Wednesday, April 26, 2017
One of the suggestions is to have a 15 minute list. Things you can do in 15 minutes. When you are waiting for your friend to arrive or when you are on hold with your insurance company. There is a list waiting that has things for you to do instead of websurfing or looking at facebook.
One premise of the book is that we all have a running list of things we need to do that we keep in our head. Sometimes we put some of it down on a piece of paper or into our phone. One of the first thing you do is a brain dump. You think of all the items you need to do. All those to dos that you have in your head: change the light bulb in the garage, call and make an appointment and finish the project for the client. Clear your head and then you make a Master Task List. I made my list today and my head feels empty! There is more to it than that and I will let you know if it ends up being useful.
I have not figured out what type of productivity style I have yet. I am not good at assessing myself.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
To make myself feel better last night I baked my nephew some vegan brownies and mailed them to him this morning. He will get them tomorrow just in time for his first final at college. I figure some good homemade brain food will be good for him and his friends. He loved these brownies when I made them for him last time. Hopefully they make it there okay. I wrapped them a couple of times.
The lady at the post office said it was super that I was sending my nephew brownies for finals. She said I was a good aunt. I don't know. I would have been a good aunt if I had done it during the school year more often.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Today was a medical day. First I went to the cardiology department and had my heart monitor put on. It is about the size of a cellphone but about two cellphones thick. It clicks onto your belt. There are wires that attach to the four stickers on our chest under your shirt. It is super sexy, not! I have to wear it for 30 days. When I have a heart thing happen, I am supposed to push a button and enter the information about what I am doing. When I am showering, I detach the cords. Every three days I change the pads. So far no episodes.
Then after a short break at the hospital lobby watching TV on my phone, I went to see my RA doctor. This is my new doctor for the last year since my long term beloved RA doctor retired. My new RA entered the room and stayed for about 4 minutes asking me how I am doing while sitting across the room. She then left to review my chart for 5 minutes. She returned to look at some of my joints and ask me where I am hurting. I told her my hips, elbow, shoulder, and I am pain and can't sleep. She asked me if I hurt along the back of my lower legs. I said I have. She left the room again for 5 min. When she came back, she told me I do not have rheumatoid arthritis but I have Ankylosing Spondylitis/Spondyloarthritis. She said I have four choices for medications: Ibuprofen, prednisone, methotrexate, or enbrel.
If you have been following this story for a long time, you may remember that I took methotrexate a long time ago and got methotrexate lung. A serious disease that effects your breathing. Ibuprofen effects my stomach. It took me years to decrease the prednisone that I refuse to increase my dosage unless it is an emergency. And Enbrel!! Last year I got meningitis and was told not ever take Enbrel again. Now she wants me to take Enbrel again. Horrible options. She had no other ideas. So two options that almost killed me and two options that will not do much. Well, thanks.
Not to mention that after all of 7 minutes of talking to me, she changes my diagnosis from RA to Ankylosing Spondylitis/Spondyloarthritis (AS). The main complaint of people with AS is a loss of flexibility of the back and neck from inflammation. Pain, stiffness, limited mobility in the lower back. Pain in the knees and heels. The person has a hunchback posture. Okay, I slouch but I have always slouched. I just have bad posture because I am lazy.
The reason I had shoulder pain right now is because I have rotator cuff problems. It has nothing to do with AS. This doctor is a wacko.
I have called and made an appointment with a new doctor. I need a new perspective. I gave this doctor a chance. She may be a brilliant researcher but she is an awful person doctor.
Now you can see why I am so upset.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
I made a really good salad tonight. It was a Quinoa, corn, edamame salad. It is colorful and delicious.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
The series was well done. Anyone who doesn't know much about gay/lesbian history should watch it.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Today we were on a walk and Lucky found a pit. It was a cherry pit or some kind of pit. I was trying to get her to leave it alone but she was intent on chewing it. I had a dog treat and I told her to drop it, leave it. I offered her the dog treat and guess what? She dropped the pit and sat down to get the dog treat! Then she was calm when I reached over and took the pit away! A few years ago if I had done that I would have lost a finger. She was so nonchalant about the whole thing. I was so proud of her. I gave her more treats and told her she was a good pup.
When your children make you proud!
The gardener came and power washed the slate in the backyard. She got the green moss and dirt off but there is this black stuff that would not come off. It looks pretty good.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
I got my new glasses and went to a coffee shop and put them on and began to read. I have no idea what people are talking about. I walked up three flight of stairs with no problem. I thought they were great. I did not wear them home on public transportation. I thought I should get used to them first before I went on the subway.
I am going to spend the weekend wearing them before I have to drive and get around.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I had a long list of things that are bothering me. He wanted to hear the list when I got there. I told him that my elbow still hurts, my shoulder hurts, my hands hurt, my chest is tight and it is hard to breathe sometimes, I can't sleep from the pain. He immediately said he is worried that my RA is going crazy and he wants me to get on some more aggressive medication. I am happy about this because since I have been off the Enbrel, I have felt that my RA has gotten worse. The Enbrel stopped the progression, that is what it does. I have not taken Enbrel for one year and for the last 6 months I have been getting progressively worse. Today I told my doctor that I feel like I am falling apart. So many parts of my body are in pain, I just feel old and like I am falling apart. The hardest part is that I am out of breath going up a flight of stairs which means I could get interstitial lung disease. This can turn bad. I could also have costochondritis (inflammation of the chest and rib cage) although it doesn't feel like it.
I also have a weird rash on my legs and a spot that I need to get checked by a dermatologist.
I am just a mess. The doctor said I need to make an appointment with the RA doctor immediately. I went to get blood tests done this afternoon. I am also getting a heart monitor to wear for a week or two to see how my heart is doing after the emergency room visit.
I am sure everything will be okay. I believe in being proactive and checking things before they become a big problem. Maybe getting on a new medication will make me feel better and not so tired all the time. Next week will give me answers.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
I am waiting for sunny days.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
I am one of those people that never seems to run into famous people. It was fun to be right near someone famous just walking along. Okay, she had her people with her keeping the paparazzi back. The media was all around her interviewing her and taking her photo. I am sure I am cropped out of many of them!
I marched carrying the gay flag. Last time I marched I carried a sign and my arms were killing me. This time I carried the flag and it was so much easier. No pole just the flag. It is very light that way.
It was a quick march and then a warm bath with epsom salts.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
In case you can't see, it is an Obama pocketbook.
I was just sitting here thinking, what is missing in my wardrobe? I know, an Obama purse!
About 20 years ago I bought something from the US Mint and they still send me fliers asking me to buy things: coins, stamps, plates, etc. Today I got this mailer from the Danbury Mint asking me to buy this lovely Obama pocketbook. I just wonder who came up with this idea? How many will they sell? Do people like this so much that they will sport a bag that says Obama instead of Louis Vuitton, Coach or Chanel all over it?
Suffice it to say, I will not be purchasing this bag.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
I got my wish today. That hunk of wood is gone and now I just have a thin pole hanging from the ceiling. I can hang my clothes to dry now. That area of the garage is so open and bright now. I can actually see things in that area now. It is amazing how that green thing was blocking the light.
He also put in a shelf in my closet. Now the closet is so organized.
I am so glad that I just took the dogs out. It just started down pouring. My dogs just hate the rain. Today it was raining and Lucky didn't want to poop in the rain so she came in the garage where the handyman was working and squatted down and pooped. She just hates to poop in the rain. She is a little bad.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Oh, it is raining again. Ugh. Over 200% of the amount of rain we normally get in one year and it is only April 11th.
Monday, April 10, 2017
I was really surprised that Lenscrafters has such a wide selection of frames. Next time I will go there when I am looking for frames. They had a bunch of designer styles.
In a week I will have both my regular glasses and my sunglasses and I will have a new look.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
I came home and went through my short sleeved shirts and tried them all on. Any shirt that is a Large and is too big is gone. Into the box to be donated. I am getting rid of about 15 shirts. No more keeping shirts that I will never wear again.
I still have some shirts that will still fit and now I have the nine new shirts. Woo Hoo!
Friday, April 7, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
I am very happy so far. I have to go and get the screen protector put on. I was also sent a regular charger and not a phone charger so I have to switch those. I also have to figure out how to insert the memory card. I won't have to worry about running out of space again. This phone is a bit bigger but not so much bigger that it is uncomfortable. I have so much data now I don't worry about anything. Today I was on public transportation and I watched trailers for upcoming movies using data. It felt so decadent. I will probably never use all the data I get each month. Maybe if I am on vacation or in the hospital but even then, I use the wifi at that location. I never used all the data in my old plan. A couple of times I came close to the total but I have the warning set and I immediately turned off all extraneous apps and made it through the month without going over my total.
I am happy I have a phone again.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Past recipients are the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and the work of Lee-Anne Walters and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who brought the deadly levels of lead in Flint's water supply to national attention. I am in amazing company! Imagine that! I had no idea I was even in the running for the prize.
Phone update: I guess the Fed Ex was too late to go out last night. The screen is almost completely purple now. I got a phone call but could not see who was calling. It is a sad state of affairs. It makes an interesting day when I can't check my phone all day or make any phone calls. For the first 12 hours I was a bit lost. I wanted to make phone calls and look things up and send emails. Then I would remember that I could not. I had to use my computer to do things. Or not. The only thing I wish I could have seen was a text message from my dog walker but if it was important she will send it again.
My phone should show up tomorrow by 4pm. Yay!
|my broken cellphone|
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
At first I called the cellphone insurance I pay for but it would cost $150 to get a new phone or I could possibly get the screen fixed for $80. I thought about it but thought I should call Verizon first.
I called Verizon and asked how much a cellphone would cost. The sales guy showed me a phone with more memory. This has been a problem for me lately. I keep having to delete things because I am running out of space. Then he told me I have a really old plan that costs more than the current plans. I can get a better plan now (since all the wireless companies are in competition) for less money. The savings will almost pay for the new cellphone in a year. Plus I am moving from 3 gigs to 5 gigs.
The guy "felt so bad for me" that he gave me a bunch of stuff for free. Free overnight shipping, free accessories, and discounted something else. I know they probably do it for everyone but when you spend an hour on the phone, it makes you feel better when they start throwing free things at you. The phone may show up tomorrow (I ordered it late in the day and may have missed the fed ex deadline).
For those of you who read this blog every day and have read it for years, you may remember the last time I ordered my phone from Verizon over the phone, the phone didn't arrive. There was a screw up with the delivery and Verizon applied for a refund with Fed Ex but then the package was found. I ended up not having to pay for the phone.
My current phone will be two years old in August so it almost made the two year mark. It would have made it had I not dropped it.
I now have to get the phone and head down to Verizon to get the screen saver put on and the phone set up. The only sad part about this phone is that it does not charge wirelessly. I have to go back to using wires again.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Then I came home and made vegan paella.
It turned out really good. Super tasty.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Then I went to see The Zookeeper's Wife with my friend S. It was a great movie. It is also a true story.
Friday, March 31, 2017
The first time I pulled open the drawer it almost ended up with the contents on the flower. It has gotten easier to open the drawer.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
I have been taking the bus instead of walking lately because it has been raining. Now that is nicer, I need to walk more when I go out. I live on a steep hill and it is a good workout. I get very out of breathe if I keep up a good pace. I need to get up the hill and not be out of breathe. I just can't take the dogs.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
I am sure it will subside soon. Flares always do. The trick is to ride them out.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
It will be easier to reach for the items I need more often. I will no longer have to get up on my tippy toes to reach the sheets. It is much easier for me when I am sore and swollen.
These things make me so happy.
Monday, March 27, 2017
I made Lentil, Chard and Potato Soup. It is really hearty and tasty. It was really easy to make. I will have dinner for a few days. I love to make slow cooker soups. No stirring, no checking. Just put it in and let it go.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Well they loved her. This is all good news.
I spent the afternoon shopping for eye glass frames. My friend M went with me from store to store trying on frames. I must have tried on 50 frames. I found a few that I liked but none that I love. I feel that I need to love a pair of eye glass frames that I am going to wear every day for the next X number of years. Years ago I had someone convince me that a pair of frames looked good on me and I bought them. I have probably worn them for a total of one week in all these years. Mostly when my other glasses broke.
So the search continues.
Friday, March 24, 2017
I just hate changing my frames. My current frames are old and can't take the transition lens.
What kinds of frames will I get? I can't wait to see.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
He finished painting my door. It was a great day. The house is looking great. If it would only stop raining long enough he could fix the outside stuff.
While he was doing his work, I cleaned out the water cooler that the ants were under. I had laid it down to clean the bottom and I guess something kicked up some junk and I had to clean the whole thing out. I took all the parts apart and cleaned them all. No ants had gotten in the inside or even on the outside that I could tell. It just got junky inside when I laid it down. I am sure the compressor had to settle down once I sat it upright. It took about one hour but now the water is clear and cold again.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
When I was a kid I watched this made for TV movie about people stuck on an island that was overrun by a colony of ants. It is called Empire of the Ants. The ants killed almost everyone but the people who survived had to set the island on fire and jump in water with straws to breath through. This movie scarred me for life.
I am not afraid of most things. Ask anyone who knows me. I am the one who kills (or saves) the spiders, bugs. I have been the one who picks up the dead animals (mice, rats, etc.) and disposes of them. I watch CSI and medical shows while I eat. I am the person you want when you are in a hospital because I don't get queasy over this stuff. In college I was the one holding back girls hair in the bathroom. You get the drift. I don't fluster easily.
Except for ants. I hate ants. They creep me out. They give me nightmares. That darn movie! Over the past few days I have been seeing ants. I don't like using DEET to kill things because of the bad things in it. But ants will bring out the animal in me. I could not be a Buddhist.
I saw a few ants. I used the spray. Then I saw a few more and I tried vinegar and water. Then today I saw more ants by my water cooler. A lot more. I moved the water cooler and almost threw up. I grabbed that DEET and sprayed like a mad woman.
There was thousands of ants and millions of eggs. Oh my gosh it was gross. I just sprayed until the can was empty and then I grabbed another can. Ugh. Then I had to clean it all up. That was the worst. I was worried that I had not killed it all so I put all the dead ants and eggs in a sealed plastic ziplock and that in a plastic bag. Then I took a shower. I felt like I had ants all over me.
It was so awful. Just writing this creeps me out.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I talked to her office about the mess about The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named changing my primary care doctor and the staff tried to fix it. I got home and called The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and miraculously my primary care physician's name was listed on their list of doctor's I can use. I don't know what someone did but it worked. Problem solved.
Monday, March 20, 2017
The top things they look at are six economic and social factors
- gross domestic product per capita
- healthy years of life expectancy
- social support (having someone to rely on during times of trouble)
- trust (a perceived absence of corruption in business or government)
- the perceived freedom to make life choices, and
- generosity (measured by donations)
Sunday, March 19, 2017
What a lazy day!
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Twenty minutes later the remote control doesn't work again. I contact the supervisor and tell him that the box doesn't work again. I tell him that Hulu is looking good at this moment. The supervisor says he will be right over with some new boxes.
The supervisor shows up with the technician from this morning. It takes them about one hour to figure out that last weekend when the technician accidentally turned off my cable box downstairs, he didn't set my cable account correctly. It would not matter what cable box was installed it would not work. My account was not set up to handle a cable box for more than 20 minutes. They fixed it and now the cable box works. Fingers crossed it will stay fixed this time!
Then my friend T called and we went out to lunch and to the park for ice pops. I watched Central Intelligence in the evening. It was a nice day.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Then we played Cards Against Humanity. It was interesting and fun. I ended up with three presidents and the pope as my answer cards.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Today I called my contact, the supervisor, at Comcast and he promised me they would bring a new box on Saturday. I am super busy tomorrow and can't wait around for Comcast. He can't believe both the boxes died in less than a week.
Maybe my Comcast is possessed?!
Today I wore a pair of my birthday socks. They are SO fun! They say Party Animal.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Anyway, I can't figure this out for nothing. I feel like I am back in high school taking one of those quizzes. "If the Amtrak train from Boston to NYC is going 80 miles per hour to the south and the wind is going 30 miles per hour to the east, which way is the smoke blowing?" Trick question: Amtrak trains on the NE corridor are electric!
I need a math wiz to help me.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
I had to call The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named today. I got a letter stating my primary care physician had been changed to another doctor. I wanted to know why. I found out that once again The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is fighting with the medical group. This happened a few years ago and the contract negotiations went down to the wire. It stressed me out thinking I would have to change insurance companies mid-year or I would lose my doctor's. Now it is happening again. I changed my primary care physician back to my doctor and crossed my fingers the negotiations would work themselves out.
I called my doctor about the pain in my hips. I have an appointment on Friday.
Monday, March 13, 2017
For months I have had pain in my elbow. My doctor says it is tennis elbow. Now I have been having pain in my hips. The pain is so severe that it wakes me out of a deep sleep. It started on my left side and now it is on both sides. Since I sleep on my side, it is quite painful to sleep. I think it is time to call the doctor and see what is up.
Oh, I think I can call my doctor. I got a letter from the insurance-company-who-can-not-be-named saying they changed my primary care doctor without my permission. Ergh. I guess tomorrow I need to call insurance-company-who-can-not-be-named and figure this out. Now that Comcast is fixed I have a new battle to fight.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Ten minutes after he left I checked the TV downstairs and all the channels that are pay channels didn't work. No MTV, no HBO, no LOGO. UGH! I called Comcast and told them what happened. Turned out the cable guy took out the cable box that didn't work from upstairs but he turned off the cable box from downstairs that did work. They tried to fix it over the phone but they could not. They had to schedule a tech to come out. One and half hours later I get my fourth phone call from Comcast from the tech that came that morning apologizing from turning off the wrong cable box. He already turned it back on. Everything was working. Yeah! Hopefully this is the end of my Comcast visits for a while.
Now do you see why I hesitate calling Comcast? It is never easy with them. It is always 3-4 visits. A week or two of Comcast. At least this time it was escalated to a supervisor quickly. I have clear and watchable cable again one year later. Yay!
Then I finished my tax preparation for my tax meeting tomorrow. What a day.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
When they arrived, they tested this and that. It turned out that the cable boxes are old and some part of them was "full" and not able to work correctly anymore. Really?? That was why I was having more and more issues. They checked all the wires and even brought in the cherrypicker to check the outside wires. New boxes were installed and checked. All the TVs were checked and they all worked. I was happy. After two hours they left.
I worked on my taxes for a few hours and then made dinner and sat down to watch some TV. The remote control launched the channel guide but the arrows would not work. I could not go up and down or left and right. I could not get the guide to turn off. I tried another remote control (I have a few with all the cable boxes I have had) and still no luck.
I finally went within inches of the cable box and I could change the channel. Something was wrong with the new cable box. UGH! I called the cable supervisor (he worked late on Saturdays) and he said he could not come by tonight but he would arrange someone to come by Sunday morning.
I checked the box downstairs and it worked great so I watched TV downstairs.
Friday, March 10, 2017
What is your most requested comfort food? Mine is probably ice cream. Then pizza. But back in my college days I used to love to come home from a night out and make Kraft macaroni and cheese at 2 am. Since I am lactose intolerant my days of eating mac and cheese are long over. Then I became vegan and there was no way I was going to eat Mac and cheese.
Until today! A new product came out. Daiya Vegan Mac and cheese. I bought it a few weeks ago but I have been too suspicious to try it. I tried vegan items before and have been very disappointed.
Not this time. The Daiya macaroni and cheese is delicious! I haven't had Mac and cheese in 30 years and it tastes SO good. I want to eat the whole box like in my college days. It is so creamy and cheesy. It has that yellow-orange look. I ate it with vegan hot dogs. Now I am going to have one of my homemade vegan "Reese's" peanut butter cups. What a great dinner.
I have a new favorite comfort food. Yum!!
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
It was also Lucky's birthday! She is probably 8 or 9 years old. She still acts like a puppy. To celebrate we all went to the doctor's office. Lucky needed her nails cut and her anal glands cleaned out. She was in a much better mood after that. I guess that would put me in a bad mood too.
Happy had her nails cut and her shots.
Then the Comcast guy came. Visit #2. He installed the part. It didn't change the flickering picture. We moved cable boxes around. It didn't change the flickering picture. I keep telling them it is the outside. They won't believe me.
In the evening I had my neighborhood watch. It was a smashing success. We had a guest speaker and for about 2 hours there was a scare that he was not going to show up. I had made this arrangement 1.5 months ago and I was a little angry that he was blowing us off. But he showed up and was a great speaker. The group wants another meeting in a few months.
The day was so great. I have other positive news but I want to keep that to myself right now. More on it tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
A friend gave me this for my birthday, isn't it cool?
CATWOMAN!! I am putting it on the same shelf as my Hermione wand and Hedwig the owl. Just a little geek out.
As you probably have figured out I have been checking things to do off my list. Today I finally called Amazon about my Amazon Echo remote. When I changed passwords and wifi in my home, my Amazon Echo didn't work. I finally got that to work and then the remote didn't work. I tried for days to "pair" them to no avail. Giving up each time. The reason I need the remote is with my 1920 walls, Alexa can't hear me increase or decrease the volume when the phone rings so I have to get up to turn her on or off. Thus defeating the purpose of having Alexa. The remote is great. I keep it with me when I am working and I can talk into it and turn Alexa on and off, mute her or even ask her questions. When Alexa stopped working I stopped using the Echo very much. Today I called Amazon to see if I was doing something wrong. The remote was broken. It just died. Sob. Amazon is so great even though it is not under warranty, they credited me a new remote. It arrives on Thursday! I feel I will be more productive with my Alexa working again.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Oh, and it hailed last night. I got up to take one of the dogs out at 1:30am and the deck was covered with hail. It is SO cold here. I heard the hills have been snow covered for the last two nights. That is very rare.
Today the plumber came to fix the garbage disposal. Turns out it was dying. I also found out that it was a makeshift install and a part was missing. I had the plumber install a new one. It is SO quiet now. And not smelly! He also checked my sewer line and it was good.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
It was so funny to see her reaction. I wish I could take her to a snowy area to see her reaction to snow.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Logan was excellent. It did not disappoint. I don't want to spoil it for you. It was action, action, action! It is rated R and is not for the faint of heart.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Then I went on vacation, got sick with meningitis, the flu, and got back to work. Then I started the adoption process. I never could come up with the time to get the cable fixed. I know it is going to be a long process. Last year it was three appointments and they could not fix it. Who knows how many appointments it will take to fix this time.
The problem has gotten worse and now I can't watch a show most times without having the picture flicker. It is annoying. The guy came and didn't have the part he needed. He is coming back Wednesday. Appointment 1 done.
Then the gardener came and cleared out the backyard. It looks great.
Then the handyman came and did a few things.
I went to see Table19 at the movies. I thought it was a comedy but it is more of a romcom. It was funny but a little sappy for me. I liked it.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Then the electrician came to fix a light and that made me real happy. I have not had a light in my kitchen for about 2 months. I can see when I cook again.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
I followed the crowd like a lemur inching along for about 1/4 mile. It took about 40 minutes. Then I finally figured out how to get back on the freeway.
The whole time I was happy I had the top down on my convertible since it was one of the first sunny days in months. It was a bit chilly but sunny. I was worried that my GPS was in the trunk and I had no idea where I was. I was hoping that if I followed the line of cars they would take me back to the freeway. They did!
It took me 1.5 hours to get home when it normally takes 40 minutes.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Maybe next week it will finally get fixed. I can hope!
Monday, February 27, 2017
It was a good time. Just the right amount of politics and humor. It had just enough glamour.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
We all talked about where we were in the process and speculated how long we would have to wait to get a child.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
- Piper about a little piper bird learning to eat.
- Pear Cider and Cigarettes is an adult animation about a guy who needs a kidney.
- Pearl is about a musician who gives it all up for his daughter so she can be all she can be.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
It is all done and I am finally able to invoice my clients again. Hooray!
Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
The second game was also a card game. Everyone gets two cards. Each of the cards has directions on it. When it is your turn, you play one of the cards and have another player do what it says. Then you get another card. The last players show their cards. The cards all have numbers on them and the highest number wins and gets a little red heart. The person with the most hearts at the end wins. It moves pretty fast.
It was a fun night.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Then we made areas: a place to put gardening items, a place to put my ping pong table, and a place to put the boxes of taxes. Now I can see and be in my exercise area again. I even found a VCR that someone gave me years ago. It works! I can use my yoga tapes again.
My helper had parked her car in my driveway when she arrived. Many of my friends park there due to a lack of parking in my area. Halfway through our cleaning out, my neighbor rang my doorbell. My helper answered the door and I was down in the garage. My neighbor spoke to my helper but I could not hear what was said. By the time I got outside my helper was in her car and the neighbor was saying something to her. My helper said "you don't have to be so rude". I jumped in and tried to find out what was going on. Turns out my neighbor wanted her to move her car claiming he can't get his car out. As the conversation went on he told me that "You will not park your car in the driveway anymore" because he can not get his car out of his driveway. I told him the previous owner got his car out by doing a K turn. He said he has a larger car. I told him I was going to park my car there if I need to and he could ring the bell and ask me to move it if he found it impossible to get his car out. He then told me that he would back his car out and if I found a dent, well... He also said he would call the police if I parked my car there. Good luck getting the police to come out for car parking situation. Then he said "If you park your car there again, I will hit it."
The conversation just deteriorated after that about the security light on my house and how I am not friendly anymore. Blah, Blah.
So much for being neighborly.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Today was the day I went to the shredding company. I had 5 boxes of shredding. Old bank statements, checks, taxes, work papers, etc. All needed to be shredded. I also had a hard drive from an old computer. They are all in little pieces. The guy at the shredding company is starting to recognize me since I have been there three times in the last three years. We are both from the East Coast and currently live in the same area. He is a very nice guy. I have referred his company many times.
It feels great to get those boxes out of the house. More things gone. The next thing to get rid of is the e-waste. I am glad I didn't get rid of it already since my new cordless keyboard is not working and I had to hook up my old keyboard. Sometimes it is good to keep some of that old stuff around just in case.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
There were no new children that were right for me this time. It is will just take patience.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
At noon today there was a coyote walking down the street. At noon. I thought they were nocturnal animals. So scary.
I got a new door today. It looks awesome!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Well, I finally turned on my new desktop computer. I was waiting for the right time. Today was it.
The first thing I wanted to do was install antivirus software. That is when I realized my cordless keyboard is not working. I could not get the password to type in the box. Then it would type but it kept saying it was the wrong password. Ergh.
I finally went and got my old keyboard and plugged it in and voila!
I got a text from my neighbor asking if I wanted to come over for Chinese food for Valentine's Day. I heated up some vegan food and headed over. It was a single persons Valentine's day. They had a bunch of food and desserts. There was great conversation and laughs. Considering I woke up and forgot it was Valentine's Day, I had a nice day.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Just one day I would like to wake up and find no news alerts telling me something has happened. Wouldn't that be nice??
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Backstory: My bathroom was supposed to have radiant heat in the floor when it was constructed. Due to a mistake by my contractor, the radiant heat doesn't work. The bedroom is next to the bathroom and the bedroom has heat so the bathroom is not freezing. The whole downstairs is about 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the house because it is basically underground.
Currently: On really cold and rainy days I use a radiator type space heater to make the downstairs warm. Problem is I can't sleep with it on because they get very hot and they aren't safe. I bought this new type of wall heater called an Envi. It is safe because it never gets hot. I don't have to worry about dogs or anything else burning themselves on it.
Today my neighbor came and installed it for me. I turned it on and by the time I went to sleep it was toasty downstairs. Not super hot but just enough to cut the freeze. I could leave it on all night and it was cozy in my bathroom and bedroom.
Can't wait to go to bed tonight.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Most of the time it was easy and fun. The hardest part was when we had to kneel for about 15-20 minutes. It felt like an hour. My knees are not meant for kneeling. My ankles and knees were in so much pain. We were packed in so close that there was no where for me to go. I just closed me eyes and thought of happy thoughts. When I stood up, it took a few moments for the blood to flow back to my feet.
I met some very nice women and we hung out the whole time.
In the evening I went to dinner with my friend S. Thai food was just what I needed. Yum!
Friday, February 10, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
I had a super good time. I had my sparkly daubber and I had 9 bingo sheets. I tried to win a trip on a fire boat. I ended up running into a woman from my Foster/adoption class. We had a good time catching up.
Can't wait for the next Drag Queen Bingo!
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Then I went to my primary doctor. First I was told I have tennis elbow. Funny I don't play tennis! He heard what happened when I had the heart palpitations and then in the ER. Then I told him my opinion that I was not dehydrated and that there was something else wrong. He looked at the medical records from the ER and low and behold, the tests showed I was not dehydrated. Ha! I was low on potassium.
The doctor sent me out for some blood tests to see what else is going on. He thinks there is something else going on. I think he will get to the bottom of it. He did give me some good advice: If the heart racing happens again, lay down. I don't want to fall and get a concussion or knock out my teeth.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The doctor said to not wear the brace on her wrist and it is working out better. Her back has not been bothering her and neither has her wrist. She has just been a happy pup. She can't wait to go for a walk each day and gives me an unhappy look if we can't go out.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
I bought a HDMI cord and I think this is the last thing I need to buy.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
In the afternoon I went to a family fair for foster/adoptive parents. I got to meet social workers and see profiles of kids. I saw one profile that I am interested in. I can't spill the beans about the child but I am interested to hear more. The social worker wanted to hear more about me which is a good thing.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
I have put a Plan B in place. You know what I mean. I have another person waiting in the wings just in case my friend's life change takes my friend out of town or in another direction. I don't want to be left hanging.
Now, here is my question: How do I tell my friend that I have a Plan B? I have to tell him at some point that I have a substitute. I could just wait until my friend is not available and then call the Plan B person and that is an organic transition.
I just can't wait around for my friend to let me know one day that a month long trip to Katmandu is planned for next week and I am up a creek.
But I also don't want to lose a friend. My friend must understand that I can't wait around forever for my friend to figure out life.
Anyway, any ideas will be regarded.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
To fill out the form I had to take her for her shots. She needed her bordetella and rabies shot. She was so good when I took her. She didn't complain or cry. They said she was really good. Compared to how she was years ago, she has come a long way. Such a good dog.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
I decided to take two of the Banana Snickerdoodles and add vanilla ice cream in between them. I made Banana Snickerdoodle ice cream sandwiches.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
I bought a photo album to make a photo book for my foster/adoption. I need to put together a few photos that show my home, dogs, bird, the child's bedroom that they will help decorate, and a photo of me. I wish my backyard looked neat because I would put a photo of the backyard too. It is so overgrown with all the rain, it looks a mess.
I went and bought a new color printer, wifi router and CPU. I tried to hook up the new wifi. It is a new system that doesn't use a router and extender. Unfortunately the second router didn't work so I will have to take it back. The printer is wonderful.
Friday, January 27, 2017
The batter was different than I thought it would be so maybe I was not supposed to use my Kitchen Aid. The cookies are tasty so if I end up liking them enough and I make then again I won't use the kitchen aid.
I think the cookies would be really good with vanilla ice cream. Maybe I will get some and make ice cream cookie sandwiches.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
I ran to get my camera and it had petered off. Here are the photos:
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
When we got to her steps, I politely asked the guy to move along. He was just sitting there eating some fruit. He said sure. I told him I appreciate it. The neighbor scurried into her home. I kept walking along with the dogs. They didn't even get a weird vibe from him or they would have growled. But I did notice they didn't go up to him and they go up to everyone. The guy moved along up the street and later in the walk I saw him and he said hello.
I consult with agencies that work with the homeless, mental health, low income folks and children so I have learned that if you treat people with respect and humanity you will get the same in return.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
I ate breakfast and took a bath with epsom salts. That made me feel better. I had a really slow morning.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Anyway, it was a funny postcard to get although I realize they probably got a list of all students participating in sports in college and everyone got a postcard. I don't think I will be part of the lawsuit and I won't be getting any of the money.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Today I made soup again. I bought this bean mix a while ago and yesterday I found it in my cabinet. You know what I mean, shopping in your cabinets. It is one of my favorite things to do. I go through my cabinet and I find something that I bought sometime ago and I get all excited to make it.
Today I just happen to have the ingredients to make the soup. It needed carrots, celery and red pepper. Perfect! I have crushed tomatoes and veggie broth in my pantry all the time for these reasons. I soaked the beans overnight and today I made the soup. It came out delicious!
I have enough to last a few days. I just wish I had a good loaf of bread. That would make a great meal.