Month: March 2007


I have been extremely busy lately, but tomorrow we leave on our honeymoon in Japan. The past two weeks I have had a consistent headache that I wake up with and go to sleep with. Last night it was terribly strong, and I already have it today. I drink quite a bit of water; in fact, I am doing so right now with no relief. I have to constantly adjust my neck (I can actually push the discs back into place thanks to my new treatment…), also with very little relief. I think Japan will do more to help than anything else right now. Time away from the computer, away from stress, and the situation we'll find ourselves in when we get back (job and financial).

I believe work, lack of exercise, and lack of sleep are contributing to this. I think the lesson I learned from 2006 was I don't do well at 40 hours a week. My ideal work schedule is 30 hours. This week I worked near 50 to try to get everything in an okay place for my colleagues to continue working without me (throughout January I also did 50 hour weeks and experienced many nervous breakdowns from it). I just want my headaches to go away.

We've already talked about him walking with me to work every morning to encourage me to walk, and doing many other things that will get me off the computer and out of the apartment more. My apartment is like a cave – quite dark. This, I feel, has not helped me. I need sunlight, it dramatically improves my mood and health. Him moving back here will improve my living conditions, and hopefully relieve my headaches.

More reasons for a new location

Just some more reasons I need a new place for my online presence, and to tail on my previous post. Here are some carebadges from carebadges.com. And some more interesting and hopefully good news on another serious topic for me; the environment. I need someplace I can keep these like my other widgets.

CareBadge | Get your own badge!

CareBadge | Get your own badge!

And the CNN polls I found worth sharing in regards to the environment:
1. Do you agree with former CIA chief Woolsey that U.S. dependence on fossil fuels threatens the nation's security? view results | view article
2. Does walkability make a city a better place to live? view results | view story

By the way, I should say this is at least the fourth or fifth list I have seen Madison on for very good reasons such as public transportation, liveability, best cities, etc. I miss Madison.

PS See how stupid Livejournal is?? It can't even handle these little Flash widgets, just like half the other ones.


This recent blog entry I found really upsets me. Not because of it being rude, but because of the truth and me not knowing what to do. I already dislike Bush with such a passion that when he was re-elected I started applying only to jobs outside of the country. I was tired of it, and I still am. I find our government's continual thirst for war an embarrassment. I found our behavior in these countries a complete humiliation. I support our troops, don't get me wrong – my brother served in Iraq for a year and will probably go back because of this drawn out failure. But what about the people that live there? How long do they have to suffer for our mistakes, for our lack of accepting failure and providing them some semblance of peace and quiet. Just leave them alone, for heaven's sake.

To see why I am so upset, I found a mention on David's Doodle of Riverbend's blog entry. For the love of everything good, what are we supposed to do?? What this woman went through, this is the one thing I fear all the time. Why are we just sympathetic for a minute then as soon as we leave the site, out of sight out of mind? How am I supposed to make things better? Believe you me, I do. I think these are atrocities that, in this day and age, are barbaric and uncalled for. How do we fix this?

Bon apetit

Hoyt and I like to cook together, so we often make at least one meal. He is into breakfast, so he always does that. This time I was trying to be healthier and more creative, so I took both dinners. I had never made stir fry from scratch before, so I was floating around Whole Foods for about forty five minutes (oh yeah, I am talking healthy!).

We have a wok, so it was a lot of fun! Put in some extra olive virgin oil to get it started, added freshly sliced carrots, then small sliced zucchini, sugar snap peas, pineapple, and water chestnuts. I then added the fresh cubed chicken that had been marinating to the wok, let it cook a while, then added some more of the natural teriyaki sauce. I even washed the white rice before steaming it! For more color, I bought a mix of fresh berries and kiwi, put that in a sundae cup with vanilla bean yogurt sprinkled on top. Add some glasses of chocolate milk, and you have one filling meal! Can't wait to eat leftovers. 😀

Today was Hoyt's homemade focaccia bread with creamy tomato basil soup and “fried” (the olive oil and some pineapple juice in the pan so they wouldn't burn) sugar snap peas with remaining pineapple. I like to make colorful meals because Hoyt comments on them always. :-p Tasty! I like cooking with my husband, but we always eat too well…

Otherwise, both cars are now fixed, so I'll have the Taurus. We purchased our wedding photos (yay!) and hope to get them before we leave to Japan in less than THREE WEEKS! Wow… I think I need to start preparing for that. Konnichiwa… domo arigato… so not ready… :-p Oh! And he bought me a new mp3 player!! The iPod (yucky) nose-dived into death a few weeks ago, so we got a real mp3 player that has a ton of features and is flash-based. “No moving parts” as Hoyt puts it, so the hard drive can't crash as hard as the iPod did. Don't get an iPod. This mp3 player, I can switch the battery, the video screen is bigger, the device is smaller (then iPod video at least), I don't need iTunes to get music, and it has two headphone jacks! Neat! It also has fm radio, recorder, audiobook support, photo slideshows, video, and expandable memory among other things I haven't looked at yet. 😀