Moments of Bliss

It’s been a really tough week at work, and I’m really wiped out, but this really cheered me up. I got this in the mail this week, a special, unexpected gift from a friend made especially for me:

Very few things make me feel as special and loved as an out-of-the-blue message or unexpected gift from a friend.

Seeing Double

After spending the day in the office on Monday, I realized how much I missed working with two monitors so, with Jeffrey’s help, I purchased a new monitor and a few other connectors to give me the same dual monitor set up in my home office, and I absolutely love it!

Now I can do twice as much work *groan*

In fact, I love the new monitor so much (the larger one on the right) I’m going to get a second one to replace the older monitor on the left.

If I have to work, at least I can use all the tools available to make it easier to do so.

Lusterless

I got up this morning with the best of intentions. I showered, shaved, dressed….

….and petered out. I didn’t have an ounce of energy to do more than kiss my husband good morning, take my morning pills, sip my coffee, and pet Harvey. I struggled to move about the house and do something productive, but failed miserably. I was able to eke out a Facetime call to the BF, then I retired to the living room couch where I proceeded to nap on and off all day, catching small glimpses of whatever Jeffrey was watching on TV. I have no idea why I was so tired, but now it’s 8:30pm and my entire has Sunday slipped away. Kind of a bummer.

Ah wel…it is what it is.

Shirtless

I totally forgot to post something yesterday. It has been a very hell week because I’m covering for my entire staff who are all out for one reason or another, so I am barely gotten a breather at work as I try to handle everything on my own. I will go into the office on Monday because I am interviewing candidates for a position and a unit that I desperately need to fill. I didn’t wanna wait until I was officially back in the office on August 16th, so I’m going in to get ‘er done.

This morning after breakfast, despite my lack of energy, we headed out to the premium outlets in Lee Massachusetts about an hour away for some light shopping in preparation for my return to the office in a couple weeks. We were disappointed to find our favorite stores closed, and several other stores empty. I did find a great sale at Sketchers, and was able to get a pair of sneakers and dress shoes for about 50 bucks. (It was BOGO at 50% and I got an additional 10% off for creating a members rewards account. I also had $50.00 visa gift card.) That was a sweet deal.

I tired quickly and, after an hour of walking around in the sun looking for any other stores with non-slim fit button down short sleeve dress shirts for men (seriously, retailers, we are not all slim!) we threw in the towel and headed home.

Once home, we headed out back and Jeffrey planted a new hydrangea plant to replace the one we planted last year that did not survive, then he watered everything everywhere. Harvey stood back, watching him from afar, afraid of the hose and the water spouting from it.

Although we have been really good about avoiding carbs for last month, I have been craving a Reuben sandwich so I decided tonight was a good night to be bad. I placed a grocery order for all the ingredients and enjoyed a fantastic Reuben while watching more of Neil Patrick Harris running around in his briefs and kissing handsome men.

All and all, not a bad Saturday.

Ring around the collar

Harvey got a new collar in the mail today. This makes him an official member of the Green Lantern Corp:

In brightest day

In blackest night

No evil shall escape his sight

Let those who worship evil’s might

Beware his power – Harvey’s Bite!

Idle Eyes and “Oh, Bore Me!”

One of these eyes is not like the other.

I seem to have finally moved pass the worst of the Iritis. Although it won’t be completely gone for another week or two, the drops are working and I’m basically pain free. But I’m as tired writing about it as you are reading about it, So let’s move on, shall we?

You’re welcome!

To celebrate my road to recovery, now that the weather is more agreeable, we grilled hotdogs (to make chili dogs) on the patio, and had cocktails. Tonight, I had a gin martini, made with Sevilla Orange Tanqueray, Extra Dry Vermouth, and Orange Bitters.

In other news, Harvey FINALLY spent the day with my today, in my basement office while I worked

I got the final figure (from eBay) in the mail to complete my set of the “next generation” heroes of the Earth-2 Justice Society of America (predecessors of The Justice League of America)

I also received a great surprise in the mail from a friend, a crocheted giraffe with an inter-tube, to match Sebastien the life size Merman in our dining room.

So, overall, it was a pretty good day and a nice departure from the drama of the last few days.

Harvey and Jeffrey wanted to say hello to everyone before I go.

Like father, like son.

Stay safe, all.

Non-post

It’s been a long day of stressful work crap and getting the run around from two different pharmacies trying to get the second part of my prescription filled for my eye – the drops that help with the pain until it heals. (I got them…eventually.) I’m worn out, body and soul, and my eye is throbbing, so I’m throwing in the towel and going to bed.

To end on a positive note, my big brother photoshopped a picture of me into a cast shot of the Cheers gang. I love it and I’m now using it as my Facebook banner:

The eyes have it

My eye this morning!

After a restless night of intense eye pain, (which thankfully abated later in the morning) I was able to get in to see my ophthalmologist at 2:00 today. As I suspected, it’s a flare up of Iritis, an inflammation of the Iris (which, thankfully, is not contagious). I’ve had this a few times before. My eye doc prescribed two eye drops, one of which I was able to get on my way home, the other of which will not be ready until tomorrow. I have to apply them several times a day for a couple of weeks, but I should start to notice improvement in a day or two.

I’m sore and exhausted, but relieved I finally have an official diagnosis and am treating with the proper meds.

Whew!

Sunday Sundries

It was still HAF (Hot As F***) today, so we mostly stayed inside to avoid the heat, with a couple exceptions.

We planted our new Rhododendron plant today, another memorial to our dear Rita Mae.

A beautiful plant and reminder of a beautiful girl.

We drove to The Fresh Food Market, One of the few places that carries the gluten-free carb free egg based tortilla wraps that we like. While we were there we grabbed some prepared chef salads, some prepared deviled eggs, and a pack of smoked salmon and cream cheese rolls for lunch.

A perfect (practically) carb free lunch that was absolutely delicious!

After lunch, I went upstairs and took a picture of the fraternal IKEA twins, Lars the Bear and Larz the elephant, for today’s blog.

Lars & Larz, super soft cuddle buddies!

Shortly after, I collapsed into a very long and deep nap while watching “Muppet Wizard of Oz” (I love the Muppets, but we both thought it was a terrible movie.) Now that I’m 51, I seem to nap with ease and it’s a regular weekend event.

I woke up and my eye was sore again, so I took some more eyedrops and some Advil dual action and watched “Friends” in the dark until it felt better.

We both decided that we were too full from lunch and did not need dinner, so instead, we made cocktails and decided to enjoy them on the back porch during an awesome thundering rain storm with Harvey.

Me on the screen porch with my carb free raspberry cranberry Cosmo.

I always pressure Jeffrey into tasting my cocktails, because he absolutely hates any cocktail that is sweet or fruity flavored, and he makes the best faces if he hates them.

Harvey joined us on the back porch, and seemed a bit unsettled at first, but now he seems very serene.

Overall, it’s been a relatively nice weekend, despite the weather, and the sporadic eye-pain.

Stay safe, all!

(Un) Blinded by Science

The Bad News:

Things grew worse overnight and, when I woke up this morning, my eyeball hurt like a summinabitch. It was much redder, much sorer, and I could hardly open it. Reading text on my phone hurt, and so did any movement of my eye. After trying to get around a bit, I gave in and asked Jeffrey to take me to a nearby Urgent Care. So I dressed, patched up, masked up, and off we went. I was miserable.

Unhappy Camper

(And, by the way, how come I don’t look like this in an eye patch? It’s not fair.)

Two Hours later, after seeing 1 nurse, two PAs, getting numbing drops, getting dye in my eye, looking into a sit lamp, and having my eye pressure tested, I left with a non-dignosis: I had some kind of infection, but they couldn’t be sure which kind. They were able to confirm there did not appear to be any foreign objects in, or lesions on, me eye, and no sign of bleeding, so nothing indicating it was serious enough to go to the ER. They prescribed some antibiotic drops that they hoped would help and, if not, would do no harm, with a direction to follow up with my Ophthalmologist on Monday.

As soon as we left the Urgent Care site, we headed straight to the pharmacy to get my drops, then headed home to finally have coffee and breakfast. Once home, I pessimistically and painfully put a couple drops in my eye, replaced my patch, and settled in for what I assumed would be a pain filled day.

The Good News:

After about an hour after, I noticed my eye wasn’t throbbing under the patch anymore. In fact, it felt pretty good (comparatively.) I hesitantly removed my patch…and – VOILA – I could see and read text without it hurting. The drops, miraculously, were working. I am so glad I went to Urgent Care instead of waiting until Monday. It still hurts a little to move my eye, so I move my head instead, but what little discomfort remains is bearable.

Speaking of BEARable, while I was in pain, I snuggled with my giant, super soft, plush, emotional comfort pal, Lars, the Swedish IKEA bear.

The way I felt this morning compared to now is like night and day. It totally brightened my mood, so I began bouncing around the house, doing little tasks and chores, much to Jeffrey’s chagrin. (I would never accuse him of being glad when I’m suffering, but he doesn’t hate the fact that it gives us an excuse to lay around all day and do nothing.)

As my mood brightened and my eye sight improved, I was able to enjoy other things, including:

Watching Harvey prance around the yard. (I recorded a video, but WordPress won’t let me embed videos anymore.)

Watering our new Rhododendron, a gift from a friend as a memorial to Rita Mae, the second type gift we’ve received. (The first was a white butterfly bush from our friend, Rob, which we’ve already planted.) We will be planting it in the yard tomorrow.

Getting this new Pride Lego Kit in the mail – “Everyone is Awesome.” I also got the set of lights and case to display it in. I can’t wait to put it together.

I am so grateful today ended better than it started, and that my ailment is minor and easily treatable, for once.

It’s the little things, folks.

Stay safe, everyone.