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23 September 2013 @ 09:48 pm
The Way It Goes, Up & Down. Left & Right.  
So last week, I was severely sleep-deprived from The Week Of The Roofing that came before. Then on Sunday, my wrist/arm was hurting so freaking bad. I could barely grip anything. IDEK, but I wrapped it in an icy-hot patch and then an ace-wrap too, which helped but it was an entire day without the use of my hand. (I had to spoon feed myself my pills that night). On Monday, I woke up to...people on the roof! WHAT THE FUCK EVEN? I thought I was having a nervous breakdown. I started crying. I was just so tired, you guys. I’d pushed through by saying that I just had to get through that one week and I did and then they came back on Monday! I had no spoons left to deal with that nonsense. Thankfully that was the actual last day but I was horribly sick all Monday, just from the stress and claustrophobia and lack of sleep. I felt better on Tuesday, but then stupidly tried to do shit and went to therapy and woke on Wednesday nauseous all over again. And then on Thursday, I started my Awesome Time Of Month. Fuck that noise. Plus, we found out the hospital is sending Dad home - not because he is better, but because they have reached their limits on what they can do for him. His infection is better but he is still barely mobile and has extreme arm/back pain which they 'fixed’ with a steroid shot - which is not a long-term fix. UGH - I just feel better about things when he isn’t at his house in the middle of fucking nowhere, with no one to make sure he takes his meds and drink 20 liters of Pepsi a week (yeah, he does that) and take notice when he isn't sleeping.

On the plus side, I booked a hotel for my trip to Chicago in October! It's not far from Lake Michigan and isn't overtly expensive (for Chicago) and I am excited to finally get to meet rhymephile and dugindeep in person! Also, omg you guys, The Tigers are SO FUCKING CLOSE to taking the Central League Division! If Cleveland would just back the fuck up off our asses for two goddamn seconds. And, I got to see my Texas Cousin and her baby - they just recently moved in from out of state and I haven't seen her in like four years, so that was AWESOME. Her boy is 15 months old and the biggest flirt ever! And it's almost Halloween! Saturday is the trip to the Halloween store for our big purchase of the year and then the madness begins!

Also, on the plus side, The Nephew has started writing me a 'book series' about himself and his superhero team - (a giant robot and a man made of lightening) - and the adventures they go on. His super power is that he can turn into anyone, so in one story he turns into Bilbo and uses Sting and in another story he turns into both Thorin and The Hulk. Also, we recently had a talk about the legend of King Arthur and the Sword In The Stone and I explained how people have been rewriting that story in books and movies for years and years. Next thing I know, he has written a story where all of these big bad tough guys keep trying to pull the Mango (why it's a mango, Idek) from the ground after it crash lands there and no one can do it and the one guy is sure he can because he's the biggest guy in town and then a girl rides up and she is the only one that can do it! HE WROTE A STORY WHERE THE GIRL BEATS OUT ALL THE BIG TOUGH MEN. Then she disappears because Surprise Twist, she was an alien. I feel like there was more, but that's enough for now, I suppose. Night all!
 
 
 
Kate: Charles+Raven-here to hold youceitfianna on September 24th, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
*hugs you* Sometimes life just sucks. I had a day like that today and I'm glad the roofers are finally gone. Chicago trip sounds wonderful, I loved the bit of the city I saw in between ALA stuff. I hope all the travel goes as smoothly as possible.

Your nephew is the best, he's so obviously related to you.
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on September 26th, 2013 12:50 am (UTC)
*hugs you* Sometimes life just sucks. I had a day like that today and I'm glad the roofers are finally gone.

It was a rough week, but this week I am just letting myself relax a little more than usual and trying to not to worry too much about how much I get done in the day. I saw your post about your sucky day - that all sounded miserable. Down-swings always go up though, just give it time. /hugs/

Chicago trip sounds wonderful, I loved the bit of the city I saw in between ALA stuff. I hope all the travel goes as smoothly as possible.

I love Chicago - it's my favorite large city like that, I just love the way it feels, especially at night, it is so pretty. We are leaving early on a Friday morning for the drive there, so hopefully we'll miss the major Friday traffic. /xxx fingers/

Your nephew is the best, he's so obviously related to you

Oh my goodness, that is the best compliment I have ever received. Shit, on my period, gonna cry now. :)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on September 24th, 2013 11:29 am (UTC)
Oh my God, honey, complete exhaustion PLUS another day of roofing; no wonder you got sick again! Ugh! I'm just hope you're feeling better despite awesome lady times.

The Nephew has a great future as a writer!

Also, enjoy your trip lots!
dodger_sister: kenzidodger_sister on September 26th, 2013 12:54 am (UTC)
Oh my God, honey, complete exhaustion PLUS another day of roofing; no wonder you got sick again! Ugh! I'm just hope you're feeling better despite awesome lady times.

I was just out of energy to deal with it. I kind of lost my shit. But I have been letting myself take it easy this week, lots of sleeping and TV watching and chilling on the couch/bed. I'll get my energy levels back up, one day at a time.

The Nephew has a great future as a writer!

I think so! He clearly loves it! And he's not going to be a sexist misogynistic fantasy writer either!

Also, enjoy your trip lots!

It'll be the weekend of the 11th and I have four different friends to meet up over the weekend and maybe a trip to the zoo with Munchy P (the toddler I went to the zoo here with). I'm excited.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on September 26th, 2013 11:15 am (UTC)
And he's not going to be a sexist misogynistic fantasy writer either! We need more of... um, NOT-those! :D

It'll be the weekend of the 11th and I have four different friends to meet up over the weekend and maybe a trip to the zoo with Munchy P (the toddler I went to the zoo here with). Completely awesome!

I'm hanging on by teeth and toenails to make it to Fall Break - teachers have to come on Monday the 7th, then we're off for almost two weeks. Dare I hope there could be writing that's not of the lesson plan variety?
dodger_sister: kenzidodger_sister on September 27th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'm hanging on by teeth and toenails to make it to Fall Break - teachers have to come on Monday the 7th, then we're off for almost two weeks. Dare I hope there could be writing that's not of the lesson plan variety?

WHAT THE HELL IS FALL BREAK? Is this some sort of nonsense you get because you go back to school in the middle of the goddamn summer? (Idk why I just got violate there. I find your school system confusing!) In MI, we go back the day after Labor Day and run until around June 12th-ish (depending on snow days). We get about a half dozen three day weekends due to holidays like President's Day and teacher conferences, and then we would get two weeks at Christmas and one week at the beginning of April and THAT IS IT FOR TIME OFF! Do you guys get more time off because you go back sooner? Is that the deal?

So, how do you feel about year-round school? I have always supported them myself because I saw so many kids who didn't even pick up a book or a pencil all summer and I always felt like they lose more things that they learned that way. Plus, year round schools get more actual time off. But I always wondered how a teacher would feel about it.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on September 29th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
It's part of the whole "balanced calendar," which is bullshit-speak for year-round school. We get "eight" weeks in the summer, four nine week quarters, and two weeks each between quarters (fall break, spring break, winter holidays). Of course, teachers don't get as much time off as students. It adds up to less than the old calendar. I liked the old calendar. Plus, there's not summer school anymore - now, kids have to make up failed classes after school during the year.

I would rather return to ten-week summers with shorter breaks during school. It's not like you can get a second job for the ways they've broken it up, now, nor can parents get daycare for the weird breaks.

To sum up - I hate it.
dodger_sister: kenzidodger_sister on October 3rd, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
These are all valid points. I had never even thought of the summer school thing before. And that you can't get a second job. (I'd heard the argument from teenagers that they want to work summer jobs and year-round school prevents that). I just remember my little brother freaking out the week before 2nd grade started for him because he literally could not remember how to hold a pencil, since he hadn't done it all summer long. I had to re-teach him how to hold a fucking pencil, it was ridiculous.

But I used to get a lot of shit in my line of work at the daycare(s), for saying that I was pro-year round schools because it is terrible for child care options for the parents and the facilities themselves. You can't hold a day-long/full-time spot open for a kid who is only going to use it during the oddly timed breaks from school - you just can't. I was 19, I never thought about it from the parents' perspective back then, which is why now I kind of waver back and forth on how I feel about it. Basically more parents just need to make their kids pick up a goddamn pencil in the summer time is really what I want.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on October 3rd, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
But you can't hold parents accountable, apparently. Or principals, or kids, or Boards of Education.

Just teachers.

*growls*
Who'da thought, baby? We're civilians.dugindeep on September 24th, 2013 12:37 pm (UTC)
Yay Chicago!
dodger_sister: celebratedodger_sister on September 26th, 2013 12:55 am (UTC)
I'M EXCITED!!!!! I'm going to be at the Super 8 over on Sheridan near Lincoln Park (not far from the waterfront). Think you can make an after work trip on Friday, the 11th, to meet up somewhere for dinner?

Edited at 2013-09-26 12:56 am (UTC)
Who'da thought, baby? We're civilians.dugindeep on September 26th, 2013 01:36 am (UTC)
No problem! There's a bus near my place that goes to that area.
dodger_sister: celebratedodger_sister on September 26th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
COOL!
lizibabes: Mikeylizibabes on September 24th, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better. I'm glad the roofing is over, but that must have sucked having them even longer than you thought you would. *hugs*

The nephews stories sound awesome!! Also loving that he has a bad ass girl beat everyone :)
dodger_sister: girl powerdodger_sister on September 26th, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
I hope you feel better. I'm glad the roofing is over, but that must have sucked having them even longer than you thought you would. *hugs*

I thought I was losing my mind. I wanted my mom to take me to her house and I do not like hanging out at my mom's house AT ALL, that's how bad I felt. (sadly she was at work and couldn't come get me). It's all over now and I am resting up and getting my energy back slowly but surely.

The nephews stories sound awesome!! Also loving that he has a bad ass girl beat everyone :)

Thank you! My nephew is going to grow up to write some female empowered awesome fantasy novels!
ranuaranua on September 24th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
*hugs* ah bb, that all sucks. Good thing you have awesome cousins and fabulous Nephew's to give you a plus side. :)
dodger_sister: familydodger_sister on September 26th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
*hugs* ah bb, that all sucks. Good thing you have awesome cousins and fabulous Nephew's to give you a plus side. :)

It was a rough week, and I am still exhausted, but it keeps looking up more every day, so I'll take that. There are def good sides to having so much family so close to me!