About this Posting Idea…

So my idea was to start posting more regularly. Right. Gotcha. About that. And then life happened.

That wee sma’ kidney stone I had been attempting to pass (for a week!) went nowhere, so the end of my week got turned upside down after seeing the NP at my new urologist’s office on Thursday. I got a call at 3:30 Thursday afternoon to report to the Surgical Check-in Desk at 8am Friday morning for eviction of said stone. I’m still not quite recovered, but all things being equal, no stone is much better than stone.

Hadn’t felt much like eating in quite a few days, but this evening, I had an absolute craving for pizza, and not just any pizza, but really cheesy (with the almost-burnt rim of browned cheese at the edges) deep-dish pizza.

Enter Jet’s Pizza. They’re just outside the 2 mile limit (wherein I’m supposed to have 50 places to eat), but they make the little rectangular deep-dish pizzas. That is WHAT THEY DO. They have round pizza, as well, but their specialty is exactly what I was craving.

The store is small, but it smells heavenly. There’s nowhere inside to eat, but when the weather warms up, there are a few tables outside that could serve for a nice al fresco lunch. I walked in and ordered the Deep Dish Duo, a 4-corner pizza with a matching 4-corner side of cheesy bread. This absolutely hit the spot!

The cheesy bread has mozzarella, cheddar, and romano cheeses in abundance, and pulling the slices apart led to long strings of cheese that I had to chase down with my fingers. Oh, darn. The pizza was equally good, with sauce that is slightly sweet and just a hint spicy, under a generous layer of cheese. I could, however, wish for more pepperoni per slice, but that is fixable.

I’ll definitely be heading back.

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Changes

I sort of fell off the face of the blog almost a year ago. NRAAM got interrupted by…life, of all things (not mine, but the bf’s), which caused us to cut the weekend short and return home for a family emergency. I was busy helping him try to deal with things until I went out to Washington to see my brother and his family (so much fun!!!), but at the airport on the way back, my dad fell and hurt himself pretty bad. He even ended up having surgery on his “fake knee” (as my nephew calls it) to drain the hematoma from the fall, and I’m still not sure that he doesn’t have some residual pain from the broken sternum when he sneezes too hard. My mom started to get sick shortly thereafter, and we’ve spent months trying to track down exactly what was going on with her, because rheumatology nonsense never gives up the answer easily, but at one point, she could barely even walk for a couple of weeks.

In the midst of all of this, what was supposed to be a fun-filled last summer up north with the bf and my other friends turned into an “all hands on deck” 6 months of putting out fires everywhere I could, never having enough time in any one place to get much accomplished.

Oh, and I was building my new house at the same time.

So I’m finally in my new house (only a few weeks late). LOVE IT. Mom and Dad are slowly doing better. Nephew is absolutely over the moon that I’ve moved to town, because I know how to play Pokemon, and because I have a spare bedroom for him to come have “sleepovers at auntie’s”. Still surrounded by boxes, but the kitchen and dining rooms are all unpacked. Get my new closets put in tomorrow, so I can start hanging clothes (and quit wearing the same clothes I’ve had on for two months…thank you, baby brother, for noticing THAT fact). And I can start dragging all of the firearms and ammo out of all the nooks and crannies that they’ve been stored in and go shooting.

There are some nice ranges down here that I’m looking forward to trying out, to see which one seems the best fit for me. My brother and nephew go to one that’s a little further away for me, but on paper, it seems to be the nicest one around. Oh, and the least expensive as far as a membership goes. I have high hopes for that.

The other neat thing about where my house is is that it’s really right in the middle of everything, yet it’s not on a busy street. The big road right behind my house runs parallel to the main drag where all the shopping is located, and there are supposedly 50 restaurants within 2 miles of my house. I think I’m going to start going to one new one a week and putting up some pics and reviews here. (Of course, that 50 includes places like McD’s and such, but hey…one a week for a year.)

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Con Food

Between medicine and firearms, as well as renaissance faires and sci fi/comic cons, I’ve attended a lot of conventions (both mundane and otherwise) in my time. One of the biggest things on many people’s minds at any sort of con is the food — where to find it, what sort will be available, how much it will cost, and what the quality will be.

Where a con is located will have a major impact on the availability of food. If located at a downtown convention center, all sorts of restaurants will be within a few minutes walk, while most renaissance fairs are located in more rural locations, so the faire food is all there is. The Kentucky Expo Center is fairly isolated, with nothing within walking distance.

Yesterday, while wandering the halls of the Kentucky Expo Center while it was still mostly empty, I saw a variety of food trucks and other food booths. I’m not certain how they’ll stand up to the onslaught of the tens of thousands expected through the doors over the weekend, but they’re well-spaced throughout the center, provide a good variety of choices (from Mexican to bbq, sandwiches to salads, and a few other more uncommon options, as well), and don’t seem to be exorbitantly expensive.

So far, I can wholeheartedly recommend Lil’ Orbits donuts. They’re tiny donuts, freshly-made and rolled in cinnamon sugar. They’re so light and fluffy and just melt in your mouth.

The one food truck that I wish was here was one that I saw broken down on the side of the freeway last night. It said on the side, “Waffles Worth Dying For!” and was called something along the lines of “Bacon Waffle Truck”. After we’d gone by, I kept wanting to go back and rescue it and bring it to the NRAAM with us.

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Gun Gurus

At this time, all that I am allowed to say is a “minor non-derogatory remark that acknowledges my appearance” on Gun Gurus.

*SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!*

Ok. There. That’s minor and definitely non-derogatory.

Oh. And both Mr. Schreier and Mr. Supica are very cool.

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In Which Hyperventilation Occurs

And in which I find out that I’m no better than any other fan-girl out there…

I just got a call from NRA HQ in Virginia. My submission to the Gun Gurus, to bring a firearm for them to oogle the Thursday of NRAAM in Louisville got chosen! I get to dig my daddy’s shotgun, given to him when he was just a tyke, to take with me to show off to them.

I am seriously dancing around the house and *squeeeeeeeee*ing!

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Getting Angry Works

I have to say that a muchly re-written angry letter to the “contact us” form of Summa Health System produced amazing results. And I would be remiss in not applauding them for stepping up and doing the right thing.

In 2015, I had individual (not group) insurance, so I spent much of the year discussing with medical entities the need to resubmit claims to the proper address. I tried to stay on top of these things, but apparently one slipped through the cracks.

I arrived home one day last week to find a letter from a collections agency for 2 (not just one, but TWO) separate bills from LabCare Plus from July of last year. When I called the LabCare Plus number to discuss it, I was told that it was my fault, that they’d submitted it once, that they wouldn’t do it again, that I needed to have my insurance company call them before they’d do anything, and that they wouldn’t remove it from collections regardless.

It took me almost 3 hours on the phone, and at least an hour with my insurance company sitting on the phone with me attempting to talk with LabCare Plus. They insisted that they’d sent me several bills initially, but that they “didn’t send out bills that were past-due” and that they “just sent them to collections”. Even though the gentleman from my insurance company assured them that they would be paid if they just resubmitted the bills, they refused to take it back from collections until it had been paid.

Because of this, I wrote my angry letter. I received a phone call yesterday from someone fairly high up at Summa Health. She could not apologize enough times for how poorly I was treated. They have forgiven the entire debt and will not even bill my insurance company at this point, and they have removed it from the collection company.

While LabCare Plus apparently needs their craniorectal inversion fixed, I can’t say enough in favor of Summa Health.

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Basketball

My team won!

It may have been a few (*cough* *cough* or more than just a few) years since I was a student at Villanova, but I still pull for them every spring when March Madness comes around. Kinda tough around the family home, given that both of my brothers went to Xavier, and my parents are preferential to Xavier, too, but if the Musketeers aren’t involved, they’ll all cheer for my Wildcats.

That was a heckuva game tonight. I think it was a good deal that I chose to watch at home, rather than finding someplace out to watch it. This way, if I was yelling at the TV, no one cared.

It was a good game. A little too close for my comfort, especially given how soundly ‘Nova managed to thrash some of the other teams in the tourney, but.

Nothing like a buzzer-beater for the win!

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Reach Out and Touch It

Been a bit since I wrote anything on here… Been busy… Had some stuff come up… Sometimes hard to know how much to spill without it being too much information, stuff people don’t want to know, or too hard to talk about just yet.

But yesterday, after a round trip drive of 5+ hours in the truck, in the pouring rain for most of it, dodging the big rigs and stupid drivers, I made it home with my remade rifle. I took my Savage .308 11/111 and brought it to Fred out at Sharp Shooter Supply. He turned it into a custom long-range bench rifle.

6Br Savage

It now shoots 6Br, so it’ll definitely reach out there. The barrel is 26″ with an integral muzzle brake and a 1:8 twist. The stock is walnut that he carved himself. And the bolt has fishnet fluting on it. I still need to find a scope for it, as the one sitting on it is the scope that came on the .308 when I bought it.

Can’t wait to get to the range!

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It!

Or, well…no, it’s really not. Not quite, not yet at least.

But the Zika virus is real, and it is out there, and it is in some of the southern states already.

However, while I am a doctor, I am not YOUR doctor, and anyone who takes medical advice from any random person that they read over the internet may well deserve what they get.

I’m not going to tell you what is or is not to be done. I’m not going to make recommendations about what precautions you should or should not take with regards to the virus.

I am only going to point you to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their page about the Zika virus. It’s one of the places where I get my information; it’s a good place for you to start, too.

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Group Projects

I’ve never been much of a fan of group projects in school. Whether the groups were assigned or whether we were allowed to choose our own, it always seemed that there were those in every group who were determined to shirk their share of the work, absolutely certain to fail to be part of the work-in-process throughout the entire project.

I may have to change my tune. Last semester, my assigned debate partner turned out to be a winner. Not only is she a gunnie (still somewhat new to the sport), she worked hard throughout the semester on our debate presentation, and despite being terrified of public speaking, she did an amazing job during the debate itself.

This semester, the group I’ve been assigned to had a group email sent around that everyone had answered within one hour of when the groups were first assigned. We’ve agreed on who is doing what within the group without any arguments, and our first assignment was turned in 2 days early. (We were also the only group that managed to have all of its members complete another unrelated assignment fully and on time according to the syllabus!)

While I still think that there are many kids in my classes that need to grow up and start functioning as adults (given that the program I’m in is supposed to be a master’s degree mainly for working adults), there may be a few more who are a bit further along than it originally appeared.

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