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Musings on life, work, health, and emotions.

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Friday 5: The Road to H. E. Double Hockeysticks
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Friday 5: Happy ASLIRT
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Families Belong Together – Philadelphia

Friday 5: The Road to H. E. Double Hockeysticks

Happy Saturday! I had this lined up to do last night, but a few weeks ago I saw 3 NYT Crossword puzzle books that weren’t even touched so I’m forcing myself to do a page a day so I can get them off of my shelves. I’m considering it necessary mental exercise. Too bad I can’t close a fitness ring on my Apple watch by doing that.

We set up a new fish tank at work. Fingers crossed they make it through the weekend.

Tonight I’m meeting up with some family to eat and catch up, 2 of my favorite things. 🙂

Time for the Friday 5! This week’s theme is The Road to H. E. Double Hockeysticks which is a four-letter word meaning underworld. Let’s get to it!

1. What are some titles in your to-read stack?

There are 222 books in my Goodreads to-read list. The one that’s been there the longest has been there for almost 10 years. It’s called “The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries” by Marilyn Johnson. I added it back when I worked at the C-P and obits were a big part of life. For more bookish talk, see Tuesday’s Show Us Your Books post. I love those linkups even though it takes me a week to get to everyone who shared.

2. What are the highlights of this weekend’s to-do list?
I’m taking a trip soon and I’m going to attempt to go with only a carryon suitcase and a backpack. I’m already panicking so on my list for this weekend is to to a trial packing run. I’ll also try to do a capsule wardrobe, which I always fail miserably at because by day 3 I’m “OMG I’m so tired of gray, black, and blue!”

3. Which current or upcoming movies are you looking forward to?
Not a movie person.

4. What’s something you meant to do this past week that will have to wait until next week?
I have to make a well-person physical appointment with my primary care physician, but they close early on Fridays so I’ll call on Monday. I put this off every year but my rescue inhaler is woefully expired.

And since I kind of overshare here, I got my period on Thursday night, only 2 weeks after the previous cycle. I know this is likely a symptom of starting menopause but yesterday morning I called my GYN, connected to the nurse line, and left a message like a good rule-following Do-bee. The outgoing message said the calls would be returned in the order of importance. Which, I get.

(deep breath)

But you know, it’s been over 24 hours and I haven’t received a call back. And even though I know it’s a common symptom of menopause and I’m 45 and this is kind of low on the importance scale but maybe someone could have called back by now?

(heartrate increasing)

Because I don’t have a history of calling them for emergencies. And unexpected uterine bleeding is likely a symptom of menopause, but sometimes it’s a symptom of OTHER THINGS. Should have said that I was pregnant to get a same-day call back?

(full-on rage)

Because between this, and my ER visit for food poisoning last year where despite repeating that I was in gastrointestinal distress and having elevated white blood cell counts, I was given a vaginal ultrasound and ultimately diagnosed as having fibroids (which I already knew, but they cause me no pain) and discharged with no medicine other than a “oh, hun, if you still have a stomachache just have some Milk of Mag!” …

This is why women walk around with 20-lb uterine tumors when told they’re only having a stomachache, and why women with GI problems are told it’s just period cramps and THIS IS WHY WOMEN DIE because we are told to contact our doctors when something happens outside the range of our “normal,” and then our symptoms are ignored and/or minimized.

Like I said, I’m sure it’s just a quirk of my age, but a return call would have been lovely.

(shoves cookies in mouth)

5. What’s an unfinished project (unrelated to media consumption) you haven’t touched in at least a year?
I have not made any jewelry since we moved to this house. I know eventually I’ll get back into it (I’ve been poking around Pinterest for inspiration and my earring supply is lacking) so all of my supplies remain neatly organized and ready to go.
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I’m currently chilling in the shade in my yard, with the new DMB album playing (I like) on the Amazon Tap, acting like I don’t have a care in the world, or clothing to test-pack or a pasta salad to make before dinner…

I love summer!

Friday 5: Happy ASLIRT

Happy Friday! Today was my summer Friday off and … it rained. Womp womp. I don’t have a shore house or relatives with a shore house, so we are daytripping folk. If it rains, we stay home.

I spent my July 4th hanging out of the pool.


Except Mom and I went to lunch today at Zinburger (omg yum) and poked in and out of Ulta and Barnes and Noble. Then we got her new wireless network set up. I played some Diablo, spent time with WM, and now I’m sitting outside in my lounge chair as the sun sets. A damn good day.

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Time for the Friday 5! This week’s theme is Happy ASLIRT and nope, no idea what ASLIRT stands for. Let’s get to it!

1. What are your favorite and least favorite nuts?
Favorite: Macadamia, which is one of the fattiest nuts. Naturally
Least Favorite: Walnuts. They’re a lot of work to crack, with very little reward.

2. What are your favorite and least favorite berries?
Favorite: Strawberry
Least Favorite: Raspberry, AKA hell-berry. UGH. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a description of a recipe and I am ALL IN until the last line which includes a raspberry glaze or a raspberry vinaigrette or a raspberry infusion and … ugh. Barf. I’m out.

3. What are your favorite and least favorite tropical fruits?
Favorite: Pineapple. Gimme pineapple anything and I’m there for it. Pineapple juice is amazing.
Least Favorite: I was going to say grapefruit, but paused because I’m not sure if it’s actually considered tropical. I used this list for reference and it doesn’t include grapefruit (but does include oranges, so …???). I was going to go with pomegranate and that’s not on the list either. Thus, I’m going to go with the Dead Man Fingers which is on the list and looks suitably disgusting-tasting like raspberries.

4. What are your favorite and least favorite varieties of M&Ms?
Favorite: Pretzel and I never buy them because they are that dangerous.
Least Favorite: Crispy. They’re weird. I’m leaving out the holiday stunty flavors and sticking with core flavors.

5. What are your favorite and least favorite raisin-containing foods?
Favorite: Cinnamon raisin bread. It’s heaven by the slice.
Least Favorite: There’s a carrot salad with raisins that perplexes me. It not awful, but I’d say it’s my least favorite.

Even thought Google is providing no help, I’m going to guess that ASLIRT is a variety of trail mix, because of the ingredients in the question and that ASLIRT is TRAILS mixed up.

Have a great weekend! Our plans include cruising by the Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival, because we freaking LOVE spring/summer/fall festival time! I also think I’m going to teach myself to sew reusable coffee cup sleeves. Exciting, right?

Happy ASLIRT = Happy Trails? TRAIL MIX!

Families Belong Together – Philadelphia

When in the course of human events, you realize that current, government-sanctioned practices fly SQUARELY in the face of your idea that everyone should be Safe, Loved, and Warm, you get off your ass and go hollering.

Which is how I found myself in Philadelphia on Saturday for the Philadelphia Families Belong Together rally. Because I can’t be in this only for myself.

I took the train in. It was full of people of all ages, with crafty signs and optimistic smiles. It was one of the better commutes I had!

I met SMD from Life According to Steph, her husband MFD, and their friend Debbie. Local bloggers rule.

The crowd was impressive, given:
> Many locals leave the Philadelphia area the week of July 4th
> And many tourists arrive in the city the week of July 4th
> It was 95 degrees. Not it *felt* 95 degrees. It was a literal 95 degrees.

The speakers really shone. The organizers selected speakers of all ages and backgrounds, and they all spoke passionately about their experiences being immigrants, and of being incarcerated and having their loved ones incarcerated. There was laughter, tears, cursing, poetry, and songs.

Of course, the signs were amazing.

Instead of making a sign, I downloaded mine from the ACLU’s resource page, and printed 4 out at FedEx Office. Four 11×17, color, double-sided posters cost $23. I gave three away. Money well spent, IMO.

I stayed until the end of the rally and then headed home. Hot, tired, but pleased that I lent my (very horse) voice to the public outcry.

Other Safe, Loved, and Warm updates:

Postcards: After a few weeks off (I needed more stamps) I’m back into the postcard game. I plan on spending part of my July 4th writing them out.

Town Hall Meeting: I haven’t gone yet. I’m afraid I’ll be the only spectator there, which is silly. I’ll get there.

Resistbot: I’m in it about once a week now, down from every day. If you’re looking for a very easy entry into making your voice heard, try this!

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