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Winter afternoon


We had our first major winter storm yesterday. Believe me, it was a very difficult, treacherous, day for me. Most of you know that I don’t drive so I rely on public transportation (re: subway/elevated trains, buses or taxi cab). I first heard about the winter snowstorm warning from our local news and internet, of course. I’ve been living here in Chicago for such a long time now that I am used to the frigid temperature we usually get every year. Yesterday was not my day however.

My not-so-lucky-day started in the early morning commute. I knew from the moment that I got out of the house my day wouldn’t be so perfect as I wanted to be. Do I sound so pessimistic here? Hah! Well, my bus was late. The train wouldn’t move. When I got out of the train, I couldn’t see a damn thing because it was too cold outside and my eyeglasses…dang! Every little thing so blurry and misty! Hahaha! When I looked up on the silvery sky, it made me feel miserable and a bit lonely (misty eyed here *lol* just kidding!).

I am not going to write about how my day at work was but you bet, I was too sleepy. Looking through tinted glasses on top of a skyscraper here in downtown and longing to be outside to catch some snow and let it drop on my hands, it made me feel a little bit homesick. Well, I just had to endure a few hours of “homesickness” and go home, spend some quite time with my family and cuddle with my dog (I know that’s sad…lol). That was just a random thought and yeah enough wishful thinking.

I took a snap of what it looked outside yesterday. As you can see, I didn’t get a picture perfect shot. I was blinded by my own blurry vision (re: foggy glasses) and it wasn’t easy! Taking pictures with my camera phone in the middle of a snowstorm with my winter gear (re: gloves, earmuffs, bonnet and scarf) and not to forget my heavy boots on. Yeah, I could definetely assure you that I looked like an Alaskan eskimo. The only thing missing? Sled dogs and igloo.

And yes, that would be a real adventure readers :)….

Muscle Cramps 101

Is it just my freaking imagination or am I just hallucinating? Once in a blue moon, I get muscle cramps. It seldom happen but when it does, it hurts like hell and a few weeks ago, I can’t even walk because of the severe pain I was having. I’ve discussed this baffling dilemma to a few of my friends and trusted online friends and I always get the same reaction from them: I need potassium. Potassium? I know for sure that by eating banana will somehow help me get the “potassium” I need. Problem is, I EAT BANANA every single day! Either it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. I know I am being whiny but I forgot to mention that my job require me to stare on the computer and sit all day long. Not an easy feat, I tell ya. Just for the heck of it, I got an email from my online friend Max saying;

  • Treating a Cramp of the Calve (Gastrocnemious)
  • If the cramp occurs in the right Calve, you can apply pressure while sitting or lying down. Place. left foot over the right instep and pull the right foot towards you, and push with the left foot, using as much pressure as you can, causing contraction of the lower leg muscles, thus relieving the cramp. If the cramp occurs in the left calve, reverse the procedure.

    I am a bit of a dork myself so I googled “muscle cramps” and here’s what I found out:

    Muscle cramp


    A muscle cramp is a sudden contraction of one or more of your muscles. The result can be intense pain and an inability to use the affected muscles.

    Common causes of leg cramps in athletes are overuse and dehydration during sports played in warm weather. Injury, muscle strain or staying in the same position also may cause muscle cramps.

    Writer’s cramp affects the thumb and first two fingers of your writing hand and results from using the same muscles for long periods. At home, you can develop muscle cramps in your hand or arm after spending long hours gripping a paintbrush or using a garden tool.

    Other causes of muscle cramps may include circulatory or nerve problems. Some muscle cramps occur during rest. A common variety of muscle cramp occurs in your calf muscles or toes during sleep.

    You can usually treat muscle cramps with self-care measures.

    Signs and symptoms

    Signs and symptoms of a muscle cramp include:

    • Sudden and sharp muscle pain (spasm, contraction), often in your legs
    • A hard lump of muscle tissue that you can feel or is visible beneath your skin


    Overuse of a muscle, dehydration, injury, muscle strain or simply holding a position for prolonged periods of time may result in a muscle cramp. Athletes who become fatigued and dehydrated while participating in warm-weather sports frequently develop muscle cramps. Muscle cramps in your legs also can result from:

    • Inadequate blood supply. Narrowing of the arteries that deliver blood to your legs (arteriosclerosis of the extremities) can produce cramp-like pain in your legs and feet while you’re exercising. These cramps go away within a minute or two after you stop exercising and stand still.
    • Nerve compression. Compression of nerves in your spine (lumbar stenosis) also can produce cramp-like pain in your legs. The pain usually worsens the longer you walk. Walking in a slightly flexed position — such as you would when pushing a shopping cart ahead of you — may improve your symptoms.
    • Mineral depletion. Too little potassium, calcium or magnesium in your diet can contribute to leg cramps. Some diuretic medications prescribed for high blood pressure cause loss of potassium.

    Muscle cramps are also part of certain conditions such as nerve, thyroid or hormone disorders, diabetes, hypoglycemia and anemia.

    When to seek medical advice

    Most people experience cramps only occasionally. These usually go away on their own and don’t require medical treatment. However, if you experience frequent and severe muscle cramps, see your doctor.


    You can usually treat muscle cramps with self-care measures. Your doctor can show you stretching exercises that can help you reduce your chances of getting muscle cramps. Making sure you drink plenty of liquids also can help. For recurrent cramps that disturb your sleep, your doctor may prescribe a medication to relax your muscles.


    These steps may help prevent cramps:

    • Avoid dehydration. Drink plenty of liquids every day, generally at least six glasses of water or other beverages daily. The exact amount depends on what you eat, your sex, your level of activity, the weather, your health, your age and any medications you may be taking. Fluids help your muscles contract and relax and keep muscle cells hydrated and less irritable. Drink fluids before any exercise activity. During the activity, replenish fluids at regular intervals, and continue drinking water or other fluids after you’re finished.
    • Stretch your muscles. Stretch before and after you use any muscle for an extended period. If you tend to have leg cramps at night, stretch before bedtime.


    If you have a cramp, these actions may provide relief:

    • Stretch and massage. Stretch the cramped muscle and gently rub it to help it relax. For a calf cramp, put your weight on your cramped leg and bend your knee slightly. If you’re unable to stand, try pulling the top of your foot on the affected side toward your head while your leg is in a straightened position. This will also help ease a back thigh (hamstring) cramp. For a front thigh (quadriceps) cramp, use a chair to steady yourself and try pulling your foot on the affected side up toward your buttock.
    • Apply cold or heat. Use a cold pack to relax tense muscles. Use a warm towel or heating pad later if you have pain or tenderness, or take a hot bath.
    • By Mayo Clinic Staff
      Jul 17, 2006

    © 1998-2007 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). All rights reserved. A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. “Mayo,” “Mayo Clinic,” “,” “EmbodyHealth,” “Reliable tools for healthier lives,” “Enhance your life,” and the triple-shield Mayo Clinic logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

    My own conclusion: I have to stretch some more, eat a healthy diet, drown myself with fluids and if problem persists, consult my doctor. Period.

    All worked up

    I haven’t been blogging lately. I know that and I am aware of that fact. There is no excuse actually. It’s not because I am being lazy but I have been working like a mad woman for the past four weeks. There are so many paper works that needs to be done at work but not enough people to do the actual job. Self pity, perhaps? That’s how I feel, at least.

    I am not actually complaining but I really missed all the good-and-not-so-good-times I usually have during my two days off. But not lately. I have to work 6 days a week (whoa!) with not enough time for some relaxation. My boss has been firing her people lately and I don’t exactly know what is going on her complex brain. She just keeps on firing people and not hiring back up! So yeah, I am stuck with all the work that is usually the job for five people! Ouch!

    I had a terrible day yesterday. Yeah, Veteran’s Day and I heard it’s supposed to be a “holiday.” Anyway, I don’t wanna keep on venting how terrible my day was but I could definitely assure you that I had a blast at work. Since it’s Tuesdays @ Blockbuster and I just had the sudden urged to rent movies. Sort of a “movie therapy” for me, to release my stress. I haven’t seen any good movies lately because I simply don’t have any extra time to spare. I plan on watching them this week. I’ve rented 9 movies thus far and just finished watching the Transformers and Shrek 3. I love the Transformers! What an awesome movie! It gave me a bit of an headache ‘coz for once I thought my whole world we’re spinning spirally. Fantastic graphics! Yes, Optimus Prime! I feel so sorry for Bumblebee though. I am sooo glad he didn’t die in the movie!

    Shrek the Third is a bit disappointing though. I didn’t quite like the storyline this time. I didn’t think it was hilarious compared to previous two releases. I still love Donkey and Puss and yeah, those little Donkey dragons and little cutesy ogres! I guess, they were running out of story lines. Not sure if they are gonna make Shrek 4 but if they do, I hope that they will have something more hilarious scenes and more great punchlines! What ever happened to comedy this time?

    Thanks to all of you who visit my site and read my blog entries (just wishful thinking here). Also, to my fellow bloggers Rhapsody and Girl Interrupted, thanks for tagging me and I will have my reply soon. Okay, I’ll do blog hopping now.


    Am I Passionate?

    I work in a very fast-paced environment for years now and I do feel like I have been working there forever. Frustrations and stress arise easily. If you’re not used to adapting to corporate “rules” and “policies” that you have to follow, you’d go mad. Just a few months ago, one of the newly hired bosses at work had a meeting with us. Honestly, I don’t really like going through this kind of meeting because they only say the same thing over and over and over again. It’s like scolding a 5 year old kid. My new boss started yapping about this and that and blah blah blah. I didn’t know what he was talking about at first but since I heard the word “passionate” I had no other choice but to pay attention. Hmmm, which lead me to ask myself how passionate am I? Am I passionate enough? Am I truly capable of being passionate towards opposite sex? Or, what does really passion mean to me? So here, I took the time to truly think about this passion thing and here’s what had to say:

    Your Passion is Purple!

    You’ve got a ton of passion, but you don’t always wear it on your sleeve.If something truly excites you, you let your inner intensity shine through.

    But otherwise, your passion tends to morph into energy … which you never lack.

    You’re a balanced woman, knowing when to turn on the fire in your heart.

    What Type of Passionate Woman Are You?

    That being said, I therefore conclude that I am passionate indeed. But hang on a sec, I have yet to rationalize why I think and agree that I am passionate…

    1. I eat with passion
    2. I shop with passion
    3. I blog with passion
    4. I piss with passion
    5. I rant with passion
    6. I chat with passion
    7. I drink coffee with passion
    8. I play trivia games with passion
    9. I think with passion
    10. I love with passion (heh!)
    11. I write with passion
    12. I get upset with enough passion in mind
    13. I walk with passion
    14. I read with passion
    15. I make no sense at all…because I am bursting with passionate thoughts *bleh*

    Dubito, ergo sum…passionate! Yay!