Latest Post - This Week
Wow, what a terrible week.
there was the shooting in Las Vegas...fortunately, none of the people I know
there were hurt. Then some other depressing or upsetting things happened. It was
just a bad week.
David picked up Brandy at the vets again... I did miss her, but it was also nice
not to have to deal with her for a few days!
I went to school as usual. As I was getting my soda, I ran into Betty, who works
in the history department. She is the sponsor
of the religious studies club, so she had a table there with books about all
different religions. I sat down with her to chat for a while. She and her
husband Jim are very nice people that I always chat with when I see them at SAU
functions. She's especially fun to talk to. Then I met another professor that
helps run the club. As I was about to leave for my class, my old friend from
last year, James, walked up to say hi. I couldn't stick around, unfortunately. A
couple of nice Muslim ladies (students) walked up and said hi, too. They are
learning English, I guess. One spoke it better than the other. They were very
nice. I ran into them again later in the week when I was
to Bruce Hall for lunch.
My voice lesson went well. I got a selfie with my voice teacher. She's one of my
Facebook friends, so I knew she wouldn't mind. I got a recording of me singing
my song, too. After I got home, I practiced it some more and worked on recording
other songs, but the allergies were really getting in the way. I'm not sure
Brandy loves being in my music room... she does enjoy the rug, though.
hasn't yet chewed on it.
I decided to pluck the one yellow lemon from my small Meyer Lemon tree. The
other two are still green. I squeezed it into water and ice with Equal, and it
made a great glass of lemonade! I was surprised, actually, that one little
had enough juice for a whole class. These are very small lemons, not like the
big regular lemons you get in the store. I also planted some of the seeds, so
we'll see if I can grow another one. (that didn't work)
The croton plants I bought for the front porch (when Peter visited) have died. I
think I underwatered them...most of my plants are doing okay, though.
I stayed up way too late, finishing my study guide for my photography class.
Funny thing... very few people in the class did their study guide! I don't know
why...he did announce it in class. Some of them thought it was due on Thursday.
Oh, well. He's letting us turn it in on Thursday instead. He did go over some of
it in class and had us take notes on some other things.
He also had a guest speaker...a handsome math professor (new to SAU) named Zach
told us about this contest he's running. You have to take a photo of something
that represents a math idea or theory, and then discuss it.
The professor also finished going over our assignments from last week....
I cooked up some chicken thighs I had, using Kathy's Mexican Chicken recipe.
It's super easy and taste delicious. I didn't have any taco seasoning, though,
so I just added chili pepper, garlic and some other spices. I made it way too
spicy, but it was good.
I forgot to mention that on Saturday, a new guy came over to give me estimate
about doing the lawn. His name is David, too. Anyway, he only charges $25 to
mow, weed, and pick up leaves. He charges $35 if he does other things. He's
going to replant my lemon tree out in the yard...it's been in that pot too long.
I asked him if he could pick up some organic weed killer, but he didn't sound
too sure about that.
My first class was funny today because we had an assignment to find 15 news
stories and summarize them, and then he had us pick two to read in class,
especially one humorous or weird one. There were some really funny ones!
Before I left for class, I saw a little lizard on my front step as I walked to
lock the door. Then when I came home around, there was a bright green lizard
there (same one? I don't know). This time, I took a photo.
I got my exam back and I got 50 out of 50! Yay!
Later on, I did my photography assignment. We're supposed to choose an object
that has great meaning for us, take photos of it and write a short description.
I'm getting better at using the camera. I actually like most of the photos I
As I was about to take some photos in the sunroom, I saw another green lizard
running across the floor! I took some photos of him with my new DSLR camera.
Every day I walk Brandy, in the evening. It's getting dark earlier now so we
usually go about 6:15. I'm still taking naps and not getting up early enough.
And still eating too many sweets. UGH.
Brandy has been chewing and scratching up the wall near the bedroom door (we
close the bedroom door and she's there for hours). I knew she had chewed part of
one side, so I put something in front of it, but she just pushed it out of the
way. Yesterday I noticed that she's really scratching up the wall on the other
side (I think it's the door jamb). So I bought some stuff online last night,
natural drops that are supposed to make your dog relax or get sleepy, and I
bought a couple more of the baby gates. I had hoped to get up early enough to
walk her (tire her out), but I was too tired. I gave her a frozen Kong with
peanut butter before I left and put stuff in front of the door to keep her from
scratching it up.
I woke up about 3am with a terrible stomach ache. I was a bit queasy, too, and
felt like I might throw up. I was really sick and it got worse after awhile. I
emailed my ride and professor to let them know I wasn't coming in. I got a lot
of rest but was very sick all day and most of Friday and Saturday, too. I think
I picked up some kind of virus. It was far worse than my usual intestinal
I wrote a paper that I thought was due tomorrow, but it's not due until next
week, as it turns out. Whoops! That's OK, I have another term paper due, plus
two exams, and two interviews for my site. It'll be a tough week.
My battery is still running out of power too early. It ran out after less than
two hours today! I have to call Dell. It used to go for 5 or 6 hours before it
would run out. It was OK on Wednesday, but not Monday or today. Who knows why!
The new lawn guy came by and did a fine job. I just hope Brandy doesn't dig up
the new lemon tree or anything!
I had to drop off my photography assignment a day late, since I was gone
yesterday. He has a little coffee can attached to his door for just this
We're taking it easy this weekend...
Brandy is always very entertaining. One of the things she loves to do is jump up
on our laps. She's not a tiny dog, even though she's a puppy, but she can only
half way jump up (her feet are still on the floor). Now, this behavior can be
annoying, but it also can be funny. For David, she jumps up and he rubs
her head, and gives her a taste of his drink. For me, she jumps up and I gave
her a big hug. Sometimes we have to push her off, though. I got this great
picture of her jumping up to see David.
I went to bed really early, around 10.
I slept late and had quite a lot of sleep.
I just did work on my site, and did the dishes...nothing too exciting. I really
do need to study for my photography exam next week.
I would also like to get the Halloween decorations out and then clean the house.
We just went to the Italian place again for lunch and stopped briefly at the
I've been trying to curb Brandy's nipping at our heels...it's tough going!
I almost tripped over her, twisting my knee in the process, so it's been
I had a really hard time sleeping and didn't get to bed until about 5am.
Everything was hurting and it took a long time for the pain killers and muscle
relaxer to kick in. UGH!
I've been doing a lot of baking the past few weeks. I made some more gluten
free, low carb apple bread pudding.
David woke me up about 11 and we went to the nearby Mexican restaurant, El
Compadre, again. It's become our usual Sunday place.
I keep forgetting to take my Flonase and do my vocal exercises, so I put a
big note on my table to remind me every day ;) I hope it helps! I also
need to take 10 minutes here and there to train Brandy. Too little time and so
much to do!
I hope to be able to clean the house a little today. Our friend Beth is
coming on Tuesday. Also, I want to put out the Halloween decorations today or
The last few weeks have been CRAZY, so I had no time to update the blog! I hate
week was midterms. I had two exams, a paper due, and two interviews for my site.
I barely had time to shower or anything, it seems like. I was so exhausted. It
was at the point where every day, I was just like, "OK, what's next?" meaning,
what's due tomorrow that I have to study for or work on...UGH.
Beth came by last Tuesday as planned. I had hoped to put up all my Halloween
decorations, but I didn't manage that. I still hope to put the rest up soon.
I finally did get my Dell fixed, it looks like. I spent quite a lot of time
on the phone with Dell.
I read that you should stop every time the dog nips at your heels or tries to
herd you, as well as say "No" and that has worked pretty well. She's getting
there, slowly but surely.
I didn't study enough for the photography exam. I got a D, but because some of
the questions were not worded well, he gave us an extra 20 points, bringing my
grade up to a C. I'm relieved! Next time I will study more. We have an extra
credit assignment coming up next week, so I'll
sure to do that. Other than that, I've been doing better on my photography
assignments; I got an A on the last one. I understand the camera and how it
works a lot better now. This week, we had a landscaping assignment due. We had
to take a bunch of photos of some place outside, at different times of the day,
on different days. That took a lot of time. We had to use a tripod. They came
out well, though. This week, we have a new assignment, "architectural abstract."
I think this one will be pretty easy.
I bought these drops called Rescue Remedy online. They're all natural and made
from flowers. Anyway, you put them in the dog's water and it helps them relax.
I've been putting those in Brandy's water at night. It seems to help a little.
There was a second suicide on campus last week, so that was very sad. I hope
there are no more! It's just terrible.
weekend was very relaxing...we didn't do much of anything besides go to this
campus play, "Rhinoceros." The students did a great job with it, but it's
not my kind of play. It was very weird and dramatic. I prefer a comedy or
musical any day. Next they're doing "Madagascar!" That should be fun. I never
saw the movie.
This weekend, we have the big Homecoming football game, with the "Mulegating"
beforehand. That should be fun. I voted for some guy named Dakotah Cooper and a
woman named Evelyn Escamilla.
Someone gave David tickets to a concert in El Dorado, so we're going to that
after the game. It's some kind of orchestral Beatles tribute. Should be fun!
We'll be staying downtown again, and not at the Candlewood Suites, where we had
so many problems last
time. Too bad we can't go on Friday....the good restaurant there won't be open
on Saturday. Well, maybe we'll find another good place to eat.
I got another lemon from my puny Meyer lemon tree out back. Just one left after
that! These lemons are very sweet and have a lot of juice for one tiny little
lemon. Last week I made caramel ice cream. This week, I made cherry. Yummy! But
I'm considering stopping making ice
because I really need to lose weight. The ice cream is low carb but not low
calorie or low fat, and I tend to put chocolate syrup on it, too.
Last semester, I didn't read my campus email. I didn't write down my password
and never got around to figuring it out. I'm so glad I figured it out this
semester because you learn about a lot of stuff going on, on campus! :) That is
a great thing about going to college today. In the old days, they had to put
information in the school paper or put up a flyer or table in the student union.
Otherwise, no one knew what was going on. Email is so much better. Duh, welcome
to the 21st century!
week there were many activities due to homecoming. They had dress-up days every
day, but they didn't do the best job of advertising it. Their emails had all of
the homecoming week activities listed, and then followed with the dress up day
info. I think most people didn't bother to scroll down to read the whole thing.
They should have sent out one email just for dress-up days (and maybe have
prizes for best costumes) and put up fliers as well. Not too many people dressed
up. Monday was rapper vs. rocker day, so I came a little bit dressed up as a
rocker. I wore jeans and a black tee shirt with silvery shiny stuff on the
front, and my new leather jacket with a furry collar, and I put on a lot of make
up and made my hair look different. I was kind of an 80's rocker. Oh, and I wore
my contacts and wore sunglasses all over, so most people didn't see the eye
makeup (which was fine). Funny thing, though, is that since students today dress
up in such a funky way, it's sometimes hard to know if someone is dressed up for
the dress-up day or not. I mean, especially in our art/music building, half the
students seem to have blue, green, bright red or other color hair, and of course
lots of tats and piercings, and they sometimes wear some strange things. You
don't want to say, "Nice costume!" if someone is just dressed a regular way. I
saw about 3 other people that I was pretty sure were dressed up. You can't
tell it by my photo here, but I had a ton of eye makeup on.
Tuesday was "come dressed as your favorite cartoon character" day. I was
going to wear my Wonder Woman t-shirt, but it was too cold, and I was too busy
concentrating on my test. I skipped school on Wednesday, so I missed "Senior
Citizen Dress Up Day." I would have just come as myself! LOL! That one is a bit
offensive, actually. Thursday you were supposed to come dressed up as a younger
version of yourself. Today you're supposed to wear your favorite sports team's
jersey or come dressed as your favorite player. That one's easy! I just wore an
SAU shirt and sweater.
They had a lot of activities on campus for homecoming. I missed most of them
because I was
either in class or just too busy. They had two different days where they were
giving away free hot dogs and burgers. One day was particularly festive. They
had booths and stuff out, and games. They even had a mechanical bull! It was
going very well slowly, though, and it was in a blow-up ring like one of those
Monday I met a nice women named Lisa that is an education professor. We started
chatting at the coffee place. I love meeting new people. I had a great time in
voice lesson, too.
It's been a lot cooler lately. Thursday was a bit warmer.
may recall that I ordered some shoes online. I always order from this company
called Dr. Comfort. They make special orthopedic shoes for diabetics, etc. and
so they let your feet breathe and you can also get orthotics to put in them.
They're not all ugly like they used to be, either. Anyway, I've sent these shoes
back about 6 times, trying to get the right fit. This is the last time, and I
give up. I'm going to have to choose a different type. Too bad because I really
like how they look.
I had another exam. I had missed the test Wednesday from being sick. I've been
sick a lot lately. Actually, it was my back this week. Tuesday morning, I did
something to my back. I have no idea what! It was on my left side, not the same
area that usually hurts. I went to class after taking two Aleve and a muscle
relaxer. I was very sleepy and groggy. Then Tuesday night it hurt some more and
I took another Aleve. Wednesday I woke up and it hurt again. I went back to
sleep, instead of going to class, and when I woke up later, it hurt even more!
So it was tough. I finally woke up Thursday without pain. Luckily, my professors
are very understanding. I think I did well on today's test in Intro to Mass
Comm. It was fairly easy, but it took me over an hour to write it! I missed my
second class (it was the professor's ideas to miss the second class, not mine).
I called up the dining services at SAU and asked about gluten free choices.
Turns out that they have 5 other students who also have to eat gluten-free! So
every day at the dining hall, they make special meals for those of us who need
it. That's so cool! So today I went over to the Blue and Gold cafeteria to speak
with them about it. I gave them my schedule to let them know when I'd be by for
lunch, and they gave me their phone numbers so I could text them when I didn't
come. In the meantime, they made me a gluten free mini pizza! That was awesome.
David and I went to Antigua's for dinner. I always love their brisket.
took Brandy in to the vet's office, since we're gone overnight and then they're
not open to until Monday. Then we realized that we're going to be away next
week, too, so we would just be picking her up for two days. That makes no sense,
so we're going to leave her there. David ran some errands, including buying me a
stadium seat so my back wouldn't hurt so much
when we watched the game. The seat was very comfortable.
We got ready for our trip to El Dorado, and then we went to the Homecoming game.
First they had the Mulegating. There were a lot of people there...much more than
usual. We had our usual hamburger and chips, which are always good. I had really
overdressed. I thought it would be cooler than it was, and I wore long pants, a
long sleeved shirt (it was for the event - I bought one at school), and my hair
down, no hat. Big mistake! It was very humid and
warm. I suffered a lot. Also, it was very crowded at the game, and we had lots
of people around us, making it even hotter and more uncomfortable. I was very
glad to leave. Other than that, though, the game was a good one and they won by
quite a lot. It's always fun and I take lots of photos.
Before the game, they brought out all of the men and women nominated for
homecoming king and queen, and their parents. The two I voted for didn't
win, but that's okay. It's always fun to watch them walk out there. I'm sure
they were a lot hotter than I was, since they were all wearing suits and dressy
We left right for El Dorado from the game. We stayed in the Union Square hotel,
which is somewhat like a bed and breakfast.
It's the only hotel right downtown, so it's convenient. You don't check in at
the desk. Instead, they have a box with keys and you punch in a code that they
give you when you make the reservations, to get the key. The room was very nice,
but they have no elevators, and there's a very steep stairway going up to it.
Luckily we didn't have much luggage.
dinner at this Italian restaurant we found called La Piazza. They did have some
gluten free food, so that was good. Faywray's is better, but they're closed on
Saturdays and Sundays, for some reason. We stopped at my favorite little shop
that has many different flavors of fudge, too. The concert was this group called
Jeans 'n Classics, who does rock music. It's one guy singer and three background
women singers, and a rock band, basically. They were singing with the El Dorado
symphony. It was all Beatles songs. Now, that sounds strange, except that it was
all late Beatles, which were tunes that actually used orchestral instruments
(the music they never performed but only recorded for their albums). The first
half of the concert was various Beatles songs, and a few Wings songs. Then the
second half was the entire Abbey Road album. They did a pretty good job. David's
back was hurting, so we left a little early. We went to one of the nearby
lounges and relaxed for a little bit before going to bed. I went to sleep really
early, about 10, and slept for about 11 hours. I was just so exhausted. The bed
was very comfy.
We had the free breakfast at the hotel, and then we drove home. They have a
little train dining car there with a pretty good breakfast and super fancy
dinnerwear. It had rained during the night, which is the first time it's rained
in quite a while.
forgot to mention that we have this beautiful spiderweb on our front porch. I
tried hard to get a good photo, but mostly it doesn't come out very well.
Here's a very funny pic of Brandy I took earlier in the week. She looked so
expectant! She was a bit lonely during midterms because I had very little time
to play with her.
When we got home, I slept some more. Then I woke up, and I went back to sleep
again for a nap. I slept most of Sunday, basically. I had a lot of work to do
after that and spent the rest of the day working on my site.
Here's another silly picture of Brandy. As I mentioned, she likes to nibble
at our feet. Sometimes she will do so while we're walking and sometimes just
while we're sitting there. Dogs love feet, of course. It's cute but also painful
on your toes, so we've been working hard to stop that behavior.
Saturday night I made a French chocolate cake. It's a lot like a soufflé,
actually. It has very little flour. I made it gluten free and low sugar. It's
very yummy. It's so rich that you don't even need icing, just whipped cream.
Sunday night I also made a breakfast casserole. I've been eating these Atkins
breakfast entrées with sausage, egg and cheese, so I decided to make my own.
It's really good. I will just eat a little bit at a time. Way better than a
have been so crazy lately and busy that I almost forgot to mention that today is
the 40th anniversary of the day we met!
Our mutual friend Cindy introduced us. We met at his
house because we were getting a ride to the S.T.A.R. masquerade from David's
sister Susan and her friend George. (I was dressed as Princess Leia) This
is the first photo we took together, less than 3 months later, at the Carlsbad
High School Winter Formal, in 1978. I was a 16-year-old Junior and he had
graduated in '76. We had just started dating a week earlier. Time really does
fly by so quickly!
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