Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Doggie Dash, Health and the Heat Wave

The Doggie Dash was a lot of fun. I am sad that my dog wasn't able to participate, but he doesn't know the difference. I was able to get him a lot of treats from the vendors. I think I got a weeks worth of food for him in samples. 

This is the cutest picture I captured: 

I was trying to get more photos, but it was hard to walk and shoot at the same time. The Humane Society was trying to beat the world record of "most costumed dogs in one location". I don't know if we beat the record. 

I did my follow up with my rheumatologist and although she did not have answers, she said she would help me with whatever referrals I needed. So at least she has my back. I have to see my primary again tomorrow, so hopefully I'll be moving right along with everything. But Sjogren's has been completely ruled out. 

Yesterday we were in the mid 8os and today we'll be close to 90 degrees. We'll have another hot day tomorrow and then go back to our normal mid-60s. It's not a really nice heat... really muggy and humid. I hope it's nice wherever you are and remember to wear sunscreen!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


I have been quite busy and have neglected my blog. I have had several appointments, started my gardening (I am going to grow several herbs this year) and have been helping my parents out. 

I have my follow up with my rheumatologist this week and I don't know what she'll suggest. I hope she still isn't stuck on "it may be Sjogren's" when I had negative results for all the tests. I really hope she doesn't pile on medication either. A lot of that would be experimental anyway. I think it's time to move in a different direction. 

The Doggie Dash is this weekend and my beloved Kamana won't be able to go. His hips hurt too much. I am still going with a friend and I will be sure to post some photos. 

I'm so glad it is getting closer to summer though. Other than gardening, I'm not sure what I'll end up doing. 

If you are gardening this year, what are you growing?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Friday!

It's Friday and sunny! That means I'll get to take Kamana out for his much needed walk. I don't know if he'll be ready for the Doggie Dash. We had to take some time off after my surgery and now we don't have a lot of time left to train. 

I think it's time to change cell phone services. We're currently with Verizon and they could care less if we left. They were trying to get us to take on Verizon Edge, but there are so many loopholes. First off, you have to have 4 people on the plan. Secondly, it's not a service plan, it's a payment plan for the phone. So you get the same service, just get to pay for the phone over 24 months and upgrade sooner. They don't make that too clear though. And then everyone has to be on Verizon Edge to qualify for the discount. Most of the time, the phones that share one plan expire at different times. It's not convenient. Anyway, I will try to switch to T-Mobile. If anyone has any advice on this (if you've switched or do have T-Mobile), please let me know. I think in the long run, it'll save a lot of money. I can tell you that I have been a Verizon customer for over 10 years and the service has been so-so and their customer service is terrible.

My sister will be in town for the weekend. I don't know what we'll end up doing.  I hope everyone has a Happy Easter and an fun weekend. 

Any Easter plans or weekend plans?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Finally, an Update

I know it's been a while since my last post, but the recovery period was much longer than I had anticipated. So I did my salivary gland biopsy, or as some people call it, a lip biopsy. Basically they make a small cut under your lip, inside your mouth and remove several salivary glands. They numb you and everything, so it's not that painful, but it does make you a little squeamish because you are awake and can't really look away. Anyway, I survived and am still recovering. I don't heal very well (maybe a key part to figuring this whole thing out). I did get the biopsy results back and it was "not conclusive with Sjogren's syndrome", meaning it is negative. I would say that's good and bad because no one really wants Sjogren's, but bad because I still do not have a diagnosis. This is not a setback for me. I do have an idea of what to do next, so we'll keep on going. 

I was expecting boring mail today, but to my surprise, this was in my mailbox! Thank you soooooo much, Krista!!!! I also got a nice letter from one of my penpals too. And a medical bill, but we won't discuss that.

I tried eating a salmon burger yesterday and I only finished half of it because I was too tired of chewing, or attempting to chew. I've basically been on a soft foods only diet, meaning I have had yogurt, applesauce and smoothies for the last week and half. At least there are a lot of different flavors/kinds of smoothies and yogurts.

We've been having very nice weather here. :) I have to point that out because we are usually stuck with long, rainy days in the spring and we actually have some sun! I really want to plant some basil so I can make pesto sauce. It seems more economical to grow it yourself than buy it at the store. 

What are you looking forward to this spring?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Grocery Store Madness

I have clipped coupons for a long time. It was great when it became a "trend" and when you were able to stack coupons with store coupons. Now they are cutting back on honoring that and they are looking more closely at the coupons, challenging each one and digging through your bags to verify that you purchased the item. It's humiliating at times and very irritating. I wonder if it's really worth the hassle. 

Here is what I bought today at Safeway. I did compare prices, buy things that were on sale and did coupon. I also had the double coupon and she didn't honor it (even though my coupons could be doubled). 

What $24 can buy you at Safeway.
I think I will start looking for other places to shop, like Trader Joes, where you never have coupons to deal with an always have low prices. Costco is good too because they have their own promotions and everyday discount prices. I've also found that Amazon has good prices too for some grocery items (not always; be wary of that). But with online shopping, you can easily compare prices, which is helpful. 

I've heard that Albertsons is the best with coupons. I have quit going to Walgreens and Rite Aid with coupons because they are the worst (Walgreens probably wins for being the worst). 

But again, I find that it is not worth my time to coupon and I may seek out places that do not accept manufacturer coupons. 

Do you coupon and if so, do you face a lot of challenges with it?
Where do you shop that is very customer friendly? 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tillamook Ice Cream,Training Updates and Frozen

I was reading the latest Portland Monthly and they had an ad for these Tillabars from Tillamook ice cream. Where can I get these?! There are 4 flavors; Salted Caramel Swirl, Lemonilla, Mooocha Latte and Old Fashioned Vanilla. They are a little expensive (suggested retail $4.99 for a box of 3 bars), but I still want to try them.

If you are near Oregon or visiting, you have to make sure you go to the Tillamook Cheese Factory. There's a self-guided tour and samples and a place to eat lunch and/or ice cream. I haven't been there for a while, but it is something to do if you are in the area.

Kamana and I had to take a break from our training this week because I had a lot of other things to do and I'm afraid we'll have to take another extended break next week. I really hope this doesn't mean that he won't be able to participate in the Doggie Dash. I have a surgical procedure this week, so that's why I will have to take another break from it. I wish doctors would be able to group things together so you don't have to have a million blood draws, scans and procedures. 

We bought Frozen, so I am going to watch it this weekend. I'm sure everyone else has seen it already. We have been meaning to see it because we know someone who worked on the music. Well and it has rave reviews, so we've planned on seeing it because of that too. 

I hope you're enjoying your weekend. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Weekend Update

I took a break from training with Kamana this weekend, so we didn't add to our week total. So the grand total for last week is 11.5 miles.

I finally saw the movie Gravity (in 3D) and I'll admit, I wasn't as impressed as I thought I was going to be. The work they did and the special effects are amazing. I just wish they took a little more advantage of the 3D platform. I won't say too much in case you haven't seen it. 

Note to Lowes and other hardware stores: Don't tell me the self install toilet kit is easy because it is not. It was very complicated! The pictures didn't make sense and the directions were incomplete. The IKEA instructions are easier to follow than these ones. And I really didn't want to call the cigarette smoking, whiskey drinking handyman. He smells like he lives in a bar. And he's weird. 

Other than that, I did some cleaning and laundry. And bought more stuff online. :) 

How was your weekend?