Still running for the cheese (or why this blog still exists)

As my regular readers can tell, this has been a dry year for me. Just look at the number of posts this year vs. 2008! Awhile back, I had considered either shutting down the Maze, or starting a new blog that would more accurately reflect where I am in life now. Truth be told, sometimes I come here, look around, and feel distinctly hypocrytical about the things I want to write. I'm sure I'm not the only one to ever be in that kind of place.
As the time in between posts has grown longer, I came to realize something. Without the past years' material, where I am now makes very little sense. What good is the destination without the journey? As Christians, so much of the best stuff that happens to us is in the times God is molding us to His image. To throw away the evidence of that process would somehow cheapen the result, I think.
So, here we are, dear friends. I think my little mousie may just have rounded a corner finally. Some things will change around here to reflect the changes in my heart. And you know what? That's ok. As much as I typically rage against anything changed in my life, I'm learning to accept the God-given ones. My prayer is that some of you may be encouraged by what you read here. Hey, you may even be challenged. And of course, if you know me, then you know you always stand a good chance of being offended too. Not intentionally, to be sure! Just know that what you find as you wander this Maze with me may surprise you as much as it does me.

All that to say this:

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

"And I don't even like sitting on a cold toilet!"

Ever have a yeast infection? That fiery, itchy, nasty, gotta-walk-funny-for-days kinda feeling only us women know of? Yeah that one.
Well, I always swore by those 20 some-odd dollar Monistat 1 kits. A little football shaped "insert", a tube of anti itch cream, and I was good to go. Until this week at least.
After shelling out for the electric bill (damn you CL&P!!) Mr. P.'s hard earned dough was pretty much gone this week. While "walking funny" at the grocery store, I remembered a website I'd read a few months back. They'd suggested that yogurt would be good for the battle of the yeast. "Duh", I thought. I've been eating yogurt when I've been "walking funny" for years now. Yeah, that's so not what they were talking about. They meant you were to take plain, unsweetened yogurt and...apply. Or preferably...insert.
Errmmm, I don't even like sitting on a cold toilet!!
But, one can only walk like an injured penguin for so long before taking action. So, I bought the yogurt.
Late last night, I took the plunge. The website had suggested using the applicators of some freshly shucked tampons for yogurt insertion. Simply fill and freeze. Wait, freeze?!?! Oh. Yipes.
After much mess, I managed to create a few little yogurt-sicles. Time to bombard the yeast.
I will say that although horribly cold at first, compared to the burn of the infection, it was pretty heavenly. And today, I am actually feeling much better.
So, if you are ever too strapped for cash, or too concerned about the chemicals used in those products, I can safely say yogurt is a good alternative.
Just be prepared to sit on something warm afterwards.

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