Friday, January 27, 2012

FessUp: I Heart Boobies (Unless you are offended by that word in which case I apologize..kinda)

Sheesh! Why have I been so busy lately? Well, part of it is a big project that I have been working on that I might share one of these days when the time is right. And then, you know, just life stuff.

But I just have to make myself sit here for a few minutes and tell you a story. I went to see the often unapologetic, somewhat incorrigible, but always lovable Dr. V a couple of weeks ago for my semi-annual check up. If you missed some of last months posts, Dr. V is my endocrinologist. He oversees the care that I take of my Insulin Resistance. He pushes me to eat more carefully, to exercise more efficiently, and to just take good care of myself in general. He does this with considerable knowledge and unequalled intelligence all laced with a rather acerbic wit.

That being said, it is his sarcasm that is the catalyst for this story today. At the end of my visit this time, Doc looked at the ol' chart and asked me if I was current on my latest mammogram.

"Uh, um, like, mammogram, mammogram?"

"Yes. When was your last mammogram?" He doesn't find me nearly as funny as I find him.

"Well see, I know I am nearly 42 and I should have already had a couple of these, and since it is nearly my birthday again, I should have another one here real soon and so, like, um, I have never had a mammogram." Still not funny I guess.

He turns his little spinny stool around to face his computer again and records into his little microphone thingy, "Patient 0370 Nature Girl, N-a-t-u-r-e, G-i-r-l doing well, blah blah doctor stuff, blah blah. Is overdue for mammogram. I am writing her a prescription for the test, what she does with it is her business, but if she gets breast cancer, she has been warned, so it is on her head not mine." What did I tell you...Hilarious huh?

There may have been some sort of stern look or eye rolling, but I was laughing so hard, I couldn't see well through tears.

So there you have it. I am overdue for a mammogram. What do you think of this? Do you ladies go? Maybe you are all too young to worry about that yet? I know that this post begs for a very obvious followup post, but it may take more than a big push to get the girls in the smasher in the first place, so a followup seems lightyears away. Go ahead, inspire me, reprimand me, encourage me. All I know is that actually getting a mammogram sounds like some pretty golden writing material, so it seems that for the sake of my craft, I ought to go through with it. And yet... it sounds rather inconvenient on so many levels...

Quote of the Day: "If life gives you lemons, stick them down your shirt and make your boobs look bigger."--someone funny, I mean inappropriate

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Down To Business: Come Back...One Year!

So, it has been a few weeks since I posted my first confession about dealing with Insulin Resistance. It was hard to do, because I am a bit ashamed of the situation that I find myself in, but this is me, and I guess there is no shame in being who we are. If you want to know the story, I talked about it here, and here and...hang And also a couple of other places. But what I did not really attempt to explain was how Insulin Resistance works.

This is where my lovely and talented friend Denise comes in. She has been battling with the same issues, and, like me, is just figuring out how to eat right to keep IR from rearing its ugly, stinky little head. The Divine Miss D and I are making it a personal goal to kick the ever-lovin' crapola out of Insulin Resistance this year, and are doing our best to spread the word. She wrote and explained in the most simple and easy to understand terms just exactly HOW insulin resistance affects the body, and she is way funny, so even if you don't have blood sugar issues, you will laugh, which is the best medicine!

Read This (but shhhh...she doesn't know I am writing this and she likes to keep a low know...Paparazzi and all!)

Quote of The Day: "I eat merely to put food out of my mind."  ~N.F. Simpson playwright

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Simplicity Habit #4

Happy New Year! As part of my attempt to right the wrongs of 2011, I intend to start finishing things that I start. You see, I am a great starter, but not so much a finisher. Lots of half done projects and half-baked ideas that I never seem to bring to fruition. So, for my first post of 2012, I am going to start finishing something I started but didn't finish. Got it? Let me it's too much...let me sum up. I had ideas for 10 simplicity habits that I was going to post about for 2011. I only got to three of them. So without further rambling...

Simplicity Habit #4--Move The Hangers

Maybe this is not a problem for anyone but me, but I did not like to put away clean clothes in the closet. That is, until I figured out a great system that works for me. It really is simple, and for some reason makes hanging the clean clothes way less taxing!

First-- I got matching hangers that do not get tangled. I HATE wire hangers. Everything falls off of them, and they get all tangled up and make me NUTS! No one needs that kind of frustration when they are trying to do chores.

Second--I always make sure to move the empty hanger to the side whenever I take an item of clothing out of the closet. This keeps all of the empty hangers accessible when it is time to hang up clean clothes. When clean laundry is ready to go into the closet, I grab the stack of empties and hang everything on a hanger first and then put them where they go in the closet. For some unknown reason, this easy, tiny, no-extra-time-at-all step simplified the entire hanging up process when laundry day comes around! Seriously. Try it. I guess not having to dig around for empty hangers and going back and forth to hang up makes it more bearable. Simple!

Quote of the Day: "Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year's resolutions, and I've stuck with it ever since."  ~Dave Beard major league pitcher