Me? Sidetracked?

Yup!  Besides getting a massive ear infection to go with this sinus infection . . . I’m sitting here with a piece of onion in my ear . . . I’m willing to do just about anything but go on antibiotics . . . I have been working on a side project (when I feel up to it) to pitch at The Day Job.

We are in dire need of a database.  Somewhere that we can store all of our stuff.  So, of course, I decided to teach myself Access in order to do it.  It’s a slow and painful process but I’m getting there.

I’m mostly on track to finish my four books for the month.  Haven’t even started thinking about the cookbook challenge I set for myself.  And haven’t picked up any yarn since around Christmas.


The Hubby says I always have too many projects that I want to do.  Right now I think I’ll just chill with Netflix.

Peace, Love & Whatever

Hoosier Barn Chick

A Brand New Woman (For Now, Sort Of)



Yup, I have been VERY absent from the online world for about a week.  It started involuntarily.  Still struggling with this sinus infection, I didn’t have the energy to do anything but go to work, eat dinner and go to bed.

Then, something happened.  I realized that the break from the digital world (as much as I could get from it) was doing me some good.  Being bipolar, even reading news online and being exposed to negative things like Facebook means that I can suffer mentally and emotionally.  So, I took a purposeful break.

I’ve actually been working on a side project for The Day Job.  My hope is to build a database, present it to the powers that be and see if we can get it implemented.  I’ve used a bazillion databases but this is the first time that I’ve CREATED one.  Granted, I started with a template (although I worked from scratch for several days before it dawned on me to start with a template and then customize it) but it’s still new territory for me.

Today’s plan had been to spend the day working on this database.  But, I decided that I need a haircut and a manicure.  I managed to get the manicure but couldn’t get in for the trim.  That sparked a “I need to do something about my hair” moment so I decided to bleach it.  You see, several years ago, I decided to go from my natural blonde to a very deep red.  I kept that color for a few years.  But, a year or so ago I decided it was way too much upkeep and tried to go back to blonde.  I was successful . . . for the most part.  I still have some serious red streaks in the back.  So, today I bleached it.  It didn’t totally get rid of the red but I’m getting closer.

While waiting for the bleach to do its thing, I decided to do the Listerine foot soak.  Which in turn made me decide I needed a scalding hot shower and to shave the appropriate places on my body.

I feel pretty much like a new woman.  I’ve “washed” away the dead spot that I was living in.  I often forget that self-care involves things that aren’t strictly necessary.  It involves little luxuries and touches.

So, I’m back up and running . . . still fighting the sinus infection.  But, I’m hoping that this new feeling lasts long enough for me to get back in the groove of life.

Peace, Love & Happiness

Hoosier Barn Chick

A (Not So) Day Off

26219529_1539040756145825_5825292466308455833_nSigh.  Wednesday I was way too exhausted to bother with the blog.  And, I’ve run out of drafts . . . so everything has to start from scratch.

Yesterday I woke up, went to work and then threw up on the floor not long after I got there.  Got sent home.  I was not happy about it.  But, the department that I work on at The Day Job sends you home if you throw up or if you are running a fever.  You can be sent home for other symptoms of being sick but those are the two big ones.  You see, with working in such tight quarters (my department works in the basement of an old house that serves as our office) we have pretty strict rules about not coming to work sick.  I guess Wednesday was the beginning of being sick and I just didn’t realize it.

So, after coming home, I took some anti nausea meds and pretty much lived on pineapple juice (my head was pounding) and some crackers here and there.

This morning I woke up not feeling 100% but feeling good enough (with some anti nausea meds) to go to work.  I was about 10 minutes from leaving The Barn when I got the text.  Our office was closed for the day.  Not only do we have some horrible plague going thru the office but the weather was bad.  During the night freezing rain had developed.  Actually it was quite a bit of it.  And 2-5 inches of snow were forecast after that.

I still had to go into town though.  We had some business to get done for our construction company.  So, we had a nail biting and nerve wrecking trip.  We actually lost traction at an intersection and nearly crashed into one of the poles that help suspend the traffic lights.  Luckily The Hubby was a cool cucumber and we stopped less than a foot from the pole.

Now we’re safely back at The Barn.  But, snow needs plowed from the drive.  The walks need shoveled, wood needs brought in and Daisy Doodle needs another bath.

Some day off huh?

Peace, Love & Warm Thoughts

Hoosier Barn Chick

Pass Me The Pineapple Juice (Not Excederin)

pexels-photo-348523Among so many other weird brain issues, I have a problem with chronic headaches (Occipital neuralgia). . . and migraines.  Fabulous, right?

So, I have to prevent becoming dehydrated (not easy when you live on Dt. Mountain Dew and menthols), avoid stress (yeah, right) and get plenty of quality sleep.  All of this is on top of preventives, an enormous amount of Excederin Migraine Formula and the meds for the bipolar issues.

I have seen on the interwebs that pineapple juice is supposed to help with headaches and migraines.  Please note . . . I ALWAYS note a difference between the two.  One is not the other.  Don’t make me get up on the soapbox.

Anyway, I was going to make a ham last week and needed pineapple juice.  I bought some and, when I was dealing with my normal morning headache, I decided to have a glass.  I love pineapples and the juice from them.  So, it wasn’t hard to talk myself into giving it a try.

Guess what?  The headache went away (fairly quickly) without any meds for it!  I’ve been having a glass twice a day since then and it seems to get rid of them.  I can’t wait to give it a try for migraines!

On the bipolar front . . . people who are diagnosed as bipolar are at a higher risk for migraines.  Yes, genetics affect migraines.  But, it’s been found that bipolar people are more likely to suffer from migraines as opposed to the general population.  They’ve even determined that type II people are more likely to have them as opposed to type I.  Why not add to the fun of a crippling mental illness, right?

Peace, Love & Pineapples

Hoosier Barn Chick

Sidetracked With Reminder Reading

As I’ve said before (a lot recently), sometimes we need to be reminded that we are not the only people going through frustrating things.  For me, it helps to hear that I’m in good company when I struggle with being bipolar.

Although her final diagnosis was not bipolar, this author has AD(H)D, which many of us bipolar people DO have.  I find her hilariously funny . . . and comforting at the same time.

The author is Stacey Turis and her wonderful memoirs are included in her book Here’s To Not Catching Our Hair On Fire:  An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit – Oh Look! A Chicken!


Love, Peace & Peace Of Mind

Hoosier Barn Chick