Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Today is my first day of ‘staycation’. Well, actually my first official day is on Monday, but since I usually have Fridays off, my staycation starts today and will be a full 10 days. I am so stoked. I haven’t taken any time off this year so far (except for my birthday back in March) and even if I was telling myself that I was fine, I think I’ve been kinda overdue for a break.
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Do you have “peak events” where you live? Electricity is most expensive during the peak hours for Time-of-Day rates Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Our electricty provider schedules these – usually two-hour – time windows, called peak events, when hot summer weather causes people to use more energy than normal, and asks everyone to conserve as much energy as possible during the time. It keeps the costs for everyone low and makes sure that the grid is not overwhelmed. They make it kind of fun and send you updates afterwards on how you did. If you know me, you know I like a good challenge. Last time (a few weeks ago), we were the 4th most effecient home in our area :) There’s another peak event later today (5-7 pm).
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I had an annual physical check up last week with complete blood work. I am happy to report that all my tests came back normal (yay!). I just wish the doctor hadn’t just dismissed my inquiry about my now almost 2-year on-and-off journey with stomachache/heartburn/bloating/chest tightness as “GERD” and thrown a PPI prescription at me. I am currently in a phase of remission, of course, and didn’t have any symptoms, so I rejected that. If anything, I am convinced that I am dealing with low stomach acid, but when I inquired about a stomach acid test (and there are more sophisticated ones than the baking soda test which I have done repeatedly at home), he didn’t know about it (or hydrochochlorid acid (HCL) supplements, for that matter, which I have also experimented with) and insisted that if PPIs had helped before, I should just do another round of PPI treatment. Ugh, this is so frustrating. Why do doctors just throw prescription medication at you instead of getting to the bottom of your symptoms? I am willing to make lifestyle adjustments, if I have to (although most of the things that are recommended for GERD, I am already doing!), but don’t just dismiss my concerns.
So, I guess I am relieved that nothing else is going on that would have shown up in my blood work.
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I am really, really upset about this stupid recall election of our governor Gavin Newsom here in California and if you are eligible to vote in my state, I urge you to do so. You can dislike Newsom and still vote NO on the recall, because remember, this is not about our governor as a person, but about policies. For the record though, I think Newsom did a phenomenal job under difficult and unprecedented circumstances and this recall effort is a waste of money, IMHO.
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My avocado pit, which I put in water 3.5 months ago, had finally – after much patience – grown a root and was ready to be transfered to a flower pot and has now started to grow the actual plant stem and I am so stoked. Have you ever tried to grow an avocado plant from seed?