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...

Sunday, October 8, 2017

ETIQUETTE QUESTION

I went to a brunch at a friend's home today.  It was a very nice affair.  I was invited to the brunch during a party a few weeks ago.  The couple insisted I attend their brunch.  They gave me the time and date and made me promise to attend.  They said I would get a follow up email.  This provided a very interesting etiquette dilemma for me.

I never got an email.  So do I go or not?  I sent a text that morning asking if it was still on.  No response.  I decided that I would go.  I took a bottle of booze and hiked up the hill.  I figure if it was cancelled, I would apologize.  If I was late, I would just blame my dogs.

What would you do?  What do the etiquette books say to do?  I have no idea.  It was a nice day and I wanted to go.

Half of the way to their home, I got a phone call from one of the hosts apologizing for not sending me an invite.  He said he knew he invited another person but could not remember who it was.  He said I showed initiative by coming.  He liked that.  I got there and had a fantastic time.  There was good food (actually some thing I could eat) and fun people.

Until tomorrow...


Saturday, October 7, 2017

SWEET VERSUS SAVORY

My friend S came over to have a late breakfast coffee with me.  She brought all these awesome vegan/gluten free items to munch on while we talked.  We had these amazing chocolate and coconut tarts.  These little cookies that tasted like macaroons.  Then some sesame cookies.  These were kind of weird tasting.  The sesames tasted smoked or roasted so instead of the cookie being sweet it was savory.  With the other snacks being so sweet it was weird eating something savory. 

It was so nice catching up with S.  We do not see each other enough but we are both busy.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, October 6, 2017

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

Today was a busy day.  I put too many activities in this day.

I got up early to be at my doctor's office bright and early.  Everything is fine.

Then I decided to go to a concert in the park.  It is a free concert and I decided that since it is a Friday, it might not be too crowded during the day.  I packed myself a picnic lunch, took my Kindle and a blanket and went to the park.  For about 3 hours I had a good time sitting or laying on my blanket in the park.  It was not crowded for most of the time.  The later it got, the more crowded it got.  The vibe changed and people got more ugly.  During the day the crowd was mostly older folk and mom's with kids (sort of hippie types who home school).  They were all mellow.  As the day went on the park filled up with a younger crowd who came from work.  They were rude and pushy.  That was when I left.

When did it become okay to sit on someone else's blanket without asking?  I had a guy hit me in the head and when I told him his answer was not "gosh I'm sorry." it was "how did that happen?"  My answer to him was "How would I know how it happened?  You should be saying, I apologize for hitting you in the head."  They left the area soon afterward.  I think I harshed their mellow.  I say learn some manners!

I came home from the park and took a nap because I was going to the movies to see Blade Runner 2049.  I would love to give you a thorough review of Blade Runner but sadly I fell asleep.  It was the 10:45pm showing and I had a very busy day.  Even with a nap, I nodded off.  I even brought crunchy snacks but even that didn't help.  It was a super long, slow moving movie.  I would not have fallen asleep during Furious Five but Blade Runner was too cerebral for me at midnight.  I will watch it on DVD.

As you can see a busy day.  I did have a very nice 20 year old gentleman hold the elevator for me at the movies, so I know not all of the younger crowd has lost their manners.  His mother brought him up right.  Also my movie buddies are all chivalrous.

Until tomorrow...