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  1. Rose_Queen

    Monday November 11th 2019

    Evening! The afternoon was fairly decent for this time of year, but now that it's dark it's cold! Snow arriving tomorrow... I did not run out for my bread and milk, so I am most definitely not ready. Other than that, same story, different day. I'm ready for the weekend already!
  2. Rose_Queen

    Sunday November 10 2019

    Good morning all! Joe, sounds like you're trying to stay warm like me. BC, can I get a brunch invitation? Yum! Tweety, let's not talk about your "cold" front. Dianah, I had my lazy day yesterday. So nice to get those every now and then. House was cold this morning. I keep my heat set in the mid-60s. Usually that means I get to mooch off the neighbors for quite a while (middle unit townhouse), but the temps have been a bit colder than usual and it finally kicked on overnight. I hate that first heat of the season burning dust smell! Meeting my dad for lunch in about an hour. I think he's still looking for things to fill his time, so he's driving to my aunt and uncle's place today- I happen to be in between. Debating whether or not I want to brave Michael's (the craft store) after- it's always crazy on the weekends plus they have a sale for Veteran's Day going on. Tried going yesterday, but couldn't get in the parking lot because apparently people can't drive, and then they can't be bothered to moved their barely damaged cars, leaving the only way in totally blocked off. Maybe today will be better luck.
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    Sunday November 3, 2019

    Ugh. Daylight savings. Doesn't matter if it's spring forward or fall back it just messes with me. Went to church this morning. Typically, you'll only find me in a church on Christmas Eve, weddings, and funerals. This was All Saints Sunday, where they remember all those who died in the last year, including my mom, so pretty much the whole family except my brother in Florida made it. Went out to lunch with the family after- there is nothing like authentic Italian food! Then spent time watching Netflix with dad at his house. I watched the movie, he watched the inside of his eyelids. Going to be a tough week for him- he retired last week which he set up expecting to be helping get my mom back on her feet (this was when they were still saying rehab and back to chemo before hospice got involved) and now he's going to be all by himself. I can't even spend that much time with him because I'm back to taking call for the OR.
  4. Rose_Queen

    Friday November 1, 2019

    TGIF! All the little ghosts, goblins, monsters, and what have you should be off the streets by now. I kept the porch light off because... I forgot to get candy. Ah well, there's always next year! Spending my Friday evening at home in comfy clothes. My bed is looking especially tempting right now too. When did I turn into such an old lady?
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    Pressure Cooker Recipes

    I recently got a pressure cooker/Instant Pot/Quick Cooker/other name. Does anyone have good recipes for it? I've made a couple and I am hooked! No leaving a crockpot on when not at home and no crazy hot oven heating up the house. One of my faves so far: Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta Ingredients Steps 1 (32 oz) carton low-sodium chicken broth 1/2 cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes with herbs, drained and dab excess oil off with paper towels, chopped 2 tsp Italian seasoning 1 Tbsp minced garlic Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes 12 oz uncooked campanelle pasta 5 oz fresh baby spinach 1 (8 oz) pkg. light cream cheese, cut into cubes and softened 1 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese (use fresh shredded) 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil Instructions 1 In your quick cooker insert stir together broth, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper (season with more at the end if needed). 2 Stir in chicken and pasta (and try to submerge down into broth). 3 Secure the lid in place, be sure pressure button is not pressed in. Select the "custom" setting and set to 5 minutes. 4 After the time is up select "cancel" then press the pressure button to release pressure. 5 Once it stops sputtering open lid and immediately stir noodles to separate then stir in spinach, light cream cheese and parmesan. 6 Toss well. Let rest for about 5 - 10 minutes to thicken (it will seem like soup at first but as it rests and cools it will thicken right up). 7 Toss in basil just before serving and serve warm (you can also garnish with a few diced sun dried tomatoes if desired). (I didn’t do this)
  6. Rose_Queen

    Thursday October 31, 2019

    Evening all and Happy Samhain! Should we start a biggest loser competition in the daily threads? I'm down 7.2 pounds since 10/8! Hoping it goes much much faster now that I've dumped those empty liquid calories. No trick or treaters here- we've been under a tornado watch and expecting 60mph winds with 4" of rain, so most areas rescheduled to tomorrow night. The thunder is rumbling and the light show is underway. I love a good storm!
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    What do you INTENSELY DISLIKE?

    Ooooh, ran into this one this morning. People who are making a left turn but stay all the way to the right of the road. Especially when otherwise there'd be enough space for the cars going straight to pass them on the right (legally, of course). There's a few local roads where the shoulder is literally 8 feet wide and yet there are people halfway on the right shoulder to make a left turn, holding up the 20 cars behind them (oh, and then they end up turning on red because the opposing traffic kept going)
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    Tuesday October 29 2019

    Evening all! So... it sounds like this is Introverts Anonymous for many of us? That pic is truly me- right down to a cat on my lap as I type. Maybe that's why I like anesthetized patients so much I discovered that while we're in the upper 60s, it's still a tad too hot to be walking outside. I do not live in a flat area and those elevation changes after not walking "out there" during the hot weather got me. My dog also was not happy with me. Walking with her doesn't count as exercise because we have to stop at every driveway (about 10-12 feet) to.. ahem.. pick up messages from other pups and leave new ones for them. Probably going to take her out on her own little walk in a little bit. Oh the joys of a litter-trained-smaller-than-a-cat dog especially in nasty weather!
  9. Rose_Queen

    Monday October 28 2019

    Evening all! Or afternoon for you westerners. Joe, I had no idea you did embroidery work. Please post a pic when you're done. Ted, this is the season I start walking . I swear so many years in an OR environment decreased my ability to tolerate temps over 68-70 even more. Hope the muscles are better tomorrow. Tweety, hope there's lots of strikes/spares in your evening (look! I know a little bowling terminology!) Herring, stay safe out there. Stars, it truly is heartbreaking to watch a loved one decline, isn't it? Hang in there. Today was day one of hopefully a very long string without soda. I'm not a coffee or tea drinker, so that was my source of caffeine. I tried quitting before, and that didn't last too long. Definitely ate healthier today too, so we'll see if that holds up as well. Considering some of the disease risk factors that I can't change (thanks, genetics!), I definitely need to work on the ones I can change. Amazing how much a reality check/shock can influence your outlook and determination. It's been 2 weeks without Mom, and I think I'm handling things better most of the time. I miss those just before bedtime calls to talk about our days, but now my dad calls every few days (much shorter call, but still much better than nothing). Finding out that there were things she's been hiding from us kids for a while- apparently back in July she asked the oncologist if it was weeks, months, or years left- he flat out said "Definitely not years" so I guess the dominoes would have fallen fairly quickly sepsis or not.
  10. Rose_Queen

    What brand of cat food do you use (dry or canned)?

    Mine love Meow Mix, dry & canned. They won't touch any other brand, which means my family members used to get lots of free cat food- mine would rather starve! Mostly dry, and the two get to split one can each day.
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    Gay Marriage

    I never did understand how allowing us gays to marry violated the sanctity of marriage, but divorce/ cheating/ domestic violence/ Britney Spears' 55 hour long just for the heck of it marriage somehow get a pass with many of those who object. And I'm probably going to get flamed for this, but I also don't understand using the Bible to object to laws regarding gay marriage. I understand that people take the Bible literally, but the Bible has no say in secular law. I think some countries do it right- you can have the religious ceremony, but you are not married in the eyes of the law unless you also have the civil service. So let the churches say who they will or won't marry, but don't let the churches set the law, especially for those who don't follow that religion or any religion.
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    The TSA

    You'd be surprised by who doesn't get screened at the airport- the people working at the restaurants and shops, baggage handlers, gate agents, ramp workers, oh and the TSA folks themselves.
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    The TSA

    Probably not, because if you're bound for the US, you get the US security. I recently flew from Paris to the US. They didn't have the body scanners (AKA nude-o-scopes) so when I alarmed the metal detector for no reason, I got the full body grope. I truly do not understand the TSA methods. They missed the underwear bomber- he was stopped by passengers on the plane. They missed the shoe bomber- he was stopped by passengers on the plane. Yet they harass many innocent people flying for vacation, for work, to visit family. They may already be stressed out, and then they're confronted with this scenario where grandma or their six year old child is being patted down in areas wherer they are told not to let anyone touch. And about those full body scanners- the claims that they are safe radiation wise do not come from independent groups. They will not even allow the agents to wear dosimeter badges. I wonder, twenty years or so down the line, how many of those agents will have some form of cancer. For those of you unfamiliar with the body scanners, the ones where you stand between two black walls are the Rapiscan and are backscatter xray machines. The white with clear walls are millimeter wave emitting.
  14. Rose_Queen

    New Nurse, 4 month old puppy, 12 hour shifts?

    I have a dog that there are times I may end up leaving her alone for up to 17 hours (8 hour shift, potential to be stuck for my full 8 hour call shift, plus commute time). She's a mini rat terrier, so I ended up litter training her, although I had to switch from litter to lining the pan with a puppy pad. My cats would use the litter and then the dog wouldn't- even though they had their own that the dog couldn't get to! I do keep her confined to the downstairs, just to let the cats to have somewhere to escape from her. She'll still go outside when we go for our walk, but it's nice when it's raining/snowing/freezing that I don't have to freeze myself while waiting for her to do her business. I also make sure to leave her plenty of toys, although I no longer leave her tennis balls because she loves to rip all the felt off and scatter it in little pieces everywhere. The only time I put her in a kennel is at night, when she's allowed upstairs in my bedroom, but she's never peed in it.
  15. Rose_Queen

    Bad cat neighbor!

    Has your neighbor taken the cat to a vet? He could have some underlying chronic medical condition. My parents had a cat like that one time eho ended up so sick one day we took him the the emergency vet. Turned out that he had bladder crystals to the point that his bladder was about to rupture. He also had chronic renal failure. We put him on a special diet and he was the sweetest little thing after that until he died four years later.