Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Another Project: Entryway Cubbies


I know. I'm supposed to be studying. And I am, really. Today I learned about anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis, a disorder that I had never, ever heard of before. Ever. So much so that when I was taking a practice test and saw this as one of the answers, I thought it was a made-up disease. Turns out it is an exceedingly rare autoimmune disorder that wasn't identified until 2007. Learn something new every day.

However, I decided that our entry way closet needed a serious makeover. We have a large double closet right where you enter the house, from the garage (where we SHOULD have a mud room, but don't). Apparently, it is too difficult for some people to hang up their jacket on a hanger when entering the house. Therefore, my first solution was to put a bench and some hooks in the closet. That didn't work. The hooks were too close together, jackets fell off of them, and the closet was still a mess. I'm a bit ashamed to show you what the closet looks like...but hey, people tell me their embarrassing problems all day. I should return the favor.


I told you it was bad. I wanted to take care of this problem before winter truly sets in. My answer- storage cubbies- one for each member of the family. Plans from Ana White, again.

Setting up to cut the plywood:
 Cutting plywood is a big pain in the butt.  Make sure you set up a good straight edge and clamp it down so that you can get accurate cuts with a circular saw.

Finished bases:


Finished hutch:




Putting it all together:


Painted and DONE!!



Alex likes his cubby so much that he wants it to be his "house."



Roll your mouse over for the amazing before and after picture!




I'd consider that a success!  Total cost for everything- $320 and about 10 hours of labor.  Cost at Pottery Barn- $1400 plus shipping.  Not bad for a day's work.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Watch an Insurance Company Try to Drive Me Insane



It's been a while since I posted one of these. Here's another ridiculous prior approval form. It's for zolpidem- the generic version of Ambien. Of course, this begs the question of why I need an approval form for a generic drug in the first place.

At the top of the form it says: Drug Name- Zolpidem.

The rest of the form goes on to ask the following questions:

1.  Is the drug Cialis, Levitra or Viagra?

     No, dumbass. The drug is Zolpidem, as written just a few lines above.

2.  Is the requested therapy Zyban?

     No, dumbass. The drug is Zolpidem, as written just a few lines above.

3.  Is the request for Aloxi, ondansentron, zofran, or Kytril?

     No, dumbass. The drug is Zolpidem, as written just a few lines above.

4.  Does the patient have hyperemesis gravidarum?

      What??? Where did that even come from? I write a prescription for a sleeping pill for a 65 year old woman and you ask me if she has uncontrolled vomiting from pregnancy????




And that's it.  Those are the questions asked. Nothing actually related to the medication I had prescribed.  It was basically like playing a long game of 20 Questions, except I don't think we ever got to the answer.