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Date:2009-11-19 17:37
Subject:Furlough Friday Excursion
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Mood: annoyed

Three assignments in Oakland tomorrow. 90% chance of rain, 25 mph winds and temps in the 50s and 60s. I couldn't have picked a worse day for an excursion if I tried. Now, how does one juggle an umbrella, a clipboard, a backpack and a camera, all at the same time? I'll let you know when I find out.

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Date:2009-01-04 14:52
Subject:Farewell, sweet princess:(
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Mood: melancholy

Yesterday, my family lost one of its beloved members – my lean and lovely, clever and mischievous black beauty, Daisy. She was eight years old, basset/beagle mix, an escape artist, queen of her domain, well mannered when it suited her, Winker’s leader. She was with us only two years and a few weeks. Two different, aggressive, and malignant cancers claimed her and we gave her relief and laid her to rest, with the help of two friends, one across the street and the other on the other coast. Thank you, AC and SD. Friends like you are what makes life worth living.

Here is Daisy on dogster.com

It helps that we still have Winker. She keeps us grounded. She seems to miss Daisy, too, is lingering when she goes outside, looking around, like she did when Daisy went on long walks. Perhaps looking for her. We may never know. I hope, and pray, we can prevent Winker from leaving us the same way we have lost Roscoe and Daisy.

I am, needless to say, going to do some research, to understand what happened and hopefully prevent a recurrence in another pet. I am inclined to believe that our home’s proximity to a high power substation may have been significant in this development. Others disagree. If you, too, are interested, here are some of my first result sites.

Canine Mast Cell Tumors: A Common Cancer in Dogs

Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM, the dog cancer vet blogs about canine cancer

EMFs might threaten pooch

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Date:2008-01-27 19:07
Subject:Anyone interested in a FREE website review and report?
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I know I haven’t posted in a long time. I guess I’m just not much of a blogger. Too much of my leisure time is caught up in schooling, homework, research, and planning, not to mention down time for pain and exhaustion and impaired sleep.
 
I was discussing my web design plans with Doc the other day and he suggested that I approach my friends and co-workers with websites with my ideas. And I told him, NONE of my friends and co-workers HAVE websites! So he says, well, he knew a few dozen companies and individuals with websites and I could ask them. He suggested I send him an email with the wording I wanted to use but it occurred to me I could just as easily do it myself by posting to my livejournal blog.
 
I’ve taken a hiatus from school this spring, in part to put together a new website, which will focus primarily on natural treatments for a variety of disorders, starting with diabetes. I haven’t come to a firm decision on the domain name yet; I have some ideas, but I’m still open to suggestions. And one of my choices was previously owned by an artist and is now unused but coming up for renewal in a few months.   I’m thinking of snagging it… we’ll see how that turns out.
 
Side by side on the same site will be my website review and validation service. I thought long and hard on what I was most suited to and decided to specialize in review, validation, and some re-designing. It’s a chicken and egg situation though. I have to have some proofs under my belt to display in a gallery/testimonial arrangement before I can hope to attract clients, but I have to have had clients in order to compile a gallery/testimonial arrangement. You see my quandary …
 
So Doc suggested and I agreed to offer my services, free of charge, to anyone surfing his livejournal. 
 
What am I offering? Well, I plan to start with a popularity search through Alexa and Google. This will tell me when the site was launched, what kind of traffic it receives, if any, how many sites have linked to it, page rank, etc. This answers the question of whether a re-design is in order and how urgent that may be. This will include comparisons with sites with similar content, keywords and time online.
 
Following that is a review of the actual pages of the website, including external and image files. Appearance; color scheme; format; text alignment; fonts; number, size, compression and placement of images; outgoing links and link pages; version of HTML in use; site structure; basic files such as index, about, sitemap, disclaimer, privacy policy, and so on; keywords; coding organization and cleanliness/error rate; JavaScript and CSS coding and files; and dynamic content.
 
Contingent will be a review in not less than three of five validation services for coding errors that would impair disability access. This is an important step, especially in light of the readiness of disabled individuals to pursue lawsuits against websites that provide products or services those individuals cannot enjoy because those websites remain inaccessible. Disability compliance is more than the law, it is a cover-your-ass move. Small websites, especially, cannot afford the cost of expensive lawsuits, when a little foresight can solve the problem before it becomes a costly mistake. 
 
Finally I will take at least one and as many as five pages and re-design them, cleaning up and validating the code, compressing images, reorganizing site structure and outgoing links, etc. The designs will be simple, using the existing images, but they will be clean and professional and optimized for disability access. The designs I create will be yours to keep and use, free of charge, as long as they display a tiny link back to my service.   You are not required to use them, of course. The re-design is primarily to demonstrate good website design and how a change of design can improve your traffic and, thus, your income from that website.
 
All of my research, reviews, and results will be compiled into a thorough report, presented in PDF format, zipped up by WinZip. 
 
In return I’d like to ask your opinions on this type of service. Questions would be asked both before and after, such as how needful you see the service to be, what price tag you feel would be appropriate/comfortable, what you feel the service should offer, do you feel you learned anything significant during the process, how would you write a contract for such service, and so on. I would also expect you to agree to be featured in my client gallery, including before and after screenprints, and would ask you to write an honest testimonial to accompany those entries. I don’t expect your testimonial to be 100% complementary, but I do expect it to be honest and forthright.
 
Because this is a free service, it will be first come, first served. Completion dates will be determined by final agreement. Please allow 1-2 weeks for completion once a final agreement email has been exchanged. This offer will terminate August 1,2008, in preparation for the fall semester, when I will have very little time outside my classes and homework to do more than enhance my own website(s). Once I launch this service commercially, there will be a period of time when I will offer a discounted, introductory rate, which I will again mention here on livejournal.
 
You must be the owner or webmaster of a website to participate. Link farms and religiously-oriented websites need not apply. That is not because I have anything against religiously-oriented websites but because my service site will be 100% nondenominational. Favor will be given to individuals over large commercial enterprises; however, don’t let that stop you from applying. Of course, everyone is welcome to comment on this proposal and offer suggestions.

Please send your initial request for a review through LiveJournal to my _lythande screenname.  Please include your full name, and the URL of the website you wish to have reviewed.  

Thanks for your time and attention.
 
 
 

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Date:2006-01-02 17:56
Subject:Auld Lang Syne
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Mood: pensive

To Roscoe, may he never be forgotten...
June 10, 1990 - May 23, 2005


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Date:2005-08-11 07:59
Subject:Give me a G, Give me an R, give me an A C E....
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Mood: relaxed

What does that spell? Happy Birthday to Me! 47yo today. Hip Hip Hooray!

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Date:2005-08-07 13:58
Subject:Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it was!
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Mood: pleased

Well, the big gallbladder flush is over and done with! Did it work? Yes, I think so, since I have no chest pain and I did appear to pass lots of little somethings that floated. They were more yellow than green/tan. Doc thinks they were macadamia nuts I had the night before. Only a lab can tell, I'm sure. But I feel good.

Now, I followed the recommendations of a flush described on the LJ gallbladderhelp board. But not to the letter. My diabetes and my four-hour stomach made that impossible. But I think my workaraounds were still effective and I learned some things.

There are five drinks, not four, as the writer mentioned. She was correct in that only four of the five drinks could be called doses, since they contained epson salts, where one drink did not. However, she recommended only five grapefruits to yield three cups or four measures of 3/4 cups each, including four jars with lids. In actuality, five measures of 3/4 cups each were needed, and five jars with lids. Chronologically, the first two doses turn on the laxative action of the epson salts and open the ducts in the liver and gallbladder, giving one the Texas two-step with floating results. The third drink contains no epson salts, but combines juice with pulp and 1/2 cup of olive oil. This actually serves to turn OFF the flush so there is no risk of accidents while you sleep. In the morning, after 7am, there are two more epson salt loaded drinks, at two hour intervals, followed by light meals through the remainder of the day.

The epson salts can be purchased in various sizes, but you might have to shop around to find the smaller size. I found a little pint sized (1 lb.) box for $1.29 at Longs Drugs, but Target had only half-gallon sized for about $2.50. Since you need only four tablespoons, smaller is better.

Slicing up five grapefruits and juicing them is hard work. Only one fruit is necessary, to yield the pulp for the turn-off drink. I think unsweetened grapefruit juice would be perfectly ok for the liquid necessary and cost is probably comparative. I spent $4.50 on the package of fruits.

The diet calls for low fat meals before and after. I went with tofu, canned crab, tuna, and eggs cooked in butter-flavored low-fat cooking spray for my protein (not together, of course). I opted for Wheat-Thins, and rice cooked with only one tablespoon of olive oil instead of the called for two tablespoons, and seasoned the results with Fried Rice seasoning. I also opted for fresh fruits, including apples, but while I love fruit, fruit does not love me. I developed an excruciating sugar headache, which felt like something was stabbing behind one eyeball and the back of my head. I could not take any pain reliever for it and so my afternoon and evening was a miserable marathon of clock watching and bathroom visits. After I took my turn-off drink in the evening, I waited another couple of hours and then ate a meal, because by then I was so hungry I was in considerable stomach pain. I also took one aspirin for the headache. It was gone by morning.

I decided to forgo the morning routine. By this point I had no chest pain and my blood sugar was so off balance I spent a good part of Saturday in bed or resting. Next time I think I'll go with veggies instead of fruits.

So next time you feel chest pain that doesn't escalate into a heart attack, doesn't go away and worsens when you bend over, add apples to your diet first, at least one a day (up to four a day), and follow it up with a gallbladder flush on a weekend. Allow three days if you do the full flush or just the weekend if you abbreviate it. And you don't have to start it late in the day. Next time I plan to try a morning routine instead, so I can be back to regular meals by noon. Just try to stick to the time schedule, that is, a four-hour fast followed by dose #1, two hour fast followed by dose #2, another two hour fast followed by the turn-off drink, then a meal after another two hours. Repeat two doses the next morning, if you go with the full treatment.

How often? Don't know. Just started this. Maybe once a month, maybe only when you feel chest pain. Probably a better preventative is once a month or so, pain or no. I have several co-workers who have had gallbladder problems. One mentioned she had felt no discomfort, then horrific pain. Went to the emergency room and then into emergency surgery shortly thereafter. Her gallbladder was necrotic. So pain is not really a good measuring stick. If you survive the first episode without surgery, preventive techniques should best be instituted.

Remember, the bile of the gallbladder breaks down the fats you consume. Not all fats are bad for you. Monounsaturated fats (olives, olive oil, avocados, guacamole, canola oil, tahini, macadamia nuts, just to name a few) help your body produce good eicosanoids (eye-KAH-sah-noyds) and turn off your hunger pangs. Monounsaturated fats are !Essential! to steady, permanent weight loss.

Btw, down to 271# from 305#. Thanks to The Zone diet and increased water consumption. Lost five pounds the week I had chest pain because I drank so much and ate so little. Remember, 80 ounces minimum daily, up to half your body weight in ounces if you are trying to lose weight or correct health problems. The LAST symptom of dehydration is dry mouth, not the first. The FIRST symptom is pain. Read Your Body's Many Cries for Water for more details.

Well, tah tah for now:)
Hope y'all had a dandy weekend!

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Date:2005-08-04 07:26
Subject:Keep on keepin' on...
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Mood: calm

Well, I'm feeling much better this week. The chest pain is only an occasional nuisance; most of the time there is none. I believe this is because I think I passed a small stone a couple days ago. It looked like a piece of corn, in size and shape and almost in color. But it was alone and almost a week since I had had any corn to eat. Usually when I passed undigested corn, I pass several kernels at the same time. Since then the pain has diminished substantially, which is the second reason I think it was a stone and not corn.

Nevertheless, I still plan to implement the gallbladder flush I found on the gallbladderhelp LJ group. Or at least as much as I can "stomach" (little pun there:) I've found that eating apples DOES seem to soften the stones, but four a day was beyond me. And with my diabetes, apples only made me hungrier, they did nothing to staunch my appetite. So they did not function well as my carbohydrate component. Still, apples alone flushed that one stone, so that rule of thumb has been proven, at least to my satisfaction.

Will be taking off tomorrow to commence this routine. Maybe I'll redecorate the bathroom while I'm at it, seeing as how I'll be spending the better part of the next three days in it. Then again...

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Date:2005-07-31 14:56
Subject:Whew, that's a relief!
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Mood: amused

I am 36% Geek.
Geek? Yes, but at least I got social skills.
You probably work in computers, or a history department at a college. You never really fit in with the "normal" crowd. But you have friends, and this is a good thing.

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Date:2005-07-31 14:46
Subject:Another one pegged!
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Mood: amused

I am 39% Hippie.
Wanna Be Hippie!
I need to step away from the tie-dye. I smell too good to be a hippie and my dad is probably a cop. Being a hippie is not a fashion craze, man. It was a way of life, in the 60’s, man.

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Date:2005-07-30 13:49
Subject:Well, that's got me pegged!
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Mood: hopeful

the Ham
(30% dark, 52% spontaneous, 22% vulgar)
your humor style:
CLEAN | SPONTANEOUS | LIGHT




Your style's mostly goofy, innocent and feel-good. Perfect for parties
and for the dads who chaperone them. You can actually get away with
corny jokes, and I bet your sense of humor is a guilty pleasure for
your friends. People of your type are often the most approachable and
popular people in their circle. Your simple & silly
good-naturedness is immediately recognizable, and it sets you apart in
this sarcastic world.


PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Will Ferrell - Will Smith



My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 25% on dark
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You scored higher than 99% on spontaneous
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You scored higher than 75% on vulgar
Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid


Found this on my gallbladder flush search - btw, found something very promising. Will let you know how it goes!

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Date:2005-07-30 12:34
Subject:Chest pain again...
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Mood: uncomfortable

Well, today is Day Four of my second chest pain episode. All started Wednesday morning about 9:45 a.m. I was just planning to take my break and debating where to go when I was suddenly hit with nausea and chest pain. I figured it might be a heart attack but it might also be my 4-hour stomach reporting it was empty and needed replenishment. I decided to wait and see. It is was a heart attack, it would worsen. It it was an empty stomach, it would go away after a meal.

It did neither.

Somehow, I did not anticipate option #3.

Well, after two days of constant pain that only worsened when I bent over, no crushing, no pain in neck or arm, and, obviously, I was still alive, I made an appointment to see my doctor. I could have gone to urgent care but I DON'T want to go back into the hospital, not without a suitcase full of food, especially protein, at any rate. My usual doc is on vacation so I saw one I've not seen before. Got an ECG (normal), a nitroglycerine tablet (no effect), and got poked and prodded (yes, that hurt and no, that's not normal).

Concensus appears to be gallstones.

Well, gallstones are a nasty piece of work. Scheduled an ultrasound appointment, not until Aug 17 unfortunately. If I develop fever or tenderness or vomiting, may be a sign of "cholecystitis" and time for them to cut. Until then will try the alternative medicine approach.

Thank God I've got so many A.M. books - and the library is open today!

Now the hard part. Each book gives a part of the picture. Some of them agree. Some contradict each other. And out of three good sources I've come across three Different gallbladder flush advisories. All different:(

So I'm going to have to access each by the ingredients and make a determination as to which routine looks to be most effective. None of them are pleasant. One recommends consumption of epson salts, another consumption of 1/4 CUP of olive oil combined with a 1/4 CUP of lemon juice. One is three to four days long, another nine days, and the third is three days flush then five days strict diet. One consensus appears to be little or no food, primarily liquids, a little exercise, and sleeping on my right side as much as possible.

The difficulty there is that food, and vitamins and minerals and herbs and such, is how I manage my diabetes. Some of the recommendations, like apple juice, are strong No-Nos in a diabetic diet. And sleeping on my right side just enhances the pain elsewhere, as my left hip joint starts to cramp up, not to mention what it does to my right shoulder joint.

Of course, not to be outdone by complexity, there is the time factor. This can worsen at any moment, in minutes changing my plans from carefully orchestrated meals and liquids and supplements to emergency surgery. And unless it worsens, I won't see an ultrasound machine for eighteen more days. I don't know how I'm going to be able to function over the next eighteen days if I can't arrest this pain. I've also applied for a position in another department and am waiting for the interview to be scheduled. Won't it just be my typical luck that they schedule it during the next eighteen days? Not to mention a second position that I'm expecting to see advertised soon; they have already vetted me and are waiting anxiously for the announcement and my application.

And my 48th birthday is August 11. What a wonderful present this is!:(

Ah well, I'm certainly not learning anything this way. Time to get to work, hunting for another elusive cure.

Hope everyone else is having a better weekend than I am:)

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Date:2005-07-29 07:55
Subject:Seafood concerns
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Mood: calm

Was just browsing the website of our membership natural foods co-op and happened across their list of standards. The Monterey Bay Aquarium on the coast of California puts out a list, actually available on a little foldable card that will fit in your wallet, of fish types and their levels of mercury contamination. Well, appears there is another website that has even more data. http://www.gotmercury.org/ includes a calculator that will tell you how much mercury contamination you are ingesting, based on your weight, the type of fish, and the amount you are consuming. Shrimp and clams are safest, catfish is low but some, liked canned tuna, need to be avoided like the plague. Planning a seafood fest? Check out this site first:)

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Date:2005-07-29 04:49
Subject:HP6
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Well, I have only one burning question. Does anyone discover why Snape has such an aversion to shampoo? I mean, the wet head is dead, man! Maybe if he wasn't so greasy all the time, he'd get laid and then he wouldn't be such a miserable SOB. Ya think?

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Date:2005-07-28 12:08
Subject:Conspiracy, anyone?
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Mood: calm

When Mr. Coe informed Judge Bohanan that the defense had concluded its testimony, the Judge turned to the FDA attorneys and said, "The court is now prepared to hear your witnesses and view your evidence." One FDA attorney replied, "Your Honor, we don't have any." The rest of the dialogue went like this:

Judge: "You are telling me that you have filed suit in this court that (this substance) is toxic, and you don't have a single witness or a shred of evidence to support such a suit?"

Attorney: "That is correct, Your Honor."

Judge: "Then why have you filed such a suit?"

Attorney: "Because, Your Honor, (this substance) is dangerous."

Judge: "Dangerous to whom?"

Attorney: "Dangerous to the Federal Government, Your Honor."

Judge: "How could (this substance) possibly be dangerous to the Federal Government?"

Attorney: "Because, Your Honor, the Government may lose control."

With this the Judge, now obviously angered, slammed down his gavel and said, "Case dismissed!"

As Mr. Coe, Dr. Halstead, Bob Bradford, Betty and (author) left the court house, we saw a six-foot by four-foot poster on the wall in the lobby. It read in large letters, "BEWARE OF (THIS SUBSTANCE)! IT IS TOXIC!" At the bottom, in small print, was the statement, "Must be posted in all Government buildings by order of the Food and Drug Administration of the United States."

Refers to *Amygdalin*

Excerpted from the book "World Without Cancer" available on realityzone.com. Also visit worldwithoutcancer.org.uk

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Date:2005-07-27 17:07
Subject:What's In a Name?
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Mood: stressed

Of course, one of the first questions on everyone’s mind, no doubt, is "How on earth do I pronounce that?!?!" And "What does it mean?"

Well, Lythande (pronounced LEE-thond per her author, Marion Zimmer Bradley) is the character in a book. Not only does she have a book about herself alone, Lythande, but she is also a character in the Thieve’s World sci-fi series edited by Robert Asprin.

Lythande is an interesting character. She wanted to be a mage. She chose to infiltrate the School of the Blue Star, disguised as a man, because this school did not teach women. Well, the power of the Blue Star relied on a secret. By the time she was discovered, she had learned too much to be banished and her power became tied to her secret. If ever a fellow student of the Blue Star remarked that she was a woman, her power would dissipate and she would be a fair target for the fellow to kill.

The book about Lythande is an anthology, in part to flesh out the character created for Thieve’s World. I have used this moniker for over ten years, on various boards and online groups. I even have 14 email accounts on Juno with Lythande as the root name plus another dozen or so accounts on Yahoo. I stuck an underscore in front because if you search LJ for Lythande, you will only find a previously killed account.

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Date:2005-07-26 21:13
Subject:Greetings:)
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Mood: pensive

Hello, Hi, How are you? Nice to meet you!

Finally got tired of listening to Doc talk about all the nifty things he reads on livejournal and came to see it for myself. I'm not much of one for posting things; much of the time I spend online is reading and responding instead of initiating posts. I've learned a plenitude of things from doing so but eventually things just devolve into flame wars or rank disparagement. There is way too much cynicism and skepticism. Makes it very hard for me to share insights and knowledge honestly.

Doc mentioned I might be on the doorstep of menopause. As usual, my first action is always to Find A Book! Actually did it the e way this time and went to the Sacramento Library’s website, queried their selection and requested three likely sources. One, of course, talked about a natural estrogen replenishing diet. But a second one actually suggested that was the opposite direction that one really wanted to take. Entitled Before The Change, it actually addresses the topic of perimenopause.

According to the book, perimenopause is caused, not be a depletion of estrogen, but by a depletion of progesterone and excessive estrogen. Unfortunately, plant sources of progesterone do not bond to human receptor sites. Only lab-grade progesterone supplementation can replenish this hormone safely. And Progestin is not safe. Granted, this may all be hype to tote her product, Progestakey, available as a measured dosage cream. Still, her theory is sound, IMHO, based on other medical texts I have going back almost 25 years.

Of course, she doesn’t rely only on her progesterone substitute, but also includes nutritional approaches that closely parallel that of Dr. Sears, Ph.D., author of The Zone diet. I have been following The Zone diet (not religiously but for the most part) since its introduction in 1995. More about that later.

Anyway, I think Ann Louise’s approach has merit and plan to examine it further in the near future. Too soon, perhaps, to say if I’ve crossed that threshold. Can only wait and see.

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