Happy Trails…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 3, 2016 by me

I was leaving for work the other morning and my neighbor came rushing out of her house to talk to me.  Their house had been broken into one night while they were out.  Rooms had been tossed, credit cards and jewelry and other small, portable valuables stolen.  The police really had no leads and they no longer felt safe or comfortable in their own house, where they’d lived for decades.  As much as they hated to consider it, they were thinking about moving.

I’ve had a lot of time to think over the last 36 hours.  This blog has been my “home” on the web for 7 years or so.  I’ve used this as a tool to process and work through so, so many things.  Divorce, deployments, breakups, emotional and spiritual changes I wanted to make, layoffs, deaths, family issues and many more that I’m sure I’m forgetting.  I’ve made friends through this blog.  But due to circumstances beyond my control, I don’t feel comfortable here anymore.  So it’s time for me to move.

I’ve set up a new blog.  If you’re interested in making the jump with me, hit me up with an email at mcgranes@hotmail.com and I’ll share the address with you.  Or social media.  Or leave a comment below with your contact info.  Or phone, or carrier pigeon.  I don’t want to lose you if you’ve been following me.  The interaction is part of what makes this such a valuable medium for me.

Thoughts from the bathroom floor

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2016 by me

My body has been violently trying to expel something I ate that it doesn’t like for the last 12+ hours.  Yay!  I haven’t seen much but my bed and the toilet bowl since I got home from work yesterday.  I went out to the kitchen once at about 2:00am to feed the dog b/c I was feeling a tiny bit better but that’s it.

Back in September or so I wrote a post about how waking up in the middle of the night in extreme pain in an empty house is a pretty good way to feel alone.  No family in town to call, no GF or wife in bed next to you…  Dealing with food poisoning is a pretty good way to feel the same way.  No one to get you Pedialyte or Gatorade or rub your back while you’re puking.  Of course, there’s no one to hear the gross sounds coming through the bathroom door either so it kind of washes out.  There’s friends I could call, but it’s a pretty big imposition at 2 in the morning.

So.  While I was sitting on the bathroom floor, hugging the toilet…

  • I need new bath mats.  Mine are getting a little threadbare and they’re not soft to sit on for too long.
  • I don’t know why, but my whole freaking body aches.  Once I can keep something down, I’m hitting the ibuprofen hard.  For some reason I want to sleep on my right side and my shoulder, hip and ribcage on that side feel like I’ve been sleeping on a steel mattress or something.  Huh.  Might be some Habitat for Humanity pain mixed in with the other unpleasantness actually.
  • I’m so freaking dehydrated.  The room is spinning, I feel weak as a kitten, I’m a tiny bit worried about falling over while rushing to the bathroom…  If this was back in the barracks I’d be able to get someone to stick me and hang a couple bags of Ringer’s Lactate.  I’m throwing up much less frequently so I’m able to start sipping some water.  Oh.  And we’re having an awesome snowstorm that’s going to make heading out for Gatorade later fun.
  • I feel so yucko and dirty.  3 showers throughout the night haven’t helped.  I can’t wait for this to pass to scrub down again and finally feel clean.
  • So.  Damned.  Cold.  Throw up violently for 2 minutes, end up burning hot and covered in sweat from the effort.  Then two minutes later cool off and have the sweat evaporate and end up shivering on the floor waiting for the next wave to come.  Soaking in hot showers and falling asleep bundled up under the electric blanket hasn’t done much to help.  I hate to say it, but she was right.  I need some body-to-body heat exchange ala “The Saint”.
  • Oh shit.  Here comes the next wave.

 

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