Wednesday, November 3, 2010

State of the Geek

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I had a crazy thought last week. It was, "Hey, since I've been neglecting my blog lately, what better way to jump-start it than to participate in NaBloPoMo!" I even figured out how to post to my blog via email! Well, it's the third, and clearly I've already failed (twice).

The first failure was set up on the 1st, when I realized, at 11:36PM, "Hey, it's the first of November! I was supposed to post today," while I was in the process of baking and freezing for my upcoming Harry Potter Extravaganza ("party" no longer quite covers the spectacle, which last movie release involved chopping, stewing and coloring about four dozen "potion ingredients" and figuring out the logistics of stuffing 20 people into a 400 sq. ft. living room to eat a sit-down dinner). "I could totally do it. It'd only take like 5 minutes. 10 tops."

"Screw that," I thought, "I'm playing Halo."

Last night, the thought didn't even enter my mind as I lay insensible on the sofa, my brain feeling like mush, and watched two episodes of Castle (which made me feel much, much better).

Why am I so tired?? It's the common scenario of personal stress plus work stress. And in my case, plus lack of sleep due to train noise. In July we went on our big yearly trip, to Europe, for 18 days. It was glorious! And someday I'll actually put up pictures! In August, I got a sinus infection...that wiped out two solid weeks. In September, we went to Orlando for Michael's birthday to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios (ditto pictures!)...and I got another sinus infection. Two more weeks, gone. When I'm sick, literally nothing happens. There's no grocery shopping, no laundry, no nothing. There's cleaning, because I finally broke down and got a maid service (also glorious), but nothing else. The doc-in-a-box I started going to--because they actually believe me when I say I'm sick and give me antibiotics instead of just sneering at me like my "real" doc--told me I couldn't come back if I got another sinus infection in the next 5 months, because that would make 4 in a year.

October passed in a haze of work stress, with party-planning stress quickly ramping up (the EXPECTATIONS for this party, I tell you...). Work is stressful because I'm doing something I've never done before, and I won't get trained until after it has to be done, and there are so many moving pieces, and.... It's been a long time since I've had to do something where I'm so totally out of my element, and I don't have nice, specific requirements. (HA. I never have nice, specific requirements.) Anyway, most days, my mental state can be summed up in one word: PANIC.

On the geeky front, I've been playing Halo: Reach, tweeting, and loving the heck out of my Kindle (I may have to ask for a commission from Amazon, based on all the people who've bought one due to my vocal lovefests.)

On the fiber front, I've been knitting at stitching somewhat at random, although I do have a small happy dance I need to share at some point. Most recently I knit on a Cookie A sock and stitched on a Mirabilia reindeer (for which I changed ALL the colors, because, well...otherwise it would have been TOO EASY.)

I will continue to freak out (PANIC) and hopefully share some thoughts here more frequently!

I've been busy, stressed and sick...just like everyone else I know!

1 comment:

Jackie's Stitches said...

We love the Doc in the Box for the very same reason.

It sounds like it's time for another vaca for you! I hope the work stress and the sick stress abates soon.

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