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Looking for new trotting place

I heard last night that the club where FoxTrot has been held for the past year is closing.

https://www.outfrontmagazine.com/news/m-uptown-shutters-doors-hopes-possible-relaunch/

Hopefully the next club where FoxTrot happens will be as roomy as M Uptown. I liked the option of having dinner with my drinks, even though some of the recent menu changes look like they were lifted from the "This is why you're fat" websites.

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Unwanted wake-up calls

About a week ago, my bedroom clock's alarm somehow turned itself on, waking me up at 4:15 AM on Monday and Tuesday. The clock's touch screen stopped working for some reason, so the only way to turn off the alarm was to unplug the clock. I plugged it back in today and it's working normally again. I initially planned to buy a new clock today if the old one didn't work.

I caught a small cold last night. The only annoyances so far are light congestion and a dry throat. I'm drinking more water today to help alleviate those.

I woke up to some light snow today. Most of the roads were clear. I went to a lunch meetup with the international cuisine group at a European cafe. I had a curry chicken pita pocket.

Happy New... zzzzzzz!

I went to a New Year's Eve party last night. The party was hosted by a member of my singles group; about 60 people attended. I napped for a few hours between work and the party. I had hoped to stay past midnight. Unfortunately, I found myself starting to feel sleepy again around 11:15 (and wanting to get some rest before work) and headed home. I made sure to alternate between drinking alcohol and water so I wouldn't get drunk at the party or be hung over in the morning.

I'll go ahead and start this countdown: 222 days until Rocky Mountain Fur Con!

A look back

2016 RESOLUTIONS
1. Singles cruise (yes!)
2. Furry Fiesta and RMFC (yes!)
3. Get a fursuit (yes!)
4. Get (and keep) my weight below 300. (no.)
5. Stick to a schedule for certain duties (taking out the trash, checking the mail, etc.) or just stop putting things off until the last minute. (no.)

It felt very good to finally meet some goals that were financially impossible before. I finally have a collie fursuit, though I still need to arrange for its maker to make an adjustment or two so it fits properly.

This year, I began sessions with a new therapist. I hadn't seen a therapist since my former one retired in 2014. I had a few medical issues, including an infection which caused my lower lip to swell up. I finally asked a doctor about being tested for sleep apnea and now have an APAP machine to help me sleep better.

2017 GOALS
RMFC
Weight below 280
Second vacation (BLFC or DC singles reunion)

The second vacation goal might not be possible if the singles reunion is the same weekend as KRCC's spring membership drive.

Mushy white Christmas

A mix of rain and snow began overnight. It was mostly rain by the time I got up at 4 AM. The roads and sidewalks are slushy, but not slick. This wet snow and enough of the leftover snow from last week will make this a white Christmas. If I'm not feeling too sleepy by the end of my shift today, I will have dinner with my family tonight.

My co-workers' band, The Psychedelegates, played at Jack Quinn's Pub on Friday night. I initially planned to try the pub's shepherd's pie, but I thought it would be too much. I got a reuben sandwich instead. The jalapenos used for the bacon-wrapped jalapeno appetizer were much bigger than I expected. I also had a few creme brulee martinis.

Ho ho ho! Eee-yoy!

I've confirmed that I will be working over the Christmas weekend. I will let my dad know about this later today since I usually spend Christmas with the family. Speaking of work, the "end-of-year donation" announcements are abbreviated "EOY," which I secretly pronounce as "eee-yoy." The roads to work today were about 30% clear, 60% snow-packed and 10% icy. I left home earlier and drove a bit slower, so I didn't slide at all. The snow/ice should at least partially melt on Monday afternoon.

I felt a bit stuffy after getting home yesterday. I was able to knock it out quickly before it could develop into a cold.

Cooling way off

The Toastmasters club held its monthly potluck and final meeting of the year yesterday. I brought a few small bags of chips, a jar of salsa and a Santa Fe chicken pizza from Blackjack Pizza to the meeting.

I had put cocoa on my shopping list this week for my dad. He gave me two boxes of Swiss Miss he had bought years ago for my grandmother, with expiration dates in 2011 and 2012. I looked up the shelf life of the cocoa, and I'm really not confident it is any good now. I'll buy some fresh cocoa after work today.

Today's snow and single-digit temperatures are a big change from Friday's sunny high of 60 degrees. The roads were snow-packed on the drive to work, though snowplows were out this morning. I only slid a couple of times. Thankfully I didn't crash into anything. I'll adjust my morning alarm tonight so I can leave for work 10-15 minutes earlier than usual. I initially wanted to attend a Happy Hour meetup after work, but I'll skip that due to the road conditions.
I enjoyed the KRCC holiday party Sunday night. The restaurant where the party was held is awesome and has great food. However, I need to remember to have a light snack before the party since the food isn't served until 30 minutes or so later. I got a beer when I first arrived. I only took a few sips before the food came out because drinking on an empty stomach triggers my acid reflux. The party this year was much more relaxing for me because no one brought kids.

Not so hot to Trot

Even though I'm well-rested and awake, I don't feel like going out tonight to FoxTrot. In past years, I've had to skip the December FoxTrot due to icy roads. The roads are clear this time, but I'm a bit short on cash and need to buy groceries either Sunday or Monday. Also, KRCC's Christmas party is Sunday night. I'll still take part in some long-distance furry activities tonight since Steelwoulfe's Jackbox game stream starts in a half-hour or so.

Snowy sidewalks, but clear roads

I had a follow-up appointment with my physician today. I've been on the increased dose of generic Prozac for a few weeks now, and it's helped me be less anxious. After the appointment, I picked up a jug of purified water for my APAP machine. I'm glad I don't have any other appointments or errands until Friday since it snowed last night and this morning. The roads were mostly snow-free, but the high temperature won't get back above freezing until Friday. There's only a 10% chance of snow showers in Denver on Saturday night, when FoxTrot will take place. It'll be clear again on Sunday for the KRCC Christmas party.

So far, my Christmas list has three items: a floor lamp, a Tupperware bowl set and a pair of Heat Holders socks. I wanted to add a shredder, but most of the shredder models I saw were at least $100; the ones specifically labeled as cardboard shredders were over $2,000.

Belated Thankfulness

I know this is late for Thanksgiving, but I'm thankful that I still have my weekend radio job. Back in June, I was informed the station would become automated eventually on weekends. Either the process is taking longer than expected or (hopefully) management decided to cancel that plan. I'm glad my Saturday shift was moved back to mornings so I can attend more weekend meetups. I initally wanted a shift starting at 9 or 10 AM so I could still sleep in, but I'll take the earlier start and extra hours!

Sometime in January, I should know whether I can attend a singles cruise reunion happening in April. I hope the reunion will not be the same weekend as the radio station's membership drive.

Smooth drive to work

An inch or two of snow fell yesterday. Parts of the roads in my neighborhood are a bit icy. Thankfully, there was very little ice on the roads to work this morning. Temperatures will be back above freezing during the daytime over the weekend.

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Trying a new restaurant

One of the Meetup groups I joined this year visits different ethnic/international restaurants in town. This afternoon, I had lunch with the group at an Ethiopian restaurant in Old Colorado City. The food is designed to be eaten by hand using a spongy bread to pick it up. There were dishes with and without meat. I decided to try a vegetable combo plate including red and green lentils, chick peas, green beans, garlic and onions. It was delicious and very filling.

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Yum, ouch and light

According to the other guests at the Thanksgiving dinner, the "Yum Yum Corn" dish I made lived up to its name. I mixed the corn with cream cheese and butter, with a bit of garlic, sugar and parsley.

There wasn't a Toastmasters meeting Friday, so I went bowling with members of my singles group. I didn't do as well this time partially due to my right ankle hurting. My scores were 98, 98 and 92.

One of my Christmas list items will be a floor lamp. One section of my living room barely gets any light at night. I've used my small Christmas tree to light that area year-round, but the top half of the tree's lights stopped working a month or two ago.

Warmer Thanksgiving

One of my old improv classmates was at last night's party. He asked me if I'd be interested in doing another "class reunion" show sometime. Even though I haven't done any improv in years, I'd like to perform again. The chicken potstickers I brought were quickly devoured, along with most of the other food. Before the party, I watched some of the dress rehearsal for the theater's Christmas show.

I only have one large pot, so I did a quick load in the dishwasher to get the pot clean for the corn dish I'm making today. Unlike last year, I don't have to worry about snow or icy roads. It's currently sunny and 54 degrees outside. So far this season, there have only been 2-3 light snow showers here. Usually, that means February-April will have much more snow.

More prepping for the holidays

"The best way to prepare butternut squash? Cube it..."
"Riiight! What's a cubit? Vooka-vooka-vooka!"


I bought a package of potstickers to bring to the improv theater's pre-Thanksgiving party. At work, I wrote down a few things to put on my Christmas list. As with last year, I'll put them on an Amazon.com wish list to share with my dad and my brother's family. Christmas is on a Sunday this year. I don't know if I'll be able to work that day, though I'd like to.

Fun plans for next week

The library where my Toastmasters meetings are held accidentally double-booked our usual meeting room today. After speaking to a few library staff members, our meeting moved downstairs to a smaller conference room. There won't be a meeting next Friday due to Thanksgiving. My local singles group is having a bowling meetup next Friday.

I sent in an RSVP for the Bovine Metropolis Theater's pre-Thanksgiving party. I'll bring a couple of appetizers (or a main dish and appetizer) since this party usually has too few of those, and an overabundance of desserts.

Same dosage for one-seventh the price

I picked up my generic Prozac refill today. I was supposed to get thirty 60mg pills. The pharmacist explained I was given ninety 20mg pills because that would only cost me $11 instead of $82 for the 60mg pills.

I'm glad I got my medication and got more groceries today. Tomorrow's forecast shows a 30-40% chance of rain and snow, then it'll be sunny again for the next few days.

Delay on happy pills

I saw my physician for a follow-up appointment on Monday. My pharmacy never called me to say my Prozac refill was ready, so I hadn't picked it up. The refill will be ready after 4 PM Tuesday. I'll see the physician again next month.

UPDATE (3:55 PM): The pharmacy just called to say my refill wasn't shipped today. It will arrive tomorrow at either 11 AM or 4 PM, so I'll stop by at 4 PM Wednesday.

Too sleepy to think of a good title

I need to submit my next time card before Thursday this week since the payroll office will be closed next week for the Thanksgiving break. I'll be doing a split shift today since my co-worker had an appointment during his regular shift. I'll work from 5-10 AM and 1-5 PM, with my co-worker covering the 10-1 part. I feel like I need a nap between shifts, and maybe after the second shift as well.

As I did last year, I will be having Thanksgiving dinner with members of a local singles group. Last week, I bought the ingredients I need for a corn dish.

Closing time

I had planned to sign the paperwork for my Toastmasters club's new account Friday, but I forgot the credit union was closed for Veterans Day. I will try again on Monday.

I wanted to go to a singles meetup this afternoon. Unfortunately, my accounts are nearly drained until Monday or Tuesday. I was able to go to another meetup Thursday night, though.

The Idiocracy has arrived

My basic view of the presidential election results:



I had been too smug when the electoral votes started being tallied. Since most of the early results were from typically-red states, I mistakenly thought, "Enjoy your lead now, Donny. You'll be losing it by the end of the night."

In spite of this, there were a few bright spots in the election. Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost his re-election bid in Arizona, Colorado's minimum wage measure ($12/hour minimum wage by 2020) passed, and several state and local candidates I supported won their races. Sadly, the "ColoradoCare" measure (Amendment 69) lost by at least 80%. With that defeat and the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, I may be without health insurance again unless the new leadership actually does come up with a better alternative.

It's almost over!

Even though I dropped off my ballot long ago, I can't wait to say "Bye, Felicia" to this election cycle tomorrow.


My sleep schedule yesterday was a bit different. Instead of napping during the hours after work, I stayed up and watched the Funday Pawpet Show. The Rabbit Hole wasn't on afterward due to the host being away. Another furry hosted a game stream playing Quiplash 2, Tee K.O. and a couple other games. I napped for a few hours after that, then got up to listen to Doggy Radio.

Getting more than a haircut

I'm glad my body is getting used to a semi-regular sleep schedule. Moving back to the morning shift on Saturdays at KRCC and getting an APAP machine have eliminated most of the tired feelings I get during the day. The only days I have odd sleep hours now are Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, since I nap after my Sunday shift then stay up overnight for The Rabbit Hole and Doggy Radio.

I got my haircut this afternoon. I had a coupon for a free haircut at a new location of Sport Clips, a sports-themed salon featuring TVs at each stylist's chair tuned (during my visit) to ESPN. In addition to the free haircut, the store was running a free "MVP Upgrade" promotion. This included a tea tree oil shampoo with conditioner, hot face towel, and a shoulder and neck massage. The shampoo/conditioner stations also had vibrating chairs!

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Tomorrow, I will bring my car into an auto shop (again!) to get an estimate for repairing my car's hail damage. This time, I told the clerk it would be "self pay" instead of paying through insurance. While I'm out, I'll also get a long-overdue haircut.

I went to a couple of dining meetups yesterday. The "Happy Hour" group had dinner and drinks at Amanda's Cantina on the north end of town. The food I had was okay but not great, though it was reasonably priced. Another group member only took a few bites of his food then said it was horrible. Service was also a bit slow since the restaurant was busy. Later that night, I went to the local furry meetup at a Village Inn. Since I had already eaten dinner, I just ordered a piece of French silk pie for dessert.

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