Jan. 23rd, 2010 12:29 pm
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Take one week. Add driving rain and hail. Stir in the first week of college, a mom in the hospital, chest pains, lack of sleep, a death in my community at work, tragedies in Haiti, and a street closed off because of a shootout, and you get a really stressed Serene.


Mix in the love and support of a big family, the Best Job Ever, and the potential for a substantial tax refund, and things don't look quite as gloomy.

That's the short-and-sweet version; this is the detailed version, which you're forgiven if you don't feel like reading. The important parts first: Mom is fine. I am fine. The kid likes school. )
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I had James count the stitches on my back (14*) and put on new ointment and bandages.

I like living alone, but this is one of those times when it would be inconvenient.

(*minor surgery; nothing to worry about)
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serene: I love you
[livejournal.com profile] someotherguy: love you!
serene: because I'm the luckiest person ever
[livejournal.com profile] someotherguy: Then you go buy the lotto ticket
serene: no, the people who buy the tickets are mostly unlucky. almost all of them lose.
[livejournal.com profile] someotherguy: ah, an interesting game. The only way to win is to mug someone who has the winning ticket
serene: hmmmmmm
serene: got a mug?
[livejournal.com profile] someotherguy: no, but I have some gum you could turn inside out


Feb. 28th, 2009 12:14 am
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Got this one from [livejournal.com profile] baxil

A different couples meme, with some of the same questions, but some new ones, too. )
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my partners
my partners
It is *hard* to get my boys to get their pictures taken at all. Here are the cutest ones I could find of each of them. Aren't they darling?

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Well, the pathetitude* here has gone up a notch, but finally, I'm comfy.

For the past three or four days, I've been in a lot of pain, enough that the only real way I can be comfortable is to alternate between sitting on the recliner (which, while it is mine, has become [livejournal.com profile] wtfpotatoes's "comfy zonez!", so I'm grateful to her for giving it up for a few days) and walking around doing stuff. Lying down is too painful for words; sitting in a straightbacked chair is tolerable for short periods. Walking is painful and exhausting, but it seems to help in the long run. Still, I walked around three miles already today, and there's only so much walking a person can do while battling fatigue and pain at the same time.

Anyway, today, [livejournal.com profile] someotherguy took me down to the office store and used the company AmEx to buy me a wireless keyboard and mouse. So now, between the wireless setup, the HUGE monitor, the cool Ubuntu ability to zoom in on any browser window really clearly, and my utterly pathetic act of pulling the recliner up to the computer desk (remember those days, TOTGA?), I am finally comfortable.

Go Team Pathetic!

(*note for the sarcasm-impaired: I am actually quite proud of myself and my partner for finding an accommodation for my disabling pain, and don't think it's pathetic at all, except in an amusing way.)
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(11:33:56 AM) [livejournal.com profile] serenejournal: from planet organics: "The Convenience Of Home Delivery: What would you do with four extra hours each week? Instead of sitting in traffic, fighting for parking, and standing in line in the grocery store, you can take that time and play with your kids, read a book, cook a delicious healthy meal.
You can count on us. Since 1997 we've made over a million deliveries to Bay Area families.…
(11:34:15 AM) [livejournal.com profile] serenejournal: But I LIKE spending time shopping for groceries with my sweet boyfriend!
(11:34:28 AM) [livejournal.com profile] serenejournal: And we walk, so no traffic, so Nyah, nyah!
(11:35:15 AM) [livejournal.com profile] someotherguy: I hear the same people run Planet Orgasmics where they'll come to your house and fuck for you
(11:35:28 AM) [livejournal.com profile] serenejournal: *LOVE* you.
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1) I'm enjoying having the Munchkin here. She a good source of affection for me, and I do like her a lot. Also, she's not surly or uncooperative, the way I know teenagers can be. She sometimes has to remind me not to treat her like a younger child, but she's very good-natured about it, and she really is willing to give respect, not just demand it. Also, while I really wish we had a separate room for her, she's taken the whole living-on-our-couch thing in stride. (And she still wants her aunt to tuck her in from time to time, which makes me very happy. I love this kid a lot.) I do wish things had gone better for her at her previous home, but I'm so glad I'm able to offer her someplace stable and full of love.

2) Still addicted to WordTwist. Spending way too much time on the game.

3) Really liking Ubuntu. Sure enough of its relative permanence in my life that I'm ripping all my CDs to that partition, and looking for an invoice software that will run on Linux so that my last ties to Windows will be gone.

4) Just in case I haven't made it abundantly clear, [livejournal.com profile] someotherguy didn't have to agree to have a teenager invade his home for the long (or even medium) haul. The fact that he agreed with me that it was the right thing to do makes me love him even more. In fact, the same can be said of [livejournal.com profile] stonebender and [livejournal.com profile] sogwife and [livejournal.com profile] loracs -- when they heard what the situation was, they all said some variation of "Yep, gotta do what we gotta do -- how can I help?" My family is the bestest family I could ever have imagined.
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Five years ago, I was probably getting dressed in my slinky skirt and olive-green tank top and granny boots to go to the Atheist Coalition meeting. I didn't actually remember that that's what I wore, but he does. We left early -- the movie was terrible -- and chatted about bad movies for a while before reluctantly hugging good-bye. Next day, we both admitted we'd wanted to hang out longer, but each thought the other probably needed to get home. We've been essentially inseparable since then, and twelve days later, we said we loved each other.

[livejournal.com profile] someotherguy, you are such a deep and everlasting joy in my life. I can't imagine where I'd be without you. I love you so very much.
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1) Still not ready to turn on lights or increase the brightness on my computer screen, but after about fifteen hours of varying levels of agony, I'm starting to feel human again. I will probably still be feeling the effects of this tomorrow, but at least I can form semi-coherent sentences now, and whimpering is not my main mode of communication.

2) Had a not-exactly-a-date with a person I met on OKCupid, but who has known me for some time from local listservs on which he mostly lurks. We had a misunderstanding early in our correspondence that I thought would be a dealbreaker, but we managed to work it out admirably, and we met in person a week or so later. He shall henceforth be known here as Secret Agent Man, and I like him a fair bit. My boyfriends are having a bit of fun teasing me about this, but that's okay. My boyfriends are the best boyfriends in the world, so they're allowed a lot of leeway.

3) I did nearly no work today, so if I ignore you all for the next couple of days, you know why.

4) Did I mention what good boyfriends I have? Today, they really were the heroes of the revolution. Without them, I might not have eaten at all, my kitchen would be a wreck, and I would probably be huddled in a corner somewhere crying for my mommy. I don't need much tending most of the time, but every so often I do, and I got it in abundance today.

5) Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] loracs. She rocks, and she put up with my utterly ungrateful reactions to her attempts at taking care of me today. It was not her fault my headache was making me feel cranky. She is a darling, and I don't deserve her.
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Numbered lists are about the extent of my brainpower today:

1) Missed many fine parties the last few weeks, which I regret ([livejournal.com profile] tenacious_snail, [livejournal.com profile] babyfly, etc., I love and missed you!). Did make it to two lovely ones, though, and it was so good seeing [livejournal.com profile] klwalton and [livejournal.com profile] mackenzie get a fraction of the attention and adoration they deserve.

2) [livejournal.com profile] sogwife is really cute when she's all giggly.

3) The Month O'Solitude has begun, and when I think about having no open-door dinner policy, it makes me sad, so I take that part back. If you wanna drop in for dinner, you should do so, especially if you're fine with whatever silly vegan thing I happen to throw together. Dinner's at 7 every night except Saturday.

4) I think I'm going to do a science-fiction novel for NaNoWriMo. I've never written a word of science fiction before.

5) OKCupid is still fun. I'm enjoying chatting and flirting with people. Also, the more neat people I meet, the happier I am with my current situation, which I admit is a bit paradoxical, but there it is.

6) It is deeply satisfying to me that when we're out of bread, [livejournal.com profile] someotherguy doesn't run out to the store -- he asks me if I would mind making us some bread. He's all apologetic about it, but I don't know if he gets how happy it makes me that I make almost all of our bread.

7) Finances being what they are, I may not make it to alt.polycon in February. I mean, I'm still planning on going if we can afford it, but between the room ($421.83 plus tips), the plane or car (in excess of $300 either way), and spending money, we're talking about a month's pay for me, and I'm just not sure it's responsible of me to be doing that. Current plan is to see if I can amass enough extra income to make it less of a hit for us. Stay tuned.


Jul. 25th, 2007 08:03 am
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Well, they sent [livejournal.com profile] stonebender home yesterday, but it was too soon. He didn't sleep all night, because his breathing was just bad enough to scare him, and then he did fall asleep around 4:00, and then his breathing got bad enough to wake him and make him realize he needed to get back to the hospital. I called the ambulance, and they took him to a different hospital, one where his regular health-care provider has privileges. [livejournal.com profile] loracs and [livejournal.com profile] wild_irises are with him now; I'm going to try to get in a couple hours of sleep and a couple hours of work before I go back in.

This shit can stop any time now. Poor Guy.
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Good things about today:

1) [livejournal.com profile] stonebender is breathing easier and doesn't appear to be as wiped out by this whole thing as I would be in his shoes

2) [livejournal.com profile] loracs's cold seems to be getting better

3) Messages from my Suitor while I was gone, sweetly pointed out by [livejournal.com profile] someotherguy (I left in a hurry for the ER, so my computer was left on, and he needed to use it.)

4) Shower. Shampoo. Conditioner. Clean body. YUMMMMmmmmmmm. (Yes, I could've taken a shower at [livejournal.com profile] stonebender's, but I have this terribly girly attachment to having all my stuff for my shower, and since I only had to wait one day... ;-)

5) About to go watch a movie with [livejournal.com profile] someotherguy, one of my favorite ways to lull myself to sleep.

6) I'm too tired and relieved (aka "Foolishly benevolent") to rip an acquaintance who's being a fuckwit on one of my newsgroups a new asshole.

7) Tomorrow is "[livejournal.com profile] someotherguy's birthday (Observed)". We will have pancakes for breakfast, homemade pizza for lunch, and if I have anything to say about it, lots of sex for dinner. :-)

Have a wonderful Sunday, y'all.
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The response to [livejournal.com profile] stonebender's illness was overwhelmingly sweet -- thank you all. He seems to be doing MUCH better today, but of course we thought that yesterday, so we're keeping a close eye on him. Today is our normal day together, and to be honest, it's been pretty much a normal day. Not counting all the medicines and pharmacy runs and stuff. We've just been hanging out, surfing the web together, and now we're gonna go watch some Dead Like Me or something. Life is its normal, beautiful self. The tears of relief come upon me and [livejournal.com profile] loracs still, and sometimes at the same time. I do love that woman, and I'm so glad we're all a part of the same family.

Best part of today: an hour or so with [livejournal.com profile] stonebender playing DJ for me, just scrolling through his music collection, selecting random things he thought I might like. Lovely.
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My hot, glamorous poly lifestyle just oozes with sparkle and glitz. Or at least that's what we told ourselves as we were spending the night in the emergency room. Poor [livejournal.com profile] stonebender had to call an ambulance because he couldn't breathe. He had been diagnosed with pneumonia, but the x-ray showed that it wasn't. Just (or, rather, "just") a massive case of bronchitis. After a couple of hours of drugs and breathing treatments, and the easiest/fastest ER visit ever -- only five hours including more than an hour of breathing treatments -- they let him come home (they wanted to keep him overnight, but they listened to his preference).

[livejournal.com profile] loracs and I are taking turns sleeping and tending. She's got a bad cold, so I'm trying to let her sleep as much as possible. I'll sleep tonight. Or something. *yawwwwwnstretch*
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Even if he weren't my partner, I would say that on the day [livejournal.com profile] someotherguy was born, the world became a better place. And about four and a half years ago, my own life became immeasurably better because he entered it.

Happy birthday, love of my life. I adore you.
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Today, went to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] stonebender and make sure he didn't utterly succumb to pneumonia and lack of sleep. While he dozed and/or stared into space, poor dear, I tried unsuccessfully to get motivated enough to work.

My Suitor (aka [livejournal.com profile] dreadgeekgrrl) kept me company in IM and then on the phone, and it would have been a perfect way to spend the day if [livejournal.com profile] stonebender hadn't been so sick. I sure hope all those antibiotics are finally doing their job!

(Just IMed with [livejournal.com profile] stonebender. *sigh* He still can't sleep. He's gotten maybe four or five hours of sleep in three days. Yuck.)

I decided to give [livejournal.com profile] someotherguy a clean (okay, cleanish, I'm no miracle worker) house for his birthday. Glad I still have tomorrow to finish the job, but I've gotten pretty far. I think if my Suitor weren't an early-to-bed worker bee, I'd've gotten lots less done. :-) Have I mentioned how really nifty she is? Well, she is. :-)
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Good stuff today:
  • Work is going really well. I know what I'm doing; I'm doing it well; I'm caught up on the things that need to be caught up on; the problem client is happy with me.
  • My kitchen is clean enough. For the past week, it's looked like mad gerbils set upon it and threw everything everywhere. Now I can cook in there without feeling grossed out.
  • [livejournal.com profile] someotherguy brought me fun/interesting food: the slightly spicy coleslaw from Bakesale Betty, and some gluten-free coffee cake (yum) from the Mariposa
  • After months of intending to join GreenCine, I finally did it. Only two at a time, but added to Netflix, that'll be 5 total, and GreenCine has a better selection of old schlock, as well as porn, which Netflix doesn't offer. I've never seen some of the classic porn films (Debbie Does Dallas, Deep Throat, etc.), so it'll be fun to check them out.

Hard/bad stuff today:
  • Still feeling a bit off. If it lasts longer than today, I'll have trouble attributing it to Tuesday night's almost-migraine. My thyroid thing hurts; I have a strange, disconnected feeling all over; I keep wanting to go lie down.
  • Must've thrown an oily potholder in with the laundry. One load now smells like stale cooking oil. *sigh*
  • Still not king
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Good things about my life, put behind a cut-tag as an anti-emetic for them what needs it:

Read more... )
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She posted pics of the scarf I made for [livejournal.com profile] stonebender (I forgot to take pics before Giftmas.)

The scarf

And [livejournal.com profile] stonebender in the scarf


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