Tuesday, October 28, 2008

On Pins & Needles

Most of you know that I have been receiving acupuncture for the past month. Usually when I tell someone I am doing this, it elicits the knee-jerk Hellraiser response.

If you've ever had acupuncture performed, the reality is that the needles aren't that frightening, in fact, you barely even feel them. They're as thin as a strand of hair at their tiniest and all of them are flexible.

Wikipedia has the following to say about acupuncture:
Health is a condition of balance of yin and yang within the body. Particularly important in acupuncture is the free flow of Qi, a difficult-to-translate concept that pervades Chinese philosophy and is commonly translated as "vital energy". Qi is immaterial and hence yang; its yin, material counterpart is Blood (capitalized to distinguish it from physiological blood, and very roughly equivalent to it). Acupuncture treatment regulates the flow of Qi and Blood, tonifying where there is deficiency, draining where there is excess, and promoting free flow where there is stagnation. An axiom of the medical literature of acupuncture is "no pain, no blockage; no blockage, no pain."
Using a chart similar to this:

Your acupuncturist will place the needles in the areas your body needs to target to relieve your symptoms. When my neck and back hurt from stress and fibromyalgia, my acupuncturist places needles in my upper thigh. There's a long explanation as to why this is and why it works, but I won't get into the "fourteen channels" here, since I'm by far not an expert. But check out my acupuncturist's website here for more information.

While you may feel that you will look and feel like this when getting acupunture:

You will actually walk away calm, relaxed and centered. I never really realize how great I feel until I get up to leave and realize I'm so relaxed that I don't want to move. I've fallen asleep a few of my sessions, I've been so mellow.

I've noticed improvements in my memory, my stamina and my overall anxiety level. I'm not taking nearly as many pain medications as I was and I feel I have more energy and overall joie de vivre.

Have you tried acupuncture? If not, would you? What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Self-Help :) Missie Style

My friend Beth sent this to me and it makes a lot of sense to me. I thought I’d share it.

There comes a point in your life when you realize:

...who matters,

...who never did,

...who won't anymore...

...and who always will.

So, don't worry about people from your past, there's a reason why they didn't make it to your future.

Also, this is another one I have taped on my desk.

Watch you thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

I wanted to share those with everyone this morning because I know that sometimes I get so wrapped up in what is going on that I don’t see the bigger picture and need to be reminded of it.

Life is wonderful right now. Everything has fallen into place and with a little more hard work, everything will be back on track.

Let me know if you have any other nuggets of wisdom you'd like to share!

That’s my self-help help for the day!


Monday, October 13, 2008

A hint...

Here's a snippet of my Halloween costume; because I am just way too pumped about it to keep it to myself.

Can you tell what/who I am yet?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Trying some new things today

In an effort to remain relevant and something that anyone (anyone?) would want to read, I'm trying new things today with my blog.

For starters - I'm going to try and embed a YouTube video. Here goes...

Now I'm going to hit 'save' and then 'preview' to see if that worked.



Success! Who is the master of the universe? Or, well, okay, just the master of learning how to copy/paste?

ME! That's who! (whom?) Woot!

Today is a lovely fall day. Greg and I went to Central Saw and bought a snow blower. Good for us, it's not coming in until the 3rd week of November. Hopefully it doesn't snow by then... It's an Arens 7-fourty-somethingorother. It's orange (Katie will like that) and big and the guy said I'd be able to handle it on my own if Greg weren't around. It cost over $1,000.00. Ouch!

Alls I'm sayin' is that it best snow like an emmer effer this winter.

This morning, before Greg woke up, I ran some errands. I went to Racine Christian to pick up my homemade apple pie... MMmmmm...

...and then ran to Goodwill to get the rest of my Halloween costume.

Let's just say it's a cross between the following:

Jackie O -

Kid Rock -

This Girl -

And This Guy -

And you're just going to have to wait to see it. I put it all together this morning and showed Greg. I think he thought he was in the middle of a nightmare. Or that he'd woken up in the Twilight Zone. He murmured sounds of approval before rolling over and going back to sleep. At 10:30 in the morning. TEN. THIRTY. Which allowed me to have the house to myself to get some cleaning done.

I also got some amazing new this morning. A friend of mine from Sheboring is in town for the weekend and I'll get to spend some time with her today. I'm psyched! We're also going to the in-laws today for a cookout. All in all, a wonderful Fall weekend.

Here's lookin' at you, kid.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Separating Fact From Fiction

They say time heals everything, but I'm still waiting. I'm through with doubt, there’s nothing left for me to figure out. I’ve paid a price, and I’ll keep paying.

I’m not ready to make nice, I’m not ready to back down. I’m still mad as hell and I don’t have time to go round and round and round. It’s too late to make it right. I probably wouldn’t if I could, 'cause I’m mad as hell. Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

I know you said, "Can’t you just get over it?".

Today is a pretty shitty day for me. Friends of mine are fighting, who are in-turn getting mad at me. Old feelings I thought I'd left behind are coming to the surface. I fully understand the phrase "rearing it's ugly head" right now. All in all, this hasn't been the worst of years. I hold a list of wonderful blessings close to my heart. My life is headed in the right direction. But the bad times seem to not fade as quickly as they used to.

Somehow I cannot seem to get over it. I can't even define it. Somehow trying to be a good person and make everyone happy has made me the most unhappy person I know.

I can't remember what it's like to look around and not feel like my world is slowly slipping away through my clenched fingers. I am grabbing on to the proverbial shirt tail of my happiness and trying to dig in my feet so that it cannot slip away.

I know some amazing people. There was a time when I felt loved. Lately, I feel as though I'm going crazy. I feel as though because one person does not like me that it must mean that everyone hates me, right?

How many times do I need to be told to relax before I actually listen?

I can't breath. I'm trying so hard to hold it all together and the harder I try, the more it falls apart.

I feel as though there is this happy-go-lucky person inside of me screaming to get out. Where did the goofy, fun-loving girl go who laughed and smiled and never had reason to cry or yell?

I feel as though because someone has an opinion of me and my past actions that I can never change that. I will never be able to get away from the girl they think I am.

I need to catch my breath.

I'm going to leave it at that right now. I'm going to go crawl up on the couch next to my true love and think only of the good in my life.

Please help hold me up in this time. Please do not kick me while I am down. Know that I need support and love. Not shaken heads and turned up noses.

I don't want to admit that there are people in this world who will kick you while you're down. Who have hearts which are black and not filled with love. Who will take everything at face value and never try to reach out a hand in love.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Why I love/hate Cingular/AT&T

Yesterday was wonderful and much needed. Jeni was originally going to 1/2 price sushi with a friend in Milwaukee who had to reschedule. So her and I decided to go instead. We kidnapped Katie and we're good to go. Dinner was so much fun and as usual; filled with laughter and smiles. I forget how easily those girls can take a bad day and turn it into something wonderful.

The only blip yesterday was my horrendous experience with AT&T.

I have AT&T for my cell phone and have been with them/Cingular/Ameritech since 1998. In August Greg bought me the Palm Centro for my birthday.

After 2 months of working just fine, my internet stopped working. I called customer service only to be told that in order to use my phone and all of it's features, I must add on a $34.99 data package for the internet PLUS a $14.99 text messaging package. After I pinched myself to make sure I wasn't in the twilight zone, I told the girl she was crazy. She told me that if I ended the call, he had no choice but to remove the data and text messaging plans from my phone and block the internet. I told her to get my a supervisor. Her exact words were "He's just going to tell you the exact same thing I did".

But after 40 minutes of negotiating, I got Andrew the Manager to give me the same amount of minutes, with both unlimited text and date packages AND I'm paying $10.00 LESS per month now. AND (this is the best part) I negotiated a $60.00 credit to my account.

They let me add the phone to my plan with a $14.99 unlimited text and data plan. Then 2 months into it, they're going to tell me that in order to use my phone in the way it is intended, that I need to pay an additional $50.00 a month. I told him I was not interested in switching back to my old phone and having a $250.00 paperweight.

The manager with whom I spoke with was wonderful. He was sympathetic and understanding. I thanked him at the end of the call for being so willing to listen and work with me. He thanked me for realizing that it wasn't him who was the problem, but the company's poor business practices. He actually told me that he felt as though AT&T is raping their Smart Phone customers


I really have loved Cingular. I've recommended them to almost everyone I know. I've defended them as well. Now, I'm not so sure. It think it's so unfair to a customer to have this hidden charge TWO MONTHS after you've purchased your phone. The internet worked just fine for two whole months. But all of a sudden it doesn't work and you have to pay $50 more a month? Seems pretty shady to me.

What do you think?