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Quick update and photos from New Hampshire

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

First, Spot the tick. The nurse said it was a female dog tick and another group said a female black legged deer tick - probably. Either way, the meds should eradicate anything either one might have passed along. Those antibiotics have wreaked havoc on my digestive system though. Should have gotten some probiotics. In any case, it looks fine.

On a better note, we went camping in Hew Hampshire this past long weekend. Now I'm going to flood this blog with assorted photos. We took the kid to an agricultural fair and we also went to a farm to do the corn maze. I like to refer to it as the maze of death (being allergic to corn, it seemed fitting). The kid wouldn't open his eyes on the Ferris Wheel but later claimed it was his favorite ride at the fair.

Next weekend is the zombie 5K and the annual Halloween party. Day after the party is the Halloween parade and the kid will be marching in that with the public library. Lots going on.

The Ferris Wheel

Beach where we camped

The last campfire of the season

The maze of death

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JANET552 10/20/2014 7:15AM

    Looks like a great place to camp -- glad you all had fun. I MUST do a corn maze. I think I'll put it on my list for 2015.

I'm glad the tick issue is being resolved -- whichever one it actually was.

Is the zombie 5K this coming weekend?? I hope you have fun!

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GHK1962 10/15/2014 11:44AM

    Glad the tick thingy is getting cleared up ... that's scary to me.

And that ferris wheel photo is great ... most would think its cute I bet. Me on the other hand, would save it as blackmail for his teen years!

And the maize of death ... nice!

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The email I sent at work

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

To preface, I have an immediate supervisor, a boss (boss of both of us, but I used to answer directly to him, so I always still keep him in the loop), my payroll person (who is also a work friend), and a co-worker who is friends with my dad and I just like to let him know stuff. And now the email, subject line: In an effort to keep you all amused

Long version: Id like to introduce you all to Spot, as in Out damn spot, words spoken so well by Lady Macbeth. Spot is a tick, youre average regular NOT deer tick.

I was having a rather pleasant afternoon putting off doing the dishes and laundry when all of the sudden, there was shooting pain in my left knee. Not the knee exactly, but sort of this weird radiating stabbing, shooting pain. My first thoughts of course, were (editing for your delicate eyes).. Duck! How the Hell am I going to outrun zombies on the 25th if I cant even walk in my house without killing my knees? So I continued to mutter assorted swear words while I loaded the dishes and then it really freaking hurt a lot. So I decided to see if it was swollen. And well, that is how I found Spot.

Doing what any normal sane person might, I proceeded to search how to remove this little beast. All the while, the pain getting more sharp and I getting more queasy because quite frankly, it looked like a spider in slow motion. Like he was maybe a zombie.

I poured rubbing alcohol on him, apparently with the idea of getting him drunk so hed loosen his grip or at least stop burrowing. To no avail. He was at this point, pretty deep and now I wanted my mommy. So I called her and she came home to help. Or to do surgery. In any case, when I plucked him out one leg at a time, I made my first discovery. Hes not an insect. Hes a freaking arachnid. AKA the same thing as a spider. I tried to remain calm, but then I started noticing hed gotten a bit more, um poufy. And I managed to sort of squish him as I got *most* of him out. I think I got the head because I also managed to pull a decent sized piece of my flesh with it.

But see, there is this one teensy tiny black piece and well, Rick would like very much for someone with more medical training than my mother, to check it out. So I said Id call the DR back this morning.

Short version of the story: I may or may not need to leave for a DR appointment today. Ill use time bank.

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JANET552 10/9/2014 7:57AM

    Oh my!!!! How are you today?

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HMBROWN1 10/8/2014 8:10AM

    Good info!

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Sunday was all about taking a mental health day

Monday, September 29, 2014

The weather for Sunday was unseasonably warm. The high temps were in the mid-July range. My husband mentioned we could drive down the Cape (Cape Cod) and go to one of the National Seashore beaches.

Now I love the beach. I'm a little weird in that I prefer going on overcast days that are chilly. The perfect beach attire for those days would be jeans rolled up a bit for walking in the water and a sweater. But I'll take the beach on a traditional "beach day" too. Beggars can't be choosers and all of that. My husband was willing to make the drive. The kid got to use his boogie board, and it only cost the fuel to get there, which in a hybrid doesn't cost a lot.

We saw seals and some crazy birds I haven't yet identified. The kid managed to bring about 8 pounds of the beach with him in his bathing suit. Very little if any exaggeration there. I had to cute some of the netting to get the sand out. It's about an inch deep n the trash can. Thank goodness we rinsed him off before we headed home. Assorted pictures of the day.

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GHK1962 9/30/2014 9:26AM

    Sounds like you had a great day ... and ... it also looks like you all had the beach to yourselves! Woooohoooo!

(And I looked at your page .... there is a NaNo team!!! Ohhh ... I gotta join for sure.)

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WRITINGRUNNER 9/29/2014 10:11PM

    Sounds and looks like a really lovely day. Lucky you.

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Check list for my 5k's

Friday, September 26, 2014

Not so much a check list. I'm just trying to gage where I've timed in the 3 5k's I've run so I can make a realistic goal for the zombie run next month.

The first one ever, was post injury and honestly, I am very proud of my time on that one. It also happens to be the best one to date. 37:14. I was the 95th female and the 167th overall.

I don't have a photo of me for the 2nd 5k, but it was the kid's first 5k and there was a lot of me walking backwards trying to spur him on. He was so worried I'd beat his time, that he literally tugged my hand back. My time is not an accurate one to what I could've done if he hadn't been with me. I like that people thought I was just being nice and staying with my kid though. Truth be told, when he sprinted, he could do it for longer. This is the kid.

His time was 45:59 and mine was 46:00. Still I was the 76th female and the 133rd overall this time. The kid was the 57th male and 132nd overall.

The most recent one... It was hot and sunny. I wore black. And a mask. There were no water stops. Not real water stops in any case. Fortunately, a home on the route had cups of water. I told them they were all my favorite people.

My time on this race was an unimpressive 40:51 and 216th place (don't have the female ranks).

So I suppose with the one coming up, assuming I keep training and don't kill my knees again, I think trying to beat my best time is the goal. Which means I really want to try to get something 37:00 minutes.

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JANET552 9/27/2014 8:09AM

    I think your times are awesome -- just running the 5Ks is great, in and of itself. Take care in your preparation -- and have fun!!

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GHK1962 9/26/2014 5:46PM

    I saw the blog title and had to take a look and read. I've just started running the past year ... and have become a 5K junkie haha.

Anyway .... NICE 1st 5k for you and your time. :)

Even NICER 2nd 5K with the kid - High-5!

As for the 3rd - the 40:51 is NOT unimpressive. 1) It was hot. 2) It was your 3rd 5K! (Remember the first one where you just wanted to finish and didn't want to come in last? I actually don't know if you felt that way ... but I think most do on their first one.) And 3) You ran ... and that is what matters yes?

Now ... on the zombie run ... I am debating doing that where I am at ... and whether to be a zombie or a runner .... but it sounds fun indeed. I say run for time...but remember the fun and enjoy :-)

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(This last emoticon ... most will say it's a vampire way...its a zombie vampire ... lookit ... his arms are gone!)

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What a difference in my mood

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The issue with the orthodontist/surgeon was more of a weight on my mood that I think I realized. I knew I was incredibly frustrated, but I didn't see how much that frustration pulled me down until some of it lifted.

Quick background for those unfamiliar - I've needed jaw surgery for a while and I have all sorts of reasons or excuses why (at one point I didn't have insurance and that really is a valid reason, the rest are really excuses because I'm terrified about the prospect of surgery).

In March, I had my most recent adjustment with the braces. I went back to the orthodontist about 5-6 weeks later for new x-rays, mold of my teeth, etc so the surgeon could see if I was ready for surgery. He felt I was close, but not quite there and the 2 doctors were going to speak about what needed to be done. The surgeon said he could do surgery in the summer if I had time issues, but it would be far more involved and the recovery time would be longer as well. It would have been both upper and lower jaw rather than just the lower jaw. I said if I'm that close, let's just wait. And wait I have. I have 5 pages of phone logs of me calling the two offices back and forth.

Last week I more of less through a hissy fit in the orthodontist's office. I honestly think for a lot of reasons, he is the problem. But he is paid up front and I can't really switch. That means the only thing I can change in the equation, is the surgeon even though I really liked him and felt as comfortable as I think I could. I said I was done and since they couldn't seem to communicate, then refer me to another surgeon. The orthodontist started to back peddle which to me is more "proof" the issue is on his end.

O: But he's the best.
Me: Doesn't do me any good if I never have surgery.
O: There is no one else in the area I could recommend.
Me: Fine, I travel to get here. I live in X, work in Y. Anyone out that way?

He got me the contact info and when I got back to work, I called the surgeon and explained the whole thing. I said I wouldn't do anything until Wednesday. If they talked before then, great. If not, I move on. Wednesday morning I called the new surgeon and left a message. No return call. Great. Totally blew my mood. Everything I have no control in got bigger in my eyes and I was done. Just done. Don't want to play anymore. DONE.

And then, the phone rang at about 5:45. A miracle! The orthodontist and the surgeon spoke and came up with a plan! I go to the orthodontist today for the first adjustment in many months! And I am happy. It's like a huge weight has been lifted and I can't believe how it has changed my perspective. So, so happy.

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BRAINBENTT 9/25/2014 10:26AM

    prayers your way for speedy recovery

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JCLJR4547 9/25/2014 10:13AM

  hope things go well for you.

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