Monthly Archives: December 2007

Merry New Year!

I’m so exciting. I’m sitting around in my sweat pants, waiting for the noise to end in an hour or so so I can get some sleep. 2007 wasn’t the best of years and I’m ready for it to be over. I know it’s just an arbitrary date, but it’s still symbolic. The last lunch of the year wasn’t bad. My mom and I took a walk to the bank just to get out of the house and we had lunch on the way back. I was selfishly heading towards a spot I like, Bonnie’s Burgers. It used to be an old-school burger drive-in, but it closed down when I … Continue reading

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Why they call it a sleep disorder.

I’m tired but I can’t go to sleep right away and just lie there. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong besides not getting enough exercise. It’s the holiday season so I’m just sitting, dorking around with my computer, watching bowl games, or reading books. It’s all quite boring, really. I haven’t been to the gym since before my mom went into the hospital. I’m guessing that’s probably the biggest problem. I ran some errands yesterday and took my Garmin doo-dad (the Nuvi 650) out for a spin. It’s quite silly. It made some odd road choices (some of the same odd choices that google maps uses) and it mispronounced … Continue reading

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Toys and no sleep.

I was nervous about the snow they predicted for this morning, but it never made much of an appearance. I had to walk my sister’s dog one last time and then drive her to the airport to pick up my sister and my brother-in-law. I delivered them all home safely as the snow started to fall in earnest. See how weird my language gets when I don’t sleep because I’m worried about getting stuck in the snow with a very neurotic dog and also because I’m reading a book where they FINALLY catch up to Dracula in the last dozen pages or so? I’ve been reading The Historian off and … Continue reading

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Merry Xmas.

I took part in a sacred religious ritual today: I went to eat Chinese food with Jewish friends. He even bought lunch and at the end he said, “It’s Christmas!” and we both laughed. I suggested next time we should invite our Muslim co-worker as well. Other than walking down to the Chinese Restaurant I didn’t do all that much today. I watched A Christmas Story last night and I watched A Christmas Carol (the 1951 version with Alastair Sim) today. Other than that, not much other than walk my sister’s goofy dog Dede. Lately, Dede doesn’t seem to want to go for a walk. We’ll get out the door … Continue reading

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Computer time.

For some reason I can wait for a program to finish on my computer all day long and it always seems to finish right after I want to go to sleep. Everything seems to require loss of sleep. I ran into a bunch of guys who were taking Computer Science classes with me at Portland State today. They showed up around dinnertime and I was already through with my second beer and had to go home to help dogsit my sister’s goofy dog. Woo were those two beers strong. In any case, I thought I’d be done right after I started at 9PM but now it’s 1AM and please, please … Continue reading

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Holiday spirit.

I could swear that they used to tell you to stop flushing your drugs down the toilet and to take them back to the pharmacy for proper disposal. I tried that today and got in a heated discussion with the pharmacy tech. They were even pissy about taking my sharps container from the $1000 drugs my mom had to inject into her stomach. As I left, I threw away a cardboard box and the pharmacy tech panicked and called the store manager. She thought I’d thrown away the sharps container into the garbage. I saw her pointing at me and waving her hands so I walked up to them and … Continue reading

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Why don’t people tell me these things?

Apparently comments on my blog have been broken since December 6th and nobody told me until yesterday. Hell, if it were my sister’s blog people would have been all over my ass on day one. Well, my interview went OK. Not great, not terrible, pretty good but a lot of times I think things are pretty good and I’m left without the job I thought I was going to get. Guessing the outcome of interviews seems to me to be like guessing the future: nobody I know can do it. So now we wait. One of the things I guess I should fool with my RFID card reader. My buddy … Continue reading

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Looks like I’m interviewing tomorrow.

So, to add on to whatever stress level I’m already feeling, I have an interview tomorrow. Last night I tried to go to sleep early (and failed) and even woke up several times during the night. Let’s hope I have better luck tonight (and better stories to tell tomorrow).

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Well that wasn’t so great.

Yesterday I wasn’t able to concentrate after 9:30PM or so but going to bed early didn’t do much good. I couldn’t fall asleep until after 12:30AM even though I was so tired that I was hallucinating. Or at least I wasn’t able to concentrate and my mind was wandering quite a bit. And I wasn’t even on any medication. I didn’t get up until quite late today and I was still pretty tired. At least that was all it was, just tired. My mom seemed a lot better, too. She was tired as well but she was up and around unlike last week when her leg hurt so bad she … Continue reading

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Hallucinations are us.

My mom came home from the hospital today. I’m trying to write something about this, but I can’t concentrate and almost feel like I’m coming down with the ‘flu. I’m not running a fever, but my mind is wandering. So, I guess all I can say is that she’s back home and feeling OK. Her energy isn’t 100% but at least she’s home.

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I’m supposed to be at one of two parties right now.

I’m too old for this. I was trying to catch up on some sleep last night and my aunt called for my mom at 6AM. I made it to the hospital a little late, but I’d missed the doctor by hours. It’s an odd arrangement they have there, groups of doctors calling each other and only really conversing through written notes they leave in a loose-leaf binder by my mom’s door. They don’t even talk to the nurse all the time and sometimes she has to find out what to do through the notes in the binder. It’s all very bizarre. It also means that I have to hang around … Continue reading

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Meatloaf sandwich coma.

I spent most of my time today in the hospital, waiting for someone to tell me what’s going on with my mom. I sat and waited most of the day. I had to chase down the nurse to get the first information, and then I waited until the evening before all the doctors – the resident, the intern, and the attending physician – all came in. They all believe that my mom’s leg pain was bad enough that she needed some pretty serious pain killers, and just out of perverse coincidence she also had trouble with her gall bladder. On top of all that, the blood thinning medication she was … Continue reading

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