Tuesday, September 15, 2020

It's Supplementary, My Dears...

My lovelies, I am not a medical professional, so please consider this post a starting point for your own research, if you're facing any of these problems, and consult with your doctor before beginning any new supplementation regimen.

I'm still too sexy for this face mask.
Some years ago, I bitched about the adult-onset acne that was making me miserable. Sure, I'd suffered with a bit of zit-action as a teen, but nothing compared to what attacked me in my early to mid-40s. (The hormonal hell women endure just never goes away, does it, FFS?) I wrapped up that last post with the hope that trying some new moisturizers and an electronic face brush would prevent more Frankenzits (a trio--or more--of pimples erupting in close proximity to each other, giving the appearance of one massive, heaving mountain of teeming pus), and resolved to keep using some weird pink silt stuff to treat any further spots.

Well. The face brush hurt my face, even after dishing out extra for the super sensitive brush head (I don't know how some of you folks can deal with these whirring implements procured from the dank pit of Pinhead's closet). And the silty-pink-stuff proved ineffective. The zits kept coming, crowding my face and leaving legit acne scarring and hyperpigmentation markings in their wake, the bloody little bastards.

I'd spent so much money on treatments (and a LOT on that device!) and none of it helped. I felt pretty desperate, I have to say. Then it occurred to me that maybe a topical approach wasn't the right one. Was it possible to treat these mfrs from within?

Yes. Yes, it was.

I researched supplements for skin health and, while I was at it, for mood regulation, as PMS--which also hadn't seriously troubled me before--had begun to push me into violent mood swings that the antidepressants I was taking at the time couldn't tame. (Frigging perimenopausal hormones!) From my own research, I settled on trying out some sea buckthorn and fish oil supplements (for skin and mood, respectively) and, from my then-boss (who's a year older than me and was going through similar PMS-y difficulties) learned about evening primrose oil for the PMS. Basically, I was seeking an assist from some of the omega fatty acids (fish oil=omega-3; sea buckthorn=omega-7; evening primrose oil=Gamma linolenic acid, or GLA, which is an omega-6 fatty acid). I betook myself to Amazon and ordered.*

About two months after taking the three different supplements regularly, my break-outs were fewer and farther apart, until I hardly broke out at all. As for the raging PMS--I still have one day a month, either just before my period or on the very first day, on which I am irritable, uncontrollably weepy, and can't seem to concentrate very well at all. I know that doesn't seem great, but it's an amazing improvement over what I'd been experiencing before. And if I do get any new zits (very rarely, now--maybe 2-3 a year, if that many), I apply a really good sulfur-based cream** at bedtime and it's significantly reduced, if not gone, by the following morning. (Er...the cream, containing sulfur, does have an unpleasant odor. But then, I'm not sharing my bed with anyone who might object, so...)

I've been taking these supplements for about six years now and, while they're not cheap, they're effective, and that's what matters to me. I started getting the occasional hot flash in early 2018 and I have a feeling that these three beauties are what's kept them from troubling me regularly. (So far.)

So this is what's been helping me, as I approach The 'Pause. Feel free to share in the comments what's helped you! And, again, please be sure to consult with your own doctor about what kind of supplements, if any, could be beneficial to you before embarking on a supplementation program of your own.

*This is non-sponsored content--I'm not affiliated with the companies or products mentioned in this post.

**It seems the spot treatment pictured above is not currently available as a stand-alone product (which it was when I purchased it), but is included in a kit on the PTR website, if you're interested in checking it out. I like PTR products generally, though I've not tried all the stuff in this kit. Also, PTR can be quite pricey, but the kit isn't too bad (as of today's date).

Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Necronomnomnom by Mike Slater ~ A Belated* First Look

Mike Slater's The Necronomnomnom: Recipes and Rites from the Lore of H. P. Lovecraft is a cookbook written in the charmingly floral but forbidding early 20th C. style of H.P. Lovecraft. Its title, a play on the fictional "Necronomicon" (of which Lovecraft wrote in his cosmic horror) sends me into fits of Wilma Flintstone-esque giggles and I find myself repeating it often bc FUN, and fun's been in short supply for quite some time. Anyway, it's not merely written in Lovecraft's voice, but the recipes are named after creatures and characters from his many mythoi (including Cthulhu, of course), and are tales themselves. Sorta. Lemme 'splain...

The Necronomnomnom is in two parts: the main recipe section, à la Lovecraft, then the appendix, in which we see "the rites revealed." The recipes provide ingredient lists advising, "What Must Be Offered" or "Rise and Obtain," while cooking instructions commence with, "When the Stars are Right," or "To Travel the Void." The appendix section "reveals the rites" by giving us each recipe in more straightforward English (which is not as entertaining as reading that the garlic should be "minced savagely" and the sirloin "ruthlessly cubed"). There's also a handy index, which helps you locate both versions of a particular recipe with relative ease.

We're given fifty recipes in total, for Drinks (such as Herbert West's Deanimator), Appetizers (Atlach-Nachos), Soups and Salads (Pallid Bisque), Main Dishes (Formless Spawnghetti), Sides (Cthus-Koos), Breakfast (The Oats of Dagon), Children's Meals (Cultists in Robes) (not made from actual children) (yes, I checked), and Desserts (The Ring That Should Not Be). Because I love breakfast foods (and bc I'm about as mature as a very young and obnoxious ten-year-old), I'm itching to make the Great Old Buns (aka Very Cross Buns). (BC buns, hun.)

While there are no pictures, there are gorgeous illustrations. Not that you need pics, when the language used is so vivid:

SHOGGHOULASH. Serves 4, under strict hypnotic control

Freeze the creatures and keep them frozen! The bears cannot be trusted. ~ AT THE FOUNTAINS OF MADNESS (Drink)

Bring all to a boil; mutter the incantation, as instructed below, and stir until thickened. ~ NEW ENGLAND DAMNED CHOWDER (Yes, there is an incantation.) (No, you couldn't pay me enough to recite it.)

At first, I thought the old man simply eccentric, and perhaps a bit senile. ~ THE MUESLI OF ERICH ZANN

The pale crystal and ebon flakes may now be scattered atop. ~ LOVECRAFT MACARONI AND CHEESE (Serves 6 to 8 Dark Young, Children's Menu)

...he went at the egg like it done him wrong, beating at it as it went in. ~ JOE SLATER'S IN-BREAD PUDDING

And you don't have to be familiar with Lovecraft's work to enjoy The Necronomnomnom, you just have to have some culinary curiosity and a good sense of humor, coupled with a deep appreciation for the absurd (which, if you're reading my blog, you most assuredly must possess). Plus, if you're craving autumn and Halloween like I am, trying out these recipes can really lift your spirits! (Heh heh. See what I did there? Lift your spirits? Halloween? Yeah...you see what I did there.) 

The Necronomnomnom is available on Amazon (it's $22.46 right now but I bought it during a big price drop within the past week or so, for just $9.98!) and Barnes & Noble, and probably elsewhere but I'm too lazy** to go lookin'.

In a related story, check out this guy's video review of The Necronomnomnom
(and enjoy with me the number of times he says the book's title ~ tee hee)

*"Belated" bc this book came out last fall but I only just got it into my hot little hands
**You knew this about me already, undoubtedly

Saturday, June 27, 2020

So, it's been a while...

...what's going on, y'all?

J/K. We all know what's going on. Lots of crazy shit, is what's going on.

So what can we do about...

...Covid-19? We can wash our hands. Not touch our faces. Social distance like MFRs. DO OUR PATRIOTIC DUTY AND WEAR FACE COVERINGS WHEN OUT IN PUBLIC (and not complain about it, FFS).

...systemic racism? We can educate ourselves. We can listen (and endure our discomfort, if we feel any). We can learn. And we can fight it. Because (and it shouldn't need saying, but it absolutely does): BLACK LIVES MATTER.

I've been reading the excellent So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Salon calls it "...a generous and empathetic yet usefully blunt guide to confronting and interrogating the many ways race informs prejudices that are reinforced by systems of power in America..." I heartily agree and I'm learning a lot.

...coping? Doods, I don't know. I've kind of shut down in some ways, but then I've been in a rough patch since about mid-2018 (well, since far longer than that but at least I could afford antidepressants until then). On the bright side, I didn't turn to alcohol, I quit smoking (again, in April of this year), and I've been modifying my diet to combat the inevitable weight-gain from smoking cessation and a depression exacerbated by job loss. I'm trying to pull myself out of it, to be productive. Slow and steady wins the race, I suppose. But the going is very slow, indeed.

And fuck it ~ sometimes you've just got to blow your dwindling savings on stupid shit like nail polish to let the friggin' sunshine in, all right? Sheesh...

This violet pretty comes from the OPI Summer Collection: Hidden Prism and is called Feeling Optiprismic bc OPI's punny af and I heart them for it.

How've y'all been doing? How've you been dealing? What stupid shit have you spent your money on to bring a bit of joy into your life? Nosy Goth Moms (Lite) wanna know...

Because that's how I'm feeling...

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Gen Z Vocab Lesson, Le First

Symbol confused vote For some time I've been feeling my age in my knees (I know y'all know what I mean). But perhaps only today did I feel depressingly long in the tooth.

I took a Facebook quiz.

Specifically, a zooquiz titled "React to These Gen Z Problems and We'll Guess Your Age." (Go on, I'll wait here while you check it out.)

As I took the quiz I'd occasionally hit on a word or phrase that'd make my brain go all blue screen of death. I'd mentally reboot and could eventually glean meaning from context but I did have to look some stuff up. Made me feel ancient.

Now, I'm not gonna rail against the liberties taken with the English language by Gen Z, mainly bc I heart words and I take my own liberties at will. As creative self-expression, slang is super groovy and reflects so much about the era from which it originates (and differs from simple/stupid grammatical errors, as it's the deliberate use of a coined word/phrase, or the use of a pre-existing word in a new way). I just want to keep up and, at minimum, understand what the flip's going on around me. And yeah, maybe I'll be that mom who salts her speech with it. At any rate, as a public service to my fellow Gen Xers (Boomers are welcome, if they're so inclined), here's your...

Gen Z Vocab Lesson, Le First

feeling some kind of way

leaving you on read
  • On a messaging app equipped to let you know your message's recipient has read/seen your message, the "read" signal appears but your recipient takes an inordinate amount of time to reply (or doesn't reply at all). (Rude! This one's pretty easy to grok from the context, but in service to thoroughness...)
  • Origin: Circa 2011, with "read receipts" for digital communications. Probs. Though this kind of nonsense is pretty old behavior (you know, like the guy who says he'll call but takes his sweet time doing it).


mood/big mood

  • An old-timer. Also, a jerk.
  • Origin: Old folks' shriveled skin (particularly that of the scrotum). (Ouch and ick.)





Dudes! All of these^ from one little quiz! Which, BTW, guessed me to be 38, an "an old-AF millennial." Hah! (And don't I just wish!)

Go on then, let me know in the comments if you were familiar with any/all of these, and if you took the quiz, lemme know whatcha got!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Spook Out! Day 31 ~ Train to Busan (2016, in Korean with English Subtitles)

Netflix Says...
"As a zombie outbreak sweeps the country, a dad and his daughter take a harrowing train journey in an attempt to reach the only city that's still safe."

I Say...
Actually, they were already on the train when the shit hit the fan, but yeah, it was a harrowing ride, all right!

Horror Type...
Zombie Apocalypse, Thriller, Action

Main Players...
Gong Yoo as Seok-woo (Hot Workaholic Dad)
Kim Su-an as Su-an (Kind of a Pain But Still Precious Daughter)
Jung Yu-mi as Seong-kyeong (Baller Pregnant Lady)
Ma Dong-seok as Sang-hwa (Hero)

I liked...
  • how this film made me hold my breath repeatedly; it takes you to the edge and brings you back till you're utterly worn out
  • that you really get a sense of who the leads are and what motivates them (apart from wanting to get the freak away from snapping zombie jaws); a lotta heart in this film, too
  • how it breaks from some zombie rules (no shamblers here) and creates interesting new ones
  • the use of wit as well as brawn to get out of tough spots
  • how well the worst, and the best, of humanity is represented here
  • that it's so engrossing you don't even feel the length of the movie till it's over and you realize nearly two hours have gone by

The Meh...
There is no meh in this award-winning film.

Would I recommend it...?
Absolutely, positively, 100-Gajillion-Percent. You have to watch this. HAVE TO. Yes, it's gory; yes, the zombies run; yes, it's violent af. But you have to watch this brilliantly terrifying movie.

  • The zombie apocalypse, like life, is not fair. Not even a little bit.
  • As the credits started rolling I was bawling into some napkins. But rest easy--it's emotional, not schmaltzy.
  • Though I'm a few days late, I've saved you the best movie for last. You're welcome. Go frigging watch it. Now.

My Grade: A+
Rotten Tomatoes Scores: Tomatometer=93%, Audience Score=88%

Details, Schmeetails...
I Watched Train to Busan on Netflix (the Rotten Tomatoes page linked above provides links to other host sites)
Train to Busan's Wikipedia Page (Contains Spoilers)

This concludes day 31 (and, indeed, the blogfest!) of