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Volunteers Needed!

You guys have been so great about my needing a break. I’ve missed the schedule, oddly enough. LOL But the break has been great. I woke up this morning and thought, I can edit for work, watch TV, read, work on my first diamond painting… I can do whatever I want to do. *sigh* It was a good feeling, know my whole afternoon wasn’t going to be tied up. But I know I’ll be ready to get back to it next week. I just want some help on Saturdays to put together the weekly schedule, which will take a load off my shoulders and still let me work on it and get it out for you guys.

That being said… I’m asking for volunteers. I can handle the daily schedules, especially if I have a couple of people helping put together the weekly. So if you have time on Saturday each week and are interested, fill out the contact form below and let me know your availability. If you’re only available every other Saturday or once a month, just put that in there. My goal is to get enough people that no one feels overwhelmed.

What it will entail: Right now, it’s a pretty low-tech, old-school way of doing it. I have a WordPad file (because I can write up the code needed for WordPress without getting any extra code in there from Microsoft Word, and using a different program to view the code is just too heavy for this simple stuff…) that I just simply copy/paste into. It really is simple and straightforward. You DON’T need to know any coding or even WordPress. As long as you can copy and paste and look things up online, you should be able to do the job easily. <3

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No Schedules This Week…

Let me start off by saying I love you guys. I love this site, and I love doing the schedules. Usually. But I’ve been doing the weekly and daily schedules pretty much since April of 2007. That’s over 13 years. And the schedules are and have always been done by me alone. In the last few months, I’ve had to force myself more and more to work on them each Saturday, because they take me all afternoon to do. Not to mention then the daily schedules every day. Today I found myself in tears because it was nearly 5:00, and I was only halfway through Sunday on the weekly schedule. I’d found way after way of procrastinating before finally settling in to work on it, and it was already almost dinnertime, and I was just starting. I decided I just couldn’t do it. I desperately need a break. So…I’m taking one. We may still do some Remote posts. Those don’t take nearly as long to do, and I like telling you guys what I/we are really interested in watching. So keep an eye out. But for this week…and probably next week too, there will be no weekly or daily TV schedules on here. If I don’t take a good break now, I’m pretty sure it’ll get to the point soon where I just shut the site down completely, and I really don’t want to do that. I hope you guys understand.

For now, you can see a schedule a variety of places online. You just have to search for TV schedule and you’ll find them. You can also check out Kyle’s site, NoReruns.net, and he has a schedule he puts up.

Like I said, keep an eye out for the Remote posts, and I’ll plan to see you with a new schedule in a few weeks. Love you guys!

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I Need Your Help… – Personal Journey, Not TV-Related


 
Bariatric surgery. Weight-loss surgery. Lap-Band. Gastric bypass. The gastric sleeve.

Most people have heard of those, but to me, it’s been a looming, terrifying monster that I knew I needed but was scared to face…

Till now.

Till after my last hospital and rehab stay in March/April.

But first, let’s go all the way back to 2009. The week before Thanksgiving, I was hospitalized for five days for a severe cellulitis infection in my legs, which required IV antibiotics. Once I was released from the hospital, I spent a year going to the Wound Care Clinic for horrendously painful debridement of the wounds on my calves.

I was hospitalized again in 2015 for cellulitis as well, this time in my thighs and shins. But this hospital visit was worse because the infection was worse. I was sick with a slight fever and chills plus aches and pains, but as our son had just gotten over the stomach flu, we figured that’s what mine was. When we noticed my thigh had swollen so big it was hard to walk, we decided to go to the ER. I remember that ER visit well — the Kansas City Royals were playing the White Sox, and I was really rooting for them after their 2014 run to the World Series. Unfortunately, when I was at the ER, they gave me morphine for the pain and what not, and it dropped my respiration suddenly and I stopped breathing and passed out. When I woke up, the first thing I asked was not about our son, who was getting home about then, but: “Did they win?” Oops? (In my defense, they had, and they went on to take the World Series that season. 😉 ). Unfortunately, I was sick enough (and I don’t remember this at all…) that they decided I needed to be intubated and put into a medically induced coma. I stayed in the ICU for just over a week before moving to a regular hospital room, where I stayed for another week. By the time I got released, I went to rehab, but luckily I only stayed a few days before I was in good enough shape to be sent home…and another round of wound care.

And let me tell you…there is no worse pain as far as I’m concerned than debridement of wounds in your shins. There’s not a lot of padding, even when you’re obese, between your skin and your shin bone. Ouch.

That brings me to this year, 2020. I was admitted to the hospital on March 10th (after going to the ER for what I thought was another cellulitis infection in my legs). When I was in the ER, they checked my blood oxygen level, and it was so low, they wondered how I was still conscious and talking. I felt fine and thought their reactions were hilarious. Apparently I wasn’t fine. After they admitted me because of my low blood oxygen level, they took blood for my CO2 level, and it was 107. Normal? In the 40s. I was very, very sick. I was in the hospital for over two weeks. Luckily my wonderful husband was there with me, so much so that when quarantine went into effect and they locked down the hospital to visitors, he was basically grandfathered in, meaning he was stuck there with me and couldn’t leave. Not so for my stay in rehab after, unfortunately. I spent about 10 days there, gaining strength until I could walk again.

Now I’m home, but my mobility isn’t close to being the same it was before I got sick, and it was far from great then. This was my third hospital stay in 11 years. I don’t want a fourth.

My weight has been a lifelong problem, and I tried diet and exercise for years. Unfortunately, it has gotten to the point that diet and, without being able to walk any sort of distance, exercise alone will not help.

And after that last hospital stay, when an oxygen tank and nose cannula became my best friend during the day and a breathing machine (bipap) my best friend at night, a diagnosis of congestive heart failure, and now seeing a cardiologist and pulmonologist regularly…

I decided enough was enough. I had to face my fears. Not only my fear of the surgery itself, as well as the recovery, but of life after. All I’ve known my adult life is being overweight. The thought of how my life will change after, from dietary habits to…well, everything, is a daunting one. But as I told my doctor recently, I can’t do another hospital stay like this last time.

So on September 15, I filled out the paperwork for the KC Bariatric Center. They are the leading weight-loss surgical center in the Midwest, one of the best in the country. So I know I’ll be in good hands. Unfortunately, they verified that our health insurance does not cover bariatric surgery. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. No matter how many times my doctors could state it was medically necessary to literally save my life.

So the cost of surgery falls to us. All $16,000 of it.

And that’s why I’m writing all this. Why I’m giving the horribly embarrassing details of my life, like the fact that I need to lose at least 250 pounds.

We need help. I’m prepared to put in the work. I’m committed to the lifestyle changes it will mean. I’m scared but excited for what’s to come. But we can’t do it alone. We just don’t have the money. And at this point, it’s not a luxury anymore, it’s a necessity.

The $16,000 covers:

• the surgery itself and everything that goes with it, like anesthesia and the one-night hospital stay
• the pre-op visits to their doctors, psychiatrist, and dietician
• the post-op doctor visits at 1 week, 1 month, 2 months, 6 months, and a year.

We’ll have costs after, as well. Special vitamins, etc. But those we’ll handle on our own. We just can’t do the cost of the surgery.

We will borrow against my husband’s retirement, but he’s only been there two years, which means we won’t be able to borrow much. And the less we have to borrow, the less we’ll have to pay back, which means the better we’ll be able to pay for the things I’ll need post-op, like the vitamins and, eventually, an entire new wardrobe. (Certainly a checkmark in the plus column, especially for someone who has had to shop in specialty clothing stores online for most of her adult life! But still, an expense!)

So please, if you can, I’d love and greatly appreciate any help you can give. Whether it’s $5 or $10, every little bit will help. Every penny raised will go directly to pay for the surgery.

You can give on Facebook if you have it.

If you don’t, you can give on the GoFundMe page.

If you prefer to use Paypal, email me at jenrar@gmail.com.

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Virtual Date Night – Improv with The Groundlings Theatre, “The Crazy Uncle Joe Show”

I know things are a little…same old, same old humdrum right now, given the current state of affairs. So if you’re looking for a night out but can’t actually…go out, look no further. Grab your drink of choice, some popcorn or even a pizza, and check out The Groundlings Theatre’s The Crazy Uncle Joe Show Online Edition!

One of the most popular shows at The Groundlings Theatre, The Crazy Uncle Joe Show is a long-form improv show that begins with audience suggestions that are then woven into stories together, with the Groundlings traveling back and forth through time, playing different characters in many different situations.

This special online version of the show takes place an hour on Wednesdays, starting at 11/10c (8:00 PT). Tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased at the show’s website. The show runs via Zoom and ticket holders will receive a link at least 24 hours prior for registration.

This week’s edition of The Crazy Uncle Joe Show (July 22) will feature special guest and Groundlings alum and all-around funny woman Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and next week (July 29) will feature special guest and Groundlings alum Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers). The weekly show cast includes Stephanie Courtney (Progressive Insurance’s Flo), Roy Jenkins (Modern Family), Brian Palermo (grown-ish), Leonard Robinson (Insecure), and Christen Sussin (The League).

I think my husband & I will be watching. Maybe we’ll see you on there!

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One Year Since the Finale: What Next for Game of Thrones?


 
 
Game of Thrones officially ended its eight season long run in May 2019, drawing in 19.3 million viewers. This was just slightly ahead of the penultimate episode, which attracted 18.4 million, with the final season consistently watched by crowds in their millions. While the eagerly anticipated finale may have polarized fans – and even author George R.R. Martin – the Song of Ice and Fire was far from over. As the dust settles on King’s Landing, what can we expect next from the franchise that combined political intrigue, period costume, and dragons?
 
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