Monday, December 30, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Then we went to see American Hustle. It was good. I sort dozed a bit in the first 40 minutes. It is slow for the first half. It has to set the stage for the hustle.
Then we had a neighbor come over to take our family photo. A little late this year. I think she was shocked by the chaos. Two dogs and a bird. The little dog barking and growling at the bird. Jumping up and biting his tail feathers. The big dog squirming to get down. Brenda not happy about having to do the photo at all. The photo is for our annual family ornament. Every year since we have been together Brenda and I have a yearly ornament. Some times it has a photo and sometimes it just has our names. Since I was in a hurry I bought the ornament where I put in a photo. Of course our friend canceled on Sunday. I was going to have her take the photo. Then I had to scramble to find someone else last minute. It turned out okay. The good thing is that the photo is so small it is forgiving!
|Happi under the tree|
Then we went last minute Christmas shopping. Brenda needed to get a few things.
Then I came home and printed the photo for the ornament and wrapped the presents. After a quick rest, I started cooking. I made almost all the food for tomorrow. Stuffing, stuffed baked potatoes, mushroom gravy, and brussel sprouts. It is all in the fridge waiting to be warmed up tomorrow. I just have to crisp some polenta and I am set.
People have been stopping by with baked goods. Usually it is just my two neighbors bringing cookies. I was worried that I should be bringing them something. I called my etiquette expert and she said since I threw the big holiday party people were bringing me baked goods to say thank you. Since I threw the party I don't have to bring them cookies. I didn't think so but I wanted to check. I did bring cookies to a few people who missed the party. I also brought them to a neighbor who brings me warm scones every Christmas morning. Isn't that amazing? Every Christmas morning on my doorstep I have warm baked goods!
I feel weird having nothing to do! I will have to get back to work on Thursday.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Which makes me laugh. During the Summer Olympics in London the Ralph Lauren Olympian designed clothes were made in China. Big controversy! Congress discussed it and everything. Congress decided that the clothes worn by Olympians would be made in America from now on. Yeah!
For the Winter Olympics in Sochi the outfits the Olympians are wearing are made in America BUT the GO USA gloves for spectators are made in, wait for it, CHINA! ABC News did an expose and they found an American company that can make the mittens in America for the same price.
So, I am back to buying things on the internet on sites I would not normally be buying off of. Carefully. Buying presents on the web.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Unfortunately this year I sent my brother's package to the wrong place. You see my family split up and go to certain locations. I sent my brother's package to the wrong brother's house. I sent his partner's package to the right place.
It sure would be easier if my family all stayed in one place or always went to the same place.
The next decision is whether we get a Christmas tree or not. I was gung ho on getting a tree last week but could not because of the party. I could not fit a tree and 30 people in my house. So no tree. But now that the party is over, I have to decide whether I want to get a tree now. I usually love a tree, the lights and smell. But I decorated so much this year I feel decorated out. Maybe a small tree. I saw some small trees at Lowes a few weeks ago. Maybe Friday I will go by and see if there are any left.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Today I got up early and got on the road. I ran all my errands before noon. I then began decorating the house. It has thrown up Christmas in our house. By late afternoon I had to get ready for the first Christmas party. We went 1.5 hours. The host gave us one of his dried roses to throw in the fire and make a wish.
Then I came home and wrote out all the Christmas cards. I had already labeled them and put return address labels on. Once Brenda signs them they are ready to mail.
My feet have been killing me. Sometimes it hurts too much to walk. I have no idea what is going on but it needs to stop now. This is not the season.
Friday, December 6, 2013
A few years ago I began using USPS.com and it is so easy. No standing in line for stamps or to mail packages. I print my own labels, pay for it online and either drop them off at the Post Office or arrange to have them picked up. Last year I had them picked up but the Post Man who picked them up was not very cordial about it.
I am always so much more relaxed once the packages going back East are out of the house and on their way.
I have set a bicycling goal. I want to do an organized bike ride this summer. In order to do this I need to get in shape and get my resistance up. I have to practice riding on a schedule. Since I can't always ride outside, I will ride the indoor bike. I am adding Bike Challenge Updates to my posts. That way I am accountable to you all.
Bike Challenge Update:
On Thursday I rode 9.6 miles on the stationary bike. Not just a flat 9.6 miles either. It was a route with hills and valleys. Some of the hills kicked my ***. The bike was telling me I should be at speed 11 mph. I was at a 7. Then it said I should be at a 14, I was at a 8. Those hills were hard! But I made it the whole 9.6 miles! The plan is currently one day riding and one day rest.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
First the Eco Haul guys tried to demo the hot tub.
But that didn't work. Then they decided to cut it in half. But then they realized they would not be able to get it through the door. So thirds it was.
When they turned it over guess what we found? Spiders. Not just regular spiders but Black Widows. Tiny ones but poisonous ones none the less. It is the legged thing above the big leaf.
Then they realized that thirds won't fit through the doorway and they couldn't lift the thirds anyway! So, we cut some more.
That is when we started to see the critter homes and tunnels. Like I said it was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. The insulation was in better condition than I expected. But below you will see where a critter had a tunnel built.
Here you will see where the critter had his or her home right near the warm motor. Oh, we found a rat. I took a photo but it didn't come out. He or she was quite dead. I am sure he or she was not alone but we found one dead when they lifted the tub and he or she fell out. (Better dead than alive, I say!)
Saying goodbye to the hot tub one last time. It was in the truck going away to hot tub heaven or wherever hot tubs go when they get cut up and torn apart. So sad to see it go!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
At 1:20 am I was woken by a horrible pain in my tummy. I got nauseous and dizzy. I couldn't figure out what was going on. I had visions of a middle of the night emergency room visit and having to wake Brenda and tell her. Instead I got a heating pad and curled up. I slept for an hour at a time. Waking up constantly from the pain.
I am not sure if it is food poisoning or a stomach thing. I still feel out of it and pretty crappy. My doc (who I coincidentally saw today) sent me for a blood test and another stool sample. What fun!
Brenda ate the Thanksgiving pie for dinner so that will be the test to see if it was food poisoning. She ate it before I got back from the docs.
Monday, December 2, 2013
The cover looks practically new! Hopefully I can sell it and make back some of my money. Now I call the haulers to come take it away.
While I was at the hardware store I saw this Christmas decoration and it made me laugh!
Brenda and I made a trial run of the meatballs we want to make for the party today. She says they taste great. Yeah!!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Acorn Squash stuffed with Wild Rice Stuffing
Then I made my famous stuffing.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
We always end up sending Christmas Cards. I am such a Christmas fanatic that I want to share the holiday spirit. I went and bought cards on Sunday. I bought some interesting and fun cards this year. I had no time to do anything fun and creative this year. Some years I make my own cards but not this year. I am trying to keep myself organized. I have already gone over the labels and they are ready to be printed.
I know some folks don't want to send cards anymore but I love to open the mail and see the cards from all over. I buy recycled and cards from sustainable forests. I am careful that my cards can be recycled.
We are on the side of Christmas Cards this year but each year it will be a discussion.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I am planning on cooking some of the food the day before. I did this last year and it worked out. I am going to cook my acorn squash and the corn bread the day before then all we have to do is heat it up. Then on Thanksgiving we only have to cook is the Cornish hen (Brenda eats these since a turkey would last her a month!), green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy.
Today I did the food shopping. I went really early and the store wasn't too crowded. It was also well stocked at 9 am. The only thing I couldn't find was wild rice. I am sure you are wondering why I need wild rice. I am putting wild rice in my acorn squash.
Then after food shopping I did a little Christmas shopping. I found a great present for my dad and got Brenda a gift I get her every year. I had this sales person who was the most cheerful person I have met in a long time. She was over the top cheerful! I was only going to buy 3 of the item and when I got to the check out, I had 6 of them! She was so good I had not realized she talked me into getting 6. On the bright side, it was a buy 3, get three free deal. I was going for the buy 1 get 2 free deal.
Thanksgiving weekend will be a working weekend: Christmas prep, party prep, work and taking care of that darn hot tub! Oh, yeah and some relaxation!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Then I found a treasured book from my childhood to give at a future date because the little people are still too little. I don't want to spoil the surprise. I had to buy it because in the past I have found something I really like and I didn't buy it and instead I waited. Then six months later I can't find it, can't remember where I found it, it no longer exists, or it is out of stock. So now when I see something that is rare, I buy it and store it away in a drawer with a sticky note on it. I do the same with cards. I find great greeting cards throughout the year and I buy them and put post-it's on them with people's names. That way I know who they go to.
After all the gift buying, I bought myself a new bag to carry my IPad. The bag I bought last year doesn't work with this new IPad cover. This new bag I like better anyway.
After shopping, A and went to PF Changs and had a late lunch. The new winter menu has a quinoa fried rice that is really tasty. We stayed for hours talking and looking at photos.
The only thing that was stressful besides my Crohn's issues kicking up; was that toward the end my hips hurt so badly I could hardly walk. But I made it!!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Finally we started having small groups over for movie night or a person or two over now and then. But no big parties. Probably the biggest gathering we had was my birthday almost three years ago right before we got Lucky. I had about 10 people over.
I am excited to have some friends over to celebrate the season. We are planning what food to make and what to buy. It is fun. I will have to decorate the house early. We decided to wait on a tree until after the party because our house is not big enough for people and a tree!
I will keep you updated on the preparations.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
If you were anywhere in America today you heard about Batkid in San Francisco. I was working at home today so I heard about it on Good Morning America and each newscast throughout the day. 5 year old Miles took over San Francisco "Gotham City" dressed in a Bat Kid costume. Miles is in remission from leukemia. He rescued a damsel in distress, caught the Riddler, and saved Lou Seal. A flash mob of 20,000 people showed up at City Hall. Someone donated a Lamborgini with a Batman logo on it. President Obama sent a video.
It was such a cute story and really seemed to bring the city together. It was so funny that some of the police vehicles had "kapow" on then in the same font with the same bubble around them.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Then I read my blog friend Wren's blog post and she made me laugh. She wrote about pajamas. Pajamas! All I wanted to do was get back into my pajamas. Some days I don't get out of my pajamas because I work from home. I get up and eat breakfast and start working and around 1 pm I realize I am still in my pajamas. At that point is it really worth it to get into real clothes? Wren's post is about the absurdity of the media writing about Kate Middleton's favorite clothes when the Philippines have just had the most devastating disaster in it's history.
The devastation in the Philippines is so overwhelming. Every time I hear that 50 children may have been swept into the sea, my heart breaks.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I have not gotten the test results yet. I assume tomorrow I will hear something. Yes C. diff, No C. diff. I just want to know. Today my stomach was making these weird noises but it wasn't hunger; just these weird noises. It was loud and embarrassing!
Only eight more days of pills.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Then she tried to check out my gut. Well, she barely got to touch me and I jumped off the table. She got concerned when she heard my symptoms (trust me you don't want to hear them!) and decided to have me tested for C. diff "Clostridium difficile". C. diff is a spore-forming bacterium that is best known for causing antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Because I have been on antibiotics twice now in three or four weeks, I may have contracted C. diff. How do we test for this? It is diagnosed by stool specimens tested for the toxins. I get to bring the lab a stool specimen.
It is funny (not ha ha funny, weird funny) that this sickness season is sort of like it was about four years ago the year that Brenda's father passed away. It was an awful fall/winter. I got the flu (this was before I was getting the flu shot because we weren't sure I could get them while on Enbrel) and it turned into bronchitis. Or maybe it was the other way around. During this time Brenda's dad got very ill and was put in the hospital. We didn't know when we would have to fly back East. Right when I got the sickest, her dad passed and we had to jump on a plane. I hated being around her family while I was so sick and tried to pull myself together and be useful. Popping antibiotics every couple of hours, taking cough medicine and sucking on cough drops. As soon as we got back I went to the doctors and was diagnosed with walking pneumonia and that carried on for a month, through the end of the year. I was sick from October until the end of the year. Horrible!
Monday, November 4, 2013
Today I spent hours curled up on the couch instead of working. I have five more days of these horrible pills. I am not sure I am going to make it. Tomorrow I see my gut doc so I will ask her about it.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
It is also interesting listening to my nephew now that he can tell me things. He told me all about the book I sent them (with a little elaboration). Then he told me about his costumes for Halloween.
We are going to try to Skype next week too.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Today I put the big spider and web on the front door. I hung the skull, witch, and pumpkin on the windows. I am ready for the kids.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Then I went to another store and bought one bag of a new type of food. A new brand called Fromms. They have a better reputation and have never been recalled.
Later that day I took Happi to the vet. She has been shaking her head and scratching her ears all night long. Turns out she has goop in her ear. (Yes, that is a doctor term) I have drops to put in them and in 7-10 days she should be all better.
Brenda cleaned out all their food containers, bowls, and snack containers (we feed them their food as a snack - keeps their weight down!) just in case it was some bacteria in the bad food.
At feeding time both Happi and Lucky gobbled the new food right down. Hopefully we are on the way to a healthier home.
Monday, October 28, 2013
I am taking back the old food because I think something is wrong with it. I researched dog food and decided I am probably going to change their food. Both dogs. I did not realize that their current food had been recalled earlier this year. Not their flavor but their brand. I find it frightening that a dog food brand can be recalled but it never makes the news. I never hear about it. My dog could die because Mylie Cyrus tweerking is bigger news than a dog food recall.
I think I am also going to take back the new food and just get her some new food. I was given this sample of Fromm dog food and both dogs went crazy for it. I researched two different brands of dog food: Fromm and Nutrisource. Both companies have single source protein dog food. Just what I need for Happi.
Tomorrow I will call around and figure out what food to get for my pup! Then take back the bad food.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
It was just what I needed. The weather was supposed to be nice but it wasn't. It was overcast, cold and windy. I really needed to be wearing another layer and some gloves. The pho was so hot that it warmed me from the inside. After eating we saw some llamas. It was so odd to see llamas standing on the street! I don't know what they were doing there but they were adorable.
That was when the group split up and K and I pedaled back to the car. I almost made it the whole way but one block short I had to walk. My legs had enough!
When I got home I took a hot bath to soak my muscles and warm up. It felt good.
I felt really good that I could keep up. This was my first time biking for any length and I was worried I would get tired and not be able to keep up. I think K and N are trying to get me to go on one of their long rides. They just finished the Climate Ride on the east coast. I think it was 5 days biking from Pennsylvania to Washington DC. Not so sure I will be able to do that anytime soon! One step at a time for me. Let's get me up the hill to my house first!!!
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I have been focusing very hard on my posture. Some of my neck problems are due to my horrible posture. I attribute my slouching to having short friends when I was young and very tall. I was 5'9" very young. Always in the back row in photos in school. Even now people don't believe I am that tall because I slouch so badly.
I have also been focusing on sitting up straight and working at my desk. Usually when I work at home I work slouched on the couch. My office could be an episode of one of those hoarder office clutter shows where they bring in a clutter expert and an expert organizer. I just have so much paper; everywhere. Then I have a desk I don't like. I have a chair I love. Not a desk chair but a big soft cushy chair that is covered with crap. Then there are my many brief cases/bags for different clients on the floor. Magazines in a rack. Two dog cages for the pups. Just tons of stuff. Oh and the room is dark if there is no sun so I need to get some sort of lamp.
I have been working on my posture. I think it is helping my neck.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I have to think of what type of couch we want to but next time. What color? What fabric? What size?
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Last night we watched two movies. The Odd Life of Timothy Green. It was an odd movie but what do you expect from a movie called the Odd Life... It is about a small boy who appears to a family with leaves on his legs. They are so desperate for a child they don't really question the leaves. Now would you question a child that showed up at your home in the middle of the night with leaves growing on his legs? I think you would.
Then we watched Olympus Has Fallen. It was an action thriller about a takeover of the White House. Lots of guns and killing. I sure hope the response time of our actual military is faster than it was in this movie. It was an entertaining movie and kept me awake. Brenda fell asleep.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Pretty much spent the whole day on the couch in my pajamas. My temp never went below 99.5 and went up to 100.6. So tomorrow will be another day on the couch or in bed. I taped some shows so it will keep me occupied. My ears keep ringing so I have a hard time concentrating.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
It was so great to see Episode One. Don't worry, I won't give anything away. I wouldn't do that to you. Downton Abbey is sacred! I am just so addicted that I can't wait until January! This weekend episodes 2-4!