October 16th, 2016


Last night's storm was a doozy. Not quite as bad as predicted but it was pretty fierce nonetheless. At one point the wind was blowing in two different directions while it rained sideways.

My swim buddy, Barrie, lives out on a point sticking out into Elliot Bay. They got smashed but sandbags kept most of water outside. This was snapped yesterday afternoon by one of the blog people before the storm got going good. Barrie's house is in the rectangle.


It was still pouring rain this morning so all the Seahawks tailgate parties got a late, soggy start. When I got back from the gym about 9:30, it had stopped raining and they had started their neighborhood invasion for real. It is at least cold enough to keep the door to the terrace closed so the noise is only background.

Living across the street from one professional stadium and down the block from a second one has its challenges and I'm particularly not fond of the Seahawks crowd but, really, it is fun to sit up here on the 4th floor separated from it all and hear humanity down below all excited to be here. The drum band is going and it's just a nice backdrop. Plus, on those few times when I actually do want to go to a game or a concert, it certainly is handy to just waltz on over.

I have lots to do today. I have sewing. Dolls plus other sewing. I have TV watching to do. I watched the first episode of Goliath - an Amazon Prime show. It has 8 episodes. The first one was pretty good.

I started the new Maria Semple novel last night. I'm not sure yet. It's the audible version and the reader is a thin line - either she's going to be one of the best ever or I'm going to hate her soon. This book may get returned. I'm going to give it another hour at least.

The big ToDo this week is insurance. It does not actually have to be done this week but why wait. I need to decide which policy to pick, call them to make sure my top concerns are met and will stay met through next year and see what kind of recourse I have if they don't and then apply.

My new policy needs to cost me nothing per month, cover my doctor and his clinic's services, and cover my drugs. I have a list of 5 that will do all of these things and none are really in doubt. And most of those 5 have the same kinds of coverage so it comes down to my own personal show stoppers:

1. Cover my gym membership
2. Online access to my insurance activity
3. Online access to my drug insurance activity
4. 90 days of drugs at my preferred pharmacy

I'm pretty sure none of the 5 do #3 above so I'll pick the one who does 1,2 and 4.

But, not today I don't think.

Going Rogue!

I never do memes of any kind. In fact I pretty much turn my nose up at all of them. I don't even have a Facebook account. And here I go breaking all of my rules...

1. Are you named after someone? My parents liked the names Linda and Susan. They had an old dog named Linda that they hoped would die before I was born. She didn't. They gave me a middle name of Karolene after my father's older sister.
2. When is the last time you cried? Last week
3. Do you like your handwriting? Nope
4. What is your favorite lunch meat? I rotate through most of them without enthusiasm.
5. Do you have kids? No
6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? Probably not.
7. Do you use sarcasm? No, of course not.
8. Do you still have your tonsils? Nope. No appendix either.
9. Would you bungee jump? Already done that. 1995.
10. What is your favorite cereal? ew cereal. Un frosted mini shredded wheat.
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? I don't 'do' tie shoes.
12. Do you think you are a strong person? Yes.
13. What is your favorite ice cream? Toffee/Heath Bar Crunch by ben&jerries
14. What is the first thing you notice about people? no particular thing
15. Red or pink? lime green
16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself? No clue.
17. What colour pants/underwear and shoes are you wearing right now? Gray pants, pink top, nothing else.
18. What was the last thing you ate? Hot dog.
19. What are you listening to right now? The crowd at the Seahawks game across the street.
20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? lime green
21. Favorite smell? a great dinner that someone cooked for me.
22. Last person you talked to on the phone? probably a delivery guy at the building's front door looking to be buzzed in.
23. Favourite sport to watch? baseball
24. Real hair colour? Brown
25. Eye color? Blue
26. Do you wear contacts? Nope
27. Favorite food to eat? Pork chops
28. Scary movies or happy endings? Not that into movies.
29. Last movie you watched? I don't remember.
33. What book are you reading? Today will be Different
35. What is on your mouse pad? I haven't used a mouse pad in a decade
36. What is the last TV program you watched? Speechless
37. Rolling Stones or The Beatles? Both
38. What is the farthest you traveled? Stewart Island, New Zealand
40. Do you have a special talent? Nope
41. Where were you born? Brooklyn, NY


I need to walk. Every day. I rarely do. But, today I did. After I finished sewing, I decided to walk up to the drug store. (.3 miles up, .2 miles back according to my tracker, no clue why the difference) The drug store didn't have what I wanted but, hey, the point was to walk and wear in my new Uggs. I did wait until the game started.

On the way home, I came upon a hot dog vendor on the street at my building. I was hungry so I got a hot dog but after I ordered I remembered to check money. I had grabbed a fist of cash and my credit card but knew the drug store does Android pay so I didn't pay close attention. I had already given the Real Change guy a $20 for the newspaper and I had only $4 left. I asked the guy how much and he said $5 and I said ok, sorry, I didn't have enough. And then he said $4. I felt bad for a minute but then realized that $4 was a good price and he didn't have many more, if any, sales today so better he sell to me for $4 than nobody for $0.

It turned out to be a very mediocre hot dog anyway.

It got a little warmer so I opened up the door to the terrace. Now the Seahawks are winning so I'm going to need to close it because I want to watch CBS Sunday morning and I won't be able to hear the TV.

Today's dolls...