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      Saturday, November 26, 2016

09:52 AM - 11/26/2016

The topic: We get our health insurance through the Covered California marketplace


We have since it's inception. The first year, it was really cheap.

The next year, the health group for our doctor only accepted insurance from one company, Blue Shield. And each year, the cost has gone up a hundred bucks a month. This coming year, the cost would be over $300.00 (which is cheap for health insurance, for sure). But sales are way off right now. I don't know why, maybe it's because people are afraid to spend money in the current political climate. Whatever it is, we would be hard pressed to come up with that money at this point. Especially since we only go once a year (for me), twice a year (for Brian).  We get our annual physicals for no charge, but we're getting bills in the mail for part of the labwork. It was my understanding that routine labwork is covered, but I guess it's not. I could research it, but I'm weary of this shit. I'm just tired.

So, I check the exchange for a different provider and both Sharp and Kaiser Permanente have the same options for a lot less money. I did the comparison thing, where I had the three insurers options listed side by side and Blue Shield was well over $300 more a month. We talked about it and $3600 a year is a lot of money to stay with our doctor.

We're going with Kaiser; the place I said I'd never go to. Comparing ratings between Sharp and Kaiser, Kaiser has much better care and services. So, I cancel the Blue Shield plan, set up Kaiser.

Get my welcome email this morning. I'm told where to send the first month's payment. Of $1180.47.


Yeah, no subsidy was applied. So, I'm on the phone to Kaiser at 6:30 this morning (cool! someone answered and explained it to me). I was given a phone number for Covered Cal, which I called about a half hour ago. Got right through after I listed to all of the freaking options (a lot of options, I started over more than once).  "There's a glitch in the system right now, some of the notifications of subsidies aren't getting through to the insurers, call back around December 15 to recheck and if it hasn't gone through, we'll take care of it then" and I was given a reference number.

Sometimes, I really hate adulting.


09:43 AM - 11/26/2016

The topic: Thanksgiving was a good day


We went for our long walk, Brian made breakfast (and did the dishes!).

Last week we ordered some replacement speakers for my car and they arrived ahead of schedule, on Wednesday. So, Thursday morning Brian watched the installment video and I printed out the how to manual from Crutchfield and it took him less than an hour to get them in. Yay! No more borked passenger speaker! I'll be less reluctant to drive now!

I put a turkey breast in the crockpot and worked on holiday cards.

And then we watched some stuff on Netflix.

A quiet day. A good day.

      Monday, November 21, 2016

11:31 AM - 11/21/2016

The topic: You know how sometimes everything is great


Until it's not?

Yeah, had one of those weekends.

With the cards I make, they come with their own envelopes. Obviously, I make those, too. I like to print out my own paper for these, patterned on the inside and white on the outside.

I use my Epson R1900. The problem is that I'm not good about running it at least once a week. I usually come into the office in the morning, check stuff out, then shut down for the day, unless Brian needs me to do shipping labels. And I use the laser printer for those, unless it's USPS. Which it usually isn't.

So, when I do use the Epson, I find that I usually need to to a cleaning cycle.

Now, if you recall, I have a continuous ink system. Which has the ink tanks outside of the machine and a ribbon with tubes that go from the tanks to the special cartridges. When we set this up, Brian cut my printer so that the lid would close without intefering with the tubes.

Well, guess what happened? The ribbon wasn't in place, so the ribbon got pinched on the side. So pinched that there was air in the tube and no yellow ink was flowing. I figured out how to fix that (I needed to prime the cartridge, which sucked the air out of the ribbon and the ink started flowing again). And there had been some sort of incident with the black ink so that the air filter was blocked. I changed that out and it started working as it should. Free flowing ink.

So, I get started printing out my paper. I figure thirty 12 x 12 sheets should be plenty, I have three patterns I want to use. And after the fifth paper, I was reminded of the frustration at this point.

The printer starts to go really, really slow. I looked up online and all signs pointed to the print spooler, but nothing I did fixed the problem. I'd have to stop the printer, cancel the jobs, restart the printer and the next four or five pages would print quickly, then start.  To. Slow. Down.

I even deleted all signs of the printer from my computer, removing drivers and software. Rebooting. Reinstalling. And it's still slow.

I don't think it used to be like that, it seems that it worked fine before I set up the printer as a network printer (and then undid it) a few years ago. Maybe I'll try redoing that since I have the new router, but I'm not doing it today. I have cards to make!

Which brings me to another big sigh episode.

I had all but one of the patterns cut for the first set of brand new cards. All but one. And the paper mat started sliding around in the Cameo 3. It wouldn't stop working so I turned the off button. After that, it wouldn't work. What I ended up having to do was shut down the software, unplug the Cameo, then restart the software and restart the Cameo. I did find out that pushing the "cancel" job button takes a few minutes to work. The machine stops, but the job doesn't cancel immediately.

That last pattern was the most frustrating. I worked longer getting that one done than the previous three or four. The paper kept sticking the mat and no matter how careful I was pulling them off, some of them would rip.

And another thing. The Cameo mats. On the new ones, the sticky is way too sticky. If you want to spend more money, you can buy Cameo mats that aren't so sticky. Why don't they just make them not so sticky to start with?

Well, back to work! All of these ideas running rampant through my head. I have to go act on them right now!



      Sunday, November 20, 2016

12:59 PM - 11/20/2016
I'm watching CSI Miami (which I hardly ever watched first run)
The current weather is starting to rain

The topic: I finished the cards


I started last year. And now, I just want to take a nap.

I have twenty-five more cards to go. The ones from last year were already cut out, I just had to assemble.

What's making it difficult is Skippy, who did his usual summer thing of losing half of his weight, keeps bugging me for food. I feed him, he eats a little, then walks off. Then comes back. I feed him on my work table to keep the vultures from pushing him away from the food. And I get nothing done because cats.

I have the paper picked out for one set of cards. This year, I'm going to go set by set, not cut all of them out to start with.

I do have all of the sentiments done. That's a huge help.

I'd really like to take a nap.


      Sunday, November 13, 2016

02:12 PM - 11/13/2016

The topic: Brian asked Alexa about movie times


For Jack Reacher or The Accountant. The first show for both was around 10:30 this morning.

When we got up this morning, he asked me if I'd like to go to Denny's for breakfast. Sure! He took his shower, I took mine and we hit the $4 menu.

Came home, piddled around a little, then took off for the mall. Got inside, while we were waiting in line (I checked the marquee for kids' movies, lots of younguns there....Trolls....yeah, okay).  We decided on The Accountant since it was R rated. Jack Reacher was PG-13.

We both really liked this movie. Really liked it, we're looking forward to seeing it again. I like movies with twists. At one point, I whispered to Brian "wouldn't it be something if..." and shared an idea with him. And it turned out I was right. I refrained from shouting out "I WAS RIGHT!!!"

If you don't mind a little (cough) graphic violence, try to see this one. It's worth the price of admission.

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In her spare time, she makes pretty things to sell in her store.

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