Good Morning, World

Yes, it’s still morning, and I’m up. Woke up at 7:30 or so. It looks like spring outside. It’s January. This concerns me, although why is beyond me. I have a link a friend sent me about foods to monitor with fibro. The only one I’ve noticed any real connection to illness is artificial sweeteners, which made my pain levels skyrocket. My homemaker bought ice cream and I didn’t notice it wasn’t made with sugar, so as I ate through the carton (come on, you know what I mean) I was in more pain every day. No more ice cream, pain went back to usual levels. Definite correlation. I’d suggest keeping track of when you eat what, and be aware of any changes, which may sometimes take a few days to appear. Nothing is easy with illness, is it? I hate keeping track of things, although I’ve been tracking my first thing before I get up temp for a week or so. It is consistently in the 96 degree range, with only once being 97 something. The average over the week was 96.5. I take a thyroid med, but I’m wondering if I need a larger dose. Once I find a new doctor, I plan to have a discussion about this. My old doctor and I are having a parting of the ways, although he doesn’t know it yet. Anyway, here’s the link:

Food and Fibro

This Cracked Me Up

Bob Dole

Bob Dole says that Bob Dole opposes Newt Gingrich for president,
according to Bob Dole: <-This sentence is the funny part.
I have not been critical of Newt Gingrich but it is now time to take a stand before it is too late. If Gingrich is the nominee it will have an adverse impact on Republican candidates running for county, state, and federal offices. Hardly anyone who served with Newt in Congress has endorsed him and that fact speaks for itself. He was a one-man-band who rarely took advice. It was his way or the highway.

While searching for a picture, I came across this:

How To Refer To Yourself In The First Person

Were you poor?

I was. We were so poor when I was a kid, I remember one period where we had biscuits, plain biscuits, for all three meals of the day. We took them to school for lunch, even. So anyway, I’m posting this article I just found for those of you who grew up not necessarily rich, but you always knew your next meal was going to be an actual meal. I can attest to the fact that every word of this article is trufax.

Growing Up Poor

A blog I recently came across. Reblogging this because I love his response to his landlord. I wish I could express myself half as well as he does here.

Bill Mullins' Weblog - Tech Thoughts

imageI have the right – just as you have – to express my opinion on whatever pleases my fancy. By no means, is this right secured only in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution but, in Canada (where I live), the  Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognizes my right to freedom of expression as a – fundamental freedom.

Not only is my right to express my views and opinions – freely and openly – clearly guaranteed – but, technology has empowered me with the means to disseminate those views and opinions, widely – should I choose to do so. And, I often do.

Readers here (for example), have come to rely on my frank assessment of not only software applications which I review – and, those assessments are not always complementary – but in recent days, my views on SOPA (non- supportive), Apple’s greed (

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Starting Once Again

It’s 3am, and I’m up. Not STILL up, just GOT up. Actually woke up around 2, after going to bed at 3pm yesterday, after being up all night, after getting up at 2pm the day before, after not getting to sleep til around 6am that morning. Screwed up sleep schedule, anyone?

So I have decided to give it another go, and made up a new schedule that I don’t have any chance of being able to stick to. Feeling pretty good right now, so am filled with the ‘Yes, I can’ attitude that goes away once the fatigue and/or pain kicks in, which it always does.

Wanted to post while I AM feeling hopeful, anyway. It’s a new day, or will be in a few hours, so a new start. In my head, at least. Life is an adventure, people. My goal is to enjoy the ride as much as I possibly can.

It Snowed Again


More than the other day, but still not much. Some of it is still hanging around at 2:30pm. More forecast for Saturday. Strange winter, I think, but I’m going to see if I can find out how unusual it is, if it is.

Went out yesterday, lunch with a friend and a bit of shopping, leftover homemade pizza for dinner. Almost gave in to that ‘I want a dog’ yearning, but cooler heads prevailed. Seriously, how would I manage a dog. I can barely manage me. Gertrude is so easy; clean the litter box, put out fresh food and water, and rub her tummy. How hard is that? Besides, she’d hate having another animal here. She’s afraid of everything as it is. I just feel like I need more in my life. A reason to go out. It wouldn’t surprise me if I gave in some day and found myself a dog owner, but I’m wondering if they can be litter box trained. LOL

Icon has nothing to do with this post, but I think it’s cute.


I cannot tell you how many times I’ve talked about something, or thought about something, only to have a related item suddenly appear in my Firefox browser. I do love the internet. Was going to look into the snow thing, and this was in my email:

I had a pingback from a blog I was unaware of, so checked it out, and here is someone who is worth a look:


It’s SOPA Protest Day

signGood morning, people. Well, it seems to have slid past noon, so good afternoon, people. It’s the day may sites are going dark to protest the SOPA internet censorship bill. I shouldn’t even be on, but am checking my email and wanted to say something, then I’m off the computer (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO) til tomorrow. How will I survive? I live here. Anyway, if you live in the States and haven’t yet contacted your Congressmen and/or Senators, haven’t signed any petitions, now it the time to do it. Censorship is not a good thing. Seriously. Here’s an email I received today about it:

“Much of the internet is going dark tomorrow to protest an ill-conceived law that the US Congress is proposing in the name of stopping online piracy, but at great expense to free speech and the integrity of the internet. Given the huge sway the US has over the operation of the internet, many see it as the biggest threat to internet freedom ever.

That is why I’m on my way to DC right now to meet with a number of key Senators about the law, known as the PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House. We are up against a dangerous piece of legislation that seriously threatens digital rights, innovation, and the integrity of the internet.

In my bag is an important document. It is a letter to the US Senate

which Access coordinated, bringing together dozens of human rights groups from around the world including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Reporters Without Borders, calling on them to “stand for human rights, defend the open internet, and reject the PROTECT IP Act.”

I’ll be delivering this letter to the Senate, which Washington insiders say will have a real impact in switching some Senators votes, but this fight is far from over. This legislation is coming up for a major vote in just seven days, and unless we act now, it might very possibly become law.

Tomorrow there will be a huge protest in New York City outside of the offices of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, who are both co-sponsors of the PROTECT IP Act. If you’re in the City or anywhere near it, I urge you to join the Access team and countless others at this Emergency NY Tech Meetup. Look for the big banner with the Access logo and the names of all the signatories of the letter from the human rights community on it. Details can be found here:

If you’re in the US, but not in NYC, there are protests happening tomorrow in San Francisco

, Seattle

, and many other places

. I urge you to attend if you’re in these cities! If you’re not, please contact your Senators while they’re home for the January recess.

This legislation will also seriously affect non-US websites and users as well. As we explain in the letter, this legislation, which targets foreign websites, would create a double jurisdiction problem, whereby non-U.S.-based sites must determine whether a site is legal in both the country it is operating in and the United States, or face losing access to payment providers, advertising, and links to their site. Moreover, this legislation would send an unequivocal message that censoring the web is not only acceptable, but encouraged.

If you’re not in the US, join sites like Reddit, BoingBoing, Tumblr, Wikipedia, CREDO, WordPress, and countless other sites, and of course Access, in blacking out your site. Or talk about it on Twitter, Facebook, G+, make sure your friends know that the internet is going on strike tomorrow.

The internet is a key enabler of human rights and innovation, and decisions over its governance should not be made hastily. With each passing day the claims for urgency for copyright legislation whither, from the demonstrably false data used to make economic arguments about losses and jobs,[1]

to the efficacy of DNS filtering,[2]

to the baseless claims that countries like Spain, Egypt, or Sweden have lost their film industries due to piracy.[3]

Nothing short of a global outcry is going to defeat this terrible legislation.

Jochai Ben-Avie
Access Policy Director”

Here’s where you can sign a petition:


Please do your part in keeping America free. Thanks. Jean


SnowflakesOr Freezer? It was 8 degrees yesterday. I am wearing jeans, my regular white socks topped with my big fuzzy Santa socks, a tee shirt, a heavy pullover, and a light but warm pullover on top of that. And I’m still cold. I am darned if I’m going to turn the heat above 66, though. Sixty-six is balmy at this time of year, right? I would have the windows open if it was 66 degrees outside. So anyway, I have my electric fireplace going, and use my little portable heater/fan to keep my feet warm at my desk. I love winter. I want SNOW, dammit! SNOW, do you hear me?

On the illness front, being sick sucks, as you all know by now, I’m sure. My sleep schedule is so screwed up that I am asleep more than I’m awake, and I sleep mostly during the day, regardless of what I try to get to sleep at night. My body either thinks I’m still a kid, praying for dawn so I wouldn’t have to be afraid of my dad coming home drunk, or that I am still working nights, which I only did for a year about fifteen years ago. Come on body, get with the program. This is depressing me, I’ve realized. I am feeling once again that I have no control over my life at all. Can’t even sleep at night like a normal person. I’m just here in my little box, time and life passing me by, with no hope and no purpose. This really stinks.

I’ve thought back to other times I’ve felt like this, and told myself that it’s time to change things, but it never worked. The illness always wins. Always. I fight, and I fight, and I try to be normal, and I pretend to be normal, but it always is just the same old same old. My body’s illness runs my life. I’m out of ideas. I want to live, not just exist, and I cannot seem to manage that. So this is the whiny post for today, folks. I’ll be better, now that I’ve put it out there. Thanks for reading, if anyone is still reading. 🙂

UPDATE: And it’s snowing. Finally. SnowRedHouse

Good Morning


Yes, it’s not quite 11am, and I am up and showered. Going to lunch with a friend, then to have bloodwork done to check those pesky potassium levels. It is a gorgeous sunny day, 19 degrees Fahrenheit. Nineteen degrees, and still no snow. This is not winter, it is a freezer. But after gray day after gray day, sunshine is lovely. I’ll be outside in it. I want to go outside every day, even for a few minutes, but it is so hard to motivate myself amidst the pain and the fatigue and the just plain why bother. I need some encouragement, dear readers. Help!!!