Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How I am different than most young women my age.

sols_6 (1)By now, you all are probably trying to figure out how I am different than most young women my age well I am different because I REALLY don’t like shopping especially fitting rooms! This past week after spending over an hour in the doctor office my father than calls me to inform me that I really need to find more clothes for teaching. To which I respond with every reason why I don’t want to go but my father insisted. So I trudged along on the highway until I found my exit and then parked bracing myself for what was ahead. I then marched into the store going straight towards the clearance signs with the determination in my mind to find the cheapest clothes possible for new. So I began looking through things going through the usual problems of clothes not being modest enough or not working for my orthopedic braces. Once I was FINALLY able to find a few pieces that, I thought I might just stand to wear I, head to the most dreadful place in the whole store… the fitting room!

Once I reached the fitting room, I went through the usual routine for safety. First, I checked the mirror to make sure it was not a two-way mirror. After this, I checked the gap under the door to make sure someone could not put a mirror on a stick under the door and finally tried to find the larger fitting room so that I can at least attempt to try on the clothes without banging every joint into a wall. After this, I tried on the clothes facing the same problems before. I only one a few pairs of jeans for a reason because of how hard it is to try on anything when you have leg braces. What makes finding pants even harder is the fact I inherited wide hips and large legs from my father’s side of the family and I am very self-conscious of this. So I tried the clothes on and was able to find a few shirts and even a dress that was on clearance. But still did not find any more pants so I walked out of the dressing room defeated wishing I knew how to sew better to make pants that actually work with braces and are NOT skin tight. Another day spent doing the terrible task of shopping without finding a pair of pants. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Dinner Dilemma

        Another week is starting with the same question lingering in my mind. What am I going to make dinner tonight? I live with my father after my parent’s divorce and if he was left to make dinner, he would make the same thing every single week. His first choice to make for dinner is a 2 lb. package of meat (usually chicken), brown rice, and whatever vegetables are in the refrigerator. Then he would put this in the cast iron skillet and cover it with a lid and cook it for about an hour. Because I am home, he now counts on me to help making dinner which causes a problem. Neither my father nor I were ever taught to cook and my mother before she left taught me nothing about cooking except not how to cook because what she made was always rock hard and/or burnt. Now that I am left to make dinner I find myself making the same things repeatedly which is frustrating me. My father works extremely hard to support my sisters, friends, and I helping with everything from fixing my shoes to helping to repair vehicles for only a small charge (he has been a mechanic for most of his life but works as a maintenance person). I attempt to make him a good dinner to thank him for all of this hard work and end up making the same thing in a different version. Our meals right now consist of pasta, box meals that I add different vegetables to, canned soup, green bean casserole, sandwiches, salads (with no tomatoes right now), and different versions of potatoes. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions and/or recipes on what else I could make for dinner to thank my father more for all that he does for our family. Some additional information is that I cannot eat any nuts except pistachios, grapefruit, or avocados. I also have to avoid any of the artificial sugars including sorbitol and aspartame.  My father and I don’t have a lot and often will only buy meat (usually chicken) if it is on sale but will be grateful for any recipe and/or dinner suggestions. If anyone has ideas on large meals I would greatly appreciate it my father and I as I have mentioned help others and often help to make dinner for others that are struggling that do not have other friends than us to help.

On a side note, could someone explain what a twice-baked potato is? Someone mentioned this in my college class and I have never heard of such a thing before.

Have a wonderful week everyone! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

An adventure with my new snow boots!

On Sunday, my father surprised me with a brand new pair of snow boots! The new pair of snow boots came with a problem though they were not wide enough for my orthopedic braces. My father decided that he wanted to modify the snow boots so that I could put my snow boot on with my brace already in the boot. This caused problems because the bone that sticks out on the side of your ankle kept hitting and rubbing when I was trying to put the snow boot and brace on together which was quite painful. My father came up with the solution of putting the piece of a leg from an old sofa and a bearing cover for a vehicle inside the snow boot to widen them. Then he turned on the propane torch IN THE HOUSE (thank goodness for his many years of prior experience working with one!) and warmed up the sides to help secure and form the wider snow boot. I now have new snow boots that work with my orthopedic braces. Now I will have no more wet feet or cold toes!