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Pill Popping and Shopping… Round 3

Just a quick find I thought I’d share with my fellow fibrofolks, spoonies, and POTSies as we head into the Christmas season.  Fred Flare is my favorite place to find oddball, quirky stuff that makes me smile, and, for $14, this Nut Case Key Ring Pill Case is no exception. 

Although it’s got more personality than the options I discussed in my Pill Popping and Shopping post, it’s not terribly dissimilar from amy first choice.  Similar in the right ways, but with a superior closure.  A threaded lid instead of a slider means more embarrassing spills of tiny white pills in public places and at inopportune times.

I’ve been quite happy with my more-recent upgrade, but I think I can justify this purchase.  While my current setup is perfect for travel, it sometimes feels tedious (and often goes unused) during a typical work week.  I’m thinking this is the perfect, daily solution.

How do you manage your daily meds?

My Mayo Clinic Traditions

To deal with all the awkward, and make my annual(ish) Mayo Clinic trip something special I make a point to develop a new tradition, buy an item of clothing, or discover a new treat every time I come to Mayo.  This trip has been no different.

For starters, I am freezing.

“Freezing in Arizona?” you say?

Yes.  It is December, after all.

Although, to be fair, I got married on this exact day six years ago (Happy Anniversary, Danny!) and it was 70+ degrees.

walking on our wedding day

But, stick with me. Please.

So it’s December.  And since I arrived, AZ has been cooler than home almost every bit of every day.  Plus, it doesn’t help that I am almost always cold.  (I’d say I’m just weird like that, but since I like to imagine you are like me in that regard, I won’t.)

Are you like me?

Anyway, yesterday I broke down and bought two more long sleeve pieces I can layer with the wardrobe I packed.  These two new items will make a significant improvement in how warm I feel… especially when paired with one of the four scarves I brought.  (I NEVER leave home without a scarf.  Even in the summer.)

I also bought these.  They are delicious.

Nabisco Munchables Pretzel Rounds, buttery flavor

Too delicious.

But that’s not the point.

Since I make a point to begin new traditions, it only makes sense that I make a point to continue those new traditions during future visits.

So, for this round of Mayo Clinic trips, here’s the status of my must-do tradition list:

  • dine at Kona Grill Done, with my SIL and her littles.  I even left my debit card there.
  • make at least one trip to MoJo Yogurt
  • people watch and eavesdrop so I can remember this trip vividly and take it all in
  • FaceTime with my sweetie
  • make and eat lots of homemade sandwiches Although, this is a sort of ongoing goal.
  • sleep
  • visit Pro’s Ranch Market as often as possible for chicken taquitos and  aguas frescas (What’s your favorite flavor?)
  • spend some quality time at TJ Maxx
  • stretch every morning AND every evening
  • consume bagged lettuce to my heart’s content I’ve already restocked once.
  • Christmas shop… for 2012
  • take pictures Who am I joking?  I do this all the time.
  • read
  • appreciate a few weeks of Arizona weather (don’t worry, it usually improves in January)
  • watch sports
  • buy plane tickets for summer vacation
  • spend quality time with my in-laws, nieces, and nephews Again, with the ongoing bit.

And, these aren’t traditions, but I’d like that to change:

  • take Daniel to Oregano’s for a late anniversary date
  • actually respond to people who call and/or text

Here goes… I will keep you posted.

Wednesday What: Headaches

What do your headaches feel like?

Sometimes, mine feel like this.  Other times they feel like my brain is throbbing and will surely burst my skull.  Kinda like this bit I found via Pinterest:

Bastien Aubry - WoodcutsI have no idea if this can be purchased anywhere online, but you can visit this site to learn a bit more about this award-winning work.  If you find a place selling prints of this woodcut, please let me know.

Mayo Clinic 2011, Intermission

This was written Monday, January 17, 2011.  I was exhausted after a long day at the park, and neglected to post it.  And, with that decision, my procrastination in posting my Mayo Clinic 2011 articles began.  I will be playing catch up this week, so don’t wander too far.

All great works have an intermission… why would Mayo Clinic 2011 be any different?


I wanted to make the most of my Mayo-free time in Arizona, and I’d say I succeeded.  Here’s a bit of what’s happened:

  • I fell in love with this salt cellar and pepper shaker set.  Trust me.  It’s stunning.
  • Jen got her birthday gift in the mail.

  • I spent far too long appreciating these.
  • Dan taught Spanish to kids across the country, from the parking lot of a Mexican market, using Skype, on an iPhone.  No big deal.  (Actually, he did this a week ago… but I had to share since he did it a second time during intermission and I didn’t get to take a picture.)


  • I felt like I was riding these, even while sitting still.
  • My sweetie flew home, worked Friday, then had all weekend and today to miss me… and look forward to what promises to be an impressive snow storm this Thursday.  He will probably get a snow day to sit home and think good thoughts for me and my MRI.
  • I decided I will order this when Dan and I finally celebrate our anniversary at our beloved Bonefish.
  • Beautiful… city and dancers.
  • I went to this lovely park to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Dan’s family.

20110117 Papago Park

  • This fascinated me.  I can’t believe I never saw the sun.
  • I liked this big squishy guy.
  • Daniel took care of two sick pupsqueaks.

That wraps up this evenings post.  As always, after thinking through my life, I’m feeling like a lucky duck.  I am grateful for this opportunity, and for this intermission.  I recommend you go think through your life.  I am sure you’ll end up feeling tremendously blessed.

Tomorrow I get the blood pressure monitor put on.  I will wear it for 24 hours.  That’s all I know. When I know more I will tell you.

Pill Popping and Shopping… A Somewhat Related Find

I found this today, while doing some Christmas shopping at my beloved Blue Ribbon General Store.  Even though I hate giving up my gift-giving secrets, I thought I would share, as it is somehwhat related to my most-recent post.

Medicine Kit

It’s a mini medicine cabinet, stocked to cover all situations.  From headaches, to sleeplessness and paper cuts… with this little gem you’ll be good to go.

My love to all.  And please, be smart.

Image via Blue Ribbon General Store