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I was very tired this morning and hit the snooze
button twice. I really wanted to stay in bed. I got up, though, and let Brandy
out. I usually have David set the alarm for two hours before I get picked up, to
give my hair time to dry and myself time to eat breakfast etc.
picked me up. Her sister is out of the hospital, so that's great. She dropped me
off at Reynolds, as always, and I got my usual soda there. I just killed time
reading on my phone and then went to Overstreet around 11:45. My class was fine.
The professor was as tired as I was. He stayed up too late last night, too. It
made him a little less chatty than usual, and he let us go early. Fine with me!
David took me home and I walked Brandy right away. When I got back, I
realized my blood sugar was pretty low, so I ate a sandwich, the last piece of
my chocolate pie, and a bunch of pecans.
I had a hard time staying awake,
so I went back to sleep for a while. I felt a little better after that. I put
most of the laundry away. Then David came home. Brandy was tethered while I put
away the laundry because otherwise she gets in the way. She was whining, so I
gave her an old rag to chew on. She got very excited when David came home (she
I made dinner and watched TV, and worked on "stuff."
We are definitely going to San Diego for a few days in February, and we're
also going to Chicago for a few days in April, so that should be fun. The latter
is a conference.
It looks like my voice teacher is still sick and has
also been exposed to the flu from her husband, so she's canceling tomorrow's
lesson. Bummer! I've only had one lesson so far, and it's almost been 4 weeks
since the semester started! Well, good thing I've been putting in more work
singing and doing my exercises.
I spent most of the evening working on my
blog for my Videos class. I went to bed way too late and then had trouble
sleeping because of allergies.
What a day it's been!
First, I decided to stay home because I was so tired and also the allergies were
really bad. I felt sick again, with a sore throat. It was actually a nice
morning. I slept in until about 10, and then I got up, and I turned the heat on,
and I went back to bed. Brandy was whining, so I put her up on the bed with me.
Now, before, whenever we've tried to put Brandy on the bed, she's
overly-excited, and she jumps around, and she starts biting the blankets, so it
doesn't work. This time, she was nice, and calm, and was stretched out on my
feet, behaving. Then I realized I was hungry, so we got up after a little while.
Brandy usually scratches at the back door to be let out, several times a
day. It was raining all last night and this morning, so it was rainy, muddy and
the backyard was full of muddy puddles. I thought, how funny that when we first
got her, I was so worried about what she would eat or get into in the backyard,
but now I don't. She probably drinks gross muddy water out of the puddles, and it
doesn't seem to matter. She never gets sick from it. She gets plenty of fresh
water inside, but for some reason, the water found outside is more enticing.
It's not as if I'm going to run outside and empty out all of the puddles, or
police her. That would take way too much energy.
A little bit later, I
let her back in when she scratched. I let her in and then saw behind her, on the
patio, that it was covered in bright red paw prints! I thought, did she somehow
get into some red paint? WTF? It didn't look like blood because it was so
bright. I turned and looked at her, and both her paws were covered in red. I
went to get a wet towels to dry her off and see if she was hurt. She didn't act
any differently. She doesn't like it when I try to dry her off or anything. She
thinks I'm playing a game and tries to bite the towel. I noticed she also had
some red underneath, near one of her back legs. She didn't seem hurt, though. I
tried to limit where she went, but she ran all over the place. I was worried, so
I called David and told him to come home and take her to the vet.
waited for him, I made him a sandwich, and then I got the mop out and cleaned
the back patio. I figured it wouldn't be good to let it dry. It was really
gross. It reminded me of all of those crime shows where someone is cleaning up
all the blood from someone that they murdered. I mean, it wasn't as MUCH blood
as those shows, thankfully, but it was still gross. I mopped up the blood in the
sun room, too.
David and I took Brandy to the vet and left her there. We
explained what happened, and I made sure they would give her a bath, too, before
David picks her up tomorrow. She definitely needs it now! Yikes. Mud is bad
I came back home and had lunch, and I watched TV for a while, and
then I went back to sleep. When I got up, I cleaned up all of the blood. There
sure were a lot of bloody paw prints, all over. Thank goodness that Resolve
carpet cleaner works well. I used Fantastik on the floors, like I do for
everything. We definitely need a new mop, though. The one I have is not a "real"
mop, it has this cloth-like head that doesn't work as well as a real mop. I
spent the good part of an hour cleaning up all the blood. Yuck. Then the
house smelled like cleaner for the next two days! :(
the vet and he said Brandy just had a small puncture wound on a her paw. They
gave her antibiotics and they're watching to make sure it doesn't get infected,
and we'll have to do the same when we get her back tomorrow. She's spending the
night because David can't pick her up until tomorrow. He had a bunch of meetings
this afternoon. I got lucky that he had time to take us in to the vet! I don't
know what I would have done otherwise.
David stopped at Brookshire's on
the way home to get some things we were out of. I made dinner. I've been working
on my blogs for school. I'm pretty sick of blogging right now! I thought it
would be fun to have blogging classes...but they're just, writing papers that
happen to be in blog form. Oh, well.
It was tough
getting up in the morning...so tired! It was rainy and very cold all day.
We had to discuss our blogs in class today, for the Videos class. This week
was a product review, so I
reviewed my phone. My dumb laptop ran out of power during
the class. Fortunately, I had already looked through the blog, so I could
summarize it for the class. I probably didn't have it plugged in well enough at
home, so that's why it ran out
of juice. It usually lasts for a good 5 or 6 hours.
I've been cutting back on caffeine lately, so
I just had the one soda before class. At home, I drink either water or diet
caffeine free Pepsi. I used to drink a lot more Diet Pepsi, and occasionally
coffee. Caffeine just tenses me up, makes my spine problem hurt a lot worse.
David was a bit late getting back from his lunch meeting, so I
was chatting with his assistant, Keisha. She's very nice. We were mostly talking
about our dogs.
David and I went to the vet and picked up Brandy. We just
have an antibiotic to give her
twice a day. She was a bit sleepy all day, not
her usual energetic self. Which was nice! After I walked her, she napped on the
bed with me for awhile. That was sweet. Normally she's way too rambunctious to
have up on the bed. We had a very short walk because it was way too cold. I'm
getting sick of these cold days. I know, if you live in the midwest or north,
having temperatures in the 30's is no big deal. We're in the south, though, and
this is not normal weather for us. I guess it's the new normal. Last year,
though, we had a very mild winter.
Brandy peed on the floor, but
thankfully, I think it was just an unusual occurrence due to her hurting her
Lately at night I've been eating peanut butter and mayo on romaine lettuce
(don't knock it 'till you try it). It's really delicious and pretty
I tried to sleep in a little more after the alarm went off, but I ended up
getting up after
I need to make more of my breakfast casserole
because otherwise I have to make real food. I've just been cooking up some bacon
the past two days, and having one slice of GF toast.
I made sure to get
ready, get my stuff ready, have breakfast, and get the dog in the bedroom, all
ready....I had hoped to sit here in my chair and nap, but instead, I got sick
and had to spend the last half hour in the bathroom. Something I ate made me
I met my new driver, Trisha that I hired via
picked me up, with her mom and granddaughter. They were taking her mom to the
doctor. Trisha had sent me all her info, except for her car registration, which
she showed me. It's all on the up and up! They all seemed very nice. It was nice
of her to wait for me because I was a little late due to being sick. I suppose
it could still be the Invokana still making me sick.
The ladies at the Mulerider Cafe have their Valentine's Day decorations up - it
Class was fine...we
had to talk about our media law and ethics blogs. This assignment was about
advertising ethics. I was in a talky mood, I guess.
I had lunch over at
Chick-Fil-A and then David took me
home around 1:45. I had a sugar free
lemonade, it was yummy.
Oh, I had time to kill before David took me home,
so I went to Brinson and did my singing exercises, and I worked on my song a
little. I worked on it more later at home. It was super warm in the practice
room, and I was dressed for cooler weather, so I had to use my winter hat to put
my hair up, and I tucked my shirt up. I couldn't do much about my long pants,
though. There's no lock on the door of the practice rooms! :)
I walked Brandy, and the
weather was a bit warmer, in the 60's. Nice! I wish it would stay that way.
I tried to have a nap with her, but she was back to her old self, so I had a
nap, but she was banished to the floor, tethered.
I've been having a hard time
being very motivated for anything lately. Today I have a sore in my mouth - very
annoying. (A little Orajel fixed that later)
I tested the bacon and
peanut butter -- both were gluten free. Yay! I have no idea what made me sick!
:( Maybe it was just the medicine. I sure hope so!
very sick today and didn't go in to school. UGH. It was nice to go back to
I did feel a little better in the afternoon, so I walked
Brandy. It was starting to drizzle, though, so we didn't go for very long.
Later on, David and I went to dinner at the Mexican restaurant,
right down the street. I was very grateful not to have to make dinner. They have
a bar there now, so I was happy to have a glass of wine, too. There were not
many people dining there, so they started trying out their new karaoke
equipment! The owner sang, and she sings really well. Of course I had to help! I just sang one song. The only audience by
that time were the waitresses, the owner, and this guy that worked there (maybe
in the kitchen). They didn't have it hooked up yet to a monitor, so the lyrics
were on this guy's phone. I knew the words, though. I did "Blue Bayou." It was
fun. I hope I can go back sometime. Sounds like they're going to be doing it on
Fridays, and it's only down the street, so it may be possible,
sometimes. I was surprised I could sing, given how sick I've been!
Compadre has the best Mexican food in town, IMHO. For some reason, though, they
don't get the crowds that the other two places get. Maybe it's because of the
location? I don't know. I hope people start going because we like having a good
place right down the street.
I cooked up some chicken last night and then
didn't hear the timer go off, so it ended up a bit burnt! It was still very
I watched "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" and really
enjoyed it. I am Groot! I loved seeing a young Kurt Russell. It's amazing what
they can do nowadays. Apparently they start by putting heavy makeup on him, then
they use computer graphics. They somehow get someone who looks similar and then
put that guy's skin over the older person's skin. I don't really understand it.
They did it before in some other Marvel movies with Michael Douglas and Robert
Downey Jr. They also had an NCIS episode back in 2010 where they did something
similar. So if they can do this, why have a young actor playing Han Solo in the
new movie? Why not just have Harrison Ford do it, and then make him look young
with this technology? I think we'd all rather see him play Han Solo. Now, he may
not want to do it...that's a different reason. Hey, how about a new Star Trek
movie, and William Shatner can play Captain Kirk. For that matter, why did they
pressure poor Carrie Fisher to diet for the last two Star Wars movies? Seems
like they could have just digitally made her look thinner. They should have done
the same thing for Mark Hamill! I mean, I love the guy, but he's gotten a bit
chubby. We all have, of course. It often comes with old age. Also, this worked
well for the character, who's been a hermit. Anyway, getting back to
"Guardians".... if Kurt Russell's character was supposed to be immortal, and he
impregnated Peter's mom in the 80's, then why does he look so old now? I mean,
he could look any way he wanted to. That made no sense. Well, it was a fun
movie, nothing to really think too hard about.
Speaking of movies, it
looks like I'll get to see Black Panther next week. Yay!
I spent a lot of
the day cleaning up the house. Not really "cleaning" so much as straightening
everything up and putting stuff away. I did one load of dishes and washed our
Oh, yeah, this was weird. There was a terrible smell coming
from around the kitchen area, but we couldn't figure out where it was coming
from. It was still there, after we took out the trash and did the dishes. Turns
out that one of the dog food cans had come open and spilled on part of the
counter. The other cans, and an appliance, were covering up, so I didn't see it.
I had to literally sniff around to find it. LOL! The smell still lingered for a
while, so I did spray a little bit of Febreze, which helped. I really don't like
the smell of Febreze, so a little goes a long way.
I stayed up way too
late, since I slept so much. I don't even know what I was doing...must have been
I got a lot done today. David woke
me up about 11:30. We went to lunch at the BBQ
place. It wasn't crowded, for
once. This place is really good, and they give you a ton of food. However, it's
always way too cold in there, and it takes forever to get your food, and it's
quite expensive. Most of the places we eat at here are $25 or less. This place
is twice that much. I was starving by the time we got our food.
to the grocery store, Brookshire's, after that, and then I got really sick
again. UGH. I still don't know if it's that new medicine I'm taking, or if I ate
something that has gluten in it. I was not feeling well for a long time after
that. It was rainy and cool all day. Poor Brandy didn't get her walk because of
We did our budget, so that was good. We've been trying to get
our finances together. We still have to do our taxes, too.
I cleared off
the part of the couch next to me, so I got Brandy to come up there. It's nice to
have her there, so I can pet her, but I don't let her on my lap when I'm trying
to work. She tries, though! I especially don't want her on my lap after she's
gone outside and gotten all wet and muddy! Blecchh!
I had a very strange
dream while I was napping, having to do with foster kids, mutants and
I had a hard time sleeping again....itching, stuffed up,
and neck hurt. The usual for me, but still annoying. Also, my feet were very dry
and itchy, in particular. I had to keep getting up to get medicine, lotion, etc.
I got up around noon. We went to KFC for lunch,
and then we
went to Wal-Mart to do grocery shopping. It was very cold, which I didn't
expect. I should have brought my large jacket, scarf, hat and cloves. It was in
the low 30's. Brrrr! Way too cold. After we got home, I rested, and then I took
Brandy out for a walk. This time I did dress for the weather. The weather app
says it might snow tonight. That would be great! Especially if classes are
I wrote an article that was published in this month's
KaraokeScene.com magazine! If
can't see that article, for whatever reason, you can read it
here. I'm on page 20.
I did the laundry and dishes, and I'm trying to work up the
energy to put away the Christmas decorations. I'm very tired. I made pretty good
headway. It's hard on my spine because of all the bending over and reaching.
After finishing the laundry and some work on my site, I went to bed around 11,
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