My Up-tos

Sorry that I disappeared for two weeks. It’s been a hell of a stretch. Work has been excruciatingly stressful, for many reasons, not the least of which is that one of my coworkers died suddenly and unexpectedly and, despite attending the wake and funeral, I (as well as the rest of my office) remain stunned and unable to really accept that he is gone. This happened in the middle of interviewing for two new positions we’ve been begging for, for over a year. And all of this was going on while we were still trying to stay on top of a backlogged workload, understaffed. As I said…stressful.

Although I’m mostly recovered, I’m still very low on energy, and by time I get home from work, most days, I’m too exhausted to do much of anything, beyond petting dogs, making dinner, and getting in a Netflix show or two before going to bed.


However, I managed to find enough energy to obtain the following:

The DVD of “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract.” I did enjoy it, but not as much as the original comic book version.


The final image, on the back of a General Mills cereal box, to complete my 5-part panorama Justice League image.



I also have the full set of the mini comics found inside the boxes (Actually, after getting multiple copies of issues 2-4, I cheated and bought issue 1 on eBay, tonight, so that’s on its way.)


I hit a new comic book store in Mystic, CT this past weekend and found some sweet issues I needed for some comic book series I am building complete runs of:

The Brave and The Bold (39 issues to go)


The Defenders (5 Issues to go)


Green Lantern (of course) (LOTS of issues to go – I have issues 90-224, but I’m slowly building as far back as I can afford of the earlier issues, 1-89. Most of the earliest issues will be way out of my price range.)


Justice League of America (5 issues to go)


And the final Volume of The Justice League of America Archives I needed (I have the collected issues of 1-90 in these hardcover Archives, and I have most of the run of Issues 91 – 261 in single comic format.)


Jeffrey recently bought me this sign. (This has never been truer than it has been, recently):


And finally, we received and planted two new cherry trees in our back yard this morning (the two in the back on the incline with the fresh dirt plots.) The two trees in the front lower yard are apple trees we planted five years ago when we first moved in.


Speaking of five years ago, I forgot to mark a very special occasion.   As of March 1, 2017, we have been in our current home for 5 years. This is a remarkable achievement for us, as the longest we’ve ever lived anywhere together, prior to this house, was 2 years.

Also, tomorrow is May 1st, marking the start of my birthday month. I will be turning 46 years old on May 17th and, more importantly, as of that date, I will officially be only 9 years from retirement.


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6 Responses to My Up-tos

  1. Steven says:

    Sounds like you found some good balance with the stress you have been under. May you find extra strength in the coming weeks as well.

  2. javabear says:

    Cute giraffe! Did you follow April the Giraffe’s pregnancy progress and birth of the calf? I was aware of it, but didn’t check in. I did watch parts of the labor and delivery. C-U-T-E baby!

    Nice comic swag you got there. Do you actually eat the Lucky Charms? It’s one of my guilty pleasures that I indulge in occasionally.

    Congrats on the house anniversary. And I love cherry trees! They’re just about my favorite ornamental tree.

    • Sassybear says:

      YES! I followed the live cam, watched the entire birth, and saw baby Tajiri take his first steps. We are going to visit them (April and Tajiri) on my birthday, since they are only about 1.5 hours from me.

      I CAN eat the lucky charms, since they are now gluten free. They’re a guilty pleasure that I would not normally buy, but now I have two boxes to dispose of *evil grin*

  3. 5 years already????? and someone is looking as cute as that wee giraffe!

  4. Urspo says:

    WOOHOO indeed.

  5. Ravager619 says:

    I’m glad you found those comics! I bought the animated movie Justice League: The New Frontier earlier today on Amazon Video and just finished watching it. I loved it!

    As for the cereals, my market didn’t carry them at all. There’s no such thing as cheating when it comes to collecting comics. Some people might say I own the entire Gail Simone run of Birds of Prey. Other might say I don’t because they’re all stored on the Comixology cloud!

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