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It's Tuesday, and I'm....

August 22nd, 2017 at 05:07 pm

It was a low-activity day on account of the EXTREME heat and humidity. Luckily, it will last only for a day and then we're to have great weather for the rest of the week.

Which is good, because this Saturday is the day my half-brother, wife and their 2 kids are coming up for lunch.

I just decided on the (vegetarian) menu today. Two cold salads (an edamame/tomato/corn/black bean salad and a cheese tortellini with peas, tomato and crouton salad)and a chia pudding dessert, though I'd like to take them all to the farm ice cream stand down the road for the "main" dessert.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to put the extension leaf in my Ikea table so the round table becomes an oval table. I've never actually used it. It's stored under the table and I vaguely recall it was "easy" to insert, but I can't figure it out now and have no one to help me. I went online and they don't make this particular table anymore.

So I may have to just use a smaller Ikea card table for the 2 little kids nearby the main table. It will be kind of a tight squeeze with 6 people in my small dining room!

I wish the admin here would fix the problem with posting images already. I've sent them 2 messages, which have gone unanswered.

Today I went to Aldi's, with a cooler filled with ice paks to keep my groceries cold on the ride home. I do this a lot.

Tomorrow I have a physical and will get a few extra kinds of bloodwork done related to being a mostly vegan. B12 and Vitamin D, mainly.

I did some light cleaning today. Well, sort of light. I vacuumed the upstairs (will do the downstairs on Friday), dusted downstairs and generally "picked up." Also cleaned the cat litter boxes, wiped down the dusty basement stairs and rinsed out the dehumidifier filter. I used the blower on my driver (my FAVORITE chore) and used the dust bin and brush to pick up the dead leaves expertly blown into a corner.

Yesterday I had another MS lunch lecture. Caught up with a Philippine woman I've gotten friendly with whose married to an MS American guy who inappropriately hugs me. They're going on a 5-week trip to Philippines next month so she can see her sister get married. She's 44 but looks about 25, seriously.

I took advantage of a certain doctor speaking (who does these lectures often) who happens to be doing an insomnia and mindful meditation study and is recruiting MS people for the study. So I told him I had a strong interest in participating and had done the phone screening but that no one had called me back to schedule the in-person screening. I gave him my contact info and am HOPING that if he remembers to pass the info on to his assistants, that someone will call me back.

Whether I am randomly assigned to do the mindful meditation classes for 8 weeks or am put in the control group, it's a win/win since i'll get paid $200, but I would rather like to take the classes. I just don't know how much more pushy I can be. I called the doc's assistants twice to try to move the ball along, and now I've spoken to the doctor. I mean, what more can I do. Are they that disorganized? The study begins in September.

I spent the $30 gift certificate from the library's summer reading program at my favorite garden nursery and enjoyed carefully browsing the succulents. I wound up with 4 more plants, one of them a beautiful Black Prince Echeveria. I would post pix, but that feature is broken right now.

I also bought a gorgeous PINK and green wandering jew. It's very striking.

My job search is in nowheresville. Lately I have become so pessimistic that I'm really starting to believe I will never find another job again, especially a f/t job. The market has changed. I am somewhat of a generalist, or "versatile with broad-ranging experience," if you prefer.

I don't know what I'm going to do, financially, or in my case more urgently, with healthcare coverage. I even went onto the website of Tractor Supply, which just finished building a new store in my town and is hiring. I don't think they would hire me and truth be told I would be so embarrassed if someone I knew saw me there.

Luther caught a live mouse last night and brought it into my bedroom before going into the family room with it. Blessedly, I was able to get it into a box fairly quickly with a broom and I released outside, near the road. But I was up all night because of it. I put some moth balls in the spot in basement where I think he catches them. The smell should repel both cat and mouse.

The eclipse was sort of a non-event for me. I waited too long to think about getting the glasses, so I didn't have them. I did go outside just to "experience" the somewhat greater darkness at around 2:30 pm and I watched coverage on TV, but that was about it. I did also take some photos of the yard just to see if I could detect any weirdness in the lighting. (I haven't looked at those photos yet.)

I've been doing a little better on my walking; when I do get out to walk, I've been better about making it a full hour. However, there's been this unpleasant clicking noise my right knee has been making and I'm wondering if my knee is wearing out. There's no pain, but something is rubbing, perhaps rubbing where it shouldn't.

For dinner tonight, I had a large salad and a few dried figs and a half a cantaloupe. Oops, I forgot to add the beans to the salad. I guess I'm still hungry. No wonder.

8 Responses to “It's Tuesday, and I'm....”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I hope you figure out healthcare. It stinks that the job market has changed; I think it has happened in a lot of fields. If it weren't for the healthcare puzzle I think you would do just fine taking early retirement. But I understand the importance of healthcare with your condition, and I continue to hope you will find something.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Agree with CB. So much writing has gone to contract jobs, it's hard.

    Your lunch menu souonds delightful.

  3. snafu Says:

    Our table, while not IKEA, likewise has a inset leaf. 1st, does the undercarriage have a small latch at each side? It's truly a two person operation and only takes a moment if you can get a neighbour or a friend to assist.

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    Thanks, Snafu. Yes, it actually has 2 latches on either side which I've already unlatched. I've separated the 2 sides/opened them up as far as each will go, and it doesn't appear the insert, which is suspended under the table in the center beneath them, has enough room to be pulled up and out.

    Thanks CB, I agree with you. One can only soldier on and hope my luck changes.

    Thanks English Castle. I hope they like it. My dad tells me they eat largely fast food junk.

  5. Bluebird Says:

    Hi PS, you're doing a great job! I know you commented today, and previously, about getting a job at Tractor Supply or another local retail company. Just my two cents, but there's no reason to be embarrassed if you got that job and saw someone you knew. In the event you got said job, and got healthcare benefits, that would be awesome! What about the greenhouse or Costco? I believe Costco offers great benefits for less than a 40 hour work week. What matters most is your peace of mind and financial security. Not to sound harsh, but I personally don't care what people think of me. I'm sure you've heard of, or read, the Millionaire Next Door? I don't pass judgement on someone because of where they work or how they look...you're just a millionaire trying to preserve your assets, right? 😉 Sorry for the long comment, but I don't want you to miss out on an opportunity that could solidify your retirement plans.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry about the job market. It does stink. Our pastor has often prayed for those unemployed and those underemployed because we have so many in out city.

    I wouldn't be embarrassed if someone saw me working at Tractor Supply or a similar place. It is honest work. If someone thinks less of you, then they aren't really worth knowing.

  7. PatientSaver Says:

    Thank you, Bluebird, for your kind words. Your reply did encourage me to revisit the job description for Tractor Supply and I applied this morning! I think it unlikely they'll call me since they say they prefer someone with a retail background and/or knowledge of farming, ranching or welding, but I gave it my best shot.

    Their online app would have made Fort Sumter proud. Quite lengthy, and I couldn't avoid applying without disclosing my age, vis a vis the date I graduated from college.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I've been doing poorly on getting my walks in the last few weeks. Just so tired - kind of a vicious cycle I guess.

    I'm glad you applied for TS job. Is there a Starbucks with openings? You get health benefits at 30 hours I think.

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