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Monday

December 6th, 2021 — 1:11pm

Omg Succession last night. Everyone went to Tuscany for Caroline’s wedding. Roman was… Roman. So damn good, I stayed up way too late and watched it twice in a row.

I’ve just started baking a batch of gingerbread cookies, one of my favorite Christmas treats.

Our Portland house was appraised at a little more than we paid, which is excellent news. Now we wait for more paperwork, and then Dave will send them a butt-load of money, and then the house will be ours!!! Moving men are scheduled for January 8th. That date might change but not by much, I hope!

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Sunday

December 5th, 2021 — 6:01pm

Our shower drain was clogged when we moved in, so you had to wade around in sludgy, slippery water but a few days ago Dave finally called Maintenance to unclog it and HOORAY IT DRAINS! I took a shower and washed my hair today.

I unlocked the coffee shop, the market, and Kapp‘s boat tours on my new ACNH island! The first stall I opened at the market is Redd’s art dealership. He still sells fakes so be careful what you buy! Next I opened Leif’s nursery, so now I’m growing wheat and tomatoes. Hope I can get potatoes soon! Mmmmm potatoes.

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Saturday

December 4th, 2021 — 9:49pm

Mostly I knitted Christmas presents today, and worked on my embroidery kit a little bit too. Watched the first half of the second part of Get Back. So astonishing to be able to watch them actually creating the songs we love. Just remarkable.

You can’t go wrong with The Philadelphia Brass playing Christmas carols! I tried out all the brass ensemble Christmas carol recordings I could find and liked Philadelphia best of all. Lots more on YouTube and probably apple music and everywhere else!

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New pen15!

December 3rd, 2021 — 10:17pm

Pen15 is a show on Hulu that I love. Been waiting for more episodes for ages and they’re finally here! I watched four and a half of the seven new episodes tonight. Oops.

And here’s your daily Christmas carol:

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tell your mama

December 2nd, 2021 — 10:21pm

Knitted a lot, worked on my little embroidery kit, hung out with Em over FaceTime.

Every morning Dave and I look at each other and marvel that we’re both still alive. We treasure every single day together and consider it a miracle that we found each other. Here’s reason 768 that I love him — he’s not clingy! If he wants to go out to lunch but I don’t, he goes to lunch and it’s not a Big Deal. If he wants to watch something that I’m not into, he puts on his headphones and watches it without any hurt feelings at all (and vice versa). I like to hang out in the bedroom where there’s lots of daylight; he likes to hang out in the dark living room. We spend many days doing our own thing in different rooms, but we still consider it as “spending the day together”. He doesn’t need to be joined at the hip or constantly interacting in order to feel close to me. Lovely Dave *heart eyes*

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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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