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March 2015

Lifestyle, Tips, Wednesday Weigh In

Wednesday Weigh In

March 11, 2015

IMG_4558-1.JPGToday’s Wednesday Weigh In is just a quick post about what I’m doing at work to try and curb cravings and increase my water intake. I’ll be honest, I’m horrible at remembering to drink enough water during the day unless I use a ton of flavor enhancer which can’t be all that great in large amounts. So I’ve been trying something different. A couple of lemon slices in my water bottle as been doing the trick. Its been curbing my appetite and it has a nice fresh flavor.

I’m also a huge tea drinker and I prefer loose tea of buying bagged tea. While I was in this adorable shop, Spice it to a Tea, in North Carolina last year I picked up this adorable cup with an infuser. The best part about it is the lid doubles as a place to set the infuser on when your tea is ready which is perfect for keeping on my desk at work. If you’re interested in getting on you can find them on Amazon in a variety of colors,  FORLIFE Curve Tall Tea Mug with Infuser and Lid 15 ounces, Lime.




Mixes, Music Monday

Music Monday: Playlist

March 9, 2015

Every Monday I’ve decided to share something music related whether it be a song or album that I’m listening to currently, a mix I’ve made, a concert I’ve attended or anything else within the realm of music.

never again cover track list

Today I’m sharing a brand new playlist I’ve created on 8tracks. You can see the track listing below. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Bear McCreary – The Wrecks
  2. Woodkid – The Deer
  3. Kid Cudi – The Ruler And The Killer
  4. Sir Sly – Gold
  5. The Black Angels – Science Killer
  6. Florence + The Machine – Bedroom Hymns
  7. Coeur de Pirate – Ain’t No Sunshine
  8. Bat For Lashes – Skin Song
  9. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Returning
Lifestyle, Tips

Saying Bye To Winter

March 4, 2015

Last night I gathered up all the twigs and leaves in the yard and lit probably the last fire I’d be having until fall. I got the Uniflame WAD997SP Aged Bronze Outdoor Firebowl with Lattice Design last year on Black Friday from Amazon and have loved it ever since. I didn’t get a chance to use it as much as I’d have liked to but with the weather beginning to finally warm up, at least for today, I don’t see many more opportunities other than leaf burning for it. But that’s ok, I’m really looking forward to the warmer weather (just not the pollen).


Here’s a little tip for quickly getting your fires going. If you’re reading this then you probably use toilet paper and usually use a dryer for your clothes (but you never know). All those empty toilet paper rolls and annoying dryer lint can be put to good use. Stuff the empty toilet paper rolls with dryer lint and use them as fire starters. It’s a great use for both of these instead of just tossing them in the trash. Of course I don’t recommend stocking up on them throughout the year as that’s a major fire hazard, but making them as needed so far has been a big help.

Wednesday Weigh In, Weight Loss

Wednesday Weigh In

March 4, 2015

I’ve decided to do something different from now on with my blog. I’ve been pretty tight lipped about my health for the last decade but now that I’m actively seeking ways to make things right I want to share what I’ve been going through. So every Wednesday I plan to talk about what’s been going on and what I’m currently doing to achieve my goals.

The last seven years have been a real learning experience for me when it comes to my own body. My weight has been an issue for me most of my life, and by no fault of my own. I could eat right and exercise and end up gaining weight or I could eat like crap and sit in front of my computer for hours and drop 20 lbs. in a week. All through high school and college I would fluctuate and I never really could find a reason, but what I did know was that I couldn’t loose the amount of weight I wanted to no matter what I tried, so I gave up trying.

A few times doctors would order me to have blood tests and they always said my thyroid levels were abnormal, but follow up tests resulted in nothing. Finally, once I was done with college I told my latest doctor what had been happening and she ordered a blood test, and then another, and after getting the results of both she told me I needed to see an endocrinologist as soon as possible. So I scheduled an appointment with the man that not only saw my mother but my grandmother as well. I thought it would be my best bet since he already knew half of my family history.

He ordered another blood test that was so thorough I thought I was donating blood that took so much. After those results came in he ordered a battery of other tests that included an ultrasound of my thyroid and an uptake and scan. After all of that, I finally had my answer. I had an overactive nodule on my thyroid that had shut the rest of the gland down. The doctor told me I needed to kill that nodule off so the rest of my gland could function properly. That is where everything went wrong.

I went into the hospital and headed to the radiology floor where I was placed in a room that was the size of a closet. It had a chair and a bunch of posters. Someone came in wearing massive gloves and holding a container dropped two pills into my hand and instructed me to take them. I then had to sit there alone while the radioiodine got into my system. After a little while I was allowed to leave with a laundry list of instructions. I couldn’t be around seniors or children, I needed to change my toothbrush out frequently for the next two weeks, don’t use silverware and don’t use styrofoam. Most important was the instructions to keep a low iodine diet for two weeks. That was crucial, I screwed up once and it made me sicker than I had felt in a long time. I would never recommend having this done, if your doctor suggests it as a treatment, ask for alternatives.

After the pills were left to work what was supposed to be magic, I had to go in for yet another blood test and see the results; and to my horror they were not good. My doctor told me that I had gone from essentially having hyperthyroidism to hypothyroidism. My gland did not recover at all and the doctor told me it could have been the result of too large of a dose of radioiodine, which he increased at the last minute. I was furious but I knew I needed to figure out what to do next.

Pills, everyday, for the rest of my life; that was my next step. I hate taking pills and I’m notorious for forgetting them, but I agreed and started on the next phase of my life. After two years of trial and error with dosage, my doctor said I was finally being treated with the right amount of medicine yet I managed to gain 100 lbs. during that time. It’s an insane amount of weight and I knew that I was going to have to make some major lifestyle changes if I was going to lose weight and stay healthy. That was 2009.

Since I ended up being pretty long winded I’ll continue the story in next week’s post.

Home, Lifestyle, Renovations

New Year, New Me

March 3, 2015
My guest room.

As my 30th birthday steadily approaches I’ve been trying to make a lot of lifestyle changes. I’ve been trying to put away more money into savings (although birthday plans threaten to change that) and also pay off all that debt I managed to accumulate being typically irresponsible in my 20’s. The downside to both of those is that I’m now seeing so much in my house that I want to change and upgrade. I’ve been living on my own for almost a decade now and while most of my furniture has withstood the time and a move I’m seeing more and more I just want to get rid of. While I was in my condo everything seemed to fit just right and managed to reflect me.

Unfortunately as I’ve grown over the last few years that’s changed and I feel like most of my house is a bit of a disaster. It might have to do with moving into a bigger place and having the space to finally spread out and create a home for myself but I’ve made the decision that most of my furniture just needs to go. So I’ve decided to take things room by room and upgrade them one at a time. This way I’m not going to break the bank by going overboard and I’ll be able to save on interest fees on those items that I’ve got to buy with credit. After the bulk of that is done I’ll be able to focus my attention on the actual upgrades like kitchen cabinets, closet systems and the bathrooms.

One of the things that I’ve done is started using Ikea shopping lists to get everything I want for my different spaces sorted out. I’m not planning on turning my house into an Ikea show room but the shopping lists have been a big help on figuring out exactly what I’ll need and the styles that I’m looking for. Last year before Christmas I also created a registry at Bed Bath & Beyond for upgrading my kitchen. The registry is a bit of a hodge podge because I’m doing a combination of four colors for my new dishes and instead of just randomly picking accessory pieces by the color I added one of each to make it random in the event someone picks the item up and if I get two of the same thing I can always exchange it for something else on the list.

The first room I’m planning to start with is in the front of my house and currently serves as a guest bedroom and kind of a junk room for things I had no where else to put. Up until last Friday the room had an old kitchen table that’s belonged to my parents and my sister before it got dropped on me. While its an amazing piece of furniture, I just don’t have to room for it so its been moved out and into storage. It also has a futon that I bought when I first moved out and a wire shelf I’m using as my makeshift linen closet. All in all, its just not working.

My goal is to get a daybed with storage drawers, a linen cabinet and a nightstand for that room to begin with. Depending on how I decide to set the room up and if its needed I might add a matching wardrobe as well but that’s something  that will come after working on the rest of the house. As for the shelf that’s in the room now, I plan to move that into the dinning room for pantry and appliance storage.

I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me but I’m really looking forward to the challenge as soon as I get past my 30th. We’ve got a lot planned for it but I’ll save that for later.

Book Corner

March Book Corner

March 2, 2015

It’s been a while since I posted and I’m really sorry about that. Life became pretty crazy between the holidays and getting sick. It’s unfortunate because there’s been a lot happening but I’m planning to cover all of that soon.

First though I’m going to start off with a new book recommendation. I’ve been avidly using my Kindle First through the Amazon Prime program (Join Amazon Prime – Listen to Over a Million Songs – Start Free Trial Now) although actually getting to the books has become a little difficult. I did read The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning last month though and was pleasantly surprised by it. The book is the first of a German trilogy that has actually been out for a few years now however the English translation was just published in November.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know how historically accurate this book is but I hope that it holds up to its time period and location. Again, this isn’t going to be a review and I don’t give away any spoilers, I just enjoy talking about the book(s). The first book centers around three sisters from a family of glassblowers in a small village in German and their quest to make it in the world on their own. It’s nice to see the different types of female archetypes represented by the sisters but I do feel like more could have been done with the eldest sister. Her storyline at the end of the book fell a bit flat for me and its not something I think can or will be redeemed in the sequels.

As for the historical part, it actually hit home with me as there is evidence that my mother’s family were German glassblowers before immigrating to America. So as I was going through this book I was wondering if this was how many ancestors had lived, worked and survived. It was like I was able to take a look into my own history and get a better understanding of my family.

Overall I was pleased with the book and am excited for the second one, The American Lady to be released in English next Tuesday and the third The Paradise of Glass will be available in September .

Now I have one other thing I would like to say. I’ve become addicted to Audible, especially being able to add narration for a fraction of the cost on Kindle books that I already own. My time to set aside and read has become limited and being able to pick up in my car on Audible on my way to and from work has been a huge help. I never thought I would be a fan of audio books but the convenience has me hooked. Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks