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Migraines and Halloween

I know, I’m a horrible person, I haven’t been posting.  I’ve been having a lot of migraines, so I’ll blame that.  FOR ALL THAT IS HOLY, DO NOT GIVE ME ADVICE.  I’ve been having migraines for 26 years now.  I have tried every OTC med there is, every prescription there is, every homeopathic remedy.  I’ve tried yoga, visualization, and chiropractic (that last actually gave me more migraines).  I’ve tried hot compresses, cold compresses, and changing my diet.  I have to unfortunately live with them.  They were sporadic most of my life, and lasted anywhere from 4 hours to 4 days.  But in the last year or so, they have lasted 4 days.  Every.  Single.  Time.   The pain is a crippling one, coupled with vision problems, dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells.   I’ve been getting them once a month.  I tracked them and they are unrelated to my period, showing up randomly: beginning of the month, end of the month, waking me up from a sound sleep at times, others just hitting me out of nowhere.
I got TWO of them this month, again, 4 days each.  We’re trying to see if it could be related to cheese, of all things, as that is a trigger for some.  So I have to cut out cheese and see if they stop.  This sucks as I fucking LOVE cheese.  But hey, if it will make my head stop hurting, I’ll drop it.

In other exciting life news, I actually got dressed up and went out Saturday night for Halloween.  The little local dive bar I was at was having a costume contest, so I figured why the hell not, right?  I was up against some good costumes, though.  There was a gay couple dressed as Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, a drag queen who had to be 10 feet tall with a great ass, a husband dressed as Abe Lincoln and a wife dressed as Freddie Mercury (they were Lincoln-Mercury), and an NFL referee, to name a few.
And then there was me.
I was Abby from NCIS.
Pigtails, lab coat, NCIS badge, and giant cup of CafPow.

I FUCKING WON.

I honestly didn’t even think I’d place.  I hoped someone would take enough pity on my sad little costume and maybe buy me a drink.
Instead I won first place.

$100 CASH, kids.

That’s a LOT of money when you’ve been unemployed as long as I have!

So next week, I plan to go to the mall, and buy a few pairs of pants that actually fit (my size 10’s are so loose I need a belt or I’d be arrested, and my size 8’s are getting a little baggy, too), maybe some new sweats (mine are years old and falling apart), and maybe some yarn from Michael’s.

But damn, never thought I’d win.  Also, all of my “Abby” clothes are from my own damn closet.  #eldergoth

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Unilever Products Review

This post was sponsored by Unilever as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

I was so excited to be asked to try this stuff…a whole box of goodies, just for ME!   I got a total of five things to try:

1) Degree UltraClear Pure Clean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant

2) Degree Clinical Protection Sheer Powder Anti-Perspirant

3) Pond’s Evening Soothe MoistureClean Towelettes

4) Tresemme Expert Botanique Curl Hydration Shampoo

5) Tresemme Expert Botanique Curl Hydration Conditioner

 

So let’s go right down the line.
1) Degree UltraClear Pure Clean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant
I wasn’t sure if I’d like this.  I generally use unscented deodorant, because they usually seem to clash/compete with my perfume!  However, the scent on this is very fresh and clean smelling, like laundry or something, and didn’t clash/compete.  Not only that, it works extremely well!  No wetness, no armpit stank…honestly, I use this everyday before I work out (the true test of any deodorant), and my moves are the only funky thing!  It doesn’t leave white marks on your dark clothes, either.  I wear a dark blue tank top to exercise in, and there have been no white streaks.  Highly recommended!

2) Degree Clinical Protection Sheer Powder Anti-Perspirant
I tried a few of the “clinical” deodorants when they first came out.  I found them to be lacking in protection, and some of them were irritating to my delicate pits, so I gave up on them.
Enter the kind folks at Degree!
On the package, it says to apply before bed.  It uses your “resting” body temp to kind of gauge itself.  Science!  It also says that you can use it the night before, and it will work all through the next day…even after you shower.  What witchcraft is this?  Witchcraft we need!
It WORKS.  I couldn’t believe it myself.  First night I used it, worked out the next morning, and my pits were dry, soft, and comfy.  Good for people who might forget to put on deodorant in the morning.  Not that *I* would know anything about that, nosireebob…

3) Pond’s Evening Soothe MoistureClean Towelettes
I wanted to like these, I really really did.  Pond’s is a name that has been around and been trusted for years.  I used these every evening for a week to clean my face at night.  I wear minimal makeup, and they were wonderfully easy, and streamlined my routine.  I used them for a little over a week.
Just yesterday, I noticed that the skin under one of my eyes was quite dry.  I thought that was odd.
Then I woke up this morning to a tight, dry, itchy face!  It was so dry that in the nine hours I’ve been awake, I’ve had to apply coconut oil all over my face, TWICE.  It is absolutely horrible, and I have to blame the towelettes, as that was the only new thing.
I actually threw away the package.
Two thumbs way down.

4) Tresemme Expert Botanique Curl Hydration Shampoo
My hair isn’t really curly, just wavy, but it’s a definite problem child!  It gets frizzy, it’s dried out, it looks dull…I think we’ve all been there.  I’ve tried other “hydrating” shampoos, and they didn’t help at all.  I don’t even wash my hair every day, only every other day, to keep from drying it out.  I didn’t hold much hope for yet another “hydrating” shampoo.
I am so surprised at how well this works!  My waves are defined, shiny, and beautiful.  Beachy hair?  That’s me!  No frizzies here!  I also loves the fresh, clean scent, not too heavy or perfume-y.  A definite win for curly and wavy haired girls!

5) Tresemme Expert Botanique Curl Hydration Conditioner
While I don’t shampoo my hair every day, I DO condition it every day (otherwise I wouldn’t be able to comb it!).  I have used this every day, and I absolutely love it!  Even when I don’t use the shampoo (as I only shampoo every other day), my hair is still soft, beautiful, and easy to get a comb through!  My waves are soft and silky instead of dry and frizzy, and it smells just as good as the shampoo!

So out of the 5 products, 4 of them have made me VERY happy, and I would recommend them.  I think maybe Pond’s just needs to go back to the drawing room and tweak their towelettes, I still think they are a good company.  🙂

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September 11

I know I’ve been M.I.A. for a bit, you know how life is.
Today is the day that reminds us why we have to get to the airport two hours early, take off our shoes, and get xrayed.  I wrote this back in 2014, and it still stands.

 

“Do you remember?”

Yeah. I can’t forget. It’s like how older people remember where they were and what they were doing when Kennedy was shot. But it wasn’t our President – I never liked that jackass anyway.
It was our whole country. It was like the world had caught fire.
I was in college and living with my mom. My dad had left us, so we were living in a one bedroom, and I slept on the sofabed. I was watching the news as I got ready to make the long 2 hour by 2 buses trek to class. They said a plane hit one of the Twin Towers. The way they just kind of casually said it made me think that it wasn’t serious. I thought it was a small plane, and maybe they lost control. Some people would be dead. That was sad.
But it was so much worse.
Mom came into the living room after her shower and watched with me. We just couldn’t understand what was happening. Just after 6 am, we watched a live picture as the second plane crashed.
I begged my mom not to go to work, but she said she would be fine (she worked for U.C. Berkeley, and yes was fine). I told her I wasn’t going to class. I wrote for the school paper, and the meeting was that day. A little after 7 am, I called the classroom and another girl from the paper answered. She hadn’t even known what was going on until she got in and turned on the news. I told her to let the Advisor know that I would not be in, but that my article for that week was already in the can. She was scared and said she was thinking of going home.
I kept thinking that it couldn’t be real. That someone had pirated the airwaves. But it was real.
I didn’t know anyone who lost their lives in New York or Pennsylvania, but I felt like I had. I fell asleep on my sofabed that day with the TV on, and when I woke, I hoped it was a dream. But it wasn’t. And I cried.
I cried for the people who died and I cried for the people who lived.
And I cried because I knew our country would NEVER be free again.
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Hats for the Homeless

I knit beanie hats in my spare time. I usually just put them in the charity boxes we give to Salvation Army every 4 months or so. But on nextdoor. com the other day, someone was giving away some old baseball caps, and wanted to know if someone wanted them. A lady said she’d like them as she does homeless outreach, and it would give them something to help keep their heads warm. Well I had 37 knitted caps, so I messaged her asking if she would like them as well. She just came by and picked them up, and as we were talking, I told her how I make them to basically keep me occupied, so she said if I ever had some and wanted to donate them, she’d be happy to take them, AND that if I needed yarn to make more, she could get it to me through donations! I don’t need yarn as my friend Cameron gave me a ton of it a while back (which is what all of those hats were made from), but that’s good to know.
I’m helping!
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Review: CURAD SoothePlus Products

This post was sponsored by CURAD as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

When I was told that they would be sending me some things to sample, I thought I’d be getting a few bandages…I got so much more!

1 box of FIVE medium rolled gauze
1 box of TEN medium non stick pads
1 box of TWENTY FIVE large gauze pads
1 roll of sensitive skin paper tape

WOW!

I liked almost all of the items.
I found the large gauze pads to be very soft and absorbent.  Very good for any size wound (you can cut or fold them down if needed).
The medium rolled gauze was a win as well, very soft and stretchy enough so you could probably use it like an Ace bandage to stabilize a sprain.
The paper tape is a godsend for anyone (like me) with sensitive skin.  I’ve gotten angry red rashes just from plain bandages before, so it’s nice to have something that won’t upset my skin and won’t hurt to remove!
I didn’t care for the medium non stick pads.  They had a weird, plasticky feel.  I know that is how it is non stick,  but it seems like it hampers the absorbency.

However, I have used these items to restock our emergency first aid kit, and feel better knowing it’s there!20106337_1780096455340757_7651623697407092790_n

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Because Death Is a Comedy In My Family

It’s true.  I mean when someone dies, we get sad and cry.  But it’s not long before we start laughing.  Often right through the funeral.
Example: when my Great Aunt Angie died, there was a viewing as she was going to be cremated.  We all went and sat there, just…looking at her.  They had her on a gurney and it was at a 45 degree angle.  Now I noticed something was…off about Ang right away, but kept my mouth shut.  My cousin Michelle (Angie’s daughter) was sitting if front of my mother and myself.  Suddenly she turned around and said, “I’m sorry, but did they stuff my mom’s bra?  She wasn’t that busty!”
Example: one of the most told stories about my Uncle John involves me.  My aunt had just gone through breast cancer and had a mastectomy.  It was around the Christmas holiday, and I was in the kitchen talking about her prosthetic breast (we seriously discuss this shit in my family).  My uncle went into the garage to bring in a case of soda.  I told my aunt, that the prosthetic was really good, because I honestly couldn’t tell which was which.  She told me, “This is the fake one.  Feel it, it’s really soft.”  So there I am, squeezing her fake boob when the garage door swings open and there’s my uncle.  He said, “I know what you’re doing and I know why, but really…”

Well, my dad passed away in April.  My brother and I went to Texas where he lived to clean out his apartment, and I got sick while I was there, because of course I did.  Anyhow, we had him cremated and the remains sent here.  He wanted his ashes sprinkled up in the mountains in Mendocino where he used to go hunting long ago.  So my brother rented a minivan, since there were six of us: myself, my mother (they remained friends and would talk on the phone now and then after the divorce – before he moved to Texas, they even went out to breakfast a few times), my brother (who did all the driving, and there was a lot of it), and my three nephews (the youngest was almost 18, so they aren’t little kids or anything).

So we drove for five hours and put his ashes in two different spots.  But dad had the last laugh.
At the first place we all got out, and my brother got the box that the ashes were in.  Now I came prepared, I had brought those little paper masks like what doctors use (like in the third picture, below).  I was the only one who put one on.  I had enough for everybody, but nobody else wanted  one.  I was the only smart one.
My brother started to pour out the ashes (picture 1), and the wind picked up.  Me and one of my nephews ran around to the other side of the car.  My brother got a face full of…well…dad.  We heard him kind of holler, “AAHHHH!”  When we got back in the car he asked my mom for some water, and rinsed out his mouth.  And since I am a younger sister, I helped out by saying, “I told you so.”
The other spot was fine (picture 2), no dad blow-back (although I still wore my face mask).  I also managed to avoid getting carsick on the winding, bumpy roads (thank you, chewable Dramamine).  And we stopped at Fenton’s on the way home, so that was pretty nice.
And I will have you know that when dad’s ashes were delivered, I put them directly in out apartment storage unit.  It creeped me out.  We had to carry them on the train to get to my brother’s house (we had them in a tote bag), and when the boys picked us up, I said loudly, “Open the trunk for grandpa!”

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Product Review! JAFRA Royal Jelly

This post was sponsored by JAFRA Royal Jelly as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

I was excited to try these products because being in my 40’s my skin has changed.  It needs different care than what I did even 5 years ago, but I wasn’t sure what to use or how to use it.  Enter JAFRA Royal Jelly!
I received five full size products from them: Gentle Cleansing Milk, Vitamin Infused Spot Serum (dark spot cream), Global Longevity Cream (moisturizer), Global Longevity Eye Cream, and Solar Protection Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (sunscreen).   The order I have listed them in is the order you use them, twice a day (except the sunscreen – that’s only in the morning, of course).
The Cleansing Milk took a little getting used to.  It didn’t foam up quite as much as most face washes I’ve used, but it worked well, and my face felt fresh and clean.
The Spot Serum was a bit of a disappointment.  I have slight dark spots on my cheeks, and though I used this diligently twice a day, they haven’t seen any improvement.  I guess you can’t hope for a miracle!
Third was the Global Longevity Cream.  I really liked this.  Ultra moisturizing and absorbs well.  My only complaint is that it is in a jar as opposed to a bottle…you have to dip your fingers into it, which isn’t very good.  I think a squeeze or pump bottle might be better.  I moisturize all the way down my neck, and this has noticeably reduced the lines I have on it.
After that is the Global Longevity Eye Cream.  This stuff is excellent!  It noticeably reduced the puffiness and dark circles I get, almost immediately!  That alone makes it worth it’s weight in gold!  I have NEVER used anything that does that.
Last but not least is the Solar Protection Fluid.  I’m not a huge fan of it.  Although the consistency is not thick, it feels like it sits on my face instead of absorbing in.  I do like that it’s SPF 50, and it never made me break out, but it felt somewhat heavy and greasy, no matter how much or little I used.

The JAFRA items I received stated on the packaging that they are “For all skin types” and “Clinically, Allergy, Irritancy, and Dermatologist Tested”.  I was surprised and happy that it did not upset my sensitive skin.  Most things promise not to irritate, but this one truly delivered.

All in all, I was really happy with these items.  Especially the eye cream and moisturizer.  If you are looking for a new product to try, these are a bit pricey and you won’t find them in a department store, but they are worth a shot (https://www.jafra.com/skincare/brands/royal-jelly/).  My skin is noticeably brighter and my naso-labial folds (aka “marionette lines”) have diminished.

Give it a try!

 

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