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    Originally Posted by luminousone
    A week ago I had to go to the DMV yo renew my drivers license in person. I was very annoyed at having to go but I couldnít very well let my license lapse, since I need to go to doctor appointments every two weeks.
    That's crummy. Our state actually extended license renewals for a couple of months. But at least you got it done and over with!

    Originally Posted by luminousone
    Anyhow, I had gotten a battery charger for my car, and the engine started right up so I could get to the appointment. So I wonít have to keep calling AAA to jump a dead battery. Iíve been a frequent customer lately...
    This reminds me of what I went through in high school. My car battery routinely died, especially in the cold months. I started to park my car in the street so that it could be easily jumped. Every morning, I'd back my mom's car out of the driveway, pull it up to my car, pop the hoods and jump my battery before I drove it to school. lol.

    Sometimes, the battery died when I was out and about, and I'd have to wait in the parking lot for the owner of a neighboring car to return so that I could ask him/her if they would give me a jump.

    I remember one time, this guy kept trying to give me incorrect instructions. He seemed to think jumping a car was dangerous rocket science magic. He was really annoying. Finally, I was like, "Look dude, I do this every day. If you're afraid your battery's going to blow up, I'll just ask someone else." He finally let me proceed and we both survived.

    I never did end up getting a battery charger. Although they were appealing!

    Glad to hear that you've seen some improvement!!

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    Re: license renewal
    I thought my state would give me an extension, but nope. They instead made everyone come in via appointments. So that worked out, mostly. They only let 5 ďcustomersĒ in the building at a time, which was surreal. Iíve been there so many times with a packed house, and had to wait a few hours to get my matters resolved. So the appointment was nice.

    Re: battery charger
    After AAA came the third time, I was explaining how Iím on chemo and that I just canít drive it enough to get my battery charged up. So he thoughtfully suggested a battery charger/maintainer.

    I ordered one and waited for it to come. And then I forgot about it.

    The night before my DMV appointment, I thought I better check my car to see if it would start. Of course it did not, so I was resigned to getting up an hour early and to call AAA. But then I remembered that I had ordered the charger. It had not been delivered yet, at least that morning. But just on a whim, I double checked - and there it was! It had come when I was in the garage, fiddling around with my car!

    So, I opened it up and read the minuscule print in the 2Ē x 3Ē manual. The manual made assumptions I had basic knowledge that I do not have, lol. But I worked through it, then tried to figure out information from my car manual. Eventually I opened up the hood and tried to figure out what kind of battery I have, so that I could make sure the settings were correct. Finally, I just sucked it up and used the default settings, because I couldnít find what I needed. So I plugged it in, and voila! It started working!

    Later, after dinner, I checked on it. It was mostly charged after 2 hours. But I left it charging all night, just to make sure. And it worked great! That was just what I needed - a charger/maintainer. Because of COVID and my cancer, I needed something to keep the battery charged up. (And by the way, my car is only 4 years old. It really is because I have been sick off and on since January, so Iím simply not driving it enough to keep it charged. And my doctor office is only 2 miles away, if that).

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    Iím taping lessons to be used in the fall with my students. Seems silly to use my summer (off-time) to do that. But - I have the energy now, and I do not know how Iíll feel then. So, as I feel up to it, Iím getting it done and banked for the future.

    My studentsí families donít know I am sick. The kiddos have enough worries as it is. And I am slowly losing my hair. So it is good to tape now, while I still have some hair.

    Anyhow, my doc had said that he plans to start me on a higher dose in August or September, which means Iíll be hit hard again once he does that. So, now I am glad that I have been plugging away at taping lessons this summer.

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    Originally Posted by luminousone
    Re: license renewal
    I thought my state would give me an extension, but nope. They instead made everyone come in via appointments. So that worked out, mostly. They only let 5 ďcustomersĒ in the building at a time, which was surreal. Iíve been there so many times with a packed house, and had to wait a few hours to get my matters resolved. So the appointment was nice.
    I like that idea! Apparently, the lines here have been atrocious. One of my coworkers had to to DMV to get a work vehicle registered the other day. He waited for 8 hours on line, outside of the building, only to be turned away at the end of the day. He was fourth in line at that point. Ugh.

    Originally Posted by luminousone
    Anyhow, my doc had said that he plans to start me on a higher dose in August or September, which means Iíll be hit hard again once he does that. So, now I am glad that I have been plugging away at taping lessons this summer.
    Probably a good idea. I hear that the cancer medications can really knock you off your feet. Save your energy!!!

    One of my coworkers lost her hair while going through chemo. When it grew back, it came in curly!

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    I had written a thank you card for my neighbor who has been mowing my front lawn for a year. I put $300 in the envelope, because it would have cost me more than that to have it professionally done. And he was using his own mower, paying for the gas, and did it every week.

    Well, when I went over to deliver the card, turns out they were in the midst of getting ready to move! They found a bigger house for all of their stuff - a motor boat, 2 kayaks, a few canoes, etc.

    So glad I thanked them for the lawn. It has been a good run while it lasted.

    We will see what new tenants will move in next!

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    Oh, and I got my new drivers license in the mail today - the picture was just as ghastly as I had expected. Sheesh!

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    I wish I could give you a big hug. ❤️

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    Originally Posted by ~Seraphim ~
    I wish I could give you a big hug. ❤️
    Virtual hug received!
    Thank you Sera!!
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    Popping in for an update.
    Was feeling pretty good for a while, and ended up adding more food into my repertoire- which was a big mistake. I added some mild Thai green curry to my dinner for a few nights in a row, and ended up sick as a dog for nearly two weeks! Ack. So Thai curry is a no-no.

    Just starting to feel a bit better now, but very cautious. I have lost 55 lbs since the end of January- just from being sick or from the side effects of my meds. Fortunately I had all that weight to lose, and I still have a bit of cushion. So that part is okay for now.

    I have medical tests lined up, and following the results, my doc intends to increase my med dose. Not looking forward to that, but maybe my body has gotten more used to it.

    Work is gearing up for me - not paid, as I am on break. But Iíve already met with my bosses a few times. The executive director told me to turn in hours from work done this summer so I can be paid extra. So that was nice.

    Anyhow, Iím going to be working remotely, so I am preparing lots of lessons for that.

    On a different note, my son was signed up to go back to living in the fraternity. We had discussions about safety, and he said he had similar conversations with his dad. Today was the last day he could cancel, and he texted me to say that he chZmged his mind - all of his classes were moved to online, so he decided to stay at his dadís for the year.

    It will be way cheaper. His dad told him he can keep the difference in money, since it was already budgeted. My son asked me if that was okay with me too- I thought it was cheeky, but I agreed. My son wants to save up for a tiny house, apparently. Lol. But Iím okay with it. Because it means he is less likely to be exposed to COVID on a small rural farm occupied by his dad and stepmom and grandparents. So Iím glad.

    Living at the fraternity with 40 other boys did not sound safe to me.

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    Tomorrow it is supposed to get up to 100 F. It has been so cool in my house this week due to mild weather (80) that I put on a light sweater and wool socks yesterday. I guess I wonít need those tomorrow !

    Anyhow, I need to mow my lawn early tomorrow morning, and then water it.


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