gwynhefar: (starry night)
Utter inability to sleep last night for some reason. In a way it's a good thing today is my night shift day -- I didn't have to be at work until 1:30 so I slept until noon. But I didn't *get* to sleep until around 5:30am so I still didn't get enough sleep. And when I did sleep there were way too many bad dreams about being trapped places with people who I thought were friends and family but who then turned into monsters. Dunno where that all came from.

In other news, sleep issues aside, it was a pretty decent weekend. Had a new good friend over on Friday, which was nice. Robin and Siobhán are reacting to suddenly being the only two cats left by being extremely clingy and affectionate with me and each other, which both breaks my heart and comforts me simultaneously.

The Doctor Who episode from this weekend was one of the best I've seen. Great characters, incredible plot, and several bittersweet moments that were incredibly well done. Also, the scene shown in my new icon, which was much prettier in the actual episode and which I spent about 3 hours last night clipping and compressing and messing with in order to make a .gif of it. Considering the 40K file size limit for LJ, I think I did a very good job.

Stuff

Dec. 18th, 2009 11:59 am
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Well, I've bit the bullet and requested a schedule change. Right now my work hours are 7:30am-4pm. I really liked the getting out early. But with the insomnia and the medication shuffle, getting up early enough to be at work by 7:30 has been increasingly difficult, and I've often had to use up leave coming in late, when I am simply too exhausted in the morning to be safe driving in. So, in the interest of not crashing my car, and possibly getting a little more sleep, I've requested to change my schedule to 9am to 5:30pm, which is the latest schedule I'm allowed. It'll mean a slightly longer commute, since I'll be driving during rush hour, and I won't have as long of an evening - but since half of my evenings are either spent napping or trying to distract myself from the desire to nap, I suppose it's not much of a loss. And I'll be able to sleep in for another hour and change every morning, which can sometimes make all the difference.

In other news, I have created CD inserts (front and back) for my Sad Songs Mixes #1-11 (yes, I do have that many). I'm not offering the actual mixes (I do have some limits when it comes to file sharing, not to mention the logistics of getting that many music files out to folks), but if you want the CD insert files (and thus the track listings), let me know. How you get the actual music is up to you, although I'll be happy to point you in the right direction for some of the more obscure stuff. Personally, I'm quite happy on how the images turned out.
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This week has been hell sleep-wise. I got 4 hours of sleep Tuesday night, 6 hours Wednesday night, and about 5 last night. To give you an idea of just how tired I am --

When I was 9 I had spinal surgery to remove the extra half of a vertebra I was born with. Without that surgery I would not be able to walk today. However, it was a very risky and complex procedure, and during the process I suffered some minor nerve damage in my right leg. There's a patch of skin on my thigh that is permanently numb, and my right leg is generally (when I'm not dealing with sciatic tumours) weaker than my left. It doesn't show up much, except in the fact that my right foot turns in slightly and I can't control it so I wear out shoes like nobody's business. And when I get really tired - like having walked a couple of miles - my right leg starts dragging.

This morning, I noticed I was dragging my right leg. It takes a lot for that weakness to show up. But the exhaustion of this week has apparently been sufficient. I am sooo glad today is Friday. I plan to go to bed early tonight and sleep late tomorrow.
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Overslept this morning. I don't know what happened, actually. My alarm was set properly, but I don't remember it going off at all. I suppose it's possible I turned it off in my sleep, but I haven't done that in years. Either way, I woke up a little over an hour *after* I was supposed to be at work. The extra sleep was nice. The panic at being late not so much.

Update

Aug. 24th, 2009 11:35 am
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I've really sucked at updating LJ lately, except for book reviews and such. So here's a little of what's been going on with me lately:

1) Depression/insomnia stuff - I've been on the new medication for about a month now. No bad side effects. As of the week before I left for vacation I was still having serious insomnia issues, but most of the depression seemed to have backed off some. I also have sleeping pills now to help with the insomnia, and hopefully between the anxiety/depression meds and the sleeping pills I can get my sleep schedule back on track, which I think will help enormously with my mood.

2) Vacation - I just got back on Saturday from a week in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. This is the parent-funded "we don't see you and your brother enough so we're going to fix that by taking you on an awesome vacation" trip. With the exception of the day I forgot to wear sunblock and got sunburned, it was all heaven. We stayed at an all inclusive resort, which means you pay one price to stay there, and everything on the resort (food, activities, alcohol, etc.) is free. Right outside our room was a huge pool with a swim-up bar, and the beach was just on the other side of the building. The scenery was spectacular, although we really spent more time at the pool than we did the beach.

3) Work - My first semester class starts tomorrow. I think I'm pretty much ready, but I'm nervous. I've done one shots and guest lectures before, but this'll be my first time teaching an actual course. Hopefully I won't do too badly. I'm still working on a recalcitrant paper on Virtual Worlds with some colleagues, but it's mostly been put on the back burner while I prepare for class. I'll have to get back to it later this week.

That's mostly it, although since I've been so bad about updating, if you've been wondering about something or just want to say hi, feel free to comment :)

Two Things

Jul. 31st, 2009 04:33 pm
gwynhefar: (four things)
* I just had to pay a $100 diagnostics fee to find out the problem with my car was a $40 gas cap. Figures.

* In the last 72 hours, I have had about 10 hours of sleep. I'm getting really sick of this.

Ugh

Jun. 23rd, 2009 10:46 am
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So, last night, I finally got to sleep somewhere around 1:30am, woke up around 3:15, got back to sleep around 3:45, woke up around 4:30, got back to sleep around 5:45, and finally woke up again when the alarm went off at 6:30. I have no idea how I'm functioning today. (scratch that, I do know - I'm *not* functioning today)

Also, I am at the heights of frustration because iTunes keeps crashing when I try to re-sync my iPod, which lost all its songs when I was trying to fix the volume control by restoring the factory settings. That solution did not, in fact, fix the volume control, and now I can't transfer more than about 200 songs at a time (and with almost 9000 songs in my Library, that's taking a long time). In addition, whenever a sync does fail, it somehow erases part or sometimes all of the songs on the iPod itself (I'll start out with 800 songs on the iPod, try to add another 200, have the sync fail, and end up with 650 songs on the iPod). I'm actually pretty sure by now that the problem is my iPod going bad, and not actually iTunes itself. Unfortunately, since I can't afford a new iPod, I have to deal with what I've got. Which is frustrating, to say the least.
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Today is not a good day. My allergies are acting up, making me sniffly, sneezy, drippy, and cotton-headed. I'm utterly exhausted, because I didn't manage to get to sleep last night until after 1:30am, and I was woken up around 6am, not by the massive thunderstorm that was raging outside, but by the howling of the panicked cats that were afraid of the storm. Of course, today is the day, according to the notice left by my apartment complex, that they are coming to check the chimneys and make sure all is safe. The notice politely asked me to make sure that all pets were secured in another room.

This means that I had to attempt to herd 6 cats into the bedroom, without the others escaping. Considering they were already skittish due to the storm, this was not an easy task. Furthermore, they balked at entering the bedroom because they *know* they're not allowed in there. Unfortunately, it's the only room I can seal off from the living room, where the fireplace is, so that's where they have to be. I don't even want to think about what my bedroom will look like when I get home today.

In the end, I got all of the cats except Siobhán and Finnegan - both of whom hid under the couch and refused to come out, even for tuna. I can only hope that they'll head back under the couch when the folks come to check the chimney and stay there. Which is actually a pretty good bet, since neither of them like strangers much.

Of course, what I *really* want to do right now is go home and take a nap, which I can't do for the following reasons:

1) I really shouldn't take the time off. I have the leave, but I'd like to build some up and not use it as soon as I get it.
2) I have a desk shift at 2pm that I'd have to get someone to cover if I went home.
3) Even if I *did* go home, I have no way of knowing if the chimney folk have already been there, or if not, when they will be coming. Inspections were to be conducted between 8am and 6pm, so any time in between is fair game. Which means I can't let the cats out until 6pm at the earliest, and even assuming my bedroom is not destroyed, four cats confined to the bedroom is not conducive for nap-taking.

Ergo, I must remain at work and not nap. This makes me very sad :-(

Daily Post

Apr. 7th, 2009 09:05 am
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Sleep: 11:30pm to 7:30am

Weather: clear, 44F, 48% humidity, high 65F

Daily BPAL: THE BUGGRE ALLE THIS BIBLE

Daily Tarot: Knight of Pentacles, Reversed: A static nature that is unprogressive, dull, timid, idle, or careless. It indicates stagnation in one's affairs.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The European Folktale: Form and Nature by Mark Lüthi
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Ravens in the Library ed. by Phil Brucato & Sandra Buskirk

Daily post

Apr. 1st, 2009 10:37 am
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Sleep: 11pm to 6:30am

Weather: cloudy, 60F, 41% humidity, high 73F

Daily BPAL: BLOOD MOON 2008

Daily Tarot: 5 of Wands: Violent strife, rashness, competition. In the battle of life, boldness changes things for the better. Obstacles. Lawsuit.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The European Folktale: Form and Nature by Mark Lüthi
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
The Sum and Total of Now by Don Robertson
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Sleep: 9:30pm to 6:30am, 7:15am to 9:30am, with lots of interruptions.

Weather: cloudy, 78F, 61% humidity, high 78F

Daily BPAL: CHINTAMANI-DHUPA

Daily Tarot: Page of Swords, Reversed: Imposter, likely to be exposed. Frivolity and cunning. Possibility of ill health. Be prepared for the unexpected.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The European Folktale: Form and Nature by Mark Lüthi
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
The Sum and Total of Now by Don Robertson

Daily post

Mar. 27th, 2009 02:33 pm
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Sleep: 1am to 6:30am

Weather: cloudy, 80F, 69% humidity, high 81F

Daily BPAL: THERE'S A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT

Daily Tarot: 8 of Cups, Reversed: Interest in success. Joy, feasting, a new love. The spiritual abandoned for the material.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The European Folktale: Form and Nature by Mark Lüthi
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Seven for a Secret by Elizabeth Bear
The Sum and Total of Now by Don Robertson

Daily post

Mar. 26th, 2009 11:46 am
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Sleep: 1am to 6:30am

Weather: rainy, 68F, 88% humidity, high 78F

Daily BPAL: SNOW GLASS APPLES

Daily Tarot: Ace of Pentacles, Reversed: Miserliness, greed. A false start. Comfortable material conditions, which may not be to the advantage of the Querent.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The European Folktale: Form and Nature by Mark Lüthi
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Seven for a Secret by Elizabeth Bear
The Sum and Total of Now by Don Robertson

Daily post

Mar. 24th, 2009 11:42 am
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Sleep: 12:30am to 6:30am

Weather: cloudy, 71F, 73% humidity, high 80F

Daily BPAL: ARACHNINA, THE SPIDER GIRL

Daily Tarot: 10 of Cups, Reversed: Loss of friendship. Betrayal. Wantonness, waste. Criminal satisfaction.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The European Folktale: Form and Nature by Mark Lüthi
Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Daily post

Mar. 18th, 2009 11:23 am
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Sleep: 11pm to 6:30am, 7am to 9am

Weather: clear, 71F, 49% humidity, high 80F

Daily BPAL: PRIVILEGE

Daily Tarot: 10 of Swords, Reversed: Overthrow of evil forces. Some success and profit. Courage to rise again. In spiritual matters, looking to higher powers for help.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina by Jenni Bergal, et al
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente
Jailbait Zombie (Felix Gomez #4) by Mario Acevedo

Daily post

Mar. 17th, 2009 02:59 pm
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Sleep: 5pm to 9pm, 1am to 6:30am

Weather: cloudy, 73F, 46% humidity, high 79F

Daily BPAL: NEMESIS

Daily Tarot: Knight of Swords: A dashing, brave young man. Though he may be domineering, he has a clean heart and is full of courage. The card may also mean the coming or going of misfortune.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina by Jenni Bergal, et al
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente
Jailbait Zombie (Felix Gomez #4) by Mario Acevedo

Daily post

Mar. 12th, 2009 03:22 pm
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Sleep: 11pm to 5am, 6am to 9am

Weather: clear, 75F, 50% humidity, high 75F

Daily BPAL: HAUNTED HOUSE 2007: GHASTLY GARDEN

Daily Tarot: Queen of Swords: A subtle, keen, and quick-witted woman who may represent a widow or one who is unable to bear children. Perhaps she is mourning for those who are far away from her. This card may mean widowhood, mourning, privation. Kindness but also firmness. Keen observation. Gracefulness; fondness for dancing.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina by Jenni Bergal, et al
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The Undead Kama Sutra (Felix Gomez #3) by Mario Acevedo

Daily post

Mar. 11th, 2009 12:51 pm
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Sleep: 6:30pm to 9:30pm, 11pm to 3am, 4:30am to 6:30am

Weather: clear, 78F, 61% humidity, high 82F

Daily BPAL: BLOOD MOON 2008
Description: The feral scent of the heat of the chase, deep woods, undulating musks, brushed by forest flora, swirled in the incense of the anointed cherub that covereth, and touched by blood-dimmed lunar oils.
In bottle: Musk, incense, and woodsy smells - very dark and mysterious.
On me: Incense, musk, loam. Dark and woodsy and absolutely breathtaking. Definitely not selling this one.

Daily Tarot: 3 of Cups: Success, abundance. Good luck, fortune, victory. Happy issue of an undertaking. Hospitality. Pleasure

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina by Jenni Bergal, et al
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The Undead Kama Sutra (Felix Gomez #3) by Mario Acevedo

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