mellicious: pink manicure (winter berries)
2009-12-19 05:54 am

What are you doing Christmas Eve?

It's 5:30am and I ought to be in bed, but I'm not so let's see if I can bang out an entry real quick. I bet I can.  :) I was on the way to bed, but I was stopped by the lure of popcorn. Sometimes being under the influence of sleeping pills is a lot like being stoned - especially in the sense that junk food becomes really hard to resist. I have 100-calorie bags of Homestyle popcorn (I forget which brand it is but it says Homestyle on the package, and it's my favorite) though so how much damage can you do with a 100-calorie bag. Unless you slather it in butter and then eat about 10 bags of it, it can't be all that bad.

Let's see, I went to Weight Watchers yesterday but we won't discuss that. I will say that my WW schedule is getting sadly cut up by the holidays, since I go on Thursdays, and that means we got pre-empted by Thanksgiving and are gonna get pre-empted again by Christmas Eve and NYEve. (There are actually Thursday morning meetings, but not our regular Thursday afternoon ones. I may try to go next Thursday morning anyway, though, it might help keep me on the straight and narrow a bit.)

We have tickets to see Avatar on Sunday early - 11:50am or something like that. I figured if we wanted to see it in 3D we had better get the tickets ahead. Although actually they have more screens showing it in 3D than not, which is a first.

My dear sister e-mailed me and said "So what are you doing for Christmas?" This is the sister, as some of you may recall, who has boycotted Christmas completely since she got divorced five years ago. I e-mailed her back and said we were going to Bryan like we always do, and we would love it if they would come over for the day. (They can come longer than a day but they'll probably have to stay in a hotel. We have one spare bedroom reserved already and Linda's dad of course gets the other one.) I am NOT volunteering to go to Austin again. In fact I would have a rebellion on my hands if I tried; Rob didn't really want to go at Thanksgiving and he doesn't intend to go at Christmas. So there.

I haven't even heard from my father lately except for getting a card in the mail. We usually have dinner with him and his wife at some point but I'll wait til closer to Christmas to worry about that. (Although, yeah, it's getting awfully close.) I worked on cards for a while tonight; I may actually get all the cards out that I intended to send after all. I'm getting there, anyway.

(LJ keeps screwing up the formatting lately; what's up with that?)
mellicious: pink manicure (winter snowflakes)
2008-12-22 02:51 am
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Wrapping under the influence

I'm guessing that wrapping Christmas presents at 2:30-ish a.m., well after you've taken an Ambien, is probably not a good idea. Right? Right. Well, it's mostly done and nothing appears to be seriously out of whack, and hopefully everything is labelled correctly, and if some slightly surreal wrestling with tissue paper went on (damn stuff wouldn't unFOLD!!), nobody is the wiser. (Well, except all of you. But as long as nobody has video I'm cool with that.)

OK, I will go to bed now. Probably a long time after I should have, but it's too late for that now.
mellicious: pink manicure (breathe)
2008-09-13 08:13 am
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I just woke up - hooray for sleeping pills. It's windy here but not bad, and obviously the power is on. (I've had my cell phone turned off because among the things I forgot to bring was the recharger.) If what Rob is telling me is right, about the storm surge, our apartment has probably been underwater during the night.
mellicious: pink manicure (wtf heart)
2006-12-09 10:55 pm
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Junkie city, man

Does it make me sound really neurotic that I talk about Ambien all the time? (Or does it just make me sound like a junkie?) Well, I don't care, they have improved the quality of my life, because what I am is a big ol' insomniac, and I do have official permission from my doctor to take them 26 days a month. That's a weird number of pills to write a prescription for, isn't it? I guess that's supposed to be 30 minus 4, because I'm supposed to take a day off every week. Usually I try to take TWO days off every week - Friday and Saturday - but this is my first one in two weeks, I guess, because last weekend I was still pretty sick and I kept waking up to cough, and Benadryl just wasn't making me sleepy enough to do any good. So I got up both nights and took half an Ambien in the middle of the night. Pretty sad.

The coughing is gradually subsiding, by the way. I'm still coughing some, but it gets a little less every day. Actually I had a huge coughing fit last night, but I'm pretty sure that was allergy-related - I had a box of Clementines and a couple of them had managed to go terribly moldy already (stupid damp climate) and when I went to throw them out I think I got a couple of big lungfuls of mold. You could see it blow up into the air. Ick.

(I'm coughing less, but I still kinda felt like crap today. I have really had enough with the feeling bad.)

[personal profile] entelein was dissing on the Chipmunks last night and I was sort of (playfully) defending them in comments, and after I thought about it, I remembered why I am still sort of overly fond of the Chipmunks. When I was an undergraduate, somebody had one of their albums, and we used to, well, you know, ingest somewhat-illegal substances* and then listen to the Chipmunks from time to time, and really, at the time that seemed like the funniest thing on earth. That and Magical Mystery Tour. Go figure.

*Remember that I graduated from UT (the first time) in 1981. I think it was pretty fair to call them only somewhat illegal, in Austin back in those days before "Just Say No" - people used to say that you had to go and wave something under a policeman's nose in order to get in trouble, and I'd say that that was pretty much true.

(Boy, now I *really* sound like a junkie.)

Holidailies gold
mellicious: pink manicure (Potter - sit down)
2005-08-25 11:21 pm
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I keep thinking I have an LJ entry to write, only by the time I get here, I forget what I was supposed to be writing, and anyway now I have had an ambien and if I write for long, things will start to get very very odd very soon. Can't have that. So I will only say that it's hot as blazing hell here and I can't wait for fall (but at least the tourists are mostly gone since school has already started in these parts) and I have had a bad week with parts of my body that are meant to bend refusing to bend properly, but I have good drugs so I'm muddling through. And amazingly, I have actually gotten some work done in the process.

I'm still playing too much Kingdom of Loathing, and I have also been rereading the last three Harry Potter books - the two together resulting in very odd dreams where KoL games are suddenly filled with Potter and company. -- Of course I had already done some muddling-together of those two fandoms anyway, in the real game - one of my characters has familiars named Hermione (a goat, I believe), Harry (who may be a blood-faced volleyball, I forget) and Cedric, the Cheshire bat, who is my favorite all-time familiar I think. I have taken various tacks on familiar-naming at different times. My original character mostly has familiars named after towns - I named my mosquito after my hometown because that just seemed right since it's mosquito-infested as all hell, and then I just kept on going with the town names after that. My third, post-ascension character has familiar names all starting with E - Elaine and Elspeth and Ernest and godawful victorian inventions like Euphremia. I don't know why I decided to do that, but it was sort of fun. It took a while to come up with "E" names that I liked for all 17 or so of them.
mellicious: pink manicure (madness)
2004-09-17 08:28 pm

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I've been in the strangest mood today. Actually I've been in the strangest mood all week. I've been bored and restless and whiny, and I don't know why. I would say I'm PMSing except that I've never been prone to that at all. If I'm bitchy, I'm bitchy all the time. Maybe it's the heat. Maybe it's the Ambien I've been taking all week. Maybe it's all of the above.

I've whined at Columbine, I've whined at the board, I've whined at Rob. And all three have done a pretty good job of temporarily snapping me out of it, actually. I still really have no idea what's going on, though. I think I'm going to quit taking the Ambien (which I intended to do anyway; I can't take it forever) and see if that helps. Which means I probably won't sleep at all well tonight, but that can't be helped. I thought about looking up the side effects of it to see what it says, but those lists usually include everything in the world and make you crazy. My mother says Ambien gave her nightmares. If it gives me nightmares, though, I sleep right through them and don't remember them.

I really just got this idea about the Ambien a while ago; it hadn't even occurred to me til then. That's really the simplest, easiest-to-fix solution, so I hope it turns out to be the right one. (Sex also helped a lot, but you can't do that all the time, can you? Well, you can try, but you still have to go to work eventually!)