From the Archives: Blerg. Plus Holiday Eating Tips.

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This is my most popular post from the 2014 holiday season, so I thought I’d share it again! Let me know what you think in the comments!

Next week is finals.  This is my first semester taking a full load of classes since 2008, and…well…
Blerg. That’s pretty much all my brain is capable of of at this point.

In the meantime, I’m still trying to keep up with nutrition news, which means one thing:

Holiday Eating Tips.

Apparently, this is all dietitians want to talk about at this time of year.  There are a few articles out there with good-but-healthy recipe ideas, but the majority are about How To Keep Off Weight Gain During This Oh-So-Disastrous Season. Continue reading

The Symptoms Never Bothered Me Anyway…Being Chronically Ill During the Holidays

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I wrote this post in November 2014. I’ve been debating whether or not to post it, because it’s really personal and kind of long. But today I heard about a friend of one of my cousins who was just diagnosed with a chronic illness, and my heart broke a little. So I’m going to post this, despite the personal aspects and the length. If you or anyone you know has a chronic illness, I hope this bit of my story helps you feel like you’re not alone this holiday season.  Continue reading

Giving Thanks

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I realized today that it has been 23 days since I last wrote a blog post. And yet, I couldn’t muster up my usual horror at such a realization.

November has not been a very good month. Forget April – it’s November that has traditionally whooped my butt. Living? Is exhausting. Continue reading

Half Full or Half Empty?

Well, the new semester of school starts a week from tomorrow.  While I’m excited to start all my new classes, and even to start teaching again, I’m also always sad to see the vacation end.  I know winter break is technically four weeks long, but with finishing up grading and the holidays and then prep for teaching the new semester, I really only get a week to myself.  I know, I know, that’s still a nice break…but it’s never quite what I’m looking forward to in the beginning.  And it always flies by so quickly! Continue reading

Feedback, please!

So I’ve had a post about chronic illness, the holidays, and depression muddling around in my head for the last few weeks. Before I start writing it, I’d like to know what you all deal with at this time of year, rather than just including my own experiences. Continue reading