2013 in review

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Christmas Week

xmas2013 006I have been wanting to write for some time now, but haven’t had a chance! ¬†I was hoping tomorrow would finally be my day to crash, but NOPE!

Sitting writing with lovely little Stella sitting on my chest, singing away ūüôā ¬†I am 99% sure I am allergic to my guinea pigs ūüė¶ ¬†Or at least their hay. ¬†I’ve been keeping their nails cut back, but my neck and chest where they sit keeps breaking out in rashes. ¬†My eyes have been crazy dry and itchy too. ¬†I’m wondering if it’s not all small animals, bc Amanda’s rabbit Turbo scratched me twice now and both times the scratch has swollen right up.

Christmas Eve, we went to dad and Lois’. ¬†It was great to see my nieces and nephews and friends of family ūüôā ¬†I was very careful with not eating too much, and didn’t have dessert, or take home left overs. ¬†I got a nice zip up hoody, a fancy top, two pairs of jeans, some body shop coconut, a new purse, etc.

xmas2013 016The next morning Nick was at his dad’s, so Grams picked me up around 10am. ¬†We bottomed out in a patch of the road the city was fixing and we got flown forward so badly I blacked out for a second and hurt my neck and back. ¬†I guess it was from all the ice built up from the ice storm. ¬†It was scary for us both!

Amanda, Carrie, Emily and Alissa came for breakfast and then we opened our gifts.  Amanda got me my angel fish, and two really wikid picture frames to add to my family wall.  Carrie got me this DELICIOUS smelling huge candle that I have almost half burnt already lol.  Grams got me a frying pan, a heart and stroke lottery calendar, and a gift certificate to Chapters.  I also got socks, my fav. chocolate, gifts for the piggies and Zeus, nail art pens, wool, rug art kits, etc.

xmas2013 022For dinner we went to Amanda and Carries.  OMG the food was delicious.  I had a piece of pie, but still not too much, and no left overs.  We stayed til Nick got home and we got to watch him open his gifts.

On Boxing Day, we took a cab to mom’s bc the car was out of commission and aunt Kelly came in on the train! It was so nice to see her but I was dragging my ass all day, bc I was sooo tired. ¬†I didn’t have dessert this time either, and only took some turkey home to make a sandwich with. ¬†Aunt Kelly got me a huge book of the comic Preacher I love, lots of wool, and a cool notebook with owls on it.

xmas2013 049The day after, I stayed home bc I had to catch up on garbage and recycling and spend time cleaning and loving the pets since they hadn’t been getting spoiled like usual. ¬†I did go out with Susan though and got hair dye, Clear shampoo, and some chocolates, and got to give her, her gift. ¬†I also saw Holly and she took me grocery shopping thankfully!

The next day I went up to spend the day w aunt Kelly and she dyed my hair for me and we watched movies.  My hair is now brown on top, and red beneath.

Yesterday, Amanda and I went to Walmart to get some things we needed, and I also got two cute dresses.  A green and a purple one for $10!  Then I spent the day at her place.

Today mom came and got me, and I got my blood work done finally, went back to their place and Mary, a friend called, and my yellow pleco had arrived at her place, so mom took me to go get it. ¬†She refused to let me pay for it, which was too sweet ūüôā ¬†It’s so small, that even though it will live in the Angel fish tank, for now until it gets bigger, it will stay in my bigger community tank.

xmas2013 053Since getting home I have scrubbed Mario’s fish bowl/tank down, since mom is taking him tomorrow, and slopped water all over myself, packed everything but the Christmas tree away decoration wise, since it stays up til New Years Day. ¬†Vacuumed, and did a partial water change in the Angel tank… and slopped water all over me, and made turkey tacos ūüôā

Tomorrow I am going out with my mom for a bit to get boxes for Amanda, and M&M’s food with my gift certificate from Grams, and then coming home and doing the big tank clean on the community tank. ¬†Hopefully I don’t suck up the new guy lol.

Will talk soon!



Pre Christmas Crazy

100_0024I have been wanting to write, but not seeming to have a moment to sit down to do it long enough without getting interrupted. ¬†It’s that time of year where everything is coming to a head and we’re all trying to fit in our every day lives with all the craziness and fun that is Christmas.

I got three beautiful Angel fish.  They are platinum and absolutely gorgeous.  I am going to get a breeding slate for them since they are having babies.  They seem pretty good at taking care of it all on their own, except me having to get them some food for the babies before they are big enough to eat powder down flakes.  Not sure if this first batch is going to make it, but there will be more.

100_0002I also got to go get my GORGEOUS Golden Nugget Pleco. ¬†OMG! ¬†I love it ūüôā ¬†I put it in my big tank since it has been set up the longest, and he/she seems to like my column Amanda got me for my birthday since it has a bubbler in it. ¬†He/she doesn’t seem bothered with the other fish which is nice, but is not happy with me since I took a million photos of them the first day here LOL.

I had also been given Nick’s Beta Mario, but my ¬†mom is…. omg I just wrote like three chapters and they got deleted GRRRR. LOL. ¬†Mom is taking the fish for me though bc it’s one more extra tank to clean, even if he is small.

Today we are going to a Christmas lunch down town, and the Lilliane is coming over. ¬†Tomorrow or Monday I am getting my blood work done for the G I. ¬†Friday we are all getting our last minute groceries, etc. done before Christmas and New Years. ¬†The weekend we have to relax thankfully, and then Monday Lilliane comes, Tuesday is Christmas Eve dinner at dad’s, and the mom’s for breakfast the next morning, and Amanda and Carries for Christmas dinner. ¬†Then Boxing Day, my aunt Kelly comes down, so we’ll be at mom’s having dinner with her too. ¬†It’ll be fun, but tiring.

100_0027Yesterday I went to mom’s to do my laundry. ¬†She knew I was feeling down and not feeling great. ¬†Not horrible, just not great. ¬†She kept running down stairs to change over the loads and folding, etc. ¬†Grams even jumped in and helped. ¬†Totally NEVER expected, but OMG appreciated! ¬†Laundry day kills me!

I suppose I should get my butt in gear and get in the shower bc we leave soon.  Gotta remember to add Reese to the pets page on here, since she is most definitely a dearly loved one too!

Take Care!


Post Crash

dec2013 029I went with Holly on Friday and got cat food and some more little bits of groceries I needed. ¬†I am now up to a tbsp of Metamucil which is not yummy! LOL. ¬†I tried it with pudding and OMG NO! ¬†Just not right! ¬†So it’s back to yoghurt for right now. ¬†Which is healthier anyway.

Mom took me down to Chumleigh’s where I got the Sims 3 for Wii and the movie Broken Down Palace for $2.25! ¬†Gotta love their prices ūüôā

dec2013 034I am totally brain dead today bc I crashed again yesterday. ¬†This time for even longer than 15 hours. ¬†I had so much I wanted to do around home yesterday and didn’t get any of it done bc I was too sick. ¬†I am done Prednisone now! ¬†Wahoo! ¬†I was seriously worrying I wouldn’t relapse being off of it, bc as much as you want to be healthy, I didn’t want to have to constantly go on Prednisone to get there. ¬†I am nervous bc of the way my sis Amanda reacted to this line of Crohn’s med.s to go on Remicade, but I don’t want to deal with Prednisone on the regular even more so. ¬†So the last couple days being run down, etc. ¬†I am almost positive I am started to relapse. ¬†Yay! ¬†Never thought I’d be happy about that lol.

dec.5 006I need to get my usual blood work done since it’s due I think this week, but I’m going to wait until then end of next week to get it done, since I don’t see the G I again until near the end of January. ¬†This way, if inflammation is going to go up again, this will just catch it at possibly a higher level in the blood work. ¬†We shall see.

dec.5 008My Fibromyalga has been bad too. ¬†Not surprising with the colder weather. ¬†One weird thing though, stretching to reach for something, etc. ¬†normal things I always do, is making the part of the body feel like I’ve pulled a muscle. ¬†I can understand if I am doing something new, but this is literally EVERY thing I do and it’s annoying! ¬†Hate Fibro for weird things like this, but I still prefer this time of year bc I don’t feel nearly so terrible otherwise.

Since crashing yesterday AGAIN I need to do a lot today. ¬†Vacuum, do this dishes… a lot of them, and possibly get my 20 g aquarium started finally. ¬†It’s been sitting in my room already but I haven’t even had the energy or time to fill it up. ¬†We shall see if that happens!

Will write soon!


December Fun!

This past week has been insane, but fun!

dec.5 009Last Friday I went out grocery shopping with my Peer Support Worker Holly, and got my med.s in, etc. ¬†Then aunt Kelly spent the afternoon with me decorating my Christmas tree, and trying out a bunch of Tassimo drinks… all of which are gross, so I am now selling it LOL. ¬†Then Amanda, Nick, mom and Grams came over for dinner. ¬†I was exhausted by the end of the night… but still had a lot more to come!

Saturday, dad, Lois, Nick and I went to Cobourg to the Pauls Family Christmas Dinner. ¬†Hung out lots with my cousin Raquel which was awesome bc we don’t see each other much. ¬†Also got to see my Natasha whom I love, and most of my other cousins all of which I adore. ¬†All the aunts and uncles were there too. ¬†Lots of yummy food and desserts! ¬†So much fun!

my new 20 g from mom

my new 20 g from mom

I got home around 8pm that night, and spent the next two hours cleaning my fish tank. ¬†My missing danio… I swore I would find in amongst the decorations or slurped up inside my filter bc it was running terribly, but no fish! ¬†So the gourami must have ate it, though I don’t know why when it left the other small ones alone.

Then on Sunday while I felt like utter death, I went up to mom and Gram’s and hung out there with Amanda and Nick and had a nice dinner with them for aunt Kelly being down. ¬†She brought me a cool sign, and hand towel which I won’t use bc it’s so pretty, from when her and Grams were in Ireland.

my Keurig from dad and Lois and my battery operated lights for my windows

my Keurig from dad and Lois and my battery operated lights for my windows

Monday was my 31st birthday ūüôā ¬†I was going to get my golden nugget pleco, but from the hard journey they had, me and the guy selling it, thought it was best to give them a rest while he’s on vacation until the 13th, before uprooting them again. ¬†Can’t wait though!

I spent the day with mom and Grams.  We went to the dollar store, and to the piercing shop for me to get a barbell for my earring that fell out.  I have an allergy to cheap metals, and surgical stainless steel seems to be the best for me especially in my ears where they are the most prone to the allergy.  Then we went back to their place and relaxed until Nick came from school. We had a Newfie boiled dinner and I even ate dumplings!  I was expecting to be writhing in Gallbladder pain from it, but it never happened!  Wahoo!

from Grams, these boots, the next fancy slip ons, and my nose ring and barbell for my earring

from Grams, these boots, the next fancy slip ons, and my nose ring and barbell for my earring

Oh!!! ¬†Another thing I forgot to mention. ¬†Saturday morning before we left for the family dinner, mom brought Nick down, and Heather brought him the lion head bunny!!! ¬†Omg sooo sweet. ¬†I got to hold him and he just snuggled up on the couch with me ūüôā ¬†I could totally see me getting a bunny later on in life. ¬†Since then, Amanda says he LOVES Nick and looks for him all the time and always wants to be close to him, but freaks out whenever Amanda comes in the room LOL.

dec.5 010Then Tuesday… I crashed hard. ¬†Not surprisingly, but with being on Prednisone, I wondered if it would let me. ¬†Boy did it ever! ¬†I was asleep for over 15 hours! ¬†I was just so exhausted and I know I was overdoing it! ¬†Thankfully I felt good when I got up, not bad, and was able to fall asleep again last night by 11pm. ¬†I must have been tired!

dec2013 016Today, after Lilliane my Personal Support Worker left, mom, Grams, Carrie, Amanda and I all went shopping. ¬†We went to the vets first, where I ordered my food for Friday, then went to Greenbacks, a pawnshop, where I got a Sims game for my Wii to try, and Nick’s Christmas gift. ¬†Then we went to Walmart, where I got coffee, cat litter, xmas light clips for hanging them in the window, guinea pig treats, an Xmas gift for the rabbit, and my other nieces and nephew their Xmas gifts, as well as a late birthday gift for dad and Lois lol. ¬†Now I just have Holly left to do.

Then they went to the mall where I got a nose ring, only one of which fits, and a pair of shoes bc it was three for $15, and then we came home.  I got my Xmas lights up in the window now, and took pictures of everything I got with my birthday money!

Will write soon again!