Saturday, May 31, 2014

Open house for a friend's new business today with amazing grub (halupki and haluski).  I had running to do leading up to it and a good bit to accomplish after.  I made good progress, but my list remains long. 

For instance, nothing on today's list involved cleaning the house other than washing out the bathroom sink so I could hand wash two items.  The apartment is being turned over again, so that gave me several loads of laundry to do today.  I also did a little baking for an event tomorrow at church.  I am ready for bed and it's not 10pm yet, that should tell you something.

An update with Vixen, she remains able to go up and down the stairs but tends to force me to walk down the stairs and follow her before she'll come up.  I've noted that she seems to be pottying in the basement more often, that's not good, but the good thing is that I think I know why... she is now going out on the porch when I leave her out, and turning around at the stairs instead of proceeding down and into the yard to use the facilities.  I have to tell her to leave the porch and go potty.  Once she does she immediately goes where she's suppose to.  I don't know if it's the stair issue or if she's not herself.

More activities, running, and things to complete tomorrow... definitely need to do some cleaning too.  Bye bye weekend!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Last night I decided to go to a Pitt Alumni get together here in Jtown.  The turn out was rather small, but I'm glad I went.  HAIL TO PITT!  Since it was at Nyko's I decided to have a little sushi for dinner.  I'm convinced now that it does in fact give me a headache.  Yay, one more food I enjoy that needs to be minimized or ended.  I find it amusing that theoretically healthy things (sushi, the salad from Applebees...) give my body issue but the crap goes down just fine.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Oh... and should get new tires too before winter or before I need to do any long trips etc. Boo.  I hope Autumn knows how much I love her.
I know this is all just distraction designed to take my giving to the church plans and throw them in upheaval.  Not happening.  You have no authority here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I know when you have an 11 year old vehicle you should expect that it won't pass inspection, but it still stresses me out.  Fortunately, I'm proactive, so I have plenty of time to get the repairs made and finish the inspection.  The Durango has a hole in the frame thanks to the crap they spray around here in the winters.  It is slowly eating my entire freaking vehicle.  The place I go doesn't do this type of work, so I'll need to lose more time from work taking it somewhere else to get that work done (probably drop $500-1000) and then another day of lost time to get it back to my shop to finish the inspection.

Best piece of this today is that they didn't have time to get the stuff done that they can do there on site (smaller things), so I didn't get my vehicle back tonight.  I'm blessed that I have a second vehicle, but it was at home.  So, I walked home today - yay.  FYI the 5-10 min drive to work takes 35-40 min to walk.  It was fine, I can at least say I did get my walk in today, but it does suck that it's along busy roads without sidewalks.

I did get home in time to get to the chiropractor appointment, which I held off the next appointment for a month since I don't know how much it's going to run.  I was anticipating around $50 for the initial trip based on what a friend/coworker stated, but right now I see requests for $140 for that first trip waiting to process on my health insurance.  Remember, I have high deductible, so chances are they'll get me a bit of a discount, but I doubt it will be a $90 discount, and I get to pay the rest.

I'm shaking it off, it's still less than several car payments for a new car, right?

Tonight was another swim with the youth group, this one with a fire and smores (yay!)  Much like last week we should have had thunderstorms but ended up blessed with beautiful weather for the evening.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's baaath day!  Oh how they'll hate me.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Didn't get another walk in today like I should have, but I did spend a little time outside sweating at mom's pulling weeds before we had a little cookout.  The weather was great - warm and bright.  After getting back to town I got to catch dinner w/ Eggs, so that was awesome.  A great way to spend a free day off of work.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Today I filled in for the youth pastor and led our last video in the series for Jesus is.  I really adore the young adults in our youth group.  Their smiles are infectious and they're attentive and respectful.  I have been working on processing the grave photos I took at St Anthony's in Geistown and want to get through a good bit before I go back for the last round of photos to cover the whole cemetery.  With the nice weather I'm sure a desire to go take a drive to Carrolltown to photograph more there isn't far off either.

Yes, I napped again late this afternoon, don't judge me.  It was enough for the excedrin tension to alleviate my aching head and give me the motivation to go for my first legit walk of the summer.  I'd say around an hour and saffy is wiped out.  My work here is done.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I started this morning with plans to simply clean up after the dogs out back which spread into filling three garbage bags with weeds that were growing along and outside the fence line.  From there I realized I needed to cut back the rose bushes, so I filled two old dog food bags with clipped back thorned branches.  This past winter was so cold, that is all I can attribute it to, but I really feared my rose bushes bit it.  Instead they started growing anew from near the ground, leaving the rest looking dead.

Don't worry, I granted myself a nap this afternoon as a bit of a reward.  Time to vacuum before I park myself for the evening.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Spent a couple of days with all over aches, head feels too heavy to be held up by my neck.  Had my second chiro appt yesterday after which I felt a little looser.  Yep, gotta return again next week.  In the evening the youth group had the first pool party of the year and I'm glad I went.  Just being in the water moving a bit helped loosen me up further.  Tonight I have a massage, so I'm hoping I'm nearing comfort.
I really should try to get my rear over to UPJ and swim this summer too.  I wonder if their schedule will have anything outside of work hours.  If I want to get training for a 5k this fall but keep fighting an aching knee I will need to do something to get in shape.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The near 90s are a faint memory already.  I came home Friday needing to turn the heat back on just so Saffy and I wouldn't still be cold under the comforter taking a nap.  I had left work a bit early to get to a chiropractor appointment, so we managed our nap with a large portion of the evening left.  I haven't been to a chiro in a few years since my last visit resulted in a near instantaneous migraine.  Different doctor this time, entertainingly enough in the building where my old primary care physician was.  He gave me a few exercises and did his best to get my hips back into alignment.  I need to go back next week.  Hopefully this will only take a couple of visits.

I probably didn't help things today since my first action of the day was to head out to help at the church where I stood for a couple of hours on pavement and concrete.  My lower back feels a little stiff right now, but I think it's from the standing not the adjustment.  The church was giving away coupons to get free oil changes, how fun is that?  So I was holding a sign to lure folks in for a majority of the time.  I spent some time back at the house and then headed back out to help out at a church in Moxham w/ a community meal.  Wasn't there super long.  Good thing too since I'm already thinking about climbing in bed for the night.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It was almost 90 degrees today when I came home from work.  Don't mistake this for complaining, but it was freezing less than a month ago.  meh.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

I ALMOST forgot to point out that my little gift to myself arrived yesterday... a new lens for my camera.  I've been itching for a very long time to get something that has a little more range.  I now am the proud owner of a 18-180mm  f/3.5-6.3 Zuiko.  This upped me a great deal from the 14-42mm.  I could have gotten it a little cheaper if I had rocked w/ the fixed f stop, but decided to splurge so I can keep growing into it.  I LOVE the zoom capacity.  It is a bit bigger and heavier than the other lens, but it does still fit into the existing carrying case I have.  Now I'll just wait for the birds to come visit on the back porch.
Happy Mother's day to all!  I did make the trip down to visit with my dear Mum today after church and youth.  How spoiled am I that I go planning to bring her some dinner and she has T-bones there to make for me?  That's not how it's suppose to work at all.  The lawn got her first full mow today whilest I was away, thus making it officially summer in my mind.

Yesterday we had a heck of a good rain storm, but at least it didn't persist all weekend as I had originally heard they were calling for.  A chunk earlier in the day was spent at the Wild one's buying way too much Pampered Chef.  After I joined Beff at a roller derby at the War Memorial.  I gotta admit, I'd love to do it, but I fear breaking a hip - my own that is.

Friday was quite the long day as I had to head to the AJ office, leaving at 5am and getting back at 9pm.  The major stink is that I had hoped to leave work early on Thursday knowing I'd have so many hours in on Friday, but I didn't get out of there until 4:55.  That's early, technically, but not what I had in mind.  The meeting went reasonably well, better than I was expecting, so I'll call it success.  Unfortunately, all of the sitting has had my back in a tissy.  I think it's related to my belief that my hip/pelvis is out of whack, as is the knee pain I've had for a few weeks now.  I guess I'm going to need to bite the bullet and actually go see a chiropractor.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Yay!  Saffy and I went for our first comfy weather walk this evening.  I don't care if it did smell like freshly cut grass (and worse still straw from people reseeding their grass) it was lovely.  More nice weather please.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

This weekend seems to be the time for dropping things and smashing them in sinks.  First my most favorite coffee mugs, yep, both of them at the same time, tumbling from the cabinet above the kitchen sink and smash.  Both handles came off so in the trash they went.  Then today I managed to drop a container of eyeshadow and the powder broke apart when it hit the bathroom sink.  I have too many mugs and too much makeup anyhow... at least that's what I am telling myself.

I didn't gather as much as I would have liked, but I did get through all of my dresser drawers.  Hopefully I can get through my closet one of the nights this week.  It appears that our evenings will remain chilly for a few more days so maybe then.  Here's to hoping I can turn the heat off before June.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

An agreement has been reached that tames some of my anxiety regarding my previous post.  Of course, even when things are as they should be it still stresses me out to transition between tenants.  That said, if anyone is looking the apartment is open again June 1.

Since my front lawn grows earlier than the back I was all kinds of classy today and used the weed eater to give it a first pass.  I guess I should contact the guy who mows for me to see if he's still doing so again this summer... but I'm worried he'll decide to hang it up.  Fingers crossed.  I did get this work done before a shower rolled through, which means waiting longer to rake up the clippings.  In the mean time I'll be working to clear some clothes out for a donation.  Wish me luck.

There are lots of other things I need to get to, it always seems like the weekends are a time for catch up.  When can I just have a leisurely Saturday and take a nap?