Thursday things, running, shopping and fighting with insurance companies.

I ran 6 miles this morning, and yesterday morning, and the day before that, and the day before that.  Our weather has been awesome, cooler, especially in the morning but awesome nonetheless.

running weatherPerfect weather.  MacGyver doesn’t feel that way though.  Yesterday the high never made it past the 60’s and he was in hibernation.  He didn’t leave the sofa until after 3 in the afternoon, Amateur!

I don’t remember if I told you that we finished our river resin table but anyhow, we did.  On Sunday I searched Craigslist and found some chairs that I thought would be perfect for it so we drove out to North Port to get them.  MacGyver isn’t really all that happy with them and constantly mentions it but everyone else has loved them.  We had to touch up the paint on them and I recovered them and I think they’re perfect.

Here is the table that we bought at an estate sale but it didn’t look like this, it was actually in pieces and laying on the ground.

table beforeThe picture came from the lady hosting the estate sale.  She gave it to us so that we could see what it was supposed to look like when put together.

We had no intention of putting it back the same way, instead, we made this:

New tableAnd here’s a better picture of the whole table and a close up of my awesome chairs.

river resin tablechairI’m in love with all of it.

I meant to post the pictures yesterday but instead any extra minutes that I had I was fighting with my health insurance provider.  Why, you ask?  Well, apparently they have decided that they are more skilled at handling my health than my actual doctor so they have decided to use an independent reviewer to determine what tests are medically necessary and so far they have denied all of the recent tests my doctor has ordered and deemed them medically unnecessary.

One of the tests is an echocardiogram and the other is an MRI of my brain.  The doctor is trying to determine if I have new lesions in my brain or if I have any signs of damage to my heart from the sarcoidosis.  The independent doctor reviewer doesn’t feel any of these test are necessary.

So, I called the insurance company to find out how exactly he determined that they aren’t necessary and all they would tell me is that they have a ‘formula’.

whatSo I tried to reason with them and I asked them what I could do since I really need these tests and the nice lady told me to ‘go ahead and have them and pay for them if you’re that worried about it.’  Seriously.  Over 5,000 dollars in tests.  Sure lady, I’ll just pay cash.  So I asked her what exactly my 734 dollar payment to them every single month actually gets me and this bitch tells me, ‘piece of mind that you’ll get the medical care necessary.’

As determined by them apparently.  Anything else, I have to pay for.

So I end the conversation by telling this lady that I will file an appeal and I also tell her that if anything happens to me in the interim, they will be hit with a lawsuit and she tells me that they are protected because I’ve been giving the option of paying for the tests myself.

are you kiddingI don’t think I’ve ever been so mad in my life.  And all the while that I’m fighting with them I was thinking how glad I am that I’m on steroids and have the energy to do this.  Imagine if I was debilitated. It’s ridiculous.  I’m still angry about it but I filed an appeal and we’ll see what happens.

We’ve got less than two weeks to get Christmas shopping done.  Are you finished?  I finally started yesterday.  I’m doing 95% of it online and hope to be finished by the end of the day tomorrow.

overachieverI’m such an overachiever.

How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

Have you ever been denied a test or treatment from your health insurance provider?

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping?

 

 

It’s Friday and this post is a quick one because I’m in a fight with a squirrel

I know, I know, I’ve been MIA for a few days. I have a pretty good explanation. You see the kid is coming home for Christmas for a few days and it’s also his birthday and so I’ve been getting all prepared, which basically means….

boss shop
So, yeah.

Also, I had to have MacGyver repair some Christmas lights and then I had to restring them. In case you’re wondering why, let’s just say I’ve got a contract out on a certain squirrel in my neighborhood.

Kill the squirrel
Oh, it’s so on little squirrel, IT IS ON!

I’ve also been busy going through my closet and trying to find out what fits and what doesn’t. Most of the things I’ve tried on fall into the latter category.

scale fail
I know what the problem is. Topirimate. When I stopped taking it the weight just creeped up. And I’m fine with it. I’d rather be 10 pounds heavier that have pneumonia every other week and run the risk of destroying my lungs. And then there’s the whole eye issue thing. F*ck Topirimate all the way to hell but I’m not bitter. No, really, not at all.

I went to ALDI a few times this week and each time someone has given me a cart without asking for a quarter.

YES
In case you don’t know how ALDI works, you pay a quarter to basically rent the cart while you shop and then you get it back when you return the cart. It helps ALDI because they don’t have to pay someone to retrieve their carts from the parking lot and in turn keep their prices low. We like low prices around here.

We also like not having to dig to the bottom of our purse to find a damn quarter. Because you know how I dig through my purse, right?

purse digI throw that shit right on the floor.  It has never failed me.  Well, except once when I threw everything on the floor in my car and the one quarter rolled up under the seat in that little spot that you can never ever reach.  So, thank you random stranger and I paid it forward too!

Happy Friday folks, I’m going hunting, for a squirrel.

What are you doing this weekend?  

Any Christmas light fails?  Tell me please!

16 Miles and the last minute blues

Can you believe that Christmas is this weekend?

Christmas Wonder

I feel like I’m ready but then I don’t.  I mean the presents have been purchased and the ones that need to be mailed have been mailed but you know what happens is this.  Every year I get everything done about a week to ten days before Christmas and then as luck would have it, bam, I gen inundated with thousands of emails from obviously well-meaning merchants who obviously have my best interest at heart.

“Dear Flower, there’s still time for those last minute gifts.  Don’t worry if you didn’t get that special gift for that certain someone, we’ve got what you’re looking for and we can get it to you in time.”

And then I start freaking out and thinking that maybe I didn’t get enough presents.  Maybe I didn’t buy the right things.  Maybe I need to buy more.  Maybe I need to exchange things.  Maybe I need to find some more time to shop, what time does that sale end?  When is the cut off for free shipping?  Will it be delivered on time?

shopping stress

I need to just finish all my work by the week before Christmas and then shut down my email until the day after.

MacGyver and I were in Nokomis over the weekend and I ran a total of 16 miles on the Legacy Trail, the most important of which was my long run on Saturday, a total of 8 miles!  It was lovely.  Absolutely lovely.  And in case you’re wondering, no migraines.

I hope all of my future long runs continue on like this…..

I’ll catch up more a bit later.  In the meantime, I have to finish all my work and do a ton of last minute shopping I didn’t realize I needed to do!

Do those last minute shopping emails get you too?