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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Go, me!

So it's official.  I'm 25 lbs lighter than I was at my highest weight a few months ago.  Five more pounds and I'll meet the goal my endocrinologist set to increase my insulin sensitivity.  My tops are fitting much better,  although I am the same dress size,  but my pants are pretty loose. I might be able to get into a smaller pair of jeans now. I haven't been dieting, really,  although I have been pretty poor of late so I've been eating less overall. But whatever the reason,  it's good to be shrinking rather than growing in size.

Time for a quiz

Which Founding Father are You?
You are John Adams. John Adams was persuasive and favored justice over all. He wrote much of the Constitution, was an advocate for human rights, and wanted peace. He was also a good friend and confidant.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Good grief

Woman intentionally struck by car after dispute involving two vehicles
A road feud that included a gun ended in a female pedestrian being intentionally hit and severely injured at a busy Lexington intersection, police said.

At Harrodsburg and Lane Allen roads, two vehicles with people inside who knew each other had an altercation of some sort about 12:30 p.m., police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. A person in a white Kia pointed a gun at the people in the second vehicle. A woman in the second vehicle stepped out of it to confront the people in the Kia. The Kia driver pulled in front of the second vehicle and reversed, hitting the female pedestrian.
Her leg nearly needed amputating, according to the story. The police have arrested those involved, apparently. But it's very scary to think people like that are out driving. And I do wonder why anyone who is being threatened with a gun from another car would get out of their own to confront the other person. There must be some very bad blood between these people.

This was actually the second pedestrian to be hit in Lexington today, although I'm assuming the other was an actual accident. Watch out folks! I know what it feels like to be hit by a car, and I was aware of my surroundings and in the crosswalk with the light and it still ran over my foot and hit me, breaking my ankle, seemingly out of the blue, with the driver swearing he didn't see me even though I was in two extremes of coloured clothing, the sun was shining, and I was clearly in the sidewalk. Add things like darkness, bad weather, and the like, and it can be an absolute disaster. And even everything you can do can go to naught if you have a bat-shit crazy driver who is aiming for you.

So weird.

Monday, November 24, 2014

I'm feeling much better

I'm a little tired now, but I've worked at three types of jobs today, and then helped YKWIA prepare, roast, and peel chestnuts for the soup we're having for Thanksgiving--a long and somewhat painful process, especially if you get the shells under a fingernail, but I enjoyed the company. My coughing has eased, my congestion, while there, is not as bad, the sore throat is gone, that sort of thing. I really feel like I'm back in the land of the living. I'm having some brain fog issues. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with having been sick or not, but it did seem worse while I was sick.

Tomorrow I have a couple of appointments, and after work we're going to get the rest of the things for Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to the menu and yes, even the preparation, although I may feel differently after it's all over.

I hate to say it, but I am pretty pooped, so I think I'll go on to bed. I have to get up early in the morning. Good night!

A disturbing upward trend

U.N. Report Shows an Increase in Trafficking of Children
One in three human trafficking victims is a child, most victims are female, and traffickers operate with wide impunity, the United Nations said Monday in a report on modern-day slavery.

The 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, produced by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, also found that the proportion of children among victims appeared to be rising. Its first report, in 2012, said the proportion had been closer to one in four.

In some regions, like Africa and the Middle East, the new report said, two out of three victims are children.
There is a gender issue here, as:
Other statistics in the report showed that girls account for two out of every three child victims, and that together with adult women, account for 70 percent of all trafficking victims.
And the scope is wide:
The report found that trafficking was a problem all over the world, with at least 152 countries of origin and 124 countries of destination. More than 6 in 10 victims have been transported across at least one national border, it said.
We need to find a way to make this less profitable, find the perpetrators, and free those enslaved. It's so pervasive and only recently has it been really studied or even talked about. Even here in Lexington, a couple were arrested for using slave-labour in their stores. I'm not sure how that case is playing out, but the point is, this is all over the place, including in our own backyard. We need to take notice, and support groups that are trying to make a difference at preventing, freeing, and rehabilitating these people.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Well, at least I'm awake, I guess

So I spent the first half hour of being awake looking through my e-mails and tying to access the patient portal to my doctor's office, because I got an e-mail saying there were new lab results. Now, I go on this maybe once every few months, so I never remember the password (although at least I do remember the username), and I didn't have it with my other passwords. So after many tried through the Android application, I tried to reset the password, but it asks for birth date or phone number as validation and then doesn't accept either. So I tried to go to the web version, which is tricky because it locks the account after three tries, so I tried twice and then requested a reset to the password. This time the validation was a challenge question I could answer, and it accepted it, so I've changed my password (and I've entered it into the appropriate place for later), and finally got to the results, which turned out be be from my strep test, which I already knew was negative. :( Nothing like frustration to get you up and out of bed. Grrr.

Friday, November 21, 2014

I feel somewhat better

which may have something to do with having two shots in the butt today at the doctor's office--one an antibiotic, the other a steroid. I haven't had a shot in my butt since I was a kid, I think. Now I've got a Band-Aid on each cheek. :) Tomorrow I'm going to pick up some more medicine from the pharmacy. Although the good news is I don't have strep throat and my lungs are clear, I've gone into a sinus infection. So hopefully I'll be feeling better in general soon, maybe even before Thanksgiving, as I am going to help YKWIA with Thanksgiving dinner and then visit my mom on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. I'd like to be free of most of the symptoms by then, but I'll settle for as soon as possible, as I've been sick for fifteen days and am quite tired of it.

I went over to YKWIA's tonight to watch 'Grimm' with him, which was quite good, plus we visited for awhile and watched some of 'The Big Bang Theory'. Billy Bob Thornton can do creepy really well. Tomorrow I'm taking A to the pharmacy (and getting my stuff as well), taking him to the grocery, and maybe a few other places as we gather stuff for Thanksgiving. Like last year, the theme is French-style cooking, but we managed to convince YKWIA to cut back a little this year, as there are only the three of us. Last year it took A and myself an hour-and-a-half to wash the dishes that wouldn't fit in the dish washer only to find YKWIA asleep at the table, tired from all we had done that day. There's still a lot to do this year, and I'm not off on Wednesday. But hopefully we'll have a good time.

I also have to finish the game notes tomorrow. I have some of them done, but there's still more, and it's investigative work, so that takes longer to transcribe than down time or action scenes. But I think we only played for about three-and-a-half hours last time, so that's not too bad. I just haven't felt up to working on them since we last played.

Okay, I think I will get something to drink and then head on to bed. Good night!

Yes, especially #1

THE 25 BOOKS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD READ (by Lisa Simpson)

This is a nice article on the value of libraries

A Field Trip to America's Public Libraries: How they serve the needs of their communities
As we’ve been crisscrossing the country visiting towns and cities for our American Futures project, I always look forward to stopping in the town's public library. Every town has one. They’re often lovely buildings. (Thank you, Andrew Carnegie!) They offer a first pulse of the town. (Are they vibrant and bustling?) The librarians are as knowledgeable as the newspaper editors and as welcoming as the Chamber of Commerce. Who wouldn’t love a library?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just a quick update tonight

as I am just now getting home and it is pretty late. Tomorrow comes early in the morning. I have an appointment with the physician's assistant at my doctor's office tomorrow about my illness. Granted, I think it's just a cold, and there's not much to do about that, but I am concerned about the fact that it's been fourteen days, got slightly better and then worsened, and I'm having tightness and pressure in my chest, am short of breath and wheezing, and when lying down it hurts a bit to breathe. I'm thinking it's just my asthma worsening in response to the cold, but I want to make sure it's not something more serious. So I see her mid-morning tomorrow. I am so tired of this. I just have a little more medicine left, but I have to admit, it could be sugar pills for all that it's helped, really. I just keep producing more and more congestion.

On the other hand, I am really happy about something. I nearly wrecked a very good relationship by messing up, blowing up over something trivial, and over something stupid, taking out my own stress and frustrations out on someone I care about very much. I've been a little down these past few weeks because, well, the person is like family to me, or even closer, and I almost blew it completely. But I've managed to make it right and apologised, and things are better now, for which I am very grateful, as I love this person deeply, like a brother, and I am so terribly sorry and grateful that he would even give me the time of day.

That's pretty much all for the night. Good night.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

So I am feeling

Less nervous about scheduling and am a little more confident in what I'm doing this week as opposed to last week,  where I felt drained and stressed.  And it was a very busy week,  but I mostly stayed on top of things and juggled my library and revenue cycle duties pretty well. Thursday and Friday I can take care of those two areas in greater depth,  plus I have some meetings to go to.  Tomorrow I have to leave early to take a friend to an appointment as well.  But I am an hour-and-a-half ahead on my time,  so I won't have to dip into my personal time off much. 

I've been trying to build it up due to the impending holidays,  and barring getting sicker or something like that,  I should be on track for two days at Thanksgiving,  three at Christmas (we have Christmas Eve off in addition to Christmas Day.  It seemed a good plan to take that Friday off as well).  Of course,  there is also New Year's. So that is six days.  With the next pay period I'll have about eight days saved. By the end of the year there will be about two more.

I am still sick,  but hanging in there.  I am tired of blowing my nose,  which is very irritated.  Even with the medication,  which I am almost out of,  it has not been fun.  But if I can get better without it going into a sinus infection or bronchitis,  I will be quite happy.

I was going to read for a bit.  Turns out I left my Kindle wireless connexion on several days ago,  so it's charging.  Yes,  I know,  this is where real,  physical books have an advantage. So instead I am listening to music and debating on whether it's too late in the day for a nap.  :) Or, I could just pick one of the many books I have on sixteen bookshelves and read.  I have several out from the library I need to get to,  as well.  :)

This is not right

Million-dollar baby: Hawaii vacation leaves Sask. parents with massive medical bill
A Saskatchewan mother says she is facing more than $900,000 in medical bills after giving birth unexpectedly in the United States and being told the costs won’t be covered by insurance.

Jennifer Huculak was nearly six months pregnant when her water broke while on vacation in Hawaii in October 2013. After a lengthy hospital stay, Huculak’s daughter, Reece, was born prematurely and required a two-month stay in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Before her trip, Huculak said she purchased Blue Cross insurance and got the green light to travel from her doctor.
And the Canadian couple even bought insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield, only to have the claim denied. Thankfully the little girl did well considering she was born so early. But this sort of bill is staggering.

Finally! (although as a teen I would have loved to have peeled off my zits in one painless tug)

The New ‘Normal Barbie’ Comes With an Average Woman’s Proportions — And Cellulite Sticker Accessories
"I wanted to show that reality is cool," says the creator of the Lammily doll.

It’s a month before the holidays and you’re grappling with a serious toy buyer’s dilemma: On the one hand, you kind of just want to get your kid a Barbie; on the other hand you’d rather not perpetuate the peddling of anatomical ideals that are so impossible to achieve–and impractical. (Were Barbie human, she’d have to walk on all fours due to her tiny feet and would only have room for half a liver.)

That’s why graphic designer-turned-toy-maker Nickolay Lamm created the Lammily doll — what the Barbie would look like if she actually had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman’s body (based on CDC data). And brown hair. (She also comes with a sticker extension pack, complete with cellulite, freckles and acne, but we’ll get to that later.)

This makes me think of YKWIA

who taught me this a long time ago.

Amazingly

I have never made it to Florida. On the other hand, strange news stories and horrible shootings seem to come from Florida. But maybe some day...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The odd things YKWIA finds and shares with me

Tataku Shisho: the Book of Bantorra
In a world where deceased people turn into stone-like books and are stored in the Bantorra Library, anyone who reads a book can learn its past. Bantorra Library is maintained by the Armed Librarians, who wield supernatural abilities, and their enemy is a psychotic cult known as Shindeki Church. As the story progresses it presents a world of sorrow and pain, and the unfairness and frugality of life, as well as personal desires. However, in each arc there is also a small underlying hope, and more of the reasons, conspiracies, and secrets are revealed behind everything.

Hmmm...

Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.?
Annie Lowrey writes in the Times Magazine this week about the troubles of Clay County, Ky., which by several measures is the hardest place in America to live.

The Upshot came to this conclusion by looking at six data points for each county in the United States: education (percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree), median household income, unemployment rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity. We then averaged each county’s relative rank in these categories to create an overall ranking.

(We tried to include other factors, including income mobility and measures of environmental quality, but we were not able to find data sets covering all counties in the United States.)

The 10 lowest counties in the country, by this ranking, include a cluster of six in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky (Breathitt, Clay, Jackson, Lee, Leslie and Magoffin), along with four others in various parts of the rural South: Humphreys County, Miss.; East Carroll Parish, La.; Jefferson County, Ga.; and Lee County, Ark.


Here in Fayette, we're in a little better state than the rest of the Commonwealth:



In the original article, if you roll over the map, it will bring up a box with the chosen county's statistics.

More neat stuff about the body

hese 15 Facts About The Human Body Will Astonish You

I don't agree with one, an assertion that 'Babies are always born with blue eyes'. Most Caucasian ones are, I realise. But mine were light brown, same as they are now, and I'm Caucasian, although there's some American Indian (reportedly Blackfoot) in there, so that might be the explanation. But, being a universal statement, it is therefore negated. Besides, I'm pretty sure that while, for example, there are blue-eyed Africans, not all babies of all races are born blue-eyed. Not that the Internet is the solution to all such questions (this link, of course, was found on the Internet), but if you type into Google, 'are all babies born with blue eyes', you get:
Babies of African and Asian descent are usually born with brown eyes that stay brown. Caucasian babies are often born with steel gray or dark blue eyes; they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time they're 9 months old.
Hah! Google has spoken!

Interesting

Life in Space Affects Men's And Women's Health Very Differently
Back in 2011, NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) — on the recommendation of the National Academy of Sciences — assembled six workgroups to investigate and summarize the current body of knowledge about human and animal spaceflight. The groups focused on cardiovascular, immunological, sensorimotor, musculoskeletal, reproductive and behavioral implications on spaceflight adaptation for men and women. The results have now been published in the latest edition of the Journal of Women's Health.

The study — done in anticipation of longer-duration spaceflights — will inform the health and safety considerations required for astronauts, particularly as they pertain to sex and gender differences.
Thanks to Alexandra Bond for the link!

Great job, both to the young lady and to those who trained her

Missouri teen saves 11-month-old baby in Walmart with CPR
Abby Snodgrass, 17, was in the High Ridge, Mo., Walmart when she heard a commotion. She ran over and performed CPR on a baby who had stopped breathing and most likely saved the child. She learned the life-saving procedure in health class.
You don't see much in the way of heartwarming or good stories in the news these days, so I was glad to see this. Apparently the local emergency personnel have been teaching every high school student in their district CPR since last year, and will have taught about 600 young people by year's end. What a great programme! I took CPR years ago, but haven't kept up on the latest techniques at all, and I gather it's changed a lot. I should check into getting a refresher at work. I'm not one of the people required to maintain CPR-certification, but it never hurts to know what to do.

Baby, it's cold outside

Deep freeze, USA: All 50 states sink below freezing point after second polar plunge dumps FIVE FEET of snow on Great Lakes
  • Every single state experienced below-freezing temperatures Tuesday
  • Five feet of snow is expected around Buffalo, New York
  • Half of the nation is blanketed in snow
  • Authorities shut down the New York State Thruway in western New York
  • Dozens of drivers are stranded on the Thruway after getting caught in incredible pile-up of lake effect snow
  • Temperatures are 15 to 25 degrees lower than normal for this time of the year across most of the country
Note that here in Kentucky, per one of the maps, we are 22 degrees lower than normal for this time of year, and you could certainly feel it. I was concerned this morning because my car doors tend to freeze shut easily and I've been told that my battery is charging at 50% capacity but haven't been able to get a new one yet before the cold weather settled in. Fortunately, this morning everything went as planned. Let's hope tomorrow will as well. We're going to steadily warm up till this weekend we'll see the 60s, and Thanksgiving is supposed to be sunny and 49. But getting down to the low teens in November for lows is not fun, and we simply aren't ready for it. Last winter was so horribly cold, snowy, and seemed longer than it should have, and I think most people are starting to think that this one will be similar.

Monday, November 17, 2014

With temperatures nosediving, let's hope they decide on something soon

Lexington may set aside $200,000 for homeless shelter in city-owned building on Industry Road
Even if all the parties come to agreement on Dec. 3, HUD must sign off on the agreement, Ramsey said.

The council allocated $1,237,850 of the $2.2 million last week. It has a little less than $1 million left to allocate. Hamilton said the $200,000 would be used to add bathing and bathroom areas at the Industry Road building.

Ramsey said the two sides need to come to a resolution soon. The Community Inn is operating at capacity as temperatures plummet. Twenty-eight people stayed overnight at the Catholic Action Center, a day shelter, on Sunday night.

"We are seeing a lot of new homeless people," Ramsey said. "We aren't sure why. There are a lot of elderly and disabled. Many have come here looking for jobs because of our low unemployment rate. About 45 percent of the people who stay at the Community Inn work full time."
Here's to anything that can serve our homeless population, get people back on their feet, and out of danger.

I need to catch up with series 8 on the DVR, having only seen a couple of them

'Doctor Who' Star Peter Capaldi Confirmed For Season 9 And 10; Will Jenna-Louise Coleman Return?
It looks like “Doctor Who” star Peter Capaldi will be driving the TARDIS for Seasons 9 and 10 of the BBC series. According to showrunner Steven Moffat, the 56-year-old actor has officially signed on to continue as the iconic science fiction character.

“Yes, he’s confirmed,” Moffat told The Hollywood Reporter at a London press event for the Season 8 DVD release. Meanwhile, there is no word on whether or not Jenna-Louise Coleman will return for Season 9. Coleman has played The Doctor’s companion for two years, one year longer than Capaldi has been with the show.
I guess that means YKWIA won't be watching 'Doctor Who' for awhile. He can't understand much of what he says, between the Scottish accent, low speech pattern, and the fact that British shows always seem to suffer sound-wise. I can understand most of what he says. I don't know how I feel about Capaldi yet, as I haven't seen much of the series this year yet. I do like that the Doctor is older. I'm of an age to appreciate the Classic Who upon which I was raised, primarily the Tom Baker years.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

So I spent the day sick in bed

And am starting to feel a little better, finally.  I have slept and awoken every two hours or so and drank a glass of water.  Every four hours it so I have eaten something.  I have listened to some music,  but not read or watched anything, as that takes too much effort when I feel bad.  But I have had vivid,  entertaining dreams. It is very much like two years ago when I was recovering from being hit by the car.

Fortunately the cold should abate sooner than that.  Tomorrow it's back to work in what should be snow.  For now,  though,  I just want to stop sneezing,  etc.,  and go back to the hoarse-yet-recovering stage I was in about midweek a few days ago. It would be nice to be recovered completely within a few more days,  especially by Thanksgiving.