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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Health

Health website: http://youwillloveeachother.com/


I had no idea what this album by Health would sound like. Honestly, I expected industrial metal like Rammstein. It’s not – so we can all breathe again. No offense to Rammstein fans, like my boyfriend. Industrial metal is not something I’ve acquired a taste for yet.

So back to this band, Health, and their album “Vol4: Slaves of Fear.” They have a sound that is a mixture of genres: metal, electronica and maybe a touch of ten other genres.

The singer – Jacob Duzsik – has a voice unlike most metal or electronica band vocalists. It’s more like an angel than a demon. While I’ve been listening to the album, I’m reminded of when I would hang out at the vampire bar. There weren’t really vampires but the music was kind of weird and other-worldly, yet completely awesome. The same words could be used to describe Health. So if you are into weird, awesome vampire-like music, check out Health.

Kidney Chronicles: Let’s Do Our Nails Again

Nail Salon

My friends, my mom, the doctor all want to know, “How do you feel?”

I’m supposed to say fine. Fine. I feel freaking awesome.

It’s all a lie. The only good thing I could say to the doctor was that my nails look great. Really, they do. I’ve had nothing but time to spend on my nails. It’s good that I’ve had so much time because I still can’t sit still long enough to let the topcoat dry. So I have to start all over.

I swear I can hardly move. How do I keep messing up the topcoat? Lucas says I don’t have the patience to be a nail jedi. I’m going to keep at it  until I have succeeded.

I do not feel fine. I feel like I have a foreign object in my body. Oh wait. I have two foreign objects in my body right now. Namely two stents. One in each ureter. You know, the place between the kidney and the bladder.

I had one surgery last week and scheduled for another one in two weeks. The nurses at the doctor’s office thought I could still work until I told them what I do for a living. Then it was “Oh yeah, I guess you can’t work then.” They still think I can go back to work the day after surgery. I think those bitches are crazy with a capital C. Crazy.

I haven’t worn pants for at least a week, unless you count pajamas as pants. I’ve been wearing pajama pants every where. It’s not my thing but it will be my thing for two more weeks since I can’t wear pants that are pants.

On top of that, they gave me a diet plan because my kidney stones are made of calcium oxalate. Peanut butter, chocolate and blueberries are on the “don’t-eat-this-or-else” list. My daughter, who can be a bit dramatic, said that I have to stop eating peanut butter or I will die. Honestly, I love peanut butter so much that I might die without it. What am I supposed to eat now?

Yeah, I can’t sit at the computer for very long. So my NaNoWriMo novel has been put on the shelf. I haven’t totally given up on the novel. I’m still thinking of plot and character.

I feel like it would feel better if someone was taking out my kidney with a dull spoon. It would be so gross. But I really think I would feel better. Eventually.

In the meantime, who wants to come over and get their nails done? I won’t make you join a nail polish cult or remove my kidney or anything.

Keeping Resolutions: NaBloPoMo

Are you still keeping the resolutions you made at the beginning of the month? Why or why not?


Believe it or not, my dedication to my New Year’s resolutions are intact and so is my pride.
My main goals were to lose weight and start doing yoga again. I’m not on any fancy diet. I’ve just cut out junk food and pop. I also added more salads and vegetables.
I miss French fries but I don’t regret exchanging them for healthier food. I think sweet potato fries could be added to the diet soon.
So far, I don’t feel cranky. There were a few days without coffee but that problem has been solved. Everyone at home is thankful for the reappearance of coffee into the diet.

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 21 right?


It’s day 21 . . I think . . of the 30 Day Yoga Challenge. I misnumbered my post yesterday. So now you know, I struggle with numbers and dates, unless it’s a concert date.

Anyway, back to yoga. I still feel as though I’m making progress. No headstands yet but the balancing act is coming along nicely. I can do more poses without falling over immediately. The fish pose was much easier today than the last time.

I found this video on YouTube. I haven’t done a class with this instructor yet. It pleases me when I find new instructors so that I can have some variety to yoga practice.

Am I the only one that feels like I spend a lot of time in downward facing dog? Maybe too much time. What does that mean? What should I be learning from downward facing dog? Maybe the lesson will appear today.

I Googled downward facing dog. It’s supposed to be good for stretching, as well as relieving for sinuses and fatigue. So there it is. The reason for spending so much time in this pose – it’s good for all that ails us.

Motivation: I Hate Sweat Pants.


Olympic medalist Jim Ryun said: “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Where do you find the motivation to start a new habit?

As some of you know, I have started doing yoga and also eating healthier. The motivation comes from not wanting to be stuck wearing sweat pants.

Plus, if I’m this fat and don’t exercise or eat healthy food, I will regret it for more reasons than having to wear sweat pants.

I also do not want to cross the line into full-blown diabetes. Finger sticks forever does not sound like the path that I want to go down. So if I can stay away from junk food and drop the weight, maybe I can keep the diabetes at bay for awhile longer. My doctor told me that 14 years ago. It’s about time that I took his advice.

Here is a video on how to say diabetes. Enjoy!

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 16


10 minutes of working on the core? Perfect. I’m almost running out of time. Luckily, there was a 10 minute video. It was awesome. Tara Stiles has the most relaxing sit-ups ever until you start to feel the burn in your muscles. Before you know it, you’re working up a sweat and then it’s over.


Sorry, I could not resist.

P.S. I did find a website, Cloudy with a Chance of Wine, with more workouts for moms who don’t have time. The link is under the picture at the top. Enjoy!

30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 15

For Day 15, I did a 15 minute video. It may have been a coincidence. Whatever the case, it all worked out. I worked it out by working out.  Can you believe that I’m halfway through this challenge?  This is the longest stretch of time that I’ve worked out on purpose in many years. It’s about time that I quit being lazy about getting in shape.




I am the warrior. Now I have the song by Scandal stuck in my head. It should be a good day then.





30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 12


Day 12 of the 30 Day Yoga Challenge presented itself with some challenges. I tried to take a nap but I was too busy blogging and trying to find a good yoga video.

Finally, I found one that was the right length and level. 12 days ago I couldn’t do too many of these poses. I can honestly say that I could do plank, downward facing dog and cobra. Let’s not forget about Shavasana.  I can totally do Shavasana.

My balance needs some work. I really want to master tree pose someday.

Tomorrow, maybe I will try yoga in bed. Stay tuned!



30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 11


Dear Readers,
It’s day 11 of the 30 Day Yoga Challenge. I haven’t given up. In fact, yoga is one of my favorite parts of the day. It really has helped me to de-stress and focus. Sometimes, I do meditate at work so I don’t freak out. My co-workers probably appreciate less freaking out.

I think that I’m improving as far as flexibility and balance. There is still a lot of work to be done.

Today, I chose a video from PsycheTruth on YouTube.  I didn’t really notice her belly button ring. I was a little more focused on my own exercise.  She also has several yoga videos if you’re interested. I don’t feel the ache in my muscles yet but I have a feeling that I will.



30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 7

Dragon Pose http://oh-my-gackt.tumblr.com/post/6320741792
Dragon Pose

This morning I did not want to get out of bed. My muscles and joints were saying “No more exercise. We ache.” My mind was saying, “Maybe just meditate. But get out of bed you lazy girl.”
I did find a nice video with meditation and stretches from Yogi Nora. I really enjoy her videos. She is very encouraging. Yogi Nora said that it’s not a competition to see who is the fastest. She just wants everyone to try their best. So that’s what I did today. It’s nice that she gives options for those of us who are not as flexible or have bad knees.
I think I could do the dragon pose by the end of the year.
FYI: I think I have lost a couple pounds. Just sayin’. It’s a combination of Yoga, drinking more water and not eating junk food. There is still a long road ahead to getting in shape but I’m on the way.