Monthly Archives: January 2009


Wow this feels almost like uncharted territory.  I missed this place.  (I thought it was “unchartered…”  Spellcheck tole me otherwise.)

This week has been interesting to say the least.  Work was even nutser than usual but I’m not going to get into that.  Suffice it to say,  I survived, but barely. I pray this damnable over time runs it’s course before too long.  I’m tired being tired all the time.  Tempers are simmering and nerves are taut.  It’s kind of scary but I’m trying to stay on the outside looking in.  You tend to see one’s true character in times of undue stress and I’m getting quite an education.  I’ve been able to keep my sense of humor for the most part and I’m grateful that those prayers (for humor) have been answered if no others.

Tuesday saw a pleasant surprise when they broadcast the Inaugural ceremony on a big screen in the cafeteria at lunch.  I was a bit disappointed at the lack of enthusiasm (read: cheering) but nonetheless, was glad to be seeing it as it happened.  I didn’t notice anyone besides me teary-eyed.  I thought at least there might be a smattering of applause.  So once again I was disappointed by the apathy in the general population.  But I’m not budging.  I choose to keep my optimistic attitude.  Yeah, it’s hard sometimes, but it’s all I got.   Also, I think some people are afraid to express themselves for fear of seeming real or something, I dunno, I don’t understand people anymore.  Most people anyway.

So how’s my mom?  Much better now, thanks.  But a piece of advice for you…  If you ever find yourself in a position where someone tries to smack a scopolamine patch behind your ear, break both their arms and legs and run like hell.  She was told the side effects to look for, those being a dry mouth and difficulty in urinating.  They maybe should have said that she could have extreme confusion, auditory disturbances and hallucinations.  Yeah.  For three days.  God bless her.  We couldn’t leave her alone.  The available fambly members were with her through the day and overnight.  I stayed with her when I got home from work until my bedtime.  That was scary.  But she’s ok now and I’m awful glad.  Had I read the above link before they stuck that effin’ patch on my mother,  they certainly wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near her with the blasted thing.  And it wasn’t even any bigger than a dime, if that.

Ok, I’ve managed to cover medicine, politics and economics all in one post.  That’s a first.

What’s that they say about Absence?   Y’all must be pretty fond of me by now, if you weren’t before.  Please continue being patient with me catching up on all your posts.


So I watched Letterman last night and ATE was fabulous.  No surprise there.  And Dave seemed truly blown away which was cool.  I went online and ordered tickets for their show in Pgh. in March.  PD is going to try to go with me.  He loves them too.  Due to his Meniere’s (bilateral), though, it might be tough for him to last through the show.  He does not do well in enclosed places full of loud noise.  We shall see.  He’s determined.

Before I went to bed at 2-something am, I got tremendously nauseous all of a sudden.  Now I hear there is some horrendous flu going around.  Yippee!  I looked forward to this weekend with all my might.  Now there might be a lot of laying around.  And hopefully not a lot of running up and down stairs.

So I get up this morning feeling only a little less nauseous, but dizzy with a raging headache.  More yippees.  And then a call comes… my mom is on her way to the ER via ambulance.  She was feeling tremendously nauseous and dizzy.  Her cardiologist suggested she come in to the ER just to rule out any more serious problems. Considering how I feel, I’m guessing it’s just the flu.  (Just the flu?)  My brothers are with her and will keep me posted.  I’ praying for the best.

Then I go to get ready to leave for the hospital, just in case my body decides to stop feeling pukey, and find we have no water.  Big old Yippees.  Could it be that our temperatures hovering at ZERO may have something to do with that?  I’m doubtful, considering that PD is the most insulating man I know and a very good pro-active home maintenance kind of guy.  A call to the municipal authority is in order to find out if there might be a problem on their end.

Yippee.  PA is such a wonderful place to be on a Saturday in January.  Forgive my attitude today.  I guess I should be glad to be alive with a roof over my head and a bucket to barf in.  And that my mom will be ok.

Update:  Water is back on.  Yippee.  I can do laundry now.

Update 2:45pm:  Mama is eating some “yucky kind of roast beef thing and green beans.”  They’re treating her for vertigo with a patch behind her ear. Some testing ruled out anything serious.  She’ll be on her way home soon.  Me, I’m maintaining and experiencing a certain degree of relief…  PD tried to exercise and quit, reporting a touch moderate slap of nausea.  Naptime, he decided.

Update Sunday: Mama’s “patch” seems to have some undesirable side effects such as confusion and disorientation.  We spent some time with her today and  my brother is staying with her tonight.  If this doesn’t ease up overnight, I think a call to the doc and a change of meds might be in order.  PD and I both feel better today.  Just need a vacation from the cold and snow, that’s all…

Thank y’all for your concern and kind comments.


FYI:  You can catch the awesomeness of Airborne Toxic Event on the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS this Friday, January 16.

You can find out some cool stuff about them on my A*T*E page there on the right on my sidebar.  It (my page) is not complete yet, my apologies.  LMK what you think of them after you watch them.


delurking day 2009

(Gah! Pretend the pic is centered…)

I wasn’t planning to post today but when my Amigo asks me to do sumpthin’,  I have a real hard time ignoring him.  He pointed out that today is Delurking Day and since he provided this adorable little graphic to accompany the reminder, I could hardly ignore it.

So if you happen to be a lurker here, you’re encouraged to come out of the closet and grace us with a few words.  It’s rilly cold here today so I suggest maybe you keep the trench coat buttoned up… 😉

Now I’m off to delurk myself.  Oh wait.  I’m not a lurker anymore.  Never mind.

Hope you’re all doin’ good.  I’m feeling better but I still got no life.  Thanks for the nice things you wrote on that last post.  I love you guys.  Later, then.


You know what, kids.  I just got home from Day #3 of Hell Month.  Not only am I whooped, I’m afraid that I’m going to have to take some time off here on One Wink at a Time.  I never thought I would have to say that and I’m getting all queasy and teary-eyed while I’m writing this.   Here’s why:

The last two evenings, I came on to check mail, update my Facebook status and read a handful of blogs.  I updated the iPod, put it on charge, ate dinner, talked on the phone to my mom and the grandkid(s), showered and it was time to go to bed.  I can’t be living like that for three more weeks.   I know I joke about not having a life but this is serious.

I will pop on from time to time to see how y’all are doing.  And please, if anything important happens that I can’t miss, email me your post or a note or something.  Promise me now.  Pinky swear.  I think my email addy is on my Who is This? page on the sidebar on your right.  Over there>>>>>>>

And if you’re a prayin’ person, please keep Jeff A. in your prayers and if you have one left over, ask that my OT doesn’t run into February.

Hugs and kisses.  I’ll maybe see you on the weekends or definitely at the end of the month.  Be good.

Or you could surprise me, leave lots of comments.  Tell me how much I mean to you,  ask anything you would like to know about me,  tell me if I’ve ever inspired you or made you laugh or cry or scream or whatever.  Yeah, do that.  Or go take a nap.  That would be good too.


I  don’t often “do” albums.  Lots of people buy albums and then find out that they like a lot of the songs on it.  Or they don’t.  I’m more into single songs.  Even more so than I am into particular groups.  There are few artists whose collective works thrill me.  Once in awhile I like a song from a band that I don’t care for.   Rarely will I shell out the money for an entire album (unless  I really like the majority of the songs on an album.)  But that’s one of the things that’s so great about iTunes and other music sites.  You buy only the songs you like.  As with digital cameras; you only print the pics you like.  So while your iTunes library may be full of albums and playlists of them, mine has about a million single songs and only about a hundred albums.  (I’m kidding, divide those numbers by 2. wink wink)

I’m not crazy about a lot of the albums I’ve heard this year.  And I’ve not bought a lot.  Since that list is short I’m going to include all the albums I liked or loved this year, even if they were issued before this year.

  • Electric Arguments ~  The Fireman Was never a Beatles fan except for I Wanna Hold Your Hand and I Saw Her Standing There and Seventeen.  Then years later I kind of got into Paul and the Wings for a time and a random hit of any of the Fab Four here and there.  But I stumbled upon this goodie and I really, really like a lot of it, especially a tune called Sing the Changes.
  • Fleet Foxes ~ Fleet Foxes I badly needed a new sound, something completely different from anything I’d ever heard before.  While there are little bits of influences here, namely the Beach Boys and CSNY in my opinion, they’re still in a category all by themselves for me at this point.
  • Only By The Night~ Kings of Leon There is not one bad track on this album and it’s great for setting a mood.  Ok, Caleb singing takes some getting used to but once you learn to decipher his “language” you’ll be hooked too.  Oh yeah, and they’re nice to look at too. 😉
  • Airborne Toxic Event ~ Airborne Toxic Event I don’t know what to tell you except that this is a really fun, exceptionally executed bunch of songs.  A little bit of everything and a lot of emotion.  Oh yeah, and they’re nice to look at too!
  • Wolf  Parade ~ At Mount Zoomer and Apologies to the Queen This is a band that I only discovered this past year and I think they are awesome and I’ll keep looking for new songs from them.
  • Day and Age ~ The Killers I’ve been a Killers fan for awhile.  I played Hot Fuss almost to the point -but not quite- of being sick of it.  Then I didn’t listen to them much again until now with this new release.  If you like the Killers, you’ll love this cd.  There isn’t a bad track on it, imo.
  • Dear Science ~ TV on the Radio This is the 2008 offering from the band.  To be honest, on first listen I was convinced that Return to Cookie Mountain was by far, the better of the two.  Then after having listened to it a few times, I honestly can’t tell you which of the two I prefer.
  • Return to Cookie Mountain ~ TV on the Radio(2006) This was my first taste of TV on the Radio and it was definitely love at first listen.  I was sketpical that they could do better and I think that’s why I didn’t give Dear Science a fair try the first time.
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist  ~ Various Artists I only downloaded this a week or two ago and although I’ve only been able to listen to it about 10 times, I love it.  And I’ve checked out a couple of the artists on here and am already starting to build my Best of 2009 Playlist.

Note:  I had set links for all these albums for you but I got distracted and saved the wrong draft and lost them all, along with about a half an hour of my life. I’m sure you understand that I’m not going to waste any more of my life on a post that I’m totally pissed at…