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Monday, November 27th, 2017
2:05 pm - Update for 11/27/17
I'll begin this update with what is probably my most important bit of personal news since my previous post: I got new glasses. The frames are Bio Eyes Mens Prescription Glasses, BE03 BLK PINE Black, and here's how they look on me: https://twitter.com/BikerWolfSDA/status/928312463912775680.

There hasn't been much else happening in my life lately that would be significant enough to report here, but I think I can come up with a few noteworthy items. :)

I had an appointment with my psychiatrist on the 16th, and as usual, my weight and blood pressure were checked. My weight was 239 pounds, and my blood pressure was described as "beautiful." I tried to remember the numbers, but I couldn't, so I had to look up a Visit Summary on the "healow" website: 117 over 67. I guess making some effort to reduce my sodium-intake has worked. :D

While I'm on the subject of what I've been consuming, here's a list of the 3 items I recently had for the first time:

1. Great Value™ Herb Roasted Chicken ("White meat chicken in a savory herb gravy with mashed potatoes & carrots")

2. Mountain Dew Holiday Brew, which is a blend of the flavors "Original" and "Code Red."

3. Stefano's Meatball Calzone (Meatballs, pizza sauce and five-cheese filling in a pizza pocket.)

In other news, I got a voice-mail from a friend-of-the-family (whom my family considers to BE family even though we're not actually related) I hadn't heard from in quite a while. She said she was thinking about me, so yesterday I called her back and put her on speaker so my dad could participate in the conversation.

Lastly, I'm planning to cook fajitas again today, mainly so we can get rid of a pack of chicken breasts that's been in freezer for quite some time. (I moved it to the fridge last night.)

current mood: good

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
5:18 pm - Update fot 11/02/17
This week has been a little more productive than usual for me. The appointment I was supposed to have on Tuesday had to be rescheduled, and I was given a choice of either Thursday or Friday so I chose Thursday. On Wednesday, I got my eyeglasses prescription updated, and my dad and I are planning to get it filled at Walmart tomorrow morning. Today, I met with the nurse practitioner at the mental health clinic, and my next one with her will be in March. It was originally scheduled for March 2, but after getting home I checked and found that I already had an appointment at Chabert's set for that day. I called the mental health center and got mine moved up a day to March 1. That actually works out pretty much perfectly because the nurse said she'd give me a slip for some lab work then, and I'm already scheduled for an appointment at the hospital the very next day. :)

Anyway, I took the sheets off my bed and got them washed on the 1st like I do every month, and my dad wanted me to also wash one of his. In addition, I needed to wash the micro fiber towel that came with a bottle of Endust® screen cleaner after I used it on my CRT television. The instructions said to use warm water, so I put it in the washing machine with the comforter from my bed since it too required that setting. The actual sheets were done in another washer set to "Hot," and then I put everything into one dryer. After that, I had to put my stuff back on my bed as well as put my dad's sheet back on his.

Also, my anti-virus software subscription is coming up on its 1-year anniversary, and I was offered a $25 Amazon.com Gift Card as a Thank You Gift. All I had to do was register for it by clicking a button, and I'll be getting instructions on what to do next in my email once my subscription automatically renews.

As for new food products I've tried recently, there have been two since my last update: Great Value Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (the regular version as opposed to the "Lean" version I reported last time) and Sprite Tropical Mix. Both items were pretty good.

Oh, I almost forgot: When my weight was checked at the mental health clinic this morning, it was 236 pounds. It was 235 pounds back in August, so I seem to be pretty stable. At least physically; mentally is whole different story. :P

current mood: good

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Sunday, October 29th, 2017
8:09 pm - Update for 10/29/17
The first thing I'll report in this post is that I had an appointment last week at the Ophthalmology department of Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center in Houma, and it went pretty well. My right eye is still looking good, and I have my next appointment there scheduled for March 2, 2018.

Secondly, I need to list the new frozen foods I've tried recently so I can get the empty boxes out of my bedroom. I would normally include the package's description of the product and/or a link to the brand's website, but I don't feel like going to all that trouble right now. I just want to get this update finished, so I won't be saying much about these items other than that they were all pretty good. :)

There won't be much organization to this list, other than brand and type.

GREAT VALUE:
1. Lean Spaghetti & Meat Sauce
2. Lean Chicken Alfredo
3. Lean General Tso Chicken
4. Lean Chicken Margherita
5. Filled Sandwiches Pepperoni & Cheese
6. Filled Sandwiches Ham & Cheese

(The filled sandwiches are like "Hot Pockets," but cheaper.)

STOUFFER'S:
1. Classics Spaghetti with meat sauce
2. Classics Rigatoni with chicken & pesto

HEALTHY CHOICE:
1. Power Bowls Chicken Sausage & Barley Bowl
2. Power Bowls Cuban-Inspired Pork Bowl
3. Simply Steamers Honey Balsamic Chicken

There were also some small bags of chips, two of which I think I hadn't tried before ("Doritos Jacked Ranch Dipped Hot Wings" and "Ruffles Flamin' Hot"), and one I'm not sure if I'd had previously ("Takis Fuego"). I also had a 16oz can of "Surge," which I believe I've had before a long time ago.

Let's see, what else has been going on in my life lately? Well, I have two appointments coming up this week. I see the nurse practitioner at the mental health clinic in Raceland on Tuesday, and I'll be in Houma again on Wednesday to get my eyes checked for new glasses (at SEECA, not the hospital I mentioned earlier).

Lastly, I got the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update this month, and it seems to have fixed the stuttering problem I encountered whenever I tried to start Return to Castle Wolfenstein on Steam. :) I haven't yet played it for longer than a few minutes, though. And speaking of games, I have some old ones on CD-ROM that I was able to get working on my current PC. I extracted the game files from my disk of The Ultimate Doom Trilogy: Collector's Edition and used the Chocolate Doom source port to play some of Ultimate Doom's first level, "E1M1: Hangar." I think I may need to plug in one of my USB keyboards because of the way this laptop's arrow keys are designed: https://www.techspot.com/review/430-hp-elitebook-8460p/ The laptop in that review is almost the same as the one I have, the main differences being the CPU, graphics and fingerprint reader. (Mine has an Intel Core i5-2540M, Intel HD Graphics 3000 and no fingerprint reader.)

I can also play Doom 3 because I transferred all of it from the desktop hard drive on which it was originally installed over to the laptop.

current mood: mellow

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
6:36 pm - Update for 10/17/17
Firstly, I'm glad that the weather is finally cooling down.

Secondly, not much that I consider interesting enough to report has happened in my life since my previous update, but I still intend to get two entries posted here this month.

Anyway, here's my latest selfie, which makes my hair appear shorter than it really is:
https://twitter.com/BikerWolfSDA/status/917404774730956800

And I've tried a few new food items recently that were all pretty good:

Véa Andean Quinoa & Spices World Crisps

(Walmart's) Marketside Chicken Spicy Mustard Wrap: grilled chicken breast with rib meat, Monterey Jack cheese with hot peppers, mustard sauce, Santa Fe tortilla strips, romaine lettuce

DORITOS POPPIN' JALAPEÑO chips

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar

Monster Energy's Juice Monster Mango Loco

current mood: relaxed

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Thursday, September 28th, 2017
2:55 pm - Update for 9/28/17
Okay, here's my second update of this month. I'll begin with the new food items I've recently tried, in no particular order:

Great Value CHICKEN FETTUCCINE ALFREDO - "Grilled white chicken meat, fresh-made pasta, and broccoli in a creamy Alfredo sauce"

Great Value Sweet & Sour Chicken - "Tempura-battered chicken breast meat and rice with sweet & sour sauce, broccoli, carrots, peppers & pineapple"

Kahiki Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken + Toasted Sesame Chicken Yum Yum Stix - The instructions said to stir halfway through cooking, but I neglected to do so. It was still good, though.

Raybern's Pizza Supreme

HERDEZ® Guacamole Salsa

Four products from the new Véa brand of snacks. The website says they "feature bold regional flavors, from Thai Coconut and Tuscan Herbs to Peruvian Sweet Potato and Greek Hummus." Those flavors are all good, but I was mildly disappointed at not being able to taste the "hint of cayenne pepper" that was mentioned on the package of Peruvian Sweet Potato Mini Crunch Bars.

The Barbacoa Taco Bowl and Chicken Fajita Bowl from http://www.fronterafoods.com/products/frozen-bowls-skillets.

Stouffer's Mexican Lasagna

Also, I did some ACTUAL COOKING this month: https://twitter.com/BikerWolfSDA/status/909890726212898817

My case manager from Start Corp. had been trying to get me to cook again for a while now, so I decided to just get it over with. What I cooked was a pack of John Soules Foods Chicken Breast Fajitas, a green bell pepper, an onion, some Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning, and a little garlic powder. We already had some tortillas in the fridge, and I also got some shredded pepperjack cheese and a small container of guacamole. The fajitas came out pretty well. :)

I think that takes care of the most important stuff I wanted to post about this month.

current mood: mellow

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Monday, September 25th, 2017
5:01 pm - Update for 9/25/17
This month is almost over, and I'm only NOW posting an update? I still intend to get this entry and a second one posted before October begins, even though I'll be cutting it pretty close.

Speaking of cutting, the medication I take as needed to control my urges to self-harm has occasionally been less than fully effective recently, although it's still doing a good job of reducing my anxiety. I've had a single incident this month, and I managed to keep it contained to scratching my arms a few times with the tips of a pair of scissors in the kitchen while I was in the process of getting a beverage with which to take the previously mentioned medication. I know I'm supposed to find a non-self-harmful method of dissipating the urges, but sometimes I just gotta give in, and when I do, I'm in a good mood for several days afterward. Um, I don't know what else to say about this, so I'll move on to a new topic.

I finally made an appointment to get my eyes examined for new glasses, which I feel like I've been needing for a while. It's scheduled for November 1st.

I think I'll end this update here and post another one later in the week.

current mood: okay

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Sunday, August 20th, 2017
3:24 am - Update for 8/20/17
I had a pretty good day last Thursday. I had an appointment with my psychiatrist that morning, and it went alright. No changes to my medication, and I'll see him again in November. Also, my weight is down to 235 pounds from a high of 257 some time ago. The nurse didn't say what my blood pressure numbers were, though.

Once I was finished at the clinic, my dad and I had a few errands to run. We went to the post office first, and I got a letter from the food stamps office regarding my eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. I'm still certified for it, and my next re-determination will be in August of 2019. Upon leaving the post office, we went to a service station to get some air in one of the truck's tires and then the bank for a roll of quarters. After that, we went grocery-shopping at the local Walmart. My dad decided that since we were going straight home from there, he'd get us each a pint of ice cream. He got Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate and I decided to try Blue Bell Moo-llennium Crunch®. It had been quite a while since I had ice cream, and this flavor was good.

Speaking of new food products I've recently tried, I'll list the others now in no particular order.

3 more Barilla Italian-Style Entrées: Marinara Penne, Sausage & Tomato Rotini, and Tomato & Basil Penne

2 MTN DEW® KICKSTART™ drinks: Mango Lime and Raspberry Citrus

3 LAY'S potato chip flavors: Lightly Salted Barbecue, Kettle Cooked Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese, and Wavy Fried Green Tomato (The 2nd & 3rd ones are “Do Us A Flavor” contest finalists.)

1 jar of On the Border Hot Salsa

And 1 item I'm not sure if I've had before or not: DON MIGUEL® Nacho Cheese & Chicken Mini Tacos

I think that about covers the most important things I wanted to mention in this post.

current mood: mellow

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Friday, August 11th, 2017
2:09 pm - Update for 8/11/17
I've been in a pretty good mood lately for some reason. I'm not really sure why that is, but I certainly won't complain about it. :)

Let's see, what important stuff has been happening in my life recently? Well, I got a Telegram account and visited the Louisiana Furs chat-room for a little while about four days ago. I guess it was nice to have some interaction with my fellow furries that was more dynamic than what I usually do on Twitter. (What I mean by "dynamic" is getting a response to a Telegram message is much faster than getting one to a tweet.)

Next topic: My dad and I went to Walmart on Wednesday, and I decided to get a new pair of shoes. I tried on a few pairs, and I ended up buying these: http://www.airspeedfootwear.com/mens-skate-shoes/heritage/. They feel much better than the Faded Glory slip-ons I have, which were a little tight when I got them with the hope that they'd loosen up over time. (That didn't quite work out.)

Also on Wednesday, I got a voice-mail from the food stamps office asking me to call them back to answer a question about my expenses. (I filled out a re-determination application regarding my eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program last month.) I tried calling them yesterday, but every time I selected the option to talk to a customer service representative, I got a busy signal. Fortunately, they called me today, so this has been taken care of. :)

I think I'll wait until my next update to list the new food items I've tried recently, so that's it for this post.

current mood: hungry

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Monday, July 31st, 2017
5:52 pm - Update for 7/31/17
I'm almost out of time to get a second update posted this month, so I'll keep it short.

I had a self-harm incident last Wednesday, but I managed to keep it to just scratching my arms and legs with a couple of sharp objects. As for the reason for it, I needed to relieve the stress I've been feeling about how bad this reality is becoming due to the actions of this nation's federal-level politicians.

I think that's enough for this update.

current mood: calm

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Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
12:42 am - Update for 7/22/17
Wow, three weeks in and I'm just now making my first post of the month. (I still intend to do a second one in a few days.)

The most important news item since my last update is probably that I had to complete a re-determination application regarding my eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and I took care of it online last Thursday evening.

My case manager from Start Corp. has been on my, well, CASE about a few things. Things like taking my morning and evening medication dosages about 12 hours apart regardless of what times I go to bed and get up, and showering every day instead of about 4 times per week. Those are a couple of the improvements I've been working on lately, and I'm also making an effort to cut back on chips and salsa, limiting myself to one 16oz serving of salsa plus chips per day. Before this week, I've often had that amount twice per day.

Speaking of salsa, I've tried a few new ones recently. The local Walmart has started carrying some "Sam's Choice" varieties I hadn't seen before, but I'm pretty sure at least two of those three used to be sold under the store's "World Table" brand. Other than the labels, the jars are exactly the same. Anyway, I'm trying to snack a little healthier as well, so I've tried all five Bold Flavors of Blue Diamond Almonds: Sweet Thai Chili, Wasabi & Soy Sauce Flavored, Sriracha, Habanero BBQ, and Salt 'n Vinegar. They're all good, and the Habanero BBQ was a lot milder than I expected. Another item I've tried is a Barilla Italian-Style Entrées Meat Sauce Gemelli. Beverages I've tried recently include Sprite Cherry, Snapple Takes Two to Mango Tea, and Monster Energy Gronk.

I think that's enough for this update.

current mood: okay

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Saturday, June 24th, 2017
5:35 pm - Update for 6/24/17
I think now would be a good time for my second post of this month. So, where should I begin?

Well, I'm still meeting with my case manager from Start Corporation once a week, and I've been making more of an effort lately to put her recommendations for improving my living situation into practice. For instance, I cleaned my laptop this week. I picked up an Endust® for Electronics 6 oz. LCD & Plasma Screen Cleaner & Micro Fiber Towel Combo to do it, and the computer looks and seems to run much better now. Anyway, I've been doing very well with the services Start Corp. has been providing, so well in fact that they would like to do a story in their internal newsletter on me as an example of a successful client of the program. I think it'd be nice to get some recognition for a job well done, so I'm fine with this. My case manager took a photo of me for it, and she wanted me to write a brief bio of myself, but I asked her for some guidelines on that and she hasn't gotten back to me yet. I probably should have called her within the past couple of days.

Moving on to the topic of new food products I've tried recently, the first ones I'll mention are a couple of Healthy Choice Power Bowls: Adobo Chicken & Korean-Inspired Beef. They were both pretty good, although the chicken one was not as spicy as I would have liked. Also, I think the spice level scale on the packages should have a wider range than just "1-2-3" because the difference between 1 and 2 seemed greater than a single level. I also tried a Lean Cuisine Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese, a MTN DEW GREEN LABEL, a Monster Energy Ultra Violet, and a Pepsi Fire Cinnamon Flavored Cola.

One last thing for this update: I've recently started using hairspray, specifically Suave Max Hold Unscented Non-Aerosol, when I brush my hair. It does keep my hair looking nice for a bit longer. Oh, and speaking of sprays, I also started using that Old Spice Wolfthorn Refresh Body Spray that I've had for a while. It's pretty good stuff.

current mood: okay

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Friday, June 9th, 2017
3:57 pm - Update for 6/09/17
Last Wednesday was a good day for me. My dad had an appointment in Houma that morning, and he suggested that I go with him so we could go out to eat once he was finished at the hospital. Since his birthday was on Thursday, this was a good way to celebrate it. His appointment ended earlier than he expected, so we went to IHOP. He got the T-Bone Steak & Eggs and I had the Sirloin Tips & Eggs. He asked me if I needed to go anywhere else in Houma, and I told him I thought about suggesting we go to the mall so I could visit the AT&T store and see about getting a new phone, and that I decided to NOT make that suggestion because of how difficult it is for him to get around right now. (He's been walking with crutches for the past several months because of how much his back hurts.) However, he decided that we COULD go to the mall, and I was able to get a new phone. I ended up choosing the LG X venture, and I also got a Samsung Galaxy Tab E for just another dollar plus tax. :)

Moving on to the topic of new food products I've tried recently, one of them is RED’S NATURAL FOODS CHICKEN ENCHILADAS WITH A TRADITIONAL ENCHILADA SAUCE; they were better than the beef enchiladas from the same brand I mentioned in my post on May 14th. I tried a Lean Cuisine meal that doesn't seem to be on the brand's website: Chicken Cashew Stir Fry, described as "tender white meat chicken with cashews, green beans, red peppers, onions & rice in a spicy Szechuan-style sauce." I've tried a couple of new Great Value meals: BAKED ZITI (Ziti pasta and Italian sausage baked in a zesty marinara sauce) and LASAGNA WITH MEAT SAUCE (Meat sauce layered between lasagna pasta, with mozzarella, cottage and Parmesan cheeses). I've tried a couple of small bags of chips: DORITOS® Spicy Sweet Chili Flavored Tortilla Chips and Lay's Lime & Sea Salt potato chips, a "LIMITED TIME FLAVOR" that doesn't appear to be on the company's website. I've also tried a couple of new Mountain Dew beverages: DEW-S-A and WHITE LABEL. Lastly, the local Walmart recently started carrying variety packs of Hawaiian Punch drink mix, and out of the four flavors they contain, there's one I hadn't tried before: Berry Bonkers. (The other three are Fruit Juicy Red, Wild Purple Smash, and Berry Blue Typhoon.) Also, the variety packs have 40 individual packets and cost $3.92, which is a better deal than $1 for a box of 8 packets of a single flavor.

I think that's enough for this update.

current mood: good

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Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
7:20 pm - Update for 5/31/17
I'm almost out of time this month to get a second update posted here, so I'll keep it short.

I had an appointment with my psychiatrist last week, and we discussed my recent self-harm incidents. We decided to increase my Vistaril dose from ONE 25mg capsule twice a day as needed to TWO 25mg capsules twice a day as needed. I haven't needed it yet, though.

And like I said in my previous post, I felt obligated to call my mom on Mother's Day. I did, but I had to call my half-sister's phone because Mom ran out of minutes on hers. Oh well, obligation fulfilled. :)

current mood: okay

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Sunday, May 14th, 2017
6:33 am - Update for 5/14/17
I'll begin this post with a (physical) health report. I had an appointment with the nurse practitioner at the Behavioral Health Center last Thursday, and I finally learned the results of that lab work that was done back in February. My triglycerides have come down quite a bit, from over 400 to under 200. I think I heard the number 160, but I'm not sure. I still need to exercise more in order to get my good cholesterol levels up, though. My next appointment is going to be on October 31st because the nurse was originally going to give me another request for lab work that I could get done on Oct. 24th when I have my next appointment at Chabert's, but then she found the results of the tests from February. Also, my blood pressure is good and my weight is 240 pounds, which is exactly what my driver's license says I weigh. :)

Next topic: Food products that I've recently tried for the first time. First one I'll list is Garden of Eatin’™ Multigrain Sea Salt Chips, although it may not be the exact same product as the one on the website. The other one is RED’S Natural Foods SHREDDED BEEF ENCHILADAS WITH AN AUTHENTIC VERDE SAUCE, which were pretty bland, and I think I might have undercooked them. One of the instructions was "Puncture holes in film to allow ventilation," but I accidentally ripped a much bigger hole in it than I intended, and that's probably why the enchiladas were undercooked.

Speaking of food, the local Walmart recently started carrying the single serve SAVOIE'S Shrimp Etouffee dinners again. It had been quite a few months since I had one of these, and, with a little hot sauce, it was just as good as I remembered.

Lately, I've been giving serious thought to getting a new smartphone. I've had my current one for almost three years, so there are a few options to which I can upgrade once I learn how that process works. I really need to check AT&T's website for that information.

Oh yeah, I finished coloring that page I mentioned in my previous update, but I still need to scan it into my dad's PC, transfer it via USB flash drive to my PC, and upload it to my Photobucket account. (We have only one internet connection, and it's in my room.)

Lastly, I feel obligated to call my mom today since it's Mother's Day, and considering that I have her number, I really have no excuse for NOT calling her.

current mood: calm

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Sunday, April 30th, 2017
8:36 pm - Update for 4/30/17
Wow, I'm cutting my 2-updates-per-month thing CLOSE this month.

Now, where do I begin this post? Well, my case manager from Start Corp. has had me working on a page from a coloring-book-for-adults with colored pencils. It's supposed to be a good way to relax, and I think it works. She's also suggested that I get my own set of colored pencils so I can do this more often than just during her weekly visits, and my dad offered to buy me some on our last trip to the local Walmart. I thought about getting a box of 100 Crayola ones, but I decided to get a box of 50 instead. I haven't opened them yet, though.

I had an appointment at the ophthalmology department of Chabert Medical Center in Houma last week, the results of it being pretty much "my right eye looks good and my next follow-up appointment will be on October 24th." Heh, the phrase "my eye LOOKS good" has more than one meaning, doesn't it? :)

The only new food product I've tried recently is Coca-Cola Life, which is sweetened with cane sugar & Stevia and comes in green cans. It tastes about the same as regular Coke, and I'm pretty sure that's the point.

I haven't been seeing Old Spice Wolfthorn Body Wash at Walmart lately, so I'll probably have to get something else when my current one runs out.

I haven't mentioned this yet, but I changed multivitamins a while back. I'm still using Walmart's Equate brand, but I switched from "Adults Under 50" to "Men's Health." However, I don't think I've perceived any noticeable difference.

Lastly, I don't want to go into details, but it seems that the medication I'm on is no longer helping me resist my urges to self-harm. I have an appointment with my psychiatrist next month, so I'll discuss the issue then.

current mood: okay

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Saturday, April 8th, 2017
7:54 pm - Update for 4/08/17
I haven't been feeling too well this week because of a cold, but I think I'm almost over it now.

Anyway, my life since my previous update has been pretty uneventful. The only new food products I've tried are some salsas the local Walmart recently started carrying. A couple of El Sol Foods Homestyle, Mild and Medium, and Italian Rose Fresh Salsa in a 32 oz. container which really didn't taste any different from the Italian Rose Fresh Salsa With Cilantro in a 16 oz. container I've had before.

Yesterday, I bought a DVD of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but I Haven't watched it yet.

Actually, there is one relatively exciting thing that's happened this week: our cable provider added the network "Comet" to our channel lineup. Its programming is mainly science fiction along with supernatural, horror, adventure and fantasy, mostly from the MGM movie and TV library. The first film I watched on it was Queen of Blood from 1966.

Speaking of old films I've seen on television recently, Queen of Outer Space from 1958 was on Turner Classic Movies this week. I remember seeing footage from it in an episode of "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?" back in the 90s, but I didn't know what movie it came from until now. :)

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Thursday, March 30th, 2017
6:14 pm - Update for 3/30/17
The first thing I need to report in this update is the result of my appointment at L.J. Chabert's Ophthalmology Department a couple of Mondays ago. I got evaluated for some laser work to remove the remaining scar tissue from the cataract surgery on my right eye I had a while back, and they were able to do the procedure that day. After that, they gave me a prescription for an eye-drop to use four times a day and a follow-up appointment one week later (which was last Monday). Basically, I was told that my eye looked good and I could discontinue using the eye-drop. My next follow-up appointment is scheduled for April 25th. The laser work has certainly improved my vision. :)

In other news, I've tried only a few new food products: Lay's Kettle Cooked GARDEN TOMATO & ASIAGO potato chips (one of their "Do Us a Flavor" varieties), a Mexican Mocha-flavored Starbucks Doubleshot Energy drink, and some Chips-Ahoy cookies filled with birthday-cake frosting. The cookies were from the most recent food-distribution at the church my dad goes to. At this point, I probably don't need to keep saying that I've liked whatever new food items I've recently tried, so just assume I've liked everything I mention here unless I specifically state otherwise. :P

I also finally got around to playing F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon, which I purchased on Steam during a digital-sale Amazon had back on 12/30/16. The game crashed on my initial attempt to start it, but I just needed to start it a second time and it ran fine at default settings. :)

I filled out a Behavioral Health Survey from insurance provider. It was the second one they sent me because I never got around to doing the first one.

I think that's about all of the important stuff I've been up to since my previous update, but I did install some more themes I like on my current web browser, Pale Moon: Aeromoon, Moonola, Nauticalia, Noia Moon (Theme), and Black Leather Class.

"Black Leather Class" is just a regular Firefox theme, but the other four are made specifically for PM.

current mood: good

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
8:36 pm - Update for 3/08/17
Before I get started, I should warn everyone reading this entry that it's going to be a long one.

Firstly, I've been doing well since the last time I posted anything here. I guess I just needed to get that stuff out of my system.

Today was the day that my dad finally had that appointment with a specialist in New Orleans for his lower back pain, and I accompanied him. It's good that I did because he got a bit lost on the way and needed me to get directions from MapQuest on my phone. We arrived late, but he was still able to see the doctor. Basically, my dad was told that surgery would fix his back problem, but with the shape he's in, there's a high risk of complications further down the line. So for now, he'll stick with injections that temporarily stop the pain, and he's supposed to try to lose some weight in order to lower the aforementioned risk. This means I'm going to be stuck helping him for a while longer. Eh, I can live with that.

Once we were done at the medical center, we came back to Raceland, went to the post office and then had lunch at Formosa Gardens. My fortune cookie said "Take the honorable path and you cannot go wrong." Interestingly, the list of Lucky Numbers on the back of the fortune included "34," which was in the list on the fortune I got last month AND is the age I became on my last birthday (which was ALSO last month).

In other news, I had an appointment with the Ophthalmology Department at L.J. Chabert in Houma last month. My right eye, which I've had surgery on to fix a retina detachment and then another surgery to fix the cataract caused by the first surgery, has some scar tissue remaining. I was told that it could be easily laser-ed out and doing so would probably improve my vision. I decided to go for it, and I now have an appointment later this month, which I think is going to be a preliminary visit to schedule the surgery.

Lately, I've been feeling a need to try something different in my life so I got a new web browser: http://www.palemoon.org/ I like it, and I REALLY like being able to use a remake of what had been my favorite theme for Firefox: https://addons.palemoon.org/themes/modoki-moon/ There were several themes on Firefox I liked before development of them ceased, so I'm happy that there are versions available for Pale Moon (even though Modoki Moon is the only one I currently have installed).

I also bought a new DVD (Doctor Strange) and a new CD (Six Feet Under: Torment).

That's pretty much all of the important stuff I had for this update. Before I go, I need to list all the new food items I've tried recently because I have GOT to throw away all the labels and/or empty containers I've saved for this purpose. In no particular order:

Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino

Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" Southwestern Queso

Fresh Cravings Salsa Restaurant Style Hot Crave

Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" Beer 'n Brats

Simply Tostitos Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Mist Twist Cranberry Lemon Lime Flavor

Jack Link's Whiskey Glaze Premium Pork Strips

Bridgford Sweet Baby Ray's Gourmet Sauces Hickory & Brown Sugar Beef Jerkey

Bridgford Sweet Baby Ray's Gourmet Sauces Sweet Teriyaki Beef Jerkey

Mist Twist Lemon Lime Flavor

Mountain Dew Game Fuel Citrus Cherry Flavor

Great Value Chicken Parmesan and Penne ("Breaded white meat chicken and marinara sauce with fresh-made penne pasta")

evol Vegetable Enchiladas

Marketside TURKEY & BABY SWISS CRANBERRY SANDWICH ("oven roasted turkey * tavern ham * baby Swiss cheese * cranberry orange spread * romaine lettuce * wheatberry bread")

Fresh Cravings Salsa Peach Mango Mild Crave

Mountain Dew Game Fuel Mango Heat Flavor

Marketside TURKEY & CHEDDAR SUB ("oven roasted turkey * sharp cheddar cheese * romaine lettuce * sweet grain sub")

Tostitos Splash Of Lime Salsa

Marketside TURKEY CHEDDAR SLIDERS ("oven roasted turkey * sharp cheddar cheese * arugula * pretzel slider buns")

Marketside SUPREME SUPER SUB ("LOADED WITH SMOKED HAM, TURKEY, ROAST BEEF, AND COLBY JACK CHEESE, OUR SUPER SUB WON'T LEAVE YOU HUNGRY. BIG ENOUGH FOR ANY APPETITE! Large French Loaf")

Mountain Dew Kickstart Energizing Midnight Grape

Mountain Dew Kickstart Hydrating Boost Energizing Watermellon

1893 FROM THE MAKERS OF PEPSICOLA ("Boldly blended cola made with: Kola nut extract * Real ginger * Sparkling water * Real sugar")

Monster Energy Unleaded

Stefano Foods Philly Cheese Steak Calzone (www.stefanofoods.com)

Hatch Valley Green Chile Salsa with Tomatillos, Garlic & Lime (http://505chile.com/)

On The Border Medium Cantina Lime & Cilantro Salsa

Clint's Texas Salsa (Mild, Medium and Hot are the only varieties the local Walmart carries.)

Great Value Cantina Salsa Medium

Great Value Peach Pineapple Chipotle Salsa

Zapp's Voodoo Heat Potato Chips

http://www.worldkitchensjerky.com/ (Hot & Spicy, Original, Peppered and Teriyaki)

Jack Link's Tender Cuts Prime Rib Seasoning

http://perkyjerky.com/turkey/more-than-just-original-turkey/

https://www.oberto.com/bbq-chicken-strips-1

https://www.oberto.com/bbq-chicken-strips

current mood: okay

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Sunday, February 26th, 2017
7:41 am - I knew it couldn't last.
So much for my ability to resist the urges to self-harm. I just had my first incident since last September, but fortunately, just like that time, I was able to keep it constrained to hair-pulling. It was a combination of things that finally overwhelmed my willpower. While I was doing my laundry, I decided to clean the toilet bowl since I hadn't done that in quite a while. I thought I could apply the cleaner to the bowl, let it disinfect for 10 minutes before scrubbing, and use that time to retrieve my laundry from the dryer. When I got to the laundry room, I found the dryer door open and my clothes still wet, so I came back into the apartment for another pair of quarters and then went back to the laundry room to use a different dryer. Upon re-entering the apartment, I discovered that my dad had woken up and was using the object that I had not finished cleaning. After that, my self-harm urges quickly built up to a point where I was unable to fully suppress them. I think the dryer problem and my thwarted attempt to clean the commode just combined to produce a feeling of frustration that was more powerful than what I could deal with responsibly.

I had intended to post about some other stuff in this update, but I think I'll hold off on that for at least a few days.

current mood: blah

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Monday, February 13th, 2017
4:50 am - Update for 2/13/17
I thought about posting something here over this past weekend, but I didn't get around to it until now. I plan to make this entry a bit shorter than my last one.

So, my birthday was on the 4th, and I got a phone call from my half-sister, a text message from my mom and a tweet from a friend (dragonheadthing). I didn't hear from my full sister at all, though, so I wonder if I should even bother trying to call her on her birthday later this month? Eh, I might as well give it a shot. :)

Last Friday, I had an appointment with the nurse practitioner at the Behavioral Health Center, and my blood pressure was "almost perfect," but I don't remember what the exact numbers were. However, I do remember that my weight was 245 lbs. Anyway, Chabert Medical Center hasn't yet sent over the results of the blood test I mentioned in my previous update, so I had to sign a couple of papers, and once the BHC gets the results, they'll call me. Of course, I'll be back there to see my psychiatrist on the 16th, so I guess I'll learn the results this week whether they call me or not. :)

After last Friday's appointment, my dad took me to lunch at the nearby Chinese buffet restaurant, and my fortune cookie said "You will stumble into the path that will lead your life to happiness." Also, I found something for my dad to get me as a late birthday gift the last time we went to Walmart: Wrangler - Men's Rip-Stop Cargo Pants, size 38x30 in green. They fit okay when I tried them on in the store, and I included them in the last load of laundry I did, so I'm going to really wear them for the first time today.

I should probably take my medication, brush my teeth and go to bed now.

current mood: calm

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