Friday, April 20, 2018

Letter S #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter S of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

Green Mountain Southern Pecan.

For my flavor profile, this was decent. It tasted nothing like a pecan pie, which perhaps explains my disappointment. Closer to a pecan that has been slightly burnt, that's how I'd describe this taste. Creamer helps.

#atozchallenge S

Letter R #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter R of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

Psst... you know what's kind of special? I'm the guest blogger on the A to Z page today.
R is for Ripples #AtoZChallenge

Van Houtte Cafe Raspberry Chocolate Truffle. For my taste profile, this is a fantastic choice. There's a hint of acidic taste, but it's mostly smooth. Creamer takes it over the top. Smells like dessert.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Letter Q #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter Q of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

Grove Square Cappuccino, Hazelnut

How is that a Q? Well, uh, there's a Q in the word SQUARE, and, umm...

Just drink the cappuccino and stop thinking so much!

Is it as good as going to an actual coffee house and having someone brew it fresh? No. But you know how that cappuccino tastes three minutes later? (Unless you like having your mouth scalded...) That. That is how this tastes. So maybe not the first sips of the "real thing," but those last ten sips. 

Letter P #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter P of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

Crazy Cups Flavored Coffee Seasonal Pina Colada

Fantastic scent! Tastes good with or without creamer. Low on acid, high on tropical party in your mouth.

If it's caught in your head, listen to the whole thing. It's the only escape from ♬Escape🎝.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Letter O #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter O of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

Marley Coffee, One Love, 100% Organic Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, Medium Roast

This was pretty good coffee. Is it my "one love"? Well, not exactly. But still, it was pretty good. Adding creamer watered it down too much. So I'd suggest, if your flavor profile is similar to mine, that you drink it black.

See you tomorrow!

Letter O #atozchallenge

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Letter N #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter N of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend.

I found this to be an average coffee, for my personal taste profile. Not especially good (I wouldn't buy it again), not especially bad (I wouldn't turn down a cup if it were the only option), just average. Creamer did nothing to improve or worsen the taste.

Tune in tomorrow for another flavor.

Is the Government Lying to the Bankrupt and Why

Multiple people I know have had to declare bankruptcy this year. Health care costs and reduced income are the biggest reasons.

If you have never had to declare, good for you. But if you're an American, you pay taxes, and some of those tax dollars goes toward this.

There is now a requirement that people take a course before and after. Your government REQUIRES they do this.

At first, I thought it sounded like a good idea. It sounds like something that could help people.

Then I witnessed it. One of the bankrupt people I know doesn't have a computer or Internet, so he came over to use mine.

The before stuff made sense. It is designed to help people make a budget. Figure out if they'll be able to deal with bills and such after bankruptcy. Very logical, mathematical, and sensible. Good information.

But then there's the after course. The person using my computer opted for the less expensive written version. So I saw this, written in black and white. I didn't mishear a video.

There is a section that, not subtly, suggests the reason people go bankrupt is because they aren't investing properly. Okay, I can see that as a possibility. But then it says that people should take $100 and invest it. Not easy, but okay, it's a round number. Then it shows how that starting $100, at a 10.5% interest rate, will grow over the years. And the idea is you keep adding every week.


It starts with ONLY $100.

With ONLY $100, invest it somewhere that is guaranteed to earn 10.5% minimum interest rate for the next decade.


Giving it the benefit of the doubt (my massive, massive, insanely over sized doubt), I began researching. That percentage rate is available in a bank in Vietnam, but you have to be a citizen and meet other requirements, and a bank in Argentina, but you need a MUCH larger deposit, way more zeros.

I've taken a few classes on money management and investing. (One from The University of Geneva.) So I had an idea of what I was looking for, but I couldn't find anything.

After several hours of searching, I decided to see if someone in the finance field knows:

Question on @Quora: What has a guaranteed minimum 10.5% interest rate with only $100 starting investment?

You should check out some of the answers. But, basically, the replies are a unanimous no. I think some of the people wondered if I was living in fantasy land.

But if you don't put $100 somewhere that makes 10.5% interest, ... bankruptcy.

If you were doing that, you'd be able to afford cancer treatments and expensive drugs because you could live off the interest.

Did that sound mean? Did that sound condescending and insensitive?

Guess where I got it from.

Look up information on the course. It isn't from the 1950's or something. This just came out. It isn't old information.

What should be a useful class has turned out to be victim blaming. It suggests that YOUR PROBLEM is that you haven't done something which is currently not in existence. I'm not okay with that.

There should be real solutions. If the course wants to suggest this $100 opener getting 10.5%, there should be a "click here to use this magic unicorn bank to grow your funds!" No one has to use it, but at least bankrupt people would have an opportunity to use the imaginary plan. As it is, they go out to a regular bank and discover that less than 1% interest is all that's available. So they aren't going to invest. That's how the problem gets worse. 

As people tend to feel shame when it comes to bankruptcy, no one is talking about this. People are just out there feeling guilty that they can't find a 10.5% interest rate investment. So, today, on this little blog, I've shared the reality with you.

Please don't blame yourself if you take $100 around America looking for a place with a 10.5% interest rate to invest it and can't find anywhere.

But hey, if you do, let me know!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Letter M #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme #MadeWithM

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter M of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

From my Instagram

Ah yes, Coffee Nut M&Ms. I was so excited when my friend finally found these so I could try them.

Now I have to find the new espresso flavor!

In the meantime, I have an M coffee to blog about.

Chock Full o'Nuts Midtown Manhattan Coffee.

I found this to be pretty good. Strong, only slightly acidic. Creamer did not alter the taste too much. I'd recommend it. Not my very favorite, but in the top 10. It tastes the way coffee scented candles normally smell, if that makes sense.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Letter L #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme at Crystal Lake with the Voorhees family for Friday the Thirteenth

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome, Campers!
It's letter L day here at CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE!
We're excited to bring you this brew as part of the Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

There's a rumor that this Lake and Lodge by Green Mountain is the very coffee drank by Pamela Voorhees!
It's probably not true. Then again, her son Jason seems to be brewing up something other than trouble.

Letter L #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme at Crystal Lake with the Voorhees family for Friday the Thirteenth

Nice work.
Dude, is that goalie pissed about something?
It's certainly not the velvety smooth texture of this coffee!
Straight up delicious, with or without creamer. Excellent aroma. A favorite around here.

Letter L #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme at Crystal Lake with the Voorhees family for Friday the Thirteenth

The only person we know who doesn't enjoy this brew is Roy Burns.
He likes his coffee to sit around for hours, getting all thick acidic. Then he pretends that someone else made it.
Take credit for your own work, Roy!

Mr. F. Krueger is out to destroy the whole Keurig empire. He says it's because people need to sleep.
We think it's just the similarity between names.

Until next time, campers! And remember to stay out of the water if you can't swim.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Letter K #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter K of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

I struggled with this. "Surely I must have tried a Kona blend!" But no, none were on my K-cup list.

And then the obvious answer hit me.

Keurig B70 Platinum Brewing System

Oh look, THERE'S the letter K!

I realized I could use K day to tell you which brewer I'm using. It goes well with the discussion from yesterday about how certain pots (Shocky) can alter the taste of coffee.

I use to work at an ad agency that had terrible coffee. My boss insisted I dump out the pot at the end of each day, and fill it with this blue liquid which was to soak overnight. Then rinse in the morning and make a new pot. We wasted a lot of coffee because that stuff was I'd call a "desperate brew." Something only to be drank if you had no other caffeine options.

There was no Keurig single cup brewing system back then.

For better or for worse, I drink a lot more coffee and hot tea than I did before I owned this. "Brew an entire pot? All for myself?" It's a commitment thing. Because, see, I feel bad then if I don't drink it. But sometimes I really do just want one cup. That's it. I'm good. And I love that this machine gives me that option.

If I want a second cup, no problem. Just toss in another pod and wait for a minute. Sites that say it takes 4 minutes to brew a cup are counting "boot up" time. I keep my maker on a timer so it's turned on during my normal beverage-brewing hours. And yes, it takes only one minute to make one cup. The only thing I need to wash afterward is my cup.

(Yes, the tank and the overflow stand and the inside cup part get washed from time to time as well, but I don't need to clean them every day/ every 8 cups. Unlike my old coffee maker.)

There are lots of single-cup brewers out there. I have this one because it was from an award catalog my husband got from work. "Pick out your anniversary present, dear," he said to me. So I did. And we've had many happy years together. (The we meaning either my Keurig and I or my husband and I. LOL.)

With my hubby at Starbucks

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Letter J #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter J of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

Today is about JET FUEL by Coffee People.

This hard to find beverage ( ) is for when you REALLY need caffeine. It is strong. So strong. Creamer is almost imperative to protect your stomach wall.

I would not suggest going into this for the taste. It's fine if you want to experience some World War II shocky coffee pot crazy strength goodness. If you just don't want to sleep, this is the one to pick.

How I Met Your Mother

See you tomorrow!

Letter I #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter I of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.
There should be island music playing. Hang on.

There! That's better. Please enjoy the tunes and relax while I'll share this beverage with you.

Green Mountain Island Coconut. The scent of this coffee transports me to a happy place.

Letter I #AtoZchallenge Creepy unlit bathroom curtain

No! Not there! 
That's my bathroom, where the light went out while I was bathing. (But yes, I do have palm trees on my shower curtain.) On the same day that the wi-fi went out half a dozen times (which is the main reason this is late), and on a day when I've hurt my shoulder and feel sick. Today was not awesome.

So I'm glad it's I day, and I am not only writing this post, but re taste-testing this beverage. FOR YOU, my reader. I'm making this sacrifice for you.

πŸ˜†πŸ˜™ (We need a sarcasm emoji.)

Letter I #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme Island Coconut Keurig

Ah, here we go. The good stuff! Pod loaded up, ready to please me.

Letter I #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme Island Coconut brewing

I wish you could smell this. Listen, if you're one of those non-coffee drinking types (and yet, somehow, visiting me during A to Z), but you want the aroma to fill your home -- GET THIS ONE. It's like drinking coffee on a tropical island. The scent of it brewing could probably cleanse a home of demons. I don't know that for sure, but Sam and Dean are always welcome to drive the Impala over here and test the theory. Ha ha. πŸ‘»

Letter I #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme Island Coconut

If you're thinking, "that doesn't look very dark," you're right. As you may have figured out by now, my flavor profile usually hits the strong, dark, heavy notes. But this one is an exception. Yes, it tastes like decaf (you either understand that or you don't, but I'm uninterested in the argument), but I like it anyway. Probably because I have a thing for coconut. 

I'm not especially thrilled with cold or iced coffee (you charge extra money for ice cubes to water down my beverage... uh, thanks... πŸ˜’), but offer some coconut milk in there, and suddenly I'm willing to wait in line and pay extra. No one said this was logical! Just give me the coconuts and no one gets hurt.


I still have half a cup of this yummy beverage to down, so I'm gonna go enjoy that now. See you later!

#atozchallenge I

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Letter H #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter H of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering. Today I'm discussing my thoughts on the Starbucks 2017 Holiday Blend Coffee K-Cups.

I find this to be fantastic.

By itself, it's incredibly strong. But it's STARBUCKS... you're not meant to drink it straight. They make their coffee with the assumption that you're going to order it with inclusions. So I added cream and, ta da, it becomes the perfect cup. This is also one of the coffees that I prefer to flavor with honey instead of sugar.

My grandfather taught me that after I bought him this variety for Christmas one year. "Pheww! Trying to grow hair on your chest? Good grief that's strong. Pass the honey, please."

Picture of my Pappy -- Robert-- on his 90th bday

#atozchallenge letter h

Friday, April 6, 2018

Letter G #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter G of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

I should start off by telling you that I don't personally care for the taste of gingerbread. I love the look of the houses. I'll eat the gumdrops off the roofs. But actual gingerbread? Pass.

Why, then, did I try this coffee? Because it came in a sample pack. I drank one and gave the rest away.

Did not care for it. As much as I love Green Mountain, this was not to my liking. It was weak and watery, in my flavor profile opinion. I tried adding creamer, which at least gave it some flavor, but not enough for me to finish drinking the cup.


If it's not obvious by my current theme, I'm a woman who wonders, after a few minutes, why no more liquid is pouring into my mouth. "Empty? But I just made it! Oh... evaporation..."

As always, this opinion is based on my flavor profile. Your experience may vary.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Letter F #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter F of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

Today's letter brings me to Crazy Cups Flavored Coffee ~ Frosted Oatmeal Cookie.

This is one of those that sounds better than it is, in my flavor opinion. It tasted weak and bitter. There was no sweetness of flavor, no filling warmth of oatmeal, and the only kind of cookie I've had like this was burnt. Adding creamer helped. Still, this is not the sort of flavor I enjoy. That's my opinion, your flavor profile may vary.

F #atozchallenge

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Letter E #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter E of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

Today's coffee is Emeril's Keurig Big Easy Bold K-Cups.

Alone, I found this coffee to be all right. The notes seemed even to me, which I didn't expect. Given the name, I thought this would be a stronger coffee with a much more distinct flavor. 

It improved considerably, for me, with creamer. It needed that extra flavor and smoothness. Of course, as always, that's my flavor profile.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Letter D #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter D of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

D is for Death by Chocolate. While this beverage did not actually kill me...

No really. Thank you Captain Obvious! image
... yeah, anyway...

It only has a mild chocolate flavor, and is somewhat acidic. But it holds up well to creamer. It's also ideal for dipping biscotti into, if that's your sort of thing.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Letter C #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Sometimes I don't want to have cream in my coffee. That's why I look for a few coffees with smooth textures low on acid.

Chestnut Praline, from Entenmann's, is an example of this.

It is strong enough to hold up to a creamer, but also velvety smooth enough to taste appealing on it's own.

That's my flavor profile, of course. Your tastes may be different.

And sometimes I want SECOND APRIL FOOLS!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Letter B #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter B of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

More of my flavor profile... I like Blueberry coffee. It sounds odd for people who haven't tried it. The aroma is fantastic. I have yet to find a blueberry coffee, or flavor shot, that also went well with cream.

A strong, clean flavor.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Letter A #AtoZchallenge Coffee Theme

#AtoZchallenge 2018

Welcome to letter A of my Coffee Themed blogging from A to Z challenge 2018 offering.

Click here for a FREE SAMPLE of coffee made out of the bat dung (guano) from bats who drank the coffee first! 

Okay, okay... sorry... had to. There is actually sorta cat poop coffee, but it's expensive.  Happy April Fools Day.

A is for Entenmann's Caramel Apple coffee. This should give you an idea of my personal coffee flavor profile, as this is one of my favorites. I like it "black" with half a teaspoon of either sugar or honey. (I have also enjoyed it unsweetened.)

It's a strong flavor and a baked goods aroma. It tastes great with a bowl of ice cream.

#AtoZchallenge A

Thursday, March 22, 2018

That's not a moon

Setting aside the sinister function, and the fact that it's fiction, let's discuss the Death Star for a moment.

Was it built like a round-looking office building?

Always "upright"?

Or was it designed like a planet,  the floors having a slight arc to them as they form inner layers of the circle?
((( )))

Did it have only one axis? Consider that creatures from other worlds would have worked on it.  It could have improved mobility by being able to "roll" in any direction. Consider how a professional throws a bowling ball,  for example.

I don't have a point. I'm just pondering.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Why do we have hostage negotiators

I'm just sitting here wondering why hostage negotiators exist. If the solution to 100% prevention of gun violence is to have more guns on the scene (according to the 45th president), and SWAT already has guns, why do we have hostage negotiators? The lives of a handful of adults at a store or a bank aren't worth more than hundreds of children in a school. Do those people in the midst of committing a crime not know that cops and SWAT have guns? Just knowing it is supposed to prevent the crime. Haven't armored trucks, train cars, and stage coaches had armed guards for hundreds of years now? Has that been a full proof deterrent? Is money worth as much as the lives of children? Castles have traditionally been well armed since the beginning. Has no royal ever lost their life while in their castle surronded by armed guards? Or have many kingdoms been overthrown?

There must be some proof, in all of human history, that increasing weapons prevents crime at an astronomically high rate. Some deterrent must have been full proof, right?

Just pondering.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Coffee is my Theme #AtoZchallenge

#atozchallenge theme reveal

I'm doing the A to Z blogging challenge again this year. 
I'm going to blather on about one of my favorite subjects:

My taste profile might be different from yours.
I might know something about this tasty beverage that you don't.
Guess we'll find out!

Lumosity Trouble Brewing

As you were kind enough to stop by today, I'll kick off with this game.
I play Lumosity to keep my mind sharp. Also, it's really fun.
One of my favorite games in the collection is "Trouble Brewing."
As you can see from the screenshots, it's a game where you play as a barista.
(It's a memory game, really.)
But there you are, making coffee.
Lumosity is playable both online and on mobile.
It takes between 8 to 15 minutes a day to complete the training.
(You get 3 games a day as a free member. 
5 games a day is the recommended amount for premium, 
though you can play as many as your heart desires.)
^ There's your invitation! ^

My April posts will be more about the actual drink.
This just seemed like a fun way to reveal my theme.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Pinterest PSA

My husband and I were sending each other pins from our phones last night. Our Pinterest inboxes were NOT showing them. We had to go into the inbox, hit "new message," write something, hit send, then the messages/pins conversation would show up.

The only reason we found out we had pin messages from each other on our mobile apps was because we were sitting in the same room. How many people have sent me pins that I don't see because there's no notice in the inbox? His inbox only showed two conversations (our friend and his cousin). He obviously had more, mine to say the least.

Our apps and phones are up to date. I'm putting this out there in case others think someone on Pinterest is ignoring you.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

School is for learning NOT for dying


As I'm not a student in a school  (being an adult), I can only watch and read about the bold taking part today,  standing up for themselves and others. I did the one other thing I could think to do -- I asked Congress to pay attention. 

#NationalWalkoutDay #Resisit #Enough

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Pi Day

Irrational but well rounded

This Pi day image goes well with the name of my blog,  don't you think?

It goes even better with my Facebook page.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Doing the #AtoZChallenge

I'm taking part in the A to Z challenge again this year. Are you?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Do Words Have Power

Something that struck me as odd:

My class didn't have the words to the Pledge of Allegiance as vocabulary words until sixth grade. We spent seven years repeating words like parrots, unaware of what we were saying,  and certainly not meaning any of it. It's possible the three Jehovah's Witnesses who didn't say it knew more about it than we did. Or they were just following their parents orders, with no actual idea why everyone said the pledge but them. (One would later be sent to a psychiatric facility, twice, for wishing to convert, and then commit murder partly for that religious freedom of choice.)

What does it mean to pledge your allegiance to a flag? An inanimate object which people have strong feelings about because it represents something. To be clear -- there is a CHRISTIAN based group which is known for burning crosses, the symbol of their church. But burn a πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ flag, and watch the national news coverage and debate. Symbol= πŸ•†Symbol= πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ And both are most often something you're born into.  And the people who come to claim those symbols by choice instead, the people who really grasp the meaning and let it impact their lives in a deeply altering way? They're not "real" enough to matter.

Then the Pledge mentions the Republic. Most Americans think we live in a Democracy, not a Republic. They'll fight you on this point of fact. Yeah, that's after pleading their ALLEGIANCE to the Republic for 13 years. Loyalty and commitment, but not remembering which one we have. That's worth considering.

Do words have meaning, have power, when recited without understanding or thought? (Outside of spells, maybe.)

Some people have been mocking my friend behind her back. She just found out today. Not only does she not mock them but,  until today, she didn't even think about them. These people barely know her. Her step kids know their kids (bio, step, adopted, whatever). But these people, who have had next to no interaction with her in person, are obsessed with her weight. Apparently they devote an inordinate amount of time thinking about it, talking about it,  and coming up with ways to mock it amongst each other. In a world full of problems, they're obsessed with the appearance of parent of a friend of a friend of their kid. Still, now that she knows, the words hurt her. (And no, she's not especially heavy. She is incredibly attractive.)

Have those people used words of negativity enough times to equal the time they spent pledging allegiance? It takes about 10 seconds to say they pledge. 180 days in a school year.  1,800 seconds saying the pledge in school a year for 13 years is 23,400 seconds. 6.5 hours.

Is it JUST (as in justice) to mock someone without knowing the cause of what you're mocking? Some people look certain ways by choice, and some due to medical issues they're spending thousands of dollars trying to rectify but medicine hasn't caught up yet.

Liberty and Justice for all.

If you're going to spend 6.5 hours saying it (for no other reason than to not argue with teachers and administrators), maybe take a minute to think about what it means.

Or just don't be a dick. Your words might have the power to ruin someone's day, and that might make a total stranger hate you.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Cruel Tease

My husband is type 2 diabetic. After seeing three different doctors, one gave him a sample of Tresiba to mix/ add in with the other drugs.
This worked. My husband's blood sugar numbers were in the 80s. (Adult normal sugars are 70–99 mg/dl.) It was like he wasn't even diabetic! (Other than, you know, taking a bunch of pills and stabbing himself with several needles a day.)
Fantastic! Things were working as they were supposed to work. Then the sample ran out. I went to CVS for the refill.
That was the first week of December, over a month ago.
It wasn't filled. They weren't sure why. Phone calls were made. Computers were stared at. More calls, faxes, etc. I went back, week after week, to check (IN PERSON) if there was any change. Nope.
Today CVS claimed that the hold up is the insurance company. Aetna, they said, won't allow the prescription to be filled because a generic of the drug does not exist yet, and they just don't want to pay for a brand.
Mind you, I also have to get one of John's diabetic pills from the manufacturer because the "three pills that sort of make up a generic, kind of" (and cost more, combined, than just buying the one) include something that irritates my husband's stomach lining to the point of him becoming a non-functioning adult. (If you crap your time away because you spend more than 15 mins every hour, meaning you also don't sleep, going to the toilet, then yeah, I'm gonna go ahead and call that non-functioning. He couldn't keep the crap in long enough to get from the toilet at home to the toilet at work, and at work he couldn't do his job because he couldn't be too far from a toilet... and he couldn't spend two hours in there per shift... so, yeah, non-functioning.)

My husband has a full time job. He has health insurance through his job. And yet, here we are, with this as our reality.
The system is broken. The insurance company would sooner pay massive hospital bills --if my husband were to go into a diabetic coma-- than just be sure he gets the medicine his DOCTORS agree, and have PROVEN, works.
It's messed up. I just needed to vent. It feels cruel to me to tell a patient, "Well, we've got something that will help. Here, try it! See? It helps. Okay, glad you enjoyed that... sorry, you can't have it."

Monday, January 1, 2018

Gym, English, and Government Revelation Instead of Revolution to Spur on the New Year

Happy New Year

Because of a dream last night, I woke up with a revelation.

Though we felt miles apart, perhaps the knowledge levels of my fellow middle school students and I wasn't actually that far apart.

In gym class, we'd play various sports, like baseball (or softball or t-ball or kickball...). The rules were never explained in class. "Just do what everyone else does." There were 3 to 5 students who magically possessed the knowledge of the rules. They wouldn't tell you what the rules were, only if you broke them.

I broke those rules ALL THE TIME. The biggest reason that I sucked at sports, at gym class, was because I kept breaking rules. (This sucking reasoning is closely followed by my poor coordination, but that's not the point.) "You're out. You can't drop the bat that way." (I still, to this day, don't know the proper way to place a bat down after hitting the ball.) "You're out because Joe was stealing second and you were on second and didn't make it to third in time." (I didn't even know what stealing a base was, but stealing is a word that means a very bad action, so I wouldn't have wanted to do it. Plus, did it ever occur to Joe that this was going to backfire? There's no way I would have known I had to run. And even if I did know, there's no way I was going to make it. Why did he think I would? Did he think that through, or was he just trying to get his own teammate "out" because it somehow made him look better? Why is that? I really don't know.)

But then there was English class. I seemed to know a lot of "rules" that hadn't been taught. I read a lot of books, and learned grammar as a result. Joe didn't read a lot of books, he was busy with Little League and such.

Is it possible that we were equal in our knowledge levels, but that he was being taught rules of a sport while I was learning the rules of language? Yet we each felt superior to the other because we knew so much about something that the other did not.

What might life have been like if we took the time to help each other? If we had both acknowledged that we excelled in different areas, and then tried to help each other? Except that's NOT how the world works. So when we had to do group work, I carried my "team." I did the lion's share so that I wouldn't fail, and they benefited with a higher grade. When we played baseball, Joe did the lion's share so our team would win and (I suppose) I benefited by being on a winning team. (This didn't alter my gym grade, so I don't understand the benefit to me one way or the other, but I'll assume there was supposed to be one.) We each walked away from those experiences with almost no knowledge gained. Joe wasn't really better at English class, I wasn't really better at Gym class.

Is this also how our government is set up?
Could the wealthy person at the BIG CHAIR be teaching people how to do better financially, while those people also taught him or others how to do whatever they happen to be good at? But, instead, is that person "stealing second" without a thought about the person on third, trying to win some game while not caring if his own teammates are "out" because of it? And even if the team doesn't win, does he feel like he did a good job because he tried to win a team game by himself? Is he doing all the group work to get an A, not caring if no one else in the group learns anything, thinking they should just be glad to have an A for a change?

What if we really did help each other? Not just what we perceive as help ("You were on a winning team, weren't you?" "You got an A, didn't you?"), but actually sharing our knowledge to elevate each other. It's a New Year. Maybe new thinking is in order.