Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - On the big screen they showed us the sun but not as bright in life as the real one

1. Yesterday was Bruce Springsteen's first birthday. Bruce is still coming into his own. I don't have his voice yet. When I do, he'll write a blog post like Gus, Geege, and Mae.
2. I am a broken record this year. I'm sick of my own juggling story and I have been dropping balls. I can't do it all and I know that but this year has tested my ability to accept that. I am the embodiment of the Dancing in the Dark lyric man I'm just tired and bored with myself right now. Tired of my own shit. I feel it pulling around the skin of my eyes.

3. I am renting the shore house some weekends in October if you know anyone who might be interested. My favorite returning guests are in the house this week and they had a toilet overflow issue and didn't even want me to bring a cleaning crew in. Bless them. I can't believe we're almost through our third rental season. Thank the Lord I have mellowed more every year.

4. MFD's campaign (Mike Doyle for PA Representative, 170th District formally) had a fundraiser Monday night at South Philly Barbacoa. Hosts Chef Cristina and Ben were amazing as was progressive activist Judy Wicks and everyone I met. Thank you thank you thank you. Upcoming fundraisers, I hope to see some of you locals at one of these! Click through to purchase tickets: Monday, August 20, 6-8 pm at Fare Restaurant with State Rep Donna Bullock and our BFF and 29th Ward Committee Person and proprietor of Angela Vendetti Consulting (tickets start at $35 and donations of up to one zillion dollars are very welcome); and Movie Night at The Newtown Theatre on Wednesday, August 22, from 7-10 pm where our pugs will be taking photos as a goof on the movie The Campaign (suggested donation $10, donations of up to one zillion dollars are very welcome).
Also...wonderful. Huge. And so fucking weird to see this about your husband. So much of this process feels like an out of body experience. 

5. I had some stuff picked up from Vietnam Vets yesterday. Purge it like a polaroid picture. That's not how the song goes? Anyway, three bags gone. Only one million more to go! I still can't get over this organization that comes and picks your stuff up right from your driveway.

6. WikiBuy, who uses it? I've just started exploring this week. I'm on the hunt for a well-priced, comfortable sectional to replace the one at the shore. It is so humid there the sleeper mechanisms have started to drip rust on the floor. It has to go. I of course cannot find one that I like that's not a million dollars and I am not spending a lot on any shore furniture because it doesn't last super long. Do you have any leads or sectionals you love? Aside from the sectional hunt, I like WikiBuy because it hunts for good prices and lets you know if there are coupons. I signed up and used it to find a deal on a dog car seat cover on Amazon and it gave me 95 cents credit for doing absolutely nothing aside from clicking through it, so that was awesome.

7.  I made 4978 vats of veggie meat sauce last night to freeze and give away. Picture it: Sicily, 1923: 12 cans need to be opened and your freaking can opener breaks. I wrestled those bitches open with will, rage, and curses and went on with the show. And am lacking enough vessels to put this in to hand out to fam so I need to go to Rite Aid at lunch.

8. Every day lower into the swamp with this administration, your president calling a black woman a dog via twitter this week is very fucking unpresidential. But good news too from VT, WI, MN, CT primaries. Keep pushing. Keep holding your current representatives accountable. Keep finding local candidates to support and work to get them elected in November. Keep speaking up. Do not be stunned into silence.

9. Reminder:

10. E-card of the week: Hoping to be lazy AF most of this weekend. I'm working from the shore tomorrow so I'll cut out my usual Friday night traffic battle/late arrival.

Tell me how your week has been. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Can laser treatments control breakouts?

Wednesday, hey ohhh! I had terrible acne as a teen, both on my face and my chest. I did the accutane and the dermatologist and all that jazz. I still have some as an adult, so this was interesting to me. I hope it's interesting to you too.  As regular readers know, from time to time I will give space for things I do not write about from a personal point of view. This is one. 
Acne is a challenging skin condition, one that causes physical discomfort and embarrassment. Even when the skin condition is treated effectively, it can leave unsightly scars and pits behind. The good news is that today, there are a variety of acne treatment options available.

Laser Treatments To Control Acne Breakouts

While laser treatments are often used to heal any discoloration and scars that acne has left behind, lasers can also be used to treat active breakouts. Laser acne treatments can be done on the face, back, neck and chest. Acne develops when bacteria builds up within and on the skin. This type of bacteria features a substance known as porphyrin. When the light from a laser comes into contact with porphyrin, it destroys the bacteria, decreasing or eliminating breakouts and pimples. Along with getting rid of surface pimples, lasers can also treat the noninflammatory kind in addition to severe cysts, lesions and nodules.

What Should You Expect from a Laser Treatment for Acne?

We know that for many people, lasers are intimidating, but keep in mind that today’s dermatology laser is usually a basic, hand-held device that your dermatologist or plastic surgeon just holds close to your skin. To see if a laser acne treatment will diminish or get rid of your skin affliction, consult with a cosmetic professional. If he or she suggests a course of treatment, prepare for it by asking whether you should continue to take any regular prescriptions or keep applying topical medication. You should cancel any chemical peel or waxing appointments that you may have.

During a laser acne treatment, you’ll likely feel a little bit of warmth on your skin, but the light from the laser is unlikely to cause you pain or discomfort. After the procedure, you may experience inflammation, which can be slightly uncomfortable, as well as skin peeling. Stay out of the sun for at least 48 hours and apply the topical treatment that your plastic surgeon prescribes. Following these steps provides the best possible results.

How Many Treatments Will You Need?

While the number of laser acne treatments recommended will be based on the type and scale of your outbreak, most cosmetic treatment professionals advise starting out with six treatments followed by touch-up treatments every two or three months. This type of plan generally helps people maintain a glowing complexion, one with little to no acne.

What You Should Know About the Results

When it comes to laser treatments for acne, it’s important to know that the results will vary from person to person. Currently, cosmetic experts are unable to predict just how well a laser will work to clear up an individual’s skin, but most studies show that lasers are able to help those who suffer from acne outbreaks.

Laser treatment for acne also takes time. Studies show that often, people see the best results following the last laser treatment. According to one study, those who received photodynamic therapy had 50 percent less spots by the end of a 4-week treatment period. Once they reached the 12-week mark, they had 72 percent fewer spots.

What are the Benefits of Laser Treatments for Acne?

The benefits of laser treatments for acne vary from offering a convenient treatment method to decreasing the production of oil in the skin. Acne laser treatments are particularly convenient because the procedure itself usually takes just 15 minutes. Lasers penetrate the skin to kill the bacteria that causes breakouts. The sebaceous gland generates an oil that protects hair and skin. However, in some people, this gland can be overactive, and when it is, it causes acne. Laser acne treatments often damage this gland, decreasing breakouts.

If you have acne scars, laser treatments can diminish the appearance of these scars. The treatment can also improve the smoothness and texture of your skin. Lasers decrease irregularities and inflammation in skin tone, and when you have a laser treatment, little to no recovery time is required. This type of treatment is extremely safe. Lasers used for acne treatment are designed to control the breakout of acne without damaging the skin.

Are You a Candidate for Laser Acne Treatments?

You are a candidate for laser acne treatments if you suffer from acne. This type of treatment is considered a new weapon in the fight against a common skin affliction. If your dermatologist has prescribed photosensitive drugs like Accutane to prevent acne from forming, then you may have to wait six months or so to have a laser acne treatment. Photosensitive drugs make your skin especially sensitive to light. Your cosmetic treatment provider will determine the safest time to start a laser acne treatment.

How Much Do Laser Treatments Cost?

The cost of laser acne treatment varies based on the type of lasers needed and the extensiveness of a treatment plan. You can expect to pay anywhere from $75 a treatment to $400. Most people require from 4 to 8 treatments to see clear skin. While most people’s insurance plans won’t cover laser treatment, payment plans may be available through the clinic, making the treatment more affordable.

Laser Treatments for Acne Look Promising

While more studies are needed, previous ones show that the future of using lasers to treat acne is promising since even people with severe cyst-type acne are seeing clear skin after laser treatments. Cyst acne is a tough one to treat. Currently, different types of lasers are need to treated different kinds of acne. So, a laser treatment for cyst acne is unlikely to work if blackheads are developing on your skin or traditional pimples. Because of this, it’s important to see a cosmetic specialist to determine the best course and type of laser acne treatment.

Offering Expertise

Highly respected and dedicated to excellence, Dr. Philip Schoenfeld is an acne laser treatment expert in Washington, DC. He is double certified in reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. Dr. Schoenfeld earned his undergraduate degree from Hobart College, and he received his medical training from the New York Medical College. Several local and national publications have named him a “Top Doctor” while his honesty and dedication have resulted in patients flying from around the world for a consult. Visit his RENU practice at for more information.
I've done laser hair removal, but no laser treatments to treat leftover acne scars etc or active breakouts. You?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Show Us Your Books - August

I was off my typical reading groove quite a few times this year, and this month I felt like I slid into that comfortable reading frenzy. For me, it's not the amount of books consumed that characterizes being out of a groove or in a frenzy - it's how I feel before, during, and after reading them and how much shit I ignore doing and choose to read instead. 

Here's what I've been reading since the last linkup. 
-Title link goes to Goodreads
-Buy link goes to Amazon and is an affiliate link - pennies that are made from you buying through it pay for the running of this link up

Linkup Guidelines:
This link up is the second Tuesday of every month. The next linkup is September 11, 2018
1. Visit and comment with both of your hosts, Jana & me
2. Display the button and/or link back to us on your blog post
2. Visit other blogs who've linked up and talk books as booknerds are wont to do

Engrossing Reads

Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison - I avoided literally everything I was to do the night I couldn't put it down before finishing it, which put me in a real bind the next day but I didn't even care. It sucked me in that much. Free e-copy ARC from Netgalley, book comes out on August 28. Buy it

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering - I absolutely hated a few things about and characters in this book but tore through it. I think part of the reason is that because I felt like I was reading a different book than I ended up reading - it was breathy and felt dangerous in some parts, but in the end was not. If I like it enough that I can't put it down, it's elevated for me. Philly library hardback. Buy it

Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams - Mindless beach read. This most closely reminded me of A Hundred Summers, which I adored years ago. BOTMC hardback, own. Buy it

Good As Gone by Amy Gentry - I was pulled right in by this book, I read it in one sitting on the beach. Wild. I got this recommendation off of a friend on Instagram which is why I really love when people post about books they are totally into on the gram. Amazon Kindle e-copy. Buy it 

Passed the Time Just Fine
The Lies We Told by Camilla Way - This is looney, just how I like them. Quick read, read it in two sittings. Free e-copy ARC from Netgalley, book comes out October 9. Buy it

Puddin' (Dumplin' #2) by Julie Murphy - I love a Julie Murphy created world, especially with these particular girls. It felt like sitting down and reading about old friends. If you haven't read Dumplin', try that one too. Philly library hardback. Buy it

How Are You Going to Save Yourself by JM Holmes - This book is heavy and doesn't sugar coat things, that's for shit sure. There are a lot of elements to this book that should have made me put it down, but I was tied in by the writing. Gritty, true, and  a little hard to follow in some spots, the only part I had to go back and read was the second part of Rye's. Free e-copy ARC from Netgalley, book comes out on August 21. Buy it

A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell - Let me pass along a tip from Missy I wish I got BEFORE I started reading this - skip the first few blog post parts, or if you don't, just know the rest of the book is not like that. I was so put off by them but I'm glad I stuck with it. This one is going to be a movie I think. OCNJ library hardback. Buy it

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott - This was a dark one, and required quite a bit of suspension of belief but I did like the sprinkling of gender stuff in here, it made me think. Free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Buy it

Cause to Hide (Avery Black Mysteries #3) by Blake Pierce - Solid third foray into Avery Black's life. I'll continue on. Amazon Kindle e-copy. Buy it

Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas - I did not see any of this coming. I was sitting there holding the book going wait...did I read that correctly? OCNJ library hardback. Buy it

The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase - I liked both the story in the past and the one in the present. The pace felt off though - too slow and too fast depending on where we were in the story. OCNJ library hardback. Buy it

Not Worth It

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland - I was down with this book but quickly wasn't. Top irksome characters: smart women who are idiots. OCNJ library hardback. Buy it

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica - I fucking can't. I want to tell you why I hated this book so much but I can't spoil it and it would totally be spoiling it. If you want to know highlight this text:  she fucking Dallas'd it. It was all a fucking dream. Free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, book comes out September 4

Did Not Finish

What have you been reading? 

Monday, August 13, 2018

TWTW - the one at the lake

Thursday night I had a work event. When I got home at 8:30 Mom and Debbie were at my house and we loaded up the dogs and headed almost three hours to the lake. Bruce had no idea the lake was there and was running like a loon and went in in the dark. He swam himself out as I was shucking off my shoes and cardigan to go in after him.
Despite going to bed after 1, Gus was up by 6 and we kicked off the weekend. Melissa arrived around 6 Friday and we had sunrises, sunsets, rain, sun, thunder, lightening. Weather ran the gamut.
It's so nice to spend a weekend doing fuck all with people I love. We read, napped, talked, walked, played a hilarious game of Cards Against Humanity and Golden Girls Monopoly that we shit out on early, ate, drank, lounged, and relaxed together. It's so nice to do that with your people far away from real life. I love this annual girls weekend at the lake. It would not have been possible for me without Michelle and Danielle at the shore doing turnover and taking care of shit that crops up always on Michelle's watch. LOL and THANK YOU!
The dogs had the best time as always at Treat Lady's. They were catered to and coddled, always on a lap or being fed fruit or chips or hoovering up food that was dropped. Gus got dipped in the lake and Bruce went in again on Friday: jumped in and went under and swam out. I might have a dog who swims. They napped in the shade and lived their best lives.
Sunday when I got home I did laundry and went to Sam's then off to Dad & Carol's for Carol's birthday dinner. Happy birthday Carol! Lola Jean and Baby Stephen were the stars of the show of course. My Dad isn't doing too bad after knee replacement last week. We stopped by to see MFD's parents too, completing the Langhorne circuit for the night.
Weekly food prep - not on the weekend, but it is happening. Tonight I'll be making scrambled eggs with broccoli and I picked up a rotisserie chicken at Sam's to kick off dinners. I'm also making a huge vat of veggie meat sauce later in the week to freeze and to share.

Local friends, MFD is having a fundraising taco party in South Philly tonight. I'd love to see you even if we've never met face to face! You can buy tickets that start at $25 here. You can buy a ticket in support and not show too.

See y'all back here tomorrow for Show Us Your Books with me & Jana & our reading posse.

How was your weekend?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

TWTW - the one that happened almost a week ago now

Since I use this sort of as a diary of where I was, here it is anyway.

Friday night I had to run MFD back and forth to get tires fixed, then it was Jane's surprise 70th - Jane has always been like a second mom to me and she's Stephen's actual godmother. She also doesn't look a day over 50. It was nice to see everyone! We got home around 11 and fell out around 12.
Saturday I was on the way to the shore solo by 7:30, armed with coffee and a large to do list. Turnover was sweaty and frantic as I attempted to locate mysteriously missing blinds, which the newest guests ended up finding, and had a nervous breakdown over a fake bug that I thought was real. The last photo is what turnover aftermath looks like in my apartment. Also check out that amazing chalk art someone left.
Beach, pizza, and asleep 10:30.
Sunday was one of the best days ever. I saw the sunrise, got my favorite takeout coffee, made up some shower spray and foaming hand soap, organized things for next weekend, cleared up the turnover detritus, and was on the beach by 9:30. I read two books, had a buffalo chicken panini and frozen yogurt for lunch, people watching including a photo shoot, and didn't make it back home until almost nine hours later. A quick shower and run over to 16th Street Seafood to get scrimps and fried mac and cheese. I let my phone die and totally peaced out and it was amazing. MFD and the dogs arrived after midnight.
Monday I took a bike ride, then we had breakfast at Dockside Kitchen with MFD and our friend Joe. I went to the library before hitting the beach to continue reading in my natural habitat. We had a delicious dinner at OC Eatery then went up to the boardwalk to people watch and poke around in stores. We were assed out by 11 as were the dogs.
Tuesday started at the dog beach and Bungalow Bowls with Bruce Springsteen. We spent the day down at Corson's Inlet. No crowds, lots of surfing, a unicorn in the waves, cheesy poofs for lunch, more books, MFD on the phone working much of the time (many people think he is no longer selling real estate since he's running for office but he certainly is - that's how we pay bills so if you're in the market to buy or sell in PA or NJ, let me know), home to do some frantic cleaning up and packing, last bike ride on my yellow bike as I took it over to drop it off (Carol gave me her old bike, stay tuned for my new ride), and finally leaving with the dogs just before 9 only to hit g.d. traffic on the way home. Seriously, 95? It was nice to spend time together at the shore where I was sure we'd be every weekend this year, but you never know what's coming and you have to adapt. I think we've done well given everything we have going on individually. We're still here and we still like each other, so that's good.
Weekly food prep - LOL, no. I worked from home yesterday so I could be available for the comedy show of getting my Dad back from knee replacement surgery with Carol. A painful thing but we had a lot of laughs. I also went to two libraries - the Langhorne one to drop off Lola's books and the Philly one to return and pick up mine (that's three different library systems for me since Monday for those counting). Last night I packed up to go to the lake with the girls and my travelling Wilbury dogs this weekend so I ordered pizza from a new place and called it a day. I'll get back to food prep Sunday. Maybe. Maybe not. It is the slide into the deepest summer after all.

So on the eve eve of the next weekend, let me ask you how your last weekend was. A derr, right?

Sponsored post on here yesterday which long time readers should have known was sponsored right away by the title, and two more coming. When I need time off I don't mind filling in with posts I would never write that someone might like to read, especially if I get paid for them. I'm still recovering from the substance abuse post I did and will be skimming my own surface for a bit. 

Thursday Thoughts clearly has the day off today for the first time in a long time. Pumped for the criminal justice reform victory in the form of Wesley Bell in St. Louis. Disappointed in Ohio and Michigan primary results but the show must go on. 

Also, local friends, MFD is having a fundraising taco party in South Philly Monday night. I'd love to see you even if we've never met face to face! You can buy tickets that start at $25 here

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