Shopping, CFS and Channeling Little Edie

Having a moment of being more awake than asleep, I thought I’d pop on to WordPress to write a little blurb since I’ve been absent more than I’d like as of late.  The last post I wrote was a week ago, Substitute Gifts & Crying 8 Year Olds .  Chronic Fatigue is a bitch and my wrist/hand is still giving me the gears.

I went shopping the other day with my good friend Ocean Hayward from OHWords trying to find winter apparel for a reasonable price.  Lord I hate shopping but Ocean is really good at finding deals and thanks to her patience and determination, I was able to find both boots AND a jacket for less than $100.  Now I won’t freeze my arse off when I take my dog out for her pees, and I won’t teeter on the ice, ultimately falling with my grippy new waterproof boots.

I fell on the ice last year and it was both painful and embarrassing.  You know you’re getting old when you fall in public.  When you’re young and fall, people will often laugh and snicker at your misfortune but no harm no foul.  As you age, falling makes people gasp and rush to your side “OMG, are you OK?!”  like I’m in danger of breaking a hip now, which of course I am but that’s neither here nor there.

So I am winter ready now.

On our excursion, we came across this great little Thrift store, I found a couple of coats that I would love to have just for the hell of it.  One was this long black suede coat that made me feel like Stevie Nicks, the other coat I coveted was this old fur that reminds me of Little Edie from Grey Gardens.  (I’m obsessed with that documentary and Little Edie) I had to try it on.

Channeling Little Edie

If I had $60 to blow on nothing, I would have bought it.  I really want to dress up as Little Edie for a Halloween.  The other black coat, I would have just wore, but it wasn’t quite warm enough to justify buying it.

The only drawback is that shopping for a couple of hours and walking around, trying on boots and such in 9 different stores completely wiped me out.  Within an hour of getting home, I was virtually immobile.  Muscle spasms and extreme fatigue has kept me couch and bed bound the last 2 days.  Why do I have to pay so harshly for every bit of activity I partake in?  It’s frustrating.

When the fatigue is pumped up, I can’t write as I can’t focus.  I avoid social media because I find it overwhelming.  It’s like walking into a room where hundreds of people are all talking at once.  I just want peace and quiet.

I have neglected my household chores the past 2 days so I have a pile of laundry to do, all I really want to do is crawl back in to bed and binge watch Doctor Who.

How do you handle Chronic Fatigue/Chronic Pain? 

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Great Gifts Ideas From Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

Christmas is around the corner much to dismay for some of us struggling writers.  It’s hard to find unique and reasonably priced gifts that fit our budget.  For this post, I’ve partnered with Uncommon Goods.  Uncommon Goods is an awesome site that offers unique gifts crafted by artisans from all over.  They are an American company that works with designers and creators from all over the world to bring distinctive pieces, jewelry, crafts, and other cool gifts to us, the consumer, at the click of a button.

The site is easy to use and setup in categories.  So you can look for gifts for him, her, the kids, the dog and your Aunt Sally in Nunavut.

Why this site?  As well as offering a fantastic selection of beautifully crafted items, the company also prides themselves on being socially and environmentally responsible.  They try to create a positive work environment for their staff as well as reducing carbon footprints, utilizing recycled materials where possible.  This is the future of business and shopping if you ask me.

I see so many things I would love to have or to give others.  The products are exceptionally cool.  The first things I’m looking for are gifts for my fiancee.  Like this stunning piece, the Amethyst Geode necklace set in 14k gold.  Each piece is handmade and contains an actual slice of geode.  The amethyst is also known as nature’s “calmer”.  We all want calmer partners.  Happy Wife, Happy Life.  

Uncommon Goods/ Amethyst Geode Necklace
Amethyst Geode Necklace

I’ve also picked out this luxurious 100% silk Vintage Silk Sari Wrap.  We both love vintage fashion and this red scarf would look stunning against her dark hair and green eyes.  These pieces are handmade by women in India.  For more gifts to make your special lady happy, click here.

Uncommon Goods/Vintage Silk Sari Wrap
Vintage Silk Sari Wrap

Another great gift idea, is to get something personal to commemorate your love.  Women love that stuff.  This caught my eye.  The Personalized Constellation of Love which maps the night sky on the specific date you fell in love, or any date of significance, using computer software.  It’s also personalized with your names and the date.

Uncommon Goods/Personalized Constellation of Love
Personalized Constellation of Love

Other people on my shopping list include friends.  Most of my friends have dogs but no kids.  I found these adorable Pedigree Poem Mugs.  You get a set of 2 with the dog breed of your choice complete with an accompanying poem.  In case anyone is asking, I have a miniature dachshund.

Uncommon Goods/Pedigree Poem Mugs
Pedigree Poem Mugs

Now if you are like me, on a tight tight budget and have to pick up a few gifts without breaking your bank.  Check out some of these awesome gift ideas.  Like this Salsa Grow Kit.  It contains all the seeds and starter soil you need to grow your own Roma tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, scallions, beefsteak and verde tomatoes.  In no time, your friends will be enjoying their own fresh grown salsa.  Who doesn’t love salsa?  Crazy people; that’s who.  They even have a “Cocktail Grow Kit” and a “Pizza grow Kit”.

Uncommon Goods/Salsa Grow Kit
Salsa Grow Kit

Keeping with the food theme.  You can’t go wrong with food or things that help you eat food.  For example, my fiancee is a HUGE pizza freak.  She makes her own a few times a week.  Her desktop on her computer and phone, is pizza.  I’m going to have to get this Pizza Cutter and Server in-One tool.  It’s stainless steel.  “Turn on side to cut a slice and flip and grip to serve.”  Yeah that’s a must have.  It will get used a lot.  For other great little gift ideas that won’t break your bank click here

Uncommon Goods/Pizza Cutter and Server
Pizza Cutter and Server

Who knew you could cover most of your shopping in one place?

Easy Peasy.  Nice and Easy.  Visit them today.

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