D&D, Bone Marrow, and getting out of here

Heya, some of you might notice the new banner.  I replaced the Gnolls with Yuan-ti.  Yuan-ti are to be my new arch enemies in the new D&D game I will be playing in starting the week after Thanksgiving.  I am really looking forward to playing this game. Danny really is putting a lot of work into it.  My Ranger’s backstory fits in perfectly with what Danny has compiled, so it’s all good.  Can’t wait to get started.


Went to see Dr Wehbe (my cancer doc) today, platelets have stalled out at 30.  Supposed to be 150 to 450.  He has no clue as to why my platelets are so low.  He is going to order yet another bone marrow biopsy after I get back from vacation.  I really don’t think it’s leukemia again.  I don’t know what to think it is.  Just sucks having platelets so low.  Anyhow, he is all for us going to Mayo Clinic up in Minnesota and having them take a run at fixing my platelet problem.  When I mentioned Mayo Clinic, he was all for it, he is really the befuddled.


Therapy yesterday went fairly well.  We talked mostly about what is bothering me the most, which is my platelet issue.  My therapist’s husband got AML shortly after I went into remission.  So she has more of a clue as to what I am going thru than your average therapist would have.


We are leaving for the Region in a couple hours.  It’ll be good to get the heck out of here and forget my problems for a week.  OK, I won’t forget them, just won’t be sitting at home thinking about them.  Portage, specifically, has changed so much, but somehow it still feels like going home.  And getting to see mom and Jim are just bonus.


Thanksgivingfest (one word, not two like some people write it), is Saturday.  Cakes are all set to be picked up between 10:30 and 11.  The party itself will go from noon to midnight or so.  With food being served at 1 o’clock and munching happening all the rest of the time.  I know I have said it before, but I look forward to Thanksgivingfest every year.  It’s my only chance to see the Gang every year.  Now not all of the Gang show up, but enough to make it feel good to hang out with your best friends who are family.


Lunch the day after has been cancelled.  Much to the bummer.  Shawn and Andi are both going out of town.  It’s all good, it’ll give me a chance to get back to the Region at a reasonable hour.  So, I will only be in the Indy area Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday morning.  That is fine.  Gives me more time with mom and Jim in the Region.


Taking 2 laptops, maybe 3 with us.  I am taking 2 myself and I believe Teresa is taking her old work mac laptop.  She might have to work tonight after we get to the Region.  That would SUCK.  She really needs a vacation more than I do.   She works way too hard and way too much.  She needs to get away from her phone and just chill for a while.  I worry about her.

My new laptop is going so we can play WoW.  My old laptop is going so I can check Facebook and play Civ4 Warlords while Teresa plays WoW.  My old laptop will go with me down to Fishers (Indy) so I can show Cori the cook little program I use to make characters for D&D.  My old laptop still works, just takes 10-15 minutes to boot.


I guess I need to finish packing and help with all the other stuff we have to get ready to go.  Us going somewhere for a week is a big production.  Bigger than it should be, especially with Teresa taking a bunch of cooking stuff since “she is cooking Thanksgiving”.  We are gonna jam a lot into our little Dart.


I’m alone and it’s weird

It is quiet and lonely in the house this morning.  The dogs are at the vets, Teresa is at work, I am here, possibly for the first time ever, totally alone in my house (we have always had pets since we moved here).  It’s a weird feeling, I almost don’t know what to do with myself.  I don’t think being this alone is good for me.  Weird stuff is running thru my brain.


Teresa’s car needed a jump this morning.  We jumped it, I let it sit for an hour, even took it for a little drive around a couple blocks.  Teresa took my car to work.  After the hour, I turned the car off and it started right up.  I am like cool.  I shut it off again, then went inside for a while.  Did I mention it’s 43 degrees and raining fairly hard?  I went back out 20 minutes later.  Tried to start it, DEAD again.  Luckily we live only a few blocks from the place that fixes our cars and they are cool people.  Called them up and they sent a guy over with a jump pack to jump the car.   We jumped it real quick and then I drove it over to the repair place.  They then gave me a ride home after telling me they will check everything and give me a call with a price.  What a morning.  I am waiting now for said call.  Alone, in my home, having weird thoughts.


My lunch that was tomorrow, got moved to Thursday, but then I was reminded that I have a cancer blood check appointment on Thursday, so that rules Thursday out.  Friday is shrink appointment, so that rules Friday out, so we are now having lunch some time next week.  LOL, it’s ok, he is a good friend, we will get together.  It’s his turn to buy lunch anyway.


We actually turned the heat on last night (and its gonna probably stay on).  Cold and wet is most of the forecast ahead for the next week.  Thank the gods that the furnace didn’t have trouble again when we turned it on.  It’s all good when it works, but a couple times over the last several years the furnace has had problems with a little gizmo inside it.  Same part every time.  Heh.  The repair place for furnaces sends the same tech out every time and he had actually not charged us labor for the last time, he just walked in with the little gizmo and swapped it out and walked out like 3 minutes later.  It’s almost ridiculous.


The dogs were really nervous when we dropped them off this morning.  They always get nervous over visits to the vet.  But when the vet tech picked them off to take them to the back, they both got super nervous.  I don’t think Mojo has ever been taken back, and the last 2 times Pucky went to the back, he had knee surgery.  This time they are just having their teeth deep cleaned.  But that does take putting them under, so I’m a little nervous for them.  By now, they are probably done and in recovery.  Won’t know how it went til later this afternoon.  But for now, no news is good news.


The high-level D&D game starts back tomorrow night.  I posted what the Paladin detected as his last action last time.  The reactions have been humorous.  Undead to the right, Devils to the left, Vampire in the middle.  LOL, if they play it right, it’ll be a challenge but not impossible.  If they screw around, there will be a total party kill before they get to the final guys.  I nerfed every encounter a little bit, so they should be able to handle this.


The low-level D&D game starts back on Friday night.  This will be the final adventure of the story arc that actually started like 4 months ago.  It might even be delayed another week due to the player whose character is the main focus of the finale might have to give his daughter a birthday party thing on Friday night.  I really should ask him if that is the case so we can announce that the game will be postponed 1 week.  I don’t want to run this final part without him actually playing his character as his character has a significant role in this set of encounters.


Flexeril is still keeping my back feeling pretty good.  But I can’t seem to do any stretches without a lot of pain.  My physical therapist said that’s not good, so he told me to stop going to him.  So, I called my pain doctors office to get on the list to try to get a sooner appointment, right now I am set to see him December 22nd.  DOH.  Anyhow, I am now on the list, that’s good.  Plus they called me in a refill on my Flexeril, I don’t know if I am gonna be on it forever, but for now, it’s good to have a supply.  And the grumpy lady who answers the phone at the pain doc’s office was actually pleasant with me, I made her laugh, I’m good at that.


Blood check is Thursday morning.  I’m not looking forward to my platelets (and rest of blood levels) going down more.  I feel nervous enough about where the platelets are, I don’t need added stress about them going down more.  And like I mentioned before, no one but me is noticing the other stats are going down a little bit each month, not as noticeably as the platelets, but still it is happening.


Teresa just Skyped me that she is coming home in an hour or so and finishing the day from home.  Can’t say how happy I am that she is going to be here sooner as opposed to later.  She is still sick, she shouldn’t have went to work in the first place.  I’m sure that the workers around her are making her leave.  I’m not afraid of her germs, heck I’ve lived thru all of Teresa’s illnesses over the years and only got 1 worse than her, most I have somehow magically evaded them all, only feeling bad for a day or so compared to her 4 or 5 days of being SICK.


Gonna mention this here.  I am toying with the idea of trying school one more time.  Starting in the Spring.  January actually.  I filled out the FAFSA.  I have figured out a schedule.  I know I can’t do online in the summer.  But I think I could do in person during a real semester.  I still have to talk to Teresa about it, so PLEASE no one mention this to her.  I will bring it up when she is feeling better.  This is very much in the kicking around the idea stage.   I think I could do a real semester.  Not sure.  But dammit, I think I am gonna try.


Welcome to Fall 2017.

Welcome Fall, let’s not make my mood crash and avoid the Seasonal Affective Disorder crap I go thru every year.  It’s September 22, the first day of Fall and it was 92 degrees outside today.  They say that the seasons come when they want to here in Iowa, I tend to believe that whole heartedly.  It is supposed to cool down on Monday or Tuesday along with a storm or two.  Just a few anomalous days of ridiculous heat and humidity to make us appreciate the cooler days when they come.


Mom made it home safely, about 12 hours after she left our house.   She got to the airport too early, had a 2 1/2 hour wait there, boarded the plane, plane had a problem, so they deboarded the plane.  She waited another 2 hours or for them to fix the problem.  She finally got to Chicago only to miss the bus home by less than a minute.  Had to wait another hour for the next bus home.  Then on the way home, she and my brother stopped for dinner.  Anyhow, she finally got home around 10pm after leaving our home around 10am.  LONG day for her.


I am back to missing my mom terribly.  She means so much to me.   I am so lucky to have her as my mother.   I will see her again around Thanksgiving, not too far away.  And she has plans to come visit again in February.  So it’s all good.  I talk to her on the phone a lot, 2 or 3 times a week, sometimes every day, some days several times those days.  Wish she hung out on Facebook, then I could just chat with her, but she plays on POGO and that is about all she does on the computer.


Another Thursday passed and another missed leukemia chat.  DOH.  Got to catching up with the Orville, only to realize that I missed chat.  I had EVERY INTENTION of logging in, but dammit, I forgot until 2 minutes after it was over.  Here’s to hoping that  next week I will remember to log in.


I came off my blood pressure medicine because my blood pressure was 76/44 at the last cancer doc appointment.  I feel a lot more energized now.  I probably should check my blood pressure and see where it is now, but heh, laziness prevails, I’ll just assume it’s normal and go about my day.


I called to get an appointment with my Shrink, running out of meds, not a good thing.  I see him on Friday, October 13th.  I still haven’t made contact with my Therapist though, supposedly I can’t see my Shrink without seeing my Therapist first.  But I have been going to the same place so long, they let me bend the rules a bit.  I guess on Monday I will message her and see when she can see me, I am sure it will be before the 13th.


I blew off physical therapy yesterday.  I just didn’t feel up to it moodwise.  I am still going thru some depression because of the pain, but it is getting better.  I can feel the changes happening.  So maybe physical therapy is working.  I am sitting up now writing this and not feeling any pain where he is treating,  pain in the neck and shoulders yes, but the mid and lower back feel good.  This is gonna be a LONG road to travel.


My wife works too much.  She is too dedicated to her job.  Yup, they don’t pay her enough for the crap she does for them.  Don’t get me wrong, she loves her job and doesn’t mind putting in the long hours.  I am the one with the problem.  I see her put in a 9 hour day (eating lunch at her desk working, not taking any breaks) and then doing a maintenance that night from 10pm to 2 or 3am, the getting up and doing it again the next day.  Come the weekend, she is exhausted.  The problem is that she is the only one who can do certain parts of what needs to be done, there is no one else to do these things.  Talk about job security, be the only one who knows how to fix 2 of the major systems that the company runs on.  It behooves them to treat her well, headhunters court her daily.  Facebook has made her an offer at 10% above her current salary.  She doesn’t want to leave where she is.  She loves what she does and doesn’t want to start over somewhere else.  I can see that.  I just wish the job was 8 to 5 and that was it.  Oh well, I can wish, but unless she changes her mind about switching employers, she is there for the long haul.  She’ll probably retire from there in 20+ years.


Next week I am gonna start the process to get rid of the white car.  It is long since DEAD.  Just been occupying space in our garage for a couple years.  Not drivable, not even currently tagged.  Stuff is piled on top of it.  Anyhow, we can not find the title for it anywhere.  So I have to go down to the DMV and pay 65 bucks for a title trace, which take a couple weeks.  Once we get clean title, I get to contact the Teen Services place, who pays Cash for Cars running or not.   Well, this one is definitely NOT.  I hope they bring a tow truck.  Need to get this done before winter hits cuz I don’t want to have our neighbor have to snow blow around Teresa’s car again.  Yes, we live in a townhome and share a driveway.  Our neighbor, very nicely, blows the snow off the whole driveway and doesn’t charge us anything for it.    He’s a real nice guy.


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That’s a picture of the Adel (Dallas County) Courthouse.  It was built in 1848 and still in use today.  The light post out in front of the courthouse is also a Pokegym, so it is often busy around there.

It’s Thursday, right?

Well, mom just left to go to the airport to head home.  I am already missing her.  The visit was really nice.  I love my mom.  She is the greatest.  I do wish that she and my brother lived closer than 6+ hour drive away.  Yeah, I know its an hour flight, but that costs a bunch and money is well, money is what it is.  Anyhow, I know my mom doesn’t read my blog, but just in case she decides to….  Thanks for the visit, MOM.  We love you.


Got the results of my cat scan.  I have 3 gall stones of various sizes, which are doing much of nothing.  So, since they aren’t causing any problems, don’t worry about them until/unless they do.  OK.  I have 1 kidney stone, a little tiny 1mm (yes, 1 millimeter) kidney stone, which should eventually pass on its own.  Chris, my PA, offered to set up a kidney specialist appointment for me to see if they would recommend anything, I said nah, so I get pain every now and then, no biggie.  Certainly isn’t worth a copay to find out there is nothing to be done.


Wife’s car is in the shop, she is gonna take mine to go to work (if she goes in today, so far she has been working from home), which leaves me car-less.  Wouldn’t normally be a big deal, but today I have Physical Therapy at 3.  I should call and cancel.  But there is a small chance that her car will be fixed before then.   All that is wrong with it is the passenger side rear tire has a slow leak.  Not rocket science.


I’ve been having nightmares lately, I rarely have nightmares.  Not scary ones, but highly disturbing ones.  I think the pain is causing them… or maybe the flexeril I am taking to keep the muscles from freaking out.   Anyhow, disturbing is the correct word, I wake up thinking the most obscure thoughts and have trouble falling back asleep.  I will be happy when my back is “fixed” and I don’t have to take meds or deal with pain anymore.  Ha Ha Ha, a boy can dream, right?


I still haven’t been able to win a game of Mutant Football League (except the first when the other team had to forfeit for too many dead players).  I have scored in every game, but my defense sucks and whichever team I am playing against scores many more points.  It’s not getting frustrating yet, I am learning, I am getting better.


I am already back to CIV 4 Warlords.  Yeah, I didn’t get burned out for very long.  Still trying to beat the game in conquest mode.  I can get to 8 or 9 enemies defeated, but the last 1 or 2 are just annoyingly impossible.  UGH.  I don’t want to resort to NUKES, but that might be the only way.


I tried to play Skyrim some last night, but still suffering from Skyrim burnout.  So, I won’t be playing that for a while.  It’s ok, I will get back into it sooner or later.  I have no worries about that.  In the mean time I have MFL and Civ4 Warlords to keep me busy.


It wouldn’t be a Hectic.blog post if I didn’t mention my back.  I have found the times to take my flexeril which keep my back from hurting the most.  Yeah, the morning one knocks me back out for an hour or two, but for no pain its very worth it.  And the evening one just helps me fall asleep and lets me sleep thru the night.  I haven’t touched a pain pill in several days.  Woo Hoo.


I still haven’t written a letter to my old doctor letting her know that I am seeing a new medical provider.  I really should do that.  I got labs coming up in October and I don’t want to be called by her office when I am getting them done somewhere else.  Besides she did right by me, she is the one who discovered my leukemia.  However, it was definitely time to move on.


Teresa has this dream of putting heated floors throughout the living area.  I thought she was just talking about it, dreaming.  Nope, she is saving money specifically for that and wanting me to save my disability money too for the cause.  Personally, I think we need a new washer and dryer first, but since I don’t do the laundry and I do walk on the floors, my vote only 1/2 counts.  So, some time in the nearish future, we will have heated floors and no carpet.  I can live with that.


I think I have given up bipolar chats.  It’s always the same stuff every time I log in.  Same trolls, same whiners, same oblivious people.  It’s not that I am any better than these people, it’s just that I am tired of it, and have been for a while.  So, I don’t think I will be going back anytime soon.


Now, leukemia chat is a different story.  As long as they don’t start talking about how successful they are even though they have/had leukemia.  I am good.  I just always seem to forget it’s Thursday and miss the chats.  Really bad about that.  I know today is Thursday, but by this evening, I will probably forget AGAIN.


I took my morning flexeril a little late so I wouldn’t be so sleepy when my mom was getting ready to leave, you know, so I could spend a little extra time with her.  Anyhow, the sleepiness is hitting me now.  So, I am gonna split.  You all have a great day (whichever day you end up reading this).

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So, I slept thru most of today

The title says it, I slept from 12:30am-6:30am, 6:40am-9:40am, 10am-11:30am, noon-4pmish.  Then finally forced myself to get up.  Seems that all the lack of sleep from the prednisone escapade finally caught up with me and I SLEPT.  I know your body needs to recharge after a prolonged period for lack of sleep, seems today was my day.   Mentally more aware of what is going on, physically I hurt a lot.


I hurt, therefore I am.  Where I got the epidural shot in the shoulder a month ago is hurting again already 😦  The rest of my back is hurting too.  And for something new and exciting my left side hurts (probably worse than the rest of it).  I have no idea why my left side hurts, but sitting triggers it too.  I wonder if my back problems are causing the side issues too.  Anyhow, I HURT.


I keep forgetting to call the physical therapist to get started on physical therapy.  Well, that’s not totally accurate, I remember, just too late in the day to call.   Perhaps tomorrow, I put a notice in my phone to remind me.


In 4 days, we will have had Pucky for exactly 7 years.  Pucky is technically an elderly dog according to the Veterinarian.  He gets around pretty good for an old dog.   Chases 2 year younger Mojo around the house.  Pucky is such a good dog, he likes to go out in and lay in the sun on the porch.  There is a tiny sliver of sun that comes thru and hits the deck and he has claimed it as his.  More power to him.


Mojo, on the other hand, poos and pees wherever he feels like, occasionally hitting a puppy pad, but mostly the kitchen, living room and bathroom floors for poo, pee is kinda random but he doesn’t like to pee on tile or linoleum.

This all comes from us not getting him until 16 weeks instead of 8.   He would be as well trained as Pucky had we gotten ahold of him during those 8 weeks.   But alas, it wasn’t meant to be and Mojo is a very affectionate Chihuahua once he accepts you.  Until he accepts you, it’s stand off, growl and occasionally bark.

Neither of our Chihuahuas are barkers really (though both will bark if deemed necessary), but Mojo does like to bark at people walking by on the street.  So during the day when I am trying to nap or concentrate on a game or anything, he gets locked in the bedroom with me away from the windows that face the street.   Then he only barks at the doorbell (like a good dog) or if the mail lady makes too much noise.


I downloaded Diablo III to my laptop tonight.   I occasionally still like to play it, so having it on here makes sense.  I also downloaded/installed Rocket League.  I got that free when I bought this laptop, not normally a game I would try, but I am all for checking out free games.  Who knows I might find something I enjoy playing even as a rare occurrence.


I am intentionally NOT installing any MMORPGs on my laptop.  I am currently not enjoying any of them, so why waste disk space?  Some day I might go back to WoW or ESO, but for now, I am enjoying playing solo games.  Civ4 is my current game of choice.  Skyrim is still probably the best game I have played in a long time, but I kinda burned myself out on it.  2500+ hours since Dec 26, most of them in the last 2 months.


Hmmm, I wonder if my car will start.  It hasn’t been started in like a month.   Yeah, not good.   Tomorrow I will go try to start it, even though I have no where to go.  If it starts I will let it idle there for a few hours, if it doesn’t, when Teresa gets home, we will jump start it.  Seriously I got no where to go.  I am becoming a homebody again.  Not a good thing.


Teresa says she is gonna make me go out this weekend.  We will probably end up at Texas Roadhouse for steak and cheesy fries.  Then we might go to a movie, but having to sit for 2 hours for a movie might be pain than I want to deal with.  Plus an hour sitting for food.  3 hours plus sitting for the drive out there and back, so 4 hours of sitting in 1 shot.  I don’t think I can do it right now.


I’ve been having memory dreams of stuff the DID NOT HAPPEN.  But these dreams feel so real when they are going on, and all the players are people from my past.   It’s weird.  I wouldn’t call them nightmares but the do always wake me up.   Not good dreams either, but not necessarily bad either.  But disturbing enough to wake me from deep sleep.


I am impatiently counting the days until my mom visits.  Like I have said many times before, I really miss her.  I wish she lived closer than 6+ hours by car.  Yeah, it’s only a hour flight, but that is expensive.  Driving is so much cheaper and if I can Teresa to go with me, I get to relax in the car while she drives.  She does not allow me to drive if she in the car, she says I am not a bad driver, I just cause her anxiety when I drive.  I can say the same thing about her driving.   But since I am ambivalent about driving, let her drive I say.


The severity of my cough has lessened for some reason.  Nothing in my life changed.  Just stopped coughing so hard for so long.  Not complaining, just observing.   Probably lessened cuz my cancer doc is referring me to a pulmonologists.  That’s my luck, bad bad bad, then when I see a specialist I am fine.


Also my pain doc will want me to get an MRI of my shoulder.  That will be fine, as long as I double up on clonazepam before going in.  No, not anxious, just my head shakes from the lithium I took 3 years ago.  It shakes whenever I am supposed to hold still.  Sucks.


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Blah… with promise

In what promised to be an excellent week of D&D gaming, both games get cancelled.  Yup, the Wednesday night game was cancelled due to 2 people having family emergency issues and the Friday night game was cancelled due to the main player of the storyline’s computer being ill.  Technically we could still play on Friday but I don’t have time to redo the storyline so it would just kinda be a blah ending to 3 weeks of good adventure.  I’m glad it was decided to cancel.


Teresa is going on travel again the end of the month.  I hate when she goes on travel, and since I “got better” she has been going on more and more travel.  I guess I shouldn’t complain too much, she is getting paid good money to do her job and I think her work looks at travel as kind of an award for doing good work.  I forgot to ask her where she was going, probably New York again.


My back is still thrashed.  I don’t know if I can take this level of pain until August 17th.  I hope they call me in sooner, wish people would cancel appointments.  It’s not like I need much notice, 2 hours notice is good enough for me, but they always give at least 24 hours, so it’s all good.  I hurt, I hurt badly, but I will get thru it, I always do.


My new nightstand/bookshelf arrived today.  Teresa assembled it.  It’s the perfect size for D&D books.  And the top is big enough to hold all my stuff that I kept of my desk that I use.  CPAP, fan, wallet, keys, ipad, cell phone.  All of it fits on top just fine with room for extra stuff.  I’m happy.


I still am trying to find an in person D&D game locally that I can play in.  Yeah, I love DMing, but I miss playing.  I will find one eventually, there has to be one somewhere for a forty something gamer who loves to play.


Teresa ordered me a cable so I can have a second monitor on my computer.  Have a nice 24″ Acer monitor which would very much fill the bill.  Just don’t have the proper cable at this time.  The proper cable will be here Friday.


Pucky and Mojo are a bit confused with me not being in bed all day.  They come rushing in to the room and run onto the bed, do a quick look for me, then it dawns on them that I am over at the computer area and they come over for treats.  It’s funny, it’s cute.


Our first payment on the house cleared the bank today.  YAY.  Payments are still less than what we were paying in rent and we will own the house in less than 15 years.  Yeah buddy.


I still haven’t called to make a payment towards the vacation.  Gotta get on that for this month, just feeling lazy.


Yesterday was Pucky’s birthday.  He turned 7.  So happy to have him and Mojo in my life.

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My brother put a very short introduction of his character on the Facebook group page.  Glorg, Priest of Dunder the God of Thunder.  He has a whole lot more backstory than that, but this is about all he has shared so far.  It’s all good.

I look forward to playing D&D with my brother again.  I would never have gotten into it back in the 80s if not for him bringing it home.  He used to DM all the time for our collective friends.  Now I get to DM for him for the first (I can’t remember another real game I was DM for him) time.

It’s a bit different playing over mumble than in person.  People sometimes talk over other people, and you can’t see dice rolls.  But it works in its own way.  And lets us get our gaming fix with friends from all over.  As a matter of fact, the game I am running is for 6 people in 4 locations in Indiana, while I am in Iowa.  We were to have 1 from California originally, but he backed out, his loss.


Teresa still doesn’t know if she is definitely losing her Mac at work or not.  I wish they’d make up their minds and tell her one way or the other.  It has to be getting a bit frustrating for her too… is today the day she loses her laptop.  Smartly, she backed everything up.  So if she does lose her Mac laptop and get a new one, it’ll be a no brainer to get it re-setup.


My back is still hurting, if it is hurting tomorrow I will reschedule my dentist appointment on Wednesday.  The angle they will put my back at to get at the old crown would likely hurt too much.  And to be honest, I am in no rush to have this work done as its been 15+ years dentists have wanted to do it.


The dodge dealership who had my car in the shop less than 1 week ago sent me an email saying it was time for an oil change.  DOH.  Why didn’t they think of that when they had my car already.  I am like 1500 miles below when the little sticker says it needs it, so it can wait too.


Still waiting to hear back from Sam and Shel as to whether or not Pucky and Mojo can come to Thanksgivingfest this year.  I am under the assumption that the answer will be yes, but don’t know for sure.   We’ll figure something out if they say no.  Teresa just won’t want to leave them anywhere for that long.


Still missing Mom and Jim a lot.  The first few weeks after seeing them are the toughest.  I do not get to see them nearly enough.  June and November are just about it.  Mom was talking about making a trip here, but with our vacation plans next August and her having to seriously save money to pay for her part of the trip I don’t think she is coming anytime soon.  I could be wrong.


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