Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My ginger tea

My cough has been somewhat better. I'm not coughing as much but I do wake up to cough up nasty stuff. Sometimes it feels like I have something in my throat that I cant get out and I just end up vomiting from the cough. Ah well, at least I can sleep. I'll look at the bright side.

I did use vapor rub at night, and it helped some. What I have been doing though for the past couple of weeks is my ginger tea. I call it tea but my friend insists its a drink and not a tea. I boil some water, sometimes with a cinnamon stick. While I wait for it to boil I cut up some ginger root into pieces. Once the water boils I toss the raw ginger (a lot of pieces) into the water and turn off the stove. I let it sit for about six to eight minutes, before I pour it into a mug. I add a teaspoon of honey and sip it. The ginger helps with breaking up the mucus. It's really delicious. Now I think of it more as a treat than a remedy.

My son was sick over the long weekend with stomach pains, vomiting, and diarrhea. Poor thing, he went back to school yesterday but I sent him bland foods. Today I am sending him just a little more. Ginger is also good for digestive problems, so you can be sure he had a few sips of this. Unfortunately he doesn't like it because its spicy, so a few sips is more than an estimate.

I don't update frequently because I don't have internet at home, only on my cellphone but I really dislike typing on this. Since I hadn't updated in a while I thought I'd do it anyway.

Friday, February 6, 2015

run vs cough

I really really feel like going for a run, but I have this horrible cough that doesn't go away. It's has lasted for over two months already. It started off as a simple tickle in throat, then it turned into bronchitis. The doctor gave me antibiotics for it, and told me that it should get better, but to expect the cough to last for six weeks. Six weeks. Ay. This cough has me having terrible coughing fits every time I laugh, sometimes even when I'm talking excitedly. It was getting better but now it seems to be getting sore again. I have this issue I'm working on with Obama Care that is taking too long. As soon as that issue is resolved and I've chosen my plan and all that I will have to go for a follow up. (I haven't because out of pocket is expensive!) If I get worse than I am now then I will have to go to doctor no matter how expensive it gets.
Update: my eye got swollen and red with some drainage. After one day the swelling has gone down, and there is no drainage now. My friend told me it had to do with the sinus and allergy. I was afraid I had pink eye!

Maybe I will try to go for a run in the evening, see how that goes.
Update : I ended up not going for the run. After thinking about it some more I feel it might make my cough worse.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

redefined backpacker- my mug and bottle

It's been a couple of weeks now that I've been carrying my coffee mug and water bottle to work.

It's not the first time I've done this, but I remember why I stopped. Since I commute to work by bus I began to develop constant back, shoulder, and neck pains from carrying a shoulder bag (not just from the mug and bottle but from my lunch). I decided to stop until the soreness subsided and use a backpack instead. However, I felt like a school kid taking my son to school, and I wanted to look like an adult taking care of business. I'm embarrassed to say I stopped for these reasons.

Now, I'm looking at this differently. I'm a backpacker taking care of business: my home. I'm thinking of myself as a person concerned with earth, and I am taking care of it. It's true.

Anyway, did you know that you get discounts for using your own coffee mug? My coffee mug size is about a medium. So I get about fifty cents off at 7 11, which is where I sometimes get my coffees in the morning (if I didn't have time to get it at home) since it's next door to work. So, I'm paying for the coffee not for the cup- that's how I see it.

I use to buy two large water bottles a week so I can have at work. Now, I carry my own. Technically it's my son's (a marvel comics design), but it's too large for him and he is letting me "borrow it" (his words) since he has another small one he takes to school.

Great beginning steps I'd say

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Let's simplify

I'm trying to simplify my life and I think documenting it here would help me tremendously and perhaps having someone, or several people, reading this hold me accountable for this change I want.

Actually, I started this change about two years ago. I started by watching the program Neat. This lady talked a lot about purging. Just purge. You haven't looked in this box for well over two years? Why should you look in it now if you haven't already? You shouldn't. Get rid of it without even peeking inside. You have clothes you haven't worn in well over a year, get rid of it.  You have things that you stored five years ago because you might need it someday. Chances are that if you haven't had a need for it in five years, then you won't be needing it anytime soon, or ever at all.

So, after watching almost an endless amount of episodes I kept seeing my home, and all the clutter and unnecessary things I have. Then I thought I'd have to try purging. I took out bags and bags of things I never thought would fit in such a tiny home. Seeing less clutter and less things was like giving my mind a breath of fresh air. Inhale, sigh.

I can't sit here and type that I never bought anything anymore, because I did. Then what happened? I ended up going through another purge, and another, and another. I ended up getting rid of a lot of things I had just bought because I really did not need it.

So, that is where I started, from there other things pretty much came into place. I am one of those that goes paperless if possible (except for books, I'm sorry but there is something about holding a book and inhaling its scent as you read that I can't let go of. I do purchase used books though). I recycle and reuse- I am concerned about sending things to landfills. I also like to use more natural things for my body, both inside and out.

I have trouble keeping to these things that matter to me though, so this is where this blog comes in. I want it to help me keep things in check. I want to deviate from my goal as less as possible