State Fair 2017; Other Updates

Better late than never?  I was able to snag a cheap flight home at the last minute, just three days before the state fair ended.  I arrived on Friday (August 28) morning, had a day of rest, and my mom and I went to the fair on Saturday (August 29).

French Toast Bites – whipped cream, strawberries, pop rocks.
Mini Cinni Smiths, an almost bite-size caramel roll.
Deep fried avocado! Delicious with a bit of spice!

Mom also bought a bucket of Sweet Martha’s cookies.  The cookies taste best fresh.  Wouldn’t you know?  They were all gone before I had a chance to freeze some and bring them back home.  Mom and I spent the majority of the morning at the fair and returned home around 2 PM.  Mom said she wouldn’t have stayed much longer than we did because it was getting a bit busy, even for her.  “Old” me would have freaked out over the amount of people and I think that is a great sign that my medications are working properly.

Miss Lilli was being her usual self.  The amount of time that passed since I last saw her wasn’t as long as previous times so she was happy to see me.  You do not want this little girl to be mad at you.  She will make your life much worse than these pictures document: photo bombing a selfie; walking on your snacks; and hogging the work area.

I’m sorry, were you trying to take a selfie?
I’m sorry, were you going to eat those?
Need your mouse and keyboard? Too bad!

Mom would have bought me a plane ticket to visit anyway.  Hurricane Irma had been predicted to move straight through Florida and up into the Carolinas.  I would have been too busy to let Mom know that I would be safe, but being the only child, spoiled, and everything that goes with it …

I had a follow-up MRI scheduled for the day after I returned home.  I received a call the day before saying my insurance declined to cover it.  At the time I was upset and my medical team was ??? with communication about the next step.  Later that day I get a call from rehabilitation to make an initial consultation appointment.  Although confused, I made the appointment.  I put two and two together, logged into the patient portal and read that I need six consecutive weeks of physical therapy  (PT) before insurance will consider covering the MRI.  I had my initial consultation two weeks ago and this week will be the first week of PT.  I wish the process could be moved along more quickly because there’s something about maxing out benefits for the year and taking advantage of the system.  I met my maximum in the spring when I was hospitalized in may for DKA.  I was hoping it was going to be a quick in/out but I was there for at least five nights.  By the time I was discharged, I wanted to wear long sleeves.  I ended up blowing all my IVs resulting in unsightly bruises.    My mom will be visiting in November.  This will make a “record year” of family visits since I’ve moved down here.  I think it is helpful for my mental health.  I know after February, April, and September I felt renewed.  I’m expecting no less for November.


Today is the first day since first playing World of Warcraft that I’ve let my subscription lapse.  Cheer!

In the middle of writing this post, my mom interrupted me by bringing in a bag of some of my stuff.  It was the wedding bag.  My dress, veil, shoes, undergarments, and various other trinkets were in there.  Trash the dress?  Mom said no to that idea.  Oh, trash the dress with the other look-identical, two-sizes-too-big-back-then, years after the fact dress?  That dress is in the closet.  Sure, go for it.  My tiara is a bit tarnished and bent.  And my hairdresser was finding a kind way to ask me if my hair has thinned since I last saw her (years ago).  Yes.  Yes it has thinned.  I’m going to start taking biotin.

wedding tiara

There were also a bunch of promotional cards for anime inside the wedding bag.  I have no idea where they came from.  I have yet to finish Eden of the East.  Can’t say much about it/interesting to admit considering I’ve only seen the first episode or two.  It was one of the few anime, since after meeting hubby, that I was able to finish an episode without getting bored.  Compliment:  the guy knows how to pick them well!

promo card

My mom drove to show me the new MN-610/I-94 interchange.  It’s nice to see it finished, even if construction is 10 years too late.  The drive to Rogers is even quicker than it was a few years ago.  After having lunch, she drove me to see the new entrance to the outlet mall.  It has its own exit going west on I-94.  I guess that’s an improvement?  Always room for more though.  Lane Bryant returned to the outlet mall so we stopped in and she bought me a pair of my favorite pants (a pair only available at the Lane Bryant outlets) and a lovely black and white polka dot tulle skirt.


Truly an OOTD!  The skirt goes with my pajama top!!  There are three layers of tulle and a black underskirt.  It’s a very full, feminine skirt (although it has nowhere near the 20+ yards of tulle that went into my senior prom dress.)  I’m also sporting my new hair cut!  Between the airplane travel and the weather up here, my cuticles need some TLC.  Thankfully the weather here in the next week is expected to bring record highs.  Along with that, hopefully less dry weather.

It was decided during dinner that the mysterious rashes I get whenever I’m up here are due to alien encounters.  (I’m joking, of course.)  Seriously, why do I keep getting them?  It’s like I’m allergic to my childhood bedroom!