Headache Thursday

What is it about Thursdays?  I’ve been tracking when and how often I get headaches (and especially migraines), and it seems that Thursdays are taking the lead as far as the day of week I get them.  I’ve noticed some recurring headache triggers –

–       Rain

–       Diet Coke, if I drink it several days in a row

–       Equal (the artificial sweetener)

–       Red wine (sometimes, not always)

But why do they occur predominantly on Thursdays?  I haven’t figured that one out yet.

I think maybe today’s headache is a combination of the rain and fatigue.  I didn’t sleep well last night.  I woke up from a horrible dream and had trouble falling asleep again.

The dream?  I was at a homeowners association meeting and had to run home for some reason.  As I’m walking out of the building I see Mr. Sociopath coming from the opposite direction carrying a few binders.  I start shaking.  I ask him what he’s doing here, and he tells me he’s attending the meeting.  You can’t, I tell him.  Yes, I can he says, because he has move into the neighborhood.

How could I sleep after that?  Thinking of him living in the neighborhood – anywhere near me – is one of my worst nightmares.

I guess I could add nightmares and stress to the list of headache triggers.

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Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Do ghosts exists?  Everyone has an opinion one way or another – yes, they believe; no, they don’t believe; maybe (they’re not sure and won’t commit one way or another).

I believe.

I’ve believed in ghosts since I was a kid.  I could blame my dad for that – he has always believed, and there were weekends when we’d traipse around Illinois driving from one old cemetery to the next.  I’m not really sure if he was looking for something specific or just looking for a specter.  But blame is not really what it’s all about – it’s about thanking him for opening the door to possibilities.

My parent’s house is haunted.  I’ve seen the ghost (thought it was my mom in the basement until I realized I had just seen her in the kitchen upstairs).  I’ve heard the bumps in the night.  My parents have experienced things disappearing for different lengths of time (days, weeks, months, years) and then suddenly reappearing as if they were never “lost”.  My parents used to host or attend seances trying to rid other homes of their unwanted visitors.

When you grow up with ghosts, you find that they’re not all that scary.  Okay, maybe sometimes they are.  But after a while you get used to them and they simply become a part of life.  Even so, that doesn’t stop me from screaming in the middle of the night if I wake up and the thing is in the room with me.

Jamie doesn’t believe in ghosts, or at least he doesn’t think there’s one in the house with us.  I’m not sure if Josh believes or not.  Belief in ghosts is not usually a topic of discussion when you’re at work or out at some function.  But it’s kind of interesting that when the subject does come up, people can have very strong opinions one way or another.  The funny thing is, if you say you don’t believe, it’s cool with everyone.  They don’t judge you.  However, if you say you do believe in ghosts, there are those that will look at you like you’re crazy.  So much for being open-minded!

Got to say it’s a beautiful day again today – sun shining, low 60’s – not bad for a November day in Maryland.  I’m thinking I’ll start a new category soon, something pertaining to the supernatural.  There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to things unseen.

Have a great Sunday!

Lovely Day

The weather was gorgeous today!  I spent some time at Towson Town Center picking up a few things from Williams-Sonoma for Thanksgiving as well as a couple of Christmas presents.  A massage place opened up apparently recently (as they were having a Grand Opening special).  I’m a sucker for a good massage and couldn’t help but stop in for my 10% discount on the cost of their stress-relieving acupressure.

One of the trees in the front yard has the best variety of color I think its ever had.  Different shades of green, yellow, orange, and red dress this tree in style.  I raked the backyard, pulling the fallen leaves into a big pile under one of the trees opposite the deck.  A recent newsletter from something I subscribe to said that there are some birds that will nest in the piles of leaves during the winter.  So that pile of leaves is for the birds!

Josh called this morning.  We had a nice long chat about a lot of different things.  It was a nice way to start the day.

Well, I’m in a cleaning mood (could it be Spring instead of Fall?).  Think there’s a closet calling me …

I’m an Ambibibliophile

Okay, so I’m coining a phrase (I think) – ambibibliophile. Definition – a person who loves and collects books no matter what format – physical, digital, audio download, etc. An ambibibliophile is capable of reading a physical book one moment and switching to a Kindle, Nook, iPad, CD player, MP3 player, or some other device the next moment.

I love books. I love to read no matter what platform I’m using. There are millions of us out there, and our love of the book no matter the delivery method will survive the endless debates over physical versus digital. And no matter what, we – the consumer – wins. More books, more choices. What could be better?

Eating Autumn

Fall has, without a doubt, always been my favorite season.  There is nothing about this time of year that I don’t enjoy (oops, double negative – my bad).  Let me share with you all that autumn has to offer …

The changing colors of the leaves, from gorgeous greens to an abundance of oranges, reds, yellows, and browns.  There’s the way the crisp fallen leaves crunch happily under your feet.  Then, at least where I call home, the backdrop of the hills and mountains swathed in blankets of variegated hues of all of the shades of autumn.  Leaves, gently wafting downward in the cool breeze of fall, landing in the streams and creeks, the cold waters taking them on a journey as the sun glistens around them.

The smell of fireplaces – although I don’t own one, the minute I step outside I can tell if a neighbor is using theirs.  I envy them, cozying up in front of the fire with their family or friends, or maybe snuggling up with a good book (and I don’t care if it’s a hardcover, paperback, Kindle, Nook, iPad … whatever … just read!).

The cooler days, the crisper nights – the frost on the thin blades of grass in the morning that dance with droplets as the sun strikes and Buddy’s leash grazes over the top of the grass.  Bundling Buddy up in his sheepskin jacket to let him out – he’s such a cute little dachshund!

Setting the clocks back an hour – I always make good use of that extra hour doing whatever strikes my fancy.

Eating autumn – the Tastee Apple Caramel Apples, the pumpkin pie, eggnog ice cream (yum!), stews and chili and soups, and apple cider.  I overdose on caramel apples every year because they’re available for such a short time.  There’s nothing like the tangy sweet apple, the buttery caramel, and the chopped peanuts to let your taste buds enjoy the season too.  Oh, and let’s not forget about Girl Scout cookies!

Time, schedules, commitments – a lot got in the way this year of making it up to the Catoctins to take photos of fall.  I kind of regret that, but there isn’t a morning or afternoon when I’m driving between home and work where I’m not taking in the beauty around me.  This was a very colorful fall this year.  When I talked to Josh, he said the colors in Vermont were good too, but they’re starting to fade.  It’s that time.

Enjoy the colors, the scents, the tastes, and what’s next – the nearing of the holidays.