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Dear neck muscles and head,

Cut that out...RIGHT NOW!


No love,
ME

[Edited: By the way, I'm sitting in a dark room with my computer screen set to the lowest setting. You know, it would be nice for this pain to go away so I could do something interesting, like read a book, watch a movie, or knit].
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* This is a big fuckin' deal -- Hah hah! Nice! Joe Biden doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut at times, but this was an entertaining one...

* Not much to say lately. Still recovering from whatever bug I came down with on Sunday. The good news is that I was less congested this afternoon and I was able to get some work done. Yipee!
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* Never say, "hopefully tomorrow will be a better day," in a daily post because you will only end up jinxing yourself.

* Woke up with more stomach trouble. I thought I was getting over this, but I guess not. Also have the stupids from not eating much for the past three days. I damn near backed into someone this morning and got a dirty look for it. I guess maybe I should have stayed home...

* Had a weird dream last night that I was climbing up and over a tall cathedral. And this thing was huge, I remember being up at the top and looking down at the tops of some high-rises. I'd made it over and then a good portion of the way down, but then I got stuck in the very last section because there weren't very many handholds. One of my friends from high school, who recently friended me on Facebook, was also climbing it and he showed me the way to get down. You had to do sort of this controlled slide. There was a ridge that you could hold on to with your hands and thighs that would slow your slide. He did it, and I was about to try it when I woke up. Oh...I also remember dreaming about this medal that you could get for making it all the way up and back down.

* Between the book I was reading-- which was kind of dark-- and the nausea at night, I've been having a lot of weird, almost tortured, dreams lately...

* Wow...I really do have the stupids. I read over the last paragraph and found tons of grammar and spelling errors in it. *sighs*

* (snerk) I thought today's xkcd was kind of amusing...

* I give up. Time to go to bed...
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* Today's dose of Schadenfreude brought to you by Roy Ashburn, a California State Senator. (Link swiped from [livejournal.com profile] rm)

* Ok Go -- This Too Shall Pass --> This is really cool.

* Texas police warn spring breakers: Stay out of Mexico border towns

* Finally got some food down me, and I'm no longer nauseous. Yay for no longer feeling like I'm going to pass out from hunger...

* Didn't have much to say today apparently. Spent most of the day recovering from my stomach bug. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.
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* Thoughts from my Ambien-riddled brain before falling asleep: Mother Nature and the Old Testament God are a lot alike. They can both be loving at times, but boy can they smack your shit down when they want to. Hmmm....maybe it's not a coincidence? [livejournal.com profile] nekosensei wanders off to press the [smite] button.

* Submitted without comment

* Passive Aggressive's The Joys of Motherhood. The last picture is kind of cute. Poor little guy. :)

* Wonka candy launches a real-life 'Golden Ticket' contest And the grand prize is a trip around the world. *wants* (Link swiped from [livejournal.com profile] bottledgoose

* To Avoid Funding Gay Marrieds, Catholic Charities Denies Benefits to All Spouses And it's shit like this that made me run screaming away from christianity in the first place... (Linked swiped from [livejournal.com profile] rm)

* What is up with my stomach? It was mildly annoyed at me this morning, but eventually it settled down and I could eat breakfast. Now...it's killing me again...and I haven't even eaten lunch. What the hell?

* Uh-oh.

* False alarm.

* Or maybe not.

* My stomach can't decide whether it wants to reboot or not. So far, it's going with not, which is actually worse because "rebooting" would at least give me some relief.

* Went upstairs and took a 2-3 hour nap. The Good: I was unconscious and not aware of how much my tummy was hurting. The Bad: Now I have a raging headache from not eating or drinking anything since morning.

* [livejournal.com profile] doomsey came home. Sprite was procured. Took some Pepto-Bismal for the tummy, Tylenol for the headache, and I am now sipping Sprite in an attempt to get something in me. Might try chicken noodle soup later this evening if I'm up to it. Not sure if that's going to happen at this point.

* How Christian Were the Founders? I finally got around to reading the whole thing, and it's absolutely terrifying. Yep...that's exactly how to take over the country...get 'em while they're young. I'm okay with talking about the role of religion in American History-- and we did so in some of my college history classes--- but make sure that you get the facts right. And whatever you do, don't try to push an agenda. (Link swiped from [livejournal.com profile] vanitashaze)

Here are some selected passages from the article for those who are interested )

* Why is my iPhone chirping at me? Damn app. Now...how do I turn it off? The app is closed yet it's still making noise.

* Hmm...me thinks I fixed it.

* Still feeling crappy so no soup for me. This post is long so I think I'm going to press enter.
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* The Chilean earthquake tipped Earth's axis and made days shorter. (Link swiped from [livejournal.com profile] rm)

* Fifteen houseplants you can use as an air purifier I wonder if any of these are toxic for cats... (Link swiped from [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar)

* In Search of Lost Sounds: Why you've never really heart the "Moonlight" Sonata. A couple collects antique pianos and stores them in a building that used to be a library. They then use these pianos-- the pianos that composers such as Beethoven or Mozart used to create their works-- to re-create what they originally sounded like. Go read the article and then listen to the Moonlight Sonata as played on a modern Steinway and a 19th century Viennese piano. The difference in the quality of the sound is striking. (Linked swiped from [livejournal.com profile] doomsey)

*"Womb Lynching:" On the anti-choice targeting of African-American women. This is an article describing how pro-life groups are equating abortion with eugenics. Wow...how low can these guys sink? (Link swiped from [livejournal.com profile] bonobochick)

* My voice is still MIA. I think I might have to employ some interpretative dance tonight...
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* [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I visited friends last night. After dinner, we played team Trivia Pursuit and won the game. Tee hee.

* I've lost my voice. Damn.

* Went to a friend's house this evening for Horror Movie Night, which they hold every Monday. This week's movie was Repo! The Genetic Opera. I've been meaning to see it for a long time now, and I wasn't disappointed. Speaking of movies, I'm half tempted to introduce this group to the movie, The Forbidden Zone. I think they might have a taste for odd stuff. I watched The Forbidden Zone when I was a junior in high school and I thought it was one of the strangest movies I had ever seen. I think, if I were to watch it again, it would still qualify as being one of the strangest movies I've ever seen.

* Tomorrow is going to be problematic if I don't get my voice back. *sigh*
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* I started having the same trouble falling asleep last night as I did the night before, until I had the bright idea of grabbing my iPhone and playing an app called Naturespace as ambient noise. Seriously, if you have an iPod or an iPhone and you have a hard time with insomnia, go get this app. It's free.

* Last night, I dreamt it was spring and there were flowers. I particularly like the pretty red ones. Then, I woke up in the morning to discover that a couple more inches of snow fell overnight. Boo.

* Still sick. And now the congestion is kicking in. I'm taking Sudafed, but thankfully, I haven't had any problems with it, which is surprising because the last time I took it, I had some major issues with it.

* Crop Mob. Too bad they don't have anything like this in Illinois. I think I would learn a thing or too. (Link swiped from [livejournal.com profile] rm)

* Keeping Ancient Samurai Traditions Alive in Japan. A family in Japan is teaching samurai traditions in Kyoto. (Link swiped from [livejournal.com profile] laurainlimbo)

* This is a cool animation. (Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] bottledgoose)

* A few days ago, I looked up long-range weather using Farmer's Almanac to get an idea of what the weather would be like in our region in March. This is what it said: "MARCH 2010: temperature 29° (7° below avg.); precipitation 2" (1" below avg.); Mar 1-9: Snow showers, cold; Mar 10-14: Snowstorm, then snow showers, cold; Mar 15-22: Heavy snow, then snow showers, cold; Mar 23-26: Rain and snow, cold; Mar 27-31: Sunny, then rain, turning warm."

I was hoping for an early spring, but according to this, it's going to snow, a lot. And it's going to be colder. Anybody have any idea of how accurate the Farmer's Almanac is? Because if it is somewhat accurate, than next month is going to suck...

* Andrew Koenig found dead in Vancouver. Well shoot. I was hoping that this would have a much better outcome than what it did.
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* Sick + Insomnia + Snow = Miserable. My throat and my head are killing me, plus I have the chills. The thermometer doesn't say I have a fever though, so in I go. I hate missing class. I've already missed one because of the problems I've been having with my tooth and I'm loathe to miss another one so soon after.

* Conveniently, I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon to get prescriptions refilled. Only I would make an appointment for a yearly check up only to come down with something the day of the appointment...

* A temple complex that pre-dates the Egyptian pyramids was discovered in Turkey. Really cool article describing a monument that was built seven thousand years before the Egyptian pyramids . Seriously, go read it. One of the conclusions they come to is that organized religion came first, then human civilization. Damn...I could write some good stories about this... (Link swiped from [livejournal.com profile] ladyfox7oaks)

* Went to the doctor today and got my prescriptions refilled. As for the cold, she told me to take Advil Cold and Sinus. She's afraid that the problems I have with congestion now could aggravate my asthma. The only other alternative is for me to take antibiotics, which cause other problems. Today, I also found out that my insurance company didn't pay for some procedures done in 2008 because they were "experimental." Excuse me, but what's so "experimental" about-- sorry for the tmi-- a pap smear and a test telling me how well controlled my asthma is? So yeah...my pap smear was "experimental." Maybe I should teach them another word: "sexist".

* I'm not too happy about taking the Advil Cold and Sinus because it has Sudafed in it, which is a stimulant that has given my heart palpitations in the past. The palpitations are benign though, so I think I'm going to suck it up and just take it. If I'm a little jumpy these next few days, well, you'll know why.

* Today, my doctor also mentioned at the end of our visit that she could very well close up her practice within the next six months. All throughout my visit, she complained about how expensive the cost of operating has gotten. She's complained regularly about the expenses and all the hoops both the insurance companies and the state make her jump through on a regular basis (not to mention that the state isn't paying her because they're bankrupt), but now she's feeling like it isn't worth it anymore. I'll be very sad if she does decide to close her practice because she's one of the best doctors I've ever had. She's quite an intelligent lady and she's amazing at diagnosing problems, which quite a few doctors suck at. When my face started doing weird things because of what turned out to be Bell's Palsy, she diagnosed me and started me on treatment right away. The doctor I had been seeing before would have merely sent me to the emergency room, which would have taken *hours*. By the way, did I mention how unpleasant Bell's Palsy is? All the muscles in my face pretty much seized up...it hurt like a bitch.

* I'm really going to be very unhappy if I have to find another doctor... :P

* Anyhow, since I'm sick and I didn't get much sleep the night before, I think I'm going to pack it in early tonight. Night night!
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Yeah...aside from posting my picture-a-days and books read, I've haven't been saying very much. Lately, not much has been going on that can't be written in 140 characters or less on Twitter. I'm still reading LJ though, just don't have much to say. Having said that, here's an update.

* We have snow! Thankfully, we don't have nearly as much snow as Wisconsin. Our area stayed warm, so we got a good chunk of our precipitation as rain. Thank God. I was able to go out and get nice pictures for picture-of-the-day. Today I went to Graue Mill in Oak Brook, and took pictures in the snow. I got some good ones.

* I am sooo tired from shoveling snow today. I would have used the snow blower, but there was a lot of slush on the ground, and the snow blower wouldn't have done much good.

* I've been having a lot of weird dreams these past few weeks. Last night, I had two dreams. One was a nightmare about being married to this incredibly abusive guy. I mixed some sleeping pills into his drinks and left while he was asleep. When he woke up and discovered that I was gone, he came after me. Apparently, me leaving him besmirched his honor. Okay buddy... (I got the feeling from the dream that he was a very traditional Muslim). My family hid me in this hotel, and the dude managed to figure out where I was. I dreamt he snuck into my hotel room while I was sleeping. In the dream, I startled awake to the sound of his voice. He cornered me and I ended up fighting with him. Many things were thrown. I got away and someone in the hotel lobby called the police. I hid behind the concierge's desk until the cops came and escorted him out of the building. By the time the dream ended, we were talking about me leaving the country for awhile because the guy just wasn't giving up. We were talking about either Spain or Peru. I woke up and then complained to [livejournal.com profile] doomsey that I had had a bad nightmare. He was annoyed. I was just plain happy that I had a nice, rational, normal hubby and not scary dream hubby.

The second dream was an afterlife of sorts. If I had to describe the feel of it, it was a mixture of Harry Potter and art house film. Some of the images were surreal, but cool. Living people had a double because they were both body and soul. And omg! Creepy nun-like people wearing gray habits! Where do I pull some of these things out of exactly? I swear...this dream would have been perfect fodder for a novel. Anyhow, at some point, I had made some friends and we were traveling together. None of us knew exactly what was going on, but those that had been dead longer had a better idea how things worked than I did. We all got the impression that the place we were at was temporary, and that we would eventually pass on to another one in a hundred years or so. All of us looked like we were in our late teens-early twenties, which led me to believe that all dead souls took that form. I also didn't remember how I died. At the end of the dream, I was pulled into some kind of "support group" for people who had died young. That's where I found out that the jealous hubby from dream número uno had found me wherever the hell I had run to and killed me. Murder. Lovely.... (There was more to the dream, but...enh...don't feel like going into it right now).

* So...what's with all the dreams about death and dying lately? Well, I'm approaching the two year anniversary of when I damn near dropped dead. Maybe my subconscious mind is still sorting things out. Also, I think part of that second dream might have been motivated by something I had read in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which I had been reading right before I went to bed. That's a very cool book, by the way...

* [livejournal.com profile] cosettemonster is being barfy again. She was horking up her food last Thursday-Friday. She got better after I gave her a Vitamin B12 shot-- which is usually prescribed to animals with IBD-- but she's been puky again today. If she's not better by tomorrow, I'm calling the vet. She does have the funky kidney values, and the vet told me to watch for throwing up and loss of appetite. I'm not playing around with this.

* For those of you into photography, you guys should check out the LJ community, [livejournal.com profile] lj_photofile. It's a cool group. Lot's of amazing pictures. I think I might post more of my stuff over there...

Cat Update

Oct. 23rd, 2009 03:09 pm
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I just called the vet. [livejournal.com profile] cosettemonster's kidney values are a little wonky. She said that they're not too horrible, but it still looks like she's got the start of kidney problems. She asked me to make another appointment, and I set one up for 4:00pm today. She's going to check her blood pressure to make sure it's not that destroying her kidneys. She's also going to do an ultrasound to see if she has any stones.

Great...just great. :P
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Yep...I'm two weeks behind. Hoping to remedy that today...

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Swine Flu

Apr. 25th, 2009 05:34 pm
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There has been a lot of activity on Twitter today about swine flu. For those of you who haven't heard, the outbreak started in Mexico City. About one thousand people have been infected, and 68 people have died. There's confirmed cases in Texas, Kansas, and California as well as suspected cases in New York and London. If I remember correctly, the WHO said they don't think they're going to be able to contain it.

I have a feeling that, if this thing does indeed turn into a pandemic, I might be end up conducting my courses online this spring and summer. :P

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So tired...

Apr. 4th, 2009 07:53 am
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I so sleepy. I went to bed late last night because I was trying to see if there was a way I could read some of the ebooks I already have using my iPhone. I discovered that I can if they're in .pdf or .txt format. All I have to do is email them to myself and then open up the attachment. Eventually, I might buy some more ebooks from Amazon and read them using my Kindle app, but for now, I'm going to stick to the stuff that's on my servers. I eventually want to get my hands on Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book and Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. First, I want to see if reading things on my phone is indeed easier on my neck than traditional books.

When I did go to bed, I got woken up intermittently by [livejournal.com profile] cosettemonster, who was barfing. Fortunately, she was polite and jumped down from the bed every time she had to yurk. She threw up both meals yesterday, and she was throwing up again in the evening and overnight. Once again, I am feeding her her breakfast a couple of pieces of kibble at a time. If she doesn't keep it down, I'm going to call the vet to see if I can get her in this morning. I really don't want to go in because I have a baby shower I want to go to, but the cat is more important.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey is going out of town today to meet with a client in Boston.

*sigh*
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As the title of this entry claims, today was full of fail. First of all, I had a doctor's appointment at ten-thirty, but my doctor was running way behind. I ended up waiting two hours just to be seen. I didn't leave there until almost one o'clock. So, that put me way behind. I really hope all of my tests for "scary clotting disorders" turn out negative. If I test positive for one of them, that means I'm going to have to take blood thinners for life. I'll have to go to the doctor to have my INR checked every three to four weeks for the rest of my life. Not only will I not be able to eat many of the foods I enjoy, but it will also be a major pain in the ass with copays and time wasted at the doctor's office.

The only good thing about that appointment was that my doctor was originally going to send me to the hospital for the hyper-coagulability tests and some other blood tests for another unrelated problem because she didn't like dealing with her testing company, QUEST. When I mentioned this to [livejournal.com profile] doomsey over IM, he pointed out that going to the hospital is most likely going to cost us a lot more money because we have to pay the deductible because everything reset after the new year. (It's also a pain in the ass for me too because I have to arrange another appointment and yadda yadda yadda). I told her this, and she agreed to do the tests in her office (she had everything she needed to do it anyway). Man, did she have to draw a ton of blood.

After the doctor's office, I was somewhat close to Hobby Lobby, so I stopped in to buy some yarn and buttons that I needed for a secret project. I had also planned to go straight to the pet store and the grocery store since it was on the way home, but right after I got out of the car, a lady in the parking lot made a comment about my pants.

Me: Huh?
Lady: Your pants. (points to the seat of her pants)
Me: (putting her hands on the butt of her pants thinking that she had something on the seat of her pants, and...) OH MY GOD!!
Lady: *snickers*

What had happened? The back of my pants had ripped...a lot...and my ass was hanging out of my pants. I was extremely embarrassed. I'm really hoping they weren't like that at the doctor's office or in Hobby Lobby, but they probably were. I guess a whole lot of people got to see my bright pink panties today. (I'm also hoping that no cellphone pictures of my sorry ass end up floating around online). *falls over and dies*

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I ended up getting my ass (hahahaha!) back in the car and heading for home to change my pants. Then, I went all the way back to Petco and Dominicks to do my shopping because it needed done. That was another half hour of lost time. Between the two of those things, most of my day was blown out of the water.

And one last bit of wisdom, if you point out that someone has a "wardrobe malfunction"....FOR FUCK'S SAKE DON'T LAUGH AT THEM!!! *growl*

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[livejournal.com profile] arwenmonster (who has a chronic sinus infection): *sniffle sniffle sniffle SNORT sniffle sniffle sniffle*
[livejournal.com profile] nekosensei: My sentiments exactly.
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Man...do I feel like death warmed over. I couldn't sleep very well last night because I was so feverish. Either I was too hot and throwing off the covers or I was too cold. I also had all kinds of fever dreams, which aren't very restful. I think I was also a tad bit delirious. So...yeah. Sleeping last night was pure torture. I spent hours wishing that someone would hit me over the head with a baseball bat so I could be out of my misery for a couple of hours.

I'm giving up on sleeping for now. I'll try to take a nap later today.
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Other than that, today hasn't been that good of a day. [livejournal.com profile] cosettemonster threw up everything she ate today. She urped up both her breakfast and dinner. She also threw up after drinking water this afternoon. She did drink some more water later and was able to keep it down. Poor kitty! Other than that, she hasn't been acting sick. She still begs for food even though she tosses it up later. I'm thinking it's hairballs because she did cough up a small one earlier today. I had also caught her eating some hair that Arwen had shed earlier in the week. Yeah...that wasn't too bright on her part. I'm going to try feeding her a little bit of food later tonight before I go to bed and see if she'll hold that down. I'm giving her until tomorrow. If she doesn't hold down her breakfast, I'm calling the vet. Oh...I also read something triggering on one of my friends list and got upset. It didn't help that I'm probably PMSing and I'm stressing out about my cat.

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