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New Wave day on Throwback Thursday on WXPN

July 7, 2016

http://www.xpn.org click Listen Live and pick the one on the left

all new wave, all day till 7pm Eastern (except for 2-4 which is World Cafe)

esp. aimed at Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenda!

SECOND song this morning?

THIS MEANS NOTHING TO MEEEEEEE AHHHHHH VIENNAAAAAAAA

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relevant to one or 2 of my wp friends…

July 6, 2016

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBS) — Brace yourself cat lovers. The ultimate jersey for feline fanatics is now a reality. The Phillies Single-A affiliate, Lakewood BlueClaws will don cat-covered unis on Saturday, July 9…or as it has been called, Caturday. The team will wear the jerseys as they take on the West Virginia Power. Bad news. Delmarva scored…

via Phillies’ Minor League Squad To Wear Cat-Covered Jerseys — CBS Philly

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listy loo-who: The DONE

April 4, 2016

Okay I was pretty productive this weekend though the house still looks like a dumpster in most places. Here’s the list and how I fared.

Yardwork: Put away winter stuff, bag poops, rake up yard, mow mow mow the lawn gently down the stream (~1 hour total)

NO yardwork was done because it rained Saturday morning, by the time I got back from walking the dog after acupuncture and it was sunny and warm I didn’t feel like it, they were talking about SNOW on Sunday and then it was windy as SHIT on Sunday. So, yard will wait. dangit.

Donation: Bag/box up stuff in basement, get more together from basement, box up household goods, check attic & dining room for more stuff (1 hour or so?)

I didn’t spend an hour but I put some stuff in one box and I have to get another box or 2 for the rest. And also see what else I can scrounge up to give away in a hurry. Not that I don’t have a ton still to give but I don’t want to make more of a mess right now looking thru stuff.

Housework:

  • Vacuum downstairs I vacuumed the dining room
  • finish cleaning up bedroom floor NOPE
  • fold & put away towels YUP
  • make bed in guest BR and clean up/vacuum floor Made the bed
  • clean up kitchen cleaned it up, dirtied it up
  • dry mop then damp mop kitchen floor NOPE
  • Clean bathroom: mainly the flooooooor YUP I cleaned it GUD, just have to put some stuff back in there.

Okay so I didn’t get all that much done off my list BUT I cleaned up my plant corner and the dog’s eating area. Like, I cleaned the corner of the room, wiped down window sills, baseboards, washed the wood floor where the rug isn’t in addition to taking all my plants off the stand, wiping that down, getting the dead stuff off plants (and the floor) and all that. (It was gross, dust, dog hair, dead plant stuff, etc.) Plus on both couches (LR & DR) I took the blankies off and the pillows and freshened everything up with fabric spray and reset everything so it doesn’t smell like tiny dog feets. (much)

So even though I didn’t declutter much, there are clean areas of the house. The kitchen really needs some work though. A little straightening and vacuuming in the rest of the house and it will be okay enough. The bathroom though is cleeeeean.

I also did a little bit of laundry. And I got my hair cut and went to acupuncture (which really helped this time around).

so there you have it. Weekend results. woo. hoo.

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listy loo-who

March 31, 2016

Heeeeyyyyyy remember when I used to do this?  Well I’m gonna try this again, maybe for some shred of accountability. I don’t fucking know anymore.

I have realized that I have given up on any kind of hard work. And I have a lot that needs to be done, especially around the house. I used to do house projects like tearing up carpet, painting, hauling out rooms and hanging art and stuff. STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE, PEOPLE. I have been in that house 12.5 years, people. If I could get rid of even 10% of my crap and organize the rest, it would be a fucking dream come true. Seriously. But I can’t seem to get it done. Because of course regular housekeeping is time-consuming and boring and undesirable too!

And of course all kinds of things went to crap when I got sick again, I got out of pretty much every decent habit I had, mostly because I wasn’t sleeping much or well. So now I am slowly getting back into some better habits and be a little more conscious of doing some hard work once in a while. I am such a damn slacker. It’s awful.  I mean, yeah, I have stuff going on, and stuff always pops up, and of course now my shoulder is bothering me but I really don’t have much excuse now and going forward to not get some shit done in and around my house. I don’t have a ‘real’ vacation planned until mid-November and other than that it’s 3 weekend trips.  The first of which is NEXT weekend to see Dora! In NYC! So that means THIS weekend I have to make an effort for reals because the dogsitter will be staying here and things is disgusting right now. Luckily his room is not in need of too much attention since he was just here less than 2 months ago. I scheduled a donation pickup for the 7th before I leave to ensure I do SOMEthing worthwhile before I go traipsing off to the Big Apple to forget my cares.

So here is my weekend To-Do list:

Scheduled/errands:

  • Saturday: acupuncture, make a new recipe (yes this needs to go on a list)
  • Sunday: Haircut, then food shopping (yes food shopping seems like it should go before making food but it doesn’t need to be)

Other:

Yardwork: Put away winter stuff, bag poops, rake up yard, mow mow mow the lawn gently down the stream (~1 hour total)

Donation: Bag/box up stuff in basement, get more together from basement, box up household goods, check attic & dining room for more stuff (1 hour or so?)

Housework:

  • Vacuum downstairs
  • finish cleaning up bedroom floor
  • fold & put away towels
  • make bed in guest BR and clean up/vacuum floor
  • clean up kitchen
  • dry mop then damp mop kitchen floor
  • Clean bathroom: mainly the flooooooor

Okay I think if I can get that or MOST of that done, I will be extreeeeeemely happy with my bad self. I just have to focus and stay off the internets.  Of course there will be dog walking and maybe Mom Stuff cropping up but she knows I’m going away next weekend so she may not bug me if it means I am cleaning har har.

Also I’d like to finish the book I am reading, which should be possible.

So there you have it. A list and I will have this as a physical list so I can come back here on Sunday afternoon or evening to cross everything off!

gotta run byeeeeeeee

 

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hiiiiiii remember me?

March 23, 2016

I have been terrible with the wordpress. I check it, usually, sometimes I forget, but haven’t posted in about 16 years. Approximately.

Everything is going pretty well. I can’t complain. The Graves is doing better, the meds are working, I’m back at yoga, I even took a spin class last week after clearance from my doc (and I took it really easy too), and am generally feeling pretty normal! Yay!.

I went back to Mexico, the same retreat place in early Feb with a different group. This one was local and Yogabuddy J went too. We roomed together. He snored and kept me up, and I was sick and coughed and kept him up. I moved to the couch in the living room which was no big deal, I was just as comfy and it was a big enough couch. The peeps were nice, I did 8 of 12 classes, I got super sick the last day in time to come home. By the time I got to Phoenix (Isn’t that a song? :-P) I was delirious. I could barely punch AmyH’s number into my phone to tell her not to come. I was a mess. Just chatting on the phone was hard. J went off to hang with his friend and I slept on benches in various PHX airport lounges on the way to my gate.  Thankfully I was able to upgrade to economy plus  to give myself and J a seat between us and the window person and my fever broke by the time we landed in Philly and I was feeling human enough to drive us home. Did I mention I also had the shits and was in the airplane bathroom every half hour or so? That was FUN! Thankfully it was an overnight flight so the staff left us alone and most people slept will I was crapping my guts out, and snoozing when I wasn’t.

So yeah, it was nice to talk with AmyH but I was bummed we didn’t get to hang out for a bit. Much preferable to feverish bench snoozing and pooping.

I am finally putting some weight back on but I’m afraid now it’s just going to be fat and not muscle so yeah I better make an effort to get to those spin classes I have a groupon for.  I also joined one of my yoga teacher’s meetup groups which is a hiking/yoga group which so far has been mainly hiking due to it being cold. But since it’s a new group she was mainly scouting out places in the winter for the better weather hikes.

Rocky is great though I think his eyesight is even worse this week. He’s just such a sweetie. But he runs around like he can see and then runs into stuff and yelps.

As always I am still trying to declutter. I made a donation in late January and just scheduled one for April 7th. It might not be as much stuff but I have time to add to it for sure.

Then the next day i go to NEW YORK to see DORA!!! woo hoo! So it will be like a reward for doing some house cleaning I guess. Oh and I WILL have to do some housecleaning because the dogsitter will be there for Rocky. I’m excited, I haven’t seen Dora since her wedding, if I remember correctly, and that wasn’t exactly a visit with her.  Then hopefully sometime in May before Memorial Day they will come to my mom’s shore house to visit me for the weekend. I won’t have to clean my house for that! Ha! Plus! Beach!

Then in July I have tentative plans to drive to Pittsburgh to meet up with my NJ friend who lives in KY for a Phillies/Pirates game or two. Another NJ friend who lives in Denver now may also join us.

Then I signed u for another yoga retreat in November in Puerto Rico with one of my yoga teachers. It’s at the place I went to in 2010, I suggested it. So of course I have to go! So far I know of 3 people who are going, me, Yogabuddy M (my roomie) and one older guy who I usually see at restorative on Fridays. and of course the teacher. I hope more people sign up. If anyone wants to go, let me know! I’m serious, you don’t have to be local or even do yoga. It’s like a Sunday to a Saturday, like 6 days. I think she needs 10.

Other than that…. let’s see, I saw a couple good concerts recently. RNDM (Joseph Arthur’s band with Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam) with my sis and 2 days later Le Butcherettes with Yogabuddy J. That was an awesome show. Tomorrow sis and I are going to see Andra Day at a little place across from my chiropractor’s, which is where I am headed after work today.

I should start posting here more often (I know, I say that all the time, well, when I actually post here hahahah) and maybe do some of my SUPER motivating lists.

Anyway I gotta wrap this up and get the flock outta here.

Byyyyyeeeeeee schmoopies!

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ugh people I am trying to get my shizz together

January 20, 2016

and stop by here more often and post some piccies.  But alas! I am loser, hear me snore.

I am tryyyyyyying to get cleaned up again (you wouldn’t know me if I wasn’t) but it’s setback after setback. Last weekend as I was trying to do laundry the cold water stopped coming out more than a trickle. So I am still waiting on a guy who is waiting on a part. But I wasted too much time investigating that on Sunday and used up a lot of energy twisting and cursing.

I was supposed to go to Gettysburg on Friday for the weekend with my friend who lives in VA I met at the DC NC concert in 2014 but now they are calling for el Shitto weather. Snow AND wind. Not fun times there, especially because I was planning on bringing Rocky. Oh. Well. We’re still checking the weather. Yesterday they said 8-12″ and today it was 5-8″. Maybe tomorrow it will be 3-5″ and Friday it will be 1.5″.

Groupon is having a 30% off sale on local deals through tomorrow, code JUMBO3. I got one for airport parking again ($65 for 10 days! I  think I’ll be using 9 for this Mexico trip (I told you I’m going back, right? 2nd week of Feb?) because we (yogabuddy Jay and I) will be getting back at 6am on Sunday because by the time we booked, the best flights were going thru Chicago which is a bit iffy at this time of year and the next best were through Phoenix. We opted, instead of an 8 hour layover in PHX, to take the 5:35 flight out of Cabo San Lucas and have like a 3 or 4 hour layover. He has good friends in Phoenix who he thought we could meet up with, and of course I have AmyH but neither of us knew whether our friends would even be around, and didn’t have the luxury of time to check. I also got one for Thai food up the street from me. I have an already in-process groupon for a monthly pass for a yoga studio near me that I have been going to, again tonight, but I am still weakmo. Soooo I may get a 5- or 10-class groupon today or tomorrow for a fitness place a few miles away that is mostly spin and also some lifting and flexibilty stuff, and combos therein.

I like my new endocrinologist. Yay. She’s very thorough, not flinty, and nice. I’m dong pretty well on my meds but I can’t seem to put any more weight on. I don’t want to gorge on fattening food because I want to gain it back with lots of muscle! not fat!

Anyway there isn’t much else going on. Rocky is good. Little turd. I love him. (in case you were wondering).

I better get some worky done! Byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

 

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I’ve been meaning to write

January 8, 2016

But alas! I get slacking on the other parts of the interwebs or I’ve been busy or whatnot! in no particular order, or maybe so:

  • Rocky is good. His eye is okay, had a Specialty Vet visit at the beginning of December and now we do 5 drops per day and don’t have to see the doc until June.
  • I think I told you the Graves disease is back. Since late September when I was weighed at the gyno, I have dropped about 20 pounds. not good. A lot of it is muscle and thank goddess I hung onto some of my old jeans because that’s all that fits.
  • The yoga retreat in Mexico was great but I struggled with the yoga part and didn’t get as much out of it as I’d hoped. But it was so amazing. The food, the food, the food! and the sunsets and sunrises, ahhhhhh….
  • While I was away of course both my GP and Dr. Flinty the endocrinologist (as I call her) left multiple messages because they got my lab results. After I got home I called for an appointment with Dr. Flinty (who had an opening on the Friday I was away) and they didn’t have anything till January 20th. Saw my GP for a new beta blocker and she suggested I find another endocrinologist and she also put me on a low dose of my thyroid meds. She also looked at some bites on my side and said it’s…..
  • Bedbugs.  Well that was Christmas Eve, and I have not gotten any more bites. Boy was I itchy for a couple weeks though, I guess I had an allergic reaction, the bites didn’t hurt so much. I’m still paranoid and will get someone with bedbug sniffing dogs in this month after I clean a bit but I have found zero evidence. I do need to keep cleaning up though, and of course not just for that reason.
  • Saw a new endo on Tuesday and despite the long wait I am pleased. She’s nice, listens, explains everything and then types it out for you. The whole office is super efficient, except for the waiting but at least she spent time with me. So I cancelled Dr. Flinty. Had to get my labs that same day and also started on a higher dose of my thyroid meds. Feeling much better now. I just have to watch when the weight starts coming back that I make sure to eat healthy, not overeat, and get plenty of exercise so it doesn’t come back too fast or too fat….
  • Which is part of the reason I’m going back to that place in Mexico on February 6th! The tour company I went on is a nationwide company so there were peeps from all over. 6 from Canada even! Medicine Hat! Anyway, everyone was nice but I didn’t really bond with anyone. Everyone else seems to make “deep meaningful connections” as they said, but not me! Anyway that has nothing to do with anything really. Except that a lot of people are going back next year. I wanted to but I also get the feeling that no one really gives a crap if I go or not. Plus one of my teachers is fixing up a retreat at around the same time for Puerto Rico, at the place I stayed in 2011 I think it was. That will be great. So anyway the resort (which is beautiful and off-grid) had on their website a list of upcoming retreats they are hosting. Well I recognized one of the names as a woman who owns (I found out yesterday it’s ownED) a spin/yoga studio where I took a few spin classes a number of years ago. And I looked at her site and it’s Feb 6-13, and there were 4 spots remaining. I saw the other host’s name listed as a sub at another yoga studio I go to also. So last Saturday I was at dinner with Yogabuddy Jay (who I became friends with on the Italy retreat) and he was saying that he wants to go away in the dead of winter not at the end of March like when most yoga studios have their retreats. So I told him welllllllll……..and so he figured it out financially and we are going. wheeeeeeee! I don’t care if I spend all my money wheeeeeeeeeee
  • So I am just getting back to yoga. It was hard when my resting heart rate was in the 90s (it was actually 105 when my GP took it Christmas Eve) and I’d overheat after 5 minutes, plus I have no muscle left. So the studio up the street from my house had a groupon so I got a month for $39. I took my 1st 3 yoga classes ever there maybe 10 years ago? but didn’t care for it there. The owners sold it to some students and they have a lot more to offer. I went Weds to a beginner class and it was good. So over the next month I should be able to get back into fighting (warrior 1, 2, 3) shape!
  • Oh the punk rock flea market sucked. May be where I picked up a bedbug I don’t know. It was nice spending time with my niece though.
  • Planning to get back to NEW YORK CITY (crowd cheers wildly) to hang with Genora (Dora & hubs) one of these days. Also plan to go to either Hershey or Gettysburg the weekend of the 22nd, 23rd, 24th with Nick Cave friend I met at the DC concert in 2014.
  • so things is pretty good. How’s yous guys?

OH GOSHK!  I forgot to mention the fabulous Peep Meet with snoringKatZ!  She is fantasmo and I wish I could have hung out longer with her. She already wrote about it!

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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.

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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)

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bathroom

October 12, 2015

Before I moved in (2003):

f'gugly

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.

bathroombefore

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:

bathroomafter

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.