Thursday, August 29, 2013
But I do enjoy it. Well, except for dealing with phone message systems for the insurance companies in the (sometimes) vain attempt to reach a real person. Anyway, I hope you'll understand if, after being on a computer all day, I don't always blog very long when I come home. Normally I don't mind, but today I think I'll keep it short. I'm going to go take my contacts out and change into my sleep shirt. Maybe I'll watch something while folding the laundry.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
So, the phone is on its dock, the tablet is charging, my contacts are out and I'm in shorts and a tank top and I'm all comfy, although to be truly comfy I'll need to stretch out and rest my back. I still need to give an offering to the Goddess tonight, but I didn't manage to stop by the Liquor Barn, which closes at ten of all things. So I have no wine, very little olive oil, and some honey. It looks like that last is my best bet. I'm usually a little better about it than this. At least the house is clean, though. :) That makes it nicer, as part of the point is to purify and rededicate myself and my home to Her.
So, that and taking my insulin are the only other things to do before I turn in for the night. At least it's Wednesday; just two more days and there's a long holiday weekend. Yay! The only plans I have for now are for Saturday, when friends and I plan to go to Masala, the Indian restaurant. I think we'll be playing the game on Sunday, too--Brenda didn't think there would be anything preventing it. Okay, it's time to stretch my back out for a bit and relax. Have a good night.
Okay, I should go shower and get ready for work; I have to be there in less than an hour. Have a great day!
Kia Horton was thin as a little girl. "Like fit your fingers around (my) ankles skinny," she recalls. But at 5, she says, she became a victim of sexual abuse, triggering more than a decade of poor eating habits. By the time she started eighth grade, she was borderline obese.177 lbs lighter, after starting to truly work on things when someone made an off-hand comment about her having a pretty face and losing weight, she has this advice:
At 15, Horton weighed almost 200 pounds. Her father allowed her to sign up for a diet meal delivery service. She lost 30 pounds on the program, but she says, "I hated the food, and the program was not sustainable because eating their food was the only key to success."
She gained back the 30 pounds and then some. By the time she graduated college, she weighed 260 pounds.
"I immediately joined a gym and hired a personal trainer," Horton says. "This also proved to be futile because I was not ready to change my eating habits." She lost no weight working out with the trainer. "I quit!" she remembers thinking.
Her bad eating habits continued, and in 2006, at 31, the Chicagoan topped out at her heaviest weight of 319 pounds. Horton is 5 feet 4 inches; her body mass index at the time was 54.8, which is considered morbidly obese.
"The best advice I can give to people is to face their whole life down," she says. Horton says she believes weight gain is a symptom of other issues. "You can't take control over just one aspect of your life; you have to take control over everything. Once you do that, then your journey can begin."I so need to get my act together regarding my health and weight. These sorts of stories remind me that it isn't futile.
Yesterday I came late to some news that made me sit in my cubicle at work and cry. Barbara Mertz, who wrote under a number of pseudonyms, including Elizabeth Peters, and who among all her many novels wrote the 19 Amelia Peabody mysteries, died on August 8th at the age of 85. I didn't know her, of course, but she touched my life and fired up my imagination with her strong female characters. I watched Amelia and Radcliffe begin their life together, their son grow up, their grandchildren born, and every year 'another dead body' as their foreman on the digs in Aegypt would lament. I felt like I'd lost something very special, much like when you've been entranced by a good book and you come to the words 'the end' and have to close the cover. Here is her obituary in the New York Times: Barbara Mertz, Egyptologist and Mystery Writer, Dies at 85. According to it, she wrote nearly 70 books. I have read about 32 of them, and have about 30. I have read her Aegyptology non-fiction under her own name, all of the Amelia Peabody books, several of the Vicky Bliss ones, and all of the Jacqueline Kirby ones, plus a few more sprinkled here and there and the guide to the world of Amelia Peabody. I have most of them in a coveted shelf near my bed. Oh, she will be missed.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
I am now properly tired, and my back hurts (three trips to the Dumpster/recycling containers, and one terribly overloaded), so I'm looking forward to sitting down and doing the notes. It's definitely time for some ibuprofen. Okay, what I'm really looking forward to is lying down, to be honest. :)
Medecins Sans Frontieres says hospitals it supports in Syria treated about 3,600 patients with "neurotoxic symptoms", of whom 355 have died.
The medical charity said the patients had arrived in three hospitals in the Damascus area on 21 August - when opposition activists say chemical attacks were launched against rebels.
But MSF says it cannot "scientifically confirm" the use of chemical weapons.
Both sides in the conflict accuse each other of using them.
What a shame. I wish her well.
Now I'm listening to Imagine Dragons and looking at what needs to be done next. There's the refrigerator to clean out, then trash and recyclables to go out. I need to do dishes and laundry, wipe down the counters and stove in the kitchen, do a quick cleaning of the bathroom, and that should pretty much do it. Still, it's a lot to do. Plus I need to do game notes. I'm not sure I'll get it all done, but I will try to get what I can finished.
I also need to go to Meijer for something for a friend and pick up snacks for the game tonight, and then go in early tomorrow to get a head start on game preparations so that YKWIA and I can watch a movie from his childhood that he wants to share with me.
Okay, I'm going to go tackle the refrigerator.
So now it's 6 and I'm going to take just a bit of a break before actually putting all this in action. Here's the plan for this morning:
Rearrange the kitchen with the new shelves Do dishes Clean cabinets and stove Clean out refrigerator Set up new trash can Sweep and mop kitchen Straighten up computer area Straighten up dining table Go through mail Water plants inside and out Repot the ailing umbrella plant Take out trash and recyclables Do a once-over in bathroom Return books to the library[Tuesday, actually] Get quarters for laundry Take a friend to the grocery Invite friends over Do laundry[Tuesday and Wednesday] Do the game notes
Friday, August 23, 2013
The plan for tonight is to do a little relaxing but also work on the house. But first I'm going to get into something comfy. I'll try to write later.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I'm listening to Of Monsters and Men's album, My Head is an Animal. I really like them. I especially love 'Dirty Paws' and 'Your Bones'.
It's kind of late, so no reading tonight. I'm going to set several alarms for early in the morning, as I have some straightening up to do before the exterminators get here tomorrow for their bimonthly visit. So I'll say goodnight for now. Hope you're having a good week. The weekend is just around the corner, at least. :) My week has been a little less busy than the last few weeks, but I had a lot of interlibrary loans to do today from several different researchers. But it's nice that they're using the library. I'm also trying to refine a search using skills I learned in the class I didn't finish. :) Oh, well, it was a good experience, anyway. So, goodnight, already. Take care.
And enjoying the book. I actually feel content and happy. Why has it been so hard to just sit down with a good book, when it's really quite nice? I don't know the answer. But now I'm ready to go to bed and I feel like I accomplished something tonight, no matter how small.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
This week seems to be going by somewhat slowly compared the last few. I was really pleased this afternoon when I took my blood sugar for lunch and it was not only merely 84, but also I didn't feel low symptoms or anything. I think my body is starting to adjust to lower, more normal, glucose levels--yay!
I think I'm going to try to read a bit before going back to bed. I have the last of the Sookie Stackhouse books on a shelf by my bed, and I noticed Amazon has a preorder of a 'what happened to everyone after the series ended' book coming out soon. Ingenious marketing, by the way. JK Rowling just did hers in an epilogue of the last book. Charlaine Harris did an alphabetical listing of characters from her series with what happened to whom that fills over 200 pages. If I don't want to get into any spoilers, I should read last novel soon, so I'm going to try to start tonight.
See Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' Video Remade By Librarians: Crime-fighting librarians in shades and badges take over the stacks in hilarious remake
Just in time for MTV's Video Music Awards, BoingBoing has dug up an amazing remake of a legendary clip: the Beastie Boys' beloved Spike Jonze-directed homage to Seventies' cop shows, "Sabotage," as reenacted by librarians.
- Was all emotionally screwed up when I got to my friends' house, and more than a little premenstrual
- Had mermaid therapy with a couple of episodes of 'H2O: Just Add Water' (which did help my mood)
- Took a friend to the grocery
- Came home for a nap, which was aborted, which did nothing to help my mood
- Helped another with cooking, which did help
- Ate dinner
- Watched an episode of 'Midsomer Murders' with friends, called 'The Axeman Cometh', where I sympathised with the murderer in this one
- Helped with the house cleaning
- Went to the grocery for game snacks
- Re-potted a plant
- Played the game
- Helped with a project afterwards
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
Of course, I have seen a sky like that before. I've lived in the country plenty of times. And when I lived on Edwards Air Force Base in California, we not only had little light pollution (or any other kind), we were at a high altitude. I remember one of the parents driving us out onto the base away from the lights and it was total darkness, and we got up on the hood and roof of the car with blankets and just watched the stars and meteors. That was the Perseids, too. It saddens me that many children today will never see the stars like that.
Anyway, just wanted to share that bit. Time to head back to bed. I was gone by 8 pm and have slept almost seven hours as it is. I hope to get up in about an hour or two and do some things around the house. I've been going to bed in an attempt to avoid them, I think. I tell myself I'm just really sleepy, but let's face it, it's a trick. :)
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
I have some things to do around the house, some work on the class I'm taking, and I'd like to watch some videos as well. We'll see.
The weather is gorgeous and October-like. Our high today was 73 degrees, our low 53. You'd never know it was the middle of August. It's sunny and beautiful. I think I'm going to open up the windows for the evening.
Okay, I'm going to go do stuff. It's probably a bit too cool for the pool. I probably should have gone to the Y tonight, but there's no open swim. Perhaps Friday. But I can do things around here.
I know that it the United States can be just as dangerous as anywhere else (for one thing, there's all those guns), but when I read about crimes such as this in faraway lands, I shudder. When I was young I considered going into the Peace Corps, seeing the world while helping others. Various things kept me from taking that road. Today, I seriously doubt I would do it for a host of reasons (mainly my health), but also because to be a Western woman in many of these areas is to be a target. As a woman and as an American, I would not feel safe, especially in Muslim areas, no matter how respectably I dressed or how well I acted. I would be out of my comfort zone, afraid to make an innocent mistake. So yes, while there are beautiful places I would love to visit, there are many that I find simply too dangerous to risk. I'm not sure whether that's giving into fear or merely being prudent. And of course this was a rare event in Zanzibar. But I think if I ever do go out of country, I'll be very careful to research my destination and make myself as safe as possible in my choices. Unfortunately, that is no guarantee. Those girls did everything they were advised to, did nothing overt to indicate that they were Jewish, for example, and generally did the right things. Yet they suffered terribly for the crime of being Western women strolling through the streets. It's a shame.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
- Want to have some fun?
- Click on this highlighted Google Maps link.
- Either click on the double arrows in Street View, or use the 'up' arrow on your keyboard.
Monday, August 12, 2013
I got some things over at Office Depot and came out of the store just as the sprinkling began, with the clouds very dark, lightning striking in the distance, and a flash flood/thunderstorm warning issued on my phone. From Woodhill to about Speedway on Richmond Road the skies had opened up in a deluge, but I drove ahead of the storm, got in the house without getting very wet, and now it's very dark outside and I suspect the more rain is coming. My across-the-hall neighbour has fixed some form of Indian food that smells wonderful. I'm eating a bit of pimiento cheese with crackers and a banana. It is sad by comparison. But I should be going over to Masala in Beaumont for some tasty Indian food soon with friends.
There are some things I need to do around the house tonight, but they'll have to wait until the storm clears. My keyboard is acting a bit weird, typing slowly at times like the buffer or connexion is messed up whenever I backspace, so I think I'll sign off of here for just a bit. It's a little odd, as it is a wired ergonomic keyboard. It may be somehow related to the storm. I'll write later.
Today was cleaning and then the game, which we played until 10:30 pm or so, taking a break for a bit when one player had to go get her son from something. I had taken the laptop with me, so while the game master took a nap, I played Civilization IV. :) But we probably played our normal five or six hours altogether. I enjoyed it. It was downtime, rather than investigation or heavy action, but sometimes that's where a lot of the character development happens. A character that had been in the game several years ago made a reappearance as one of our comrades in arms, having gone through the training the player characters receive. I think Brenda was quite pleased; she's been asking about bringing this character back for awhile. Anyway, I just got in a little before midnight, as I helped clean up after the game and YKWIA showed me some more fashion. I think he's really trying to improve my wardrobe, which he believes to be tacky because it's often sparkly with various sequins and little shiny things. Today's 'Baby Blues' comic reminded me of the whole thing, actually.
Okay, I have taken my nightly medicine. I've blogged, which was an aim for today. I've plugged up the various things that charge overnight. I'm heading to bed before it gets much later. Good night. Hope you had a nice weekend!
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Thursday, August 08, 2013
For one with lyrics:
(Unlike most of the fan-made videos on YouTube, this has only one tiny punctuation/grammar mistake, but I'm willing to forgive one, although not several.)
I didn't manage to get to work early today, although I did get there on time. But it was a productive day and I'll try to go in tomorrow to make up some of my time from Tuesday. I'm so glad tomorrow is Friday, though. And YKWIA is talking about making kugel on Saturday, which is great. I can almost do that from memory, I've helped enough. Kugel is a wonderful thing.
I did give blood today, my 35th donation (that may sound impressive, but it's over about 29 years, so it averages out to be about once or twice a year). It went very slooooowwwly for some reason. The alarm kept going off and they had to reposition the apparatus the needle was attached to several times. But they managed to get a minimal pint out of me, although it didn't look as robust as the ones I've done in the past. But otherwise it did alright, no complaints. The phlebotomist was good, everyone was professional, I didn't have any light-headedness or anything. The site does itch a bit, but I think that's normal; they used latex-free stuff on me, I know. I'm very vigilant about that ever since a dentist washed my mouth out with soap as I was having a mild reaction with some swelling when she accidently regloved with latex.
Well, if I'm to get up early, I should turn in soon. I'm listening to some music right now (more of the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men). I've taken my insulin (I forgot the Lantus last night and my blood sugar was a bit high (but not like it had been) as a result today). Have a good night.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
I forgot I still had some acetaminophen left over from when I was out with my ankle injury. It isn't an NSAID, so it can be taken before giving blood without a problem. I don't usually take it, but apparently NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen can also affect bone healing, so I was on the acetaminophen when I had the fracture. Silly me. So yes, I took it, and hope to be feeling better and whinge-free soon.
The rain is coming down pretty hard now. Maybe it will make it to the window boxes. :)
Tomorrow I'm going to try to work another long shift, and Friday as well. I don't feel as bad about coming down and crashing as I could have because my class has been extended for last submissions by the 19th, as opposed to Friday. That doesn't mean I can wait till the last moment, as I have two assignments to do, but it's a relief, anyway. If it's not raining in the morning, I'm going to try my best to do a few things around the house that include taking out the recyclables. I never got around to them earlier.
So the question becomes what to do with the remaining evening. I could watch 'Big Bang Theory' or 'Downton Abbey', or I could work on the notes, but the sound of the rain is actually quite soothing. I'm halfway tempted to head back to bed and just start my day tomorrow super early. It would be the best in terms of my joint pain, and I'm still tired. Not just sleepy like usual, but actually tired. It was a busy day, with a lot of catch-up to do. We did have our employee appreciation day, with a catered picnic (inside, due to the muggy weather that threatened to pour) and we got some movie tickets like we usually do each year. Yay.
There are quite a few stories I really meant to blog about tonight. I'm a bit behind. But there is one that really broke my heart, and so I'm including it here. The rest will have to wait, I'm afraid. And instead of including the teaser text for the story this time, I'm including the picture, which really is worth a thousand words. This is what we have to look forward to on a larger scale over the coming years, and it's very sad. The picture is by Ashley Cooper/Global Warming Images. I'm not sure we can avert their fate at this point, but I hope so. I hope this picture becomes a rallying point for raising awareness of what we are doing to the environment, to other creatures, and ultimately, to ourselves.
A victim of climate change? Polar bear found starved to death looked 'like a rug'
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Anyway, this is for YKWIA, who found it amusing when I described it to him. I'm sure some of you might enjoy it as well.
- Woke up and wasn't groggy; morning blood sugar was only 145!
- Went into work early
- Worked half a day
- Took a friend to an appointment
- Got my insulin and pen needles from the pharmacy
- Took my friend to pick up something that he'd ordered
- Ate dinner with him
- Took him to the grocery; also got glucose tablets and alcohol pads for me
- Watched 'H2O: Just Add Water', an episode from season 3
- Watched the first episode of 'Fringe'
- Came home just now and am listening to music and relaxing after all that running around
Monday, August 05, 2013
Tonight I have a quiet evening at home. I have a few things to do around the house. One of my co-workers really wants me to watch 'Downton Abbey', as she has finished season 3 and she's afraid she'll let something slip since I'm only five episodes into season 1. :) I think tonight I will watch some of that, and also start 'The Big Bang Theory' from the beginning. I might work on the game notes a bit, too, and get them squared away.
I do have a headache (I have almost all day), but I think that's because of the rain that's due tomorrow, and maybe because my blood sugar is lower than it has been, too. I'm resisting taking ibuprofen because Thursday is our blood drive at work and I don't want to have to have them mark it for having had aspirin/NSAIDs exposure. I do think I'll listen to some music for just a bit and rest my eyes, hopefully without actually going to sleep. I'll set several alarms. :)
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Today we didn't play the game, as one player's been sick all week (she actually missed her vacation entirely), I hadn't finished the notes (although I'm more than halfway through now), and generally it just wasn't a good day to play. Instead I did the normal housework, with A's help (well, it is his house, and he did most of the things that hurt my back), checked on the announcement of the new Doctor from 'Doctor Who' (Peter Capaldi), played with the dogs, dosed and brushed them, watched quite a few videos, including the early season 3 episodes for 'H2O: Just Add Water', visited with both friends, worked on the notes, and worked up some things for one of my characters for the game.
But it has been a long day, a busy week, a busy weekend, and I'm kind of bushed. It's only a little after 10 pm, but I think after I finish listening to this album I'll take my Lantus and head on to bed. Good night.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
Today I did four loads of laundry (including bedding) [finally!] over at my friends' house. I also went to the store with one of them on the grocery run and watched those last two episodes of season 2 of 'H2O: Just Add Water', which included a showdown between the mad mermaid and the others with my other friend. Then we worked on one of my characters for the game. I came home and dropped everything near the front door and just went on to bed, I was so tired. But I'm up now. Today was also my mom's birthday, so I sent her an e-card (wasn't with it enough to get a real one this year, for which I feel a bit guilty). Anyway, I did wish her a great birthday before the day was out, at least. Good thing I woke up when I did; there wasn't much time.
Okay, I've eaten a little (yes, I know it's late, but I haven't actually had dinner). I have some things to do before tomorrow. Good night.
Today I was at our family doctor with a friend for three and a half hours. The plan had been to get to work about noon and work a half day. I got there at 2:15. But I managed to do everything I needed to in a small amount of time, even though it was a bit hectic for awhile. Then I went to the pharmacy and got my medication (they had ordered them yesterday, as they weren't in their inventory) and over to my friends' house for a bit. We were both tired from the day at the doctor. So I went home a little before dark. Then I texted with another friend for awhile, and got up on the bed with the idea of lying there for only half an hour or so and then getting up and watching something on DVD or Netflix. Turns out I went straight to sleep, and woke up just now, at about 2:30 am. I finally gave my libation (it's a bit late) and ate a little cheese.
Tomorrow there's getting my rent, the farmer's market, the grocery, and a run to Lowe's, plus watching the last two episodes of season 2 of 'H2O: Just Add Water'. Also there are game notes to do. And I've asked to do laundry at my friends' house. It will be easier on my back than doing it here. And I need to finish assignment three for that PubMed class. So tomorrow will be fairly busy. This whole week has been extremely busy; I've gotten a lot accomplished, at least.
Okay, I think I'm going to go to back to bed. Have a good night.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Tonight I spent time with a friend, watching videos and then helping make a squash and zucchini casserole that was very good. I did manage to catch up on my class assignments earlier, and I sent in the book review and copyright form (on time!), but I forgot to ask about doing the regular laundry at my friends' house. The hand-washables were still pretty wet this morning, although they're better now. My bra was still pretty damp, and the shirt slightly so, although it was the only one I washed that was not too bad when I got dressed this morning. :)
I am very tired and still hurting, so I am going to take some ibuprofen and put my feet up for awhile. The libation will have to wait until those people have gone back inside, I think. I still have to take the recyclables and trash out; that will be on tomorrow morning's agenda as well, and I need to stop by the store and get a birthday card for my mom (hers is Saturday). Tomorrow afternoon I see my endocrinologist, so I need to remember to get my folder with my lab results and put it near my purse. Every day this week has been busy, busy, busy, and while I'm getting a lot accomplished, I'm ready for a breather, although that may take awhile. Friday I'm taking a friend to an appointment in the morning and working a half-day in the afternoon. Saturday I need to finish the notes in case we play the game on Sunday, although it's somewhat doubtful, as one of the players has been camping for a week and will be getting back on Saturday and may need to recuperate a bit. We'll see. But for now, I'm heading to bed. Have a good night.