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I have phone calls I need to make today, and I don't want to deal with them. I also desperately want a nap and know that, even if I lie down, I'm unlikely to sleep.

At least, my mother called me back (I left her a message last night). She and my step-father can't come to Cordelia's concert after all but do plan to come to 8th grade graduation. I had thought that 9 a.m. would be too early given the two hour drive, but Mom says that that's much easier than trying to drive home at night. Also, they have contractors working on urgent house repairs, and the contractors will only work if someone's at home.

One of my phone calls, I need to make around 3 p.m. as I'm calling a high school teacher, the choir director, to talk about choir camp this summer. The other call, I can make any time, but it's also not urgent urgent, so it's hard to make myself do it. That second call is to schedule a tune up for our air conditioner. I really hate to spend the money on it, but getting it done will keep the dratted thing running for longer.

We had a session of Scott's new Firefly game last night. I think I'm going to loathe the system because my preference is for rules that require no decisions on my part and that I don't have to think about or use very much. That's my preference when I'm GM, too. No matter what I'm running, I run rules lite. People who've done a lot of table top gaming tend to boggle when I say that GURPS is my preferred system but that I run rules lite. GURPS is the most flexible system I've seen for character creation/setting creation/genre bending. I'm just not prone to deal with the picky rules in play. I've got a general feel for what different dice rolls mean relative to the numbers on the character sheet, but I'm guided more by interesting story than by the dice. I don't ignore the dice altogether, but I can go a session without asking anybody to roll anything.

I think that what I want is a weird hybrid of GURPS, Amber Diceless, and some form of percentile system.

I have an appointment at the sleep disorders clinic tomorrow. They called me yesterday in response to my patient portal email. I'm not sure what they're going to be able to offer me. The main thing the woman I talked to thought was that I need anti-anxiety medication. Yeah, I do. I've only been trying to find something that works, long term, since 1987. The only things I've found that work are controlled substances, and I'm not willing to take those every night even if some doctor was fool enough to prescribe them that way.

I'm so frustrated by this health crap. I can get plenty of lectures about potential long term problems but no discussion that everything they tell me to do about those is killing me right at the current moment. When I'm drowning, I'm not going to worry about the risk of sepsis from splinters from the bits of wood currently keeping me afloat.

I'm kind of irritated with the lecture series I'm currently watching. The title of the series is 'The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World.' Apparently, the only places that existed in the ancient world were Egypt, Rome, Greece, Britain, and certain other small bits of Europe. Eleven episodes out of forty eight focus on Greece. Six focus on Egypt, and one of those is on Hellenistic Egypt. Thirteen episodes focus on Rome and territories under Roman control. The date on the box is 2012.

Cordelia's friend with the concussion was back at school yesterday. She's still having some headache issues and is taking things very easy. I don't know if she'll be at the concert tonight or not. Her father is becoming a US citizen today (her mother did a few years ago, and both kids were born in the US), and that, naturally, is a higher priority for her limited energy than the concert.

Date: 2017-06-01 10:50 pm (UTC)
cereta: dark-skinned woman with cat's cradle (Anjesa)
From: [personal profile] cereta
I'm getting ready to run with a modified, diceless Fate system, one I've been playing with for 6+ years now. I'm really happy with it, I have to say.

Date: 2017-06-02 02:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lady_of_mists
Yes, dice are fun, but I always preferred the 10 sided dice and the feel of Mage -- it seemed a little more intuitive than the every time you move you have to roll dice to make sure you don't fall on your face.

I want heroes and plot, shoot far -- not getting characters that I've invested time in getting killed by stepping on a splinter.

Date: 2017-06-03 01:31 am (UTC)
evalerie: Valerie (Default)
From: [personal profile] evalerie
I vaguely remember that there are some other options for sleep apnea -- braces, exercises, and other things. I haven't gone looking, but maybe googling something like "sleep apnea alternatives" will find some other options beyond using a CPAP machine.

Date: 2017-06-03 02:54 pm (UTC)
evalerie: Valerie (Default)
From: [personal profile] evalerie
I think some of the braces are just stiff stickers that go on a person's face while they sleep. I'm not clear on the details, but I have the impression that for some people that's actually all that it takes to hold their airway open.

The exercises are like playing a diggeridoo, so, again, not expensive and pretty approachable.

This is second-hand information from a friend who did a lot of research into apnea options. I haven't read about it myself, but the friend tends to be pretty thorough. So I'd categorize these as not guaranteed to work for you, but potentially worth looking into.

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