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( Mar. 7th, 2015 09:25 am)
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

1. Coffee
2. Nurse
3. Have some kind of headache
4. Play Sesame Street for the kids
5. Read FB, LJ, and email
6. Feel overwhelmed by the undone chores
7. Wipe up a spill on the floor
8. Read to the kids
9. Pet the Bunky-cat
10 Day Meme
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you're addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can't live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won't forget
Day 8 - Three words you can't go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

1. I am a coffee snob of the varietal type because I can taste the differences. I don't like dark roast, generally, or most South Asian beans. My biggest preference is for medium roast East African and medium-dark Central American, blended in a 3:2 ratio. I drink it with a fair bit of whole milk, and no additional sweeteners. When I do get an espresso drink, it's a whole-milk latte. No, I don't want a fucking cappucino.

2. I like tea more in theory than practice. When I brew coffee, it's done immediately. Tea? I have to come back to it. I think I'll enjoy more tea as my kids get older.

3. I'm recovering from 2-3 decades of strong aversion to the color pink and floral prints in general. Dressing Miri has been therapeutic/cathartic, as has making sure Ty has plenty of pink and purple around to make it non-exclusive.

4. I will probably never warm up to wearing yellow or orange because they generally make me look awful. That doesn't keep it out of Ty's wardrobe, because most shades of both look really good on him. Okay, I can see getting away with some yellow when the hair goes all grey-white, but that's still many years from now.

5. I use my paternal grandmother's old bed step-stool at my desk to keep me from putting too much weight on my feet while I sit (especially while nursing Miri). I had to get speshul shooz for a reason.

6. I'm probably playing WoW less than I otherwise would simply due to the wrist brace I got for my De Quervain's tendosynovitis. It's a lot easier to play RTS/city-builders that are pausable point-and-click rather than live combat rotation stuff.

7. Like many people with messy families--and a lot of bad mental programming from growing up in such a family, I'm finding my thirties to be that time when all that shit starts shaking loose from my head for various reasons. Thus, while there are drawbacks, I'm glad I'm an older mom than average. I needed the extra years.

8. I was reading mostly-female SFF authors way before it was cool. Barbara Hambly, MZB (yes, I know; didn't then), Andre Norton, Katherine Kerr, Anne McCaffrey, Robin McKinley, Patricia McKillip, Kate Elliott, Martha Wells, Connie Willis and Lois McMaster Bujold were all well-represented in my book collection by the early '00s; David introduced me to Tanya Huff, P.C. Hodgell and Nina Kiriki Hoffman in '05. Granted, it was a fairly white, US-centric collection, but I've been continuing to broaden my horizons over the past 10 years.

9. However, my listening tastes have tended towards non-US Anglophone male singers, starting with Depeche Mode and INXS, then progressing to David Bowie, Sisters of Mercy, Peter Murphy/Bauhaus, Nick Cave, etc. Could just be that I'm a straight Anglophone woman. Also, I enjoy minor keys a lot.

10. I find myself watching Dr. Phil sometimes in a mix of horrified fascination and de-bubbling to remind myself what people outside my social circles (online and off) are like.
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( Sep. 25th, 2012 10:49 pm)
Saw mom today. Started day off with all sorts of penny ante bullshit, on top of David staying up all night because Ty got up for the day just when he was ready to hit the sack, at which point he let me sleep as he continued to level since one of us needed to have enough sleep to safely drive any significant distance today.

We finally got going in early afternoon, David and Ty both sleeping in the car as I cruised to north SD county. When we arrived, my brother met us to show us the way in (it was a little labyrinthine). He and L. had both been there for a few hours at that point. Good things: Even though my mom wasn't up for eating this am, they've found a med for her severe nausea... Haldol, a.k.a., haliperidol.

I cannot make that up. Granted, it's actually fairly common in palliative care, and another dopamine agonist, Compazine, has been a common treatment for severe nausea and uncontrolled vomiting for at least a few decades--my mom, in fact initially received it as part of her post-chemo regimen for a while with Gemzar until they realize it was causing her severe headaches and neck pain. In fact, I didn't realize that Compazine was an antipsychotic until then, when my mom pointed out its relationship to Thorazine, having only heard of its use in terms of upper digestive upset. Meanwhile, Haldol, well, that's what one-armed Mike of Twin Peaks was taking. That's one of the older treatments for schizophrenia.

Yes, there was a bit of a double-take when the nurse told me that.

But, anyhow, I digress. Mom has a morphine pump and regular doses of Haldol, the combination of which seems to resolve most of her pain and all of her nausea, to the point that she ate several times today. I doubt the uptick in appetite will last long, but it does mean that she should be around long enough to return home once they've established a protocol for treatment. As long as she stays stable, she could go home later this week. It's almost getting to the point where it's like, "It's Tuesday, has Mom had her health crisis yet?" And the fact that Tuesday is the day in question is not lost on me as a point of perverse amusement.

So my plan is to go down Saturday, meeting up with KB/Andrea to sort through my mom's stuff, per her request. I think it's part of that recessional impulse of the dying to see as much resolved before death as possible--and maybe she wants to leave fewer reminders for L. so that he can get through each day a little more readily than not, especially in the bedroom where he'll still be sleeping for at least a little while.

Aside from all that, David and I had already planned last night to have dinner at Sushi & Joy, the little hole-in-the-wall restaurant where we'd first met nearly 7.5 years ago. Apparently, they exclusively do sushi now, no teriyaki, etc.--not that anyone I know really went there for anything but the sushi. They do have some of the freshest salmon you will ever taste. We got there around 6, ordered some special rolls and nigiri, and in the middle of that, the head sushi chef waved to us, called us "#1 customers" and ended up telling some of the patrons at the bar how we had, indeed, first met here, later married, and now returned, five years since the last time we'd eaten there, with our son. We ended up with as much extra fish as sashimi on our nirigi orders as was on the rice, and 4-5 extra plates of food, including a broiled salmon collar. Oh, also, sake for toasting. It was very nice to feel so welcomed, and to be remembered after half a decade away.

Of course, all this unexpected generosity was punctuated by mostly-benign but still-wandering toddler. He didn't make much of a mess, however, and was pretty quiet for the whole meal.

So, yeah, things started looking up, overall, once we got on the road. David's landed in bed now, Ty beat him to sleep by half an hour, and I'm probably just going to relax for the next while. I have a new book (Cast in Peril by Michelle Sagara), and Mists of Pandaria, plus DVR recordings.
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( Jul. 18th, 2012 04:18 pm)
* Mom broke out of the hospital after two days, narrowly escaping home health care for extended antibiotics. Still no clear idea what's causing the fevers, though their timing is consistently mid-to-late evening.

* Ty went to swim class yesterday. He screamed for the first 10-15 minutes, enjoyed the second half, and then we went with three moms and their respective almost-two-year-olds (two August and one September kid, Ty's right in the middle) to the playground at the same park as the pool.

* Took Ty for second library visit. Hung out with a couple moms and kids there for about an hour. Will need to bring snacky-foods next time we go (in two weeks). Turns out Ty likes blueberries (yay) and sort-of-likes Goldfish crackers (meh; I'll see what the TJ's equivalent is).

* David and his guild downed heroic Deathwing two nights before the recent nerf, so he's happy, and racking up achievements on his pally.

* I started working on my algebra skillz. Hoping to get into Calculus I starting middle of next month, along with Physical Geology (which includes a lab). Not sure when I'll start on the physics and chemistry, but the former had a schedule incompatible with David's for fall semester (he's MWF, 8:30 dep to 5-ish return home MW, and 8:30 to 3-ish Fridays, but has TTh off), while the latter was Full. Alternate option is Calc and General Biolgy. All would be required for transfer into CSULB's geology major.

* Houseguest was fine, brief overnight, arriving midnight Sun/Mon, departing 9-ish or so Mon evening after a tapas dinner (goat barbacoa, excellent skirt steak, crunchy lentils, fried potatoes, a roasted beet salad and a cheese/fruit plate to finish). We split the bill, so it wasn't cheap but it wasn't too exorbitant.

* Ty has Kindermusik camp next week. One of the other swim moms told me the instructor is great, and we might feel compelled to continue classes with her directly on a regular basis.

* I think the "Tumbling for Tots" class starts next Friday as well.

* This Saturday, Ty and I return to Irvine for a baby shower for six pregnant moms from the complex's playgroup. AFAIK, they're all due between September and December. David will be meeting up with a guildmate from AZ who's going to Disneyland that day, and we may be joining them for dinner.

* Monsoon weather again today. Friday no longer projected to hit triple digits, putting farmers' market and playing at the park 10:30-noonish back on the agenda. Must. Get up. Earlier.

* Got up before 9am on Monday.

* Ty didn't get up until 9:30 yesterday.

* Really need to go to bed sooner.

* Really need to get back to math now. Passed yesterday to make much-needed TJ's trip; Ty was awake and waiting at the front door when I got home. I am enjoying it a little, though it's pretty basic refresher stuff thus far. The trigonometry will be... interesting. Sine cosine tangent cotangent secant et cetera, then the graphing of the parabolas, elliptical functions, circles... I remember that being really fun, but not without a degree of effort. This is all so I can retake calculus where you integrate single-variable functions. I know I loved doing derivatives in math analysis, but I slacked on calculus in favor of shopping for a theatre production in LA as an assistant designer. Foolish, foolish, foolish. Then again, I also got a degree in English literature and went back for more ten years later. In this vein, yes, I am a slow learner. :P
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