Time for the weekend update!

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Sorry I haven't updated for the past few days. Life has been incredibly busy for me. Let me give you a bit of a recap. I cooked all day long on Friday! For those of you who don't know, I have a special diet that I keep up with. I don't eat processed foods, sugar, dairy, anything acidic, I also try to stay away from red meat. I cook all my meals for the week ahead of time and I portion them into plastic containers. I freeze them so even on days when I don't feel so well, I can still have meal that is safe for my dietary restrictions. I got some lab work back on Friday which has raised some concerns for me and I am hoping to get more details within the coming week.

On Saturday I went to Shockoe Cemetery with the ladies of the UDC chapter I belong to. It was supposed to be a walking tour with historical information about different people who were buried there. Well, one of the ladies from the chapter brought her three children along. The two older children were wired but extremely well behaved. There was also a baby but I steer clear of babies. I kind of went into babysitter mode and hung out with the kids. I thought the mom could use a bit of a break in the first place. The two munchkins kept asking me about the "dead people" and if they could come out of the ground. By the end of the morning the little boy had a huge crush on me, according to the older sister. I got more flowers from that little boy than I think I have gotten in my whole life. Of course they were dandelions, buttercups, and weeds, but it's the thought that counts.

Afterwards my Mom and I met up with some of the ladies for lunch at Capital Ale House. I hadn't been there in a few years. They didn't have any tables that weren't booths in the front of the restaurant, so they let us have the back room to ourselves. I think it was a good thing, our conversations were interesting to say the least! The food was also really good, considering I'm not a fan of red meat, they had other items on the menu that weren't red meat. I just wanted to see if I could digest it with my new medication. I could and it was a bit on the awesome side. Will I now start eating red meat every day? No. But once every couple of years I might divulge. I'm a take it or leave it type of gal and I can definitely go without the red meat.

Today I woke up early and went to church, 3rd Sunday in a row. It was crowded because it was Palm Sunday. I know this coming Sunday will be crowded because it will be Easter. I like Palm Sunday because I make tons of palm crosses and then I hand them out to people. I was making crosses the whole entire service, I know it's not very mature of me. Oh well, old habits die hard. Everyone at church was thrilled to see me, again. I think everyone is going to be thrilled to see me for another couple of months. Eventually the newness of me will wear off.

I also cooked more food and stored it in the freezer today. I found a really awesome sugar free whole wheat pasta that has omega 3 fatty acids in it! I cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts on my Lean, Mean, Fat Burning machine! I also lightly steamed green beans to go along with my chicken and pasta. After I cooked 6 meals, I ate my lunch and decided I wanted to go for a walk. I'm not supposed to exercise without supervision so I asked my Mom to come with me. We walked all around my neighborhood and then walked up to the drugstore to get some items that were on sale. We walked a total of 2.648 miles! I know that doesn't seem like a lot, but it is for me. I only burned 194.312 calories but of course I wasn't really doing strenuous activity. For me it's not about weight loss, it's about improving my body's well being.

Now I'm at home with a Monk marathon. I am taking time to rehydrate myself but not too quickly. I don't want my kidneys to get unhappy with me! So far I've had 16 ounces of water and I have another 16 ounces to go for now. I am going to hopefully finish a painting this afternoon. I talked to my Mom this afternoon about the whole car thing, since I don't currently have one. I know my Dad will be furious at the thought of having to help me, but he's just going to have to get over it. I don't think he realizes that with a car comes a job, with a job comes money, with money comes me moving out. When I move out, he won't ever have to see me ever again if he doesn't want to. I'm sure that will make him very happy. I still need a job so if anyone needs someone to answer a phone and do secretarial work, I'm your gal!

On Tuesday I have an appointment with the periodontist my insurance is covering me to see. I hope he will be able to do something for my mouth considering I don't have much to work with. I'm feeling a bit nervous that he will say "Sorry, the Lupus has torn up your mouth, there's no point in fixing it because it will get torn up again." So y'all start hoping and praying he can fix my mouth, that insurance will cover it, that it won't take forever, and then I can start getting my life together without many more hassles. I know I'm asking for a lot and I'm really sorry. I just wish that it could be simpler, like I go to a hospital to get the surgery done, they fix my whole entire mouth in an OR, they stick a feeding tube down my nose and into my stomach, I recoup in the hospital for a few days, and then I go home. But of course there is no guarantee the grafts will take, so that's why they probably don't do them all at once!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend! I just can't believe I walked as far as I did. I missed having my i-pod streaming music into my ears. I'm sure I'll be paying for today tomorrow but hopefully it will be worth it. I'm excited about getting back to the Erika I used to be!

Loverly Lupie Me