Wednesday, February 8, 2023


Things around these parts are not the best but life goes on right? 
I've been MIA for a bit but I'm back for today anyway.

Well, it's not officially spring by the calendars but it's spring here.
That means daffodils rearing their heads. The weather is all over the place.
That is another definite sign of spring around here.
72 today, 44 on Thursday, then back in the 60s.  I remember this! Yipee.

Today I am going to Duke Eye Ctr to follow up on ole Betty. If she has grown then today I get a shot in my eye and receive Humira to continue at home. That is all I know. My eye has been 'off' shall we say.  
I have a feeling I am going to need that horrific shot.

The damn shot is still far better than chemo which has destroyed my body. As my primary doc said yesterday - "your body has been through hell. It can't recover in under a year. The other issues it gave you we will just have to monitor closely for the rest of your life." 
I told her to just know, if I get cancer, I'd prefer to die than have chemo again just so she knows I will refuse all chemo. 
She understood and said, "let's hope we don't have to deal with that scenario"
But as time goes on and the shit is piling up, I feel we may need to know. But in the meantime, I am in denial.

Rick knows I don't wear makeup on my eyes to go to the eye center. With all the drops, poking and prodding, and holding open for photos, etc I know enough to not wear anything on my eyes. Rick said he wanted to surprise me but knew if he took me to a restaurant with no makeup I'd have a fit. So he said, "let's go to that salad place you've talked about for so long for dinner after your eye appointment. I googled it and it's very close to Duke"  So the mascara is coming with me. And c'mon, he googled this and planned it without me. It's a win!!

I love salads. I mean I crave salads. People think I eat salads for diet reasons. Nope. Besides a salad does not necessarily have fewer calories. 
I just like salads more than the average person. If I had a choice between a burger and a salad I'd always choose a salad, even before I had celiac. 

Of course, my favorite salad is from Firebirds but there is a fast food concept called Chopt I've wanted to try. Have you been?
Looking over their menu I wish I could scream, no one likes kale, get rid of the kale. I know it's the "in" thing to eat but it's bitter and gross to me. Each salad I wanted was kale. Replace with anything and I'd eat it but I can't do kale, I've tried! I love most greens, collards, and kale not so much!

This concept was in the DC metro area but I never did go. So now I'm going. It's basically fast food only salads and I'm not cooking so there is that. I may not be able to read the menu when we get there so I went online and chose my salad now while I can see.

We've been taking turns cooking. Rick's meals are far better than mine. But yet he can't make a salad to save his life. Or make a bed, but that's another blog post.  😁

I made an Asian Chicken Salad the other day when my cousin was in town. She loves this so I made it for her quick lunch before she hit the road. 
Then gave her some in a container to take with her. I got a selfie of her on the turnpike getting gas and sitting there eating the rest of the salad. That made me laugh, it was to be for the next day she told me. Didn't make it back to her house in PA.


Anonymous said...

Aw, sorry kale ruins it for you. I also get salad cravings, and good ones are hard to find. Good luck today. Olivia

Mike said...

I've got daffodils popping up too.

We'll put you in a drug-induced coma for your chemo.

You should never make your bed. Leaving the covers back helps kill the dust mites.

Bobi said...

Fingers crossed for a good Betty report! Hope you enjoy your salad.

Olga said...

I can do baby kale -- especially with beets, toasted walnuts and goat cheese. Warm is even better.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Olivia, I ended up getting the perfect salad and with no kale. :-) (spring mix)

Mike, I kinda was in a coma for 6 months. I don't remember a lot of it. I don't make my bed unless I am stripping it. Only time. Pitiful but why bother!

Bobi, it wasn't the best but it could have been worse. The salad was divine!!

Olga, I don't think I've had baby kale. Is it less bitter? The only thing I like is that you listed are the nuts and goat cheese. This salad has pecans, cranberries and blue cheese to name some. yummy!

It' said...

I make awesome salads....I open the fridge and throw in anything I think will be good. Lots of tomatoes, spring mix or romaine...roasted red peppers, toasted pine nuts... Romeo's salads are pathetic. He doesn't understand the flavor combo's. Lately have been on a kick of crumbled feta.
Kale is not my favorite, but I think the baby kale is ok if there's lots of other greens.