365 Days of Hypochondria

And other personal happenings.


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May Food Favourites & Home Things (Days 295 & 296)

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Due to a change in lifestyle, I’ve been exploring foods that I don’t usually eat and prepare. For example, did you know you can cook sweet potato in the microwave in only 5 minutes? I can honestly say that the above four ingredients have been consumed by me almost every day for the past few weeks. As I stated in a previous post, I like using sweet potato as a topping for kale salad. (Tip: adding raisons makes it extra delicious!) I’ve also been using flax seed in my cereal and oatmeal and I use honey to sweeten my breakfast meals. I also like to eat a banana every morning.

As well, I’ve  been trying to liven up my life by purchasing more plants. The little guy down below is my first purchase. A “Pachira Aquatica” also known as a Money Tree! They are supposed to bring good fortune and good luck!

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I’ve also purchased three air plants from a local seller and I can’t wait to incorporate those into my bedroom decor. I bought this air plant holder off of Etsy and I also found this old candle stick holder (below) at Goodwill for a dollar. Hopefully it will fit the other two air plants perfectly!

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I can’t wait to show you the finished photos! Have a good weekend!

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What I’ve Been Up To! (Days 267-272)

A lot has happened since I posted last. Hypochondria-wise, I’ve been nervous that I’m a)anemic or b)diabetic and I’ve been having a few episodes on and off. For the first time in years, I found myself searching symptoms on the internet. Never again!

With all the health related-worries, I started to eat more healthily than usual. Tomorrow is my first doctor’s appointment in ages so I’m a little nervous about that. We’ll see how it goes.

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ALSO- I have rekindled my love for thrift shopping. I used to be a sort of anti-consumer in high school but somehow, since then, I’ve become this person who loves to purchase items brand new. A few days ago, I hit up Goodwill and found six great items for 24 dollars and let’s just say the old Kira is back. I’ve also changed the way I grocery shop. I’ve found that when I grocery shop without a list or any specific food in mind, and only buy produce that’s on sale that day, I spend way less money on vegetables and fruits.

As I get older, I realize that there is a strong possibility that I won’t be making a lot of money with my university degree. Therefore I need to stop idealizing lifestyles that aren’t practical. When I was young I always pictured myself living happily in an apartment surrounded by simple, creative things. I need to get back to that.

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Two of my Goodwill buys. Gotta love those button ups!

 


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Essay Demon: Photos Just For You (Days 247- 251)

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as much lately. I have about two more weeks left of school and then I will be back at it.

On Sunday night I saw James Vincent McMorrow with a friend. It was amazing- by far the best concert I’ve ever attended. We were really close to the stage and the speakers were so powerful that the music felt like physical waves pounding through our bodies.

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On Monday I handed in an essay and then went grocery shopping (it was long overdue).

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Here’s a photo of me today- I feel like it adequately encapsulates my mood. The lighting on my eye was wicked luck.

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I cleaned off my desk the other day in order to spur my productivity. I feel like hitting up a coffee shop tonight though. I will never change.

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Have a great week everyone. And if you are enduring your last weeks of school- I wish you the best & I feel your pain.  xx


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Busiest of Bees (Day 237)

If you hold a cup of coffee in your hand at all times you will look like the busiest of bees. This seems to be my university’s motto. I was thirsting for coffee today and all I cared to notice whilst traveling through campus was cup on cup of coffee and my mouth is watering just writing about it. Is that obsessive? Anyways, when I see people holding coffee I often feel guilty because I get the impression they are working harder than me.

Right now, I am addicted to the Maple Macchiato’s from Starbucks. Usually I am wholly devoted to their glorious chai tea latte but I decided to “switch it up” one day and I ordered a tall Maple Macchiato with soy milk. Now I crave them. It’s a problem.

I had one today. It was BETTER than last time.

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That’s enough coffee-talk. I’m off to sleep soon, utterly exhausted.


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Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules (Day 228)

Once upon a time, hot sauce was my favourite food. I wish that ten word story had a happy ending. Instead, my love of hot sauce gave me an annoying case of acid reflux. Now I try to avoid the stuff. One of the side affects of my acid reflex is an ultra-annoying persistent cough. Luckily, I’ve found something that helps me.

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At first I didn’t think these supplements would work. At first, I’d take one during the day, and I would feel better for about fifteen minutes, and then my cough would return. Last night though, I took one before I went to bed. It not only helped me intensely but I also didn’t cough at all today! (Another plus is that they are high in potassium.)

I took one again tonight because my cough came back as I settled into bed. I’m going to try this out for a little longer and I will let you know how it goes. Acid reflux sounds like an old man’s disease. I can’t even believe I have it, so anything to ease it makes me happy.

My mother also has acid reflux, and she finds that mixing straight apple cider vinegar with water helps too. I like the capsules because you don’t get that sour taste and they are super convenient.


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Couple’s Therapy (Day 217)

I’m not in couple’s therapy (I’m not even in a relationship). But if you haven’t heard of “Couples Therapy” (the reality show) you should go watch it and laugh your brains out (actually, some of it’s quite sad).

Once a week my most of my roommates and some friends get together to watch the show. I haven’t been able to join-in the last couple of weeks because I have felt way too overloaded with work (and last week was our break) so we are reuniting tonight! I bought donuts!

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Besides buying donuts and writing a midterm, I went to the bank and happened into Urban Outfitters afterwards because I needed to buy a birthday present for a friend. Who ever thought to position Urban Outfitters across the street from the bank is a marketing genius. The good thing is that everything I bought was on sale. As well, most of what I got is a gift for a friend.

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One package of the ear phones, the hair kit, and the boxers, I bought for myself. It was all $4.99 each, except for the hair stuff (that was 99 cents!). I opened the hair kit and was delighted by the fact that it comes with a mini bottle of dry shampoo. I took one look at the ingredients on the back of the container and the second one listed is propane. I’m not sure if that’s an actual ingredient or part of the packaging but I’m definitely not using that. I’ll stick to my natural dry shampoo. I’m still glad I bought it though, because it came with cute hair ties and a teasing comb!

As for the boxers and the headphones, I had to buy them. I was in dire need of headphones so they were somewhat of a ‘necessity’ but they also have cats on them which was an added bonus.

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Took me 5 years to get my camera to ‘focus’. Sorry for the blur.

Have a great evening (or morning) everyone!


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More Bathroom Graffiti (Day 216)

I woke up, pressed play on my iTunes (subsequently discovered that Human by Daughter is the BEST wake-up song), and made some oatmeal and tea. I poured my tea into a travel mug with the intent on taking it to class but I forgot it! But even after waiting half an hour for coffee on campus, I still made it to class with time to spare.

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Oatmeal and fresh blueberries.

During break, I happened upon a plethora of bathroom graffiti. I thought I would share, as graffiti always holds a special kind of wisdom. Perhaps it’s as authentic as one can get in a semi-public space.

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I feel like I know who wrote this.

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In an hour or so I will be off to work! I am becoming the queen of the night shift. Tomorrow I have an early morning midterm to write so I’m going to work and study at the same time. I’m becoming quite the multi-tasker and I feel like I am much more capable of dealing with stress this semester.

I hope everyone’s Tuesday went well!