Oct. 17th, 2012

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I've had some breathing issues the past couple of days. Last night a short walk up a not even very steep incline turned me into Panting Pauline. This morning, I'm Coughing Cathy. Ugh. I'm going to assume it's a passing thing but it did make me research my rescue inhaler which I've never liked and never felt it was much of a rescue.

Turns out they are discontinuing it next year and the replacement is ready now. Yeah! I have an appointment with my doctor next Monday anyway so I sent him a note with the link to the new one and asked him to consider it.

Really, that incline was not that steep and not that long. I should have been able to get up there like a regular person.

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I saw Argo last night with [livejournal.com profile] machupicchu - it was goooood. I agree with everything he said in his review. I had totally forgotten all those yellow ribbons all over everywhere during those 444 days. I mainly remember them after they lost all their perky hopefulness and got dingy and horribly sad. And how TV news started off every night telling us how many days the hostages had been hostages.

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No swim class for me today. I'm going to take my MP3 player to the pool here close by and do my own class.

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I am still seeing new details that I've never noticed before I had my cataracts removed. It shocks me every time. It is just so wonderful not to have to mess with glasses and see new stuff every day. I am so so so glad I went ahead and got the second eye done.

James

Oct. 17th, 2012 10:09 am
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Earlier this week [livejournal.com profile] osodecanela posted about the tie dye onesies he makes for the babies he delivers. And how he got the idea from an LJ friend talking about birth mementos.

And talk like that always brings me to reconsider the wonder of James.

My parents lived in Brooklyn when I was born 63 years ago. Daddy was a salesman for Hanes Knitware and Mom was a bookkeeper for a small outfit run by a man who was from India and who felt his multisyllabic name was too difficult for Americans so told everyone to call him James.

Mom quit work when I was born and James presented her with a large teddy bear for the new baby... me! Size was a major consideration because their apartment was teeny tiny and now had my parents, me and my grandmother who had flown in from Oklahoma to help. Mother told me more than once she came close to tossing James out to the first kid that passed by on the sidewalk.

But, she didn't. And James has been with me ever since. My dog, Max, chewed off his nose once and I had to do a little cosmetic rhinoplasty. And he lost both eyes over the years but he never lost his spirit.

He sits in my front room against decorator pillows and makes me smile every time I see him. My Mom never worked again. Well, not true, when she was 80, she was an extra in a movie and got paid something like $150 and waved her W-2 form around like she was The Captain of Industry. But growing up, I did not see her go to a job. But, when I looked at James, I knew she did and I could too when I got big.

My parents and grandparents are now all gone so James is the only one left who knew me when I was a baby. He says I was adorable.
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"You have been randomly selected for an in-person Job Search Review on: 10/24/2012 at 10 am"

Thank goodness I have been keeping up my applications and the logging of same. Whew. This afternoon, after getting the letter, I prettied up my spreadsheet and got it printer ready.

I'm good. Worst case scenario, I am deemed a Violator and have to pay back what I've gotten so far (about $5K). I'd rather not do that. So I'll be glad to get this behind me. BUT, as I was told in the class that started this off, I can get one of these letters at any time and maybe multiple times before the end of my tour. So no slacking off!
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