A Little News
It’s been a rough start to the year this year, but I’m finally beginning to get myself dug out of the piles of things that backed up during the extended weeks of flareups. Two ER visits due to nerve compression in my back and three GYN visits to track an ovarian cyst didn’t help reduce the drama level much, either, but I can walk again most days and I’m not dealing with stabbing pains either, so that’s a definite improvement! That still leaves the upstairs neighbors stomping on the floor at all hours of the night (sounds like a herd of elephants sometimes dropping bowling balls for fun at 4am right above my bed *sigh*), who are supposedly being evicted soon for multiple reasons. It also leaves my roommates who rarely clean at all, eat my tasty from-scratch food while only buying things like Hamburger Helper and Mac & Cheese to replace it (more rant on that one in a bit), don’t communicate well so they yell at each other on a regular basis, and are expecting their first child in early May…. Things that trigger/worsen flareups for me: UV light (sun AND fluorescents, which means every grocery run or doctor’s appt), poor diet (like the way my hands swell within an hour and a half after eating Hamburger Helper), stress (like from worrying about whether I’m going to have enough food left to get through the month, or from hearing them arguing loudly enough that my gaming friends can hear their raised voices over my headset when I’m 2 rooms down the hall with my door closed), poor sleep (say, from getting woken up 3-4 times a night by the upstairs neighbors and them making so much noise I don’t fall back asleep for an hour), and overdoing it physically (like trying to keep the main rooms cleaned up enough so I can get around with my wheelchair when my legs aren’t working and they leave dirty dishes, empty water bottles and gas station soda cups all over, empty chip bags on the floor, shoes, chairs, and clothes in the middle of the floor…despite there being trash bins within 10 feet of anywhere in the kitchen, living, and dining rooms)… is it any wonder I’ve been dealing with massive flareups?
A Little Rant…
I said I’d rant a bit more about the food thing. I put 2 lbs of 93% lean ground beef into a 5-quart crock pot a couple of weeks ago, plus a large onion, some carrots, minced garlic, about 5 cans of beans, a can of tomatoes, and a few tablespoons of chili powder… the crock was 3/4″ (about 2cm) from the top edge. I’d about overdone my back by the time I got it put together, so I went to lie down and rest, and ended up falling asleep. I told my roommate it was still cooking and should be done around the time his wife got off work in 5 hours. When I woke up 6.5 hours later, there was about 1 inch (2.5cm) left in the bottom of the pot, just under a quart left. His wife said she was on her second bowl, but I know that any time I’ve ever made a plate for her, she’s full on somewhat less than what I eat. Realistically, in the hour and a half since she got home, even being 5 months pregnant, she only had about 3 cups…which means her husband ate over 3 QUARTS of homemade chili in the hours I was asleep (3 litres for those of use who use the metric system)! I can’t even manage that in 3 days! And he had the nerve to complain that he still wasn’t full! And two days before that, a 4.5-lb (2kg) roast and veggies had been eaten in the space of 10 hours… So, when I got my disability check this month, I put in an order for an electric skillet to go with my crock pot and rice cooker and electric kettle…and I’m mostly cooking on the other end of my computer desk. (It cost me less than the ingredients to those two big-batch (10-12 servings each) meals where I only got 1 meal of roast, the dregs of the veggies, and 2 full meals of chili… so I’m considering it a worthy investment at this point since I’m not losing over 80 percent of each batch.) I’m keeping all the ingredients that don’t need to be refrigerated in here, too. (Still debating as to whether I want to spend a few bucks on a fridge off Craigslist so that I have my own–there’s never room to freeze parts of my big-batch meals because the healthy stuff gets eaten and replaced with boxes of fish sticks and 75% lean premade burgers!) I’m DONE with that BS; they can buy their own groceries from now on… I know they’ll never give me $30 to replace the ingredients that he hoovered into that bottomless pit he calls a stomach, but at least I won’t be running low on food because he made it disappear anymore. I’m also saving up as much as I can towards moving expenses so that I can relocate to someplace either without roommates at all, or with a more respectful one at the very least.
Back to the Blog Train
Wow, that turned into a lot longer rant than I expected…thanks for reading if you did. If you didn’t read it all, that’s no problem; some days I wouldn’t be up to reading it either.
Anyway, I’ve got a paper pack for you this month, nothing really huge, but it’ll help make some cheery pages. It’s not too surprising that I’d gravitate to the cooler navy and teal with all the stress I’ve had going on!
You can download it HERE.
And once you’ve grabbed my portion, be sure to go back to the main thread at PixelScrapper to download all the other parts–at least, if you haven’t already because I’m so late with this!