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    Thursday, May 14th, 2015
    9:50 am
    Those Darn Tapes!
    Yesterday, very anti-climatically, I watched my last tape.

    I had estimated it would take me four years, and I did it in three years and two months. Hip, hip, hooray.

    Now I have to clear the DVR. LOLOL!!!

    Current Mood: lethargic
    Thursday, February 5th, 2015
    7:45 pm
    My computer has been on the fritz for awhile, but I finally got it back.

    I'm down to 250 tapes and should be done with them in March or April, depending on what life throws me. And I'm having a party when I'm done.
    Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
    11:17 am
    Tape Update
    Back in March of 2012, I counted my tapes, and I came up with the number 2,781. This was an estimate. I didn't actually touch each tape to count them, I did adding and multiplying, which was, with my limited math skills, very dicey.

    At the end of March 2013, I had watched and thrown away 776 tapes, which was 17 more than my goal. Not that great.

    When I started the countdown in March of 2012, at two tapes per day it was supposed to take me four years to finish them.

    By the end of September of 2013, a year and a half later, I had disposed of 1219 tapes. I was then 115 tapes ahead of my goal.

    Now it's January of 2014, and I'm up to January of 2005. I'm no longer ten years behind, only nine, lol. And I only recorded tons of stuff up though the fall of 2008, because that's when I got my DVR. I taped stuff up through 2011, when I got my first DVD recorder, but it was a lot less than years before.

    Today, I recounted my tapes, and this time I counted them better than my estimate of 2012. I came up with 137 tapes more than the total in my notebook, which isn't very much, in the larger scheme of things. No big deal. Up through the end of December I had finished 1,451 tapes, and was 163 tapes ahead of my goal. I'm hoping to get this done in three years instead of four.
    Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
    2:09 am
    Top Ten List
    In April of 2004 the talk shows and Entertainment Tonight started talking about a "gay cowboy movie" called "Brokeback Mountain". David Letterman had this as his Top Ten List one night.

    Top 10 Rejected Titles for the Upcoming Gay Western:

    10. The Good, the Bad, and the Hunky.

    9. How the West was Redecorated.

    8. The Adventures of Frank and Jesse and James.

    7. Seven Brothers for Seven Brothers.

    6. Butch Cassidy and the Even Butcher Sundance Kid.

    5. Rio Lesbo.

    4. Dances With Men.

    3. The Magnificent Seven Inches.

    2. Go West, Young Men... Now South... a Little More to the South... Oh, God, Yes, Right There!

    1. A Fistfull of Wild Bill.

    Current Mood: amused
    Friday, August 23rd, 2013
    10:06 am
    From Dave
    I was watching an old episode of David Letterman from 2004 and he told this joke:

    A man died and met St. Peter at the gates of heaven. St. Peter told him he could enter if he answered one question. The man said okay, and St. Peter asked him, "What was the first thing Eve said to Adam?"

    The man thought about it a minute and said, "Wow, that's a hard one!" And St. Peter said, "That's correct, come on in!"


    Current Mood: amused
    Monday, July 15th, 2013
    8:50 pm
    RIP Corey
    I suppose everyone's talking about it on Facebook and Twitter, but no one on my LJ has mentioned the death of Corey Monteith. So sad, so young.

    I have a tape update. In March of 2012 I started the countdown to get rid of my remaining tapes as quickly as possible. At the time, at two tapes per day, it would take me four years.

    Now, in July of 2013, I have disposed of 1000 tapes. And I'm ahead of my goal a little, and hope to get the rest finished in two and a half years.

    Mom and Dad are both now living in the nursing home, and are doing as well as can be expected.

    Almost four weeks ago (on Thursday) I had a hysterectomy. They did it with the DaVinci method (I'll let you look it up) and I'm feeling good and recovering well. I had a robot (controlled by the doctor) do surgery on me. How cool is that?

    My daughter and her husband and three of her kids, three cats and a dog all lived with me from this past December until just last week. My friend Starla is now living with me, and I got all the carpets cleaned today. Whew! It's so QUIET around here.

    I complained about the extended cold this past spring, and now I wish it would come back. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

    Peace out.
    Saturday, March 16th, 2013
    9:56 am
    "It's been a long time..."
    The first line of the theme song of "Enterprise", the Star Trek series Scott Bakula was in. I've seen them all, but the episodes are showing up in the tapes I'm watching at the moment, so I thought I'd use it as a title. It HAS been awhile since I've posted.

    I'm still on track with my tapes, although my VCR/DVD player/recorded broke last week. I went six days without it, then bought a new one EXACTLY like the old one. Paid less for it than I did the other one, three years ago.

    My daughter and her husband are still living here. They'll be here longer than they expected, which doesn't surprise me. They'll probably move out during the summer. They are doing well on clearing up their debt so they can buy a house.

    My mom is going to move into the nursing home with my dad on April first. It's sooner than I expected, but I'm SOOOOO ready for her to go. I always said I'd be okay if it were just Mom and me, but she's getting worse with her dementia, and it's becoming harder to care for her. She'll be better with Dad, since she'll have professional people to take care of her, and lots of activities to keep her busy and lots of people to talk to. She's a very social person. And Dad misses her; after 62 years of marriage, they need to be together.

    When she moves out, my friend Starla is going to move in. She and I have been planning to live together since we were in our 20s. When Yvonne and her family move out, me 'n Star will be the two crazy cat ladies of the neighborhood, LOL.

    I guess that's it for now. Oh, I bought a new couch. I spent almost all of my Federal Income Tax money on it, but I got a nice sectional couch that's almost too big for my large living room. I love it!
    Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
    10:40 am
    "All ya gotta do is -- act naturally!"
    A couple of years ago, Chris and I happened upon a movie being shot here in Grand Rapids. It stars "50 Cent", and was directed by Mario Van Peebles, as I recall. The name of the movie is "All Things Fall Apart". And Ray Liotta is in it."

    Anyway, the scene takes place in a car dealership. Chris and I pulled into the lot for a while and watched, and Chris even go a few pictures before a security guard came over and told him to stop. Chris said it would be cool if my mini-van ended up in the movie.

    So the movie just came out (on DVD I think) and WOW! My car's in the movie!

    50 CENT - All Things Fall Apart

    You can even see the outline of our bodies, if you look close enough. Chris is sitting on the passenger side, and you can clearly see his right arm, the one he was using to take the pictures. So frickin' cool!

    In other news, Dad has been in the nursing home since November 8, and is doing well. My daughter & her husband want to buy a house of their own, but are having trouble saving money, so they gave up their apartment and are living in my basement. Hopefully this will only be for a little while, but the good news is that they'll be here through the winter months and will shovel snow for me.

    Nothing else exciting going on with me. Back in March I said it would take me four years to watch all my tapes, and I'm pretty much on schedule. I'm not quite keeping up with the two tapes per day, which is how I'll get it done in four years, but I'm close. With Christmas coming up, a lot of shows are repeats, so there won't be so much competition from the DVR, lol.

    Current Mood: excited
    Monday, November 5th, 2012
    4:56 pm
    Bats, Bats, Bats
    Just a quick post to let you guys know a couple of things.

    We refinanced this house. My mortgage payments will be a couple of hundred dollars less per month. That means, by the time my mom doesn't live here anymore, I'll be able to make the payments myself.

    My dad should be moving into a nursing home this week. He doesn't walk at all anymore, and transferring him takes two people sometimes. I have our home health worker here until 9:00 now, to help put him to bed. It was his idea to go -- he's going to miss my mom, of course, but we're going to visit him a lot. We found a nursing home that's not ideal, but it has immediate openings. The one I was waiting for, Tender Care, is still a possibility -- we can transfer him if we want.

    I had a bat in my house, ironically, on Halloween night. It was our guest all the next day, and we finally got it out Thursday night.

    We felt the effects of the hurricane here, but it was very mild. There were waves on Lake Michigan bigger than a lot of people remember ever seeing. People were surfing in Lake Michigan.
    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
    4:30 pm
    Just Stopping By, #2
    I was going to start out this post by saying, "I'm posting so you guys know I'm still alive", but then realized I started out the last post that way, lol.

    In fact, I could almost copy 'n paste the last post, 'cause everything's about the same.

    The biggest change with Dad is that he now agrees he should be in a nursing home. I was waiting to hear from "Tender Care", and have now been told that my mom is too healthy to live in one. So Dad has agreed to go without her, as soon as a place is avalible for him. Mom will continue living with me.

    We are refinancing this house. The monthly payments will be quite a bit lower, so when Mom and Dad are gone, I'll be able to keep the house and make the payments myself.

    I'm doing well with tapes. In the middle of March, when I really started working on them seriously, I had 2781 tapes. At two per day, it would take me four years to watch them all. (Thanks for the math clarification, Bill.) As of today, I have 2436. So I am making progress, but I'm still behind on where the total should be. Not by much, though. I'm determinded to not let the new fall TV season slow me down.

    I am now in January of 2002. It was the strangest thing watching the tapes leading up to September 11, 2001. The new fall season was getting ready to start then, too. When shows like "Entertainment Tonight" kept saying such-and-such show was going to start on Tuesday, on Wednesday and so on, I kept saying, "No, it's not."

    It really is like time travelling.

    Current Mood: content
    Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
    6:48 pm
    Just Stopping By
    I haven't posted in awhile. Just wanted to let you know I'm still alive.

    Everything is boring, boring, boring. Every day is the same. I did drive out to Ann Arbor to see Tim, so that was cool.

    Dad is doing well. I called the nursing home where we want to move them to, and they still have so estimate on when it will be, expect "maybe two months, maybe a year". I know they can't call it any closer, but that's not really helpful.

    I'm doing well on my tapes. I've watched and thrown away more than 100 since the middle of March. Did really bad in May, but I'm catching up again.

    Don't have anything else to say. Everything here is the same, day after day. Sigh. But the people that come twice a day to help me with Mom and Dad are WONDERFUL!! Without them, I'd go truly insane.

    I saw Jane Lynch on a "Nexium" commercial, running in the spring/summer of 2001.

    Current Mood: lethargic
    Saturday, April 7th, 2012
    9:12 am
    That's a Cool Icon
    Dad is doing well. We've had some more discussions about Mom and Dad going to Tender Care, and they're both okay with it. Don't know when it will be, probably not soon.

    I'm doing well with getting rid of my tapes. I know I've said it before, but I've really buckled down to watching at least two per day. Since the middle of March, I've thrown away about 25. I recounted them, and I'm still at the "two a day will take four years" point, except now it's a bit less than four years. Baby steps. Small goals.

    I really have nothing else going on. Every day is the same, all running into each other. Sigh.

    Current Mood: lethargic
    Friday, March 9th, 2012
    12:55 pm
    Bathroom Re-modeling and the Purge
    Every time I make an entry or a comment, I look at my icons to see which might be appropriate. A lot of times I just leave my default one, cos it's so beautiful. I don't know what this is a picture of (looks like Niagra Falls, but there are a lot of waterfalls in the world) and those birds look like dragons. The coloring makes it look like another planet. It's just... well, pretty, and it makes me feel good.

    Cut for length.

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    Current Mood: accomplished
    Thursday, March 8th, 2012
    8:07 am
    On and On...
    We lost power again this morning for about an hour and a half. It's back on now (obviously).

    Let's see... Dad went to the emergency room at Butterworth Hospital on Friday, February 24, and was sent home. We went to see the surgeon the following Tuesday, February 28, and surgery was sent for Monday, March 5.

    Well, the hernia didn't co-operate. On Thursday, March 1st, it happened again, and Dad had to go to the ER again. This time he went to Blodgett Hospital (both are part of Spectrum Health) because that's where the surgeon has his office, and where he does his surgeries, mostly. Dad had surgery at 5PM that afternoon, and they kept him overnight (yeah!). He didn't come home until 4PM the next afternoon, and he's doing fine.

    I'm happy to give my Mom and Dad a home for now, and glad we have people from Angel Care to help. I know I whine a bit, but I don't have a lot to complain about -- lots of people are a lot worse off. But having a constant stream of people coming into my house is starting to wear on me, even when I'm happy to have them here. Angel Care keeps sending new people, and I wish they could just send the same ones all the time. The woman last night was actually not good at all, and we ended up sending her home early. Sometimes I just want to stop the service altogether. Not altogether -- we need the help. Maybe just cut back on the hours.

    The bathroom remodling is coming along. That's something else I'm grateful for, but will be glad when it's done. At the moment the guy is waiting for something he ordered, so we probably won't see him until next week. It's great to be able to take my Dad all the way to the toilet, and I don't have to worry about him falling.

    I'm going this morning to get tickets for Chris and me so we can see Whoopi Goldburg tomorrow at Grand Rapids' "Laughfest". That's the good news -- I can't believe there are still tickets avalible.

    Current Mood: blah
    Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
    11:10 am
    More Fun With Dad
    The icon is just to cheer me up.

    Dad's been home for a month now, and it hasn't been as bad as I feared. He sleeps all night, and he's eating pretty well, and has even gained back a few pounds.

    Cut for length.

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    Current Mood: sleepy
    Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
    7:07 am
    Presidents' Day
    On Friday night, the 17th, that is, David Letter mentioned Presidents' Day, and showed a picture of Mount Rushmore with each of the presidents wearing a party hat.

    Then he mentioned the Michigan primary coming up, and say, "Or, as the people in Michigan call it, 'Guys who will never be president day'".

    Current Mood: tired
    Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
    4:07 pm
    It's Going to be Ledgen -- wait for it...

    "How I Met Your Mother" began in the fall of 2005. Back then, I still had Comcast, and was using three VCRs to record all the stuff I wanted to watch -- eventually. Then I got AT&T in the fall of 2008, and had to stop that practice. But I had a DVR, which is cool, and almost everything is on DVD these days, or you can find them on the internet. Not to mention shows being in syndication, and, with so many cable stations, avalible on more than one at the same time.

    I was curious to watch HIMYM, so I got the first season through Netflix. They don't have any other seasons avalible, so I went looking for them in syndication. There's at least four networks on my line-up that are showing them, but none of them were showing the second season. I like to watch all TV shows in the order the episodes are aired (very important with HIMYM, as I found out) so I just started "collecting" them on my DVR. That also includes recording the new episodes on our local CBS affiliate. Finally, on January 20, the Lifetime network cycled around to the beginning of the second season, and I was off.

    I did have to wait a couple other times, maybe a week, for an episode or two, but I finally got to the point where I had most of them recorded, and I could just keep going. I had over 50 episodes waiting, at one point. I'm up to the middle of the sixth season, and had to stop briefly because two episodes are being aired today that I have to watch before I can go on.

    I'm going to cut at this point, both for length and in case anyone else hasn't seen them and doesn't want to be spoiled.

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    In other news, my Dad is now living at home again, since the first of this month. We have home health aids for six hours each day, four in the morning and six at night. That gives me time to go to the store and on errands if I have to. We also have a nurse that comes once a week, and he's going to be getting physcial and occupational therpy, for awhile, anyway.

    Dad didn't like living in a nursing home, but he's beginning to realize the different challenges to having him home. He's open to going to a nursing home again, but only if Mom is there with him. My mom loves nursing homes -- she's a very social person, and it gives her a lot of people to talk to, and things to do during the day, too. My goal is to have them settled somewhere before next winter.

    Current Mood: cheerful
    Monday, January 9th, 2012
    10:36 am
    Dad, etc
    We got Dad's endoscopy moved up; it was two Thursdays ago, actually. The biopsy results will take a couple of weeks, but the doctor is pretty confident that he doesn't have cancer. He also said he doesn't think the mass in his stomach (which is actually very small) is causing his trouble. Instead, he found several ulcers in his esophagus. So he changed his meds, and Dad's eating a little better. Now he's got the flu, which is running rampart not just in his nursing home, but in nursing homes across the city, according to the nurse I spoke to last night.

    And I got it, too. I haven't been sick in years. Literally. My mom and I were both at the nursing home on Friday, and by Saturday night I was -- well, having disgusting bodily functions that I don't need to go into detail about. The best part is that I've lost five pounds, lol. I'm feeling better today, but food still has no appeal for me. Thankfully, Mom seems to be okay, and I've been very careful around her, trying not to pass it along.

    Mom's been having headaches, so I took her to her doctor. He's sending her to get an MRI on Wednesday, to rule out any bad things that it might be, like a tumor or something.

    Going back to Dad, we're talking seriously again about bringing him home. He got his neck brace off this past Friday, we know he doesn't have stomach cancer, and as soon as he gains weight again there's really no reason for him to be in the nursing home. He was doing a lot better with his walking before he got the flu, and he really misses my mom. We're going to be working with the Medicaid people to get some help at home. There are plus and minuses to having him home, but there are also plus and minuses to having him at the nursing home. But, we have to get our ducks in a row; it could take a month for this all to happen. And who knows what might happen in the meantime?

    Current Mood: sick
    Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
    11:55 pm
    More Purging, Dad, other stuff...
    I'm using a cut cos this is semi-long.

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    Current Mood: calm
    Monday, December 12th, 2011
    6:29 pm
    I Was a Grownup Today
    You'll remember that my mini-van got totaled at the beginning of November. I've been using my brother's car, since he was out of state, but I knew I'd have to give it back eventually. After looking at a few options, and moaning about having to have a monthly payment, I finally decided.

    I bought a car today.

    It's not quite mine yet, but it will be tomorrow. It's a 2004 Chevy Cavalier, grey with a darker grey interior. Under 100,000 miles, and it looks nice!

    So, tomorrow I'll once again be a car owner. Urg, monthly payments, insurance, urg again. I'll be tightening my belt!

    Current Mood: nervous
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