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A Random Week

Got in three good workouts this week, yay.

Ate a lot of Easter candy, boo.

I made colcannon for the first time in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day. Very yay.

Actually did a little editing on the dual-Nano I need to put together as a single story. Yay.

Whereas I know it will make no difference AT ALL how the church is run, I have to say I like a Pope who choose to take his name from Francis of Assisi. He's one of my favorite saints. Plus, he hasn't got that evil scary face like poor ol' Palpatine Benedict XVI.

Several years ago I bought myself one of those sleek, pretty, new iPod Shuffles with no buttons. Now I am facing the problem with no-button technology, in that the controls on the earbuds (the only controls it has) are going wonky, and the only way to turn it on/off is to lock it and unlock it. It's not exactly the best way to work it, but it'll hold me until I can go ahead and get myself a 7th-Gen Nano, which would serve me the same purpose (as a player for the gym; the iPod Classic is too heavy). I would have actually bought it this week, but for the very first time in my life, I hung around a Best Buy without one single Blue Shirt descending on me to ask if I needed anything. It gave me enough time to think through my spontaneous purchasing choice and leave. I have about $400 left on my Best Buy card from buying the computer, so I'd like to get that down a little further before I put more on it. (I have a $30 Best Buy gift certificate, which would cover at least the protective screen cover for the Nano.)

That problem with my foot is back. I've been reading up on metatarsalgia, which COM suggested it might be, but now along with the pain in the middle of the ball of the foot the second toe looks swollen (at the joint, like I have arthritis or something), and it also hurts down the side of the foot, as well (possibly from adjusting my weight when walking) -- I have been meaning to call around to find a new PCP, but I keep forgetting to make the calls. I at least downloaded and printed a lot of names from my insurance website, of general practice physicians in my area. I miss Dr. Johnson. He KNEW me.

Two weeks until a new Doctor Who. I've been reading a lot of the articles and stuff leading up to the big 50th Anniversary; and I'd often thought that I liked Eleven as much as I do because he kinda reminds me of Two (my all-time favorite), and lo and behold, I read that Matt Smith loves Two, as well, and has been PURPOSELY drawing his portrayal of the Doctor from Patrick Troughton. Well, that explains it! He's certainly a bit more kinetic, but he's younger and a bit more hyper, but he's got that whimsey going. (And, of course, the very cool bow tie.) ThinkGeek has a whole line of thermal travel mugs coming out this year, one for each Doctor. I just don't need twelve mugs (most people assume #12 will be the TARDIS, like on the 50th anniversary calendar). I don't drink THAT much tea.

Another happy story courtesy of FreeKibble.


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Mar. 16th, 2013 11:42 am (UTC)
I hope your foot gets better soonest.

Mar. 16th, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Happy weekend! {hugs}
Mar. 16th, 2013 02:01 pm (UTC)
Sorry about your poor footie. And can't you just buy new headphones?
Mar. 16th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
For any other iPod, YES -- but the 3rd Gen Shuffle has no controls on the actual iPod. The controls are loaded onto the EarPods (on/off, information about track, forward/backward, etc., are all on the wire of the EarPods itself; nothing on the shuffle). Any other headphones don't have that, and no way to control the device.

Apple does have new EarPods with controls on them, made for all the iPods (probably including the 3rd Gen Shuffle), but they cost almost as much as the newer 4th Gen shuffle. However, the 4th Gen shuffle is only 2GB, which is why I'm eyeing the larger Nano instead. It's quite a bit more money, but it has more features and more storage.

2GB of music would be all right for a few workouts, but my usual workout playlist would be too big to put on it...
Mar. 16th, 2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
at this point, I'd suggest making an apt with a podiatrist and getting an x-ray.
Mar. 16th, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
I have to find one, first. That's why I need a new PCP. Dr. Johnson was always there to recommend and refer any specialists I needed.
Mar. 16th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
ah I see. I'm lucky in that my insurance doesn't require referals
Mar. 16th, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'm coming to the conclusion that my health insurance is crap on a cracker. After MY trip to the ER, a brace of tests, etc., I had to pay around $1000 out of pocket for everything. After Barb's? Zip.

What's worse is that it's almost the best my company offers. We've considered me dropping my insurance and going on Barb's, since her company DOES offer Domestic Partner benefits, but haven't done so yet...
Mar. 16th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
oh geez. My deductible is high but it includes my meds so I'm already at 2 grand (yeah, imagine that one).

It might be worth it to do that.
Mar. 17th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)
I asked Barb to remind me why we didn't, and it's because Arizona doesn't recognize same-sex marriage/domestic partnerships, so if we added me to HER insurance, we would have to pay after-tax, not before-tax, so it would end up costing more per month than I'm paying now before-tax at my own work.

Maybe someday....................

Mar. 17th, 2013 02:32 am (UTC)
ah yeah that sucks
Mar. 16th, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
I got my 3rd gen iPod Nano on Amazon Marketplace. It's old and scuffed but works just fine. Maybe something like that might work since you'd be only using it for workouts? Also, Yay for workouts!

I wish BBC America had kept up with their series highlighting each Doctor with a special and a quintessential episode from that Doctor's series. One was kind of annoying, but Two was really cool (and I loved his Scottish companion, whose name I forget now). They only did those two before stopping, even though we were supposed to get one a week leading up to the new series in a few weeks. Boo. Also, I can TOTALLY see the similarities between Two and Eleven now. Matt chose well in who to emulate, I think. (It also turns out that when I was a baby and up being colic-y, Mom would pace around the living room with Doctor Who on in the background. It was still Four at the time, because Mom remembers the scarf.)

Finding doctors who know you are difficult to find. Is there a way to have your previous doc recommend someone? I've always found that works pretty well when it's possible.
Mar. 16th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, it still works fine -- the device itself, anyway! It's the headphones with the actual controls that are starting to get chancy.

Heck, I still have my iPod MINI, and as long as it's docked, it still works! :)

I missed both of those shows because I forgot to set the DVR to get them. I even searched through the schedule to try and catch a re-broadcast, but NOTHING.

Jamie! Jamie McCrimmon, my very favorite companion with my very favorite Doctor! Really, the only sad thing about Doctor Two is that so very many of his adventures got lost over the years and have never been recovered. I've seen just about everything that's still around, though, including the "Lost in Time" bits and "Invasion," which they'd recovered the sound for and just animated those missing sections (very cool).

It's sad the BBC didn't think to archive its shows the way American television networks did.
Mar. 17th, 2013 12:00 am (UTC)
I love that story on Freekibble. :D

Good luck with your foot.
Mar. 17th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
The happy doggie and kitty stories always make me happy!

Mar. 17th, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, I like reading happy animal stories.

You're welcome!
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