Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
It's a little difficult to see what's going on in these pictures but this last one you can see the grill in the bottom right corner and something else in the bottom left. Anyway, I'm very troubled by this new show. I understand ABC has purchased or even received these items as a promotion from the companies that sell them. Either way, it is theirs to do with as they please. I get it.
But it makes my stomach turn and leaves me feeling sick. Are we really the kind of people who destroy expensive merchandise for laughs on a game show? In the land of the rich I'm sure it seems like no big deal, but from where I stand it feels so very wrong. And during a time when so many people are struggling...poor timing on the part of ABC.
Perhaps my reaction to this is so strong because it feels like an unashamed blatant display of our culture's greed/materialism and subsequent devaluing, disrespect and lack of care for humanity. Ultimately, this is what is really making me sad. Closets full of clothes that still have their tags on. Thousands of people waiting in line all day in the summer heat for the high privilege of spending $300 on the new iPhone and tossing the year-old $300 iPhone out. Cheap crap made overseas for pennies by someone earning pennies and sold for $69.99 so a handful of already rich executives can be richer. It makes me sad because it doesn't have to be this way.
Boy, this really took an unexpected turn.
Have you guys seen the show or the promos? What is your reaction?
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
She is so pretty and after a bath she is just stunning. The longer hair around her neck and chest becomes all fluffy and the white on her legs practically shine. Between the fluff and her snuggly personality she is absolutely irresistible. Totally worth the arm/hand pain and pulsing it triggers in my head. Despite any pain that results, bath day for our dog is always a positive day.
This is her pulling the stuffing out of a new toy, which is always the first order of business. It really has nothing to do with the topic at hand, but she's just so cute holding onto her stuffed animal.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
For just a moment let's put aside the intense fear I've developed for flying and consider how ridiculous it is to pay $1,000 for a flight from Washington DC to Minneapolis. We're talking about a 3 hour flight, which means no food, no movie, no big deal. But let's not forget about the airport shenanigans. The long lines at the ticket counter to check and pay for your luggage. Followed by the long lines at the screening stations and the hassles associated like removing your shoes, belts, etc. Then the waiting for your flight, boarding and settling in of everyone (hoping it leaves somewhere close to the scheduled time). The cramped quarters; I'm a pretty slim gal but even I struggle with the tiny space allowed in airline seats with my knees coming right to the back of the seat in front of me. Then you have to deal with the people in the seats next to you who always seem to spill into your space, or even worse insisting on engaging in a conversation throughout the flight. There are no comforts provided in the air without ridiculous cash payments; blankets, snacks, pillows, before long they'll start charging to use the toilet. Then deplaning and waiting for the luggage to start circling the carousal, praying that your suitcase isn't one of the hundreds of thousands that is lost each year. There is nothing fun about flying anymore. And I for one refuse to pay $1,000 for the hassle. Ridiculous!
So then I thought it might be fun to take the train. See the country between here and there without all the cement and advertisements that make up the highway systems. The cost was very reasonable at about $200 one way but the travel time was not. I would spend 29 hours on the train (no sleeper cars make this trip) and once we hit Chicago I would have to get off and wait 5 hours before the train to Winona would leave. Plus it would take me an hour to get to the train station in DC and another hour from Winona to Rochester; total travel time 36 hours. Um, no thanks. That is way to long to spend trapped on the road without a bed for someone with chronic pain issues.
So I decided to drive. From my door to my mom's house in Rochester is 17.5 hours. My car gets excellent gas millage so I'll be able to do this on 2 1/2 tanks. And as long as I leave during my small window of good days I should be able to make the drive in 2 days (3 at the most). If I get a migraine I can pull over and check into a hotel. I could spend a week on the road for what it would cost to fly. I'm actually glad to have arrived at this decision because it allows me the stress free flexibility to pack whatever I want, travel at whatever rate I need to, leave whenever I'm ready, and I'll have my car to use when I'm there.
Everyone seems to disagree with my decision; my husband, mom, sister and in-laws have all been trying to talk me out of it. People are offering to pay for my plane ticket so I can be there "in just a couple hours." They are all being very dramatic as though my plan was to backpack and camp across Bogota. I'm just driving, heck I even have AAA. I see no reason to spend $1,000 of anyone's money just for the speedy hassle of flying. What do I have to do that I can't spend a few days on the road? I don't have a job. I don't even know how long I'll be gone. Plus this way, I can stop in St. Louis on my way home and visit with my grandma, uncle, aunt and cousins who I haven't seen in a few years.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Much to my displeasure (but understandably), I've developed serious nerve pain in my arms and hands. One unfortunate byproduct of this pain is the development of an unlikely enemy in the armrest that now only contribute to the pain. Even the armrest on an upholstered chair like this one can spell trouble.
The affection I still hold for the armrest is confused by the development of this enemy status. I find myself a bit jealous of people I see on TV or in movies who are leaning on armrests without consequence, which I know is ridiculous. Maybe some day I'll again enjoy leaning on my arms.
Have any of you found an unlikely enemy born out of your pain?
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Something that would be easy to remove and replace as needed, cheap and it should come in several different levels of darkness.
I know that you can actually adjust the level of brightness on most TVs but I want this product because my bedroom set doesn't have that capability anymore. My motivation is purely selfish, I know. And surely nobody will actually manufacture this product. This is simply a Wednesday wish.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
For a couple years, back in the day, we just had the one cartridge that came with the gaming system with Super Mario Bros 1, Duck Hunt, and World Class Track Meet.
While I enjoyed playing all of them, Mario was the most fun. After a while my sister and I had it all figured out and winning became too easy. When Mario 3 came out we were lucky enough to get it. Starting it up for the first time was so thrilling as it was so much more sophisticated than the original. Eventually we had figured out all the secrets and again winning had become all too easy. A friend of mine had Mario 2 and she lent it to me for a time.
I was never really able to make any significant progress in this one. Maybe it was just because I didn't spend nearly as much time on it and I was a bit older.
Anyway, I had become nostalgic for the old Mario games a couple years ago. My husband was able to find it on EBay and got me the system and Mario 1 and 3 for me. I had such fun getting reacquainted with the games and even remembered many old tricks and secrets. I don't play often as it irritates the nerves in my arms, but I still love doing it now and then for short times. A simple and perhaps childish pleasure. Sometimes those are the best ones.
Did you ever play these old games? Or do you have anything you still enjoy doing from your childhood?
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
It is practically unbearable to be outside when it's 95 with thick humidity (as it is all summer around here). Then I consider how new things like air conditioning, deodorants, indoor plumbing, washing machines, and tank tops are. These modern conveniences were unheard of to the early Americans. They were trapped, sweating in their clothes (and they didn't have many outfits) and couldn't wash themselves, let alone their clothes, every day. The resulting stink must have been very normal and maybe not even noticed because of that. Except to migrainistas...
Imagine being a migrainsita of early 1800s...with sensitivity to lights, smells and the inescapable, oppressive summer heat! There is no medication to help you escape the pain. You can't get comfortable. No matter how cool it would have been to witness such an interesting time in history I wouldn't trade modern conveniences for that chance. How did they do it?
Being a modern migrainista is no picnic but it is far better than it was even 50 years ago. I hope future migrainistas have an even easier time of it.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Last night's 20/20 was about superhumans. They gave us a closer look at 6 people who have truly extraordinary abilities. One man seemed to fly with the help of a special suit that made him look like a giant flying squirrel. Another man was known as a spiderman for climbing tall buildings without safety equipment. I actually think I've seen both of these men on the news before. They also had a man they called brainman because he was able to learn at an amazing rate. For example, he memorized the first 22,000 numbers in pi, and learned the Icelandic language in a week. This man also suffered with Asperger's Syndrome and was considered a savant. Another man was a runningman, doing 50 marathons in 50 days. His endurance was remarkable as was his 3% body fat measurement. Another man was an iceman. He was able to control his body temperature with his mind to the point that he could sit covered in ice for more than an hour and swam in ice cold water. Two women were featured for being mermaids. Both had fins suits that encased their legs and allowed them to have the fluid movement that fish enjoy. They were able to hold their breath and swim for 5 minutes at a time by controlling their reflex to breathe.
The idea is super interesting (if nothing else). As the people were too.. And, except for brainman (who had an incredibly gifted mind that functions differently than most), they had all found a way to conquer their bodies with their minds. They had an innate and intense desire and drive to do what they were doing. They all seemed to have a certain unsoundness of mind that was only balanced out by pushing themselves to find the thin line between extreme adventure and deadly act. Perhaps they had a unique focus that allowed them to be in such control. Whatever it is that sets these people apart it got me fantasizing...
What if there were a power or some kind of gift element that came with chronic pain. I'm not saying we may have superpowers ourselves but what if there were some thing that could only come out of the unique experience of living with chronic pain - besides the super feat of living with chronic pain. I like to think it is possible because it would give a sense of purpose to this journey I'm on.
What do you ladies think? Do you see anything extraordinary emerging from your pain experiences? Do you feel more powerful in any way?