Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Monday, February 27, 2023
Had a strained weekend with Hubby. It started Friday afternoon after he got home from work. I think we both just reached our breaking point with things being piled on us, things going on, and we sort of took it out on each other with snipping and snapping and short tempers. Well, he'd had several extra beers when he stopped to pick up his dad's grocery list, and I absolutely hate when he's drinking. Anyway, we were mad Friday evening. Saturday we didn't see much of each other because I went shopping and then he went to take groceries to his dad and stayed to play cards, as usual. We were still cool to each other that evening. It wasn't until yesterday afternoon that things started to get back to normal. We didn't play our wizard game at all this weekend! Doh!
My arm is doing SO much better now. Friday I noticed big improvement, and then again yesterday (Sunday) all the sudden in the afternoon it was like night and day difference in how much better it felt. I don't know if it had been slightly dislocated and moved back into place, or if the fluid in the joint has just gone down enough now, but I was suddenly able to do so much more that even earlier in the day. There are still some sensitive areas if I twist my wrist too far or fast, or if I bend my elbow really far/tight to me. I still can't use a lot of force, like to open a jar, but it's all improving every day. The bruising is almost gone, just some green-yellow marks where the worst of it had been. Oh my gosh, I'm so happy and thankful it's getting better. It's been absolutely frustrating! And then all sorts of downer thoughts came creeping into my head during this healing time, like am I being punished for something? Why are these things happening to me? Am I not grateful enough in my everyday life that these are reminders to me? Yeah, those lovely head games.
And then I read a sad post on a blog I follow. The writer was telling about a disheartening weekend getaway she'd had with a church group, how she'd felt like an outsider. This really got to me and I admit I cried because I could relate. Now that I'm older, and especially since I've quit working, I tend to look at past relationships with new eyes. I've said plenty of times here that I have no friends in real life. When I was working I thought I had friends, there were people I was quite close to and had lots of fun with . . . at work. When I quit working, NO ONE reached out to me, and still haven't in the nearly four years since. If I run into someone from work when I'm out and about, like at Walmart, they're always friendly and willing to chat and ask how I am, but in general, nothing. Just like my family. And then I think back to my school days and I see the same things with my older, wiser eyes. I used to think I had friends and got along with everyone, but now I think maybe I was just being tolerated. This all moves into a whole deeper subject about how I was raised, but that's for a different time because this post is already depressing enough.
Back to the not having friends thing. I'm aware that studies show you live a longer, happier life if you have friends and a good circle of support. I'm also a believer that being alone does not always mean being lonely. If it's stressful to be around people (social anxiety, etc.) then maybe it's healthier to be alone and happy . . . ? People always suggest to me that I should just join some groups or go do some activities, and I'll make friends that way. Well, this other blogger's experience is exactly why I don't jump all over that idea. All the other people seem to know each other already. Friends sign up for these activities together. I would always feel like an outsider, which would then be worse than not having tried the activities in the first place. When my kids were small and wanting to try different things like Cub Scouts, I was so excited and gladly took them to these things but even there, it was always like I was invisible. The boys might know other kids from school, and all the other parents would seem to know each other and hang out laughing and talking, and I'd always be alone, counting the minutes until 'this dumb meeting' was over. So no, "Just join some groups!" is not a solution. Reading that other blogger's post just hurt my heart so bad because I know exactly how she felt.
Alright, enough of that downer stuff. I really didn't intend to be so deep on a Monday morning. The rain made me do it!
Friday, February 24, 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
This show reminds me of Lost, and Lost was probably my biggest obsession ever back in its day. Some of the Lost creators are involved with this show, and even 'Micheal' from Lost stars in this show. It has that same creepy, 'everything is a clue' vibe. There is some blood and gore but if you like creepy, mysterious shows, check this one out! And if you have seen it, we must talk!
So I ended up re-watching the first two or three episodes yesterday and loved every minute of it. I'm seeing things differently now after having seen the whole season. Like I said, 'everything is a clue.' I'm going to watch more today. I'm scribbling down notes as I watch this time, and hoping to do a whole post about this show. Or maybe I'll include thoughts in each daily post. Not sure yet.
Didn't do much else yesterday. When hubby got home we had a light supper so there aren't a lot of dishes piling up, and played our wizard game for a while. I didn't sleep all that great last night, so maybe I'll allow myself a nap this afternoon. lol
Our snow has started here. I'm not setting one foot outside in that mess today! LOL
Let me know if you've seen any of the shows I mentioned, or if you'll watch them now that I've clued you in to them.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Monday, February 20, 2023
Friday, February 17, 2023
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Did you all have a lovely Valentine's Day? Any new engagements, hehe? As usual, nothing Valentine-y happened here. I'll be packing up my massive amounts of Valentine's decorations after I get this posted. That was sarcasm, if you're new here. I don't even have enough decorations to fill a small shopping bag. lol
Yesterday I did indeed go back to my mom's. We'd planned to go to Walmart if she was feeling better and yes, she was feeling better. She had a gift card and some Christmas money she wanted to spend, and she just needs to start getting out and about again. She couldn't find any clothes she liked but did pick up several other random things she wanted. Although I didn't buy anything for myself, it was nice to be able to just take my time and look at things for a change. Usually I'm so rushed, grocery shopping for three people and hurrying to get back home. But yesterday I was able to see several new wax scents that interest me, noticed they finally have men's v-neck t-shirts in spring colors, and even saw a purse I might get this weekend. I'm soooo not a purse person, never carried one until maybe two years ago and it's only a very small one. With having to carry extra stuff for diabetes now, I need something bigger but still don't want some huge thing. So I think I'm going to get that one I looked at briefly yesterday. Yay me!
When I got back home after shopping, I got caught up on Y&R and Last of Us, worked on the puzzle a bit, and played the free version of UO (Ultima Online). When Hubby got home we played our other game (Wizard101) and had supper. We got our current characters up to level 100, which is where we've been stopping and switching to lesser characters. So today we'll start working 'new' characters to bring them up to level 100 too.
The eye doctor office called yesterday and said part of my order is in, just the one lens, not my other pair of 'computer' glasses. I'll wait until that pair comes, and then just make one trip. Hopefully it's today, because snow is supposedly coming tomorrow.
Well, Hubby his home today with a sore back and he's anxious to sit with a heating pad and play our wizard game, so I'll post this and get on with my day.
Anything exciting happening in your world lately?
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Monday, February 13, 2023
Thursday, February 9, 2023
The enchantment continues . . .
The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories―and secrets―that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?
With nine stories―five of which have never before been published―and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer's novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.
Years ago, when I used to read a lot more than I do now, I was well aware of the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. Those books (Cinder, Scarlet, etc.) were all the rage back when they started coming out, in 2012. I've had them on my Amazon wish list since way back then but have yet to read them. Doh! I'm intrigued because they are a retelling of favorite old fairy tales but the futuristic twist is what's held me back. Cyborgs. Yes, there are cyborgs involved.
Back in 2018, I received this Stars Above book for Christmas. At first I was like, 'Oh geez, so I'm starting with the last book?' But this is actually just a collection of little side stories related to various main characters in the actual books. I thought okay, this will be a way to see if I can tolerate the cyborg aspect, with these short stories. And then the book sat unread four more years, until finally at the end of 2022 I picked it up because I'd been struggling with another book I was trying to read.
Cyborgs just aren't my thing. Futuristic stuff like that does not interest me. If it's futuristic I'd rather have dystopian stuff like Hunger Games or Divergent. But these Lunar Chronicle little side stories weren't too bad. I think it's still the intrigue of fairy tale retelling that made it okay for me. There is still plenty of human element, not everyone is cyborg. It was fun for me to figure out which classic character each story was about. Scarlet is Little Red Riding Hood, Cinder is Cinderella, those were quite obvious, but then there were a few that I had to actually look up to see who they were meant to be. So, not having read the actual books yet, this was a fun introduction even if it is meant to come later.
I'll admit, I still don't understand the cyborg thing. I think in Cinder's case it was a way to save her after a childhood accident. But in other cases it seemed like randomness, such as in Wolf's case, which was the one I liked the least. In his little prequel story, the evil queen was building an army or something, and they turned boys into cyborgs, giving them the attack skills of wolves, jaws and fangs and all. What? Why? Maybe it all makes sense to people who really enjoy that genre but to me, nope.
This collection of stories did show me that I enjoy Marissa Meyers' writing style though. I don't think I've read anything by her before. I'm still interested in reading all of the Lunar Chronicles books. From these little companion stories it looks like there is still plenty of human world, with love stories and battling evil rulers. I'm hoping the cyborg elements aren't too distracting for me when I eventually get around to reading the actual books. To be honest, I didn't technically finish this Stars Above book. I still had about 20 pages left when I gave up. At that point it was a story that seems to come after the events of all the books, sort of wrapping everything up in typical happily ever after fairy tale style, so I decided I didn't need to read that yet.
I'm glad I finally read this, and I do hope to start reading the actual books. Maybe this will be a series I actually get from the library instead of buying my own. Still, it might be a while yet because I just started a beast of a novel (nearly 800 pages!) that I've been waiting for, and have a couple other books I got for Christmas I want to tackle first. But I will get to the Lunar Chronicles one day!
Monday, February 6, 2023
Friday, February 3, 2023
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
But now we're ranting, and we don't want to be in a ranting mood this morning.
So, I will go get things done quick and then hopefully settle in for more of that free version game the rest of the morning. Woot!
Oh, and I have to get my super minimal Valentines decorations out. I think I have all of, what, two things that sit on the buffet . . . ? I'll try to have a pic of it for tomorrow's post. lol