Another Boring Post From A Girl In A Histamine Haze.

Okay guys, I’m still in a total allergy haze and my husband is going to divorce me if I don’t quit downplaying it. Truth be told: He and I are probably both wrong. My whole, “It’s just a few weeks a year! Why should I see an allergist for just a few weeks a year of misery!” is probably under reporting but his, “She’s miserable for months!” is probably being overly dramatic.

But – I do suffer early Spring. Never any other time of year really. I know people who suffer year-round and I always feel like THEY deserve to see the allergist, not me. But I’m miserable and maybe I don’t want to dread days outside next year. I spent Saturday and Sunday running and volunteering outside so I’ve just been swollen and sneezy and foggy due to the 14 different types of allergy medicines I’m taking.

Here’s what I’m trying to avoid: Taking anything (pills or shots) regularly just to avoid symptoms for this time of year. But, I would like to poll the crowd. What do you take for your allergies? I currently take Sudafed for the congestion headaches which works great but I can’t take too close to bed. I take cough medicine at bed because when I lay prone I start to cough. But that makes me hazy in the morning. Last night, I felt so terrible, I doubled up with cough medicine and Benadryl because I haven’t had a night of sleep lately where I didn’t get out of bed with sneezing fits.

Let me know your thoughts on Zyrtec, Claritin, Alegra. I thought previously that you had to take these every day for the entire season just to have them barely work but now I’m hearing differently. What kind of allergies do you have and how do you treat them?

Other than the allergies, I really had a great weekend. I volunteered as a split timer for a 5K on Saturday and then the Sunday morning No Runner Left Behind trail group I lead organized after our run to help replace signs and sign posts inside the park we run in. It was really nice and fun and I’m glad I’ve found a few times this season to give back to the trails I love to run on. The weather was great, I kept my eating healthy without counting even one calorie! I got caught up on some stuff for some volunteer gigs I do.

I just need to work out the allergy issues. Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated.

The Most Boring Entry In All Of The World. Seriously.

One thing I feel like I’m constantly on the search for is the perfect purse/bag. CONSTANTLY. And it’s this battle between wanting to carry everything with me that I might need, and wanting it to be unobtrusive and easy to retrieve stuff out of. So I want it big enough to hold everything, but small enough to be carried hands-free. Either on my back or across my body.

Oh. And of course I need to clarify. By “everything” I mean 2 books, 1 bullet journal in it’s case, 1 pen pouch, 1 bag of bullet journal supplies, 1 pouch with my checkbook and extra stuff like stamps, and my wallet.

Yes. I’m aware that 90% of the stuff in my worse relates to bullet journaling. For some women it makeup for touchups throughout the day. For me? It’s washi tape and pens.

I need space, but also with pockets/dividers so I don’t have to dig. My purse now has plenty of space but basically in just one giant pocket. I’d also like it to be firm enough on the “base” part so when I set it down, it stays upright. My bag now is more like a sack so it just flops wider and turns into a blob that bothers me for some reason.

Oh, and I don’t want to spend too much in case it doesn’t turn out to be perfect. this one seems a good fit. Can be a crossbody or a backpack, fun colors, plenty of pockets and space. But, $50. Ugh.

Then there’s the whole “ethical spending” thing I’m trying to do. The Sakroots things looks perfect but where was it made? What if I went on Etsy? I did and found this one which I’m worried might be too small, it just looks like it’s not big enough to hold all I need, and also SO EXPENSIVE.

But isn’t that the point? Spend more money because you know it was made ethically? And your money goes to a person involved with the making of the product instead of a big business supporting unethical work practices?

I DON’T KNOW. And I have no idea why I’m telling you guys all of this mainly because I feel like several of you will appreciate how obnoxious I’m being about trying to find the PERFECT PURSE which is something I’ve actually been trying (and failing) to do for years.

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What I’m Lovin’

Let’s start out April with a few things I’m loving right now. I want to stay as positive as humanly possible this month. Can I willfully shame the sadness and anxiety away? NO! But can I dampen it’s effects a little? MAYBE! But seriously. April is full of sunshine and flowers and this is just a GREAT month and I’m ready to try to shake off the shit from March – OH! And I have a new therapist I’m trying next week. I’m about 100% sure she’s the Mom of one of my kid’s friends (unusual last name, I could kinda see this woman as a therapist) and I’m not sure if that’s weird or not. We’ll see!

Without further ado – a few things I’m loving right now. I’d love to hear what you’re loving – especially if it relates to 1) Pens 2) Cruelty Free Cosmetics or 3) Joyful Television.

  • Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 4.14.52 AMMy two favorite types of pens Signo 307 retractable and Energel Metal Tip 0.7 are made by Uniball and Pentel respectively. SO! I’m always looking in those sections for sales and new colors and one day I noticed Uniball had a new pen: Uniball Air Rollerball and it’s not retractable (I hate having to keep up with pen lids) but I gave it a whirl anyway and while it feels MUCH bolder than a 0.7, and it’s DEFINITELY a lot “wetter” is the best way I can describe, I’m really kinda digging it. I find myself reaching for it more and more lately!
  • So, awhile ago my friend got a rabbit and while I’ve not met the rabbit in person, I’ve kinda fallen in love with her via pictures. Chelsea decided to start going cruelty-free on all cosmetics because she started thinking of her lovely rabbit being subjected to cruel tests and I was like, “OH MY GOD. NOT SPARKLE!” And I decided to do the same. I’ve been slowly but surely switching over based on how much of the cheap stuff I had and it’s so funny because one of the products seems to have cured the scalp psoriasis I had! I switched to this conditioner from Shea Moisture and within a couple of weeks it had basically vanished and it had been bothering me for MONTHS. The last time I got a bad case I chopped off my hair because when my hair gets past a certain length I get it and chopping off my hair seems like a good solution. I had already started considering chopping off my hair and I’m SO GLAD I DIDN’T! I hope this stuff continues to make me happy. I’m a little concerned about how this is going to affect our budget, I accidentally went over on “groceries” this month and I think that might be why. I might need to look into making my own stuff but the last time I tried I was SOOO messy and SUCH a pain in the ass.
  • I’ve always liked the show New Girl well enough, nothing I couldn’t miss, but it was fine. But lately y’all? It’s cracking my ass UP. And I honestly think it was the episodes without Jess, weirdly enough, that let the other characters shine. I’ve loved Max Greenfield since Veronica Mars (he was my favorite of all of the love interests) but he’s funny as HELL as Schmidt and I just can’t get enough. I can’t tell if I love Greenfield or Schmidt but either way – LOVE LOVE LOVE. Give him and Cece their own spinoff and make me the happiest woman in the world.

Your turn!

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Fluff Piece

I wrote a long entry about the bible and refugees and politics and then I left it in draft mode because I’m rushed and didn’t have time to really go through it to make sure my words didn’t sound insulting to Christians because sometimes it’s easy to fall back into a negative voice when you give up religion in life and I NEVER want to do that. But I’m telling you that entry is there so you’ll hold me accountable because I really do have solid questions about the bible and politics and refugees. I just don’t want to be insulting as I ask them.

SO! Let’s make this a short fluff piece instead.

There’s a documentary out about that race I’ve obsessed over for years near where I grew up. I know I’ve talked about it here, but I watched the documentary finally and it’s SO GOOD. It also has some local peeps from my community in it. If you’ve ever thought the running I do is insane, you HAVE to watch this documentary. It’s about this crazy hard/impossible/dangerous race in the back woods of Tennessee run by this lovely guy who might delight in the misery of others JUST a little bit :). It’s on Netflix and you should watch it and then come back and talk to me about it. You will just be BLOWN AWAY by how insane it is and they picked a good year to film because some years there are NO FINISHERS but this year there was and it was actually kinda exciting and I even knew the results!

So go! Watch it! We’ll talk about the bible and refugees another day.

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Dear Instagram,

We need to talk about this announcement. Maybe I’m not your demographic on paper, but I have had an active online presence since 2004 and I have several different social media accounts including one instagram account that is not even a year old yet but already has almost 13,000 followers. And this change of display order of photos you’ve announced makes me VERY NERVOUS. Let me tell you why – Facebook’s algorithm SUCKS GIANT DONKEY TESTICLES.

I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have gotten vulgar. BUT IT DOES.

I was trying to find a link a friend of my posted on FB recently that showed up in my feed, so I went to her page and what was at the top? A notice of posts of hers I had missed.

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WAIT. Why did I miss them? They were more RECENT than the link I was looking for. Turns out? The link was from awhile ago but it had just shown up in my feed – I guess because it was getting likes? But I had missed pictures she had shared from a wedding and a status or two. But thankfully it showed me that link! God forbid I see pictures of her family when she’s sharing out an article from somewhere!

Do you see what I mean, Instagram? Facebook chose “popular” over what I would really want to see from a friend. Which is pictures of her family.

But you know what? I had actually already seen some of the pictures. Want to know why? Because she put them on Instagram too. And when I use instagram, I scroll down until the last time I looked. Granted, on my personal account I don’t follow tons of people, and maybe you’re trying to cater to those that do, but since instagram is just photos I can scroll down waiting in line at Target one time a day and catch up. And if I haven’t done that in awhile? I know there’s things I missed and I might want to check out my friend’s IG feeds individually.

But with Facebook? You have no idea. You can’t assume you’ve seen anything or missed anything. I had NO IDEA I missed any of Heather’s photos. I do the same with FB as I do Instagram, scroll through in line, or when I’m waiting for photos to import at work and don’t want to bog down my computer, or when I’m lying in bed watching a boring TV show with the kids. Instagram is EASY To scroll through. It requires NO READING so I can quickly catch glimpses of my nephews or my friend’s rabbit or my other friend’s trip to Disneyworld or the Hamilton casts’ trip to DC. It doesn’t take long and I know when I’ve gotten to familiar photos I’m caught up.

I know I haven’t missed anything. Like photos from a friend’s family.

Maybe your algorithm is going to be smarter. Maybe you’ll do a better job predicting “moments we believe you will care about the most.” I hope so because Instagram is my favorite right now. It’s the only way I see my family in Colorado and if your algorithm screws that up I’m going to be really sad.