PPSNYS Workshop 2018

PPSNYS Workshop 2018

Yesterday I completed my week at PPSNYS Photo Imaging Workshop 2018.  My instructor was Rick Friedman.  Excellent instructor and I learned a lot.

Our topic was speedlight (battery powered strobe lights) photography.  There were 8 of us in the class and everyone had a great time.

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Receiving my 2 PPA Educational Merits

Healthwise

Healthwise, I started off pretty well, but by the time Tuesday rolled around I was in bad shape.  I started having involuntary tremors in my left hand.  But, Wednesday was better, and then I proceeded to go downhill again from there.  Today, I’m guarding myself so I don’t end up feeling sick for church.

I’ve discovered steak seems to help.  Not hamburger, but rare beef.  (I have not noticed any real change after eating a burger.  However, I’ve been experimenting since making this discovery and lean steak seems to boost my energy level and reduce the other symptoms.

Texas Roadhouse

In keeping up with my red meat consumption, we used our gift certificates for Texas Roadhouse for dinner last night.  I ate half my steak there, and brought the other half home.  This morning, I ate 1/4 to keep my strength up in case it is red beef related.  So far my theory is holding up.

Pageant 2018 Shift

Pageant 2018 Shift

I fulfilled my Pageant 2018 Shift today.  It was a depressing feeling to not feel my happy self.  I usually enjoy working Pageant security, but with this illness it was everything I could do to endure the 4 hours.

When I got home Elizabethe gave me the painful reminder that I may have to stop volunteering for stuff like this.

I fear how I’m going to handle next week’s photography school.

Update

Since mowing the lawn Monday I have been very sick.  They are doing 6 more blood tests this week.  While some of them will have severe consequences if they turn out positive, at this point, knowing is better than not knowing.

The gal who drew my blood says her mom has been tested on and off for the last 4 years.  That must be heartbreaking to know you’re sick, but have the doctors stymied as to why.  She was telling me people were telling her it is all in her head.  (How cruel.)

I have this to say about it being “all in one’s head”…

My own experience is this:  If it were all in my head, I’d be riding my bicycle 25-40 miles a day, and taking 50 mile trips often.  I’d have the outside of my house painted by now, and I would have done it all by myself.  And, the list would go on.

Nobody wishes these symptoms upon themselves.  Nobody.

Additional Tests

Additional Tests

The doctor has ordered additional tests.  Everything was within the normal range, and now she’s ordering tests for more serious conditions.  I come back on Wednesday morning to be tested for 6 things.

While these tests can come back negative, a negative result doesn’t mean I don’t have what is being tested for.  For example, a negative RA factor doesn’t mean you don’t have rheumatoid arthritis.

During the Visit

During the visit the doctor mentioned myasthemia gravis.  After the visit, I looked up all the symptoms, and it matches, but so does ALS and Sjogren’s.  All three, plus Parkinson’s, are being tested for.

Mowing the Lawn

I came home, rested, and then mowed the lawn.  It really did me in for the rest of the day.  It is frustrating to save all my energy to mow the lawn, and then have no energy to do anything else.  And, like the last time, that feeling can last for days.

Oh, I asked the doctor, “So, if I get up in the morning feeling tired, should I go for a walk anyway in hopes that it will perk me up?”

Her answer was a resounding, “NO!”

She explained that if it is MG, going for a walk will only make things worse.  The best thing to do is if I’m tired, rest.

Mealthy Pot Enchilada

Mealthy Pot Enchilada

I’m really enjoying my Mealthy Pot.  Today I made Mealthy Pot Enchilada.  Basically, I layered ingredients divided by corn chips.  Layer 1 – meat, layer 2 was chili rellenos, and layer 3, cheese and onion.

The biggest mistake, however, was cooking it too long.  I put it on for 45 minutes.  I think 20 minutes would have been just right.  45 minutes over cooked the meat.

Next time I make Mealthy Pot Enchilada I won’t cook it as long, and I’m going to put the chili rellenos at the bottom, then cheese and finally meat at the top.  I will also use more enchilada sauce on the meat.

Strawberries

The strawberries we picked yesterday were used in the dessert I made.  I baked a thin poppyseed cake (about 1″ thick), sliced it in to 5×5 squares.  I then put a layer of heavy whipped cream with diced strawberries between two squares of cake. Next came mashed strawberries over the top and that was topped with whipped cream.

We’re talking a serious strawberry shortcake (but made with my poppyseed cake, and not dry, tasteless shortcake.)

Tomorrow

I see the doctor tomorrow, and I plan to mow the lawn after my appointment.  We’ll see how I do after mowing the lawn.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever

Elizabethe and I took a field trip today to a strawberry hydroponics farm in Auburn.  The entire time I’m singing in my mind, “Strawberry Fields Forever.”  It’s a pretty small, but impressive operation.

We had a $5 off coupon so we purchased some strawberries and a few other items there.  We’ll be back the next time grandchildren visit in the summer.  It’s a fun place.

On our trip we stopped at a Mennonite store on SR 318, and we had lunch at the little Mexican restaurant in downtown Waterloo.  Their food is about the best Mexican food you’ll find in these parts.

It was a fun date.

Veggie Chips

We also stopped at Real Deals where they had Terra chips for $1 a bag.  I bought 10 bags.  They are normally over $3 a bag.  We also stocked up on a few other items.

One item worth mentioning was Hershey’s chocolate chips (many varieties) for $1/bag.  We bought a few of those because you can never make to many chocolate chip cookies.

Fatigue

In spite of all that, my fatigue level is not bad.  I’ve decided instead of mowing the lawn tomorrow morning, I am going to go for an early morning walk at the Sacred Grove.  I can mow the lawn on Monday.  Today, it’s strawberry fields forever.

Black Masks

Black Masks

As a kid I’d watch Zoro and the Lone Ranger and wondered, “Why are the good guys wearing the masks?”

Of course, they authors of these stories have the heros wearing masks so they don’t bring attention to themselves in real life.  However, in real life, it’s usually the criminals wearing the masks.  They hide their faces to avoid getting caught.

The wearing of masks should be an indication to us that someone is up to no good.  My bank has a sign at the entrance stating you must remove any facial covering before entering the building.  (Failure to do so will result in the police descending and the place and arresting you!)

Anonymity is seldom a good thing.

ANTIFA

A terrorist group that calls themselves ANTIFA (which is short for Anti-fascists) .  They claim they are for less government control, however, a couple of days ago they attacked a group that was holding a peaceful rally in Portland, Oregon.  They group they attacked was for smaller government.  However, because they are also Trump supporters, ANTIFA exercised their fascist style calling  Patriot Prayer a fascist group.  Wearing black masks, ANTIFA violently attacked members of Patriot Prayer.

What a bunch of hypocrites!

Patriot Prayer is for less government, and they are attacked by a group that claims they are for less government.  I don’t think ANTIFA was prepared for the response from Patriot Prayer.   The members of the former didn’t take it.  One cell phone video shows a big burly man cold-cocking a person wearing a black mask making a full-on assault.

Cowards Hide

Cowards hide behind masks.  In spite of what comic book heroes want you to think, true heroes don’t hide behind masks.  The patriots who founded this country didn’t wear masks.  They stood up to the tyrannical Britts.

I’m not sure who the tyrants are behind ANTIFA.  They appear to be lawless and amoral cowards who hide behind their anonymity, exercising fascist like control while calling themselves anti-fascists.  They stand behind a smokescreen of words.  Being something everyone decent people appall, they think they can hide by calling others the very thing they are — fascists.

fascism (făshˈĭzˌəm)

  • n.
    A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.

ANTIFA, you have met the enemy, and it is ANTIFA.

Another Scorcher

Another Scorcher

Today is another scorcher.  It’s one of those days when you wish you could take a walk, but one step outside and you feel like the heat is going to kill you.  The high humidity and 92 degrees outside feel more like 110.  It’s miserable.  This heatwave continues.

Idiotic

I received an update for some software today.  I installed the update, but the personalized data that goes along with the software was all deleted.  Talk about frustrating.

So, I figured out what’s going on, but it requires I re-download and install all of the “assets” associated with it.  This is so inconsistent with how they have done things in the past.

I opened a trouble ticket, and received a response that reads, “We do not operate as a 24 hour help center. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm, Mountain Standard Time. Please note, it can take up to 1-2 business days for a response, and up to 5 business days for a resolution. There are rare cases that take longer to resolve, should we need to conduct additional testing or other departments to step in.”

They must not care that some people use their software in their business.  At AT&T I used to negotiate “service level agreements” with vendors.  Known as SLAs, depending on the product, an SLA might require anywhere from 1 hour to 24 hours for a call back.  And, if it was customer impacting, resolution time was set at 1 hour!!!

So, these guys have a 48-hour call back and a 5 day resolution time.  Yikes.  If I were in the motion picture industry, I wouldn’t be buying their software.

 

Florida is Cooler

Florida is Cooler

Today the weather map for the USA shows Florida is cooler than most other places.  That’s a switch.  This heatwave has hit the entire lower 48 states.  It’s miserable.

I decided to do a salad for dinner with tuna sandwiches instead of cooking.  It’s just too hot.  I bet the sister missionaries were thankful we didn’t bake lasagna for dinner.  (Elizabethe is!)

Ice cream for dinner, again because it is too hot.

Not a Good Day

It’s not a good day health wise.  Yesterday I experienced a sudden loss of strength in my fingers.  Coupled with the other symptoms I searched for what it could be.  The first thing that popped up was ALS.  Oh, I hope it isn’t that.  Reading that just compounded my already existing stress.

Drug Trial

Elizabethe is in a drug trial program.  It’s an already existing drug that has a side effect of weight loss.  They are testing to see if it is effective as a weight loss.  So far, it has taken away her appetite.  I joked that she’ll lose weight, but I’ll gain what she loses because I’ll have to eat her leftovers too.

Actually, that’s not going to happen.  Whatever it is that I have is making me less hungry than before.

Pageant Rush

Pageant Rush

Pageant rush is upon us.  Elizabethe tells me a guy called in a frenzy asking if we had enough rooms for his group.  She says, he said, “I can’t believe practically every place is already booked.”

Yes, that’s what happens in Palmyra during Hill Cumorah Pageant season.  The Pageant rush hits and every one is frantically looking for lodging.

Why?

Because Palmyra is a tiny village near a very small city (Rochester).  That’s why I tell people to try to book 6 to 12 months in advance.  Expect to pay more.  It’s supply and demand.

Bond, James Bond

I’ve been learning how to do gobos (go betweens) in Poser and DAZ3d.  I created this James Bond inspired piece today as part of my studies.

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Bond, James Bond

I’ve finally got a handle on making and using gobos.  A gobo is a sheet that goes between your lighting and subject to create shadows.  In this case, a spiral pattern falls on the lady and the floor.

Taco Bell

We went for a cheap date today.  We drove to Victor and went to Taco Bell.  While I miss the good ol’ 5 item menu, their XXL grilled burrito is pretty good.  I gave it a try today and I’d give it a 5 out of 5.

Procrastinate

Procrastinate

Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow.  That is how I feel about the lawn today.  Procrastinate!  My feeling is because I feel rotten.

Weather permitting, I will do it tomorrow.

Temple

My temple shift went well.  I rested before going.  I also heard from my doctor’s office and all of my blood tests are normal.  The plan of action wasn’t going to help me tonight, so I got a good rest before going to the temple.

Blood Tests

Because the blood tests didn’t show any abnormalities, the doctor wants to change some of my medications.  We’ll see how that goes.  Tonight at bedtime will be the first adjusted dosage.

I also had a thought:  What if it is pain that is causing me to not rest well?

So, to test my theory, I’m going to put some pain lotion on my shoulder each night.  Again, tonight will the first night.  I know, changing 3 variables at the same time isn’t a good troubleshooting method, but I’m desperate at this point.

I’m not sure how many days the change in medications needs.  However, the pain in my shoulder theory will start to become evident tomorrow morning.