December 31, 2010 — New Year’s Eve

Friday, December 31, 2010
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and mild
New Year’s Eve

I can’t believe this year is over, and it’s been quite a roller coaster of a year!

If you’d like to see my evaluation for 2010, which I thought would be depressing, but actually turned out to be quite enlightening (for me), hop on over to the Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions blog, which has been sorely neglected in the past few months.

My back kind of limited a lot of activity yesterday. I had to do a bunch of paperwork dealing with various transitional business — really, most of these companies are staffed by morons. There are enough people looking for work that companies should dump the incompetent and hire the intelligent. Oh, wait, that would mean they had to pay people a fair wage for a fair day’s work and the intelligent might actually question the corporation’s culture of screwing the public, and that would never do!

But the auto insurance kerflamma is sorted out. Turns out they sent the bill BEFORE they checked my driving record, and it’s even less than the original quote, thanks to me being a careful driver in the past (and now I have the pressure to continue)!

Paid a bunch of bills, so I can go into the New Year without bills hanging over my head.

Played with the cats, who wanted attention.

Filled the car to bursting with garbage and recycling and took it all to the dump. 80% of our garbage is recycling — we really generate very little stuff for the landfill, which is good.

Went grocery shopping and spent far more than I intended — I thought when you have a list you stay under budget? Even with a list, I bought more than I thought I would — and I stuck to the list! Also stocked up on some wine for next week. For a state with such tight blue laws, they have a lot of awesome wine shops around here!

I was in so much pain in the morning that I considered a trip to the emergency room. But, again, it would be a lot of money and tests and all they can do is give me a stronger painkiller, which doesn’t solve the problem. Alleve did NOTHING, didn’t even take the edge off, and neither did Excedrin. Spent most of the afternoon lying on the couch reading, with a heating pad on my back.

Yet another customer service person from Verizon told me that they “can’t” do anything to help me unless I buy the blocker. I ignored them, and I think I’ve finagled it so that it’s blocked — I’m not getting messages every 15 seconds any more.

Costume Imp and I are getting next week figured out — it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Saw a lovely rocking chair for sale for a great price on Craigslist – I was hoping to pick it up today, but haven’t heard back from the owner. If I can’t get it today, it’ll have to be next week, and they’ll probably sell it to someone else. Oh, well. I’ll either get it or I won’t.

The appliance repair place called and will come today to fix the washer. I can do laundry here before the New Year! I hate starting the new year with dirty clothes!

I also want to do my hair today — I want to start the New Year with shiny hair AND clean clothes!

My hurricane cylinders arrived yesterday (they weren’t scheduled to arrive until Monday) and this time, the UPS guy HANDED me the box instead of throwing it from the truck. Which is good, since they’re glass. They are beautiful. They fit the candlestands perfectly, although they’re taller than I expected, but look great. I washed them last night, let them dry and they’re up now. It will make things safer.

I’m looking forward to a nice, cozy celebration here at home tonight (I’m not big on New Year’s shindigs, and I don’t have to be banned from my own home until 1 AM, like I was in NYC). Yes, when I lived a block from Times Square, if I left the house after 6 PM, I was not allowed back in until after 1 AM, even though I lived there! Isn’t that awful? I usually had a show on New Year’s Eve (thankfully, most shows now only do a matinee), and then I was forced to go to a party. I don’t like New Year’s Eve — too much forced joviality for me — I like to celebrate quietly at home with one or two people.

Once I moved out of the city and wasn’t working full-time anymore, I refused to accept work for New Year’s. I did a yoga retreat upstate for several years, which was great. After that year where I was on the train when the year turned, I decided no more of other people deciding how I start my year!

So, I’ve got some errands to run today, and the repairman to wait for, and my hair to do, and some shelves to put up in the basement to sort the dishes I don’t need every day, some writing to do, and then enjoy sweeping the old year out of the back door and welcoming the New Year in the front!

I’ve got my bayberry candle for tonight; my bayberry incense for tonight and tomorrow, and the stuff I need for the dawn ceremony I do on New Year’s.

I want a peaceful end to this year and a quiet, fun start to 2011!

Happy New Year!

Devon

6 Comments

  1. Happy New Year! This one’s gonna be a goodun. 😉

  2. Glad to see you back on the GDR site. 🙂

    With the back – having been through similar injuries and doctoring in the past, I would recommend you switch from heat to cold. After 24 hours, the muscle needs cold to reduce the inflammation. Once you’re able to move it without further injuring it, get some stomach crunches going to strengthen it. Also, the doc had me double up on the Alleve dosage when I injured the shoulder.

    The emergency room wouldn’t do much beyond giving you Alleve and ice anyway, so you were smart to avoid it. Supportive shoes, rest, and vitamins.

    May 2011 bring you many blessings, hon.

    • Thanks — I’ll try the ice. Usually, I don’t do well with ice, but I think you’re right –in this case, some ice would do me good.

      I could always go roll out in the yard!

  3. Oh, PS … I always take a list shopping with me, but the only way I stay under budget, or even on budget, is to also keep a running total on the other side, rounding it up to the nearest 10p (that way I also get a nice surprise on top of any other offers factored in without me buying specials I didn’t want). It took a while to get into that habit, but as I was crossing stuff off the list as I got it anyway, I though I may as well jot down how much everything cost. Our stores are required by law to put all the prices on the shelves too, and to make sure it’s the right price for the right product. I only have to hint that I can’t find the price and the place is on full alert hoping to catch me out.

    It might be worth you going to the emergency room as the back hasn’t eased yet. They might surprise you and you might be glad you caved in sooner rather than later. You might not, of course, but you might … 😀

    • Without insurance, I’m not going to the emergency room until I’m nearly dead.

  4. {{HUGS}}} on the back pain. I can’t believe nothing is helping! It makes me think it might be more “nerve” pain than muscle. I just hope it feels better…fast!

    Happy New Year, Dev! You deserve lots of joy in 2011!


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