Health update…

Well…as you know, I now finally have insurance and am going through the process of finding out if there are any time bombs that are ticking that need to be taken care of…so far, I’ve found that my BP and cholesterol are a little high but not high enough for treatment and I am fixing those through lifestyle changes…with some movement on the BP already after only 10 days or so but I won’t know about the cholesterol until I go back in in 90 days….today, I had my first appointment with a dermatologist to take a look at the sore that wouldn’t heal and also to look at the precancerous lesions that are all over my face…well…he treated 10 spots of actinic keratosis which could turn into cancer if not treated…with a sprayer of nitrogen so I look really blotchy right now…but, also took two biopsies that he thinks may be skin cancer but not melanoma…so it can be treated quite easily…and I won’t die from it…will know early next week where we go from here…it is nice to get started taking care of this stuff that I have had to put off for so long with no insurance….really takes a load off knowing instead of all of the uncertainty…yay, Medicare!

September 19th

Well….up early after another night of being good and if I feel like I did yesterday, it’s going to be another good day…can’t remember feeling as good as I did on the bike…for a few years, anyway and I really hope that continues…even slept okay again and I hope that is going to be the new normal….my cough is better today and seems to be improving every day so I think I can skip going back to the doctor for it…I do have a dermatologist appointment this afternoon to take care of the sore on my neck that’s been there for a few months now and I can’t wait to get rid of the itching….got a bunch of stuff done yesterday including moving my colonoscopy to a Monday in November so Tom doesn’t have to take a vacation day to take me…I also got new wiper blades for the car but that meant I had to re-paint the wiper arms with the paint being chipped…stopped at my daily deals store and got a 3 pound stuffed crust pizza for 1.99 and this one was pretty good…would buy another one but I have no space in my freezer….not much to do today…I am going to try to get to my bathroom today but I’m not sure that is going to happen…more later….

More Kavanaugh…

Well…are there any worst people on the the planet than repubs? After a woman came forward to relate her trauma from Kavanaugh attempting to rape her when she was 15, the repubs have been in overdrive trying both to try to discredit the witness and to move the goalposts of acceptable behavior by saying it was just “roughhousing” and that every boy or man does it. Now, they are going to have a hearing on Monday where the woman is going to testify under oath followed by Kavanaugh…but, there is one thing we already know and that is that Kavanaugh is a liar and has perjured himself multiple times during every damn confirmation process he has been in since his first judgeship. Let’s remember something else that shows how big of a liar he is….he was part of Ken Starr’s investigation of the Clintons and personally pushed to spend millions of dollars to investigate Vince Foster’s suicide and pushed conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory even to the point that he screamed that Hillary had Foster murdered for something, something….this is the kind of person the repubs think is qualified to be a SC judge…I want to know how the quarter of a million dollars in Kavanaugh’s gambling debts magically disappeared just before his hearing started….who does he owe that bailout to and can he be blackmailed to rule for whoever did it? This is the worst candidate for the court in the history of the country and he needs to withdraw from the process and then resign from his current judgeship…now….

September 18th

Well…running a little early today with getting up at 5:45 but it’s not from a night of bad sleep…have been sleeping quite well lately and I wonder if it’s from no cocktails or from eating better? Who knows, but I feel lots better and that is a good thing…had a nice day yesterday and I lost at pool but it was fun to get back into the normal routine…my cough had gotten better but seems a little worse today… but it feels like I’m getting over it and I hope it’s gone by the end of the week…this has been really annoying and I hope the vaccines will work over the winter after going through this…didn’t get anything done yesterday but I have some errands to run this morning and my bathroom needs cleaning along with the kitchen so I’ll have plenty to do…my daily deals store has a huge pizza on sale for only 1.99 again and how can you pass that up? This one is even a stuffed crust that weighs 46 ozs…almost 3 pounds for 1.99? It’s not healthy food but I haven’t had a pizza since the last one from there and I guess I can have a pizza every 6 weeks or so without it killing me…and I made a healthy casserole yesterday that makes up for it…in my eyes anyway…more later….

Kavanaugh should resign…

Well…is anyone else as tired of the entitled little shit Kavanaugh as I am? I guess it wasn’t enough for the repubs that he has perjured himself many, many time during the confirmation hearings, but I wonder if these credible accusations of sexual assault will be? Na….these days, being accused of sexual assault is almost a requirement for any repub candidate for office and Grassley and McConnell are still going to try to ram his nomination through…and I really hope they do…the political fallout will be immense and may even cost them the senate. But, that’s not what this whole allegation is about…it is about a frickin entitled punk from an exclusive boys school who thought, and still thinks that women are “things” to be used and who do not deserve equal rights…and who tried to rape a young woman…the sick thing is that repubs are trying to normalize that behavior, saying that any man being investigated has something like that in his past and it should be left there. I have news for you, repubs, not every man has done those kind on things…in fact, I can’t think of one man or boy from my teenage years who would ever think about forcing themselves on any of the girls that we knew….but, we had morals and still do…something that can’t be said for any repub these days. Let’s add another sick thing to this whole debacle…during the hearings, the repubs trotted Kavanaugh’s daughters out to show how he was such a great “family man” and that popped this question into my head: Brett, what would you do to the person if someone did to your daughters what you did to that girl? I have had just too damn much of smarmy assholes like Kavanaugh getting away with abusing women and taking away their rights….I hope ole Brett realizes that 52% of the people in this country are women and they have had enough…as I have…impeach this son of a bitch…

September 17th

Well…running a little early today with being used to getting up really early over the past few days while I was out in Baltimore…it is kind of nice to get back into the old routine with coffee and tv playing in the background as I do this…I felt fine until I got home yesterday afternoon but then the bottom fell out and I felt exhausted the rest of the day…not too sore today, though, and I feel okay so I plan to get out on the bike after I work out in a bit but I want to ease into it a little today…I do need to try one of the new, healthy recipes that I am switching over to with eating whatever I liked over the weekend…there were burgers and sausages involved so I’m sure my cholesterol is through the roof…I have 90 days to get it down so I’m sure I can…and my BP was down to 123/71 after I rested a bit yesterday afternoon so it looks like that is on the right track…not much to do today…just want to ease into being back here and with pool today, I won’t really have the time to do much else…might start cleaning the bathroom this morning but maybe not…more later….

Manafort has flipped…

Well…not sure how long this one is going to be but I just wanted to acknowledge that Paul Manafort has flipped and is now going to work with Mueller to¬† fill in the gaps in the trump/Russia investigation, but not just that, Manafort has been in repub politics since back in the Reagan administration and has seen all of the scams and lawbreaking that has happened in the past 40 years by the repubs…but, more than that, he saw all of the conspiracy that got trump installed as president even though he was only campaign manager for 4 months..but those 4 months were the decisive ones in the election…so, I think Mueller has enough now to charge trump but I also think he is going to continue to build the cases in the methodical way he has done through the entire investigation…and remember that no one who Mueller has charged has walked away from the charges…and trump won’t either…impeach…

September 16th

Well….running really early today with getting ready to head back to GR and not being able to sleep with this damn cough I’ve had for 10 days now…going to call the doctor tomorrow and see what the heck is going on since I think this can’t be normal…other than the cough, I don’t feel too bad today other than the soreness from all of the activities this weekend and I am looking forward to getting home and vegging the rest of the day…had a good time last night at S’s retirement party at Camden Yards and ate way too much food so today will be a light one and I’m not sure if I’m going to cook or not…maybe just some pasta since that is easy and I have lots of it around….I will be getting back to some political stuff later today with the bombshell that Manafort has flipped and the rest of the news that I need to catch up on…more later….

September 15th

Well….up and running again today kind of early and quite sore after the fun trip to NYC yesterday and we have another one today with going over to Camden yards later today for a ball game and S’s retirement party….haven’t been to a major league game since the 80′s at Tiger Stadium so it should be fun…and, we are in a suite so that should make it even cooler if the weather cooperates….have had a lot of fun but it will be nice to get back to GR and into normalcy…I do have a dermatologist appointment Wed to have a cyst taken off my neck that has been annoying me for months now and it will be nice to have the itching stop….slept okay last night being worn out from the trip and don’t feel that bad today…the no cocktails help and I am wondering what my BP will be when I get home…I will be spending most of the day on the couch tomorrow watching some sports and recovering and I am looking forward to that…more later…

New York City….

Well…just got back here an hour ago from the trip to NYC and all I can say is that it was a frickin hoot…walked almost 8 miles over the course of the day and I am sore right now but it was so darn worth it…when we got off the bus in town, it was a two block walk and we were standing in the middle of Times Square with all of the other tourists that were gawking just like we were…oh, let’s stop here to acknowledge that I had the best tour guide in my daughter…she knows how to get everywhere so all I had to do was follow her and that made for such a stress free day…and she likes being the navigator so I just sat back and let her….we saw Rockefeller Center, Central Park and many, many other places that were just abstracts to me until now and now I’ve walked through it and seen lots of it and that is so cool…we spent some time trying to find the “Doctor Who” rock in Central Park but didn’t…but the capper of the day was going to the Statue of Liberty and being able to climb up inside of it all the way to the crown…something that only 1% of the visitors get to do and that had to be reserved in April to get in…the spiral staircase that led to the top was 165 steps but the smallest, steepest steps I have ever seen and so cramped that I was banging my shoulders on the handrails all the way up and needed to pull myself up with my arms to make it…after the Statue, we went to Columbus circle at the entrance to Central Park to meet up with one of my sons and his girlfriend and had a nice talk and lots of laughs before heading back to the bus for the ride back here…one of the coolest days that I can remember and have so many memories that I will be processing for a long, long time…and I even have lots of photos that my daughter took with her Nikon that I have to download to my computer before I head home on Sunday….what a day!

What you never want to be….