My baby (well, she’s not a baby anymore, obviously) cousin, Brett, is a talented interior designer in NYC and was just featured in this article:
I have been slowwwwly trying to strengthen my core and back muscles again since my back procedure. I am not a fan of pain pills, even if my doctor like to prescribe them to me like peanuts.
No thank you.
Started yoga 2 days ago- the first day I was only able to do 12 minutes! My body was SO stiff!
Tonight I was able to complete 20 minutes, with a toddler crawling over and UNDER me.
My back (knock wood) feels FANTASTIC even with the little bit I’ve been doing. It’s encouraging me to add a morning session to my practice. I am hoping to be able to eventually be able to do Buti Yoga when I am strong enough.
I have Comcast, so I ordered a monthly subscription to Gaiam TV, which gives you loads of yoga/workout videos to use.
I also have a gym membership that I paid a year in advance (for the entire family). I don’t use it, because I have no one to watch the baby when I go. It’s open 24 hours, but by the time someone is home to watch Maisie, the last thing I want to do is drive across town to go to the gym.
Working out at home appeals to me.
I have missed 2 months of Ipsy, Birchbox, and Birchbox Man reviews. The pouches and boxes are piled up in my dressing room, mostly unopened.
Today I received my November Birchbox and last week my November Ipsy.
I will be trying to review each one in the next few days, promise!
I am seriously lazy right now and supposed to be cleaning the upstairs. I let a lot go to seed when I was recovering from my illness. I dusted and cleaned for about thirty minutes this afternoon- and now I have to try to get the Maisie to go down for her nap.
I’ve gone most vegetarian since my kidney infection- and I’ve upped my water intake. We have cut out red meat almost entirely (the others in my house still eat it).
This was Maisie’s breakfast today- Filipino Adobo Fried Rice, with a fried egg and sriracha
Maisie had photos done with her brothers in early October:
She wore lots of cute outfits:
We went to visit my late grandparents’ house, it is now a law office:
me, on same staircase, as a baby:
We got dressed up for Halloween Trick or Treating:
We experienced unseasonably warm “Indian Summer” temps here in Michigan (in November!):
She went to her first art gallery show with Mommy and Daddy (and brother and Papa):
Had a raging kidney infection that must have gone on for a LONG time… I had to ask my doctor for a urinalysis. They kept insisting it was simply ‘referred pain’ from my back procedure.
To add more to the mix, I had my menstrual period for a month and a half. Had an ovarian cancer blood test- need to take the DNA Colors test for more genetic mutations related to breast and ovarian/uterine cancer. Apparently, they’ve discovered MORE mutations, other than BRCA1 and BRCA2 that can indicate this. It’s $250.00 out of pocket.
Next week I have a uterine biopsy. Fun.
These medical bills are KILLING ME. I pay for my own health insurance for my family, because I am self-employed. Currently I pay over $650 per month… after my back procedure, I was shocked to find out that my insurance covered only $880.00, I still owe $2200. The deductible for this is $13,500. My year to date totals are $12,000! This is INSANE.
I changed my insurance for January- I will be paying $1360 a month for insurance and only have to pay 10% of each charge.
Needless to say, I would much prefer socialized medicine. I had it when I lived overseas and I had it when I lived in Canada. People should not have to go bankrupt because of their health. Universal Healthcare should be a RIGHT, not a privilege.
Low income people with free state medical insurance have it better than my fancy-schmancy crap that I pay for!
Seriously, I am scared to go to the doctor now. The holidays are coming up and I want to be able to afford a nice one for the family and not have all my extra cash go to medical expenses.
The middle class is getting SCREWED.
That being said, I am ‘feeling the Bern’ for Bernie Sanders.