Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Yes, I think that you should get a shot, ESPECIALLY if you are older (than me), a small child (could you read this if you were?) take care of small children (yes, Home Day Care Provider, I am looking at YOU....), take care of older people, work in health care, care about health, etc. etc. etc.
In short, get your Flu shot.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
**this just in! communication with 1BandID last evening suggests that their site will be operational TODAY! Check them out......!!**
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Not really. 8.5 or 9, depending on the brand...
A bit of back story, if i may. Ya'll remember that I coached a running class this summer, right? During our 4th class, we decided NOT to run around the football field, as the grass was soaked from rain earlier in the day. We stashed our keys/waterbottles in the usual place (end of bleachers), and took off to run around on pavement. We got done with the class and went to collect our keys. But they were GONE. While we were out improving our health, someone was playing a joke on us. The cars were still there, and a quick check revealed that the contents hadn't been disturbed. We contacted the town's police who eventually sent an officer. I jumped (climbed) the fence to the pool to look for keys at the bottom (half hoping to be able to take a dip!), and even climbed onto the locker room roof. No keys. We searched the football field. No keys. After about 45 minutes we found the keys under the stairs on the opposite side of the bleachers. If i hadn't been impacted, (by the joke, not as in bowels...) I would have thought it very clever.
Later that evening I wrote an email to the great folks at SPIbelt, asking if they could do anything to help. They offered me a choice of belt to trial, and then a nice discount for my students. I was psyched! Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I requested the water resistant energy belt. The narrative said that it was a good choice for those who are in the rain a lot, or for those who SWEAT a lot (raises hand...). I was very happy when it arrived in the mail, much sooner than i expected. I brought it to my next class, and put EVERYONE's keys in it. Then we ran. I must say that after some minor adjustments, I forgot it was there!
Honestly. 5 sets of keys. No bouncing. No rubbing. Just....comfort.
|SPIbelt Energy Belt, Product Code: 7BL-A001-001-ENERGY|
Then there was the time I got caught in the IRENE mess. I brought my SPIbelt with me. While we were working on our camp's road DURING the storm, I was drenched from head to toe. If I had been wrapped in the material used for the SPIbelt, I would have been bone-dry, much like the keys and phone in my pouch.
I was pleasantly AMAZED by this.
AAAANNNNDD another thing. SPIbelt is MADE IN THE USA. That's right. ANOTHER great product (the other is ArcticEase, see review earlier this week!) that I enjoy that is made RIGHT HERE!
So take a few minutes; follow them on twitter (@SPIbelt), check out their website. And not just the products. Get to know the Company, the owner/inventor. Sure, there are good products out there, but if the company isn't personable or the owner/marketing people are stupid, I just won't use their stuff. THIS company, SPIbelt, and the owner/inventor, Kim Overton, are the real-deal.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Here, then, is my mistake gift to you:
Daily, I take medication. The why isn't important. (no, not hormone pills for my upcoming gender change....) (wait! i'm not having a gender change. i'm not even due for an OIL change in my car...)
Anyway, I should have said that I am prescribed to take medication daily. To say that I actually take it every day is a bit of a stretch, but i would say that i miss maybe 4 doses a month. I am mostly ok with that, because a year or so ago i would be lucky to TAKE 4 doses in a week. But things changed a few weeks ago.
Remember when Irene hit, and I was stuck out of town for 2 days? That's when i started to forget. I missed a total of TWELVE doses. The medication warns NOT to stop taking it suddenly, and NOT to do so unless under the close supervision of a Doc. (MD, not PhD.) In reality, when people are taken off of this med, they are tapered down to nothing. Huh? Let's say that the dose is 20mg per day. You might taper down to 10mg per day, then every other day, then every 3rd day, etc., but you SHOULDN'T go from 20mg per day to NOTHING. Why did I do it, then?
Because I am forgetful. I have discovered that keeping the pill bottle on my headboard, next to where i put my coffee in the morning, has helped me to remember to take it. Apparently I knocked the bottle off of its place, and therefore didn't see it. No visual cue, no med. Dumb.
Then last week (remember the tweets about PVC's?) i started to experience Premature Ventricular Contractions. In a nutshell, your heart is supposed to beat like this: lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub. MINE was going lub-lub-dub, lub......lub-dub, lublubdub, etc. Not constantly, but probably twice every five minutes. Very annoying, very scary. Very fun, actually, to watch on an EKG while you are having them. Totally cool.....See?
So I found the bottle and started taking it again. After 4 days, the PVC's have all but stopped. As for the other things, well, i THINK that they are better.
Why did I tell you this? Because I don't want you to make the same mistake that I did. Yes, after i came back from being stranded I should have started taking the med again. I would have only missed 1 day, and not experienced any withdrawl effects. But i completely blew it off. dumb, dumb, dumb.
I promise that my next post will be more FUN!
Monday, September 12, 2011
Every tried to SLEEP with an ice pack? I have. It usually ends up either on the floor or waaaaaaaaaaay down in the bottom of the sheets. In either case, it is nowhere near the affected body part, and turns into a big waste of time.
"But Gene, what about those wonderful creams? Don't they work, too?" I suppose they do. If you like to be all gooey, stinky, and sticky. Perhaps you'll get it all over the inside of your jammies. BE CAREFUL getting in and out of them, though. YOWZA!
Enter ArcticEase. It is a wonderful, re-usable, eco-friendly, EFFECTIVE, and (and this is very important to me...) MADE IN THE USA. Wraps can be applied all over the body, but I find that I use them more often on joints than anywhere else. My knees aren't what they used to be (yes, they are still KNEES, but i guess they don't have the same resilience that they used to...) Recently I was sent a new version of thier wrap to try out. I was very excited to hear the news, and anxiously checked the mailbox every day. Neighbors must have thought I was waiting for
After my little run this morning (hill sprints), I couldn't WAIT to Arctify (a term one of us conjured up after trying these out) my right knee. As I was running short on time, I decided to wait until I got to my office to wrap up. Since there is no need to refridgerate the wraps, I had no worries about it still being effective. Once in the comfort and privacy of my office, I wrapped my knee in the classic "figure 8" style recommended in the product's literature.
|CHECK IT OUT!!!! BLUE!!!!!|
Wrapping like this gives the knee the flexibility it needs to perform normally. Here it is as seen from the back of my knee:
I have it on under my pants, and no one can tell! I can walk normally, even run up the stairs! I don't smell funny, my pants are dry, and my knee is COOOOOOL. Can you tell which knee is wrapped? No? Then I'm not going to tell you....
FCC: I recieved the product free of charge, but the review and opinions are entirely mine.
Be Well, ARCTIFY!!!!!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Today Bryce started kindergarten.
Last night we got clothes out, got his backpack all ready (change of clothes, towel for rest time (me, either), and talked about lunch options.
This morning he was up right on time, didn’t even need to go in and wake him. Mom helped him get dressed, but he didn’t really need it.
The morning was actually a little chilly, so we changed into jeans before leaving. Bryce and I sat at the table together and had breakfast. That was pretty cool. I remember that when I was a young warthog, my family would eat breakfast together, too.
After a quick round of FDOS pictures, we were ready!!! As you can see in the last photo, I DID put his jeans over his boots…that other kid is his older brother, Zach. He started high school today……let the gray hairs begin! As we were about to all walk to the bus stop, we saw neighbourhood kids already headed down. B and Z headed down the driveway, then started to RUN…the bus was EARLY!!!
All day long I found myself wondering what he was doing, if he was having fun, if he was causing trouble….
Then we all went down to the bus stop when he was supposed to be coming home. The bus was almost 20 minutes late!!! But there he was, trying to get his bag all situated…
That other dude is our neighbour, Austin. Almost looks like the bus is smiling…anyway, we called his name and he came RUNNING across the road, jumped into my arms, then started to cry!!!Doesn’t that tag around his neck look like the ones the kids wore in London during WWII, as they were shipped out to the country for safe keeping?? Seriously. Turns out, they have an image of a bus, with the student’s name, address, and bus number. WELL…this would be a good idea, BUT….they had Bryce’s WRONG bus number, so the poor kid got put on the wrong bus….but he was ok with that. why was he crying? he left his boots on the ‘wrong’ bus…..we calmed him down, called the bus garage, and made a plan to get his boots back tomorrow.
In the evening, he was very excited and animated while telling us about his day, and was able to recall the names of 7 of his 15 classmates. Very cool. Before bed, we got his clothes ready for tomorrow. I think that it will benefit him to get into a routine early in the school process…..at least the routine will help ME….
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Thank you, all of you, for your kind, supportive words during this past week of flood and disaster recovery. I am trying to keep my head on straight, so that i can help maintain sanity here at home, try to stay in touch with friends and family who have lost everything and need help, and still keep the little guy entertained.
If you recall, this past winter/spring i posted photos of ice that had backed up along the river nearest our home. I am posting photos of that same bridge that were taken today, and am trying to get them side by side with the ones taken during the ice jams. Never ever disrespect the power of water. It will win, every time.
Well…HELLO! these aren’t from the same angle, but they are the same bridge. I thought that the ice was high. See the logs within the structure on the left? wow. holy water. the river is still a little higher than normal, but VERY low compared with during the storm.
Again, thank you all for your support. Stay tuned for updated photo albums online, too.