Here We Go Again

I’ve been sick for a few days now. My throat’s been dry and sore. I woke up hoarse two of the days, but eventually my voice came back each time. I’m wondering if I’m allergic to something, because the skin condition (hives and itching) has flared back up. My primary care doctor thinks that I have some kind of skin disease. I have an appointment with the dermatologist in February. I cannot wait until I can see him. Even this Zertyc isn’t helping the itch. However, Benadryl anti-itch cream has been working better than the Zertyc.

All the dermatologists are booked up until early February. That’s a damn shame.

Last month I began using a prescription strength deodorant. I used it for like a week and a half when I started getting an allergic reaction. I broke out in hives and itched like crazy in my underarms. I started to scratch. Then it got infected. I had to go to urgent care three times because of the shit. It was no fun. But now, I have the hives again since I stopped using the deodorant and taking the Prednisone. Two rounds of Prednisone and the hives came back each time. Ugh!

Anyway, with that and work, I have been tired. I’ve been lounging around all day. I just hopped on the computer. I have nothing cooked at all right now. I will be cooking a pot roast with carrots, cabbage, and sweet peas in a little bit after I get back from the grocery store. The meat’s thawing out in the fridge and the veggies are cut up. I can’t wait until it’s done, so I need to get on it.

I just received four YA books in the mail today from Book Outlet. They are Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, Half Bad by Sally Green, and Black City by Elizabeth Richards. At Book Outlet, you can find discounted books. Very discounted books. Check them out. I love that website.

They only have so many copies of books in stock. So you have to grab them fast. The books are marked with a small dot or a line at the bottom/top of the book because these are books that were returned or were excess inventory that the publishers then sold to Book Outlet. They are brand new books. However, they have a scratch and dent section also. The scratch and dent books are cheaper because they are scratched, dented, or may be missing the cover.

Hello, New Year

I just got back from the grocery store. I didn’t have anything to make a meal in the fridge. I just got some stuff to make one of my favorite salads: eggs, kale, carrots, extra sharp cheddar cheese, blue cheese dressing, ham, and cranberries. Yum. It was delicious.

I’ve been staying away from most carbs and sugars. I don’t eat bread, pasta, or rice. I don’t eat corn or potatoes either. However, I make exceptions about once or twice every month and go out for chinese food. I still have to have my cranberries in my salads and my nutrigrain bars as well! I eat my peanut butter cookies every once in a while, too.

I started my diet in late August. I’ve lost 39 pounds since and have yet to join the gym. I’m planning on finally joining next month in February. There’s just been so many obstacles in my way. I even got sick last month and was planning to join this month. Now I need to give myself enough time to heal before I hit the pool or hit the fitness equipment at the gym.

Swimming is going to be my main thing though. I love swimming. I’ll be attending the aqua aerobics classes about three times a week and swimming laps after and/or before class. I don’t know what equipment I’ll be getting on. I guess I’ll find out when I join. I should probably hook up with a personal trainer. So I guess you can say that’s my New Years resolution: join the gym and get fit.

I stopped reading It by Stephen King and Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. I did lose interest in It. I probably won’t finish it anytime soon. However, I’m going to go ahead and start back reading Interview with the Vampire and move on to the next book in the series.

Right now, I’m currently reading All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry. If you’re a reader and have a Goodreads account, add me.

I know that I need to stop neglecting my website. I want to write more and keep it up to date. I don’t want to shut it down. I’ve gotta get my ass in gear this year. So I will be writing more and continuing to study on my own time. I don’t know how often I will write. I can’t make any promises. So that’s another New Years resolution.

I cut my hair last month. Again. I had cut it some months back too. It grew back out. But I cut it closer to the scalp this time. I wanted to start over and start with shorter hair. I will be natural until my hair grows back out to the length I desire, but I will be wearing wigs for a while as it’s growing. I have been rocking wigs for about 2 years now though anyway. So even when it grows back out to the length I want, I will probably still be wearing wigs!

Lose Myself

Today is my birthday! I’m 32 years young. Woohoo! I don’t have any special plans for today. I’m just going to go see my family, come home, go to sleep, and get ready for work in the morning. Maybe next year I’ll do something worth writing about!

Anyway, I can’t say that I’m going to get this website going the way I want it anytime soon. I’m lacking that discipline right now. Although web design is still a passion of mine, my focus is not with it right now. I’m going to stop setting these expectations for myself. That way I won’t be disappointed and have to explain myself if I don’t exactly achieve a goal.

So, I’m not promising anything.

I just kinda lost myself in books, TV, and work over the past few months. Well, I’m still losing myself in those things. Right now, I’m currently reading It by Stephen King and Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice.

It by Stephen King is a very long book. It has over 1,000 pages. I started it at the end of August and am still reading. It’s kinda slow-paced, but it’s still interesting enough for me to keep reading it. I’m very interested in seeing the outcome, but I do think that the book could’ve been shorter than it is.

Interview With the Vampire is a very easy and fast read. It’s the first in the adult Vampire Chronicles series. I can’t believe I never read it before. I’ve collected all the books in the series but Prince Lestat and the new book coming in November.

I also finished reading Beautiful Creatures in August. It’s a Young Adult novel about “casters”. I’ve already got the rest of the books in the Beautiful Creatures series and the first book in the Dangerous Creatures series just waiting for me to pick them up.

I’ve read other books since I started reading again this year, but the aforementioned ones are the most noteworthy.

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