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PSA: USAA Phishing

Just a warning to my friends out there who have USAA…

I woke up to a very good phishing email this morning. If I’d been just slightly less (or more?) caffeinated when I read it, I might’ve done something stupid.

It read something about needing to update my profile, so please click on the link.

I’ve gotten those from USAA before.

It had the Security Zone, but it didn’t look quite right. And the graphics were just a wee bit (and I do mean wee bit) fuzzy. The address at the bottom of the email also wasn’t the traditional San Antonio, TX address.

That’s it. Those are the only things that clued me in that it wasn’t right and proper.

I’ve sent it along to USAA. I trust that they’ll get it shut down. But in the meantime, do be careful, and spread the word.

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Health Care

It’s that time of year again… No, not when the days get shorter (ok, they are). No, not when the weather gets colder (ok, it is). No, not when the stores start putting out the Christmas decorations even earlier this year (and yes, they are).

It’s time to sign up for health insurance. In past years, it’s been easy. I just looked at the options my hospital gave me, made sure I didn’t pick the stupid choices, and *boom*, I was done.

When I got terminated at work due to the disability in February, I had to venture into the marketplace to find my own health insurance. It was a bit stressful, but it was a lot cheaper than paying COBRA costs, and it was accomplished without tearing out my hair.

It’s actually been more stressful having the insurance, because no one seems to understand that it’s individual insurance (not group insurance), so they send the bills to the wrong address (despite the correct address being right there on my card), the insco says, “We’ve never heard of her. DENIED!” and then whoever tries to bill me for the entire amount. Pretty much every single medical bill since February.

I figured it might not be too bad to renew my health insurance today. Just check the marketplace to be sure that nothing much had changed and proceed.

But wait… My state no longer offers any Platinum plans. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch.

The next best option is the Gold plan, with my same insco (because none of the others cover my main docs), which is almost exactly the same plan as I have now for exactly (to the PENNY) premium every month.

With one small exception.

My deductible goes from $750 to $1000. And my out-of-pocket maximum goes from $1500 to $6850.

Yes. For no savings in the monthly premium, my deductible increases by 1/3 and my out-of-pocket increases by over 350%. I hit that $1500 pretty fast this year, too. Not looking forward to next year.

Thanks, Obama.

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Stress Test!

Drove home from downstate today. It’s interstate freeway all the way, so not a bad drive most days. Today, though, was most definitely a Monday.

— The wind was blowing crazy strong the entire way, mostly across the road, and in big gusts a lot of the time. Even cars (not to mention the big trucks) were being blown around in startling fashion and causing all sorts of brake lights from time to time.

— Lots of big trucks playing at silly truck games, passing each other for going 1mph faster or slower, and all of them well under the speed limit. I hate the double- and triple-Parcheesi block that takes miles to resolve.

— A car directly in front of me almost hit the bridge piling in the median at 70+mph when he drifted from the fast lane across the shoulder and into the grassy median. He recovered and got back onto the shoulder only a second or two before he would have hit the concrete piling, but then kept going right through the fast lane and into the middle lane. Then he drifted back into the fast lane and slightly onto the shoulder before finally settling back on the middle lane. When I passed him a minute or two later, the driver looked across at me, a very wide-eyed look on his face. Even better, the brand new Lexus SUV was wearing a dealer license plate, so it wasn’t even his car to wreck.

I’m just glad to have made it home.

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Looking Forward

Today, I’m putting on my big girl pants and moving on. There’ll still be days when I may cry for what I’ve lost; I’d not be human if I didn’t miss what I had, but it’s time to look forward now.

I got new hearing aids yesterday. AND THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!!! Yes, they pair with my phone, and I can control just about every aspect of how they function with an app. (And I will hurt y’all who are already plotting to hack my hearing aids. Just sayin’. *giggles*) It’s amazing how loud the world is, though. I’d forgotten that snow squeaks when you walk on it. Traffic makes noise when it goes by in the road. The turn signal in my truck makes noise. I can even stream music to my hearing aids!

I’m also starting to get things ready for starting school in the fall. I’m getting my home office set up as a cozy study zone, cleaning out everything I don’t need and bringing in everything I want and will use. I’ve started a study course that will brush up my study skills between now and then, because it’s been 20-*mumble* years since I was in school, and studying for the occasional exam since then doesn’t count. I am planning on doing a self-study course in basic statistics so that I won’t start out behind the 8-ball for my biostats course in the fall.

I’ve also got a busy few months ahead. I’ll be spending some time down with family. Looking forward to going to NRA in Nashville. Heading to Alaska for 2 weeks at one point. More family is coming to town (one nephew is baseball crazy and the All-Star game is on the schedule!). A friend is marrying off two daughters and I’m her general dogsbody for both weddings. And somewhere in there, I’ve got new guns to shoot! It’s all gonna be a lot of fun.

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Life Is What Happens…

…while you are making plans for what you wanted to do. And somehow, the plans don’t match what actually rolls down the pike.

Today is the day I say farewell to the best job I’ve ever had, the one that I thought I’d have until my working days were done. Today is the day I close the door on the career that I worked 14 years to get to the point of starting, and then only spent 10 years actually doing. Today is the day I walk away from working with some of the best friends I’ve ever had the chance to work with, some of the best physicians and nurses I’ve had the honor to work alongside.

Today is the day I start rewriting my life. With tears in my eyes and rolling down my cheeks.

For the past 18 months, I’ve been battling some wicked crazy symptoms, including losing most of my hearing, a rash that resulted in my hands and feet peeling so deep I lost my fingerprints and all of my calluses, worsening arthritis, and vertigo that randomly comes and goes almost daily. I’ve been on high-dose steroids for most of a year. I’ve been on chemo. I’ll probably remain on immunosuppressants for the rest of my life. And because of all of this, I can no longer safely treat the patients I spent so many years learning to take care of.

I have plans. I’ve been working out where my feet will lead me in the next few months and years. I’m excited about the possibilities. But today is for mourning what I’ve lost.

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Complicating My Life

I’ve been meaning to finish organizing the safe and all of the ammo downstairs. That means doing a complete inventory of all of the calibers and types of ammo that I have, as well as where it is stored.

Today, that job got just a wee bit more complicated. Half a case of

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followed me home from the LGS.

Of course, that means that something else just might’ve followed me home, too…

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Not in Kansas

I live in the upper midwest. Living here means cold, hard winters (but not nearly as bad as some places get). It means warm, humid summers (but again, not nearly as bad as a lot of places get). Summers also mean big thunder boomer storms rolling though (which I love).

But until this year, it hasn’t meant tornados. I’m not in what is traditionally thought of as “tornado alley”, though basements are traditional equipment on houses around here.

This year, however… This year…

From 1950 to 2013, my county has had 22 tornados. Already this year? 4. FOUR! And two of them have been within just a couple of miles of my house, in a county that is well over 400 sq. mi. That’s cutting things a little close.

I do believe I’ve said before that I’d like a refund on this year, please, because it’s been so broken. If I get hit by a tornado, I’m gonna get louder about demanding that refund.

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TRAPPED!!!

A few years ago, I was at a conference in Boston. The conference was at one of the swanky downtown high-rise hotels. It was really nice…until I got on the elevator one night. There was just one other girl on there with me, so it wasn’t crowded. We were going down from about the 30th floor, heading for the lobby. The elevator went into free-fall for about 15 floors, stopping between floors about halfway down. We were trapped for well over an hour before they could get us out. Since then, I’ve been a bit leery of elevators.

Fast forward to last week.

Last week, I picked up a few (ok, more than a few…almost double my usual weekly total) extra hours moonlighting at one of our other ERs. It’s been a few years since I’ve worked out at this hospital, but I still remembered the code to get in the ambulance bay door, so I figured I was good to go.

About 3am, one of the nurses and I decided to wander up to the floor. On the way up, we had to badge through a couple of doors. At one of them, I tapped my badge, and the reader blinked green, but the door didn’t open. J tapped hers, and the doors opened, but we didn’t think anything of it.

A bit later, I went to head back to the ER. I got onto the elevator and tapped my badge, then pressed the button for “1”. It didn’t light up.

The doors closed.

I tapped my badge again. The reader blinked red. I pressed the button for “1” despite that and nothing happened. I tapped my badge a few more times, getting a red light each time. I realized that the elevator was going nowhere.

I pressed the “door open” button.

Nothing happened. Because my badge wouldn’t turn the reader green.

I was trapped in the elevator. It wouldn’t go anywhere. The doors wouldn’t open.

I pressed the alarm button and got Security to come let me out, but it took about 10 minutes for them to get there from the other end of the hospital. I had about worn a hole in the floor by then, pacing around that little car.

First thing I did when I got out? Straight to Security and made them reset my badge to work so it wouldn’t happen again!

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Dinner Out

I’ll blame it on being tired. Well, beyond tired, really…exhausted and not thinking straight. Even though I have to admit that I let myself in for all of this mess, I still say it wasn’t really my fault.

I’d gone to pick my guy’s mom up when she called, just as I was ready to lay down for a nap. I still hadn’t slept after my night shift, and by the time I’d dropped her home after a stop or two, it was well after 4pm. I was hungry and I thought food would keep me going for a while longer. There was a sushi place just a little north of where I was, so I headed there. I figured I could get a quick bite and then get home and crash.

Unfortunately, the place was packed. There must’ve been a party going on, but all of the tables were taken, and I was told there’d be quite a wait. “But hang on. If you want, we can seat you now on the hibachi side,” said the hostess. “Alright,” I said, thinking, “How bad can this be? Hot food, fixed for me… Sounds great!”

I sat down. To my left…a 10 year old boy with his mother on his other side. To my right, a 6 year old boy with his father on his other side, followed by a baby in a carseat, two more boys, and their mother. I was trapped between two rambunctious boys. Lovely! What fun! And it only got better from there.

When the chef was tossing egg into people’s mouths, the 6 year old to my right got a bit rowdy. He jumped up and backwards on his chair, flipping himself and it all the way over and smashing it. He bounced up. The chair didn’t. It lay in smithereens, to be picked up and brushed aside, replaced by a new chair. He tried it again, but his dad caught the chair just before it toppled the second time. (Neither time did he catch the egg, of course.)

The 10 year old to my left wasn’t quite that bouncy, but he couldn’t hold on to his silverware to save his life. I quit counting after his fourth fork hit the floor. The waitress ended up just bringing a stack of forks for him to use. (I suppose I should be glad he wasn’t learning chopsticks that night.)

As for me? Apparently I wasn’t paying enough attention to the chef at one point, because he threw an onion slice at me and hit me dead on in the chest. I about went backwards in my chair from surprise at that!

But the food was good, and I had enough left for a snack later that night. I’ll just have to remember to pay attention at all times if I go back there.

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For Want of a Bolt…

This was definitely the year to buy a snowplow. A couple of months ago, I sunk the money into a Polaris ATV with a detachable plow assembly on the front, and since then, my driveway has actually been fun to clean up this winter.

Until today.

Last night dumped another big, heavy load of wet snow, and with what had been on the driveway for the past few days, there was enough that I was doing shorter pushes across instead of long pushes up and down. Something still wasn’t quite right with how the plow was acting, but every time I climbed down to take a look, nothing seemed to be wrong with it.

And then it went “SPROING!!!”

That time, I didn’t even have to climb down to see what was wrong. The bolt assembly at the bottom of the big spring on the back of the plow at the left side had buried itself in the left front wheel. The entire plow was turned almost 45 degrees to the left. And I couldn’t budge it. Not one single inch. (I do wish I’d thought to take pictures, but I was too busy trying not to panic!)

This thing was now blocking my half-unplowed driveway…immobile as a boulder and too big for me to drive around. And I’ve got to get to work tonight! Luckily, the dealer came through for me. They sent someone out with a trailer to pick it up for repairs. Of course, having him tell me he’d never seen anyone get their plow stuck quite so far out of position did nothing to make me feel any better, but after we managed to pry it all apart, he showed me where a bolt had come out.

So it’s not my fault. A bolt took a wander, the spring decided to *sproing*, and amazingly enough, the tire isn’t flat after taking a 3″ bolt into the side of it.

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