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Trying new recipes

The symptoms of (peri)menopause are many. It’s almost bizarre what happens to the body in the name of reverse puberty. Like indigestion. I have had a cast iron stomach my whole life – until now. Now I find myself experiencing GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and heartburn. The really bad part is that it takes away […]

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MIA

I’m probably as baffled as you are, my dear reader, at the lack of activity on my blog. It’s not that nothing’s happening in my life. I got a lovely raise at work (broke through a personal glass ceiling doing so), am back to full time (no more one-Wednesday-a-month off), health is good (after a […]

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Christmas plans

Sometimes shit happens with the best outcomes. I have yet to see how well, but it’s looking good so far. The friends I usually spend Christmas with I won’t be spending Christmas with this year. That means I’ll be alone for Christmas. That’s not a bad thing. I’ve done it before. So, after the initial […]

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Sort of on break

It’s downright distracting to have arms whose protests against too much typing and mousing can no longer be ignored. I am doing better, and my increased awareness of what is good for me is definitely helping. But it doesn’t take much abuse to get the arms protesting again (they’re very mutually supportive that way, my […]

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The week of November 10

No, that’s not a typo. In Europe, the week starts on Monday and this week that was the 10th. I sometimes get American calendars and have to remember that on those Sunday is to the left. For some reason, it’s not as confusing as I thought it would be. This week, my arm is better, […]

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A note from Mom

Sometimes the sweetest things show up unexpectedly, like a note from Mom. That was the title of the e-mail my mom sent me today. Actually, it was notes from Mom. One of them was a healing prayer for me. It is now laminated and resting by my keyboard as a reminder that both life, body […]

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Election night and other thoughts

Yes, I’ve been missing in action, without saying why. Nothing serious. A bit of idea drought, RSI, and happy moments that involve friends that are not comfortable with being blogged about. About that latter, I will merely say that I made a new friend on my trip to Trondheim this summer. About the RSI (repetitive […]

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Things to do while sick

Exchange text messages (and cyberhugs) with a sick friend Call boss and feel terrible about the work I’m not there to do Make myself pancakes Doze off to the radio Take extra vitamin C Don favorite lounging outfit and curl up in sofa Watch daytime TV (nothing much missed there) Reorganize DVD shelf Watch a […]

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Finally – some pampering

Well, being home sick’s OK, but it does rob me of opportunities to get something to write about. I have discovered that I miss the daily blogging (will try to fix that). At any rate, I felt well enough to go to work (after spending the night intermittently waking up to cough). On my way […]

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Tweakage

Sharp eyes (and maybe even some bleary ones) will notice that the blog template has been altered again. Nothing dramatic, but I was a bit frustrated with the layout of the sidebar and its spacing in Firefox. Instead of tweaking that, I just grabbed another template. I’ve also put my blog roll back. And, after […]

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On protective bacteria, mysterious violins and meaningful musicians

I’m vegging. That means a lot of surfing (and catching up on reading). A few things I have tripped over that make me go hmm: The bacteria helicobakter pylori, which a few years ago was found to be the real reason for stomach ulcers, may actually be protecting children from asthma. With cleaner water and […]

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Grass farming

I grew up in an era where there was a call of “back to nature” (the influence of the flower children of the 60’s), where more and more humans stopped defining all the members of nature (from bacteria to whales) as having the quality of good or bad. We had embraced ecology and the awareness […]

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Another reason to go vegetarian

I keep telling people that one of the nice things about living in Norway is the country’s ban on genetically modified (GM) food. I don’t want to eat the stuff, and I don’t want to encourage others to grow it or eat it, either. I have seen reports that suggest that the corn crops modified […]

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And then it’s all OK again

This week has been a very good week at work for me. I’ve been doing something I love to do (the layout of a 48-page magazine all by myself), and the sun’s been shining. My department is still waiting to hear the final outcome, but in the mean time, two co-workers went ahead and applied […]

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Health talk: Me, myself and the tummy

(Edited) I know I said I wasn’t going to talk about my digestion any more, but since other bloggers have given me information by telling their stories, I’ve decided to give an update. It is clear that alcohol and coffee do not agree with my stomach. I can drink coffee if I make it weak. […]

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What do I desire?

“What do I desire?” was the prompt on the prompt generator – and a good prompt it is. Last night’s seminar has (happily) given me a lot of inspiration and – desire. Desire to look seriously at what I really want out of life and the faith that I can make my desires realities. But […]

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Current state not necessarily future state

Talking about digestion is something old people do. So let me talk about my digestion now and get it over and done with because I really don’t want to be having this conversation when I’m old. I am currently reading a book, “Hidden power for human problems” by Frederick Bailes. I hadn’t heard of Bailes […]

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Emergencies of the past

Imagination prompt generator has asked if I was ever rushed to the hospital and what for. My visits to the hospital total two my entire life: One was the day I was born, the other was at about 9 months old, when my mother woke up in the middle of the night and had an […]

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2.5 billion

I don’t know about you, but I’m rather awestruck by the idea that there are 2.5 billion bacteria in a capsule this size: 2.5 billion. Here are their names: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium longum. In other news: I spent April Fool’s day serving the gang at work cupcakes (hi, Paula!) to mark my […]

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Philosopher, heal thyself

I saw my acupuncturist today. I knew I had to give her bad news and make a decision about whether or not to keep trusting her. You have to wonder at the “signs” one can get: I opened the same door as the last time I was there, and walked into a room I didn’t […]