Latest Post - This Week
These are just the highlights...I didn't do a very good job of keeping track of
things last week! I'm doing better now...being pro-active in future weeks. Mark
After my terrible night
trying to sleep, and being in pain, I had no sleep, and I was still in pain today, so I
skipped school and went to Urgent Care instead. Thankfully, David was able to
take me and pick me up (He is always so busy at work and has a lot of meetings!) The doctor gave me a cortizone
shot in my right shoulder, near the neck, which is what was hurting the most.
Then I got a muscle relaxer shot in my hip, for the leg pain. That one was
painful! It burned. Yikes. At least the spasming stopped, and most of the pain
I slept for most of the day after that. I was still very tired and went to bed
pretty early. I think my spine problems were exacerbated by too much time on the
computer, too much time on my phone, and too much caffeine. I had cut back on
caffeine last Spring, but I've been drinking too much again...So, it was my own
I woke up around 5:30am. I had to go in around 6:45 with David to school. Even
with plenty of sleep, it was too early! I had time for breakfast (just barely!),
so I didn't bother to have it at school. I hung out at the library for a while.
Then I went to the music practice room with plenty of time to warm-up. My lesson
fine.... I had lunch after that at the GrilleWorks. I tested their burgers,
bacon and fries. I can't eat the fries, but the rest tested as gluten free. I did have a
little trouble ordering...I made sure to tell the cashier that I wanted the
plain shoestring fries, not the curly fries (they're usually coated with flour). When I got
my food, it had curly fries all over it! So I had to wait for them to re-do
The voice teachers had a meeting with all of us in the choir room...it was
fun being around all these music and theater students. They are so fun and have
a lot of energy...more so than most of the students I see elsewhere on campus. I
miss that...It was fun when I used to be in the music department years ago. I
sure wish they'd had a good theater department on campus the last time I was
going to college, and that it had interaction with the music
They were two separate entities at Stony Brook. I loved being in musicals in
high school. I would have loved to do that in college, too. Well, I did work
full time, so I probably wouldn't have had time for that. Anyway.... my voice
teacher just gave us a copy of the syllabus and we went over it. Nothing too
It was a long day! We grabbed dinner from Chick-Fil-A and didn't get home
until 6:30. Normal time for him, but very late for me. David had to walk Brandy
for me, since it was too dark for me to go. He walks every night, 2 or 3 times
around the neighborhood. I can barely make one! I'm lazy, though ;)
They came out with the Oscar nominations today, but I haven't seen most of the
so...I can't say as I care. The only movies I saw last year were "Wonder Woman,"
"Spider-Man Homecoming," "Home Again" and "The Last Jedi." I think "Logan" was
from last year, too. I saw it on DVD. I have a couple of DVD's of movies I
haven't watched yet, like the second "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie. Most
of those movies don't get any major nominations.
"Shape of Water" sounds like a fantasy movie, but it doesn't sound like
something I'd like. No way I would watch "Dunkirk." "Three billboards"
sounds good. I don't know much about the others.
In the evening, I did my taxes for my site. UGH. Not too difficult but just
depressing, since it doesn't make much money (less every year).
I spent most of the afternoon and evening doing laundry, dishes, and things like
that, to get ready for our trip tomorrow. I was very busy.
I'm very sad to learn that one of my favorite online karaoke sites has shut
down, thisiskaraoke.com aka TIK. Similar to
Singer's Showcase, those of us
to sing would record our singing with karaoke tracks and then upload it
for others to hear and comment on. In many ways, though, it was better than
SS/KS. For one thing, many people have left SS and gone to TIK, and it
seemed like no matter whether I commented on other people's songs or not, I
would always get 5-10 people commenting on mine. Whereas SS has gotten pretty
bad in the last few years... Sometimes I've posted a song and gotten not one
comment, even if I post comments on other people's songs. They had a section for
videos, which SS doesn't have. People were all encouraged to be nice rather than
say anything critical. Also, I had unlimited songs on there, whereas I
only have 75 on SS. I had a few hundred, and now they're all gone, comments and
all. Too bad. They had a live chat as well, and some other fun stuff. A lot of
people have either gone back to SS or moved on to KSK (kantstopkaraoke.com),
which is a site that was gone for a while but is now back. I haven't yet signed
up for that one. I don't know if I really have time for two sites like that any
more. SS is part of KaraokeScene, so that's probably what keeps them
TIK had technical problems for the past year or so, with people having trouble
uploading songs, and the site was down a lot, and then there were spammers in
the live chat. I guess they just gave up. That's very sad.
We left after my classes today. David picked up Brandy and our luggage. He
packed the car and took her to the vet for the weekend.
We headed to Little Rock, which is about 2 1/2 hours away. After we got to our
hotel, the Marriott, we had dinner at Cache. Our waitress was kind of annoying
(too energetic and trying to be cute). I had some good wine, and it was cheaper
because I asked for the pinot grigio listed on the menu, and the sommelier came
over to explain that it wasn't cold, but he had these two other types that were
similar, and he would bring them down to the price of the other one. I chose the
one he recommended, and it was pretty good (a little dry for me, but not too much
so). I like Cache because they have a lot of gluten-free items. I had their
steak medallions and lobster tails with hollandaise, broccoli, and potatoes.
They weren't sure about the hollandaise sauce, so I took a chance. I never heard
of putting wheat in hollandaise, but you never know. Anyway, it was all very
good. We also went to the Irish Pub, and I had some hot chocolate there. They
have a great store next door that has many great gourmet foods, many of them
gluten free, so I bought some stuff there as well. We didn't stay out too late
but had a nice evening. I stayed up in the hotel working a bit.
David had his work meeting during the day (the reason we came here), and I slept
during that. He was done by lunch time, though, so we had lunch at Dizzy's Gypsy
Bistro, one of the places we like. I just had their brie salad, which is very
good. It's a salad with brie, chicken, some other kind of cheese, tomatoes,
apples, walnuts...I forget all that it has, but it's very good. We just took it
easy during the day. I was sick, but I don't know if it was from something I ate
during the week, or from Cache.
Later on, we went to dinner at the sushi place. I tested everything I ate, but
the problem is that soy sauce and other fermented foods don't show up on the
NIMA gluten sensor, so I can't be sure. It was very good, regardless. I had
their filet mignon, hibachi style, with some rice and veggies. They have the Yum Yum
sauce to go on top of it, which is always delicious.
We went to some other
places and then went to karaoke at the usual place, Damgoode Pies. It wasn't
very crowded, but there were enough people there. They weren't very
enthusiastic, though. They got there, eventually. More people showed up. I got
to sing 3 songs. A fourth would have been nice, but it was taking too long. The
KJ there is nice, but he's just not very good at his job. For one thing, he has
zero personality (Which is a shame because he has a nice singing voice). He
doesn't do much to get the crowd into it or anything, other than just asking
everyone to clap for you. He plays too much filler music between every song,
even when it's crowded. Also, he puts in all the new people at once, which is
crazy. It's best to stagger the new ones with the old ones. That way, no one has
to wait very long. I went to ask him when my song was up, and he just shrugged.
He had no clue. So, obviously he's not very organized. Oh, and pet peeve, he
always mispronounces my name. That rarely happens in karaoke. First he called me
Susan, then he said Su-ZAHN. He does this often. Weird!
Anyway, I wanted to try some new songs. First I did "Back in the USA" by Linda Ronstadt. Usually the crowd likes that one, but these guys were pretty dead at
that point (the link there is to my home recording of the song a few years back;
not the live one from karaoke). No one was doing much besides just tepid clapping. Then for my
second song I did "Cruel Summer" by Ace of Base (I think
that was also new). This is a pretty well-known song, since it was a hit
in the 80's by Bananarama and then a hit again in the late 90's. The table near
us loved it and sang along, so that was fun! (the link there is to the live
version, recorded on my phone.
Here's the version I
recorded at home.) Then I did "Thank You For the
Music" by Abba, which I just learned last year. It was fun. (This is
not the live version, either). It was a weird version of the song, where the
chorus suddenly sped up, but I did fine on it. The crowd was great
by then. I was planning to do "Different Drum"
for my last song, but I never got a chance. Ah, well. One thing that the
KJ has going for him is a really good song selection. Also, the regulars there
are very nice, and enthusiastic. He just needs to tighten up his act and be a
little more outgoing and fun.
I don't drink much any more, since I take a lot of medication, but I still have
a few when I go to karaoke. I either have diet soda with Captain Morgan, or I
have a Tom Collins (regular or sugar free). I only have 2 or 3 because it's not
It was pretty chilly today. Brrr! Thursday we had nice weather. I know it sounds
like all we do is eat, but we also spend time walking around, stopping in other
places, shopping, and relaxing. That's just too boring to talk about!
We left in the morning and stopped at Dempsey Bakery, which is gluten free. They
also had some sugar free stuff that I ordered. Our sorta-vacation was over too
quickly, but we had fun. It was very nice. I love staying at the Marriott. It's
a fairly nice hotel with a great view of the river, and they have a Starbucks, a
bar and a good restaurant. It was chilly today, too, plus foggy and rainy.
After we got home, I put away the bakery stuff. I usually cut everything in half
and then freeze it. I had a cheese danish from there for breakfast, so that was
great. I love that I can buy gluten free things occasionally, like cheese danish
and cinnamon rolls. They had my favorites, too, macarons. I didn't get enough of them,
though. I should have ordered more. There were only about 6 and they were tiny.
They're usually made with ground almonds, but they make them with sunflower
seeds instead. You can't tell, though, by tasting it. I wish they had more sugar-free items. I called ahead and asked them to make me some sugar-free stuff, but they
lost their supplier of whatever sugar substitute they were using, so they only
had sugar free cookies (which they make with fruit). Too bad. I tried to talk
her into using Splenda, but she doesn't like the taste of it.
I did quite a lot of unpacking and other stuff after we got home. I made some
pizza and it was very good.
David got his hair cut. We had lunch at Antigua's and then went to Brookshire's
for groceries. He likes to go by there for this one frozen dinner he enjoys.
They were out of my chicken nuggets again! I'll have to wait until next weekend
to get it, I guess, since we didn't go to Wal-Mart. I was going to stop and get
a soda, but I decided not to, since I'm cutting back on caffeine.
Although I missed Brandy, it was nice to have some peace and quiet without her!
I don't think I did anything too interesting...just worked on my site, did the
laundry, and picked up around the house. I did wash the dog's toys as well
because they were pretty grungy, especially the ones she left outside.
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