Saturday, December 7, 2013

Mother's Little Helper



VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
 click HERE if you like 1960's movie kitsch

I love Science. I love Drugs.
If it weren't for drugs I wouldn't be here writing this and you might not be out there reading it.

Yikes!

This is an actual drawer in my bathroom. It is my personal drawer.
No, I do not live in the Chelsea Hotel.
But wouldn't that be fun?
Janis Joplin in front of the Chelsea Hotel, NYC, 1969 (by David Gahr)
Over the past year I have taken at least one pill and in most cases all of the pills in every single one of these prescription bottles. They have ALL been legally prescribed to lil' ol' me. Anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, anti-spasmodic, anti-anxiety, anti-biotics, pain KILLERS, the list goes on...
I am happy that I had them, though. These dolls picked me up from the bottom of the ocean and kept me afloat on the surface until I was strong enough to swim on my own.
Although recently I noticed that I was spending more time with Sheldon, Penny and Raj then I was with my ACTUAL real-life friends. I pretty much lived in sweat pants and my son's cast-off skateboarding shirts. Not a pretty picture. And I seemed to have lost my bloggin' mojo. Oh No!

So with permission from my pushers, I mean, my doctors, I am slowly detoxing from all of my little frenemies.  I am also cleaning up my act by embarking on a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, alcohol-free, FUN-free diet.


 So I'm hanging with my daughter while she's home temporarily.We're bonding over "American Horror Story ~ Coven" hence her "bloody" manicure.
Doing a little shopping.

Yummy antique blouses

Do we need a stone squirrel? Maybe...
Awesome doll chandelier

Equally awesome butterfly chandelier

Cupcakes! Just looking....

More awesomeness

And adorableness


Super adorableness

We didn't buy this little kitty hat. Tooooooo expensive! Meow!
In fact, we didn't buy Anything. But we had a blast. Swim swim swim.



  I'm spending my money HERE instead of at the pharmacy.
Sorry Pharamceutical Company Executives. Somebody else is going to have to pay for your children's fancy private school education.
  
Serenity Now
Seinfeldians click HERE.


42 comments:

  1. I am glad that you are feeling better and that you still have your sense of humour. Enjoy your time of de-toxing.

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  2. You have such a wonderful sense of humor! I hope that you continue feeling better and better. Take care.

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  3. I'm sorry, the cupcakes looks like eyeballs and the stone squirrels have no eyes. What does that mean?! Have I been eating too many dolls?
    I'm glad you're swimming on your own now, seriously, and have still remembered how to laugh and, joy, make me laugh too. The day with your daughter looks like so much fun. The Barbie chandelier is awesome! I'd love to hang out in New York with you, have a coupla' grass (lawn variety) smoothies (?!) and look for Mr. W. Allen and Mr. Bill Cunningham.

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    1. Maybe the cupcakes ate the squirrels' eyes. Wow. I sound like I'm on drugs! Oh yes, let's go to New York!! Come on. Let's go!!

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  4. the dolls have done a grand job so far and now you're off swimming by yourself, because you can, and you are awesome! I am drawn to the doll chandelier and I do like a birdcage! your daughter is gorgeous and has fab taste in manicures and hats, I'm so chuffed you two spent fun times together! take care of you too x x x

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    1. Oh Sandra. You know how it is. They grow up so fast. Sob!

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  5. There goes Connie, doing a flashy front crawl as she speeds off in her elegant swimming costume looking like Esther Williams. What great news, that you are ready to go it alone. I am a big believer in conventional medicine when it's necessary, but not medicalising issues unnecessarily, so if you feel ready to forsake the pharmacy and find other ways to feel better, then good good good for you. Although the thought of a free from most of the things I love diet sounds very hard!
    Loving all the photos. The Barbie chandelier is amazing, and I wonder if the antique blouses were inhabited with spirits who were speaking to you? You know, like your friend the vintage psychic hears? The thought of you hanging out with your gorgeous daughter, exploring and window shopping and chatting and having a lovely time makes ME feel good, never mind you!
    So pleased to hear things are on the up, Connie. Oh and btw, I heard Graham Nash being interviewed on the radio the other day, and I thought of you and smiled! xxxxx

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    1. Awwww..Curtise. You always make me feel better. I've already blown the diet. The antique blouses told me to do it!

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  6. Serenity now, sanity later. Love that!

    I hope you get your mojo back, although from what I see I didn't know it was gone. Good luck kicking the pharmaceuticals. If you want to be on Broadway, you've got to give up the pills and booze and gluten and sugar. But don't stop taking pretty pictures and seeing life through a funny lens!

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    1. I knew you'd appreciate that. As a puffy shirt wearer I figured you spoke Seinfeld. Only it's "Serenity Now. INSANITY Later." How's your back these days?

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  7. Well good for you ... making the decision ... though I'm sure you could prescribe yourself a cupcake every now and then ... or a muffin top ... but definitely no soup for you ... NEXT ;0)
    xx

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    1. Ha ha! Actually I've developed my own personal muffin top from all the lying around.

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    1. You are pretty amazing yourself, Miss Chidiogo!

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  9. Holy cow that's a lot of drugs! I'm happy to hear that you are getting off of these now because you can and work on a nice cleanse. I am a HUGE believer in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I have used it on two occasions in my life and it made a world of difference. I hope it dose wonders for you. Your daughter is a beauty and the manicure is sick, LOVE IT! I will get my AHS on tonight Season 2 baby!
    XXOO

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    1. I think American doctors like to prescribe drugs because it makes their lives easier. Just a hunch.... I heard that the new season of AHS is being filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico! Should be interesting!

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  10. It is good to know that they are there if you need them, but knowing you are the master.
    You cannot imagen how much your words touch my soul.
    I will concentrate in I live here"we are moving next Monday and so much to pack.
    Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    1. Good Luck with the move!!! So exciting!

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  11. You are a fecking marvel, you cope with so much shit and still retain your incredible sense of humour and just totally rock, I'm in awe.
    Your daughter is gorgeous, but she would be with you as her mother! loving the Barbie chandelier. I want one! xxxxx

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    1. Oh my dear, Vicki. YOU are the one who inspires me!

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  12. Loving those birdcages and antique blouses, glad to hear that you and your daughter are having so much fun, I think TheBloggess would probably snap up that kitty hat. Good luck with the detox (I am referring to the drawerful of drugs) as for de-toxing from cupcakes, that is INSANITY!!!!

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    1. I've already blown the diet. Elizabethan Dessert's Lemon Cream Cheese Cake. I HIGHLY recommend it! And the hat was REAL fur! We were afraid it might be CAT fur!!!!

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  13. Oh! i missed a couple of posts there, sorry darling! Happy that you are getting back to it, i mean blogging and i love the big pics!
    Good that you are getting rid of the dolls slowly, if you can, it must be hard tough! i remember when i stopped some taking pain killers, it was hell i tell you!
    So you are going on a gluten free,, sugar free, booze free diet? i did that briefly, i was strict, very strict, but it's very hard, i kept the red wine, but cut a lot on sugar and gluten, but i kept my red wine -

    Nice that you are having qualitiy time with your daugher , i wish i had but she still not talking to me -

    Take care ma belle Connie

    Hugs

    Arianexo

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    1. Your little girl will come around. I know she will.

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  14. Ok. The diet sucks big time, but the rest of your "next step" sounds pretty good to me. I am glad you are feeling strong enough to step away from all the meds. Your upbeat attitude helps me see why. :-) Your daughter is lucky to have such a strong, fun mother.

    Let me know how acupuncture works for you. The French are into "natural medicine," big time. Homeopathy; aromatherapy; herbology; you name it, they do it. Social Security even reimburses patients for some of these treatments. My sister-in-law quit her well-paying sales job two years ago and has just become a certified acupuncturist. You will know where to go next time you visit Paris! :-) Bon courage. Keep your chin up. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Good for your sister-in-law. Acupuncture is amazing. Of course the French are into natural medicine:-) I am having amazing! results with the acupuncture!! It is so expensive, though and of course my insurance does NOT pay for it. Augh!!!

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  15. ARGH. Meds can be the best and the worst. I'm glad you're getting weaned off them. I'm on prozac at tthe moment - I have a hard time during the winter - and it's making me not sleep well. It's terrible but the upside is, I only feel sad when I should, not all the time :)
    Love all the beautiful things you have to share - and I am sure you can find a similar hat on Ebay!!!!

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  16. Well, I for one am grateful to your dolls for letting you be in my life. You are one of my heros (sp?) and I am off to have a cocktail in your honor. Thank you for sticking with me during MY hard times (which are nothing compared to yours), and for your encouragement (i.e., cocktails). I hope, to help you through doll-detox, you have scored a prescription for marijuana. TRULY proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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    1. Yeah. My husband was really pushing me to get medical maijuana. I don't know if he wanted it for me or for him! But, alas, I have gained enuf weight

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  17. I don't know how I've been missing your posts. I thought I'd subscribed to you. It's too bad too, because as I scroll through here, you put such a smile on my face. It's all fixed now…. I will see your posts as they come. And I wish you the best with your new endeavour with the pills and the health. Hoping you feel so much better! I wish I could come shopping with you, looks like such a glorious time.

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    1. Oh yes. Wouldn't it be fun to go shopping together!

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  18. Good luck on the detox! Your photos look fun!

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  19. Wow, this is a powerful post. I am so lucky that I don't have all this to deal with, but it doesn't mean I can't admire your spirit so much. I love how you described your relationship with the drugs and that you now feel ready to swim alone. Good luck to you! I don't fancy the sound of your diet, but I bet it makes you feel incredible. Be interesting to hear how you get on with it. Shopping with your daughter sounds lovely and so does spending your time with Sheldon, Raj and Penny. They are great company! xxx

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    1. I never in a million years imagined I'd be in this position. Gotta make the best of it!

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  20. Ohhhhhhh my that's a lot of drugs (I am having problems with the (D) on my keyboard and I almost left it saying RUGS) And then you would have wondered.... what is the hell are these Rugs she is on about. *hehehe* I love your daughters nails & that Kitty hat was quite cute!

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    1. I actually own very few rugs. You crack me up, my little coconut!

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  21. Aaaaaah Connie, what a wonderful, funny, touching post. You are clearly a fighter and I want to give a massive, warm hug just for being YOU. You describe all the cons of all those drugs perfectly and I really did gasp at the pics taken on the wonderful outing with your beautiful daughter. I think AHS: Coven should be on the playlist of anyone going through an illness, recovery, detox ... keeps one on their toes! xoxo

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