Wednesday, April 29, 2015

OMG Books!

I've spent a lot of time in bed lately, due to serious pain flares. It has not been fun. Having the guys at home to hang out with has been some help, but I'm still so frustrated by the lack of ability to do anything. So I've been reading books. Lots of books. I think I've finished 3 in the last week or two. When Angie posted about this book challenge she is doing, I decided I must do it as well! I just recently won two of Angie's blog giveaways, so I'm kinda hooked on her blog lol. I've always loved books as a way to disappear into another world. Books are movies on steroids. For less than the cost of one movie ticket, I can get hours and hours of video in my head. I can put myself in the movie, playing the main character. I can be the good guy, the bad guy, or the one you aren't so sure about.  I feel bad for the people that say they hate reading, or the ones who haven't picked up a book since some of the crappy ones we were forced to read in school.

The challenge is hosted by Megan at Semi-Charmed. Here are the rules:

    The challenge will run from May 1st, 2015 to August 31st, 2015.  No books that are started before 12AM on May 1st or after finished August 31st will be counted.
    Each book must be at least 200 pages long.  Audiobooks and large print books are fine, as long as the regular print version meets the page requirement.
    A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once.  If you want to switch a category for a book later on, that is fine, just make sure to account for it in your points.
    Rereads can be used for a maximum of 3 books in the challenge.  This rule is meant to encourage you to try new books while still allowing you to revisit books from your childhood or young adulthood that you might get more out of now.  Please reread the entire book within the time frame of the challenge in order to count it; no simply finishing old books or partial rereads.
    The highest possible total for the challenge is 200 points, and the first five people to finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge.

Challenge Categories:
  • 5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
  • 10 points: Read a book you have never heard of before. (Just go to a shelf and pick a book based on the cover, the title, whatever you want!)
  • 10 points: Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years. (If you've had a Goodreads account for 2+ years, this will be easy to figure out. If you don’t, do your best to pick a book you’re pretty sure you’ve been wanting to read for years.)
  • 10 points: Read a book that won a Goodreads "Best Book" Award in 2014.
  • 15 points: Read a book by an author who is completely new to you.
  • 15 points: Read a book by an author you have read before. (No re-reads for this one.)
  • 15 points: Read a book with "light" or "dark" in the title. (Or "lightness" or "darkness.")
  • 20 points: Read a book with the name of a city, state or country in the title.
  • 20 points: Read a book with an animal on the cover.
  • 25 points: Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books.
  • 25 points: Read a book that is longer than 500 pages long. — Submitted by winter finisher Kristen from See You in a Porridge.
  • 30 points: Read a book with an alliterative title. (All words in the title must begin with the same letter; no exceptions for articles or prepositions. Examples: Gone Girl or Nicholas Nickleby. Yes, this is tough, which is why it's worth the most points!)
So what books am I going to read? What a thing to think about....

Challenge Categories:
  • Freebie! Not sure yet! I've got some books I need to finish, but that won't work for this challenge.
  • Read a book you have never heard of before. - Random book from the library
  • Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years. This will take forever to choose!
  • Read a book that won a Goodreads "Best Book" Award in 2014. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  • Read a book by an author who is completely new to you. One of the Bones books by Kathy Reichs. I bought it a month ago off the clearance rack and need to read it!
  • Read a book by an author you have read before. Disclosure by Michael Crichton
  • Read a book with "light" or "dark" in the title. The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter
  • Read a book with the name of a city, state or country in the title. This will be a random library book search!
  • Read a book with an animal on the cover. This will be a random library book search!
  • Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books. One of the Dark series by Christine Feehan
  • Read a book that is longer than 500 pages long. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Read a book with an alliterative title. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Now I just have to wait two days before starting the next book! Or finish one in two days. I could do either. Will you read along with me?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It's time to detox

In just a little over a week, the first weight loss challenge for my local PCOS support group starts. I've spent a lot of time working out a challenge plan that will work for everyone. Because weight loss with PCOS is so hard, I really hated the idea of judging the winner based on how many pounds they lost. So this challenge is focused on becoming a healthier person. Points are awarded for exercise, eating enough fruits and veg, drinking plenty of water, etc. We have 4 people signed up right now, and hopefully more as the month comes to an end.

I'm working on getting started early - I want to get some exercise in, and I'm planning on a detox when I get home tonight. Have you heard of bentonite clay? I was introduced to it in my latest nutrition class. It was suggested as a simple form of detox, and goodness knows my entire system could use a good scrub inside. I also think that a detox would be great for me since I quit smoking (again) 3-4 weeks ago.

Bentonite clay, when introduced to water, becomes negatively charged. As they travel through the body, they attract positively charged particles in heavy metals, and flush them out. If you live anywhere in or near a large city, we are filled with heavy metals all the time from emissions. We breathe in all that crap, but don't do much to get rid of it.

So there are several different ways to detox. I'll definitely be doing an internal one - 1tsp of clay with a big glass of water, at least 2 hours after any prescriptions. I'll probably do it at the end of the day, after I get home from work. You can also get the clay in tablets so you don't have to chug muddy water. I've read about adding a little apple cider vinegar to help the clay dissolve, so I might do it that way. I'm sure I'll figure out the best way for me as I go along.

You can also take a clay bath - water as hot as you can stand it, and 1/4 cup to 3 cups of clay for 30-60 minutes. I have to borrow the roomie's bathtub, so I might not do this anytime soon.

The third option is a clay mask. This is more for acne, cuts and burns. I'll definitely be doing some acne masks. My acne get horrible right around my menstrual cycle, so anything that can make it a little better will be something I fall in love with. For this, you are supposed to mix a little clay with a little water and make a thick paste. Spread it on your face, let it dry, then rinse it off.

There's also been some research into bentonite clay getting rid of MRSA - the antibiotic resistant infection running rampant around hospitals nowadays. My bestie has had MRSA for years and can't find anything to make it better. We're going to try the clay out and see if it helps at all.

BIG IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not use any metal when mixing the clay. Glass is preferable, and plastic if necessary. The metal in the spoon, cup or lid will take some of the benefits away because the clay will be focused on the utensil.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Music on my Calendar

Sometimes you just have to plan for the future, even if you have no idea how you'll feel when you get there. This year, my planning has been for concerts! I love going to concerts. It's one of Hubs and I's favorite activities.

For about a decade now, I haven't been a big fan of crowds. Can't stand them. Freaks me out and I get a little panicy. When I went to my first major rock concert, I felt the same way. I had never been to Gexa Energy Pavilion (it has been so many names over the years), a large outdoor concert venue in Dallas. And I chose a fairly large concert for my first one there, so I was pretty anxious on my way over there. Add Hubs' frustration with driving around Dallas, and I was freaking out before we ever hit the parking lot. But anywho, once we finally got inside and picked a spot on the lawn, I realized it really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. There was plenty of room around me so I didn't feel cramped and claustrophobic. After that concert, I was hooked. Now I've seen my favorite band, Korn, twice, and hopefully a third time later this year. I've seen Saving Abel, Nickelback, Slipknot, Creed, Rob Zombie, and a bunch of other bands!

So this year I've been stocking up on concert tickets through presales and Groupons. I'm so excited about this year's selected concerts, because it won't be just Hubs and I attending. Since we've got the Roomie now, he's going with us to all of them as well! It costs a little more when I'm buying tickets for 3 people, but it'll be a ton of fun.

Who are we seeing (so far)?
Mid-May: ArcAttack!!! These guys were on America's Got Talent a few years ago, and I fell in love. I promised myself I would see them if I had the chance, and at $13 a ticket, heck yeah I will!
End of May: Rob Zombie, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless and Breaking Benjamin. I've seen Rob Zombie once, but we got there late and only saw the end of his set, so I have to go again! And two of the best chick rock bands out there? My idols! If I was hot and had musically inclined friends, Lizzy Hale would have some competition.
Mid-July: Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson :) Because I can't live my life without at least one Manson concert.
September: Slipknot and Lamb of God. We saw Slipknot on Halloween last year, but I left early. I didn't stay to listen to my favorite songs. And LOG is an old friend's favorite band, so maybe, just maybe, I'll get to see him and his wife.


Here's ArcAttack doing the Doctor Who theme song.

Oh, and if you haven't noticed, I changed my blog again. I was bored, and decided I didn't like the pink anymore. So I went with frogs. I'm addicted to frogs, so it made sense.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Denial and The Rolling Stones

This morning I tried to get something I've been wanting for a while, and I was refused. I don't want to go into any real detail. Let's just say that I was shocked and mildly upset to be denied. I don't do denial very well, mainly because I can usually get my way. I complain a lot about how things don't work out the way I want them to, but I do get my way in certain aspects of my life.

The odd thing was being sad about it. And it has stuck with me. It's something that I should have blown off as soon as it happened, but it won't go away. Currently I'm frustrated about being frustrated. So I figured I needed the perfect song to get my mind off of it, or at least one to remind me that things are still all good in my world.

Obviously the perfect song is You Can't Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones.

Musical Mondays at My So-Called Chaos