Sunday, February 24, 2013

Happy Birthday Abe!

Today is my 51st birthday. Not sure how I zoomed through my 20s, 30s and 40s so fast but what can one do?

My husband bought me a cake from our local grocery store. They have the yummiest frosting! He had it personalized too! Apparently he needed to spell "Abe" for the bakery employee.

The fact that I share my birthday with Abe Vigoda is an old joke among family and friends though not as old as Mr. Vigoda!

In honor of my birthday I will now catalog my aches, pains and other health issues. This must be done so that when I am 60 or 61 I can look back and see how good I had it in my early 50s, even if it doesn't always feel that way some days.

1) I have a spot just below my left knee that hurts like crazy whenever I get up from sitting on the floor. It doesn't hurt when I walk so I am ignoring it for now. If it gets worse or never seems to get better then I will see my doctor.

2) I have a ganglion cyst on my left pinkie finger's first joint, just below the scar from when I cut my finger in September 2011. First step towards "old lady hands" and I am NOT happy about it!

3) My hair is mostly white (I think) but I color it dark brown. My eyebrows are starting to follow suit.

4) My female issues have abated greatly since I had surgery in 2010 to remove fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts and uterine polyps --- a triple whammy! I still haven't hit menopause yet but I am pretty confident that my child-bearing years are over. The child-bearing hips however....

5) I am still about 60 pounds overweight. I am working on this issue but not tonight. See above re: chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

6) In the last week I have had some stomach issue meaning that every time I ate I would suffer about 4-5 hours of intense stomach cramping. Thanks to some over the counter Gas-X (ain't getting older great?!) my symptoms seem to have receded. Or I have something like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Or I just ate something bad that won't leave my system. Maybe I have a tapeworm!

7) I still have a small patch of nail fungus on my toe, mostly because I have not yet tried the suggested cure of hydrogen peroxide soaks and Vicks Vapo-Rub rubs.

Now that I look at this list I don't think I'm really doing too bad! And many of these things are easily cured!

Now I'm off to watch the Oscars! Happy Birthday, Abe Vigoda!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mother of the Slob

Yeah, what's a blog for if not to show the world our embarrassing closet skeletons, right?

The Boy has no problem living with his room like this. I do and it drives me CRAZY. I offered to help him clean it up and this is what he said: "Why does it bother you so much? My door is closed most of the time."

At least you can see some of the carpet!

And he is an adult who pays rent to live here so, unlike when he was a minor, I can't really just go in and clean it up myself. We have a list of "tenant rules" and one of them is to clean the room and bathroom monthly but The Boy just ignores it. (See above re: "my door is closed" excuse.)

The dresser is mainly empty since the floor is easier to use!
It bothers me because while I will let messy piles build up (I hate putting things away) I will not let them go past a certain point and then I CLEAN UP. The messy piles mainly tend to be magazines that need to be read or piles of junky mail that need to be opened and sorted --- some goes into the garbage, some into the recycling, some into the shredder can and the rest goes into a new pile in my office.

My books get messy on the floor around the "to-be-read" bookshelf in my bedroom (I receive books in the mail via Paperback Swap all the time and I get three or more books at the library every week) and I neaten that up about once a month.

I do laundry every two weeks and we have enough hampers to hold all of it. I have never been someone who does laundry on a daily basis. I would rather get it all done in one or two days than have laundry as a chore every day.

My mom used to do 4 or 5 loads of laundry every day when we were growing up: whites, darks, colors and towels. We did not wear something more than once, we didn't use a towel more than once and there were five of us. My brothers and I attended Catholic schools for many years so we generally wore three outfits a day: school uniforms, afternoon play clothes and pajamas.

But now we do tend to wear many of our clothing items more than once and we don't change towels every day though CPA Boy changes clothes several times a day: clothes he wears to the gym for swimming (sweats and t-shirts), his work clothes and his lounging/sleep clothes. It works out to about 6 loads every two weeks and two towel loads every 4 or 5 weeks. Not too bad.

Yesterday though I had finally had enough and I forced my help on The Boy. We threw away about two garbage bags of stuff and washed 5 loads of laundry (today he's working on a couple more loads to wash the bedclothes). There are two garbage cans in his room, one for trash and one for recycling. My son, for whatever reason, seems to prefer flinging things onto the floor! His room is about 10 feet square and I had to ask, "Is the garbage can too far away?!"

I may have a few messy piles but I do not throw my garbage on the floor!

I will try to get some "after" pictures later. Until then, enjoy one of the skeletons in our closet.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Where Does the Time Go?

I can't believe I haven't posted anything for almost a month! Sorry, but I guess I just didn't have anything exciting to write about!

Not like I do now either...

Anyway, here I am again.

Check out the picture above. I took it when I was eating lunch at a Popeye's restaurant a couple of weeks ago and the whole thing made me laugh at the oxymoronic-ness of it all! If it's too small for you to see, there are two iced tea urns, both labeled "Cane Sweeeet Iced Tea". The urn on the right has a green label that says "Sweet" and the urn on the left's green label says "Unsweet". Thanks for the day's laugh, Popeye's! (I assume the sweet one has sugar in it while you can choose your sweetener for the unsweet, but still.)

My sister-in-law and her daughters are going to be staying with us when my brother-in-law stays at the hospital in Sebastopol for some back surgery. They were originally going to be here starting on January 17 but then he had complications and ended up staying in a different hospital for a while. Then they were going to be here on February 8 and the surgery got postponed and now the planned date is February 22. Assuming everything goes well they will be here for a minimum of two weeks.

I have cleaned the house and put away projects in my office twice now since they will be sleeping in it. I think I will not do any extra cleaning for the 22nd! Maybe that will mean the surgery date will stick!

The Boy will be starting a course to learn how to be a pharmacy technician next month which finishes in September. He is hoping to get a better job than his minimum wage theater position at which he gets very few weekly hours. I guess we'll see. He seems motivated at this moment.

Here is the list of books I've read so far this year:
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn*
  • The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
  • Leviathan (Book 1) by Scott Westerfeld*
  • Goliath (Book 2) by Scott Westerfeld*
  • Behemoth (Book 3) by Scott Westerfeld*
  • Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
  • The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
  • The Chili Queen by Sandra Dallas
  • Off Balance: A Memoir by Dominique Moceanu*
  • Because I Said So!: The truth Behind the Myths, Tales and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to its Kids by Ken Jennings*
  • The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith by Joanna Brooks
  • Across the Universe (Book 1) by Beth Revis*
  • A Million Suns (Book 2) by Beth Revis*
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline*
  • Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft (Book 1) by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Locke & Key: Head Games (Book 2) by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez*
  • Locke & Key: Crowns and Shadows by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez*
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray*
Books with asterisks are library books. The others are mine received via Paperback Swap or one I bought.

My favorite books from that list are Robopocalypse, Ready Player One and The Diviners.

Robopocalypse features a future world taken over by an artificial intelligence via all the robots in existence and humanity's struggle to survive. It's fascinating to read about the robot takeover. Steven Spielberg is supposed to make a movie based on the book in the next year or two.

Ready Player One also takes place in a future where life is bleak and people live most of their lives in a virtual world called OASIS. The founder of OASIS dies and leaves behind a contest for gamers based on his own childhood of video games and pop culture in the 1980s. I gotta love a book that features detailed discussions of  "Ladyhawke" and "WarGames" along with the video game called "Joust" which was one of the few video games I was actually good at! My brother K2 had an Atari 5200 (I think) and we used to play this game a lot!

Locke & Key is a graphic novel compilation of a comic book series; each volume contains 6 issues. This is pretty good so far but it will be a year or two before the conclusion is published.

I am happy to see that my library has the final book of Beth Revis's series on order. Yay, a series I can finish soon!

The Diviners was pretty good and I am looking forward to the next book. I was happy that the main storyline finished while starting to set up characters for the overall storyline of the series.

A book trend I dislike is that several series are basically one very large book published in 3 or 4 parts. Using movies as an example, "Star Wars" is a complete story. If that was the only film in that series you saw then you would have been satisfied with a complete story. On the other hand, "The Empire Strikes Back" is basically the first part of a two-part film. You are left hanging with poor Han Solo in carbonite! You have to see "Return of the Jedi" to find out what happens to him! 

That and the fact that publishers take their time releasing books makes series reading a frustrating task! And yet I keep reading more series.

Okay, I hope to get back to a more regular posting schedule now that I'm a little caught up.