Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween Party Favors

DSC00853, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi.

My morning class has their Halloween Party tomorrow, because they will not have school on Halloween Day. So- I sat down tonight to make some Nutter Butter Snakes to take to the party. They turned out pretty cute.
I am now working on my costume. I am going as a ghost. I purchased a $2.50 white twin sheet from Walmart and am presently trying to figure out how to cut the eye holes in such a way that I can still see to walk.
Tomorrow should be fairly interesting.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Random Thoughts

DSC00847, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi.

The kids have been doing Halloween art projects all week. I stopped to take pics of a few of them, so mosey over to my flickr page and check them out.
I have been cooking this weekend (as I enjoy doing most weekends). However, this weekend I spent some time cooking a deliverable dinner for a friend of mine who is having her gall bladder removed Monday morning. I figured the last thing she'd want to worry about when she gets home is cooking dinner. So I did what any self-respecting southern girl would do- I made her a chicken casserole and an apple crisp. I hope it makes things a little easier for her during her recovery.
See the food blog for more on the weekend's other culinary projects!

Thursday, October 25, 2007


I'm lying on the couch, watching the second game of the World Series. The first game was an absolute disaster. The Red Sox are leading this game 2-1, but I'll take that over last night's massacre.

I really need to be reading, or doing something productive...but NO- I am glued to the TV watching the game. So sad.

I'm still waiting to hear the results of the last round of tests done at the doctor. Maybe we'll find something and it will save me having to have a CT scan. I really don't relish the thought of it. But- I most definitely want the doctor to figure out what's wrong with me. I don't want another 3 days of excruciating abdominal pain.

That's about all I have to say tonight. I hope we win this game....

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Snowy Day

I'm sitting in the bedroom, staring out the window. It has been snowing on and off all morning. Nothing is sticking, but it's still neat to see the first snowfall of the season.

Dev has gone to the library to do some work on a paper he has due sometime this week, so I have the apartment to myself. I am taking the opportunity to do some organizing.

Rural Philanthropy Days is over (for the most part), and now I'm trying to gather up all the stuff I accumulated during this process to archive what is necessary and throw out the rest.

I am not, by nature, an organized person. So this is not going smoothly. I will give myself another hour of torture then go do something I like doing, like reading blogs or blogging about all the cooking I've done this weekend.

My thoughts are also preoccupied with my friend Angela and her family. Her brother was seriously injured in an accident over the weekend, and she can't get home to be with him. I know this feeling (at least as far as being separated from your family) and it sucks. I sincerely hope everything works out and I hope somehow Angela finds a way to either get there, or she can maintain enough communication to make her feel like she's in the loop.

Maybe I'll get another post in late this afternoon. And maybe there might be some snow accumulation I can take pics of and pass on!

Happy Winter everyone!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

My Mom Is A Genius

I was talking to my mom yesterday. I was pretty tired, and exasperated by the fact that I had horrible heart burn (in spite of only having eaten 2 bites of tofu, 1 piece of steamed broccoli and maybe 3 spoonfuls of steamed rice ALL DAY).

I told her I didn't want to take Tums or Rolaids because I had an ultrasound this morning (I get the results tomorrow- stay tuned) and I didn't want anything to interfere with the test. Besides, I've taken those things in the past and they really aren't that effective for me.

Without skipping a beat, my mother says to put about a half spoonful of baking soda in a small glass and add maybe half a cup of water to it. Down it- and you'll feel better.

So after we hung up I did just that.....and in less than 10 minutes I felt better than I have in about 3 weeks. It could be a coincidence, but I choose not to believe that.

As a result of this epiphany, I have experienced a slight improvement in my appetite. And that's good- because the soup of the day at Milagro's Coffee House today was "Creamy Brie and Mushroom." OMG- I only ate about half a cup but it was DIVINE!!! After my lunch, I had a chaser of baking soda and water and presto! No nasty heartburn or stomach pain. The improvement continued after I got home. I was actually able to cook a big pot of my all time favorite risotto milanese for dinner. Again- I only ate about 2/3 of a cup, but it was so good, and my chaser of baking soda chased away the heartburn monster! Go over the the food blog for the risotto recipe.

I'll blog more tomorrow after my visit to the doctor for a diagnosis/next step appointment.

Monday, October 15, 2007


I haven't blogged since last Wednesday.

I haven't blogged since last Wednesday because some sort of black plague has been delivered upon me.

The same exact black plague that visited me last November, again this last July, and then this last weekend.

What's the difference, you might ask?

In July, I had no insurance, therefore the fine folks over at the emergency room and the clinic were not willing to run any tests. They wanted to adopt a "wait and see attitude." Right. They weren't the ones who couldn't stand up straight because they were in so much pain.

Today, I had insurance....and a real doctor. Quite a combination indeed. I had a much different experience this time around. 2 tests were run before I left the doctor's office today, with a 3rd scheduled for Wednesday, AND a follow up appointment scheduled for Thursday. And as bonus- the doctor even has a plausible theory about what's wrong with me. She seems to think I have stones in my bladder. And they only flare up when they try to move. So she x-rayed and took blood and ordered an ultrasound.

Now the way I got to this doctor is also a story. When I began calling internal medicine doctors around Alamosa, I found out NONE OF THEM WERE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. I am serious- none of them. The last person I called started giving me phone numbers of some doctor in Conejos County. Needless to say, I don't live in Conejos.
So, I called my friend Cathy (who just so happens to work at the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center as their chief grant writer). I really didn't call thinking she could do anything for me. I called to bitch. Like I called to bitch with her in July when this happened and I couldn't get any tests run because I didn't have insurance. So she said that yes, she knew that the hospital was short an internist, and it wasn't surprising to her that I hadn't found anyone. But she also mentioned that her doctor was part of a family practice, and maybe I would have some luck there. So she gave me the number and wished me luck.
I called the number and was promptly told by the receptionist that they were not accepting any new patients. That's when my breakdown began. I began babbling uncontrollably about how I was sick and couldn't find a doctor, and my friend Cathy Morin was a patient there and highly recommended the doctor get the picture. The receptionist interrupted me and asked again who referred me, so I told her. She put me on hold, and 5 minutes later she comes back with an appointment....October 23, but at least I had my foot in the door. I thanked her profusely and made promises of chocolate deliveries and bid her farewell. She called me back 20 minutes later with a last minute cancellation.

What would have happened in this story had I not known Cathy? Shouldn't I be able to get a doctor's appointment when I have severe abdominal pain even if I don't know anyone at the place? I was lucky, but it really makes me think about the state of healthcare in Colorado, even in the US as a whole. It seems to me that the whole mess is a profit driven- good ole boy network- even if some of them are girls.

Anyway- I'm off my soapbox for now. Oh- and I lost 6 pounds...yay! Of course, I haven't eaten anything in the last week, but it still counts!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Reader

I got an email from a new reader last night. Apparently, the mom of the one of the students in my morning class reads Tonya's blog, and found the link to my blog there.

So- WELCOME JAMIE'S MOM! He's a great kid and we have a lot of fun learning new kindergarten stuff together!

Please don't be offended when I refer to kids as "little crappers." Really- it's a term of endearment... :)

Also, welcome to my little corner of the universe. If you are interested in cooking- check out my other cooking blog here.

Fixin' Stuff

You know...

I've lived here for nearly a year. You would think my body would be adjusted to the dry climate by now. Apparently, it isn't.

I have so many issues going on right now, I've decided to tackle one a week until I look human again.

This week is skin week. I look like a 16 year old the night before the prom. My complexion looks horrible. I realize that stress plays a large role in this, as well as my diet, but I'm taking steps to rectify the situation.

Firstly, I'm drinking more water than I ever have. Secondly, I'm trying to get more sleep (those that know me will realize this probably won't happen). Thirdly, well...I can't think of a third thing- but if anyone has any suggestions, I'm wide open.

Next week- Hair 101.

Sunday, October 7, 2007


DSC00821, originally uploaded by All Things Mimi.

Happy Birthday Dad!!!! We had a great time helping you celebrate your 70th....

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