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Up, Up, and Away!

Sooooo this month I’ve been manic. i didn’t know it, and was in denial when my mate told me about it. I just couldn’t accept that I was impulsive, had poor judgment, had destructive behavior and was too talkative and loud. Because you see.. I’ve been sleeping just fine (actually the psychologist found out I don’t get ‘good’ sleep because my brain at night isn’t doing what it is supposed to). I’ve been eating normally (ok ok maybe a little more than usual – bad stuff like candy and ice cream and pies – only because hello, its October!! Candy month!).

 

But I finally admitted I was manic so I started taking abilify and while some of my symptoms of mania haven’t disapeared yet, I can dfinitely feel the tiredness the Abilify gives you. Ugh.

I got the pregabalin that the neruologist had recommended that should help balance my brain chemistry. It is only 50mg right now, but the doctor said he’d raise it slowly. So we’ll see how it goes!!

 

Snowboard swap next weekend. Excited! I might find a board. I’d also like boots. I’ve been looking at sizing information and things like that.. Some of the information I read is contradictory. One site says my board should be 149-157 cm, others say about 161. This is because of my height and weight. I am heavier than I should be, and the sites say go with what you weigh, not how tall you are. So I did but each site says something different. So I wrote down all the info and will bring it to the swap, and if there are vendors or experts, I can ask them.

Thats about it, for now. things are good, pretty much.

QEEG Results!

Instead of re-typing everyting all over again (and that my memory of what was told to me has degraded since then) I will copy & paste the e-mail I sent to my mate yesterday from work:

 

Hi!!

 

I Thought I would e-mail you right now while this is all fresh in my head from my appt – I couldn’t take notes because he was late so it was rushed so he was all over the place. They are sending copies to my GP and pdoc.

 

Basically, the beta spindles that show up with 24Hz are indicative of bipolar disorder (duh of course we already knew this) and that I am precariously tipped toward the mania side – meaning it would only take a small stressor at this point to put me into full blown mania. I asked him if they found any prodromal symptoms from that date, Sept 18 when we did the QEEG that would indicate oncoming mania and he said not at that time.

 

However – he showed me what my brain looks like compared to a normal brain. It was all over the place. Certain parts that should be firing fast, are firing slowly, while the parts that should be firing slowly are firing too fast. He said this impairs psychosocial functioning such as understanding/comprehension of others verbal language and non-verbal cues, decision making, impulsivity, and distractibility.

Also, it was found that my two lobes in the front cerebral cortex (is that right? The front part of the 2 halves of my brain) are ‘locked on to each other’ meaning other parts of my brain aren’t communicating with the other parts of the brain that they should be as would be normal. He said this is why if I am focused on one thing I cant multitask or pay attention to anything else going on around me., or switch tasks easily. This also accounts for my problem with intolerance for patience. He likened it to me talking to you or my mother on the phone while another call comes through, and I let that other call go to voicemail, when it turns out that other call I ignored was someone trying to tell me that my house was on fire while I am standing there, not even noticing.

 

This was all I can remember, I will request a copy when I can. I might see if they can e-mail it to me. He suggested a sleep study, too, because apparently when he had me close my eyes I slipped into stage 2 sleep within 20 seconds indicating sleep disturbance. This explains why I can get 8 or 9 hours of sleep and still be needing naps. Even while I’m sleeping, my brain is firing incorrectly, preventing the correct stages from happening at the correct times, which gives me overall poor quality of sleep. The spindles were even higher with eyes closed.

 

Ultimately the neurologist recommended pregabalin (Lyrica), which I had already asked my pdoc about previously, which he said isn’t FDA approved for mood disorders, and that my insurance wouldn’t cover it. I checked with Premera and its true, they wouldn’t cover it, unless I had some sort of neurologic chronic pain. But he said it might be possible with the right paperwork to back up the claims that this medication would help me. He also suggested Tenex (Neurontin/gabapentin), something that starts with a V, and clozapine. He said the Wellbutrin and clonazepam are actually counter-productive to what my brain needs and recommends getting off of them.

 

Anyway wanted to get this all out before it starts to go from my memory. He said the very top of my brain is the most affected part showing big signs of issues…. They also found the brain trauma from when I was 13 and my head was bashed into the brick wall!

 

We will talk later about this of course.

 

Got to get to work, love you!

 

QEEG

So my psychologist performed whats known as a QEEG (Quantitative EEG) on my brain a few weeks ago. He told me the FDA just approved its use for determining the parts of the brain effected by depression and bipolar disorder, on top of seizures, which is what they were already approved for previously.

I was made to stare at an object roughly 12 feet away for my eyes open for 2 minutes, and then close my eyes for 2 minutes while the machine collected the data. He let me view a brief overview of the brainwaves, and preliminary glances concluded that I had beta spindles at the correct Hz for bipolar. He then said he would send it to a panel of neurological experts in Florida who will compile a 200 page report that will indicate what my brain is doing and where, how fast it is running, and what precise medications would be best to target that specific area, thus eliminating the use of the “med-go-round”. Also, before the QEEG I had to answer a series of questions that he marked down. He said I answered YES to 15 out of 20 symptoms of seizure disorder, which he says has now been confirmed as a link between bipolar. He said I can find the scientific articles at pubmed.gov and there is evidence now that a lot of people diagnosed as bipolar actually have a new kind of seizure disorder that they’ve discovered. This explains the correlation between the anti-convulsant medications and the use of them for bipolar disorder.

My next appt is oct 7 so the results should be back. Looking forward to seeing exactly what is going in with my brain!

 

He said a lot of psychiatrists in the area are starting to send patients to him to perform this QEEG testing to determine what the best course of action for medications would be. He said this is new but it is soon gaining popularity in other cities and will be a mainstream course of action for psychological diagnoses. Anyone else had one of these done yet?

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The Labor Dave Weekend has passed.

Ahhh… yes. Labor Dave Weekend went mostly well. We got to the concert Friday afternoon around noon and went into the venue around 3pm to check out the merchandise and see what else was going on. A few bands played on a side stage, which we didn’t really stay and watch for too long. We had pre-gamed with our own food and bev during the tailgating fun before going in.

Brandi came on around 6 and was amazing. We held up our “Raise Hell Brandi” song, and they played it right then. They played some covers and a few chill songs but mostly they rocked it and I think non-Brandi fans were impressed. During the Dave Matthews Band concert (actually right at the beginning) the seats had filled in more, and there were some real douche bags all around us. Blowing smoke in our faces, pushing us (so that we were no longer in front of our own seats) etc. So when it came time for the guys to get on stage I flaked out on holding the sign for Dave Matthews Band because the jerks behind us were bitching. And I got anxious and pulled it down, and the rest of the night kind of sucked because my mate was mad at me for that.The concert was pretty good though, although I wish they’d have played Crush (our song) while we were not having an issue.

We drove to our secret spot and slept in the car afterward. We woke up about 8am the next morning and after my mate ran her mile down the road and I tried pooping (no success) we drove over to Entiat by way of Quincy and Wenatchee. I used to live in Entiat, it is a town of 1100 people, although I don’t think that accounts for all the people who live in ‘county’ territory upriver and in Ardenvior. So there’s probably more. A lot has changed since I’d lived there… my old house is gone and they had torn down the apple orchard that was in the front yard. Now there is just a trailor (the kind pulled behind a truck) that someone is living in. Sad.

We visited an old junior high/high school friend of mine that I had seen 2 years earlier when we went camping in Entiat way upriver. She had a mirgraine and along with her 2 daughters, her 2 nephews stayed over. So it was a full house. We chatted and got caught up watching ‘Criminal Minds’ – good show! And took a nap. It was nice having a day to recover from the previous night. My friend made Spaghetti for dinner which was really good, and then after a while we all went to bed.

We  left for a while the next day to go shopping in Wenatchee (a half hour drive away) and first went to famous footwear, where my mate found an EXCELLENT pair of running (actually, triathlon) shoes, and I found some really nice flip flops.

After that we marched over to Old Navy, which I hadn’t been in for a long long time. I purchased a Seattle Seahawks shirt (yeahhhhhh!! The season opener against the Packers last night was awesome, the LOB was in full force and Beast Mode was amazing).My mate bought a cool new running outfit. They days are getting cooler so we’re back to running the treadmill. Also, this is due to timing because of her classes.

Later that day we came back to my friend’s place and hung out for a while again before saying our goodbyes. She has a really adorable kitten named Castiel, and an overweight pitbull named Dozer. It was good to see her and her family. I must say she is a pretty darn good mom.She’s only 1 year older than me and I could never imagining kids yet. I’m 35. Yikes.

Anyway that afternoon we arrived back at the Gorge, tailgated a bit, and went into the venue. We got some more merch and checked out our seats. 7 rows back (not including the pit of course). Wow! Amazing view. So close to the stage. Of course once the show got started, the tallest man alive and his amazon of a female companion were directly in front of us. This always happens. I am 5’3″ and my mate is 5’2″ so being tall and in front of us is just a given. But this guy was like 6’4″. Jesus. Anyway..

The people around us this time were pretty cool, less douchey. For the most part. We held up our signs and I saw Brandi point to us while holding up our “Raise Hell brandi” sign, and they played the song. Woohoo! She had a really good set and there were more people there on Sunday to watch her.

Dave Matthews Band had a great 9 song acoustic opening set with a fantastic Tripping Billies. They came out a half hour later for their electric set and just tore it up. We got The Stone during the encore, with the crowd singing the Elvis song “Fools Rush In” during the slow part, as Dave used to do in the old Dave & Tim shows back in ’99. It was pretty cool.

We got home that morning later, at about 2am. My mate drove straight home. It would’ve only taken 2 hours and 30 minutes, but we were stuck for some reason, in the parking lot not moving, for about 20 minutes and then the GPS (as well as apparently everyone else’s) took us on a weird way back to the freeway..

We relaxed on Monday and now are back in the full swing of things. My mate has school and work, I am at work, things are starting up. Summer feels over.. even the weather thinks so. Its been in the upper 60’s low 70’s. It even rained a few days. Whaaaaaaaat!

But this weekend should be in the 80’s again… maybe we will have an indian summer for the harvest season. That would be nice. I don’t want to do a corn maize in 50 degrees.

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Labor Dave Weekend!

Its a tradition. Each Labor Day weekend, Dave Matthews Band plays at the Gorge Amphitheatre which is 2 hours away. They play 3 nights. This time we are going to the Friday night show and the Sunday night show. Brandi Carlile will be there as well. This is a dream come true. Dave lived in Seattle for quite a while, while his wife went to school at bastyr University in Seattle to become a Naturopathic doctor. Brandi is from Ravensdale, WA which is a half hour from Seattle, so they guested with each other at some of Brandi’s shows and impromptu Seattle Dave solo appearances. Anyway so that is super exciting! 

We made signs this year. One sign is decorated in red orange and yellow and says “Raise Hell Brandi” (Raise Hell is a song of hers) and on the other side in Rainbow it says Celebrate We Will (a line from a DMB song). (the We Will is just in blue and green, and there are ocean waves at the bottom of the sign).

 

We made all of our food and beverages in advance so we do not have to worry about any of that. We picked out our outfits, and are all set to go! The car is even mostly loaded with this, I just need to clean out my car, throw away garbage, etc.

So excited! Me and my mate play a game each year (well it started last year) where we come up with the setlist we think they’ll play for the night, and whoever gets the most songs that they actually end up playing, wins some merchandise that the other person (the loser) purchases for the winner. I won last year. I want to win again this year. We shall see!

 

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Spokane, WA

Ahhh.. Spokane. You knew it was coming sooner or later, right?

In the Spring of 2010, I had been dating my mate for 7 months when we came to Spokane one weekend for her Aunt’s 60th birthday party. Before the party we decided to check out some parks and check out the downtown area, which we liked. We went on the gondola ride to see the huge Spokane falls which are right downtown. The city is the 2nd largest in the state of Washington but it had a suburban feel to it that I missed. In Seattle, you might as well call the entire geographical reference area of Marysville to Olympia “Seattle” because it doesn’t stop being city or urban. Its a gigantic ball of concrete for miles and miles. Out here it felt more spread out.

So, tired of living life with roommates and spending so much money for nothing — and sick of one of the country’s worst traffic areas, decided to live in Spokane. We moved in sight-unseen at our new place, which is an apartment on the 2nd floor that overlooks the Spokane river. What a view, we thought! And way within our budget! I wonder why? We thought. We found out.

In my head, I had it that I could still make the same wages as I did living in Seattle. Wrong. I had moved with $2000 in the bank account and no job, and my mate didn’t have one, either. Within a week I found a job where a friend of mine worked (who, incidentally, also worked with me at the prior job I had in Bothell, WA). They offered $10 an hour. Yuck! What? I was making $18 (approx, it was a salary) before… and now here I am doing worse work for less. Something’s not right here, I thought.

My mate found a job at a place that we had a good hunch about and things turned out in her favor there. Meanwhile, the job I had laid everyone off in June because their contract had been ended abruptly with the company that had contracted the work. I was laid off a little earlier than everyone else because of my anxiety issues, jumping out the roof. I was then unemployed for almost a year and a half before finding a really shitty job that paid $14 an hour — working for a temp agency at an insurance company call center. That was probably the worst job I ever had. They taught us for only 2 weeks before pushing us out on the phones with only 2 people to help us if we got stuck. The teaching was a rush-job, and no one had any clue what to do and when, or what to say and to whom. It was a mess. The temp company’s policy was to go with whatever sick policy the company had, which was unless you’ve worked there for 6 months or more, no sick time off. I was having the worst anxiety I’d ever had. I was throwing up constantly and having really bad panic attacks. Finally I told them I needed a day. When I got home the contracting company called and said the insurance company didn’t want me back. So I had been “fired” technically. On one hand I was relived, but on the other, very scared. Luckily just 4 days later I nabbed a really crummy job at K-Mart, for $9 an hour. Originally I was going to be doing work in the toy and garden department, but instead they made me a cashier. So for 5 months that is what I did, before finally landing the job I wanted, where I currently have been for the past 2 years. It still doesn’t pay anything like Seattle wages do, but then you also save that money in gas. Its only a 4 minute drive from home, and on days when it is not above 85 degrees I can ridge my bicycle.

Ok so background aside, here is Spokane laid out for you in a nutshell. For miles and miles east, west, south, and north, there is nothing. Suddenly, there is Spokane. You come here to the “big city” from western Montana and Idaho. You carry your gun-toting redneck values with you, but since its a college town, they get toned down just a slight bit.

The downtown area of Spokane is a great place to take visitors. There’s the beautiful Riverfront park that was the site of the 1974 World’s Fair. There’s the downtown shopping district, and now a beautiful new area up on the cliff overlooking the river and downtown with lovely condos. And then… there’s the rest of Spokane, including where I live.

My neighborhood could be worse. It could just scream ghetto and be extremely unpleasant to go out into after dark. Maybe it already is. But it isn’t just that bad, yet. In 2012 a lady that lived in the trashy apartment complex next to ours was out at 8am walking her dog on the sidewalk 100 meters from our apartment, and brutally stabbed to death. Before she died, a construction worker who had come to her aid remembered she told him the assailant was black and had a bad eye.

The police said they were doing everything in their power to catch the guy, and canvassing the area. Not once did we see a police officer, let alone did one ever knock on our door to ask us questions. 6 months later, a woman was attacked on the Centennial trail (a bike/footpath that goes from Idaho through Spokane) on the Gonzaga University campus. About a week later, a lady on the Centennial trail was attacked by a man wielding a mallet. A maintenance worker at a nearby retirement home chased the assailant into the river and kept him there until the police came. They captured 17 year old Avondre Graham, who lived  in the trashy apartment complex next to ours. He was black, and had a bad eye. He confessed to the murder of Sharlotte McGill, and got 10 years in prison. He had been here laying low in the neighborhood for almost 6 months. HELLO POLICE!! Canvassed the area, did you?

Its not just the lack of comfort regarding safety in the area.. the drivers are terrible, too. Coming up to a red light or a stop sign, the person coming the other direction almost always seems like they’re going to blow through the light or sign. They come right up to it, slam on their brakes, and end up 3 feet into the intersection. Every. Time.

The tailgating here is HORRIBLE! I thought Seattle was bad. In Seattle you HAVE to tailgate or else someone else will slide right into your 2-car-rule buffer zone and take up that space anyway. Here, where roads are wider and traffic less dense there should seem to be no need for it. But it is rampant. If you put your blinker on to make a right hand turn, and haven’t even slowed down to make it quite yet, the person behind you will get in the other lane. They just don’t have time for you to take your 1.5 seconds to make a right hand turn.

There are plenty of big huge trucks that make a lot of noise and make a lot of pollution, and are usually driven by men who everyone knows, must have a really small penis. You don’t see many big pickup trucks in Seattle. Cars are smaller in Seattle – much like Europe. Cars in Spokane are larger – much like Texas. And they like to un-muffler them, and drive them going 50 mph down our street, which is a 30mph zone.

People let their dogs off leash here, despite leash laws, and do NOT pick up after their dogs when they poop. This is the only place I’ve been that doesn’t pick up after their dog when in public. It is very disgusting. A lot of people here let their cats live outside, which is not good. This can spread disease and give the cat a very poor quality of life, and shorten its life span tremendously.

While driving on Sprague, the street notorious for its “charge by the hour” motels, we play the game “walking or working”. Is she just walking down the street? Or is she working? Most people that you see walking, anywhere, are seedy looking. even the people standing at bus stops. Everyone is in weird clothes here, or too fat to fit into what they are trying to wear. There is a lot of loud cussing in public. There is a murder everyday in the city, but 12 house fires or in the summer, brush fires a day. There is at least one officer-involved shooting a month, and just as many internal police investigations. A lot happens on our street, too. Just the other day a brush fire broke out across the street from our apartment. I got some pictures on my phone. A lot of people jump off the bridge down the street to commit suicide. We have a team of river-rescue workers down here at least once a month, it seems.

At the end of our street, it crosses with Mission Ave, a big arterial. Right at the confluence there, it meets the river, and under the bridge is where you go to score your.. whatever you need. I think its mostly meth under the bridge but I could be wrong.

This leads me to the next topic: homelessness. There are homeless camps down at the river’s edge on our side of the river where the trees and bushes are thick. Walk on the trail here and listen to the voices, or see the tops of tents poking out. There are homeless people EVERYWHERE in Spokane, and yet the Mission is not full. In fact there are so many beds available there. They even give you job counseling, help you apply for programs to get your own place, they give you food and clothes, etc. Their only stipulation: No drugs or alcohol. So you know those camps down by the river here are full of drunkards or druggies. And they own the streets. The Safeway down the street has lost more shopping carts to homeless people (or stupid people without a car who take their groceries home in the carts) that they’ve had to put wheel-locking devices on them, and supposedly once they exit the perimeter of the parking lot, lock up ad you can’t take them anywhere. This has been seen as largely unsuccessful, as I still see homeless people pushing their Safeway carts up the road and toward their little camp.

 

Also another thing that surprised me when we moved here is all the smoking. Everyone in Spokane smokes cigarettes!! I’ve never seen so many people smoke. Seattle people don’t really smoke, because they are educated and aware of the risks. But Spokane never got the word, and they smoke like chimneys here. Everywhere you go you have to hold your breathe or risk choking in the clouds of smoke that are abound.

 

People are very poor here, including us, so everyone is on food stamps. There is a large population of conservatives, so we have determined the best time to go grocery shopping to avoid the crowds is at 8:00 AM on Sundays, while the rest of the city is at church. Spoakne can’t seem to keep a decent restaurant open. Why? Is it because people are too poor to spend money at restaurants? Probably – since the lines are long at the DSHS for people waiting to get their food stamps.

 

People in Spokane do not, for the majority, know who the Seattle Sounders FC are. I have to explain to people that the Sounders are BIG in Seattle, and sell almost the same amount of tickets to Centurylink Field as the Seahawks do. But people outside of the big cities don’t know what soccer is, and certainly don’t know there’s a Major League Soccer team in Seattle that is HUGE and has a large population of crazy fans. They have no clue here.

Spokane is a city, but it feels like a suburb that has a small but nice downtown area. Its not like Seattle, or any other city I’ve been to. It is in its own little world.

 

It is definitely not home. It was never meant to be, and it never will be. I meet people and hear about people born and raised here, and all  I can think is “wow.. I am terribly sorry to hear that.”

 

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The Month of May

So… May. Usually in Washington state, despite your location within, is cloudy and intermittently warm. Some days will be bright blue sky and 70 degrees.. others it will be cloudy and 60. You just have to learn to live with it – and in our case, until we move.

 

Ah yes, the move. Well… you know how my mate is going to go to school to be an Audiologist. It was decided that going to school in Colorado would be too expensive to live and find a job, so we decided to take a small stop-over on our way, and she’d go to school in Utah. Salt Lake City… which funnily enough, is a huge gay mecca. So I should fit right in. It is more liberal than Spokane, I tell you what. Not that I have been there recently. I drove through there when I was 14. And in 2 weeks I turn 35, you do the math. Cheaper housing, available jobs that start out paying a decent wage. Sounds good! Then when she’s done we’ll move to Colorado the proper way, and love every moment of it.

I’ve been developing a story in my mind that I want to turn into a novel. I don’t want to go into the synopsis here because what if someone steals it? So I will just say my inspiration came from Amanda Knox and the crazy shit she went through with that italian murder trial. The story has nothing to do with her, but the idea came from reading about her story. I found a sort of ‘Romeo and Juliet” angle that I’m going to approach. It involves a murder, a love story, action, and moments of joy and wonder. I think if I really sit down and put my mind to it, this could be a story I actually finish. I have a real problem with that. I’ll start writing a story and then when I hit a roadblock I tell myself I’ll come back to it, but I never do. Eventually the story gets stored away somewhere or deleted entirely after re-reading what I have and deciding it is total crap. I also developed a great idea for a TV series last summer… but I couldn’t figure out how to get it down on ‘paper’ (screen?) so to speak. I need to follow through with things.

Following through: The theme of May. I’ve had a few bad days in May, where irritability reared its ugly head, and caused some fights with my mate. Other times were really energetic and fun, usually on the nice days we could take nice long walks.

Speaking of walks… about a month ago I weighed 177. I freaked out and made myself lose some weight. But I have plateaued at 170. I had gone down to 164 one day, after intense exercise and barely eating, but then I bounced back up when the weather turned and we could no longer take walks in the sun. This time I am serious. My morning regimen includes taking my medicine, doing yoga on the Wii, treadmilling intervals for a mile, then doing a Kelley Coffey workout video. Sometimes twice! Then on nice days to continue this, will take a walk as well as ride the bicycle to work if feasible. All the while eating small portions of healthy food. And taking the “2-week bootcamp’ pills are helping as well… car blocker, fat burner, colon flush, and water/bloat reducer. In 2 weeks, when I have my birthday (Where we plan on camping at lake Skookum), I should be down to 160 I hope. Thats a good start. Then I’d like to be down to 150 and then finally, 140. Go go gadget weight loss!!

 

Well I think that is it for May, lets see what June holds!

 

Inserting a random picture just because…

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The Phone

So I have Boost mobile. Unlimited everything, and I only pay $40 a month. It piggybacks off the Sprint network but we’ve never had problems with the network, except in Montana, but no one gets cell service in Montana, so that’s ok.

My phone is an LG Venice. I had gone in 2 years ago to purchase a phone for christmas (for myself, yes) and wanted the LG galaxy S II phone that had just come out. The salesman actually talked me down from the more expensive phone and into the LG phone, which still seemed pretty cool, so I went with it.

2 years into using the phone and I want to throw it across the room. It is slow as hell, despite a factory reset and keeping apps to a minimum. The internet is slow and sucks, dialing a number and then it actually CALLING that number takes around 1 minute, etc…

So for my birthday this June I am requesting.. no, DEMANDING that I get a new phone. The galaxy S III and 4 and 5 are too expensive still, so I’d still settle for the S2. It is on sale for about $140, used, as amazon, and Boost has it for cheap too, I think, still.

 

I hope someone, somewhere, takes pity on me and can get me this phone for my birthday.

Yes yes it is true. I have a crush on Amanda Knox. You know, the girl who was on trial in Italy for allegedly killing her roommate with the help of her boyfriend. She was found guilty and put in jail for 4 years based on very poor forensic testing… then appealed and was freed. She came home to Seattle, now Italy is saying she is guilty all over again. Ugh. Leave the poor woman alone.

 

Anyway, she is very beautiful and grown up!! She is 27 now, and when all this initially went down, she was 20 I think.

 

I want to read her book and send her a note or letter saying that I know she’s been through the ringer, but that I respect and admire her for hanging in there so wonderfully. That takes some serious ovaries, I say!!

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Gain and Lose

I seem to be evening out and cracking even. I keep going from 174 to 170 in terms of weight. I exercise, eat small portions of healthy food.. I don’t get it. *sigh* I got to keep on keepin’ on, I guess.

The weather here in Spokane is odd. One day it will be 70 and the next, 50 and rainy. Hard to go for walks or bicycle rides when you don’ t know when it will rain on you.

Well my mate got a 98% on her final, and that is an A+ meaning she’s kept her 4.0! I am so proud of her. Took her to Red Lobster for lunch yesterday.

Did I mention I finally got in contact with my dad after nearly a year? Turns out his e-mail changed the layout and he couldn’t find his address book, and he got a new phone and it didn’t have the #’s plugged into it, so he couldn’t call. I guess he was worried about me since I never reached out to HIM. I thought he was ignoring me, for whatever reason. His dog died, she was his best friend, so he’s not doing so great. He is sad. I will e-mail him today.

I’ve been doing knee strengthening exercises to stabilize my knee, but the only thing that helps the pain is to walk on it for a while. After 5-10 minutes of walking on it, the pain dissipates slightly. It still hurts but it tolerable at that point. Pretty sure I tore a ligament. Based on the anatomy of the knee that I studied carefully at many medical journal sites, I have come to that conclusion.

In other news I have a new female crush: Amanda Knox. You know, the girl who was on trial for a murder in Italy that she did not commit? She was 20 when that all went down at first but now she is 27 and HOT. My goodness. She has a book out about what happened and stuff, I am thinking of getting it and reading it.

 

I think that is it for my life for now. Nothing exciting or worth writing about, really.

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