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(1) Took the Sculptor down to the Arizona wine country for her birthday. Yes, Arizona has a wine country, and makes the wine thereof, and it's not half bad. We bought several bottles during our trek (all red, butofcourseisthereanotherkind), one of which tastes like drinking chocolate (without actually containing chocolate, mind you). Fun was had. No limbs were lost.

(2) Rounded day 21 of my Second Draft WriMo this AM. Hit 50K on day... 18 or 19, I forget. No matter, most of the scenes aren't done. Took the weekend off from it and jumped back in today.

(3) My cholesterol level has been steadily rising in the past year for no good sane reason. My diet hasn't changed, and is healthy, all things considered. My mom informed me the same thing happened to my dad, and it's genetic. My brother has been on meds for it for ten years now. Okay, so fine. I went on generic Lipitor shortly after I returned from my vacation and Have Not Been Able to Lose A Pound of vacation fat. I just wiggle back and forth between Unmentionable Weight A and Unmentionable Weight A+1. Up down, up down. It's kind of a bad joke.

(4) Considering using this LJ to post some poetry and original short fic. Looking to eventually get it into shape for submission and/or posting on my writing website. Yes, I have a writing website. But I'm not fond of the design and am currently working on moving it over to WordPress and overhauling the design.

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a2zmom
Oct. 14th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
I know several people with genetic cholestoral issues. What a bummer.
masqthephlsphr
Oct. 14th, 2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
I'm not so concerned with that at the moment, as WTF is up with this drug. Every dieting and exercise practice I have in the book doesn't make a dent. Urgh.
a2zmom
Oct. 15th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
You're right. Genetically induced high cholesterol does not really respond to diet and exercise alone. A bad diet and no exercise will exacerbate the issue, but it won't cure it.
ponygirl2000
Oct. 14th, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
My brother was able to get his genetically high cholesterol back down by loading up on fiber. Apparently it will drag the cholesterol out of you.
masqthephlsphr
Oct. 15th, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
Beats this pill. I have been tracking my carbs, which I have not done in the past, because I am running out of diet and exercise ideas I have not already tried to no avail. Tracking fiber and increasing it relative to other stuff is something I have also not tried yet.
ponygirl2000
Oct. 15th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
My brother's under 40 and in great shape so there really wasn't anything else he could do, but he was able to avoid medication with a lot of fiber supplements. Not the most elegant of solutions but it worked for him.
masqthephlsphr
Oct. 15th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
I already get a lot of fiber in my normal diet, just in the foods I tend to chose, but I couldn't tell you off the cuff what the number is. Just learning about the whole carb end of the food spectrum lately as I have been struggling with this new little wrinkle in my health maintenance.
a2zmom
Oct. 15th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
That's interesting. I wasn't aware that fiber could help.

cornerofmadness
Oct. 15th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
sounds like a fun birthday.

My dad and his brother have that gene as well. So far I've dodged it. good luck.

If you have any tips on how to deal with wordpress websites, I would love to hear them. I NEED to do that for Jana

p.s. ponygirl is right, fiber can help with cholesterol as does diet and exercise

Edited at 2013-10-15 04:05 am (UTC)
masqthephlsphr
Oct. 15th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
I'm sure diet and exercise will be great for my cholesterol. Unfortunately, since I went on cholesterol meds, diet and exercise have done jack for my weight. It's all I can do to maintain and not keep gaining. I've started cutting back on carbs to see if that helps. It's so frustrating. I'm considering stopping the cholesterol meds until I lose five pounds, then going back on them.

Not sure what advice I have for Wordpress. I have been learning CSS so I can customize stuff I don't like about the designs that come straight out of the box.
cornerofmadness
Oct. 15th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
interesting since that's not a usual side effect of statins (unlike my insulin, omg being fat makes you diabetic and the meds make you fatter). I'd talk to your doc about that.


ah, yeah, hmm I know nothing of computer languages so that would be a steep learning curve.
masqthephlsphr
Oct. 15th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
OTOH, WP does have a lot of good stuff in its standard design styles. And a non-programming way to pick different options. Not much more complicated than LJ.

You just need to have a eye for style, which I am sadly lacking.

Edited at 2013-10-15 05:18 pm (UTC)
cornerofmadness
Oct. 15th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
ah well that's more hopeful. thanks. I make no promises on having an eye for style but I do have a deeply ingrained laziness that will encourage me to pick from available styles that I don't need to diddle with much
masqthephlsphr
Oct. 15th, 2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm a born diddler.
cornerofmadness
Oct. 16th, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
hahaha
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