Dec 20, 2008

Happy Blogoversary To Me!

I can't believe it's been five years. Did you hear that? FIVE YEARS.

Time sure flies when you're bloggin' about parties, friends, being single, not being single, love, heartbreak, dead relatives, crazy living relatives, politics, music, annoying roommates, working with mentally challenged people, and participating in every meme that comes your way.

I wish I could say that a lot has changed for me, and this blog, in the past five years, but really it hasn't. I'm the same ol' Abigail Road. I work and play and get depressed, and have good things happen to me. I've lost contact with some friends that were always mentioned in my earlier blog posts, but have made new ones, and they are fantastic...they're my family.

But, my life is starting to change faster than I ever imagined, and I hope that in the next year I will have new stories to tell all my faithful readers.

Thank you to everyone who has stuck with me and my sporadic blog all these years, and welcome to all the new readers. ( I know who you are, I stalk you on my Stat Counter.)

I promise, the best is yet to come.



Dec 12, 2008

Grace in Small Things #4

1. Although I'm bored out of my mind right now, tomorrow night will be tons o' fun.

2. My new Converse All Stars came in the mail today.

3. I get to sleep in on Sunday.

4. I have convinced one friend so far to take Aquacise with me.

Dec 11, 2008

Grace in Small Things #3

1. I'm sitting here planning my wedding and a trip to Thailand.

2. After losing 15 games a row on Wordbiz, I won one, and good.

3. I already have my booze for the Gals Christmas Bash on Saturday night.

4. The apartment is getting cleaner and cleaner everyday.

5. CBC noticed my bags, and they want to put me on the TV.

6. The Christmas Chaos is almost planned, and should work out well. I should hopefully get to see a little bit of everybody this year.

7. I lost 6 pounds.

8. My eczema seems to be clearing up a bit.

9. I got to play and cuddle tonight with the kitty Smyrish and I rescued, since I'm pet sitting for Film Star.

10. My Christmas shopping is almost finished.

Dec 2, 2008

Reptile Hands

One Sunday morning, about 20 years ago or so, I woke up and my fingers were stuck together. At first, I was scared. I thought that somehow, in the middle of the night, my fingers had become webbed, and wondered if I was going to have to go to the doctor to get them cut apart. Going to school on Monday with webbed fingers, was not on my to-do list.

As it turned out, they weren't webbed. It was eczema, and a darn good case of it.

For the next ten years or so, I battled with the oozy blisters, and the hard, peeling skin on my hands. I learned to loathe my hands, and their ugliness. If I was having a break-out, which was often, I kept my hands tucked into my sleeves, and when those lovely teenage years hit, I was always weary of boys who wanted to hold my hand at the movies. I just didn't want them to be grossed out.

Occasionally, it got so bad, that I would have to wear mittens all day, or pretend that I had sprained my wrist, and wear a tensor bandage for a week, just to hide the blisters. I became very good at hiding it.

I tried everything. My doctor prescribed tons of creams, that never worked, or only worked once. My mom was very good at making sure I always had my own special soaps, lotions, make-up, that was hypo-allergenic, and fragrance-free....and back then, those things were hard to come by. I didn't wear cheap-o jewellery, and tried to stay away from all the things that caused me to break-out, which was everything from oranges, to the grass on the lawn. The aloe vera plant would help take away the itch, and dry out the blisters, but in the end, left me with peeling, dry fingers.

And then one went away. For the past few years, I haven't had a break out of eczema. I get the occasional dry patch somewhere on my body, and I know that if I wear eyeshadow for more than 2 days in a row, my eyelids will dry out and peel, but that's it. My doctor had told me right from the start that I would probably "grow out of it", and one day it wouldn't be a problem. I thought he was right.

This past October however, it came back for a visit. My hands started to look wrinkly and red again. A couple small blisters showed up. It was itchy beyond belief. A friend gave me some aloe vera leaves, and it cleared up right away. I was ever so grateful.

Then last night, as I watched Law and Order and ate pizza, I noticed that my hands felt as if they were swelling. They weren't swelling, I knew what it was. I took a look, and low and behold....blisters. Little tiny oozy blisters between the fingers of my left hand. I washed it and dried it well, and spent the rest of the night popping the little bastards. This morning, they are dried out a wee bit...but they're still there.

I'm out of ideas, and I don't want to end up one of those folks who are hospitalized for full-body eczema.


Dec 1, 2008

Grace in Small Things #2

Today sucked. Not for any particular reason, it just sucked in general. It was too busy, I was too tired and grouchy, I was jealous that Smyrish got to party in Toon Town and see NIN, even though I'm the one who sent him there,and I had no ambition to take advantage of a night at home alone and do something just for me.


I recieved a free pizza from Pizza Hut, because they sent me the wrong one. Now I have 2 pizza's!

I am on call, and nobody has called me.

The wedding plans are coming together.

Smyrish at least called and told me he wasn't coming home tonight, so I don't have to stay up all night worrying.

There wasn't a pile of dishes to do when I got home.

It is the first of December, and the snow is actually melting, and it smells like Spring.