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Aug. 27th, 2016 10:07 am
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I kind of want to swear loudly, but I’m not sure I have the energy for that. I’ve had almost no sleep, and for various reasons, I need to be awake for the rest of the day. The lack of sleep is an intersection of me just not being able to fall asleep and of Scott doing stuff to disrupt my ability to sleep every couple of hours. That wasn’t entirely his fault. Our landline is out, so his work may or may not have called to say they didn’t need him at 3:00 after all. When he tried calling to find out at 2:00, nobody answered, so he went in, and they sent him home. So, he got up at 2:00, left home about 2:40(after another loud alarm), got back at 3:30, got up again at 5:00, and left around 6:15 (after still another loud alarm).

I’m up right now because Scott’s sister is coming by soon to pick Cordelia up to take her up to her grandparents’ place for a day of swimming and boating. That’ll happen some time between 10:30 and 11:00. I have something I very much want to do from noon to 3:00. Scott will be home around 4:00 or 4:30, and we’ll have to retrieve Cordelia.

I did some writing last night on the Iddy Iddy Bang Bang story. I’ve almost gotten my POV character to do something that will give the story movement. I mean, he does a lot of stuff in the story. It’s first person, and he does monologue a bit, but he does things, too. It’s just that he needs to do something that pivots either in his head or in the outside world. Otherwise the story ends up with an 'and so what?'

The current lack of landline is because the equipment from Comcast arrived yesterday, and Scott tried to set it up. He couldn’t get a signal, not even when he took everything to where the cable enters the house and plugged things in directly. He seems to think that Comcast has already activated our service so that the problem is a hardware thing. Given Comcast, I’m not completely convinced. They’ve lost our request for service once already.

Of course, having the Comcast landline wouldn’t have helped last night because Scott’s work doesn’t have that number, only the old number. He has very deliberately avoided giving them his cell number, and I’m pretty sure he’d rather go in and get sent home a dozen times rather than let them have that.

Scott tells me that work is going to change some things about how they do overtime. There won’t be less overtime or anything as happy as that, but we should have more advance notice because they want to plan coverage a month ahead. I’m not sure how that will help deal with things when it’s last minute stuff like people calling in that’s the problem. They also don’t know until mid-week, at the earliest, if they’ll meet the week’s production. If they don’t, they need weekend overtime, and that can’t be predicted during most of the year. (Now through the end of October, there will be work every weekend, but most of the year isn’t that predictable.)

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Aug. 26th, 2016 04:57 pm
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Well, the nutritionist had a few concrete suggestions. She wants me to get away from using sweetened creamer in my coffee. She thinks whole milk might work and then try stevia in place of the sugar in the creamer. My suspicion is that, done like that, the only thing that coffee will actually do for me is to keep me from getting a caffeine withdrawal headache. She wants me to add a bit of psillium (sp?) husk powder to my orange juice so that the sugar hits much, much more slowly. She wants me to find a way to sleep uninterrupted for long enough not to feel the need for sugar to help me wake up.

She didn’t have any suggestions for the brain fog/fatigue, but she did understand why I’m not willing to pursue gastric bypass options (for GERD and weight loss).

She seemed to believe me when I talked about how different foods affect me physically. I got the impression that she’d really like me to do an elimination diet of some sort to see which foods really give me IBS and/or GERD problems and what kind. I don’t think she understood when I tried to explain that my anxiety levels affect that enough that something can be okay one month and not the next.

She was pleased that I’m reliably walking ten to fifteen minutes a day. She thought that that should make me sleep better, but I’ve been doing it for months, and it doesn’t at all.

She strongly suggested turning up the AC at night given that overheating seems to be a factor in my having problems falling asleep and that having problems falling asleep is pretty huge in terms of me not sleeping enough. She thinks that lack of sleep may be a big factor in my blood sugar issues.

Scott and Cordelia won’t be comfortable, but maybe I’ll be able to fall asleep faster. Right now, it takes anywhere between thirty minutes and two hours for me to fall asleep. That will be a huge problem when Cordelia goes back to school because she wakes me two or three times every morning (only once deliberately) and is getting up an hour and a half after Scott does.

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Aug. 26th, 2016 11:28 am
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I ended up getting up in the middle of the night last night to take an Ativan because my mind was running in circles and not letting me sleep. I wasn’t thinking about today’s appointment, at least not on the surface, but I’m pretty sure that that was a big factor. I knew that, if I didn’t take something, I was going to be running on two or three hours of sleep which outright sucks when I need to leave the house and talk coherently to someone about my health issues.

Right now, I’m trying to decide whether I should print stuff out and bring it with me or put it all in Gdocs and access it from my phone. I think printing is likely the wiser course because wifi is erratic in the building where I’ll be and because, that way, the nutritionist can keep a copy and won’t be trying to read on my phone. I’m mainly hesitating because it’ll be about fifteen pages.

I will leave for my appointment in about an hour and a half. I’m hoping to take the bus, but I’m not entirely sure that I’ll end up doing that. I’ll certainly take the bus home, though, because that’s a lot easier than taking it there. Right now, I know I should pack a lunch given that it’ll be well past lunchtime when I get home, even if everything runs on time. I’m just having trouble finding the energy to do it.

I have three different ideas for the pinch hit I’m doing. One is almost certainly too long to work. The other two probably won’t be, though, and I can’t decide between them. I’m still at the point of jotting down notes and questions as I try to come up with a starting point for either story. I think both of the options will require canon research, so I can’t decide based on that.

All three of us went out together yesterday while the cleaning lady was here. We went to the library, we dropped off my winter coat for dry cleaning, and we did the grocery shopping. Cordelia was more willing to go along with all of this than she would be normally. I’m not actually sure why.

Scott made turkey burgers last night. I think we’ve got leftovers enough not to need to cook for the next week— turkey burgers, potatoes, beans, and chicken. We just need vegetables.

Scott and I watched one and a half Marx Brothers movies last night, and the two of us also watched an episode from season one of The Flash with Cordelia. I’m finding that I have a lot of trouble getting myself to focus on the Marx Brothers stuff. Scott’s enjoying it a lot because he watched those movies repeatedly in the early days of VHS. I don’t think we’re going to finish all five movies before I have to return this set. I can’t currently renew it, and I don’t think that’s going to change before Monday.

Oh, you-- Mother Hubbard!

Aug. 25th, 2016 07:22 pm
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Great British Bake Off is back!

Last week, when GBBO was not yet back, I watched the Big Fat Quiz that Sue Perkins was a contestant on (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9nQPO4xwAs). She mentioned having to talk to a man who was "so boring, my eyes were double-glazing over." I think that joke is perfect. I can't decide whether it would still be perfect if Sue Perkins didn't wear glasses.

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Aug. 25th, 2016 02:30 pm
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And, two hours later, I’m not doing too badly. I had a headache for about twenty minutes (might have been the medication and might not), but it’s gone now. I had more problems after nearly inhaling some feta cheese than I would normally expect. Basically, I coughed and couldn’t quite catch my breath for a while. My lungs feel clear, but my throat, high up, right below my jaw, feels odd, like something’s not working right.

I don’t know that my anxiety is any less. It’s very hard to tell given that just taking a new medication is anxiety inducing because of all of the risks to it.

The new restaurant turned out not to be open. We’re not clear if it doesn’t serve lunch or if it just didn’t today. Given the location, I’d expect them to serve lunch, but really, who knows? At any rate, we picked up food at the Syrian place nearby and brought it home to eat.

Scott and Cordelia have gone out to run errands. Right now, they’re not planning to do the groceries, but Scott left it open that he might do that later on. I have a list more or less ready to go. I also want him to drop my winter coat off to be dry cleaned before I forget about it again. I’d really hate to only remember in November when I actually need it if I’m going to leave the house.

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Aug. 25th, 2016 12:56 pm
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Given that Scott’s home and awake this afternoon, I’m trying that new medication now. It’s metoprolol tartrate 25 mg. I’m both trying to see if I’ll have side effects from it and if it will help with my current anxiety. My psychiatrist wasn’t particularly optimistic that it would because the main thing the medication does is to make it impossible for one’s heart to speed up. That’s not actually one of my physical anxiety symptoms. I get headaches and muscle tension in my neck and shoulders (and jaw and arms and legs and…) and nausea and intestinal issues. I get really, really tired, too.

I’m having some level of anxiety about the nutritionist appointment tomorrow (both about leaving the house and about the difficulties of explaining the layers of reasons for what I eat when and what I don’t). I’m not actually optimistic about the appointment being useful, but maybe I’m wrong.

This new medication has to be taken with food which will limit its usefulness as an emergency anxiety thing because I’ll only be able to take it if I have food on hand. I can probably find something I can stick in my purse that won’t go bad too quickly. Most of the options I can come up with are things that either aren’t good for me or will only last for a two or three weeks before needing to be replaced.

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Aug. 25th, 2016 11:08 am
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Scott discovered last night that Comcast had completely lost our request to start service. They’re now promising us service starting in four or five days (I’m not sure if that’s business days or just days). They’re also now saying that we can’t keep our phone number which isn’t a dealbreaker but will be a PITA. I’ve had this phone number since 1989, so it will be weird to have a different number.

I ended up taking that pinch hit that I was dithering over. Now I have to find the shape of a story in my head. The minimum length is five hundred words, but I rather expect I’ll end up with something a heck of a lot longer. I don’t think the idea I had on first seeing the prompts will work. The recipient has a letter, but it was locked until well after I said I’d take the pinch hit. Seeing it wouldn’t have changed my mind; it just means I want to angle things differently.

Scott called in today. He wanted a day with me and Cordelia. His next scheduled vacation is in October, and Cordelia will be in school then. Thursday isn’t the best day for this because of the cleaning lady coming and us needing to get ready for her and to be here to pay her. Scott’s original intention was to call in yesterday, but when they scheduled him to come in early, he decided he couldn’t do that because of how nasty it would be to his co-workers.

I’m debating trying to do the grocery shopping today. It wouldn’t be fun, but it would mean that we wouldn’t have to worry about it during the weekend and so would have more downtime.

The only thing we’re definitely planning to do today is to try the new nearby restaurant for lunch. We’ve been wanting to do that for a while, but we keep forgetting. We’d like to get Cordelia to go for an Ingress/Pokemon Go walk with us, but she’s not enthusiastic. Also, it looks kind of gray outside right now, so I’m wondering if we’re going to end up with rain this afternoon.

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Aug. 25th, 2016 08:51 pm
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[personal profile] china_shop mentioned helpfully that [community profile] seeingcolorcomm were looking for pinch hits, including in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so I wandered over to take a look. And then pounced on the first one I saw. I'd been thinking about a Finn backstory piece anyway, I had the novelisation out from the library; all I had to do was resist the urge to write T'Challa backstory instead, which was surprisingly tempting given that all I know of canon is the Civil War movie. (and then all I had to do was write it in three days and badger [personal profile] china_shop into betaing).

It's not my most cheerful piece ever (off-stage genocide etc) but I enjoyed writing it. I wanted to sort out Finn's past in my own head, and I wanted to provide some sort of explanation as to how the Republic is apparently unaware of the First Order's main base, and this is one possible explanation. I've never done a pinch hit before, mainly because I haven't really thought of them outside the Yuletide context, and I'm always working on my main story right up until the final deadline (ahem). I really enjoyed doing it, though, and will keep an eye out for more in the future.

Dirty Jobs (3179 words) by Cyphomandra
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Finn (Star Wars), The First Order (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Prequel
Summary:

Someone has to do them.



Other pieces I really enjoyed from the challenge: two artworks, both very sweet -

Jaeger (0 words) by Irusu
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mako Mori & Stacker Pentecost
Characters: Mako Mori, Stacker Pentecost
Additional Tags: Fanart, i have many feels
Summary:

"A daughter is not a passing cloud, but permanent, / holding earth and sky together with her shadow. "



Just After the First Kiss (0 words) by sqbr
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Finn/Rey (Star Wars)
Characters: Finn (Star Wars), Rey (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Fanart, Fluff
Summary:

Taking joy in rain and freedom.



and two stories, one from a canon I am unfamiliar with but featuring Mathnet self-insert femslash, which I didn't realise how much I needed, and another from Sorceror to the Crown; I had issues with the canon itself, but I really enjoyed this:

To Cogitate and to Solve (1758 words) by SapphoIsBurning
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV), Mathnet
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rosa Diaz/Amy Santiago
Characters: Rosa Diaz, Amy Santiago, Ray Holt
Additional Tags: Characters Writing Fanfiction, Stakeout, Pining, Fic within a Fic, Canon Character of Color
Summary:

Amy tries to explain fanfiction to Rosa while on a stakeout, but when she decides to reveal a very telling work of her own, it goes to an unintended destination.



The Earth Will Reach The Sky (1607 words) by Merit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Prunella Gentleman/Zacharias Wythe
Characters: Prunella Gentleman (SttC), Zacharias Wythe (SttC)
Additional Tags: Fluff
Summary:

They were going to create their own world together.

It is quarter to five am

Aug. 25th, 2016 04:55 am
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I don't think I've managed to sleep at all, I'm exhausted but wide awake, and I have a Difficult Thing to do in four hours.

#existential wail
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Back from 2 days in Ottawa where I visited the War Museum (a huge, incredible place) The season's special exhibit had a section on Zeppelin. I was like, this is kismet.  We also walked on the Parlement's grounds and visited the National Library, as good librarians do.

We had a wonderfully decadent ice cream cone at Chocolats Favoris in Gatineau. They are totally decadent ice cream cones.

I'm tired and had a huge headache all morning and part of the afternoon. It finally cleared 30 minutes ago.

Inbox (Books acquired)

Nothing. Not even the DC Bombshells issues. I'll get it with this week's issues on Friday.

Outbox (Books finished)

Nothing. I've read fanfic mostly this week. I finally was in the mood to read Sua Sponte by [archiveofourown.org profile] the_wordbutler . That was the next big stories for me to read in her Motion Practice series. I'm also rereading [archiveofourown.org profile] fredbassett 's Stephen/Ryan series because I put Primeval's series 1 into the DVD player earlier this week.

In the Queue (Books I'm reading now)

Chuck Wendig's Aftermath. Post Return of The Jedi, prequel to the Force Awakens. I've gone back to this and I'm into it now. That's my main book right now.

The Plaise au Ciel novel still sucks and I haven't gone back to it.

I thought the next Rivers of London's book was coming out in October but it's October 2017. Man, that is not good news.

I have imzy invitation if you need one, send me your email, I'll send you an invite.

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Aug. 24th, 2016 02:33 pm
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I’ve found the paperwork I needed for Cordelia to go back to school. Now I just have to not lose it in the next two weeks.

I’ve started in on cooking the beans I soaked yesterday. I 'sauted' some bacon in the pressure cooker (without the lid). Then I added the beans and some mushroom broth. I’m hoping that the bacon and the broth together will give us flavor that we’ll all, if not enjoy, at least be willing to eat. Now I’ve got about a cup of leftover mushroom broth to do something with.

I ended up offering on that pinch hit but telling the moderator up front that I’m kind of wobbly on canon knowledge. Who knows? But I’m kind of hoping that someone with more canon knowledge has offered.

I think I need to get Scott to call Comcast or to get the information from him so that I can do it (I think I might be able to tomorrow or Monday, just not Friday). We’ve been waiting for Comcast to send us the equipment we need for about two weeks now. At this point, I suspect that they simply haven’t bothered to send it at all.

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Aug. 24th, 2016 11:33 am
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Black tea and two candy bars helped considerably yesterday afternoon so that I was able to cook dinner and do all of the other things I needed to get done. I’m pretty sure it was the candy bars more than the tea unfortunately. We don’t keep anything like that in the house. That’s deliberate on my part because I don’t want to be tempted by such things. I’m just not at all sure what to do about the times when I really, really need something of the sort. Yesterday, Scott was stopping on his way home anyway, but I don’t necessarily droop like that at convenient times.

I think I have to manage to plan ahead better in the future so that I don’t end up with a day like yesterday where there are several chores that have to be dealt with. Dishes and making a sandwich for Scott come up every day. Adding laundry, trash, showering, and cooking (twice!) to that was way, way too much.

I cooked a chicken in the pressure cooker. Scott tried to tell me that the weight of the chicken didn’t affect cooking time, and I didn’t believe him, so I researched it and found several places recommending six minutes per pound with an additional two minutes or so just to be sure. Everybody really thought that browning the chicken first was important, but I skipped that step anyway. Even if we were going to eat the skin, I don’t have the resources to do something like that when I’m feeling 100%. Most recipes called for a cup of water. A couple of them suggested stuffing half a lemon inside the chicken. I wasn’t going to do that or whole garlic cloves or rub the chicken with salt and/or herbs, but I did use half a cup of lemon juice with half a cup of water for the liquid. I didn’t taste any difference, so I probably won’t do that again.

I’m trying to convince myself not to offer on a pinch hit for an exchange with a deadline at the end of September. I don’t know the fandoms dreadfully well, and the potential recipient doesn’t seem to have a letter or any other source of additional details (I also didn’t see any DNWs listed which would worry me), but the requests as given are things I absolutely could write, even playing to my strengths, and the fandoms are things where some level of fannish osmosis might work.

I keep hoping someone else will step up for the pinch hit (then I could write a treat. Or not), but it’s been going begging since the 14th, so I don’t know… Somebody with moderate canon knowledge might be better than no one at all. Committing to something with both a deadline and a recipient is scary, but it’s something I’m going to want to do eventually. Might it not be better to start with something where I’ve seen the prompts/requests before committing myself?

I’m having trouble finding enthusiasm for the prospect of doing Yuletide this year, and that makes me sad. I think I’m looking at things like nominating as chores. I don’t know if I’d look at writing for it that way or not. If I did, it would be a rotten thing to do to myself (and likely rotten for my recipient, too). But maybe I wouldn’t feel like that when it came time to write? I always nominate from the angle of what I want to request because I have a hard time finding things other people have nominated that appeal to me as a recipient (I always have lots of things I feel I can offer with enthusiasm). Right now, I don’t actually want anything because that’s too much effort. The best I can muster is, "Eh. I wouldn’t object to that."
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Went to a free swing dance class down at the Jam Cellar with [personal profile] greenygal tonight. I liked it, even though I had a lot of trouble remembering what steps went when and not backing into the walls. I may go back, or look for classes closer to home.

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Aug. 23rd, 2016 04:44 pm
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The laundry is washed, dried, and upstairs. The potatoes are still cooling. I’d have thought they’d cool faster than that. I suppose I could just shove them in the fridge, but that doesn’t seem necessary yet. I’ve made Scott’s sandwich, and I have navy beans soaking. I also spent a bit over an hour trying to nap before giving up on it.

The UPS guy came about ten minutes after I lay down. He had a package for Scott and said he was supposed to do a pick up, so I put the CD and paperwork in a bubble envelope and sealed it up and gave it to him. I can’t think of anything else he could possibly have been referring to. I really have no idea what’s going on with that.

In other news, the Ingress portal near Scott’s parents’ place that I’d been holding so long got wiped out a couple of hours ago. I was five days short of getting another level badge for it. That takes 90 days, and holding a portal that long is entirely luck and so doesn’t generally happen. I was really hoping to hold onto that one just another few days. I don’t think there’s anything else that I’ve captured and currently hold that I’ve had for more than a few days, and I’m pretty sure those are all in locations with a lot of Ingress traffic.

Scott has to go in early tomorrow morning. That means it really is on me to try to scrape together something for dinner. He simply won’t have time.

Okay, time to take something for this headache and see if black tea will help me wake up. I wonder if Cordelia would revolt if I asked her to take out all of the trash instead of her doing half while I do half?

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Aug. 23rd, 2016 12:35 pm
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I just supervised Cordelia in washing the potatoes and setting up the pressure cooker. I couldn’t remember the correct timing for the cooker with any certainty. Hopefully twelve minutes isn’t too long. I suppose I should look it up and find out. I just… I can’t. I really can’t. (I think that’s the sort of thing that people either understand completely or are completely puzzled by. It sounds ridiculous, even to me.)

I also gathered trash from the wastebaskets around the house. I think it will require four trips to get everything to the bins— Two bags of trash and we have more recycling than will fit in the container we use for transporting it to the bin. I think I’ll start the laundry before I do that, however, because I want to wash some of Scott’s clothes that will need to be dry three and a half hours from now. Getting the trash to the curb just has to happen before we go to bed tonight.

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Aug. 23rd, 2016 11:44 am
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Okay. I showered. Then I got dressed and gathered most of the clothing I need to wash (Scott leaves stuff scattered throughout the house). That left me exhausted enough that I kind of fell into my seat here. It’s been twenty minutes, and I’m not ready to get up again.

Which is frustrating because I can see that each of the chores I want to complete will take only five to ten minutes whether Cordelia helps or not. Part of me really wants to just get them all done as fast as I can so that I can relax and not stress about the fact that I’m not doing anything productive right now. I just know that, realistically, I can’t do that.

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