Confusion and Magnetic Imaging

Today I visited The Oregon Clinic in Portland. I’ve been having a lot of pain in my left foot & ankle, especially after standing or walking for very long; I saw a podiatrist, who sent me for an MRI.

First, I must say that the actual process, the MRI itself, and the technicians who administered it, was fabulous, without any problems. Being strapped to a table is not my favorite thing in the world, especially when surrounded by a large, very noisy medical machine, but the lovely technicians tuned the big ol’ headphones into the 80’s station on Pandora, and I grooved to the tunes of my youth, and was able to relax. So much that I think I even fell asleep while they scanned my foot & ankle!

However, for several reasons I’m annoyed by the administrative folks at The Oregon Clinic. I was told my MRI appointment was for 1 o’clock, and that I needed to check in 30 minutes early. So, I arrived at noon, only to be told “You are really early! Your appoinment is at one; we told you to be here at 12:30 so you’d get that 30 minutes for check in.” Then I was handed a stack of papers which I was told were just vaivers – they turned out to be exact replicas of the online check-in I spent 30 minutes doing yesterday. (The whole point of those is so you do not have to do paperwork at the office, right?) Third, after handing back my insurance cards, the receptionist casually stated to me “They told you we don’t take your Washington insurance, right? Because we’re The Oregon Clinic, right, in Portland.” Which I was not told. Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that Medicare will pay for the entire thing. Ugh.

I don’t know the results yet. I’m hoping it can easily be fixed, without surgery or having to wear ugly “good-for-Jonna” shoes all the time. As a wise man once said, it is better to look good than to feel good.



This morning, I watched a couple of episodes of a Roku original series called ‘Dishmantled,’ because it stars Tituss Burgess. He was the highlight of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,’ with his outrageous style and bizarre songs, so I thought I’d give this show a gander. ‘Dishmantled’ is a very odd game show that places two cooks, dressed in hazmat suits, in a clear tube, then shoots an unknown dish at them from a cannon. They then taste, feel and smell (their eyes are covered) what has been splattered across them like paint on a Jackson Pollock canvas, and try to figure out, then cook it. Whoever gets closest to the actual dish wins $5000.

I couldn’t decide if it was cool or disgusting.

Apparently the universe thought it was nifty enough to recreate on a smaller scale in my own kitchen just a few hours later, when I didn’t get the lid to my Blender Bottle shut all the way, and ended up with strawberry smoothie splattered all over my face. And shirt. And in my hair. And on the floor. And wall. Bright red splashes everywhere- it looked like a crime scene! It was gross. My shirt was soaked- I had to take it off in the kitchen so I could clean up. And there I was, topless, with a mop in my hand, when the maintenance man knocked on the front door.

I grabbed my robe & answered the door. He’d been doing repairs in the apartment next door, and heard me holler, he said. Wanted to make sure everything was okay. The bright red splotches across my face & up into my hair alarmed him….until I told him the whole story. And then he laughed so hard he cried.

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Shut the Leaf Up.

I was happy to groove along to the random tunes that pop up on Spotify while I unpack & organize the new apartment, but my dance & clean party was interrupted by the horrid growling of a leaf blower — from across the street! The cement & brick apartment complex across the way, the one with no plant-life whatever, is being blown – by the loudest lawn & garden implement I’ve ever witnessed! Seriously. This is some big-ass noise, my friends. We live next to the freeway entrance, and traffic is heavy this afternoon, but that leaf blower has blocked the cars out, too. The sounds of construction going on three blocks over? Can’t hear it anymore.

I hate leaf blowers. Hate them. Can someone explain to me why there is a need for such noisy damn tools? What’s wrong with a rake or a broom? Somebody told me once that the folks who do landscaping prefer leaf blowers – something to do with how much time it takes to get things done. Which in a way makes sense, but also, doesn’t. Because wouldn’t you want to be doing things in the slower way if you’re getting paid by the hour? I know I would!


Breaking A Bad Habit

Today I’m celebrating a victory, small to some people, but a rather big deal for me, and I’m thrilled.

Let me explain: from the time I had teeth I bit my nails. Yeah, I know, what a disgusting habit! Eww gross! After all those years of gnawing & chewing on my digits, my poor nails were weak and flimsy, and refused to grow. It was pathetic. So, while I was in college, I began wearing acrylic tips, to cover up the nastiness. I found that I didn’t bite the fake nails, and so my hands looked better. I’ve been wearing some form of fake nail ever since, and the nails underneath have suffered for it.

Over the years I’ve tried half a dozen times to stop, and let my natural nails grow out, but I never made it more than I couple of days before either chewing a nail or deciding my hands looked to icky to leave them bare and putting a new set on. This year I tried again as a New Year’s project, but failed quickly. Then, around my birthday, at the end of March, I decided that for once and all, I was going to take those nail tips off and leave them off for good! All the handwashing due to Covid-19 was wreaking havoc on the fakes I was wearing, causing the glue to loosen and a nail fell off every day. (This is what happens when you wear cheap DIY nails, not the quality salon tips.) This was a deciding factor.

On Friday, March 27, I took off the artificial nails, and began growing my natural nails out. I’ve been using a nail strengthening-cream called Hard as Hoof, and a growth serum top coat. It’s now been THIRTY DAYS and I’ve kept my nails un-faked, and haven’t bitten them. My nails are still very short, but most of the broken areas have grown out, and what’s there looks & feels healthy and strong.

I’m so proud of myself that I’ve broken this lifetime bad habit, and am doing something I’ve wanted to do for years. This is why I’m celebrating.

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Music Asks:

Someone on sent me this list several months ago, and, slacker that I am, I’m just now getting around to it! It’s actually pretty damn difficult to come up with a song for each of these, but I’m gonna do my best..

1:A song you like with a color in the title: “Blue Spanish Sky” by Chris Isaak

2:A song you like with a number in the title: “1985” by Bowling For Soup

3:A song that reminds you of summertime : ” Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys!

4:A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about: “According To You” by Orianthi

5:A song that needs to be played LOUD: “Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet

6:A song that makes you want to dance: “Twisting The Night Away” by Sam Cooke

7:A song to drive to: “Under The Boardwalk” by The Drifters

8:A song about drugs or alcohol: “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw” by Jimmy Buffett

9:A song that makes you happy: “You Gotta Have A Gimmick” from Gypsy

10:A song that makes you sad: “Whiskey Lullaby” by Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss

11:A song that you never get tired of : “Daybreak” by Barry Manilow

12:A song from your preteen years: “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” by Vicki Lawrence

13:One of your favorite 80’s songs: “The Warrior” by Scandal featuring Patty Smyth

14:A song that you would love played at your wedding: “True Companion” by Marc Cohn

15:A song that is a cover by another artist: the Tom Jones version of “Kiss” is better than Prince’s original.

16:One of your favorite classical songs: “Bach:Prelude from Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Bwv 1007” by Yo-Yo Ma

17:A song that would sing a duet with on karaoke: “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors

18:A song from the year that you were born: ” (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” by Otis Redding

19:A song that makes you think about life : “Angel From Montgomery” by Bonnie Raitt

20:A song that has many meanings to you: “I’ve Still Got My Health” by Bette Midler

21:A favorite song with a person’s name in the title: “Cecilia” by Simon & Garfunkel

22:A song that moves you forward: “God Give Me Strength” — I prefer the version from the film ‘Grace of My Heart’

23:A song that you think everybody should listen to: “Love Can Build a Bridge” by the Judds

24:A song by a band you wish were still together: “Message In A Bottle” by the Police

25:A song by an artist no longer living “Faith” by George Michael. I miss him.

26:A song that makes you want to fall in love: (This one doesn’t quite fit, since I am already in love) : “Roses and Violets” by Alexander Jean

27:A song that breaks your heart: “You Can’t Make Old Friends” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

28:A song by an artist with a voice that you love: “How’s the World Treating You” by Alison Krauss & James Taylor

29:A song that you remember from your childhood: “Return To Sender” by Elvis

30:A song that reminds you of yourself: “Bird On A Wire” by Leonard Cohen

My reasoning on some of my choices are rather random, but I’m not changing them now!

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Challenge Catch-Up

I am so bad at this. I started the month of April off with what was supposed to be a 30-Day Challenge, and promptly forgot all about it. Now it’s seven-days later, and I’ve still only done that first day’s challenge. But never fear, faithful minions, I shall catch up, with today’s post, which contains seven days: Day 4, 5, 11, 12, 14, 19, and 20.


Day 4: The meaning behind my Tumblr name. My Tumblr name is “BossyBookworm,” (which is my profile name on most social media) and the meaning is just what is sounds like— I am bossy, pushy, dominating, even intimidating, I’ve been told! And oh, yes, I am a bookworm. Like Scout Finch, I was born reading. Simple as that…

Day 5: Five places I want to visit.  My dream vacay involves visiting great libraries & museums, especially the Smithsonian Institute, The Louvre, The Metropolitan, The British Museum, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. That’s just ONE trip, someday…  Now I want to go to Universal Orlando so I can see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (and maybe run into Draco Malfoy….) . I’d like to go back to some of the places I visited as a child, like Mount Rushmore, or the Grand Mesa, or the Colorado National Monument. And I want to visit Albuquerque again. I miss New Mexico.

Day 11: What’s your favorite quote?  “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

Day 12: Screenshot your desktop:  Screenshot (132)

Day 14: Provide pictures of 5 celebrity crushes: (so ( I couldn’t choose just 5. big deal..)

Been crushing on Bruce since his Moonlighting days.

As far as I’m concerned, Vincent is the ONLY Thor. 

Entertainment: Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Rocks my world.

Bloody Eric
Alexander is the reason I love vampires. And Swedes. 

Oh, Captain, my Captain… Sasha is the reason I’m keeping Portland Grimm. 

tatooed Draco
Tom just won 10,000 points for Slytherin! 

Daniel & Darren: they’re Harry-Fucking-Potters!!  

Day 19: A list of all the places you’ve lived:

Born in Custer, South Dakota. Topeka, Kansas until I was 11, then Grand Junction, Colorado until after high school. I lived here in Portland for a year, then went back to Colorado and went back to college; after another year I moved to Nampa, Idaho to go to school there. Two years later I followed my family to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where my younger sister was attending the University of New Mexico; our folks moved down there so she could get in-state tuition, and so did I. New Mexico was home for enough time that I was finally able to finish my BA. After that I moved back up her to the Pacific Northwest, which has been home ever since. Mostly the Portland area, but in Vancouver, as well. That’s it.

Day 20: Concerts you’ve attended:

Barry Manilow was the first, back in 1985. The Monkees, in 86 or 87.  Reba McEntire & Brooks & Dunn.  I had tickets to see Chris Isaak at the Portland Zoo, and was so excited about it, but we didn’t get to see the show; my ex got sick, and we had to take him to the ER. And Jimmy Buffett.  (This doesn’t count all of the choral and choir concerts & recitals I’ve attended and performed in over the years!)