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Thankful Thursday

I am thankful:

 

1.     My appointments went well Monday. Even though I could not get a refill of Adiphex, I am okay with it.

2.    On Tuesday, the orthopedist said my MRI was normal, so I will not have to have surgery, but the pain is still there so I have an appointment with a neurologist next Wednesday.

3.    Hope and I walked two miles on Sunday and Tuesday, and we walked four miles today.

4.    The recent thunderstorms have not left us without power.

5.    Hope was good when I took her to town in the car with me yesterday.

6.    My yearly exam went well on Tuesday.

7.    I saw Mark while waiting for my appointment Tuesday and he called me that evening.

8.    Karen and I talked for a while on Saturday night. We caught up on what has been going on in our lives for years.

9.    Moon Pies make a good breakfast (not the healthiest, but tasty).

10.  The weather is getting a bit warmer.

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Hope and I went for a two-mile walk today. It is threatening rain so I am glad that we did walk before it starts.

 

Yesterday afternoon and evening was taken up with talking to technical support at MSN and Microsoft. I was having terrible email issues and could not resolve them after working on them for several hours myself. MSN said the problem was with Outlook after having me on the phone two and a half hours. I called Microsoft and worked with them another three hours. They finally concluded that the email problem was coming from MSN. I went back and worked through the issue myself for several more hours myself. This morning I spent about an hour on it and finally have it resolved. I hate to get technical support people that are out of country. I have difficulty understanding them and apparently they do not much understand me. I really think the whole issue was with MSN because that is where the problems were. They have been doing upgrades to email for a while now and a bunch of them must have been done over the last few days and had some disastrous effects. Almost all the email were moved into my junk mail folder on MSN and I was afraid the automatic delete would do away with all these messages that were already sorted in Outlook. MSN would not allow me to move the messages out of the junk mail folder. After the MSN guy worked on the issue, later last night I was able to move the messages around. It was horrible. Sometimes I think like Alex, "MSN is the devil."

 

The time change really got me last night. I was up to almost 3:00am with the new time. I woke at 8:30am this morning so that was decent. Not a lot of sleep, but I feel okay.

 

One of my friends, from my time on MSN Spaces where I have my blog, instant messaged me last night and we then got on the phone and talked a while. It was great hearing from her. I am so glad we linked up.

 

This upcoming week is scheduled to be a busy one. I have many appointments; I am not looking forward to all of them.

 

I hope things go smoothly and hope each of you has a good week.

 

Always,

Jo Ann

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Catching Up Again

I seem not to be keeping up with email or journaling much lately. I am not sure what is wrong with me, but I seem occupied with other things. Maybe since I brought everything up to date today I will begin to do better.

 

I have been reading a lot. Invisible by Paul Auster is very good. The sexual content in this novel is high and it is out of the ordinary. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill is an excellent novel. It is a different sort of ghost story and I highly recommend it. Treasure Hunt by John Lescroart is an interesting detective story with lots of twists. Hope in the Age of Anxiety by Anthony Scioli and Henry B. Biller is a good book, but I was a little disappointed that it did not have more concrete ideas on how to bring hope into one’s life. Hidden Empire by Orson Scott Card is the sequel to Empire, which I read long enough ago that I only have vague memories of it. The sequel stands alone and is very good. It is set in the not too distant future and has some very interesting thoughts in it. After the Prophet by Lesley Hazleton is an excellent book on Islam. It gives some ideas on why the Shia and Sunni sects are always at war. I found it very enlightening. The Faith Instinct by Nicholas Wade is a very good book. It gives reasons why religion developed and how faith impacts our lives. The End of Faith by Sam Harris is an excellent book. It has me really questioning some of my beliefs. The book is challenging and has some great points on why faith in God might be questionable. I do not agree with all of it, but the points are well written.

 

We have been staying relatively busy. I have gone to physical therapy several times and we have had other appointments. One thing that I did that was very enjoyable was that last Sunday I went to the mall by myself. I spent a lot of time looking at clearance merchandise in Belks and bought some awesome bargains. I also went to Borders and picked up a couple of writing books. I really did not need them, but I had a coupon, and I could not resist.

 

I have talked to Alex several times and he seems set on getting married and moving to California. I am not exactly thrilled about either one, but there is not a lot I can do to influence him. I just hope whatever he decides works out well.

 

The weather has been warmer, but we have been having a lot of rain. I have not gotten out walking with Hope much. The last time we walked my nostrils started burning and when I came inside, I noticed I was wheezing. That kept me from walking anymore that day.

 

My mood has been good. Mom and I are getting along quite well. She is a little miffed at times that I go to my room to read when she is running the television, but we do not have significant problems over it.

 

Well that gets me to today and I really have nothing else to say. I hope everyone’s weekend goes well.

 

Smiles,

Jo Ann

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Thankful List

 I am thankful:

 

  1. I finally caught up on my email again. I had let it get woefully behind.
  2. I started physical therapy and it seems to be helping my legs a good bit. My lower back is still painful, but every little bit of improvement is good.
  3. I had my MRI Tuesday and will get the results this coming Tuesday.
  4. Mom is planning on going on vacation to Florida so I will have a few days to myself in April.
  5. I went to the mall alone on Sunday and found some good deals. I enjoyed the time out by myself.
  6. I bought several books at bargain prices and am looking forward to reading them when I do not have library books that will entertain me.
  7. My best friend, Reba, is recovering from her back surgery well.
  8. The temperatures are getting warmer. I am not looking forward to the heat of Summer, but Spring will be nice.
  9. My puppy dog, Hope, is good company for me. She is such a wonderful blessing.
  10. Good music that lifts my heart and makes me smile.

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