Soon soon! Peep meet!

November 24, 2015

The lovely and talented SnoringKatz (I never remember the correct capitalization, sorry!) will be picking me up at the airport in Houston on Friday and who the heck knows what we will do for the day. House of Pies, perhaps? I don’t know. But it’s been such a long time since I’ve met a new Peep! Okay it was less than a year and a half ago I met Redscylla, but it seems like a million years ago.

Hopefully I will be coherent and able to stand upright. I’m still suffering from my Graves disease. I don’t know how I will make it through a yoga class on this retreat but OH WELL. Not much I can do about it except try and go to the beach if I fail! I’m down about 13 pounds and I have like no muscle tone in my quads. It’s like there is nothing there. I haven’t slept well in a couple weeks. Last night I actually slept through the night, or close enough, but I am pooped. Still not as exhausted as when I was first diagnosed, but I am weak and don’t feel fully present. I’m hoping I can sleep better the next couple nights and hopefully I will be a little less foggy on Friday (and beyond). I am very excited to meet a friend though before the trip!  Then Saturday morning I fly to Cabo.  Then the following Saturday I fly back from Cabo through Houston but will take the trip in one day. And there is like a 3 or 4 hour layover in Houston, ugh. Maybe I can buy a nap somewhere. I don’t understand why there aren’t places you can nap in airports. I’d pay! I looked up the United lounge and it’s all booze, snacks, and wi-fi, I could get all that and no nap for $50.

Anyway…I saw my regular doc and got blood tests last Friday. She wants me to see Dr. Flinty the endocrinologist. I don’t wanna.

I’m doing the punk rock flea market one week after i get back home. I may have to take that Friday off to prepare. I still have a lot to do, plus my house is a disaster.

Rocky’s eye is looking better but this morning there was a little incident where he fell over on the couch and i had to help him sit up. I don’t know if he was splayed out so weird he couldn’t get purchase on the cover i have on the couch or if he had a seizure or what. I have to keep an eye on that.

anyhoozers, I’m looking forward to with the spectacular Ms. Katz and some r&r on the beach with healthy food served to me 3x a day.


hi peeps

November 1, 2015

This will be quick, I need a shower BAD and it’s 10pm and I need to get to bed early.

I got an Amazon Fire tablet and downloaded a WP app! It sucks it isn’t compatible with Instagram, what is that shit? but anyway I’m thinking I will bring this on vacation with me and WP may be my instagram, I don’t know.

I just finished a 3-weekend yoga immersion, it was good but I am pooped and my house is a DISASTER.

My Graves disease is back but not as bad as last time. I’m not back on meds yet, I’m trying to manage it naturally and with my holistic doctor’s help. It seems to have stopped in its tracks, my weight has been steady. I should probably still see my GP (Dr. Flinty, my endocrinologist said I didn’t have to follow up with her anymore, so) and get a refill on my beta-blockers. I have a full thing of the thyroid meds from 2 years ago, so that’s good.

so anyway. I will try to post some pics from my tablet.

LESS THAN A MONTH TIL MY FIRST PEEP MEET IN AGES! (the stupendous SnoringKatz) I think the last new peep meet I had was RedScylla, which was pretty epic, especially considering the setting.

Okay I gotta go wash the stink off and hope the Mets score some more

(can you believe I am rooting for them, I know, it’s nuts but I can’t root for an AL team, unless it was the Rangers because Cole Hamels)



October 12, 2015

Before I moved in (2003):


after I fixed it up shortly after moving in (early 2004 probably):

OKAY well I actually took this right before they tore everything out. That’s why it’s so messy and dirty.


I have better pics somewhere but tough. I took down that godawful wooden cabinet over the toilet, the toilet, the sink, all the wooden fixtures: TP holder, soap dish, toothbrush holder, towel rails, etc. Wood is such a smart choice where there is a lot of moisture, I think. not. Basically I decorated it as if it looked like this:


You can see in the first pic that the tub and shower tile are all tan. So now all that is white and the floor is charcoal. I got a new faucet set on the sink but kept everything else. They put in a light and fan in the tub area.



October 2, 2015

Rocky is doing well. I had a busy busy day on Tuesday. First the crotch doc, everything is ok there except I told her about some spotting i’d had a few months back not more than 2 times so she made me make an appointment for a month. I might cancel.

Then I had to get gas and go to Housesit Home to pick up the dog and drive to Delaware. Got there early so stopped at Wawa for Free Coffee and $1.69 yogurt because I didn’t want to pass out. The vet was nice. He said that Rocky had some trauma to his blind eye and blood seeped in causing it to swell and then his eye wouldn’t fully close and he isn’t able to produce enough tears to keep the eye moisturized blah blah. So for now he has drops for the eyes. I have 3 and 1 is on the way from a compounding pharmacy in NJ. All go in his bad eye and 2 go in his good eye to help retard the cataracts and prevent something similar happening to that one. Rocky was good during the exam. He’s been good with the drops, but I haven’t. I’m getting better and wasting less, of course it’s easy enough to sneak up on his blind eye, the trick is getting him when it’s open but he’s not too active. So he’s doing pretty well despite the bloody eye. We have to go back in a month.


Then I had a 3:20 chiro appointment (moved up from 5:20 since I was off work) and picked up my orthotics. I wore them one day and a little bit of another but I am going to break them in, I could kind of feel them and feel like I should ease into it. At least it’s shoe weather now.

I am house sitting until the 6th. Thankfully it’s really close, but going back and forth twice a day (at least) is kind of annoying. Having 2 animals to deal with can get on my nerves sometimes and just being in someone else’s house slows me down (not to mention stepping carefully so as to not die from cat-related injuries). But I’m not complaining too much, it’s working out great. The bathroom is getting close. The guy was going to tile the shower walls today. The floor was finished yesterday. The toilet is in. The fixture on the sink was changed (and I really like it, my friend’s house has bathroom fixtures from the same company and one was similar to what I was looking at and I thought oh I hope I don’t wish I left the old one after all this.) So, so far, so good. There was a little issue with the grout color, I thought he ordered a lighter one than I wanted, and it looked okay but I had to question him anyway. Turns out it was the correct color, it just turned out lighter than the shade on the card he showed me. So it should be all right. I doubt I will hate anything, it’s just not that important. I can’t wait to get back to my own shower, the one at the other house is SO WEAK. It takes forever to get my hair thoroughly wet and I don’t even shampoo it every time I shower. There is no quick shower in that place unless you want to come out questionably clean and unsatisfied. I’m like Jerry & Kramer, I need fire hose strength shower pressure. I better make sure I take a shower the last night I am at that house though because they come back on Tuesday and I don’t know how long it’s going to take for them to finish. Good thing I booked them to start the same day my friend left on vacation! I’m sure I should at least be able to shower even if everything isn’t completely finished. If the tile gets done, it has the weekend t.o set, I doubt there is anything else that will need to wait on. So things are going pretty well I guess. I will for sure post before and after pics. The bathroom will need to be painted but I will keep it the same color or close at least for a while, since I decorated it like the tub and tile were white instead of ugly tan. I have to give that pink potty palace a chance to realize its full potential as named. I still like the color so that’s good too.

Okay back to work. There is other stuff but blah blah blah that’s what’s going on now and earlier this week.


moar stuff

September 24, 2015

trying to be regular on here! I’ll poop out another post!

Thank Dog the office is quiet right now because everything outside of work is in a bit of a frenzy and not related to the Pope. The bathroom redo started yesterday morning. The housesitting gig started yesterday after work. I also had a vet appointment regarding Rocky’s eye at 6:30 last night. So…after work I had to stop and pick up my organic order, stop at my house to see off the bathroom guy and see what was up, get a bunch of stuff together to bring to the house gig, forget to feed my dog, go to the house gig and feed the cat, then go to the vet. That took an hour, she referred me to a couple ophthalmologists in the area (both at least a half hour away) then I went back to my house to grab some food, feed the dog, watch Survivor, and then at 9:30 went back to House Gig (which thankfully is less than 5 minutes drive from my house), tried to figure out what to eat (ate some of her tortilla chips, it was too late for anything else and I wasn’t even hungry though I should have been) and settled in and caught up on some internetting and finally went to bed around 11 or so.

There is a cat:


Simba is a sweeeeeetie but will try to murder you on the stairs as cats do.

So today I have to drop off whiskey at my mom’s and then probably should do some food shopping. Then NOTHING.

Rocky’s eye with the worse cataract is looking bad. On Thursday or early Friday I noticed he was squinting and it was gunky. Both eyes are bloodshot. Now the squinty one is bulging. But he is a little trooper and doesn’t seem too bothered. I am increasingly concerned and hope it doesn’t get worse before our appointment on Tuesday. Because THAT would mean going to Penn Vet Emergency on Pope Weekend and that could prove impossible or impassable, you choose. So fingers crossed on that.

I was supposed to have my Worst Minute Of the Year appointment today at 2 but I called last week to change it to the 17th of Never hopefully but I Lucked Out and they had an opening (so to speak) Tuesday at 8:20. I was really hoping they’d schedule me for like next August. I even said, whenever you have an early morning appointment. Oh joy a cancellation within DAYS. Okay whatever. So Tuesday I go to the crotch doc at 8:20 am, then to Delaware for the Doggy Ophthalmologist, and then at 5:20 I have an appointment with my chiropractor *if* my orthotics are in. Either way I may change it.

I am fucking tired. Add to this, I could be eating better, I haven’t been able to get to yoga much at all and I feel like my thyroid is swollen. So this is when I really need to take care of myself. I start kettlebells on the 1st, what was I thinking, and then my yoga immersion starts on Oct. 16th. I just hope things go back to normal a bit after Tuesday, My bathroom should be done or mostly done. I will have an idea what is up with the dog’s eye. (of course it will likely create another slew of Things To Do) and my yearly appointments should be done for a while. I should be able to get to a few yoga classes. And by then hopefully I will be in a good routine at the House Gig and know where to find everything and have everything I need from home.

here’s my bathroom as of yesterday afternoon, Day 1:


okay I better get back to work, I am too tired to think of anything else. Please keep Rocky’s eyes on your Good Juju list.


a few–okay, a BUNCHA–beach pics

September 21, 2015

It was such a nice weekend at the beach.

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I haven’t really been happy with a camera since my beloved old Fujifilm Finepix F30 that I bought in 2007 so I decided to try it out again. That’s where all these are from.

Here’s the pic Leeeeeeenda was asking about (from my crappy galaxy player camera):



anyway last year he hijacked my chair so instead of bringing 2 I found this fold up thing on Amazon (most are around $40, I found this one for under 30) and he actually stayed on it! yay! Is he sofa king cute or what.


hello….is it me you’re looking for?

September 17, 2015

No? I didn’t think so. Too bad cuz here I am.

Not much going on, a lot going on. I’ve been busy (for me anyway) but it’s nothing that exciting or nothing I haven’t mentioned.

  • I did get a table at the Punk Rock Flea Market for a Saturday in mid-December. I got one with room for a clothing rack so of course it was the most expensive. That just means I have to be a lot more unscrupulous when gathering items to sell, and to make things a little more expensive because People Will Haggle. I think last time, though I made money and was happy to get rid of stuff, I could have sold a few things for a little more. But that’s okay. Anyway, I have so much stuff lying around that I wouldn’t miss and don’t use or notice or love, I will have plenty to sell. There are the Business tables and the Personal Junk tables. I am going to sneak in a few things from my store. It’s not like I got a personal junk table and then am trying to sell my line of handknit scarves and mittens. I don’t have a store anymore, I just have crap I’d like to be rid of that is new and unused and there may be several of them. I might need a helper the day of. So I am kinda excited about that.
  • Going to the shore this weekend with the dog. I had planned to go last weekend but it was supposed to rain (and did a bit) but this weekend is going to be 80 or so and really nice. I think overnight Saturday it will cool off so I am thinking half-day tomorrow and get down there to enjoy it a little more and maybe come up mid-afternoon on Sunday. I can’t wait to smell the salt air, sit on the beach with the dog and a book and Do Nothinggggggggggg. Nice. I am so fortunate. I would like to have taken a week again to go there but it just didn’t work out between the late Labor Day and stuff going on.
  • Next week I start my house/catsitting gig AND I’m getting my bathroom redone did! YES! Before & after shots to come, fear not. I will be housesitting till like…October 6th my calendar says. But the house is really close to mine so I can let the bathroom guys in in the morning and check on things and spend some time there doing what I need to do. I still, of course, need to clean up the house a bit before I have guys traipsing through for a week. But they start on a Weds and he said they’d need 5 days so I have a weekend in between, not that that really has any bearing on anything.
  • Next weekend is the Liberry Book Sale. They actually have 2, the other one is in early October when they have Township Day. They snuck this one in, starting, I don’t know…last year? I certainly don’t need any more books but I can’t resist and I want a better selection! Ha! I’ll try to limit myself to ONE bag for $6 but I better bring 2, just in case.
  • The weekend after housesitting is free as far as I know. If the weather is decent I may go to the shore again.
  • Then the weekend of the 16th-18th and the following 2 weekends I am doing an Immersion thing at my yoga studio. It’s 2.5 hours Friday, 6.5 Saturday and 4.5 on Sunday. It’s not all physical yoga practice the whole time and on Saturday there is a 1 hour break and Sunday 2. I have asked my dogsitter to come by on those Saturdays to feed Rocky and let him out. The days start at noon so I have plenty of time to walk him in the morning. It will be good for Rocky and Dogsitter to get reacquainted because they will be hanging out for a whole week after Thanksgiving while I’m in Mexico.
  • Today after work I am getting fitted for custom orthotics. Expensive yes but I am hoping it will help my hip isue. Not sure what it’s all about but one of my legs is shorter than the other so maybe this will help. It can’t hurt and if they don’t help enough I guess I have to see a Medical Doctor, M.D. covered by my insurance. Maybe I’ll get a new titanium hip! That would be fin. Really it’s not that big of a problem. It just hasn’t gotten better with yoga or chiropractic care. But it doesn’t really bother me enough to hamper yoga or anything.
  • Then I will stop at my mom’s maybe to pick up stuff of hers she wants at the shore house, then to the house where I’m house and cat sitting to get instructions and tell her my fee, which won’t be too high.
  • I still have some jewelry and stuff I want to list on eBay. Originally I thought this would be Sell-It September but we’ll see if I get anything listed. I have so much other crap to do but it will be interesting to see how much I can put aside for the PRFM.

Here’s Rocky:

asleep on the job


Back to work I want to get stuff done so I can leave early tomorrow!!!


to-do list for the weekend

September 3, 2015
  • 2 yoga classes (I have 2 classes left on a new student pass I got last October which expires…this October, so I need to make a concerted effort to get to one class this weekend there and one class at another studio, probably the studio I just finished up a new student pass with because the Sunday morning class last week was SO good.)
  • clean up areas bathroom guys will be traipsing thru (LR, stairs, upstairs hall, bathroom) (and I have to make room for the crap that’s in the bathroom, which includes a linen closet full of towels and other stuff)
  • finish 1 or 2 books (it’s a possibility I could finish one tonight, but should not be a problem to finish it over the weekend, and maybe make a run to finish another one I’ve been reading for a while)
  • mow lawn (thankfully it’s half dead but it’s been neglected for a few weeks)
  • find and activate new CCs and change all autopay/stored CC info on websites etc (could take all weekend) (could take half the weekend just finding the one CC….)

I think that is plenty for 3 days, especially since I’m behind on everything else like cleaning up the kitchen, probably laundry, changing my sheets, so some of that will end up in the mix too hopefully.

I really do need to get shit done because the bathroom will be done soon. Which reminds me I should make my decisions about the bathroom fixtures by tomorrow and call the guy and let him know what I want. I’m trying to decide whether I should just spend the extra moolah and get new stuff for the sink or leave it. On one hand, it will make everything a little more uniform and make the sink look a little newer (I had the sink and toilet put in a few months after I moved in, 12 years ago, and they’re just plain white and I don’t mind them, don’t see the need to replace them) OR should I just save the money and not junk something that is okay. I did ask the guy to get me a new drain assembly because the one in there is stupid, you know how most small sinks with the plunger you can unscrew and take it out, well mine doesn’t so it’s almost impossible to pull out to clean. I’m sorta 50/50. I may stop at Lowe’s later to look at some stuff (but not buy, Lowe’s pissed me off and I’m boycotting them)

Haven’t heard back from the prfm douche, not surprised.

Okay I better try to get a little more work done before I pack up my troubles in an old kit bag and head home.



August 31, 2015
  • Remember way back in probably like 2009 when I did that Punk Rock Flea Market fiasco? I was selling my vintage stuff, my BFF kept bringing more and more stuff, and it got cancelled at the last minute, and the douche who ran the thing gave me the runaround about a new date, it was supposed to be held before Christmas and ended up being held in January where Mariser & I saw Nick Cave the first time in 2008 and Dora & I saw Kings of Leon in 2009? Well, they still have them–they have a new regular place now, they have them twice a year and I ignore them. But I just looked at the email for the December one and they’re  looking for people to sell their personal junk so I thought about it, looked at my stuff I’ve started to set aside, and I think I may do it if the price is reasonable.  I dumped what we didn’t sell at a nearby (to the venue) vintage stuff for another couple hundred bucks. Neither the BFF nor I wanted to bring anything home. I really got rid of a lot of stuff. That was all clothes, shoes, and purses. This time it would be clothes (not quite as vintage) newer shoes, purses, and just household decorations and a few things leftover from my store, anything else I can find I might be able to make decent money on people might want.  I asked my sister if she and/or my niece would want to do it with me, so we’ll see. For now, I sent the guy an email expressing my interest and asking how much tables are. So that would/could/should be better than a Yard Sard.
  • Got my invoice for the balance of the price of the yoga retreat! and an email with a questionnaire about personal stuff. So wow it’s coming up!
  • Scheduled the bathroom renovation! I picked out the tile and the floor at the showroom on Saturday and spoke to the guy with my questions today. So I have to tell him what I picked so he can order it and pick out the tub hardware. Exciting!
  • I think it will be good to end the year getting rid of stuff, reno-ing the bathroom, and going on this ‘manifestation and gratitude’ retreat will set me up for 2016 pretty well. I am pretty content on one hand but on the other I feel like I’ve been pretty much spinning my wheels for pretty much 15 years. Sure I’ve made a lot of progress and all but I don’t feel like my life has gone anywhere. I’m not sure what I really want, but I won’t find it bogged down with all this crap, and the bathroom is pretty much the last major thing in my house that *needs* to be done.
  • I kept forgetting the housesitting dates and thought I only had one weekend possibility to go to my mom’s shore house but the house sitting gig starts in the middle of the week following the weekend I thought it started so, score! Depending on how much work I have to do I might go both weekends. I might take a long weekend.
  • So this (long) weekend I want to get to at least 2 yoga classes and I have to clean up the house pretty well if I’m going away at all, I will have to get most of my crap out of the bathroom and I’ll need a place to put (not dump) it.
  • Oh and I can still have a (try-to) Sell-It September, trying to sell some jewelry and higher end stuff.
  • My sister will probably be back in on Weds to the office to help with more clean-up. Add that to the fresh start for 2016. By the end of the year the office should be pretty decently organized, I’m thinking!
  • so in general i am cautiously optimistic about the rest of the year and its effect on 2016.

thursday thots

August 27, 2015
  • I’m thinking of also making this private. I think you get 35 for free, so I’ll see who has been sticking around and if the #s are right I probably will do like Redz did.
  • I got an estimate this morning for a new bathroom (floor, tub, tile, some pipes & stuff) and since I’d already gotten a number for replacement of the soil pipes in my basement and some other stuff, if I get it all done at the same time they knocked it down a bit and I think I am just going to do it since I have the money and am not a DIY genius like Redz. The main reason is because I have a cat-and-house sitting gig coming up a few blocks away and it’s for 2 weeks and since I only have one bathroom it will be the perfect time to do it. He said he’d need 5 days.
  • I always look at houses on the real estate sites, I always think I want to move and I find these neat little reasonably priced houses, but I decided I will probably just stay put for a couple of years and make a concerted effort to actually finish decorating, get rid of a bunch of shit, and maybe do some more carpet-ripping-out upstairs, and maybe I can enjoy my house rather than see it as something that is always messy and unfinished. I’ve been in this house for almost TWELVVVEEEE years, people. I’m still not moved in.
  • I dubbed this month Austere August to try to curb my shopping a bit. It’s not so much the money as it is the stuff in the house. I haven’t been getting rid of enough so I have to stop accumulating for a bit. I did buy a purse (something I had in my Amazon cart that I found at TJ Maxx for $15 less, so…) and a CD and a tiny pair of earrings that should be here soon. Total is under $50. Other than that it has been food and household stuff and yoga which takes up no space in my house. Well the money I spent doesn’t, but I did finally put a mat in the extra bedroom so I can do a few minutes here and there which is good.
  • Gonna try to have a Sell-It September, in which I finally start listing stuff on eBay or wherever. I have only had an eBay account since like 2001 and have never listed anything… But I have some shoes and clothes and jewelry and stuff I might be able to get a little money for. I may think about having a Yard sard the weekend of the township day festivities, because a lot of people walk my street to get to the parade and block party stuff. I even thought of making a No Haggling sign in which I say, you haggle? price goes up. keep haggling? No soup for you! because I thought I’d have everything $1, $5, or $10 or something like that. Auction October, maybe? I don’t know. I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself, I am just going to try to list a few things on eBay and see how that goes.
  • and of course over the next couple weekends I will try to get some more sorting and cleaning done.
  • Got tickets this morning to see Public Image Ltd in November with Yogabuddy J. If I recall correctly, when we took the train to Florence after the yoga retreat we talked about a PIL concert that never happened we were both thinking of going to. He may have had tickets and I was thinking about going, but it was cancelled the day of the show, so my decision was made for me. Anyway, on the train we said, okay well next time they come to Philly we should go! So thankfully we are still friends and I texted him last night and he said Oh Fuck Yeah so I got tix. Also Joseph Arthur will be in town a few days earlier, I should be going to that with Yogabuddy S. I forgot to ask her if she wanted to go to PIL before I got the tix but I don’t think they are selling like the proverbial hotcakes on presale anyway.
  • My sister was in yesterday to help clean up the office. This is the sister who didn’t work here for 18 years. That one never threw anything out. There were old job folders from jobs from 1964. My sister goes. I wasn’t even born then! I said Daddy might not have even been married yet! Anyway there are like 18 boxes back there for shredding. She will come in to keep at it every so often (she’ll get paid) till this place gets reasonably organized. Now that there is some space in the file cabinets it will be easier to get more old shit out of my face and get things organized. I’ve been here 9 years, I can even get rid of some of MY old shit by now.
  • So by the end of the year I think things at home and at the office should be considerably better as far as cleaning and organizing go.
  • that’s all for now.
  • aren’t you glad I am back boring you half to death?
  • Oh Rocky is good. He’s great. He’s getting to be perhaps a little bratty.