Howdy, howdy! How’s everyone doing this week? Things here are quiet. Spent most of last week vegging and watching TV with Dad. He wasn’t feeling too well. We think it was just an inner ear infection. He’s mostly better now, so huzzah! Anyway, Sunday was Fathers’ Day and his birthday is July 18th (a Monday), so I figured I’d write a short post to say “I appreciate you!” As he knows, I’m bad at this. Please excuse the awkwardness.
As most of you know, I am my dad’s daughter. I get my inappropriate sense of humor from him. He’s the one who taught me that pretty much anything can be turned into something dirty. You can also blame him for the puns. So many puns. And he’s the reason I got into horror. He gave me Stephen King books when I was like 12 or 13, including The Stand (uncut). Is it any wonder I turned into a weirdo? But he loves me anyway.
And, of course, I have to mention the food. He’s the bestest cook ever. The pastrami and pulled pork and brisket. Mmm… there’s also the rare lasagna when he makes sauce from scratch and has the rest of the ingredients. Or baked ziti. And there are pots of beans with meat and he puts them on corn chips with a little crema agria and cheese on top. Can’t forget breakfast. Home fries with bacon. Sausage gravy and biscuits. Chorizo nachos. Everything with two eggs on top. Be jealous. It’s okay.
He also takes care of me 100% of the time, even when he doesn’t feel well. So… I know I don’t say it enough, but I love you and appreciate you, Dad!
Howdy, howdy! How’s everyone doing today? I’m still struggling with productivity and all of that. And I have no idea what to ramble about in these posts, since I can’t complain about current writing problems. Can’t have problems if you’re avoiding it. But, since it’s November, I guess I should write about things I’m thankful for. Thanksgiving is next week, but so is my book review post. It’s now or never, I guess. I know most people announce one thing a day for the entire month, but I’m too lazy for that. So, in no particular order, here are thirty things I’m thankful for at the moment.
1. Dad. Of course he starts off the list. This should be no surprise to anyone. He takes care of me, annoys me, and cooks me good food. What else do I need?
2. Little sis (Jenae). Chosen family is the best. You’re always there to listen and commiserate and just be random together. Love you, sis.
3. Danielle. For much the same reasons as Jen. Hugs!
4. Stonecoasters. We might not talk often, but they’re there when I need them.
5. Old Interwebz (Yahoo chat) friends. I still can’t believe I’ve known most of you like 15 years and you still keep me around. You’re weirdos and I love it.
6. Borden’s eggnog. Because eggnog. What else is there to explain?
7. Ghirardelli peppermint bark. See above.
8. Books. I just like reading, but I can also say they’re for work and not be lying. They don’t even have to be boring books. I can read all the genres and say I’m studying tropes and character development and all that jazz.
9. Medical technology. Wheelchairs and ventilators and patient lifts and suctions and pretty much everything that makes my life possible. They’re all great. It’s a pain in the ass to get them through the government (or absurdly expensive out of pocket), but life would suck without them.
10. Music. What would life be without it?
11. Anime. I liked it before it was cool.
12. X-men. Just heard Disney’s rebooting the ’90s cartoon and I’m cautiously excited. If it comes to fruition, I guess we have to get Disney+ in 2023.
13. Bats. They’re adorable.
14. Wombats. They’re adorable and poop cubes.
15. Octopuses. They’re just awesome in general.
16. Let’s make this easy and say most animals. I just like animals.
17. Computers. I wouldn’t have most of my friends without computers.
18. Grocery deliveries. Sure, it’s not ideal, especially when the packer doesn’t read your requests or has zero idea how to pick produce, but it’s made pandemic life easier. It means Dad doesn’t have to go to the store as often.
19. Doctor visits via webcam. I despise the trip to UT Southwestern, so these “telehealth” visits have been awesome. I don’t get to go to a restaurant afterwards, but with Covid, I don’t know if I’d want to stop anywhere anyway. I also like not having to get up early just to get there on time.
20. Pretty people. I know I’m not supposed to objectify people and all that, but whatever. I don’t harass people or make inappropriate comments to strangers. But I can still look. Cripples can be creepers too! I’m only creepy sometimes. I swear.
21. The fact that my friends accept my creepy side. You know who you are.
22. Spiked coffee. I haven’t had one in a while, but like knowing it’s an option.
23. British murder mysteries. They can be weird, but tend to be enjoyable.
24. All things rainbow. Contrary to popular opinion, my love of rainbow stuff has nothing to do with the LGBTQ+ scene (that’s just a happy bonus). I just like ridiculously colorful things.
25. Notebooks. I don’t use them, but love having them. It’s weird.
26. Boxes and baskets. Decorative storage. It’s another one of my weird likes because I don’t actually need them.
27. Cheese. That needs no explanation.
28. Pasta, bread, carbs. Again, no explanation needed.
29. Seafood. Actually, food in general.
30. That November only has 30 days, because I’m totally out of things I’m thankful for at the moment. I’m sure there are things hiding in the back of my brain, but they aren’t helping me out.
What are you thankful for? As always, feel free to share your thoughts or comments here or on my social media pages!
Hello, hello! How is everyone doing today? Things are pretty good here. This week, I’m just writing a short post with lots of pictures to brag about Dad. He finished his room! Mostly. He still needs to make a vent cover and nightstands. But it’s looking lovely and ready to show off! As many of you know, pretty much anything with wood in our house was made by Dad. His room is no exception. Most of the wood (cabinets, bed, etc.) is pecan from the Trinity river basin that was super rough. He planed it into usable boards and built/stained/etc. everything. The ceiling has MDF that he painted. He even made the doors. Also, he sewed the curtains himself a while back, but they’ll eventually be replaced by shutters when he makes those. He put up the grasscloth wallpaper and the mural too. Basically, he designed, built, and/or installed everything himself. Just wanted to let you all know how talented he is and show off his room. As always, feel free to comment or ask questions or whatever here or on my social media pages!
Howdy, howdy! How is everyone doing this week? November is speeding along, much like the rest of this year. I have no idea where the time went. I’m still stuck in April or May. Is it just me? Yeah? Okay then. But Thanksgiving is only eight days away, so I thought it would be a good time to make a list of things I’m thankful for this year. I know I should probably do this closer to Thanksgiving, but next week is my book review post. Anyway, in no particular order, here are five things I’m thankful for this year.
1. Dad. I know it’s sappy, but I am thankful for him. He does everything for me. Even the gross stuff no one wants to know about. And I don’t say thanks enough. Mostly because I don’t really know how to express myself well (my social skills suck, even with family). But I know he’s reading this. So, you are appreciated. Even if you’re a dick sometimes. That’s as sappy as I get.
2. Tunisian/Afghan crochet hooks. They’re super long and designed for a special type of crochet, but I just use them for regular crochet so far. My discovery of these earlier this year has allowed me to be creative in a whole new way. And they prove my hands can still do cool things if I set my mind to it. I’m not entirely useless after all!
3. NetGalley. I’m not usually thankful for specific websites, but I admit that this one is pretty cool. I’ve been able to read a bunch of books that I probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise. I even found a couple of authors that I’m still following. Plus, it gives me something to blog about each month, which is super helpful.
4. Friends. Again, sappy. But it’s true. Especially the ones who randomly check in on me even when I’m in full hermit mode and being a shit friend myself. You know who you are. You’re all appreciated. And sorry I am such a hermit. I try not to be, but it never works out.
5. The Interwebz. It’s where all my friends live. But really, because it simultaneously lets me stalk people and keep up with their lives while helping limit my need to use the phone or leave the house. Need to activate that card? Do it online! Want to buy something? There’s a website for that. It’s basically an introvert’s dream. But never read the comments.
What about you? What are you thankful for this year? It can be small or large. Serious or funny. Or anything in between. Feel free to share your lists and thoughts here or on my social media pages!
Hello, hello! Can you believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving? Where’d the time go? Next thing you know, it’ll be Christmas, then a new year. Time really needs to slow down. Anyway, since my favorite holiday is just a day away, I thought I would take this opportunity to share five things I’m grateful for this year!
1. Dad. I know I don’t say it out loud to him, but I really am thankful to have someone like him in my life. He has always shown me that just because life doesn’t go the way you expect doesn’t mean that you have to be miserable about it. You don’t have to let toxic people bring you down. Sometimes, you need to make changes if you want things to go a certain way. It’s okay to be blah occasionally, but mostly you need to try to find the happy in things. But most importantly, he taught me to look in the mirror and take responsibility for my actions, which I try to do. He also gave me my twisted sense of humor and enables my darkness, so you can blame him for all of that (okay, sometimes I deny all responsibility and blame him, but that’s what dads are for).
2. The people who take the time to check up on me. You know who you are. I have been an increasingly crappy friend, especially lately. I don’t text or message people as much as I should, if at all. I know that and I’m struggling to break free from the contentedness I find in being a recluse. But I really do appreciate the messages asking how I am and giving me updates on your lives. I do stalk most of you on social media, though, which makes me the creepy crappy friend.
3. Seeing my words in print and getting paid for them. I was starting to think it wouldn’t happen, so I’m thankful to E.R. Bills and Hellbound Books for choosing me to be in their awesome collection alongside other talented Texas writers. An occasional acceptance really does help to overcome the feels that a long list of rejections brings up.
4. Peppermint chocolates. After waiting for all things pumpkin spice to start winding down for the year, I get the reward of all things peppermint for a month and a half! Just had my first Ghirardelli peppermint bark square of the year. It made me weirdly happy. It always does. Judge me all you want, but at least I have goodies to comfort me.
5. A dad who’s good with tools. I didn’t intend to add him twice, but my armrest on my new wheelchair decided to come loose a little while ago and he got everything put securely back together. If it breaks, he can usually fix it. That’s something to always be grateful for!
What about you? What are you thankful for this year? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments here or on my social media pages!
Howdy, howdy! I know, I’m not supposed to be posting today. But there’s something I wanted to celebrate now that Dad has finally given me the go ahead. And since next week is a book review post, I thought I’d just write this one as something special in between. First, say hi to Dad from my Stonecoast years!
That was when he was around 270 lbs. He maintained that weight for a while after losing 60 lbs (yeah, he was 330 at one point). Then, a week or so after Thanksgiving last year, we went to see a new doctor who came into the room and immediately said Dad was dying because of his weight and diabetes and all that stuff (dude was a real ray of sunshine </sarcasm>). So, he told Dad to lose 70 lbs through diet and exercise. He gave us a crappy little paper that showed what the diet would consist of (not helpful at all), said to do 30 minutes of cardio a day, then sent us away to figure everything out ourselves.
So, we did.
The doctor said 1,200 calories a day, so I found an app to keep track of that. Dad got a new Polar A370 watch to track his exercise and that H10 heart monitor we posted about a while ago, plus the corresponding apps. And for almost 8 months (November 29, 2017 until July 18, 2018), Dad religiously stuck to between 1,200 and 1,300 calories a day. The calorie app would yell at him if he was under 1,200 because, for men, that’s considered starvation levels, but he rarely went over 1,250. He walked on the treadmill 6 days a week and did some strength training as well, but had to give up the exercise for a few weeks when the doctor put him on a statin and he had some adverse reactions. It was hard work and I’m super proud of him! Say hi to Dad now!
He’s lost about 80 lbs! He weighed 191.1 on the 18th! He went from a 2X down to a large. He bought a new belt a few months ago and is currently in need of another new one (he’s been drilling extra holes into it as needed for now). He did an awesome job!
Now, we’re slowly figuring out a maintenance plan. That’s all. I just wanted to brag about Dad a bit.