Wednesday, October 18, 2017

#METOO

The #metoo campaign has been going strong.  The #metoo twitter campaign is a place where people (mostly women) who have been sexually harassed or raped are writing to say they have been a victim.  Some folks are just writing #metoo and others are writing their story in140 characters or less.  
I had to learn how to send a twitter in order to add my story to the campaign. I have a twitter account that I had for a long time but I have never sent a twitter.  I replied to a twitter but I never just sent one.  Tonight my brother helped me figure out my hold up. It turns out my problem was not that I didn't know how to send it, the problem was that I had typed more than 140 characters.  Once I got rid of a bunch of characters, I was able to send my first tweet!

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CONNECTING WITH AN OLD FRIEND

I had a long phone call with a long time friend.  K and I have been friends for 28 years.  Oh, my.  That is a long time.  We used to live near each other and used to see each other all the time.  Then I moved away and now we rarely see each other.  We are the kind of friends that when we see each other, it is like no time has passed at all.  We stayed on the phone for over 2 hours.

I am not the kind of person who was super popular and has a million friends from my childhood.  So when I have a friend for 28 years I cherish it.  I am super excited because K is planning on coming to visit soon.  It will be great to hang out and go have some fun.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, October 16, 2017

MORE AIR

Some of the fires are being extinguished and new fires are popping up.  The air goes between red alert to yellow alert.  Red alert is like Beijing.  It is hard to breathe.  Yellow alert is clearer air but it is still hard to breathe if you have asthma.

The view is so smokey that I can't see very far.  It is just icky outside.  When you walk outside in the morning it smells like you just had a campfire.  There is a haze that hangs in the sky.  I immediately start coughing from the air.  Both dogs start sneezing.

As the day goes on the smokey smell dissipates but the haze stays.  The air seems clearer but I know it is still hard to breathe.  I wear a mask if I go outside.  If I don't I begin to cough.

It is supposed to rain in a few days and I hope it clears the air a bit more.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, October 15, 2017

STAYING INSIDE

The air quality is getting better but I am still coughing after I go outside.  I am wearing the mask and I am taking the medicine.  The air is just so polluted.

I stayed inside and watched some movies.  I watched a Netflix movie The Meyerowitz Stories.  It was pretty good.  It stars Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, and Ben Stiller.  It is a story about an estranged family that gathers to celebrate the artistic work of their father.

Then I watched Sully.  I have held off watching Sully because it scared me watching a plane go down.  Today I was in the mood to watch it.  It was pretty good.  They managed to make it not scary.

I know this sounds a bit whiny but I am tired of staying inside.  So are the dogs.  I am grateful I have a home to stay in.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, October 14, 2017

INHALER

I finally got the asthma medicine.  The doctor called in a prescription on Monday and I was told they didn't have it in stock.  Tuesday I was told they ordered it too late on Monday and they won't get it in until Wednesday.  Wednesday I was told they needed a special approval.  I offered to buy it for cash and was told it cost $299.  I called the doctor's office for approval.  The insurance company would not give approval.  The doctor called in another medicine on Thursday.  It was available on Friday and I picked it up on Saturday morning.   Amazing that it takes almost a week to get an inhaler.  I heard that this whole area is sold out of inhalers and face masks.  No one can breathe.

I took my first two applications today and I don't see a difference yet.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, October 13, 2017

HEALTH CARE

I just got a mailer from the insurance-company-that-must-not-be-named.  Seems that my PPO plan is being discontinued and I have to pick another plan.  The plan is changing to a HMO plan.  I have to get on the website and see what the plans are and what I will do.

Then the announcement was made on the news that the ACA is being picked apart.  Well, that sucks for me.  As a person that has a pre-existing condition, I could be screwed.  Being put in a high risk pool would suck.  I was almost put in that pool once but was saved by the ACA.

I just have to be patient and wait to see how this all shakes out.  My mailer from the insurance company says they can't give me any information until the government makes decisions and even then, things may change at any time in 2018.  Wonderful.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

AIR QUALITY

The air quality has gotten so bad from the fires. Today it was a Red Flag day. That means the air quality is as bad as it is in Beijing. The officials recommended that everyone wear a mask.

I went in search of a better mask but everywhere is sold out.  Not a good mask to be found in the area.  I hear there are no air purifiers either.

We just stay inside all day. The only time I really go outside is to walk the dogs.  They are so unhappy they can not sunbathe during the day.

Unfortunately it doesn't look like it will get better soon.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

FOSTER/ADOPT TRAINING

Tonight was a foster/adopt training about the school system.  It taught us about how to navigate the school system with our foster kids.

It was an informative training although one I wish I had had before I had my foster son. Much of the information she taught, I had to learn on my own through trial and error. Mostly many trials.

I took the training for the information and the training credits.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DISTRICT ATTORNEY CALLED

Today out of the blue the District  Attorney's office called me to see if I would be interested in testifying in the case against the guy who has been harassing our neighborhood.  If you read this blog consistently, you might remember back in June I was a witness to the guy breaking into the house across the street.  I did a citizen's arrest.  I was so anti-climatic.  I called the police to say I saw him enter a vacant home and since the police were not there I was able to do a citizen's arrest when they showed up.  I didn't have to do anything but say I was doing a citizen's arrest.  I didn't think anything would come of it since he tried to break into the next door neighbor's home, then he tried to break into my home.  It seemed like the police's arms were tied and the DA was not doing anything about it.

Then I got the call.  The office had not put all the police reports together from this street.  I gave them all the information about all of them.  Now they are building a bigger case against the guy.  I am hoping they can get him some help and not just throw him in jail.  He has serious mental health and substance abuse issues.  He needs help and not to be just thrown behind bars.  I know I am an idealist but putting him in jail for 6 months means he becomes our problem again when he comes out.  He is delusional and thinks he owns the homes in our neighborhood. Six months in jail is not going to change that.

Now I am waiting for the phone call for my court date to testify.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, October 9, 2017

BURNING

The fires on the West Coast are horrible.  Houses burnt to the ground.  Businesses gone.  People killed.  Whole neighborhoods gone.  It looks like a bomb has gone off.  An apocalypse.

The smoke is so bad even miles away, I had to stay indoors and wear a mask most of the day.  My very slight asthma made it hard to breathe.  Normally my asthma doesn't bother me but today with the horrible smokey air, I was coughing and my chest hurt.  Once I got the mask, I felt much better.  We all stayed in the house and kept the windows and doors closed.

Hopefully tomorrow the fires will be put out and the air will be better.

Until tomorrow...