Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Thoughts

It's been a while since I did a Friday "rambling" type post, and I feel like it's long overdue.


  • A friend of mine has challenged me to limit myself to 1 "treat" per day for a week. Yesterday was the first day, and I succeeded! I planned to get a frozen coffee drink from CC's Coffee (I love theirs more than Starbucks!) before heading to RCIA class, and that's just what I did. Day 1 conquered, on to Day 2!
  • I found a new favorite dressing - OPA (by Litehouse Foods) Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing. You guys, this is the best ranch dressing I've ever had (even better than the Bolthouse Farms yogurt ranch!). I've also tried the Jalapeno Ranch by OPA--it's pretty amazing too. You won't find this dressing in the regular salad dressing aisle; it's refrigerated, usually found in the produce section.
  • I went to the doctor a few days ago because I'd been having issues with my empty lap band; basically even though there's nothing in it, I still have problems eating food. I told him I didn't have reflux, but then he was pressing on my stomach and I felt pain in my chest. When I told him this, he was like, "Christina, that's reflux." I said, "Oh. I guess I don't know what reflux feels like after all!" Right now, he's thinking that the reflux is causing inflammation in my esophagus, thus making it harder for food to pass through the empty band. He put me on THREE reflux meds for the the next 3 weeks, and then we'll re-evaluate. If nothing else, I've started a paper trail that maybe will one day lead to insurance paying for the removal. 
  • Cancer sucks. Marc's best friend from high school and college was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, and a good friend of mine from high school's 4-yr-old son has been diagnosed with Stage 3 neuroblastoma (his little body is riddled with tumors). I'm just tired of hearing about so many people who've been diagnosed. Good vibes and prayers are much appreciated.
  • Marc's parents are in town this weekend. Today is Grandparents Day at the kids' school, so they came to do that. We always have such a good time when they visit; I'm truly blessed in the in-law department! Speaking of the weekend, the weather for the next few days is going to be fantastic! 
  • I've increased my Girls on the Run fundraising goal for the Crescent City Classic to $1000! I'm so grateful to everyone who's already donated. Your donations will help Girls on the Run do so much for the girls in New Orleans, from buying snacks and t-shirts for practices, to providing running shoes for girls who need them and paying program fees for those who cannot pay. Girls on the Run does not turn anyone away based on their inability to pay! Here's the direct link to my fundraising page, and I also added a widget on my sidebar that you can click on.
What do you have planned for this weekend?

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