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Have been a busy elf here. Lots of having coffee with the oldsters around here. Good people, even if I often have a different opinion which has caused me to bite my tongue quite often. But for the most part, it's all good times.

I went out this week and got the ingredients for Robert's cake. He'll be 27 on Tuesday. I'm making this recipe but with a different frosting that I'll also be making from scratch.

Thursday was Divine Goddess Within group at church. Always a good time.

Friday was a trip to Walmart with [livejournal.com profile] jarlina & her hubby to get stuff. My toaster went kaput week before last, so I replaced that. Finally got the pillows to stuff into the pillow shams that go on my daybed. Then went to their place to catch up on Doctor Who.

Got to talk with Toledo Jim briefly this week. He's in the midst of a move to new digs. Still, it was good to talk with him even for a short time.

Also got to talk with both my kids this week. Robert calls me just about every day. But Tami also called me and we had about a 3 hour conversation. Good times.
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Today was a good day. And I want to make note of it before I start on laundry and such this evening.

Went to the the doctor, and he saw me long enough to say he's pleased with how I'm doing, come back in a month and he'll repeat the blood tests. Okay, whatever. That's his usual tact and I should be used to that by now. Anyhow, then in the midst of the chit chat he usually does, he asked me if I was going to vote.

"Of course!" I told him, "It's important."

He agrees and then starts lambasting Obama and saying what a liar he is and how his medicare cuts have hurt so much. Well, not denying that. But, really? Does politics really have a place in the doctor's exam room? Between that and him telling me how being gay is a sin according to the Torah (I'm not, so it wasn't a lecture on my lifestyle, but it came up when I told him I was in the Pride Parade earlier this year), I'm a little disenchanted right now.

Anyhow, I got my flu shot and got out of there.

Came home to a package and I was gleeful. I had been wanting a pair of Shox wheelchair tires for Sadie a while now, as in the neighborhood I live, broken glass on the sidewalk is an every day hazard. Surprise, last week I found a pair on eBay that are the right size for $26.00 - dude had ordered them for his chair, found out they wouldn't work on his wheels (there are two brands they don't fit, and he had one of them) and so he put them up on eBay and I was the only bidder, so I got them for the starting bid. Huzzah! And they arrived today, so I'll probably get out to the bike store on Friday and have them put on. But that was a joyous event.

And, I got a call from my Jim today. And it just raised me to a new level of happy.

Then spoke with my Roberton the phone this evening, and I always enjoy talking to my son. I had missed his morning call because I was on my way to Dr. H's. So we had a good conversation.

And after that I took myself out to get a PowerBall ticket before it got dark. Enjoyed the the exercise of wheeling myself down to the VP and back and the beautiful weather.

How does it get any better than this?
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Sometimes it's tempting to just hide out here in my apartment, and I often do, but then at the end of the day I realize that I'm a person who needs people. It's one of the reasons that I adore going to church and church function. No way I'll leave there without human interaction and hugs as a nice side benefit to whatever the occasion is.

Oh my God, hugs! Touch is so vital, and you learn so much about a person through their touch. That's just one of the beautiful things about Jim, the guy I met at GenCon. Good handshakes, better hugs, and handholding feels wonderful.

But, I digress...

I didn't get my weekly dose of Unity hugs today. I went to [livejournal.com profile] jarlina's 15th wedding anniversary open house and stayed for Doctor Who. And for some reason such a gathering of miscellanious people who may or may not know each other all having 5 or 6 simultaneous conversations is far more overstimulating than GenCon with it's thousands of people there. I was glad for the opportunity to decompress over Doctor Who with [livejournal.com profile] jarlina and her family after everyone left. I kind of figured I wouldn't be up to church this morning, so I didn't arrange a ride. I was right: I ended up not being able to get up until about 11:30 AM.

They have a new Services Coordinator here. She's, so far, setting up things like an exercise hour (On Thurs. mornings, I'll be going to that regardless) and a coffee clatch thing of some sort. I think that's on Monday morning.

I think I'll make myself get out and go to that. It'll give me a reason to get out and be around people for an hour. And, I seem to be liked here. One neighbor the other day shared with me that I make her smile. So, I guess I should get out of the apartment for an hour and help my neighbors smile, and get another dose of being around people myself.
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Sometimes it's tempting to just hide out here in my apartment, and I often do, but then at the end of the day I realize that I'm a person who needs people. It's one of the reasons that I adore going to church and church function. No way I'll leave there without human interaction and hugs as a nice side benefit to whatever the occasion is.

Oh my God, hugs! Touch is so vital, and you learn so much about a person through their touch. That's just one of the beautiful things about Jim, the guy I met at GenCon. Good handshakes, better hugs, and handholding feels wonderful.

But, I digress...

I didn't get my weekly dose of Unity hugs today. I went to [profile] jarlina's 15th wedding anniversary open house and stayed for Doctor Who. And for some reason such a gathering of miscellanious people who may or may not know each other all having 5 or 6 simultaneous conversations is far more overstimulating than GenCon with it's thousands of people there. I was glad for the opportunity to decompress over Doctor Who with [profile] jarlina and her family after everyone left. I kind of figured I wouldn't be up to church this morning, so I didn't arrange a ride. I was right: I ended up not being able to get up until about 11:30 AM.

They have a new Services Coordinator here. She's, so far, setting up things like an exercise hour (On Thurs. mornings, I'll be going to that regardless) and a coffee clatch thing of some sort. I think that's on Monday morning.

I think I'll make myself get out and go to that. It'll give me a reason to get out and be around people for an hour. And, I seem to be liked here. One neighbor the other day shared with me that I make her smile. So, I guess I should get out of the apartment for an hour and help my neighbors smile, and get another dose of being around people myself.
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A week ago, when I headed to GenCon, I had no idea what surprises were in store for me, though I knew it would be different. First year going to GenCon alone. Well, I'm not counting 2008, where my GenCon was abruptly ended when I ended up breaking my leg in spectacular fashion the first day. So this is the first full GenCon that I did solo. It's also the first one I did totally in my manual chair.

Thursday, the adventure begins!
My first seminar was on online dating, an event put on by Geek's Dream Girl It was a small group, but I learned there that there was a need for more women for the 30 and older speed dating event, so much so she dropped the price to $12.00. So, I rearranged my schedule to go to the speed dating on Friday.

I had a wonderful time my first day, which was filled with seminars, one of which I ended up skipping to spend time going through the hall with my young friend, Tristan, who was there with her boyfriend. I ended up at several book signings and got 5 free books in the process as well as a nifty poster and a drawing made by one of WotC's artists per my request.

I ended up cutting the first day short on account of the weather, as we got a much needed storm and my next two events were in other buildings not connected to the convention center. I probably should have gone and had more adventures, but such is life. At least I had plenty of energy for Friday, which was my day to wander the main exhibit hall at my pace, as well as the speed dating event.

Friday, the day of Speed Dating
This was my second time for Speed Dating. First time I did it was 2 years ago. This time it was broken into two events, one for 18 to 35 and another for 30 and up. The guys about doubled the amount of females. I was not nervous at all this time around, being as I knew what to expect. Women stay seated, men work their way around. Each person has a number, you get 5 minutes with each person, and then decide "yes" or "no", turn in the sheet and wait for the email later on who you were matched with. Only mutual Yes counts as a match.

Saturday, where I seize the day!
The next morning, Saturday, I got up to an email from the event organizer with one name on it, #10, Jim. I wasted no time shooting him an email and letting him know my schedule for the day. Now, James was a popular name among the daters; there were 2 Jims and 2 James. The only one of the four that stood out in my memory was Jim the nurse from Toledo, so I was hoping it was him as I really liked him. So I shot #10 Jim an an email with my schedule for the day, and my cell phone in the hopes we could meet up. Never got a phone call from him.

At 5:00 PM, as I I waited for my next event, the D&D Next Playtest, I felt a hand on my shoulder and I turn around, and there is Jim the nurse from Toledo! He wanted to know why I wasn't answering my text messages. Well, because I hadn't subscribed to text messaging on my Assurance Wireless phone. Turns out he and his friend ditched their next event so that they could join me.

That ended up with us heading out afterward with the three of us to find some dinner. We ended up at Panera. I had the chicken salad with the poppy seed dressing and the strawberries. I love salads that include chicken and strawberries. Jim's friend, Justin, went out to get a smoke once we ate, and Jim and I were talking, and evidently Justin got a migraine and headed back to the hotel. Jim and I ended up walking/wheeling around downtown and talking. We were really hitting it off. It was after midnight when he put me in a cab to go home and he went back to his and Justin's hotel room and we planned to meet up the next day, Sunday morning, at 9:30 AM.

Sunday, the day of small miracles and angels.
So, while I planned to get up at 5:00, my phone was still on vibrate and I didn't hear the alarm. I woke up at 7:00, threw on clothes, and headed out to Madison Ave. to catch the #31 to downtown. So I got to the stop just before 7:30, and some angel had left a bus schedule kind of jammed into the edges of the glass on the bus shelter. That's when I saw that since it was Sunday, the #31 didn't even start running until 9:30 am.

I took a deep breath, looked up, and there was a Yellow Cab right in the parking lot adjacent. Someone is looking out for me! So I headed to the cab, found out he was not available, but I called the number on the side of the cab and another cab was there within minutes.

It's a minivan cab like the previous one. I assure the driver that I can transfer independently. He said, "No need, I'm able to strap you and the wheelchair in, it will take about two minutes." Sure enough, he opened the back, lowered a ramp, and folded up the back seat to reveal the wheelchair restraint system. I didn't time him, but this guy moved with such speed that it was surely two minutes or less to have me and my chair (Sexy Sadie) buckled in, and I was at the convention center in plenty of time. Thank God for small miracles!

The game we met up for was very fun. And then Jim and Justin had True Dungeon so since I only had one more die to complete my set, Jim gave me a couple generic tickets so that I could play the last game needed to get the collectible die while they did True Dungeon, and then we met up afterward and spent the rest of the convention together in the main hall as he went to get last minute souveniers for folks.

Discovered that the bus stop where the #31 stops closest to the convention center was closed do to construction, so I headed back to the convention center and figured one more cab ride wouldn't hurt me. I told the guy I was paying with a debit card. No problem he said. We got to my apartment and he discovered that he had forgotten to bring his credit card scanner with him, so he didn't charge me for the ride. "Do good for someone, it comes back to you, so don't worry about it."

And the days after...
Jim said he'd call me the next day, and indeed he did. We had a nice phone conversation on Monday night, and an online chat on Tuesday. We have agreed to at the very least be friends, and see where it goes from there. I don't know where this is going, but I'm enjoying the ride, and ever so grateful for all the adventures and opportunities I have had and will continue to have.
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A week ago, when I headed to GenCon, I had no idea what surprises were in store for me, though I knew it would be different. First year going to GenCon alone. Well, I'm not counting 2008, where my GenCon was abruptly ended when I ended up breaking my leg in spectacular fashion the first day. So this is the first full GenCon that I did solo. It's also the first one I did totally in my manual chair.

Thursday, the adventure begins!
My first seminar was on online dating, an event put on by Geek's Dream Girl It was a small group, but I learned there that there was a need for more women for the 30 and older speed dating event, so much so she dropped the price to $12.00. So, I rearranged my schedule to go to the speed dating on Friday.

I had a wonderful time my first day, which was filled with seminars, one of which I ended up skipping to spend time going through the hall with my young friend, Tristan, who was there with her boyfriend. I ended up at several book signings and got 5 free books in the process as well as a nifty poster and a drawing made by one of WotC's artists per my request.

I ended up cutting the first day short on account of the weather, as we got a much needed storm and my next two events were in other buildings not connected to the convention center. I probably should have gone and had more adventures, but such is life. At least I had plenty of energy for Friday, which was my day to wander the main exhibit hall at my pace, as well as the speed dating event.

Friday, the day of Speed Dating
This was my second time for Speed Dating. First time I did it was 2 years ago. This time it was broken into two events, one for 18 to 35 and another for 30 and up. The guys about doubled the amount of females. I was not nervous at all this time around, being as I knew what to expect. Women stay seated, men work their way around. Each person has a number, you get 5 minutes with each person, and then decide "yes" or "no", turn in the sheet and wait for the email later on who you were matched with. Only mutual Yes counts as a match.

Saturday, where I seize the day!
The next morning, Saturday, I got up to an email from the event organizer with one name on it, #10, Jim. I wasted no time shooting him an email and letting him know my schedule for the day. Now, James was a popular name among the daters; there were 2 Jims and 2 James. The only one of the four that stood out in my memory was Jim the nurse from Toledo, so I was hoping it was him as I really liked him. So I shot #10 Jim an an email with my schedule for the day, and my cell phone in the hopes we could meet up. Never got a phone call from him.

At 5:00 PM, as I I waited for my next event, the D&D Next Playtest, I felt a hand on my shoulder and I turn around, and there is Jim the nurse from Toledo! He wanted to know why I wasn't answering my text messages. Well, because I hadn't subscribed to text messaging on my Assurance Wireless phone. Turns out he and his friend ditched their next event so that they could join me.

That ended up with us heading out afterward with the three of us to find some dinner. We ended up at Panera. I had the chicken salad with the poppy seed dressing and the strawberries. I love salads that include chicken and strawberries. Jim's friend, Justin, went out to get a smoke once we ate, and Jim and I were talking, and evidently Justin got a migraine and headed back to the hotel. Jim and I ended up walking/wheeling around downtown and talking. We were really hitting it off. It was after midnight when he put me in a cab to go home and he went back to his and Justin's hotel room and we planned to meet up the next day, Sunday morning, at 9:30 AM.

Sunday, the day of small miracles and angels.
So, while I planned to get up at 5:00, my phone was still on vibrate and I didn't hear the alarm. I woke up at 7:00, threw on clothes, and headed out to Madison Ave. to catch the #31 to downtown. So I got to the stop just before 7:30, and some angel had left a bus schedule kind of jammed into the edges of the glass on the bus shelter. That's when I saw that since it was Sunday, the #31 didn't even start running until 9:30 am.

I took a deep breath, looked up, and there was a Yellow Cab right in the parking lot adjacent. Someone is looking out for me! So I headed to the cab, found out he was not available, but I called the number on the side of the cab and another cab was there within minutes.

It's a minivan cab like the previous one. I assure the driver that I can transfer independently. He said, "No need, I'm able to strap you and the wheelchair in, it will take about two minutes." Sure enough, he opened the back, lowered a ramp, and folded up the back seat to reveal the wheelchair restraint system. I didn't time him, but this guy moved with such speed that it was surely two minutes or less to have me and my chair (Sexy Sadie) buckled in, and I was at the convention center in plenty of time. Thank God for small miracles!

The game we met up for was very fun. And then Jim and Justin had True Dungeon so since I only had one more die to complete my set, Jim gave me a couple generic tickets so that I could play the last game needed to get the collectible die while they did True Dungeon, and then we met up afterward and spent the rest of the convention together in the main hall as he went to get last minute souveniers for folks.

Discovered that the bus stop where the #31 stops closest to the convention center was closed do to construction, so I headed back to the convention center and figured one more cab ride wouldn't hurt me. I told the guy I was paying with a debit card. No problem he said. We got to my apartment and he discovered that he had forgotten to bring his credit card scanner with him, so he didn't charge me for the ride. "Do good for someone, it comes back to you, so don't worry about it."

And the days after...
Jim said he'd call me the next day, and indeed he did. We had a nice phone conversation on Monday night, and an online chat on Tuesday. We have agreed to at the very least be friends, and see where it goes from there. I don't know where this is going, but I'm enjoying the ride, and ever so grateful for all the adventures and opportunities I have had and will continue to have.
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So, here I am; awake at 1:30 PM. Honestly, I was sleepy enough for bed by 9:00. But, periodically I still get hit by the alonelies. No, not the lonelies. I am not lonely in the least. I'm not sad or even feeling sorry for myself. But, some days; more appropriately, some nights; the aloneness, and not having a significant other to snuggle up to, kind of creates this bed-avoidant behavior that then becomes insomnia.

That, my friends, is the alonelies. And most of the time I don't even realize it's happening until the insomnia part hits.

I've hit the point of insomnia now. Sophie has snuggled on my lap, and she's good company during these times. And my arm, evidently, makes a fine pillow.

But, I got my laundry caught up tonight, and got hooked on a program on Hulu Plus called BunHeads, only to find that episodes 3 through 5 were no longer available. But, I didn't miss that much in continuity, so it's all good.

Hey, I already caught up on all seasons of Doc Martin, and all the cooking shows I watch. Not all tonight, though.

So, now I guess it's time to go and see if there's any life on the online dating sites after I get done posting here.

Other than that, I am doing well. I got a new pair of braces yesterday. When I did the Muscle Walk I saw that my orthotist also makes the braces in colors with designs on them. And, it was time... it's been 5 years. And so I had him make them in pink, with a butterfly on the back of each one. This makes me happy. It's the little things like this that just make my day.

I'll be going to GenCon in a few weeks. Well, I'll be staying here in the apartment, but during the day I'll be at GenCon. It will work out fine, I'm sure.

Okay, that's all I've got. More later. Hopefully after some sleep.
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So, here I am; awake at 1:30 PM. Honestly, I was sleepy enough for bed by 9:00. But, periodically I still get hit by the alonelies. No, not the lonelies. I am not lonely in the least. I'm not sad or even feeling sorry for myself. But, some days; more appropriately, some nights; the aloneness, and not having a significant other to snuggle up to, kind of creates this bed-avoidant behavior that then becomes insomnia.

That, my friends, is the alonelies. And most of the time I don't even realize it's happening until the insomnia part hits.

I've hit the point of insomnia now. Sophie has snuggled on my lap, and she's good company during these times. And my arm, evidently, makes a fine pillow.

But, I got my laundry caught up tonight, and got hooked on a program on Hulu Plus called BunHeads, only to find that episodes 3 through 5 were no longer available. But, I didn't miss that much in continuity, so it's all good.

Hey, I already caught up on all seasons of Doc Martin, and all the cooking shows I watch. Not all tonight, though.

So, now I guess it's time to go and see if there's any life on the online dating sites after I get done posting here.

Other than that, I am doing well. I got a new pair of braces yesterday. When I did the Muscle Walk I saw that my orthotist also makes the braces in colors with designs on them. And, it was time... it's been 5 years. And so I had him make them in pink, with a butterfly on the back of each one. This makes me happy. It's the little things like this that just make my day.

I'll be going to GenCon in a few weeks. Well, I'll be staying here in the apartment, but during the day I'll be at GenCon. It will work out fine, I'm sure.

Okay, that's all I've got. More later. Hopefully after some sleep.
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My friends [livejournal.com profile] fossilapostle of The Escapist and his beloved [livejournal.com profile] amazonblonde have lost their home in a house fire last night. They and their daughters are unharmed physically. They have a missing cat, though. And it would appear that it's a total loss. Even his beloved Strat is burned.

Recently Bill's been working on a children's book, Polly. I do not know if any of his work on that survived or not, and haven't had the heart to ask.

My prayers go out to them. I pray something good comes from this tragedy.
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So the all important meeting that we had to go to was about a couple of people had been burgled because (a) someone let the stranger in the building and (b) the victims didn't have their apartment doors locked. So they had a police officer out to tell us these things, as well as to call 911 if we see anything suspicious.

We were also told not to confront the criminals, we are to call the police. And that if there are trespassers (people will walk their dogs through here, kids will come and hang out here by the picnic benches) tell them once to go away and if they don't call the police. If they come back a second time, call the police.

Sense a theme?

Anyway, I guess the majority of the people there needed to hear that. Good to know, though, that security is taken seriously here.
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So the all important meeting that we had to go to was about a couple of people had been burgled because (a) someone let the stranger in the building and (b) the victims didn't have their apartment doors locked. So they had a police officer out to tell us these things, as well as to call 911 if we see anything suspicious.

We were also told not to confront the criminals, we are to call the police. And that if there are trespassers (people will walk their dogs through here, kids will come and hang out here by the picnic benches) tell them once to go away and if they don't call the police. If they come back a second time, call the police.

Sense a theme?

Anyway, I guess the majority of the people there needed to hear that. Good to know, though, that security is taken seriously here.
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I've lost more weight. I'm down to 148.2 this morning. I put on my Happy Pants, which are soft cargo pants with draw strings at the bottom, and they actually fit, pardon the pun, happily. If I can keep eating healthy greens and stuff, I see myself getting down to a healthy weight again.

My hair is also continuing to grow out. I can do that now that I actually have air conditioning and can be comfortable in the summer. That's the only reason I cut it before, and then because it got so scraggly the last time I got to this point that I caved. Now, I have a headband in to keep the bangs off my face.

I've got that community meeting in a bit. Then I need to turn to on decluttering and finding places for stuff and things. Oh, it's nowhere near as bad as it was before, but the clutter shows up sooner because there's not that much space. I need more places to put things. Shelves, those plastic drawer things, anything.

I also need some standard sized pillows to stuff in the pillow shams that go with my daybed cover.

And I need figure out a way to keep Sophie from spreading litter far and wide with her wild digging in the litter box. I wonder if she would use one of those top entry litter boxes? Mind, I'm glad she's thorough, but even with a litter mat and having a lid on the box, I'm having to vacuum around the box daily.

I am enjoying taking baths again. Need to get more bath towels, though.

If Monica and Robert can't find the remote to the little TV, I'll need to find one on eBay because it seems that you can't program the channels into it without the remote according to customer service. That's about the silliest design I can think of, but I know it happens often.

I'm okay without TV for the most part, but sometimes the relative silence in the evening is very tiring. I still want to get flat panel TV, at least 32", for the front room eventually.

That list just keeps on growing. Is this normal when you move to find growing list of things you need to get?

Anyhow, I'd better get my groove on and get ready to go down to the community room for that meeting. Catch you on the flip side!
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I've lost more weight. I'm down to 148.2 this morning. I put on my Happy Pants, which are soft cargo pants with draw strings at the bottom, and they actually fit, pardon the pun, happily. If I can keep eating healthy greens and stuff, I see myself getting down to a healthy weight again.

My hair is also continuing to grow out. I can do that now that I actually have air conditioning and can be comfortable in the summer. That's the only reason I cut it before, and then because it got so scraggly the last time I got to this point that I caved. Now, I have a headband in to keep the bangs off my face.

I've got that community meeting in a bit. Then I need to turn to on decluttering and finding places for stuff and things. Oh, it's nowhere near as bad as it was before, but the clutter shows up sooner because there's not that much space. I need more places to put things. Shelves, those plastic drawer things, anything.

I also need some standard sized pillows to stuff in the pillow shams that go with my daybed cover.

And I need figure out a way to keep Sophie from spreading litter far and wide with her wild digging in the litter box. I wonder if she would use one of those top entry litter boxes? Mind, I'm glad she's thorough, but even with a litter mat and having a lid on the box, I'm having to vacuum around the box daily.

I am enjoying taking baths again. Need to get more bath towels, though.

If Monica and Robert can't find the remote to the little TV, I'll need to find one on eBay because it seems that you can't program the channels into it without the remote according to customer service. That's about the silliest design I can think of, but I know it happens often.

I'm okay without TV for the most part, but sometimes the relative silence in the evening is very tiring. I still want to get flat panel TV, at least 32", for the front room eventually.

That list just keeps on growing. Is this normal when you move to find growing list of things you need to get?

Anyhow, I'd better get my groove on and get ready to go down to the community room for that meeting. Catch you on the flip side!
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Saw that Miss Sophie was about out of cat food, so I decided an excursion was in order. I took the #16 bus line all the way to the end where there's a Walmart. It's a newer Wally than I usually go to, so the aisles are wider and the demographic is more suburbia and less People of Walmart. I've been there before, but never on my own.

The most noteable thing about this excursion were the people. I have to say, as much as I've heard about rudeness toward the disabled, I find that I've been blessed with just the opposite. There are some very nice, helpful people out there of all types.

The driver on the way out was not one for niceties. I was very pleasant and yet my cheeriness was greated with grunts and monosyllabic responses. This amused me and the lady across from me. Kind of picked an odd job for a non-social person.


Where I had to get off, there was no sidewalk, so another passenger volunteered to assist me off onto the road. He would have walked me across the street if I'd let him, but I assured him I was fine.

I had a blast going through the store in my wheelchair with a basket on my lap, looking around and getting what I needed. It felt good to be doing this on my own.

And yet, that's not entirely practical for all the time. Because, there's the lack of sidewalk on the side of the street where the bus stops, and since it's the end of the line, it's the same stop to leave. And negotiating that with no assistance was no fun. But I was in too good of a mood to let it ruin my day.

The return trip bus driver was much friendlier. And, again another passenger assisted me getting on the bus since my chair was sitting on unpaved ground.

I came home to a note from the apartment mananger about a community meeting tomorrow at 11:00 regarding safety issues. I'm not sure what that's about, but I'll be there. I was pretty tired, so after email and Facebook it was nap time.

Forgot to eat today until around 6:30 tonight. Fixed myself some grub then and had a bagel as a snack about an hour ago. I'm still pretty tired. But it seems early to go to bed. Well, I have my rescheduled appointment with the sleep specialist for July 18th. They called me this week saying, "You missed your appointment and the doctor still wants to see you." Maybe he'll have some enlightenment to all this sleepiness.

Well, I think I will go do this evening's dishes and then I'll be off to bed. Later, my friends.
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Friday was an unusual day for me in that I had not one, but two incidents with people whose purpose it was to serve me in some way.

The first was when I went to pick up my glasses. I got there, paid my balance, signed the paperwork I was given, and was presented with my glasses. The lady then sat down like she was done with me and I could be on my way. She did not check for adjustment, nor did she hand me anything to read to make sure could see through the lenses properly.

This is not my first pair of glasses, so I know these things are normally done.

So I told her I would need the earpieces cut down. She started to tell me that it couldn't be done.

"Oh, but the lady the other day told me that it could. That's why I got this pair."

"Who told you?" Her tone was a bit indignant.

"The lady who was working here on Tuesday when I had my eye exam."

She turned to the other lady at the counter, "She says that she was told these could be cut shorter."

I reiterate, "I was told that as long as the bit on the back of the earpiece comes off, it could be cut down."

She wrestled with it for a minute, and got the first one off, then showed the first woman the tool to use, told her how to use it, and sent her on her way. I figure she must be new at the job.

Once she was done with that, I sent her back to bend the back again.

Relieved to be out of there, I headed for the bus. Seems I just missed one. After a 20 minute wait, the other bus showed up. She sees me in my chair and lowers the ramp. Only, the way it came down, the bottom didn't come down flush, it was sticking up, so I couldn't get on there.

So I told her that they often do better pulling it up a bit. To do this she has to get the ramp back up. But, it won't go all the way for some reason, and she asks this old man who was waiting with me to push the ramp back.

Um, that's not his job!

So she finally pulled it up, still couldn't get it flush, and was blaming it on the equipment. Ultimately another passenger got me over the lip and up the ramp. She fastened me in, started to move, and didn't get to the light before one of the restraints came off. She was none too happy as she came back to refasten me.

A few stops later, a couple of friends of mine, Frank and Lisa, got on the bus. Lisa is using a wheelchair as well, and the look on the driver's face was not a happy one. However, she did get the ramp down well for Lisa. The lady hooked Lisa up across from me. Lisa reported to her husband, Frank, that the restraints felt loose. Frank tried to tell the driver, but no response.

I took down the bus number and the driver number. I called IndyGo as soon as I got home. First time I've ever called to complain about a driver. I suggested that she could use retraining on the accessibility equipment after telling my tale. I gave them my name, number, and email address and told them that yes, I would like to have them contact me to follow up.

No schadenfreude here. I take no pleasure in getting her in trouble, but I couldn't in good conscience not report it either. I hope they do take my suggestion of retraining her. I hope I did the right thing.
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Friday was an unusual day for me in that I had not one, but two incidents with people whose purpose it was to serve me in some way.

The first was when I went to pick up my glasses. I got there, paid my balance, signed the paperwork I was given, and was presented with my glasses. The lady then sat down like she was done with me and I could be on my way. She did not check for adjustment, nor did she hand me anything to read to make sure could see through the lenses properly.

This is not my first pair of glasses, so I know these things are normally done.

So I told her I would need the earpieces cut down. She started to tell me that it couldn't be done.

"Oh, but the lady the other day told me that it could. That's why I got this pair."

"Who told you?" Her tone was a bit indignant.

"The lady who was working here on Tuesday when I had my eye exam."

She turned to the other lady at the counter, "She says that she was told these could be cut shorter."

I reiterate, "I was told that as long as the bit on the back of the earpiece comes off, it could be cut down."

She wrestled with it for a minute, and got the first one off, then showed the first woman the tool to use, told her how to use it, and sent her on her way. I figure she must be new at the job.

Once she was done with that, I sent her back to bend the back again.

Relieved to be out of there, I headed for the bus. Seems I just missed one. After a 20 minute wait, the other bus showed up. She sees me in my chair and lowers the ramp. Only, the way it came down, the bottom didn't come down flush, it was sticking up, so I couldn't get on there.

So I told her that they often do better pulling it up a bit. To do this she has to get the ramp back up. But, it won't go all the way for some reason, and she asks this old man who was waiting with me to push the ramp back.

Um, that's not his job!

So she finally pulled it up, still couldn't get it flush, and was blaming it on the equipment. Ultimately another passenger got me over the lip and up the ramp. She fastened me in, started to move, and didn't get to the light before one of the restraints came off. She was none too happy as she came back to refasten me.

A few stops later, a couple of friends of mine, Frank and Lisa, got on the bus. Lisa is using a wheelchair as well, and the look on the driver's face was not a happy one. However, she did get the ramp down well for Lisa. The lady hooked Lisa up across from me. Lisa reported to her husband, Frank, that the restraints felt loose. Frank tried to tell the driver, but no response.

I took down the bus number and the driver number. I called IndyGo as soon as I got home. First time I've ever called to complain about a driver. I suggested that she could use retraining on the accessibility equipment after telling my tale. I gave them my name, number, and email address and told them that yes, I would like to have them contact me to follow up.

No schadenfreude here. I take no pleasure in getting her in trouble, but I couldn't in good conscience not report it either. I hope they do take my suggestion of retraining her. I hope I did the right thing.
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Living with a bus so nearby, I'm finding I get out more than I used to, when I'm able to.

Monday I was inside waiting on my mattress to arrive. It's very thick and like sleeping on a marshmallow.

Up the street a few blocks is a farmer's market on Tuesday evenings between 4:00 and 7:00. So I went to investigate that on Tuesday. Was small, but nice. IU Health is doing a matching thing on SNAP/EBT benefits which are spent at the produce stands there, up to $15. So I went to the market tent and spent $15 and got $30 of vouchers back in return. Sweet!

I've been eating veggies since then. My friend and life coach, Dawn, brought me over some chard besides, and suggested I try it, pan wilted, with eggs for breakfast. That is a nice savory breakfast, my friends. This morning I added a small Vidalia onion to the saute as well; made it even better.

Tuesday morning I went to Dr. Tavel's and had an eye exam. Picked out frames from the Medicaid selection so I wouldn't have to pay for them. I picked them up Friday. I'm not quite sure the script is right as I'm still having problems focusing my vision at the computer, so I might call them back on Monday. The frames themselves are alright. I'd prefer something more youthful, but at least the frames have a purple tint to them. Honestly, it was the only real bifocal friendly fram they had in the Medicaid tray, in bright gold *shudder*, and I wasn't convinced until I found out it also comes in purple. I suppose I'll get used to my "new face" in time. :)

Wednesday, Dawn and I went to water the plants at church. That's when she brought me the chard. but it was a fruitless effort as the key to turn on the water outside was not available. Poor plants! But at least I got to get out for a bit again and spend time with Dawn.

People around here are friendly. Sometimes nosey, especially the crew that sits outside all the time. But the flip side of that is that they care. As such I am making an effort, for the first time in my life, to be a part of the community I'm in rather than relegating myself to being an outsider. No, I don't really fit in, but that really makes it more essential that I not sequester myself exclusively in my apartment and that I do join in some of the activities and such.

Anyway, that's all I've really got right now. More later, perhaps.
elfwench: (Default)
Living with a bus so nearby, I'm finding I get out more than I used to, when I'm able to.

Monday I was inside waiting on my mattress to arrive. It's very thick and like sleeping on a marshmallow.

Up the street a few blocks is a farmer's market on Tuesday evenings between 4:00 and 7:00. So I went to investigate that on Tuesday. Was small, but nice. IU Health is doing a matching thing on SNAP/EBT benefits which are spent at the produce stands there, up to $15. So I went to the market tent and spent $15 and got $30 of vouchers back in return. Sweet!

I've been eating veggies since then. My friend and life coach, Dawn, brought me over some chard besides, and suggested I try it, pan wilted, with eggs for breakfast. That is a nice savory breakfast, my friends. This morning I added a small Vidalia onion to the saute as well; made it even better.

Tuesday morning I went to Dr. Tavel's and had an eye exam. Picked out frames from the Medicaid selection so I wouldn't have to pay for them. I picked them up Friday. I'm not quite sure the script is right as I'm still having problems focusing my vision at the computer, so I might call them back on Monday. The frames themselves are alright. I'd prefer something more youthful, but at least the frames have a purple tint to them. Honestly, it was the only real bifocal friendly fram they had in the Medicaid tray, in bright gold *shudder*, and I wasn't convinced until I found out it also comes in purple. I suppose I'll get used to my "new face" in time. :)

Wednesday, Dawn and I went to water the plants at church. That's when she brought me the chard. but it was a fruitless effort as the key to turn on the water outside was not available. Poor plants! But at least I got to get out for a bit again and spend time with Dawn.

People around here are friendly. Sometimes nosey, especially the crew that sits outside all the time. But the flip side of that is that they care. As such I am making an effort, for the first time in my life, to be a part of the community I'm in rather than relegating myself to being an outsider. No, I don't really fit in, but that really makes it more essential that I not sequester myself exclusively in my apartment and that I do join in some of the activities and such.

Anyway, that's all I've really got right now. More later, perhaps.
elfwench: (Default)
So far so good in the new apartment. It's good for what it is, and I want better eventually. I'm grateful for it, though. It's a vast improvement over the trailer.

Today I am waiting on the delivery of my mattress. I ordered this memory foam mattress off of Amazon. Very exciting! Would be more excited if I weren't so tired. I'll be more excited once it's here and on my bed, I'm sure.

Living here is an object lesson in not caring what people think and just being my self. This is a 50 unit building, and people here are nosy as all get out. They notice when I don't get out, and when I do, scrutinizing my every move and those who come and go with me, and commenting accordingly. The first week I got, "You don't get out much, do you?" Well, now that I'm getting out, I'm getting watched.

I suppose that, as compared to some of the others here, I am fairly exotic. I don't fit in here at all actually, nor do I have any intention of becoming more like my neighbors as I rather like who I am and have no desire to become more common. August should be particularly intersesting as I am going to GenCon again.

I suppose I'll have to get used to their gawking and talking. And as long as it stays that, they can be entertained by my life as long as they want.
elfwench: (Default)
So far so good in the new apartment. It's good for what it is, and I want better eventually. I'm grateful for it, though. It's a vast improvement over the trailer.

Today I am waiting on the delivery of my mattress. I ordered this memory foam mattress off of Amazon. Very exciting! Would be more excited if I weren't so tired. I'll be more excited once it's here and on my bed, I'm sure.

Living here is an object lesson in not caring what people think and just being my self. This is a 50 unit building, and people here are nosy as all get out. They notice when I don't get out, and when I do, scrutinizing my every move and those who come and go with me, and commenting accordingly. The first week I got, "You don't get out much, do you?" Well, now that I'm getting out, I'm getting watched.

I suppose that, as compared to some of the others here, I am fairly exotic. I don't fit in here at all actually, nor do I have any intention of becoming more like my neighbors as I rather like who I am and have no desire to become more common. August should be particularly intersesting as I am going to GenCon again.

I suppose I'll have to get used to their gawking and talking. And as long as it stays that, they can be entertained by my life as long as they want.

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