Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Halloween

So, today is Halloween, All Saints Eve or Samhain. At least, it's Samhain in the northern hemisphere. Down south it's Beltane, since that's the festival that celebrates Spring and we're heading into that season now. And I must admit that I don't particularly care about any of this. Halloween is Button's favourite holiday [though I must admit that the idea of it being called a 'holiday' is strange to me], and we'll be briefly attending a halloween party this evening, after that thing that's preventing us from joining amy's birthday celebrations. But amy understands and has forgiven me, so it's all okay, even if it does mean I miss out on sushi. But amy and I shall plan for another evening of sushi, with Button and, presumably, the Caretaker. Now if only I could think of a name for her...

Anyway, no doubt there'll be more on that tomorrow, after my exam. I should do some studying, actually. Today looks like it's going to be a long day - we have to head out to blue route to go to the bank, and we're going to stop by a police station and get something signed for Button's latest visa issue. I know he also wants to stop by the american embassy, which is out that way, but I think that would need to be a morning thing, as I think they stop letting people in around twelvish.

Yesterday evening saw the game - it was, as always, fun. I don't know why I bother saying that every week, I just keep repeating myself... Anyway, it was the evening of the young courtier's dinner, arranged by Kamenosuke. The evening went off swimmingly, with Yashamaru delighting both the void kami and the guests with the 'tell the kami all your secrets' game. Some interesting things were revealed. On a completely unrelated note, Nagataka had a vision and needed to meditate upon it and therefore abandoned Ishie, who was supposed to set him alight as part of the evening's entertainment. After some consultation with Kamenosuke and thanks to some delightful ingenuity on the part of Doji Taniko, another spell that 'isn't necessarily dangerous' was used to entertain everyone instead. Though you'd think that Kamenosuke would understand that when Ishie says that something isn't necessarily dangerous, she means that it doesn't have to hurt anyone... Speaking of which, poor Tsumae Ayako is setting herself up for unpleasantness. Although, to be fair, Kamenosuke is probably to blame and Ishie won't actually do anything other than what Kamenosuke specifically asked her to. And if he knowingly does things that might be somewhat compromising, well, he has only himself to blame. Of course, Ishie would never blame him and will always be available should he require her assistance. Though I really did like Waynne's plan with the box of fireworks in the garden. Just give me 3 days to learn that spell and I think we've got a great plan for an 'accidental' death. Speaking of which, we ended the session in the middle of the night, with only Ishie awake to hear the news - Doji Masazumi has been murdered!

Monday, 29 October 2007

Things I like

It has occurred to me [about 5 seconds ago, or so] that the list of things that I like to do is steadily growing. One of the things on that list is unagi! I really like unagi, I even like unagi when it's not perfect-unagi-just-the-way-I-really-really-like-it. Like the unagi we had last night at Beluga. I say 'we', but I mean 'me' 'cause I didn't share it with Button. Overall I found the Beluga sushi rather substandard, though very cheap. The most important thing, however, was that the company was good. And entertaining. This is particularly important since we were there to celebrate Wombat's birthday. Who I'm tempted to start calling Bunnygirl.

But I digress, the point about my list of things I like to do is that roleplaying is currently at the top of it. Why is that? As you all know, my game is not until tomorrow. But I had a rather vivid dream last night, which I blame H* for entirely. Entirely! You see, a good long while ago [time is fuzzy], he and I had a conversation that went something like this:
H*: I'd like to have an opportunity for Kamenosuke to explore the link between him and Ishie.
me: That sounds like fun, we should mention this to Confluence
H*: we should
[luckily, he didn't, since I suspect he was sitting right next to her at the time]
me: of course, this will result in her causing bad things to happen to Ishie...
Neither of us particularly liked that idea, so we didn't mention it to Confluence, so she couldn't come up with evil-dm-ness on that topic. Somehow, that resulted in my dream last night, which I'm not going to provide anyone with any details of, particularly not Confluence.

Also, on my list of favourite things to do is spending time at Miller's. So Button and I wandered down there after his meeting on Saturday. Yes ... Miller's ... just the place for a nice, happy, relaxing time. Really. We arrived before it got dark. From the top of the stairs I could tell that someone had taken a crowbar to the door. The door was still locked and unopened and none of the windows were broken. A reasonably good sign. So in we go and nothing's missing, broken or particularly disturbed. There is a rather distrbing rattling sound, that seems to be coming from the roof. So Button climbs up and investigates and finds that one of the skylights is very close to falling out. While on the phone with mom to find out if this is recent damage [as in someone trying to get in, or not] a particularly strong gust of wind comes by and the window rattles, partially bends and breaks. Luckily just the corner came off and the whole thing didn't shatter. So Button wedged the window in so that it hopefully wouldn't shatter during the night and we'd worry about fixing it in the morning.
So, we go to bed eventually and about 3 in the morning, Button is woken up by a crashing sound, followed by rustling. He attempts to put this down to the wind, and goes to investigate. He doesn't seem to find anything, but I have more experience and know precisely what I'm looking for. Sure enough, the bread is missing. And yes, it is just where I thought it would be - in the place where the civet cat used to live. Apparently there's a wild cat living in the house again. The next morning sees a number of food items missing, or, rather, scattered across the floor. Later, I was on baboon-watch - they'd been sighted and we were a bit worried that they'd get on the roof, pull on the broken window and find their way in. Not that there was any food lying around, but that's not the point. So I'm sitting by the glass doors keeping half an eye on the outside world, as the baboons seem to have disappeared. Eventually I look up and there is Fred walking along, eyeing me. And then he stood up and tried to open the door. Luckily Button and I are sensible people who locked said door when the baboons were first sighted. He couldn't get in, so he wandered off. And luckily didn't decide to go wandering along the roof.

And now I was distracted by 'tea with the dean' ... only, the dean didn't show up because the faculty office screwed up somehow. So that's been postponed. But I have something else to say. More of a question to pose, actually.
What do people see, when they look at me? More specifically, why do people who recognise me and are quite happy to say hello and so on have so much trouble acknowledging me when they see me walking with a stick? What is it that they see?

Friday, 26 October 2007

more on other people's blogs

So, I have made some adjustments to the list of blogs that I link to. Some have gone because they never update, new ones have appeared. The ones that have appeared are here courtesy of Confluence [I will get the hang of this not-using-people's-real-names thing] who is a wealth of wonderful links. Now if only she would post them on her blog or something, so that we could still find them after she's changed her status message. Anyway, in an effort to find some more interesting stuff, which I won't be linking to until I'm sure I actually really like them, I went trawling through the blogs here - just clicking on 'next blog' over and over again...

What I don't understand is all the 'money-making' or other business related blogs. Who on earth reads them? And all those ones with naked women plastered all over them? While I'm sure there's a market for it, can't they be a little more discreet? I have no problem with nudity in general, I have a problem with seeing pictures of nearly completely naked women that probably aren't real when I'm looking for something else. Either way, I quickly learnt that if the 'title' came up as just a number, go backwards quickly. Or, for that matter if the first thing to come up was some adverts pertaining to adult entertainment ... mostly because none of them have the little 'next blog' link. Most frustrating. There are also a lot of blogs that look quite fascinating, but are in other languages, so I can't understand them... and I've never been good at learning languages, so probably I'll never be able to understand them. And what, I ask you, is the point of a blog where all you do is advertise how much of a 'tortured genius' you are. Or how 'feminine' you are. Online quizzes can be fun, but is it really necessary to create a blog dedicated to all the quizzes you take?

In other news, there was unagi last night. Button and I went all the way around the corner to Benkei sushi. It wasn't quite as brilliant as Willoughby's and Sake House, but you could make the argument that I'm biased by the way in which they make their unagi. Also, Benkei is more expensive. But it was good all the same, we got the little unagi roll, a california roll and a Geisha B roll. The unagi was good, but not the way I like it best. I don't like california rolls, I've decided. The Geisha B was okay - it was kind of like a rainbow roll in that the top was alternating tuna and prawn. And there the similarity ended. I quite like rainbow rolls, actually. Just the bits with tuna, though. I wasn't so fond of the prawn-topped bits of the Geisha B roll either. I guess I just like tuna.

Also happening last night - we cleaned the house! Well, mostly Button cleaned the house and I stood around trying to help. But since it's been a good long while since we've managed to do more than just tidy, it makes for a happy house :)

Thursday, 25 October 2007

mind boggling

How on earth do some people get it together to write more than one blog post per day? Yes I have been known to very occasionally write two on one day. But I certainly don't post every day. It might be different if I had an internet connection at home though. And all these people who write about actual issues. How do they find the energy? This thing you're reading now is essentially a glorified diary, though without all that personal stuff. So, really, my blog is essentially a laundry list of what I have and haven't done. Speaking of which, did I mention Tuesday night's sushi? Unagi for meeeeeee! Anyway, if you want to see a glorified diary, go read my sister's blog.

And since I'm all up-in-arms about my lack of issue-dealing-withness, let's have a look at the Arthritis Foundation. Hmm? Why, no, I hadn't heard of the arthritis foundation until today either. You'd think it would be the kind of information that doctor-types would give to patients diagnosed with arthritis. Anyway, the occupational therapist mentioned it in an offhand, I-presume-you-already-know-about-this kind of way. So we got the pamphlets from the rheumatologist next door and I went to their webpage 'cause she mentioned that they have support groups and even the one pamphlet said something about it. And yes, the webpage mentions them too. And yes, I grant you that the webpage claims to be in the process of updating itself and generally making itself better, but is it really that hard to have contact details for support groups? Especially when you've got a whole long thing written out about all the different kinds of support groups that are out there? Well, that's very nice, I'm glad to see that there are generalised support groups and specific support groups and all of that - but what's the use if I can't find any of them?

Now that that's out of the way, we can go into my other disease-related rant. People who want to 'help'. I am young [and look younger], I am small and apparently that makes people feel the need to protect me. I'm also female and blonde, which shouldn't be relevant, but probably are. Maybe it's time I dyed my hair again... I happen to have been diagnosed with a chronic illness. Here's a nice little piece of information for you - I don't remember what it's like to be pain-free. Button and I believe we've pinpointed the beginning of my problems. My mother reports a rather drastic personality change when I was 8 or 9. Instead of the cantankerous, quiet young lady you see before you today, you could have had someone more brash and outgoing. Or something. And that's one of the indicators for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Especially since I was complaining of pain - put down to 'growing pains'. A common reaction, but according to the arthritis foundation, growing pains peak at ages 4-5 and only occur at night! And, of course, children eventually stop complaining about it because (a) it doesn't get them anywhere and (b) they begin to get used to it and believe that it's 'meant' to be that way.

Ahem. Anyway, so I've been diagnosed with a chronic disease and have a body-type that seems to scream 'help me, I am useless'. And everyone knows someone who had arthritis. And they were in a wheelchair, couldn't walk, couldn't do this, couldn't do that... whatever. And they magically cured this incurable disease through a strict fruit-and-vegetable diet. Or only eating pulses. Or walking ten miles on the beach every morning. Yes. Well. That's very nice for them, isn't it. Here's the thing: I don't want to hear about it. Arthritis is an individual disease - no two cases are the same. They're kind of like snowflakes or fingerprints that way ... or people, for example. No two people react in exactly the same way to the same thing. And I don't want your advice about what I should and shouldn't be doing. I don't want to hear about the people I should and shouldn't see. Take your unwelcome interference and offload it on someone else. I understand that people care and want to help. I also understand that many people feel helpless in the face of something like this. I am not one of them. You might be. Don't make that my problem. Don't push your opinions and advice onto me because it makes you feel better - it just makes me cranky, pisses me off and brings me oh so very close to biting your head off ... and even worse, it makes me feel guilty because if I say one goddamned thing about how angry and annoyed it makes me, you're going to put on your injured face and make me feel guilty about my feelings because you're only doing it because you care. Are the above sentiments ones created by people who really care? Why no, I don't believe they are.

By all means, ask me how I am. If you're my mother, go ahead and make suggestions [just not 5 million appointments all at once, please! And, no, dad, those sorts of books are not nice birthday presents, but I do appreciate them on other days]. If you're some arbitrary person who is not related to me or a very good friend take your opinions and your stories somewhere else. If you really care, if you really want to help me, then by all means help me. Give me your arm when we go up stairs, they're difficult for me. By all means offer heaters and blankets etc. for the ever-so discrete 'health reasons' because I do feel the cold and it does make me worse. Offer me your sympathy, if you're feeling particularly expressive - hell, go ahead and ask if there's anything you can do. Just don't tell me that I simply must try this wonderful diet that cured your auntie Martha. I am not your auntie Martha and I don't care about her.

And now I actually feel slightly better.

On to the laundry list! Today [as you may have noticed] was the occupational therapist. It was a bit of a waste of time as she didn't actually do anything, but I guess you can't really have the 'doing something' appointment until you've had the 'finding out' appointment. Yesterday was supper at Quay 4 with mom and dad, after yoga. It was fun and the food was nice. And I even ate all my food, barring the mini-corn thing [which I despise] and a couple of chips. Like I said, Tuesday saw unagi for me. Unagi is my favouritest sushi of them all - yay for dragon rolls! That happened because Button thought there was no food in the house [he was wrong] and we needed to celebrate anyway. Button-bursary stuff was happening and celebrations were required. Sadly there's no definite funding yet, but things are closer to being there. Hmm... I wonder if we should 'celebrate' my OT visit with some more unagi?

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

tired now

I think it's safe to say that one of my biggest issues lately is fatigue. It's common, apparently, but that doesn't make it any easier. Especially when you're trying to work and all you want to do is lie down and sleep. And any sort of exertion causes it - taking the stairs, rather than the lift, for example. It's also caused by such mundane things as being awake for 4 hours... it's never that specific, sadly, so I can't even predict how I'll feel when.

Anyway, in other news, the game was last night. I like my game, it makes me happy. And while I think that Lucas said I'd said some things in the previous post that he wasn't supposed to know [it wouldn't be the first time...], I didn't actually say anything that Ishie would've thought the others didn't or shouldn't know.

In the actual game... we prepared for the upcoming young courtiers dinner. Which is apparently going to involve all sorts of young people who happen to be at court. Unless they're of particularly high status. It was a little touch and go when Kamenosuke said he wasn't going to invite anyone more than 2 years older than him - Ishie is about 3 years older than him. It turned out that he was inviting people older than Ishie anyway, so it didn't really make a difference. And to be fair to him, I don't think he actually thinks of Ishie in terms of age [or invitations, for that matter]. While Kamenosuke was running around arranging things, Ishie spent her time in the garden, learning a new spell. Kamenosuke is arranging for certain of the magistrates to display things at this dinner - Hideo will be arranging a Go tournament. Yashamaru will enable a few of the courtiers to ask questions of the void kami. Nagataka is going to do something monkly. And Ishie is going to assist Nagataka in displaying his magic resistance ... essentially by frying him with her new spell. Or trying to at any rate. It means that she can play with her new spell and, since she has something concrete to aim for, probably won't set any courtiers on fire. Or the room... or anything that's not Nagataka. Anyway, Hideo is particularly concerned about Tsurumatsu, the supposed Doji war-hero. Kamenosuke doesn't seem to worried as Hideo - mostly because he put Keiko on the case. What Kamenosuke is concerned about is the young Tsumae that nearly got another Tsumae killed in a duel... he's been cast out of his family and is now a ronin. So Kamenosuke had Ishie send him a message letting him now that he can stay at 10 Plum Blossoms for the winter. And then told the rest of the magistrates. Ishie was amused by Hideo's face - he's still getting used to Kamenosuke's idealism and ... well, general niceness. Kamenosuke and Ishie also took a walk up to one of the towers, in an effort to solve another part of Kamenosuke's letter game, with an unknown individual. It's really quite lucky for Kamenosuke that he chose to confide in Ishie, as she was the one wandering around the garden who happened to recognise the colour of the tiles. So Kamenosuke has laid down the gauntlet and is waiting for the next step in the game. And I think that's everything that happened before the actual dinner... which hasn't happened yet.

Otherwise, there's not much going on, aside from the internet being uncooperative and enormous piles of doctors appointments in every direction. Oh the joy.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Agasha Ishie

So, Ishie is my character in Adrianna's L5R game. That's Legend of the 5 Rings, for those of you who like your acronyms explained [though if you didn't already know that, I can't imagine that you found it very helpful]. L5R is a roleplaying game set in feudal Japan and is a rather complicated system, I understand. We're using the Window system in the L5R setting. The 5 rings are air, earth, fire, water and void. All very complicated, I know, but it gets more interesting now...

As I said it's a feudal setting, we're all playing samurai, of fairly low status. The samurai are divided into clans, each of which have a number of families and schools in them. There are shugenja [magic-users], bushi [fighters], courtiers [political types] and monks [religious types, or retired samurai]. Ishie is of the Agasha family, in the Phoenix clan. The Agasha tend to be fire shugenja and Ishie is no exception, though she does have quite a strong affinity with earth.

The Agasha were not always part of the Phoenix clan, however. They used to be part of the Dragon clan, but for a number of reasons that I won't go into, most of them transferred to the Phoenix clan. A remnant remained with the Dragon and these are now the Tamori. This has caused some slight issues within the party, as Lucas's character is Tamori Yashamaru. As he's a void shugenja, he trained with the Isawa, a Phoenix family. Other party members include, Togashi Nagataka [Sean], a Dragon monk; Doji Kamenosuke [Simon], a Crane bushi/courtier and Akodo Hideo [Waynne], a Lion bushi. Those of you who have been following the magistrates' adventures in the Katani Valley, will be aware that there is a somewhat special relationship between Kamenosuke and Ishie. Kamenosuke was fostered to the Dragonfly [a minor clan, that essentially are responsible for helping the reclusive and rather cranky Dragon communicate with the rest of Rokugan], shortly before the Lion slaughtered [most of] the Dragonfly, he was sent to the Phoenix Lands to train with the Shiba. The Shiba are bushi that are essentially trained to protect shugenja, and it so happened that Kamenosuke and Ishie spent an awful lot of time training together, became very good friends [virtual family, even] and as a result Kamenosuke is very good when it comes to protecting Ishie. He's also very determined to do that. When she's paying attention, Ishie tends to be quite older-sister-ish and protective of Kamenosuke as well.

And I've gotten completely distracted. So, the Agasha used to be part of the Dragon clan, as such they still retain some rather odd habits. They're known to attempt [and occasionally succeed in] multi-element spellcasting. They're also alchemists - the people who make fireworks and other explosions, though it's somewhat more complicated than that. Now that they are no longer in the Dragon clan, they do wear more clothing, though they still show somewhat more skin than the rest of Rokugan considers decent. And, like the Dragon, they have a thing for tattoos. So, at Ishie's gempukku [coming-of-age], she got a tattoo, which you can see a very bad photograph of. It's on her lower back, so no-one's actually seen it yet, though she keeps meaning to show Kamenosuke a drawing of it. It's essentially two autumn leaves surrounding a flaming mountain. It is possible that at some point there will be a better picture available - one that's clearer, perhaps, or even colourful.

Anyway, we're talking about Ishie - the magistrates have been appointed to investigate strange goings-on in the Katani Valley that may or may not be related to the recent Rain of Blood. It's a joint effort between the Crane, Dragonfly, Phoenix and Dragon. And they're tried really hard to get the Lion involved, which seems to be happening now, since Hideo has joined the party. Given the information above, I'm sure you can imagine that as well as occasional ... disagreements between Ishie and Yashamaru [which don't happen very often, they're both too practical to bother with that sort of nonsense], there is also some tension between Kamenosuke and Hideo. And, really, there's not much more I can say, without discussing things that certain players who may or may not read this may or may not already know...

Monday, 22 October 2007

the clouds are crying

So, stuff has happened. Not much has been happening lately. Friday saw a chemistry test [which I think went reasonably well, but you can never really tell]. Later I had my first acupressure session. That was quite fun, though painful in places. I'm going back this afternoon. Hopefully it will help in the long run.

Friday evening saw zombie games at Simon & Adrianna's with Simon & Adrianna [unsurprisingly] and Kevin and Neil. I wasn't terribly much fun as I took my methotrexate on Thursday and so was very sore on Friday evening. I don't really know how that works, but it does. So mostly I sat around while everyone else played. Button and I left rather early, actually, as I was very sore and he was sufferingly with rather awful hayfever. Apparently Kevin won.

On Saturday, there was some house cleaning, though I didn't do very much of it. Then we went down south, to my parents house. Button went off to the kite festival at Zandvlei, and mom and I went birthday shopping. So now I have a very nice shirt and some summery pants. Of course, it's been miserable weather since then, so I can't wear said summery pants. But sumemr is on it's way...

In the evening, the final Chrysalids LARP happened. It was great! My character [Rachael] is on her deathbed, though of course not literally, or she wouldn't have been at the town meeting. So they somehow organised for a wheelchair, which was great fun. And since I may very well end up in one eventually, it was nice to know that I'm perfectly capable of maneuvering the thing by myself. Of course, it also made the frustration very clear to me - I could stand up and move to the side when the wheelchair got taken over the ridge, but I couldn't have done it by myself.

On to the actual LARP. Rachael didn't actually kill Kevin [Dave Sharpe], evil son-murdering bastard that he is. Sadly, he's known her long enough that he knows just what to say to get to her. Although, he's lucky he wasn't around when she pulled out her shotgun in an attempt to get Lara Darken [Gill] to marry John-Henry [Garrick]. He was being a right pain in the ass, more specifically, he was being a threat to the family's survival and safety. So I disowned him. It turned out that he felt Gabriel [Lucas] was my favourite son and that in his absence he should attempt to take on his personality. He ended up behaving more like himself and was welcomed back into the family ... and wasn't completely enraged with his poor, dying mother. Nathan [Simon] brought Levi [Tai] to me, though someone nearly poisoned him. In the end the family was proving difficult to deal with and I very nearly gave up all hope of saving them. Most of them saw sense in the end - poor Michael [Wombat] was sent off to join Father Ezekiel [Mike] in negotiating with the city's army. Hopefully he won't die. At the end of the LARP John-Henry took me home. Nathan and Levi will come to collect us when it's time to head off into the fringes, where it's safe.

Sunday was the debriefing, but I wasn't there so I don't really know what happened. Button and I headed up the west coast with a bunch of archaeologists and interested persons. It was very nice to see the sites that we managed to find, though I do think that as archaeologists, it's preferable to go without the interested persons, as you don't really get what you need out of the visits. It was great fun though, and we saw lots of tortoises, kudu, eland, wildebeest, zebra, ostriches, bontebok and gemsbok. When we got home, we headed down to the market. There we bought a large pile of books [how unsurprising] and performed the heartbreaking, but necessary, task of purchasing a walking stick. In the evening, there was chemistry and mending...

Thursday, 18 October 2007

the week got away from me

So... it's magically Thursday already. This is problematic as I have a chemistry test early tomorrow morning that I'm not nearly prepared enough for. Mental note: pack calculator. On the whole my chemistry mark so far is fine, and this course is not particularly important to me overall. Wendell continues to filter slowly through the sieve. This makes me happy. He needs a little more milling, which will happen tomorrow, but that really should be enough. I hope.

Yesterday Button and I went out to celebrate the number 15, which was Monday. We went to Willoughby's, at the waterfront after yoga. Yoga was okay - I saw DO there, who I was friends with at school, and who I haven't seen in absolute ages! I was very surprised to see her because as far as I was aware, she was overseas. Unfortunately she had to leave before the end of class so I didn't really get to chat to her. Then it was off to the waterfront for a celebratory supper. Unagi for meeeeeeeeeeee! I love dragon rolls. We looked around at exclusive books for a while. Didn't buy anything, which is good.

The day before, was Tuesday. Which means roleplaying! It was good. I very nearly left Kamenosuke to his own devices. And, really, aside from giving Yeiji a couple of pointed looks [particularly when she started bringing up the Fortune of Marriage], I wasn't overly antagonistic. I spent most of the dinner discussing magical theory with Yashamaru. After dinner, we had to rush to the aid of a couple of drunk Tsumae, who were about to be duelling the ronin Ichiro [I think - it's hard to keep all the names straight sometimes]. We managed to save the one boy, while getting the other boy into what could be described as more trouble, without it actually being our fault. I also [finally] drew Ishie's tattoo. Of course, I will at some point post it up here. Once I get around to it one day soon...

Monday, 15 October 2007

weekend

So, on Friday progress was made. Also, a bunch of people I know went to see Stardust. Button and I did not join them - we went out to celebrate a few things. In the end, I was very glad that we didn't go to the movie. Firstly, I was my cousin, Shaun, at the Waterfront. This was quite shocking as no-one knew he was down here. Secondly, I bought a very nice book [review here] and ... could barely walk. Button carried me from the car to our door. It was most unfortunate. At least it's never happened before.

On Saturday, I did lots of chemistry. Not enough, but lots. I took myself for a walk to the waterfront, for absolutely no reason whatsoever... And in the evening, there was a LARP. Opera, Opera, run by Jo, Jessica, Eckhard and Philip, with one DM's-husband running around for good measure. I came very close to achieving all my goals, and the final one will happen soonish. The LARP was fantastic and I thought everyone was well-cast and all seemed to enjoy it...

Yesterday... nothing happened. And now I'm trying to do ten million things at once.

Friday, 12 October 2007

PROGRESS!!!

Yay! Thank you Susan Bourne and Judy Sealy! With the suggestion of "put a tiny amount of powder in the sieve" and "use the squeeze bottle, but don't leave the acetone in it and let it air dry between uses", Wendell has begun to go through the sieve! Celebrations all round! Thank you also to Neil Ravenscroft [also of the chemistry department] for taking the time to show me scifinder scholar and pubmed, so that I know now that my celebrex and methotrexate won't interfere with each other. More importantly, I know how to do it now, so I can check up on all those other things I take [or will end up taking in the future...]
Also, not so nauseous this morning. Still a bit nauseous, but it's better when I eat and so on...
So I am feeling happy. I don't have anything else to say, but yay! Happiness!

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Smug

So, there was a game last night. Simon displayed hitherto unknown predictive powers. Yashamaru left in the middle of the duelling contest, Isawa Saigo didn't take much longer to do the same [though he at least waited for it to be finished]. Kamenosuke won, so Ishie is understandably smug. Not particularly surprised though - who else would've won? Then there was a party in his honour, which we attended. There were lots of young women fawning all over him, unsurprisingly. The only one Ishie didn't object to was Taniko. The bit where he invited Yeiji to dinner didn't go over so well, but Ishie's going to try to be polite. At least until we've gotten the necessary information out of her. After all, he brought this on himself. I don't think this is covered in the original agreement. It's one thing to be forced into situations due to propriety and so on, it's another to create them... Although, at least Nagataka opened her eyes to the reality of Bayushi Yutaka...

Aside from the game, not much else has been happening.

I just heard that a guy I knew at school was badly assaulted in a bathroom at his place of work. Apparently he's fine now [he had to be hospitalised for a while] and they've made some arrests. Still...

Monday, 08 October 2007

Monday, monday

[Linda, Linda, Linda-a?]

So, the weekend happened. It was fun. On Friday night, Button and I went shopping [I needed a new pill case, among other things] and we went to see TMNT. It was most enjoyable, though they should've consulted me as there were a few things that I would've done differently [I mean really, Casey can recognise Raph a mile away but Leo's so dim he can't see it? And Raph doesn't say anything about that? Who made this movie?] Saturday saw Brendan's Birthday Dinner Whatsit at the Sake House. That was very enjoyable. The only sad thing about it, is that I ate all the food [except for the one piece I gave to Brendan] and there was no leftovers. Particularly sad since I wanted it yesterday. Yancke was particularly sweet, in that kind of bittersweet way... Button wasn't there, he was off watching Tania fight. Or so I thought. Apparently she has bronchitis and the doctor refused to let her fight. But, she still gets to go to the World Championships in Thailand.

Yesterday I did next to nothing, but sit around and make Lord of the Rings wordsearches. Oh, and there was an awful lot of chemistry... and a slight meltdown in the evening. But these things happen. Things are much better now [it's amazing how much difference simply emailing your supervisor can make]. Button went to the boat show and got very wet, but had a great time. More importantly, he went grocery shopping and there is food for us to eat!

Friday, 05 October 2007

hiding

So, stuff has happened. There was a game, which involved the first round of the duelling competition. Ishie is feeling very smug 'cause Kamenosuke defeated the war hero, or whatever he was. Not much else happened, aside from lots of general chatting and silliness. It's been a month, after all.

Button has been working on funding applications [and will continue to be for a while], which involved working late into the night and waking up really early to do more. In the same room in which I'm trying to sleep. This makes sleeping difficult for me - especially since I need quite a bit more than he does. Lack of sleep makes me cranky... All in all not a brilliant week. But it's weekend now and I only have billions of piles of work to do...

Yesterday I went to see the rheumatologist. Well. It could be worse, I'm sure. So, rather than getting better [or even just staying the same], those of you who've seen me recently might have noticed that it's been getting worse despite what I may say [denial? what's that?]. And it took him about 3 seconds of poking and prodding to figure that out. My left knee [the one that's been sore lately] was warmer than the right, which apparently points to inflammation. The swelling has not reduced anywhere, and in fact, is a bit more pronounced in my fingers. So, I am now taking methotrexate, at a very low dosage, along with folic acid. They come in little pills [about the same size as the pink ones, but flatter], which I am able to swallow. This is the least severe of the conventional drugs, but it means blood tests, blood tests and more blood tests... oh the joy.