Some things should be left to the professionals

So a little backgroud: Our landlord has been promising to fix our kitchen floor and install a dishwasher for 2 months. We signed our lease extension and everything (at the beginning of Jan) and everything with was supposed to be finished no later than the end of Jan. So during this time our sink started leaking. I keep a bowl under the leak to save the water (replenishes dog bowl) and I mentioned it to the property management company once but I didn’t stress it too much since they were suppose to come out and work on the kitchen anyways.

So fastforward to last night. I was completely frustrated by the lack of cooperation from our landlords and the waste of water so I decided to take the job on myself. Because of course the guy at lowe’s said that it would be a piece of cake (ha!). So I take the handle off of the sink to replace the washer and suddenly the little cap thing blows off and water (hot water!) is shooting straight up to the ceiling. So much for being eco-friendly and trying to save water!  I freaked. Of course I am home alone. So I called the emergency maintenance pager of our management property and left a frantic message. Then I called DH and told him to come straight home! I couldn’t move so I couldn’t turn the water off under the sink. Luckily a friend of ours (who is also a guy that I work with) came flying over and we got the water shut off. 20 min later the plumber on call showed up with a royal jerk attitude but in the end we ended up with a new faucet.

Note to self, don’t try to fix anything related to plumbing by myself

In other news, I am getting ready to head off to the orthodontist to get molds as I am getting braces–for the second time.  Not a full set though.  They are just going to correct my upper arch which will be followed by a permanent top retainer.  My teeth were a mess before braces the first time but the front four teeth haven’t stayed in place and make me extremely self-conscious so hopefully after all of this I will have a boost in self-esteem and not feel so self-conscious to slime in pictures!  John just thinks that I am a glutton for pain but I beg to differ 🙂

chronic illness

New FDA approved drug for Fibromyalgia

As I was flipping throug this month’s issue of Self I noticed an ad for Cymbalta and it stated that Cymbalta is now approved by the FDA for fibro treatment.  Before this I knew that anti-depressants were used for fibro (that’s why I am on one) but wasn’t quite sure of why it was suppose to help fibro.  Obviously the FDA doesn’t know either as the ad clearly stated there was no known reason why Cymbalta helps fibromyalgia.  It just does.  So I don’t necessarily know if this is a good thing.  Doctors push pills, esp anti-depressents, with fibro patients (or any chronic pain patient) so I guess we will see if Cymbalta is the next “miracle drug” for fibromyalgia patients (right behind Lyrica of course).


Going Green

Lately, I have been trying to make the move towards living an eco-friendly lifestyle. As a Christian, I feel that God has called us to be stewards of the beautiful earth that He created. In addition to that I believe that it is a healthier lifestyle all the way around. I have finished reading Green Chic which I highly recommend! John & I have started recycling and we have made the decision to cloth diaper when our baby comes home. In addition to the massive expense of disposable diapers, our landfills are packed enough without adding tons and tons of diapers. I am working on working more organic foods into our diets and I am really REALLY trying to kick the soda habit once and for all. ::raising hand:: My name is Jamee and I am a Dr. Pepper-a-holic. It has been 1hour since my last Dr. Pepper. I am really wanting to start weening off my medications as well (esp those that I feel like aren’t helping me). So I will keep you all posted on the great things I come across on my journey to be eco-friendly! I have added a list of “green” links and I will be adding to it as I come across more fabulous things!