Friday, March 08, 2013

Your Turn

It has been awhile since we had a free for all Friday on Your Turn so have at it. Plug what you want to plug. Sell your etsy stuff or send people to watch your favorite cat videos or to go see your favorite band. Share a recipe or talk about what is bothering you. Today is your day.

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OneEyeCharlie said...

I am going to make pancetta this weekend. Random!

Ms. Good Intentions said...

I just want to say THANK YOU to the peeps who post links in the comment section. I find myself daily thinking how awesome y'all are!

I have yet to figure out how to embed the links. I'm sure it has been discussed plenty before but I've never seen it.

Karen said...

@Ms. Good Intentions, How to make a link

VIPblonde said...

You know what bothers me? I can never find out the rest of the words to "ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay"

Also, here are the instructions on how to embed links

rejectedcarebear said...

Today I'm watching my niece (the baby in my avi) she just turned 7 months yesterday and is crawling!!

Unfortunatly, my best friends family had to bury their baby boy this week. Everyone- please hug your kids and be thankful every day you have them in your life. My heart broke a little this week and I'm so thankful for my nieces and nephews.

StraightForward said...

Well, since you asked...I'm going to make a shameless plug for my blog on straight spouses. Please share; every one of us knows someone who has been through this. And thanks!

http://straightforwardonline.blogspot.com/

FSP said...

A smart and stylish girl you see,
Belle of good society,
Not too strict but rather free,
Yet as right as right can be.
Never forward, never bold,
Not too hot and not too cold,
But the very thing I'm told,
That in your arms you'd like to hold.

Ta ra ra boom de ay! - 8X

I'm not extravagantly shy,
And when a nice young man is nigh,
For his heart I have a try,
And faint away with tearful sigh.
When the nice young man in haste,
Will support me round the waist,
I don't come to while thus embraced,
Til of my lips he steals a taste.

Ta ra ra boom de ay!

I'm a timid flower of innocence,
Pa says that I have no sense,
I'm one eternal big expense,
But men say that I'm just immense.
E're my verses I conclude,
I'd like it known and understood,
Though free as air, I'm never rude,
I'm not too bad and not too good!

Ta ra ra boom de ay!

Xander Dyle said...

Reposting this with additions for VIPblonde (and bacon menu items at FIG restaurant in Santa Monica:

@VIPblonde - my favorites in LA...

http://www.veggiegrill.com/

http://millenniumhollywood.net/2013/01/22/doomies-home-cookin-vegan-comfort-food/

http://www.stuffieat.com/

http://www.realfood.com/

http://cafegratitudela.com/

http://www.lavegancrepe.com/

And if you ever happen to be driving up The 14 to Mammoth, or the back way to Vegas; this place is a hidden gem. I always stock up fr the condo or hotel room:
Thai Café – Lancaster http://www.happycow.net/reviews.php?id=23138

I thought of a couple things as well...
Not fancy, but my personal favorite for sushi = http://www.fresh-in-the-box.com/

For nice, but not "stuffy" - I love = http://www.figsantamonica.com/
The staff is super nice, and the chef is incredible. I generally take all out of town guests here, as it's always a hit with them.
My personal favorites are the Pastaless Lasagne, the Vegetable Curry, and the Sunday Brunch Poblano and Mushroom Tacos.

(If Enty actually reads the comments, he would probably love the Bacon Waffle A La Mode with Bacon Ice Cream and the Bacon Wrapped Bacon. ;-)

Final thing of my L.A. favorites is to go Downtown to San Antonio Winery and get a case of San Antonio Cardinale. It has become my wife's personal favorite wine in the world, so always good to have a bottle on hand. ;-)

Gayeld said...

@VIP.

Joe Hill version

I had a job once threshing wheat
Worked sixteen hours with hands and feet.
And when the moon was shining bright,
They kept me working all the night.
One moonlight night, I hate to tell,
I "accidentally" slipped and fell.
My pitchfork went right in between
Some cog wheels of that thresh-machine.

Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!
It made a noise that way.
And wheels and bolts and hay,
Went flying every way.
That stingy rube said, "Well!
A thousand gone to hell.
But I did sleep that night,
I needed it all right.

Next day that stingy rube did say,
"I'll bring my eggs to town today;
You grease my wagon up, you mutt,
And don't forget to screw the nut.
I greased his wagon all right,
But I plumb forgot to screw the nut,
And when he started on that trip,
The wheel slipped off and broke his hip.

Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!
It made a noise that way,
That rube was sure a sight,
And mad enough to fight;
His whiskers and his legs
Were full of scrambled eggs;
I told him, "That's too bad –
I'm feeling very sad"

And then that farmer said, "You turk!
I bet you are an "I Won't Work".
He paid me off right there, By Gum!
So I went home and told my chum.
Next day when threshing did commence,
My chum was Johnny on the fence;
And 'pon my word, that awkward kid,
He dropped his pitchfork, like I did.

Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!
It made a noise that way,
And part of that machine
Hit Reuben on the bean.
He cried, "Oh me, oh my;
I nearly lost my eye"
My partner said, "You're right –
It's bedtime now, good night"

But still that rube was pretty wise,
These things did open up his eyes.
He said, "There must be something wrong;
I think I work my men too long"
He cut the hours and raised the pay,
Gave ham and eggs for every day,
Now gets his men from union hall,
And has no "accidents" at all.

Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!
That rube is feeling gay;
He learned his lesson quick,
Just through a simple trick.
For fixing rotten jobs
And fixing greedy slobs,
This is the only way,
Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!

Take your pick!

Also, the system is up. Yay! Everyone and their mother is running reports. *scowl.* Never, in my entire professional career has my filing been so up-to-date.

Amber said...

If anyone here is a NBA fan, you should start listening to the CBS Eye on Basketball Podcast. Someone near and very dear is the host. :)

Also check out my friend Jen Sinkler's website: Thrive with Jen Sinkler. It's about health and fitness. She's an all-around stellar person!

Laura said...

Metric was my favorite band at ACL this year!

Miz said...

I'll have a shameless plug and a random fact of the day, please!

www.cakeandhottease.wordpress.com (fairly new, just closed my other blog to go in another direction)


Cal­lipy­gous is a word ded­i­cated to describ­ing a per­fectly shaped beau­ti­ful butt.

Happy Friday everyone!

VIPblonde said...

@FSP and @Gayeld Thanks for the lyrics! It wasn't really bothering me; it's a part of George Carlin's stand-up :)

lizjaxe said...

I'm a wrestling fan!!

Laura said...

My Metric comment was to lazyday, who seems to have disappeared.


LottaColada said...
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FSP said...

I have corn nuts.

Kimberly said...

@Xander. Thanks. I am now very hungry. If anyone can tell me how to enbed pictures I have the three prettiest fur children in the whole world.

LottaColada said...

File this under EXTREMELY RANDOM: I can't even remember where I saw this but I bookmarked it because it's amazing....

Young Christopher Walken Looks Exactly Like Scarlett Johansson

megan00m said...

Perfect spring day in Portland!

figgy said...

I'm ready for the snow to melt.

wacko jacko said...

I'm so tired of hearing my 50 something year old neighbors having sex! It's so awkward to look at them with a straight face. Luckily it only lasts about 6 minutes.

Renoblondee said...

Awesome! I've been waiting for this post. My teenage daughter volounteers all her free time at our local animal shelter. There was a recent article in the paper about how worn out it is, but the state has hardly any money to give it. My husband is volunteering his service as a contractor, but there are so many violations they need fixed. It means so much to my daughter. The phone is 2527478474. If anyone can help even a lityle. Thank you! It's The Greene County Animal Shelter of NC.
It's my first plug. Hope I worded it right.

Renoblondee said...

Well damn! It's 8184! 252-747-8184

VIPblonde said...

@Lotta That's amazing!!!! On a somewhat related note, remember Ben Affleck's old teeth?

Nothanksdarlin said...

Care ear, that's my biggest fear in the world! I'm so in love with my children I can't even imagine the pain your friends are going through. My heart goes out to them

Ms. Good Intentions said...

@karen & VIP....thanks!!!

Einstein DeGeneres said...

This book is free on Kindle next week - Tues to Thurs: "How To Train Your Parents in 6 1/2 Days" and it's gotten all 5-star reviews.

Xander Dyle said...

If anyone is interested - I offer stylist makeovers to people over the Internet through my blog.
I actually have been getting more enjoyment working with non-Hollywood people all over the world through the Internet consultations than I have doing Hollywood location work.

www.colorintervention.net

Check out success stories and have fun!

Karen said...

My brother is really trying to make a go of this Facebook page of his, I Kick a Touchdown. It's mostly just posting sports and random funny memes: here

He would really appreciate some more likes if anyone is interested. And don't be afraid to troll if you'd rather do that. ;)

SusanB said...

Just a plug for a website that is very helpful for those of us in hurricane country:

http://spaghettimodels.com/

It's run by a guy as (I think) a hobby - he gathers info from a lot of different weather sites, including NOAA and closely tracks tropical storms, etc. He also has some good links to weather forecasts of different cities at the bottom. I have no connection with this guy, other than to slavishly follow his site during hurricane season.

Is anyone going to spring training baseball games? We saw the Yankees at the Cardinals yesterday - good game. Going to see the Red Sox at the Marlins on Monday.

Nothanksdarlin said...

Is there a way to get email notifications if someone comments after you on a post? I am still relatively new here and have always wanted to ask but I didn't want to interrupt the flow of gossip!

Alma said...

If you get super bored, read my crappy short horror stories. They are awful and I feel like a whore now.

http://bigblogofbad.blogspot.com

Now that I did that, meet me behind the Ihop for a five dollar handjob. The five because I am short that much for a grand slam breakfast. Mmmm, pancakes!

Izzie Marceaux said...

I want to pimp my cooking blog but it's under remodel right now and no way would I let CDaNers see it in its underwear.

Office window is wide open and the birds are going nuts! Beautiful day, I wish I could be outside all day long.

Jules_345 said...

I love these types of posts..

Today is my last day at a crummy dead end job, moving on up starting Monday!!

Karen said...

Also, every year since 1975, my high school raises money for Cystic Fibrosis. A student who graduated the year after me has CF and needs a dounble lung transplant. I remember him being a good guy. Anyway, they're trying to raise $100,000 to cover transplant-related expenses. If anyone is interested in donating to Danny or just to read his story and about our high school,
Click here

Or if you're more interested in donating to the school's Super Dance which goes to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, go here

My graduating class year had the highest total donations for one year ($200,000), despite most of us being slackers.

Gayeld said...

There are too many people living in my house.

Am I the only one being stalking on the internet by their siblings?

Xander Dyle said...

@Alma - all of us posting blogs can be Ghostie Burrito Whores. So it's okay. Just decide what kind f actual burrito you have whored yourself out for; and we're all good.
In my mind I've decide that I've whored out for a Baker's Vegetarian Combo Burrito

Tru Leigh said...

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Cheiromancer

Anna Nonymous said...

I feel freedom, and lightness of heart, but it's frightening and overwhelming because I was used to the cage. The sharp sea air on my face, feathering through my hair makes me feel exiliration but also fear, should I be happy or frightened? I can handle it,I can breath and walk through it, ask for help, I've got help, support, am taking steps to surround myself with healthy activities and people, to not have too much time on my hands, to dwell or get depressed. I find myself feeling lonely, needy, yearning for the closeness, the shallow comfort and fleeting security of a monster that loves and needs you. But I wouldn't trade my fresh air and the grace that I feel now, for all of the suffocating, dirty, rank air of my old gilded cage. I'd rather have nothing, than be nothing.

LottaColada said...

@VIP- or Blake Lively's old nose? This is fun!

Tru Leigh said...

http://www.ebay.com/sch/charitablefundraising/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

VIPblonde said...

So who's excited for FFS?

Just_Me said...

After months of looking for a job in my field since being unemployed for several months, I got a minimum wage job at a meanial retail store. YAY ME....Happy Internation Women's Day....

Gayeld said...

@Just_Me. Congrats! Hopefully this is a temporary stepping stone on the way to greatness!

Maja With a J said...

www.facebook.com/daywalkertexasranger

If you like your rock n'roll loud, fast and with a beard. Like and share Daywalker's FB page TODAY (March 8th), you will be entered in a draw to win a rad swag package, including a t-shirt and CD. Do it! Will be mailed anywhere!



LottaColada said...

@Nothanksdarlin- Yes! I'm not sure if you can do this through the regular site since I mainly use the mobile site (which is http://www.crazydaysandnights.net/?m=1) but there should be a link next to the comment box that says "subscribe by email" and viola! It sends comments to whatever email you have linked with your blogger sign in.

Just_Me said...


After months of looking for a job in my field since being unemployed for several months, I got a minimum wage job at a meanial retail store. YAY ME....Happy Internation Women's Day....

Amber said...

Wow. I think it was @lazyday who posted the links to the performances - it got deleted again before I could get all of them. WTH??

dragon said...

Any one know how to take away a sour throat. Literally it's killing me. Pills are not helping me.

auntliddy said...

Watch the show,"The Americans@, on fx, wed 10 pm. Really good. And a bit different.

lazyday603 said...

Amber, my Google account was suspended for those posts. Somebody at CDAN really doesn't like M E T R I C.

Amber said...

@dragon - Cepacol lozenges work REALLY well to help numb it. Have you been to the doctor? If it's tonsilitis you might need some heavy-duty antibios. If the lesions are bad enough they may need to be lanced. Ouchie. :(

Amber said...

@lazyday - No way!! Well I added them to my spotify.

Terri said...

I"m feeling burned out on my job and life, and not sure if it's a mid-life crisis.....but I really want to have a food truck. They are all the rage here and I am an amazing cook. I already have my plan set but don't have the funding :(

Til then I'll just cook for my family.

Amber said...

@dragon - also, How are you feeling otherwise? Have you had mono before? Mono causes some serious throat issues, and if you haven't had it before, maybe you do now?

LottaColada said...

@dragon- I took 2 tequila shots & a lemon wedge on the advice of my mother. Lol it may not be entirely conventional but the burn felt so good and relief lasted for a few hours.

Just_Me said...

@ Gayeld.. Thank You.. Not sure how this double posted... But thanx again for your comment.

Maja With a J said...

OOOOOR on Instagram @daywalkeryyc. tage and share the picture of merch, be entered in random draw to win contents of said picture!

Maja With a J said...

tage=tag *LOL*

dragon said...

@lotta u Know what's funny my aunt said something about liquor. I was like WTF no lol. Maybe she did have point.

Thanks

Xander Dyle said...

Anyone who is having a hard time or feeling a little "stuck" in their life...
If you have never read it, I highly recommend The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is probably available at most libraries.
If you read it a long time ago, it's always good to read again as a refresher.

dia papaya said...

FSP, care to share?

dia papaya said...

Yes Xander! I love that book. It always reappears when it's time for another read.

Mr. Coelho is a modern day seer!

dragon said...

@amber yeah I have. I have some antibios. I guess I just want it to leave fast.

Amber said...

@dragon - try picking up some Cepacol at the drug store. It's what the hospital gave me after having tubes down my throat for surgery.

seaward said...

I just need to vent, no one read this.
I am so sick of being stuck in this fucking cycle of being stressed beyond belief over money, then having anxiety attacks even thinking about interviewing for a job, then not having money to see a therapist to fix it, stress, anxiety, money, stress, anxiety, money. I can't even think about anything else anymore, and every time there is even the sliiiiightest sliver of hope, there is a new bill that shows up. There is nowhere to turn for help. I've mentioned on here before how both my family and my husband's family are batshit insane psychopaths, it is just the two of us trying to forge our way in the world, but it just keeps getting harder and harder and harder to deal with day to day anything. I feel like I'm just falling deeper and deeper into a hole that there is no getting out of and I wish to fucking god I could just talk to a doctor about this and fix myself, but again..there's no money. I am fucked. There is no way out. I should have just killed myself before I had a kid. I'm sorry you have to grow up with a shell as a mother. I'm so ready to give up.

DontRainOnMyPrada said...

I love this post ..should do them more often! :) I am on the HCG diet and.faring pretty well on my 5th day. I know a lot of ppl pooh pooh this as another fad, but I'm giving it a try and so far I'm starting to really believe the science of it. Reason being...I cheated in a relatively minor way on my third day (ate 10 m&ms) and it stalled my wt loss and I was miserably ravenously hungry all day the next day (yesterday). I'm back on track today w very little hunger. But man, those m&m white chocolate carrot cake flavor were amazing. I don't know why they had to release those after I started my diet. Wah! ;)

dia papaya said...

@dragon - I like hot toddy's for my sore throats!. But if you've had this for several days/weeks and it's not improving or getting worse, go see your MD just to be safe!

Hi Amber! Miss seeing you around the CDAN playground.

Annielou said...

Pretty sure everyone here will appreciate our hilarious new board game and story sharing site, since we’re all about finding the fun in dysFUNction !

Amber said...

@dia - Hiiiiii! I've been super busy at work. We have a woman who the GM agreed to a special maternity leave schedule with - it's in the 5th month of this BS and I've had to take on a ton of her tasks on top of all of the others that I do. Kinda drowning over here :/

dragon said...

@ amber Okay thanks

rhinovodka said...

I am irritated at people who buy old homes in a historic neighborhood, then don't want to renovate the home (even though renovation would cost less than building a 2 million dollar home), instead want to tear down this beautiful home and build some plastic playhouse in its place. Yes, it's their property, however at least have an appreciation for the value/atmosphere of the other homes in the neighborhood. We live in such a throwaway society. This is happening in a neighboring suburb where I live.

FSP said...

@dia - all gone, sorry

Amber said...

@dia - Also, the interesting thing about taking on someone else's tasks...it enlightens you to all of the things they haven't been accomplishing that they're supposed to.

dia papaya said...

Seaward - I want you to take a deep breath into your belly and then 9 more.

Girl, I have been there with the money shit. And frankly, I still am. It does get better.

Please let the CDAN community help you. Maybe there is someone in your area that knows a therapist you could see pro bono?

Here is the number for the national suicide prevention hotline. Please call and talk to someone. 800-273-8255

My heart goes out to you. Big Hug! The CDAN ladies are here for you!!!

dragon said...

@Dia. I was sick last week but I didn't have soar throat. Then boom It started like 3 days ago. Im fine now. I'm not sick but now have soar throat. Its not bad as it started. I'm just being paraniod. I hate the feeling of it. you cant eat right lol

Thanks everybody.

Xander Dyle said...

@seaward - I don't know where you are; but there free social services in most areas of the country. Men generally get left out of the equation, but there is a lot of help for women with children. Start looking there. There is really more out there than people realize is available.

lizjaxe said...

@Just_Me I hope it lasts a long time and you can climb the ladder.

I got a Temp job after 3+ years of unemployment, it only lasts 19 days.

Agent**It said...

seaward, consider calling hotline, please: call 1-800-273-8255

Dylan Beeson said...

Please watch my VJ Search audition tape!!

http://www.muchmusic.com/vjsearch/profile/dylan-beeson/337551/

Jamie2 said...
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Izzie Marceaux said...

@seaward, girl - BTDT (still there, doing that). I'm going through a course that is helping a lot (a book I downloaded), if you ever want to talk/vent, I'm here for ya as someone who knows exactly what you're going through. You're not fucked, you're just in a bad place and I know it seems rough, but there is hope.

I wish there was a way we could talk privately... I remember that black hole feeling (and it still comes sometimes when I'm not looking).

DON'T GIVE UP. Izzie Marceaux will haunt you if you do! Look at my avi and tell me you're not scared.

Jamie2 said...

Let me try that again, NOT linked to the last page!

Click here to find out why the US health system is so ridiculously expensive. It’s a long read, but an eye opener.

Izzie Marceaux said...

@dia, how are you liking the sunshine? PDX spring is - don't like the weather? Wait a minute.

@seaward, just wanted to say again - we're here for you. {hugs}

Xander Dyle said...

@dia papaya - Squeeeee! Great taste is books. ;-)

Another one that is more "practical" but I just finished; and it literally changed my life over the past few months is The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.

I highly recommend to anyone who wants to become more creative in any aspect of their lives. I recommend the process to anyone who has maybe not followed their dreams, and needs an actual process to get back in touch with that part of themselves. If you do the Morning Pages and the other exercises - it is absolutely life changing on multiple levels over time.

Anna Nonymous said...

@ Dragon, could be strep throat, had it once and it's the worst sore throat of my life.

mizzoutiger76 said...

Yes! I love a recommended book, added to my "to be read" list. Currently reading my first fantasy series, Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb and it's excellent.

DontRainOnMyPrada said...

Oh Seaward hang on....I can tell you and your husband are good people stuck in bad circumstances. Please believe there is a way out and don't give up. Take the good advice ppl here are giving you. Wish I had more to offer.

Anna Nonymous said...

Where the hell have you been Maja with a J? It's been forever!

dia papaya said...

Crap! I have to go to work now and will be MIA for awhile!

@Amber - I can totally relate. I'm glad you are busy though. I dream of a life of leisure but keep slogging away. I am very happy with my patients these days and love making a difference in their lives. Especially now that it's sinus and allergy time. Acupuncture helps so much!

@dragon - whew! I was worried! Glad it's not too bad. I forgot to tell you about gargling with salt water. That is sometimes the most simple and easy cure, when nothing else works!

@seaward - Nov/Dec of last year was my deepest darkest hour. I thought we would lose our house. The bills were piling up. I was despondent. I reached out and asked for help and some beautiful women who I will treasure forever (you know who you are) came to the rescue with love and kindness and support. That little push got me out of the funk and I was able to turn it around emotionally. My business is thriving now and I am so happy. And I give thanks every day and work on it everyday. It still a struggle. It will take me years to pay back all that I owe, but I have support and no one can do it on their own. The angels are there to help you just need to ask!

mizzoutiger76 said...

Hugs! I don't have much to add, but I suffer from some serious anxiety and find that running really helps :/ I hate it, but there's something about my feet pounding the pavement that let a lot of tension loose, plus it's cheaper than a therapist.

discoflux said...

My Favorite Things in Houston:

The Petrol Station's beer selection
Craft Infusion food truck's everything
The Tillamook Betty burger at Burger Guys
Anvil - everything
Khon's WineDartsCoffeArts - rooftop plays, ribs, sake, bands, poetry, art
Guru Burger (technically in sugar land, but worth the drive)
Poison Girl's pinball wall
Catbird's Bloody Mary
Crave Cupcakes
Houston Burlesque Revue
Free Press SummerFest
The Butterfly Pyramid
The beef shawarma wrap at Aladdin's
The loukemades and baklava frappe at Niko Niko

I'm going to stop now before I leave work early and eat and drink myself into a coma...

Agent**It said...

Seaward, if you care to share, your state? Do not give up.

Xander Dyle said...

@Anna - positive thoughts and prayers for continued fresh air and grace for you!

seaward said...

Ha, thank you, you guys. I am not going to kill myself, I didn't even realize as I was writing that it would come across that way. Stream of conciousness at the worst time possible, I guess. I have looked into sliding scale/pro bono therapy but my husband makes too much, if you can believe it. Of course they look at gross income & not net, otherwise they would see that we are barely skating above the poverty line thanks to garnishments. Whatever. I go through these bouts every couple of weeks, I can at least recognize them now, so there's that. I should've known to stay out of an anything goes Your Turn just as I felt one coming on.
But thanks again for your kind words, they do make me feel better :)

Agent, I am in Indiana.

mizzoutiger76 said...

Awesome! Might have to check out Guru Burgers next time I'm down, that looks interesting.

Jules_345 said...

My husband has been out of work for almost 2 years, most of which he has been searching hard. The job market is ridiculous. We are definitely more thankful for what we have now than we were before but it sucks to struggle financially and have to make decisions on what you can provide for your kids.

dia papaya said...

Izzie! Today is a little bit of heaven! I can't complain. I need to find my sunglasses though...

Enjoy your day :)

discoflux said...

@seaward - I understand how you feel. I was in such a hole 6 years ago and I've only started seeing the light in the last couple of years but it took a LOT of hard work. I sincerely hope you can find a path that works for you to find your way out. We're always here for you to vent to. I wish I could give you a huge hug.

Alma said...

Yay! Congrats :)

curlyhairslacker said...

@seaward, hugs to you! Things will get better-please know that!

If anyone is ever passing through Lexington, KY and wants a yummy local beer: http://www.westsixth.com/

Kentucky Ale is sh*t!

Also, please spay and neuter your pets! :)

FSP said...

@disco - first time I heard of The Petrol Station...a friend asked if I wanted to grab a beer there. I told him no because I don't drink beer at gas stations (anymore).

Amber said...

@curlyhair - Bob Barker couldn't have said it better ;)

Lynette said...

Seaward, we are all worried about you. Please don't give up and please ask for help from someone in your community. If we knew where you lived maybe one of us could help you.

I was going to promote my Etsy shop and my painted glassware, but reading your post made me change my mind. I am blessed now but have been despondent before, please know that it gets better.

Lynette said...

Dragon: this works every time for a sore throat: take a Vitamin C tablet - I use 1000mg ones but any will do -- every hour on the hour for about 5 hours. Your sore throat will be gone. Have done this for years with 2 hockey playing kids and they now carry Vitamin C with them everywhere they go just in case. Heard it from a naturopath.

Sherry said...

Seaward..I can totally relate..I lost my 3rd job in as many years and have spiraled into doing nothing at all but reading this blog obsessively, drinking and other bad things. I don't even eat during the day and the Prozac the Dr. prescribed isn't working at all. I have zero desire to find a job, get out of bed, yada, yada yada.. BUT I send you a hug because nothing makes someone feel better than doing something nice for someone else. I try to remind myself to be kind. Take the advice of those who provided a lifeline to you here. I think these commenters are some of the most wonderful, caring people around. It's really been nice having them keep me company. For both of us, this too shall pass...Selah

smash said...

I'm so late!! My etsy shop is antiquesash and my twitter is antiquesashley. :)

Alma said...

Thanks, and wow. You guys make me so hungry!!

Agent**It said...

Seaward, best thing you did today was exactly what you did, rant! Same message, it gets better. Take my mantra: "All of my needs will always be met."

smash said...

Love you miss dia!!!! Hugs my friend!!! :) and hugs to everyone here!!!! It has been an awesome year since I have found this blog and am beyond thankful for the outlet and connections I have made.

Duffy said...

Please support my friend Todd he's trying to make it as an independent clothing company: http://toddshelton.com/

SusanB said...

Just need to vent here. I just spent the last half hour trying to find a process server in Michigan. No one answers their phone any more (these are businesses). Instead, they screen their calls. Then, while you're on the phone trying to call the next person on the list they call back and say "did you call me?" I know some people screen their personal calls (although that's annoying also) but when you're a fucking business, ANSWER YOUR FUCKING PHONE! Don't call me right back. I don't have time for that shit. If you don't answer your phone, you lose. ANSWER YOUR PHONE AT YOUR BUSINESS!!! If you don't answer your phone, that's a good way to LOSE business!

Thank you for listening to my rant. I'm going to have a drink.

Gayeld said...

@smash. I have a rolling pin that looks just like that. Think I should tell my mother her stuff's antique now. *g*

Anna Nonymous said...

@ Seaward: I have been there. When I haven't worked has been the darkest days of my life. Not having a reason to get out of bed, only time and stress on your hands, worries. Can make life very dark. Hang in there. Stay positive. Stay up. Focus on the positive. You will find something. Keep getting up. Keep doing your chores and what you need to do. Get out of the house, breath fresh air. Remember it does get better, and as soon as you have a job you'll be fine.

discoflux said...

@FSP - I don't believe that for a second.

Gayeld said...

@seaward. Quick therapy. Count your kids fingers and toes*. If they're all there, you're doing something right. If they're big enough to protest this, sit on them, take off their shoes and socks and play "This little piggie went to market" while you're doing it.

Bonus points if you make them laugh so hard they wet themselves.

*My daughter Reese had eleven toes.

smash said...

Anna your post gave me chills! You are a wonderful beautiful young woman! No one can take that from you! :)

dragon said...

@Lynette@ Thanks

Nellie said...

Holy crap. I want more!!!

Xander Dyle said...

Anyone in Los Angeles want to make a CDAN representation at the next Blohan trial at the airport courthouse?
We can stand around the edges of the paps and maybe hold up burritos and as station beer or something? CDAN gang signs? Anyone have any good ideas? Could be fun for everyone here!

Xander Dyle said...

"gas station beer", but now that I typed that, maybe "ass to ass station beer" instead?
Bacon maybe?

PS I am counting down the hours until my wife gets home from work, toddler takes a nap, and I get to start my weekend

Nellie said...

The Alchemist is my all time favorite book!

Agent**It said...

Xander: you need 2 , 1 for front, 1 for the back:
WHERE'S SHELLY? NOT NOW, IRONMAN!

Gayeld said...

@Xander. This is the first time in my life I ever wished I lived near LA.

VIPblonde said...

Would love to, but I have to work.
The uniform for anyone who goes is ass to ass pants: the word "ass" on both butt cheeks, with the word "to" in the middle. Or is the number 2 better? LOL

Jules_345 said...

@alma, thanks! And I lol'ed at your ihop hand job comment :D

Agent**It said...

Xander, for T shirts:)

smash said...

Gayelad- yeah then she will be asking you to sell her stuff! Like my grandma! I have a list of her stuff to post tomorrow.

Robin the Mad Photographer said...

@Xander Dyle: "Ass-to-ass station beer"? Now that's one for the ages!

@Seaward & @Sherry: I understand at least some of what you're going through--been out of work for nearly 2 months now, and while the depression isn't nearly as bad as it's been in the past, it's still frustrating, and the bills are definitely there (am praying that money to pay the gas & electric bills comes through somehow before we get shut off...). Am also trying to figure out what the hell I should be doing w/my life; there are a couple of things I could try to do, but I don't know that I have the right connections, or can catch up to the right people at the right time, or something... *sigh*

On a hopefully more amusing note, here's my blog--haven't updated in a bit, but if I know people are reading it & threatening to kick my butt if I don't post, it would be a big help: A Fangirl's Notes

Now if the damn snow would just stop here...we weren't supposed to get this much for as long, and I really did want to go into Boston to roam around the Public Garden & Newbury St., damn it...

LottaColada said...

@Nellie- Megan Fox through the years

Gayeld said...

My favorite Etsy shop.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/oilclothaddict

Amber said...

For those of you out of work and feeling down, have you considered volunteering, maybe with sick or underprivileged kids? Maybe it would help with feeling like you have something to get up for, and the innocence of kids may help with taking your mind off things a bit. They come up with some of the most hysterical things, it's hard not to have some good laughs. Just an idea??

Agent**It said...

VIP, We have the tee and now pants! How about a design with the number 2 within a CDAN logo that is shaped like a burrito? Seaward, come join.

Sherry said...

Thanks Robin. Yes Amber I pulled my head out of my ass long enough to volunteer for a pledge drive. It did make me feel like not such a loser.

Xander Dyle said...

@Agent and VIP. I'm actually serious about this. :-) I am actually known by my friends as coming up with wack thoughts and ideas and then actually going through with them, just because I said i would.
Actually it's one of the reasons that I've done well in my creative work over the years - not afraid t throw out crazy unedited thoughts to solve problems.
Is the next date March 18th? Someone let me know.

VIPblonde said...

@Xander Yep, still Monday, March 18th. Unless the lawyer can come up with a viable reason to postpone. Or if Lindsay sneezes and is too sick to make it

Xander Dyle said...

@Robin said "Am also trying to figure out what the hell I should be doing w/my life; there are a couple of things I could try to do, but I don't know that I have the right connections, or can catch up to the right people at the right time, or something... *sigh*"

Robin, seriously please check out The Artist's Way book I recommended up above. You have the time to really do this and focus on it right now. It's perfect for you. I promise that if you follow through with all of it - it will change your life and lead you where you need to go on many levels.

Just my two cents for you. ;-)

Liverpool Fan said...

Our favorite soccer shop! www.anfieldshop.com

Agent**It said...

Xander, bet you'd get some support from Enty if Jennifer Jiminez (RHOBH) was involved:)

Agent**It said...

Xander, I MEANT GIMINEZ, SORRY...

FSP said...

You got me disco. I still have an occasional beer at the local gas station.

lizjaxe said...

@seaward Hugs first of all. I somewhat understand what your going though I don't have a husband or a kid though. Money is huge stress, depression, migraine giving part of my life. I have bee unemployed for 3+ years, I did recently get a Temp job but it only lasted 19 days. I have thought about suicide more times than I can count. I hope it gets better. I really do.

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smash said...

Meals on wheels is a great program to volunteer for. I did it when I was younger and it has left a lasting impression on me.

Smasherstein said...

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Gayeld said...

Not to be too crass and commercial, but aside from doing good for your community, Amber's suggestion of getting out and doing some charity work can also provide an opportunity to meet potential employers and pick up some new skills to add to your resume. Even soup kitchens need bookkeepers.

Also, bookkeeper - the only word in the English language with three sets of double letters in a row.

Gayeld said...

@Smash. That would probably be better than the random text messages asking if she can throw my stuff away. I was totally going to put that tractor sprinkler back together. Eventually.

katydid said...

Lotta that Chrstopher Walken thing is crazy. I believe everyone has a few doppelgängers.

ksus said...

seaward and sherry, i've been there several times and will never forget those horrible feelings. i have been ok for about 10 years now and attribute it to free or reduced rate mental health treatment through my county, including antidepressants. i also make myself walk outside every day and that helps alot. i finally got most of my bills paid off and have found that driving an old car and living in a lower income house is ok with me because i am not trying to dodge bill collectors anymore.

and volunteering helped me alot! one of the side benefits of it is that i got my current job because they were impressed by my enthusiasm as a volunteer and offered to pay me to work regularly for them. not a lot of money but the first job i have had that i actually enjoy going to!

both of you are in my heart....and i just wish i could give each of you a big hug......and then a kick in the butt for sherry because i know sometimes thats whats needed to get someone out of bed and out of the house.

JJ said...

Straightforward, thank you for that. I friend's marriage ended when she learned her husband was gay. She says she wishes she had a support system of those who have been there. I sent her your link.

Zeeky_Boogy_Doog said...

Dragon, sorry for giggling at you, but the idea of a dragon with a throat on fire is kinda hilarious! :D

Years ago I had a sore throat that would not. go. away. It was hell. Turned out it was part of my stomach trouble, but it took about 2 years to figure it out! They gave me some different things to try:

=====

Liquid antacid
Stuff like Maalox or whatever, gargle with it. Regardless of why it's raw and angry, it should put out some of the fire. Maybe use small amounts frequently, then swallow it.

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Rosehips/horehound tea
This is awesome for getting rid of colds. Buy about an ounce of each herb from a hippie supermarket. Put about 1/2 teaspoon of each into a large cup of water, steep, then drink two cups. You can use hot or cold, you can add other tea bags, sweeteners. It ain't yummy but it shouldn't be horrifyingly nasty; if too bitter, add water.

My experience with it is, if you drink it at the very first sign of an oncoming cold, it'll be GONE the next day.

=====

As said above, vitamin C, Cepacol, as well as Sucrets, cough drops, honey & lemon, ice, all those are great.

Stay clear of homeopathic products that list "ingredients" in amounts like 12x, 5C. They're not amounts, they're DILUTION amounts... there's literally not one molecule left, and even if there was, they're random ingredients that don't work anyway. Like that Oscillococcinum, the ingredient is duck liver, but diluted to zero. Zicam is an exception, it has actual stuff in it.

Hope you get well soon! Sore throats suck.

E Gee Be said...

@amber, that is a fantastic idea. I have an employee who lost his 13 year old brother in a car accident. At his interview, in answer to the question why do you want to work with kids? He said, "you know about my brother, right? Well, I have all this love to give, and I feel like working with kids will help me fill up this hole in my heart. I feel like I need to have more joy in my life, and there is a lot of happiness here".
Thinking about all of you who could use a little more joy. And because I am very bossy, if you ever need recommendations for fun in the Bay Area, I'm your girl. Just ask!

katydid said...

Late to the conversation, best wishes to everyone going through hard times. Agree that volunteering is the best therapy around. Hang in there I wish health and calmness for all for the rest of 2013.

Mikey said...

Seaward,
Have you checked here? http://www.mentalhealthassociation.com/
If you click on 'Find a Therapist' (toward the bottom of the page) you can narrow down your search by county, gender, insurance etc.
You might want to start there and see if you can find someone with cash only. I had a friend who used to see a GraduatED student organization who charged a minimum donation of $5. Also, they had specialists on staff to help with specifics of abuse etc.
Here is also a clinic list in Indiana which lists it's services. http://www.needymeds.org/free_clinics.taf?_function=list&state=in
Here is a great list of all mental health links in Indiana. http://www.mhaindy.net/mental_health_links.html
Here is another great link of a list you might find helpful. http://www.regionalmentalhealth.org/r_nationalstate.php
In my opinion the hardest thing to do is make that initial phone call. When you put it off it makes everything seem worse.
Best of luck! Let me know if you need more research done in your area. lbmcdan@gmail.com

Zeeky_Boogy_Doog said...

Xander Dyle - I have the perfect plan for you!

Get each CDAN'r to dress as a different, ridiculous celebrity. A yellow-studded-hatted, diaper-wearing Bieber, a waffle-wearing and beating Chris Brown, knocked-up Kim with Kanye, drunken Tara Reid, Lohan as late-in-life Liz. Basically, build your own modern Hollywood Village People. You could each mime the letters "C D A N" like the 70's disco kings did with "YMCA."

If you're assigned a celebrity where you're not familiar with their mannerisms, watch a few episodes of "Absolutely Fabulous" and act like that. Nobody will know the difference!

White lilly said...

I hate Paulo Coelho, I hate Paulo Coelho, I hate Paulo Coelho, I hate Paulo Coelho, I hate Paulo Coelho.
Also, there was this big thunterstorm and I couldn't get my work done, had to leave at 4 pm. But I was only able to get home at 6pm because of traffic. NICE. So, I got myself 12 mini cupcakes for Women's Day (well, actually half of them is for my better half, lol).
And it's Friday, happy Friday to ya'll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Agent**It said...

Duffy, was looking for a USA mens shop, nice!!
http://toddshelton.com/

Jamek-Annmarie said...

For all you travellers

http://porcow.worldventures.biz/

PuggleWug said...

Seaward, so sorry to hear about your troubles! You and your husband are lucky to have each other to lean on at least. When I was unemployed, not only was I down because I was jobless, but I felt like a loser. I was incredibly down on myself, and looking back I shouldn't have been. I hope you, as well as lizjaxe, are at least keeping your self confidece up. It is an incredibly shitty situation, but reflects absolutely nothing on who you are.

Zeeky_Boogy_Doog said...

Seaward, I'm so very sorry it's looking rough for you! Anxiety and fear... they're so sneaky, they can be as bad as physical sickness if not worse! But they're just as real, just as awful, and they're not your fault.

It's ugly out there. In my peer group, a number of people have had to do charity drives to get dental work or doctor visits paid for. Where I live, there's a problem where they'll give you information about groups that help, but you call them and they're either broke or they don't actually help people after all.

But still it's worth looking. There's gotta be mental health providers beyond the prevention hotlines. The fact you have a child should sway in your favor to receive help. Regardless, there's a whole bunch of people here who care very much about you, care about everyone here.

Huh, I wanted to write something uplifting but it seems I've failed! Sorry about that! The point though is you're not a bad person and none of it is your fault. I hope very much something works out where you can see someone, but in the meantime, you've got a home here with lots of folks who care!

Jamek-Annmarie said...

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Agent**It said...

SusanB, great weather link, thanks! Enjoy the game. The rosters for Marlins is so...new.

dragon said...

@zeeky. i can see why dragon with sore throet is funny lol Thanks for the advice and ingdridents on rosehips.

Agent**It said...

lizjaxe, I'm thinking of you. It will get better. xo.

rexruther said...

Do you remember that Target Lady Snl skit? I went for seed supplies at a store that starts with a "W", and the cashier started telling me, after a perfunctory how are you to her, how she just lost her mother to cancer a few months ago. Her father passed away six years ago she said, and she was sad because her friend had just stopped by the store to tell her that although she had a mastectomy, her breast cancer was back. So the cashier was having a terrible day. She told me about how her parents had taken out a reverse mortgage, and that the bank wasn't letting her go into the house to retrieve any mementoes. Nothing. All to be auctioned. At the very end of checking out (I had 30 some odd seed packets plus stuff), she tells me she's 57 and has never been in love, and she doesn't think she'll find anyone at her age. She felt very alone.

I told her I believed that there is someone for everyone, and not to give up hope. And that she's not alone. I told her I'd pray for her friend (I'm not very religious but I meant it).

She thanked me for listening. I walked away wishing i could do something more for her. I hope all of you who are going through rough spots, whether lurking or not, know you have someone to listen to you, here.

redronnie said...

This is a wonderful and warm community, I love reading your posts after a difficult day, and lately it seems to get more difficult. But when the days start to wear me down there is a food bank nearby and I volunteer with a group of amazing people, many of them have experienced homelessness, abuse, addictions and periods of long term unemployment and lost everything. But they laugh, they share and they are quick with a hug and tell stories of how they managed to move past the difficult periods and now they want to give back. Right now, a few people on a facebook site are stalking me because of my new position, someone posted my personal contact information and now people are posting horrible messages about me and I am receiving calls at all hours. I am going to the food bank tomorrow and hang out with people who have have walked through darkness and truly enjoy being a part of a little community, just like this place. For all of you who are going through a difficult time, it will get better. I want to thank all of you for your wit, your clever posts, generous hearts, hot gossip and the genuine compassion you show each other.
@ Wacko Jacko, I promise the hubby and I will keep it down..sorry. ;-)

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Sherry said...

KSUS and others: Kind words always go a long way. I so appreciate that and the kick in the butt. I really mean that.

In-N-Out!! said...

Nice! Thanks

Pez D. Spenz-Her said...

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Alma said...

I love your blog! Very cool. Guilty of thinking black looks good on everyone. I spent years looking like an angry chola until last week . Now playing with browns because I'm wild like that!!
Added to my bookmarks.

StraightForward said...

@JJ - Thanks!!

Agent**It said...

redronnie, hope you reported the FB threats. Anything we cdan readers do?

rejectedcarebear said...

Pgh here! I wanna check this out. Plus I love Pez dispensers!!

dia papaya said...

White Lily!!!! I have missed you!

Is there something you know about PC that we outside of Brazil don't know? Please share!

Also I was worried about you after the big fire. I've been working a lot and haven't been around so much. Glad that you are OK!

Happy as a watermelon to be your friend! ;)

White lilly said...

Awwww, dia!! I never comment here so I'm happy to know somebody missed me, lol
Well, he calls himself a wizard and he acts like he has this whole magic thing going on, but he's more of a Wizard of Oz, if you know what I mean. But... so many people like him, and I've come to the conclusion that if he's able to make people feel good about themselves and be happy, then more power to him! Even though I think he's a phony, lol

Yeah, that fire was awful, I was really shocked because I used to go out to clubs all the time and my 17 year old niece goes now too (no, she doesn't hang out at adult clubs, the one she goes to are for kids at her age, lol) and nobody ever thinks about those kind of security things because we all expect everything is in order. So, it was pretty horrifing.

As of right now, most people are in shock that a Brazilian rock singer has died, probably from an overdose. Even though we all knew he was an addict, nobody expected him to die so soon, he was 42. And he's from my hometown, which is not small but my sister had a friend who was good friends with him. I don't usually get this upset about a celebrity death, but this one, I really am...

If there is a higher happiness then a watermelon, I am too, to be part of this community. And I'm also a ghostly burrito whore enty loving watermelon. BP will be back soon enough with his crazy posts, probably as Moxie again like last time, lol

Meanie Reese said...

I'm heartened by some of the posts on this thread.

I'm on Day 17: Operation: Take No Shit. It's been hard for me, but I have to stick up for myself. Funny thing is, I would stick up fro most everyone else before I would do it for ME.

I got with this guy and I was so hopeful, y'know? I really do love it here in NC: the slow pace has done wonders for my anxiety disorders. B/F has worked only 20 days in 15 months. He's not even pretending to LOOK for a job and I'm at my wit's end. I should clarify: we're more friends than anything at this point. I now see him as the second brother I never had.

So, 17 days into O:TNS and I still am not buying his cigarettes and I feel pretty damn good about that. I had to tell myself: if he was a crackhead, would I pay for his drugs? It's the same difference to me.

March...spring is such a bad time of the year for me:I lost my son in March of '78. Jason would have been 35 on March 16 and yes, I still grieve my baby. For whatever reason/s, I wasn't able to have another child. My parents both died (7 years apart) in May..so Mother's Day just plain old hurts. Hurts like bloody hell.

I'm struggling here but not giving up. I can barely stand myself with the mood swings, but...I still have hope. I'm broke and don't know if I'll have enough food to get through the month (yes, I've gone to food banks, twice) and don't know how much longer I'll have electricity.

So...to all my struggling CDAN'ers...don't give up hope! I enjoy reading the comments and love the quirkiness of you all. I'm not commenting as much cuz I don't feel like I have much to say. But I'm reading every day and cheering you all on whatever your situation may be.

I would just like to say to you all: Be kind to yourself and to others. The world needs so much more kindness. Peace and light to you all.

Thanks for listening. I'm late so not many will see this.

Alma said...

Sherry, you are wonderful. Funny, smart, people like you are why I come here.

Cee Kay said...

Here's what I want to tell everyone about. Don't waste your money on the Oz movie. I had high hopes, but Franco and Kunis in particular are weirdly miscast. The acting is off and the story is off, and it was just awkward to watch. It was beautiful, though, and Zach Braff is the best part of the whole thing.

Agent**It said...

Smasherstein, we have several, used for hurricanes. Great stuff!
www.glo-toob.com

lizjaxe said...

@Agent**It & PuggleWug Thanks for the kind words. Its been tough.

Manda_kitty said...

@Discoflux have you been to The Blue Hand in rice village? Very cool place with lots of unique stuff from all over the world.

astrogirl said...

lizjaxe if you come back and see this please send me an email if you'd like a new friend. :). First topic will be fave SK book. ;)

lizjaxe said...

I sent you an email. I would love a new friend.

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Della said...

+ 1 on the unemployed group. Add to that taking care of a grandma who has Alzheimer's and is frequently verbally and physically abusive. I think what hurts the most is losing all of the friends I used to have because they do not understand any of the above.

I'm ready to start a new chapter in life. A chapter full of good times and plenty of laughter.

csproat said...

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They have tracking dogs who will find YOUR lost dog...these dogs are brilliant!

They just tracked and caught a Thai Soi dog who are known to be very elusive....

csproat said...

bIG shout out to

Lost tracking dogs of Portland ME.

http://www.lostpettrackingdogs.com/k9team/Home.html

They have tracking dogs who will find YOUR lost dog...these dogs are brilliant!

They just tracked and caught a Thai Soi dog who are known to be very elusive....

Jamie2 said...

I'm trying to get some traction for this brilliant article about how the medical system in the US is rigged and corrupt and leaves good people bankrupt.

Without apology for the need for you to copy and paste:

http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/20/bitter-pill-why-medical-bills-are-killing-us

Read this. Please.


And please sign the petition https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/mandate-all-health-providers-maintain-public-list-most-common-procedures-and-their-costs/QTgKvLT7 to the White House to try to stop this travesty.

I just had lunch with my BF - walking distance from where she works because she can only take 40-minute breaks - and she's an MD who works 7 days on/5 days on every two weeks to keep her kids in private schools. She read the article and she was furious – at the hospitals.

cheesey.burrito.whore said...

Long time lurker...I love reading the comments and the community that is here, so it breaks my heart to know that there are so many that are struggling. Please know that it will pass, as trite as that may sound. Please be kind to yourselves, and know that there are plenty of us out here who have gone through our own knowing the pleasure of a welfare Christmas. Do what you can, when you can, find your resources and use them, and know there are others out here who are keeping positive thoughts for you in our hearts.

dia papaya said...

Hugs to you smash! See you soon :)

dia papaya said...

White Lilly - you are part of the night time crew! E Gee Bee, Astrogirl and the others. We gotta stick together. I've been working too much (which I'm grateful for) but it really cuts into my gossip time.

So glad you are safe from the fire! What a tragedy! Sorry about singer from your hometown. Sometimes it hits too close to home and we are reminded of our own mortality.

Not surprised that Paulo is less than the saint he makes himself out to be. However, I was given a copy of The Alchemist at a very difficult time in my life and it was exactly what I needed. It truly helped me and for that I can't think anything but good things about the man. *I've had a too many difficult times, but something always seems to come along to draw me out to safer pastures*

One year I will make it to Carnivale! It must be so much fun!!! I wanna shake my stuff with the beautiful Brazilians!

dia papaya said...

@cheesey.burrito.whore - Perfection! Total name perfection!

@Jamie2 - The health care system is a big f*cking mess. I am a self-employed acupuncturist and do all my own billing. Insurance is the biggest nightmare in the world. I don't think people realize what a game it is and how much padding goes into claims. The bullshit I have to do to get paid for my work is astounding. I spend hours and hours on the phone arguing with the claims department - whose job is to stall me and delay my payments so the big companies make interest off that money. Most of us went into healthcare to help people, change lives, make a different. We are by and large compassionate people who care about the wellbeing of others. Insurance and the masterlist make that almost impossible. I always have in the back of my mind, what things I can bill for and get paid, which companies will pay more, which codes are ok, etc.

And when you wonder why it's now so expensive... Every time you see a doctor, some one in the back is submitting your claim with proper codes, tracking them and arguing when the don't go through. That's like 2-3 extra people above the actual MD and MA that see you in the office, plus the receptionist and office manager. And don't even get me started on the chargemaster. Poor people shouldn't have to be penalized bc they have to pay chargemaster prices when those with insurance get the discount. It's completely ass backwards and not fair. I have wanted to quit many times bc I can't do my job effectively, with the insurance chains around my neck.

Sorry rant over. I read that article last week and was fuming for days!

Jesse D said...

Fellow CDAN readers, I love you guys! I can certainly relate to your depression / anxiety / money issues. I was jobless, then homeless after my crazy mother kicked my children and I out of her house last August. With the help of the Family Promise program, my girls and I had food and shelter, and they helped us gain independence. On January first of this year, we got our own place again. Money is tight and my relationship with my parents has been destroyed. My fiancé and I both have crazy/sick families, and some days I don't know how I'll make it through my latest panic / sad attack but there is LIGHT at the end of the tunnel! There has to be! There is something much better than this, I am sure of it. I'll be praying for all of you guys seaward, Anna Nonymous, lizjaxe. We'll make it through this!

dia papaya said...

I just found this quote and wanted to share after today's conversation. We have all been lost in the darkness at one time or another and felt the weight of desperation closing in. But it takes just one spark of light to clear that dark energy away. I feel like CDAN is that place to share the light and laughter of friendship. Thanks to you all.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

I start everyday reading the following website (the above quote is from there). Hope it may help some of you too! https://www.facebook.com/IlluminatingSouls

Nothanksdarlin said...

Lotta, you're the coolest! Thanks

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