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  1. BCgradnurse

    Sunday June 16, 2019

    Morning- Had a great day yesterday with DS and his GF, and her parents. Their new place is nice, and it really hit me that he is grown up and launched. GF's parents are really nice and we all had a great time hanging out in town. DS and GF live in Portsmouth, NH, which is a beautiful seaside little city. The weather was perfect, and we had lunch and a drink sitting by the water. Fiance and I then made our way south as we had tickets to see David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young). We had dinner at a funky little place that recently had a bit of local infamy. The owners displayed a rainbow flag for Pride month, and a now former patron vocally and publicly expressed his extreme displeasure over the restaurant allegedly "promoting poor morals and a sinful life style". The restaurant owners told him they would not remove the flag and could take his business elsewhere. Of course, that made me want to give this this place my business! The food was sooooo good. Fiance talked me into sharing a scorpion bowl with him. I'm not a big drinker, and this was a lethal combination of rum and fruit juices. I had a couple of tacos (shrimp and crispy pork belly) for dinner, but lost all my will power and split a deep fried Fluffernutter sandwich with Fiance for dessert. It was heavenly. I'll be eating lettuce for a week to repent for that. The concert started out well, but David Crosby had only played 6 songs when he said he was not feeling well and intermission would be early. He never came back on stage and it was announced that the rest of the concert was canceled. He's had a lot of wear and tear on that body, and I hope he's ok. Tweety-Hope today is better, and you don't get that patient again. Joe-Enjoy your time with your dad. Hope the pie turns out well. Happy Father's Day to all the men who have been important in the life of a child. That goes for pet dads, too.
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    Friday June 14, 2019

    Morning- It's my dreaded Friday. The business continues. I'll be out early (hopefully), as I started at 7:30. The sun is shining and I hope to get in a long walk after work. Tomorrow we will go see my DS and his GF in their new place. He found out yesterday that he got a promotion that he interviewed for. He'll have a smaller territory with higher revenue customers. He'll be glad to not cover 3 states anymore. DD is going back to Block Island for July and August. She's still discouraged that she hasn't found a job in her field, but will at least be working in a beautiful seaside location for the summer. She can re-group in September and hopefully find something then. Tweety-Fingers crossed the termite inspection goes well, and damage/infestation is minimal. Ted-I hope remaining as music director doesn't take too much out of you. I do understanding why you're remaining. I hope the Pastor candidate works out. Joe-Glad thing are going well. It sounds like a pretty low pressure place, which is nice. Hi Spidey's Mom-I was also disheartened by the article with Jessica Biel and Kennedy. Unfortunately, celebrities have influence, and people will listen to them over scientific evidence. I am also unhappy with the NYT about publishing that crap. Have a good day, everyone! Stay away from crazy co-workers!
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    Presidential Election 2020

    One of the funniest pieces I've read in a while. I guess you have to consider the source-Faux News. She is a powerhouse, and takes no crap from him. I think her stature is growing, as Trumps shows us time and again that he is a despot and a dictator wanna-be.
  4. Morning- We now have the rain here. It's supposed to clear up by early afternoon. My red car is no longer yellow from all the pollen, for now anyway. Not much else going on. It's just a regular work day. Ted-Glad you enjoyed your staycation. Sounds like you got a lot done. I've been to the Bridge of Flowers. It's really pretty. Congrats on the weight loss! Tweety-Enjoy your day off. I've been using CBD cream on my hip with some benefit. It also contains arnica, and I don't know if it's the combination of the two that help. I could also just be imagining it. Joe-Does your state have reciprocity with Michigan? Usually it's just filling out a form and sending money. I think this licensing thing is all about the $$$. I'm licensed in 2 states and I'm very glad my practice pays for it. Nel-I'm happy to hear Knots is better. I hope the vet bill isn't too bad. I hope you get to go to Nantucket in August. Back to work. Hope all have a good day!
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    Sunday June 9 2019

    Fran- Keeping you in my thoughts and hoping you get good news.
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    Sunday June 9 2019

    Good morning- Work went well yesterday and I got out on time. I didn't much in the afternoon except sit on the deck and read. We saw "Rocketman" last night and really enjoyed it. Today we are going to a Red Sox game. I'm not a huge baseball fan, but I like the atmosphere of sitting at the ball park for an afternoon. Plus, I can get a lobstah roll and make my belly happy. Hope all have a great day!
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    Saturday June 8

    Happy Saturday to all! I'm working my once a month 3 hour Saturday shift. I can't wait to get out of here, and get home and outside. It's sunny and in the 70s. I met my friends in the city last night. We had a great dinner at an Italian restaurant in the North End of Boston, which is a traditionally Italian neighborhood. All the restaurants had their fronts rolled up so we were eating al fresco. The improv show was a hoot, and then we went to a locally famous Italian bakery for dessert. I fell off the wagon and had a cannoli that was about as big as my head. I will be eating salad for the next few days as penance. Hope everyone has a good day!
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    Friday June 7 2019

    Morning! Gorgeous here today, with sun and highs in the mid 70s. I need to find a place to live where the weather is like this year round. I had a bit of a laugh this AM. I saw a patient, who is substantially overweight and diabetic. She was going on and on about how she's eating better and her A1C has dropped. I glanced over at the takeout cup of coffee she placed on the counter. The label on it said "extra cream and 7 sugars"! I asked her what that was about, and she said she was giving herself a treat for being so good. Mind you, she's gained 30 lbs since I saw her 6 months ago. I guess we all have different perceptions of what a healthy diet is, . Meeting my old school friends tonight for dinner and an improv comedy show. I've known these women since I was 12 years old, and even though we only see each other a couple of times a year, it's like no time has passed. It's still hard to believe we are as old as we are. Joe-have fun tonight! Nel-Poor Talli! It must be so uncomfortable for the horses in this heat! Spidey's Mom-Glad the back is better. Please be careful with the planting! Hope all have a great day!
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    Thursday June 6, 2019

    Hi all, Just another day, living the dream. Life is good and I really have nothing to complain about. I plan on retiring the day I turn 67. I may continue to work part time, but no more full time gigs for me. I'm fortunate in that I have a pension from a previous job that should cover my housing costs. I've been putting as much as I can in my 401k. I'll be able to live simply and travel some, especially if I move to a less expensive area of the country. We'll have to see where our kids and potential grandchildren end up. Tweety-I hope BF will venture out once the cast is off. I don't now him, but I'm a little concerned that he might be depressed, as he doesn't want to go out. You know better and state he's happy, so I should stop worrying about him, . Joe-Glad things are going well so far. Spidey's Mom-I hope your back feels better. Nel-I hope you can find a good yoga class. I need to get myself to yoga more frequently. I have done some classes via TV, but I tend to cheat and flop down on my mat too much. Herring-I love that you're taking care of DD and making some charitable donations. I think talking to an advisor is a good idea. I'd love to come into an unexpected windfall, and have fun giving it away. I do like to travel, but I don't need extravagance in other areas of my life. I'd be happy to pay off my mortgage and some other debts. Hope all are having a great day!
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    Monday June 3 2019

    My state just introduced a bill doing away with religious exemptions. Medical exemptions will only be allowed if it can be shown that receiving immunizations would cause a person grievous harm. I think it will probably pass.
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    Seriously flawed thinking.

    It happens all the time. AN has no control over what ads pop up. We're talking about a lot of right wing and Trump stuff here, so the ad software thinks we're interested in that kind of stuff.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Exactly. And we are not getting that with Trump. The number of lies, and more importantly, what he lies about should disqualify him from ever being viewed as providing truthful governance.
  13. Hi- it's been really busy today. Just wanted to say hi to y'all, and to confirm that the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston closed around 1973. My father worked there and was transferred to the Portsmouth, NH Shipyard (which is actually in Kittery, ME) after it closed. That ship yard is still open. Hope all are well.
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    Monday 5/27

    Good morning- We're back from a quick overnight getaway. We stayed at a beautiful 18th century house turned into a B&B, with the prettiest gardens. We visited a couple of wineries and did some tastings on Saturday. After breakfast yesterday, we headed to the beach and had a relaxing day. Today will be a work in the yard day. I will take the cover off the pool and see if everything is in working order. Fiance's younger DD is coming for brunch, so I have some cooking to do. Today I am also remembering my father, who was a WWII vet. Thinking of all who gave their lives in service to their country.
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    Friday May 24 2019

    Morning- It's gorgeous here today and weather looks good for the weekend. We're headed to coastal CT tomorrow to see a show, and will stay overnight at a B&B. We're hoping to meet up with fiance's brother and his family at a lobster shack for dinner before the show. Planning on a beach day on Sunday. I love summer! Meanwhile, I will try to keep in mind why we have a holiday this coming Monday. We are closing an hour early today for an all staff meeting. I have told the complainers in the office that if they do not speak up about things that bother them, they have no one but themselves to blame when nothing changes. We'll see how things go. Joe-I hope your weekend isn't a washout. Ted-you need to pave your lawn, or make rock gardens. Nel-hope your weekend goes well. My friend's son just decided he will be attending Emerson in the Fall. Are the boys there just as bad as the girls? Hope all have a good day!
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    Media behaving badly

    Exactly what I expected from a Fox News clip. At least I wasn't disappointed.
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    Sunday May 19, 2019

    Good morning! Happy Birthday to Tweety! Yes, you are fabulous and don't you forget it! Yesterday was a great day. I spent most of the day planting my veggie garden and doing yard work, then relaxed on the deck reading. It was sunny and 73, and was delightful. Today I will plant some flowers, and then go for a walk or bike ride. I'm off tomorrow for Fiance's daughter's grad school graduation. She's getting her MSW and will be working in a therapeutic school setting. She went to the same school I went to for my MSN. I haven't been back there in 10 years. They built a new building for the Nursing School a few years ago, which I will try to go see. Joe-Hope the weather doesn't ruin your plans today. J22-Hope the headache is better and you can enjoy some of your weekend. Stars-Sounds like you have your work cut out for you. I hope you can get the shed sooner rather than later. Hope Nannie stays upright and leaves you alone today. Siri-Nice to see you! Hope you're having a good weekend. Herring-Hope you're enjoying your trip. Nel-Yes, it was the old Charles St. Jail. They've done a beautiful job converting it, but demolished the old Buzzy's Roast Beef in the process. Steph-More baseball today? Ted-Are you mowing today? Hi Dianah! Hope all have a great day!
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    Saturday May 18, 2019

    Morning- Yesterday was the usual Friday madness at work. We're short staffed with both front desk and medical assistants. Good times. Fiance and I went out last night to celebrate the 5th anniversary of our first date. We went back to the same restaurant we went to 5 years ago, which is in a hotel in Boston that was once a jail. It is ironically called the Liberty Hotel. Traffic was crazy because there was a Red Sox home game. We were a bit late, but they held our reservation for us. It is finally sunny and warm enough to plant. I will be putting in my vegetable garden today. I think we're past all danger of frost, but you never know. The western part of my state had snow last weekend. I also hope to get a long walk in this afternoon. Tweety-hope work goes smoothly today. Strawberry pie sounds good! I hope BF is healing well. Joe-Enjoy your hike and the warmer weather. Hope all have a great day!
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    Domestic Terrorism

    Another type of domestic terrorism occurred near me 2 nights ago. 2 Jewish community centers were set on fire. Fortunately no one was hurt and the damage was minimal. Security cameras caught a white male running from the scene at one of the centers. Not a Mexican, not someone from the Middle East. My synagogue now has a police officer present every Friday night for Sabbath services. Parents hire private security for their childrens' Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies. Members from a mosque in the same town have graciously offered to be present to watch for any suspicious activity during our services. We've done the same for them. Our country is very, very sick.
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    Tuesday May 14, 2019

    Morning- Still cold and rainy here. It was 39 when I got up. Good times. Had my review last night and it went really well. His only criticism was that I need to use spell check when writing my notes. I really can spell, but I can't type that well and hit the wrong keys frequently. I can live with that, . I did get the raise I asked for, and I'm happy about that. Tweety-I'm jealous of your warm humid weather. I hope the appliances arrive in their specified window. I hate waiting around for stuff like that. Joe-I hope you hear something today about the job. These things often take longer than you're told. Ted-Enjoy your restful day. I'm not optimistic you'll be able to get out and walk today. Meh. We need some real spring. Hope all have a good day!
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    As a first generation American..

    Silly me for trying to give someone the benefit of the doubt.
  22. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, whether your children have skin, fur, feathers, or scales. I managed to get moving yesterday and got a lot done. I set up my vertical gardening system on my deck, but only planted lettuce as we are expecting cold weather this week. We mulched several beds and I went for a 3 mile walk. Both DD and DS stopped by, which was lovely. DD stayed over night and brought me beautiful flowers and a baseball cap that she hand embroidered with fruit and flowers. She does beautiful work. My sister came by later in the afternoon and we went plant shopping, which is an annual event for us. Today I will go see my mother. DS will meet me there, along with both of my sisters. I will try to get to the gym before I go. It's pouring rain, so a walk is off the books for this morning. Hope all have a good day!
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    Monday May 13, 2019

    Morning- Pretty cold here, with temps staying in the low 40s. New England allegedly has 13 seasons. Right now we are in "cold mud" season. We're still waiting for true Spring. I had a great Mother's Day. I saw both my kids, my mother, my sister and her kids. Fiance's older DD even called me to wish me a Happy Mother's Day. My mother was very happy to be surrounded by family. Back to work today. I have my review tonight. Fingers crossed I get the raise I asked for. Tweety-enjoy your day off. Joe-I hope you get a job offer today. Hope all have a good day.
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    Seriously flawed thinking.

    On the subject of freebies and handouts: My first job as a NP was in a community health center in a very poor urban area. Health care was free to those who did not have insurance or were underinsured. Medications cost either $1 or $2. Vouchers were available for the bus if people could not afford the fare. .Once in a while we would give grocery store gift cards to those who could not afford food The overwhelming majority of our patients worked. They were part of the large, but often ignored segment of the population known as the working poor. These were not people lying around while taking handouts. The cost of housing, food, childcare, etc. took every cent they had.
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    Thursday May 9, 2019

    Morning- Work continues to be extremely busy, as it is the height of tree pollen season in NE. I am scheduled to meet with my boss Monday night after work to go over my review. It should be fine, considering I wrote it myself, . Ted-Come tell us about your trip! Tweety-It's going to be a good Thursday, right? That's what I keep telling myself, anyway. Joe-Glad your mood lifted a bit. Steph-Sorry to hear about Spidey's mentor. Hi everyone else! Hope all is well in your lives.