Watch this journal for pictures that make me happy from my everyday life, proof of my commitment to a healthier and happier life, plus pictures and links to recipes that are food-allergy safe.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oh yes, and...

Does anybody know how likely it is that I could be allergic to cashews if I am also allergic to: peanuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds? (Oh, and unrelated but also soy, wheat, corn, and eggs?)

I can eat almonds in mass quantities without any issues.

I have had some cashews today and my throat feels "sticky" but I don't know if it is my imagination or if I am dehydrated or whatnot.

The weekend.

This was a pretty decent weekend. I am at work right now, but I am having an OK day working so I have no real complaints.

I will mention here, not for pity but just for the sake of being completely honest, that my seizures have come back. I still believe completely that my gluten-free diet has done a lot for my epilepsy control, but it appears that my body is just not ready to give up the meds yet.

Oddly enough, that other night, Clementine was out of her cage and sitting on my chest. Her claws barely scratched me, as she is exceedingly gentle with her Mommy (who she loves terribly!), but I got hives on my chest anyway. I know this is from whatever molecules of sunflower seed powder were on her claws got into the scratches. Then after, I cleaned out her cage (it was overdue) and when I was dumping the gravel and seeds into the trash can, I inhaled the dust that came up into my face and almost immediately began wheezing. It was not pleasant. Almost right after that, I had a seizure... and have continued having seizures since then, one or two a day. They are very, very, very mild seizures. I debated not telling anyone, but then I realized that keeping secrets about my health is NOT a step in the right direction, it is several steps backwards. Heck, I even told my MOTHER about it... and she is such a worrywort that I usually keep her in the dark.

Now, for the weekend: on Friday I did chores all day. It felt good to get stuff done. That night we went to bed early and on Saturday I woke up first, showered, played on the Wii Fit, and then finally woke Mike up at 12:30 and told him "this is not waking up early, lazy bones". We got Starbucks on the way to Charlotte, which always makes me a happy girl. Then we went to IKEA. It was packed and we had to park in the street and hike through the parking lot to get there, but that's okay. We ended up getting a dish drying rack for the kitchen, a shelf and rack for towels for the bathroom, and a comforter for the twin bed that we are buying for the guest room this week. Then we went to Trader Joe's and got me every delicious treat imaginable.

So, yeah, I'm a pretty happy girl.

Also, reading Neil Gaiman's "Fragile Things", which is a book of short stories that I stole off Mike's book shelf.

Comment, people, keep me entertained.

Friday, February 20, 2009


(Hello, obesity!)

I have lost a few pounds this week.

Thank you, Wii Fit.

I am officially obese... Rather than morbidly obese.

This is a good, good day.
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Oh, wow.

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Trader Joe's pancake mix with real milk, applesauce (instead of eggs), canola oil, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a little bit of dry oatmeal to add texture. Topped with real maple syrup.

This was not healthy, but wow - what a treat! I didn't think I'd ever eat something like that again.

There is more mix in the fridge. I will make it for Mike and I for breakfast tomorrow.

And then... IKEA!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

It's official.

Grinding your own coffee makes all the difference in the world.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Delicious dinner.

Yummy healthy dinner to follow a stressful day. The perfect remedy.
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Monday, February 16, 2009

My Antonia

I have finished reading "My Antonia". It was lovely.

I have also discovered a coffee place close enough to visit on my lunch hour.

Today is a good day.

Next: Neil Gaiman's "Fragile Things", which I believe is a book of short stories.

I have a ton of books of my Amazon wish list, but no money.

In other news, my new-old crock pot almost burned our house down and will not be used again. Me? Exxagerate? Okay maybe a little, but a flame did shoot out the outlet when I pulled out the plug opposite it, and the safety switch clicked on.

Anybody even read this blog anymore?
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Sunday, February 15, 2009


It's been awhile since I have "checked-in".

I have not totally fallen off the good habits wagon. I have not eaten a single thing I am allergic to, except some lunch meat that had maltodextrin in it. I learned my lesson about that... twice.

I think I have, however, plateaued. I am not too unhappy, because I think it just means that I have reached a balance. I have no gained. I just need to find some more changes to make in my life.

I am 267lbs. I have been 267lbs for the last two and a half months. No loss, at all. That's 66lbs down, though, which is nothing to sneeze at.

I love my new Wii Fit. I did it this morning for about 20 minutes before work, and I did a total of 45 minutes yesterday. I know that this alone is not a workout routine. Don't worry, I'm not that delusional. I do think, though, that it is going to help jump start some real working out. And, truthfully, some of the aerobic games on there really do make you pant a good bit if you do them one after another! I even had the Wii Fit tell me that it might not be a bad idea to stop and get a glass of water. That made me happy.

I just wanted to post this update, though, because I was telling a friend recently about how the Wii Fit board has a maximum weight capacity of 330lbs, and actually won't let you play if your weight exceeds that. This means that in July, when I started my journey, I wouldn't have been able to enjoy this.

So this is another thing that I can add to my list of things I can do now that I couldn't do before: enjoy the Wii Fit. This is even more exciting than the day I realized that I can pull (one of) my foot(s) up to my nose.

Okay, that's all for now.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Worchestire sauce.

For my fellow allergy-ridden folks... My meatloaf recipe called for worchestire sauce. Instead I used a little balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Tasted great!
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Valentine's day...

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and peas. Mike thinks Mountain Dew is sexier than wine.

For the record, Mike got me the Wii Fit for Valentine's Day.
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Clementine has been busy!

The bird has been busy!
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Easy Dinner!

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Steak and mushrooms, sauteed in butter and seasoned with salt, garlic pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Served over leftover rice. Mike fried his rice with soy sauce. I am allergic to soy sauce, so I didn't partake.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Say hello to Hammy.

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This is Hammy, the newest member of my family. Although he has only been with us a few days, I am already in love. :)

I love me some coffee.

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Foofy vanilla-y girlie coffee, that is.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hammy checks out his new home...

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...when he hears me singing "Harvey the Wonder Hamster" to him, he can't help but peek his head out to hear what's going on better.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hammy Cage

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This is Hammy's cage. I was very proud of it when I posted this blog, but now that I am editing the post, I'd like to say that we hate this cage and are buying a new one today.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

In Celebration

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Celebrate! It is funny t-shirt and windows-down weather!


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Thursday, February 5, 2009


Apple butter yum.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009


This is a blog entry about nothing. I just thought that you deserved to know that I am still alive and kicking. I haven't made any delicious meals in the last few days. For lunch yesterday and today I had tomato soup, and for dinner last night I had leftover mashed potatoes and gravy, already pictured.

Does anyone have a good recipe or tips on making gravy? I made some out of chicken broth and tapioca flour, and some spices, and it was okay... but nothing to write home about.

In other news, I have been reading like a crazyperson. I would tell you about it, but I don't know that the internet really cares what I think about the books that I've read.

Feel free to contradict me.