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Today has been a day of...*ow!*...

I woke up, ate some food, then took my vitamins. A short time later I had the headache to end all headaches like tiny little men with hammers banging on the inside of my skull.

So I tried getting some sleep and since my wife came home early I was able to do that. It didn't help at all because I still had the headache when I woke back up after a three hour nap.

At that point I just took a bunch of Advil and microwaved some of the leftover coffee from this morning. I dozed in the recliner for another hour and when I woke up my head was fine. This is great and wonderful except that now I'm wide awake.

Fortunately I have things I can dig into like re-learning my programming skills. I actually am working on a simple terminal based game similar to one I constructed while in my high school PDP-11 days. It's coming along well and I've learned what I need to construct the game itself but I want to learn more like network programming and memory management. But it's moving.

Recently updated all the edits to my Torn World submission. We'll see if that is going to go live any time soon or not. I hope it meets canon requirements.

In gardening news I put the remaining melon plant and the one heirloom tomato plant that is doing well up on a 7' double shepherd's hook. I also put mouse traps next to the impatien in the front flower box and that seems to have pretty much kept the furry tree rat from digging there. Squirrels are cute...unless you're a gardener and they take to destroying your stuff.

Coming up on another unemployment crash/renewal date in September. I'm trying like hell to find some sort of income but due to my age and lack of certifications nobody wants to hire me. (Part of the reason I'm working on getting my programming skills back.) I think I've found a set of items I can make and sell on E-Bay/Etsy but I'm waiting for the final materials to arrive and then it remains to be seen how well they sell. I'd love to be able to make up the missing income by starting a home business. That would be the ultimate thing for me. It would allow me to be there for my daughter and to do something I've never been able to do - work for myself not someone else.

Regardless due to my previous income I might be extended yet again but with the congresscritters yammering about not extending unemployment I might be hosed. If that happens then I'll just tell the recruiters/placement people that I'll take anything that comes down the pike. Some income is better than no income. I really do want to make the home business thing work though.

I'm keeping up with the housework barely. I've got a lot to do and I'm pretty tired but I'm trying to spin back up to speed again. It's tough. What I could really use is something like Desperate Landscapes to come to my house and help me get it all in order. (Not Clean House because they have no appreciation for people who collect things. And no I'm not a hoarder I actually give and throw things away.)

I have to get it all sorted out soon because as soon as my wife has her ankle surgery I'll be a little more busy.

Oh! I think I forgot to mention that! Last year my wife twisted her ankle running for the phone late one night and has had trouble with it since then. Well after and MRI by the orthopedist it turns out that there is a 10mm (1cm) bone fragment loose in her ankle that hurts her when she steps on it. Right now she's on crutches and an air cast until they schedule the surgery. After that she'll be completely couch-ridden for two weeks and then she'll be able to go back to work but still need to keep off her feet. Full recovery 6 - 8 weeks. We'll get through it but it'll be tough.

On that note I'm still awake and seriously considering getting dressed up and trying to tackle the garage. I may not do that though because what I'd need to do may make noise and you can't do that this late at night without irritating some neighbor. And I don't want to do that.

Lastly I'd like to apologize to greyladybast. She's right in that she needs a good long rest. I try and prevent myself from projecting upon others but in this case I failed. Every time I've tried to take a long rest it's bitten me in the ass. Every. Time. So I'm very sensitive to when motion stops. There's an old phrase from Blake's 7 - "Movement is life. To stop is to lose yourself and be absorbed. Is it that you are ready to be absorbed?". It's from an odd episode where the planet will eat you if you don't keep moving.

That particular idea has stood with me for years because I find it very very true in this universe. What other people seem to get that I don't is a plateaus in their lives where they can rest. I don't seem to get that. I have to keep pushing or Bad Things(tm) happen in my life. I guess that's why I was so concerned when she decided to just rest. It set off a button in me and for that I apologize.

Now...off to find something to occupy the rest of the evening... ;-)

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Jul. 14th, 2010 06:43 am (UTC)
I woke up, ate some food, then took my vitamins. A short time later I had the headache to end all headaches like tiny little men with hammers banging on the inside of my skull.

I had a headache like that for 5 days. I made the mistake of taking 3 aspirin and 2 hydrocodone before work. I forgot that I had been off hydrocodone for near a month and my tolerance was lower. Man was I wasted at work. NOT a happy thing. But the headache went away.

Good luck to the wife and her recovery.

As far as job wise, it would be nice to be able to work for oneself.

However, I am lazy. I'd rather win the lotto and not work at all. ;-) (though, I am realistic enough that that would last for 2 months before I had to find something to do.)
Jul. 14th, 2010 07:28 am (UTC)
My wife is currently on hydrocodone for her ankle and it pretty much zonks her out when she takes it.

I actually had to take some of my wife's darvocet one night to get to sleep. My sleep patterns are all screwed up right now. (As evidenced by the posted time on this reply.)

In regards to winning the lotto I made sure I had a plan for if that ever happened as most people who win the lotto don't have a plan and are usually broke again a year later. So I've got about six different craft/business plans that I could easily use to occupy my time and that wouldn't cost that much. :-)
Jul. 14th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
In regards to winning the lotto...I have several contingencies as well. Depending on the amount, I would take a percentage (maybe 10% or less) to just blow on silly stuff because you need to have some fun. I would get a modest house (most likely the one I am already in) a much better car, then invest the rest.

If it is a significant winning, ($50m or more) I have other things to invest in - my nieces and nephews college funds, make sure that my mother is taken care of until she dies, and other altruistic things. I'd also create scholarships for hard sciences and maths. Screw the athletics departments, USA needs more scientists, engineers and doctors.

No, I haven't put ANY thought into this, why do you ask?
Jul. 14th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
*blushes* Thank you, but it really wasn't necessary to apologize to me. I really appreciate it, though, probably more than you realize, since in general people who have hurt me, how ever unintentionally, not only don't apologize but in fact go out of their way to convince me that I totally deserved whatever it was they did and it was all my fault anyway.

It's part of the reason I need a bit of a rest. I'm not resting too long, though, because what I need more than a rest is to go home, and I can't go home without money and I can't get money without a job. *sigh*

Also, I remember that B7 episode! It's the first one from the second season, where Blake runs away from the crew because he's screwed up one way or another and it thinking things out. It's called Redemption. I always felt bad for that little critter.

But thanks, seriously. I appreciate it, and FWIW you've been forgiven since you removed the comment in the first place. I'm sorry it's been eating at you like this. I hope things are all good with us now?

Jul. 14th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
I wasn't really dwelling on it but I do tend to carry a tally mentally. Especially if I feel I've been an idiot or something.

And yes this clears the air so to speak. :-)
Jul. 14th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
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