A melange of stuff because I need to empty my brain.
[+] L’shanah tovah to all who are celebrating at the moment.
[+] Our trip to Lethbridge this past weekend was awesome.Â We stayed at the Lethbridge Lodge, took advantage of their fitness room, ate good food, got to swim, got to chill in the lounge and listen to an awesome guitarist on Friday and Saturday night, attend an AWESOME church, and just enjoy getting away from the U.S. for a couple days.
[+] My neuro appointment went well today.Â I wish all doctor’s appointments were comparable to sitting at $tarbux and drinking coffee.Â I seriously heart my neuro ARNP.Â We’re upping my beta blocker and she gave me some samples of triptans to try because Imitrex isn’t doing it for me.Â We also talked about some other health things and some things in my life.Â I wish I wasn’t her patient so she and I could have $tarbux dates.
[+] If reincarnation were to exist, I’d want to come back as this cat.Â Sue, you definitely take the cake for cat-spoiling.Â *MY* cats don’t have their own water bottle and fleece cover.Â
So I’m on Day 2 of Migraine from Hell.Â I’ll probably be fine to go into work tomorrow — drugged on Toradol most likely, but still going into work.Â (Jon’s driving me so he can get my car taken in.) I came home from work early yesterday because the pain, the photosensitivity, and the sound sensitivity got to be too much.
I slept most of today and cleaned off a couple things on the DVR.Â (No… I have not watched last season’s finale of Grey’s Anatomy and yes, I am aware that the season premiere is tomorrow.)Â I probably shouldn’t be watching The Biggest Loser: Families and eating BBQ chips, should I?Â (Then again, it’s one of the few things I’ve eaten today.)
I was the champ-eee-yon of the dare last week at work — I clocked 32.85 miles.Â I’m so not even approaching that this week but I only really need about 9 miles to stay on track for my goal and I’ll have that easily.
HEY! Wait a second!
About possible VeeP Palin and the â€œno international boundary thatâ€™s remotely threatened by terrorismâ€¦â€
What about those Canadians? Arenâ€™t you worried that
we they might start throwing TimBits(tm) or Loonies at you?
Or maybe try and start branch offices of The United Church of Canada?
Ummm… not really?Â In fact, we’d love it if you’d send some Timbits down here.Â In fact, the local co-op requires the Canadian drivers to bring some down with them in order to be allowed to stop for coffee.
I work on the border and can deal with the loonies — at least the coin version.Â (The people… not so much.)
Maybe I’m just really tired.Â Maybe I’m incredibly overworked.Â Maybe I’m just cynical.Â (OK… that’s not a maybe.Â I *AM* cynical.)Â These things, however, are just on my nerves and draining me:
[+] My in-laws’ cat Bartholemew being gone.Â My mom has told me to keep up hope because their cat Homer returned after 48 hoursish.Â However, it seems like there’s somewhat definite proof that Bartholemew was eaten by coyotes.Â I’m sad for them and for the white monster because while he was bitey (he was referred to as “The Great White” and “The Daisy with Fangs”), he was a sweet cat and did hang with me when I’d go and visit.Â He’s in the picture I have of my sister-in-law Joanna on my filing cabinet so I have had to put a post-it note over him so that I don’t cry when I look at it.Â Sigh… maybe I shouldn’t have nicknamed him “Purina Coyote Chow” when I was down there last time?
[+] The fact that we rip the scab off the national wound every year in how we observe 9/11.Â OK… first thing: the renaming of the day as “Patriot Day” is offensive to me as a decent human being and seriously offensive to the families of the vicitms and victims themselves.Â It’s a political move that is on the lameness scale next to the whole “freedom fries” incident.Â Secondly, I’m more than chill with flags being at half-mast that day — that’s actually tasteful.Â Moronically suggesting that people wear red/white/blue and watching hours of coverage of the towers falling?Â Not so chill with that.Â (For the record, I have no issues with people posting where they were that day.Â My issue is with those who are trying to co-opt the grief of others.)Â It was my 6th year of media-fasting because I don’t need to see all the footage to believe it happened.
[+] People who believe that Sarah Palin is the best thing since sliced bread. OK… I know some people reading this are planning to vote for the McCain/Palin ticket for pro-life reasons, same-sex marriage reasons, evangelical Christian homeboy/homegirl reasons, being blue dog Republicans, hockey mom unity reasons, being part of the pitbull cosmetic industry, or whatever.Â Skip this rant if you are.Â I honestly cannot understand how otherwise intelligent people can find Sarah Palin worth voting for.Â Seriously, I can’t understand it.Â She has zippo experience to qualify her for national leadership.Â Yes, she’s the governor of Alaska — a state that shares no boundaries with the lower 48, has no international boundary that’s remotely threatened by terrorism or illegal immigration, is largely unpopulated, and oh wait… it’s an oil state.Â Haven’t we learned how stupid it is to elect oil company people to leadership yet???Â Obama was in the Illinois legislature AND has served in the US Senate.Â She was the mayor of a podunk town outside of Anchorage (6700 people is not a large town) before becoming governor.Â Sorry… no parity there.Â Then there’s the fact that Obama and Biden both told their people to leave her family alone… and she’s attacking the crap out of Obama.Â Can we say “cannot play nicely with others”?Â She also believes that the Iraq War is a “divine calling” and I feel a little uneasy about having someone in the White House whose foreign policy is based on dispensationalism.Â There’s a lot more to my puzzlement at people actually *liking* her as a VP candidate but that’s another entry within itself.
[+] People who find words like “pollack” and “raghead” acceptable in normal conversation.Â I don’t give a flying whatever if you were raised in small town Montana or if the First Amendment covers your speech — it’s still offensive!!!Â Maybe most people around here don’t care but there are people like me who would prefer to be in a hate-free zone where we aren’t tempted to vomit when you open your mouths.
OK… I think my nerves are sufficiently worked now.
My in-laws’ white cat hasn’t been seen since Tuesday.Â They think he got eaten by coyotes.
It’s probably past the point of return for him but… pray that he shows up.
So I’ve been doing this virtual triathlon thing at work for a week now and have been keeping track of my steps and all.Â As of yesterday, I was on target for my goal of walking 250 miles over the twelve weeks.Â (Yes… it sounds like a lot but it averages out to around 3 miles a day which is totally doable.)
I walked 3 of 4 days at work and Friday managed to exhaust myself and work up a pretty decent sweat.Â I think I’ll have to bring a spare shirt to work in addition to some SeaBreeze because I was needing something to cool me off!
Now to get the last 2000 steps in for today…
Oh yeah… I baked No Pudge Fudge and some Mexican Chocolate Chip cookies (using Splenda) for Church #1′s coffeehour tomorrow.Â Go me.