Where have I been?

Serious post alert.

For months, even years, I’ve been having problems with getting sick after I eat. Sometimes I can predict something might make me sick, but other times I’ll eat something healthy and still wind up running to the bathroom afterward. I tried changing my diet, giving up gluten, then all carbs. That helped but not enough. I talked to my doctor and he diagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome, have me a pamphlet, and that was it.

But I decided I needed more than that so I made an appointment with a gastroenterologist. She took my whole medical history, sent me off for a bunch of tests, and got busy with a bunch of changes – an acid controller prescription, giving up Advil, changing my eating habits, an appointment with a weight loss clinic, etc.

Then I got my results back. My thyroid is super low, which I need to see my primary care doctor about, my vitamin D is super low, and then the fun one – I have fatty liver.

I’ve been quite depressed all week about this. How did I let my weight get out of control enough that it’s actually damaging my organs? I was in the habit of seeing my weight as only what I could see – not that I was happy about that, but I’ve tried losing weight and it always just comes right back, with interest. Plus my mental illness and all th prescriptions, my physical disabilities, make exercise such a chore. But I’m literally going to die from this if I don’t do something and this is not how I want to go.

Prayers and good wishes are really needed right now. I have one more test to take next week before I can see the weight loss people. Then I should know what I’m looking at.

until then, I will try to be here more often. I love all of you but Real Life is kicking my butt right now and I have to take care of myself.

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How was your weekend?

Sunday afternoon and it’s time for a nap! I haven’t been posting as much lately. I don’t know if I’ve gotten summer lazy, or if I’m running out of ideas, or what.

I haven’t been reading as much lately. I’ve been on the Xbox instead I’m finally playing Fallout. My son has been into it for years, but recently the rest of us starting playing too. So I’m all obsessed with that and the I got the Fallout Shelter app for my phone!

I hope you are reading and doing great things! See you soon.

Happy weekend!

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Lots of rain ☔ this weekend. 🌼 I think we’re playing Dungeons and Dragons again. I also got my first video review done! It’s all filmed and ready for the post production stuff. My son is going to take care of that this time. It went better than I expected.

What are you reading? I’m currently listening to Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. So funny! Hope you have a great weekend!

How was your weekend?

Hey bookies! Sorry I’ve been absent the last couple of days. Life’s been busy and now that Spring is here, my allergies are kicking my butt!

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I have news for any nerds out there! First, my family is actually planning a vacation this summer. We’re getting a cabin with my sister and her son in June and I’m super excited about that. Where does the nerd part come in? Well, I know the biggest problem about family vacay is getting on each other’s nerves, so I thought why not come up with a RPG  game we can all play together?

We have a family D&D game going, usually just the four of us, but I wanted to do something with my sis too. So I’m writing a game using a platform called Fate. Since she’s never played an RPG game before, I wanted to keep it simple and short.

The scenario is called Starship Pleiades and I’ve basically spent all weekend working on thia! I’m completely obsessed! But it’s going to be so much fun.Think Firefly, but with original characters. I’m really nervous about it. 😕 Still, you have to  start somewhere.

For my reading, I just finished A new  cozy mystery set in Thailand called Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness by Dr. David Cassarett. 🐓 No review up yet though.

Hope your weekend was great and I’ll be back soon!

Happy New Year!

So long, 2017. It was fun (OK, not really!) but it’s time for the new! I’ve made a few goals.

  1. Enjoy my blog. I’ve been kind of bummed because I see all these amazing book/Instagram posts and Booktube stuff and mine is just kind of plain. But you know what? I started my blog to help me with writing and to make friends who are also interested in books, and because I wanted some place I could share my excitement about reading. And I can still do that here, even if my blog is not as visually exciting or as popular as someone else’s. I just don’t have the fancy picture skill; I’m not especially good on camera. But I do love books. So I’m going to keep posting and that’s going to be good enough.
  2. Keep writing. Last year I was so busy with sewing and illness and reading and my writing just kind of starved. I did great in November, but last month I starting slipping back to my old habits. This year I’m going to think about what I can commit to and stick to that. I’m not sure how it will work out, but as long as I stay consistent, I’ll be happy with that.
  3. Keep reading. I did set a book goal on Goodreads, but my real goal is to read and read more of what I love. I’ll still push myself to try new authors, but I’ve been enjoying December’s happy books so I’m just going to keep reading what I feel like reading and not worry about what people think I *should* be reading.
  4. Stay healthy. Between my fibromyalgia and my depression/anxiety and my other health things, it can be really hard to stay healthy and happy. I’m going to keep working on, realizing that I will have hard days and good days and that’s OK. As long as I keep working on it, that’s what matters.

Those are my big goals. Not anything too exciting, but I think it covers all my plans. Have you made any resolutions or goals? Any you want to share?

Went out with My baby!

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My husband and I went out for a Christmas date! We’re both bad about taking pictures of us, so you’ll have to settle for some other pictures of our fun night out.

First we went to Provo for Waffles!

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We went to Bruges Waffles & Frites for authentic Liege style waffles. I got mine just like the picture, but with chocolate added. Because if I can add chocolate, I will!

I haven’t figured out how to make creme fraiche yet, but I want to because it’s sooooo good.

Then we went to see one of our favorite local bands, Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band. They were doing a special Christmas show.

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The concert was so much fun! They played their own arrangements of familiar Christmas songs plus a few original songs. I think they have some new band members as I didn’t recognize the drummer. But the concert was a lot of fun.

We even went to an art exhibit before the concert started, Life is Sweeter in Candy Color by Katrina Berg. I don’t have great pictures of the art, but she had some fun commercial art that I totally would have bought.

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Not my favorite of her pictures, but the colors are great

All in all, it was a very fun start to December with my very favorite person!

 

 

My weekend

Hey readers! I just wanted to check in with what I’ve been up to.

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Friday night my honey and I went to a play. We went to see Pillow Talk at our local theater. I’ve never seen the movie, but here’s the description:

“In their first romantic comedy together, Doris Day and Rock Hudson are utterly charming as an uptight interior decorator and an amorous playboy who are forced to share a party line.”

The play was well done, with a cute set and great casting. The acting was first rate, especially the secondary characters. It was so funny! After the play we went out for pie.

Today I went to the library and got two new audiobooks, Nation by Terry Pratchett and The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. Then I went to Sodalicious.

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Sodalicious is a soda pop/dessert drive thru restaurant here. I’m kinda addicted. I go there almost every day. My favorite is either diet Dr. Pepper with caramel flavor shot and half & half, or a Coke Zero with raspberry puree and half & half. Then I undo all the calories I save by drinking diet soda by getting a sugar cookie. Oh, well!

Plus I got two new pairs of shoes, one pair of athletic shoes and one of black loafers. Just in time. It rained most of the day, and my only shoes were either sandals or boots. Time for some new shoes! Hope your weekend was good too.

 

Feel Good Friday

Johannes_GutenbergToday’s post is all about reasons for readers to feel good.

Let’s start with this guy. His name was Johannes Gutenberg. He was born around 1400 and sometime later, decided to try his hand at coming up with  a new way of making books. So he invented new ink, new movable type, and a printing press that combined everything. Thanks to him, people could afford to buy books. Before that, everything had to be written by hand. After he came along, you could print multiple copies of a book in the same time it took you to finish one chapter! So blame him for your out of control TBR list!

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Next, I want to thank this guy – Andrew Carnegie. He wasn’t the first to come up with the library idea, but he sure made it big in the United States. Over 2500 libraries were built all over the world thanks to money he donated. I don’t know if I’ve ever been to an actual Carnegie library, but thanks to him, politicians realized that a library was a positive thing for a community. They began to plan on building them for their towns. And libraries today are more relevant than ever, serving not just as sources of free books, but as meeting places and centers of community outreach.

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Finally, I want to thank Sesame Street. For me personally, Sesame Street has been a big part of my life. When I was little, I was in a car accident where I broke my leg and had to be in a body cast. With nothing else to pass the time, I watched TV and thanks to Big Bird and the gang, I learned how to read. By the time I started kindergarten, I already knew how to read some basic words. It just took off from there, and I’ve been reading ever since.

There you go! That’s my Feel Good stuff for Friday. Have a great weekend!

Trip to the Art Museum

My husband and I went out on Saturday. First we had lunch at a Dominican restaurant we hadn’t tried before, and then we went to the Springville Art Museum. Even better, they were having their annual Quilt Show!

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Check out all the individual feathers on this owl! It reminded me of Hedwig, of course. Just amazing detail.

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Being a Utahn, I loved this quilt of the canyon. The texture is incredible, and the quilter made her own pattern.

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This quilt had all these little medallions on it, each one different, and each only about 4″ across. The quilt said every piece was individually cut.

Of course, we saw some art too.

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I love the bright colors and the happy feeling of this painting.