Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Mishmash

 Siblings, whether human or animal, just KNOW which buttons to push:
"Moooommm, he's touching me!"

Poor Paco.  He was so tired, but Kip's paw kept dropping down more and more, which would.not.do.  Finally Paco got up and went under my footstool.  Then Kip left the couch.  Hah - I knew he was doing it on purpose!

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More pets - I'm rat-sitting while Jeff and the kids attend a nerd convention in California.  I know rats aren't for everyone, but to me, they are so cute!  Here's an early morning picture of the sleepyheads:
 The little paws slay me.
I woke them up - well, Ollie, anyway.  She's the most active and is always ready for an adventure outside of her cage.

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So yeah, I think my vision has changed again:
Had my contacts out for the night and was knitting while wearing my glasses, which have transition lenses (like trifocals).  I couldn't see my work very clearly, so I popped on my reading glasses that I use when I wear my contacts - and suddenly, a whole new world opened up.  Sighhhhhhhhhh.  Losing your close up vision is a royal pain.

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Also in the "what the hell, body???" news, I discovered that I am definitely allergic to Burt's Bees lip balm.  Remember when I wrote about my chapped lips problem a few months ago?  Well, I finally got it under control about six weeks ago, and have only been using Aquaphor - which is messy, but it was safe.  Last Friday, I was cleaning out my running bag and found a tube of Burt's Bees and I put it on - ONCE.  That night, my lips were bright red and hugely swollen.  The next day, they were burning - it was like a chemical peel from the inside.  Now I'm at the massive chapping stage.  It's bizarre that I could become so allergic to a product that I've used for at least 10 years, but this is for real.  I can wear both my Clinique and MAC lipsticks with no issues, so it's something in the lip balm that is messing with me.  Again, what the hell?  Why would this just suddenly come on? 

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I'll be running a 10 mile race tomorrow, and I've had some pretty major race anxiety going on for the last couple of days.  I don't understand why - it's in the same area where we run every Saturday, it's a distance I've done already, and the weather should be perfect for running.  Argh, my mind is messing with me and I don't like it!  Hopefully I can get this worked out before the race starts...we'll be having a pre-race dinner tonight, so maybe I'll get some group therapy along with my burger and fries.

Have a good weekend!

23 comments:

  1. Good luck on your race! Trust your training you'll do fine! You've got this.

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  2. Paco and Kip, tooooo cute. And your your pic of the 2 glasses cracks me up. I have to do that all the time at home when I take my contacts out. I call them my white trash bi-focals:)

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    1. Good to know I'm not the only one pulling a double with glasses, silly as it feels!

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  3. OH NO NO NO on the lips.
    your lips.
    my heels.
    we're falling apart :-)
    GOOD LUCK TOMORROW.

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    1. I refuse to fall apart! It might take more to hold me together, but I will not crumple! ;)

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  4. GO AWAY RACE ANXIETY!!!

    I think you've probably developed the allergy to the balm. I had a coworker tell me just yesterday that she ended up in the emergency room with angioedema from a medication she's been taking 10 years! I guess it can happen.

    Did I tell you when I had my last eye exam they informed me that I can no longer buy just reading glasses in an emergency? They don't even make them strong enough for how bad my eyes have gotten. Yeah, that sucks!

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    1. Ugh to not even being able to buy drugstore readers!

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  5. Kit and Paco are so cute! Kit really cracks me up on how he can irritate Paco. Love the two glasses pic...funny! Sorry to hear about your allergic reaction to the best lip balm on earth!!

    Good luck with your race tomorrow. You got this!! :))

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    1. Kip acts all innocent, but he's not... ;)

      I agree, Burt's Bees is the best lip balm - well, it WAS, anyway. I loved that stuff; had tubes of it stashed everywhere (and I'm still finding them).

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  6. I've been contemplating getting some reading glasses because I can't see close up now either...guess I should just go ahead and do it. Aging is fun!

    I've heard that allergies are like a bucket - you can be consuming something for a long time but the more you consume it, the fuller your bucket gets, and once your bucket gets full your body can no longer handle it...and that's when you develop an allergic reaction. Something like that anyway. :/

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    1. You'd be amazed at what you can see with those silly reading glasses. :)

      I was worried a bit that I might have developed an allergy to beeswax, which might make honey an issue for me, but I think it's some other ingredient in the lip balm, since I can still eat my homemade granola, honey and all.

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  7. Oh my gosh--the cat! That is too hilarious. And yes, he sure was doing it on purpose! We had a cat when i was a kid that would walk the fence to taunt the next door neighbor's dog.

    Rats--too cute! I like the lighter colored ones, though. Maybe someday. I don't think dachshunds and rats are a good match though, do you?

    Ack on the lipgloss allergy! My favorite is Blistex Silk and Shine. And LOL on the double glasses. If its any comfort, the eye changes seem to be slowing down--you've only got 10 more years of decline to go, right? I found a site with super cute readers--I'm going to order a couple of pair for my close-up work. readers.com

    Yes, I second Helen's command!

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    1. Thanks for the tip on the readers site - I'm scoping it out right now! :)

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  8. I wonder if something is contaminated in that tube of lip balm. Maybe pitch it and go to a different store and buy another tube to test?

    Rat feet look like little human fingers. A little creepy, yet fascinating.

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    1. Had it been just one tube, I might have suspected a bad batch, but this was several tubes, bought at various times of the year...I Googled "Burt's Bees allergy" and found a lot of people with the same issue (and pictures of lips that looked like mine did, gross!).

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  9. I am not with you on the rats Shelley - my brother had mice growing up and invariably I'd try to put a shoe on, only to find a mouse in it!

    Just concentrate on AFTER the run tomorrow - the cinnamon twist, the chocolate milk, etc.! You'll be fine! :D

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  10. I'm loving the pet stories, Paco and Kip are too funny! I not much of a rat person though. Good luck on your race!

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  11. Good luck on the race Shelley. and LOL at Paco and Kip. SOOOO funny!

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  12. I'm running 10 miles today too! Totally unprepared. I'm sure your race is finished by now, Texas time. I hope it went really well.
    And…the rats…I just can't get over their ugly tails.

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  13. Coconut oil, good for chapped and wind blown body parts and for sauteeing veggies on in the pan.. Cute pet photos. Karen P.

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  14. Ah poor Paco, I bet Kip was indeed trying to tease him and it worked.

    I saw pics on FB of your race last Saturday, looking at the photo's I guess it all went great, you looked good.

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