Sound like a pretty sweet way of spending an anniversary!
How long have you guys been married?
All in all, my anniversary weekend was quite nice . Saturday, after the car dealership, we talked about doing a double-date with a friend and his fairly-new girlfriend. We drove past a roller rink and Hulky expressed interest in doing that, so we're going to see if that works for the other couple . Hulky used to skate as a kid, very often. I have gotten on roller blades only a handful of times and not in recent years. Hulky also said he'd be interested in rollerblading for exercise/fun. I said if he's sure he'll do it, he should absolutely buy some skates. It's great to see him interested in something active/outside. Saturday night, we got ice cream and went to see the Supermoon, got some bugbites and went home. Sunday, I gave him his tungsten ring, we vegged, baked the anniversary cake (delicious), hung out with a friend at our place, and made chili for dinner. I wore my wedding dress on Sunday .
Food: I had rice last night, as an exception for our anniversary, but no more rice for a while. After the cake is gone, there'll be no more paleo baking for a while. After today's lunch is eaten, I won't be having garlic, onions, beans, or tomatoes until I test those individually. I am working my way down, step by step, to my elimination diet. Tonight, I must bake up some squash!
Sleep: I think I am sleeping better. I did not sleep well most of last week, but I feel much less exhausted today, even though I stayed up late over the weekend and didn't sleep in.
Ear: the infected piercing is healing up, slowly. Warm sea salt compresses twice a day, plus I'm using Bactine spray. Probably not advised, but fuck it. It's my hole to mess up. I'm keeping my hair off that ear with a bobby pin.
Hair: I am shooting to make it 5 days between washings, which means the next one will be on Wednesday. I am going to decrease the amount of baking soda to 2 tsp (2.5 tsp = 1 TB which is what I was using before) to see if that keeps my hair from getting greasy so quickly. I don't think it's the ACV, since I'm only using that on the ends of my hair, but I'll probably reduce that in the same way if this next adjustment doesn't work. It could also just be that I've been too sweaty or something so my hair isn't being as cooperative in general. I bought some hair elastics over the weekend: my hair is long enough for pigtails
Body: rain forecast is throwing off my bicycling yet again. Probably won't be able to ride until Thursday.
Sound like a pretty sweet way of spending an anniversary!
How long have you guys been married?
"The penis is the male animal-flower, a soft-firm dildo, a warm dream."
-Raymond Peat, PhD
try some tea tree oil for the infection. It works wonders.
I'm wondering what you're reasoning is for not wanting to wash your hair. If its environmental there are bio-degradable shampoos. If its to avoid chemicals you can find good stuff without harsh chemicals. Just curious........ not judging.
Tea tree oil and things like hydrogen peroxide are too harsh to use, as they kill the new cells as well as the infected ones. Trust me, I'm doing my research, but it's healing up fine. Warm sea salt compresses are the best thing. The warmth brings more bloodflow to the area (ears don't get a lot) and the sea salt disinfects.
My hair wasn't responding well to the best quality shampoo (no parabens, no -cones/SLS-free) I could buy on my budget. The roots were getting grimy fast and the ends were too try most of the time. I tried conditioner-washing only too, but that was only good for about two days between washes. I'm also trying to follow even the most minute but simple practices that will reduce our expenses. for example, my deodorant stone is well over 6 months old at this point. It doesn't work all that well for me, but it's good enough and that means some money saved that I otherwise would have spent on deodorant. But frankly even the most high quality shampoo still has loads of chemicals and stuff that something homemade just doesn't.
I suppose I could go back to using that shampoo/conditioner just until the piercing/infection clears up. I'm just stubborn now.
NW - If I remember right, you visit Maine a fair bit. I'm headed there next week on a vacation (the Bar Harbor area) and was wondering if you had any suggestions as for things to see/do.
turquoisepassion - I MUST KNOW ALL THE THINGS
Okay yeah so that's a bit more north(east) than I normally go. Popham Beach and Reid State Park are close to Bath. Popham has a fairly long beach as well as some forts to explore (bring bug spray) in the woods. There's also an island you can walk out to at low tide (Fox Island). Reid State Park is fairly rocky, which could make for some fun tidepool exploring & rock scrambling, but to be honest, I haven't gone there in years so my memory is fuzzy. So if you pass through there, maybe make a stop? TBH, that would be a long stop, since both parks are probably 30 min off the highway from Bath. Percy's is right by Popham Fort at Popham Beach (allllll the way at the end of the road to the park). Tasty little diner. Unless you have Celiac disease, visit there and eat something . And try the local ice cream brand!
Acadia National Park is apparently right by Bar Harbor. Maybe check that out? Sorry I can't be more help! I hope your trip is fun.
Acadia National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
But seriously. Have bug spray. Maine has vicious biting flies.
Terrible sleep last night. I think it's because of the chocolate I had. Lots of upset stomach & trips to the bathroom. Why did I resort to chocolate? Bored and hungry, I guess. Dinner was fairly filling. We also finished off the cake. The chocolate is almost gone and I don't feel inclined to go to it again. Now I'm just trying to think of a late night sweetish snack I could grab, just in case.
Lunch today is leftovers: curry chicken (no sauce, just the same kind of spices), green beans, and 1/2 an acorn squash. Next time, I'll get some coconut oil and try making a curry sauce. Hulky requested it (he seemed to like the curry chicken quite a bit).
Anyone else do the bed flipping trick to fall asleep? I don't know if my parents taught it to me or I did it on my own. When I was little and couldn't sleep, I'd put my head down where my feet usually go. I'd either sleep the whole night like that or flip back once I got sleepy, or in the middle of the night. Last night, I stayed there all night, but I woke up a lot. Hulky didn't sleep well either. I think my problem was chocolate plus a moving Hulky. I resorted to taking a single Benadryl, but it wasn't enough to knock me out. Maybe tonight I'll take some of that herbal sleep aid.
I've had some thoughts on the gut problem front. I'm trying to keep them to myself until I can do some testing. For now, I'm still going ahead with my elimination diet plans. I used up most of the rest of my birthday money towards health items, which I'll talk about after I've gotten to try them.
Hulky and I have been talking about housing and considering living in my parents' attic for a couple of months just to save up some extra money. There are several reasons why this would be a very stressful situation for us (and possibly my parents), but the biggest one I think is the cats. I don't think my parents' cat gets along with other felines. We already know Fae is not the most welcoming anymore and the attic stairs might be too steep for her now with the arthritis. Pumpkin could traverse them easily (though she's such a spazz, she might fall), but she's still not completely comfortable with us and she's SO active. I don't think we'd be able to keep her in the attic, and if we gave her free reign of the house, I don't think we'd be able to keep her inside. We'll see.
In case you didn't know or forgot: rotten potatoes smell like rotten fish. Guess how I was reminded of that?
On personal style:
For YEARS I have struggled to find a shred of fashion sense within myself. It is only this year that I came to terms with the fact that I obviously have some fashion sense, it's just entirely tuned towards what I like. It really doesn't matter if it doesn't match up with something mainstream or what anybody else likes. When Venus and I go thrift shopping, we tend to laugh at each other's choices for the other because they're just so different from what we like to wear. My wardrobe is not entirely made up of pieces that I *love*, but there is plenty in there that I do, so I'm fairly happy with it.
There is some kind of fashion aesthetic that has appealed to me since middle school. I was recently reminded of it when Hulky and I re-watched the 6th Harry Potter movie. The film made me want to restyle our apartment. My favorite fashion aesthetic is also much like my favorite interior design style. A bit bohemian, a bit gothic, lots of natural influences, but fairly casual (very functional). I don't know how to describe it really, it'd be useful to have a catch-all term.
Today I am wearing my favorite full-length, wrinkled, broomstick skirt. It has diagonal pinstripes. My mom bought it for me when I was in high school. At the time, it fit on my hips. Now, I wear it at my waist, but sometimes have to leave it unbuttoned and slightly unzipped (to accommodate bloating). It has a nice weight to it and is fun to walk in. With it, I am wearing a heather gray jersey-like shirt, tucked in, and a simple black cardigan. A big chunky necklace or wrapped scarf would probably work better for this outfit, but I have neither of those things.
I really want more skirts like this.