5 things I’m loving right now

I’ve been sick and spent this past weekend just laying low. To look on the bright side, here are 5 things I’m loving right now:

1. I love that the manfriend gets down on the floor and naps with Stella. If I squint my eyes, suddenly he’s a little boy bonding with his dog buddy.
2. Fall evening walks, especially if someone in the neighborhood has lit a fire.
3. Watching the daily train go by from my desk.
4. The fact that Stella smells like Fritos.
5. Being nursed by the manfriend when I’m feeling crummy.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Yesterday I received a really nice message about my blog from my sister-in-law’s good friend. That’s a mouthful. Anyway, it just made me feel so good. Poor thing is feeling poorly and has an ear ache. It’s remarkable to me when things like ear aches, things we associate with our youth, afflict us as adults. Those m’fers hurt! How did we manage to suffer through those as kids and not totally loose our minds? Oh wait, I know. Because mom was there to sooth us and we didn’t have to do horrible things like cook for ourselves and go to work. Now I get it!

Grapefruit Seed Extract Bottle

Liquid Gold GSE by NutriBiotic

Anyway, it reminded me about this wonderful little remedy I’ve started using recently for a variety of things – grapefruit seed extract (GSE)! The first time I used this was right before a workout. I showed up and my trainer, a beast from hell who conceives of the worst possible things to torture me with, but whom I love and appreciate deeply (Stockholm syndrome, anyone?) made me guzzle down some of this mixed in water to take care of my upset tummy. Apparently “I think I might puke” elicts this response from him, “Great! I’ll take it as a compliment that the workout was hard.” Me: “Um, no, my tummy is upset and has been all afternoon.” Him: “Great! Take this vile tasting stuff and all will be well and then I can kick your ass.” Me: “Um, ha, ha. Greeeaaat.”

Yeah, it tastes pretty bad, but it totally did the trick. And it works for more than just an upset stomach. Apparently it’s great in a neti pot when you think you’re getting sick (kills that crap in the sinus toot sweet) and can be mixed with alcohol and dropped in the ears to help with ear infections, etc. I know, first hand, that it helps with the ear thing. For about the past year I’ve had ear troubles. I was miserably sick in March of 2009, the kind of sick that makes you really consider ending it all, and ever since then my ears just don’t drain properly, which has been causing me some dizziness and general unhappiness. I know, I know, I should go see a doctor. They’ll just put me on antibiotics and I hate that crap. So I tried this GSE trick in there and it worked like a charm!

According to this site, GSE is the world’s most powerful natural antibiotic and the applications of it are many. One thing to note is that you should NEVER, never, ever, never, ever use it full strength. It’s so acidic that it will burn you. Did I make my point? Never, ever. You must dilute it and a little goes a long way. The photo above shows my favorite brand, which you can get at any health foods store or online here. As a side note, I will never travel without this stuff again. While I had the good fortune of staying on Montezuma’s good side in Mexico, a fellow resident at our hotel did not. I loaned her my bottle of GSE and it helped a ton.

I’m leavin’ on a jet plane!

I wish I could say I don’t know when I’ll be back again because that would imply that I’m independently wealthy and can be gone for as long as I like (soon, soon!). But alas, I do have a return flight scheduled.

Anyway, the manfriend and I are off to Mexico! Yes, yes, I know. We’ll try to avoid getting shot or kidnapped. And at least we’re on the pacific side, so that nasty oil spill shouldn’t be too much of a bother.

I am so PUMPED to go on vacation. It’s been a long, long time, my friends. See, to me a vacation involves NO obligations whatsoever. Therefore trips that have been taken to see friends or family don’t count. While those trips have been great (don’t get your knickers in a twist – there’s no offense intended), I need a beach, warm water, and pina coladas. The last time a trip like that happened was 11 years ago. No, I’m not kidding.

Therefore, I will be off the grid for a while folks. Below are some links to recent posts so you can catch up on anything you might have missed recently here on Perpetual Ramblings. See you on the flip side!

Kick Ass and that ain’t no joke!

I really should start counting the number of times I hear someone mention swine flu on a daily basis.  Excuse me, H1N1 (don’t wamtn.2oz.kickstartnt to hurt the piggys’ feelings).  But I really do have better things to do than track that kind of stuff.  All this talk has me thinking about seasonal illness in general.  So I wanted to share a great product called Kick Ass Immune.  It’s made by a local (as in Boulder, CO) company, Wish Garden Herbs.  Although it looks like the company has changed the name to Kick Start Immune, I’m sticking with the old name of Kick Ass because I like curse words.  They also have a childrens formula.  This stuff really works.  The minute I feel a tickle I start sucking this tincture down.  While I can’t say that I’ve ever totally averted a cold or flu with this stuff, I can say that using this product has hastened the illness and lessened the symptoms.  And that, my friends, is kick ass!

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    My mother is an encyclopedia of useless information (sorry, ma, but it's true) - no one can beat her at Trivial Pursuit. As I age, I become more like dear old mom everyday. I routinely tell people about resources, recipes, tips, tricks, or websites I've heard about, tried, live by, etc. until one of my clients urged me to start a blog. So here it is! My perpetual ramblings. I hope you find them useful and amusing. If you don't, you can either keep it to yourself or leave me a well constructed critique.

    I'm a former massage therapist, a freelance journalist, and a web information architect and UX designer. I enjoy yoga, the Bar Method, camping, reading, gardening, and spending time with my friends and loved ones. I live in Colorado.

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