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Nov. 19th, 2014 10:09 am
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Since I signed up for the most recent multi-fandom friending meme, I thought I should write a little introduction to myself, just in case anyone pops over here from there.

Note 25 Sept 2015: I'm dealing with breast cancer right now, and I talk about it uncut. I'm doing well and not in any danger, but I know that many people would rather not read about it. I should be past everything but the tamoxifen by the end of this year.

Bits and pieces about me. Possibly more than you ever wanted to know. )

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I mirror at least 95% of my content on LJ and DW. Read where you're most comfortable.

My friending policy is pretty open. If you want to read my journal, go ahead. I won't mind. I don't automatically read in return. I used to, but my time's a little more limited now than it was then. If you feel like dropping me a comment to let me know why you friended me, I'd appreciate it. Sometimes I have no idea at all and wonder.

If I'm reading you, I'm interested in something that's in your journal. I don't expect to be read in return but certainly won't mind if I am. I know that I have more time for reading online than most people do, and I know that my entries about my every day life, parenting, chores, etc. aren't of much interest to most people. That's all fine.

I don't lock very much. Right now, it's just an occasional post about my adolescent daughter. She's embarrassed by me talking about her online, so this is a compromise. My book logging, DVD logging and fic announcements will always be unlocked.

Also, if you stop reading my journal, feel free to take me off your list. I won't be upset. (Though if I think we know each other well or if we're acquainted offline, I may inquire as to why.) I may or may not stop reading you in response. It will depend on what sort of content you post and whether or not you lock most of of it.

I don't post fics on LJ or DW. I don't post fic fragments on LJ or DW. My fic can be found at my website or at AO3 ([archiveofourown.org profile] the_rck) or, for those things not explicit, at fanfiction.net as therck. I mostly write for Weiss Kreuz and The Chronicles of Narnia, but I've written a fic or two in a wide variety of fandoms for various exchanges.

I don't often use cut tags. Mostly, I use them for lists where I think people will only be interested in some items and for discussions of writing that go more than a paragraph or two or that have details that I think might bother some readers.
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I ran the dishwasher and baked the banana bread. I might end up needing to do another load of dishes tomorrow because of the banana bread. I got the trash and recycling to the curb. I think I managed not to contaminate myself during the process of gathering up Scott's used tissues. I washed my hands several times during the process and didn't touch my face at all.

I need to put off part of the laundry until after Scott gets home. Scott only has one pair of trousers that fit, and there's some challenge to catching him at a point when he can do without them long enough for me to wash and dry them. I prefer doing laundry when it's just me at home, but I can't as long as he only has the one pair. He doesn't want to buy more. I think he keeps hoping that he'll start losing weight and be able to put those other pairs on again.

I managed to start my Wayback Exchange story this morning. 253 words. I think I know where I'm going with it, so I'm hoping it will flow naturally from here.

I'm thinking that I need to talk to my doctor about possibly trying surgery for my hands. They told me, way back, that that was an option but that it would weaken my grip. At this point, I have no reliable ability to grip if my thumb's involved. Some days, I can remove and replace my c-pap reservoir; some days, I can't because my hands won't grip at all. They also mentioned steroidal shots as a one time thing they could try, but I can't imagine those actually helping since the problem has more to do with a bone that's no longer properly connected than it does with inflammation.

At least I can type without aggravating anything.
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Scott tried to nap most of yesterday, but his throat hurt enough to keep waking him. He stayed home today and actually slept. I made him go to urgent care, mostly for a strep test. The doctor there recommended Vick's on the soles of his feet at bedtime. I'll be damned if I can figure out why. Scott has done it on the off chance that it's less ineffectual than we expect, so the whole bedroom smells of menthol.

Cordelia had a choir field trip today, and we got a phone call this evening to tell us that she'd been marked with an unexcused absence from her 4th period class. The school is really and truly terrible about recording excused absences for school related activities. Last year, Cordelia had an unexcused absence due to being required to take the PSAT on the secondary date (after having had the flu during the original window for it). The school district requires 9th graders to take that test.

I'll probably have to call the school and be cranky tomorrow. I'll put it at the top of my very long to-do list. I didn't get much done today at all.

To-do list )

I probably won't manage the prescription pick up, not with so many other things needing to be done. I can do all those things or get the prescription but not both.

Of course, this assumes that my current migraine goes away. I've taken all of the medications I can. I think it's largely menstrual with a large heap of perimenopause to magnify it.
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I still haven't found that missing library CD. I can't think where it could have ended up. Once Scott's over his current hacking cough, I'll ask him to help me, but the two of us doing the grocery this afternoon exhausted him to the point that he kind of fell over as soon as we got home. I felt bad for not having done the shopping yesterday, especially given that walking still hurts today.

We're going to have to go back later for my prescription because the pharmacy closed before we got there. I thought they were open until 7:00 but apparently not.

I need to accustom myself to the actual capacity of our new dishwasher. Its racks are divided differently than the racks in our old one, and I can't fit things in as efficiently as I used to. I'm pretty sure it's the same size as the old one, but I keep having dirty dishes left over after it's filled to capacity. I haven't changed how often I'm running the dishwasher, and we haven't changed the rate at which we're using dishes or what type we're using.

I'm still doing canon review for Wayback. I need to sit down and focus on it. I'm hopeful that I'll be able to finish that Monday or Tuesday. I'm currently not working on it because I'm unreasonably irritable about Scott coughing. I'm reacting as if it's something he's doing deliberately, and I want very much not to let that leak in his direction because I'm perfectly well aware that it's not.
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I overdid yesterday. If it hadn't been Thursday, I'd have been okay. If it hadn't started pouring as I got off the bus near Arborland, I might still have been okay. I didn't have an umbrella because I'd been out of the house for hours at that point. I don't habitually carry one because of the weight.

All of the stuff I needed to get done before I left for my appointment took longer than I expected it to, and there were always half a dozen things that needed doing with no clear priority as to which were more important.

I got to my appointment with plenty of time to spare, and they saw me on time. At that point, I walked up to the Mott bus stop and caught the Washtenaw bus to get to Arborland. I've not taken the bus that way since before Cordelia was born, so I wasn't sure exactly where the stops were or where the crosswalks were. I got off the bus earlier than I probably needed to.

After I got my glasses, it was past 1:00, and I needed to eat something. I didn't want to have to cross Washtenaw twice, so I limited myself to considering what was on the side of the street where I'd need to be to catch the bus back. I ended up getting a burger a couple of doors down from the glasses place. I considered Noodles & Company and a sandwich place, but the former tends not to have great options for, and the latter was across a pretty big parking lot. I didn't consider Chili's for more than about two seconds because I'm pretty sure they have zero things on the menu that are me-safe without major modifications.

The burger wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't spectacular. I didn't get fries because they had big signs saying they fried in pure peanut oil. I considered stopping at Coldstone Creamery after that, but I was still soaked and chilled and needed to catch a bus home.

There are multiple buses running along Washtenaw, and I didn't care which one I got as long as I could connect to one of the two buses that pass near our house. I ended up on one that took a longish route to get to the downtown transit center, so it's possible that I could have gotten home sooner if I'd waited. It was also chilly on both buses on the way home.

I discovered that the awnings at the Blake Transit Center actually leak at the seams and are really weirdly placed. They cover the parts of their driveway where the buses park but not the sidewalk where people stand while waiting or walk while going to a different bus.

The cleaning lady was here when I got home at 3:30. I kind of really wanted to shower in order to warm up and also wanted to sleep for a week. She was cleaning the bathroom, however, so I couldn't get in there until after 5:00. Dinner and a Gatorade woke me considerably, enough so that I had trouble falling asleep at bedtime.

My right calf muscle has been cramping since around the time I got to my appointment yesterday. I've taken naproxen which has helped, but I don't want to do much walking right now. Which is inconvenient because it would be very useful if I'd managed to get myself out to Kroger as we've run out of a few things. It's a little late for me to do it now without Scott having to make an extra trip to bring me and the groceries home.

The next bus there would get me there near 5:00 which is when Scott leaves work. He might hit Ann Arbor as early as 5:30 or as late as 6:00, so it's still possible. I just don't want to.
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I have my annual appointment with the sleep disorders clinic today. I don't expect that the appointment part will take long. I'm just not 100% sure what I'll do after. It may depend on the weather and on how I feel.

I ended up walking all the way home from yesterday's appointment because I didn't get done until well after 4 p.m. I got to Broadway around 5 p.m. and realized that I had a choice between standing at a bus stop for half an hour and just continuing to walk. I decided to walk, and I was two blocks from home when the bus passed by.

This morning, my knees and hips are aching. It's not muscular; it feels more like I'm just very, very cold. I'm not sure how they'll be for walking around after the appointment. I'm considering going into town for lunch at that point, but I could also just head toward home. The Northside Grill would be open, and getting food at home is also an option. Part of me wants to go out toward Kroger and pick up some half and half, but it's not a thing I really need to do.

I ought to try to get out to Arborland to pick up my new glasses. I can get there and home again by bus. It's just really time consuming. But having it done would mean not having to ask Scott to take me when he's sick. I guess I'll see how I feel after the appointment.

Scott has come down with a really nasty cough. Last night, while he was getting ready for bed, his lungs seemed to be trying to turn inside out. I'm hoping I can avoid catching it.

In addition to the appointment today, I need to run two loads of laundry and to fill the dishwasher. I may run that later, but the laundry's more urgent. There's also a bunch of tidying to do to prepare for the cleaning lady's arrival, and I need to make a phone call and copy some forms.

Two and a half hours before I need to leave... How much can I get done?
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I have an appointment at 3:30 this afternoon. The timing is awkward because getting the bus home from medical campus after 4 p.m. means either squeezing onto a bus that's barely got standing room or going downtown and catching a different bus home. The former is much faster, a lot faster.

If it's warm and not raining, I might just walk home. Intersecting with the other bus line without going downtown is iffy and might have me standing at a stop for half an hour if I'm unlucky. None of the stops I can walk to have a bench, and there's only one bus every 30 minutes.

I have two goals for today. The first is canon review for one of my two projects. The second is changing our sheets. I figure there's at least a chance that the missing library CD is somewhere in our bed.

Cordelia's English class will be reading The Catcher in the Rye. I'm not sure what else is on the syllabus.
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One of the CDs that I thought I put in the bag to go back to the library hasn't been checked in. It might be somewhere in the house. It might have gotten reshelved without being checked back in. If I don't find it between now and then, I'll have to check when we go downtown. If I can't find it, I'll have to pay for it, but I can renew it this time so as to have more time to look.

Every time a library thing goes missing, it's a CD. They're so small that they can hide anywhere at all.

I'm not convinced that wearing my computer glasses around the house is going to work well. It may end up being better than other alternatives, but it's not a good option. I ended up with aching eyes after using them for a few hours, and they're not at all good at food preparation distances. Those are a little too close in for the glasses which seems to be worse than too far away is.

I managed to nap this morning after Scott and Cordelia left. The key seems to be lying on my back and using my neck pillow and c-pap. That makes relaxing harder but seems to make me more likely to sleep. My tendency at night is to start out lying on my side and then go to my back when I'm more relaxed. The process then gets speeded up by my taking Halcion; I end up on my back without needing nearly as much time on my side.
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I'm trying out my 'computer' glasses now. They help considerably at my normal laptop distance and normal reading distance (which is apparently not the distance for which 'reading' glasses are optimized). My suspicion is that I'll end up using these most of the time when I'm at home and keep the distance and reading glasses for very specific times. Sadly, when I leave the house, I'm likely to need all three distances.

Unfortunately, the computer distance glasses still won't let me read things like the Netflix menu at the side of the screen. I can't figure out how to get Netflix to give me captions on Miraculous Ladybug (Cordelia got them for one episode, but they vanished as soon as Netflix went to autoplay the next episode, and I haven't been able to figure out the necessary key combination). I can't read the credits for the show or the episode blurbs, but I'm getting more details in terms of the characters and background.

I'm also having issues with going back and forth between looking at the TV and looking at a book or my laptop. I don't know if that's something that will get easier with time; I hope so, but I'm not sure it will given how it went with crocheting while watching TV.

I'm debating the merits of running an errand versus baking banana bread. Banana bread will probably win just so that I don't need to deal with it tomorrow. Also, I have appointments on Wednesday and Thursday. Going out today will make the week more exhausting.
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Lunch today didn't go badly. I took a risk on a bento and didn't get sick. I couldn't eat the California roll that was included because of the cucumber, but Cordelia was happy to eat it, and I had plenty anyway.

I don't think Scott's sister's husband's father will be with us much longer. He's having health trouble and is 83.

I told our nephew that he should talk to Cordelia about East Lansing compared to Ann Arbor. She says she's not interested in MSU, but I'd like her to have that information anyway. Scott went there, and so did my sister.

I'm still taking notes on canon for both of those stories I mentioned a day or two ago. Both are going to require a lot of notes because I'm not looking for what happened but for how things were said and how things were described.

Scott and Cordelia went to see Captain Marvel yesterday. They both liked it a lot. I wish I could go and see it, but it's not worth a three day migraine.
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I'm taking notes in preparation for two fics, first my assignment for the Wayback Exchange, second my promised fic for the Fandom Trumps Hate auction. The former has a hard deadline, so I'm hoping to finish it quickly. Right now, I just want to write something. I've managed small fragments of several different stories, but nothing's really caught fire since November.

I'm finding that Overdrive is a terrible way for me to listen to audiobooks. It doesn't fit my general approach because my tendency is to listen to an hour of this and an hour of that and then not go back to audiobooks for a week or three. Overdrive only gives me 14 days, and I mostly don't finish in time. It's not usually that I'm not interested, just that I can't handle that much all at once.

I'm still having days when I'm very light sensitive. Unfortunately, I often don't realize that that's the problem until my eyes ache. It feels like dry eyes but isn't.

Not that I don't have dry eyes-- At that appointment I had with an eye specialist a few weeks back, the doctor told me to apply heat to my eyes at least twice a day and then to massage my eyelids, top and bottom. Apparently I have problems with the oils that are supposed to keep my eyes from drying out. The heat is meant to melt those oils a bit and the massage to spread them to where they ought to be going naturally. He said that artificial tears won't help because it's not lack of fluid that's the underlying issue; it's that the oils are necessary in order for the water-based bits to do anything.

I can tell that the heat and massage are changing something, so I guess this will be part of my routine from here on out.

Tomorrow, we're getting together with Scott's family to celebrate our nephew's birthday. He's twenty this year. Scott's sister is still trying to find a restaurant that has food I can eat. Sadly, this one isn't looking promising. It's a sushi place. They don't seem to do anything else, and all of their rolls contain cucumber which makes me sick. I'm probably going to end up ordering the tofu appetizer and, maybe, the tempura appetizer. The fried elements are risky, but I'm hoping neither dish will have added seasoning.
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I've lost several days this week to not feeling well and to diving headlong into some extremely long fics. The reading helped time pass but was kind of bad from the point of view of me going to sleep on time.

I have my assignment for the Wayback Exchange. I think I can write a good story for it as it's mainly a request for worldbuilding. I need to review canon for that. I also need to review canon for my Fandom Trumps Hate story. That will be a crossover of one canon I'm pretty comfortable writing with another that I've never tried writing before.

Yesterday, I was very conservative about what I ate, and I drank a lot of Gatorade. I also went back to bed less than an hour after Scott and Cordelia left. I slept with a lot of dreams full of anxiety and awareness of how my body was hurting (just the usual stuff). I'm considering doing it again this morning, but as it's Thursday, I probably won't. I need to shower, and I need to get ready for the cleaning lady to arrive in the early afternoon.

I've been trying to find a balance between spending time in the living room in order to watch some TV and movies and the slow creep of pain from being there. I could probably manage to be out there longer if I didn't try to use my laptop while watching things, but I would rather just skip watching things and use my laptop in the bedroom than watch anything at all without access.

Mostly, I'd like to spend time out there in the evenings because it would mean being social. I miss that.
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Scott and Cordelia went to Detroit to see the Percy Jackson musical today. I think they both had a great time. Scott asked me if I wanted to go, back when he was buying tickets, and I said no. The idea of sitting in a crowded theater is pretty horrifying. I wouldn't panic, but I'd end up with my entire body wrecked from the anxiety, even with Ativan.

At any rate, I had a quiet afternoon at home. I mostly listened to library CDs while reading fic. The fic was very good but long (so much for the idea of closing many tabs...); none of the CDs were more than passably my thing.

I made banana bread and roasted some chickpeas. I divided up the chickpeas into five small containers with the idea that they'll be easy for breakfasts. By the time I'm done making my coffee, I just want to sit down and not move. It's a good idea to have something I can grab that doesn't need preparation and won't be terrible if it sits for 20 minutes (medication timing).
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I had an appointment downtown yesterday. I dropped some library things at the main branch before the appointment (they're still taking returns through the dropbox during renovations) and then did some Ingress missions after.

I stopped for lunch at the Northside Grill which is a little more than halfway home. When I finished eating, I realized that I'd missed the bus home by 2-3 minutes. I considered sitting in the restaurant until near time for the next one, but that would be 20 minutes of the staff really hoping that I'd leave so that they could close up. I wasn't the only person there at that point, but they weren't seating anyone else.

At any rate, I walked home with some detours to hack neighborhood portals. I probably shouldn't have done it. My hip flexors and my lower back were screaming at me by the time I got home. I'm not doing terribly today in that direction. Given that the Ingress distance walked tracker advanced by 9 km, I walked a lot. (The tracker doesn't count distance covered too quickly to be walking but will cover, say, a bus trip in start and stop traffic.)

Cordelia's got exams next week, so she'll be home two and a half hours earlier than usual on Wednesday and Thursday and by 10 a.m. on Friday. Her friends are at schools that run on semesters, so none of them will be free when she is. The only time their exams line up is in June.
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I napped this morning and actually slept some. I was interrupted by a couple of spam calls, and I'm pretty sure I got up at least once because I thought someone was in the house. I might have dreamed the getting up, though, because I spent a lot of time in the dream panicking about needing to be awake and not being.

(In support of me having gotten up is that some things got moved to the bedroom that needed to be and that I don't remember moving before I lay down the first time.)

I got up at about 11:30 after another spam call because I looked at the clock and realized I needed to eat lunch so I could take some meds. I got another spam call about ten minutes after that. Then I made myself coffee. It took about another 15 minutes for my brain to unscramble itself. Normally, I wake up sharply and kind of catapult upright when the phone goes, so that felt very weird.

Our cleaning lady came almost an hour early, so I'm glad that I got up when I did. She got confused about what time it was and thought she was late.
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The Fandom Trumps Hate, [personal profile] fth2019offerings, auction has opened for bidding. The listings are sortable by tag, and there's a lot of stuff offered.

My offering is here. The current high bid is $15 for a 5K-10K words fic written by me. I had to specify fandoms and offered Weiss Kreuz, Labyrinth, and Narnia, but I'm open to writing most fandoms that I've written before, including but not limited to sequels of previous fics by me.
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The electrician ended up being here for nearly four hours. His recommendation on the ceiling fan/light fixture was replacement. He got the hood installed over the oven and grounded the fridge outlet. He told me that the outlet we were using for our microwave wasn't grounded and that grounding it would require rebuilding the wall entirely because of how thin the wall is (my mother complained about that. The place is built to the minimum code for 1951), so we're now using an extension cord for the microwave. The electrician disapproves of extension cords on general principle but admitted it was a workable solution.

Cordelia's school has a half day today. She and her friends will be doing something or another together during the extra time.

I'm considering going outside with a broom to try to clear some of the snow that's fallen. It's still fluffy, and it's not very deep, so I think a broom could manage it if I do it before the nearby school lets out. My hair is still wet from showering two hours ago, but I think I'd be okay. I also don't think I could use the shovel to clear things.

I also need to run the dishwasher and do a load of laundry.

Scott will probably be home late. He needs to renew his driver's license. He's hoping to manage it during his lunch hour, but I suspect he'll be going after work which will mean many hours of waiting because Wednesday is the one day that the Secretary of State's offices are open late.

I'm hoping he'll manage over lunch, too, because we're out of bread and English muffins. I'd rather not send him after that at 9 p.m., but I'm going to have to send him after it or go myself.

Well, or find the bread machine and see if we have bread flour and/or yeast that's still good. I think we bought both in December. I might be able to move the bread machine to a place where I can run it.
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There's an electrician here right now. He's trying to replace some wiring in the kitchen so that we can install a hood over the stove. He's not happy with how thin our walls are or by how the wiring was done when the place was built and repaired. He spent a while looking at the ceiling fixture in the bedroom to make sure that the problem is the fixture and not the wiring.

We'll have some holes in the wall of the basement stairwell to repair after this, but that's something aesthetic rather than functional. I'm pretty sure that a hole in wallboard won't carry a risk of the house burning down.

Something I ate yesterday gave me heartburn around bedtime. It might have been the onions on the sandwich I had at noon. It also might have been the leftovers from lunch on Sunday that I ate for dinner. Maybe it was both. Fortunately, a little bit of ice cream settled everything, so I was able to sleep.

I think I'll be done in by the time the electrician leaves. I still need to change the fitted sheet on the bed and get all the other bedding in place, but I think someone else will have to handle the trash and recycling. I'm hoping to have enough energy to make banana bread, but it's possible I'll just throw that banana out.

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