jennythereader: (White Owl 1)
I really don't like what pain does to my perception of the world around me.

It's not exactly visual (or any other sense), which makes it hard to describe, but I'll do my best.

In some ways it's a little bit like looking through a polorized lens. Some colors seem brighter, and some seem duller. Everything seems a little sharper around the edges without actually being any clearer.

There's something that's kind of like nausea, and a not-quite headache. My mind doesn't work as clearly as normal, and I have a hard time thinking.

Everything feels at a tiny remove, like I'm moving through life wearing thick gloves. I get clumsier than normal.
jennythereader: (White Owl 1)
I really don't like what pain does to my perception of the world around me.

It's not exactly visual (or any other sense), which makes it hard to describe, but I'll do my best.

In some ways it's a little bit like looking through a polorized lens. Some colors seem brighter, and some seem duller. Everything seems a little sharper around the edges without actually being any clearer.

There's something that's kind of like nausea, and a not-quite headache. My mind doesn't work as clearly as normal, and I have a hard time thinking.

Everything feels at a tiny remove, like I'm moving through life wearing thick gloves. I get clumsier than normal.
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On the plus side, I don't feel like I'm getting sick any more.

On the minus side, my knees are screaming bloody murder at me every time I move.
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On the plus side, I don't feel like I'm getting sick any more.

On the minus side, my knees are screaming bloody murder at me every time I move.
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Body: My right hip and knee keep feeling like they're about to fail, but nothing actually hurts. I can live with that as long as I don't have to do too much walking.

Stress Level: 1

Book Review: Everyday Foods in War Time by Mary Swartz Rose. An interesting look at what sort of nutrition advice the experts were giving homemakers during WWI. The government was asking people to reduce their intake of meat, wheat, sugar, and fat; and this book was written to help women figure out how to make healthy and satisfying meals while still keeping those ingredients to a minimum. It's clearly written and most of the broad advice about how to eat a balanced diet is still useful, but it's incomplete by today's standards. I hadn't realized that they still only knew about a couple of the vitamins that late. The recipes at the back look interesting, and I may actually try a couple of them. Rating: 6 out of 10. If you ignore the detailed advice and just look at the recipes and big picture suggestions it might go as high as 7 out of 10. Not loanable through the Kindle, but since it's a freebie that doesn't really matter.

Reading: I started Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. I didn't get very far in, but so far it's pretty good.

Hearing: Musical pinball. My iPod is going from Glam Rock to Frank Sinatra to Doo-wop to Folk to The Grateful Dead to Santana to CPR to Arlo Guthrie to Broadway.

Etsy Find: 6 "_____ More" buttons

Project Follow-up: We tried someplace new for dinner last night. Mr. Aisan has wonderful sushi and very good tempura. The stuff Jaime and Jenn ordered looked good too.

Tonight's Project: I'm getting out of work at 3:30 and hitting the road for a weekend downstate with friends.

Randomness: Look at the above sentence and see if you can figure out which word in it makes me think I've been living in New York for too long.

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Body: My right hip and knee keep feeling like they're about to fail, but nothing actually hurts. I can live with that as long as I don't have to do too much walking.

Stress Level: 1

Book Review: Everyday Foods in War Time by Mary Swartz Rose. An interesting look at what sort of nutrition advice the experts were giving homemakers during WWI. The government was asking people to reduce their intake of meat, wheat, sugar, and fat; and this book was written to help women figure out how to make healthy and satisfying meals while still keeping those ingredients to a minimum. It's clearly written and most of the broad advice about how to eat a balanced diet is still useful, but it's incomplete by today's standards. I hadn't realized that they still only knew about a couple of the vitamins that late. The recipes at the back look interesting, and I may actually try a couple of them. Rating: 6 out of 10. If you ignore the detailed advice and just look at the recipes and big picture suggestions it might go as high as 7 out of 10. Not loanable through the Kindle, but since it's a freebie that doesn't really matter.

Reading: I started Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. I didn't get very far in, but so far it's pretty good.

Hearing: Musical pinball. My iPod is going from Glam Rock to Frank Sinatra to Doo-wop to Folk to The Grateful Dead to Santana to CPR to Arlo Guthrie to Broadway.

Etsy Find: 6 "_____ More" buttons

Project Follow-up: We tried someplace new for dinner last night. Mr. Aisan has wonderful sushi and very good tempura. The stuff Jaime and Jenn ordered looked good too.

Tonight's Project: I'm getting out of work at 3:30 and hitting the road for a weekend downstate with friends.

Randomness: Look at the above sentence and see if you can figure out which word in it makes me think I've been living in New York for too long.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
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Body: My right wrist and forearm have been giving me intermittent grief for quite a while. I'm starting to think I should have it checked out for Carpel Tunnel.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro, also available (for free!) in several different e-formats here. I enjoyed the plot, but the characters all fell pretty flat for me. I didn't really care about any of them. And there was a whole little sub-plot with repressed memories that was utterly pointless. The memories were trivial to the main plot, but the characters reacted to their recovery as if they were earthshattering. Rating: 5 out of 10.

Reading: I didn't start anything new last night. Several sample chapters, but I decided against continuing any of them right now.

Hearing: Music. My iPod is in another blues mood today.

Etsy Find: A mother of pearl owl brooch. I must have this. It's like it was made with me in mind.

Project Follow-up: I did make a little progress on the tangle, and I did some dishes. Not enough of either.

Tonight's Project: The gym, picking up some little odds'n'ends for a swap over on the BPAL forums, dishes, and more poking at the mess of yarn.

Randomness: I'm constantly bored at work. Tell me some (obviously) work-safe blogs/sites/webcomics/whatever I can use to entertain myself. I'm sort of on a make-up and fashion kick right now, so you get bonus points if you can give me some good links to learn about that stuff. Even more bonus points if they're written to appeal to grownup geek girls.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
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Body: My right wrist and forearm have been giving me intermittent grief for quite a while. I'm starting to think I should have it checked out for Carpel Tunnel.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro, also available (for free!) in several different e-formats here. I enjoyed the plot, but the characters all fell pretty flat for me. I didn't really care about any of them. And there was a whole little sub-plot with repressed memories that was utterly pointless. The memories were trivial to the main plot, but the characters reacted to their recovery as if they were earthshattering. Rating: 5 out of 10.

Reading: I didn't start anything new last night. Several sample chapters, but I decided against continuing any of them right now.

Hearing: Music. My iPod is in another blues mood today.

Etsy Find: A mother of pearl owl brooch. I must have this. It's like it was made with me in mind.

Project Follow-up: I did make a little progress on the tangle, and I did some dishes. Not enough of either.

Tonight's Project: The gym, picking up some little odds'n'ends for a swap over on the BPAL forums, dishes, and more poking at the mess of yarn.

Randomness: I'm constantly bored at work. Tell me some (obviously) work-safe blogs/sites/webcomics/whatever I can use to entertain myself. I'm sort of on a make-up and fashion kick right now, so you get bonus points if you can give me some good links to learn about that stuff. Even more bonus points if they're written to appeal to grownup geek girls.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
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Body: So freaking cold. I can't seem to get warm, and the cold is making all of my joints hurt.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: Finished The Crazy Years by Spider Robinson on Friday night. A truly excellent collection of essays and articles. My only problem with any of them is that they generally were too short. I would have liked to see more detail. Rating: 9 out of 10. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro


Hearing: Music - right this second, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from my Original London Cast recording of Les Miserables.

Etsy Find: Vintage crystal cordial glasses.

Project Follow-up: Both dropping the car off on Friday and picking it up again on Saturday were more hassle than I wanted. Next time it needs work done I'll take it in early on a weekday morning and use their shuttle to get to work, and the use the shuttle to pick it up again when they're done with it.

Tonight's Project: Dishes, and continuing to untangle the giant mess of yarn so that I can actually make it into a scarf for myself.

Randomness: What's the weather like where you are? Here in the upper Hudson Valley it's absurdly cold. The predicted high is 9F. Ick. They're also predicting another major storm for tomorrow.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
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Body: So freaking cold. I can't seem to get warm, and the cold is making all of my joints hurt.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: Finished The Crazy Years by Spider Robinson on Friday night. A truly excellent collection of essays and articles. My only problem with any of them is that they generally were too short. I would have liked to see more detail. Rating: 9 out of 10. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro


Hearing: Music - right this second, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from my Original London Cast recording of Les Miserables.

Etsy Find: Vintage crystal cordial glasses.

Project Follow-up: Both dropping the car off on Friday and picking it up again on Saturday were more hassle than I wanted. Next time it needs work done I'll take it in early on a weekday morning and use their shuttle to get to work, and the use the shuttle to pick it up again when they're done with it.

Tonight's Project: Dishes, and continuing to untangle the giant mess of yarn so that I can actually make it into a scarf for myself.

Randomness: What's the weather like where you are? Here in the upper Hudson Valley it's absurdly cold. The predicted high is 9F. Ick. They're also predicting another major storm for tomorrow.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
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Body: Various joints in my right arm are randomly achey, but nothing major.

Stress Level: 1

Reading: Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner I heard the author read from a work in progress (I think) in the same setting while I was at Arisia, and I decided I needed to read this one before that comes out.

Hearing: music

Etsy Find: A necklace made from mother of pearl buttons.

Tonight's Project: Dentist, dinner with the gang, and hopefully some dishes and other chores in there somewhere.
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Body: Various joints in my right arm are randomly achey, but nothing major.

Stress Level: 1

Reading: Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner I heard the author read from a work in progress (I think) in the same setting while I was at Arisia, and I decided I needed to read this one before that comes out.

Hearing: music

Etsy Find: A necklace made from mother of pearl buttons.

Tonight's Project: Dentist, dinner with the gang, and hopefully some dishes and other chores in there somewhere.
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Body: Pretty good. My right hip feels like it doesn't want to work quite properly for the first dozen or so steps every time I get up from my chair, but nothing else seems to be wrong.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished The Born Queen. I enjoyed it, but as I said yesterday it has some major flaws. Events and changes to characters come out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing at all, and the overall ending feels very rushed. I actually wonder if the author originally planned on 5 books in the series and was limited to 4 by his publishers. Rating: 6 out of 10, and if I hadn't liked the earlier books so much I'd probably only give it a 5. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I read a bunch of sample chapters, but didn't actually decide to finish any of those books.

Hearing: Co-workers on the phone, and tapping away at their keyboards.

Etsy Find: Miniature chemistry set. Yet another thing that I love, but have no earthly use for. The mere fact that it exists is pretty cool though.

Project Follow-up: Purse shopping did not happen, mostly because the roads were bad enough I decided that making extra stops was a bad idea.

Tonight's Project: Back to the house to grab my phone, then the gym and maybe purse shopping. Once I'm home for the night there may be knitting. Definitely goofing off online.

Randomness: I think for next year's Arisia I need to volunteer for a panel or two. I'm not sure what subjects I'd be able to talk about, but I sort of feel like I should start giving something back to the con that I enjoy so much.
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Body: Pretty good. My right hip feels like it doesn't want to work quite properly for the first dozen or so steps every time I get up from my chair, but nothing else seems to be wrong.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished The Born Queen. I enjoyed it, but as I said yesterday it has some major flaws. Events and changes to characters come out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing at all, and the overall ending feels very rushed. I actually wonder if the author originally planned on 5 books in the series and was limited to 4 by his publishers. Rating: 6 out of 10, and if I hadn't liked the earlier books so much I'd probably only give it a 5. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I read a bunch of sample chapters, but didn't actually decide to finish any of those books.

Hearing: Co-workers on the phone, and tapping away at their keyboards.

Etsy Find: Miniature chemistry set. Yet another thing that I love, but have no earthly use for. The mere fact that it exists is pretty cool though.

Project Follow-up: Purse shopping did not happen, mostly because the roads were bad enough I decided that making extra stops was a bad idea.

Tonight's Project: Back to the house to grab my phone, then the gym and maybe purse shopping. Once I'm home for the night there may be knitting. Definitely goofing off online.

Randomness: I think for next year's Arisia I need to volunteer for a panel or two. I'm not sure what subjects I'd be able to talk about, but I sort of feel like I should start giving something back to the con that I enjoy so much.
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Body: Still unhappy with my left foot/ankle/calf; but wearing sturdier shoes does seem to be helping.

Stress Level: 3

Etsy Find: Custom Made WW2 style Women's trench coat. A little pricey, but not unreasonably so for a good coat.

Project Follow-up: I finished moving all of my craft stuff from the old plastic shelves to a wooden bookshelf. I have before and after pictures, which I may get off the camera and post tonight.

Tonight's Project: I need to pick up the custom cover for our new futon, and run a few other errands. After that I'm going to collapse.

Randomness: For people reading this via Facebook: Did you know that you can log in to LiveJournal using your Facebook account? The option should show up automatically when you comment on an entry. I'd appreciate it if you took advantage of it, because that way I know who I'm talking to.
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Body: Still unhappy with my left foot/ankle/calf; but wearing sturdier shoes does seem to be helping.

Stress Level: 3

Etsy Find: Custom Made WW2 style Women's trench coat. A little pricey, but not unreasonably so for a good coat.

Project Follow-up: I finished moving all of my craft stuff from the old plastic shelves to a wooden bookshelf. I have before and after pictures, which I may get off the camera and post tonight.

Tonight's Project: I need to pick up the custom cover for our new futon, and run a few other errands. After that I'm going to collapse.

Randomness: For people reading this via Facebook: Did you know that you can log in to LiveJournal using your Facebook account? The option should show up automatically when you comment on an entry. I'd appreciate it if you took advantage of it, because that way I know who I'm talking to.
jennythereader: (Book 001)
Body: My left foot is still uncomfortable, but wearing different shoes today seems to be helping. I think tomorrow I'll try wearing my stompy boots, which are a little much for work, but should give my foot and ankle even more support.

Stress Level: 3

Reading: Lots of sample chapters last night, but I didn't actually follow through on any of them.

Etsy Find: "Love Is Friendship Caught On Fire - A button with one of the better definitions of love I've seen recently.

Project Follow-up: I got started on the big craft supply move, but got distracted by making dinner. Potato soup is fast becoming one of my staple suppers.

Tonight's Project: Finishing the craft supply move. I'm not sure what I'll be up to after that.

Randomness: What did you do for Thanksgiving?
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Body: My left foot is still uncomfortable, but wearing different shoes today seems to be helping. I think tomorrow I'll try wearing my stompy boots, which are a little much for work, but should give my foot and ankle even more support.

Stress Level: 3

Reading: Lots of sample chapters last night, but I didn't actually follow through on any of them.

Etsy Find: "Love Is Friendship Caught On Fire - A button with one of the better definitions of love I've seen recently.

Project Follow-up: I got started on the big craft supply move, but got distracted by making dinner. Potato soup is fast becoming one of my staple suppers.

Tonight's Project: Finishing the craft supply move. I'm not sure what I'll be up to after that.

Randomness: What did you do for Thanksgiving?
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Body: The pain in my left ankle is not only still there, but it's spread down to my toes and up my calf. It feels like one big charlie horse. When I get home this evening I'm going to try wrapping it in the heating pad for a while and see if that helps. At least nothing else hurts, which is a pleasant surprise after this weekend.

Stress Level: 3

Book Review: I finished The Habitation of the Blessed last night. Wonderful book. 9 out of 10, and the only reason it isn't a perfect score is because you need to have at least a tiny bit of familiarity with the source material to get the most out of it.

Etsy Find: Adorable little dragon earrings!.

Project Follow-up: Busy, fun weekend. Tom & I spent Thanksgiving day with [livejournal.com profile] 11th_letter, [livejournal.com profile] ioldanach, [livejournal.com profile] nounsandverbs, [livejournal.com profile] purpura, and the rest of their household and guests. There was way too much amazing food, and lots of top quality hanging out. Friday was a lazy morning, and then a second Thanksgiving dinner (this one with Mom & the kids) in the late afternoon. Saturday I got up way too early for a day off, picked my brother Jon up from Mom's house, and went to NYC. We didn't really do anything particular while we were there, but mostly just wandered around and people watched. I did take him to The Strand for the first time, which was pretty cool. We ended up going home a little earlier than expected because my legs were toast. When I got home Tom and a visiting friend were in the middle of making Chicken Tikka Masala and Samosas from scratch. So yummy. They had also gotten and set up our new couch (actually a futon). Sunday was spent in pretty much a vegetative state, recovering from the entire weekend. Overall, it was a great few days.

Tonight's Project: Moving my craft supplies/books from their current home to a new bookshelf. Hopefully, this one will be able to support the weight. I may also take pictures of some stuff so that I can add things to my etsy shop. I have a few finished projects that have been waiting to go up for a while and I have some supplies I'm never going to get around to using that I need to de-stash.

Randomness: Just as a public service, I'm going to remind people that if you buy me yarn (or any other craft supply), you get first dibs on what I make with it.
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Body: The pain in my left ankle is not only still there, but it's spread down to my toes and up my calf. It feels like one big charlie horse. When I get home this evening I'm going to try wrapping it in the heating pad for a while and see if that helps. At least nothing else hurts, which is a pleasant surprise after this weekend.

Stress Level: 3

Book Review: I finished The Habitation of the Blessed last night. Wonderful book. 9 out of 10, and the only reason it isn't a perfect score is because you need to have at least a tiny bit of familiarity with the source material to get the most out of it.

Etsy Find: Adorable little dragon earrings!.

Project Follow-up: Busy, fun weekend. Tom & I spent Thanksgiving day with [livejournal.com profile] 11th_letter, [livejournal.com profile] ioldanach, [livejournal.com profile] nounsandverbs, [livejournal.com profile] purpura, and the rest of their household and guests. There was way too much amazing food, and lots of top quality hanging out. Friday was a lazy morning, and then a second Thanksgiving dinner (this one with Mom & the kids) in the late afternoon. Saturday I got up way too early for a day off, picked my brother Jon up from Mom's house, and went to NYC. We didn't really do anything particular while we were there, but mostly just wandered around and people watched. I did take him to The Strand for the first time, which was pretty cool. We ended up going home a little earlier than expected because my legs were toast. When I got home Tom and a visiting friend were in the middle of making Chicken Tikka Masala and Samosas from scratch. So yummy. They had also gotten and set up our new couch (actually a futon). Sunday was spent in pretty much a vegetative state, recovering from the entire weekend. Overall, it was a great few days.

Tonight's Project: Moving my craft supplies/books from their current home to a new bookshelf. Hopefully, this one will be able to support the weight. I may also take pictures of some stuff so that I can add things to my etsy shop. I have a few finished projects that have been waiting to go up for a while and I have some supplies I'm never going to get around to using that I need to de-stash.

Randomness: Just as a public service, I'm going to remind people that if you buy me yarn (or any other craft supply), you get first dibs on what I make with it.

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