Christmas Come and Gone

Ok, so Dragon Con isn’t exactly Christmas, but it is pretty epic. This year was amazing. I wanted to share the awesome with you guys before getting back to the more specific (like entering a new fandom)

The great

-Felt less Crowded

-The Hilton brought their A Game

-I saw PETER CAPALDI and PEARL MACKEY live. Amazing

-Went to more small panels than in the past.

-Got the stay in a host hotel

A managed to cosplay some that wasn’t a fail

Less stress, less people, less crazy. Happy con to all!

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A Good Outlook

I want to share because I want to keep myself hopeful and want others to be as well. I’ve cut my calories to 1200 or less, with doctor consent and been on a medication to help. I’ve barely even had time to exercise. Sorry for lack of posts about the journey it’s a side effect of school starting, but y’all, I have lost 24 pounds. This is the first time I’ve been below 300 in I don’t know how long.

A Little Help

As many of you know, I am a teacher, and what you may not know is that I work in a low income area with special needs students. I spent $500 this year so far on supplies alone. There are some things I really need for my students. Right now Donors Choose will match donations if you use the code RIPPLE, so please if you can help, it would mean so much

Click here to Help

A Breakthrough

I am writing to share something small and exciting. I have had a breakthrough. I am down approximately 16 pounds. How have I managed? I would love to say its all diet and exercise, but its not. I am realizing there is no shame in the method, its just the stigma. I have a prescription for my doctor for medicine to help. It has helped so much I have more energy to exercise, I don’t feel as hungry, and thanks to my ADHD instead of jittery I find myself able to focus, which is a nice change of pace.

I want to point out, very strongly, that I have also been exercising more, and cut down to approximately 1200 (doctor approved). We bought an exercise bike this summer, which has been very nice, but now I am trying to decide about whether or not to cancel the gym membership since I find myself there less and less now. And I’ve started walking to work when I can.

I keep getting complimented on weight coming off of me, but I can’t tell. In the past when I’ve lost weight I could tell, but I can’t now. Maybe because it is happening fairly quickly? I just wish I could be more excited about it. Maybe I am just beating myself up. I have been in a bit of a down swing in terms of my mental health, and that is just a thing for the moment. I just know I should be happier and find myself not.

A Simple Dish

I have had the in laws visiting recently and I needed to cook dinner at least some of the time. I needed to make something filling, not complicated, and I couldn’t use fish or pork. Ok. Lets go to the cabinet and see what I’ve got. Chicken breasts, but only two to feed four. That means I have to go with a comfort food to make it work. After a look at what I keep in the cabinet, here is what I came up with.

 

French Onion Chicken

1 small can cream of chicken (I used cream of chicken with herbs)

1 packet of french onion soup mix

2 large chicken breasts

 

Directions

1- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F)

2- Line a dish for baking (think pyrex, corningware, etc) with aluminum foil (I do this for cleaning purposes but if you prefer not to, its up to you)

3- Spoon 3-4 spoonfuls of the condensed soup in the bottom of the dish

4- Lay the breasts on top of the condensed soup, and spoon the rest of the can on top.

5- Sift the French Onion packet to separate the powder from the dried onion. Use half the powder (only half or your chicken will be extremely salty) and sprinkle over top of the chicken.

6- Bake the chicken for 30 minutes. After this time, cut them in half and spoon the soup over the chicken. Sprinkle the dried onion on top

7- Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes. Internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 degrees (F)

 

Serve with the soup/sauce in the bottom of the pan like a gravy. I served with green beans and corn to keep it healthy but it would have been good with mashed potatoes and the sauce acting as a gravy.

A Painting Flop

I love painting. I stink at it, but I like it. I became somewhat better when I was in college because I was taking a scenic painting class. I learned dry brushing, scumble, and several other techniques. I was able to do a few things at that point, and could generally be satisfied with what I could do.

Recently I have been trying to paint a box in galaxy pattern, but that is a pattern best done with watercolor. Then problem is that the box was not finished enough that is wouldn’t have absorbed the the paint. I decided to try to do a scumble, but I didn’t have latex paint with me. I had acrylic so I tried that instead.

Y’all, it flopped. I couldn’t scumble it because the paint dried so fast, and the little parts I could looked nothing like a galaxy pattern at all. The box is now done, and it looks vaguely of a galaxy print. It was meh. Anyway, I suppose I should have included a picture, but I wanted to post about a hobby I’d been actively doing because it probably seems like I don’t have any hobbies. To honest, I don’t much have time for hobbies.

HOW MANY DAYS?

Ok folks, DragonCon is closing in and I’m all like AHH. Even though I’ve known what cosplays I’m doing for months I am so behind. Yikes! I’m doing a Rey cosplay, via the Force Awakens, and I’m waiting on a few things to come in, but others I haven’t even thought of! The staff needs work, I don’t have the drape, I’m waiting on pants and a bag to come in, and I’m not sure what shirt I’ll wear.

Another I’m doing is copying my pokemon go avatar. I need a magikarp hat though, and my sewing skills have gone weak. Anyone out there want to take it?! Also, I hope to get a plush for the bag. That one is closer I guess.

Another day I have reserved for a nerdy shirt, finding Francis.

Last is one I haven’t even been able to figure out. I have a beautiful Venetian mask, it is glittery, blue and silver, and I can’t come up with anything to do with it. I want to do something, but I can’t come up with anything besides a pokemon, and I don’t want to do two from that fandom. Any ideas please comment! Pic below is similar to mine, but mine has no feathers

 

Pale Lady’s Guide to the Sun

I was recently on my Facebook and saw a friend concerned because she is having to have a spot on her skin removed. I have had that happen multiple times, and as such have gotten quite good at the whole skin in the sun thing. I’ve decided to share in case there is anyone out there who could use the help.

 

  1. Limit Time in the Sun

I’m not saying that you should hide from the sun all the time, but when I work outside I do it in the early morning or evening. When I am in the Sun, I make sure to go in and out of the shade to prevent burning. That is one of the best things you can do.

2. Use the Right Sunscreen

All sunscreen is not created equal. I learned this the hard way when I found myself getting burned even though I knew I was putting on sunscreen as often as I was supposed to. I started switching brands. The best two that I have found are Neutrogena and Sun Bum. I came across Sun Bum because I decided that if I was getting burned I needed to think like those who lived in the Sun, surfers. When in doubt, think that way (not to mention, its better for the environment).

 

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3. You aren’t Prudish for Covering Up

We get the idea that if you cover up at the beach or pool you are a prude. Not true. I had to get over that concept or else miss out on time with the family outside. What I found that I liked was an under armor or similar material shirt when I know I’m going to be in the pool awhile. Or, use a towel to cover to cover your back.

4. The Shade Counts

Yes, you can get burned in the shade and on overcast days. There is no exception for being in the shade.

5. Use Extra Protection

So,  you probably already use sunscreen, great. Hats are lifesavers, even in the water. I like baseball caps for that because they stay on and dry out well. Also, I found out from my doctor that you can get harmful UV through your eyes, particularly if you have light colored eyes, so use the sunglasses.

6. Don’t Tan

Tan skin is dying or dead skin, if its not natural. There are some folks out there who have it, and trust me, you gorgeous. If you’re naturally pale, just be pale, or whatever sun kissed shade you get. Intentional tanning causes wrinkles.

7. Last One- Don’t Wait

If you have a freckle/mole that looks a little irregular, so that might meant dark, funny shaped, or raised, go to the dermatologist early. Do not wait.

 

A Review: Antman and the Wasp

Warning, spoilers may be ahead. You have been warned.

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Confession of Bias: Antman is possibly my favorite. It’s hard to choose just one, but I like him a lot. So, the plot on this one is logical, and picks up where one would expect, after Civil War. It was a little convoluted at points (when there were 3 people chasing down the shrunken office while the FBI was chasing them all) but easy enough to follow.

Paul Rudd was solid, and his relationship with the actress playing his daughter was fairly good as well as the actress playing the Wasp. None of it was outstanding, or memorable, but it was enjoyable.

The overall point is that it was enjoyable to watch, but somewhat forgettable. There was a massive standout. The trio of Scott’s friend, Luis, Kurt, and Dave (Tip). In particular Michael Pena was awesome, and hilarious.

Its a fun movie, worth watching, but not quite the quality of say, Black Panther

Update and Wanting to Share

This post is kind of a three for one. I want to update you guys on the health journey I’m on, and I also want to share about an app I’ve started using that has helped. Lastly, I’ve got to talk about my hair!

1)

The weight loss journey is tough. My scale appears to be broken, for better or for worse. I have been using the food journal I use which helps, but I struggle to maintain good choices. At the very least, I’m preventing it from getting worse. I am happy to say I have been extending the length of time of my workouts. Today I was able to extend it to 40 minutes. Now I just need to be doing it more often during the week.

2)

The app I’ve been using is called betterhelp. I get the help I need to help manage some things like anxiety. I also use an app called Calm. That one has soothing sounds, music, and stories. I highly recommend both.

3)

Curly haired folks out there, you know how important it is to get our hair right. For those out there without, let me tell you, the cut, product, and maintenance is intense. For my type of curls I can’t brush, only comb when wet. I have to use coconut oil regularly to fight the dryness and the cut is so hard. Most stylists don’t understand shrinkish and either cut it too short or leave it too long. I’ve found that my cousin who does all hair textures from pin straight and thin to African-American type curls is a godsend. Find something similar if needed. Anyway, I recently got a nice short cut to my shoulders, with chunky layers and balayage. Sorry, I haven’t been able to get a good picture of it, but still, yay! It looks great on curls yall