- Monday was the last day for me selling Medicare insurance in 2012. Last year the company made a big deal out nobody got Christmas Eve off, and then they let us all go on Dec. 28. This year they started letting people go as soon as the Annual enrollment period was over (Dec 7). I felt bad to be let go, again, but I can go back again next year if I want to.
- Last year was a bad year for me in the medical dept. and I had to go on antibiotics 3 times, which messed up my intestinal fauna - those little friends who keep everything working properly and clean down there where the sun don't shine. So I was searching for ways to re-establish active colonies. I took probiotic pills every other day to keep the colony alive, but it didn't seem like it was quite enough. I discovered that some probiotic pills only have 1 culture, some 3, and I knew the normal person has hundreds of different critters at work. Then one day I noticed a weird bottle in the dairy section at the grocery store and that's how I discovered Kefir cultured milk smoothies with "10 +2 live & active cultures". They made an immediate difference, so it was effective. My favorite flavor is pomegranate, but sometimes they don't have it. So I recently bought some blueberry flavored Kefir. It upsets my stomach for some strange reason. Well, it's the Christmas season and I love eggnog, and I discovered that eggnog will dilute the flavor and make it so I can finish off the bottle.
- After I had a policeman come over and run his lights in front of the house, we went a whole week before one of my strings of Christmas lights was cut again. I fixed the string, but didn't put it back by the sidewalk. Instead, I strung it up in a bush, which doesn't seem to offend the neighbors as much as the ones by the walk. That was about a week ago, and today I noticed that one wire has been cut in another string. I have soldered those strings of lights together so many times now that I must have mixed up the connections, because the entire string still works with that wire cut. Strange. Strange that the lights work, and strange that the miscreant stopped after cutting only one wire. Maybe this one really was a rabbit.
- Our Christmas tree was getting old and the pre-wired lights were burning out. There were sections here and there with no lights at all. And, it was only 9 feet tall, which Liz always thought was inadequate for our entry. The base was 3.5' wide, which is a tight fit in the nook at the base of the stairs, so a bigger tree was out of the question. But the lights were a real problem. I was moaning about the sheer drudgery of cutting out all the old lights and putting in new ones, and Liz and I were having our typical, oft-repeated discussion of why I'd like to use never-ending LED lights and how she doesn't like the color of them. The result was Liz looked online at new Christmas trees and we discovered that Sam's had a new slim tree that is 12' tall and only slightly bigger at the base. So we bought one. BONUS: It came with a wireless remote control. Very cool, and I was able to astound the missionaries by turning it on with a wave of my hand. They figured it out when I turned it off by snapping my fingers, though.
5. Ruth got the old tree, and by using just the top sections where only a few lights are out, made it work in her apartment where it looks fantastic.
6. Did you know that if you mis-spell dairy as diary, your spell checker won't catch it?