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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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Day 2 and 3 of Juicing, where you might break a leg.

Tuesday the kids and I drove over to help my parents for a few hours.  My oldest son helps my mom sell puppets…..I’ll just let that sink in for a bit.

Yes, I said puppets.

My mom sells puppets.  My dad sold candy bars and now he rides a bicycle all over America.

I think if a therapist could counsel my family and make sense of our craziness then they could earn their license, degree, stamp…I have no idea what a therapist has to earn to be a therapist.  Whatever it is, my family would be a good test for them.

I dropped Seth off to help Mom and I headed over to my parents’ new house with Ellen and the two littles to help my dad paint.  My parents bought a 1980’s house and are in the process of renovating the crap out of it.  They have had the kitchen gutted, walls torn down, walls built, bathrooms gutted, driveways built, trees trimmed and most importantly they added an 87% efficient non-wood burning stove.  Just ask my dad about it sometime and he will tell you all about it, for about three hours, he loves to talk about efficiency.

My parents like to complain about the other one getting a little bit carried away with spending on certain items, I get to hear all the stories.  It’s very entertaining.

I helped my dad put a coat of primer in the dining room and the kitchen and then my mom stopped by to show me some tile and carpet samples.  As we were sitting on the floor in one of the bedrooms my mom noticed a cable outlet, “Oh!  There’s a cable hook up in here.  That’s so nice.  I like to have cable in all the bedrooms.”  This is where my mother and I differ greatly, since I’ve never had cable a day in my life I don’t see the need to have it in any rooms, “Why do you like to have cable in the bedrooms?” I asked her.  And that’s when she came back with the best reply ever, “It’s nice to have in case you get sick or you might break a leg.”  I laughed really hard at her and kept repeating, “You might break a leg!”  And the really funny thing is….SHE WAS TOTALLY SERIOUS!  Which made me laugh even harder.  My poor mother, how she tolerates me.

Okay, now the Juice Fast update.

When I was driving home from my parents house I started to get the familiar caffeine headache.  I knew it would come and it did.  By the time I got home my head was throbbing.  I went to bed at 7:30 .

The next day I felt very foggy and sleepy, but I didn’t have the awful pounding head.

Today I feel much better and I’m not at all hungry.  I think I’ve peed enough to water my lawn, I wish it did water my lawn, because my grass is brown, crusty and nearly dead.  Tomorrow is supposed to be the changing point, hopefully, my body will be completely rid of the toxic waste dump and I’ll be done with my caffeine withdrawals.

I would really like to drink some tea or coffee or tea and coffee mixed together.  My kids had Chinese food for lunch while I ate a vegetable loaded salad, except for Seth who ate salad plus meat, he’s trying the juice fast, but the boy needs meat.  I really would like to eat bread, that’s the food I miss the most.  Coffee and bread, I miss them.  I think the only thing that would take away my craving for bread and coffee is if I had cable TV in my bedroom, but that’s only if I MIGHT break my leg.



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