift that keeps on giving) so I can use it to buy new tires for my inspection coming up this week. Gotta love it!  What more can a girl ask for, for her birthday...TIRES!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Don't Forget about Mom!

Wow. Mother's Day snuck up on me, anyone else? I feel like the last few months, despite being home unemployed have FLOWN by.

So I was looking to get my Mother something but she has everything, does this happen to anyone else? The older your parents get the harder it is to buy them gifts, because when they want something they just buy it for themselves.

Step in the Donate Fruit website. Honestly it's a give back program. For every gift you purchase, whatever the total weight is, they match that weight in free fruits donated to a food bank. Kind of cool huh?


I got her this little nibbler selection, comes with Rosemary Artisan Crackers, Smoked Dried Salami, Pears and Chocolate Truffle Cherries. This whole selection was 30 bucks and it weighed 5 lbs so the organization will donate 5 lbs of fresh fruit to a local food bank.

Plus now my parents can go on some cute little picnic together and feed each other pears (I just threw up in my mouth a little).

Whatever you do...Make Mom feel special this weekend. She gave you the best gift of all. Life.

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Icing on the Sh*t Cake of 2014

Things have been busy in the last couple weeks.

I finally got a job interview out of the months and months of sending out resumes and not receiving even a phone call or interview.  So I had a phone interview and then set up for a skype webcam interview.

I went to acupuncture to work on my stomach as the stress always effects my digestive system.  While there I told her about how my hip/leg was throbbing, due to my car accident several years ago when the barometer changes and especially when it rains my hip and leg throb and nothing helps and since its spring in New England it has been raining all week.

After I got done my hour appointment she had me lay on my side and worked on my leg and hip, so an hour appointment turned into two.  I felt so much better when I left. Stopped at the store to pick up some stuff, grabbed something for lunch as I hadn't eaten all day and it was now after one. Stopped at my parents to feed their cats (They are on vacation). Arrive home, run upstairs to change and as I'm coming down the stairs misjudged the bottom of the stairs and promptly fell and heard my ankle snap.

One ambulance ride, and some x-rays (that I cannot afford as I have no insurance) later it's just a very bad sprain.  Now I am on crutches.

When I got home I just sat on the couch and cried. 2014 has not been my year and I'm trying desperately to hang on.

I did get offered the job, the pay is much less than I would choose, but right now beggars can't be choosers. I will keep my eye out for something else, training starts in June, hopefully I don't fall down a well in the meantime.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

As you can tell I'm not a big "earth day" celebrator. Don't get me wrong, I do what I can and try but I'm not tying myself to trees to save them. Unless it might help me lose weight? Hmmm this might be a new strategy I can get behind. Forget it, I would probably eat the bark out of desperation and the bark is just carbs after all and it would go straight to my ass like everything else.

So here is what I do to lessen my "impact" on the Earth. Stop laughing. Okay. Seriously I do it to lessen the impact on my wallet as opposed to the Earth, but it's win/win right, so you can champion my efforts for Earth Day.

I make all my own household cleaners. Yep. Everything. Furniture polish, window/mirror cleaner, tub cleaner, laundry detergent and I even make my own "toilet bombs" to disinfect in between cleanings.  Now call me crazy, but honestly, they clean better. I'm not joking. Because I'm dirt poor in order to keep my hair color from lasting a bit longer than typical hair color I use a color depositing conditioner. Which can make my brand new WHITE tub, pink.  So the last time I was going to clean the pink tub back to it's white luster, I still had some leftover tub/tile cleaner so I figured might as well use it up, it didn't remotely do anything, the pink remained and was not cleaning. I started to panic a little that I waited to long to wash the tub after my hair color refresh and just ruined the tub that I spent a lot of money on to remodel. So took a deep breath and took out my homemade tub cleaner, and instantly the pink was gone.

Can I just tell you too that my house smells so much better since using homemade cleaners. Because I use essential oils that I like, it's a lot nicer walking into the bathroom to a faint smell of orange and lemons as opposed to strong bleachy scents.

I drive a Toyota Corolla. Okay it's not a hybrid, but it's still a Corolla so therefore I'm not really contributing too much trouble to the air. Plus I'm unemployed, so I literally fill up my gas tank once a month right now as I'm home all the time.  I wonder if they will erect a statue to me for Earth Day? I hope they thin it out a little so I'm not so hippy.

I try with the skin and makeup products as well.  Here is one product I'm super excited about.  I rarely wear eye makeup except for mascara. No matter what mascara I buy if I rub my eye which apparently I do often my eye gets very itchy, red and burning. I've tried every mascara under the sun and unfortunately they all do the same thing. Iritate the one part of my body they are suppose to be safe for. Go figure. So I read a review of Josie Maran's mascara, that it worked well for volumizing but was also all fancy schmanzy with the no parabens and all that jazz. So I bought some on Amazon, actually a travel size because if it didn't work I didn't want to plunk down that kind of cashola.  But can I just tell you I AM IN LOVE. Not only does it make my lashes look long and luscious, if I rub my eye, NO IRRITATION.

And it boasts on her website that it is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan. I don't know what any of that shit is but I'm sure it's really bad for the environment and your body in some way.

I feel like the skin/makeup world of better safety standards and least chemically laden is dodgy, it's very hit or miss. I usually consult the website Skin Deep created by the Environmental Working Group to help you sift through the shit out there. Much like "Natural/Organic" labeling on our foods it's equally as misleading.  I looked up her mascara on Skin Deep but unfortunately the only one listed was an old 2010 formula, which got a good rating, it was in the low range, but that doesn't mean this formula is, but honestly I don't care it's not hurting my eyes which is the first of any mascara ever.

I have had hits and misses. I purchased Primal Pit Paste an all natural deodorant and I purchased the unscented version as some of the complaints on the scented versions turned me off, but I literally had my mom sniff my armpit because I couldn't tell if it worked, clearly it works, but because I bought the unscented I was feeling like maybe it wasn't. Stupid me.

I just recently purchased Herbal Choice Mari in Sweet Orange and Cranberry shampoo which again was on the Skin Deep website showing up on the low range of bad stuff and I am not even sure if it works well to clean my hair, I haven't paid attention but the smell in my shower is AMAZING. It could be made with monkey poo and I wouldn't care. It smells fantastic.

So I'm trying, I'm not perfect and I'm not wearing hemp clothing but I do my best. What do you do to help?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Attack of the Trees

New England spring is almost here..Monday it was 80 degrees, Tuesday it was pouring rain and Wednesday it snowed. HA! Love it!

But with it has brought some nasty pollen and waking up in the morning stuffed up with a giant headache reminds me I need to find my Claritin. But I am excited that we are finally getting some sunny weather and nice days where the windows can be opened and the stale stuffiness of winter air can be let out.

Can we also talk about inflation for a moment? Groceries are out of control. I just bought basics for a pie I'm going to make for Easter. I didn't buy any sugar or flour since I already have that at home, so just some fruit and a couple other things as well as one carton of eggs to make deviled eggs. $31.50 later...I shit you not. for one pie. Holy crap. I cannot believe how expensive everything is at the grocery store, never mind the gas pump, heating oil/gas, and electricity and oh yay! escrow account is low again this year so I have to pump more money into that. But good god the groceries. Wow.

Anyone else feeling the pinch at the grocery store? Or is it just because I'm unemployed right now and so I am noticing it that much more?

The weight loss is slow moving, but I'm trying every day, I'll hit a stride eventually right? I actually did a little review of a new fancy scale on the market for Cranky Fitness and there is a giveaway so hop over there when you get a chance to check it out.

So Easter is on Sunday, if you celebrate do you choose to bring healthier versions of traditional favorites or do you forgo the stringent diet for one day? If you do lighten things up, what do you do to make them a little less calorie laden but still delicious.

If you celebrate Easter. Happy Easter.  

Kaló Páscha for all my Greeks!