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It's So You! (Giving myself a makeover)

I just got done reading the book It's So You! Fitting Fashion to your Life by Mary Shaheen Warren.

I actually did the exercises in the book (I think the last time I'd read this book I did not adequately apply what I'd learned, and I certainly did not stick with my recommended color scheme.

But this time, I did. I will. I was ruthless.

You see, it all started on Monday, when I decided for myself that it was "pink day". I wore a pink t-shirt (deep mauve color) and a pink sweater over, and a denim skirt and a pink and brown head band. At some point on Monday afternoon I looked at myself in the mirror and went "Yipes! Do I really look like THAT?????" Suffice it to say, my look was frump city and pink is NOT my color. Deep down inside I knew this and in my weaker moments (which are most of them) I did not care.

Suddenly, on Monday afternoon, I cared. Deeply.

So I re-checked the color chart on the back inside flap of this book, and I ruthlessly w…


Mono. My doctor called today and my blood work results are in. Good news: I don't have a host of other things. Bad news: I DO have mono.

Well, that sure does explain my life and body lately! And there's nothing to be done but rest and recuperation. But life goes on. I just have to pace myself.

Lace applique cross

Cut from lace and pieced together to decorate the bodice of the baptismal gown.

Infant's Baptismal Garment

As usual, I'm better at sewing than I am taking good pictures!

Back from the Doctor

Well, I went to the doctor. Besides taking eight vials of blood to test me for everything under the sun that might be masked by me having Fibromyalgia (chronic Epstein Barr, Mono, Lupus, RA, low thyroid, etc.) it was determined that I still have that UTI, the bacteria of which were resistant to the antibiotics I was on week before last. Worse than before, of course. So now I have a ten day course of Bactrim to undergo. And doctor's orders to rest and drink lots of water w/ gatorade in it. I think I'll forgo the artificial color in the gatorade and make some of my own electrolyte solution:

1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
7 tsp sugar (can I use stevia instead, or is the sugar a necessary component?)
some lemon juice in
2 Quarts of water.

He said this would reduce the nausea that I experience when I drink mere filtered tap water.

So I hope this UTI clears up and doesn't consist of some bugs that are too hideously antibiotic resistant.

Oh, and I guess this will be a goo…

I've Been Sick

Feeling weird and sick, really. I came home from a very busy day last Thursday and was utterly worn out. No surprise there. Often the fibromyalgia kicks me in the rear after a busy day with lots of errands. I thought a good night's sleep would fix it. Usually does. But on Friday I still felt bad and could barely run the one errand I had to do safely. I did not feel good driving the car, but had to anyway. Mercifully, I made it. Friday afternoon found me in tears on the phone with Wes. Would he take the girls to AHG that night? Of course he did. I slept and rested. Saturday I got up, full of hope that I'd be better. I took Maia to get new glasses and that did me in. I came home and found myself crying again, feeling ill, trying to make a lunch and not being able to muster the energy.

That's when I officially put myself to bed for the rest of the weekend. And the weekend extended to yesterday, since Wes was off and I was still feeling ill...AND it was my bir…

Weighing in on the Tucson Tragedy

In all my reading of the sad news story this past week after the massacre in Tucson, one thing stands out to me: The fact that Loughner was mentally ill, and somehow fell through the cracks. He was kicked out of his college for erratic behavior, but that seems to be as far as any sort of intervention when on his behalf.

Was it because he was of legal age? Can a mentally ill person only be committed and get help if they commit themselves to medical care? (I think the answer to that is yes, unless they make a suicide attempt, or kill someone).

There as a clear line in the sand between sanity and insanity and this young man crossed it months ago. His community KNEW he crossed it.

And yet, the people nearest to him were unable to help him, I guess.

It is often very difficult for the people who are closest to a mentally ill person to really see what's going on. Sometimes it's glaringly obvious, when there is a crisis. But when the situation with that person is not a cris…

Wedding Dresses On My Mind

One of the aspects that I love about making wedding dresses is that I get to immerse myself in the challenge of it.

One of the dresses I'm doing this year is fairly simple and straight forward. The lace will be doing all the work. I just have to put it together.

The other one, however...oh. my. My happy brain is going non-stop on how to copy and be inspired by a famous designer dress, and get the look for less money for this bride. At first I said "There is no way. I can't do that." But then I got to thinking, and I came back and said: "Actually, I can do that." And so I will. After all, sewing is a three dimensional puzzle with fabric. Nothing more and nothing less.

So I now want to put a dress form on my wish list.

I would love to be a money-earning seamstress about 30 hours a week, and a homemaker the rest of the time. As my kids grow up, perhaps I can make this dream come true. Meanwhile I enjoy the short bursts of business that the occas…

More Song Lyrics

Stay with me Lord
by Alana Sheldahl
adapted from a prayer by Padre Pio

Stay with me Lord
I must have you present
So I do not forget you
or abandon you,
Stay with me Lord

Stay with me Lord
because I am weak
I need your strength
so I don’t fall
Stay with me Lord

Stay with me Lord
you are my life
and without you
I am without fervor
Stay with me Lord

Stay with me Lord the hour his late
and the day is drawing to a close
Stay with me Lord for death approaches
Oh how I need you in this night of exile
Stay with me, Jesus, I must have your presence
this alone I ask of you: Stay with me Lord
Stay with me Lord, stay with me Lord

Stay with me Lord
you are my light
and without You
I remain in darkness
Stay with me Lord

Stay with me, Lord
and show me your will
So I can hear your voice
and follow You
Stay with me Lord

Stay with me Jesus let this Eucharist sustain me
Your body and your blood: Joy of my heart
Stay with me Lord It’s You alone I look for:
Your love your grace your spirit heart and will
Stay with me Lord because I love…

Trying New Recipes...part of my New Year's Resolutions

God blessed me with plenty of energy today, and I was able to get my kitchen deep cleaned and re-organized. Now, instead of having plastic containers and lids and measuring cups stored in the cabinet above the sink, I have serving bowls up there. The net result being, of course, that it won't rain sliding plastic lids down on my head every time I open that cabinet. This is the result, for you organized types who can't picture it, of randomly shoving various sized container and lids into a cabinet shelf without taking time to stack, and by tidy. I'm bad about stuff like that. It's best to randomly shove things down low where they can't fall.

I also did some cooking and am looking forward to trying the Argentinian Chicken recipe that's currently cooking, and the green beans. I used two new recipes today. One was for a gluten free/low carb chocolate cake made with BLACK BEANS, of all things. Shhh, don't tell Eric. We shall see if he eats any. The r…

The Annual January Stress

It's that time of year again. New health insurance. My husband's company likes to try a new plan each and every year. Sometimes I don't blame them if the plan from the year before was wretched (like last year's plan), but what it means for me is that each and every January for the past several years, I have had to scramble to find a new psychiatrist.

So here we go again. It's not easy to find a psychiatrist in this town, let me tell ya! Not easy to find one anywhere, really. So it's the endless rounds of phone calls, leaving messages, etc.

And if I'm lucky, after making a couple of dozen calls, I might find someone in-network who is taking new patients and who sees teenagers.

Continuity of care is not a high priority for our current health care system, which is most definitely catch-as-catch-can.

And this year's plan is the sort where you have to get pre-authorization for mental health treatments. I'm always afraid with that, that they wi…

Vespers Bless the Lord

I have this in my head this morning. Thought I'd share. I love how snippets of the divine services get stuck in one's head.

Susupicious about Gluten

So, last night the power went out again, and instead of being able to eat the pork and green beans that were in the crock pot, we took ourselves off to Pizza Hut to, ostensibly, celebrate my name day. In order to eat at Pizza Hut I had to go off my diet. This was not the type of Pizza Hut with a salad bar.

So we ordered Pizza. And cheesy breadsticks.

I'll admit I enjoyed them. But I could. not. eat. as much as I used to eat when we would go to Pizza hut....not that I've ever considered myself to pig out there, or anything. It's just that I didn't eat the normal amount.

And driving away I was nauseous. Very nauseous. And I stayed that way for quite some time, until I had a biblical glass of wine to settle my stomach. And even then...semi-yech.

Was it the carbs?

The other things that I wonder is if the nausea might indicate a gluten issue. Because the other thing I've noticed is that even while counting carbs, if I am eating carb-controlled gluten or whe…

We Give Thanks To Thee, O Lord, We Give Thanks...

I'm in a super grumpy/depressed mood this afternoon, and therefore I shall make a gratitude list:

1. For the Body and the Blood of my Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist this morning.

2. That dinner is in the crock pot.

3. For friends who ask me how I am and really want to hear the truth and who will listen to me vent for a few minutes.

4. For meeting people IRL whom I first meet with in the bloggosphere.

5. For solving two domestic furnishings-related problems with some simple re-assignment of various furniture items to different spots in the house.

6. For St. Juliana and the good example her life set for mine, and for her prayers on behalf of this sinner.

7. For the sun shining through the window.

8. For a husband who plays games with his kids, even though it means he's currently ignoring me.

9. For being ignored (I like my personal space much when I'm in this kind of mood).

10. That the neighborhood-wide power outage was solved by the time we got to Chur…

New Year's Project

Pray for me, friends, as I endeavor to record the Psalter into my computer this year. This has been a project that has been on my heart to do for a long time now, and finally today I started. After I read the first Kathisma (Psalms 1-8 in the Septuagint) the program I was using unexpectedly shut down before I could save it and send it to my iTunes file.

I did get those Psalms re-recorded, as well as the next set. I want to be able to have the psalter to listen to when I'm driving or sewing or knitting...whatever. It will just take some faithfulness and consistency to get it done. It's not hard, per se, and I have all the technology I need. I just have to do it.

I'm posting this here as a means of accountability.