quidditchgrrl: (Run)
1. I am already baking like a loaf of bread in the sun, even with sunscreen. By the end of May the summer, my skin is going to look like Pam Anderson's. D: Possibly the glint of the sunscreen is inadvertently causing an intensified photoreaction with my skin?

2. Today I ended my 3 MONTH resolution of not buying clothing for myself! *dances* I did it! I am shamelessly addicted to clothes, workout clothing in particular. I bought a nice little Adidas tank top at Sports Authority (all the better to sear my shoulders into early melanoma).

3. I didn't buy a new pair of pants, which I sorely need. Most of mine are at the point of not fitting at all, which TOTALLY justifies buying black, brown, navy, and khaki pants tomorrow.

4. My sister and I are taking my nephew shopping tomorrow (when I will surrepticiously purchase items for myself). My 18-year-old, bisexual nephew, whose idea of high fashion is skull arm warmers from Hot Topic. -.- He does not understand that in addition to trendy, of-the-moment items, one should also purchase staple items to build a long-lasting wardrobe. I predict this will take a little longer than even I can imagine.

5. My last non-$5 show this year is going to be Jane's Addiction. My nephew has never heard of them. I weep (WEEP) for this younger generation, who believe that Avril and FOB are "punk".

6. One of my former girls saw me running today, and we had a nice long text chat. <3

7. I'm warm for the first time in, like, a year! Woo.

8. Sleep is a priority for the first time in, like, a month. Woo. *collapses*

'Night!
quidditchgrrl: (Bike)
*falls down* Unf.

Hi.

1. That big shiny ball appeared in the sky again! \o/ And the foretellers say it will come back tomorrow!

2. Big shiny ball = compulsive time outdoors = no rest days. Even though I've strained my hamstring and my knee hurts...I never feel like not running. Or that I ought to take a rest day - I never think I've worked hard enough, and my new heart rate monitor has crashed me back down to earth (thought I was burning 600 cals/hr in Circle Step? Ha. Or 1000cals on an 8-miler? Nope.). My metabolism seems to be really effed up, or this damn thing is broken.

Or I'm a cyborg.

3. Re: #2, my hamstring is getting better and so is my knee - watch those hamstring exercises, y'all.

4. In other health-related news, I've been reducing my insulin incrementally. Down from 25 to 20 to 18 to 15 to 12, and now I'm ready to take 10 units of Lantus in the morning and see how it goes. My little pen (if I need a "bump" around meals) has dust bunnies.

Seriously, though - how was I even ALIVE taking 25 units a day?!?!? I'm not eating less, or eating fewer sugars/carbs. It's no wonder I quit losing weight - everything that went into my mouth was going into the emergency shelter for immediate use.

Today, 12 units. Post-lunch (complete with a big naan-like piece of bread from Firdous) = 82.

This needs to be researched, but not by me, I freaking hate endocrinology.

5. Weekend = run, run, eat good foods, maybe go to the Spring Game (or just jog by), meet up with my nephew for clothes buying. Then, I will keel over and die. :P
quidditchgrrl: (Ever have one of those days?)
Has this not been the crappiest beginning to a year in recent memory?

GAH.

1. This is the journal formerly known as Purebloodgryff.

2. I am now on Twitter: Quidditchgrrl. There will be no Tweets posted here.

3. My in-laws have been married in the eyes of the Catholic Church. At Midnight. After a 3 HOUR Easter Vigil Mass. If God does exist, he would have struck me dead last night inside that church. They did baptize a bunch of people into the Church, Confirm a bunch more (including my mother-in-law), and all the other accoutrements of the Church in full Holiday mode.

Now I understand why there are so many lapsed Catholics. The sitting and standing and singing, I can get with (I grew up Presbyterian), but the thinly veiled gay priest, the incense, the holy water, the crystal bowls - I was a little out in la la land. Also, I have a fear and loathing of churches, so I was not feeling well after 3 hours up and down and smoky and wet and the SINGING -

The wedding was cute and intimate and sweet. I will miss my in-laws. :(

4. In keeping with the sucky state of 2009, when I called my sister this morning, she told me that my uncle (the one with my brand o'diabetes) passed away in the night. He was fighting a MRSA infection he got from his dialysis port. The MRSA attacked his heart. His kids brought him back from Florida this week, after putting their feet down about where he needed to be. His heart defibbed and they couldn't get a rhythm back. So, if there is a silver lining, it's that he died in his sleep. Or at least that's what I'll tell myself and everyone else.

The worst is that my dad has lost his best friend of 73 years. They co-owned racing teams and cars, and a service station. Both retired from the same General Motors plant, went to Daytona together (my uncle has a winter home in Florida), and talked to each other just about every day of their lives. Dad had rallied a little when I talked to him tonight, but this week is going to be very hard on our entire family. My uncle was extremely affectionate and likeable, an all-around good guy who never met a stranger.

This is why I've been having dreams about my grandfather - they were needed to help guide us all through this, my dad and my aunt most of all.

BETTER NEWS:

1. I have tomorrow "off" - I only have to do Lodge stuff, then go to the dermatologist. No work-work.

2. Amazon sux. Yep. Anyone have words as to the WHY? I mean the REAL why, not the "OMG 4 DA CHILDREN!" why. Amazon Rank is gonna get this taken care of.

3. Easter was a success. I Spy Bingo was played and candy dispensed from the butt of a wind-up chicken was eaten. And, is there nothing more Midwestern than green bean casserole? I SAY NO.

'Night all. Sweet dreams and merry memories!
quidditchgrrl: (one tough cookie)
Wow, damn.  And here I was going to post about the ever-more-craptastic things going on in my life (uncle is in ICU with MRSA, one of my bosses has spinal and brain tumors, I may be furloughed for 10 days) but DAMN, this month is sucking for just about everyone!!!

*BIG GROUP HUG*

So, to counteract the vortex of suck, here are some wonderful things going on in my life:

1.  My puppy came through his surgery with flying colors, and is doing great!  *huggles her Bernie-dog*

2.  Saw Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and it was decent!  I like Michael Cera, he is the cutest thing.

3.  I made time to watch the movie, which is something special, indeed.

4.  Stimulus money to Ohio = less ouchy for many people!

5.  Liss send me a beautiful card.  Thanks, lovely!  <3

6.  Going to see the Black Swans Saturday night, small venue FTW!!!

7.  Sunday I'm heading out to see community theatre.  Community theatre FTW!!!

8.  Then I'm going to go back to work.

9.  And avoiding the annual ass-raping calculating of the taxes.  La.

10.  There is no 10.
quidditchgrrl: (Jack has never cried.  Never.)
First off, THANK YOU for all of your positive energy, thoughts and prayers for my big-three issues from earlier this week.

SECOND - I am fine.  Yes, really.  I'm functioning (albeit VERY ready to go back to work on...Tuesday  D:  I may be stuck to the ceiling by then) and getting things done in their courses.

Funeral stuff went as well as can be expected, and the cousins have decided to get a family reunion together in the next year or so.

Super-creepy death stuff unsuitable for the romance of VD )

OH, but the Universe is not finished with me, not by a long shot!  Read more... )

In slightly more normal life news, we went to see "Taken" today.  It was decent, but I was definitely wondering at using a 26-year-old actress to play a 17-year-old girl.  Liam Neeson FTW.

And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ishie, I am re-reading It Hardly Signifies when I should be texting friends and hitting the town.  I am laaaaame.  But also addicted to Jane Austen fanfiction, so there you go.
quidditchgrrl: (Let It Be)
1. My Granny died last night, after more than a week in hospice care. I'm taking it with much more grace now that I've given up anthromorphized religion. As long as you've influenced others, you are immortal.

2. Dad is going in for prostate surgery (some procedure with a cutesy name - why don't female surgeries have cutesy names like TULIP?!) next week. That is, if he can keep from throwing out his hip/back/sciatic nerve every other day. He can barely walk right now, and lying down is out of the question.

3. And to cap off the bad-things-happen-in-threes, my brother was in a serious motorcycle accident earlier this week. Luckily, he's an experienced rider (he had a bike before he had a license, IIRC) and he and his wife managed to survive a 75mph auto sideswipe with non-life-threatening injuries.

If any of you yahoos go riding without a helmet, I'll beat your heads in myself. Call it preempting the inevitable.

Trying to stay up later to stave off nightmares (had a tremendous one this afternoon, mitigated by the bad news and windy conditions), trying keep my sanity in the face of the next two days of family time, and trying to see the brighter side of things, no matter how bad it looks right now.

Also have been feeling rather guilty at the idea of my relative lack of suffering in this crappy economy, wherein I'm paying off bills/debt, saving money for a down payment, planning new savings for trips, giving more money to charity.  I know it's silly, and I certainly don't gloat or flash any bling.  But it seems that my fortunes go up when everyone else's goes down.  Three cycles of that now, hm.
quidditchgrrl: (Someone needs a hug!)
This day is fired, no bonus, no golden parachute, no severance package. )

THE BRIGHT SIDE: )

I need a stiff drink *chugs Diet Coke*

So, how was YOUR day?  :)
quidditchgrrl: (I feel pretty - joker)

My in-laws are coming over for dinner on Sunday.  First time at our place - after nearly seven years of living here.

D: )



In other news, the work transition is going nicely. )

Terminus hotel room is now taken care of...looking to either buy/trade a registration, and then scout some places to look for decent parking.  I've been lucky in the past, and assume that I will be again.  (Overly optimistic, yes?)  V.v. excited to see everyone, especially [livejournal.com profile] roguebitch, [livejournal.com profile] rlanto, [livejournal.com profile] smilie117 and the rest of you all!  :)

Have a good weekend, youse guys!

quidditchgrrl: (Prepare to die with a smile)

The passive-aggressive asshole strikes again...

We're going to Cleveland today with my sister and BiL to have dinner with my cousins and see an Indians game.  It's now 2:29pm and we haven't left the house yet to pick up my sister (30 minutes), get to Cleveland (2.25 hours), meet my cousins for dinner at 5:30pm, and go to the game at 7:30pm.  He's still in the $#&@*^ shower.

So, if I call you for bail money, could you put it in my PayPal account so I can beat my murder rap?  Thanks.

This is the second weekend in a row with The Asshole.  I would like to have a weekend at home without having my soul sucked in a Dementor-like fashion.  ([livejournal.com profile] eibbil_libbie and [livejournal.com profile] rlanto, you know what I'm talking about.)  Work is exhausting, both with the actual work part and the whole political machine, and it would be great to just sit at home and veg or clean or just have a goddamn conversation with someone who answers back.

And, of COURSE, "nothing's wrong."

AAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH

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