Thursday, September 21, 2017

SAMOSAS

I love samosas.  I love them when they are crispy.  The crispier the better.



What is a samosa, you ask?  It is a fried or baked dish with a savory filling.  I eat the vegan samosas that have spiced potatoes and peas in them.  Other samosas can have onions, lentils, macaroni, noodles, cheese, minced lamb or minced beef.  They are made in a triangular shape and served with a green Indian chutney.  

It is one of my favorite things to eat.  I buy them frozen at the store but they are better when I get them freshly made.

Today I met a friend for Indian street food and I had three samosas.  They were so delicious.  Nice and crispy.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A VISIT WITH A FRIEND

Today a friend who used to live around the corner came to visit with her little girl. It was great to see them both. Her daughter is just over one year and she was fun to play with.  I just wish I had more things for a one year old to do at my house. She had a good time carrying my sneaker around and pulling out my DVD collection. She also found a book of dog photos and looked at each photo and barked at the dog. That kept her occupied for some time.

They are going back to the East Coast soon. I hope to see them in a few months and go to their home soon.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TAKING A CHANCE

Today I am feeling much better.  I have energy and I am mostly pain-free.  I got up and went to work with a smile on my face.

I was in such a good mood I decided to take a few chances.  I wrote an assessment about the presentation I gave last week.  I felt it didn't go as well as I wanted it to go so I wrote an assessment to my client. Then I asked for her feedback.

Then I sent marketing emails to contacts letting them know I am a consultant.  I figure the worst they will do is ignore me and the best is they ask for more information.  Two minutes of my time could get me a new client.  Who knows??

Today was a day of taking chances.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, September 18, 2017

TIRED

Today I just feel out of steam.  This is one of the toughest parts of rheumatoid arthritis for me.  I woke up with aches and pains all over but I just could not shake the fog I had all day.  It is a fog and a fatigue that is indescribable.  Sort of like treading through water all day.  My eye lids won't stay open because I am so tired.  All this after having a full nights sleep.  Plus my hips, elbows, neck, back and head ache.  All I can manage is to lay on the couch.  I am cold.  I try to watch TV but I fall asleep.  Talking on the phone is too much activity.

I am going to sleep.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, September 17, 2017

HOW DIFFERENT LIFE WAS 40 YEARS AGO

I connected with an old friend today.  The friend was like a relative when I was growing up.  I called her mother "Aunt" and she called my mother "Aunt".  I still have a hard time not calling her mother "aunt".

We were kids who spent the night at each others houses having sleepovers.  We swam in their pool.  They had a two story house and I remember running up and down the stairs.  We had a ranch so we had no stairs, oh, and no pool.  So their house was always so much fun.  Plus she was a twin, a fraternal twin, and that was so fascinating to me! 

It was interesting hearing how different her life has become and all the things she has done.  If you had asked me 40 years ago what she would have become, it would not have been what she has done.  I am sure she would say the same about me.  We had a great time catching up.

Until tomorrow...


Saturday, September 16, 2017

CATCHING UP WITH FRIENDS

Some friends invited me to stop by and see them this evening.  We got to talking and next thing I knew I was there for 3 and 1/2 hours.  We had not seen each other for many months and had a lot to catch up on. One of the guys had a horrible life threatening health situation and I heard the whole story.  He is a miracle!  Hearing his story makes me thankful to be alive.

I gave them an update on my stuff and we made plans for a future date.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, September 15, 2017

DELICIOUS DINNER

My friend H called me to see if I wanted to get together for dinner.  I said YES!  He made vegan chili, corn bread and kale salad.  I quickly whipped up some banana snicker doodles. 

We had a delicious dinner. The chili had just right amount of spice and heat for me. The corn bread was moist and helped cool down the chili. The kale salad helped give the meal some crunch.  Then sweet cookies for dessert.

It was so wonderful to have a great evening with a friend and awesome food.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A WEIGHT HAS BEEN LIFTED

The last step to ending my previous foster/adopt situation happened today.  Although my foster/adopt child has been gone from my home for two months, the child's belongings have been stored at my home during this time.  It has been painful to see the items everyday.  Every time I go in my garage to get in my car, do laundry, get the mail or throw out the trash.

Last week I called the social worker and gave them a deadline of this Friday to have the items out of my home.  I need to move on.

As of today the social worker picked up the items and I have my garage back again.  I have my exercise area back again.  I have 1/8th of my garage again.

A weight has been lifted and I am a much happier person now.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

IT WAS "FAIR"

Today I gave a presentation to some staff at a client's. I was prepared. I had all my supporting documents.

I began my presentation. I started my first sentence and someone asked a question. How can you have a question when I have barely finished the first sentence?

My big mistake was that I passed out the handouts at the beginning of the presentation. While everyone was sitting down, a few folks began reading the handouts so as I began speaking they had questions about the information I had not reviewed with the group yet. Those folks who had not read ahead were trying to figure out where these questions were coming from. Meanwhile I was just trying to get through the material so everyone would be on the same page.

The presentation was "fine" according to a participant. Not the rousing accolade I was looking for but with that rocky start I guess I should be happy with "fine".

Lesson learned: don't pass out the handouts until the end or when I am covering that section.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

GOOD DENTAL REPORT

I went to the dentist today to get my teeth cleaned.  It was good news.  I have no cavities and no cracked teeth.

My new dentist has a program for people with no insurance that I signed up for.  I pay a set price and that price covers two cleanings and x-rays for one year.  Then if I have other dental work it gives me 20% off.

Getting a good dental report is the best!

Until tomorrow...