The simple things

I’m feeling a little under the weather because of cough due to cold as Forrest would say. So when I’m sick I always seem to recognize how little things make my life so great:

  1. The first cup of ☕️ in the morning
  2. A hot bath
  3. Vick’s vapor rub
  4. Clean sheets
  5. The steam sauna
  6. Soft jammies
  7. Cheesecake
  8. Chicken 🐔 noodle soup

What the hell is a Pescatarian

My husband came home a few days ago and said he had read an article about the Pescetarian diet. The first thing I said is what the hell and is this some made up shit? He suggested we should try it. I had never heard of this so of course I had to go research.

Pesce, the Italian word for fish, is associated with people who add aquatic animals to a vegetarian diet. Pescetarians (sometimes called pesco-vegetarians) eat freshwater and saltwater fish and shellfish in addition to the fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, eggs, and dairy vegetarians typically consume.

Presumed health benefits:

There’s evidence that a dietary pattern like this favorably impacts chronic disease, a lower mortality rate among pescetarians, in addition to lower levels of blood cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as [decreased] risk of diabetes, blood pressure, and metabolic syndrome. The benefits are similar to Mediterranean diet, vegetarianism, and the benefits of eating fish.

I have toyed with eliminating meat from our diet for years due to the fact I love animals, pork and beef have not been in our house for years but I have struggled with giving up chicken and I love fish. I am concerned about how to get enough protein.

  • I love to cook but the vegetarian recipes I have tried thus far are less than wonderful
  • If I could find a cook book that included Vegi and grain meals packed with flavor I would be on board, any suggestions?
  • I am a texture person so would need to figure out what to incorporate to not feel deprived or miss the little meat I do consume.

I am off to the library (I love the library) what’s better than free reading (yes I’m frugal too) to find some cook books to give this whole Pesce thing a try. Stay tuned, I will post those items that are great and certainly tell you about the horrible things too.

Media Stupidness

I am not a regular consumer of news or just about anything published by the large main stream media companies. I have however seen some coverage the past few weeks about the overdose of Demi Lovato and I have to say I’m angry at the stupidness (probably not a real word)

First let me say that I am hopeful that this young lady will recover and get the help that she needs to get and stay sober. As you all know if you follow me, I have a child in recovery. What infuriates me is the fact that there are millions and I mean millions of people addicted to some type of substance in this country but it is not important or news worthy until it impacts a celebrity. 

I wonder if the media actually did some journalistic research and continued to run the facts about addiction as a regular reoccurring conversation if perhaps society might learn something.

Such as: 

  1. Misuse of prescription opioids is increasingly recognized as one of the nation’s most significant public health problems because it can lead to physical and mental impairment and even death (NIDA Research Reports, 2005; Simoni-Wastila and Strickler, 2004; Zacny et al., 2003; Denisco et al., 2008; Compton and Volkow, 2006; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009; Okie, 2010). 
  2. Though there is no standard definition of misuse, common definitions range from “taking a medication in a manner other than prescribed or for a different condition than that for which it was prescribed,” to “intentional self-administration for non-medical purposes, such as getting high” (Compton and Volkow, 2006; Denisco et al., 2008). 
  3. Data from the U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicate that 12.7% of the general population aged 26 and older report lifetime misuse of prescription pain relievers and that 1.6% report past 30 day misuse, with higher rates among some subgroups (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009).

It saddens me that the media continues to state how Demi is going through withdrawals and that she is still being treated for whatever her symptom is that day. 

  • Fact, when you use drugs and then stop (forced or otherwise) you go through withdrawal, duh. 
  • If you are given Nar can, you go into withdrawal shortly after. 

So my plight is to leave this girl alone and let her get healthy and switch the focus to publicizing the problem in this country with drug addiction instead of a person.  

Bathroom Finally

It has been a LONG 4 months to get the new master bath finished but it is finally a wrap. I love all of it and getting to pick colors and accessories. I want to complain about the builder but have decided that I am grateful for this beautiful room so will focus on how fantastic it is to have a space that feels like a spa. I hope you all enjoy the pictures. The dresser I refinished myself and added super girly bling drawer pulls.

Funny conversations

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My husband and I amuse each other frequently. Tonight after dinner we decided we needed some ice cream. I was nominated to drive because I had not had a beverage yet. I get in his huge pickup and of course have to adjust the seat forward just so I can reach the gas peddle and the steering wheel down.

We successfully get our ice cream sandwiches and he advises that when we get home I need to adjust the seat back because last time he got in after I drove he almost got a punctured Larnyx. Ha now really how is moving the seat going to keep you from getting poked in the throat area? I could do nothing but laugh.

Addiction lessons

I must say I never thought I would be impacted by addiction but it has smacked me in the face full on. My oldest son who has always been the strong athlete is sitting in rehab getting well. As a college athlete he was given every opioid available to keep him on the field and now he is repairing the damage. I am thankful he is alive and the man he is meant to be has emerged. He has gained 60 lbs of muscle and is not only physically but mentally healthy it is truly amazing. I never knew how horrible the addiction was but am grateful my son has found his purpose. We never understand the struggle or circumstances until god reveals them and he is on his way to a great great great future

A little color in my life again

Well once again we are moving. Decided to leave the restrictive home owners association and the 2 story house and move into the ranch style house we own with .33 acre. Of course it is a mess and my favorite thing to do is flooring and paint. Before anything goes in I had to get started on the massive laundry room. The floors were pink and the entire thing a mess. Here are the before and after: I assume if you have to do laundry why not enjoy it and paint it a beautiful shade of buttercup. Of course you have to decorate too, come on who says laundry has to be boring and there is a perfect spot for the office.

 

 

 

Death and understanding

My dad passed away on March 10th, unexpectedly. My 2 older brothers and I were there when he took his last breath and were able to let him know how much we loved him. The crazy part of this story is that his death brought together my siblings and I after not speaking for years. I believe he planned this….

My dad was that man who did everything right his entire life and everyone who met him loved him. He told dumb jokes, harassed everyone, and always had a story. It will be hard knowing I will never see him again but if I can be half the person he was I’ll be great.

I have cried a million tears but they are not sad tears just find memories for a man I will miss for the rest of my life.

Random questions

  • Why is there always multiple packages of taco seasoning open in the cabinet
  • How will having teachers carry guns stop school shootings
  • Why no matter how old your kids are do you worry about them like there little
  • Why is there always one person you work with who is just miserable to be around
  • How is a man with the worst comb over and spray tan in history the president
  • Why do we work 5 days a week instead of working 2 and having 5 off
  • Why have I not Won the lottery
  • Why can the weather man always get it wrong and still be employed
  • Why when people are house hunting do they focus on wall color, really it’s a 10 can of paint to change

Workout Etiquette and Laughter

I am back in the gym hard and heavy. This year I am trying some new classes and one of them happens to be pop Pilates which consist of a whole bunch of floor and ab exercises. If you ever want to know how many ab muscles you don’t have this is the class for you, which brings me to my etiquette discussion.

  1. If you have gas the day of class, skip it and find a treadmill
    1. Being known as Rootie Tootie is not a name you want
  2. I understand we all have bodily functions we can’t control at times
    1. However spare your classmates the torture when you pretend that you didn’t just rip one

Look I am a 50 year old woman and know people get embarrassed talking about farts, flatulence, air bisquit, back blast, wind breaker, colon bowling  but I know when my belly is full of something that will not be pleasant. I still get my gym time in but take several bathroom breaks and the people around me I am certain appreciate it. My kids when I tell them my stories they think it is hilarious so if nothing else entertain your family but don’t go to class.