January 4th, 2009


Welcome to Sunday, much like Saturday

Today's domestic accomplishment: disposing of the small mountain of soup cans that had built up next to the sink because I was too lazy to slice off the Campbell's "Labels for Education" UPCs. I might still throw some bread in, but I'm dithering about that. I also have accumulated enough rewards points with SunTrust to get $25 back, which is nice.

I could go out and get some tape for bandages tonight, or I could just use the roll of Coban that's been taking up space on top of the fridge for a few months. I'm not crazy about Coban when it comes to bandaging my leg. Yes, it does stick only to itself, but it does that REALLY WELL, so it's a pain to wrap around the leg and a pain to take off. I usually wind up cutting it off, which requires great care since office scissors != hospital scissors. Inertia will probably win this one, and I'll get the tape tomorrow along with some more Kleenex, because blowing my nose on TP is fail.

2008 in review (Second quarter)

April began with Anime Detour. Flew up on Sun Country, did dinner and shopping with thaadd Thursday before the madness began, and wound up getting my badge Friday because long registration line was long. The convention itself was a good time; it felt a little weird not to be on staff for the first time in five years, and I'm sure it was weird for a lot of folks as well, but there was more good than weird on the weekend. A+++, will attend again. :) Later in the month, Obama stuck his foot in his mouth regarding rural white Pennsylvanians, the Canadian Human Rights Commission went after Kathy Shaidle, Ezra Levant and Kate, the Pope came to town (but I didn't go), and after a one-day assignment at a local realtor that was supposed to be temp-to-perm (but wasn't) I started temping at what would be my new job just before the end of the month. I also got a large check from unemployment, which helped with the cash flow.

May started with the arrival of my pension check, which was put to good use paying rent, HMO premiums, and other bills. After much refusal to even consider it, I got into Stephenson's Baroque Cycle by reading Quicksilver, which was as full of character & plot goodness as Cryptonomicon but less full of mathematics. Also got into Richard K. Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs novels by reading Altered Carbon, which was also outstanding. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I went to Balticon where I was annoyed with the Programming staff. Sadness was experienced at the Wal-Mart, but otherwise Balticon was full of enjoyment. The same could not be said of John Ringo's The Last Centurion; my disapproving review drew outside reaction. Speaking of outside reactions, my post about Rachel Moss also attracted attention and eventually moved me to be more strict about moderating comments.

In June, I was notified that I was now permanent with the truck equipment company I now work for. Mom went into the hospital on the 16th and didn't come out. Perhaps coincidentally, there was a humongous storm that afternoon and the power failed in Foxchase. Most of the rest of the month was spent dealing with heat and learning the new job. Legs became infected about a week after Mom died, I changed the LJ's skin to funereal black a few days after that, and a couple days after that, it came out that the temp agency had sold me to my current employers as a full-charge accountant. OMGWTF? On the bright side, the Heller decision came down on the 26th and a bunch of us bitter, clingy types celebrated by eating sushi. Shortly after that the antibiotics and heat kicked in and I ran out of energy to do much of anything except eat, sleep, work, and do routine maintenance connected with those things. Thus ended the first six months of 2008.