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RoadID & Christmas Tree

Congratulations, Betherann!!  You are now the proud, identifiable-if-you-get-pwnd owner of a RoadID.  Shoot me an email and I’ll get you set up. 😀

Thanks for all of your stories.  I ❤ The Office and young kids who pee everywhere (as long as I’m not on the receiving end)!

I convinced D to get all of our Christmas decorations out of the coffin closet where we keep the dead hookers so I’m off to put up the tree.

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Pizza Recovery + RoadID Giveaway

Do fruits + veggies + greek yogurt negate cold pizza?  I am still recovering from last night’s delicious Cookie Swap during and after which I consumed about 12 pounds of sugar.  Being the solidly-if-not-more-than occasional ditz that I can be, I completely forgot to pull out my camera.

ROAD ID GIVEAWAY


As I mentioned a while ago, HS is a RoadID affiliate.  I happily support this product so I am pumped to spread the love.  Enter for yourself or to snag an early Christmas gift for someone active in your life.

Eligibility: Contest open to individuals in the U.S.  There are three ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment telling me about the most hilarious thing you’ve seen in the last week.

2. Mention this contest in your blog and link it back here in a separate comment.

3. Add this blog to your blogroll and link your blog back here in a separate comment.

This giveaway ends on Thursday, 11/19, at 8pm EST.  One winner will be chosen using random.org and contacted via email.

Happy Tuesday!

New Threads + CSA

I’ve been in need of cold-weather running gear so I went to TJ Maxx on Saturday to see what I could find.  I scored four items for less than $45: a pair of tights, two long-sleeved performance shirts for layering, and a cute Adidas women’s running hat.  Apologies for the picture quality.

Seamless, footless tights (I’m pretty sure they’re not exercise-specific but for $6 I’ll give them a shot) and black Avia half-zip layering shirt:

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White Jockey Sport half-zip layering shirt and Adidas X-Static running hat:

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Sweet!  I will no longer be that improperly-dressed runner.

Check It Out: Balance Is Beauty is giving away a Chocolate & Coffee Lover’s variety pack of Glo Bars!

I’ve been thinking about joining a CSA program – a Community Supported Agriculture program – where individuals pledge money and/or time toward the operation of a farm in return for harvest from the farm. As a result, growers can provide local produce at better prices and focus on earth-friendly production.  Risks and benefits are shared by the growers and consumers.

I need to do a little calculating to make sure this would be financially worthwhile for us but I suspect it will.  It should cut down on my trips to the grocery store (YES! I hate grocery shopping) and thus cut down on spending on extraneous items.  I may also be able to find a friend who will split a half-share with us.  Yum.  That regular box of CSA produce would be like Christmas every week!

$197.39

That’s how much it costs to get an eye infection.

I’d mentioned last week that my left eye was spectacularly red.  It also burned, looked a tad inflamed, and watered while I slept.  I had my annual contacts/eyeglasses exam yesterday and had the irritated eye checked out while I was there.  Turns out I have some pretty good inflammation in that eye although nothing that some meds and a little TLC can’t fix.

The eye doctor thinks that my eye is failing to make enough oily tears (our eyes produce two types of tears – oily and watery) so it lacks that lubrication.  To compensate, I am over-producing watery tears but in the process making it more difficult for any oily tears I do produce to stick around.  Long story short, my eyes, especially the left one, are dry (probably due to the change in temperatures/seasons) and need some assistance in recovering.

So I was prescribed steroidal eye drops, told to take three fish oil pills a day, and given some non-prescription moisturizing eye drops to supplement.  I’ll go back in two weeks to ensure successful healing and confirm that I’m not having any significant side effects.

Here’s where it gets a little nutty.

After my appointment, I went to the Kroger pharmacy to fill my prescription.  Guess how much these eye drops cost me with insurance….

$35.00.

How much did I save by having insurance?

$52.39

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If I hadn’t been covered by insurance, these eye drops would have cost me $87.39.

$87.39 for this?

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Apparently, I’m a poor shot because I’ve accidentally wasted 2.5 drops already. 🙂 According to this article, there are approximately 100 drops in this small bottle of prescription eye drops.  That means that each drop costs $.87.  Two-and-a-half wasted drops is $2.18 down the drain.

Add that to the $110 it cost me to see the doctor (some portion of which I will be reimbursed by insurance, thank goodness) and that is a total of almost $200.00 that someone who is not insured would have had to pay out of pocket for an eye exam and to receive treatment for a simple eye infection.  This does not account for the fact that I already owned fish oil pills (another $8-$10) and was given the supplemental moisturizing eye drops (another $5 or so for travel size)  for free.  Note: I’m not sure but I suspect the doctor visit would have cost less if I hadn’t also been there for a contacts/eyeglasses exam.

However, I still can’t get over the fact that somebody, somewhere, made the decision to charge uninsured consumers $87 for this tiny little bottle of seasonal allergy eyedrops.

Check It Out: Tasha over at The Clean Eating Mama is doing another giveaway, this time for a year’s subscription of Eating Well magazine. Awesome!

Almost Raw

Tonight’s dinner was almost completely raw.

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Fruit: peach, strawberries, banana; Veggies: zucchini spears, mushrooms, avocado, yellow pepper

Raw but not pictured: glass of red wine

Not pictured and not raw:  hummus for dipping, poached egg on 1/2 sprouted grain english muffin with sea salt, too many spoonfuls of chocolate hazelnut butter for dessert – yum!

Snack after workout (I did end up getting light-headed toward the end of my workout so the LaraBar tasted that much better):

Check It Out: Tasha over at The Clean Eating Mama is giving away 5 coupons for free Stonyfield Oikos Greek Yogurt + a reusable Stonyfield tote bag!

P.S. I’ve created a location for some of my favorite links, which I will update regularly.  Check out the new Resources tab!