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For all that I live a very boring life, there are several things going on!

Thing the first, I'm getting a new roof on my house. We had a terrible storm on the 26th of June and I lost several shingles. My roof was leaking, and when I called my insurance agent, they came out and said, yep, it needed to be replaced. They cover most of it, but I have a $1000 deductible. Eek! I am very, very, VERY lucky that my mom is going to help me out. She's going to pay the $1000 and I'm going to pay her back in installments I can afford. So long as it's paid off within the year, she's happy.

Thing the second, I've finally been approved through my insurance to get infusions. My RA has been horrible, and one of the medications I was on, Planquil, was giving me horrible side effects. They wanted me to start the infusions back in May but I've been fighting the insurance company, and they finally authorized them. I'm really hoping this medicine helps, because my hands are getting worse, and honestly, I'm kind of scared about permanent damage. There is no cure for RA, but they can usually try for remission. Here's hoping!

And finally, I just got a letter today from my mortgage lender. I put in for assistance because I was falling further and further behind on my payments. I couldn't catch up, and I was just spinning my wheels. I have to call them tomorrow to verify what I read, but I'm pretty sure they're putting me on a modified plan and then putting any remaining missed payments on the back of my loan. Thank God! I've been stressing about this for over a year, and I'm finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel, and it's not a train!

Work is still going amazing at the moment, and I'm so grateful every morning. I'm kind of hoping that if things keep going well, I may be able to get a new car next year. Mine is 16 years old and even though it's paid off and is doing fine, I'm starting to notice it's struggling a bit. I love my car, and want to keep it going as long as I can, but I think it may also be time to look at something new. Fingers crossed!

I hope you're all doing well. (((HUGS)))
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Things have been pretty quiet for me. Mostly I've been working and then coming home and not doing much. Now the weather is nicer, I've been trying to walk the dogs more.

My RA isn't too controlled right now, though. I was on Humira for a bit, but it actually made things worse, so then my doctor put me on Enbrel, and I developed two separate infections I'm still recovering from. Now I'm going to start infusions and see if this works.

Until then, though, my hips are hurting something fierce, and it makes walking a bit hard. I'm hoping it's just a flare, and that it will settle down once the infusions start.

I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 last Friday. What a great movie! No spoilers, but I think I liked it as much as the first. Very well done.

I think this weekend I'm going to do a Star Wars marathon. I watched Rogue One and A New Hope last weekend, but I think I may watch Rogue One and all the original series this weekend. There can never be too much Star Wars!

I hope everyone is doing well.

*Hugs*
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Hello, all!

I just wanted to wish everyone a happy holidays, and thank those who sent me cards.

I've been really busy at work the past month, since it's open enrollment for both Medicare and most other insurances.  I'm still loving the job, though, and couldn't be happier!

My sister flew in to town last Friday so I haven't had very much time to myself.  I love her and all my family, but I finally took Wednesday night to myself so I could wrap presents and enjoy some alone time. And then the dog ate half a bag of chocolate.  Needless to say, it's been a busy time.  The dog is fine, and probably learned nothing from the experience.

I'm coming down with a cold, but I'm hoping to keep it at bay until after the holidays.  Ugh.

My life is so boring, lol.  I hope you're all doing well, and have a great next few days, whatever you celebrate!

Writing

Nov. 20th, 2016 01:55 pm
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I woke up this morning after a bad night and had a fully formed story in my head.  I spent 4 glorious hours writing the most self indulgent original fic.  Final number of pages?  21!  I haven't written 21 pages of anything in forever, it was wonderful.  I don't know if I'll have anything else to write anytime soon, but for now I'm so happy that it's out of my head and on paper.

Yay!

Mad World

Nov. 18th, 2016 10:32 pm
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The world just seems to be speeding toward the finish line, and all we can do is hang on for the ride.  Watching my country being destroyed from within is a slow action train wreck.  I'm afraid to look, and afraid to cover my eyes.

The world does go on, though.

Work is progessing. I got my official lisence a few days ago, which means I am now an insurance agent!  I never would have guessed this is where my life would take me, but I'm happy where I am.  I get up in the morning and say, "I get to go to work today."

Although yesterday I did probably one of the stupidest, most foolish things I've ever done.  I don't know how I did it, or why, but I ended up taking two Lunesta instead of the two Prednisone yesterday morning.  I got to work and couldn't figure out why I was so tired.  Then I realized I had the funny taste in my mouth Lunesta causes and was horrified.  Luckily, my boss was very understanding and my co-worker drove me back home so I could pass out for a few hours, then my brother drove me back to work so I could finish the last two hours.  I'm very lucky that it wasn't something more serious and that I didn't hurt anyone.

Even though my medication is separated by time of day, I still somehow managed to mess it up, so I moved the Lunesta bottle into the drawer with my rarely used meds.  Good grief.

And then today, I took the puppy in to get spayed.  The poor thing is uncomfortable, but she's not crying like the other dog did.  I hope she recovers quickly, and now at least I won't have to worry about more puppies.

Nothing else to really say.  I hope you are all doing well.   Be kind to each other, we're all we have right now. 
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It's election day, and I don't think I've ever been this terrified in my life.  I'm watching my country vote for a man who is pretty much the embodiment of all things hurtful and hateful.  This country that I love is following the path of evil, and it breaks my heart and has me sick with fright.

I don't know what I'll do if Trump wins. I don't think there is anything that could be done.  All I know is that I've studied too much history, read too many accounts of the Holocaust and WWII to not be shaking right now.

When people ask how the Nazis could rise to power, how Hitler could have become so untouchable, I'll just point them towards this election and say, "This.  This is exactly what happened before, and we're seeing it happen again."

I want to scream and cry, and neither one will do any good.

My God, what has happened to our country?  I'm scared. 
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The new job is going really well.  I spent last week in class, preparing for the exam to get my insurance license.  Today I took the test, and passed it the first time!  160 questions, 2 1/2 hours, and anxiety up to my neck!  But I passed, which means in about a month I'll have my license and will be able to talk to the insurance companies.  Yay!

I was so nervous the past week, I'm so glad that is finally over.  I celebrated tonight with a frozen pizza and ginger ale. 

How is everyone else doing?  Hope your fall is filled with color and wonderfully crisp air!
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It's pouring rain outside, and I love it!  The smell, the sound, everything.  What a lovely Sunday!

I've pretty much been in my PJs all day, watching movies.  I think, after watching Aliens, I'm going to be Ripley for Halloween.  She is such a great character!

I'm still loving my job, I can't tell you how much. It's such a refreshing feeling, getting up in the morning and actually not minding going to work.

Not really much else to report.  Things are pretty quiet.  I'm still not getting notifications from LJ, so please forgive me if you responded to something and I haven't answered.  I'm trying to keep track, but I'm forgetful.

Have a great day, everyone!
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I haven't been receiving my notifications in my email, so I'm sorry if I posted something and you responded, or I commented and then you commented. I'm not getting anything.  I went to the help page and did what they recomend, since apparently this is a problem.  Ugh.  LJ, I love you, but you're a real pain in the ass.
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I've been three weeks at my new job, and I can't tell you how much I love it.  The work is challenging and some days I feel like an idiot, and wonder what the hell I've got myself into.  But most days I love it.

My boss today told me I was doing really well.  She said she couldn't believe how well I was doing, and she was actually really happy because she thinks they'll be mostly able to stay on top of the workload this busy season.  That really, really meant a lot to me.  In the almost two years I had my last boss, and the two years before that, I don't think I was ever told I was doing a good job.  And now, within the first three weeks, I'm told that I'm doing a good job, and that I can actually slow down, lol.

It's like a breath of fresh air after living in a toxic dump.

The only thing I don't like is that it's 15 minutes away from my house, which is nothing compared to some comutes, I know this. But I'm used to being literally 5 minutes away and being able to come home at lunch and be with the critters and unwind before heading back into things.  It's taking a little getting used to.

But the other day, as I was driving home, I realized that I was happy. And that I was allowed to be happy. That it was OK to feel good.  It was such a surprising thought, that it's all right to not feel miserable.  It was amazing.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I'm so happy right now, and feeling so much better. It's like a dark cloud has passed and the sun is out.  I'm looking forward to the holidays, to getting up in the mornings.  It's amazing.  I hope you all are doing well. 
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I'm counting down the hours until the weekend.  Next week I only work 4 days, and then the new job starts!  Already can't wait.

Last night I watched a show on Netflix called Battlefield Recovery. It follows 4 diggers through Latvia as they look for WWII battle sites and recover memorabelia.  I'm of two minds about it.  Parts of it were very informative, and I can understand where they're coming from with wanting to get the stuff they dig up to museums, but the other part of me was horrified at how much they were destroying.  They dug giant holes, didn't document anything, and when they found human remains they pretty much just dug them up in a pretty unscientific way.  One German helmet still had the skull inside.

Archeologists they were not, but they did try to be respectful.

I think it's a valuable thing they're doing, because the war still has so many stories to tell. I'm just not sure they were the best ones to tell it.

In more domestic news, I made a roast last night and it was amazing!  I am totally going to make it again because honest to God, I could have eaten the whole thing last night.  It was soooo good!  Just a roast with apple slices cut into it, an onion, honey, cinnemon and salt.  I put it all in the crockpot at lunch and by the time I came home it was done.  I love the cooler weather!!
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This morning I was officially offered a new job.  It's completely different from what I've been doing, so I'm both excited and terrified.  I'm going to give my notice on Monday, and then count down the days until the new adventure begins!

I will miss a lot of the people I work with.  They're the ones who have made the past almost year bearable.  But I honestly cannot stand what I am doing, and all attempts I've made to change positions have fallen on deaf ears.

So...

The first step has been taken.  Now all I have to do is keep putting one foot in front of the other!

Wish me luck!
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I'm so sorry I didn't respond to the comments on my last post.  I honestly thought I had, and then when I went to post today, I realized that I had only thought I had.  I promise to be better.

Not really a lot to report.  I've been feeling pretty crummy the past few weeks.  First with a migraine that lasted a week, and now my RA is flaring.  My feet feel like I've been walking all day, every day for a week.  My toes are swollen, and my ankles, and my hands and wrists.  Ugh.  I feel like that blueberry girl from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Can't I just be juiced so I can move freely again?

There is an antigue show tomorrow I'm going to, which I'm looking forward to.  Last time I went to it, they had a cookbook from WWII that had all kinds of wonderful recipes.  I wasn't able to aford it then, but maybe I'll find a little something tomorrow that won't cost a lot.

Also, my depression has eased up somewhat.  No matter how long I've been fighting it, I stil don't alway recognize when I'm in a bad spell.  I feel like I'm finally coming up for air after being held underwater.  It's kind of nice to be reading and writing and little bit again.

I'm going to see a movie this weekend. I'm leaning toward Ghostbusters, but that may change.  The BFG and Star Trek are also possibilities.  I saw the Secret Life of Pets with my mom and friend last week.  It was cute!

Take care all.
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Woke up with a migraine this morning, decided to say fuck it and called in sick.  I'm tired and achy and my head hurts.

Besides which, it's raining outside, so I'm going to sit in a dark room and just listen to the rain for a while.  And drink lots of tea.

Hope everyone is doing well today. 
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It's so lovely having a three day weekend.  I've been reading a lot, watching TV, and spending time with family.  My battle with the weeds in the backyard has reached an epic new phase, where I'm seriously considering salting the earth to get rid of them.  I never realized before how many damned weeds there are!

The puppies have been the joy and bane of my existance, as usual.  They tore the screen door, so until I can get it fixed, they have their own doggy door.  Oh, well.  I'm usually running the AC anyway.

Poor Honey isn't handling the fireworks very well.  She's the puppy.  Last year she was only a little over two weeks old on the 4th. This year she spends most of the night huddled next to me, panting and shivering.  I feel bad that I can't really do much for her other than pet her and talk softly to her.  Once the fireworks die down, she's fine.

Mrs. Hudson just goes in her kennel and sleeps.  She's very zen about it all.  Same with Colonel.  He's an old man, now, and just curls up on the bed and sleeps.

Saw Finding Dory with my mom and her best friend yesterday.   Very cute movie.  I was rather astonished to find out neither had seen FInding Nemo.  I'm going to have to educate them!

Not really much else going on.   I'll try to post some pictures of the back yard later, to show the changes I've made since I bought the house and now.  If I can just get rid of those damn weeds!!

Waves

Jun. 2nd, 2016 09:10 pm
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Today was a really hard day.  There wasn't really any one thing, it was just a lot of really cranky people taking out their pain and frustration on me.  It wears me down.  I really have to find a new job, because I don't think I can handle many more days like this.

Money is incredibly tight right now.  I'm hoping that by the end of June I'll be caught up on the house, and will then be able to file the bankruptcy.  I just want it to be taken care of.  I'm so damn tired all the time.

My mom has been incredible, and helped me out with food.  She gave me a lot of canned vegatables from her pantry, and some stuff to make soup.  I can't thank her enough.  Because of that, I won't be stuck eating eggs and rice for the month.

I can't wait for the weekend.   I need to just relax and calm down.  I'm so stressed that my RA is flaring, which just makes me more tired and stressed. It's a hateful circle.  I'm hoping to get some reading done, maybe, hopefully, some writing.

I just want to not have to be afraid any more, to be able to stop worrying.

Being an adult is hard.

Waves

May. 24th, 2016 12:42 pm
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Hey, look, it's only been a month since I last posted!

Things are going.  I talked to a lawyer about bankruptcy.  I have to be caught up on my house payments before I can do that, which, yeah, eaiser said than done.  Sigh.  But once that's taken care of, I can go ahead and file.  To file, though, is going to cost me $1350.  I think that's one of the stupidest things.  Like, hello, I'm obviously poor and struggling, or I wouldn't be doing this, but charge me an arm and a leg anyway.  It's OK, I can just limp along.

I'm hoping I can get everything taken care of by July, which means, hopefully, by Christmas it will all be said and done.

I'm still looking for a new job.  I've had a few bites, but they both fell through.  So I just need to keep putting resumes out and hoping for the best.

My back yard is (mostly) finished.  Here's a picture to prove it!

backyard

I have tomato plants and marigolds in my flower box, and carnations.  Still trying to figure out how to get the dogs to stop digging, but I think it looks pretty good.

Nothing else really going on.  Oh, except I wrote a short Sherlock Holmes fic for Holmestice.  It's only 1000 words or so, but it's the first time I've really written anying in a while.  I'm hoping it's just the first of many.

Take care everyone!
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Happy birthday, dear [livejournal.com profile] shirebound!  I'm sorry I'm a bit belated.  I hope you had a wonderful day, with lots of sunshine and hobbits!


(((HUGS)))
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Happy birthday, dearest [livejournal.com profile] nodbear !   I hope your day was a good one!

Hugs!
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I have returned!

The trip was wonderful, very busy and fun and just what I needed to feel alive again.  My sister and I got along the whole time, which is amazing.
The first day I was there my plane came in about 1pm.  I had been up about 24 hours, but I was game to staying up until late, so we walked around Picadilly and went to Portabello Road to see some Banksey.  We found a wonderful little cafe called, I think, Coffee Republic, where they had apple chai lattes, only the best thing ever invented! We wandered around some more, then went back to our hotel and watched TV and ate finger food until I pretty much passed out.

Tuesday, we went to the Churchill Museum, the Crime Museum, which was on display from Scotland Yard's Black Museum, and  the Clink, London's oldest prison.  We ate out, and wandered around some more, and by the end of the day got more finger food and camped out at the hotel.  On Wednesday we went to Spittlefield market.  I bought a jacket and some presents, and we ate cake and chocolate and just had fun.

Thursday I went to visit [livejournal.com profile] nodbear.  We had  a lot of fun at the Kew Archvies on Friday, where we found some interesting bits about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Saturday was Hamlet day!  It was amazing, watching Benedict Cumberbatch play Hamlet.  He was so energetic and the time just seemed to slip past.  What an astounding show to see, and with lovely people!

Sunday I headed back to London, where my sister and I saw the 1916 Gillette Sherlock Holmes.  This is the one where the actor asked Doyle if he could make Sherlock Holmes fall in love, and Doyle pretty much told him to do whatever he pleased.  Yay for author consent to make fanfic!  The show was fantastic, with a piano player, violinist and percussionist to accompany the silent film.  It was about 2 hours long with English subtitles, since the version found had the French cards explaining the action.   It was just lovely!

Monday we had manicures and then went to Bletchley Park and saw where Alan Turing worked and the engima code was cracked.  By the time we got back to my sister's place, though, I was starting to get a sore throat.

Tuesday I didn't really do anything but stay inside, becuase I was fighting a stuffy nose, horrible cough and sore throat.

Wednesday I forced myself out to go to the V&A and wander about a bit, and then Thursday I had lunch with my sister one last time and was off.  Oh, how quickly two weeks past!

Iceland was very beautiful and cold, and I think I may have appreciated it more if I wasn't fighting bronchitis.  I'm still not feeling good, and am hoping I am up for work tomorrow.  I'm still coughing and feeling generally like a bus ran over me.  But oh, the trip was worth it!  Such a wonderful holiday, I'm so, so very thankful I went.

Thank you to everyone who helped, with support, encouragement, and financial. I love you all so very much, you are amazing.

Take care, everyone. I'll try to post pictures in a bit.

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