June 22nd, 2015

I am my Mom

In her latter years, my Mom turned into a quote machine. She died with a crappy heart, blood clots galore, broken bones but a totally intact sense of humor.  And a fresh predicure.

"Around here, a change in drugs is headline news!" I had not expressed enough appreciation when they put her pills into pillow thingies so she didn't have to count them out any more.

Well... today... my own change is drugs is headline news!! One of my inhalers is Spirva. It's a plastic gizmo. You dig a capsule out of a packet and put it into the gizmo and click it and then suck it... twice. (I know I've written about this before.) It's a PIA.  Now the same drug comes in a regular kind inhaler - push then button, suck it in. No muss no fuss no trash.

My doctor made the change in my prescription but the pharmacy had to sit on it until today because my insurance said it wasn't time for a refill yet. I usually get my drugs through Walgreens mail - 3 months at a time. But, Walgreens doesn't carry it yet so I went through the compound pharmacy at my doctor's office. I just called to make sure I could pick it up today and she asked me if I wanted 3 months worth. Heck yeah!! They used to not be able to do that - you could only get 3 months worth through mail order. Then she said "Oh, wait, let me check the price - sometimes this stuff is expensive..." "Oh, 3.60 for 3 months worth... You want to pick it up today?"

Happy new inhaler dance going on here!!

So that's my headline news... and my day's agenda.

This morning at the pool I learned that my second favorite life guard is doing mornings this Summer along with my favorite one! Double excellent. Suki is studying mobile app design and always grills me on swim tech and I'm always ready to fill his head with what I know. And I got in a great swim.

This weekend I watched a new way-too-short series on Amazon - Catastrophe - it was fabulous. Really well done and pretty darned funny.  I'm doing a pretty good job of cleaning off TiVo and watching good stuff even over the Summer break. The days of bad/no Summer TV seem to be gone. Yeah!!

It's getting hot hot hot here - my phone says that it will be in the 90's next weekend. That is not acceptable. Another fried Pride weekend. The past few years have been hot but not fried. Looks like that ends this year.

I have a sewing project to do but I need fabric but the fabric store only has their senior discount on Tuesdays (and maybe Thursdays but not Mondays). Maybe I have something fun in the stash box. If not, tomorrow will work.

Er... not so fast there, missy!

I paid for my inhaler and was walking back to my car when I looked more closely at the box to see that is was the old handihaler and not the new respimat! Buggers. Happily, this pharmacy is pretty chock full o' really nice people. The cashier got me a pharmacist who when to the computer and found the problem but also discovered they don't have any ...

Tomorrow. They will call. I've waited this long, one more day isn't going to kill me. 

I don't remember his name but...

In my 20s Iived in a small South Carolina town and was a newspaper reporter on a small town newspaper. One of our photographers was a high school student who was  a nerdy kid and fun to hang with. We played games and went exploring an just enjoyed each others company. He was into modding (before it was a thing). One time he brought me a soup can that he had completely covered inside and out with with felt.  "It's for your strings, you know, those thread ends that you can't ever get off your fingers. My Mom said you would like it."

It was the sweetest thing. I had never heard of this trick before but it's fabulous.  When you sew, you clip threads and those suckers get everywhere. I lost that can years ago but I have always always had a large piece of felt next to my sewing machine. It keeps pins from rolling away and is the very best for keeping thread bits from traveling all over the house.

His name was Rick and that is all I can remember. I lost track of him when I moved out of state before he even got out of high school but I think of him now every single time I turn on the sewing machine.

Which I did today. I'm now at the end of the house hold things I wanted to sew. Today's was a new cover for the foam wedge I use on the bed in the fish room. Now it looks happy and cheery like the pillows on that bed.

Twice today, I walked the halls.  I am addicted to this fitness band. This weekend, I moved my daily goal up from 1500 points to 1800 points. A point is roughly a step (but, I generally pick up about 3,000 points with an hour of swimming and you get more points for faster walking, for instance). I was routinely hitting the 1500 mark every single day without working at it so I decided to build in some work and ... it's working.  I think I'll make 1800 tonight but I would not have without the two mid day walks. It's probably not too hot to go outside if I stay in the shade but why go if I don't have too.