June 28, 2010


On Friday afternoon Mark and I were driving in Bloomfield, New Jersey when all of a sudden several police cars came tearing along the road, lights flashing, sirens blaring. 

June 25, 2010

10 Things I Love About Summer

I love making lists. I love summer. Here are 10 things I love about the summer:

June 21, 2010

Mad Librarians!

I think this library in a wealthy New Jersey township has some angry librarians. 

Budget cuts have forced the main library to be closed on Mondays, and the tiny branch library (in the exclusive section of Upper Montclair) is ONLY open on Mondays.

Yes, the town has two library buildings.

One of the signs in the next photo (in front of the main library) has the names of the Town Council and how to contact them.

Yes, they're mad.


June 12, 2010

I've Been So Busy!

cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

June 07, 2010

A $68,000,000 Steal!

Alpine, New Jersey was listed by Forbes Magazine in 2009 as the "America's Most Expensive Zip Code". Now there is a a house on the market that may just be the cozy nest you are looking for!

June 03, 2010

The "D" Factor

I went back to my internist today to find out the results of my tests.
Even though not all of the tests have been completed (the lab forgot to do some!) 

I found out that while I have slightly elevated sugars I do NOT have diabetes (that's the one I was most concerned about -- my father had it). It's a situation that has to be monitored carefully. I am very careful with my sugar intake, though, and I am slim, so hopefully this will not become a problem in the future. I would exercise more, but my pain prevents me from doing so. Perhaps I should go swimming. I might be able to do that without pain. Besides, I really love swimming.

I do, however, have extremely low levels of Vitamin D and am now on a pill regimen to up the intake. The Vitamin D deficiency is important because it may -- and I stress MAY -- be at least partly behind my chronic pain. Ironically, because I don't lie out in the sun, and I use strong sun block when I do because I burn easily, is keeping me from getting enough Vitamin D. So the temporary high-dose pill regimen (twice weekly) is my best bet right now. After surfing the internet it turns out that many Americans have a Vitamin D deficiency.

I was also quite low in Vitamin B12 levels and will be taking daily supplements. The pain is still strong most days. I even struggle to walk from my car to my apartment bill because it's on an small incline -- it should be easily walkable but it's a struggle right now. I feel like I'm about 80 years old. Hopefully this pill regimen will help.

I go back to the internist in six weeks. I am still waiting for the gyno appointment -- what fun! The dental appointment went well. I still need to have some broken back teeth fixed but will have to wait for that. I also plan to go to an eye doctor for an exam. I might as well do it all when I have the chance.