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Dec. 22nd, 2014

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Dec. 21st, 2014

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Dec. 19th, 2014

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Dec. 18th, 2014

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Accomplishments?

I got my car inspected this morning. It turns out my bearings are going in the left front tire. So that had to get fixed too. I'm so grateful that my mother can support me as much as she does.

I have not done most of the things I wanted to do before Yule. A this point there is little chance I will get them done.

After I got home from the car inspection I took a nap. Then this evening I packaged up the ham I bought into 1lb bags, and now the ham bone is simmering in a pot of split peas. When I was trying to fit all the ham into the freezer I discovered that I have a lot of stuff in my freezer. I need to start using up that stuff. I had the last of the perogies for dinner. And I found some winter squash and root vegetables in a box I though just had potatoes. I will have to figure out what to do with them. Maybe a Genyooin Klatchian Curry.
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Dec. 17th, 2014

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Another hoop has been jumped through by me.

Today I drove to Sayre for a basic nutrition class I could have taught myself. I had to remind myself that I have decided to walk down this path and if parts of it are boring and redundant that is not going to to put me off. I'm not looking for excuses to stop, I'm just jumping through the hoops they put between me and my goal.

No more hoops this month, the there are a bunch scheduled for next month. And there will be more after that. I hope I don't have to do the 6 month supervised diet again. That would be very annoying! I hate having to do things over because other people didn't know what they were doing.

I have to have my car inspected tomorrow morning. But after that I'm staying home as much as possible.
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Dec. 16th, 2014

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Bariatric Intake Meeting.

I had my Bariatric surgery intake meeting today. It was more stressful than I was expecting.

I have been going to dietary counseling for months because my insurance said I had to have 6 months of dietary counseling before surgery. I asked them if these meetings met the requirement and we have been sending monthly reports for 7 months. Now she tells me I may have to do the 6 months over again because the meetings with the dietitian might not count. The six consecutive months have to be "Physician supervised" weight loss diet. There is no weight loss goal. (I asked repeatedly if there was a weight loss goal and was told repeatedly there was not.) But I do have to weigh less after six months than I weighed when I started. So there is that. I have an appointment tomorrow for a 2 hour diet and nutrition class in Sayre. And they gave me a new food log that they will tell me how to fill out tomorrow.

I January I have to have an Upper GI endoscopy in Sayre. They will have to sedate me and I will need a ride to and from. I can not drive that day. (My friend Pat has said she will drive me and supervise me until I'm safe to be left alone.) I feel anxious about this already. I'm so glad they are going to sedate me.

Also in January I have to attend their support meeting, have a follow up with their dietitian, meet with their psychiatrist, and meet with their physical therapist. I have some paperwork to fill out and mail in before the meeting with the psychiatrist.

I still need to schedule another sleep study. And get a letter from my PCP recommending me for surgery. Oh and when I asked my PCP to give me Tramadol because I can't take Aleve anymore she put me on Celebrex instead. It turns out I can't take Celebrex either. So I need to talk to her about that again. Maybe.

Another frustrating thing is: she tried to talk me out of the Roux-en-Y in favor of a gastric sleeve. If I get the gastric sleeve I can have Aleve. I don't want the gastric sleeve I want the Roux-en-Y! I'm going to tell the surgeon that I want the Roux-en-Y unless he absolutely refuses to do it. The Roux-en-Y is a bit more complicated and will be more difficult because of my weight and my hernia mesh. The Roux-en-Y includes some rearranging of the intestines that the gastric sleeve does not. But I still want the Roux-en-Y. The Roux-en-Y is more effective.

Well. It's not too bad. I will muddle through.

Edit: I didn't feel too bad today. I wasn't wishing I was dead. But I did start crying twice for no really good reason. And I felt very stressed. So I took one of my diazepam. I hope that takes care of it. I haven't taken a diazpam in a while.
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Dec. 13th, 2014

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Dec. 12th, 2014

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Dec. 10th, 2014

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Dec. 8th, 2014

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Acid Reflux?

I had a strange thing happen last night. I was eating dinner with Marilyn, I had made Khichdi, when suddenly I felt a burning sensation at the back of my mouth that tasted like stomach acid. I didn't feel full, or sick, and there was no reverse peristalsis. It was just as if my throat had filled up with stomach acid. Luckily, J used to have acid reflux and left a couple of bottles of tums in the medicine cabinet. I had to chew about four of the tablets to get rid of the burning sensation and the taste.

I didn't eat anything for the rest of the evening and have been very careful all day because I'm not sure what brought this on. I don't think anything exactly like this has happened to me before. I've always had a cast iron stomach.

Marilyn came over again this evening and I fried up some of the left over khichdi in patties for dinner. I didn't have any repeat of the problem this evening so it wasn't the khichdi (which was very mild anyway). I think it might have been the Arctic Grape MiO Fit with electrolytes. Arctic Grape is the only one of the blue MiO Fits that I like. I was drinking it all weekend with no problems. But I was also cooking and sweating in a hot kitchen all weekend. It may have backed up on me because I didn't really need the electrolytes yesterday after I got home. I have switched over to Emergen-C just in case.

I feel like this is preparing me for the gastric bypass surgery. After surgery I will probably have a lot more problems with food backing up on me if I'm not careful.
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Another Busy Weekend

I went down to Song's on Friday. My main reason for going was so I could fill the children's shoes with nuts and oranges. In my family we put out wooden shoes on Dec 5 for Saint Nicholas to fill with nuts and oranges (which he brings from Spain). I had wanted to do this with Song's children for years but Dec 6 doesn't often fall on a weekend, and Some years I forgot until it was too late. This year I remembered in time and it was very convenient. And since I was going to be there I figured I could make some cookies too.

I brought a lasagna for dinner. It turns out the kids won't eat lasagna, which was just as well, since it took 2 hours to cook and I got there at 5pm. Song fried up some tuna steaks and The Cuteness ate pierogis. The Cuteness and I made two batches of sugar cookie dough for cut-out cookies. And refrigerated them overnight.

After everyone went to bed I got out the oranges and mixed nuts in their shells. I also brought some hard candies and dark chocolate kisses. I filled everyone's shoes with candy, nuts, and oranges. I bought a dark chocolate orange and a Dark Chocolate Toblerone bar for Song since she is an adult and can appreciate better chocolates. there is no point in buying the good stuff for children.

As soon as the children noticed the oranges they put them on the dinning room table because they had no intention on eating them. They also sorted out all the nuts and gave them to me. I got a bowl and put them on the table. Song will eat nuts. Ah well, at least I tried to give them oranges and nuts.

Saturday The Cuteness and I cut out and baked sugar cookies in the morning. Then, after lunch, I made ginger bread cookie dough and we cut out gingerbread cookies. Then the icing began. The cuteness has a tendency to lick her fingers, and the icing knife. I dealt with that by giving her her own icing and putting all the cookies she iced on a separate plate. But because I wasn't paying attention she tried to open a bottle of sprinkles by herself and they went everywhere. I had to call Song to supervise the Cuteness so I could finish icing the cookies. Later on Song suggested that the cookies didn't really need to be cut into shapes or iced. The would taste just fine as plain round cookies. I thought about that for a while. She is right of course. But Yule cookies have to be cut into shapes and iced, it's traditional. Any other time of year it is ok to have cookies that aren't shaped like animals and trees. But not now.

By the end of the day I was exhausted. I fell asleep by 9pm. Everyone else was pretty tired too.

Sunday morning I woke up at 6:30 when IDK came down to play video games. I went into the kitchen and made a coconut pound cake, some citrus buttermilk panna cotta, and some chocolate knox blox. By the time Song came down I had just finishes washing the dishes. We had a civilized breakfast of coffee and coconut pound cake.

I packed up a couple of bags of decorated cookies to give to my mom so she would have cookies to serve guests. And I also packed up some coconut cake, panna cotta, and knox blox for her. I ended up hanging out and talking to mom and dad for a while.

When I got home I called Marilyn and she brought over her cat, Callie. Callie will be staying with me for a month while Marilyn is in Greece visiting her daughter. I had planned on releasing Callie in the computer room so she could establish a territory but Marilyn let her out of the carrying case as soon as she got in the door.

The good news is that Callie remembers me and this place. She has already made herself at home and come over to get her head scritched. The first time she stayed with me it took several days for her to come out of hiding. One of the advantages of this arrangement is that it is less stressful for Callie. I like her. She is a very friendly and bold cat.

Dec. 5th, 2014

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Dec. 4th, 2014

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Dec. 3rd, 2014

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A fairly productive day.

Marilyn, Anne, and I had lunch at Spicy Asian. We were celebrating Anne's Birthday. We had the half order of Beijing Duck and the green pea soup with minced shrimp. Anne also ordered the chicken with pineapple. I ordered the sliced fish with sour cabbage soup to take home.

The Beijing Duck was excellent. It came with fluffy little "pancakes" to wrap the duck in. The sliced fish soup was also excellent. Every time I order the sliced fish it has been excellent. Although the soup does contain red hot Szechuan chili peppers. I was hoping the spiciness would help burn off my cold. Unfortunately I don't think it has. And the cold is not blunting the heat of the peppers at all.

After lunch I went grocery shopping and picked up my pills. And mailed my rent check.

While I was grocery shopping I got some new socks. They are fluffy and brightly colored. Very cheerful and warm, and they were only $.99 a pair.

I'm feeling quite productive.

Dec. 2nd, 2014

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The Holidays are upon us.

I spent Thanksgiving with the Seversons. I drove down Wednesday, in the storm. There were lots of plows out and I drove slowly and carefully so I had no problems. Song brined the turkey, and Aunt Luooo cooked a spiral ham, mashed potatoes, and some stuffing. That was very nice. I made brownies.

Song snagged the ham bone for stock and I cooked up some black beans with it. I didn't really want black bean soup so I tried to simmer off the liquid which resulted in a very rich and creamy bean dish, almost like baked beans. Song has some split red lentils as well so I made khichdi. I also helped IDK make a two layer chocolate cake with pink icing. The Cuteness and I made buttermilk cinnamon scones. And I made two kinds of jello: raspberry and coffee.

Saturday I got to have dinner with Gina, David, and the boys. It was nice to see them.

Now I'm sleeping and recovering. I think I picked up a bug, my nose is running and my throat is scratchy. I have lots of Instant Russian Tea as a hot liquid. And I'm cooking my turkey. I plan on packing up the meat and using the bones for stock. So, turkey soup is in my future. It's just as good as chicken soup for colds. And I'm well stocked with NyQuil and DayQuil.

Dec. 1st, 2014

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Nov. 30th, 2014

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Nov. 29th, 2014

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Nov. 26th, 2014

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Is this what it feels like to go on a bender?

I spent the last four days binge watching "Arrow" (minus S3E1 which was expired from Hulu already). I was watching "The Flash" and discovered that it was a spin off from "Arrow". I had watched half of season 1 of "Arrow" when it first came out. But I lost interest because it was so dark. And also a soap opera. But now that it has cross-overs with "The Flash" I have to keep up with both of them. Most of the seeding for The Flash happened in season 2 but there was one line in season 1 where someone is going to Central City and says "It's not far, I'll be there in a flash." (Starling City is where the Arrow lives, Central City is where The Flash lives.)

I've been doing nothing but watching TV, eating, and sleeping for days. I feel sort of grody. I imagine this is what people feel like after a weekend of drinking. Although I suspect that I actually feel much better than they do. Since I just need a shower and good night's sleep.

"Arrow" is all about relationship drama inter-cut with fight scenes. By season three just about every character who hasn't died yet has become a marshal arts expert. I am really impressed with how the lead actor, Stephen Amell, has really worked out. I read that he does a lot of his own stunts and fights. In the first season his neck was getting so big he barely fit into his shirts.

In the first season, the Arrow was just a vengeful son wearing a hood and some grease paint to hide his face. You could buy that someone would do that. But of course, over time he has gotten a more formal outfit and a tiny mask, which means they can light his face more directly in spite of the fact that the tiny mask is little more than a pair of glasses in terms of hiding someone's identity. In the third season there is a scene with the Arrow (in his green leather outfit) and his side kick (in a matching red leather outfit) where I just laughed because they looked so "cartoony". They are clearly superheros dressed up in superhero costumes at this point. Although the leather pants are justified since they ride motor bikes and are frequently in danger of crashing.

There is a good racial mix for a mainstream show. I haven't seen the statistics but it looks less white than usual to me. There is a cool lesbian kiss in season 2. There is also a new comic book tie in. The Green Arrow as a classic comic book super hero. But this new comic book is based on the TV show and draws the characters to look like the actors. The comic books cover stories that are not shown in the TV show.

Felicity's new boss in season 3 reminds me of Clark Kent, sort of a goofy geek. But I expect him to turn into a super villain at any moment.

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"The Flash" is a more light-hearted show than "Arrow". It's got a good villain of the week thing going, and some longer arc mystery in the background. I'm enjoying it.
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Nov. 25th, 2014

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Nov. 23rd, 2014

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Nov. 21st, 2014

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