31 October 2014

Friday

Well we finally made it again, thank goodness!  I got a confirmation e-mail that the home loan has officially closed, so the place is legally mine now.  Woop Woop! 

Work is yet another busy day.  I’ve been going from the time I got here and probably won’t stop for a while.  At least I hope not I am in the downward spiral of the day.  Looking very forward to quitting time.  Going home to have a can of Steak N Shake Chili and pick up my next Man calendar, which is waiting on my front porch, according to UPS.  Speaking of UPS I need to go buy a replacement (Uninterruptable Power Supply) for the modem and router.  The one I had shot craps.  I can probably get a replacement battery but it’s a very low grade model and I think replacing it, if the price is right would be the way to go.  Plus I’d like to get a 2nd one for the TV in the living room, it will just be peace of min, but again the price has to be right.  Amazon is my friend but I would rather go local if I can.  So will be checking into that.

Last night I am sitting comfortably at the table eating Ben & Jerry's when my mother calls.  Remember my weekend plans, well she tried to wreck them.  I have to take her to the lab because she says they won’t release the results of her blood work that was done over 2 weeks ago to the doctor.  Someone isn’t communicating correctly but okay.  So I am going to pick her up and cart her to and fro … then I am leaving town and going to head for the buffet.  I will be charging up my portable speaker tonight so that I can listen to NPH or music while i am on the way. 

I find it very entertaining to listen to NPH read to me, it’s more like a conversation and it is comforting and enjoyable.  I still want to nod off on the way home but just not as much.  I really wish I had someone to go home to, I mean besides the cats.  Being single and alone has it’s advantages but having company does too, plus if dinner were waiting for me I could be that much more productive with the little time I spend at home during the week.  Ah well, maybe some day that will happen.  Still no luck with online dating but maybe that is for the best, I am just not sure.  I would like to skip the games and just move straight into the relationship part where you can tell if it is or if it isn’t going to work.

All of the children are doing well, sucking up as much attention and food as they can get out of me.  Sleeping is a chore since now more of them want to move in to my room.  I let one of the girls stay plus the two boys and I pretty well have a full house.  Right now I am longing for a nice hot and relaxing shower and then to dry off, watch TV and relax …. slowly falling asleep.  I had no set agenda, but my mother has changed that and now I have to get up early.

The big thing with mom is well I will be driving my late partners vehicle.  It needs some road time, because I never go anywhere with it, other than short around town trips.  That is not what a vehicle was made for.  Get on the open road and fly, that is what it was meant for.  Bringing that vehicle will cause the whole conversation about selling it to her.  I really don’t want to go there.  She also told me that she would take me out to eat afterwards as a thank you.  I told her that I already had plans.  So hopefully things go well and I can move on.

So this is the big time change weekend, Saturday night fall back 1 hour.  Ah, an extra hour of sleep that will be nice.  It will feel odd for a while but I will get used to it.  Sort of like the cold weather, temps have really dropped here.  Time to break out the long sleeve shirts, sweaters and the like.  Ugh, I hate long sleeves.  This year to Thanksgiving I am thinking of wearing a bow tie.  I have always wanted to wear one and my late partner has always talked me out of it.  They are usually reserved for the preppy upper class or the people who are just plain pompus, at least that has been my experience.  I am neither of those, but would like to try one on and see what kind of reaction I get.  Who knows maybe my prince charming will see me and life will fall into place.  I will be wearing blue shirt so I was thinking either pink or red.  What’s your opinion?  Normally I just wear the shirt and some nice pants, like I am going to work.  I leave the tie behind because it is just plain stuffy but I think I may be okay with a bow tie. 

The children sure are curious about my backpack, they wonder why I am lugging it around everywhere and what is so important in it.  Shy Girl was really giving it the once over this morning.  I warned her that I was headed in her direction because I had to leave.  She ran away from it like it was a bomb.  That is just her personality.  Ah new month, claw trimming will be coming up soon.  Oh joy!

Super excited the house deal is done.  For giggles and something to look forward to I checked on Bankruptcy and looks like the hardship discharge will be able to be requested around April of next year, unless I happen to make a lump sum payment.  Time will tell.  For now it’s play it by ear.  Talk with you peeps later.  Have a great weekend!

30 October 2014

Thirsty Thursday

It has been another wild and crazy day!  I scheduled a massage and that took up part of my lunch, but I enjoyed some of it.  I hate it when she finds knots and just works & works them like she is milking a cow.  Pop, pop and ouch, ouch!  I get a happy ending though.  No not that kind of happy ending.  The kind where she places a towel that has been soaked in warm water on my back.  It lays there for a minute.  Then she does some more massaging and wipes off all of the goop she has put on my back.  I ask for and get BioFreeze applied, makes the massage last just a few seconds longer.  Viola, all done!

Late afternoon is in full swing, when I get an Email from the new mortgage company.  They need more documentation.  Are you kidding me?  I mean we closed on the loan last Saturday.  You asked for more crap on Monday and now here we are approaching the end of the week and you still need more stuff.  Holy hell batman, I’d say left isn’t telling right what is going on.  I reluctantly supplied the information, because after all it is to my benefit.  I did include some stern wording like lets make up our mind and assure me you don’t and won’t need another fucking thing from me, except of course on time payments.  Surprise, surprise….all I hear is crickets.  They aren’t going out on a limb like that I know it but I’d love to get them to commit to it.  I suppose I will get my answer if they don’t ask for anything else.  I mean what is the purpose of closing if your still asking for paperwork.  Either we are closed are we aren’t.  This is not a ping pong match and I don’t have the time or energy to keep this up.  I am frustrated, does it show?

My Amazon orders were waiting for me when I arrived home.  I was quick to tear in to the boxes.  I got my DVD drive, my extra power supply and my oven mitts.  That was box #1.  In box #2 we have Corbin Fisher’s All American 2015 Male Calendar.  Oh it’s a thing of sheer beauty.  The other calendar is on it’s way and I’m guessing will be here next week. 

It’s Halloween eve so that means here all of the kids and their parents come out.  They do it a day early and there will be more that show up tomorrow night.  I don’t like it because every place else in the world you get 1 night.  Not this town, you get 2.  Even my home town which isn’t far from here you only get 1 night.  These spoiled brats get 2.  So be it.  This morning was a panic to get out of the house.  I had to tell the timer not to turn on the lights, stop by an ATM to get cash for the massage as well as getting fed, showered and dressed.  Feeding the muffins and medicating Big Boy.  I made it and got to work with an entire 1/2 hour to spare.  Phew, that was just good timing.

There is but one hour left in the day and I see an Email for a presentation tomorrow morning.  The meeting starts at 7a and well I am just about ready to leave the house then.  So I found someone to cover for me.  I don’t mind getting up early but if i can avoid it, I will.  If you have yet to learn anything about me, know that I cherish with every fiber of my being sleep and time to relax and unwind.  It’s the best part of living, outside of orgasms, comedy and good food. 

I’ve paid my bills …easy come….easy go.  I do have several hundred dollars left, so I will be paying for cat/human food on that, plus my trip to the buffet and gasoline.  No doubt it will be spent very quickly, but at least it’s not going on a credit card.  Those have gotten way out of hand and I am seriously over extended but relying on good faith and God to help me get them paid off as quickly as possible.  Most of it will be sound judgment on my part.  I want to save money but first I need to dig myself out of the hole I am in with unsecured debt.  2 more payments and my car will be paid for!  More money to be able to spend and save.

So the buzzards cats are circling and it’s time for food.  I guess I should go before they maul me and have me for their snack.  Thankful that tomorrow is the end of the week.  I am so stoked for Saturday and getting away.  I hope it feels as good as I am hoping it does.  Talk with you peeps later.

29 October 2014

Audio Book

I have indulged myself once again and went shopping last night on Amazon, I mean I am already sinking in debt what is a little more?  I have new oven mitts coming and I’m excited about that, what is wrong with me?  I almost bought a pizza stone but I saw a warning about placing it in a hot oven cause it to break (it was made of ceramic) that told me not to waste my money.  I got a USB DVD drive as well as an extra power supply for my laptop.  I’m leaving the extra at work, hooked up so all I have to do is plug in.  Then I placed my usual order for calendars.  Hot Naked Men, oh yeah!  Plus I got 2 Union Pacific Railroad Calendars, but I had to go to the UPSTORE in order to get those.  Shipping is a killer, but the calendars are worth it.  Amazon is a no brainer I am a Prime Member and have saved tons in shipping, it’s like a gimmick, you know your getting free shipping so why not buy from them?  Plus who doesn’t love opening packages and getting stuff in the mail?  No one I know of. 

Today was a very trying day.  I had to really hold back to maintain my composure.  I deployed a new laptop and monitor to a secretary.  She wanted everything just the way she had it before, which I understand.  However, I put the new monitor in – it’s much larger than the old monitor, hooks up with a HDMI cable and provides an outstanding picture.  She was adamant about it and refused it.  I had to go to storage and get a used monitor for her.  The one she had is due back on lease.  I gave up my lunch hour and what should have taken 30 to 45 minutes took 2 hours and 30 minutes to make her happy.  Holy fuck!  Bitch Please!!!  It’s new and you don’t want it, WTF is wrong with you?  I am so glad she is done.  Just remembered that I forgot to make her change her password, so here it is 8p and I had to logon to work and flag her account.  I’ll bet you she calls me in the morning.  Not real bright but very damn picky.  She would make a great cat – more like lioness.

In my shopping adventure I wanted a copy of Neil Patrick Harris’ Autobiography.  I chose to get it for free by trying audible.com, it’s an Amazon company and I get 30 days, plus 2 books.  I got Neil’s and am obsessed with listening to it.  I really want to hear all about his sexuality and sex life.  Thus far I am not disappointed.  He’s talked some about that.  I have learned a little along the way and he keeps your attention.  Plus I guess it helps that I have a wicked hard crush on him.  I’ve said it before and I will say it again, David Burtka you are a very lucky man!

So on my way home it hit me that I didn’t blog today, well that’s because I didn’t really get a lunch.  I got about 20 minutes to cram my lunch in my gut and then had to get back to work.  I was so far behind and things are backing up like a sewer.  No fear of boredom with this job!  It makes the days just fly by.  While soon it will be Friday and I will once again be rejoicing because this weekend I am leaving town, headed for the buffet and some bread pudding.  Come hell or high water, I will be there.

In getting breakfast this morning, I noticed that Big Boy went on the carpet again.  Holy crap, so I had to clean that up tonight.  Plus he was a mess so I had to clean him up.  He wasn’t too happy about that because it involved some fur pulling, but when I was rubbing his belly with a warm paper towel he was just in 7th heaven.  Most people would have given up on him a long time ago and wouldn’t have put the money, time and care that we have poured into him.  However, in return I have a loving animal that just looks at me and gets anything he wants.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  He knows I love him and I know he loves me – actions truly do speak louder than words.

Today is my mothers birthday.  She hated my card, it was something cheap for 99 cents and said something like your really, really old.  I thought it was hysterical and for the price, well it was a keeper.  Next week is my brothers birthday, have to get him a card.  Then I am done with birthdays for the year so far as I know.  Mom called me tonight and went on and on about this and that.  As per usual I was thrilled to death to get off the phone with her. 

Okay, so your up to speed.  TAZ wants his food and Big Boy is chirping for treats.  So off I go running.  Talk with you peeps later.

28 October 2014

You are too old

So I found a good looking guy on Grindr who appealed to me, he told me he was open minded and blah, blah.  He is 34 so I really didn't think that age was an issue.  Turns out I was wrong.  He asked me how old I was and I told him, I could have lied because more than 1 person has told me I look way younger than my actual age.  However, what is a relationship that is not built on honesty?  Answer it's nothing.

Anyway, I didn't hear anything from him and noticed that he had been online since I sent my message.  So I sent another message to him and said something like did I say something wrong.  I was surprised to get a response back that said yes, you are too old.  He did say good luck - I think he needs it more than I do since he is so picky.  Anyway, everyone from friends to my therapist tell me that there is a special guy waiting out there for me.  Yeah, every time I find someone they turn me down for one reason or another.  Age has been the #1 reason thus far.  The rejection honestly hurts but I much prefer honesty to a lie.  I am starting to wonder how will I ever find Mr. Right or will he find me.  I mean I am only going to be on earth for a finite number of years and I am not getting any younger.  I prefer younger guys, simply based on looks.  However, as I have said before it's what is on the inside (as in how they are as a person that matters most).  I am still plugging away but I am so ready to stop.  Everything in my life is getting to a 'perfect' setting, part of me says why mess it up with getting a boyfriend - the other part of me says you are in need of one more thing and that is a boyfriend.  Ugh, finding someone to date seems harder than dating it's self. 

I went to my friends house yesterday.  Turns out she had a bad network cable but I still wound up resetting her router.  While I was there she had me update her iPhone and iPad to the latest version of IOS.  I enabled find my iPhone/iPad for her and also started an iCloud account. She is the person who didn't back up her contacts and lost them one day.  She is well due for a new iPhone but money is so much of an issue right now.  I stayed much longer than I wanted to.  She made Lasagna with Hamburger & Italian Sausage and sent most of it home with me.  She made her husband stop and pick up diet soda for me, I mean it was all about me.  Yesterday would have been my late partners birthday.  She kept me around so I wouldn't be alone.  That is special and sweet but she lives on the other side of the earth and it takes forever to get there and home.  Really sucked the life out of my day of vacation. 

Before I left to head out to her house yesterday, I got a call from the new mortgage company.  They needed even more documentation from me.  Holy crap we closed I signed a contract.  Legally I don't believe I have to provide the with anything.  They were questioning where the funds came from for closing and if I could show proof.  Uh, you got the fucking check, it's certified funds who cares where it came from.  In any case I sent them what they asked for as well as a copy of the cashier's check just to rub it in a little. 

I made it to the Assessors office and signed for an Owner Occupied Exemption and showed them that I paid far less than what the house is assessed at, so they will reassess the house and I should hear about that next year.  Until I get older or God forbid become disabled, I won't qualify for any further exemptions.  As it is with the exemption I signed for I saved $6,000.00 which is a hefty sum of money.  So glad I took the day off.

I also got my phone call into the telephone company.  I did add long distance to my home phone and swung a deal where they will pay for all of the added fees, plus they are giving me non published service for free now instead of me paying $2 per month.  In the end it's going to cost me more money but I just like how things seemed to flow.  When I hung up the change was in effect.  I remember the old days when they told you it's going to be a week from today between the hours of x and 5pm before your service will be upgraded.  Now it's all done with the touch of a couple buttons.  Normally, the system doesn't like me and messes up all of my orders but thankfully this one flowed smoothly.  I can only call within the US but I still have my Magic Jack if I need or want to call Canada (for my blogger friend) for free.  I don't make much in the way of LD but it's nice to have the option instead of relying on my cell phone.

I am just spending money like I actually have it and I don't.  Speaking of which Blu has been gone for like 2 weeks and I already have a bill in the mail from the line of credit I took out.  They want a small monthly payment by the 2nd week of November.  I will have more money on Friday and they will get their payment and then some.  I have plans to pay that off as quickly as I can so that I am not subject to the interest charges.

So I am using my laptop for it's first blog post but I don't have all of the software I need/want loaded on it.  One of those items being Windows Live Writer, which is what I use for blog posts.  I wanted to configure Crash Plan to backup my desktop, but some how I was disconnected this morning and the machine is off line.  I've checked off and on, same result.  So it will have to wait until I get there this evening, hopefully nothing is wrong.  All of the important stuff is on the desktop so it gets backed up.  The laptop well it's kind of a shell machine, with just basic stuff loaded.  I still have encrypted the hard drive and loaded LoJack for laptops, just in case someone decides to help themselves to my equipment.  Why should I make it easy for a thief?  So there is way more protection in place on my laptop because it's portable and more subject to being stolen, lost or misplaced.  I can't envision loosing it nor misplacing it but I did manage to forget to pack the spoon I set aside for lunch, so I suspect anything is possible.

Well back to the grindstone.  I've got 3 machines to crank out in less than 2 weeks.  1 of which is defective, brand new but still defective.  Dell is coming out tomorrow to fix that.  Time is not on my side here.  The lease is up and the equipment has to go back.  I am going to do everything in my power to make sure that it happens. 

Talk with you peeps again soon.  Hope your week is off to a good start.  I can't seem to wake up but I also can't complain, things are well and quiet  -which is the way I'd like to keep them for a very long, long, long, time.  :)

26 October 2014

Fortune Cookie

So I just got back from eating out and going to the grocery store.  My fortune cookie fortune said “ You shouldn’t overspend at the moment.  Frugality is important.”  Uh I think it’s a little too late for that!  Here’s hoping the future is as bright as it looks!

Homo the Homeowner

The closing went off without any problems.  The lady was on time, didn’t have much in the way of a sense of humor but did listen to me ramble on about my life and recent happenings.  She couldn’t believe that I made it through essentially what one would call ‘hell’ and back.  Plus she said that she hasn’t seen someone reduce there mortgage payment by $500 so she said I did really well.

Now I know what it takes to buy a house – paperwork and lots of it.  Not to mention money for closing costs and escrow accounts.  I was told I could actually use my signature stamp but decided to go with traditional pen.  I broke out my 2 favorites and had them at the table.  I had a bottle of water for each of us.  The house didn’t smell bad, which I was thankful for.  Friday night I whipped the place in to some presentable shape.  I broke out the table cloth which hasn’t seen the light of day for probably more than 5 years.  We only used it at Thanksgiving back when we ate at home. 

So I am officially Homo the Homeowner!  I came up with that all by myself.  I have also completed 2 home improvements this weekend.  First, the garage I bought motion detectors for the lights.  Now I can leave the lights on all the time and won’t come home to a dark garage.  The garage opener has a light bulb on it but it quits a day or two after I get it working again.  This solution cost me $70 but it works.  The lights stay on for 10 minutes when it’s dark and detects motion, then they turn off.  That is plenty of time.  I wish it was adjustable down to 5 minutes but so be it.  Secondly, I replaced the flapper in my toilet, it’s been leaking for months and I haven’t wanted to deal with it.  Since I own the place I figure might as well spent that $5 in parts to take care of it. 

The think I am dying to blog about is my interaction with the waiter at Cracker Barrel.  I was up late last night and slept in this morning, but thankfully it paid off.  So I asked to be seated in his section again and this time he was actually there.  Holy shit, I was nervous.  I kept thinking about how I was going to do it.  He was very nice, seemingly to give me extra attention and provided great service.  I decided to wait until the meal was over.  He came out of no where and I just stood up and asked him if he would like to get a bite to eat or a drink sometime.  He shook my hand and said no thanks.  Holy fuck.  I was disappointed, but went into it thinking that he would say no.  No more nerves and well I am proud of myself that I actually went through with it.  Now I won’t be going back to Cracker Barrel anytime soon.  It will just be awkward to see him.

Figuring that I was already committed to a boat load of debt by purchasing the house, I decided to make a trip back to Office Depot before the closing on Saturday morning.  I was looking for ink they didn’t have what I needed, so I had to stop at Office Max.  I did however, purchase a cordless mouse and laptop.  Yeah, I didn’t get the laptop that I wanted but I am happy with what I chose.  I wanted a wider one with a 10 key touchpad , it’s more of a full keyboard experience.  In any case it’s also an HP – I seem to be gravitating to them.  I have 2 printers, a desktop and a laptop that are all made by HP. 

I stayed up very late last night working on my desktop and trying to recover from the crash.  It’s like a project.  I sit down and get sucked in and before you know it, afternoon is gone.  Then it’s evening and finally it’s bed time.  I had plans to go out last night for pizza.  I talked myself out of it because of spending so much time here.  I am however going out for Chinese tonight and then hitting up the grocery store afterwards.  I have started to setup my laptop.  It’s not going to take nearly as long to complete as the desktop.  Plus if you hate Windows 8.1 I found a free overlay called Classic Shell it does a pretty good job for being a free program. 

So tomorrow I have a call into my therapist to see if she has any morning appointments, I am dying to dish and get it out on the table about my progress.  I need to talk with someone about the property taxes to see what I qualify for in the way of exemptions, if anything.  I have to hit up the bank to put away the mortgage papers in the safe deposit box.  I am also going to try to call the phone company about possibly adding long distance to my home phone, I really don’t need it but it would come in handy once and a while.  Moreover I really would like to get the cost down – so add more features but drive down the cost.  The only way I know for sure to do that is switching to telephone through my cable provider, but I really don’t want to go that route if I can avoid it. 

Tomorrow afternoon I will be driving to the other side of the earth, visiting a friend who has some technology problems.  In exchange for fixing her issues, she is making lasagna.  So food for service, I can deal with that.  I just hope it’s good.  Her problems are all with her router and she was told she needs to upgrade.  I told her it may just be a firmware upgrade, since all of her devices used to work with the router.  They all just stopped one day.  I personally think the router is dead and that she will have to buy a new one, but time will tell.  I did confirm that she was close to a Best Buy just in case.  I almost want to pick one up before I go out there but I won’t.  I can’t stay too terribly long because I have to get back home in order to prepare for Tuesday which will be my Monday.  4 days this week is pretty nice, I kind of wish I would have taken Tuesday as well.  Next weekend unless something unforeseen comes up, I will be getting out of town on Saturday and going to the buffet.  I could go today but I figure do Chinese I have been super hungry for it for a long time. 

I am working on you guessed it laundry.  Big Boy developed diarrhea but thankfully it was after the meeting was over with on Saturday. He didn’t tell me about it until late last night which I wasn’t too happy about but, I did clean him up.  I dealt with the rest of the mess today.  I managed to also watch Season 2 of Alpha House.  I am so pissed the way that it ended I would love to know if Robert Bettencourt got re-elected but I guess they have to give you a reason to tune in for Season 3 and well that probably won’t come out until next October.  Halloween is on Friday.  I don’t do the whole candy thing so it will be lights out here, sorry kids.  Well I need to get back to it otherwise time will be slipping away once again. 

Thankfully I did finally write my letter to the hospital and I think they will get the point to resubmit the claim.  I engaged someone else higher up the food chain in their organization so I think the wheels will be turning long before the letter goes in the mail tomorrow morning.  My mom called me and told me that my brother bought a bigger bed and he has a girl friend.  She sleeps over so they can do the nasty.  He is not in love with her but in lust with her.  All I can say is well good for him.  If what she is telling me is true sounds like the bed has been broken in very well.  I just sit back and say why can’t that be me?  I mean I am happy for him but at the same time I want someone…. not just to have sex with but to be a companion.  Actually the companion part is what I miss most.  Mom is afraid that he is going to move out and move in with her so she will have to sell the house.  I told her cross that bridge when you get to it.  Then she started up about my late partners vehicle.  I told her it wasn’t for sale.  I’m going to trade it in but it will be a little while before that happens.  I need to let the dust settle, hopefully pay off some bills and be able to start saving money like it’s going out of style.  I need a large nest egg to take care of me in case something happens, in case I decide I want to buy something or if I decide that I want to move.  I told the lady that I would love to relocate to CA but the cats are keeping me here.  I’d also like to get a passport and be able to travel to Canada, I have a feeling that I might not want to come back home once I cross the border but well that is a very long way in the future and best laid plains, etc. 

My life is still very much day by day, moment by moment.  Well talk with you peeps later.  Hope you enjoyed the weekend!

24 October 2014

Busy Day

Here we are at the end of the day.  It's been very busy and I just now actually have a moment to myself before I head out.  So the big day is tomorrow.  I am going to start cleaning tonight, the children won't know why but they will soon figure it out.  Shy Girl is eating on her schedule but she is eating, so that is a good thing.  Something bit her on the back of the neck and she doesn't like me to touch it.  

Last night I worked on my home pc some more, still not quite there yet.  I am having some issues with Outlook but hope to resolve them and get the machine finished up over the weekend.  Despite being worked to death at work and home, I managed to wake up at 2am and I didn't get back to sleep until 4am.  I watched the 1st episode of Season 2 of Alpha House.  I will be binge watching it this weekend, as much as I can.  

Got to get up early tomorrow so that I can get to the bank for the cashier's check.  I am not too happy about it but I have never heard of a loan with no closing costs or where the cost is baked in, so it sounded too good to be true.  This is a start of things stepping in the right direction.  If the payment gets too much or rates drop, I can always re-fi again.  I am just very nervous about the whole thing, but I am pretty certain it will be okay.  It's just now that responsibility will offically be on my shoulders, it's been there all along but the weight didn't quite seem as heavy until my name goes on the title.

Well I am posting this and wrapping things up.  I've done quite a bit of overtime this week and am very thankful and greatful to have Monday off.  Hopefully, the next post will be from my new home pc.  

Hope you all have a nice weekend.  Talk with you peeps later.  

23 October 2014

Closing

I didn't know why but I felt drawn to Office Max to buy my pc.  Turns out we have a Office Depot & Max.  Since they merged we will only have Office Max, so the Depot is closing and they are having a moving sale.  They were practically giving merchandise away.  I got a new desktop last night for $600 including taxes.  They tried to sell me a warranty but I declined.  So now I am on Windows 8.1 and I hate it like everyone else.  I will purchase an overlay or download a free one.  I have begun the setup process - it's up and running.  I even have my old hard drive attached and as I suspected data is all in tact.  

So I get home pop in some White Castle to the Microwave and the phone rings.  I have been getting election calls like crazy but I answered this one.  Turns out it was the Loan Officer and he told me that we are good to close.  Once again things have changed.  I will get to skip my November payment but will have to make a December Payment.  I am still saving $500 per month, which is a good thing.  The interest rate is 4.25% which is pretty common these days.  He needs some additional documentation from me, but of course with my PC down it's going to take me a bit.  Then he hit me with what I dreaded cash to close.  Holy crap.  I hate parting with money.  I need a little over $1,300 to close.  So thankfully I have held on to my savings and will be able to make this happen.  We close on Saturday at 11am.  That will give me time to get to the bank to get a cashiers check, which is required.  Makee sure the carpet is clean, might be wet but at least it will be clean.  Tidy up the house a wee bit.  I mean the deal is done so it really doesn't matter what the house looks like.  Plus I will be able to grab a couple of my favorite pens to sign my life away.

I am very nervous about doing this, but I know it's the right thing to do so that the muffins and I can stay there.  Plus I will get away from the present lender and my name will be on the loan and the house will oficially be mine.  Given the fact that negative seems to follow me, that is a big reason why I am nervous plus I am commiting to a 30 year loan - who knows if I will live that long?  I just pray this all works out for the greater good.

Since I have so much going, I took off Monday which oddly is also my late partners birthday.  I would like to take care of getting a new vehicle as well but I think I am going to put that off.  That is an awful lot of change and right now my brain is going haywire -- no partner -- dead cat -- dead computer and now a house in my name.  Woah!  Slow down, save a little make sure that this all comes together and then maybe I will be able to take care of the car.  I don't know what the home loan will do to my FICO score, when I took out the line of credit for BLU it killed my score and I lost like 20 points.  Not happy about that but I figure in time I will be able to recover.  Plus with a lower house payment that line of credit will be paid for in no time.

I hope that Lawn Boy shows up over the weekend to trim the bushes, they are really bushy.  Then all I have to do is pray nothing else goes wrong.  I do have a toilet to fix, just a flapper to replace ... how hard can that be?  Good question, I will find out soon enough.

Lots going on here at work and I am taking a short lunch.  Plenty to do.  Looking forward to getting home on Friday night so I can start the weekend.  Meanwhile I just have to try to stay out of trouble.  Talk with you peeps later.  

22 October 2014

Death Again

Yup, last night my pc died.  The system was slow and very sluggish.  I restarted and heard the fateful click, click from the hard drive and I knew it was over with.  I have had that machine for at least 7 if not 10 years.  So it's lived a good long life.  My late partner had a replica of it, but he got his first.  So it wouldn't be prudent to use his because there is nothing saing that in a few weeks to whenever that the same thing wouldn't happen again.  

I am not very happy about having to replace it.  I mean the replacement part is fine just as long as it doesn't come with an expense part.  However, I don't know how to get a pc for free, so tonight I am going shopping.  It's essential that I have something at home so that I can get on-line and work from home if needed.  Thankfully my on-call week was last week or I would have been in a real pickle.  I would have had to come back to the office, check out a laptop and then go back home.  So yes it can always be worse.

The other thing I am not happy about is that I will be leaving behind Windows 7 and that to me is HUGE.  My data is all backed up safely online thanks to my Crashplan subscription.  It is more of the fact that this is very ill timed.  Setting up Windows 8 will surley not be a fun experience but I know I can do it.  Then I get the fun task of looking up key codes, serial numbers, locating media, etc.  It's like I need a day just to get my digital life back on track.  I actually thought about taking vacation but there is much brewing for the rest of the week, I think it would be a bad idea.  

My plan is to buy the machine tonight, get it home and unboxed, hooked up and at least get it to the desktop.  Install Anti-Virus Software and probably call it a night.  Yeah, well if I get that far I will want to keep going.  I am also buying a hard drive enclosure, so that I can transfer data from the old drive.  It's just a sector that has the OS on it for booting that is bad.  I believe the rest of the disk is good.

There is a program that can attempt to fix the drive, it's called Spinwrite and its written by Steve Gibson over at grc.com.  He's a great guy and the program has saved a lot of people from the very mess I am in.  However, you buy it - download - run and then it can literally be days or weeks before the program finishes.  It's very miticulous and because of that is why it takes so long.  I kind of knew this day would get here sooner or later and well frankly it's just time to upgrade.  Faster processor, better memory, larger hard drive and of course after I get everything loaded it will be as slow as molases, but welcome to the world of Windows, that is the norm.  

I picked up BLU's remains last night and was fine.  I almost broke down when I was pulling into the drive way but I caught myself.  The box they gave me represented what I was shown but it looked much bigger in the photo.  If I get curious only a screw seperates me from his remains, I will probably look at some point.  For now he loved to spend time in the living room, so that is where I put him, right below the TV.

BLU was the cat that figured out how to turn the TV on when we wouldn't wake up.  He would turn it on, then it would wake up both me and my late partner.  Once we caught on to his trick we just started turning the volume down he would still turn it on but it lost the magic touch.  Soon he gave it up, but I still to this day turn the volume down before I turn it off.  I was putting away my shoes last night and realized yeah the only reason why they are in the closet is because I was afraid he would pee on them. Well now that Mr. Big  Boy has his problem I am not taking any chances.  Shoes are expensive!  Then  again what isn't expensive theese days.  

We have had a huge technical blunder here and email doesn't work for 1/2 of the company.  The phones have been ringing off the hook, because everyone lives and dies by their e-mail.  I get it, all we can tell them is it's being worked on.  They don't like to hear that, they want a time estimate... okay how about before Thanksgiving but no later than New Years Day.  I wonder how far that would fly.

One of my coworkers discovered he was the only one logged into the phone system, so the fat fuck sends out an e-mail with the boss included.. hey I am the only one on the phones, I could use some help.  Yeah well what about the multiple times it's happened to me.  Did I yell and scream like a little girl?  Did I run to mommy telling on everyone?  Nope, just took it like a man.  I didn't like it but I didn't cry about it either.  As you can tell I am not a fan of his.  He's got a lot of knowledge but social skills he lacks plus he says very hurtful things but he thinks he is joking.  Like one time I called and he said I knew you were going to call me because everytime you call my skin crawls.  Uh, excuse me?  That didn't sit very well with me, but I let it go.

Ah the phone is chirping, I have to go setup for a meeting.  Another lunch hour cut short.  Guess what I am doing over the weekend?  Yep, working on the PC more than likley.  So much for getting away, but maybe I can pull off my breakfast stunt with some sucess.  They say that bad things happen in 3's well I have suffered 2 and we can skip what ever will be #3.  I think my dues are more than paid up.

Talk with you peeps later.  Happy Hump(ing) day!  :)

21 October 2014

Fire Drill

Yesterday we got instructions on how to evacuate the building in the event of an emergency.  Today they set off the fire alarm and we got to see who read the memo.  I read it but kept following other people and even talking to people I knew I worked with but had no idea what their name was.  

Then my cell phone rings.  It's our head Network guy and he wants to know whats going on.  I said we are having a fire drill.  Turns out the receptionist sent out a memo saying we had an emergency and were asked to evacuate, she also said this is NOT a drill.  Well now I understand why I got the phone call.  Oh  vey, don't say the sky is falling unless you actually see it, even though by then it will be too late.  

My lunch is cut a little short today because I have to set up for some meetings.  It happens more often than not.  I just adjust for it on my time card and everyone is happy and I can laugh all the way to the bank.

Went straight home last night and wow it smelled like Cinnamon Rolls & Cat Pee.  Those two things don't go together.  I broke out the steam cleaner and found a new place where the fat boy likes to pee at.  The water came out yellow and I repeated the process over and over and eventually I just gave up. I didn't think that I would see clear water anytime soon.  I sprayed something to help with the odor and once again I have a brown stain on the carpet.  I honestly don't know how to fix this w/o replacing the carpet.  A friend of mine says oh, pull it up and put down hard wood floors.  That sounds great except you ever see a cat try to walk on a hard wood floor?  It doesn't work so well.  While I have a problem now, the last thing I need is for someone to break a hip and be back at the vets place.  So I think I will pass on the hardwood floor idea.  

Talked with my friend about the resturant guy.  Her advice was repeat what you did Sunday again this Sunday and see where you get.  I am super nervous about it and today is only Tuesday.  I suppose time will tell if I am up to do it again.  If I am I hope he is actually there this time.  I was remarking last night how I don't think much of the dating apps that are out there.  I mean does anyone actually go on dates anymore because all I see is hookup requests.  Granted I did get one date but that just didn't pan out well.  So the search goes on.

My neck is bothering me I think it's from too much time on my phone.  Once again I look forward to going home and sleeping.  Just me and my jumper.  He was hogging where my feet went last night, I had to really push to get him to move.  I guess he was comfy but I sure wasn't.  Shame the massage lady won't be here this week, that would fit in really nice.  It's been nothing but stress here latley and I am slowly coming down from that.  

Here is to going home and walking in the door to smell only Cinamon Rolls tonight.  That would be awesome.  Supper will probably be mac and cheese - nothing fancy.  1/2 tonight  1/2 tomorrow.  I noticed that I am packing on the pounds, not exactly happy about that but stress can cause that as well.

Speaking of stress, back to work.  I am waiting on someone to fix something so that I can do my job, until then I am kind of in a holding pattern.  Hopefully all will be well soon.  You take care and I will talk with you peeps later. 

20 October 2014

Done with on-call for now

Yay it's Monday and I am not on call anymore.  I got a couple of wake up calls last night but thankfully they were for my counterpart, so all I had to do was hit the mute button on the phone to stop the alarm from sounding.  Jumper wasn't too happy about it but we soon were off into the land of slumber.

TAZ man has been seeking me out for attention.  I brushed him last night, the last time I brushed anyone it was BLU and I figured it was only appropriate that TAZ goes first so he could pick up whatever scent was left behind from his buddy.

Speaking of scent, cat pee is the scent that I am smelling.  Not good.  I worked on Saturday to clean up a couple of their messes and at the same time I removed the urine remover stuff.  I can't just leave this permenant brown ring on the carpet, it looks horrible.  I think honestly there are two ways to get rid of the smell.  #1 is to get all new carpets and #2 is to get rid of the cats.  Both of which won't be happening anytime soon.  I actually see no point in removing the carpet, why ruin new carpet.  I am not happy with Mr. Big  Boy but he doesn't know that.  I have kept telling him to pee in the litter box, it's an extra couple of steps but it's where he needs to go.

Tonight I haven't made up my mind to go straight home or to stop off at the pet store.  Right now the way I feel I could just lay down and call it a day.  My back hurts, my neck hurts and I am tired.  At least tonight I can power on the sound machine, put the allergy machine on full blast and not hear a sound all night long.  Plus the phone will be on do not disturb.

I was a little alarmed when I looked at the on-call calendar and saw that someone had modified my duty to extend to tonight.  I changed it so that it ended as of 7am this morning, like it's suppose to.  The guy after me is off today and I'm guessing he doesn't want to work on-call tonight.  I thought about asking about it but decided against it.  I looked at the schedule and plain as day it says I am on for 1 week.  Someone else is on for another, etc.  So if we follow the schedule I am fine.  My guess was tht someone thought because I had someone else cover last Monday I needed to do 1 more day. That isn't how it works.

The weekend was a little busier than I wanted but everything was simple.  I am doing clean up today and trying to tidy things up so I am ready for whatever this week throws at me.  I actually have an odd ball item that I am going to troubleshoot momentarily.  Then on Thursday I think I have to come in super early to set up for some meeting.  I am not happy about that but maybe I will get a good parking space.  Maybe even some free food, who knows.  

Gotta run right now.  I will talk with you peeps later.  It sure will be nice not to run aroud like the world is on fire.  Relaxation is the name of the game.

19 October 2014

Risk Taker

Well my on call time is just about over with.  7 am Monday is around the corner.  It’s been busy this weekend.  Yesterday was my big day.  Today seems to be my counterparts big day, network outage.  Lots of calls. 

Thankfully I have had simple stuff and a lot of it I was able to fix on my own, other stuff I had to get help from someone because it’s above what I have rights to do.

Pretty much a normal weekend here.  I was able to get to the cat food store had to run home to deal with an urgent call, then back out to Target and to Sam’s Club.  Money spent just as easy this weekend as any other.  The only thing I couldn’t do was leave the area and I am itching to get out of here.

Today I was able to get breakfast, hit the grocery store and back to Target.  I also got in a nice nap.  It was just a grand old time.

So there is this guy I have had my eye on for a long time at Cracker Barrel.  I went in this morning with a plan.  I got there early, so it wasn’t crowded.  I wrote down my name and number on a piece of paper.  I asked to be seated in his section.  The plan was to ask him if he likes guys, if he said yes then I would have given him the paper and said call me or something like that.  The problem some woman was working his section and I never saw him.  I guess he was off.  Damn!  So I have a couple of choices… 1 I can try again next Sunday or 2 I can try to friend him on Facebook and if he accepts, then I could message him and ask.  My gaydar has a couple blips on it, but honestly unless you are obvious about your sexuality I don’t pick up on it, the whole gaydar with me is broken.  I am not sure of what to do and am waiting for some feedback from either you or another friend before I rush and possibly make a mistake.  I want to communicate and get an answer but I don’t want to scare him away.  The whole thing just has RISK written all over it.

The Gay Dating apps, well they aren’t getting me the results that I want.  I am keeping what I have paid for but when my time is up, my time is up.  I’m not pouring a bunch of money into this, it’s silly but I am not exactly sure how I am supposed to find a partner, considering I don’t go to gay bars.  There is a guy at work but again that has RISK written all over it and my policy is not to get into a relationship with a coworker, it’s just going to end badly and could ruin my job.

I am proud of myself because I didn’t let all of my 2nd guessing give in and I went to eat there and had plans to approach him.  The tricky part would be ask first and risk pissing him off so he spits in my food, tells his co-workers and everyone laughs at me or to ask before I leave.  Either way it’s a risk.  The wind was just let out of my sail when I didn’t get to see him.

At the grocery store I ran into the cashier who thinks I look like Jim Gaffigan, she is only the 2nd person in life to tell me that.  He is white like pail white – I look nothing like him.  Anyway, she said oh how’s your baby?  I said he passed away.  I just knew I would have to have that conversation with her today and kind of dreaded it. 

I have been thinking about my decision and well I do regret it in the fact that there are so many unknowns.  Regardless if it was right or wrong, I have to live with it, there is no bringing him back now.  In fact I should be getting a call tomorrow or very shortly telling me that his cremains are ready to be picked up.  I do want to bring him home, but didn’t plan on doing it like this.  So sad how things went so quickly from good to bad to death.  It’s amazing that life as we know it can change in the fraction of a second.

Speaking of cats, I was able to clean the rug yesterday.  Big Boy I believe had peed again.  It smells horrible, I put down the urine remover.  I am not sure what I can do to break him of this.  I caught him the other night and just picked him up and put him in the litter box.  He finished and hopped out.  He knew I wasn’t happy.  I think he is just seeing how lazy he can be – I mean I rotate his plate, he chirps for food and I am right there, he asks for attention and I give it.  I think it’s all just a test.  I hate it – pee in the litter box and we can continue to exist peacefully.  After all I have been through I think asking for that one little favor shouldn’t be a problem.

I have switched to Air Wick scented oils, they seem to have a much wider selection of fragrances that I like.  I picked up Cinabon Cinnamon and have that plugged in upstairs to help mask the cat pee smell.  I have a Pumpkin & Vanilla in my office, it’s okay but more Vanilla than Pumpkin.  Glade allows you to control the amount of fragrance, Air Wick doesn’t.  Febreeze is also in on the game but I’m happy with what I have.  Air Care like one of the best things ever.

Back to laundry, TV and cracking open a window.  Talk with you peeps later. 

17 October 2014

Fear No More

Yesterday was a very busy day.  We had some in house training to attend and that meant that disrupted everyones day.  We did it in groups of two so there was a morning phone shift and people in training and the same for the afternoon.  I was on the phones in the morning and in training in the afternoon.  It was supposed to be about HIPAA but they kind of got off topic, plus we were also talking about security.  At some point in the training the moderator said something about living your life in fear and how that was not a good model for one to live their life.  It was in that moment that I realized hey I am not living in fear anymore.  I no longer work for the Jewish Ass, I no longer have to worry about if my partner is going to pass away - he already did and last but oh so fresh I don't have to worry about BLU and if he will be okay.  Getting these things out of the way was rough but each brought me great knowledge and I learned something from each and everyone of them.  

From the Jewish Ass - never trust anyone, people will say one thing to your face and another behind your back.

From the loss of My Partner - It's important to have the end of life conversation early on so others will know what your wishes are.  To say I love you each and every day to those that you care for because someday you won't be able to.  That closing out another persons life it a misserable, labor intensive process that can litterally take years.

From the loss of BLU - Appreciate your pets, because unless you have a bird chances are you are going to out live them.  Money spends really quick at the vet and having available credit or money set aside for their health care is important.  Vet's are people too and chances are most of their diagnosis process is simply a guess.

So things are a little easier now that we are approaching the weekend.  It's been a very long and horrible week.  I got a sympathy card in the maiil last night from my vet.  I knew it would be coming.  It didn't affect me at all, by that I simply mean I didn't break down and cry.  I did reflect back on memories that I have had with him.  I've been doing that perodically.  I was surprised that all of my content of BLU (pictures and videos) is limited to my phone.  Holy cow!  I will be working on geting it transferred to my PC quickly, so that it can be in 2 places and backed up twice.  Memories and photos are all I have at this point.  

The rest of the children are getting used to having quiet around the house.  TAZ is starting to seek me out for attention and as well for food.  He lays by himself and I know he's got to be wondering where is my friend at.  I keep talking about BLU to him and telling him that he isn't coming back.  I hope that it sinks in.  I also tell him that we only have each other and we made it through one death, we will make it through another.  That is whhat we do, we are survivors.

So my co-worker that helped me out sent me a thank you e-mail.  My boss who I know has to have received the card and gift I sent for Bosses Day has yet to reach out to thank me.  I am starting to wonder if she ever will.  I asked a friend about it last night and was told give it a little more time and see if she says anything.  It really sucks when you have to seek people out to get a thank you for giving them a gift  

On-call hasn't been terribly bad.  Last night all was quiet.  This morning at 5:30 someone needed help, she never said it was urgent so I let it sit and she called two more times - then I said ok deal with it.  I did and wow turns out there was an outage and I was fortunate enough that I only got 1 call and not 40 calls.  Things are all better now and I picked up an extra 1/2 hour of time.  We got her fixed and damned if she didn't reboot and we had to fix her again.  I was later than normal leaving the house but thanks to my lead foot I was able to get to work with plenty of time to spare.  

I had a plan for the weekend to get cat food tonight, wake up early on Sunday and get groceries.  I believe I am just going to proceed as normal.  I went back and looked at last weekend 3 calls on Saturday and Sunday - that was it.  I hope I can get away with that or less and I hope they are easy if I get any calls at all.  Easy is what I like, you fix it and move on to the next thing.  I will essentially be chained to my house but then again if you think about it, I am usually home on weekends.  I really want to get away and go for a drive but that will have to wait.  Right now I am feeling the effects of getting up early, waking up in the middle of the night and all of the other sleeping hiccups that happened this week.  I need some good sleep with no interuptions.  For now I just have to put up with it until Monday at 7am and then I am done until December when I get to play the game again.  On-call at other places I worked was much worse.  This so far has been a walk in the park, I hope that experience continues.

So I am getting ready to go back to work and swap out a laptop.  It will be a grand ol time, I hope that everything works like it should.  I have to repeat this process 3 more times within the month.  Looking forward to putting that in the past as well.

Have a great weekend and I will try to do the same.  Weather is supposed to be pretty good, so who knows maybe I will go crazy and open the windows.  The children would love that!  Talk with you peeps later. 


15 October 2014

Healing

Last night was a rush to get home.  It was misting out so you know that means traffic was a mess.  It took me untl almost 6:30 to get remotly close to my house.  I had to stop to pick up the mail and stop to get a gift card for my co-worker who helped me out on Monday night with on-call.

I made it home got the children fed and started my supper.  I had some new Spicy Vegitarian Vegetable Chili from Campbell's.  Spicy it was not, the same for delicious.  Ah well nothing ventured nothing gained.  Whille I was eating the clock struck 7 so I was on duty.

I was able to pay my bills, hit the 1 credit card that has all of the charges for BLU on it really hard.  $800 which I think is a lot of money.  It helped the balance but there are other things on there like my mophie, the trip for orentation/training, etc.  It will be a little bit but hopefully I will be able to pay it off sooner rather than later.  In the middle of paying bills is when the first call came in.

It wasn't even my user but she was in a location that I am responsible for and she said she had loaner equipment, so I just took the bull by the horns and helped her.  Turns out it was a common issue and very easy fix.  In the process of calling her, the second call came in.  Now mind you neither of these were marked as urgent but I still called them back because they both had to do with work stoppages which is considered urgent, plus it was just the right thing to do (so I think).  The 2nd caller wanted to know if there were network issues because his machine is slow and is getting slower.  I block my cell phone number before I call anyone back, I don't need someone calling me in a week on my way home to tell me they have a problem that I would honestly not care about.  Doing that discourages people to answer their phone.  So I got to leave him a voice mail just to say no network problems, reboot your machine.  

I stayed up until 10:30p and couldn't wait to get to sleep.  All was quiet and I fell into a slumber when at a little past midnight the phone goes ape shit.  I sprang out of bed (perhaps a little too fast).  Looked at the issue and decided better address it.  Turns out it wasn't my user.  I have talked with her before but the other person on call should have dealt with this.  I guess she is pretty pleased with me because she didn't have to get out of bed.  I ran with it and finally by 1:45a I was able to retire back to bed.  I set the phone on the floor next to the bed so I would be able to get to it quicker and it was quiet for the rest of the night.  I woke up at 5a and had problems getting back to sleep but then when 6a rolled around I didn't want to get out of bed.  I felt exta tired like I hadn't gotten any sleep.  I hope that tonight is much quieter because my shows are on ABC and not to mention I would like to relax.  

On the home front everyone seems to be doing okay.  They are all eating.  Shy Girl is still acting like something is wrong.  I can't believe she actually misses BLU because they fought all of the time.  I guess she has no one to 'play' with so she is bored.  TAZ just mopes around the house, I think he really misses BLU.  They were tight and snuggled up every night together.  I sat down to give him extra attention last night and this morning I picked him up and just petted him.  He was purring away loving every minute of it.  I told him once again that BLU passed away and he won't be coming back.  I try not to say his name much for fear that it will jog their memory.  

Last night I wrote a thank you letter to my co-worker and put a photo of BLU in the letter along with the gift card.  I just lost it when I was composing the letter.  It hurts, but today it feels a little better.  I was thinking last night how there is no more emotional roller coaster, no phone calls to make or receive and holding my breath to see if this or that will work.  I still would like to know why he got a fever.  Siamese cats are predisposed to certain things so perhaps it was something genetic, I am honestly not sure and will probably never know.  I still look around but don't see anything obvious that jumps out at me.  I hate mysterys and love to solve the puzzle but this is one that just boggles the mind.

I was proud of myself for making it through yesterday, even thought I was sleepy.  I figured if I did it one day I would give it a go today.  Hopefully things will be different and much better and quieter tonight.  Staying up until 10:30p isn't bad it's the middle of the night stuff that I hate.  I am sure I won't be fond of Saturday or Sunday either.  

My mom called me last night to tell me that she is going to have another cornea transplant next month.  Of course she wanted transportation help, which is the real reason why she called.  I told her that I have a very small amount of PTO and I have to use it wisley.  There are things that are planned like the closing and I am not sure if I will need a 1/2 or a whole day.  Then with her to get to a follow up visit, I know she will want me to take a whole day and frankly from a cost perspective it would be better.  I would have to drive to work, then drive to her house, then drive back by work, drive her home and then drive home myself.  That in it's self would be a killer.  I hope that it all goes well and there is a high sucess rate.  If something goes south and she loses her vision that will be a real bummer.  At least she isn't talking about a car.  She did ask me if I could take her to the doctor on Saturday.  I told her that I am chained to my house for the weekend, because I am on-call.  Saturdays are supposed to be like working full 8 hour days and the same for Sunday but it's a little quieter.  I have a strategy in place, we shall see if it pays off.

I was worried I wouldn't have anything to do.  Problem after problem, jumping from here to there and back again.  It's been a very busy day and lunch time is drawing to a close.  Back to busy city.  I am trying my best but can't help thinking of BLU.  I hope he likes the Rainbow Bridge and thta he has found my late partner.  Alrighty then, back to work it is.  Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to work I go because I owe, I owe, I owe.  :)  Talk with you peeps later.

14 October 2014

Life goes on

So I took care of business last night.  I did get to see him and he was really perky.  He was chatty as well, I think he wanted to go home or at least that is what he expected.  So I had 2nd thoughts.  I goot the staff to bring me some food, he wouldn't eat it no matter what.  I really wanted him to, that would have been cause to go a different route.  I know in my heart that if I would have brough him home he would have eaten, but I can't say for certain that he would have kept it up.  I really think he wanted to see his buddy TAZ and just snuggle up and be left alone.  

I came in with the empty carrier and who was waiting for me but TAZ.  I didn't want him to see it but it didn't work out that way.  He just looked at me as if to say, well where is he?  I keep apologizing to him and explaing tht he is gone.  It feels really, really wrong.  

As you can well imagine I didn't get much sleep.  I left my door open last night in case TAZ wanted to come in.  Nope but Momma did and she walked all over me.  It was like Wild Kingdom.  I pretty much know for certain that the others really don't miss him because he always laid in wait for them and would scare the crap out of them.  I had to function as a peace keeper more often than not. 

I am at work, but this is the last place I really want to be.  I am functioning on auto pilot.  I walked away from my car and realized I forgot my access card.  I always keep it in the car so I won't forget home w/o it.  You can't do anything in this building w/o a card.  If you do happen to forget yours they will issue you a temporary.  Lose it and they will fine you $25 for a replacement.  Anyway, back on point I find myself doing all sorts of silly things.  It's stress and the shock of what I went through.

The vet was kind enough to make paw print impressions for me - she took one front and one rear.  I put them in the case so they wouldn't get squished.  Give them a bit to harden and then I will figure out what I want to do with them.  His remains will be coming back in about a week to a week and a half.  They said they will send a letter.  I said pick up the phone and call me, I want to bring his remains home asap.  

I did get to see his body, he looked at peace.  The vet said he went quick and there were no problems.  I know my boy isn't suffering anymore.  I told him to go find my late partner and tell him that I miss him too.  Hopefully we will all be together again some day when I leave this earth.

I've actually done pretty good today but blogging about this is starting to cause me to crumble and the tears are ready.  Not good because there will be a client here in a bit that needs my help.  Then I can actually eat lunch.  That is normally when I blog but I decided to switch things up a bit.  

So Shy Girl is eating but she is doing it in spurts - a little here and little there.  That is not normal but I am figuring that its related to the event that just took place and she senses how I feel.  I am sure they all know something is up or not quite right.  We survived the last loss and we will survive this loss.  I just hope the next loss doesn't happen for many years.  

Tonight I will be on-call.  I heard last night was only 2 calls and that is pretty good.  I hope that it's all quiet for me as well.  1 or 2 calls isn't bad in the grand scheme of things.  Then again we only are required to respond to urgent/emergencies.  Plus I looked at my check and they already paid me the on-call stipend which helps.  I've got a decent chunk of change to pay bills with.  Payday is tomorrow but we can get access to our stubs electronically 1 day prior.  Kind of cool so you know what to expect.  Better than waiting and checking the bank.  So my plans for tonight are to get the mail, pick up a gift card for my co-worker who was so kind to take my on-call for a night and get food for everyone.  Then pay bills, maybe look at some pron if I am in the mood.  Being depressed sure kills the sex drive quickly.  Of course I will be listening for the phone and watching TV.  Since people like to work a little late I will try to stay up until 10:30 if I can, but I really don't think tonight my body will have any problems with sleeping, I just hope work allows me to sleep.  I certainly don't need anything complicated to deal with and no middle of the night calls. 

Well now I am on lunch, late but at least there was time to eat.  I think the worst part of all of this is when you come to work and everyone asks you how are you doing.  Most people here have no clue what happened, I don't broadcast my life.  I did tell 1 co-worker and we had a follow up conversation in the lunchroom so now I am sure word will spread.  That's perfectly ok.  I still tell people I am okay, because well that is the response they are expecting - - it's a perfunctory question & answer.  Most people don't give a damn how you are.

I must say that the response on FB to my post announcing what happened, was really unexpected.  I didn't think that I would get so many responses/comments.  That was really heart warming.  I anticipated that a couple of other people would comment but nothing from them.  I get it, it's an awkward situation and people don't know what to say.  No one really knew BLU except for my friend that watches them when I am gone.  Outside of that it was just me and my late partner.  

The silence in the house is deafing.  I go to the bathroom and look at the door stop and think where is Blu he should be batting this around.  I go downstairs and see a tennis ball that he started to tear into. There are memories of him all around.  It's just like when I lost my partner and how he used to make noise and now no more.  I hope I don't have anymore noise makers, I don't want to lose anyone else.  

Well this is blathering and I sense I am starting to run on and on.  I am going to post this and then back to the grind.  Thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by.  I know more than 1 of you is reading this even if you don't comment.  Talk with you peeps later. 

13 October 2014

End of the road

I checked in first thing this morning on how my Blu is doing.  His fever came down to 103.6 but over night he took a turn for the worse and the fever is back.  Not good news.  I spoke with the vet a little later and they suspect that he has either pancreatitus or cancer.  They said that his teeth could cause this also but the only way to know for sure is to clean his teeth and then pull what is bad.  Then it would be a couple more days and he still may not eat.  

They have offered him the food that I brought as well as diets of their own and he just doesnt want any part of food.  A cat that is not eating is totally NOT a good sign.  That is what brought us to where we are today.  

It didn't help that TAZ finally started looking for him this morning.  He knows he is gone but I guess he's kept it under wraps.  I held him and kept telling him that I am so sorry, but I didn't think his buddy was coming home.  

So the treatment at this point is they gave him a steroid shot, which was supposed to make things better.  However, I just got a call and am waiting for a call back, but there has been no change.

This is the worst part of being a pet owner or a staff member (since cats have staff and dogs have owners).  I have decided that I have spent enought and we are going to part ways tonight.  

I just talked with the vet and made arrangements, so when I get off work I will go by to say my goodbyes to my sweet boy.  They are going to make him comfortable until I get there and then we will go from there.  This sucks and I really figured it was where I would wind up.  

$1k down the drain and now a dead cat.  Sucks!  Got to get ready to go back to work.  What a crappy lunch time.

12 October 2014

24 more hours

I got a progress update tonight around 7p.  His fever has dropped some more.  We are continuing to make progress.  Given that I authorized 24 more hours of care, its only $200.  I asked them to take a closer look at his teeth, to see if that is the problem.  Cats do in fact get absess and/or infected teeth.  If he needs a tooth pulled, do it so we can move on and I can get him back.  I mean I honestly don't know why else he would have a fever.

My hope is that tomorrrow yields results to tell me what to do.  I hope that the fever subsides, even if he still is a grumpy guy.  I'd love to see him eating on a regular basis, that would bring great comfort to me.  My hope is that they can stop the treatment for the fever so we can figure out if it's going to come back.  I want to know what to do - even though I think I already know the answer I want some concrete evidence to back up a decision that is irovocable if I make it.  I can always bring him home and take him back but I'd rather he not come out of the hosptial unless he is going to be okay.  

If this is a tooth problem then I suspect we can get it resolved quickly and be able to move on.  Shy Girl came out for supper, ate a very tiny bit.  I think I have upset everyone and that is the reason why she might not be eating much.  I hope that things to back to normal tomorrow.

I am finishing up watching a movie called God's Not Dead.  Very interesting and I think appropoe given what I am going through.

Next update tomorrow, probably from work.  Have a good nigght I am going to try to get some much needed sleep and hope that tomorrow is a much better day.  

Thanks for sticking by my side in this tough time, that means more to me than you know.  God Bless.

Fighting

So I went in with the intentions of ending his life, but turns out there was progress.  His fever dropped some more.  I got to see him and he is cranky.  They have ice on the line which is probably why the drop in temp.  I took over some food and we offered it to him but he wouldn’t eat.  I did get to scratch and pet him.  He enjoyed that. 

I looked at him and said what do you want me to do?  Do you want me to keep on trying or would you prefer that I stop.  He started grooming himself a little.  I took that as a positive sign.

From now until 7am it’s going to cost me $50 to keep him there.  Beyond that if I look at another 24 hours then were talking $200.  Here’s the thing I can’t tell them at 7 am well no progress let’s end this – I mean how am I supposed to work?  So I would spend the $200 and then go in at night and tell them, then come home and be on-call.  Geez there just isn’t a good time for this at all.

I will check on him a bit later tonight and depending upon how things are going, that will help me make my decision.  I did ask God for a sign and I think I’ve gotten a couple.  I really don’t want to give up, that is not who I am but fighting will take money and it’s money that I don’t have and am promising to pay.  If something happens to my job or me, well then I am really in quite the pickle.  So I am operating on faith and the assumption that I will have the money.

Now Shy Girl didn’t come to lunch, which is normal.  She is missing supper, so that tells me there is something going on.  If she doesn’t respond to treat time then I know I’ve got an issue and well I might loose 2 of them.  How do you pick and chose? 

This is NOT what I wanted and NOT what I need to deal with right now.  I’m certainly ready to get back to normal or some state there of.  I will keep you posted.  Let’s hope this has a good ending, despite the negative thoughts in my head.

Difficult Afternoon

I woke up not feeling the best.  I’ve got a sinus infection brewing.  I used an app on my phone call Dr. On Demand.  It’s a video conference between you and a licensed physician.  Had technical trouble on the first call, the second call went through just fine.  It’s $40 for a call.  I will only be charged once.  The doc called in a script to my pharmacy. 

Unfortunately when I went to get it, the pharmacy was out of it.  Several pharmacy's in the area do not have it in stock.  It’s not a common antibiotic, it’s very old school but it’s the only thing that I am NOT allergic to that does the trick.  I had to call around and finally found that the grocery store pharmacy had it in stock.  Cool, I rushed up there and got it.  First dose is on board and 2nd dose will be on board in a few hours. 

I had to beg Shy Girl to eat this morning.  I think that she might have a touch of what Blu has, but I am not for certain just yet.  I don’t want to jump to conclusions and run up a huge bill for nothing.

Mr. Blu has had a 2 degree decrease in his fever.  He is super cranky.  They would like to send him home this afternoon with me having to give him fluids and pills to try to fix the fever issue.  That is way more than I want to sign up for.  If I could do all of that here then I wouldn’t need a vet.  They thought that he might have Toxoplasmosis so they started treating him for that, it’s another antibiotic and it takes a few days before it kicks in. 

Here’s my problem I have already spent $1k and that is way outside of my price range.  I honestly don’t think that this is something that can be fixed or if it can it’s something that will take much more money and time than I have.  I’ve been crying most of the day but I think it’s time I let go and put him down.  I REALLY DO NOT want to make that bold move but I think it’s safe to say I did more than give him a fighting chance and we at least tried what we could.  He is so young it feels so wrong to just give up.  However, unless they can show me some progress that is what I believe I am going to do.  Rather than call, I am going over they will of course want payment for the additional services and I would like my carrier back plus the chance to say goodbye to my buddy.

I’ve prayed and begged God to please make him better.  To please show me a sign that he is going to make it and that it’s worth the extra money.  I want him back and to be able to enjoy for at least a few more years.  If there is something that I need to do I will do it, just tell me.  Please don’t punish my animals and put me through this torture. 

I am so tired of dealing with death.  I am ready for my own death so that I won’t have to face the issue again.  This really has me quite worked up and emotional, as one would expect. 

So I’m off with a little food and one of his favorite toys.  Let’s hope for good luck but I honestly don’t think there is much of a chance.  Will let you know.

11 October 2014

Baby Blu

Friday night the vet sent me home with antibiotics and they gave him fluids.  Turns out I find out a day later that the little bastard spit out the pill.  Gee no wonder there has been no improvement!

I have been sick about this all day long.  I stopped in at Banfield which is inside PetsMart and they pretty much told me that I am on the right track.  They would hosptialize him to try to bring the fever down but it could cost between $200 and $400 to reach that point.  They are not staffed 24 hours a day so the poor thing would be left alone.  

That sealed it for me, I went back to my vet and got a health care plan.  I applied and was approved for a line of credit.  The best part is IF I can pay it off in 6 months they won't charge me interest.  The bad part is that if I fail to pay it off in 6 months they will charge me interest from day 1 forwaard.  OUCH.  So he has gotten x-rays and they showed a very small spot on the right lung that looks like it might be Bronchitis but she said it's so small that its actually probably nothing.  That was the only thing that stood out.  He is on IV Fluids and a Catheter to help bring down the fluid.  I said my goodbye to him in case this doesn't work out.  I told him that I am trying my damndest to fix this and get him back to normal but my best might not be good enough.

With a fever of unknown origin you are looking for a needle in the hay stack.  So we may run all of these test and not find a damn thing.  This could simply be a viral thing that has to run it's course.  They did figure out that he has some bad teeth, but they don't think that would cause this.  They  were looking over his body for absesses and I was thinking what about an absess tooth?  I mean it's stretching things, but just a thought.  

I have commited to 24 hours of hosptialization.  I have almost $1,000 into him and that is way beyond my financial limit.  The difference is that some of it is on my credit card and some of it will be on the line of credit.  Ugh.  I could do all of this and still wind up with a dead cat.  FML

So they expect his temp to drop by midnight and they will be checking his temp every 6 hours.  I just hope that he doesn't bite anyone regardless of how he feels.  He doesn't have his shots and well that would put me in quite the financial pickle.  Plus it would be a case of live or die - there is no cheap option plus I suspect I would be subject to a lawsuit which also isn't something that I have planned for, but I dunno if homeowners insurance would help cover that or not.  I would rather not find out.  

As you can see I can easily find little things to worry over.  Right now I am going to watch TV and try to enjoy what is left of this day.  I wanted to get out of the area but that will just have to wait, it's not like I can afford it anyway.  I did treat myself to Olive Garden today - never ending pasta bowl.  Got a bowl of soup to go for free.  It was really good, but I couldn't enjoy it to it's fullest because I was and am worried about blu.  

Come on fever busting drugs, work your magic and turn blu ecstatic.  Fever may you be gone and never return.  Hocus Pocus now Focus!  Abracadabra.   :)  Maybe that will do him some good.  As if I were a warlock.  

10 October 2014

Vet

Ran blood wk he has an infection.  Don't know what from.  They wanted to keep him 490 I said no.  They are hydrating him and giving me antibiotics to give him.  We will see where we are in 24hrs.  I talked w the vet about giving up and he said I think u r on a good plan.  I sure hope so I can't afford too much and this is just going to put me deeper in the hole of credit card debt.

Just when u think life is getting better you get kicked in the teeth!

Friday - Blu Update

I tried to take his temprature last night but failed, 3 different times.  I guess there is a trick that I don't know about.  He is still NOT eating.

This morning I got him to drink some water, still not interested in food.  Color appears good so I am hoping that he will start to eat tonight.  He got the last dose of his medicine this morning.

I called a couple friends for advice, but my mind is made up.  1 says let nature take its course.  The other one says take him in get blood work done and see if you can figure out what is going on.  Don't let them keep him I mean when your blood is taken do they put you in the hosptial?  Nope.  Okay so bring him home. 

Called the vet and I can't get either of the docs I want.  Seeing another strange vet but got an appointment for 7pm.  I told them now that I made the appointment Blu will start eating.  They said if that is the case, call and we can cancel.  7p is when they start after hours care but they told me it would be no extra charge.  

What I expect is for them to take blood at the minimum.  Maybe an xray and probably give him some fluids to be on the safe side.  Then package him up and we will go home.  I thought about taking off work early but talked myself out of that one, quickly.  

I hope it's a fast moving but slow day, if that makes sense.  Not looking forward to being on-call next week but right now I am more concerned with Blu than anything.  Almost did a mom and pulled out in front of someone.  My mind is not on what it should be on - it's wondering and worried about my Blu.

I feel a little bit better but still have concerns that I am going to lose him.  It seems like I will be the only one to miss him.  Althought when he went upstairs this morning TAZ met him at the top of the stairs and they brushed by each other, as they normally do.  I just want things back to normal and fast.  

Happy Friday!  Thankful that I have a therapy appointment for tomorrow.  Talk with you peeps later.

09 October 2014

Real quick update

Blu did eat when he got home last night.  However, he hibernated in the basement in my office all night long.  I managed to get a pill down him, he wasn't too please about that.  I cleaned his eyes.  I offfered him baby food and cat food but he didn't want either.  He got up when upstairs, walking a little funny.  I suspect it's from the IV I noticed it last night.  He used the litter box and then curled up on the couch.  TAZ loves baby food.  I put the cat food on a plate on the couch and hopfully BLU will eat it.

I am so worried about him, wasn't easy coming to work.  Got to go, work is calling.  Talk again soon.

08 October 2014

Blu update

He is home!  They didn't want to send him home but when I told them I wasn't paying for it they produced him.  Then they tell me they gave him a fever reducer in the afternoon.  Seriously!?  He's been there all day u should have done it sooner!

Got him in the door and he raced toward the food.  He's in the basement hiding right now.

I injured myself making supper.  Bad steam burn on my thumb.  It really hurts. Can't wait to fall asleep, forget that today ever happened and start fresh tomorrow!

Got to dig out from the mountain of stuff that piled up today.  Guess it's a good thing that I didn't get chosen for jury duty! 😀

Next update tomorrow if my thumb still works.  Hope that Blu keeps making positive progress.

Not good

Checked on Blu his fever went down a little but it's still there.  He's not going to eat unless the fever breaks.  I just wish I had someone to be beside me now, I feel lonely & scared.  I think there is a very real possibility that I am going to lose him.  It's a simple matter of money, I don't doubt that with time he will get better but I can't afford to sink a lot of money into his healthcare.  Makes me wish I didn't get my Mophie.

No one here misses him, just me.  I think because it's only been hours that he has been at the vet.  Everyone can relax.  He's the hyper wanting to play one and he keeps everyone on their toes including me.

Car is ok but I need my transmission flushed next time. There is something else to save for.

Money I wish I could plant a tree or two that produced it.  There just doesn't seem to be enough to go around.

Blu Flu

Mr Blu is not eating.  It's been 24 hours so I took the day off and carted him to the vet.  They think it's a virus similar to the flu in humans.  He's got a fever and is contagious.  I opted to leave him at the vet and they are treating him as an outpatient, which will cost me less. 

They wanted to keep him and do the million dollar work up.  I said that was out of the question, money is something that I don't have a lot of.  

He is scared and doesn't feel well so he hisses and growls.  I pray he doesn't bite anyone.  He does not have current vaccinations so if he did bite someone I would either have to pay for a 10 day quarinteen or end his life and pay for rabies testing.  That has me quite on edge.  I'm sure somewhere along the line there is a huge fine to pay.  I told him to behave but he doesn't always listen to me.

I said I would go in if I could but that wasn't a true statement.  I need rest plus my oil needs changing and my hairs need cutting. So I'm taking advantage of the time.

I'm actually in the waiting room at the dealer.  I hope to day isn't a mega million spend day!  Credit card debt sucks.  

I also realized that I will probably have to take another day for the closing on my house.  I don't feel 100% my self my body is acting like I am coming down with something hopefully it's not the Blu flu.

Nothing else going on so I will talk with you peeps later.  I will be glad when Blu comes home then at least the immediate worry will be over.

07 October 2014

Lunchtime Tuesday

Once again no need to report for Jury Duty.  I am stuck at the office. :(  I woke up early, left early and got to work early.  Surprise!  Now if I could just leave early that would be awesome.

Yesterday I chatted with a co-worker by phone.  He has actually been in the department for the longest and wow he just opened up a flood gate full of stories.  We both think that they are trying to eliminate jobs by having us do these daily reports.  He suspects that he is going to be asked to leave.  Him andd the boss kind of got into it, where she called him stupid and told him to start sending her carbon copies on all of his email.  Wow, does that remind you of anyone?  It does me.  Anyway he went on to tell me that he feels my job is safe because I have a lot of people to take care of.  Yeah 99 is a lot but I have been responsible for a whole lot more.  Besides that why would she hire me only to turn around and fire me months later.  That makes no sense at all.  I am honestly not worried about it.  I mean with the mortgage in the process of becoming mine, there will be a lot riding on maintaining a job.  I have confidence that I will be taken care of.  Anyway, he told me that our boss likes to micro manage.  She takes a week and picks on a person, to the point where you start to question if your even capable of living and breathing w/o her intervention.  Then she moves on to the next person.  I have yet to have been the subject of that but I suspect just like on-call its only a matter of time.

Speaking of on-call I thought about paying somene to take my turn but that would only be a temporary fix.  I mean I will have to do it eventually, so I am going to get it over with next week.  1 week and then I am good until December.  I think it's a totally fair deal.  I don't think I am ready but you would be surprised at what you can do when you don't have options.  Just as long as everyone goes to bed at a decent time and allows me to get my cat & grocery food shopping done I willl be okay.

Last night I left feeling bad.  I gave someone wrong information about how to answer a prompt.  They lost all of there changes to the document and it was ike 5 hours worth of work.  Ugh.  The good news is that I was able to send a recovery file to word processing and they manipulated the file and got it to open, so she really didn't lose everything.  I am sure that one will make it's way back to my boss.  Hey, it's a rookie mistake and I am still new in this job.

Speaking of rookie, I got a call today from the guy I was in training with.  Seeing him on the phone (we have video phones) was awesome.  He was still as good looking on the screen as he was in person.  We chatteed a bit after I resolved the issue he was calling about.  Kind of a nice start to the day.

I've had a high volume of calls today, lots of people bail when it is their phone time.  I know it's just a matter of time before we all get another lecture about that.  Whatever.  I do what I am told to keep the peace, so I have nothing to worry about.  

Keeping track of what I am doing in my off phone time is actually eye opening for me.  I still don't like it but I'm doing it.  

Oh I got my absentee ballot by mail and voted over the weekend.  That was kind of awesome, no lines and you can sit in your home, research and make an informed decision instead of going into a booth and rushing the process.  I didn't research anything, I already knew who I wanted to vote for and now it's a done deal.

Big Boy & his brother (Jumper) are sure sticking close together latley.  I had a perfect photo and then they moved when I went to grab the phone.  Big Boy was resting his head against Jumper's belly.  They were all cuddle up.  It was super cute.  Big Boy is back to using the liter box again.  He really gets worn out and I swear he has to hold his urine all day long.  He puts out what looks like a gallon, he is in the box forever.  He jumps out, lays down to catch his breath.  Then its time to do #2.  Last night he did it in shifts, part of it in the hall.  The rest of it in my room in the middle of the night.  I can deal with that it's the urine that drives me nuts.

I stopped to mail a letter last night and picked up the mail, got an EOB from Medicare for my late partner for last year when he was taken by ambulance to the first hosptial.  The figures on there were astronomical.  His balance wasnt small either.  I am not worried about it in the least.  

Wow the after lunch yawns are starting.  I see that I have about 10 minutes left and then it will be back to work.  Anxioius to get home to the children.  Last night we spent time together.  I had some Chocolate Gelato and watched Mulaney.  He is cute for a straight guy! :) 

Well time to get this published and get back on the dusty trail.  Take care, be well and I will talk with you peeps again soon.