Good Day!

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Good day, dear Readers!

I have to cease making internet promises, I simply do not keep them. Today I woke up with smile on my face and going about whistling so I thought I’d say hello. The past few weeks have been a bit of a struggle. I’ve been going back and forth to the Mayo Clinic again to check up on my POTS as well as my poor belly. I had another tilt table test!  I was exceedingly tetchy about it. I also had to fast all day which turns me…. rather grumpy.

grumpy bear from carebears

They put me on two weeks of a new drug, which could reset my stomach. Unfortunately it so far has just given me days of pain. But, I’ve had some lovely diversions which I would like to share with you.

First of all, while I am a little bit of a slowpoke when it comes to internet technologies. I made a pinterest a few months ago, and have enjoyed it immensely. Initially, I thought it was some sort of website for hopeless romantics to look at bridal pictures. But after Pie got one, I kept sneaking on hers until I got one of my own. So, if you would like to look at pleasant pictures, here are the links to both of ours! You’ll get to know us a little better I think, which is the only real reason I put them up here.

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I’d love to see any of your pinterest boards if you would like to share them. I think observing what others find beautiful is quite informative. I’m not a huge fan of cheesy sayings, but if there’s one and Benedict Cumperbatch (Sherlock) is in the background I’ll blush and pin it. He’s rather handsome you see.

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I’ve hooked my whole family on Sherlock and am inordinately pleased about it. They’re all on Netflix instant play, so you really ought to watch it if you enjoy witty dialogue and a beautifully filmed adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t like the books. They often completely skipped the realm of reason and had Sherlock make leaps with no feasible intuition whatsover. “There’s a footprint! It must belong to a specific individual who has just escaped their Mormon compound in Utah who is on a trip to avenge their dead fiance!” I didn’t make that plot up. You can’t improve that sort of ridiculousness. Granted, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” was good, and I love the modern day adaptations where we can follow the actors line of reasoning.

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*Cough* Moving on.

My favorite thing about Pinterest is actually my board for recipes. I called in “Pornography for the Palate”, just for a bit of tongue in cheek/risque humor. Oh, tongue in cheek. That’s rather a good pun. Anyways, I use lots of online recipes along with my cookbooks and it’s murder to find them again. I’ve tried most of them on my page, but not all. My favorite is a recipe for “Outrageous Brownies” by the barefoot contessa. I messed about with it a bit and I am confident that they are truly the best brownies I could possibly concoct. I add a bit of cinnamon, a dash of almond extract, and cut the instant coffee mix down to one tablespoon for a truly perfect blend of flavors. My dad eats them for breakfast.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/outrageous-brownies-recipe2/index.html

They turn out a LOT better than the picture, but you do have to cool them and let them harden into more of a fudge consistency.

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I’ve read on quite a few POTS and other chronic illness blogs complaints about how difficult it is to cook. I couldn’t agree more. The only reason I put up with the absurd idea of standing is this innate need to see something accomplished in my day. I’m a doer. Reading a book counts as doing something, as does going to the supermarket. But often my mind is too foggy to read a book, and driving isn’t quite an option.  So I keep canisters of flours and sugars and a whole host of food that doesn’t go bad quickly. I didn’t start cooking until I was 17, and it was horrid. I would feel so ill afterwords I couldn’t do my daily exercise. Plus, Pie and mum are quite healthy eaters so they weren’t thrilled with the plethora of pastries. So I started making healthy dinners instead from scratch. I know I shouldn’t, but I do feel rather guilty when I can’t help out around the house. There were so many months I never left my desk and my bed wasn’t made. So cooking for me is a way to give back to my family. I can’t carry the 50 lb bags of grain for the horses anymore, and for a long time I couldn’t muck the horse stalls. That’s still an iffy task even now. Sometimes I have to put a chair with wheels in the middle of the kitchen and wheel about to the different bowls and stove. We all want to feel useful, even if we feel often ill. So if you can think of little things to make yourself feel useful, I would recommend it. Even if it’s just watering the houseplants, one at a time. I don’t mean to be insensitive if you’re stuck in bed. I’ve been there, you just have to take one day at a time. You learn your limits, and how to live within your energy means.

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I would like to introduce you to my new favorite thing of the week, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. As you may know, I am a literary cliche. One of my favorite books of all time is Pride and Prejudice. I own several movie adaptations (Including the 6 hour one) and think Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is brilliant. So you won’t be terribly surprised that I gleefully stumbled on a vlog of a modern day Elizabeth Bennet narrating her story. The vlog is done by professional actors, and they make their characters so real it’s mind boggling. The characters chat (as themselves!) on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. and have multiple video channels about their interactions. Lizzie Bennet is getting her masters in communications while living at home. Her mother is a southern belle obsessed with getting her daughters married off, each having a picket fence and 2.5 grandchildren. I love her best friend Charlotte (dressed above imitating Mr. Bennet), Lizzie is clever and judgemental (on the left dressed as her mother),

jane from the lizzie bennet diaries

her sister Jane beautiful and so sweet you feel like she’s your very best friend,

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and Lydia (the combination of Kitty and Lydia) is a partygirl you roll your eyes at and simultaneously feel rather badly for. The story fits seamlessly into modern day, and each episode is only a few minutes long. It really is the ideal distraction when you can’t think and need a few minute (or a few hour) break in the day. Plus, they took the hapless Bingly and turned him into Bing Lee the medical student. Genius? I think so.

Not everyone likes it, and I must say I think they went a little too far in the wrong direction with their interpretation of Lizzie. But, all things considered, it is a two minutes well spent. Plus it has been featured in articles from the web and newspapers alike to great acclaim. I hope you enjoy it!

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Well, this post is the result of what happens when I sit down on a rainy day with a mug of hot chocolate. This has hardly been an informative or sensible post, but I do hope you enjoyed reading it. It’s nice to write about things that make me smile. I hope they make you smile too. What do you all do on a rainy day with the web at your fingertips and a hot beverage by your side? I hope you’re having as good a day as I am, and you will hear from me again soon!

Be Well,

Teddy

P.S. Pie is well, but she just started her varsity tennis season and is vying for captaincy  so she’s monstrously busy. But she’s quite well and says hello : )

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7 comments on “Good Day!

  1. ElegantEllie says:

    GREAT POST. We have so much in common!!! 🙂

  2. ElegantEllie says:

    LBD to me is take it or leave it. I really enjoy it as a vlog version of modern day P&P but I’m also not a purist. Sherlock is beyond amazing and Moffat is out to get us all.
    Pots wise… ::sigh:: I can’t even begin to address the many ways in which I hate this illness, but it has brought much good to my life as well. ❤

    • As soon as I started reading your blog I was awed by your good taste! Agreed about the POTS sigh, at some point last year I realized that despite how much I despise it, there have been many blessings throughout. I wouldn’t have gone to my university if I hadn’t gotten sick in high school, and I would be quite an arrogant little guttersnipe (more so than presently). Do you feel that way at all? I’m not a purist either, which is why LBD delights me with how fresh it is. Are you up to date? This week was especially fun as it played out. I like GiGi. I’m glad you love Sherlock!!! It’s one of the few shows (besides Bones) that I can watch multiple times with pleasure.
      -Teddy

      • ElegantEllie says:

        I hate being sick, but I always have been puny and sick…just continuing to deteriorate and living with whichever wave hits. I have so many issues it isn’t even funny. I have lost so much…but in spite of that, good things have come out of it.
        YOU LIKE BONES, TOO!? Oh we are going to be best friends! hahaha I am behind on the LBD but the last episode that I saw was 76.
        I have read so many Darcy/Elizabeth fictions, and while LBD isn’t top notch acting, it’s still a brilliant adaptation. I LOVE, not like, LOVE Sherlock! I am British at heart and have been since I was a little lady. 🙂 Doctor Who, Sherlock, Vampire Diaries, etc. I am addicted to my shows.

  3. Laura says:

    Sherlock is one of my favorites. We don’t waste watching an episode, we savor it.

    I followed you both on Pinterest. I love to learn everything about everything, I love to laugh and I’m desperately trying to find my style. (Very indecisive girl; I blame it on my POTS.)

    I’m an Arizona Mayo girl. We just recently figured out that its most-likely hyperadrenergic pots with mass cell and Ehlers Danlos symptoms. I’m happy to find the puzzle pieces because I believe in being educated about my conditions. 🙂

    Oh, and I read the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also! I love how it has the same rhythm of the classic with these jolts of rawness intertwined.

    laurassummername

    • Hello Laura! It’s lovely to meet you.
      I couldn’t agree more on the Sherlock front, I aggravate my mother to no end by refusing to send it back to Netflix whenever we rent it! Surprisingly, the episodes are great to work out to. I think it’s the combination of the cinematography as well as the dialogue. That’s amazing that you live so near by! I’ve only met a few POTS people. Just Pie and a good friend of mine (besides internet acquaintances). Question, have you been going to see Dr. Goodman at the Mayo? That’s who I’ve been working with. Also, there’s an excellent blog I would like to recommend to you. It’s written by a girl in England with POTS and EDS. She has a really kind heart and I’m sure you both have a lot to commiserate over 🙂
      http://hannahcykowski.com/
      Anyways, I’m glad to have met you and I’m sure I will continue to stumble upon your great pins!
      -Teddy

      • Laura says:

        Yes! Isn’t Janie the best nurse ever!?!? She wants so badly for the POTS patients to have a way to connect, but Mayo has too much red tape I guess.

        I’m sorry about your stomach troubles. I was going back and forth for the same sort of thing. I was bloating up and having pain with any food, any amount. We didn’t really fix it, but its kind of moved to the background.

        Right now I’m dealing with blips. It’s like someone switches off then on my main power supply. Similar to blacking out, but so quick I don’t go down.

        I look forward to getting to know the POTS sisters better. 🙂 (Even if its only through Pinterest.) 🙂
        Laura

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