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Let’s go thrifting!

Last night, as I was packing (way ahead) for the weekend, I went through this phase, that I know we all go through, that I didn’t really have anything exciting to wear.  I feel like all I have is the same old clothing and that my outfit’s are drab and boring.  So, I decided that I would go shopping today.  I absolutely love to shop, but I hate spending money, especially since I am saving up to move out!  I usually come home empty-handed and bummed.  Today was a different story!

I live in a fairly small town, with the most disappointing mall in the history of all malls.  We’re talking…two clothing stores in the entire mall, it’s so barren.  My first stop was at Maurices.  I have a card that the cashier punches and once you get all the punches, you get $10 off.  I was ready to use my card but after trying on a few different garments, I hadn’t been pleased and left the store…empty-handed.  Then I went to JCPenney(the other store in our mall) and tried on numerous amounts of tops, all of which didn’t fit quite right, or were too expensive!  Finally, I decided to head to Goodwill.  Growing up, my mom would take me to Goodwill and I would groan because I didn’t want hand-me-down clothing.  Let me tell you what…that mind-set has CHANGED!  I found so many things I liked that I had to use a cart.  Of course, when you go thrifting, there are a few key things to watch out for.

  1. Make sure the clothing does not have any holes. (armpits, crotch)
  2. Make sure the shirts don’t have sweat stains!
  3. Thoroughly check to see if there are any other hidden stains. (food, blood)
  4. If the clothing has an odd smell, or smells like smoke, don’t buy it. (even after washing, it might still stink)

I bought two pairs of jeans and seven tops.  I used a $10 off punch card that my mom had for Goodwill, so my grand total was only $23 and some odd cents!  I felt zero guilt, and I now have the start of a new summer wardrobe!  I thanked God for allowing me to find items I liked and that I was able to save money in the process!

The skinny jeans I am wearing were only $5, and they are from forever 21. (no wonder I love them)

All of the tops were $3!

I did get another pair of jeans & a black sleeveless sweater.

Until next time, save money & go THRIFT instead!

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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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I will wait

I believe this has been the longest I have gone without posting, and each day that has passed I have felt even more guilty for not updating!  Here you go!

Since the the last time I posted, I have been feeling well, overall.  I haven’t had to deal with soreness in the mornings that often.  On the downside, I have noticed an increase in soreness in my wrists, yes, plural.  Just today I noticed a bit of pain starting in my left wrist.  It is so difficult at times to not get discouraged when I have to add yet another pain to the list.  Yesterday afternoon I took a nap and woke up with a headache.  I am pretty sure the headache started after I ate some pasta salad that I do not normally eat.  It turned into a pounding headache by evening which also lead to nausea.  I went to bed with a bucket beside the bed in case, well, you get the point.  I also noticed that my knees were starting to ache, which would lead me to believe I am experiencing another minor flare up.  Thankfully this morning my knees seem to have improved.

I am excited to say that this Thursday I have been dating Matt for a year!  We will both be heading over to his parent’s house for the weekend, and will be joined by Matt’s brother Greg, and his wife Mary.  I always look forward to weekend’s with the Hartman’s!  Matt and I will probably dine somewhere and I am sure between the two of us we both have a few surprises to give to each other.

I wish I could say all of the details have been worked out, but at this point I can happily say that I am seeking full-time nanny jobs in Westerville.  I feel that it is time for me to move out of my parent’s house, as I will be turning 21 in August.  Moving out takes so much preparation, and I am not the kind of person who will spontaneously pack up and leave.  I have been praying extra hard over each aspect of the move.  I know plenty of wonderful girl’s in Columbus who I could potentially room with, and already have two options I can work with. The biggest road block at this point is a job.  I will not move until I know I have a job secured.  I have applied to a nanny agency, and have created an account on another reputable website where people who are looking for caretakers can view my profile.  I have faith that this all can work out, I just have to be patient and trusting.  Throughout this entire process I have never felt so vulnerable.  I am completely leaving this in God’s hands, because if I start making decisions and choices that I feel are right, I know somehow it will fail.  I am waiting for the best possible option that God will provide for me.  I’ve already grown and have learned that waiting for the best will always trump.

Until next time, may I find a full-time job as a nanny!  Nanny Becca just sounds so RIGHT 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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The young one

On Tuesday, I went to my initial appointment with my new rheumatologist.  I almost didn’t find the building because my gps at the last second decided to restart as soon as I turned onto the correct street.  There were multiple doors that I could’ve entered once I finally found the correct building, and considering I was alone(without parent’s) for this appointment, I was intimidated at how busy the place was.  The lady at the front desk could tell I was clueless, so she guided me along the process of filling out new patient information.  For insurance purposes, she asked me for my father’s birthday to which I replied, “Uhh, well I know it’s in February…”.  Gee, that sure made me feel like a horrible daughter!  Fortunately, before I left, I was able to get that information to her.

So, after having filled out the emergency contact form, I was told sit in the waiting room.  Naturally, I was the youngest patient there.  If I were to guess, I’m sure the majority of the other patient’s waiting to be called upon were in their upper 70s, though I did see a middle aged man and woman.  It’s always interesting when you are in a rather quiet room, and two people start talking, loudly.  Two older men were talking about how “it’s hell to get old”.  Very comforting, just what I wanted to hear.

Not too long after the scheduled time I was supposed to have my appointment, my name was called and they took my weight, blood pressure, and I was asked a series of common health questions concerning myself and my family’s history.  I met my new Dr. and was pleased at how kind he was.  After he looked through the paperwork that was transferred from my previous Dr. he noticed that I am low on Vitamin D.  He told me I should be taking a daily supplement, and to try to get more sunlight, but to be careful since one of the medications I am on advises that I don’t get too much exposure since I could have a reaction.  He also noticed that my elbows and wrist were a bit swollen.  He went ahead and raised the amount of methotrexate I will have to take.  It went from four pills once a week to six pills once a week.  So, on Sunday’s, I will be taking six methotrexate, one plaquenil, and one folic acid.  Monday-Saturday I take a folic acid and a plaquenil.

Afterwards, I had to get blood work taken.  Up until this point, everything had gone smoothly.  A lady called my name and I sat down, thinking she would at least make small talk.  Instead, I sat there awkwardly and didn’t even get a warning before she stuck the needle in my vein.  Personally, I don’t mind needles, however, the lady must have stuck me a bit too far (I’m sorry this is a bit gross, so don’t read if you get easily nauseous).  By the time I got home, I could tell something was wrong cause it hurt to bend my arm.  I’m not sure if it was just fluid or if it was blood, but my arm was puffy and bruised.  I realize it is pretty common for people to bruise, but from the all times I have given blood and have had blood work taken, I haven’t had this sort of reaction.  For those of you who bruise when you give blood, this picture is probably nothing compared to what you’ve dealt with, but regardless, it hurts!

Until next time, don’t trust just anyone when getting blood work taken.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Locked out

This afternoon, I accidentally locked the keys in my car.  I’m just gonna peg this as a blonde moment!  I took my sister to a hair appointment, and as I sat patiently waiting, it dawned on me that my keys were not in my purse.  Before we exited the salon, I said to Jackie, “There is a good possibility that I locked my keys in the car”.  Sure enough, there they sat…on my seat, just chilling.  We both laughed, and mom came to save the day ten minutes later with the spare key.

Please notice the disgusting amount of pollen on my window.

While we are on the subject of cars, I took this photo awhile ago because sometimes my purse likes to serve as a disco ball.  Party in the passenger’s seat!

If you have been following along with my blog over the past few weeks, you will notice that I have been talking about having a head cold.  16 days later, I still have a small cold, it’s truly unreal.  I am guessing that according to the large amount of visible pollen, it is probably just allergies.  I have been experiencing some serious wrist pains over the past week, also.  Yesterday I felt as though my wrist was useless, but today it is tolerable.  I have come to expect the unexpected with rheumatoid arthritis.

I would just like to mention that I feel so blessed by my readers, especially when I am having rough days with my health.  Your kind words of encouragement mean the world to me.  So, thank you, for you can brighten my day when I need it.  P.S. I plan to further explain this later, but, God has completely been rocking my world, in a good way, and once things start to shape I will keep you all updated.

Until next time, don’t forget to double check that you have your keys before locking the door.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Blame it on the weather

I unintentionally took a break from blogging, my apologies.  When you have a head cold, typing a post isn’t at the top of your “to-do” list.  For the most part, I have recovered, minus a semi-stuffy nose.  Unfortunately, last week I experienced a major flare up.  I was feeling terrible and did a lot of sleeping.  Not sure if my right wrist (the one that is almost bone on bone) has gotten worse, but, now I am able to actually feel the bones rub against each other when I bend my wrist…yippee.

I have successfully been transferred to a different rheumatologist as of last week.  I switched simply because of distance.  I am anxious to meet my new Dr. and hope he is as great as my previous one.  My appointment will be on April 24th.  I am assuming the appt. will include getting blood work done and new patient questionnaire’s.  I will keep you all updated!

I still am convinced the weather caused my flare up.  While Matt and I were traveling for our date night, we saw a few snowflakes.  Not too long ago I was wearing shorts and sandals.  Major weather mood swing.  We decided to dine at Cheddar’s, and celebrated our 11th month together!  *insert applause*

My favorite purchase this week:

The result:

I was in need of new mascara and after searching high and low, I found a new favorite.  I highly recommend this if you are looking to try out a new mascara.  I even got a compliment as I was picking up my medication from the receptionist who exclaimed, “I like your eye makeup! It looks nice!” *score

Until next time, go on a fun date 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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God is the artist, we are His masterpiece

Prep yourselves for a long post…but really, it’s mainly pictures, who doesn’t like pictures?

Yesterday my body was on a picket fence protest.  My wrist, knees, and elbows were sore, which led me to the conclusion that I experienced a minor flare up.  I say minor because today I’m feeling 85% better.  It’s a bit hard to tell, but, I took some photos and wanted to share with you how I was unable to straighten my arm, due to swollen and sore elbows.  I took comparison photos of my mother’s arm so you can tell the difference.  Don’t mind the cheesy grins, it’s better than an awkward straight-faced photo.

So, instead of having a “woe is me” attitude, which I sometimes admit to having, I decided that I was going to have a “RAain’tgotnothingonme” attitude.  I treated myself to a tasty lunch, pictured below.  I highly recommend the sandwich, it IS my new favorite.  The meal consisted of: a toasted burger bun, brown sugar ham with a slice of Muenster cheese, H.K. Anderson brand honey wheat pretzels, and a slice of fresh pineapple.  I have a new obsession with fresh pineapple, it is better than candy.

After lunch, mom and I went for a walk at the park.  I decided to bring my camera to take some fun nature shots since I don’t use my camera all that often.  Enjoy!

Until next time, tell me what your favorite photo was and why!

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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My first award: The Liebster Blog award

Yesterday, I wrote a post about not feeling well due to a flare up from my rheumatoid arthritis.  This morning, as I was still groggy from waking up, I routinely checked my blog and found that I had been nominated to receive this award.  I don’t know much about it, but it certainly was a grand way to start my day!

“The Liebster Blog Award” is an award passed on to new and skilled bloggers by other bloggers.

My nomination was given by : http://sarahsfoodieblog.wordpress.com/   I truly appreciate and want to thank Sarah for choosing me as one of the five bloggers she had to nominate.  Her and I both suffer from RA, so it has been wonderful to chat with her and learn how she copes with it.  Also, I enjoy her blog because she is constantly trying out new recipes, which I will eventually have to do myself.

The five nominee’s I have chosen are:

1. http://collegegirlcooking.wordpress.com/ Jamie and I actually attended high school together, but I didn’t know her personally, or the fact that she suffered from an eating disorder.  Although Jamie is not new to blogging, I highly recommend her blog as she is on a journey to love and accept her body.  She also shares many wonderful recipes that are healthy and yummy.

2. http://jennyandtyler.wordpress.com/  Jenny and Tyler are two VERY talented and humble musicians who are happily married.  I promise you, I love their music so much that some of their music will be played at my wedding-it’s just so cute!  I chose to nominate them because I support their music and want to share it with as many people as possible.  Their love for God shines through the music they write, which is inspiring and encouraging.

3. http://williamkent.wordpress.com/ This blogger posts some of the neatest videos I have ever seen.  I enjoy following along with his blog because he always finds a variety of videos.  My favorite video from his blog thus far is: http://williamkent.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/naturesvinyl/ – this is a video that takes the idea of a record player but uses a tree stump and is able to read the tree rings which in return interprets them into music. This is done by a camera with a light that reads the rings of each tree trunk cross-section- check it out!

4.http://photobotos.com/ I am nominating this blogger not because they are new, but because of how supportive they have been of my blog.  They have actually been featured on the main wordpress site.  This is my way of saying thank you to them!  Their blog features many gorgeous and breath-taking photography that is a must see.

5. http://whitneyhayes.wordpress.com/ I know Whitney personally, and she is a great friend of mine.  She blogs about her personal daily walk with God and shares different stories and lessons she has learned through experience and through reading.  Whitney is a very kind girl who is very good at expressing her thoughts and feelings through blogging.

Liebster Award Rules:

  1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
  3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
  4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed.
  5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog

Until next time, keep passing on the award 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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