Sunday, January 2, 2011

Stomach Woes and Winter Wants

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year. There are a lot of changes going on in Madison and while I hesitate to voice my political concern here, I will just say that the majority of Madison proper residents were disappointed with the election results. (Just google it)

Although I am not a resolution kind of person, I learned that I will be making some changes, after a trip to urgent care. Having felt sick for the past six months with various bouts of stomach issues, colds, glucose problems and the such, it looks like I have a diagnosis. For now, I am a vegan.... we will see how long this has to last. (I am not lactose intelorant).

And after three days of going "vegan," I am happy to report that my stomach finally feels right. This is not something I chose, but it's easy enough right now because I don't want to suffer. And now I totally get why my celiac friend is always soooo cautious. The repercussions aren't worth it. Let me tell you.

This was probably onset by mild depression/anxiety. I have had a little depression for over ten years. Running has curved it a lot, but evidently, not enough. At first, I thought to myself, "it's time to move again" (joke).

And in other news, I did have the opportunity to see Madison Ballet's "The Nutcracker," the day after Christmas with my boyfriend. After going with my mom a number of times in Cleveland (before the Cleveland Ballet went defunct due to money problems,) it was nice to see a different ballet perform the holiday performance. The scenery was nice and the dancing was ok. They had a zillion local dance studios with little children incorporated into the production. It was cute, but didn't look exactly "professional" with all the rugrats on stage. It was still enjoyable. And I can't complain when the theater is across the street. I contemplated running home at intermission to grab a snack.

We had seen "Black Swan" the night before, so we had a ballet filled weekend. Creepy, but the dancing was actually better than the live performance I saw (sorry!)

There is a lot to do still, but I have to recover from my stomach problems first.

Here is my "Wisconsin Winter To Do List:"

1. Go to one of the candlelight cross country skiing courses.
2. Go to my aunt and uncle's farmhouse in Spring Green for the day for some snow shoeing.
3. Go to Restaurant Week (Lombardinos or Osteria).
4. Visit Princeton, Wisconsin.
5. Go dancing at Plan B (it's been too long).

And I guess I should add that I hope everyone has a healthy new year and new beginnings. I know it was a hard year for a lot of people I am close to. Keep your attitude up and remember - go to therapy!


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  2. Can you recommend a good therapist in Madison?

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