September 26th, 2007

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I know the world at large thinks I'm totally overreacting to those bug bites from the other day ("It's just a bug bite, get over it!") but they are STILL driving me nuts. No further bites, thankfully, but the ones I got continue to itch and itch and itch.My lower legs are all red from bouts of scratching and in a couple places they're bleeding. I try so hard not to scraatch but then I'll do it unconsciously or my pant leg will brush a bite a certain way and then it's impossible not to to scratch. So it comes in waves; it'll be really bad, then slowly the sensation will recede, then it'll return and be all-consuming and I'll think I'm going to go crazy, then it'll fade a bit. The huge welt on the back of hand hasn't been a problem, although it looked terrible at the time with a big fat ring around it. Anyway, I really could do without this...
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Getting Some Meat on My Bones!

Last week I looked into a new healthy living program offered through my health insurance - free. It includes a whole online diet plan, similar to Weight Watchers online, plus a fitness plan and many other tools. Anyway, I signed on to the diet plan, picking one called the Food Lovers' Diet and found it was easy to customize it to leave out red meat and so on. I liked the sorts of meals it offers -- seemingly more food and more variety than I normally eat, only it's a lot fewer calories. That'll be one thing to adjust to.

The thing that is going to take the most getting used to, though? Eating protein! I swear, I had it recommend the first week's diet and boom! I'm looking at it thinking, "Whoah, what is all this FISH? And SHRIMP? And scallops?!" I do eat seafood, so I'd allowed the system to put it in my diet, but when I saw it on a plan -- 3 fish dinners, 1 shrimp dinner, 3 tuna lunches, etc. -- I was really struck by it. I just don't eat anything like that on a regular basis. I mean, I'll do a shrimp boil 2-3 times a year, eat shrimp at any buffet, and a couple of times a year I'll have some fish, but otherwise, I stick to vegies and fruit and grains. Which, now that it's been drawn to my attention, is like a pretty rotten way to go!

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W Questions -- From yakalskovich

Answer the questions using the letter that begins your name
*They have to be real places, names, things...nothing made up!
*Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the same
1st initial. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question. (It is harder than you think.)

What is your name? ... Wiebke
Four-letter word: ... Wank
Vehicle: ... Walking
Movie: ... Wing of Desire
TV Show: ... Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
City: ... Washington (DC)
Girl Name: ... Wanda
Boy Name:... Waldo
Alcoholic drink: ... Wine
Occupation: ... Webmaster
Something you wear: ... Wallet
Celebrity: ... William Whyte (OK, social scientist, not a celeb...)
Something found in a bathroom: ... Water
Reason for being late: ... Woke up late
Cartoon Character: ... Wilma Flintstone
Something you shout: ... WTF?!
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