Saturday, November 2, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 23

What do you say to yourself when you need a pep talk?

I'm not a big pep talker.  Maybe that is something I should work on.  I do try to remind myself to take it easy.  One breath and one step at a time.  Sometimes it works.  Sometimes I'm stubborn.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 22

How do you feel you have been treated by the medical system?  Explain.

I feel that I have been treated pretty well within the medical system.

I've only been hassled and examined once for track marks to make sure I wasn't a drug seeker.  I only had to endure my jello, dillauded diet for a week and a half while I waited for surgery.  The only long term effect is the constant battle with gastritis as a result of eating what basically amounts to heroin for a week and half.  I became so anemic I needed a blood transfusion and an iron infusion.  All because the wrong blood test was ordered - repeatedly.

These stories don't even come close to the horror stories of some out there.  So, I'm counting myself lucky.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 21

What networks or website have you used for support for or information about your illness?

HealingWell.com, and HealthBoards.com have proven useful to me more than once.  It has been my experience that these forums are full of people who genuinely want to help and are not full of angry trolls who never left middle school.  We all know what I'm talking about.  I have a few people I follow on tumblr and a few groups I follow on facebook (voices of fibromyalgia, and butyoudontlooksick are both pretty active but not so much that they clog up your whole newsfeed).  I'm always looking for new resources so please, feel free to let me know your favorite networks and websites.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 20

Have you met anyone with the same illness?  Did it help?

I know quite a few people with all or some of the same illnesses I have.  It helps immensely.  It is always nice to know you are not alone.  We all need to be reassured that we are not crazy.

Monday, October 28, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 19

How do you feel about the future?

This is a very odd day for this particular question to pop up.

Today I know of a young boy who slipped away in the early hours of the morning after a long and hard fought battle against leukemia.  The early hours of the morning also took a woman I will forever hold dear to my heart.

I think... the future is not guaranteed.  We make plans for the best while preparing for the worst and try our hardest to enjoy every moment to the best of our ability.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 18

Do you think you have become a better person through being ill?  Explain.

I don't think being ill has changed the type of person I am.  It has made me a lot more aware and sensitive to other people and what they may be experiencing... but I'm not sure that makes me better or worse in any way.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 17

How would things be different if you weren't ill?

I wouldn't be ill.  Other than that I find it kind of silly to speculate how things would be different.

Friday, October 25, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 16

What is your favorite inspirational quote? 

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. 
                                                                                –Chinese Proverb

Thursday, October 24, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 15

What would you say to people newly diagnosed with this illness?

You are about to get up close and personal with who you really are and what you are all about.  Learn to love yourself.  Surround yourself with positive people.  Find a doctor who will LISTEN.  Don't expect anyone else to make you feel better.

Most important of all - Never give up.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 14

List 5 things for which you are grateful.

1.  My family
2.  My friends
3.  My sense of humor
4.  A forum to express myself to people who are in a similar situation.
5.  Love

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 13

Has your illness had any affect of your mental health?  Explain.

Yes.

My health started to change during a combination of very unfortunate events.   Any one of these things would have been enough to cause anxiety but I feel that the number of factors happening at one time made the issue much worse.  With the help of therapy and anti-depressants I worked through a large part of my depression issue but was still left with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  I find it very difficult not to worry about being blindsided by pain and illness again.  A lot of times I don't even know what I'm worried about, I just can't shake that feeling that something is about to go horribly wrong.

Working through this... looking for the magic combination of calming my stress, and probably medication.  I have hope that once my sleep situation is worked out a little better that this will go a long way to helping calm my busy little mind.

Monday, October 21, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 12

Briefly explain to a healthy person what it is like to live with this illness.

It's sort of like living in Groundhog Day...



But you know, it's not all bad.  Sometimes crazy hijinks ensue.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 11

Why do you believe you have this illness?  Bad luck, a higher power, something else?

I don't think it has anything to do with luck or a higher power.  It just is.  I honestly don't spend a lot of time thinking about this because it is a wast of my energy.  There is nothing to do about how I got, or why I got these illnesses.  I would much rather spend my time focusing on making the best of what I have.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 10

What little things make your life easier?

Heating pads - Especially the adhesive ones you can wear and still be productive.
Netflix - If I'm going to be stuck in bed I might as well be entertained.  I have been known to catch up on episodes while on the exercise bike too...
Crockpot - even on super bad days I can feel as though I contributed something by putting dinner together.
Backpacks - while not as stylish as a purse, it distributes weight evenly and helps me move through the world.
Setting reminders in my phone - very helpful on a foggy brain day

Autumn Udi's Goodies

I was fortunate enough to receive some delicious Udi's seasonal goodies to tell the gluten free world about.  I am always excited when this happens because I seem to live in an area where the grocery stores I frequent (Martin's, Kroger, and Wholefoods) never seem to get the seasonal items.  Keep an eye out for these products and if you don't see them on the shelves make sure you say something to your grocer.


The pumpkin muffins are delicious but a bit sweet for my taste as a breakfast food.  They would make a wonderful mid-morning nibble or afternoon snack.  These muffins are very dense and pack a huge pumpkin flavor.







The ginger cookies are super chewy and fabulous.  Enough ginger flavor to make them a little zippy but not so much that they become overly spicy and hot.  I would recommend enjoying a few of these gems with a mug of hot apple cider and a good book.







Friday, October 18, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 9

Have you ever tried any alternative therapies?  If so, what?  Did they work?

I have tried a lot of different teas and melatonin to get to sleep.  They help in the falling to sleep department most of the time but they do nothing for the quality or quantity of sleep I end up getting.

I have tried changes in my diet.  The only one that has stuck is that I have been gluten free for 3 years - mostly because I feel like I'm going to die immediately upon consuming it...

I have not tried massage therapy.  As a former massage therapist I would have to say that the particular brand of pain I experience would not be helped by massage.  Especially on the days my skin feels like it is on fire.

I have considered trying acupuncture but have not yet gone down that path.

Long story short - I would rather use an alternative therapy, have yet to find one that does the trick for me.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 8

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself having come a long way to accepting and coping with my illnesses.  I see myself enjoying the life I have.  I also see myself turning one of my ridiculous number of hobbies into a career.  I'm not going to age though.  I'm putting an indefinite moratorium on aging.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 7

What is the biggest realization you have had?

I am a lot stronger than I give myself credit for.  I also have a horrible habit of standing in my own way.  I'm working through this slowly but I'm also fighting against a horrible stubborn streak.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 6

If you could have told yourself something when you first remember these symptoms arising, what would you have said?

Don't put anything off.  If you want to do it, do it now.

Monday, October 14, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 5

How does being chronically ill make you feel?

Physically:  I have shooting pain, dull achy pain, throbbing pain, pulsing pain, burning pain and spasm pain.  I also experience numbness.  I have constant nausea.  I am exhausted 75% of the time, the other 25% I'm just tired.  Sometimes I feel terrified for... some reason I guess.  My body hasn't let me in on the secret of what that reason is yet.

Emotionally:  So many feelings... so, so many feelings.  I feel mad.  There are so many things I want to do that are now a hundred times more difficult to accomplish.  I feel sad.  Sometimes I feel sorry for myself because things aren't *fair*.  I know life isn't fair but you know what, that doesn't mean I can't be pissed off about it from time to time.  I feel misunderstood.  I feel judged.  I feel helpless.
I also feel challenged.  There are days where I feel like I am clinging on at rock bottom but one thing I will never do is give up.  I might be stuck in bed today but rest assured that the next time I have a good day I will live the crap out of it. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 4

How have your friends and family reacted to it?

My husband and my children have been wonderful.  I could never expect anyone to be more supportive.  I have quite a few family members who also live with chronic pain and they are understanding.  I have other family members who try to understand.  I appreciate that they try.  I have also felt some doubt from a few, and that's OK.  I am not in a position where I can allow other peoples opinions of my illness to affect me.

I have a group of very supportive friends.  These are people I know I can count on. These are the people who ask me how I am doing and genuinely care about my answer.  Some of these people I only keep up with through facebook, email, and text but their friendships mean a lot.  The group of people I used to call friends has become more of a list of people I now call acquaintances.  This has a great deal more to do with me and my need to simplify to survive than any of them specifically.


I have heard and read horror stories about how people are treated by those who are supposed to love and support them through situations like this and it breaks my heart.  It also makes me appreciate the people in my life who support me even more.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 3

How did you get a diagnosis?

I was diagnosed with IBS by my Gastroenterologist.  I have had 3 upper endoscopies, 1 colonoscopy, and 1 capsule endoscopy (I got so swallow a camera pill).  The reason for most of these tests developed after having my gallbladder removed.  I also have a hiatal hernia, a slight problem with bile pooling in my stomach, and a gluten intolerance though my biopsy came back negative for Celiac Disease.

I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder by my psychiatrist.  It was pretty obvious...

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by several doctors but we'll just go ahead and say it was the Rheumatologist I recently saw since he was the most thorough.  Everything imaginable or at least reasonable was ruled out with blood tests and a physical examination.

Friday, October 11, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 2

How have these illnesses affected your life?

Oh my... well, I'll start with the fibromyalgia I suppose.  Fibro has made it a challenge to plan my life.  Not in regards to long term goals but in day to day things that need to be done.  Sometimes I can get a to do list finished and some times I can't.  Now, this is no different from the way it was before and I'm sure is true of many people who do not have a chronic illness.  The differences now are the reasons why the to do list gets behind.  Instead of being distracted by a different activity, I'm distracted by pain.

Fibro causes me to dress for comfort.  This has pretty much always been the case but has become even more of an issue.  I cannot wear certain fabrics.  I cannot wear shirts with tags.  I cannot wear shoes that do not provide proper arch support.  Not even just to be cute for a little while.  I cannot tolerate strong smells, loud noises, or bright lights.  I cannot tolerate heat, especially humid heat, and I ache when I get cold.

How has my life been affected by IBS?  Well, there aren't many ways my life hasn't been affected by IBS.  My diet is always being adjusted and scrutinized.  I have become best friends with my hot water bottle.  I also have a microwavable heat buddy and those stick on heat patches are pretty great for when leaving the house can't be avoided or when knock you down with pain spasms start away from home.  Figuring out how to handle being on medicine that affects my body's ability to regulate its temperature has been interesting.  That little pill friend gets saved for extreme emergencies.  I am familiar with the location of the restroom in every establishment I frequent.  When I find myself in a new location my first order of business is to locate where the restroom is, and to perform a complicated mathematical equation to determine how quickly I can get there, should the need arise.  I have many more good days than bad, especially now that the issue of my anemia has been resolved.  Oh!  And no more coffee.  No. More.  The repercussions are so bad I gave up COFFEE.  Luckily I have been able to replace my morning cup of coffee with hot tea so at least I can still enjoy a little morning energy boost.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is probably the most aggravating issue I deal with.  Irrational thoughts and worries.  Nine times out of ten I don't even know what brought on the anxiety attack.  I take anxiety medicine on an as needed basis.  Sometimes I can go months without needing it.  Other times I need it daily for up to a week at a time.  No rhyme or reason.

The worst affect of any of these illnesses without a doubt has been time lost with my family.

I'm sure I will think of a handful of ways my illnesses have affected me as soon as I hit publish but... these are the ones that jump to mind.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 1

Hey, look guys!  I found a blog challenge...

Introduce yourself.  What illnesses do you have?  How long have you had them?

Hi, my name is Jenni.  I have been married for a wonderful ten years today! - Happy Anniversary!  I'm mommy to two very energetic little girls and I have a ridiculous number of hobbies.

I have Fibromyalgia, IBS, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  I was diagnosed with IBS in 2011, Generalized Anxiety Disorder in 2012, and Fibromyagia in 2011 though I just had the diagnosis confirmed by a Rheumatologist this year (2013).

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Invisible Illness Sucks.

I'm still not sure how to speak, write, or feel about being sick.  So, with that in mind I give you blog post...
I've always been really awkward anyway so this will probably work out just fine.

I finally bit the bullet and went to see a Rheumatologist.  He was by far and away the best doctor I have seen so far.  He spent an entire hour with me.  He listened.  He asked questions.  He did a physical exam.  Oh yeah, and he LISTENED.  Many more tests were ordered, all of which came back completely fine.  Yay! and... really?  It's a confusing place to be.  Of course I'm happy I don't have a terminal illness!  Of course I'm glad I don't have an auto-immune disease! But you know what pisses me off?...  There is no way to fix this.  And something that pisses me off even more... there are people who do not believe it is a real condition.  Invisible illness sucks.

I can go from fine to bedridden within hours.  I can go from fine to feverish in seconds.  I can be super domestic goddess one day and super slacker forget everything mom the next.  I can be walking happily one minute and then HAVE to sit down the next.  Some days I can go miles on my bike.  Some days looking at my bike makes me need a nap.  Some days I can wear whatever I want.  Some days my favorite shirt feels like it is flaying the flesh from my body.  My thoughts derail mid-sentence.  I am tired all the time.  Unless it is bedtime in which case I am wide awake.

I have but one request:  Please do not offer me unsolicited medical advice.  If you have heard of it I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I have known about it for a while.  There are many networks of people who are living this and we all work together to stay informed of research and our options.  Also, you are not my doctor... unless my doctor happens to be reading this.

If you want to help, the best thing you can do is listen.  I have days when all I want to do is complain.  I complain because I hurt.  Hurting sucks.  Also, I still like to do things.  I might not be able to do super fun active things, and I might have to leave early, and I might have to cancel at the last minute, but I still like to do things.

If you would like some sort of understanding of what it is like to live with chronic pain:  Get a clothespin.  Put the clothespin on the end of your finger and go about your day.  How far did you get?  Now imagine never being able to take the clothespin off.  Ouch.  Am I right?  I can't take credit for this analogy but it gets the job done.

I guess I'm at the point where I'm ready to work through being mad about being sick and move forward.  This is the point where when you ask me how I'm doing I'm going to be honest.




Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Biscuits!

I miss warm buttery biscuits.  Especially with all of the tomatoes we have around here lately.  There's not much in this world better than a big slice of tomato on a homemade biscuit... Drooooollll...

This idea was put into my head a few weeks ago and I just got around to trying it.  After looking around on the internet I am no where near the first one to give this a try but this is what I did.

7-Up Biscuit
...right out of the gate I had to change this up.  We are not a 7-Up house so I used Sprite.

2 Cups gluten free Bisquick
1 Cup sour cream
1/2 Cup 7-Up (or sprite... and you know, I bet club soda would work just as well)
1/4 Cup Butter

Preheat oven to 450.  Put your butter in a glass baking dish and put it in the oven to melt.
Mix your other ingredients together and then pour out onto the counter - it will be crumbly.
Knead your dough until it comes together well and then roll out to about 3/4 inch thick.
Use a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter to cut out your biscuits and place in your baking dish.  Place in the oven for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!
OK... so the pretty triangle biscuit is the one I rolled out and cut with a cookie cutter and the bottom on is the one I made free form with the left over little bit I didn't want to mess with cutting.  HELLO!  Free form it is from now on.  Look how pretty!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Cupcakes and Test Results

A few days ago I had the urge to make cupcakes.  Because... cupcakes.  All the reason I need.  Unfortunately I had exactly zero eggs in the house.  After doing some internet searching for egg replacement options I came across a few suggestions for using pumpkin.  I had a can of pumpkin.  Problem solved.

So what you want to do is use a 1/4 cup of pumpkin for every egg needed for the recipe.  I also read that you can replace the oil in the recipe with pumpkin by replacing equal parts for what the recipe calls for.

1 King Arthur's chocolate cake mix, a little vanilla, and a little water, and 1 can of pumpkin later and this is what I ended up with.
Sooo... they aren't pretty... but you throw some icing on those bad boys and no one ever has to know they look like meadow muffins.  They taste really good and the kids like them so over all I'm calling this a win.
Finally went in and had my follow up tests done to make sure I'm not anemic again - remember when I stopped making blood?  All of my tests came back great.  Even the extra thyroid test thrown in there because I've gotten a little pudgy (OK, that's not the ONLY reason why she ordered that test).  My next adventure will involve a Rheumatologist and hopefully will lead to finding some pain management options that work.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

This weeks adventures in canning.

I'm pretty new to this whole canning business.

I have been eating home canned food my whole life but until this year I hadn't had much interest in doing this myself.

So far I have canned: Spaghetti Sauce, Green Beans, Squash and Zucchini, Vegetable Soup, and Chicken Stock.

I would LOVE to know what your favorite canning recipes are.  I have a table full of squash and cucumbers that are just begging to be turned into pickles... they will just have to wait their turn.

Green Beans
the USDA doesn't recommend canning squash and zucchini... I did it anyway.
Spaghetti Sauce
This sauce is supper yummy and easy to make.

Sister Soup - Recipe to be posted later.

Syd had a great time peeling tomatoes.

Piper is a champion onion chopper.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Gentle Reminders

The past two days have been... challenging.  Through the summer I go for longer and longer stretches between fibro flares.  Sure, I have aches and pains but nothing like the pain I deal with through the winter. This latest low-pressure system came out of nowhere and has really done a number on me

Gentle reminder - Summer won't last forever.  Enjoy it while its here.

Some of the shenanigans we've been up to recently:



LOTS of food preservation going on here.  LOTS more to go.

Everything is better stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon.
MMmmm... Bacon.

Also... lots of creative uses for the bountiful harvest.

I sort of feel like this guy is an over achiever.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chicken Pot Pie

It is SUPER hot right now.  Like might melt your face off hot...  but when Jeff brought home some of the new Pilsbury GF buckets of dough I decided I had to make a chicken pot pie.  Super yum.  I made it up on the fly and I'm super awful at actually creating recipes.  It's a lot like work, ya'll.  So this is roughly what I did.

I rolled out the first half of the dough to make the bottom crust and even though it didn't say to I poked some holes on the bottom with a fork and par baked it at 425 for about 15 minutes.

For the filling I cubed and browned 2 chicken breasts.  Right before I removed it from the pan I put in about a tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary.  Removed the chicken from the pan and then sauted some onions, carrots, and green beans - 'cause goodness gracious we have a lot of green beans right now.  I didn't have any chicken stock so I used 2 teaspoons of  Mrs. Miller's Gluten Free Chicken Flavored soup base in a cup of boiling water and used that with about a teaspoon of corn starch to help create a gravy.  It worked pretty well but I think next time I might try adding some instant mashed potatoes - just to see what happens.

Once all of that jazz was cooked up I added the filling to the pie and then rolled out the top.  It worked out pretty well.  Hard to complain really considering how hot and humid it is and we were in a hot kitchen.  Take your time when working with this product and you won't be disappointed.  Cooked the pie for 30 minutes at 425 and it was golden and bubbly.  The edges got a bit dark but that could have been avoided by using foil around the edge of the crust.


Now to do something with these...



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Busy Summer Fun

Having a great BUSY summer.  Starting the back to school process.  Look out Kindergarten!

Painting gourds for bird houses

Getting motion sickness at a Paul McCartney concert.  MACCA!

There was a LOT going on.

Enjoying flowers I don't remember planting.

GARDEN!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Solstice

Gotta love the longest day of the year.  

This lil' guy looks so fancy with his handle bar mustache.

Sassy lil' green beans.

The cherry tomatoes have been teasing us for a week.
Turn red already.

Potato flowers

A girl and her sunflowers.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Chiggy Picken

How to make a delicious roasted chicken.
~ As opposed to how to make a disgusting roasted chicken... that would be a waste of time.

Ingredients:

1 Whole Chicken - Our youngest daughter gets very excited every time we purchase a whole chicken.  For some reason her 3 year old mind thinks it looks like a piggy and therefore she calls it a "Piggy Chicken".  By the time it makes it to the table she is so beyond herself with excitement the name has turned into "Chiggy Picken"... and made even more delicious because she is so happy.

1 medium onion sliced - I tend to prefer sweet onions
1 package of fresh poultry herbs ~or~ if you have a lovely herb garden, cut yourself a handful of Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.  If you want to make it taste even better you should sing while you gather.
1/2 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1 lemon cut into wedges
Kosher Salt

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees

So let me tell you how I handle my chicken...  I let it set on the counter (in its wrapper) and get close to room temperature.  I then unwrap the chicken, remove the organs and pretend I never saw them. Then give the chicken a quick rinse in WARM water.  If your chicken came with one of those plastic pop up thermometers, throw that jerk away.  He isn't nearly as clever as he thinks he is.  Pat Mr. Chicken dry with paper towels and then salt generously inside and out with Kosher Salt.  Line your baking dish or roasting pan with the sliced onion and place salted chicken on top.  I then rub half of the butter under the skin of the bird and then place the other half in the chicken cavity.  I also stuff the cavity with the lemon and the bundle of herbs.  I roast the chicken at 450 degrees for 15 minutes and then decrease the oven temperature to 350 and continue to cook for 20min per pound.

If you find that your chicken skin is getting too dark - tent with foil and continue to cook.  Do not decrease the oven temp.  *Always make sure you cook your poultry to an internal temp. of 165 degrees

video

Can you dig it?

I just dug part of our dinner!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Who wants to cook?

I have lots of recipes to post.  Hopefully I won't be such a slack @$$ blogger and I'll start sharing the goodies.

In the mean time...  Here's me in a tree.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Complicated ~ Don't worry... I haven't broken out the Avril Levigne

It is very frustrating to be on such an up swing and feel like you are in some sort of "recovery" mode and gained some control only to be reminded that your chronic pain is not going to just go away.  I have been so lucky over the past month or so to be able to get out into the world and reclaim some of my life but I have found out over the last week that "recovery" makes the rough days even harder to cope with.  Time to find a new balance.  Time to remind myself that it is OK if I have to take some time out.  I am not lazy, I am just not well.  I am a good wife, mother, and friend.  They all understand that I'm doing my best.  With any luck this latest flare will blow through with whatever weather shenanigans are going on and I'll be back to getting on with life in the next day or so.  I am a rock star, dammit. 


Latest Kitchen Ladies collaboration 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Oh that's right!

I had almost forgotten I have fibromyalgia.  Hello winter weather!

I really can't complain too much.  Compared to where I was a year ago this is a cake walk.  I would hurt like this every day.  Now it just sort of comes out of nowhere like that "friend" you try to avoid making eye contact with.  You know who I'm talking about.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Goldfish are high maintenance.

So far we have had to say goodbye to two goldfish.  Our children would have nothing to do with a water burial for their beloved princess fish so our flower garden should be well fertilized by spring.  AND the girl at PetSmart may have been just a little high and mighty with her goldfish ethics.  Maybe.  Just a little.  After all, there were no less than three floaters in the tanks she was overseeing... undertaking... whatever.  Hopefully we'll get this nonsense figured out and the world goldfish population will never rest on our shoulders.  Currently monitoring Ph and ammonia levels...  This is bordering on a level of chemistry I'm just not sure I'm qualified for.  Where is Walter White when you need him?

Maybe I can find a way to get goldfish to eat stinkbugs and become super goldfish that never die because they'll take on the stinkbug superpower of Never Dying.  Like Rogue, except hungrier?




Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dextromethorphan HBr

So... I've been doing really well lately.  Thanks for asking by the way, you're so sweet to ask.

But NOW I am questioning my think muscles for sending me out into the world after what basically amounts to a year and a half of shut-in-ness during COLD and FLU season.  Really, Jenni... really?...

Vick's Nature Fusion Cold & Flu: Tastes like poo and makes your brain voice louder.  But at least you can breathe while you're listening.