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I wish I were at Mardi Gras right now. I'm using my Pirate icon from 2000 in honor of the occasion, and as a reminder to myself that I will do it again someday, by the gods!

I seriously considered trying to go down there as a reward to myself for getting past the Certification, but I'm now kind of glad I didn't. I somehow expected the stress to let up after the exam, but I hadn't considered how the licensing process (not to mention trying to find some context in which to start practicing professionally) would aversely affect the blood pressure.

And speaking of blood pressure, I think I need to have it checked. I'm tired and headachy a lot of the time, and I've noticed the blood vessels in my shoulders and hands seem bluer and more visible lately. Extreme stress can be a factor in hypertension, can't it? Jebus. I need to get back into the gym to trim some more of these pounds, but I'm worried I'll pass out on the treadmill!

In lighter news, I finally figured out how to use ImageReady to make animated gifs. Hooray! (Thanks to splifford for the encouragement.)

Here's my first attempt, which is a gift for my beloved mercurialgirl:

The images were ganked from the webcomic Metanoia, about which the husband says: "any comic that's about angels and demons waging an epic battle had better be pretty engaging." I think it's pretty engaging. As far as we can tell, there's nothing that's specifically NSFW, although the content is obviously a little intense. It's got major bishonen! You should check it out.

Happy Lundi Gras, tout le monde. Here's to February being almost over, non?

ETA:Huh. That icon had a border before. Now it doesn't seem to. Sorry, EJ. I'll try to fix it tonight at home.


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Feb. 27th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
There's something wonderfully stinging about longing to be somewhere else, especially when it's not because you aren't happy where you are, but just because you love said place so very much. I am glad there are places on this planet that make me feel that way, as bittersweet as it is. But all the better when you get to go back. You'll never take it for granted.
Feb. 27th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think that being always homesick for some place is a reasonable price to pay to have a whole bunch of places that feel like home.
Feb. 27th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
I don't wish I were at Mardi Gras (too many drunk people who are not my friends), but I still miss New Orleans intensely.

Re: Massage practice. Take deep breaths. You've thusfar conquered everything set in your way. You'll conquer this, too. (You'll notice that I'm not telling you to relax; that would be complete hypocrisy on my part.)

Also, professional practice wise, I'm not sure what you've been thinking about, but around here some of the big corporations hire CMTs to come in once a month and do massage for people. Would that be the kind of dipping your toe in to build clients which would make sense to you? (Not that I could get you an in anywhere, because...in California...)

Also, plz see doctor about tired headachy-ness and veins.
Feb. 27th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, my dear. Yeah, I know it will work out. I just keep steadily working toward the goal, a little bit every day.

And, yes, I will be going to the doctor soon. Thanks for your concern.
Feb. 27th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
I miss it too, not that I've ever been for Mardi Gras. Although I was thinking about it, I'm most likely not going for Convergence...I'll only know a few people there this year.
Feb. 27th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
It's such a great city!
Feb. 27th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oooooooo, how perfect!! I love it -- thank you!!

*miss you fiercely*
Feb. 27th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
I think the girl looks like you (and so does cyntergomes. But I need to fix the border it's supposed to have!

Feb. 27th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
yikes! no uppity blood pressure, pleasethankyou. *soothe soothe soothe* come visit and i will pet your hair and sing happy songs to you. >:) oh, and ms. brazil will offer you her happy hairless tummy and make it all better.
Feb. 27th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna check the BP at CVS this evening. I strongly suspect that the new eating regimen E and I are undertaking will help a lot. If I can reach my goal weight, that'll help tremendously.

But, of course, so do cat bellies! And so do warm baths with yummy products made by dear friends :)
Feb. 27th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
I've never been to New Orleans, and when the Katrina mess was happening I remember regretting that I never made a trip. I figure I will go in a few years, a my dollars will help revitalize! yeah, something like that...

Between a tennis tournament and a possible 10 miler race, I know *I* will sorely (pun totally intended) need a CMT the first weekend of April!

And, just taking your resting HR should give you some clue as to whether or not your blood pressure is elevated, wouldn't it?
Feb. 28th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
Just drop me a line in April if you want to schedule a massage :)

You know, I found a place to check my BP after I left work, and it's actually OK. It's perhaps a little higher than I'd like it to be, but it's well below "high." I just need to get more active. Like you are! I really admire your athleticism.
Feb. 28th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
I will! So noted!

Glad to hear BP is okay. You know, I wonder if I do too much, though, because I'm still eating like a horse!!! I would really like to have the body that goes along with all this work, and I keep waiting for it to show up, but so far...nada! I've been tracking my food with fitday for the past couple of days, and lo and behold, hey...I'm eating too much! *blush*
Feb. 28th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
I figure, with as much activity as you have, you probably *should* be eating a lot. As long as it's the right kind of food, I can't imagine it's much of a problem, right? I think most weight loss diets set the calories too low for any kind of sustained weight loss. I mean, I've managed to take off about 35 pounds, and even though it's taken me about 2 years to do it, I'm confident it isn't coming back. Now if I can just get rid of another 35 by the end of this year, I will be very happy!
Feb. 28th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
High Blood Pressure
Definitely take the blood pressure seriously. I recommend going to see a doctor about it. I've been on BP meds for over 4 years. Even if you hope to turn it around with diet and exercise, studies have shown it's important to keep it at a healthy level. I'm hoping that I'll eventually get my weight down to the point where I won't need my BP meds, but multiple doctors have stressed the importance of staying on the meds and keeping it down, particularly while exercising. Also, more recent studies have indicated that the levels which are considered high are actually lower (any thing higher than 120/80 as a resting BP is considered too high.) Also, it's a good idea to take your BP at different times to get a better feel of what your typical resting BP is.

Please stay healthy and try not to get too stressed. Take care of yourself. Also, if you're taking massage appointments, drop me a line, I'm definitely in need of massages with my neck problems.

Congrats on passing your exam!
Feb. 28th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: High Blood Pressure
Thanks, hon. I'm pretty vigilant about this sort of thing. My doc took me off of my birth control pill a couple of years ago when my blood pressure seemed to be rising a bit. That helped a lot. I've been hovering around the high end of normal (although below what is classified as "high normal") for a while, and the doc says that I should see that go down as I lose weight. We're back on the diet, and I'm starting to return to the physical activity, so as long as I do that (and avoid too much drinking) I should be OK.

Yes, I am taking massage appointments, although I have to be a little careful of the schedule. Can you drop me a line at msfenriss at gmail and let me know what times you are usually free? I'd love to see you two, either way.

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