Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Laugh and a Puppy

I started my day with checking social media, just like everyone else in the world.  This is one of the reasons why I like "I Speak Greeklish" on Facebook.  This meme.  Only Greeks would get it.  The above picture is of a dessert pronounced Mel-o-ma-ka-ro-no.  Underneath, "Mel on my car, oh no!"  (Mel Gibson lol).

Then I had to have routine maintenance on my car which no one likes.  The good thing about it was that this six week old baby was in a box in the back

She gnawed on my fingers like they do.  She was adorbs.  

The rest of my day was full of a million little things and a whole lot of nothing, but I was constantly busy with piddly crap that needed doing.  At the end of the day, I'd used half a tank of gas.  Where did I go?  

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Confirmation from Dad

I had skin allergy testing when I was 11. This was because some of the symptoms of my neurological condition were chalked up to allergies. It was a very painful ordeal. They subcutaneously inject small amounts of the thing you might be allergic to just under your skin to make a bubble. (Like a tuberculosis test). But having so many of these at once is torture for a kid. Then you go back in a few days or so and the skin bubbles that showed reaction to are the things you have allergies to.

I don't remember what came up. My dad, however, told me that yes, coconut did come up. My parents dismissed it, though, because they knew I didn't like it and never ate it. Who knew in some 20 years, there would be a coconut in everything craze?  I'm looking at web links for anomalies and freaks like myself who have this allergy and what to do about it. (What to look for on labels, etc.)

I'm not sure I can get an epi pen if Benadryl helps, but I'd rather not have an epi pen. I'm always loosing my keys. How would I be able to keep up with something like that?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

All I want for Christmas!

Judy Blume's online master class is only $90, and it will be available in 2018.  Can't believe how good Judy Blume looks for 80 years old.  If my parents ask me what I want, it will be this class.  Although, I am not writing for children, I'm writing about them.

When I was growing up, I read everything Judy Blume.  She's the reason I knew what menstruation was before it actually happened to me.  I just remember reading one of her books and getting out the dusty encyclopedia and looking up "menstruation".  Thanks to her, about two years later, I knew what was happening.  My mom didn't talk about anything with me.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dreaming about the deceased.

I had a dream last night about my godson/cousin Evan who passed last year at age 23. In the dream, I walked past him and he was leaning against a wall with hands in pockets. He said "whassup?"
I turned around and said, "Evan!"  I immediately asked him if he saw a video his widow posted recently reading to their daughter and their daughter recognizing words. He said, "yes, I did. Don't get angry as she grows up thinking I don't see her milestones, because I do."
Immediately, I felt better.
He started to walk away and I said, "Hey, wait!"
He turned around.
I asked, "What's it like to stand before the judgement throne?"
He shrugged and said "It's no big deal. Really, it's not that serious. It's probably easier than having a rectal exam."
I wrinkled my eyebrows at his analogy and said, "well thanks for the heads up."
I stayed and watched as he walked completely away, then woke myself up.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

How Old is old enough?

My daughter Annalise slept over at friends' house last night, and they all gave each other makeovers. Anna has never had her hair back like this.  She likes the picture, but asked me if she can have her eyebrows waxed.  Her father said it's fine with him if it's fine with her.  She's only ten, but she's already aware of shaving legs and under the arms.  These were my eyebrows when I was 10 years old.  My mom is a compulsive tweezer, and if she just let hers grow out, these would probable be her eyebrows, too.  In fact, my mom gets so carried away with tweezing, that sometimes she ends up with virtually no eyebrows.  She then has to pencil them in, and ends up looking like a Chola.  I would take Annalise to get them waxed, but some people without Greek and Middle Eastern genes may think it's too young.  When you go, they do the bottom first, and then the top.  The bottom hurts more, because there is less skin there.  If I do take her, I might request top first.  I'm on the fence about this.  I don't want to be "that mom", but I don't want to be "that" other mom, either.

Happy Birthday BFF

Yesterday was Kate's birthday.

My BFF since fetushood,
My cousin the shrink,
My sister wife (long story),
My go to person for legit or not medical claims,
And my next of kin for brain donation.

39 is just fine Kate.  I <3 U, even though you complain about every guy I go out with yet you HAVE A TINDER ACCOUNT.  But that's ok, because the biological clock is ticking.  I'm just glad it's ticking a lot slower for you than for me, since you never got to get married or have a child or three.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Anaphylaxis Again

At a convenience store, I saw a watermelon drink in a can. I bought it, because watermelon juice is hard to find and a mess to make.
I sat in my car for a while sipping on it, taking a break, and when I was almost finished I could hear my breath sounding like a whistle. I was slightly wheezing, and when I looked down at my forearms, there were 5-7 hives on each arm. I looked at the can and realized what I missed- it said "made with coconut water". I'm allergic to coconut oil, but I didn't think "coconut water" would be as strong. Luckily, I keep Benadryl in my car console, and immediately popped three of them. I leaned my head back, because I wasn't about to start driving on three Benadryls. I think I fell asleep for about 20 minutes, and the moment I woke up, the wheezing and hives were gone.
A lot of people have nut allergies, but a coconut allergy is very, very rare. I guess I'm one in a million. It was never discovered in my childhood, because I never really liked the taste and texture of it. Then the coconut oil craze came along, and I fell for the health benefits quickly. Apparently, the world's cure all can actually kill me. (It's not a cure all, but some people think it is).
Danielle, please read labels next time. Sheesh.