Yes I still have them even at 58. Here they are in all their glory:
Stay in better contact with friends.
Only drink good wine - not necessarily read expensive yea Trader Joe's and Costco
Only read good books - there are too many good books out there to waste time on bad ones.
Use spell check ALL the time
Figure out why I'm getting a space between lines in this post
Don't knit with cheap yarn - If I'm going to put the effort into knitting something I want it to look like I put some effort into it.
Go on vacation - maybe New Orleans, hopefully Hawaii
On a separate note please keep my friend Shaun in your thoughts and prayers he's in the hospital with a bowel obstruction.
So I'm a day late, we were busy yesterday. Driving, present opening, feasting and more driving.
We went to my sister and niece's for Christmas day to enjoy each others company with positive attitudes. This is my sister who lost her husband in October so we all had to agree to bring positive attitudes with us. We complied. Our gang included my Mom, cousin and 2 of my sister's co-workers, one with her 2 year old in tow.
We had a delightful time opening presents, watching a friend's 2 year old open presents with delightful abandon and feasting on our first dungeness crab of the season. YUM
Now here's a belated Christmas card to you
Can you imagine being a Republican voter these days? Poor people what with Herman Cain self-imploding, Rick Perry who doesn't know the voting age OR the date of the election, self-aggrandizing Newt Gingrich and Mitt, well Mitt leaves me speechless.
Now I'm the first to admit that I haven't exactly been thrilled with Obama's performance but you must admit he's been hamstrung by the Republicans in Congress who's only legislative goal is to make Obama a one term president. Still I'm going to vote for Obama again because the Repubs just plain scare the hell out of me.
Oh I forgot about Michelle who told a gradeschool child that gays CAN get married they just have to marry a woman. Ummmm, a little close to home there?
Yes because I'm now in the Medicare drug gap $981 is what I must pay for 5 prescriptions for 1 month's worth of said prescriptions. My portion of the gap is a total of $3500. That's the amount I must pay before my medicare drug plan kicks in again. So far I've forgone 2 prescriptions because of the cost, the result a runny nose and stuffed up ears. I've forked out $ 500 for 1 prescription I can't stop taking or things would be ugly around here. Like leaving Larry and Dr. Sanity letters and heading out to the ocean to drown ugly.
Fortunately the clock resets January 1, but in a bid to make my prescriptions cheaper and my gap smaller I have the priviledge of paying a $99 premium rather than a $20 premium. This premium is of course separate from the $300 I must pay Medicare (thank you American Express*) AND the $249 Medigap coverage I have.
We need insurance company reform along with healthcare reform. Healthcare reform on it's own will be a joke unless the insurance companies are forced in line. All health insurance companies should be non-profit.
Just another reason why I hate George Bush.
*I am disabled from American Express. Last year they decided that I must get Medicare or some other form of insurance, BWAAA HAAA. I'd been told that Medicare premiums were about $120 a month. Not bad I thought and even with the Medigap premium I'd be saving about $100 a month on insurance. NOT SO FAST because there's a catch in Medicare if you're under 65 which I am. I must pay the regular Medicare premium IN ADDITION to a $170 penalty because of my age.
That's a apt description for my nerves tonight, sizzling at the edges. You see I have my 6 month breast ultrasound tomorrow. Now intellectually I know that the scan won't show anything it shouldn't but my nerves are not quite so easily convinced.
This afternoon I talked to Dr. Sanity and assured her I had talked myself out of being scared about tomorrow. I just forgot to tell my nerve endings and my stomach. Let's see the countdown ends 19 hours exactly (as I type) tomorrow. Then thankfully an appointment with Dr. Sanity follows. God bless Dr. Sanity she really does keep me sane, well she and Abilify.
I've been thinking about Mason a lot lately. It's hard not to when someone you love has been taken from you so fast. I've also been thinking about my sister and my niece who have lost a husband and a father.
In all this thinking I've come to the realization that the answer to your prayers may not be what you expected. I had been praying for Mason to be well. It turns out the answer to that prayer was that he died faster. Not exactly what I asked for but what Mason needed. Not what I wanted for my sister and niece but then they didn't have to spend months watching him die in uncontrollable pain.
A classic case of you can't always get what you want but rather what you need.
yet the world keeps turning. Our wonderful Mason is now in his tomb and yet the world keeps turning. Our shock is still ripe, our grief is still raw yet the world keeps on turning.