Fun With Men (A play on/with Words…)b

So I posted the following image on my Facebook profile a few hours ago and it kind of morphed:

This sums it up nicely.

This sums it up nicely.

Where it went from there? Bwahahahahaha…. (Sorry fellas…it’s a natural thing, I think…)

Words with a negative connotation with “men” in them:

  • MENopause;
  • MENstruation;
  • MENses;
  • MENtal;
  • MENial;
  • MENace;
  • MENengitis;
  • MENstrual;
  • ArguMENtative;
  • AbandonMENt;

But then, there are those other words that may be a good thing:

  • MEN (’nuff said…)
  • FerMENtation (without which we would not have beer and wine);
  • AdustMENt;
  • EmpowerMENt;
  • EmployMENt; (and all those other words that have MENt at the end…)
  • MENtor;
  • MENthol; (because who doesn’t love Vicks Vapo-rub, right?);
  • MENage-a-trois? (ducking)

Give me what you’ve got, people….Your best (or worst…I’m easy…) My little mind just blew up…

Till next time…

And for my buddy, Rob, at the V-Pub:

A Quick Update: Neighbors and Drugs

This isn’t going where you think it is.

"How to Plant a Car"? Start of a trend?

“How to Plant a Car”? Start of a trend?

That said, I was getting ready for work yesterday morning, after a short four hour nap interrupted by the inferno that is my bed. It was shortly after 7:30. I heard a gawd-awful clatter that sounded much like a metal trash dumpster hitting the asphalt and all the glass rolling out of it. Not a window-peeper by nature (nobody will ever call me Mrs. Kravitz), I had to break that rule, as it sounded like it happened right outside of our bedroom. Lo and behold, where the Neighbors had planted their car last month, there was a little man on a tractor with a box-blade, scraping the driveway. Apparently, the fashionable time to drop and scrape crush and run to repair the deep trenches in one’s driveway is shortly after 7:30 a.m. On the up-side, it wasn’t my day off, and I was going to work, so there’s that.

They’ve all been pretty quiet over the past weeks, and the neighbors 2 doors down still don’t seem to realize their dog is gone. Hmmmm.

So on Monday I went to the dentist (no cavities, Mom, yay!) to have my teeth cleaned, and then it was off to my favorite doctor to unload my tale of hormonal woes.

This sums it up nicely.

This sums it up nicely.

Because I have breast cancer on both sides of the family, the Doc told me to stop the black cohosh. I mentioned getting soy supplements, and she said, “NOOOOOOO!” I am a little confused, simply because those are natural ways to get estrogen-type things into your body. Apparently, estrogen is the enemy if you have history in your family. I already knew HRT was totally off the table, but I was absolutely surprised that soy was a no-go. I was trying to do this the all natural way, but alas…

Also, the cohosh wasn’t doing jack-shit for my moods. I spent all day Sunday on my bed, in our room, alternately fanning myself and crying while watching my favorite on-demand sitcoms. I came out long enough to bring food back. No bueno, yo. I decided to leave the bed after The Walking Dead to write a couple back-to-back posts, but that was it…

So my doc prescribed Effexor, which I’d never heard of, previously. Apparently, it’s an anti-anxiety/depressant that has the side effect of eliminating hot flashes. Okay. I’m in. If it will kill the hot flashes, I’m on-board. So I picked up my little bottle from the pharmacy yesterday and it was late in the day when I did. The warning said not to drive or otherwise operate heavy machinery until I knew how I would react, as this may cause dizziness/drowsiness. Okay. I’ll take it with dinner.

I felt a little wonkey for the first few hours, but mostly, I was just tired. A full day at work on top of four hours of sleep was all I’d need to sleep the night away. Add something that would make me drowsy for the win, right?

Not so much. I tried to doze off on the couch early yesterday evening, and that didn’t work, so by ten, I was in the bed. Don’t you know my eyes popped open at the onset of the first of a gazillion hot flashes that would occur between 10:00pm and 5:30am. >:( It’s like the little bastards knew I was trying to kill them. I am not lying when I tell you they were frequent and intense; one every 30-45 minutes! OMG! So I finally conked out after one or so this morning after watching several episodes of “Vegas ER” on one of the Discovery Channels. I woke up at three o’clock sharp, after a nice two hour nap. And that was the last time I slept. I watched a “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” infomercial, an entertainment gossip show, some re-runs, and then finally, at five, the news came on. Yeah, that’s conducive to sleep.

I gave up shortly after six, getting up, washing my hair and going to work Got there early, even. By the time I got to work, I had a mad case of the jitters and my eyes were as big as dinner plates. So, WTH?

By ten I was sleepy, but focused. I had more mental clarity than I’ve had in weeks. And I laughed at shit. I mean, I really laughed! That was new.

Somehow, I made it through the day, but damned if the warm car interior wasn’t relaxing. I had to drive home with the radio up and the windows down.

Next on the agenda? A hot bath, some green tea and a very, VERY early bedtime.

But on the bright side? I haven’t had a hot flash since 5:30 this morning, which was THIRTEEN hours and one minute ago, but who’s counting, right?

This might be the light at the end of the tunnel! (Please, oh, please! Do NOT let there be a train attached to it!)

Until Next Time…

p.s….this “change of life” shit is for the birds…

Product Review – Fitbit Charge HR…

Got it and LOVE it!

Got it and LOVE it!

I was on the Fitbit website last week because I needed a new wrist strap for my One and saw that they had come out with a few new models over at Fitbit Central.

I remembered seeing my sister post about obtaining one, recently, and asked her if she’d gotten the Charge HR and how she liked it. (I figured it was the HR because she had been experiencing some issues with her wrist-worn HRM.)

I went ahead and ordered one through Amazon (because Prime & free 2 day shipping, yo!), because it looked like something I would really like. I’d been considering going to a Flex, because a wrist worn device would definitely benefit me. (Ever worn a dress, then tried to put the clip on pantyhose? Yeah, no thanks.)

My sister had, indeed, gotten the Charge HR, but has some concerns regarding the workout calories burned. The Charge’s calorie burns are less than her Wii program’s esitmate (based on height and weight). Now, I go by MFP burn numbers, with the knowledge that they are probably over-estimated, and try to make sure that my intake is less than or equal to what my old Fitbit One displayed. (Based on if I was trying to lose, or maintain.)

My Charge HR arrived on Friday, and here are my observations, thus far, after having used the One for a year and a half:

  1. The heart rate monitor reads about spot on to what my chest strap HRM would read during both strength training and cardio/Zumba. My resting heart rate is accurate, as well.
  2. The steps are as accurate as my One.
  3. The total number of calories burned in a 24 hour period are in line with what my One displayed at the end of the day.
  4. The automatic sleep tracking feature is a godsend, given that half the time I forgot to hit the little button on the One to track sleep. This is a good thing, given my aforementioned inability to remember to set it for “sleep” once I’m in bed. I’m having some serious “stay asleep” issues due to …*sigh* getting older (read: f*cking menopause)…and it will be good to have something to show my doctor.
  5. It will also display caller ID if you have a compatible cellular phone. I’m currently using a Samsung Galaxy S3 and it works like a champ! (Bells & whistles, tho…not a make or break feature for me.)

While I was initially charging my HR, I was reading the forums over at Fitbit regarding the Charge HR, and there have been a lot of issues. Forewarned is forearmed, so I have been more than a little on the look-out for issues. To date? I haven’t had any problems.

I can see where I could/would totally use something like this!

I can see where I could/would totally use something like this!

So, while I was off Googling something else on Amazon, last night, I found that I can get all sorts of bling for my wrist band, which may not be considered “fashionable” in some circles. I’m fortunate in that I work in healthcare and they are ENCOURAGING us to be more healthy, but I did find some cool stuff to deck out my wristband with.

I also learned that I can use two devices, though not at the same time. For example, if I wanted to NOT wear the wristband to some formal-thing, I could use my One clipped to a skirt (or bra strap, or whatever) and it will still sync to my dashboard over at Fitbit.com. If a Charge HR is going to be a replacement device you CAN swap them out, so that was a plus for me.

If you are looking for a new tracking device or a replacement Fitbit, I highly recommend the Charge HR!

Questions? Comments?

Until Next Time…