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I did eventually get to sleep last night. I ended up taking a second Halcion. I probably got about four hours of sleep. I'm going to have to find a way to nap today, or I'll end up too tired to manage anything myself by the time I need to eat dinner.

I'm not sure why my body wasn't willing to sleep. Scott and I took a moderately long walk, a bit more than an hour, around north campus yesterday. It would have been longer, but it started to pour, and we had to run for the car. I need to hack ten more new to me Ingress portals in order to get the silver badge for that. I'm entirely sure that I can find those on north campus. I just need to drag myself out there for it.

Maybe later today if I manage a nap.

Scott and Cordelia are both having trouble getting their phones to charge. Scott has to wiggle the connection until the charging starts and then not jostle it at all or it will stop. Cordelia's just having problems with the cord in the living room. Scott really needs to replace his phone, but we can't afford it.
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This afternoon, I did some minor beta reading on a paper that Cordelia's best friend was writing. It was mostly punctuation and verb tenses. The real challenge was explaining why. Cordelia thinks the idea of consulting a style guide is ridiculous (also the idea of asking a teacher which style guide they want used). Is that just a college thing? It just seemed to me that it would be helpful to know which set of rules the teacher is expecting.

I ended up taking a very long walk today, more than two hours, in spite of the fact that it was raining. I think that, as far as the rain goes, I'd have turned back sooner if it had started raining hard sooner. As it happens, I got to the end of the route I had decided on, and then it started pouring. I was pretty thoroughly soaked by the time I got home. I had to change my clothes entirely. I hacked six new-to-me Ingress portals and made several tiny fields while i was out.

I'm not commenting much right now because I'm doing a lot of my DW reading on my cell phone. I can type on that, but I always end up thinking that I'll remember to come back to the post when I'm on my laptop and then... Well, I don't. I am reading pretty reliably.

It's probably also likely that being low on sleep contributes to me not commenting. I felt so much better today after ten hours of sleep that I almost couldn't believe the difference. I wish it wasn't something that requires a huge family production about making happen.

Scott's brother and his family are thinking to come to Michigan for Christmas. We haven't seen them in a couple of years, so it would be really nice if they did come. Scott even managed to get some vacation time in between Christmas and New Year. I'm not sure about whether or not them staying a night or two with us will work now that their youngest is six. I think she was three the last time they stayed here, and at that point, she just slept in a port-a-crib in the basement with her parents while her older sister shared Cordelia's room. Now? I really don't know. I'm not sure that both girls can fit in Cordelia's room, and I'm quite sure that a port-a-crib won't be an option. Scott's sister and Scott's parents both have more flexibility that way, but it would be sad not to have them spend at least one night here. Scott and his brother don't get much time together.

My parents haven't told us that they'll be coming to Michigan in December. They did last year, but I don't know if that means doing it this year as well. At this point, I'm figuring that Scott's chance to see his brother outweighs time with them. I love them, but I'm pretty much never happier after I've seen them. I'm sometimes no less happy than I was but not always.

I had lunch with [personal profile] evalerie yesterday. We went to Juicy Kitchen which is out near Cordelia's school. We got there just before the lunch rush started. The place is tiny. I'm not sure that, even including the outdoor seating, it can accommodate more than twenty people.

I got myself to bed by about 8 p.m. last night. I hadn't really fallen asleep by the time I got a phone call at 9:30 (another mother calling about a school thing that actually did need to be dealt with last night). At that point, I took a second Halcion and then slept pretty soundly. I was able to sleep in a bit because the school had a late start. The 11th graders were taking the PSAT, and other grades didn't have class until 11:15. The district only ran the school buses for the 7:30 start time, so anybody who didn't go in then needed other transportation (that's what the other mother was calling about).

It's almost 9 p.m. now, and I really would like to sleep soon. I'm just not sure that I can get away with it without serious drama.
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I walked for a little more than an hour this morning after walking Cordelia to the bus stop (a careful twenty feet behind her). I went to the science and nature center and got bitten by more mosquitoes than I expected to see this time of year. I then walked a bit further up the road to the two portals near the golf course. (There's one actually on the course, about 80 meters from the road, but I think no one ever goes after it. I think I've only seen it captured once in the two years I've been playing. There isn't a fence or no trespassing signs, but there are people actually playing golf, even at 7:30 in the morning.)

I've been lying flat on my back at least twice a day for a while. The hard floor hurts, but it's the one thing I can do that makes my shoulders and neck release some tension. Lying on a more yielding surface doesn't do it. I can only tolerate a few minutes of lying on the floor at a time. I've been tempted to try a little alcohol to see if that will help those muscles relax, but I'm taking Tylenol at least once a day for the elbow pain (can't sleep at all without it). I'm not willing to trade shoulder/neck tension, even at these levels, for liver damage.

I did no writing this weekend. I was kind of frustrated about it, but I can't write anything at all when Cordelia's reading over my shoulder, and I don't seem to be able to wedge things into the times when she's not sitting next to me.

I have six interlibrary loan books that I want to finish and return. I've also got a couple of books that can't be renewed. I'm trying to work on some of the audiobooks I've got on my laptop, too. It's just that those take so very, very long to get through.

I think I didn't quite get the cold Scott had. He's still coughing a lot, but I'm better already. Cordelia was feeling a bit off over the weekend, too, but she didn't mention it this morning.
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I took a little bit of a walk after leaving Cordelia at the crosswalk. I took about half an hour. It's in the mid-40s out there, so it was pleasant with a light jacket.

We've figured out that Scott and Cordelia can't keep doing the things they're doing with their phones/data unless we're willing to pay more. For Scott, it's constant Facebook on his breaks and lunch. For Cordelia, it's Snapchat because she has one friend who sends something like 40 photos on an average day. Cordelia didn't realize that receiving each of those used data. She really doesn't like the idea of cutting off Snapchat, even for a few hours, because it's too much like cutting off the friends who are at other schools. Skyline has wifi, but it's terrible quality, according to Cordelia.

I'm trying to weed out messages from my inbox. There are some things, mostly DW comments, that I meant to answer, but they're now six weeks old, and I no longer remember the full context. The answers were either more for politeness than ongoing discussion or things that were too difficult to address at the time.

I gave up on a set of Great Courses lectures about writing fiction because, once I saw the first few lectures and looked at the titles of the rest, I realized that it didn't address the any of the things I need to work on in my own writing. Most of it was characterization/character development, dialogue, and plot construction. I'm pretty comfortable with all of that. I need techniques for integrating visual description into my narrative flow (I write two people, in a void, talking to each other, far too often) and how to structure action scenes, particularly scenes with more than two characters present.

Of course, I was also put off by the lecturer starting out by talking about the importance of outlining for plot. He later admitted, as if it was something potentially shameful, that he finds out who his characters are by writing them and seeing what they do. So I'm side-eying all of that. I suppose that outlining works for enough people that it's a basic thing to teach. I'd just like acknowledgement that that's not the natural flow for some (many!) people so that people who're just starting out don't think they can't write just because they can't outline.

I did a little bit of writing last night and discovered that I'd completed the emotional arc of the story. There's still tens of thousands of words worth of the plot I thought I was writing, but the emotional arc is done. Given that this is part of House of Sulfur and Mercury, I'm just going to end there and start a sequel to deal with the plot. This last chapter isn't quite 900 words, so it feels horribly short, but it's done.

The next things I need to work on are stories for [community profile] weissvsaiyuki and characters for UCon. The latter have two aspects to chip away at-- the numbers and rule related things and then the actual character histories, goals, etc. I want to have seven characters that people could play, but I need to plan so that I could run with just two of them, any two of them, and I capped attendance at five players, so they won't all seven get played. I can't imagine the game filling, all the players showing up, and then having extra players wanting in. It's scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, after all.
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My body's being obnoxious on the menstrual front, and I really want to sleep. It's Thursday, though, so I have a lot to do before the cleaning lady comes two hours from now. I did try to nap for about three hours, but the phone rang twice, and I had to get up twice to pee, and Scott was not quiet at all while he showered. When I realized that it had been three hours, I got up to get going on the things I need to do. I have two loads of laundry to wash, and I need to run the dishwasher. I need to find a few bits of paperwork and then deal with them.

I think that September's word count is going to be the low for so far this year. It was about 4700 the last time I checked, and I haven't written since then. If I can get myself writing again in the next couple of weeks, I'll be much more likely to sign up for Yuletide. If I can't, it's probably a sign that I'd not be able to handle an assignment.

Some time yesterday, I lost the Ingress portal that I'd held for 128 days. I got a badge a 90 days and was hoping to get the last badge at 150 days. The Guardian badge is almost 100% luck, though. All you can do is to keep recharging things and hope that no one comes by to knock them over. Really active and/or passionate players tend to have more trouble keeping a Guardian portal because equally passionate folks on the other side will seek out potential Guardian portals for those people just to take them out. I didn't expect to keep this particular portal as long as I ended up doing because it was one that I dropped a single resonator on as we drove by on our way through a town I'd never been in before. Things reachable from a car driving by don't last.

I have two portals at about 45 days each which might, in theory at least, get to the 150 day mark. I shan't hold my breath on them, either, but I'll keep recharging them as long as they're mine.

I would like to go and wander around North Campus, playing Ingress, some morning while the weather's cool enough that I can bear it but not yet so cold that my lungs can't handle it. I could catch a bus that way after dropping Cordelia off in the morning, but I worry about getting there and suddenly really needing a bathroom. The university has a couple of libraries there, but I'm not sure of their hours or of whether they require showing ID to get in. I suppose that's something I should be able to research. It just would suck to be 45 minutes from a bathroom and need one desperately.

From a certain point of view, the best time for me to go and do things is in the very early morning when I'm out of the house anyway. That means I don't have to work myself up to leaving home again. Stepping out the door at all is generally the hardest part. Temperature wise, it tends to be better then or a couple of hours after dark (and the buses aren't very useful that late). But, some days, some time between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., I spend 45 minutes to an hour really needing to have access to a bathroom.

I saw my psychiatrist on Tuesday. She gave me a prescription for more Halcion and suggested that I try taking two tablets at some point so that I know whether or not that's an option if I'm stressed out enough that one tablet doesn't help me at all. I will probably try that Saturday night because Scott will be home that night and I won't need to be up at any particular time on Sunday. He'll be working Friday night, so that's not an option. He won't work Sunday night, but I have to be up at 5 on Monday morning.
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I managed to get myself signed up to run events at UCon. A two hour Sentinels of the Multiverse game and a four hour rpg. The rpg plot is still very squishy in my head. I know where and how it starts, and I've got character ideas, but I still have to hammer out details.

I'm also waiting to hear from Cordelia how going to Skyline just for choir has worked. There was some stress about because the choir teacher never responded yesterday. That left Cordelia going to Skyline without a clear idea of what would happen. I don't know, at this point, if she'll be getting a ride in with someone or if she'll be rushing to catch the bus. I promised her that, if she misses the bus, I'll call Community to let them know that she'll be late.

After she gets to Community for the day, I'm probably going to try to nap. I have to meet Cordelia downtown after school's over. She has a 4:15 appointment down that way.

I woke this morning with a headache. Sugar and caffeine killed it, but it was fairly nasty before that. I'm pretty sure it's fallout from me not sleeping much Monday night and from me walking too far yesterday. (Cordelia's comment was, "Mom, you know that never ends well.")

My appointment at the sleep disorders clinic went pretty well. I saw a doctor rather than the PA I was expecting. I really have lost track of who I'm supposed to be seeing there. The doctor was pleased by my numbers as recorded by the c-PAP. I'm having a lot of 'episodes' during the period while I'm wearing the gear but not yet asleep. If I get up after an hour of being awake, the machine generally says I've had between 7 and 10 episodes in that time. By the next morning, it will give me an average between 1 and 2.5, depending on how long I used it and getting lower the longer I did, so I'm assuming that most of those are while I'm still awake with pretty much nothing while I'm sleeping. The doctor seemed to think that was the case too (the card recorded me having many events clustered early and then nothing much later, so).

The current mask/headgear is much better than the nasal pillows except for one thing. The strap around the back of my head that anchors everything won't stay. When I'm asleep, it gradually migrates up so that everything else starts to fall off. I have to manage to wake enough to move the strap back to where it's supposed to be. I will call Medequip and ask about it, but the doctor thought that they wouldn't have a solution. Her suggestion was a hat of some sort to provide more friction. Clips in my hair aren't an option because those will slide right out.

I took a cab to the appointment because I was just that tired. I had to take the bus home because the cab company said it would be an hour and a half, minimum. I was too tired to climb the hill from that bus route, so I went downtown to catch the bus that stops at the top of the hill. I ended up with at fifteen minute wait downtown. Cordelia was kind of worried that I wasn't home when she got there even though I texted her about it.
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Getting Cordelia enrolled at Community was mostly painless. We had to wait for the people we needed to talk to to arrive, so my worry that we'd be late was groundless. There was one other new 9th grader enrolling, and the woman in charge of the process declared the 9th grade class officially full once she had both kids in the system. Some of the other classes still aren't quite full, though, so she's not done with the process yet. She told us that they had a lot of last minute drop outs this year and that it's highly unusual.

The building is a much more manageable size than Skyline is. It's three floors but still probably not bigger than Cordelia's older school because that sprawls more. We were able to find all of Cordelia's classes. Then her friend who has been there since day one managed to get out of class about twenty minutes early (the classes are in long blocks) and came out to keep Cordelia company. I left then and just barely missed the bus (I got turned around, and none of the people I asked for help in finding the right exit gave me the correct directions). Since it was half an hour until the next bus I started walking.

I missed the next bus because I'd detoured into a park to hack some portals I hadn't before. That was on me. I ended up walking another twenty minutes and then stopping to wait for the next bus. Standing and waiting was much, much harder than walking. I almost fell over while waiting because my legs just couldn't.

On the plus side I earned a silver badge for deploying mods in Ingress.

Cordelia decided to take Spanish rather than to try to find a way to take Chinese. Taking it at Skyline wasn't likely to work due to the bus schedule. We're still trying to figure out how to make choir at Skyline work, but getting back to Community in time requires catching a bus only one minute after the class ends (she can get to Skyline on the school bus because it's a first period class). Basically, any bus option for getting to Community by 9:35-- which she must do-- requires leaving before first period ends.

I'm not enthusiastic about relying on the teacher letting her go early and on Cordelia being assertive enough to point out that she has to. Still, I've emailed the teacher and will try calling her cell phone (which I have because of camp) a bit later one. We need to figure it out by 6:50 tomorrow morning so that Cordelia can got to Community if she's not going to choir. (Yes, the bus to Community is almost twenty minutes earlier than the bus to Skyline.)

I have to get her textbooks back to Skyline. She'll be using the same text in geometry at Community, but bureaucracy dictates using a different copy. If Cordelia keeps taking choir, she can take them in herself, either all three at once or one at a time, but I'm kind of assuming that we're not going to figure out a solution.

Hopefully, Cordelia figured out where to buy school lunch. Community has an open campus, so most kids buy lunches outside, and the school doesn't have a cafeteria. They told us that she can buy lunches at school, using her prepaid account, but they didn't give us a clear idea of where she needed to go. Her friend didn't know because she hadn't ever done it.
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I walked in a different direction after parting from Cordelia at the crosswalk today. There are only half as many portals along the route I took, but I can do all of them from the sidewalk rather than tramping through dew soaked grass. Also, I wanted to place some resonators and, if I could, some mods. Only one of the portals had mod spots open, so I didn't get much out of it in that direction. I need to place 38 more mods to get my silver badge.

We had people over for Scott's Firefly RPG last night. I wasn't able to play for various reasons.

Cordelia and I almost got through the fourth Buffy episode today. We watched all of the third and then had to leave before the final fight in the fourth.

I have two things I really want to do today that I think shouldn't take long. Except that I'm still dithering about what scenario to do for UCon. Part of me still thinks that I can just show up, hand out characters, and make stuff up as I go. That's not how one shot games work. I need to have a general shape in mind for the story, with ideas for different paths to an ending. The players are pretty certain not to take any of the paths I expect, but having those in mind means having some things already in motion that I can toss at the player characters.

Scott ordered some books that he wanted sent to our six year old niece in Seattle. They ended up here, and sending them back to Amazon for reshipping costs more than half the value of the books (they're paperback early reader chapter books-- Magic Kitten series). This means a trip to the post office some time soon. I have some other things I'd like to mail at the same time, so that will work well.

I think it's actually sort of a pity that this book doesn't contain instructions for how to make the items it contains pictures of. It's a book of wearable fiber crafts photos. I'm not convinced I'd want to wear any of the things in the blog post talking about the book, but they're kind of fascinating to look at. The book's from 1976, but the blog post is current (the blog focuses on looking at old library books that don't belong in the collections where they were found).
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Cordelia has decided that she wants to watch Buffy now. She's been reading YA with vampires and thinly disguised Slayers. We watched the first two episodes this morning before Cordelia went to school. She said a lot of the tropes were immediately familiar, and she complained about the physics not being accurate.

I took a walk again after dropping Cordelia at the bus stop, up to the science center for portal hacking again. I walked very, very slowly up until the end of the walk when I started feeling some urgency to get home.

I need to dive into a beta read of a long fic that needs to get done quickly. I got the document right after Cordelia got home yesterday, so I didn't have a chance to look at it last night. I've got about two hours now. I can probably work on it after Cordelia gets home today if all goes well. Fingers crossed.
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We went to breakfast at Bob Evans yesterday. I still have half of my pancakes.

We drove Cordelia and a boy from her friends group to the fairgrounds where they met about five other kids. We left them there and wandered around a bit, Ingressing. Scott was peeved to find out that the folks who took down his science center portals were doing it in retaliation for things someone else did, and Saline happens to be the territory of one of the folks who did it, so Scott picked a portal that anchored a lot of big fields, and we took that out. We didn't hold it more than an hour or two, but the other player had to go out there to take it back. We also picked off several portals that only had a resonator or two on them. Those were recaptured by the time we'd walked two blocks.

I don't think Scott was annoyed enough to have gone out there without some other reason to make the trip, but he was pleased to have it all coincide.

I only need 64 unique portals hacked to get my silver Explorer badge. I need to place 42 more mods to get my Engineer silver and create 95 fields to get my silver Mind Controller badge. None of my silvers are even remotely near to getting to gold.

We gave two girls rides home. They and the friends who weren't riding with us wanted bubble tea or frozen yogurt or some such to cap the day, so we took them downtown. I stayed in the car to eat my dinner while everyone else went and got smoothies. Scott brought one back for me. His ulterior motive was that he could tell it was going to start raining soon. He didn't want to have to walk back to the parking structure in the rain.

And it came down in sheets when it did start. All the kids got soaked in spite of waiting under a theater marquee. A lot of the sewers were backing up so that there were puddles inches deep in places. The downpour only lasted about twenty minutes, and things drained pretty fast after that, but I don't like the indication for the health of our storm sewers.

I ended up having KFC's mac and cheese and coleslaw because we weren't going to be home before my drop dead time for eating and because that was all we could find open that had anything reasonable in terms of reflux risk. Given that that's now 6 p.m., this is going to be an ongoing issue. Me needing to be in bed at 9 p.m. is also going to put a serious crimp in our Wednesday game group plans because we run from 7 to 10 and generally don't manage to start playing anything until around 8.

I've set alarms to help me remember my new schedule for meals and medications because there's not much wiggle room at the end of the day given when I'm going to try to sleep and that I'll be taking my thyroid medication before I lie down. No more ice cream in the evening or snacks during game sessions.

I completely lost track of my word counts during August. At this point, I'm not sure what I counted and what I didn't. I don't think I wrote enough that it matters much, but I'm still taking it as a sign of stress and trying not to be annoyed with myself. I've got counts on some things I wrote; I'll just use those and handwave the rest.

Scott still has his alarm set for the old wake up time. It's a matter of about fifteen minutes, so we couldn't go back to sleep for that time. That meant that I had Cordelia's breakfast made and coffee for her and me ready by the time she got up. I walked her to the bus stop which turned out to be, as I expected, in the lot of her old school. We were a little worried by the fact that there was a school bus pulling out of the lot as we approached. We were ten minutes before the official pick up time, so I was pretty sure it had to be a different bus, but we didn't know.

Cordelia didn't say hello to any of the waiting kids, so I think she didn't know them. I certainly didn't recognize any of them. After the bus left, I walked to the science center to hack the portals there. I was out until a bit after 8:00 (pick up was 7:20-ish), but I was walking very, very slowly both because the grass was damp and slippery and because I wanted to get two hacks on each portal if I could without standing still (mostly, I couldn't).

In the road in front of the school, they've put up signs telling drivers to stop for foot traffic. There are also narrow plastic cones separating the lanes and along the curb at the crosswalk so that drivers can't possible miss it. I was glad to see, on my way back from the science center, that the school there still has a human crossing guard. We were a little concerned that they'd have eliminated that position.
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I over did things yesterday. After I left Medequip at about 11:20, I walked for a bit more than an hour. This was more tiring than it would normally be because I had my c-PAP, my purse, and a bag with a book and my full water bottle. The c-PAP was mostly willing to stay hanging from my shoulder, but the other two kept slipping down. I have no idea how far I walked (Scott has been promising me a fit-bit equivalent for over a year. He says 'real soon,' but I don't believe him) because Ingress is very inexact on that. It counts in kilometer increments and includes any distance registered by the GPS as being at a possible walking pace rather than counting steps.

I was lucky in that a bus to downtown arrived less than two minutes after I got to the stop and that it got me downtown at a time when I didn't need to wait for the bus home.

I was so tired by the time I got home, though, that I didn't move much for the rest of the day.

I'm progressing on my Captive Audience story again. It's at 10K words now, and I have no idea how to end it or even exactly what I need to have happen first. I don't think I have Lima or Stockholm syndrome yet. It's very clearly going to happen, but it hasn't yet. I should have remembered that, while I like writing this sort of thing, I can't write it short. I have to have the story ready to post tomorrow. I fear that will mean no beta read (I may not even have the time to go over it for typos. I usually need a week between finishing writing and being able to see typos).

I'm not entirely sure that I can find the end of the damned story before the deadline.

I tried taking Zyrtec last night instead of Claritin (my primary care doctor suggested it). I've been a groggy zombie today, so I'm inclined to got back to Claritin. She thought Zyrtec might be more effective than the Claritin has been in dealing with the occasional problems I've been having with sinus irritation from the c-PAP. The other-- and more major thing-- against continuing to take the Zyrtec is that it's apparently a very bad combination with Lunesta. I told my pcp that I was likely to take Lunesta, but I'm not sure I mentioned the Zyrtec to my psychiatrist the next day, and my pcp pretty clearly wanted me to be taking something else than Lunesta. I think she somehow didn't understand that things that make me more tired and less able to think during the day are not things I will continue to take, not unless stopping will kill me.

My hope is to try the Lunesta at a very low dose tonight and see how it affects me.

The new c-PAP mask is much more comfortable and less anxiety inducing than the old one. The hose attaches at the top of my head now, so I don't have to try to hold onto it in order to keep the bit on my nose from shifting to a point that I can't breathe properly. The part that goes over my nose just covers the whole thing instead of needing to be placed with the right bits in each nostril. I guess we'll see how it goes. I'm pretty sure I slept better last night than I have any other time with a c-PAP.
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Scott's going to have to work Saturday. That kind of blows up our weekend plans, but the plant is doing full production that day, so everybody's working, no way around it. At least I can steal the equipment he'd been saving for the anomaly? (Definitely looking for a silver lining.)

We had a trial run this morning for how things will work in the fall, once school starts, because Cordelia had to catch a city bus at 7 a.m. in order to be at Skyline for an 8 a.m. orientation. I'm pretty sure I only got through it because I woke at 2:30 and took my thyroid medicine. If I don't wake to take it, I have to wait an hour and a half before I can eat or have my morning tea/coffee. Which would mean eating right at the point that I can actually go back to bed.

I have no idea how I'm going to make it through that time without sugar and caffeine. Scott has asked me not to discuss it because it upsets Cordelia to think that she's making things hard for me. I kind of want to snarl at him because that doesn't actually help me at all.

I'm kind of thinking that what ought to happen is for Scott to be the one to make Cordelia's breakfast since he'll be getting up at the same time she does. I'm not convinced that I need to be up to do that just so that he can sit on the couch and watch TV with her. (She needs the whole hour and a half to spin up and be functional. If someone doesn't put food in front of her, she won't eat.) I guess we'll see.

After Cordelia got on the bus, I took a walk. I walked very slowly for about an hour and a half. Then I went home and tried to get some things done. At about 10:30, I tried to nap, but I kept getting texts and phone calls. I did sleep some because I had kind of gripping dreams in between the texts. I figure I'm tired if I manage to out and out dream in a ten minute nap between text messages.

I need to find some space for myself in the next few days so that I can finish the fic that's due in early September. The problem is that I can't write it while Cordelia's home, so I may not actually have much time. She's volunteering most of next week, so maybe I'll have time then, but I also have doctor appointments in there and a bunch of other things that need doing while she's not at home. I don't know. I have 6000 words of story and something that would be an ending for any other exchange. I just haven't gotten what I need for this.

I'd normally ask Scott to get Cordelia out of the house, but I don't see that happening between now and the due date. There's just no way to make it work.
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I wasn't able to use the c-PAP at all last night because every time I put it on, I'd start sneezing in under a minute. The air blowing through made a particular bit of my sinuses itch like crazy. After I post this, I'm going to wash all of the gear and let it air dry. (I've got ten minutes left on the CD I'm listening to, and with Cordelia still in bed, I don't want to turn up the volume enough to be able to hear it in the kitchen).

I've been sneezing a bit, off and on, since I got up this morning. It hasn't been enough to make me worry, but it also hasn't quite gone away. I'm also now feeling sore from the walking I did on Monday. Walking is difficult because my calf muscles are trying to refuse to stretch at all.

I wrote 87 words last night. I'm hoping that this is the breakthrough I need in order to be able to get moving with the story as it's due Saturday. I also spent about ten minutes finding names for the OCs I know I'm going to need for my Captive Audience assignment.

I'd like to go out and do some Ingress this morning because some players from the other side came through and knocked over almost all of the portals in the neighborhood. I managed to reinforce three that are difficult to attack without tramping over uneven ground (these folks were out well after dark and tend not to want to get out of their car(s) at the nature center), but there's one unclaimed portal now that is easy to knock down from the parking lot but can't be captured from there. One only has to venture about two yards onto the grass to reach it, but... Most people don't bother.

I probably won't end up going because I've only got an hour before a friend comes over and because I need to do several household chores first. If Cordelia wakes in time, I want to see if she has dishes lurking in her room. I'm hoping to run the dishwasher soon. There's not a lot of space left. I could fill it with a couple of mugs. I'd just like to give priority to bowls and/or plates if she's got them.

I need to put in a support request at AO3 because there's a comment on one of my fics that never got emailed to me. I've gotten emails for more than a dozen comments left after it was and for one left seven hours before on the same fic. It's been three days, so I don't think it's just delayed. It's not in my junk mail, and I checked Gmail just in case it was getting hung up there (occasionally, that account just won't download for a few hours at a time), but it's definitely not there. It's not utterly lost because it's in my AO3 inbox and on the fic, but... I like to archive comments locally.
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Kind of lost track of today as far as posting here. I had a dental appointment this morning. The buses were already detouring a bit for Art Fair preparation even though it doesn't start for a couple of days, but the bus I caught did stop where I needed it to, so that was okay.

They were about twenty minutes late starting my appointment, and then they had technical difficulties while trying to develop my x-rays. I got out of the office an hour and a half after my appointment started.

Then I went the opposite direction from the one I should have because there was an Ingress portal down there that I'd never hacked. It was a bit farther away than I remembered (some friends lived there during college). Then there was one just a block farther on, and I could get to a couple more on my way back by going one block over. I over walked by quite a bit.

I went to Totoro for lunch, getting there about an hour after I left the dentist. I had a teriyaki beef bento and got Cordelia something called a 'yummy roll' which she loves. Then I headed toward the transit center to get the bus home. I should have tried to get an inbound bus instead of walking. I ended up getting to the end of the block where the transit center is as the buses were pulling out, so I had to wait half an hour for the next bus. I should have gone to the library (a block away) or the transit center building. Both would have been cooler. I was just so tired that I couldn't face unnecessary walking.

I got home about 3:30, and Scott called just after I pulled out my key to open the door. I told him I'd call him back in a couple of minutes because there was no way I could unlock the door while talking on the phone and juggling three bags.

Today was a lesson in how having a big water bottle doesn't help if I don't take it out to drink from it. Of course, I had a lot of water while I was having lunch and then a lot more after I got home. I was very glad we had some gatorade because that's what staved off the headache that was trying to get itself going.
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We did end up going to Target last night. We got a lot of snacks and a couple of DVDs, one for us and one for Cordelia's best friend. The latter was only $4 and is a movie the girl loves, so there was no way we weren't getting it. Scott went to Home Depot for some things while Cordelia and I did the Target part of things.

On the way back from Target, we stopped at Plum Market because we'd forgotten that we needed to buy salad fixings for the family gathering today. I was desperate for something really cold to drink, but apparently I didn't get that across to either Scott or Cordelia because they didn't understand that I wasn't buying that cold drink for when we got home. I had a very, very cold bottle of tea, and it made me feel incredibly much better. I hadn't been thirsty, particularly; I just desperately wanted something really cold.

For some reason, things from our refrigerator are never quite that cold.

Scott and I went for a walk around 1 in the afternoon yesterday when it was still around 70F outside, and I misjudged things badly enough that I hurt to walk for the rest of the day. Scott was letting me set the pace and decide where to go, so it's on me rather than on him. On the way home, we ran into the mother of a kid who was in elementary school with Cordelia but who went to the big middle school instead of staying with the new program (as I recall, his parents were specifically not interested because the program was new/experimental. They thought that the regular middle school was likely to be more predictable).

At any rate, we talked for quite a while about what's become of other kids from that fifth grade class and what the two different middle schools were like and what we expect from Skyline and all of that.

I picked up a pinch hit last night. I'd put off claiming it because I wasn't sure I wanted to commit. It's just that I had a partially finished story that fit one of the prompts. I waited at least ten hours after I first saw the pinch hit, and nobody else offered, so I did. The main problem I've got with the story right now is placeholder names. There's nothing out and out wrong with the names I've got, but I keep looking at names and realizing that I've known people with those names or have watched/read things with characters with those names or... Well, it's hard to find normal names that I don't have associations with, and I don't want those associations sneaking in.

At any rate, I wrote 2356 words yesterday.

I managed to sleep for four hours with the c-PAP last night and then another four without it. I woke with a headache which I still have. I suspect/fear that it's menstrual because nothing I've tried yet has made a dent. Normally, food and black tea will completely get rid of a morning headache, just not in this case. I've taken Tylenol, too.

Scott's family wants to spend the afternoon at the beach. I have put my foot down that I'm not doing that. If nothing else, I'd die of the heat. We're supposed to meet them at the beach, but Scott doesn't know what beach (there are about four lakes within reasonable distance of his parents' place), so I haven't been able to figure out if there are coffee shops or something near where they'll be. He has suggested that I either sit in the car with it running so I can have AC or have him drive me to his parents' place and drop me off there. The latter is more acceptable (and likely less expensive), but I'm willing to sit and read anywhere with AC.
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My last PT appointment went well. Mainly, at this point, it's a question of me keeping up my exercises and being careful. Next week, the only medical appointment currently scheduled is Cordelia's PT, and that's at a time when Scott can take her without me going along. I just have to figure out a decent dinner option for her that she can eat in the car because PT ends at 6:00 and she has something else from 6:00 to 8:00.

Since Cordelia was off at Cedar Point all day, Scott and I went out for dinner at a nearby Chinese restaurant, Evergreen. We had eaten there once, right after we moved here a bit more than twenty years ago, and had not been impressed at all, but we thought it had likely changed. It had. The decor was completely different and so, I think, was the menu. We both liked what we got, but we were pretty conservative in terms of what we ordered-- Scott got chicken with green beans and ginger. I got shrimp with vegetables. I also tried their bubble tea. The tapioca pearls weren't the texture I prefer, but it was otherwise passable, just very, very heavy on the ice which made getting the tapioca pearls kind of challenging.

Cordelia ate the leftovers from both dishes for lunch and liked them. I was surprised by the one with ginger in it because she usually hates ginger. Of course, she's got a really nasty head cold, so maybe she couldn't taste it.

I got everything on yesterday's to do list done except for starting my Not Prime Time assignment. Hopefully, I can make a dent in that today. I also want to change our sheets. I think I can manage that if I wear thumb splints and am cautious.

We'll be getting together with Scott's family for Mother's Day tomorrow. For some weird reason, we're once again going to a particular Italian place where there's very little I can eat (I need to avoid oregano, basil, tomatoes, peppers, and black pepper and to limit oil/fat for reflux reasons) and where Scott's sister has had horrible service (as in forgetting to bring her meal out at all) more than once. The gluten free menu, which Scott's sister and mother both use, is extremely limited.

I don't know if Scott's sister's in-laws will be there or not. They might be, or they might be doing something earlier in the day. But if they are, maybe this is the only place they could find that could seat twelve people at 6:00 on Mother's Day? Without them, there would be nine of us which is still a pretty large group. I don't know.
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Yesterday and this morning, I added a round the block loop to my walk home after dropping Cordelia off at school. I’m not sure it’s wise because it makes my heel hurt ever so much more, but it feels so good to be moving around. Also, right now, the temperatures are at a point where I can walk outside without overheating horribly. It’s still strange to want to walk outside in short sleeves with no coat when it’s cold enough that I can see my breath, but apparently, that’s my life now.

I put my jacket on for about the last ten minutes of my walk and had worn it for the five minutes Cordelia and I took to get to the school, but I didn’t wear it in between. My arms got a little chilly, but, bar my face and ears, the rest of me was too warm. Well, my lungs also complained a bit. It wasn’t quite cold enough to set off my asthma, but it was cold enough for my lungs to hint that they’d be much happier if I was breathing warmer air.

Now, I’m picturing myself wearing a t-shirt and carrying my jacket while walking along with a big scarf wrapped around my face. I’d look beyond ridiculous. Especially since my scarf is longer than I am tall, twice as wide as it needs to be, and in a rainbow of pastel colors (I knit it myself about twenty years ago and kept going until I ran out of yarn).

My hands have been giving me a lot of trouble the past few days. By the time Scott got home yesterday, I needed to break out the big braces, the ones that I really can’t move much at all in. Those make my shoulders hurt because almost anything I do with my hands with them on has to come from the shoulders.

I washed two loads of laundry yesterday, dried three, and put away one. The towels are still in the dryer, and I’m not willing to try to figure out where Cordelia wants her clothes.

I baked a cake from mix. I didn’t frost it because Cordelia and I both prefer that and because Scott bought the mix but not frosting. I had told Scott to buy something in that direction if there was anything on sale, and he came home with a key lime cake mix. It’s a pale green that kind looks wrong. Cordelia has declared it disgusting but still ate all of the piece she took.

I weeded a small box worth of books from the shelves downstairs (paperbacks, St-Z). They’re all things I know I’m never going to read again, and a few of them are things I would be afraid to read again because I suspect the Suck Fairy and her kin have been to visit since the mid-1980s. I’m also pulling anything that I look at and can’t remember the plot. I must have liked those to have kept them, but I’ve got about a thousand books on my list of things I want to get from the library. I’m not going to reread those. I will likely weed more today.

Cordelia’s first PT appointment is at 4:30 today. I’m hoping that the therapist can help her be less worried about things like her knee going out if she’s not wearing a brace and rolls over in bed.

Before Cordelia gets out of school, I want to get the trash out. I’m going to wear the heavy duty braces for that and for retrieving the towels in the hope that I won’t need them in the evening.
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I feel like I did a lot of household chores yesterday, but when I list what I did, it doesn’t seem like much at all because nothing on the list took me more than five minutes at a time. Of course, by evening, I was nodding off.

I pulled some ancient food out of the fridge and tossed it. I filled, ran, and emptied the dishwasher. I took some books down to the basement and shelved about a third of them. I watered our Christmas cactus. I moved a bunch of junk out of the living room so that the cleaning lady would be able to mop. I took out the very stinky trash that resulted from the kitchen cleaning.

We ended up with pizza last night because that seemed easier than trying to cook when we had to have the girls ready to leave for the school at 6:10 (to be there by 6:15). Scott pulled me aside and asked if we were expected to go because he wasn’t sure if Cordelia was in the play or working on it in some way. I really think he wouldn’t have missed her staying at school until 5:00 most days the last couple of weeks, but he was afraid he had.

There’s very little ice left on the sidewalk between here and the school, and it’s enough warmer now that I took the long way home. My Achille’s tendon didn’t like it much, but mostly, it hurts while I’m walking and not when I’m resting.

I’m not sure if it was the bacon on my pizza or if it was that I had chocolate around 8 p.m. (which I really shouldn’t have), but I had some reflux trouble last night. Possibly, it was the combination. I don’t know. That means I’m low on sleep. My current plan is to lie down after I call in a prescription refill and post this.
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I was just fairly unwise. After I dropped Cordelia off at school, I looked at my Ingress map and decided that I would try to get to a portal I hadn’t ever hacked before. It didn’t look all that far away. And then there were two more portals close-ish, but they were in a cemetery, so I had to find the gate (which was open). By the time I got home, I’d been walking for an hour and fifteen minutes. My Achille’s tendon despises me, and my sinuses are very upset with me because it’s about 35F out there. My sinuses and lungs still consider that cold.

This was an especially foolish thing for me to do because I have a doctor appointment this afternoon and because our cleaning lady comes this afternoon. Oh, and I still have to pick Cordelia up after school. Fortunately, most of what I need to do in the next three hours, I can do sitting down.

But three new to me portals! Yea?

This morning, I pulled a bag down from the very top shelf of my closet. I’d been wondering what it was for quite some time, but I’m too short to put anything up there myself, so I knew it had to be something Scott had stored. It turned out to be a very old present intended for Cordelia. It has to have been up there at least six years because she hasn’t been interested in doll kitchen sorts of things in quite a long time. There was a Wii game in there, too, (an I Spy thing) and a DS game that Cordelia says she’s still interested in (some sort of Star Wars game).

Now I have to figure out who we know who’s between three and seven who might be interested in the doll kitchen set. The younger of our two nieces in Seattle might be, but shipping it would be expensive. There’s a little girl locally who’ll be three in May. That’s only two months. I’ll ask her parents. I haven’t seen them or her in quite some time, so I’m not sure if the gift is something she’d want or that they’d want her to have.
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I got Cordelia to school. Her best friend who’ll be helping her get around arrived just as we did, so I was able to leave promptly.

My left Achille’s tendon is not happy about the walking, but it’s not as bad as I feared it would be. I suppose I’ll see how things are after I bring her home. I walked the long way home (three blocks as opposed to a block and a half) and probably shouldn’t have, but it felt good to be outside in the cool air. I’m pretty overheated at the moment and have the ceiling fan going in the living room. It’s about 45F outside, but I couldn’t handle wearing my jacket on the trip home. My arms got a bit cold, but my torso was way, way overheated.

I had a headache all day yesterday and woke up with it still there. It’s retreated a bit right now. I’m not sure what to do about it. More sleep would probably help, but experience says that, if I lie down, I won’t end up sleeping because I’m too stressed out. Maybe Ativan and then trying to nap? My psychiatrist has told me that, once in a while, I can use Ativan to help me sleep, and I haven’t taken any in about a week.

Let’s see— I need to do laundry today, two loads of our stuff and a load of Cordelia’s. I would like to change our sheets, but I may not get to that until Wednesday (Tuesday is trash day). Showering would also be nice but probably will have to wait until Cordelia’s home.

I’m doing better on my daily word count than I thought I was, about 580 words per day. I’d like to do better, but I have to keep reminding myself that this is way more than I normally have done. I haven’t started writing that pinch hit yet because I need some headache free time to figure out which prompt I’m going with. There are three that I’m seriously considering and four or five more that I actually could do with a little more work. I need to decide, but I don’t actually want to decide.

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