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theodosia: (dief)
  • I finished the antibiotics for my root canal. You should get a small medal or something when you do that.
  • I must be really... talented or something. Just broke a nail while making a sandwich....

Dental discussion cut for the easily-squeamed )


  • Eeek -- it's hit 53 degrees here. I'd better take a walk or open a window or something.
  • I'm putting down the PHP and going for a healthy walk to the library. Even if I'm on a hot streak with the code.
  • Glorious out - can believe spring might actually come. Saw a few early-sprouting tulips on their way to making flowers!

And it's supposed to hit 58F today, too!  We're not out of winter yet -- oh, I can well remember a 4/1 snowfall of 12 inches not all that long ago -- but it looks like we're finally headed in the right direction.  Enough even to get me away from the PHP crack and out into that real world I hear so much about!

  • Spare Cat is wrestling with my empty sneakers.
  • Spare Cat trapped herself inside a glass-fronted cabinet this morning. I laughed for a bit at her antic attempts to push her way out.

This morning Spare Cat managed to strand herself inside a glass-fronted cabinet. (It has a magnetic latch, and evidently it was ajar when she got in and swung shut.) She can't have been in there for long, anyway.

However, before I let her out I had a wonderful laugh watching her trying to figure out how to get out, and tried to take a couple pictures, which didn't come out all that well, oh well.

You know, for ten or fifteen minutes a day, I actually don't resent her when she does stuff like this.  More often, she's doing what she's doing right now, which is being draped over one of my arms, which makes typing more difficult.  Spare Cat: annoyingly needy.

  • Next up today: more PHP work....

Project is going well, I'm getting better with every page, and beginning to "see" how to set up code reuse and workflow... which I really can't learn any other way.  We'll see if it turns out you have to write a hundred thousand lines of bad code....

Except that it's going to be 58F today if the weather forecast is right.... Hmmmm.

theodosia: (cowboy callum)
  • Woke up to a world where snow clings to every branch and twig. It doesn't last long, but it's as pretty as December ever gets.

Surprise Snow at least has the advantage of surprise prettiness.  I thought I was paying attention to the weather, because the delivery job is out in all weather, but this one blindsided me!

  • Knees are still hurty. I'm beginning to wonder if I will damage them PERMANENTLY if I keep on with the job. Opinions?

So far the consensus is No, but I'm probably right to be a little worried -- it's like I'd got stiff hurty rubber bands installed.  This morning, they're feeling much better, but I've got another shift this afternoon....

  • Oooh! Got webpage project to the point where I could upload a test version to client's site! Want to pet it, love it, call it George....

It's nice to make something pretty, and use so much of what I've learned.

  • Made Turkey Helper with Arrabiatta sauce!
  • Got WordPress blog set up for job networking group -- I'm on fire today!

I just used an off-the-shelf WordPress Theme with only mild customization, so this was not a HYYUUUGE project.  I'm still pleased to have thought of and start this, as it could be as useful for the networking group as the class blog was for my programming course.  Instead of personal posts, it will hold announcements, rosters, useful documents and links to job fairs and so on.

  • #TAR -- they had so much fun w/ Las Vegas! So... When does the next season start?
  • Watched Hot Fuzz tonight-- why did none of you people tell me how great it was?!?

Yeah, I know the movie's gotten some good word, but NONE of youse guys made enough arm-waving and squeeing in order for me to post-haste view & enjoy.  Shame on you!

theodosia: (northwest)
  • So this is what Saturdays are like when you're employed (if only partly and temporarily). They're nice!

Worked about 15 hours this week, which doesn't sound like all that much, but it was hella intense, and also there's the hour-ish commute each way into Back Bay/South End.

It's not like I wasn't working hard, long hours with school and commuting too, but this is a different kind of hard.  At least I get to feel virtuous about this, too!

  • Bending my knees hurts in new & exciting ways this morning. I am newly filled w/ empathy for those for whom this is not temporary.

It's humbling to be frustrated with a vital body part this way.  This morning as I'm sitting here writing this, they're STILL complaining, and seriously, I'm beginning to be worried that they could be permanently damaged if I keep this up.  I really feel -- not just intellectually empathetic, but really physically empathetic -- for anybody who lives with this.

  • Heh. Just spent the past 3+ hours working on website graphics, making pretty things!

Putting together pages to display a web comic for a friend, making far too elaborate graphics and then scaling them back, et cetera.  I may yet redo all the color scheme, but I'm liking what I've got.

  • Sending out for Chinese food!
  • There is SNOW on the cars outside.
  • Still waiting on food. I don't think it's coming.

Over two hours for food to arrive -- it was supposed to take an hour and change!  I actually called the delivery company who said they would waive the delivery fee and give me 15% off, so we'll see what the charge is.

The problem was that when I ordered it was a little bit rainy, but nothing serious.  In the hours since, it had started snowing in earnest and the cars were covered and the roads were slippery.  So I guess I shouldn't be all that surprised, but still - this is the longest it's ever taken.

Now I wish that I HAD ordered Ethiopian food instead of Chinese, but it worked out to an extra $10 which I just couldn't justify as that is more than I make in an HOUR -- not counting that I'm already ordering HOURS worth of food.

theodosia: (thousand elephants (by heuradys))
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • RT @librarythingtim: Yahoo! Answers: "Is it OK to run an illegal library from my locker at school?" tinyurl.com/p8xu5k
    • Consensus on BoingBoing is that this may be a hoax/troll, or a trial balloon run up by a student who wants to gauge exactly how much trouble s/he'd get in.  Whatever, the idea of something like this happening in real life would be cool.
  • Gronk -- thanks to cyclobenzaprine, I stayed in bed 10:30 PM to 9 AM, with a short excursion to feed cats. Best sleep in a week?
    • Yet more Better Living (or Better Sleeping) Through Chemistry -- the drug is a mild muscle relaxant, enough that it helps to knock me out and break the cycle of being too tired to sleep.  I break the pills in half, and only use them once in a while -- the last prescription lasted me for somewhere over a year.  I swear sometimes I fall asleep faster knowing that I can resort to them if nothing else works.
  • Going to see the Terminator movie with a friend later, eating Late Breakfast out in the damp-but-clean-smelling patio.
    • The chairs under the abundantly-leaved maples only got slightly damp, and the patio table wasn't wet, so I didn't have to worry about the laptop sitting in the damp, either.  Damn wonderful smell, loamy and green.  Twice there were people walking through the back garden of The Empty House, so I assume they're still showing it -- odd to have people where there Have Never Been.  If it sells, I may have to get used to it.
  • Ugly Overload: Winged Garbage Man ow.ly/8Vuk -- Damn, but I'd love to hold a bat like that! So neat.
    • Just a hyuuuuuuuuge flying fox, easily the size of a goose, upside down and evidently not distressed at all.  So cute and yet so alien at the same time.
  • oooooh! Thunder! According to the weather radar map, not close enough to worry about....
    • On second thought, it might have been guns firing blanks as part of the Somerville Memorial Day parade happening up the street, although during a later salvo, I saw Muppet belly-creeping off to a safe hidey-hole, and usually she's not fooled.
  • TERMINATOR SALVATION was a lot of fun as long as I didn't stop to think about it. Having some very good actors sure helped that.
    • went with [personal profile] tsuki_no_bara who is a grand companion for this sort of expedition.  I didn't regret paying for it -- I may work up the enthusiasm to go on a bit more, but really, it was the actors doing good jobs that sold it for me.  I think, though, on the whole I'd have preferred a version where the Big Reveal wasn't given away by the promotional trailers, which would have made it much more layered.
    • After we stopped by the big Trader Joe's in Burlington which is just down the street from the theatre.  I don't think it has any more for sale than the others, but it's stretched out with generously wide aisles so I end up feeling less crowded and stressed... and suspect that I thereby buy more.  Why else would I come home with frozen cubes of chopped garlic and also a pint of TJ's Soy "ice cream"?
theodosia: (pussycat (by heuradys))
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Why don't vitamin pills and daily supplements come packaged in multiples of 7? I mean, if you take one a day ANYWAY....
    • Thought courtesy of me filling up my weekly pillminder as I do on Sunday mornings.  I'm just forgetful enough that in the morning haze I could easily forget I've taken something, so if I find myself wondering mid-morning if I remembered, I can just do a quick visual check and voila, I have proof either way.  Also it makes it easier to take them if I'm not tempted to put off the complicated part where I have to get stuff out of five different pill bottles.  I still feel like a little old lady, but at least I'm one that is taking her medicine and supplements, you know?
  • Caught Spare Cat exploring the downstairs when no one was watching. By the time she's comfortable, it will be time for her to go home.
    • Talked to my Mom last night about how CeCe's "Mom" is doing -- which is she's now allowed to walk short distances, but has to use a scooter to go more than a hundred feet, which means getting in and out of her apartment would be an ordeal with Spare Cat around, who thinks the game of Darting Out The Door is the greatest thing EVER.
  • is underwhelmed by WolframAlpha. And is also unfortunately reminded of Evile law firm on the Angel TV series.
    • That was the evil lawfirm Wolfram & Hart, for those playing along at home.  Truly I am scarred for Life.
  • wrestling HARD with CSS positioning... and winning!?
    • Still working on the Resume for Dummies page. Unlike the others in this series that I've linked to here before, which were set up to be proportionally dynamic so that the divs and columns flowed and expanded dynamically as the page and length changed, this one has a lot of Absolute positioning, as I move several sections out of the main content into the sidebar.  It would be dead easy to do this in the actual HTML -- and much a preferred way, seriously -- but this adds to the Degree of Difficulty in an impressive way.  To me, anyway.
  • RT @tzikeh: If you read nothing else today, read this: bit.ly/1awpxs
    • Frank Rich's column from the NY Times, talking about even newer revelations about the criminal, stupid, and/or criminally stupid conduct of the Bush White House:
      • TO paraphrase Al Pacino in “Godfather III,” just when we thought we were out, the Bush mob keeps pulling us back in. And will keep doing so. No matter how hard President Obama tries to turn the page on the previous administration, he can’t. Until there is true transparency and true accountability, revelations of that unresolved eight-year nightmare will keep raining down drip by drip, disrupting the new administration’s high ambitions.
  • Morning. At least the cats are glad to see me... well, glad that I'm alive to feed them. Otherwise I'm sure they'd let me rot away in bed.
    • Or eat me!  Never underestimate the practicality of cats.
theodosia: (midnite detective)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Why don't vitamin pills and daily supplements come packaged in multiples of 7? I mean, if you take one a day ANYWAY....
    • Thought courtesy of me filling up my weekly pillminder as I do on Sunday mornings.  I'm just forgetful enough that in the morning haze I could easily forget I've taken something, so if I find myself wondering mid-morning if I remembered, I can just do a quick visual check and voila, I have proof either way.  Also it makes it easier to take them if I'm not tempted to put off the complicated part where I have to get stuff out of five different pill bottles.  I still feel like a little old lady, but at least I'm one that is taking her medicine and supplements, you know?
  • Caught Spare Cat exploring the downstairs when no one was watching. By the time she's comfortable, it will be time for her to go home.
    • Talked to my Mom last night about how CeCe's "Mom" is doing -- which is she's now allowed to walk short distances, but has to use a scooter to go more than a hundred feet, which means getting in and out of her apartment would be an ordeal with Spare Cat around, who thinks the game of Darting Out The Door is the greatest thing EVER.
  • is underwhelmed by WolframAlpha. And is also unfortunately reminded of Evile law firm on the Angel TV series.
    • That was the evil lawfirm Wolfram & Hart, for those playing along at home.  Truly I am scarred for Life.
  • wrestling HARD with CSS positioning... and winning!?
    • Still working on the Resume for Dummies page. Unlike the others in this series that I've linked to here before, which were set up to be proportionally dynamic so that the divs and columns flowed and expanded dynamically as the page and length changed, this one has a lot of Absolute positioning, as I move several sections out of the main content into the sidebar.  It would be dead easy to do this in the actual HTML -- and much a preferred way, seriously -- but this adds to the Degree of Difficulty in an impressive way.  To me, anyway.
  • RT @tzikeh: If you read nothing else today, read this: bit.ly/1awpxs
    • Frank Rich's column from the NY Times, talking about even newer revelations about the criminal, stupid, and/or criminally stupid conduct of the Bush White House:
      • TO paraphrase Al Pacino in “Godfather III,” just when we thought we were out, the Bush mob keeps pulling us back in. And will keep doing so. No matter how hard President Obama tries to turn the page on the previous administration, he can’t. Until there is true transparency and true accountability, revelations of that unresolved eight-year nightmare will keep raining down drip by drip, disrupting the new administration’s high ambitions.
  • Morning. At least the cats are glad to see me... well, glad that I'm alive to feed them. Otherwise I'm sure they'd let me rot away in bed.
    • Or eat me!  Never underestimate the practicality of cats.
theodosia: (SF)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

H1N1 Swine Flu - Google Maps ow.ly/44G8

Making Light: Flu Redux ow.ly/44N0 -- discussion of the science behind flu prevention and treatment

Some good, reassuring info, worth your time to look into if you have questions.

My take on it: It's likely that the relatively high death toll in Mexico was because there's less accessible medical care/people are poorer, which means the initially affected didn't get to the see medical personnel until they were on death's door. Whereas now that people know what to look out for, and patients are getting early intervention and support, it should be much more survivable than the initial presentation.

RT @pnh: How did I avoid knowing that Samuel Morse was a pro-slavery, anti-immigrant crank? bit.ly/m2qyz

It was Morse's birthday yesterday I wondered why the @SciFri twitter was all dots and dashes!

...is fighting the good fight with Javascript, which is dead easy after Java and whatnot.

Seriously, it's so pleasing to have my increased mastery of OOP concepts pay off here, too. I feel all virtuous and stuff. Now if I could just get a job, any job, that would let me work with stuff like this and get provable practical experience....

RT @Devilstower: @ljburns Are Cap'n Trips jokes officially non-funny yet?

Yep, I've been thinking about The Stand, too, where a superflu kills off just about Everyone. (BTW, Devilstower is known to my GEnie-era friends as Mark Sumner.)

Frank Rich - The Banality of Bush White House Evil - NYTimes.com ow.ly/496E

I worry that I'm becoming Theo-One-Note on the torture issue, but it's the issue that most agonizes me at the moment. It is a betrayal of everything that America stands for, and if we don't put our house in order, we're leaving the door open for it to happen again, worse. For me, it's not just the moral issue, it's that torture actually produces bad intel that hurts your side AND it does actually "embolden the enemy" because they can prove you're the evil guys their leaders warned them about. It's so wrong on so many levels and yet there are so many people acting as though this were a minor issue, or as Peggy Noonan suggested, want to walk on by.

is learning how to override operators in C# -- making '==' more, um... equal?

Um, yeah -- guess who was twittering during OOP class last night. Partly because we wrote some model code that overloads the meaning of "==". Which, frankly, I just didn't get WHY and the lab work gave me a classic "OH!!!1!" moment when it became clear just why there would be a reason for it -- which goes into the difference between relational equality and referential equality.

Pointers are the Higgs Boson of C# -- you can't see them, but your existence depends on them.

Once again I said 'pointer' in class, and the teacher corrected me that I should be saying 'reference' because C# (and Java) doesn't let you manipulate the actual memory addresses (which in classic C programming is what a pointer does) but only refer to them indirectly. Another "OH!!" moment. And then it follows that the pointers are out there, but we have to take them on faith, like the elusive Higgs Boson.

We're covering Collections tonight. "As God is my witness, I'll never use Arrays again!"

Heh. The teacher wqas saying that once we'd find out how useful ArrayList, Stack, Queue and others collection structures are, we'd never use a plain vanilla Array again. "How do you keep them down on the farm, now that they've seen ArrayList?"
theodosia: (Mystery Woman)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

H1N1 Swine Flu - Google Maps ow.ly/44G8

Making Light: Flu Redux ow.ly/44N0 -- discussion of the science behind flu prevention and treatment

Some good, reassuring info, worth your time to look into if you have questions.

My take on it: It's likely that the relatively high death toll in Mexico was because there's less accessible medical care/people are poorer, which means the initially affected didn't get to the see medical personnel until they were on death's door. Whereas now that people know what to look out for, and patients are getting early intervention and support, it should be much more survivable than the initial presentation.

RT @pnh: How did I avoid knowing that Samuel Morse was a pro-slavery, anti-immigrant crank? bit.ly/m2qyz

It was Morse's birthday yesterday I wondered why the @SciFri twitter was all dots and dashes!

...is fighting the good fight with Javascript, which is dead easy after Java and whatnot.

Seriously, it's so pleasing to have my increased mastery of OOP concepts pay off here, too. I feel all virtuous and stuff. Now if I could just get a job, any job, that would let me work with stuff like this and get provable practical experience....

RT @Devilstower: @ljburns Are Cap'n Trips jokes officially non-funny yet?

Yep, I've been thinking about The Stand, too, where a superflu kills off just about Everyone. (BTW, Devilstower is known to my GEnie-era friends as Mark Sumner.)

Frank Rich - The Banality of Bush White House Evil - NYTimes.com ow.ly/496E

I worry that I'm becoming Theo-One-Note on the torture issue, but it's the issue that most agonizes me at the moment. It is a betrayal of everything that America stands for, and if we don't put our house in order, we're leaving the door open for it to happen again, worse. For me, it's not just the moral issue, it's that torture actually produces bad intel that hurts your side AND it does actually "embolden the enemy" because they can prove you're the evil guys their leaders warned them about. It's so wrong on so many levels and yet there are so many people acting as though this were a minor issue, or as Peggy Noonan suggested, want to walk on by.

is learning how to override operators in C# -- making '==' more, um... equal?

Um, yeah -- guess who was twittering during OOP class last night. Partly because we wrote some model code that overloads the meaning of "==". Which, frankly, I just didn't get WHY and the lab work gave me a classic "OH!!!1!" moment when it became clear just why there would be a reason for it -- which goes into the difference between relational equality and referential equality.

Pointers are the Higgs Boson of C# -- you can't see them, but your existence depends on them.

Once again I said 'pointer' in class, and the teacher corrected me that I should be saying 'reference' because C# (and Java) doesn't let you manipulate the actual memory addresses (which in classic C programming is what a pointer does) but only refer to them indirectly. Another "OH!!" moment. And then it follows that the pointers are out there, but we have to take them on faith, like the elusive Higgs Boson.

We're covering Collections tonight. "As God is my witness, I'll never use Arrays again!"

Heh. The teacher wqas saying that once we'd find out how useful ArrayList, Stack, Queue and others collection structures are, we'd never use a plain vanilla Array again. "How do you keep them down on the farm, now that they've seen ArrayList?"
theodosia: (dsinmotion - thanks to slo_mo_panda)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 06:53 Brother called at 10:10 PM, after I was sound asleep, didn't give any details (and didn't sound too happy) so now I'll wait until 8 to call. #

  • 07:25 Waiting for 8 AM, which seems the earliest decent hour I can call brother for details and whether I should head down to PA or whatever. #

  • 08:32 Finally! I called brother, Mom is doing well - held overnight for observation, but both painfree and hungry, etc. A big Whoohoo here. #
    Oh brother! In more ways than one -- you might have thought to mention something in your short phonemail that she made it through the operation OK? Instead it was all gruff "Call me" so I figured it probably wasn't that she'd died, but there might have been complications you didn't want to list out verbally, like partial paralysis or something. Instead you used the same cop voice you probably use to tell people their family member has been in a serious car accident....

  • 08:44 off to the networking, then I can get to go to muskrat jamboree! #
  • 11:52 Networking term of the day: AFGO, another frakking growth opportunity. #
    Ran into two ex-Loti at the meeting, and then there was a new guy from Houghton Mifflin, whom worked in the College IT department, so I'd heard of him (and worked with some of his coworkers) so we commiserated about the fall of a great place to work and I think I may have cheered him up a bit, because, as I said, it was more like getting a divorce than losing a job.

  • 14:40 Talked to brother - Mom was sleeping, flat in her own bed! - and she's home, happy, safe, et cetera. Hasn't laid down for weeks, literally. #
    She's been sleeping in her Lazy-boy, loudly insisting she prefers it and WHY does everybody think it's a bad sign? The woman's powers of Stubborn are legendary and not necessarily survival-prone, you know?

  • 14:54 At long long last, I can leave for Muskrat Jamboree downtown. Tonight I'll park in the hotel garage so that I can leave whenever safely. #
  • 22:58 Muskratted with the fangirls, found friends, had dinner, watched Dollhouse, got headache, came home. Missed a ton of people! TOMORROW!!!! #
  • 06:37 Discovered roommate in the study last night giving extensive cuddling to Spare Cat, who had her firmly under paw. #

Having faffed around (ate lunch, house chores that couldn't be put off) I arrived halfway through the last panels of the day (finishing one on Torchwood, you could hear the squees down the hall...), but I thought that was OK, since then I could go hang out in the con suite -- except it turned out that that was being shut down, because the rooms had to be reconfigured for the vidshow and dance starting at 6:30. Which left me with approximately 2.5 hours to kill, and after having talked to a couple people (waves to [livejournal.com profile] calathea, [livejournal.com profile] wneleh, [livejournal.com profile] katallison) suddenly there was no one left that I knew on hand.

And then I realized that even if friends who wanted to see me were up in their hotel rooms... I don't know their "real" names! So I went to the sparse hotel lobby, which has all of four seats in it, while I pondered what to do, and who should I see coming over the horizon but [livejournal.com profile] theamusedone and [livejournal.com profile] aukestrel! I couldn't have planned it better! They asked if I wouldn't like to come and watch some Middleman (which I'd already watched a lot of courtesy of John) and hang, and it turned out that I finally got to meet [livejournal.com profile] imkalena plus some wonderful other people and say hi to [livejournal.com profile] doll_revolution, too. (And as I thought, Middleman is fun to watch in company.) And [livejournal.com profile] farwing joined us for dinner!

Back to the hotel room in time to watch Dollhouse, which was also fun to watch with others AND had a very decent episode for the people who hadn't seen it before.

But by then I was getting a headache, it was past ten, and I was yawning bad. I had parked in the hotel garage, so it was dead easy to get home, so I collapsed into bed shortly thereafter.

Today I'm going to do better, see panels, get to talk to more people, renew acquaintances, et cetera.
theodosia: (freaking)
Mom came through the operation just fine, and reports that her pain is gone -- according to my brother she was VERY pleased -- but was still held overnight in the hospital, being 86 and not robust. I'll have more details, soon, but that's the very important gist that I'll bother you-all with. :-)
theodosia: (have fun (by heuradys))
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:13 Still in PA with the MA blues again. Will wake up Mom presently. #
  • 07:44 In a nearby AU, I'm waking up in MA wondering whether I can let the new cat explore the house and meet resident cats. #
  • 09:50 Looking at: Am undr Ur chickn stealin Ur warms by Theodosia tinyurl.com/d6dwas #
    Vote for my quippy Loldog, pretty please?
  • 09:55 Home Support Services still hasn't gotten back to us. I am NEVER leaving PA, evidently. I might as well start looking for a job HERE. #
  • 11:14 Hope I'm not jinxing anything by aiming to leave by 1 PM.... #
  • 12:51 OK, putting away the laptop, crossing my fingers. Next tweet from MA or somewhere quite like it. #
  • 22:29 I got in about 8:30, after stopping at grocery store on the way in. Spare cat is in the study, refusing to come out of the cat carrier.... #
  • 22:53 I may have left the connector for my iTouch at my Mom's, but I'm not going to search for it now. Sleep first? #


If all is well, Mom is finished with her MRI by now -- I hope! She was very apprehensive about it, because it hurts something awful to lie flat. I hope my supposition that the MRI technicians know many ways how to prop up back pain patients is right given that they have to work with them so very often!

Poor Mom. If this doesn't work, they'll have to arrange to have her dosed up for another try, which will further extend the time before they can do a kyphoplasty and stop the back hurting -- if she's approved for it, given that they have to get an MRI et cetera before they can even decide about it.

I gave her a pep talk before I left, pointing out that her best weapon that will get her through the next little while is optimism. What's wrong right now is physical, mechanical that can actually be FIXED. Oy.

My raptor count on the way up was 19 turkey buzzards and one hawk. After halfway through Jersey, though, I didn't see a one. Which is a little freaky -- I wonder if I was seeing part of a migration, because that's seriously more vultures than ever I've seen, except in Mexico where they'd hang out on top of the tallest cactuses and scan the beaches for tasty dead seals and whatnot.

For once, I decided to try the TomTom's direction and take the Geo. Washington Bridge, which somehow managed to spit me out into Manhattan and then proceeded to direct me across into the Bronx on surface roads when I missed a turn. This pretty much seals the deal that I will never EVER listen to it again when the GPS tries to lure me over that bridge. Unless, for some bizarre reason that I really really want to drive on East 181st Street EVER AGAIN.

CeCe, the spare cat, was quiet for most of the drive, and preferred to stay in the carrier when I opened it last night in my study. I finally found her this morning after looking for quite some time, in a very clever, very strategically inobvious shelf, glaring at me with the force of 1.5 burning nuns.

(Oh, and I found the iPod connector just a few moments after I twittered last night, so yay on that....)
theodosia: old default icon from livejournal (hugh)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:55 waking late, full of gronk, et cetera. I need Gronker, not Twitter to fully express my emotional state, I think. #
  • 13:55 has veins throbbing in her forehead over stupid people saying insane-but-guilty people should be executed anyway. #
  • 17:23 Looking at: Perfectly Sculpted Melons tinyurl.com/dd534w #
  • 21:26 watched Supernatural finally -- might have been the best episode of the series. #
  • 06:19 is up too early, feeling too achy, and trying to decide whether to drive home today or tomorrow. #
  • 06:22 @tzikeh SIGH. I thought about that after my BSG tweet was twatted. I plead i/n/s/a/n/i/t/y/ thinko derived from other distress in my life. #


FWIW, here's the cut Tweet: )

Today might be Return Home Day Where I Drive All Day or it might be tomorrow, which will have the added attraction of being Day I Spend FOUR Hours In Night Class Probably Covering Stuff I Already Know.

Mom did take another dose of magnesium citrate, which is like unto Drano for the intestines, so this morning she's not actually constipated.

On Friday, we went to a hematologist to see about treatment for her anemia. Technically, her iron levels are fine, she's just not producing enough red blood cells, so after the doctor took a very thorough medical history, she was approved for a drug called Aranesp, which is usually given to people with chemotherapy-induced anemia, which evidently can super-charge your RBC production. Among the listed common side effects was diarrhea, so I reflected that it's a sad day when you're HOPING for side FX.

Mom was depressed and acting out yesterday, and upset that she was acting out, and more depressed about that. Of the stays I've had with her this year, this was definitely the most challenging. Seriously, when you're suspecting that your Mom is lying to you about taking pills, because she's sick of having to take orders and wants just that little bit of control, that's tough.

I had a very sad epiphany when I was helping her to dress for the doctor visit and looked at her skinny back with all the bumpy bones and realized that if she were one of my cats I'd be considering having her put down.

Still, talking to the hematology doctor about her medical history, it was somewhat reassuring to think of all the things that are NOT wrong with her, starting with blood clots/strokes/dementia/diabetes/arthritis. She comes from a long line of very stubborn, very OLD people and could surprise us all yet. If we can get her through this crisis -- it's a compression fracture of her T-8, which is FIXABLE, either thru surgery or time's own healing (about a month) -- she should be back on her feet, literally, and can work on getting off the oxygen, et cetera.

I've told her that she has to take things one day at a time. I may have to prescribe the same advice for myself.
theodosia: (have fun (by heuradys))
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:34 Agenda today: Fix Mom. Or at least get the doctors to start addressing her various woes. She's been constipated since last Tuesday! #
  • 10:21 Home health aide is here, Mom has an appointment at 11:30, so will be working hard to get her over to the health center. #
  • 12:19 The word for the day here is OBSTIPATION. Which is like constipation, only more so. Off to the outpatient hospital for xrays next. #
  • 16:48 X-rays revealed no tumors or polyps or obstructions. So she's going to be taking Powerful Laxatives. Not fun, but still good news! #
  • 20:07 Syfy channel, huh? I guess that's because esseff.com is already taken. #


I tried hard not to panic about Mom's condition yesterday, because the doctor thought it was serious enough to warrant an "obstruction series" of X-rays. At her age (86) I guess it's natural to prepare for the worst, like a tumor or whatnot, but I really didn't want that to happen.

Getting Mom over to the hospital outpatient clinic turned out to be much more easy than I expected -- Ann's Choice (her "independent living community") has its own transport with lifts for wheelchairs and drivers who know how to operate them without a fuss. I was really just along for handholding.

So it was a great relief to hear back from the doctors that we could graduate to All Out Warfare, with a bottle of magnesium citrate -- the same sort of stuff that they use to clean you out in preparation for colonoscopies. Which is so very Not Pleasant, but is pretty much sure to work.

And it did, and I'll draw a respectful veil over the graphic details, which includes Mom complaining at great length :-) But getting this problem taken care of is the first step to getting Mom up to speed again. Now we're going to have to deal with the compression fracture, which means doctor visits to get her approved for surgery to fix that up.

I have books and DVDs and my desktop computer down here, but did I have a chance to do much with them yesterday? Ah well.
theodosia: (dief)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:07 First thing I did when I woke up was check the radiator for heat. Yes, the furnace is working. #
  • 08:44 A Crisis Of Faith tinyurl.com/bx8ndb commentary on Dollhouse... #
  • 09:00 @victoriajanssen -- it depends, since if Watchmen sucks, it will suck Extra Big on an Imax screen.... #
  • 20:14 Got scoring working in Pong! #


Having a day when I was extremely bored/disgusted/despairing with myself and my present life. Played far too many games of Sweet Tooth on Pogo.com -- I can beat the fifth level Caramel boards now, which is not much to show for a day. But I got back into Flash eventually.

The spiritual malaise is as much for being sick for a damn week as it is for not having a job, et cetera. At least, as of this morning, the cold is down to a few vague sniffles that Sudafed is actually affecting, so that part of the dissatisfaction may be passing.

We've started reviewing Java in class, what I should have been doing was seeing if I can set up Java/Eclipse to run on my desktop so I can get practice in outside of school. Perhaps I shall do that today....
theodosia: (theda)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 08:47 This is Friday isn't it? My whole week needs a do-over #
  • 09:56 I sound like Camille... on steroids. #
  • 15:46 good lord, it's 61 out. I guess I can let the cat out on the porch like he's been begging for. #
  • 17:11 trying to learn how to build PONG in Flash #
  • 06:14 Have only coughed twice since I was awake, sniffled hardly at all. Not WELL-well, but good enough for school, I think. #


How can I tell I'm getting better? Well, for starters, not taking a morning or afternoon nap, and actually having just enough energy to try some Flash programming that I've wanted to play with. Not that I made great progress, but feeling like I had that much mental oomph (not to mention the sitting-up muscles involved) was new and great.

I even lasted through 3/4s of the evening's SF programming, so go me!

I wouldn't mistake me for a well person, but at least I'll do well enough to put in an appearance at school for as long as I last.
theodosia: (dead like me)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 06:47 i have to watch Lost this morning, because I'll get spoiled if I wait too much later. Fell asleep at 9:15... #
  • 11:16 Sinuses aren't too bad, but the lungs are trying their best to make up for the mucus deficit. #
  • 18:43 slept through most of the afternoon (after watching a Middleman ep) then woke up thinking it was bright for 5:30 AM. D'oh! #
  • 05:50 Still coughing and sniffling. I am so over this cold, but it isn't over me. #


Still coughing, still drippy. I haven't been this sick for so long in... well, quite a while. I got used to colds being three day affairs at best. PUH-LEAZE let me be well-ish tomorrow when I have to spend 8 hours at school finishing up my final project? Please with sugar on it?
theodosia: (banderas)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 06:57 Still sick this morning. Maybe OTC drugs can get some traction. At least I have no reason to leave the house until class tonight. #
  • 10:52 Bored, but too sick to do anything interesting. #
  • 15:29 napped, preparing to watch... more TV! Someday, I SWEAR, I'll do interesting things again. #
  • 20:29 Watched Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet from 1940. How glad I am to live in an era of antibiotics and stuff! #


I'm SO BORED with being sick. Sick enough that I didn't go off to programming class, alas, even though I'm raring to go work on the final project, I'm coughing way way too much.

Some better this morning, but not enough to be mistaken for a well person. I can't remember the last time I was sick for this long. Feh.
theodosia: (dead like me)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 12:02 still sick -- ate breakfast, went back to sleep for 4 hours! Rule of thumb: if I can sleep during the day, I'm S I C K #
  • 15:20 I wonder what the symptoms of Sudafed poisoning are? At the rate I'm going, I'll find out. #
  • 19:24 Does "do not operate heavy machinery" include computers and Twitter? #
  • 06:20 Listening to: Irma Thomas - Wish Someone Would Care tinyurl.com/c7amds #


I'll spare you the details of my illness, mostly becuase they're dull, not gross, and are the kind of thing that makes you wish to get into bed and sleep them away, except that you maybe become slept out, and have to spend time in front of the TV instead, sniffling pitifully, blowing your nose as little as possible and generally wishing time would pass as quickly as possible.

If I was well, I'd go to a networking event in Boston, but I'm not fit for company -- I went out briefly for a grocery/OTC drug run yesterday and was apologizing to the clerks for inflicting my germs on them. Oh well, the job search can wait for another, weller, day.
theodosia: (dead like me)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:05 High school classmate of mine, Ellen Kuras, was featured in the documentary Oscar presentation! Go Ellen! #
  • 08:09 @Cashmere -- Sleep is for the weak and those not in the clutches of NWA. Wishing you better travel luck today! #
  • 09:34 Okay, I think I'm 98% packed and ready to go, the 2% being this laptop and power cord. #
  • 16:01 Just arrived home. The furnace doesn't appear to be working. More as this develops.... #
  • 16:37 Furnace relit, heat started up. I sense this is going to be a theme for the next couple of days. #
  • 17:30 I'm still sniffly and sooo tired, but I'm about to go off to class. It will be HEATED. #
  • 21:39 Wondering where I go to learn how to modify Wordpress templates? #
  • 21:48 time to go home, with my head full of snot, but also full of crunchy programming goodness. #
  • 06:35 Still a snot factory #


Yep, that's right -- drive 300-odd miles with a terrible head cold, come into a very cold house and have to struggle to get the furnace lighted.

I did manage to discover where exactly the thermocouple is, though, and that the pilot light actually seems to have two jets on it, that both need to get lighted! I'm wondering why I never noticed that before, or perhaps it's new, since we had some work done replacing the piece a couple years ago and it's possible that the furnace hasn't gone out since then.

At any rate, it's stayed on since then. I felt like a snot factory, but the thought that school was WARM, and that I was still burning with desire to get to the next stage of my final project, so I took extra doses of cold medicine ("Don't operate heavy machinery" -- does that include cars and computers?) and went off.

I made some real, tangible progress! Got the ID/password checking properly working, got the retrieval of the statuses working, too. Now I need to write the updating and retrieval of the updated statuses, and prove that you can run up to three concurrent sessions all logged in differently, and it's done!

It's sort of a mini-Twitter in spirit, at least in terms of very bare bones functionality, but it's a good project to make you understand some of the basic programming problems you'd encounter with that sort of thing.

I still have SO MUCH to damn learn about this sort of programming. At least I know I'm up to it, now to convince somebody else that I'm worth taking on.

Today I've just been sniffling and coughing, taking long naps and et cetera -- with a bonus run out to the grocery store for non-dairy frozen dessert bars and other yummy things, and cough syruppills.

(Yes, they now have Robitussin and other brands of cough syrup in PILL FORM. Which means that I don't have to force myself to swallow the horrible-tasting sticky stuff!)
theodosia: (dead like me)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 08:29 No pain this AM! The best way to wake up, though the cats were still starving and resentful about their defective monkeys. #
  • 08:33 @phoebeacheson -- exactly my reaction. I want to pet it and cuddle it and name the stone George, because my outcome is so good. #
  • 11:21 Looking at: Kidney stone formers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I'm in good company at least! tinyurl.com/75een9 #
  • 15:16 i think I will take a small nap #
  • 19:11 short nap turned into 4 hour sleep. Never did call PCP #


I think I must have been more affected by the stone than I anticipated. I just woke up late, too, slept through the night AFTER a four hour nap.

Today I get more things accomplished, including calling the PCP. The CT scan showed no more stones, so perhaps they won't want to see me anyway?

And then dealing with the Unemployment people, which is always not-fun, somehow.

PS -- not one email back for any of the jobs I submitted for on Monday. Not surprised, exactly, but SIGH.

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