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new clothes and insurance woes

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I want new clothes in the worst kind of way. It would be stupid to buy them tho knowing that I will be getting surgery here in a few months. What would be the point? The clothes I have are wearable. They may be starting to fade out and get a few pin holes in here and there, but for the most part I can wear them and look relatively ok.

I checked my insurance company's website and I now see that I owe $595.00 for my sleep study. That is flipping ridiculous. I am going to have to call the hospital and make payment arrangements. Actually, I would have the money if I didn't just have to shell out over $400 for my cat.

The most sucky thing in the world is that my surgery will be in March or April... which means all of the money I have out toward my deductible will not count since it will reset in the new year. What a pain in the back side! A very expensive pain in the back side!

My gynecologist has FINALLY agreed to tie my tubes. He told me to ask my surgeon if he could do it at the same time as my by-pass. I don't know if the surgeon would agree, and more importantly I don't know if the insurance company would agree. I would think the insurance company would be all for it since it would save them money. I just don't know if my surgeon would be down with it.

I think that is all for now

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/21/2011 8:52AM

    Hope everything comes together for you. emoticon

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SLIMLILA 11/20/2011 11:28PM

    How about if you check out Value Village or some other second hand store and get an outfit or two that look good and help you to feel good too? I went through a phase when I wouldn't buy anything because of my size either, but it didn't help, I think it actually just depressed me... emoticon

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PEGGIE57 11/20/2011 9:58PM

    You sure do have a cooperative insurance company. I've about given up on bypass surgery.

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Tea Time

Saturday, November 19, 2011

On cold evenings like these, there is nothing better than a nice cup of hot tea. I am not much of an herbal tea kind of gal... I like black teas. Earl Gray is my most favorite. I also like just regular straight up Lipton. I have been trying to get used to drinking decaf. Once I have my surgery, I will only be allowed one cup of a caffeinated beverage per day. I would rather spend that on my daily cup of coffee. I am permitted to have as much decaf as I want. I usually drink it with a packet of splenda and some times a little french vanilla creamer, but sometimes not.

I am going to the doctor in Monday for my monthly check in. I am still not losing weight, but I have accepted it at this point in the journey. The little bit of weight I have managed to lose, has come back on, then went back off, then came back off... and lather, rinse and repeat.

I admit that I have not been going to the gym because my membership ran out, so I have just been doing stuff at home - walking, bike, walk away the pounds.... I did call the gym, and they are running a special next month, so they advised me to wait until then. Membership will be $25/month instead of $30 - which is pretty good. I am sad that I am leaving my other gym, because it had a lot of great features, but it is just a pain in the behind to make a special 30 mile round trip. The new gym, while it doesn't have as many perks, is literally a 1/2 mile from my job. I have to drive past it on my way to and from work. It will just work out better. I mean, as long as they have an elliptical, treadmill and some weights, I should be just fine.

Work really sucked today. People are such jerks...

We are having Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday at my parents. Since Him and I are both off my family decided to have it on a day where we could all be together and not have to worry about one of us rushing off to work. I am looking forward to spending the day with my family, and pumpkin pie without the pie. It is my most favorite! Since I don't like pie crust, my mom makes me pumpkin pie with no crust and just bakes the filling in a dish.

I think that is all for now

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/20/2011 10:53AM

    That's a good idea with the pumpkin pie - I would love it that way, will have to try that too! Yes, I agree about people these days - seems worse before Christmas, people aren't great. Hope your appointment goes well and you will get back to the gym soon enough!

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I am cheap...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I went phone shopping today. I was going to buy a new Smartphone. I ended up not buying anything. I just can't justify paying that much for phone service. My bill will go from being around $50 to over $100 and I just can't see spending that much on phone service. I don't know how people justify it... I am trying really hard too, and haven't been able to.

I had a hard time spending $100 on contacts, and I need those to see!

I did get some fantastic Mexican food on my adventures today. Other than that, I came home empty handed.

Lucy cat has a vet appointment tomorrow as a follow up to her surgery. On Friday my grandparents are coming to visit, and I have to work the weekend.

I think that is all for now

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JESSYVIRGINY 11/17/2011 12:57PM

    I totally understand how you feel. My phone is a pay as you go. And I never put more than 20$ a month in it.


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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/17/2011 8:52AM

    I don't have a phone either. I refuse to spend that much - they are so greedy. With all the phones out there I'm sure they could lower the prices.

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SLIMLILA 11/16/2011 11:42PM

    We're still using pay as you go, I can't see that much on a phone either... I still wear glasses, too cheap to go with contacts!?!?!?! But I feel like I spend within my means and as long as I pay for my own stuff, I think it's my business...

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ABBYNORMALOH75 11/16/2011 11:03PM

    i also refuse to spend that much money on phone service. I actually cancelled my cell phone and went with a prepaid service. I get unlimited texting and internet and enough talk minutes that I never go over for just $35.00 a month. I am glad to know I am not the only FRUGAL person out there.

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STEELKICKIN 11/16/2011 9:19PM

    That's funny...I am exactly the SAME WAY!! I once wore a pair of contacts for eight years because I could see "just fine" if I looked through them a certain way....

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On Smoking... or lack there of?!?!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I smoked for about 15 years. I quit July 16, 2009. I have been smoke free for quite a while. 2 years and 4 months roughly.

Lately, and I don't know why, I have been getting the urge to smoke. I am having constant dreams about it. Sometimes, I just really want to smoke.

I keep fighting the urge... I know that I am better than that and that I can beat it, but I want to know WHY I am having these issues. I want to know what is making me WANT to smoke? I could understand it if...
1. I had only quit a short time ago
2. I was constantly around smokers

but neither of these apply to me. I mean, sometimes it takes all the restraint I have in my body to resist. Sometimes I just want to stop and buy a pack and smoke smoke smoke!

In other news, I didn't go to my |Great Aunt's funeral today. I called my Grandmother and sent her a card. I had to work... what can I say? I mean, my family understands, and honestly I don't feel any guilt about it. What I do feel horrible about is Teddy. Teddy was my aunt's dog. My aunt loved Teddy, and now I guess they don't know what they are going to do with him. My cousin has him right now, but he isn't exactly good with little kids. Actually, he might be good with little kids, my cousin's kids are just spoiled brats. Me taking him is out of the question. So, I am not sure what they are going to do with him... I hope they find a home for him.

My eye appointment is tomorrow, and I think I am going to get some take out Mexican. They have this awesome grilled chicken in a pineapple that is soooo yummy. It has a bunch of other stuff in it too, but it is fantastic! I am pretty sure that it isn't overly horrible for me either. Plus it is a HUGE portion, so I will have enough for at least 3 meals out of it.

I think that is all for now

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CHRISTYBUG 11/16/2011 11:35AM

    I've been smoke free for just over a year and a half (quit April 30, 2010) and I know exactly what you're going through. For the most part, the smell of cigarettes makes me sick to my stomach, but every now and again (more frequently if I'm stressed) the smell of a freshly lit cigarette gives me the urge to go tackle the person smoking and steal their cigarette. A lot of the time it takes every fiber or my being to stop it. My mother, who hasn't smoked in at least 25 years says that still happens to her from time to time.

I just think of my bank account, remind myself of the fact that I don't smell, and that my dog isn't being exposed to that deadly habit. It makes it easier knowing that I'm not slowly killing myself, and my dog.

When you feel the need to smoke, drink a glass of water. :)

Don't give into temptation... YOU CAN DO IT!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/16/2011 10:14AM

    Resist the urge, it is money thrown away and also killing yourself. Don't worry about not being at the funeral, you were there for her when she was alive.

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FITANDFIFTY2 11/16/2011 1:36AM

    I also quit smoking .. back on January 1st, 2001, hard to believe it has been 10 plus years. I know, if I hadn't quit, I would not be here today! I hope you can ride this out and not give in to the temptation,,, which is interesting isn't it,, what triggered the desire? I think about it sometimes, but thank goodness, no real craving! Good luck, Spark Friend!! I hope you have a wonderful week! That grilled chicken sounds totally awesome! emoticon

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HUGE - I feel it...

Monday, November 14, 2011

I am feeling kind of HUGE today... blah.

My great aunt died. Her funeral is tomorrow, and I don't think I am going. I don't know. I mean, I know I should go, but I don't see the point of going. It is my grandmother's sister. We weren't close. I mean, I know she is going to expect me to show up, but in my defense I work until 5am and the funeral is at 1100. Which means... I would have to get up at 9, leave the house by 10 to get there on time. When you get home from work at 5am, that makes it a little rough. I don't know... blah

I have an eye appointment on Wednesday to get my contacts. Then on Thursday I have to take the cat to the vet for her post-surgical checkup. Friday my grandparents are coming to visit.

I am thinking about getting a new smart phone. I don't know what kind I want... I just know that I don't want an iPhone. I am not sure if I am ready to shell out the money for it either. I mean, I can get the phone for free, however, with the data plan, and the messaging and stuff, my cell bill will most likely be over $100. I think that is too much to pay for phone. The reason I am thinking about getting a new one is because my internet at work blows, and it is hard to talk to my friends. Of course, I am supposed to be working, not playing on the internet... but it helps time go faster, and I am an excellent multi-takser anyway. I am still not sure. I need to be saving all of the money I can right now.

Speaking of... it looks like the insurance paid for some of my sleep study. I don't know how much of it I will need to cover, but it paid for some of it, so that makes me happy!

I contacted the surgeon's office, and the only thing I have left to do is 4 more months of Doctor supervised diet and exercise. I need to go join my new gym next month. I was going to do it this month, but then I got hit with the expenses for the cat. I guess I can see how much it is. I get a discount through work. I have to admit, I do feel a lot better when I go. Since it is right by my work, I should be able to cruise in at 5:30am and do 20mins on the elliptical before heading home. I get a max calorie burn on the elliptical. I am not so worried about strength training at this point in the game. Post-surgery, I am going to have to hire a trainer to work with me. I think that will be my best bet. Even if it is just for a few sessions to help establish a good, solid strength training routine.

I can't wait to get my bike rack for Christmas. I am looking forward to doing lots of riding this summer. I suppose I can ride my bike all year around as long as there is no snow on the road? I don't see why not, I will just have to dress warm!

I think that is all for now

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BILL60 11/15/2011 8:06AM

    Bunches of "I's" in your blog and not too many "We's". In your shoes, I would definitely go and tough it for one day. Good luck!!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/14/2011 10:51PM

    You have a lot of decisions to make in the future. But looks like you have good reasons for the choices you are making. Have a wonderful night and get some good sleep.

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