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Nov. 22nd, 2014 04:13 pm
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Heat has brought the swelling down entirely; the hard lump is gone. The entire area is still tender to the touch, but my ear feels better, and it no longer hurts to swallow or to chew. We're going to be out and about for the next few hours, but I'll apply heat again before bed. I wish I knew what brought this on so that I could prevent it happening again. I suppose I'll just have to label it as one of those weird things bodies do from time to time.

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 03:29 pm
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I've now tried alcohol for the knot on my jaw. It's helped a bit. I'm not sure if it's relaxing the muscles or simply numbing the pain. There's still a biggish lump there, and it's tender to the touch. When I chew, I get shooting pains. They're strong, but they have this edge that's almost tickling, just not so good. It reminds me a little of the sensations I get when I eat something strongly sour but more painful. Now swallowing hurts a little. I think the swelling has extended to start to go down my neck, so maybe I have some sort of lymph node infection, but I wouldn't think that would start at the hinge of my jaw.

At [personal profile] silverr's suggestion, I'm going to try applying heat. I've had my rice pack in the microwave and overheated it a bit. When it cools enough not to hurt me, I'll hold it against my jaw.

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 01:35 pm
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This is frustrating-- The muscles around the right hinge of my jaw going all the way back to my ear are spasming. I've tried massaging them, but it doesn't help. I can open my mouth but chewing is difficult. It's making my ear ache. I'm trying to decide if this originates actually in my ear or if it's purely external to that. If it's just muscles, a relaxant might help. I do have some alcohol in the house. I just hate to drink any if I'm not sure it will help. If it's my ear, I might try sudafed. I'm just not sure.

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 10:23 am
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Cordelia had a great time bowling last night. There were apparently a lot more kids there than had RSVP'd by the reservation deadline. They had three lanes with six or seven kids a lane. When we came back to get her, they had the lights down low with colored lights highlighting the pins. Cordelia tells us that they put the bumpers up.

Scott had been late getting home from work, so he and I hadn't had dinner. We ended up going to Applebee's after we dropped Cordelia off. It turned out not to be such a great idea for me-- I ordered a burger, and it turned out to have spicy sauce on it (which wasn't in the menu description). I ended up with reflux that went late into the night. The burger was also kind of overcooked for my taste (bits were crunchy).

After dinner, we went to REI and bought a 1.75 inch sleeping pad for Cordelia. Scott got a membership there a while back, so we had a 20% off coupon that helped a bit. There wasn't anything else in the store that we were interested in, so we didn't stay. Instead, we went next door to Whole Foods. We bought apples and ginger candy (Scott uses ginger candy to help keep himself alert at work). We looked at tea and kitchen gadgets.

Work didn't keep Scott for the full four hours. He was home and in bed around 7:00. He was only that late because he wanted to pick up bagels and had arrived at Bagel Fragel before they opened their door. He has to work tomorrow. Work is saying that, if everybody works really hard, they might give people a four day weekend. We'll believe that when it happens. In twenty one years, I think it's happened once. Scott always works the Friday after Thanksgiving. He usually has the Saturday and Sunday off, at least.
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Courtesy of [personal profile] gingerschnapps, it's the [mental health] Downswing Party!

Bring your mood disorder, anxiety or other mental health issue! Commiserate! Hang out!

Important note: if you're worrying that you're not doing badly enough to qualify, you are welcome too!

Just finished watching

Nov. 21st, 2014 03:13 pm
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the fall finale I guess for How to get away with murder and... WOW. That was quite the wrap up episode for all the tangling threads since episode 1. That look at the end. Wow. Well done.

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Nov. 21st, 2014 08:33 am
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Scott went in to work early this morning and will do so again tomorrow. Somebody on third shift got fired or quit (Scott's not sure which), so they 'asked' for three people to come in early this morning. Scott will also work on Sunday. He chose that over Saturday so that he could attend Cordelia's volleyball game and be sure of getting her to the birthday party she's been invited to in the evening.

Tonight, a bunch of kids from Cordelia's class are going bowling. Cordelia wasn't sure she wanted to go because, at first, it was all boys. Now there are thirteen kids, ten boys and three girls, and she wants to go because one of her good friends is going.

I'm not sure what Scott and I will do while Cordelia is bowling. The place where it will happen is on the other side of town, and coming home won't really make sense. Maybe we'll do some early Christmas shopping. Goodness knows when we'll have time for that later. We'll have two hours tonight, and there's both a Target and a Meijer's relatively nearby. We can also go to REI and see if we can find Cordelia a sleeping pad. She really liked the one [livejournal.com profile] evalerie loaned us last summer. She'd still be sleeping on it if she could. There's also some stuff at Sears that she saw and coveted and won't stop talking about.

We'll also be at loose ends tomorrow night while Cordelia's at the birthday party. That's happening in Howell, about half an hour away (it's our niece's friends party. The family party will be next weekend). We'll probably get dinner somewhere up there and do... something. More shopping would be easy enough, but I don't think we'll really need to do more shopping. Most of what we need to buy for Christmas will be bought online. There are a whole bunch of CDs Cordelia wants that I don't think we could find anywhere locally, and our gifts to family (apart from the kids) is photo calendars that Scott puts together and orders online.

I am thinking to go to Value World for one of our nieces. She's three and loves playing dress up. I remember when Cordelia was that age I found a lot of dressy dresses at Value world for a couple of dollars each and bought those for her to play with. This is probably the wrong season for that (after the holidays would be a lot better), but we might be able to find something. We need to look soon, though, because we'll have to ship whatever we buy.

I'm responsible for finding a gift for our nephew on my side (Scott does most of the gifts for the kids on his side). I have no idea what to get him. He doesn't need toys (he's an only grandchild on the other side of his family). He's not a reader; I think he really struggles with reading. Maybe I could ask the school librarian for suggestions for easy chapter books for a kid who loves Captain Underpants. She might have a better idea that I do. The only thing coming to mind right now is Peirce's Nate books, and I'm not actually sure those are the same sort of thing. I just know they're popular. I wonder if he'd like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books? I hate those, but they're really popular, and they have a lot of pictures. Or I could just do what I did last year-- He collects, of all things, shot glasses. Last year, I sent him some University of Michigan shot glasses. Maybe I could find some Michigan State shot glasses or something (my sister, his mother, went to State, so she'd be pleased). And his birthday is in January, so I have to come up with something for that, too.

story swap #1

Nov. 20th, 2014 09:13 pm
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I went to story swap! I had a story! I put my name in the pitcher! My name did not come out of the pitcher.

Which is okay, because my story was kind of a mess. I like telling stories that look like they're going to be a mess, like I'm handing you a codfish and a bicycle wheel and Euclid's fifth postulate, but at the end you see how they all fit together!

This story had a theme, which was that telling the story of a traumatic event is healing, but the fish and the postulate did not come together to support that theme. They went to the place of Things People Actually Say to a woman who has just lost a baby and stayed there, because I can make Things People Actually Say funny, and I love making people laugh. It is the best.

Next time I will be less scared!

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Nov. 20th, 2014 12:12 pm
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Scott's Babylon 5 group met last night. We're still not back to playing Babylon 5; I think Scott's still feeling burned out. Also, it's been long enough since we played (April or May) that none of us really remember what was going on in the game. Instead of role playing, we played Sentinels of the Multiverse. We played against a group of villains; I'm not sure what the group was called. We alternated with a villain followed by a hero followed by a villain. Scott played a superhero team. None of them had very many hit points, and he could still only use one power a turn. We came very close to dying-- one player character had two hit points left at the end-- but we managed to pull it off.

Cordelia had volleyball practice last night. Originally, the coach had cancelled it because she was sick, but another mother offered to run the practice (she coached a team last year, so she knew what to do). There were only six girls at the practice. Two girls were sick. One was out of town. The other one just didn't bother to show up (it was her mother running the practice, and she was a little peeved).

The front door to the school was locked when we arrived. Cordelia went around the building and got in through the cafeteria (where aftercare meets. At six, they're still doing pick up), but by the time she did, those of us still out front had gotten the attention of someone inside. I suspect he was a janitor; at any rate, he had a key. I'm a little annoyed with him because he listened to me talk to the mother running the practice, saying that I'd stay to let people in, and he sat there and watched me do it. Turns out, he had unlocked the stupid door when he let us in. If he'd told me that, I wouldn't have been stuck there for so long.

I did my three hours in the school library this morning. I did my usual tasks, checking books in and out and shelving. Once that was done, the librarian had me separate fliers for the Scholastic book fair that's coming up in early December. I had to count out the right number for each class, label the stack with the teacher's name, and paperclip the stack together. After I did that, she had me write names on the backs of those sticks we've been putting together with each kid's barcode and such. She thought it would be easier to find a given person's stick if their name was on both sides. The first sharpie she gave me didn't work, but the second one did. I got through an entire kindergarten class, and I think I spelled everybody's names correctly. I certainly tried very hard to.

I wrote about three sentences toward my Yuletide story yesterday. I don't know if they'll end up in the final draft, but they're a starting point, and they're more than I had before. I still don't have a plot, however. I'm hoping that the characters will suggest one if I write a bit. That often works for me. I probably won't do any further writing today because I'm expecting the cleaning lady in an hour or two (when she arrives varies). There are things I need to do before she comes.

I am wondering if I should throw in the towel on a bunch of library books (almost all graphic novels) I've had for almost eight weeks. I haven't opened any of them (well, that's not quite true-- One has print so small I can't read it. That one has to go back unread. I'll get it again later when I've got reading glasses), and I've already renewed them once. None of them have holds on them, so I could renew them again. I just don't know if I should. I don't know if more time will make me read them, and someone else might find them on the shelf and want to read them. One shouldn't hold onto library books for too long.

I'm in the mood for a meme so

Nov. 20th, 2014 04:22 pm
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Tell me about a woman in one of your fandoms and why you love her and in return I'll rec you a fan work about her. (Or more than one.)
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Yep we got 15 cm of the white stuff on Monday. High winds on Tuesday and bitter cold air today.

Just Finished

Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger. The second book of her YA series set in her Parasol universe. We meet up again with the gang from Miss Geraldine finishing school. The action goes up a notch. The secondary characters get more rounded. A trip to London brings mayhem, vampires and chaos.

Ms. Marvel, vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson.  Lovely and really good. Kamala Khan is one kicking superheros in training. Her origin story is well done and you don't need to know all about Ms Marvel or Captain Marvel to be drawn into Kamala's universe. She is worth following and I'm looking forward to the continuing adventures of Kamala Khan aka Ms Marvel in Jersey City.

Waistcoats and Weaponary by Gail Carriger. Book 3 of her Finishing School series. Love it. I'm running through the series. There will be no more to read after this one for a while.

Some Captain Marvel. Probably some Courtney Milan's historical romance but I might just cave and ....

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

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

The Frame

Nov. 18th, 2014 11:46 pm
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I just saw The Frame with my husband and his girlfriend. Very beautiful, and strange, and relevant to the interests of anyone who has loved a tv show so much that it became real. See it if you get the chance.

I liked seeing it without knowing anything about it, but there is a trailer available here: http://double-edge-films.myshopify.com/pages/trailers

It made me think of The Velveteen Rabbit, of course. And the Laurie Anderson song where Laurie sees God, and
she was making it all up
and she was writing it all down
and she was laughing

And I said Hey!
Give me that pen!

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Nov. 18th, 2014 04:00 pm
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If you're doing the December posting meme and I haven't given you a topic, please comment and let me know. I just spent a while going back several days and leaving prompts (I've been meaning to do it for quite a while now and finally got around to it today), so I'm hoping I got everybody who reads me, but I was skimming entries, so I might well have missed some people. I'm not dreadfully creative in my suggested topics, but I will try.

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Nov. 18th, 2014 02:49 pm
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I generally post every day anyway, but I like the look of the December posting meme. To that end, suggest a topic you'd like me to write about during the month of December, and I will. I'm not going to assign topics to particular days. I'll write about them as I get to them. This may result in my leaving the more challenging topics for the end of the month, but I'll try not to do that as that's when I'll have the least time to write.

Topics need not be profound or serious. I'm as happy to talk about my favorite pie as I am about my politics, as happy to talk about my favorite character in any fandom I've written as I am to discuss my strengths and weaknesses as a gamemaster. There are probably some topics on which I haven't much to say, but I'll try most things.

I will edit this entry to list any topics anyone asks me about so that I have them all in one place for my own reference and can check them off as I do them.

Topics for December )

catching my breath . . . not so much

Nov. 18th, 2014 01:19 pm
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Two weeks ago I posted about everything I had on my plate in the next two weeks, which was a lot, some of it emotionally exhausting. It continues so.

I was an auctioneer in my church's fund-raising auction Saturday night, right before doing a wrenching memorial service, the most difficult I've done in my time as a lay chaplain. I literally finalized the text of the memorial, printed it out, and dashed to the church to put on an entirely different persona. And once I finished my auctioneering, all the energy and cope just drained out of me. The festivities were continuing for another hour or so, and I found I couldn't stay; I had to make my apologies and go home. And then the next morning I did the service (it went well, it was what it needed to be; I think I heard more crying in that room than at any other memorial I've done, and some of it was me) -- and from the funeral home I went straight to join Geoff at his family's deathwatch over his grandfather.

His grandfather died this morning, peacefully and with family around him, including his wife and daughter. He was ninety-eight. Geoff's sister will be here in an hour -- she couldn't leave work before then -- and we'll go into town together to join everyone.

I'm all right; I liked him very much, but I'm not shocked with grief. And Geoff has made sure to spend a lot of time with his grandparents in the last few years, knowing this would come; he's sad, but also glad that his grandfather is at peace (and was spared the pain that would have been inevitable if he had lived long enough for some of his medical problems to worsen). He doesn't feel that anything was left unsaid, and that's a great comfort. And many of his grandfather's numerous descendants have been able to visit in the past two weeks, as his decline accelerated.

Thankfully, I've finished and returned the editing job I was slogging through. One of my three meetings scheduled for this week has been postponed to sometime in the indefinite future when I can make it; I've sent regrets for a second; and I'm waiting to see whether I'll be able to make it to the third, though it seems unlikely. I have the logistical and emotional space this week to be whatever support Geoff's family needs, and I'm glad of that.

(Very, very glad. I was desperately hoping all last week that this would not happen in a way or at a time that pitted my responsibility to the family I was doing the memorial service for against my responsibility to Geoff and his family. I'm so glad that I was able to give the family I was doing the service for the attention and care they needed from me, and that I can now do the same for Geoff and my inlaws.)



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