Will You Do The Fandango?

Lazy day today. No longer having the pile of mail hanging over me in my thoughts, I guess I just decided to go with the easy going flow and do a whole lot of nothing today. Weekend was off and on this and that, so I don’t feel too bad taking Monday off. The cats seem to appreciate that I’m not moving furniture around or effing about with a half dozen stacks of papers… they definitely don’t like any change or fuss.

I mentioned that I had gotten back into IRC, getting myself used to a little socializing now and then… and today was nice because my buddy Nick joined the channel and we were able to catch up a bit. He was one of my main compadres at the last job I worked at… my singing partner when we were on the line, giving our best “Bohemian Rhapsody” performance for the rest of the crew as we all worked.

Now I just need to start poking my head out on Facebook. Anyone there that seems combative or overly-negative in the stuff that they’re posting… I’m gonna just have to mute or un-friend those folks as needed. Social media shouldn’t feel crappy… and the last time I spent much time on Facebook, it sure felt like a shit show. Maybe I can work it a different way this time. Judging from when I’ve popped in to lurk recently, it looks like there’s a good sized group of friends who’ve been doing well and have happy stuff they’re posting about, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed whenever I decide to do that.

But yeah, just wanted to drop in here for a short update… even though nothing’s really going on. I feel like this day off might allow me a little more oomph tomorrow when I get back to working on the stuff I wanna work on around here. As always, just trying to steer my twitchy ass in a direction where things start feeling a little less shitty. Past few days have been decent, so that makes me cautiously optimistic.

Oh, plus I threw some random photos from 2020 up to my Flickr link above. πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ»

EDIT: One more thing. A little more than a month into my new endeavor of investing, and as of market close today my portfolio is up 8.03% from where I started. πŸ˜¦πŸ˜ƒ The news of Tesla being added to the S&P definitely accounted for a good portion of that, but still… 8% return over a month’s time… crazy stuff. And while I know that it doesn’t mean shit when it comes to what next month will be like, or the month after that, but you can bet that I’m gonna be a little bit giddy when being giddy should be understandable. πŸ˜πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Are You Messin’ With Me?

It’s about 3:30am, and I just finished doing up all of my bills and mail from the past week and a half. I said that I wanted to get it taken care of before the weekend was over, and technically that’s what I did. I really gotta work on my mail anxiety though, especially considering that the last couple of times that I let it bulk up like this, there was actually some sort of good news contained within. (But of course, as soon as I let my guard down, that’s when something will flick me in the sack… heh)

This batch also ended up being fairly harmless. I tend to pay ahead a little bit on my utilities… a habit that I picked up from my Aunt Carol… so both the electric and gas bills for this month had a credit listed, with no payment due. 😎 That was a good start, and then the envelope from the BMV was easy to open, since I’ve been expecting a 2021 sticker for my plate. But I saved the potential worst for last. 😳 A couple different, thicker envelopes from my additional “add-on” Medicare insurer.

But nope, those were good ones too. πŸ™‚πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ The first was a bunch of official looking statements about having contacted them for manual refiling of claims for the different medications that workers comp has been stiffing me on, and then the other one contained a check for over $900. πŸ˜―πŸ˜ƒ So between this check and the one that I got a couple weeks ago, that’s pretty darn close to the amount that I have paid out of pocket for most of my meds over the past three months. πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ» Really, really surprised that ended up working out, since despite all my calls and stuff that I mailed in – they totally could have ghosted me or just said “Nah, piss off.” and it’s not like I could have done anything about it.

Maybe I shouldn’t say that too loud, just in case I need to go through another prolonged, pain-in-the-ass process like that with them again for some other medication. 😏

Wrapping Up

This weekend feels like it went by pretty fast, which is odd since it also feels like this day is taking forever. The dreary fall weather just has a way of slowing time, and then when it’s dark before 6pm… it’s just something that can trick your brain into thinking it’s bedtime, when it’s barely even 8:00 o’clock yet. 😯😏

I’ve got no real complaints about this weekend though. Met some of my goals, but missed some of them as well. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ I guess I do still have several more hours of awake time left before the weekend ends, so maybe I’ll see if I can make a few more dents in my projects. πŸ€” But both of the kitties have been pretty low energy today, and that was fine with me. Made the day seem more relaxing somehow… 😸😊

Cat TikTok

This is probably because I’m old, but I hadn’t downloaded the TikTok app until just recently… because as I suspected, it’s loaded with garbage. Like, SO much garbage. But, I found out that if you start liking certain videos, it’ll quickly learn to feed you more videos like the one you liked – so in no time, my TikTok feed ended up being 90% cat videos.

So I compiled some of them here, across five different videos that I re-uploaded to YouTube. I just kept them split up because I didn’t want the copyright music to cause any trouble where two song rights holders might fight over the monetization of one long video. So, when you click the video above, it should just play all five videos one after the other. Might wanna make it full screen so you can read the text too.

Made Kind Of A Day Of It

I used my saved up energy yesterday to rearrange some of the furniture in the living room. Not originally part of the plan, but after dicking around with the blog, I guess it carried over into the real world where I also felt some changes were needed. Nothing drastic, obviously, since I can only do so much without killing myself… but the important part was getting the recliner away from the window and against the opposite wall. It just tends to get chilly up against the glass during the winter, and I’ve been known to sleep in that chair instead of my bed on some (*cough*most*cough*) nights.

The weather was kinda miserable today, compared to the last several days, but I still ended up going out for a little bit due to Steven and Cassi being on this side of town. She’s been working a ton of hours, but she got off early today and was keeping Steven company (outside) as he worked – so I figured I’d go ahead and squeeze in a visit too. As the holidays approach, and as the COVID precautions get a little more serious with each week that passes, I’m pretty sure that will be the last visit that I’ll make for a while.

After that it was straight back home, getting to work on a little bit of this and that, but then I jumped on the laptop to get on IRC. The old Internet Relay Chat networks, where I’ve talked to some of the same folks for well over two decades. It’s been a couple years since I really got in there and mixed it up with old friends, so it’s been nice to get back into that routine of jumping into our channel for a little bit each day over the past week or so. It’s amazing how many friends are still regularly in there, even throughout the whole time that I wasn’t. And it’s nice that I can jump back in and everything feels the same as it did way back when. Familiarity is what I need right now.

I’ve been sort of a recluse when it comes to social media… I suppose it started when I had my diagnosis and surgery and such. It just wasn’t something that I cared to talk about, nor did I want to have to make excuses or seem like I was avoiding anyone or anything if I just wasn’t feeling it. Plus, much of the stuff that was being posted seemed more and more negative… to the point where it seemed like it was doing more harm than good, spending time on there. But getting my feet wet with long time friends in IRC again… it’s sorta reacclimating me to “social” so maybe I can get back on Facebook and try to squeeze some good out of it again.

Meh… I dunno… just thinking out loud. It was just nice today, a short open-air meet up with them, and ending the evening with a bunch of the assholes that probably know me better than some of my newer friends do. But my neck has been acting up… hopefully just from moving furniture, but I think I better try to hit the sack earlier than usual tonight, so hopefully tomorrow I can wake up and be worth a shit. 🀞🏻😏

Optimistic Stalling

I’m just about ready to start working on some of my to-do list tasks, but I wanted to take a few more minutes to stall… 😏 and this seemed like a good place to do that. I just slept like shit, haven’t felt great all morning, but by conserving my energy and not totally dwelling on what I’m gonna have to do all day – I think I’m gonna be able to bounce back pretty effectively for the rest of this evening. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ€žπŸ»

I think I’ve psyched myself up successfully due to picking only the “fun” stuff out of the whole list… 🀨 at least for tonight. The stuff where I know it’ll let me go to sleep tonight, feeling better for having completed whatever I complete. πŸ™‚ Actually, I’ve had five or six growing “piles” of various paperwork that have been sitting around the living room… and it was all basically organized, at least in stacks, so I never tackled them further…

  • “Medicare Stuff” Pile
  • “Workers Comp Stuff” Pile
  • “Court Stuff” Pile
  • “Investment / Estate / Health Planning” Pile
  • Misc “I’ll get to it soon.” Pile
  • Notebooks / Journals / Office Supplies” Pile

But after dragging all that shit to the bedroom a few days ago, and working through probably half of it while I sat there in bed at 3am, it should be easy to wrap it all up tonight. 😊 And it all just happens to be stuff that will reward me with a feeling of accomplishment, like I actually “did something” for a change… πŸ€” because, technically, I suppose most of it really is important stuff.

So yeah, I’ve got my to-do list already chopped up into dozens of teeny, manageable pieces for this weekend… and that’s the best way for me to tackle it. Not looking at the whole of what I want to get done, but knocking it out little bits at a time in a way that it won’t a) hurt my neck/shoulder, or b) suck all of my energy away. πŸ™‚ Trying to keep a little in reserves, just in case I wanna leave the house for anything.

Okay, enough stalling I suppose. Oh, wait… here’s some more cat stuff. 😊😸😾

Poor Maggie… still trying to figure out how to get Maven to “play” but they just haven’t quite gotten there yet. The “instant submission” was an odd tactic, eh? πŸ˜„

EDIT: Something wasn’t sitting right with me when it came to the fonts I have been using now for months and months, so I made some slight adjustments. It may look a little weird to you for a moment, and the paragraphs of old posts may not end as neatly as I originally crafted them to… but yeah, just a slight refresh, in case your brain noticed. I feel like it’ll make it a bit easier to read now maybe, w/ the slightly larger, wider spaced font. πŸ™‚πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

TSLA

Haven’t been feeling great the past few days, so it’s been a mix of lazy and sleep (when I can get it) for me around here lately. πŸ˜’ Mood is about the same, since I had my monthly appointment for my neck injury today, when I seriously just got done doing the back and forth with my insurance company last week about the past month’s prescriptions. πŸ™„πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope that it’s fairly sorted now, so maybe I won’t have the usual trouble getting my scripts filled – whether by WC insurance or my own. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜

My new investing hobby… πŸ€” so far so good with all that. πŸ™‚ I’m about a month in, and so far my portfolio is 6.3% ahead. I feel like I’ve got decent diversity, and many times when the indexes were slightly down, I still ended the day with gains. 😎 Tesla and Amazon had been either stagnant or slightly holding me down, but the other day it was announced that Tesla would be joining the S&P – resulting in a couple of really good days for the stock, which again kept me in the positive on otherwise negative days.

It’s fun to watch, at least while everything is going smoothly, but the diversity does sometimes feel like an anchor… πŸ˜’ even though it’s absolutely the way I’m going to do things. But yeah, I’ve got a couple of stocks that represent about 5% to 6% of my original seed, which both have a 25% to 30% gain since I purchased them a month ago. πŸ˜―πŸ˜ƒ You sorta mentally kick yourself for not putting more into those companies, but of course that’s how you’re gonna feel with 20/20 hindsight. But even my one “Meh, why not? This could take off…” stock pick is currently sitting at 9% up since purchase. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

That’s still my plan though, only buying companies that I intend to sit on for years. I’ll still be keeping an eye on them though, just in case any actions are needed. πŸ€“ But yeah, it’s been one of the very few positive distractions that I’ve been indulging in lately, to keep my brain active and useful. I’m being very realistic about all this stuff, but how great would it be to average 5% to 6% gains each and every month, eh? 😁🀞🏻

Tesla stock is gonna be bumpy through the end of the year though, because not only are retail investors making moves, but then there are all of those ETFs which are built and weighted against the S&P. So, so many shares will need to be purchased by every one of those funds, because they need to keep their funds’ holdings equal to Tesla’s weight in the S&P. πŸ€“πŸ“Š By the end of the year, I think there’s a good chance the stock will tickle $550 before settling down to around $525. Meh… who knows though. But I’m glad I’m in, even if in a relatively small way. πŸ™‚ I wish I got in when it was $400 before the friggin’ five way split, but what are ya gonna do… I just wasn’t ready to do any of this at that point, so it’s my own fault for dragging my feet. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Okay… I suppose I better head into town and deal with the pharmacy tonight before it gets too late. 😠 If this goes easier than last month I’m hoping it’ll help me flip my mood around. I’d really like to complete a few things around here that are on my mental to-do list, so I’m psyching myself up for (hopefully) a burst of Fri / Sat / Sun activity. I feel like I’m almost there, motivation-wise, so again… fingers crossed.

EDIT: One out of Three – result: Neither WC nor my Medicare Rx insurance would cover it. πŸ™„ Not a great start, but whatever… it’s the least expensive of the three, and I’ve got one of those GoodRx cards on file that made it not too bad. So I’m gonna save my grrr for if I need it again for number two and number three of three. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ