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Have spent a lot of time considering this ride. It is quite a commitment to ride 50-60 miles a day for a week. Obviously I would have to train all summer. However, the training would be a way to get even more enjoyment out of the whole experience. I think it would be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. I think I'm gonna do it!
I have been battling a nasty rash on my face, on the right side of my nose. Great. Off and on for the last few weeks I have been getting little red itchy blistery type things, don't know what name to put on it but it seems rather obvious that it is an allergic reaction. I suspect it might be my beloved cara cara oranges. I had an orange yesterday, and then the nastiness popped up. I haven't been able to pin anything down so far, but in thinking hard, oranges are a prime candidate. I will have to test this. 1) No oranges till this clears up (hopefully really, really soon) and then will have to introduce an orange and nothing else some time when I don't care who sees me.
Made this scallop recipe from Mark's Weekend Love Link: Scallops with Meyer Lemon Pan Sauce. Really delicious. The sauce is very concentrated, so be warned. I couldn't get Meyer lemons, had to use regular. I served it over white rice and cabbage/broccoli slaw. Having a glass of wine.
Had a nice day. Went to church - it is Palm Sunday. It was nice and I brought home three palms for the cats. Best cat toy ever. Went to a concert this afternoon, Bach's Cantata 106 and Mozart's Requiem. Quite a few of the people in the chorus are also in the chorus I sing in, so it was especially nice.
Feeling a little depressed. Need to snap out of this. Am looking forward to going to the Y tomorrow and getting some exercise. There is a demo dance class that I am kinda sorta considering taking. This is way, way out of my comfort zone. I am extremely clumsy and literally do not know my right from my left. But I think it might be good for me.
Still considering the bike ride very strongly, but am thinking about possibly volunteering rather than riding. Yes, it is way cheaper. I wouldn't be putting myself under such pressure to train, and it is supposed to be wicked fun. Also it would give me a better time frame to prepare, not just for riding but for gathering biking and camping equipment, etc. I mean, I don't even have a bike yet! I can pay for tent service but it seems a lot more sensible to have my own tent, especially because I like camping.
The rash is extra horrible this morning. Even considered making a doctor appointment, although I have little faith in prescription potions to cure this sort of thing, having not had great results in the past despite spending freely.
Went to sleep at maybe 11 PM, woke up at 4:30 and there was no more sleep for me! Working tonight.
Feeling VERY stressed and cranky. Hate feeling like this. Normally I am not moody, although I have a fairly low tolerance for some things.
This morning I went to a demo for a new class at the Y - Tony's Dance Fiesta. Yes, I attempted to dance. Sort of. I was hopeless but luckily it didn't matter. I discovered that Tony, who is Latin, has a joint in his hips that I don't have. It was all salsa, samba, Colombian folk dance, stuff like that. Fairly simple but still I found it quite a stretch to my comfort zone. Maybe I shouldn't be stretching my comfort zone so much. I'm not going to take it regularly in any case because it costs $8 a class! Ay-yi-yi. This one was a free demo.
Then I swam, felt fantastic in the pool. I feel like a different being in the water. I am so happy I decided to learn to swim properly, what a difference it makes. I am still working on it, of course, but I feel I have traveled several light years. I am breathing easily on both sides, and I breathe every third stroke which is perfect right now. I count swimming as moving slowly and also as stress relief, meditation, and ego boosting.
Now it gets weird. I threw down $3 for the TRX/cycling class and when I got there found there was a sub for the guy I liked so much, Mike. A young woman with a very screechy voice was playing Taylor Swift. I said I didn't really like the music, and she said, "This song is almost over." The next one was Katy Perry. I grabbed my water and towel and left. She ran after me and said she could change the music, but I just kept walking. I know that was really rude of me, but I'm kind of touchy right now. Can't really take any extra stress. The other people in the class were probably freaked out. They didn't like the music either, I heard three of them talking about not liking it. But people don't usually bail. I can't stand it, though, I just can't listen to music I don't like. I love music too much to be able to tune it out or deal with it. Also, it was completely the wrong tempo. I'll be sure to ask next time if the instructor is Mike. I also like the woman from Saturday, Doreen. (I'm putting this here so I can refer back to it.)
Had some Spam and an apple. Spam is way too salty. I give it a bath before I eat it.
Yeah, that would be scary! I've had minor problems in the left corner of my mouth, very slight, for some time. The bit at the corner of my nose is new. It looks like eczema, but I've never had it there before.
While I'm talking about icky things, might as well mention my intestines haven't been happy for several days now. I think it has been five or so days since everything was normal. Yeah, I'm really happy!
I think I've been keeping up a brave front during the things that have happened to me lately and I am just tired of pretending everything is cool. Yah, there are worse problems than the ones I have. Mine are probably pretty tame. But why did this weird thing with K have to happen? Are there some deities around somewhere who wanted to play a sick joke on me? Couldn't I just have gone along the way I was going? Did I have to get a carrot dangled in front of me, so very tantalizingly close, and then get it snatched away? WTF?
I made a list of stuff I have to get done very soon and that really put me in a funk.
1. Switch tires
2. Get car aligned
3. Get mammogram
4. Get gyn visit over with
5. Get travel plans for visiting family in June finalized
6. Get new filling tomorrow
Nothing but fun here! Yuck yuck yuck yuck yuck yuck. Oh poor me. Whine whine whine whine whine.
My throat hurts and I have a rash on my face. Okay, I'm done now.