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2 Quick Rants

Hi all. It’s been a while since I ranted on here, but wow have I got two things to get off of my chest.

Due to the angry words to follow, I’ll hide the rants after a cut tag so you can skip this at will.

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Posted on 25th July 2016
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Tales from the Weekend

This weekend in four pictures and also some words.

Here we see Frisbee, who has decided to leap up on the desk (from the floor!!) and in the process scratched my hand and typed a whole lot of the number 7. This is a new thing of his. (He’s done it a whole two times so far.) As you can see, I took a picture and giggled before I made him get down.

Imagine if you will: I’m in the kitchen and Samwise starts his “pay attention to me” yowl from somewhere around the corner. So I come out, only to find what you can see above. Sam had somehow gotten into the clothes hamper (he was in with the lights, for the record) and then kindly stayed long enough for me to photograph him. No idea what that was all about.

Did you know that Frisbee occasionally works part time as a pillow? Well, now you do courtesy of a certain Little Bear that was visiting us today. (This just in: I now have art on my fridge.)
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Posted on 6th December 2010
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I Give Up


Well, okay. Not really. But I’m certainly taking a break in fertility land.
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Posted on 5th May 2010
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The story so far…


Hello again all.

I’ve had my new job for two weeks at this point, and I must say I am loving it. I’m not so big on having to deal with a learning curve situation, as I much prefer to know what I’m doing inside and out. (I have a whole perfectionist/hate making mistakes thing…’cause, I’m all perfect and stuff, y’know. Sigh.) Once I’ve finished putting away my stuff, I’ll take some photos of the place for you all. I have four bookcases! Four! (Maniacal laughter)

Oh! And my hair is red now. Every Spring, some alarm seems to go off in my head, and I decide that my hair is booooring. That is a photo of me at the top, taken with a program on my new computer.

In other, more TMI news…
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Posted on 19th March 2010
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Hail Eris and Fight the Chaos

Hello all.

Me again.

It looks like my Mother-in-Law may actually be coming home on Sunday. (As in later today after my latest attempt at that sleep thing.) This is our third theoretical release date for her, so here’s hoping that the third time is a charm. And as you may imagine, we have been in a flurry of cleaning here in my “not normally that tidy” but considering recent events grown into “more along the lines of chaos incarnate” place.

Here is a quick list of some actual housework that has occurred here recently: (the following list is based on true events. please remain seated while reading said list to prevent fainting from shock.)

* The sheets on her bed are new and clean.
* The second floor has been vacuumed (except in my messy room.)
* We have a new towel rack (to replace the one in bits lurking about the bathroom.)
* A new shower curtain liner was purchased and hung up.
* The bathtub was cleaned and now sports non-slip duckies.
* The stairs are clean of the usual debris (a.k.a. stuff found downstairs that belongs upstairs.)
* The infamous entryway where I have slipped and fallen twice now has a new rubber-backed rug.
* A new rubber-backed rug lurks at the back door.
* Much kitchen/dining area stuff have been moved about.
* and lots of laundry has been done…and put away!

*whew!* So…yeah. I’m hoping that at the very least she’ll be able to move around the place with the walker I’m told is coming home with her.

In other news, did I mention that I am not taking any fertility drugs this month? Nope. I have managed to develop not one, not two, but three cysts. Bleh. But really, it’s great timing. I just don’t have the time this month. I declare it to be divine intervention, and will now move on to my next newsbyte….

My interview for the job-possibility-I’m-not-saying-much-about is on February 10. Please send any/all prayers and good thoughts my way.

And finally…I have a new cell phone. Why do I have a new phone? Well…it was free. Relatively-speaking, of course. You see, Koshvader needed a new phone as his had started to come over all wonky. And after much debate, he chose a Motorola Droid. Well, said Droid came with a free Droid Eris. So, I ended up upgrading too, though I had not planned to yet.

Let’s pause for a minute to discuss this phone:


1) It’s way more modern that anything phone-like I’ve ever had. I mean, come on, I’ve never even downloaded a ringtone before. I keep discovering new things and hurting my brain.
2) It vibrates when you push its little virtual buttons. Let it be here noted that I hate things that vibrate, as they make my bones ache. Yes. That includes those coaster things they give you at restaurants while you are waiting. (And nope. Apparently you can turn that off in the other Droid, but not in mine.)
3) It’s named Eris. I mean…come on. Who named the phone after the goddess of discord?
“Eris is the Greek goddess of discord and strife. She is Ares’ constant companion and follows him everywhere. Eris is sinister and mean, and her greatest joy is to make trouble.” – Encyclopedia Mythica

But honestly, I can get used to all of this cell phone…usefulness. It’s turning out that I’m using Eris to tame a bunch of the chaos in which I find myself in the new year.

And in the meantime? I’m giving lots of folks their own ringtones. Be afraid.

Posted on 31st January 2010
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Sigh…Or Not.

(So, my friends have a shoulder cat. That’s me that she’s resting on.)

So, remember my hope that 2010 would be better than 2009?

Yeah. Not so much.

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Posted on 6th January 2010
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The Story So Far…

Let’s see…where to begin?

On the fertility front:

I’ve started the next round of treatment…this time with a nasal spray in addition to the ever popular belly stabbing needle thing. So, now I have the “icky taste in the back of my throat” added to the process. Bleh. In addition, at the end of the year I will no longer be double covered by Kaiser so I need to find out how much it will cost to continue this whole fertility thing. If y’all could please keep your fingers crossed/pray for me? Thanks.

In other news:

After dinner at my parents’ place on Christmas (more on that and my shiny cool presents later) Koshvader and I drove up the mountain to get my Mother in Law. She’s ill again, and this way we managed to avoid the rain/snow of the following day. I was a bit useless at work on Saturday, but I was there and awake. That worked out well enough. And now, today I’m taking her to an Urgent Care appointment. I’ll be heading in to work when I can. At least this means that I had time to run my pants through the dryer. No emergency back up black pants for me today!

Well, I’d best go get a bit of something to eat before I have to leave. Have a Happy New Year/Hogmanay if I forget to mention it later.

Posted on 28th December 2009
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The Roller Coaster

So, I gather that the few of you who still pop by here have noticed that I haven’t posted much lately. Well, here’s how the last week has gone.

Welcome to my roller coaster.

Tuesday last week, after having returned home from Kauai late the night before, I went to get my pregnancy test for this go around. Then…I did stuff around the house.

Wednesday morning I called in for my results. There was a long pause and then the nurse informed me that my test had come back positive.

Me: “Are you sure?”
Her: “Yes. Your HcG level is 23. *starts to list off a bunch of don’ts that basically bounce off of my brain*”
And then I was told to get another blood test the next day. At this point I was very cautiously optimistic, but trying not to get my hopes up. Yes. This was my first positive pregnancy test in nearly six years of trying.

Thursday brought with it another blood test. This time they were testing both for HcG and Progesterone (though how they could gauge that second one when they have me taking Progesterone, I’m not sure. Whatever.)

Friday morning I called in for my new results, and was informed that my HcG level had only gone up three to 26, and it’s supposed to have at least doubled by that point. Obviously, another test was in order. My arms were not pleased with this news.

Friday night I went to see New Moon. This improved my mood considerably.

Saturday morning I went in for the next blood test, and boy howdy that was painful. Then I went to spend the weekend with friends watching Supernatural (I’m finally in Season 5!) and organizing their DVD collection. That last part should give you an idea of the state of my nerves. They were totally shot. But now Catslyn and Eideann have their movies in alphabetical order.

Monday morning, bright and early, I called in to get the results of the third test. I was told to call back at noon as the results were not in yet. So, I did what anyone else in my situation would have done. I went back to sleep. At noon (which is when I leave for work, by the way) I called in once more for the results, only to discover that my HcG levels were now going down. The nurse stated that she would talk to the doctor and get back to me. When we finally connected (after I’d spent an hour working on the Info desk and not bursting into tears) it was determined that I get to to yet another blood test when I get back from Thanksgiving vacation. They want to make sure that the levels go back to normal, apparently.

So, there you are. My week-long roller coaster. At this point I’m low on actual data, but I gather that I was pregnant for a very short time. I guess this means that It’s actually possible. The Shingles probably didn’t help things. It hasn’t completely gone away yet, by the way. At least it doesn’t hurt anymore.

Okay. Enough with the sadness. Check out this 1967 Mustang that I found.


It turns out that there is actually a classic car shop not far from me. I’m doomed.

Posted on 25th November 2009
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On Monday I went to work.

Tuesday, I took the day off. I got an IUI and discovered that I can nap in my car quite effectively. Except for the whole “dreaming that you’re driving” problem. (I dreamed that I was trying to get a stray dog to get into my car. The street was a busy one,m but he just wanted to frisk about. Weird.) It turned out to be very good that I took Tuesday off. Let’s just say that I was in a certain amount of pain and leave it at that.

Wednesday found me wondering what might possibly be giving me hives.

Thursday found me wondering why my rash was hurting and calling the advice nursed.

And today (Friday) I find that I do not have hives…

I have Shingles.

Shingles, for Heaven’s sake. When I can’t take much in the way of painkiller. (Though the Doc I saw tried to offer me some Vicodin. Ew. Can’t take that for two reasons…)

And my vacation starts on Wednesday.


I’m going to give up and go to sleep now. Night all.

Posted on 7th November 2009
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Just a quick fertility update: Tuesday is the day this time around. For once, I actually took the day off. That will really cut down on my stress level, especially since I have to be there at 8am for my first stop and then I need to come back at a little after 11 for the actual procedure.

Wish me luck.

Posted on 1st November 2009
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