missdiane: (Just drug me up already)
The tell tale twinges are blaring to me that the back is out. Started last night when goodness forbid I try lying on my side. I was getting up slowly and my breath was taken away by the pain. Joy. Well, not documenting for sympathy, documenting to track this BS.

I managed to get a few small things done today but for the most part, since this now happens every six months like clockwork (wtf?), I know I'll be prone on the couch for a few days. All the activity I've done recently helping Emily paint her parents' house to get it ready (hope their move in goes well and goes today) and running around didn't put the back out. Nope, lying down incorrectly did it.

This is nuts.

missdiane: (Amelie kiss)
Even though the poor thing hit all kinds of traffic and got in later than she'd expected, it was so nice to have [livejournal.com profile] motherofjedi  over for an all-too-brief visit on her trek up to see her guru in CT. I ordered us a delicious dinner to be delivered from Veganized and we hung out and chatted while she tried to track down the information for her Airbnb place a few streets away.

The place she's in was really nice. I swear if it were offered as a 1BR apartment for rent, I'd seriously consider it after my lease is up in 2019. Even though it was somewhat swampy this morning, I drove us over to the rose garden at Colonial Park since I thought it would be a nice place to stroll while many of the roses were in bloom. I'll have to visit again this summer to see if other pretty roses bloom but here's a few pictures from today's visit:Pretty flowers )

After the short walk, we stopped back by so she could "check out" as it were and we went for lunch at Noodle GoGo where we stuffed ourselves silly. One thing that was especially delicious was a Peppercorn Tofu which was more of a salt-and-pepper tofu similar to this recipe. I am SO getting that again. It was crispy and flavorful on the outside and creamy on the inside. 

Then it was time to see her off for her trip. Hope all goes well on the rest of your journey, Mojo!
missdiane: (Sound of Music Hot nun action)
Some things you dismiss but they'll inevitably come cropping back up to nag at your brain. Short background: they are trenching around the outside of our building at work and there are a crew of guys that put sailors to shame with their cussing and aren't exactly the most eye-candy worthy of dudes (Joe quipped that Larry the Cable Guy was working and man, one of them really was a spitting image lol). 

Anyway, yesterday something Elaine said just kind of got under my skin, though it's something that's my issue. She joked that none of the guys outside are at all good looking enough to bother to tell our work friend Latisha to check out. The reason that it got me is that folks don't ever ask about that aspect of me. Whether I've been married (I think they're rather aware that I haven't), whether I've been in a long term relationship (I think they're assuming I haven't, which they would be correct), or whether I've been in a short term relationship (fyi, nope, nothing there either). I know I've mentioned about some actor or something being a hottie and such, but I guess it makes me wonder why no one asks. 

It's funny because I don't even really want anyone to ask because it's embarrassing but it makes me feel like there's something perceived as wrong with me since no one broaches ever the subject at all. I gave up on the concept of bothering to make any attempts at that stuff years ago but ages of social norms are difficult to completely dismiss. 
missdiane: (Kitty checking out bird)
The room upstairs that's going to be the hangout space/media room was pretty ugly and the carpet was horrible. I should've taken an even bigger picture of the hideous carpet.


Looks like there needs to be some touch-ups around the bottom due to having to clean up black carpet backing crud and the outlet covers need restored but other than that the room is starting to look MUCH more cheerful and clean. Emily got carpet tiles to have a base and her parents have plenty of area rugs to put on top to make it even more cozy. For as much work as everything has been, it was nice to see such good results. I wish we'd taken before pictures of the other rooms but none of them were all that dramatic of makeovers




missdiane: (Handbasket)
Well certainly not the Father's Day any of us were hoping for, that's for sure. Got a call from Mom last night who was freaking out because Dad was dizzy (he does get spells) and it was getting worse and what should they do. Those calls drive me nuts because what the hell am I supposed to do from two states away? GO TO THE HOSPITAL (and good grief don't drive yourself there). 

Fortunately Mom was able to get the next door neighbor to take him and Sis and her hubby drove up too. What we suspect, which seems like is the case is that Dad the Doofus is severely dehydrated. He's one of those people that you have to constantly lecture to drink anything. His BP was still high after a few hours so they've kept him overnight. I called him this morning and he seemed tired but in good spirits. How anyone ever improves in a hospital when they're pestering you every few hours for blood and tests is beyond me. He had breakfast, which he said was actually really good and he grumbled when they asked him to make a lunch order since he wants to go home. I told him he needs to suck it up and stay through lunch so they can continue to make sure his BP gradually goes down. Sounds like he's going to have go to on meds at least for a while. He doesn't like that either but hey, you know what would have probably made it so you didn't have to? Drink water, dorkman.

I haven't called Mom to check on her yet because Dad said when he talked to her before me that she hadn't slept and he told her to go sleep so I'll pester her in maybe an hour or so.

Aside from that discomforting news, I've been super busy with helping Emily get the house painted and such. Her parents are still slated to move this week but need to confirm with the movers. Her family is still working but I've very much run out of steam since I was there painting on my day off on Friday until I had to go to the dermatologist in the afternoon (naturally I have a dodgy looking mole where the bra strap hits that I'm sure will be cancer because it's in a very inconvenient place). Yesterday morning Emily and I painted some more until I went in the afternoon to a vegan expo with my friend Michelle. Hopefully all goes well with her parents move this week since I know I'd be a mess trying to help move mine if the situation were reversed.

Ok, need to get moving and get some groceries for the week - things that I don't have to cook, preferably since the weather is hot and swampy.
missdiane: (Minions - Agnes Big Eyes)
I'm getting bored with plain water but since it's summer, hydration is key. Someone posted this on the food porn forum on FB I belong to and it looked interesting. Has anyone ever tried Switchel or Haymaker's Punch like this

Another thing I might do is get out the ol' infusion pitcher and do things like cinnamon and ginger water or strawberry mint. I also might get some raspberry syrup to add to iced tea. 

Anyone have recommendations for the best lemonade to buy? I'd make it but DANG do you have to use a ton of lemons to make a little lemonade. Not cost effective

Other ideas - non boozy and lightly boozy welcome. 

Tangentially related - just for fun, when I took all my glass down from above the kitchen cabinets and cleaned them, I decided to hang on to one of the depression glass sets and am using it for the morning coffee and cookie/biscotti

missdiane: (Kitty checking out bird)
[livejournal.com profile] spikesgirl58 brought up a good point on my previous post about turning old malls into living areas. There are places in cities where it's an all-in-one deal of living space, work space, shopping space where people don't need to leave and she's concerned about folks not getting outside. Fair point. Very fair.

However, there are solutions which cities are getting behind. It's called Urban Forestry. I know well about it because our folks do research on it and even have an entire curriculum about it. (Personal note...hm...looks like I need to poke Jason and his crew about getting the research stuff up on that site. tsk tsk!)

The experience that I've had - aside from good ol' Central Park in NYC is I've visited the High Line there too where they've taken an old railway line on the West Side of Manhattan and turned it into a rambling park. It is SUPER cool to be able to go from all the hustle and bustle down at street level and go up and walk along all the greenspace. More big cities are "going green" and finally getting around to recognizing the importance of having gardens, flowers, trees and just even grass for people to enjoy. I hear about kids that grew up in the city that have never been able to lie in grass. Even in places like Detroit, it's happening

Here's hoping that the trend keeps going. Literally a "grassroots" movement at its finest.
missdiane: (MLK has a dreamsicle!)
As much as this report seems depressing, I like what they're doing now. 

I especially like the idea of the apartments (condos would be nice too) on the upper level and shopping on the lower level. It goes back to when you didn't have to get into your car to go to the store to get something. Wouldn't it be nice if you ran out of an ingredient while cooking and all you had to do was walk to the other end of the mall to get it?  
missdiane: (kitty starry night)
Going to be a long day. It's gloomy and wet, work is overwhelming and still combating JuneBug's on and off sour tummy. I tried a new limited ingredient diet food last night which was an epic FAIL. Poor baby girl was going from litterbox to litterbox this morning. I hope that she's got it all out of her system. I'm pondering again trying to find a raw food to transition her to or trying to be brave enough to make a batch. 

Anyhoo, since I was following her around trying to keep up with the scooping between 3-5 am, I'm going to be so very tired today. If I didn't have a very important conference call this afternoon, I'd take off work. So instead, I'll just try to play peppy music and get up and take laps around the building. 

I've started with this song

missdiane: (Baby nom nom cupcake)
Yesterday until I got to the evening, I was hungry. I could chalk it up to less protein consumption but I think it was more a mental thing. Today, however, I am so full. I had avocado toast for breakfast again, adding some sliced roasted red pepper to the top. I'm getting used to the non-dairy creamer but I doubt I'll stick with it after the week is over unless I somehow feel physically improved at the end of the week. 

For lunch I got lazy and ordered a sandwich that was supposed to be a mix of several different grilled vegetables but ended up being mostly eggplant. It was tasty enough with the balsamic vinegar served with it but I'll get off my lazy butt and make my own version for cheaper next time. 

There was a baby shower at work and since the pregnant coworker loves vegan stuff, I persuaded a coworker to make a cake that he'd made previously that was SO delicious. The pics I took today turned out blurry but here's one from a previous time he made it. 

I made a punch with lemon and mango sorbettos which also turned out to be lovely.

For dinner, I used my new grill pan to make a "Beyond Meat" burger - holy moley I love this. I'll eat this again for sure. 

The bun is a multigrain bun from Wegmans. I added a bit of Just Mayo and some lemonade pickles to the burger. Incredibly delicious and I am so totally full. *urp*
missdiane: (Fruity fruitness)
Started off the morning with a small slice of multigrain toast with avocado and a small slice of rosemary sourdough with some fake butter. The coffee creamer still isn't ideal but adding some coconut cream has helped enough that it'll be fine getting through the week. Yesterday I roasted butternut squash, zucchini and shiitake mushrooms to toss into dishes this week. I spent way too much at the store on Sunday but I'd been rather frugal with grocery shopping for a while so I'll consider it a "restock"

I weighed in at 201.5 this morning which I'm surprised since I overate yesterday and expected it to be closer to 205. I've not been happy with myself that it's been over 200 - even got to 209 at the doctor's office recently so I'm hoping that the practice of being super aware of my diet will help get it back under the 200 mark and is a start to getting it further down.
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The Vegan Week Challenge start next Tuesday the 30th! I've already got a lot of ideas like polenta with a wild mushroom topping, summer corn chowder, fancy avocado toast, etc. For those of you that were curious about eating more veggies and such but juuuuust can't commit for a whole week for whatever reason, I've broadened the scope of the Facebook group if you'd like to join. It's now:

Part time vegetarians & vegans who love them

Also, thank you and hugs to anyone I may have forgotten to thank for lovely birthday wishes! It would have gone better if poor Emily hadn't sat on a piece of broken glass right when we got to the lounge last night and had to ask them for a bandaid and it left a hole in her pants. But hopefully we'll negate that bummer with a trip tomorrow to NYC to stroll around the Met Museum and go in search of the illusive ice cream rolls.

I'd have more to post but it's been one crazy CRAZY busy week at work and I'm pooped. It's so weird that I actually now have various "meetings" that I'm a key person to attend now. It used to be that my calendar was pretty blank except for personal stuff. 

Oh! And I have my new glasses. I'll keep the computer glasses at work and I'm slowly adjusting to the progressive bifocals. 

missdiane: (Powerpuff Dine)
This morning on the news, someone announced that 232 years ago today back in 1785, correspondence from Benjamin Franklin with the first illustration of bifocal glasses occurred. 

Interesting timing hearing that since yesterday I finally had to suck it up and get bifocals. I'm going for the non-line ones which I hope I can adjust to quickly enough. Since Sears Optical had their usual BOGO deal, for the second pair, I ordered non-bifocal "computer glasses" so I won't have to do that annoying thing of tilting my head back to read stuff on the screen. I got that pair with some sassy blue frames. The regular pair is a darker purple in back and a tortoiseshell pattern in front.  

Though you'd think after something is around for 232 years that they wouldn't be so darned expensive. Bah.
missdiane: (Bear hiding eyes)
52 is entirely too young. Wow. He was one of my favorites, be it in Soundgarden, Audioslave, solo, etc. Just the other day, this came on the radio as I was driving home and it always makes me have a bittersweet smile - it will more so now.

Since my Mom's a huge rock fan, she's going to be bummed by this. One of her favorite songs from the pop Christmas albums is his version of Ave Maria

 
missdiane: (Default)
I wouldn't have been any more surprised if the ENT would have proclaimed loudly "BORING!" and walked out.

Evidently by my CT scan I have super duper clean lovely sinuses...yet I have sinusitis. Whut? Oh, he's thinking it's migraines. Yes, I take BP meds because my GP diagnosed me with a month-long migraine. It helped for a while but I guess not anymore. He says I should to go a neurologist and get on meds.

But my major concern today was redness inside my lips and burning inside my mouth when I eat as well as a lump below my tongue. The lump started last week and I assumed it was probably a salivary stone since Mom gets those so I upped the water intake and started doing hard candy. It helped it go down some. But the mouth thing sprung up suddenly yesterday morning. This ENT doesn't seem to give a shit and yes, actually told me I was too healthy for him and dismissed me.

Guess since I'm not interesting enough or not dying of cancer, I'm not worthy of decent treatment? Yeah, fuck that dude. Well, for now I got some dry mouth gel, I'm going to make a much better effort to eat, exercise and otherwise live healthier and see where that takes me before I start doctor hopping again because clearly they don't give a shit.
missdiane: (Getting in shape!)
Since FB can be the breeding ground for drama, I'm being especially brave. But hey, it's one more place to check in and keep myself accountable so no risk, no reward!

Any and all interested folks are welcome to join the Vegan Week Challenge group on Facebook which the first one starts on Tuesday May 30 (post Memorial Day weekend because I'm nice) and ends Monday June 5 - well, unless you keep going!

Hopefully it will be the first of many. I could stand a regular kick in the pants to eat well and do right by the world. 
missdiane: (Kitty Chinese food)
Hey [personal profile] veganhothead  I think it might be time for me to do another Vegan Week challenge and invite others if they're game. Whattya think? Maybe x-post it to FB. FYI, there's a Food Porn forum with some vegan folks that just joined if you want to be added? It's not all vegan but the new folks do post some seriously yummy looking stuff.

I need to improve my diet and need to get exercising and you'd think that with Summer coming it's be easier since that's when everyone gets all energized but I'm exactly the opposite since I'm a sun and heat avoider. So if I make it a personal challenge and get habits to stick through this rough period, it should help.

I need to use some bits up and do some pondering for what to eat so hm...Could start the end of this month? Anyone else feel like joining in?

missdiane: (kitty fortune cat)
It's a cool and very rainy day today. I went for a short trip out to pick up a few groceries that I forgot the other day and to get a lovely loaf of bread from Paris Baguette. My favorite varieties are their multigrain and the pumpkin with black sesame that I picked up this morning
 
 
I've gotten into the whole "avocado toast" craze, which wasn't a stretch since I've always been a big fan of avocados for breakfast, adding them to omelets and such. I saw the stupidest things on the news yesterday that there are some people trying to lobby for a warning label to be put on avocados because dopes aren't being careful when trying to cut them and are stabbing their hands. Give me a break. I've never heard of a call for a warning label on bagels (yeah, have sliced my hands a few times) or butternut squash, or pineapples. 

Anyway, it was a rather foolish choice to go out today. I walked out of the first of three places I'd planned to stop and promptly dropped my umbrella and broke it so that it wouldn't close. Then I found that I parked in a spot where I'd have to step in a trouser-hem-deep puddle to get to the driver's side door. I was a soggy mess when I got home. 

My downstairs neighbors are moving out today and I would've gone down to wish them well but it looked like they were struggling enough with the rain and moving furniture. Poor things. Besides, I did get to run into Natalie yesterday who was about ready to pack the kitties up to move them. This morning she texted me a sweet picture of kittyboy Miles enjoying their new sliding door. I'll text her in a couple of weeks and see when she's around campus if she wants to get lunch or something. 

Once I got dried off, the rain did its work of lulling me into a nap. The kitties have been out cold most of the day. Rainy cool days are the best for napping. I'm not looking forward to next week's weather. After a stretch of below-average temperatures which I was just fine with, it's supposed to suddenly jump to near 90 by mid week. Sheesh. I mean I know summer has to come but could there at least be a gradual introduction? 

Suffice it to say, I got some ham to go with the bread and some other frozen meals and toss-together stuff for the nasty days since I don't want to heat up the apartment by cooking much.
missdiane: (Baby Bunneh)
I'm chipping away at my vacation days bit by bit. Today I ran errands and made sure to pick up groceries since Saturday is forecast to be rainy and nasty and Sunday is going to be iffy to get around with Rutgers graduation being down River Road.

While on a quick Target visit (to get more spray to battle the car ants, I'm making progress), I found some little $3 battery operated lights and when I got home, I put them above the little hippy-dippy banner I have hanging across the entrance to the hall that leads to the bedroom on the right and bathroom on the left.


Just a little thing to make me smile 
missdiane: (Tinkerbell Tantrum)
This time it's in the car with the ant issues. I had this problem about this time last year. The bits of green stuff and pollen falls from the tree and in front of my assigned spot is a leafy underbrush area. It's been moist so the little boogers are somehow making their way in around the door frame and having ant conferences or something. I don't have any food or drink in the car so it's the environment. I freaked when there were a billion of them around the door frames. I went out with a bottle of orange cleaner at work and killed and wiped away tons of them.

It was bothering me so I took this afternoon off and started off at the car wash. The car got a thorough scrubbing on the outside, including an underbody wash and I vacuumed the hell out of it - especially around all the seals. I then went out and purchased some ant baits with adhesive to put near the doors of the car on the inside as well as some ant stakes that I shoved a ton of them in the ground in front of my parking spot. Right now my car is parked on the nearby street which I'll try to do this for at least several days in the hopes that the stakes will start to do their job. I saw some ants in the passenger side doorframe when I got home so I'm not done with the battle yet but if I stay vigilant, I should be able to get rid of the worst of them soon.

I saw my nice downstairs neighbors as I was walking over to do the staking and asked her whether she's had any problems with ants. She said she didn't notice a problem with her car but that she and her boyfriend have been plagued by them in the apartment. I'm still seeing them in mine too, mostly in the kitchen but far, far less since I've been obsessed with eradicating them. By the way, diatomaceous earth hasn't done diddly for me, I'm afraid. I did put some ant bait gel in spots today so hopefully that slaughters more of the little bastards. 

But sad news for me, the nice neighbor is moving in about a month. Awww. But it's good for her since her boyfriend works in Pennsylvania so they're moving to a place in NJ that'll be about equal distance for him to drive to work and for her to drive to our campus. Going to miss her and her kitties that say hi.

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