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11/30/11
I don't have a tree, but I do have a tree-scented candle, which is just as good. And the 24-hour holiday music channel on the radio. And twinkle lights on my patio. Feliz Navidad!

11/29/11
Not that life in general is uneventful, I'm just tired!

11/25/11
After an uneventful travel day - slept through the flight - I am back home in the land of the sun.

And really tired, for some reason.

11/24/11
Happy Thanksgiving!

I met Mom at the NY Public Library yesterday (yes, in the rain) and we wandered all over the Bryant Park holiday bazaar - if you sense a trend, you're right, the bazaars are one of my favorite city things, ever. We just walked through quickly, since we had tix to see Hugh Jackman's one man show. Oh, so good! Totally loved the entire show so much. After that, we walked back over to Bryant Park to eat and browse and shop. There was a booth selling grits - we saw it from a distance, and I said, "oh man, I don't like plain grits, I love them with shrimp and cheese tho." Lo and behold! They had a shrimp-and-grits platter available, good southern comfort food. At the booth across the way, Mom had a burrito made with mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, baby spinach and salsa. Nom nom nom. Also picked up some candles and other tchotchkes.

I think it stopped raining for the drive downtown. I had to pick up my bags at Dad's, and we stopped at my other favorite store, Fish's Eddy, purveyor of fine and unique dishes and cups etc. I picked up some new pasta bowls (yes, I will be putting them in my carry-on) and a fantastic tray that's decorated to look like the NY/NJ line inside the Lincoln Tunnel (if you know what that is, I salute you, if not, there's no good way to explain it). Love that store. We went to the new Muppets movie last night - I still think The Muppets Take Manhattan is the best one, but it was totally enjoyable.

Today - turkey! We drove to Aunt Barbara's for the annual food-fest (I wore pants with an elastic waist). I actually ate a brussel sprout (one, singular) and pronounced it, "not bad." Also filled up on turkey. potatoes, corn and most importantly, Aunt Linda's apple pie. I don't think I'll ever eat again.

Came home (oh, it wasn't raining today) and buried the rest of Grandma's ashes under the dogwood tree, and now it's time to nap before I meet up with Lori and Julia after they get off work.

11/22/11
Of course it rained all day, what else could it do? Dad and I had no plans at all, so I figured, let's head to the new Uniqlo store up on 53rd and 5th to look around. We hopped the train (in the rain) up to Rock Center, the tree is all covered in scaffolding. I don't want to be the person to put all the lights on it. The Uniqlo store is HUGE, but despite their having cashmere on sale and ultra-light down jackets, I managed to walk away without buying anything. I really hope they're going to open stores across the country, as rumored.

We hit a diner on 57th for late-breakfast, and then wandered around the Time Warner center. They also have a BOSE store, so we watched the demo for the Video Wave again. I figure by the time I save the money to buy one, the price will have come down.

Went back downtown (in the rain) and wandered the holiday shops at the seaport - of course we ducked into the Yankees store where I bought a few ornaments for my tree and a new keychain. I also picked up the (non-Yankees) souvenirs for my AZ pals.

After drying out for a bit back at the apartment, I went up the Union Square to meet the gang at Chat 'n' Chew. I looked through the holiday bazaar for a bit in the square, bought a fantastic new leather purse and wallet. I was the first one to the restaurant, so to warm up, I had a Bailey's and Kahlua on the rocks - yes, it was on ice, but it was still warming somehow. As Missy, Dona, Michael, Tesse and Jay made it in from the - yes - rain, we had a few more and some absolutely fantastic comfort food. I was so, so happy to see my friends, I wish I could take them all back to AZ with me.

Places I didn't visit? Zucotti Park and the 9/11 Memorial.

later on 11/21/11
Aw, it rained in the city to welcome me.

Italian dinner with Dad and Ann and early holiday gift-exchange. And now bed.

11/21/11
Hi ho hi ho, it's off to Sky Harbor I go. At 5.30am.

11/20/11
All done with work for a week - flying out bright and early tomorrow morning. This is when my weird sleep schedule will come in handy, since waking up at 4am is exactly what I want to do. All packed, tho I'm sure I'll realize that I forgot something once I get there.

11/18/11
Zzz. I fell asleep at 9pm last night, woke up at 4am, and then tossed and turned. I called the chiropractor to cancel my morning appointment - will reschedule aftr I get back. Then I went to an inservice at work, and then met up with Elizabeth to go to her daughter's school's annual carnival. Oddly enough, I enjoyed it, and the kids didn't drive me up the wall. Must be the unstressed, Arizona, non-city kids. They had a silent auction and tricky tray for fund raisers - didn't win anything, but it was nice to ogle the prize baskets.

11/17/11
My house has a shape! It's all framed with the 2x4's and looks like... well, a house! So excited.

Getting ready for travel - did the laundry and the dishes and got the keys to my catsitter. Got my nails done. And thinking about what to wear - after all, it was 77 here today and I'm wearing flipflops. It's a wee bit chillier in NY.

11/15/11
Donated another four bags of books to the library, whew. And then I stopped by Lowe's to pick up packing tape and worked on packing up the books in the den, so I can clear it out in preparation for IKEA boxes being stacked in there. I also framed some of the antelope canyon pictures that I had enlarged (when I go back to IKEA, I have to get another frame since one of the ones I bought managed to end up with cracked glass (honestly, I have no idea how it happened, but I'm sure it wasn't broken when I left the store) and called the chiropractor to go again on Friday (in preparation for Monday's flight). Feeling good today.

And I picked up another overtime shift for tomorrow night.

11/14/11
Hey, one more week til I head east for some turkey!

11/11/11
Happy Veteran's Day.

Busy day today. I started out at the chiropractor. He cracked every single joint in my back and neck and shoulders, and I feel six inches taller. I'm going to wait and see how I feel tomorrow before making another appointment.

Then I went to my happy place - IKEA. I made my list of what I want to buy for my new house (house!) and it won't break the bank. They do have this sweet deal now where if you buy a couch (chair, ottoman) before December 20th, you get a gift card for 15% of the purchase price. Unfortunately, you have to take it with you within three days, so I couldn't have them hold it til the house is ready. I'm tempted to clear out the den and have them deliver my IKEA stuff here (since heck, I'm having movers do the move). My IKEA shopping list includes several pieces of Ektorp couch/chair/ottoman things.

And then I drove over to the Goodwill in Scottsdale, with the thought that rich people donate nicer furniture than the rest of us. I lucked out! Found a super cabinet - like you'd put linens in - that matches my coffee table and will fit perfectly in the niche next to the fireplace.

Finally, on my way home, I stopped at the National Memorial Cemetary of Arizona (since it's Veteran's Day) and walked around looking at grave markers.

11/9/11
No clinic followup needed - the doc called me today to say that the x-ray showed some bone positioning that indicates muscle spasms, but that it doesn't exclude a pinched nerve. So she recommended taking the Flexeril at bedtime and getting to the chiropractor for some traction and "re-alignment" to see if that helps. If it still feels like nerve pain, we can do an MRI. So I made an appt for the chiro for Friday morning (I said, "not too early," and she said, "how about 9.30am?") - hopefully it'll help!

11/8/11
Oh, I was able to crack my neck this morning, it felt great. I'm waiting for the doc to call with my x-ray results and then I'm going to make a chiropractor appt.

It's still chilly here - this is apparently "winter," and it lasts about six weeks, according to my coworkers.

I bought the kitties two mini-stockings at the grocery store this morning. That's all the holiday shopping I'm doing until after the holidays, when everything goes on sale. Dad and I are exchanging gifts when I go home in two weeks for Thanksgiving, and Mom and I are doing it in mid-January, when she's out here. Works for me.

To update four hours later, I got an email from the clinic saying I have a followup appt for Thursday afternoon - hopefully I'll be awake in time, since I picked up an overtime shift for Wednesday night, and I've been hibernating something like 12 hours a day all week. Wonder if that's due to the Neurontin or the cooler weather.

11/5/11
My hospice patient, who'd been with us almost two months, died last night. The family had asked me to be there when she passed, so I wound up going in when they called that it was getting close. Great family, I'll miss having them there (they stayed 24/7, so we had a lot of time on nights to talk). I've only gone to the funeral of one other resident since starting nursing, this'll be the second.

11/4/11
I'm feeling better after taking the Neurontin and the Percocet and sleeping on and off all night (that is, I fell asleep at 8pm, woke up at 2am, at 5am, and 9am).

Being productive today - I have laundry in the washer, packed up some books to take to the library, vacuumed the apartment, sorted out the holiday presents that I've already bought, and searched in vain for the wrapping paper that I swore I brought from NJ. Apparently I didn't, so I'm off to Target to get wrapping paper and tags. I know it's early, but I'm bringing presents home to Dad's in seventeen more days (!).

11/3/11
I am just falling apart - the clinic doc thinks its a pinched nerve, too, with some degenerative joint disease thrown in for good measure (in my neck). So I'm loaded up with Flexeril, Neurontin and Percocet, and am on my way to get an x-ray. Fun fun. She also gave me some Zocor for my cholesterol, but said not to start that for a week or so, so if I have any side effects, I'll know which med they came from. I'm going to have to get one of those pill boxes and sort out my meds for each day now to keep them straight!

11/2/11
Oh wait, today is a palindrome day, too. Wait a minute...

Three weeks (or so) til I'm back on the east coast. I'm looking forward to seeing my NYC peeps at Chat and Chew, and seeing Hugh Jackman on the 23rd (yum) in his one-man show. Oh yeah, and the family blah blah blah.

11/1/11
Ah, a palindrome day. 11/1/11.

According to the weather, today is the last "really warm" day for a while. It's supposed to drop down into the 60's and 70's for a week or so. I might need to break out a sweater.

-catherine

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