I’m playing hookie….

So, my sister in law and her friend are in town and that’s why I’m playing hookie today with these two:

beacesLast night we had dinner, went to the drum circle and played Mexican Train til 2AM because clearly, we are party animals.

We are off on the boat now but I leave you with some scenes from last night, you know, just to make you a little jelly….

God Bless Murica!

I’m off to make some more memories!

When is the last time you played hookie?

It was bittersweet but they’ve been reunited.

We grew attached to Baby P.  I knew we would.  When I came in from working in the yard and saw MacGyver sleeping on the sofa with him and Hank I knew it was just like when we found Woody all over again.

Baby P

So, as you can imagine, it was bittersweet this morning when I found Baby P’s momma and we reunited them.  I may have even cried a little.

Momma and her chicks

We watched them for about a half hour or so.  Baby P is a little bigger than his brother, probably because he’s been eating pretty well, thanks to me.  He may end up coming back when he realizes the food supply ain’t so great out there in nature.

I got my laptop fixed!  I had to order a brand new top part with the keyboard built in.  MacGyver had to take the entire thing apart and rebuild it basically, all because a few keys on the keyboard didn’t work, but he can fix anything.

fixing computer

I’m back in business now.

After a full week of no topirimate my migraines got really bad again.  I only ran 8 miles on Saturday and the last two I walked and I didn’t run at all on Sunday.  I did manage to run five on Monday but I took the day off today to reunite Baby P with his family.  Running seems to exacerbate my migraines for some reason so I have to ease myself back into it.

Here’s the funny thing, I’m going to be taking the topirimate again.

How Absurd

Yes, I know, it does seem absurd but here’s the thing.  I took topirimate for months with absolutely no issues at all and it was the only thing that helped me.  When I ran out my doctor wrote another prescription for me but instead of having me take two fifty mg pills at night, she wrote a prescription for one 100 mg pill and I had it filled at another pharmacy and that’s when the twitching began and the eye issues.

I am going back to two 50 mg pills and I am having the prescription filled at the old pharmacy because it turns out that medications are not all created equal.  My old medication was from a pharmaceutical company called Zydus and the most recent one was from a company called Unichem.  Both the pharmacist and the Doctor feel that it could be the additives in the medication that caused some of my problems so we are going to try the old medication to see if I can take it without experiencing any side effects.

If I experience anything weird at all, I’ll immediate give up on it.  What kills me is that when researching all of this, I found out that there are 17 manufacturers of Topirimate.  SEVENTEEN!  You really have no idea what you’re getting when you get a generic version of a brand name drug because according to the FDA Generic drugs do not need to contain the same inactive ingredients as the brand name product.  It’s a wonder I’m not blind.

Did you know that there were so many manufacturers of generic medications?

Have you ever had side effects from any of your medications?

Don’t throw out my snake!

So I mentioned yesterday that I was going to tell you all about a couple of books that I’m super excited about and I am, really, I am.  I’ll get to that in a few minutes.  But first, I have to tell you about the coolest thing I found last night when I was working in my yard.

snakeskin

And yes, it’s sitting on my dining room table.  I don’t care.  I put it there and I yelled at MacGyver as I was heading out to go for a run this morning.

“Hey Babe, I’m going running, don’t throw out my snake skin!’

He said he wouldn’t and then he proceeded to tell me that when his parents come to dog sit later in the week I better hide it because his Mother is going to be thoroughly disgusted as most women are.

normalWhatever!

And then I ran and came home and planned on spending a few minutes to find out what kind of snake it came from but I fell down the rabbit hole.

snake imagesMacGyver and I were looking at the shape of the head and we thought it was a viper but we were obviously basing our findings on the wrong research.

head of snakeYou have to look for a facial pit and a single row of scales.

single row of scalesYes kids, like that!

Boom!  Now I was hooked.  I spend another two hours taking pictures and looking up snake skins.

snake skinSingle row under belly.

Side View

It’s hard to make out any facial  pits from this view.

snake skin

Hmmmmm, this view isn’t much better.

cool snake skin

So, I’m no closer than were I started but I will find out what kind of snake it is.  I think it’s probably a copperhead.  And even if it isn’t that’s what I’ll probably tell people.

Now, on to the books.

hillbilly elegy

I have wanted to read this book since it came out.  I pre-ordered it forever ago and forgot about it and then I got busy with projects and finally I was able to start it this week.  I had hoped to really be half way through by now but then the whole snake thing happened but I’m going on vacation at the end of the week so my review is coming soon.  Click on the link above if you want to read a preview.

The second book is one of those juicy stories that is so good you want to  wait to read it because you want to savor it and enjoy every second of it.  It’s a story I’m familiar with but I want the book to be as good as what I already know.  I imagine it to be like Grey Gardens reversed.  From butt poor normal to mega wealthy crazy and I can’t wait to read it.  Click on the image below for a preview.

sweet and low Unfortunately, I haven’t read either of them completely yet.  Only a few chapters of the first one.  I promise to give you a full review once I do.

So long as I don’t get distracted by anymore snake skins.

useless

It’s a good thing I got my run in first thing. At least I got something done.

Do you get easily distracted by nature?  How bout by snake skins?