HAPPY CHRISTMAS RON! Part 2

Hi Steffi, I’m so glad to hear you got your nespresso! I had an equally relaxing and awesome Christmas (complete with kitty cuddles!) And here’s some of my favorite new things:

1. Sorcerer’s Stone illustrated edition from Grayson’s parents. I cried when I unwrapped this; as one does.

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And some more hp stuff thanks to Kyle and Sterling.

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2. Felfire leggings and Yoshi’s Woolly World thanks to Grayson 🙂

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3. Basically a new kitchen from both of our parents. We can finally be rid of the plates and bowl we stole from the union.

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4. IKEA carts! We both got one from my parents.

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5. Star wars pillows from Channing. And she says we’re hard to shop for. 🙄

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Every gift we received this year was awesome and special, down to the underwear and socks. Which we really love to get, because who likes spending their own money on under garments?

We also saw star wars for a second time on christmas day! We are still undecided on a theory.

I love you and I will see you sometime soon for our best friend’s dress shopping!!

Happy Christmas, Ron!!

Hello Karibbean and Cheese, 

I didn’t post anything yesterday. Why? Because it was Christmas and I have a moral obligation to not do anything on Christmas. It’s against my religion to do anything other than relaxing and eating. Which is precisely what I did! 

I was also very spoiled this year (which happens every year) and I was given some unbelieveably thoughtful gifts. 

  First, my Nespresso. I’ve wanted this since we went to Hilary’s and we tasted the sweet lifeblood that is made from this machine. My mommy was so kind to get me this! 

  Second, these amazing freshwater pearls my mommy gave me. She nailed it this Christmas. I just wish I had had these on my wedding, they would have been so beautiful. But I will find more than one excuse to wear them!
  
Mule mugs and Lush box from my momma and I got Loop Inc. for Mr. Pants.

  
Andrew’s dad got me the Hogwarts Library! I have all the books separate but this collection is incredible. 

  
Andrew got me the illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (!!!!) and my momma got me the HP coloring book.

  
Last, but certainly not least, my mommy-in-law got me one of the best presents of all: a black Santa. She knows me so well. 

I hope you had a wonderful, amazing, relaxing Christmas, my Keddah, and I can’t wait to hear what Santa brought you this year! 

To the furthest star and back!

A Migraine Saga Part 1

Hello Steffi! This is most likely going to be a boring post, but if you are interested in reading about my history with migraines, please continue. And if anyone reading this has or knows anyone with migraines, I hope this helps in some way or gives you ideas of what to try if you haven’t already. Here’s my journey; it’s long and it’s not even over yet.

What’s a headache?
I got my first migraine…I don’t know when. I probably didn’t realize it was a migraine because I never even had headaches. I wasn’t even sure what a headache felt like until almost 4 years ago. I started waking up with these dull aches in my head that wouldn’t subside until 2pm. They weren’t miserable, but I would be relieved when they finally went away. Then I started getting them once a week, and then a couple times a week, and then 2 days in a row. And it sucked. This went on for several months and somewhere in there I had a migraine. Blinding pain that makes me throw up. Got it? Great.

Constant Possible Causation Analysis (CPCA) don’t look that up, yes I just invented it.

  • People would tell me I wasn’t drinking enough water. So I sat at my work desk with a brand new water bottle in front of me. It even had a straw.
  • Then someone said it’s because I look at the computer all day so it might be my eyes. A doctor visit and $300 later I had a pair of glasses and a solid “I suppose you might possibly have a slight need for reading glasses.”
  • Then it was because of the weather. Oh, it’s cloudy today? That’s why I have a headache? What about all the other days I have a headache and it’s NOT cloudy?
  • Sometimes it was because I slept too long, or not enough. Even laying in bed too long after I was awake.
  • If the sun would shine in my eye at just the right angle for long enough…
  • Working out too long
  • My time of the month
  • Doing handstands, trampoline jumping
  • Sitting in a car too long

Basically it seemed anything could’ve caused it and there was always too many variables to try to prevent it from happening again. Keeping a headache diary is very helpful when trying to narrow down the causes; it’s even more helpful to keep a food diary with it in case your headaches are caused by certain kinds.

Let’s cover it up.
Since these headaches starting happening all the time I had to try to actually stop the pain even if I couldn’t prevent it from happening. I hate taking pills so I started with just drinking caffeine. Some days that helped. Then I took tylenol and advil and usually those would work. But since I woke up with most of my headaches, it was a long process to go from waking -> eating -> pill taking -> relief. When I’d have a migraine I’d feel so sick, I couldn’t eat anything so I’d stumble to the excedrin and hope I wouldn’t throw it up. I would. Sometimes they’d go away easy and sometimes they’d last over a day. The headaches just kept coming and I’d eventually start missing work and I would pray before bed that I didn’t wake up with one the next day. I dealt with this for almost 2 years.

TO THE DOCTOR WITH YOU!
At the advice of many friends and family I finally went to the doctor. He diagnosed me with migraines and at 4 or more a month, plus additional headaches, he suggested I try medication. He also wanted to do an MRI because he didn’t like the fact that I woke up with them. (I did the MRI, almost fainted, but I did it. It came out clean, no worries.) I was prescribed a blood pressure medication, Propranolol, because of its popular adverse effects on people with migraines. I was warned about being medicated right away, but at this point it’s been 2 years and I wanted to try anything. He also gave me Sumatriptan, which could be used to cure a migraine at the first symptom. Since my first symptom is simply waking up in agony, I asked for it in non-pill form. It was either nasal spray or a shot so I took the nose juice. We’d try this for 6 months and see where I was at.

The meds.
Propranolol lowers your blood pressure. I didn’t notice any side effects except weird dreams at first and easily getting lightheaded. I took it in liquid form at first because I didn’t know how big the pill was and if I had to take it twice a day and it was any bigger than a grain of quinoa I couldn’t do it. Turns out it’s really quite small so I switched to the pill and took it twice a day for 6 months. It worked. On the rare occasion I would have a migraine, I could spray medicine up my nose and I would have relief in 20 minutes. I had a few headaches too but they were manageable. So I went back to the doctor and reported my findings and he said I could take the medicine the rest of my life, or stop later or stop now, and the headaches might come back or they might not. I really hated taking 2 pills everyday at scheduled times and there was also being terrified I’d lose my pills and die because my blood pressure would spike from lack of the lowering of the pressure. So I opted to wean myself off of it and see if my headaches came back.
Coming off of this medicine is terrible. I’ve had fluttering heartbeats before, but once I was no longer taking any of it I endured a month of random and frequent heart flutters. It sort of feels like your heart forgot and hadn’t been beating and then all of a sudden it remembered so it fires off a few real quick. It was scary.

Once that was over I had one blissful month, May of 2015, where I wasn’t taking any medication and I was headache and migraine free. Then they came back and one day every week I either had a headache or a migraine for the next 2.5 months.

To be continued.

Wedding Details: Club 33

Hi Kara!

The night I got married, Andrew and I had dinner at Club 33. And with it, Andrew got a new anecdote. He will proudly tell all who listen that he “can now confidently tell you the best meal he ever had in his life – the filet mignon at Club 33.”

How we got in: First question we got was how we got in. I met an amazing man through my work named Mike. He, with his family, own a bus company in California and he is very ONEOFUS. He has a new, beautiful baby girl and within two weeks that baby was in Disneyland, getting her picture taken in front of the castle. They’re all AP holders and I have just adored any time I get to spend with him and his family for work functions and the like. He mentioned once that a business associate of his had a membership to Club 33 – and even though I figured it was a long shot – I asked him to put in a good word for me – and a once in a lifetime dream was had! I’m so grateful to him for putting in the call for us. I still don’t think he has any idea how much it meant to me and Andrew (even though I told him that I cried when we got the reservation).

 Why was it special to me?: Ever since I can remember, I dreamed of having my picture taken with my future husband on the steps of the Court of Angels. I’ve loved that spot since I was a kid. I’ve taken almost everyone I’ve ever gone to Disneyland with to that spot to get pictures, relax, talk about Walt. It’s a stunning location – but it was closed off to become the new entrance of Club 33 – meaning that I would never get a picture of Andrew and I there as a married couple. As most of my friends know, I was devastated when it closed, so this was a dream come true for me. Secondary perk though, the food is amazing.

Food: So we had a choice of a 5 or 6 course meal. Andrew and I hadn’t eaten after breakfast so we went with the 6 courses, but ended up only completing 4. Here’s what we had:

  • Course 1
    • S: Lobster Rockefeller
    • A: Fried Chanterelle Mushrooms
  • Course 2
    • S: Trio of Beets Salad
    • A: Acorn Squash Soup with Summer Sausages 
  • Course 3
    • S: Seared Scallop
    • A: Lobster Risotto
  • Course 4
    • S: Salmon
    • A: Filet Mignon 
  • Course 5
    • S: Brownie
    • A: Apple Pie

In bold, you will find who won each round. Now, that’s not to say that the competing dish wasn’t incredible. It was. They all were. But there has to be a winner sometime. And the Filet Mignon DOMINATED my salmon. It would have been a tough call if it had been paired against my scallop, but even I, a pescetarian of too many years, can say I wanted a piece of that meat.

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I didn’t get many pictures there, because we both were hella uncomf*, but we did get two trinkets to remember our amazing meal by.

To the furthest star and back,

*On being hella uncomf: We were the best dressed there, to the point that we were OVERLY dressed in comparison. But not only were we the only ones taking the dress code seriously, but most of the people there were acting like IT WAS GODDAMN MICKY D’S. LIKE IT WAS ANY OTHER TUESDAY NIGHT. My god, what it must be like to have that kind of money.

Too Much

Steffi, it’s Tuesday.
There’s 10 days until Christmas.
I’ve just shipped out the last big batch of crochet orders.
The new Fantastic Beasts trailer came out today.
Seeing a new Star Wars movie this weekend is a thing.
Christmas cards are mailed.
Presents are all purchased, but not wrapped.

There’s a lot going on and a lot of it is done, so I’m going to reward myself but doing nothing tonight but playing a new video game I bought for myself.

Writing this post was the last thing I had to do today. Sorry it’s so sad. ILY!

I Got Married

Hi Kara,

Last Thursday, I got married. I am now a wife. I really didn’t think this would make much of a change in me; Andrew and I have been together for 6 years now, but I keep saying to myself “I’m a wife” and that new identity is pretty exciting/weird/happy making. It’s weird that it’s official, but weird in the best sort of way.

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This is the best one I have of just us. Better to come!

I’m not the best at 1) having feelings that I can talk about in a way that isn’t like “I FEEL ALL FLIBBIDYJIBBLY” or 2) being mushy online, but I can say with confidence that I can’t believe he picked me (not that the universe/I gave him a choice). I sure am a lucky gal!

So for those who weren’t with us, this is how our wedding day went (and so I can remember every little detail, not a joke, I’m writing down all of it). But tl:dr, December 3rd, 2015 was easily the best day of my life and I can’t wait for all of the December 3rd’s we have yet to come and every day in between.

To the furthest star and back,

Your married best friend =P

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