Sunday, July 20, 2014

May Nails

Tangled Nails

Stamping Fail

Stamping Win

Suddenly, I want green tea.  

My sister requested Prince-themed nails.


Eleven designs in 31 days.    I did a new design almost every 3 days, which is the most a nail design lasts on me.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Eye See What She Did There

For several years, I've been using contact lenses that have pretty much gone the way of the dodo. I am stubborn and do not like change!  These contacts are almost discontinued and always have to be special-ordered for me.

Lately, within the past year and a half, I have been having problems reading close with my contacts in, which are in for me to see far.  If I want to read, I can take of my contact lenses and boom, I can read.  I spend most of my times in my glasses now because I can simply remove them to read.  This has done nothing for my ego, as I like my glasses, but feet I look better in my contacts.

I went for my annual appointment at the place I have been going to for about 5 years.  There is one main female doctor who owns the practice and she has a few rotating doctors.  I have not seen her specifically in like 3 years.

First thing she says to me: "I haven't seen you in forever. I had to go up front and make sure they had gotten your date of birth correct on your chart, because you do NOT look like someone in her forties! Good for you!"

So I love her.

She is uber-thorough; meticulous in her work.  Way better than the other doctors that float in and out of her practice.  I'd forgotten how good she was.

We talked about my reading issues with contacts, the fact that my contacts are almost obsolete and dry up quickly with changes in temperature (from heat to air-conditioned buildings, etc.) and new things that have happened within the past 5 years to help me out.

She gave me a super duper weighted fancy contact for my right eye, my dominant eye.  It's weighted. No matter how I put it in, gravity will shift it so the heavier part is south.  It has to do with the focal point, sciencesciencethingydooda.  Then on my left eye, she put a regular contact with a different prescription.

While there, I'm given 10 minutes to acclimate to them and I'm not sure what's going on. I'm confused.  Why can't I see correctly?

She brings me back in to the room and has me read far. Yep, I can see everything perfectly with both eyes open.  Then, she hands me a paper to read.

And I can read it.  With the contacts in.  The left eye is for reading close, the right eye for seeing far.  The brain then fills in the gaps!  She said it takes 2-3 days for my brain to figure out what's going on, and wants me to try them for 2 weeks before she gives me the prescription for them.

It is so bizarre.  I know this is not new technology. It's just new to me and so far, I am amazed!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Adventures of the Shoulder

Around September of last year, I started getting random shoulder and arm pains.  It would cause me pain sleeping on my right side, my best sleeping side.  I would randomly get sharp stabbing pains with the oddest of movements; trying to open the car door as a passenger; trying to quickly catch a falling cell phone; trying to shift gears in the Jeep.  Sharp, debilitating pain that would cause me to double over, grabbing the arm.

In December I set an appointment to see my doctor.  They took X-rays and found nothing. No pinched nerves, no broken something.  Possibly arthritis? But wouldn't that be dull pain? Would that cause these sharp pains?  They prescribed me anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxants and sent me on my way.

Six months later, June, and I was still having problems.  I could not sleep on my right side and I would wake up in pain, having moved to my right in my sleep. I could no longer raise my right arm over my head; it stopped at a 45 degree angle, not 90.   I called the doctor's office again and said I could not live like this.  They prescribed physical therapy.  The same place I went to after my knee surgery.

My PT, a young 20-something male, checked my measurements, my range and said that due to whatever it was I had, he believed I had a frozen shoulder.  He proceeded to stretch the heck out of it. Painfully at times, but by the end of the session, I already improved my range.

He's given me stretching exercises that I faithfully do at work and home on the days I don't have PT.  I can say that the pain in my shoulder has gone away drastically.  Maybe they stretched me enough so the pinching isn't pinching? I don't really know, but in the 2 weeks of PT, I have had exactly one day of throbbing pain and one day of the random, really debilitating pain.  I am really happy about the improvement!

Off to stretch!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

April Nails

Easter Nails

Disney's Brave

Random with PB&J polish

More Easter nails

Incoco nail wraps

These were cool, and easy to do

Red's a hard color to work with.

"Tail Me Something" from China Glaze's Sea Goddess collection.  

Monday, June 2, 2014


Sorry.  I just have not felt like posting. I am in a posting funk, I suppose.   The beginning of the year kind of threw me sideways with a throat-punch, and I am afraid I am still recovering.  Nothing exciting to post about, I suppose.

What's new, what's new.....

Really, I can't think. My reading has been DOWN. I've not had the heart to read.   I think I've read 4 books so far.

We did not renew our annual passes to Universal in an effort to save money, so that stinks.

Isabel made this awesome Puma diorama.

She was chosen again this year as one of two Young Authors in her class and we got to see her get her award.

And she won a library drawing.

Jacob finished his sophomore year and is working over the summer to make more money for the fall semester.  No pictures, because he hides from me, the vampire.  

That is all for now.