Sunday, December 31, 2017


#January 2017

Jan 1
Got caught up on Pretty Little Liars and other shows, and now I'm giving American Horror Story a try.

Jan 5
Stacey surprises me with a call.

Jan 8
Just splurged this rainy morning at Walgreens and got some lipsticks/lip liners, candy and new pale pink gloves.

Jan 8
Liking the series Lie to Me.

Jan 14
Tomorrow I will receive 2 new rat tubes, Sugar Babies hot cocoa, and 4 bras. Will also receive my protein cookies and anti-anxiety balm tomorrow. Still waiting on the hanging hammock for the rats from overseas.

Jan 16
Appointment with Stacey went well.

Florida or Hawaii upon retirement? Wouldn't it be just too damn funny if we did BOTH? Just one at a time, of course.

Jan 20
Went out walking and spotted a busted fire hydrant (or water main?). Sure enough, the water was off when I got back.

Jan 20
For $175 our hot water tank is fixed. The thermocouple went out and the Sears guy replaced it. Waiting for it to heat up so I can shower.

Jan 19
Ordered some glue for the floor tiles, bedding for the rats, nude pantyhose for me (please fit), and a couple other necessities.

Jan 26
Won an issue of a rat magazine based in Canada on Facebook.

Jan 28
Added a spiral thingy in which a rainbow of 12 colorful crystals hangs from to our huge Amazon order.

Jan 29
I got a $3 hair mask for damaged hair at Walmart. We also got a new motion sensor light for the back and it looks much better.

Jan 29
Got another hideaway for the rats, colorful pots and pans, 5 posters, a “broken” floor sticker, a cardigan, and a wooden wind chime.

#February 2017

Feb 1
Yesterday was a nightmare for me. I apparently caught a case of food poisoning. I had the runs and puked for the first time in nearly 20 yrs.

Feb 2
Most of the anxiety I had ran from early December to early January. According to the calendar, I only had 5 bad days in January.

Feb 3
Being refunded for the potstickers that made me sick. Will be sent a copy of their investigation on recent production lot numbers.

Feb 3
After trying half a dozen series, now that I finished Lie to Me, I've settled on Life.

Feb 4
Back from the Dollar Store. Got a cute pink flower with a cowbell hanging from it, vanilla brown sugar body spray & hair ties with "gems."

Feb 7
Just discovered a leak in the master bathroom ceiling. It hasn't actually dripped water yet. There's just a small wet patch.

Feb 12
Back to sleeping shitty again. Hung the soundproofing material to at least cut down the noise aspect of it. Time will tell how helpful it is.

Feb 17
Really like this site that generates random names for story characters.

Feb 19
Got dark gray sweatpants, toothbrush heads, wet wipes and food at Sam's. Also got a new bathmat and K-cups at Sam's. Like my new pink raincoat and pink plaid rain boots that came from Amazon.

Feb 22
Got the ratty magazine I won. I got a gold bangle, a couple of sports bras and bath bombs at Target. Tom got small bins for electronic parts.

n went much easier than expected. She wants to prescreen me for uterine cancer but I'd be knocked out for that, thank God.

Feb 24
Received a purple Hanes sweatshirt and a 3-pack of long sleeve sleep shirts. Love the bright colors and cute designs. Thin but soft/comfy.

Feb 25
If all continues to go well I will have had 0 anxious days in February and only 5 anxious days in January.

Began the steroid cream last night.

Feb 26
Got 100 gel pens from Sam's on a carousel that will be perfect for my colored pencils, plus another pair of CK sweatpants in a lighter gray.

Although there's only one season of it on Netflix, I'm trying out the series Twisted.

Locked-In is done at just under 18,000 words!

Feb 28
Dying my hair auburn-brown.

#March 2017

Mar 1
My hair looks awful. The box of hair dye said Auburn-Brown, not Bright Red. Dyed my hair back to brown. So much better!

Got my pink moisture-wicking running shirt, a blue Hanes sweatshirt, and a second air cleaner to put in the bedroom.

Mar 2
I finished proofreading my book The Wrong Sister.

Lost interest in Twisted due to lack of action. Checking out American Crime now.

Mar 6
Went to Raley’s yesterday. Today we went to Walgreen's. Got candy, chips, nail polish and Summer Rain bath bombs.

Mar 8
LOVE my new white platform jelly sandals with their 1.5 platforms and 3.5 heels! Plus my purple dress and raspberry running shirt.

TSH is down from 7.9 to 7.5, T4 is up from 1.1 to 1.2. Worried the anxiety I had from Dec - Jan and the last few days isn't perimenopause.

Mar 12
Started watching Rectify on Netflix.

Mar 14
PCP appt. went as expected, but will blog about it later. Bombed the house while we were gone.

Mar 15
Dentist appt. went great. Great to see the "tooth team" and to know that all is fine.

Lunch at the Macaroni Grill wasn't that great.

Got a cute pink hat at Target yesterday.

Got adorable new floral flats at Payless yesterday in size 4 girls.

Mar 17
Hoping to adapt to sleeping to Sense's sound machine, though I may have to use the louder one when sleeping during the daytime.

My new clear cosmetic organizer fits in the bathroom drawer and was worth every penny!

Mar 19
Got a dress and some soda and coffee creamer at Walgreen's, then went on a quick bike ride. It's hazy and humid but beautiful.

Mar 25
The massager we bought to place under the mattress is here. Hoping it'll help me sleep even better. Setting that up soon.

We also got a new outlet that allows you to plug USB plugs in, and a sidebar that pivots for extra wide plugs.

Also got a necklace, scented wax cubes, a howling wolf cone incense burner & an alarm clock that's way too bright. Tom will install a dimmer.

Got 2 dresses at Walmart. One's too small, the other looks AWESOME!! It accentuates my boobies while making the rest of me look slimmer.

Massager's too loud, but he likes it.

Mar 26
Ordered cone incense, a new crimping iron, and cellophane to dim the new alarm clock.

Mar 29
Ate at McDonald's after my appt, but Goodwill was too crowded to bother with.

Declined surgery due to the GYN telling me one thing and the staff telling me another. I just don't think it's necessary anyway.

Folliculitis is improved but needs 3 more months of treatment.

Mar 31
Slept with Pink Noise an Amazon Prime relaxation track I set to repeat. Hoping all I'll need for sleep is Alexa. Trying to do more on fewer devices.

#April 2017

Apr 1
Getting a new wax warmer, a floral doily to decorate Jade's stand with, plus a 13" slip from Amazon.

At Walmart I got three dresses, two being like the awesome pink one I got, only these are in turquoise and black. The other one is flowers.

Apr 2
Rosemarie's Revenge is my #CampNaNoWriMo project, but I'm also working on a couple other stories.

Got an Indian woman/baby figurine at Goodwill for just $5.

Apr 6
PinAlbum is awesome!

Apr 7
Ordered a couple of crisscross cami bras direct from Champion.

Apr 9
Got a couple of outdoor hangables from the Dollar Tree and some metal utensils to replace our wimpy plastic ones. Also got a pretty, colorful oven mitt, plus new potholders.

Apr 11
Social Fixer for Facebook is awesome! It lets me filter out names/words I'm sick of and does so much more like blocking trending news, etc. Later had to uninstall it, though, as it wouldn’t let me comment on posts.

Apr 22
Got 3 new pairs of shorts at Target in bold pink, light denim, and navy-black.

Loving the series Bosch on Amazon! Read some of the books and loved them.

Apr 23
Ordered a new fleece blanket that should be a better fit for the bed with large pink flowers, plus a sapphire crystal wrap bracelet.

Apr 27
Ordered a new plush mattress pad to hopefully block the warming effects of the memory foam, and a curtain rod to hang soundproof material between the bed and back window. Later realized the bed was not memory foam but bamboo ticking.

Apr 30
The new plush mattress pad on the firmer mattress is great!

#May 2017

May 1
Finished reviewing my Italian.

May 3
Finished my book Rosemarie's Revenge! It's just under 14,000 words.

May 9
Because the tiles wouldn't lay down flat on the linoleum floors (we're going to laminate later on), I didn't want the tiles to go to waste. Therefore, I stuck them on the back bedroom closet wall to "brighten" it up. The clothes "pop out" better. The dark panel walls were dismal.

May 10
Excited for the cityscape drapes going in the bedroom Friday and the sheer rose curtain going in the dining area, and sheer vine curtain by my desk.

May 11
Set up Alexa Messaging and we love it!

May 13
Getting new number coded locks for the doors and Sugar Babies K-cups.

May 15
Started a partial fasting diet where I don't eat for the first 4 hours of my day or the last 4 hours of my day. So... 5 hours left to eat!

May 17
In just a little over two months, I have finished The People Project.

May 19
Check out my new Facebook group! ‪ …‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

May 21
Going to be ordering interlocking foam floor mats, a pink armband from my phone for when I’m out running, and a shoe stretcher.

At Walmart, I got a colorful beaded necklace, a couple packs of scented wax cubes, and a really cool small sequined pillow.

May 25
Bombing the house and seeing the new shrink today. I also feel like I'm getting PMSy for the third time. Please let me be done with periods!

Back from seeing the shrink. Starting Clonidine soon for help with ADD/sleep and yes, anxiety too, should it rear its ugly head once again.

May 27
Had a totally fun and awesome day! Totally makes up for the horrible nightmare I had. Went out to eat and to several stores. Got scented room deodorizers, scented hand sanitizers, bracelets, these little flowers that dance in the sunlight, silver sequined boots, a power scrubber for the shower stalls, a pink tunic with sparkly gems, and some bulk items at Sam's like dishwashing/laundry pods.

May 28
No bad effects from the clonidine. Not sure it'll be very helpful, though.

May 29
Try as I would, I could not get into the new Twin Peaks. Watching 13 Reasons Why instead. I know it's geared towards teens but it's good. Sad, but good.

Gave my progressive glasses another try and am getting used to them. It was a pain in the ass switching between my reading glasses and bifocals.

May 30
My new Facebook page: ‪ …‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

#June 2017

Jun 3
Definitely done with the Clonidine. It knocked me out but caused me to sleep shitty as hell. No more meds other than the two I take!

Jun 4
Dyed my hair brown-black.

Jun 6
Never made it to the lab on Monday. Going Saturday. Deleted my Facebook page. It simply lost its excitement.

Jun 11
Been anxious all month. Applied the Return to Sender spell and have felt better ever since. Wish I'd thought to do it sooner.

Went to Walmart and got the rats some treats. Plus we got 4 pieces of cooked pork that you just heat up in the skillet. Good stuff.

Jun 12
Talked to Stacey but didn't make an appointment because a patient came in. She suggested a homeopathic doctor.

Jun 13
Today I got to wake up with inward trembling and horrible dizziness. The extreme dizziness is probably wax buildup in the good ear, so we started treating that. Threw peroxide in that ear, too.

Pulling the highlights from years gone by is more work than I want to do right now, so I'm just going to do a brief summary from 1999-2014.

Jun 14
Ordered some sage, hair dye stripper, tweezers, and these combs to put streaks of temporary colors my hair.

Giving the show The Returned a chance.

Jun 15
Woke up with high BP on our 23rd anniversary, but the anxiety hasn't hit... yet.

Jun 16
Bob said the guy across from him had a stroke. He saw him fall but couldn't move him because he's a big guy. The guy was all confused, too. On the bright side, I finally got to the lab.

Jun 18
Ran out to Walmart to get some ice cream and greens for the rats.

Jun 19
If we're really onto something here and all goes well I'll never again need lorazepam other than as an occasional boost of help falling asleep. It’s an idea to skip my meds as soon as I feel anxious instead of letting it build up.

Jun 20
TSH is 16. Ugh! That’s cuz of the skips but it was necessary to curb my anxiety.

Jun 21
I don't know if I'm looking at a whole new problem or not, but both my red and white blood cell counts are high. Seeing the doctor later.

Jun 23
Nothing good at Goodwill today, but got some goodies from Raley's, including some wine coolers for the next time the anxiety hits.

Jun 24
The house diagonally from us in back has been abandoned. Posted on their door was their second of three notices to pay up.

We signed up for a 30-day trial of Office 365 Home.

Jun 25
Not sure if it'll help or if I believe in this sort of thing, but the house has been "cleansed" with sage.

Jun 26
Ordered a really cool desk lamp with a color changing base last night that arrived just now. Love it! We also got new power strips for our desks only these include USB ports.

Ordered 72 Brown Sugar Crumble Donut K-cups.

Jun 27
The water was off today.

Jun 28
Happy 60th birthday, Tom! Went to Walgreens for treats, including Amberen. I also got one of those "solar bouncers" where the sun hits the solar panel on a "flower pot" and makes the flowers bounce back and forth.

Jun 29
Took my first dose of Amberen. So far so good, though it may've made me drowsy.

After drinking 4 wine coolers in 4 days for the first time in 3.5 years, I can say I'm not getting any more. Alcohol makes me too drowsy.

#July 2017

Jul 2
Steak, eggs and fries at a different Denny's were good. Better service there and no homeless people hanging around. Hit Walmart afterward.

Took a Clonidine cuz I was having trouble sleeping. I slept ok, but was tired enough today to take a nap. No anxiety, though!

My period only lasted about 3 days. Always hoping it’s the last one.

Jul 3
Did I really just buy blue lipstick? Yes, I did. Thought I was done doing stupid shit like this a long time ago. Love my new royal blue 2-piece swimsuit! Also got some press-on nails with colored stripes.

Less tired today. Clonidine just isn't for me. Not exactly calm now, but not anxious either.

Bombed the place, shopped at Walmart. Shrimp, chicken strips & fries at Mel's Diner was good. Just wish they wouldn't blast the shit out of their music & keep the place so cold.

Jul 4
Tom & I saw the parade with Bob, Virginia, Jim & some woman who said I had beautiful hair.

Jul 5
Got a message from a retired mail carrier that used to work with Randy. I now know his last name. Hoping to make contact.

The little solar hula dancers, one in pink and one in blue, have arrived.

Got a call and an email from Jamie up in Oregon. She said she passed along my contact info to Randy. Hoping to hear from him sometime.

Went for burgers and fries earlier.

Horrible tummy and anxiety this morning. Took a lorazepam and ended up napping.

Jul 6
Learned the details of the arts and crafts group held at the clubhouse, and chatted with Bob & Virginia.

Been sleeping ok. Decided to take my pill today and skip every 6 days instead of weekly. Really want to find a happy medium and not go hypo by not taking it at all.

Jul 9
Had some nightmares being the third anniversary of the scariest day of my life, but I otherwise slept okay. Skipped meds today. Decided to continue the Amberen.

Jul 10
Walmart delivered the rats' treats and his Plax mouthwash, but the rats' wood chew toy has yet to arrive.

Ordered an 8-pack of Crayola Twistables Extreme Color Crayons for my arts and crafts group, but they sold out of scented crayons.

Got my new backpack today. It's adorable and vibrantly colored! Love its lavender and turquoise flowers.

I also ordered a purple shirt with a crisscross design in front.

Jul 11
Maliheh's email account was hacked by someone pushing weight loss products. Surprised she has me in her contacts after all this time.

Got a new memory foam bathmat for the second bath from Walmart.

Jul 14
Wondering if the fact that I've been sleeping better has to do with the Amberen I started on his birthday.

Interesting that Randy was curious enough to Google me but didn't care to email me.

Jul 16
Love that I found a way to block a few people that have blocked me on Facebook! Now if they ever unblock me they still won't see my account.

Jul 18
Met Mary who lives in the back corner of the circle. She stopped to ask me what was going on with all the street digging. Joy said they're on the final phase of redoing their irrigation system after four years and it's going to go on another week and a half.

Jul 20
Sent a message to Scott B on Facebook.

Got a gorgeous serving tray. it's large and with a photo of watermelon slices on it. Don't know what I'll use it for, but it's nice to have.

Jul 23
Just stripped the dye outa my hair. I forgot just how much lighter my natural hair color really is!

Grammarly is awesome!

Jul 24
Deactivated Ask account. Was hoping it would bring about some interesting anonymous questions but it didn't.

Jul 26
Swarzstar rocks! Definitely gotta cut my hair off, though. It's totally fried. It only takes two years to grow this long, though.

Jul 29
Got my hair cut to the shoulders by a very nice young lady named Nicky. Nicky sold me some Miracle 10, saying Paul Mitchell's Skinny Serum was actually damaging my hair.

Jul 31
Loud car house is now down to 120K. 25K more and it should sell.

#August 2017

Aug 3
Grammarly may not be perfect but I love watching my stories and journals get more and more correct as I go through them.

Aug 4
Not impressed with my sunflower sticker. Didn't realize it was literally 3-D. Not sure the killer whales are all that impressive either.

Aug 5
Unpublished my books. Gonna edit them all and come back better than before by republishing them, and additional stuff as well.

Aug 7
I've noticed a return of the vaginal itching, making me feel like the steroid treatment was all for nothing.

After just a week of daily thyroid medication, I'm noticing traces of anxiety. Back to skipping every other day. I obviously only need to take it daily for a week to push my TSH down, so I will wait till it's a week before lab time to take it daily.

Aug 8
Talked to Tammy. She's been having pain management surgery to no avail.

Aug 9
House with the loud car is now down to 110K and up to 30 favorites.

Exchanged hellos with Bob, Virginia and Jon.

Aug 10
Went down to the clubhouse for arts and crafts group but there was no one there. Waved to Bob along the way and chatted with Jon.

Aug 15
The first of the toilet cat stickers arrived. It's adorable, but it would've been nice had they not folded it and put a crease in it.

Aug 18
All caught up on Criminal Minds. Started watching Gypsy.

Aug 21
Was going to go to Denny's but it was closed. Went to Mel's instead. My prime rib, fries and pasta salad was great.

Becky was in a serious car accident and broke her arm in two places including her jaw. :( She did well in surgery, so that much is good.

Aug 22
Just discovered that they put the final episodes of the final season of Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. Yes!

Aug 24
A car apparently caught fire around the corner from the clubhouse. It's all burned out and smells of gasoline when we walk by.

Stopped the Amberen 2 weeks ago. Shortly after that, I became lightheaded again. Went back on it a couple hours ago and already feel better.

Got another 3-D kitty sticker for Tom's toilet lid, plus some solar toys, and small glitter notepads.

Aug 26
So glad Becky and Sarah got the fruit and sweets gift basket we sent them.

Aug 27
Got candy at Walgreen's, a rod for the kitchen window for the solar toys at Walmart, and also an oil-free deep fryer.

He got a $5 telescope at Goodwill but nothing appealed to me there this time around.

Aug 30
Ran out to Walmart earlier with Tom and got some stuff for the new oil-less fryer which I LOVE, and a shower caddy.

Pro-Air replaced our capacitor for $244. The AC's 13 years old (2004).

Aug 31
I used Baby Oil to help with my dry skin and it gave me a rash.

#September 2017

Sep 1
Thinking of getting the same new phone that Tom just got. It's so SO cheap and may be easier to use.

Gonna shower more often in the other shower because the master bathroom shower is just too cramped.

Got a calendar for next year. Its theme is golden retriever pups. Also got a shower massager and new shower caddies for the large shower.

Sep 2
Love the new shower!

Sep 3
Went for burgers and fries. It was a nice treat, but I wish I wasn't so tired today.

Sep 4
I deleted Evil Amongst the Evergreens from Smashwords. Locked-In has been submitted for publication!

Sep 6
Here we go again with the fucking water outages set for tomorrow but at least I'll be asleep through most of it.

Sep 7

TSH is 15! This proves that the perimenopause really is the root cause of my anxiety, even though the medication can still fuel it.

Sep 8
I really like my new phone. Loud car house is off the market. :(

Sep 12
Love my new ear cuff! It's very comfortable, though I doubt I could sleep with it.

Tried to rejoin Thoughts with my new Xfinity email and just like always there were problems. Couldn't upload an avatar or post an entry.

Tammy stayed with the girls during Hurricane Irma and Mark was at the nursing home he works at. Her house received some damage too.

Sep 13
Almost ready to give up on GoodNightJournal where I've been writing anonymously using different names. This is the second time they've been down since discovering them not long ago and the site is slow. The owner says they're gonna upgrade to a faster server after their vacation

Sep 14
Unscrewed the crossbar feet from an old fan and put one on the windowsill. Makes a much better prop for the solar toys than Dixie cups.

Sep 15
While the park may annoy me by turning the water off, Bob makes me laugh.

Sep 17
My newly edited and improved A Rainbow in Munich has been submitted for publication!

I got colored pencils, two Halloween rat figures, two doorknob decorations with bells hanging on them, pink nail clippers, a stick grip, rose air freshener, vanilla incense, and a couple of solar toys from the dollar store. Tom got some tools and pens.

Just got back from Raley's with some K-cups and the most awesome chocolate chip cookies ever.

Sep 18
Chatted with Bob, Virginia and Jon today.

I've given up on GoodNightJournal for now. The site is dead and it runs slow as hell.

Ordered a shower massager for the master bath identical to the other one and chocolate mint K-cups.

Sep 19
So much for thinking that staining my hair is less damaging than dye because it's not. It's just a lot easier to use and a lot less smelly.

For $20 I grabbed a new mouse last night on Amazon because my wheel still scrolls but won't click.

Sep 20
Getting a mouthguard and two partial crowns for $600 total. Was great seeing the dental team despite the costs, especially Kathleen.

Sep 22
Oh no. I just cost us $600 in dental work, we still need a new roof, and now I can't get the heat on to take the morning chill out of here.

I'm totally pissed that Walmart emptied out our favorites.

Sep 23
Keeping my blogs separate from those I know, except for Tammy. Even if I'm not saying anything bad about anyone, I just feel more comfortable this way.

Stupidly downloaded a virus of some kind, but my genius husband was able to remove it.

We just needed to relight the heater's pilot.

Sep 24
Ordered the mouse I used to have cuz this model of Logitech mouse sucks. Also getting a motion sensor soap dispenser and Glade plug-ins.

Shane has been submitted for publication!

Sep 26
Tom's new chair has arrived.

Sep 28
So glad Walmart replaced our favorites.

Got some flavored coffee, plus another color-changing solar windchime of glass bottles. It's outside the kitchen window.

#October 2017

Oct 1
Love my new rat mug! It's a large heavy mug and the rat silhouettes are very distinct.

Oct 2
Heartbroken for the survivors and victims of the Las Vegas massacre.

Oct 3
It's so cold out there that I've ordered new pink microfleece gloves since my knit ones are worthless. Also getting a hot pink ski mask and green glow-in-the-dark nail polish, 2 motion sensor soap dispensers for the baths, and an egg-in-frying-pan sticker for the kitchen counter.

Oct 5
Pawandeep, an Indian coworker of Tom's, is going to see my dentist soon. She told them I referred her.

Ordered 3 motion sensor dispensers half the size of the kitchen one. Two will be for the bathroom sinks and one will be for lotion.

Oct 6
Finished editing Beneath the Smile.

Oct 7
Chatted with Bob and Virginia yesterday. Bob asked to cut down the tree on the back corner. No problem.

Oct 8
Went to Raley's & IHOP. Had pancakes, eggs, steak tips & hash browns. He had the same but with b-day cake pancakes and bacon instead of steak.

Maybe I'll go in for @NaNoWriMo after all. Maybe I'll do 2 stories, each 25K words. So... soon to be prepping Roomies & Stepping into Psycho.

Oct 9
Chatted with Jon and his wife on FB. Referred my dentist to them and was surprised to learn Jon will turn 70 in a few months.

Oct 10
Teeth are done! Was a rough 3.5 hours but worth it.

Oct 11
Hung the beautiful new crystal I got in one of the living room windows with a piece of thread since it didn't come with a chain as pictured.

Oct 15
Beneath the Smile, which I was surprised Tom really likes, is publishing now.

Oct 16
Went for eye exams today. He still has a tiny cataract growing in one eye and I still have borderline OH. Not much change in vision this year, though.

Oct 17
Accidentally pulled a crown out while flossing. Took the dentist just 5 minutes to re-crown me.

Oct 18
The house across from J & C is now on the market.

Heading to the lab in a couple hours.

Oct 19
TSH is 6.75, OMFG!

Oct 21
Still feeling good despite my scary-low TSH. Watching season 2 of Slasher and hoping the planes will stay outa the sky tonight.

Oct 22
Back on Dreamwidth crossposting to LJ.

They painted the speed bumps, so now they're white instead of yellow.

They're shutting off the water for four hours on Tuesday. :-(

Oct 24
Missing my gourmet incense so I ordered from The Dipper. Getting 31 fragrances in packs of 10s!

Oct 26
We just got chased by a loose dog too big for this park that its owner let out to take a leak. Unbelievable. Just unfuckingbelievable.

Oct 27
Did someone try to hack my Facebook account? I got a notice from them saying I was "having trouble" logging in. No, I wasn't.

My very first "real" journal entry is 30 years old today!

Oct 28
Four months without a period!

S2 of Slasher isn't as good as the first season.

Walmart gave us tons of cool holiday goodies. We deserve it for the way they've got things so screwed up online.

Wearing my new glasses. Except for the nose pads, they're comfy and nice looking. Still wish I didn't need them, though. Wish I'd known they accepted old glasses as donations. Oh well. We can donate my oldest pair (ugly brown bifocals) when we get prescriptions.

LOVING my incense! Didn't know the sticks would be colored. Labels are large and easy to read and I got a couple of surprise samples so I ended up with 39 fragrances.

Oct 29
Got a cute multi-colored pouch and a pet carrier at Echo Thrift. Maybe Burkey boy will like going outside.

Oct 30
Just for kicks, I called my old dentist in Arizona to see if Melanie was still around. She wasn't, but Tisha STILL manages the office. Wow!

Oct 31
Scheduling to publicly post a month of journals a day of all my journals on Blogger when I'm almost 95 years old. This will begin Halloween of 2060!

#November 2017

Nov 3
Reconnected with Kim but not Aly. Having fun catching up via DM on Twitter.

Nov 4
Got our first real rain since last spring. Roof, please don't leak until we fix you next summer!

Finished watching S2 of Slasher on Netflix. What next? Hmm...

Nov 5
Donated an old pair of glasses to Walmart.

Nov 6
Now that my teeth are finally better, I can start sleeping with the nightguard again. Still have a little sensitivity on the bottom, though.

Nov 7
Loving my new "Dirty Little Housewife" coloring book.

So glad that Twitter now lets us double our tweet length! But I don't understand why we can't edit them I make some private. I hate having more than one account per site.

They're stripping and flipping the house across from them and diagonally from us.

Nov 8
The park has made J & C cut their oleanders back and asked if we were asked about our corner shrubs, which makes it hard for him to see around. No, but we'll get to it this weekend.

Nov 9
Still no new trash bin after ours got dumped in the trash pickup. Our water was off today so I noticed when I got up.

Nov 10
Got our trash bin today. We left our trash in a bag by the curb and they took it. Appreciate the neighbors' offer to see if there was room in their bin but we didn't need it.

Nov 14
Made myself a little "skier" desk but I need to reinforce the keyboard. This should hopefully motivate me to move more, even though some things like small print will be hard to see with the monitor further away.

Nov 16
Even at night traffic is waking me up. Getting really sick of being exhausted yet unable to nap. The thought of living here another 5-10 years does not sit well with me.

Between not feeling well and running out of ideas, I officially declare myself a #NaNoWriMo loser for this year. I only completed one of the two books I planned to write this month. Oh well, at least I finished one of them.

Nov 17
Making one last ditch effort to try to combat the problem with traffic waking me up with a $25 pillow sound machine. Fingers crossed!

Nov 19
Getting new windows for the bedroom as I've had it with this shit. Ruining my peace is one thing, stealing my sleep is another.

Nov 21
RIH Manson!

Instead of skipping my meds I waited 15 minutes before having coffee.

Nov 22
Started learning Swahili on Duolingo but there are no sound files. Maybe when the course is no longer in beta?

Getting incense-making oils! Honey Vanilla Love Dust, Hot Buttered Rum, Magnolia, Chocolate Lovers, Chestnut Brown Sugar, Sea Salt Caramels, Buttermilk Pancakes, Sweet Patchouli, Pink Sugar & Candy Corn.

Did a huge Amazon order: Light-medium hair shampoo, rat leggings, foam floor squares, eggplant purple rug, flavored coffee, incense bags/cutter/punks/dipping pans, a second Echo dot, smart plugs/switches, a treadmill tray, a zen poster, plus things he wants.

Nov 25
I have a sciatic nerve injury that ibuprofen can't help, I have a period after 5 months, I'm tired due to being back to sleeping shitty, and I'm in anything but a good mood.

Nov 26
Ok, we now have the master bedroom smart-plugged. So cool to be able to walk in and tell Alexa to turn that light on like I can tell her to turn on/off the 32" TV I use as a monitor.

I'm thrilled that the loud car in back no longer lives here.

Nov 27
I injured my sciatic nerve and it is really painful and debilitating at the same time. My period didn't end up as heavy as I thought it would but it's still disappointing after five months.

The fucking water is off again.

Nov 28
Got the Walk with Me tray attached to my treadmill so I can walk while I work.

Reconnected with Kim on Facebook.

Stepping into Psycho is now finished with just under 24K words!

One of the panels in the kitchen's drop-down ceiling fell and broke. Hope we've got some extras around here somewhere or can at least find ones that match the rest of them if we don't.

Nov 29
So pissed! Got turned away at the lab today because the order can't be done until the 1st. Why couldn't they have said so online when we made the appointment for today? Hoping to get in tomorrow if they call the Dr. like they said they would. That way the results will be ready for my Monday appointment.

Nov 30
Finally made it to the lab despite sleeping shitty and being exhausted enough to take a nap afterward (I'm still tired) and hoping the numbers aren't too bad.

#December 2017

Dec 2
So SO fucking pissed and so fucking tired of dealing with the same old health issues year after year. My white blood cell count is slightly elevated, my cholesterol is bad, and my TSH jumped from 6 to 11. WTF? How???

Dec 3
Cut the eggplant shag carpet to fit in the kitchen. Beautiful color, but I regret not laminating all the floors but the bedrooms. But since we carpeted, we should've put the foam tiles in the kitchen as well as the laundry room.

We replaced the kitchen ceiling panel that broke and added smart switches to the kitchen area.

Dec 4
Back from my PCP appt. She wants me to see a hematologist. :(

Aly made my day by tweeting me a birthday wish, though not directly. While I found it a bit odd that she didn’t tweet directly to me, I really appreciate the birthday wish!

Dec 5
The Missing is a good show, but of course, it's foreign. It’s set in France.

Wondering if my fatigue today is because of yesterday's flu shot. Now my allergies are acting up. I just can't win some days.

Hematologist appointment has been made for January 2. Tammy's white blood cell count has been elevated for years too, and we think it's because I have an autoimmune disease.

Went to Denny's and am now listening to annoying construction on the freeway that started at midnight.

Dec 7
I have an appointment scheduled with a dermatologist for March 12.

After two days without Amberen I am definitely more lightheaded. Time to go back.

Dec 8
Thrilled to hear from Aly!

Dec 10
Got these adorable rainbow slippers at Walmart with a cat head on top of the foot that has shiny pink ears and pink glitter eyes

Dec 12
Ugh, my neighbor/friend was hit by a car in back earlier. Some piece of shit came into the park to scavenge through bulk pickup shit and exchanged words with someone who told him he couldn't do that before barreling at Jon when he came toward them to get a pic of his plate.

Turns out that the woman killed at our local Rite Aid by a robber making his escape lived here in the park. :-(

Dec 14
So glad to know Tammy and Eileen received and like the homemade incense I sent them!

Why do people think Jews are blessed simply because they're Jewish? We have the same up some downs as you do. Besides, 6 million of us were killed. That's not "blessed."

My new "cupcake" robe is comfy.

My new purple nightgown fits perfectly. It's a size medium. Small would probably fit but it might be a bit snug. Better to have a little extra room than not quite enough.

Dec 16
Got my hair trimmed by Nikki.

Dec 17
Ordered the birch tree mural for the master bedroom. Can't wait!

Tom replaced the washers in the master shower.

Dec 18
There are more free adult coloring pages on Pinterest than I could ever color in my life! Maybe this is a better alternative to buying coloring books because this way I can get exactly what I want instead of spending money on books that may have some I don't like in it.

Dec 19
Lost interest in Secrets & Lies and now I'm watching Thirteen.

Dec 22
Finished editing Stepping into Psycho! Should be published over the long weekend. :-) Hoping for both sales AND reviews.

Dec 23
The portal that connects my monitor to the big TV is flaky lately.

The more I learn about the parallel lives concept, coupled with my own personal experiences and some research, the more I wonder if there could be some truth to it.

Dec 25
The new bedroom windows are in!

Went to Walgreens yesterday and got a bag of Hawaiian Lei bath bombs.

Dec 26
Tom found a traveling mechanic who is going to meet him at work tomorrow to replace the power steering line in the parking lot after work for $200.

Dec 28
Finished watching Thirteen. Got to find something new. is a great way to do voice blogging but the site appears to have been abandoned by whoever owned it and it is glitchy as hell.

Dec 29
Since I can't find much else to watch right now I guess I'll be watching Murderous Affairs on Netflix.

Just got my blueberry coffee, X-rated coloring book, and the most truly amazing nail polish ever! It's kids’ nail polish that you peel off, and it's way better quality than I thought it would be. Love all the colors and how I don’t have to use polish remover!

Dec 30
Made a list of topics to choose at random to talk about on my voice blog for when I can't think of anything I want to say that's presently going on. It's fun! I discuss a mix of positive and negative people, places and experiences I've had throughout my life.

The car now has new tires and I got a Crest Whitening kit. Ordered a warming plate, material to make hammocks for the rats, and other things as well.