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Today has not been a good day. Terrible storms in my area. I've been feeling like complete crap for two days. Can't tell if it's the weather, a depressive episode, some kind of illness, or all of the above. I wanted to stay in bed most of the day. And now I have a migraine.

And oh yeah, we're going to war. Trump has started bombing Syria, and the only thing that is going to accomplish is pissing off Putin and Russia.

And Don Rickles died. Yeah, he was ninety, but it's still sad. RIP, you hockey puck!

Had a very successful shopping trip this week, though. Three new dresses, a new purse, a top, and a pair of leggings. Katie took me to her crack dealer- AKA a LuLaRoe party/open house. She bought me a dress as payment for watching Giada last weekend!

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Current music- Frank Zappa’s “Why Does it Hurt When I Pee?”

Why? Because I had a cystoscopy (bladder scope) today, and (TMI alert) it hurts to pee and also I’m peeing out blood. Yuck. At least the test was clear. Yay.

The test itself was uncomfortable and there was pinching involved. And I had to race to the bathroom as soon as I was dressed again.

And did I mention I have to do this again in six months, just in case?

Yikes.

Mar. 27th, 2017 01:21 am
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I am still awake because I'm a bit nervous about tomorrow. I'm having a cystoscopy. It's not going to be fun. This is just a last test to rule out anything not seen in my kidney/abdomen ultrasounds and CT scans. Hopefully I'll get good results.

To cheer myself up, I'm going to do a bit of shopping before I check in (the medical center is right behind Jo Ann Fabric and Kohl's). Later in the week I'm picking up my new dress for Easter!

A more cheerful note- new doll outfits! Rebecca has a new spring dress, Melody gets a play outfit, and Maryellen is dressed up like a majorette! (The majorette outfit is Our Generation, but it suits ME and Melody so well!)

 


I can't get over how freaking cute Maryellen is! I got the outfit because it reminds me of photos of Aunt Pauletta in her majorette outfit.

I also put together a little bookcase for the mini dolls:





Not much else going on. I went to the Casino Night sponsored by Mom's Rotary club, and it was okay. I got to dress up, at least! And Katie took me to a mini wine tasting- five samples for free when she picked up her wine order. She's determined to turn me into a wine lover. I have photos from both events that I'll post later.

I'm house sitting for Katie twice before Easter, which will give me time to cross stitch. Sarah's new baby girl is due in May, and I need to get cracking on her birth sampler!



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I just got new spring outfits for Kit and Ruthie, so I took them into the garden to pose them with the daffodils.






There's going to be a cold snap this weekend with possible snow, so I thought I'd better get the photos while I still could...

One more doll. Mini Tenney arrived. I gave her a little guitar.



She's very cute, but I still have no interest in the big doll or her collection (or her boy companion).





Ouch.

Mar. 6th, 2017 07:59 pm
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I try to take good care of my teeth, but now I'm having trouble with my jaw. I've had pain in the jaw several times this winter, and my dentist thinks I'm clenching my teeth while I sleep. She asked if I have been under stress lately, and I damn near laughed. Yeah, you could say that. Brother in law dying, driven away from my church, Trump being elected president, world going to hell. But I didn't say any of that. Also, my bite is slipping to one side. No wonder I'm always biting the inside of my cheek! She showed me some exercises and massage to do with my jaw, and they help, but she also wants me to get a mouth guard to wear at night. Oh, fun. And to top it off, I have a cavity in a spot that's almost impossible to fill (right below the gum line, next to the pocket where my wisdom tooth was). That is going to be painful.
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My Atlanta trip isn't until June, but I found a perfect doll luggage set for whichever doll goes with me!

Jess models the set.



The mid sized bag has little toiletries!



Dolly toothbrush and nail clippers. LOL!

The suitcase is big enough for an extra outfit, pajamas, slippers, shoes, and even a little doll. The neck pillow from the set fits in there, too!

 
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This is from a month ago. Dead tree fell, smashed my mom's much loved bench to pieces. It wasn't windy, the tree just fell.





That was a very sturdy bench. Think about what it could have done to a person. Yikes!




Okay...

Feb. 28th, 2017 11:11 pm
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I admit it, I have liked Emma Stone in some things, like The Help. But an Oscar? Really? She had better dazzle me when I go see La La Land this week.
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...turn off the television when you think something is over. I missed the biggest fuck up in Academy Awards history- La La Land was announced as the Best Picture winner...but it was the wrong envelope. Moonlight was the real winner! Which is fine by me, it really was an extraordinary film. It also won Best Adapted Screenplay (by Barry Jenkins, who should have also won Best Director, but La La Land won that) and Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. Viola Davis won Supporting Actress for Fences, and her acceptance speech made me cry!

Don't want to get too much into Best Actor and Actress. Casey Affleck won Actor for Manchester by the Sea, and though I'm sure it was a great performance, he is just a creep. Emma Stone won Actress for La La Land. I haven't seen it yet. I really don't like her much. She plays the same vapid blonde girl in most movies, and she pretty much ruined the Gwen Stacy character for me in the Spider-Man movie reboot. (Hint and spoiler- when Gwen died, I DIDN'T CRY! :p ) Maybe she was unusually good this time around, but I'm pretty sure Natalie Portman was more deserving for Jackie. Haven't seen that, either, but from the clips it looked like she had Jackie Kennedy down perfectly!

I've only seen four of the nine Best Picture nominees. I missed the first weekend of the AMC Theater Oscar Showcase this year, so I only saw Arrival, Lion, Moonlight, and Hacksaw Ridge. I'll see La La Land this week, and I think Hidden Figures is still playing, too. I totally missed Hell and High Water and Fences, and Manchester by the Sea sounds too depressing for me. It will have to wait.

I think my favorite of the films I saw was Arrival...but that's at least partly for two reasons. One- I like a good science fiction flick that is more thoughtful than action-oriented, and this one was. Two- I'll watch Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker in anything. Amy not getting a Best Actress nomination was a crime. Jeremy could have been a Supporting Actor contender, too, but the field was just too full of great performances this year.

Lion and Hacksaw Ridge were both based on true stories. Hacksaw Ridge may be one of the best war films ever made. I had to put aside my dislike of Mel Gibson, but I was able to see what a great film he put together. And Andrew Garfield was great. So was Vince Vaughn. I'm so used to seeing him in silly comedies that I forgot what a good dramatic actor he can be.

Lion had good acting and cinematography, and it was a heartbreaking story with a happy but bittersweet ending. Simple story and incredibly true: Indian boy gets separated from his brother on a train, gets lost in another part of India, gets adopted by an Australian couple, grows up and searches for his family. If not for Moonlight, I would have wanted Dev Patel to win Supporting Actor. He was the lead, really, but shared the role with an amazing little boy.

Moonlight- wow. A story of a young gay black man trying to find his place in the world. Told in three parts that seamlessly blend together, with some beautiful cinematography and fine acting, mostly from newcomers (the boy, teen, and adult Chiron); and Ali, as Chiron's friend and protector in the first part; Naomie Harris as Chiron's mother, and 
Janelle Monáe as another caring friend. It was a simple and lovely piece of movie-making.

The In Memoriam segment was unbearable this year, because so many beloved performers died. It ended with Debbie Reynolds, and then Carrie Fisher with a clip of her saying "May the Force be with you." SOB! And of course, it was too late to include Bill Paxton in the montage, but presenter Jennifer Anniston mentioned him before it began. She was choking back tears. It was a pretty awful thing to happen.
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Same day of the Oscars, Hollywood loses Bill Paxton at age 61 (hard to believe he was 61!). He had a fatal stroke after heart surgery. :( My favorite role of his was as astronaut Fred Haise in Apollo 13- I always thought he should have gotten an Oscar nomination.

Of course, there was also Twister ("Another cow!" "Actually I think that was the same one."), Aliens ("Game over man! Game over!"), and Weird Science (my first exposure to him, and also Robert Downey Jr.).

Cool bit of trivia- he saw JFK just before the assassination:

http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/the-day-bill-paxton-saw-john-f-kennedy-7118827

Clips- Twister (Cow!):





Aliens (Game over!)



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I went to my first choir rehearsal at St. Paul's. It's good to be singing in a choir again. The director is the same woman who did the Fredericksburg Community Chorus Messiah every year for many years...until my sister took over for a couple of years. Anyway, she's been trying to get both Katie and me to join St. Paul's Masterworks choir for years, and now she has us in both regular church choir and Masterworks! We're doing the Brahms Requiem in June. I'm excited to be able to do a major work again, and I've never done the whole Brahms. 

I was a complete moron yesterday and forgot to take my meds. I was sick as a dog today. I just can't do that. 
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American Girl had a big press release today. Five new dolls, plus the return of Felicity! Gabi, the GOTY has already been released, and new!Felicity and the contemporary characters Tenney and Logan (first boy doll) come this week. Later in the year is the one I'm most excited about- Nanea!:



1941, Hawaii. Just around the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. She has a new face mold and is absolutely beautiful. Her accessories include a lei and ukulele!

The final doll is "Z" Yang, the Z Crew doll (that's an AG tech thing). So in one year, three dolls of color. Almost makes up for the unnecessary boy doll (really, AG?) and YET ANOTHER
 WHITE GIRL. There's also the possibility of a seventh doll, a Bangladeshi-American friend of the contemporary dolls. That would make four dolls of color in one year!

Mini Leah and Mini Isabelle found some mini Valentine's Day cards!



We celebrated Sam's birthday today instead of Thursday because he had today off. I can't believe he's 25!!! And he looks so much like his dad in this photo:



I got a little "candy box" of catnip mice for Rory. He spent the rest of the day stoned!
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We can thank Sen. McConnell for this gem- he said this when he silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren during the hearings for now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions:



It's become a rallying cry for feminists. Let Liz Speak!
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American Girl has announced that most of their dolls are now going to have permanently sewn-on underpants. It's caused quite an uproar in the doll fandom, and they're calling it Pantygate. The dolls are upset, too. Here's what two of my dolls think of the news:

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I'm sure the idea was to keep kids from losing the panties, but it's kind of ridiculous. And without removable underwear, we can't make our dolls moon people!
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I've lost the folder that had my passport application, birth certificate, and Social Security card in it. They can be replaced, but that doesn't change the fact that I am too stupid to live and someone should really shoot me. Stupid stupid stupid.

ETA: I think I know where it is. I hope it's where I left it. Fingers crossed.

ETA 2: They were in a pile of to-be-shredded and recycled bank statements. First basket I looked in. How it got there is beyond me, but thank God I found them. They're in a safe place in my desk where I'm not likely to mistake them for trash again. Ugh.
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Miss Emma Louise has her very own "pussyhat" ready for the next Women's March! 



Found it on Carpatina's Etsy store.

Mom is knitting these hats for herself, me, and Katie.

Also, a new project. A mini house for the tiny American Girls!


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Super Bowl 51: It looked like that the Atlanta Falcons were going to upset the New England Patriots. Somehow, they blew the 21-3 lead that they had at halftime...there was a tie and the first ever overtime in Super Bowl...and the Patriots won. UGH. 

At least Lady Gaga's halftime show was good.
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Every day now, ever since the election, the first time I see the news of the morning. (again, this is from Swear Trek, God bless them!)


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A mass shooting at a mosque last night in Quebec. Six dead, many wounded. The shooter was a white, non-Muslim, anti-immigrant who likes Donald Trump. This happened after Trump's unconstitutional executive order to ban people from predominantly Muslim countries (such as Syrian refugees) from coming to the U.S. (of course, making exceptions for Christians from those countries). Anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment is a real problem in both Canada and this country. I'm not saying the order caused this shooting, but it's just one more thing to worry about. Prime Minister Trudeau made a statement after Trump's order saying that the refugees were welcome in Canada. Apparently not, because clearly there are bigots and cowards there, too.

I was glad to see the protests at airports across the country over the weekend, and that part of the order was blocked (for now). Even some Republicans are calling Trump out on it. It's time for them to stand up and put country and the U.S. Constitution above party. Meanwhile, Trump is firing people who don't do his bidding, just like Nixon did. And remember what happened to Nixon...
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New china for the kitchen- an Alice in Wonderland pattern!



American Girl Mega Blocks! Perfect size to use as dolls for the mini dolls, and also to go with the mini table, chairs, and teacups/cake I got at Michaels.





Finally, a patio swing! 



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