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Great storm tonight, which gave me the change to shoot some lightning, which I don’t often get to do. Was so happy to get some great shots, and even made this goofy little animated GIF of the ominous clouds rolling in…

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Great storm tonight, which gave me the change to shoot some lightning, which I don’t often get to do. Was so happy to get some great shots, and even made this goofy little animated GIF of the ominous clouds rolling in…

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Life is short. I’d much rather spend free time at the beach than with my ass glued to a couch…

I had such a busy work week, but the weather was simply stunning most of the time, so it made it all such a pleasure to do (being I’m outside most of the time). On my way home a few days I was able to make a trip down to the water, just to enjoy.

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450 square feet, WOW! - specht harpman

Love these tony homes…

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I’m finally starting to feel “normal” again after surgery and all this time recovering and going back and forth to doctors. While I’m nervous about what all my medical bills are going to end up being, I’m at least thankful to my awesome surgeon and his billing department for working with me since I don’t have insurance.

It’s good to be out and about again and this weekend it was my husband’s turn to visit the doctor to finally get the glasses he’s needed for a long time!

Let’s talk about medical costs.

I’m afraid to open the bill from my surgeon. Maybe tomorrow.

But I had to go for bloodwork. One lab wanted to charge me $978 for some fairly routine tests. No one told me to fast, so I couldn’t get the tests done… which ended up working out in my favor.

So I called a different lab to “price shop”. Same tests: $176. 

Both labs require cash payment up front. No pay, no service. Which is interesting since I know there’s a law that you can’t deny treatment based one inability to pay… but I guess blood work isn’t “treatment”. I paid and got the tests today.

You learn a lot about our medical system when you don’t have insurance. It sucks to have worked for 25+ years and to have had insurance the entire time, and then suddenly layoffs push you out of being able to protect yourself and your family. I wasn’t ready (financially) to pay the monthly bill to buy insurance before enrollment ended this year, so now I’m out of pocket on all these bills… the surgery, the doctors, the hospital and the tests. 

Something needs to change in this country. Medicals costs and insurance companies and price gouging… it’s all a sin. I’m not the smartest with my money, but prior to this, other than my mortgage and car, I have zero debt. Now? Well lets just say I’m very afraid.

Watching the Tony Awards and I’m so glad my family and I were able to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch the beginning of May. Neil Patrick Harris was AMAZING, and we were lucky enough to get photos and autographs afterwards. So glad to see him rocking the Tonys!

Thought I’d share some photos in honor of World Oceans Day. The also represent some of the reasons I love living on Long Island in New York. We’re only at the beginning of the summertime now, but I look forward to hot days down by the water. 

Wish I could have gotten to the ocean today, but I’m still recovering from my surgery and recent hospital stay, so I needed to stay closer to home.

Being in the hospital isn’t fun. I had gallbladder surgery on June 1st, and then ended up in the hospital again last Monday, and had to be admitted… was stuck there most of the week while the doctors tried to figure out what was going on, and making sure I was okay. I’m Home now and hopefully on a more positive recovery path, so fingers crossed!

Friday Nerd…

I haven’t posted in a while, and kinda feel like maybe I should get back to it. I want to use tumblr for something more than just my Picture-A-Day project… hmmm