Doing my best to keep moving forward today. It was actually a pretty good day until I got the verdict on my car. Head gasket needs to be replaced, but the cost of the repair is more than my car is worth. So I will need to buy a replacement car, but in the meantime I can’t drive mine because it might destroy the engine if it gets any worst, and I’m hoping to keep it running to be a trade in. I don’t even know where the title is. I already have one car loan in my name, so I’ve sent an email off to my loan agent to figure out what my options are. Keep moving forward. Keep moving forward.

In superseded news, I’ve been considering starting a Youtube channel to explore my passion of cheese. Continue Reading

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choosing change

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been listening to a weight loss podcast for motivation and to better understand the science behind nutrition and fat burning. The speaker is very enthusiastic, and her tips apply to so many areas of life, not just weight loss. I credit it with being a major push behind my recent drive to be more active (both physically and emotionally) in my own life. I don’t want to look back from another birthday and think about all of the things I wish had happened that year. I want to look back and be proud of the things I did and excited for the things I am doing. Continue Reading

Today I Am Stronger

another great day!

I had a mini-epiphany (miniphany?) today while driving back to work on my lunch break. Today was another great day. Yes, this is an affirmation post. I didn’t think yesterday was a great day while it was happening, but now… yeah, I think it was a great day. And today is, too. I’m alive. I have the ability to make my own choices and follow through on them. Everyone I love stayed alive today! Sure, the sentiment is a little corny, a little silly even, but I realized that I have the choice of thinking of today as a good day or a bad day. Every day has pain and disappointment in it. Good days contain pain. Bad days contain pain. Good days contain joy. Bad days contain joy (or the potential for joy). But what I focus on is what gives the greatest weight to my day. So I can choose to focus on the positive and deal with the negatives as just another part of any day. They don’t make the day bad. They just make it any other day. There are no perfect days, even if our memories and dreams try to tell us there are. But imperfect doesn’t equal bad! Continue Reading

a new approach to health

Recently I’ve been motivated to take action about my weight and health. And by action, I don’t mean going to the doctor to see if they can do anything to compensate for my supreme laziness and sugar addiction. The first motivation came in the form of my right knee becoming more mobile in a bad way. It feels unstable and the cap keeps moving around. While hEDS may be contributing a little to it, I think it mostly has to be weight. At the very least, I can’t definitively say one or the other without removing the weight and observing the effect. So that’s what I’m trying to do. Lose the weight; save the knee!

Easier said than done, right? Continue Reading

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[guide] migrating a WordPress site from iPage to Stablehost

I recently posted that I’d switched hosting services but done it with enough time left on my old account to migrate my WordPress sites (unlike last time where I lost some posts). I’ve just migrated my webcomic site, and it reminded me that the steps for transferring out of iPage are a little murky compared to moving from a host that uses cpanel to another host that uses cpanel (like Stablehost). I personally like to follow the instructions in the video Migrate a WordPress site [2017] to a new host and new domain manually | WP Learning Lab, but I have to modify the beginning for iPage. This time I documented my modified steps, so if you’re in the same situation, here are the steps to get your WordPress files and database out of iPage and into any host that uses cpanel (like Stablehost).

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[product review] i demoed CBD cream

Last weekend I had the opportunity to demo a CBD (cannabidiol) cream. I’ve read that others with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome have used CBD to deal with their daily pain, so I was interested to find out if the cream could actually relieve any of my joint pain. I say “demoed” instead of “tried” because it was only one application. To give a fair review of a lotion that claims to decrease pain, it should probably be taken as recommended for one month. I think that’s a decent amount of time to expect something to start making a noticeable difference. If you’d like to find out my impression from one day of application, read on!

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a game reborn

Just a little update on me. I’m working on posts about the wound vac and brain fog, but I wanted to write a little bit without needing to concentrate so much.

I’m still working from home, but I’ve been without the wound vac for almost one week. My surgeon’s nurse decided to try Aquacel AG for a week instead. At my checkup tomorrow, she’ll decide if we go back to the vac or continue with the Aquacel. Continue Reading

blue in tooth and claw

I’ve set up a not-horribly-painful way of writing my blog posts. Sadly, it doesn’t extend to playing World of Warcraft. That’s going to have to wait till I can comfortably sit for long periods again. I’ve paired my Samsung tablet with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. No cords, no mess. I have them all arranged on a laptop lap desk which is resting on my bed. Then I elevate myself with pillows and can type for a little while. Being able to use a mouse with a tablet is such a luxury. Ah, the wonders of technology. Continue Reading

KCI wound vac

the ass vac challenge

So I have a vacuum attached to my ass. Since it’s making little putting noises right now, my husband is calling me Scooty Puff Junior. It isn’t that big; it looks like I’m addicted to purses until you see the plastic tube running from it into my pants. 😮

KCI’s Activac

Why do I have an ass vac? Last month I had my surgery for a pilonidal cyst. Continue Reading

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this is the life

It’s the day before Independence Day, and I have today and tomorrow off work. After taking my dog for a walk on the nearby trail, eating too much food, watching Midsomer Murders, and starting a load of dishes, I’ve now moved my laptop outside with a little desk and am sitting on the back porch, writing. The weather is beautiful, my loveseat is comfy, and I’m dressed in eccentric flowing pants. While I can imagine a more inspiring environment, I think I’m doing pretty good for using what’s at hand. Continue Reading