Monday, December 09, 2013
Wow, it's been almost a month since I've written anything. Where does the time go? Had a great time on the cruise and especially enjoyed all the trivia. The ships now have pubs for adult trivia (because they give away alcohol to the winners!) and my SIL and I plus a variety of people traveling in our loosely-connected party did really well, winning every night we played except one. But I brought home an unwanted souvenir, likely due to sitting next to Jason, who was coughing pretty badly all the way home. This is the first time I came home sick from a cruise, and I thought I beat it, but the last few days have been ugly, with major sinus stuff going on. My head feels twice its size. I'm not coughing much, but when I do, it sends shock waves through my head. Not sure how to treat that. My tea with lemon, chicken soup, and several herbs don't seem to be helping. Maybe today will be better. I need to get stuff accomplished around here, but am feeling kinda stuck.
Thanks to everyone for your comments. I haven't been very good at acknowledging them lately. I think there is progress in the trivia prize department. We had a sub host Wed. night and she took up our cause and spoke to Chris, whose franchise it is, and maybe his boss. Bot that I haven't spoken to Chris several times...Guy is getting all macho and making threatening noises about small claims court and bad faith, but I don't really think this is intentional.
Next cruise, with my new friend, is in April and I am freaking out about getting to Miami. I was gonna drive to Charlotte and fly down with her, but it doesn't seem to make sense when it's cheaper to fly from RDU, not to mention a lot closer. I'm a little nervous about waiting till the morning of the cruise, but it's more complicated otherwise. And I'm not sure I'll be saving that much if I leave my car at the airport. Plus, I haven't ever flown by myself before. Kinda ridiculous at my age. I'm just not sure I know how to do everything, although I guess there are people who could help if I get confused. Well, lots of time to figure things out, I suppose...
Wishing everyone a great week!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Here I am, still at the farm and I woke up with severe allergy symptoms. Now, the dust in the apartment has been getting to me a bit, but this is way more intrusive. Patches did deign to sleep at the foot of my bed last night, and I wonder if I've now become allergic to cats. I'll be heading to my new townhouse this morning sometime and will see if that helps. Found out I need to get the apartment cleaned out really soon, at least the visible areas, since Alison needs to take photos for someone from Charlotte who may want to rent it. She has a horse and a dog, and Alison would rather not have a dog in the actual house, which someone else might stay in for awhile anyway. And there's an open house here Sunday, so all will have to look good. Feels like a lot of pressure when I was hoping to have a bit more time, but I'll be glad when it's over.
Trivia was not great last week--we risked it all when we were wrong and nothing when we were right. Then last night Karen insisted we risk it all to make up for last week, but we were wrong again! It is nice to kinda have 2 different sections of the team so I can play twice a week. i play tonight with the guys who probably woulda gotten that last question right last night, but that's the way it goes. The tournament should be about a month away, and there will be some politics about who gets to play, since we have so many more members now. Our championship is on the line, but we don't expect to win again. It's possible, I suppose. We're sitting in 4th place in the standings right now and may be able to pull up a spot or 2 if we're really good in the next few weeks, but it's slow going this late in the season. Still haven't gotten the national money from the last tournament, which is pretty frustrating, especially since I didn't take my cut of the regional win to make everything come out nice and even. Easier to give everyone $200 instead of $166.67 or whatever. I want my $300!
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
...Nah, not with all that diet-and-exercise stuff that everyone is so concerned about. In fact, I'm a bit up in weight right now and I think I can attribute that to my roller coaster hormone ride thanks to my thyroid's going crazy. Seems to be harder to keep the weight stable on the thyroid-suppressing meds, but I seem to need them right now. My progress is in the realm of packing so I can move--way sooner than I thought I would! I'm closing on my 2bdr/2ba 1-story townhouse on Friday and am officially moving next Tuesday. At least, my stuff is. As much stuff as I can get the guys to haul so I don't have too much straggling stuff to move on my own. I'll be staying in the house here at the farm until 11/18, when my TV and internet will be set up. I'm trying out U-verse, since I just couldn't do the Time Warner thing. I'm very happy about being able to record 4 things at once. Yeah, I know--too much TV, but I like it and don't really plan on changing that aspect of my life anytime soon.
The Thanksgiving cruise is looming--I guess we're driving down on Friday 11/22 so we can embark on the 23rd. Did I mention that my cruise buddy now hates me and I am cruising solo? Long and very confusing story, which involves her asking too many questions and demanding answers. You can only be diplomatic so long in that circumstance. The truth, unfortunately, must out, and sometimes it costs you a friend, or someone you thought was a friend even though you often had to walk on eggshells around them. It's hard to tell someone that none of your trivia team wants to play with them because they are often miserable and touchy and tend to walk out at the slightest provocation. So I have a cabin to myself, with the window that SHE had to have to the tune of several hundred additional dollars. I hear Jason might spend a few nights with me to give his parents some alone time. I'm lucky that they didn't try to charge me double for the cabin, and I'm not sure how that happened, but I swallowed the extra $159 and am going as planned. I can drive down with the kids, so that should save me a bit. So much happening at the same time! I have a feeling I am packing things that I will never see again. Anybody need any cookbooks? I feel a Craig's List ad coming on. Some stuff I just want to go away and some I'd like to get a little money for. Oh, well. Seems the more stuff I pack, the more chaotic it gets around here. I think that should be turning around soon. One can always hope...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Well, things were going along nicely, with my being able to play twice a week at least lately, since I'd do one might with my old team and one with Guy and his friend Wayne and Wayne's girlfriend. The fact that part of my old team played sometimes with a rival team annoyed me a bit, but Joe was usually on his own and welcomed the addition of Lauri and Livvy just to have someone to talk to.
So last Thursday I arrived where the second team plays and found Guy on the patio. The place was closed--for good! He called Wayne while I called Lauri, who was supposed to play with Joe, and we scrambled and found a place not too far that started at 8:30, which is a good hour later than the closed place used to be. We all went and Joe played for our team, resulting in a tiebreaker win and some good points. It's an Irish pub and the food is pretty good. Later we found out that the OTHER tavern affiliated with the closed one was also closed. Apparently the owner closed all 3 of her locations because she's moving out of state. Guess a lot of people are out of work, too.
So tonight we're playing at Buffalo Wings and Rings, since the place where Greg hosts is too close to the state fair, which is going on right now. the traffic gets horrific at this time, so we're staying out of Raleigh--and I like this place better anyway. Hopefully we'll do well and lots of team members will show up! I can never get an answer out of Wayne since Diana's work sometimes keeps her late. But they should be available tomorrow night. Wish us luck!
My body feels a lot better after giving it the day off yesterday, though my knee was a bit ouchy even in the water. If it doesn't improve soon, I may have to have it looked at. Last x-rays, I didn't have arthritis in my knees,, but I haven't managed to fix the way they track and my quads are stillway weaker than they should be. More bike, I guess!
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