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    I had a good weekend! Half a lemon squeezed into two cups of water makes a great rinse for my hair, apparently. It cut the waxiness from trying to wash my hair and left it feeling soft and looking shiny. The hard water at my apartment may make it so that I can only do citrus rinses and conventional shampoo. Even castille soap leaves my head feeling waxy. At least now I have something that works so I can keep tweaking from there.

    Sunday, I gave Boyfriend a haircut and spent some time at my parents' house to work on a project with my dad. I ended up also saving a child from the pool, which I will probably blog about today. I told Boyfriend what had happened when I got home and he immediately asked, "Are you going to blog about it?" I laughed, but it is a good experience to reflect on and share with others, so yes, I will! I really enjoyed just chatting with my parents and relaxing outside too. It was nice to have them all to myself for once. Even the dog went missing for a while (apparently she likes to escape from the yard and go hang out on the porch of our old house around the corner, which we haven't lived in for 17 years I think, and she never lived there).

    Exercise: Oooowwwww. My poor hamstrings. I guess walking with a mid-foot strike for 2 miles on Saturday was a bit too much for my legs. I've been practicing my barefoot-style walk in all of my flattest and most minimal shoes for months now, I do it without thinking now as soon as I have the right kind of shoe on. I'm getting better at it, but frankly, I don't think I do enough walking for it to really make a difference. Or maybe I'm just doing it wrong. I am taking a break from anything that's not strictly abs or upper body (so no squats) until they recover.

    Mood/brain: Feeling pretty good! I am still made emotional very easily, but I prefer that over just being depressed, by far, or SUPpressed, on SSRI's. I feel like the recent improvement in mood must be thanks to Tryptophan. I will give it at least 2 months before I try a week off to see how I feel. I wonder why 5-HTP stopped being so effective for me. 1000 mg of Tryptophan is roughly equivalent to 100 mg of 5-HTP, I think, so I'm not even taking as much. I guess it has something to do with how my brain converts 5-HTP. I feel like it makes more sense to take Tryptophan since it is a naturally occurring amino acid in food, whereas 5-HTP is something only your brain makes.

    Sleep: STUPID FUCKING CAT. I need to get her to stop clawing at the doors when we're trying to sleep with the AC on. I've heard orange peels are a good deterrant so I guess I'll be eating some more oranges this week and we'll try rubbing the peels on the edges of the bedroom doors. I want to teach her that door closed = no entry no matter what. Last night I opened the door when she would scratch and shooed her away each time. I don't know if it's better to just ignore her, and maybe eventually she will stop, but she has been doing this continuously for the past month. If we just ignore her continuously, will she ever stop/learn?! So anyway, I am tired today, and unfortunately so is Boyfriend, but he's awake enough that I don't think he'll sleep through his interview. I gave him 5-HTP last night and it seemed to help him fall asleep despite feeling nervous about the interview. I wonder if it would be better to have him try Tryptophan. I'm nervous experimenting with him like this, with his permission, but without him doing his own research and having input on what he wants to try. He's just not interested in reading up on it.

    Food: I had a few guilt-free, fresh and homemade sugar cookies last night. IDGAF, they were delicious (hot out of the oven mmmmmmmmmmm). I've been eating well lately, but need to find new breakfast material that won't break the bank or take too long to prepare. I need a break from eggs! I mentioned to Boyfriend that we should really try cooking in larger amounts sometimes so we can have leftovers for future meals. He said he'd be willing to do it, so that may make it a bit easier when we transition to both of us working full-time. I want to get back to looking through my cookbooks and planning to use the crock pot. I need to make a new batch of bone broth, I used the last for some AMAZING rice (seriously, it was perfect) over the weekend, so I will probably pick up a small chicken at Whole Foods this week. My town's farmers market starts on Wednesday and runs late enough in the day that I should be able to swing by after work. I wonder if there will be any animal products left by the time I get there, but I'd love to pick up some fresh eggs, meat, or honey!
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    Oh yes, forgot to mention, my grandmother is in the hospital. They don't know what's wrong right now, but are running tests. My dad is worried that it could be congestive heart failure (she's on statins, has had at least one heart attack, a couple of stents put in, and has a pace maker). She was feeling better on Sunday than she did on admission on Saturday, but that's probably because she was dehydrated and her electrolytes were depleted. I really don't think she should be living on her own anymore, she does not hydrate herself. My dad is worried.
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    I hope they can get your grandmother sorted out

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    I'm glad you had a good weekend. I hope your grandmother gets better soon
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    Thanks for the well wishes. I got to tell Baba about the table she gave me that my dad and I were fixing yesterday. She seemed in good spirits, joking about how some people will do ANYTHING to get attention. I told her she'd just have to deal because we love doting on her. She was also trying, as usual, to get me to take some of her things because she doesn't need them and "maybe you could use them for your apartment!" She has been doing that since I was about 13 yrs old. I really hope to get up to Maine for a visit soon.

    Boyfriend's interview at Macy's went well. He said he felt like he had a good rapport going with the interviewer. There's one other person being interviewed for the position and he should hear something by/around early next week. Line cook interview is tomorrow, which he potentially has a better chance of getting since it doesn't require experience. His experience for the guard position is from the Army, which is plenty of good experience, but it might not be quite what they're looking for/they might prefer someone who has held this kind of retail-guard position before.
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    Hope your Baba does better. Maybe when she gets out, your folks'd be able to broach the topic of assisted living or old folk's community more easily with the hospital visit still fresh in her mind.
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    It's not a discussion anyone wants to try to have, but now is a good time, yes.

    No new news on that front.

    Food: I forgot to mention that Boyfriend and I picked up a 6-pack of Stella Artois over the weekend. I just had a hankering to split a 6-pack with him. Of course, I also forgot that one beer gives me a headache now, so I had one all yesterday evening and this morning. Okay now, seems to have dissipated with the introduction of food to my system this morning. I also had a bunch of cookies yesterday. I was pretty gassy, but feeling okay despite. I should be getting my period soon, so maybe it's just an urge to carb-load with my cycle. Fine by me!

    Tonight I am making steaks again, different kind of cut from last time (top round something or other, physically round and very lightly marbled). Not sure if they should be marinaded or just seasoned. Steak and taters = my favorite semi-primal meal.

    The local farmers market starts TOMORROW and runs late enough that I can swing by for a little after work. I really want to stop by and get some fresh eggs/meat/milk/honey, but with budget in mind and only $7 in my wallet, I suppose I'll just swing by and check out prices and availability for now. I need more eggs for tomorrow morning so I'll have to go to the store tonight anyway. I am going to make beef stew this week (not the weather for it, I know, but it's such a good meal): what should I put in it other than carrots, onions, and beef? Boyfriend doesn't like celery, says it tastes bitter to him.

    Sleep: More mid-night waking. I am still feeling okay (but sleepy) despite about a week of this. My research only says that Tryptophan is supposed to HELP with mid-night waking, not cause it, so I am confused. I don't know when Boyfriend went to bed or how he slept, he was too groggy this morning to talk to. I gave him Tryptophan last night and I think we'll stick with that for about a week. With his unusual sleep schedule for the past couple of months, I'm not surprised that he said he didn't feel any effects the other night. He is definitely exhibiting signs of low serotonin and it's definitely possible that getting back on a normal schedule and getting a job will be all he needs to recover, but for now, I don't think this will hurt.

    Exercise: Nada. Hamstrings and calves are still pretty sore. Maybe tomorrow.

    Mood/brain: Good. I kind of what to sing Tryptophan praises on the rooftops right now. I haven't really been thinking about my anxiety lately, so I'm curious to see if that has reduced as well. Re-evaluate at the end of the week.
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    'Taters in the stew. I've done sweet potatoes, but since you eat white ones, they're the way to go. You could also do parsnips or turnips or rutebaga for starchy goodness.

    Yay on the anxiety! Boo on the waking up in the middle of the night.
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