On the other hand, I am tired of being angry, so something else here: Last night I was watching The IT Crowd on Netflix, and in one episode someone asked what IT actually stands for. Did I know? No. No I did not. Google to the rescue. IT stand for Information Technology. Oh. I think that should have been obvious to me, but it wasn’t. Don’t know who made the pic, but it’s the guys from the show. I love it.
I am doing well as far as illness goes. As I decrease the Prednisone, I am having a bit more pain, but not the debilitating kind I was having before. Now I am restless. I am not just a person with an illness, I am a person again. For now, anyway. I want to have a life again. Everything and everyone has/have moved on without me in the interim, and I am kind of left with nothing again. Can’t think what to do about it. I’m so used to not being able to, I can’t remember what it’s like to be able to. To whatever. I need to work on this.
Also, I keep forgetting to put tags on things. Maybe I should just let Rambling be the tag for everything, cause it’s what I seem to do most. Oh, well.
Update: It’s only fair to present both sides, right?
Your Blog Should Be Yellow
You’re a cheerful, upbeat blogger who tends to make everyone laugh.
You are a great storyteller, and the first to post the latest funny link.
You’re also friendly and welcoming to everyone who comments on your blog.
I had a good day today. Did some work in the bedroom, remade the bed, made the lemon curd with the Meyer lemons. Not as much pain, and still no brain fog or just feeling crappy in general. Yesterday was all pain, all the time, so I enjoyed today.
It snowed again, and there are icicles hanging off the big light across the street. Don’t recall seeing that before.
It’s really great to be feeling so much better. I feel like I want to do things. I want to cook. I want to organize, I want to make something crafty. Usually, I’m just trying to get through the day without messing something up. My brain is working, people. It’s a good thing.
If so, you can relate to this, another gem from the BBC:
Yes, it’s very cold today. Beautiful and sunny and COLD. I still have snow piled against my windows from the storm we had a few days ago. It’s pretty neat here. After a storm, the highway department spends a night removing snow from the downtown area, where I live. They plow the sidewalks so people can get around, too. It’s a very user-friendly place to live.
I am still having a lot of leg pain. It wakes me up at night. I don’t think arthritis in my knee explains pain from my hip into my foot, or how I can have an almost pain-free day last week. If it was arthritis, wouldn’t it hurt every day, and why hurt when I’m sleeping and not using my legs? It’s a mystery to me.
My friend Tess bought some Meyer lemons and gave me some. I have never seen Meyer lemons here in New England before this. They smell nice, and look like a regular lemon, except more orange. It seems they are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. I am going to make lemon curd with them. I haven’t made that in a while, and have only had regular lemons to make it with til now. Lemon curd on toast is like eating sunshine in the middle of winter. You can use it as pie filling, or between cake layers, too, although I haven’t ever. I like lemon pie. Maybe I could make a Shaker lemon pie with some of them. I’ve made it with regular lemons before. On America’s Test Kitchen the other day they made one and shredded the lemon slices instead of using them whole. I’d like to try that. Like I’m actually going to cook something. Well, I am going to make the curd. That’s cooking, right?
Anyone want the recipe for lemon curd? Here it is:
½ cup Meyer lemon juice (or regular, may need more sugar)
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
½ cup sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup butter (1 stick), cut into pieces.
In a medium sized metal bowl, whisk together Meyer lemon zest, juice, sugar and eggs. Add butter and set bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. The bowl should not touch the water. Stir until thickened (160°F). This should take about 6 – 8 minutes.
Makes just under 2 cups.
It was beautiful. All over now. Bright sunny day. I am feeling good again except for the leg pain, which is quite strong today. Doctor was so not helpful. Big disappointment. After calling three times, I got two emails, one with two sentences about the thyroid test and nothing about everything else they tested me for. The second was one sentence saying I have arthritis in my knee. I KNOW that. I want to know about the pain that goes up and down the entire outside of that leg, starting at the hip and down into the foot. Nothing. What to do about it? Nothing. Time for a change of doctors.
I got an email from these people asking to post this article. They seem legit and even though it’s not about fibro, it’s about gluten-free eating, which is probably relevant to a lot of you. So here it is:
For those of you who are into this sort of thing, which I’m not but I know her, there is a healer who has done long-distance work on me, and it has helped at relaxing my muscles and making me feel better. I can’t say it will work for everyone, or that it’s any kind of cure or fix, it just made me feel better at the time. Here’s the link:
Please remember, I am NOT recommending either of these, just putting them out there for anyone who may be interested.
>DADT has been repealed. Finally. Even our own Republican Senator voted for repeal. Yay, Scott Brown. Doing the right thing. Every step towards equal rights for all seems to take ages. Women getting the vote, Civil Rights, and now this. In spite of all the hate and rancor, most of our elected officials did the right thing. Can you imagine having to live your life pretending to be someone else. Denying and/or hiding your true self? I am so pleased this has finally been dealt with.
Second thing is just funny. NSFW???
Okay, I love the map with the pretty sparklies on it. So I made it bigger. Actually, you can choose it on the main page.
Feeling better. Actually think my leg may be improving slightly. The rest of me isn’t doing too badly, either. If I could just break my addiction to this laptop and get up and do something, I’d probably be even better than that. Got up at 1:30 after being up very late (5am?) due to caffeine yesterday afternoon. Been sitting here ever since. God, I am a slug. But there is so much to read and learn on the computer, and it doesn’t take all my energy, and it doesn’t hurt. So there.
Speaking of learning, here is Google’s newest really neat thing:
Put in your words and see what happens. I love Google. I use a lot of their services, so I’m really hoping that they’re NOT evil after all, but it’s not looking good.
Off to find some food. I forget to eat quite often, you’d think I’d be thin. You’d be wrong.
>Why Matt Smith is the best Doctor ever. Even though Nine is my Doctor, Matt is perfect. He brings himself to the role, as is obvious in this vid.
I have been added to this:
I am surprised. Kind of pleased, kind of nervous. This is the second spot to recognize my blog. Here’s the first:
Does not mean I am going to change anything. I write what I write. It’s not all about illness, because I am not all about being ill. I am about life. Living it, loving it, getting the most out of it that I can with my limitations. Taking each day as it comes, dealing with what that day brings, moving on to the next day. It’s how I survive being mostly alone, being fatigues, being in pain. Deal with what’s there and never anticipate tomorrow. Works for me.
So thanks to those acknowledging my blog and seeing something of value there. Sometimes I think I’m only blogging for myself, but I know people read it, they just don’t comment. Or maybe Blogger won’t let them. Whatever. I just hope somebody gets something out of it, whether it be a laugh, some insight, whatever. It’s a good thing.
Guess that means I have to update my tags now.
>Craig is The Man, and Matt Smith is THE Doctor.
I don’t, however, eat brains. Ewww. But I have been up all night, unable to sleep yet again. If I don’t take my knock-out pill, this is what happens. Sometimes it happens even when I do take the knock-out pill. No matter what I do, what new technique I try, this just keeps on keeping on. Once a week or sometimes more. I just want to be normal. Go to bed at night, get up in the morning, have my life during the daytime, with, you know, sunshine and all that.
I am usual pretty much non-functional when this happens. I make coffee, but forget the water. I put the beans in the bottom of the grinder instead of in the grinder cup. I forget to put a cup under the drip thingy when I use that pot. I drop things. I forget things. Mostly I stay on the couch with the laptop. It keeps me from doing too much damage to myself, my apartment, or the cat.
Sometimes though, I can’t sleep for days at a time. The longer I’m awake, the better I feel, until I finally crash and sleep for 14 hours or more. The whole sleep thing does get frustrating, and just makes the problems from fibro-cfs that much worse.
On the other hand, and there is always another hand (little humor there), I found this neat blog while I was reading. It’s fun if you’re a book lover, and possibly even if you’re not. Here’s the link:
>Someone posted this video the other day and I loved it. Next thing I know, it’s all over After Elton. Here’s the latest interview with Cosmo Jarvis, the composer:
The vid’s on there, too. Check it out.
EDIT: Here’s another link to the video in case you can’t watch on YouTube:
>I admit, I like Joe Biden. He gets a lot of undeserved flak, I think. Here’s his ‘It Gets Better’ vid.
I had a good day. Went to the post office. The second day in a row I haven’t been in too much pain to do the stairs there. Feeling pretty good, actually. Headache still, and slight dizzyness off and on. Sinus problems, most likely. I spent most of the day trying to fix my desktop pc, but nooooooo. It does not want to cooperate. I tried everything, reinstalled everything, even called Verizon. No help there. It just will not connect. It works fine in every other way. I am stumped. Stumped, I tell you. I’m hoping I can scrape up enough wherewithall to spring for a new tower before the morons who are now trying to take away the social security I live on succeed. While giving themselves and their rich friends even more money they don’t need and certainly don’t deserve. I hope all the idiots who voted them in get to suffer the consequences of their actions soon enough for it to sink in what they did. I hope. /rant