Deliver-ring power

Today I got a nice surprise in the mail. I had ordered a replica Green Lantern power ring a few weeks ago and it finally arrived. It came in this fabulous little embossed green box:

The ring itself is made of plastic. I must have misread the description when I ordered it, because I thought it was made of metal. Oh well. It’s still cool looking:

And it fits, sort of. I can fit it on my middle finger, but it punches the skin underneath a little:

The coolest part, and main reason I bought it, is that it lights up:

Let those who worship evil’s might,

Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!

Another great version of the power ring to add to my collection:

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Sleeping Beauty

This was our serenade tonight while watching TV:

Who needs iTunes with such dulcet sounds as this?

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Ho, a song by the fire

Ho, a song by the fire;
Pass the pipes, pass the bowl.
Ho, a song by the fire
With a skoal, with a skoal.
Ho, a song by the fire;
Pass the pipes with a skoal,
For the wolf-wind is wailing at the doorways,
And the snow drifts deep along the road,
And the ice gnomes are marching from their Norways,
And the great white cold walks abroad.

But, here by the fire, we defy frost and storm;
Ha, ha we are warm, and we have our heart’s desire.
For here, we’re good fellows, and the beechwood and the bellows;
And the cup is at the lip in the pledge of fellowship. Of fellowship!

Oh, here by the fire, we defy frost and storm;Ha, ha, we are warm, and we have our heart’s desire.
For here we’re good fellows, and the beechwood and the bellows.
And the cup is at the lip in the pledge of fellowship,
Of fellowship

Pile the logs on the fire;
Fill the pipes, pass the bowl.
Pile the logs on the fire
With a skoal, with a skoal.
Pile the logs on the fire;
Fill the pipes with a skoal,
For the fire goblins flicker on the ceiling,
And the wine witch glitters in the glass,
And the smoke wraiths are drifting, curling, reeling,
And the sleigh bells jingle as they pass.

But, here by the fire, we defy frost and storm;
Ha, ha we are warm, and we have our heart’s desire.
For here, we’re good fellows, and the beechwood and the bellows;
And the cup is at the lip in the pledge of fellowship.
Oh, here by the fire, we defy frost and storm;
Ha, ha, we are warm, and we have our heart’s desire.
For here we’re good fellows, and the beechwood and the bellows.
And the cup is at the lip in the pledge of fellowship,
Of fellowship.

Words by Richard Hovey (1864-1900), 1898

Music by Frederic Field Bullard(1864-1904), 1898

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Mediocrity Monday

Today is the last day of my 4 day weekend. It was really nice, and I/we got a lot done. The porch and patio have been prepped for the winter, the firewood holders have been filled, (just in time for the 3 day cold snap headed our way this week) and I got several projects and a lot of crocheting done.

Because we had the day off for Veteran’s Day (civil service has its privileges,) we took advantage of the extra day and did the mundane but mandatory chores: groceries, laundry, and garbage. I hoped to do more crafty projects, but I was pretty wiped out and the allure of the warm fire and dog affection was too much to resist, so we all cuddled up under blankets and watched movies for the afternoon.

I prepped an early dinner (9 months into using a Green Chef and we still love it) and now we’re enjoying an end of the weekend cocktail before retiring for the evening.

I opted for a gimlet (gin and lime juice with just a splash of Rose’s sweetened lime juice) because Gin is carb free, so it’s a better choice than the more calorie and carb riddled Cosmo. (I save these for dinners out, company, or special occasions these days.)

We normally drink Tanqueray, but recently discovered Empress Gin, so we’re using that tonight. It has a blue hue that changes to purple when mixed with other liquids;

All in all, it was a lovely weekend. Too bad work has to come along and ruin it for us.

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His arm f-Olaf

Last year, I purchased an Olaf figurine for the BF (Jim) for X-mas, as he loves/collects Olafs (along with his Tigger, Merman, and Dishware collections.) I purchased it in a Pet Store. (It’s actually a fishtank decoration.) It wasn’t until I got home that I realized he was missing a left arm:

Fortunately, I found a non-broken one on line that I could give him instead:

My one armed Olaf has been hanging out in my guest room for the last year, and last night I decided to give him a prosthetic arm. I had some sculpy, so I spent some time sculpting Olaf a left arm, doing my best to make it the same shape and size as his right one:

I got pretty close, although it was so small I didn’t have the skill to get it smoother:

Then I baked it and let it set to cool and harden over night.

This morning, I attached it with super glue and…VOILA!….Olaf is back to having two arms:

I’d like to think he’s grateful for his new left arm, even if it’s a little bigger than his right one and (literally) rough around the edges.

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Sleepless in Sassyland II

Another night (morning) I am awake at 1:30AM, unable to go back to sleep. I gave it an hour of lying in bed, trying to shut my mind off and return to the waiting arms of Morpheus, but no such luck. So, you know what they say: If you can’t sleep, blog.

Yesterday was a Pass Day, so I enjoyed a lazy morning of coffee and digital comics with the dogs cuddled on my lap, then forced myself off the couch at 9AM to work on getting my giraffe themed guest room in order. I had ordered new cherry cubicles to act as bookshelves for my collection of graphic novels (deluxe format stiff covered glossy comics,) trade paper backs (collections of multi-issue storylines,) digest size comics (approx. 6×4 inch miniature comic magazines, usually reprints) and other various comic related books (Comic Buyers Guide, Mythology: The Art of Alex Ross, etc.) These all got packed away when we redecorated the guest room last year, and I finally got around to ordering new shelves. These are great because they were easy to assemble (only needed a mallet) and can be “locked” together with pins or stacked as loose individual cubes. I chose not to connect them, leaving me free to rearrange cubes with ease, down the line.

Here’s what the cubes look like, fully assembled.

I had one row of open cubbies at the top (room for expansion.) Thanks to long distance text advice from my savvy BF, Jim, I opted for staggering my books with a featured giraffe to give it a slightly more symmetrical look:

It took my 5 hours (9AM – 2PM) to get the books shelved and the room organized, cleaned and back together (sorry, forgot to take a pic of the finished room.) I taxed my still low stamina and energy levels and crashed hard, napping on the couch with the pups until the hubby got home. I wanted to do more housecleaning, but I’m apparently a one room wonder these days.

For a rare treat (for us, these days, anyway,) we opted to go out to dinner last night. I mentioned to Jeffrey before he left for work that I was craving Mexican food. Rather than going to the grocery store for the fixings, he suggested he scoop me up after work and head to a favorite local Mexican restaurant with several gluten free options. Sounded good to me.

While shaving in the shower, I decided to go from beard to goatee. The goatee was my chosen face fur for a long time, but once I grew a full beard, (which is paltry by comparison to this guy) I never went back. Until this afternoon:

While I don’t hate it, and it’s fun to change things up once in a while, I already miss my full beard so I’ll be growing it back as soon as my little face hair follicles get back to work.

Right after I finished showering, shaving, and dressing, and just before Jeffrey got home, my Mom called. My cousin was in town and they were hinting they might like to have dinner with us, so I invited them along, courtesy of the Sassybear Shuttle Service.

We had a nice time, the food and conversation were great (as was the eye candy – WOOF!) and it was great to not have to prep or clean up after a meal for a change.

After dropping the ladies off at Mom’s, we headed home, slipped into comfy clothes, and chilled for a bit with the pups before heading to bed. While I slept well for a few hours, my pre-dawn internal alarm clock went off again, so here I am, wide awake, blogging.

We have some early errands to run today, then I hope to do a some more pre-holiday (dudes, it’s freakin’ November already) housecleaning – as much as my energy reserves allow. (I’m mostly better, with some lingering cold symptoms.) I know I still need to rest and fully recover, but “there’s things that need doin’ that ain’t gonna git done by themselves.” Besides, my thoughtful blogger buddy over at “From My Brain To My Mouth” and her spouse sent me this thoughtful Snoopy (um, Peanuts lover here) card:

So that was a booster shot of sunshine right there!

Hope you all got a good night’s sleep. You never know when it may be your last.

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Cold Comfort

I finally recovered from the UTI-causing flu like symptoms sometime Sunday morning. I woke up and knew right away that awful heavy feverish achy feeling was gone. While I was not bounding with energy by any means, it felt great to feel better. While I was eager to start catching up on my to-do list that had built up over 4 weeks of incapacitating illness, I knew I needed to rest up so I could return to work Monday morning. After packing away all the “sick sprawl” items (thermometer, towels, medicine, blankets, etc.) I relaxed for the rest of the day, although I did make dinner to give Jeffrey a break from his round the clock care of me and…well everything.

Monday morning, I woke up with a cold. Yup…fourth ailment in a row (following intestinal block, ureter blockage, and UTI.) But I managed to get myself to work and have continued to do so, trudging through the work week coughing and sniffling all the way. If I hadn’t just missed a week of work, I might’ve allowed myself one day off to rest, but no such luck. Besides, although it sucks, after everything I’ve been through recently, this cold is easy to tolerate. It’s not very debilitating, and other than being tired (Still? Again?) I’m functioning. I’m taking dome cold meds and downing some Apple Cider Vinegar and Silver every day to try to mitigate the length of this cold.

I absolutely NEED to feel better by tomorrow morning (Friday.) It’s my pass day, and Monday is Veteran’s Day, so I have a 4 day weekend and I have a LOT to do around the house, both cleaning and organizing. I cannot spend yet another valuable weekend laying around catering to some illness or other.

I had a check-up with my GI yesterday after work, a follow-up from my hospital stay due to the intestinal block 3 weeks back. While my surgeon has basically given up on me and concluded the only thing for me to do to avoid future blockages is have surgery to place a full time ostomy (something I accept as probably inevitable but still want to hold off as long as humanly possible, and definitely until after I retire) my GI disagrees and wants to send me to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio to see a specialist. (Oooohhhh! Look at me! Mr. I’m so medically special I need to go to a fancy schmancy Clinic in another state to be evaluated.) Not sure if/when this may happen (Doc has to get Clinic to agree to see me and my insurance has to agree to cover it) but I’m game. I will do anything to maintain my health (such as it is) as much and as long as possible. And, hey, I’ve never been to Ohio.

Sorry for all the med crap. Not sure when this blog converted to “Sassybear’s Sickness Journal,” but I’m as sick (pun intended) of writing about it as you all probably are of reading about it. I promise to start blogging about things that don’t involve my internal organs or bodily fluids again.

Here’s a handsome fellow to reward you for schlogging through this mind-numbing health update post.

You’re welcome!

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Halloween Part 2

While I am very sick, we are still being good neighbors and handing out candy.

Just as she does every year, Mom comes over and hands out the candy (she loves the kids and the costumes.)

The puppies are dressed in their traditional costumes as Super Harvey and Wonder Rita:

Rita is perched at her annual Halloween post in the window, to watch all the kids come and go:

Harvey is camped out next to me, as my little guardian:

So far, we’ve had far fewer kids than in past years. Perhaps the threat of rain tonight has scared the bulk of the usual crowd away. My office gets any leftovers, so it never goes to waste.

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Sick Pumpkin

This is me tonight.

I tested negative for the flu, but positive for a severe UTI. I have been placed on a high dose of Cipro, but it may be a couple days before I feel any better.

I took the first dose this morning but, so far, I actually feel worse, and the nausea is an unpleasant extra symptom.

Happy Halloween – not.

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Triple threat

Day 3 of fever, chills, sweats, headache, coughing, and body aches, so I finally called the doc and have an appointment tomorrow morning. Not sure there’s anything he can do at this point, but no harm in going.

I had a brief period earlier this morning when my temp dropped to normal (97.8) and I felt a little better, so I thought it might be on its way out, but no such luck…my fever spiked and I was back to feeling like death warmed over within the hour.

It was an emotional day, as I broke down in tears several times, cursing my poor health and back to back illnesses. I’m feeling guilt over missing even more work, and Jeffrey having to do everything, again. My nerves are completely shot.

To distract myself from getting too depressed, I’ve been watching episodes of various TV shows on Hulu and Netflix. It’s disturbing how many shows involve people being picked on, harassed, bullied, and ostracized. I’ve grown so sensitive to it, that I can’t bear even a few minutes of someone (kids or adults) being picked on or ridiculed. Even on shows I love, I skip scenes or episodes where it’s used as a plot device. There’s so much real hate and abuse in the world, I want to escape from it when I watch stuff, not see more of it, so I’ve been sticking to “reality” travel, cooking, and redecorating shows.

I’ll feel less anxious when I get confirmation tomorrow that this is “just” the flu and I have to let it run its course. My fear is that it’s something else and I’ll be shipped back to the hospital.

Feverish fingers crossed.

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