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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
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.
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),
her sister Jane beautiful and so sweet you feel like she’s your very best friend,
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!
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!
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 : )