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Ahhh…. Abdominal pain.

Posted in BLARG!!!, Poor Poor Liz, Ranting, Self indulgent Tripe with tags , , , , on October 13, 2011 by swinglizrd

Sooooo… What a week so far…

It started on Sunday afternoon.  I ate lunch, a yummy chicken gyro type flatbread.  It had a balsamic chicken, lettuce, cucumber, a bit of garlic aoli and a drizzle of fattoush dressing.  YumO.

A bit after that I started feeling some, what I thought, was indigestion.  I thought it was just a pretty bad case of it and took some acid reducer and tried to just drink water.  The pain continued and got worse over the course of the night and by Monday morning I figured I should try to go to the Dr.  So that was *Count voice* “ONE… ONE SLEEPLESS NIGHT, ah ah… “.  There wasnt an appointment until the next day, so I decided to wait rather than go to “Doc in the Box”.  I figured if things got bad I would head to the ER or call the ambulance.  All day Monday all I had to “eat” was a glass of V8 Fruit Fusion *yum*, and a glass of Chocolate Lactaid *yum again*.  I had so much pressure and bloating in my abdomen with waves of gnawing pain I did NOT want to put anything else in there.  So I just tried to stay hydrated.  The pain came and went and my belly was not feeling good at all.

*Here is where I tell you a bit more about my anxieties.  As I have mentioned before, I am a hypochondriac.  Hypochondriac+internet+time along= TOO much self diagnosis.  I decided that it was probably had appendicitis and I was going to end up the next day having to go immediately to the hospital for emergency surgery.  Point number 2 in my crazy,  I have a phobia of hospitals and especially me possibly having to submit to treatment in said hospitals.  I have so far in my life never had any type of surgery or even had to stay overnight in a hospital.  I’m lucky I know, and when I eventually get prego, i will be in therapy getting through THAT phobia.*

ANYWHO, back to Monday.

All day Monday I am trying to get things ready to go on our vacation for which we were supposed to leave on Thursday (we postponed…).  Trying to do laundry get some cleaning done and all with pretty damn bad abdominal pain.  I finally give up and just sit on my ass and watch tv…   try to go to bed, but… very little sleep occurs *cue the Count*  TWO… TWO sleepless nights… AHAHAHA! (The Count might die soon.. just sayin…)

I “wake up” on Tuesday morning and take care of pups and  feeling less pain and just a lot of discomfort and bloating.  The pain surfaces every so often as painful hunger pangs and my anxiety is still pretty high.  I’ve been feeling a bit of nausea but no vomiting.  Sooo.. My mom comes and picks me up for my appointment.  I was so tired by this point I didn’t trust myself to drive.

Pretty standard scene in the office.  The Dr. pokes around my belly, asks me the questions and I’m doing my best to explain how I’m feeling… “Ok Liz.. Its one of 2 things… an ulcer or Gallstones”…. The dreaded G word.  Hypochondriacs know in advance the options that will probably be offered them.  Here is the thing, gallstones are not like kidney stones.. you do not pass gallstones. You have to have…………………………………………………………………………… Surgery.

Of course the freaking out immediately starts in my head… The dr proceeds to want to schedule an Ultrasound for the next day… Ok never had one.. whatever… ack…

*BANG* (sorry just shot The Count)  Cue ANOTHER sleepless night.

Wed. Morning 10am… Ultrasound place.

Yeah that is one uncomfortable experience.  When you have pressure already in your belly area, and the tech is pressing really hard over everything including your ribs (sore today still) it is not a fun time.

So throughout all that my brain has gone from appendicitis to gallstones and of course the dreaded cancer idea popped into my traitorous brain.  I head home to await the results of the test, as the doc said she would put a rush on them. *love my doc BTW*

A few hours later and I’m making my tiny bland lunch (oh yeah, by this time I have had VERY little to eat… ) Doc calls and says “NO GALLSTONES!” (read NO SURGERY!).  So she tells me to take the Prilosec twice a day and be careful with my eating… No caffeine *not too hard for me* , No Alcohol *yeah… a BIT harder*… No spicy or over acidic… blah blah blah….

By this time i am exhausted and still in discomfort.  I call hubby and we cancel the trip until after my check up in 2 weeks.  I feel horrible about not going, but feeling so incredibly tired, ill, and emotionally drained.  Luckily we were planning on driving so no airline tickets lost.

So,  If anyone knows any good recipes or has any tips on living with an ulcer, please let me know!  I’m scouring the interwebz and not finding much help with specific ideas and recipes.  It’s all just what to avoid.. UGH!

So thanks to all who were thinking of me and praying for me.

Love as thou wilt,

Liz

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Confession time…

Posted in BLARG!!!, FEED ME, Ranting, Self indulgent Tripe with tags , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2011 by swinglizrd

Ok y’all… (I’m allowed.. I’m a southern gal)

I have a confession…  For you foodies and health nuts, hold onto your hats and don’t be a hater…

All my life, the ONLY way i have ever really enjoyed veggies is with ranch dressing slathered on them… Yeah, I’m that kid/gal/woman…. I get disapproving stares and nicknames like “The Condiment Queen”.  I have also almost got into fisticuffs with a Subway owner when I asked for extra mayo… that is another story entirely.

well my dear readers, I actually ate a veggie the other night WITHOUT ranch dressing.  I think my husband nearly had a heart attack.  We concocted a meal that required NO ranch and only a dollop of sour cream. (It starts with a spoon and a dollop.. a dollop.. a dollop.. of Daisy…)  The menu was as follows :

  • steaks- incredibly seasoned and grilled  by my dear hubby.. My in home grill master.
  • Twice baked “scalloped” potatoes. (This was the dollop of sour cream.. really.. what is a potato without sour cream?)
  • Roasted Asparagus

The roasted asparagus was gone immediately.  It smelled so incredible while cooking and it was SO very easy.  Hubby and i are now sold on the properties of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.  Even with a pinch of this expensive (well to me.. 13 dollars for a cheese was definitely a splurge) cheese this asparagus dish was transformed into heaven.  I have no pics mainly because the stuff got eaten so quickly, and i have crappy cameras and i am SO very ashamed of my picture-taking ability, BUT.. here is what I did to it… If you are bored by veggies, THIS is a recipe to try.

Ingredients:

  • Asparagus (duh)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (do NOT skimp on this.. regular Parmesan would not have enough flavor)

Preheat your oven to 400.

Place asparagus on a pan or baking sheet then drizzle with olive oil.  Salt and pepper to your taste.  We love fresh ground salt and pepper so I’m not sure the table kind would do well.  To each his own though.

Cook for 15-20 minutes depending on how you like your asparagus.

Take that tasty green heaven out of the oven and squeeze a bit of lemon juice all over.  Grate a bit of that fancy cheese over it and DONE.. Serve it up!

I promise you, if you love asparagus you NEED to eat it this way… IN.CRED.IBLE.

I think i am going to try to roast some green beans this way.  Anyone else have any suggestions on other veggies that might be good prepared this way?

love as thou wilt,

Liz

My Husband… The Ass.

Posted in Funny, Random shit, Ranting, Self indulgent Tripe, Wuv... TWUE Wuv with tags , , , on October 7, 2011 by swinglizrd

I love my husband.  He is sweet, funny, sexy as hell, and wonderful… BUT….

This morning as i said earlier on Twitter (@swinglizrd) I woke up with the song “Jenny From the Block” in my head.  I don’t know why or how this song intruded into my brain, I just know I needed to get it OUT.  Hubs was working on homework, so I suffered in silence for a while.  I tried to surf the interwebz to distract my traitor brain, to no avail.

Finally I say….

“ugh.. damn song stuck in my head.”

Hubs: “what song is that?”

me: “Jenny From the Block”

He laughs and continues to do what i THINK is homework…

a couple of minutes later I hear……… DUBSTEP REMIX OF “JENNY FROM THE BLOCK”.

Face… MEET KEYBOARD…

We go on with our day, with him working on stuff and me hitting the market… a bit ago he decides to declare war by singing it to me from the other room… yeah. Ass.

My motto is “Love as thou wilt”, but hubby is PUSHING IT.

Liz

good days and bad days

Posted in Ranting, Self indulgent Tripe with tags , , on September 11, 2011 by swinglizrd

We all have them..  Good and bad.  We have a life and have to live it, but sometimes those days are just bad. 

This whole week was a bad day for me.  I usually don’t like using my blog to air my “stuff” that goes on as far as my neurotic issues, BUT…. today is that day.

I’m not doing well emotionally recently.  Depression and panic attacks are crippling me, so like it or not, I have decided I have to go back on my medications.  Therein lies a whole other level of anxiety for me, due to the fact that I absolutely hate going to the doctor.  *Panic attacks are the reason i had to stop watching realistic medical dramas…thanks for the nightmares ER….*  I am a hypochondriac that doesn’t like going to get diagnosed.  Obviously sitting around in a panic is SO much better than actually finding out that NOTHING IS WRONG. *Also, WebMD.com is the devil.*  Anywho….

I have become recently slightly agoraphobic, and this is the MAIN reason I am going to be getting back on my meds.  When it takes every ounce of willpower to leave the house to go grocery shopping THAT is the time to take care of things again. 

So pray for me.  Think of me.  I hope that within the next few weeks I will be functional again.  I hope that whatever meds the doc prescribes me work well and don’t zonk me out or make me an emotionless zombie. 

Love as thou wilt,

Liz

yup…

Posted in BLARG!!!, Random shit, Self indulgent Tripe on August 12, 2011 by swinglizrd

I find this demotivational picture really defines how i feel recently.  I need some inspiration. 

love as thou wilt,

liz

On the reasons i love “Burn Notice”

Posted in BLARG!!!, Random shit, Self indulgent Tripe with tags , , , , on July 28, 2011 by swinglizrd

*Warning: May include spoilers, i make no promises.*

Burn Notice.

This Dramady is a delightfully bright romp through the decadent streets of Miami and the life of burned spy Michael Westen and his friends and family.  Everything is warm and lush leaving you at the end of most episodes imagining the heat of the city and wanting to quench your thirst with a mojito.  I have fallen in love with most of the characters and find them all wonderful and charming with fantastic acting chops.  The only person I’ve not been completely impressed with, sadly, is Jeffrey Donovan.  I think he has grown and become a bit more believable, but he’s not as much of a natural talent like the others on the series.   I think he will only continue to grow and impress me more and more as the series goes on.  Any-who…. 

There are abundant reasons to love this show.  I have many popping into my head right now, but i am going to count down my top FIVE reasons I LOVE “Burn Notice”.

Reason #5 :

The clothes.  A well-tailored suit on a handsome man is like icing on cake.  I believe a man can be even more sexy in a suit than in any other state of dress.

The simplicity of all his suits is fantastic counterpoint to not only his “Trigger happy girlfriend Fiona” but  EVERYTHING ELSE IN MIAMI!  He always looks cool, collected, and confident in his very simple clothing.  So major props to the wardrobe people for everything, but most of all Michael Westen’s clothing.

Reason #4

The car.  Yes.  I have a CAR in my top 5 reasons I love this show.  But let me tell you boys and girls, this ain’t no simple car.  This car is sex on wheels.  This car grabs your eyes and says “hey, you over there… I’m the most badass car ever and you cannot resist me.”  The car in question is supposedly a 1973 Dodge Charger.  I have read in different places that it’s a 1971 or that is a “SE”… I don’t really care about all that.. I don’t know what most things about cars mean.. I just know this car is sexy, powerful, and FAST.

Hot. 

Reason #3

Explosions.  Fiery fiery explosions.  Gunfire.  Big Booms.  Fighting.  Action.

Yes.  I love action.  I am not the typical girly girl.  I do like  “girly” movies sometimes, BUT, give me a good action or sci-fi and I will pick one of those over a romance or comedy every time.

 I love watching a well choreographed fight on-screen.  I have incredible respect for stuntmen and women.  They take a huge beating and get up to walk it off.  The men and women of the stunt world have HUGE cojones.  Burn Notice delivers on the action front.  Not only that, they have Fiona who is possibly the most gorgeous weapons and incendiary expert around.  Her bass-assery knows no bounds.  Why a little boom, when a BIG boom would work just as well with better fireworks!  This stuff gets your heart pumping.

Reason #2

Bruce Campbell.  Hail to the king baby. 

Reason #1

Bruce Campbell.  Yes folks, The groovy chin is SO badass and SO incredible he takes up the top two places on my little list. 

Simply stated this man… IS THE MAN.

I know, not Burn Notice... i just couldn't resist.

Bruce plays the aging lush of a retired covert agent who always has an eye out for the rich older ladies of Miami.  His line delivery and presence on-screen is quintessential Bruce.  I cannot say enough about him.  He makes the show and He is…. The main reason I watch Burn Notice.  Thank you USA network for letting me have a weekly Bruce fix!

So there you have it. If you havent watched Burn Notice… Do it.  You will not regret it.

love as thou wilt babes…

Liz

*None of the pictures in this post are mine, they are from various sources. I do not claim them and will be glad to take them down at any time! No harm is meant!*

Stuck in the 90’s with you!

Posted in BLARG!!!, Friends, Music, Random shit, Ranting, Self indulgent Tripe with tags , , , , , , on June 15, 2011 by swinglizrd

Recently I have been remembering my highschool days.  Ah those awkward gawky years where you think everyone else thinks you are a big dork, and in reality, everyone thinks you are actually pretty cool.  These memories are brought about in part by the creation of a new Facebook group for my graduating class (very small highschool 53 people in my senior class… yeah) , by randomly conversing on Twitter with one of my favorite actors Ethan Embry (@Childactor), and because of the Facebook group, really reconnecting with some of the people who I loved in highschool.

So I have been thinking about some of my favorite movies ,books, and music from the 90’s.  Highschool for me was 1993-1997 soooo here we goooo!

Empire Records.  I was IN LOVE with this movie.  I was right to love it.  It has incredible people.. Ethan Embry, Liv Tyler, Johnny Whitworth, Renee Zellweger, Anthony Lapaglia, Debi Mazar, Maxwell Caulfield… *hope all names were spelled right*  The music was fantastic, the feel was incredibly fun and the issues it dealt with you really felt connected with.  A great movie for us teens in 1995.

Now there are many more movies I loved, but I feel this one embodied that time the best.. at least it did for me!

Onto music…

I was into soo many different things and had such wacky tastes that I couldn’t even begin to post everything I loved..  Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies, Poe, Nirvana,  Blind Melon.. the list could go ON and ON…  So to get you in that 90’s mood.. here are a couple of my favorite videos!

Now as for books.. Highschool is where is discovered my beloved Anne Rice.  Interview and The Vampire Lestat immersed me in this incredibly lush world full of beautiful bloodsuckers.  To this day I can pick up any one of her Vampire Chronicles or Mayfair Witches books and be completely enraptured at the level of detail and beauty that she has put into these novels.  I loved the movie version of Interview, and the less I say about the movie “based” on Queen of the Damned the better.  But Mrs. Rice changed my thinking about the world.  Her words gave me a new vision that as a cute little southern Baptist ministers daughter, I had never had before.  Her books influence my writing even today as I strive to achieve that incredible level of detail and continuity.

So.. there ya have it.  My brain recently.  Now that I got all this out, maybe it’ll be a bit less cluttered in there.  I needed some room to get some actual work done and some actual writing done.  I love my blog, but when I have a post in my head floating around, it takes up a LOT of space!

love as thou wilt,

Liz