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The kind of day I’ve had

PFD Engine 266

Today is the one day I get off every week, and I got to spend half of it cleaning out my refrigerator and wiping it down. (Turns out there wasn’t a dead mouse in the motor; it just smelled like that. The appliance repairman said the freezer door had probably been open a little bit, which is enough to rot food. The smell permeated everything.)

After several hours, I was finally done. I grabbed a quick dinner at a local grille and went to the supermarket to replace all the smelly, stinky food I’d just gotten rid of.

I was pushing a cart down the aisle when my cell phone rang. I didn’t recognize the number, but I picked up anyway. It was my new bank, calling to ask if I’d just tried to buy two airline tickets to China. Uh, no.

Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner China Southern Airlines B-2726 Beijing Capital Airport ZBAA PEK

The guy tells me they’re about to cut off my debit card. “I’m standing here in the supermarket buying food. I have nothing in my refrigerator,” I said. “Can’t I just pay for this?”

No, he tells me. But he can authorize one last ATM withdrawal.

So I put all the food back, get in my car and go to the convenience store. (The bank doesn’t have an ATM.) There’s a long line at the store ATM, but I finally get to the machine and the fraud rep authorizes my withdrawal.

I take a side street home, and pull over to let a fire engine pass. I pull out again and get trapped between two fire engines. (Ironically, they were called to the local branch of the new bank.)

At least I got a dozen eggs and bacon for breakfast tomorrow.


More climate change

Mouse Trap

Why are there mice back in my apartment — in AUGUST? Because they couldn’t stand the heat?

Why did none of these little assholes take the bait on the traps I put out last night?

And why did one of them crawl inside the motor of my refrigerator, where its rotting carcass has been spewing its odor throughout my workspace for more than a week?

It is the single worst stink I have ever smelled. My sinuses hurt.


One of those weeks

Traffic light

Spilled a pot of boiling water on my hand the other night, got a red-light camera ticket today for $100, and my oldest friend’s cancer may be back.

Maybe I should just stay in bed for a couple of weeks.

I do not have melanoma!

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Woo hoo!

My massage therapist said I had a weird mole behind my knee that was bleeding, and that I should have it looked at. So I went to Penn yesterday. First the resident looked at it (my mother used to say all her doctors looked like they were 12, and I guess I’m at that age now), and then his supervisor looked at it, and then the department head. They all said it was a wart or something, that it bled because it was irritated, but no big deal. I didn’t realize how worried I was until they told me it was nothing to worry about.

God, all that anxiety for nothing.

Close but no cigar

We keep getting notices of severe storms, and they always seem to skirt past the city at the last minute into South Jersey. Which means I have to go out and water my plants instead of letting the rain do it!

Dixie Chicks!

dixie chicks camden

I finally got to see the Dixie Chicks this weekend! I’d gotten tickets back in December for my BFF’s Christmas present, and we were both excited to be there. When I took this picture, it was still early — by the time the Chicks took the stage, every inch was packed. Lots of drinking and singing along (our blanket was next to one of the beer vendors), sometimes so loud we couldn’t hear the band. But it was a good-natured crowd who was having fun. There were lots of men, but so many women! Lots of mothers and daughters, gaggles of girlfriends, and even a couple of bachelorette parties.

The band had a multimedia show behind them, and during “Goodbye Earl,” they flashed pictures of bad guys, including OJ Simpson and Donald Trump, as the entire venue sang, “‘Cause Earl had to die!”

I read that during a recent show, Natalie Maines said, “Just so you know, we’re embarrassed that Donald Trump is from our country.” This resulted in a lot of outraged commenters on country music message boards, but never made its way into the broader media — at least, not that I’ve seen. Oddly enough, the comments were exactly the same as we saw the last time. Nobody learned nothing.

Well, that’s not true. I learned that someone with arthritic knees who’s laying on a blanket outside on a chilly night won’t be able to walk the next morning, and that I never realized I was so allergic to the straw they’d strewn all over the hill until I woke up with my eyes swollen shut.

Other than than, an amazingly hassle-free night, mostly because we parked in Jersey and took light rail that left us off at the front door of the venue. Yay, public transit!

Not that again

Limpiar el colon naturalmente

So I had another diverticulitis attack, timed perfectly to start with the holiday weekend. I wasn’t as sick as I’ve been, but enough to keep from sleeping more than a few hours at a time. (So much for no sugar — most of the things I can eat during an attack are really bad.)

I thought I’d beaten this thing, but apparently not. Probably related to my intense job stress and money worries (pay is generous but not timely) and just from sitting in a chair 12 hours a day.

Still, not all bad. After three days of all liquids, it was simply wonderful to have scrambled eggs today!

Sugar detox, anyone?

Sugar Bowl With Spoon

I have to solve this problem, once and for all. So starting Monday, I am doing a strict sugar detox. I’m not pre-diabetic, but I have so many damned health problems I know are related to chronic inflammation — and sugar’s the biggie.

So if any of you want to do it with me, let me know in the comments. It will be easier if we all do it together.

P.S. Taking the six rounds of heavy-duty probiotics has finally cleared up the vast majority of my food problems — gluten, strawberries, pepper, etc. It even stopped my latex allergy. I still have the migraine sensitivities, but those are mostly manageable.

I didn’t think it was possible, or even logical. But from what I’ve been reading, it seems like the probiotics probably cleared up a case of leaky gut, which was triggering all the allergies.

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