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8 Things I Am Loving Right Now: Daily Life With Chronic Illness

Day 22 prompt: Write about the things you couldn’t live without – list things you love or need the most. Just a little look into normal, daily life with chronic illness

1. Jesus – There is absolutely no way I could make it every day living with chronic illness without the knowledge that my Creator was right there with me in the midst of it. I am thankful to serve a personal Savior who does not stand off at a distance but right beside me and knowing that gives me the strength to press on. Knowing that I can hold tight to the promise that the Lord has plans for me beyond the pain gives me hope beyond what I can express in words.

2. My family – I could not ask for a more wonderful and supportive family. My husband is my biggest advocate and support. I know it is difficult as there are times where he feels helpless to do anything to make me feel better but just knowing that he is there fighting alongside of me means so much. I cannot imagine what it must feel like to have to see your spouse wheeled back to surgery yet he has had to go through it six times already and every time he is right there with me. My entire family is extremely supportive and for that I am very lucky. I think my dad spent more time researching gluten-free options at Disney than I did and it really touches my heart.

  1. Coke – Hi, my name is Jamee and I am a Coca-Cola addict. I don’t know what it is about the stuff but I am addicted. I know its bad for me (have you seen the pin on Pinterest where Coke can clean a toilet overnight? why hasn’t that scared me?!) but I just haven’t been able to quit. There are worse addictions out there right? (humor me)

4. Leroy Jethro Gibbs – I’ll be the first to admit that this hasn’t been my favorite season so far but I still need my Gibbs fix. I mean, who doesn’t want to look at this:

5. My TENS Unit – I have sang its praises before but let me just remind you of how awesome it is. It is worth every penny. I had a vicious migraine last evening and using my TENs and an ice pack worked great. I’ve always just used it mostly for lower back and pelvic pain until my chiropractor’s office showed me how to use it for migraines. Magic. Pure magic.

6. Hard Candy Correction Creme – It seems that BB cremes are all the rage these days so when I went shopping last week I browsed the beauty section and came across this brand’s creme. I have always been pleased with Hard Candy products in the past and for $8 it was hard to beat. I was not disappointed! It helps even my skin tone and brighten my complexion when I don’t feel like wearing makeup (which is often these days). I also love that it has SPF! I can put this one and a quick coat of mascara and feel much more put together which I have learned makes a big difference!

7. Zofran – Another miracle. It works so much better for controlling nausea. Why does insurance not want to cover it though? Anyone else have experience getting insurance to want to pay for it?

8. My Blog Planner – I have tried various ways to try to stay organized and this Blog Planner by Click It Up A Notch has been the best by far at helping me stay on top of my game. Simply amazing and steal at $12.

Those are eight of the things I am loving right now – what are some of yours? What should I be checking out?

 

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Old School Blogging


I am excited to be linking up with The Miss Elaine-ous Life & ThetaMom for another round of Old School Blogging! Sometimes its fun to do a throw-back survey and enjoy getting to know others in the blogging community! I love these things! A new Old School Blogging meme will go live every month! Be sure to check out the link-up and follow the hashtag #OSBlog!
 

Onto March’s questions:

 What were you doing 10 years ago?

At this time 1o years ago, I was preparing like mad for my senior recital! I was a music education major in college and my primary instrument was the horn! I know, I know. The absolute geekiest instrument on the face of the planet! I enjoyed it though as well as taking voice lessons, singing in the choir, and praying to pass my piano proficiency so I could complete my student teaching!

 

What 5 Things Are On Your To-Do List:

Purchase tile for our bathroom floor

Shop for new cell phone

Take photos & list clothes on Poshmark

Survive my last week of work

Complete all the paperwork associated with the previous item

 

What Are 5 Snacks You Enjoy?

String cheese

Sugar-free pudding

Jelly Beans

Apple slices

Grapes

 

Name some things you would do if you were a millionaire:

Donate to our church & favorite charities

Purchase a newer car (we are rocking a ’95 and a ’03)

Completely gut our kitchen

I’m sure I would fill out my closet a little bit

Disney, Disney, and more Disney

 

Some places you have lived:

Rome, NY (born there)

Charleston, SC

A small town in Virginia and then

an even smaller town in North Carolina

 

Name some bad habits you have:

Destroying my nails when I’m anxious

Becoming completely overwhelmed by little things when I flare

Two words – Road Rage.

 

Name some jobs you have had:

I totally rocked the Wendy’s uniform after high school

I have worked at both a department store and overstock bookstore

I have also worked at a ropes course and as a children’s minister

 

How would you answer these questions?

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48 Things You May Not Have Known

I was relaxing and going through my Google Reader when I came across this post by ThetaMom (who is pretty much amazing and if you do not follow her blog you really need to. Like right now). I suddenly flashed back to my college days where I would spend obscene amounts of time procrastinating by filling out the 67th version of an About Me survey on MySpace! How could I pass up an opportunity to reminisce on a Friday night?

Ok, I realize it totally proves I have absolutely no life but I’m ok with that. Fridays are totally my down nights. The work week usually wears me out so I spend Friday nights winding down so I can hopefully have some energy for the weekend with the family! I’ve got shopping to do tomorrow so I need to save my energy!

 

Here are 48 things you may not have known about me:

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? 

Both of my parents! My dad’s name is James and I have my mom’s middle name!

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?

Last night. Pain was high. Endo sucks.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?

Not really. When I was younger I used to practice in hopes of learning to like my handwriting but still not really a fan. I definitely have handwriting envy when I see pretty handwriting. I probably love handwriting-inspired fonts too much as a result.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?

Turkey!

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

One and likely done.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?

Hahaha. I think so!

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?

Probably too much!

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?

Yes!

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?

I think so!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?

Oh my! Such a hard question! These days I could practically live on cereal so it is tough to make a decision. I love Cinnamon Chex and Berry Berry Kix these days!

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?

No.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?

Darn straight I am.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

Chocolate Peanut Butter

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?

Their yes

15. RED OR PINK?

Pink.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?

I tend to freak out pretty easily and get easily overwhelmed. I hate that I can get so worked up over things and lose sleep at night over things that really don’t matter.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?

I miss living close to my family. Does that count or does this question refer to someone that has passed?

18. WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?

Budgeting.

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?

Not wearing shoes at the moment!

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookie

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

The TV is on in the background.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?

Bright yellow.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?

Babies! I cannot wait to get my hands on my new niece in a couple weeks!

24. HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS TO YOU?

I am not overly political. I am working on making more informed decisions but the ugly hate that came out during the last election makes me hate politics.

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?

I would love either but if I had to pick, definitely beach!

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?

NASCAR! Yes, I consider it a sport!

27. HAIR COLOR?

Brunette

28. EYE COLOR?

Hazel

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?

Oh yes. I am as blind as a bat.

30. FAVORITE FOOD?

Donuts

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?

I’m a sucker for happy endings.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?

Inception

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?

White

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?

I actually prefer spring or fall but I’ll take summer over winter

35. FAVORITE DESSERT?

Red velvet cake!

36. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?

Cardio

37. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?

So hard to make a decision! I would have to say computer though because I would likely be able to find a lot of what I watch on TV online.

38. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?

Simple Blogging

39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?

Don’t have one!

40. FAVORITE SOUND?

My daughter laughing

41. FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC?

Christian Rock

42. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?

Australia

43. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?

I can roll my tongue 🙂

44. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Rome, NY

45. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?

NC

46. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?

Brick

47. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?

Silver

48. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 48 QUESTIONS?

It takes me back to MySpace days 🙂

 

How would you answer these questions? You know you want to cave to peer pressure too and go old-school and blog the answers! Leave me a link if you do!