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About Greta

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    A faux-adobe casa in a mile-high desert
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    reading, hiking/walking, hanging out here, listening to my iPod
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    Keeping up with one amazing daughter and three crazy dogs.

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  1. Does anyone know of a spaghetti sauce that has no added oil and no added sugar? Or should I just give up and make my own?
  2. My friend said that it did have a very meaty, smoky flavor, but for her it was the texture that gave it away. She's an omnivore who loves meat, so I guess she knows her stuff better than I do now. I found it completely convincing!
  3. Hi Everyone! I haven't been around much lately because I had surgery a couple of weeks ago, and had to reprioritize a bit during recovery! I hope that everyone is doing well. Before my surgery I had a little weekend vacation with my BFF, which was fun. At one restaurant where we ate, I ordered a veggie burger. When I tasted it, I almost gagged. It tasted absolutely like meat to me, and I found it repulsive. I had my friend try it, and she said "no, that's veggie." So I tried again, and again it tasted so meaty to me that I didn't want to eat it. I flagged down the waiter to make sure he'd gotten my order right! He said he'd had other vegans and vegetarians send it back, because he couldn't convince them that it was 100% plant-based. He also said that it was another company's version of The Impossible Burger. I made myself eat it, but I hated it! I think it would probably be great for Flexitarians and people just transitioning to vegan, but wow, I did not realize how completely I had lost my taste for meat until I took a bite of that. It was awful to me! And another funny thing about this: in 12 years of eating low-carb, I NEVER lost my taste for potatoes, bread, or pasta! 😄
  4. No experience with this, but I just wanted to say that I hope your daughter has been doing better.
  5. This sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks for posting it!
  6. Greta

    Wrinkle Help (skin/face)

    I actually bought this one this weekend after seeing a good review of it on YouTube! I am trying it for the first time this morning. I just put it on a few minutes ago, in fact. The texture seems really nice, and the tint is subtle and works on my skin tone. I don't think I've ever had a mineral sunscreen before that wasn't thick and sticky, but this one feels really nice! And it was easy to find (Walgreens) and very affordable too. We'll see how it wears under makeup all day, but I think this one may be a winner!
  7. Greta

    Wrinkle Help (skin/face)

    Sounds like good stuff - thank you for the info! I have never tried a tinted sunscreen because I’m so fair skinned that I assumed they would be too dark on me Perhaps that one would work I understand what you mean about not wanting to add another product. I do like to keep my routine simple. So with that in mind, do you really need a moisturizer? I couldn’t quite tell from your post if your skin is dry, or if it’s more that you wonder if you “should” use a moisturizer.
  8. Greta

    What would you call this shirt?

    Personally I wouldn’t have the first clue if you said Guy Harvey. But if you said fishing or hiking shirt, that’s exactly what I’d picture. My husband has some shirts like that for hiking and camping.
  9. Greta

    Wrinkle Help (skin/face)

    I like this one a lot. It's moisturizing without being heavy or greasy, so it still works well for me under makeup. It's not a physical/mineral sunscreen, though, so that might not be what you had in mind. I know they're probably better, but I've never found a physical sunscreen that I liked for my face. They always feel so heavy and so . . . I don't know, just yucky to me. Did you find one that you liked? If so, two things: 1) please tell me what it is! and 2) perhaps just stick with that but apply a lightweight (gel?) moisturizer first and let that soak in before you apply your sunscreen? Just a thought. I hope your doc can find something that will work better for you! Are you using an exfoliant? I know that helps my skin a lot. I've never tried one of the BCP's that is approved for treating acne, but I really hope it will work for you.
  10. Greta

    Wrinkle Help (skin/face)

    Thank you so much for mentioning her - I'm really enjoying watching her videos! In the first one I found, she did say that while both work for both, adapalene does seem to be a bit better for acne, while tretinoin is a bit better for wrinkles. That's a much shortened/simplified version of what she said, but that was the gist of it.
  11. Greta

    Wrinkle Help (skin/face)

    I have used both, but I'm not sure how fair it is for me to compare since I used Retin-A as a teenager, and I didn't get an adapalene prescription until I was in my 30's. The raging teenage hormones probably played a role. But back then, even though Retin-A helped with the "normal" acne, it wasn't helping with the cystic acne (yes, I had both at the time, lovely!). So my doctor at that time took me off of the Retin-A and gave me Accutane. Accutane is very harsh and I think they're hesitant to use it, but it worked for me when all else failed (and my acne was BAD as a teen. I can't even tell you how bad). For a long while after that, I was able to get by with just an exfoliant (alpha hydroxy acid, but I've since learned that a beta hydroxy acid works even better). But then I started getting cystic acne on my chin (it is always on my chin, weird) with my period every month. I kind of thought it was just going to be a fact of life for me, but then I happened to be seeing my doctor for something else entirely when I was having a breakout, and he said, "you want some adapalene for that?" I'm so glad he did because it works. Honestly, though, my prescription is the same strength as what's available OTC. And in fact, since my copay on the prescription version suddenly increased by a factor of 10(!!!) I was planning to get the OTC version when I run out. I hope that it will work as well! But since it's not working for you, you could certainly try asking your doctor for a stronger one. My doc said we'd start with the lowest concentration and go from there, but for me the lowest concentration works. I just use the adapalene gel three nights a week, and a Paula's Choice beta hydroxy acid the other four nights a week, and that combination seems to work really well for me without causing redness or irritation. And yes, fighting acne and aging/wrinkling skin at the same time is just not fair! Thank you for mentioning the video - I will look for it!
  12. Greta

    Wrinkle Help (skin/face)

    Does anyone know if differin/adapalene has the anti-aging benefits that retin-a does? I believe they are in the same class, so I’ve been assuming, but I’m not certain. I have an adapelene prescription for cystic acne, and without it, I still get cystic acne even though I’m 44!!! Found that out the hard way just recently when I ran out. OP, I use Paula’s Choice for the rest of my skin care. I love her stuff, especially her exfoliant and sunscreens. You might find this helpful:
  13. Oh, I think my dad's serum iron and ferritin were both elevated. I'm sorry - I have no clue. I wish I could have been more help! I hope you will get an answer soon and that it will be something not-serious and entirely treatable! (((hugs)))
  14. That was going to be my guess as well. My father has it. I believe that ferritin, rather than serum iron, is considered a better test for it, but I'm not an expert on this at all. I just know that when I told my own doctor that my father had been diagnosed, he ordered a ferritin test to see if I had it.
  15. Yes, forgive me for getting a little off track here, but the part that I bolded is so true. I've read that women are simply hard-wired to be less confrontational than men, though I realize others would argue that we are simply socialized to be so. But no matter how much I've tried to re-train myself and tell myself that I have every right to stand my ground, the fact remains that confrontation, even minor confrontations, rattle me in a way that they never do for my husband. And actually, I guess this is relevant to the conversation, because I have a sweet, shy, timid daughter who desperately worries about hurting or offending someone. I started dating my now-husband when I was quite young, so "I have a boyfriend" was my standard response when another man expressed interest. I don't have a lot of practice in the art of saying no graciously, and it seems that fewer young men these days know how to accept a gracious no. It's worrisome.
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