Rosa Parks!

October 19th, 2021 — 6:37pm

Isn’t that great? I love watching Horrible Histories with Em!

And here’s a little “Simon and Garfunkel”-esque ditty about Viking England. One of the main actors in Horrible Histories (Simon Farnaby, seen dancing with yellow flowers behind Garfunkel towards the end) is the one who plays “Garfunkel” on “Detectorists”, but not in this sketch. In this sketch the “Garfunkel” is played by Matthew Baynton, whom I know from “The Wrong Mans” and other UK shows. (Em has a little crush on him, I think, and so do I. He played Shakespeare in the video I posted a while back.)

If you’re a Peep Show fan, you might recognize “Simon” as Gerard, Mark’s rival for Dobby’s affections, the man with the tube up his nose, played by Jim Howick.

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Home!

October 18th, 2021 — 7:30pm

Woke up in Union City, hopped in the car, and zipped home to my wonderful Dave. Very tired today. Played a lot of Animal Crossing, watched Strictly Come Dancing. Bed now.

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Sleepover

October 17th, 2021 — 9:27pm

Kirsten and Marcos have concert tickets tonight so I’m here to take care of Em. Lovely girl. She spent hours crafting a veggie stand for her dolls using cardboard and tape while we watched endless episodes of Horrible Histories. They did a really great sketch about how Richard III was a victim of Tudor propaganda.

At bedtime she was worried that she might feel lonely upstairs by herself, so I suggested I could make her a little bed on my floor and we‘d have a sleepover. That cheered her right up, and she got her bunny, pillow, little pink sleeping bag, and nightlight. I was so tired I meant to fall asleep at 8pm too but of course as soon as the lights were out I felt wakeful — so I watched the brand-new episode of Succession! (S03E01)

SO GOOD!

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House update

October 16th, 2021 — 5:34pm

Dave’s Portland realtor took him on a video walkthrough of our current favorite house (we call it the DNP (Damn Near Perfect) house) and she says it’s great in real life, so it looks like we‘re gonna put in an offer! I say “we”… Dave doesn’t mind at all that I’m as poor as a churchmouse, and he’s including me in everything. He calls it “our” house so I do too. *heart eyes*

The sellers are accepting offers till Monday night and will decide by Tuesday night, so we’ll know soon. We’re going up to Portland next week regardless, so besides visiting Henry and his brood we’ll either admire our DNP house or, if we don’t get it, we’ll have fun looking at others!

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Suzanne

October 15th, 2021 — 7:25pm

Spent last night in Union City so I could get to Suzanne the Therapist at 9 this morning. It has been maybe a month since our last session — I only have 2 appointments a month and she had to cancel our last session — but it’s ok, I’m so sane now that I can survive a whole month between appointments :D Still, it is EXTREMELY helpful to have her to talk to about anything and everything that’s going on with me.

Let’s see, after Suzanne I went back to UC to do some sewing and hang out with Em. Marcos popped into my room and told me all about their Italian adventures and gave me a book they brough home for me, about the art treasures of Florence — written in German! Such a thoughtful gift.

In the afternoon I drove home, watched new Bake Off and Extra Slice with Dave, and now I’m gonna crash early cause I’m exhausted.

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Succession

October 14th, 2021 — 8:52pm

Season 3 of Succession will start on Sunday and I am beyond excited to find out what happens next to the Roys (and Greg the Egg). Can’t hardly WAIT!

In Union City tonight, watching a few eps of Season 2 while I play a little Animal Crossing before bed.

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Not bad

October 13th, 2021 — 9:13pm

After my booster shot yesterday, I woke up achy and fatigued, so I simply stayed in bed all day. Watched some more Hollington Drive on ITV, rewatched some Bake Off, played a lot of Animal Crossing. By evening I perked up a lot so I think that was the worst of it, hooray!

The deliverymen are here to deliver the furniture we bought forever ago, so the lawn furniture can go back on the balcony tomorrow!

That 1935 yellow Craftsman turned out to be a hideous money pit that needs to be gutted, so we gave up on that one. Now we’re drooling over an absolutely beautiful 1963 split-level on a tree-lined dead-end street. Beautiful kitchen, garage AND workshop, vegetable garden! Fingers crossed that it is as nice as it seems…

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Booster

October 12th, 2021 — 9:43pm

Drove up to Union City today to get my Pfizer booster shot and spend time with Em while her parents were out. Lovely Em. We watched several hours of Horrible Histories together and I kept her company while she played with her dolls.

When I got home I found that Dave had installed his new toilet and fancy Japanese toilet seat — it squirts lovely warm water to clean your butt and blows warm air to dry you afterwards :D

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Monday

October 11th, 2021 — 7:22pm

Mild headache all day — side effect of my ever-increasing dose of remodulin. No big deal, but by the end of the day I feel frayed.

This afternoon we booked our hotel and rental car for our Portland trip next week! Very exciting. House shopping and visiting Henry and family. Can’t wait. I ordered some CDC-recommended N95 masks to wear on the journey, and I scheduled my booster shot for tomorrow.

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Houses

October 10th, 2021 — 7:08pm

Dave and I have spent hours and hours looking at Portland houses on Zillow, so that we can move there in a couple of years when he retires. We both like the sturdy old Craftsmans and have our eyes on a big lovely one from 1935 that needs a little work (carpets ripped out, kitchen remodeled out of the 70s and back to the 30s, paint, etc.) so cross your fingers… we’re gonna travel up to Portland next week to look in person! Very exciting!

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Boys!

October 9th, 2021 — 3:55pm

I like boys :D

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K-k-k-Katy, beautiful Katy

October 8th, 2021 — 1:17pm

I do not know why I know this 1918 song, but it popped into my head today so I hunted it down on YouTube. It can also be sung, “K-k-k-Kayray…” :D

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Vietnamese dinner!

October 7th, 2021 — 7:12pm

Dave took me out for dinner at his favorite hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese place. I had veggie pho and it was delicious. Flavorful broth, great assortment of veggies cooked just right, big chunks of tofu. So good!

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Masterchef

October 6th, 2021 — 10:03pm

Dave got me into Masterchef (season ten). We watched the final tonight and our favorite chef WON!!!

If there’s anything better than watching tv with your sweetie and yelling at the screen together, I don’t know what it is *heart eyes*

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Tuesday

October 5th, 2021 — 8:47pm

We looked at Zillow for more houses in Portland and found several good candidates, so we made plane reservations to go up there in a couple of weeks and look at them in person! Dave has a realtor there whom he trusts so she’ll help us. And we’ll visit Henry et al while we’re there! Very very exciting! My life sure has changed a lot for the better over the past few months.

I’m increasing my Remodulin dose little by little again. When this titration ends I hope to get fixed up with the new teeny-tiny medication pump, Remunity!

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Monday

October 4th, 2021 — 9:40pm

Drove back up to UC to do some sewing, water the plants, etc. Sewed a little cloth box to organize my top drawer and will make more when I’m sure it’s the right size. We made jacket potatoes for dinner — I put butter and broccoli on mine, and Dave added broccoli, ham, cheese, and beans :D

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Sunday

October 3rd, 2021 — 9:12pm

Nice lazy day. Hand-sewed the binding on my long-unfinished quilt while watching Masterchef with Dave. Oh! And I restarted my Animal Crossing island a few days ago so I played for a while and picked out a spot for Blathers’s tent.

Happy birthday to my beautiful, kind, artistic sister Kathy!!!

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Dancing

October 2nd, 2021 — 9:31pm

We watched the second episode of Strictly Come Dancing tonight. Such a joyous show. Judi Love’s samba was so much fun, and Robert Webb’s tango was amazing! A huge improvement over last week! I’m so sad that someone will be voted out tomorrow. As usual with Strictly and the Bake Off and the Sewing Bee, I want all the contestants to keep dancing and baking and sewing every week forever.

And then, since Dave isn’t familiar with Robert Webb, we watched the first two episodes of Peep Show and I think he liked it, thank goodness :D

“The first thing to say is this is not pyramid selling.”

“You’re doing pyramid selling?”

“No, it’s NOT pyramid selling.”

“It SOUNDS like pyramid selling…”

Ah I found that scene on YouTube:

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October 1

October 1st, 2021 — 5:17pm

Somehow it’s October already? Not sure where September went…

Lovely Autumn day. I sat on the balcony and read for a long time. I’m reading “Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling” on my kindle, which is great, and also “The Fortnight in September” which was recommended on Twitter and sounded like my kind of book: a family in 1930s London goes to the seaside for a fortnight and nothing much happens. It’s unavailable at any of my libraries so I bought an actual paper copy from bookshop.org. It’s utterly charming and beautifully written and I love it!

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Happy Birthday Lulu!

September 30th, 2021 — 6:49pm

Happy fourth birthday, wonderful girl!

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Drove back up to Union City to pick up refills from pharmacy, do a bit of sewing, and await another delivery of medication. When I picked up my refills I found that my doc prescribed something for my newly-developed RLS (restless leg syndrome) — carbidopa-levodopa, which is a drug for Parkinsons but apparently helps RLS too. Wish me luck. RLS sounds nothingy but is surprising awful.

I finished lengthening Em’s nighties, fixed the pockets on a pair of Dave’s shorts, and sewed another pair of boyshorts for myself.

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