Archive for : October, 2018


OK OK, so I’ve sucked at challenges lately. Just to prove to myself I can actually do one, I’m doing NaBloPoMo, (National Blog Posting Month,) on this here blog. I’ll probably finish some of the posts I was going to write for my series on things I’ve done before turning 35, but I won’t do this as a daily thing, so probably won’t get through all of them.
Normally, I just wing it during NABloPoMo, and write about whatever comes up. Problem is when I do that, I end up skipping days when I have nothing to write about, because nothing sounds exciting, or I have headaches. This time, I’m writing a list of ideas to help me with the challenge. Not that I’ll get to all of those either. Anyway, I’m looking forward to Thursday, it should be fun!

13 things I’m looking forward to, and/or worried about, plus maybe a few random things.

If I can’t come up with 13 things I’m looking forward to, or 13 things I’m worried about, why not do both in one list? I might toss in a few random links and things just for fun.

  1. I’m looking forward to home group tomorrow night. Our church has a couple small groups that meet at people’s houses. One of the bus drivers and his wife doesn’t live too far from me, so they come and pick me up every couple weeks. We eat, sing, then there’s a small bible teaching, then we share prayer requests. This will be my 3rd time going.
  2. I’m looking forward to grocery shopping again tomorrow. For some reason, I find grocery shopping fun. I have no idea why this is!
  3. I’m going to enjoy baking the brownies I get from the store while we’re shopping tomorrow. I have a feeling this will happen at some point next week.
  4. I’m going to enjoy voting, of all things. I actually do enjoy our state’s vote by mail system. Even though I’ve never gone to wait in line at a polling place.
  5. The main thing I’m worried about right now is losing my home care services through the state. My case is still pending, but my current program ends on 11/10.
  6. I’m assuming I’ll still be pending if they don’t make a decision before that.
  7. I’m worried about the fact that I’ll need to pay for someone to come and help me with some things if I do loos my services. I can’t afford to pay what the state pays caregivers. I can probably afford to pay $10-12 per hour for 3-4 hours once a week. That way someone can help with cleaning, llaundry, mail, etc.
  8. I sure wish we had Uber or Lyft here! I’d like to be more involved in church activities, and transportation is always an issue. I’d like to go to a Bible study or 2, perhaps at a different church, because besides the home groups, our church doesn’t really do studies. Unfortunately I can’t really do this because of my transportation.
  9. Melissa made this flu fighter chicken noodle soup recipe, for me yesterday. It’s absolutely epic! I’m hoping it will help me get over my last bit of a cold.
  10. Right now, I’m live streaming a WikiBees session, they’re held on the Unity4J channel every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday starting at 8 PM EDT. here’s the live periscope stream.
  11. Tomorrow when we go to the store, we’re getting stuff to make beef stew. I normally go shopping every couple weeks, but in order to not waste food and money, we’re going every week now.
  12. I have an email discussion group for sharing links that you, (mostly I,) right now, come across on the web. If you’d like to join, the link is here I’d love to have more people posting! I do have to approve your subscription first just to make sure you aren’t spam lol.
  13. I’ve been window shopping with Instacart, now that they’re in my area. It’s a pretty cool way to look at groceries and see what I might want to order for delivery when I test it probably sometime next month. I’ll just order a few things first, to make sure everything gets here OK.

Stuff from the weekend.

Saturday was Readathon. I decided not to participate because I really couldn’t decide what I wanted to read, and I was just getting to the point where I was starting to feel better. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to church yesterday. Apparently one of the bus drivers still thinks I live in my old place after 3 years um… Needless to say, I no longer live there.
Unfortunately I had a dentist appointment today for a filling. The filling went fine, but the doctor I had was probably in his late 70s. As in dude, you should be retired already lol. Unfortunately they missed part of the filling while attempting to file it down, and the bottom part is protruding out from my tooth just a bit. Hopefully it will fix itself, if not I’ll probably have to go back in and have it adjusted.

13 random things.

.If I can come up with 13. I haven’t done TT(Thursday 13, for anyone wondering,) for a while now but I have a lot to post about!

  1. I won my section 8 hearing! I didn’t actually think this was going to happen, not a chance! Mostly because ya know, it’s the federal government.
  2. While we were in the hearing, I happened to ask the hearings officer, (not a judge, not even a magistrate!) why they thought my services needed to be terminated. He said it was because of what the inspectors saw in my spare bedroom. My sister did have some Christmas gifts stored there from last year, etc. I asked if that was all it was and he said yes. So basically, if the inspectors have even a little bit of suspicion that a second person is living living with you, you’re done, even though she most definitely was not living with me and we provided a rental agreement!
  3. Being sick is absolutely the pits! I woke up Tuesday morning feeling way worse than I ever felt during the entire week and a half or so I’ve been sick. I’m starting to wonder if I need to take a trip to the doctor.
  4. Melissa and I went out to breakfast this morning. Like actually went in, sat down, and had a full breakfast. I told her scrambled eggs, diced ham, and french toast sounded pretty epic. Since I haven’t really felt like ordering pizza or anything, it was a way to celebrate Monday’s events.
  5. After that we went grocery shopping. I got a whole bunch of extra stuff that I don’t usually get like soups and frozen pizzas.
  6. I had my home care assessment last week. The state has changed their policies concerning some of the things that make me eligible for services, it’s possible that after the policy analysts make their decision, I won’t be eligible for in-home care anymore.
  7. This is mostly because I can pretty much do all the personal care things that would qualify me such as getting up and down from a chair, etc.
  8. If I turn out to not be eligible, I fully intend to have another hearing. Hmm I don’t know if I’ll win that one or not, we’ll just have to see!
  9. I got so behind with my Write 31 Days challenges from being sick that at this point, I’m going to give them up. I might decide to do some next month, but I’d like to not be sick first.
  10. I also skipped co-hosting the Christian radio show last Monday because I wanted to get extra rest for the hearing.
  11. I’ll definitely be there this Monday, though.
  12. Unfortunately, I have a dentist appointment Monday afternoon, to get fillings. Blah I hate, absolutely detest being numbed!
  13. After I’m numb I can’t usually eat for like 6-8 hours afterwards because they have to give me so much anesthetic.

OK I think I pretty much talked about everything.

Short update on my housing issue.

I woke up this morning feeling worse than I did yesterday. I also woke up with a pretty bad headache unfortunately. I’ll do my best to get back to the Write 31 Days posts tomorrow.
I found out today that the housing authority has a hearing scheduled for me next Monday at 10:00 AM. My mom will be going with me to the hearing, because my sister can’t take anymore time off. I wrote down the arguments that I have to present in a text file. I’m now in the process of committing them to memory. I need all the thoughts, good wishes, and prayers I can get so send them all my way!

Things before 35 6.

OK I’m doing the sixth post first because yesterday was day 6. As I said I thought I would get behind because yesterday was vigil day. Not only that but I’ve been sick most of last week.
Speaking of yesterday’s vigil, I thought I’d talk about how I came to follow and support Wikileaks. This was back in December 2010, so 8 of the 12 years WL has been in existence. There’s really no way to explain it other than to say I had one of those revelatory moments. Ya know, those things where something just kind of comes to you all of a sudden. It’s like you should’ve known that all a long but you just realized it right then.
Back in Dec 2010 when Wikileaks had just started releasing some of the diplomatic cables, (or, cablegate as it’s colloquially known). This was back when Julian Assange was first arrested for what we’ll just call the Swedish allegations. This was also during the time that the credit card companies and PayPal were starting to block Wikileaks from taking donations.
I suppose I should explain what the epiphany or as I like to call it “revelation,” was. I still remember the exact day this took place, it was 12/9/2010. I happened to be watching CNN as I used to, and a story about Wikileaks came up. I don’t remember what the story was. Before this day, I was fairly neutral on the whole thing. All of a sudden I thought something like wait, if Wikileaks is trying to provide transparency and expose government corruption, which is exactly what the mission of WL is, then it’s a good thing. The idea of over-classification never occurred to me at the time.
I’ve been following WL for 8 years now. I donate when I have extra money, which unfortunately lately hasn’t been all that often. I enjoy the Unity4J monthly vigils and I try to do as much tweeting and spreading the links as I can. Of course I wish I could do more, but unfortunately I don’t live in a big city, and transportation to go to any street event is an issue.

31 things before 35 5.

So I don’t fall further behind I’m doing a second post today. Although tomorrow is Unity4J vigil day so who know’s if I’ll actually be able to stay on track.
In this post I’m going to talk about something obvious. I graduated from high school when I was 17, so that was way before my 35th birthday this year. It might be obvious for many of you, but there weren’t many people in my life who thought I’d be able to graduate. Unfortunately, because my school district wanted to institutionalize me at the state school for the blind for 3 years, I was only allowed to receive a modified diploma at the time of graduation.
I was able to pick up my diploma after I left OSB in 2004. I actually never got it until 2005. I guess you could say I really didn’t technically graduate until then. Unfortunately, to do this they had to give me an incomplete on the final in one of my classes. This happened to be my senior health class which I really didn’t want it to be that one. It turns out that I actually ended up getting an A on the final.

31 things before 35 4.

I’ve gotten a bit of a cold it seems. I didn’t feel well all day yesterday, and I still don’t feel that well today.
Today I’m going to talk about the day I was baptized. It was Easter Sunday 2007. Being baptized was something I’d wanted to do for like 10-12 years before that. When I started going to church in February 2007, I was pretty sure they were going to have a baptism service sometime that year. I was right, but I had no idea it was going to be on Easter Sunday.
My family had a lot of reservations about this. Mom asked what happens if you go to another church? Well the thing with baptism is that once you’ve done it, it’s already done. There are certain exceptions to that, of course, but that’s usually how it goes. Some denominations want you to be baptized by their pastors etc, but usually once you come up out of the water the first time, you don’t have to do it again.

Things I’ve done before 35 day 3.

Today I’m going to talk about what I should’ve talked about in the beginning. I’m going to talk about the very first thing on my list, and that’s the fact that I became a Christian.
I wasn’t raised in church, so I guess it’s a bit of an interesting story as to how it happened. During the Summer of 1993, (I think,) a family friend was taking my sister and I to Vacation Bible School. To this day, I don’t remember which church was holding the VBS.
One day a lady brought me back into a room, and she started asking me questions. She asked if I believed Jesus died on the cross for my sins, and I said yes. I don’t remember what other questions she asked. All I remember is saying a prayer with her. The feeling that I had after that is kind of hard to describe. It was a bit of extreme excitement and feeling epically light all at once!
After that, we went to my mom’s hair salon to tell her the news. I was still pretty excited, and everyone in the shop was too.

31 Things I’ve done before 35 day 2.

Yesterday that I mentioned that I switched apartments. I didn’t actually finish telling that story, so here it goes.
I moved out of my old place in 2015, because of an incident that my caregiver and I had when we were on the way back from grocery shopping. to make a long story short, we didn’t realize the basement floor was wet and when she was going to get one of the carts for groceries, she made a small outline in the floor with her shoe. It was an incident that blew up into epic proportions, and I was more than ready to move out!
I ended up staying in my parent’s house for about 3 weeks. This is something that I’m praying won’t happen again. While we mostly got along, there were definitely some issues because of my mom’s personality. Even my dad flipped out at me over something really small at one point.
When we started to move my stuff into the new apartment, mom insisted everything be done her way. She wouldn’t listen to any suggestions I was making on where to put things. When I asked Melissa to rearange some things in the kitchen, mom got all upset with me and left. That caused a 3 month feud that resulted in me seeing a counselor for a while. I’m praying I won’t have to leave here for a while longer. I really don’t want anymore family disasters, especially when there’s only a couple months to go before Christmas.