Monthly Archives: October 2011

Summer 2012

THINGS YOU NEED
Sunscreen 30+ Broad Spectrum (Micro Mineral, the thick stuff)
Sunnies
A hat
Facial scrubs (to rid the oil and sweat that’s going to build up in the heat, and to wash off the sunscreen)

TRENDS
Anything; 20’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, probably the 80’s… things that suit you and aren’t out of your price range
Vintage-look Swimwear- high waists, boylegs, sweetheart halters
Ruffled, crochet or digital print swimwear.
Round and cat eye glasses
Soft curls or pixie hair cuts
Highwaisted cuts
Floor length dresses and skirts
Blouses and silks
Bright colours (if you are into that kinda thing.. seems to be the same trend every summer)

Pale skin, tans, long hair, short hair…. almost anything goes

THINGS I AM LOVING
70’s wide brimmed hats
Cat eye glasses (I have reading glasses and sunnies) and finally they have caught on!
No fuss hair
The colour black
The Marie Antoinette Diet: Eating too much yummy food these days, and not feeling guilty. “Shorts or food? Shorts or food? Food. ”  Iv’e eaten a lot of chocolate everyday (including now) aswell as other crap… but fuck it, I’m not going to an oscar event anytime soon – having a long term relationship and spending most of your time inside doing homework, food will always seem like a more logical option when there is no reason/or person to look skinny for.   As my dad said: “Extra kilos and a happy disposition is better than a skinny, moody girl. You are more attractive being happy and chubby than grumpy and thin.”  So if I’m happy, I can eat this and look good? awesome.   Girls, if being super skinny doesn’t happen naturally then fuck it, the effort is not worth it. Just be a normal weight. Guys really don’t care.

THINGS I’M NOT SO KEEN ON
Undie-shorts. Seen way too many girls (about 50 in one place, one night, and everyday since then) wearing really short-shorts/underwear and tiny skirts (barely covering their butt), especially paired with platform shoes. It’s like being in a room of bratzdolls.
Deep Tanning or orange fake tans
Anorexia
ALL of the above at once..
Tiny clothes paired with socks and thick boots… If it’s really that hot, boots aren’t the way to go.

PLACES TO BE/THINGS TO DO (according to my own tastes)
Cleaning out your home or room/computer/wardrobe/phone, re freshing it for summer and clearing old mental energy
At home playing the new Zelda game
Parties
The garden, with a book
The pub on a weekend
Alcohol free night in, Watching movies and pigging out in aircon, giving your skin a break from the sunrays and the booze
Alcohol fuelled night in (unless you are a dangerous, crazy person) with a sketchbook or notepad and/or movies and food just to see what you can achieve with your energy whilst at home..
Bike riding or running at the beach when the mood strikes
Champagne during lunch
Beach at night

 

 

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Kidney Stones (Nephrolithiasis)

After doing the run-around, iv’e been told that the greatest pain a person can feel is giving birth, and passing a stone. Wanting to know in advance so I can avoid experiencing this kind of pain I sought answers, and now I’m passing on the warnings. Giving birth can be easily avoided (or opted into and planned) but passing a stone isn’t something that you think about, or anticipate happening. A kidney stone will just appear oneday in agonising pain, with you unaware it was even developing. Plus you don’t gain anything from it afterwards.

Obviously I can’t explain the pain because I haven’t had one, but I imagine that squeezing a sharp rock that is larger than your urinal passage, through the passage.. would be beyond all comprehension of pain.Thus I have been avidly increasing my intake of water and even though going to the toilet is inconvenient, at least it’s not a stone I tell myself. Better this than that. Similar to shielding my skin from the sun; sure it can be a pain but getting skin cancer is far worse than spending 5 minutes applying SPF. Simple logic people, it can save lives.
1 in 10 people will get one at least once. The odds are pretty high. Then again 1 in 5 people will die of heart disease and 1 in 7 of cancer. 1 in 91 will die in a car accident. As for smoking.. your chances on dying from smoking are 50 times greater than dying on the road so, very high. Anyway that is no excuse to welcome a stone into your life, living in Australia our chances are far higher due to our climate and diets, so for people who don’t want to squeeze this nasty thing out; this is the lowdown:

So what is a kidney stone? It’s a rock formation created by minerals in your body, forming in your kidney’s or urinary tract. What you eat and how much water you drink affect the outcome. Some rocks are small, some are huge. The bigger the rock, the higher the risk. Usually it takes 48 hours of hardcore pain to pass a stone, but sometime the rocks are too big to pass naturally and surgery is required. In this procedure, shock waves are used to break up a large stone into smaller pieces that can then pass through the urinary system. The onset of a stone is sudden and includes nausea, vomiting, headaches, blood in the urine and sweating. There is no relief by lying or sitting down; all positions hurt, and no pandadol is going to ease the pain. You just have to sit through it until it’s over, especially if you are passing it. Men are also more likely to develop them.

Dietary factors that increase the risk of stone formation include low fluid intake, high dietary intake of animal protein, sodium, refined sugars, oxalate, grapefruit juice, apple juice, and cola drinks.

Factors predisposing to kidney stones include recent reduction in fluid intake, increased exercise with dehydration, medications that cause hyperuricemia (high uric acid) such as asprin, anti depressants and anti-inflammatories and other medications (so that’s basically everyone, GREAT), and a history of gout.
Dehydration from reduced fluid intake or strenuous exercise without adequate fluid replacement increases the risk of kidney stones. Obstruction to the flow of urine can also lead to stone formation. In this regard, climate may be a risk factor for kidney stone development, since residents of hot and dry areas are more likely to become dehydrated and susceptible to stone formation.
Kidney stones can also result from infection in the urinary tract; these are known as struvite or infection stones.

  • Kidney stones form when there is a decrease in urine volume and/or an excess of stone-forming substances in the urine.
  • Dehydration is a major risk factor for kidney stone formation.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES:

 

 

  • Avoid too much sodium, under 2000 mg a day. That means packet noodles are a huge no-no, since they usually have 2800mg per packet.
  • Stay Hydrated. Binge drinking also increases the likelihood of stone formation even more so.
  • High Calcium intake poses a risk, among other dietary supplements
  • People with certain medical conditions, such as gout, and those who take certain medications or supplements are at risk for kidney stones

    There is a lot for information (including risk factors, reasons, places they form etc) about kidney stones and the different types, but I am a messenger not a doctor, and to explain all the details would be far too time consuming. Basically just be wary of these buggers and think twice before consuming junk food, too many medicines, or not drinking enough fluid. It’s not just about weight and all the obvious things, it’s the stuff that we can’t see, the thing secretly developing inside us, that we need to watch out for. Your body works in mysterious ways, and is more dangerous than Indiana’s Temple of Doom. So many things can and will go wrong, so try to control it and look after it as best you can. When you get a stone now, at least you’ll know what it is.