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2014-02-14 09:42:43 PM  
I passed my yearly physical today with flying colors. EKG showed the ticker is solid, cholesterol, BP, pulse...etc. are all spot on. Most of all the lungs sound great. Only issue is GERD, which I'll be starting Prilosec tomorrow. Not too shabby considering I've spent most of that past year on my ass in the man cave.

I'll be spending the day tomorrow tuning up my gym equipment now that I've been cleared. I've got about 60 pounds to lose. I've done it before...I'll do it again.

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2014-02-14 09:43:54 PM  
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2014-02-14 09:55:44 PM  
I'm off to bed. Last I heard we're going to have another inch or three of snow to shovel tomorrow.
Could be much worse....I could be further east. Everyone in Philly and east are totally screwed.

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2014-02-14 09:57:58 PM  

lilyspad: Real Women Drink Akvavit: /totally wanted to see Amon Amarth tonight!

You probably couldn't have stayed awake anyway.....


I know. That's why I didn't go. I should start saving my energy up for my next Disneyland trip, which I have to start figuring out how to make money for as well. I haven't done much of anything lately, and it's just all really depressing. When AH took me for my last blood draw cuz I was too tired to drive myself, he slooooooowly eases himself out of the car, being very careful with his apparently forever not right leg, walks around the car, takes me by the arm and just stared at me for a minute. Then he said "We had a good run, sweet heart. We really did." and gave me a little kiss on top of my head. I felt so ooooooold, but he's right. We did.

A few minutes later he snickered and said "you're getting silver hairs up there" and I wanted to smack the crap outta him.

tigerose: RWDA you are one of the few people that I can sayn really deserves some help frm the feds..look into the paperwork snarl. You will be happy you did...


The doctor I see Wednesday is the one who has been pushing me to apply, so I'll just grill him on it some more. I know he sees a lot of folks on MediCare - he's cheap, that's why I see him - so he may even have someone at his office who can help me with it. I'll find out, I guess. I planned on working until I died, but not dying at work. Well, not necessarily dying at work because I was sickly, anyway.

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/that Lolentine needs butter
//or Nutella
 
2014-02-14 10:00:26 PM  

gremlin1: yobbery: [www.smugmug.com image 264x203]

You know people usually get arrested for that sort of thing around here.


having sex with animals is legal in 26 states
 
2014-02-14 10:02:53 PM  
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Sorry.....couldn't resist. I'll just go now......
 
2014-02-14 10:04:44 PM  
Oh, before I forget - count yer pennies! Tomorrow at the Rite Aid nearest you, all of this stuff will be 75% - 90% off!
kensingtonbk.com

At least that's how it goes here in the 'burbs of SacTown. I've already started counting my change, because CHOCOLATE!

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2014-02-14 10:07:24 PM  

lilyspad: [i.imgur.com image 540x418]
Sorry.....couldn't resist. I'll just go now......


lulz! Awesome. I already have someone in mind who needs to see that. I'll just save it for future reference. (bide my time, in other words)

Awwww.......
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2014-02-14 10:08:50 PM  
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2014-02-14 10:09:53 PM  

lilyspad: GGracie: I have to admit that it was weird having my co-workers stare at my breasts.

Um, and you said or did nothing about it? Were you like totally flashing cleavage, or are you just "full figured"? I would have put a stop to that right away!


It's more just large breasted.  38-G, which is why I am GGracie.  I wasn't flashing the twins, but with a 38 inch chest with G's attached... they do get noticed.  To be honest, I don't really care if people stare.  I am VERY used to it.  I have a flat stomach... that spends a lot of time in the shade.  It doesn't make me uncomfortable... I just thought it odd that the women stared so obviously.

The boobie fairy visited me when I turned 14.  I went from nothing to DD's in a very short period of time.  My background is in Human Resources, so I am well versed in sexual discrimination/harassment.  As with many things in the work place, it's not a problem until it's a problem.  I don't feel it necessary to file a complaint over something that happens to me when I go to the grocery store or the gas station.  The only challenge I face from it is that I have to work a bit harder than others to gain true respect as people do have some bad notions about large breasts.  I've heard women whispering to each other "Are those real???".  Yes, who would do this to themselves on purpose???

There have been a few occasions when I did have to respond to co-workers who were committing serious sexual discrimination/harassment.  One locked me in my office and kept me there for 20 minutes while he explained to me that I "obviously wanted it".  I did have him fired.  Another co-worker came up and leaned over my desk to look down my shirt and said "You're serving up quite a load today", then had all of the male employees come up to my desk to do the same thing.  It was my first job, and although I was the personnel manager I didn't complain, I just wore baggier tops.  That was purely unprofessional behavior on everyone's part, including mine.

Now much wiser, I can handle even the biggest jackasses.  I can't force people to not look.  I'm not that big, but my breasts are.  I would just come off as a hellish biatch if I complained every time someone lost eye contact with me.  But take it beyond that... and I will act.  Sometimes it is as simple as saying something like "Rude much?  Try to remember your manners."  and then shake my head.  It reminds them without me being a total biatch.  Beyond that and the gloves are off.  Try to touch them or pretend to motorboat them and you will be looking for new employment.  A lot of it also has to do with my behavior.  If I wear tight shirts and obviously show off the twins down to an inch above my nipples while talking about BJs, then yes, I had it coming.  I shouldn't be acting like that at work, just as much as someone shouldn't assume that a nearly six foot tall redhead with large breasts is obviously a slut.

People come from different backgrounds and sometimes they are immature or think they can get away with it.  I deal with each person and each event as I feel that I have resolved it to where I feel comfortable.  It's a much more effective way to earn respect than to run to my manager each time I catch someone's eyes falling short of my chin.  I know who I am, what I look like and where I go to sleep.  If I were so insecure about my body that I freaked whenever someone checked out the twins, I would never leave the house.
 
2014-02-14 10:10:41 PM  
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2014-02-14 10:11:59 PM  

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/ just checking in, i seem to have re-strained my back while cleaning the snow/ice off my car
// i'll be back when i get done fighting the white boy for my heating pad
/// unless i get arrested for murdering my new upstairs neighbors first (details to follow)
 
2014-02-14 10:12:50 PM  

yobbery: I'm off to bed. Last I heard we're going to have another inch or three of snow to shovel tomorrow.
Could be much worse....I could be further east. Everyone in Philly and east are totally screwed.


No shiat. Calling for another foot (or more) tomorrow night. Fark me. And fark this winter.
 
2014-02-14 10:13:38 PM  

tigerose: Oooh..I am soo late to teh party this week! I lurked last night, mostly due to the wine fairy being extra generous...:)

Happy Valentine's Day! I lurv you guize!


uuuuuuu, luv the wine fairy.  That little pixie is at my house tonight.  This may well be my only post.  Tonight.
 
2014-02-14 10:19:15 PM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit:

If it gets to the point I must apply for the SSDI, that will be good to know. Right now I'm getting by (paying rent only, which is kinda sorta "getting by" when you live with your fambly, I guess) on my very minimal private temporary disability insurance and making my cat fud and nail polish moneez on Amazon Mturk when I can stay awake for more than an hour or two. It really sucks. I could use the insurance too, though. That's something I hadn't thought of before.

I suppose I should talk to the doc about that on Wednesday too, huh? He's the one who thinks I'm disabled, just unsure for how long...

ouch, my tiny bit of remaining pride is hurting... (totally no offense meant - I'm just the stubborn I TOTALLY GOT THIS YOU GUISE! type, even if I've obviously broken bones and am bleeding, so it just kills me inside to admit I might not be OK. I mean BAD kills me inside.)

Thanks for the info. Since SSDI is federal, it should be the same in California as far as how much we can make/blah blah blah. Our cost of living here is really high, but still, that's quite a bit more than what I know they pay folks who are JUST on disability.


You haz mail (and it's a book). I put off applying for years.
 
2014-02-14 10:21:35 PM  

yobbery: I passed my yearly physical today with flying colors. EKG showed the ticker is solid, cholesterol, BP, pulse...etc. are all spot on. Most of all the lungs sound great. Only issue is GERD, which I'll be starting Prilosec tomorrow. Not too shabby considering I've spent most of that past year on my ass in the man cave.

I'll be spending the day tomorrow tuning up my gym equipment now that I've been cleared. I've got about 60 pounds to lose. I've done it before...I'll do it again.


Did you get a scrip for the Prilosec? If not, email me and I can give you my source for inexpensive OTC.
 
2014-02-14 10:23:00 PM  
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Wolf Susi is genetically vital to Swedish wolf population, which bureaucrats would like to see extinct, boo hisss.
Hang in there you lot, see you all in daylight. Tentatively scheduled section rehearsal's off due to weather, tho it's meant to stop snowing by 2 AM They Said.
 
2014-02-14 10:26:44 PM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: syzygy whizz: Real Women Drink Akvavit: syzygy whizz: Heads-up for working while on disability...you're allowed to make up to $1,070 a month by working.

Holy Fark! Are you SERIOUS? What's the catch?

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No catch...this is from moi own experience. Been on disability for XX number of years, finally got tired of my life consisting of paying bills at the start of the month and then lying low for the rest. Was fortunate enough to get the job I have now...things are MUCH better!

They do a 36 month 'trial period' and then average what you make. If you make less than the stated amount, you are not considered to be able to do substantial (think that's the term) labor.

I ain't riding free, mind you...I do pay taxes, and I have a Medicaid spend-down every month (if you're working you may get some help with that as well. Do check it out...it can make a HUGE difference).

Caveat: RWDA, catmandu, YMMV. I'm only familiar with how it works in Montana.

akimbotoo...

Ain't Costco grand? Friend of mine and I went there today...he needed stuff, I had the card and he helped me unload afterwards. Dropped a bit over $200...which was about what I figured- I was out of just about EVERYTHING. My aunt says she loves/hates Costco...you go in for toilet paper and come out with a set of snow tires and a swing set (neither of which I purchased...today).

tigerose, RWDA...you might find the next bit worth going ( "Hmmmm...interesting!" )
One of the things I bought was a huge bag of spinach for dehydrating...another thing I'm almost out of. Latest thing I've tried it with is a handful of dried spinach in with the steamed broccoli...a bit of butter, tarragon, salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
It WORKS!

Weather forecast is for the 40's, thank Bast and FSM...I can run the dehydrator and Riktor can go outside to avoid it. For some reason, the white noise really bothers him...he gets absolutely frantic with the need to GET AWAY from it.

If it gets to the ...


SSDI is actually based on what you've paid into the system. Every couple of years you should get a little thing from SSA stating that if you were to retire now, you would get xx/month. SSDI also expires, the shelf life is about 5 years or so after you stop working/paying into the system. There is also a waiting period of 5 months before benefits kick in from date of onset. Say if you are found disabled as of today, your benefit wouldn't kick in until July or August! That's why we try and push the onset back as far as we can go to try and eliminate that waiting period (like instead of being found disabled as of today, we are able to find you disabled as of last February, you'll get your benefits will kick in as that 5 month period is up - big PIA). Govt and public sector employees don't pay into Social Security. We pay into something else. Therefore, if we're found disabled, we get our benefits from whomever handles our pension and actually can only apply for Medicare. You can get around it by working a non-public sector job (like I do because Sallie Mae owns my ass and then some) but again, since I'm not contributing as much towards the system now, it would affect my benefits if I ever have to file.

SSI is income/resource based and its basically a set amt, want to say like $800/month give or take. Anything else that comes in, like pensions, structured settlements, Worker's Comp benefits, etc, will drop that amt by so much. Its some freaky calculation that the field offices do and we have no idea how they figure it out on the medical end.

The system is also really weighted towards the over 50 crowd. If you're under 50 you can almost forget it. Not that it can't happen, I've helped get claims approved for those under 50 but we're talking really sick people here. Like on dialysis, terminally ill, getting organ transplants, been in/out of psych hospitals with stays of months. 50 is the magic age and every 5 years, you get more factors in your favor. If you're over 60, its almost a given. However, I've been unable to approve people over 60 before (doesn't happen often but you get one every now and then) and it really sucks because you are totally running every freaking option you can and still run into the dreaded brick wall :(
 
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2014-02-14 10:34:35 PM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: lilyspad: Real Women Drink Akvavit: /totally wanted to see Amon Amarth tonight!

You probably couldn't have stayed awake anyway.....

I know. That's why I didn't go. I should start saving my energy up for my next Disneyland trip, which I have to start figuring out how to make money for as well. I haven't done much of anything lately, and it's just all really depressing. When AH took me for my last blood draw cuz I was too tired to drive myself, he slooooooowly eases himself out of the car, being very careful with his apparently forever not right leg, walks around the car, takes me by the arm and just stared at me for a minute. Then he said "We had a good run, sweet heart. We really did." and gave me a little kiss on top of my head. I felt so ooooooold, but he's right. We did.

A few minutes later he snickered and said "you're getting silver hairs up there" and I wanted to smack the crap outta him.

tigerose: RWDA you are one of the few people that I can sayn really deserves some help frm the feds..look into the paperwork snarl. You will be happy you did...

The doctor I see Wednesday is the one who has been pushing me to apply, so I'll just grill him on it some more. I know he sees a lot of folks on MediCare - he's cheap, that's why I see him - so he may even have someone at his office who can help me with it. I'll find out, I guess. I planned on working until I died, but not dying at work. Well, not necessarily dying at work because I was sickly, anyway.

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/that Lolentine needs butter
//or Nutella


Not sure if offices have people on staff for that. I know some of the larger facilities do but definitely worth checking into.

Also, if you decided to get an atty, PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH AND DON'T THINK BECAUSE THEY HAVE TV COMMERCIALS THEY ARE THE BEST! Granted, I don't know CA attys so can't help you there but we tend to have the biggest problems with some of the larger organizations. There are some that are really really awesome and others when you see the name you're like CRAP! I've seriously had to deny claims because the reps don't allow us to contact the filer for any reason (like to get ADL information to see if we're permitted to schedule exams or testing if needed) and we're supposed to go through them. However, they never call us back and we have no choice but to deny for insufficient. In those cases, I always make notes stating that it was due to the atty's non-cooperation that led to the denial, the filer can do what they want with that information.

Just do your research and you'll be ok if you decide to get an atty to help out :)
 
2014-02-14 10:38:05 PM  

catmandu: Real Women Drink Akvavit:

If it gets to the point I must apply for the SSDI, that will be good to know. Right now I'm getting by (paying rent only, which is kinda sorta "getting by" when you live with your fambly, I guess) on my very minimal private temporary disability insurance and making my cat fud and nail polish moneez on Amazon Mturk when I can stay awake for more than an hour or two. It really sucks. I could use the insurance too, though. That's something I hadn't thought of before.

I suppose I should talk to the doc about that on Wednesday too, huh? He's the one who thinks I'm disabled, just unsure for how long...

ouch, my tiny bit of remaining pride is hurting... (totally no offense meant - I'm just the stubborn I TOTALLY GOT THIS YOU GUISE! type, even if I've obviously broken bones and am bleeding, so it just kills me inside to admit I might not be OK. I mean BAD kills me inside.)

Thanks for the info. Since SSDI is federal, it should be the same in California as far as how much we can make/blah blah blah. Our cost of living here is really high, but still, that's quite a bit more than what I know they pay folks who are JUST on disability.

You haz mail (and it's a book). I put off applying for years.


Takk! YGM, too!

sherpa18: [i415.photobucket.com image 300x300]/ just checking in, i seem to have re-strained my back while cleaning the snow/ice off my car
// i'll be back when i get done fighting the white boy for my heating pad
/// unless i get arrested for murdering my new upstairs neighbors first (details to follow)


Hai Sherpa!!! If I'm asleep again before you get back, remember this very important thing. It is ALLEGEDLY murdering your new upstairs neighbors. ALLEGEDLY. That's a really important word sometimes, so you should remember it.

Awwwww! We lurvs you too, Bacon!
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So, the big dog jumped up on the counter and ate $20 worth of steaks.  She's had some powerful farts since.
 
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2014-02-14 10:48:40 PM  

The Ice Queen: SSDI is actually based on what you've paid into the system. Every couple of years you should get a little thing from SSA stating that if you were to retire now, you would get xx/month. SSDI also expires, the shelf life is about 5 years or so after you stop working/paying into the system. There is also a waiting period of 5 months before benefits kick in from date of onset. Say if you are found disabled as of today, your benefit wouldn't kick in until July or August! That's why we try and push the onset back as far as we can go to try and eliminate that waiting period (like instead of being found disabled as of today, we are able to find you disabled as of last February, you'll get your benefits will kick in as that 5 month period is up - big PIA). Govt and public sector employees don't pay into Social Security. We pay into something else. Therefore, if we're found disabled, we get our benefits from whomever handles our pension and actually can only apply for Medicare. You can get around it by working a non-public sector job (like I do because Sallie Mae owns my ass and then some) but again, since I'm not contributing as much towards the system now, it would affect my benefits if I ever have to file.

SSI is income/resource based and its basically a set amt, want to say like $800/month give or take. Anything else that comes in, like pensions, structured settlements, Worker's Comp benefits, etc, will drop that amt by so much. Its some freaky calculation that the field offices do and we have no idea how they figure it out on the medical end.

The system is also really weighted towards the over 50 crowd. If you're under 50 you can almost forget it. Not that it can't happen, I've helped get claims approved for those under 50 but we're talking really sick people here. Like on dialysis, terminally ill, getting organ transplants, been in/out of psych hospitals with stays of months. 50 is the magic age and every 5 years, you get more factors in your favor. If you're over 60, ...


Cooks do not make a lot of money, even when we become chefs. I've had a few jobs where I've been in the restaurant as an independent contractor/consulting chef, but cooking full time for them. I've been self employed for a couple years now. Catmandu told me a few things about how long it takes even if you're on top of things, and I'm under 50 still, so since my private insurance only covers my temporary disability until the end of December, I should apply now.

I do have multiple health issues and by all rights should be crippled or dead, but I'm pretty darn tough for a little cream puff. I suppose in the interest of self preservation, I need to totally wuss out for a while. At least I'll have a shot at MediCare so I CAN go back to work, IF I can be fixed. If not - I seem to have a natural talent for nail art. I can go to some schoolin' for that. Or I can look into something with a more academic flavor. I wonder what folklorists actually do besides be incredibly cool in between random History Channel appearances? Hmmmm........

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2014-02-14 10:56:49 PM  

GGracie: [encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 265x190]

So, the big dog jumped up on the counter and ate $20 worth of steaks.  She's had some powerful farts since.


She was SAVING YOU! Imagine if you'd eaten those! You'd be showing up in the telescope at Griffith Observatory as a previously undiscovered gas giant. Tell her "good girl! YOUR SACRIFICE SAVED US ALL".

/this is generally where I make up a heavy metal version of "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life"

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2014-02-14 10:58:03 PM  

The Ice Queen:

Not sure if offices have people on staff for that. I know some of the larger facilities do but definitely worth checking into.

Also, if you decided to get an atty, PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH AND DON'T THINK BECAUSE THEY HAVE TV COMMERCIALS THEY ARE THE BEST! Granted, I don't know CA attys so can't help you there but we tend to have the biggest problems with some of the larger organizations. There are some that are really really awesome and others when you see the name you're like CRAP! I've seriously had to deny claims because the reps don't allow us to contact the filer for any reason (like to get ADL information to see if we're permitted to schedule exams or testing if needed) and we're supposed to go through them. However, they never call us back and we have no choice but to deny for insufficient. In those cases, I always make notes stating that it was due to the atty's non-cooperation that led to the denial, the filer can do what they want with that information.

Just do your research and you'll be ok if you decide to get an atty to help out :)


I did my application myself and the process was fairly straightforward, just a lot of waiting around to be contacted for the next step.

And because we need a dose of cute:

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2014-02-14 10:58:38 PM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: GGracie: [encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 265x190]

So, the big dog jumped up on the counter and ate $20 worth of steaks.  She's had some powerful farts since.

She was SAVING YOU! Imagine if you'd eaten those! You'd be showing up in the telescope at Griffith Observatory as a previously undiscovered gas giant. Tell her "good girl! YOUR SACRIFICE SAVED US ALL".

/this is generally where I make up a heavy metal version of "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life"

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Yes, you're right.  The Kraft dinner was sooooooooo much more enjoyable :-/
 
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