Allergies, and mostly in Tennessee

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Hey hey! Hi! Thanks for checking out the post today. Most likely you’ve come here because you relate to something about this post whether it’s suffering from allergies, living in Tennessee, being bored and surfing the internet, or all three! But no matter, thank you for stopping by. If you’re like me, you’re almost to the level of def-con 10 trying to figure out how to overcome allergies. And I’m not even talking about cats, that could be another whole post!

Battlefield

It seems like all of my adult life I’ve had to battle allergies and more specifically, seasonal allergies. Think spring and summer when everything is blooming and/or hotter than a parking lot in the desert. I remember having such trouble with the sneezing and the itchy, watery eyes, the sniffling and all that… and the sad part is I never really tried to find out why. I just went on with it as a normal part of life. Well, a few years ago I finally began to address this ongoing fight. I became vegan when I was challenged by a friend of mine (check out his stuff here) to give up dairy for a month and see what happens.

Since then I’ve dug deeper into what’s going on with my body during these seasonal allergies (of which I’m suffering even as I type! So obviously the battle isn’t over :)). I had the chance to take those tests tests where doctors or nurses add allergens to your arm to see what causes the biggest reaction. This was huge for me.

Do You Know Your Enemy?

These tests revealed my biggest bully was ragweed. The enemy has been identified! Then the fight became how to address this specific antagonist. What’s kinda funny, too, is that I don’t remember having this level of suffering before I moved to Tennessee, so while I love it here, something’s up with Tennessee, y’all. The last few years I’ve tried to pinpoint a specific defense against ragweed and haven’t quite nailed it down. But last year I made progress. The symptoms were lessened and I even added info to my calendar so I could start preparing for the days symptoms would most likely show up.

So I creep…

Then spring 2019 came around and wham-o! ragweed’s annoying brother crept up on me– tree pollen! Weeks before I thought I’d see the enemy (ragweed allergies), my nose starts running, my eyes start watering and I was caught unprepared. The last 2 weeks have been rough. All the normal symptoms but coming at me twice as hard, it seems. I’ve caught myself many times thinking, “I can’t live like this for 20 more days!” So I set out to do more this year. After some research (for instance, this), I’ve reinstated the use of the air purifier in my house, I’ve bought plants to help clean the air, I wear disposable masks (as pictured above), and I even ordered a mask on Amazon (click here for Amazon link*) that arrived today. I’ll do a follow-up post to update on it’s effectiveness. Here’s a quick look at my defense systems…

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Not to mention, wearing long sleeves and pants whenever I’m doing yard work, staying indoors during the late morning/ early afternoon hours, using the car air conditioner instead of windows down, washing clothes more often, and just generally being more attentive to the environment around me.

Can I get a connection?

With all this said, I want to hear from you all out there who are going through the same things! Any DIY solutions that have worked? OTC medications that have been effective? Tell me, share, let’s overcome this together. Until then, keep up the fight!

-Out of the Wilderness

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Another kayak adventure

Mill Creek is near my neighborhood, so I adventured over there today. Found a fun little bridgeway tunnel that I immediately became fond of, and took a few photos along the way. Hope y’all are enjoying the summer!

While I wait…

The other day I was fixing to play volleyball with a friend, but had a few extra minutes so I decided to take some pictures with my Nokia 6.1 –warning: I receive compensation through my Amazon Associates account for an transaction made through this link, but hey, if you need a great smart phone and don’t care to follow the iPhone masses, the Nokia is exceptional!– OK where was I? Oh yes, pictures. Here are a few from around the volleyball courts.

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-Out of the Wilderness

I’m supposed to love the idiots?

In a very light and slightly judgy situation, I was reminded of my favorite chapter in the entire Bible. I’ll leave it to you to look it up, but I’ll point you in the right direction at least… it’s between Psalm 140 and 146. There, that’ll give ya somethin’ to do after this!

The particular verse that came to my mind was one about God having compassion and mercy for everything He’s made. To confess honestly, I don’t have compassion and mercy for everything He’s made. This revelation came to light today at the dog park…

The story starts with me and my rule-following personality, which can definitely be a nuisance for me and anyone I annoy with my tattletaling. So I drive up to the dog park and within a stretch of about 60 or 70 feet of roadside grass, there are 2 signs which couldn’t say more clearly not to park on the grass. It’s not for me to understand why the city or county has made this a rule, but nonetheless the rule exists. So of course, there are going to be people that think rules don’t apply to them. The rebels.

Exhibit 1:

I happened to be parking (not on grass) as the black car pulled up to park. I immediately started making a mental list of burns I’d use about his idiotic disregard for the rules. Sidenote: I love making lists. I had time to cool off, though, while I was at the park with the dogs and that’s when I was reminded about God being patient and loving towards most things He made. Wait, I’m kidding, the Bible says all things. So if I’m striving to live a life pleasing to Him, I should be loving towards all things He’s made… but man some people make it a real chore! Like the owners of these two cars, who’s combined IQ, if converted to Fahrenheit, wouldn’t melt an ice cube.

And that red car is a Prius. Psssshhh, they don’t care about the earth at all, parking right on top of the lovely grass. #PriusFail

Later, I thought a better idea than using a snide remark would be to say something like, “Hey, not sure if you knew this but we’re not supposed to be parking on the grass.” Simple enough right? The tattooed Californian would then get all huffy and puffy (wouldn’t he?) and I’d explain by saying that “if we don’t abide by the rules set before us, that’s when privileges get taken away. You’ve been a 3-year-old before, right? It’s the same thing.” He’d be offended and for the rest of his days he’d think about how right he is for doing his own thing, for blazing his own path, for being a hero… or whatever.

But to circle back to the point of all this, I learned that even people that really annoy me are loved by God, and I should love them, too. Even if they’re idiots who drive a Prius or come from California.

-Out of the Wilderness

A day that unravelled

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If the above statement is true, then the opposite must be true, too. I can offer some evidence for that because yesterday I felt like Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. But it started off so good! I woke up (that’s good). The weather was fantastic (also good!). I had some work scheduled (totally good!).

Before heading off to do said work, delivering for Amazon, I had a few hours to “putter,” as my mom would say. So I took the dogs to the dog park. We had a great ol’ time. I even spent entirely too much attention on a little slug we found.


I even had time for a short run before having to leave for Amazon.

Great morning, right? My day wasn’t unravelling at all! And I hadn’t even said one prayer yet. Maybe that famous quote is just an amusing tale. Maybe it’s just something people say because it sounds good. Maybe? Maybe not!

When I left for Amazon was the beginning of the unravelling. Most of the deliveries went fine until the last few. I had about 10 in an apartment complex, one that was set up with lockers for deliveries. I like lockers because the process is organized… usually. The Amazon app was having issues because of a few things which I won’t get into, so at the end of the 10 deliveries my screen was not showing the info it should’ve been. On top of that, I had one package to return to the warehouse because it was mislabeled. Not a terrible thing, but a nuisance for sure.

I returned that package and headed home. However, my Amazon app was still stuck on that wrong screen. No biggy, I thought.

Well, that screen made things more messy when I decided to pick up deliveries later in the day. The shift was 330pm to 430pm and routed me to downtown, tossing me into Nashville traffic on a horrifically high-volume day. I knew getting home would be a nightmare but I signed up for it, so I shrugged my shoulders and drove on. Traveling on the interstate towards downtown, I noticed the folks headed in the other direction were backed up for miles because of a wreck. Police everywhere. Lanes blocked. Of course, this was the very route I’d be taking to get home, so the high-volume I mentioned was compounded by less lanes. Great.

I had 3 addresses to deliver to, one of which was to a government building. Security had me sit and wait for a “supervisor” to let me up to the 8th floor. Ten minutes of sitting and then I was told I can’t go up. Meanwhile it’s already 445pm (15 minutes past when I was scheduled to finish), and I still had another delivery to do.

The last delivery went OK then I did my best to weave back to the warehouse to return the rejected government package. It took almost an hour to go 10 miles! But I managed to snag a 5pm to 630pm shift so I took some solace knowing I was still “on the clock.”

Once at the warehouse, the manager checked me in and so everything was returning to normal, or so I thought.

Later I returned home, mentally exhausted and needing to decompress from all the day had brought me. Come to find out, the 2.5 hours of work was not registered by Amazon. What!? I sat in an hour and a half of traffic, delivered packages and returned one, and none of it was recorded? I was on the verge of exploding about this. How am I supposed enjoy watching The Bachelorette– I mean, playoff hockey– now?

So that’s pretty much how my day went. Lots of detours, literally and figuratively, and I didn’t even pray until the very end of the day… when I was at the end of my rope and needed God to shoulder my burden, to soften hearts, to bring about justice. I think it would’ve been much better to start my day with prayer, not end it with prayer. Or better yet, start and end my day with prayer, and do it all the time in between, also. Isn’t that how one hems, anyway? Sewing all around the garment, not just on one side and the other.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-8

Now it’s the morning of the next day, issue still unresolved and the same anxiety is in my heart. Will Amazon treat me fairly? Will I be compensated for my work? At this point I don’t know. But I can say this and be sure about it, I don’t want today to go like yesterday did. So as soon as I post this, I’m bowing my head to start sewing prayers to my day.

[check out the follow up to this story here]

-Out of the Wilderness

I’ve got the Blues

As some of you know I deliver part time with Amazon when I’m not writing these amazing, insightful, mind-altering blog posts about how I embarrass myself so often, or about men’s underwear. OK so they’re not quite Shakespeare or Plato but sometimes I really want you to know about a bad date, or that my dog eats her own poop!

Back to the point… today I was in Smyrna, Tennessee for a delivery on a military base. When I told him my address, the gate guard told me to go to where the road looked like it ended, make a left, and deliver the package in the hangar that’ll be on my left. I did so, and when I walked in… I saw this.

Didn’t expect that, but it was awesome! This is one of the Blue Angels jets and I asked permission to take a few pics. My day was made.

-Out of the Wilderness

Lady Antebellum singing the National Anthem

lady aLady Antebellum had a bit of a flub singing the National Anthem on Saturday night, kicking off game 5 of the Nashville Predators 2nd round series against the Winnipeg Jets. Take a look…


But hey, it happens to the best of us, right? They still sounded great and hopefully their minor mistake will the be the worst thing that happens in Nashville tonight… meaning the Predators win to go ahead 3-2 in the series.

-Out of the Wilderness