Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Then I cut my leg and was on antibiotics. So I didn't go back on Enbrel. I can't be on Enbrel when I am on antibiotics because I tend to get infections. I just got my stitches out and now I can go back on Enbrel.
My joints have been pretty good through out all these incidents. I can't figure out why. I guess I am hurting other places so my joints don't seem to hurt so bad. Ha! I don't know.
So tonight I do the shot.
Monday, December 29, 2014
She is not just a doc who checks your joints and your labs but she notices if you are down or sad or happy or sick without asking. That is rare in a doc these days. She is old school. Maybe that is why she has to retire. She just can't keep up anymore. Computers in the exam rooms, electronic files, and 10 minutes appointments. Those aren't her style.
I am sad in a month where there is too much for me to be sad about. Let's hope the new RA doc is good!
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Suddenly now all my clients are in a crunch and want everything done by 12/31. That is Wednesday. Today is Sunday. Are there enough hours in the next three days to get it all done? I will have to see. Then I will have to see if I will be able to keep my eyes open long enough to see the ball drop!
I think I will go to sleep now. Yawn!
Saturday, December 27, 2014
I thought the movie kept pretty close to the book. There were parts that I went wait that happened too quickly. They didn't show as much of the commeraderie on the PCT. They didn't show the angst Cheryl went through about not having money. When her box didn't show up on time once and she had to wait for days to get money to eat, her feelings about always being without money. I also think they did not represent her naïveté about her equipment and the experience as well as the book.
Other than that I thought it was good. Brenda liked it too.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Because of circumstance we ended up going in separate cars. My friends got there first. The seating was assigned by table. We were assigned to the Farklempt table. For those of you who don't know it is a Yiddish word meaning choked up with emotion.
Anyway, our friends got to the table and sat down. Another family got to the table and took all the other seats except one. Brenda and I arrived to find one seat. We explained the situation to a person in charge and boy, that started something. One after another people with more authority showed up to check all the tickets. After 10-12 minutes we were told that the other family didn't buy their tickets together and not all their tickets were at the same table. One person had to move. They were putting up a HUGE fuss and refused to get up. Finally the guy in charge said he would kick them out unless one person got up.
It was quite awkward. Especially since once the guy got up, I had to sit in his seat. Yay! We got to sit with the folks who were glaring at us. After a few minutes they apologized and explained they were not mad at us.
Then came the food. One of their men was allergic to shrimp. So what did the server do? He put all the clean serving spoons on the shrimp platter. As we know I am vegan and the folks at the table began mixing the spoons from platter to platter, using their personal forks to scoop food (which I find to be disgusting when you are sharing food with people you don't know!) and slopping food all over. I ate rice and some eggplant I got to before anyone else touched it. It was comical.
The comics were hysterical and made the whole night worth the trouble. I have not laughed so hard in a long time. Each one was funnier than the last. I really needed a good laugh.
The whole night was funny and awkward and weird. I came home and ate dinner!!
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Now I am going to sleep. I wish you a very Merry Christmas!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
We don't have a tree or any lights up on the house. I should buy a wreath for the door. I just can't get in the spirit. For someone who is a Christmas-aholic like me, it feels weird to not have any decorations up or not be wearing any Christmas clothes.
We aren't even planning to cook anything special for Christmas day. I just can't get into it this year.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
|Natalie Tompkins 12/24/2002|
Yesterday we got a phone call to tell us that our dear friend Natalie Tompkins had passed away on December 8, 2014. It was the most devastating and unexpected news.
Natalie was a force of nature. She filled a room with her presence and her booming laugh. When she was in a room, people were drawn to her. She had a contagious and easy smile that just made you want to smile back.
Natalie threw gatherings that had people from all types of backgrounds. You knew if you were going to Natalie's that you were going to meet interesting people. She had a clawfoot bathtub in her living room filled with colorful pillows way before people thought this was trendy. Everyone wanted to lounge in the bathtub at gatherings.
When Natalie moved away, she bought a farm and started farming. She seemed happy with her goats and plants. It was harder to keep in touch once she moved away but when we got on the phone it was like we were never apart.
Natalie will be missed by all those she came in contact with. I will miss her so much, I still can't express it.
Friday, December 19, 2014
The doc says the wound looks good and there is no infection. This is good news. We are on schedule to get the stitches removed on Christmas Eve. Yay!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
It got ugly and not what I needed. I am trying to get Lucky help. The local animal shelter can't get me an appointment with the behaviorist until January.
I called to get my February appointment and was told I lost the appointment! The next appointment is March. I told them I can't wait until March. The dog is tearing this family apart. I used my last resort. I called my friend (the vet that saved Happi) and asked her to help me. Okay, I was crying my eyes out and begged her to help me. She had someone call me back in 30 minutes with an appointment on January 5th. I was so grateful. Help is on the way.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
It was nice to see folks I only get to see once a year because they are not my direct friends. They are the hosts friends so I don't really see them anywhere but at his parties. We do the usual catch up, how is work, how are your holidays, how is your family?
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Do I want to put up our small Charlie Brown Christmas tree? I am really busy. As you can see I am far behind in my blogging because I am so busy. I am not sure I have time to put up decorations.
So tree or no tree? Today I say no tree but let's see what tomorrow brings.
Monday, December 15, 2014
What we have is a hallway with doorways. At each end of the hallway there is a sensor. In the middle we have a regular light switch. We have to put one light on "sensor" and the other light just "on". Then we have to leave the light switch "on".
A few weeks ago some workers came and someone messed with the lights. We didn't notice this right away. The sensor stopped turning on. At first I thought the sensor had died. Then it took me days to sort out which light needed to be turned on and which light needed to be put to sensor. Now it is working fine. Please no one touch our sensitive sensor lights! We love them.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
So far I really like these folks and really like the work. It seems like they may keep me around for awhile.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
- I am really busy with my clients.
- I wanted to take the photo we use for the card. I took the photo of our local Christmas tree.
- Since I am so busy, I want a project that was low stress. Post cards only take stamps and address labels. Cards take that plus stuffing and sealing and return address labels. Many more steps.
- I finished writing, labeling and stamping the postcards in one night.
Friday, December 12, 2014
I have to clean the wound twice a day and put antibiotic cream on it. I have to keep it covered at all times. I have to take antibiotics three times a day. I also have to be very careful not to bang it against anything. The doc says she is not going to be happy if she has to stitch it up again.
I didn't know that it is very easy to get infections in wounds below the knee. So I have to keep off the leg as much as possible and keep it elevated.
The pain has decreased but it still stings. I hear that is the nerves regenerating.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
I yelled for Brenda. She got me a towel to wrap around it and called our neighbors. They rushed over to take me to the ER. Yes, it was the same neighbors.
The ER was not busy at all so I got in straight away. After a shot of lidocaine I got about 8-10 stitches (or maybe it just felt that way.) An antibiotic and a wrap and home I went. The whole trip was 1.5 hours. A record for my ER visits. Now I have to keep my leg elevated. Another scar.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Schools are closing for tomorrow. People are being told to stay home from work. People are at the store buying food, batteries and water. The city even ran out of sandbags. We have sandbags in our city? I didn't know. And I went out and bought sand to fill the umbrella holder for my picnic table!
I am trying not to laugh. As a person who grew up in the Northeast, it is quite funny to hear that schools are announcing they will be closed tomorrow when not one raindrop has fallen.
When we were kids we trudged to school through snow and rain. It had to be really snowy for our school to be called off. We walked to school when there were torrents of rain. I remember getting school with wet clothes where my raincoat stopped and my boots began.
I guess we were tougher in those days.
I don't really understand it here because the kids either take the bus or their parents drive them. They don't even touch the rain. So, why do the administrators need to call off school? I guess having less people driving on the road is a good thing. People out west don't know how to drive in the rain. They hardly get any so they don't get enough practice!
Well, I have to go search out my extra batteries and charge up my electronics!
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Then a few weeks ago I get an email saying Ziplist is dying. Well not dying, it is bought over by Epicurious and Ziplist will stop being an app. I had two choices. I could upload my recipes to Epicurious or I could save a data file to my computer and do with it what I wanted.
Of course I put it off. Then I began researching options. I checked out other recipe apps. None of the other apps has the ability to upload a Ziplist file. Meanwhile the reviews for Epicurious were dismal. People were writing in that their recipes were not uploading to Epicurious and they were having all sorts of problems. Why would I want to put my recipes on a site that had such bad reviews?
This morning I realized that it was 12/9. Tomorrow was the day that my Ziplist account would go dark. I had to make a decision today. First I saved a back up file of my recipes. Then I moved my recipes over to Epicurious. I opened up the My Recipes icon and guess what? No recipes.
I was so upset. I wrote to the support team and asked them very politely if they could fix it. A few hours later I got an email back stating I should log in again. Tonight I did and Voila! My recipes were all there! I am now a happier camper. It isn't as streaklined as Ziplist but it will do for now and my recipes are intact.
Maybe some company in a few months will come up with a way to transfer recipes from Epicurious to their app. Then I will be ready with all recipes. I have no idea why a company would get rid of a great product for an inferior one. Seems crazy to me.
Monday, December 8, 2014
I love this pad and as much as I search the internet, I can't find another. It bums me out. I have to find another pad I like just as much. Meanwhile I am using each and every page of this pad.
To things that have disappeared and we miss them. Sob...
Sunday, December 7, 2014
I took a painkiller and tried to get to sleep. I flipped and turned. Dozing on and off.
It got better during the day but now it is hurting again. My friends think it is a pinched nerve. If it is still hurting tomorrow I will contact the doctor.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
It is frozen and to cook it I had to put it in a frying pan and sear it. Then I put some Teriyaki sauce on it. I was very nervous and after tasting it, I see why. I really don't want to taste anything that tastes remotely like beef. Although Brenda tasted it and said it didn't taste anything like beef, so that is good. It just tasted bad.
It was interesting to try. These new products are getting better. Now the chick'n patties come in Buffalo flavor. I have not tried them yet but I have some in the freezer.
It is fun to have other things to eat than Garden Burgers!
Friday, December 5, 2014
Years ago I had an employee who was very shy and unable to lead a meeting. I suggested he go to Toastmasters. After a few months of attending meetings, I could see a significant change in his behavior. He was more confident and outgoing. He said it was because of the Toastmaster meetings helped him speak in front of groups.
I don't really have a problem speaking in front of groups if I am prepared. I have a harder time when someone throws a microphone in front of my face and I am not prepared. I had this happen a number of years ago when I was an activist. A news crew put a camera in my face and asked me a question on live TV while I had a headset on with the Chief of Police on the other end. I obviously could not talk to both the TV crew and the Chief of Police. I sort of stared into the camera. It was a defining moment. How embarrassing! Thank goodness my partner was next to me and jumped in and spoke to the media. She got her moment in the limelight and made the evening news.
Maybe some time at Toastmasters would help me overcome my humiliation.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
But now it is raining. A lot. They say it is not really making a dent in the drought but it is annoying how much it is raining. The rain is just coming down in torrential downpours. My neighbors basement got flooded the other day. Our street became a river. Trees are falling over because the roots are too saturated. It is just too much rain at once.
I guess those rain dances worked! We are expecting a major rain storm again on Wednesday - Saturday.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The dream went like this: I opened our front dour and gate and Happi got outside. At first Happi was just happily walking down the stairs and down the street. Sniffing the sidewalk and the plants. Then she got almost to the end of the block and she spotted another dog on the other side of the street. The street is really busy. Happi takes off barking and running toward the other dog and the moving cars. I wake up.
It was awful. I could not fall back to sleep. Bad dreams are so disturbing. When I woke up I gave Happi a big hug and kiss.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
We had a building manager years ago who was even more crazy about Christmas than I am. He always had a Christmas party called a redneck Christmas party. He served Cheese Whiz, Beef Jerky, Beer, pork rinds, etc. he had no less than 15 Christmas trees of all sizes in his apartment. But the best tree was his authentic 1960's aluminum tree. I fell in love.
I keep hoping I can talk Brenda into getting one. They aren't as expensive as I thought they would be. $180 for a six foot tree. Plus it is pre-lit with 500 lights.
Getting ready for Christmas.
My knee injury is an old injury probably from when I fell on the cruise ship. I knew I hurt my knee.
He thinks I cracked the cartiledge in my rib age not a rib. He says "still hurts as much".
I go back in a few weeks.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Because Happi has three legs (one front leg and two back legs) it takes a tremendous amount of balance to dig in her bed. I am always impressed when I watch her do it. Four-legged dogs use both front legs to dig but not at the same time. Three-legged dogs have to balance on their hind legs so they can use their front leg to dig. It takes a lot of strength.
Well, Happi has finally settled down for the night and I guess it is time for me to go to sleep.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Today I felt somewhat better and I made a few things. I made mushrooms that I grilled, homemade cranberry sauce and stuffed acorn squash. These went along with the stuffing and cauliflower I made yesterday. The only thing missing is the mashed potatoes but I could only do so much. We may do that tomorrow. Kinda like a progressive Thanksgiving dinner over three days.
|Homemade cranberry sauce(not yet cooled)|
|My plate withAcorn Squash, Stuffing, Cauliflower, Grilled Mushrooms and Cranberries. Yum!|
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Most Thanksgivings I don't have something to be so thankful for. Yesterday I had an accident on my bike. I was extremely lucky there were no cars driving behind me when I fell in the road. I am okay and will hopefully be back on my bike in a few weeks.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and good health.
Okay, it was bound to happen. I had an accident on my bike. Don't panic. Nothing hit me. It was self inflicted. I was riding with a friend when I braked too hard, mostly with the left brake, and I went flying. I landed partly along the water bottle holder with my left thigh and partly on my helmet on the asphalt. As I flipped I saw a pedestrians face. It was a look of shock and awe. I was lucky there was no one right behind me. A truck was a ways behind me and he saw it happen and moved into the other lane.
I sat there dazed for a moment. Then my friend helped me up. I felt shocked but okay. A man passing by gave me a band-aid for a cut on my finger. I walked to a bench and sat for about 20 minutes. Then I rode home.
I took a bath. Ate. Watched TV. Started to cook dinner when I began to feel bad. I got nauseous, headache. I decided I should go to the ER where I am now.
Two hour 45 minutes in the waiting room. I just had x-rays on my shoulder, knee and a cat scan on my neck and head. I have thus stupid collar on that is so uncomfortable. The nurse chastised me for waiting so long to come in.
The verdict has come in. Mild concussion. Chipped the bone at the top of the ligament in my right knee. Cracked rib. Lots of bruises. Back on crutches. No collar!
It is 1:30am of Thanksgiving Day and I want to go home. I am just happy it wasn't worse. Happy Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Now after speaking to a professional, it has become clear that Happi is under stress. She is fighting for survival. She is resource guarding. That is when a pet thinks something is valuable and thinks something is going to take it away. In this case Lucky is resource guarding me. She thinks I am valuable and considers anything that comes between she and I to be a threat. Brenda is a threat. Happi is a threat. She growls and has started to attack Brenda when I am at home. She occasionally thinks Happi is a threat if a show Happi attention and not her.
Lucky also resource guards space. Beds, pillows, couches, chairs, my lap. If she is laying somewhere she will not move if she doesn't want to. She will growl and snarl at anyone who goes near her. If you persist she will attack. She also has gotten into it with Happi when they fought over space on a bed.
I have to work with her to fix this issue. We overcame her resource guarding with food. I feel we can do this.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
I like my plan but I liked it better when it had a deductible not a copay. I can hit a deductible pretty fast. Especially with Enbrel. Two to three prescriptions of Enbrel and I would hit that $4,000 deductible. Then the rest of everything was free.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Today I found out I won the item. I have one year to use two 24-hour bike rentals. Yay! It goes to a good cause.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Luckily I asked. Turns out that I will have to be re-authorized for Enbrel with the new doctor and that can take weeks. Meanwhile the new doctor will not be able to re-fill the old prescription. So I will have to time this very carefully. I need to make sure my current doctor fills a prescription then my new doctor sends over the new authorization so that my new prescription is ready a month later. Hopefully it all gets timed out perfectly.
The hardest thing is to have the prescription authorization screwed up. If you don't have enough medication, it can set you back. Once I had to miss 3 doses because my authorization got messed up when I changed insurance plans.
This time I plan to have it go smoothly so I don't have to miss any doses.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Tomorrow I hope my hips will be loosened up.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
It was good to get out and do something out of my comfort zone. I was not really up to going but rallied and went anyway.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Happy came in pretty quickly with not too much trouble. Lucky on the other hand, was a pain. I had to yell and scream. Beg and plead. She was just running around and barking. I finally corralled her up the stairs and in the door. Then she was running around in the house because she needed to pee. I had to take her out front on a leash. By mid-night whatever it was was gone.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Then he went in our tree and shaped it and thinned it. It looks great.
We have a view again! The backyard is sunny without the trees blocking the sun.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I have to take a medicine for two weeks and see if I feel better. No biggie. I didn't even know I had it.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
It us a recipe and shopping list app. I spent hours putting my recipes in the app. Now I have to put my recipes in a inferior app. I am still looking for other options.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The doc said it seemed like I loosened the clip holding my ligament together or I tore the ligament again. I will need an MRI and surgery. Then 6-8 weeks in a cast and PT again.
I have decided to put it off a bit. It isn't dire so I can wait.
Monday, November 10, 2014
The next day I got an email response that was short and clipped. Is that the right word? It was so not pleasant that my head snapped back a bit. It wasn't mean. The words were just short. It didn't leave me with a good feeling.
I have a tendency to take these things personally at first. My feelings get hurt. Then I think about it for awhile and I realize the person is probably having a bad day or they are tired. Then I let it go. But sometimes it is hard.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
I thought about it for days. Trying to formulate it in my head. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about it. I dreamed about it. Finally this afternoon I wrote it. I am still not sure if it will "cut mustard" as they say but I finished it and sent it.
Oh, I have another blocked oil gland in my eye. Ugh! If it didn't look so ugly. I am putting the hot compresses on it.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
I surprised her with barbecue. Usually it is hard to go to a barbecue place because there is nothing for me to eat except sides. I can have corn on the cob, baked potato, corn bread. Not very nutritious and not the kind of food I am eating these days. The place we went had ribs, barbecue chicken, pulled pork AND crusted tofu! I got the tofu with the habenaro slaw. Unfortunately the slaw was SO spicy it burnt my mouth. I had to scrape it off. They gave me a portion of the regular slaw and that was better.
Brenda got the combo plate. Chicken, ribs, collard greens, biscuit, potato salad. Yum!
Friday, November 7, 2014
She loves them and sported them right away. Tomorrow will contain another surprise.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Now you can see the back wall. We have so much more real estate.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Sometimes there are candidates who are running for one reason. He does like the public transportation, she wants to save a park but neither has a full platform other than their pet issue. I rarely see them win.
No matter how you fell about the issues, don't forget to exercise your rights and get out and vote.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
I finally got fed up and called my carrier to find out what to do. They seemed concerned about the heating up issue but not so concerned that they didn't send me back into the cue instead of transferring me to tech support. Finally I go to someone who could assist me. She explained my options.
1. I could put the phone in safe mode and see if that made it better. If it did, then I would have to do a factory reset and then reset everything all over again. Not the best option.
2. I could put the phone in safe mode and if it drains and gets hot, I would have to buy a new phone at full price. My plan was up this coming March so I was not available for a discounted phone.
3. If my phone needed replacement, I had insurance. I could (oops!) run over it with the car or drop it from the balcony. Then I could get a new phone.
It looks like it just needed to have a factory reset. It seems to be working better and has not heated up. Fingers crossed..
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Last night I needed to wear black jeans and I thought what the hey. I tried them on and they fit. I was pleasantly shocked. I thought I looked good.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Back to the drawing board.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Now I see the news stories of how the celebrations are getting out of hand. So sad! Can people be happy without setting things on fire or breaking bus windows anymore?
The big celebratory parade is supposed to be on Friday, Halloween rain or shine.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Today I was driving down the road at a reasonable 20 miles per hour when a man stepped out from behind a van right in front of my car. Because I have a tiny car and the man was behind a van, I didn't see him until he stepped out into the street. I was about 1/2 of a car length away and slammed on the brakes. He had the audacity to give me a nasty look. It sure did wake me up! He was fine although slightly annoyed. Maybe next time he will do what we are all taught in pre-school LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE YOU CROSS THE STREET !
Monday, October 27, 2014
I was watching an episode of Real Houswives of somewhere the other night (yeah, I know what you are going to say) and the women were sitting around talking and drinking. All of a sudden I heard it: "You are too sensitive." A fun evening of girl chatter and drinks suddenly became an unhappy group of arguing, crying, unhappy women.
Today someone told me I can be too whiny. I was a bit surprised, okay shocked. But maybe I am not so self aware. Maybe I am whiny. Maybe people are just being polite and this person is telling the truth. Suddenly I feel like I am on Survivor. Is the tribe lying to me or is my alliance lying to me? I don't know. After the person said it she sent me a text sort of apologizing telling me we have known each other a long time and gone through a lot. That anything she says is with affection.
This is why I don't like "You are too..." statements. Of course you are too statements can be positive also. You are too nice. Pretty. Smart. Sweet. Brilliant. Kind. Those I like.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
I have been using an asthma inhaler and now I think the sore throat is from the inhaler. I stopped using the inhaler on Friday just in case. I thought if it was the inhaler, I would start to feel better but I don't. I drank hot tea, cold pops, lozenges. Nothing seems to help.
I see the doc on Wednesday and will see what he says.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Today I bought a new scale. The old scale has gone in the trash. I guess 10 years is a good life for a scale. The new scale has all kinds of fancy stuff. It measures BMI, etc.
It is a pleasure to weigh myself now. Especially since I have lost 16 pounds.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
We had filled the pond. During the summer the pond loses water from evaporation (the exact opposite happens during the winter rainy season when I have to pump out water) and I have to fill about 1/3 of the pond every three months. The pond is about 750 gallons so 1/3 is a significant amount of water.
The last time I had to fill it, I got dinged on my water bill. If you go over a certain level of water usage you get a super charge. Because I used 250 extra gallons, I got dinged. We are trying to avoid getting in trouble again AND keep our fish alive.
At first we were taking buckets of the cold water from the shower before it gets hot. But that was getting tedious, I got costocondritous, I couldn't carry the buckets of water down the stairs. Then our brainstorming team came up with the idea of putting a big bin (with a lid) on the balcony, dump the buckets of water in the bin, then once it us full, put the dechlorination liquid in it and pump the water into the pond.
Today I tried this method for the first time. All week we have been filling the bin and today I pumped the 25 gallons into the pond. It took about 10 minutes total to set it up, pump it, and break it down. Of course it would be best if it rained but I won't be holding my breath. The pond is down about 200 gallons so hopefully we can keep up by adding 25 gallons every 4-5 days.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
I could not believe how many bottles of pills I have that are expired. In fact it is embarrassing. I filled up an entire grocery bag. Now I have to prepare them to be dropped off at a medicine drop off site. Brenda wanted me to throw them out but medicines in the trash or water system are wreaking havoc on the environment. Antidepressants dumped in the water system (by people flushing them down the toilet) are disrupting the reproductive cycles of the fish populations.
I have so much space in my medication drawer. I love it.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Since I have not been riding the recumbent bike lately, I didn't have the stamina I had a month ago.i have to ride more often.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Fast forward to today. I am in the shower and Brenda says a service technician is here to fix the alarm. Call me crazy but I immediately called the company. I wanted to make sure this guy was legit. Turns out the company forgot to contact me to tell me my appointment got bumped up to today. Thank goodness I just happened to be at home, since I was going to go pick up my car from the shop.
The service tech fixed the problem in about 10 minutes. He understood why I was suspicious when he arrived once I explained it to him. Can't be too careful these days.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
I am clear that the war was unsuccessful. It included the Soviet Union and Afghanistan. I remember a lot of people in mountains. That is about all I remember.
I feel like there was a break down in my school's curriculum. The war happened in 1979 and I was still in school. Shouldn't my school have taught me this? I have no recollection of ever learning about this war. Vietnam War, check. WWI, check, WWII, check. Civil War, double check (they really drilled that one in). No Afghanistan War.
I guess I need to bone up quickly.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Now if I had told her that Mike and Dan had broken up and were getting a divorce after they told me not to say anything to anyone, that would clearly be gossip.
If the information I was sharing was work information that happened to me, is that gossip? I didn't feel like it was gossip. I don't want to be thought of as a gossiper.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Instead I will sit and bask in the glory of the news that I lost 15 pounds.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
The asthma meds seem to be working.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
I have my outfit set out like the first day of school. My papers and computer are packed. I made a quinoa salad for lunch. I packed my lunch and it us in the refrigerator. I have quarters ready for the meter. I put gas in the car.
I guess I am ready to go in the morning.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Good news: Lucky woke up and ate some food. Then she ate her entire dinner. This is very good news! Her blood work came back normal.
Monday, September 29, 2014
I am feeling a bit better. I stayed in bed all day until I took Lucky. It is weird, I am coughing so much more at night and when I lie down.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
The shot seems to have worked. She stopped getting sick and she has been sleeping. She didn't eat much and it was REAL chicken and rice. I think her system is so messed up she has lost her appetite. Maybe tomorrow she will feel better.
Meanwhile, I am not feeling worse. My plan was to stay in bed but that didn't happen. Tomorrow us Brenda's (and my brothers) birthday. I don't think we will be doing anything. I have to be ready for Monday morning and my new gig.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I finally got a supervisor on the phone and was told the earliest appointment was next Tuesday. She told me she would put me on the cancellation list too.if someone cancels I would get their appointment.
I was happy that I didn't blow up like I would have normally. Instead I tried to keep my cool (even when they disconnected me). Another step from the Happiness Project book. I am trying to not unload on others who have no control over the situation. Bees to honey.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Turns out we have more in common than I thought. She rides a bike also. She has invited me to ride with her once I feel up to it. She also has a passion for photography. We both also like to read. I told her about The Happiness Project and she said she was going to check it out. She is recently retired and has a lot of time on her hands.
On my list of activities I want to do, I wrote entertain. I should include spend time with friends.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
I thought I would write down activities that make me happy
- Riding my bike
- Walking my dogs
- Taking photos
- Reading good books
- Watching movies
- Sitting in my backyard
- Taking a bath
- Stress free vacations
- Watching TV
- Working on my computer
- Organizing groups (neighborhood watch, etc.)
- Entertaining, having friends over
- I would probably like to go for a short hike
- Going to new things (art shows, museums, fairs, operas, etc.)
- Road trips
- Being spontaneous (not really an activity)
Saturday, September 20, 2014
So overall things are better. This is good news!
Friday, September 19, 2014
Since I have been cleaning out my office I have had a feeling of happiness each time I get a little closer to a clean and organized office.
I am not sure I will do a happiness project but so far it is an interesting read. I do see ways I can improve my level of happiness.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
I called the eye doc and they squeezed me in. The doc looked at my eye and told me it was not a blocked tear duct it was an obstructed drainage duct of the oil gland in my lower eye lid. This is called chalazion. It causes a cyst to appear when the duct is blocked. It gets painful to blink.
To fix it the doc first scrapped the eye lid. Now, if you think this was not painful, you must be kidding. When that didn't do the trick, the doc told me I could continue with the hot compresses for about two weeks or he could give me an injection of steroids.
The doc said he would get the steroids for a speedier response. I chose the steroid shot. To give me a shot in the eye lid, I needed to freeze my eye lid. Then he took a needle and stuck it three times in my eye lid. That was not pleasant. I do not see a change in my eye but he said it would happen. If it doesn't get better, there is a surgery that can be done to cut out the cyst. Yeah, no.
At least this is something curable. It doesn't seem to hurt as much tonight.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Today I went for my check up with the doc. My costocondritis seems to be subsiding. Good news.
I have had this pain I my side for about a week or so that I attributed to the costocondritis. Turns out I have a cracked rib. Not sure how I got it. Maybe from the coughing, maybe from when the doc pushed on my ribs, who knows. I am a delicate flower.
I also was told my asthma has kicked up which is why I am coughing so much. I have some medicine to take.
I asked about a flu shot. I guess this year the CDC is advising that those folks who are immune compromised should get s special flu shot that is extra strong. My doc is not getting it so I will have to get two flu shots. One in October and one in December.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
About a month ago I noticed that the scale weighed me different amounts. Not just different amounts different days or different times of the day. I weighed myself and then I weighed myself 2 minutes later and the scale weighed me a different amount. It became apparent that the scale was having issues. If I moved the scale from one location to another my weight changed. Sometimes 2.5 pounds. It also sometimes said I gained 3 pounds in one day. Or lost 2.3 pounds. It is getting screwy.
I changed the battery thinking that was the problem. No change. I think it is time to purchase a new scale.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Okay, enough. I am sure if I rest for a few more days I will be fine in a few days. It has only been two weeks. My body just needs to rest.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
I calmly took the bowl over the waiter and told me that my VEGAN meal had chicken in it. As a VEGAN I am very upset to find CHICKEN in my meal. The waiter took it back to the chef and then came out to apologize to me. They made me another Organic Garden Noodles with Tofu and Vegetables. A lady I assume was the manager came over to apologize and tell me that this dish was made under close supervision. No chicken. Once again we apologize. The apologies continued through out the visit. The dish was taken off the bill.
I am trying to not make a big deal about this.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Now with a sparkling house, we are ready for our visitors. I am sure I will need a long rest once this is all over.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
If anyone has a vegan tomato recipe I can have, I would sure appreciate it.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Do I sort them by work, family, friends? Do I sort by year? I have no idea. If anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
I didn't account for the prep time and the time waiting for the veggies to char. Then there was the time making the vinigrette and chopping up all the stuff that doesn't get grilled. Well, it was way more time consuming than I planned.
But, it is mighty tasty!! I had to nix the asparagus because it didn't look good at the store. I don't like onions so they had to go. I am vegan so the cheese was excluded. I used some pre-made herb infused oil that I had been given as a gift a long time ago. It was yellow chili infused oil. Wow was it hot. I had to mix it with regular oil to make it palatable. I also used lemons from my lemon tree and tomatoes from my tomato plant. The lemons are so tiny this year because of the drought.
After making this salad I needed to take a bath. I was to achy and tired. I probabaly should have taken a nap instead of cooking.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Poor little Lucky has not been feeling well. She has not been wanting to eat and for a dog who was obviously deprived of food before she came to live with us, that is a big deal. She always wants to eat! So today I took her to the vet. Of course she acted completely fine. The vet could find nothing wrong with her. There are two things that are concerning: her teeth and the possibility of kennel cough. I told him that she had a cough last night and he thought that maybe she had the beginning of kennel cough. I don't think that is what she has. He also said her teeth are bad but not bad enough to cause her problems. I had them do blood work so we can make sure the little pup is okay.
Tonight she ate like a champ. Maybe she is feeling better. We get her results tomorrow.
The trip to the vet tired me out. I came home and slept for two hours with no pain pills.