Fed up with Fatigue

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I had the wonderful fortunate to develop a cold or some such this week. Plagued with fatigue, chills, headaches, and digestive issues since Monday, I wondered if it might actually be a mild Flu. I worked Monday, stayed home Tuesday, worked Wednesday (dosed on DayQuil) , and stayed home Thursday when I felt worse than the previous three days. Yesterday, my gut issues intensified, so it was a rough night.

Today I had a 2.5 Hour Remicade infusion scheduled at 8:30am (I have one every 8 weeks), as well as a check-up with my GI (I have to have those every other infusion) at a sister location at 1:15pm.  Normally I get seen by my GI at the same location as my infusion, while I’m at my infusion, but my GI doc was scheduled to be at a different location today, so I was (not) looking forward to two different appointments at two different times and  locations, while feeling like death warmed over.

I would have preferred not to proceed with the infusion (which leaves me feeling drained, as is) when I was feeling so awful and fatigued, but disrupting my infusion schedule wreaks havoc with my life and the rest of my schedule (not to mention possibly my health); it also makes it harded for the infusion lab, who schedules multiple infusions ahead of time to fit everyone in.  I spoke with my nurses yesterday and, as long as I don’t have a fever, its considered safe to proceed with the infusion. (I have not had any fever since the onset of my symptoms.) So, like a good little patient I am, I hauled my cookies to the Infusion Lab this morning and here I sit, tethered to an IV, anxiously counting the 150 minutes until I can return home to the comfort of my sofa, blankets, and duo-dog affection. However, I had a small dose of good luck: My GI doc was in the building I’m at this morning, noticed me on the Remicade schedule, and stopped down to do my check-up while I was here, eliminating the need for extra travel this afternoon to his other office.  Woohoo!

Unfortunately, this cold cost me two sick days from work, ruined Valentine’s Day dinner plans Thursday for me and the hubby, and put a kibosh on my plans to visit the BF in Connecticut this weekend. It’s also made it difficult to do much of anything, because any efforts to get up and about exhausts me.

Stupid life-messing-up cold!

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Wonder Twin Powers Activate

The Wonder Twins (Zan And Jayna) are two of my all-time favorite superheroes, second only to Green Lantern. They are twin shape-shifting aliens from Exor who escaped to Earth to become “Junior Super Friends” (alongside Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Batman and Robin) to learn how to be superheroes.

I grew up watching their adventures and bumping fists with anyone who would play along, shouting “Shape of an Octopus” or “Form of an Ice Wall.”

They first appeared in animation in 1977 (I was only 6 but already a huge superhero fan) on the “All-New Super Friends Hour” And made their first comic book appearance the same year in the Comic Book tie-in series based on the cartoon.

I own the entire Super Friends animated series on DVD and the comic book series.

They didn’t make their appearance in the “DC Universe Proper” (as part of the mainstream DC Universe) until 1995 in “Extreme Justice” (a spin-off if the Justice League of America) #9

This was an attempt to make them cooler and edgier – a misfire in my opinion. This revival didn’t last long and, other than a cameo here and there in other comics or as a cultural reference, they’ve been pretty much remanded to the farthest reaches of the DC Universe.

Until now!

Today saw the release of Issue #1 of the new Wonder Twins comic book series.

As far as dreams coming true, this is a pretty big one for me.

Shape of a satisfied Wonder-Geek!

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Trying to ease the pain through humor

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You bet Giraffe I love ‘em

Hi. My name is Sassybear, and I’m a Giraffaholic.

What started as a newly discovered affinity for giraffes 7 years ago has become a full blown obsession of mine. Our house is full of giraffes, and the only rooms that remain unadorned with these colorful Giraffa camelopardalis are the master bathroom and the hubby’s office. There are giraffes in every other room, nook and cranny of our home.

While I am clearly the one to blame for this infestation, it certainly hasn’t helped having both an indulgent husband and bf, who gladly feed my addiction and collecting habits. No gift giving occasion passes without the presentation of multiple giraffe or giraffe themed gifts; even the family and co-workers have begun to contribute to the madness. Between figurines, plush animals, dishes, decorations, utensils, and even clothing, I have hundreds of giraffe items around the house. I have also been fortunate to see and interact with several live giraffes, my favorite being Tajiri and his parents, April and Oliver, the giraffe clan at the Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, NY that we’ve visited my last two birthdays (and may go for a third time this year, as well.)

I have researched what the giraffe allegedly symbolizes. Some attributes fit me, some not so much, some I wish were true. Supposedly, if the giraffe is your totem or spirit animal:

  • You view life from a different perspective
  • You have self-acceptance and self-love, embracing both your flaws and beauty
  • You have foresight, preparing for both the good and bad
  • You blend in when needed, and stand out when it’s important
  • You know relationships are  fragile and understand your role in them
  • You have grace and poise, especially when going through challenging times
  • You keep your head up, and show up, regardless of what you’re feeling
  • You strive to be strong, grateful, and optimistic that life will turn out alright
  • You stand tall and achieving what you want to achieve, even if it seems out of reach
  • You navigate life competently and becoming better for all the hardships
  • You are socially adept, beautiful, kind, and gentle
  • You are completely comfortable with yourself
  • You fit in with all kinds of people, forging strong and lasting relationships
  • You are practical, but creative
    You possess a natural intelligence and confidence, whatever your circumstances
  • You tend to get carried away by your strong emotions
  • You are highly observant and perceptive

It’s an interesting list of (mostly) positive characteristics to strive for, no doubt.  However, as far as I’m concerned, my love for giraffes is less mystical: I think they are beautiful, fascinating, and interesting creatures whose imagery adds a lot of whimsy to our home.  Although, I admit I may have gone a bit overboard in my collecting habits.  A friend once referred to our home as “Giraffic Park.”

I  guess, if the hoof fits…


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Dynamic Duo

They may fight like – well, dogs and dogs – but when push comes to shove, they are cuddle buddies and best friends.

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It’s a dog’s life

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Where oh where has this little blog(ger) gone…

Where have I been, asked nobody? Nowhere. I mean, of course I’ve been somewhere – as long as I exist I must be somewhere – but I’ve been nowhere of real consequence. I have been working late hours at work and you may have heard, it’s gotten a bit …. chilly ….. here in the Northeast. Getting up to frigid, sub-zero temperatures, working long, stressful hours, and returning home late every day, in the dark, instill negative temperatures, leaves me little time, energy, or interest in doing much more than preparing dinner, wrapping myself in blankets in front of the fire, and cuddling up with the puppies and hubby to watch distracting TV shows on Hulu and Netflix until bed time. Such is the life on a middle-aged non-party animal.

However, in order to appease those who desperately need to know everything and anything going on with me and my life in order o have even a semblance of happiness in their own, I shall take mercy upon you and attempt to string together a bunch of crap to cobble together a post to satisfy you.

I bought a new pair of winter boots. That’s about it.

Actually, we did have a couple of small, fun, adventures recently.

We met the BF, Jim,  and his hubby in NYC a couple of weeks ago, to have lunch and see a matinée showing of “The Prom“, which was FABULOUS! If you’re a Musical fan, especially if you know the feeling of being told the simple act of loving another person is a political statement, selfish, or immoral, go see it if the opportunity arises. Afterwords, the four of us met another couple and their friend for dinner before seeing “The Cher Show” together.  It’s a fun show if you’re a fan of Cher or her music. Three actors portrayed Cher at different stages in her life, using their 3-way conversations throughout the play to provide exposition regarding Cher’s life, trials and tribulations. The actor playing “current aged” Cher – Stephanie J. Block – is a dead ringer for Cher (at least from where we were sitting) and her portrayal of the ageless Diva is second only to the real Cher. This trip was the weekend of a forecasted snowstorm, and the return train we booked for Sunday was cancelled, along with most others. We managed to get a seat on one of the few return trains still running, but showed up to the trains station 2.5 hours early to get in line in case it also got cancelled so we could make other arrangements. (It didn’t, and we made it home fine, albeit later than our original train would have gotten us there.) While getting stuck an extra day or two in NYC wouldn’t have been the worst thing, it would be expensive.

The following weekend, we met a couple of friends (from my College days) in Saratoga, a 4o minute drive from our house, and home to the very well-known Saratoga Race Course. (I’m not a fan or supporter of horse racing, I’m just saying it’s fairly well-known in the sports community.) An Irish band we are (were?) all fans of, Hair of the Dog, was playing at an Irish pub (The Parting Glass) and we decided it was a good excuse to get together. We enjoyed a nice dinner at a new (to us) restaurant (Fish at Lake 30) around the corner from the pub, beforehand. wonderful food, and most meals on the menu could be made gluten-free.   Here we are afterwords, at the Parting Glass, squeezing into our seats prior to the show:


And a quick group shot with my college buddies, “Baby” and “Haji,” before departing.


I also got to do a little shopping before dinner, at a comic shop in the area, and picked up these sweet early issues of Green Lantern to help fill in my collection:


I only need 20 more issues to have the entire 224 issue run. Woohoo!

We’ve clearly grown to old to enjoy being out in a crowded bar, late at night, with really loud music, packed in like sardines at a long table with folding chairs. As it was, we actually left at intermission; but it was fun to see the ladies and get out of our usual rut and comfort zone a bit, and to get to try out a new restaurant, so no regrets. However, my feelings about such events can be best summed up by this image my BF sent me the other day:


I don’t really mind acknowledging that I am a homebody who prefers relaxing weekends or early dinners and a cocktail in a nice restaurant as opposed to late nights out, hard ciders, and noisy pubs and bars. I may not live the life I thought I would, or be the person I expected to be, but I’m OK with who I am and the life I live. To quote one of my favorite authors:


Finally, a shout out to my big brother who sent me this awesome “just because” T-shirt:


Please note my grizzly, weekend look, a look I’ve worked hard to cultivate for the past 47-almost-48 years, in addition to my plumpness. We’ve been trying to eat better and healthier (NOT DIET) and cut out carbs and sugars as much as possible. While I’ve seen some progress, albeit a small amount of it, I also need to up my exercise to fully benefit from the better dietary habits, something I find hard to do after working these long, stressful work days and driving home on these cold, dark nights. Maybe I should just take this shirt’s advice: turn up the music, grab a giraffe, and dance these pounds away.

Be well, all, and thanks for stopping by.




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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019

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Puppy Pastime

Try as we might, we just can’t tear Harvey away from the TV if any of his favorite shows are on.

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I am 47 years old and have lived the better part of my life in upstate New York, so I have experienced countless snow flurries and storms. Despite this, and while I have seen the decorative and design versions of snowflakes, I have never actually seen a snow flake that resembled anything like scissored patterns or artistic representations, until this morning. When driving to work and, stopped at a traffic light, I noticed this on my windshield:

Gotta say, I geeked out a little. This is the first, actual, individual snowflake I have ever seen.

It’s kinda beautiful, don’t you think?

Nature rocks.

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