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4 weeks (and back on shpilkes!)

  • Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm

We close 4 weeks from today. We tentatively have movers scheduled for the Saturday after that. But as of Thursday, there’s “some complications” with my remote working request. So we’re back sitting on shpilkes (pins and needles) and trying to figure out a Plan B. In the meantime, I’m trying not to lose my mind. My body, however, is still in the anxiety-riddled phase of dealing with this, so EVERYTHING is flaring- the IBS, the eczema, the sciatica and of course the insomnia, even with the sleeping meds. It’s a joy to be me right now. Not!

Last week was a mixed bag, culminating in significant suckiness. First, was the Thursday bombshell from my boss- for which I may have an update tomorrow at the earliest. Second was the death of a friend on Friday. The sudden death of someone who was about our age, with no illness or reason, has been oh so hard to process. It’s the senselessness of the loss, the gaping hole they leave in the lives of those around them, that has always been so hard for me to process.

“Do not go gently into that good night

Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.” – Dylan Thomas

Dan, your spirit and kindness, your sense of humor and friendship, will live on as your legacy through those who have known you. This world and our lives are a darker place without you. What is remembered, lives.

5 weeks (minus a day)….and it just got real.

  • Posted on August 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

Yesterday was 5 weeks until we close. I had a long, really long, post typed up, and it disappeared into the ether. Note to self: quick draft does not auto-save.

I was just told that HR is supportive of my request for remote working and it should really just be a paperwork formality from here on in. (It’s subject to review on a regular basis, based on business demand, and I need to be able to come into an official location with reasonable notice for face to face meetings. All of which I had expected.) So yeah. We should now be able to set a move date.

I’m trying to increase my walking. My goal for this week is to do 1 mile a day. And then gradually increase stamina by increasing what I do consecutively. Yesterday I did .5 mile before lunch, another 4/10 in the afternoon, and then 3/10 to top off the day. That’s 1.2 miles across the day. Not bad for me at all. It’s almost insignificant compared to my friends who are doing marathons and the like, but I’m trying not to compare myself to anyone but me. And compared to me last week, I’m doing great!

I’ve done 2/10’s so far this morning; I had intended to do more but the Boss called when I was in the back and I had to race back to the desk to call him back.

I had also rambled on yesterday about trying to figure out the cooking and feeding for once we’re in VT. It’s going to be VERY weird for me to be cooking nearly every day, and not being able to rely on Fresh Direct to delivery every week or two. I also need to figure out what’s going to be kept on hand for the backup plan, in case dinner is a flop. AND I need to figure out what to feed the Husband for lunch every day. So current dinner plan is one night each for: soup (may need to buy the Vitamix for this one), seafood, chicken, stir fry/wok, sandwiches/leftovers, salad  and one night out. Lunches for me are easy- chicken breast with veggies and couscous and salad in a jar should easily cover me for the week. Not sure about the Husband. We’ll have to talk about that. Next thing to do is start gathering recipes in each of these categories so that I’m ready to go. I’ve already started doing this, mostly on Pinterest, with a board for each category/day. It’s not bad, and so far easier than bookmarks in the browser, but I suspect that it may become as unwieldy soon enough.

6 weeks (and still counting)….

  • Posted on August 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm

It’s 6 weeks and counting until Closing Day. There’s still been no progress around work, but I’m hopeful that will change this week now that the boss is back from his vacation (and someone seems to have tracked down the stupid form that I may or may not need to fill out!!). I’ve been thoroughly out-of-sorts for at least the last week, probably closer to two, between the migraines and the neuralgia. I’m still hoping that I’ve finally kicked it, but I’m not holding my breath about that, at least for another few days. I am at work today and feeling reasonably ok, but I’ve learned, or been reminded, that I need to take it day by day or even hour by hour when things get like this. And just because I’m ok now doesn’t mean I won’t have a raging headache later.

The weekend was again spent packing. I went through my pantry, at least part of it, and have thrown some things out and put some onto the giveaway table. And yet there is still so much more to do. More small boxes, shoe-box sized and a bit larger, will arrive later this week. The Husband discovered they are perfect for packing knick-knacks and small, fragile things in bubble wrap.

We got a delivery from Fresh Direct yesterday, which gave me prepared lunches for this week. But I think this is the last week for that, as I need to eat down the freezer. Tonight I’m going to portion out some fruit and veggies into bags and containers for the rest of the week to make things easier- just grab and go. The Husband liked the wrap sandwich we got him for lunch.

7 weeks and counting….

  • Posted on August 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm

We close on the house 7 weeks from yesterday. My living room already looks like a sea of boxes. I’m not sure how we’ll fit the rest of them in there!

I think the neuralgia is finally back under control. Which is good ’cause I was ready to start hitting things. I’ve probably said it before but I totally understand why it’s called “the suicide headache.” I can deal with the migraines, I can deal with the fibro, I can deal with the chronic pain. THIS I cannot deal with. The neuralgia would quickly drive me out of my mind. But since the neuralgia has subsided I seem to have a low-grade migraine since at least yesterday. I love waking up with a headache <sigh>. (And my deepest apologies, Husband, for your wake-up this morning!)

This weekend was pretty much all about packing. Most of our books are packed, and that’s A LOT! We went through my kitchen stuff and decided what’s getting packed and what’s getting re-homed. It’s very strange seeing empty space on my bookcases. Ok, empty bookcases. The bibliophile in me wants to fill them. But I am categorically resisting the urge to buy anything that is nonessential and must be moved.

Today I start bringing home my work stuff so it can be boxed up. My desk is getting emptier and emptier, despite the fact that I still don’t have official approval for the remote working arrangement. I can’t see any reason why it WON’T get approved, but these days you never know.

I’m finally starting to get back into my routine. I did 2 hallway walks today, so 6/10ths of a mile. The first walk was non-stop. I’m pretty sure that I’m on my third big cup of water. No chocolate today (just one piece yesterday). For better or worse, the person who stocks the candy bowl (which sits across the aisle from me) is getting laid off tomorrow, so I’m not sure where the chocolate is going to go, but I know it will NOT be on my desk. So I’m hoping that once it’s out of sight, and no one is dropping by for a piece, my temptation will lessen.


Breakfast: house iced coffee with soy milk

Lunch: tuna sandwich and mini stack of pringles from the cooler

Snack: FD nuts and fruit; FD almonds; fruit cup.

(For recollection, breakfast on Monday was house coffee and a bowl of Special K cinnamon pecan and lunch was a bowl of raisin bran. Note to self: no more raisin bran, the sugar is too high, but Special K with stuff is good! No walking on Monday, though, and one snack piece of chocolate.)

new look, next try

  • Posted on July 7, 2014 at 3:08 pm

So I’m about to try and pick this back up again, for a variety of reasons- all good, some life changing. But with as much going on as there is and will continue to be over the next probably six months, I figured I needed to find some place to offload some of my brain spiraling to try and keep whatever may be left of my sanity.


I may go for a theme change next, but that’s a rabbit hole that I’m not sure I can afford to go down right this moment.


Big changes are coming to our Demented household! The first and biggest is that we’ll likely be moving during the later part of this year. We currently have a closing date in late September for our new home- 10 acres on the side of a mountain. This is going to be a totally life-altering move- not just because we’ll be dead broke afterwards, but also because we’re moving to an area that’s a little more removed from civilization than we’re used to. Instead of being 2 miles from the nearest pharmacy and stores, we’ll be around 17 miles! And as an extra added bonus, we’re moving into snow country, so I now need to be prepared to be snowed in for up to two weeks at a time. It should never be that long, if at all, but that’s what the Husband wants us to be prepared for. There is no food delivery to the new house, so I’m going to have to get back into cooking most nights of the week which I have not done in several years. I’m looking forward to it, but it’s going to be an adjustment, without question.

We’ve always said that it’ll be a grand adventure, and that’s most definitely the case!