Sabbatical

I haven’t posted any short stories in what seems an eternity.  They still dance about in my mind, but I have been too physically ill to put them down on digital “paper”.  I will have a lot of catching up to do with Miss Cookie’s Word a Day when I finally start feeling better!  I am actually looking forward to it.

In other, less interesting news, I am sick.. again.  No wait, you have to get better in order to be sick again.  I am sick, still.  This time, however, things have taken a bit of a stronger blow.  I am actually running a fever!  I never run a fever because my body temperature is naturally lower than the average.  That is to say, I run a temperature but it doesn’t register as one in other people’s minds because it is still below 100, until today.  Today my body temperature is 101, which means that  I have a high temperature.  So on the list of things to do today is rest, drink lots of liquids, rest, and take medicine.

I have been battling this stalwart infection for a month now, trying to beat it with at home remedies.  The kicker is that I was almost successful, almost.  The three weeks worth of salt water gargles, steam treatments, sinus rinses, home made herbal teas, and pain relievers was making a good impact.  It just wasn’t enough.  I was symptom free for about a day and a half.. maybe two days.  I was happy about my new resolve to not miss anymore days at work.  Why would I need to?  I was getting better! And then it crashed down like an avalanche.

The body aches, headache, sinus pain and pressure, eye pain, ear pain, dizziness… all of it.  It all got suddenly worse.  Off to the doctor I go.  I don’t expect to see Santa coming through the snow for me this year.. I’d rather see a Pharmacist waving a bottle with my anti-biotics in it.  Screw my two front teeth, give me relief for Christmas!

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Holidays, Hubby, and SAD

I didn’t do Thanksgiving this year.  I worked so that I could be sure to have a 40 hour work week, and the double time pay was an added perk.  It seems that my focus lately is more on making money than anything else.  It has caused a constant level of anxiety that is utterly exhausting.  It’s like one of those low level, throbbing headaches that is always in the background.  Only this is my nerves and I’m about to crack.

Speaking of money, we have decided to not do Christmas either.  We have each other and that’s more than enough for us.  There is absolutely no room what so ever for a tree in our tiny apartment.  We’re also afraid the cats would destroy it. I had planned on making a Mario themed Christmas tree, but physical and emotional exhaustion has taken over.  Maybe next year.

In it’s place, I plan on making a nice garland to hang on the walls and put some ornaments and photos of good times.  Reminding myself of all the blessings I have right now will help tremendously.  One of those blessings is my hubby.  I know, I know.  Start the gag fest, she’s getting mushy.  People can spend $20 a pop on a book about all kinds of sexual fetishes known the the free (and not so free) world, but don’t start talking about true, romantic intimacy or we’ll all gag!

Well get your rusty spoons out because here it comes.

My husband is awesome.  He is actually cooking dinner right now.  I told him I was going make a late Thanksgiving dinner of ham steak, mashed potatoes, and greens.  I haven’t been feeling well and he has this really sweet nurturing side so he has commandeered the kitchen.  Not that I mind one bit.

He also has a habit of getting the most awesome Birthday presents.  My birthday was in June and, at that time, I was working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I was tired all of the time and the only chance I got to see my husband was when I rolled over in the middle of the night and noticed him next to me.  I didn’t really expect anything for my birthday because I just didn’t have the time or energy to think about it.  He put together a wonderful surprise for me that I will never forget nor be able to top :).

I remember coming home and he was waiting in the living room with a kind of “I’ve been up to something” grin.  I asked him what was up, he said nothing.  He took my hand and led me into the bedroom where he had set up a tabletop easel, a few different types of sketch pads, a pencil kit, and various paints, paintbrushes, and other painting supplies.  I was flabbergasted.  I talked to him for a few months about wanting to get back into drawing and painting, but didn’t quite know where to start.  I now had my where.  It was awesome.

On a side note, I have used my paints a few times since then.  The exhaustion of work and money has literally drained the life right out of me, so I haven’t been able to use them as often as I would like.  I don’t even want to crochet or knit anymore.  Who cares if I can make just about anything under the sun?  I don’t feel like it right now!  I’m in one of my crawl under the blankets and sleep all day kinda moods.  The best thing to do when this happens, of course, is to get out from under the blanket and do something.  Like knitting, painting, walking, etc.  Just anything.  It really does not help having grey, cold clouds hovering over the town all day long.  Cue the SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  I swear that they pay people to come up with these acronyms.

I can see it now.  Some overly-perky psychologists are talking about what to name this syndrome that they have discovered.  They’re all coming up with scientific names that just don’t “feel right”.  How about light deficiency disorder?  Naw, that would make too much sense and it just doesn’t roll off the tongue.  We need something more perky!  Never mind that we’re talking about Depression here or that the sufferers are the ones that truly discovered this damned thing.  If only the letters of every first word in the description could spell out something ironic.. like SAD.  What could we use to make those letters work?  Oh I’ve got it!  Seasonal Affective Disorder!  You’re so brilliant.  *pat on the back*

That’s some gag-fest worthiness right there.

What’s the lesson of this post?  Holiday spending is overrated.  Spend time with loved ones instead.  (This lesson is in there somewhere, I swear it is.  I did NOT just pull it out of my ass.)

 

Christmas Crafting

Oh yes, it’s time to get ready for Christmas!  I actually should have started earlier, but then that’s true most years.  This time, however, there’s a little more to get done.  I’m making a Mario themed Xmas tree!  I already have the tree topper done.  It is the Invisibility Star from the Mario video games.  I got the idea from The Mad Hooker’s website, but she didn’t offer a pattern.  Instead, she just tried to explain how she did it.. without a pattern.  Sigh.  I guess I am a more advanced crocheter than I thought because I was able to make a pattern of my own from her explanation!  I am awesome.. and modest.

At any rate, I finished the pattern and the outcome was fantastic!  I am so pleased because as of late I have had difficulty getting patterns to come out the way I had hoped.  A great start to a long project.  I still have to add the finishing touches.  I am going to crochet a short strand of flashing lights around the outside of the star and plug it into the top of the tree so that it will flash.. like the star in the game!  I also plan on buying one of those greeting cards with the “record your message option”.  I’m going to tear the guts out, record a .midi version of the Mario theme onto it, and put it in the star.  My tree will sing the Mario theme!

Mario Star

I have also been working on the 1-up mushrooms.  I am going to make a “Mushroom Garland” of 1-up and PowerUp mushrooms.  Red and Green!  The ornaments will include: Fire Power Flowers, black and red BomBombs, Bullet Bills, Stars, and maybe a block or two.  I hope to be able to get my hands on some simply gold wrapping paper so I can make the presents look like coin blocks.  I am also going to get some basic brown paper wrapping paper and make some of the presents look like brick blocks.

I am so super excited!  I truly hope that the outcome is as wonderful as my imagination has it laid out to be.  I am trying not to get ahead of myself.  I must remember to focus on each little piece and allow them to create the outcome, not worry so much about it being “absolutely perfect”.  Sigh.. so much easier said than done when you have OCD, but I am doing great so far!

It was hard to find the patterns for these elements to the tree, and some of them I am having to make (like the star).  But I am determined and excited.  I have already come up with other uses for the patterns I am making.  I could turn the stars into a baby mobile by adding some moons and clouds.  “Starry Night” I think I’ll call it.  I really want to make a giant star pillow because it is just so darn cute.  Sigh, it will have to go on the long list of crafts I want to start.