December!

December 1st, 2021 — 2:02pm

Happy December! It’s one of my favorite months. Making presents, making ornaments, singing carols!

I probably won’t have a tree this year — teeny-tiny apartment plus we’re moving the first week of January and I don’t want to make more work for myself. But I will set up my sweet wooden nativity scene on the dining table. I’ve been knitting presents non-stop and listening to Christmas music! Maybe I’ll link to a favorite song each day.

Btw my covid test came back negative. Not surprised, wasn’t very ill. Just a bit sniffly still.

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Tuesday

November 30th, 2021 — 5:42pm

Still a bit congested but recovering quickly. Started knitting hats for the little girls but had a few false starts with patterns I didn’t care for. I figured out that I can shrink the October Hat by 1/3 (80 st instead of 120) and it should fit someone!

Man last Sunday’s ep of Succession was so damn good (Too Much Birthday). Like, insanely good, incomparably good. Watched again today.

Also watched the first ep of The Beatles: Get Back and it also was insanely, incomparably good! My god, it’s like being there. Would have Blown My Mind as a teenager. Also wtf do people blame Yoko? She didn’t say one single word.

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Monday

November 29th, 2021 — 7:17pm

This morning I straightened out another pharmacy problem and then I finished knitting Henry’s hat — so that makes two finished Christmas presents and it’s not even December yet!

In the afternoon I drove to a rather far-away Rite Aid for my covid test. It was quick and easy. You pull up to the drive-through pharmacy window, the guy checks your name and birthdate, and sends you the kit through the drawer. Then you stick the swab in your nostrils and swizzle it about, drop the swab in a test-tube, clean the tube with an alcohol wipe, and send it back through the drawer.

I feel a lot better today (a one-day mild sore throat is such a luxury) and I doubt if it was Covid but it’s free and easy to check so why not?

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Sore throat

November 28th, 2021 — 1:28pm

Woke up with tiny sore throat. Dave says I coughed in the night. Yesterday I had some nausea and a slight headache. Arghhhh.

So, Second Thanksgiving is canceled (but Dave is roasting the turkey and potatoes anyway because I WANT THEM.)

Probably it’s just a cold… but Covid test booked for tomorrow afternoon just to be sure.

I’m obsessive about masking in public and I’m triple-vaxxed, so I doubt if it’s Covid, but it’s something. How did I pick up a bug? Probably because I’ve gotten lazy about scrubbing my hands after every outing and there are a lot of public doors and elevator buttons I need to touch in order to get to and from my car, so… keep scrubbing your hands!

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Saturday

November 27th, 2021 — 1:12pm

This morning I made banana-oat bread (to use up three antique bananas) and then, since we’re having Second Thanksgiving tomorrow with Dave’s sons, I made stuffing and cranberries. Couldn’t help eating some — I’ve been craving Thanksgiving food but we left all the leftovers at Kirsten and Marcos‘s house. YUM. Dave will make roast potatoes, gravy, sausage stuffing (mine is bread/celery/onion) and he’ll roast our little turkey. Can’t wait!

Nearly done knitting Henry’s Christmas hat. Already finished one for Jayla!

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When Harry Met Santa

November 26th, 2021 — 6:35pm

This advertisement by the Norwegian Postal Service will warm your heart and probably make you cry a little, unless you are made of stone:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25th, 2021 — 10:53am

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Cooking!

November 24th, 2021 — 4:35pm

We’ll be going up to Union City for Thanksgiving (tomorrow) so today I cooked food to take along — stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, and gravy. Kirsten, Marcos, and Em aren’t crazy about turkey so they’re planning roast chicken, beef, green beans, and mashed potatoes. Yummmm!

I, however, LOVE turkey (and Thanksgiving food, in general) so Dave bought a small turkey for us, and we’ll have Second Thanksgiving on Sunday here with his son :D

After all that cooking this morning I’m absolutely beat, so now I’m going to chill-n-knit. Finished Jayla’s tam already so next I think I’ll knit a hat for Henry.

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Tuesday

November 23rd, 2021 — 8:02pm

Went up to visit Em today. Lovely Em. Such an amazing kid! She has a new boardgame called Ultimate Werewolf that’s super fun! We played when Kirsten got off work (needs at least 3 players) and I hope we can play again on Thanksgiving.

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Monday

November 22nd, 2021 — 4:04pm

Slept badly, woke up drenched in sweat. Tired day. Blah.

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Sunday

November 21st, 2021 — 9:40pm

Nice day. In the morning I took a shower, did laundry and dishes, re-dyed my hair (teal), and cleaned the toilet. In the afternoon, as usual, I hung out in our bright and sunny bedroom while Dave hung out in the gloomy living room. That way, we each get enough alone time in conditions that suit us, and then in the evening we eat dinner together and cuddle up on the couch and talk or watch tv. Idyllic *heart eyes*

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More knitting

November 20th, 2021 — 9:28pm

Started a tam for Jayla, to replace the one I knitted for her last year which shrank in the wash. Using superwash wool this time. :D

While I was knitting I mostly listened to ancient episodes of Loveline (from 1998) and laughed and laughed. I always think of Chloe when I hear Loveline.

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New hat!

November 19th, 2021 — 12:55pm

Just finished!

Ravelry link: https://ravel.me/kayray/ah

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Thursday

November 18th, 2021 — 7:05pm

Oops missed a day. Yesterday I recovered from my busy Tuesday by listening to podcasts, knitting, and playing Animal Crossing :D

Today I knitted a lot, too. I’m making a new winter hat for myself since I’ll be moving north in less than two months and all but one of my many hats have disappeared. I also have hats planned as Christmas presents for several loved ones. Yarn for those just arrived today!

Dr Nguyen called to discuss my blood work. Kidneys don’t look so great so he said to stay hydrated and re-test next month. Vitamin D is low, so I’m to take 4000 units daily (up from my current 1000). Thyroid levels are a little low but not enough to tinker with. Everything else is pretty ok.

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Tiring day

November 16th, 2021 — 7:06pm

Had 2:45 lab appointment, to which I was 15 minutes late because of traffic, which means they didn’t take me till 3:20, then 3:45 doc appointment, to which I was also late but only a few minutes so my doc saw me anyway thank goodness. Nothing major, just a check-in. I asked about my night sweats, which he thinks are just a peri-menopause symptom but I thought I was done with that. All my symptoms went away for months! (Except loss of libido. Still waiting for that to come back but I figured it was my antidepressants’ fault. Maybe not?) He is checking my thyroid levels to be sure I don’t need to tweak my dose.

He told me I’ll be able to get great healthcare at OHSU in Portland and seemed genuinely sorry to see me go. Wonderful Dr. Nguyen. He also expressed his joy that I’m still alive despite all the predictions that I’d be dead by now!

Then I went to hang out with Em even though I wasn’t needed for childcare tonight as Kirsten’s orchestra rehearsal was canceled. I want to be sure Em knows how important she is to me even though I’ll be moving away.

I plan to write her a real paper letter every week (already sent one, which made her very happy), and I hope we can set up a regularly-scheduled FaceTime session so she can always count on some Kara-time. Eventually she’ll be old enough to come visit, the way Chloe used to visit every me summer when she was a tween and teen!

So yeah. Very tired, early bed.

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Yummy slop

November 15th, 2021 — 9:05pm

Dave made one of his favorite dishes tonight and it was yum! Ground beef, tomato paste, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, jalapeños, red bell pepper, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and gravy powder, all cooked up into a delicious spicy tangy slop and served over lightly steamed cabbage. Really really tasty!

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Stuff

November 14th, 2021 — 4:59pm

Dave has… a lot of stuff. A lot. We need to sort through it before we move so we made a start today. Went to his industrial unit to pick up the guitars that he’s repairing for Marco, so he can repair them in comfort at our flat. Then we went to his storage locker — first time I’d seen it. Oh my. Lol. He dug out three huge boxes of clothing and went through them when we got home. He kept about four garments and the rest will go to the men’s shelter, yay!

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Curb

November 13th, 2021 — 10:01pm

We finished Britain’s Best Home Cook (excellent) last night so tonight we started Curb Your Enthusiasm over from the beginning. “The Pants Tent”. Larry apologizing to everyone and lying to everyone . Such a hilariously uncomfortable show!

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Therapy

November 12th, 2021 — 2:40pm

Therapy day, yay!

I told Suzanne about this wonderful new feeling I’ve been experiencing. It’s an overwhelmingly positive feeling that I experience when I’m with Dave (which is basically all the time) but it’s very hard to describe. It’s a feeling of floatiness, airiness, freedom, almost a feeling of disappearing and being unaware of my “self”.

When I told her about it, she got this look of incredible happiness and even tears in her eyes, and she told me I’m experiencing the feeling of being PRESENT in a relationship. She says the part that has disappeared is the “avatar Kara”, that I set up to protect myself in all other past relationships, the persona I’ve used as a filter to make sure I don’t say or do anything that will upset my partner. I don’t need an avatar anymore! For one thing, Dave is so easy-going and loving and dependable that I feel completely safe. Also my mental health is so much better now that I know it would be ok even if he DID get upset with me! It wouldn’t make me panic. We would work it out. There’s no way I could say “the wrong thing” and lose him.

I don’t need to monitor my every move anymore! It’s remarkable. Absolutely remarkable. I’m so proud of myself! Ten years of fairly intense therapy work has paid off more than I could ever have imagined.

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phone

November 11th, 2021 — 11:46am

Dan has very generously had me on his cell phone plan ever since we split up in 2013, but today I moved to Dave’s plan, YAY!

House plans are moving along. No hitches. It will be ours in early December, knock on wood. I was feeling rather anxious about the logistics of moving Dave’s flat and his industrial unit full of woodworking equipment and ham radio gear and the contents of my room in Union City and our cars, but he explained his very logical plan and the sequence of events and now I don’t feel stressed at all.

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