Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Apple Cider Vinegar: What the Sick Kids Drink.

When you get sick do have silly little rituals you do to ward off the yuckies?  Some of those old wives tales that you feel really make a difference in how fast you recover?  I feel like we all have some little thing we do when we become ill.  As a performer and a vocal teacher I feel like I never really have time to be sick.  My body is my tool and there is pretty much a no tolerance act in effect towards sickness.  This has led me to try all kinds of crazy things.

 However, I wasn't always this gung-ho to be healthy. When I was a kid I would lay in bed and try to compel myself to get sick so that I could lay in bed and watch cartoons and daytime television instead of sitting through another 6 hour school day which, when you are 8, seems like an eternity.  My mom would always take my temperature and if I didn't clear the magic 100 degree mark I was sent to school.  Sometimes I would sneak a hot pad from my dad's stash (he is a chiropractor) and put it on my head in hopes of fooling the thermometer.  That tactic never worked so I changed strategies.  I would wait till the parents left the room, then I would run to the bathroom, turn on the hot water and wait till it reach 107, then run back to bed.  Sadly, my mom never bought the super high temperature gag.  She said I would be dead if the thermometer was correct.  Geez, not hot enough to be sick, or  too hot I should be dead.  There was just no pleasing this lady when it came to fake sickness!  It seemed like I never got to stay home sick.

Now as an adult, I dread the little tickle in the back of my throat.  That little, "I'm Ba-ack!" the grubbies use to let me know it's that time of year, the sick time.  So this past weekend I came down with the crud that it seems everyone has: nasty cold, achy sinuses, runny nose, sneeze your brains out sick, TMI?  My nose is getting raw from all the tissues I've been using.  So I have resorted to all sorts of home remedies: Grape Juice, air bourne, vitamins, garlic, tea, lemon juice with cayenne pepper, steam treatments, the wet sock treatment (basically you get your feet really hot in the bathtub, then put super cold wet socks on and wear them till they are dry, it's a type of hydro therapy I hear....), spicy foods, garlic, airing out the house, honey, I felt I had tried them all.  Then I came upon this little gem: Apple Cider Vinegar.  There are all sorts of recipes for how to use this stuff.  It seems to be a little miracle worker.  So I decided I must have some.  Porter was very sweet and ran to the store for me.  He came back with a big bottle.  I read that you could just shoot a couple tablespoons of the stuff and that seemed so much easier than the other recipes, so that's what I did.  Shooting ACV is not for the faint hearted.  Holy Cow!  That stuff is crazy, it burns, fizzes, makes you shake up and down and then it's gone: such a weird feeling.  But I am feeling better quicker than normal.  I hope I don't jinx myself by writing this (note to self: find wood to knock on).  When I take this elixir of health I hold my breath and usually will use either a bunny cracker or grape juice as a chaser.  I recorded this event for science! This was how my weekend went down, how bout yours?

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Dramatic Palm Slice

Have you ever watched a movie (probably fantasy based) and someone either makes a promise, performs a ritual or invokes a sacred something or other and then they take a knife and slice the palm of their hand?  I have seen this so much lately on many shows I tune in to and it is driving me crazy!  Two weeks ago I ripped the calluses off both my palms in my pole class.  It sucked!  My hands were burning when the smallest drop of sweat would get into them (I finished my class).  It has since taken two weeks for them to heal, and this is just a small cut, not deep at all.  I can't imagine the pain of having a deep wound on a hand would be like, let alone the healing time.  This is a fabulous blog post on the dramatic palm slice I found.

Every time I see this trope in action I have to roll my eyes.  Seriously, it's almost as bad as the girl hearing a noise in a horror movie and then going all alone in the dark to investigate.  I wish writers and directors would have some more sense and slice the actors arm or leg instead of the palm.  It seems more realistic.  We have been working our way through all the seasons of Supernatural (I'm so a Dean fan) on Netflix and they did the dramatic palm slice in almost every other episode it seems (I may be exaggerating a little, but not much.) However, it's like the director could read my thoughts, because just when I thought I couldn't take a single more dramatic palm slice, Dean slices his arm!  Porter and I couldn't believe it.  And since then, most of the slicing of flesh have been other places other than the palm.  Hopefully other writers and directors will take note and stop this silly trope.  So now when you watch a fantasy show that has the dramatic palm slice in it, you can think of me, rolling my eyes and ranting about how silly it is.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Baby!

Before you get all excited by the title of this post, no, it's not my new baby.  However, I am so excited for my friends having their first baby!  Our friends who went to England with us last summer and eloped over there had some exciting news for the new year.  They are expecting in July!  It's probably a little silly how excited I am by this, but let me explain.  None of Porter's or my siblings have any children yet and neither do many friends.  This will be the first baby that feels close to us.  So in a weird way I feel like I'm going to be a pseudo aunty, and I am so excited!  I just wish I knew if it were a boy a girl so I could start buying cute baby things for it.  I think Porter is happy that I can't buy stuff yet.  He has already had to pull me away from several baby boutiques.  Little does he know, I've already started a stash of stuff or both girls and boys!  I figure at some point I'll have someone to give it to.  Hurray for tiny humans, and to new moms who go through pregnancy and birth for these tiny people.  I really just want to hold him/her right now, but I have to wait till July.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2013 Recap

Age:  30           
Favorite food this year:  Vanilla Americanos
Favorite Color this year:  Rust Orange     
Favorite Activity: Muay Thai Kickboxing
Favorite Book or Movie this year:  Dresden Files

Greatest Lesson learned: Discipline can be very rewarding, but broccoli still sucks.
Hardest thing of the year:  "Eating chicken when it tasted like ash in my mouth."
Favorite Memory: Exploring Pickering Castle in England.
What I loved most about 2012: "I felt very competent and like I accomplished a lot throughout the year."

What you want to do:  Go to London
Want to get better at:  Grappling
Biggest Goal:  Excel at hobbies while staying balanced in life. 

Age:  27           
Favorite food this year:  Carmel Goat Cheese
Favorite Color this year:  Bright teal/mint    
Favorite Activity: Board Games/Photography  
Favorite Book or Movie this year:  Pacific Rim, Walking Dead, Nashville

Greatest Lesson learned:  I've finally come to terms with the fact that people's perceptions is their reality, it doesn't matter if is fact or fiction, it is their truth.
Hardest thing of the year:  staying focused on school, especially working on my thesis
Favorite Memory:  Traveling abroad in England with my sweetheart and our awesome friends.
What I loved most about 2013: I learned how to can food and I feel a little more self sufficient.

Want to learn:  More self control when it comes to sugar.(sigh)
Want to get better at: Being assertive
Biggest Goal:  Graduate, find a good direction for my life/career, lose 10 lbs.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy Holidays 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  We had an awesome holiday season.  I was kept busy planning and performing in several music programs.  I love Christmas music though, so I didn't mind.  I planned and produced Encore's recital, which you can see highlights in my previous post.  I also, sang at my high school drama teacher's (Mrs. Nelson) funeral.  I was honored to be a part of such a special event for her.  She was such a big part of my high school years and I am so grateful for all the opportunities, love, and time she gave so willingly to me and to all my other classmates.  She will be missed by many.   I planned entertainment and performed for our church's Christmas Party.  I was nervous as I chose a lot of non-traditional music, but I received rave reviews and so many sweet compliments.  I was so happy that it was a hit!  Finally, Porter, Kit, Rachel and I performed in our Christmas service.  It was nice to sing with family.  We did "Three Kings" from The Forgotten Carols.  It was a great way to round out our Christmas season.  I love music at Christmas time because it brings me closer to the true spirit of Christmas and the reason for the season: Christ.  We had many gatherings, laughs, games, good food, family fun, I'm sad holiday season 2013 is over.  However I am so excited for 2014.  Big changes are coming for our little family.  I can't discuss all my feelings of what is brewing, but hopefully by spring we will have a better idea of where we are headed.   For now here are some clips of our holidays, plus a video of a pole performance I choreographed and performed in last week.  I'm the green fairy.

Mrs. Nelson's funeral:  Former students singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" one of her favorite songs from the musical Carousel.

Holidays Highlights 2013!