not_hathor: Pic from 'I Can Haz Cheezburgr' (squirrels)
Last week I was celebrating  that I'd manged to make it through the winter without slipping and falling on the ice ... so what happens Monday evening?  I slip on the rain-slippery wood  of the back porch, take a tumble and manage to  pull muscles and/or bruise my right side ribs against (I presume) a porch planter box.... (insert snarky references to 'Pride" and downfalls).  I was doing okay with Ibuprofen, until yesterday when I decided to switch to Tylenol... mistake.  I'm hurting again today, so back to the ibuprofen. If this continues through the weekend, Monday I will go visit a doctor.

Speaking of doctors, New Doctor was not happy with either my Blood Pressure or my Blood sugar numbers last month; I blame the Blood Sugar on holiday chocolate and not being able to do much walking in February and March.  The high blood pressure?  I've always tested high at doctor visits; my Old Doctor called it 'Office Anxiety' -- he didn't worry TOO much about the blood pressure and A1c so long as my other levels (cholesterol, potassium, calcium) and liver function were good.  But now I have yet another prescription pill to take  - a diuretic.  This tiny orange pill -- I think my Dad took this one when he was first diagnosed with hypertension.  Personally, I defy anyone to NOT have High Blood Pressure after nearly $2,000 of unexpected automobile repairs (front & back brakes, plus tie-rods), in addition to stressing over a faulty gas tank sensor which would have required removing the gas tank to get at, and would have taken the final cost OVER $2,000....   and  figuring out how to pay for all  this on my reduced salary.

Tax Refund?  Um, most of it went to refilling the Furnace Oil Tank, and the remainder is stashed away to pay Property Taxes this year.

Sigh.

Our Russian Overlords  on Live Journal are now requiring that users acknowledge and agree to a new TOS document before they allow access.  I'm stalling, but I will have to do something sooner or later.  I have yet to fully import to DW .... I did a partial import back in 2014(?),  got my entries, but none of the attached comments.  I'm not sure if it will work properly this time, especially with entries that are duplicate.

Um.

On the knitting front: finished the ruffled triangular shawl, despite having lost the instructions 2/3rds of the way through -- I was able to fake the decreases sufficiently, although the bind-off looks a bit odd. Almost finished with a 'spring' children's hood.  Finished a pair of mis-matched arm/wrist warmers (trying to use up left-over yarn).  Have started, frogged, and restarted twice more an 'intermediate difficulty' shawl -- the YO's and repeat from * are tricky.  But the yarn is gorgeous.  

I used a gift card from Christmas to purchase a few e-books from Amazon - one of Bujold's Penric novels, a Christoper Fowler  'Bryant & Mays' mystery, and the first in Patricia Wrede's  '13th Daughter' series.  And then discovered that apparently my Kindle PaperWhite's battery has gone bad and will not hold a charge longer than two days...... sigh.  Add that to the list of things to fix/replace when I have spare money.

Books read:"Industrial Magic" by Kelley Armstrong, 'The Heretic's Daughter' by Michelle Moran, "A Study in Scarlet Women' by Sherry Thomas, 'Leviathan' by Scott Westerfield, 'Day Shift' and 'Night Shift' by Charlene Harris,  'The Saint vs Scotland Yard' by Leslie Charteris.

Books re-read:  Most of Charlotte MacLeod's 'Sara Kelling' series, one or two of Maggie Sefton's 'Lambspun' mysteries

Still working on: "Guns, Germs and Steel"


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1. Trying NOT to come down with the cold/flu whatever that plagued Husband and Daughter for most of the month. Miraculously, I seemed to have done it?

2. Books read: Dime Store Magic, by Kelly Armstrong, The Aylesford Skull, and The Last Coin, by James M. Blaylock, Silver Wolf, by Jaycee Bedford. Re-read: The Silver Ghost, The Balloon Man, Something the Cat Dragged In, and The Wrong Rite, all by Charlotte MacLeod (or her alter ego, Alisa Craig). Started reading Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond (non-fiction).

3. Went to see YU-GI-OH: The Dark Side of Dimensions at the Theatre -- It was fun. No real spoilers, but a) Yugi had a growth spurt, b) Kaiba was snarky and obsessed, and I swear that the last version of the BEWD he summoned looked like it had a frigging STARGATE on its back!, oh, and c) some backstory for Bakura that kind of contradicted what we'd been told before in both the manga and the anime.... Still, it was good to hear those familiar voices again...

And as a side note, Eric Stuart-sama is looking to start recording a new CD. Check out his web page for details. http://www.ericstuart.com/

Still adjusting to the new hours at work and the cut in pay. Doesn't look like there will be any conventions in my future this year, except the local one (ANIME-Zing! in July).

Finished knitting a child's hat, and still working on a ruffled edge triangular shawl.

not_hathor: (Chows)
Sigh. Last Wednesday I came home from work at the end of the day with migraine, and informed Husband that he and daughter were on their own for supper, and that there were pre-cooked hamburgers from the weekend and hotdogs in the Fridge and possibly some Lean Cuisine entrees in the freezer if Daughter hadn't eaten them already as a midnight snack, but I was going to bed with an Imetrex. Silly me! Naturally, even though Husband had been complaining about how empty his billfold/checking account was thanks to an unexpected car window repair the previous week, they went to the Scottish restaurant.....

Fast forward roughly four hours: Migraine mostly vanquished, I've been drinking egg-drop soup and noshing on left-over McD french fries and the nine o'clock local news comes on..... BREAKING NEWS!!! The County Health Department has closed down the local McD's because it seems to be one of the hot-spots for the Hepatitis A outbreak that we are just now hearing about.....

*FACE PALMS*

So all weekend there's been conflicting reports as to the number of confirmed cases in the county and a few in the surrounding areas..... and No one seems to know what should happen, or what possibly infected persons should do.... and then Sunday it comes out that at least one of the McD's employees had been diagnosed back in JUNE....Finally this morning the County Health Board announced a clinic for people who had eaten at the suspected/infected restaurant (which is now re-opened for business after a thorough cleaning/sterilization) since the beginning of July.... which includes me, Husband and Daughter. Ugh!
not_hathor: (Chows)
Sigh. Last Wednesday I came home from work at the end of the day with migraine, and informed Husband that he and daughter were on their own for supper, and that there were pre-cooked hamburgers from the weekend and hotdogs in the Fridge and possibly some Lean Cuisine entrees in the freezer if Daughter hadn't eaten them already as a midnight snack, but I was going to bed with an Imetrex. Silly me! Naturally, even though Husband had been complaining about how empty his billfold/checking account was thanks to an unexpected car window repair the previous week, they went to the Scottish restaurant.....

Fast forward roughly four hours: Migraine mostly vanquished, I've been drinking egg-drop soup and noshing on left-over McD french fries and the nine o'clock local news comes on..... BREAKING NEWS!!! The County Health Department has closed down the local McD's because it seems to be one of the hot-spots for the Hepatitis A outbreak that we are just now hearing about.....

*FACE PALMS*

So all weekend there's been conflicting reports as to the number of confirmed cases in the county and a few in the surrounding areas..... and No one seems to know what should happen, or what possibly infected persons should do.... and then Sunday it comes out that at least one of the McD's employees had been diagnosed back in JUNE....Finally this morning the County Health Board announced a clinic for people who had eaten at the suspected/infected restaurant (which is now re-opened for business after a thorough cleaning/sterilization) since the beginning of July.... which includes me, Husband and Daughter. Ugh!
not_hathor: (Chows)
This morning around 2 am, my body decided to remind me of the consequences of not paying attention to the corn allegy de-sensetizing program, with pain the like of which I haven't experienced since the gall bladder operation, which lasted over an hour and a half despite having taken a double dose of antihistimene!!!

Note to self: Restock the medicine cabinets with full allergy capsules, not the halfers (sinus & allergy) I ended up taking this morning because that was all I could find.

2nd note to self: when reaching for a carbonated beverage with which to wash down the capsules and hopefully induce oral gas pressure release, double check the can to be certain it is NOT sweetened with corn syrup!!!!

3rd note: Popcorn is NOT my friend. Neither is 'cheese-in-a-can'.


*sigh*

*Head-desk*
not_hathor: (Chows)
This morning around 2 am, my body decided to remind me of the consequences of not paying attention to the corn allegy de-sensetizing program, with pain the like of which I haven't experienced since the gall bladder operation, which lasted over an hour and a half despite having taken a double dose of antihistimene!!!

Note to self: Restock the medicine cabinets with full allergy capsules, not the halfers (sinus & allergy) I ended up taking this morning because that was all I could find.

2nd note to self: when reaching for a carbonated beverage with which to wash down the capsules and hopefully induce oral gas pressure release, double check the can to be certain it is NOT sweetened with corn syrup!!!!

3rd note: Popcorn is NOT my friend. Neither is 'cheese-in-a-can'.


*sigh*

*Head-desk*

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