Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

But I Still Have a major headache

Hardly slept at all last night. Two things were keeping me awake:
1. My Discover card balance appeared to be $2k higher than what was showing in Quicken. I download my transactions nightly, so this meant either someone was ripping me off or I had failed to account for way lots more interest charges than I expected.
2. Very nervous about the results of recent medical tests, a specialist was going to do a phone consult this afternoon, and I expected to hear Dire News™ based on my vast medical knowledge.

At about 3:30 am I could take it no longer, got out of bed, fired up the PC, checked my Discover account online and filtered Quicken for items which had not cleared, and removed them. Then did the math, and found the amount was less than $700, which means those items actually had cleared. While I was online I went to CalJobs and fixed the "comprehensive" resume, which had incorrectly parsed my bullet points as my first three employers, left out the names of three others, and had me graduating from both the UW and Northgate State this month.

Back to bed, still had the medical issue on my mind. The new feather pillows helped a lot. Not having the microfiber sheets/pillowcases on did not.

Up at 5, Spook was on the bed. I had not heard/felt her jump up there. She meeped at me, as I went to turn off the fan and make a pit stop.

Alarm went off at 7:30, now it turns on KGO, which has taken a dive for the right. I used to tune into 560, whatever station that is, and hear Armstrong & Getty. I love their bantering style and the lighthearted presentation, but mostly I don't agree with them.

Turned it off, turned off the lights and slept till 8:30.

Finally dragged myself out of bed, literally.  After meds (Hgl was about 81 again) I grabbed a banana and some walnuts, and parked myself at the PC for the morning job hunt. There was actually a pair of jobs worth applying for.

Since I was running early, I went to the Sunnyvale NOVA office, which EDD told us about, and the three receptionists helped me apply and set up an appointment for too early on Monday morning for ornamentation. They all three were amazingly efficient, knowledgeable and hard to believe they are working for a government funded non-profit. Floored me when they asked if I had attended the EDD workshop there this morning. The Menlo Park EDD guys told me there wasn't a workshop at NOVA. Grrrr.

Home, drank a lot of water, admired the roses for a bit, did some reading and mindless channel surfing, waiting for the doctor to call. 15 minutes late, but they had said she was doing the calls between office visits, so not unexpected.

Without going into TMI, she set my mind at ease about the seriousness of the symptoms & test results from Monday. Basically that it's not the end stage diabetes/hypertension-caused breakdown of my anatomy which I feared. She actually laughed as she pointed out the test results I had ignored, which showed all the major things are working just fine.

Sigh of relief.

So I phoned Janice and left voicemail that if she needed me to come over and undo the damage she had done to her PC backup setup when she took my advice and connected a second power strip to the wall, removing the overloaded 3-fer plug extender. I will bet real cash dollars she didn't plug in the backup drive.

But she didn't call, so I phoned my Baltimore sister, who had the actual life-threatening adventure I was fearing, back when she was pregnant. And she is a sports nut, so I told her about the MLB streaming media job I didn't get. She and hubby had just returned from a week of watching spring training in FL.

Nap time. Maybe 5 pm. Fell asleep for 90 minutes or so, thought about dinner but was down to my last frozen meal, so I pointed the car at the megaSafeway the other side of Levi's Stadium, and started off on an expensive foot by buying some Dungeness crab. And lots of frozen dinners, and some fruit, and when I saw Purina One on the shelf for about 1/3 of the price I had just paid online, I bought a small bag of it.

Home, unpacked all the things, set up the strawberries to soak in water+vinegar, took Spook's food tower, emptied out the loser (Wellness brand) food, thoroughly cleaned the tower (had not done this in about a year), filled it 1/3 of the way with Purina One, and as soon as I set it at her food place, Spook commenced gobbling it down like she had not eaten in a week. Which might be close to the truth.

Reheated some of the slow cooked veggies from the corned beef dinner a while ago, took one of the two crabs out and dismembered it, cleaned it and took that and a glass of water to the recliner, and ate. Something was missing. Off to the fridge to melt some margarine. Yeah, that helped.

Spook seemed more interested than usual in my meal, so I dropped a piece of crab in front of her. As soon as I looked the other way it was gone. Repeated that one more time.

After I got up, there was a small array of crab (mostly shell) on the floor. Spook started chomping on all of it, so I got out the vacuum (shell is a choking hazard). In her haste to escape the monster, she knocked over one of the orchids, which I did not notice till after I'd put the vacuum back. So round 2. I had been meaning to re-plant that orchid anyway - Spook likes to bat it around.

In the mail was my Medicare Parts B&D bill, which had a shockingly high price, until I saw it was for 6 months and was not due till the 25th. I'll have to phone them tomorrow to set up auto-pay.

One other thing, despite all the driving today, there was still some charge left in the battery at the end of the day.

Plans for tomorrow:
Have a banana & some walnuts for breakfast
Drink a lot of water
Head for the hospital at noon for my 1 pm CT scan
It may rain. Play the rest of the day by ear. I'll pack my laptop.

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