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Hooray for Heroines

Because nobody asked, here is a list of some of my favorite comic book super-heroines, in Alphabetical Order.  Some of these characters have had multiple costumes and even multiple versions and origins. I have chosen images of them in my favorite costumes and versions, often how they were depicted when I first discovered them.

Batgirl: Barbara Gordon, daughter of James Gordon, Commissioner of Gotham City, has a doctorate in library science. She is inspired by her father’s career and Batman and becomes a crime fighter, training under Batman to hone her fighting and detective skills. She possesses a genius-level intellect, photographic memory, deep knowledge of computers and electronics and expert skills as a hacker.

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Batwoman: Kathryn Kane was originally created to be a love interest of Batman to dispell public concerns that his relationship with Robin was promoting homosexuality. The original version – “Kathy” Kane – on the right in yellow –  was a wealthy heiress who developed acrobatic skills during her career as a circus trapeze artist and stunt cyclist. She was infatuated with Batman,  and became the costumed crimefighter Batwoman to gain his attention and affection, utilizing her acrobatic and riding skills, as well as the contents of her utility purse, which were actually weapons disguised as stereotypical feminine products such as lipstick, cosmetic compacts, charm bracelets, and hair nets, to fight crime. Although she was ridiculous, I developed an infinity for her, perhaps due to her outlandishness and rare appearances – I’ve always been a sucker for obscure characters. Ironically, Batwoman was reimagined in 2006 as a strong, tough, independent, red-haired, out lesbian ex-marine (in the red on the left), now known as “Kate” Kane, with no romantic ties to Batman whatsoever, although she did admire his mission and tactics. While originally chastised by Batman for trying to be a crime fighter, she eventually earns his trust and respect, and has become one of his most valued allies and “co-captains” in his war on crime, often leading small teams of “Bat Family” members like Batgirl and Robin on missions. I love both versions of this character, for different reasons. (Funny that I’m not a big fan of Batman, but love almost all the female derivatives.)

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Black Canary: Dinah (Drake) Lance, martial artist with a “Canary Cry,” an ultrasonic scream that can daze opponents or shatter solid objects. Originally from a parallel Earth. Member of both the Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America and currently a member of the Birds of Prey along side Batgirl and the Huntress.

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Black Widow: NataliaNatasha” Romanoff, Russian spy, martial artist with a “Widows Sting” weapon in her bracelets, able to stun her opponents, who defected to the US and became a crime fighter. Previous member of the Avengers and the Champions.

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Darkstar: Laynia Petrovna, Russian Mutant who controls a darkforce that she can use to form solid shapes, protective shields, and fly. Formerly a member of the Champions and the Soviet Super Soldiers.

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Firebrand: Danette Reilly, sister of Rod Reilly, the first Firebrand. Unlike her non-powered brother, Danette developed the ability to generate flames and eventually fly, after being struck by a lightning bolt and plummeting into a vat of mystical lava. Firebrand was a member of the All-Star Squadron.

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Firestar: Angelica Jones, originally appearing in the animated series Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends as a substitute for the Human Torch, Firestar is a mutant born with the ability to generate microwaves radiation, allowing her to fly and create intense heat and flames. She eventually made her way into comic books  and became a member of the Hellions, New Warriors, the Avengers and the X-Men.

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Hawkwoman: Shayera Hol (Shiera Hall) an alien from the planet Thanagar who came to earth with her crime-fighting partner and eventual husband, Hawkman. Utilizing the Nth metal in her wings and belt to fly, ancient weapons such as the mace, and an innate ability to communicate with birds, Hawkwoman became a member of the Justice League of America  as well as fighting crime solo or along side her similarly avian-themed spouse.                                                                  Hawkwoman

Huntress: Helena Wayne, daughter of the original Batman and Catwoman from an alternate Earth (the same one as Black Canary, above), fights crime using her athletic prowess, detective skills and utility belt inherited from her father and mother.

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Invisible Woman: Susan (Storm) Richards, wife of Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic, and one quarter of the Fantastic Four.  After being exposed to Cosmic Rays during an experimental space flight, Susan obtained the ability to render herself, other people and objects invisible, as well as generate almost impervious invisible force fields which she can use as protective shields, battering rams, and transportation.

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Mary Marvel: Mary (Bromfield) Batson, the twin sister of Billy Batson aka Captain Marvel, was separated at birth from her brother and who, after reconnecting as teenagers, discovered she shared the ability to shout “SHAZAM!” and call down the magic lightning that would endow her with super powers. (Mary Marvel was one of the first female spin-offs of a major male superhero, and predates the introduction of Superman’s female cousin Supergirl.) Originally, Mary Marvel did not derive her “SHAZAM” powers from the same male mythological figures who empower her brother Billy.  Instead, they were from a set of female benefactors:

  • Selena for grace
  • Hippolyta for strength
  • Ariadne (later changed to Artemis, Greek Goddess of the hunt) for skill
  • Zephyrus for fleetness (and flight)
  • Aurora (later changed to Greek Goddess Aphrodite) for beauty, and
  • Minerva for wisdom

Although these deities were originally described and depicted as goddesses, Zephyrus is actually a male god. In addition, the list does not account for all of the superhuman traits shared by Billy and Mary, specifically Captain Marvel’s powers of invulnerability, stamina, and courage. Her origin has been altered to reflect that she know derives the same powers from the same gods as her brother:

  • Solomon for wisdom,
  • Hercules for strength
  • Atlas for Stamina
  • Zeus for Power
  • Achilles for courage, and
  • Mercury for Speed

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Medusa: An Inhuman, member of the Royal family of Inhumans, and sometimes spouse of the King, Black Bolt.  She was exposed to the transformative Terrigen Mists, mutating her and giving her the ability to manipulate and expand her near invulnerable elastic hair to use as a weapon, protective barrier and form of transportation. Medusa has been a member of the Fearsome Four (a quartet of super-villains) during a bout of amnesia, and the Fantastic Four, filling in for the Invisible Woman.

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Ms. Marvel: Carol Danvers was an officer of the USAF and a security chief who was wounded and exposed to radiation when she was caught in the explosion of an alien Kree device (a Psyche-Magnetron) while being rushed to safety in the arms of the Kree-born alien superhero, Captain Marvel (not the Shazam – Captain Marvel, as mentioned earlier.) Ms. Marvel originally possessed superhuman strength, endurance, stamina, flight, physical durability, a limited precognitive “seventh sense”, and a resistance to most toxins and poisons. She has been through many changes, developing stellar energy powers and changing her name to “Binary”, then returning to her Ms. Marvel identity, before settling into her current identity as Captain Marvel, named after the original who had since perished. The image on the left is her original costume, the one on the right was a redesigned look that happened during the run of her original series. This is one of the few instances when I prefer the re-design over the original, perhaps because it is more distinct from the costume of the male hero from which she took her name and inspiration.

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Power Girl: Kara Zor-L (Kryptonian birth name,) known as Karen Star in her adopted earth identity, is from an alternate Universe’s Krypton and Earth (same as Black Canary and Huntress, above) and is the counterpart of Supergirl and first cousin to her Earth’s Superman. Power Girl came to earth long after her cousin arrived, and was raised by Clark (Superman) Kent and his Wife, Lois Lane Kent.  Power Girl has all the powers of Superman, including superhuman strength, speed, senses, invulnerability and the power of flight, although she is not as powerful as her other earth counterpart, Supergirl.  Power Girl started her career as a member of the Super Squad, alongside the now Adult Robin of her Earth and the Star-Spangled Kid, but eventually took her cousin’s (Superman’s) place in the Justice Society of America and later joined the younger generation of heroes in Infinity, Inc.  She is best friends with Helena (Huntress) Wayne.

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Sabra: Ruth Bat-Seraph is an Israeli born superheroine. She was raised by the Israeli government after her mutant powers manifested.  She was the first superhuman agent to serve the Israeli secret service and became a police officer in addition to serving as a government agent.  Sabra has superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, endurance and stamina.   She is also able to charge other individuals with her own life energy, enhancing their physical state of health and granting them low-level super-powers until she withdraws them by retrieving her life energy.  In addition to her own mutant powers, she wears a cape that allows her to fly and two bracelets that shoot “energy quills” which paralyze the nervous system of any person they touch.

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She-Hulk: Jennifer Walters is  an attorney and the cousin of Dr. David (Bruce) Banner aka the Incredible Hulk. After being gun downed by the members of a mob that had a vendetta against her father, Jennifer’s life was saved by an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin. Because they shared the same blood type and DNA, Bruce’s radioactive blood, combined with Jennifer’s anger-induced adrenaline, resulted in Jennifer’s transformation into the green-skinned She-Hulk during a second attack by the mobsters who tried to finish her off at the hospital. Although her original transformation was caused by anger, like her cousin, Jennifer eventually gained control of her transformations and no longer requires rage to change to her super powered alter ego. Unlike her cousin, Jennifer likes and prefers being the She-Hulk, and rarely returns to her non-powered, human form, even while she’s practicing law. She-Hulk (affectionately known as “Shulkie” to her friends) has superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, and reflexes, all of which increase in direct correlation to her level of anger or fear, meaning the angrier she gets, the stronger she gets. She-Hulk has been a member of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four, filling in for the Thing.                                                                   She-Hulk

Spider-Woman:  Jessica Drew is a private investigator and Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who, at a young age, became gravely ill from months of uranium exposure due to spending so much time in, and living near, her father’s laboratory in Transia. To save her life, her father injected her with an experimental serum based on irradiated spiders’ blood resulting in her developing super-powers, including superhuman strength, speed, senses, stamina, agility, and reflexes. Further, she has a high resistance to poisons and toxins, is able to fly, cling to solid surfaces (known as “wall crawling”,) and generate bio-electric blasts from her hands, referred to as her “venom blasts.”  One of the negative effects of her irradiated system is that she exudes a high concentration of pheromones that elicit pleasure and attraction in men and revulsion in women, although she uses a chemical “perfume” that renders these pheromones inert.

 

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Spitfire:  Lady Jacqueline Falsworth was the daughter of the British aristocrat, Lord Montgomery Falsworth, who had been known during World War I as the costumed champion Union Jack. While working with the  British Women Volunteer Service during World War II, Jacqueline was attacked by a vampire and suffered a great loss of blood. To save her life, she received an emergency synthetic blood transfusion from the original, android Human Torch (not the one mentioned above.) Upon recovering, Jacqueline discovered that she could now move at superhuman speed and used her new-found powers to battle the Axis along side the Allies and Captain America, the Human Torch and the Submariner as a member of the Invaders. (Yeah, her costume looks just like Firestar’s – I wonder if the latter was influenced by the former, although red and yellow are common color schemes for fire and speed powered heroes.)

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Supergirl: Kara Zor-El is the Kryptonian born cousin of Clark (Kal-El) Kent aka Superman. Unlike Superman, who came to earth as an infant, Kara came to Earth as a teenager, after spending the first part of her life with her Kryptonian family on Argo City, a floating, domed city that survived the destruction of Krypton. Once on Earth, Kara adopted the identity of  orphan Linda Lee  and was eventually adopted by the Danvers changing her name to Linda Danvers. She used her powers in secret, training as Superman’s “Secret Weapon,” until such time that Superman felt she was ready and revealed her presence to the world as his super powered cousin, Supergirl. In her secret identity as Linda Lee, Kara had many professions, including student, student advisor, actor, and TV camera operator. She became a member of the future based team the Legion of Superheroes, like her cousin before her, splitting her time between the present and past, protecting the world with her superhuman strength, speed, stamina, endurance, senses and power of flight. (Note: Although I was not originally a big fan of Supergirl, I fell in love with her while reading the 1985 12-issue mini-series “Crisis on Infinite Earths” wherein the original Kara sacrificed her life to save the other heroes, including her cousin, Superman. The issue in which she died is the first time reading a comic book made me cry, and I have been a fan ever since, collecting as many back issues of her appearances as my budget would allow. While I am not thrilled with much of her characterization in the oft-rebooted DC Universe versions of her, I am warming up to her current series, as I believe they have finally returned the essence of what makes her such a special and loveable character.)

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Wonder Girl: Donna Troy, adopted sister of Diana aka Wonder Woman. (This character’s past has been revised and retconned – retroactive change in continuity, origin and/or character – so often it’s mind numbing. I’ll stick to the original elements of the character and origin I’m fond of.) Wonder Girl was originally a young Wonder Woman, but was eventually written to be a separate and distinct character. Wonder Woman rescued her, as an infant, from a burning building and, unable to find any living relatives, brought her to Paradise Island, where she was given Amazonian powers by the Amazon’s “Purple Ray” and raised on the island as Wonder Woman’s adopted  Amazon sister. It wasn’t until she left the island and joined the teenage “sidekick” super hero team, the Teen Titans, when she adopted the name Donna Troy as a civilian identity.  Donna eventually traded in her original costume (on the left), an homage to Wonder Woman’s costume, for the red and yellow costume she wore (on the right) for much of her career before changing ot a couple more times. Like Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl has superhuman strength, speed, endurance, the ability to glide on air currents, bullet deflecting bracelets and an almost unbreakable golden lasso, although her lasso was not magical and could not compel people to obey or be truthful, like her adopted sister’s lasso.

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Wonder Woman: Diana Prince/Princess of Themyscira aka paradise Island. (Is anyone shocked about this addition to my list?) Although originally taking the secret identity of Diana Prince, the more recent versions of Wonder Woman have dropped the civilian identity and name all together and she now just goes by Diana, Princess of Themyscira, or Wonder Woman. Diana was born on the island of Themyscira, to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. As it was an Island of Women, which did not allow for the ability to bear a child by the usual biological methods, the Queen, longing for a child, sculpted a baby in the clay-like sand on the shore of the island and beseeched her gods and goddesses to imbue her clay sculpture with life and give her a child. Her wish was granted, and Diana was born, gifted with a fraction of the god’s powers. She was raised on “Paradise Island” but her natural curiosity filled her with a longing to explore beyond its shores. After a pilot, Steve Trevor, crashed his plane on the Island, the Amazons nursed him back to health and, learning of the wars, greed and hatred that raged in the outer world, competed in a series of contests to determine the fastest, strongest and most skilled of them all to escort Steve back to America and help battle evil in all its forms. Diana is forbidden to compete by her mother, but as all contestants wear masks to ensure anonymity and fairness, she is able to compete and easily wins all of the contests. Begrudgingly, her mother accepts the outcome of the contests and Diana leaves with Steve, taking her place in the world of costumed heroes, quickly becoming the world famous and loved Wonder Woman. Although the story has been modernized over the years, changing her origin a bit and the reasons she left the Island, the gist is generally the same. As Wonder Woman, Diana utilizes her superhuman strength, speed, endurance and stamina to fight crime, as well as her bullet-deflecting bracelets and unbreakable magic lasso to compel other to know, see or admit the truth. Although she has been famous for flying an invisible jet, that means of transportation was abandoned some time ago and she has since been given the power of flight.  Easily one of the most (if not the most) iconic super heroines of all time, it is hard to find someone who genuinely dislikes Wonder Woman, or some version of her. (I think we have Linda Carter to thank for that.) And I KNOW I’m not the only little gay boy who twirled more than once hoping that a magic flash would transform me into a Wonder Boy.

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Zatanna: Zatanna Zatara is the daughter of Giovanni Zatara and shares his innate magical ability to perform spells by speaking enchantments in reverse, referred to as “backwards magic.” One of the most powerful magicians in the world, Zatanna makes a living as a stage magician and illusionist, the world at large assuming her magic is all fake, sleight of hand and optical illusion. Zatanna originally met and worked with other super-heroes while searching for her missing father, and eventually joined the Justice League of America. Although she originally wore, and eventually returned to wearing, a modified stage magicians outfit (top hat, tails, tuxedo shirt and fishnets) this interim costume is the first one I ever saw her in and, although it is almost universally disliked, I prefer it over the more pedestrian magician’s outfit. It just seems more unique and super-heroish to me. But, whatever she’s wearing, senioreh etirovaf ym fo eno llits s’ehs.

 

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So there you have it. Not a complete list, for sure, but several of my favorites.  Hope you enjoyed learning more about super heroes than you ever cared to know.

 

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Shop talk

It’s been an uneventful week since returning from our mini-vacation.   My health continues to improve and worsen, day by day, so I never know what I’m in for until I open my eyes in the morning. Standing on shaky ground, wondering what comes next, seems to be my new status quo.

Regardless, I decided Saturday would be productive, no matter what. Fortunately, I woke up feeling better than in recent history, so I took advantage of it. After easing the morning in with coffee and comic book reading, I headed out to mow the lawn. The forecast was for high temperatures in the 80s and 90s this weekend, so I wanted to get it done before the high heat of the day.  Despite a few waves of nausea, I managed to get the front and back lawn mowed, which thrilled me.

Here’s Harvey and Rita, my yin and yang puppies, enjoying the sunshine on a patch of dirt in our yard that refuses to grow grass, despite our best efforts.

After a little rest and shower, we headed out to do some grocery shopping. We had hoped to go on a bit of a bigger adventure into Vermont,  but I wasn’t feeling great after mowing the lawn and didn’t know how long my “get up and go” would hold out before it “got up and went.” So, we stayed local.

First stop was a new local restaurant, “Oh, Corn!” which advertises itself as a completely gluten free restaurant:

We had been wanting to try it out, both because its local and because its gluten free, and finally decided, despite my re-ocurring gut issues, we should check it out. We ordered a small sampling of their dishes, and I enjoyed tasting several things.  Their food is delicious, and we will definitely be patronizing them again.  It was nice to be in a restaurant where every item is gluten free and I had all the same choices as everyone else does. While I have managed to get by when dining out, it gets a little frustrating and depressing having only one or two options on the menu, having to ask questions of waiters and chefs, and being the high maintenance guy at the table when out with friends. I try to laugh it off, but it does get to me sometimes.

After lunch, we headed next door, in the same plaza, to the Green Grocer:


This is a natural food store that carries a lot of gluten free products and staples, so we are eager to support it. While we can’t get all of our groceries here (it’s more expensive than the local big chain grocery stores,) we can get a  lot of them and it had many of the items that are on my new “recommended” list for gastroparesis, particularly fermented foods (which are good for aiding digestion) such as  Sauerkraut and Kefir.

After that, we headed across the street to a recently discovered fresh seafood store that we love, Harvest Moon Market, where I picked up some scallops, swordfish steak, shrimp and a few other items.

Seafood, and fish in particular, seems to be the best food for me to eat, and easiest to digest, so I indulge in the selections from this store, which are shipped in fresh and never frozen. While I don’t mind eating the occasional frozen fish or shrimp, as a staple of my diet, I much prefer the fresh selections. Plus, while not a dedicated gluten free store, they are gluten knowledgeable and offer a small, daily selection of prepared soups, sauces and salads and are willing to check the ingredients they used, when asked. And the owners are very friendly and a joy to interact with, giving off a mom and pop vibe that is inviting and a nice departure from the unfriendly, impersonal service which has become the standard MO of most major retailers and grocers these days. (I often feel like I’m bothering the folks at the fish counters at the larger grocery stores when I ask questions about their selections.)

By this time, I was running low on steam and my body was starting to punish me for indulging in real food at lunch, so we headed home. While not the adventurous outing I had hoped to indulge in, it was enjoyable to eat out and visit local shops and enjoy a relatively “normal day.” We finished out the evening binge-watching the series ‘The Good Place,” a relatively entertaining comedy that is easy to watch and enjoy, even while half focusing on it and the various auctions on eBay I’m watching.  Speaking of which, I won an auction for a nearly full run of a 60 issue She-Hulk series I’ve been looking for. It was a great buy and I only had to find the 9 issues missing from it to finish the set (easily done with the internet at my fingertips.)This has also inspired me to do a post of some of my other favorite comic characters, aside from Green Lantern, most of whom are women. (Go figure – I like reading about powerful, intelligent, independent women.)

Finally, while not a very pleasant week otherwise (until Saturday, gut issues aside) I got this fun t-shirt in the mail Friday:

I don’t think this purchase surprises anyone who has followed my blog or knows me at all. How could I resist purchasing a T-shirt that has both rainbow colors and Green Lantern on it?

Pretty sweet, eh?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the go (home)

We’re in the car and on the way home from Delaware. It was a nice trip, and my health held out for the duration, fortunately.
Yesterday, the weather was dreary – overcast with scattered drops of misty rain – so after an aborted walk about town, we hopped in the car and headed to nearby Ocean City, MD for some shopping and exploration. It was a fun, spontaneous excursion, which ended with a nice lunch at a waterside restaurant, Mickey Fin’s, before heading back to the house to rest and freshen up for Jeffrey’s birthday dinner at Dos Locos.  We were very excited that these guys could join us for dinner:


It was great catching up over dinner and cocktails. After dinner, Jeffrey was presented with a sombrero and free dessert, complete with a lit candle and a round of “Happy Birthday”:


Then we all headed back to the house for cocktails, birthday cake and ice cream.  I had ordered a gluten free German Chocolate cake (Jeffrey’s favorite) from a local baker, who had kindly delivered it to the house earlier in the day:


The cake was delicious, and it was great to catch up with the Delaware guys. We stayed up too late, not wanting the reunion to end, but eventually gave in and called it a night, promising to return for a longer visit soon.

All in a all, a great trip, but we’re eager to get home and to see our dogs and be in our own space again. 

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Happy Birthday, Husband!


Happy half-century to my best friend, partner, husband, soulmate and all around super great guy! Can’t wait to celebrate 50 more with you!

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Chill in’ in Rehoboth


Things are going well here, and it has been a relaxing, fun weekend in Deleware, so far.  We’ve shopped, ate, cocktailed, walked, explored, and enjoyed the fabulous house we are staying in, pool and all. (As seen, above.) 

Tonight we’re enjoying dinner and drinks here:


Tomorrow, we officially celebrate Jeffrey’s big 5-0 and get to meet up with this guy and his spouse for dinner. (Yay!) 

This may only be a short respite from my health woes, but I’ll take it, especially if it means giving Jeffrey the birthday he deserves! 

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Respite for Rehoboth

I am very happy and grateful to report that we made it to Rehoboth Beach yesterday without incident. Despite being close to calling it off Thursday night (as it was, we had to cancel our plans to head out Thursday night to visit this blogger buddy, who was incredibly understanding about it all, which meant a lot to me – not all my friends are so forgiving,) I had a very fortunate upswing in health, come Friday Morning, and felt well enough to finish packing the car and head out for the 6 our drive. We met the guys at the house yesterday afternoon, unpacked the cars, set up house (we love it!), and had some time to relax before doing a brief walk about into town. The humidity was almost unbearable, especially in my fatigued state, so it was a short excursion before I needed to head back to the house to rest and freshen up before dinner. Later, we had a perfect inaugural dinner at Eden. I hadn’t eaten anything all day, so was able to enjoy about half of my delicious Halibut and Risotto meal before my body said enough. The ambience, service, and food was wonderful and a perfect way to start off Jeffrey’s birthday weekend. We did a short walk through town before heading to the house for a nightcap.  I was done in and more than ready to say good night.

We’ve enjoyed a first morning’s breakfast at the house, and I’m gathering my energy for another trek into town, followed by a day lounging by the pool.  I am so grateful my health is holding up.  I will be very careful to rest, hydrate, and moderate my food intake to insure the best chances of remaining issue-free for the remainder of the weekend.

Here’s hoping.

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Homesick

I stayed home from work today.

Because I’m sick so often, I don’t have the luxury of staying home every time I don’t feel well or I’m in pain or discomfort so, when I can push myself to go in on “bad days”, I do. Today, I just didn’t have the energy, stamina or will power to force myself to leave the house.

Although there has been very little improvement, and I feel like death warmed over,  I do feel like I might be starting to turn the corner just a bit, digestion-wise; but being at work, which is a guaranteed 8 hours of stress, may push me in the other direction. If I weren’t worried about feeling better for the trip this week, I might have pushed myself harder to go in, given it’s a 3 day week and today’s a Monday, both of which “look bad.” However, being home allows me the comfort of being close to bathroom facilities, meds, plenty of liquids and, most importantly, will allow me to get more rest. Not eating, not sleeping well, and having a digestive system that is working overtime to digest even the meagerest of foods and liquids I can tolerate, for days on end, is exhausting, and I’m back to being winded when I cross the room. Doesn’t help that I’ve lost 10 more pounds in the last week.

So I’m putting my health before my professional obligations and staying home in bed today. I hope it helps and that I’m able to get to and through work the next two days without any major repercussions.

Fingers crossed.

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Lusterless

I hadn’t realized how much energy the Prednisone was giving me, but now that I’ve tapered down to 5 mg, I’m back to feeling completely energiless. Also, my guts started acting up on a regular basis last Sunday and haven’t stopped. I’ve had a stomach ache for a week. Sigh. That made for a very long and stressful week, and I was relieved when the weekend finally arrived and I was able to sleep in this morning. 

Despite not feeling well and having very little oomph, I had things to do so we headed out to run some errands and do some supply shopping for the upcoming trip to Rehoboth. Once we got home, I started to do some packing (or tried to) but fizzled out quickly and spent the rest of the day resting on the couch, reading comics and watching episodes of “Transparent.” (The dogs did not hate cuddling with me all afternoon, for sure.)

I hope tomorrow is more productive. And that I’m feeling better.

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Puppy-razzi

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