Thursday, July 10, 2008

Living in a Fog

The last few weeks haven't exactly been the best in my world. The problem is that my world hasn't exactly stopped spinning long enough for me to adjust. I knew that summer was going to be a busy time for us...big anniversaries, 3 birthdays, countless birthday parties for friends, a trip to the local water park, 4th of July plans, meetings, nationals, getting the girls ready for school since their first day back is the day after I get home. The problem is that I didn't anticipate 'Zilla getting his left hand (his dominant hand) mauled by a dog. And I didn't plan on getting walking pneumonia.
Now, my doctor stopped short of actually diagnosing me with it but my sister has it, we have most of the same symptoms and many of the same meds. So I'm just assuming. I don't have time for this! Add to the fact that these 5 different meds are making me feel like I'm living in a fog and...I'd almost rather just hack up a lung and be done with it.
I'm in the middle of a writing challenge. I have 2 proposals to get together (one of which isn't cooperating but I think it's simply unfortunate timing and lack of creative focus). I'm also in the middle of a weight loss challenge. Yesterday I fell asleep at my desk twice staring at my blank word document. After the second time I decided I needed to get out for a few minutes and wake up my brain. I stopped at the bakery and bought several cookies in the hopes that a shot of sugar would help. There goes both challenges.
I'm not whining...okay, so maybe I am. But at the moment I don't care. It's bad when I forget that it's Thursday. Or when I wake up at 6:30, realize I forgot to write my blog, compose it while lying in bed and can't get the energy to actually get up and trot to the computer to write it. I think I'm going to adjust the dose of a couple of my meds and see if that helps. Nationals is in a couple weeks and I'm nowhere near ready.
So, since this turned into a blatant whinefest I'm going to shamelessly steal an idea from our good friend Rhonda Nelson and open the comments for whines. Come on. You know you want to join me in venting! Anything. Everything. Tells us what's bugging you. We won't tell your in-laws if you want to complain :-D
Instigator

34 comments:

birdzilla said...

My complaint, hmmm...I do not like people that whine

You know I am not serious (as I sit in the fetal position at work awaiting retaliation)

Let me know what else I can do, hope you get better :)

Playground Monitor said...

I've been having stomach ailments for a while and am on about the 4th or 5th combination of meds. I was tested for gluten intolerance (negative thank goodness) and am suspected to be lactose intolerant (most likely am since I felt really bad on the night of July 5th after eating a bowl of homemade ice cream without thinking).

I need to call the doc back and report in on the last med he tried me on (it didn't help). I just want them to figure out why I'm bloating at night and let's do something to stop it. I'm tired of being a guinea pig.

Hope you start feeling better soon.

PM

Maven LJ said...

Whine fest! My DH is out of town this week and I/d planned to get lots of writing done. Instead I got a sinus infection, and the wip isn't cooperating. I should say, the hero isn't cooperating. I started writing too soon and I don't know him well enough, so there goes that plan. My oven is broken. I had hoped to hear from the repairman I have already paid a pretty penny that the part had come in, but no such luck. I'm ovenless. Three foxes have moved into my back yard, digging out a den under the storage shed. My husband fills in the hole, they dig it back out again. Yes, they're kinda cool and I have no squirrels or rabbits messing with my garden, but I did have to tell my son NOT to bring their little dog when they come to visit.

Enough? :-)

LJ

Anonymous said...

I hope you feel better soon. I'm just tired and want some sleep and lots of it. I would like to go to the bookstores, cemetary to see my dad and NOT feel guilty about the gas I am using. Thanks for the time to whine.
robertsonreads

Playground Monitor said...

My DH has a pellet gun he'll let you borrow to uhm scare away the foxes. I wonder if you put moth balls around the shed if that would repel the foxes?

Instigator said...

Just listen to me whine, Zilla :-) You're taking wonderful care of me. And I hope you're taking care of yourself too. I don't want you hurting your hand!

Love you!

Instigator

Angel said...

Mostly, I'm just tired and wishing my life would slow down for just a few moments. Every time I think I'm getting there, something else comes up. Sigh...

Angel

Maven LJ said...

PM, I hadn't thought of mothballs. That's worth a shot. Unfortunately no one wants to see me with a gun of any sort in my hands. Scary stuff. :-)

My son who lives in Florida actually wants one of the foxes. One of his neighbors has a rooster that wakes them up early every morning, and he thinks a fox would be a fine remedy. Think Fed Ex would deliver????

LJ

Jolie said...

Aw man...I thought I had it bad. Now I know I have absolutely no room to complain at all!

So, no whining from me, but instead thoughts that things get better for you...

Problem Child said...

I'm not going to whine because that would only start something I don't have time to finish...

Instead, I'm going to think good thoughts and go work on my WIP.

(It's not nearly as much fun though. Maybe I'll stop by later with a plate of cheese...)

Smarty Pants said...

I'm sleepy. I wish I could take a month (or 3) off of work to just sleep and work on everything I've been putting off around the house.

I'd also be a lot happier if I could just get some writing done.

Playground Monitor said...

I don't think FedEx will handle that. And I just got a text message from the DH letting me know another rabbit bit the dust this morning. We're seeing fewer and fewer of them so either we're reducing the population or they're very scared of the bald man with the pellet gun. LOL!

PM

Instigator said...

Oh, am I'm caving on the bees. I even told my mom to get the information for a beekeeper coming to the library to speak to the kids next week. It's amazing what a few broken bones and several holes in your hand can accomplish :-)

Instigator

Liza said...

Hope you feel better soon!

I've had stomach trouble for months now. Just when I think they are going away, it gets bad again. I have to go back to the doctor again so he can run even more test. I'm having surgery on my foot in a few weeks and right now it hurts too much to walk on the treadmill. Must find another way to exercise until the surgery.

Instigator said...

Nope, don't think Fed Ex would like the fox :-) But hey, what they don't know can't hurt them right? Just be sure and send it overnight.

I'd volunteer to take one but I think 'Zilla would kill me. The one animal I'd like to see running around our place (we had one until he was hit by a car recently) and wouldn't you know it kills the chickens.

Instigator

Maven Linda said...

PM, how's your gallbladder? Do you still have one? It can cause bloating, especially at night. Don't know why. Also itching, which I found out just recently when a friend's gall bladder went bad.

What do I have to whine about? Not much. I get to see y'all on Saturday, which is always the highlight of my month, we're having Pot Luck, which will be hectic but fun, and we'll have a private investigator at our mercy for a few hours while we pick his brains. Can it get any better than that?

Instigator, the best thing you can do is -- uh --not go to work. You should be spending as much time resting as possible. Pneumonia cuts your oxygen levels, which affects every organ in your body, and any exertion is not a good idea. If you drag yourself to the meeting on Saturday, someone else should take all of your stuff down to the meeting room. I'm actually thinking of bringing a rope, so we we can lower stuff instead of making multiple trips up and down those stairs. So far I have three bags of stuff not to mention the Shepherd's Pie. PC, if you want them, I'll also bring some shoes that are no longer at home in my closet. They've never been worn.

LJ -- cayenne pepper. Salsa. Black pepper. Anything that's loaded with pepper, as hot as you can possibly stand it, will help get that sinus infection on the run. (Literally!). Vegetable soup liberally doused with hot sauce would be good.

There. That's Dr. Linda's advice for the day.

Playground Monitor said...

My gallbladder came out about 6 years ago, but after an endoscope last fall I learned my bile duct is still producing gallstones. The doctor dilated the end of the duct so they can pass through. That causes a slight twitching sensation in my upper right abdomen but not so much anymore after the procedure.

Shoes? I'm not PC but I think we wear the same size sandal. :-) I'll help schlep stuff down the stairs.

Playground Monitor said...

Oh, and Maven LJ -- chicken soup with lots of black pepper always helps me when I have sinus trouble.

Smarty Pants said...

No need to assemble a pulley system. I will schlep as needed.

Sherry W. said...

Oh no. I am not whining today. I did that yesterday concerning my brother...and stuff. Last nite I dreamed he read it! No whining for me thank you very much. I want to sleep tonite.

Get well soon to everyone!

LJ, my in-laws had the same problem. Seems the female was looking to set up housekeeping under their shed too. She wanted to have babies! They were told to actively use the area. Or at least make the fox think that. They put out four or five things in the area and changed a few things out everyday. Folding chair, shovel, rake, garden hose, radio (maybe they won't like your music!) umbrella, plastic trash can, etc. It was way to busy a neigborhood for Mrs. Fox and they moved on. I guess they 'out foxed the fox'. Sorry, I just had to throw that in!

Angel said...

Me too! Trekking up and down the stairs might help work off all those desserts that are sure to be there.

Angel

Sherry W. said...

I'll be more than happy to schlep too. This extra 10 lbs. hanging around could use the exercise!

SP, trust me on the 3 month no workey thing. I still wake up before everyone else, the house is no cleaner than before but I do seem to do more writing. Only it's on blogs!!!!

Problem Child said...

Yes, Yes, Maven Linda! Shoes! (Stay back, PM, you might lose a foot.)

Does Dr. Linda have a Rx for ailing WIPs?

I guess I should be thinking about what I'm bringing to the pot luck on Sat. Hmmm.

Smarty Pants said...

Sometimes I feel like the wicked stepsister in the original Cinderella, wondering if cutting off her toes or heel will get her in the pretty shoes...

Maven Linda said...

I'll bring the shoes, and y'all can arm wrestle for them.

Ailing WIP? Get away from it. Give yourself some thinking time. Go for a drive. Do ANYTHING except write. Driving is the best, but don't just drive aimlessly. Go somewhere, do something, and . . . magic happens.

It may be time for a road trip.

Linda

Lynn Raye Harris said...

I feel like whining a lot lately. Why am I late here today? Because I couldn't sleep last night, so ended sleeping until nearly 10 once I finally got to sleep. I hate that! Messes up my whole day.

I'm in limbo land while I wait to hear from my editor. Working on a new story, but not feeling the love just yet.

Love my mother, but can't have a normal conversation with the woman. She always has something bugging her and I have to listen to it when I make the mistake of calling her up to chat.

Can't wait until Saturday! Yes, I'll help take stuff downstairs too. I'm making Jambalaya. But I'll hold off on the ragin' Cajun sausage since it's pretty spicy. I love spice, but I'd hate to be the only person eating the stuff. :)

Hugs, Instigator, and I agree it sounds like you need REST. PM, sorry your stomach is still bothering you. :( Poor 'Zilla. I can't even contemplate the hand. Yikes.

Maven LJ, I know nothing about foxes, but I'll agree with the spicy stuff for clearing those sinuses. How about some Ragin' Cajun sausage? ;)

Darling Geek said...

Mostly just lack of sleep, but that's almost entirely self inflicted.

I'm not very good a whining.

Kathy said...

Get well, Instigator, Zilla, PM and Maven LJ!

Okay, I just deleted my whine. Y'all just don't want to know.

Playground Monitor said...

PC, didn't your mother teach you to share? ;-)

I bought my ham today and will bake it tomorrow.

PM - who can arm wrestle with the best of them -- even one-footed. *g*

Maven LJ said...

Lucky for me I love the spicy stuff. Jambalaya! Yum. :-)

I like the idea of making the area the foxes want to call their own look more lived in. Apparently filling their hole with rocks wasn't sufficient.

LJ

Anonymous said...

Bitch! Bitch! Bitch! ...a whine by any other name. Most of us will either bitch (whine) or bust. It is better to bitch and get it out of your system. I hope all of you get to feeling better.

PM's Mother (...that is not the same as PMS)

PS: Most hotels have carts that you can use to get baggage from your room to the limo (or shuttle as the case may be.) Anyway, that's what bell hops are for.

Angel said...

Did anyone else start reading PM's mother's comment and wonder who this person was that would come on our blog and call us bitches? :) I think she gave me a heart attack!

Apparently, whine day is very popular. But now I have to add to my whine... SP just busted out 10 pages and flew past me in our writing challenge (I was in the lead for about 20 minutes). Now I have to spend the evening writing to catch up...

And USPS has apparently lost the items I ordered from Amazon with my Playground birthday gift certificate. If I don't get my Synonym finder soon, I might break out in hives... Although maybe its a good thing, since Death Angel is also in that order and I'm behind in my writing challenge...


Angel

Anonymous said...

I used the word "bitch" as a verb, not a noun. So bitch (whine) on! It will make you feel better. Sorry about your heart. Bitchin' won't help hives. Try calamine lotion.

PM's Mother

Chelle said...

This has been whining week hasn't it? Is the moon full?