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Once more it's Friday!

So there are a lot of days when I run low on spoons... days when I need to get things done but I feel like a wrung out wet noodle. Days when getting out of bed and getting dressed feels like a major feat, let alone getting the house work done or walking the dogs. There are a couple of ways I handle these days, join me over the Itzl for some ideas.

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There are some days when I can just relax, rearrange my plans and just rest. That's usually the best solution for me. But life doesn't always hand us those days when we need them. So what else can I do to help me cope (and hopefully keep out of a fibro flare or a COPD exacerbation)?

Sometimes I lie down with Sophie and read for a while and recharge my 'batteries' that way. Sometimes I resort to caffeine and sugar. Some days I don't have the time for the former or the resources for the latter. But sometimes I can boost my energy with a little music. It's like my body pulls the energy from the music into itself and gets me moving, it's better than a caffeine high because it doesn't dump you down again a half an hour later.

Here are some of the songs that seem to work for me (they're also good walking songs, as they'll get your pace up):

What do you use to get you over that blah hump and get your day moving (or moving again in the middle of the day)?

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  •  Tip Jar (20+ / 0-)

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 09:55:12 PM PDT

  •  I also find that music energizes me. (10+ / 0-)

    Especially dance music and oldies from the 60's, 70's, and 80's.

    So many books--so little time. Economic Left/Right -7.88 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian -6.97

    by Louisiana 1976 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 10:00:27 PM PDT

    •  Good morning Louisiana! (3+ / 0-)
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      There's some stuff from the 60's and 70's I listen to, mostly things my mom liked though... Herman's Hermits, the Monkeys, Bobby Vinton... things like that. And some of the more silly songs...

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 05:53:44 AM PDT

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  •  g'day all, nother day, nother dollar (14+ / 0-)

    Picked up 4 older Titanic books on auction today for middle granddaughter.  Not sure if she has any of them but the whole lot only cost $10.  So long as all my mistakes are $10 ones, I think I will weather the financial storm.

    Caught part of a news story where a drunk driver ran over a woman and her daughter in the parking lot of an ER.  I know I am in the South from the rest of the story (as Paul Harvey would say).  On page 2, the drunk driver (a woman) was supposedly driving her boyfriend to the ER when she hit the other woman and child, running over the 10 month's old head.
    When arrested and arraigned for bond, the drunk driver begged the judge to release her so she could make arrangements for her kids.  It seems her husband was due in court the next day and was anticipating being locked up, leaving no one at home to care for the kids.  
    No word on why boyfriend was not up for babysitting duty............
    (the 10 month old was choppered out and is now in stable condition, thank goodness)

  •  I'm old-fashioned, I guess. I still like (10+ / 0-)

    Tangerine Dream for my energy music:

    PS: that is one of the weirdest music videos I've ever seen. I know the track well because I have the album, but I've never seen the video until now, lol

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 11:00:52 PM PDT

  •  Well, here it is 2:34 AM (10+ / 0-)

    and I am up and online. Interesting (to me) set of events. I have several teeth that are giving me problems, and Tuesday yet another abcess blew up.

    I called the dentist, and got a Rx for an antibiotic. One week's worth, 4X/day. Meanwhile, for months I have had odd-smelling urine, tinged orange, and have been "leaky". All of that is gone. Two birds/one stone? I do have health insurance, so it may be time to visit a urologist to keep the bladder business at bay.

    My house is bereft of music. No radio, no car radio, music system in the house non-functional. But occasionally I hear music on TV and can dance all by myself. After four years of nerve damage to one leg it's coming back!

    Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

    by riverlover on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 11:48:37 PM PDT

    •  erm...Could very well be (7+ / 0-)

      "two birds/one stone."

      I don't know what kind of music you enjoy, but I am streaming jazz from WRTI/Temple Public Radio. They also stream classical music. Both streams are available 24/7 from their website (or HD radio if you happen to live in Philly).

      Here's the link: http://wrti.org/

      Their player is in Beta, but it usually works pretty well.

      Just sayin'...if it's the middle of the night and you want some music, there are ways to get it via your computer. WRTI is the one I prefer. YMMV.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:05:53 AM PDT

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    •  I don't listen to a lot of radio (4+ / 0-)
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      in the house, because most of the radio stations around here suck (Fox News Radio is right downtown LOL), and I can't pick up much of anything out of the bigger towns, we're kind of in a dead zone for radio and TV reception.

      So I listen to radio streamed online, or Pandora. FlSNDAd has another free music station he listens to that works like Pandora where you build your own music 'radio'. I can't remember the name of it though and he's asleep.

      I do sometimes use the music channels that come with our cable as well, if I want something I can hear throughout the house while I'm cleaning. Because my little computer speakers down here in this side room don't project very far into say.. the kitchen.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 06:00:56 AM PDT

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    •  please do follow up with (2+ / 0-)
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      the urologist.  kidney and bladder problems can become very bad if not taken care of.  i am glad your dental problems had some silver lining though.  take care of yourself.

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 08:05:02 AM PDT

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  •  A high fat meal or snack. (8+ / 0-)

    Cheese and crackers.

    Just cheese.

    Bologna.

    Hot dogs.

    Pnut butr.

    Then eat pie.

    I don't gain any weight this way.

    Fat is what I'm hungry for,
    when I'm hungry.

    Then,
    Tonia says she loves me,
    so much.

    That's how I recover,
    from unloading trucks at Walmart,
    or doing laundry
    or cooking,
    at home.

    Actually,
    cooking,
    for me,
    is therapy itself.

    I'm fast,
    and my family loves my cooking.

    That's my life.

    Famine in America by 2050: the post-peak oil American apocalypse.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 01:43:01 AM PDT

  •  Sorry I missed yesterday. (6+ / 0-)

    It would have been one of "those" days for me, too.  You know the thing: I get up and head for the chair and that's it.  Before I had a chance to grow roots from my butt to the chair, I decided to go out early.  Poor choice.

    It was raining and cold.  I got soaked through both the shell and lining of my jacket.  My new shoes aren't designed to keep out water, so my feet were soaked, too.  The bad news is I was miserable for a while.  The good news is that I seem to have suffered no ill effects afterward.  Next time, I'll let the roots sprout.  :-)

    Headed out to the senior center soon.  The bread supply has been pitiful lately, so I'm hoping to score something good for the weekend.  I'll have to sharpen up my elbows if I want to get to the table before all the good stuff is gone.  :-)  I wonder what kind of house these people grew up in that they have to be so friggin' rude.  My mama's instructions about being polite put me at a disadvantage in situations like this.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 05:21:16 AM PDT

    •  I wish I could send you some of our sun. (6+ / 0-)

      I'm sunburned from the walk to the doctor's office yesterday! It was 87 degrees out! We could afford to send you a little bit of sun and warmth.

      Good luck with the bread acquisition! In my experience some people think that once they reach a certain age they don't have to be polite any longer. They've 'earned' the right to be rude, even to people their own age. Of course these may be the same people who were always rude, and I just didn't know them when they were younger. But I've had seniors say that to me in the past, that they didn't need to be polite at their age.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 06:05:46 AM PDT

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      •  I don't get that. (6+ / 0-)

        I have seen seniors ream a store clerk for something that was none of her/his doing, and wondered if they'd have the guts to say that to whoever was in charge.  I'm of the opinion that life is too short to make other people miserable for no good reason.

        OTOH, I love being old enough to get away with acting a little crazy now and then.  If people look at me funny, I just smile and tell them that I'm old and goofy.  Life is good.  :-)

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 06:30:08 AM PDT

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    •  It would seem like the senior center may have (2+ / 0-)
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      heard this complaint from others.  Why don't you suggest that some kind of lottery be put in place.   Number 1 gets first pick, then number 2, etc.  The numbers can be from a roll of tickets or an old bingo set, but it would make who gets first choice a lot more random, and probably more fair.  

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

      by weck on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 08:43:53 AM PDT

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      •  The rules are posted. (2+ / 0-)
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        Everyone knows that certain people cheat or are rude.  This senior center isn't like some others.  It is, um, a bit more upmarket than just a place for seniors to hang out and play bingo.  The dues are $24/year, which is nominal considering all the services that are offered.  

        I'm just whining because I expect people who think they're hot stuff to act like they were raised by parents in a house, as opposed to by wolves in the forest.  Mom was a stickler for behaving well.  We didn't have much, but she insisted we could afford to be polite.

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 01:40:32 PM PDT

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  •  Good morning. (6+ / 0-)

    That old time rock and roll is the kind of music that makes me move.  It soothes my soul!   If that doesn't help, I try to take a nap.  

    We're traveling today.  Heading home.  

    Have a good one.  

    I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

    by broths on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 05:25:43 AM PDT

  •  Nine Inch Nails! (5+ / 0-)

    Happy Friday, I guess. In 80 minutes I'm supposed to start a 4 hour shift of online grading using a system that only runs on Internet Explorer, and I don't have a working copy of Internet Explorer on either of my computers. Fun times. I've been on the phone with Dell for over an hour.

    Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall

    by Dave in Northridge on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 06:21:48 AM PDT

  •  Old time rock and roll, for sure, (3+ / 0-)
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    plus the final movement of, say, a Beethoven or Mozart symphony. My husband thinks it's sacrilege not to listen to the entire piece, but the final movements are often very rousing and thrilling and give me energy.

    Food helps, too.

    Hope everyone has a good day!

  •  Great diary, FLMOM! (3+ / 0-)
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    I have a "Dance Housework" mix on my IPod :) it's everything from Tone Loc to Digital Underground, with Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Billy Idol, Motley Crüe, David Bowie, and the Stones, among others. All my favorites :) Oh, and "Fortunate Son" and some Tina Turner :)

    I am frantically busy. DS' bunk beds finally sold! So I ordered his new bed, mattress, etc. I am painting his desk--actually a built-in where a window seat used to be. The previous owner installed it. It was blue and white. Now it's "black suede." I'm painting the cabinets underneath, too, and changed the hardware. I am trying to reach the painter. DH is scared of me painting the room. Ha. I need to refinish his Art Deco desk and stain a bookcase cherry.

    I also need to see how the cream paint works and go buy a gallon.

    All before Monday, when his bed, mattress, etc arrive. Ack. I need to get a mattress pad, too.

    And the new doggy has adapted very well, except for two days of diarrhea. Poor doggy.

    Hope everyone has a good day!

    I yam what I yam --Popeye

    by BadKitties on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 07:04:11 AM PDT

    •  I'm glad to hear the new doggy is adapting! (2+ / 0-)
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      The diarrhea may be nerves, or a diet or water change. I know sometimes if I have to change food Sophie will get sick like that for a couple of days.

      Sounds like you have a busy weekend ahead of you, full of painting! I hope it's nice enough that you can open windows for a bit and air the room out! At least you have some good music to play while you're painting.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 07:18:19 AM PDT

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      •  New food :) We're transitioning him from (3+ / 0-)
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        Purina dog chow to Eukanuba. It doesn't help that Max keeps trying to gobble Stratton's food. So I feed S. In the bathroom. He's used to being fed at 5:30 am and 2:30 pm, on the shelter schedule, but Max self-feeds. S eats his whole bowl as soon as it is put in front of him.

        He also barked incessantly at Cornelius, emboldening Max. But I spray them with water from a mister and they run into their crates. Lol. The barking at the cat has mostly stopped completely :)

        All three of them sleep on our bed :)

        He LOVES walks :) I am getting some good exercise, with two determined little doggies trotting at top speed :)

        The cone is off and he cannot stop snuggling against us :) He follows me everywhere :)

        I yam what I yam --Popeye

        by BadKitties on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 07:29:29 AM PDT

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        •  We feed our three in separate locations as well. (2+ / 0-)
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          Freya was a pound dog and is very food protective, so she eats in the kitchen. Sophie eats in the bathroom because she's the smallest and only eats half her food, then goes out, then eats the other half. Morgaine eats in the living room next to FlSNDad, and finishes all of hers at one time.

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 08:30:24 AM PDT

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        •  i have cats as well as my little rubi (3+ / 0-)
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          and they all have to be accommodated.  rubi eats at the kitchen door. she would eat all the cat food if i didn't keep their bowls away from her. the cats are:
          claws, who lives in the garden, she eats on top of my potting bench.
          thyme, my 16 year old tuxedo, she eats on the window ledge in the kitchen.
          ash, a huge ginger and picky, a siamese mix, they both eat in the laundry room.  
          i have to keep the laundry door pulled to with only a small opening for the cats to slide through or else rubi snuffles down anything she can get and her allergies make that a bad choice.  feeding time is a cacophony of yowls, meows and yips which all have to be answered before i can make my coffee.  the things we do for our fur folks!
          i hope your new addition settles in soon and i am sure he will be a wonderful pet for you.

          "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

          by art ah zen on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 09:03:54 AM PDT

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          •  Lol, Art ah zen! I smiled at your post :) (1+ / 0-)
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            He's adapting VERY well :) He loves his crate :) I made him and Max matching beds and cuddly blankets :)

            Two more days, I think, and he'll be fully transitioned to the Eukanuba. No diarrhea yesterday :)

            I yam what I yam --Popeye

            by BadKitties on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 08:40:48 AM PDT

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  •  All the stuff I do on Thursday wears me out for (1+ / 0-)
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    Friday.  To recover I don't plan much.  

    The 1812 Overture and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue get me going, and so do songs done in a scat style by Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks.  I can't embed with my safari browser,  but I have attached a link!  I have hours of this!

    p.s.  Enjoy the fabulous 1972 fashion on the Lickettes!

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

    by weck on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 08:53:02 AM PDT

  •  ok, silly story of the day from me: (2+ / 0-)
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    i have a tin that sits on my desk.  it holds various things i use daily and also a small item cut from a newspaper many years ago.

    my late brother brought this clipping to dinner one night at mama's.  this is summary of it:

    a man approached a couple as they were working on their car in their garage.  the car was up on jacks.  the man tried to get inside the car and when the couple objected, the intruder threatened them with A FROZEN DEAD IGUANA.  he told them "my lizard will bite you."  then he ran away, to be captured by the man from the garage and charged with misdemeanor trespassing.  the iguana had died the day before this incident, the man had frozen the body awaiting burial and then decided it was a great weapon to use to steal a car that was up on jacks!  the police did not recover the lizard when they found the guy.

    i have read this little story many times over the years and it has become more precious since my parents and brother are all gone.  we laughed our butts off when he read it at dinner and i hope it makes you smile a little today too.

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 08:54:21 AM PDT

  •  Great diary FloridaSNMOM (0+ / 0-)

    You ran into a hardcore progressive whos just another working stiff with an MBA degree & vociferous labor union supporter

    by Democrats Ramshield on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 09:58:31 AM PDT

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