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Book forty-nine in 2012 – “The Hunger Games” – Suzanne Colins

When I first heard about “The Hunger Games”, I had no desire to read it. I recently realized that it was my loyalty to Scott Westerfeld that kept away any interest. When the movie came out there was more and more talk of it but I still just had no desire. B rented the movie and I heard snippets of it but that was when baseball was on so nothing else mattered to me.

Then I got to experience the movie with Solo-DX and knew without a doubt that I would have to read the book. The premise of the movie made me ill, teenagers being led to slaughter to remind the citizens of what used to be North America that they were and would always be controlled by the government. This was a rather frightening movie to watch right before the elections when there was so much fear for me around which party would gain control. The one who wants to have power over women’s bodies? Watching a movie about the government having total control over its citizens was scary indeed. However that didn’t stop me from running to download the book. I didn’t even wait for a credit for it, that’s how much I had to read it.

The book certainly didn’t disappoint. It’s rare to go from movie to book so it was a bit of a bummer that I already knew what would happen but I couldn’t help thinking as I noticed differences in the book what a good job the movie did. The changes in the movie made sense and while reading the book I could see why things were changed for the movie. Come to find out, Suzanne Collins adapted the screenplay herself. No wonder it was a good translation.

I think what makes this book good is that this futuristic world is believable. Maybe it’s my fear of my own future and my deepening mistrust of “the system” that makes me able to believe it. There is also the element of reality TV which you’d have to be blind to not see how this country is getting obsessed with. Is it not conceivable that one day people will hunger to watch contestants kill each other in an arena? Last person standing wins. Is that not how all our reality shows are, minus the killing? Losers getting picked off one-by-one to determine who wins, who will be revered, who will get the car and the riches and the contract. We are so hungry for reality TV that we take washed up so-called celebrities and make them dance and we take a poor neglected child and make her famous. Is it not conceivable that some day in the distant future we might lead our young to slaughter for sport?

The main character, Katniss Everdeen, has decided that she will never have children of her own, lest their name be put in the lottery upon turning twelve and therefore eligible for the games. I couldn’t help but remember my own youthful determination not to bring a child into the world. That was way back then, not knowing what I know now. I just had a discussion with Carol about this very topic, about how over the years I’ve almost felt obligated to have children because I know I would be a good parent. I think my young self knew something way back then though because even if I had plenty to provide a child, I wouldn’t want to risk passing along my MS. If it’s hard to live on disability now, what will it be like in the future? Maybe it’s my own life experience that makes “The Hunger Games” world seem so plausible to me. It’s also not so different from my beloved “Uglies” series. The basics are there, how can the government control its citizens?

I’m honestly glad I’m medicated now before having read this haha. I’m somewhat amazed that it’s a young adult novel. The themes are so dark and terrifying. I wonder if young people see it the way I do? I’ll have to ask Georgie to ask her daughter.

I’m now reading a novel I’ve had for awhile but after seeing tweets about it and how if the election went one way, this book’s plot wouldn’t seem so far fetched, I put off reading it on purpose and started it last night. Yet another future of control. I tell you, I’m going to need Michael Connelly when I’m done haha!

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Harry Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30.* “Fifty Shades of Grey” – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James – Finished 8/16=12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” (Jack McEvoy #1) – Michael Connelly Finished – 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

36. “Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/8/12

37. “The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/13/12

38. “Blood Work” (Terry McCaleb #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/20/12

39. “A Darkness More Than Night” (Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch #7) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/25/12

40. “City of Bones” (Harry Bosch #8) – Michael Connelly – Finished 101/12

41. “Defending Jacob” – William Landay – Finished 10/7/12

42. “The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden – Finished 10/13/12

43. “Lost Light” (Harry Bosch #9) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/17/12

44. “The Narrows” (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/21/12

45. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn – finished 10/25/12

46. “The Closers” (Harry Bosch #11) – Michael Connelly – Finished 10/27/12

47. “Echo Park: (Harry Bosch #12) -Finished – 10/31/12

48. “The Overlook” (Harry Bosch #13) – Michael Connelly – Finished 11/4/12

49. “The Hunger Games” – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/9/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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Have an Old Post

I’m totally cheating and just gonna link to last year’s post because I’m too mentally tired to come up with anything else. It’s kinda funny because in last years post I did a Keyword Gems post because I didn’t have time to write. It was a pretty good collection of search queries.

Reading that also made me remember that links to old posts from before I moved need to be fixed since all the old posts on the old blog are gone. That is not gonna be a fun project.

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Books forty-six through forty-eight of 2012: “The Closers”, “Echo Park” and “The Overlook” – Michael Connelly

I love feasting on Michael Connelly books. The only problem is that soon I will run out and then what will I do? So I’m deviating for now before coming back and diving into the Bosch series again. I can’t believe I’m almost caught up.

In “The Closers”, Bosch is back with the LAPD after his hiatus, investigating cold cases. Only they don’t call it the cold case unit, they prefer Open Unsolved. It’s rather humorous how many times people refer to it as a cold case since Harry corrects them every time. I really enjoyed this book since in my opinion, these kinds of cases really showcase just how dang talented Bosch is as a detective.

“Echo Park” was fantastic as well, combining cold cases with the present. Is Harry dealing with a dirty district attorney and cop? Will a cold case he’s been hanging onto for years be solved? This one had a truly creepy element to it. Very much a holy crap this could really happen element. Though most Connelly books have that, this creep factor was so extreme it make me a little nauseous.

“The Overlook” had a very FBI element that is always fun. From the very beginning I was pretty sure I had the whole thing solved and it was fun “watching” Bosch put the clues together and come to the same conclusion as I already had. Naturally though, there was a twist I wasn’t expecting that had me going Oh my ok I did not see that one coming!

Harry Bosch is getting older and it’s just getting more and more evident. Connelly has been such a master developing this character and I know one day it’s going to end and I’m going to be very very sad. In fact last night I had a dream that I was a rookie cop working along side Bosch. All I remember from the dream is the gun part haha!

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Harry Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30.* “Fifty Shades of Grey” – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James – Finished 8/16=12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” (Jack McEvoy #1) – Michael Connelly Finished – 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

36. “Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/8/12

37. “The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/13/12

38. “Blood Work” (Terry McCaleb #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/20/12

39. “A Darkness More Than Night” (Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch #7) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/25/12

40. “City of Bones” (Harry Bosch #8) – Michael Connelly – Finished 101/12

41. “Defending Jacob” – William Landay – Finished 10/7/12

42. “The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden – Finished 10/13/12

43. “Lost Light” (Harry Bosch #9) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/17/12

44. “The Narrows” (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/21/12

45. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn – finished 10/25/12

46. “The Closers” (Harry Bosch #11) – Michael Connelly – Finished 10/27/12

47. “Echo Park: (Harry Bosch #12) -Finished – 10/31/12

48. “The Overlook” (Harry Bosch #13) – Michael Connelly – Finished 11/4/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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Max Factor and the Middle Class

Carol and I had our daily phone conversation today which started off as a discussion of yesterday’s election. We are on the same page politically so there was no debate, just sharing our relief at how things turned out. Carol had been on a media blackout all day, getting the news from her friend late last night. The phone call had been prearranged. I think that was mighty smart of her haha! I kept a loose eye on Twitter while I converted episodes of friends to mp3 to save disk space. There’s not much better escapism than episodes of Friends.

After we got done discussing our hope for the next four years and how disgusted I was over things I read on Twitter this morning, we got into more fun topics about whatever it is we can discuss for hours and hours. I’m not sure how we talked about how there’s no longer a clearly defined middle class, but it came up during our jumping from topic to topic. We always talk about something serious and then one of us steers the conversation on to something a little more light hearted. Both of us have had not so easy lives and we often talk about that’s why we tend to lean to the left. Oh let’s face it, I lean to the left, she dove right into it haha!

Anyway, we had gotten on to talking about her favorite make-up, the Max Factor pan stick, and how it had been getting harder and harder to find in stores. She had tried other products but nothing had worked as well as this Max Factor and finally early this year, she discovered it on a website and ordered one. Today she was telling me that she went back to the website and they no longer carry it. Disappointed, she did some further investigation and discovered that the only place she can order it from now is the UK, because there’s just no market here for it anymore. Basically it’s not high-end enough for stores like Nordstrom’s and not low-end enough for stores like Walgreens.

Suddenly she exclaimed, “It’s a middle class make-up!”

I burst out laughing since that completely summed up our earlier conversation about how there’s no longer a clearly defined American middle class. Max Factor had to stop supplying its pan stick to American stores because it’s a middle class make-up and we have no middle-class here to buy it. This strikes me funny too since Carol is definitely not middle class since she lives on disability just like I do but even when you live below poverty level, a girl still likes to splurge on make-up that works! That pan stick also lasts her like a year so it’s really just too bad there’s no longer a market for it in America. I wonder what she’ll have to pay on shipping to get that from across the pond.

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Let’s Talk About Spoons

I had plans for today. Not huge plans, just laundry and showering and doing some things around the house. I had a blog post planned, I scheduled my ride for tomorrow’s plans. Then at about nine this morning that all went out the window.

If you’re a long time reader of my blog, you’ll be familiar with The Spoon Theory. If you’re not familiar with that, please go read it. It’s about the author’s life with Lupus but it fits MS as well. It fits any disability.

At nine this morning I knew I was running on a half supply of spoons. Sometimes I don’t get my full daily allotment and I never know when that will happen. It happened today. I was just…so…tired. Healthy people like to say they’re tired too and I just smile and nod. It’s not just tired. It’s mind numbing bone aching blood thickening toes hurting eyes drooping fatigue on low spoons days.

I accepted that I wouldn’t do the laundry. I thought I’d manage a shower at some point. I talked to Carol and said I was so tired for no reason and she said, “you’re not tired for no reason, you have MS.”

After over six years of knowing I have this thing I still try and explain when I’m tired. I think back to the night before. Did I sleep all night? Yes. Ok, so what did I eat yesterday, was it healthy? Yes. Did I have breakfast today? Yes. “You’re not tired for no reason, you have MS.”

So I decided if I didn’t shower that would be ok. I could tell that a shower would completely wipe me out and I didn’t feel comfortable standing in there without B home. A few weeks ago I admitted to myself that I need a shower chair. That was one of the hardest admissions of my life. I still haven’t gotten it. I need to. Why don’t I just take a bath? Because getting too warm robs me of spoons too.

All day I’ve wondered what I would blog about. That’s one of the downfalls of committing to anything when you can’t always count on having spoons. Luckily it doesn’t take much brain power to write about all this since I live with it on a daily basis. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be a little less foggy and can write one of the things I’ve had planned. One of those things is a letter to myself in twenty years. It’s the follow-up to the letter to fourteen year-old me. However the future is a very scary thing to think about and I think I need to know what the next four years might look like before I can begin to think about where I’ll be in twenty.

So, when you think about sick people, those who rely on government money because they don’t work even though they don’t look sick, read the link above. My blindness and my guide dog make my disability visible but before I was blind, even the government didn’t think I was sick.

I think it’s good I wrote this too late to change anyone’s mind about who they vote for, because I know I can’t change anyone’s mind. My hope is that maybe people will have a little more compassion towards each other as we move along. The next time a pretty woman says she’s disabled and lives on disability, before you judge her and assume she’s just using the system, think about how many spoons her trip to the grocery store might take and how she’ll just have enough energy when she gets home to put away the food that needs refrigerating. The rest of it can wait.

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Health Update and a Tasty Pasta Salad

I got too busy today to be able to dedicate time to the follow-up to yesterday’s post so I’m going to save that for tomorrow. Instead I’ll write an update on my latest medical stuff and share a “recipe”.

I saw my doctor today as a follow-up to my Urgent Care and ER visit. She didn’t tell me much that I didn’t know from doing my own research but it was good to hear it all from her and get positive feedback on the food choices I’ve been making during the last week or so. That first week was all about recovering and eating just enough to stay nourished while allowing my system to fully repair itself. I had to stay away from high fiber foods which I hadn’t been too sure about but my doctor explained why today. I won’t be writing that here since I’m going to be talking about food haha! Long story short, everything checked out and I’m good to go.

So since I was limited on what kinds of things I could eat and since the Urgent Care freaked me out when they thought it could be gallbladder, I’ve decided to prepare most of my own foods now. I’ll admit, it has just been easier to eat what B eats and he likes to eat from restaurants and such. This is ok for the most part because I have really figured out how to eat fairly healthy from restaurants where you get a big choice. However B also likes his fast food and I won’t be eating that anymore. So on those nights, I’ll either heat up some progresso soup if I don’t feel like cooking or like I did today, I’ll make something.

I’ve never been one who likes following recipes unless they’re my mom’s old recipes. I’ve always just created food. So after deciding to make this change I ordered a nice pasta pot from Amazon that has a built-in colander for easily straining pasta and a steamer basket for veggies and such. I hardboiled eggs the other day and it’s a breeze just lifting out the colander and putting it into an ice bath. I love this thing!

I got spiral pasta, I can’t remember the proper Italian name. I’ll be switching to whole wheat pasta but I couldn’t do high fiber right away so I’m using this box up first. The first thing I made last week was a cup of pasta and a can of tuna with the steamed mixed veggies. I like the stir fry mix with snow peas and water chestnuts. Yum!

Tonight though, oh this was delicious! I boiled a cup of pasta and tossed it with some olive oil and garlic salt and set it aside. I steamed the mixed veggies and some frozen shrimp. When that was done I tossed it in with the pasta, some more garlic salt, a handful of unsalted peanuts and some black olives. Oh, so tasty! I chilled it and when B got home with his Burger King, I enjoyed my chilled pasta salad. It was so good!

It is so easy too. I mean the first time I did that pasta and tuna mix I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. I can’t wait to try something else tomorrow since I’m making B his hotdogs haha.

One of the things I really want to do is simmer some chicken in broth or even cream of mushroom soup, shred it and add that cold to pasta. I never realized how much I enjoy cold pasta salads and there’s just no limit to what you can create!

Oh, and I lost six pounds in two weeks haha. I’m really not trying to lose though I can stand to lose some after this crazy year has really messed up my exercise routine. The combination of the three day liquid diet and now this change in what I eat and the weight is pouring off. Nothing like a little health scare to really make me change my ways! I was eating fairly healthy before but I was definitely doing too much fast food. No more!

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A Letter to Fourteen Year-Old Me

I follow a Twitter account that is posting daily writing prompts to assist people with NaBloPoMo ideas. Part of me really wants to come up with my own ideas but I think that’s the stubborn part. I found one of the ideas really intriguing so I saved the tweet. For today’s post, I’ll write a letter to my fourteen year-old self. Whoa. I’m imagining it being November 4, 1993. Tomorrow I’ll write a letter to myself in twenty years. I’ve been trying to recall who I was when I was fourteen. This should be interesting!

Dear fourteen year-old Ro,

Did your eyes light up when I referred to you as Ro? I bet they did. I know how much you always wished you could have a cool nickname and how you fantasized that you could be like Ro Laren from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Well guess what? You don’t turn out like Ro, but you’ll be known as Ro in your thirties. How cool is that?

It’s funny that I’m writing this letter to you because just yesterday I played four X-Files episodes so I could convert them to mp3. You have no idea what that means I realize. Oh, the technology that is coming, I won’t even begin to try and explain because I think it might freak you out a little bit. Just…pay attention to a lot of what they use in Star Trek, ok? Because I can tell you from first hand knowledge of the future that some of that is real in my time. Don’t get too excited; they haven’t figured out how to transport things yet. You and your friend Carol will wish for that a lot when you grow up. Transporters and replicators would make life so easy but I guess maybe we won’t see that in our lifetime. Sorry to disappoint, but I don’t want you getting your hopes up. Technology is going to be a huge part of your life in the future. I know right now you’re resistant to it but just trust me, ok? Oh, and try to remember what that little Mac is called when Mom gives it to you.

Congratulations on making it through middle school. I know that was awful and I know you’re still recovering from it and wishing it had never happened. Try and believe me when I say it made you incredibly strong and you have no idea what that hardship prepared you for as you grow up. I won’t go into details but I will tell you that everything you’re going through now is all going to be invaluable as you face challenges in life. There will be challenges. But you overcome them because of your experience. Just keep doing everything you’re doing because I have no regrets. You’re doing it all the right way.

Except, quit being so hard on yourself about Mom and Dad’s marriage, ok? It’s not your fault. No really. It’s not your fault.

On a happier note, you know how much you love cats? Well that doesn’t stop and Combat and Little Kitty are with you for a really long time. You know how you think you’ll never have a dog? Well you’re gonna have the coolest dog ever, take my word for it on that. I’m sitting with him on the couch as I write this and he is the light of my life. You’re probably rolling your eyes at that but it’s the truth!

I want to say I’m very proud of you for waiting with G. Your future self is grateful you didn’t give in to your hormones with him. You really are too young for that and that is totally ok, so just keep waiting. You know that boy C who sits with you in Biology? Can you try to keep closer tabs on him? You’re probably laughing at me right now. I know you don’t think much of him now but you just wait. I lost touch with him and only just recently found him on Facebook but neither of us uses it much so I still don’t know what’s up with him. I’m sure the word Facebook is confusing you. There is so much in the realm of technology you’ll experience! I wish I could watch. Oh and Wesley Crusher? Yeah, I follow him on Twitter. Wil Wheaton that is. Don’t ask what Twitter is, it’s too hard to explain. I’ve talked to him though. Well not really I mean he hasn’t replied to me but his wife has! Oh sorry, yeah he has a wife and it’s not you. Oh that was harsh? Just helping to toughen that skin!

Oh, I know I said I had no regrets from this time in our life but I do want to make one suggestion. Stay in the girls chorus one year longer ok? If you graduate when I did you’ll be really upset the next year when you find out where the tour is. I know you left chorus to focus on getting ready for college but trust me on this and stay in an extra year. The experience of the trip will be so much better than the time wasted preparing for college. Wait, I’m not saying that college isn’t important, but please, for the love of everything Nirvana, stay in an extra year. I wish I had gotten to go on that trip…

Speaking of trips, wasn’t New York amazing? You’ll be telling stories from that trip for the rest of your life. That was such an incredible experience. Please add to it and stay in choir another year. Ok ok, I’ll drop it.

You’re probably getting bored of this letter and I bet there’s an episode of The X-Files getting ready to start or something. Oh hey thanks for recording all those episodes on the VCR. Those tapes really came in handy when I was about twenty-one or so. Just wait until you see how people record TV shows and movies today!

Keep on being the cool kid you are right now. Yes I said cool. You don’t think you’re cool but you are and you helped me be who I am today. Remember about choir and keep hanging on to those morals of yours; they get you through a lot. Mom is going to talk to you about drinking. Pay attention ok? Don’t change what you do with that information, but it becomes very valuable when you’re twenty-six. Thanks. I think that’s about all I have. I wish I could go back in time and give you a hug. Get ready for the crazy ride the next twenty years will take you on. You’ll be amazed when you sit here and write this letter to yourself, amazed at what you’ve been through and survived. Enjoy it, none of your books could have written it any better!

Love,

Thirty-three year-old Ro

PS – I still refuse to step foot inside The Gap. Oh, and I love baseball. No seriously. Ok, you’ll believe it in about seventeen years or so.

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Cuddling with the Kids

I wrote this this morning before I had even had a cup of coffee. Every morning I do a bit of writing/journaling before starting my day so I turned this morning’s entry into what I decided would be today’s blog post. I went about my day and got busy with a project so I’m finally getting back to this to post it. It has been such a nice day!

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My favorite time of day is in the morning just after I’ve fed Jayden and taken him out and started the coffee. I let Timmy out of the spare room, put in there so he doesn’t escape, and walk into the living room to turn my computer on. Most mornings Jayden is already on the couch and I sit and lay over on my side, resting my arm and head on him for a good cuddle. Timmy jumps up and he and Jayden greet each other and then we all settle in for a cuddle as I wake up.

This morning was no different except it was one of those rare mornings that Jayden isn’t on the couch. He followed me into the kitchen while I rinsed his bowl and he drank water and then followed me as I let timmy out. I walked over and turned my computer on and Timmy jumped on the couch and meowed as I sat down, almost like he was calling for Jayden! I whispered Jayden over and he got up on his spot and timmy struggled out of my grip to walk over to Jayden, purring all the while. It never fails to make me smile, this cuddling with the kids.

The three of us settled in, I on my right side with my knees pulled up, resting on Jayden as he lay curled on his end of the couch, Timmy tucked in between us purring away. Spinelli decided to join us as she does on some mornings. This will usually make Timmy run but not today. Spinelli perched on my hip and leg and the four of us lay that way for a bit. I love those mornings! The air conditioner kicked on and I groaned, mentally cursing myself for not shutting it off when I got up. I didn’t want to dislodge the kids to turn it off so I let the cool air wash over us, grateful for the animals’ warmth.

I was laying there, listening to the coffee maker gurgle as it made my wake up nectar thinking I would write about this today. The coffee maker beeped to let me know it was ready and I still didn’t move, enjoying my three fur kids and our morning ritual. Suddenly Jayden had an itch on his back leg and as he swiftly moved to use his teeth on the spot the cats scattered and I giggled, having just been agonizing over having to make everyone move so I could get my coffee. Thanks Jayden, I thought as I stood and stretched. Good morning, Saturday.

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Pen Whatevers and Monkey Havens

What do they call pen pals these days? Email pals? If I am writing emails with someone, does that mean he is my pen pal or my email pal? Or wait, keyboard pal? Is “pal” even used these days? I feel like I am showing my age.

Anyway, I’ve been exchanging emails with someone and for the last ten minutes or so I have been trying to think of what to write for today’s post. I started reading Twitter and there was a tweet about monkeys. And then another. And I couldn’t help but remember my whatever pal mentioning a random monkey sanctuary. I had to laugh in response to this because if a monkey sanctuary is random, that makes me think there must be loads of monkey sanctuaries. I began to imagine this random one being a small one off the beaten path. A nice little monkey bread and breakfast.

*Tranquil music, soft spoken female voice*

Are you unable to care for your monkey any longer? Did you not think your decision through when you decided to get a monkey? Perhaps your child begged you for a monkey and you complied against your better judgement. If you are looking for a place to send your monkey, why not consider The Monkey Haven for all your monkey’s needs?

We offer several plans for your beloved monkey; one for every budget. We do not allow any scientific experiments to be performed on our charges so you can rest assured your monkey will live the life of luxury every day! You are welcome to come visit your monkey any time and make sure he is enjoying his new home and that she is getting plenty of her beloved bananas!

So exhale and just let go and let us take care of your monkey. No more ruined shoes or attacked guests. Let us take care of everything! Remember, The Monkey Haven is waiting for you! We are that random monkey sanctuary you never even imagined could exist!

*low pitched fast paced male voice reading fine print, website and phone information*

I need help, don’t I? I almost wrote about how my book reading schedule has gotten off thanks to my week in bed but that would be boring. Monkeys are always entertaining haha!

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Doggy Diaries – How is it NaBloPoMo time already?

I can’t believe it’s November already. What? It was just Spring Training. It was just November and I was just writing daily posts for NaBloPoMo and now it’s here again. Crazy! They say time flies when you’re having fun, well I can’t say it’s been a fun year but it sure is flying.

I’m feeling so much better this week. I spent all of last week in bed recovering from that diverticulitis. I had to do a liquid diet for three days which wasn’t so bad on the first day. I remember even chuckling to myself and saying, yeah ask me again tomorrow if this isn’t so bad. Oh, it was bad the next day, that’s for sure. I couldn’t stomach the broth, so I basically lived on coffee and popsicles. That, along with the two different poisonous antibiotics and a visit from Aunt Flo and I was flat on my back in bed.

I was able to care for myself and Jayden but that was it. I was telling my massage therapist about it tonight about how I think the week in bed actually did me good. He found a lot less problem areas than he usually does and I was proud to tell him I did more stretching of my constantly tight hammies while laying in bed listening to books. I’m glad it’s all over though and I’m enjoying experimenting with different foods now as I try to prevent another horrible infection.

This week has been all about getting my strength back. I could not believe how much my body was weakened. I’ve taken a lot of pride in my physical strength even during weak low spoon times. This was a whole new ball game and one I hope I don’t have to play again for awhile. The early part of this week was rough, only being able to do things in fits and starts with periods of rest to gather strength again. Today I feel so much closer to myself again. This has been one heck of an ordeal!

This morning Jayden and I walked down to the office to drop off my absentee ballot. Our office collects our outgoing mail for safe keeping which in the heat of the summer was annoying but now it’s just nice to walk down there. I was a little concerned about my strength but it was fine. No one was in the office yet so Jayden was bummed since they always give him a treat there. He showed me the door to the clubhouse and when I tried to pull away he stayed by the door. I knew he could smell his friend S, our maintenance supervisor. He and Jayden are the best of friends and I know S hangs out in the clubhouse when he’s not tooling around the complex so I tried the door and it was open. I poked my head in and said hello and got no response but Jayden insisted we go in, it was too cute! He walked me directly past the gym where we’ve been a bunch of times and right to the door going out to the patio and pool. So I stuck my head out there but no S. Poor Jayden!

On the way back we just strolled. Jayden alerted me to the guest apartment my friend Erik stayed in a year and a half ago. It’s amazing what these dogs remember! I praised him for asking if I wanted to go there and said not this time haha. Then as we passed another apartment a dog started barking and made us both jump. I giggled and said, “he’s Mr. Vocal McVocalson huh Jayde?” As we neared home Jayden decided to pick the narrowest spot between a car and a curb haha. He cracked me up, choosing the path of most difficulty. He does that sometimes, almost like he wants to challenge himself. He paused so I wouldn’t hit the side view mirror of the car since he had to walk me practically brushing up against it. Such a silly dog! It was a perfect morning and it was so nice to be out and about with my boy. I need to come up with some sort of maintenance issue so we have an excuse for S to come by haha.

I’m very much looking forward to bed time tonight. Today felt busy for some reason even though it really wasn’t. I’m just still a bit foggy from the health ordeal I think. It will be nice to put the day to bed and stretch out to some more Harry Bosch. So, here’s to another NaBloPoMo opening post!

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