3 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back

This week started off... a bit rocky. I got this super awesome medical bill in the mail:

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YEAH.

Fun, right? That bill is for this allergy testing I had as well as another appointment right around the same time which was for some suspicious cancer-like spots. Everything was fine with the spots. The bill is stressing me the eff out, though. This is the difference between a PPO plan and an HMO. I'm on a new PPO plan and stupidly thought they'd give me a heads up (before the procedures) if there was anything not covered by my insurance. Not so. I'm going to see what I can do, though.

The next day, Chicagoland got hit with some REALLY wet and heavy snow. Check out this pine tree. Doesn't look like much of a pine tree, does it?

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Womp, womp.

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Before I took these photos, I was actually in my car and stuck at the end of our driveway with the wheels spinning. The car just could NOT get up the driveway. Luckily, my hunny left work earlier than I did and was there to help shovel a path for the car.

He rocks :-)

And the week continued to improve...

I was awarded the "Versatile Blogger" award by the gal over at "Do I Look Sick?"

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Isn't she sweet? I'm honored :-) You can read more about it here. It also says to nominate 15 bloggers and since I follow abooooout that many, I nominate all of them!

  1. Celiac And Allergy Adventures
  2. The Other Courtney
  3. EczemaExcellence
  4. Linda Sepp
  5. lifewithfa
  6. Photosensitivity & Solar Urticaria Blog
  7. My Food Intolerance Journey
  8. Surviving Seattle with Allergies
  9. Food Allergy Experience
  10. pinklikeabeacon
  11. A Tale Of Anaphylaxis
  12. allergictolifemybattle
  13. Dr. Derek Damin
  14. Adventures of an Allergic Foodie
  15. The Food Allergy Chronicles
  16. adaptingtoallergies
  17. Gluten and Allergen Free Expo
  18. The Crunchy Cook
  19. thesuperallergygirl.typepad.com
  20. Please Don't Pass The Nuts™
  21. The AllergyEats Blog
  22. Onespot Allergy Blog
  23. The Allergist Mom

In other awesome news, I'm officially on the Blogger Team for the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo!!

What is the Gluten & Alergen Free Expo, you ask?

The Gluten and Allergen-Free Expo is the largest and fastest growing gluten-free consumer event in the United States. Their growth continues in 2013 as the GFAF Expo expands its event locations as well as their focused demographic.

The GFAF Expo will host five events in 2013 with locations in San Francisco, California; Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago, Illinois; Secaucus, NJ and Dallas, Texas to serve over 20,000 consumers. In addition to meeting the needs of the celiac community, the GFAF Expo focuses on aiding those with gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/anti-inflammatory diseases and autism. Athletes and the health conscious community will greatly benefit from the Expo’s offerings that include raw foods, supplements, health foods, protein bars and shakes, and detox options. 

Over 100 large companies and small business vendors join together at each Expo. All of the vendors are 100 percent gluten-free and many also will showcase products free of the top eight allergens: milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. The Expo will include a dedicated area featuring nut-free products. Attendees are able to sample products, purchase hard to find goods and attend over 20 informational sessions presented by the nation’s leading chefs, best-selling cookbook authors, and highly regarded nutrition and health experts.

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It's over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) on April 20th & 21st. If you're going to be around, be sure to stop by the designated blogger area and say "hello"!

Click here to go to their official website and learn more!

After all of the excitement this week, last night my hunny texted and asked me if I wanted to do a movie night, which I happily replied "yes :-)" He knows I'm not as comfortable in our living room because I'm allergic to the synthetic fabric on the furniture.

So, he made a comfy cotton area for us up in the bedroom :-) Isn't he the BEST? <3 It really, really, really meant a lot to me.

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It was perfect :-) Just what I needed. We watched The Fourth Kind. It's an AWESOME scary movie:

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Aaaaaaaand this morning, just before I wrote this post, I created the new Allergista logo! As you'll see below, the header looks a little different now ;-)

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I love it! Simple and clean. As you may or may not know, I was a full-time graphic artist in the past and now I do it in my spare time (when I have time). I love doing my own little projects :-)

Well, I think it's time for me to do a little relaxing this weekend, so I'm going to sign off...

Ciao!