missdiane: (kitty catnip)
Another sweet video - chef Bobby Flay and his kitty Nacho Flay

Wouldn't have pegged him as a cat dude but you can't always tell!

As far as a me update, still hitting the gym with Emily. Hoping sometime that I'll have less random soreness on and off through the day but doing well otherwise. I must have pretty strong biceps since I had to up the weight pulldown machine to 60 pounds to feel adequate resistance around the 10 count mark. However other muscles need more work and I've been able to identify those (triceps, core, glutes, quads) so I can work on them. I've also done a mile each time I do the treadmill the last few days which is good. Still keeping an eye out for a convenient yoga class to get good stretching in but I should try to fit in some yoga stretches at home. 

I made some strawberry lemon freezer jam today - my first attempt at freezer jam that I can recall. It didn't firm up as much as I'd hoped but the taste is amazing so I won't fret about it being a bit thin. It'll still taste awesome on toast. 

Starting next Sunday I'm doing a vegetarian challenge to focus on the eating again and enjoy fresh summer produce. I'll make a post soon on the LJ Healthystart community if anyone wants to join in. It's vegetarian rather than vegan so eggs and dairy are permitted (though check those cheeses!)

Hope everyone is doing well *huggles*
missdiane: (Junie and Bunny)
Kedi was absolutely gorgeous. Lovely little stories about the kitties and their unique situation in Istanbul. The many panoramic visuals of the city and the tiny colorful details were stunning. I'm also wondering how they filmed some of the things where they follow the cats at close range.

It may be available to purchase on YouTube in non-US locations. If it's not too expensive, go for it. You won't regret it, especially if you love cats. 
missdiane: (kitty starry night)
I've noticed that firefly season must be over since I'm not seeing the tell tale twilight blinking lately. It was fun while it lasted, especially for JonJon who since I've been going to bed around peak firefly activity time, I was entertained watching him be entertained looking out the window and twitching his head toward the light when a firefly's glow went off. Looking it up, there's a chance if the environment is just so, we may see them again this summer. Hope so.

This, however, is Firefly watching, epic level. Also educational.

Growing up, we called them "lightning bugs" but "firefly" is a prettier word. I remember catching them in a jar when I was a kid.
Ever do that too? 
missdiane: (kitty starry night)
I was going to go to a showing of this many months ago but the friend that was organizing it,forgot about it. Looks like if I do a free trial of YouTube Red that I can watch it for free

missdiane: (Kitty checking out bird)
Youtube gave me another cute suggested video

I especially love Bill Geist videos. The pies look awesome in the video but as usual, there's a bigger message. It reminds me of the kind of trips that I like to make - not to some desert island, not to some far off land but to the little out-of-the-way quirky little places that can be explored not far from home. 

I used to do this in Ohio when both my Dad and I weren't working and we'd get in the car with Mom and go on our little adventures to some of the little backroads. In one small town we wandered through a dinky little antique shop and I found these vintage menus. One of the places - Arnaud's in New Orleans is still open but clearly the prices on the menu are much different nowadays. 

Another place we visited was Urbana Ohio at the Robert Rothschild farm HQ. You've probably seen or bought their stuff before. The funny thing is years later I was in the Hamptons for a film festival with Emily and we wandered into Barefoot Contessa's store. I saw that they had some of the Robert Rothschild stuff and I picked one up to see that they'd marked up the price obnoxiously. One of their salespeople came up and was all snooty as if I was some unimportant little plebe and started talking about the products as if they were made of gold. I gave her an amused look and said how their raspberry festival in Ohio was fun. She knew I wasn't buying her bullcrap and wrinkled her nose and walked off. Looking it up that store is now closed - perhaps with less conceit and better prices it would've stayed open.

Another one of the areas that we loved driving through, that my parents still visit is Amish country in northeast Ohio. We actually started to visit Berlin (not pronounced like the one in Germany) Ohio less because it's become such a fabricated tourist trap. 

Do you like to do the same? What kind of places do you visit? Found any really interesting quirky places that you didn't necessarily plan to go to initially?
missdiane: (Auntie Amy)
1977 Charles Kuralt report about the creator of shopping carts

You don't really see those tall ones in the grocery store much, do you? In some of the old groceries maybe. Those seem handier to me since I could actually lean over and reach the stuff in the cart instead of having to position myself in front of the cart at the checkout.
missdiane: (SW ObiWan thinks you smell)
Yeah, I'll stick it out another week, maybe two, but I may just say fuck it to PT and put together my own program. At least then I wouldn't have to dip into my workday to arrange it.

The regular physical therapist was my person today (get one day with her and one day with the aide) and she kept scolding I was rushing through things. Except that I wasn't. I wasn't doing them deliberately super slow or deliberately quickly. I was just doing what she gave me at a steady pace. The problem is that, again, she's doing three or four people all at the same time and so when I'm given an assignment like rolling the ball up the wall 10x and then doing 10 pushups against the ball and repeating these two times, it's not going to take me very long. Think about it, count to ten including those needed "Missisissippis" and is it really going to take all that time to carefully roll a rubber ball up the wall above your head and back down? Even less for the pushups. So if I'm taking my time, that's only six or seven minutes total while she's going around to the other people and assigning them things. So I'd do them another cycle or two and still get tsk tsked. She also didn't have the time to assign me non-lying down exercise though she agrees that I should be doing standing things. I'll have to make up my own homework, I suppose.

I don't object to the concept of PT. I object to this place's methods which really feel like they're milking insurance companies. Sure, I could go shopping around for another and start all over but the thing is, I know what I'm supposed to do. I just have to have the discipline to actually DO it.

Discouraging. I didn't have really high hopes but I thought it would be better than this. 
missdiane: (kitty catnip)
This is too cute - baby and kitty having a totally serious conversation!

missdiane: (Getting in shape!)
I felt cranky during a lot of it but I think most of that was still fear that my back is going to go all wonky. However at the moment I am feeling more "worked the muscles" achy rather than "oh shit the back's going to go at any moment" achy so it's a start. I bought a little notebook so that while things are still fresh in my mind, I can document what I did there and try to document my "homework" Today I did this

5 forward bends - I have no problem touching my toes with my fingers, fortunately
5 back bends - those made the lower back pissy right away so we corrected that with
10 more forward bends
10 minutes on the recumbent bike with 3.5 resistance. My back didn't like this so when done, I got up and bent a few more times
30 straight-arm pulls with the rubber band
30 bent-arm pulls with a tougher rubber band
10 sit-stands with a small medicine ball
10 stand-touches with a small medicine ball (tough!)
10 stand-hover with a small medicine ball (really tough!)
3 sets of 10 bridges on the bed with a ball held between my knees. 

Lying down exercises suck. I mentioned that. My back doesn't like lying down though it's less bad with my knees bent. Since I was wincing midway through the bridges because the mid-back started aching again, he had me do 10 minutes with a big heating pad on my back which helped some.

Rather than doing the homework which is mostly all stuff lying on my back or stomach, this weekend I'd like to get to Planet Fitness so I can do more of what I did today instead. On Monday morning I have the woman that assigned the exercises so I'm going to ask if I can have more standing things (and maybe some sitting) rather than lying exercises.  

I don't see myself doing this for a long time even though insurance pays for it. I'm hoping to stick it out long enough to build enough of a habit to it more on my own regularly. It's kind of annoying that the PT people are doing three or so of us at the same time because I don't feel like they pay enough attention to form. I also seriously need to work on eating better (read: less) so that extra weight isn't affecting my back so much either. 
missdiane: (kitty catnip)
For those of you into coloring books (most of them are too detailed for me, I get tired quickly - guess my fine motor control sucks lol)

I am kind of eyeing up the botanic garden one...hm...

Second PT session in half an hour. Not looking forward to it as I couldn't complete my homework due to sciatica and back aching. I'll see if the guy I haven't met yet has better advice. If it's some BS thing of being dumped on a machine or something, I'll be figuring this shit out myself. 

missdiane: (kitty fortune cat)
1) Do you want to get married?

2) Where would you like to get married?

3) If you were getting married in a week, who would be in your wedding party?

4) What would your wedding colours be?

5) Does marriage mean to you 'til death do us part?'

1) If the situation ever presented itself, it would be nice. I don't see it ever happening though.

2) Town hall. Expensive weddings are for the birds. But a small catered party after somewhere like a tea room or a covered garden would be kind of awesome

3) In a week? Sheesh. Well I'd have to get the parents here from Ohio, or vice versa. That's 100% certain. Then my bestie Emily and my buddies Michelle and Lena for sure. Would be nice if the siblings came but I can understand if a week wouldn't work.

4) Multicolors! With sparkles! A peacock-colored kind of dress or something for fun

5) That's kind of the point but if things went South, no sense torturing each other if it doesn't work out. That's dumb. I could see being the type that couldn't live with someone but would still be friends later (as long as the person didn't cheat or abuse in any way - deal breaker)
missdiane: (Evil laugh)
This one had me gigglesnorting:

Vatican reeling as DNA tests show communion wafers contain 0% Christ

My favorite line: Catholic Simon Williams told us, “So what have I been eating all these years? It’s not horse again is it?”

In non-sacrilicious updatery, going to ask the PT person tomorrow for different exercises. Doing them and then immediately after having to drag my flipping leg behind me with sciatica for most of the rest of the day is NOT what I signed up for. I'd like some standing exercises, for one. I don't do lying down very well.

Also, I really do want a bike. Need to find a good sale. 
missdiane: (Default)
If you have photos hosted on photobucket and you haven't yet gotten the email scolding you for using them on third party sites, go immediately there and back up your pictures. See article for details. It had been getting worse and worse for months with the absolute WORST glut of pop up, pop under and pop over ads to even see your pics or do anything. I had a sneaky feeling they were going to try something else so the other day I did the frustrating process of downloading them all (at least the ones I give a crap about) and backing them up on a flash drive and uploading them to google photos. Then this morning I got THE email.

I had already deleted my photos from their site before this so I had the great pleasure of going to their site and formally deleting my account. In the "reason" field - I cited their hamhanded extortion tactics and also pointed out that I have spent hundreds of dollars in their print shop having artwork, cards and gifts made and that I will never use their services again. I hope they go under.

In other news, PT went well enough. No real answers on the evaluation but hopefully they can make me stronger. The woman noted how flexible I was which sure, sounds good, but flexibility without strength is what keeps knocking my back out. So FIX me. I was also wishy washy about wanting to incorporate use of the pool. I don't object to being in the pool, it's all the annoyance of wrangling myself into the suit and then struggling out of it and smelling like chlorine. We'll see. Have another appointment this coming Friday afternoon and I have homework which I need to start doing this afternoon
missdiane: (Kitty Chinese food)
Sometimes YouTube gives me fun suggestions. This woman making a 1950s style lime jello salad intrigued me and she seems very sweet.

On her channel, she makes more old-style food videos. I'll have to subscribe to her page and watch them. I also think I'll make that jello salad for fun sometime soon.

missdiane: (Grover say what?)
Well today ended up being more of an adventure than originally planned. I needed to go out to Petco and pick up some litter since the bathroom box really needed emptied, scrubbed and refilled. The bathroom itself was also overdue for a good cleaning (and I wanted to use the new steam mop I got refurbished) so I thought an easy trip out this morning to get that and a couple of plants for the fire escape and I'd be in and done before noon.

NOPE. Welllll, shit. After driving to two different Petco stores and then calling Petsmart from the parking lot of the second, it seems World's Best Cat Litter has decided to discontinue the Advanced Formula I use. Either that or they've done something else more shifty (which I'm suspecting) which is to take the formula I buy - which you can only seem to get at pet stores or online - and repackage it, pretend it's even more super duper fabulous...and jack up the price.

Well fuck them. I won't be drawn in by marketing bullshit, I went to Target and bought a bag of the regular WBCL that I first used a few years ago with the kitties (since that's what the rescue uses) and have mixed it half with the little bit of the advanced I still had left at home. I also ordered a couple of bags of the Advanced that Chewy.com is still selling and will start the - sometimes annoying - process of easing the kitties back over to the old kind. I may have to sprinkle a little more deodorizer after scooping but as long as the kitties are fine with things and it performs ok with scooping, they're not getting extra money out of me. That and it'll be nice to eventually be back to the brand that I can also buy at places like Target and grocery stores.

Anyway, I did get the bathroom all cleaned, the trash taken out and carefully lugged up the bag of soil to plant my mini bits of pretty on the porch. Hopefully everything blossoms nicely.

I'm sitting with an ice pack on the back to make sure things don't flare up but other than that flurry of activity, I'll be taking it easy the rest of the day. Tomorrow starts what will likely be a long, tiring week.
missdiane: (HP Hogwarts IS the Titanic)
I picked up Emily this morning and we took a short excursion down to World Market and Trader Joe's in Shrewsbury. It was good to finally get out but I got back just in time since my tummy started to feel upset as I was only a little ways from home. I figured out quickly that it was hormone-influenced since the ol' cramps are ramping up big time.

Well, at least the worst of THAT should be out of the way for the Monday PT, thank goodness. I hope to feel a little better tomorrow so I can go get some soil and flowers over at Home Depot and finally put some pretty touches on the fire escape. The apartment complex doesn't appear to mind floral beautification as long as it isn't excessive and a few of the neighbors have some nice looking greenery going
missdiane: (Evil laugh)
I'm sure you were as pissed as the rest of us in NJ with the picture of Christie sunning himself on one of our CLOSED beaches with his family because of a state budget shutdown. This tweet gives me hilarity and life - photoshop for the WIN

Made it a little over half a day at work until everything was sore and exhausted. About to nap. I only got about 4.5 hours of sleep last night since I knew I had to be up. 
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. 


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