Elemental D6: Turned a corner. Everything cleared out last night and I immediately felt much better. Higher energy this morning. No headache, body aches almost totally gone, skin much better. Tonight will be 1 week, half done!

Elemental D5: Aches slightly better. GI is great but hope the muscle aches get better. Those are probably related to not drinking coffee. Not sure if coffee makes a difference but I’m taking no chances! What’s for dinner? Cake batter shake… mmm….

Elemental D4: Muscle aches got real bad, slight headache. Skin feels really oily and is breaking out. Low energy. Nap in the afternoon helped get me through the day.

Elemental D3: Bad breath. Sore muscles progressed to body aches. Lymph nodes a bit swollen, hope that means bacteria is dying! GI feels great but I sure miss real food!

Elemental D2: Sticking with it. Had a dream about real food. Decided I better not drink coffee. Painful. Some online say its okay, but studies here and here say otherwise. This study is interesting; coffee supercharges GOS’s affect on Bifidobacterium. Always been very sensative to GOS.

Elemental Diet D1: Ice and blender improves taste. Stomach aches and some nausea after shakes but clears up, probably just adjusting. Trying to drink slowly. No GI symptoms! That’s something! Hungry this morning though, 1800 cal is barely enough.

Started a 14 day Elemental Diet yesterday. Hoping it will beat my SIBO into submission. Shakes taste like vanilla cake batter with a bitter aftertaste.

Purchased a 2020 GMC Acadia SLT. 2012 Subaru Outback burning wheel bearings, torque convertor errors, and reported CVT issues. Much more comfortable and quiet ride. Appleplay is cool. Whole family fits. Not cheap but enjoying it.

My GI struggles continue. Breath testing confirmed SIBO. Taking some herbal concoctions and working on motility, hoping to beat it without antibiotics. One week in and improving. Sick of the limited low-carb diets.

Been using a low FODMAP diet for two weeks to figure out what’s been bothering my stomach. Also got breath tests from QuinTron. Interested to see the results. So far pretty sure I react to fructose and GOS. Likely sorbitol and fructans too but still testing. Surprisingly, okay w lactose!

Been using the Maffetone method on my last few runs. Enjoying the slower pace.

Also been playing D&D with my kids a lot. Discovered Adventure Keep, great tool for creating adventures.

Really enjoying Age of Wonders III lately. What a great game! The OST really puts it over the top.

Got a new order of coffee coming to get me through this quarantine. Been happy with Craft Coffee. Good stuff, reasonable price.

Playing a lot of Divinity II with my son Gabe during the quarantine. Very fun. Nice to actually have time to play through a CRPG.

Law firm is really enjoying Lean Law. Fast, simple, legal billing. Integrates with QBO. Great USA based support. Outstanding value. Highly recommend.

A new Magic Sword album coming soon! Really enjoy Magic Sword.

“Erase almost as much as you write.” - Horace

“I get paid the same either way on a case, might as well have fun with it.” - T Cooper

What is it with girls and horses? Here are my two (very happy) girls with their new horse Sundance (Sonny).

This WSJ article summarizes my problem with student loan forgiveness proposals. I worked through school, lived conservatively and kept my borrowing to a minimum. Then I refi’d my house to pay off my loans! How is forgiveness fair? Instead: permit student loans to be dischargeable in chapter 13 bankruptcy, give debtors (and parent co-signers) a reasonable repayment option, fixed or no interest, based on each person’s unique circumstances.

“No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full.” - Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix

Sunday morning espresso.

Claire doing Bear Basketball. Great job Claire Bear!

This winter my firm switched from SmokeBall to LeanLaw for legal time/billing. What an outstanding switch. Never utilized the features of SB. LL is true to its name - lean and mean. Working great for us for a fraction of the cost.