Friday, October 15, 2010
Well, I walked this morning, went to the bank to deposit the money for a cupon book I sold, added air to the BWís recumbent, and had breakfast, lunch, and a snack. I worked some more on Kiwanis budget stuff and did the Sparks, sorted through a ton of photographs going back to pictures of me as a baby and documents of various sorts, including a baby book that said I weighed 9 pounds. My youngest brother keeps saying that I weighed 14 pounds at birth, so I think Iíll call him or maybe just mail him a copy of the book.
The BW was also sorting photographs and putting them in albums to take along, so the grandkids will have lots of pictures to see while weíre there, if they are willing to look.
I also packed all the clothes I should need to take with me and put my orthotics in the new Brooks Beasts, which I picked up yesterday, before I walked. I think I can get along with just two pairs of shoes for two weeks, but we canít eat in any fancy places. I'm taking one big gym bag, a shaving kit, a hooded sweatshirt, and a laundry bag. I took one carry-on bag to Pt. Mugu for a one week stay once and finally stayed a month, so I'm sure I have plenty of clothes
Yesterday, at my request, Bill gave me back two of the paperbacks I loaned him in the beginning, when I gave him the Airdyne. Today I ordered two replacements, which are probably better than the ones I have, from Amazon.com. Because we are traveling I sent them to his house, but I didnít have his zip code, so I had to call him. He tells me that he is spreading the word Ė he ran into a guy his age and weight who was buying food in a Chinese Restaurant. Bill was hungry and wanted just plain rice with no sauce, which took some convincing, and the next guy in line was ordering Chinese plus fried chicken plus ribs. They talked, and this fat guy owned a software company and was going public shortly. He also was going to have a knee replacement next week, and asked about Billís surgeon, looking for a good outcome. Bill did his very best to convince the guy that he needed to lose 100 pounds instead. Bill correctly told the guy he had high blood pressure, and when asked even estimated the value (160/85) correctly.
There is a lot more to the story, but the bottom line is that Bill is turning into a missionary. He talked for 30 minutes, and I kept telling him that everyone has to make their own decisions.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I was sick last night for no known reason - hugged the toilet and donated. That hasn't happened for a lot of years, and I have no idea what was srong. I feel OK now.
I walked both myself and the dogs this morning, went to Sweetbay for milk so I could make breakfast, took the BW to Costco for peach salsa, cookies, etc., had half a frozen yogurt with here there for lunch, and went to TOPS and weighed in below my goal weight. After Tops I talked to Bill for a while before we left (the last two). Then I delivered his new debit card to Papuga, which came to the Kiwanis mailbox this morning. By the time I got home it was 7:30, and we had two four inch pancakes and two Ball Park fat free hot dogs each for supper. I had a lot of expenses to record, and some business with Marty, and then I started the Sparks sheet. Now it is 10:20 and Iím out of time. This is it.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The last two days have been a little messy. No walking, no exercise. I finished the class, but only had 9 people signed up originally. One told me he was passing until next month the night before, and two just didnít show up. There was a new Blueray/DVD player in the theater, and I had a hard time getting it to work. Then it shut itself off most of the time before I could use it again for the next video, and I had to learn to turn it off and then back on to get it to work, which worked most of the time. Once it didnít work and I finally realized that the TV had gotten turned off somehow. If it hadnít been for the controls on the front panel of the television I couldnít have done anything. The remote is one of those ďdoes everythingĒ gadgets, and there are way too many buttons with a screen that shows what they do for the mode you chose. You get about three levels of menu, but some of them donít work, which is incredibly frustrating. The worst part is that the whole video and audio system is different every month when I go back, so I have to learn to play a DVD all over again. In the good old days I used a tape, which always just sat there in the VCR until I wanted to play another segment, and nothing timed out and shut itself off. At the end of the first day, I popped the tape out, and just shoved it in the second day, so I never had to remember where I was and what I wanted next.
I cancelled all of our reservations, which turned out to be a good thing. I thought I had a reservation at a Best Western just off exit three on I475 in Macon, but it turned out that the actual reservation was at a Best Western just north of Macon, off of I75. We would have been driving around scrounging for the motel the very first night out.
I also cancelled the mail holding, and I wonít put in another request until the day we leave, even though the local post office is the west and we have to start out going east. I also wonít put a stop date on the slip Ė Iíll just call them when weíre a day away from getting back. We used to get our mail at general delivery addresses all over the country, but now you canít pick up mail at the post office. Iím not sure if that has always been the way or not.
If all goes well with the doctor Monday, we will leave town Tuesday. I need to cut the grass somewhere in there Ė maybe Sunday. Then we will make a reservation a day in advance or just wing it, so we can change our minds from time to time if necessary.
There was a bunch of other stuff that was I did, but I canít remember any of it now. I think Alzheimerís is sneaking up on me. With luck, I wonít remember it if it does.
Monday, October 11, 2010
I got up at six thirty and left the house at seven today Ė a half hour before sunrise, and light enough to easily see the small chuckhole at 16th and Nebraska that tripped me and skinned my knee. That corner was patched a couple of months ago, and I suspect the big trash trucks cut the corner and cause that sort of problem.
I had a nice walk, then took the dogs down to the cemetery before breakfast for everyone.
After breakfast I read the paper and got ready for the class tomorrow. I had to make 80 copies of pass outs that I was low on, make name plates for everyone in the class and call everyone in the class. One woman wasnít home and didnít have an answering machine, but I had talked to her before so I crossed her off the list anyhow. If she doesnít show up the class will just be smaller. I finished up by putting sets of both books and my plastic tub in the trunk of my car, so I can just walk out and go tomorrow.
The BW came home all stressed out because the helpers at the ear doctorís place ignored what she said, washed out her ear with tap water, and then were surprised to find that there were a couple of small holes in her eardrum. Now she is on an antibiotic and canít see the doctor himself until tomorrow. She is worried that she wonít be able to leave Saturday, but I can cancel everything and we can just wing it as we go along if thatís the only thing possible. Weíll see.
And thatís it for today. Nothing exciting is happening.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
We left the dogs at home, bought two Subway subs, and went out to Honeymoon Island to watch the sun set over the Gulf. We didnít see any dolphins this time, but the trail on the causeway was filled with walkers, both on the way out and on the way back. The roast chicken sandwich was thick chicken breast fillet Ė a bit of a surprise. The supper was good, and a picnic every so often is fun.
Now we will watch Mystery tonight on one of the local PBS channels. Tomorrow I have to order another kit from AARP, do an inventory, and make any needed copies of the pass outs for Tuesdayís class. Then Iíll call everyone on the class list and nag them one more time, so they all remember to show up.
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