Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Divided Mind

Hi All!

Have I mentioned lately that I can't get spell-check to work on my blog?  What is up with that?  Does anyone else, who uses Blogger, know what I am doing wrong?  Anyway - due to a malfunctioning spell-check, please forgive any misspellings and let me know what they are so I can fix them!Okay - as I write this, of course spell-check works today! Go figure!

Today I am in a state of "divided mind" over what I should write.  While I was trying to fall asleep last night and while I was showering this morning, I came up with several options.  I could tell you about my most recent grocery store experience - which would be a kind of a rant.  Then there is the letter I would like to write to my previous doctor about the meds he had me on.  Or I could write about how evil I am for being conservative.  Hmmmmm.  Such choices.

Of course, while I sit here undecided, time is slowly ticking away.  In fact, I don't know that I actually have time to write any of the three topics I have in mind.

Soon I will have to be out of the house and on my way to the doctor's for a check-up (yeah!).

Which leads to another topic.  Fasting for blood work.

My appointment is for 10:30 - which means it will really be around 11:00 (A.M. for anyone who thought I might really be headed to the doctor's office in the evening!).  So, into the room by 11:00 means blood work will really be drawn around 11:30.  I don't know about you but, for me that is pretty much lunch time.  Then, the doctor will come in.  That means it will be about noon before I am back in my car and headed home for food.  No, I won't stop somewhere because I have already paid for food waiting for me at home!

My stomach is growling already despite my best efforts to appease it with lots and lots of water (which SHOULD help with the blood draw but not too much with limiting bathroom visits!).

How cranky do you think I will be by the time the doctor sees me????

Hope you have a less grumbly day!


Monday, January 30, 2012

DVR Dump

Hi All!

Despite the fact that I claim not to watch too much television . . . I have become absolutely addicted to our DVR.

True, I don't watch much tv when the shows actually air - I just watch them later.  This is usually so that I can keep peace with my darling Hubby who wants to watch "his" shows in the evenings.  I record "my" shows and watch them during the day when he isn't home.  A good arrangement.

On a normal day, my DVR recordings list has about 20-30 things on it waiting to be watched.  Yes, about half of those things actually were recorded by Hubby and I will (hopefully) never have to watch them but, half are mine!  I watch current things first and then dabble in the older things - generally movies recorded during the "free preview" weekends.

Imagine my shock (terror, surprise, horror) when I pushed the "recordings" button on my DVR and the list which came up contained only TWO items.  BOTH of which were Hubby's shows!


Where did all of my stuff go? 

Where is my Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1)?  Where is my recently recorded episode of the sit-com whose name I can't recall?  Where is my "Eat, Love, Pray?" 

Where did everything go?

Now, this has happened before.  I have gone into a shocked mode and . . . a few minutes (or hours) later, the recorded material "pops" back up.

Not this time.  It has been three days and still nothing.

The DVR has dumped my stuff.



Friday, January 27, 2012

Hair Dilemma

Hi All!

Recently, I have been growing my hair.  For most of my life, I have gone from having longer hair (the longest was in college when it was halfway down my back) to having short hair (and I mean short!).  Since my hair grown quickly, growing it out isn't too much of a hassle. Yes, I have to deal with awkward in-between stages when my hair looks . . . .odd but, generally, those stages are over pretty quickly.


My hair is thick.  Every time I get my hair cut, my hairdresser "thins" it to make it look less like a bush and more like human hair.  Normally, I don't mind having thick hair and my mother is envious of my thick hair (yeah, just let her live with it for about a month and that will be over!).  When my hair is longer though, the thickness of my hair can become an "issue."

Why, you may ask?

Well, in case you don't know, thick hair takes FOREVER to dry.  I am really not exaggerating too much with that time frame either!

I can wash my hair and let it air dry and it will still be damp over two hours from the time I step out of the shower.  And, yes, I towel dry it well.

If I need to have my hair look more "finished" than its normal haphazardly dried look ( one side goes under and the other flips out while a few rougue waves in my otherwise straight hair makes things look . . .interesting), that required blow drying. 

Blow drying is fast, right?  Think again, my dear friends!

To blow dry my hair it takes at least (at LEAST) half an hour.  And that is without really doing a lot of styling.  For me to control how my hair looks at the end of the blow drying requires even more time (since I have to dry stategically).  Sometimes it can take upwards of forty-five minutes.

My arms get tired!  I get sweaty!  I get cranky.

I do like how my hair turns out though!

The price of having long hair.


I could do without it.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Do You "Word With Friends?"

Hi All!

Recently, I started playing "Words With Friends."  It has been a very humbling experience.

I am a very literate person.  I have college degrees (notice the s!).  My English vocabulary is vast.

Why then can't I beat people on this game?

Could it be because I get selections of letter like this:

X Q I R R O N N ?

OR like this:

S T R G N V L ?

OR how about this:

I E E E O A Y ?



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Have Class

Hi All!

Yes, it has been a long time - again!  I haven't gotten back to a place in my life where I can think about blogging regularly but . . . . I think it is getting closer!

Anyway - thank you to everyone who still reads my blog when I do post.  Your comments really lift my spirits (and yes, that darn curd was ridiculous!).

Yesterday was my first class for this semester.  This class is the last class I need to finish my education in the Interpreter Preparation program. 
In case you don't know, I am taking classes in order to become a certified American Sign Language Interpreter.  After finished all classes (the end of this semester) I will take a test to become certified so that I can (hopefully) start working as an interpreter.

So far, it looks like this will be a good class for me. I know everyone in the class (as far as students go) and the teacher seems nice.  My only concern is that there is one student who has "glommed onto me" in the past and I am just not ready to deal with that this semester.  We will see how that goes.

In other news . . . not a whole lot is going on in my world.  I am struggling to continue walking each morning.  I think I am getting (or have) shin splints because when I try to push myself to walk quickly, the fronts of my shins/ankles really hurt.  When I stop walking and am bumming around home or when I am just walking leisurely, everything is fine.  This is frustrating!  This morning I managed to just keep walking - at a slower rate than I would have liked - but the shins/ankles weren't too bad.

My beautiful kitties are doing well even though Miss Cleo took an unexpected (by her) slide into the bathtub this morning!  Skor is just as feisty (and annoying) as normal while managing to be completely adorable at the same time.  I am not sure how he does that!

Everyone in my family is doing well as far as I know.  This statement, however, can be patently false and I wouldn't know because, apparently, family doesn't call when people are in the hospital!

Let me explain.

My husband's brother (and best friend) was recently in the hospital (in a different state) for four days and no one called to tell us.  FOUR DAYS!  I would think that would merit a phone call.  What do you think?

Hubby is a bit upset that he wasn't told about it before his brother was home again.

Not that telling us about it would have changed anything but it would be nice to be kept "in the loop."

On a totally random note - do you have a wall calendar that you really like?  Over the past several years we have had several with nice pictures (but I hate it when they "preview" the next month's picture at the bottom of the current month!  There is no surprise and I feel like I have seen the picture before - which I have!) but, honestly, I get bored.  I would like a calendar with facts for each day or little challenges to solve (math??) and things to think about - but in a wall calendar and not the one page a day calendars that sit on your desk.  Have you ever seen something like that?

Maybe that will be my next project!

Thanks for reading my rambling - if you made it this far!

Have a fabulous day!


P.S.  It seems like my spell checking doesn't work for some reason so if you see misspelled words, please let me know!