The Open Field

I am trying to see if I can learn more about air fresheners.  I’d like to keep my home pretty fresh and I don’t want to get those scented things because I haven’t really found any that I really like the smell of, and even though a lot of people seem to buy them, I

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Small City Residences

Some of my friends have made the comment that they think my place is too small.  You see, I have some friends who live pretty far out of town where you can get a place to live for a lot less than when you are closer to the big cities.  It makes sense that if

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English Accents

Do you know anyone who is always traveling?  I have a friend who is always going somewhere.  He has been not only all over America but also to a lot of places in Europe, too.  He told me that he recently went to England and he said that it took a little bit to get

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My Site Loves

I like to blog.  I’m sure you’ve noticed.  In fact, if you’re been reading this site then you’re pretty aware that I will use this blog to post anything I’m thinking about, from things I hear about, to relationship issues, and even to things I want to try.  I’m glad I found a site like

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New Couch

In my living room I’ve got a couch and I think it is really comfortable.  I’ve been thinking about getting another place for people to sit, though, and I think that I’m going to get something that isn’t like a normal couch.  At first I thought I should get another one but then I was

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The Open Field

The Open Field

I am trying to see if I can learn more about air fresheners.  I’d like to keep my home pretty fresh and I don’t want to get those scented things because I haven’t really found any that I really like the smell of, and even though a lot of people seem to buy them, I just think they make my place smell kind of strange.  But rather than get one of those, what I’m looking at is an air purifier that will keep everything out of my air that could cause a scent or anything that could make me sneeze.  I have seen a few mentioned online but I’m not really sure what the differences are other than maybe being for different sized rooms or whatever.  It just seems like something that might be helpful to keep in the living area so that if there are any weird smells or anything that aren’t going to become something that will bother people.  It might also be able to keep other stuff out of the air that you might not want to be breathing in.

The only place I have ever seen one of these was when I went to visit my sister and she had a medium sized on in her living room.  It wasn’t very loud and I guess it worked pretty well but you couldn’t really tell, although she had only been suing it in the evenings so I don’t know if it needs to be run all hours or what.

There are a few kinds I have seen online from a few different brands including Panasonic and Whispure but mostly I was reading about the Whispure 510 and it sounds like it might do what I am thinking it should do although like I said I don’t really know much about this.  Generally it’s a good idea to research something before you buy it so I’m going to be going online and checking out different websites like best buy.com to see what their reviews have to say and maybe I’ll be able to find one that will work for me or at least learn which ones, if any, I should stay away from, because I don’t want one that is ok.  That’s what I’m going to be doing as this will probably be the next thing I buy for my home.  The only other thing I have been looking at is a new couch but that’s a different story.

Small City Residences

Small City Residences

Some of my friends have made the comment that they think my place is too small.  You see, I have some friends who live pretty far out of town where you can get a place to live for a lot less than when you are closer to the big cities.  It makes sense that if bigger areas out in the country are more familiar, then it would seem pretty small in the city.  But that’s where most of the people I know want to live.  For example, I have a friend who comes to visit and she sees my one bedroom places and my relatively small flat and says that she doesn’t know how I can stand to live here because there isn’t any space to do anything.  If you go to her home, you will see that she lives on a big lot and has a 3 bedroom house.  Well, of course my place seems small!

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You do not see this in the city

There are so many things I like about living in the city, but there are also some things that would be nice about living away from all the crowded areas.  If you have a house that is away from stuff you can get a bigger yard, or, I should say you can get a yard, since all the apartments in the cities don’t have yards.  You can put things in your yard, like a garden, and a little gazebo in the back, and some metal garden furniture to sit in when you have your buddies come over.

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A place to hang out in the downtown area

When we want to relax we have to go to a restaurant.  I have a lot of taverns that I like to visit, but there is something that is nice about hanging out in your yard with others.  And that isn’t something that I can do here.  I might move out of the city but I really like living here and I also work here so I don’t see that happening.  And living in a small place isn’t so bad, in fact, it teaches me to be a bit more creative because I don’t have room to just store everything that i want.  So I’ll be sure to only get things that I know I am going to need and be able to find a place for.

But when I go to visit my friend and we can go outside and she shows me her sidewalk and her garden and all of that, it actually is really nice.

English Accents

English Accents

Do you know anyone who is always traveling?  I have a friend who is always going somewhere.  He has been not only all over America but also to a lot of places in Europe, too.  He told me that he recently went to England and he said that it took a little bit to get used to how they talk.  I was like man, you should just listen to them on TV and then you’ll get used to it.  He said that they were pretty cool and he was able to visit some famous places.  He said that he also wants to go to Germany but he didn’t make it there so he is going to make his next trip there instead.

I think I would like to go to Europe, too.  The furthers I have ever been away from home is Canada and that doesn’t even really consider it as an international trip because it’s really just right above us here.  But it was actually quite fun and I visited a cool place while I was there and it made me want to learn more about Canada as a country.  So I’m thinking that I might have to join my friend in his Wanderlust as he travels around the place and see if he has any cool trips planned.  He said that he wanted to get a hotel gift card from Giftly and use that so he wouldn’t have to worry about his hotel on his next trip.  I wasn’t sure that would work, but the more I thought about it the more it seemed like kind of a good idea so I think that I might have to do something similar to that.  I was looking online at the different places I would like to go and I definitely want to check out San Diego because I heard it is really nice there and there are some things that I want to see.  There is also a place I would like to visit in Texas but I have never been there and I don’t know if I would like it overall, but I think it would be quite different from where I live now.  And then if I get a chance I also want to visit Wisconsin and check out some of the places there because I knew someone from there and he was always talking about his home state and I figure I might want to check it out as well, not that it’s necessarily my first choice, but it would still be a decent midwest place I think.

My Site Loves

My Site Loves

I like to blog.  I’m sure you’ve noticed.  In fact, if you’re been reading this site then you’re pretty aware that I will use this blog to post anything I’m thinking about, from things I hear about, to relationship issues, and even to things I want to try.  I’m glad I found a site like this where I can easily put the things online that I want to share, because without a site like this I would probably be having to do everything manually and that isn’t what I would want to do.  I mean having to code each page by hand?  That would take quite a while.  You could obviously copy and paste most of the code, but still.  I like how WordPress does it all for you automatically.  It’s actually pretty soft when you learn how to use it.  There’s a learning curve but that didn’t take me too long.  The only thing that is kind of weird is that some of the options will change as it releases newer versions but that’s something that is going to happen no matter what you do.

So anyway, there are a few other options out there but I think I like WordPress the best.  I also like it because it gives people the option to blog without having to buy anything.  Compare this against things like few blogs that charge for their use.  I mean, those might work well for what they are designed for but I like using these customizations that I have on my blog now.  All I have to do is post whatever I want and I’m done.  I think that’s probably part of the reason that so many people use this platform.  It’s easy and pretty wide varieties of options exist to customize it however you want.  I think that’s a good idea so you don’t have a bunch of blogs that all look the same and people are like hey, another one that looks similar.  I try to keep mine user friendly.

Another thing I enjoy about blogging is that I can write long or short posts and there’s no set length or anything.  I mean imagine if posts had to be so long or you couldn’t publish them.  Who always wants to read some super long post?  No thanks.  So I’m gonna go do some stuff but I wanted to write this so I could talk about why I like writing stuff on my site.

New Couch

New Couch

In my living room I’ve got a couch and I think it is really comfortable.  I’ve been thinking about getting another place for people to sit, though, and I think that I’m going to get something that isn’t like a normal couch.  At first I thought I should get another one but then I was like I think I want some more variety in my room.  So I’m looking at some of the different things that are available and I have really been wondering if I should get a bench.  I mean just like a bench that people can sit on if they are watching TV or something and then if not it’s not really going to take up anything cuz you could put it behind the couch.  But then I was thinking I should probably get something else.  My living room is pretty traditional and I want to change that up so I was thinking that there are some things I could get that would give kind of a different feel in that room.  And I don’t know if it’s because of the kind of furniture I have or what but when I walk in there I just think that everything looks really kind of normal.  So I was going to see what kind of options there were for furniture that is a bit different and I was also thinking that I might want to get something I can put next to the couch.  So I’ve been looking at some of the things that are available.  I was thinking that a futon might be what I want.  Of course, I’m not talking about a futon like the ones people have that are really thin and uncomfortable but I’m talking about a nice one that is actually pleasant if you sit on it and that is a good bed.  I’ll have to see what I can find, though.

I like the style of a futon and I think it would be something to add to my living room but I don’t know if I’m going to be able to find one that meets everything that I have in mind.  I’m also going to see if there is a type of couch that might work but as for now I think I’m going to stick with my idea of getting some less traditional type of stuff.  That way if someone wants to crash at my place they could sleep on it.

My Bed

My Bed

My friend was over the other day and we were talking about snoring.  He told me that he was reading about some of the different things that you can do to stop snoring but he doesn’t really know any of them work.  I don’t snore but I know a few people who do and I think that one of them wears a mouthguard or something to bed that is supposed to make you stop but I don’t know if it works and I don’t think he knows either because he’s asleep!  I should probably ask his girlfriend.  He told me about this website called without snoring that talks about some of the different things you can do.

I don’t know.

I have another friend who said that he insists on sleeping on his side because otherwise he won’t be comfortable.  That sounds strange to me because I usually fall asleep on my back but I’ll wake up in weird positions.  I guess I flop around a lot and I have been known to move the blankets and stuff, too.  I am not sure why I do that, I get really relaxed and I fall asleep and then I move around a bit.  I don’t usually try and I don’t even know if I’m waking up or what, I just seem to change positions.  A lot.

Speaking of sleeping, I also love stuffed blankets.  I have this blanket that has little sections and each of them is filled with something super soft, I don’t know what’s in it, but it is the greatest blanket.  I also like being a little chilly when I sleep.  In the summer it’s all hot and I just can’t fall asleep and certainly don’t need a blanket but in the fall it’s nice because I can pull the blankets up and get all cozy.  I also like to sleep with only one pillow.  I kind of get it positioned a certain way and then I’ll lay down but I really only want one pillow.  I need it to be thin, too.  Those huge pillows that are all puffy look really soft but I’ve never liked sleeping with them.  I wouldn’t say that I’m particular about the way I asleep, just that I know there are certain things that work for me and other thing that don’t.  I also like having exactly three blankets but that is another issue altogther.  One pillow.  If I have more than that I’ll just move them out of the way.  Plus this way my bed looks nice.

Exercise Talk

Exercise Talk

There are a few things that I want to see if I can do at the gym. I would like to find a place to stretch out with some kind of mat so that my feet can stay in place, and I would also like to see if they have a room with some exercise bikes so I can get in some cardio while I am reading a magazine. The other thing I have been thinking about is whether or not I will want to lift weights for my upper body. I am already pretty strong and I have been doing mostly leg exercises recently and other than doing on legged balancing things I can’t really think of anything else that I need to do for my strength. I do a lot of yogurt smoothies and I think that my net diet is pretty good. I have been trying to see if there is anything else that I can think of that would help my exercising.

I know there are a few other exercise movements I would like to try. I saw someone doing a handstand against a wall and I think I would go and do that but I don’t think that I could do it without leaning up against something. I have been trying to see if there is anything else that I would like to do and the other stuff that i can think of mostly involves weight training.

I also would like to see if I can find a book or something that will show me how to do some of these exercises properly. Running is really the only thing I am sure of my form and program. Another thing that I am interested in is seeing if I would be able to incorporate some of the exercises that I do now into some of the ones that I wan t to do. They might work together to help me get an even better routine.

I also am trying to find out if it would matter if I skip a day every so often. I know some people say definintely not to and others say definitely do so.

There are some supplements that I wan tto look into as well. There is one called garcinia cambogia that might be something I can use but Iwill have to do more research on that first. I want to get something that will work.

Rehab My Shoulder

Rehab My Shoulder

My shoulder has been hurting for a while. I’m not sure what exactly is going on but it kind of hurts when I bend it a certain way so I’ve been having to make sure I don’t reach my arm back too far. It might be because I work at my computer a lot and I don’t stretch as much as I should. I need to start exercising again so I can get some strength to make up for working at my desk for so long. I heard that being at your desk for too long can cause problems with muscles and you should have a fitness routine to help prevent that from happening. There are a lot of people at my job who are there for much of the day and we even sometimes eat lunch at our desks which means more working so I think we should all start doing something workout related so we can all get active. One of the things I want to do actually is get a routine going where I am going to the gym a few days a week so it becomes a habit and I don’t sit around making excuses. Now I think I will also need to see a physical therapist for my shoulder, though, because it’s not like I injured it through exercise or doing anything because I haven’t done anything to hurt it, it just started hurting one morning when I was reaching for something behind me.

I think there are some exercises I can do to help get it back to where it doesn’t hurt but I don’t know what they are and I’ll have to work with a PT for that. Hopefully it doesn’t require surgery but I don’t even know what is wrong yet. I was checking out some websites to get some ideas and I saw that there are a few treatment options depending on what the problem is. According to www.jointpaininjections.com there are some injections that can help if you have certain types of conditions but like I said I don’t even know what is going on with my shoulder. It doesn’t hurt all the time but only in certain positions I put it in so I have to just be careful that I’m not moving it in a way that causes it to hurt. I think I am also going to start up doing yoga again which is something I’ve done before and liked a good amount.

I Keep Track Of Them In A Planner

I Keep Track Of Them In A Planner

I went most of June and July without headaches, then was suddenly slammed by a couple nasty ones. I thought I had predicting them down to an in-exact science but I was genuinely surprised by the two I got this week. Since we’re at the tail end of a heat wave here, my best guess is that the heat plus an unusual amount of stress triggered the headaches.

It always sucks dealing with bad headaches, but on the bright side, I’ve noticed they tend to happen on days where the weather outside is miserable anyway, so I don’t feel too badly about staying indoors and being a Netflix-watching couch potato. They do truly mess up the rest of the week, however. I can’t even clean or do laundry if I have a headache that is bad enough. The exertion from carrying the baskets full of clothes up and down flights of stairs can make my head pound even harder, and the fumes and constant bending-over required for cleaning also makes any headache worse. So instead I need to hope that I recover quickly then cram my entire remaining weekend full of missed chores.

Fortunately, my husband is very understanding of my headaches and helps out a lot by cleaning if I can’t do it, and I’m thankful for that. Very thankful!

Over the years I’ve developed some tricks for managing my headaches. I have also found that if you take one tablet of over the counter headache medicine and it doesn’t work, then don’t bother taking a second–all you will do is severely upset your stomach. Believe me, it doesn’t work.  I’ve taken my share of ibuprofen over the years.  There is another produce I recently heard about called Migralex that I might try.  It contains aspirin and magnesium and is supposed to work.

Heat applied to the back of the neck and ice applied to the forehead, over the spot with the most localized pain, may not eliminate the headache but it really feels nice. I also like using aromatherapy–lavender and mint essential oils are some favorites. I also ensure that I’m positioned comfortably on the couch–I try to support my neck and ensure my shoulders aren’t bunched up around my ears. That just creates more tension, which can prolong the headache. And of course, if all else fails, a prescription from the doctor can help a ton, but it isn’t for everyone.

Redoing Everything

Redoing Everything

Remodeling is a bigger chore than I’d ever imagined. It’s not that any single task is hard, it’s the fact that my house is old and out of date and I feel like I want to change everything. Almost everything this house came from either my parents or friends of my parents when I first moved out after college. Well, now I’m a bit older and I’ve started living life in the real world. I got my first ‘real’ job a couple of years ago but I’ve been pounding away at student loans. I’ve made significant progress in paying off loans and I’m finally starting to build a nest egg. I think it’s time to start focusing on making life more comfortable for me.

Now that I have a nest egg, it’s time to turn my house into a home. I’ve been living here for a few years but haven’t updated anything. Like I said, all of my stuff is old, and for lack of a better phrase, was given to me by old people. It’s definitely time for me to start branching out and getting things I like, rather than things a broke college student can afford. One of the first things I need to get is a new bed. The bed in my house is the same bed that I have been sleeping in since I’ve been around fifteen years old. At this point, it’s a bit uncomfortable…as well as embarrassing. Of course I’ve graduated from my superman sheets, but the style of the bed is something my mom picked out, and their home is 1950s at best.

I’ve been looking online, and I think I really want to see if I can find a new bed, preferably something contemporary. I already found the mattress I like, it’s one of the new high-tech super comfortable mattresses, but I need to find a frame that fits my personality. Personally, I’m starting to really like platform beds and there are some that are very cool and contemporary looking, like the ones on this lit design site. I may end up going with a traditional frame with headboard and baseboard, but either way I just know I want something that doesn’t look like it came out of a cabin that only recently got electricity. I’m not knocking my parents’ taste. I love my mom and dad unconditionally, but it’s time for me to get out and discover who I am and to furnish my house accordingly.