liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
One of the interesting things was that when I first started down the competitive path, I lost about 15 pounds of weight from my high of about 172 lbs, during the worst of the stressful days of moderating. Then, over the course of the six months of competitive, I got down to about 150 lbs.

I'm not a small woman to begin with, I'm 5'9", and I did and still do construction, so 150 was kind of frightening. The only time I'd ever hit that weight since my late 20's was also during my moderatorship, when I'd gone four months on extreme stress and got to the point where I came down with vertigo before I could actually stop and rest for a week. I regained my weight fairly quickly with actual sleep and food.

I did that again.

Within two weeks of quitting competitive, where I was cooking again, lifting again, and went from doing about 3000 steps on average per day to doing about 7500 a day now, I got back up to 155. Now I'm at 158 and steady with the usual daily fluctuations as I had been before all these adventures. The interesting thing is that even with the weight gain, I still fit into my skinny clothes, so I suspect that a lot of the weight regaining was mostly muscle mass that had atrophied when I wasn't moving around all that much and forgetting to eat. I went from getting breathless just going for a walk to being able to do my usual three mile walk easily.

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liralen: sfm of my medic (my_medic)
I started in October, at the very last minute putting an ad up on the UGC LFP forums for the NA Iron teams. There were, as I understood it, five divisions, the lowest being Iron, then Steel, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. And the teams that placed in the top so many spots of each division could move up.

I honestly didn't think I could even get into Iron... I only had 700 hours in the game, and barely 60 of them were as a Medic. I'd mostly played Pyro, Engie, Heavy, and Medic was my fourth-most played class. But Medic was the one class I thought I might be able to play in the 6's meta, which really only allowed for medics, soldiers, scouts, and demomen.

I had no idea how bad I really was... )
liralen: Finch Painting (bat)
Amazingly grateful for being able to walk around the neighborhood in the sunshine today, with Jet. I'm happy that I can cook again, that I can wander around the house again, that I can actually drive to church and do everything that I needed to do there. I'm amazingly grateful for just the simple act of being able to put my hair in a ponytail and not be dizzy from the unconscious head toss that I do when I do it. *laughs*

It's pretty amazing the number of things I have back.

The biggest was that I was able to let John go off on a trip to Cleveland on Wednesday through to today. I tested being able to drive on Tuesday morning, and was so exhausted at the end of the meeting I had then that I had to lie down on one of the couches at church for a conversation with someone else. After that I was good enough to get home. Luckily, it got better after that...

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liralen: (crane)
... and John did it for me, this morning.

The receptionist listened to John list the symptoms and said that my doctor is out on vacation all week, and the other two partners in the area were booked solid, so she said that if I really wanted to see a doctor that it would have to be urgent care because that was all that was available. John and I both agreed that it didn't sound like she felt like I had to see a doctor right away.

And I am getting better... )
liralen: (crane)
On the 14th of February it was pretty obvious I had an eye infection of some sort in my right eye, but I'd had a bunch of those in the past, and on the 15th John was going to Fort Collins to do a talk about the flood recovery work he was doing, so Jet and I went with him as support and as witness. It was important and a good thing, but that afternoon, my eye started really hurting, so we went to the Urgent Care clinic before it was going to close and I got antibiotics for what was a bacterial infection in that eye.

And it gets more interesting in that old Chinese Curse Sort of Way... )
liralen: Finch Painting (pumpkin)
Sometimes, I think that scientists, early on and at a very early age, get an tremendous education through classic Halloween horror stories on the pitfalls and error of disregarding the opinions or feelings or thoughts of the rest of the human race, especially if they're particularly brilliant. That just because you might think they're stupid or slow or whatever doesn't mean that what they think or feel doesn't matter or that they can't hurt you badly if you treat them badly.

Of a lessons learned and not-yet learned, Halloween, doctors, and a 3-hour tattoo... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Otter)
I've had a really bad cold for the last two weeks, upper respiratory that went into the lungs and aggravated my asthma all to heck and back again. So I missed doing the digital transcripts for the 911 dispatch center last week, and also had to skip on my bee venom shots because they don't like me doing them when I need my immune system to fight something off. For that matter, I probably shouldn't like dampening my immune system when I am fighting stuff off.

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Snow Day!

Apr. 10th, 2013 06:30 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (superglue_flake)
Yesterday, Jet's school district had a snow day in anticipation of the 6-8 inches of snow that was supposed to fall here. Given that the temps were in the high 60's the day before, most of the snow that fell on the sidewalks and streets melted and all the roads were clear. But the snow did fall for most of the day.

Jet summed it up, however, when he said, "It's no fair! Getting a snow day, but not getting enough snow to even sled in!"

I regain some lung capacity and get paid to do cool stuff... )
liralen: (crane)
Went for my first eye exam since the whole craziness with the infection and the figuring out how to control my dry eye and allergy irritation. I didn't go back to my opthemologist, not because he was incompetent or anything but because every time I make an appointment with his office I have to spend three to four hours there.

I had much, much better luck with Third Avenue Eye Care.

More about a decided lack of glaucoma and new glasses... )
liralen: Finch Painting (fire)
It's been a crazy summer, so far. We've been insanely busy, but the last couple of weeks have been even crazier, with 100+ degree weather, a few wild fires that multiplied in one day's thunderstorms into dozens of wildfires. The air's constantly smoky, but we're not directly threatened by anything, thank goodness. Still, it's rather disheartening seeing all the ways the fires are out of human control, and how close they can strike, when places like NCAR, the National Center for Atmosphere Research had to be evacuated because of the Flagstaff fire. It's very close to here.

I've mostly been inside with an air cleaner, and we're watching a lot of the local coverage, and it's been just kind of crazy all over here. There are drives for donations for all the evacuees, the fire fighters themselves, and lots of local help has come to the fore, which has been really great to see, too. Sorry about the quietness for the whole of this summer.

A few of the things we've been up to... )
liralen: Finch Painting (dandelion)
My hands have been a real mess this past week. It's been a combination of things, but I've really broken out the dictation software and found that I can make it do what I really wanted to do.

It also helps to change the workload. I've been doing far too many of the Facebook games, and it's really the mouse work that's been messing up the tendons on the backs of my wrists. It didn't help that I was also working on the Caf├ęPress store, chatting in text rather than audio, playing Bejeweled Blitz, and writing the odd 3000 words in one day with Allie.

So I've been taking a little time off. )
liralen: Finch Painting (dandelion)
My hands have been a real mess this past week. It's been a combination of things, but I've really broken out the dictation software and found that I can make it do what I really wanted to do.

It also helps to change the workload. I've been doing far too many of the Facebook games, and it's really the mouse work that's been messing up the tendons on the backs of my wrists. It didn't help that I was also working on the Caf├ęPress store, chatting in text rather than audio, playing Bejeweled Blitz, and writing the odd 3000 words in one day with Allie.

So I've been taking a little time off. )
liralen: Finch Painting (camp)
I spent the entire weekend at La Foret, a UCC-supported retreat out in the Black Forest just west of Colorado Springs. It was an all-family retreat, so it included nearly anyone wanted to go, and was headed by Luke, our new pastor.

The Graff-Fryes also did a lot of the organization for the camp, including the schedule, content, and running the show. It was a very nice weekend, though the cabin beds, as usual, left a little to be desired so far as comfort was concerned. I really enjoyed lots of small aspects for the entire trip, not the least of which was sleeping the entire way there and the entire way back. *laughs*

Lots of lovely little details of how things went. )

Finally...

Jun. 17th, 2011 10:39 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (bullseye)
... finally finally finally finished, I think, with the eye problem since last August.

It's called molluscum contagiousum on the lip of the upper eyelid for my right eye. It was really funny, [livejournal.com profile] incandescens that the doctor was having an interesting time coding what he'd done for the insurance folks and I was able to talk with him a little bit about it because of your journal. *laughs*

He actually finally diagnosed it in early May, let me go home with heat packs to see if it wouldn't just clear up on its own. Since it was threatening my eye with secondary infections from the inflammation, or glaucoma from the steroid drops we were using to keep the inflammation down, he said to get an appointment to deal with it if it didn't get better in a month.

So I did, for this morning.

Cut for medical TMI, but it was a really fascinating if unnerving procedure. Warning against needles and burning around an eye. Okay... just that might have squicked people... but more details within. )

I spent most of the day just recovering. Trying to do a little writing work, played with Jet a little, and took him to an orthodontist's appointment in the afternoon. I read another Brockmann book, and didn't eat much at all. My guts were pretty damned upset by the whole experience. Soupy rice finally really settled me, and it felt good and comforting. It's just rice cooked in a LOT of water until it's thick and really soft and easy on the stomach.

I'm already seeing a difference in how the right eye feels. I can't go swimming until the scabs heal, which is all right for a little while. I checked myself in a mirror as well, half-expecting a big gap in my eyelashes, but it's barely noticeable at all, and it actually looks better without the big bumps that were there. So yay!!

The doctor said that my irritated eye was a classical symptom for the problem, so he's really confident that we Got It Fixed this time around. And I'm very content in that and in having had the courage to just get it done.

Finally...

Jun. 17th, 2011 10:39 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (bullseye)
... finally finally finally finished, I think, with the eye problem since last August.

It's called molluscum contagiousum on the lip of the upper eyelid for my right eye. It was really funny, [livejournal.com profile] incandescens that the doctor was having an interesting time coding what he'd done for the insurance folks and I was able to talk with him a little bit about it because of your journal. *laughs*

He actually finally diagnosed it in early May, let me go home with heat packs to see if it wouldn't just clear up on its own. Since it was threatening my eye with secondary infections from the inflammation, or glaucoma from the steroid drops we were using to keep the inflammation down, he said to get an appointment to deal with it if it didn't get better in a month.

So I did, for this morning.

Cut for medical TMI, but it was a really fascinating if unnerving procedure. Warning against needles and burning around an eye. Okay... just that might have squicked people... but more details within. )

I spent most of the day just recovering. Trying to do a little writing work, played with Jet a little, and took him to an orthodontist's appointment in the afternoon. I read another Brockmann book, and didn't eat much at all. My guts were pretty damned upset by the whole experience. Soupy rice finally really settled me, and it felt good and comforting. It's just rice cooked in a LOT of water until it's thick and really soft and easy on the stomach.

I'm already seeing a difference in how the right eye feels. I can't go swimming until the scabs heal, which is all right for a little while. I checked myself in a mirror as well, half-expecting a big gap in my eyelashes, but it's barely noticeable at all, and it actually looks better without the big bumps that were there. So yay!!

The doctor said that my irritated eye was a classical symptom for the problem, so he's really confident that we Got It Fixed this time around. And I'm very content in that and in having had the courage to just get it done.
liralen: Finch Painting (sunset)
John's parents are here. They arrived Wednesday in preparation for John and I going to Mississippi on Sunday to rebuild houses, they're staying at the house with Jet, so he gets to go to school, have his friends, do his usual things.

It's also Jet's Spring Break, so there's no reason to have an alarm in the morning on the most part, and I've been sleeping in. The odd thing is that I don't really want to get up, and I feel like I've been fighting a cold most of the mornings. This morning, in particular, I had absolutely no desire to get up out of bed, at all. I felt exhausted, depressed, and just out of it.

I actually did get up... did a 4 mile hike, got my allergy shots, and helped Jet cook an <i>Iron Wok Jan</i> dinner. )
liralen: Finch Painting (sunset)
John's parents are here. They arrived Wednesday in preparation for John and I going to Mississippi on Sunday to rebuild houses, they're staying at the house with Jet, so he gets to go to school, have his friends, do his usual things.

It's also Jet's Spring Break, so there's no reason to have an alarm in the morning on the most part, and I've been sleeping in. The odd thing is that I don't really want to get up, and I feel like I've been fighting a cold most of the mornings. This morning, in particular, I had absolutely no desire to get up out of bed, at all. I felt exhausted, depressed, and just out of it.

I actually did get up... did a 4 mile hike, got my allergy shots, and helped Jet cook an <i>Iron Wok Jan</i> dinner. )
liralen: Finch Painting (socks)
Been busy. Jet's doing running club and wearing through socks, his feet are now the same size mine are, so I'm making him socks with the idea in mind that when he outgrow them they're now *mine*.

Snow, garden, spinning and knitting, health check, a very simple Valentine's, and some very complex advances in pattern recognition. )
liralen: Finch Painting (socks)
Been busy. Jet's doing running club and wearing through socks, his feet are now the same size mine are, so I'm making him socks with the idea in mind that when he outgrow them they're now *mine*.

Snow, garden, spinning and knitting, health check, a very simple Valentine's, and some very complex advances in pattern recognition. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
Yay! In the two weeks that the show has been up I've sold three paintings.

That's been good.

Thing is that the third one was sold to a couple that John and I are friends with, and the wife is undergoing her second round of chemotherapy for cancer. And they wrote me to tell me that they really were amazed by all the paintings, and they bought the one for her birthday. That through my art, I'd given them a brighter day.

That... made me cry, for all the right reasons, I think.

My art mentor said, "There. That's why we share. Now you know you've affected someone with your art for the better."

I thought I was just playing with paint and paper and making pretty things... being able to provide them a bit of happiness when they needed it is far better.

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