Tuesday, February 11, 2014

An Update to My Update.

Hi everyone.  I'm super duper sorry I haven't been writing much.  I'd like to say I have an excuse, but I don't really think "being busy" is a legitimate excuse since most days I spend my free time reading Harry Potter books on the sofa in my pajamas.

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things.

I've started a little vinyl-decal business.  It's called Prairiedobe Decals and currently my only website is a page on Facebook. Once I actually start making money on this venture, I'll try to get a real website started. I am slowly getting every breed represented with a standard silhouette, but I can also do completely custom designs as well.

The new fridge arrived.  It is a glorious appliance and I love it more than one should ever love a hunk of metal and plastic.  That is all.

Talla's neck has completely healed.  She's back to being a barky, annoying pest.  I told her I'm having her deported back to Mexico if she ever scares us that badly ever again.  

I am finally over that cold I mentioned in my last "update" post.  However, I do have some super-fun medical information I can share.  Pending a super-awesome bone biopsy and other expensive tests, it looks like I have a systemic mast cell activation disorder. Basically, I produce excessive amounts of mast cells.  Those excess mast cells tend to congregate in places you really don't want them to be - in your skin, around blood vessels, in your respiratory system, in your gastrointestinal tract, etc.  Mast cells are usually good - they protect you from disease and aid in wound healing by releasing histamines.  However.... when you have too many mast cells and something triggers them, they release too many histamines.  It's like a self-induced histamine overdose.

Simply put, when too many histamines are released, your body basically has an allergic reaction to itself.  Your skin flushes and itches, your heart rate skyrockets, you get abdominal cramps, and anaphylaxis can (and usually does, to some degree) occur.

So what triggers mast cells?  Lots of things.  For me, my main trigger is stress.  I am literally allergic to stupid people.  Other triggers include excessive alcohol consumption, hot temperatures, sunlight, spicy food, artifical preservatives, and sunlight.  (There are more triggers, but I've only listed the ones that apply to me.)

Yes, sometimes I will turn bright red for no apparent reason.  You don't need to point it out or make fun of me for it, because I can't help it.  I'm not blushing - I'm experiencing an allergic response to something, so cool it with the "ermagerd you're bright red like a tomato!" comments.  Also, when Iowa eventually thaws, I will be slathering on SPF 10000000 sunscreen and wearing Buffs all the time, because in essence I am somewhat allergic to sunlight and warm temperatures.  Witty vampire jokes are acceptable.

Now that I've thoroughly explained that, let's move on.

I really hate making my show dogs fat.  I know I have to, but I still don't like it.  I don't hate it enough to make me stop showing in conformation, but it's easily one of my least favorite things about playing this game. Maybe someday we won't have to pack 5-10 extra pounds on our dogs for the show ring, but I have a feeling we won't see that day anytime soon.

There's a meat run coming up.  Yay meat.

Show season is starting.  AKC conformation, UKC conformation, AKC coursing.  Maybe some AKC obedience thrown in there somewhere.  Whyyyy am I so stupid?  

The End.  More later.  I promise to be better about posting interesting stuff.

PS - my dogs are still pretty.  :)

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