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Stupid weather. It went from being beautiful, sunny and warm, to being wet, icky and cold.  And then back again, and back again tomorrow.  I have a migraine from all the stupid pressure changes.

Stupid weather. Stupid head. 

Grumble.

Hello!

Dec. 12th, 2010 03:19 pm
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Hello, everyone!  Sorry I've been so quiet lately, but Christmas has been taking its toll on me, and I don't want to fill up my list with my whining.  I've been trying to keep my spirits up and not be depressed by the crazy customers or the fact I  have to work a regular shift on Christmas day.  Yeah, still feeling the sting of that one.

But my family is going to be celebrating on Christmas Eve, so I'm trying to stay upbeat and just enjoy the season as much as I can. 

So, enough of that.

The cats are doing well, and I'm doing all right.  My stomach is still being touchy, and I'm trying to take it one day at a time and not worry that I'll never be 100% again.  I have good days that are becoming more, so I'm going to be happy about that and deal with the pain when I have to.

My apartment is all decorated, I have pumpkin eggnog in the fridge, and since I'm working from home I can have all the Christmas music or movies on in the background that I can stand.  Plus, my two little monsters are keeping me company!

Also, I talked to my manager and asked about the possibility of being able to work from home a few days a week and coming in to the building the others.  I think that would be a great way to keep my stress down and save on gas, but also get me out of the apartment and around people.  I don't know if I will be able to, but the question has been asked and they're looking into it for me.  

Also also!  I talked to my sister yesterday and it turns out March will not be a good time for me to visit, as she will be trying to survive finals and essays out the wazoo.  So I'm going to head over in April.  Now I have to find out if I want to arrange to be there for the royal wedding, or skip that madness and go a bit earlier to miss it, but still get some of the excitement.   Any thoughts from my England friends?

I'm really looking forward to seeing her and London again.  And also meeting some of you who have been so amazing to me, but who I have never met face to face.  My sister said pretty much anytime after the first week in April, so anyone have any ideas? 

I'm also looking forward to meeting her boyfriend.  He's a royal marine and will have just come back from Afghanistan.  He sounds like a very nice man who is treating my sister well, but I think it would be great to just meet him!  I didn't even meet my sister's ex-husband until right before her wedding, lol!  Not that they are anywhere near there.  They have only been dating for a few months. But still....

I'm looking forward to visiting some of the pubs near where she lives and trying not to make a fool of myself.  My sister is a drinker, and so are a lot of her friends.  I am not.   We're very much two totally different people, and we don't go in the same circles at all.  But still...  I think it will be fun!

Also, going in April will give me more time to lose the weight!  I still have my heart set on losing 30 pounds before I head over.  I know I can do this!  I just have to really work at it.  My main problem is getting out and exercising.  Recently I've been so tired that's it's a struggle just getting out of bed in the morning.  Part of it is the cold weather, and another is fighting depression.  But I think once Christmas has passed, I'll feel a lot better and able to take on the world!

Plus, I'll have more vacation time saved up, and more money, lol!

So, this is where I stand right now.  I've sent out the most of my Christmas cards, just have to get a few more stamps and then the rest will be shipped out.  I have all but one of my presents bought, and I'm just hoping to survive in relatively good spirits.

Anyway, not much else to report!  I'll be starting to post my massive Holmes epic probably next week (SQUEE!!) and I'm getting excited about that.  I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and you are all doing well.  Take care!
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I went to the doctor yesterday.  It was a good appointment and I hope some answers come out of it.  Apparently I'm healthy as a horse, lol, except for my stomach.  That, he thinks, might be a combination of things. 

Cut for possible TMI )

Anyway, other than that, I'm doing good.  Chores today, as it's my Sunday, and just relaxing.  Working a little more on my story, which I think is getting close to almost done.  Yay!  Then I can post it.  Wow, that's going to be a chore.  I think it's probably going to be about 15 parts when it's posted, if not more.  And the formatting.... Eek.  If I could I would post it in one lump sum, but I have no idea where I could do that at, so oh, well.  It will be an adventure!

Hope everyone has a good day!
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Hello, all!  I'm still alive!  

I know my last post was pretty grim, and I haven't posted in a while.  But I am doing much, much better.  The money issue has mainly sorted itself out in that I have vowed not to make myself sick overthinking things.  I'm going to do the best I can, and it will work itself out. 

I had 6 days off this past week, from Thursday until yesterday, Tuesday.  It was so nice!  My mom and I took my sister back to Seattle on Thursday to say goodbye before she takes off for England, and then I spent Saturday at our local county fair.  I indulged and had a corndog, a caramel apple, and a giant lemonade, lol.  Also, I splurged and bought myself some earrings for 6$. I was very proud of myself for only going on 3 rides, and just enjoying the day.

Monday I went to Ellensburg, about 2 hours from where I live, to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] enkiduts and have our very own fangirl day of squeeing over Holmes.  

Also, I got new tires on my car, since the old ones were almost literally about to die a painful death, and got my oil changed.  Thank God for credit cards, even though just the thought of how much it cost is enough to make me wince.  Still... It had to be done.

Anyway, now I am back at work.  It's been pretty quiet today, and I'm fighting off a headache that seems to have come out of nowhere. I was actually pretty excited to be back at work. I have a new schedule, hence the long weekend.  Now I work Wed-Sat, which isn't nearly as nice as the Sun-Wed, but oh well.  I still get my three day weekend, and this will actually work out better because the family usually has Sunday off.  

Anyway, that's my boring life.  I hate this new twitter/ facebook thing.  Good God, LJ, get your head out of your ass!  Sheesh.  I think you can all guess what my policy is on linking, but if not, please don't.  

And that's about it.  How are you all doing?  I've been following everyone's LJ, but if anything new and exciting is happening, let me know.  I love you all!  

((((HUGS FLIST))))
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I get a headache.  I woke up with a migraine this morning.  Took some med and was only an hour late to work, but I'm about at the end of my rope, so I'll be heading home soon.  How is everyone else doing?  I hope it rains again.  There's nothing quite like laying down with kitties, a hot cup of tea, and the sound of rain.  Even if the changing pressure gives me headaches, it's a nice treat.  
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But I switched my usual workday with Thursday, so I had Sunday off and work tomorrow. And the sucky thing is, the reason I changed it was because my sister was supposed to come down last week, and I wanted to spend 4 days with her, rather than just 3. But she had to change plans and is coming down today. [Poll #1607227]
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Just thought I would pop in and let you all know I'm still breathing. Nothing has really changed the past week or so, so I didn't really see any reason to bother you all with my whining, especially when I know a lot of you are going through so much worse.

Have labs on Thursday, and then doctor's appointment on Tuesday to go over them. Hopefully the doctor will have a few more suggestions than just "wait and see."

I'm at about 41000 words on my Sherlock Holmes story. OMG, that is the longest thing I have ever written, and I still have a ways to go. This story has taken over, and I love it! To be writing again, it feels wonderful!

I'll be posting it here when it's finished, if anyone is interested in reading it.

At work, and it's rather slow today. I see a poll in the future...
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Hello, all!

Not much going on today.  My mom has a friend who is getting a new couch, so I am getting the old one, yay!  The couch I have now isn't bad, but it's about 4th generation hand me down, and the cushions are starting to show their stuffing.  So new furniture, yay! 

Also, I started a story last night, for the first time in a long time, and this gives me hope that I'll be able to finish Shirebound's story soon.  Sorry, hon, I'm working on it, I promise!!  I'm hoping that with the new writing my brain will be jump started and I'll be able to really get back in the flow.  

Only bad thing is physically this isn't a good weekend.  My stomach was really bothering me last night, and today I'm so dizzy I'm having to use my cane to keep from doing a face-plant.  My hands are really shaky, too, which I know is a side effect of my medicine.  I'm not doing too bad, overall, so I'm not complaining.  It's just kind of annoying that the cure has it's own drawbacks.  I want to be healthy, darn it!

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great day.  We had sunshine yesterday, but today we're back to the rain.  I'm so sick of rain right now.  I live in a desert for a reason!  

Take care, have a great day! 
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Jump in the puddles! 

Had a bad few days with pain, but it seems to be settling down now.  I think my computer kicking the bucket was what pushed me over, because I was so stressed out, and I've realized that when my stress goes up, so does the pain.  So, I took off an hour and a half early yesterday from work and had to call in two hours late this morning while I get myself together.  I'm trying to be forgiving of myself and telling myself this isn't a weakness.  

I have an interview today, as well.  I'm kind of nervous, because it's for a position I would really like, and would offer not only a lot of training and experience, but is a big step towards management.  Plus, pay raise.  Still, just going to do the best I can, and hope that it's good enough.  If not, there will be other chances.   Hasn't stopped me from changing my outfit like ten times, lol. 

I know a lot of you are having some pretty crappy weeks, so I just wanted to say I'm thinking of all of you, and hope that things can settle down, for all of us, soon.  

*HUGS FLIST*  

Cooking

Apr. 17th, 2010 05:46 pm
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I have been a cooking fiend today!  I made a crab potato chowder, for lunches at work, and I currently have a meatloaf in the oven.  It is my very first attempt at a meatloaf, which I know is like the easiest thing in the world to make, but I was nervous.  My mom makes the absolute best meatloaf, so I followed her recipe, though I think I left the pepper out, damn.  

Oh, well.  It is currently cooking and smells good, so I'm not worried.  That will be dinner tonight and for when I get home from work.  I will make mashed potatoes probably tomorrow when I get home, as I will cheat and use the instant kind.  But ohhh, meatloaf!!!!

Also, I am making some raspberry crumble bars.  Hmmmmmmm.  Never made them before, but they seem to be coming along nicely.  Here's to hoping I don't poison myself with anything tonight!

I've found that I really like cooking, though for the longest time I was hopelessly useless at it and terrified of messing up.  Looking back, I have no idea why.  I mean, if it turned out horrible, then you just start over and know better next time.  I have no fear of changing a recipe now, and have found myself substituting things and adding seasoning.  I make a wicked chili and shepherd's pie!

I usually make a big pot of something during the weekend, since I'm at work 11 hours and don't really have the energy or time when I get home to make something.  I don't usually get home until 7:20pm, so by the time I heat something up it's pretty late.  Also, I have to be at work by 8, and honestly, I am so slow in the mornings I get up at 5:45 and am still sometimes late.  I like having a meal I can just throw in my lunchbox and then head out the door.  

Anyway, this boring post brought to you by the fact that it was 75F today, sunny, and my tummy didn't hurt!!!  I feel really good today, and I'm hoping that I can actually work the whole week without having to leave early or go home during the day to lay down for a few hours.  I worked an overtime shift on Thursday, and will do so again this Thursday, so hopefully that will be some extra money for me.  Yay!  How is everyone else doing?

My computer is still being a little bastard, so if I haven't commented, I'm sorry.  I'm still around and love you all.

Take care, and enjoy the rest of your weekends! 

((((HUGS Flist)))
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So the tech Gods are still angry, apparently.  My computer completely died last night.  When I started it up I kept getting a message that my operating system was not a genuine copy.  Ummm, hello?  What the hell, computer? 

I honestly don't know what to do with it anymore.  I can't afford a new one, but I'm very doubtful taking it to get diagnosed and tweaked will fix it.  I ended up reinstalling the op system this morning.  Ugh.  

I have a headache, my stomach hurts, and I don't want to go to work.  I called in an hour late to see if I can fix at least the headache.  Don't really want to go in at all today but really can't afford a sick day.  Sigh.  This sucks.  

What the hell am I supposed to sacrifice to get the little gremlins on my side so they stop messing with my computer?  Grrr! 
piplover: (Stayed in bed)
I survived having a houseguest for a week!  Maybe not very successfully, but I made it.  Things were -  hrmmm, tense, I guess would be the right word.  Apparently my ex thought that there were going to be sexy fun times while he was down here and I - well, that was pretty much the last thing on my mind.  He was rather put out when I told him he was sleeping on the couch, and from then on things were rather uncomfortable.

He wasn't horrible, or tried to do anything.  But he was very - I don't know, passive aggressive?  Taking verbal pot-shots at me, and although I'm pretty sure he was just teasing, having to deal with that for 5 days was pretty wearing. 

We drove up to Seattle on Monday for my doctor appointment with the specialist, stayed the night in a hotel with twin beds, and then was told by the doctor that I had basically wasted my time going up. 

I did, however, get an explanation of what was going on and why my stomach was hurting, which is a big relief.  Apparently, in a small percentage of people, PTSD triggers something in the body and they become hyper-sensitive.  They think this is what happened to me.  So they told me the dose of meds I'm on is exactly what I need to be on, and that the pain will probably come and go for a bit longer until my body stops being so hyper-sensitive. 

So, I'm not counting the trip a total loss. 

And today is my Friday, so I just have to get through work and then I'm off for three days.  Well, except for the CT scan tomorrow, which I am not thinking about because - Yuck!  

I hope everyone is doing all right.  Sorry I wasn't around last week, but I'm back.  Take care, everyone, talk to you soon!
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Hi, everyone.  Just wanted to drop a quick note to let you all know I'm still alive and doing better.  My doctor started me on some new meds that seem to be working, so fingers crossed!  My FMLA came through, which means all those points I wracked up are gone!  Plus, if I have to leave work early, I won't get another point.  Thank Gods!

In other news, my geeky little heart went pitter patter as I started my family tree on Ancestry.com.  I'm not sure if it was worth the monthly fee I paid, but I'm having a blast.  I got so excited I called my mom twice to ask her some questions about the family, even though it was past 10.  But then she got excited and called me back with some of the information, lol.  So tomorrow we're going to get together and see what we can make out.  So far I've found the ship manifest of when my great grandparents on my grandma's side came over, and what I think is a 1930 census form.  Have to double check with Mom to make sure, but I'm excited.  I figure I'll start on my grandpa's side tomorrow as well.  Don't know much about my dad's side, as both grandparents died before I was born, but I do know they were immigrants from Germany.  

Why, yes, I am a history geek, whyever do you ask?

Not much going on.  I'm trying to just enjoy my weekend and not work myself up over going to work.  I think I'm getting burnt out taking calls, so I'm hoping for a different position soon.  Once more, fingers crossed!  

Ok, take care all!
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Soooo.... Trying not to freak myself out by reading stuff on the internet.  One of the things the doctor said I might have is Helicobacter pylori  otherwise known as  H. pylori. Apparently this is pretty common in soldiers who served in Asia, and doesn't usually cause problems.  In fact, a person can be pretty much symptom free.  And then you get hit with ulcers and stomach cancer.  0_o

I really need to stop reading that kind of thing.  Bad, Piplover! 

Anyone have any happy thoughts to send my way?  Funny pictures?  Holmes h/c?  I'm currently obsessed with Sherlock Holmes.  

Anything, pretty much, to keep me from trolling around and finding more things to point to and go, "I have one of those symptoms!"

Yes, I know I'm being silly.  I wish the doctors would find out what was wrong with me so I could just get it over with.  Sigh. 
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So... Computer died.  And I brought it back to life thanks to my brother.  Still lost the Help_Haiti story, which means I just have to start over.  This one will be better.  *Emphatic nods* 

I had to redo the hard drive as the computer had completely lost the operating system.  No idea what happened.  

I had to leave work early yesterday, which means another point.  I hope that when I get the FMLA they will take that off, but if they don't.  Well...  I think I still qualify for unemployment if it comes to that.  I hope to hell it doesn't, because the thought of starting over, of spending weeks looking for work, just makes me want to be sick.  But the reality is I'm sick, they don't know with what or why yet, and they're pretty sure this isn't going away soon.  So... Have to plan for the worst and hope for the best.  

Anyway, I called in two hours late today, since I was trying to literally crawling this morning trying to get out of bed and figured it was better to just let me sleep a bit longer than try to drive in that condition.  I feel better now, and hope I can make it the rest of the week.  I only have three days to go, including today.  I can do this.  

I hope everyone is doing all right.  
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Wow, it's been a long time since I posted.  I haven't been ignoring you, my wonderful flist, but I've continued to be sick the past few weeks and didn't want to bother you all with my whining. 

However!

I finally got in to see my doctor and he listened to me!  Unlike his nurse, who told me I was just overacting, he thinks there really is a reason for this stupid pain besides my gastroenteritis.  After all, I've been living with GERDs for over three years, I think I know what it feels like by now.  Humph.  

Anyway, I was sent in for an ultra sound yesterday, and he's sending me to Seattle sometime in the future to speak to a specialist.  One of the theories, and there are many, is that it could be a virus I picked up in Korea.  Which is probably not it, seeing as I was stationed there 7 years ago (Holy shit, 7 years!!)  and I think I would have felt symptoms before now.  But who knows?  

Also, they don't think it's the gallbladder, but they'll know more after they get the results of the ultra sound.

Plus!  And this is the really good thing, my doctor is going to sign my FMLA form, which means that if I'm sick, like I have been, I won't have to use personal time or get a point for missing work.  He agrees with me that this isn't going away anytime soon, and until we figure out what's going on, it's better to err on the side of caution and have me take it easy than push myself to being more sick.  So that is a huge relief off my mind!

Now I just have to go speak to the HR people to get the forms and get them sent in, and hope I don't get too sick in the meantime.  I did have to leave a little early today from an overtime shift, because my stomach was playing absolute hell with me.  It basically felt like that creature from Alien was crawling around inside there, trying to set up housekeeping.  Not a good thing to inflict on customers or my fellow workers.  Sigh.  Now if I can just get it to stop before tomorrow, when my work week begins.  Wish me luck!

Anyway, not much else to report.  An Army buddy is being stationed at Ft. Lewis, only 5 hours away, and he's stopping by on his way up.  I'm so happy to see him again, it's been way too long.  I've known him since Korea, and we've been good friends ever since.  Plus, I can go visit him on a semi regular basis, or have him come down here.  Just knowing there is someone who went through a lot of the stuff I did close is like a blessing.

I'm feeling a lot better right now, I took some pain killers the doctor prescribed and they seem to help, so I think I'm going to try and work on my Help_Haiti fic.  Sorry it's taking forever, Shirebound, but I promise I will get it done!  I know you said take your time, but it feels like I'm taking a timewarp!  

Anyway, hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday.  Take care all! 

So...ummm

Feb. 17th, 2010 04:24 pm
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So... well, that was embarrassing.  I didn't exactly pass out, but I came pretty darn close, and they called the ambulance.  I didn't go the hospital or anything, but I did go home.  My mom came and picked me up, and now I'm going to lie down for a while.  Just letting you all know that I'm home safe and will probably be offline for the rest of the night.  Take care, all.  

Urgh

Feb. 17th, 2010 03:00 pm
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Feeling really sick and dizzy right now.  Actually, I think if I wasn't sitting I would probably be on the floor. Stomach is hurting pretty bad, too.  I really want to go home, but I would get another point, which would mean a written warning and any chance at the internal job I'm applying for would be out the window.  Maybe I should just let myself pass out and not worry about it?

You all think I'm joking, but I've passed out before, and it's not that bad.  At least I wouldn't be feeling this bad on a conscious level anymore.  Seriously, even sitting the floor feels like it's moving, and my hands are all clammy and I feel hot and then cold and then hot.  Wow, that sounds worse than it probably is.  

You don't think they would point me if I just laid down on the floor for a bit, just until the world stopped spinning?

Sorry this is disjointed, I'm honestly trying to keep my head on straight and not make a fool of myself.  Wish me luck for the rest of the day.  Only 4 hours to go. 

Lazy day

Feb. 9th, 2010 08:34 pm
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I was extremely lazy today, didn't really do anything but watch tv, play on the computer, and get my brother a birthday gift.  It felt wonderful, lol.  My stomach started hurting again, but I figure that's probably going to be a fact of life for a while, so I'm going to try and call the VA tomorrow again and see if they can't get me in anytime soon. 

Also, I was looking around my apartment, and it's a pigsty.  I can really understand the state of my dad's apartment when I went to visit after his heart attack.  At the time I wondered how he had let his place get so horrible, but I realize it was because he felt so bad that he just didn't have the energy to clean.  It makes me feel really good that I managed to help clean his place up so he had a fresh start.  

I fully plan on cleaning the next few days, dividing the days into two rooms, the kitchen and living room, and the kitty room and the bathroom.  My bedroom is actually pretty tidy, lol.  It's good exercise, too!   The hard part is going to be the kitty room.  Both cats have peed on the carpet, and I am going to have to scrub and scrub and get that smell out.  Yuck!  I ran out of the odor eliminator, so hopefully the new stuff will work out.  I love my boys, but good Gods, they can be a pain in the ass.

So, in order to keep myself organized, here's my to do list:

Scrub sink, bathtub, toilet.  Sweep bathroom floor, clean mirrors. 
Vacuum kitty room, change litter, scrub carpet. 

Do dishes, wipe down counter and oven top, scrub sink.  Sweep floor.  Take out garbage.
Dust, vacuum and tidy. 

I'm feeling a lot better emotionally.  I think it was just being sick for so long, and my period, and just being overwhelmed.  But I'm going to put on a  funny movie tonight, dance a little to some music, and try and feel good about what I'm doing and what I'm going to do.  I think I have to look at my stomach pain the same way I do my back pain.  It's a part of my life for right now, and so long as I'm not doubled over in pain, I just have to do the best I can, try to exercise until I can't anymore, and take care of myself.  

Hope you all are having a good day and are safe and warm. Take care of yourselves!

Relief!

Jan. 24th, 2010 09:52 pm
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I feel so much better today!  I think taking massive doses of Vicoden is responsible, but for the first time in almost two weeks my stomach doesn't feel like it is trying to dissolve itself.  The only bad thing was that I was very sleepy at work, and probably could have fallen asleep at my desk if I had wanted.  

Still, to be without pain -  YAY! 

Have a tiny little plot bunny hopping around inside my head, which I hope to start writing on Tuesday.  Shirebound won me on the Help_Haiti auction, so expect some hobbits soon.  

Take care, all.  I hope you are all warm, safe and dry tonight.  

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