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Tier 3-Suggestions Welcome for Bored Man-Boy

The entire state of Illinois is back to Tier 3, with the governor even mandating restrictions on family Thanksgiving celebrations (no more than groups of 10 to gather indoors). Restaurants & bars are closed for dining in and stores are limiting how many people can be inside. Hubs, my Type A guy, is already bored.

We were invited to a dinner on Thursday with our friends, but I think we'll be staying home & celebrating Thanksgiving with the kids via video instead. I'm currently fighting a sinus infection and on the off-chance I've contracted coronavirus, I definitely don't want to spread it. (Note: I get sinus infections on the regular--there is nothing different about how I'm feeling now to indicate it's anything other than a sinus infection, but obviously I don't want to risk anyone's health.) I have a fun event planned for hubs, that I am hoping he'll enjoy, and it's something we can do while we're on video--decorating sugar cookies for Christmas. He won't last long (and he'll be wanting to watch some games) but I think he'll have fun with it for a while, and it'll help pass some of the time. I had suggested earlier to him that we make ravs for Italian Christmas Soup (I believe one of my first posts on this blog was about ravs!) but hubs pointed out that we still have plenty in the freezer that we haven't used yet. So, why not holiday cookies that we can share with our neighbors? We had talked about a drink & paint kind of a thing, but I think I'll save that for another time.

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Goggling migraines. It's a thing, man.

Bad news first or good? I like to end on a positive note, so the bad first. The goggles are giving me some serious migraines to the point I have fallen behind on my writing project.

The good--they do seem to be working for the dry eye! Nominally, but I do seem to get an extra hour of eye use every day (every minute is precious, my friends) so my new challenge is to balance using my eyes with the goggles vs. no goggles but doing things that don't irritate my eyes or exacerbate the dry eye situation (i.e. computer usage, going outdoors, concentrating on anything for too long where I don't blink) so I can ultimately human on a more regular basis. 

The best news? While I'm wearing the goggles, I only need to apply eye drops about once an hour, twice as my eyes start to tire. I'm going through half the eyedrops in a day! I haven't mathed it out quite yet, but I'm guessing on average it will save me at least $25 a month (basically 2 bottles of OTC lubricant eye drops). Once I get the goggle usage situation straight where it doesn't cause migraines, the goggles will pay themselves off (even OTC drops are NOT cheap and I go through a ton. I should own stock in Bausch & Lomb). 

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This entry is just random

The ear buds were a short-lived friendship. We exchanged them for a pair of wireless headphones, and I'm much happier.

Leaving for Minnesota tomorrow. Trying to not freak out.

Not sure how much internet connectivity I'll have up north, so I may not check in for another week. 

Took Baby Reno in about his tender hind leg, and he has new meds. The vet suspects a tear in the ACL (in dogs, it's the CCL), so he will not be able to hike with me until he gets x-rays and we know for sure what is causing him pain. He is only gimpy some of the time, so I'm kind of convinced my poor puppy boy has arthritis, despite the condition of his ligaments. Reno HATES having his paws touched, so the vet had to muzzle him to check him out today. And I hate that we can't be in the exam room with our fur babies right now--he doesn't usually get so testy at the vet, but we're usually there to talk to him, hold him and calm him down.

My house is still a disaster area and I need to clean. I'm still feeling the migraine a bit, so my energy levels haven't picked back up yet.

I still have to pack. I should really bring some arts & crafts to do in addition to books, journal & writing books. I have a feeling we will be facing a lot of downtime this week & nothing will be open yet. I'm currently going through You're Weird: A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs, and Anyone Else Who's Uniquely Awesome by Kate Peterson. It reminds me a bit of Keri Smith's Wreck This Journal series.

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Countdown to Minnesota

(a metaphoric ramble regarding the state of my brain)

so many fish swimming

it's getting crowded in here

some are large predators

sharp, pointed razors for teeth

devouring the smaller hopes 

in single hasty gulps

with their nervous energy

in a land of a thousand lakes

so many lakes

so many teeth

so many eventualities

but the smaller hopes will persevere

and they'll keep swimming

where the water is warm

Oh the shark has pretty teeth, dear; and he shows them, pearly white...must be Mack the Knife.
Oh the shark has pretty teeth, dear; and he shows them, pearly white...must be Mack the Knife.


Everything is on pause

Before the world shut down, I was accepted as a patient at Mayo Clinic. Then my appointment was canceled while everyone hunkered down. It's back on again! Next week. Meep! So, this week will be all about making sure I have my records and insurance details figured out, arranging for a hotel (which shouldn't be too hard right now, I hope...), lining up the neighbors to take care of the fur babies, etc. I still intend on writing and speed walking, but I think my goals might have hit the trash can in those areas so everything else can get taken care of.

I have never been to Minnesota. My understanding is that we will have plenty of downtime. Problem is, I don't know how much will be open. Hubs should bring his fishing poles, I suppose. I should bring some hiking shoes.

I am relieved to finally get in to see if they can help me manage the autoimmune symptoms and help me to human more consistently, but I'm nervous and scared as much as I am hopeful. Since I am high risk, being out and about in general makes me a little bit leery. Being in a hospital for a week? Leeriness is an understatement.