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Thursday, February 28, 2013

My Adventures with Cupping

Well yesterday was another adventure in the world of alternative medicine. From last Thursday to Sunday I had this sharp pain in the back of my shoulders and my sides. Figured it might be referred pain from the acupuncture, so I brought it up to her this week. So she decided to do some dry cupping in addition to my acupuncture treatment. What's dry cupping you ask.....well let me tell you. Now I couldn't see what she was doing because I was face down, I could only feel it. So I went to WebMD and they helped me out with an explanation for it.

There are two forms of cupping: dry cupping (suction only) and wet cupping (combo of suction and controlled bleeding). The first time I went for acupuncture treatment she did wet cupping on my calves to help my circulation. This time she did dry cupping. According to WebMD: During both types of cupping, a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper is placed in a cup and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down on the patient's skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the skin to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for five to 10 minutes.

So this is what the cups she used on me looked like:
courtesy of http://www.acuwang.com/image/cupping.jpg
Before she started she asked if I was going out this weekend.

Then she explained that cupping leaves bruises on the body. So if I was going out somewhere that required say a backless dress, then she wasn't going to do it. Which is understandable considering how you look afterwards. 

So here's pictures of cupping bruises other people have had:
courtesy of http://www.cuppingtherapy.org/images/swimmer.jpg; http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40364000/jpg/_40364255_paltro203ok.jpg and http://jonathanlarsen.com/log/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/dscn3427.jpg

And here's pictures of my cupping bruises. My chocolate skin makes it a little difficult to see my bruises. Plus there wasn't great lighting in the bathroom where I took these pictures (shootout to Cosi my favorite coffee place!). But if you look close you can see indents on my lower back from where she cupped me. 
See that swirly looking thing that's where one of the cups was

Honky tonk badakadonk


She put 11 of those things on me and I have to say it was weird. I guess it's similar to what it would feel like if I got down and dirty with an octopus. It didn't hurt there was just pressure from where the cups were sucking on me. So 15-20 mins later I'm done with cupping and she puts 19 acupuncture needles in me.....like so:
2 inches of acupuncture goodness


I'm starting to think she has a thing with odd numbers, which is funny cause I have a thing with even numbers. It's part of my slight case of OCD. Anywho, I got about 45 mins to an hour of moderate relief after it was all said and done. Of course I would've been a lot more relaxed if it wasn't for the IGNORANT COW who decided the "No Cell Phone Use" sign on the wall in the waiting room didn't apply to her. The room I was in is right in front of the waiting room so I had to hear her babbling about nonsense until my acupuncturist said something to her. You're not special honey, no cell phones mean no cell phones! What part of "Quiet Please" don't you understand?! Well classes have started back up again today and I'm looking forward to this semester. 11 projects (what is that my lucky number for today or what??) and some cool professors. One professor loves southern rock, country and basically every genre of music I love and likes to play music before class start. My other one sounds like he's going to be a lot of fun too. Senior year LET'S GET IT ON!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Busy Bee Eats: Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin

So I stole this recipe from my friend Maura's blog and I have to say it sounds sooo yummy! I do love a good crock pot meal. Something about letting a meal just simmer all day and filling the house with the smell of yummy foods....sorry had to wipe the drool off my keyboard. Anyway check out the link to her blog and try the recipe for yourself. Oh and if you try it let me know how it turned out!

Busy Bee Eats: Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin

Monday, February 25, 2013

Random Moments

So many parents think that if their child asks them to buy something then that's the only way to make them happy. They waste hundreds of dollars on buying the hot new gadget, or the same clothes every other kid is wearing. The only thing that does is make a spoiled child temporarily happy. People put so much emphasis on the amount of money they spend on their child and expect that to be a symbol of their love. Smartphones, tablets, expensive clothes.....those aren't symbols of love. Those are just things to satisfy them for the moment.

When children get older they don't use the things their parents bought as a measure of how much they were loved. They talk about moments. Not just birthdays and holidays, but random moments. When I look back on my childhood the random moments are the ones that stick out the most. There are things my mom bought me that I do remember, but there are memories attached to them. Like my Easy Bake Oven. I remember making so many of those little cakes for my mom to try out. Of course when I think about it now I can see through her attempts to try and choke down those awful cakes. But it's not like all I remember is getting the oven, I remember playing with my mom and being silly with her. There's a memory attached to it so it's not like all I remember is the object, it's the experience.

That's what children take away from their childhood when they grow up. Things mean nothing compared to moments and simple traditions. Traditions like having a family dinner or something like a family game night. Those are the moments that help build memories. Speaking of family game night we had one recently, more like game day. The boyfriend had his son over for the weekend and we decided if we're going to stay in we might as well make the most of it.

So while I was working on some things for school his son was busy playing with his wrestling game. He decided to turn his dad and I into wrestlers, and I thought that was so cute. So he and his dad are the Tag Team champions and I'm the Diva's Champion woot woot. After he was done with his game we decided to play Monopoly because he's never played the original version. Apparently what they say about beginner's luck applies to kids too because he wiped the floor with us! Soon as he learned how to get hotels he had a hotel on EVERYTHING! Now if you've ever played Monopoly you know that in the right spots having a strip of hotels is all you need to bankrupt someone fast. Despite the fact that we lost we had a great time though. It was a lot of fun sitting down and playing a game together. Just taking that time to have some quality downtime together was awesome.

Children just want you to spend time with them. Doesn't have to be anything big like a trip around the world, although that'd be really cool. They just want that quality time from random moments that'll leave a lasting impression on their lives.

Friday, February 22, 2013

More International Love


Every once in a while I like to give a big THANK YOU to the readers from near and far who take the time to click on my blog. So a HUGE THANK YOU to readers from the following countries:

United States
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THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY AND DEFINITELY COME BACK AGAIN I LOVE MEETING NEW PEOPLE 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

My Week So Far

So I've had four acupuncture sessions now and there's only been a little improvement. But I'm guessing it's one of those processes that takes time before you really see any results. She's been upgrading my treatments by adding more needles each time. During my last session she used 15 needles and had a heat lamp over my lower back. Kinda worked like a heating pad but after a while it was a bit too much. Now I know what food feels like when it sits under heat lamps.

It's been a lazy week and part of me feels a little perturbed cause I didn't make any progress in the house this week. But I needed some downtime to just relax and not do anything. And it felt good. I know it's because next Wednesday a new semester starts and I'll be back to the grind. I've also been in a little bit of a funk because I've been thinking about where I want to go for my Masters.

I was already thinking about going to Seton Hall because they have a great program. Then I looked at Walden University and their program is pretty great too. Both schools have internships as a part of the program, and both lead you to becoming licensed if that's one of your goals. But Seton Hall is for people who want to be licensed in New Jersey. Now I don't like in Jersey and have no plans on moving there so being licensed in that state does me no good. Walden has advisers who will help you with your state's licensing requirements. The only other thing I don't like is having to pay for my books since they're not included in tuition. Hrmmm.....decisions decisions....I've still got time to figure this out since I'm just starting my senior year. WOW I'm a senior in college! Yay me!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Treasure Hunt

After my last scavenger mission through the ton of things in my house I've decided I needed to change my perspective on the issue. Step one is waiting until after the Zoloft is in my system. Step two change my outlook on the whole process. Last time I went sifting through things I had an emotional setback because I wasn't prepared for what I found. So now to keep myself from breaking down into a sobbing mess, I think of it as a treasure hunt.

I've spent so long holding onto things that only seem to cause me pain. This is the first step in working on really getting through the grieving process and moving forward with my life. I spent so many years thinking I had to leave my mom's room the way she left it. It turned into a shrine and I felt guilty anytime I moved something, thinking I was doing something wrong. I'm starting to realize that going through her things doesn't mean I'm disrespecting her. She wouldn't want me to memorialize her like that. She'd want me to find a way to live my life in a way that honors her and let's me be me!

Tuesday I decided to put my downtime to good use and do some more treasure hunting, found some pretty cool things. There was a list my mom made on my 18th birthday. She listed what she was doing 18 years ago on that day, and one of those things is that she was reading Socrates while she waited for me to enter the world. That plus the fact that she was big on reading to me all the time makes sense for why I have a passion for reading. I found cards she had given me just because she felt like it. A letter she wrote to a credit card company that was harassing me. Now that one was funny, she ripped them a new one BIG TIME in that letter. Reminded me how fiercely protective she was. She could be sweet as sugar one minute, you piss her off and she would take you down in a heartbeat. Which is how I am, I am so my mother's daughter LOL!

I'm going to keep sifting through things and make a scrapbook dedicated to my mom. That way I can preserve the best parts of her. Something to ease my broken heart when I miss her terribly.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Five Things

One of the great things about being a blogger is finding inspiration on other blogs. Sometimes writer's block hits and my brain turns into mush. Considering how much writing I've done for my final projects I'm not surprised I'm having a hard time coming up with things. So I snagged this lovely Q&A from Lesley at The Dream Tree because it's short and simple. So have a lookie and then feel free to respond in the comments section or post about your five things on your blog and link up.

Five Things

....you'll find in my purse:
Nail clippers
Hand sanitizer
My asthma inhaler
Nature Valley chewy bars
Burt's Bees lip balm


.....you'll find in my bedroom:
Dual tape deck/CD player Stereo system I've had since I was a teen
Books lots of books
VHS tapes that have been re-recorded over so no clue what's actually on them
Eric Lindros Flyers jersey
My senior prom dress


.....I've always wanted to do:
Skydive
Take a trip through western Europe
Scuba dive
Visit Las Vegas
See Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity show


.....I'm currently loving:
The Walking Dead
American Horror Story
Swan Song by Robert McCammon
the fact that spring will be here soon
having some down time


.....quirks I have:
pens I use have to be the ones that click and have black ink
always put my left shoe on first
must have at least one tube of lip balm in all my bags
never leave home without pepper spray
I don't like the smell or taste of regular mustard but I like honey mustard

Monday, February 11, 2013

I NEED a Lazy Day

I'M DONE I'M FINALLY DONE WITH FINALS!!!! All my assignments are turned in just waiting on final grades. Ugghhh I am whooped! My science project was a piece of cake got that done in one day. But my abnormal psych project......whew that took a lot out of me. I was working on the last two sections until 10pm last night and by the time I was done I felt like doing this:

courtesy of http://images.persephonemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/angry-cartoon-woman-seated-shooting-computer1.jpg

Now I get to relax and have some personal time to do what I want. Read a book! And get some cleaning done around the house. One room at a time I'm going through the things I've been holding on to. Time to decide what stays and what goes. I know there's going to be a lot of clothes going to the Salvation Army and Goodwill. Bunch of paperwork I need to look through and figure out if I'm shredding it or keeping it. But right now I just feel like relaxing and watching some TV and maybe play a game. Before bed I will get all snuggled up with the ginormous book I've been trying to finish since December. It's a great book by the way which is why I'm frustrated I haven't been able to spend more time reading it. I kept wanting to stay up and read chapter after chapter, but I couldn't either because I had an appointment the next day or I needed to get up early and work on something.

First on my agenda is watching the new episode of The Walking Dead. Then I will finish the last 3 episodes of season 2 of American Horror Story.....oh that show is deliciously twisted. I used this song the last time I talked about a lazy day and I think it'll be my official Lazy Day Theme Song. So without further ado......hit it Bruno Mars!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Human Pinchusion

So yesterday was an interesting day. I decided to try acupuncture for the first time. It's the last non-invasive treatment I can find for my back pain, so I figured what the hell might as well. Went in there with an open mind. Like all my other treatments it's a 50/50 shot of whether it works or not. Everyone's body reacts differently so I kept my expectations low, like I always do. I like the idea of acupuncture because it's a holistic treatment. I've been on so many medications and I like the idea of trying to use a more natural approach instead.

I go in and I'm waiting for her to bring me back into one of the rooms. Nice lady who I will soon learn has gentle hands. I go in the room and explain my issues to her and the first words out of her mouth are "Take off your pants and cover yourself with the towel." Okay time to strip! And then it dawns on me that I didn't prepare my body to be viewed by a stranger. Sure I knew in my head clothes would be shed. But that thought didn't cross my mind when I was getting ready. No lotion on my legs so they look like a desert. Haven't shaved the legs in a couple months for two reasons. #1. It is a pain in the butt to maneuver around and try to shave my legs considering how it aggravates my back. So I don't do it unless I have to. #2. Dude it's winter time NO ONE is going to see my legs anytime soon! Well okay the boyfriend will when I'm getting ready for bed, but as long as he doesn't complain I see no need.

"Why don't you wax your legs?" you say......well see cause that HURTS SOOOO MUCH! Last summer I decided to buy one of those home kits and see if I could handle getting my legs waxed before I go spend a chunk of money having a professional do it. OH.MY......the pain was not prepared for the pain. That was after doing one strip, just one. And of course I couldn't just leave my legs unfinished, so I put on my big girl panties and finished waxing my legs. I probably should drank some tequila first.

Anyways, so I'm laying there with the towel on me feeling a little self-conscious, and she comes back to start. I'm sure she's seen worse than my ashy legs though. First she tells me she needs to do something called bleeding to help the circulation in my calves. Which involved her pricking me to get a drop of blood to come out. Then I hear a lighter and then this thing gets put on my calf and it's stuck to me. Another lighter flick and another thing put on my other calf, and I'm laying there feeling this things stuck to me. Apparently that's called cupping and it's supposed to help draw out the stagnant blood and help circulation. Yeeahh that was weird! When she was done with the cupping she stuck 8 of those acupuncture needles in different parts of my body and left me to lay there for half an hour. Needles didn't hurt which was nice, just felt like having a hair tweezed. The whole time I'm laying there all I could think of was the part in Final Destination (don't remember what number but it was the last one) where the guy goes to get acupuncture and dies. All in all it was an interesting experience, and I have 19 more treatments.......well back to my finals.....one down one to go and then I'll be back :-D

Monday, February 4, 2013

Manic Monday

Well now that was an interesting Superbowl. I'm not a huge fan of Beyonce, I like a few of her songs, but DAMN that's what I call a halftime show!! Much better than Madonna's performance. Now I see why people pay those ridiculous ticket prices to watch her perform. Now I saw a ton of posts on Facebook where people were whining and crying about how her performance wasn't kid friendly and the commercials weren't kid friendly. Apparently these people have either never watched a Superbowl from beginning to end, or somehow magically keep forgetting one simple point. The Superbowl isn't about children. There are no Elmo commercials, you don't see any toy commercials during the Superbowl. You see beer commercials.....and why....because the Superbowl is for grown adults. Those commercials aren't made for children, they're made for grown adults. The halftime show isn't made for children you don't see The Wiggles out in midfield, it's made for grown adults! Yes plenty of people watch the Superbowl with their children. I've been watching the Superbowl since I was a kid and not once did my mom ever complain about the commercials or halftime show not being kid-friendly. Some people need a serious reality check on who the audience is for the Superbowl. Or you know what......if the Superbowl is sooo distasteful then don't watch it. Problem solved!

Halftime show in the books and now it's time to start the second half....but oh.....what's this....
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Mmkay we've got ourselves a power outage and 34 minutes later the game continues. Poor Kaepernick they tried so hard and they made a decent comeback. But they got outplayed last night. Since I'm a Steelers fan and the Ravens are the enemy I was hoping for a 49ers win last night. But I'm woman enough to admit they outplayed the 49ers last night. And if I had just been a member of the team who just won the Superbowl I'd be celebrating just like this:

courtesy of http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/articles/ap/2013/02/03/SUPER_BOWL_WATCH_Ravens_win_stop_Niners_surge/_jcr_content/contentpar/articleBody/image.img.jpg
Disney World can wait I'm making confetti angels!! There were some awesome commercials last night though. Have to hand it to them outside of the power outage it was a great game. So here are some of my favorite Superbowl commercials from last night. Which ones do you like?

 
The Budweiser Clydesdale commercial that made me cry

We were cracking up when they showed this one

Has to be the best explanation for where babies come from

 
Leon Sandcastle

 
It was your lucky chair LOL

What do you think did I miss any?