Dancing in the Kitchen

Hey guys and gals!

Pie here. Last semester I wrote a paper about the “storm in my life” for my theology course. I bet you can imagine what I wrote about! But if you are new here, or do not know, I talk about my battle with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. I have grown up in a family that is religious. But please know that I am not trying to shove religion down anyones throats. This is just my own story and I wanted to share it with you. I wrote it for my theology class, that’s the reason for all of random quotes XD they were a part of our assignment. Hope you enjoy it, I really liked this assignment ❤

Dancing in the Kitchen

Robert Ellsberg once wrote, “A peacemaker prays. Prayer is the beginning and the end, the source and the fruit, the core and the content, the basis and the goal of all peacemaking (Ellsberg, 153).” I believe that we need to have blind faith through prayer. The problem is that we live in a day in age that people rely so heavily upon themselves, while forgetting to look towards God. We focus on what we believe measures our self worth such as, the worldly possessions that we value, but those will not last. Things such as money, status, and health are temporary and can be easily lost. We need to let God work though us, and help us to let go of our desperate need to control our lives. It amazes me how little control we actually have in this world. When I lost my control I was led to God. My spirituality and prayers were the core and foundation that protected me from the tribulations in my life. They were there for me in the beginning and I can be sure they will be there until the end. In the darkest time in my life I was immersed in a sea of prayers, those of my own, my family, friends, and strangers as well. One always knows they are lost in a storm when strangers are praying for their safety back to shore. I am desperately thankful that the strangers, friends, and family in my life that never gave up on me because, without knowing it, I needed them.

In the fall of 2004 I was a vivacious ten-year old with a big personality and bleached blonde hair. I had just transferred to a Christian elementary school, which scared me at first, but soon I came to realize how happy the school made me. This school taught me how to actively live through my Christian faith on a day-to-day basis. Which is a lesson I have carried with me for my entire life. Dauntingly, I had no way of knowing that I was a few months away from the storm of my life. My storm started, as many do, with a few raindrops. My body’s immune system was struggling to fight off viruses and I found myself sick every couple of weeks. With every stomach bug, flu, or cold, my body would not fully heal and soon I felt as though I was sick every day. My once blonde hair changed to brown and I felt like I was slowly losing my identity. I did not know who I was after everything I had know was stripped from my life. I was not sick everyday with a cold per se, but suddenly my well of energy had run dry. I spent the majority of my days lying on the couch, watching television. By the time I started fifth grade the energetic ten year old I had once been, had deserted me, and I was left with a new person who I did not recognize, but at the same time, was all I had left.

My memories from my eleventh year are blurred. I remember taking a nap every day, going to school three times a week (if it were a good week), listening to books on tape, and last but not least, going to doctor’s offices. In the past ten years my veins have run dry from every vile taken and my throat closed to every pill swallowed. The blood results were without fail perfect, and on paper I was a healthy little girl. I was so desperate for a diagnosis that I would pray for the test results to come back positive. My sickness was grueling for me, but much harder on my family. My parents worked tirelessly to discover a cure. I went to the finest hospitals and spoke with the greatest doctors in the country and finally, I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue. Fatigue means tired and chronic translates to all of the time. It was not a true diagnosis, just a title for the unknown. Soon doctors would turn me away because they too, could not see the cause of my storm. I was not diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome until I was a freshman in highschool.

Looking back, my Mom ensured I never fell into depression. She made sure every week I would have something small to look forward to. We watched comedies, made delicious food, did science experiments with my neighbors, read funny books, and most importantly we laughed. My childhood was never deprived of laughter and that was the best medicine. I think that is what God wants for me, a life of laughter and letting go of control. On my hardest days my Mom would be in the kitchen and she would pull me in and dance with me. I would rest my weary body against hers and she would sing to me and spin me around. She taught me to see happiness in my suffering and hope in my recovery. My life storm relates back to my theology class because they both have taught me how to live life to the fullest and how to remain thankful. My mom gave me peace just like when Jesus bid farewell to his beloved apostles he said, “Peace I leave to you, my own peace I give to you; a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you (Ellsberg).” It is challenging to find peace within a storm but I have found, if one looks long enough, it is possible.

Dancing with my Mom in the kitchen was more powerful than any diagnosis. Laughter brought me peace and simultaneously destroyed my self-pity. I wanted to choose a path that did not lead to a loss of hope. My life’s peace remained fairly strong throughout the lifespan of my storm but I vividly recall three moments where my hope was shaken. Each time was almost identical to the other where I stood in my sister and my bedroom, sobbing and begging God to heal me. I asked him why this was happening to my family and why I had to watch their hearts be broken. I felt guilty that my pain had become their pain, and my burden was theirs to carry. It is much easier to feel pain inflicted upon yourself, than to see your own pain reflected through the eyes of the people you love. Despite my frustration, I always felt God’s innate calming presence in our conversations, which is something Teasedale would describe as the “quieting of emotions”(Teasdale, 24). My struggle left me with two choices, to either turn my back on God, or to walk with him.

My illness instilled a blind faith in my heart. I truly believe that suffering is one of life’s greatest teachers. My path relates to those in Modern Spiritual Masters, because my storm led me to God just like, Mother Teresa, Thomas Merton, and Henri Nouwen. Mother Teresa found her blind faith through prayer and she said that, “Work cannot substitute prayer. Nevertheless, we can learn to make work a prayer…by doing our work with Jesus and for Jesus. (Ellsberg, 27).” Mother Teresa has taught me that I feel closest to God, not when I am helping myself, but when I am focusing on others. For the duration of my illness my family kept me strong and humble and I was reminded that many children were suffering more greatly that I could imagine.

I lived with this severe illness well into my high school years and looking back I cannot imagine the person I would be without the conflicts I have faced. I can now be a support system to the people around me and finally start thanking God for all of the angels he has sprinkled throughout my life. A wise woman named Wangari Maathai once described, a hummingbird putting out a fire with one drop of water at a time, she explained that one drop may seem insignificant, but the small bird is just doing the best it can. When we are put up against trials such as these, it is our duty to try and put out the fire whether it is our friend’s demon or our own. We can alleviate their pain by just being there to comfort them in their time of need. I cannot express in full the importance our actions have on people. Without my Mother, Father, family, friends, and even, strangers I would never be where I am today. (Maatihai)

The best words I can use to describe what my storm has taught me are not my own, they come from Robert Ellsberg, and through my class readings his words ring in my ears and overpower all of the other voices. I want to live life through this phrase, “Make sure that you let God’s grace work in your souls by accepting whatever he gives you, and giving him whatever he takes from you. True holiness consists in doing God’s will with a smile (Ellsberg, 33)”. Life may have given me an illness that seemed unbearable at times but I am proud of how I handled it. If I have learned anything from my life, it is to not take things for granted like I once, did in years past. The teachings of this class have shown me that kindness of a neighbor can go much further than self pity, and we become who we are meant to be by building each other up. Gandhi told us that our values become our destiny; therefore, we can never be who we are meant to be, without helping our neighbors become who they are destined to be.

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful rest of your day ❤

Pie

What Am I Going To Do?

Hi guys, it is Pie! I wrote this post a couple years ago back when I was in high school. I stumbled across this little gem while I was looking through some blog posts that I never finished. Hope you enjoy it ❤

 

You know that feeling? That sick indescribable feeling when your heart sinks into your stomach and a thought flashes through your mind, “What am I going to do?” It happens a lot doesn’t it, especially on a truly awful day. It normally happens when we are at a very low point in our life, year, week, or even hour. It happens to me when I am fighting off a virus or a virus has completely taken over me. I’ve been sick twice in the past week and a half. I was really stressed about this school year because I had five classes that were extremely difficult. I missed the first three days of school because I was on vacation. Therefore, I had a lot of makeup homework. To say the least Pie was SUPER stressed out! Five hard classes and enough homework to sink a ship. That Thursday, my horse died. It was one of the worst experiences I have gone through. I had to complete my homework while doing some hard core crying. Naturally I had a test the next day. I got a cold that weekend! Even through all of this I still had an awesome weekend because my loving….my amazing….and sweet friends threw me a surprise birthday party! After that weekend I told myself

“I can’t do this. I can’t take all of these hard classes. What if I get sick and miss school? I will never catch up! I can’t even handle missing three days! I normally miss a lot more than that!!!!!”

I talked to my Mom and Teddy and they agreed with my that I needed to drop Spanish III. Spanish is the only class I am taking that I technically am not required to take. I dropped that class like a hot potato. I traded it in for a study hall. Dropping that class made all of the difference! I still have a decent amount homework but I’m not drowning in it.

With POTS I have learned what I can manage and what I have to give up. It’s a hard lesson but one that is needed to recover. If you put too much on your shoulders you will crash. I could see it before my eyes this life being unveiled to me, taking five difficult classes, taking the SATs, and applying to colleges I was going to crash who knows when! But it would surely happen. Would it be worth it? No. I don’t think it would be.

Trust me. In the long run, it’s better to put your health first. It’s not worth getting sicker. Train your mind to weed out what you can and clearly can’t do. I never plan too many things for one weekend because if I do that then I will be jeopardizing my ability to go to school the following week. If you have POTS (or any chronic illness) I feel like it’s natural to start realizing what you can do. It’s more of a HA yeah right I can’t do all of that! Crazy talk is coming out of your mouth right now! (like my reference to Legend of Korra?) ….(do you watch Legend of Korra?)…..(yes, Pie is talking about a nickelodeon show)….(Please, don’t judge me 🙂 )

I’ve been sick a lot in the past few weeks. Three times to be exact. That’s a lot of crappy Pie days. It’s scary because sometimes I question if I am coming down with a virus or if my POTS is getting worse. It’s scary and I hate the feeling of the unknown. But, freaking myself out also isn’t going to fix anything. When you are sick try to give your poor sickly little self a break. It’s really not your fault. Don’t ever EVER think this is your fault. It has absolutely nothing to do with you or me. We were “lucky” or chosen upon from a random force. WOOHOO! We won the raffle to get some supermegafoxyawesomehot chronic illness. Next time I am asking for a super power in my side effects. Because mine are clearly lacking superpowerness. My friends would probably say if I had a superpower it would be napping. I am an excellent napper. I can nap anywhere, any time. I’m not sure if this is a curse or a blessing because napping isn’t really good for us POTSters. I try not to nap often. I only nap when I am sick or when I am feeling well I will nap once every couple of weeks.

I guess I am trying to say just hang in there. I’ve used this analogy before but sometimes I’ve felt that my body is like a plane with a faulty engine and I am a passenger inside. Sometimes the plane flies smoothly but others I am really frightened and feel out of control. I have a  body with bipolar syndromes! One day I feel great the next I have the flu. I’m not bipolar though. That is not one of the syndrome baseball cards I have collected.

My sister and my family light up my bad days. Find things that fill your sad heart with light. It may not seem like much, a silly video sent from Teddy or a funny story my mom tells me but they make my hard days memorable for a good reason. It gives me a reason to laugh and be thankful. Those little things can make a bad situation tolerable. I hate the feeling of what am I going to do. I hate it. Don’t you? It makes me feel miserable! You feel isolated in a puddle of worry and sickness. This sickness can make you feel self centered. It’s not like we have a choice. We have to over analyze normal situations to make sure we are well enough to do them. Anything from working out to going to the movies with friends. Were not self centered our body is just an attention hog.

The next time you ask yourself what you are going to do and how will you manage another day take a deep breath in. It is all going to be okay. I know life can be extremely hard and frustrating but those little things that make you smile are worth holding on to. Our lives can change in an instant so when you are feeling terrible always hold on to the hope that you might feel better in an hour or a day. Try not to focus on the opposite….like in an instant you could feel terrible.

“Somedays aren’t yours at all,
They come and go
As if they’re someone else’s days
They come and leave you behind someone else’s face
And it’s harsher than yours
And colder than yours”

This song randomly popped into my head. Somedays by Regina Spektor. It fits though. Our bodies are not our own, and we are reminded on a daily basis that we don’t have full control over ours. Our souls have a purpose though. A purpose that was planted by God and we have been carrying in our bodies all of our life. It is the one part of you that makes you different. It is Teddy’s love for writing and my love of painting. It is my Mother’s love of helping and consoling others and my Father’s love for healing people. It is my bird’s love for singing and my cat’s love for eating. When you read my last few sentences I am sure something popped into your mind. That one thing that calms your heart. That one thing that tells you that everything is going to be okay. Never forget the part of you that is so incredibly unique. It is there for a reason. Just like you. It is just hides in the shadows of your bad days. But never disappears completely.

 

Love,

Little Ol’ Pie

Guess Who’s Back?

My dear Friends! I hope you have not forgotten about little ol’ Pie because I most certainly have not forgotten about you! I have been MIA for a good hunk of time and that needs to change! This last year was my freshman year of college so now I return to you are a wise, mature, worldly, blah, blah, blah, blah, just kidding XD I am still me! I just have one year’s worth of new experiences to add to my list. It is summer time and I was randomly thinking about Teddy and my blog and it hit me that I hadn’t checked up on you all in quite some time! I was wondering if you have any questions in particular? Do you have any POTS related questions? Or college? Or love? Or staying positive? Or exercise related questions? ANYTHING you need some advice on! I don’t care if it is about what shirt to wear today or what movie to see. Teddy and I love helping out (Granted, I am not sure how helpful it is if I help pick out a movie for you….but I am more than willing!). We want this blog to relate and pertain to your life! We want to be able to help you in any way we can. We live with POTS and have individually lived with many different stages of this illness and we want to help you in whatever stage you are at 🙂 We send our love and keep us posted on what you want to see in the future!

Much love,

Pie

Fashion Gurus

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Hello my fashionable friends! Pie here! I thought it would be a splendid idea to share with you one of the things that has been making me a happy pie! A couple months ago I discovered fashion gurus on youtube. What is a fashion guru? I didn’t know either! Basically it is when someone dedicates their youtube account solely to fashion, makeup,tutorials, and such. Their videos range from make-up tutorials to do it yourself tutorials to fashion hauls. Fashion hauls are my favorite because I am not obsessed with makeup at this point in my life. This might change but for now I am really enjoying the jewelry and clothing. As you may or may not know…I make jewelry! I love seeing different types of jewelry without having to go to the mall. And like a lot of girls I like cute clothes. It is nice knowing what stores have what and learning about the latest fashion trends. I wanted to share with you my newest findings.

I only know a few people with POTS but collectively we all find that we need some sort of distraction to numb our brains. Things like video games, the interweb and television. I watch these videos when I am taking a break. Shall we start??

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First! Michelle Phan

http://www.youtube.com/user/MichellePhan?feature=watch

here is your linkage! She is one of the most well known of the fashion gurus I am going to introduce you to. Her knowledge of makeup and style is amazing. On her channel she shows her viewers how to achieve impressive costume makeup and also so many cute little beauty tricks and tips. She even has music videos!  Out of all of the people I am showing you today Michelle knows the most about beauty.  I totally recommend her! She even has the right voice. For me personally I can’t listen to youtubers that have irritating voices! They drive me crazy…as mean as that sounds. Michelle’s voice is calm, cool, and collected. She makes makeup seem easy and fun. It is her canvas! I love it! Here is a little video to get started!

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Second! ARose186!

Arden is completely hilarious! She is a spunky, stylish, wacky high schooler who loves fashion. Her blog includes everything! Thrifting, make-up tutorials, favorite products, clothing hauls (Which is just showing their newest clothing finds), DIY’s, outfit of the days, and much much more! I will admit sometimes I don’t know how she can pull of the crazy clothes she buys! But she manages!  She will make you laugh! I love her energy! She has hundreds of videos! Her channel gives you the opportunity to pick and chose what fits your taste. Here is a little introductory video! Who else could better explain Arden than..Arden?

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Third! Clothesencounters

http://www.youtube.com/user/clothesencounters

Jen’s style is extremely unique! She is one cool cat. A lot of her wardrobe consists of thrift store outfits and she rocks them. She and ARose186 both love THRIFTING and are very successful in their findings. She understands how to make old clothes stylish and work for you.  I don’t know how to explain this but Jen is the kind of girl you want as a friend. She has this easiness about her personality and an inspiring outlook on life. She is fashion forward and like the other two ladies she also has GREAT VIDEOS!  Here is a little push to get you started

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Fourth! Michele1218

http://www.youtube.com/user/michele1218

Michele is the person who got me hooked on beauty videos! She is not to be mistaken for Michelle Phan (different person) I will admit I can’t relate as much to this Michele because a lot of her clothes are for the working woman. And me, being a high schooler who babysits….can’t relate. Doesn’t mean you won’t! I still really enjoy her site! She has the largest makeup collection I have ever seen….come to think of it she has a lot of large collections! My favorite parts about her channel are her jewelry and her clothing hauls. She is adorable! The things she buys on  are a little bit more on the pricey side. It is still really fun to watch! Surprise surprise here is a jewelry video by Ms. Michele herself!

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Fifth! EssieButton

http://www.youtube.com/user/essiebutton

Essie is funny 🙂 I like her so much. She is adorable! She is constantly acting like she doesn’t know what she is doing filming beauty videos but she is so good at it! I feel like I am talking to a friend while watching her videos. I just discovered her the other day. Her awkward nature is endearing. She lives in the UK but is from Canada. So she says aboot like a good Canadian! And also probably says sorry as sohrry (My friend asked me if I was canadian because of how I say sorry) Here is the first video I ever watched by Essie! Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tyrd_Bt8pvE

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I give you five new friends! To help you on your journey of fashion! I totally understand if you don’t get hooked on each one, I just hope that at least one will fit your style. Do not feel too overwhelmed with all of this linkage, that is why I stuck to only five links. Five completely different woman who make fashion even more fun! It is like having our very own team of project runway designers at our fingertips! YAY! You can still do things in your life to make yourself feel beautiful! I know some days it is hard to even leave the house. I wear P.J.s 90% of the time. Teddy lately has been prancing around in all sorts of adorable outfits, hairstyles, and makeups. It is really fun looking nice for school or an outing! A cute outfit or hairstyle will make you feel better! You might even get a boost of energy alongside a boost of confidence! Just because we have an invisible syndrome it doesn’t mean we have to feel invisible or unattractive. In actuality we look pretty normal so….we can still look supermegafoxyawesomehot even if we feel like CRAP! Take that world! Here we come. If you can’t take that step yet, order an adorable pair of pajamas and rock them around the house. The other day I found a pair of pajamas that were….wait for it….pink and covered in cats! I know how cool am I? They are awesome! I am a big fan of them! It’s all good when you are wearing a bucket load of cats on your pants. What could be better? Nutthing that’s what!

Thanks for reading my dear reader! You make Teddy and I so happy! It is the best feeling in the world to come home to a new comment or follower! Thanks for adding sunshine into our lives! Good luck tomorrow! Mondays can be hard! Have an amazing week 🙂

Lots of Love

Pie                       P.S. This is one of my own drawings/ paintings down below! I thought it fit the theme of this blog 🙂

Summer Vogue by NPB

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Hey guys! What’s going on? It is Pie by the way. I thought I would write a post while I am experiencing a wondrous head cold. It is too much fun and just begging to be blogged about. So…you know how this year’s version of the flu is especially bad? Yes? No? Well, it is! This was the first year that I said,  “Mom I am not getting a flu shot.”  I told her this because the past two times I got a flu shot I came down with a TERRIBLE, AWFUL, DISGUSTING Cold….. yuck! I am officially 18 so in my mind not getting my annual flu shot was a big deal. I’m 18 I can make one independent decision maybe? Possibly? Yes? I put my footie down! But of course the universe laughed at me because now there is a flu epidemic. I have POTS and asthma so coming down with the flu really would be quite the traumatic  experience. I ended up getting the dreaded flu shot. Let me just explain this one thing, I do not mind getting shots. I have had so many shots and needles drinking up my blood to be tested that I am pretty used to it. They truly don’t bother me until I get a cold after having a flu shot. That is when Pie gets irritated. I got this flu shot at my local grocery store this past monday….(exactly a week from today). I did not realize that right next to the frozen goods  was a little tiny waiting room with a T.V. playing relaxing music and showing images of happy fish swimming in a reef. Was that supposed to make me feel better about getting a shot that would give me a cold?

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The lady at the front desk gave me a clip board with all of these questions I needed to answer. Goodness gracious that was hard! I hadn’t the slightest idea what they were asking me. When I finished  filling out the pop quiz that I failed I waited in the waiting room. I think the exotic fish were mocking me. Oh yes pie this is a happy happy place. We will take good care of you. This is the last time I trust fish! When the pharmacist came in we talked for a few minutes and I just happened to mention that I always got sick after I got a flu shot. She told me that wasn’t possible. All of my doctors always tell me it is impossible to get the flu from the flu shot because it is a dead virus….but I always get sick that week! Coincidence? I think not dear sir!  I think not! Do my doctors sign an oath promising they won’t  tell a soul that they are injecting viruses into their patients?

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So I got the shot from my grocery store’s pharmacist it did not hurt one bit. It was practically painless. Weirdly enough…when I walked out she told me to wait around the store for five to ten minutes in case I had a reaction or started feeling sick. I laughed in my head when she said this because I have never ever heard someone say this! Teddy and my Mom had been to the same pharmacy three days earlier and they weren’t held hostage! Do you know what I did when she said this? I nodded and just walked right on out of there! I live so close to my grocery store that by the time I would show symptoms I would be home.

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After four days I was pretty positive this magical food store flu shot was heaven sent! I felt fine! Totally fine. Happy Pie! What did they put in that shot? Virus fighting veggies? SuperVitiminC Man? Cheese? Happiness? Yup I felt fine. Maybe a little tired? But that is normal for me. I had a birthday party friday night and I noticed I was losing my voice  a bit. I thought it was because I am such a chatterbox. The next day (saturday) my throat was really rough and raspy like a rockstar. I was pretty tired but staying up late does that to POTS peeps. But when Sunday came I knew! I KNEW WHAT WAS WRONG! I had my Momma check that sore rockstar throat and do you know what she found? I will give you a hint it wasn’t SuperVitiminC MAN! My throat was red with little white dots! GASP! NO! What? That can’t be possible? Grocery store shot? I trusted you. You were supposed to keep me safe. **cries**

Yeah so Pie is sick. Shocker. Want to hear something ironic? Flu shots take two weeks to work! Come on! This is a weird cold because I don’t have a stuffy nose (thank goodness) I do have a sore throat and I am very dizzy. My head feels like someone scooped out my brain and filled my head to the brim with cotton balls. To quote…You’ve Got Mail I feel fuzzy. That is the only way I can describe how I am feeling. How is Pie today? Fuzzy? Absolutely positively fuzzy thank you dear reader and yourself?

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This weekend I am finishing up my art portfolio and it is a challenge. I feel way too fuzzy for this! I am feverish and icky. For some reason when I get a cold my brain gets scared of random things. Yesterday Teddy and I were playing our Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets computer game (Are you jealous of our awesomeness? Playing a game made for 10 year olds?) She had her hair up in a pony tail and she was sitting in an office chair and her pony tail kept moving in a weird way and kept scaring me! I don’t know why!! It looked like a cat or something? Or a rat? Ahhh * hides in corner**  Then later that day I was walking over to our couch and a pair of UGGs scared the  heebie jeebies out of me.

I feel so strange 😦 And I wanted to share my adventures with you. Because you understand my pain. Now…my Mother just informed me that I probably didn’t get sick from my flu shot. Okay… Teddy and I did have a friend over who ended up getting sick this week and when I went to that birthday party my other friend was feeling sick. But….it had to be the flu shot right? Sadly I have to wait another week until I am immune to the flu. Universe stop teasing me. I don’t have any interest in getting the flu.

Please do not get sick! Trust me you aren’t missing out! I can’t even describe how I feel. I feel mentally aware but my thought process is extremely slow. Thanks for listening to me you are pretty cool. I think I will keep you around. I like you. I think I am going to go find a hot beverage and snuggle a cat. Until we meet again!

Lots of LOVE,

Fuzzy Pie

P.S. Maybe it is the flu shot apocalypse? Just a thought.

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Magazine Art

Pie:My dear reader 🙂 I hope you are having a marvelous Thanksgiving. I’ve been wanting to make this post for quite some time now. This obsession started for me a few years ago when my friend left a teen magazine at my house and said I could keep it. I don’t think she realized how I read magazines. As you know, or may not know I love art. So, when I see a magazine filled to the brim with celebrities I only see faces that are begging to be colored.  I had to obey. Their faces just needed to meet the tip of my sharpie pen and have a little  fun. The possibilities are endless and I assure you, it’s wicked fun. Grab a silly magazine filled to the brim with Hollywood and get out your sharpies and enjoy! You ready for some of my own creations? I warn you…there are a lot of Justin Bieber pictures….I don’t share the world’s fascination but this magazine dedicated a lot of pages to him….

 It is up to you! What do you see in their perfectly photoshopped faces? With a little bit of ink you can turn a normal teenie bopper singer into a grand duchess! Teddy added the hat. Isn’t it a nice touch?

As far as Zac Efron is concerned, in this picture he looked so suspicious. I knew at once he was a death eater. Can’t you just see it? He is standing next to Voldemort and they are showing off their tattoos with great pride. I can see it in the headlines “The Once Sweet Troy Bolton From High School Musical Turns To The Dark Side”

Vanessa is probably Bellatrix Lestrange. I knew there was a reason why I didn’t like her!!

I honestly have no clue who this strange little strawberry man is. Teddy made him into an apple and I added the highly fanciful beard. In actuality, it doesn’t matter who he is. I believe we have changed him for the better. I mean look at him! How many apple headed studs have you met?

Sometimes it’s not about making a celebrity looks absolutely ridiculous. You have the power to add their makeup and alter their clothes to your own pleasure. Go with the flow, if you ruin a picture who cares! Turn the next page and start on someone else. Be as artistic or as crazy as you want 🙂

Haha I don’t even know what to say. They had SO MANY JUSTIN BIEBERS! I GOT SO CARRIED AWAY! I have so many I don’t have room to put them all in this post. Be warned….a flood of Bieber is coming up. I can’t stop this madness.

This is one of my favorite pictures I have colored on. I wouldn’t put it past him to become King. He has hypnotized so many teenagers! He Just (IN) Can’t Wait To Be KING! It’s going to happen. This one makes me laugh! I have way too much fun with these magazines (don’t judge me!).

Are you getting inspired yet? Do you have the sudden urge to gather all of your sharpies and highlighters and just have a hay day? You can do it. I believe in you. Embrace this….”special” creative experience. Teddy and I used to make it into a game. We would keep the magazine and markers in the bathroom (okay I understand how that sounds weird but don’t deny the wonders of the bathroom!  You can read, journal, and draw on magazines in there) Whenever we would use the POTTY we would draw on a different page. It’s really hilarious! I would open up a page and just burst out laughing at what Teddy had created. For the most part I colored most of these magazines but she would draw too. Don’t worry I will let you know which ones are hers 🙂

This is Jimmy Neutron and Joe Jonas’ love child. I didn’t need to touch the bike with my pen….Its weirdness doesn’t need any help. Why does he have streamers and a skull on this handlebars? I do not think I will ever understand this bizarre bike.

Does this picture need any explaining? Hmmm….I’m sorry if it is hard to read 😦 The bottom part says “Yes, Harry’s got a scary scar but now he’s struggling to be respected.” Bahaha 🙂

Do I have any Very Potter Musical fans out there? Teddy and I even dedicated an entire post to this brilliant musical. It is completely worth watching!  If you haven’t seen it….you can watch it right now on youtube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmwM_AKeMCk
If you are bored it will cure you and make you happy forever. Yeah I said forever, it is just that awesome! It is going to be totally awesome!

This picture is even better in person! My camera didn’t pick up all of the details 😦 But! I think you get the idea? It is a boss Zefron poster! Oh goodness I have no many Very Potter Musical quotes in this!

Isn’t the picture above attractive? Teddy made it. To be honest, it scares me.

There you have it! My computer is mad at me for uploading so many pictures but you know what? It was totally worth it! I hope this post inspires you to do creative things while on the potty too. Trust me, it is so much fun to draw in magazines. I probably get too much entertainment from this strange hobby. Teddy and I always say that our blog is about sharing things that make us laugh and feel better and that is exactly what magazine art does! I wouldn’t be surprised if it cures us all for good! Stranger things have happened. This post doesn’t have anything to do with Thanksgiving…. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, friends, cats, dogs, and food. Eat lots of food and tofurkey! Until we meet again ❤ Happy Thanksgiving my dear reader.

Love,

(pumpkin) Pie

Shenanigans

So… we manage to have awkward conversations rather regularly…

Teddy: Is the red toothbrush yours? Because I’ve accidentally used it a couple times.

Pie: *mouth drops in utter horror*

later that day

Pie: So, do you ever have the problem where you’re driving, and from far away you see a runner. And then you say to yourself, ‘man, look at the smexy runner!’ only to realize when you get closer that they’re like 75 years old?

Teddy: The problems we have living in an old person town.

and that night,

Teddy: wow, you have a really beautiful whistle

Pie: bwahahahaha *continues whistling rather self consciously

I don’t know how it happens, but I highly doubt our conversations would be considered acceptable in polite society. Kind of like when we take creeper photographs of our little kid friends when they’re asleep so we can blackmail them during Vacation Bible School. This is all hypothetical of course : )

Speaking of Vacation Bible School, we’re currently researching projects to decorate our room for VBS. Well, I’m supposed to be. I’m actually writing this. There are only so many ways to make a paper mache fish. Well, thats not true. You’d be alarmed with the amount of crafty stuff you can find online. Pinterest is particularly dangerous to a creative fiend like Pie. Eventually she just succumbed to drawing mass amounts of Dr. Seuss fish.

The one thing you don’t understand is that she looks at a picture and reproduces them PERFECTLY. It’s sickening. This random picture I got off the internet has got nothing on her. Regretfully, her talents are better spent drawing. I am left to cut them out, which results in MASSIVE hands cramps. I would like to kindly murder whoever drew his creatures. They have mass amounts of detail and are super spiky.

So this is what we have been up to lately. VBS, and dressing up like pirates/witches and wizards from Harry Potter for the youth events at the library. We volunteer and help out the librarians there. Pie and I have come to the conclusion that we have finally gotten to the point where we have no shame. I’m not entirely sure how long this has been going on, but having to walk through town fully dressed as a Harry Potter character so we could teach Hogwarts summer school sort of brought that home.

All summer, we’ve been doing everything together.  And then suddenly, she had to go back to school. Which means we have to keep in touch via pinterest and texting. She’s currently helping me dress up my dorm room for next semester. Well, we’ve always shared a room. So it seemed rather natural for me to text her at midnight with an awesome idea.

Teddy: Just had an idea as I was falling asleep. What if someone covered their ceiling with old scarves? They could have this cool, ripply, layered effect.

Pie: You should be asleep! Bad Teddy! It could be done right… but done incorrectly it could look like a whore’s room

Teddy: Where do you have all this information about whore’s bedrooms??! night.

Pie: I’ve seen movies ok? it’s not something I’m proud of.

Yes, that was verbatim. Maybe you won’t find it as funny, but it’s how we pass our time. Kind of like how when we drink our broth in the morning we say we’re going to our brothel.

My favorite facebook back and forth was when we were actually in the same room.

Teddy: um Pie? I forgot to tell you this, but I was accidentally on your facebook yesterday and clicked your new friend requests and ___ friended you

Pie: Thats weird. Why would he friend request me?

Teddy: Probably because when I was on your account yesterday I liked his comment.

Pie: But I’m not friends with him! How could I have liked his comment?

Teddy: I was liking my own status…

In case you haven’t noticed, Pie is really funny. So funny you that even when you’re mad as anything at her, she can make you laugh. Like just tonight, we were on the phone and she was narrating our our cockatiel’s love for me.

Cinnamon the cockatiel: *screams* I’M DESCENDED FROM THE DINOSAURS! RAWR!

She’s truly a fearsome thing to behold.

Granted, these conversations usually happen when one of us is intensely sleep deprived (yay time zones!) but we find them amusing. If our humor didn’t make you crack a grin, well, you probably won’t like the youtube videos we’ve been watching lately. So good luck. And so long and thanks for all the fish.

Oh, a few random things I’ve noticed I’ve noticed: 1. on July 10, 2012 we received precisely 2,189 views. Hoping there weren’t that many people with POTS reading our blog (wait, let me rephrase that, I hope there are not that many people suffering from POTS) I naturally went and investigated. I’ve mentioned before that our blog really attracts people looking for Happy Birthday pictures. Sure enough, we attracted over two thousand birthday wishers. That’s a ton. Literally. Apparently July 10th is a very auspicious day. 2. Pie and I share precisely 100 friends on facebook. Thats alarming and makes me want to go hide under a rock somewhere. 3. Our blog has gotten pinned so often on pinterest due to our supermegafoxyhot pictures, we can be searched and have our own page. Like a boss.

Ok, onto the funny videos.

Warning: All of these have some language and questionable sexual references. But they’re funny enough that Pie literally almost peed herself. I’m not kidding, I had to pause it while she sprinted to the bathroom she was laughing so hard at the second one.

this last one made me think of this meme:

Pie also wanted to include this last picture.

That is all. Have a splendiferous day!

-Teddy & Pie