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I think I died a little inside when we watched that movie. I went in with few expectations but nevertheless came out completely disappointed. It was my idea for Joe and me to see it, and once the credits rolled I turned to Joe, paused, and said “I’m sorry.” He laughed heartily and said that made it all worth it.

There were just too many things wrong. I wish they could have made just a really long episode, you know tv style… Not this heavy crap. Bart realizing his dad is an asshole, but is eventually ok with it. And that Marge is finally, really, actually leaving Homer – and not in a funny way, in a really sad and heartbreaking way. I love the disfunctional family comedy aspect of the show, it leaves everything else to the imagination and somehow they survive through it all, sometime when we’re not watching – delving into their actual problems broke the 4th wall for me. Flanders is a bigger role than Moe, Barney, Carl and Lenny combined – what the heck? Those silly bar characters are some of my favorites. Dr. Hibberd, Apu and…. someone else, can’t remember, all ask Mr. Burns to turn the electricity back on?? The out of character cameos were farfetched and obvious. Gah.

I knew it was going to be bad, but I hoped I was going to be wrong… ah well, now I know not to see the sequel – unless it’s free.

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So I went to the doc the other day for a yearly routine checkup. Everything was normals, business as usual, except for one thing: my hemoglobin levels were very low. In other words, I’m anemic.
I was shocked really. Iron absorption was something I took for granted with my healthy diet. I eat whole grain foods and beans and legumes all day long, I eat fruit and drink juice and take my vitamins (most of the time) … and though my vegetable intake could be improved, I never would have guesses that I was not absorbing iron.
There are two types of iron: heme, and non-heme. Heme iron is found in animal products, so scratch that off the list for me. Unfortunately, heme iron is most easily absorbed into the body. In order to absorb non-heme iron, one has to eat foods high in vitamin C in the same meal. I think that might be where I messed up. I eat fruit and juice quite separately from other foods for some reason.
So I’m taking a ferrous sulfate iron supplement in addition to my daily multivitamin. When I get to Alaska I’ll just have to go to the doc regularly and get my blood checked. I hope this is a minor thing and not an indication of something bigger. I try not to assume the worst, but when something catches me offguard like this it’s hard not to look for things that could also be wrong with me.
Bah, this explains why I have been so tired and why my heart rate skyrockets with little effort in exercise lately. I think the marathon training depleted my iron stores. Then the weekend of the wedding was so hectic I ate and drank very little. I’m still bouncing back from that experience. I get lightheaded when I stand up much more often then usual and going to the store and walking around wears me out. It’s frustrating. I want this to get bettter. Now.

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