About excentric

I love sci-fi, music, reading, gardening. I am ill, but I am not my illness. Life is good. BTW, have I mentioned that I am a fan girl. Because I Am A FanGirl. Torchwood!

Ramblings

Rambling

Some good environmental news for a change: Good News

Read an article about food allergies becoming more common.  Why?, they ask.  Could it be genetic modification, artificial fertilizers, pesticides, over-processing?  Food is no longer food as it once was.  Our bodies did not evolve for this.  Duh!

The whole Tumblr thing is disturbing.  Censorship because they are too lazy or incompetent to actually deal with the problems of porn-bots, and cretins posting child-pornography.  Put some effort into it, Tumblr.  Or Verizon, who own Tumblr now.  Have you ever noticed that once big corps buy some nice little site or business or app, it suddenly becomes something completely different.  Kashi is one example.  Look it up.

Spoke to PT person about added pain.  She thinks it will get better with time, it’s just that I haven’t really been using those muscles/joints that much because of the pain already there. We’ll see.  I quite like PT, and it nothing seems to hurt while I’m doing it, just a couple of days later, thank you fibromyalgia.

Guess that’s enough for now.  🙂

Winter

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Someone asked on Twitter how do you get through winter that doesn’t involve wine.  I said full-spectrum lights.  Some guy in Chicago was all over my reply. Guess Chicago is pretty bleak in winter.  Actually, now that I think about it, I changed trains there once and almost froze my nose off.

Anyway, I have a compact fluorescent bulb in an overhead light in the main room, and I call it ‘turning on the sun’.  I turn it on when I get up, and off sometime in the afternoon.  It is amazing the difference it makes in how I feel.  If you don’t know, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is not just getting a bit down because it is cold and snowy.  It is a form of depression which can be pretty debilitating. Before I discovered the lights, I had a very hard time in winter.  I love winter, though.  Fireplace, blanket, curled up on the couch with tea or a Viking Thaw.  Beautiful snow falling. I hope. We’ve had rain instead lately.  It’s WINTER Mother Nature.  Get with the program.  Yes, climate change is real and is happening as we speak.  But winter.  What’s not to love?

Viking Thaw is hot chocolate with booze of your choice (I prefer Goslings Bermuda Black Rum, my friend Tess prefers Amaretto) and whipped cream.  Oh, yum. Here’s to happy winters.

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New Laptop

Came today.  FedEx.  They just dumped it in the lobby.  No notice of any kind.  A neighbor whom I do not know buzzed me, and when he came up he said he saw it downstairs.  I thanked him and before I could get my keys, he had gone and got it and brought it up to me.  I complained to Dell, who said that it’s up to the carrier whether or not an item is ‘sign for’ or not.  Really?  Anyway, I told them maybe they should choose a more responsible carrier.  I hate FedEx.  They always just dump deliveries in the outer lobby, where anyone off the street can just walk in and help themselves.  Dell is giving me a 30 dollar rebate for my trouble, though.  🙂

Anyway, it is much more powerful and yet costs less than my old one.  It’s smaller and silver (did I order silver? need to check that) and so far I love it.  Backlit keyboard, like a macbook, too.  Coool.

Took a break from pt and all because got overwhelmed with so much going on, and also having a lot of pain that I did not have before.  So is it helping or not?  Don’t go back til Friday next week, so hope pain is better by then.

Very cold weather.  It’s winter, but rain, not snow happens.  I like snow.  Oh, well.

Hmmm.  I seem to have wobbled a bit when I took this.  🙂

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And Again

as it seems to be everywhere in this country, ‘Do No Evil’ loses to ‘How much profit can we make here?’.  Because ‘Greed is Good’, right?  Doing what is right always seems to lose out to money, doesn’t it.  I was just wondering last night how to cope with the knowledge that it is your own species that is the evil on this planet.  Anyway, here’s the relevant article:

Google Employees Speak Out

A Good Quote

Relevant to me, and probably a lot of other people as well.

“I’ve wasted a lot of time in my life. I’ve thought too much about what people will say or what they’re gonna think. And sometimes it’s over silly things like going to the grocery store or going to the post office. But there have been times when I really stopped myself from doing something special. All because I was scared someone might look at me and decide I wasn’t good enough. But you don’t have to bother with that nonsense. I wasted all that time so you don’t have to.” —Julie Murphy, Dumplin’ 

Not feeling with it at all today.  Been up almost two hours and here I sit.  So far I’ve had a cup of coffee.  Still need to shower, get dressed, go to the post office, make some phone calls, and later there’s PT.  And here I sit.  This is most days of my life, actually.  Stalling, stalling, stalling, waiting for a burst of energy and/or enthusiasm that seldom comes.  It’s very gray today, too, and that never helps.  Oh, well.  🙂

Glorious Autumn Day

Last day of DST.  I wish they’d just NOT have us change the clocks in spring.  I hate, hate, hate DST.

Physical Therapy Monday.  Did a lot.  Recovery day yesterday was not too bad, but then this morning I woke up in some serious pain.  Especially in the arm that’s not as bad as far as the rotator cuff injury.  Need to discuss one of the exercises with the PT person.  Better now, though.  But ow!

Anyway, it is a lots of clouds, windy, sunny, leaves blowing high in the air kind of day.  Slowly cooling down from the 60’s it’s been the past couple of days.  Going to get cold tonight, I think.  Here’s a shot from earlier.  Can’t see the trees waving, unfortunately.  🙂

I love autumn.  It is the best time of the year, and then there’s snow to look forward to.  Coming back from the cat scan Thursday (all is fine, btw) everywhere you looked there was color and beauty.  Are other parts of the planet this glorious in the autumn?  I hope so.  Share the beauty, Mother Nature.

Life Is So Depressing

My town has a webpage where anybody can post interesting things. There was a story about a young boy being bullied for wearing nail polish, and some of the comments were just appalling. There are other things as well. In the general media, there are comments that just make me cringe. Some of these people may be my neighbors, people I come into contact with, live near my loved ones in other states, be my doctors, the checker in the grocery store. That so many people seem to be for the ‘values’ that this administration are pushing, it makes me ill, and frustrated, and frightened for anyone who is vulnerable. You’ve seen the news lately. You’ve seen what’s going on in my country. I am so ashamed of my fellow citizens who are doing these things, and so frightened for every one else. I truly have no idea how to change anything. I voted. Not everyone does, though. What else is there? I am ill and pretty much house-bound so signing petitions is about it. Frustration reigns. Here’s something from Mary Englebreit’s Instagram. I really think America is dead, and has been replaced by some horror show country:

Sunday

It’s Sunday, it’s cold, and it’s quite breezy. Yet there are a lot of people out and about, walking on the sidewalk I can see from my window. It’s kind of nice. I am still struggling with pain and exhaustion, which is sometimes better than it is now. I wish the better part would make a comeback. I’ve been working hard to keep up with things, like not let the dishes pile up til the support person comes. It’s nice to have a tidy kitchen, especially when it’s as small as mine is. But the door to the kitchen is right at this end of the frig. The sink is between the frig and the dishwasher. That’s the entire kitchen.

Words

Watching a movie. Man gets through customs with a diplomatic passport. Point is made that his bags are not checked by customs officers. Red Flag! Red Flag! Just because you’re a diplomat doesn’t mean you’re not a terrorist.

Am I right, or am I right. He is smuggling hand-held missle shooters. All of which brings me to my point: Diplomat/diploma. Do they share a root? (I am into roots lately) Duck Duck Go’d it.

The noun diplomat is related to the word diploma, from the Greek diploun, meaning “to fold double.”A diploma is an official paper — something diplomats carry on behalf of their governments.
[Search domain http://www.vocabulary.com] https://vocabulary.com/dictionary/diplomat

This made me happy, finding out. How can you not love language?

From Axios Science

“AI and human thought: Kaveh Waddell shows how the AI community is reacting to a new essay from Henry Kissinger, arguing that AI could erode humans’ ability to think critically.”

I’m sorry to tell you, but I think that ship has sailed. If people were able to do critical thinking, they would realize that they are voting to destroy themselves. It should never have been ‘Save the Planet’, it should have been ‘Save Yourselves, Save Humanity’. Too late. We are at the critical juncture, so they are saying. If we don’t do something right now, it is all going to go to hell. Well, so long as profit is the main motivation behind everything, I seriously doubt anyone who actually has any hope of doing something, will.

What ho?

It’s October tenth.  I turned on the air-conditioner this afternoon, because it was in the 80’s and muggy.  Which prompt me to wonder, ‘muggy’?  Looked it up:

Where did the word muggy originate?

It is believed to have come from the old Norse word Mugen, which means a mist.
It doesn’t mean ‘mist’ in today’s New England.  Hot, damp, sticky, yukky, are more like it.  It’s October, did I mention that?
My support person (they’re called homemakers, but support person makes more sense) dropped my keys down the elevator shaft Friday.  Twelve dollars for a new security door key from the locksmith across the street, 30 dollars for a new mailbox key from the post office, because they have to change the lock, and it could take weeks, so meanwhile mail delivery is on hold and I have to go to the post office to pick it up.  Post office is half a block away.  Such an inconvenience.  LOL  Charles offered to pay for them, before he knew the cost, but I lied and said it was all free.  Wasn’t his fault.
Much pain today, mostly in the injured knee which had gotten much better, so what went wrong now?  But fun day out with my friend Tess.  We did the key things, she had her mail held for their vacation next week, went to the DQ for a strawberry shake, and off to the liquor store, because I was totally and utterly out of Goslings Black Rum.  Bought the bigger bottle this time.  It lasts a while, cause I only  have it in Viking Thaws, and the occasional sip just because I can.  After that we had a fun game of Big Kahuna on the laptop.  We have more laughs playing that game.
Here’s a snap from the walk home from the post office today.

October

 

I love October.  Been gray and rainy off and on for several days.  A bit chill here and there, too.  Had my first Viking Thaw  of the season the other day, and actually had to turn the heat on for a bit a few days ago.  I  just had the a/c on a couple of weeks ago.  Never a dull moment with weather.  🙂

I am still not back to however good I was before the July whatever it was I had.  Lots of pain, still exhausted all the time.  I know these are fibro symptoms, but they have been worse since I was ill.  Upped the Prednisone to 3mg, and it helped, but only marginally.  Seeing the doctor on the 24th, for all the good it will do me.  His sign saying no one should be in pain does not apply to me, or so it seems. Complain, complain.  Sorry about that.  🙂

Here’s a quote I just came across:

“To the States or any one of them, or any city of the States, Resist much, obey little,
Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved,
Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth, ever afterward resumes its liberty.” —from “To the States,” Inscriptions Walt Whitman

We Are So Screwed

And we did/are doing it to ourselves willingly.  Have I mentioned that I believe humanity to be the stupidest species ever to inhabit this planet?  Cause I do.  Believe it.  Read the comments.  Comments are usually my favorite part.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/8/21/1789742/-Arctic-s-strongest-sea-ice-breaks-up-for-the-first-time-on-record