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Oll right and Oh, no: October 2017

The Green Dragon

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Oct 4, 2017, 2:54pm Top

Okay, I'll start. Today marks 28 years since I quit smoking. That's one good thing, anyway.

Oct 4, 2017, 4:09pm Top

>1 Meredy: A very good thing indeed. Congratulations.

Oct 4, 2017, 4:48pm Top

>1 Meredy: Did you mean this by any chance:

Oct 6, 2017, 12:42am Top

>1 Meredy: that's awesome! My dad didn't quit till he had his stroke and Mom has yet to quit. You should be proud.

Oh, no: my debit card was compromised the other night. Three transactions: $365, $345, and $206. To Sacs, Neiman Marcus, and somewhere else. Luckily my bank caught it and contacted me. They put all the money back into my account. BUT now I have no debit card, and when I get my new one, I have to call the places that take off of it. Ugh. But very glad they caught it.

Oct 6, 2017, 8:41am Top

>1 Meredy: Happy Unsmokingversary.

Oct 6, 2017, 10:50am Top

Thursday the 26th will be my last day at the company where I've worked since 1989.

Oct 6, 2017, 11:23am Top

Is that good or bad, Jim?

Oct 6, 2017, 4:44pm Top

Thanks! I'd still love a smoke if it were free, but it's not.

Oll right: my husband and I have just enjoyed a 12-day respite at our favorite near escape--under the redwoods in Santa Cruz County, worlds away from the noise and rush of busy San Jose.

Oh, no: Overdoing the packing and unpacking left me with terrible muscle spasms in my back. We have to take along a lot of housekeeping stuff, and of course I'm the only one who can manage it properly. After we got home, my back spasmed for 6 hours straight, and I was awake all night. Next time maybe I'll take warning and stop sooner.

Oct 7, 2017, 8:20am Top

The only part of Florida Irma missed is now being targeted by Hurricane Nate. Hurricane conditions here after noon today, with possible 4-6 ft storm surge. And yes, I'm on the water. And, to make it more fun, Mr Majkia is out of town. Oh, the joy.

Oct 7, 2017, 8:34am Top

>9 majkia: Oh no. I cannot imagine what it must feel like to be in this situation; sending my best wishes that you stay safe and dry and that damage is minimal.

Oct 7, 2017, 9:28am Top

>7 Bookmarque: it's both. I haven't been excited by the work for a while now; I was continuing only for that nice thing that happens twice a month. OTOH, the timing wasn't my choice (I was part of a "resource action"), which doesn't leave a good taste. Fortunately, we've determined that I don't have to find another job; I'm just retiring a few months earlier than planned.

>8 Meredy: no fun. sending virtual hugs, gentle ones that won't trigger anything.

>9 majkia: hoping for the best for you!

Oct 7, 2017, 2:01pm Top

>9 majkia: Yikes! Hope you're okay!

Oll right: the physio has given me the go-ahead to start running again, although I have to basically start back at the beginning with run one minute/walk one minute and work back up. Which is fine. I'm not a dedicated runner, but I do need the exercise.

Edited: Oct 15, 2017, 10:21am Top

Oh no!: Fires in California. It got personal two days ago when I found that the house of a family I know was one of the ones burned to the ground. They escaped with their lives, and that is all (it's also everything!). They have a paraplegic son. She is a big reader, but I doubt she has time for an account here. When they find a place to live again, I am going to ask her which books she misses most and try to buy some of them for her, but first to help with the immediate needs.

When I think that this is only one family of hundreds, my heart breaks. Can't even imagine. Where will they find to live when so many are needing homes all at once?

Oct 15, 2017, 11:17am Top

>13 MrsLee: Having seen Knysna shortly after their fires, I can only sympathise. Fortunately Knysna has major tourist influxes every school-holidays, so many of the homeless there were living in timeshare apartments last month. (And insurers, municipal planning departments and builders were swamped with rebuilding problems).

Oct 15, 2017, 4:05pm Top

>13 MrsLee: I have neighbors who are from that area. They have friends who lost their homes. So horrible!

On a happy note: I bough an Instant Pot on Friday. I'm excited, and a little nervous, to try it today.

Oct 15, 2017, 4:58pm Top

It's many thousand of homes lost over mostly Sonoma Co, Napa Co, with fires and loss i Solano Co and Mendecino Co also. This will be a disaster for years to come as people of lesser means struggle to find housing in an area where rents and home prices were already out of control.

From Petaluma, just South and West.

Oct 20, 2017, 2:45am Top

You'll have to let us know if you like the Instant Pot. I've thought about buying one, but I don't want to spend the money without being pretty sure I'm going to use it.

Oct 21, 2017, 10:08am Top

>17 cmbohn: I've only used it once and the recipe wasn't super yummy, but the fact that I cooked a spaghetti squash in 7 minutes was pretty cool! I'm going to try a stew tomorrow.

Happiness is laying in bed on a Saturday morning with a sleepy kitten purring on my lap. Unfortunately, he is not my kitten. I'm at my mom's. I brought the little guy to her because she needed a brother for her cat. I should be going for a run, but he's so cute!

Oct 24, 2017, 4:14pm Top

Oh, no: It's unofficially official. The small division I work in is going to be outsourced. Some of us are supposed to keep our jobs but they haven't said who that is yet and all the uncertainty is giving me anxiety. Time to update the old resume. It's been a few years since I've had to job hunt. Things sure have changed.

Oct 24, 2017, 4:40pm Top

>19 Narilka: Definitely anxiety inducing. I wish you luck in your search.

Oct 24, 2017, 6:15pm Top

>19 Narilka: I’m very sorry to hear that. I hope you’re one of the ones who gets to keep your job and/or that the job hunt goes well!

I work for a large company, and I’ve worked for them for a long time, almost 23 years, so I’ve been through quite a few things like that over the years – site closures, department relocations, department eliminations, mass layoffs, etc. It’s always so stressful, especially when you’re waiting to hear what’s going to happen to you specifically.

Oct 24, 2017, 7:17pm Top

Yeah. Corporate America is weird. If I'm one of the lucky ones who keeps my job I'll be transferred to the new company (how does that even work when it's not a buy out?? No clue) and they are a global behemoth. I'm not sure how I feel about that either. It's a lot to process all at once. Thank you both for the good thoughts.

On the bright side I finished my latest audio book. So there's that.

Oct 27, 2017, 11:02am Top

>19 Narilka: yikes! That is stressful stuff! I hope it all turns out for the best for you.

I've had a rough week. We had to say goodbye to one of our kitties on Tuesday. She had cancer and it became too much for her. She was 11.

Then I had to work two twelve hour days. It was parent-teacher conferences. Those are fun but exhausting. I do get today off, though.

Oct 27, 2017, 12:53pm Top

>23 catzteach: So sorry to hear of your loss. Eleven is still rather young. I hope the other kitties give you extra snuggles and purring.

Edited: Oct 28, 2017, 3:41pm Top

23 - I'm so sorry about your cat. We lost one to cancer 6 months ago. It's heartbreaking how suddenly they're gone.

Oct 28, 2017, 4:45pm Top

>23 catzteach: So sorry for your loss. Losing furkids is so hard.

Edited: Oct 29, 2017, 4:34am Top

Oil Right, after a fashion: Knowing the predilections of this pub, I was delighted to learn in the latest Uni. Witwatersrand alumni magazine that the very rare and endangered Highveld Sunseeker lizard rejoices in the scientific name of Smaug giganteus. Sadly, it has never been bred in captivity, and industry and agriculture have destroyed most of its habitat. And the beastie is barely a foot long fully grown. But the article has a spectacular picture from ground level, showing a suitably dragon-like creature whose every scale sticks out ferociously.

Oct 29, 2017, 11:00am Top

>27 hfglen: Oooo, very dragony.

Oct 29, 2017, 4:32pm Top

Oll right: I'm convalescing after some minor surgery. After only two days, I have minimal discomfort and appreciably less than when I went in. I'm not even using the pain meds.

I have a considerable regimen of follow-up care--exercise, ice, elevation, walking, and a whole lot of sitting for a month--and it's getting old already; but I do what I'm told because I want the best possible results.

Oct 29, 2017, 8:14pm Top

May you continue with your good recovery! I hope you have a nice big pile of books next to your chair.

Oct 30, 2017, 8:57am Top

>29 Meredy: Glad all is well, you have the right attitude!

Oct 30, 2017, 9:48am Top

Good for no pain meds. They made my mom extra unhappy because she couldn't focus on any book no matter how light or easy. Just messed with her ability to think and process. Bah. Good luck on your recovery!

Oct 30, 2017, 1:10pm Top

Oh and I had a very girlie weekend in Atlanta with some friends. Stacey took us to some of her favorite consignment stores and I scored huge with this bag -

it's a Caroline de Marchi, a french designer I had no clue about and it's such an amazing item. Handmade in Italy with the softest leather you can imagine they're sold out of exclusive boutiques and her showroom in Paris. I can't quite tell what this one went for, but typically they're in the 1000-2000 euro range. I got it for WAY less (even negotiated a discount on the consignment price) and I love it.

Yeah. it's girlie, but what the heck. No one will have any idea what it is so I'm under the radar as usual, but now I can do it with a little style.

OK. I'll stop now.

Oct 30, 2017, 5:06pm Top

Been an odd 12 months.
Since this time last year I've received a crystal decanter for long service, resigned, broken my wrist (roller-skiing so no sympathy deserved), gone back to university to do a masters degree, and now been elected by fellow students young enough to be my kids as their course representative.

Nov 2, 2017, 2:19am Top

Thanks for the good wishes. I have my Kindle loaded up, and a pile of real books, and my reading journal, and my very little Asus laptop, and some interesting DVDs. I'm doing fine.

I cheered or commiserated with everyone on this thread and hope those with troubles will see a better month ahead.

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