Saturday, March 08, 2014
I also tried out an application that is free and for a limited time, ad-free, that is available from Samsung for its devices only, called 'Milk Music'. It is a streaming music service built over Slacker radio with an interesting interface. I tried out some preset genre channels and created one of my own, and enjoyed listening for awhile. You can get it in Google Play. I'll need to look to see if it is available at all on my television, which is also a Samsung.
I fell asleep before 'Grimm' came on, but I did record it on the DVR and will watch it tomorrow. Turns out I'm free till about 4 pm. I'm going to go to the blood centre and give blood (the recent weather has really caused their supply to be down), and also on second thought I think I will go see Frozen. I do have a free ticket, after all, and it's not like I have to visit the concession stand. Then there's 'Grimm', game notes to do, and maybe some things around here as a bit of spring cleaning. [I so want it to be spring, and it'll be in the upper 50s, so I could probably open the windows and air out the place.] Then I'll go take my friend to the grocery and help him wash his dog. Bless her heart, she's having some issues and it's leaving her quite stinky. Hopefully those will resolve soon.
Okay, I'm going to go do some things before heading back to bed. Good night.
Friday, March 07, 2014
Instead I think I'll stay home and have a quiet evening of reading and 'Grimm'. Despite feeling down, I'm going to try to make the most of the situation, and hope it improves soon.
I have a whole list of books to read, and I haven't read a single one so far this year. It's sort of sad--the librarian who never reads. So tonight I'm going to make a concerted effort to set aside some time and do so.
I'm also going to do the exercises for my neck tonight. I haven't been, and I'm still occasionally getting pain or numbness down my arm, although it is much better than it was. And tomorrow morning I'd like to try some yoga.
Tomorrow's agenda is this:
- Give blood early.
- Take a friend to the grocery.
- Wash a dog.
- Clean and fill the fish tanks.
That one of the other small, annoying things of the day was having to repierce my left ear for something like the fifth time this morning. If I don't wear earrings, or if I just wear the dangling type, the hole in my ear tends to close partway up, so the earring will go through half the earlobe only. This goes back to when I originally had my ears pierced and accidentally put an earring through halfway and then it went through a different way than originally. That lobe is thicker due to the scar tissue. But I've had my ears pierced for 28 years, so I guess I've done okay in terms of keeping them open. Again, it's a small thing, but aggravating. At least this time I didn't have to break out my original earrings with the pointy posts; some regular post earrings were fine. But I should probably leave them in tonight anyway.
Tomorrow I'm going to try to move some boxes upstairs at work. I have to get my rent and then there's 'Grimm' at 9. I'm expecting those books tomorrow. Today I'd gotten Loreena McKennitt's new greatest hits album, The Journey So Far, which I've been listening to in the car. I think I'll go put that on in the bedroom and relax, and stretch out. I keep having small cramps in my calves that are making my legs uncomfortable--maybe stretching will help. Good night.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Dr. Nuland wrote that his intention was to demythologize death, making it more familiar and therefore less frightening, so that the dying might approach decisions regarding their care with greater knowledge and more reasonable expectations. The issue has only grown since the book was published, prompting discussion and debate in the medical world, on campuses, in the news media and among politicians and government officials engaged in health care policy.I was not familiar with his work, but was intrigued. His books are available in paperback at very reasonable prices; I ordered three today that should be here Friday. They are How We Die, How We Live, and The Art of Aging. I'll let you know what I think of them. I hope his own passing was a decent as it could have been.
“The final disease that nature inflicts on us will determine the atmosphere in which we take our leave of life,” Dr. Nuland wrote, “but our own choices should be allowed, insofar as possible, to be the decisive factor in the manner of our going.”
Beyond its descriptions of ruptured embolisms, spreading metastases and bodily functions run amok, “How We Die” was a criticism of a medical profession that saw death as an enemy to be engaged, frequently beyond the point of futility.
In chiding physicians, Dr. Nuland, a surgeon at Yale-New Haven Hospital for three decades, pointed the finger at himself, confessing that on more than one occasion he had persuaded dying patients to accept aggressive treatments that intensified their suffering and robbed them of an easier death. One of those patients was his brother, Harvey, an accountant who died of colon cancer in 1990 after receiving an experimental treatment with no reasonable chance of success.
Dr. Nuland wrote that he had mistakenly tried to give his brother hope, failing to acknowledge that disease, not death, was the true nemesis.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
After work I grabbed a baked cod meal from Long John Silver's, some sandwiches for my friends, had dinner while watching 'Dan vs.', bathed another dog, and then watched City of Ember with YKWIA. I enjoyed it. I will say I've now seen several things with Saoirse Ronan, and I think she shows quite a lot of promise. I first saw her in The Lovely Bones. Next up in the Netflix queue--Strictly Ballroom.
Monday, March 03, 2014
- The partials (at least for now) mean:
- I oddly don't want my normal diet soda. I drank a half of one all day at work and a whole one I discovered at home. That's quite a bit less than normal. Nor am I big on anything but water, and even that I have to think to drink. Not sure why this is the case.
- I have to eat small bites, slowly.
- I can only eat certain foods right now, mostly soft and manageable.
- Also, I was put on Byetta, which works by shrinking the stomach prior to meals. I take 5 mcg before breakfast and dinner, and I've noticed that as a general rule, I'm less hungry throughout the day. I'm eating differently than the big three meals, but rather a little bit every few hours or so, which is better for blood sugar.
- My endocrinologist wants me to try to start watching carbs and sent me a booklet on carbohydrate counting along with how to figure how many to eat at meals and throughout the day. I'm going through this to see if I can get a good grip on doing this, and am going to put it into practice. I have 20 lbs to lose by the next appointment, if possible, or at least get a good start on it. That's at the end of May, so about 12 weeks. I had lost 10 lbs last time and she had suggested another 20 to get my sensitivity to insulin working better (the total 30, would be about 10% of my original body weight).
Sorry, I'm not having much luck finding the original source for attribution. Granted, I haven't spent days looking, just a Google search for about a half hour. It appears to be signed 'Loeb', and definitely looks like an editorial cartoon, or perhaps something from a magazine like The New Yorker. I found it making the rounds on Facebook, and it's on lot of different political websites, the earliest of which seems to be November 2012. My apologies to the cartoonist--if I can find the source, I'll attribute correctly.
The wind is howling and it is sleeting. The cars are covered in ice, but it's not as thick as it could have been. Ice pellets cover the ground and streets, and we're heading into snow, which is expected to last until about noon tomorrow. So we could have some fairly significant snow. I'm going to try to get up early to deal with whatever mess the roads may be in then. Also, today I had trouble trying to get my partials seated correctly and so I want to have plenty of time to do so tomorrow morning. YKWIA couldn't understand a word I said on the phone this morning when he called, for example, and I was in a hurry to get over there and just forewent the partials altogether. But although that's fine occasionally, you can't do that regularly since it's bad for the gums and general oral health.
I think I'm going to head on to bed. I have a bad headache, and I'm achy all over, so I'm going to take some ibuprofen. My eyes and nose are going pretty badly, too, and my throat hurts. Generally, I just don't feel great at all. I'm not sure if I have A's cold, or if it's just allergies, but it's annoying. Maybe it's time to go back on Claritin. Hope you had a good weekend, and that you all have power and are staying warm. Be careful if you're in this storm's path. Good night.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Saturday, March 01, 2014
From the National Weather Service:Keep safe out there. I'm mostly prepared, although I need to go out tomorrow morning for toilet paper just in case. We've cancelled the game so Brenda and I won't be trying to make it home in freezing rain. Monday's commute should be positively wonderful. And mind you, today was in the 50s. Temperatures are expected to plummet to lows in the single digits and highs in the 20s. Not fun. They're already reaching out to the homeless to get them in during the cold, and doing what they can with the roads, although with the rain coming first, that means pre-treating is practically useless, I think. I hope this is winter's last hurrah.
Sent: 14:14 EST on 03-01-2014
Effective: 14:14 EST on 03-01-2014
Expires: 13:00 EST on 03-03-2014
Event: Winter Storm Warning
Alert: ...WINTER STORM TO AFFECT PORTIONS OF THE OHIO VALLEY SUNDAY AND MONDAY......WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM EST /9 AM CST/ SUNDAY TO 1 PM EST /NOON CST/ MONDAY...
* TIMING: MID-MORNING SUNDAY THROUGH MID-DAY MONDAY.
* MAIN IMPACT: THREE TO SIX INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET ALONG WITH A QUARTER TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED. TRAVEL WILL BECOME TREACHEROUS AT TIMES. TREE DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY.
* OTHER IMPACTS: GUSTY NORTHERLY WINDS OF UP TO 30 MPH SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MAY CAUSE BLOWING SNOW AND WORSEN TREE DAMAGE.
Instructions: TRAVEL WILL BE TREACHEROUS WITH SOME ROADS NEARLY IMPASSABLE. HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT OF BLANKETS...FOOD...WATER AND FLASHLIGHTS IF YOU MUST TRAVEL. POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY.
Target Area: Anderson, Bourbon, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Clark, Edmonson, Fayette, Franklin, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Hart, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Larue, Marion, Meade, Mercer, Nelson. Nicholas, Ohio, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Washington, Woodford
Forecast Office: NWS Louisville (Central Kentucky)
- Went over to the endocrinologist very early, and she took me off the oral medication Invokana and on the injectable Byetta, as my Ha1C went up and I was having some unpleasant side effects in the form of recurrent yeast infections.
- Grabbed a quick bite between appointments.
- Went to the dentist, who very quickly took out that little tooth that had been under the crown which had come off, and he put my new partials in.
- Amused a friend with my attempts to talk with the partials in, although he did point out that I improved somewhat as the day went on.
- Took a nap.
- Watched both the 'Grimm' from before the Olympics (where you meet Monroe's parents) over at my house and then tonight's 'Grimm' with YKWIA over at his house. Scary serial killers.
- Watched a couple of episodes of the cartoon 'Dan vs.' with YKIWA.
- Came home, took out the partials (yay!) and brushed them with a soft toothbrush. The wires get a bit gummy with stuff. But I did figure out how to get them out; now I just have to figure out how to get them back in.
- Ate a bit without the partials as I'm a little more comfortable with that right now, although I was doing better as the day went by with them in.
- Checked Facebook, this blog, and now I'm going to head to bed soon. I'm very tired after a long day of doctor's appointments and trying to adjust to these things in my mouth.
- I do need to leave my libation for Hekate tonight, as well.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Here are the pictures I took of the plant we had:
Here's one from the Wikipedia article (by JM Garg, used under the Creative Commons licence):
Nifty, huh? I can often be tenacious. :)
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
'Flintstones' House Made Entirely of Clay Attracts Visitors
Here's more on Casa Terracotta. Sadly, I didn't see a kitchen in the interior shots in the gallery, but perhaps you may have better luck.
Of course, if the person (man or woman) you fall for is really your 'true love', then you can still have adventures, a sense of self, and maintain independence. True love means not losing yourself to someone else's expectations, but supporting each other's growth and facing the world together so that each of you can be the hero/heroine of the story you both create for yourselves. Or at least that's my take on it. Of course, I'm single and haven't given true love a chance in years and years, because, well, my standards are a little higher now than when I was a young woman. It would take someone very special to sweep me off my feet. I'm not saying it won't happen; I'd like to think it would. I haven't given up, but I'm, not going to pine away waiting for Prince Charming, etc., despite, in many ways, being a hopeless romantic. :)