mercy_angel_09: (America Hetalia)
So the crud I got in New York isn't going away, so tomorrow I'm hauling my happy ass into the walk-in clinic to make sure it hasn't developed into something worse than just a cold. The coughing has remained painfully constant, despite the rest of my symptoms clearing up in a normal amount of time. As a result my throat is often irritated and sore, leaving me feeling miserable and kind of grouchy.

There is the saving grace of sitting and watching the Olympics, though. NBC's coverage is absolute shit, of course, but I'll take what I can get. I would much rather that all NBC/Universal affiliate stations would do coverage (not just MSNBC and Bravo) rather than NBC trying to "market" us the Olympics as some sort of "product." It's the fucking Olympics - they only happen every two years and limiting coverage and only showing us the "good parts" isn't exactly going to win you a lot of praise from the public. Because while you might not think that we want to watch the shooting or the archery, you'd be surprised at how many people want to see those events.

Other than being sick and watching the Olympics, things are blessedly quiet. I don't have anything going on for another two weeks, which is when I head to Portland for a friend's wedding. Hopefully my new SLR will be here by then. I'm planning on hiking waterfalls (again!) and taking photos. This time with something resembling a professional grade camera. I might need to take some private lessons with either my mother or [livejournal.com profile] forgotten_relic so that I know what I'm doing and how to work my camera, but I think it'll be worth it in the long run.

Also, I'm hoping that I can start selling my prints. (Yes, you too can buy my stuff - currently at devART which takes a cut of the sale but you can buy my stuff. Please buy my stuff?) I need to look into art fairs and seeing about submitting my work into local galleries and hopefully get something going.
mercy_angel_09: (Amon)
This morning I woke up with the Queen Mother of all tension headaches. My alarm went off at seven, but I preferred to stay dead, so I turned it off and crashed for another hour and a half. By that point my body needed food (and painkiller) so I forced myself to get up and eat, downed some pain pills, and took a shower.

I felt a little better, but about an hour later the nausea hit, so I curled up on the couch with [livejournal.com profile] sideshow_ericka's copy Stardust, which is thankfully in a large enough type that it doesn't hurt to read. I have a feeling that the rest of today will be spent sitting on the couch, either watching movies or just staying as still as possible and trying not to get sick.

I think the way I sleep is the primary cause of these headaches. I suppose I could start training myself to sleep on my back, as being a side sleeper seems to be causing me ridiculous amounts of pain. And several tension headaches. It's getting old - and fast.
mercy_angel_09: (Zelgius Armor)
So I've managed to catch another cold. This one I'm pretty sure I picked it up from the son of my husband's cousin, who was grabbing me for hugs and kisses all night. He's also four. Being of an age where hygiene isn't a top priority, I'm pretty sure he was carrying something.

Anyway, I'm stuffed up and fatigued along with a mild sore throat. I took down a DVD to the mailbox this morning and by the time I got back up to the apartment I collapsed and didn't move again for almost half an hour. (That's going down a flight of stairs and probably forty yards to the mailbox and then back.) I played Skyward Sword for about two hours, clearing the Ancient Cistern and then completing a few side quests (of the Gratitude Crystals variety).

I've since been watching NCIS. I think that maybe I'll play a bit more this evening as there's nothing on TV tonight. Husband is currently putting the last touches on dinner, since I can't stand long enough to make it.

Okay, I'm due for another allergy pill in hopes that my sinuses will hate me less.
mercy_angel_09: (United Kingdom Hetalia)
Well, the sore throat is mostly gone (just some lingering discomfort), but now I'm all stuffed up. When I can't breathe I slow down, and just walking from the bedroom to the living room is enough to wind me. So the fact that I'm being somewhat productive today is surprising. I'm doing laundry right now, did the dishes, and made the bed. Admittedly, It's been over the course of several hours, but the breakdown goes something like, putter around for two or three minutes, take a five minute breather, putter around for two or three minutes, take a five minute breather, lather, rinse, repeat.

To keep myself hydrated, I've been drinking apple cider tea (with no sweeteners because it doesn't need it!) and water, and I also have apple juice in the fridge. I have plenty of soup for lunch, and somewhere in there I need to get the Christmas card for [livejournal.com profile] lukecanwaltz88 in the mail so it gets to her before she moves. ^^;

And now I'm off topic.

ANYWAY. XD

I'm sick, it sucks. My husband's company Christmas party is on Saturday, so I'm really trying to get over the worst of this by then.

ALSO: If you want a Christmas/holiday card, go ahead and give me your address at this entry. Again, comments are screened so you can leave it without worrying about other people seeing it. Or you can just send me a Private Message with it. Whatever you're more comfortable with. :D
mercy_angel_09: (Sheelos Comfort)
I've been dealing with the sinus headache from hell since last Wednesday, when I woke up with a raging sore throat which morphed into the Head Cold From Hell. Even when I was clogged and miserable on St. Patrick's Day I still mustered energy to make corned beef, steamed cabbage, mashed potatoes and soda bread. After that, I was lucky if I could get off the couch.

After being a vegetable all weekend, I'm finally feeling a bit better. I managed to do laundry today while binging on copious amounts of Farscape followed by finally getting to watch the fourth episode of the Tethe'alla arc of the Tales of Symphonia anime. Of course I've about reached my limit. I don't think I'll be doing anything exciting for the rest of the night. I can't say that I feel much like cooking.

Anyway, my head is still congested and now it's moved into my chest. I've been occasionally coughing up phlegm, but the plus side is that I'm blowing my nose less frequently. My nose appreciates this as it is now dry and chapped, despite my best efforts to keep it moisturized with frequent applications of lotion.

I suppose the worst part of all this is that now my husband thinks he's coming down with whatever crud I have. Considering that his boss today authorized as much overtime as necessary to get certain tasks done, taking time off is not in his plans. Of course knowing him, he'll be over it in a couple of days. According to [livejournal.com profile] sideshow_ericka, this crud has to run its course, as her doctor assured her that he couldn't give her anything aside some products to help her deal with her symptoms.

Alas.

I guess it's off to find dinner now.
mercy_angel_09: (Default)
I've come down with the crud that seems to be making the rounds in my hometown. A sore throat, chest and nasal congestion, a cough...all in all not fun. I've been setting the alarm on my cell phone in hopes of training myself to get up earlier because all next week I have to drag my butt out of bed to take care of my in-laws' dog.

It started Monday, when I noticed that my throat was a little scratchy, but it's also been ridiculously dry in the apartment so I chugged water and honey-lemon tea in hopes of soothing it.

No such luck.

On Tuesday I woke up and felt worse. Yesterday I spent pretty much all day sitting on the couch, reading and napping because I couldn't seem to keep my eyes open. Today I'm feeling better, that's only because I forced myself to ignore my alarm and slept until ten. I am feeling better, at the very least more rested, but my throat is still a little sore, my nose is still slightly congested and it feels like there's weight in my chest making it very easy to get winded just walking around the apartment.

Have I mentioned I hate being sick?

My husband has taken pity on me, because it's been almost a year since I've been sick (sick as in down with something vs. sick as in caused by nausea due to something I ate or didn't eat) and he's at least been good enough to help me find food that I can eat. Yesterday I had the leftover French toast bread pudding for dinner as it's relatively easy going down and was unlikely to upset my stomach (which it didn't). I think I'll make a salad for lunch today in hopes of getting some of those vitamins and whatnot that will help me fight off this stupid cold.

I suppose I should eat now. I slept so late I kind of missed breakfast...
mercy_angel_09: (Meeko compass)
Today is the annual Diabetes Walk in my town. Every year they organize a fund raising walk along the river, inviting the community to participate. Naturally various businesses and organizations get involved (like Hanford SWAT, for example) to raise money to help fight the disease that's tied with Alzheimer's as the seventh leading cause of death in the US.

I told a friend that I would try and make it, because really, what else do I have going on (you know, aside from the football game in ten minutes)?

As you can probably imagine, I'm not actually doing the Diabetes Walk today because my blood sugar is in the toilet and standing for more than five minutes makes me feel ill. Walking something like three miles is obviously out of the question.

Low blood sugar is something I really try to avoid. I hate feeling so sick, so I live as a grazer - several small meals through out the day if I can swing it. I'm not diabetic - I have hypoglycemia which means that when my blood sugar gets too low I get sick. Dizziness, nausea, upset stomach, and so on. Really. Not pleasant.

Last night I wasn't hungry for dinner, and now it's coming back to bite me in the ass. I'm trying to get things evened out by sipping ginger ale and munching saltines. I'm also not moving around a lot, which is fine. I have football on and that's about three hours I won't be moving around.

And now, to be a vegetable on the couch all afternoon.
mercy_angel_09: (NeasalaxLeanne)
So today, I woke up feeling a little better. I had scrambled eggs and a bagel for breakfast, and then spent the rest of the day sitting on the couch. While I feel loads better than I did yesterday, I didn't feel up to leaving the house. I had planned on finishing my skirt, but lazy won the day so I watched TV and played video games most of the day.

Anyway, while I am feeling better, there's still this residual nausea. I'm thinking after I finish this LJ entry I'll pull out the skirt and finish the slip stitching. I can save the hemming for tomorrow.

And now, a meme, borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] lukecanwaltz88:

1. Go to IMDB.
2. Post the first few plot keywords of your 15 favorite movies.
3. Have people guess the movies, and bold which ones have been guessed right.

To me, some of these are painfully obvious, but let's just see how true that really is. )

Anywho, off to grab my skirt so I can finish that darn slipstitching.

mercy_angel_09: (Heavyarms)
I think I'm coming down with a cold, which sucks. I hate being sick. I hate knowing that I have stuff to do but can't because I have no energy.

On the plus side, since the Olympics start today if I do get sick, there will not be a lack of stuff to watch. X3

I watched the Today Show "live" from Vancouver (I put it in quotation marks simply because I live on the west coast and therefore anything that broadcasts live from the east coast is three hours later here) where they've set up to cover the games. And Vancouver, eh.

I have to say, it's kind of funny, I'm sure by the end of the month they will not be so bright eyed and bushy-tailed at what equates to seven AM New York time - they'll be broadcasting at four AM here. This probably means that they have to get to the "studio" at one or two AM. Methinks that the Today Show crew will be sleeping though the bulk of the games, simply because by going to bed at around three or four in the afternoon is the only way they'll be getting up in time to do the show.

Anyway, I'll probably make myself a bowl of popcorn to have as I watch the opening ceremonies. Of course everyone and their pet will be comparing it to the summer games two years ago. Don't get me wrong - Beijing's opening ceremonies were truly impressive if not a little contrived. (What can I say, communist countries really like to put on the old song and dance to cover up their glaring inadequacies.) I'm sure Canada will do a great job - their show at the close of the Turin games was a fantastic preview of what we can expect.

Now for the fun part, which famous Canadian will light the Olympic torch? The Great One, Wayne Gretzky (and I just realized that my spell check actually has his name in the database...)? Michael J. Fox? Sarah MacLaughlin? Kurt Browning? I think of all of the options, and the fact that it's the OLYMPICS, Wayne Gretzky is probably the top choice. Kurt Browning is also a good choice, but it could be a pop culture icon as well. Bryan Adams, Michael J. Fox, Pamela Anderson, Nathan Fillion (okay, probably not, but I can hope, can't I?), Nelly Furtado...

All will be revealed tonight, but it's fun to contemplate what might happen.

mercy_angel_09: (Gojyo)
So I need to do some personal touch up work before the wedding tomorrow. Unfuzz legs, tweeze the eyebrows, make sure that my hair has something nice in it - you know, make myself presentable for a wedding. Because even though the bride said that I could wear whatever, I'm old school and firmly believe that one dresses up when going to church or to a wedding. And while I'm planning on wearing a black taffeta dress, the purple bolero jacket that I'll also be wearing makes it a little more casual.  Though I may hit up the silk flowers at Wally World this afternoon and see if I can find a nice purple flower to pin to the hip of the dress and make it a little more fun as well.  I also have to pick shoes - and coming from someone who has at least three different pairs of black heels, this is going to take much hemming and hawing and asking people, "What do you think?  This shoe or this shoe?"

I'm also starting to feel better, though for some reason I feel much warmer than usual.  And because I'm usually someone who's freezing even in the middle of the summer, I feel like I should be concerned, even if I'm not running a fever.  Sadly, I've reached that point in the cold where I can feel the mucous in my lungs, so sometimes I feel (and sound) like death walking.  If I could be sick over Halloween, I'd seriously consider being a zombie.  Maybe a zombie bride's maid or the Corpse Bride.  Could be fun.  Anyway, I'm glad to be finally kicking this stupid cold, though I have this niggling feeling in the back of my mind that it'll hang around for another week or so.  

All and all, things are pretty quiet around here.  I'm starting in on my gift for the birthday party, and hopefully it will be done by this evening - granted I actually feel up to assembling it.  I also have to figure out what we're doing for dinner next week.  To the cookbooks!!

-flail-

Sep. 24th, 2009 11:18 am
mercy_angel_09: (Gojyo)
I'm going to have AWESOME abs by the time this stupid cold is over. I've been coughing so much, my abs are tightening up nicely. If I start up with Wii Fit again and some belly dance, I should be able to slim down a bit. Maybe. Who knows. ^^;;

Anyway, I was hoping that I could get some help from my LJ buddies. This is regarding NaNo, but I'm not going to post it in my NaNo journal because I only have a couple of friends there. So I ask you on my f-list: Who has lived in the South? We're talking south of the Mason-Dixon line, preferably in Louisiana. ([livejournal.com profile] chaosblue and [livejournal.com profile] irksnapple I'm lookin' at you!) Because one of my characters is from Louisiana and I do want to make it believable - and I do want to set some of the story there as well. Any help I can get is greatly appreciated.

I think that's about it.  I'm still kind of tired, but I have a bit more sewing to do.  At least with sewing all I have to do is sit at the dining room table.



mercy_angel_09: (Wolfwood)
Kill me now.  I'm tired of being sick.  It sucks more than a Hoover...or whatever the strongest vacuum out there is.  Maybe a Dyson?  Anyway, this totally blows because I have no energy for doing anything and damn it!  I have stuff to do!  I thought I was going to finish the guest room but I've been feeling so sick that isn't happening.

I need to sew, but I just haven't felt like doing anything beyond sleeping.

Kill me now.  Please, I beg of anyone who knows how to put me out of my misery...
mercy_angel_09: (Renge)
I think I caught the plague. It's a nasty bug that's been making the rounds, so I have some minor sinus congestion and chest congestion. I'm drinking lots of tea and eating (?) soup to try and keep myself hydrated and keep my blood sugar up. The last thing I need is for it to tank and for me to add nausea to my lovely list of symptoms.

In regards to the premiers of Dancing With the Stars and Castle, I'm very happy with what I've seen so far (dude...when did Aaron Carter grow up?). I can't say that I have an official favorite yet, mostly because only the men danced last night and the women dance tonight. I'm going to watch with a cup of tea and hope that my chest congestion will leave me alone long enough for me to sleep.

Maria and I had enough time to hang out.  We went to the Halloween store, hung out in the mall for a bit, and I priced fabric for the party dress.  I'm planning it in silver, and now it comes down to if I want it solid silver or sparkly silver.  (The plain silver is cheaper than the sparkly silver.) 

Anyway, I'm tired, a little peckish, and in dire need of sleep.  Ta.

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