The new modem arrived and I got it installed. And… we still don’t have reliable internet. It’s up. It’s down. It’s up. It’s down. This morning, it’s actually been up for a few hours — mostly. But, I have no doubt that it’ll go back to more down than up before too long, as it always does. I’m not sure what we’re going to do. We might upgrade to the new HughesNet Gen4, dunno. We could switch to WildBlue but I hate their guts even more than I hate HughesNet. There’s always mobile data but I’m hesitant to do that due to living in the boonies and in the middle of a giant hole of “extended data” in every friggin’ company’s coverage. That doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence. HughesNet has the best deal for us out of all of the options so we’ll probably stick with them — if they can fix this frustrating problem. In the meantime, if I go several days without posting, you know why and don’t have to worry. I’ll be back when the internet cooperates.
GAPS re-Intro is going well. I guess. If you don’t count the Pizza Hut that night that Steve, Sr. came over to celebrate Christmas last week. Ahem.
Cody and I restarted intro the 26th, the day after Christmas. We’re spending five days on each stage, for a total of 30 days on intro. We may end up going longer on some stages, if we feel we need to do so, but I don’t think there will be much of a need since we’re customizing a bit as we go anyway. We’re trying to avoid foods we have allergies/sensitivities to, in order to not further cheese off our systems. I figure as long as there are other, nourishing & unoffending foods to eat, we’ll stick with those longer so that we have more time to heal. One size never fits all.
We’re now halfway through Stage 2. Stages 1 through 3 are pretty boring. Okay, really boring. I can’t wait to move onto Stage 4.
So about that Pizza Hut thing… I’d been feeling pretty crappy for a few days, down with a bad cold/mild flu/who cares it sucks. Steve’s dad was due to come over for dinner to celebrate a slightly delayed Christmas and I didn’t have the energy to fix anything. It was my worst day of the illness and I gave in to Steve offering to bring home pizza. We’d been on GAPS since Thanksgiving and hadn’t cheated so it’s not like we were serial cheaters or anything, you know? And no food we had on hand appealed to me whatsoever. And you know what? That pizza, while it tasted good, did not set off some sort of crazed feeding frenzy. It had no ill effects on me at all. And, I started feeling better. By the next morning, I was feeling better than I had in a week. I wasn’t carb deprived or anything like that as I’ve been very, very careful to keep lots & lots of good carbs in our diet so we don’t bonk. But my body, in that instance, was greatly boosted by whatever combination of salt – fat – refined carbs – protein was in there. No ill effects, no rebound, nothing negative whatsoever, and I was back to being on GAPS Intro the next day, right where I’d left off.
I just read Matt Stone’s Eat for Heat ebook. It was on sale for 99 cents the other day so I nabbed it. (For those not yet familiar with Matt Stone, check out his 180 Degree Health blog.) He brings up some good points and I’m going to keep them in mind as I go through GAPS. Again, I always try to remember that one size never fits all. Forever tweaking — that’s me. I love being my own guinea pig. I love reading nutrition books from all sorts of sources, all different viewpoints, and seeing if I can fit it all together and try to come up with a big picture. It’s like a giant jigaw puzzle to health. It’s fun and, if I end up with improvements to my health along the way, it’s just that much cooler.
Speaking of that: I’m hoping, with some personal tweaks and much, much attention paid to how my body reacts and manages healing, that I can avoid doing that whole two years on GAPS thing. As the doctor who came up with the program wrote, it’s all very individualistic so don’t be afraid to change things up to suit your own health. I’m hoping I can be off of GAPS in a year, rather than two, but I won’t know until I get there. Maybe it’ll be sooner, maybe later. I certainly think Charlie and Duke will be able to ease off of it rather quickly since youngsters bounce back rather quickly from most things and they were only a little “off” to begin with. (Remember, they asked if they could go on GAPS. I didn’t tell them to.) Cody, I don’t know. I’m not seeing any changes in his behavior at all. He’s most assuredly not one of those glowing “massive & speedy recovery” from autism cases. He’s exactly the same. I have, however, noted that his frequent complaints of stomachaches have greatly lessened so there is, at least, that.
Okay, enough of nutrition crap.
Steve got a new milk stand built last week. (We had to leave our old one behind on the move.) It’s beautiful! And a new hay feeder! Also gorgeous! He’s now started working on the garden fence so that we can get the goats & birds moved in to clear the
overgrown, nasty, horribly weedy mess of a garden by spring planting time. Oh, I can’t wait!! I didn’t really get much gardening done last year because of the farmer’s market so I’m really, really crazed with pent-up gardening right now!
Yesterday, I finally made it through my seed stash and got everything reorganized. I also updated my spreadsheet with the current seeds. I simplified a few seeds into “mixes” because I just don’t care much what types as long as they give me something edible, like carrots. My overall goal is to get most of these seeds used up so I can renew the stash with fresh seeds. I’ll only “need” to order a few seeds this year as long as I keep that in mind. Heh. I am completely out of cucumber seeds, for example, so those are a need, rather than a want. I’ve also decided that I’m going to renew my squash growing efforts. I get so sick of losing to the squash bugs before getting but one or two fruit, that I gave up year before last. This year, I’m going to grow squash, both summer and winter. I’m going to plant them in oddball places, all willy-nilly in random spots in the garden, intermixed with other veggies and fruit. I’m hoping that at least some of them will make it.
I’ll try to get my seed inventory page here updated today and/or tomorrow so those folks who trade with me can take a look-see. I guess I’d better get a move on and do that. It helps me finalize — in my mind — what I’ll need to order and I really need to get that done soon. It’s already time to start wintersowing! Yay!!
I meant to talk about New Year’s resolutions, a.k.a. Goals for 2013 around the homestead here, but I got distracted. I swear, you put a shiny plant in my radar and my mind is gone. Poof!