Out of Spoons, Spoonie Writing 0 comments on Dining Out Requires Research

Dining Out Requires Research

For my birthday, I wanted to go to a fancy place downtown that my husband and I have never been to.  They have an outdoor balcony, and I thought it would be nice to sit there, drink wine, and have a nice dinner.

But, because I have a ton of food allergies, I cannot simply go out to dinner, especially at a place I’ve never been to before.  If I want to live through the experience, I have to do a ton of research first.

This particular restaurant seems to be one of those places that likes to change up its menu, maybe seasonally, maybe whenever the spirit moves them, I don’t know.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Ruined My Day

Today, my husband and I went to Target.  Technically, it’s one of those Target “superstores” that have all the usual Target stuff and a grocery section.  I got a gift card as an early birthday gift from a relative – and we needed some stuff.

The plan was to buy a rug to put underneath the kitchen trash can and recycle bin, some socks to replace the ones I have worn out, and an 80′s looking headband (which I will wear at an 80s themed birthday party for a relative that is coming up soon).

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Freaking Out Over My Health Insurance Subsidy

I’m going to greatly summarize what just happened.  A little while ago, my husband got a bill from my health insurance company.  For some unknown reasons, my premium went up DRAMATICALLY because my subsidy had been taken away from me.  He later explained that when he got this bill, he was afraid that he would have to get (another) job.

Let me put that into context.  My husband is legally blind and gets Medicare as a result.  He has optic nerve atrophy, which cannot be cured.  He has tried, in the past, from time to time, to get a “regular job” – but is greatly limited by what kind of job he can do because of his vision.  In addition, he already has a job doing freelance writing and audio production.

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Civil Disobedience – by Henry David Thoreau

Civil Disobedience is an essay that is usually published inside a book that contains other writing by Henry David Thoreau.  The reason is because Civil Disobedience is extremely short.  There’s enough room to put it at the end of Walden.  My copy of Walden was a Barnes & Noble version that included not only Civil Disobedience,  but also a timeline of Thoreau’s life, an introduction, and a detailed section that described the meaning behind some of Thoreau’s references that were commonly understood at the time, but mysterious and confusing today.

Civil Disobedience was written in response to real life events that Henry David Thoreau experienced.  In 1846, he traveled through Massachusetts.  His purpose was to go to Concord, to run an errand.  (He needed to go to the cobblers to pick up his shoe that the cobbler repaired).  A man named Sam Staples was the tax collector and warden of the county jail.
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Book Reviews, classics 0 comments on Walden – by Henry David Thoreau

Walden – by Henry David Thoreau

Walden is a book that some people are first introduced to when they are forced to read it in school.  I didn’t read it until long after I’d finished school. The book came to me as a prize in a contest that was held during a meeting at work.  It took me years before I got around to actually reading the book.

To me, Walden was a difficult read.  I say this as a person who has dyslexia, and who also has a B.S. degree in Education. Take from that whatever you will.  I recommend that people pick up the Barnes & Noble version of Walden because it has a lot of “extras” in it that helped me to understand the background history of Thoreau and some of the references he mentioned.
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The Girl Next Door – by Jack Ketchum

I did not enjoy this book. The monsters in it were too real.

I prefer stories where the monsters are imaginary creatures: Ogres, Dementors, Ring Wraths, Demons, and other non-existent beings that you wouldn’t have to worry about bumping into on the bus or working beside at your place of employment. There is some comfort in knowing that the things that happened in a scary book could not possibly happen in real life.

In The Girl Next Door, Jack Ketchum gives us a story about a sociopath that starts out appearing to be as safe and stable as anyone else. Ruth might even be described as “the cool mom”. She drives her sons and their friend to the carnival and frequently offers the boys beers. Readers watch her become less human as she gives in to her worst tendencies.

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Season Journey Chapter III (Season 9)

In Season 9, Chapter III of the Season Journey held some surprises.  In past Seasons it was possible for players to earn an objective by completing five Bounties, in all five Acts, during one game.

I always complete the Bounties in all five Acts at the beginning of each Season.  To me, it was something fun to do while leveling up a new character.  It also was something a low level character could do that would earn one of the many Season Journey objectives.

To my surprise, Season 9 changed the one objective into five separate ones, giving each Act its own objective.  I discovered this while I was still trying to complete Chapter I.

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