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February 23rd, 2018

Lazy day

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I guess I'm having my lazy day today, because Mum is coming to visit me tomorrow. And then there will be no laziness to be had, because the two of us always end up getting into stuff. I have no idea what the plans are for tomorrow, but I'm sure it will involve plenty of activity. It usually does. I will try to dress accordingly... if I can find shorts because what the fuck, Atlanta weather? Just what the fuck.

I'm not even sure I own shorts anymore. If I do, they're the kind meant to be worn under a skirt to alleviate chafing and thigh erosion. That said, maybe it won't be too gauche to run around in my one pair of capris, even if they are yoga pants. I'm not sure I care, either. It's February, and tomorrow will in the high 70s or low 80s. Because, again, what the fuck, Atlanta weather? Just what the fuck.

I think I like saying that today. Honestly, I'm kind of all right with this.

What I need to do is write more of this damn Shelter AU that is absolutely determined that it wants to be a verse all unto itself. Well, sort of. Same premise as Shelter -- GoodDay, with a messed up as hell and more than slightly masochist Goody and a making it up along the way Faraday -- but with a female Faraday. It gets amusing/weird, because Goody is roughly a Kinsey 5 (mostly gay), while Faraday is a Kinsey 3 (very definitely bi). Sorry, it amuses me, but then, I freely admit that I'm weird.

And yeah, I need to go throw myself at my bed, because all Mum said was that she was going to be waking me up in the morning. I'm not sure how early that means. So, good night, my freaky darlings. Sleep well.

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February 22nd, 2018

Happy birthday to me

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Well, it was a fairly nice birthday day, I guess. I got to sleep in, which is always a nice thing. I ate lunch with [personal profile] katsuko at Macaroni Grill. We tried out a new tea shop since our Teavana is gone now. (sad face) I picked up my birthday macarons at Macaron Queen, and that's always damn nice.

But then I decided to go ahead and go to the doctor to find out why I'm still sick. An hour and $60 later, I'm told I have had a series of colds, one after another after another for the last two or three weeks. I have a whole lot of new medicines to take to help with that, so hopefully that will make a difference of some sort.

And that's about all I've got for today. I have some handwritten stuff that needs to be typed up, but I need to be a bit more awake for that, so I'm not even gonna try. Instead, I'll do all that tomorrow.

I feel like a birthday would be remiss, however, without posting a few links to wishlists and other such helpful things, so...

Amazon Wishlists
PayPal donations

So, good night, all. Later, my freaky darlings.

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February 21st, 2018

Something

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I wish I had something more creative to put as a subject line there. I'm doing good, really, to come up with that much today. I've been on the edge of falling asleep all damn day. Like, any time I sat down, I came frightfully close to dropping off the second my rear touches anything... up to and including toilet seats.

And that does include right now sitting still, as well well as making this journal entry.

So I think, rather than type up the stuff I have handwritten, I'm going to go on to bed. I'll do the typing up of handwritten stuff later in the day.

Good night, all.

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February 20th, 2018

Tired

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One day I'm going to feel more human and I cannot even begin to articulate how glorious that day will eventually be. But that day is not today. Today, I spent most of the day struggling to breathe and continuously get air into my lungs. I've also had that sore throat that won't end, a headache that's just a constant dull ache, a cough, sneezing, and a terrible case of the sniffles. It is definitely in no way fun or enjoyable, and I'm more than tired of it now. I'm well past ready to be something a lot closer to healthy. I'm not even asking to be completely well. I just wanna be healthy enough to enjoy life.

And now I'm going to go throw myself at my bed for a few hours. Later, all.

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February 19th, 2018

Tradition

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Luci has discovered the time honored kitty tradition in this house of fussing at me when I sneeze. Given that I'm doing a lot of sneezing... Well... She's doing a lot of fussing. She's sitting on her kitty condo giving me judging looks, like "how dare you" and so forth. Whatever it is that I have, I've had it for almost two weeks now. I can't seem to quite shake it, and that's a huge page, because this Thursday is my birthday. I was sick on my birthday last year and wasn't able to go down to the family's. I don't want to do that again this year. At least it's probably not bronchitis with an upper respiratory infection this year?

Oh, and she doesn't much care for sniffling either. One guess what else I'm doing a lot of that as well.

So coughing, sneezing, runny (but yet also congested) nose, sore throat, headache, fatigue, dizzy spells, and occasional low grade (less than 100°F/37.8°C) fever that comes and goes. WebMD says the common cold, but I can't say I've had one last this long before... or at least not that I can remember.

All of that said, I didn't get a lot done. Glynda was still out today, and she'll be out again tomorrow. That means, while LaTrease is opening Prometric, I'm pretty much running the ship from, say, 9 in the morning until when I go on lunch at 1:00, then from 1:45 until 5:15 when we close. It feels like a lot, even if it doesn't sound like it. Maybe it just feels like a lot because I feel like hell right now and this job stresses me out in a normal situation.

So I'm going to type up the little I did manage to get handwritten and try to make my word count up to 1,000 words before I go shove [personal profile] katsuko over and go to bed.

So long, my freaky darlings!

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February 18th, 2018

Good day

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Today was a pretty nice day. I didn't end up getting a lot of sleep last night, but it wasn't a debilitating lack of sleep. We even did get out to see Black Panther this morning. (No spoilers, but I found the minor characters to be absolutely charming. On a scale of 1 to 10: Everett Ross is a 10, M'Baku is an 11 or a 12, and Shuri is around a 27. The villain was thorough and nuanced and well-rounded. Most of all, he was believable, which is more than can be said for Zemo. And that's all I have to say on that.)

As for the rest of the day... Well, it's kind of all a blur. I'm sure things happened, but I'm not completely sure as to the order or veracity of them. There was food. There was tea. There was writing. There was maybe a nap? I'm not sure on that one. I'm likewise pretty sure that there wasn't a dinner in there, but I can't be certain. And I know I've cuddled with kitties a lot today. I think they were even my own kitties.

So yeah, obviously still feeling sick. If it didn't cost so much, I would actually try to get into Urgent Care and see if they know what's up with me. But my copay is $60, and that's more than I have to spare right now.

And seriously, I keep drifting off. Not to sleep, but to a sort of a la-la land, where I could swear I'm doing something, but then I realize I'm just staring off into space and way too much time has passed. So I think I'm going to go throw myself at my bed and see if one of these drifting spells with drift me to sleep. Plan? Plan.

Good night, all.

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February 17th, 2018

Cuddler

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Well, I've had a pretty damn productive day. I went and hung at Panera while [personal profile] katsuko was doing her morning shift at IKEA. Then I hung at Mirko while she did her shift there. I managed to get typed up most of my handwritten stuff and a little bit more besides, giving me a nice word count for the day. I still have a bit more to type up from handwritten, but that's for tomorrow, I'm thinking. That gives me a chance to get some more words for that day too.

I have Luci in my lap, busy being a stealth cuddler. And I'm only going with "stealth cuddler" because I actually have no idea when she go on my lap. At least I don't know when she arrived the first time. She has since left to go drink from the faucet twice and come back. Of course, part of the problem is that my neighbors are up and moving around, and she does not like that. My little Luci Goosey has some strong opinions about people making noise outside her space.

It's so late that it's just about early, because I fell asleep on the couch before typing this up and woke up to type it. I'm actually torn between going to bed or staying awake... or laying back down on the couch to see what happens. Given the absolutely crappy way I feel right now, I'm leaning towards the last option, Luci of course permitting.

And yet I think we still have plans to try to go see Black Panther tomorrow morning. I don't know: we'll have to see.

Yeah, I think once I finish this sore throat lozenge, I'm gonna go hit the back couch and nap until it's time to get up... Boo permitting.

Good night (or rather, good morning), all.

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February 16th, 2018

The work week is over

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Thank all the gods the work week is finally over for me. It's been a particularly shitty one, and I'm glad it's over and done with. I have a short week next week, thanks to me taking Thursday and Friday off for my birthday. It's just been one thing after another after another: mostly testers with attitudes and other such crap.

But there's also been a lot of singing "Jesus, take the wheel," and if I hear that again in the next month, I'm going to go around the bend. Somehow Glynda seems to think, if she sings that often enough, everything will magically be better? I don't know. All I know for certain is, if you hear that seven or eight times a day, every day, it gets really, really annoying really, really quickly. I'm sure she thinks it's cute, but it's killing me here.

Cut for personal darkness )

And yeah, that was kind of... ehhh of me. I feel a little better getting it out though, so I guess that's what counts. I guess. I really don't know.

I do know that, when I checked my temperature last night before bed, it was 100.1°F/37.8°C, and I still had to go to work, because I was going to be the only person closing to be able to do the router upgrade. And I did it. I powered through an entire work day of dizzy spells and feeling generally out of it. I climbed on chairs and messed about with expensive electronics, and I can't even tell you know much about what I did all day... or ate for lunch... or talked about with [personal profile] katsuko... or if I ate dinner... or much of anything.

So, yeah, I'm glad this work week is finally over, and I hope my birthday week is better than this has been. On that note, good night, all.

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February 15th, 2018

I don't even

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What a fucking day...

We left the house on time this morning. Only, it took us twice as long as normal to get to the train station thanks to a couple of wrecks of Georgia 400. That ended up making me fifteen minutes late to work. Where I found out that we had some real attitudes testing, though mostly of course GACEs. I went to ask LaTrease about how to put in the time for the fifteen minutes I was late... and found out that I'm more than likely going to have to stay late tomorrow to do some server upgrades at Prometric.

This gets better when you add in the fact that I have almost no voice. It gets better when I don't have to talk and can rest it a bit, but since that doesn't really happen at work, it's going to be interesting trying to be on a conference call with tech support (in India) trying to make myself heard.

Everything else was just slightly off the rest of the day. I still feel like warmed over shit.

But I was flat out informed that I could not take any of my accrued sick leave balance because we're so short-staffed. That's because we're a department of five people with absolutely no extra support. If one person is out, everything goes into crisis mode. Given that tomorrow is Anastasia's last day before her maternity leave, we're going to be running in crisis mode for the next month.

But that's enough rant for one day. I'm going to start trying to get some of this handwritten bit typed up... and then I'm going the hell to be. Good night, all.

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February 14th, 2018

Well...

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Well, today was one hell of a day. No screaming matches, which is good, but I felt like hell, tired and exhausted and coughing and sick and dizzy. So. Damn. Dizzy. Big time not fun, that. I still powered through the work day. I even managed to hang at Mirko with [personal profile] katsuko for her shift... but I don't have much left in me.

I'm hoping I'm able to drag some reserves up from somewhere for tomorrow at work. Right now, I could freaking collapse where I sit and not move again for another ten or twelve days. Especially if I had a nice heating pad to work on loosening up my neck and shoulders and back from the knots they've been in for forever.

(I really need to dig up the money from somewhere for an actual massage. I always feel so much better afterwards, but somehow I can't quite manage to convince myself that it would be a good thing for me to be doing. Hells, sometimes I give a lot of thought to trying acupuncture or acupressure to help manage my pain. But that's neither here nor there.)

Also, I hate how much I end up thinking about Tallahassee some days. It was by no means perfect, but it was better. And now every time I let my mind wander, I end getting little scenes from around the city that I would usually be driving. Like the turn into the parking lot of the Lake Ella Publix. Or the part of Tharpe Street right in front of Sweet Pea Cafe. Or the view down Tennessee Street from Donut Kingdom. Or turning onto High Road from the CVS. And so on and so forth.

And now I'm a little sad, in addition to be sick, cold, dizzy, and tired. I think I'm going to go throw myself under my covers and pursue a bit of sleep and see if it helps any of these in any small way. Good night, all.

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February 13th, 2018

Hacking

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I have had the hacking cough that's getting worse going most of the day. It's not made for a fun or enjoyable day at work, that's for certain. I end up feeling like I'm choking on air, which is not fun, let me tell you.

I also end up feeling like I'm getting ready for something. Of course conversion turns around to how much everyone is getting back on taxes or how much everyone will have to try to make niCE AND GET ALONG. That one is always a neat trick.

And I'm seriously drifting of consciousness too much to try to keep typing this up. I can barely keep my eyes open. I still need to take my temperature again before bed, take my happy ass to bed, and then go the fuck to sleep.

Good night, all.

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February 12th, 2018

So tired

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It's taking everything I've got to keep my eyes open long enough to type this up and get it ready to go. It's the misleading kind of sleepy, where I know I'm tired but I'm so loopy that that I have no real idea what I'm doing. Honestly. I started this entry hours ago, but I had to erase it and start again because it was so much randomness.

Not my usual babble, I mean. I mean that it was happened to be a long string of words, mostly misspelled, tacked on one after the other. They made no sense in context -- or out of context for that matter either. That seems to indicate to me that clearly I am in need of further sleep and to quit trying to futz about with this. Because, really, sense isn't going to be happening at this rate.

This is as good as it's going to get, thanks in no small part to the TheraFlu I've got going through my system right now.

So, yeah, gonna go lay down and hope for the best. Good night, all.

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February 11th, 2018

Happy birthday, katsuko!

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Happy birthday, [personal profile] katsuko! I hope that I've managed to provide a good day for you. Or at least a pleasingly entertaining one? I'm sure Luci has made it an entertaining one, if nothing else, given her antics today.

I really don't have anything else to say for myself for today. I've got TheraFlu in my system, so I'm a little loopy, but I'm going to try to get some of this handwritten stuff typed up before the loopiness truly catches up with me.

Later, all.

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February 10th, 2018

Blegh

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This is quickly becoming one of my most common subject lines for the year... or at least the month. I'm still feeling pretty damn cruddy, so that hasn't really changed, but the fever is pretty much remaining in place. Thankfully, though, it's also pretty much remaining at right around 99°F/37.2°C. I can't quite seem to budge it down, but at least it isn't going up either.

I'm not really sure why [personal profile] katsuko is bothering with her alarms because I know she's hit snooze at least a good five or six times in 9 minute intervals. I'm equally curious why I have't just reached over and turned it completely off myself, at least until I'm done here and can go to bed and all myself.

At least Luci is having fun, though. Between her exploring and chasing her own tail and going after the cords on the blinds, she's been doing a very good job of keeping herself entertained.

I swear, I'm going to take [personal profile] katsuko's phone and turn the alarm off myself. Of course, that'll just wake her up again, but still... it goes off every 9 minutes and it's getting annoying. Every 9 minutes for the last hour... Yeah, it's getting past annoying.

And yeah, I should be typing up my handwritten stuff, but it's getting late, and while I'm not tired strictly speaking, I am starting to feel sort of worn out, like I've done too much today -- even though I've pretty much done nothing. And that's a pretty gross feeling too. Anyway, good night, all.

And happy early birthday to my dearest [personal profile] katsuko!

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February 9th, 2018

What a day

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Well, I made it through another day at work. I did manage to secure permission from LaTrease to leave as soon as the last tester left for the day, which was at 4:30. It turned out to be a good thing. When I got home, I took my temperature, only to realize it was around 99.1°F. I took some TheraFlu and laid down, fully intending to get up and at least go to CVS to return a purchase that was meant to be on sale but they charged me full price on. Seeing as how I just woke up again, obviously I'm not doing that. Plus it's raining. If I'm already sick, there's no reason to tempt fate and possibly make it worse.

So yeah, in addition to everything else right now, I'm also running a fever. It's still a relatively mild one, even if my baseline temperature is usually around 97.3°F. (To convert all this, I'm usually 36.3°C, but today I'm at 37.3°C.) Not a huge change, but still a little up for me.

Accordingly, I have done very little today. I did manage some writing, at least by hand, but not nearly as much as I wanted to. I managed about 100 words on Monstrous: After Midnight, because Emma is sometimes a difficult character for me to write and sometimes Vasquez likes to clam up on me and not tell me what's going on.

(There is no good way to explain writer's block or character difficulties to a nonwriter that doesn't make you sound insane. "Yes, the voices in my head are not cooperating" just doesn't quite sound sane, you know?

Anyway, my latest dose of TheraFlu is starting to kick in, so I'm going to go throw myself at my bed now. Good night, all.

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February 8th, 2018

Sick

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Well, it's official: I'm starting to get sick. I've got the headache that will not budge. I have the aches and pains. I have chills, but I'm also hot as hell. I have the coughing and the sneezing from hell. I actually have the coughing and the sneezing and the runny nose. To a lesser extent, I even have a bit of productivity in the cough, which is a nice way of saying I'm coughing and sneezing shit out now, though it remains clear. That part is a relatively new development. I am not enjoying it.

But as long as I'm not running fever, I'm going to keep on going in to work, because until I've got the fever part of the equation, I'm not contagious. I want to keep my sick time saved up as long as I can. Or it's just too much of a hassle to call out sick. The latter is probably the more truthful option.

That being said, I'm going to go throw myself under my electric blanket in the hopes that it will soothe my sore and aching muscles. Good night, all.

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February 7th, 2018

I...

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I am so freaking tired that I'm not even sure how to put it into words.
I have spent most of the day popping pain killers like candy because I cannot get this headache to go away.
I keep thinking I want to call the Roswell cops on my neighbors because it's so late and his music is still so loud.
I am so freaking tired, but I'm not sleepy, and that's a pain in the ass.
I envy [personal profile] katsuko for being able to just drop off to sleep every night.
I am going to try to throw myself at my bed and see if anything resembling sleep happens.

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February 6th, 2018

Blegh

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I... feel like a tiny slice of raw hell.

I've spent most of the day struggling not to throw up. I've been coughing off and on most of the day. I've had a doozy of a headache most of the day. Not a lot to do about any of it, except grin and bear it. I have the sick time available to take tomorrow off work, but I can't. There just aren't enough people available in the department for anyone to call out the entire day. Part of it is okay, but the whole thing is right out.

And I didn't get a lot of writing done, but I also still have so much handwritten waiting to be typed up that it's a bit ridiculous.

So I guess I'm going to go throw myself at my bed now and see if resting some will help me to feel better. Good night, all.

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February 5th, 2018

Happy girl

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I have had Luci climbing all over me much of the night tonight. She has purred at me. She has helped me type. She has shown me her very clean and shiny booty. She has conquered every snake (charging cable) she can find. She has rolled around in my lap and showed great affections. She's done everything tonight except show me her belly. We're still not quite to that point in our relationship.

Yes, I know: I'm silly. I am the same person, after all, who made a rambling post about Diet Coke last night. Given my druthers tonight, apparently, I will make a rambling post about my cats.

Work went... all right today. Glynda was on decent behavior. LaTrease pissed off Richard, which is just a day ending in "y": something always pisses off Richard, especially at the beginning of the week. (In his own words, he is an "angry black man" through about Thursday, then he's a lot happier.) Anastasia let me know that she really appreciated all the baby shower gifts, but she needed more chocolates; apparently the big bag of Lindt Chocolates we grabbed at the last second didn't contain enough for her tastes, which... fair. And the candidates were all relatively well behaved, just a few GACEs with attitudes.

My phone interview for today with Georgia Tech had to be pushed off to Wednesday. The person would be conducting my phone interview was running late with other meetings, so... yeah. I'm taking it as meaning, yeah, they really need this position filled, not I'm low lady on the totem pole. Either way, I get the last interview spot, and that will mean that I'm the one that they remember most, for better or worse.

And it's taken me entirely too long to write this much, so I'm going to go throw myself at my bed, since I do unfortunately have work tomorrow. Good night, all.

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February 4th, 2018

Thoughts

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It is really freaking distressing how good the new flavored Diet Cokes are. At least the ones I've tried. So far, I've had, I think, 3 out of the 4 flavors. No... I've had 4 out of the 4. Whoops, I guess I've accidentally tried them all. Somehow I was thinking that there were five flavors, but that's just because all the displays always have a can of regular Diet Coke with them.

At least so far, I have them rated as follows:
(1) Twisted Mango
(2) Ginger Lime
(3) Zesty Blood Orange
(4) Fiesty Cherry

This was a little surprising to me. I was expecting the Cherry flavor to be my favorite. It's a little surprising then, I guess, that it isn't. It's even more surprising that it's my least favorite of the four flavors. That I like the Twisted Mango so much isn't really that much of a surprise, since I do like mangos and this does carry a fairly decent replica of that taste. Ginger Lime is good in a very different way. Blood Orange is [personal profile] katsuko's favorite.

And yeah, obviously, I don't have a lot to talk about right now. I didn't even get the typing up done that I wanted to. I'm charging up the iPad, though, so that maybe I can remedy that tomorrow morning.

And yeah, that's gonna be it tonight. Good night, all.

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