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I had a mild relapse of my mental illness yesterday. Maybe it was because of the lack of sleep. I've been on pins and needles wondering if it would get worse, but I seem to be okay today. Just what I didn't need with my presentation on Sunday.

While I was out, I tripped and fell. I wish that I knew why I keep tripping and falling.

The laundry room in the building is locked "for repairs". There's a note that said that it will open tomorrow morning. I hope so because I really need to do laundry. I suppose that I could go to the laundromat, but it's more expensive.

I have a headache, so I took some Tylenol and made myself my almost free meal: scrambled eggs with cheddar and toast with butter and raspberry jam. I managed to knock the bowl over in which I mixed the eggs, and one egg escaped down the drain. With a dozen eggs at $0.35, I can afford it. I also got raspberry jam on my beige jeans, but I think that it will come out.

I'm feeling slightly cranky, but need to snap myself out of it.

Added: Forgot to mention that a muscle in my back was threatening to pull out.

Restless

Jun. 9th, 2017 01:27 am
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I did go back to sleep relatively early last night. I did lie awake for a while, tossing and turning (I was waiting for Zara to smack me for being a lousy bedmate, but she didn't), cursing myself for getting so much sleep, but then I did fall asleep. So I slept most of Wednesday away. I've been back at work today, and feeling slightly manic. I don't seem to have a middle ground; I go from drag...drag...drag to wheeee...zing. So I should get a lot done, right? The problem is that I've been feeling very distractible. The task that I'm doing at work is kind of mind-numbing, but easy to screw up if I don't pay attention.

There was a job posting that interested me, in Allentown, PA. It's only 90 minutes from New York City and Philadelphia, which is kind of cool, but there is no train or bus to either place, and driving would be a bear. There was another job listing in Pennsylvania as well, but that one is closer to Baltimore and Philadelphia. Not going anywhere right now, but...I'm restless.

I was thinking about hiking. I need to develop some sort of plan to get my strength up for hiking. Maybe start going to the gym again to work on my knees and walk on the treadmill. Do short hikes in the local parks. Plan to do a longer hike once or twice a month.

My boss is taking two weeks off at the end of June and the beginning of July. As soon as I read that on the calendar, BOOM--my headache came back. She certainly has earned the time off, but she's leaving for good at the beginning of August, so there is even less time to 1) get our project done, and 2) do knowledge transfer. Plus I need to see if I can get someone to cover the full-time worker's lunch on Fridays while she's gone. So the headaches are partially due to stress. I was thinking of stress management techniques:

  • Meditation

  • Walking and hiking (another reason to do it)

  • Exercise

  • Snuggling with Zara

  • Yoga classes?


Tonight, I bought a reflective vest and LED light for walking at night. And yoga clothes. One goal for this weekend is to get my exercise gear in order. And find my missing hiking boot.

More Sleep

Jun. 7th, 2017 11:16 pm
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Got to hand it to the cats. They're been leaving me alone while I sleep. I did go back to sleep tonight and got up a little while ago. I think that I didn't give myself enough rest when I had a cold, and my body said, "Enough".

It's clear that I'm not going to get an appointment for Harlee on Friday, so I'm trying to make an appointment to get my car's oil changed up in Bloomington on Friday. But they want to know my mileage and license plate number, so I need to go check them. I hope that this really is the right form for service; I've had requests go into limbo before.

As for Harlee, she's acting "Harlee-like" and complaining, so I'm less worried about her. But I do want to make an appointment at the vet for a checkup anyways.

Just ate, so I need to clean the cats' litter boxes and feed them. Then I guess that I'll go back to sleep. Again.

Oh, and I accidentally walked off with the master key to the library yesterday. It fell off the key ring when I was locking up, I put it in my pocket, and then forgot about it. I forgot to tell my boss that I had it. She e-mailed me this afternoon, so I told her that I had it and apologized for not mentioning it, but she's just glad that I have it. She didn't want to tell the College that we had lost a master key!
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The headache is mostly gone, although looking at the computer doesn't help, so I should log off.

Not sure what to do with myself. I'm afraid that if I go back to sleep, I won't be able to sleep tonight. But I don't feel up to anything major. Mimi is "helping" by following me around.
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The printer doesn't have the right size paper for my conference poster. I hope that he can order it quickly.

I called the vet for an appointment for Harlee, but got their answering machine, and they didn't call back. Harlee has been sleeping on her pillow today and has been drinking (and eating) though. She still needs a checkup.

I forgot to pick up my books on hold at the public library. I guess that I'll leave for dinner early tomorrow and go get them.

I've had a crashing headache all day. Tylenol has barely helped. Snuggling with Miss Zara has helped somewhat. She's such a sweetie. I've fed the hordes, and I'm going to do the dishes and crash. I need to get in early for a webinar tomorrow.

Sad

May. 24th, 2017 01:28 pm
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The other day, they had a quote in the news about a woman whose daughter was missing after the bombing in Manchester. It turned out that her daughter was killed. That is so freaking sad. I wish that we lived in a world where there were no terrorist attacks, but we don't. Certainly puts my problems in perspective.

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