Cough Be Gone

Holy Mackerel. When I get sick, I get SICK! I blame this on being too busy and on a friend who shared her germs with me. Last week I began to feel a cough coming on and sure enough, Thursday BOOM I was sick. I took a few days off work and life and spent a lot of time taking medicine and sleeping. I slept and slept and slept. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Buckley’s pills are magical and not only have I been sleeping like a baby but I’ve been having wild and crazy dreams.

I haven’t been able to work out, ride my bike or do anything that exerts to much energy. I’m feeling anxious because I want to get on my bike and back to the gym and I’m scared I’m going to fall off the fitness wagon. I’m going to Winnipeg on Friday so I’ll have a few days away from my bike and the gym so for the next 3 days I’m going to do what I can to MOVE!

I’m ready to feel better ANY MOMENT NOW! Okay, thanks virus.

  

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Hairless

How do you like to spend the hottest days of the year? Most people like to spend these magical days swimming or indoors with the air conditioning on full blast, but not me. On one of the hottest days of this summer I decided to get my first laser hair removal treatment. Why laser hair removal? Well there are many reasons and here are a few of them:

·I HATE shaving my lady parts. Nothing is worse than those red bumps, especially when you need to be in a bathing suit.

·Razors are annoying and I’m often too lazy to change out my dull ones (which I do change but it’s a hassle).

·Waxing sucks. It hurts. Also, I once glued my hand to my body with the wax and that was lame.

So, my good friend’s mom, Sally, owns the Lionsgate Laser Clinic and I decided to give it a go. Now, I’m someone who has tattoos and have broken many bones, but the experience I was about to have was a different level of pain. I’m not saying this was the most pain I have ever been in, but this was a “different” type of pain. I mean, we are lasering off hair with a LASER. So, Sally fully prepared me and here is what I learned:

· Make sure to use the cream that she recommends, like XYLOCAINE, (rub in and goop on) about an hour and a half before the treatment. Seal it with saran wrap.

· Take Advil before, during, after (kidding, don’t OD on the Advil).

· ICE is your best friend! Ice the area you are having treated RIGHT before it is treated.

· Aloe vera. Use this and ice after your treatment.

I’m also getting me armpits “done.” As Sally says, “the pits are the pits!” It is true and it’s more painful than lady land. I may have cried but Sally coached me through it. She was very supportive and I don’t think I could have done it without her. Once it was over I realized that it wasn’t so bad after all and I’m just like Thomas the Engine (I think I can, I think I can…). Sally is the best in the business!

So, I’ll be having 5 sessions and so far I’ve had 1 (well, broken into 2 because I was too hot). I have already noticed a significant difference in the lack of hair growing back. I’m excited to see the results after round 2! Imagine all of the money you will save when you no longer have to shave. I can’t wait.

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I got my nails did!

It’s quite frequent that in movies or TV shows that we see the hairdresser or beauty salon as the social hub of the community. Girls (and some boys) gather to beautify and socialize. Being from a large city, I never had this experience. I salon hopped for my pedis and I rarely got my hair done, so I had never truly experienced this….until now! In Pemberton there is a spa called Ivy Esthetics.

When they first opened, I sporadically went there for  pedicures or other services (1 facial and tanning). I decided to try out those “gel polish” manicures that everyone is always talking about. No chipping? I gotta try this out! Immediately, I was hooked!  Every 2-2.5 weeks I book myself in for the last appointment of the day to get my nails done, hang out with the awesome staff and chit chat. This has become a social outing for me (and I assume, for the girls who work there). They are amazing and have become my friends! They also have awesome decor. This is their funkalicious rug:

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Sometimes I get a little loud so the girls try and schedule  like-minded customers at the same time as me. A glass of wine is usually how we end our evening and my nail-beatification routine has become a staple in my Pemberton life. Oh, they also have many other services and awesomeness such as: a tanning booth, chocolate, nail polish and amazing mineral makeup by Jane Iredale. If you are in Pemberton  I encourage you to check out these talented ladies at this awesome spa.

MY FACE HURTS

Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m getting older or that I living in the mountains, away from the rainforest, but I am now the lucky person who gets eczema! It is always shows up on my face . Awesome. It only shows up in the winter and had gotten progressively worse over the past few years.

According to WebMDEczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Atopic refers to a group of diseases with an often inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.

Eczema affects about 10% to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children in the U.S. Most infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their tenth birthday, while some people continue to have symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease often can be controlled.

I have asthma. Stupid asthma.

I woke up yesterday and looked like Hitch ( you know, when he has an allergic reaction!):20140319-130336.jpg

So, I went to the doctor and got given a prescription for Betaderm and Hyderm. I also had to switch my face wash and was told to use this magical cream called Glaxal Base.

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According to the doctor, when using this cream I will have amazing skin and it’s the lotion that most seniors use to look young. I’m 28 so does that mean I will look 13? I’m also going back to no wheat or dairy products which is soooo hard because I love CHEESE! Not looking like Hitch is more important than cheese, so that is okay. I’m also working on drinking more water and hydrating from the inside out.

Do you have any tips on how to keep myself hydrated and fresh?