After baked loin of cod as our menu choice last night ... and who ever knew cod had loins, I expected tonight's choice to be roasted leg of Rainbow Trout. Our chef is very creative and not always in a good way. His seasoning of choice is always jalapeno and gravy is on everything. Same gravy, no matter was the entree is. I've gotten used to eating cold mashed potatoes, over cooked beef and chicken that is less than tender but the good news is I haven't lost any weight. Maybe that is because I do the feeding tube for breakfast and most days for lunch , too, and that gives me some good calories.
When we are served a meal that is less than desirable I am reminded of what my friend Ed told me ( and I put in the book Active Senior Living) and that was that he figured the food budget per resident was about $7 a day. " it's like Boy Scout camp," he had said, " only here we have indoor plumbing."
I've talked to residents at other active senior complexes and it is the same story everywhere.. not just here and not just in California. The food tends to be the least most attractive thing about the place. But , as my friend Betsy says, " we didn't have to go get the groceries, cook the meal, clear the table or do the dishes. They can cook it any way they want and it's fine with me!"
Moving on to other things.. had two doctor appointments this week. The first was with a dermatologist cus I had/have a spot on my bridge of my nose that was rough skin that would not smooth out no matter how many creams I put on it. I tried the cheap drug store stuff, I tried Chanel.. nothing did the trick. He burned off the spot so now it is all red and blistering but doesn't hurt anything other than my vanity. And it was not cancer. Whew.
My other appointment was with my oncolgoist ,my regular monthly appointment, get the blood checked, listen to my lungs, talk to me about how I am feeling. I am not in any pain, my weight is staying stable, it's been a year since the tumor in my liver was found and so far , so good... I'm still here and we take it one day at a time knowing full well that there is not treatment options for me any more. I have tried every chemo there is and there are none left for me to try that would hit this cancer, so I do take it one day at a time and am having fun with the Active Senior Living book and reading the terrific comments that readers are leaving on Amazon.com for the kindle. The print edition is still not on Amazon, you have to order it from lulu.com... but it should be up on Amazon in a few weeks. For the fun of it, go type my name into Amazon search and the book comes up and then click on the 14 reviews and read what readers are saying. it's fun. So is reading the comments on the discussion page about the book. People are asking for a sequel so I am starting to make a lot of notes and will start writing soon.
The author luncheon last week? I loved it. Son Lee was the star if you ask me. He had the audience howling with laughter and if writing doesn't always work out for him he could always be a stand up comic... he's that funny.
Lisa See was also a speaker and very good. I'm following her on twitter while she is on her book tour for 'Shanghi Girls" so her tweets are so very interesting. She's a really nice gal, knows both of my sons and thinks Tod is one hell of a writer... and that I have a very talented family. She put that on Twitter, too... Nice to read that. She wrote about how funny Lee was ,too.
I think someone ought to haul Gloria Allred off to a lockup .. imagine wanting an apology from Tiger for her porno star client when the apology should come from the porno gal to Tiger's wife.
I'm haing trouble getting this typepad to follow my keystrokes.. it is running about three spaces behind me all the time and then I have to back track and rewrite and it is really stilting my prose here so going to log off and hope it reads well enough for you to at least get an idea of what is new here.