SPO-iled rotten!

Today, I got the most fantastic early birthday gift in the mail…an homemade giraffe shirt from Spo-Reflections!


Of course, I had to show it off to my giraffe posse (aka “The Tower”)



This will be the shirt that I wear to meet Tajiri (the new baby calf) and his parents, April and Oliver, at the Animal Adventure Park on my birthday.

I am honored to have another Spo original to add to my collection (I also have a fabulous rainbow shirt and an uber cool Marvel superheroes shirt.) 

These shirts are treasured items, and whenever I wear them, I am reminded how lucky I am to have such a great and thoughtful (and talented) blogger buddy! 

Thanks, Spo! I can’t express strongly enough how much I love this shirt (and you for making it for me!)

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How I feel at work every day

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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.

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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.

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

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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.)

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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)

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The Defenders (5 Issues to go)

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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.)

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Justice League of America (5 issues to go)

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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.)

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

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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.

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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.

WOOHOO!

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Cosmopoli-tank

After a successful first week back to work (thanks to all who inquired and expressed consternation,) I met up with the bf Jim this weekend in Lenox, MA (halfway between our respective homes in NY and CT) for a much needed shopping and cocktail reunion and reconnection.

Last night, I made an attempt at mixing a batch of cosmos, my signature drink. The first batch was so bad, I had to dump it and start again. I panicked, and searched the internet for cosmo recipes. Had I forgotten how to mix them? Did I have the proportions wrong? We’re the ingredients spoiled? Had my entire life been a lie and my reason for living ended?

In fear and frustration, I disposed of all the questionable ingredients and decided I would never mix another cosmo again. Better to have none, than to have bad ones.

Fortunately, a night’s sleep and the light of a new day cleared my head and conscience. We purchased new ingredients (our usual brand of vodka and fresh limes) on our shopping outing today, and tonight I have successfully mixed two rounds of perfect Sassybear cosmos.

Whew! Life has meaning to me once again.

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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

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Stop the world, I want to get on

I had my first “typical” weekend in a month:

Yesterday, we ran errands (Bank, Car Inspection, Comic Books) then came home, assembled an exercise bike we bought for my Mom as an early Mother’s Day present (don’t judge – she wanted one,) then delivered it and helped her set up her new laptop.  I got cranky and tired after such a long, active day (after a month of low mobility and not leaving the house) and tried to nap it off. Dinner was Grilled tuna steaks over baby spinach leaves with horseradish sauce. (Mmmmmm.)

This morning, I read comics in the recliner, under my Spidey blanket, while the dogs snoozed serenely in my lap:


The rest of the day was spent cleaning the house, hanging pictures I recently framed (gifts from the bf, Jim):



and bagging, boarding and filing new comics away in my comic drawers (with the help of hubby, Jeffrey, because I can’t lift more than 5 pounds yet):


(This is one of two comic closets – 63 boxes and growing) 

Then I did some FaceTime with Jim as we planned out first get together in over a month (we usually see each other every other weekend) and  then rested a bit before whipping up some shrimp scampi for us for dinner, which we ate, with wine, while watching “Cougar Town.”

It might sound boring to some, but it was a mostly perfect weekend for me and a great way to end the weekend, before heading back to the office tomorrow. 

Of course, any weekend I don’t have medical apparatus inserted in, or attached to, my body is a good weekend, for me!

Woohoo!

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And now, the end is near….

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Today was my last day working from home. On Monday, I will return to my office, pick up where I left off,  and go on with life as if the last month never happened. Hopefully, it will be the last time in my career I need to have surgery. (Knock on wood.)

A few observations about my time working from home:

  1. I was way more productive than I thought I’d be. I worked over time the majority of time (for which I don’t get paid) and only forced myself to take a lunch break at all the last week.
  2. I really worked all day, and only struggled with working one day – today – because it was  Friday, I was tired from my Remicade infusion (which I got this morning before returning home to work) and I mind was making plans for the weekend.
  3. While it was practical and convenient working from the dining room table, as my makeshift office, I hated having my house disrupted for 3 weeks.
  4. I loved having access to my own bathroom. (I have anxiety about using public bathrooms, especially at work; always have; always will.)
  5. I loved not losing 2 hours of my day to my commute. This also meant sleeping in a bit later, having more time with my dogs and hubby in the morning, and when my work day was over, it was mere steps to my sofa.
  6. I loved having my dogs around all day, and giving them a 3 weeks break from their crates.

Having said all that, although I would definitely love to continue telecommuting one or two days a week, I would not want to do my current job, from home, every day. I am too much a creature of habit. My desk at work is set up so that I have all of my necessities and files within reach. My work Desktop PC works better and faster than this laptop. I like having access to all my co-workers and Teammates for easy discussions and assistance. I hate talking on the phone, even to my co-workers about work.  Also, as I discovered this morning when I drove to my Remicade Infusion and back, I actually miss driving Hedwig. It felt good to be behind her wheel. As someone who generally dislikes (hates) driving, usually, this came as a huge surprise to me.

So while I appreciate my employer allowing me to work from home during this time away,  and I’ll definitely miss being home with the dogs, having my own private bathroom, and wearing comfy clothes all day, I’m actually looking forward to returning to the office next week. I find, after a surgery and extended recovery time, returning to routine, even work, is always a relief…

…at least for a little while.

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Extraction Satisfaction

It was a stressful morning.

The doctor was late, the nurses were in a frenzy, patients were piling up.

I was in an exam room, gowned and anxious,  wondering if the doctor would show at all and what would happen if she didn’t.

Jeffrey was in the waiting room, wondering what was taking so long.

I did my best to remain calm and patient and hopeful.

I walked into the office at 7:30am and, 2.5 hours later, at 10:00am, I walked out again…

…catheter free.

It was well worth the wait.

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My goal for tomorrow

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Cool it now

All is well. My fever appears to have broken overnight. As of 3:30 am this morning, my temperature has remained between 97 and 98.1 degrees, and is currently 97.7 degrees. That’s a big relief.

I (again) spent the day resting and checking my temperature.  Also, I read some comic books (Superman and Batman: Generations, Volumes 1 and 2), and we watched a couple of movies: Green Lantern (which wasn’t quite as bad as I remembered it being) and Connie and Carla (which is always fun to watch).

I am a little less miserable today because it’s only

“One more dawn.
One more day.
One day more!”

(see what I did there?)

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