April 23, 2017

It's been lovely......

Hot tubs at 10 Thousand Waves, Santa Fe

I was going to post some photos from FB's "Memories and Photos in New Mexico", but thought better of it.  We have some truly talented photographers out here...go here if you'd like a look.  This FB page is limited to photos of NM, so you can get an idea of how beautiful this place can be.

Having said that, we are #1 in unemployment and car theft.  So, with beauty, there is a beast.  

It has been so lovely taking a mini vacation from work.  In truth, I only took one day off, which happened to coincide with my long weekend.  Which I have every other weekend.  So, am I spoiled?  Yeah, sort of.  It's still work.  And most people in the dental field work about 4 to 4 1/2 days a week.  So, I realize most of you work 5 days a week and likely wish you had my schedule.  I wish you had it to.

I finished my quiz for class early this time....instead of waiting until late Sunday or even Monday, I took it Saturday, but as we had two chances, I retook it this morning so that I could improve my score from 70 to 100.  Worth it, I'd say.  In a few weeks we'll be offered some extra credit, which I will take advantage of....no telling how the final will go!

I have a lot to do tomorrow....my jalopy will go into the shop tomorrow for the repair from being backed into at the Trader Joes parking lot.  It will be kind of nice to drive a newer car for a few days.  I've had mine for going on 14 years.  It shows...there's some wear and tear on it.  It drives well, and doesn't quite have 80,000 miles on it yet.  I do want a new vehicle, but will wait at least another 2 years before I go there.  It's really easy to get used to no car payments.

Well, I hope all of you have a great week!
Love, 365

April 22, 2017

It's amazing the difference an extra day off makes....

Lemon herb mediterranean chicken salad

Yesterday's dinner....if you are interested, this recipe comes from a web site: Cafe Delites.  Tons of great salad recipes, and probably more.  My sister made "fiesta salad" while I was visiting, which is amazing.  I especially liked the homemade dressing, so have been keeping that on hand for other salads.  

So!  I have been doing this and that ~ a bit of study, laundry, house cleaning, dog walking, racquetball (lately my game has been ON!).....it has been very nice to take a break from the usual hectic workday.    I think I've never realized how much pressure I put on myself at work, because frankly, it doesn't seem like anyone else really cares that much.  That is stopping now.  I will do what I can do, but I'm not going to take everything upon my shoulders in the future.  Wake up call.....And I am feeling much more "normal".  

Today the Sleep Number people are coming to replace the Sleep IQ thingy.  If it works well in the upcoming months, I will keep it.  If not, out it goes, and give me back my $$.  I will not keep crawling underneath the bed to reboot it.  

And now, for my parting thoughts, a little bit of fun from Peggy:


Love, 365

April 20, 2017

Unexpectedly taking a day off.....

This blooming tree outside of Target was too pretty to resist...

Mondays are always a drag, right?  I did not want to get up, get dressed and go on Monday.  I briefly contemplated calling in with the "Monday virus", but did not.  I sometimes get this urge, but 99.5% of the time I go anyway, probably like many of you.  Tuesday was the same, and I considered calling in again, with more intent.  But again, I got up and went to work.  It's not so much the workplace, it's just I have been so tired lately.  And, it was good that I did, as one of my younger co-workers said she would be late, came in for 30 minutes, then went home for the rest of the day not feeling well. 

I suppose I should back up a bit.  Last week, I was distracted and just not myself.  I had actually looked at a credit card sales slip and asked *Jenny "who's signature is that", and immediately realized that its a sales slip.  Not sure I've ever felt so ...... discombobulated.  And I had been transposing numbers so often that the OM said "maybe you shouldn't be the one to add the deposit slip today", and even though she was only half kidding, I agreed.  This week has been no better.  So, on Tuesday I put in for the day off today, Thursday.  I told her that I know it's short notice, but I feel in need of a "minute", and she approved the day off.  Thank god.  

I think it's just the accumulation of so much happening here, what with the work up to helping #2 son to move to Austin.  I guess it stressed me out more than I thought.  And I suppose I should admit that I'm not 25 anymore, even though I hate the idea that age will slow me down ~ ha ha, that's just insane, right?  Of course it will, but I'm ususally fighting the idea.  Almost as though fighting it will prevent it from happening.  Again, insane.  

However, I am off today, and as it's our long weekend, I don't have to go back to work until Tuesday. Hopefully by then I will be back to my "normal" self.  

In the meantime, it's great to be off today.....Sioux (the dog) and I will be going for a walk soon, while the air is still cool.

Love, 365

April 16, 2017

Wishing all of you well on this Easter Sunday.....

Why eggs?

Happy Easter to all of you!  

As with many Christian holidays, the tradition of eggs comes from ancient times.  Spring comes after a long cold winter, with less and less food to eat.  The birds and chickens begin to lay their eggs again, and in some cultures, decorated eggs were given to the special people in their lives in celebration of the "new life" of spring.  In Africa, the practice of decorating ostrich eggs goes back 60,000 years.  And so, as with so many other ancient heathen practises, Christianity applied the celebration to the church.  

Easter candy is my favorite.  My Mom made the two of us girls Easter baskets up until we had our own kids, then made them for her grandchildren.  We were allowed to have a few jelly beans or a chocolate egg before church, where we sat squirming around until we were, at last, back home to hunt the eggs.  There is a funny photo taken of me looking everywhere for the last egg, which was in the crook of a tree right by my head....all I had to do was look up.

Son #2 has made it to Round Rock.  Friday night no one slept very much, as he had planned to leave at 1:30am to start the drive.  After he left, we could barely make it back to dreamland.  Saturday was spent with our phones in our hands to catch the text messages letting us know he was ok.  Much of the trip is in the proverbial "dead zone", because there's a whole lot of nothing between Albuquerque and central Texas.  The drive on I10 is undoubtedly one of the most boring.  We've done it many times, as we used to visit Romeo's Mom in El Paso when we lived in San Antonio.  Of course, the drive from Albuquerque to El Paso is almost as boring.  But, we have all sighed a breath of relief that he has made it safely.  His last text to me last night was that he could barely keep his eyes open.  I'm sure it was as boring as it was exhausting.  

I am supposed to be studying (as always) and need to get back to it.  I will have another late night tonight....I need to decide if I want to stay up until midnight to register for summer classes, or go to bed at the usual time and get up for it.  I'm a little worried that if I go to bed I won't get up in time.  I guess I'll figure it out this evening.  There is one class that I really want that is likely to be very popular.  I learned the hard way that popular classes fill up quickly.  


Love, 365

April 14, 2017

Why it's such a drag to read scientific papers. And the universe.....

Gee, thanks Google search...

I recently saw a post on FB that poses the question of why scientific papers are so blasted hard to read.  Since I happen to be reading one, and felt the need to take a break, I thought I would add my 2 cents....while complaining about it.
~using words like "ecological radiations", frugivory, folivory (which the computer keeps attempting to correct to flavory, ha ha), epiphenomenal, etc.
~using graphs that require 30 minutes (sometimes) of review before you finally get the gist of what the information is attempting to convey.

Truthfully, I spend so much time looking up words so that I can understand the content that it takes twice as long to read and absorb.  It's really too bad I didn't use one of my small notebooks solely to words I had to look up.  I would likely have filled up an 80 page notebook by this time.  I probably didn't do this because I would have to do it with the words as I come upon them, because doing it alphabetically would be logistically difficult.  How much space for words that start with A, or W??

I get that they feel they have to create a paper with so many complicated words so that they won't be laughed at.  I have come across papers that are soooo full of them that the content is over shadowed by all of the obscure words they use.  Perhaps there is some sort of unacknowledged contest we don't know about.  For me, I would appreciate a paper that is written in such a way that anyone could pick it up, read it, and then be able to inteliigently discuss it.  Ugh.

Son #2 leaves for Round Rock, Texas tomorrow morning ~ probably 2am, as he wants to get to his destination before the sun goes down.  The u haul is packed, and his truck is on the trailer.  Smart enough to wait until just before he leaves to put his guns inside, lol.  

I know we aren't the only parents of adult children who have come back home and stayed for economic (and other) reasons.  Most of the time it seems that those parents are pitied by friends.  But I've loved it.  He's a great kid.  I'm really going to miss him, although I think he's anxious to move on (which is how it should be).  I wouldn't take back the past few years for hitting the lottery....we have all grown close, and have been able to learn a lot more about each other as adults.  So, we are becoming empty nesters again, and the second time around doesn't make the loss feel any less.  =sigh=
If you've read any of my recent posts, you know we purchased a new sleep number bed not long ago. I had a devil of a time getting the "sleep iq" going again after an app update.  It happened again mid week, so I went through the process again (which is really irritating), and now, it's offline again.  I'm thinking I will pull out the processor and take it back for a refund.  It's certainly not worth it to have to constantly reboot the damn thing.  I'd rather have the $$ than the aggravation.  I don't know if it's because our internet has been off and on lately, or if it's the processor.  No matter, it's still pissing me off.  

And, on that cheery note, I guess I better get back to reading!
Love, 365

April 8, 2017

Spring pushed back winter again.....

The wysteria is coming along....

Just hang in with me while I enjoy a bit of blather.....

A few weeks ago we had temp's near 80, then last week we had snow (in the mountains, not much here in town) and windy, cold conditions again.  Spring is pretty flaky.  You turn off the heater, then kick yourself for having done that.  We didn't do that, but one of the patient's at the office was complaining about it, only to mention all she has to do it switch the thermostat back to heat.  So, why was she complaining?????  Not that complaining about the weather is a rare topic - it seems to be universal.  And safe.

Has anyone else had trouble with blogger?  Yesterday I couldn't get on at all.  And I had better things to say yesterday than today.  :-)

I was hoping for a grade on my mid-term, but it's only been 5 days.  And there are a lot of students in the class, so probably won't hear anything until Tues/Wed.  I do hate waiting.

We have had our new bed for two weeks now, and I had added the Sleep IQ technology.  It worked great for one week.  Then they had an app update and it wouldn't work anymore.  I did all the app suggestions to get it back online with no luck, so I started a "chat" to figure out what the problem was.  The rep said I needed to uplug and replug the processor, which is in the pump housing.  Do you know where that is?  Yep.  Right in the upper third of the bed length (underneath of course) and in the middle of a king size bed.  I had to move it away from the wall, do all the previously mentioned shit while contorted into a pretzel shape, then restart it.  Does this sound familiar?  Same thing with the internet, or the computer.  It wouldn't be so bad except for the pump location.  They need a redesign.  Seriously, why couldn't the pump be in a more accessible location?  Ugh.  If I were handicapped or older, I'd never get to that stupid thing.  I hope this doesn't happen often.

Youngest son is moving back to Austin next week...in fact he will be on the road by this time next Saturday.  We were worried about Sioux (his dog), because he will be in an apartment, but he decided to leave her with us until he moves into a house with a yard.  My "office" is filling up with boxes and stuff.  It will be a bittersweet moment ~ although we've been through this before.  It has been nice having him here.  Romeo and I will be the only family living in New Mexico.  It looks like we'll have to travel more often.  Driving is a drag because it's a 10 hour affair.  Luckily, Allegiant Air is not as expensive as Southwest or any other airlines.   Still, I hate flying, but that 10 hour drive is a killer.

Well, guess I better get busy with my list of stuff I need to do.  We'll see how much of it I get done.
Love, 365

April 2, 2017

The life of Riley

I think Riley is on the right.....

I was thinking about this phrase, and wondered where it came from.  Apparently Irving Brecher wrote a radio script with Groucho Marx in mind, and named it thus.  Some give credit to a poet named James Whitcome Riley, for a poem about the comforts of prosperity.  Another ponders if it refers to the O'Reilly's in Ireland who printed their own coins which were accepted in England as well. O'Reilly is the most common name in County Cavan in Ireland, where in the 11th century, an O'Reilly was the king (see below from Wiki):

In medieval times, the area of Cavan was part of the petty kingdom of East Bréifne or Brefney O'Reilly after its ruling Gaelic family. This in turn was a division of the 11th century Kingdom of Bréifne. For this reason the county is colloquially known as the Breffni County.[9] 

No one really knows where the phrase originates, although it didn't become popular until the early 1900's.  So, there is somewhat of a mystery that surrounds The Life of Riley (apparently the last name was shortened at some point in time)....all I know is that the dictionary refers to it as "an easy life", which could mean few money worries, or just few worries, period.  

Well!  Now that I've got that off my mind....ha ha.  Son #2 is moving to back to Austin in a couple of weeks.  He is taking the old sofa ~ which has been in our bedroom (which is fairly large, although I should explain the only furniture we have is the bed and two night stands - we don't own a dresser), and has become the repository for clean sheets and towels that need to be put away, or clothes that need ironing.  I don't know what I will replace it with, but I did run into a consignment shop I didn't know about last week.  I will have to go have a look at what they have.  

I found the consignment shop when I took a pair of shoes to be repaired.  The insole was in bad shape, so I finally tore it out and bought insoles at Walgreens, but I hated them.  For one thing they were silicon, so my feet were literally swimming (I have very sweaty feet), and they weren't quite long enough.  I had spent a lot of money on those shoes, and they were still in great shape.  For $25 bucks, they will redo the insole, put on a new heel, and clean them up a bit.  If they look good, I have another pair that I love that are starting to look a bit shabby, and see what they can do with them.  Truthfully, I think the days of shoe repair are numbered.  They posted signs that required payment up front (probably because people took too long to come in and pick up and pay), and signs proclaiming they have had to increase their prices.  Do you have shoe/boot repair businesses where you live?  

Well, this has been a nice break from studying for an exam I'm taking online today.  It's looking like a beautiful day out there....a nice change from the cloudy rainy day we had yesterday.  

Love, 365

March 30, 2017


I know that I was so excited about the 8 week history class, and how I had a goal to take 2 classes each semester so that I could finally graduate.  Welllll......I discovered that that big idea was a bust.  As soon as the history class started, I knew I was in trouble.  It seems that taking a class that is 8 weeks long instead of 16 weeks means that the prof. crams 16 weeks worth of history into an 8 week class ~ I actually figured it would be challenging (=snort=), but in our very first class (Monday), some students were required to write a 500-600 page essay on the readings that was due on the very next class, which is Wednesday.  I was glad not to be in that group, especially since some of those kids didn't even have the book from which the first reading comes from.  No, mine was due the following Monday.  So, on my day off, I spent the entire day reading and writing.  And, our first test was yesterday.  

I'm driving home on Monday, and asking myself "what are the pros and cons of taking this class?"  and I could only come up with one pro and a whole list of cons.  So, as soon as I got home I dropped it.  So I didn't have to take the test, which was a huge relief, because my online class has a test this weekend.  And I didn't really want to wait until today to start studying for it.  

So, I guess I bit off more than I could chew.  If I didn't have to work full time, I could have done it.  In the meantime, I have decided that, since this degree probably won't make much if any of a difference in my professional life, if it takes me an extra semester or two, it's worth it to keep my sanity.  

God, I wish I had done this when I was younger. 

Love, 365

March 26, 2017


Wysteria blossoming...& taking over our backyard

We left the backdoor open yesterday despite the cool temperatures....the fragrance of the blossoms was too wonderful to resist.  Wysteria don't make a particularly good cut flower...they're pretty for about 24 hours, then drop the flowers and wilt.  Romeo usually trims it in late winter, but never got around to it....the blooms aren't as large as they would be if he had, but wow, there are so many, there's no point in complaining!

Week 1 of history class done, only 7 weeks to go.  I believe I will be counting them down, hoping to keep my head above the flood.  Two things: one student asked the prof. to repeat something, who responded with "I don't repeat myself", which on one hand is somewhat understandable, but not very conducive for learning....poor guy was searching his notes to answer a question & didn't hear the prof.  Two: he told us that he would post readings (on Learn, the online platform) that aren't in our book (more about the book later), but when I looked on Friday & again yesterday, the reading wasn't there.  AND I'm to write an essay on that particular reading.  So, I tried to find it on the web ~ mind you with only the last name of the author and nothing else (yeah, no first name, no book title...).  Finally believed I found the book at the UNM library, so had to drive down there to check it out (& pay $2 parking to boot), then come home.  I was lucky to have figured out the book, what with no first name or title, but the page numbers matched for chapter 16, so lucky-lucky-lucky ~ especially since I am not one of those normally lucky people.  You can bet that I'm giving the prof. a bit of chaff about it.  
****Update to that: I just checked and saw that the readings have been downloaded.  Little relief to those of us that need to write the essay with less than 48 hours to read the material and write the essay.  I also noticed he did not reply to my e-mail, which does not surprise me given his ego.  Sheesh.  It's also possible other students sent e-mails regarding the readings.  But given the fact that I was nearly the only person on the first day of class to have the required book, I would be somewhat surprised.  Again, sheesh.

The bed was delivered yesterday, and not without a tad bit of drama.....the sales person ensured me that they would pack up our old bed as #2 son is taking it with him when he moves to Austin in 3 weeks.  The delivery guys were really grumpy about it too....apparently there are things they aren't allowed to do, like take apart the existing bed frame, or help putting together the new bed frame.  They weren't happy about the delay either.  It's possible they are "timed"....I wish the sales person had told me to be sure to take apart the bed & frame and have the new one ready.  It's also possible that I misunderstood.  But the bed is amazing!  I slept very well, and so did Romeo.  One thing I didn't realize, is how much larger king size bed pillows are.  When Romeo put one of the king size pillow cases on our standard pillows, he was surprised....I suppose at some later date I'll buy some.  It's certainly not a priority, since really, theres only so much pillow you can use, ha ha.

Well, gotta run.  
Love, 365

March 20, 2017

Here we go.....

Texas sunrise

Don't ask me why I'm wasting my time blogging, when I need to finish an assignment, and put my pack together for the new class that starts today.  I guess I just need a "warm up"!  

Last week was spring break at UNM...I had all these plans of organizing and catching up with note taking, and I didn't do any of that.  I justified it by telling myself that I really did need a break before the craziness of the new class starts.  I might kick myself later, or be glad I took that little break.  Seriously, today is the first time I've turned my computer on for a week.  

And the computer was a bit snarky this morning too.....I think I forgot to turn it off, and put it on sleep because the intention was that I would be getting back to it soon.  So, the battery was down to nothing and it always takes awhile to come on when I do that....it's never intentional, but it happens once or twice a year.

Feeling a little foggy....

Although I have been trying to be mindful about maintaining a certain level of activity, I do have an annoying issue lately....my right ear is plugged up, and has been for about 4 days now.  I have been noticing that I have been developing a bit of tinnitus, it is louder in the plugged up ear.  Which is probably allergy related, but geez, I wish it would open up already...it's driving me nuts, and I can't hear as well.  Suppose I will sit toward the front of the class today so that I can hear what the prof. is saying.

I did find two classes I can take this summer, which is the semester I was most worried about.  There just aren't as many classes available, and I do want to continue with my goal of two classes per semester.  One class is every Friday, so, without saying anything to anyone at work, I quietly put in for two Friday's off (I'm already off every other Friday).  The only class I can't make it to is the last one.  I figure I will let the professor know after 2 weeks, and make sure I can submit any assignments due that day early.  Of course, this is assuming that I will get into the class.  I've noticed that 3 credit classes that are "short" (like the history class that starts today, which is 8 weeks instead of 16) are really popular.  So, there's always the possibility I won't get in.  All I can do is try, and then make plans if I don't.

Otherwise, things keep rolling along.  Romeo is really happy to have his spring break this week.  I know he has a list of things to do (and none of it is from me), but I figure he will do about half of it.  He's always underestimating how long it will take to get things done....don't we all??

If you're on spring break, enjoy!
Love, 365

March 12, 2017

Hey! Where'd my hour go?

One of my sister's chickens...note the beautiful feathers around her neck...

Of course, I know where my hour went.....it's in a time bank that I can't access until November.  So, for 8 months (give or take) that hour is just hanging out.  Probably taking a nap, ha ha.  I really hate losing that hour, but love the extra hour of daylight after I get home from work.  I can garden, or walk the dog (because I hate walking in the dark).  When my classes start in just over a week, I will leave that class and still have lots of daylight left ~ not to mention feeling safer walking back to my truck.  

I am not a morning person.  So losing that hour makes for a tough one to two week adjustment of a fairly regimented schedule.  I know how much sleep I need to feel good....but even though I will go to bed at my usual time, I will not be able to fall asleep easily.  And when that alarm goes off, I will hit the snooze button often enough to create the rush to get to work on time.  You know, the one where you get to work and discover you forgot your lunch....or like the time I got to work and discovered I completely forgot to put on my makeup.  Horrifying, lol. 

Here in the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico) there was a bill proposed that would eliminate the time change completely, so we would be on DST all the time.  But that bill was shot down, so for now, we will have to continue to lose and then regain an hour.  Does it really save energy?  I believe that studies have showed that the answer is "no".  I'm not sure why we, as a country, continue to engage in DST....but my guess is that it has to do with money.

Love, 365

March 11, 2017

Have you bought a bed lately? And dealing with salesmen....

Approximately 17 years ago, I bought Romeo and I a sleep number bed.  And yes, it was expensive back then as well.  But I wanted something that didn't have springs, and the sleep number bed was the only game in town ~ that I knew of, anyway.  It has air chambers that allow you to soften or firm up your side of the bed.  That was also one of the main reasons I purchased it.  Romeo likes a firmer feel, where I prefer something a little softer.  Ours was pretty basic.  No "remote control" for adjustments, we had "add/remove" buttons (one on each side) that are attached to the motor (which is quite loud - unless you're an idiot, you don't decide to firm up your side at 3am - if you want to live to see the sunrise).  It is time for something new.  My side of the bed must have a small leak, as I have to firm it up every 2 to 3 weeks or so.  I don't like the Tempur-pedic mattresses - a friend bought one a year ago, and I just didn't like it.  Everything else is either memory foam or spring based.

Sleep Number has a confusing web site, so I decided to walk into the store yesterday to see and try the beds myself.  I did find the bed I want:
It is not cheap.  Drat.

Then I tried this one:
Intersting option.  Considered only because Romeo snores.

The second option is basically twice the price of the plain model, due mainly to the base.  I asked about bedding, and apparently you could put two twin fitted sheets (with some modification, I'm assuming) instead of purchasing the specific sheets that fit it ~ also quite expensive.  

So, I spoke to Romeo, and he doesn't believe that raising the headrest would make any real difference in his snoring.  I read a few reviews that state that the adjustment is only for mild snoring, and then tried to convince the reader that if the snoring is worse than mild (what ever the hell that means) then the person should be evaluated for sleep apnea.  Thanks for that.  

The sales person I was working with was a really nice guy.  But while cruising through the web site, I noticed that the offer of free delivery is good until 3/19, where he told me the free delivery expires on Sunday.  You see?  That's the kind of BS that really pisses me off.  

Romeo mentioned that the flex bed would be great if he was disabled, but not really necessary at this stage of the game.  I'm the one who's thinking that with a 25 year warranty, perhaps we wouldn't have to buy another bed again......and then a few minutes later realized how stupid that thought is.   No matter how great a bed is, you're not going to want to have it for that long.   When you look closely at the warranty, it's really not all that spectacular, although I have no idea what the warranty is on other mattress brands.

It's the second line that hits ya in the wallet, and obviously between years 21-25 they don't expect you will still own the bed. 

So, I guess I've decided, although spending that much money on a freaking bed is irritating.  Especially when I'd much rather spend it on furniture.

Happy sleeping!
Love, 365

March 2, 2017

Ugh....it's been a tough week.

Petrified clam...

I have been cognizant of the fact that my current class requires tons (100 pages the week before last), and then writing a decent assignment nearly every week.  You probably have already read how excited I get when I have to write.  Yep.  Last week I was on vacation, and was able to postpone the assignment until today (4 days late, technically).  I finished it a few minutes ago.  Not too bad, considering I haven't finished my notes on the second video lecture.  Luckily I have spring break coming up beginning on March 12. Instead of catching up on tv, or embarking on a small project, I will be catching up on my notes and organizing my notebooks, because on the 20th, my history class starts.  I am already concerned about how to manage both classes, knowing how much reading I have to do for one, and I just realized I haven't purchased the book for history.  Crap.

I enjoyed my time with the family though.  And although Romeo and I have been talking about moving back to Texas after retirement, I have serious reservations now that I have experienced the traffic both in Austin (notoriously known for how horrid it is) and San Antonio.  After I texted him that I arrived, but I don't know if I could deal with the traffic if we decide to move back, he replied that perhaps we would have to be way, way out of town.  But the sad part is, that even if we do, there will be occassions where we would have to drive in either of these places.  I'm so spoiled with Albuquerque traffic......even though I've bitched about it in the past (& probably will do again, lol), we just don't have anywhere near the population in either of those places.  And that's the thing ~ it's the sheer number of cars on the road.  
~I would miss having the mountains just behind our house.  And the four seasons.  I don't know if I can give it all up, even though I know that it would be great to be near family.  And son #2 is planning on moving to Austin in April.  So it would just be Romeo and I here in New Mexico.  I guess I will not fret about it and just see how things go.  It will be at least 4 more years before we would be ready for retirement, so it's not like we have to decide right now....but the older one gets, the less exciting it would be to move that distance.  Ugh.  

Love, 365

February 27, 2017

Home again, home again......

Me and my Grandson at In & Out Burger....

The first couple of days I spent hanging out with my eldest son and grandson.  He is autistic, or "on the spectrum".  He has grown so much, he is taller, but small for his age.  More importantly, he speaks much more, and doesn't have as many "melt downs", which is what my son calls them.  These occur when the environment frustrates him, or, like any child, when he doesn't get his way.   He takes care of himself more, like brushing his teeth.  He also seems to have grown out of staying up much of the night.  Other things haven't changed...he is so attached to the i-pad that he never goes anywhere without it, or a smart phone.  In many ways, it's like a security blanket.  I wish I lived close enough to have more time with him.  My son was a bit surprised that he felt so comfortable around me, but I think it's because I didn't focus on getting his attention all the time.  I'm the grandma, not a therapist.  It was great that he sat with me on the sofa and leaned into me while playing his game.  He does not seem to have the touch phobia many autistic children have, but he does want it on his terms.  It was a great visit except for the few hours we spent at Chuckie Cheese, where the decible levels of games and kids screaming (both in joy and in anger) nearly drove me insane.  I guess it is a treat that they do once a month.  I would do anything not to experience that again.  

My son's cat...cute and very vocal.  At 14 she still plays like a kitten.

I stayed at my sister's place...a small ranch.
Early one morning I woke to see this fog, and ran out to take a bunch of photos.
I wish the spide webs were more visible, which is what I was going for.
I particularly like this one.

I enjoyed the visit, and even more so now that I have more vacation time!  I was able to stay for a whole week, whereas in the past I only stayed for 4 to 5 days, which always included a weekend.  

My sis and I spent a whole day at the San Marcos outlet, mostly looking, but buying as well.  We found a birthday gift for Mom, a bonus!  She is so hard to buy for.

Me & sis with their dog, Buster.  

Well, I need to get busy catching up with class work.  I did pretty well on the first test, an 85.  Of course I would have loved an A, but ah, well.  

Have a great week, everyone!
Love, 365

February 17, 2017

Too much to do, not enough time to do it all.....


It's week 5 in my Human Behavioral Ecology class, and although I only bought one book (less than $10 on Amazon) we have a great deal of pages to read each week that is posted on "Learn" ~ the format they use for online classes.  This has meant printing between 50 and 100 pages every week, that sadly, I have to read & comprehend.  

In the meantime, I decided in late December to take a trip home to visit family (Mum, Sis, older Son, Grandson) for a week, Sunday to Sunday.  I leave for the trip this Sunday.  About 2 weeks ago I realized that our first exam is this weekend.  Typically you have until Monday at midnight to complete your assignments, and the exam is no different.  But, not wanting to lug my computer and class notes with me, and realizing I probably wouldn't have free time to study/take exam after I'm already there, I decided that I really need to take the exam on Saturday ~ tomorrow.  I completed my assignment for the week on the 13th, printed up the 100 pages to read for this week.  (Truthfully a bit unsettled that he gave us 100 pages to read the week before an exam!)  So, every day this week I have schlepped to work, reading at my lunch hour, watching the video lecture then work on studying for the exam.  For the past 5 days, I have literally had only about 2 hours of "nothing to do" which includes getting ready for work in the morning and eating dinner & spending a few minutes with Romeo before retiring to the office to work and study.  

We finish the work day early on Friday, so I decided to treat myself to a pedicure and ended up with a manicure too, which was a nice break, right?  I was reading while she was doing the pedicure, but started feeling anxious during the manicure, when all I could do was sit there thinking that I should be reading or studying.

I have done nothing but put a few clothes on the sofa in our bedroom for the trip.  Usually I get the suitcase out a week before and gradually add stuff to it ~ you know, so that I won't forget anything.  
Hmmmmm.  I foresee forgetting something in my near future.  Lol.

Of course I am nervous about the exam, as it is the first one of the semester, with a new professor and no idea of what to expect.  Although I anticipate "short answers" for part of it ~ writing.  I hope I at least do decently on it.

Co-workers notice this increased activity of course, and say things like "I really admire you for doing this!", when what I believe they are thinking is "You're crazy!".  They could be right.  

Love, 365

February 12, 2017

Blow it out.....

Today's forecast.....wind gusts up to 50 mph

There is no sleeping in when it's windy in Albuquerque.  As I sit here in my office the entire house shuddered from the force of it.  Everything creaks, rattles, and groans.  Ugh.  I really hate when it's windy.


Is it just me or does this sound like a really bad idea?

Just goes to show that Trump isn't the only one...
We've had news stories about nabbing the #1 spot for car theft.  Many of these are because Albuquerqueians tend to "warm up" their car in the driveway without locking it.  
Studpidity abounds.

Ha ha ha ha ha.....

Love, 365

February 11, 2017

It's either time for a break, or time to knuckle under.

As in....nope I don't have a clue.

My class this semester, which is online (super convenient) is not an easy one, although it is very interesting...basically studying the adaptations that we humans have experienced since the Pleistocene (12 thousand years ago, give or take a few thousand).  In case you're interested, lactose tolerance is one.  But since this isn't a paper I'm writing for class or a test, I'll let you do your own research if you want to know, ha ha.

Once again, I am wondering if, after over 6 years of part time college, if I need a break from classes, writing papers, taking tests.  Perhaps it would renew my enthusiasm.  My biggest worry is that I will never go back and finish.  And I desperately want to finish what I've started.  So, I suppose that the answer is already there, and I should continue on and finish.  Even if I break for the summer, it will probably mean I won't graduate until December 2018.  Ugh.  I suppose what I need is a peer that works and goes to school like I do.  I do know someone who is close to my age, but he doesn't work, so it's a bit difficult to relate.  

I'm also a little irritated that I haven't heard yet from the professor if I can delay a paper that is due the Monday after I return from a week visiting my family in Texas.  I could take my computer with me and try to find some time to study, but the truth is, I'd rather not.  I've done that before, and it wasn't very productive.  Normally I would work ahead, but we have our first test on the Satuday before I leave, so I don't see that as a viable option.  Hmph.

Otherwise, we have been having wonderful weather, warmer than average, and for the most part, sunny.  But apparently the bottom will drop out tomorrow or Monday with a chance of snow and rain, with normal temps in the 30's and 40's.  I guess we'll have to wait for spring a bit longer.  Just as the stupid little rodent groundhog predicted.  

Love, 365

February 5, 2017

Let's talk about flossing......

At my current workplace ~ a dental office in case you haven't read much of my blog ~ we have morning meetings.  Basically they are designed to review the schedule, decide if there are any issues we need to be aware of (like if the patient is chronically late, or is terrified of the dentist, or requires premedications because they have a joint replacement).  In late August, it was a little different due to this story:

Those of us who hadn't read the story literally gasped!....gasped!  The hygienists were outraged.  The doctors were incredulous.  How could anyone have the audacity to write this!  Sacriledge!  The world is coming to an end!

Ok, I sort of overemphasized their reactions.....except the hygienists.  They truly were outraged.  The horror.

So, about a month ago, one of our hygienists devised a plan to show all of us just how important flossing is, by using disclosing drops and then giving us a varied number of options to remove the plaque between our teeth.  Have you ever used disclosing solution?  Here's what it looks like:

I used to use the tablets on my kids when they were little, just to point out the places they missed during their nightly before bed brush-a-thon.  I don't think the tablets are as widely available these days, although I think you can still order it on Amazon, or directly from Gum products online.  

It was a nightmare, because I was wearing a white shirt that I've only had a month and I was terrified that I would get some of that crap on it.  Luckily, it didn't happen.  But it does point out just how difficult it is to remove plaque between your teeth.  I ended up with a woven floss that worked very well.  But there are tons of products out there to try.   

Anyway, the point of all of this is that ~ yeah, you really should still floss.  If not every day, then at least 4 times a week.  Some patients refuse to do it.  I think they drive the hygienists crazy.  If you have a chance to test yourself, do it...it's an eye opener.

Love, 365

February 3, 2017

Where's the common sense?

When I was growing up, one of the things my Mom used to say (& sometimes yell, ha ha) "Don't you have any common sense?"  Preceeding that statement was her discovery that I had done something bone-headed, like lie that I hadn't snuck out the night before only to discover I had forgotten to get up early to put the screen back on the window.  That was my signature way to get out after bedtime....I knew lots of teens that did the same.

Unfortunately, sometime in the last 30 years, common sense doesn't seem to be something that parents strive for or pass on to their kids.  In fact, most people seem to have taken all of their common sense and packed it away, put it in the attic, and forgot that it was there.

Just look at the cartoon above.  You would think that most people understand that not everything on the internet is true.  Yet, in the workplace everyday, co-workers have conversations about all kinds of things they read or saw on their computers.  Diets are one example.  At my office the current claim is that apple cider vinegar and garcenia, taken every day, will "melt off the pounds" without making any other changes in exercise or calorie counts ~ it supposedly increases your metabolism.  Well, if weight loss were that easy, wouldn't everyone do it?  Yep.

Mostly I notice people don't have any common sense when dealing with John Q Public.  They rudely push past you to get ahead of you in line.  They cut you off when your driving to work.  They make rude remarks if they believe they've been slighted in some way, even though all you were trying to do was pick out the right ingredient for dinner, they think you're deliberately stopped in the way to prevent them from getting what they need.  
They talk on the phone in public about their colonoscopies, without regard to everyone around them.  Of course now that we have cell phones, no one uses them at home, they talk while at the dentist, the bank, the movies.  You simply can't get away from a wife loudly describing to her husband the fight their child got into over something stupid at school.  
Everyone is in such a hurry.  I see that everyday going to work and going home....a few days ago I witnessed the aftermath of a rear end collision that was most likely the result of tail gating ~ something I experience every day.  Somehow people think that getting really close to your back bumper will make you speed up.  Of course, this presumes the other person will look in thier rear view mirror.  
I don't even want to discuss politics or polititians.  I'm not sure they've ever had any common sense.  Otherwise, why would you even want to be one?  It seems that any "honest" polititian remains so for so short a time as to not even be measurable.  
Cynical much?  Yeah.  I don't like it when my cynical side comes out, but every now and then, you just have to tell it like it is.  A purge, so to speak.  Then move on.......

Love, 365

January 30, 2017

Catching up......

Roadrunner in the parking lot.....respite from the day? ha ha ha

Well, being sick has put me behind on classwork, so I no longer have time to ~ excuse the crudeness ~ fart around.  I really need to get on this.  I have a test in 3 weeks, and another writing assignment due in a week as well.  

I have decided I'm too busy to be sick.  I'm making sure to take DayQuil twice a day instead of once a day...probably responsible for my symptoms returning in the afternoon.  I just have to take it until I finally fight off this horrible cold......the worst one I've had in a long time ~ or possibly the worst one I've ever had.  

I turned in my first writing assignment.  I hope it doesn't take too long for the result, so that I can make the appropriate changes for the next one.  It wasn't too bad, but it still wasn't easy.  I'm not sure that I will ever find it easy!

I know it's only Monday, but so far this week's weather is a huge improvement over last week when the temp's didn't approach much above 35.  Supposedly we will have temp's in the 50's all week.  I don't much enjoy being cold.  Some people really like the winter, and I see them out in shorts with a jacket all the time here in Albuquerque.  

Enjoy your week, and avoid people with red noses, lol.
Love, 365

January 28, 2017

The "gift" that keeps on giving......

Gambel's Quail

A few weeks ago, I boasted that I "dodged a bullet" ~ at least as far as catching the cold that everyone seems to have.  I lied.  I've had this damned cold for 2 weeks now.  Coughing, feeling miserable, sore throat, etc.  Just about the time I think I've licked it, it comes back for a day or two, then I feel OK again.  Yesterday I felt fine - still blowing my nose, but otherwise OK.  Today it feels like it never left.  Coughing again, headachy, stuffed up.  When I woke up this morning, my throat felt so sore.  It feels better now, but really?  I'm sick and tired of this bullshit.  I just want to feel well again.  I've heard from others that it will linger on for 3 weeks, so according to gossip, I have one more week to go.  Crap.

Thursday was Judy's last day at work, and considering she quit, I was surprised at her warm send-off. I didn't think they would do anything for her, but we were treated to lunch (at the office), and there were a few stories about her time with us.  I thought I had prepared myself, but found myself becoming teary-eyed after she left.  Of everyone in the office, I feel closer to her than anyone.  We often went to lunch, and did our power walks during lunch (until the weather turned cold anyway).  We promised to stay in touch, and get together.....but truthfully, I would be surprised if it turned into more than once or twice a year.  She has young kids, and lives on the other side of the mountain from me. Our lives would never had intersected if it hadn't been for working in the same place.  Despite all of this, I wish her success.  Sandia Laboratories is an awsome place to work.  She tried to encourage me to apply as well, but I am happy enough where I am, and I know I wouldn't have as much spare time for school....even though she noted they pay for college, I looked through the information and pointed out that anthropology classes wouldn't be considered as integral to a job as an office assistant.  Her classes are in business, which she is well suited for.

So, other than the stupid cold, and Judy's departure, there's not much going on.  It's been very cold here....it was 17 degrees yesterday morning.  I just don't like being cold....or having one, ha ha.

Love, 365

January 24, 2017

Why I don't share much....

I guess I was 1 or 1 1/2....wish my hair was still that curly...

I really don't remember if I was a talker at age 4 or 8 or 12....but I do know that my teenage years I ramped up my communications to include nearly everything.  I loved to talk, unless it was to my parents....we had a very strained relationship that isn't part of this post.  But I could spend hours on the phone, or spending time with a friend.  I wasn't comfortable in a large group though.  Anything that interested me came out of my mouth.  I confided in friends constantly.  Even into my 20's and 30's I would tell my friends almost anything.  

Then, it happens.  You tell someone something and they share it with someone else ~ or worse yet, share it with their own little spin, making what you said sound stupid, or insensitive or inacurate.  Stories fly, and the next thing you know you're humiliated in front of a group of your peers ~ or your boss.  It's nothing truly horrible, but it's knowledge you didn't intend for EVERYONE to know.  For me, this sort of sharing intensified my shyness.  It painted a spotlight on me that I didn't want.  And you learn not to share.  Not to be open.  Not to express your opinions....because I didn't want to be made fun of, or belittled.  So, now I rarely ever come right out and express myself, even when (in hindsight) it would have benefited me to do so.  

I have a co-worker ~ a guy who is a hygienist, and holds on to his UK citizenship, but lives here and has since he was in his late teens ~ who is very opininated.  Especially about our political system.  Today he kept trying to pry out of me my opinion about Trump.  Finally, I said that I wasn't comfortable commenting, and he said "yeah, that's what people are doing, not talking about it".  I was relieved, because I truly don't enjoy politics at all.  I barely understand it, and have no desire to understand it.  And truthfully, I felt a bit insulted that someone who doesn't even want to become a citizen of this country is so free in his condemnation of our politics.  Not that his opinions aren't shared by a great many, but it still bugs me.  Of course, he has every right to have his opinions and express them ~ he doesn't need to be an American to find fault.  Maybe it bugs because most of the time he isn't talking about how good we do some things, but how awful we do some thngs.  Perhaps one day I will ask him why he refuses to become naturalized since it's obvious he doesn't have any interest in returning to England.  Maybe I just need to lighten up, ha ha.

But my point in all of this rambling is how sad it is that the way we sometimes treat others may have consequences like the ones I experience.  I could change, sure.  But that fear still influences me to keep my mouth shut and opinions to myself.  Unless it's about shoes.

Guess I better work on that.

Love, 365

January 17, 2017

Sick day.....

Well, remember me saying I "dodged a bullet"?  Turns out that isn't quite true.  I woke up this morning feeling lousy.  I called in sick and took some ibuprofen.  Stuffy, dizzy, headachy.  I did feel better later on, but don't feel bad about missing work today.  The plus is that I'll only have to deal with work for 3 days then this week....guess I can handle that.  I think I'll have to keep ibuprofen on hand though, because I don't think it's over.

I accessed my class today, although it turns out I could have done it yesterday.  Already have 2 articles to read and two lectures to listen to....but I want to read the articles first.  The professor has a TA (teaching assistant) who will be grading our weekly postings.  I guess I'll just have to wait and see how that goes.  

I can't miss racquetball tomorrow, because they'll be doing the birthday party thing for me.  I missed it last year because of a migrane, so I simply can't miss it tomorrow.  Hopefully I will feel good enough for racquetball.  If not, I'll just go and hang out.  Don't wanna miss my cake....

Love, 365

January 16, 2017

Waiting for the repair guy.......oh, here he is!

A reasonable faxsimile of my treadmill.....

It cost about what I expected.....so I'm satisfied.  BUT ~ when he came in and started it
it started....wtf?
I did try it again, the day after I tried it the first time and it didn't go.  I tested the little magnet thingy that you're supposed to clip to your shirt, so that if you fall off....(go here for a laugh)...it stops the machine.  Well, I tried any number of things  ~ like hitting the stop button, etc. ~ but I couldn't get it to go.  Ah well, perhaps the universe is trying to tell me that, yes, it needs maintenance.  I've probably had it for 5 years, and it's supposed to have said maintenance once a year.  So....I slacked a bit.  Ha ha........

Tomorrow, class starts, and I suppose I'm ready although I don't have my notebook put together yet.  I suppose I'll do that today, and check that I have enough ink in my printer as I'll probably have to print a bunch of stuff.  There's always a feeling of hope when a new semester starts that your classes will be interesting and engaging instead of just a list of shit you have to read and be tested on.....

Well, hope you all have a lovely day!  I'm just gonna sit back and enjoy.
Love, 365

January 15, 2017

Gloomy Sunday morning.......

Yeah, it's a crappy photo, but normally there would be a view of the mountains.

So, this is the weekend for reviews of our out-going and in-coming presidents.  One FB post I read said we should all boycott the inauguration, I was a bit surprised that anyone ever watches it.  I have never watched it.  It's like any of the award shows....it has no basis in reality.  Although it might be fun if something silly happened, and I must admit we have a higher chance of that happening with PE Trump.  Maybe his hair will flop over and we'll see just how bald he must be.

Speaking of comb-overs, I was taking in a few of the old Star Trek reruns, and noted that Pavlov Checov (Walter Koenig) had one hell of a comb-over.  Funny that I never noticed it before considering that I used to be an avid fan of the show in the 60's.  

I'm expecting a repair guy to come and work on my treadmill tomorrow....I've been given an "estimate" ~ one hour of repair plus the trip charge (gulp) ~ depending on what they say, I may not have a treadmill anymore.  I don't think it'll be much, because (ha ha) I haven't used it much this past year and probably just needs a bit of maintenance work.  If it's totally gone, I will make arrangements to dismantle and remove, but I won't replace it.  It takes up too much room in my already cramped mom-cave/office/depository of crap.  

Miracle of miracles....I found the cookbook I purchased in New Orleans on Louisiana gumbo and soups.  I have been looking for it for about a year, and I made up my mind that this weekend I would either find it or buy another one.  And there it was in the armoire (which we use as another depository of crap) on the bottom shelf.  It puzzles me that I didn't see it the other 8 times I went looking for it.  It wasn't even hidden (there are 2 rows of books on the bottom shelf).  ??????

My semester break is almost over.....school starts on Tuesday.  I'm taking an online class, so I don't have to worry about driving anywhere.  Considering it's winter and the occasional crappy driving conditions, I'm really glad I can sit at home in whatever comfy/ugly/sweatpants or pj's conglomeration I want to wear.

Well, gotta get ready for racquetball.  Last night I wasn't feeling very well, headachy and a sore throat...I thought I might be coming down with the crap that has been going around (the gym sounds like a tubercular ward, and we've had a few people at work that were sick too).  I took some ibuprofen and went to bed and this morning I feel fine.  So it was either nothing, or I dodged a bullet.  

Love, 365

January 14, 2017

Unhealthy obsessions......

Over the holidays Roku offered 3 month trial periods for several different Roku apps ~ like Showtime, etc.   We've had HBO (while watching the current season of Game of Thrones), but it becomes quickly apparent that other than their original programing, the movies available are the same as everywhere....we already have Amazon prime, so after Game of Thrones was over, we cancelled the subscription until the new season comes around...
Anyway, I chose Showtime since I haven't had access to their programs for a long time.  And I came across this:

I watched a couple of episodes....repulsed and entranced, I kept watching.  Dexter is the weirdest antihero ever, as a serial killer of serial killers ~ he takes care of the bad guys.  The show is long over ~ I believe the last episode was Sept. 2013.  Apparently the show was nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe, Saturn, Screen Actors Guild awards.  Since I watch what I watch, I had no idea.  Never heard of it until 2 months ago.  It makes me anxious to watch, since it seems that Dexter is always on the verge of being discovered.  I admire the creativity of the show....although it's definately not a prime time material.  Too bloody and violent.  So, until I've run through the series, it's my guilty pleasure to watch and wince.  

Love, 365

January 8, 2017

Are you happy with our healthcare system?

How I feel when looking at insurance options.....

I for one will be keeping a close eye on healthcare options in the coming year.  I don't think that P.E. Trump will be able to make any appreciable changes right away.  But, out of curiosity, I checked to see what I could get.  Pictured below are my LEAST expensive options.  

Notice the deductible?
And the very top one is Medicaid.  Yep.  Good luck finding a Dr who is accepting new patients.

So, this is what it would cost me to get insurance.  Admittedly it would be cheaper if I were in my 30's.  And people wonder why I chose to go without before Romeo found work?  We were barely getting by.  We'd have to cut out food and gas $$ to afford for me to have insurance ~ with a $7,000 deductible.  The Presbyterian plan is an HMO..again, good luck with finding a Dr who is accepting new patients.  Especially in New Mexico, where primary care physicians leave more often than not.  Before Romeo was laid off from a job he had for 12 years, we had Presbyterian, and now through the school system we have it again.  During that time we have had 4 primary care physicians with Presbyterian leave the system.  

I have been "catching" up with Dr appointments, like ye ol' pap smear, oncology, bone scan, mammogram, etc. since we've been insured.  Since I don't know if Romeo will be able to find a position teaching for the fall before this school year ends, I need to keep it going and schedule the rest of my preventive care appointments done before the end of May.  I suppose that older American's are expected to just simply pay through the nose because we are more likely to need care.  And I've had breast cancer in the past, so I suppose they consider me at a higher risk, although I don't know if it would be much cheaper if I'd never had it.  

We will be paying a penalty for my lack of insurance.  I don't really know how much it will be, but I've heard that the penalty is $695 for a year....Perhaps it will be less for us since I did finally have coverage by Sept. 1.  Still, if you calculate it, it'll be nearly $500 for the penalty if they figure it monthly.  

All I hear on talk radio is how many people will lose their insurance if Obamacare is dismantled.  I don't want that to happen....but something needs to change.  

Love, 365

It's been lovely......

Hot tubs at 10 Thousand Waves, Santa Fe I was going to post some photos from FB's "Memories and Photos in New Mexico", ...