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What Good Thing Happened To You Today (Continued)

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2 good things for today (well, technically the first one started yesterday):

1) A local supermarket donates unsold food to community groups, with each group having certain days to collect the food from the shop. Dad and I went last night to collect whatever there was for our group. (We don't know in advance exactly what or how much food there will be). Piles and piles of unsold Christmas treats :D Some of which are good well into 2021 and the Panettone cakes are good until summer. But because Christmas is over, the shop doesn't want them. There was also a pallet-load of hundreds of mince pies, but we had to turn those down as there was no more space left in Dad's car! 

We delivered the food to the community centre this morning, and even as we were going back to the car to fetch another trolley-load, people were already putting money in the donation box so they could have a Panettone. We got given so many of those that we were also able to give 8 to family and neighbours. 

Other days, we get loads of veg that they can use for making the meals they sell. It's a really great scheme and so much better for everyone than just throwing the food away.

 

2) The second good thing is that I received some sketches that I bought on Tuesday from a Star Wars artist. I'm not sure if it was in here or the counting thread that someone posted the Adam Driver SNL sketch clip where Kylo did his own version of "Undercover Boss"? One of the sketches is his character "Matt the technician" from that :lol: 

The other is a sketch of my favourite character Poe Dameron - and although I couldn't afford to buy it, the artist also included a free colour print of Kylo Ren from the newest film, which was really kind of him.

 

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I had a fun evening at record group - and found some new music to explore. I'd heard *of* Nightwish before, but hadn't heard any of their songs. I liked the one I heard tonight for starters :)

 

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On 1/19/2020 at 2:20 PM, illumination70 said:

The swelling in my arm has gone down after fracturing it on Tuesday night.

Ouch.   I hope it heals quickly and fully.   Is it in a cast?  Can you use it to smack all th dummies at concerts where you work?  I say go for it.  j/k   Hope you are not in pain. 

I got comps to go the The Lion King at our performing arts center.  The seats were perfect.  I'd never seen it or the movies.  Extraordinary.  The percussionists were fantastic.  I thought of U2/Zootopia because I had to remind myself to watch th whole show and not just the drums.  

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On 12/8/2019 at 12:06 AM, Manohlive said:

There's no way she's giving up this foam wedge

I had to throw out the foam wedge.  She got sick on it.  I tried, for days, to clean it.  Ick.  No such luck so I took it away.  My goodness, did she shoot me a look when I did..  She's now claimed my favorite blanket as hers.  (my only blanket, save for my bed)   Guess who's pulling the comforter off his bed to be warm in his living room?  That blanket is hers.  Her character is coming out mor.e.  I no longer crate her when I leave.  (Yay when your apt is only 500 square feeet)  She was all over me when I got home from The Lion King.  Both of my hands and arms are red, and a bit swollen from wrestling.  Dogs/pets are the best..  

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13 hours ago, Manohlive said:

I had to throw out the foam wedge.  She got sick on it.  I tried, for days, to clean it.  Ick.  No such luck so I took it away.  My goodness, did she shoot me a look when I did..  She's now claimed my favorite blanket as hers.  (my only blanket, save for my bed)   Guess who's pulling the comforter off his bed to be warm in his living room?  That blanket is hers.  Her character is coming out mor.e.  I no longer crate her when I leave.  (Yay when your apt is only 500 square feeet)  She was all over me when I got home from The Lion King.  Both of my hands and arms are red, and a bit swollen from wrestling.  Dogs/pets are the best..  

I miss having a dog. On the upside, every time I go over to my sister's house, their dogs make up for it. Mika and Luna make such a fuss over me, it can take a good minute to get through the door. I think part of it is also because, facially, Mika looks very much like our old dog, so of course I'm soft on her. Even if she does sometimes forget that she's a large dog and very heavy when she tries to sit on me on the sofa. Either that, or she's trying to copy the cats :lol:

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1 hour ago, padawanbeck84 said:

very heavy when she tries to sit on me

Irish Terriers ar around 28-40 pounds, depending on gender and size.  They like to spring onto the floor, off of me on the couch.  I'm very good at quickly cupping my lap with my hands.  😌

I was buying tickets to The Head and the Heart.  They were $37 for GA in Madison this past September.  This show is seated and subject to that platinum seating crap.  $395 for first row.  $335 for second.  $295 for third.  $148 for fourth.  $147 more to sit one row closer.  It was absurd.  I finally found seats in the 25th row for $69.50.  (I wouldn't see the show due to vision head crap, but at least I would hear it.  All good.  Nope.  Those were American Express seats. I got angry then went into despair.  I called the box office and explained that I face challenges from multiple blunt cranial trauma.  He put us in the seventh row, for $69.50 and only charged a $5.00 service fee.  I am quite broke but very fortunate..  Happy happy happy!  

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Listening to my favourite radio show this evening and they have played not one, but TWO U2 songs :D "Streets" and "Two Hearts Beat as One" to be precise, which is especially cool as I can't remember having heard "Two Hearts" on the radio before.

22 hours ago, Manohlive said:

Irish Terriers are around 28-40 pounds, depending on gender and size. 

Mika is an Alaskan Malamute cross, so she's a pretty big dog - and in her case, she's also overweight. She overeats due to an anxiety issue - her previous owner neglected her and, even though she's been owned by my sister and her family for several years now, she's never quite got used to the fact that in their house, she has regular feeding times. She even used to nose about in the kitchen bin, but they've got her out of that habit now. Although she still tries to eat the cats' food sometimes :lol: She's such a loving, affectionate dog, it boggles the mind why anyone would have mistreated her so badly. 

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38 minutes ago, padawanbeck84 said:

previous owner neglected her

That makes me literally want to lay down and weep.  How long have they owned her?  You probsbly know that dogs adjust.  Lots of TLC and stability are necessary, but they adjust.  Regular feeding times and no table scraps are one of the kindest things one can do for a dog.  Riiri begs and begs.  It's so hard not to give her anything when I eat but I don't.  The thing is, once the food is gone, she forgets all about it.  Love love love.

Cool story-when I first got her home-she was lost.  I didn't know what to do.  She had to go through it.  She walked around and cried, looking for her mom.  (The lady who gave her to me)  It was heartbraking.  I crry when I see suffering.  I'm not afraid to admit it.  I did not know what to do.  I was playing Invisible by U2.  I like to fantasize that I can sing as well as Bono. (I cannot  😦)  I'm okay but not Bono.  I started singing, "I am not invisible, I am here."  Riri was paying no heed.  I kept singing it to her.  I got lost in trying to be on pitch and breeathing while I sing....blah blah.  I got lost in it.  When I came out of my trance, I noticd that she had put her nose into my hand and was looking at me.  She must have felt what I was offering.  It was very profound, both as a dog owner and a U2 fan.  I love Invisible.  Mich first mentioned how moving it was during IE.  I was alone the first night of that tour.  (by choice)   I'll never forget it.  Cool that even though that tour is past-the magic of that song helped me deal with seeing my dog suffer and knowing her mom (previous owner) was also suffering.  I immersed myself and that cute liittle nose wound up in my hand for the first time.

Very challenging day.  My head hurts more than I can express.  The Sun is shining and I can't look outside.  I'm making sure my dog's bed is in the sunshine after wrestling her, earlier today, into being exhausted.  She's crashed and now trusts me enough to slide her in the bed, as the sunshine moves.  That way I can maximize her time getting the rays.  My hand and arms are red and swollen from wrestling but I wouldn't have it any other way.  This is a long post.  I'm in so much pain that I don't want to be alive.  This is after I'm given great seats to The Head and the Heart, which was done yesterday.  Amazing how life can go from such a high to so low in 24 hours.  I'm looking on the bright side even thought I can't stare into the Sujn.  ho ho ho.

I got a referral , from my general practitioner, for a pain specialist.  I don't know what to think about it.  I don't want pain medicine but my quality of life has diminished so much that I'm a hermit.  Unless he's a doc that approaches chronic pain, across the board, I'm not interested.  I'm talking diet,accupunture, massage, exercise and anything else that'll help.  If pain meds are necessary-they need to be a last resort.  I don't want to take them, however, sitting and apologizing to God because I don't want to be here right now, is no way to live.  (I'll be fine.  I'd never ever do anything to hurt myself.)  Part of that is acknowledging how I feel, dealing with it and looking for the positives.  I was given an Irish Terrier for free.  It was because I took such good care of my last one-that meant sharing him with an ex, after a very,. very nasty breakup.  I did what was right.  It's the hardest, most painful thing I've ever done. yet here lies Riri because I did.   I'm not trying to gush.  I truly need to recognize and hold onto all of this.  The pain is messing with my head and taking it to dark places.  I choose the light.

There's been a lot of unrust and questioning if U2.com is worth it.  The ability to write, let it out and hopefully let it go, is priceless to me.  (just me)  

I choose the light, even when it's not visible or I can't enjoy it shining in my window.   😉  

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