Monday, August 06, 2018
So today I was off work and one thing I did was roll up a Dungeons & Dragons character for a game a friend is going to run. Now mind you, I've played roleplaying games [and by that I mean the tabletop/dice and paper kind] for 27 years, but, while I have done Call of Cthulhu (for that entire time) as well as Ars Magica, Shadowrun, Brave New World, Vampire/World of Darkness, and Hârn, I never actually ever got a chance to play D&D. Now I have a half-elven fighter-thief named Aderyn who is going to help escort a caravan with 8 hit points, all the gear I could muster for 110 gold pieces, and an abiding dislike of orcs and goblins. :) Here's hoping I can keep myself (and the others) alive. I know my other friend, the one I live with, plans on standing behind me, as he's a magic user with half the hit points I have, so he can be killed by the common housecat. :)
Monday, July 30, 2018
This is the longest break I've taken from blogging in a while. I've mostly been working and getting a handle on the new job, and I think I'm settling in pretty well.
Also, I've started physical therapy for the sciatica/myofacial pain, which consists of deep massage and loosening the tense muscles and tissue, which is pretty painful at the time, but it is lessening the pain I'm feeling the rest of the time. I'm lucky that they have late appointments, plus my schedule was adjusted a half hour earlier on arrival and departure from work, so that helps, too.
The dog is still full of anxiety. She only feels relaxed and safe with YKWIA and Brenda - not me. He was here all weekend but went over to help our friend who has cancer today, and when he got back she was just shaking. She needs a companion (the cat does not count; he just acts out and beats her up when he's ready to eat). But neither of us can afford to adopt another dog from the pound just yet. I hope she gets better at being alone.
I guess that's how my life is going right now.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Yesterday was mostly about medical testing. I did work from noon to 4:30 pm, but I had an EEG at 7:30 am and an MRI of the brain at 10 am. I had gone to my neurologist concerned over periodic dizziness (I think now that it's vestibular, but we needed to rule out other concerns). I also expressed concern that my memory issues have gotten worse, and while it's probably normal ageing, I've done a lot of replacing words that I have had a hard time finding with the opposite, stuff like that. Now I have ADHD, the inattentive types, so maybe it's just partly that, and as we get older there's more information to juggle. But I've had several untreated concussions, and my family doctor and I wanted to rule out any chance of dementia or early Alzheimer's, a personal fear of mine given my great-grandmother's battle against the latter.
Anyway, the EEG--which was quite interesting, by the way--was negative for any of that. My brain's not slowing down, even though it sometimes seems that way. And the MRI was fine, too. I came home yesterday and looked at the MRI scans they'd given me at Lexington Diagnostic Center. Not that I know how to read an MRI at all, but you can kind of look for light or dark areas that don't fit the rest of it, and I didn't see anything. This morning my neurologist's office called and said it was fine. I did get put on a beta blocker that is good for essential tremor, a benign tremor that can make your hands shake when you hold a spoon or write, or hold a letter, or even a phone, say if you've got it above you in bed. :) Not that you should be lying in bed looking at your phone when you should be asleep, right? Anyway, it's a small dose and it's good for anxiety, too, according to my psychiatrist. It does seem to be helping. Otherwise, I got a clean bill of neurological health. I just am going to have to accept that my memory is not what it once was (and in truth, it was good when I was young, I didn't have to take notes in high school, but I dealt with a lot less information). Given my experiences with anxiety and depression, it's no wonder I've had some impact on daily life. And I tend to compare myself to YKWIA, who has an eidetic memory, rather than say, your average 51-year-old. :)
Today I won the parking behind the building (which is funny, as I'd reserved it yesterday since I was coming from my appointments, so I'm a little spoiled--I have parked there two days in a row), so I took Samantha, my co-worker to her car both days, but today after that I went over to the pharmacy for my pen needles (which are a pain to get anywhere else if you don't have the prescription on you, like you can shoot up heroin out of an insulin pen, thank you, Kroger). Then I went and got YKWIA from our friend's, the one he's helping who is battling cancer. Since my schedule has shifted a half-hour earlier and I hadn't had to go to my car on the shuttle, even with the trip to the pharmacy we were home about 5:30 pm. He was really beat, so he went to bed, and he's still there. I'm going to wake him in a bit to take his medicine. I ate, and then realised I was pretty tired, too. I worked very hard and very steadily today. I like my new job, but I can't ever say I'm bored. So I settled down for awhile with the cat about 7 pm after I'd fed the animals and brought the dog in--who actually wandered around the yard and acted nearly normal. I woke up at 9:45, started some bread making (now that the temperature and humidity are back to where they should be), filled the dishwasher, put away plastic dishes, washed the ones in the sink, took out the trash and recyclables, and took the Herbie and Rosie (the trash and recycling containers, respectively--we name ours here in Lexington) out to the kerb, and generally straightened up a bit. Now I'm listening to Pandora and spending some time on the computer. We're about an hour from bread. The cat's on my bed again. I think I'm going to put the flowered quilt back on the bed, as I don't have to worry about sweat stains now. But that might be a task for tomorrow morning--the cat is quite happy and quiet at the moment, and we like to keep it that way. So I have a task to do online and then I may lie back down till the bread machine beeps and listen to music. My phone turned off, as I let its charge run down, so I'm playing the music on the computer. I may do some brain exercises that go with an application on my phone that are pretty challenging, too. Just to help out on the memory issue--which I do fine with the memory tasks on that. So maybe it literally is just in my head. I don't know.
Alright, I am definitely getting some water and finishing up here. I also should work on a book review by the end of the week. And I just got another published. Yay!
Saturday, July 07, 2018
Meanwhile, the oppressive heat that means I felt like melting and dying over July 4th has ended. I actually woke up with a blanket on that I'd pulled up, for the first time in days or even weeks. We are waiting for the air conditioning repair company to call us back concerning a part. But I think it's okay that we won't get it fixed this weekend, anyway.
YKWIA is soothing the cat, who looked like his tummy might be upset.
I should get a shower, as I need to go by the pharmacy before they close and take him to meet someone/drop something off, and the pharmacy closes at 1 pm, but it'll probably be a couple of hours before he's had his coffee, etc., and gets ready. It takes awhile for him to get going.
Right now I just want to enjoy the pleasantness that is inside the house, though. :) Less than 72 degrees!
Thursday, July 05, 2018
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
On my Samsung Galaxy S7. Only issue so far is that the Gallery and Music applications weren't pulling from the SD card. I restarted it, tried pulling it out and putting it back in, but about the only thing I saw that it did was show the SD card in the File Manager application. So I went on to an image and opened it in Gallery, and they suddenly were all there, and did the same for Samsung Music. Now my music, which is on the card, is accessible. Simple fix, better than everything else I found online, so I'm including it here.
Monday, July 02, 2018
Sunday, July 01, 2018
So this morning we were at McDonald's (after all the trauma with the dog) and a nice young man, seeing his kids were dawdling at the drink fountain, urged them to hurry up because no doubt the old lady behind them needed to get a drink. He was talking about me. I've never heard anyone call me an old lady before. I know he meant well, but if I'd had a cane I might have whacked him on his shins. That was my first reaction - - which I realise is the reaction of an old lady. Sigh.
One of the dogs had to be put down today. The whole thing was sudden and traumatic. But we couldn't let her suffer. I miss her so much already. I was lying in bed feeling sad and the cat came and laid on my arm and purred. I think he's sad, too. He and the other dog keep looking for her.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
I'm back to working normal hours, which we are adjusting to 8 am to 4:30 pm, so shifting a half-hour earlier but later than I have been coming in lately.
I'm happy with my office, and I've got it set up quite nicely, with lots of plants:
|Succulents in the window with pretty stones arranged around them.|
|Blooms on the succulents.|
|This is the orchid I got at the Bluegrass Orchid Society's meeting, plus the sign I had at my old desk.|
|My peace lily. I think I have to move it; it looks cramped.|
|An orchid that's been blooming since February, plus an African violet on the desk.|
|An orchid reblooming on the left, its counterpart, which is peach, but resting, and ivy in the middle.|
|A lovely bunch of peonies I got at Kroger.|
|My new title and sign to my office.|
I've made contact with several people at the University of Kentucky and corporate that will be of assistance, and I had some training from a liaison from UK yesterday regarding a software package I need for my job since I get authorizations for UK surgeries for our patients that have out-of-state Medicaid plans. The funny thing is to get access I had to have an account with UK and once they give you a computer account it's for life, as mine is based on one I got in 1985 as a student in a computer science class that has my old initials in it. :)
Here is my agenda for today:
Get insulin I've been out of for 24 hours Caffeinate and eat breakfast Work on game notes for our Call of Cthulhu game Shower and get ready - I look a mess Go see Incredibles 2 with friends!!! With free tickets from my hoard of employee appreciation tickets[I'm using 3 and I'll still have 5--shows how often I go to the movies] Check on an ill friend and his mother Dust two shelves in the bedroom.
- Move some files on the computer for YKWIA [we're going to do that tomorrow; I'm tired and hurting]
- Do more laundry tonight or tomorrow morning [again, tomorrow]
PS They realised that there was no way I could cover for the Physical Therapy secretary's maternity leave and do the new job, so I'm in my office full time now. New people have been hired in the department for my old job and another checkout position. One of my co-workers moved into the specialist position I was hired for before the other person left, and then another co=worker moved into hers. They're still working with headquarters to get my job official, the new pay rate, etc., as it was such a quick transition. I'm hoping that's just a mere formality, as everyone else has taken the other positions. :) But I should know for sure next week.
Friday, June 15, 2018
That should keep me occupied for quite awhile. I'm going to run by the storage unit earlier in the morning and get out one of the folding bookcases to take in since I can park in the building's parking lot tomorrow.
On Monday, I'm training from 7-9 and then will be in the rehab department all pretty much all day, or at least till 3 or so. I think I return to my desk then if I remember right. Tuesday I'll train from 7-9, be in rehab for the rest of that morning, leave for an appointment, and come back from 3-5 for more training. Wednesday and Thursday I'll train from 7-9, be in rehab from about 9-12 and then in my office thereafter. By then I should be doing my job with my trainer nearby for any questions. On Friday I'll be in my office all day and should be working on my own, again, with her just a couple of offices away if I need her. Meanwhile, she's going to train my replacement on Monday and as needed throughout the week. So hopefully I won't be doing it all for very long. I seriously don't know how she's done it for months now, with just a couple of things taken over temporarily by others. The off-sites alone could be a full-time job. Scheduling is difficult and can be frustrating, as you are playing go-between between families and facilities. One she showed me today took about 45 minutes to hash out. That's my part, the scheduling, as my replacement has already been doing the pre-auths for those and they didn't see any reason to switch, even though the others were doing the opposite section prior to this.
So I'll be responsible for getting pre-authorisations for surgery cases that are done in our ambulatory surgery centre, as well as those of our patients done at the university that have out-of-state Medicaid, and patients undergoing halo traction, which is a long inpatient stay, plus scheduling the MRIs, ultrasounds, and EMGs that are done at the university and other facilities. My counterpart will get authorisations for outpatient visits and off-site imaging and tests. There are some others things--reports and audits, for example, but that's the bulk of it. For the outpatient visits, there's a lot of faxing. For surgeries, there is more contact via phone with the insurance companies, plus, of course, the scheduling is mainly done via phone. We will, of course, be each other's back up and help each other as needed, too. I think we can work well together. We're a little more isolated from the department--on a different floor, in fact. But because we deal with so much protected health information, we each get our own offices, which is nice. You've seen mine. I like the setup there better as the desk is on the left facing out towards the common area and so the phone and computer are on the left. I am right-handed, so I prefer the phone on the left so I can write with my right hand, although I have a headset, too, and that will help.
If I stay for four hours tomorrow, I'll have a total of 22 and a half hours of overtime for the two-week pay period or an average of about 10 hours a weekday. Which is good, as I have to file my taxes still, and then pay on them. The overtime won't last forever, but I'm trying to do as much as I can while it's approved.
Okay, I'm going to try to get some notes transcribed for the game Sunday. I'm assuming we'll do that. It's supposed to be 95 degrees that day, and I'm not sure we'll be comfortable, but we'll try anyway. :)
Thursday, June 14, 2018
This week my trainer's husband got a dream job that will require relocation to another state, and they will be moving and he will start in less than two weeks. She will follow shortly thereafter, once she's fulfilled her two-week notice. So the last couple of days have been a bit of a roller coaster ride as we're trying to get me trained before she leaves, and of course, I'm her back up, so there was that to consider (she does the surgeries, which are more involved, as well as other things). So the powers that be did some shuffling and now I have been offered and accepted her job, the second promotion in a matter of weeks, and one of my teammates will take mine. It will still be a struggle to get trained in such a short time due to my coverage of rehab, but tomorrow the whole day will be spent on training. So my new title will be Revenue Cycle Coordinator. I'm assuming it will kick in when the other person leaves.
In the entire time that I've been with the company (21 years), I've had six jobs, four of them in the last year. So it's been a whirlwind since getting laid off from the first two when the hospital moved. But things have, indeed, worked out pretty well. I'm happy, and a little scared given the time frame we're talking about, but I'm pretty sure I can handle it. So here's to new adventures.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Saturday, June 09, 2018
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Monday, June 04, 2018
Last night I tossed and turned, afraid I'd oversleep for my first day juggling three offices (my new office, physical therapy (where I'm filling in during a maternity leave), and checkout (where I've been working for a year, first as a contractor and now as a regular employee) and training for the new job. I finally got up at 4:40 am, was at the parking lot by 6 (only two spaces from the shuttle stop), at work by 6:30, and clocked in and training by 7:00 am. I moved to PT by 8:45 am and to checkout at 3:45 pm. I've made a food run for a friend of ours who is battling cancer, had a great home-cooked meal with my roommate (who is an excellent cook) , cleaned up the dishes afterwards, and now I'm ready for bed, to do it all over again tomorrow. :) Hopefully I'll sleep better this time. PS The cat has stealthily crept up bedside me. He likes to sleep with me.
Saturday, June 02, 2018
|Before I moved in|
|Added my name to the plaque|
|After I moved things from upstairs to the office [more to come, of course]|
|Me sitting in my new office|
Starting Monday, this will be my schedule:
- 7:30-8:45 am -- Training for the new position (continued on weekends, if necessary)
- 8:45 am-3:45 pm -- Coverage in physical therapy for the secretary there, who is on maternity leave (she was in labour as I left on Friday)
- 3:45-5:00 pm -- Coverage of checkout (my former job) till closing time
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Fast forward to this morning, when I suddenly realise that when we came home last night I utterly forgot to open my window. So much for skipping first grade, being in a gifted and talented programme, and doing so well in school. None of that matters if you can't get outside your own head long enough to process sensory evidence and open up a freaking window when you're hot. :)
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
I'm not sure if you can see them well, as this picture was taken several feet away so as not to disturb them, then cropped, but I hope you can. Anyway, they made my day. And the other day she was sitting on her nest despite a lot of wind. Here's to continued well-being.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Had a bit of a scare yesterday as the lower part of my face and jaw went numb on the drive from work. I couldn't smile properly, but it was on both sides, not just on one like a stroke. Fortunately my roommate used to work in orthopaedics/neurology in a hospital years ago. He checked my pupils, grip, etc. We finally decided that it was a pinched nerve in my neck, as I'd been jostled badly while on the shuttle when it hit a bump in the road. It hurt all along my spine, and my neck has been bothering me lately anyway. I feel fine today, didn't need to go to the ER or anything, thankfully, but man, that was a very troubling hour or so, and it wasn't back to normal till later that night.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Bad news: The man, who is 50 years old, did something that just made me facepalm. Instead of tearing the perforated counter cheque off like a normal person, he cut it out around the middle so that there is my name, his signature, and the amount, but no routing number, account number, or even a cheque number. Basically, it is a useless piece of paper. He did the same for someone else I know. And probably all the ones he sent out for bills. When he was told that this does not work, he was surprised and then the true horror of what he had done dawned on him. I am considering framing the otherwise weird little slip of paper for future cackling. Hopefully, he will send a real cheque when he gets the ones he ordered.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
I awoke to birds chirping and plenty of sunshine coming through my windows. I've had a shower and am in the minimum acceptable clothes (denim shorts and a light blouse I usually wear a tank top under but I'm choosing to forego that today, as there are solid panels in all the important places).
As my agenda states, I have a full day planned. I want to get my hair cut; it's atrocious and it's been more than six months. I'm thinking of a short layered bob. Also, a friend who is homebound right now with cancer asked me to pick out a hanging basket of petunias for his mom yesterday for Mother's Day, so I did so and will deliver it when they're up and ready, around noon.
There's the normal Sunday chores to do, laundry (mine and YKIWA's, and that includes his bedding), and helping him apply for a part-time job at the public library and applying for two jobs at the University of Kentucky for me. One of them was the one, reposted, that I terribly flubbed the phone interview on last year. I'm hoping they'll give me another chance. I'd tried to do it on my lunch break surrounded by distractions, and it didn't go well. But it is in my field of health science librarianship, I would do a good job, and I'm very qualified. I'm just terrified of interviews, at least ones that are by committee. I do fine one-on-one, and can teach one-on-one, in small groups, and larger ones. But being grilled by 3-5 people, whether on the phone or in person, flummoxes me. This is ultimately why I didn't finish my graduate studies in ancient, mediaeval, and early modern history. Thank goodness the library science master's degree didn't require an oral defence. But I am going to apply again anyway. The other one I may get dinged on because I haven't been in an academic library setting in some time, and while I was trained by the best for the job, I don't have a lot of professional-level experience in aspects of it. Again, I can do the job, and I think I would be good at it, but it would mean changing things back to what I trained for rather than what I've been doing for 20 years. But I'm up for it.
Okay, the cat boxes aren't going to clean themselves. One more review of the timeline/agenda, and I'm ready to go. Have a great day, including a great Mother's Day (I'm a little sad this year, as I have neither mother nor grandmother to give flowers to and spend time with). So I'll try to use this opportunity to get some things accomplished.
This is the fourth time this one has bloomed since I've had it. IT's a regular trooper. The blooms are actually a little small, but quite lovely. I have another sending out a shoot right now, as well.
1630 Go to Kroger for bread yeast. -- Put off until tomorrow.
1700 Start bread maker. -- Put off until tomorrow.
UPDATE: I also unpacked the exercise equipment, blew up the balance ball, and put things away. The cat is enjoying the box, so I haven't recycled it yet. I brought in my microwave from storage as well since the one we're using is perhaps on its last legs, but then it's way over 30 years old. Mine is only 26. :)
My job applications aren't due for a couple of weeks to a month, so I'm going to work on those tomorrow. I'm still working on the laundry, actually. I've done all his clothes, my clothes (and I put all of mine away from last week and today), and I'm about halfway through his bedding. So it'll probably be a later night than 10 pm. Also, the bread I made yesterday came out better than I thought--it had a huge air bubble in the bottom, but not in the top half so I can wait for the yeast and the new loaf.
Of concern is the heat. Tomorrow in addition to the yeast, I am going to stop by the storage unit and get my fans, something I should have done today, but he is almost never really hot. But he was today, and the dogs certainly were--we can put the fans in the living room and that should help, as it's the only room other than the bathroom without a ceiling fan.
Okay, either the washer or dryer just buzzed, so I should go check on the bedding. Have a good night if I don't write more.
Sunday, May 06, 2018
We didn't wind up playing the game. We did go to the Indian restaurant Masala, over in Beaumont, to celebrate a belated birthday for me and something else that is a bit private, but let's say was a long time coming (really, and that's why the celebration was belated) but represents a very, very good turning point in one of our lives.
We stopped by our friend's house to say hello (Brenda had not seen him in quite a while), and then came back to play the game, but we wound up watching Batman: Gotham by Gaslight instead, which we have out from Netflix. It was fun.
I'm working on laundry. I've almost finished YKWIA's, and I have started on mine. I don't think I'll get to the bedclothes today after all. But I did the cat boxes, took out all the trash and recyclables, and cleaned the bathroom. We knew it was going to rain later, so I didn't touch the tile, as it was just going to get muddy tonight.
It is so humid! YKWIA opened a couple of windows in the living room/study, but while there's a breeze it's not really making it in here, although the cat, satiated from his meal, is happily watching out the window. I'm sweating and considering going into my room/the library to put the ceiling fans on. I've had quite a bit of caffeine today, so I'm not really sleepy or anything, just hot.
Okay, I should go check the dryer. Have a good night. I may write more, but for now I'm signing off.
Him: 'It's 8:30, and you're not at work!'
Me: 'It's Sunday.'
Me: 'It's Sunday. We're going to eat Indian food later.'
Him: 'Oh, that's right. I thought that it was Monday.'
Saturday, May 05, 2018
Who knew Wil Wheaton and I shared so many similarities? He's just a little better at describing everyday life with depression and anxiety disorders than I am. I'm going to take a page from his book and start writing that I live with mental illness, but it does not define me. I live with bipolar disorder, social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding syndrome, driving anxiety, among other things. I am afraid almost every moment of my life. It's crippling at times, but I still get up and go to work each day and take one step at a time. I take a good blend of medication -- a mood stabilizer and atypical antipsychotic (I'm not psychotic, but it works for other things, and you shouldn't give someone worth bipolar disorder SSRI antidepressants, as they can trigger mania), and an anti-anxiety medication. That helps immensely. Therapy has helped, too. But I will never be cured. I know that ust like I live with chronic diabetes that can be managed, but never really completely cured, no matter what some people claim in diet books. It's another type of illness, just an imbalance in my brain chemistry rather than the hormone imbalance behind diabetes. It's nothing to be ashamed or stigmatised by, although it often is. So I'm writing about this now. I live with mental illness every day. It is a constant companion questioning my every move. But I'm ultimately the one on the driver's seat. It is my life. I struggle, but I choose to live as fully as possible
Friday, May 04, 2018
The Muslim woman was doing nothing wrong, didn't deserve to have some whackadoo harassing her, and the kids were something like two. Dad came back out and starting pumping and I'd finished, so I left. But I feel bad that for a moment or two that mother was probably quite worried for herself and her children, and no one should have to worry that a small thing like that could escalate beyond that. She kind of laid low and tried to ignore it, and I guess that worked. But my point is, she shouldn't have had to deal with the other woman's overblown sense of entitlement in the first place.
Monday, April 30, 2018
- Got pooped on by a bird within 30 seconds of exiting my front door, on a day where I was happy with my outfit and thought I looked nice. Fortunately, I was in a thin but long-sleeved shirt, so I didn't get any on me. I walked back into the house, went to the front entry closet, where my clothes are kept (left over from when I was living in the living room), and changed shirts, although things didn't match quite as well. Everyone I've told the story to has told me that it's supposed to be lucky. I'm not sure how.
- On the other hand, I went to take my medicine at the beginning of work and realised that one of the pills looked off, and in fact looked a lot like something I took last night. I pulled out a magnifier I keep with me to look at the imprint, put it and the shape and colour into the drugs.com database, and it wound up being tizanidine. They're pretty mild, really. Each tablet is only 4 mg and you normally take three at night, but they can make me loopy. So I'm glad I caught it. I went through the other bins of the pill reminder box and there was one more. I'm not sure if I consolidated some other medicine and accidentally put tizanidine into a similar bottle, then put them in the reminder box, or what. I think that's what happened, anyway. To be honest, I'm not sure what small white pill I accidentally substituted it for; I think it was my furosemide (Lasix, or diuretic). Thankfully, tizanidine (also known as Flexeril) has a scored side where you can divide it into fourths, and that's what clued me in because I noticed it last night when I took them. I guess that was lucky. Oh, wait, we're back to the bird poop.
- After work (which was steady) I went and picked YKWIA from our friend's house, took him home, let him rest for a bit, then went on a major grocery run on my own. It took an hour and a half. I got everything on the list except wine. I got to the liquor store that's attached to Kroger just at 10. I asked the security guard if they were closed, and he said they were. I asked when they closed, and he says, 'They're closed now.' Well, gee. I got that part. So I ask, when do they normally close so I know next time. Nine? Ten? It was ten--so technically I came up at 9:59, but oh, well, we'll have to get wine to cook with tomorrow instead. Most of it was fresh produce, dairy, beans, that sort of thing. YKWIA pretty much never cooks out of a box--it's all real food.
- I came home, he helped me bring things in, and he put them away and I did a few small things to help. Now I'm going to go plotz on the bed.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
- Laundered my bedding and clothes
- Changed out the spring and winter clothes, put spring clothes away, packed up the winter ones, and prepared to take them to storage
- Swept and mopped the floors
- Cleaned the bathroom
- Taken out the trash and recyclables
- Cleaned the cat boxes
- Started a loaf of bread
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Okay, I'm definitely lying down. Everything's hurting. Rain is coming, and that's part of it, perhaps. Oh, and the cat is awake, so I think he wants me to lie down so he can cuddle. Good night.
So what do I need to do today?
- Pack up the winter clothes and put away the spring and summer ones, then take the winter ones to storage
Cat boxes Clean bathroom Sweep and mop tile Put away dishes and load dishwasher Do the plastic dishes/hand washable ones Finish backing up the computer(I've mostly gotten it backed up but had to leave in the middle) Make my bed(the cat was on it earlier, on the blankets--he claimed the bed when it was first delivered about a month before I came to live here
listening to Pandora this morning and getting some caffeine after a fitful night's sleep. This song came on, which I have always loved. Today we're going over to an old friend's house who is very ill and helping him with some things. I think I'm going to consider this an anthem for today, in terms of helping make the world a better place and making a difference in other people's lives. Since we're going to be there this afternoon, I'm making bread now and then later, when we get back, I need to do laundry.
Yesterday was pretty productive. First, I went over my next few pay periods to see if there was a chance of taking care of anything I'm behind on financially. Then I called H&R Block to discover that the Richmond Road office is already closed, but my paperwork should be at the Tates Creek office waiting to be filed as soon as I can pay to do that, and they'll keep it up to a year. I filed for up to six months of an extension with both the state and federal governments. Then I called a creditor, but they'd closed a few minutes before.
I took the recyclables out, repotted several plants and watered them all, put the strawberry plant Brenda gave me for my birthday back out on the hanger (there was a freeze warning the night before). I cleaned and dusted two shelves (we're doing that on a rotating basis so the bookshelves aren't too overwhelming. There are five walls between the library (my bedroom) and the bedroom that are entirely built-in bookshelves. Next week I'll only do one, as it's a large shelf of magazines on the bottom of a range.
I spoke to our friend on the phone, and then to Brenda's husband to cancel the game since we're going over there today. Because of that, I didn't work on the game notes. Instead of that, I went and looked up part-time work (I'd applied to Kroger earlier in the week, as well as a part-time computer associate at the public library), and in the process discovered a job at the University of Kentucky and one a Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and I applied for both. The first is a temporary, grant-funded position but pays very well and while only lasting two years, pays over twice what I make now. YKWIA thinks I shouldn't consider it. because it's essentially got an expiration date. But one thing I've discovered in the lay off is that all jobs do, and at least this one has a set date you know to have everything wrapped up by. It could also help me with my need for more supervisory experience and consists of digitising a collection, which appeals to the historian and librarian in me, but also would help increase my experience in digital preservation and provide professional academic library experience. So I went ahead and applied. The BCTC position is a circulation manager; again, it would help with being pigeon-holed as a solo librarian for all those years. I have supervised student workers, but I need more real-world experience as a manager.
YKWIA is up and has made coffee. The cat is very happy as YKWIA does morning feedings and I do evening, and we instituted that from the get-go so the animals wouldn't beg for food and be loud in the morning when I was getting ready for work and YKWIA was asleep. He's been fed, and the dogs have as well and are outside, although little dog didn't eat (she does that sometimes) and I had to take her food away from the cat, as he's allergic to, we think, chicken and grain, and so he has his own special grain-free fish-based food.
Okay, I'm going to go check the news. Have a woderful Sunday, and remember, it's Earth Day!
Saturday, April 21, 2018
This year's Earth Day theme is fighting plastic pollution. Do what you can to remember the day on April 22nd and celebrate the diversity and fragility of life on our planet.
Thanks to Darren Moura-Smith for the heads up, sharing this link on the Call of Cthulhu Role-Playing Game & Players Facebook page.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Amazon announces several free Kindle books for World Book Day
The free books are:
- A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa, translated from Japanese by Risa Kobayashi and Martin Brown
- The House by the River by Lena Manta, translated from Greek by Gail Holst-Warhaft
- Still Waters by Viveca Sten, translated from Swedish by Marlaine Delargy
- The Great Passage by Shion Miura, translated from Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter
- Last Train to Istanbul by Ayşe Kulin, translated from Turkish by John W. Baker
- The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan, translated from Russian by Yuri Machkasov
- The Question of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak, translated from Indonesian by Laksmi Pamuntjak
- The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen, translated from Spanish by Simon Bruni
- Ten Women by Marcela Serrano, translated from Spanish by Beth Fowler
Saturday, April 14, 2018
YKWIA is watching 'Hunderby', a British comedy set in the 1830s. It's got a lot of mystery to it. I moved into my room (although I can still hear it fine), mainly because the computer has been off its charger all day and I needed to plug it back up.
I called Brenda and we're set to play tomorrow. So it's just the laundry to get finished, and like I said, it's being very slow to dry. I'm thinking I may use the spare bedding and concentrate on the comforter and blankets. The pillowcases didn't really need to be done (the sheets, despite a cover, get the blonde dog's little tiny hairs all over them). The black dog is blowing her coat; I'll have to sweep the house tomorrow in addition to the usual things I do to prepare for the game. But they are very sweet doggies.
Okay, I think I'll listen to some music while waiting for the laundry to finish. Good night.
Last night, I kept YKWIA company while he made dinner and also some soup for someone we're visiting today who is battling cancer. I haven't seen him in about 20 years, but YKWIA were good friends for a long time and he owned the comic book store we both worked in for a while. So we thought we'd go and get caught up, visit, and bring soup.
I was very tired before bed, and I was still hurting a bit, although stretching to get things off the printer from my chair during work did help some. So I took three tizanidine (the recommended dose), a muscle relaxer I've been prescribed for my neck issues. and I slept like a baby, only waking up early this morning to the cat howling because the wind through the windows had shut my door and he was trapped in my room.
Today I have:
- Gotten some medicine I forgot for YKWIA the other day at the pharmacy, as well as a small bag for myself.
- Paid my rent [I pay half every two weeks]. I'd forgotten the deposit slip for his account (we have the same credit union, so I just transfer it), but they were able to look it up.
- Got new lenses for my glasses (for free!). In August 2016 I got new glasses and got the 2-year Crizal lens warranty. It was a year before I got one scratch on it, but even though I always use microfibre cloths, they starting getting scratches on both lenses when I was wearing my glasses full-time after running out of contacts. So, I asked about that, they traced my frames and had new lenses recut and when they came in, I just had to stop by and they popped the old ones out and put the new ones in. Easy peasy. I did accidentally leave my travel contact solution on their counter, as I had to take my contacts out to check the lenses were properly made, so I'll have to get some more from the store. But the travel size that comes with the first pair of contacts is pretty small, so I needed to get more anyway as it was less than halfway full.
- Helped close all the windows in the house, as it's about to storm.
- Made my bed (usually I do when I get up, but I waited a bit today).
Friday, April 13, 2018
He is winning the war of dog comfort. One dog sleeps in the bed. One dog wishes she did, but she's older and can't get into it, for one, and they were discouraged years ago until the puppy came and melted hearts and was spoilt just a bit. So the little dog usually sleeps at the foot of my bed (well the side, it's a daybed, so it's complicated, anyway, the short end) on a blanket that's actually a thin comforter/bedspread, so it's comfier than the others, which are fleece. She also loves a little purple blanket I was given when I broke my ankle, that on impulse I put down on a cold night, because one, she knows it's hers, and two, she can make a pillow out of it. But the other day YKWIA put an old worn out comforter under the thick fleece blanket in his room. So just now, despite apparently starting out in my room, she was stretched out on this nice, thick, padded bed. That, and I may have frozen her out with the fans going, but really it's 62 outside right now and the heat is on because YKWIA is from a desert people and freezes in sub-80 degree weather. My people, on the other hand, are from a cool, rainy island, and I sweat like a pig in any sort of humid summer day. He'll actually come up in the middle of winter and hold onto my hands, which generate their own heat or try the back of my neck, and his hands will be like ice.
Okay, it's not really easing up yet (in fact my thumb, which is the focal point of my arthritis, is actually throbbing and referring up the arm), but I think I'll try to go back to bed now. I'm having trouble opening not only jars but resealable pouches due to my arthritis, or turning certain things. If I'm like this at 51, that's not a good sign. Typing's uncomfortable too, at least at the moment, and since I do an awful lot of that, it's not good either. :(
Thursday, April 12, 2018
- Sunday we didn't actually play the game. Brenda came over, and we talked and played The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game, which was quite fun. We mostly visited and snacked. Afterwards, I applied for the second time for a job that had been re-posted from the public library. I'd love to work there, I'd love to do this particular job, it's a great branch to work in serving a diverse population, and yes, it would mean more money and better financial security. Keep your fingers crossed for me that at the very least I'll get an interview. Given my track record of getting nervous and tanking during interviews, cross your fingers again that I'll actually do well on that. I've got a couple of books on questions to ask and answer and I'm thinking (at a co-worker's suggestion) of running through scenarios with YKWIA, who is a good critic. The little dog apparently went into the bedroom and harrumphed as she laid down because I froze her out of my room with the fans on, YWKIA told me later. She's older and gets cold easily.
- Monday: I had to shoo a duck out of the driveway to go to work. She was quacking in an annoyed fashion and walking up to the house when I left. Work was busy. I came home, was asleep by 8 or 8:30 pm, and woke up just long enough to take my medicine at midnight.
- Tuesday: It was a good day at work. Either Monday or Tuesday (I can't remember), there was a spectacular car wreck outside our building where someone ran the red light and one vehicle was literally on top of the other. One person got out on their own, and (I think the one on top) had to be taken out. Hope no one was seriously hurt. I came home, had dinner, fed the dogs, and still fell asleep by 7:30 pm and woke up at midnight. I'm not really sure why I was so tired.
- Wednesday: I started out the day by accidentally killing either a small rat or a baby opossum by turning on my car engine, which bothered me greatly, but thank goodness it wasn't the neighbour's cat. It was another busy day at work. There was a major accident at Alumni and Nicholasville Road that I avoided while taking a co-worker to her car at her boyfriend's workplace. Despite all that (I do have driving anxiety, after all), I ventured back out and went to the church where the Bluegrass Orchid Society meets, only to wander aimlessly through a very large church wing trying to find it. I finally ran into some nice ladies who were members of the church, one of whom had the phone number for the president of the society. Apparently, their speaker came down with pneumonia and they couldn't come up with a replacement programme, so they cancelled it by letting the membership know by phone and posting it on their Facebook page (which I neglected to check, so that's on me). They may reschedule that talk (on general orchid culture) to a later date. There is one in May on orchids and viruses. I may go to that. But kudos to me for speaking up and asking for directions, as I'm shy and don't usually do great at approaching strangers, even nice middle-aged and older women. That night I checked my account, and I discovered that the treasurer for the state association for health science librarians to which I belong cashed my dues cheque a day early when she said she'd hold it, thereby over-draughting my account. :( She must have forgotten. I'm debating if I should mention it or not. I'm sure she would apologise, but it's not going to undo the damage. The fee was twice the amount of the cheque, which at least was paid by the bank, so I guess that's a bright side. I almost never write cheques because it's harder to track when they'll come out. I so should have mailed it in.
- Thursday: I had a blood draw first thing in the morning and got up early for that. YKWIA had me move the carcass out of the driveway before I left. I saw a former friend/co-worker there at the doctor's office and caught up with her on what's been going on our lives. Then I went to work and was in physical therapy almost all day learning how to do things so that I can fill in for a woman who's going on maternity leave. It's a much slower pace but there's a lot of little things to do with many steps that require a good bit of work. Then I went back upstairs for about a half an hour and caught up on my e-mail and checked out the last patient. A co-worker went with me to the pharmacy to pick up some medicine YKWIA needed, and then she treated me to an excellent dinner at Planet Thai as a birthday treat. It was absolutely wonderful. I had fried tofu (which I adore, although every Thai restaurant I've been to does it differently) and three-flavour (I think that was what it was called) fish, in this case, salmon, with a medium (3 on a scale of 5) spice. It made my sinuses run, was very tasty, and was very filling. Feliz' drunken noodles came in a huge order; I think 3/4 of it had to go home in a box. We had a good time and talked a lot. I feel like we're kindred souls. I'm pretty jazzed from lots of Diet Pepsi, too. I took her to her car and then stopped by the grocery for bananas. Now I'm home and I've changed into comfy clothes. I think I'll listen to some music before bed.
- Tomorrow should be a calm day at work, a catch-up day (I have about five issues to e-mail about). I don't really have plans for tomorrow evening. It should be about 76 degrees tomorrow (it was close today), which is remarkable given that we had snow early this week, freeze warnings every night, and frost on the cars in the morning. As far as my productivity at home, I think I'm falling asleep early to avoid the financial issues I'm having. I should sit down and work on finances, as my bills are piling up and I'm really not sure what to do about it. It's like everything's haemorrhaging out. It's really my main subject of stress. I don't have enough to pay for the preparation of my tax forms, which are sitting at H&R Block, and next week is the deadline for filing--and let's not even get into what I actually owe for my taxes. I don't get paid for two more weeks. I'm not sure what to do. Things are looking bleak. Maybe YKWIA, who is quite sensible about the management of money, can help me get back on track in terms of planning. I don't know. That money could milk money from a walnut.
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Now, granted, this is based on the top 10 sellers of each type in March alone. There is more diversity in terms of genre in paper format, but each of the top 10 which were non-fiction were what we might call light reading (such as self-help) or in the case of the children's books and Dungeons & Dragons reference manual, heavily illustrated rather than text-intensive (also a reason to read in physical format rather than Kindle--artwork doesn't translate to the traditional e-reader, anyway, not like it would on the Fire, and neither could capture the artwork as well as paper). The two novels that were on the paper format list were, incidentally, A Wrinkle in Time and Ready Player One, both of which have recently been released as major motion pictures. Each of the books on this list did have Kindle editions, too.
On the Kindle side, 90% were fiction mainly thrillers. The one that wasn't was a biography of a murderess in a sensational historical case.
I'll let you draw your own conclusions, albeit from a very small sample. But I did find it rather intriguing. I'd like to see the statistics for a year, for example, or say, with the top 100 books in each category over that timeframe.