Friday, April 27, 2012

X is for Xanthoma

The definition of xanthoma, the meaning of the word Xanthoma:  n. - A skin problem marked by the development (on the eyelids and neck and back) of irregular yellow nodules; sometimes attributable to disturbances of cholesterol

Why Xanthoma, you ask? Hear me out a bit.

I'm in San Diego, attending a class. I've been on a special food plan now for about a year, off and on. I'm told often I'm too willful for the program. I don't disagree, but there's been lots on my plate: both good and bad. And that has had nothing to do with eating...

This is the first time I've gone somewhere for 4 days and PACKED ALL MY FOOD. In fact, I checked most of it in my luggage this time. 

Not. A. Good. Idea. 

Perhaps now you are beginning to get the connection with the development of irregular yellow nodules on the skin. Disturbances of cholesterol, they say.

I had packed salmon, chicken, tri tip, cooked brown rice, apples, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, cottage cheese, yogurt and apples. Along with a container of cut pineapple, my oatmeal and flax seed. My menu for 4 days was all beautifully scripted and entered in my food journal. 

Just from looking at the picture above, you can 
imagine what I found when I unzipped the bag. Firstly, the pineapple and rice containers exploded. Thank goodness I had packed everything in an XXL storage bag with the zip-lock top. 

The salmon and chicken? Indistinguishable. The soggy deli boxes are outside my motel room door, along with the remnants of the XXL bag.

And my clothes smell like salmon-cum-pineapple. I've washed my hands 2 times, and I still smell like salmon.

The strawberries I brought I had to hand carry on the plane. But they leaked too. 

So, to tie all this in, I'm thinking I might break out in something that resembles Xanthoma when I wear my clothes tomorrow. 

 Ah! Another adventure to write about. All this from the girl who mailed raspberry ripple ice cream to a friend in college. It was still frozen when I took it to the post office. She'll never forgive me.


  1. Stopping by from the A-Z challenge and following now too. I'm #95, here's to hitting 100 by the end of the challenge. This has been so much fun hasn't it? Have a great weekend and a great final challenge day :)

    1. Thank you, Martha. Tell you friends. I need only 5 more!!!

      It's my birthday today!!!

      I'll do the same for you.

  2. I've had my lunch explode in my bag a couple times :( I just learned about different eye disorders in school! So interesting and scare at the same time. I didn't do the A-Z challenge but I love your posts, especially the wedding disasters, lol.

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    2. Thanks for adding yourself to my friend list. I'm doing the same. I made a comment before I checked my numbers.

      I try to have some funny, some serious posts. Mostly, I try to have fun...

      Thanks again for stopping by.

  3. Happy Birthday, Sharon! Thanks for sharing the humor. I think this post, and the previous ones both illustrate the extreme need for having a sense of humor. :-) Aside from the food Picasso, I hope you have a wonderful time in San Diego.

    1. LOL Judy on the Food Picasso. Yes, that is exactly the best way to put it.

      I'm learning some Real Estate skills here in San Diego. Been an intense 2 days so far (7:30-7:30). Been off the computer almost all day, and I survived!

      What a way to celebrate my birthday. But my hubby says he has something planned when I return....Hmmm...

    2. :-)

      Something to look forward to: YAY!!