Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 53, 2017

Wednesday, Day 53

We had to make another sad decision to say good-bye to our second oldest dog, Bailey. He’d been battling eye trouble for 8 years now, taking eye drops twice daily, and an ulcer formed in his right eye about a week ago which involved an ER visit. They prescribed 3 more different eye drops and two pain meds and sent us home, but you could tell Bailey wasn’t doing well. He just sat there. He couldn’t see. He squinted. He slept more. Even the eye drops made him whine which was a first. He had always been so stoic and never showed an indication of pain. Things got worse yesterday for him and the outcome didn’t look good after we took him to see the eye doctor. The ulcer had started to dissolve his cornea. Our best option was to have the eye removed, a surgery that sounds bleak but has a positive outcome, but his remaining eye was in just as bad of shape and the chances of the same thing happening again were high.  We knew this wasn’t going to be a good quality of life for him and we wanted his pain to end, so we made a decision that we’ve now had to make 4 times in 4 years with the loss of Zander last November and my two older cats back in 2013. It’s never easy, but it’s what’s best.

Bailey was 13 years old and had been a part of our life since he was 6 weeks old.


Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 52, 2017

Tuesday, Day 52

  1. Woke up to a FB message asking me to do a showcase on March 25th. Exciting to get asked to do that. I said yes.
  2. Started writing again. And again, I’m mostly going through my work-in-progress and rewriting what’s already been done. Still feels good to be getting into a story again. It feels right…right now.
  3. Didn’t make the list at open mic night so I decided to leave early instead of staying to watch the show.
  4. Read.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 51, 2017

Monday, Day 51

  1. Big week! Have to work today. We don’t get Presidents Day off. I have practice tonight, open mic tomorrow, the comedy competition on Thursday, and the show in Cape on Saturday. Then Salt Lake City next week.
  2. Took the meds last night because my foot was bothering me a bit, and yep, I was wide awake again at 3am. Stayed in bed and catnapped so I don’t feel so bad.
  3. We have 70 degree weather the next 4 days. Very odd for February here. Makes me think we have hopefully seen the end of winter already.
  4. Busy day at work still getting ready for shows. Had to edit several flyers and marketing pieces.
  5. Leftovers for dinner.
  6. Had a good 3 hour practice for our Saturday show.
  7. Read.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 49-50, 2017

Saturday, Day 49

  1. Another sleepless night last night. Got out of bed at 4am and laid on the sofa. Was too hot and restless. Might skip the meds tonight to see if that’s the issue.
  2. It’s grocery and laundry day. Typical Saturday, but at least the foot is not bothering me this weekend so I’m feeling motivated.
  3. Went to the butcher shop for bacon, chicken, franks, and a rump roast for the crock.
  4. Grocery shopped.
  5. Did some more shopping with John.
  6. Watched Madea’s Boo.  It wasn’t that good. Most of the movie felt ad-libbed.
  7. Read.
  8. Watched the 2nd installment of CNN’s History of Comedy which also wasn’t that good. This one was about women in comedy and I just felt like it could have been better.
  9. John made fried chicken and fries for dinner. We followed that with homemade chocolate cake.

Sunday, Day 50

  1. Slept much better last night after not taking the meds.
  2. Put the rump roast in the crock to cook all day.
  3. Made bacon, eggs, and grits for breakfast.
  4. Did some shopping. Been looking for a vintage jacket for next weekend’s show but I’m not having any luck finding one.
  5. Cleaned the front flower beds.  It’s 70 degrees outside!
  6. Made a new pasta dish for lunch.
  7. Roast sandwiches with veggies for dinner. The crock pot dish was great.
  8. Read.
  9. Watched Walking Dead.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 47-48, 2017

Thursday, Day 47

  1. Foot was causing a lot of pain yesterday. Couldn’t get a foot doctor anywhere in the city to see me before next Tuesday. Ended up going to Urgent Care and they can me a steroid shot and some pain meds. The foot is much better today. Not as swollen. But still hurts a bit.
  2. Cereal for dinner.
  3. Read.
  4. Relaxing evening at home.

Friday, Day 48

  1. The foot was even better today but I think the meds are keeping me up. I was wide awake at 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep.
  2. Productive day at work at my desk since my foot wasn’t bothering me as much. Didn’t even have to take my shoe off today or wear the boot.  My trade shows are shaping up. I leave in two weeks.
  3. Sloppy Joes for dinner.
  4. Read.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 45-46, 2017

Tuesday, Day 45

  1. It’s Valentine’s Day, which has never been an overly exciting day for me. I did get a card from Mom in the mail though with $20 in it.  That’s always exciting.
  2. Got a small box of candy from a co-worker who is retiring this year.
  3. And donuts for the department from my old boss.
  4. J made a shrimp pasta for dinner.
  5. Read

Wednesday, Day 46

  1. Salads for dinner.
  2. Quick practice after work with Sha’Dam!
  3. Then we went to the last open mic at the old location of the Improv Shop. They are moving to a new place next month. It was not a strong performance for us.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 42-44, 2017

Saturday, Day 42

  1. Made peanut butter oatmeal cookies drizzled in dark chocolate. They are no bake but it’s been years since I made homemade cookies.
  2. Bought a picture frame for the sketch of the dogs I had done for J for Valentine’s Day.
  3. Quick trip to the grocery store.
  4. Laundry.
  5. Had to make a 9pm trip to Walgreens for a prescription for Bailey who is having eye problems.

Sunday, Day 43

  1. Finished laundry.
  2. Late lunch so we didn’t have dinner.
  3. Read.
  4. Watched the new Walking Dead.
  5. Took a hot bath and read some more.
  6. Relaxing day spent at home with everyone.

Monday, Day 44

  1. Started the day dropping Bailey off at the eye doctor for an exam. More prescriptions for his bad eye which has an ulcer in it.
  2. Then went to work and had a busy morning with little work on the shows.
  3. Picked Bailey up from the vet and took him home on my lunch break.
  4. Back to work to try to work on my trade shows.
  5. Wendy’s burgers for dinner.
  6. Went to the open mic at Funny Bone which was moved to Monday night this week due to Valentine’s Day. Every comic who showed up got to go up.


Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 40-41, 2017

Thursday, Day 40

  1. Foot is even better. No limping. Still sore though and the swelling is going down.
  2. My trade show planning is wrapping up nicely.  The big one ships next Thursday.
  3. Picked up a drawing I had done for John of our 3 dogs. It was going to be a Xmas gift but wasn’t done in time. So now it’s a Valentine’s gift. The frame I bought was too small for it so I’ll have to get a bigger one on Friday.
  4. Watched the first part in the CNN series “The History of Comedy.”  It was pretty good. I learned something.  But not sure how historical it is.

Friday, Day 41

  1. Very productive day at work with getting the trade shows ready to ship. It’s always a huge task and the foot problems didn’t help, but I’m in good shape.
  2. Had to take Bailey in for an Emergency look at his eyes. One of them is clouding over.  He’s been fighting eye problems for at least 7 or 8 years now, but one of them had clouded over due to an ulcer.
  3. Chili for dinner.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 39, 2017

  1. Woke up definitely feeling a big difference with my foot. It’s still a little sore and swollen but a lot of the pain is gone. Not limping as bad.
  2. Got my federal tax return and immediately paid off two credit cards! That felt good.
  3. It snowed today…just flurries.  But given that we had 70 degree weather yesterday and I slept with a fan on last night, today was odd.
  4. Finished writing the prologue of the work in progress. On to chapter one which I’m starting from scratch rather than going back to what I’d already written years ago.
  5. Went to Trader Joe’s to buy cherry juice. The doctor suggested it to help keep my foot pain from flaring up.
  6. Read