August 26th, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Green! Blue!

Yes, it was in the 80s, but there was no humidity! Everything was amazingly beautiful with no water in the air!

Last night Spirit slept in my lap off and on -- I had to get up once and she didn't come back until the next time I got up -- and I don't know about tonight because I've had a bad day and haven't sat in the recliner since 2pm.

I had the appointment with the nephrology NP, but she had an emergency so I sat up straight for 2.5 hours plus here at the desk when I got home. I went to bed at 8pm with a narcotic, read a bit, and slept at 9pm. I had the alarm set to midnight to decide if I should get up and do things, or just take regular night meds and get up at 4am, but Junie kept bouncing on me and I got up a bit before 11pm and watched the news from here.

The NP told me that some of the labs are getting too close to me needing two more meds. I already have alternating days with 19 and 20 and I don't really want more, but I can't do much about the carbon dioxide and the parathyroid.

I don't know why I did this, maybe because she woke me up, but I agreed to have the plumber come between 7-11am tomorrow (well, today now) instead of in the afternoon, so I may not sleep until he comes, or sleep a bit in the recliner.

Hmmm, I was going to get two other articles, but this was on the front page. The man who was Bush's campaign chairman in 2004 and the RNC chairman 2005-2007, Ken Mehlman, has announced he's gay. Good for him.

"Women who consumed one or two servings each week of high-quality chocolate, which contains a higher density of cocoa, had a 32 percent lower risk of developing heart failure than women who did not regularly eat any chocolate".

One of the WashPost columnists was comparing how the military had many more musicians than the Foreign Service has employees. In the column, he gave the range for the Foreign Service, and then said that members of the special bands get an annual salary of $51,000 for single people and $58,000 for married ones. It was like that when I worked, and it wasn't fair then, either. I did as much or more than the guys who were married, and I should have been paid as much, too.
20111112, Marilee

Losing Words

That's what happens when you get about 5.5 hours sleep. After I got offline last night, I still had things I needed to do and did them, but I hurt too much to scoop the litterboxes. I figured I'd read some of Wednesday's paper, then scoop, then go to bed. Spirit came up and sat on my lap while I read and made her happy closed eyes, so I read all of the paper which meant that after I scooped, I was in bed at 4am. I had my night meds before I went to bed and read almost an hour and then got up when the alarm went off at 6am. Junie was bouncing again, thinking it was time for breakfast, but it wasn't.

So Spirit and I napped in the recliner starting at 6:45am until the plumber got here at 10:30am, but the napping wasn't continuous -- the landscapers were mowing and so forth. All the cats hid, and then the plumber said he had an emergency, but that the plumber who worked with the toilet the last time was coming. He's here and will see what's wrong. I suspect they won't connect this with the last time he did this and I'll have to put the new payment on a credit card. Ah, he says last time he put a metal ring under the flange and this time he'll put it on top. That does sound like it will work better.

Martin Luther King III wrote an op-ed comparing his father's "March on Washington" and Glenn Beck's rally this weekend. It's very thoughtful, considering what he was talking about.