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I'm challenging myself to read ALL the V.C. Andrews books (even the ghost-written ones) by the end of the year(2009). I'll keep track here. There are a total of 64, in case you're wondering.

I'll cross them off when I finish them, probably once a week.


Complete List of V.C. Andrews Novels, in Series and Publication Order: )

[EDIT:01/03/10] Well, I failed miserably at that. LOL. There are now a total of 66 books. Or will be when the second in the new series comes out in Feb/Mar 2010. I'm still going to finish the books, but now as part of the [ profile] 100booksayear challenge. I'll start that challenge with book #52 on this list, since I'm mostly done with #51.

I think I'll keep a running tally of that list here, as well.
100 books a year challenge )
domino43: (Maybe Baby - Dear LJ)
I guess it's time. I haven't really felt like updating lately. Or doing anything, really. I just can't get motivated. And I've been getting distracted so easily. I've just been having these crazy mood swings lately. It's from the stupid Prednisone. The Dr. and I were talking about it the other day. He was telling me how he's on 60mg short term and it's giving him crazy mood swings. I realized that why I had a REALLY depressive day like, a week and a half ago. I just wanted to stop taking all my medications and just go to sleep and just sleep for days. And the day I went to the Dr, I was fine in the morning. I was actually in a decent mood. By late afternoon/evening I was just in a terrible mood. And it didn't help that people kept getting on me about all kinds of stuff. Not that they really knew I was in a bad mood, but that's not the point. They shouldn't have been acting the way they did in the first place.
cut for length and depressive crap )
Also, I've actually been reading lately. As far as my challenges go, I've got most of the V.C. Andrews books read. I'm going to slip "The Time Travelers Wife" in there next, though. I want to watch the movie first. The way I see it, if I read the book first, I'll ruin the movie for myself. If I watch the movie, I'll just find there book that much better. I really wish i was feeling more up to doing things and wasn't getting so distracted all the time so I could fly through books like I was at the end of last year. Hopefully that will get better as I wean off the steroids.

I keep trying to work on that Conan smut I started a couple weeks ago, but I keep getting distracted. I'll open it up and then I'll go check my mail and then I'll end up on Facebook, then here, and never get to it before I go to bed. It's starting to annoy me. But watch, tomorrow night I'll open it up and not be able to write anything either.

I also need to write some non-smut. Seriously. I feel bad for anyone on my F-list that doesn't like smut (how many of you are there, anyway?), so can't read any of the stuff I write. Not that I think I'm a great writer or anything. I do have one story I've been wanting to write for years. I have some rough character sketches and a general outline for it in my head, but I've never been able to start it. I may have to just write scenes randomly and fill it in.

Anyway, that's about all I can think of and make myself do. I'm honestly going to try to be a little more present around here. We'll see how it goes.
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I haven't updated since the day after Christmas and haven't done a REAL update in about 3 weeks. I guess it's about time. I don't know why, but I haven't been feeling like posting. Like, something will happen, or I'll want to say something and think to myself 'I need to post on LJ...' but then I just don't. I'm trying. I'm going to make more of an effort. I should really make a little more of an effort to comment, too.

LOL. I just did it again. I opened this window and typed that last paragraph about an hour and a half ago. I seem to get distracted easier nowadays.

Anywho, back to what I was saying before...First of all, I TOTALLY missed my deadline for my challenge. :( But I had no way to get my books for a while, so... At the suggestion of [ profile] 100booksayear . I'm actually going to put my mind to it and do this. 100 books a year is only about 2 a week. Before I was doing about 4-5 a week. And I know as soon as I get home and have no TV to watch (we have no cable and no digital converter) I can go back to a few a week. I'm sure I'm going to start out slow, but I think I can do it this time.

Ugh. I keep bruising from shots and getting blood drawn. I have 2 small, dark bruises on the inside of my elbow where they drew blood last week. The girl accidentally poked through my vein. For some reason it's bruised in 2 spots. I still have a bruise from my shot about a month ago, though that one is faded quite a bit. I have a fading bruise on the other arm from 2 weeks ago. AND I have a bruise on the first arm from last week. I look like I got beat in the arms. :(

Got a little more written on my George/Ringo.  I actually had a little burst of creativity last night.  I'm going to work on it again and hope that burst comes back after I make this post.  I'd like to finish it soon.  Heck, I'd just like to finish it.

I...don't think I have anything else right now.  I don't know, I've been a little jumbled lately.
domino43: (Maybe Baby - Dear LJ)
Let's do this one a little differently and see how it works out...

Okay, let's see. I've read 50/64 of the V.C. Andrews books. 2-3 weeks of books left to read and about a month and a half left of the year. I think I made pretty good time. And speaking of books, I am dingy. When I went to my appointment, I took the last two books I had just finished so I could take them back and pick up the next 9. I got there and turned off the car and then realized, "It's noon and there are only 2 cars here... *facepalm* It's Veteran's Day! They're closed today." So I had to drive around the block to drop the books in the after-hours drop box.

Like I said before, the Dr. doubled my MTX from 6.25mg to 12.5mg. It was such a small dose before I really didn't feel it, but this time It really stung and actually kind of hurt for a few minutes. It's so thick, too. I am definitely NOT looking forward to getting these shots now every week. *meep* With the increase, he's hoping I see some improvement quicker. Haven't seen any yet. Most people seem to say it takes about 12 weeks to see any real results, so I'm about halfway there.
Also, since I got back on my Prednisone (didn't have the money to get it for a couple weeks), I feel a little better. Pain has already gone down a tiny bit. Hopefully in a few more days it will be even better. I need to get a refill as soon as dad gets paid, though.

Also, as I said before, Corie has Mono. Still can't figure out where she got it, but she does. So, I'll be here a few days to help out until the fatigue starts wearing off a bit and she feels up to it. The kids seem like they should be okay. They haven't been too bad lately. We'll see after a few days.

As I said in my mini!post, I've been around (quite a bit, actually), but I just haven't really felt up to posting. There have been so many things I've wanted to say/rant about, but I just didn't feel it. I've been reading and commenting when I had something to say, so I haven't been ignoring you all. Just been kind of blah lately. I think I've been mostly tired.

I wish I had steady internet access/a reliable computer. I kind of wish I was taking part in NaNo. Can you believe I've never NaNo'd? Oh, well. One of these years, I guess. I just want to work on something. I have a couple things I need to finish (anyone remember me mentioning a certain George/Ringo Slash I wanted to write? Well I started it shortly after that, but then got quite stuck. A few weeks ago, I nearly doubled it in length, but it needs more. I just need to figure out a couple transitions and details and I should be able to finish it. Plus, that Kirill-Hans story I mentioned forever and a half ago over at VFB. I have that thing a little over half done and need to finish it, as well. AND I need to finish that Karl/Anita story. *headdesk* So much to write, but not quite enough muse to go around. And nowhere to keep it all in one place. And, and, and...

Okay. I think I'm done for now. Let's see how this post looks when it's posted. Just wanted to do something a little different.
domino43: (Maybe Baby - Dear LJ)
Had my second shot of methotrexate on Tuesday. No side effects, which is good, but also no results yet. Of course, I didn't expect any yet. The Dr. is keeping me on the steroids until the MTX starts showing some results. He said it would be a while. Especially since I'm starting on only 6.25mg. Now, I just need to remind dad to go pick up the rest of my Rx. Been off it for a bit b/c he lost his medical expense card and didn't have the cash. He just got his replacement card the other day. From most accounts, it looks like you commonly see results in the first 12 weeks, so...

Also had to get some antibiotics b/c my toe is infected again.

Ugh. I've been trying to avoid it, but i think I may have to give in. Especially after the last couple days. I think I may have to start using a cane. man, the other day in the store... I actually had to use one of those electric carts. I've tried to avoid those since the pain started. Plus before that for about a week, anytime I was in the store I could only go a couple aisles before hurting so bad I had to stop and sit on a bench or lean on something.

OH. And my 10 year High School reunion tonight. Only a couple people have said they will be there, but some are trying. I guess I'll have to see tonight. Only problem is, it's at a local cafe/bar and I have no money for drinks. I can't drink alcohol on the MTX, but I'll need some pop at least. I need to come up with maybe $5. Even at that expensive place, that should be enough for a couple pops. I'll ask dad, I guess. I wish Neal would just give me the $15-$20 he owes me.

Night before last, I had a weird dream. I worked at Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital. Well, Cuddy had triplets, but they were...liquid... I totally don't know, but the "liquid" babies looked weird. Almost like egg whites with little bits in it that started collecting and then other stuff started showing up and started turning into a baby. Well, two of them developed into babies, the other didn't. I was given the task of telling her. I kept wondering why I had to tell her and not Cameron, as she'd be better at that sort of thing. I was floundering, trying to figure out a way to tell her. Well, House keeps telling me to just say it, but I wanted to be nice about it. Well, I finally decided that I was going to have to tell her, so I went to her room. House came in while I was trying to find my words and just blurted it out. Like, "One of your babies didn't form." Everything was all quiet while she and I stared at him. A few other things happened, but nothing real significant, or "House" related. or weird. Just me calling someone and walking over there from the hospital.

Only got a couple more books read for my little challenge. But I had to wait a while to go pick up my books and got most of the way through that Poe collection. About 3/4 done.

I think there was more I wanted to say, but I can't remember what it was. I have to go take a shower soon so I can get ready to go to my reunion anyway. I didn't bring all my clothes, so I'm gonna have to go home and get dressed first.

Checking in

Oct. 8th, 2009 09:03 pm
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First off, thanks for the birthday wishes to everyone. :)

Getting along fine in my book challenge. Almost halfway there. Looks like I will be done by the end of the year. Especially since these next couple of series' are shorter than previous ones.

Ugh. Had a Dr.s appointment on my birthday. Mostly a check-up, but he wanted some tests. Plus, since I'm on steroids, which work as an immunosuppressant, he wanted me to get a flu shot and a pneumonia shot, just to be safe. So for my birthday I got 2 shots, chest x-rays and some blood drawn. Yippee. Also, they ordered my methotrexate. They called me on Monday afternoon to tell me that I needed to set up an appointment on Tuesday. Not sure if that's when I get my first shot or if I need to talk to the Dr of Pharmacy again first. I'll see when I get there, I guess.

OH! I went to my local Social Services office this morning. We can get help turning on our electric, but only $300. That's a little less than half, but some help is better than none. Gotta get some stuff from the electric company first and then come up with the rest...but we should have it on in the next month or so. Yay. We're not doing bad without it, though. Worst thing, and the tough part, is not having running water. But we're making it work. Not much longer.

Not really much else to say right now.

OMG. I. LOVE. Project Runway.
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*waves* Hello. I know it's been a while and I said I was going to be here last Thursday to check in since I had a Dr. appointment on Friday, but I ended up going to my aunts b/c it was closer to home and dad didn't have the gas to drive all the way out here. Now, how to update... I guess chronologically would be best. If I can keep it that way. lol I'll probably start out chronologically and end up categorizing it instead. And/or switching back and forth.


I went home on the 15th, right? Well, the power was still on, but I knew, with my luck, it would be off the next day, so I made the chocolate cake we had that night before I went to bed, since I knew it wouldn't need refrigerated, just covered. Dad decided to call it "survival cake". And it has been. Nearly everyday I've eaten a piece or two to keep myself fed. There are still a couple pieces left, though they're starting to get dry. I would have had it gone by now, but Neal brought over ANOTHER cake that needed eaten and I had a few pieces of that, though dad ate more than half of it. I just didn't like the frosting. It was way too sweet for me.


Okay, so last Friday I had an appointment with the Podiatrist about my toe. He hadn't made it, but my Primary Care Physician wanted me to do a follow up and they're basically through the same office in the clinic. Like my Dr.'s name is on both doors. So I went and told him my toe was mostly healed but it was starting to hurt again. It had been infected once since I had the nail cut out. He looked at it and said that it looked like the skin was just irritated so he trimmed it again. This time without anesthetic. It hurt a bit, as you can imagine. A couple days later it stopped hurting so much. It's still a little tender, but it's alright. Healing up alright for now.


Pretty much all that weekend and this past week were spent reading. I've been averaging about one book a day. In fact, last Friday and on...Tuesday, I read TWO whole books a day. A few days I read a little more than one a day. So, as you can see I've got 20/64 books read. I have 5 more waiting for me and I've requested 10 more for now. At the rate I'm going, I may be able to get all of them done by the beginning of December. That would be cool. We'll see.


Oh, and I had sent out my application for Cash assistance/Food Stamps/Medicaid on the 15th or so. I had an appointment for that yesterday. Took in the little bit of paperwork I had that they wanted/needed. She said cash assistance and medicaid were both dependent on my getting SSI. Which doesn't really make any sense to me, but...whatever. She also said the medical would take a while and I need some papers filled out by my Dr., which I'm getting next Friday at my appointment. But I DID get Food Stamps. I got approved for $200/month! That's WAY more than I expected. That will be nice. Right now, we have now power still, but dad's gonna find one of our coolers (or buy a cheap foam on) to clean out and getting some ice so we can at least keep things for a couple of days. Anyway... So, she told me that if/when I get approved for SSI, my balance will change (it'll probably go down to about $100), but that would be totally fine, because I'd have some money to put toward food. She signed the papers and said I qualified for expedited food stamps, so I'd get the card in 7-10 business days. Well, this morning before we were getting ready to leave for here, there was a knock on the door. I went to answer it and no one was there. I thought Neal had maybe knocked on the door and run off, so I was going to step out and see if he was out there, but I looked down and saw a large envelope in front of the door. I picked it up and showed it to dad who asked who it was for. I finally looked at it and saw it was for me. I opened it and found a regular business sized envelope. It was my card. They ended up overnighting it to me. Apparently, I was more serious a case than I thought. lol I called and set it up and I have $306 available to me right now. I can't wait to go get some food. I'm making brother take me to the store so I can grab a few things tomorrow. I really shouldn't be this excited about buying food.


On the electric front, we couldn't get it turned on like we wanted because it would have cost even more. So, dad is trying to find ways to make money. Hopefully we'll be able to come up with it in a few weeks. Especially since Neal plans on moving into the upstairs bedroom sometime soon. He's supposed to help come up with some of the money.

Also, dad couldn't find the old camp stove, so he had to go buy another one. He picked it up last night, so when I buy food, I can at least buy real food sometimes. It'll mostly been soup and canned pastas like ravioli/spaghetti-o's. But I know that sometime next week I'm going to buy some big, fat, juicy steaks and some onions and mushrooms and...something for the side. Because I want steak for my birthday. There I go again with the food. lol


Speaking of being fat... I really need to tell the Dr. that I've been having pain again. And I've been having slight headaches for the last week or so. I might leave out the headaches because they're a common side effect, but the pain is getting on my nerves. My back and knees and ankles are just in so much pain lately.


I know there was more, but I can't think of it right now. I'll be here tomorrow too, so if I think of it, I'll post it.
domino43: (Maybe Baby - Dear LJ)
Stupid internet keeps going out all day today and yesterday.

Anyway, yesterday I had an appointment with the Dr. of Pharmacy at the Dr.s office. It was just so she could ask me questions to see if I was a good candidate. She said she'd look over my charts again and talk with the Dr. and tell him what she thought. If they decide I should be on it, which he sounds pretty certain of, I'll go back in and we'll talk about it in more detail. I have an appointment with the Dr. on October 2nd (Birthday!appointment) when is probably when I'll find out what's going on. I'm sure I'll get my appointment with her shortly after that. So I'll probably start the shots sometime in October.

On the V.C. Andrews Book Challenge front. I've read 9 out of the 64 books. I've got a running tally over here. I'll update it probably once or twice a week, as I finish books. I thought I was going to fall behind the other day because I took, like 4-5 days to read Dark Angel. But then I went and read Fallen Hearts in just a little over 24 hours. Got myself back on track. In a few days I'll have no TV or internet to distract me, so I'll be able to read most of the books in about a day or two. I just may be able to do this. *fingers crossed*

Ugh. This whole electricity thing is just starting to annoy me. I called the electric company to see if, like the gas and phone companies, they'd take the deposit in installments. I was told they don't do that, but they do have a thing where, if you get someone that qualifies to sign as your guarantor, you don't need a deposit. In order for the person to qualify they have to have had electric service with the company for at least 2 years at a different address with no more than 1 late payment. I could only think of 2 people I know that fit that description. My Grandma & Uncle and my Grandpa. Well, my Uncle was out of work for a while and since my Grandma only works part time, things are still a little tight for them. Plus, she would never sign as Guarantor anyway. So I called my Grandpa. Well, I'd talked to my cousin who "warned" me that he's got a power-of-attorney. Well, he's under the false impression that for anything that's connected to anything financial he has to get their permission first. That's not how it works, but, whatever. So he said he'd talk to them (won't tell anyone who it is, but I think it's one of his old boss' "lady friends". For some reason he always thinks very highly of them, even though most of them are, excuse the harsh word, scum. I just get the feeling that it's someone that doesn't know anyone in the family.) and let me know, but to expect a 'no'. He called this morning and confirmed the 'no'. The thing is, I think he wanted to, because he sounded really sorry and kept asking me not to be mad at him. I understand where he's coming from and I'm not mad. I wasn't counting on it and figured it couldn't hurt to ask. I told him all that. But now, I don't know what we're going to do. And the power gets shut off on Monday sometime. I guess we're buying some batteries for the one flashlight/lantern and my CD player, some candles so I can have light at night, a cheap foam cooler for a few food items. And digging out those kerosene lamps and the camp stove. [sarcasm]Indoor camping! Woo![/sarcasm]

But at least, even if we still have no power when it gets cold, we have a propane heater that's strong enough to heat the whole house that wed won't need power for. So, even though we'll be in the dark, we'll be warm. :)

That's all I can think of right this second.
domino43: (Maybe Baby - Dear LJ)
I have made a decision. The other day, I decided that I'm going to read ALL the V.C. Andrews books. My goal is to get them all read by the end of the year. If I keep reading them at the rate I have been, I should easily be able to do it. Especially after they move out and I have no internet. I'll have nothing to do all day, anyway. I'll probably see if I can do like I have in the past when I have no net and see if I can go over there once or twice a week to check up on things. Hopefully they'll say I can. We'll see.

Oh. And I was googling my grandpa's name (I really don't know why. I just felt like it) and stumbled on a MySpace of a girl in San Antonio that said her Grandpa, with the same name, had 5 kids, blah, blah, blah. The way she described him just sounded right. She also resembled one of my cousins up here, so I sent her a message telling her I thought we might be related and asked her some stuff. Turns out I was right. Just got a message back from her today telling me, yes, my assumptions were right. She mentioned her mom's name and my dad said, "Yeah!" b/c he couldn't remember if his oldest brother had 5 or 6 kids. So, I sent her a message back. It's so cool to actually know the name of someone down there, besides my uncle and a couple of his kids. I know my dad's been wanting to go down there for a while. The last time we saw my uncle was when he was up here about 5 years ago. And he's getting pretty old. I think he' 79 or so. I'd like to go down there and see him sometime before he dies, too. I mean, I've probably only seen him a dozen times in my life. And most of those times I was pretty young. Like, under 10. The last time I was down in San Antonio to see family down there, I was a month old. The only thing is, dad doesn't get his vacation and personal days until next September. He gets vacation soon, but it wouldn't be enough time. Hopefully he'll be able to take the full 2 weeks next year because he also needs to head over to Idaho and get his truck out of storage and send it back over here.

And just because I feel nostalgic, a pic of me when I was in San Antonio last time.

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