Low Batteries

October 19th, 2017 No comments

Saturday was rainy so we ended up going to the cheap theater to see Despicable Me 3. They installed leather reclining seats since the last time we’ve been there (and raised ticket prices from $1.75 to $2.75). I can’t decide whether I love or hate the new seats. On the plus side it makes the aisles so wide  no one can reach your seat to kick it and the seats are large and comfy. The downside is I’m too short to sit normally because my feet don’t touch the floor so I have to recline and after a couple of hours it’s not really comfortable anymore. 

Later that evening we went to Batteries Plus and I paid $60 to have my iPhone battery replaced. I was sick of it losing 25% in mere minutes. It spent more time on the charger than being used and was a constant source of anxiety and frustration. Now it’s almost like having a new phone. I can use it all day and it still has 20-30% battery life when I go to bed. I hope it stays like that for at least another year since I’m not thrilled with the price or design of the latest phones; consequently I’m not in a hurry to upgrade. I’m holding off on installing iOS 11 too since it will kill some of my favorite apps once I upgrade. 

When I woke up Saturday with a slightly sore throat I knew I had caught Joe’s cold despite our best efforts not to infect me. I’ve spent the last several days feeling exhausted and congested. I haven’t been this sick in years; I even called in sick to work on Tuesday. I hadn’t gotten a flu shot yet or this might have been avoided but with the allergy testing I didn’t have any arms left to spare for more needles. In any case, I started taking zinc right away and I think it helped speed up the process since Joe has been sick for nearly two weeks and I’m already starting to feel better. That’s a good thing because I have a busy five day weekend ahead of me. More on that later. 

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Allergy Testing

October 9th, 2017 1 comment

Went for an allergy test today to get to the bottom of all the inflammation in my face/neck I’ve been having since May. Interestingly enough, I am not allergic to grass and trees like I was years ago. Unfortunately, I am allergic to molds and dust mites which don’t go away when the seasons change. They are on the low side – level 2 and 3 out of a possible 8, with 8 being the worst.

Here’s the details:

Molds (all 2s)
Hormodenrum
Alternaria
Penicillium – not to be confused with the drug, Penicillin, which the nurse said is different
Aspergillus
Mucor
Corn Smut
Phoma

Animals
Cat (4)
Dog (3) – Obviously this is an issue since Wookie is not going anywhere

Other
D. Farinae (dust mite) – 2
D. Pteronyssinus (dust mite) – 3
Cockroach – 2 – This one cracks me up

I’ve put off having an x-ray of my sinuses done unless necessary since that’s gonna cost me out of pocket. So far I’ve tried:

Flonase (generic) – after about a week of use it made the vision in my left eye blurry
Allegra (generic) – gave me diarhhea

Both of the above did help alleviate my symptoms so I think my issues are allergy related. I just need to find something that works that doesn’t cause side effects I cannot tolerate. My doctor’s assistant called in a prescription for a different type of nasal spray but it’s $60 for a 30-month supply and there’s no over the counter alternative so I won’t be trying that. I purchased generic Zyrtec which I plan to start taking tomorrow.

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Ferrets & barkTHINS

October 9th, 2017 Comments off

Saturday we went to the “Greatest Ferret Show On Earth” to visit our friends who were showing their ferret. It was $7 per person to get in and there wasn’t too much to look at but we spent three hours there socializing with our friends so it was definitely worth it. I was surprised they didn’t have it listed as an event on Facebook, though. A missed opportunity to bring in a bigger crowd.

Prior to the show we stopped at Abby’s Breakfast & Lunch as we tend to do every October. I got my favorite – Hawaiian eggs benedict. They were delicious, as always! Right outside the restaurant there was a barkTHINS booth set up as part of the Scarecrow Festival and they were giving out free bags of chocolate. We ended up with two new flavors to try – pumpkin seed and blueberry. Both are good but I prefer the former.

On the way home we stopped at Just Kabobs to pick up lunch and bring it home. I am just amazed at how inexpensive and delicious their food is. There was enough to cover lunch and dinner and it was only $15 total.

Sunday we were back in St. Charles for the scarecrow fest. After checking out the scarecrows we contemplated getting more barkTHINS but decided against it since they seemed to be running low. I love dark chocolate, especially when it’s free, but I didn’t want to be greedy.

Once we got home we played with Wookie and then much to her dismay groomed her and gave her a bath. She smells really good now, but I had to brush her again this morning because she already had developed mats! Ugh, if I was rich I’d just pay someone to groom her twice a month but it would be $120 so no thank you. I have a feeling my Christmas wishlist is going to be all dog related grooming items this year. I want to get a table with a grooming arm and possibly a muzzle since she gets really bitey when you brush her legs. Guess where most of the mats develop? Yup!

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Two Weekend Catchup

October 2nd, 2017 Comments off

Last weekend (9/23) was Wookie’s birthday party (she turned a year old on 9/21). My brothers and R came over to celebrate, although R couldn’t stay long as she had a wake to attend. I made homemade sloppy joes and we drove my brothers back to B’s house around 4 pm so J could drive home from there since B wanted to attend the wake as well. They brought their dog over and she wasn’t too thrilled with Wookie. Anytime Wookie would get close their dog would growl at her. She seemed better once she was off-leash in the dining room, though, so it might have been leash aggression which I’ve read about. I do hope they end up becoming friends, or at the very least can tolerate each other, since I don’t like the idea of leaving Wookie with a stranger when Joe and I go on vacation. That’s why even though we’ve talked about going to Disneyland California next year I haven’t started planning anything yet.

Saturday (9/30) we met the kids for breakfast at Denny’s. They were a half hour late which was pretty irritating, but I gave them shit about it and plan to address it again before we see them again. Unfortunately their tardiness is becoming a habit which I really don’t like as I find it rude and insulting to make people wait for you and not even give them a heads up. Other than that it was a pleasant breakfast, and E brought us gifts he found at the secondhand store – whiskey stones for Joe and a copy of Aggravation for me. Hopefully I didn’t insult him by asking whether he wanted to keep it. I just didn’t want to take it knowing we have like three others at home since we always buy them when we see them too.

In the afternoon we took Wookie to the harvest festival near where I work. We went to the same festival several years back and were underwhelmed by it. Unfortunately, it really hasn’t improved much in all those years. The only good thing was the zucchini bread we purchased from the Girl Scouts’ bake sale. Now I want to make my own!

Pumpkins

Yesterday (10/1) we spent some time at the arboretum to check out the scarecrows. Unfortunately the trees haven’t really turned color yet but I got some pumpkin photos.

We walked around Yorktown mall afterwards since there’s some home stuff we’re in need of (specifically a new bedding set, silverware, and a bath mat although we didn’t find anything we liked) and I really want some new fall sweaters. I found a black one at Forever 21 and then noticed it was tearing at the sleeve so I left in disgust. We went to Savers earlier in the week during their 30% off sale, and I went again today since everything was 50% off, but none of the sweaters I tried on fit properly and I tried on at least 15 between both visits. I did end up with a black cardigan, however, as well as two more pairs of flannel pajama pants, a blue t-shirt, and a cute Tsum Tsum blanket I got for Wookie’s crate.

I’m in the mood to shop lately for some reason. When we had dinner at Red Robin a couple of weeks ago we went into Bath & Body Works to, as I told Joe, look around, but I ended up buying a leaf Wallflower plug and 5 wallflower refills because I’m addicted to the Marshmallow Fireside scent. A YouTuber who I watch recommended the candle version but the plug-in diffusers are a better buy since I only keep them plugged in over the weekend and the smell lingers for days afterward.

Sunday after the mall we stopped at a new fast food chicken place called PDQ for lunch. I got the Thai Peanut Bowl since it sounded really good, but it wasn’t that impressive. Turns out I really don’t like mango salsa. Joe had the California Chicken sandwich which was better, but the star of our meal was the zucchini fries with ranch. Mmmm…

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Transition Piece(s) & Oktoberfest

September 18th, 2017 Comments off

Friday after Joe came home from work we took care of some errands which included taking donations to Savers (remnants of what we weren’t able to sell at the garage sale last year plus some clothing I no longer wanted) and recycled our old lightbulbs at the Lowes before shopping at Costco.

Saturday was our busy, but fun, day this weekend. Joe installed the transition pieces in the morning and I think they look pretty good. 1st photo is before and 2nd one is after.

The only thing that annoys me is that crease in the carpet. It was there before, though, I just forgot about it because we were using an area rug to cover the spot to stop Wookie from picking at the carpet. I just have to get used to not stepping on the transition piece directly which for some reason I tend to do.

Saturday afternoon we went to our town’s Germanfest (aka Oktoberfest) with our friends K & E. I had a schnitzel sandwich and Joe got the pork shank which he thought was good but not worth $16 for the plate. Between our food and his single beer we spent $33! It was hot outside and even though we were in a tent away from the sun it was still too warm to spend much time there, plus the band was hella loud, so after an hour we headed back to our place to cool off.

We played a game called Loaded Questions which our friends brought over, had dinner (Joe made meatball sandwiches), and watched Popstar. I don’t think our friends enjoyed it as much as we do, plus I was annoyed by the fact that the Blu-ray wouldn’t load. Luckily the set came with a DVD version but that sucks because Joe bought it for me back in January for my birthday and I hadn’t opened it so there’s nothing I can do about the issue now.

Our friends had fun interacting with Wookie. She has gotten better with people in general, but especially those she remembers, so she didn’t bark at them when they first came over. In fact she wouldn’t go to sleep after they left because I think she thought they were still there. I had carry her through the house to show her it was empty before she’d calm down. I think because she didn’t nap most of the day she was overtired, but she made up for it on Sunday with several naps.

Sunday I made chili in the crockpot and Joe made cornbread in his cast iron skillet. Both came out delicious! Now that it’s football season our Sundays will be mostly at home days although I plan to get to the arborteum soon to check out the changing leaves. We can get there early and be in home in time for a noon game though.

Things I organized over the weekend:
The portion of the garage in front of my car including the shelving unit
My marbles and candle stuff in the hall closet
The pet room

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