20 July 2015

A Good Report

Today was the day for my annual gynecological visit.  I don't mind this, since given my medical history, I am happy that drs are paying attention to how I am doing.  Plus, having to only have an annual appointment seems a treat, since for so many years, I had to go fairly often.

My gynecologist is a wonderful woman, too, so that helps.  She is personable, but also very thorough and really pays attention - not just medically, but otherwise.  Except for the obvious medical part of the visit, it's like checking in with a friend.  I know when I had surgery, one of the nurses told me that she was a patient, and that a lot of the other nurses went to this gynecologist as well.  Seems to me that a recommendation from nurses is a pretty good thing for a doctor, right?

Fortunately, today I got a good report, and unless something unexpected happens, I don't have to see her again until next summer.  I'll take it.

The down side was making my way there in the heat and humidity.  Because I know that I have a hard time with it, I try to take my time getting from one place to the other in weather like this.  I had my sunscreen on, and my humongous hat and sunglasses.  I'm sure people who saw me thought I was a celebrity ...

The other thing I did was take a bottle of cold water with me.  By the time I got to the dr's office, it was nearly empty, but it definitely helped.  Most people think that winter is hard, since you have to wear so many layers of clothing, but it takes me just as long to get organized to go in the severe summer weather!

The other good news is that I don't have another appointment with any drs until September, so the rest of the summer I don't even have to think about it.  And that is the best news of all!

Stay cool, and don't forget to take care of yourself.

07 July 2015

Overhaul Time

I had no intention of disappearing for so long!  Sorry about that.  I would like to say it was because I was jet-setting, but it was really just a combination of being stressed out, depressed, and way too busy at work.

Enough of that though, it's time to regroup and start fresh, and do my best to control the things that I can.

Did you see this article?  It confirmed some things for me that I had always wondered about, but had been too chicken to look into in any depth.  I don't get I manicures and pedicures very frequently, and certainly not nearly as much as a lot of people I know do.  I do like to get them every once in a while, or for special occasions, because it's a real treat, and also because I can't "clean up" around my nails as well as a trained person can.  Like everyone though, I usually would go for the less expensive option.  But after reading this article, I decided that unless I found out otherwise, I would only go to places that I could feel sure were well run and where the workers got paid and were  not slaves.

So last Friday, since we had the day off from work, I decided to treat myself to a pedicure (I am really bad at painting my toenails!), and made an appt at a salon attached to a beauty salon/spa place.  It cost more, but it was really wonderful, and I left without wondering if I had contributed to a bad situation.  Not that upscale places are automatically perfect, but I felt a little more comfortable with going there.

Also now that summer has truly arrived (read: heat and humidity), I wanted to overhaul my makeup for the daily routine before work.  I read this post/tutorial and got some great ideas.

I had planned to get organized this past weekend, but at the last minute, we decided to go to Baltimore and stay with my niece and her husband overnight on the 4th.  A lot of other family and friends were there, and we had a blast, which included some amazing fireworks.  I figured that, since I had also taken Monday off, and was supposed to have jury duty today, I could still organize even though we'd been gone.  However, it's gonna have to wait, because yesterday I woke up with a cold and sore throat that have knocked me out.  I had to reschedule my jury duty first thing this a.m., and after many doses of cold medicine and a ton of sleep, am just now starting to feel some semblance of normal.  And so, my reorganization/overhaul will happen this weekend.

One thing I did buy last week to start trying was this:

This is a tube of MAC Cosmetics lipstick in the shade Ruby Woo.  I've read/heard a lot about this lipstick, and how it works on everyone.  I love red lipstick, but usually can't find a shade a like.  I was convinced to give this a try when I saw a friend who wears no makeup whatsoever except lipstick wearing it.  She looked great with only the lipstick, and her coloring is very similar to mine.  So I'll keep you posted on that.  Feel free to let me know in the comments if you have tried it and how you do/don't like it, or to suggest other good lipsticks for a pale person like myself.  :-)

That's it for now.  I promise you'll hear from me again sooner rather than later.  In the meantime, stay cool and try to look your best!