chipmunk

Pretty blah day

Had the Best Books for Teens committee meeting in the morning, and the YA Programming Chat in the afternoon, and I spent a half hour ordering ready-made take home activity kits that I will hopefully be approved to give out over the summer. Aside from that the work day was made up of reading my review books.

After work I called Oldest Brother again, then Skyped the FWiB. We talked for a full two hours! That was nice.

After that I puttered on the computer for awhile, getting caught up online, then had dinner. Then at 8:30 I called Middle Brother, he's doing OK.

Played solitaire in the bedroom until it was almost time to call Oldest Brother again. And then Lu Rice called; I had forgotten she was going to call today. We had a nice talk, and then I got off and called Oldest Brother. Just while I was calling him, the Kid texted and said she was home and would be calling soon.

So after I got off with Oldest Brother I waited for her, and then we had a talk. She had a good time away.

Then after we finished it was almost time to feed the pets. And here I am.

Still haven't heard about the biopsies. Maybe no news is good news?

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The Kid home safe.

3. Didn't have to go out in the rain today.

4. Middle Brother doing OK.

5. Good books.

6. Ice cream.
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    okay okay
chipmunk

Staff meeting

That was about the only interesting thing about work today, and that wasn't too interesting. Aside from that, not much to say.

I came home and went to the drugstore to pick up my prescriptions and some face masks. I meant to get a condolence card too but I forgot. I'll have to look into making a donation in Aunt Helen's name.

After I got home I called Oldest Brother and then Skyped the FWiB. He played Scrabble today for the first time since the pandemic started, and that's a Good Thing.

Then I had dinner, and went to the bedroom to play solitaire until I called Oldest Brother again. And then I played solitaire and dozed until it was time t feed the pets. Used up the old turtle food I had, so it's good I got the new stuff when I did.

Looking forward to bed.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The weather was OK.

3. Chocolate.

4. Bed soon.

5. Working from home tomorrow so I don't need to get up so early.

6. My pets.
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chipmunk

Not much to say

I worked from home today and spent most of it reading first one review book, and then, when I finished that, downloading and starting another. I also watched a genre training, and a Booklist webinar. During lunch I called the rehab and made an appointment to visit oldest Brother the earliest I could, which was next Thursday because they only have visiting hours weekdays until 4:30. And I got a call back about rescheduling my biopsies Monday.

After work I called Oldest Brother again, and then puttered on the computer till the FWiB was done facetiming his friend Mike. Then we Skyped, a good long time until I had to get off for my Al-anon meeting.

The meeting went well, and then after that I ate dinner, then went to the bedroom and called Oldest Brother for the third time. I texted the Kid, she is having a good time.

Then I played solitaire till it was time to feed the pets, and here I am.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. Good books.

4. Ice cream.

5. The kid having fun.

6. Oldest Brother talking better.

Edited to add: The turtle food I ordered from Petco arrived.
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    okay okay
chipmunk

Monday all day

It was a grey, rainy, cold day. It was chilly at work, and nothing much happened. I tried to make an appointment to see Oldest Brother but only got the social worker's voicemail.

Came home and called oldest Brother, and then Skyped the FWiB. While we were Skyping I got a call that I let go to voicemail. It was from the Radiology place. They want me to reschedule my biopsies again, though only to later that same day. I called back but by the time I got through to anyone, they had left for the day. So they are supposed to call me tomorrow morning. Frustrating.

After that I had dinner and then called oldest Brother for the third time. Then I read Rule of Wolves.

And that's all. The Kid is visiting a friend so I won't be talking to her for awhile.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Oldest Brother is talking much better.

3. Home and warm.

4. Good dinner with ice cream.

5. Good books.

6. My pets.
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    good good
chipmunk

Fallow Day

It is Oldest Brother's birthday, but since i couldn't see him in person, I decided, with his agreement, to keep his birthday present for when I can see him and give it to him. So I slept late, and stayed inside. It was rainy anyway.

So I got up and ate breakfast and coffee, and puttered on the computer, and then Skyped the FWiB. We had a nice long time, and then I had some cheese and crackers for lunch. After some thought I decided to watch The Expanse. I ended up watching three episodes finally, interspersed with a Shipt delivery and some dozing in bed, and calling Oldest Brother for the second time, and the Kid calling. She called Oldest Brother today which made him very happy.

After The Expanse I had dinner, then went to the bedroom and played solitaire till it was time to call Middle Brother. He is doing fine. Then I read till I called Oldest Brother for the third time, and the Kid again. Finally I read till it was time to feed the pets.

I also put in an order with Petco for more turtle food.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Able to stay home.

3. Oldest Brother doing well.

4. The kid.

5. Middle Brother OK.

6. Easter candy.
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    okay okay
chipmunk

Saturday

Not much to say. I went to work, and I worked, and it was fairly quiet, and not much happened.

Then I came home and Skyped the FWiB after calling Oldest Brother for the second time. Tomorrow id oldest Brother's birthday, but we're not doing anything special. I'm going to go over in person sometime during the week when I can and see him again and bring him his birthday present.

After we got done Skyping I had dinner and then went and read till 9:00 when I called Oldest Brother the third time. Then I called the Kid, she was busy though so we didn't talk long.

I played solitaire and drowsed after that till it was time to feed the pets, and now here I am.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Oldest Brother.

3. Quiet day.

4. It rained this morning but stopped before I got wet.

5. Bed soon.

6. My turtle is eating well.
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    tired tired
chipmunk

Long day

Jon called when he said he would today, at 8:00. we agreed to meet at 9:30. Then I fell back asleep till almost then. At 9:16 I got up, did a sponge bath (cause I couldn't get my breasts wet) and got dressed, was only a little late meeting him.

We went to IHOP, and I had blueberry pancakes. Then we went out to Long Island to visit and pay our respects. Saw John and Denise and Brianne, Betsy was there, and Kristen and Patrick and the two little kids, Reed and June.

So we stayed for a nice long while and that was a good thing. Then Jon drove me home and he left.

While I was with them I got a call from the radiology place which I didn't take because I was using Waze to guide Jon, and it turned out there was a scheduling mixup and I had to reschedule my next biopsies. I called them when i got home and did that. I had to navigate the darn phone tree and was on hold a long time, but it turned out OK. I was supposed to go in the 14th, in Hewlett, instead I'm going in the 19th here in Flushing. [personal profile] mashfanficchick and zer mother are driving me.

The kid called and I talked to her a bit, and of course I called Oldest Brother. And I Skyped the FWiB. We had a nice talk.

Then I went and lay down and forgot about my meeting!!! L texted me at 7:32, so i was quite late. But I got there, and we had the second meeting as well so that's good.

After the meeting I had dinner, and called Oldest Brother. I called the Kid but she didn't pick up, she's having her Zoom group chat.

Lu R called, Jon made it to PA where he's spending the night, and she aand I had a nice talk.

And then it was time to feed the pets, so I did and here I am.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Family.

3. A number of people facebooked me, Sue, John Ivon, Laurie and Herschel.

4. The Rices.

5. Able to reschedule for pretty close to the original date, and here in Flushing.

6. [personal profile] mashfanficchick and zer mother.
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chipmunk

Biopsy day the first, and seeing Oldest Brother.

Jon was supposed to call me at 8:00 this morning, and he didn't, which caused me a great deal of stress, because much as I do love the Rices, they can be a little flakey. I called him but he didn't answer. Then he called at 9:20 when I was in the shower. We agreed to meet in half an hour, and he was right on time, so that was OK.

We ate breakfast at Uncle Bill's Diner, and then he drove me to the medical building. No problems getting there and we were right on time. Then there was a fire alarm, the building had to be evacuated, and everyone stood around outside for awhile till they let us back in.

The biopsies were not as bad as i was expecting, but certainly not pleasant. They did three today, one on my right breast and two on my left, and they took several samples from each site, but it didn't really hurt. Then they did another mammogram to make sure they got it right, and I was done.

So Jon and I drove back the long way from the medical building, and ended up at the Stop and Shop in the shopping mall where Uncle bill's Diner is. He got something from the Stop and Shop, and by then it was time for lunch so we went to the Pho place, because they had indoor seating, and that was very delicious.

And then we drove to Oldest Brother's rehab place, and saw him!! He looks pretty good, he was talking pretty well, and I am pleased. They let us stay about half an hour, which was a good time.

Then Jon drove me home. We were talking about going out to dinner later, but decided against it eventually.

I Skyped the FWiB. we had a nice time, and it was very relaxing.

Then I called the Kid, because the application for AARP life insurance came in and we talked about it, and ended up Zooming and me watching her knit and me doing some crochet.

I called Middle Brother, he is doing OK. Jon called again and that's when we decided that instead of dinner tonight we'd do breakfast tomorrow, and then drive out to Long Island to see the family.

And I called Oldest brother and told him how good it was to see him.

Now I have to finish the life insurance application, and take it to the mailbox.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Saw oldest brother.

3. The Rices.

4. The fire didn't stop me from getting my biopsies.

5. The Kid.

6. Didn't hurt as much as I expected.
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    drained drained
chipmunk

Aunt Helen died this morning

Brianne told the Kid, because the Kid had been planning to go visit today, and she told me.

Jon Rice drove down today and is taking me to my biopsy tomorrow, and then see Oldest Brother in the afternoon. We were going to visit Aunt Helen Friday.

[personal profile] mashfanficchick got me a shirt to wear tomorrow, an oversized button-up for comfort after the biopsy. Also ze got me Starbucks. We talked for awhile when ze dropped it off.

Skyped the FWiB. Also called Oldest Brother and Middle Brother to tell them. Oldest Brother was hit hard. Middle Brother, it's hard to tell.

Spent a good part of the evening on the phone with Lu Rice, engaging in family gossip. Then Denise called and I talked with her and John and Betsy.

This is a sort of disconnected entry, but it's the best I can manage.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Family.

3. The Rices.

4. My copy of What Abigail Did That Summer arrived.

5. Understanding boss.

6. The Kid.
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    melancholy melancholy
chipmunk

Worked from home

And had the quarterly patient care meeting at 11:00. Which only lasted about 10 minutes. I didn't learn much that I didn't know.

After work Denise called. They were having all the cousins talk to Aunt Helen, to say good-bye I guess. I couldn't say good-bye, but I told her I love her.

Then I Skyped the FWiB. While we were talking, [personal profile] mashfanficchick called, and we talked a bit, then I got back to the FWiB.

After that I had my Al-anon meeting by Zoom. It was pretty good.

The Kid has been texting Brianne. Aunt Helen is on end-of-life palliative care. I guess it's just going to be a few days. She's going to go visit tomorrow if she can.

I don't feel like writing any more.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Got to tell Aunt Helen I love her.

3. Family.

4. Care facilities.

5. Ice cream.

6. I have berevement leave when the time comes.
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    melancholy melancholy