Sunday, July 31, 2016


Day 335.  I called my friend to see if we can get together tomorrow.  It would be good to see him.

Today some folks came over for a barbecue.

It is hard to see family after a long time.  I am the family member that lives far away so I don't get to see family that often.  The rest of my family gets together quite frequently.  They have things to talk about, inside jokes, memories in common.  I have none of that.  My memories are years old.  I usually have very little to add to a conversation.  It is very hard to be the odd person out. Not to mention I am the weird vegan from the West Coast.

We watched Hello My Name is Doris.  It was really good.  I liked it a whole lot.

Tonight I dropped to 5 mg of Prednisone!!!  I am down to the lowest amount I can go.  It only took me about 15 years to get down to 5 mg.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, July 30, 2016


Day 334.  First day on vacation at the Jersey Shore!  I wanted to relax.  Everyone went on the boat and I stayed behind.  I wanted to relax and read a book.  I needed to decompress.  It was really busy the week I left.  The dog going to the vet, my crown coming off, work, the dog sitter situation.  I just wanted to sit and do nothing.

We watched a terrible movie: High Rise.  It was so weird.  I hear it was up for awards but I can't figure that out.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, July 29, 2016


Day 333.  Today I flew to the Philadelphia airport.  I got a rental car and drove to the Jersey Shore.  I went to see my brother and his family.  My other brother and his family were also there.  It was nice to see the two families.  One family has kids who are teenagers and the other has toddlers.

It was a long day of travel.  I always have a lot of stuff to carry.  I don't pack too many clothes and shoes but I have other stuff: computer, Ipad, camera, medicine, food.  Always too much!

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Day 332.  I went to see the dentist and thank goodness I did.  The dentist tapped on my onlay and then she picked at it and POP!  It came right off.  She said it would not have lasted one more day.

I am a grinder and I grinded so much and so hard I grinded my onlay off.  The dentist never heard of anyone who wears a nightguard being able to grind off a crown.  I told her that I have cracked all my back teeth and they all have crowns.  Now I am grinding off my crowns.  The natural progression.

She was able to clean off the tooth and glue my crown back on because there was no damage to the tooth.  This was good news.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Day 331.  Today I got the news that Lucky does not have parasites.  She probably just has a stomach flu.  She ate this morning so maybe she is already feeling better.

I am a bit worried.  One of my teeth is bothering me.  It is a tooth with an onlay.  An onlay is a tooth that is part real tooth and part crown.  Because I grind my teeth I have a mouth full of crowns and onlays.

Suddenly I felt that one of my onlays felt funny.  It felt like my onlay was going to come off or like I chipped my tooth.  My dentist just retired so I didn't have a dentist.  My dentist sold his practice to another dentist who I have not seen yet.  I called her office and told them my situation.  It was an emergency! They gave me an appointment for tomorrow afternoon.  Yay!

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Day 330.   Today I took Lucky to the vet.  Didn't I tell you if it isn't one dog it is the other?  Lucky has not been eating.  She will not eat for three feedings and then eat a little at the next feeding.  Then won't eat again. Then she had some bad poop.  I won't go into the details but it was scary.  I called the vet the next morning.

The vet ran some tests on the poop (I brought it with me) and some blood work.  They want to check for parasites.

One theory is that one dog got a stomach flu and gave it to the other dog and now they are passing it back and forth.

The vet gave Lucky a shot of anti-vomit medicine to try and get her to eat.  It worked and she ate a bit.  We just need to break the cycle.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, July 25, 2016


Day 329.  Today I did it.  I hired a house cleaner.  I have never had a person clean my whole house before.  I have had someone clean parts of my house before but never my whole house before.

It was so nice not to have to worry about having to clean my house this week when I have such a busy week.  This week is just so crazy that I would have no time to clean the house.  It was just such a mess, worse then I have ever let it get.  It was embarrassing.  Now it is so clean.  I see now why people have cleaning people.  It made me so HAPPY!

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Day 328.  If it isn't one dog it is the other.  I swear I should get frequent vet points at the veterinarians office.  Now Lucky is not eating.  Since Friday she has not eaten. I thought she had an upset tummy and it would right itself but now it has been a few days and I am starting to get worried.  This morning I could hear her tummy across the room.  She must have a really upset tummy to not want to eat.  I have tried all her favorites too: cottage cheese, baby food.  Nothing.  I guess she will eat when she gets hungry enough.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Day 327.  I need a haircut to much today.  I went to my afternoon appointment.  I need some feedback.

I was at my appointment and my hairstylist (the owner of the shop) was cutting my hair.  Then the building cleaner came by to clean the hallway.  My hairstylist stopped cutting my hair and went out to talk to the cleaner.  It wasn't a simple "can you please clean my windows".  It became a contentious interaction.  I was sitting in the chair with my hair half cut and he was getting into a thing with the cleaner.  Finally it seemed like it was over and my hair stylist came back in the shop.  He then proceeded to download all that happened to me.  Trying to get me to agree with him.

He began cutting my hair when I guess he thought he heard the cleaner talking about him to another person (which, mind you, he was just doing with me!) and he got upset.  He went flying out of the shop, stopping my haircut once again, to confront the cleaner.  "if you have something to say about me, say it to my face, not behind my back."  The cleaner sounded confused in his response as if he was not speaking about the hair stylist at all.  The cleaner said he would clean whatever the hair stylist wanted, he needed the job.  Of course this was not his tone during the first discussion but I think he could see his job was about to be on the line and he took a more conciliatory tone.

After that altercation, the hair stylist came in and once again told me all about it.  No, I didn't tell him to stop talking about it but I really didn't want to hear about it.  Do I piss off the guy cutting my hair?  I think not.

Then he was done cutting and it was time to pay.  I thought for a few minutes and decided that I was not going to tip him.  I paid him the full price but I didn't get very good customer service.  He could have waited until we were done to deal with the cleaner or excused himself once and gone out in the hall and dealt with it in a professional manner out of earshot and then not spoken of it to me.  That would have been a professional way to deal with it.

For those of you who think I am cheap think of it this way: if your waitress took your order and then screamed it across the room to the chef, left you waiting with no drinks while she went out for a talk with another person, and then gossiped to you about another waitress, would you tip her?

Until tomorrow...

Friday, July 22, 2016


Day 326.  Today I had to take Happi to the vet.  She is licking everything.  The bed, the blanket, herself, me.  It is keeping me up all night.  She is acting sluggish and walking slow.  She is acting like her stomach hurts.  She is clingy and whiny.  I decided that it was time to have an ultra sound.  I took her in and they shaved her tummy.  They looked at her tummy and they didn't see anything.  That is a good thing!  First the x-ray and now the ultra sound.  We decided to change the Prilosec to Pepcid.  Maybe the Prilosec is reacting badly to her.

Until next time...

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Day 325.  My poor dog walker got a call saying his estranged mother passed away unexpectedly.  I feel horrible for him. 

He was all worried about the work he had scheduled for me.  I told him to take care of his needs and I would work something out.  He assured me that except for one day, he would do the work.  Of course this puts me on edge but what am I going to do?  Emergencies come up.

It is hard to find someone that knows your dogs and who your dogs feel comfortable with and you feel comfortable with.  

Poor guy, losing your mom at any age hurts.  The dogs gave him some loving today when he stopped by.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Day 324.  I mailed my foster/adoption papers today.  A month ago I mailed the preliminary paperwork.  Today I mailed the 25 pages of paperwork that asked me everything about myself.  If you think you will have any privacy and be a foster parent, forget it.

I thought I was done with the paperwork and then I realized that I had two more forms left to finish.  One was easy and the other not so much.  I am not an artist or an architect so it was not an easy task. I did my best.

I feel a weight off my shoulders getting those papers finished and mailed.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Day 323.  Today I finally coerced my brother to help me fix my printer problem.  No, I just asked him.  I know he probably hates it but what is a girl to do?  I have this "network" set up and when I get a new computer it has to be added so I can print and share files.  This way I can sit in bed and get files off my desktop computer and print upstairs on my old, workhorse printer.  Yes, my printer is not wireless but it is a real heavy duty printer that I bought years ago and it has never had a problem.  I works great as a copier and printer.  It is really cheap and the ink lasts forever.

I need to buy a wireless color printer.  I used to have one but it finally died when it could not keep up with the Windows updates.  Plus it had its little idiosyncrasies.  I got rid of it and now I just have the black ink printer.

I am so happy now that all my computers and printer work in sync.  It makes working much easier.  Transferring files from computer to computer with a USB drive so I can print a document was getting old.

Thank you brother!

Until tomorrow...

Monday, July 18, 2016


Day 322.  I started reading a new book, After You.  It is the sequel to Me Before You.  I really enjoyed Me Before You and now I am half way through After You and I really like it too.  I wonder if they will make After You into a movie also. After You is such a good story so far. 

I was stuck between saving it for a good summer on the beach read or reading it now.  I opted to read it now because it is the ending of the story and I could not wait to read it.  For me reading a series is like binge watching a TV series.  I like it better when I can read/watch it all at once and don't have to wait months or years for the next installment.  I am part of the instantaneous generation.  I want it now.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Day 321.  Happy National Ice Cream Day!!  I know you all ate a dish of ice cream in honor of the day.

I made Zoku pops!  I know they aren't ice cream but really I can't eat real ice cream so I figured Zoku pops would be a good way to celebrate.  I made Coconut Pineapple layered with Paypaya Delight.  I took the two juices and layered them.  They are super tasty.

Don't they look tasty!  Cool on a hot day.  Unfortunately it is freezing here but they are still good.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, July 16, 2016


Day 320.  I had to plans to go to a Foster Adoption barbecue.  I made an orzo salad to take with me.  I drove all the way there and stayed a short time.  I just don't do well in group situations.  I get quite anxious when I enter a group situation and I don't know anyone. Especially when everyone seems to know each other.  After about 20-25 minutes hanging around, I decided I had better things to do and I got back in my car and went home.

I went and picked up dog food and went home to my doggies.  I caught up with my friends D and C with phone calls.

Yesterday I got tired of my doctor's office telling me that my medical form for my adoption application was not ready yet so I went to the office and told them I would sit in the waiting room until the form was ready.  The doctor only had to put a date in a spot and sign it.  I had been waiting for three weeks.  Amazing!  I got the form in 15 minutes.  Now I can send the rest of my application in.  I am only missing my DMV form but that could take weeks.  You know those government departments!  I am going to mail it Monday.

Until tomorrow.

Friday, July 15, 2016


Day 319.  I was SO tired last night when I posted there were some things I forgot to write.

1. The concert was so awesome.  Peter Gabriel and Sting sang all their popular songs and played for 3 straight hours.  There was no opening band. 
The set list:

  1. The Rhythm of the Heat
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  2. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
    (Sting cover)
  3. No Self Control
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  4. Invisible Sun
    (The Police cover)
  5. Games Without Frontiers
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  6. Shock the Monkey
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  7. Secret World
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  8. Driven to Tears
    (The Police cover)
  9. Fragile
    (Sting cover)
  10. Red Rain
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  11. Dancing With the Moonlit Knight
    (Genesis cover)
  12. Message in a Bottle
    (The Police cover)
  13. Darkness
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  14. Walking in Your Footsteps
    (The Police cover)
  15. Kiss That Frog
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  16. Don't Give Up
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  17. The Hounds of Winter
    (Sting cover)
  18. Big Time
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  19. Englishman in New York
    (Sting cover)
  20. Solsbury Hill
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  21. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
    (The Police cover)
  22. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
    (Sting cover)
  23. Roxanne
    (The Police cover) (With Ain't No Sunshine snippet)
  24. Love Can Heal
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  25. Desert Rose
    (Sting cover)
  26. In Your Eyes
    (Peter Gabriel cover) 
  27. Every Breath You Take
    (The Police cover)
  28. Sledgehammer
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
2. I had a pair of binoculars and Peter Gabriel's band members (who are all about 70) were all wearing orthopedic sneakers.  I guess comfort won out over  style!

3. There were newly installed metal detectors and the line was a mile long.  They had me go through the metal detector but didn't check inside my bag.  Thought that was interesting.

4. I got to bed finally at 1 am and had to be up at 5:45 am to get going for work.  It was a tough day.  Real tough.  Tougher the older you get.  You just don't bounce back as fast the older you get.

Anyway, enough about the concert.  It was just so awesome.  A once in a lifetime event.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Day 318.  I saw Peter Gabriel and Sting perform. They were awesome! It was the first concert I went to by myself.  No one wanted to go with me and I really wanted to go, so I bought myself a ticket.

I must be a "talking concert goer" magnet. At the Ingigo Girls I had the annoying talking girls behind me the first night and the drunk girls the second night. Tonight I had two men next to me who began talking during the concert. We were in seats and while Peter Gabriel was singing they were chatting away. Not only is it rude and disrespectful, it is annoying to those around them.  After two songs of them having a conversation, I leaned over and told them, "I paid a lot of money to hear the concert not them. They should talk in the hallway. Thank you."  They answered, uh, sorry.  I didn't hear another peep!

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Day 317.  Tonight I went to see Ghostbusters, the remake.  I had gotten an offer to see the movie two nights early for a cheap rate.  It also included popcorn and a drink.  I have been looking forward to seeing this movie despite there being very little advertising.  I was a little worried.  Usually when there is little advertising the movie is not very good.

Well, let me tell you.  I think they are relying on word of mouth and reviews because this movie was AWESOME!  It was SO funny!  I wish I was that person that remembered lines in movies but sadly I am not that person.  I see a movie and hear a line and say to myself I have to remember that line it is so funny.  Then I hear another line and promptly forget the last one.  By the end of the movie, I have forgotten all the lines I liked.  I have to see a movie a few times to get a few lines down well enough to remember them.

The audience laughed out loud through almost the whole movie.  I will not give anything away that you won't see in the previews.  This Ghostbusters has the framework of the original Ghostbusters but it is really original. 

I am already thinking of seeing it again.  It was that good.  That funny.  I haven't laughed that much in a long time.  It even had good credits!

I need to get some sleep.  I have a concert tomorrow night!

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Day 316.  I finished another book.  One of the positive things about insomnia is I get a lot of reading done.  I am tired but I am well read!

I finished The Terrorists Son by Zak Ebrahim.  It was a lesson of how you can be bought up in a life of hate and how you can learn peace.  Zak was the son of El-Sayyid Nosair the man who shot and killed the founder of the Jewish Defense League.  Then from life in prison he helped plan the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.  Zak was a child when this happened and their family was ostracized, threatened and left practically penniless.

It was interesting to hear his story and hear how despite hearing all that rhetoric for years, he is not interested in hate.  He is interested in helping everyone to get along.  He speaks of peace and against terrorism.

It was a very good read.  It was also a TED talk.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, July 11, 2016


Day 315.  Today I spent almost the whole day setting up my computer and transferring files. It is taking me a while to get used to the new keyboard and mouse pad thingy.  I keep shrinking things by accident.  I am sure I will get used to it soon. 

So far I really like how light it is and how big the screen is.  The screen is the same size as my old one but it seems bigger because this screen goes all the way to the edge. 

It always astonishes me how long it takes to transfer files.  Maybe this time I need to cull some of the files that I have passed from computer to computer.  Since computers keep getting bigger, I never feel the need to get rid of old files. 

I am just enjoying how nice my computer is now when it is new! 

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Day 314.  Babies!  Two of my friends notified me they had their babies this week.  Babies everywhere!  One is a boy and one is a girl.  It will be so exciting to hear about them grow up.  Their photos are so cute!  I am just so happy that everyone is happy and healthy.

I bought a computer last night.  My laptop was old. Not so old in dog years but in computer years very old.  It has been dying a slow and painful death.  In fact I am typing this blog post on the new computer.  It is a 2 in 1 laptop.  Meaning it can flip around and become a tablet that I can write on.  I have not tried it yet.

Today I decided to set it up without any assistance from my brother.  I figured how hard can it be?  It is Windows 9 billion doesn't it set up by itself and make me a cup of coffee?  I turned it on and it did all the regular set up (what country, what language, etc.)  I set up the wifi. I downloaded Norton anti-virus.  Then I decided to set up the password.  I opened the password window and while I was thinking of a password, I distracted and the computer went to sleep.  The password was set that when the computer went to sleep I needed to put in the password to turn it back on.  Well, I had not put in a password yet.  The computer kept asking me for a password.  WHAT?  I had not entered a password how can I give you a password?  Crap.

I had to go back to the computer store and have the tech reset something that allowed me to put in a new password.  Whew!   Better have this happen before I installed a bunch of programs.

I really like my new laptop.  It is so thin and so light.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, July 9, 2016


Day 313.  I spent the day running errands.  I had to return the bathing suit I bought about a month ago.  It was not made well and I needed to return it to Target.  But first I wanted to go to Costco.

This was my first trip to Costco since I renewed my membership and since Costco made their change from Costco American Express to Costco Visa.  Since I didn't have a Costco credit card, I didn't pay much attention to the whole thing.  I just knew people could not use a Costco American Express and I may not be able to use my regular American Express.  I go shopping and put all my stuff on the belt.  I hand my card and the girl is ringing up my stuff and I look at the list of ways I can pay.  I have none of the things.  I have no cash, no check, no Costco card, and no Visa.  I tell the girl I have no way to pay.  I have to leave all my stuff on the belt and leave the store.

I am actually already annoyed because Costco used to have a big vegan/vegetarian section and it is gone.  All the products are also gone.  I went all over the store and the items were not mixed in with the regular items.  The main reason I am a member is because the big section the store has. Now it is gone.  If I had known this I may not have renewed this membership.  I can get toilet paper and paper towels at Target.

Which is where I went next.  I went to Target and guess what?  They will take all forms of payment: all credit cards, cash, check, debit cards.  They were happy to take my money!  With a smile!

No they didn't have vegan/vegetarian stuff either but they did have a bubble machine!

Until tomorrow...

Friday, July 8, 2016


Day 312.  I was craving Thai food after last nights debacle. I walked down to the Thai restaurant and explained to them that I received chicken Pa Ram not veggie. They were very nice and made me a fresh serving and only charged me $5.00.  Then when I got home the online service sent me a $5.00 gift certificate to use to say sorry.  Plus my friend S took the food home and paid me for it.  So I ended up getting free food!

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, July 7, 2016


Day 311.  Tonight my friend S came over to finish a trilogy. Back in 2012 (we think) we started watching the Godfather trilogy. We started with Godfather. Then one year later we watched Godfather II. Or should I say we slogged through Godfather II. It was SO long I think I dozed off three times.

Tonight, after a short reprieve, we watched Godfather II. I had heard it was the worst of the trilogy but I will disagree. Okay the acting of Sophia Coppola left a lot to be desired. But the story of the third movie was better than the second. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for someone to be knocked off for the while two hours.

I really enjoyed the first and third movies of the trilogy. We can now say we saw the Godfather trilogy!  "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse."

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Day 310.  Tonight a long time friend came to visit.  She was in town for the long weekend to go camping.  We planned to go to dinner and get burritos.  It was great to see her.

I love seeing a friend that I have not seen in  long while.  I love catching up and finding out what they have been up to.  It just isn't the same when you talk on the phone or email/text back and forth.  In person is so authentic.  Seeing a person's face and gestures that are only theirs.

Anyway it was great to see her and hear about her trip. 

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Day 309. I passed 90,000 page views.  For those of you who don't know blog speak, that means  since my blog started on May 8, 2011, someone has visited my blog 90,000 times   This is exciting. A milestone!  10,000 more visits and I will hit 100,000. 

I look at it this way, I have more hits (visits) on my blog than I have miles on my car! 

Until tomorrow...

Monday, July 4, 2016


Day 308.  Happy 4th of July!  Not doing much today.  Catching up on invoicing my clients.  Pure excitement!

I did start thinking about times gone by.  I was thinking about the times we went to my Great Uncle's farm.  He had a farm about 1 hour from where we lived.  He raised Angus Beef cattle.  I am not sure that is how you say it but he raised cattle for slaughter.  As a small child I wanted to know what the cows names were and he explained to me that when cows are being slaughtered you don't name them.  The bulls all had names because they don't go to slaughter. We were told not to go near the fields where the bulls were because they were dangerous but we were wild children and we would go to the fence and tease the bulls.  Luckily they were not aggressive.

Even as a child it was hard for me to learn that the meat we were eating was at one time the steer in the pen outside.  I think this was one of the things that helped me to become a vegetarian and now a vegan.  It is really hard to look your food in the eyes.  I wanted to go out in the field and pet the cows.  Cows are so sweet.  Calves are adorable.  In the barn were a bunch of cats called barn cats.  They kept the mouse population down.

My Great Uncle also had a small (small for a farm) vegetable garden and those vegetables were delicious.  He said it was because of the cow manure he mixed with the soil.  One year he gave us some to put in our garden.  It was smelly and messy work to turn it into the soil but the vegetables were the best crop we ever had.

I think watching Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest made me think about this today.  I love watching it.  Not sure why.  It is like a car accident.  You don't want to look but you can't turn away.  I have to watch every year to see who wins.  It is my 4th of July tradition.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, July 3, 2016


Day 307. Today was a day of buying food.  Since everyone is celebrating the holiday and out of town, I went to all my favorite stores and bought all my favorite food.

Then I came home and finished the book I was reading "Me Before You".  It was really good and, boy, did I bawl my eyes out in the end.  I am planning on reading the sequel.

I decided it was time to try making the vegan brownies again.  This time I had more success.  I think I overcooked them this time because they were more cake like.  They still taste delicious.  YUM!

My friend S had her baby and I am super excited to hear everyone is happy and healthy.  I love getting baby photos!!  I know some people say it but don't mean it but I really mean it.  I love to see how the little ones grow!  

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Day 306.  I told one of my friends about my plan to foster/adopt a child and she was over the moon with support.  She told me she would babysit and was excited to play games with the child.  It was nice to have another person excited.

I decided to take public transportation over to a free jazz festival.  I have not attended this festival in about 10 years.  I was surprised the growth of the festival.  It went from 4-5 blocks to 12 blocks.  There were 4 stages that I saw and could have been 2 or 3 more.  I wish I had arrived sooner because it was late in the day and kind of chilly.  I was not interested in staying too long.  I brought a book and heard some good music.  I also bought the worst lemonade I have every had.  It was a nice afternoon.

Until tomorrow... 

Friday, July 1, 2016


Day 305.  The Great British Baking Show is back on TV.  I am obsessed with baking/cooking shows.  I dream that I can cook/bake like those folks.  I can't but I can dream.  The Great British Baking Show is one of my favorites.  There are no screaming hosts.  No name calling.  No meanies.  They are British and polite.  I love it.

July's Resolution: Exercise & Health

"But the real secret to lifelong good health is actually the opposite: Let your body take care of you."

  • Take B12 weekly
  • Walk the Dogs Daily
  • Reassess Healthcare Team
  • Go For a Hike
  • Stick to the Meal Plan
  • Go for a Bike Ride
  • Practice Meditating
  • Be Spontaneous!

I am trying to focus on my health this month.  I have not always been focused on more than my immediate health issues.  I want to focus on long term good health.  Let's see how it goes this month!

Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...