Monthly archives of “October 2019

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Super Bad Flare-up

Friday night, after I worked on my glacier pothos painting, I noticed that my arthritis was becoming noticeably worse by the hour. The weather was pretty bad and we live on the 9th floor so I’m sure the already declining barometric pressure was the cause of my sudden flare-up. (I recently installed barometric pressure apps on my phone and iPad Pro. I look at them every night and morning now.)

Pretty much all of my joints were hurting. The worst ones were my wrists and knees, followed closely by my ankles. My joints just felt so rickety and creaky and painful. It was so bad that even my ears popped. So because I was miserable the whole weekend (I avoided taking painkillers), I decided to order three pairs of compression gloves from Amazon Japan. I ordered Sunday and just got them all in the mail this evening. I tried them on and I absolutely love’em. Obviously this is not going to cure my arthritis, but I know it’s going to help. Even just a little bit. And that’s enough for me.


1. Compression Arthritis Gloves (pictured); 2. Dr. Arthritis Copper-infused Compression Gloves #1; 3. Dr. Arthritis Compression Gloves #2. I got them all in size Small and they fit great. I got three so I can rotate two for work, and wear one for sleeping.

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Art therapy is now in session

Miyu definitely got me sick. I’m gonna stop here and call it a night. I have a headache, my throat hurts, and my voice is starting to sound sickish and husky. I worked on my math homework earlier today so I don’t feel too guilty about having spent this evening  attempting to paint my glacier pothos. Not too shabby I think. The hardest part was exact color replication. But I think I figured it out. Toward the end my hand started to ache and cramp. The top of the pot totally looks wonky. Oh well, I think I made good progress though. I think I was able to get this far because Miyu is currently at Baba and Jiji’s (grandparents) house so I was able to paint in peace without interruption. 🙂

Painting background music.

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Groceries in, trash out.


I decided to use our nifty MacWagon tonight and I’m glad I did because we had a lot of trash to throw away. It was so much easier to put all the junk in the wagon instead of putting a bag on each arthritic finger and hoping that the cardboards won’t fall out during the miserable trek to the trash shed. Why didn’t I do this sooner? Jeez louise. Well, I think it’s definitely easier now because Miyu helps. She’s like my wing girl, assistant, cadet in training, super trooper. I’m really proud of her for wanting to help. I think there is tremendous value in teaching a child the principle of chores at an early age! I’m wondering now how long this will last though. I’m praying that she’ll be like this even through high school. Can a mom dream or what? 🙂

Got a lot of stuff in today, my second bento book, SD card, 24 boxes of The Moon incense, and my fish oil, turmeric, and milk thistle supplements. I’m kind of worried about how I’ll react to the latter two since I’ve never taken them before. I think I’ll try those tomorrow night since it’ll be Friday. So if any digestive disasters occur, I shall be in the comfort of my own home, LOL. I’m good with the fish oil though since it’s the same brand I took while I was pregnant (Nordic Naturals).

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Typical mornings and the coveted boiled egg maker

I’ve always wanted to blog about our little boiled egg maker so this morning I thought why not? We bought this thing many years ago and I don’t know what I’d do without it. Basically you just add water to the bottom dish (below the metal plate), put the eggs in, pop the top on, and put it in the microwave for 8~9 minutes (500W). I don’t have to worry about using a pan and creating more dishes. After I’m done with this, I just put it back in the dish dryer and let it air dry. Voila! I was too tired to fry sausages this morning so I just made buttered toast to go with her egg. Sadly, Miyu only eats egg whites. Ever since she was a toddler, she has had an aversion to yolk. Which kind of works out for me because I prefer the yolk. 🙂

She’s getting more and more into HayDay and she’s looking more like me now, like a HayDay otaku on multiple tablets. I’m fine with her playing this because I’m trying to teach her how to follow directions since she doesn’t know how to listen very well, she’s learning how to count bigger numbers (coins), learning new vocabulary, and most of all, the game manages to sustain her interest. It’s calm and peaceful, there are no rushing actions or sounds that she needs to keep up with unlike her other apps. This simple little farming game teaches her the value of hard work and patience. She wants to be able to buy pets and new machines but I tell her that she needs to keep playing so she can level up, grow crops, sell stuff to make coins, etc. I think she’s slowly understanding, but she likes to play on my farm more because I have a lot more things to do on there. Sigh. Oh well, one day at a time.

screenshot_20191024-0800541235369064848505900.jpgAfter I dropped her off at school, I went on my merry way to work and decided to try an audiobook I got a month or so ago. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while now since it won so many fantasy awards.

The prologue ended exactly as I pulled into the parking lot at my work. I was definitely intrigued and the author’s command of language and tone is very impressive.

My hands are a bit achy today, specifically my fingers. I need to tape up my right middle finger this time. I didn’t go grocery shopping or start on my homework yesterday as planned (blew my remaining cash at Daiso and took a 3-hour nap instead, LOL), so today I’m hoping to be a leetle bit more productive.