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  Monday 6/4/18

cough medicineDavid went back to work today... I was home all day. It's very nice to be home, even though I'm still sick. I feel much better today. I called in to my doctor this morning (Dr. Andy) to see if they had some better cough medicine for me because the stuff I got Friday is not working very well now. Also, I'm all out of it. Dr. Andy gave me some new stuff, Promethazine, which works pretty well.

I was sick all day with D from gluten. I think it was probably from the Jack-in-the-Box breakfast yesterday at the airport. Lesson learned, stop eating at the San Diego Airport! sad face That explains the terrible pains I was having yesterday and this morning, too. I'm not blaming the airport itself, but it does seem that every time I eat there, I get very sick, even though I'm told the food is gluten free. Last week it wasn't even gluten - it was some kind of stomach bug I picked up there.  By the way, I emailed The Counter about that, and they were very apologetic, and they even offered me a refund. I told them that it was fine-- I just didn't want anyone else to get sick.

David brought me home the new medicine, and some McDonald's for dinner, so that was great. Hopefully there was no cross-contamination there....

David also came down with my cold.  He's usually less sick than I am, so I hope he doesn't get it too bad. He's sleeping in the guest room right now so that my coughing won't wake him up! I don't blame him, though.  Also, since I spend most of the day in bed, I'm glad not to have to move out of the bedroom when he goes to bed so early.

I did a little catching up on my site the past few days. I'm very far behind, but I can only do so much. I don't have a ton of energy. All I've been able to manage so far is to make food, occasionally.  Even though I'm very tired, I had trouble getting to sleep tonight. I think that's because I slept so much earlier.

I joined this weight loss thing on Facebook, Summer Slim Down Challenge. A friend of a FB friend started it.  Basically, each of us who wants to lose weight puts in $20 apiece.  We each had to make a video of ourselves weighing in, and we had to measure parts of our body. Then we posted both the video and the measurements on the group, as well as a declaration of how much weight we want to lose. After 90 days, the person who has lost the largest percentage of the weight they wanted to lose will get half the money. The next person will get 30% of the the money, and the third person will get the rest. I kind of feel like I'm cheating, though, because having this cold has made me eat a lot less. I lost at least 5 lbs. last week....3 just since Friday. I'm not "dieting," I'm just eating less. Hopefully, I can start exercising again sometime soon. My weight today was 170.4.

I can't believe our big karaoke night was a week ago! I haven't been able to sing since sad face Not that I've felt like singing!

I took a shower today for the first time since Saturday, I think? It felt good, but it was tiring. I had to go back to sleep for a while. I was up much more today, even though I still spent most of the day in bed.

It rained tonight...apparently it rained a lot while we were gone.

  Tuesday 6/5/18

I told David to call me before he went to bring Brandy home from the vet's kennel.Brandy with her head on the couch She's been there almost two weeks! As always, she was very excited. I made sure the baby gates were back where they were supposed to be, shoes were picked up, and the bed was made in case I wanted to go back to bed and have her join me.

David is feeling bad - he didn't sleep much last night, between both of us coughing. Apparently he can hear me, even in the other room. I made him a sandwich for lunch, and he took a nap. Brandy and I also dozed, in the living room.

Later, when I got tired again, I tried to have Brandy in the bed with me, but she was too rambunctious, so I left her out in the living room with David and took a nap.

My coughing and runny nose seems to be worse today. I think part of it is because I was taking the coughing pill that they gave me on Friday, instead of the syrup. The syrup definitely works better. I just didn't want to spend all day sleeping. I took my last antibiotic pill today. I guess it worked because I'm no longer feeling horrible or coughing up green stuff.

I saw part of the news, and it sounds like we won't be getting any more rain, any time soon, but it will be very hot.

I really wanted to take Brandy walking, but I was just not capable.  Hopefully tomorrow will be better. I would like to unpack and do some other things....

I haven't been spending much time here on the computer, so I'm way behind posting in my blog. I hate that! Ick.

I started the laundry, and now I can't go to bed until I get a certain amount finished, so that David can have clean clothes for work. I stayed up until around 3am, doing laundry, watching TV and working on my blog. I had a hard time getting to sleep. Brandy slept with me the whole night, though, and she was very well-behaved.

  Wednesday 6/6/18

It's very hot today. The thermometer outside says 101!

I woke up around 8am this morning, coughing. I took more medicine. Also, my right knee was hurting badly, just on the left side. I took Aleve and put Ben Gay on it. Eventually, I was able to go back to sleep. It only has slight pain now.

I woke up again around 2:30. I really needed some good sleep.

I ran out of Claritin, my morning allergy pill, so that sucks.

selfie with BrandyDavid came home a little early again from work. He's sick and has had a lot of trouble sleeping.

I had terrible nightmares last night about the world ending. We all had some kind of disease that was killing us, for whatever reason. We all had black spots on our internal organs when X-Rayed. That was bad enough, but what really made it a nightmare is that everyone I know just gave up on life. I was like, maybe we should treasure our time together and see what happens...maybe they'll develop a cure. But no one was listening. I was worried about everything becoming like The Purge. The people I lived with (no one I know in real life) left the door open and Brandy got out. Fortunately, she just stayed in the yard because it was filled with people, so I was able to easily get her back inside.

I've been taking the codeine cough medicine, but it makes me so sleepy. The pills, which don't make you drowsy, don't work nearly as well. I probably should take it really easy today because I'm coughing and congested a lot more than yesterday, I think. It's hard to say. I've been napping off and on all day. I'm so, so tired of being sick...It's been almost two weeks now.

I wore some shorts that normally don't fit very well, so I'm ecstatic about that!

I forced myself to walk Brandy around 7pm. It was probably a bad idea, but it was good for her. We just did the shorter version of our walk around the neighborhood. It was not too bad, heat-wise, by that time. I was just exhausted when we got back. Clearly I was not ready for that.

It's been a tough night; I'm feeling very congested and coughing too much. I've mostly just been watching TV and not much else. I did make a berry smoothie...I was really craving something sweet and creamy. That hit the spot.

Brandy loves to chew on just about anything, and her chewing has gotten a lot stronger, unfortunately. She used to love to chew on a Gatorade bottle, which is very strong compared to say, regular water bottles, so she couldn't really chew through it.  But now she's older and stronger. I gave her a Gatorade bottle, but it didn't last very long before she made a dent in it and started chewing on the plastic. She likes to chew and swallow it, so I had to take the bottle away. She will chew and swallow anything. She only has a few toys that are so durable that she can't yet chew through them. When it's TOO durable, she doesn't like to play with it. Dumb dog!

  Thursday 6/7/18

I slept pretty late...I woke up several times but went back to sleep. Brandy was bugging me to get up, though, so I did, sometime in the afternoon. I really needed the sleep, and I'm feeling better today. I'm still congested and still taking the cough medicine, but it's much better.

I've been finding a lot of insects in the house since we got back. Most were dead. I killed a little spider that was in the washing machine lid (in a little groove). I had nothing handy, so I used the end of my microphone cord. Whatever works! I found many dead centipedes. David found a big one in the toilet, so he flushed it. Centipedes are creepy looking, but at least they do eat spiders and insects.

I've been posting this thing on Facebook, my top 10 favorite movies. Here they areStar Wars (the first 4 are in order, but the rest are not): Star Wars, Gone with the Wind, Empire Strikes Back, Gladiator, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Victor/Victoria, Deadpool, Phantom of the Paradise, Back to the Future and The Matrix.

Here are other movies I love almost as much as these: Airplane, Batman, Silverado, Independence Day, Fantasia, Up, Wall-E, Serenity, Ghostbusters, Avatar, Bound for Glory, The Odd Couple, Topper, A Hard Day's Night, Showboat, Adam's Rib, King and I, The Awful Truth, My Fair Lady, Oliver!, Lady and the Tramp, Swing Kids, The Fugitive, West Side Story, The Skin Game, Ant-Man, Young Frankenstein, The Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Citizen Kane, E.T. Scrooge, Miracle on 34th Street, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Toy Story, and V for Vendetta. Also, all of the Thin Man movies, all of the Hunger Games movies, most of the Harry Potter movies, most Hitchcock films, and pretty much anything with Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, James Garner, Jeff Bridges, Kurt Russell, and Dick Van Dyke.

Even though I'm feeling much better, and not coughing nearly as much, I'm still taking medicine every day, I'm still congested and feeling groggy/tired. Part of it is the medication. My head is still fuzzy, and it's hard to want to do anything too taxing. I'm going to rest for one more day and not give Brandy her walk until Friday.

I'm in this Summer class, Fundamentals of Digital Cinema. It's all online. I have to make 3 videos and post them on social media. The first one was posted on Facebook Live. Here's the second video I made. I shot quite a lot of video while we were in Vegas, so I'd like to put them together into a nice video, for my third assignment. I don't know very much about video editing, so I have to learn. A friend on Facebook suggested Windows Movie Maker, so once my brain is working better, I will try to learn that so I can make my other video.

I found this site Stitchfix on Facebook. It looks interesting. It ships some clothes to your door every month, and you choose what you want and send the rest back.

I guess I shouldn't have hugged so many people last week because I gave some of them my cold! So sorry...it's a nasty virus.  I gave it to my husband, and to my SIL Eileen and her husband, and to my brother Stephen and his wife....UGH. No more hugs any more! :) I feel like Typhoid Mary.

tortilla chipsI was also a little sick from my usual gluten problems the past two days. I guess it was from eating at McDonald's. I should know better by now! Ah, well.

I've been mostly eating food that was already in the fridge. I've been too lazy to cook, for the most part. I'm half-dieting, too. Anyway, we had some leftover corn tortillas, so I cut them into wedges and fried them up in a pan to make fresh tortilla chips. They were really good! I should deep fry more....it's really not that hard. I even have a deep fryer but never use it. Well, for that matter, I've only used my new slow cooker once! Just laziness I guess.

David went to the store today for a few things, but I didn't get too much. I'm trying not to buy any goodies that I don't need, as much as I'm just dying for some ice cream.

  Friday 6/8/18

I have a lot more energy today. I'm still a bit drowsy at times from the medicine, but my cold symptoms are much better. Today I'm not taking any Sudafed or cough medicine, just my regular medicine and Mucinex. I'll probably take the coughBrandy on my lap medicine at bedtime if I need it.

David went to get some medicine, although he says he's feeling much better. At least we're not sleeping in separate beds any more!  winky face Neither of us is coughing so much that we wake the other up.

It's terrible how all these celebrities keep committing suicide... You just never know what's going on in a person's life. It's very sad. I'm sure we've all been very upset and depressed, and maybe briefly considered suicide (that's what they call Situational Depression), but I hope most of us would dismiss the idea very quickly. Those with real depression should get help, but our society makes any kind of mental illness such a stigma, and mental help is so expensive, that it's hard. I read this speech by Wil Wheaton, who has anxiety and depression. It's a very good speech. Even people who get help sometimes commit suicide if the help is not enough.  We should be doing more.

I had some low blood sugar, briefly. I was just sitting in this chair too long, and I had thought, briefly, "I should eat something," but I didn't. Then I realized, "Whoops, I'm kinda shaky." So I ran to the kitchen and made myself some GF toast. Whew. I always feel terrible when my blood sugar drops like that.

After awhile, I went out to walk Brandy. Even though it was almost 7:30 by the time we walked, it was terribly humid outside. Just miserable.  She was hyper, too, so that was not fun.

I was very tired all day, and I was falling asleep in my chair, so I went to bed around 11, same time as David (which is a rarity!).

  Saturday 6/9/18

I woke up around 6, then I went back to sleep. I woke up again at 8, I think? Went back to bed again. I finally got up about 9:30. I was so tired! The medicine knocks me out, but I think I just needed more rest, too. I'm happy to get up early. I was still too tired to walk Brandy, though. It was already 80 degrees out when I got up, around 8.

I have a bit more energy today, so I finished unpacking one of our bags. I hope to do more later tonight.

I had breakfast while David did his morning walk (he's feeling better, too).  We were going to go to lunch at Flying Burger, but it was too soon after I ate, so I just went and watched him eat. I got some ice cream, but then I checked it online. It's Blue Bell ice cream, which has wheat in it. Bummer. Well, just as well, my diet doesn't need that. At least I did get my Diet Pepsi. I picked up some low carb ice cream bars later to make up for it.

We went to Brookshire's after that. Today was the first day I was really out of the house, aside from short walks around the neighborhood, since Sunday.

I found another fun site for making your photos into fun portraits etc.

My congestion is bad today. I took Sudafed and then later, Afrin. Hope it works!

I walked Brandy. It was very humid today, but maybe not quite as bad as yesterday? Or maybe I'm just feeling better today, so it's not feeling so awful.

We just spent the evening watching TV. Nothing too exciting!

I think tomorrow or Monday I'll start training Brandy again....once I know she remembers how to sit and stay, we can go to the next one.

I got a harness for Brandy, which lets you attach the leash to the front. Theoretically, it makes her easier to walk. So far, I've had a hard time trying to fit it on her. I had David help me today, and I figured out that I have to loosen it a little. We'll try again tomorrow.

I had a really hard time sleeping, even after taking the cough medicine. For one thing, I think I just tried to go to bed too early, so I wasn't tired.  Also, I was coughing a bit.  I had to sit up in bed. I just had so much congestion. I had been drinking some liquid and it went down the wrong way, so it just made everything in my sinuses all irritated.

  Sunday 6/10/18

It's my brother Stephen's birthday! Yay! I believe he's 68.

I slept in pretty late, and then I was very sick, like I ate something with gluten. I've been really careful, so I'm not sure what caused it. I can tell it was from the gluten, though. It's something in my cupboard, I'm sure.

We went to the Dollar Tree first, before Wal-Mart. I like to get things like Kleenex there.  Then we went to Wal-Mart for our regular weekly shopping. I got just about everything, but I forgot dry dog food. D'oh!

I did find this flavored popcorn. It's cheese and caramel. I had to buy it, to try it out. It's OK. I don't really see why they bothered. The cheese overwhelms the rest of it. The caramcaramel and cheddar popcornel flavored popcorn is way better.  Ah, well.

I'm very tired today. The cold is much better, but otherwise, I'm just very tired.  I walked Brandy, although I really didn't feel like doing that. At least it was not very humid out today. Not like the past week. I didn't try the harness yet.

David is feeling almost all better now. I'm glad he didn't get it nearly as bad as I did.

I forced myself to do quite a bit of work on my site. I also put the laundry away. There was quite a bit of it. I stayed up really late, until about 5 am. I just had a lot of work to catch up on. Hopefully this will be a more productive week!

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