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Category Archive for 'My So-Called Life'

How cold is it? Let me put it this way: I was meeting a friend downtown for dinner last night, and the wind chill was 20 below. I wore leggings, pants, wool socks, suede boots with wool lining, a tank top, a flannel shirt, a fleece pullover, a neck scarf, a down-filled parka, a wool […]

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I was reading before I went to sleep last night when I saw a migraine scotoma appear. (See above picture.) I thought, “Oh shit,” turned off the light and went to sleep. But it was hard to sleep, because the scotoma was so much brighter and more colorful than usual. I woke up two hours […]

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Black eyes

My best friend, who is sometimes even more of a klutz than me, had a little accident when she was helping someone move this weekend. What happened was, a dozen 2x4s fell on her head. She has a big goose egg on her forehead, and yesterday, she woke up with two black eyes. She told […]

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Living in the past

I don’t know why, but for the past year or so, I’ve been trying to replace various things I remember from my past: A bottle of Tweed cologne, because it reminds me of my mother. The ’69 Toyota Corona that was my favorite car, ever. (God, I loved that car!) A bulky Peruvian sweater my […]

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So I’ve been writing down everything I eat for the past month (Excel spreadsheets are so useful!), trying to figure out the specific source of my unpleasant gastrointestinal woes. I was supposed to see this holistic specialist who puts everyone on a total elimination diet (my friend Maya was on the verge of throwing herself […]

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Fresh air

I’m still driving around with the windows open because of the exhaust leak. Thanks to donations, I have the money — but my mechanic works in his yard and we’re waiting for a stretch of dry weather. I think we’re going to get snow a couple of days next week, too. Ah well! Bookmark It

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Tested

I had an echocardiogram and stress test again yesterday, because naturally, the cardiologist at Penn wants to redo the tests that were done at Temple. (Way to save money, guys!) I can’t believe how long it all took, and I predict that everything’s fine. They just want to cover their asses in case I drop […]

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Baby cakes

We had a Beatles theme for Saturday’s baby shower and I had a problem: Namely, the cake. How was I ever going to get a Yellow Submarine cake? The local custom bakery wanted $200! So I got a regular cake and I hacked it. I added some additional icing (the dark blue), I stuck a […]

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Baby shower

Tomorrow is the big baby shower for my daughter-in-law. I pretty much ignored her registry (I’m the grandmother, I get to do that) and got the things I believe my grandchild should have: books, music, and pretty things to look at. Plus, the shower has a Beatles theme. It’s very important to me that he […]

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Emergency fund drive

So you know about my little arrangement with the IRS, and how I’m freaking out about how much they want me to pay them. Yesterday, I drove maybe a mile to the convenience store and by the time I got home, my head ached and I was sick as a dog. Apparently my exhaust system […]

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