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I've given up on any type of normalcy with posting. 

But today I had a really good experience.  I met the amazing Margaret Stohl, one of the authors of Captain Marvel, among many other works.  She was so lovely and sweet. 

I had her sign a comic, and then I told her Captain Marvel had made me cry, because I was a veteran and I could empathize with her so much.  She paused in handing me back the comic, took it back, and wrote, "You're my hero!"  Then, she took a Captain Marvel pin off her jacket and gave it to me, and we were both crying a  bit.

She then wanted a picture of me, which I was more than happy to do, if a bit embarrassed, as the line was really long, so I didn't get a picture on my phone, but she took it with hers! 

She spent a lot of time talking with people and really interacting with them. Such a lovely lady! 

I hope you all had a good day, too. 

My new RA infusions are a type of chemo, so for about two weeks after I'm totally messed up, but I'm feeling much better after that initial amount of ick, and I hope that I'll have my energy back soon, and won't be in as much pain.  Here's to a good year!

Love you all!

Snow!

Feb. 10th, 2019 09:17 pm
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The part of Washington state I live in doesn't get very much snow, which is frustrating for me since I LOVE snow.  But last Monday we got about three inches, and then it started snowing on Friday and didn't stop until this morning.  Needless to say, my snow fantasies have come true!  I think we got over a foot, so I had a lot of shoveling to do today!

I started a new RA med on Friday, but I feel pretty good right now.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this one works!  Oh, and my doctor thinks I have Firbomyagia.  Sigh.  Oh, well.  One thing at a time.  I'm just happy I'm still mobile and able to be active.  Plus, I totally rocked the snow shovel today! 

Have a safe and wonderful Monday my friends!

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Merry Christmas, my friend!  I hope today is filled with love, laughter, and great memories.  Thank you all for being my friends. 
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I haven't been around very much lately, so I'm sorry if any of you posted something and I haven't responded.

My doctor put me on a new medication for my RA and it caused me to get really sick, to the tune of some internal bleeding.  I'm finally starting to feel human again.

I still have low energy and hurt, but I'm doing much better, so I'm hoping to be around a bit more. 

I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying the summer.  It was 107F here on Friday, and today is supposed to be much the same.  I managed to go out and do some weeding because my yard looks like an absolute jungle, but I have a loooongg way to go. 

I don't have a lot to say, as most of my days consist of dragging myself to work, then back home to curl up and be a puddle. 

Take care of yourselves, and HUGS to you all!
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I saw Infinity War twice this weekend. 

I went in slightly spoiled by accident, so I had an inkling about some of what was going to happen.  I'm putting this under a cut for massive spoilers.

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It was such a lovely day today.  We've had horrible winds the past few weeks, in the 30 to 40 mph gusts.  With everything blooming allergies are going crazy!

The past month I've had to wear a heart monitor.  Nothing serious, but my heart has been fluttering and feeling weird, so they're monitoring to see if they pinpoint what's going on.  It's been a pain in the butt more than anything.  Saturday is my last day to wear it, thank goodness.  I can't wait to wear something other than the loose, baggy clothes I've had to wear at work! 

Also, saw a new ob/gyn on Monday.  For the first time talking with a doctor about how painful and awful my periods are, the choice a hysterectomy was mentioned.  I don't think it's something I can do this year, but it's nice to know that it may be an option in the future.  I really just want to be able to function. 

It's supposed to be in the 70s F next week, which I'm really looking forward to.  It seems this winter has been rather long and cold.  I hope everyone is getting some sunshine soon. 
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So far this winter I've managed to escape the flu or my annual bronchitis.  I thought I was out of the woods, but this last week I started coughing and now I have no voice and feel like crap.

I am very thankful, however, that it's not the flu, just seems to be the normal concrud I get after going to a convention.

Honestly, I'm a little relieved.  It's like, OK, I can stop waiting for the other shoe to drop. 

I've been holed up in the house since Friday, since I don't want to spread this around to everyone.  Not sure I'll be able to go into work tomorrow.  I'll see how I feel, but I don't want to get them sick, either.  My work is pretty small, only 8 of us, and my boss is a germaphobe.  The office policy is pretty much, if you're sick, stay the hell away from us! 

Anyway, I've just been crashed on the couch, alternating between Olympics and movies.  Today I may play a computer game, just for a change of scenery. 

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.
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Did anyone else record the Super Bowl so you could fast forward through the football and just watch the commercials?  I watched Puppy Bowl instead, and then Guardians of the Galaxy 2. 

Honestly, I could never understand how a game with four 15 minute game plays could last for 4 HOURS.  Dear Lord, football is boring. 

Don't really want to go to work tomorrow.  The wind has been terrible the past few days, with gusts in the 40 mph range, and my ears are all stuffed up and hurting.  Yuck.   Plus, we were supposed to get rain today which never happened, so it will probably be tomorrow. 

I have my infusion on Friday, which is good.  Not that I'm looking forward to it, but after the first few days I usually notice a big difference in my energy and pain levels.  My plan is to get fish and chips and crash on the couch watching the Good Place. 

I made a roast chicken today, which turned out amazing, and then made chicken soup, which also turned out great.  I'm nailing this being an adult thing. 

Hope you all had a great Sunday. 
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The Good Place had its second season finale tonight, and OMG!  Spoilers under cut.

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I keep saying I'm going to be better about blogging and I really fall down on that. 

My life is chugging along.  I started Orencia infusions in August, and so far they really see to be helping.  I've had less pain days, and more energy.  The only down side is I pretty much lose a whole day, because after I have to go home and lay down.  The one time I went to get groceries after I was sick for nearly a week.

On the plus side, I've started to feel creative again.  It's been so long since I had ideas randomly start popping into my head, I'm loving the feeling of wanting to write again.  I have ideas for Dr. Strange and Sherlock, and even some little nuggets for Lord of the Rings. 

My current happy place is the Good Place.  If you haven't watched it yet, you should.  It's an amazing and clever show, and it packs a lot into only a half hour.  Season 2 ends tomorrow, but they've already been renewed for a season 3, so I'm just enjoying the ride. 

Also, I have become addicted to Homicide Hunter.  It's a true crime show on ID in the US.  Detective Joe Kenda recounts his cases from his 22 years of service.  It's sad, and clever, and funny, and I don't know why I love it so much except maybe he reminds me a bit of a real life Sherlock Holmes. 

Not really much else going on right now, but I will try to update again sooner. If nothing else, I want to keyboard smash about the season finale of the Good Place.
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Merry Christmas and joyous Monday to all my friends!  I hope today only brings wondrous things to you.  ***HUGS***
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To all my American friends, I wish you a very happy, joyous Thanksgiving!  And to my friends around the world who do not celebrate, I wish you a wonderful day filled with only good things and much laughter. 

I am so thankful for all the many blessings in my life.  Things may be a bit rough, but I have so many things to be thankful for.  My job, my health, my house, my critters, my family.   I am so grateful to all my friends, and I hope you get only good things today!

Vacation

Oct. 12th, 2017 09:22 pm
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I was supposed to visit relatives in Michigan this month, but money wise that just didn't work out. The new roof really did a number on my bank account.

Instead, I took a train down to Portland to meet up with friends and we drove to Seaside, Oregon.

It was beautiful, and just the vacation I needed.

We laughed a lot, drank cider, watched the Good Place and listened to almost the entire series of Cabin Pressure. I checked my email twice, and didn't go online otherwise.

We spent hours and hours at the beach, and ate good food. It was everything I could have asked for from a vacation.

Things have been hard this year, and healthwise I'm still struggling in a lot of ways. But I have lovely memories of the beach to help me through the dark times, and good friends I know I can always talk to.



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While I was getting ready for work this morning my mom called. Early morning phone calls are never a good thing.

My brother's girlfriend, who is pretty much my sister in law since they've been together for almost 15 years, was at the Las Vegas concert.

She's OK, but very shaken.

She was in Vegas for a girl's weekend with two of her friends, attending the country music festival. They were right in the thick of it last night, and I honestly it's by the grace of God that none of them were injured.

One of her friends, KJ, dived under the stage with about 50 other people, and the girl next to her was shot 4 times in the back.

Laura, my brother's girlfriend, was separated from the other two in the chaos, but managed to take refuge in a Hooters.

I can't even say how thankful I am that she's OK. It so easily could have been her that got shot.

I can't even imagine what she's been through, and I just hope she's OK.

Hold your loved ones close. This world is a big, scary place, and it's only by loving each other that we get through it.

Summer haze

Sep. 7th, 2017 09:57 pm
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It's been a while since I last posted, but things have been a bit odd this summer.

We had a massive storm on June 26th, and I lost a lot of shingles from my roof.  Well, I ended up getting a new roof, which should have only cost me $1000 in deductable, but ended up costing me $2400 because the insurance company wouldn't cover everything they should have.  So frustrating.

Also, the Pacific Northwest is burning.  The air quaility has been listed as "very unhealthy" to "hazardous."  It wasn't too terrible in July and the beggining of August, but the past few weeks it's been so bad that I haven't walked the dogs since the beggining of August.   This past week, the air is so horrible that I have to wear a mask when I go outside.  It's aweful!

Here is a before and after picture of my area.  You can really see the difference in air quality.

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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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For anyone interested, here is my Dr. Strange fic.  It's the first time I've written anything in a long time, and I had so much fun!  I'm going to try to write some more.  Enjoy!

Title:  Tea.  With a Bit of Honey.
Wordcount: 3216
Rating: Gen

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11236770
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Summer has come!  It was 90F yesterday, and today a lovely 84F, but tomorrow and the weekend is supposed to be in the 100s!

Saturday I'm going to see The Princess Bride in the movie theater.  Looking forward to it!  I can't remember if I ever saw it in the theater when it first came out or if I've only ever seen it on TV.  I love that movie!

A friend from work rather thoughtfully gave me a few cookies that contained pot.  I live in Washington state, so it's legal.  I've never tried pot before, even though I'm 38, so I figured, eh, why not?  The cookie was more CBD, which is the medical marijana that doesn't get you high, and very low THC.  I was really surprised how it took most of my pain away.

I'm currently battling with the insurance and the VA so I can start infusions, and until I do I'm pretty much in limbo treatment wise.  My joints have been aching something aweful, so the CBD is a miracle. I would rather take that than a bunch of Aleve or Tylenol.  I'm just thankful I live in a place that gives me this option.

Also, since I've started feeling better and have more energy, I've started writing again!  I posted a Dr. Strange ficlet on the weekend, and I'll be posting a link here if anyone is interested.  It feels so good to write again!

In other news, I was walking the dog this evening when another dog ran up and attacked her.  She's OK, but it scared the crap out of me.  I'm so thankful she wasn't hurt.  I don't think I've screamed like that in a long time.

Nothing else really going on.  My pear tree I planted last year has pears, and my lavender is blooming white, but my life is very boring right now, lol.  I hope you all are doing well. Take care everyone, love you lots!
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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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All the snow has melted, leaving only lonely mountains in parking lots, slowly melting.  I can't say it isn't nice to see the sun, but I do miss how pretty everything looks covered in snow.

I went to the local sci-fi convention about a week ago.  I had a lot of fun, even if my energy levels aren't where I would like them to be.  I think I was home every night by 10 and in bed shortly after, lol.

My rheumatologist has started me on Humira.  I don't like it much, but I can't take the planquil because it was starting to cause really bad stomach pain, and my wrists and fingers have been really swollen and painful.  So I had a choice of doing self injections or infusions.  I really don't like the injections, they hurt like a bitch, but I think I would hate the infusions even more.

Not a lot other than that has been happening. Work is still amazing, and I wake up every day thankful for my job.  It's been a very long time since I felt that way, and it really has changed my life.

The ants are starting to creep out of hiding, so I've been trying to spray whenever I see them.  Ick!  One of the evils of living in a very sandy area.  Hopefully they won't be too bad this year and I can keep them under control.

Take care everyone, love you lots!

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