Wow, thanks for all your well wishes comments and emails yesterday about the biopsy of my “spot” as I am going to call it.  I am sure it will be fine, but if nothing else, hopefully my experience persuaded a few of you to get some suspicious spots of your own checked out. Open-mouthed smile

On the way to work I picked up my prescription shampoos for the psoriasis of the scalp.  One is a shampoo I use three times a week.  The other is a topical steroid oil that I use every other night, but can’t use it more than 2 weeks in a row.  Oh, and I can’t use it on my face, groin, or body folds.  Not kidding, that’s what it said on the instructions!  So with my $40 dollar co-pay and the shampoo – I spent $86.64 to get rid of an itchy scalp!

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It reminded me that I think I’ve had psoriasis probably most of my life.  I remember being a freshman in high school.  My grandma lived with us and she was kind of on the nutty side.  She used to love playing scrabble and Monopoly, but the games would go on forever because it would take her forever to make a decision.  The worst?  When she would spend 20 minutes playing a word on Scrabble and come up with CAT.  Really?

Anywho, I remember having scalp problems back then, and her remedy for everything was vitamin E.  One night she decided she was going to help me.  We sat and cut pill after pill of vitamin E and poured the oily contents into a bowl.  She then proceeded to spread this oil all over my scalp.

In 5th grade, my twin sister and I, at 5 feet 2 inches, were the tallest kids in class.  Um, turns out by high school everyone caught up with us.  I just remember walking down the hallway with this greasy mop of hair and kids looking at it like “WTF is with her hair?”   Why I listened to my grandma, I’ll never know! 

She’s the same crazy grandma that made me wear a “Jesus First” pin for one of my school pictures!  Hopefully this oily stuff won’t do the same damage it did back in the day. Open-mouthed smile

It’s Wednesday, so it was bagel Wednesday!  I did have a microwaved egg in the middle but you can’t see it.  Loves me some jalapenos first thing in the morning!

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I was set for my workout, and taking Lori’s suggestion, I lifted weights!  I did 25 minutes of lower body.  Then I decided to see how fast I could run just one mile.  It’s always mind over matter with me and running.  My feet and body tell me I can go faster, but my mind says “slow the hell down!”

But I told myself – it’s one mile!  Guess what pace I did – 6.5 mph which equates to a 9:14 mile!

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It was hard, but I did it.  Now I just need to build up my stamina to go faster and longer. Turtle


All while sporting my Band-Aid on my face! Open-mouthed smile  I ended up running/walking another mile for 2 miles total.

I was really hungry by the time I got back to work.  Copycat Panera broccoli cheddar soup!  I prefer a smooth soup, but you could leave it chunky if you want.  You can find my recipe here.  On the side I had a cheezy Arnold thin for dipping.

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While delicious, after my workout by the time I got home I was hungry!  I defrosted some chicken breasts.  I am not sure where I saw this recently, so if it was on your blog, please let me know.  I now pound my meat in a ziploc bag – not only does it prevent germs getting on my counter, but my meat mallet stays clean.

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This was half of one chicken breast – they were huge!  Just dipped in egg whites, then seasoned bread crumbs and a couple tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.  Pan fried in 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter and lots of Pam.

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I cooked up some pasta on the side – Tony prefers not to have red sauce, I love it. Open-mouthed smile

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I ate all but about 3 pieces of the chicken – perfectly cooked, and I love the added zip of the crushed red pepper to my plate.

Oh, and here’s a really shitty picture I took of dinner, which is about what 75% of my pictures look like after I down load them.  One of these days I’ll take a photography class. Open-mouthed smile

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So this will be my last post until Monday!  My Mom, Hannah and I are going for a girls weekend in South Haven, Michigan and I have tomorrow off.  I’ve already found thrift stores, and farmers markets that I want to check out.  But if you know of any good restaurants in the area, could you let me know in the comments section?  I’ve never been to this area of Michigan before.

The house belongs to one of my Mom’s friends and she’s letting us use it for the weekend – it has a grill so I am happy about that – and it has a nearby lake – I will definitely be floating, of course while wearing a hat and 50 spf sunscreen!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll recap on Monday.  Make it a great day!