8:22 am - phone call from a local medicare plan "advisor" offering to help me choose a plan and enroll. Nice lady, but no, I don't need an extra level between me and the plan company.
After and during apple and PNB with apple juice breakfast I completed the open enrollment for one of AARP's United Healthcare/Walgreens special needs plans. It was a tough choice between the diabetes only plan, which pays 100% of insulin, and the heart conditions plan, which costs $35 per insulin prescription. Maybe. One thing for sure is all the drug costs are way lower in 2022 ($4k) than 2021 ($14k). And I joined AARP, which I had avoided until now because they were responsible for the stupid Plan D medicare no drug coverage. But this year they have flipped over to the Bernie Sanders position that Medicare must negotiate for reasonable prices with Big Pharma. And they dropped the annual subscription price.
Next to-do took a lot out of me. Moved the car so the hatchback was lined up with the porch ramp, hauled two big bags - one of mostly shirts with a couple of shorts, the other with bedding. Then carried the 55" TV down the ramp and it fit pretty easily with the back seats folded down. Drove to Goodwill and was the only one in line at the drive-thru. Had to extract the TV stand from the bags of clothing, but two of us got it out easily. And the bags too. Next trip will be the LPs. Not real soon though.
From there to Albertson's, spent $100 sticking to my list, but buying more than planned because 2-fer and 3-fer sales.
Home, no mail stop because mailperson was still stuffing side 1 (my box is on side 2).
Exhausted, after I parked the insulated bags in the kitchen & on the washer, put on slippers, poured some soda over ice with pina colada syrup, realized it was lunchtime so I took out one of the fruit bowls from the shopping trip and watched some TV.
Rested, I put all the groceries away, checked in online, confirmed two doctor appointments, and bought a ticket to tomorrow's Renn Faire. Checked Google maps to see where the parking was - had to use the satellite image because the parking lots were not on the street view. I expect there will be signs, and parking will cost $$.
Email from Mom's Meals that my Humana-covered meals will be delivered on the 19th. But then email from UPS that they are coming tomorrow. Hmm.
Made a bigger than usual salad because I had a red onion, capers and marinated artichoke hearts from the shopping trip. And switched from spring greens to chopped salad mix (iceberg, red cabbage, carrot slivers, etc.). After salad was a Lean Cuisine beef & garlic noodles meal.
Paused PTI after they lambasted the way the Giants-Dodgers game was ended, but said they thought the Giants were doomed anyway. On to the next to-dos:
moved all the things off the livingroom rug (this is a full room Karastan) and vacuumed it. The new-ish Bissell 22543 Clean view Swivel Rewind Pet Vacuum And Carpet Cleaner, Purple at the closest to the ground setting did a great job with the cat fur, dropped food and whatever else was on there. None of the robot vacs I've had could do that. Next to-do was move the floor fan and all the cat toys out of the way, mix up some rug shampoo and go over the corner where the cats' toy basket had been used as a litterbox. Every time I turned on the fan, cat pee smell would drift across the room. My BISSELL Turboclean Powerbrush Pet Upright Carpet Cleaner Machine and Carpet Shampooer, 2085 needed several passes but eventually got the smell out.
Put the fan back and left the toys scattered away from that patch. Put the sheepskin rug back on the rug in front of the TV - it needs cleaning. Time to order a dry cleaning kit.
Nothing on Tivo after PTI, so I tuned in to ESPN and watched the Chicago Sky beating the crap out of Phoenix's WNBA team until 8 pm when Tivo kicked me off because four shows were about to record. I watched the first 1/3 of Gold Rush as it was recording, the second 2/3 was about the first miner they had on the show, who is coming back soon. I don't know why I watch that show except the personalities are bizarre. By then the other shows were done recording so I watched Shark Tank. One custom song writing company gave up 40% equity to get 4 sharks.
Spook has been showing more interest in Jade's room, but would not go in when I opened the gate for her. Jade has been downright weird, sometimes rubbing her head against my hand, sometimes running away when she looks into my eyes. I tried sitting on the floor but she hid on the other side of her tree. I think I'll make a vet appointment for her.
Renn Faire - photo ops, hope a calendar pic or two comes of it.
If the meals are delivered, put them away
Penn & Teller