Monthly Archives of: October 2015

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DIY Used Bookstore Backdrop

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Loved my new desk with all its simplicity and openness.  Hated all the cords showing due to the…openness.  Love the aesthetic of used bookstores.  Art project!

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Living Incurably In Heels

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As I’ve mentioned before, there’s a Craps table in my living room.  It’s handmade and incredibly detailed.  I’m not a huge Craps fan, but when I was invited to family game of Craps the other day, I figured go big or go home.  I came downstairs in cocktail attire.  When else would I get the chance to wear my new faux fur jacket?  Well in all honesty,  I’ll wear that thing to the grocery store without thinking twice which will greatly embarrass Christopher.  But I’d like to think that in doing so I’m making the point that if you wait around for the perfect circumstances – whether that be a low-symptomatic day, an event or your dream vacation – you’ll never get the chance to wear your like-new Liz Claiborne $9.00 Goodwill coat.  Wear it today.

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Rerun of The Toughest Man on TV

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If you haven’t before, I encourage you to check out the September 2013 Rolling Stone article, Michael J. Fox: The Toughest Man on TV, written by Brian Hiatt.  Michael J. Fox, whose successful career in acting started in 1973, has been surviving Parkinson’s for 25 years and should serve as a fresh breath of air to all of us who spend time reading and writing about chronic illness.  Click on the image below to read the original article.

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Happy Sunday.

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Getting dressed & staying dressed

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Quick note: check out my review of a nifty vintage-inspired turntable (aka, vinyl record player) that folds up into almost a briefcase here.

Back in March I wrote an article for the blog Counting My Spoons entitled, “Making it Work: Chronic Illness & Fashion.”  I wrote about how picking out an outfit the night before helps me silence a nagging little voice that tries to tell me that because of the various symptoms that potentially could hit the next day that maybe I should just throw in the towel (before the day even begins) and just stay home.  Now staying home is of course that right choice some days, but there are plenty of days where working, socializing, and of course shopping are even better for you health.  You can find that article here.

On that note, I’ll share a follow-up tip for those of us who tend to live in yoga pants and t-shirts:  When you can, stay dressed in your day clothes a little later than normal.  You might notice some changes in how you feel mentally if some days you wait until evening to get into your lounge/sleep clothes.  And if you have others in your household, it can affect your relationship with them as well, bolstering your self-esteem and how they view you and your productivity.  Here’s a collage of some of my favorite recent outfits that I liked enough to wear past dinner time (which is really saying something).  You’ll notice there’s a sweater theme going on, as fall is in full swing here in New England.  Give it a try on a good day: Get dressed in something you enjoy and then stay dressed, even if it feels like there’s no reason to.

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Brought to you by: H&M, hand-me-downs, Burlington Coat Factory, hand-me-downs, Old Navy, and Target.

Have a good Friday.  Hope you’re well enough for your favorite outfit.

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Dry Needling

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It’s been about 10 months and I’ve returned for another set of Dry Needling sessions.  Dry Needling, if you’re not familiar with it, involves a physical therapist/physical therapy doctor jabbing (I’ve got to find a better word than jab) a very small needle into the trigger points of your injury or pain until the muscle twitches.  Although the needle and twitch make the muscle immediately sore, you will find your injury/pain is looser by the next day.  After 4-6 weeks, my chronically spasming shoulders are always in much better shape.  I wrote an Everyday Health article on Dry Needling back in March, click here or on the image below to read more about my experience.

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Talk to Me. Which podcasts do you listen to?

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During the day I listen to BBC News and NPR through the Sirius subscription Christopher has.  I also listen to my local station, NHPR through their app.  But I can’t for the life of me warm up to listening to Podcasts.  It feels like eating leftovers because I know it’s not live.  But they’re free and fun and educational and varied so I must give it a try.  Any suggestions? Which podcast channels do you listen to?

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Review: I’m *standing* by 1byOne’s Multi-Angle Portable Stand for Smartphones, Tablets, etc.

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I’m having so much trouble with my #DaytimeSleepDisorder that I haven’t been working one of my two part-time jobs, substitute teaching.  I really miss interacting with the kids and visiting with staff in the teacher’s room.  While at home I’ve been getting sleepy-sick multiple times a day, of course I have waking hours as well.  These hours are easily filled with housework but everyone needs some fun & intellectual stimulation as well.  And in my case, it should be thrifty fun.  So that’s why I’ve been posting a review every week of products that the company 1byOne sends me (#complimentary).

This week’s item was the: “1byone Multi-angle Portable Stand for Smartphones Tablets E-readers, Durable Adjustable Aluminum Body, Phone Stand Holder for smartphones, tablets, etc.” In short, it’s a stand that holds your smartphone or tablet so that you can read/watch the screen easily, all the while protecting your tech.  For example, I could place my iPad in the stand on the counter while baking and I would be able to easily read the recipe and keep the tablet safe from the damp/sticky counter.

The stand is sleek and simple and even matches my 1byOne USB Hub.  The stand bends and rotates to find you find a helpful angle.  Like many people, my iPad case fails to serve as a stand because the ridges aren’t deep enough.  What’s great is that the 1byOne stand slips in and out of the case without removing it from its protective cover.  These photos highlight details of the stand:

The stand is available on the company’s web site for $14.99 and also currently  available on Amazon for $10.99   It’s such a handy and compatible product that it would be great for holiday and corporate gift baskets.  A gift basket business.  Now that would be a #DaytimeSleepDisorder friendly job…

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