Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The first two weeks....

 I'm going to experiment here with more postings. Being consistent with it may be another story!

 The new year began very uneventfully. I made my usual cleaning  resolution and am making some progress towards it. Having the internet/TV service guy come out kind of expedited the need to not feel embarrassed about a messy home....

 My internet and TV went out for about a week. I got upset when my internet/cable service didn't show up for their appointment. I cancelled an appointment to stay home, which is why I was not happy. I got a pleasant surprise though when I called to complain. I had a nice credit in my next bill! The problem ended up being a bad modem, which meant not having to pay a service fee for them coming out since it was a defective product. Double score! :)

 I also had to renew my license. I had to retake the written test this time due to a ticket I got a few years ago. I tried just simply going down to the DMV on a day I had nothing to do. The DMV in my city had people standing outside when I drove up. It was raining that day, so I obviously wanted to avoid that. I had heard from a Facebook friend that a nearby DMV only handled drivers licenses, so I went there. No one was standing outside in the rain when I drove up, which was a big plus. However, the wait without an appointment was three and-a-half hours. I brought a library book with me and was almost done with it by the time they finally called my number. I was so happy when I finally left!

 I hate to say it, but my elderly father has been starting arguments with me this month over nothing. One was about whether I should pay my car registration in person or by mailing it in. He screamed at me at the top of his lungs when I disagreed with him. Another one was when we were out together running an errand and I explained something to an employee of the store we were at, which had him enraged because I contradicted him. He was wrong and I wanted to give accurate information. He really yelled. A friend who is a nurse has given me some resources on how to combat this, but I think it won't be simple. Family members have offered to help, and I will start calling them in. I can't be the only one handling this. It is exhausting. I mean really exhausting.

 On the medical front, I've only had one test. I know, shocking! It was a Pulmonary Function Test, which showed I have no breathing problems. I snapped this photo of the wall art while I waited to be called in. That's one thing I like about the medical group I'm in. They have really great art. Weird, I know, but it's nice to look at while you wait to see the doctor.

  I'm sure the rest of the month will be just as exciting. Haha.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

In summary...

 We're at the end of 2017. I've missed five months of updates because I've been busy living. Not a bad way to be...

 So, here are some facts about this year to sum it up:

  • Number of deaths in my life: Two. My cousin Leslie passed away in March and my dear friend Debra in September. Both of them were too young to pass away. Leslie's passing came quickly after her cancer diagnosis while Deb lingered for a year after her heart attack. I only went to Debra's memorial service, which was very nice. 
  • Number of insurance claims resolved from the 2015 fire. One. It took over a year for my homeowners insurance company to clear me. I am so happy that is resolved. So happy! Beyond! 
  • Number of times my parents needed to be in the hospital: Two. My dad fell backwards in the garage in August and had a procedure in October for it. He crushed a vertebrae and had a procedure to ease the pain. Mom thought she was having a heart attack the last Saturday in December, which meant a six-hour emergency room visit at her local hospital. I can't even begin to tell you how packed that ER was. Mom and I both wore masks because the waiting room was just filled with disease. 
  • Number of medical procedures I had this year: Two. I mentioned that the first one was to take a cyst out of my nipple. The second one is a bit TMI, but needed to be done. 
  • Number of new hairstyle experiments: One. I mistakenly thought I could cut out some split ends in my hair and ended up doing a number on it. After my hairdresser's shock wore off, he gave me an undercut. I really like it. 
  • Number of books I read: Over 20. I took up reading again as a hobby and got to know my local libraries. There is no sense to me in buying books right now, as there are two libraries near me that I can check new books out from. 
 I will try to be more diligent with updating this blog in 2018. I really enjoy looking back and reading the different events in my life. Until then, Adios 2017 and Hello New Year! 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

June gloom?

 The lovely days of June have come and gone. They were a mixed bag.

 I'm still employed. :) I about came unglued though one day this month, but managed to stay calm when I was blamed for a mistake that was not my fault. What happened was a loan processor did not do his job and ended up not sending money out on time. I have to do 50 things at once, so I got the email asking where the money was but was doing my job and got the email to the processor late. It's not like I wasn't doing my job! And guess who got blamed for the funds not going out? Me! Why? Because they claim I could have forwarded and printed the email and walked it to the processor sooner, even though I was doing my job!

 I also ended up getting a nice bacterial infection that had me on antibiotics for 10 days. The woman behind me at work has been sick since the day I began there, so I know she gave me the infection. She's still sick....

 My parents also celebrated their 47th Anniversary. I once again played designated driver and drove them to dinner at The Cat and the Custard Cup. As usual, it was fantastic.

 Father's Day was also nice. My mom and I went out to dinner with my dad to Cafe El Cholo, where he said he wanted nachos with jalapenos and beer. He said he could have stopped there. :) I got him beer for a Father's Day gift, which he really liked.

 On to July! Photos to come-some day!

May Days....

 No pictures will be shown in this entry so that I can get caught up. They may be put in at a later date.

 I decided to take a nice long walk in early May at the arboretum down the street from me. It's connected to the university that I went to. It's gorgeous and proved to be a great walk.

 I also started my new job. This deals with commercial loans, which I have zero-zip, zilch, nada-experience with. Residential, yes. Commercial, no... The building is phenomenal that I work in though. It has a gym for employees and a food court for breakfast and lunch. (Yes! A food court!) The light that streams in to the common area to eat lunch at is great too. However...The commute is ghastly. Like really, really damn ghastly. Plus, I'm making tons of mistakes. I know it's common to do that at a new job, but I just don't know. I got this job through a temp agency, and I know I'll be here until at least the end of August. I just don't know though.

 Mother's Day was nice. My mom just wanted take out. I had found her a cute little garden rock for a gift. My sister only called her, so I know my gift had meaning.

 And so, that was my month. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The current state of my brain tumor

 I was going through the stats for this blog and see that one of my last posts actually dealing with my tumor kind of left things hanging. I had stopped taking Cabergoline and my mental health was suffering.

 I headed back to the endocrinologist the next month after I posted and got back on the Cabergoline and was actually consistent about taking it. I still am-go figure! My last MRI was done in March, which showed the tumor had shrank! It's no longer visible!

 That could mean the tumor is still there but not visible (It has to be 2-3mm to view on an MRI) or has gone away entirely. I'd like to think the latter. So I guess it really was a prolactinoma if the tumor shrank. I guess that's good... I'd really like an excuse for the weight gain though. Seriously!

 I'm still kooky (lol) but that's just me. Haha.

 That's just a quick update. Stay tuned for more! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

April showers bring....

 April was an interesting month. It was good in many ways, yet sad in others. It included fewer photos because I had to delete a lot to make room in my phone. And it also had no showers....

 I went to see my friend Debra this month. Debra had a major heart attack in October and has not been the same since. It was sad to see in person. People had been warning me that she probably had a stroke during all this also and only comprehended about 50 percent of everything. I'd say that was accurate. She also kept asking me to kill her. I told her no, that I didn't want to go to jail. Very sad. I knew then that it was probably time to not visit again.

 My sister turned 45. I texted her on her birthday to wish her a happy birthday and got no response back. Also very sad.

 My kitchen ceiling also decided to rain. My upstairs neighbors had an unintentional flood, which rained through my ceiling. Fortunately, the damage is small and the owner of the unit is a decent guy.

 And now, some good...

 I got a new job! I went through a temp agency and got a long-term temp job with a bank. I'll start in early to mid May, since they have to wait for my background check to come back.

 I got a new haircut-and an undercut. I did some unintentional damage to my hair when I decided to cut out some dry ends myself. I looked at some examples of my hairdresser's work on Instagram and asked him to do an undercut, which turned out so awesome!

Easter meant trying something for our family dessert. It looked weird but tasted fine in the end. My mom only wanted strawberries with any dessert I made, which limited the amount of fruit I could use in these Pinterest skewers.

 A Hispanic market opened up in the city my parents lived in, so I tried it on my way home from seeing Debra. They had some cool stuff, but it won't be a place that I'll be at every week. It will probably be for just special occasions.

 And that, folks, was my April.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

March.... In like a lion, out like........

 March was an interesting month. It was kind of boring-and lacked photos too....

 I began the month as I did last month, going to my church's prayer and worship night. That was cool. I also ran into someone there I hadn't seen in awhile. It was cool to talk to her again. She told me about a walking group at church that I'm going to get involved with.

 My cousin Leslie also passed away at the beginning of the month. Another cousin and I were commenting how fast she went once diagnosed with cancer. I guess God had other plans for her.

 I also really took up reading this month in between other tasks. My last book this month though just had to be 912 pages. I'm half way through, so it looks as if I'll be calling the library for an extension on that book!

A tree at the library.

The area around me also looked, for the lack of a better word, gorgeous. Southern California has had more rain this year than they've had for many years. Therefore, flowers are in bloom and the hills are just gorgeous. It's a happy time!

 And, my insurance company once again denied another claim from my neighbor's insurance company. Who knows when it will end?

 Otherwise, March was a pretty boring month! On to April!