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What I've been (and still am) up to

Well hey there! Looks like I fell off the internet again, at least for a bit. There are reasons, mostly consisting of Real Life Things, so I figured I'd spend today catching up with you all.

But first! Come to my poetry reading next Monday! Please? I'll be the featured reader at Poetry in the Round at Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ next Monday, September 16th, at 7:30 p.m. I will be reading some new stuff, and am more than willing to take requests. If you have the time and are able to make it, I would really love to see you there. (Heck, I'd just really love to see you there, but I suppose you need the time and ability part first, right?)

What I've been up to:

After the whole moving Maggie into college thing, I spent the night in Springfield, Massachusetts, with my sweetheart, where we admired the sunset over the river and watched a pair of Peregrine Falcons swoop and swerve in the sky. One of these days when we're up there, we plan on visiting the Dr. Seuss museum, as well as checking out the statue of my ancestor, Deacon Samuel Chapin, better known as "The Puritan" by Augustus St. Gaudens. But alas, it was raining on Saturday, and we were afraid we would melt, so instead we headed home, with a stop in Sleepy Hollow (a subset of Tarrytown) at The Bridge View Tavern for a late lunch/early dinner (nuncheon!), where we both had absolutely banging burgers with garlic fries.

Sunday and Monday involved a painting project at my sweetheart's house, and Tuesday involved cooking for Rosh Hashanah. We were lucky enough to be invited to dine with relatives on both Wednesday and Thursday night, but I volunteered to bring a side dish, so there was shopping and cooking to be done. And we spent much of Thursday and Friday at the synagogue, in services, which were (as always) thought-provoking.

In other news, my RA injectable medication appears to have stopped working, so I've been working with diminishing energy day by day, and increased stiffness, fatigue and brain fog. Swell. But! I am lucky in that I/we recognized it rather quickly, and I am off to my rheumatologist tomorrow to see what can be done. The most likely answer: find a new med. Only first, I have to wait a while longer for this one to get out of my system. At least, that's always been the answer when this happened before. So it will get worse before it gets better, but it will get better. I'll just be frustrated/frustrating until then.

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Sep. 9th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hey you, in my neighborhood! If Time and the Universe allow we should get together when it happens again.
Sep. 11th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
I will endeavor to make it so!
Sep. 10th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
Definitely check out the Seuss statues in the museum quad in Springfield. They're life-size and great fun.
Sep. 11th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
That is what we were told. But it was too rainy to check out!
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Sep. 11th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
Me too. The doctor agreed with me yesterday that the Cimzia is failing. We have to see what we can get approval for to try next. It'll be a while until I feel better, though, since these meds take a few weeks to start to work once you're on them, and I won't have a new med for a while now.
Sep. 10th, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
Are you gluten free? My aunt suffered from RA, and when she stopped eating gluten, her symptoms basically vanished. (((HUGS)))
Sep. 11th, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
The few times I've tried eliminating gluten, I've had flares, so I'm not sure my system works that way, although I've read some articles that say being gluten-free is a huge help for some people.
Sep. 10th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon!

Oh, I would love to go to Sleepy Hollow one day and see Tarrytown too!
Sep. 11th, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)

It's a very pretty area up there, and we will undoubtedly go back (in part because we didn't get to visit Washington Irving's house when we were there because the tour we had time for was sold out). We'll also be back just to eat at the Bridge View Tavern, which we discovered this summer on a getaway trip to the area.
Sep. 11th, 2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
I'm in the South, so hopefully, one day, hubby and I can make a trip up there. I would very much like to see Washington Irving's house too! And we must stop and eat at the Bridge View Tavern. :)
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