One Line A Day 2015

I filled out my second year in my five-year memory book. I left 3 days blank on accident this time, oops. Here’s some of the highlights from my 2015!

January 10: Disneyland trip with Hannah, Derek, Nikki & Matt. Hannah’s first time!
January 19: Geek & Sundry is following me!
January 31: Passed my real estate state test! Went to Get Air and I did a front flip!
February 5: Grayson deadlifted 475 lbs!
February 14: Kyle got me 20 Disney movies for my birthday!
February 21: Went to find a wedding dress with Steffi! She tried on a huge cupcake dress as a joke and she loved it. She looked like Charlotte from PatF 🙂
March 4: Wished Kyle and Joyce a happy birthday and I beat Pikmin 3.
March 8: 2nd day of Wild Wild West Con. I had Brian Kesinger sign my copy of Big Hero 6 and I gave him a dancing baby Groot to congratulate him on his new comic!
March 15: Went to Ren Fest again. I met Jessica Nigri!!!
April 5: Dyed eggs and had a delicious dinner with my family. Me and Kyle played Goof Troop while Grayson was the peanut gallery. “Hands down Goofy!”
April 15: Went to the Welcome to Night Vale show. So crazy seeing Cecil speak!
April 17: Drove to California for Kyle’s Disneyland birthday trip. We checked into our tiny hotel with sketchy parking at 1am and of course the room key didn’t work. Of course!
April 20: Grayson has shingles! 😦
May 9: Spent time catching up and laughing with Jodie, Cassie and Savanna. Savanna leaves for Montana soon, I’ll miss her!
May 31: Last day of Comicon. I got my Harry Potter stars tattoo!
June 30: Got our new puppy!! He doesn’t have a name yet, but he’s so adorable!
July 17: Happy 60th birthday Disneyland! I fly out tomorrow!
July 29: Ludo is still peeing overnight and pretty much all the time. He drinks too much water!
August 11: Indiana vacation! Went tubing on the lake and Kyle lost his suit. “I lost everything!”
August 15: Happy birthday Grayson! We went to Melissa’s wedding and had a bonfire where Kyle drank too much beer and failed Kevin’s sobriety tests haha.
October 10: Woke up at 4:30am to drive to Vegas with Steffi & Andrew.
October 23: Flew to LA, I booked a creepy hotel so we stayed at the fancy wedding hotel instead. Katie & Andrew’s rehearsal dinner ❤
November 22: Went to the Bengals/Cardinals game, I saw 2 touchdowns right in front of me! I had a sore throat from all the yelling.
December 2: Drove to Disneyland on a bus for Steffi’s wedding! It takes 3 Disney movies to get there.

Another 4 Disney trips last year. How many did you do?

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A Migraine Saga Part 2

Read part 1 here.

After my one glorious month of no headaches whatsoever, the next few months were quite different. I had at least one headache every week and 4 migraines over a 14 week period. I was starting to get desperate again, but I really didn’t want to go back on propranolol until I had exhausted every other option. So I tried a few more things.

Massage therapy
A co-worker really suggested I try this as it helped her when she used to get migraines. Let me tell you, these are wonderful. My therapist focused mainly on my neck and shoulders, as apparently I was very tense. She told me the benefits of fixing my posture, taking breaks at the computer and maintaining a lower level of stress. We also discussed how my body runs warm and how my face turns beat red when I exercise. I’d really benefit from ice packs on my neck and shoulders after working out and during my massages. Keeping that area from tensing up as it could be preventing normal blood flow and could be causing my headaches. I went a few times, once during a migraine and it was alleviated soon afterword. She then recommended going to a chiropractor also.

Chiropractic
I was so terrified of going to get all my bones cracked, but I went and had my consult done.

Those are the xrays they took. Obviously I have some slight curvature of my spine, haha. He also pointed out that my neck is quite straight with a tilt forward and it’s probably from me hunching and looking down. This probably doesn’t help my tense shoulders so I went a couple times a week for a month and I ended up loving it, even the neck cracking. I tried my best to stay relaxed and take breaks to stretch my shoulders. I had fewer migraines, but just as many headaches and they began to cluster. I was getting 2-3 a week, every other week.

Then my chiropractor asked about my poop. Don’t be embarrassed, we’re all friends here. I confessed that sometimes I go 3 days without pooping and that my idea of eating vegetables was “eating a salad a week.” He really suggested I try eating better and maybe taking some magnesium supplements to help regulate myself. I worked myself up to 500mg a day and I’ve been taking it ever since. I don’t know if it’s helping with the headaches, but I do poop everyday now!

Birth Control
I also stopped taking birth control. Last year, my doctor told me to try being on bc constantly, i.e. not have a period, since most of my headaches occurred either before, during, or after my period. I didn’t like this at all as I was constantly spotting and it was difficult obtaining enough Nuvarings to keep up with the schedule. So I stopped taking it altogether. Besides the other regular side effects of having a normal period, my headache patterns have not changed.

Where I’m at now
My headaches haven’t been as bad as they were last year; I still haven’t had more than one migraine a month. I have a few other things I can try including seeing a neurologist and trying “feverfew”. I have noticed that when I wake up with a headache on one side of my head, the sinus on that side is also stuffed up and I can usually get those to go away with sudefed. I don’t know if sinus problems have anything to do with headaches, but I wish all my my headaches were like that. So I’m at an okay place for now, but not as cured as I want to be.

The saga has now caught up with real time, so part 3 will happen eventually and hopefully it will be the last!

Teeny Tiny Chickens

Hi Kara,

h0G8PFN

A teeny tiny chicken. Who is cold.

I currently have teeny tiny chickens. Two weeks ago I had regular tiny chickens, but then I got a tiny tumor thing cut off the back of my mouth, and my body said “fuck those tiny chickens, SHE’S EXPERIENCING PAIN IN HER MOUTH AND SHE CAN’T HAVE COOKIES,” which is my body’s version of CODE RED.

So then I went to your house. Ludo preformed a seance on me and the microscopic tiny chickens, that had been lurking in my head for two weeks, decided to become massive evil tinychickens of death. They attacked my nose and my lungs and my ears and my ability to LIVE OR LOVE OR EXPERIENCE JOY.

So here are the things that have sparked the will to live in me and gave me hope for a brighter future.

Puffs Plus Lotion:

Kara, get these. If my nose so much as looks at another facial tissue, it becomes red and crusty. Which is what happened.

Trader Joes Salve of the Gods

Beyond saving my nose, this stuff has also saved my hands this winter. The skin on the sides of my hand (south of my pinky) cracks and bleeds. I put this on my hands before bed and my hands have been so pretty and soft. And it could be because I was preventative this year, but my nose looked a lot worse than my hands do and it cleared it up in two days. Plus, I get to scream I’VE GOT SALVE and chase Andrew around every night before bed.

Happy Drugs from the Happy Doctor

Sinus infections suck and so do possible ear infections because of your(my) already damaged ear drums.

Humidifier (or a pan on high heat boiling water continuously for hours)(yes, mom I was careful)(No, I didn’t burn the house down, obviously)(Stop, alright, Andrew bought me a real one because he didn’t want to CLR the pans anymore)

Andrew walked into the entryway after work and couldn’t breathe because I’d made it so moist. I really like moist air. And moist other things. Like cakes.

And lastly, Many, Many Blankets.

I’m currently under two with my laptop on top. And MacBooks are legendary for their crotch burning.

My hopes for the future (she says on her death bed), is that tomorrow I can pop both ears, I have fewer coughs that get up more tiny chickens, and my snot is crystal clear.

I would post pictures, but I’ve just taken my NyQuil. So all is lost.

To the furthest star and back,

 

P.S. You’re correct. No one has the ability to be as melodramatic as I am about colds.

P.P.S. I’m so melodramatic about colds, in fact, that I didn’t even mention my wedding in less than a week. My brain has one focus, and that is to focus on my imminent death via tiny chickens.

I am bad at things.

Hi Steffi, remember when I did a post about how I don’t adult well? This is sort of I Don’t Adult part two. I am so bad at things.

  1. I can’t be messy. A messy kitchen and clothes all over the floor make me anxious and I get cranky. I wish I would just relax and let it be sometimes!
  2. I don’t like talking to strangers. We went to get my car fixed and I didn’t want to talk to the person at the counter so I just handed him the keys and waited for Grayson to speak. I said, “You talk,” and the counter person said “You’re giving me a free truck?” Grayson laughed and thank god he started speaking.
  3. I do embarrassing things on accident. I bought someone’s coffee behind me in the drivethrough. The barista handed me my drink and then took my card. He gave my card back while holding the next person’s drink in his hand. Then I accidentally tried to take the other coffee. He stared at me weird and just said, “You already got yours.” I really think he thought I was trying to take their drink. So much for that good deed feeling.
  4. I can’t talk on the phone. Not only do I not like to, but I also stutter, talk over the other person and repeat myself. A lot of times I realize these things are happening, lose my train of thought and then stop completing sentences completely.

Can I just stay home with my yarn for the rest of my life so I don’t have these kinds of encounters? KTHX.

Uh, it’s Friday?

Hi Kara, 

I’ve been with my mom for most of the day today and I have to tell you that I forgot to make something up to post. 

My mom got a treatment on her face to remove precancerous cells and I couldn’t be more proud of her for getting that procedure done. It’s painful, she will have a red face for two weeks, but it was so so necessary. Go mom! And wear sun screen y’all. 

I also need to tell you that I failed miserably on my book challenge. I finished Furiously Happy (READ IT DAMN YOU) and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – and I’m about a chapter into the second book in the series. I forgot how creepy these books are. Probably why I’m so hesitant to start the second one. Anyways, huge fail. Why does life and other interests get in the way of reading? Plus, now I have Binge to read! 

Okay, that’s all I’ve got for the night! Next week will be better I promise! 

To the furthest star and back,

Global Goals and the Stuff that Excites Me

Kara,

As I’m sure you know, the Global Goals released today. While going through them, I’m going to show you the ones that made my heart leap into my chest.

3. Good Heath and Well Being:

  • By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes (actual crying)
  • Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all

I can’t even imagine a world where sexual health and education is EVERYWHERE. And this goal will undo my heart and stick it back together if it comes to fruition.

4. Quality Educaiton:

  • By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university (YAAAS)
  • By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations (GIVE IT TO ME)
  • By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development (crying)
  • Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all (crying harder)

5. Gender Equality:

  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere (ACTUALLY LEGITIMATELY WEEPING)
  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences (YES)
  • Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
  • Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels (READ THIS WHOLE SECTION AND I DARE YOU NOT TO CRY)

7. Affordable and Clean Energy: Kara, you know how excited I get about clean energy!

  • By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology (YAAAY!!!!)

10. Reduce Inequalities:

  • By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status (GIVE IT TO ME NOW)
  • Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality
  • Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies (A MILLION TIMES YES!!)

12 Responsible Consumption:

  • Implement the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, all countries taking action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries
  • By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
  • By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
  • By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
  • Rationalize inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption by removing market distortions, in accordance with national circumstances, including by restructuring taxation and phasing out those harmful subsidies, where they exist, to reflect their environmental impacts, taking fully into account the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and minimizing the possible adverse impacts on their development in a manner that protects the poor and the affected communities (!!!!!!!)

13. Climate Action:

  • Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

14. Life Below Water:

  • By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution

16. Peace And Justice Strong Institutions:

  • Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.
  • Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.

Let me know your favorite Global Goals!!

To the furthest star and back,

101 Update

Kara,

I have a problem. My 101 list no longer reflects my wants or desires or needs the same way it did in September of last year. Let me go by sections:

Travel

7. Visit New York City : I don’t have the desire to visit New York City anymore. I don’t know what kick I was on at the time but I’m good.

12. Visit the aquarium Andrew is always going on about : This was going to be an easier task when Andrew’s dad lived in Santa Cruz but he doesn’t now and we really don’t have a reason to go anymore.

13. Travel on my own : I have zero desire to spend any time away from my future husband. This wouldn’t be fun because the only reason I would travel without him is for work. Bleh.

Self Care

23.  At least two no pants weekends a month for 12 months : I NEVER WEAR PANTS. The second I come home from work, I no longer have pants on. The second company leaves, my pants drop. I don’t have the patience to measure out this task.

24. Go a two weeks a year without makeup : I never wear makeup to work. I don’t wear it out unless I have to. I very rarely wear makeup. This no longer applies to me.

30. Have a pamper night once a month for 6 months : Once you see my bathtub, you will see how this doesn’t apply to me anymore.

Things to do (No $ Required)

38. Play the ground is lava for 12 hours : You called me out for this already, but like – this happens every Sunday.

40. Dance like an idiot in public : clearly, when I wrote this, I’d never seen myself in Disneyland before.

Things to Make

89. Learn to make 12 new cookies : No. For so many reasons.

I feel like I could remake this list a thousand times. What do I do Kara? Purge the ones that don’t fit anymore? Add new tasks? You tell me!

As of right now I have 31/101.

Perhaps we will fix this dreary situation WHEN I SEE YOU TONIGHT WHATTT.

To the furthest star and back!