Saturday, January 24, 2009

It's all good ...

I have fibromyalgia. Just confirmed by my doctor last week. So, rather than getting down and depressed about it, I'm trying to think of what's good about having fibro. Here goes ...

  1. I've been trying to lose weight, rather unsuccessfully I might add. Just couldn't seem to find the motivation. Well, I found it! It's called pain. Research suggests that maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in light to moderate exercise can actually lessen the severity of a flare-up. In addition, eating as natural and organic a diet as possible will help to keep toxins out of my body, and that can't hurt.

  2. I've always been the type that when you say I can't do something, it makes me want to do it all the more. Since being diagnosed, people have been telling me to slow down, take it easy, I shouldn't do this or that. Umm ... I think not! This disease is certainly life changing, but by no means is it life-threatening. Yes, I will listen to my body and rest when I need to, but slow down? Miss out on the things I want to do? Absolutely not!

  3. Taking time for myself ... I've never been really good at that. I have a hard time saying no when someone requests that I do something. Well, this is kind of forcing me to do that. Like today ... a guy I used to date is in town for work and asked if I wanted to go to the Museum of Fine Arts. Initially I said yes, but had to reneg because I'm just too sore. I don't think he believed me because when I said "I'm sorry" he said "I guess." Well, I can't control that. I have to listen to my body and today it said "Are you f*ing kidding me?"

  4. Exercise ... I know that it should be a part of my life. And I've always tried to incorporate it. Typically I'd get all motivated, go for broke, hurt something, and quit. Well, having fibro will force me to take it slow. Hopefully I won't hurt myself and it'll become part of my regular routine.

  5. Stress ... We all know it's not good for us; it's especially not good for people with fibro and is thought to actually trigger a flare. I'm not one to utilize cliches, but I think when you have fibro, you have to learn not to sweat the small stuff. Like when I'm sitting in traffic ... I live near a major east coast metropolitan area and the traffic can be intense. I keep some relaxing classical music in the car, a book I can read, and I never go anywhere without a knitting or crochet project to pass the time. I can't control how others will act; I can only control how I'll react.

  6. Knitting and crocheting ... There's a physiotherapist who believes that knitting, crocheting, needlework ... some kind of stitching can actually interrupt the depressive thought cycles people in chronic pain find themselves in. These activities stimulate the imagination and trigger positive thought processes. If you're interested, there's a website for more information.

  7. Finally, if I had to have this disease, I'm glad I have it now and not ten years ago when my best friend was diagnosed. There is so much information available now, so much support for individuals who have the disease, as well as for caretakers and family members.
I'm sure there's more I'm just not thinking of. But it's getting late, and I'm tired.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sixteen Things ...

There's this tag thing going around on Facebook where if you're tagged, you're supposed to write sixteen random facts about yourself. Well, I was tagged, so here are mine.

  1. I know the movie The Wizard of Oz by heart. I've probably seen it at least a thousand times since I was little. It is my all-time favorite movie. And when my kids watch it with me, they watch me instead of the movie.

  2. I know the CD Wicked almost by heart. I saw the musical twice, and would see it again in a heartbeat.

  3. I love "fluffernutter" sandwiches. But there has to be a lot of fluff, like oozing out of the sides of the sandwich. Of course, after I eat one of those, I'm sick to my stomach from all the sugar. Go figure!

  4. I'm very quickly becoming addicted to yarn and knitting and crocheting and swapping and making things. I visited a friend in Juneau, Alaska last summer and found a local yarn shop (lys) that was closing, and she offered me 50% off of whatever yarn I wanted. I bought so much, I had to ship it home to myself. And I love Ravelry, too.

  5. I'd really like to be a stay-at-home wife, except I'm not married.

  6. I want to get a little dog, but I think my cat would eat it.

  7. I love the Vineyard. And I miss my cousin who lives there a lot. We grew up together and spent every school vacation together. She's more like my sister than my cousin and I really miss her.

  8. I wasn't all that impressed with Las Vegas and probably won't go back. On the other hand, I loved southern California and would love to visit again.

  9. I love books. Especially books about knitting and crocheting!

  10. I don't like the cold. I didn't used to mind it, but now I do.

  11. My first blog got lost. I started a blog on MobileMe, the Apple network because I have a Mac computer. But then they decided that one needs to pay for the "privilege" of having access to MobileMe and I don't agree. I think it should be free. So my original blog is out in cyberspace somewhere, which really upsets me.

  12. I love sleeping, but I hate going to bed at night because I know it'll be a struggle to fall and stay asleep.

  13. I miss the mountains and I miss camping in them.

  14. I think public transportation rocks! My Civic is almost a year old and doesn't even have 8,000 miles yet! Woot!

  15. If I was a boy, my parents would have named me Francis Carl. Thank goodness I wasn't a boy.

  16. I really like being me.
So there ya have it. Sixteen things about me you probably didn't want to know. If you're still reading, thank you. You're either related to me or you're a really good friend.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I'm venting here. I had a blog on MobileMe, which is the network associated with Apple computers. On this network you can have a blog, there's a calendar, email, and lots of other stuff. So I decided, okay, why not blog? So I did. 

Well, I guess Apple decided to make, in my opinion, unnecessary "improvements" to their network and now that it's this big shiny new thing, they want to charge people for using it. Something like $99 a year. Again, in my opinion, this is just their way of extracting more money from its customers. I chose not to partake, and now my blog is gone, which really upsets me. Those entries were important to me, and now they're gone. The words and the feelings and emotions they illustrated cannot be reproduced. 

Now don't get me wrong, I love my Mac computers. I have both a desktop and a laptop and I love them both. But I'm really angry at Apple for doing this. Don't they make enough money selling computers and iPods and iPhones? Why do they have to nickel and dime us?

I'm not going to get all political here, but this kind of thing really angers me. Why is it always necessary for big, already-successful corporations to come up with new and different ways to suck money out of people? Don't they have enough? Isn't it enough that I bought two of their computers? Is the money they're going to make on their "MobileMe" network more important than the good will they'll lose because of it? Apparently so. 

It almost makes me sorry I switched.