Hair

(I just realized this was stuck in drafts instead of published. I wrote it Nov. 23rd. I thought it had been published…or maybe something happened when I upgraded WordPress just now. It also had some categories stuck on that it shouldn’t have.)

Around the beginning of September I got my hair cut and dyed (a lighter blonde). It was down to the middle of my back and I got it cut to my shoulders. For a few weeks it looked great. It would fall right into the style when it dried. Then I started losing a lot of hair each day and it’s continuing so my hair is getting pretty thin. It’s getting kind of depressing.

I will mention it to my rheumatologist when I see him, but I think it’s due to the antibiotics I had to take in September. I took 3 in a row, 2 weeks on each. It was when I started the third one that it happened. I don’t remember the name, but it was one of the stronger ones. Hair loss was a side effect of it. Only…it’s been 2 months. When is it going to stop?

Oh, and the hairdresser I’ve been going to since I was about 16 stopped doing hair this month. I guess I need to find a new one.

Last Day of November

And I’ve written every day. Some of my most boring entries ever, but I wrote every day at least.

Today is a rainy, blah day. I just got out of bed an hour ago. I think that I will spend the day cross-stitching, with maybe a little fishing in WoW thrown in. I may or may not level Calandria (73 now) or my new mage, Dreamsky.

We ordered pizza from Pizza Hut for lunch/dinner. Yum!

Twitter

I don’t think I really like Twitter. I only check it a few times a week and don’t look forward to doing so. It’s just…confusing…and not very interesting. I love knowing what my friends are doing/thinking. I even love “Things I Did Today” type weblog/journal entries. But one at a time, mixed in with a whole bunch of other people…not so nice.

I could just not check it, but sometimes people post important or interesting things and I don’t want to miss them.

Deception?

I discovered today that the writer of the Circle of Three books (young adult Wicca series) is not a woman named Isobel Bird…but a guy named Michael Thomas Ford. That just disturbs me. Not that they were written by a man. But why did they want to hide the fact? Is it because he was “a gay American author of primarily gay-themed literature”?

I’m not sure what to think of all this.

Thanksgiving

Today we went over to my brother’s house as usual. My parents and his family were also there (his wife, daughter, and son). We had the usual turkey and ham, plus side dishes.

Afterward we played Catch Phrase and two Christmas trivia games. It was a pretty fun time. I haven’t been feeling that well the past few days (feel like I might be coming down with something). I’ll be at work tomorrow and fortunately don’t have to drive near any malls (I never go shopping on Black Friday).

Cross-Stitching

I’ve been cross-stitching a lot lately. I’ve been working on my mom’s Christmas present, a snow leopard. It might just be the most complicated one I’ve worked on so far. Lots of multi-color stitches and so on and most of the surface of the fabric is covered with stitches. Plus, since it’s mainly a large cat with a little background, there’s not a lot of definable areas. This makes it harder to realize you’re making progress. In the other one I was stitching before, it’s a bunch of seashells and seaweed and a seahorse. So you can say “oh, I finished another seashell”. But this one is “oh, I finished another area of color that I will have to repeat further away on the fabric”.

It’s unpleasant or anything. I might not finish it before Christmas though, even though I’m trying to.

Caffeine

I used to say that caffeine didn’t really have an effect on me. And I mean the caffeine in soda or tea…I don’t like coffee. A month or two ago I stopped drinking soda and wasn’t really drinking any tea (I drank chocolate soy milk, OJ with seltzer, and mainly vitamin water type stuff). I stopped because of the sugar in soda and I’m trying to cut back on carbs (trying being the operative word…I know the other stuff I’m drinking still has sugar). I really wasn’t trying to avoid caffeine, but I ended up not having any for almost a month, except for a few fast food drinks. Then we got bought some soda during my birthday week for at home. Coke. And we had some last week. It seems like whenever I have one I feel a lot more jittery. I suppose it could be the sugar, but I feel like it might actually be the caffeine. I’m going to try some caffeine free Coke and see how that makes me feel and then I’ll know. And if it is, then I’ll be avoiding it from now on.

DVDs

Yesterday I started watching my Felicity DVDs again. I don’t own all that many TV shows on DVD. Buffy, Survivor Season 2 and Survivor All-Stars (I like Amber), the first 6 seasons of Full House, the first 2 seasons of Veronica Mars, Dinosaurs, 3 seasons of Boy Meets World, and the first season of Clarissa Explains It All. And Joe got the Stargate SG1 series, which I watched too.

I was so upset when I found out that they weren’t releasing the rest of the Boy Meets World or Clarissa DVDs. Just now I checked on their status and it seems that a new distributer has acquired Boy Meets World but no good news on Clarissa. I think it’s awful that they would release part of a series and then just stop. That’s just silly, when a lot of people wait until they’re all released and buy the whole set, since it’s usually part of a some special edition/packaging.

I’ve borrowed the Sweet Valley High series and Saved by the Bell series from Netflix in the past. I have Sabrina the Teenaged Witch coming up soon in my queue as well as Stargate Atlantis.

Medication

I’m on less medication currently than I’ve been in the past three years. Right now I am taking Zyrtec, Singulair, and Advair. Plus some vitamins and melatonin. I do need to be on one more: a blood pressure medicine. I’m only taking an OTC potassium pill and I’m not sure if that’s enough or I should be taking a prescription one still (guess I need to ask one of my doctors for a blood test for it). This is much less than the 7 or so I was on last year at this time. I may go back on a birth control pill in January after I see what my liver enzymes are.

I wish I could just stop all the medication. Unfortunately, with the asthma and high blood pressure that’s not an option. Maybe I’ll be able to stop the allergy medication after being on my allergy shots for longer. I’ve been on allergy medication since I was 4 or 5.

Almost Forgot to Post Today

I told the nurse at my allergy shot today that the Symbicort wasn’t really working so she told me to go back on the Advair till my appointment (Dec. 8). She also said that after my next shot, I’ll be getting them every two weeks instead of every week.

This is good news, especially since we’re heading into winter and bad weather. It snowed a couple inches today.

The bad news is that now we have a $250 yearly deductible for our health insurance, starting Dec. 1. My shots are $35 or so each and I also have blood work done pretty often so I’ll be having to pay it fairly soon. The specialist office visit co-pay has also increased from $15 to $30. Considering I see about 4 different specials several times a year, this is depressing. I guess I’m fortunate to just have health insurance though.