mercy_angel_09: (Luna Lovegood)
I went to go see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey last night with [ profile] sideshow_ericka since she wanted to see it again and I wanted to see it, period. Given the scope of the film, and of course various additions and expansions to make it mesh better with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it's definitely one of those movies that's best seen in theaters.

We went to a 9:00 PM showing, which meant that there were only a few people in the theater. I got a small bag of popcorn because I knew I'd get hungry and a small bottle of water so I could take my various pills at 9. I enjoyed it, liking the overall feel of the additions from the appendices from the Lord of the Rings and other supplemental materials, which again ties it in better with the trilogy. As we left the theater I knew I was ready to re-read the book.

In other news my new medications are helping me breathe better, but I'm still coughing. It's not nearly as bad nor as frequent as it was, but it's still niggling. Of course I've only been on the medication for less than a week, and I'm supposed to assess how I feel after a month. So far everything's fine, except the Flonase makes me really fuzzy for about an hour after I take it before it clears up and I'm fine.

Husband also scheduled eye appointments for me and him next week. I haven't had an actual eye exam in over a decade (I want to say my dad got me an exam when we were down in Miami for a visit because I had casually mentioned I hadn't had one since I was ten and that had been six or seven years prior), so clearly it's time. I don't think I need glasses (I can tell the grass still has individual blades), but a full exam certainly isn't going to hurt anything.


Jan. 14th, 2013 02:14 pm
mercy_angel_09: (Banner/Stark Lab Romance)
Got my test results back. Everything is normal, but I'll be constantly monitored to make sure there isn't any adrenal gland dysfunction.

Which beats surgery any day of the week.
mercy_angel_09: (Witch Hunter Robin)
I don't really have any big plans for today. My husband and I bought a new battery for my car at Costco (about twenty dollars cheaper with a three month warranty than anywhere else) and probably this afternoon or tomorrow morning he'll change out the old battery with the new one. The old one will be taken back to Costco so that they can dispose of it properly.

While at Costco we decided to stock up on a few essentials. I'm pretty sure we now have enough toilet paper to get us through the Apocalypse, along with a crapton of lotion (because winter dries me out like nobody's business), and some supplements. I've been having wrist and hip issues, my husband's bad knee is going from bad to worse, so glucosamine and a daily multi-vitamin were picked up. We'll see if that helps at all.

I've decided that I want to make some Gurren Lagann icons, especially since another member of the GL comm uploaded screen shots of both movies. I'm also toying with the idea of making a GL mood theme. Mostly because I can and I think it would be funny. And what else do I really have planned for today?

Though, I probably should finish cleaning the guest room. My dad called me yesterday and asked if it were possible for him to stay with me when he came up to visit. I'm not entirely sure what the plan is beyond him spending Christmas with my sister and her kids. I know that he wanted to visit with me on the 22, and I have no idea if I'm supposed to be making dinner, but that may be the night that I plan for something that could possibly be good for 3 people. Hm, my turky-loaf, perhaps. That said, he also mentioned traveling on the 23rd. I have no idea where to - I know he was talking about going up to Pullman for a quick visit but I have no idea if he was planning that before or after Christmas. And where he proposed trip to the Walter clan in Wenatchee was planned for.

Anyway, I've got roughly two weeks to finish getting things cleaned up around here - mostly because I do want things clean when my dad get here. (Which means I should try and find a frame for a print I picked up in Cannon Beach over two years ago. It's still not framed and thus not hanging on the wall like I originally intended.) I have to try and recover the dining room table again because 'tis the season of copious amounts of junk mail and catalogs. I need to sort through the ones that I might potentially be ordering out of, or else stick them in to be recycled. I also need to find a home for the poinsettia that I've inherited from my mother-in-law. At the moment I think it's going to end up on the coin operated candy dispenser right next to my aloe.

Okay, it's official. I don't want to do anything right now so I'm gonna just sit on the couch and play video games.
mercy_angel_09: (Default)
First of all, a quick update on my weight loss. So far I'm down about five pounds, in about five months. I'm okay with this. There are serious health risks to losing weight rapidly, and I'd rather not go that direction. For the most part I'm exercising for 20-30 minutes Monday through Friday, usually doing Wii Fit. I really should haul my butt down to the exercise room and get on the treadmill and the weight machine. However I'm doing a variety of exercises on Wii Fit Plus so I'm hoping that while I'm not specifically targeting particular muscle groups, I'm working everything over the course of the week with the result of slowly getting rid of this excess weight. Point in case, my calves are looking nice and firm. Now if I could get my glutes and thighs to the same point all would be dandy. Though...actually I'm not interested in looking sculpted. A bit thinner, yes, but I don't want to be able to identify muscle groups though my skin. I'd prefer to just trim down my physique - and I may need to consult a doctor about that because my weight issue may be that hereditary thyroid problem that may take some medication to get straightened out.

To add to my exercising, my husband and I have been focusing on eating healthier. This including buying a lot of fruits and vegetables the last time we went grocery shopping. Instead of grabbing junk food for snacking on, I grab either a clementine orange or an apple. We're also focusing on light, reduced fat, and fat free items, as well as reading food labels in an effort to cut down on fat intake because not every thing comes in fat free or light options. I think I'm going to try and plan all of next week's meals out of the Ellie Krieger cookbook, where the emphasis is on healthy eating and substituting higher fat items for lower fat and healthier items. It's certainly not going to kill us to eat out of that cookbook, on top of which the recipes are all really good and certainly don't taste low fat and low calories. Hooray for not eating cardboard!

Weather wise it's starting to warm up. It's only supposed to be something like 36 today and it's already up to the mid forties. Naturally the snow is melting quite rapidly - and we're going to stay warm(ish) for the next week or so, meaning that by the middle of the next week most of the snow will be completely melted. I think the only snow that will remain will be whatever was shoved to the side in the parking lots. At least until it starts dumping on us again.

I think I'm going to take advantage of my husband being at work this afternoon and start wrapping presents, as well as printing off the photos from the WSU campus for my dad's collage. I kind of miss the days where I would be done with my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving, meaning that the moment the tree was set up, I would start wrapping and tease everyone with their gifts which sat under the tree for nearly a month before they could open them. I'm still waiting for a few of the gifts to arrive (as I only ordered them yesterday), but that's really not an issue. I can finally stop hiding the presents under the bed in the guest room and taunt my husband with them under the tree.

Anyway I'm going to get lunch and then take care of the photos, which are really the only gifts I have left. Except my step-dad. I still have no idea what to get my step-dad. I've resorted to asking my mother but apparently she had no idea either, so short of calling him and picking his brain or visiting with him this weekend to try and figure out what he wants, I'm going to have to wait until my mom gets back to me with ideas.
mercy_angel_09: (Heavyarms)
Since my in-laws have been traveling so much as of late, I've had the joyful duty of letting their dog out of the garage first thing in the morning. I'm okay with this as I've really been needing to get up early ANYWAY and this means that instead of rolling over and saying, "Eh, tomorrow..." I actually have to get up and get moving.

Last week I was getting up to let him out, but also showering and having breakfast before I went over. This week I've changed things up. I may not wear my exercise clothes over (well, all of them anyway, pants with pockets are a must), but I'm coming straight home and heading to the gym.

I get up, have breakfast and quickly get dressed. Head over, let the dog out, feed him, refresh his water, and then come home and hit the gym. Shower. Have coffee and check email, Facebook, LJ, etc. Clean around the house. I've deviated a bit today because I sat and played Animal Crossing: City Folk for about 45 minutes this morning, but part of that was that I lifted weights today and my body was still feeling a bit like Jello. Thankfully, the pain is minor and more along the lines of, "Whew! A good workout today!" instead of, "Oh my God, you bitch, what the fuck did you think you were doing?!" I may even do a little yoga this afternoon. (Maybe. ^_~)

While actual weight loss hasn't happened, I'm pleased to notice that my waistline is trimming down ever so slightly. Hopefully hips and thighs will soon follow. I think it may still be a few more months before I really see a difference, but I'm glad that I'm starting to lose a little flab and tone up.

Also changing are eating habits. I'm limiting myself (for real this time!) to going out once a week and also trying to eat more balanced meals. More fruit and veggies along with my protein and carbs. Monday I made lasagna, yesterday I made chicken in a creamy chive sauce (most excellent, and if you want the recipe I'm more than happy to share) served over rice, and today will be chicken stir fry with broccoli, peas, carrots and water chestnuts. Served with soba noodles. ^^ We also have leftovers in the fridge. I think I may start getting some more produce so that I have fruit in the house, so when I want a snack, I'll be more inclined to reach for an apple or a pear instead of whatever junk might be floating around. I may also insist on buying granola bars because even those are better for me than chocolate or chips.

In non-health related news, I re-potted my aloe plant yesterday. So far it hasn't up and died (though aloe tends to be pretty resilient) but I won't know for sure for another couple of weeks. The new ceramic pot is much prettier than the beige plastic one it was in before - and once the weather warms up a bit more, the aloe will move from inside to outside. Also once it warms up a bit more, the husband and I will plant our radishes, lettuce and carrots, as well as the lobelia and pansies. I also want to get a few hanging baskets with bleeding hearts and fuchsia. Because the apartment balcony gets maybe a few hours of selective sun a day, this isn't that big of an issue, unlike my mother who usually watches her fuchsias die because they get way too much sun. As long as I water them enough, it shouldn't be a problem.

Normally I could care less about gardening, but this year I'm actually kind of excited by it. We'll see if the enthusiasm lasts. X3

mercy_angel_09: (Wolfwood)
I was just watching the news and they couldn't stop raving about how great heath care is in Cuba. How it has one of the best ratios of doctors to patients. How foreigners go there to be cared for. "Look at the pretty, clean clinics! Look at the doctors! Look at how they're all women, too!" It is GLORIOUS and America can learn from this!

To this I say, "Congratulations CNN, you've just been played like a cheap violin."

I would have thought by now that the general public would have figured out that what people see of Cuba is what the government WANTS them to see. I've seen the real Cuba. Nature there is beautiful. C'mon, it's a tropical island, of course it's beautiful. Show me the slums and the clinics there, and then we'll talk about Cuba's "model health care." Actually, they don't have to - I've seen the pictures that my father snapped without anyone knowing. I've seen photos taken by a Swiss journalist who decided to see what real health care in Cuba is about. What he found and then published has made him persona non gratis on the island, and will never be able to go back.

For fuck's sake people - communists are all the same: They show you what they want you to see and not what really is.

(Does anyone here remember the whole Anti-Fascist Protective Rampart incident of the 1960s? Anyone?  How about the fact that the USSR was basically Uppervolta with rockets for a very long time?)

Wander down an alley. I promise that what you'll find there is the real Cuba, and not the pretty facade that the government wants you to see.

Of the people who don't have insurance, how many qualify though an employer and actively CHOOSE not to take it? How many qualify for government health care assistance but actively CHOOSE not to receive it? And how many are left who legitimately do not have any insurance or health care assistance. Probably far less that the reported 50 million.

Yes, health care is expensive. And here's the problem as I see it: doctors run a battery of expensive tests trying to find a proper diagnosis. Doctors also have to pay outrageous malpractice insurance.

Hmmm, if we stopped being so litigation happy we'd probably get more people who'd go into the medical field and the cost of health care would probably drop. Wow, health care crisis adverted (well, in the most basic and simplest terms). I don't want to have to pay for some schmuck who decides that he's unhappy with a doctor for some puerile reason and wants some quick cash. Neither does anyone else, I'm sure.

I'm all for health care reform, because regardless people need it - but we have to be smart about. And following Cuba's example isn't.

mercy_angel_09: (Heavyarms)
So the joys of living in a more or less federal government run town means that health and safety is a BIG FLIPPIN' DEAL.  To prove this, we have an annual Health and Safety Expo at the TRAC Center, where several contractors from the Hanford site show off their safe practices, insurance companies sell insurance, and health organizations use scare tactics to get you to become healty. 

Usually there's some interesting booths (the one that puts a lotion on your hands to show germs under black lights is always popular) along with many informational booths with freebies (whoo! massage!) and the ALWAYS DISTURBING car wreck scenario.  With real cars wrecked in drunk driving accidents.  I think the one exception was the year they had the black Camero that the teenaged driver managed to wrap around a tree and kills his two friends by driving too fast.  (The whole story wasn't pretty, kids were thrown even when wearing seat belts, they were literally picking up pieces of the kids from eighty feet away.) 

My husband got two hours off of work to go, and he took me along because he was a Safety Expo virgin and had no idea what he was doing.  I went to my first Safety Expo when I was thirteen or fourteen, and have gone mutliple times in the ten plus years since, so I showed him the good booths.  Most of the good stuff is aimed at the under ten crowd, but there's some interesting stuff to see if you just so happen to be older.  At any rate, it was a nice waste of about an hour and a half.

I just don't feel any safer.  X3

(It's mostly all common sense stuff, so the fact that they have to have this fair EVERY FREAKIN' YEAR to drive the stuff home kind of makes me laugh - and wonder about government employees.)


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