Many happy returns of the day
lots of love,
Sher & Pete
Plenty of use of the oven tonight... after baking up some sun-dried tomato crusted tilapia and seasoned pork loin for dinner, it was time to make some muffins. I have these adorable, no-fuss and user-friendly Wilton bakeware siliocone bear muffin molds which I was very eager to try out. And since its almost the weekends... TGIF and also a birthday to celebrate at work tomorrow, all the better to whip up some sinful treats to start off the end of the week! So looking forward to the warm weekend - we are expecting temperatures in the mid 70s!
Here are my double chocolate chocolate chip muffin beauties...
just out of the oven and cooling off...
Final product = my double chocolate chocolate chip muffins with icing and sprinkles. And they are all ready and packed for work tomorrow. I made them for Amy's birthday :D
Chele and I have been waiting for quite a while now for this week to arrive. Once again, we got tickets to see Steve Tyrell this Friday at Buffalo State College's Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center. If you are a frequent reader/follower of this blog - you would know that I enjoy listening to Standards and Steve Tyrell is one of the standard crooners whom I follow religiously.
If I have not already converted you into a fan - then please enjoy several of my favorite selections by the man of the hour himself on this blog :P
To the allergist I went today...
Blood work came back all negative. This is good - I am healthy as can be according to my blood. I am on day #5, also the last day of me completing the Z-pack (antibiotics). I have already cut back on the codeine so I am no longer a groggy zombie!
So this means the chronic hives I have are idiopathic and I should keep Zyrtek close to me a all times.
My allergist did a skin allergy test on me - this is the part where I had about 40 tiny needles with 'stuff' on it injected onto four sections on both my arms. I survived but then the tingling, itching sensation began. Nurse said no scratching or rubbing of any kind for 10 minutes for the doctor to see.
Not even a few minutes... I can see tiny mosquito bite size bumps appearing and redness around certain test areas. You know what this mean... I am showing positive reactions to the 'stuff' they are testing on me.
Verdict from the skin allergy test, I am allergic to the following:
2. Dust mites
3. Weed (the ones sprouting dandelions not the other kind :P)
4. Trees.... TREES?? Which one?! In our northeast region, there's oak, hickory, birch, syacamore, cottonwood, walnut, ash, beech, maple, elm to name a few - so which one??
So it's continue on with Benadryl and Zyrtek plus some newly prescribed cream to sooth any itchiness from the hives and the mentioned allergic reactions.
So the cold that started two weeks ago - which I have been suppressing with all sorts of home remedies, western and Chinese medication had led to bronchitis. The doctors finally prescribed me some antibiotics and some fancy-smancy medication with codeine in it (that's pretty much Robitussin in layman's term). The codeine stuff knocked me out instantly and while I slumbered, I did not get enough rest - if you know what I mean. So in addition to fighting some idiopathic allergy of chronic hives - the cold and now bronchitis, they were really no help at all in my fight to just feel normal and healthy again.
Day #3 on the antibiotics - much improvement. The coughing and funny nose have lessen and no more pressure on my pressure points and t-zone. Thank you all for the get well wishes and you stay healthy too!!
While in Chicago, last week, Peter and I managed to meet up with several old friends...
...our little corner to be filled with ramblings of things yesterday, today and tomorrow...