Friday, May 30, 2014

They Call Me Curvy

They don't really call me curvy.

But they could (whoever "they" are).

Yesterday Momma and I went to my 6-month scoliosis appointment (Brochacho stayed home and slept). The purpose of these appointments at half-year intervals is to take x-rays and observe the curve of my spine.

Fascinating, isn't it?

The thing was, all my previous appointments required 10-15 x-rays. When I was called back this time, I only had to take 2! Apparently the facility has just acquired a new machine that could even scan through clothes. According to my doctor, they had "entered the 21st century."

The curve you see above measures about 33 degrees. This is considered moderate-severe, but I know and am sympathetic for those who are worse off than I am.

When my doctor compared the x-rays from my previous check-up to the ones we took this week... *drum roll*
Nothing changed!
My curvature remained at the same intensity; however, the rotation of the spine may be slightly increasing.

So what do I do for my "God-given swagger?" I exercise the muscles (physical therapy) that support my spine every day. This includes push-ups, toe-touches, etc. It's not my favorite, though...

The type of scoliosis I possess is known as "idiopathic scoliosis." It has no known cause and is mostly a gift to all of us ladies out here (guys are totally jealous).

I thank God for the doctor who takes time out of his day to help me, and for a family who helps me every step of the way. I try not to complain about my scoliosis because, after all, " all things God works for the good of those who love him..." (Romans 8:28)

If any of y'all think you might share this lovely quirk with me, I urge you to consult with your doctor. Scoliosis, if not treated, can cause breathing, posture and pain (among other) problems later on in your life.

(Extra points if you can spot the safety pin in the x-ray.)  Since I didn't have to remove my clothes this time around, we forgot about the safety pin I used in my too-large shirt.  My doc was thankful it wasn't swallowed. 

Your Royal Paleness

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday

Hey, guess what?

It's Top 10 Tuesday!

I'm not sure if I'll do this every week, but here it is today. Today's Top 10 will be...


First of all, what are Crocs (see title)? Crocs are shoes made of foam into a "clog" design. The first Croc was unveiled in 2002, with a somewhat new design bearing holes throughout the top. There are mixed opinions about these shoes, but you're probably able to guess what I think (they're amazing). They're very comfortable, especially for the ever-warm teenager with POTS. But enough of that...

  1. CROCS HAVE HOLES. This creates an airflow from the outside to your feet. And you can stick pencils in them.
  2. THERE ARE SO MANY DESIGNS, IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY. Of course, you've got the original, but then you have the golf shoes, sandals, flip flops, wedges... Over 300 styles to choose from.
  3. CROCS ARE WATER RESISTANT, AND SOME OF THEM FLOAT. For the boater or adventurous 6 year-old in your life.
  4. NURSE? CHEF? NO PROBLEM! Crocs Inc. has created specific designs for select careers. Isn't that nice?
  5. THERE ARE THESE THINGS CALLED "JIBBITZ™." Remember the holes I mentioned earlier? Here's a safer (and cuter) alternative to pencils.
  6. HOW TO ENTERTAIN A CHILD: CROCS EDITION. Crocs keeps kids in mind. From clogs that change color in the sun to your favorite cartoon buddies right there on your feet, these shoes are sure to please.
  7. TWO WORDS: ANIMAL PRINTS. Let that inner cheetah out, girl.
  8. CROCS COME IN LARGE SIZES. Even Bigfoot Brochacho found his size.
  9. WE ALL KNOW SOMEBODY WHO LIKES SOCCER. Crocs offer "Crocband™ FĂștbol Clogs." Show your support with many team designs, including the United States Soccer Federation.
  10. CROCS GIVES BACK! Crocs Cares, the company's way of giving back, donates their shoes to children in need to promote happy and healthy feet. The charity recently donated over 14,000 Crocs to the men, women, and children of Peru.
If you're not thoroughly convinced, go out and try a pair of Crocs today; you'll be happy you did. Trust me.

FUN FACT: Your Royal Paleness has worn a pair of Crocs every day this summer.

Your Royal Paleness

Monday, May 26, 2014

Million Dollar Arm Review

         Million Dollar Arm, Disney's latest feel-good sports flick set in the 1990's, is an inspiring (true) story about JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm), a desperate sports agent with a struggling business, who creates an unconventional strategy to recruit talented Indian boys to compete for the Million Dollar Arm. With a chance to win one million US dollars and a spot in Major League Baseball, Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) join JB on the opportunity of a lifetime.  

Touching, right? I thought so. While I do play softball, I am not usually enthralled by sports movies. That's Brochacho's thing. There aren't many films about baseball, much less about two Indian boys who have never even stepped up to the plate. But Million Dollar Arm is slightly different; yes, the main focus of the story is the contest and the training, but mixed in there are blooming relationships (good and bad), learning to adjust to elevators, and the glorious new discovery of pizza. I enjoyed the subtle jokes here and there and the awkward transition between Indian villages to the "typical" American mansion. When we first see JB, he is quite the jerk. As he spends more and more time with his contest winners, he slowly grows more compassionate and caring. The bubbly renter seems to notice as well... Rinku and Dinesh grow together also. With hard training and lots of Papa John's, the two newcomers land a spot in the Major Leagues.  

The story was heartwarming (as heartwarming as a baseball film could be), but a little long and predictable. A few scenes could have been eliminated, but the story was told well nonetheless.

The film is PG, a rating I agree with, although there are a few things that children and teens may be wary of. Alcohol is passed here and there, and maybe four or five profane uses of language. Rinku mentions rapper Eminem and our new Indian friends are seen praying to a shrine. JB and his backyard renter, Brenda, are eluded to have participated in mature activities, and other suggestions/jokes are mentioned. If you are a bit squeamish, JB takes the boys to a party, where they accidentally overindulge and vomit in his car (it is shown :p). Also, Brenda is trying to teach Rinku and Dinesh how to cook Mexican food when Rinku slices his finger; there is a very slight glimpse of blood in the emergency room, but that's it. Nothing to worry about.

All in all, I would give Million Dollar Arm a 7.5 out of 10. I enjoyed going to see it with my family, but I'm not sure if this is Academy Award material.

(The best part, though, was the salty movie popcorn.)

Your Royal Paleness


People who hate the marines are rotten to the corps.

Get it? But seriously, thank you to all the men and women who died to preserve our freedom. We appreciate the ones who are STILL fighting and are keeping you in our hearts. We honor all of you this Memorial Day.

Hearts and Prayers,

Your Royal Paleness