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My old first gen iPod color about gave me a panic attack. As I got ready to snuggle under my electric blanket to finally get some work done today, I unlocked it and hit play as I docked it. Nothing. O.O!! It was very, very cold since I set it near the floor on a little shelf thing, so I cupped it in my hands and huffed on it, praying it'd come back to life.

Finally, the apple symbol showed up and it then told me it had a low battery. Which is weird because I pause and lock it every time I undock it in the mornings. Anyway, I quickly docked it and it started. Whew!!! I have ALL my playlists on that thing and I have to have my "sleepytime mix" on while I sleep.

I don't know what I'll do when my baby finally kicks it. We've been through a lot, including switching out a cracked screen. And I don't really have an interest in those fandangled new iPods. ;P
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This thermometer is in the house. Your eyes do not deceive you - it really does read 44*F. Just a wee bit chilly. And today is one of the milder days this week... it's supposed to be below 0 over the next few days. :( I'd give my pinky toe away for a furnace. If it doesn't freeze off by then. ><
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I spent several winters in Ohio without heat as a kid. I hope that it's a mild one and that you find ways to stay warm, despite the chill.
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Some of you may know that I keep a jar of "good things" over the course of the year. Pieces of paper where upon I write at least one good thing about the day. This year has been just as trying as the last if in a different way. So even though it's been sometimes very difficult to find one good thing about my day, I've done it. Every day.

This time last year, I was pulling my notes over the course of the year and posting them every hour until midnight. I'd planned on doing that again this year, except when we moved, I bagged up my papers to that point, got them over here and now I have no idea where they are. :/ I only have about a month or so of notes in my jar and that would be very boring and not very introspective of my 2014. I'm thinking they must be along my wall of piled junk here next to my bed, but I'm not sure I'm up to tearing into that pile just for a glimpse into my year of Good Things.

I will continue to do the Good Things jar into 2015. It's been a very good thing (heh) for me to do, even though I don't want to sometimes. It's a habit that has sometimes carried me through. I highly recommend the exercise for everyone. Every night before bed, meditate a moment over your day and write one good thing on a paper and put it in a jar. Even if, like me ofttimes, it's just something as simple as "I had a good cup of coffee."
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I hope everyone had a good Christmas. We had a modest Christmas before getting back to work moving crap.

Yes, we /still/ aren't completely out of the old house yet. We have two more weekends before we have to hand over the keys. I believe we only have one or two more loads at the most to get out.

The Mr and Boy2 went today while I was at work to finally get my bedroom furniture. It was one of the things I was stressing about. We'd never be able to replace it. I'm also very, very thankful the Mr got the pellet stove put in and working. No more freezing! He had to build a table for it because you can't just drill a hole into the side of a brick house. v.v It doesn't look the greatest, but it's functional.

Things are still very stressful... there is so much that weighs on me, I try not to complain or talk about it much because it seems like all I've done for the past several months is talk about all my troubles. It's tiresome. However, I will ask for good thoughts for my mom, though. She is not well and is going to have her second surgery in a week this coming Monday. She /has/ to get well. No option.

I've got a half a week at the bakery before they shut down for two weeks. It'll be a much needed break for me, (even though not having a paycheck will suck). I hope to get some small things done around the house and really buckle down writing stuff. Although right now, I just want to sleep the entire two weeks. A nice coma sounds wonderful.

I hope the new year is more mellow... I could do with lots less excitement. ><

~photos~
1. Our little tree and the family's presents.
2. I got two Pusheen pillows. Squee!
3. And a teeny glass truck-stop kitty. The Mr got me a pink one last year... I hope he knows I expect one every year now. ^.^
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I'm so glad you had a nice time, and a stove! =D I hope you have a happy new year, and best wishes to your Mum, I'll have my fingers crossed. 
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Huge thank you to my G+ +Secret Santa! These are awesome and will work so much better than what we currently have been dealing with. I really appreciate it!
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Carrie is a lovely gal who needs some help getting what she needs to be in less pain this next year. Read her story and consider donating even a few dollars.
 
Well,  I'm doing this.

Why?  Because its become pretty clear that I have to do this.  I have to get better.  I have to get my life back.  Going to the pool, it helps.  And I need to go a few times a week because it is helping.  But I'm going to run out money to do it soon.

I am asking for support to continue to go to the pool, to start a walking regimen at home, where its safe, and hopefully over the next year build the stamina and lessen the pain.  

If you can't donate, can you share my story around?  It would be really awesome if I could start the New Year on a positive note for once.  It isn't easy asking this, but I have nothing left to lose.

Thanks.

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Hi! My Name is Carrie, or Carrot as I've become affectionately referred to.  I have fibromyalgia, multi-level disc degeneration, spinal stenosis and peripheral neuropathy.  I have been unable to work for nearly 4 years and my life has become very limited.  I am in constant pain and it dictates everything I do from sleep to a social life.

Recently I found aquatic therapy after several repeated failures with traditional physical therapy.  Twice a week I go to a heated pool and am able to slowly increase the range of motion, and it doesn't hurt.  It actually feels good.  The tingling in my fingers and toes subsides and I feel more positive.

It works so much better than taking pain medication and I feel better about myself.

My doctor recommends that I use the pool as often as possible.  Daily if I can.  It is also recommended that I start a walking regimen to slowly increase my stamina above ground.  Its also about developing the habit of motion and retraining my body to respond better to motion and stop resisting it.  

The problem is that it is expensive.  I have managed to work out a reduced rate for a yearly membership at the pool that I do my aquatic therapy which would include all their locations (very convenient).  This is awesome and comparable to the YMCA but with less foot traffic. 

The other problem is that my health insurance has limited therapy allowances, so at some point I will be unable to receive aquatic physical therapy unless I pay for it myself.  If I have a yearly membership, I can at least apply my knowledge to the remainder of the year and keep moving.

Walking is another major issue.  I have an intense cold sensitivity.  In the winter I will break out into welts and get asthmatic from the air, so just walking outside is inadvisable.  Getting a treadmill really is the way to go to ensure that I am doing some dedicated walking every day.  I can schedule time to get out of the house and into the pool at least 4x a week.  I can't guarantee 7x for walking.

Therefore, my estimate would cover my year of expenses for a membership, a treadmill (nothing fancy), and gas money or pool equipment (they have these neat floating bar bells and stuff) I would require. 

I am not exaggerating when I say that these things are making my life not only better, but for the first time in a long while I feel like I might be able to get some control back.  I look forward to going to the pool each time.  I feel much more alive afterward, I walk better, I have less balance problems and less intense pain because of the warm water.  Walking is going to be hard, but I know that I need to work on this if I'm ever going to get my life back.  I just need your help to get me there...
Hi! My Name is Carrie, or Carrot as I've become affectionately referred to.  I have fibromyalgia, multi-level disc degeneration, spinal stenosis and peripheral neuropathy.  I have been unable to work for nearly 4 years and my life has become very limited.  I am in constant pain and it dictates ev...
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You're very welcome. <3
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I just did a Google search for what a stoma was to educate myself and saw some pretty graphic photos. Wow. Ouch!! I had no idea at all. :(
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+Rand Howard​ We're still without internet and limited data on our phones, so it's frustrating but we're managing. My boys are taking it surprisingly well for the most part. With the nicer weather, we're outside a lot. It is funny how things connect sometimes. Thank you for thinking of me and I hope you are doing well also. :)
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I'm attempting to wrap up The Fall of the Cicadas this week while I'm on a break from the bakery. I started on it, then sort of ran into a stall with some lost files. Nothing major, just would be nice to have the outside commentary while I went through the fix and fill.

So, I opened The Winter of the Birds while I'm waiting. I'm not sure if I should read back through the whole thing (it's been ages since I opened it) or just pick up from the last few pages and go from there. Or ignore that series for a few and work on Shattered Bones. What to do, what to do....
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Yeah, that would make sense. For better or for worse lol
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Guess what?! :D HUGE thank you to my G+ Secret Santa for a shiny, pretty, working kitchen faucet. I love it very much. Plus, no more water spraying everywhere! :) Thank you, too, +James Green​ for installing it for me. 
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It's such a simple but wonderful thing, running water that works properly. :)
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Mini photo spam post.
First... thank you to my +Secret Santa for the new bathroom trash can. The bathroom is starting to become more cohesive a bit at a time. I love it!

Second... Boy2's first litter of mice are getting so cute!! Even though their eyes aren't open yet, one of them was doing the 'clean my face' thing with its teeny little paws. I about died from cuteness.

Third... I was putting up another jar along the kitchen and thought this might make a neat photo. I'm about halfway around the room now with vintage and antique bottles and jars. I think it looks neat how it is, but it'll look really cool once the ceiling and walls are finished.
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CUTENESS!!!!!
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Is there any difference between "give a shit" and "give a fuck"? Does the number matter?

Maybe. The latest post at Strong Language includes graphs and charts so you know it must be right. Or something... 
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That's what happens when professional word nerds unite. Linguists and lexicographers love to discuss strong language. It's utterly absorbing, to me. 
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I haven't checked my GR page for quite some time, so I was stalking my novels on there and saw someone was currently reading Fragile Bones. My heart absolutely skipped because this book is brutal and not everyone is going to like it no matter how much I do, myself.

Anyway, I went the reader's page and it's tagged under "poetic prose" "dark and disturbing" and "teeth grinding moments" which made me smile. I hope the reader enjoys it.... I appreciate it getting read. :)

(It's highly unlikely I'll get a review, though, based on the previously read books getting rated and not reviewed. It's okay, though I'm always wildly curious.)

BTW, if haven't yet checked it out, you can find it here: http://amzn.com/B005TOXHOI
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I'm one who can't be placed in a box. I write stuff; I draw stuff. Music is my air. I'm tattooed, pierced, love cats & drink way too much coffee. Amongst other things.
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As a text book introvert, don't expect a ton of interaction from me, especially if I'm having a bad day; it doesn't mean I'm not interested in you or what you have to say, all it means, usually, is I don't feel like I have anything important to add.
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Note:  my Hoosier dialect will sometimes sneak out into my posts. Just overlook those. ;)

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