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Old 06-25-2021, 07:44 AM   #361
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Default end of week, June 25, 2021

Made it to Friday. Mostly a drifting week and have an acupuncture appt this afternoon. Theme: fixing fatigue.

Otherwise, several open due projects, as always. Keep putting off when I'll seriously take them up. A good sign as it shows rest remains a priority.

Plus, a "heat bomb" rolling through with temps as high as 100F/38C the next 3 days. Good thing we have many fans in working order.
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Old 06-25-2021, 10:41 AM   #362
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HI, Rm

I've been curious about St. John's Wort. It's an antidepressant, I know. I thought it was a stimulant rather than a sleeping aid??????
I've been going out more. Eating at restaurants with friends and family. I had my first back-yard party last week. Fun. Remember the fixing the swing saga? My son-in-law and my grandkids sat on it swinging and laughing and eating. I'm so glad someone got some enjoyment out of it besides me. The big plus is that it forces me to clean up the house and garden. My housekeeping became very lax, I have to admit, during the COVID months.
As for my writing - it's moving along. Every so often it has to pause when I hit a snag in the plot line. I've decided to focus more on typos. In the past, I've left them to the end figuring five or six, or fifteen rounds of editing with take care of them. That doesn't seem to work, as I still find typos and eventually just say, "it's good enough." I'm going to try aiming for perfect in the beginning and see what happens.
I've joined "Hanging Out" again. I'm not getting as much out of it as I did the first time around, but it's still fun getting a snippet of Barbara Sher and a computer chat afterwards.
That's all for now. Happy Stepping.
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Old 06-30-2021, 04:23 PM   #363
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Nanowrimo starts tomorrow. I'm excited. I'm writing some each day, and I like where i'm going with it. Hope the world out there does too.
Otherwise - I'm catching up on all the medical appointments I've been putting off last year. Yes, it does seem as if I should be all caught up with them right now. Not the case. In August, I'll start physical therapy for my stiff knee. I need a shingles vaccine and the bridge in my mouth came loose again. I think there's more, but I'm too lazy to get up and look for the doctor list. Also, I need to get someone to replace the line from my house to the main sewer, and I need to get my stove fixed.

On the fun side, I have a couple of parties coming up in my back yard. Also, the gym has reopened, but I'm leaving that for a bit later.
I'm easing up on my social life for the next two weeks. At my book club we were all happy to be back in action. We hugged and had a good time. Then my flight attendant friend told everyone that she didn't believe in taking the vaccine. Oy vey! So I'm wearing a mask everywhere, using sanitizer, cutting back on things like going to the gym and visiting my MIL (nursing home.) It's probably overkill. It's not as if she was sick. But geez! Flight attendant! it makes me think twice about taking a plane ride.
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Old 07-01-2021, 01:12 AM   #364
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Hi D, and The World Wide Web. Parties be good. Our state (WA) just today lifted the last restrictions for vaxxed folk. Interesting to hear your friend the flt attendant won't vax. Some businesses are requiring itget ready courts.

My city's Parks Dept is putting our weekly bridge game in the Japanese Gardens because our regular place will be overrun by kids. Further away for me, but manageable. Already plotting beautiful trips through the arboretum by bike to get there drenched in sweat.

I've fancied an ambition to interview someone, and now, with time opening up, I'm getting moving. Ordered 3 of his books today. Interesting, the Kindle price was 10% (marked down) of the used book price. Still, got the books because I have challenges getting digital books to bookmark and highlight in a way that feels intuitive.

Our freezer's motor is kaput. Called the repair folks and they may come mid-week, next week if all the parts and service hours align.

I'm a subject in a medical research study and they've had a lot of problems. Let that not be an omen for the freezer.

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Old 07-02-2021, 04:22 PM   #365
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Good luck with your freezer, your interviews, and your research study. I've been reading about your heat wave. What's with that??????
Me, speaking of heat waves, I might be going to Washington DC.
Other than that, I'm writing up a storm.
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I had a backyard party with one of my writing groups. Yay! I have a second one happening next week.
Here's an issue I'm grappling with right now. I have a lot of friends who are great people except for some quirk that drives me crazy. Usually it's that they talk non-stop or that they are control freaks. Here's the thing. They are good people otherwise, and I don't want to throw away friendships because they're not perfect. So I'm trying to 1. accept and find ways to deal with the issues in such a way that I get to enjoy the good things about these people. and 2. make my feelings known in such a way that doesn't hurt anyone. Not an easy task.

Meanwhile, I'm having fun writing. I looked up Louisiana accents on the Internet and found a couple of helpful You Tube videos. Amazing what you can find.
Jody might get dumped into a swamp. And she might go over to the dark side. I'm posting that info, because Jody lead a life so much more interesting than mine. And because writing about Jody and talking about her gives me ideas.
. I'll be going to my all-you-can-eat- Indian/Pakistani restaurant, and hopefully I'll figure out what to do with Jody.

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Old 07-12-2021, 02:30 AM   #367
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Swoosh, more life happens.

So thrilled you had a successful party. Social gathering building momentum all around.

Freezer: new compressor and some other parts. Still within their 10 year parts warranty we didn't know about. No warranty on the service.

Sprint phone. Got a message last week that Tello needed me to change my phone to one that works with T-Mobile. Did so surprisingly fast, but considering I've idled several hours looking at phone the past year, not really.

Going with the Alcatel Go Flip 3 "feature phone." Activating and porting went amazing well. Had the idea of moving my 32GB mini disk into the new phone and it imported all my saved contacts.

Tested the sound and it's great. What's also interesting is that it uses wifi for calls when it can, so I don't spend minutes since I pay as I go.

It has a few other perks, which I view with caution as I want to be alert and attentive when I'm about.

Now, what do I do with the two prior flip phones? Sometimes I use them as timers/alarms.

I guess I've needed to catch up on rest as I've been napping/sleeping more than usual.

Enjoy all you can Pakistan and write like the wind.
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Old 07-16-2021, 01:11 AM   #368
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Resting feels so nice. Just keep putting off the non-resting stuff. Still, a busy week.

Teeth cleaned. Always stressful, but I managed. They staff ask, "how are you today?" Not a great beginning. While in the chair I began to think what else might they say? A. Hi John, i hope the commute wasn't too bad. B. Hello again. Have you been managing the [recent weather conditions or season] ok? C. Miss you. Anything sparking joy of late?

On the way home the car stalled when I shifted gears. We've been suspicious something might need checking. So, rather than risk another stall I called for roadside service. Five (5) hours later, a tow truck arrived and took the car, and me, to a new garage for us. The next day I got a call. They found nothing wrong. Went to pick it up. NO CHARGE. I said, you guys really know how to build your business.

Oh, I just got a new flip phone active on Sunday and was testing to see how long the charge lasted, naturally, when I had this stalling problem.

Other than that, nothing much of note.
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Old 07-17-2021, 04:51 PM   #369
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5 hours!!!! Eek. Was there some sort of disaster in Washington that I'm not aware of that might have caused the delay? (My inappropriate sense of humor at work.)

Me - I'm hitting a lazy streak - which is too bad because there are things I should be doing. My writing - I almost like where my plot is going, I have Jody in a tight spot - and - a not-very-interesting way to get her out. There has to be something better, but I don't know what it is. Meanwhile, I think I insulted a friend. We both have fragile egos, and I think I may have done a number on hers. Not on purpose. She pointed out that my indenting is inconsistent. I told her that I was copying some of the books I've read. She apologized and said she'd quit commenting on my grammar. I don't want her to stop. She catches all my typos and other mistakes. That's valuable. And I don't want to lose a good friend.
I think I'll go shopping.
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Hi world. The backstory on the other side of the text messages is a carefully kept secret of State Farm. My own assessment is they should contract with several tow companies and, like the ambulances, the first company to the client gets the business and the rest get nothing. What they do now is send to one company that is overwhelmed (more cars out breaking down, lower staff due to covid, yada yada) and so there's a delay. THEN SF asks another tow truck to come help.

The good side is that I have found our new mechanic!

Bridge playing two days in a row! Rusty as a vintage iron nail. So these games are my spring training to shake me awake.

Tomorrow brunch, then getting our small deck ready for repair/resurfacing.

Mon - Wed, the actual work.
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I wonder what other tow services do. I think one hour is the longest I've ever had to wait.
My friend who is an English professor and who has helped me with typos emailed me. She had misunderstood my comments, she wasn't offended, and she'll continue catching my grammar and spelling mistakes if I like. Yes! I like. Sometimes it pays to look for the good.

I do hope that today ends my lazy streak - in writing and in life. One of the hazards of retirement.
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Happy you & your friend worked things out. Keep writing.

Ay, I wasn't calling a towing company, I called State Farm insurance, and they called the towing companies. The competition, AAA by name, has it's own fleet of contracted trucks and makes a point of quick service. SF contracts out, as I mentioned, and their bot said lower staffing and higher demand than staff on hand could handle would mean delays. They thought 2 hours, and couldn't get the est. time of arrival right. Kinks to work through, for sure.

ST's system is broken, clearly.

I suffered a tiny bit from it, but a First World concern. Given that it's road service, my first time in 15 years calling on it, I'm good to let it go. If they ask, I'm happy to help them refine their communications. Not holding my breath.

Also, we pay $9 a year for this coverage, vs a 2-person membership $101 for AAA. Assuming with adjustments for inflation an average of about $70-$80 saved per year for 15 years left $1050 to $1200 in our pockets.

The only change I would make is to keep my phone charged so I can keep calling back. My partner picked this up for me from home and this shook something loose and the truck finally arrived.
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Old 07-25-2021, 07:09 PM   #373
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Good news, of sorts. SF customer service rep called and took my details. At the end of the chat, he said SF was giving me a $50 VISA balance.

Very good. Pays for this coverage for 5 years.

We've finished our deck work, so tonight putting stuff back on it.

This weeks goal is to enjoy an online conference I signed up for and help a friend get onto an app I recommended to her.

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