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2017-10-12 09:22 pm

Vacation

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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2017-10-02 08:47 pm

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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.
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2017-09-07 09:57 pm

Summer haze

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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2017-07-27 09:53 pm

Warm summer days

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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2017-06-25 05:59 pm

Dr. Strange ficlet

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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2017-06-22 09:38 pm

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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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2017-05-11 08:41 pm

Still around

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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2017-02-28 08:01 pm

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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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2017-01-21 09:39 pm

Womens March

I marched in my city's Womens March today.  They were only expecting about 300 people to show up, so I was really happy that about 1000 turned out.  It was mostly sunny, if a bit cold.  Here are some pictures of the event.  What do you think of my sign?

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2017-01-14 01:12 pm

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It's been snowing here pretty much constantly the past week.  I think it started New Year's Day and has only taken breaks.  I can't remember the last time we had this much snow and I'm loving it!

Granted, our roads and structures aren't really up to handling this.  My street was just plowed two days ago, which meant every morning for about a week I had to fight to even get out of my driveway.  But It's beautiful, and I love watching the snow fall.

The dogs love it, too, though the little one isn't quite as happy as the big one.

I think we've broken the record for most snow, which was last set in 1955.  Global warming is showing it's face again.  Here's a few pictures of my front yard yesterday morning.  Very beautiful, but also very cold!

snow 2snow
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2016-12-31 10:23 am

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone is having a better day than I am.  I'm still sick, with sinus infection and other stuff.  I was hoping to bring in the new year with a movie and some popcorn, maybe a glass of wine, but I'll be happy if I can watch 2016 die.

Had a wonderful Christmas, despite being sick, and spent a lot of time with family.

I think today I'm just going to stay in my PJs and watch TV and read.

To all my friends, I hope 2017 is a great year to all of you, and that all the hurts of 2016 can start to heal.

(((HUGS)))
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2016-12-23 09:14 am

Happy Holidays!

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!
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2016-11-20 01:55 pm

Writing

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!
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2016-11-18 10:32 pm

Mad World

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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2016-11-08 06:53 pm

Election day and I'm terrified

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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2016-10-26 08:52 pm

I'm really getting this adulting down

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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2016-10-09 06:03 pm

It's raining!!

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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2016-10-05 07:33 am

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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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2016-09-29 09:23 pm

What a wonderful world

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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2016-09-02 12:12 pm

A bit of this, a bit of that

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!!