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And after years of absence, I am back, and talking about health again, mine specifically. [Jan. 31st, 2017|12:28 am]
Ruggedo
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[Current Location |the big chair]
[mood |determined]
[music |Arcade Fire live from Galstonbury 2007]

Apparently its not a good idea to live a long time if the years you live arent active and healthy. Books and movies dont qualify to put you into the healthy active catagories all by themselves, it seems that a degree of activity outside my big comfy chair are requirements to my current definition of living.
Thats a roundabout way of saying I am back on the treadmill again. Time spent walking on the new and improved treadmill (it now features incline) is measured in songs. I started, at the beginning of January walking for eight songs, and I am now walking 15-18 songs, for five days a week. When I sit the bike that goes nowhere. I am able to peddle for two sides of a record.( I do get up to turn the record over) Records are a thing again,by the way. Maybe a topic for another time?
With increased activity, better food is happening too. Little to no beef, and about the same,little to no, cheese. I find that I cant live without a good hamburger or a slice or two of pizza,but that if I give in once a month, my heart may not clog up and stop working. Water intake increases, candy intake decreases. (well as soon as what we accumulated over Christmas is gone) Vegetables and fruits seem to be universally acceptable. I have no problems with fruits, berry and apple intake rates have gone up, veggies on the other hand dont fine their way as quickly into my diet. I have taken to blending them into some rather bad tasting drinks, and then changing the bad to something I can live with,by adding a bit of apple, or a few strawberries.
So even tho its been years since I have last reported on my health, it is a never ending battle, and I have taken up arms again with a bit of a will to succeed. Maybe push for a long life that includes some of that quality that my doctor places such importance in? Or maybe just make it easier to get around Disney World and stand in those long lines?
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Things I missed because of my constant state of doing it tomorrow. [Jan. 28th, 2017|02:19 am]
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[Current Location |the big chair]
[mood |wanderlust]
[music |Motion City Soundtrack]

I've been playing Motion City Soundtrack for about an hour tonight. I could kick myself for missing them in all the chances I had to see them. I procrastinate, I need to get better an not doing that. It might even result in a few posts here on occasion.
https://youtu.be/ph8AlxHkD4c
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Good stuff [May. 5th, 2012|02:07 am]
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |impressedimpressed]
[music |Pink -Fucking Perfect]

This is just a link to some pretty good stuff.
http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/441098.html
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The world is a slightly better place when it comes to staying alive. [Feb. 22nd, 2012|08:51 pm]
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[Current Location |living room]
[mood |goodgood]
[music |Jack's Manniquin- Amy I]

I was talking to my Oncologist(yes I have one of those) the other day and was commenting on how its probably not such a good thing that he was so busy. His reply was kind of uplifting in a hopeful kind of way. He said that there were so many new ways to help with cancer that things were a bit better. Now more and more treatments involve pills and not chemo,then went on to day no one would have suspected that as a possibility ten years ago. In between question about my health, he told me that that kind of treatment had started with the meds I'm taking. That idea of isolating cancer cells started with the research that went into the pills I take every day.
Its kind of crazy to be in the test group for a medicine that didnt exist when I was diagnosed. In fact I'm still part of a group that is finding out just what the limits or lack of limits this treatment has.Because my group are kind of pioneers there are no histories that I or my doctor can look back on to make decisions about my future. There is nothing to be afraid of, for now, I couldnt feel better, as far as all of this goes. The thing is its me and patients like me that will be the ones to find out if this treatment is temporary or can last as long as I do. I'm not even sure if I've been cured or just being treated. Right now I'm just happy to continuously have good results with every test.Its just good to hear that the outlook for those who run into a cancer diagnosis have more options, and the aim of those new options is not to make the patient sicker in order to make them better.
I do need to get my overall health in check tho, I wish there was a pill for that.
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Our outside tree lights attract a crowd [Dec. 10th, 2011|02:47 am]
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[Current Location |living room]
[mood |amusedamused]
[music |Luther Vandross-Every Year,Every Christmas]

I was very happy this year, that we could get our tree lit. I couldnt afford the bucket so I had to hope that last years lights at the top of the tree would work. Luck was with us and they did go on when tested. The rest of the tree however needed patch work. My nephew and I added about sixteen hundred lights, took down a few dark cords and it looked great!
We light the tree on Thanksgiving evening. Usually the whole family gathers and we do our best imitation of Whoville and after many a wise comment someone hits the switch. It was Alyce this year,and if you're interested in how it went, there is an odd sideways video I posted in my Facebook page. Be prepared for the kind of comments that you can only get from a family gathering on Thanksgiving :).
There is a reason we shoot for a Thanksgiving lighting. When my brother and I were young we always traveled on Thanksgiving. Visiting grandmothers, aunts or uncles. Having dinner in anyone of four states, all reachable in a couple of hours or less. My parents had worked out a deal where we would travel in November and that let us stay home in December. Christmas family would visit us. The travel was kind of fun for the most part. Sometimes it meant going to a home with a color TV, our home didnt have one. It always meant that the ride home would be all about looking for Christmas lights. I never forgot how much it meant to spot the first lights of the season on those nights in a dark car headed home. So when I first moved into this house I knew I wanted to light the tree in the side yard, and have some lights on for anyone on their way home, and looking for some fun. I just love the idea that the young and young at heart might be looking for this huge tree to get there season started, and possibly to keep that light burning until the New Years.
So with all that in mind, it might help you to understand why the knock on the door,last Sunday, was kind of special for me. It was early in the evening, just after dark, and our visitors were a woman and her two daughters. She wanted to know if it was ok for the kids to go up close to the tree. I told her that it wasn't a problem as long as they didn't touch the wires. The girls, about 2 and 5, immediately jumped their stroller and made their way under the tree. It seems looking up thru the tree at the lights is way cooler then just standing near it and looking at the outsides. The mother explained that they waited every year for the tree to be lit, and then just about ever night until Christmas they'd either walked past the house or drove by so they could see the tree. Alyce later said I couldn't have invented them any better then who they actually were.
The family turned out to be good people, and before they left they came inside, hid under our living room tree,ate sugared pecans that Alyce had just finished making. The kids acted like they had lived here forever and just ran around the house with our dog like they owned it. When all was said and done I think we'll be seeing them stop by again the week before Christmas to grab some gingerbread, or butter cookies, and visit Linus when the indoor trees are decorated.
It was all an unexpected, and a really fun surprise, and it made all the effort to get the tree lit more then worth it.
That by itself would have been enough of a reason for lighting the tree, but then tonight,again in the seven to eight o'clock hour, another knock on the door. Alyce opened the door and caught about eight or nine college students in mid-carol. Carolers on the doorstep! It was just about the coolest thing that had never happened before. I ran back to the kitchen and as the second carol started I was back with molasses cookies for everyone. When I got a chance to ask them why, they answered that they just thought it would be fun and a house with a tree like ours might appreciate it.
When we were young we would sometimes carol with the church, but that would be with specific targets in mind. Often old folkes homes, or shut ins. This was just kids having fun and it made it kind of extra fun for us.
So, so far its been an odd and great holiday season. I have the batter for butter cookie cutouts in the fridge and we cut and decorate tomorrow and Sunday. I cant wait to see what might come next :O

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Inventing Cookies 2 [Nov. 18th, 2011|03:05 am]
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[Current Location |kitchen]
[mood |pleasedpleased]
[music |Miranda Lambert-Nobodys Fool]

The second attempt at a "new" cookie went much better. I used some extract with the fruit and nuts let them cook a little longer. I measured the apple this time too, not just using all I had prepared.
They came out a bit sweeter, not too sweet but very satisfying after you eat one.
The recipe was also larger, more flour,whole wheat, and more oats, a full cup of walnuts and dried blueberries too.
I had several people try them, and so far everyone loves the taste(there is still one tester yet to be heard from). The comments came back from one that the consistency might be a bit dry,but they still liked the cookie. That comment came back with a suggestion too. It was suggested that I research Flax. Probably someone who might take the time to read this would know this,but it turns out that Flax is a good source of protein (something I am constantly trying to get into my diet), and can be used as part of the flour in a recipe, or as an egg substitute. Vegans have used it in place of eggs for years. So part of the refining of this cookie will be to try flax.
Another thing I might try, that I found thru reading old recipes, is to pre-cook the oats. Cooked oats magnify the oat taste in the cookie.
This has been a lot of fun and I'll post on the next attempt.
Christmas cookie time is coming on quickly so I dont know when I will have the time for inventing,but now that I have a start, I will keep at it until I really love the result. Only then will I share the complete recipe.
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Inventing Cookies [Nov. 7th, 2011|12:50 am]
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[mood |creative]
[music |The Reckoning-NEEDTOBREATH]

So an unofficial goal of this weekend was to invent a oatmeal cookie. Nothing too new,but a mix of apples, blueberries and oats. My first attempt isnt quite sweet enough for universal popularity. I like them,but I like the contents. I can fix this batch without too much problem. I have a good recipe for a glaze made with powdered sugar and fresh raw cider. I'll probably just keep them for myself tho.
The next try will include more dried blueberries or more sugar,probably brown. I am trying to learn this stuff as I go,but I think brown sugar works to sweeten, but not overly so. I might try a sweeter apple too. I chose the apples this time for their density,but I think as long as I am shredding the apple, I can use something less dense and more tasty.
I make cookies every holiday season ,but have never attempted something like this, a recipe from scratch. The ones I use have been family hand me downs, and a couple where I added something for taste or consistency. Not even a big change from the originals. It was a lot of fun, gathering the ingredients on Saturday and baking tonight.
Tomorrow will be a gathering day for sure,but I might get to the baking too. I'm not in a rush,just want to come up with something good and kind of healthy too.
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Late night walks [Nov. 6th, 2011|03:15 am]
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[Current Location |living room]
[mood |pleasedpleased]
[music |Just Say Yes-Snow Patrol]

I walk at night. Really late,usually after midnight. I try to get in a mile or two three of four times a week. Its for the exorcise and by the time I am on my way home I am often gasping for breath,in a good way. I mean I feel like my heart has had a work out and my lungs have expanded, and that I have done something healthy. I hope in the spring I might be walking for an hour, and maybe getting in around three miles four or five times a week.
Anyway, that's part of my master plan to live a few extra years. The plan also includes small weights and my stationary bike. My master plan used to be to get healthy,but years pass and I find that my bigger worry might just be to have a few more, years that is. With this change in my goal, I have also found that I take the whole thing a bit more seriously, and have actually enjoyed the process more then when I used to have to force myself.
My walk takes me thru the neighborhood and our local college, that is a maze of buildings and sidewalks. I am always surprised at the fact that at the late hours I keep I never fail to run into people. Someone is always on their way to downtown, or returning home or to a dorm. The arent social meetings, I dont think in the last three months anyone has said even a hello in passing. Even when I nod and throw in a "hey" people are just inclined to look down at the sidewalk and hurry on without a word.
With all this immediate passing silence, my walks are never quiet. I dont think one night has passed that somewhere, someone lets out a yell, usually male, and usually just a "yea" or a "woot". It doesnt have to be a weekend either. Even on a Monday or Tuesday someone finds the need to exhort, any given night someone finds a way to party and make sure that everyone within five blocks of them knows what a good time they are having.
The other sound most frequently heard is a car engine, not just passing traffic,but some where someone feels sure that he has to floor his gas peddle and oddly enough it always seem to be heading away from me. Rarely are these, obviously late, people ever going my way while in such a hurry. I'm not sure what that means,but it happens so often that I think about it every time I walk, and felt the need to tell someone.
If you havent guessed I just came in from my walk, and the need was immediate to tattle on my unseen neighbors. I feel better now.
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Do people watch TV when its actually broadcast anymore? [Nov. 3rd, 2011|10:51 pm]
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[mood |amusedamused]
[music |Silversun Pickups-Catch and Release]

I do watch daytime TV when its broadcast, but the DVR has taken over almost all of my prime time TV watching. I feel like there is nothing in prime time that I like, and then I go to my DVR and its always more then half full. It seems that I have accumulated a rather large group of cable favorites, while my network interests have been steadily drying up.
I still watch most of what I watch on an actual TV. I know there are a lot of people that stream or download their TV now, I havent gone that tech yet. I enjoy my big screen, my lounge chair and the comforts of home. So for me the DVR is the way to go.
Right now, at the moment of this writing, I have 36 shows in my series manager, some of them I am sure have been canceled, I am a bad manager. However the ones that havent been canceled come and go,sometimes with little warning, on cable, and the DVR keeps track of those facts,finds them and then saves them for me to find when I remember to check and see if I have over filled it. This is all very convenient except for the fact that now I feel such responsibility to watch what I have asked it to record. I mean I really liked Covert Affairs when I first started watching it,but now I'm not so sure about it.(I really dont like the lead actress,but its a very well written show, and that makes it palpable for me) If I had just been watching the show during its broadcast I would have probably forgotten to watch it for a few episodes,and having done that, would have not bothered to stay with the show. With the VCR I never miss a show. The natural order of things,only the strong survive, is disrupted, and I feel responsible to watch what has been saved. Responsible to the point of adding a feeling of failing myself when I at some point decide to erase some show, or group of shows, that I didnt get around to watching and dont have any real interest in anymore.
I let a machine, one that I own, make me feel bad. Well I guess I didnt LET it,but it did happen. I've had a VCR for about 4 years, I wonder what will sneak up on me in the next 4 years :)
Oh yea, I started writing this thinking about telling anyone who might be listening about Rosie. Her new show on OWN has been more then a little funny. In just a couple of weeks its become a regular stop for me at 7pm weekdays. She seems to be not quite so angry as she has seemed her last couple of times out, and I have always found her comedy funny and she seems to be remembering that about herself too. I dont expect a lot of people to immediatly jump on board,but I thought I'd put it out there for anyone who had a bit of interest in it.
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(no subject) [Nov. 2nd, 2011|04:33 am]
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Did you know that you cant solve all the problems of the world by staying up all night and trying to think them thru? Did you know that knowing that you cant doesnt keep you from trying?
I have a loud box fan, and a not so loud speaker system that I can put my ipod in,and even tho they do keep the sounds of the world out, they dont keep the sound inside my head out. Sometimes if I put in a really familiar movie I can fall asleep during it,but how many times can I watch Groundhog Day? Ok I can watch it a lot,but not in a row. Well I can watch it a few times in a row,maybe a weeks worth, but a few of those times I will watch them thru to the end,and then I dont sleep.
Not sure what I want to do about any of this,but its an explanation why all of my posts are well after mid-night.
Oddly enough I will lose sleep thinking about this. Maybe start with why I bothered to post it, and then into how knowing all the answers doesnt help. Its just the way it works for me,or doesnt work, its the way its always been. It's nothing recent. I often joke that I never learned to sleep,well I know its taken as a joke,but for me that joke is just the truth. One of the first words my niece,my god daughter, learned was insomnia.
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