Friday, December 2, 2016

Winter Joy List

In September, I did an Autumn Joy List, which was my very first attempt at listing joyful things to do.  I posted an update, here.  I was able to accomplish quite a lot of the items that were on my Autumn joy list and so, buoyed by that success, I have decided to attempt a Winter joy list!  Some of the items are repeats, but that's OK, I think.

Winter Joy List:

1.  Continue to begin and end each day with prayer
2.  Continue to enjoy drinking my favorite tea in my special cup and saucer
3.  Continue to chat daily with my daughter
4.  Hold my annual year-end almsgiving (scheduled for Sunday, December 4)
5.  Decorate my house for winter/Christmas
6.  My daughter's visit home for the holidays
7.  Make/send some holiday greeting cards
8.  Attend the December prayer gathering
9.  Meet my late friend's baby granddaughter (4 months old)
10. Hot cocoa!
11. Celebrate the holidays with family and friends  (not sure what we'll do for Christmas, but New Year's Day will be at an aunt's)
12. Make a special cake with daughter when she comes down for the holidays
13. Take some vacation time off during the holidays
14. Enjoy some candle light in the evenings
15. Make a list (of holiday gifts to give); check it twice!
16. Make/buy holiday gifts to give
17. Visit the library
18. Take the donations to the food bank
19. Spend more time gardening
20. Listen to holiday music 
21. Play the piano
22. Sing some carols
23. Watch Midnight Mass from the Vatican
24. Visit my neighbors for the holidays
25. Go out to lunch or dinner at a favorite restaurant with daughter

Will you be making a Joy list for the rest of this year?

Starting December!

It is December, already!  This is the time of year when I feel the days are just whizzing by and I'd like to slow them down a bit!

The steroids are keeping me wide awake at night!  It was past 4:30 a.m. when I fell asleep, last night.  And then, I slept till 9:00 a.m.   I stayed in bed a little longer, until 9:30 a.m., trying to go back to sleep, but I couldn't fall asleep again.

My sister called me in the morning.  She had called me earlier in the week and left a message, but I hadn't received the message and so, she called again and we had a nice chat.  She had just had a lovely family vacation with her husband, children, and grandsons.  She said a mutual friend had told her that she had seen me at last Saturday's Sweet Sixteen party and that I looked well and nice with my "short hair" (I had worn the wig I received from the cancer treatment center).

Even though I had taken the day off from work, there were a few work-related emails from my supervisor and a colleague.  I responded to a couple of them, but the rest can wait until next week.

Later in the morning, I called my friend who had offered to prepare some of the dishes for the almsgiving, to ask if she needed a ride to the ethnic grocery store to buy the items she'll be preparing for me.  But she said not to worry, she can get what she needs at the regular grocery store where she works.  In other words, she won't let me pay for the items she's preparing. 

The pharmacy had sent a text saying two of my prescription refills were ready, so I planned today's errands around that.  I went to the pharmacy, then the adjoining dollar store for a few items, and the grocery store in the same mall.  I really only needed two items from the grocery store (two containers of non-dairy whipped topping) but I bought several other items, as well!  Including a 20 oz. packet of pre-formed hamburger patties on sale for $1.49 and a 2.61 lb. eye of round roast on sale for $9.36, which comes to $3.59/lb. (reduced from $15.63 or $5.99/lb.), because they had a sell-by date of December 2.  I'll do a separate grocery post, later.

I also got started on my holiday gifts shopping, as well, and picked up three items!

I had eaten half a roast beef cold cuts sandwich for my breakfast before I went shopping.  I had planned to eat leftovers from yesterday's lunch for my lunch, again, today, but, after I came home and put away the groceries, I decided to cook the hamburger patties right away.  Of course, it would have been nice if I had remembered to buy hamburger buns for them, but I didn't think of that when I was at the store, not even when I walked down the bread aisle!  Oh, well.  Who needed hamburger buns when there was a big potato still left in the basket?  I cut up the potato and made fries, boiled some frozen corn and had that with one of the hamburger patties, along with some salad:


It was a big lunch, but I was hungry!  Apparently steroids also make me feel hungry?

I have more fries and corn left, and of course, the other three hamburger patties.  I will have them for lunch or dinner, tomorrow, and I'll probably freeze the two leftover patties for another time.  There was another tray of 10 hamburger patties, a little over 2 lbs., discounted to $3.99 and I debated buying that, too, but I have absolutely no room in the freezer, so I left it for someone else to buy.

I made a pot roast with the eye of round that I bought.  I added enough water to cover the roast, put in sliced onions, tomatoes, several cloves of garlic, some pepper corns, a little Worcestershire sauce, some salt, and a bit of green chilies and cooked it on top of the stove.  I will slice the meat once it has cooled and freeze for later.  I think I'll need to toss the big bag of ice leftover from the October prayer gathering to make room in the freezer!

Later in the evening, one of my cousins called and brought over a plate of noodles (with vegetables and meat) for my dinner!  As I said earlier, apparently the steroids are making me feel hungry, because I ate all the noodles she brought me!  And had the last of the yogurt for dessert!   I am going to gain all the weight I lost during chemo and more!

I also spoke on the phone with two of my aunts and another cousin today, so I start out the month of December with the Family segment of my life nicely plumped, with all the phone calls and a visit from my cousin.  I also video chatted with my daughter, tidied the living room and dining table, and washed dishes (although I've accumulated another stack, after dinner!)

Thursday's To Do List:
- Pharmacy to pick up prescription refills - DONE
- Dollar store for a few items - DONE
- Grocery shop - DONE
- Call friend S to ask if she needs a ride to the grocery store - DONE (she didn't need a ride)
- Tidy living room - DONE
- Dining room - clear table; change table cloths - DONE
- Cook - DONE

- Wash almsgiving dishes - NOT DONE!
- Bring bucket of clean litter in from garage - DONE
- Clean the litter box

 Friday's To Do List:
- Grocery shop for fresh produce?
- Wash almsgiving dishes*
- Take out serving dishes, basins used for washing hands, serving spoons, etc.*
- Take out plates, bowls, etc. for guests*
- Final cleaning - dust, vacuum, etc.
- Kitchen - counters
- Clean bathrooms/set out guest towels, etc.
- Rearrange furniture - sofas, coffee tables, tall round side table (for reliquary), trolley (for plates of offerings), remove blue & white vases near fireplace (so I can set the small sofa in front of the fireplace) - my gardener friend will help with moving the furniture
- Put cashews to soak
- Set out items needed for the transfer of merit: teapot, cup, and water basin; fill teapot with water*
- Take out chair covers, table cloths, napkins, etc.; cover chairs, tables*
- Candles/incense sticks & holder; lighter/matches*
- New bottle of water for blessing; bowl to catch drips when blessed water is poured out*
- Set out items for washing hands: fresh cake of soap, hand towels, jugs & basins*
- Water the garden

* These things can be done on Saturday when my friend comes to help; if necessary, I will also call my cousin and ask if she can come and help.

Saturday's To Do List:

- Buy flowers
- Grocery shop -  if not done on Friday
- Pick up friend
- COOK!  Cashews, garbanzo beans, lentils, hard boil eggs, fry lentil wafers (pappadum)
- Clean the kitchen
- Take out frozen sweets and keep to thaw
- Any undone items leftover from Friday

Today, I am grateful for:
- Phone calls from family
- Cousin bringing dinner over and visiting
- A sunny, warm day in which to run errands
- Bargains at the grocery store and shops
- Conversations with my daughter

How was your first day in December?  Did you have a good start to the month?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Balanced Life Goals

In December, my goal is to live a more balanced life in the middle of all the year-end activities and the holiday season!
Spiritual:  The goal is to live a spiritually meaningful life.
- Continue with daily prayers and gratitude
- Prepare for and hold the December almsgiving, scheduled for December 4
- Attend my late friend's memorial mass (December 10)
- Attend the December monthly prayer gathering (December 17 or 18)
- Watch the broadcast of Midnight Mass from the Vatican - a Christmas tradition I have been doing for the past 40+ years, even though I am not Catholic
- Take the food donations collected over November to the food bank
- Continue to focus on joy, abundance, blessings  

Environment:  The goal is a clean, tidy, uncluttered house and a well-maintained garden.
- Focus on the cleaning and tidying during the first half of the month
- Decorate for winter/Christmas
- Maintain the cleaned areas for the rest of the month
- Continue to spruce up the garden

Daughter:  The goal is to continue to have a close relationship with her. 
- She will be coming down for the holidays.  In between, we'll keep in touch by phone and computer.

Family:  The goal is to keep in touch with various family members.
- I might see some of the family members at my almsgiving (I've invited them but I don't know yet if they are coming)
- I'll see some of the family members at the December prayer gathering
- Send holiday/New Year greetings to those living abroad and out of state
- Exchange holiday gifts

 Friends:  The goal is to keep in touch with friends.
- I'll see two of my friends at the almsgiving as they are coming to help me
- I'll be seeing some of my friends at the memorial service and reception afterwards 
- I'll be seeing some of them at the monthly prayer gathering
- I'll be exchanging holiday greetings and gifts with other friends

Career:  The goal is to continue to do work which I enjoy (for the most part) and which enables me to support myself.
- Continue to work from home during December
- Take more vacation time during the holidays

Finances:  The goal is financial security.
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully

Health:  The goal is good health.
- Attend the appointments with my various doctors - 3 scheduled so far for December, with radiation oncologist, regular oncologist, and primary care doctor plus a blood test
- Continue to focus on a healthier diet, exercising regularly, and getting sufficient sleep

Time Management:  The goal is having enough time to do all what I want to do!
-  Organize myself and put routines into place so I have enough time for work and for play! 

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Me-Time:  The goal is to relax doing something I enjoy doing for the pleasure of it.
- Celebrate the holidays: decorate, etc.
- Bake the cake we call love cake when daughter is home for the holidays
- Make some cards
- Read a book (or more)
- Make some holiday gifts

What are your goals for December?

Wednesday: Last Day of November!

Today was another beautiful day: sunny, clear blue skies, an afternoon high of 70F, although it was only 66F inside my house.  The morning was cold (for me) and I had the heater on!  But, in the afternoon, I opened the windows to air out the place.  Now, of course, I have the heater on, again.

I spent most of the day working on office stuff.  I finished one project and sent in the completed work.  Then, I started on a new project.  I also completed my time sheet for this week, showing medical time off taken to go to my doctors' appointments and taking vacation time off tomorrow and Friday to prepare for the almsgiving.

I also attended to my medical insurance renewal for next year.

In the afternoon, I took a lunch break to go for a walk and then, strolled around the front garden, a bit.  One of the plants, an arrowhead vine, that is being grown in a pot but was placed in the front flower bed to fill in a bare spot had fallen over and I went to straighten it up.  But it kept falling over, so I moved it up on to the step leading to the front door, and moved the pot of succulents down a step:

Arrowhead Vine

I found I had to tug a bit to get the pot off the flower bed - apparently, one of the vines had rooted itself to the soil!  That piece of vine broke off and I left it in the ground to grow.

Self-Rooted Arrowhead Vine

 Hopefully, it will fill in that bare spot!

My red climbing rose is doing well after all that rain we had; it had another flower and several buds:

Red Climbing Rose

 The three jade plants by the edge of the garden are beginning to flower:

Jade Plant Flower

 Not to be outdone, the aloe along the wall is also sending out a flower stalk:

Aloe Flower Stalk in the Making

I had stuck a piece of euphorbia in the side of the pot with the arrowhead vine and it has grown there quite happily!  I think, after the excitement of the almsgiving is over, I will ask my gardener to replant it somewhere else in the garden. 

Plants on the Door Steps

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Office work - send in completed work - DONE
- Do time sheets (taking time off on Thursday and Friday) - DONE
- Health insurance renewal - DONE
- Call and remind invitees to the almsgiving, now that the date has been confirmed - DONE
- Wash the almsgiving dishes - THURSDAY

I had a roast beef sandwich for breakfast, today, and cooked a pot of rice and a stir-fry of smoked sausage and zucchini for my lunch.  There are enough leftovers for another couple of meals.  A persimmon for dessert.  Dinner was a leftover half of a baked potato, made into mashed potato with the last bit of daughter's leftover half and half, and more of the sausage/zucchini stir-fry.  Half a small container of yogurt for dessert.  I'll probably have the last of the raspberries before I go to sleep.

My late friend's daughter called to discuss details of the memorial service and I was on the phone with her for awhile.  Afterwards, I video chatted with my daughter. 

Today, I am grateful for:
- Another sunny and warm day
- Getting my health insurance coverage confirmed for next year
- Self-propagating plants
- Being able to be there for my late friend's daughter
- Video chatting with my daughter

How was your last day of November?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Balanced Life Goals Review

In November, I tried to show the connection between the various things I do to my bigger goals in life.  Each little thing, like attending a prayer gathering or emailing a friend, is a stepping stone to attaining a corresponding goal. 

Spiritual:  The goal is to live a spiritually meaningful life.
- Continue with daily prayers and gratitude - Continued with the daily prayers and gratitude.
- Prepare for the December almsgiving - set the date; invite participants; make the menu - Almsgiving preparations are in progress; there was a bit of a wobble earlier this week, but everything has been sorted out.
- Attend the November monthly prayer gathering - I attended the November monthly prayer gathering which was hosted by a cousin.
- Continue to focus on joy, abundance, blessings - I continued to accomplish some of the items I had on my Autumn Joy List which I made in September. 

Environment:  The goal is a clean, tidy, uncluttered house and a well-maintained garden.
- Continue with the cleaning and tidying; focus on my bedroom and the 3rd bedroom - I cleaned most of the house but didn't get much accomplished in the 3rd bedroom. 
- Continue to work on establishing the cleaning routine in order to maintain the cleaned areas - Trying!
- Resume decluttering - Didn't make a lot of progress here; just the regular recycling, etc.
 I also bought some new plants for the front garden to bring a little color to one of the flower beds.

Daughter:  The goal is to continue to have a close relationship with her. 
- She will be coming down twice in November!  Once for my birthday and again for Thanksgiving  :)  In between, we'll keep in touch by phone and computer - Daughter came down both times; we had fun going out to eat, doing some shopping, and just spending time together.

Family:  The goal is to keep in touch with various family members.
- I'll see some of the family members at the November prayer gathering - Saw several family members, including some extended family
- Attend a cousin's daughter's Sweet Sixteen birthday celebration - Attended the party
- Get together with an aunt and cousins for Thanksgiving dinner - Enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving gathering with the family
- Cousin has offered to accompany me to my radiation oncologist appointment - Cousin couldn't make it, but it was OK.

 Friends:  The goal is to keep in touch with friends.
- I'll be seeing some of my friends at the prayer gathering - Saw my friends; part of the reason why I attend these prayer gatherings is to keep in touch with some of these friends.
- Go to dinner with one friend - Treated her to dinner when we went out to celebrate my birthday.
I also received emails from two of my long-time friends with wishes for my birthday.  I've been friends with one of them since 2nd grade!  The other one, I met on the first day after I arrived at university!  And I enjoyed a nice video chat with another good friend. 
On a sadder note, one of my long-time friends passed away, unexpectedly, shortly before Thanksgiving.  I've been trying to be there for her daughters and niece, speaking to them on the phone, as she passed away while visiting her daughter who lives in another state (and her other daughter and niece flew there when she had her stroke).  Her memorial service will be held the second weekend in December.
Career:  The goal is to continue to do work which I enjoy (for the most part) and which enables me to support myself.
- Continue to work from home and turn in quality work products in a timely manner - Been doing that, although I think my supervisor will be happy when I am finally at the office!

Finances:  The goal is financial security.
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully - Continuing to do so.
- Meet with my financial planner (appointment has been made)  - Met with her and we discussed financial goals; I am on track, right where I want to be.

Health:  The goal is good health.
- Get my prescription filled! - DONE!  They eventually had to change the prescription but it was filled!
- Go to the follow up appointment with radiation oncologist scheduled for November 19 - Actually, it was on the 18th, but I went to my appointment, he diagnosed that I had an inflammation and prescribed steroids for it, I had a follow up appointment on Monday and there's another scheduled for next Monday.  
Plus, I had another doctor's appointment yesterday, for another different type of screening test, as well.
- Continue to focus on a healthier diet, exercising regularly, and getting sufficient sleep - Trying!

Time Management:  The goal is having enough time to do all what I want to do!
-  Organize myself and put routines into place so I have enough time for work and for play! - Again, I am trying!  I have my schedules and to do lists in place to help me accomplish what I need to do.

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Me-Time:  The goal is to relax doing something I enjoy doing for the pleasure of it.
- Celebrate my 61st birthday!  :) - Celebrated!
- Make some cards - Didn't make any; bought, instead.
- Read a book (or more) - Read some.  I find myself re-reading favorites instead of new books, though.
- Make some holiday gifts - Didn't.  I am way behind with my holiday preparations, this year.

I think I did well in most of my areas, though. 

Did you make any goals for November?  If so, were you able to make some progress towards reaching them?  Sometimes, things happen that derail our plans and we aren't able to attain our goals.  But, I think that what matters is that we try; don't you agree?

Tuesday: Almsgiving Update and Another Doctor's Appointment!

Today was a lovely, sunny day.  Clear blue skies.  An afternoon high of 70F.  Morning and evening a bit on the chilly side (mid 50s). 

I called the temple, this morning.  Last night, before I went to sleep, I had decided that I would cancel my almsgiving, as it would be too difficult to reschedule it, and that would leave the monks free to attend the other almsgiving.  After all, mine is a sort of a generic almsgiving that I have been giving in order to continue a tradition my mother started, while the other almsgiving is being held as part of a funerary rite.

Just to give a bit of background on my almsgiving, my mother held the first one without any thoughts of continuing it year after year.  My stepfather had died earlier that year and Mother thought it would be good to hold an almsgiving in the apartment (as opposed to at the temple) since my stepfather died in the apartment in his sleep, to sort of bless the apartment where a death had taken place and to end a difficult year on a positive note.  It just happened that she decided to continue doing it, saying she'll do it for as long as she physically could.  Then, one year, while preparing the food the night before the almsgiving, she suddenly felt faint and had a sort of a panic attack!  I helped her to bed and continued with the cooking and took over from her.  I did it for her for the rest of her life and then, continued after her death.  I actually held three almsgivings that year - one, seven days after she died, the second, three months later (again, part of the services for the dead), and, the end of the year almsgiving, because by this time, 19 years after that first year end almsgiving, it had become a tradition.  Last year, when I was undergoing treatment, I thought I will end the tradition and not hold the almsgiving because I knew I was not physically up to it, but my daughter volunteered to do it for me.  This year, my daughter doesn't have enough vacation time to come down to help me, but my friends have offered to help.  But, the reason for the almsgiving is more generic than one associated with a recent death.

So, I called the temple and offered to cancel my almsgiving.  And the monk I spoke with said not to worry about it, the situation has been resolved; the other family has scheduled their almsgiving to Friday!  I guess they would have preferred to have had it on Sunday, but since I hadn't agreed to rescheduling mine, they settled for a different date, when the monks would be free to attend.  Sigh.  I do wish I had known that they had the option of choosing a different date; all that stress and angst on my part was totally unnecessary!   Anyway, my almsgiving will take place on Sunday, as originally planned, the other family will still be able to hold their almsgiving, as well, and the monks will be able to attend both almsgivings. As the famous poet said, "All's well that ends well". 

After all that was settled, I had a sandwich for breakfast and did some office work.  Then, at 12:30 p.m., I left for my 1:30 p.m. doctor's appointment.  I arrived at the clinic in good time (1:15 p.m.), paid my co-pay, was weighed in, etc.  Then, I was seen by the Physician Assistant who has replaced my former primary care physician.  The new PA seemed quite nice.  She performed the screening test for cervical cancer, which was the reason for my visit, and had me do a blood test, as well.  My initial blood pressure readings had been elevated, so the PA rechecked my pressure after she did the screening test and I had a normal pressure reading.  I have a follow-up appointment with her in three weeks to go over the test results. That means I have three doctor's appointments scheduled in December, so far!

It was 4:30 p.m., by the time I got home!  The whole afternoon was gone!  I had tea, did a little more office work, and was glad I didn't have a long To Do list, for today!  Later in the evening, I spoke on the phone with one of my friends who called and video chatted with my daughter.  She had had a good day at work, gone to the bank to get a cashier's check to pay her rent, paid the rent, and video chatted with one of her friends before chatting with me.  Her friend, who is originally from Hawaii, is experiencing her first winter in Michigan! 

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Call the temple and offer to cancel the almsgiving - DONE; Almsgiving will proceed as scheduled.
- Office work - DID SOME
- Doctor's appointment in the afternoon - DONE
- Bring trash cans in - DONE by my neighbor!
- Water the houseplants - DONE

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Office work - send in completed work
- Do time sheets (taking time off on Thursday and Friday)
- Call and remind invitees to the almsgiving, now that the date has been confirmed
- Wash the almsgiving dishes

Today, I am grateful for:
- The issue with the dates has been resolved and my almsgiving can proceed as scheduled.
- All of you being so kind and supportive as I stressed about the almsgiving scheduling!
- The doctor's appointment went well.
- Safe drive to the clinic and back.
- My neighbor brought in my trash can for me.

How was your Tuesday?  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday: Doctor's Appointment and More Grocery Shopping!

Today was a bit chilly, but sunny.  I called the radiation oncologist's office in the morning to give a status update on the inflammation (still slightly red and swollen) and was told the doctor would like to see me.  I was given an appointment to come in this afternoon.

I spent the rest of the morning responding to emails from my supervisor and doing some office work.  I did more office work in the evening, too.

The doctor's visit went well.  They even waived my co-pay!  The doctor examined me and renewed my prescription for the steroids.  He wanted to see me again, next Monday.  I was also prescribed an antacid as a precaution against side effects of the steroids.  I went to the pharmacy directly from the doctor's office.  The antacid I was prescribed wasn't covered under my insurance, so I called the doctor's office from the pharmacy.  The nurse asked me to have the pharmacy call her so they could prescribe something else.  I asked the pharmacist to do so and the prescription was changed to a medicine covered by my insurance.  It is something I've taken before, when I was on chemo, because I was having acid reflux as a result of the chemo.

I did some grocery shopping while the prescriptions were being filled (located in the same shopping mall).

November 28 Groceries

I bought three bananas ($.83 @ $.69/lb), 6 cans of tuna ($.88@), a package of cold cuts ($2.99/7 oz.), a packet of two ham steaks (on sale for $1.99), and a small container of yogurt ($.39).  My total came to $11.48.  Some of the tuna are intended for the bag of food items I will be donating to the food bank. 

November 28 Receipt

I guess I'll consider today's grocery shopping as a continuation of my November Week 4 grocery shopping.

November/Almsgiving grocery budget = $200.00 + $43.34 carried forward from October
Total spent in Week 4 = $17.64 + $11.48 = $29.12
Total spent on groceries so far this month = $43.48 + $19.70 + $110.13 + $17.64 + $11.48 = $202.43
Amount left in budget = $243.34 - $202.43 = $40.91

On the way home, I picked up some fried chicken for my dinner: the Monday Special - two pieces of chicken (drumstick and thigh), one side (I chose coleslaw), and a biscuit for $2.99 (with tax, it came to $3.26).  It was, actually, my first meal of the day, as I didn't have any breakfast or lunch before I left to go to the doctor's appointment; only a cup of tea.  I ate one piece of chicken and half the coleslaw when I got home and had a cup of tea.  Ate the other piece of chicken, the rest of the coleslaw and the biscuit, a bit later.  Plus a banana!  As I wrote in an email to one of my friends, it was as if once I started eating, I couldn't stop!  LOL.

After I got home, I also called and confirmed the doctor's appointment scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, cleaned the fridge, and took the trash cans to the curb.  Still need to clean the litter box and water the house plants.

Monday's To Do List:

- Call the radiation oncologist's office in the morning - DONE
- Doctor's appointment at 2:00 p.m. - DONE
- Office work -DID SOME
- Clean the fridge - DONE
- Empty waste bins - DONE
- Take the trash cans to the curb - DONE
- Pick up new medications - DONE
- Grocery shop - DONE
- Water house plants
- Clean the litter box

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Call the temple and offer to cancel the almsgiving
- Office work
- Doctor's appointment in the afternoon
- Bring trash cans in

I am going to keep my list for tomorrow short, because I don't know how I will feel after the doctor's appointment, tomorrow (they will be doing some screening tests).

Today, I am grateful for:

- Being able to be seen by the radiation oncologist today.
- Not being charged a co-pay for the visit!
- Getting my prescriptions filled without much trouble.
- A safe drive to the clinic and back.
- Video chatting with my daughter.

How was your Monday?