Thursday, September 30, 2010

Today

All's still quiet on the work front....In about an hour VC will be doing a short (very short- as in most likely "seconds")  appearance on one of our local TV news stations. It is a promo for the upcoming Renaissance Festival.  [update, he called on the way home and he was actually on for several minutes!!]

I agonized over this since (a) he had to be taken out of school and (b) I knew that if I took a day off I would be pegged as "unreliable."

Luckily MB was able to leave his job for a short time to get him there and back. I would have loved to have seen him live at the studio, but instead I sit here bracing myself for the next potential unfounded "character assassination." It's very ironic that my part-time job is starting to have this much control over my life. Must cut and run soon!!!!

Here's a photo of VC performing at the RenFest last year...

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I'll have to head on over to our neighbor's house after work so I can see what I missed.

Have you ever had a part-time job that your bosses treated as a "full time job?"

P.S. Thank you for all  your kind words :-)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In Preparation for Tomorrow

I was out grocery shopping while VC attended his fitness class tonight. (He is still determined to do a back flip unassisted.) Subliminally thinking of tomorrow, my first day back at work since the verbal beating I took last week, I was perusing the freezer section when I came across just the thing to cheer me up: Mini Waffles!!!! I've not had a mini waffle in over a year. Depressed as I am about the situation, I figured the only thing that would prep me for tomorrow was a sugar high tonight. Three waffles loaded up with margarine and syrup, and I am seriously in a better mood. Heck, I'm even writing this unplanned blog post!! Stay tuned: Tomorrow I will either:

(A) Get Fired (could I be that f*ing lucky???)
(B) Quit
(C) Fly under the radar and answer blog comments and emails most of the day
(D) Crack under the pressure and be hauled off to a mental institution where I can relax in peace for a few days

At this point, Option D is very appealing.

editor's note: I just realized they may not be actual "mini waffles" as the ones I consumed were about 4" in diameter and the box was simply labeled "buttermilk waffles." I think the mini waffles are the teeny tiny ones...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Well, That Was a Whopper of a Week!!!!

Remember earlier in the week, there was the belly dance drama? and then came the heartbreaking thingy that I learned? Well, by the end of the week, it all culminated in a lashing that took place at work. I need to be vague about it here (obviously) but let's just say that it was totally out of bounds and unprovoked. Oh, how I'd love to spill the beans. I may - once I get the heck outta there!!!!

I have to pat myself on the back for remaining cool, despite this individual practically begging me to say something back. Several people have remarked that they would have quit and gone right out the door. I knew that despite my blood pressure going through the roof and the pounding in my head -- that I needed to stick it out because I already have something in the works. It is a total long shot, but if you can send me some positive vibes, I could use some.

The next week and a half will require some of the best "acting" I have ever done. And I am far from someone who can act!!!!

I have got to get out of there for my sanity. It can't come soon enough...

Remember back when the "life coach" ;-) alluded to y'all as my "invisible friends" -- well, I am more and more thankful for my invisible friends.

This morning I opened my email to find a lengthy email from a blog friend, who I have known for almost two years now. Someone I respect. It was completely out of the blue, yet the message she wrote me was almost as if she had a sixth sense about what had transpired at my workplace, because her advice (although directed at something else) - was incredibly spot-on.

It seriously made my morning. To know that you guys care so much just warms my lil 'ole heart!!!

I've written in the past about how I've allowed myself to be "bullied" pretty much since childhood. That won't be happening any more.

The fact that I completely broke to pieces once I drove away from work (crying while out and about seems to be becoming a pattern - a bad pattern) -- is completely irrelevant because I stood my ground when it counted most. What's a little crumbling apart afterward - when the offending party has no idea???? ;-)

Have you ever stood your ground and completely amazed yourself???

P.S. I'm on "Day 2" of my jean shorts....

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Smelly Jeans That Look Nice

So what do you guys think of the dude from Levi Strauss who only washes his jeans every 6 months so that they will look good forever?? (I am assuming he does not work outside in the sun most days like someone I know. Why does crotch rot come to mind when I think of this???)

For everyday care he spot cleans them with Windex or Formula 409. Then he hangs them in his bathroom at night. When he takes a shower the steam "freshens them up."

His six month cleaning (does he mark this on the calendar??) consists of him filling the bathtub with water and adding 2 Tablespoons of Dr. Bronner's Magic Liquid Soap. (I've never heard of this - must find some). He lays his jeans flat in the tub and soaks them for 20 minutes, at which time he removes them and hangs by the beltloops to dry.

On sunny days he puts on the jeans while they are still slightly damp and sits in the sun which helps the jeans to conform to his body shape.

Up until recently, I would wash my jeans after each wear. It took a lot of convincing for me to go to an every other day schedule. I'm paranoid of looking stinky and dirty. But this does save me a bit of laundry. I'm not sure I can do this 6 month method though. And does he go around smelling like Windex??? That can't be too sexy.

I recently bought a pair of jeans at The Gap. The funky kind with rips in them. Inappropriate for my age, I dare ask???? They definitely shrunk up after one wash and now I can barely sit in them. (But they do look super-hot when I remain standing ;-) ) Thinking I may try to go more than every other wash with those to see if I can get them to loosen up some...

How often do you wash your jeans? Would you be tempted to try his method if you knew your jeans would last for years (because you know the styles never change ;-) )

P.S. I have added a new item to my etsy shop. It is a little kitschy but then sometimes kitschy is fun!!! Perfect for the harpist in your life :D

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Guess Where I Was Last Night *Hangs Head Sheepishly*

Yep.  I was back at dance class, a  half hour late no less since VC had a soccer game...My friend from class tried to convince me with the whole "don't let them win" thing.  But what I really wanted to do was to give it one more go before letting the heat of my emotions take over.

I have spent most my life fighting my "cut and run instinct" - which any shrink will tell me probably has to do with my childhood.

So to stick it out and give it another shot was a big deal for me.  And you know what, BDD was as bossy as ever.  Correcting the assistant instructor every chance she got and suggesting that any dancers that add on after yesterday should automatically be placed as "skirt dancers," i.e. no props.

And the chick who wrote me the nasty email?  She came to her senses and said, "everything's cool."  Why, now I can sleep at night!!! ;-)  Bottom line was that I did absolutely nothing wrong.  I seriously never act out with malice despite what I might want to do!!  Yet, I so often find myself on the defending end of things...What.is.up.with.that??

Anyway, enough about me.  How is your week going?

I promise to visit everyone by tomorrow.  Things have been very hectic.

My New Policy Regarding Crying at Discount Craft/Hobby Shops

This weekend I learned something that broke my heart a  teeny tiny bit  A LOT.  I was trying to put it out of my mind, but while running errands yesterday, I thought about it and the tears started to flow.

Then, I came to my senses:  There's to be no crying while visiting the discount craft/hobby store (that I was about to enter) -- how would I explain it to the clerk who would be helping point me towards the proper paint pen??? Nope.  I needed to pull myself together quickly.  Which I did.

And then I thought this was the most ridiculous thing to be worried about.

Always trying to keep up "appearances."  That's me!

Have you ever cried in a most inappropriate place where people would have no idea what is wrong with you??

Next time, I'm just gonna let loose and not worry about it.  I'll feign "horrible allergy attack" when picking out my foam alphabet letter stamps.

Yeah, my week is really off to an awesome start....

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Final Smackdown (aka I'm done with this crap)

I know I should not make precipitous decisions. Been guilty of doing that before. But I was all set to go to a belly dance sale today, and you know what?? I think I've finally been pushed over the edge and am done with it. For goods.

Last week it was the whole BDD sword nonsense. BTW, I was about to take up FabuLeslie's suggestion and purchase a sword for home, one for my car, one for class and I thought possibly create a retractable one for when I travel.

But then this morning I got a "friendly" email from another member of the group. Apparently she was P.O.'d that I mentioned to the instructor that she and another girl would not be back. This all occurred when the instructor was making a list of students so she would know how many groups we would need for the next dance. I should have stated she would not be back for THAT SESSION so that it could not have been inferred that she would not be back permanently. (even though she likely won't) My bad.

Here's what she had to say, "I heard that you and (other dancer) told (the instructor) that I wasn't coming back to her class. I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but I think that was my place to tell her whether I should come back or not. I've never said anything when she asked about you because that was your place to tell her."

People come and go. The instructor knows that. I probably should have phrased it better, but you know what, I'm too old for this crap. We've already discovered I'm too old for updating the gap in my lady parts, well, this morning I discovered that I'm also too old to put up with people who happen to take belly dancing a little more seriously than I do.

There have been several times in my life when I counted things as a "sign" that it is time to move on. And I truly believe this is one of those times. The fun is gone. And now so am I.

Have you ever just up and quit something and it was the best decision ever???  or are you still regretting it?

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Call Me Old Fashioned

I had to cringe when I glanced over at MB's facebook page, when I noticed the first entry up top in his timeline was an update from a family member on her pregnancy. The update, simply:

1.5cm dilated, 80% effaced, 0 station. Still waiting...

Really people, do we all need to know the exact size of the gap in your lady parts?????

Back when VC was born almost 15 years ago, if you can believe this, we didn't even own a home computer. Really! The only way to notify family members of the pregnancy, was to call everyone on the home phone. Similarly, they learned of his birth also via telephone!!! Those were about the only 2 mass communications we made over the 9 months.

How ever did they survive without receiving weekly photos of sonograms and my growing belly???

Family members saw photos of VC after we got double prints made at the local pharmacy and mailed them via the postal service!!!!

It was all so much less "in your face I'm having a baby and here's how big my opening is" -- and I kinda liked it that way....

Your thoughts? (I realize I'll probably catch some heat for this post- but have at it!!)

P.S. If you get a chance to comment on my photo in the photo contest, I'd love it! All it takes a is a quick comment :-) thanks guys!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Belly Dance Smackdown - A New One!!!!




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unrelated: I just got a spam comment from "custom rims":  Pimp.  (that was it) How very thought provoking!

And, soccer, what soccer?  I've got some belly dance news!!!

Nah, I won't keep you hangin' on for the update on VC's first soccer game after 9 years.  He did well!  Not really, really well, but well for his first game, at least according to the coach.  After all, real life is rarely like the movies.  If it was I'd be writing that the coach put him in and he was a dynamo, racing across the field, running left and right, stealing the ball and eventually scoring the winning goal.  That did not happen.  But you know what, he is enjoying it and I have no doubt that with a little instruction that scene may unfold sometime in the near future.

After taking the summer off from my original belly dance class, I was back last week.  What I failed to mention in my previous Smackdown posts is that there is a belly dance diva in the new class that I moved up to a few months ago.  How fortuitous for my blogging!  I know!!

The class has dwindled to about 9 people.  Half of the group has been together for years, and then four of us newbies joined them.  The welcome mat was never officially rolled out.

Anyshimmy, Belly Dance Diva dances with a ton of 'tude.  She always has to be upfront with the spotlight on her.  She extra extra shimmys and jiggles and tries her best smoldering looks.  (I have only one look, and it does not smolder).

We were discussing props for our next tribal dance (which BDD picked out - since she has appointed herself class spokesperson).  She has been dying to do some sword dancing again.  The instructor said Fine. So BDD quickly picked out her little clique of dancers.

The rest of us newbies do not own swords.  As the teacher was explaining our other options:  baskets, flowers, fans or skirt dancing, my friend was contemplating whether or not to do the sword dancing too.

BDD keeps interjecting and turning around to tell us:  "The swords cost $200."  Then the teacher would talk some more and BDD would turn around and say "Plus shipping.  And you won't use them alot."  We discussed more.  Then BDD turns around again, "And if you get the case, that's another $25."

It was OBVIOUS that BDD did not want us doing sword dancing.  It was so obvious it was rude. Not to mention that money is not an object for my friend and she could easily buy a sword tomorrow.

The instructor asked us to think about it and to send her an email with our preferences.  I emailed that I would go with the fan or skirt dancing, and snarkily added:

["Besides, [BDD] was sure trying to convince us not to get a sword.  Probably doesn't want us ruining the show ;-)"]

Yeah, I'm getting a lot more ballsy in my old age....I BCC'd my buddy on the email and she sends me back this message:

"OMG"

But it really didn't matter because the instructor knows BDD is a diva, especially since she wrote me back and in the middle of the paragraph typed:  "(Ignore her by the way)"  I seriously LOL'd.

Does any of this make sense-- or is it one of those "you gotta be there" jokes???

I'm thrilled to have some new Smackdown action!!

*I have been working on this post for over an hour.  I've been getting interrupted first with a request from the newspaper (and not the itty bitty town one- the biggie regional one!) to interview VC about his performing at RenFest and then from a school requesting he perform for Fairytale day.  I swear he needs a manager!!!!*  No wonder I'm worn down and poppin' the Zicam.

I do not mention this by way of bragging.  But hey, if we can't brag about our kids on the blog, where can we brag ;-)

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Unconventional Soccer Player

Well, today was VC's first official day participating in a school sport!!  If you are wondering why I bring this up, it is because it is a truly momentous occasion, since the last time VC participated in a competitive sport (not counting gym and recess) he was 5 years old.

We received an email the other day asking if he would be willing to help out the soccer team.  It is a new school so the program is still in the fledgling stages.

I immediately had flashbacks to VC on the soccer team between ages 3 and 5.  Most of that time consisted of us sitting on the bleachers cringing as VC held "coffee klatch" time in the outfield, not paying much attention to the game.  At all.  Then the few times he was on offense, he made a beeline around the clump of players vying for the ball, careful to stay out of the fray.  It was kinda like a sheep dog following along outside the sheep.  He was a smart one.  Why get in on that aggressive activity when you didn't HAVE to.

When he quit soccer at age 5 we figured we'd never be attending another soccer game and were quietly celebrating that we did NOT need to be involved in organized sports,  spending every weekend attending games.  Nope, we were the smart ones.  The only thing we needed to get him to was  his juggling practice and occasional gigs or talent shows.  It has been that way all through the eighth grade. Dang, we had it easy :D

We even sold  his new soccer ball at a garage sale a few years back.

But then, in middle school, he  took a soccer ball to school since he and some of the kids would kick the ball around at recess.  It could get pretty aggressive at times, but he loved it and apparently had an awesome kick, as he won several "shoot outs" in gym class.  What helped with his aggressiveness was chasing after the ball when the bullies would grab it a few minutes into the games at recess.  By the end of eighth grade, nobody was messing with him *pats self on back as I told him to get in there and kick a$$ when necessary*  (you may recall my bully posts from over a year ago.)

He was toying with the idea of trying out for the team at the beginning of the year.

The one thing he was unfamiliar with was the official "rules" of the game.  The thing is that between the three of us, we know a lot of stuff, but are not necessarily formally trained in most of it.  What to do, what to do:  Why, head to the library to check out a soccer book.  (He insisted we do this on my card because the best books were in the children's section.)

After reading up some, he eventually decided not to try out for the team because he wanted to focus on his acrobatics instead.  Fine.

Flashforward to this weekend when we got the email asking for help.  I asked the coach if he would be willing to meet us on a soccer field on Sunday to get VC up to speed.

We went for a walk and came back after half an hour.  The coach's words were something to the effect, "Well, he has an unusual kick-- but it works-- so we'll keep it as is."  VC explained the strategy:  Since the coach realized he had excellent speed, but did not necessarily know all the official "foot moves," that he should kick the ball away from the opponents and then run like heck to get it.

An excellent plan!!!!  It is an "away" game, so I won't be able to see him play.  It is happening as I type this.

Can a juggler morph into soccer player??  I can't wait to find out.

I just dug out this picture of him playing when he was 4 years old:

VC Playing Soccer (age 4)

It just melts my heart :-)

Did any of your children take up organized sports after many years off? How'd they do?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Come Settle This Debate

I was fishing through my purse and came across a fortune that I had saved for VC from our visit to the Chinese buffet.  (scale avoidance is recommended for 36 hrs following a visit).  We have a spot on the refrigerator where we collect fortunes that are really, really good in case they come true.

So I told VC I needed to remember to put it there.  He said that wasn't necessary since his lucky number was not on the back.

But, c'mon - it doesn't get much better than this fortune:

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Even if his lucky number was not on the back:

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My theory has always been that the numbers on the back are your new lucky numbers, ones that you might want to use, say, on a Powerball ticket purchase that week and that they have nothing to do with whether the fortune will come true.

What do you think? If the lucky number is not present, does that void the fortune??? *shakes head*

P.S. I am extra super giddy tonight, having set up my etsy store :) Squee!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly & the Intentionally Ugly

I've been spending lots of time experimenting with paints this week, and here are the results. It was a mixed bag:

The Good - This small angel on panel




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I mentioned to VC that one of the women in the class painted her kids as angels. I asked if he wanted me to do that for him (already knowing the answer). He declared "no way" and suggested I paint him as a devil instead (note to religious folk - this is not meant to offend - he really is a sweet kid - not at all devil-like - but for the sake of art.....) Hence, The Bad (as in Bada$$):

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The pitchfork must be made of rubber considering how it is bending.  Still need to re-work it.

Next I spent some time experimenting with antiquing. You can see the results were not quite as stunning as I had planned ;-) ) The Ugly:

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There is still a lot of refining to do, especially to soften the look of the eyes on all my pieces. Having not painted in years, I'm going to slow down some, so as not to burn myself out. Yep, I'm one of those who dives into things - goes all nuts and then gets bored quickly....

Oh, but in other fun news, the instructor decided to use a picture of me painting my angel piece to advertise future classes at her studio!




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As you can see, my newer angels are a lot more cheerful, cutesy. Do you prefer that over the more serious ones I did in this painting above? Any suggestions are very much appreciated!!

And now for the Intentionally Ugly. I swear my post about Marilyn Manson was prophetic because I no sooner put the post up and there was a new pic of Marilyn on the web showing him without his makeup, which is rare:

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I'm skeered. ;-)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

How We Spent Labor Day Weekend

It's always fun to come up with creative blog post titles!

As I may have already mentioned, we spent the weekend at a juggling festival.  The fun part was meeting up with jugglers from out of state that we only see once or twice a year at this type of convention.  Many are VC's YouTube buddies...When on the "jugging circuit," it is common to keep bumping into the same fun folks...

Here are some photos I took this weekend:

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VC won the "Simon Says" competition with this amazing feat: Juggling from a standing up position to a laying down position, without stopping. The crowd went wild :D   VC-VC-VC (that's me chanting)

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VC was also crowned champion in "fewest catches with 3 balls in 30 seconds" (with 21)  and tied for best partner act.

MB decided to bring his skates so he could show off get some exercise. I could NOT let him show me up!!

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Are my shorts too short for a woman of my age??? (on second thought, DO NOT COMMENT AS I DON'T GIVE A RAT'S A@$   ;-) ---> but in a good way)

At the end of Saturday's events, it is customary to have a "Big Toss Up":

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How was your weekend? Was juggling involved???

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Marilyn Manson Angels - The Big Reveal

Wow!!  This  has been a much hyped (by me) post. Remind me not to do that again so that I am not embarrassed when the post fails to deliver -- As with my other artistic post, there is never a need to ohhhhhhhhh and ahhhhhhhhhh -- especially since the piece may not be to your liking...

Honest assessments are very much appreciated - I can take it!!!! Heck, you can even lambaste me some more over my inappropriate dance top!!!

This was the piece that I worked on in the 2 part class (6 hrs total- which included a LOT of chit chat.  I was superfocused.) Several of the participants didn't even finish 1/2 their paintings:

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Does that chick on the right not look like Marilyn Manson????

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Those lips!!  That eye!!

About the writing:  I decoupaged the words from a song book once I saw the name of the song, "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"  -- those words have had a lot of meaning for me at many times in my life. I was so hung up with getting the words on the piece that it suffered a bit aesthetically.

We all painted angels, various interpretations, from our own heads. Of course I couldn't settle on one simple head and a large wing like everyone else........noooooooo...I had to do two angels.

Yes the one in the back is naked. No this is not one of my fantasies...It's just that I didn't want to make the one in the front naked since boobage would have needed to be shown - which is a no no, especially on an angel piece.

Since I finished that piece on Thursday, I've created two smaller, cartoonish angel pieces that I'll post sometime...I had A LOT of fun with them. Let's just say that one is the devil.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend. We've got a big juggling fest going on, and I'm about "juggled out" even though I did not do any juggling myself. Speaking of angels, VC is in juggling heaven! I'll post some pics of that next week too.

TTFN.

P.S. if you are interested in seeing my take on the Masters, you can see my artwork in this post.

Friday, September 3, 2010

A Review: NOVICA's Fair Trade Artisans

The Mission of NOVICA is simple:  "... to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity."  This site features home decor and silver jewelry made by incredibly talented artists/craftsman.  Novica is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market.

Not only is the sterling silver jewelry exquisite, but when you select a piece, there is a short bio and photo of the actual artist who created the piece, as well as an artist's statement.  The culture of each artist is clearly reflected in his/her pieces.  As an artist and jewelry lover, I was captivated by personal care that goes into each piece.  The selection of necklaces is stunning.  I prefer pieces that are classic/yet modern, so I was especially drawn to this necklace and matching earrings.




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Click on the image above to get a closer look at the amazing detail that went into each earring...Here is a photo of the artist who created these pieces.  He is a silversmith from Mexico.

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It adds such a personal touch to know the story/meaning behind the jewelry.  If you look closely at the design above, you can see the angel wings- beautiful...

Even the jewelry boxes are handcrafted!

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If you are looking for quality handcrafted gift items for the upcoming holiday season- this is the site for you.  The prices will surprise you and the shipping is incredibly reasonable too!


To learn more about NOVICA, I encourage you to visit them on Facebook or Twitter.

I've got a soft spot in my heart for artists, and it is good to know that when you make a purchase, it is going to support fair trade artisans.

Warning:  You could spend  hours browsing this site :D

Full Disclosure: I received a gift certificate to facilitate my review.

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Up Next:  My Manson-esque angels - woot! ;-)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Is There Any Hope for the Rest of Us???

Did you hear that my healthy hero Dr. Oz, was diagnosed with a precancerous colon polyp?  If Dear Dr. Oz who can do no wrong nutritionally can get a precancerous growth, how the heck are the rest of us gonna stay healthy???

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I'm back on the relatively healthy eating bandwagon, after slightly falling off at the end of my gluten free food foray.  I'm happy to hear that Dr. Oz will be ok, but this news is slightly disconcerting.  Last year I made one of those green shakes that he was raving about on his show.  I couldn't make it past the first sip.  So if he's been subsisting on that kinda healthy thing and STILL gets sick, I'm in big trouble...time to lay off the cheeseballs...

Speaking of health, I've made an appointment with a new endocrinologist for late Sept. She was kind enough to email me back and said that she also has Hashimoto's -- fingers crossed that it will be an informative visit, unlike my last one....

P.S.  Talk about unhealthy, have you seen the recent beach picture of Kelly Ripa?  eeeeegads - the girl's skin and bones.  So very sad :-(
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