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Brooks & Dunn's new album is going to be called Hillbilly Deluxe. I'm sure any Dwight fans reading this will recognize that name. It annoys me for some unfathomable reason.

Really good article on marriage, and the deterioration thereof, at the NY Times.

I am TIRED today. Last night it was too damned hot to sleep comfortably and I tossed and turned a lot, but was too tired to get up and do something about it (like some moron). So I've been exhausted and eye-sore all day long, which means I've eaten a great deal more sugar than I should have done. I did get a salad for lunch to help counter this, however. It gave me energy to finish the day.

I'm trying to decide if I should buy Titus seasons 1 & 2, when it comes out next week. It's not expensive, and I LOVED that show, so I probably will.

I neglected to talk about my trip to the eye doctor yesterday. I've been getting blurrier and blurrier, so I figured it was time for new glasses, and was informed when I arrived that it has, indeed, been five years since I got these ones. Dr. Ryan, the usual optician, was not in, and instead it was a nifty fellow named Dr. Hopper, who appeared to be a misplaced deep south delta bluesman, who talked a steady stream to either me or himself (hard to tell which), with lots of "fix de eyes for de lady" and "gets de lady to see" sorts of things. He moved as languidly as he spoke, but he was REALLY sharp and got my sight much clearer than I think it's ever been, as well as informing me that my eyes might be dry, but they're very healthy (which is good to know). I also COULD go for bifocals, if I'd like, but I turned them down this time. As it is, since I get tinted (for the computer), scratch-resistant, fancy lenses, they're expensive enough. I should have them by the 15th, and this time I'll have new lenses put in these frames, as well, so I have two pair.

I have to pay for my car registration this year. I love my 16-year-old truck. A two-year registration, with personalized plates, is going to run me $86.53. Of course, I also have to pass Phoenix-area emissions. She should pass.

I should go outside and fix the sunscreen over the truck. This morning I found that where the wind blew the sun fabric away has allowed the birds to leave nasty messages all over my driver's side door. Bleah.

But I'm tired.

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nutmeg3
Jul. 7th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
<< Brooks & Dunn's new album is going to be called Hillbilly Deluxe. I'm sure any Dwight fans reading this will recognize that name. It annoys me for some unfathomable reason. >>

That's just wrong. And stupid. And not particularly true, either. Grrrr.

We're having nasty heat and humidity here, and all I can say is, "God bless air conditioning." I couldn't sleep without it anymore. It's unfathomable to me now that I put off getting it for so long.
wildrider
Jul. 7th, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)
According to preliminary media releases, it's "a return to a gritter, more raw sound," or some such, but I'll believe it when I hear it. :P I passed on reviewing it, so I won't get a copy.

It's been 112 the last few days, and will continue as such for a while. While we HAVE air conditioning, it doesn't kick on all night unless I crank it WAY down; and due to some trick of our venting system, this means the living room is freezing but our bedroom is still stiffling. Happens every year... I'd leave the doors open and the living room fan going, but then it invites catwalk, which is just as disturbing to sleep as heat is. :)
nutmeg3
Jul. 7th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
<< According to preliminary media releases, it's "a return to a gritter, more raw sound," >>

This cracks me up, positing as it does that they ever had a raw, gritty sound to begin with. If they ever did, I certainly missed it.
wildrider
Jul. 7th, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I mean, they had a few good albums, back at the start (Neon Moon is still a great song), but hardly "gritty." Always polished Nashville Gold. It's just they haven't sung a country song since, oh, Boot Scootin' Boogie.
nutmeg3
Jul. 8th, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
LOL! Their new song, despite espousing country, isn't particularly country itself, either.
wildrider
Jul. 9th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
I don't think I've heard it yet (not that I'm missing much, from what I've heard ABOUT it)...

nutmeg3
Jul. 10th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
LOL! Very, very true.
fenchurche
Jul. 7th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
Last night it was too damned hot to sleep comfortably

So, I probably shouldn't mention that our high here today was 65, then, should I? ;-)

I neglected to talk about my trip to the eye doctor yesterday.

I haven't gone to an ophthalmologist in a verrrrrry long time. I really should see about finding a good one in the area, if for no other reason than to get checked for potential diseases. My eyes are strange enough that I really can't go to an optometrist... the very first thing they usually try to do is put me in glasses -- not surprising, since most optometrists are also in the business of of SELLING glasses -- which is about the worst thing they could do.

Unfortunately, my old ophthalmologist in Utah retired a few years ago, or I'd just arrange to go the next time I'm visiting the in-laws.
sillymagpie
Jul. 7th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
Why would putting you in glasses be the worst thing they could do? Just curious.

fenchurche
Jul. 7th, 2005 06:32 am (UTC)
Short version: I've got one near-sighted eye and one far-sighted eye, so they mostly balance each other out (and more to the point, they've always been like that, so I'm used to seeing things that way). The real problem though, is that the near-sighted eye has been slowly getting better... but when I wear glasses, it goes rapidly downhill. Before I found my old ophthalmologist, who figured out what was going on (and this was about fifteen years ago), I was having to get a new prescription every six months or so to avoid headaches.

I really do need to find someone new to see, I'm just a bit wary about most clinics... mostly worried that they'll get insistent about the glasses issue.
sillymagpie
Jul. 7th, 2005 07:05 am (UTC)
Yowser, that is a problem! I'm glad your ophtalmologist figured it out. Here's hoping you find a good eye doctor. I have enough trouble with my mismatched nearsighted eyes. I can't imagine the hassle you must go through.
nutmeg3
Jul. 8th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC)
I have one nearsighted eye and one farsighted, too, and I've never met anyone else who does, so this is kind of cool. Unfortunately, I'm also astigmatic in both eyes, so glasses are a necessity. And now I have presbyopia, too, which sucks.
fenchurche
Jul. 11th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
I hadn't known that! I've only ever met one other person with the same problem... so definitely not all that common.
wildrider
Jul. 7th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd heard that "65" was considered a warm summer day up there... That's a chilly winter day in these parts. {g} Our lows have been around 85 overnight, which is warm but tolerable.

I really SHOULD go to an ophthalmologist rather than an optician, but the eye doc I used to go to abruptly stopped calling me to set up our annual appointments after I chickened out of the laser surgery (which I still regret having done, since Mom was going to pay for it)--it was back at the dawn of the procedure and all the warnings skeered me, long before all the success stories came along. I haven't found a new one since. I have dry eye, a hole in one cornea (which appears to have gotten better in the last several years), and also mismatched eyes, although not nearly the problem you have, but I'm lazy and I have come to the conclusion that I AM going to eventually not chicken out and I will have the surgery, but since now I have to pay for it myself, it has to wait.
fenchurche
Jul. 7th, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd heard that "65" was considered a warm summer day up there...

Heh! Actually, we're about 10-15 degrees lower than normal right now... supposed to start warming up later this week (I had to wear a jacket when we went out walking last night!!). We'd normally be starting to edge up toward 90 in another week or so, but we're still looking at temps in the 70's for a bit longer, from the looks of it (which is plenty hot for me!).

I really SHOULD go to an ophthalmologist rather than an optician

I've been really surprised at how few of them there are, which can actually make it harder to find a good one, with fewer to choose from. I really wish Dr. Ririe hadn't retired... he was worth traveling back to Utah to see.

I have come to the conclusion that I AM going to eventually not chicken out and I will have the surgery, but since now I have to pay for it myself, it has to wait.

rackham has been bouncing the idea around for years, too... he's intrigued by the idea of being able to wake up in the morning and instantly see. And be able to see when he's in the shower or at the pool. I'm not sure how it would work for me, my eyes don't focus together and likely haven't since I was really little. I'd have to completely relearn how to see, which could pose a whole different set of problems.
wildrider
Jul. 7th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
It's hard to find any doctor these days, it seems. Quite off-topic, they're changing our insurance options AGAIN at work, but rumor has it they will cover eyes for a change, so maybe it's time to look for a real eye doctor again.

...he's intrigued by the idea of being able to wake up in the morning and instantly see. And be able to see when he's in the shower or at the pool. I'm not sure how it would work for me, my eyes don't focus together and likely haven't since I was really little. I'd have to completely relearn how to see, which could pose a whole different set of problems.

I know it would be good for me, since I didn't even have to WEAR glasses at all until college, and then it was for distance only (I wore them to class); it wasn't until 1990 that I had to wear them all the time. It took me years to get used to them.
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