Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The State Of Me

Various things:

I still have a cold. The congestion is rather less today, which is nice, because I enjoy breathing. But I still feel tired and ooky. It doesn't help that I keep not getting nearly enough sleep lately for various annoying reasons. Of course, if the cold is (maybe? hopefully?) slacking off, the pollen count is rising, so if my nose is less stuffy, it's also more itchy. Because I really can't win.

So, it looks like I am going to be having the hysterectomy. In May, if all goes well. I am still pretty nervous about it, but... But I do want this troublesome, useless-to-me organ to go away. And I find that when I think about the idea of never having another period again, I am filled with a deep and inexpressible joy. (I could talk more about my medical issues, but that would probably mostly involve me ranting a lot about insurance-related stuff, and that's a tedious subject, even to me.)

I have a new wall heater! One which hopefully will not make any attempts to gas me. So, that's one major thing taken care of, anyway. Now if only everything else expensive can keep from breaking for a while while I desperately attempt to make progress on paying off the medical bills.

And that's the state of me at the moment, more or less. I'm unwell and close to broke, but at least I'm warm and, if I'm very lucky, I might already own a lifetime supply of tampons.

Monday, February 24, 2014

*sneezes pitifully*

Dammit, I have a cold. Again. And no matter how much tea I drink, it never, ever manages to be enough.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


I've been pretty terrible about updating this blog regularly lately and do not, at the moment, have anything I particularly want to say. So instead I offer you: children reading to cats.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wait, We're How Far Into February Now?

Well. Time for this again, I guess!

Current clothes: Blue t-shirt with a diagram of a caffeine molecule on it. Gray sweats. White socks. Brown boots.

Current mood: Good. It's the middle of my weekend, I'm relaxed, I've been getting enough sleep, and I'm getting useful stuff done around the house.

Current music: Nothing much. At the moment, my listening-to-stuff time is devoted to working on trying to catch up on all those podcasts I'm behind on again.

Current annoyance: My living room wall heater started smelling faintly like gas again, so I had to shut it down. I'm just going to leave it off until I can get a replacement in. Fortunately, the weather at the moment is absolutely gorgeous. If anything, I think it feels a little too warm in here right now.

Current thing: Doing housework and playing Sentry Knight.

Current desktop picture: Books!

Current book: Outlaw Tales of New Mexico by Barbara Marriott. Which is a bit meh. But, hey, it's short.

Current song in head: Various things have been flitting in and out of the ol' brain over the last few days, including many repeat performances of Leonard Cohen's "If It Be Your Will," because the last book I was reading kept indirectly reminding me of it. But things seem to have quieted down now. Which is nice.

Current refreshment: Nothing. But I'm kind of thirsty.

Current DVD in player: Disc 3 of season 7 of Burn Notice. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this final season, but I do know that I'm going to miss it when I'm done.

Current worry: Money. Again. It's all about money.

Current thought: Oh, look, there's Leonard Cohen stuck in my head again. Guess I spoke too soon.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

What's With This Whole "Need For Warmth And Shelter" Thing, Anyway?

Despite my last post, it is definitely not spring yet. We actually got snow last night. It's mostly gone already, though, which I understand puts us well ahead of much of the rest of the country.

But it is, indeed, still winter. Which means I still need to heat my house. Which turns out to be slightly problematic, because the ancient wall furnace that functions as my primary heat source apparently decided it would be a fun and nifty thing to start pumping gas into my living room. Fortunately, I managed not to blow up or asphyxiate or anything, and the nice young man from the plumbing and heating company came and adjusted it so that it is not at the moment actively trying to kill me. But he thinks the problem is that the gas valve is starting to wear out. And given that they probably no longer make parts for vintage 1960s "Custom Aire" wall heaters, the whole thing is probably going to need to be replaced.

Ah, well. I think I'm starting to get used to the idea that I will just never be able to keep any money in the bank ever again. Really.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

And Before You Know It, It Will Be Too Hot.

Today is Groundhog Day, right? I have no idea what the rodent might or might not have "predicted," but I don't think I need to. I can tell the year is starting to turn, because robins have started appearing, presumably on their way north. Hang on, frozen parts of the US! Spring is coming!