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Sick? Who, me?

Posted in Health & Fitness with tags , on Sunday, March 29, 2009 by dragonsvamp

If you know me (whether in person or on Facebook) you’d have noticed I’ve been sick quite a lot lately. The weather is just not helping out. One day its hitting the 60s and the next (like today) its snowing (I KNOW in MARCH of all times!).

But being sick with cold/flu/sinus/allergy like symptoms all rolled up into one will end up finally forcing me to admit defeat and go to see the doctor. Of course I leave the appointment feeling like a bozo because other than needing allergy medicine I was supposedly perfectly healthy.

My blood pressure and all that nasty stuff is perfect and lookin’ good. Of course, they drew blood for testing. Two small tubes filled up quickly with thick gooey super dark red liquid (yes the light bright red blood you see on t.v. is pathetic compared to the real thing).  So I feel stupid going to the doctor after such an appointment. 

This being sick on and off for more than four months has nothing to do with me but has everything to do with my lack of sleep, over work, too much stress, and not knowing when to say “No, I need a break” type of habits. Oh and of course a major cause of never feeling healthy is the fact that I work 8 hours a day with kids ranging from 3 to 13 year olds (I’m usually around the 3-6 spectrum) and they’re always spreading nasty kid cooties all over the place.

I haven’t even gone and gotten my Zyrtec (or whatever the allergy med is called) from the pharmacy but I’ll get around to it this week hopefully.

To get on with the story, I got a call from the doctor Friday. He told me the blood tests were in. And of course something else had to be wrong with me. Apparently my exhaustion isn’t only the effect of lack of sleep and over work but because of some (common in females) minor imbalance with my thyroids. Thanks a whole hell of a lot thyroids!

At least now we know it wasn’t all in my head. Obviously it wasn’t because everyone started noticing that I was never looking or feeling good and they kept asking me if I’d finally gotten an appointment to check out what was wrong with me.

And obviously there was no reason for me to feel like a bozo going to the doctor. I guess I figure if I ignore my health the problems will just go away. You know just like ignoring the dishes in the sink for a couple of weeks and finally a friend will bail you out and wash them for you. See they disappeared! And look! They’re all nice and clean in the dishwasher! Oh sorry – you wouldn’t know that because you don’t have awesome friends like I do!

So, moving on, I’ve got to go pick the meds for that up this week as well. Now I’m going to have to get on with “Operation: Make myself take the meds” as soon as I get “Operation: Go to the Pharmacy” done.


Elegy… (or something like that)

Posted in Health & Fitness, In Love, NOTE on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 by dragonsvamp

I have found myself in mourning over the passing of a most wonderful entity in my life.  She has literally stood by me for a much too short time. A time I wish I had not wasted by taking her for granted.  Every time I found myself with her I had not considered her presence other than whimsically, now and then, thinking of how beautiful she was.  I’ve only been with her for a few months and will miss her very much. And though I should have been more appreciative, her absence will be most greatly felt. She’s been invaluable to me and my existence and I will mourn her passing for eternity… or until I get another like her that is. 

In July, I had fallen in love with her. I now believe in love at first sight- for I loved her the moment I laid eyes on her. Oh how I loved her! After her discovery, I schemed to gain her attention and, consequently, make her mine. Which in short order came to be.

But as is with most things, all good things must come to an end. I shall miss my friend greatly.

*wineds down the organ music*

Yes yes I know this all seems so dramatic over a pair of shoes but seriously! They’re a great pair and they’re black and white checkered too! Yes, they were painful when worn for more than a couple of hours and could never be worn during the week for I would be on my feet from as early as 7am and not be home before 10pm some nights but the shoes were just so standout-ish-ly awesome I couldn’t help but love her. A few days ago she ripped and now is going to be buried.

But that’s another issue I need to think over. Should I bury her in a shoe box? But she didn’t come in one and so I think I might offend her if I just used any old shoe box. What if I used a Hot Topic shoe box? I do have one at home. But then she’d still be upset over it since it’s doesn’t have her picture on the box and the item discription on it is for some reallllllly nice bright red Mary Janes. So I’m sure that would doubly offend her since those Mary Janes are still in great condition and it would be oxymoronish to have her buried in their box.

So what to do now? Is cremation an option? Possibly, but that just seems rude to me. Cremating her would mean burning up all those beautiful still shiny black and white checkers and I just can’t bear the thought of that.

I must admit it has crossed my mind to throw her away. But it was a fleeting thought and don’t you dare mention it in her presence dead or not! Never could I do that to her. 

Until I figure out what I am going to do with her beautiful corpse I’m just going to have her lay next to my other very much alive and kicking pairs of shoes so that I may admire her. But it will be bittersweet for every time I see her with the others I feel saddened that all I can do now is look at her and not wear her.


~ Breaking Away ~

Posted in Health & Fitness with tags , on Monday, September 1, 2008 by dragonsvamp

When a person gets too wrapped up in something, it’s hard for them to realize that their original goal in undertaking this something has been lost or forgotten. Sometimes people never realize this and others find out much too late. A select few realize this just in time to save themselves from a lot of stress, heartache, worry, etc etc.

One might intend everything for the best. Going about trying to do their best in the situation and yet realize a while later that they had just convinced themselves of it rather than truly believed it.  One may intend well and yet the result is anything but good.

And yet the person finds herself in a situation of ‘enlightenment’ (for lack of better words) where she knows she can either keep pretending and go along with the conviction or break away and do what is right for her (even though it might mean hurting others or making others look unfavorably upon her and her actions because those looking in will never be able to truly understand why this person is doing certain things and what is causing her to do so).

Letting go is probably the most difficult thing a person will ever be able to accomplish in her life.

The actions that lead to letting go and breaking away are probably the most difficult and therefore something many fear and shun. The unknown or whatever is to happen after the initial ‘letting go’ is another thing that keeps people in shackled to a life they do not like and are unhappy in.

And yet people would rather stay unhappy than ruin the ‘perfect’ little world they had set up around them. It’s too hard to let go. 

Yes it is. And that is why it’s so important to do so.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that even though letting go seems scary and something you might shun, you probably should take a closer look at this option before discarding it. It might actually be the right thing to do.

Letting go is hard. That’s true. It’s painful, yes. But it’s worth it. At least for me it’s helped a whole hell of a lot.  

Yes getting attached to something, be it a way of life, a habit, a person or anything else, is sometimes good for a person. However, when this attachment causes you to hurt and stress out and lose view of your priorities then its time for a revamp and a reconstruction.   

Don’t worry about how this will effect those closest to you, they’re all adults and fully able to take care of themselves. Sometimes you do need to be selfish and think of what is right for you and act upon it for once.

It’s hard.


But it’s not impossible.

And sometimes, just sometimes it’s the right thing to do.


Posted in Food, Health & Fitness with tags , , on Sunday, March 23, 2008 by dragonsvamp

I rarely ever eat breakfast and if I do it’s rarely anything good or interesting but when I woke up today I decided I wanted to eat something good. And boy was it really good. This is one of my favorites that I make when I have the time. 

 Preparing the smoothie. Very healthy 
Preperation: a few cubes of ice, strawberries, raspberries, a banana, a fruit yogurt cup (black cherry), and honey- crush and enjoy.

Toasted cheese sandwich and smoothie
Toasted cheese sandwich and the prepared smoothie.MMMmmmm

MI ::Children’s Museum vs. Chuck E. Cheese::

Posted in Health & Fitness on Sunday, December 9, 2007 by dragonsvamp

I went to two get togethers today that were hosted by two of my students’ parents.  The first was at the Children’s Museum. It was a very cute little museum with lots of hands on educational activities the kids could run around and do. The kids were all over the place. Learning without knowing it. It was quiet but laid back. It was really nice. 

Then we went to the next party. At Chuck E. Cheese. It was full of pointless games and people. Chaos ran rampant and it was pretty loud. I can see it was a place where kids just played safely without a fear of getting kidnapped and whatnot and the parents can just let their kids run around with little supervision and not worry about them. I enjoyed hanging out with the parents and talking and just taking it easy.  

The thing is though that I noticed was the type of people in both places. Ok there are always exceptions but in general the people at the museum weren’t as (to put it frankly) fat as the people in Chuck E. Cheese. I couldn’t believe the difference. It was pretty obvious (with the handful of exceptions that is). 

It’s like when I went to California during last summer. I noticed that the people in Irvine and Laguna Beach were so much healther and more fit than those people that I saw at the OC fair. And it was a blatent obvious difference. 

At least here between the museum and Chuck E. Cheese the ‘status’ of the people was the same or differed very little as opposed to Long Beach having more well off people than the ones that attended the OC fair. 

It’s just interesting how you can categorize (I hate that word) the type of people that frequent certain places. 

Word to the Wise ::9 Words Women Use::

Posted in Health & Fitness on Sunday, September 30, 2007 by dragonsvamp


1. Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2. Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3. Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

4. Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!

5. Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6. That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7. Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say you’re welcome.

8. Whatever: Is a women’s way of saying Stick it in your Ear!

9. Don’t worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking “What’s wrong?” For the woman’s response refer to #3.

Work It! ::Hoppin’ the Hip::

Posted in Health & Fitness on Thursday, April 12, 2007 by dragonsvamp

Alright, so I go to what should have been the third class for hip hop, the one I had talked about in my last post, and I find that though it’s on the schedual it had yet to start. I had dragged my friend to it and was looking forward all week to it for me to find out that it hadn’t started.  Typical Jordanian dealings I guess.

However, it did start the week after. I signed up for it and had a really long day with tutoring and so was rushing to get to the gym on time.  Everything you could imagine went wrong that hour before the class was to start and I’m not going to go into detail, but lets say I ran up the two flights of stairs because I couldn’t wait for the elevator and arrived to the room out of breath about two or three minutes after the class should have started. Now is the time I must admit that I was happy that Arabs are almost never on time.  No one but my sister, mother, and instructor were there. After I had regained my breath the other people showed up.

Now this class was shown as for teens.  I had expected 15, 16, 17 and older to be attending.  The class had a couple of those but most of them were 11, 12, and 13 or at least looked like that. But despite that I enjoyed it. I wouldn’t agree that all the steps the instructor constructed went along with one another as smoothly as they could but at least it was enjoyable and she at least knows the moves and isn’t teaching something she’s got no clue about.

The class is given twice a week but I can only attend once a week and so miss out on what goes on in the other day but I must say though I probably wouldn’t sign up for another month (I paid for two months) I am still enjoying it; enjoying breaking a sweat and tweeking the steps that were coreaographed after I get home and stuff.

On the second week, my mom asked the instructor to come join since it is meant for teens and not older people. She then signed up and it was quiet interesting seeing a ballet dancer try to hip hop.  It was cute.